Saturday, January 7, 2017

What I'll be reading in 2017 | Lifestyle


Reading is something I would love to do more this year as it's been proven to help all sorts of things, but most importantly, a time to relax and get away from the world. Last year my job didn't really allow me to have much time other than school holidays to read, so hoping this year with a new job will allow more reading time. Of course I'll try to read more than this collection, but these are my latest buys and books I was gifted as Christmas presents. 


I treated myself to book one and two of 1Q84 in the latter part of last year (still feels weird saying that) so have only just started it. So far, I love it and it's written in a really cool way and is constantly chopping and changing the focus on the characters and storylines so really does keep you on your toes. Opening book three on Christmas day was a lovely surprise and is making me want to read the first two asap but, its a huge book so will take me ages as I'm a super slow reader....... pass the endless amount of coffee and blankets to aid this reading session.


A book I really wasn't expecting to open this Christmas was The Million Dollar Blog. I have seen this book online before, either Instagram or Twitter and have always been intrigued. There's sections inside to allow you to write your blog goals etc in so will probably have this as a ongoing this alongside my proper reading book. 


For the past few years I've received a book created by one of my fav Bloggers/YouTubers so was over the moon the be given the PixiWoo book, Face. A makeup duo that I've followed for years and years (and can remember applying for the dailymix comps over and over) and duo lovely women that have taught me a lot when it comes to make up. This is most certainly going to take pride of place next to my Lisa Eldridge Face Paint  and my Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes  books as my collection of beauty bibles. 


Of course I'll be reading Blogosphere magazine, which is a magazine for bloggers, by bloggers. Always full of interesting and advice giving articles from people you follow and respect within the industry. I always join in the Blogosphere chats on Sundays, which they share a selection of tweets from, and it's always so exciting to see your little Twitter profile picture there *giggles. It is a little dream/2017 goal of mine to get in the magazine somehow as I thoroughly enjoy and support the company since the beginning and when you really believe in something, you want to give back right?

I'd love to know what you'll be reading this year!

xoxo



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Career change and my 2017 resolutions | Happy New year


So, its New Years day and the majority of us are sporting a nice hangover I'm sure. I'm pretty luck as I never get hangovers (touch wood) but today I have to say, I feel a little ropey. As its a new year and everyones chatting about their resolutions etc, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share with you guys a little up date and what I'm planning for the new year.


I recently made a huge decision regarding my career, resulting in me leaving the teaching profession. Granted I never thought I would ever do it but health struggles, no professional progression and life/work balance got all too much for me and had to take the plunge. Teaching is hard but my god I was totally in love with it (I still am) but I think it just doesn't feel real yet until later this week when I start my new job. Having danced my whole life and been involved within the performing arts since the age of 4 it's going to be tough for me, I can feel it now. But on the positive side it will give me a chance to do these things for myself and be passionate about dancing and performing for me. My new job is exciting, different and challenging and will actually involved areas of blogging and what goes with that which is the dream right now. I'll keep you updated but to say that I'm nervous is an understatement. Wish me luck! 


In terms of resolutions, I have tried to think of small things that I'd like to incorporate into my life rather than be extremely strict and set hard unreasonable resolutions. 

1- More for me | Self love and making sure you are happy is something I feel everyone forgets about. We all love and care for others and are taught to be nice to each other, but, what about us? Me? Me myself and I? I'm a little unclear as to what and how I will achieve this other than just doing things that make me a happy person. 

2- Positive vibes | Gone are the days of me having a negative streak. I am on the path to be more positive and think happy thoughts. Yes it's hard sometimes when life tests you and your pushed to your limits, but life is just far too short. Maybe it's where I'm getting older but what is the point in being negative? There's no point and its certainly not what Jaide Poppy is about in 2017. 

3- Say yes more | Any opportunity I get in life, in my blogging life and now new career I will be saying yes more. In 2016 I said yes to things I never thought I would say yes to and the buzz, experiences and memories I now have because of saying yes is inspiring and fuelling my new passion of saying yes more. Having regrets isn't nice, and I do have some which I'm not looking into adding to. 

4- I'll do it later | This is something I do a lot. And if my mums reading this, she'll agree that I'm such a procrastinator and will just say "I'll do it later" and sometimes never do it. It comes down to little things like texting people back. I'll look at them and think, I'll reply later when I can focus on it and its most likely that I'll forget and can go on for days before I realise and then respond. 

5- Get that follower count up | I've seen and heard people say that growing your following/view count up on social media is easy. Well, I'd like to disagree and say that actually I think its bloody hard. Am I doing something wrong? If so please comment and let me know, but until I grow things like this I'm actually unable to work with particular brands and be considered for certain campaigns. It's not all about the figures, I know that but this is how most bigger brands work at the end of the day. So, creating even more content, taking part with twitter chats and rebranding my blog is being done. 

If you've got to this section of the post, I congratulate you and thank you for having a little nosey at what my focuses will be this year. I wish for happiness and love to you all and most importantly, thank you for scrolling through my blog, liking my photos and watching my videos. Honestly, I couldn't love you guys more for the support. 



Happy New Year!!
xoxo

Friday, December 30, 2016

New year, new phone case | Caseapp*


Everyone likes to give themselves goals for the new year, whether that be food related, organisational related or money, we all have things we want to improve and get better at. One of my things I'd like to get better at is to be more of a positive person. In general I'm quite positive, however can have a negative streak, which I don't wish to continue with. Being someone who spends a lot of their spare time on their phone, I was over the moon when Caseapp wanted to work with me again as what better way to continuously inspire yourself, than through a positive phone case.

I was able to choose two designs (*which were gifted) for my iPhone 6 and went for a plan leaf design and also went for a standard marble with a quote that I found online (because everybody loves marble). 



'Positive Vibes' and 'Eat, sleep, blog, repeat' are both very fitting for me and what my new year goals were. I thought that actually a phone case is something you see over and over throughout the day so a great way to inspire yourself time after time. 


The quality of these cases are great and so sturdy and totally worth the money. The service you get from Caseapp I was actually really impressed with as they personally emailed me as my original quote on the marble was coming out blurred. This is something they didn't have to do, and instantly made me think highly of them because they went that extra mile. 


If your in the need of a new phone case then be sure to check out Caseapp as you can create your own complete customised case or use one they have already designed. They've kindly offered you guys a discount code ( THEHOLLYDAYS20 ) which if you use, I'd love for you to share what case you went for on social media, either on Twitter or Instagram.

Happy phone case shopping with Caseapp!

xoxo





Saturday, December 24, 2016

A relaxing Christmas Eve evening | #jaidemas


Tis the season to pamper ourselves. Well, I'm speaking for myself when I say this, but,  the festive season gives me some what of an excuse to lay in the bath for hours (yes hours) with a hot chocolate or tea, watching a Christmas films with a face mask on. I obviously pamper myself all through the year, but Christmas Eve night before the big guy arrives is the perfect reason for a chill. 

Here are my top five things I do to get the most out of a relaxing evening preparing for Christmas Day, which I'll be doing myself after an evening of games, drink, food and laughs.

1: Free time - Make sure everything is done and ready by a good time. Nothing you need or have to do, nothing you have to watch at a certain time and nowhere you have to be. Doing this helps me and my mind to relax completely as it's not just your body that needs to rest, your mind needs to too. I even put the evening in my ical or my diary to make it a sure thing. This tends to be quite late on Christmas Eve (around 9/10pm) but I know Father Christmas will understand and leave me till last.  

2: Run that bath ~ Yes, this is super obvious, but, it's so needed in order to let your body to completely relax. What would a relaxing bath be without a Lush bath bomb? I would have to say that my favourite Christmas Lush accompaniments for a festive bath are Ruby Red Slipper and Snow White. Great scents which I picked up from the Lush Event the other week (vlog here).

3: Hot drinks flowin - Whether your a tea gal or a hot chocolate, taking a warm drink in the bath can be great (Mines normally a hot chocolate). I find it just helps to add extra festive and winter feels to the evening. Even if you don't have it in the bath with you, getting into bed with a warm drink is just as relaxing and satisfying. 

4: Get the moisture in - Being a beauty obsessed individual, I'm an avid mask user, no matter what type of mask it is, my face appreciates a weekly mask. Not festive in the slightest, but, most definitely a relaxing step to do. My most used, go to mask is the Garnier moisture bomb at the moment because it just does such a fabulous job at sorting out dry, tired and dull skin. This mask is also great at making your skin the perfect canvas for makeup, so, Christmas Day you'll be Flawless! 

5: Last minute wrapping presents with a Christmas film - I'm generally wrapping presents all the way through December right up to the last minute. Home Alone will always be my favourite film to watch to get ready for the big day. You'd think I'd be bored of it by now considering I've watched it constantly throughout the month of December, and have done every year since I can remember. Christmas Eve is the best day to watch it on too. 

So those are my five steps to a festive evening that's relaxing, festive, and a chance to give yourself a little pamper before the big day. Hope you all have a fantastic day wherever you are in the world, and it's filled with food, fun, laughter and love.

xoxo

Friday, December 23, 2016

Freefrom Christmas cookies | #jaidemas


I always like a spot of baking on the run up to Christmas Day, and cookies are something that everyone loves and just an all round win. Perfect to just have in the house on the snack table (does anyone else do this for Christmas Day?) or just an evening snack after a day full of food. By the way, these are so delicious, and I'm not just saying this. Its an easy recipe thats quick to make and quick to eat. Enjoy!

Ingredients you need:
Gluten free self raising flour -300g
Caster sugar -300g
Dairy free marg - 200g
Dried cranberries - as many as you want
Freefrom chocolate - as many as you want
Xanthan gum - 1stp 
Eggs - 2 medium 


Step one: Requires you to engage your guns and cream the sugar and marg together. You need to keep going until its quite creamy with no lumps to be seen. 


Step two: Crack the two eggs in (making sure no parts of the shell has fallen in) Mix together until it's completely mixed up with the creamy sugar and marg. 


Step three: You want to pop in your flour and a tsp of Xanthan gum. The gum helps the mix to stay together and not crumble due to the flour being gluten free. Don't go mad with ya mixing as the flour could go everywhere! Be firm and careful and make sure it all mixes in nicely.  


Step four: Now it's time to pop in your extra ingredients. I went for chocolate buttons as I feel you get better amounts when biting into the cookies. As these are Christmas cookies I fancied including something a little different so I went for dried cranberries. I'm not sure why, but I associate these with Christmas time and thought they'd go nicely with the chocolate. Theres no real expert way of doing this step other than chucking them in, give it a stir and your good to go. 


Step five: Scoop the mixture out in small balls and pop on a baking tray. I tend to go for five per tray and go for a ping pong sized amount. They should go into a pre-heated oven at gas mark 6 (200 degrees c).



These are honestly delicious and all my friends and family enjoyed the first batch I made as a tester so I'll be making these today. 

Merry Christmas!

xoxo