Gratitude & Gala Darling

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Hi lovelies,
Happy New Year! I really hope you're enjoying the year so far even though we are only 5 Days in!

My last post was all about Planners & Books that I recommend for 2016. In that post I said that I would share other bits of inspiration thoughout January to help you kick start 2016 in the bestest possible way.

So here it is...

A post about GRATITUDE...




I've been inspired to write this off the cuff post after starting off January with an Instagram challenge set by Gala Darling called Radical Self Love January!
If you've not read any of Gala Darlings Blog before, make sure you check her out as she really is fab... also I have to say I am super excited for her book launch next month which is on preorder now.

So Gratitude...

What are you truly grateful for. I think in this day and age it's way to easy for us to sit there when we have five minutes with a cuppa tea and a biscuit and think about what we want, to focus on what bills we have to pay and to just focus on getting more money and to generally just think about what we don't yet have. We often also rush about at work or through our day doing our daily routine totally oblivious to all the fabulous things that we have in this life and everyday just becomes the same.

So this is what I think you should do right now....

Press pause for just one minute and write down a list that focus's on all the fabulous things in your life.

It's time to be thankful for your health, your family your friends and to give thanks for the food you have to eat and the water you have to drink and it's time to be thankful for everything in our lives. You may feel down because you didn't get that gift you really wanted at Christmas or you might feel annoyed at the fact that during this month you don't have much extra money in your pocket to spare after all the bills.
However as I see it you have two choices. You can either 1. Feel sorry for yourself focus on all the bills and the rubbishy stuff and the things you don't have or 2. You can choose to feel good, to feel happy, to feel content and to be truly Thankful for all you have.

Which will you choose?

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How to make 2016 the best year yet!

Friday, 1 January 2016

I often get asked how I keep my sparkle. I've also been asked how I stay so focused and positive.
The answer is simple. I read, I plan and I stay focused on the good things and where I want to be in life. This up and coming month (JANUARY 2016) I'm going to be doing several posts on my Sparkly Blog all about how to make 2016 the best year yet, so make sure you follow me on my social media so you don't miss a post!

I often get asked what books or planners I would recommend and I have shared a few of the below before on my Instagram and Facebook. HOWEVER this year I thought I would just do one tidy post for you full of inspiring reads and workbooks so that you can start getting ready for a wonderful 2016.....

OK LETS DO THIS...


First up...


Leonie Dawson 2016 Create Your Shining Year in Life & Biz



I started to buy Leonie Dawson's Shining Year Workbooks back in 2014 after being introduce to her by a friend. When I hopped on over to her website for the first time I felt so full of happiness and love my heart jumped for joy. The website is just full of colour and energy and you just know that by ordering her workbook you are set for a fabulous year ahead. The layout of the workbook is so easy to do you don't feel like its hard work and it really helps you to see all the good in the year that's past as well as the not so great stuff so you can look to change this in the up and coming year, plus it helps you to really focus on where you wanna be in 2016. I cannot recommend these work books and calendars enough... If you wanna kick off 2016 with a bang check out Leonie Dawson right now by clicking HERE.


2. LUCKY BITCH: Denise Duffield-Thomas



I first discovered Denise Duffield-Thomas back in 2012. I was looking for an inspirational read at the time and her book "Lucky Bitch" turned up. Lucky Bitch is one of the best motivational books that I've ever read. It helps you see things differently and it's an easy read thanks to Denise's writing style. Denise also does a thing called THE LUCKY BITCH BOOTCAMP... this is perfect if you wanna kick yourself up the butt and get motivated for 2016. If you maybe feel a little stuck in a rut and ready for a bit of a change in 2016. Check out Denise's website HERE.

3. Danielle LaPorte

beingyourself

I'm going to be honest. The first time that I stumbled across Danielle LaPorte's website I felt it was a bit heavy going. Then on a different day I decided to take another look and have a little nosey around her site. Not long after that I decided to purchase the Fire Starter Sessions Book and let's just say since then I've been a HUGE fan of the lady and her work. The Desire Map is amazing! It's helps you understand the reason why you do every little thing in your life and it helps to feel fabtastic daily. I would really recommend The Desire Map and Diary for anyone who really wants to focus on feeling fabulous and happy in 2016!


The Daily Greatness Journal

I feel like I can never have enough Journals / Life Workbooks. The Daily Greatness Journal is another fabulous choice for working out everything you want in life. Whether it's your 2016 fitness plan, your 2016 business plan or just a little look at what direction you wanna take yourself in, in the year ahead. The Daily Greatness Journal is a quite in depth book and requires a bit of patience and effort on your part to get the most out of it. However it's worth a Sunday afternoon once a week or an hour in the evening once the little ones asleep!



Erin Condren 2016 planner



I've always had paper diaries for as long as I can remember mainly because when I was gigging I had to be super organized. This however is the best yearly planner that I've ever found. I love how much space there is in the planner to write lots of notes and it's great that you can personalize it to make it your own and make it a little more special. This planner is a little more pricer that I some, however I can guarantee it's so worth it! Can you tell I'm a big fan.





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A look back over my 2015...

I did a post last year which got a lot of love from you guys so I thought I would do the same this year. Here's my post from last year... A look back over my 2014.

Now lets look at 2015...

JAN 2015

In January 2014 I was told at a routine appointment to see the gynecologist that I most likely wouldn't have a baby because I had PCOS. However at the end of January 2014 I set out on a weight loss journey which I documented on YouTube called #VLOGFIT and on the 7th January 2015 Baby Lewis was born in Dubai.





FEB 2015

Nanny (Chris' mum met Baby Lewis for the first time). Valentines Day was a family occasion on the Beach in Dubai.


Chloe Lodge did a fab photoshoot with us all and it soon became clear that Baby Lewis wasn't camera shy... a bit like Mummy & Daddy!


The Winter months, January and February were quite cool and I remember taking this picture on an early evening walk with Baby Lewis and Daddy...


March 2015

In March we released the remixes of Goodbye and it did rather well which was mega exciting...


I had my first Mummy's Day YAY!


APRIL 2015

This was a tough month for me health wise as it saw my Gallbladder problems from late pregnancy return and it was decided that I would need my gallbladder to be removed.



MAY 2015

Arrrghh... another frustrating month for me health wise when my back gave way and weeks of physio followed.




June 2015

Baby Lewis met a lot of his family for the first time as we flew back to the UK to visit family and friends.






July 2015

We decided as a family that our time in Dubai was done and that it was time to move back to the UK and closer to family.




Costa did these beautiful cups for Ramadan 2015.

August 2015

We actually moved back to the UK and set up home in Southampton.



September 2015

In September the weather started to get a little cooler and I loved that I could now wear cat jumpers! LOL




October 2015

Personally I got a little piece of me back in October... My long sparkly nails were back.. I had to get rid of them just before Baby Lewis was born. Having my sparkly nails back really put a smile on my face.

Also in October we started back vlogging...



November 2015

YAY! My Birthday month...

Also this month saw Baby Lewis get his first Winter hat!!!



December 2015

This year we decided to do VLOGMAS on my YouTube Channel and we filmed everyday up to Christmas. This Christmas was our first Christmas in the UK in 4 years and our first with Baby Lewis. December has been fabulous!



So here we are then at the end of another year. 2015 has been a very BIG year for Chris and I as it saw the arrival of Baby Lewis and it saw us move back to the UK from Dubai. I would like to thank all my lovely friends and family for all their support throughout 2015 your love and care means so much. As for you my lovely reader... THANK YOU as ever for following my Sparkly Blog and reading. I know that in 2015 I've not written that many blogs or done that many beauty videos, sorry about that... however being Mummy has been Number 1 priority on my list... NEXT year is gonna be different... 2016 is gonna be even more sparkly with lots of Blog posts and videos. This January is gonna be all about feeling good, so follow my social media for more on that and check back tomorrow as I've got a fabulous list full of inspiration for 2016 you're not gonna wanna miss it!

HAPPY NEW YEAR LOVELY... LETS MAKE 2016 Super Sparkly!!!



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Sparkly Sunday 8th November 2015

Sunday, 8 November 2015

YES I'm back...
It's been a little while huh?! 
I'm sorry. 
It's been a crazy time in the life of us. Moving house is a big thing as any family will know. HOWEVER moving house and country is a totally different ball game especially with a little one in tow. 
Anyway, enough about that. You follow my social media and vlogs so you know what's going on with me and the fam, so lets crack on with my first blog post in ages.
If you've not seen Sparkly Sunday before let me introduce you right now to it. This is where I share things that I've spotted over the last week that I think you should know about. It might be fashion, food, jewellery or just a song that I heard on the radio and thought you might like. Either way I hope you enjoy this post.


1. Give Kitchen

(Photo thanks to GIVE Kitchen)

GIVE Kitchen caught my eye a couple of weeks ago when I was browsing the internet looking for healthy food ideas. GIVE Kitchen are the food delivery company with a difference. They're 100% Vegan and Give back. I really love the whole concept of GIVE Kitchen. The fact that they can supply you with whole array of beautifully prepared vegan meals, and I love how they have meal plans in place as well so that you can kick start a healthy vegan lifestyle very easily and the best thing about GIVE Kitchen is that they give back, for every Give Kitchen purchase they will donate a nutritious meal to the homeless or less fortunate. How great is that? Give Kitchen set up The Give 2040 foundation which hopes to eradicate hunger, poverty and disease by 2040, since launching in June earlier this year they've already given over 400 meals to homeless shelters and towards homeless focused charity events. Anyway hop on over to their site and check them out and and enter the word SPARKLES at checkout to receive a FREE box of 7 assorted vegan truffles... cool huh? 

2. Review: OrganicHead Daniel Galvin JR



You know how much I love my beauty. It's been ages since I reviewed a beauty item so I figured I better switch on the camera and share my thoughts on these fab hair products. Please ignore the backdrop I'm slowly getting things back together in our new home and I've as of yet not had time to set up my filming location.. however I'm sure I'll sort it out soon. I'm aiming to post a beauty video every Thursday so subscribe to my channel and you can keep up to date. OH yeah also we're back doing out family vlogs too YAY!




3. Lilly and Sid

(Photo thanks to Lilly and Sid)


It used to be all about finding a sparkly pair of shoes to heart when browsing through Instagram now however it's all about finding some quirky fabulous outfits for Baby Lewis! Lilly and Sid are a lovely baby clothing store who stock the most beautiful designs if you're a mummy have a little look at the website, you won't be disappointed.


4. #ManOnTheMoon The John Lewis Christmas Advert

On the run up to Christmas every year a whole load of Christmas adverts hit our TV screens. However there's only really one Christmas advert that most people can't wait to see and that is the John Lewis Christmas advert. Let's be honest last years advert was fabulous. This years however I think is even better... 





5. Annie Haak Designs


Every so often you come across some items that you totally fall in love with. This was the case when I was introduced to Annie Haak Designs earlier in the week. The stack-able bracelets are on the top of my wishlist for my Birthday this year. I'm a big fan or stretchy bracelets anyway but sparkly stretchy bracelets.... Yeah I love them! 


(Photo thanks to Annie Haak Designs)

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