30 Day Challenges!

Hobbies, Life

Hi team!

So today I’m talking about 30 day challenges. I seriously lose interest in things quickly, so it actually is a real challenge for me to keep going with it! Last Halloween i set up 31 days of Halloween in an attempt to make sure I kept up with it. Posting pictures related to my second favourite holiday? Didn’t even make it to ten days. This year I’m determined to pick one that corresponds with my love of photography and take photos of the seemingly mundane, such as my bed or my wardrobe, a fence, etc. But this time, I am going to stick to it, and by the time you read this, I should be halfway through.

30 day challenges are a really amazing thing, and there are LOADS, all about fitness, gratitude, etc, etc. You can find one on any subject. On a personal note, it gives me something to look forward to, which is an important step in dealing with anxiety and depression. I love photography and stretching myself to make beautiful pictures.

So look one up, and do one with me. I want to see your results and any suggestions of any you have, let me know! Here is an example of a cool one I found!

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T xx

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Brand Profile: Sandailo Psychics

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*Please note that I was provided a free product for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the developing company in any way*

Hi Team,

So this blog I am talking about the Sandailo Psychics app. I love to read Tarot in my spare time for fun, and when asked to try this app, I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn’t want to have an idea of what happens in their future, or how that job interview went, what’s coming up in their relationship, and more.

Sandailo Psychics brings together Ppychics from all different mediums – such as Tarot, Clairvoyance, Medium based, Spiritualist and more. You can purchase public questions  – the only thing that gives you away is your age and thats it – and then any psychic can answer your question – plus its a great way to shop for what psychic you like based on their public answers for other peoples questions.

I had two private questions, and three public questions, and gravitated towards a psychic  who specialised in relationships, mind and body, and home and family. The first question I asked was regarding an important relationship in my life, and she hit the nail on the head. She also have me an important month to look out for, and I’m looking forward to seeing what unfolds!

I then asked about my chosen career path and if it was right for me. I asked a different psychic and she answered that it was meant for me, it was just people around me that is making me question it, which is pretty accurate. I definitely have a lot of supporters who have helped me through my new career transition, but there are one or two that aren’t very complimentary.

I then asked a different psychic about one of my friends, and an issue I am helping her with. She said that all systems were go and I was on the right track – which I was relieved at as there is a lot riding on this.

The other two questions were very personal so I won’t share them on here, however they were answered well and provided peace of mind.

I like this form of psychic help, as it can give you peace of mind, you can pick the psychic that you think will give you the help you need, and its all conveniently in one app! Sandailo hand pick their psychics, so there is not overly a lot of choice, however the quality is really good!

Have you ever tried a psychic? How was it? Let me know in the comments!

T xx

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Your Self Care List

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Your Self Care List

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Hi guys!

This week I am talking about how to compose your own Self Care list. This is for everyone, to make sure your mental health is doing well and it enables you to rest your mind in a busy world. Over the last year I have been making mine – taking off and adding on items –  and no doubt you will too, as your life changes. I put my self care first, because I never used to, and I could see the dramatic changes it made my health, my work ethic, and my relationships. Now I can be my full self because I know I have filled my health back up (nice video game reference huh huh huh).

Here is my list, and it will be similar or very different. The point of me sharing mine is to get started with yours. It can be in your mind, or on a piece of paper, or on your phone. The main thing is to try fit in as many things as you can with the time you have, even if you are a full time parent or work 40 hours a week.

  1. I play games on my phone. There are 4 games i play every day, and throughout the day, and its a nice break for my brain, being at a computer all day. They are silly games that help me relax and unwind.
  2. Reading. I love to read, and have recently taken it back up. If I’m stressed, it can take me awhile to settle down into the book – but I very much liken it to meditation, as you get absorbed in the story and it stops your mind racing.
  3. Meditation. I do this as often as I can, and am now at the point when I know exactly when I need it, such as when I’ve had a busy day, or am stressed about something happening. There are many great apps out there to help!
  4. Yoga. I do Yoga as my main form of exercise to help my back and gain strength. More often I do it to be focused on the practise of it and stop worrying about my to do list. It really pushes me to strengthen my muscles and also gets my breathing to a good standard, which as people with anxiety know, this is very hard to get under control.
  5. Pamper Night. I do a weekly pamper night where I get the face mask on, moisturise, paint nails, shower, bath, wash hair, all things to make me feel I am floating on air by the end! Taking the time to take care of yourself is very important and if you do it right before bed it means you are more relaxed and sleep better, plus you know that you look great for the next morning!

This is my surefire ways of making sure I look after myself before I look after anyone else, as I can’t help with a half filled cup. Choose your own self care list, and don’t be afraid to get right to the heart of what you like, whether its a nerdy hobby, a lavish beauty salon treatment, or reading trashy books. You know what you need to function and get on with your own day and its challenges, so it’s important it makes you happy.

What’s on your list? I’d love to know!

T xx

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Brand Profile: Den of Iniquity!

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Hi guys!

So this is not so much a review, but the place I went to deserves some praise so it’s kind of a review!

I got a new tattoo! I am super happy with it, and have been thinking about it for awhile. I have Maori heritage and wanted the words ‘ea’ and ‘noa’ tattooed somewhere.

‘Ea’ means ‘to rise’ and ‘noa’ is to keep at a level state of tapu.

I knew I wanted the tattoos one on each part either arm or leg, but didn’t know. I eventually settled on the backs of my arms, above the elbow, as its a great place to showcase and it’s also not too bad for pain as there is a bit of cushioning there.

So I usually go to Kerry at Red Hot and Blue for my tattoos, however there was this amazing tattoo place that had opened on Broughton Street awhile ago that I was very curious about, called Den of Iniquity. I looked them up on Instagram, and discovered it was three awesome ladies who do amazing artwork – Jen, Deborah, and Aileen.

I saw that Aileen had space on my day off so I jumped at the chance to get her to tattoo me. She is so talented and an absolute sweetheart in  person. I had requested more of a handwritten font for the words, and when I showed up she showed me what she had done, and it was exactly what I had envisaged.

Before I go onto the tattoo part, I have to show you pictures of the studio. What an amazing place! It really spoke to my love of vintage, and they even had a My Little Pony sitting on the fireplace. So my vibe!

 

We headed downstairs, and got started. Now this may be the same or different, but you forget the pain. Every time the needle first hits my skin I suddenly go “oh, this was a terrible idea, this hurts, no more tattoos for awhile”. And then a week later you go hmmm…what’s my next one going to be? On that note, they had tattoos up on the walls and I spied this beautiful mermaid – I have been looking for a mermaid for awhile that I had in my mind, and this was the closest so I may just go back for her!

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The tattoo took around ten minutes, and I was so happy with the results, the placement was perfect, Aileen was a gem, and the whole experience was really cool. Nothing against the boys, but I do love getting tattoos from women, it’s a really cool experience and you get to meet some cool people as well!

Den of Iniquity also have guest tattooists coming through, who are closely matched with the artwork that the three ladies produce themselves.

I really enjoy the whole experience and will definitely be paying a visit again! I’ve popped their social media handles below – worth looking at if you are shopping for a great tattoo artist!

Den of Iniquity Instagram

Den of Iniquity Facebook

T xx

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Brand Profile: Box of Goth!

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I love getting stuff in the mail. Anything that is not a bill is definitely a treat, and I love the range of monthly subscription boxes out there! One I wanted to focus on today is the Box of Goth.

Box of Goth is a monthly coffin shaped subscription box full of gothic and horror inspired goodies. Great right? I love skeletons, bats, black cats, and this is definitely up my alley. I love that it is so different and really touches a chord with a lot of people, as some of us are still going through our goth phase after high school. There really is a strong community out there that are bonded by the love of all things macabre.

Here a few shots of the insides.

 

The last coffin was the Skulls and Skeletons box, and had so many great goodies in it, from pins, to stationary, to patches!

It is the one year anniversary of Box of Goth this month (May 2018) and being a small business they have developed loyal supporters by providing great customer service. They also write a fantastic blog themselves, which features their customers wearing or using their products!

The coffin boxes all the goodies come in are made up by Nikki and Lucy, the brains behind the brand, and curated in themes, like the RIP box, which Nikki has stated as her favourite so far.

I asked Nikki what we can look forward to in the future and she replied with “More coffin boxes of gothic goodies!” Can’t wait for this! She also revealed there are some very exciting things coming up that she can’t say yet but its going to be very exciting for the customers!  She said the best way to get all the news and updates is to follow them on Instagram and you will get the first teasers – I have linked their Instagram below.

The lovely extra touch they do is if you subscribe to get their Boxes, just tell them your birthday to get an extra goodie on your birthday month!

This company is a really nice small business, who work hard and do their best for the customer. They also have a real eye for curating, and they are open to suggestions from their customers! I am waiting for the June box to come out as I write, very excitedly!

Want to get your Goth on? Here are all the links you need to know.

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T xx

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Brand Profile: Lazy Flora

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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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T xx

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Brand Profile: Heather More Illustration

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This weeks Brand Profile is on one of my favourite artists, Heather More. I met Heather at a networking event and she was so lovely! We ended up having her at two of our Braw Blogger Events (plug plug) and her stand stood out due to her amazing art and products!

Here are some images below of my favourite work from her, including the artist herself!

 

What I like about Heather is that she has got a really fun take on things, and she also posts a lot of art to her Facebook, including when she sketches places she travels to. I get a lot of her products and get a lot people asking where I get it from, which truly proves that shopping local really works if you want to be a bit more individual. Heather has also done many art exhibitions and has also done work for the NHS and the Skinny.

Like what you see? Here are all the need to know links below:

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Xmas Gift Ideas that even Karen from Finance will like.

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Hi guys!

So this week I thought I’d give a guide to Christmas gifts, as by this time some people are super stressing about what they have to get for Karen from Finance (by the way, does Karen really need a gift?) – but this is a guide also for the people that are close to you that are so hard to buy gifts for (not looking at you Mum).

  1. Origami.

Now if you had read my blog about Origami (Read Here) you will be ahead on the game on this! Basically look up instructions on how to build origami, such as this Wikihow link!

Then you can get origami paper off Ebay for not much, and for the colours you choose, and you can also select a glass vase also to put it in. You can make the colours your giftee’s favourite colours, or to fit in with their home, and you can also add lights also, like this! Just make sure you are safe with the lights as it is paper and you don’t want hunky firemen over at your friends house when it burns down. Or do you?

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2. Wrapping Presents

There are some cool ways to wrap gifts these days. I personally love the ideas below.

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I’m always looking for ways to use my Hello Kitty Instax camera (Here’s my review of it) and how I can use my cool photos as part of gifts and art. These ideas are fantastic as it really makes it personal. I suggest getting pictures of peoples kids, dogs, or important moments, then saving them for wrapping gifts, as it really makes it super personal. I also love the bells on a string idea, and the little reindeer!

3. Happy Jar

happiness jar

I have written a blog about this (Read here) in more depth so check it out if you want further information! This is a great gift for someone who gets the January/February blues, and needs to know that there is light at the start of March. It’s a great mental health tool that I have given to a few of my friends and it really helps!

These are a few ideas that will hopefully help you in your quest to be the best gift giver after Santa Claus and give Barbara (remember her from last blog?) a run for her money. Send me pics and tag me in social media if you do any of these ideas, I’d love to see them!

Merry Christmas!

T xx

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Hobbies: Skull Bejewelling

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So in my conquest to make Pinterest saved crafty projects terribly I took on bejewelling a skull. There was a few to choose from, and obviously I didn’t use a real one, but I picked up an amazing crow skull replica from Ebay. You can pick any kind of skull you want, but as the crow has a long beak and a lot of head to cover, this was my choice!

I picked up some stick on half pearls from Primark, and then decided on lilac stick on half pearls from Ebay. I saw on Pinterest that someone had put a full pearl in the eye socket for an eye effect but I thought I’d take the simpler route for my first project!

So as you can see in the pictures, I did one side of the skull, and then popped some in the eye socket for interest. You can really be so creative with this, do the whole skull, use all difference colours, its really up to you! I am currently planning my second skull, much to my OH’s horror, but as I am all about Halloween 24/7 I am definitely into this hobby!

Have you made something like this? Show me pics!

T xx

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Hobbies: Making a Happy Jar

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So this last Christmas, I decided it was a great idea to handmake a lot of my presents for people.

Just wow guys. What a lot of hard work (especially as I love being creative but rubbish at it!)

One of the ideas I came across is having a Happy Jar. I made two for two friends and they are a great idea to boost your self esteem when you are low.

All you need is coloured card cut into cards, a fancy swishy pen, some glitter, and a cute container (I used an old fashioned sweet jar!).

I proceeded to write down quotes that have helped me, and left some blank, folded them up and with the glitter, popped them in the container! I used all different colours but really you can do them in your favourite colours, it really is so personal. Other things you can write are:

  • Memories
  • Favourite songs
  • A self-care prompt
  • Leave them blank for writing your own quotes or ideas as you go along
  • A funny story or joke

You can do so much with this and I am now hooked on making them. They look so pretty (see picture below)

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