SS: Sunday Saves (#67)

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Good morning, happy Sunday and welcome back to another Sunday Saves! I hope you’re all having a great weekend so far! Today I’ll be talking about running, growing with your blog and a new face mask.

1) The Running Bug (Why Running a 5K is a Big Deal)

When I first started blogging about my 5K training (which you can read here!) I was worried that people would think “It’s only 5K, why do you feel the need to train for it?” even though if someone I knew was training for the same distance, I would be so supportive. I came across this blog talking about why running 5K is a big deal and it’s so motivating for someone who has either built up to 5K or is about to start. The calorie burn, your own dedication and even being less likely to hurt yourself. If you’re lacking running motivation, give it a read.

2) Elleanor Wears (5 Growing Stages Bloggers Go Through)

As bloggers, we go through many stages including embarrassment, writers’ block, having too many ideas and even feeling like you’re not good enough. Eleanor’s post goes through five stages that, as bloggers, we face at one point or another so if you’re doubting yourself or think you’re alone in not feeling in love with the blogging world, read her post, I think you’ll see that it’s not just you that feels like that.

3) Emer D Blog (Beauty Review: My Body Shop Must Haves)

Emer was one of the lovely bloggers that was also at the Body Shop event a few weeks ago and in her post, she talks about what Body Shop products she’s been loving. I also love her review on the face mask because I haven’t tried mine yet, but if her review is anything to go by, my skin will be glowing in no time!

Again, thank you for reading today’s post; remember to go and read them too because it’s always nice to support fellow bloggers in any way we can. Have a great day!

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SS: Sunday Saves (#54)

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We’re half way through the year already! I can’t believe it at all! Anyway, happy first Sunday of the month. If you’re not too familiar with my Sunday Saves, it’s a weekly series that I have started to talk about three blog posts that I find that week. Today I’ll be talking about a beauty product I’ve been watching for a while, work procrastination and a PR’s nightmare.

1) Rosie Loves Life (Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic Review)

Ever since I have started watching (and reading) Caroline Hiron’s, I’ve wanted to try Pixi products but I still haven’t got around to it. Sharon talks about how it has worked well with her skin and it’s definitely further up on my wishlist now.

2) The Nerdy Me (How To Talk Yourself Into Doing Work In 5 Easy Steps)

Procrastination is one big sucker, isn’t it? When it comes to blog post writing, this hits me about 80% of the time. I know what I want to talk about, but then this cloud just appears and my motivation leaves. I get stuck because I don’t know how to start a certain post then I start thinking about everything else I should be doing instead. Leta gives us five top tips on how to reduce this, and this can be included in areas of your life like your job, your school work or even household chores.

3) Reinventing Neesha (Blogging for Freebies – A PR’s Worst Nightmare)

I remember reading this during the week and I was shocked at how some people could actually email PR’s with these types of message. By just sending your address and saying they want free stuff; the absolute cheek! Neesha tells us what she has seen working for a PR company and it’s interesting reading for sure!

That’s all from today’s post; thank you so much for reading and if you are interested in reading more of my Sunday Saves, you can click right here and you can read the other fifty three Sunday Saves.

SS: Sunday Saves (#52)

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Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re all having a great weekend so far, I know I am! So we’re back for another Sunday Saves where I chose three blog posts I’ve read that week and want to recommend to others reading my blog. So there’s no theme this week, so I’m talking about Paris, the difference between shyness and rudeness with a little creative flair in the middle.

1) Imperfectly Rachel (How To Spend A Few Days in Paris)

Paris is one of those cities I’ve always wanted to visit (and I feel like it’s on most people’s bucket list) and Rachel has written a little mini guide on places in Paris you should go if you only have a few days to explore the city. Even if you have an entire week, spread it out so you can drink more hot chocolate and eat more macaroons!

2) Joli House (How To Get Your Act Together When You’re Creatively Frustrated)

Having writers block when it comes to the blog can be very frustrating when you want to put content out, and then it’s a decision between putting out rubbish content or waiting until you write something you’re proud of. It is a lot of pressure and I don’t think we realise how much pressure we put ourselves under until we’re panicking about the state of our blogs. Lily Jane has a few suggestions on how to tackle those moments, and even if you have to make your peace with it, it’s better than stressing yourself out over one blog post.

3) Ashleigh Taylor (Shyness VS Rudeness)

This is one I struggle with a lot! I want to be that person that can put on a mask of self confidence and talk to everyone and anyone. Unfortunately, unless I’m in work (and even then, it’s a struggle) that’s not the case. I’m a naturally shy person; I don’t talk for the sake of talking for example so if I have nothing to say, I won’t say anything just to talk, but some people are like that, and that’s completely fine for them. Ashleigh shares the balance in her post with the difference between shyness and rudeness and I have to completely agree.

Thank you for reading today’s post! If you want to catch up with all my other Sunday Saves, you’ll find them right here! If you’re on Twitter, give me a follow on @RetroSnowflake and you can keep up with me on there.

SS: Sunday Saves (#41)

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Welcome back to another Sunday Saves, the forty first edition too! This week I’ll be talking about Twitter Chats, feeling lost in your twenties and why saying no isn’t the worst thing in the world. As always, if you’ve missed any of my other Sunday Saves, they’ll all be linked right here!

1. Half Girl Half Teacup (The Problem with Blogging Chats)

I love Twitter chats; they are one of the best ways to connect with so many other bloggers in such a short amount of time. However, they can be a little more stressful than I would like. I use TweetDeck so I set up a separate column to show me all the tweets associated with a certain hashtag but depending on how popular the chat is, I can barely keep up. I don’t agree with all of Jess’ points in her post but I definitely agree with timings; sometimes if I’m even ten minutes late, I think “I’m already late, is there any point?”. In terms of promoting your posts in a chat you’re not taking part in, I can see both sides of the argument. Yes, it’s frustrating as hell but take the example of the #lbloggers chat; for the most part, that’s the first hashtag I’ll use and I don’t mean to promote a post during that chat but it can happen when I’ve scheduled a tweet and I’ve completely forgotten. Twitter chats for the most part are wonderful and I would urge anyone to take part, just prepare to be overwhelmed with masses of tweets!

2. Lauren the Daydreamer (Feeling Lost in Your Twenties)

Oh I had so many expectations for my twenties and I haven’t hit one of them but over time, I’ve come to accept that. My life was so different when I was eighteen and I thought by twenty five, my life was going to be complete and I wasn’t going to be in this limbo I’m currently in. Well, my life couldn’t have turned out any more opposite than that vision. To be fair, when you’re eighteen, you think you have it all figured out (like I thought I did) so I don’t pay too much attention to my past vision of myself but I think it’s always funny to look back and think “Wow, this is not where I thought I would be back then.” I think almost every single person in their twenties goes through this so I like how people like Lauren are normalising feeling completely lost, because it’s so natural and it’s nothing to be afraid of.

3. Liza Tait-Bailey (Saying No Doesn’t Make You A Bad Person)

I think the title of Liza’s post says it all, doesn’t it? I am guilty of this, saying yes to things when I feel like I’ve taken on too much already. This year in particular, I’ve chosen to put myself first and not put myself under too much pressure and I feel like this is exactly what Liza is saying. You’re not the worst person in the world if you can’t do something; sometimes we don’t have the time, sometimes we don’t feel like it or we just simply don’t want to. We live in a society that will never be perfect and therefore, you will never be able to please everyone so if you take on those fifty things that need done for Monday, you probably won’t be thanked for putting yourself under all that stress. Doesn’t seem so worth it now, does it? There are exceptions to every rule of course but sometimes you want to put yourself first and that’s perfectly okay.

That’s all for today’s post! Remember to click everyone’s links because it’s so important to support the blogger community wherever we can plus they’re really great posts.

SS: Sunday Saves (#36)

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Happy Sunday and welcome back to my Sunday Saves this week! As usual, if you missed out on any of my Sunday Saves so far, you can click right here and it will magically transport you to all my Sunday Saves!

This week’s theme is social media which includes every single person reading this post so I thought it was very appropriate since we all use it.

1) Skinnedcartree (Resources for Bloggers)

This is the ultimate blogger post. If you’re a blogger, you need to read this, no ifs or buts, you need to. Corrine has posts ranging from editing blog photographs, a Q&A with a PR, how to create a media pack and even tips for starting your own blog. What more could you want?

2) It’s Lauren Victoria (How To Be More Active on Social Media)

Lauren goes through the different social media platforms and offers tips on how you can grow your following on each. She covers Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Pinterest so you’re covered on all bases and even tells us how to maintain our activity on these platforms. It means you won’t be taking part in ten million Twitter chats in one day then we hear nothing from you on Twitter for two weeks; you can learn to spread your social activity out a little more.

3) Lottie Does (Why It’s Okay To Unfollow)

I couldn’t agree with Lottie more on this topic. I think there’s such a pressure on Twitter especially to follow the exact same people you did when you first started. People change though; your interests change, your opinions change and if someone doesn’t meet your interests or your opinions then there’s nothing wrong with unfollowing them. It’s nothing against them as such, it’s just you growing and having that be reflected in your choice of who you follow.

Well that’s all for this week’s Sunday Saves! Remember to support fellow bloggers by clicking on their links and leaving them a little comment, we really all do appreciate that.

SS: Sunday Saves (#29)

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Happy Sunday and welcome back to my Sunday Saves! Now that it’s coming up to Christmas, I’m thinking of possibly trying to do a number of themed Sunday Saves, but that’s still to be decided. As always, if you haven’t seen my other twenty eight editions of Sunday Saves, you’ll find them right here! This week I’ll be talking about blogging (yes, really!) and getting your sh*t together.

1. Dorkface (The Ultimate Guide to Blogging)

Yes, it’s just as the title suggests, Jemma talks about everything to do with blogging in this post. From photography to niches to colour themes to social media, absolutely everything. If you’re just starting out blogging or you want to hear from someone who has became quite successful through blogging, Jemma’s post is one to be bookmarked for future reference!

2. Hello Steph (50+ Blogmas Post Ideas)

Another post about blogging, I know! But Steph has a great post for those of us who will be taking part in Blogmas (or our own variation of Blogmas). She has Christmas and non-Christmas post ideas so if you’re feeling stuck on what to write about or you just want some extra ideas, Steph’s got you covered!

3. Alice’s Antics (Stop Getting Your Sh*t Together)

Do you feel the pressure to have your sh*t together? Doesn’t everyone? You look at the people around you; the people around you who are married with children and you think why don’t I have that yet or you look at the people around you who seem to be hitting their career goals right, left and centre. Alice talks about feeling the need to constantly be okay and the fact that the only pressure to be perfect and together, is ourselves. I’m a panicker. I panic about not knowing where I am in life; when I was eighteen I had this whole plan of what my life was going to be like when I was twenty five and it’s nothing like it now. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m very thankful my life didn’t work out that way but when I was that age, I seen twenty five as the age where I would just know who I was and where I was going. It’s definitely a post that I think most of us can relate to.

That’s all for today’s post! Make sure you check out everyone’s links and it’ll be post #30 next week!

 

SS: Sunday Saves (#10)

Happy Sunday and welcome to another Sunday Saves. If you’re not sure what Sunday Saves are, it’s where I pick my three favourite blog posts from throughout the week that I’ve read (They could be months old but as long as I’ve just seen them throughout the week) and I want to talk about. In today’s post, I talk about birth control, special “bucket” lists and a different blogging perspective.

1. That Belfast Girl (Taking Control)

Gemma is a Belfast girl like myself but what shocked me even more was I found someone else my age who also isn’t on the pill or anything else that interferes with your body. Over the years, I’ve had one or two friends be so shocked that I don’t use anything, then ask me “Are you wanting to get pregnant?”. No, my answer is no, I don’t want to get pregnant but I don’t want to have a little piece of equipment in my body or I don’t want to have to take a pill every day to stop that happening. I understand that’s not all they are used for, but for me, my body has never really ran smoothly and still isn’t, so I don’t want to interrupt that even further. Unlike Gemma, I’ve never been on anything, whereas she has, and she goes through her story telling the ups and downs, then telling us why she isn’t on it. So if you’re thinking about coming off the pill, going on it, or just wondering what other peoples experiences are like, then go and read Gemma’s post, it’s an interesting read.

2. Martha Jane (25 Before 25)

Reading Martha’s post was so lovely because she created a list of goals and achievements she wants to have marked off before she is 25. You see smaller goals mixed in with larger goals; normally with these type of lists they will just have so many bigger things to accomplish whereas Martha has taken a realistic approach. A few of my favourites are: Visiting Japan, Starting Swimming Again, Improve My Posture and Release My Own Music because they are so different but yet they’re so achievable. Now obviously I don’t have goals to release my own music but improving my posture is something that I definitely need to do, and I really just loved how it was so relatable. So good luck Martha with your goals!

3. Lady Writes (The PR’s Guide To Blogging)

I find it interesting that Chloe from Lady Writes is in PR but actually writes a blog herself. She knows the ins and outs of what PR’s are looking for when it comes to blogs, but she’s also creating content that she’s happy with. I never knew she was in PR until this post so it’s nice learning new things about girls you follow on Twitter and through their blogs. She gives some great tips such as approaching PR yourself rather than waiting around for them to contact you, or how important emailing back is. I think most of us think to yourselves, “Awww we’ll answer that later” but if we keep doing that, the companies that you work for or could potentially work for, won’t see you in the greatest light. Chloe even talks about simple things like your blog layout, and how easy it is to use, which I think is very important not just for a PR person, but a regular reader like me too! I think this is definitely a post that you can come back to and see it from the other side, if you’ve never spoken to someone who works in that field before, it gives you a different perspective in terms of blogs.

Thanks for reading  this week’s Sunday Saves, I’m always looking for new blogs to follow and read every day so tweet me at @RetroSnowflake if you see any posts you’d think I like or even one of your own! Have a great week!