August Goals

Is there anyone else that thinks this year is just going crazily fast? I have no idea where on earth July disappeared to, but I’m excited to be going into August very soon. I’ve got a lot planned next month, so I decided it was best to set myself some monthly goals as it’s so easy to get swallowed up and not focus on what you’re wanting to achieve.

august goals

Start eating breakfast

A slightly weird goal, but one I’ve been meaning to get round to for a while. Everyone I speak to says that I should be eating breakfast in the morning, and if I’m honest the only reason I don’t have it is because I’m purely too lazy to get myself out of bed earlier. I love breakfast foods, and more often than not I wake up hungry so it would definitely be a good meal for me to have. The first two weeks of August I’m not at work, so hopefully this will help me get into a routine of eating breakfast so that when I’m back at work, I actively want to get out of bed to eat some breakfast!

Post Regularly

I decided recently that I will be scheduling my blog posts so that I will be posting every Monday and Thursday. When I first started blogging, my posts were just whenever I decided to upload and I realised that it would be much more organised if I had set days. This way, not only will you guys know when to expect a post, but also it means I can organise myself and have a bit more routine in the way of blogging (and for me, routine is a must!). I will be so happy if I manage to keep this going all throughout August!

August goals: read more

Read More

Although I set myself this goal regularly, it’s one I only seem to achieve when I set my mind to it. I read books really easily, and when I start I don’t stop so my books don’t last me any longer than a night (which is a nightmare as it means reading costs a lot on a regular basis!). I’m yet to start ‘Wilde Like Me’ and I’ve ordered some more that will be coming this week so I’ve got 6 books to keep me going so far!

Reach 2,000 followers on Twitter

Not a particularly important goal, but one I would love to reach anyway. I’ve been working hard on my twitter, promoting my posts and engaging with loads of other bloggers and I can honestly say it’s really paying off. I’m seeing my followers go up every day which is absolutely amazing, so I’d love to reach the 2k mark next month! I’m around 100 followers away from this goal.. you know what to do guys!

“The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them” – Jim Rohn

Hopefully I can stick to these goals, and I’m so excited to see what August has in store for me. Are there any goals you’ll be hoping to achieve next month?

P.S. Find out how I did with these goals here!

Love,

S x

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GlamGlow Review

First things first, I wasn’t particularly going to do a blog post on the GlamGlow facemask sample that was kindly sent out for me to try however this mask has without a doubt changed my life and has become a staple in my skincare regime.

glamglow

What did I think of the GlamGlow mask?

The sample I had sent out to me was the ‘Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment’ which states to use 2-3 times per week. This is definitely a good recommendation of use as the mask leaves your face feeling so fresh and hydrated for a good couple of days. I’ve tried masks out in the past that have left my face so dry so this was a nice surprise to wake up to in the morning. It actually felt like I had already moisturised and primed my face and my skin was so soft – it felt like a dream!

glamglow mashs

With this mask, I left on for around 20 minutes after application, then massaged in to my skin. This is great for somebody who’s as lazy as I am because I didn’t even have to get out of bed to take it of, and that’s a winning mask in my eyes. The product has a really lovely coconut smell to it, although strong smelling in the packaging it’s not too overwhelming when applied.

I will definitely be recommending this mask to everybody and when my samples run out, this is on my hit-list to purchase! Have you tried any of the GlamGlow products?

Love yas,

S x

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The Perfect Gifts
I don’t know about you, but the thought of having to buy gifts is very stressful for me, everyone likes different things and it’s always nice to know that somebody is going to love what you get for them. I like to put a lot of thought in to gifts that I buy for people as I think it makes it more special, and that’s why I tend to personalise things or tailor presents to the specific person. Uncommon Goods is a website selling personalised gifts for a range of occasions.
What I particularly like about this company is they are doing everything right in terms of their company ethics; they do their best to eliminate anything tested on animals, plus use recycled paper for their catalogues! I’ve had a look through their website and there are a few ranges I want to share with you as gift ideas for your loved ones.

The Babyshower Range

This range is my favourite to browse through as there are so many lovely personal gifts in this range and I also love babies so much I would just like to buy everything because it’s all so cute. A family member recently has just had a little boy and I loved going out and buying things for him, there’s so much from this range I will be looking into purchasing!
The Perfect Gifts: Book
This particular gift caught my eye from this range as I know firsthand what it’s like going from an only child to all of a sudden having a sibling. Although it is such a lovely feeling, it’s a bit odd when all the attention suddenly goes elsewhere. I think this is such a lovely thought as it also includes an older sibling and makes them feel special whilst having a book to read to the new baby.

Shop their baby shower collection here

The Anniversary Range

The only anniversary I would really consider buying a present for is my parents, which is coming up very soon. Again, I like to link presents to the actual day and make it a special reminder which is why the present I’ve found from this range is absolutely perfect. When my mum and dad got married, they had a wine box engraved with lyrics of their wedding song which I know they have still kept and that it is something treasured by them.
The Perfect Gifts: Wine Boxes
These wine boxes are perfect as it gives them three opportunities to have a sit down with a drink and remember their day, as I know this present will trigger back memories! Also in this range, there are so many gifts that you can personalise to tailor towards the loved ones you are buying for!
Got a wedding anniversary slowly creeping up on you? Click here to shop the anniversary range

There are many different occasions you can buy for on this website, (little gifts for bridesmaids etc, which is another range I really love from this site) that makes life so much easier! I will definitely be keeping this website on my hit list for future purchase.

Lots of love,

S x

*This post was done in Collaboration with Uncommon Goods however all opinions expressed are my own views.

 

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Liebster Award
Thanks to Georgia, I have been tagged in the Liebster award tag to answer 11 questions she has put together for me. I love these types of posts because you always get to know more about each other which I think is important as I love to know more about the writer behind each blog post! The 11 questions I have been given are:
 
When you were younger, what did you want to grow up to be?
I always wanted to be a pilot when I was younger. Every time we went on holiday I would spend all my time at the airport looking out for Pilots and I thought they had the coolest jobs on the earth. As I grew up, I quickly realised just how much of an important job it was, and that it was a lot of pressure I really couldn’t put on myself. (In other words, I’m a complete chicken).
Coke or Pepsi?
Ooh definitely Coke. It has to be full fat Coke though because Diet Coke just doesn’t do it for me.
 
If you were to plan a 3 course meal, what would it be?
This is a very hard question for a girl who doesn’t stop eating. I think I would do something along the lines of a meat and bread platter for starter, spaghetti carbonara for main finished with a chocolate brownie and honeycomb icecream!
What’s your favourite colour?
I honestly don’t really have a favourite colour but if I had to pick one I’d say blue as it’s a colour I seem to be reaching out to wear recently.
 
What is your go to song?
Oh man really? There are so many songs depending on which particular mood I’m in. I’d say at the moment the song I love listening to is ‘Thumbs’ by Sabrina Carpenter, which you definitely need to listen to!
What has improved since you started your blog and what do you wish to improve?
My theme and layout has definitely improved, I’m liking the look of my blog at the moment however something I really hope to improve on are my photographs. I constantly look at other bloggers and wish I was as creative and that way inclined!
What is your favourite film scene?
Definitely Greece – The end Scene ‘You’re the One that I Want’ where Sandy turns up looking bomb asf. I used to watch Greece on repeat when I was younger and act this out so I couldn’t not choose this scene!
If you could meet any celebrity, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
It would 100% be Adele. I think she’d crack me up every 5 minutes and she seems so down to earth!
What was the last book you read?
Scarlett Moffatt – Scarlett Says. This book had me howling and I would definitely recommend it for a good giggle!
What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
I think I must’ve been quite fortunate because there isn’t one particular moment that really stands out. I guess when I first started waitressing, on my second shift I spilt gravy ALL down this lady and was that embarrassed I went and cried in the back room and didn’t even tell anybody. The lady was really nice about it but she was probably saying that it was fine through very gritted teeth. Oops.
 
What is your favourite piece of clothing?
I seem to have become particularly attached to my Denim Jacket recently, I wear it most days so that would probably get my vote as my favourite!
The questions for the bloggers I have nominated are:
What’s the one beauty product you couldn’t live without?
If you could live abroad, where would it be and why?
What would your dream job be?
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
If you could choose any celebrity to be a family member, who would it be and why?
What’s your favourite TV Series?
Where would you like to see your blog in 5 years time?
Do you have anything exciting coming up in the near future?
What’s your favourite way to kill spare time?
What takeaway is your favourite?
If you could star in one TV programme, which one would you choose and why?
The Bloggers I would like to nominate are:
Tori
Enjoy, sorry if you’ve already been nominated!
Check out my second nomination here

S x

 

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Favourite Blogging Tools
When I first started blogging -like many people I’m sure- I had no idea how much time and effort would be required and all the different aspects you have to consider within the blogging world. After stumbling upon apps or being introduced to them through other bloggers, there are a number of trusty apps that I would without a doubt be struggling to blog if these didn’t exist.

Social Media

First things first, Twitter: The first thing I did after setting up my blog was make a twitter account. I knew that a lot of bloggers were using this platform as a way to engage with readers and to promote their posts. Twitter is definitely my favourite platform, as I find it incredibly easy to find other bloggers with similar interests to me and interact with them. Blog chats are great to participate in; they are so much fun and introduce you to bloggers you wouldn’t have otherwise come across.  For me, it’s important to have the same name as your blog across all social media as it makes it so much easier for people to find you that way.
Oh, the dreaded Instagram. Where to start on this one.. I think it’s fair to say that I do really enjoy using Instagram, despite it’s horrendous algorithms and passion to truly ruin any sort of organic growth, but that’s a rant for another time. Although proving difficult to build up an audience due to the follow/unfollow game, this platform is a really great way for people to visualise your blog and the writer(s) behind it. You are able to show readers a glimpse of your life and things you love, whilst discovering new products and new blogs you love. One thing I am really enjoying is participating in Instagram Pods. I’m not going to go into too much detail but I have a full post on these here!
Favourite Blogging Tools - Insta
Follow me – @sazsinclair
I’m going to include Pinterest in this post as I’m aware it can be a very powerful tool to increase traffic to your blog. Having only set this up yesterday, I am newer than a newbie on a new day, but I’m excited to see how this platform can contribute to my blog. Part of me does wish I had set this up sooner, however starting to blog can be very daunting and there were a lot of other things to concentrate on, so I am going to be putting effort in to growing my following on Pinterest and using it to the best of it’s ability!

Apps

Buffer

This is a great way to keep interactive on Twitter even when you’re busy. As I work full-time, It’s hard for me to constantly write tweets/promote blog posts every hour of the day however this app makes it possible. Every morning I schedule a number of tweets to post through the day to make sure I am active on twitter all the time. I do take time during the day to respond to tweets and engage with followers, although this is an easy way to keep your followers posted when you can’t get to your phone!

The free version allows you to schedule up to 10 tweets per day and you are able to choose the times you want them to be posted. This app is a no brainer for me and I would say it’s a big factor on driving traffic to my blog as I can constantly put my links on to twitter.

Ready to beat the follow/unfollow game?

Have these apps readily available at ALL times. Followers+ and TwitFollow are now almost an addiction. It’s essential to know those accounts that instantly unfollow because personally, I don’t see why someone should carry on supporting somebody else if they have been rude enough to unfollow you straight away!
Favourite Blogging Tools - Naked HEAT
Favourite Blogging Tools - Urban Decay
Last but not least, is my trusty photo editing app Colorstory. Now I have to confess that all of my photos are taken on my Iphone. I have tried using a camera and it was just too big and difficult to get my head around that I just thought shove it and carried on with my phone. The quality in photos is a massive difference and definitely something that I’d consider in the future but for now I love this little app. It’s perfect for brightening photo’s and sharpening them up! Here’s a couple of photo’s I’ve edited on this app – I think the outcomes are amazing!

Another added bonus to all these Apps is that they are all free!! What Apps do you use to keep your blog in order?

Lots of Love,
S x

 

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