Blogtober, general, goals

Blogtober wrap up – Blogtober day 31

Today is finally Halloween and its also the last day of October and Blogtober! This is a call for a wrap up and review of this month, so lets dive right in!

This month came with a tough start as it was the one year anniversary of my Grandma’s death (read the post here) . However, once we made it through that, it could only get better. I went on to set goals for the month which I mainly managed to beat, so thanks for all of your support! I gave some posts themed around Autumn and also some other posts too.

My goals for this month were to post every day for Blogtober, achieve 1000 Twitter followers, 300 Instagram followers, 75 followers on this blog and 100 on the other blog!

I am sad to say that I have not managed to keep on top of my posts this month along with reading other bloggers posts. This is the first year I have had the opportunity to take part in Blogtober and I do not regret a thing. It has shown me how hard you have to work to be able to post every day and maybe next year I will be more prepared for this!

I managed to reach 1000 Twitter followers by the end of the second week so thank you all for that one!!

My Instagram followers didn’t quite make it but I am certainly close – so if you haven’t followed me, go now!

This blog reached 75 followers by the middle of the second week however, my other blog didn’t quite make it.

I hope I have inspired other bloggers to take part in Blogtober next year and maybe even Blogmas this year. I also hope my new followers have enjoyed this month and will continue to support me and my little blog. Obviously the same goes for my older followers as well!

I apologise for being so disorganised with my posts this month but maybe next year it will work out better for me. Did your Blogtober work out better than mine? Let me know how it went in the comments!

Until next time,

Sophie xx

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autumn, Blogtober, general, guest posts

Halloween guest post! – Blogtober day 25

Hello everyone!

First, I just want to say THANK YOU to Sophie for letting me write this post! I’m so excited to be doing my first ever guest post, and about one of my favorite things, too! Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year; maybe it’s something about the costumes, or the fact that fall is finally here, but I get SO excited every year!

When I was younger, I used to celebrate with trick or treating, like most kids, and in college I used to go to parties, but now that I’m an adult, it varies. Last year, I went to a party at a friend’s house. This year, I’m throwing a party at work (I’m an event planner for a bar). To me, Halloween is all about getting in the cozy, spooky season, putting on some festive attire, and eating your weight in pumpkin-flavored goodies!

decorations

I decorate my house pretty early; I actually have a few things out already. Nothing huge, just some glittery, spooky knick knacks, some canvas pumpkins, candles, etc. The thing that really gets me in the mood for Halloween is burning fall scented candles. Yankee Candle is my favorite, but since they’re a bit pricey, I’d also recommend Target!

Baking also really gets me in the mood. Fun fact: You can use pumpkin puree as a substitute for oil and butter! This is one of my favorite tricks for fall baking – it makes things a little healthier, and a lot more delicious! Some of my favorite recipes: pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin muffin, and there’s a pumpkin chocolate chip bread someone made for church group last night that I’m DYING to try!

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Lastly, let’s talk about the best part: COSTUMES! Some people like to go really scary. I am NOT one of those people! Last year, I dressed up with my (now ex-) boyfriend as Jim and Pam from the office. No, my boyfriend is not John Krasinski; I’m just pretty good with Photoshop. The year before that, I did Glinda and Elphaba with Wicked from a friend. I also did Pippi Longstocking. Have FUN! Get creative! Any TV or book character you love is a great place to start. (So is Pinterest).

In terms of making plans, there’s no right or wrong thing to do. If you’re not into parties, staying home for a Halloweentown movie marathon with your friends is a great idea. Make some fun spooky snacks! Oreo spiders, finger hot dogs, dip shaped into a skull…once again, I’m going to emphasize Pinterest.

Halloween is just about having fun, dressing up, and eating as much Halloween candy as you want! Don’t stress about what everyone else is doing – just have fun with your friends in the ways that you enjoy!

 

If you enjoyed this post, I’d really appreciate you coming to check out my blog, Fearlessly Kate. I’m also doing Blogtober over there (and may have to include some fall recipes…), and I’d love it if you gave me a read and told me what you think.

Happy Halloween everyone! Stay spooky!


A big thank you to Kate for writing this post! Hopefully she has inspired you to do more this Halloween and just have fun!

Go and follow her socials:

Instagram – @misskatelizabethh  Twitter – @_katelizabethh

autumn, Blogtober, general, make up

Autumn make up looks! – Blogtober day 14

I don’t know about you, but I think its great when your make up reflects the season. So as its autumn, reds, oranges and golden colours all appear in my friends’ make up collection and my make up collection. That’s why today’s post shares a few of our favourite looks!

One of my close friends over on Instagram at @xmakeup_ellie has created a couple of eye makeup looks for you guys using a lovely Revolution pallette!

She has used lovely golden tones to reflect the beautiful colours of autumn. I love the way she has used multiple shades in each look as it gives a great effect and makes it more exciting to look at. The sparkly shades also give sucha lovely autumnal feel to the looks!

That’s all for today’s post, I hope you feel inspired by the autunal looks here! Feel free to shre your favourite autumn looks with me via my socials!

Sophie xx

autumn, Blogtober, general

Top 5 apps for bloggers – Blogtober day 13

The WordPress app

If you have a WordPress blog, I highly recommend installing the WordPress app on your phone. It allows you to do everything you can do on the website and it is extremely useful if you have a blog post idea while you are out as you can create local drafts in the app providing you are logged in. You can easily view your recent stats and reply to comments without having to go onto your laptop. The only downside to the app is that it is difficult to configure the way posts will look on a computer as the screen is much smaller on your phone or tablet.

The WordPress reader is also great so even if you don’t have a WordPress blog as it is a good way to keep up with reading your WordPress blogs all in one place.

Bloglovin’

Bloglovin’ is a great app for keeping up with reading other blogs as it is basically a bank of every blog on the internet. Personally, I have found it hard to grow my blogs’ followings on Bloglovin’ as people appear to follow me from comments or likes. (If you are following me on Bloglovin’, please click here to follow this blog instead!)

Buffer

I have recently discovered this app and how beneficial it can actually be to us bloggers. Buffer lets you schedule Tweets, Instagram posts, Facebook posts and other social media posts! With the free account you can have up to 3 social accounts and you can schedule 10 posts at a time. This is the plan I have and I find it works well as I only use it for Twitter and Instagram. The only downside I have found is that to publish to Instagram directly, you have to set up a Facebook page to go with it. The app still allows you to prepare the posts but you have to manually publish it. Other than that, the app is great and it also has a website you can go to if that is easier!

Canva

Canva is another app that I have recenty discovered. It is an app that allows you to create social media pictures, blog headers and other image based promotions etc. It allows you to add text to images, layer images, and put borders and shapes over them. You can also share them directly from the app.

Canva also has a website however, I prefer the app as it is much easier to add a background image to your designs.

Twitter

I hadn’t ever really thought about Twitter until I decided that my Instagram wasn’t doing a very good job at growing and promoting my blog. I created my Twitter accout in July and began to search for bloggers to follow. The moment I began to interact with these people, I gained a follow back and I often got shoutouts from some of these lovely people. This meant that in a couple of months, I managed to gain over 1,000 followers on there. This lead to more people discovering my blogs and I have managed to grow so much quicker with Twitter. I have also learnt new things from other bloggers and discovered more wonderful blogs to read. This has hugely inspired me to blog more and express myself more through doing so.


Personally, I would recommend these 5 apps to any blogger as I have found them all so useful since discovering them. Do you agree with my top 5? What apps would ou recommend and why?

Sophie xx

Blogtober, general

Q&A with Me! – Blogtober day 12

Hi guys!

It’s day 12 of Blogtober and I have decided to do a Question and Answer post so that you can get to know me a bit better. I asked you to suggest some questions on Twitter and Instagram and they have now been answered!

What inspired you to start blogging?

Good question from Colleen at Colleen Denise Blog!

My love of books was definitely what started it because I wanted to share this by reviewing the books and encouraging others to read more! (I do this over on my other blog – Travel With a Bookworm!)

The limit I gave myself on that blog led me to create this blog as a more varied selection of posts.

What is the most important thing you want to portray through your blog?

This isn’t actually something that I have really thought about before but I think I would like to give the impression that it doesn’t matter how skilled and experienced you are, anyone can create a blog that is successful! I am not really very experienced myself but I am treating my blog as a learning curve and I will gradually improve it and make it more successful in the future.

Thank you to Cathy at Life In A Suitcase for this question!

Do your friends and family know that you blog? What is their response to it?

This is a great question from Alex at McWrites Stuff!

My Mum is the only family member that actually knows about my blog. She thinks that its good that I have somewhere that I can express myself and be creative whilst feeling safe and comfortable as I am don’t tend to talk about anything! Also, she believes that its good for me to be practicing my writing and photography skills but she is a little concerned that it takes a lot of my time. She loves to read my posts too!

For some reason I have been reluctant to tell my Dad. I think I sort of feel like he wouldn’t understand and appreciate it for what it is. I don’t really know why, I just have a funny feeling he wouldn’t love it like my Mum does!

My best friend (Lorna) knows that I blog and she thinks it is great that I have something that I love to do and that I can put my heart and soul into. She also loves to read my posts when she gets the chance!

Most of the people in my school know that I blog as they follow my Instagram but I haven’t really had any comments from them. I doubt they really care to be honest!

How do you feel about holiday centred challenges (i.e. Blogtober/Blogmas)

I think they are a great opportunity for creativity but they take an awful lot of time to prepare for!

Thanks for the question @alilbitoflemon

What are you doing for Halloween this year?

A well themed question from Pretty Perfect!

I don’t normally do much for Halloween but since I have my blog, I am mainly going to just be doing some themed posts later in the month!

Hope you found this interesting to read and feel free to answer any of the questions in the comments!

Sophie xx

Blogtober, general, guest posts, mental health

When your world gets flipped upside down – Blogtober day 11

Hi guys,

So today, I have a guest post from the lovely Tiffani at Sun Kissed and caffeinated. It is focused around mental health and dealing with the initial diagnosis. Tiffani shares with us her story and how she coped. But, before you read, give her a follow on her socials and her blog!

Blog: Sun Kissed and Caffeinated  Twitter: @TiffaniMachado  Instagram: @sunkissedandcaffeinated

Here goes…


As I write this I am sitting in a Starbucks people watching, young kids on their lunch breaks, business men and women having work meetings, babies sleeping through the noise of coffee beans being ground.  Not one person knowing what is going on in anyone’s lives. Than there’s me; sitting here typing away behind my marble cased mac book, with my Venti triple blonde shot soy caramel latte. Not showing one sign that last week my world was flipped upside down. My entire life I have had anxiety, being diagnosed at a very young age it was something that although I couldn’t control, I had the best handle on it that one could have. You find out your triggers and you learn how to avoid those things or how to bring yourself back down during an attack. Just when I thought I had a grip on things, I was diagnosed with Bi-polar disorder. You know that popular tweet that goes around saying something along the lines of the other day I was crying all night then a few days later I got my period and it all made sense. Well my diagnosis was very similar to that tweet. All the episodes, the spiraling, the thoughts etc; it all made sense.

The week has been so difficult because of the stigmas that society has placed on mental health and Bi-polar in general. I found my self having moments where I would be calling myself weak, or crazy, I found myself thinking that I had anger issues and that I was losing my mind. I wanted to share this to let people who were also recently diagnosed know that if they are having similar thoughts that they are not alone. I wanted to share my coping tips in hopes that this will start a discussion and let others get the help that they need. One thing that I have found extremely helpful is a mood chart, you can google bi-polar disorder mood charts and find one that you connect with. Basically this tracks every single day your mood whether you were low or high and a scale of those. It tracks how many hours you slept, whether you took your medications, and on a scale of 1-3 what your anxiety and irritability is. Although it may seem intimidating to face these facts daily, it has helped so much with doctors appointments to let them know what is going on with you.

Along with the chart I like to keep a journal, in this journal I will write down what has triggered me, and what happened on days when I am feeling my lowest. This also is very helpful for doctors and counselors in knowing where you have been at and what to focus on. Another extremely helpful aid has been counseling, now I do go for counseling for multiple things not just my bi-polar disorder but they have amazing tips and ways to help you and sometimes I find that just talking it out with someone that doesn’t know every single thing about you is extremely helpful in the sense that they focus on what you are talking to them about in the now and do not have other things that they can get on the topic of. They only know what you want to share with them and they do not force you to share more than you decide.

For the most part this has been an extremely difficult journey but it truly makes you accept yourself for who you are and give yourself a break in the sense that you can understand why you do and feel what you do, and that it’s not just all in your head like people may say. The biggest tip of all would be to find your supporters and true friends and to stick by them. People who are going through the same thing as you can help make things feel easier. I for one am always here for anyone that needs to vent, or talk, or just grab a coffee and sit in silence with someone. We can change the stigma behind mental health disorders if we are there for each other.

Written by Tiffani


I just want to give a massive thank you to Tiffani for writing this post. I really hope it helps others and gives them the boost they need to seek help or support.

I am here for every one of you who feels like they have no one. My contact page is there, my twitter dms are open and so are my Instagram dms. Get the help you need. You are not you illness, don’t let it define you. Fight through it and stay strong!

Love

Sophie xx

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The Versatile Blogger Award! – Blogtober day 10

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I got nominated for this award by the lovely Chloe Jade at www.heyyitschloejade.wordpress.com so a massive thank you goes out to her!

The Rules!

1. If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award

2 Thank the person who gave you the award

3. Include a link to their blog

4. Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly

5. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award

6. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

My 15 nominees!

7 Things about me!

  • First, I am in my last year of secondary school and so I have my GCSEs next year!
  • I am more of a dog person than a cat person.
  • I am much more shy in person than I am here on my blog.
  • I am doing piano lessons which I started in January.
  • My favourite colour is teal.
  • My favourite soundtrack to a movie is The Greatest Showman.
  • I have a fear of failure.

So, that was my little award, hope you enjoyed it and go and check out my noinated blogs/bloggers!

Sophie xx