Friday, 30 January 2015

No-Buy January - The Result

no buying beauty products for one month challenge



Back at the beginning of the month I tightened the purse strings and made a promise to myself that I would not buy any beauty/skin care/random crap for one entire month. Well, with a day to go, I figure it’s pretty safe to give the result.

Success or fail?

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Success!

I actually found it ridiculously easy, which in a way, is a let down. I’ve got an Ikea Alex unit filled to the brim with unused products that I’m working my way through and the only thing I actually ran out of this month and had to go buy was toothpaste. Boring much?

I did make a point of avoiding the likes of Boots, Lush and beauty counters in department stores. Keeping the temptation as far out of reach as possible really did help. When I had to go into Lush for a birthday present for a friend, I picked it out online first so I knew exactly what I was going in for and couldn’t spend any time looking around, picking things up and being tempted by all of the things

Having more products in my drawers than I know what to do with means it will be longer than a month to actually make a dent in them and have an excuse to buy new lotions and potions. Not that that always stops me, but, I would like to work my way a little further through my stash before it builds up again.

So, there we have it, month one, challenge one; complete!

I’m still trying to pick my February challenge so if you have any ideas leave them in the comments below! 

Did you set yourself a challenge this month? How did it go?

Until next time,



Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Yukti: The Art Kitchen

Yukti Indian Liverpool Review


When Ginger told me she was putting together a girls night out for her birthday and she was starting the night with a meal at Yukti I was beyond excited.

I’ve been just once before for her fiancees birthday, the meal was great but I was coming down with something horrid and couldn’t give my food the attention it deserved. This time, things would be different! I was lurgy-free and ready to fill my boots.

Ranked fifth on TripAdvisor for restaurants in Liverpool, before you even sit down, you can see why. The restaurant itself is beautiful. After walking through the front door and down the blue-lit entrance way, you step away from the everyday and into the world of nouvelle Indian cuisine. From its decorated ceilings, chandeliers, pillars and dark wooden furniture, to John Lennon glass panels that lead off to more intimate dining, you feel wrapped in luxury and already, food expectations are high.

After a celebratory glass of Prosecco in the bar, we were seated and given menus to look over. Everything sounds delicious, and the menu itself is extremely varied; so if you’re not in the mood for a regular ol’ curry and rice job, they have a selection of signature menu dishes that include the likes of; duck breast, spiced chicken breast, braised lamb and mushroom malai kofta (which I really want to try!), all of which are cooked with an Indian flare. 

We were given a small taste of what was to come when the waiter brought out a tiny little bhaji for each of us, which came with what we think was a prune dressing. The baby bhaji was delicious, not greasy and had a real crunch to it. My starter was going to be more bhajis that much was certain.

Next came the obligatory popadoms and dips; mint, mango and something that was sort of spicy but mostly tomato based. The mango is always my favourite and I certainly had more than my fare share of that one - sorry ladies! 

Yukti Indian Liverpool Review


Now, the real meal begins. For my starter I chose the bhajis. I love em, can’t get enough of em! Deep fried onion and potato flavoured with roasted caraway seeds and served with a tamarind chutney. The portion size was more than generous and just look at that presentation. Again, crunchy, not greasy like the ones you get in a take away. I could have eaten another plateful without even thinking. 

Yukti Indian Liverpool Review


For my main dish, I chose the Chicken Biriyani. Chicken supreme with basmati rice, browned onions, mint, rose water, freshly ground Indian spices and saffron, all under a poppy seed pastry lid. Yes! Pastry! Most biriyanis I’ve seen have come with some sort of vegetable side, but not at Yukti. It was like having one giant Indian infused pie being put infront of me - two people could easily share this and still leave feeling full to the brim! The pastry is nothing like pie pastry though, which surprised me and delighted me at the same time, it’s more like a very thin naan bread, and who doesn’t have naan bread with a curry? 

Yukti Indian Liverpool Review


The biriyani was huge with great big chunks of chicken inside. It also came with a fresh yoghurt sauce that I was told to mix into the rice a little at a time - oh wow. It tasted even better with the yoghurt sauce mixed in! Do what your waiter tells you folks, especially if he turns out to be the manager! 

We didn’t get to try a dessert off the menu as Ginger was surprised with her very own Olaf birthday cake - but I do plan on getting some Yukti desserts the next time I go! 

Overall we had more than a good time, we had an experience which is what Yukti is all about. It’s not just about stuffing your face and eating nice food, it’s about taking locally sourced ingredients and years of experience and putting all of that together to create art cuisine. We received the warmest of welcomes from the staff, were individually seated like real princesses and looked after from the minute we walked in. It’s not just the food that keeps this place climbing in popularity, it’s the service too! 

Have you been to Yukti? What’s your favourite Indian meal? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,




Monday, 26 January 2015

Ba-GinZing-a Your Skin!

Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer for oily skin


These cold dark mornings and even colder darker nights are doing me and my skin no good I can tell you. From dry patches to dull, grey looking, lifeless skin, it’s a wonder I haven’t been scouted as a ‘no make-up required’ extra for the Walking Dead. 

Origins GinZing Energy-boosting Moisturiser is one of those products I’ve heard a lot about but its never quite made it into my beauty stash…until now. After a lovely little chat and hand massage from the sales assistant (let’s be honest I’m likely to say yes to most things after a massage, ain’t we all?) she picked up the GinZing energy-boosting moisturiser off the shelf and gave me a little demo. I was instantly taken with it’s smooth, lightweight, oil-free formula and that scent. For anyone who has rode Soarin in Walt Disney World, Florida - it smells exactly like the scene involving the orange groves! Did this sales assistant know I was a sentimental zombie too?

Packed with ginseng and coffee beans, this little lotion is going to give your skin a right kick up the ass, giving you an instant hydration boost, de-zombie-fy-ing even the most lifeless skin with a rapidly refreshed complexion. 

Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer for oily skin


The lotion itself at first appears pretty thick in consistency but on contact, melts away like butter into the skin. It leaves behind no sticky residue, grease or oil. I was very surprised at how matte my skin felt after application yet it looked full of life. Even doing a simple back of the hand test, the hand with the GinZing applied looked smoother and fresher compared to the other. The zesty orange fragrance packs a punch at first, but once absorbed into the skin, it leaves the lightest of fragrance. I find the scent alone so up lifting!

They say you can use this as both a morning and evening treatment - as I have literally a drawer full of day time moisturisers, I’ve been using Origins GinZing Energy-boosting Moisturiser as a night treatment. OK, it sounds weird using something that’s suppose to wake up your skin before bed but, I find my skin looks so much more refreshed and well rested when I do wake-up compared to other products I’ve been using over the last few months! Who doesn’t want to wake up looking like they got a helluva lot more than 8 hours sleep? 

Did I also mention I’m a sucker for packaging? The thick orange plastic tub looks so fancy on my dresser and the pot means I will get every last little drop of lotion out of this! Turns out, it's pretty durable too after I accidentally bounced it down the stairs, rushing to grab the last rays of daylight and snap it's picture. Oh, the bloggers life!

Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer for oily skin


As evening moisturisers go, this one is right up there with Benefits Total Moisture Facial Cream and as a bonus, is £5 cheaper. Hey, we’ve got to save where we can.

Would I repurchase? Yes. I’m also extremely curious about other products in the line, especially the mineral make-up!

Have you tried Origins GinZing energy-boosting moisturiser or something else from the GinZing line? Leave me a comment below and tell me all about it!

Until next time,


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Carluccios, Liverpool. Brunch

carluccios liverpool breakfast review



Who doesn’t love brunch? That in-between stage of breakfast and lunch, were you can get the best of both worlds. Perfect for a lazy Sunday or a mid-week catch up with the gang. A couple of weeks ago, with the fridge bare, a slightly later start to the day and our stomachs grumbling, the Mr and I decided to take advantage of our city centre location and pop around the corner to Carluccios for brunch. 

Carluccios prides itself on serving up authentic Italian cuisine at affordable prices. The happy, bustling atmosphere has that traditional Italian family feel, the perfect place for larger gatherings. The restaurant itself is off the back of a small shop which that sells traditional Italian wares, infused oils, Italian breads and cakes, many of which you’ll find on the restaurants menu too! Great when you have something you really like and would love to recreate at home!

We took a table near the back next to the long bank of windows, looking out onto the shoppers going through Liverpools Metquarter shopping centre. The great view of MAC had me itching to go in and swatch, but first things first, food

carluccios liverpool breakfast review


The breakfast menu is the perfect brunch menu, with offerings of Italian breads, hams, cheeses and eggs of many shapes and sizes, it was like being on holiday abroad, minus the sunburn. I opted for the eggs royale; free ranged poached eggs, smoked salmon, toasted italian bread, all covered in lashings of hollandaise sauce. I also picked a Italian hot chocolate, I’ve never had one and wanted to know what the difference was!

Mr went for a classic Eggs Benedict; free ranged poached eggs, Italian smoked ham, all on toasted Italian bread and covered in hollandaise. Great minds think alike, eh?

carluccios liverpool breakfast review


Carluccios wasn’t too busy when we sat down around 11am, but as soon as we ordered more and more early morning shoppers appeared in need of filling their boots after emptying their purses. Our drinks came and I was eager to try my Italian hot chocolate. Turns out, it might not have been the best choice for breakfast. I have a mega sweet tooth but I wasn’t expecting it to be just so rich! It was like drinking dessert - no complaints from me, it was so creamy and rich, but on an empty stomach, probably not the best idea!

Our food came out piping hot and well presented. The portion size was bigger than I expected too! The salmon was the first thing to hit me, it had such a strong, smoked, scent, I just knew it was going to be good - it wasn’t, it was great. There was so much salmon on there, and thickly sliced too. My eggs where perfectly poached and with a little pressure popped and oozed out all over the salmon and bread - hey, stop drooling on my blog post! The hollandaise was really buttery and smooth, lightly peppered and delicious, you really can’t beat hollandaise and salmon. Damn, I’m making myself hungry now!

Mr throughly enjoyed his eggs benedict, his eggs were just as well cooked as mine which scored uber brownie points but he wasn’t overly impressed with the smoked ham, he enjoyed it but said it didn’t exactly rock his world. You win some, you lose some. He did enjoy their coffee though. 

Would I go back? Yes, I really want to try their lunch/evening menu and they have some great set menu offers. I also need to go back and see if they sell their hot chocolate mix in the shop!

Have you tried Carluccios? Let me know in the comments below!


Until next time,




Monday, 19 January 2015

Freezing spinach and kale for green juice smoothies!

freezing spinach and kale


The most commonly required ingredient for green juices and smoothes is spinach and kale. Pretty much 90% of smoothies recipes ask for these. Fine, not a problem. But keeping it fresh is a pain in my ass! Are you tired of throwing away over half a bag of kale every week? having to run out and buy spinach every other day? It’s such a waste of money and effort - I want my smoothies quick and easy dammit!

If you’re in the same boat, listen up! Turns out we can freeze kale and spinach, as well as most other leafy greens required for our juices and smoothies! There’s a few different methods but I like mine the best (duh!).

What you’ll need;
  • 1 bag of spinach
  • 1 bag of kale
  • cupcake/muffin baking tray
  • silicone muffin moulds
  • an easy pour jug

freezing spinach and kale


Start by blending your spinach and kale. I usually use 1 cup of water for every handful of kale and spinach. Once it’s all blended up nicely, transfer it into your jug. Make sure your silicone moulds are in the baking tray and ready. Once you’ve blended up around 3 lots of 1 cup to 2 handfuls, pour the mixture into the silicone moulds. This should be enough to fill 12 silicone muffin moulds close to the brim! 


freezing spinach and kale



Carefully transfer to the freezer and let it set. Mine took around 45mins - 1 hour to set. Once set, pop out the kale/spinach disks and transfer into a freezer bag - job done! 

When I’m making a single serving smoothie/green juice, I use 3 - 4 of these disks. Not only does it keep my kale and spinach from going to waste, but they act like ice and make my smoothie nice and chilled!


freezing spinach and kale



These should keep for around 6 weeks. I get around 18 - 24 disks from one bag of kale and one bag of spinach. 

Have you tried freezing your smoothie ingredients? Let me know in the comments below!


Until next time,


  

Friday, 16 January 2015

Top 5 - Reasons to switch to Shampoo Bars

benefits of shampoo bars


Over the last couple of years I’ve been tentatively dipping my tresses into the world of shampoo bars. Yup, you heard me, shampoo in soap-bar form. A few years back on a trip to Walt Disney World, Florida, they opened a store called Basin. It’s very similar to Lush. I picked up a few luxury pampering bits to bring home with me, one of which was a shampoo bar. 

Over the last couple of months I’ve found myself trying to work through my beauty stash, and with January being a no-buy month for me, I’ve been delving even further into the back of the beauty drawer and found some absolute treasures I’d forgotten all about, mainly, shampoo bars

I love Basin shampoo bars for their natural ingredients, wonderful scents and the fact that they remind me so much of my Florida holidays. I can’t exactly pop on over just to visit Basin in an afternoon, but they do sell similar shampoo bars in the likes of Lush, and I’ve seen a fair few locally hand-made ones on the likes of Etsy too!

Did you know shampoo bars have been around the block before? They were once the most commonly used version of shampoo around in the 1930s. 

So, why shampoo in a bar? Here’s 5 why’s for you!

1. Less packaging!

We’re all for creating less waste and being kinder to our planet, so the less rubbish we can throw out onto landfills the better it is all round. Switching to shampoo bars is a simple way to cut down on the amount of plastic bottles you’re getting ride of. It’s also a huge bathroom cabinet space saver! Most shampoo bars are smaller than the palm of your hand and under 1” thick. And once you’ve used it all up, poof, it disappears! No rubbish to throw away!

2. Less chemicals!

Most shampoo bars are made from all natural ingredients, meaning we are using less chemicals on our hair. I’ve always worried about heavy duty shampoos, all those chemicals getting into my skin through the pores and follicles on the top of my head, not to mention in my eyes! Shampoo bars are kinder on our hair - but that doesn’t mean they ain’t up the to the job! For every hair worry and woe, there’s a bar, from kid friendly, to scalp soothers, frizz tamers, oil driers, even swim repair and colour protectant. 

3. Longer lasting!

One of the first thing I noticed about shampoo bars was how long they last in comparison to my shampoo bottles. The average bar lasts 75+ washes. My hair is down past the boobies right now and I easily get 3x as long from a bar compared with a bottle. Shampoo bars seem to need very little in order to do the job. Just rub over wet hair and insta-lather. Put the bar down and work the later in, then rinse. You can even get conditioner bars, though I’ve yet to see decent results from these. 

4. Keep your natural colour for longer!

They say that because shampoo bars are made from all natural, happy ingredients, they help your hair to retain moisture and colour. The harsh chemicals in regular bottled shampoos strip your hair over time, causing you to buy more and use more in order to combat what they’ve caused in the first place. 

5. Great for travel!

No more worrying if you’re shampoo has exploded in your suitcase all over your new bikini, shampoo bars just don’t travel like that. No, they travel in comfort and style. They’ll take up less room in your already bulging suitcase and won’t even come close to making a dent in your baggage allowance. You won’t even know they’re there, and because of their small size and light weight, you can take a couple of different ones for dealing with holiday hair - we all know home hair and holiday hair are two very different wigs!

Have you, or would you, make the switch to shampoo bars? Any concerns? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,




Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Original Source Skin Quench Body Moisturiser

original source body moisturiser


Rewind back to last November/December time when I was wrapped up in layers, thermals and more layers. Forward to present day and not much has changed, if anything I’m wearing even more layers. As much as I love winter, I don’t love what it does to my skin! After climate hopping through November with a trip to the not sunny sunshine state, my body came back looking for a damn good drink - say hello to Original Source Skin Quench.

The guys and gals at Original Source are best know, to me anyways, for they’re amazing shower gels, packed to the brim with natural ingredients and a scent to blow your socks right off - just try their zesty lemon, that’ll wake you right up on a Monday morning! When I stumbled across a body moisturiser with their name on I was more than intrigued. 

With a couple of scents to choose from, I went for the peach and apricot. Everything smelt great so the choice was down to packaging and the colour orange always puts me in a better mood! Their peach & apricot moisturiser is infused with apricot oil, designed to give your skin an instant boost of moisture and a much needed drench. It’s packed with natural oils and 100% natural fragrance, it’s vegan friendly and, bonus, made in the UK! Hurrah! I’m all for going local! 


original source skin quench body moisturiser



The lotion itself smells amazing, and I can smell the peach more than anything. The scent doesn’t really linger too strongly on the skin but if you really stick your arm up someones nose they’ll pick up on it’s delicate fragrance, and possibly take out a restraining order. This might sound like a strange description, but, the consistency of the lotion is very wet. It’s almost like ice cream when it’s defrosting. Because of it’s light, wet, consistency, not only does a little go a long way but it’s absorbed quickly into the skin. Once I’ve gone toe to top with this stuff I can comfortably get into my thermal lined tights or my skinny jeans without any more pulling and tugging than usual.

Once I’m out of the shower and patted down dry I apply Original Source Skin Quench from toe to top, avoiding my face and eyes. In just a week of daily application I instantly noticed my legs where much less lizard like and my elbows where looking all babies-bottom smooth. I do think daily body brushing and weekly exfoliating goes a long way too, but if your looking for something less high maintenance, this could be just the golden ticket. 

Would I repurchase? Yes. It’s affordable, it smells great and it does the job. Pair it with an Original Source shower gel and you’ll be positively beaming on the outside, no matter how rough and not-so-ready you feel on the inside!

Have you tried Skin Quench by Original Source? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,








Monday, 12 January 2015

MAC Angel // MAC Subculture

MAC Angel MAC Subculture review


I’ve always been a gloss girl, and usually a plain to sheer one at that but lately it’s come to my attention that after putting a full face of make-up on for a night out, my lips look so unloved and blah. Back in December I had a big night out and decided it was time I finally did something about my lips…my first stop had to be MAC.

If you’re going to start experimenting with lipstick, my opinion is that you should start at the top and work your way down. I’ve been drooling over MAC lipstick posts for as long as I can remember and every time I go in-store or browse a MAC counter I pick them up and have a swatch, but the ‘you could never wear thatgoes whirling around my head and I leave blank lipped.

I headed into my local MAC, grabbed the first assistant I could that didn’t look super intimidating (does anyone else avoid the really glammed up assistants when you don’t have a stich of make-up on yourself?) and told her I was looking for a easy to use, not so bold, my lips but better shade. I’m a nakeds and nudes girls at heart and always go for neutrals so working with my own lip shade didn’t sound too daunting.

She instantly picked up Angel from their frosted collection, and grabbed the lip-pencil Subculture without even batting an eye-lid. Before I knew it, I was on the stool and she was going to town on my poor, unloved puckers. 


MAC Angel MAC Subculture review



Angel is a very pretty light-medium baby pink shade, not what I was expecting at all. It looks much more nude in the packaging but pinks right up on application. If your poor lips have been battered like mine by the winter winds this will cling to every dry patch and crack, even ones you didn’t know you had. It starts out feeling very creamy and smooth but after some chatter or a drink it dries out and starts to fade. If you’re looking for something pretty, pink and quite girly for every-day wear I think this would be perfect, but for a night on the town if left much to be desired and really didn’t pack the punch I was looking for. but we’ve all got to start somewhere, right?


MAC Angel MAC Subculture review



Now, Subculture does help, it tones the lipstick down and brings it a pinch closer to something more neutral and helps it last a little longer. I can see Subculture being my go-to base for any and all nude lipsticks that come into my life in the future. Subculture was the best thing to come out of this little trip to MAC.


MAC Angel MAC Subculture review swatches



Have you tried Angel or Subculture? Any recommendations as to what I should try next? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,




Friday, 9 January 2015

Quick and easy green juice for beginners

easy healthy green juice smoothie

Made a resolution to get fitter? Hit the gym more? Eat healthier? OK, I didn’t make that resolution myself but, having spent the entirety of December poorly, I was officially fed up and made the conscious decision to get my ass in gear and try to boost my health and immune system.

I love smoothies and fruit juices! I’m always picking them on in the supermarket, but I hardly drink them on a regular basis. The odd blast of goodness into my body every now and then is fine and dandy but it’s not really going to have any long term benefits.


easy healthy green juice smoothie

SO, at the start of 2015, I went and picked myself up a Breville 500w hand blender/chopper and got blending! I wanted something quick, easy and simple, that would taste somewhat palatable, and be packed full of nutrients and goodness. Here’s what I came up with;

1 serving / 450mls

You will need:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 handfull of spinach
  • 1 handfull of kale
  • 1/2 a kiwi
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1 handful of blueberries
  • 1 handfull of raspberries
  • 1/4 avocado

Blend the water, spinach and kale first into a nice green mush. Yes, this will smell like the garden, keep going. Then chop up and add in the rest of the ingredients. Make sure you remove the peel off the kiwi or it’s going to get hairy in there. Once everything is all blended up, throw in 3 - 4 ice cubes and blend. Pick a cute glass and serve. Bottoms up!


easy healthy green juice smoothie



Note: there will be a ton of seeds/pips/texture to this, so if you’re more of a smooth operator, this might not be the one for you.

This easy to make smoothie provides you with a truck load of nutrients; Protein, vitamins A, B, C, K,  magnesium, iron, fibre, potassium, collagen, and a powerhouse of antioxidants. It tastes pretty good too, very banana-ry!


easy healthy green juice smoothie



Try it? Love it? Let me know in the comments below! I’m really getting into this whole smoothie lark so I can’t wait to have a play around in the kitchen and see what I can come up with! Got a recepie you think I should try out? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,





Monday, 5 January 2015

No Buy January



Having a blog is one of the best excuses to buy all the things. From being inspired by blog posts and bloggers recommendations, to jumping on the bandwagon of the latest cult product, I find myself down the aisles of Boots and Harvey Nicks more often than not, picking up more moisturiser, more shampoo, more hand cream. More More More. I justify about 90% of random purchases by telling myself they’re for the blog; I can haul it, review it, swatch it, pop a picture on Instagram - insta-in the basket.

Over 2015 I want to set myself various 30 day challenges so, being the first month, here’s my first challenge. Can I go a whole month without buying anything? Now, by anything, there’s got to be a few exclusions. Food and things for the home don’t count, I won’t go a month not buying toilet roll! And if I run out of shampoo then I’m allowed to buy a new one. What I’m not allowed to buy…is anything I already have. Seriously…I have a drawer full of various shower gels and bath bombs, so as tempted as I am by picking up a discounted bottle of Snow Fairy in Lush - it’s not going to happen!

Meals out, trips to the cinema, they’re all still on the cards, this challenge is more about not spending money on random purchases and to give me a chance to actually use up all the products I’ve got rolling around my drawers!

Could you go a whole month without buying any new goodies? Any 30 day challenge ideas you want to throw at me? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,



Friday, 2 January 2015

Goals for 2015

blogging goals


I’m not a big fan of New Years resolutions. There’s something about the word resolution that I don’t like all that much. A resolution, the firm decision to do or not do something implies, if you ask me, that there’s something you should or shouldn’t be doing, it’s all so very strict and official sounding to me, like there’s no room to wiggle!

Goals.  Goals, an aimed or desired result. Let’s run with this for a minute; desired, desire, passion, ambition, intent, dream, hope, aspiration. Sounds a helluva lot more fun, doesn’t it?

Years ago, I used to set dozens of New Years resolutions. I’d loose weight, I’d exercise more, I’d be out with the old and in with the new, new clothes, new hair, new everything because it was all about becoming something different. I was convinced that this was the entire point of a New Year, that you had a chance to change, that you had to change and you had to have set in stone resolutions and you wouldn’t be able to change without completing them over the next 12 months. 

But I never did complete them. Putting a dent in them would be exaggerating it if I’m honest! Then would come the guilt, the inevitable self loathing and hate. I’d blame myself, my surroundings, I’d tell myself I had to do better and would start again come February 1st…March 1st…April 1st, yeah, you get the idea. Eventually the list would go one way and I would go the other and that would be that and I’d just cruise my way through the year, promising to better in the next New Year.

What a load of bollocks that was. Pointless bollocks. 

I’m not a fan of resolutions at all. 

So I started setting goals

Sure, you might be reading this thinking, ‘is there a difference between the two?’, I ask you to re-read the first two paragraphs of this post then come back to me, go on, I’ll wait.

Read them? OK!

As far as I’m concerned, there’s a big difference in the two, they imply a totally different set of connotations and a completely different attitude. It’s worked for me in the past so maybe it will work for you too. 

So, what goals am I setting for 2015?

  • 30 day challenges - set one every month and complete at least 5
  • Blogging everyday - do this at least 3 times
  • Blog a minimum of 3 times a week
  • Re-design the blog layout
  • Create a new blog logo
  • Have business cards made
  • Take part in and complete NaNoWriMo

I really want to make 2015 my most creative year yet. 2014 was a great year for the blog but I’m still paddling in the shallow end of the blog-o-sphere. There’s a long way to go and a lot to learn but I’m looking forward to it! I want to focus on my writing and start playing around with some new ideas and topics I’ve had floating around in my head. I am super excited about the 30 day challenges and already have a few ideas, from fitness challenges to going meat free and banning the booze. 

I really want to try a few new things this year, I’ve worked hard in 2014 to push myself out of my comfort zone and I want to keep this up in 2015. It’s already opened so many new doors, I can’t wait to see what’s behind the ones I’ve yet to open!

So, now we’re all geared up and standing on the very tippy top edge of 2015, let’s just jump, shall we?

Until next time,








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