2018 Goals & Catch Up | Sunday Thoughts

I can’t actually quite believe that I’m writing this post already. It feels like only a couple of months ago I was working on my 2016 goals and now here we are.

P.S. I thought you might appreciate these pretty pictures of the snow. 

For one, I would like to get a little more organised on the blogging front. I have been hiding under a blanket of real life for at least the last 6 months and slipped away from the blogging world, without reason not rhyme. Sometimes life just happens, right? Although I love my blog, I just haven’t had the motivation I need to actively write, photograph and edit regularly. I have some half written posts, some photographs without any written content and it’s all a little all over the place.

I have a little list of things I want to explore on my blog, and one with a big question mark next to it is more fashion posts. Fashion posts are something that I would absolutely love to get into, however I’m not very confident in the whole fashion post photos front. Which is something I need to overcome if I want to smash this goal. Any tips? Please feel free to tweet me or let me know in the comments.

Now, this isn’t something I’ve really spoken about at all on here previously. But I was in a car accident early last year, I wasn’t the most confident of drivers before-hand but the accident I was in just completely knocked me mentally more than anything. So one thing I want to work on this year is my driving anxiety. I have upcoming therapy and I am getting better day by day, but to just feel okay getting into the car would be a huge step.

Another huge goal for this year is to save, save, and save a little bit more. Nathan and I moved back in with family mid-2017. We want to be home owners, which involves getting a deposit together, and there was no chance of us saving the amount of money needed whilst renting. So here we are. I would like to get a decent chunk together before the end of 2018 if possible, which is resulting in working a lot of overtime and trying not to spend too much money on things which aren’t necessities.

I want 2018 to be the year I cut out the crap. I want to become a much healthier person. I’m not going to say no to unhealthy foods completely just cut down more and more each week, along with incorporating more healthy snacks into my diet. I also need to drink more water, I’ve started suffering with headaches in work and I think that’s a side effect of too much caffeine and not enough water. The only downside of drinking so much water, is having to pee every 15 minutes.

Anyway, I hope you guys are okay. I’m looking forward to getting back in to the swing of things with Dainty Dweeb. So, watch this space.

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I’m Feeling 22!


Hi guys, remember me? A lot has happened in the last 4 months, but we’ll save that for another day. I have been meaning to get back into the swing of things for weeks now, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. Until ping, something clicked and all of a sudden my motivation is back.

I thought I’d start with something simple and ease my way back into writing, so this may be a little bit of a ramble.

Whenever someone turns, or is turning 22, Taylor Swift always springs to mind – hence the cringy blog title. It’s so scary to think that it feels like just yesterday it was my 21st birthday, like it’s a pretty much a whole year since I was writing my Sunday Thoughts #12 post. I’ve been engaged for a whole year. Now that is crazy. We have no wedding plans as of yet, we’re saving for a mortgage deposit. We’re back living with Nathan’s parents for the mean time, trying to save as much as possible. The more the better.

If you were a regular ready before I decided to go on an unplanned break, you will know that mine and Nathan’s birthdays are one day after another. This year, we haven’t really done a lot in the way of celebrating. I think after last year, it has been nice to just chill. Although, we did have a few drinks with friends on the Saturday night so we were a little hung over on Nathan’s birthday, we had a nice lie in and chilled for the majority of the day. As bad as it sounds, it was nice to be hungover on his birthday and not mine for once. Monday, I spent the morning with mumma and afternoon with my Dad, Nathan took me out for a birthday Nando’s in the evening. It was a nice, chilled birthday.

Life’s been pretty mundane lately, along with the stress of moving house, so there isn’t a lot to report. However, I have been working behind the scenes on some new and exciting posts for you. So keep your eye’s peeled.

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Life Lately

Where do I start? I know, I’m sorry, I’ve been a little MIA lately in the blogging world. But hey, I’ve been enjoying life. Is that really something to be sorry for? Definitely not, but I am sorry for not keeping you updated. If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed I have been spending a lot of time with family and friends. Although I haven’t really been doing a lot other than chill, it’s been nice.

Can you really believe we’re almost 5 months into 2017 already? In just over a month we will be at the half way mark and that is scary! I feel like I have stepped on to the sidelines of the blogosphere lately, and in all honesty I’m glad. Why? Because it all seems to have built up a whoooole lot of drama. 75% of the things I’m seeing on twitter is people ranting about other bloggers and girl, I just do not want to be a part of that. Bitching is not something I like to be a part of, especially when people don’t give others the chance to defend themselves. In my opinion, we’re supposed to be helping each other out and with my little corner of the internet just being a hobby I don’t want to be involved in all of the drama. I like my little drama free life over here.

Nathan and I now have a little Sunday ritual where we go for a nice Sunday walk. Whether it be morning, mid afternoon or in the mist of the evening. It is so nice to reflect on the week that’s gone, and have a nice little chat about how things are going. With us both working full time and having other commitments outside of work we don’t really get a lot of time to speak in the week, and we usually just end up ranting about work. So a nice leisurely Sunday stroll does the trick to wind down from the weekend and prepare ourselves for the week ahead. PLUS the weather has been beau-ti-ful the past couple of weeks. I am loving Spring already. I just need to update my wardrobe now. Work bonus, why are you taking so long to come around?

I knew this would happen. All in all, this has been a bit of a rambling post but hey! This is my space and I’ve enjoyed updating you all on my life. That’s all for now, I’m hoping that I’ll get my blogging mojo back soon but I’m not going to force it.

P.s I hope you’ve all enjoyed the bank holiday thoroughly!

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Why I Did I Start Blogging? | Sunday Thoughts

To a lot of people this may sound like a stupid question, we all started blogging because we enjoy it right? But for some people, like myself, there’s a little more behind it than ‘just because I enjoy it‘.

I have always been very creative in a lot of different ways I suppose, and when you’re a creative person you’re always looking for an outlet. Throughout my educational years, I loved art – I still do! I just don’t get time to sit and draw for hours on end like I’d want to. These days it’s more just of a doodle here and there and because I don’t put too much effort it into my doodles 99% of the time they’re a load of crap.

I also danced for a fair few years, until I finished college. I turned 18 and I just stopped, no idea why or how – just one day the passion to dance was there, and then it wasn’t. I’d love to get back into it but man, I just love to binge on junk food a little bit more these days, and the physique is just no longer there. Which I’m growing to accept, I’m no longer that 18 year old size 6-8, that could dance for hours on end and still be able to walk afterwards. People change.

In my college years, I did art, media studies and dance. Probably the most creative mixture you could come up with in A Levels. I loved the fact that I could create art in all different formats everyday, from music video’s to pencil drawings and so on, so forth. But when I left college and went into full time work. All of that creativity just disappeared – just like that. Poof, and it was gone. Well apart from the fact that my job title in Subway was Sandwich Artist. But there really was no art to making a sub, slap it all on and there you go. From there, I literally had no creative outlet. No reason to do anything, and I was working ridiculous hours too so even trying to fit anything in was much near impossible. But, I did manage to fit a few tattoo sessions in, placing art on my skin is creativity too, right? I had a few idea’s and my fabulous tattooist brought them to life. Although, I think he’d prefer the work awesome, rather than fabulous – sorry Dan!

All of that rambling on brings me here, to Dainty Dweeb. The only creative outlet I have left and that’s what it is to me. My creative outlet. Although most posts are me rambling on about anything that comes to mind, and to some it may not be so creative. But to me, it’s my creativity. I design my own blog headers, and all though my photo’s aren’t that great – I take them all myself. It’s something that subsides my desire to create, for now at least. I see all these independent women who are starting they’re own businesses and shops and I’m sat here like damn girl you could do that. Truth is I really couldn’t. I wouldn’t be able to survive all my bills without my full time job and I certainly don’t have the time around that to all the work that comes with your own business. So high five to you gal’s (and guys) who take the plunge and do your own thing. You are great.

Why did you start blogging? I’d love to hear your story! Tweet me or drop a comment below.

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Shooting for the Stars 

It’s Sunday, and everyone loves a relaxing lazy Sunday right? Well, this week I hate Sunday because I have been off work all week on ‘holiday’ although I haven’t actually been that far. But Sunday means I’m back in work tomorrow, the dreaded Monday morning.

This evening I’m going to enjoy a nice relaxing bath filled with lush goodies and when thinking about that note I wanted to share with you how much I enjoyed using my Shooting for the Stars bath bomb that came in my Night Before Christmas gift box off my Sister.

It’s a honey-scented bath bomb, with a hint of Brazilian orange which sounds right up my street. It’s a lovely deep blue colour with the golden sparkling stars throughout which come away from the blue once it is submerged in water, because these are sweet little bath melts in the form of cocoa butter and gold glitter. Could this be any more perfect to warm you up on a cold winter’s night? I don’t think so.

It leaves the bath water a lovely glistening blue with all the shimmers you could imagine, whilst the bath melts leave your skin wonderfully silky and soft and slightly shimmery once you get out! But that’s just part of the fun.

All in all, I loved this little beauty and just wished I’d used it earlier so I could pick some up before the Christmas range came to an end.

What’s your favourite piece from Lush’s Christmas range this year? I’d love to hear all about it!

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Happy 2nd Birthday Dainty Dweeb

Warning: This post consists of a hell of a lot of rambling, a little bit of ranting and will probably be a little bit of a bore but I AM PROUD.

Two whole years already? Can you actually believe it, because I definitely can’t. When I first started Dainty Dweeb, well it was just kaylajaynehughes back then, I didn’t know whether it would last a month never mind 2 years. I’m proud of how far we have come. Is that weird? Calling my and my blog we. Oh well, who cares if it is. I’m proud that I have stuck to it at times when I have wanted to throw the towel in. I’m proud of myself for persevering through bloggers block and the days where I almost, well probably did give up on blog pictures because I just couldn’t get the right lighting. WE MADE IT GIRL. We’re still here. Powering on.

I am immensely thankful for you guys who actually take the time to read whether its rambling posts like these, or wishlists, reviews, y’know. It all means a lot, like wow people actually read this shit and most days that’s what it is, shit that just splurts out on my keyboard and then before you know it we have a full blown post. This little venture is actually growing, and it’s growing a lot more than I expected lately and I love it. The support, the community, the friends. I LOVE IT. I love you. Seriously guys, lets share the love because why the hell not?

One thing I want to do is become more interactive with the bloggers I love. I’m always way too shy, even if it’s only on social media – I’m always scared I’ll come across weird but it’s going to be one of my goals to overcome this and I’m going to smash it, or at least try.

Anyway, I’m gonna leave this here with a massive THANK YOU, again.

Also, a little loves you. 

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Lost in a haze of ‘I don’t knows’ | Sunday Thoughts

I couldn’t count the amount of times I’ve written and re-written this post, or something similar. I’ve deleted countless times, but always end up re-writing it because want to get it off my chest and then it has sat in my drafts for weeks on ends before getting deleted again.

But this time, it will get published because I feel like I need to get it out somehow.

I feel like I seem to have lost myself somewhere in this world. I couldn’t tell you how, or when, or where. I just feel lost. I know I am loved, I know that I am appreciated and I am definitely grateful. Just somewhere along the way, I don’t really know who I am anymore? I miss my 15 year old playlists, my 17-18 year old dress sense, the days where I knew I looked like a bag of shit but I felt comfortable in my own skin. Now whether I try to make an effort or not, I just don’t feel comfortable. I feel like I’m supposed to know who I am, what I want to do but I don’t. It’s like I’m lost in a haze of I don’t knows.

There was once a day where I knew my style, and the clothes I liked but now I feel like I have lost myself somewhere in this cycle of day to day life. I hate it. I feel like no matter how many times someone asks me if I’m okay, or if somethings wrong. I just smile and laugh it off, purely because I don’t really know how to say what I want to say, or even if I want to say it at all. Maybe I just feel stupid saying it, but I can write it. I can put it into written words just not able to speak it. I keep using the ‘I’m just tired’ excuse because I really don’t want to get into it, when I probably should.

Most day’s my alarm goes off and I don’t even want to leave the comforts of my bed, never mind get dressed and face the world. But I do it, I muster the courage and plod along with the thought that I know I’ll be returning to my little sanctuary at the end of the working day.

I think most of this comes from the pressure that is put on young adults, like you and me. Like were supposed to know who we are, where we want to be and where we should be going. But I don’t know, I feel like I’m never going to know and I’m having difficulty coming to terms with that at the moment. I feel like I should have a life plan right now, a career idea or something but to be completely honest with you I don’t have one fucking clue. I have no plan. I feel like I should still be in college deciding what hair colour I want, and whether I can spare enough of my part-time wages to go and get a new ear piercing on my lunch break.

Even at the end of this, I have no conclusion, but the one thing I am starting to come to terms with is that it’s going to be okay. Even though I’m in this haze, I know I will come out the other side. I just don’t know when, or how. I’m just grateful that I know that Nathan is going to be there, waiting at the other side with his cheeky little grin saying ‘I told you it was going to be alright’. 

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2017 Blogging Goals

So I didn’t write any goals what so ever for 2016, no blogging or personal goals and I think that’s why the year has been a little messy all round! Although I am super happy with where Dainty Dweeb is going considering I started blogging in 2015 with pretty much no idea what I was doing. I didn’t think anyone would read it, at all let alone read regularly. But here we are, with regular readers and followers and all that jazz. So, I’m super pleased about that. But this year, I think it’s about time I started with some blogging goals. Something to motivate me and my writing.

  • Be more interactive. I like to think I’m a little interactive with the blogs I love reading, but I want to be more interactive with the writers behind the blogs. I want to make friends, friends with the same interests, friends who actually care, friends like you guys.
  • Improve my photography. I have said this over and over again since 2015, and I think I have improved slightly but there’s always room for improvement. I want to take pictures where I look at them and think, hey that’s a great photo; not just ‘yeah that’s okay, it’ll do’.
  • Get some blogging equipment. This also kind of ties in with my photography improvement. I want to get a camera, a ring light because my god it’s so hard finding the time to shoot in daylight these days. When I have the motivation and inspiration to take photo’s it’s always too dark and when the daylight comes I’m either too busy or full on in laze mode where I don’t want to be doing anything. 
  • Read more. I need to find some new blogs that I love just as much as my all time favourites. I think it’s a disgrace that I can count the blogs I read regularly on one hand. This definitely needs to change.
  • Invest more time on my own blog. This seems to come and go depending on personal life, which I’m okay with. But I would like to regulate the time I spend on my own blog where possible. I want to schedule two posts a week where possible and stick to that.

Okay, so there we go. They’re not massive goals, or milestone goals but they are my goals. Do you have any goals this year? Whether that may be personal or blogging, I’d love to hear!

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Mystery Blogger Award

WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
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RULES
  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)
THREE FACTS ABOUT ME
 1. I have waaaay too many pairs of shoes, wait no. There’s no such thing as too many pairs of shoes. But hey, I have a lot.
2. I have been meaning to paint my living room since I moved in which was almost a year ago because its magnolia and I hate magnolia and guess what? I still haven’t gotten around to it.
3. I could count my close friends on one hand and that is the way I love it.
MY FAVOURITE POSTS
I’m going to do this one a little different. I have recently shared a post of my Top 5 of this year in regards to views, likes and comments. So for this one, I’m going to share my favourite posts to write.

 

MY NOMINATIONS
My nominations are Sarah from See The Stars, Hollie from It’s Hollie Ann, Reagan from Be Beautifully Unique and anyone else reading! Be sure to notify me if you do it because I’d love to read yours!
MY ANSWERS
  1. Favourite Shop? This ones definitely a tough cookie, what type of shop? Online or like an actual shop you can walk into? Clothes? Beauty? Food? The possibilities are endless. I’d have to say ASOS for online, because you can get pretty much anything! Actual shop, Lush just because of the smell, not to mention the amazing products.
  2. If money was no object where would you like to travel to? I’d like to take a year out to travel the US, just because it seems like such a different world and I love the american accent, plus allllll the amazing places in the US. 
  3. Any weird habits (funny question)?  I have literally been staring at this question forever, I actually can’t think of any weird habit’s. Maybe it’s because I feel so on the spot. I’ll get back to you on this one. After much consideration and discussion with Nathan apparently I do not have a weird habit. I feel a little sad about this now. 
  4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? In my own home not private renting, with my little family. And a Dog. Preferably a tan jug named princess.
  5. What is your goal for 2017? Be kinder to myself, simple. 

QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES

  1. What’s your all time favourite feel good song?
  2. Go-to beauty product?
  3. If you could be any Disney villain who would you chose?
  4. Who’s your most embarrassing celebrity crush?
  5. Name 5 things that make you happy.

I was nominated by the lovely Hannah. Now it’s your turn! Tag me, tweet me, mention me on Instagram, send me a link via owl mail, just let me see your answers!

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Top 5 of 2016

First things first, I’d like to wish you all a very happy new year! I hope you have enjoyed the holidays profusely my dears, because I definitely have.

I can’t really believe I’m writing this post already, the year has gone so quick. I just thought I’d share my 5 most popular posts of 2016. All together through out the year Dainty Dweeb has had 3,307 views, 1,304 visitors, 280 likes and 160 comments. Wow! A lot more than I thought, considering my blog is just a hobby it’s more than I could have imagined.

Inspirations for a Lifestyle Post

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When I wrote this post, little did I know it would become my most popular post of 2016, with 155 views and 100 likes. It just goes to show people prefer to read posts that you enjoy to write because I thoroughly enjoyed writing this. It was so much fun thinking of different things that can help inspire others to write a lifestyle post.

The Versatile Blogger Award

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Taking part in tag’s is always fun, you end up finding out things about other bloggers you never knew, whether is a personal tag or not they’re always fun to read! I was tagged in this by Hollie from It’s Hollie Ann and although I’ve known Hollie for years, we actually went to school together, I actually learnt something new about her from her post!

The Big Move 

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I still remember the excitement I had when writing this post. I can’t believe Nathan and I have been in our home for nearly a year already. It only feels like we moved in a couple of months ago! Time flies and all that. I can tell you now, we’re still picking up bits that we need, like the other day I made boiled eggs for dippy soldiers for breakfast the other day and realised we had no egg cups. Yes, I did call it dippy soldiers, I’m still a kid at heart okay?

Primark Haul 

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Ahhh, a good old Primark haul. Who doesn’t love to see what others pick up in the shops? All though I must say, all of my picks from this haul are stored away in my drawers now, as it’s a little cold to be wearing them at the moment!

Mini Drugstore Haul – The Aftermath 

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All though I’ve never been much of a beauty blogger – I’m not the best with make up and I’d much rather chuck my hair up in a messy bun in the mornings. I am rather proud of how well this post did! Maybe, it will give me the confidence to toy around with beauty posts a little more this year? Who knows!

Well that’s it, my top five posts of this year. Sitting here cosy in bed, I can’t help but wonder what will be my top 5 posts of 2017?

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