Thursday, 17 June 2021

Yes To - Period SOS

So much has changed for so many of us over the past year or so, but there is one thing is still here, even if we wish it wasn’t; periods. With them they like to bring cramps, the muchies and or course we can’t forget about the bad skin. Mine doesn’t like to conform to the typical cycle at the moment either, probably thanks to recently replacing my contraceptive implant with a new one. So whilst I have previously had less of them, my periods at the moment are very sporadic and are coming on and off every few day. The on again off again nature of my cycle at the moment means that I've been suffering with 'period skin' which is an absolute pain to try and reverse and sooth. Especially with the added problem that wearing a mask brings.


As I’ve currently got a lot more time on my hands along with a visit from aunt flow I decided to try out a skincare bundle I’ve had popping up on my feed for a little while; the Yes To Tomato’s Period SOS. The Yes To range is one I’ve come across before, and I've previously been rather fond of their masks, so figured it would be worth trying out other products within the range. The bundle will set you back £10.25 excluding postage from Beauty Bay and comes as three items; Face wipes, targeting blemish remover and a single use mask.

 

I have used masks from this range before, and find the paper ones to be saturated with more than enough product. I tend to leave mine on longer than the directed time and find they don’t cause any discomfort to my skin, as some masks do. I tend to look at paper masks as the serum stage in my routine, and will use them early on in the evening. Before I then go to bed I’ll give my skin a final cleanse to remove any residual product, simply because my skin can be pretty volatile if I don’t. As this has been the case for pretty much every sheet mask I’ve ever tried, I just accept it as a step I need to take in the routine when I decide to use them.


 



The next product in the bundle was the face wipes. Being in the tomatoes range they are geared towards combination skin, but there are plenty of other options within the range dependant on your skin type or needs. The wipes are well sealed, with a proper clip lid on the top to enable them to be closed properly and stop them drying out. The scent is mild, and whilst not something I enjoy, it isn’t overly unpleasant either.

 

Having tried these wipes a few times now, I have to say that they don’t do well with removal of my makeup. I wear long-lasting, stubborn makeup that typically requires an oil based product as my first (and sometimes second) step for removal. Swapping out for these wipes just simply wouldn’t be possible for me, and it’s likely that I would get through far more wipes than I’d like if I used these to clear my face each evening.

 

Although if I’m being 100% honest and fair, I’ve never come across any makeup wipes I’ve liked, so this isn’t anything personal against the band, or these wipes in particular, I just find them to be an ineffective step when it comes to make up removal in general. I did trial these wipes alone one evening on a day I hadn’t worn any makeup, in place of my regular routine. I woke up the following day with lots of little spots and pretty oily, gritty feeling skin, so I personally wouldn’t recommend these for your routine. Be it for make up removal or anything else. If you do use them would suggest you clean the residual product off your skin afterwards, although that does somewhat defeat the point of using them.

 

I had intended to have these as an item in my camping bag, for when we are off in the woods and my normal skin routine isn’t all that practical to bring with me, but given how my skin then behaves I’m not sure I’m actually going to find a use for them. I have a friend who does use makeup wipes as part of her routine, so I think I'll probably gift her these.   

 

The final item in the bundle was for targeting specific problem areas, and was the item I was most interested in trying; the  detoxifying charcoal maximum strength blemish kit. This kit comes with 20 charcoal cotton swabs, although with them being double ended I would say its really 10, which are used to apply the product to your skin. Designed specifically for congested and ache-prone skin, this triple action spot treatment combined detoxifying charcoal, sulphur to unclog pores and witch hazel to sooth the skin, and aid in shrinking breakouts.

 

This product is for precise application directly onto spots and pimples, rather than for use on your face as a whole. An important thing to remember is to not shake this product before using, even though it is tempting as its separated within the bottle. To use, simply dip a cotton swab into the bottle, making sure to reach the bottom so that you get each component of the product. From there simply dab onto your pimples and problem areas and leave to dry. Given the potency of this solution I would be mindful about placement and not go anywhere near your eyes for example.


 

Whilst the instructions on the pack indicate you can wear this overnight, I personally prefer to have it on for a few hours in the day time. The product dries down fairly quickly, but as I move around a lot in my sleep I’m pretty sure I’d end up rubbing a lot of it off if I slept in it. I have however found that it does indeed calm large spots down, and does a good job at drawing up those under the skin spots that aren’t quite ready to be popped yet. Products of this type have a tendency to dry the skin out, so I would recommend following up with a decent moisturiser after cleaning the solution off your skin – especially if you’ve had it on for a long time or applied multiple applications.

 

All in all, would I recommend the Period SOS kit? No. The face wipes just weren’t a worthwhile purchase for me, and the sheet mask isn’t anything special either compared to any other mask out there. Plus, the mask is for one use only, and you do only get one in the kit. I would purchase the blemish kit as a standalone product, but I wouldn’t spend the extra for two additional products I don’t want or need.

 

Have you tried anything from Yes To? What did you think?

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Thursday, 10 June 2021 / Norwich, UK

June Goals - 2021

Hello and welcome to (another late) set of goals! On the bright side, this one was somewhat intentionally late as I had some sponsored posts earlier in the month that had deadlines, so my other usual posts got bumped along a bit to make sure I didn’t end up posting all of my content in the same week.

 

If you read my last post on my May Goals, you’ll know that I was relatively successful with what I wanted to achieve for the previous month. This month I wasn’t quite so successful, but if you’ve seen my May look back  then you’ll know I had a little bit of an ‘off’ month, so you probably won’t be all that surprised. Anyway, that’s enough from me, let’s have a look at how I did with my goals for last month;

 

Do another 10k run

As much as I started off the month with good intentions, I just didn’t manage to do this. I think the furthest I managed to cover was just over a 5k run, and I just didn’t have it in me to do any more.

 

Start my shakes

I did manage to start these! I have no intention of having a shake only diet, but swapping out my regular lunch for a shake is working out pretty well. The shakes I’m using are from The Protein Works and as far as shakes go, these are pretty good.

 

Sort the cars

Everything is pretty much sorted. All the important things like tax, insurance and such are done, the last thing is to swap the plates on my car over. I’ve got the physical number plates, it’s just a case of processing online with the DVLA and paying the fee.

 

Hit my daily step goal

Again, I didn’t really get this done. I think it might be a better idea to go for a weekly goal, so that I can make up the steps on days I am more active.

 

Think of something for my birthday

I’ve thought of something that I’d like, and I’ve even thought of something to actually do for my birthday as well!

 

Back in the office

I’ve been out to a couple of places, either with members of the team or meeting people who also work in the city. The weather has been lovely, so it’s been nice to have a sunny lunch catching up with people!

 

 

That concludes my goals for last month, so now let’s have a look at what I want to achieve this month;

 



 

Hit the gym three times a week

I want to get back to being at least semi-active this month, so my goal is to hit the gym OR go for a run at least three times a week. As it’s quite warm I’d like to try and work some swimming in there as well if I can.

 

Try out some new meals

Something I enjoy doing is cooking, and I’ve got a fairly wide range of meals that I make on the regular. I would however like to try some new ones. I haven’t quite decided if I want to just pull some random recipes from the internet, or maybe trial something like Hello Fresh. I’ll have a think and we’ll see!

 

Get my hair done

I haven’t had a hair cut in over a year, so I am in desperate need for a trim! I’d also like to get it a little blonder for the summer, so once it’s been cut I think I’ll get the bleach out and do some touch ups up towards the root. The ends won’t really need any, given that they are pretty light at the moment – although I guess it depends how much needs to be chopped!

 

Sort the beauty room

Despite moving to a larger room, I seem to have run out of space again! Plus, I seem to have developed a floordrobe. I need to have a clear, put stuff away, get rid of what I don’t need and go from there. Part of my thinks I just need a bigger wardrobe, as the one I have at the moment is actually pretty small.

 

Catch up with Maria

We’ve seen a fair bit of each other over the past couple of months, and I would like that to continue! Maria is one of my oldest friends, and it’s lovely that we’ve been able to catch up and see each other on the regular.


Sponsored posts

I’ve ‘technically’ already achieved this, as I wanted to try for two this month. Having already done two last week, I’ll be upping the goal to three, so I need to try and get myself one more. I quite enjoy writing sponsored content, and the extra cash is a massive help at the moment as well while we save for our trip to Mexico in October.

 

 

There are my goals for the month ahead! Do you have any goals for June?



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Friday, 4 June 2021

Maintaining Boundaries While Dating Online*

With so much choice out there when it comes to dating sites, apps or any other form of dating for that matter, it can be easy to get swept up in the excitement of meeting someone new. Now that Covid-19 restrictions are slowly lifting in the UK it can be all the more important to make sure not to forget the fundamentals of keeping yourself safe and avoid uncomfortable or unpleasant situations.

 


As much as it’s a nice thought that everyone out there is 100% genuine, with no ill intentions and is no danger to anyone, that sadly isn’t the case, which means there are certain things we need to bear in mind when scrolling through sites such as an Aberdeen Dating Site. Whether the location be Bristol, Manchester  or Aberdeen Dating, the points to remember are fundamentally the same.

 

An important factor, if not the most important factor is boundaries. Boundaries are important to implement and maintain when it comes to any form of relationship, but they are especially important when it comes to relationships that are newly formed or with people we don’t know very well.

 

Boundaries allow us to decide and communicate what is and isn’t ok. If someone asks you for a naughty pic and you aren’t comfortable with it, or don’t want to for any reason, you are more than within your rights to say so. If you say no, and the other person doesn’t take it well, what do you have to lose? The attention of someone who doesn’t respect your boundaries? Hardly something to be considered a loss.

 

That same goes for what you are comfortable with receiving. No, I’m not just talking about the ridiculous idea of men sending random women dick pics, although I suppose that also falls into this bracket. What I am referring to here is gifts and displays of affection. Sure, both can be nice, given the right circumstance, but overly elaborate gifts or a huge amount of affection can be uncomfortable, especially early on. Even more so when a polite decline is ignored.

 

Aside from the fact that ‘love bombing’ can be a rather substantial red flag when it comes to partners, this again boils down to respect – or a lack of. You don’t owe anyone anything, certainly not someone you barely know, and if their advances, gifts, behaviour, whatever makes you uncomfortable, you are well within your right to say so.

 

The last point I want to touch on is boundaries that you may not have necessarily specified, but those that make themselves clear in any given situation. If something feels off, then it more than likely is. This doesn’t have to be as dramatic as full on abuse online, sometimes it is far more subtle, and you can’t even put your finger on what it is specifically has made you feel uncomfortable.

 

In this scenario my best advice is to trust your instincts. They pick up on far more than we give them credit for and if someone feels ‘off’ there’s a good chance that your unconscious mind has seen someone that your conscious mind hasn’t picked up on yet.

 

I could go on and on about boundaries, as I said earlier, they apply to a multitude of settings, but that just about covers everything I wanted to today.

 

What do you do to establish boundaries?

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Wednesday, 2 June 2021

May Look Back - 2021

It’s once again the start of the month, which means it’s time for a little look back over what I got up to in May. If you caught my April lookback, you’ll have seen that I got up to a fair bit, but to be honest, May was pretty quiet for me by comparison. I ended up spending quite a lot of May feeling pretty tired and run down, and that’s reflected quite heavily on what I managed to do over the last month.

 



An activity I managed to stick to last month was axe and knife throwing every other Saturday morning. Even if I did oversleep and arrive and hour and a half late to the last session… oops. It’s been a pretty fun hobby to pick up, and I’m glad that our friends (who have been doing it for a little while) invited us along with them to try it out. It’s hard to tell if I’m improving of not, as it seems to very much be one of those things you have good days and bad days with. I’m also not particularly consistent with how I throw, so I can do really great one go and then diabolical the next. Not that it particularly matters, as the main focus for me is finding something fun to do outside.

 

Once the last session of the month for axe throwing was done, my friend Katie and I went on a little trip to our favourite garden centre in Taverham. They had a pretty good selection of plants, and we even managed to both pick up a wish list plant. I managed to pick up a Calethea White fusion, which has gone straight into the plant cabinet as they are known to be humidity lovers, and very fussy. Katie managed to get a variegated Peace Lily with a lovely amount of variegation. We even spotted another one of Katie’s wish list plants in the propagation greenhouse, but sadly they weren’t quite ready to be sold yet. We’ll be keeping an eye on their Instagram for when they are!




 

Speaking of outside, I didn’t really get out on many walks or runs due to feeling run down (although let’s face it, it’s far too warm at the moment) but we have had a few BBQs in the sunshine. My month hasn’t been totally devoid of physical activity, and I’ve had a fair few sessions in the gym, and been swimming with M a few times, which is perfect for this weather.

 

Towards the very end of the month on the bank holiday weekend we got the most activity in, and managed a trip to the coast on bank holiday Monday. As we’d been forewarned by our other friends of heavy amounts of traffic already, we had a BBQ during the day, with homemade milkshakes, and then made out way to the coast in the early evening.

 


As we were going to Yarmouth there isn’t really much of a beach, but there are loads of arcades instead. So we spent a few hours playing the various games and having fun before we went back to the sea front in search of food. Having gone so much later in the day it was much cooler and quieter, so I’m glad we held off until the evening.

 

All in all it was a lovely month, and I’ve even managed to get a good head start in on my tan. Now that my energy levels are feeling a little more normal I’m excited to see what adventures await in the rest of June.



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Friday, 28 May 2021

A Positive Outlook On Online Dating*

Having got married in September last year, and been with my now husband for almost 5 years, I will admit that online dating is not something that I myself have taken part in for quite some time. That’s not to say that I didn’t before meeting my now husband, and even as a married person I can still very much see the benefit and appeal to meeting someone online if you are single.

 


For example, one of my closest friends met her partner via a dating app. In fact, it’s how the two of us then went on to meet, as I was a friend of her now partner. This was a few years ago now, and the pair of them have just brought and moved into their first house together (aww). Aside from obviously finding that special someone, the pair meeting meant that some solid friendships have also been formed as a result. Friendships that I myself am very grateful for. Had the two never spoken online, met in person and continued to see each other, I’d have never met my now very good friend.

 

Another longstanding friend (who I’ve known for over 10 years now!) also met her significant other online, although not via a dating app. The pair met and got to know each other through playing World of Warcraft online together, from two separate counties no less! She came over to the UK to meet her online friends in person and the rest is history – they’ve been together for over a decade, and despite everything covid threw at us managed to get married last year!

 

Then there is another very close friend of mine, who does still partake in online and in-app dating. In her words “why sniff out smelly men in the club when you can have a scroll in your jammies” – and I have absolutely no doubt that she does talk to people in the comfort of her jammies, because why would you not!?

 

Dating in any capacity, online or off, is all about having the right mind set and expectations. With social media (and if we’re honest, friends and family members) only showing and sharing the best bits, it’s easy to set your expectations to ‘that perfect someone’ when in reality, no one is perfect. We all have our flaws and every relationship will have its difficulties in some shape or form.

 

I think a beneficial mind set to have is that you really have nothing to lose, bar perhaps a little bit of time. When speaking to people online on sites such as a Nottinghamshire Dating Site, you have a great opportunity to get to know the other person at least a little bit before you may decide to meet them in person. Of course people can be different online to how they are in person, but even online, you can quickly weed out those that you won’t be remotely compatible with.

 

You need not limit yourself just to Nottinghamshire Dating  either, as there will be plenty of options more local or more suitable to you. Some people will want to search out that special someone within their local area, while others will want to branch out of their immediate locality and look a little further afield, perhaps for a clean break away from past connections or friendships. Regardless of which you chose, just remember to go in with an open mind, because who knows what the future has in store.


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Thursday, 27 May 2021

Making a date jar - and some date suggestions*

After over a year of being locked in the house together you would think that my husband and I are sick and tired of each other’s company by now. Fortunately for both of us, we’ve really enjoyed the additional time we get to spend in each other’s company. Something we haven’t enjoyed quite so much is being unable to go out and do things together as a couple.

 



With the world slowly opening back up, we are now somewhat spoilt for choice on options for things to do, which means it can take some time to decide on something. To help us out, as well as to add a bit of fun to deciding what to do when we have date night / date day, I’ve created a date jar. To put this together I’ve pinched one of the glass jars from amongst the decorations from our wedding and raided our stationary supply for notes to write the ideas on. To make sure they don’t open up, I’ve then sealed the notes closed with stickers left over from one of my old Busy B planners.

 

I have divided our jar into four separate, colour coded categories; Green for good weather, Orange for any weather, Pink for bad weather and Yellow for food and places to eat out. So now no matter what the British weather may throw at us, we’ll have something that we can do. By throwing a food option in there we can also avoid the inevitable backwards and forwards of where to go to eat, or what we fancy on any given evening by just plucking a note out of the jar.

 

Our only real limitation at the moment is that not everything (restaurants included) will be easy to get to and will probably need booking in advance. However, I’m hopeful that we can make full use of the options on a more spontaneous basis as time goes on. If you find yourself struggling for ideas, say you’ve met someone you like on a  Cornwall Dating Site  and you are stuck for something to do for your first date, I’ve included some of our ideas down below. While these are things in and around the Norwich and Norfolk area, I’m sure many of them can be adapted for anywhere, be it Cornwall dating, London, or even outside of the UK!

 

That all sums up why I’ve put the jar together, now let’s talk about a few of the ideas that have gone into it.

 

Good weather

 

Outdoor crazy golf

Go for a long walk and a picnic somewhere pretty

Visit the Botanical Gardens in Norwich

‘Go Ape’ at Thetford Forest

Trip to Cromer Beach

A walk around a local park

 

 

Any weather

 

Swimming in our local pool

Visit OakVilla Gin Distillery – there are also some nice walking routes on the grounds, weather permitting, but the tours are indoors

Cook a meal together – not just a standard dinner, something different to our regular meals

Movie night – either out at the cinema or create something at home

Laser tag

A day at the zoo

 

Bad weather

 

Bowling

Indoor crazy golf

Visit the retro arcade – This has recently popped up in the Castle Quarter in Norwich, and is packed full of old consoles and games!

Trip to Harley-Davidson in Newmarket – they have a wider clothing selection than Norwich, and it’s always nice to go on a drive together

Gaming night – As avid video game players, this one is always a winner, and it’s perfect for couple that can’t necessarily meet up, as there is of course the option to ‘meet’ in the online gaming world instead. Solid winners for us at the moment are Ark, Grand Theft Auto, The Forest and Need for Speed.

 

 

Food

 

Five Guys – this is a favourite of my husbands, so I’ve actually put this in the jar more than once

Turtle Bay

OakVilla Restaurant

Cosmo – All you can eat

Yo Sushi

Middleton’s Steakhouse – they have a really good set menu for lunch time at the moment

The Recruiting Sergeant -  Horstead

Riverbank Chinese Buffet – All you can eat

Mambo Jambo

 

 

We’ll be continuing to add to our date jar as and when we think of things to keep the supply of ideas high. Hopefully my little list will help inspire those who are stuck trying to come up with something to do!



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Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Moi-meme Monthly - The Sparkle Box - May 2021

If you saw my post about  last month’s Moi-meme box  then you’ll probably already know that it’s a fairly tough box to beat. Whilst last month took full advantage of the seasons slowly transitioning to Spring, the theme for the May box is to ‘be the sparkle’. Reminding that no matter what life may throw at you, it’s important to keep hold of your ‘inner light’ and ‘let your brilliance shine through.’

 


The first item I unearthed from within my box was the beautiful silver pouch by Katie Loxton. We’ve had a few Katie Loxton items in the past, including one of my favourite mugs, so it’s a brand that I’ve come to know and love through Moi-meme. This structured pouch is just perfect to be used as a clutch now that we are finally allowed out and about again, or it makes a great overnight bag to keep all of your skincare essentials safe and secure.

 

In keeping with the ‘sparkle’ theme of this month’s box, the clutch is a pretty silver colour with gold details and zip. The pouch itself feels sturdy, and has a reasonable amount of space in it for anything you might need to have with you on a night out. My one criticism is the zip, which caught and broke after just one use, although it has since been fixed.

 

Next up in the box was the Figs and Rouge Renew and Refine Pore Detox Serum. Designed to refine, resurface and smooth the skin, this lightweight serum can be used either as part of your skincare routine after cleansing (morning or evening), or as a makeup base.

 


I’ve used it as a sort of pre-primer, and found that it did indeed blur the skin and give my pores a smoother appearance. I then went over the top with my usual primer and foundation and found that the products worked absolutely fine together. Typically I will use different primers, or a mix and match according to where I am applying it, and what I need or want on that day, but I do sometimes find that certain primers don’t play well together.

 

Used just within my skincare routine, this serum sinks quickly into the skin and again, plays well with the rest of my serums and moisturisers. I have noticed a subtle difference in the appearance of my pores across the cheek area below my eyes, but I can’t say that I’ve noticed a huge change across the rest of my face. However, as with all skin care, the true effects do not become apparent right away, so I’ll continue to test this product out.

 

Last but by no means least is the ‘sweet treat’, a beautifully decorated cholate bar by Sweet Theatre. For this little collection of chocolates the founder of Sweet Theatre, Sally, has collaborated with her husband. Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, to release a limited edition range of chocolate wrapped in Ronnie’s stunning artwork.

 




There were three possible options on which chocolate bar would be received, Salted Caramel, White, or Orange Chocolate.  In my box I received white chocolate, which is one of my favourites (and sadly one of my husbands too, so I had to share) which was wrapped in a vibrant blue and white cloud like pattern.

 

 

All in all, this was a great little box, although I don’t think it quite lived up to last months – which to be fair was a very difficult one to beat. My favourite item is the detox serum which I continue to use as part of my morning routine.

 

I can’t wait to see what goodies Moi-meme have in store for us next month for the June box!





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Thursday, 20 May 2021

The Plant Diaries - May 2021

Hello and welcome to the second instalment of ‘The Plant Diaries’. I started this little mini-series last month as a way to showcase my plant collection, new growth, new arrivals, and to hopefully impart a little bit of knowledge for my fellow houseplant lovers.

 

I’ll be following the same format as my last post , so will be starting with new growth, followed by new additions to the collection, new additions to my wish list (that seems to be getting longer and longer) and then finally I’ll share plant related purchases. So, let’s get stuck in!

 

New Growth

 

Syngonium Albo

If you read my last instalment, you may recognise this from the new growth section then as well. As I mentioned in the post, this thing is growing like mad, and has pushed out a new leaf for me since the half-moon one, and has another slowly peeling itself away from the stem of the previous. Once this next leaf is out I’ll be able to chop the top of this plant, giving me a two leaf cutting that I can root and grow separately. From there I’ll decide if I want to sell the cutting, or keep growing it out and have two plants, because this is one of my favourites.

 


Philodendron Melanochrysum

I didn’t expect to see growth on this one so soon. This is a recent addition and I find my new arrivals need a little bit of time to chill out from their journey in the post before they start to really do anything. I rehabbed this one fairly well though, which I think has contributed greatly to its progress.

 


It arrived with the roots in moss, which in turn was wrapped and secured in cling film – probably one of the best ways to ship a cutting. I poked a hole in the bottom of the cling film and added a tiny amount of water to the bottom of the pot the plant was sat in, but kept it packed up as it has arrived. This meant there was minimal disturbance to the roots, and at the point I could see good growth on them (about 3 weeks later) I then potted the plant properly in a mix of moss and perlite.

 

Typically I would want to fully unpack the plant to make sure the roots were present and healthy, but as this came from a seller I have used a few times, and trust, I felt comfortable with leaving them alone. I can only surmise that this method worked, because a new leaf is quickly forming!

 

Caladium White Queen

This year is my first time growing Caladiums from bulb, and whilst they are fairly slow to start, my goodness are they worth the wait! The Caladium produces heart shapes leaves, that will come in a variety of colours. The White Queen has a stunning white leaf with bright pink veining and green edges. The largest leaf is bigger than my hand, and a quick look at the soil has suggested that more are on the way.

 


Caladium Rosebud

The other variety of Caladium is the Rosebud, a stunning green lead with bright pink veins fringed with white. I have just one more variety of Caladium left, which will hopefully spring up soon, but I’m in love with these plants. I’ve found them to be extremely easy to care for (my one hiccup was working out which way up the bulb goes. They bring the vibrant colour of flowers, without the pollen, which for hay fever sufferers like me is a bonus. There are many more varieties, so I think next year I’ve get several and put them in a long planter on the windowsill together rather than separate pots.

 

Pilea Mojito  

A variegated form of a money plant, my husband picked this up for me in a garden centre as a present. It’s since thrown out four little pubs, and as it needs repotting soon anyway I’ll be separating these from the mother plant and popping in their own pots to let them grow out. It’ll be interesting to see the levels of variegation that have transferred from the mother plant to the pups.

 


Philodendron White Princess and Pink Princess

These two sit side by side in my plant cabinet, and both seem to have sprung to life, in particular the pink princess (left) which has two active growth points. The white princess is also working on a new leaf which looks like it’ll have a nice splash of white on it. Both of these plants have reasonable genetics when it comes to variegation (the pink and white colouring) and seem to be improving as they continue to grow. It’s unlikely that I’ll chop the white princess, but I am tempted to take a cutting from the pink princess, as it has two growth points anyway.

 



Variegated Monstera

This plant seems to alternate between giving predominantly green leaves, and leaves with mottled half-moon variegation, which is exactly what I wanted. As the last leaf was fairly green, other than a chunk of white, I’m expecting a leaf with higher variegation this time. You can somewhat predict what you might get from looking at the stem, but it is largely a bit of a guessing game. Ideally this needs to pole to climb, to allow it to make larger leaves that will start to form with holes and splits, and look like the classic Monstera most of us know.

 


New additions

 

I’ve only added one plant to my collection in the past month; The Alocasia Jacklyn. Sadly mine doesn’t look quite as happy as it did on arrival, and is favouring root growth over the maintenance of it’s one tiny leaf. This is certainly something I can live with, as ultimately healthy roots are what will dictate how well this little plant does in the long term.

 


Wish list Additions

 

Philodendron Florida Beauty

This isn’t actually new to my wish list, but I forgot to include it in my last post. Sadly this one is going to take some saving and some searching. Cuttings are quite expensive (around the £3-400 mark) and they seem to vary a little in quality. Given the value of these, I would prefer to spend a little more and source from a reputable seller to ensure I get a healthy plant that is also packaged correctly.

 

Syngonium Orm Nak

I need to do more research into these, as some of the examples I’m finding are a beautiful deep pink, while others look a paler, less appealing shade. There also seems to be a divide between the colour being present over the whole leaf, whereas others would indicate a more sectoral colouring. At a guess, it is dependent on the genetics of the individual plant, so again, it’ll be a case of waiting for the ideal specimen.

 

 

I haven’t really made and plant related purchases, other than some pits and soil to do some repotting, so nothing all that interesting in the purchase department. 


Here sums up the various growth and activities in my collection over the last month! I’ve got a few more Caladiums on the go, so hopefully they’ll be springing up soon, especially given how beautiful the current ones have turned out! 


Do you have any houseplants? Which are your favourites? 





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Friday, 7 May 2021 / Norwich, UK

May Goals 2021

Hello and welcome to my (slightly late) set of goals for May! I can’t quite believe how fast this year is actually going, we’ll be halfway through the year before we know it! I also have the feeling that time is only going to go by faster as we creep out of lockdown and into the summer months.



 

As per the usual set up, lets first have a look at how I got on with my set of Goals for April.

 

Blog views

Since I took out an advertising package recently with the lovely Jordanne over at ‘Lift of a Glasgow Girl’, my views have more than doubled, so I’ve taken out some more slots with her and am making more effort to promote both old and new posts on my various social medias. Things are going really well so far and I’m well on track to blow last month’s views out of the water.

 

Resume the lookback posts

Tick! I did a look back over last month at the start of this one, which you can read here if you haven’t seen it already.

 

Complete my Strava challenges

I did all bar one, which was to take part in Yoga once a week for four weeks in a row. The hardest challenge was to run a 10k in one go, but I’m really glad I did it. I’ve set some similar challenges for this month, which I’ll cover in a bit.

 

Catch up with Maria

Not only did I catch up with Maria, I actually got to see her twice last month! She came here first and we went for a walk in the woods, and went hunting for a dog bed big enough for Otto. Then a few weekends later I went to her and we again went for a long walk, followed by a really lovely lunch at OakVilla Distillery.

 

Take more photos

I managed to take a few, and more to the point I’m actually using them! I’ve become incredibly slack over on my  Instagram as I simply haven’t had the motivation to post much. I’ve been slowly getting back in the swing of it again now that I have a half decent stock of images to use.

 

Saving plan

Mexico is more or less paid for now, but as we’ve just brought two new cars the saving might not be all that feasible for the time being.

 

 

Overall I’m pretty pleased with last month’s goals, so let’s get stuck into what I’d like to achieve in May.

 

 

Do another 10k run

I did one of these last month for my Strava challenge, and I’d like to do another one this month as well. I’m not overly fussed about running the whole way (I didn’t last time) I’m more focussed on just covering the distance. If I have to walk for some of it then so be it.

 

Start my shakes

I’ve got some meal replacement shakes to try out for a bit, so I want to get started with those this month and sink into some kind of routine. I don’t intend to replace all of my meals through the day, although I might do on days I’m not feeling all that hungry. I’ve gained a little weight over lockdown (as most people have) and I’m simply using them to give me a bit of a kick start. I’ll be attending the gym and going for runs and walks, and generally trying to be a bit better.

 

Sort the cars

As I alluded to above, we’ve got rid of the Audi and have now swapped back to having two cars again. We’ve done really well to share one the past few years as we’ve always worked either in the same building, or close to each other, but with various changes in both of our working lives we now need one each again. Mike has already got his BMW, and I pick up my Ford tomorrow. The insurance and tax is sorted, but I want to get parking sensors fitted to the back of my car, as it’s quite large, and I also need to put my private plate back on it. Mike wants to do some bits to his car too, so we have a few things to sort.

 

Hit my daily step goal

I’m getting a lot better with my steps and general activity, but I’d like to try and hit my daily goal of 8k steps every day, or at least most days. As I’m working in the office a couple of days from next week, this should be a little easier on those days, so it’s really the days I don’t do much that I need to focus on.

 

Think of something for my birthday

I keep getting asked what I want, and what I want to do for my 30th in July, and honestly, I have no idea. My original plan (ages ago) had been to go on a trip abroad somewhere with friends, but that isn’t really viable for several reasons. As for what I want as a birthday present, I have absolutely no idea. Other than a dog, which we have agreed we’ll look at after October, there isn’t anything I actually want or need.

 

Back in the office

As I’ll be back in the office part time from next week, I want to think of some places I can go during my lunch hour, and also catch up with people who work in the area. Given that my office is basically in the city centre, there should be loads for me to do during my break!

 

 

That’s the end of my goals for May, I’ve kept them pretty short and sweet, and also stuck to things that should be fairly easy for me to do.

 

Do you have any goals for May? If so, what are they?



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