Brand Profile: Punky Pins

Hi team!

So this week, I am talking about a brand that I love, called Punky Pins!

I love that enamel pins are back in fashion. I love shopping small for these as there are so many great pins to chose from! I have my favourites that I wear, and then I definitely am going to get a display for the others. Its such a fun update and a fashion statement.

Here is an edit of my favourite pins!

 

I am in love with all of these pins. They are so fun, some have a great message, and they fit in so well in my wardrobe. There literally is one for every occasion. With prices starting from 7 pounds, it also means you can switch up your pin game often for not much!

Punky Pins also do a great range of keyring, patches, stickers, and jewellery!

Want to see the full range and also their amazing social media? Here are all the links you need to know!

Pinky Pins Website

Punky Pins Facebook

Punky Pins Twitter

Punky Pins Instagram

Let me know what pins you get!

T xx

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Goals for Summer!

Hi team!

I am sooooo loving that Summer is coming. The weather is getting better and better and I can definitely feel the Vitamin D waking up my skin! With that in mind,  I am going to be working towards my goals for this Summer. If you have read my Goals for Spring, you will now know that some goals are eternal and ongoing. Or I am lazy. HAHA

  1. I have gotten my bathroom done. Hooray! So much better. The next stage is getting my lounge and hallway done, and finish off my kitchen, and plant more plants in my garden. I will be a busy bee this summer, getting my hours ready for a cosy winter (can’t think of that yet tho!)
  2. Establish a workout routine that works. Everyone needs to find some kind of fitness that they respond to, whether it’s running, mountain biking, or pole dancing! Anything that gets you in the mood to exercise and look forward to exercising is good in my books. I do like to run, however it sometimes doesn’t motivate me, so maybe I might make a killer playlist and that might help. Wish me luck!
  3. I am going to be healthier in my food choices. I have already cut back on alcohol so I want to concentrate on drinking more water and eating more fruits and vegetables. It really can be hard but I am going to do my best to be healthy this summer.
  4. Say ‘no’ more often. In the past I would take on more than I could cope with, and that would result in stress, burnout, and the inability to set my own boundaries. This Summer I want to relax on a Sunday, and not have a to-do list. I want to spend quality time with my friends and do what I would like to do. All work and no play is no good, so this Summer I look forward to playing a bit more!
  5. Get my house ready for a dog. By this Christmas, I want to have a dog in my life, and I want to get my building site of a house sorted so I can get it! I really am looking forward to it, and can’t wait to hang out with my new friend.

What are your goals for summer? Share with me in the comments!

T xx

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Brand Profile: Home Bargains Flowers

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Hi Team!

So this week I am doing a Brand Profile on Home Bargain Flowers!

I love flowers – there is something special about them. A lot of us aren’t fortunate to have our own flower garden, and there is something beautiful about having flowers in your home. I love to give flowers as gifts to my friends, as it shows I care and want to make them smile! Flowers make anyone feel special, valued, and cared for. There is no wrong occasion to send flowers to someone, and you certainly don’t need an occasion.

 

I was sent the ‘Sunny Garden’ flower bunch from Home Bargains from their premium range, and skipped home from work to open it! It comes in a very sturdy box that I am sure my mailman was confused about what was in it, and opening it, the flowers were immaculate. They were so fresh, the scent instantly filled my home. I popped them out of the box and was surprised to see a vase included – which is one of their extras that you can add on – what a great idea. I don’t have any vases currently so when I get flowers as a surprise they have to go in a hodge lodge container, so this is a great idea if you aren’t sure that your recipient has a vase suitable – especially if its a big bunch!

It includes food for your flowers to get the best out of them, and wrapped up beautifully with twine. I popped them in my new vase and popped it on the windowsill, then wrapped the wrap that was around it, around the vase to maintain the look of the bouquet!

The ‘Sunny Garden’ bouquet includes avalanche roses, iris, fragrant freesia and hypericum. It is a lovely gathering of blue, orange, yellow and white and expertly arranged to compliment and showcase each flower. Some of the buds opened up over the week, so every morning when I went into the kitchen, the bouquet had changed again!

There are so many great flowers available from Home Bargains. My favourite is their Tulips range, and they do a wonderful range of Roses for all budgets. You can also add on vases, teddy bears, balloons, cakes, and chocolates to go all out. The bouquet also comes with a card to write your own sentiments in. They do next day delivery and free home delivery!

You can also gift someone something a little more permanent, or even to start their own little garden. There are orchids, succulents (my fav), lilies and roses. I am definitely going to get the lilies as I love the splashes of colour they bring.

Overall, I am super impressed with Home Bargains Flowers. Often it’s hard to find flowers that look good for a good price. As said before, they are expertly arranged, and quickly delivered, especially if you have forgotten an anniversary (right Gordon) or to send a new mum some flowers. They also provide advice on how to look after your plant, and suggestions on bouquets. Have a look through this link http://www.homebargainsflowers.co.uk/, and tell me your favs!

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Job Hunting

Hi guys!

So a lot of what goes on, especially in the first few months of the year is a lot of New Year New Me, fitness goals, and for some people, job hunting! It can be needed to kickstart a career or change up your current one. I have currently settled in a job that I love, and wanted to share some tips to get an interview. Then the rest is up to you!

So there were a lot of hurdles to getting my job. I went to see a careers advisor and got some great help from them, but then I still found it quite a struggle. You have perhaps heard of job hunting being a full time job? Yes it really can be. Here are all the ways:

  1. Networking Events,
  2. LinkedIn Page setup/update/networking
  3. Internet job hunting
  4. Face to face CV giving
  5. Talking to friends and family about jobs that are around

All of these are great methods which I will go further into.

  1. Networking Events

These are great for getting to know people in your community and get in front of people. When you are talking to someone you can talk about how your skills might help them and broach the idea of if they need anyone. Never think you have to get a particular contact, you might find someone knows someone that isn’t at the event that can help you.  They are a little nerve wracking but everyone is in the same position and you just have to talk about yourself and ask questions about the people you are talking to. Plus take business cards if you have them and offer to email your CV over if someone expresses interest.

2. LinkedIn Page Setup

LinkedIn is a great place to start meeting people from all over the world, but for yourself its great to start looking at who your friends, family, and former colleagues you know. You have to set up a full profile with picture, cover picture, full employment history, any volunteering you have done, and then what your interests are. LinkedIn will guide you along the way. Now you have to add friends which means you can access everyone that they know through LinkedIn. This is best done with Facebook and then go from there. You can get in touch with the right people and also show off your skills for potential employers. Plus it has a great job search feature and is really easy to use. Often you can just apply for a job with your LinkedIn profile.

3. Internet Job Hunting

So I have a few favourites, and no doubt you will as well. Here are my fav ones and why:

Indeed – This one was a little weird to me at first but I have grown to use it as first port of call when I am job hunting. It has a great feature where you can save jobs, tell it when you have been offered or interviewed for a job, and it means you can keep a track of all of your job hunting because believe me, it does get super confusing to keep track! They also have a salary checker so you know what your job is worth.

Mediargh – This one is great as it is for media jobs in the United Kingdom and very simple to use as there isn’t an overload of jobs on it, but the ones they have are quality. It also has a lot of ‘dream’ jobs that are amazing. Working for Inside Soap magazine? What a world.

Adopt an Intern is a fantastic website, and again with not much choice, but quality positions. Be prepared to face stiff competition.

Charity Jobs – This one is great if you want to work for a charity and make a real difference. There are many paid jobs on the site and for all different sectors and experience. It is a great way to marry up your values and your skills.

GoodMoves is another great charity job hunting website also, full of really great jobs!

4. Face to Face CV giving

Sometimes it pays to get in front of people. Of course it can be hard if the company you work for has a strong reception but if you can, ask if you can hand in your CV and if the manager is around for a quick chat. You never know the opportunities that might arise!

5. Families and Friends.

Who do you know? Chances are you might know more people than you think. And they know people. Use your contacts to see whats out there. And because they are your friends and family they want you to succeed and be a part of your journey, so take advantage of it! You might realise that your town or city is very close knit, especially when it comes to certain industries.

Are there any more tips that you want to share? Please comment below!

T xx

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Brand Profile: Lazy Flora

Hi team!

So this week I am highlighting a brand that I love, called Lazy Flora.

Lazy Flora is aimed at people who find it had to keep up with having a garden, perhaps have no garden of their own, or would like to start learning more about planting and growing.

I am very amateurish when it comes to gardening. I acquired a garden when I bought my house, with rose bushes and a few plants out back. However I really want to learn how to grow and look after plants. I have some succulents and indoor plants that I am managing to keep alive also. I also have inherited a garden shed with tools that I have never seen before.

So far, I have planted some daffodils, tulips, and crocuses. I have some sunflowers to plant also. However I have some plant pots that look a little sad, and want to pimp out my garden this summer. This is where Lazy Flora will come in.

Lazy Flora was started by Claire, who realised that she couldn’t feasibly create a garden in her city flats she was living in. She moved to a new place with a balcony and could start to create her own oasis. However it was hard to get to garden centres and get access to quality plants. Hence she started Lazy Flora, to deliver plants to people that are limited on space but want a garden of their own.

You can get many different kinds, for both indoor and outdoor, with a succulent selection  for people obsessed with them (me). You can subscribe and get individual plants, or do a seasonal plant collection also.

What I also like is that they give you a free calendar to show when your plants will be blooming. They also send you reminders to water your plants – how helpful is that?!

You can see what they are going to send out each month, and also buy gifts for friends! Who wouldn’t love some beautiful flowers at their doorstep that last beyond a few days!

Here are all their details below:

Lazy Flora Website

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Burnout: Story of my life.

Hi guys!

So I have been off the last few weeks (unplanned by the way) as something reared it’s ugly head. That word is BURNOUT.

A few weeks ago I definitely started to feel burned out. We had an event coming up, I was working a little more at my day job, I wasn’t making time to do fun stuff, and I was also at the mercy of my to do list. I started to get tired and irritable, and lost all joy for life. Luckily we had a holiday booked, which was a cabin in the woods in Yorkshire. We had this holiday a few years ago when we were both burned out from the life we were living in London, and taking that time out to get back to nature. We love to tramp through forest and hike through the countryside, and we got that in spades. This time was the same, except even more magical. I will document and show pictures in a blog coming up, but I want to concentrate on what I did to work through my burnout. Now it was lucky that I had a hot tub also at the cabin (that always helps) and we had a few nights under the stars watching bats nip around.

While I was at the cabin I made room for relaxation and fun. Sadly, this involved me watching Homes under the Hammer every morning (my utmost favourite show) and planning what we were doing that day. We would go on a hike, then come back for lunch, spend some time in the sun, and then get into the hot tub. I tried to stay off social media as much as possibly other than work I needed to do, and I brought books to read which I love to do. My doctor talked about me doing 1 thing a day, and scaling my life back to a simple routine. This I had done last year, and while it was very difficult for me, it really helped. The only thing I maybe had to do was food shopping, or putting washing on, or finishing a blog. This was very easy to do when I was away as all I had to do was plan our walk for the day and that was it.

Burnout affects many people on many levels. Its something that you consistently have to monitor, and more people are prone to it than others. Multitasking is very harmful and only pushes you to burnout faster, and I would be doing this all the time – watching something on Netflix while checking on social media etc. It is important to be in the moment (and while I am writing this blog I am listening to a podcast, old habits die hard), and not be focused on the next thing or the next thing.

Since I came back from holiday I have made another appointment with my therapist, just to get it sorted before it gets any worse, but I also found I was much happier. Happy to go back to work, generally genial with everyone, and also much more relaxed with setting boundaries and reading more. I am hoping this means I have more of a grip on it, but like depression and anxiety, it is something I will have monitor consistently.

Have you ever had a burnout?

T xx

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Being an INFJ

Hi team,

So this week I am talking about being an INFJ personality type.

INFJ’s make up less than 1% of the worlds population, and well known INFJ’s are people such as Nelson Mandela, Alanis Morissette, and Oprah.

People who are INFJ’s look to help the world. They want to run for charity, but most importantly we want to help people to not become statistics.

INFJ’s firmly believe in the phrase “All you need is Love”, and use this strategy to win over people. Don’t get them wrong, they can be very strong in their opinions and are decisive and strong-willed. However they will not use this for their own gain. but want to make life fair for everyone.

INFJ’s love people, but can also withdraw to recharge. So when you are talking to an INFJ you may feel you are talking to an extrovert, however don’t be surprised when they shut off. It’s for their own health. Talking of which, burnout is a big factor for INFJ’s. They give too much of themselves to other people, and can also take criticism very hard and personally. With friends, they love quality. They prefer an hour of deep conversation to a small talk ten minute coffee.

The combination of being creative, empathetic, decisive and inspiring is something that the INJF uses to forward their beliefs. If an INFJ tells you they are going to climb Mt Everest, you can believe that they have a plan and the will to see it through, especially if it is for a cause they believe in.

However there are some weaknesses to this personality, as there are with any other one, such as being quite sensitive to conflict and criticism as mentioned before. They are private and will retreat. However if you show a genuine interest in them they will respond well. They need to have something to believe in and fight for – and through this fighting they can burn out very easily if they aren’t careful.

INFJ’s want to find their lobster. They want to find ‘The One’ who they connect with and they look to build lasting relationships with their chosen one.  They can be picky, and can see when people aren’t being their real selves, which can help in the initial stages of a relationship.

INFJ’s crave real friends. They don’t want superficial, they want the 3am talks at 10:30 in the morning. They detest small talk and really just want to talk openly and honestly with you. They can be hard to make friends with in the workplace, but if you share their passions and interests, then they will be a great friend to you. You do need to work at them a little bit, being a little private it takes them a while to open up.

 INFJ’s hate gaining power, and try to avoid people that want to gain power. You won’t see them on Instagram with their shiny highlighted face and new car.
When it comes to their career, INFJ’s do tend to avoid corporate paths, as it doesn’t fit their life journey. and this goes hand in hand with not wanting to acquire power. INFJ’s also have a hard time deciding what they want to do, being pulled in many different directions. They suit roles as life coaches, doctors, and counsellors because these job choices help people directly. They also want to be creative in their chosen career.
They also thrive setting up their own business, as they can plan their own workload and career goals. Often INFJ’s also go into writing, music, photography and art.
I love being an INFJ, and I love even more that I know what I am and why. It’s saved a lot of stress and overreaching the last few years, and also lets me know when and where to push myself.
Are you a INFJ? Let me know in the comments!
T xx
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I went on a Meerkat Experience!

Hi team!

So this week I am talking about my Meerkat Experience!

My lovely Mum gave me a Meerkat Experience for Edinburgh Zoo last year, and I thought I would book it for this year, during my birthday month! Unfortunately we had to reschedule due to Beast from the East (thanks) but we got it sorted and I headed to the zoo on a rainy morning (nothing was going to stop me!)

I got there early and decided to check out the Otters talk, which was very informative, and the otters thought I was there to feed them, but turns out their keeper was behind me (sad face). It was very cute as they are super pathetic with their squeaks of pretending to be starting. They ate defrosted mice for lunch.

I then went through the pelican walkthrough, which as it was raining they were all chilling on a rock but was very cool to see them up close.

I  then went to see the painted hunter dogs and they were inside right up against the glass, as I think they were waiting to see what their keeper was doing outside. They are super cute and so fluffy, with awesome markings.

After 12 I went to meet up with the keeper who was taking me. They are only restricted to two people and it was just me, so it was really fun getting a one on one and I asked loads of questions. We went to one of the meerkats enclosures (the boys one) and I was told that I would be feeding them and also giving them toys to play with (weeeee!)

We went and got all the food and then started to head into the enclosure. The meerkats have tunnels all over their enclosure so they could already see us coming in and were looking very curious. We went through the two sets of doors and popped in.

They weren’t overly sure at first, but they started to come in and look around and get used to me. We had to step very carefully as they are quick and we might accidentally stand on toes or tails. We then set up a little empty paddling pool with coloured balls for them to play in and then started to get their food sorted.

For that day’s menu we were feeding them live locusts and mealworms. It was quite something to open up the bag and see a lot of live locusts in the bag, but I grabbed a big handful and threw them into the pool for them to eat. Suddenly they all came flying in, and when I was too slow putting the food in (i.e. 1 second) they were all standing up and looking at me. I finished the bag and then started putting the meal worms in also.

Once they were finished they started moving around the enclosure more, with some climbing up my leg and tapping my leg with their paw, rather like a cat does, looking for more food. They went all around me and often when I looked behind me there was one sitting there. I couldn’t pat them or put my hands near them as they bite quite hard and their claws are quite sharp but I took a lot of photos and the keeper was kind enough to take a few for me.

I asked the keeper about if they had tried to train the meerkats to do certain tasks at all, and she said yes, but there was an issue. They had tried to get the meerkats to hit a target, however all of them wanted to hit the target, all at once. They also all wanted the treat that came with it. So they are smart, but just very very enthusiastic. They get right into it once they are comfortable, hence why this experience is such a great thing for them and for zoo visitors.

We packed up and then headed out of the enclosure with the equipment, when she informed me that she had a surprise animal for me to see. It was a an armadillo, which I love! I was meeting the baby Inti. We woke her up and I got to hold her. The shell is pretty amazing, and she was very relaxed. I fed her some mealworms, and then we put her back into her enclosure so she could sleep! I was so pleased to see one so up close, and felt lucky to have had that added onto my experience.

I’d like to thank Edinburgh Zoo for putting on such a great experience for me, and the keeper who took me in particular (I totally forgot your name, I’m sorry!). Thank you to my Mum and Gordon for coordinating this also, was the best birthday present ever!

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Birthday Goals!

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So this blog is published on the first day after my 32nd birthday! I am probably hungover   but I am definitely at work. It’s been a pretty crazy year but I thought I would make a few goals for the next year to keep my trajectory going, as I feel I’m on a pretty good roll lately!

This last year has been a bit crazy. From giving blood for the first time, quitting retail, finding my dream career and getting a job that allows me to progress, going to courses, burning out, visiting New Zealand to see my family, its been pretty full on. It’s definitely been a growth year for myself and I definitely want to keep progressing.

So without further ado, here are the goals!

  1. Go on a trip! I have a few locations in mind, but as I am terrible for taking holidays and am now self employed, I am definitely going to take the opportunity to get away somewhere fun, and it doesn’t even have to be far!
  2. Have my business set up and rolling with more clients! (quite an exciting goal for myself).
  3. Get my full driving license in the UK. I basically have to start from scratch as the stages in NZ are different. Which may be a good thing as I haven’t driven for about 9 years.
  4. I have been relearning French via Duolingo for the last year, and this year I would like to complete the full course, so next time I go to Paris I can actually speak to the locals properly.
  5. Enter my blog for awards! I am about two years into the game of blogging and have not entered a single competition yet. It would be fun to enter and see how this little blog does.
  6. Give blood again. I liked doing it the first time so am going to try and do it every three months.
  7. Get my citizenship sorted. I have been here for nine years and have been going through the process so this is the year to bring it home.
  8. Throw more events with the Braw Blogger Events team. It has been amazing to be a part of this team and help throw two events, so long may it continue.

Have you set any goals for your birthday? Let me know what they are in the comments.

T xx

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Brand Profile: Hungry Designs!

Hi team!

This week I am highlighting one of my favourite finds – Hungry Designs!

Hungry Designs is a business run by Amanda Whiteley from Brisbane, Australia.

She specialises in illustration and print, with a fantastic skill drawing Disney characters. She has also just moved into Amber Cabochon brooches which are fabulous. Here are some of her designs below:

 

 

 

She graduated with Honours in Illustration and Printmaking and she specialises in comic  style art prints. As you can see above she does a fantastic range of characters with many different medias and designs. If you follow her on Instagram she also has a brilliant feed to follow!

Here are all her details below:

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