Creating Your Perfect Playlist With HMV*

Now that February's here, now's the time to start creating your perfect playlist to help you through the last of these dark, dull days. I thought I would tell you about a few of the songs I have been playing this month to help me through and perhaps give you an idea for a feel good and a happiness boosting playlist of your own! 

- "She's so lovely" Scouting For Girls 

- "Wasn't expecting that" by Jamie Lawson

- "Islands in the stream" The Shires

- "Halo" Beyonce 

-" WORK" Rhianna

- "4 Minutes" Justin Timberlake and Madonna

 -" Ignition Remix" R Kelly

- "Everglow" Coldplay

- "Walking on Sunshine" Katrina and the waves

- " Human" Rag'n'Bone Man

- " Winter of our youth" Bastille

-" Rockabye" (FT Sean Paul & Anne-Marie) 

- " Say You Won't Let Me Go" James Arthur

-" Stressed Out" Twenty One Pilots

- " The Sound" The 1975

- " 666" Bon Iver

-" Rings of Saturn" Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

- " PillowTalk" Zyan 

- " PDA" Backstreet Boys

-" I'll Be There For You" The Rembrandts

- " Town Called Ugley" Ward Thomas

- " Guilty Flowers! Ward Thomas

-" Good Grief" Bastille

-" When We Were Young" Adele

-Rolling In The Deep" Adele

 - " I Will Wait" Mumford & Sons

- " Hair" Little Mix

- " 24K Magic" Bruno Mars 

- " Shoutout To My Ex!" Little Mix

- " Dancing On My Own" Calum Scott

These songs always make me feel good and put me in a positive mood whatever I'm doing. Mostly I play music when I'm at work, to help me through a shitty shift, or to give me something to listen to whilst doing extra jobs if it's a bit quiet. I've been without music for a while now and it wasn't until I got it back that I realised just how much I've missed it. It really can transport you to another place and make you feel things you didn't know possible. 

Certain songs will always remind you of a certain time in your life, for example whenever I hear anything by The BackStreet Boys, it instantly transports me back to when I was a teenager and was absolutely madly and deeply in love with them all. My cousin Amy shared this love and we would spend hours looking at their pictures, listening to their songs and watching them on TV. Their songs always make me smile and it's wonderful to have such a memory which will stay with me forever. xo

I know our lives are getting overly digitalised now, which is fine for some but how about you take a step away and go into a record shop to find vinyls can be an experience which cannot be beaten. Playing vinyls is like being your Dad, but way cooler! I'm sure this would be something you two could do together if he has a big collection. I know my Dad does and it would be really lovely to be able to share this with him. 

What better way to listen to your music and get the full benefit than on a turntable?! Become your own DJ on the comfort of your own house and experience music like never before. HMV have a vast collection and it could be something new for you to do this year, listen to your music and get the full benefit than on a turntable.

What do you think?!?! Would you consider buying a turntable to play vinyl records!? I certainly would. Do you like my choice of songs?? Would you add any others to my list? Any you'd take out?! I would love to know which songs you love to put on to create your own happiness playlist! Please let me know in the comments below! 

Love, Sarah

* This has been a collaborative post with HMV. All music related opinions are my own! 

Of Life, Death, Aliens and Zombies Blog Tour


Misnomer on purpose, this amazing debut rocks nine short and amusing stories - a Zombie Apocalypse without zombies; the Vatican announcing contact with Aliens; a heroin junkie that loves poetry; a timeless love, and much more.

Ordinary characters facing extraordinary situations, dry humor, philosophical musing dressed as whimsical, offhand commentary, and a fairy-tale like writing; those are the key elements of the style of this funny and thought-provoking collection.

The collection comprehends three previously published stories ("The Galway Review”, “Trigger Warning”, “Two Thousand Words” and “Chantwood Magazine"); five new unpublished pieces; and for the first time in English, the best-selling story “Impurità”, which was Selected Work in 2012 by Apple iBooks.

All The Small Things.....

I posted this on my Instagram this morning after reading a post about Valentine's Day in the Sunday Telegraph. It may be Valentine's tomorrow but it's all the small things which add up over the year which mean more to me than anything else. I'm not against V Day itself because I think it's lovely to mark time and show your other half how much they mean to you, but I'm talking about longevity in a relationship. How everything you do over the weeks, months, years and decades really can mean more than any big bunch of flowers. 

I look at my parent's relationship and always wonder what it is that has made them last for 45 years together (42 years married this August). It must be compromise. Mum does the shopping, cooking, washing etc and Dad cleans up after tea, sorts the dishwasher (he's the dishwasher king!), gives my Mum wine, works in the garden and makes my Mum coffee after tea! He knows which side his bread is buttered! The sweetest thing he did recently was for my Mum's Birthday, he went to a specialist flower shop in a little local village to buy her a big bunch of flowers. No supermarket flowers here! He hid them in the garage so see wouldn't see before the big day!! #Love #Romance #Allthesmallthings xo

Like I said, I am not against Valentine's Day itself, I guess what I'm trying to say is whenever I see on twitter someone saying " had a crap day but came home to my OH running me a bath and handing me a glass of wine.." it always makes me smile because to me, that's true romance. When your OH notices that you've had a shitty day and doing something to make you smile, or a friend sending you a card when you're down to cheer you up.

 I've asked my ladies onTwitter to tweet me the little things that are romantic to them:

@sunshinesarahxo when someone puts their arm around your waist and pulls you in 😘
— Em Sheldon (@emshelx) February 13, 2017
@sunshinesarahxo hahaknew it! Thank you 😊 I'm feeling rubbish today and it really cheered me up xxxx
— I s sy (@IssyBelleFox) February 13, 2017

You guys, my girlfriend is the cutest look at this message she sent me as I started my ballet class 💕
— Danielle Jade ☁️🌏 (@DanielleJade___) February 13, 2017

I'm so in love. My girlfriend picked me from dance & when we got home had made dinner, bought me roses in newspaper and a bottle of red ❤️
— Danielle Jade ☁️🌏 (@DanielleJade___) February 13, 2017

Max carried me through the woods last night so my suede boots wouldn't get ruined and if that's not true love I don't know what is
— lauren(@loulabxlle) February 12, 2017

My mum has a teddy bear that has sat on her dashboard for years, but it's obvsgot dirty and matted over time, but it kindajust...

— Ashton Jade Gibbs 🌍 (@ashtongibbs) February 14, 2017

...stays sat there out of habit. As you know, today is Valentine's Day, and as a gift for my mum, my dad sneaked the teddy...

— Ashton Jade Gibbs 🌍 (@ashtongibbs) February 14, 2017

...from the car and gave it a proper wash making it fluffy and new again. He just presented it to her. What a cutie. 💘

— Ashton Jade Gibbs 🌍 (@ashtongibbs) February 14, 2017

So you see, all the small things really are the big things! Plus, the day before Valentine's Day (ie today!) is known as #GalentinesDay and is a time to share for you to share the love of your female friends/girlfriends!! I think this is brilliant because we all need to shout out about our #squads every now and again! I have tons of badass women on my Twitter feed who always inspire me and make me smile. I love these girls with all my heart and am so proud to be able to call them friends. Here's to #GalentinesDay and #GirlSquads ruling the day! xo

(Rosie, Kayleigh, Madeleine, Claire, Tina, Jasmine, Charlene, Bex and Issy!) 

Who is in your #GirlSquad?! Has your OH done something recently to make you smile a bit more!? Do you like to surprise them with anything!? Please let me know because I would love to know!!! 

Love, Sarah

Reaching Your Fitness Goals 2017

This year is going to be the year that you get the body you’ve always dreamed of. Instead of making excuses, you’re going to make fitness your priority and power through to reach your goals. By summer you’ll have abs like the chicks on Instagram, thighs of steel and arms so svelte you just can’t wait to show them off in a strapless dress. It won’t come easy, but it will be so worth it when you get there. Here are a few techniques you’ll need to help you on your way.

Valentine's Day With LoveBombCushions*

Lovebomb Cushions are the fun, novelty cushion company who make our favourite emojis into cushions, key rings, foot cushions and shelf buddies for us all to enjoy! What could be a better present for your Valentine?! Just as long as it's not the poo emoji ay?! 

#ACinderellaStory: If The Shoe Fits With Warner Brothers*!

Family friendly fun with Warner Brothers! Gather the family together to settle down and enjoy the re-telling of everyone's favourite classic Disney film, Cinderella. 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group will have you singing and dancing in your seat with the release of A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits on DVD 6th February 2017. 

Tiny Tickers Heart Week 2017

Hello everyone, I'm back, this time with tiny tickers Heart Week 2017 Campaign. I have previously written about tiny tickers with their Think 20 Think Heart Campaign, encouraging mothers to look at their 20 week scan as more than finding out the sex of their baby as well as Heart Week in 2016. 

Now it almost time (again!) for Heart Week 2017 - running from 11th - 18th February - and I again would like to raise awareness of undiagnosed heart conditions in babies because one in every 125 babies is born with a heart problem – that’s more than 5,000 newborns each year in the UK. This is a scary statistic and one every woman needs to be aware of. 

Escape The January Blues With Warner Brothers*!

So, January's been and gone but I reckon just because it's February it doesn't mean that those blues simply vanish with the turning over of the calendar! The first few months of any new year are always the hardest i find, especially with the way the weather's been recently! All i really want to do is snuggle down under a blanket or 2 and get stuck into an exciting new series or get stuck into that pile of dvds i've had since December! haha! Please say I'm not alone in feeling this way?!!? 
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