Blogging Goals 2018

How is it already 2018 it only seems like it was a couple of weeks ago when I was writing my goals post which I hoped to achieve within 2017. Today I am going to share with you the goals which I want to achieve within this year there are some which are blogging related. Then in the next few days, I am going to share with the lifestyle ones which I want to achieve this year.
I would love to work with some more brands this year I do have a list of brands which I would love to work with this year. This is not something which I am going to share for now but of course should I end up working with any brand this year I will share with you. Last year you may know I managed to work with some amazing brands and make some great contacts who I may connect and collaborate again with this year.
I would love to improve my photography skills because as the time goes on taking photos of Jess is something which I want to do even more. She is growing up so fast which is not something which I am actually loving at them moment. As you can imagine because she is an active toddler she does not want to stay still and pose for me. I do not want to force Jess to do things which she does not want to do.  I am sure looking back at pictures of herself is going to be something which Jess will love to do.
Growing my blog is something which I really want to be able to do this year because of the fact that if I am able to continue writing posts.Of course, even if it is just one more person reading my blog it will mean so much. I appreciate every single one of you that take the time out of your busy lives to read my little blog.
I also would love to be able to grow my social media because of the fact that I would love to be able to interact with more of you this then allows you to feel like you know me more on a personal level. It also allows you to tell me what you actually want to read on my blog because what is the point of creating content that nobody wants to see. I currently have around 1400 followers on twitter which is something which I would love to increase to around the 2000 mark by the end of the year. This is something which I could do should I actually interact a hell of a lot more this was my goal for the year of 2017 but I did not manage to achieve it.
I have decided that posting on Instagram stories a lot more is something which I want to do because of the fact that I would love to be able to create youtube videos however, I know I do not have the time to edit these videos at the moment so creating stories is something which I would love to do. I feel like this is a great way to be able to interact with people who follow me. I really would love to be able to achieve my goal of hitting 1000 followers this year and have found when I post more on my stories that the number of followers does actually increase. I think that I have not set this target too high and it is actually achieveable this year if you do not already follow me it is @cuposfcharlotte on both Instagram, facebook and twitter.
Do you have any blogging goals for the year?

 

Charlotte x

A Review of 2017

As we approach the end of 2017 I thought I would reflect on the year as a whole.This year has had something which has had a number of highs as well as a couple of lows which is not something which I have shared a lot of on my blog. This is not even a post I know that I am going to post for all I know I might bottle it and this ends up sitting in my drafts and this something which you never end up reading which is something I have done with a few posts recently.
At the start of the year, it saw us lose someone who meant so much to use as a family she has been ill for a short while. She had been unable to communicate with us for a few years now, however, she meant so much to use and I am glad that she meant to meet Jess. When Jess went to visit her face always lit up and she laughed which is something I took to heart.  I am glad to say that she did have a very long and happy life I hope she has found peace and is happy up there and is watching down on us and my little family.
Very early on in the year, I managed to smash my Facebook page target which I had set up only a couple of weeks before. This means so much to me because I did not know that, so many people would want to follow me. It still amazes me that people want to follow me and my really boring life. It does mean so much to me and I hope you all know how special you are to me.
When the weather became warmer we actually managed to explore and take trips to the park as a family which is something which I loved. For sure I  can not wait till the weather is a little bit nicer and we can do it again. It is currently a little bit cold to be at the park even if we end up wrapping up. For sure in the next few weeks, we will be heading to the park because it is something which Jess loves doing.  It burns so much energy which is amazing because she is a fireball of energy all of the time.
2017 saw us explore a few more places we went over to Chester for the first time since Jess was born.Of course, we had to take her to the zoo because she does love animals. It is amazing that she can get her fix by watching the show the secret live at the zoo which is something which she loves to do. The zoo is somewhere which I would love to take another trip too this year when the weather is a bit warmer than it currently is. I can’t wait till they are on summer opening times which means that we can spend the whole day there.
While on the trip to Chester we also managed to pop into Liverpool which is home to Mattel play which of course is somewhere which we had to make a trip to. This is something which I have done a blog post on if you want more information. This is a place where I might have to go to again because Jess has massively got more into Fireman Sam since our visit. I now need to research whether there is a paw patrol world or something similar as this is for sure something which she would love to go to.
Travelling on trains is something which has occurred a lot during 2017 as the fact I have been completing even more of my degree. Which is scary because I only have a couple of months left now which scares normal people let alone someone who has been studying for their degree since 2013.  I now need to be able to get some work experience which might help me be able to get on my masters. I actually want to continue my studies and do a master in physiotherapy this hopefully will be in York as well because it is a city which has my heart at the moment. This year has actually been special because it has meant I passed my sports massage course which meant that I am qualified which is something I am thinking of doing in the time between obtaining my degree and starting on my masters as there is a period of 6 months where I will still need to be earning.
This year has also seen us complete our first deployment as Daddy went away in May and did not return until November. Which of course was a challenge I am lucky that I had a lot of support from my family which meant that it went pretty easy. Jess was amazing throughout because you do not know how much it actually affected her because her Daddy was away it did make her very clingy because she was scared that I was going to leave her as well. Hopefully, this year does mean that it does see us been able to have a whole year as a family even though we know there is going to be some exercises hopefully there will not be a long deployment like last year.
Joe did manage to actually come home for Jess’s birthday which of course was special I think this might have meant more to her than actually getting her presents. We managed to get a day out for her actual birthday we went to Yorkshire Wildlife Park we adored it because there are animals and there is also Polar bears which is not something which you see a lot of within the UK.  I think this is going to be a place which we end up having to go to again within the next few months and it is not actually very far from where we live an hour ago from it.
We have managed to have a fair few normal days which is good because when you are constantly on the go like us you sometimes need to take a break because otherwise, I find this is when you actually become ill. I have found that during this Christmas break I have managed to become ill a couple of times which is never good I think this is one of the reasons why I need to take more breaks. Maybe I should start watching a series and then this may mean that I have something to binge watch.
Thank you for following our journey in 2017  I hope you follow along with us in 2018 as we have a lot of exciting things coming up which are already planned and I am sure there is going to be a lot more in the pipeline.
What did you do this year?

 

Charlotte x

2017 Goals Reviewed

 I am going to review my blogging goals of 2017 because this year is coming to an end now and I thought that today would be a good time to reflect on the year which has been 2017 in a blogging capacity. I have not managed to hit many I think only one of my social media goals, however, I have actually been able to do a lot of things which I could not have imagined. This year did actually see me get a better camera I now have the Cannon G7X Mark II this is something which I was luckily gifted to from Joe.  This was so that I would be able to capture some of the memories which he would of Jess when he was away.
I think that my photography has actually come on a lot this year, however, of course this is something which I want to improve more. I think that I will be able to actually use Jess more because this camera does have a screen she can actually see herself and as long as Jess can see herself she is very happy to be photographed.  This year has also seen me work with some amazing brands who I could have only dreamt about for example I have worked with Prestige Flowers, Bakerdays, Rock Up Hull & Toddlerbike 2. I could not work these amazing brands without you all following me and actually reading my posts.  So, thank you so much because I enjoy and apricated every single one of you.
On to my social media goals which I set at the start of the year
Twitter
Current-1400
Goal-2000
As you can see I was 600 followers away from my goal which is fine with me because I actually grew by 500 followers this year. I have not been that active on twitter for some reason however, this is something which I would like to change. I know this is something which I could do on the commute and hopefully, I could take part in more chats which occur on there.
Instagram
Currently- 800
Goal-1000
Instagram is one of the social media which I find really hard to grow but this is something which speaking to other bloggers find. It is something which I think I need to be able to post more often on there because I think I only posted around 40 times. Instagram stories I have found a great way to interact with my followers. They are something which I love watching and are something which I think that I could do a fair more of them this year.
Bloglovin-
Currently– 205
Goal- 250
Bloglovin in a platform which a lot of bloggers came of this year and this is because of the way that it changed their terms and conditions. This could be one of the reasons why I may not have actually achieved my goal. I am proud that I have managed to grow a little bit but as long as I know that people are still reading my posts and I feel like I am creating content which I love and would want to read. This is a goal which I might actually set for 2018 because I do think that it could be achievable.
Facebook
Currently-149
Goal- 50
Facebook was the only platform which I managed to achieve my goal on this year which is shocking because it is not the platform which I do not use that often I think I actually might have to use it more because it is something which you are all loving at the moment. I manage to nearly triple my likes on the page which is amazing I will be looking to post more videos and share them over there.
Thank you for actually allowing me to achieve some of my goals this year and without you, I could not have reached these crazy numbers. It sometimes shocks me that people out there actually want to read the content which I product.

 

Charlotte x

Blogger Interview Tag

Hi Guys

Today I have another tag because I know you love to read them so I keep making them for you. Today I was tagged by the lovely Rach from Sunshine,Smiles and Fairy Dust. You should check her out if you haven’t all ready.

This tag allows you to know me a little bit better and also find out why I started blogging information which you may find interesting I hope you do anyway on with the tag,

1. How did you get into blogging?

I had been watching youtube videos for a while and thought I could do this but I was to scared to do that. However I knew most youtubers had blogs so I decided that was what I was going to do. I am now confident with my blog I am thinking about launching onto youtube very soon let me know what you think should I or shouldn’t I.

2. What advice would you give bloggers starting out?

I would say to them do it because you want to and always be yourself because you can tell when people are faking it. If you enjoy it I promise it will become natural. I never thought I was enjoy blogging as much as I do but after all this time I still do and can not imaging life without my blog now. 

3. What would be your dream campaign?

Seen as my blog is a bit of everything due to the fact that it reflects my life it is one which I find hard to answer but I am sure it would be a campaign which was going to do some good and effect people lives in a positive way. 

4. Do you have a plan for your blog?

Nope I don’t really plan anything up until having Jess I didn’t really plan anything I would not even plan a months time because I really didn’t see the point but now I have life plans. However I want just to see where my blog goes and takes me in my life. As long as you are reading I will continue to write.
I would love to nominate the following bloggers:
I hope you enjoyed this post and checked out the amazing girls I have mentioned in this post
Charlotte x

  

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review

Hi Guys

I know this is a product which has been available for a while and it is one which I have been using for at least 9 months now. I don’t just use this as my only cleanser I use it as the first part of the routine on a night and use it as my only one in a morning usually.

Instead of squirting some out on to a cotton pad and wiping it around my face like I think most people use this product. I have poured so much of this product into an empty spray bottle which I picked up from superdrug, Then I either spray my face with it and wipe with a cotton pad or spray onto the cotton pad and then wipe my face,

I have found this product to be very gentle on my face it removes all my make up on a night which is what I want from my first cleanse and then in a morning it wakes my skin up and removes anything which has been produced overnight such as any remaining facemasks.

This product is amazing because it is so easy to use it and this means that I don’t have to use facewipes when I come in from a night out or when I am so sleepy and really don’t want to do my whole skincare routine. This product now can be purchased in a smaller size bottle than it used to be which is handy for travel because the big bottle lasts for months due to the fact that you need so little for this product to be so effective,

Have you tried this or have a recommendation for something similar I should try?

Charlotte x

September Empties

Hi Guy
Today I decided that I was going to share with you all the products which I have used up in the month of September. This is not something which I do monthly due to the fact that normally worth it as I use the same products up on a monthly basis so this would be so repetitive. 
The first product is the Boots Natural Collection Strawberry Body Spray. I used this up by giving a myself a few squirts of it when I had changed my clothes or when I was bored and wanted to smell nice. I think I have had this product so long that they no longer actually sell it. The scent to me was a little bit too sweet towards the end but again this could have just been me. I am just going to use another  body spray which I have in my collection instead of rushing out to repurchase this or a similar scent.
The face cream which I have used up this month was the MeMeMe Cosmetics Seventh Heaven Face Base. This was something which I received in a goodie bag from the brand at FABB Birmingham last year. I have slowly being using it and decided I was going to just use this and get rid of it. It is a lovely thick primer which absorbs into the skin very quickly and leaves it smooth ready for makeup application. I would repurchase this possibly again in the future but I have loads of these kind of products to use up. You can purchase this for £15 here.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation I used to be constantly using this foundation however I started just flicking between the ones I owned and left this with basically hardly anything left in it. I decided that I was only going to use this one until it had ran out. I remembered again why I loved this foundation. I have another bottle of this at uni however I want to use some of the other foundations which I own because I have a fair few open. You can purchase this foundation here for £8.99 but Boots currently have Rimmel on 2 for £10.

Shampoo is something which I try a range of different brands this month saw me us the rest of the Timotei Vivid Colour Shampoo. This is a shampoo which I picked this up in Tesco for about £1 this is a shampoo which I did not think was too bad for a cheap shampoo. This one which if I found again I would repurchase because of the fact that i did leave my hair clean and I could leave it two or three days between washes,

Finally I used up the Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser this cleanser left my face feeling ridiculously clean, I would totally repurchase this item when I use up some more of my cleansers because I will admit I have a fair few. You would not believe how much my skin cleaned up while I was using this. You can purchase this here for £7.95 but Boots have skincare on 3 for 2 currently.

What have you used this month?

Charlotte x

Throwback Birchbox September 2014

Hi Guys

Today I am going to be kicking off a new series here on my blog every month until January. I have been debating getting Birchbox or another beauty subscription box service again recently. However when I think about it I have loads of the products that I received still unused.

This month I have decided that I am going to have a look at the products which I received in my September Birchbox 2014. A year ago the birchbox theme was Happy days and all about been happy the products which where in the box where supposed to make you feel like this. So lets see how many of them I have used . All pictures have been taken from Birchbox website

The first item which I received was the Korres Citrus body milk. I will admit this is still a product which I have not used it is actually sat in a bag in my uni room waiting for me to finish up the huge body shop shower gel which I have been using for a year at uni. So this is the reason that this product has not been used it is because I have actually being using the same shower gel for a year however if I hadn’t I would have used this up before now. So I will say it is an item which I was grateful for and still am. 
Benefit it’s potent eye cream I didn’t really use eye cream until I found this product in my draw again a couple of months ago. I have been using this ever since and have about 50% of it left which you could say is me doing well. I would not have purchased this item if I had not received this in a subscription box. I think I would just purchase a more purse friendly eye cream as it is not something I need massively at the moment. 
Beauty Blender I actually sold this one due to the fact that I already had one however I have not found myself reaching for this product. I either use my Wilkos stippling brush which you will see in a haul soon or the real techniques buffing brush to apply my base products. Maybe I should have a hunt for my beauty blender and see if I actually get on with it and give it another chance.
Agave Healing Oil Treatment this is something which is still sat in my stash due to the the fact that I have a Avon hair oil which I use if I apply any oil to my hair. This is only a 4ml sample as well so I don’t think it would actually take me long to use it up if I tried maybe 4/5 applications. This is something which I could have happily not received due to the fact that I hardly use hair oil anyway. 
The final beauty product which was in this box was the Model Co Lip Lacquer in Viva lipgloss is not something which I ever really reach for this is due to the fact that I find them very sticky and my hair ends up in it. I think I have only ever swatched this item. Maybe when I am looking for a very neutral lip and not bother about how long it lasts I might reach for this and try and get it used up. 
Urban Fruit Pineapple snack this is a product which I have used full up I ate them not long after receiving them in the box. I have actual purchased these since having them so this is something I am glad that I tried because I am unsure if I would have picked them up previously. 
Birchbox photo holder I will admit this is a product which is still sat on my window sill at home in the packaging because I am not a person who will take a lot of photos and print them off. I am yet to really find a use for this product. 
So I have used fully one product and started another one so 2/7 of these products have been used in a year. This is not one of the most loved box as you can see I almost wasted my money on this.
Did you get this box if so which products have you used?
Charlotte x

Book Review: Bridesmaids By Jane Costello

Hey Guys

As you might remember in my September goals I mentioned the fact that I was going to try and read two books a month. Well you will be glad to know that I have completed the first book and what better way to celebrate then to share a review with you.

The Blurb

” With less than an hour to go before her best friend is to walk down the aisle, Evie is attemtping to fulfill her most important as a bridesmaid: to deposit the bride at the start-line. Although the odds appear stacked against her, she at least has her new ‘chicken fillets’ to boost her confidence. Until that is, they are witnessed popping out of her dress by the dazzlingly handsome Jack.

 Evie is twenty-seven, a sparkly,down-to-earth journalist who has never been in love and has started to think that she never will be. Small wonder then that the prospect of so many impending weddings fills her with utter trepidation.

When Jack starts becoming a regular fixture at the nuptials however things really start looking up. Only between her discovery that he’s dating the self-obsessed Valentina and an unfortunate incident with a 10-inch vibrator, not everything goes quite as Evie might have hoped’.

My Views

I never thought that I would fall for such a romantic book usually I love it when there is a huge twist. However when I was reading this book I stayed up way past my bed time last night because I just couldn’t put it down before I finished it.


The story line is so predictable. It offers the common formula of a love story found in chick lits but this book is so easy to follow you hardly have to think as you are reading it.
The only critisms I  have of this book is the unrealistic characters and the ending. The characters are meant to be really funny however this can make them seem so fake and not realistic. The only who characters who I can relate in life are Evie and Jack the others seem very fake and almost fictional if that makes any sense. 
This book you can guess the ending before you actually reach anywhere near it which really was a downside for me because I felt like I was reading it the last sections just to be proved right which kind of annoyed me. 
Have you read this book if so what did you think of it?
Charlotte x

This or that tag

Hey Guys

When I was reading some of the amazing of my fellow bloggers old post I found this tag which I really enjoyed so I thought it was time that I shared with you guys due to the fact that I thought you might find  it interesting.

Makeup:
Blush or Bronzer – Blush
Lip gloss or Lipstick – Lipstick 
Eyeliner or Mascara – Mascara
Foundation or Concealer – Both but concealer is needed more
Neutral or Colour eyeshadow – Neutral eyeshadow
Pressed or Loose eye shadows – Pressed eye shadows
Brushes or Sponges – Brushes

Nails:
OPI or China glaze – OPI
Long or Short – Inbetween I love long but short are more practical
Acrylic or Natural – Natural
Brights or Darks – Brights
Flower or No Flower –  No Flower

Body:
Perfume or Body Splash – Perfume
Lotion or Body Butter- Body Butter
Body Wash or Soap – Body Wash
Lush or other bath company – Lush haven’t really tried many non lush

Fashion:
Jeans or Sweat Pants – Neither but at the moment sweat pants
Long sleeve or Short – Short with hoodie over the top
Dresses or Skirts – Dresses
Stripes or Plaid – Stripes
Flip flops or Sandals – Neither but flip flops if I have to choose
Scarves or Hats – Scarves
Studs or Dangly earrings – Studs but I always forget them 
Necklaces or Bracelets – Bracelets but I do wear necklaces
Heels or Flats – Depending on the occasion
Cowboy boots or Riding boots – Cowboy boots
Jacket or Hoodie – Hoodie they are my best friends
Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe – Forever 21 I’ve not heard of Charlotte Russe
Abercombie or Hollister – Neither? 
Saks 5th or Nordstrom –  don’t know these stores?

Hair:

Curly or Straight – Straight/ Wavy 
Bun or Ponytail – Both 
Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips – Bobby pins
Hair spray or Gel – Hair spray
Long or Short – Long
Light or Dark – Light
Side Sweep Bangs or Full Bangs – Side sweep bangs
Up or Down – Both 

Random:
Rain or Shine – Shine
Summer or Winter – Summer
Fall or Spring – Both
Chocolate or Vanilla – Either
East coast or West Coast- Both of the UK. 

I hope you enjoyed this tag and learn more about me. Let me know in the comments below if you do this tag and leave your links. I will be sure to check them out.

Charlotte x

September Goals

Hi Guys

I have decided at he start of every month that I am going to set goals which I want to achieve for that month and then at the start of the next month I will update you and tell you if I achieved them. Some of my goals are going to be blogging related some are going to be personal/life,

1.Reach 150 Bloglovin’ followers- I currently have 147 followers which means that I only need 3 more of you lovely people to follow me. This may seem a small amount of followers compared to some people but to me you all mean something special. My link can be found on the side bar. 

2,Reach 500 Twitter followers- I currently have 488 followers I can not believe that so many of you want to read my rambles. This is where if you want to contact me you are more likely to get a response from me. I am always up for a chat. My twitter handle is @BWSheep
3.Manage to read two books for pleasure– Reading for pleasure is not something which I have done for a long time because of the fact that if I read usually it is something for uni. However in the last few weeks I have got back into the swing of reading and really enjoyed it. I am aiming to read two books as month however this may decrease to one next month when uni comes back into play. 
4.Paint my nails at least once a week–  Seen as I am not at work this month where I have to take my nail varnish off means that I can actually enjoy painting my nails again. I hope to find some of my old favourite nail polishes and give them so love which they deserve again.
5. Get a blogging schedule-  This is something which I tried to start in August but then failed towards the end of the month. I am currently writing this post on my mum’s laptop because mine is broken however I will either be getting mine fixed this week or getting a new one. I hope to post 3/4 times a week which hopefully be Monday, Wednesday, Friday and a bonus one on Sunday if I do post 4 times a week. Let’s see how long this lasts 
 
What are your goals for the month ahead?

Charlotte x