• Lifestyle & Wellness

    How To Read More Books

    I’ve said in previous posts that I’m not one for setting huge goals at the beginning of a New Year. 20 years of resolutions later and I’m still not running marathons, boasting rock hard abs, eating organic lawnmower clippings, or greeting 5am with a green tea and a smile. So, at almost 35, I’ve finally realised my personal goals need to be smaller, manageable and, importantly, something I actually WANT to do, not just something that looked a bit fancy on Instagram. One of my goals this year is to make more time for reading. I have an idea of how many books I’d like to get through before the…

  • Lifestyle & Wellness

    5 Genuine Ways to Make Money Online

    If there’s one thing the internet isn’t short of (no, not that!) it’s an abundance of get-rich-quick schemes, money making ventures and the promise of making a quick buck with minimal effort. I’m here to tell you that not all of these seemingly too good to be true offers are the scams you might think they are and there are, in fact, many legitimate online ventures that can bring in the pounds. Here I’ve ranked my top 5 – all avenues I’ve explored myself over the years whenever I’ve wanted to make money flexibly and from home on my own terms. This time next year, and all that… Matched Betting…

  • Planning & Productivity

    5 Reasons to Start a Journal in 2022

    In a world filled with smart phones, virtual social lives, digital currency and self driving cars of all things, I think we’ve become somewhat tech-fatigued. It’s no surprise that vintage crafts, arts and past-times are returning to the zeitgeist with an absolute vengeance! As a form of mindfulness, expression and creativity (whether or not you are naturally gifted), any hobby that can momentarily transport you to a calm and peaceful place is most definitely to be cultivated. Of all the expressive outlets I’ve tried over the years (I went through quite a few at a rate of knots pretty recently, thanks lockdown(!)), I’ve always kept going with journaling in one…

  • Food & Drink

    Wine Review – 19 Crimes: The Deported 7/10

    I find myself reaching for a cheeky glass of something quite often these days and, perhaps in a bid to convince myself I’m more dilettante than drunkard, I thought I’d review some of the new wines (and old favourites) I’m trying these days. I’ve always had a soupçon of the sommelier about me and promise myself that I’ll one day properly indulge my hobby and take those wine exams I keep harping on about. But for now I’ll just guzzle on Clubcard specials paired with flaming hot Doritos. A concept that, to a connoisseur, is no doubt as much a tragedy as Giuseppe Gallo himself. This evenings tipple is a…

  • Planning & Productivity

    Minimal & Clean Bullet Journal

    This month’s bullet journal set up is the polar opposite to the creative, artsy vibe I’d been going for recently. And while I love aesthetic and beautiful, colourful spreads, they do require a bit of thought and some work to keep up throughout the month. November for me is going to be busy (read: hectic). I’m weaning myself gradually back into the world of work and taking on a few projects while still acting as full time PA to a 6 year old, chief cleaner, chef and laundretter (is that a word?) for 4 people, plus wife-ing for an insanely busy husband – as well as being at the constant…

  • Beauty & Fashion

    Skincare Habits to Ditch

    I’d like to think that over the years (especially the last few) I’ve vastly improved my skin care routine and got a bit more of an understanding of what my skin needs, wants and benefits from.  Looking not too far back in photos I can see a difference in my naked face, so I’d like to take some credit for knowing a little bit more about what I’m doing.  Having said all of that I’m neither an expert nor trained in any way in the art of skincare but I did want to just share some tips I’ve picked up.  So here’s a run down of all the skincare mistakes…