Thursday, 29 December 2016

Saying goodbye to 2016... 27 thoughts

Hi everyone! I guess its a sure bet to say this is likely my last post of the year...
How strange a year 2016 has turned out to be, is all I can say. It seems to be a year that a lot of people want to forget, be it on a personal level or larger (I mean, what even were politics this year?).  
Personally, it's ended up being a good year for me and I thought it'd be nice to talk about why! I find that it helps to focus on those good points every now and then, and help keep a bit of perspective. So, without further ado:

  1. I climbed lots of mountains// literally, and boy was it fun!
  2. I bought a tripod 
  3. I went to two blog events!
  4. Another year passed since qualifying as a Physio
  5. Actually keeping up with this wee blog and showing some consistency (on occasion)
  6. reading allll the books
  7. reading more books...
  8. all the ellipses...
  9. Meeting some great bloggers
  10. Attending the Rugby League Magic Weekend in Newcastle
  11. hitting 100 posts on Blue Striped Square
  12. Eating healthier
  13. Losing weight and achieving my goal
  14. Getting fitter
  15. keeping cycling as part of my commute
  16. getting a new tattoo!
  17. Getting a piercing 
  18. Convincing my sister to get a piercing (oops..)
  19. Becoming more confident talking to others
  20. being more confident professionally
  21. Loving my figure for what it is
  22. acing my twitter goal 
  23. trouncing my pageviews on bloger
  24. Wearing clothes I want to wear and not necessarily feel I should be wearing
  25. cutting my hair shorter than expected..
  26. trying a dip dye that can only be seen at certain times ie after witchcraft 
  27. having a generally alright year!
What are you looking forward to next year?

Abi x

Saturday, 24 December 2016

CarnLIVal: blogger event!

Soooo, let's face it, most of the people who will read this post were probably at the event with me. But this is my blog and I can write what I want #rebel.
Let's crack on with the post! 

To shake things up a bit, and also because there was so much going on, I've tried to sun the event up via list form. In fact I've picked twelve cool( to me) things to talk about, the idea being to help keep things all Christmassy!

1. People: number one on my list has to be the people! It was lovely to meet so many bloggers, including finally meet Katy herself( what a baaaaabe), #sorynotsorry to Sam.... Shout outs also go to Robyn, Kaz, Sarah and Alana for literally the most amusing petrol stop I've ever had in my life.
2. Stations: we had several different stations to raise money for charity. My favourite being the anonymous Christmas poem competition. 
3. Quiz: is it Christmas without obscure questions and fierce competitions?? Nope! Still gutted my team didn't win...
4. jumpers: my jumper didn't quite pan out but let's face it I had no chance of winning once Codi arrives in a TMNT Christmas jumper
5. Brands: there was such a variety of brands featured, covering tea bags to sex toys( as you do). We also had a really interesting talk from Goodyfull*'s rep Lex, explaining the role of the brand and how they promote the concept of moderation, so well worth a check out if you're interested in making a healthy lifestyle change anytime soon (aka New Years...)
6. Goody bags: well they were sure to crop up on this list because they were seriously gooood. So good in fact that I filmed a cheeky lil reveal video on YouTube. You're welcome ;)
7.Charity: not only was the event a great chance to meet and chat, it was alllll for a good cause! The chosen charity was Choose Life and a total of was raised.
8. Naughty and nice bags: These were SUCH A GOOD IDEA!And I'm not just sayong that because I won a load of lube and a vibrator, honest...
9. The dog!: Where best for a blog event, than somewhere that ahs a real dog behind the bar! He eas seriously cute!
10. Drinks: Plenty on tap[ and reasonably priced... a few of us had quite a few but it was all in good spirits
11. New blogs: This  is one of the best parts, I've found lots of new blogs to follow since the event. It was well worth going just for this aspect alone.
12. Gate crashing: so basically I self invited myself to the after drinks...#noshame

Not sure this lot will quite fit to the tune of twelve days of Christmas but hey use your imagination!

Did you go to CarnLIVal?

Abi x

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

A Quota of Quoats

Howdy! Today's post is a wee homage to brands who are keen to engage with bloggers as well as have a little bit of fun...
                                  
I first cam across Quoats  as one of the goodies after CarnLival, in which they'd kindly donated products to the amazing goodie bags we received( check my reveal video here). I was lucky enough to receive the Coconut and Raspberry flavour. 
It's here that things get interesting, as I am a lover of porridge, I was excited to tuck in and try it. Sadly I wasn't that impressed. It was yummy but I juts felt the coconut took the edge of. The quinoa aspect was actually very nice. I'll admit at first I thought the portion size was a bit small but it was probably just right once all ready.  Naturally I had a good old tweet about the experience..
To my pleasant surprise the lovely people behind Quoats got in touch and offered to send me a few other flavours to try, which I did like much better. The Date and Pecan flavour was incredibly yummy, more so than I'd expected! I'll admit I did spice the original pots up with some seeds but still, no complaints from me!

This wasn't a sponsered review, but I felt that having brands who are so willing to work engage and wprk with bloggers is a real treat. They totally deserve a cheeky clap on the back, so thank you Jen and Rob!

Abi x

ps. would you try Quoats?
Did you like my title? My phone keeps trying to autocorrect to quota haha



Thursday, 15 December 2016

CHRISTMAS TAG!!

Let's be honest, most people are in the mood for Christmas by now. If you're not a Christmas person, that's cool but you probs won't enjoy this post.
As it says in the title this is a wee little Christmas Tag post. Admottedly, no one tagged me but I accepted my spinster state a log time ago... On with the tag!



1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
I’m a sucker for a rom com, my top picks include The Holiday and Love Actually. Although it’ll be bittersweet seeing Alan Rickman in it this year.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Always on Christmas morning, none of this Christmas Eve lark!

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I remember one year trying to open a present for nearly two hours because it was so super-wrapped haha.

4. favourite festive food?
CHOCOLATE! Of course. It’s the perfect time to indulge.

5. Favourite Christmas gift ?
Has to be my Kindle hands down. I’ve had it for three years now and it’s still one of my most prized possessions.
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Homemade mince pies on Christmas Eve…gahhhh.
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
See above answer. We also make a trifle for Santa on Christmas Eve, as well as swapping cards with the immediate family.
8. What tops your tree?
Angel (like me ;))
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
Literally don’t know! I don’t think I ever wanted anything to extravagant so I almost always got what I wanted.
10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
Spending time with family and friends, but also eating all the chocolate #priorities…


Abi x

Monday, 12 December 2016

Thoughts about Christmas

It's undeniable. The C-word (not that one)! is officially here. So yeah, we've been hearing christmas songs since September, and next door have had lights up for a month but it's actually starting to feel like it might, just possibly, be Christmas soon.

It's fucking great.

I actually adore Christmas, and all that it entails. This year will be rather strange for me though, because it will be the first year I've not spent it at my Mum's since I was 5. Weird. On the plus side, the reason for that is because I'll be spending it with Lewis. Never the less it's still really strange and I'm not all that sure how I feel about it.

In fact last year I wrote this Christmas-y post based around my family traditions. This year I'm going have to adapt and start forming my own traditions. It's kind of scary in a way.

On the plus side, it's not like I won't be seeing my family near Christmas, or even talk to them on the day. It's not like I've been cut out.
I guess it's because it means I'm finally an adult. I have to start making my own way in the world.

So this year will be an unknown. I'm nervous, yet I feel it's a good time to start living for myself.

What are your Christmas traditions?

Abi x

Monday, 5 December 2016

NEW BLOG HEADER!!!

How exciting is this? I know right?

This is a reward for me. I've never spent money on the blog before. I told myself it wasn't worth it unless I could commit to writing. Well, it's amazing for me to say that I have done exactly that, and have been writing for well over a year now. So, naturally I treated this wee blog to a cheeky little makeover.

I got in touch with Jemma from Dorkface, because I've seen several of her designs and they never fail to impress. She asked me if I had any ideas in mind and I gave her few details. Jemma was absolute star to work with, and gave me an estimate for when the designs would be ready.
I was not dissappointed as she came up with several different ideas and then gave me time to decide if I liked any or if there was anything else that could be added.

Luckily I fell straight in love with the above design, saving me from being super indecisive!

The whole process was really casual and gave me a lot of input into the design and actually not that expensive to do. In my head I thought it'd have been a lot more than actually was! If you're after a new header yourself I'd recommend you drop her a line!!

Abi x

P.S. What do you think of the new header??

p.p.s this is not an ad, I'm just really happy with the work

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Am I a real blogger yet?

Okay, so this isn't an existential crisis. It's a post just to ask a simple question: Am I real blogger yet?

Everyone's idea of blogging is different, I get that. In fact that's what makes it great. Anyone can be a blogger, if they put their mind to it. Yet, when do we start to become bloggers in the eyes of our peers? Yes, you might feel like one, but do they?

I've recently been lucky enough to be invited to a great pressevent in Liverpool, the first I've ever been to. I'm due to attend a blogger meet up (CarnLIVal?). So, it feels to me that my blogs starting to spread its wings a little bit. In a nice way of course, but it really just made me wonder at what point do we become real bloggers?

Is it simply a count up of how many events we're invited to? Or the exact number followers on, well any of the classic social medias?  There's no trick question here. I'm genuinely curious because lately I've been feeling much more validated as a writer and there's no real reason for why that I can see

Over a year ago I launched this little blog, hell you can see my first post for proof. It feels like I've come a long way since then, so maybe thats why I 'm feeling more confident identifying myself as a blogger. This blog has been a slow burner in terms of growth, it's probably at the crawling stage if anything never mind hitting the toddler years. It's seen periods of minimal content, and eras of proliferic postings.

One things for certain... whether I am a real blogger or not, this little rambley blog is purely for me.

Abi x

Ps. when do you consider someone a real blogger?