How To Prepare For Blogmas

Monday, 6 November 2017

How To Prepare For Blogmas

It's that time of year where we get to start thinking about blogmas.

I have been planning blogmas since the end of September, so I have been waiting a long time for it to be acceptable to discuss on my blog. As soon as Halloween passes it’s straight into Christmas. This makes me so happy as I’m not a fan of Halloween at all. There's no definitive reason, it’s just not a holiday I like to celebrate, plus there are far too many clowns around for my liking. Christmas on the other hand, well that is something I love, probably more than my birthday.

I’m excited about doing blogmas this year, and even though I have already posted clues and pictures on my social media, (and in this post), I don't want to give too much away. I'll be doing a blogmas announcement later on in the month where I'll be revealing everything to you. I'm so excited to share with you what I've been working so hard on!!

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In case you have clicked on this post, and have no idea what blogmas is, let me explain. Blogmas is when you post Christmas related post throughout December. It can be a lot of work, but if you love the festivities, it might be something you'd consider doing. I have never completed a full blogmas before, but hopefully this year will be my first. I have attempted it in previous years, and have learnt from my mistakes each time. You can think of this post as a way of me passing down my wisdom, so you don't end up making the same mistakes I did, and wasting a lot of your time.

Monday, 6 November 2017
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An Open Letter To My Younger Self

Thursday, 26 October 2017

An Open Letter To My Younger Self

Dear Aycan,

You have probably seen the length of this letter and have already lost interest, (you was never one who enjoyed reading), but I’m going to let you into a little secret, reading and writing is going to change you and your world. That is also the only secret I’m going to be sharing with you. One of the qualities you have that I love the most is your imagination. Never let that go, no matter how crazy it might seem, or how much it could get you in trouble. You’re a true storyteller, and when the time is right, you will tell the world your story.

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Thursday, 26 October 2017
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SanDisk iXpand Base Review*

Friday, 20 October 2017

SanDisk iXpand Base Review*

Last month I crossed another wish off my bucketlist, and was invited to my first ever bloggers event. It was the #BloggersFestival held at the beautiful Conrad London St. James hotel in London. It was an amazing opportunity to meet the faces behind the brands, and connect with new and exciting brands too. Despite my slight uncertainty at first, I'm so glad I attended. So you can imagine how ecstatic I was when I received an email from SanDisk, asking to review their latest product.

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Now, I'm sure you can tell I don't usually review technology on here, but this is such a useful product, not only for those who blog, but also for those who love taking photographs on their mobile phone. Let's face it, that is the majority of us, but there is nothing I hate more than wanting to take a photo, and realising that I have zero space left. I'm sure we have all been there. I usually rundown a list of questions in my head trying to work out what needs to be deleted.

Wait! When did I download this app? Have I even used this?

How am I going to choose between this photos with my friends, and this cute photo of puppies?

I went to this concert 6 months ago, I'm sure I have it saved somewhere...

Do I actually really need to take this photo?

Friday, 20 October 2017
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Boots Haul + First Impressions

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Boots Haul + First Impressions

I have been treating my skin so badly recently.

Real bad.

During the summer, my skin is usually at its best, so I tone down on the amount of products I need to use. I had finished most of my products by the end of summer, then, my skin went downhill. Way downhill. I had put self care at the bottom of my never ending to-do list, so buying new products never happened, until I received a letter through the door. There is nothing better than receiving a letter from Boots reminding you how much your points are worth. I had been saving my points for a while, so I had a nice amount to spend. I thought why not treat myself to some new skincare products. I have put self care at the top of my list.

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Sunday, 15 October 2017
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37 Reasons You Should Start A Blog NOW!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

37 Reasons You Should Start A Blog NOW!

I love opening up about being a blogger. It's still a very new career path, and I am happy to talk about it to open minded people. I'm always pointing out the positive reasons, and will forever be encouraging people to start their own. I usually get the same comments about not knowing what to write about, or not having enough time, but the thing with blogging is, there are no rules. You're free to blog about what you want, when you want. Some take blogging up as a full-time career and turn it into a business, whereas some do it as as a hobby, post when they have free time, and prefer it that way. You can schedule it around how much, or little time you have.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017
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September Favourites - Birthday Edition

Saturday, 7 October 2017

September Favourites - Birthday Edition

This is the last time I'm going to say this, I promise, but last month was my birthday. In case you didn't realise, I had a 90s theme running through all of my September posts, because I am in fact a 90s baby. I got spoilt rotten for my birthday, and have fallen in love with everything I was given, so I thought I'd share them with you in a monthly favourites style post. Side note: it's October already, so whoever is playing with time and making it go so fast... you needs to stop asap!!

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Saturday, 7 October 2017
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What's On My Autumn Reading List

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

What's On My Autumn Reading List

I am really behind on my yearly reading target.

As said by Goodreads.

My goal was 20 books, and I've only read 5... you do the math.

I have been really good at sticking to my reading plan, but this year, it's gone down hill. I don't know if it's because I used to read whenever I started procrastinating, and I've been really focused on what I need to be doing recently, so I haven't had much time to just sit and read. Oh time, why do we never have enough?

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I am making it yet another goal of mine to read more this autumn, despite knowing that the next few months are going to be the busiest for me. I'm doing this new thing called 'scheduling my day in a way so I don't get bored', which really translate to, 'doing different jobs throughout the day so I am always focused'. It's going really well for me so far, so I know I can throw a few hours dedicated to reading. I should stop waffling on because you came here to read about books, not my failed attempts of being organised. Let's begin.

DREAMOLOGY by LUCY KEATING

If you're a close friend of mine, it would have become a regular occurrence for you to receive a text in the morning talking about my bizzarest dreams from the night before. I could write an entire blog post about how much my dreams have affected me (if this is something you want to read, let me know), but this isn't about my dreams, it's about Alice's. Once Alice falls asleep, her mind is turned to Max. Max is a boy who she's been dreaming about since she can remember. Can you imagine how Alice felt when she walked into her class and saw Max sitting there. He is no longer in her head, but sitting there, completely real. Much to Alice's dismay, he isn't anything like she dreamt of. I've had so many dreams where I'd dream about someone I know, and see them in a completely different way, both good and bad, and even though I know it's only a dream, the feelings and emotions feel so real, they stick with me for a while. I am most excited to read Dreamology, plus how beautiful is the cover?

.@helloaycan is sharing what's on her autumn reading list.

A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER by SARA BARNARD

I am such a huge fan of Sara Barnard, and after reading and loving Beautiful Broken Things, Sara's books will always be on my wishlist. A Quiet Kind Of Thunder is about two characters, Steffi who doesn't talk, and Rhys who can't hear. I don't like to make assumptions before reading a book as it can cloud my judgement a little, but I'm assuming hoping the two start some sort of romantic relationship, so I can see how their love blossoms, and find their own way to communicate. I had a little flick through the book, and I love the little details were the chapter numbers are shown in sign language, with a diagram on the back page. I love that it opens up the awareness of deafness, and also covers mental health issues such as selective mutism, which I know very little about, so I'm hoping I'll have a better understanding after reading this book.

EXTRAORDINARY MEANS by ROBYN SCHEIDER

I haven't started this book, but I know it's going to produce endless tears. Latham House is a part boarding school, part hospital for sick teenagers, and after Lane gets sent there, he feels his life is already over. Lane meets Sadie, again, (they knew each other before attending Latham House), but she has changed in the completely opposite way you'd think, she's full of life. The two start to fall in love... see, I already knew I would need tissues. When sick teens fall in love, it never ends well. I'm going to spend the entire book hoping they're both cured and leave together and live happily ever after, but I'm going to be a realistic pessimist and assume that's not going to happen. Extraordinary Means definitely has a 'The Fault In Our Stars' vibe, and that book ruined me. Wish me luck!

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AFTER YOU by JOJO MOYES

I'm going to be as vague with this as possible in case you haven't read Me Before You as this is the sequel. Lou's life has been a constant rollacoster, and she is currently on the way down. Everything she had hoped for her new fulfilling life has gone the complete opposite, and she is stuck in a place she never thought she'd be again. She knows this can't last forever. After You seems to have changed a lot since the ending of the first book, so I'm hoping it fills in the missing blanks. I haven't seen the Me Before You movie yet, so I'm going to watch that before reading this book just to refresh my brain a little of the story.

AM I NORMAL YET? by HOLLY BOURNE

I was lucky enough to meet Holly Bourne, which is where I picked this book up. Evie just wants to be a normal teenager, and have normal teenage things. Starting a new college is a fresh start for her where nobody knows her secrets. Not even her two new friends Amber and Lottie, which could become the biggest problem when they don't realise she is about to make another mistake. I've heard such great reviews about this book, and I really can't wait to read it. Am I Normal Yet? is the first book in 'The Spinster Club' series, and I know I'm going to want to read the others.

Once all these books are read (along with the other 10 I need to read), I'll be doing reviews. You can check out my other reviews here. Let me know in the comments below what you're currently reading, or what's on your reading list. If you have any young adult book recommendations, please let me know.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017
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