Should I go Vegan?

Before I start with this post I just want to pop a PSA out there into the world right away and say that I’m not (currently) Vegan. I’m going to go into a bit more detail about my relationship with food but I’m keen to share this brand with you because since being on Twitter, my eyes really have been opened to Veganism and I know an awful lot of Vegan bloggers (two of my favorites are The Curvaceous Vegan and Glow Steady) who I thoroughly enjoy. I think we all need to do our bit to help the planet and I don’t necessarily agree with this, “all or nothing” attitude that some people adopt. For some people, it’s not possible to have a Vegan diet but they can help in another way by shopping cruelty-free and using Vegan skincare. But food, plant-based options and Eco-friendly behaviors are always worth discussing.

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Things bloggers should never feel guilty about

If you’re a new blogger, you’re likely coming into this industry (ugh, I hate that word) to an array of “how to be a fantastic blogger” posts all telling you to do X, Y and Z in order to succeed in this pool of bloggers all trying to do the same thing. I write what I hope are “helpful” posts for new bloggers (and not so new – you’re never too old to want to improve!) but I always state that the advice I’m giving is what has worked for me or is currently working for me and you’re under absolutely no obligation to take any notice of it. But some of these “helpful” posts certainly have a different approach; less ‘here’s a suggestion, why don’t you give that a go?’ and more ‘if you want to be successful you have to do this because if you don’t you suck and you’ll fail miserably’. Jog on.

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Holiday preparation: Packing check list & things to remember!

Whether you prefer the comforts of home and enjoy a few staycations throughout the year, save up and splurge on one big luxury Summer holiday or rather jet off to exotic locations for a more lengthy period, being prepared for holidays, long or short, is super important. This is your time to relax, kick off your shoes, get away from your normal life and enjoy the benefits that a holiday has to offer. We certainly don’t want to be frantically rushing through airports, finding out we’ve forgotten underwear only when we crack open our suitcase or coming down with something nasty when we’re supposed to be relaxing by a pool! Of course we can’t predict nor control everything and these things do happen but here are my tips on preparing for your holiday and ensuring you have the most chilled time possible!

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I’ve officially fallen down the “clickbait” hole. But ya no, in a world where 4 billion bloggers are all trying to achieve the same thing and all want dem viewz, you’ve gotta do what you can to stand out, haven’t you? Anyway, I pinched this tag from Hello Bexa (you can find her post here) partially because it looked fun and partially because I was a little stuck for July content ideas and you can’t go wrong with a tag every now and again. So here we are, with another tag post!

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PAIRFUM body wash & body lotion product review

I love trying new products and having a blog has allowed me to try a whole range of products which I probably wouldn’t have heard of before, which I’m very grateful for. PAIRFUM is a chic collection of organic products, which range from skincare to candles, room sprays and more. With quite a focus on scents, all their products come in a range of scents which are fresh, feminine or floral and would leave your room (or body!) smelling absolutely delicious. I was kindly sent two of the PARIFUM skin care products to try and test and here are my thoughts!

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7 simple ways you can improve your skin without breaking the bank

Taking care of your skin is a vital part of keeping your outside appearance healthy and radiant. While the beauty industry tends to put a lot of focus on a beauty routine for women, it is essential for men to also follow skin care routines to help prevent premature signs of aging, adult acne and numerous other skin conditions that can be present among both men and women. An effective skin care regimen will also help keep your skin tight, glowing and young for a more extended period when compared to some individuals who do not follow a proper skin care regimen. One common problem is the price of quality products. With a large portion of the population living on a budget, we often do not have extra funds to invest in high quality skin care products. In this post, we are going to suggest ways in which you how to keep your skin looking great without spending a fortune.

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BOOK REVIEW: Problems by Jade Sharma @Emily_BookPR @TrampPress @jadersharma

Format: ARC, sent in exchange for an honest review
Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US 
Blurb: Dark, raw and very funny, Problems introduces us to Maya, a young woman with a smart mouth, time to kill and a heroin hobby that isn’t much fun anymore.

Maya’s been able to get by in New York on her wits and a dead-end bookstore job for years, but when her sweet, heavy-drinking husband leaves her and her favorite professor ends their affair, her barley-calibrated life descends into chaos, and she has to make some choices. Maya’s struggle to be alone, to be a modern woman and to be thoughtful, imperfect and alive in a world that doesn’t really care what happens to her is rendered with dead-eyed clarity and unnerving charm.  Continue reading

Ann’s Cottage Surf Shop wish-list

When I was 14 (or 15, somewhere around that age) I was invited by my school to go on a surfing holiday to Cornwall because I was such a good student, with great attendance. If that doesn’t give you a glimpse of what I was like at school, I don’t know what does but it was a great opportunity and I spent an amazing week with some of my friends who were also selected in Bude, in Cornwall doing all sorts of activities including rock climbing, abseiling, orienteering, wind-surfing and surfing as well as having BBQ’s and sing-a-longs around the campfire under a vast expanse of inky darkness and more stars than I’ve ever seen before in my life. I have very fond memories from that trip and I’d love to go back to Cornwall as an adult and visit the gorgeous beaches and who knows? Maybe even hop back on a surf board for old times sake. 

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6 things you should know before visiting Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a beautiful and ideal destination for family vacations, couples getaways, holidays with friends, or traveling alone. It boasts a number of cool attractions, is home to many scenic locations, and has an extremely inclusive and liberal culture. It’s a spot that’s near the top of many travel bucket lists and for very good reasons. If you’re traveling to Amsterdam, then you may as well make the most out of your trip and find out as much as you can about the city before you jet off. With that in mind, here’s a list of six important things you should know before you go to Amsterdam.

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The importance of web presence for small businesses

Being a small business in a world of small businesses is a tough gig. Everyone is promoting themselves every single day so small businesses (including bloggers!) need to ensure they stand out from everyone else as well as making themselves look professional and approachable. Jeeez, it’s a lot of plates to spin – I know, I do it almost every single day! – but it’s important that you try. It certainly gets easier but in a time where everyone is online, online shopping is bigger than ever and you can find almost anything you want with a click of a button, it’s important to make your web presence a vital marketing point of your brand / blog.

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