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Small Business Love

Hello there lovely people, how are we all today? This post is going to be a little different from anything I have done before, and is something I have toyed with doing for a few weeks now. I think we all love getting incredibly thought through items, presents, and products, and if we can do that while supporting a small business then it means that much more. I wanted to share some of those businesses that I’ve discovered over the past few weeks and months, partly to bring them recognition, and partly to say a huge thank you!! So in the run up to Christmas, here are some shops I really like and think are awesome small businesses!

Disclaimer: I have not been paid to write this, and have not received any free products/discounts in exchange for writing this post. These are my own thoughts and are based on my own experiences. Continue reading “Small Business Love”

General, Travel

DC/NYC | Day 4

There are so many great buildings to visit and places to see in Washington DC that last time I was there I missed quite a few of the ones I wanted to do most. I almost forgot that the Library of Congress existed, and the Senate Building was undergoing construction work in preparation for the 2016 Presidential election so we never really went to that end of the mall to see anything. This time I was ready to change that, and both places were pretty high on Emma’s list too so it was a no brainer! After walking a long way on Day 3 of our trip, we had the brilliant idea to try and keep our day to a walking minimum. It didn’t happen, but it was a great day. Continue reading “DC/NYC | Day 4”

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NaNoWriMo Wrap Up

Evening chaps and chapesses, how is life and December treating you? I am a little bit confused as to how it’s already the 4th, but there we go. The car was frozen this morning, the fog was around all day, and the temperature has dipped below zero, all official signs winter and December are here and here to stay. So, before we get too far into December, I wanted to take a look at the biggest success of last month: winning NaNoWriMo!

As you can probably tell, I am really quite happy with myself. I worked really hard to hit the word total, and when validated, had managed to write  53,943 words during NaNo. I’m pretty pleased with myself and for the first time in a while I am really quite proud of that achievement. I wrote over 50,000 words in my contemporary idea, so I actually managed to finish NaNo without needing to count the words that were added to my Pirate idea (I added them anyway, because y’know, I’d written them, but knowing I didn’t need to was pretty cool). I also finished on November 28th, which gave me a bit of breathing room to validate and actually assess what I had done and what I have left to finish the work in progress. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Wrap Up”

Books, General

December TBR

There is nothing else I can say about November’s reading performance other than calling it shambolic. I barely read anything because I was away for half of the month and was very involved in winning NaNoWriMo. I loved writing and the time I was using for other things and ended up devoting to NaNo allowed me to finish 53,000+ words of a comtemporary work in progress, but it came at such a cost. I really want to embrace reading again this month because I love it so much and there are so many stories I really want to shift through. I really need to get a move on and think about things I really want to finish, and not only that, but reignite my love for reading, because last month I only read one book which didn’t really mean I even had enough to do a wrap post about!! Continue reading “December TBR”

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Strictly Saturdays (On Sunday): Week 11

Hello hello, how are you all? How was your weekend? I’ve had a jam-packed and really rather lovely weekend that started visited family, ended with watching Liverpool beat their rivals Everton at Anfield, and had a brilliant trip with friends to the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio tour in between. And that’s the reason I am blogging a day later than the show aired. I was in Watford when it started and had a 4hr drive home so I am only just watching Week 11. And what a week it is, quarter finals and musicals week! Continue reading “Strictly Saturdays (On Sunday): Week 11”

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Blogmas

Howdy folks! Can’t believe it’s December already but the drop in temperature and increase in rain probably should have given it away. I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump in the past few weeks so I thought Blogmas would be the perfect chance to change that.

For those of you who don’t know, I was in Disney at the beginning of November and I took part in NaNoWriMo this past month (keep an eye out for a NaNo wrap post soon). Disney was awesome and I managed to win NaNoWriMo, however I only managed to finish one book in the whole of November and barely blogged at all so I feel like I’ve lost balance with my reading, writing, and blogging. Time to change that!

There’s lots of wrap posts and reflection posts to come at this time of year but there’s also some review and travel posts that I’ve been saying I’ll do forever and want to actually post before the end of 2018. So with that in mind, I’m taking a leaf out of last year’s book and I’ve decided I’ll be blogging every day in December (hopefully not as last minute every day as this one is!) so look forward to lots of posts from me to come.

Are you taking part in Blogmas this year? What are you looking forward to this December?

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NaNoWriMo Update: 11th-23rd November

Howdy folks! How is your November treating you? The UK ha suddenly turned super icky, it’s cold, it’s wet, it’s windy, the leaves are all down, and blankets and jumpers are a must at all times. It’s not pleasant. November has been a bit of a weird one for me. On one hand it’s been great, I’ve celebrated my birthday and Thanksgiving, I visited Disney in. Florida for the first 8 days and London for a couple too, and I’m doing NaNo, but on the other hand I have no money, my back is really playing up again and causing me a lot of pain, and I am in a reading and blogging rut/slump. I think it’s winter blues, but only time will tell.

Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Update: 11th-23rd November”