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Things I achieved and didn’t achieve in 2015

December 24, 2015

Ahhh it’s properly Christmas and I’ve been looking back over 2015 a little bit. Thinking about the things I wanted to achieve at the end of last year and whether or not I did! I do feel like 2015 was the first year I actually (sort of) tried to achieve my ‘resolutions’ more than usual. Usually I feel like we just make them to make ourselves feel more positive about the coming year but then we never actually put the effort in to achieve them. Like every year, I had a list of things I wanted to get into the habit of doing or achieve in some way. Some of them I got stuck into and actually managed to keep up and some of them I probably didn’t even think about past 4th January 2015 but that’s ok… Here’s a little look at the things I did and didn’t achieve in 2015


Drinking more water
I know this is a boring and seemingly simple one but I’ve always found it difficult to stick at drinking lots of water throughout the day. I actually love water (lol) it’s my favourite drink after prosecco #basic&Iknowit. I cut down on fizzy drinks a couple of years ago and now I just find them too sweet and bloaty.

Anyway, I wanted to drink 2 litres of water a day in 2015 and I’d say for a large percentage of the year I actually did this. I think the key to it is having a litre sized bottle that you can carry around with you/keep on your desk at work so you can keep track of how much you’re drinking.

I’ve never been a huge coffee drinker but I also made a conscious effort to swap coffees for herbal teas more and that has worked out pretty darn well. (Or I’ll have a decaff when I really fancy one because I discovered this year that sometimes real coffee can make my breathing funny and I go all weird)

Yeeey I got a job in 2015! By job I mean like my first step on the career ladder and something that I enjoy rather than settling for the first one that came along purely for money. I finished uni in 2014 so in between I did a couple of temp things but I knew in 2015 I wanted to start a long term job which was going to help me progress and learn. I really feel like I’ve achieved that this year, after a rocky couple of months at the start of the year, also known as ‘unemployment’ which literally made me want to poke my eyeballs out, my job now allows me to be creative but also teaches me new things I didn’t learn at uni.

New car
This is a really boring one, sorry, but I told myself that if I didn’t get a job where I needed to get the train, then I’d get myself a new car which I looove. Maybe a resolution for 2016 could be to clean it more… damn bird poo.

I mean, I kinda went to the gym more??? Did I?? No this is definitely one to work on. Not even going to the gym more but generally being more fit. Right now I don’t know if I could run for more than 10 minutes… DOH.

Meant to achieve but kinda forgot…

Reading lots of books
My aim at the beginning of the year was to read a book per month. Throughout 2015 I read about 3 books…. OOPS. So next year, I’ll try again! I’ll try and read one per month. I will I will I will. If you have any book recommendations, please let me know in the comments.

More blog posts
This is a funny one because I feel like I’ve gone through phases with my blog where I’ve been really consistent then just haven’t posted for a whole month which is NOT IDEAL.

Saving money
I did save money… then I spent it. Let’s move on shall we….

I’m sure I’ll have loads more things I want to achieve in 2016, might turn it into a little blog post so I can’t ‘forget’ them! Thank you if you have been reading my blog throughout the year, it really does make me supes happs when I see that a couple of cuties are enjoying my content and I have lots more ideas for 2016 so keep following! You could also let me know what you want to see more of here.

Have a very…….

achieve in 2015

and a Happy New Year!

LD x

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The benefits of yoga – Why is it so good for you?

December 9, 2015

The benefits of yoga go way beyond feeling fitter and more healthy and if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might know that I love a bit of Yoga.

That’s not to say I’m the best at it or even do it very regularly, but when I do it, it feels like the best thing in the world and I honestly begin to believe that I’m a care-free, spiritual creature who could live in a tepee in my harem pants for the rest of eternity.

“One of the benefits of yoga is that it’s a really valuable practice for the over-worked, digital-age that we live in.”  – Emma, Battersea Yoga

Ahem, anyway…

So, why is it so good for you? This magical art of moving your body into different poses mixed with focusing on your breathing and meditating has been around since forever and us humans just seem to love it.

I love it because it’s challenging but doesn’t make you want to cry like say, going for a 50 mile run would, it’s refreshing but you also feel like you’re working out (especially if you’re doing hot yoga), it builds strength and flexibility and perfecting a new pose just feels like the best achievement on a casual Wednesday night.

benefits of yoga

I had a little chat with the lovely guys at Battersea Yoga about some of the hidden benefits…

Director of Battersea Yoga, Angus Ford-Robertson has been teaching meditation since 1999 and qualified as a yoga teacher in 2001. He’s taught yoga all around the world and believes the benefits of yoga and one of the best side effects is “better relationships with loved ones. Yoga is a process of getting to know oneself better, including our sensitive buttons. When we know what presses our buttons, we can avoid unnecessary domestics and petty rows. We just breathe through it without reacting to triggers or provocation.”

Yoga helps to relieve stress and as Angus says, make you a calmer person. You know when you’ve had a stressful day at work? You’ve been hunched over your desk all day, then you get into your car and you’re sat in traffic for an hour and a half and by the time you get home you feel like a grumpy, hunched up gremlin, yoga is the perfect way not only to stretch those agitated limbs out but to let go of anything that’s made you feel irritated and anxious throughout the day.

benefits of yoga

Emma Beattie of Battersea Yoga first discovered yoga in her home country, New Zealand before she qualified as an Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher in Paris in 2012. She believes “The hidden benefits of yoga are lower stress and anxiety, better sleep, improved lung capacity (better breathing) and improved focus/concentration. Yoga is a really valuable practice for the over-worked, digital-age that we live in.”

And I couldn’t agree more, if you read my ‘Things to do when you’re going screenless’ blog post you’ll see that I said yoga is the perfect thing to take you away from all the screens we’re surrounded by these days!

benefits of yoga

Still getting the last of your Christmas presents you unorganised devil? Why not give a loved one an experience that will last well past Christmas!?

Battersea Yoga, one of London’s most-loved independent Yoga and Meditation Studios is offering 10% off their Christmas gift vouchers. These vouchers can be used towards any of their classes in Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation, Pilates, Pre & Post Natal Yoga and Bioenergetics. Buy gift-cards online from £30 – £200 at, use the code givingisbetter for your discount!

I might just have to pop along to a class myself!

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A Christmas Gift Guide for HIM!

December 1, 2015

Welcome to my Christmas gift guide for him!

Whether he’s your dad, your brother or your boyfriend, it’s no secret that men can be difficult to buy for… If you don’t fancy getting your dad another pair of socks this Christmas or your boyfriend another bottle of aftershave then keep reading my Christmas gift guide for him!

A Christmas Gift Guide for him

For the man who has everything

Vinyl Me, Please 
If there’s a man in your life who happens to have everything and is also into vinyl records (cool guy), then Vinyl Me, Please could be an amazing gift that they probably haven’t heard of and probably won’t be expecting.

It’s a record club you can sign your dad/brother/boyfriend up to so they receive a different record every month for as long as you want, depending on how generous you’re feeling.

They’ll get a variety of records by different artists and as well as the record, they’ll receive a cocktail recipe picked perfectly to go with the music and an original art print too. It’s a unique gift that keeps on giving and I certainly know a few people who will be receiving this for Christmas now! Luckily my dad still has a record player, so when I recently received the ‘Wilco’ album ‘A.M.’ we were able to experience Vinyl Me, Please for ourselves! And we weren’t disappointed with the alternative/soft rock we heard from the Wilco vinyl. I felt quite cool actually.

Prices start from around £15 per month. Shop here.

Christmas gift guide for him

Christmas gift guide for him

Hari Ghotra Curry Kits
Another great gift for that person who’s difficult to buy for! Maybe your brother has just moved out and is still getting to grips with cooking actual food, these curry kits will go down a treat.

christmas gift guide for him

Hari Ghotra does all the hard work for you by putting together the perfect mix of spices and flavours in little bags which you then just add to your veg/meat/rice combo for a delicious curry.

Christmas gift guide for him

They really are delicious, see the below Korma cooked by ME! You can get a pack of 6 kits for £18 or a pack of 12 for £36 plus you get to pick which curries you want so you can personalise it for your loved ones! Who knew Christmas shopping could be this easy?

Shop here.

Christmas gift guide for him

A weekend away/day out
Sometimes, when people have everything, like… everything, it’s best to get them an experience instead. The deals you can get online these days make it sooo simple to get a bargain. Head to sites like, to find an experience whether it’s a city break or a dinner deal in London, simply trawl the web until you’re satisfied! Sorted.

For the man who’s easily pleased

If the fella in your life is a simple character, they’ll probably appreciate anything. The easily pleased male might like something they want, but wouldn’t necessarily want to spend the money on. 

For example, a lovely male cleansing kit from Elemis, shop here, some swish leather gloves, shop here (P.S. these ones are touch screen for your modern man) or this adorable personalised scarf, shop here.

Something a little different

The poo emoji pillow
I mean, HELLO! What more could a man want? This is bound to make everyone giggle on Christmas morning and is going to make any home look chic… Ok maybe not chic but you’ve got to admit he’s pretty cute! Shop hereChristmas gift guide for him

The invisible book shelves
How cool are these? Again, for someone who’s recently moved into their own place, this will really neaten up a place and create space for more mess but at the same time, look amazing. Shop here

Christmas gift guide for him Christmas gift guide for him

Perfect stocking fillers

Some chocolate Brussels Sprouts 
Because they’re fun and why not? Happy xmas bro.

Christmas gift guide for him

Marmite Chocolate
For that vile creature who is obsessed with marmite.

Christmas gift guide for him

Cheese Jokes
Because think of all the fun you’ll have on Christmas day!

Christmas gift guide for him

So there it is, I hope you enjoyed my Christmas gift guide for him and I hope it gave you a teeny bit of inspiration if you’re struggling with what to get the lovely men in your life!

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12 thoughts we all have on a Monday

November 23, 2015

Don’t you think Monday’s seem to be creeping around more and more quickly each week? Much to my disapproval, one minute you’re wiggling and jiggling at your desk because it’s 4pm on a Friday, you spend your weekend catching up on daylight and the next thing you know it’s Sunday evening and you’re setting your alarm for vom o’clock Monday morning. Not cool.

Anyway, here are a couple of thoughts we all have on a Monday!

  1. Do I really need a job? I could walk puppies for a living or look after bunnies or take a sabbatical like One Direction!
  2. Why can’t we start at 11am on a Monday?
  3. If I was a mum I could work only 4 days a week or go home at 3pm!… Nope, still not worth it just yet.
  4. Who invented 5 days of work and 2 days off anyway? It was that Henry Ford wasn’t it? Little shit.
  5. Why are people talking to me before 12pm?
  6. What if I was to go to work in my onesie? I know what I need, an invisibility onesie, then I could wear no make up too! #cosy
  7. Ok, maybe it’s not that bad…oh no I forgot I have 4 more days of this…
  8. I should’ve been a popstar or a famous YouTuber.
  9. Is it time for lunch yet or even a snack? Feels like I’ve been here for ages. Oh wait, it’s 9.10am.
  10. If I take my lunch at 2.30pm I’ll only have an hour and a half until home time after lunch!
  11. Would it be frowned upon to take a short nap under my desk?
  12. My bed is so warm. I’ll call in sick… hang on a minute, I struggle calling in sick when I’m actually sick. Damn my honest soul 🙁

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Monday and all future Mondays!!

thoughts we all have on a monday

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Money saving weekend activities to do in the lead up to Christmas

November 20, 2015

If you, like me, have an awful habit of spending money on yourself because you constantly think you deserve a treat (but we do right?) then now is the time to STOP and start saving for Christmas. Your loved ones will thank me.

Here are some money saving weekend activities to stop you spending money, whether it’s that contour kit you don’t need or a night out you know you should say no to before the festivities begin.

Get cooking
Who wants to be out on a freezing cold November Saturday night anyway? Stick The X Factor on or some other crappy TV of your choice and dig out an old recipe book. I would personally opt for mac and cheese with a bottle or two of Malbec and I love this recipe by Jamie Oliver. This is the perfect evening in with a few pals, a bf/gf or even on your own. Comfy, cosy and full tums all round.

money saving weekend activities

Go to the gym
Think of it like this – if you already pay for a gym membership, you might as well use it when you’re trying to save money because it won’t cost you any extra! Ideal! Why not head to the pool for a Friday night swim (you wild thing). You’ll feel dreamy after a couple of lengths. Or if you’re hardcore, hit up one of those scary classes I like to avoid in favour of yoga. Your bod will be in the greatest shape for that Christmas party dress. A Wit Wooo.

Walk dogs
If you have dogs, take them up to the nearest forest and spend hours strolling. They will love you for it and that fresh air will really sort you out after a working week. If you don’t have dogs, offer to take your neighbours and they might even pop a fiver in your pocket as a thanks.  Naw.

money saving weekend activities

If you work full time and blog, you’ll know how difficult it can be to find time to find time to really get stuck into your blog. Getting in from work and being tired or having plans can mean your blog gets left behind 🙁 You have to be really organised to ensure you have regular posts planned and lined up (something I’m trying to do more of!) Cold winter weekends are the perfect time to snuggle up and get writing or get out and get some pictures taken. Plus it’s fun, win, win!

Pamper yourself
What better way to save money than by spending a whole day just making yourself feel great? Give yourself a fresh tan, do your nails (I’ve been loving Sally Hansen miracle gel for a long lasting mani) and put on a face mask then maybe it would be nice to do something that evening (I mean a wine bar would be fine wouldn’t it?) which doesn’t involve spending loads on dinner and transport.

money saving weekend activities

Teach yourself
Whether you’ve always wanted to learn a new language, play the piano or do the splits, you can through the wonders of YouTube. There are tutorials for everything on there from make up looks to rearranging your room to make it look better, now that’s a fun Saturday activity! If you’re really trying to save money, this is something you can spend ages on so you won’t get bored and end up online shopping (guilty).

I hope this post has given you some ideas for money saving weekend activities and your friends and family appreciate their extra super Christmas pressies this year!

What are your favourite money saving activities for cold winter weekends? Let me know in the comments below xx

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29 simple things that create instant happiness

November 18, 2015

When the world gets too much, go back to basics. Remember the simple things that create instant happiness, like a warming glass of wine or that video of a bulldog skateboarding.

Things that create instant happiness

  1. Pizza – Homemade or a takeaway, sometimes you just need to sack the quinoa off for a super scrumptious pizza which will make your heart happy.
  2. Discovering old songs by McFly, The Script, Stacie Orrico, JoJo and MANY more on an old Spotify playlist – Nostalgic tingles all round!
  3. That old, very good friend who pops up when you need them…– And you hadn’t even realised how much you’d missed them.
  4. That person who runs after you to hand you your phone because you left it in Costa – Yes this happened to me this week. Enjoy your well deserved good karma you honest angel.
  5. When something so specific happens to change a bad day and you’re sure someone is looking down on you.
  6. Being so embarrassingly silly with someone you literally can’t breathe and don’t care that you look like a fool in public.
  7. That ridiculously priced item you’ve been lusting after is reduced, thus making it no longer ridiculously priced and totally acceptable to buy – Kate Spade notebook, you are mine, welcome to your new home.
  8. Yoga will pretty much always, instantly calm you and take your mind somewhere else – *Books up classes for the next 12 years*
  9. Meeting a brand new human who you just click with – There are people like me and maybe I won’t be a lone wolf forever #friends 🙂
  10. Finding a really great blog/Youtube channel and indulging in alllll of the contentHannah Gale, I’m looking at you.
  11. A random, unexpected day off – It doesn’t really happen when you’re an adult but just remembering those days is enough to warm the soul.
  12. When someone compliments you and you realise they must think you’re preeeetty cool – E.g. When they associate you with a brand like Reiss or The White Company #winner
  13. Designer outlet villages – A current season Karen Millen dress for £85 reduced from £180? OH GO ON THEN.
  14. Christmas drinks – Salted caramel cappuccino’s all Winter erry Winter.
  15. Wanting a Bobbi Brown lipstick in a specific colour, refraining from spending £25 on something you’ll probably lose, then finding the exact same colour for a fraction of the cost in KIKO.
  16. The warmest, cutest, fluffiest jumper and it’s only £10 in the H&M sale – Winter, I’m ready for you.
  17. Remember THIS Do ya? Do ya?!
  18. When you’ve been really healthy all day and you just want a hearty, warming dinner so you make the executive decision to have sausage and mash for dinner with veggies and gravy – You really do deserve it.
  19. A stranger being SO thankful because you let them out/picked something up for them/helped them in some way – It was no big deal but naww you cute.
  20. Getting so lost in an amazing book that you totally forget what year it is/that you have to be up at 6am.
  21. Thinking you’re old but still being the youngest person on your team at work…
  22. But also still being old enough to be taken seriously, you successful, independent gal.
  23. When getting your winged eyeliner absolutely on point becomes quite a regular thing – Is this what it feels like to really make it!?
  24. Your nail varnish hasn’t chipped in almost a week and it’s not even gel.
  25. Achieving something you’ve been practicing like that yoga pose or another 10 minutes of running and not even feeling exhausted by it.
  26. Discovering your new favourite snack is only 93kcals – All your snacking woes are gone thanks to Propercorn.
  27. Getting home to an extra needy but very happy dog who won’t leave you alone – Annoying to some, heaven to others and they might just want feeding but you do not mind being used.
  28. Everyone you love being all together in one place doing something really fun – probably getting drunk on a Sunday even though you know you’ll have a headache for work on Monday. Living in the moment, soz.
  29. Recognising your life’s achievements – Looking back and realising/admitting to yourself how cool something you did was.

It’s the little things!

things that create instant happiness

things that create instant happiness

things that create instant happiness

Are these things that create instant happiness for you? If not, let me know what does in the comments below!


Get Better Skin for Winter With This Dream Product – Origins

November 11, 2015

I love winter, maybe more than summer? and I love everything that comes with it, EXCEPT dry skin.

If you’ve read previous beauty posts then you’ll know that I tend to get more dry skin which is just bloody annoying.

And the winter doesn’t help it probably because one minute you’re outside in the icy winds and the next you’re inside by a fire. Hmm.

So this year I thought I’d prepare myself and try and get better skin for winter. Earlier this year I discovered my now staple moisturiser which I’ve found has just helped my skin sooo much (and I’m hoping it will continue looking after my skin throughout winter) so when the weather started getting colder, I knew it was time to invest in another dry skin best pal.

And that’s when I came across this little dream.

better skin for winter

I was already an Origins lover, so when I read the reviews on this I knew I had to try it.

You apply it to clean skin last thing at night and although it’s called the Intensive Drink Up ‘Mask’ there’s no need to wash it off… you just wake up with skin as hydrated and soft as butter. Hmmmmmmmmmm.

I tried it when my skin started feeling just a little bit on the dry side and I woke up as good as new.
If you are going to try it, I would strongly recommend buying it from They almost always have discount codes and I bought an Origins concealer as well when I bought this and I got about 3 free Origins sample products with it so it’s well worth looking for deals on there.

Let me know if you do try it or have tried it previously. I’d love to hear if you like it as much as I do!


Beauty Favourites for Autumn/Winter

November 9, 2015

So as you may know, it was my birthday recently and I got a couple of rather great make up/beauty products that I’ve absolutely been loving sooo I thought I would share them with you in my Autumn/Winter beauty favourites!

Autumn/Winter Beauty Favourites

Jimmy Choo Perfume
My first beauty favourite is the Jimmy Choo perfume. It’s such a gorgeous scent and it’s one which you can actually smell on yourself when you’re wearing it, how rare is that!? You only need about 2 sprays of it as it’s strong and very long lasting. I would say it’s a sweet but mature smell. YUM.

Zoeva En Taupe Eyeshadow palette
My favourite eyeshadow colours are neutrals and taupes so this palette is my idea of heaven! I love the mixture of matte and shimmery shades and the lightest ones are perfect for highlighting. I’m excited to create a plum/cranberry eye with some of the darker shades. How bloody Autumnal!

autumn/winter beauty favourites

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade – Taupe
I can’t tell you how happy I am that I’ve finally tried this product out and I can’t recommend it enough. I ordered it in the shade ‘Taupe’ which I originally thought would be too light for my brows but when it arrived and I tried it, it was perfect so if you’re blonde this is a great shade to go for. I LOVE the gel texture and consistency, it’s long lasting and so defining. I’ve just been using it with a Real Techniques angled eyebrow brush which does the job ideally. #DreamBrows

autumn/winter beauty favourites

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick – Glastonberry
I’ve been loving all things Charlotte Tilbury recently and as a birthday pressie I got her Matte Revolution lipstick in the colour Glastonberry. It’s the perfect shade to see you through Autumn and Winter and I can’t wait to wear it to about every occasion I have from now until early next year.

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon – Champagne Diamonds
The Colour Chameleon eyeshadow pencil is just the perfect amount of shimmer and sparkle and I’m looking forward to smothering it all over my face eyelids as things get more Christmassy! It’s super long lasting and will make blue eyes pop making you look like Elsa from Frozen (thank me later).

Dior Nude Foundation
I actually bought this on my way back from holiday in the Summer but it’s definitely coming into Winter with me. The coverage can be quite sheer but can also be built up which I love because it’s great for everyday when you want to wear a bit less make up, and it’s perfect for a night out when you want fuller coverage.

autumn/winter beauty favourites

And that was me speaking way too enthusiastically about beauty products. Hope you enjoyed!

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Turning 23 and being very lucky

November 2, 2015

Hello and a happy Monday.

As I write happy Monday I’m actually having a very sleepy, grumpy Monday. Mainly because I had a weekend full of birthday celebrations and I’m sooo tired/sad my birthday is over.

Anyway, on Friday I turned 23 and I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure I was ok with turning 23. I knowww, it’s not actually old but it’s the oldest sounding age I’ve ever been so it was quite scary for me… until it happened and I had the best fricking day/weekend everrrr but I’ll go into that next.

I started my day by opening a box from my boyfriend which contained a great big, green, cooking apple… what an awesome way to tell me that we are in fact going to NYC in March next year… best surprise EVER! I was also thoroughly spoilt by my loved ones with pressies including a new dressing table for my room (it’s real pretty, will put up a pic at some point), a PIZZA OVEN yes, you read that right and other girly things like shoes/clothes/perfume. So before my day had even started I was totally ok with being 23. Yipppeeee.

We went to Cote Brassarie for breakfast which included mimosas, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and bloody mary’s… perfection.

turning 23

Coat & shoes: New Look

The plan was then to head to London for more surprises which I wasn’t allowed to know about…

We arrived in London after having a cheeky vodka and orange on the train from the very nice trolley lady where I was lead through Shoreditch to the CHEEKY Parlour where even more birthday dreams came true. We ALL got manicures and by all I mean boyfriend and dad included (brother had to pop off to do an interview and was gutted he didn’t get his nails done). Of course our manicures came with copious amounts of Prosecco because what else would you sip on while having your nails done on your birthday?

turning 23

turning 23

turning 23

NEXT we headed to Shoreditch house for a wine or 12 then onto the Duck & Waffle for dinner, at which point mum and I decided to switch from wine to water (see drunken selfie below).

The view was out of this world and the glass lift on the way up was bloody terrifying. Food was delish and we had a lovely meal.

turning 23

turning 23

Dress: Minnie’s Boutique Bag: DKNY

turning 23

The day ended with everyone asleep in a taxi home, waheeey!

turning 23

The next part of my birthday was a Halloween party, we had punch with eyeballs in and fingers in rolls. YUM.

turning 23

Make up by Natalie Webb at Elements in Bishop’s Stortford

Now do you get why I’m sad it’s Monday and it’s all over?! At least turning 23 wasn’t as scary as I’d first imagined, I think the absolute ball I had made up for my old age.

Tonight will consist of me using my new pizza oven to make a wondrous Monday night dinner. Hip hip hooray!

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Poll: What do you love reading about most?

September 21, 2015

Well helloooo, and happy Monday.

Now I’m blogging much more regularly (2 times a week actually, FYI, thank ya very much), I thought it was important to get some feedback from you guys and find out what you love reading about most and what you want to see more of.

Of course you can always contact me or Tweet me or give a pigeon a message to pass onto me (probably less effective) but I thought a poll was quite a fun way to find out before I start thinking up some (hopefully) super blog posts for the next few weeks.

It would be greaaaatly appreciated if you would like to answer my poll, you can also let me know in the comments below what you think.

Next blog post is coming on Thursday so keep an eye out for it…

Thank you in advance and I hope your Monday is short and sweet!