My Travel Bucket List

My Travel Bucket List
Obviously, for many of us, there’s lots of places in the world that we’ve always wanted to go to and visit, here is my list of places I want to visit, and obviously this isn’t all of the places, because that would take probably a long time, this is a short list of about 20, I will be updating this list in 3 or 6 months to see if the places I want to visit are different or the same.

1. New York – USA
2. Paris – France
3. Hawaii – USA
4. Sydney – Australia
5. Rio De Janerio – Brazil
6. London – Britain
7. Miami – USA
8. Dublin – Ireland
9. Bath – England
10. Glasglow – Scotland
11. Isle Of Man
12. Isle Of Wight
13. Barcelona – Spain
14. Manchester – England
15. Venice – Italy
16. San Fransico – USA
17. Los Angeles – USA
18. Liverpool – England
19. Gold Coast – Australia
20. Melbourne – Australia

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How To Make Money From Your Blog

How To Make Money From Your Blog

One of the biggest misconceptions that I see bloggers having about monetising blogs is that they have to do it in one of a handful of ways. The reality is that there are many ways to make money from blogs.

1. Advertising Income

 This is where many bloggers start. In many ways this model of making money from blogs is not dissimilar to how a magazine or newspaper sells ads. As your traffic and brand grows you’ll find advertisers will be willing to pay to get exposure to your audience. While you need decent traffic to do a direct deal with an advertisers there are ad networks (like Google AdSense) that act as a middleman and enable smaller publishers to run ads on their blogs. This is where many bloggers start (I did too).

2. Affiliate Income

To put it most simply – affiliate income is when you link to a product that is for sale on another site (take Amazon for example) and if someone follows your link and ends up buying that product you earn a commission on that sale. There’s more to it than that but this is another great place to start with monetising your blog as affiliate programs are easy to sign up for and if you have an engaged audience you will find they follow the recommendations that you make on products.

3. Recurring Income

Another growing category of income that I’m seeing more and more bloggers are experimenting is recurring income streams (sometimes called continuity programs or membership programs). This is where readers pay a regular recurring amount (usually on a monthly or annual basis) for access to either premium content, a community area, some kind of service, tools, coaching (or some combination of these things).

 

4. Promoting a Business

Many brick and mortar businesses indirectly make money from their blogs by using their blogs to grow their profile and direct readers to their business.

5. Services

A common way that many bloggers make money is through offering services to their readers. These might be anything from coaching and consulting, to writing or copywriting, to design, training or other freelance services.

6. Products

 Products can of course take many forms and income virtual information products like eBooks or courses but also other virtual products like software, reports etc. The other type of product some bloggers sell is physical products. This is most common when the blogger has a business but sometimes bloggers also create merchandise (T-shirts etc) or other physical products to sell.

The Ultimate Guide To Washing Clothes

The Ultimate Guide To Washing Clothes

Clothing and Outerwear

Button-Down Shirts

  • Unbutton the shirt. Unfasten all buttons, including the tiny ones at the collar, before laundering. Otherwise, the agitation in the machine and the weight of other garments may cause buttonholes to tear.
  • Apply a stain remover. It’s a good idea to pretreat collars every time you wash them. “Once stains from body oils build up, they are very difficult to remove,” says Chris Allsbrooks, a textile analyst at the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute, in Laurel, Maryland. Use a stain remover or spot-clean with a mixture of water and liquid detergent. Pour it over the area, then rub with a soft toothbrush. It’s especially important to spot-clean permanent-press shirts and other items that have been treated with resins so they retain their shape, because these fabrics tend to hold soiling.
  • Use the permanent-press setting. Wash permanent-press shirts with all-purpose detergent on the permanent-press setting, which is gentler than the regular one, uses warm or hot water, and has a long cool-down rinse to further minimize wrinkling. Opt for the dryer’s permanent-press feature, which has a cool-down period at the end. Wash non-permanent-press shirts on the regular cycle in cold or warm water.

Sweaters

  • Wash cotton blends on gentle. Many knits made of cotton, synthetics, or blends can be machine-washed in cold or warm water on the gentle cycle with all-purpose or mild detergent. To combat wrinkles and stiffness, dry items on low for 5 to 10 minutes before laying them flat on a mesh sweater rack or a towel.
  • Use a zippered pillowcase for delicates. Place a wool, cashmere, or fine cotton sweater in a zippered pillowcase; wash on the delicate cycle with cold water and lay flat to dry.
  • Test silk sweaters for colorfastness. Delicate knits, like crochet and silk, are a different story: Dry-clean these, or test for colorfastness (to see if the color will bleed, place a dab of detergent on a dip a cotton swab in detergent and hold it on the fabric for two minutes) and hand-wash in cold water with mild detergent. Some knits may stretch out; reshape after washing and lay flat to dry.

Socks

  • Never lose a sock again. One of the most frustrating aspects of doing laundry is the number of socks that suspiciously go missing. Forget putting out an APB: Simply pin each pair together before throwing it in the machine. No sorting, no matching necessary afterward.

Jeans

  • Wash jeans in cold water. Most denim is top-dyed, meaning only the surface of the fibers is colored. To keep jeans from fading or acquiring white streaks, wash in small loads in cold water (with more water than clothes) with all-purpose detergent. This cuts down on abrasion, says Allsbrooks.
  • Stretch the legs to prevent shrinkage. “It’s common for jeans to shrink in length” when washed, says Steve Boorstein, author of The Clothing Doctor’s 99 Secrets to Clothing Care. Hold them by the waistband and legs and gently stretch them vertically before drying. Dry on low or medium heat; overdrying causes unnecessary wear and tear, so take jeans out when the legs are done but the seams and the waistband are slightly damp.

Hats and Gloves

  • Wash knit hats and gloves like sweaters. Follow the same instructions based on different fabric types. Cotton blends can be machine-washed cold on delicates, wool and cashmere on the delicate cycle with cold water, and so on.
  • Spot-clean structured hats. Newsboy and baseball caps could become misshapen so its best to keep them out of the washing machine.
  • Hand-wash leather-trimmed gloves. You can hand-wash gloves with small sections of leather if the leather is the same color as the knit; otherwise bleeding may be a problem. To dry, insert the handle of a wooden spoon in one finger and set the spoon end in a vase. This will help the glove retain its shape.

Down and Polyester Coats

  • Wash adult coats in warm water. You can wash down coats in front-loading machines with a mild powder detergent and warm water on the gentle cycle. (If you have a top-loader, take these coats to a dry cleaner; most top-loaders have agitators that can compress and displace down filling and prevent pieces from tumbling freely.)
  • Use towels for speed drying. Smaller items, like children’s jackets, whether filled with down or polyester, can go in a front- or top-loader on the gentle cycle; tumble dry on low. Put a few clean, dry towels in the dryer to help soak up excess moisture and speed drying.

Undergarments and Delicates

Everyday Bras and Lingerie

  • Set the washing machine to the gentle cycle. Most lingerie can be put through the machine’s gentle cycle, even if the labels say “hand-wash.” Use all-purpose detergent with cotton and synthetics; opt for mild detergent with lacy fabrics.
  • Apply a stain solution. Pretreat yellow perspiration stains by rubbing them with mild soap and warm water; let soak for 30 minutes.
  • Place delicates in zippered mesh bags. Protect hosiery, bras, bustiers, camisoles, slips, and any other garments with straps or underwires by placing them in zippered mesh bags, which will keep them from twisting or snagging; fasten clasps to prevent them from catching on the netting. Use a bag with fine mesh so hooks can’t get through.
  • Wash undergarments separately. Wash in light loads, and never throw them in with heavy items, as these can cause wires to bend or break, says Chris Allsbrooks, a textile analyst at the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute, in Laurel, Maryland.
  • Don’t use the dryer. Air-dry to prevent damage to underwires and straps.

Fine Bras and Lingerie

  • Hand-washing is best. Hand-washing is often the best way to care for ornate pieces and those made of delicate fabrics, like silk. Let the pieces soak for a few minutes in warm or cool water, then gently squeeze the suds through the fabric; rinse and roll in a towel to absorb excess moisture before hanging them to dry. Bras, nightgowns, and the like are not apt to be heavily soiled, so “hand washing gets them cleaner than you might think,” says Allsbrooks.
  • Clean lingerie while you’re in the shower. Get the article wet, lather a pea-size amount of mild shampoo or baby shampoo in your hands and wash, as suggested, then air-dry.

Baby Clothes

  • For an infant, use an extremely mild detergent to start. The skin of an infant is often too sensitive for the chemicals in many detergents and bleaches, so textile analyst Chris Allsbrooks advises introducing these products gradually. She followed this timeline with her son: For the first six months, she used Dreft, a very mild detergent formulated for babies ($15, dreft.com for stores).
  • Then upgrade to a stain-fighting detergent. When he started eating solid foods, she moved on to Ultra Cheer Free & Gentle, which is “a little stronger and better at getting out stains from pureed spinach,” she says. Once he was eating regular food, it was “straight on to the Tide.” Wash with warm water and tumble dry on low. “Using the lowest heat setting will minimize static electricity, lessening the need for dryer sheets,” says Sandra Phillips, a cleaning consultant and the author of A Clean Break ($10, amazon.com).

Underwear

  • Don’t overload the washing machine. To ensure thorough cleaning, wash underwear in light loads. Use the gentle cycle with warm water and all-purpose detergent, unless the label specifies “mild.”
  • Dry on low. Tumble-dry items that contain spandex on low or air-dry them to prevent shrinking.
  • Hand-wash delicate items. As with fine bras and lingerie, anything with delicate lace should be washed by hand.

Swimsuits

  • Rinse, launder, and air-dry. Rinse them well when you get home from the pool or the beach to remove chlorine or salt water, which can cause fading or changes in color; chlorine can also damage elasticity. Launder by hand or in the machine, as with everyday bras and lingerie. Air-dry.

 Shapewear

  • Follow underwear-washing instructions. If the item has underwires, use a mesh bag. Since shapewear typically contains spandex, air-dry or tumble-dry on low.

How To Manage Time

How To Manage Time

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It’s important that you develop effective strategies for managing your time to balance the conflicting demands of time for study, leisure, earning money and job hunting.

 

Why use time management skills?

  • Time management skills are valuable in jobhunting, but also in many other aspects of life: from revising for examinations to working in a vacation job. Sometimes it may seem that there isn’t enough time to do everything that you need to. This can lead to a build up of stress.
  • When revising for examinations, or during your final year when you have to combine the pressures of intensive study with finding time to apply for jobs good management of your time can be particularly important.
  • Once we have identified ways in which we can improve the management of our time, we can begin to adjust our routines and patterns of behaviour to reduce any time-related stress in our lives.

 

What skills are required for effective time management?

  • Some of these skills including setting clear goals, breaking your goals down into discreet steps, and reviewing your progress towards your goals are covered in Action Planning.
  • Other skills involved include prioritising – focusing on urgent and important tasks rather than those that are not important or don’t move you towards your goals; organising your work schedule; list making to remind you of what you need to do when; persevering when things are not working out and avoiding procrastination.

 

Using Lists

Keeping a to-do List You should have a reminder system to tell you of when you need to do what: don’t try to remember everything in your head as this is a recipe for disaster! Carry a pen and paper or organiser wherever you go.

 

Setting Goals

Set yourself specific and clearly defined goals, and make sure that these are realistic and achievable. To do this, you first need to examine your present situation and assess what goals are important to you and what action you need to take to achieve your target.

 

 

Prioritising

Efficiency and effectiveness are not the same. Someone who works hard and is well organised but spends all their time on unimportant tasks may be efficient but not effective. To be effective, you need to decide what tasks are urgent and important and to focus on these.

 

Breaking down tasks

Break goals down into their components so that you can accomplish them one step at a time. Write these steps down, and try to be as specific as you can when you do this. Try to complete one task before you go on to the next. Reward yourself for achieving these goals to maintain your enthusiasm.

 

Organising your time

Identify areas of your life where you are wasting time and try to reduce these. A good way to do this is to log everything you do for a week in meticulous detail and then examine your record to see how you use (or misuse!) your time.

 

These are just some of the simple ways to help you manage your time effectively, they may not work for everyone, but you never know until you try it.

 

Daylio: Mood Tracking App: APP REVIEW

Daylio: Mood Tracking App: APP REVIEW

Description

Daylio enables you to keep a private diary without having to type a single line. Try this beautifully designed micro-diary app right now for FREE! Pick your mood and add activities you have been doing during the day. You can also add notes and keep an old school diary. Daylio is collecting recorded moods and activities in the statistics and calendar. This format will help you to understand your habits better. Keep track of your activities and create patterns to become more productive!

 

Review

For those of you who don’t know, Daylio is a daily mood tracking app which lets you record what mood you’re feeling including happy, sad, very sad, excited, etc. You can also customize your mood which is really nice, and you can add in activities which you have done throughout the day, which you can also customize to make your own. The app has its way of tracking your mood and has graphs as well as counting how many times you’ve been feeling happy or sad etc.

The app can remind you when to record your mood which I’ve set up because I am the MOST forgetful person ever and I would literally forget my head if it wasn’t screwed on and I’m not even exaggerating. My longest streak of happy days has been about 5. Which to be honest isn’t the best but you know, also isn’t the worst.

Overall I think it’s a really good mood tracking app and although there are others on the app stores which I have tried, this one I have used for months, as well as using it on my old phone too, I had to start again because I didn’t have a backup since I only had the free version but that didn’t bother me because I always track it on paper anyway.

It’s a really good app for me because I’m obsessed with tracking everything so being able to track your mood in this tiny app is perfect for me, I have got to mention too that this app is actually really small in size so it literally won’t take up any space on your phone which I love! You can also have a PIN lock which isn’t exclusive to the premium version which is nice if you want to be a bit more private about how you’re feeling every day!

You can choose as  many activities as you like and it has loads and loads of different symbols for the different moods if you want to customize it and make it personalized to you and what you do throughout the days.

 

I really like this app and would love to know what you think of it if you decide you want to download it to try it, let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any other mood tracking apps and which one is your favourites!

 

*This video is not sponsered and all opinions shared are my own*

 

Get the app here:

Android: https://goo.gl/fp4vBV

Apple: https://goo.gl/ozNnCe

 

The Story Of When He Cheated On Me

The Story Of When He Cheated On Me

*For their own protection and privacy I’m going to change their names even though I’m pretty sure you will actually know who I’m on about anyway*

*This is just one story of the many boyfriends that have cheated on me but this is the one that has had the most impact on me mentally*

 

Okay, so by the title you can tell that this is the story of when an ex boyfriend cheated on me, I don’t have ANY contact with him & I don’t think he even knows that I write this blog, I just hope he never finds out about it!

I have never really felt loved, or really been in love with someone, at the time, I might have felt a great lust and love for that person, but I just knew in the back of my mind, it wasn’t love, it wasn’t what “love” was supposed to be. My friends would tell me this over and over again and tell me to leave while I still could, but I stayed, only because really in my mind, he was the only person I wanted to be with, even though realistically he would only break my heart more in the long run to how much he was at the time.

There was this one guy, lets name him Harry, Harry was a really nice guy, attractive, funny, sensitive when he needed to be, but it just wasn’t “Love” at the time, I was in-love with him, he knew just HOW much I was in love with him, I thought I would last forever with him, I thought he was the greatest person to walk this earth, but really he wasn’t. He would lie to me, and not forgetting that he did actually cheat on me, even though he is claiming he didn’t and that he came out as gay to me, just short of two weeks of getting back together with me after a “break”. I mean, how can someone say that they’re gay but still be in-love with that certain person. His “cousin” messaged me saying that he was cheating on me, at the time, I was the type of person who just wouldn’t confront someone and I would just let them get away with anything they wanted, this I know now, wasn’t the way to go. Anyway, I brushed it off as she was just trying to stir things up because you know how some certain girls can be. I spoke to a few of my friends about it because I was just feeling so confused about the whole situation, they all said that I should ask him first hand about it, if he loved me then he would just tell me the truth, no matter how hard that is for him.

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He told me the truth. It turned out to be true. I was, to say the least DEVASTATED! I honestly felt so sick with the whole thing, I thought I could trust him, I thought that he wouldn’t do it again (just as a reference to that he cheated on me previously to December when we broke up officially and managed to get passed that). I just didn’t want to talk to him at that point, but the stupid inner me said “It’s okay” and thinking about now I would have KICKED myself for that LIKE OF COURSE IT’S NOT OKAY WHY ARE YOU SAYING THAT AMY BREAK UP WITH HIM.

We managed to last until the end of December just before Christmas and my birthday, and that was a couple of weeks after he told me the devastating news, literally I was destroyed.  This wasn’t how I wanted to end a on-and-off two and a half year relationship.

He told me he was gay and that he “felt” gay about 6 months into the relationship, but what fucked me up the most about that was he waited until two years after to tell me that the first time he cheated on me was just an excuse for me to leave him, but I am a reasonable person and will always give people second chances, and I know in that situation I gave second, third or fourth chances, which I know was stupid but I was SO in love with him  I couldn’t help myself.

Another thing to mention is that he was REALLY horrible to one of my best friends that just happens to be gay, he would be so homophobic and that just doesn’t make sense if he’s claiming to be gay himself.

Now don’t get me wrong the first part of the relationship was great, he made me so happy, but then it became lie after lie and the longer I left to break up with him while I still had the chance, the more hurt I was after he really did break up with me and it was really over.

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I really felt like I was being used, my trust was abused, and bruised, crumpled like paper, I’ve never been able to trust any guys in the way that I should, it takes me A LOT to trust a guy, proper trust them in ways I won’t get paranoid if he replies late or goes out with friends, it literally makes me feel fucking CRAZY.

Being cheated on DOES affect someone in ways you won’t understand if you haven’t been cheated on, I don’t know what goes through someones head when they cheat, imagine breaking someones heart, and causing them so much pain & upset to that they can’t trust anyone without being crazy and paranoid that there’s someone else as well as them.

Looking back now giving Harry a second or third chance over and over again was really stupid and dumb and I knew that, but my friends knew just how much I loved him, it didn’t even matter what he did to hurt me, I thought he was a saint.

He would tell me that he didn’t love me anymore, and call me names, almost emotionally abusing me, calling me names to damage my self-confidence, which at the time I never told anyone that, that’s exactly what was going on, what I told my friends was a completely different story to what was actually going on behind closed doors.

My mistakes I will learn from them, only learn from them and I will make sure that history NEVER repeats itself, that experience was horrible, and I really just wish that I had broken up with him before I became so damaged from all the lies and things he was telling me. I am a stronger person now and I have learnt to take control of myself and how others treat me, I will no longer be walked all over.

 

Thank you for reading this post if you read right until the end, it means a lot to me. Keep smiling 🙂 x x

My Body Confidence & How I Feel About My Body

My Body Confidence & How I Feel About My Body

Since I was a child I have always been smaller than the people of my own age, I’m 20, I’m a size 6 top and a size 6-8 trousers, give or take the size depending on the style of trousers. I don’t think I have ever been confident about my body, which to be honest isn’t not normal I’ll admit, people are bound to have body confidence issues growing and becoming a young lady.

The main reason for my body confidence issues is my birth mark (hemangioma, also known as a pork wine stain because of it’s colour when it first appears). As many of you may know I have a condition called Neurofibromatosis type 1. The birth mark however is nothing to do with my condition. Pictured below is what my back looks like now, I don’t have any photos of what it looked like when I was a baby/young child.

 

I was told by my parents that when I was a young child that it was red raw in colour and described as a steak, the thickness was the thickness of a steak and it would bleed profusely at times. There was one time when I had to be rushed to hospital and my parents drove through the middle of the town and even went through red lights just to save my life. They were told by the doctors that if it was bleeding to get me to hospital IMMEDIATELY.

Since growing up I have always been self conscious of my back and what it looks like, I don’t like it. I don’t like having this massive scar on my back, it makes me feel, I don’t really know but it doesn’t make me feel beautiful. I have never wanted to wear a bikini or tops that show my back. I don’t want that anymore.

I have wanted to wear bikinis for ages but I have never had the confidence to do so, I don’t want people pointing and laughing about my back making sneer remarks and just making fun. The other week I went to the beach with my friends and it was the first time that I had worn a bikini in confidence and I felt good about myself. I felt happy, and that was the first time that happened to me.

My back causes me problems, for example it makes me very cold very quickly, or it makes me very hot very quickly, so obviously I do have to be careful when out in the sun and wearing bikinis but I don’t want that to stop me wearing bikinis and feeling good about myself.

Pictured above is a picture of me wearing a swimming costume and I feel confident when wearing it, it covers my back and it makes me happy to be able to feel confident about wearing a swimming costume and not feel so self conscious about my back and the way it looks.

I am going on holiday next week and I’m hoping that I can feel confident enough to wear a bikini or a swimming costume!!

I have always been smaller than the average 20 year old, but I am now so much more confident about myself, I am young, healthy & full of self confidence again, I hope that it stays and that I won’t let my back stop me from wearing a bikini and feeling good about myself.

I will never let my back or my smaller figure get in the way of my happiness and confidence, I will never let anyone’s horrible comments stop me from being happy!

Write in the comments a positive quote for others to read about body confidence!

Amy x