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Monday, 16 April 2018

Journal: Page Layouts

Hello! And Happy Monday!


So I touched on it last week that I had started journalling and I wanted to share with you a few layouts I have been using. I am really finding that this is helping me to be more positive and find things to look forward to instead of always seeing the negative in everything.


The first layout that I have been trying out is sort of a mixture of everything, I use a to do list of what I want to achieve for the week and also what I have to look forward to. This is a really key one for me as it is always good to have something to focus on. Even if there is a whole week of work to get through first. I will normally use two double page spreads for 1 week. Using one page to the focus for my week and the other 3 for daily entries. 

I have very much enjoyed using this particular layout as it meant I had a bumper to do list to always refer to and also a list of what I had to look forward to. Always a winner in my eyes as well as keeping up the positivity in terms of what I have going on in the week regardless of anything else!

Positives & Negatives:
+ Having a long list of things to look forward to
+ Being able to refer back to it when necessary
- Too many things on my to do list which can be overwhelming


The second layout that I have been using again uses the same format with one focus page and 3 other pages to write in my daily entries sorta thing. I find that this focus page takes up a bit more room for not as much, however it is one that I do really enjoy using too. I line the edges with Washi Tape and have the dates for the week at the top so I can instantly know what the dates are if I am looking back on previous weeks. 

I really like that this layout has a section to reflect on last week, so I can see the good things that have happened and I can go in to the next week feeling like I have overcome situations and generally feel like a better person because of it! Plus I think it's always nice to see what you've already done and what I want to then achieve next week as a result, as I often have a mega to do list that I will only do half of so that normally leads on to what I want to do for the coming week! Which leads on to what I pop underneath in to "This Week", I do tend to use this for what I have to look forward to, rather than what I'm going to do for the week.

Positives & Negatives:
+ Reflection on last week as a refresh of what happened
+ Positive looking forward on what is to come
- Not seeing what I want to achieve


This layout is one I have only used once, I enjoyed it but I felt there was a slight lack of freedom with it, but I did want to share it nonetheless. I kept it really simple with what I was excited for that week, and in the case of when I was using it, it was my birthday week so there was plenty for me to look forward to. I also wanted to have a bit more space for daily entries that week as I had more going on that I knew I wanted to keep track of and so it did really work for me that week. For me, I would use this again if I knew I had special occasions or for example, when we have our family holiday to Italy this year, I would do something very similar to this one. 

Positives & Negatives:
+ More space for writing and to do's for the day
+ A focus for the week ahead
- No reflection on the previous week

These are the three layouts I have currently been experimenting with, but I am also looking at more of an Art Journal approach as well! Pinterest is full of some many wonderful things!



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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

A Little Life Update.


It's been a long time since I have posted properly and I wanted to share a life update - which I feel is just what this blog needs. I do plan to blog more but I am constantly saying that!

A New Job - Again!
I can't help it! The job became available at the end of last year and I dwelled on it for a while as I hadn't long been in my previous job, but wanted to give it a shot and here I am! It was definitely the right move for me as I already feel tonnes better since I have moved jobs. It very much feels like being home, but having gained so much experience in two years since I was last with the company, it feels great to be back! And back with people I worked with before makes the job so much more enjoyable too!

Journalling
You may remember my previous blog posts about Bullet Journals, momentarily I stepped away from this to try a Happy Planner, long story short, it looked very pretty but practicality wise it just didn't work for me. I currently have about 3 diaries that I use, 1 of which always comes to work with me for my shifts and then if I need to make any notes.

I then have a Bullet Journal that I am using as and when to make lists for all sorts and to also keep track of budgeting and other bits and bobs. It is sort of one of those diaries that is what I make it. I follow so many Instagram accounts and see so many weird and wonderful spreads that can be really inspiring. My new favourite thing to use are some Space themed sticky notes I got off eBay for 99p. I've been using these instead of stickers and dotting them around to fill gaps. Along with Space Washi Tape from Bureau Direct. I am most likely going to share my layouts for these in a blog post!

The 3rd Journal I have been using also takes the form of a Bullet Journal. I have been doing a Journal to support my mental health, in the past few months it took a bit of a negative turn and I wasn't prepared to let it overly control my life. So, I thought the best way to control and manage my anxiety was by channeling my creative side and letting it out that way. I haven't let anyone read this Journal and it is something I will keep for myself and occasionally look back on. I've kept it simple and will be doing a blog post on how I have been laying it out, what I've been using and then what I choose to include in it, without sharing entries! One of my most favourite's so far was for my birthday and I included some photos from Easter Sunday and the day!

Crafting
I have continued to do a fair amount of crafting recently, I have just gotten some new Disney material to make some Minnie Mouse Ears with which I am so excited to get started on when I finally clear my desk to get my sewing machine out. I am also in the process of making an Anniversary present for Phil which I cannot wait to share how I am doing it and I am considering doing progress pictures so I can share the final product. Pinterest has become my best friend on this recently, I've found lots of presents to make!

Blogging
I only want to touch on this one briefly, I have been very absent this year and towards the end of 2017, there was far too much going on so I really didn't want to write half-hearted posts. As a friend said, 2018 is shaping up to be a better year already. My aim is to blog once a week, but not on a strict schedule. This blog post is going live today, on a Wednesday, as tbh I just wanted to get this out there. My plan is to post every Monday and I have several posts I want to get written on a whole range of topics. I am still very active on my two Instagram accounts - adelesmith_ and earsareawish

I am not quite ready to walk away just yet!


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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

A New Adventure!

One of the things I really wanted to achieve this year was to be more creative, at first I thought this would just be through planners, maybe some journalling and scrapbooking, I just wanted to create more. Then I got thinking, I researched a few YouTube videos and decided I would go for it, I decided to make my own Minnie Mouse ears!


I thought about it for a while, planned out what I would need and sort of how I wanted to go about it. I made a list, obvs, of what I needed and what themed ears I wanted to do. I started off with some basic Minnie Mouse ones, for a first attempt I was really happy! Black with a Pink Bow, naturally, and I absolutely loved having a finished product to show the time and effort I put into it!

I have since made some Elsa Inspired - Ice Princess Minnie Ears, Ariel Inspired - Underwater Princess Minnie Ears, Velvet Ears and the Classic Black. I have so much material that I can get creative with, and the colours of ribbons are pretty lush!



I am also creating some Minnie Ears with these beaut fabrics! I can't even pick a favourite fabric, but I will also be doing just plain Mickey Ears without the bows in both the Mickey Mouse and Toy Story fabric, as well as a Classic Black too.


This is something I have become so passionate about and have fallen in love with creating the Minnie and Mickey Ears, it takes a lot of time and concentration but the finished product makes it so worth it! It makes me want to make Alice in Wonderland print skirts! Baby steps...!


Ears Are A Wish Your Heart Makes has been born, it's still in the baby steps stages and I am just having fun creating the ears for now! I have created an Etsy, any support on there would be fantastic! The link is here. Prices are currently as low as I can have them while I get myself up and running, even a favourite on Etsy would mean the world!

I cannot wait to share future designs! If you have any themes you want to see, let me know! 

P.S. Shameless plug but do follow me on Instagram for more updates! If there is enough interest I will soon have another Instagram and Facebook page!



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Monday, 19 February 2018

New Year New Me January Degustabox

It's February, obvs. But literally is time moving fast or what?! I can't believe that it is the middle of February already, however it has been quite the whirlwind of a year so far. So much has happened but I almost have the feeling that I haven't achieved much even though I have. 

The January Degustabox was all about New Year New Me, and I honestly think this theme to the box is one of my favourites! Although there is Easter coming up which is always very exciting!

I am really one of those people that are not about the New Year New Me, but I do also get it. It's an excuse to try that new thing you have been putting off for some time now!

I loved January's box on the whole and it has given me another chance to find some new healthy products.



Mahtay Yerba Mate Sparkling Tea
I loved this! I love iced tea anyway as it's so refreshing so this sparkling tea was right up my street. The drink has a blend of ancient energy - giving properties of South American yerba mate with coconut water and a├žai berries to deliver refreshing taste, natural energy and supportive health benefits.

Clipper Everyday Organic Tea
So tea is probably one of the best hot drink ever, am I right? This little sample was so good! It was such a rich yet delicious tea, and is just a little better than your standard cup of tea. They also use unbleached tea bags and are made with pure, natural ingredients which is always so good to see. How do you have your tea?!


Pulsin Vanilla Choc Chip Protein Booster
If something is chocolate chip then I am pretty much sold already. These protein boosters are perfect for that extra dose of protein but tastes delicious! To me it tastes just like cookie dough but also has dairy free chocolate chips in it which definitely is a bonus. It gives 13g of protein too which will definitely fill that mid-afternoon hunger!

Pulsin Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
This is a brand new product perfect for anyone who has protein shakes. The protein powder is filled with essential amino acids and high in calcium to refuel after a good gym. It has 22g of protein per 25g serving. It is also vegetarian, low fat and no added sugar. I have been assured by Phil that it tastes just like a Vanilla Milkshake!

Lighterlife Fast Ready To Drink Shakes
I have previously seen these products in Superdrug and have often wondered what they are all about - Now I know! It's a diet to work around you, 2 days a week replace all your meals with 4 Lighterlife Fast products. These shakes can be enjoyed as part of the plan, as either a quick protein hit or meal replacement. I am definitely intrigued by this plan and will take a look when I am next in Superdrug.

Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame and Mung Bean Fettucine
I was so excited to try this, I love chickpea pasta so I thought this would be something I would enjoy. It gives a high amount of protein and fibre per serving with a low level of carbohydrate. I personally was not a fan, the texture was great for me but the taste was not as great, it was just a bit too strong for me, I would be interested if they had other flavours though. 


Mallow & Marsh Coconut Marshmallow Bar
I cannot even describe how excited I was to see a Mallow & Marsh product in Degustabox this month! I have always wanted to try their products and I absolutely love Marshmallows so this was very exciting. The marshmallow quite literally melts in your mouth, it's so delicious. The products are handmade in England and use only natural ingredients and are under 100 calories each, winner!

Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks
I have tried a few Wild Planet products now and I have loved them all. I read on the packaging that they advise not to drain the small amount of juices they leave in the tin, and to mix it in with the tuna for added flavour and nutrition as there is loas is Omega 3-rich juices. So I tried it out in a pasta salad (yes very basic over here) and it made it taste so much better.

Latin American Kitchen by Santa Maria
Chipotle Mayo Topping & Colombian Crunchy Chicken Bites Seasoned Corn Coating
More products from Latin American Kitchen! We really enjoyed the last lot of products with the rice and sauce for chicken, it was so yummy. I can't say I am a massive Mayo fan, but this would perfect for anyone who likes a bit of a kick with their Fajitas. However the Chicken Coating is a massive hit! Phil and I love these types of things, so we absolutely loved making these. It is a mild blend, but it also has a bit of a kick to it which is perfect. It's so crispy and I love that you cook it in the oven rather than fry it.


Jordans Juicy Red Berry Frusli Bars
These are new to me and I thought Jordans only did Cereals, but they now do cereal bars! I loved red berries so I really enjoyed these, with cranberries and raisins mixed up with wholegrain oats, it was really delicious and the perfect snack to boost your energy.


Robinsons Fruit Cordial 
Ever since the last bottle of Robinsons in a previous Degustabox, I have been really enjoying them. I love all the new flavours that they are bringing out, it makes a difference from your Blackcurrant or Summer Fruits (still really rate Blackcurrant though). The brand new Robinsons Fruit Cordials are a sophisticated squash! They combine real fruit and botanical flavours and come in a glass bottle so you feel all fancy. 


Hersheys Cookies N Creme 5 Pack Snack Pack
Mmmm, this was a very happy surprise to find in the box! I honestly forget we can get some American Candy over here and I must say I do love the Cookies N Creme Hersheys, it is very very sweet so not something I could eat all the time but it does hit that sweet chocolate fix. I like that it actually has bits of cookies in it, mixed in with the white creme. BRB, just going to eat another one!

You can use the code PU9SR, to get your first box for only £7.99, I can assure you it is worth it!

*The box and its contents were kindly gifted by Degustabox, but as always, all views and opinions are my own.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

2018.


Welcome! Oh my, it has been so long since I've posted a little life update, so here it is..

2018 is hopefully going to be a big year. I know it already, there's lots I would like to achieve and I'm not going to lie, because of how public my blog is and I am unsure of who reads it, some things I need to keep quiet for now. However, that's not to say there isn't a lot I can share with you!

While Phil and I would love to go on holiday's and go on trips away, some things need to be cut to save money, so that's what is being cut for now, because we plan to move out this year! We actually went to look at a couple of flats today, and while we found something completely perfect for us, right this moment is not quite the right time, and hopefully a couple of months down the line we will be able to find something similar that we love! We've come up with a beaut little plan that we're going to be working towards in the next few years, like we actually had a full on adult conversation about it...not sure I'm ready to be this much of an adult yet but we might as well give it a go. We're fortunate we've already been offered some bits of furniture by family and we have a lot of the rest figured out, which is enough to put my mind at rest for now.

I have also rejoined Slimming World, for the moment it feels like the best choice to make. Each week I can be held accountable for my weight loss, not that I wouldn't anyway, but it's quite good to go in each week and be able to come up with a plan for the following week. I can't say this week has gone to plan as I would have hoped, I had everything planned out but where I haven't eaten at times I normally would, it has thrown me off a little bit! I am very excited and I most definitely plan to continue going and come up with a plan for the next few days and weeks to maximise my weight loss. I've decided it's best to plan for only a few days at a time, otherwise it just does not happen!

Lastly, Studying and Blogging. Studying has to be my focus at the moment, I've got some big assignments coming up and I am also starting a new Maths module, yes Maths, I can't say it went well last time but this module reminds me of basic A Level Maths so I'm hoping with a lot of paying attention, this one will go well! Blogging is still happening, I haven't disappeared just yet but it's coming along slowly. I have plenty of Blog Posts I want to write, I still have some beaut pictures from my Disneyland Paris trip last year, is it too late to upload those?!

What are your 2018 plans?


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Thursday, 21 December 2017

December Degustabox

It's Degustabox time! The December box is just in time for the new year, in my opinion, this box is very slightly a healthy one! It makes me very excited for the new year to try out some new and healthier foods, there are some protein and energy nut mixes, some sleep well milkshake, some gluten free products and some cheeky dark chocolate! Not massively healthy then...but still very slightly, sort of a mixture of both! On with the delicious products in this box.


Planters Nut Mixes:
I opened these and instantly thought of Phil, yes I'm a super caring girlfriend! There were two mixes, an energy mix with chocolate covered honeycomb, brazil nuts, walnuts & peanuts and theres was a protein mix with two kinds of peanuts, cashew nuts & almonds. The energy mix is right up my street and I know Phil would love the protein mix, both of which would work perfectly for what we need, I constantly need an energy boost at work and Phil is always after a healthy protein fix.


Sleep Well:
I am very intrigued by this drink and will be passing it over to Phil to test for me! The amazing drink tastes like vanilla milkshake, it is made with Jersey milk and honey and valerian. The valerian is a herb that helps people to relax and sleep and has been used for 2000 years, it is the first I've heard of it but it should definitely work! It can be drunk hot or cold but I imagine it would taste amazing warm!

Candy Kitten Gourmet Sweets:
I was super excited when I found these, they are Gluten Free sweets that taste of Sour Watermelon. I have been meaning to try these for ages and have just never gotten round to it. These Gourmet sweets have natural colours and flavours and definitely have a gourmet price at £3, but I can assure you that as a treat to yourself they are so worth it.


Popchips Galactic Puffs:
Star Wars shaped pop chips?! Oh my!! I was so excited when I pulled these out, I showed Phil and he was also excited, so it would be rude not to share them! I received the Sour Cream and Onion flavour in my box, it's not one that I would choose regularly but as a once in a while flavour it was yummy.


Ryvita Lightly Salted Rye Cakes:
I really enjoyed trying these, they remind me of rice cakes but a little bit thinner, they are made with popped wholegrain rye, and they are naturally high in fibre and low in fat, making the absolute perfect healthy snack addition! I loved having some tuna and cucumber on these as a snack!

Taking The Pea:
I received the Smoked Ham flavour in my box, and I was very grateful since I have tried the Wasabi flavour before. I love these as snacks! They're small pea snacks and contain more protein than crisps and less fat than nuts which make them the most ideal snack.

Coldpress:
I love these juices and drinks! I got Orange in my box, and I love drinking OJ at this time of year as it is so important to try and stay as healthy as possible in the cold weather and with all of the bugs going around!

Robinsons Fruit Creations:
I received the Pear, Blackcurrant & Cherry flavour in my box, not some fruits that I would always put together but I am absolutely in love with the combination. These flavours are aimed at the adults among us and it did not disappoint. It is packed full of fruit and is not weak at all which is delicious!


San Miguel 0.0%:
Another alcohol free beer! And another one for Phil! It's quite nice to have versions of beer and wine that are typically alcohol which have no alcohol in them, for some people at least! But in all seriousness, you get the wonderful joys of Beer without the hangover in the morning.

Mary Berry's Foods:
This was very exciting to unwrap and perfect timing for being healthy in the New Year! The Lemon and Mustard Seed Vinaigrette works well with all salad combinations, I can imagine it tasting delicious with Tuna or Chicken though. Their suggestion is with smoked salmon and potato or pasta salad.

Willies Cacao Black Pearls:
Ooh how luxurious do these look?! I received the delicious Sea Salt Caramel, coated in a fruity Chulucanas 70 Dark Chocolate, little pearls of heaven! These are truly delicious, you don't need too many but boy do you always want more!

Honestly one of the best boxes received, I'm so intrigued by all the products in this box!

You can use the code PU9SR, to get your first box for only £7.99, I can assure you it is worth it!

*The box and its contents were kindly gifted by Degustabox, but as always, all views and opinions are my own.

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