We love arts and crafts! It’s one of my favourite go to activities when we have some down time at home, on those rainy days indoors or if we just fancy unleashing our creative side. It’s something that little one is always keen to do and she’s enjoying getting crafty more and more as she’s growing up.
I absolutely love to discover and try out new skincare, body and beauty products and have been wanting to sign up for a beauty box subscription for some time. Birchbox is one such subscription that caught my attention a while back and I’ve been noticing them pop up on my social media feeds alot lately. I simply couldn’t resist any longer and signed up to receive the monthly box of goodies. I’ve recently had my first Birchbox delivered which is the September edition and I thought I’d let you know what I thought!
Hello and happy hump day! Thank you ever so much for popping by My Little Brushneen Blog. In today’s post you’ll find out a little more about me with my entry for the BlogOnToys introduce yourself linky.
I’m super duper excited to be heading to Manchester very soon to attend the next BlogOn Conference and toy awards #BlogOnToys which is set to be an incredible event being held at Hotel Football on Sunday the 16th of September.
This will be my 2nd BlogOn conference as I attended BlogOnX back in May and truly had such a wonderful time, I knew straight away I wanted to be at the next. So much time, dedication and hard work is put into these fantastic conferences held for bloggers by bloggers and I really don’t think I could be anymore excited. Not only do we get to hear and learn from talented and inspirational speakers, meet with the amazing fellow bloggers and brands attending and check out the top toys entered in the toy awards ( and that’s just a little of what’s on offer) we also get to take away the most astounding goody bags which just keep getting better and better.
I’m really looking forward to mingling with both new and familiar faces but until then here are my answers…
• Share a recent Photograph (a recent one so people can recognise you!)
This is me, completely and totally awkward at taking selfies!
• What is the best thing about blogging?
There are so, so many great things about blogging, I’ve always found writing a very effective way to express how I’m feeling and incredibly therapeutic especially during my more anxious times. I love to write about a variety of things, from random musings to family days out and capturing and documenting our special and treasured memories. I love the idea of having it to look back on in years to come. The best thing about blogging for me is that it gives you a platform to express yourself and it’s so versatile. Whether you want to focus on a specific niche or enjoy writing about a number of topics it’s your space to do whatever you choose, to be as creative as you like and share what matters to you. That’s really quite wonderful.
• What was your dream job when you was growing up?
Hmm….you mean as well as wanting to be in an outrageously famous girl band! When i was really little I used to love playing schools and being the teacher and I had a fair few career interests whilst growing up, from joining the army to childcare to working with animals. Nearer the end of secondary school I wanted to become a physiotherapist working particularly within the sporting industry but the truth is I’m not sure I was ever really certain of what I wanted to do or what my dream job was until I was introduced to what I’m still doing now which is beauty therapy.
• What is your lucky number?
• What is your favourite season?
I do enjoy all the seasons but I absolutely love Autumn. The beautiful changing colours of the leaves, fall fashion – for me its just so much more relaxed, I love wrapping up in chunky knits, coats and scarves (it’s so much easier to hide the mum tum), I prefer the makeup and nail colours and trends, autumnal walks, Halloween, bonfire night and the excitement for chrisrmas building. Everything just feels so much more cosy and I love it!
• If you had to choose one what would your favourite dish from the Chinese be?
We do love a Chinese and although many may consider this as not very adventurous it is the dish I order over and over again so therefore the one that has to be chosen as my favourite is a chinese chicken curry.
• What is your useless talent?
Wow this is hard…I don’t think I really have one! If I think of anything I’ll update you…is procrastination a useless talent? It’s probably more of a flaw really isn’t it haha!
• If you could keep any animal as a pet what would you choose?
I love owls and not just because of Harry Potter although I would be tempted to call mine Hedwig! They are incredibly beautiful and fascinating creatures.
• Which one meal would you eat forever? (If you had to choose one)
Sausage and mash! It’s been my favourite meal since childhood! Simple, homely and filling.
• What is the last thing you check before you lock the front door?
That I have my phone and purse.
• If you won £50.000 What would be the first thing you would buy?
Right now the first thing i would do is book a family holiday to Disneyland Florida. I can’t put into words how much it would mean to me to be able to take our little lady to Disney and to create such amazing memories woth my loved ones, it’s the dream, it’s my dream.
• What is your favourite social media channel?
Despite the more recent issues with algorithm and engagement I would still have to choose Instagram as my favourite although i am enjoying Twitter more and more.
• Tell us more about your best ever holiday?
I have loads of fond memories of childhood family holidays which we spent in Wales, Devon and Cornwall. I first ventured abroad just a few years back on a cruise around the carribean which was absolutely amazing but the first holiday that came to mind when reading this question was just a few months back in June, just after our wedding we spent a week in Cornwall, which is one of our most favourite places to visit, one of my happy places. We named it our familymoon and it was actually the first holiday we had just me, Luke and our little monkey and although it wasn’t the most extravagant break away we had the most wonderful time spending quality family time together in beautiful places in glorious sunshine reminiscing on our special day and just enjoying being together.
• Name one cake you rock at baking?
That would have to be the classic Victoria sponge. It’s my favourite to bake and my favourite to eat!
• Which session are you most looking forward to?
I’m really excited for the understanding the toy industry session with Vicki Marler-Hausen. One thing I’m interested in doing more of is toy reviews and so having the opportunity to learn more about the industry and how us as bloggers can be of use will be so very helpful.
• What is your favourite book ever?
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien.
• Which special event is your favourite? (Halloween, Christmas etc.)
Christmas! Autumn may be my favourite season but Christmas is definitely my favourite event, it is the most wonderful time of the year after all. The festive season is full of excitement, joy, celebration and feels so magical and for me that feeling has grown so much more since becoming a parent.
• If the internet vanished right now how would you share your messages or life story without a blog?
Without a blog I would be most likely to continue to write down my musings, thoughts, interests and my experiences through journaling. It’s something i used to do alot before blogging because of my love for writing and my obsession for stationary. Sharing it though would be a lot more difficult and I would probably say I’d be more likely to keep it private. That’s another thing that’s great about blogging and the internet, it allows you to get it out there and gives you that opputunity to reach, discover and connect with so many others.
So there we have it! Are you going to BlogOnToys? Let me know in the comments and if you see me on the day please come and say hi!
Thank you so much for reading,
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” – Kahlil Gibran.
Hello and happy Monday! It’s time for living arrows and this week I have a few photos to share which were taken yesterday afternoon during a trip to the park.
” You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” – Kahlil Gibran.
Hello all! Hope you’re well. I’m so pleased to be linking up with the lovely Donna from What the Redhead said for this week’s living arrows. I’m aiming to be posting more regularly again on the blog from now on and living arrows has always been one of my favourite linkys to participate in. Documenting and sharing those big and little moments that capture the magic of childhood is such a positive and wonderful thing to enjoy and look back on.
We have some home improvement plans in the pipeline which i’m so very excited about and can’t wait to get stuck into. We’re planning to start on little monkeys room which currently has a very pretty pastel pink feature wall which I still absolutely love. So the plan of action is to remove the animal and flower wall stickers we put up a good couple of years ago, touch up the paint and introduce some cream and gold touches throughout. She is still very into Frozen and princesses which we’ll add in with the bedding and accessories.
So woth that in mind on Saturday 1st of September we took a quick trip to B&Q to pick up a couple of things for the garden, check out if they had anything we could use for little ones bedroom and to get some home decor inspiration. That’s where this week’s photos were taken.
Freya loves to get out and about, even if it is just a flying visit to a DIY store which she managed to find so much fun in during the visit, isn’t it just fantastic how kids do that, find the fun in everything, make the most of it! Even if she did give us a bit of a run around at times she had a great time and so made it much more enjoyable for us aswell!
She loved exploring through the flowers, spotting all the different colours.
Pulling funny faces in the big mirrors.
She was also quite keen on rearranging some of the stock on the shelves to the floor which Daddy then had to put back.
After leaving the store we had lunch alfresco and then headed back home. It turned out to be such a lovely morning out.
You can find out who else has linked up for living arrows this week here …
Hello ladies and gents, how are you all? Very well I hope. I’m back today with a bit of a rambly post, I feel the urge to get my thoughts out, share some of my musings and in doing so hopefully release some of the anxieties and tension I seem to be holding onto at the moment.