Wednesday, 31 December 2014

100 Days of Happiness, 91-100


Not only does today mark the 100th Day of my 100 Day Resolutions, but it also marks the completion and success of Blogmas and my final post of 2014! A couple of days ago, I found my notepad containing notes about participating in Blogtober and what I wanted to do for me 100 Day Resolutions and it feels like I only wrote it one month ago, not 100 days ago! I remember sitting on the sofa in the conservatory, curled up under my blanket while having a brainstorm. And now, here we are on the other side of it.
Is there anything out there to make time slow-down?! Anyways, here is my final Happy Days post.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Blogmas 2014 Round Up

After my 31st post of the month goes up tomorrow, I will have completed Blogmas 2014! My first official Blogmas challenge and success and my second successful attempt at blogging every day for a month (my first attempt was October of this year).


Monday, 29 December 2014

Updating My Bucket List


I was looking through my Bucket List earlier and I realised that I had crossed off some of my aspirations without realising I had done so, so I thought I would write a post detailing a little more about some of the things I have accomplished over the past couple of months in terms of my Bucket List.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Silent Sunday #10

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Body Shop Haul December 2014

At the very start of this month, my boyfriend and I took a trip to the Body Shop. He works in the same shopping centre as our local Body Shop branch so as a result, he, along with his family and friends, were treated to 50% discount from the store for a few days only. I knew I had to take advantage of this amazing offer so I dragged him there and wandered around the store for over an hour while I found the perfect items.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas is almost over; the turkey is gone, the bins are full of wrapping paper and the family is sleeping away the meat sweats. This Christmas has been a good, family-orientated Christmas for me so I thought it would be nice to share a few of the photos we took yesterday to celebrate our lives, health and love.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to say I hope all of you lovely readers have a magical, fantastic, wonderful Christmas! I know you all deserve it!


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

My Favourite Christmas Traditions

With Christmas literally just around the corner, I have been thinking about traditions that every family has around this time of year. It always used to interest me that one of my friends opened his presents after lunch, as my family always used to open them pretty much first thing in the morning, and I think because of that, other people's traditions really entertain me so I thought I would share mine.

1. Spending Christmas at my grandparents' house.
2. Wrapping presents while watching Beauty and the Beast: the Enchanted Christmas (I feel like I have mentioned that film too many times over the last few weeks!)
3. Making mince pies on Christmas Eve (though admittedly I have skipped this for the past two years)
4. Getting nice and dressed up for the photo opportunities.
5. Opening presents as early as my family will allow.
6. Receiving Guylian seashells, a diary, a toothbrush and underwear every year.
7. Eating unhealthy amounts of junk food (primarily chocolate)
8. Eating too much Christmas Dinner to move afterwards.
9. Watching the soaps in the evening.
10. Feeling very overwhelmed with feelings of love and happiness.

They are my most prominent and traditional traditions surrounding the Christmas period that I really wish to continue experiencing throughout my life, while providing them for my future children too!

What are some of your favourite Christmas traditions?

- Taisie

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The Christmas Tag!

With only two days to go until Christmas, I thought I would do a little post answering some typical Christmas questions. I am sure that there are many Christmas Tags out there but I have decided to create this one as a combination of some of the tags I have read this month and some of my own questions. Enjoy!


Monday, 22 December 2014

100 Happy Days, 81-90


So another 10 days has passed and, as much as I hate to admit it, I feel as though you should all know I am currently in bed with a massive cold. Yep, I managed to get ill less than a week before Christmas. I got ill about two days ago, primarily with a sore throat and a bit of a cough. However, that has now subsided into a humongous cold which consists of a runny nose and a stuffy head so I am sniffing a lot and inhaling tons of Vicks and I just can't seem to get relief! Are any of you feeling unwell or am I the only one? Regardless, I knew I couldn't abolish my Blogmas streak of posting for 21 days in a row so here is my 22nd post this month, my happy points for the past ten days.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Silent Sunday #9

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Review: Garnier Fresh Moisturising Pot


Moisturising is something that I have to do day and night. I do it in the morning before I apply my make-up and in the evening after I have cleansed my face. Ironically, I find that if I don’t apply moisturiser, my face goes quite greasy and oily, which is an awful feeling. Since I used to suffer with awfully oily skin when I was younger, I have to moisturise daily to prevent this from happening again! The type, brand or consistency never really used to bother me but since I have found the Garnier Fresh Moisturising Pot, I have changed my standards!

Friday, 19 December 2014

How I Remove My Make-Up


I was at my friend’s house the other day and we ended up speaking a little bit about make-up and our routines when it comes to removing our make-up at the end of the day. It’s an odd thing to talk about but I found it quite interesting so I have decided to share how I remove my make-up for all of the curious cats out there.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

My Christmas Guilty Pleasure

So with only one week until Christmas, I have recently been thinking about Christmas traditions and, more specifically, guilty pleasures around Christmastime.



Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Fashion Favourites #4

I couldn’t believe it when I looked at my blogging schedule and realised that it was time for another fashion favourites - where has the time gone? To think that one week today will be Christmas Eve is completely and utterly insane. Still, here are my fashion favourites for the fortnight.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Book Review: Abducted

A couple of days, ago, I finished reading the book Abducted by T. R. Ragan after 9 days of reading and I have to say that generally I quite liked the novel so want to share with you a review of the book.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Last Minute/Secret Santa Gift Ideas


There are only 10 days until Christmas! How crazy is it to think that Christmas is only next week?! With that in mind, I am sure that there are a few of you who still have a few Christmas presents left to get before the big day so I thought I would share with you some inexpensive, potential Secret Santa small gifts.


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Silent Sunday #8

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Why I Love Christmas

I am a massive fan of Christmas. I think there is something magical about the entire season that makes me feel warm and tingly inside and recently, I have been thinking about why it makes me feel like such a kid as soon as the Christmas merchandise rolls out in stores.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Muslin Cloths vs Face Cloths

I will hold my hands up and say that I didn’t know about the existence of muslin cloths until I bought an item from John Lewis a while ago and received a free sample of the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish with a free muslin cloth. I haven’t used the cleanser yet, but when I misplaced my face cloth I decided to start using the muslin cloth. I developed my own personal preferences about them both but thought I would dig a little deeper about the difference between these two cleansing items.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

100 Days of Happiness, 71-80

To think that we are 80 days into my 100 Day resolutions is scary. It doesn't feel like it was that long ago that I set myself the resolutions so to be 4/5 of the way through it is mind-blowing, though these posts are a good way of keeping track of the time! So, without an incredibly long introduction, here are my happy points from days 71-80.


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Wednesday Favourites #3


It is that time of the fortnight again! In the past week, we have entered December which has meant one thing… Advent!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

I’ve been wanting to try out some items in the Bourjois range for so long so when I went to Boots for an Advantage Card event the other week, I bit the bullet and picked up their Healthy Mix Serum Foundation after hearing a lot of bloggers rave about it.


I picked it up in the lightest shade they had, shade 51 Vanille Clair. I swatched it out on my hand and it blended in perfectly, which I was so grateful for since I’m quite pale. I have used it quite a few times since purchasing it, combining it with different concealers, powders and primers and am ready to give a review.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Next Christmas Wish List!

Recently, I have been trying to get into fashion a bit more since I feel like I pay a lot of attention to my make-up and occasionally to my hair but I don't put as much effort into what I am wearing. My current coat is more practical than fashionable and the two pairs of boots I wear are either awkward to get on/take-off or not practical for wet weather, leaving me feeling as though my efforts in make-up and hair are sometimes wasted. Wanting to expand my fashion wardrobe, I went online to Next and created myself a little wishlist.


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Silent Sunday #7


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Film Review: Ouija

Last Monday, my boyfriend and I had been planning on going to the German Market in Birmingham, however at the last moment we decided against it and chose to go to the cinema instead. We liked the look of two of the films showing: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part I and Ouija. While I am a fan of the Hunger Games (I have read all of the books and own the first two films on DVD/Blu-ray), I was a little disappointed at Catching Fire and fancied watching a good horror so we chose to go and see Ouija instead.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Beauty Haul, November 2014

I realised recently that I haven’t done a haul post in what feels like a while; it’s not because I haven’t been buying anything, it’s more that I have been buying bits and bobs and I didn’t want to do haul posts where I am showing one or two items. When I realised I hadn’t posted in a while, I collated all of the beauty-related items I bought for myself in November to show you guys, I hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

I Love Winter Tag

I saw this tag over on Beautyminati's blog and I loved it! I will be attempting to participate in Blogmas this month and while I have most of my posts planned out for the next fortnight, I realised there weren't many posts specific to Winter/December/Christmas so when I saw her post this, I knew I had to 'borrow' the tag :)



Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Fashion Favourites #3

I have to admit that I haven’t really gone out much this past fortnight and I feel like I have spent most of my time either in my work uniform or my pjs so this week, my favourite fashion items are house clothes.


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Hello December

Can you believe that it is December already? In only 23 days it will be Christmas and then not long afterwards it will be 2015... Crazy!
Recently I decided to change up my monthly goal posts a bit and do more of a 'things I hope to accomplish' post combined with a 'things I accomplished last month' post, thus giving birth to my Hello posts.
Without further ado, here is my first Hello post: Hello December

Starting off with what I accomplished last month, in November, I:
  1. Participated and won NaNo: this is a challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days, which I won by writing 50,176. It was tough and I fell behind by 9000 words at one point so I am super proud to have completed the challenge!
  2. Continued with my blog: I am not too happy with how infrequently I have been posting recently and while I am hoping to change that, I am glad that I didn't completely ignore my blog!
  3. Ate no McDonald's or KFC's: before November, my boyfriend and I were eating two-three a week which is pretty awful! However, neither of us ate either of these, despite my sister offering me some nuggets in the final days of November!
  4. Continued with 100 Days Happiness: although my 51-60 day post was late, I have continued with the Resolution and am determined to see it through to the end.
  5. Did a hefty amount of the birth sampler: I mentioned that I wanted to complete a cross-stitch for my nephew to record his birth and I managed to get quite a chunk of it done this month.

However, I didn't...
  1. Complete the birth sampler
  2. Continue to learn Spanish (I want to turn this around though)
  3. Read as much as I wanted to

Overall, I am pretty happy with how November went, especially since I had a pretty intense work schedule for about two weeks. However, my December work schedule is great so I have a few ambitious goals I would like to achieve this month:
  1. Complete the birth sampler
  2. Read a lot - I'll admit that I am going to cheat slightly on this as I have a few short Christmas books to read but I definitely want to read more this month.
  3. Finish writing the book I started for NaNo
  4. Go back through and edit my NaNo book so that I feel comfortable allowing others to read it.
  5. Overhaul my blog: I really need to give my blog some TLC so I would love to be able to do that this month!
  6. Blogmas? I would love to do Blogmas - and I'm not doing too bad at the minute, but can I keep it up?

What do you hope to accomplish this month?

- Taisie ♥ | Bloglovin ♥ Twitter ♥ Tumblr ♥ Pinterest ♥ Instagram

Monday, 1 December 2014

100 Days of Happiness, 61-70

It is December 1st today, which obviously means Christmas is coming up very soon but I still cannot believe that we are on Day 70! 70 Days already, it has simply flown by. Anyway, here are my happy moments from days 61-70.


Sunday, 30 November 2014

Silent Sunday #6


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Wednesday's Favourites #2


It is time for another Favourites post!

This fortnight, I have been loving TV, in particular American Horror Story.
I started watching the series about two months ago and fell in love with it immediately. Before the current season, Asylum (season 2) was my favourite, though recently Freak Show (season 4 - the current season) has surpassed that.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

100 Days of Happiness, 51-60

If you follow my blog, you might notice that I have been a bit absent recently. I have been very occupied with work, family life and my personal life recently and as such, I feel like certain areas of my life - including my blog - have suffered. You can definitely tell that this is the case when you realise that today is actually day 64 of my Happiness Challenge and I should have posted my 51-60 update last Friday! However, I am endeavouring to get back on track with my blog and my life, so here is my 51-60 update.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Silent Sunday #5


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Fashion Favourites #2

It’s time for another fashion favourite!
This fortnight, I have chosen an entire outfit based around the traditional wintery look of leggings and an oversized jumper.

#cleanthatmirror!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Review: No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Brush

No7 had always been one of the more expensive skincare and make-up brands that I would occasionally splash out on to treat myself. Of course, that was before I was introduced to the world of Mac and Clinique and true high-end beauty products. However, I have always had a special place in my heart for No7 as it was one of the first brands  of make-up that I bought.
You might remember back in July when I posted in a Boots Beauty Haul that I had bought the No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Brush. I used it when I first bought it but then stopped using it for about two months when I moved house (it was packed away in one of the boxes somewhere!). However, recently I have been using it again to ensure my face is completely clean after I have removed all of my make-up so I thought it was time to give you lovely readers a little review.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Silent Sunday #4

Friday, 14 November 2014

Taisie on Instagram!

Are you following me on Instagram yet?Being honest, I have had an account for a while now, though it it something I don't post to as regularly as I would like. However, here are some of my recent posts, be sure to check out my account for the rest!


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Maybe I'll make it a mid-month resolution to take more photos of my daily life; I love having the memories to look back upon yet I don't get out my camera often enough!
What have you been posting recently?

- Taisie Bloglovin  Twitter  Tumblr  Pinterest  Instagram 

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Wednesday's Favourites #1


When I was competing in Blogtober, I decided that I wanted to change up my blog a bit and have more structure towards it. One of the ideas I came up with was having another fortnightly post about my favourite thing over the past two weeks to help me appreciate more things in my life so I came up with Wednesday's Favourites.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

100 Days of Happiness, 41-50

The past ten days have gone simultaneously very fast and too slow - a lot has happened in the past ten days yet at the same time, it doesn't feel like it was two days ago since I was writing my last 100 Days post. Anyway, here is my latest 100 Days of Happiness post!
100 Days

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Silent Sunday #3



Saturday, 8 November 2014

Book Review: The Maze Runner

So I kind of got a bit bored of reading A Storm of Swords and started reading The Maze Runner... Oops? Anyway, after 12 days of reading the book, I have finished it and have a little review for you guys.
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Friday, 7 November 2014

Review: Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream

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If you follow my blog, you will know that I recently had a little visit to the Body Shop, where I bought some make-up and signed up for their loyalty card, receiving a hand cream as a present (RRP £5).
I chose the Almond Hand & Nail Cream; I was tempted to go for the Rose cream but they didn’t have it for me to test. They also had Hemp and Absinthe available as the joining gift, but I thought the Almond one sounded the nicest.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Fashion Favourites #1

I’ve never really been into fashion, usually choosing to wear jeans and a t-shirt over anything fashionable. However, recently I have been feeling like I don’t care about my appearance when I wear this outfit as it looks as though I haven’t made an effort and to be honest, usually I haven’t. In order to try and break out of this habit, every other Wednesday I will be posting a photo of my favourite fashion item of the previous fortnight.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Boots Haul October 2014

When I found out Boots were having an event on whereby Advantage Card holders could spent £50 to earn £12 worth of points, I knew I had to take advantage of this. It was a little bit of an indulgence shopping spree as I didn't really need anything that I bought and I'm not going to lie - part of me feels as though I bought unnecessary items just to earn the extra points. However, looking at everything I bought, I am glad I did so!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Silent Sunday #2

Saturday, 1 November 2014

One Lovely Blog Award x 2


A couple of days ago, I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award, not too long after I actually posted about it on my blog. Since I have already done the award, I am not going to do it again, although I will mention the lovely Lottie, from Lottie Loves Blogging who gave me my second nomination - go check out her blog!

- Taisie ♥ | Bloglovin ♥ Twitter ♥ Tumblr ♥ Pinterest ♥ Instagram

100 Days of Happiness, 31-40

100 Days
When did November happen? And when did October finish?! I have zero idea where the past few days have gone but it would appear that it is time for another one of my 100 Days of Happiness post.

Friday, 31 October 2014

October Goals Update + November Goals

November Goals
So when I post this, I will have completed Blogtober and will have posted every single day for the past month! It has been hard at times to keep up with this, especially the past week or so when I haven't had any scheduled posts and have had to write on the day I posted, but I did it and I am so proud. I have learned a lot about myself and my blog, plus what I want it to become. I have set myself some new goals for my blog and now have higher and more defined aspirations for what I want my blog to be and I am so excited!
To wrap up Blogtober, I have an October Goals Update and November Goals for you.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Get to Know Me More!

Get to Know Me
As some of you may already know, I love doing Q&A posts as they pose great questions for the writer and some interesting reads for the audience. Saying that, I found an old website containing a few different tags for bloggers and loved the look of the 20 Questions Tag!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

NaNo Update

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Can you believe that November is only three days away? Three days! Where has the time gone? I honestly still feel like it is the 15th October, who knows where the past two weeks have disappeared?
So, since I am competing in National Novel Writing Month next month, a challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November, I thought I would update you all on my novel.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

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I was nominated by Fleur from Beautyminati yesterday for the One Lovely Blog Award which has truly warmed my heart. I write what I write because I enjoy to do so and the fact that there are people out there who read it and who also enjoy it is an incredibly lovely feeling and inspires me to continue to write!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Body Shop/Make-up Haul, October 2014

I feel like I have been posting quite a few haul posts recently, and no doubt there will be another one soon as Boots have an advantage card event on this Thursday, but I thought I would show you some of my recent Body Shop purchases. I went for a look around last week while I waited for my boyfriend to finish work and I ended up buying some makeup and FINALLY getting a Body Shop loyalty card! I have been to the Body Shop quite a lot recently but have always put off actually getting the loyalty card as there is an initial £5 cost, however I probably would have saved more than the £5 in discount bonuses if I had got the card a few months ago.


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