10 books on my bookcase I really want to read this year

If you’re a book blogger or just an avid reader, you’ll know the struggle. The struggle of buying too many books when you already have far too many sitting on your shelf. The struggle of a publisher asking you if you’d like to review x, y or z and knowing you don’t really have time but you can’t quite resist. The struggle of not being able to leave the library empty handed because it feels like you’re committing a crime. I know, I feel you. I am that person. There are so many books sitting on my bookcase and have been sitting there for months – some even years – which although I always say I’m going to read, I never do. So here are 10 books on my bookcase which I really want to finally get around to reading this year!

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Online dating blunders to avoid *

Online dating is now one of the most popular ways to meet your one true love. However, you are probably going to have to date a few frogs along the way in order to meet your prince charming. After all, online dating is a learning experience more than anything. It can be difficult to get your head around. So, to ensure online dating success, read on to discover the common blunders you need to avoid.

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Crown make-up review *

I mentioned on Twitter the other day that I was really enjoying dipping my toes in more beauty related posts recently. I’ve really stepped out of my comfort zone so far this year in regards to my blog and I’m really enjoying not limiting myself – no topic is off limits anymore. So whilst I’ve reviewed a few beauty related products in the past, most of them have been hair or skin care – that sort of thing. But make-up… Eeeesh. That’s an entirely different ball-game for me altogether. 

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BOOK REVIEW: The Beach Wedding by Dorothy Koomson

Format: Paperback, ARC
Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK
Blurb: Will your past always catch up with you?

Tessa Dannall is excited and happy when her daughter, Nia, arrives at their family’s tropical beach resort to get married.

Tessa is also trying to forget the last time she went to a wedding on this beach and how that day changed her life for ever.

But as the big day draws near, Tessa realises she must face the deadly ghosts from her past – or they may ruin her daughter’s future… Continue reading

Amazing adventures: Action packed holidays you need to try *

Many of us go on holiday in order to relax and unwind after a stressful time at work or home. Have you ever thought of stepping out of your comfort zone and releasing your pent up energy on an action packed holiday instead? Yes, you might need to go on a soothing spa day after your week of adventure, but it is good to start trying new things and seeing new places. Whether you’re a fan of the snow, sea or endangered species you could go on a holiday full of exciting escapades. One of these is bound to get you feeling courageous so take your pick.

Up In The Air

Head to the beautiful Serengeti in Africa and experience the wild animals in their natural habitats. Take a hot air balloon ride across the lands and bring out the daredevil inside of you, as you watch the animals roaming freely below you. Continue reading

A-Z of me

I’ve seen this A-Z of me post scattered around the blogosphere quite a lot recently; and I’m not surprised. It’s a lovely, simple post to let people know a little more about you. I pinched the idea off of Fraser’s Fun House (who’s blog is fantastic, hint hint mummy and lifestyle bloggers, go and check it out!) and thought it would be a good idea to do as my follower count has grown substantially since the last time I did any sort of “get to know me” or “facts about me” type post which have been lost in the ether by now. So, let’s get going. A-Z of me and please excuse any of these which are ridiculous because chances are I couldn’t think of anything beginning with that letter.

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4 tips for personalising your bedroom *

On average, people spend about a third of their day in the bedroom. In addition to sleeping, it’s where we get dressed in the morning and get some relaxing in at night after a long day. The bedroom is easily the most personal room in the house to the individual who sleeps in it, and the design should reflect the owner’s personality. Below are some guidelines on how to make your bedroom a safe haven that is yours and yours alone:

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From the US to the UK: Design.ME Hair *

My hair has been through a lot in my mere 25 years. I’m have naturally auburn hair but it’s seen the affects of severe bleaching, going bald from wearing too many hair extensions (yes, really) and going from almost to my bum to 2 inches long and every length and style in between. My hair has stayed it’s natural colour for a good few years now and I’m not planning on changing that any time soon and it’s back to a length I like but I’m still aware of the importance of taking care of your hair and always keen to try new hair products.

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2018 travel bucket list *

I’m not a huge traveler in the sense that you probably won’t ever find me backpacking around Thailand or moving to Australia for a year. Firstly, those places are far too hot for my delicate ginger complexion but mostly, it’s just not my sort of thing. I love a holiday – as most of us do – but lengthy travel isn’t for me. However, lately, I’ve discovered that there are plenty of places I would absolutely love to visit. In an ideal world, if I were to win a hefty amount on the lottery, I’d certainly be booking some holidays and short breaks to the places in this list. But in the meantime, I can just dream. Here’s my 2018 travel bucket list (or where I’d go if I won the lottery!)

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Cheap, free or easy ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

To some of us, associating Valentine’s Day with lavish gifts, romantic trips away or expensive meals just isn’t realistic or doable. Unfortunately, we’re not all in a position to be splashing that sort of money out on one day. If you are, then that’s great and I hope you find an amazing way to celebrate the day but for everyone else, I’ve compiled a list of either cheap or free and generally easy and low-key ways you can celebrate Valentine’s Day this year if you’re a bit stuck for ideas. I’m not a huge lover of Valentine’s Day (maybe if I was being whisked off to Monaco, I would be!) but it’s always nice to do something nice, right?

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