My Favourite Sandals for Summer!

I LOVE shoes – and I have quite a few pairs (although nothing like the 300-odd pairs I owned a few years back!) but one thing my wardrobe is distinctly lacking in this year is summer sandals. I’m not much of a heel girl so love that so many amazing flats come out in the Spring and Summer months – these are my favourite sandals for Summer on the high street right now…

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Vlogging Challenge!

So the gorgeous Kirsty from Kirsty Dee Shares invited me to join in with her 7 day Vlogging Challenge. I’ve got to admit that my first thought was HELL NO! But after thinking about it more I decided that pushing myself out of my comfort zone would actually do me some good and so I threw in my hat.

And so this week I’ve uploaded a couple of videos to my YouTube channel – which you can find here , and surprisingly I’ve enjoyed it! Don’t get me wrong I still hate seeing my face on screen and am paranoid about putting myself out there in this way but I’m also super proud of myself for joining in – it definitely helps that Kirsty and the others joining in are being super supportive 🙂

Here is today’s video; would love to know what you think!

What would you like to hear me talk about?

Alex

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My Spring Plans + Free Printable!

Apparently it’s Spring (I say apparently because I’m wearing a jumper and have the heating on!) and as usual at this time of the year I get the urge to clean and de-clutter and decorate and do a million and one other things. Unfortunately I normally try to do to much and end up with burn out which is not fun at all and means I don’t really get to enjoy the season.

I wanted to set myself some seasonal goals without going crazy but when I looked online the only checklists I could find were for kids and so I thought that I’d put together my own little checklist of ways in which I can really enjoy this Spring. Oh there’s a blank printable for you to download at the bottom of the post too – fill it in with your spring plans and check them off as you go 🙂

It has been literally YEARS since I have rode a bike or flown a kite and so i’m excited to try both of those again! I did keep spring cleaning on my checklist because it is something I enjoy – although I’m only going to do a couple of rooms at a time to keep from getting overwhelmed!

Here’s the blank printable for you to use: Spring Checklist

What do you think of my list? And what will you put on yours?

Alex

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4 Ways To Be Productive During A Short Work Week

Oh I do so love a Bank Holiday weekend – an extra day to spend with family and friends; an extra evening to drink gin without worrying about the ‘adult headache’ the next day, the perfect excuse for a spa day or mini break… you get the drift! However what I really don’t love about a short work week is that you have only four days to get a full week’s work done AND it always feels so much harder to be productive and get everything done when your brain has had a few days off. So I thought I’d share four tips for you to implement that will help make your short work week productive and enjoyable 🙂

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My May Goals

Gosh I actually can’t believe that we are in May already! This year seems to be flying by – we are practically half way through now which is quite scary actually…

I love the start of a new month; it feels like a fresh beginning, especially when the weather is finally starting to warm up a little (emphasis on the word little as despite the blue skies it’s freezing here today!) I thought I’d embrace that feeling of a new start and take a few moments out of my day to set myself some little goals for the month ahead 🙂

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Saving Money for Travel – My Top Tips

Growing up my dad (who had been in the Navy) was forever telling me stories of wild, exotic places; of fascinating cultures and people and amazing sights he saw when he travelled the World. I was always convinced that I would do the same until I got older and started my career and started to feel like Worldwide travel would be forever out of my grasp.

But last year I realised that to travel didn’t necessarily mean to go off and do it full time in the way that my dad did, but that by taking regular trips we could see the World in a lot more practical a way. That being said travel still costs money (despite my firm belief in the quote “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”) and so we are saving up for various trips that we want to take – ticking off our bucket lists tick by little tick.

This past year we’ve been able to go to some amazing places such as Prague, Scotland and Iceland, and we have some amazing trips planned for the rest of this year too such as Croatia and Berlin, so as you can imagine we’ve been putting away our pennies to go towards those! As we are saving as much as we can towards travel experiences I figured I’d share my top tips for saving money up for travel (or any other goals you might have!)

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Meal Plan Monday

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend – it always goes way too quickly doesn’t it?

The hubby has kick-started back into his training regime after an injury a couple of months ago and so the whole family is on a high-protein, reduced carb diet to make it easier! This means we are using lots of recipes from Lean in 15 and also adapting other favourite recipes to fit.

I’m still trying to eat within a budget (not particularly easy when you are following the principles of the Lean in 15 diet to be honest) so we shall see how that goes!

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