My (almost) 12 year old mini-me.

From her hormonal side glances to her witty retorts, she is her mother through and through and I couldn’t be more proud.

This time, 12 years ago, I was impatiently awaiting the arrival of my eldest daughter with all of the trepidations and anxieties of a first time mum. At the tender age of 21, I thought I was ready to welcome Hayley into the world with open arms and an open heart but I was wholly unprepared for the small human that would change everything about the world that I knew.

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The Unique Blogger Award

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A blog post coming at you a little out of sync but I prefer to post awards outside of my usual content so here you go, post Christmas haze nurturing the food baby and lazy bones over the next few days.

Thank you ever so much to Lauren for choosing to listen to me ramble once again. Go and check out Lauren’s blog as soon as you can, she was also kind enough to have featured me on her Favourite bloggers of 2017 list / blog which features some really amazing bloggers so I am extremely honoured.

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The Greatest Movie Ever Made!

It’s everything you ever want.
It’s everything you ever need.
And it’s here right in front of you.

🎶 Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for 
Been searching in the dark, your sweat soaking through the floor 🎶

Moulin Rouge was once upon a time one of my all time favourite movies, it holds all of the magical charm and musical appeal of the stage brought to life on the big screen by the inspired Baz Luhrmann. I am not a die-hard musical fan but every so often, a movie will come along that has me singing my heart out and scrambling to find soundtracks and lyrics, a movie that I must recount to every person I see and one that gets cemented into the film vault in my mind until the end of time. I didn’t think I would find another for this vault quite like Moulin Rouge when along came Hugh Jackman and The Greatest Showman and all other cinematic wonder is forgotten.

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Christmas Traditions – A Christmas rewind

…it is not Christmas until Jack Skellington has donned a faux beard and Santa suit dishing out Christmas nightmares to the children of the world.

Christmas is celebrated in so many ways all around the world and I absolutely love hearing about the many different traditions incorporated into a Christmas celebration. While I might be a ‘go with the flow’ kind of girl when it comes to Christmas celebrations, there are some traditions that just HAVE to be done around Christmas and as a Wiccan at Yule, it is heart warming to see so many Pagan rooted celebrations becoming mainstream. While I may not be that into Christmas as others (I am not the Grinch, I promise), I do make a concerted effort to give my children the best possible Christmas experience, no matter how many Santa meet and greets I sit through. Here are my traditions (old and new) that I stand by, year after year.

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PIERCED PREJUDICE AND TATTOOED TREATMENT (Open Letter)

We are no different, we only choose different armour.

Dear Judge, Jury and Executioner,

There is something about being a part of the pierced, tattooed and modified club that comes with an immediate and infinite feeling of belonging. A club that exists because the world knows nothing but judgement; a club of people that have to constantly defend themselves to the masses regarding their personal choices, decisions and modifications.

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WOULD YOU RATHER…? CHRISTMAS TAG

WOULD YOU RATHER…? CHRISTMAS TAG (Blogger Tag)

Eek, one must contain one’s excitement! (Or not!)

This is my first ever blogger tag which is extremely important and deserves its own category, I would love to be able to do a few more of these so a massive thank you to Lisa for this, the Would You Rather…? Christmas tag.

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HD Brows on fleek!

…it was time to correct myself before I wrecked myself.

Years of tweezing and waxing have seen my eyebrows take on all of the geometric shapes they could muster, from the ‘comma’ to the ‘flatline’, they’ve done it all! In September, I decided to let my eyebrows grow out where they have been waxed and plucked in the hopes of a new shape presenting itself by years end. By November, it had become too much and there were only so many two-inch hairs I could pull out by hand, it was time to correct myself before I wrecked myself.

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Lip Scrub – ing!

A little pot of sugary, flavoured goodness is all you need to exfoliate that soft lip skin and get rid of any hanging bits of unpleasantness.

For an amateur like me, applying a matte liquid lipstick is an art form in itself; the perfect application takes time, practice and a lot of concealer around the mouth to get the straightest of edges and cleanest of applications. There is however another step frequently omitted that would make your lipstick life that much easier in the future, one I cottoned onto a little later in life but something I felt absolutely necessary to share with you, this step requires a little bit of a lip scrub and a whole lot of restraint.

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5 quick tips on SEO for blogging beginners!

‘The first time I saw the words ‘Domain Authority (DA)’ I felt like I was a very small Neon Tetra in an aquarium of Oscars…’

It seems I have the daunting task of optimising three months worth of blog post images to include alt text, a task that is going to need a lot of coffee and even more patience as I edit and re position all images since September 2017. While the best blogging advice I’ve ever received would be NOT to focus too heavily on SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), it’s important to have an understanding of these concepts to get the basics right from the outset, the rest will follow.

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10 November Netflix picks!

… I couldn’t help but feel like I was stuck in a Tenacious D music video…

November has been a particularly busy Netflix month for me, being home and in recovery means that a lot of time was spent laying in bed or assuming the position on the sofa in front of my favourite Netflix series or movie. It also saw me watching a lot more movies than I normally do (which is hardly any) so those have been included for you below.

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