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1.  I absolutely loved this video on incorporating colour into your capsule wardrobe.
2. Thirteen Reasons Why was a slow burner for me, but over the latter half of the series I became well and truly hooked.
3. I know it's a cheek but I'm plugging my new blog, Spent With Intent again.   It's my journey through managing my money and I'd love for you to join me.
4.  Speaking of which, one of the inspirations behind my new venture was this podcast...
5.  ....featuring Roe from BrownKids.
6.  Girlboss.  Excellent light relief.
7.  Seeking out amazing interiors on instagram is a guilty pleasure and Reena's account is my new obsession.
8.  The Struggle for the Perfect Body came at just the right time on my shift towards self-acceptance and body positivity.
9.  I've been asked to think of what sort of birthday cake I'd like and this salted caramel cheesecake is top of my list!
10.  This post on how to be more mindful when shopping.

The Month In 10 Links: May

25.5.17

1.  I absolutely loved this video on incorporating colour into your capsule wardrobe.
2. Thirteen Reasons Why was a slow burner for me, but over the latter half of the series I became well and truly hooked.
3. I know it's a cheek but I'm plugging my new blog, Spent With Intent again.   It's my journey through managing my money and I'd love for you to join me.
4.  Speaking of which, one of the inspirations behind my new venture was this podcast...
5.  ....featuring Roe from BrownKids.
6.  Girlboss.  Excellent light relief.
7.  Seeking out amazing interiors on instagram is a guilty pleasure and Reena's account is my new obsession.
8.  The Struggle for the Perfect Body came at just the right time on my shift towards self-acceptance and body positivity.
9.  I've been asked to think of what sort of birthday cake I'd like and this salted caramel cheesecake is top of my list!
10.  This post on how to be more mindful when shopping.
Another week where photographs are few and far between, I'm afraid.  I have a semi-legitimate reason though!

We went out for dinner to celebrate Nick's birthday and I somehow managed to flick my phone from the windowsill down the side of the booth and underneath the seats we were on.  The seats which were attached to the floor.  And wouldn't actually move.  It's the sort of thing that couldn't happen if you tried, which meant there was no way of me taking photos and the poor waiter had to unscrew a panel and slide underneath the seat to retrieve it.  Be wary of booths, people!

As well as Nick's birthday this week saw Dylan turn three, too.  He's got such a big personality that I often forget he's as young as he is yet I can't quite believe where the past three years have gone.

On the topic of Nick's birthday I made him these cakes.  He regularly moans that I don't make cupcakes anymore so this year I thought I'd combine them with another of his great loves: biscuits.  The result was a selection of Oreo, Jammie Dodger and malted milk cupcakes.  And they turned out pretty damn good if you ask me!  The only trouble with cupcakes is the mess that the piping bag creates, but I enjoyed whipping these up and will definitely be making more in the future.

The other exciting bit of news from this week is that I started a new blog!  My ineptitude with money sent me looking for blogs offering practical advice, but in all honesty I just couldn't find what I was looking for.  I wondered how many other people had found themselves on a similar search and so decided to create my own to share my story.  If you'd like to follow along then please head over to Spent With Intent.  I'm all fired up to get my finances in check (never thought I'd hear myself say that) and excited to document it!

I know I say it every week, but I will try harder with the photos next time.  Have a good one!

Week 20 In Moments

22.5.17

Another week where photographs are few and far between, I'm afraid.  I have a semi-legitimate reason though!

We went out for dinner to celebrate Nick's birthday and I somehow managed to flick my phone from the windowsill down the side of the booth and underneath the seats we were on.  The seats which were attached to the floor.  And wouldn't actually move.  It's the sort of thing that couldn't happen if you tried, which meant there was no way of me taking photos and the poor waiter had to unscrew a panel and slide underneath the seat to retrieve it.  Be wary of booths, people!

As well as Nick's birthday this week saw Dylan turn three, too.  He's got such a big personality that I often forget he's as young as he is yet I can't quite believe where the past three years have gone.

On the topic of Nick's birthday I made him these cakes.  He regularly moans that I don't make cupcakes anymore so this year I thought I'd combine them with another of his great loves: biscuits.  The result was a selection of Oreo, Jammie Dodger and malted milk cupcakes.  And they turned out pretty damn good if you ask me!  The only trouble with cupcakes is the mess that the piping bag creates, but I enjoyed whipping these up and will definitely be making more in the future.

The other exciting bit of news from this week is that I started a new blog!  My ineptitude with money sent me looking for blogs offering practical advice, but in all honesty I just couldn't find what I was looking for.  I wondered how many other people had found themselves on a similar search and so decided to create my own to share my story.  If you'd like to follow along then please head over to Spent With Intent.  I'm all fired up to get my finances in check (never thought I'd hear myself say that) and excited to document it!

I know I say it every week, but I will try harder with the photos next time.  Have a good one!
Blogging and finding ideas for content can be a tricky thing.  Sometimes I think it's a vicious circle; it's a community of like-minded individuals so everyone's reading the same (or similar) things and thus writing different variations of the same idea.  Either that or people are seeing what's popular and regurgitating those themes for themselves.  And I get it, finding things that are fresh and new is hard.

I regularly find myself drawing a blank when it comes to sitting down to write posts.  I flick between favouring the written word here on my blog, or pretty pictures over on my instagram.  Being faced with a blank page and blogger's block can be seriously demotivating.

But every now and then, inspiration hits.  And lately it's been happening in unexpected places....

Podcasts | I mentioned recently how podcasts have taken the place of music in my daily commute, and they're a fantastic way to consume information.  I listen to a fairly broad variety, from true crime to fashion, but in particular it's podcasts set up by online content creators which I find best to get my brain ticking over.  Something about the conversational aspect of podcasts really helps to spark off ideas for things to write about and a couple of my recent posts have come about in this way.  If you want to see some of my favourite podcasts to listen to, check out this post.

Friends | In terms of the blogging community, it's fair to say that I'm getting on a bit.  My tastes have changed and this has inevitably had an effect on the things that I not only want to read, but to write about too.  Time spent chatting with friends reminds me of what matters to my age group.  It may be the case that 90% of our conversations are relative only to us, but every now and then a topic we've discussed inspires me to share my thoughts on here.  We're far more likely to be debating workplace-appropriate attire than the latest trend to hit Primark, which is why it's great sometimes to step away from the blogosphere and gain a bit of perspective from the real world. 

Facebook | Ok so at odds with finding inspiration offline, I also find Facebook can be a great motivational tool at times.  I've joined a few groups that have piqued my interest and often the articles and links shared there can lead me to discover things which move me to write down my opinions in a post.  There are also plenty of blogger groups on Facebook to join to bounce ideas around as well. 

Blogs | So to come full circle (and despite what I said in the opening paragraphs of this post) there's no denying that blogs are the place where I find inspiration the quickest.  Whether it's a blogger's flair for fashion or take on photography, I often find that immersing myself in the community gets me fired up to write again.  It can even be as simple as the layout of a blog; in times where I've been feeling in a slump towards my blog a revamp has proven to be the kick up the bum I needed to get going again.  It's important to note though that there's a difference between taking inspiration (and giving credit for it if necessary) and outright copying.  The first can be a great way of showing appreciation and creating a dialogue online whilst the second is just not cool.

What do you do when faced with blogger's block?

Dealing With Blogger's Block: Where I Find Inspiration

18.5.17

Blogging and finding ideas for content can be a tricky thing.  Sometimes I think it's a vicious circle; it's a community of like-minded individuals so everyone's reading the same (or similar) things and thus writing different variations of the same idea.  Either that or people are seeing what's popular and regurgitating those themes for themselves.  And I get it, finding things that are fresh and new is hard.

I regularly find myself drawing a blank when it comes to sitting down to write posts.  I flick between favouring the written word here on my blog, or pretty pictures over on my instagram.  Being faced with a blank page and blogger's block can be seriously demotivating.

But every now and then, inspiration hits.  And lately it's been happening in unexpected places....

Podcasts | I mentioned recently how podcasts have taken the place of music in my daily commute, and they're a fantastic way to consume information.  I listen to a fairly broad variety, from true crime to fashion, but in particular it's podcasts set up by online content creators which I find best to get my brain ticking over.  Something about the conversational aspect of podcasts really helps to spark off ideas for things to write about and a couple of my recent posts have come about in this way.  If you want to see some of my favourite podcasts to listen to, check out this post.

Friends | In terms of the blogging community, it's fair to say that I'm getting on a bit.  My tastes have changed and this has inevitably had an effect on the things that I not only want to read, but to write about too.  Time spent chatting with friends reminds me of what matters to my age group.  It may be the case that 90% of our conversations are relative only to us, but every now and then a topic we've discussed inspires me to share my thoughts on here.  We're far more likely to be debating workplace-appropriate attire than the latest trend to hit Primark, which is why it's great sometimes to step away from the blogosphere and gain a bit of perspective from the real world. 

Facebook | Ok so at odds with finding inspiration offline, I also find Facebook can be a great motivational tool at times.  I've joined a few groups that have piqued my interest and often the articles and links shared there can lead me to discover things which move me to write down my opinions in a post.  There are also plenty of blogger groups on Facebook to join to bounce ideas around as well. 

Blogs | So to come full circle (and despite what I said in the opening paragraphs of this post) there's no denying that blogs are the place where I find inspiration the quickest.  Whether it's a blogger's flair for fashion or take on photography, I often find that immersing myself in the community gets me fired up to write again.  It can even be as simple as the layout of a blog; in times where I've been feeling in a slump towards my blog a revamp has proven to be the kick up the bum I needed to get going again.  It's important to note though that there's a difference between taking inspiration (and giving credit for it if necessary) and outright copying.  The first can be a great way of showing appreciation and creating a dialogue online whilst the second is just not cool.

What do you do when faced with blogger's block?

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