Thursday, 26 October 2017

Blogtober Day 26 - Sometimes you just need a quiet night in

Another short post tonight, I'm afraid! I was going to write up some more weight loss stuff or a review of the newest Pink Parcel, but I wasn't really up to it today, so this is a bit more rambly.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Blogtober Day 25 - Best of Boots 3-4-2 Gifts!

I tend to spend my lunchtime wandering around Belfast city centre, and recently I've taken to wandering through the big Boots on Royal Avenue and having a look at all their gifts! So, here's some of the things that have caught my eye if you're looking for gift ideas for someone!

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Blogtober Day 24 - Running Out of Steam

For about the past week, I've been dreading sitting down every evening to write my Blogtober post, as I feel like I'm running out of ideas.

It's a new feeling for me to be so short on ideas when it comes to this blog, because I've always had things I wanted to write about. I still do, I suppose, but I'm not writing them this month because I feel under pressure to get a post up everyday and I know that a few of them are more work than I can compete in a day.

I know I should have planned more at the beginning, and I'm really regretting that I didn't. At the same time - I've enjoyed getting so much more done on this blog. I've written more posts this month than my blog ever had before.

I feel like I should take a break and give up #Blogtober - but honestly? I'm too stubborn, and too close to the end to give up now. I think I need to spend some time reading other blogs - and other Blogtober posts! - to help spark some inspiration. So I think I'll do that tomorrow, and hopefully come back with some new ideas.

How is everyone else's #Blogtober going? Is anyone else finding it as difficult as I am?

Monday, 23 October 2017

Blogtober Day 23 - Paris Photo Diary

I visited Paris for my birthday in May this year and took loads of pictures - but never did anything with them. So I thought I'd make a photo post!

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Blogtober Day 22- Autumn Clothes Wishlist

I've recently had a wardrobe clear out of the clothes that are now too big for me - which, annoyingly, is pretty much all of them. Therefore, I've been spending a lot of time browsing various clothes shops and sites, looking at pretty clothes (mostly ones that I can't afford), and I thought I'd put together a post of the things I'm most lusting after right now.

Blogtober Day 21 - Easiest Scones Ever Recipe!

On Saturday (i.e. the day this was supposed to be posted) I pretty much had a Major Baking Day. I made an apple pie (compete with my first ever lattice top!), mini apple pies, snickerdoodles, gingerbread cupcakes (with salted caramel icing), and, because I wanted a scone for lunch, some scones. And because I've never done a recipe post before, I thought I'd put up my 'easiest scones ever' recipe!

Friday, 20 October 2017

Blogtober Day 20 - What to do if you're failing at your diet.

Up until this week, I'd been eating really well. And then it went downhill, big time.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Blogtober Day 19 - Apps to organise your life!

My default position in life is disorganised. There are some things I can keep track of (just ask me about my meticulous bookshelves. Go on) and but for the rest of my life I need some help keeping everything sorted. So, I thought I'd do a post on the apps I use (on my iPhone 6S) to keep my life in order. I really couldn't go without these!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Blogtober Day 18 - The Get To Know Me Tag!

Months ago, when I first suggested Blogtober, Sarah-Louise Writes suggested that one of the posts I should do should be a 'Get To Know Me' tag. The thought of it popped into my head again today, so I thought I'd give it a go!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Blogtober Day 17 - Chocolate Afternoon Tea at Galgorm Hotel & Spa!

On Sunday, a few friends (including Sarah-Louise from Sarah-Louise Writes!) went for Afternoon Tea in the Galgorm Hotel. But this was no ordinary afternoon tea, no. This was Chocolate afternoon tea!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Blogtober Day 16 - We're over halfway!

It's over halfway through the month, and I wanted to stop for a bit and, firstly, celebrate that I've managed to get this far! I've written more posts this month than I have since I started this blog, so even if I stopped now, I've still accomplished something.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Blogtober Day 15- 5 Amazing Documentaries on Netflix Right Now!

Now that the nights are drawing in, it's a lot more tempting to curl up on the sofa in front of the TV than it is to go outside. Therefore, I thought I'd do a post on what you should watch while curled up on that sofa! I don't think I've mentioned this on my blog before, but I'm a little bit of a documentary/factual programming nut - to the extent that I've an MA in documentary production and want to work in factual TV -  and I wanted to do something a little different than just what I'm binge-watching right now. So, I've decided to write about five fantastic documentaries you should check out on Netflix right now.

I'm working with Panasonic on this post to celebrate the release of their new 4K TV! More information on the Panasonic Ultra HD 4K TV can be found here.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Blogtober Day 14 - Getting the most out of charity shops!

Today, my Mum and I went clothes shopping! I've lost a lot of weight in the past few years, and more especially in the past two months, so I'm pretty much completely out of clothes that actually fit me. Add into that that a few weeks ago I had a wardrobe clear-out, and the result is that I've pretty much been wearing the same very small set of too-big clothes for a few weeks now. It is more than mildly frustrating, I have to say. So I was in desperate need of new clothes - yet at the same time, I don't have much money and I'm not done losing weight, so any clothes I buy now could end up being too big again. The solution? Charity shops!

Friday, 13 October 2017

Blogtober Day 13 - Why I love travelling solo

For years, I travelled alone to other cities in the UK - particularly London - a lot. Then last year I went on holiday to Italy by myself and visited three different cities (well, four, technically) - Venice, Florence, Milan, and Bergamo. I had such a good time by myself and I can't wait to go away by myself sometime again, as soon as possible.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Blogtober Day 12 - What I'm looking forward to!

I'm getting worse at this #Blogtober lark.

I feel like I'm doing a little positivity mini-series with this post, and the one I posted a few days ago. I don't know if they're the most interesting for other people to read, but I kind of want to have them so I can take stock of where I am now and look back at them when I need a bit of cheering up.  So, here's a list of twenty things (both big and small) that I'm looking forward to right now.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Blogtober Day 11 - Weight Loss Misconceptions!

Hello again! After yesterday's post on my weight loss story, I thought that today I'd write about various misconceptions I've encountered on my weight-loss journey, because there's a hell of a lot of them out there.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Blogtober Day 10: My Weight Loss Story

You best sit down, we're going to be getting a bit more personal today.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Blogtober Day 9 - September Pink Parcel Review

I really enjoyed writing the review of August's Pink Parcel, so I thought I'd do the same thing again for September's box. I love Pink Parcel so much - they're still the only subscription box I get (apart from Graze). If you want to check out my review of August's box, the link is here.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Blogtober Day 8 - The Falling For Fall tag

I've been meaning to do a tag post for a while, and earlier this month Sarah-Louise from Sarah-Louise Writes tagged me in the 'Falling For Fall' tag, which looked fun, so I decided to give it a go. You can check out Sarah-Louise's post here!

Blogtober Day 7 - Things That Made Me Happy Yesterday

This is going up a day later than it should as I didn't manage to get much done blogwise yesterday (or today for that matter). I had a good - but busy - day yesterday and I thought it might be a nice (and quick) idea for a post to list the things that made me happy, mostly so I could look back on them.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Blogtober Day 6 - Places I'd Love To Revisit!

I've been lucky enough to be able to visit quite a few places in my life - although not as many as I would like, as I said here. But there are some places that I've been to that I'd love to go back to, either because they're really wonderful places that I loved, or I didn't get the chance to see as much of the place as I wanted and I'd love to back and see more.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Blogtober Day 5 - Christmas Menu Launch at the Knife & Fork!

In what seems like forever ago (although it's been just over a month), I was lucky enough (thanks to the OhhSocial app!) to attend the launch of the Christmas menu in the Knife & Fork at the Malone Lodge Hotel hotel, on Eglantine Avenue in South Belfast. This was actually the first event I'd been to my myself, but I had a great time - and sampled some great food! I'm a little later than planned posting it, but I think around now is the time people are getting Christmas parties sorted - so you'd best book ASAP!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

BlogTober Day 4 - The Opening of Café Parisien!

I tend to wander around Belfast city centre during my lunch break as I'm lucky enough to work in the city, which meant that yesterday I could easily call into the new Café Parisien on their opening day! To celebrate, they were giving away free crêpes from 9am to 2pm, and well, I can never resist free food.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Blogtober Day 3 - 1 Day in Dublin!

I recently spent approximately a day in Dublin and thought I may as well write a post about what you can do and see in the city if you're only there for a short time! I've been many times before, so I've not talked about the normal tourist spots, and tried to find places a little more off the beaten track. So sorry, no info on the GPO, Kilmainham Gaol, or the Guinness Storehouse here!

(... I did forget to take many pictures, as I only decided to write this up afterwards. Particularly of my food. Whoops. Sooo you're just going to have to make do with what I've got).

Monday, 2 October 2017

Blogtober Day 2 - September Favourites

Day 2 of Blogtober, and I thought I'd let people know what I've been enjoying in September!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Blogtober Day 1 - October Goals

I've decided I'm doing Blogtober. And by 'decided' I mean 'I decided ages ago but never actually did any preperatory work for it because I'm an idiot'. Yet! That has not put me off! I have a list of topics that I would like to cover, and I want to get as far as I can into the month updating every day because I'm horrendously behind in updating this and I need to give myself a kick in the behind. So, sneaking in just before midnight, is this post on my October goals.

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