As 2017 draws to an end and a New Year comes at us in full force, it’s time to start setting some goals for 2018.

2017 has been a very, very challenging year, infact it’s been totally shite!! So many crappy things gone wrong that I now need to focus on the good things to come from the year ahead.

I’ve always been good at setting out goals but sticking to them, well that is a totally different story!

I’m living in hope that by publishing this post and having my goals plastered on the internet will give me more than enough motivation and accountability to actually get things done… I’m counting on you folks to keep my arse in check haha!

My goals for 2018 are: 

Blogging

  • Get self hosting
  • Monetize my blog
  • Get into the habit of regular posting
  • Grow my audience
  • Grow my presence on social media

Life – Family & Friends

  • More outings with the kids
  • Meet up with and contact friends more regularly 
  • Make new friends
  • Have a family holiday – destination yet to be decided

Myself

  • Create a Miracle Morning routine
  • Exercise/ Yoga
  • Give myself some TLC 
  • Make some free time for me
  • Look after my health better 

There are quite a few things I want to get through this year and plenty more too that will come to light once I manage to get in a routine of the above.

I will be using the Trello app to keep me on track with my blog and creating some space in my bullet journal for tracking alot of the goals I have set myself.
I’m totally ready to rock the new year!

Let me know in the comments what some of your goals are for 2018. I’ll look forward to reading them =)

Much Love 

Laura xx 

My views on “Buddy” the Elf…

A lot of people I know and many thousands more take to the stores or to their Christmas Cupboards to get their Elf on a Shelf ready for December 1st… Except me!

Firstly, what i’d like to know is, do these people make a plan out for the mess this monster is going to create throughout December or do they just wing it?
If I had one I would have to plan out the full month so I didn’t forget to move the stupid elf!

Secondly, why do all these people feel the need to promote Bad Behaviour before the Big day?

Surely that just asking for trouble?

I thought that Christmas was a season of goodwill, teaching your children about a time of giving and being grateful for what they do receive.

To be honest I don’t really know the ins and outs of the religious side to all the drama of Christmas, i’m not from a religious family and I’ve forgotten the majority of what i was taught about it. (Bad me I know, I’ll get to researching Christmas soon).

I do know that as a child, me and my brothers were taught about the joys of giving, we were taught to appreciate and to be greatful for all that we did receive and we always, always looked after everything we got.

To me having an Elf who does alot of naughtiness, is not only teaching the children that it’s good to be bad but also that being disrespectful of other people’s belongings is fun! How and who even comes up with these ideas?

My children can be pains in the arses without all the commotion of an evil elf destroying the place and to be fair I think it would freak my kids our knowing that a little scraggly elf was coming alive at night to be naughty!

Are you an Elf on the shelf-er? Let me know your views on the “Buddy” Elf in the comments.

Much Love

Laura xx

It never feels like Christmas until you hear your first Christmas song on the radio.

When me & the kids were on the school run, me in a mood because again we failed to leave the house on time, lost shoes, bags etc the usual with anyone wanting to leave the house on time, When it happened… the radio was on and my 1st Christmas song of the year started playing, “I wish it could be Christmas everyday”, the mood lifted, the volume turned up and me and the kids were happily singing along… this actually changed my whole day, it was glorious!

pine-cones-2110283_1920My top 5 Christmas songs

  1. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
  2. Wham – Last Christmas
  3. Step into Christmas – Elton John
  4. All I want for Christmas – Mariah Carey
  5. Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade

These are fab songs to get anyone in the mood for Christmas and great for a sing along… I rushed home to get out my decorations, only to remember I’d handed them to charity after the new year, gutted!

What’s your all time favourite Christmas song? Let us know in the comments.

Until next time…

Much Love

Laura xx

I figured the best way to go about this whole “newbie blogger” would be to introduce myself a little, I found some “get to know me” questions that I’ll answer… so here goes.

rose-3014267_1920What is your middle name?

My middle name is Louise

Who was your first best friend?

My first and forever best friend is and always will be Joanne

How many countries have you visited?

Not as many as I would like to… I have been to 5 different countries in total

Are you in/have you been to college?

Yes, I studied and gained my NVQ level 2&3 in Administration

Tea or Coffee?

Has to be tea..  sorry coffee lovers!

What is your favourite movie?

Ooo so many to choose from, I can’t do it… I’ll get back to this one!

Favourite childhood memory?

This has to be days out with my Jock nanna, I remember me & my brother giving her a boost up the hill … probably not needed but I suppose all nanna’s and some mothers make out they can’t make it up a hill (i do it, poor kids) … unfortunately she passed away when I was 6, so I cherish memories like this more.

Do you have any siblings? 

I have 2 brothers, also 2 half sister’s & a half brother

What is your favourite restaurant?

I love Frankie & Bennies, anything pasta & chicken haha

Tell us one of your bad habits!

This has to be… nail biting, although not very often these days, I do however bite these down if they break or chip instead of cutting and filing!

So there we have it, 10 “get to know me” questions answered. If there is anything else you’d like to know about me, please feel free to comment below and I’ll get back to you.

Much Love

Laura xx