Month: July 2017

Life // Do You Need a Blogging ‘Niche’?

Sit down and blog posts are sometimes few and far between but they’re honestly, my fave posts to write. I love bloggers who share their lives and use their online space as a diary and forum to vent or share updates on their daily lives. I think I struggle with my content. This blog has had so many slight changes – lifestyle blog, food blog, dedicated Liverpool food blog & now, well it’s a bit of everything. I don’t attend as many restaurant reviews as I was doing a year, two years ago and so my content has switched. But after blogging for a whopping 7 years, my domain authority has steadily grown and I get to work with amazing brands – which is truly fab, but I wonder how I got here! My fave collaborations to take part in a recipe related. I do still love to blog about food and since I’m very much a homebird these days, I do love creating recipe content. So to be recognised by brands for this is …

Food // Summer Eats with Holy Moly Dips 

After a super-long hiatus away from posting food content, I’m back! Since joining SW, I’ve reignited my love for prepping super-yummy meals and making sure I get my 5-a-day! If you know anything about Slimming World, you may have heard that avocado is a syn. Essentially, it’s a fat free diet plan so even healthy fats like the humble avocado is a bit of a no-go and must be counted as a syn. However, I’m not one to always play by the rules and therefore I’ve still been getting my avocado on toast fix and loading it yup on sweet potato nachos (SO not as good as classic nachos) without syning it – I’m all about everything in moderation! Now when I buy my avocado I tend to opt for a whole one from Aldi and just play the wait and see game as to whether it’s ripe or not! But, when Holy Moly got in touch to see if I fancied trying their avo/guacamole range, I was all in. First up, I loved the …

Life // How To Save For a House Deposit

Attempting to save for a house deposit is no easy feat, believe me. Sacrifices have to be made and with all of your monthly outgoings, it’s so hard to put a set amount aside every month. If you’re a long-time reader, I’m sure you’ll know that we currently rent a house which makes saving that little bit harder. It does feel like an uphill struggle and with so many friends on my Facebook feed owning their first and maybe second houses does sting a bit as we’re still stuck in the renting trap. But I’ve got to remember that it beats living at home still. Whilst it is massively overwhelming trying to save a huge sum of money and having to say no to seeing friends/hen do’s/luxury holidays because you can’t financially make it work is rubbish, but we hope it will be worth it in the long run! Paying rent each month bills and then wanting to have a little bit of a life at the weekend does mean savings fluctuate from month to …

Fashion // Recycle Old Clothes with iCollectClothes

Since I started working in Liverpool city centre last year, I’ve definitely become more aware of those in need and helping out with local charities. Through my workplace, we worked on a brand campaign earlier this year raising money for The Whitechapel Centre, the homeless charity and donated to food banks. There’s something about working in the city, that definitely brings homelessness and the need for donations to the forefront and this is something I want to help with over the next few months. I’ve already enquired about taking part in the Liverpool Sleepout – which is raising awareness about the growing number of homeless people in the city. But the old saying is, charity starts at home…. iCollectClothes recently got in touch with me to see if we can explore ways of working together and I was keen to find out more. I don’t know about you, but when I moved house back in May we found reams of clothes, accessories and shoes spread across our bedroom and the spare bedroom. Whilst the majority …

Life // Save Time with Bidvine

I don’t know if you’ve seen the meme that’s doing the rounds, referencing how hard it is to get your ish together nowadays but it’s so apt. Finding time to walk the dog, clean the house, eat healthily, blog, see friends, oh and do a full day in work. It’s tough right? Whilst I don’t feel like I do too badly at keeping all the aforementioned plates juggling, it can be hard to keep everything ticking over. Last month I joined Slimming World. I haven’t mentioned it yet as I wanted to get stuck in, get my eating adjusted and start to make it part of my routine before shouting about it on the blog. But, 4 weeks in and I’m doing ok. 10 and a half pounds down with just little tweaks to thank, I think I’m invested. But now I want to start to take care of my wellbeing too… Like I said at the start of this post, finding time can honestly be the biggest blocker in getting everything done that you …

Hair // Maintaining Silver/Grey Hair

So, here’s the thing. I’ve wanted to go grey/silver for quite some time after going super platinum blonde last summer, trying various different toners and then returning to the hairdressers to get my colour done after 18 months of box days. But I decided to bite the bullet and go white blonde to start the grey/silver process! Like I mentioned, I first gave this a go last summer at home but decided to pay this time at my new hairdressers so I don’t end up damaging my hair…too much anyway! I love my new hairdressers as they’re not scared to use colour and bleach, which is great and I felt in safe hands. After a touch up of my roots and the ends of my hair to lighten it up and remove the golden toned highlights, I had put in back in April, they added a toner and I left with a platinum blonde/silver tinted bob! but, as any white-blonde gal knows, achieving the colour you want in the hairdressers is amazing, but the real fun …