2016 Goals

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It’s hard to believe that another year has passed one in which had so many great occasions for me. 2015 saw me move house 3 times, become a mum and meet some amazing friends and family well people I class as family now.
In 2016 I want to have even more amazing times some with family such as celebrating my 21st birthday as well as Jess’s 1st as well as possibly having her christened in the summer time. I also want to go back to university to finish my degree which I have a year left doing alongside this I want to start saving more money so that I can start saving for our house which scares me because it seems such a grown up thing to do.

I also want to improve my blog over the course of this year starting with posting more often I know that when I started this blog I planned on posting regular however I celebrated Christmas twice so it meant been really busy with both sides of Jess’s family and we finally got a family photo we love. I really want to start posting 3 times a week, however, I am not going to make it set days yet but I think it will be Monday, Wednesday’s and Fridays.
I want to also create more friends this year because since finishing uni for a year I feel like I have lost so many friends. I would love to create more blogger friends even if it is just online so if you want a blogger friend to let me know.
I would love to reach 100 followers currently, I only have 5 but if this does not happen this is not something that I am too bothered about because at the end of the day it is not all about followers.
Finally, my last goal is to use some of my products out of my stash so this means going on a low buy while I get using some of them up. This is going to see me hopefully do some project pan challenges on the blog and also project polish but more on that next week when I launch that even though I have started that already.
What are your goals for this year?

Tips I Wish I Knew When Starting a Blog

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Since relauching a blog I have released what I did wrong on my first blog and why I did not love my old blog as much. The benefits I have seen since this is an increase in views compared to my old blog which has seen some of you actually decide you want to follow me. This is something which I am
so thankful for.

So today I have decided that I am going to share with you some tips which I which I had known when I had started blogging so that I can give something back to this amazing community which we have.

Don’t be scared to ask for help we have all been there and not been able to do things which we want. However don’t forget that most bloggers can be contacted on social media and there links are usually on their blog. If you are scared of asking some of them why not try google they will be posts and tutorials about what you are trying to do without a doubt.

Use Google Analytics this allows you to see your real stats it allows you to see when people view your blog and how they have got on it. This can help you to see if your tweets are effective and what time of day your posts get read the most may make you change upload times. It also allows you to see the days people are most active. If you need help with this I can help even thought I have a basic understand of this. I don’t know why I didn’t use this for so long now I check my stats on my phone every single day.

Social Media the more that you connect to bloggers the more likely they are to read your blog make sure you have a twitter account and an Instagram even if your Instagram is your personal one don’t worry about it at all.The more active you are on social media I find the more connections I have I now even have started scheduling tweets so that they do go out when I am not able to tweet.

Schedule make sure people know what days to expect new post so that they come looking for them. For me I know it is not realistic for me to post every single day because of my uni commitments but this does not stop me for posting 3/4 times a week. Even if I don’t have time I make sure that when I have a bit of spare time I start a post and some times if my work load is a little bit lighter I will write in bulk and schedule this is something which you can find me doing on a Sunday usually.

Be original don’t copy other people post you can use them for inspiration but don’t copy them word for word because this is not a way to gain followers. If anything it is possibly something which would put people off reading your blog which is never something you want.

What tips do you wish you knew when you started a blog


Top 5 Future Holiday Destinations

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January is the month when people start planning where they are going to go on their summer holidays this year. I will not be going abroad this year due to the fact that I have Jess and it will be really hard but I think I am going to have a couple of weeks away in the UK with family. These are places I have dreamed about going to before Jess was born,

Sydney
I would love to visit this beautiful part of Australia they looks so much which you can do in the city as well as going to the beautiful beaches which are not that far away this is somewhere where I would love to move to maybe in the future this is something which could happen. I need to start saving so I can afford to do this one day because I know its not going to be cheap.
New York

This just looks beautiful from all the vlogs which I have watched and also the pictures which I have seen on peoples blogs. I think I would love the mix of the shopping which can be done as well as the touristy things such as central park. I always think I would love to go to New York when it is cold so maybe next winter this is a place which I will be visiting. 
California
I blame my boyfriend for this because he went with work last summer for 2/3 months and would send me pictures. It looked like you see it in the movies so clean and sunny. I am sure if I beg him enough he would go back and take me this time so that I can see some of the sites he did because when he was off I know he had an amazing time there. 
Venice

I love the idea of visiting a place which to get around you have to travel on a boat it seems so romantic and something which could be so much fun. I would love to try the ice cream, pizza and pasta because I have heard that is so much better out there compared to what we get in the UK. I think I might have to go and investigate this claim. 
South Coast England

This may seem random to you because some of you may live there. However this is a place in the UK which I never have really been to and some of the views look amazing as well as things which you can do. I blame youtubers who are based or visit these areas for me wanting to visit, Maybe this is the one which I will be able to do at some stage this year. 
Where would you like to visit?
Charlotte x

The Christmas Tag

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Hey Guys
I thought that due to the fact that I am not doing blogmas because of the fact that I have not had time and I have been very busy looking after Jess as well as not been very well myself. I hope you enjoy I hope that this makes you feel very festive because as you know it really is not very far away now


1.  Do you prefer a real Christmas tree or synthetic?
I would prefer a synthetic tree because the truth is I have never had a real tree so wouldn’t know what it is like to have one.

2.  You’re in a coffee shop, it’s December, what do you pick?
Costa Black Forest Hot Chocolate I loved them I just wish that they were available all year around because of the fact that I love them so much.  

3.  What’s your favourite colour scheme for decorating the tree?
We have one which is already decorated it is a fibre optic one so I cannot change the colour scheme on it. However when Jess become a bit older I would love to have a tree which you can decorate as is it a tradition which I would love to start


4.  Giving or receiving?
Giving due to the fact that I love to see people’ faces as they open the presents and see the joy on their faces as they see what they have received

5.  To mince pie or not to?
I don’t mind one warm with cream on it saying that I have not even had a mince pie yet this season. However I am not too bothered if I don’t have one.

6.  What’s your traditional Sunday lunch?

Most Sunday’s we have one we just change the meat so for example on week it may be pork the next chicken and so on. We usually have peas, broccoli, carrots and potatoes for veg. We also have Yorkshire’s and gravy which. This is my typical Sunday lunch

7.  Christmas day fashion
We usually open the presents in our pjs and then get dressed into something pretty simple but it depends on what we are doing and if we are going anywhere. We usually go around to my aunties for a few drinks and nibbles however this could change this year she may come to our house due to having Jess and it will be easier for us however I will wear something similar to every year.

8.  What’s your favourite Christmas song?
All I want for Christmas is you there is no reason why I just think that it is the fact that it is such a catchy song.

9.  What’s your favourite Christmas film?
I’m a total Scrooge  I don’t like Christmas films I don’t think I have really ever watched one. This may change in the coming years as Jess gets older.

10.  Open presents before or after lunch?
I open them in the morning because otherwise I get texts and phone calls asking me what I got for Christmas. There is also the fact that I am sure my boyfriend will want to know what Jess got. Then on New Year’s Day we are doing Christmas again with his family due to the fact that he is at work on Christmas Day. This then will allow him to spend some time with Jess and give her presents and some memories of her first Christmas.

Jess At 2 Months

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I know that I have seriously slacked when it comes to doing updates on Jess since she has been born. I have been creating this blog as well as having an amazing time with her and seeing her develop into a right little character she certainly is developing a cheeky personality. I hope you forgive me I promise I will be doing more of these updates more regularly.

Every time I seem to take a picture of her I seem to notice that she has changed so much and considering I take her a picture every single day usually on snapchat so her Daddy can see her and is not missing out on her developing while he is away. I cannot believe that she has been in the world for 10 whole weeks now it seems to have gone so quickly.
Jess has periods were she is very alert and loves to stand on you babbling away which makes me smile because it reminds me she is a real life baby and not a doll. She can do this for about 5/10 minutes and then just gives you the most beautiful smiles. She loves to suck her fingers which is something apparently she has inherited from her Daddy. As well as this she has got his pet lip which he used to do when he didn’t get his own way and she already has got the puppy eyes to work on him and sure has him wrapped around her little finger when we go down to visit him and his family.




(Sorry for the bad light on this picture)

Currently she is still in her 0-3 month clothes and some of it still looks pretty big on her. She is still using the size 2 nappies but will be going up in size soon because last week when she was weighed she was 10lb 12oz.

Jess is not a baby who lets you know when she has a wet nappy at all she is happy so this is something which you have to keep checking for to make sure that she does not leak through. She lets me know when she needs a bottle however she is happy to go over the 4 hours which she usually does it does really depend how she is feeling currently she is taking 7oz every 4/5 hours.

Most people don’t believe me when I say that she has been sleeping through the night since around 7 weeks old. She used to sleep from around 10pm till 6.30 however this has now increased and she sleeps till around 7.30. On the weekend she comes into Mummy’s bed for cuddles which she really seems to love.

I am not trying to diet to lose the rest of my baby weight due to the fact that when I had 6 week post-natal check I had only gained 8kg from before I was pregnant. This is something which I think I will be able to lose without really trying however I am looking forward to being able to exercise after Christmas. I am also looking forward to spending my first Christmas as a mum and then having another one at New Year when her Daddy is not at work and we can go down and visit him and his family where I am sure my Princess will be spoilt again.7

I hope you enjoyed the update 

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Blogger Interview Tag

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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

  

Swapping Third Year For A Three Week Old

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Today I am going to share a personal post with you I should be starting my third year exactally at the time this post goes up . This could be a long post so make sure that you are sitting comfortably. Before I start I will say that I have not mentioned this previously because of the fact that I thought that people may judge me and I was scared of the response which I could have received.

Way back in June on my boyfriends 21st birthday I found out that I was 3+ weeks pregnant at the time I though that even though I don’t agree with abortions I would have one because of the fact that we live miles apart and I was just about to complete the second year of my degree. However this is where this story gets a bit more complex. I found at I was actually 26 weeks pregnant which that is over the legal abortion limit which meant I would have to continue with the pregnancy.

This is when I started looking into adoption because I wanted to make sure that the buddle of joy which I had created could have the best life the could something which I didn’t think I could provide due to my circumstances at the time. I will admit this was one of the scariest times of my life I was still living in my uni city which was 100+ miles away from my family.

On the 14th Sepetember I thought I was going to the midwife for a routine blood pressure check because it was slightly high the time before however I had just drank coffee but she wanted to check this was why and not some other reason. She measured my bump and noticed that it was 2cm smaller than the reading which she had taken a week previously a day before my due date. She referred me to the hospital for a scan to see if everything was ok telling me to expect a call in the next few days with a appointment for my scan. Within two hours of my midwife appointment I was having a scan to check everything this is when they found that I had a low amount of fluid surrounding the baby.  This was when I was sent to the day unit to see what they thought about inducing me as I was already 4 days overdue and booked in to be induced anyway on the 19th. Around 6 o’clock  I was taken to a private room where they told me they would be starting inducing me that night they allowed me to phone my parents who started the journey over however I knew they would have to go back home that night due to work. However I needed them because of the fact I did not even have my hospital bag with me due to not expecting to be admitted.

At 8pm the started to induce me by giving me the first tablet they said that if it did not work within 6 hours which it might not I would have to have another one at 2am the next morning. Just after they had started this my mum came however due to it not being visiting times she was only allowed a few minutes with me and allowed to drop my bag over. She already had a trip over to my house booked for the next day anyway as she had the Wednesday and Thursday off work. I was forced to say bye to my mum knowing she would be back in Chester at 5pm the next night.

It reached 2am and nothing had happened which meant that I need the second tablet but the baby heart rate would not settle down enough for them to be able to do it till around 3.15am and now all I wanted to do was sleep. At this time I was told no matter what I would be going to labour ward at 7am to have the drip which would work. Unfortunate for me labour ward was busy but now I was not alone due to my social worker coming to see me and staying till 5pm when she finished work which was nice of her. I got really uncomfortable I was strapped to a heart rate monitor for the baby and my back was hurting. Forcing me to have a cold can of coke and cold compresses applied to my back to try and reduce the pain.

Finally my waters broke at around 3pm which was 12 hours after the last tablet that I never actually did not get that drip. I was told as soon as a bed became available I would be transferred down to labour ward this finally happened around 5pm. Once I got down there they attached me again to a heart rate monitor and noticed that babies heart rate was not high enough and they were not happy at all. They told me that they were going to have to prep me for surgery just in case I need a c section. Minutes later when my mum finally arrived at the hospital I was prepped and told that I could keep in labour but I was only 3cm and baby could get in more distress but they wouldn’t be able to know until they could get the head and take blood. Basically I was being told I have no choice I was having a section I remember crying on my mum and asking her if she would come in with me which she did even though she was sat way back because one of the athnetists knew I was scared and was talking to me all the way through I loved him taking my mind off what was happening.

I remember being asked if I wanted to know the gender of the baby I had I said yes as I knew I had to name them I had been told by the adoption team. I told them that I didn’t want to see the baby after they had being born so they took them over to the side of the room I couldn’t see weighed them gave them an injection I had consented to. They asked me if I wanted to let my mum see the baby I said it was up to her which she chose to and then the baby left theatre before me to be dressed by my mum who chose to do it and then off to neonatal off they went waiting for me to be discharged and the foster parents to come and collect.  The nurse who was looking after my baby asked if I wanted some pictures so I said well I don’t have my camera but can my mum go and take my phone and do some this was allowed the only photos I thought I was going to get.

Back in my room on labour ward I ended up losing a lot of blood and being attached to 3 drips and having my blood pressure checked very 15 mins and a midwife sat with me all night. This resulted in me having to blood trasfussions in the morning after I nearly passed out in the shower. This could have been due to my iron levels getting down to 77 when it should be 100. My blood pressure also got drastically low it ended 70/30 which is dangerously low.  I think I scared everyone in the hospital I was told that I would have had the crash team if I had done this when I had been transferred upstairs.I was taken up around 4pm back to the private room which was where I told I would be for 2/3 days till I had recovered.

I had been told any time I wanted to see my baby just to ask a midwife and they would ring neo and tell them to bring her up or I could go down. Shortly before 6.30 I pressed the buzzer and asked if I could go down the midwife was off hand and said oh why you changed your mind. I replied no but I just want to have a cuddle I have been told that it should be fine. I finally got to met the baby which I had carried for the past 9 months I must admit I have not seen anything or anyone so perfect. I spent an hour down there before I had to back that night was one of the worst of my life because of the fact that I knew I wouldn’t see them again due to the adoption. This is when I made the decision which changed my life forever. I decided that I couldn’t go through with the adoption and I decided that I was going to keep her and bring her home with me. I have taken a gap year and then I am looking at going back to Chester to finish my final year however I may transfer to a uni closer to home.

I would love you all to meet baby Jess born 15/9/15 at 19.16.

                                           

Please don’t judge me for what I have done

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review

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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

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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

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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