De-cluttering made easy

I’m a very tidy, organised, Type A sort of person and I hate with all my being having too much “stuff” and too many possessions. I hate mess, I hate having drawers heaving with crap and I hate keeping stuff I don’t really need. I know I sound like a bit of a clutter Nazi right now but literally the only stuff I have on display in my bedroom is what is on my bookcase (because no matter how much I hate clutter, I still take pride in my books). I think we can all benefit from having a bit of a de-clutter a couple of times a year but I know not everyone finds it as easy as I do to just throw things away without a second thought. So, if you’re in a position where you know you need to have a clear out but don’t know where to start, then consider this your handy guide of simple things you can de-clutter if you find it hard throwing stuff away.

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Things to do before you hit “publish”

Since my little discussion about why I like blogging for bloggers, I’ve been inspired to write more blogging-related blog posts lately. I think there will always be a blogging related topic that someone needs or wants to find out more about and blogging is such a multi-layered hobby or career that even the smallest and seemingly most obvious pieces of advice can go a long, long way. I’ve certainly learnt that over the years I’ve been blogging; making the smallest change or doing what I think is something insignificant can make a impact on my blog. Today’s post is a little bit like that, a bit of a “well duhhhhhh” but sometimes it’s not “duh” at all. Sometimes we do genuinely forget to do the simplest things when it comes to blogging. I mean, we’ve got a hell of a lot to think about, can you blame us?

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Romantic getaway wish-list *

Despite being in various long-term relationships, I can’t say I’ve ever really been on a proper “romantic getaway” before. I’m not a hugely romantic person but you never know what being whisked away to far off shores could do to a gal! I’m yet to find that one out (and I wouldn’t personally consider a week on a boat on the Norfolk Broads a “romantic getaway”, as fun as it was) but a girl can dream, right? From Thailand to Australia, Paris to Austria, I think anywhere has the potential to be the perfect destination for a romantic getaway, depending on your own personal preferences. Where one couple might find sky-diving and jet-skiing romantic activities to do together, another might not (I certainly would not…) So, if I had my way, money was no object and I could deal with heat a little better than I’m currently doing right now in this ridiculous UK heatwave, here is my wish-list of romantic getaway destinations!

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Orlando

We all know I love Disney by now so any trip that involves Disney would be romantic to me! (As well as super fun and magical!) Not only would the U.S be a great place to visit, throw in Walt Disney World and you more or less have my ideal romantic getaway! I’ve only ever visited Disneyland Paris and whilst I love it and consider it my home from home, I’d like to check out one of the other resorts at some point in my life!

Phuket

I’m sure everyone has dreamed of Thailand once in their life, the beaches, the culture, the people, the food and the weather that people who have been always talk about. Although it’d probably be a bit on the hot side for me, with one of my all time favourite books and films being “The Beach”, Thailand would certainly be up there on my list of romantic getaways. If you’re in the business of wanting to visit Thailand yourself, Destination2 have some great Thailand all inclusive offers to check out!

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi sounds like a really stunning, luxurious and magical place to visit. I’ve always liked the idea of going to the Middle East where it pays to be civilized and respectful. And of course, it’s the home of the final Formula 1 race of the season and assuming that I’ll be attending my romantic getaway with my partner, that certainly would be an ideal trip for us, as two highly enthusiastic Formula 1 fans! The glitz, the glamour, the luxury and the sound of engines, what more could you want?

Santorini

And finally, a little closer to home but still utterly beautiful, Santorini would definitely be on my list of romantic getaway destinations I’d love to visit. If all the photos I continuously pin on Pinterest are anything to go by, it truly is a beautiful place to visit. I’ve never been to Greece before but it’s always been somewhere I think I’d really like. My parents first holiday together was in Greece, so maybe that’s why!

Have you visited any of these places? Where would feature on your own romantic getaway dream wish list? Let me know!

* This post is sponsored by Destination2

Easy ways to support small businesses

Since being a blogger and especially since being active on social media, I’ve discovered so many small businesses that I never would have found before. I love that the internet and social media has opened up such incredible business opportunities, especially for creatives and enabled them to pursue doing what they love and even opening up self-employment as a viable option. As well as being a blogger, I used to be a small online business owner and although I wasn’t selling “things” (like artwork for example) but services, I know first hand how difficult having a business online can be and the struggles you can face which eventually, all got too big for me which is why I had to sadly shut it down. But that experience has made me admire small business owners possibly even more than I did before and I was always advocate for supporting them! 

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How I fit self care into my day

Self care should be a part of all of our lives and daily routines but we have to remember that self care looks different for everyone. Whilst someone might consider a relaxing bubble bath with candles and a book a valid form of self care, someone else would rather go for a run or head to the gym for a banging workout. Which is also valid. And self care certainly doesn’t have to mean the big things either, the actively taking time out of your day to do some sort of “self care activity”. Basic self care is just as important and over the last few years – when I’ve learnt what self care actually is and how valuable it is – I’ve gradually started to incorporate into my day, every day, without even thinking about it anymore. 

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Grow your own for a healthier Summer! *

Want to make healthier choices this summer? The aim of National Allotment Week this year (which begins on Monday 13th August) is to encourage more people to grow their own fruit and veg. Growing your own is one of the best and most rewarding ways to kick start a healthier lifestyle – and it’s also much easier than you may think!

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What to do with your blog when you go on holiday *

Most of us are looking forward to a summer holiday. A chance to get away from it all and take a break. But, when you are self-employed, things are a little different. It’s not the same as booking a week off work, going away and forgetting it all. There’s no holiday pay for a start, and you may worry that if you leave your blog alone for longer than a few days, your views will drop, you’ll lose out on work, and you might struggle to get back into it again. So, what do you do? Do you take your laptop and blog on the go? Or do you let yourself have a proper break? Let’s take a look at some ways to keep your blog fresh while you are on holiday.

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Blogging for bloggers: What’s the issue?

There’s been a bit of talk around the blogosphere this year about how more bloggers have started blogging for bloggers (prepare to hear the word “bloggers” a lot in this post…) instead of just writing about what we love; be that books, films, make up, fashion – whatever. Blogging for bloggers means (at least this is what I’ve been led to believe it means) creating content specifically designed for bloggers – as opposed to non-bloggers, people who just like reading blogs or someone who’s just scouring the internet for a make-up tutorial or a book review. Remember, not everyone that reads a blog is a blogger themselves. 

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