We’re Going On Holiday!

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This is something I didn’t think I would be talking about this year but yes, me and Dane will be going on holiday this year! YAY!

Sadly it isn’t Japan like we would love, we can’t afford that right now. To be honest we can’t even afford this holiday we’re going on and we’re both lucky enough that my parents offered to pay for us to go as an early Christmas present.

So you’re probably wondering where we’re going? Well it’s nothing “special” but we’re going to Fuerteventura! As old readers will know it’s my second home, so although it’s somewhere I have been to time and time again I still love it just as much as I did the first time around.

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We’ll be going for 2 weeks, which will be lovely! It’ll be a relaxing holiday with loads of time at the beach, a bit of shopping, maybe have a go at surfing this time around and making sure to drink plenty of cocktails and have a great time!

I’m really excited to be honest. This week me and Dane have both been off work so it’s meant for the first time since we bought the house that we’ve been able to have the same time off together and spend loads of time together. I really miss these moments. I’ll be sad for us to both be returning to work after May Day bank holiday.

We have quite a wait until we go away but it’ll be worth it. I can’t wait to be honest! Just for the time being we’ll be saving up for our Euros. I want to try and take as much as I can so I don’t have to worry at all about running out of money.

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Until then I’m going to lust after bikinis, dresses, shorts and sandals that I can buy for the holiday! 😛 What do you do as prep before you go on holiday? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time take care all and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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I’m Hosting My First Twitter Chat!

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Oh and it is so damn exciting! AHHHH!

GirlBoss Network recently put a tweet out there on their Twitter account (obvs!) asking for people to come and host chats for them. Of course I dropped them a tweet and asked if I could take part soon if not in the future. They said in the future at the time but the next day I got a message on Twitter asking if I could host this Sunday!

I’m a mixture of excited and nervous. I’ve never hosted a Twitter chat before so I’m nervous about not doing things I should be, or that my questions will be lame. Of course I am excited to take part in a chat that I’m hosting.

I love taking part in Twitter chats, especially blog related ones. It’s lovely to be able to talk and discover new bloggers through the chats. Of late I haven’t taken part in as many chats as I used to, but I intend to change that as of this week!

So, MY Twitter chat? What’s the topic going to be I hear you all ask? Well it’s going to be geek and nerd themed, OF COURSE!!!

I’m going to try and think of some questions from tonight now that the chat topic is set in stone.

The chat will be hosted for an hour and starts at 12pm this Sunday (20/04/17) over on my Twitter account @maybeecoffee

If you’re wondering what the Twitter handle is for GirlBoss Network, it’s here @GirlBoss_Net

So yeah I thought I’d share this exciting little bit of news today instead of a usual blog post!

If you have any questions to ask about the Twitter chat I’ll be hosting then please ask away in the comments down below or over at my Twitter account (@maybeecoffee).

I hope everyone’s weeks are going well so far! Me and Dane both have a week off work to get on with some finishing touches on the house, including the garden, hanging up some pictures, blah, blah, blah. OH and whilst I was mowing this grass this afternoon it started to snow… 😛 It only went sunny AFTER it was finished. TYPICAL!!!

I’ll soon be writing a post about the artwork I have in the house, I’m so excited for that!

Would you guys like me to do a house tour next week if possible? Make sure to let me know!

Until next time take care all and have a lovely evening… Hopefully snow free! 😛

Wish List Wednesday – Home

I was going to do a WHOLLLLE post about the garden soon and show off some inspiration about how I want to do the garden, but I wanted to write a wish list Wednesday post up this evening, so I thought why not do it now?

Me and Dane are both taking a week off next week together to work on the house together. Just any little bits and pieces we want to finish off and in June we should be doing up the garden!

There will be all sorts on this wish list from furniture, pictures and even some home appliances! So get yourself a cup of tea and have a read. I know I have a cuppa whilst I write this and I’m binge watch K-ON! with Dane. This list is obviously from both of us but I’ll be the only one writing, unlike my last wish list Wednesday list which was about Nendoroids both me and Dane want. You can read that post here.

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  • IKEA FLEKKE Day Bed – £349.99 (link)

Me and Dane are planning on putting a sofa bed into our spare room/office so that one of us can sit on it whenever the other is on the computer and for when we have guests over so that they have somewhere to sit. They recently brought out this specific bed in a dark brown colour, which makes us happy! It’s not cheap at nearly £350 but it’s so worth it! I’d want to get loads of pillows to pop on this as well as some cute plushies to jazz it up a bit. As there is storage underneath we could use that for all sorts of things which is great.

  • The Range Borneo Luxury Egg Chair – £249.99 (link)

I WANT an egg chair for the garden, I don’t know why but I do. They look so snugg to cuddle up on with a book and just chill out. This is of course what I want to have by the back door, or even on the grass by the shed… When we get the shed built. This one isn’t cheap however but it’s the nicest one I have found so far. We would of course look for a similar one but at a much friendlier price. 😉

  • B&Q Fresn Iridescent 3 Lamp Plate Spotlight – £30.00 currently reduced to £23.00 (link)

I’ve been after two of these spotlights for the upstairs and downstairs hallways since we bought the matching shade of these (which is here) for our front bedroom. Now they’re on offer, we have some cash spare to splash AND they’re on offer we may as well get them on our week off and get them fitted! Will mean we can get rid of the old ones that were here when we moved in.

  • Complexwish Sprited Away Print – From £8.09 (link)

I LOVE Studio Ghibli films and I especially love Spirited Away. It’s one of my favourite films so whenever I see any prints in relation to the film I more often than not want to buy them. This print is gorgeous to be honest and whilst I have a lovely one by Josie Sexton, I WANT MORE! I would pop this print in a frame and pop it up behind out bed. I’d probably get quite a big version of this print so that it fills the gap behind the bed. Either that or I’d end up putting it up above the fireplace in the living room.

  • Homebase La Hacienda Icarus Fire Pit – £53.28 (link)

Both me and Dane have always wanted a fire pit and now we have our own place we can do just that. We wanted to buy one last summer but never got around to it, so as the weather gets warmer we’ll be buying one of these babies for long and warm summer evenings in the garden. Homebase had loads when we popped in on Saturday and for the price this was one of the best ones we saw. We’ll definitely be keeping our eyes on it!

So that was our short and sweet wish list for home related matter! I do apologise that it wasn’t longer but there isn’t a whole lot we need for the house, we just need little bits and pieces now really.

I’m sure when it comes to it I’ll be posting some garden inspiration on here. I’ve been using Pinterest to gain some ideas, but so far nothing is really helping…

Do you have any home related items on your wish lists? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely evening.

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Happy Easter!

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I can’t for the life of me remember if I’ve ever written and wished my readers a happy Easter… Well no time for the present!

It’s late Easter Sunday now and me and Dane have had a really lazy day together. It was Dane’s birthday on Friday so we did contemplate doing a long weekend full of outings and nice things that he’d want to do for his birthday. Alas we didn’t really do that today.

As I did last year I baked Dane a birthday cake. Last year I made him a Deadpool cake and this year I decided to do an Easter nest cake to coincide with the Easter weekend. It turned out better than I planned and I loved making it. I’ve only had once slice so far, but I intend to polish off the last piece Tuesday on my day off of work.

Today consisted of playing retro games on my PlayStation 1 and 2, which was a lot of fun! Played some oldies such as Crazy Taxi, Tomb Raider and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

I sadly didn’t get a copy of the Easter egg Dane bought before he smashed it and ate some, but we got a picture of mine! I haven’t eaten it still… It looks so cute and too nice to eat. 😥 I did however tuck into some Mini Eggs. Has to be done!

I also had myself a relaxing bath after starting out Easter Sunday dinner, which Dane finished off with a bit of assistance from myself.

For the first time ever I made my own roast potatoes and guess what? They turned out just as I hoped they would, if not better according to Dane! I’ve not made us a proper Sunday roast yet but I plan to give it a go very soon for my family. Me and Dane decided recently that for Christmas this year we’ll spend the day at home together and cook our Christmas dinner together. I know that’s a long way ahead to think of but it’ll be here again before we know it!

This Easter has been amazing and definitely one of my favourites. Not only was it Dane’s birthday, but we also spent a lovely long weekend together. We went for a birthday lunch with Dane’s parents, I baked his birthday cake, cooked our alternative Sunday dinner and we went to the Nature Centre in Birmingham together too and got to see the red pandas playing together.

It’s definitely been a weekend I’ve needed. The week after next we have a week off together to do fun things, as well as do some little finishing touches to the house. I honestly cannot wait.

Times like this remind me of how much I love Dane and just how much he means to me… Which is the world.

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you have had a lovely day, and weekend as a matter of fact.

Have you done anything special? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time take care all and I hope you enjoy the rest of the day.

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My Perfect Galentine’s Day

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You’re probably wondering what Galentine’s Day is… Well I wondered the same thing myself recently when Eventbrite introduced me to the idea. I loved the idea and jumped at the chance!

Galentine’s Day is the day before Valentine’s Day and is a day to celebrate your best friends. I know what you’re thinking, another day, another “special” day for it. BUT I actually really like this idea as whilst Valentine’s Day to me is an excuse for shops to make money and couples to be even more sickly and soppy than they probably usually are this is a nice day to celebrate your best friends.

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When Eventbrite told me about what the day means I instantly thought about my best friend Gabriella and all the things we could do together on Galentine’s Day.

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With a week to go until Galentine’s Day I decided to come up with a list of things that me and Gabriella do on our days together and what you could do with your besties on Galentine’s Day too!

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First of all I’ll write what we would do if we go out.

  • As we live an hour’s journey away from one another it’s always good to have a long catch up over a cup of coffee… As well as a bitch. We love bitching. 😛
  • Depending where we go will depend where we go for coffee, but our coffee place of choice is always Starbucks! You can’t go wrong with a lovely Starbucks coffee.
  • If there’s any around we’ll always go into a geeky shop or two. Wolverhampton is one of our shopping places of choice and Forbidden Planet there is amazing! It’s not the tidiest Forbidden Planet in the world but you’ll always find some goodies in there. It’s like a jumble sale full of exciting things.
  • We always have a nose in Primark for any snug jumpers, or t-shirts we can pick up. In the past we’ve bought matching jumpers that resemble one that John Watson would wear in Sherlock. We’ve also bought matching pajamas, because why not, you can never go wrong with Primark pajamas!
  • We don’t just go and look around geeky shops though, we do also look in shops with Yankee Candles as we love them! Gabriella’s favourite is Season Of Peace, a Christmas scent and mine is Sweet Strawberry. We both dislike cinnamon scents, they give me massive headaches and I’m sure they do the same thing for Gabriella.
  • Talking about joint loves is always a must and lately we’ve both been talking about Yuri On Ice, a new anime to come out of Japan. I’ll pop a trailer about it above so you can see what it’s about for yourself.
  • Sometimes we’ll go for food at Nando’s, which is a habit we have tended to keep doing when we go shopping in Wolverhampton. Can never go wrong with a “cheeky Nando’s”… Eww did I really just say that???
  • Something I love about going out shopping with Gabriella is when we head back to mine or hers. Depending if we have food out or not will depend on food wise when we get in…

So the best thing to do on a girly day out is go shopping in both of your favourite shops, maybe buy yourselves a matching treat to remember the day! Keyrings are good, as well as clothing. As I said me and Gabriella have bought matching jumpers and pajamas before.

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Going for hot drinks is always a good thing if you want to have a long catch up, or a break from shopping. If it’s chilly outside it’s always great for having hot drinks! Although in the warmer months you may just want to drink colder drinks… Starbucks cold coffee and Frappuccino’s are the best for this!

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Then finishing the day off with a meal is always a nice way to rest after lots of shopping and gossip! Nando’s is one of our favourites.

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However not everyone wants to go out for the day. Maybe the weather is rotten and you want to stay in? Well this is how we would have the perfect Galentine’s Day girly evening!

  • If we don’t fancy going out we stay in and watch films and TV shows, play games, chill out and eat and cook yummy food.
  • In the past we’ve had a marathon of our favourite actor’s movies (two in particular are Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy) as well as some of our favourite series, such as Sherlock and Lord of The Rings. We are yet to marathon The Hobbit trilogy.
  • We don’t just watch films and TV shows though, we also play games as well… Or we watch Dane play games and talk about whatever is on the screen. We’ve played the Lego games in the past… But we do mostly just watch Dane.
  • Whilst we do all the above things we have to have snacks and drinks! Some of our snacks of choice are Pringles, chocolate, soft drinks and of course coffee! We love coffee so much!
  • We also cook yummy food whenever we stay in and depending on our mood depends on what we cook. We’ve cooked pizza before but my favourite is Gabriella’s macaroni cheese recipe, which she recently showed me so I can make it from scratch at home. It’s the best macaroni cheese I’ve ever had and sadly I don’t make it as good as she does.
  • Of course we get into our comfiest clothes or pajamas and settle down for the evening. Sometimes I’ll light a candle but I always have a candle on in the house. Lately I’ve been burning salted caramel and mint chocolate scented candles.

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Sadly I won’t be able to see Gabriella on Monday so we made up for that by going out yesterday instead. We went to Trentham Gardens and walked around admiring all the dogs that people had taken with them. We of course had a look around the shops, grabbed something to eat for lunch, drank coffee and chilled out. It was lovely and I had an awesome day. This is where I’ve taken all the pictures for today’s post!

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Hopefully I’ll be able to have a proper girly day together with her soon. I’m so damn proud of Gabriella this past year as she has worked so hard for what she has right now and I knew everything would work out for her in the end. I am proud to call her my bestie. :’)

What would be your ideal Galentine’s Day? If you’ve got a lot of best friends and people to keep track of, whether it’s Galentine’s Day OR Valentine’s Day you could always set up your Galentine’s Day event and track registrations online. Make sure to let me know your Galentine’s Day plans in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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What I Got For My 27th Birthday

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I can’t believe I hadn’t yet thought about doing this post… Until now! Whilst chilling on the sofa and enjoying a well deserved Sunday lazy day I thought, “Hey! I never wrote a post about what I got for my birthday!” and I surprised myself. I mean I wrote a wish list so why not add a post about what I actually got?

Well better late than never… It has been over a week though since I turned 27… Oh dear. Maybe with age I am forgetting? 😛

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These presents above are a mixture of gifts I received from Dane and his parents.

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My favourite gift from his parents was this beautiful fox figure for the garden. I’ve been after something like this for quite some time now but hadn’t yet found anything I wanted and if I did it was shockingly priced (those are treats for in the summer when we do up the garden!) so I was really happy to get this. The detailing is gorgeous and it’s now sat outside by the back door. I hope we get some foxes in our garden when the weather improves… I love them so much!

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Dane’s parents bought me some lovely gifts but I was especially happy to see four volumes of Your Lie in April manga inside of one of the gifts (which was actually on my wish list!). Apparently I was meant to receive the Azumanga Daioh manga instead but I already owned this manga so Dane is going to send that book back to Amazon. Oops. 😛 With the manga was an iPad holder from IKEA and a can of red spray paint. I had said how Dane’s moms was really nice but how I would want one in red. So that’s why I had a red can of spray paint. I’m going to definitely be spraying it when we have a nice day!

Then we have the gifts that Dane bought for me! Above as you can see there are four volumes of Your Lie in April BUT there is also the box on the far right which is the Blu-ray for the anime series of Your Lie in April. I’m so happy to have it as the art for the box is beautiful and it’s limited edition which makes me even happier!

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As well as getting Your Lie in April manga I also got the first two volumes of Paradise Kiss manga! AHH! I love Nana which is written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa who is also the person behind Paradise Kiss. I’ve watched a little bit of the manga and I really enjoyed it, so I know I’m going to love the manga just as much. Sadly like Nana they’re not easy to find and when you DO find them they aren’t exactly cheap… We shall see what the future holds in terms of picking the rest of the manga up as there are five volumes in total so I only have three more to pick up.

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My final present from Dane (that I got on the day anyway…) and my main one is this gorgeous Frozen Elsa Nendoroid! I had shown Dane her ages ago as she was on sale on a website we buy Japanese items from and bless him he went and ordered her. I had a feeling I was going to get a Nendoroid for my birthday but I didn’t think it would be Elsa! I’m not one of these obsessed Frozen fans but as soon as she was announced years ago I KNEW I had to have her. She’s gorgeous and so beautiful to look at and I know I’ll need to get Anna soon to go with her. I swear I need to do a collection post about mine and Dane’s Nendoroid’s soon as we have twenty now and counting. 😛

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For my birthday in the evening we went out for a meal for both mine and my moms birthday as hers is the day after mine! We went to Frankie & Benny’s and had a lovely meal, drinks and had a right laugh! It’s a shame we didn’t get to do much else. The next day however me and Dane went to Peak Wildlife Park which was amazing! However we left pretty late so didn’t get to spend all day at the park like we wanted to. We intend to go back in the spring.

But on with more gifts! My mom didn’t buy me anything and instead gave me some money whilst my dad and brother both bought me some charms for my Thomas Sabo bracelet, which I got for Christmas from my mom (which you can read about here).

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They both bought me some lovely charms and ones I had set my eyes on on Christmas Day when I was seeing what charms I could get in the future! My brother bought me both the robin and the lucky cat (which I recently found out is called a maneki-neko!) and they’re both so eye catching and different. The maneki-neko has definitely had loads of compliments and questions as to what it is.

Then on a daughter and dad day at the start of the week my dad bought me the fox charm which I’d hoped he would be able to get me. He also offered to buy me another charm too but sadly I didn’t see anything I was after in particular so we left it for another time.

I’m really loving how my Thomas Sabo bracelet is turning out! I’ll be writing up a wish list post for future charms in the next week or two.

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This was one of my belated birthday presents from Dane, which he was intending on keeping a secret but wasn’t 100% sure if I wanted it still. I’ve been waiting for this game to come out for almost ten years and finally in late 2016 it came out! However whilst I was going to pre-order it and have it straight away Dane put me off due to some reviews he had heard about which were bashing the game and putting it down. This being said there were more positive reviews than negative and he bought it for me when it went down in price. Sadly due to so many people buying it we had to wait a couple of weeks for it to come out. It has been totally worth it though! We’ve been playing it together since we got it last week and I love it.

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This is one of the final presents I got… I say got but I wasn’t gifted it. My aunt gave me some money for my birthday so I decided to treat myself to a new water bottle with the money. This is from The Disney Store and as you can see it’s a Baymax water bottle. It’s so amazing and I love it so much! I mostly use it for work as I like to keep hydrated during my shifts. It’s screw cap and fits a good amount of water in. I try to drink at least two of these a shift (I work 8 hours a day btw…) which I think is a pretty good goal! You can also pop lemons into this too but as of late I haven’t bothered with drinking lemon water. It’s something I’ll start doing again very soon.

So those were my presents I got (or bought with money…) for my birthday this year! I loved all my presents and I can’t say that I have a favourite… Although I do love how my Thomas Sabo bracelet is turning out! I loved everything though to be honest. I loved getting more manga to read, a fox figure for my garden, money and geeky things!

I just want to thank not just my family and friends for helping me have a lovely birthday this year, but mostly Dane for always being there for me. I’m so excited to start 2017 in our home and I’m even more excited for all the adventures we’re going to have this year.

How are all my readers doing? I miss your faces! Leave me some love down below or over at my Twitter (@maybeecoffee)/

Until next time take care all and I hope you’ve had an awesome weekend!

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There Might Be Coffee – 2016 Review

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Now this is something I have never done before because I never thought anything special had ever happened to my blog before for me to warrant writing this type of post. However 2016 was the best my blog has been to date and I am so fucking proud of that.

I also saw that The Mini Mermaid had written something like this so she inspired me to do this too.

From having a look at my stats I discovered that the views of my blog in 2016 more than doubled in comparison to 2015! WOW!

2015:
Views – 18,683
Visitors – 12,608

2016:
Views – 39,951
Visitors – 30,987

Top 5 posts of 2016:

Lush Halloween 2016 – 2,560

Give Me Glow Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Bad Gal Review – 2,012

Lancome Juicy Shaker Lip Gloss in Berry In Love Review – 1,866

Lush Intergalactic Bath Bomb Review – 1,649

Lush Christmas 2016 – 1,351

I’m not going to lie when I say I am a tad disappointed that not more of my varied posts weren’t on here… But meh I can’t complain! To be honest I am known for my lip product reviews, as well as Lush reviews as well so these seem apt to be fair.

Since me starting There Might Be Coffee in 2011 my blog has grown and here is how much.

I have written 597 posts.

I have had 91,224 views.

I have had 64,427 visitors.

Finally my best views ever were on the 13th September 2016 with an amazing 597 views on my blog! The post that was live on my blog that day was Big Beauty haul.

So what would I change about my blog in 2017?

I would love to attend more events to be honest! I loved attending all the events that I did in 2016 and it was lovely to meet some amazing bloggers along the way.

I would also love to write more reviews and start doing my look book posts again as I really miss doing those.

To be honest towards the end of 2016 my blog wasn’t as active and posts weren’t being written and published as often as I wanted them to be. Why? Well I work in retail/hospitality and with that comes working all over Christmas and dealing with people getting ready for “the most wonderful time of the year” (didn’t just sing that as I typed it…) so as soon as I came home from work I would be shattered and just want to eat, order presents online, wrap presents, read, play games and chill out.

I have noticed since moving into the house that when I lived at home the first thing I would do other than get changed into my pajamas was turn my laptop on. I don’t do that when I get home from work in my house. I still get changed into my pajamas but more often than not I’ll start doing some housework. My laptop gets put on a back shelf and it’s because I have better things to do now and as boring as I sound, more adult matters.

However I am going to try my hardest in 2017 to keep my blog updated and posts published as often as I can because I genuinely missed writing throughout November and December.

I now have a daily journal I use to write down blog ideas and when I’ll be writing them up etc. I also intend to use a notebook to write blog posts in whenever I don’t get the chance to get on my laptop to type up ideas etc.

What kind of posts would you like me to write in the future? Once a month I might pop a little voting panel up on my Twitter so you can go and vote.

Until next time all take care and I hope you’re having a lovely week so far.

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