When Real Life Gets in the Way of Blogging

So, you may or may not have noticed recently that my blog posts have been a bit sparse. I’m totally aware of this myself. In the past I have told myself I NEED to post at least 2 blog posts a week. Otherwise, people will get disinterested and won’t bother reading my blog any more. After only starting my blog in October 2016, I’m trying so hard to keep the momentum up and make this blog a success. But sometimes this can be hard. After all, I have a very busy, full on full-time job that isn’t just 9-5, 5 days a week, it’s so much more than that. Especially of late, when I’ve had a lot going on and plenty of commitments at work. Not only that, I’ve had a lot of different things happen in my personal life recently that I’ve had to deal with and sometimes that means you just don’t want to or simply can’t write.

I think this post is just a jumbled up way of me trying to tell myself that it’s ok not to be blogging all the time, and that people won’t mind if I’m not posting as regularly as I sometimes do. Quite often, I’m my own worst enemy, and am much harder on myself than anyone else is on me. After all, some of you might not have even noticed I’ve been MIA!


Plus, this is a post for anyone else out there who is feeling a similar way to me. That life is busy and full on, and sometimes things happen that you have no control over. Whilst blogging may be a full-time job and therefore an income for some people so posts need to be written, for many of us it is a hobby and hobbies shouldn’t be worried about. They should be picked up when the time is right, and are there to be  enjoyed. I’ve truly found something I love in blogging, but also realise that I need to take care of myself first and then blog when I’m able to. Whilst I would like to be the most consistent and organised blogger going, I’ve gotta understand that sometimes real life just gets in the way of this and that isn’t my fault. So make sure you aren’t too hard on yourself either.

So are you finding it hard to blog consistently at the moment? Do you work full-time too and blog when you are able to? Or perhaps you took a break from blogging, then came back fully charged? I would love to know in the comments!

Until next time…

Jean xoxo

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ASOS Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

So  a couple of days ago, I did a ASOS Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her post, so now it’s time to show you some fab gifts for the fellas! With the big day happening next week, you need to act sharpish if you have left it until the last minute to grab him some bits. But fear not, ASOS has great delivery options to make sure your goodies come just in time. Plus, many of the items are reduced at the moment! Here are some things I’m loving…

Happy Socks Valentines Gift Set 2 Pack Trunk & Sock, £19

Get him in the Valentine’s mood with this cute matching set of boxers and socks. Made from cotton and machine washable, they’re easy to wash and wear and are a little cheeky too. Currently reduced to £19 from £28.
ASOS Valentines Onesie With Back Print, £35

If your man is a onesie fan, he’s sure to love this one! Simple and grey, with ‘lover’ written on the back, its perfect for just lounging around the house in. If you’re looking for a more OTT onesie for your fella, then make sure you check this kiss print one out.
ASOS Valentines Pyjama Set With Kiss Print, £18

Cover your fella in kisses with this PJ set, currently reduced to £18 from £28. Perfect for the hunk in your life to sleep and chill in.
ASOS Valentines Tie Heart Print, £5.20

This tie totally makes me want to eat sweets! A quirky little piece that would jazz up a shirt and jacket on Valentine’s Day. Currently reduced on ASOS from  £8 to £5.20. There are of course lots of plain ties for sale on ASOS if this print isn’t his thing.
Naughty Little Card Shop It Started with a Valentines Card, £3

Because isn’t that how most relationships start out?! Tell him you love him with this funny card. This card from the Naughty Little Card Shop is plain inside for your own message.
Vegas Slot Machine Money Bank, £20

If your man enjoys a bit of gambling, then he will love this slot machine! It’s a bit of fun, and a little bit quirky, plus it keeps him busy when you’re trying to watch your programmes on the telly.
Lazy Mug, £10

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If your man is a bit lazy, then this is the perfect mug for him! It’s a plastic mug that stirs itself, so he barely needs to do a thing when he wants a cuppa! Just make sure you give him some batteries too so he can start using it straight away.
Whistle Key Finder, £5

If your fella is anything like mine, then he’s always losing his keys. This clever little gadget is activated by whistling or clapping. It beeps and flashes and really could be a great help when he’s in a rush and just can’t find them! Just make sure he doesn’t lose this too!
Religion Heart Print Revere Collar Slim Shirt, £50

This shirt is Valentine’s themed, but quite classy at the same time. Its slim fit and lightweight and would be a winner for that romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.

So these are my finds. What do you think? Which is your fave? Let me know in the comments!

Hope you have the best Valentine’s Day! ❤

Until next time…

Jean xoxo

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ASOS Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

So you seemed to enjoy my ASOS Christmas Gifts for Her Under £10! so I thought I would do another pick of gifts from ASOS for her for Valentine’s Day. I’ll be doing my picks for him too, so don’t fret! That will be up over the next few days. I know the big day is less than a week away, but there is still time to pick up some lovely bits, especially with ASOS premier delivery meaning you get it the very next day!

So here are some of my faves…

Make My Heart Go Boom Valentines Card, £3


I really love this card, and because you all know how obsessed I am with Happy Jackson, (see my post Happy Jackson Picks ) it totally had to be included. Don’t say I don’t treat you – you don’t even need to make a trip to the card shop!

ASOS Valentines Love Heart Applique Mesh Triangle Set Bra £18, Thong £10


Ok, so this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think this is quite a cute set, especially for Valentine’s Day! What’s not to love about pink and hearts?!

All You Need is Love Book, £5.99


A book filled with love quotes, which are definitely Instagram worthy. Perfect for showing your lovely lady how much you care! Something really nice to keep and have a look at every so often to remind her how much you love her!

ASOS Valentines Pizza Slice Oversized Tee, £18


If she’s a pizza addict like me, she will definitely love this oversized tee! Who doesn’t love a pizza related pun?

Orelia Valentines Key To My Heart Gift Card, £15


How totally cute is this?! A card and necklace all in one, you can’t go wrong! With a gold tone and a relatively short length, it’s a really pretty piece. Something that will last long after Valentine’s Day.

ASOS Valentines Dino Cupid Ankle Socks, £3


O.M.G! These socks are just the sweetest! Perfect if you just want to give a little novelty prezzie. Everyone definitely needs a cupid dinosaur in their life! However, there are plenty of other cute socks on ASOS though if these don’t take your fancy.

Chelsea Peers Pink Valentines Short Pyjama Set, £38


Some really pretty PJs that can be worn any time of the year! Soft to touch and filled with cute little hearts, perfect for your valentine.

Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Lipstick – Classic Reds/Pinks/Purples, £15


Treat your lovely lady to some gorgeous lip colours! Liquid lipsticks are everywhere right now, and this one comes in lots of fab shades so you’re bound to find the perfect one for her.

Paperchase Valentines Polka Dot Box, £4.50


So if you’re feeling super lazy, you can even order the box for the presents to go in off of ASOS! I love Paperchase and this looks like a really sturdy box that could be used again in the future.

So these are just a few things I found on ASOS that I thought some ladies out there might like the look of. Which is your fave? What are you hoping for on February the 14th? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

Jean xoxo

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How to Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday

So we have all done it. You’re are on holiday. The sun is shining, the drinks are flowing and the all-inclusive food is surrounding you wherever you look. You had all good intentions of keeping all that pre-holiday weight off, heading to the hotel gym on a daily basis and making the most of the fitness classes. But that all fell at the wayside as soon as you arrived at the hotel and decided that the most you would be doing over the next 2 weeks was walking from the pool side to the bar. After all, you’re feeling stressed out from your life back at home and you’ve come on holiday to forget all your troubles and really enjoy yourself.

But holidays don’t have to be a time to overindulge and be lazy. Yes, you want a relaxing time away in the sun, but holidays can actually be a really great time to rejuvenate. You can maintain your health and wellbeing on holiday, and return home feeling like a new person! Wanna know how? Here are some of my tips!

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Sleep – holidays can be a great time to catch up on sleep. No I don’t mean lying in until midday every day, but by getting some good quality sleep in a nice comfy bed, you will feel so much better for it.

Exercise – exercise = endorphins, and endorphins make you happy. When you’re on holiday, there are lots of different types of exercise you can do, whatever your fitness level is. Perhaps a swim in the pool, or a walk around the local town? Or if you’re feeling really energetic, you might want an early morning run across the sea front and watch the sun rise. There are many different options.

Yoga and meditation – yoga is a great way to improve both your body and you mind. Improve your core strength, focus on your breathing, and switch off from the world for a little while. When you combine this with meditation, you will feel in a much better place. Why not visit a yoga school or a retreat, such as in the very beautiful Tuscany. There are a range of different locations and types of yoga to choose from to allow you to have your perfect holiday.

 

 

Eat well – it’s so important to eat well whilst you’re on holiday, making sure you nourish your body. You also need to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated in the sun and particularly if you’re exercising. There is so much incredible fresh, tasty food to be had worldwide, that will make you feel so much better from the inside out.

Gratitude – if you read this blog, you’ll know I’m a fan of practising gratitude (see What are you grateful for today? ). Doing so is known to improve your emotional well-being and physical health. Why not record just 3 things you’re grateful for before bed. It only needs to be in a small notepad so you don’t need to worry about it taking any room up in your case! You’ll wake up feeling much happier, and will find yourself noticing more things that make you grateful throughout the day, no matter how small they are.

Smile! – it may seem like an obvious one, but by smiling more, you feel happier. Plus, smiles are contagious, so the more people you smile at, the better everyone else will feel!

Self care – it is important to carry on with your self-care routine on holiday. Perhaps you could go for a massage. Or maybe put a face mask on? What about having a manicure or someone styling your hair for you? These are just a few little things you can do for yourself to make you feel better and a bit more pampered and taken care of. Combined with many of the other points on this list, you will feel so much better after your time away.

Switch off from social media – easier said than done, but when you’re on holiday, you need to try take a break from your busy life and that includes what all your friends are up to back at home. This is a time for you, and Facebook will still be there once you get home. Sure, you can take a few snaps of your time away to catch some of your holiday memories, but they don’t need to be uploaded to Instagram until you get back home.

Read that book you’ve not had chance to – I don’t know about you, but I rarely get time to read at home, there always seems to be too much going on. However, holidays are the perfect time for reading. And if there isn’t enough room in your case for a whole wad of books, simply add some to your Kindle and slip that in instead.

Learn a new skill – holidays can be a great time to learn a new skill. Perhaps you want to pick up the language of the country you are stopping in, or learn some new yoga poses to add to your repertoire, why not do it whilst you’re away? You might feel inspired to carry on learning once you get home.

Set and review goals – having a break from your ‘everyday life’ might allow you to put your life into perspective – are you living the life you always dreamed of? If not, what could you do this year to help you achieve it? You might want to make a dream board when you get home to help with this.

So theses are just a few things you can do on holiday to feel a bit happier and healthier. Will you be doing any of these things on your next holiday? Do you have any other tips for a rejuvenated holiday? Leave them in the comments!

Until next time…

Jean xoxo

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January Faves 

So it’s the last day of January, which means it’s time for my January faves! Considering January is meant to be a pretty rubbish month, it’s actually been pretty much ok for me. I’ve been trying to stay more positive which has probably been a big help. I hope you’ve all had a good first month of 2017. Now, on to my top 5 things this month…

  1. #SavouringJanuary2017 

So if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve been joining in with this hashtag all month. I discovered the challenge around NYE so was happy I could join in from the first of the month. It basically involved posting a picture daily related to the date and the word shown in this pic. It’s all about being mindful, savouring the day and posting with a purpose. I must say I really enjoyed this challenge, and it really made me think. I’m so glad I did it and will definitely join in next year. Make sure you check out Gabrielle on Instagram for gorgeous content and fab courses and challenges.

2. Procoal

So I was recently sent this product to try and was totally intrigued to how I would get on! I won’t go into too much detail as I have a blog post featuring it coming very soon, but I must say I’m really enjoying using it. Plus I’ve had so many people ask about it after seeing it featured on my Instagram feed so can’t wait to share all with you guys!

3. Prosecco mug

So those of you who read this blog regularly will remember this being featured in my post What I got for Christmas 2016. And since Christmas I have been using it so much! It’s an amazing size for a nice big cuppa, and I just love how it looks and feels. Sorry for another mug featured in my faves (just like December) but what can I say, I’m a total mug addict! Available here if you want one for yourself.

4. Bio-Oil

Another product I have been sent recently is this Bio-Oil. Most people have heard of this wonder product, but I somehow have got to the grand old age of 28 without ever using it before. And I’ve gotta say I love it! Again, I have a blog post coming very soon so don’t want to go into too much detail, but I’m loving the results on my skin from using this daily throughout January.

5. Cat Lady PJs

Again another feature from my What I got for Christmas 2016 post, I’ve been loving these cute PJs from David and Goliath. Whilst they’re probably more summer than winter PJs with having a vest top, I’ve just been wearing them anyway! They’re super comfy and ever so cute, and the icing on the cake it that the bottoms have pockets! Am I the only one who is obsessed with clothes having pockets? Anyhoo, these PJs make me happy!

So these are my faves! Which do you like best? What have your faves been this month?

Until next time…

Jean x0x0

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Blogger Recognition Award

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Today I am doing the Blogger Recognition Award! I was very kindly nominated by the lovely Chloe at Marble beauty. She posts about beauty and lifestyle and lots of bits in between! I really loved her recent Primark haul. So thank you very much for nominating me!

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them, providing a link to the post you created.

How my blog started

So if you didn’t already know, I’m pretty new to blogging, having just started in October 2016. I did briefly write a few years ago on a different blog, but I didn’t really stick at it, and it soon fizzled out. This time, I knew I wanted to start the blog but kept putting it off. I was scared about putting myself out there, and also wanted to start with everything being perfectly in place and knowing everything about being a successful blogger. The push I finally needed was meeting the very lovely Talk Becky Talk in September 2016 who gave me lots of fab advice and has been so helpful ever since. So I’ve been rolling with it, and am totally loving it!

Advice to new bloggers

  1. If you’re like me and are too scared to start writing, just go for it! You’ll find your feet along the way, discover how things work and have lots of fun. It can be a bit scary putting yourself out there, but people are so lovely and appreciate your content. Sometimes you just need to push yourself out of your comfort zone!
  2. Engage with fellow bloggers – on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and of course on their own blogs. Like, share, comment, retweet…if you do that, then people are likely to do the same for you. Get talking to each other and share tips. It’s a really lovely way to make friends too!

Tag

So sorry to anyone who may have been nominated before, but here are my tags. Can’t wait to read your posts!

Abi

Hannah

Bervin

Ivana

Krista

Jalisa

Nikki

Angie Rose

Renata

L & H

Helena

Ella

Jaimie

Holly

Until next time…

Jean x0x0

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Beer52 Box Review

So before Christmas, I was very kindly sent the Christmas box from the very lovely people at Beer52. You might have seen the box pop up in my Christmas Gift Guide 2016 but I wanted to give you a proper review of this box of beers, and your very own dicount code (so keep reading until the end if you want to get your hands on that!)

So if you’ve never heard of Beer52, I’ll fill you in. They are the UK’s biggest craft beer discovery club and they offer a subscription service that sends you a selection of craft beers to try every month from around the world.

First of all, the beer experts choose the best beers personalised to you. Then, you get sent eight different craft beers, a snack, and a copy of ‘Ferment’ magazine. Delivery is free and you can try the beers in your own time. Once you’ve started the ball rolling and signed up, you will get the beer in 2-3 days. You get sent one case per month (although this can be adapted if you need to by getting in touch with the team).

What is special about this club is that the beers are exclusive, unique and small batch. That means none of the beer you see all the time in bars and pubs. The beer is also very fresh, having only been brewed 4-6 weeks ago. Plus there are lots of benefits to being in the beer club – from loyalty rewards, to free beers, to merchandise, its defintiely worth being part of this club! However, if you’d rather, you can just sign up for a one off box here.

So the price of the subsription box is £24 for 8 beers or £29 for 10 beers on a monthly plan billed every 28 days. Or you can save money by paying for 3, 6 or 12 month memberships (3 months -£23/case; 6 months – £22/case; 12 months – £21/case).

If you are a regular reader of this blog, or someone who knows me well, you wouldn’t think that this is the kind of product I would go for. However, I really loved the concept of the box, and I knew that this was something I could enjoy with my other half. I was really intrigued about what I would be sent. Plus, who doesn’t love a nice beer every now and then?! 

So without further ado, here are the beers I got…

I was sent ‘Ferment’ magazine, the UK’s number one craft beer magazine to read whilst sipping on my beer:

I was also sent a yummy snack to try whilst enjoying my beers:

These were the beers I recieved, one at a time:

I won’t be reviewing each beer individually as each box will vary depending on your tastes. However, I really enjoyed the selection of beers I recieved, as did my other half. I also appreciated the fact that some Christmas/festive inspired beers were included with it being just before Christmas when I was sent the box. Obviously, some beers we enjoyed more than others, but it was great being able to try such a range. I think that Beer52 is a great present idea for that craft beer fan in your life, or even as a treat for yourself! Its a great way to discover new beers that you might not have come across before, and because it is personalised to you, you’re more than likely to love them! There are different plans to choose from, or just a one off box, so you can just see what works best for you!

So do you want £10 off your order? Simply enter JEAN10 to get a tenner off! That means 8 beers for just £14. Don’t say I never treat you! (Just a heads up, the discount code can only be used with the Beer Club, not one off boxes.)

Until next time…

Jean xoxo 

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[*I was very kindly sent this box to try for free. However, all views are completely my own, and I would never review something I didn’t love myself.*]