Tuesday, 28 June 2016

YA Mini Book Haul

It's been a while since I've posted a book haul, so in the spirit of 'treating myself'' I thought I'd share my recent Young Adult book buys. My boyfriend has Amazon Prime so luckily I ordered Saturday night and by Sunday morning they had arrived, meaning I had time to start reading Sunday night - my favourite time to get lost in a good book. 

I'd been scouting out books I wanted to order in Waterstones a couple weeks before, but waiting until payday and ordered the from Amazon because they're at least half the price and I'm still attempting to pay off the holiday I booked in January, ooppps... 

The first book I picked up was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, as I'd heard so many good things about it from so many bloggers. I'd also made a note to order a copy as it's the #GGBookClub book for this month and I was hoping to join in with the chat this time around. Fingers crossed I can finish the book before Tuesday, otherwise I'll be avoiding Twitter and all it's spoilers. 

Next I ordered The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. This was actually the first #GGBookClub book but I didn't order it in time. I've been meaning to order since so I'm excited I've finally added it to my book case. 

Finally I ordered Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard, which has the most amazing cover, doesn't it? I saw this on Zoellas Book Club Summer 2016 list, and thought it sounded like a good read, exactly the kind I used to read back when I was in school. 

I can't wait to get started on my new reads, and will definitely be reviewing any that I love!

What YA books shall I order next?

Lots of love, 

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Monday, 27 June 2016

F . L . Y - First Love Yourself

If there's one thing I struggle with on a daily basis, it's loving myself for who I am. I constantly pick at my own flaws, compare myself to others and onder what my life would have been like if I hadn't made the mistakes I have. Why is it so hard to love yourself?

One of my favourite Carrie Bradshaw quotes has always been 'Don't forget to fall in love with yourself first'. This is something I NEED to learn to do, and it something I am strating to work towards now that I'm starting to look after myself more. 

Recently I have been going through a stage where I didn't care about what I was doing and I was eating pretty much everything in sight and doing absolutely zero exercise. This ultimately effected my leg/knee problems, making it even more difficult for me to walk. 

With that in mind, I was so happy to be asked to take part in the F . L . Y First Love Yourself campaign. So, here are a few things I have been doing to love myself for who I am over the last few weeks. 

- I have joined Slimming World. I love the plan as it's not one those diets where you can't eat anything, it's a health eating plan that I can work into the rest of my life. 

- Started being more active. As I have a number of different conditions affecting this I am taking it easy, but my family are being so supportive and going on lots of slow walks with me. 

- Taking Multivitamins. This is something I used to do, however now that I am starting to look after my diet and fitness, I feel that it's the right time to start again. Hellenia are perfect those with muscle pain, like me. 

- Having me time. I've been taking longer baths, watching Netflix whenever I want and reading more rather than worrying about having a post live everyday. It feels so good. 

- Treating myself. Just because I can and I work hard, so I deserve it! 

What ways do you love yourself for who you are?

Lots of love, 

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*This is a sponsored post for the F.L.Y First Love Yourself Campaign


Friday, 24 June 2016

Rediscovering My Love for Graze Boxes

When I was in University me and my boyfriend both signed up for Graze boxes. We had introductory codes that got us our 1st, 5th and 10th boxes free but ended up signing up for well over two years. In fact, the only thing that made us cancel our subscriptions was when we moved in with my parents to save some money. 

While watching Brogan Tate's weekly vlog a couple of months ago and I saw how much the process had changed, so I decided to sign up for a free box again. I was pleasently surprised when I saw how easy it now is to eliminate any snacks you don't like or that you're allergic too, rather than going through the list and clicking 'bin' on things you don't want. 

I've now been signed up for almost two months and I absolutely love Graze box delivery day. 

I opted for once a week, as I was planning on having a snack a day at work, however they don't normally last that long. THEY'RE JUST TOO GOOD.

What I love most about signing up to Graze after being away for so long is that there are SO MANY NEW SNACKS. I literally couldn't believe the amount of new snacks they have brought out, it's so nice to see that they're growing and growing, as it's an amazing concept

Delicious snacks with less of the guilt is exactly what I need now that I've started a new healthy lifestyle. 

FINALLY, I have always known that the dipping snacks were my favourite. So, when I tweeted a couple of weeks ago saying that I love anything with a toffee dip in it, I was so happy that Graze tweeted me back saying their is a suscription made up of only dipper snacks!

Obviously I have now signed up to this and I'll be getting my first dipping box next week. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll get my favourite toffee apple box in there.. 

If you'd like to try Graze you can get your 1st, 5th and 10th box absolutely free with my discount code JGCMNPD6B. Boxes after that are £3.99 each.

Have you tried Graze before?

Lots of love, 

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Personalised Notebooks with Bookblock

A blogger can never have too many notebooks.

Well, that's what I keep telling myself anyway...

When I first discovered Bookblock* I fell in love with how customisable their notebook range was, as it meant I could have full control over how the book looked and felt. In a world of bullet journaling and stationery obsessives this was obviously music to my ears. 

The process was super easy, with the option to design your own or have Bookblocks talented designers create one for you. I choose to have their designers do work their magic as my design skills are definitely not notebook worthy.

I said that I wanted the notebook to be focussed around my blog design, as I was going to be using it soley for blog planning because lets face it, that really vedoes need a notebook in itself.  So, with that in mind the designers used the 'Kirsty Leanne' from my blog signature on the front of the notebook, and the cute little drawings Jemma from Dorkface did on the back. 

I can't tell you how happy I am to have a notebook with a illustration of my cat, Dexter, on it. 

A couple of days after my discussion with the designers, the first draft of my design was sent over. Everything looked perfect to me, although I said I would prefer the notebook to be a lighter pink so they sent over a new draft so I could confirm it was exactly what I wanted.

Aswell as picking the design I also got to choose the colour of the elastic strap, the ribbon bookmark and the print inside. I opted to stick with the pink theme and have plain pages so that I could let my creativity run a little wild...

Not long after confirming the final details my Bookblock personalised notebook arrived.

I'm so impressed with not only the amazing customer service I received throughout the entire process, but the quality of the notebook itself. It definitely rivals my collection of L1917's and Moleskine's. I can't wait to start jotting down my future plans to take over the world  for my blog!

Another exciting thing to add is that Bookblock will be taking part in my latest event that is happening next month - #bloggertikiparty. Everyone that wants to review one will be gifted with their own personalised notebook, how exciting is that!?

How would you design yours?

Lots of love, 

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Friday, 17 June 2016

California: Four years on

Today marks the four year anniversary of the day I left my small home town and headed to London to spend the night before catching my flight to California the following morning. Even now, four years later, it seems so surreal that I moved to America alone for four months at the age of 19.

Thankfully, the process was (quite) simple as I went using BUNAC’s Work America programme, which allowed me to work in the states for three months and travel for one.  However, as I don’t do anything by halves I signed up on deadline day, leaving me with a month to get a job, book flights, get my passport renewed, get my visa and find a place to live. It was stressful, but three and a half weeks later I was on my way.

Side note: I managed to spell my name wrong on my flight, so four days before flying (when I realised) I had to pay an extra £175 to cancel my flight and book another one. Maybe changing my name to Kirsty Leanna would have been cheaper.

Looking back at it now, moving to California over summer was actually one of the best things I have ever done. I made lifelong friends, experienced things I had dreamt of doing for as long as I can remember and most importantly it helped build my independence and confidence up after one of the worst years of my life.

Basically, my trip to California changed my life for the better.

So, what is the point of this post? Well, it’s four years on and I can’t help but think that I have already peaked at the age of 19.

Yes, I now live near my loving and supportive family and have an amazing boyfriend who would drop everything for me, but all that wanderlust I had when I was at University seems to have been overshadowed by the day to day 9-5 routine I now know all too well.

Every week day is the same – I get up, get ready, go to work, come home, eat, watch Netflix and then sleep. It’s so boring.  Most of my wages go on bills and I have to think a year in advance if I even want to think about planning any holidays that aren’t your standard Salou or Tenerife. That being said, I haven’t been on holiday since my trip to Venice two and a half years ago.

I know you’re probably all thinking ‘well that’s life Kirsty’, but why does it have to be?

I want the excitement back that I used to have.  I know I obviously can’t go travelling every few months (as much as I’d like to) but I want there to be more to life than my 9-5 schedule, that I inevitably need to stick to if I want to earn money.

I want to do things spontaneously, go to places I’ve never been to before and not spend every night watching Gossip Girl of 90210 on Netflix.

I don’t know where this post is going to be honest.  Maybe it’s my vow to do exciting things again, maybe it’s my wakeup call that I need to start doing things for me? Who knows…

All I know is I don’t want to do ‘this’ anymore. 

Lots of love, 

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