SS: Sunday Saves (#77)

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Good morning everyone and happy Sunday! After a three day weekend including two very productive days, I’m in a quite a good mood bringing you my Sunday Saves today. We weren’t meant to have a theme today but all the posts I have chosen all have the Autumn theme with two being quite focused on photography, quite appropriate right? I’ll be talking about photography (of course), interiors and musings. 

1) Dolly Dowsie (A Perfect Goodbye to Autumn)

If you’re looking for the perfect photography that combines the atmosphere of Autumn with the cuteness of a young family playing in the leaves of the season, Fiona’s post is what you’re looking for. It’s very cute and a lovely Sunday read.

2) Dayna Marie (Autumnal Home Additions)

Dayna’s post also includes some photography but more so of her interiors as she decorates for the Autumn months. I do love the chalkboard for meal planning and one of the reasons I want a ‘proper’ clock like Dayna is because it looks very elegant, I love it! If you’re looking for Autumnal inspiration for the home, check her post out.

3) An Enthusiasm For… (Autumn Wanderings & A Little Catch Up)

Again, as I said at the beginning of this post, all three of the posts has some element of photography and Kayleigh’s post is no different. As well as her photographs, she talks about how she has generally felt over the Spring and Summer months, and it’s something I can certainly relate to; comparison, self-doubt and anxiety (especially over the past month or two). You might be thinking why I chose a post that talked about general monthly musings? Well, I genuinely find bloggers who just write about little musings every so often, really interesting. It’s nice to find out how they feel in little snippets of their blog and especially if you don’t know them or have never read their blog before, it’s a nice way to find out more about them.

That’s all from me this morning, I hope you all have a lovely week ahead. If you have any posts you want to send my way, please send them to me over on @RetroSnowflake on Twitter!

 

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SS: Sunday Saves (#76)

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Good morning on another edition of my Sunday Saves! If you don’t know what my Sunday Saves are, each week I choose three blog posts that I’ve read throughout the week that I think those reading the blog should read too. Today I’ll be discussing regrettable spending habits, ethical fashion and growing your own confidence.

1) The Financial Diet (7 Regrettable Habits From My 20s That Stopped Me Saving Money)

I came across the Financial Diet on YouTube quite recently and I have been loving their videos, but I only started reading their blog over the last week or so. The post I’ll be talking about is habits that the author Samantha took part in during her 20’s that prevented her from saving money, and with my last monthly intentions post talking about a savings plan (That post is linked here!) I was interested to see if I am taking part in the same habits. The biggest one I can relate to on Samantha’s list (to a certain extent) would be not looking at my spending habits. I do try to at the start of the month but I seem to fall behind. Another thing I liked about Samantha’s post was that it wasn’t the same thing we’ve heard one hundred times. We know we shouldn’t buy a coffee (or a tea in my case) every day, we know we need to not buy lunch out all the time; I’m glad she came at it from a completely different angle. It was very refreshing.

2) Tolly Dolly Posh (The Answers To Your Many Questions | Survey Response)

I have been thinking a lot about ethical fashion lately and it’s something I want to dive into and discover for myself. In saying that, I’ve been one of H&M’s best customers lately because of my wardrobe overhaul I’m hoping to have soon (I also mentioned it in my new monthly intentions, linked above!) so while I’ve been thinking about it, I haven’t been putting it into practice, I’ll hold my hands up to that. If you’ve ever had questions about ethical fashion, Tolmeia’s post is the one to read. She’s squeezed in some key questions and answers about it while explaining it in a way that everyone can understand.

3) Mode Lily (Project Me Time: How To Grow Your Confidence)

Something I should bring up about Lily’s post, just like Samantha’s, is that Lily isn’t telling us what we’ve heard before. Her post is about growing your confidence; she’s not telling us “just to be yourself”; to a certain extent she is but she is helping enhance with her six tips. Her point about writing a list about what you love about yourself sounds like quite the challenge for me because I tend to dislike more than liking things about myself. That’s a comfort zone pusher right here! She also talks about giving yourself that extra push and incorporating everything with gratitude (something which I am passionate about too). It’s a really nice post and I recommend it very highly.

That’s all for this week’s choices; remember to click on their links and give their posts a little read too. Thank you so much for taking time out of your week to read this and have a great rest of your day!

SS: Sunday Saves (#75)

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Good morning everyone and welcome back to another edition of my Sunday Saves! This week I’ll be talking about writing tips, time management and what happened when one woman became pregnant.

1) Hannah Gale (Six Things My Job As A Digital Journalist Taught Me About Writing)

What I really loved about Hannah’s blog post is that it was something I haven’t read before. There’s numerous posts out there and says “Be yourself when you’re writing” and yes, that’s completely fair enough and rightly so, that’s what you should do. Reading that post after post after post gets boring and that’s why I loved Hannah’s; it was fresh and I learned something new. Odd number lists is probably the one I was surprised by, I always thought most readers would prefer even numbered lists but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

2) Sophie So (Time – How Many Hours Do You Really Have In A Week?)

Have you ever looked in depth at your week in terms of hours? Sophie has looked at every hour in detail so you don’t have to. From commuting to work, to actually working, eating your lunch, going to bed at night and including exercise too. Her post is quite interesting and talks a little about dealing with time management, something that I’m not that skilled in just yet. If you’re someone (like me) who feels like they have zero time, maybe take a read.

3) She and Life (I Found Out I Was Pregnant… And I Became Unemployable)

Now, I’m not pregnant but I found Natalie’s story very sad and it seems like she’s not the only one who is currently going through this horrible process. Her story is the title that’s linked above; she found out she was pregnant and then she lost her job. I’m sending all my wishes to you Natalie, something that doesn’t deserve to happen to anyone but especially someone who is pregnant.

That’s all for this week! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post and remember to click on the original posts and take a read too.

SS: Sunday Saves (#74)

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Hello all, and welcome back to another Sunday Saves! After my bumper Sunday Saves last week (which will be linked here) I’m back with another edition of three blog posts I have came across during the week that I wanted to talk about. This week I’ll be talking about being your own best friend, cleaning tips and changing your diet.

1) She Was A Day Tripper (How To Be Your Own Best Friend)

Are you your own best friend? That’s what Sarah is talking about in this particular post and I can honestly say that the only one of her points that I genuinely do one hundred percent of the time is enjoy my own company. She also talks about forgiving yourself and that is one of the hardest things to do but I am becoming better at it. It might be a short post but it will make you think about the relationship you have with yourself.

2) Fizzy Peaches (12 Cleaning Tips For A Clean Home)

Cleaning is one of the simplest housework chores that we have to deal with yet it fills me with anxiety like nobody’s business because I take on too much. I’ve spoken about it in therapy and we are working on a few techniques on how to combat the anxiety and get on with the housework a little easier. Lyndsay gives so many good tips on how to keep a tidy home with not too much effort and I think I might try the the minute challenge she talks about, I do love a challenge.

3) The Mother Hen (Lifestyle Change – I’m Going Vegan)

Before I get into Kathryn’s blog post, I have to say that she is one of my favourite Instagrammers especially her Instagram stories. I don’t have children so I can’t relate to her in that aspect but she just seems so down to earth and lovely! Anyway, her blog post talks about changing to a plant based diet and it always excites me when someone I follow chooses to do this because obviously I’m on the same journey. I can’t wait to see how she gets on!

Thank you so much for reading this week’s blog post. Remember to go and have a read of this week’s blog posts, I really recommend them. I hope you all have a lovely week!

 

SS: Sunday Saves (#73) World Mental Health Day Edition.

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Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day too, and a lovely weekend overall. Today’s Sunday Saves is quite a special one; I didn’t write a post for this year’s World Mental Health Day but I thought I would incorporate it into this week’s Sunday Saves. I’m featuring ten posts that I have read over the week (including this morning) that talks about mental health in many forms.

1) Becloumar (Focusing On The Small Things. #MentalHealthAwarenessDay)

Rebecca’s post for World Mental Health Day focuses on the small things and this is something that really sticks with me. I much prefer having a cup of tea and a chocolate bar while watching something on TV rather than a big night out (but that’s just me) but even those little things help tremendously with my mental health. She shares the little things that make her happy and I can definitely relate to quite a lot of them.

2) A Carers Perspective (What’s My Name Again? Losing My Identity As A Carer)

I have no idea about the life of a carer so reading Ann Marie’s story about looking after your mental health while looking after someone is very important for anyone to read. She talks about losing herself, losing her identity and even hating the person that she was becoming so she gives a few tips to those who are in the same position as her

3) Sparkles and Stretchmarks (Blue Monday and Seasonal Sadness – Are They Real?)

I wanted to include this post, not only because it relates to mental health but because I feel like over the coming months, it might be something that some people may experience in the coming months. Hayley talks about how she thought her feelings could be related to pre-natal depression and she could start to see a pattern with seasonal sadness instead. I’m not sure a lot of people really know what seasonal sadness feels like, because Christmas isn’t always so happy and festive for everyone, and I think it’s important to learn from stories like Hayley’s.

4) The Rose Glow (Anxiety: What Not To Say)

“Don’t worry” is one of the most stressful things someone can say to me when I’m very anxious and Alice seems to capture this very well in her post. She talks about some of the things that she’s been told by friends and family that can affect you more than you think, and believe me, I can definitely relate!

5) She’s A Writer (A Musing Or Two On World Mental Health Day)

I relate to Sarah so much through this post because she talks about not only how the conversation of mental health has changed over the last fifty years but also because she talks about her CBT experience. As someone going through CBT myself, I always like reading someone else’s experience and how it has impacted them.

6) Elle JC (Anxiety And Me)

Laura’s short post about anxiety gives an overview of how anxiety can play in your head and it’s one that I relate to. One little thought can spiral out of control but I think it’s important that Laura has not only spoken about how it has negatively affected her but the positives that have came out of it too.

7) My Little Brushneen Blog (Mental Health Awareness: My Story)

Kayleigh tells her story of being diagnosed with G.A.D (also known as Generalised Anxiety Disorder) before and after the diagnosis. It’s quite a lengthy post but I love that she goes into so much detail because it can be quite a hard thing to talk about, and I really love that she has opened herself up so much about her journey.

8) Made By Steffie B (Drowning)

Steffie’s post is definitely an emotional one; she talks about her struggles with IVF, babies and how this has impacted her mental health. I can’t imagine how she feels but with her post, we get a glimpse into this journey that her and her partner have currently been going through.

9) Adventure and Anxiety (Mental Health In The Workplace – #WorldMentalHealthDay)

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day was well-being in the workplace so I thought it was very appropriate to include Beth’s post. Unfortunately for Beth, it seems like she hasn’t had very much support in some of her job roles when it comes to dealing with her mental health. She gives statistics on how mental health can play a huge part in your life in the workplace as well as some of her own experiences, which are quite sad that some employers don’t see the impact that they can have on someone.

10) Sarah’s Chapter (T5W: Books With Mental Health)

If you’ve been the reader of the blog for a while or you know me in real life, you’ll know I’m not much of a reader. I would love to be but I can never find the time and I get really tired. However, I thought Sarah’s post about mental health books was really interesting; I haven’t read any of the books that she has featured but “Reasons To Stay Alive” sounds like a really good one (and she has a full review on that particular book so I’ll be giving that a read too!)

I thoroughly enjoyed reading all these posts discussing mental health, their lives and how it affects them. Mental health affects each and every one of us; positively and negatively and I think these posts just prove that everyone has a story.

SS: Sunday Saves (#72)

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Hello everyone, Happy Sunday! It’s quite chilly this morning so a very large cup of tea and a big bathrobe is needed. I hope you’ve all had a nice week so far; I’m back with another Sunday Saves where I highlight three posts that I’ve read through the week that I think you should be reading too. I’ll be talking about things you get excited about as an adult, unfollowing people online and talking about your faith.

1) The Curvaceous Vegan (10 Things You Get Excited About When You’re An Adult)

The way I talk about new bedding is the way I used to talk about new Barbie dolls as a child. Amie talks about things we get really excited about as an adult, bedding being one of them and I couldn’t agree more.  Also, who doesn’t love being a fresh new cooking pot or taking a trip to IKEA? Such a relatable post.

2) PageTwentyFour (Why You Should Begin Unfollowing)

Over the last few months, I’ve really looked at who I follow on Twitter and Instagram. I wrote a post about Facebook friendships and deleted so many people I never talk to (You can read it here) In regards to Instagram, I looked at who’s stories I would constantly skip and if I wasn’t interested, I would unfollow them. If I seen a stream of tweets from someone who was either talking about something I didn’t like, I wasn’t interested in or was quite frankly bored of seeing on my feed, I would just unfollow them. Does that make me a horrible person? Of course not, you might feel differently about that, but in my eyes I don’t see the harm if I’m not longer interested in seeing what you have to say. It doesn’t affect you in any way and if someone felt that way about me, I would expect them to do the same. Paige talks about something similar in her post but she talks about it in the aspect of accounts that can affect you negatively and make you feel bad about yourself.

3) Extraordinarily Mundane (Jenny’s Faith Story)

My relationship with faith is an unanswered one. I used to go to Sunday School when I was younger but the only time I go to church is when there is a wedding, a funeral or a christening. I don’t know if I believe that there is a higher power out there but one thing that I’ve noticed while reading blogs and writing them is that I don’t see a lot of people writing about their faith. I came across Jenny’s blog post and while I don’t relate to her story, I thought it was interesting that she was telling her story of how she began to believe in God. So if you’re looking for more bloggers talking about their faith and religion, I would recommend Jenny’s post.

That’s all for this week’s Sunday Saves! I hope you enjoyed and as always, go and give the posts a read if you can, I really think they’re great. And if there are any posts you think I should be reading, tweet me over at @RetroSnowflake 💛

SS: Sunday Saves (#71)

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Hello everyone! Welcome back to another Sunday Saves post; I’ve been a little quiet on the blog and over most of social media lately, but I hope to be back in action in full force very soon. This week I’ll be talking about weekly updates, unethical companies and anxiety.

1) Peta (Wonderful Wednesday #34 |2017)

When I came across Peta’s post, it was something that I wish I could do but I don’t feel like I would be able to find something to write about in my life every single week so I give absolute props to her for doing it every week. It’s a really lovely post talking us through her week, what she has enjoyed and her achievements so far. You could almost read it as what she is grateful for too, it’s like a gratitude journal almost. It’s very sweet.

2) Girl in Awe (Dilemma: Buying Food From Companies With Unethical Parent Companies)

The conversation raised in Rosie’s post is something that I believe we need to be talking about more yet it can get very complicated. Two examples she brings up which I see arguments over time and time again (especially in Facebook groups) are Urban Decay and Ben and Jerry’s. Both companies that cater for a vegan lifestyle, yet their parent companies test on animals. What do you do? Do you praise these primary companies for being kinder to animals or do you boycott them because their parent companies are still in the wrong? In the vegan community, it’s a difficult question and often has many diverse opinions about the topic overall.

3) Katie Lou (When Anxiety Takes Over)

If you’ve never experienced anxiety, I would be really surprised because I believe everyone does at some point but maybe some people don’t realise it’s happening. Katie Lou wrote a post on what happens to her when it happens and how she feels; I felt like I was reading about experiences that I had had. It’s so hard to describe to someone yet in the moment, you feel a thousand emotion and a million thoughts. It’s a short post but it perfectly captures how anxiety can make a person feel.

Well that’s all for this week, thank you so much for reading today’s post. Remember to go and take a read of the blog posts and if you ever want to shoot me any blog posts to read, send them my way over on my Twitter! Have a lovely rest of the day whatever you get up to.