Meet The Blogger Series - Interview 30

Meet the Blogger!

I have decided to start a new series here on Writing & Rambling after meeting so many lovely bloggers on Twitter I would like to get to know them. So I am going to try to recruit as many as I can as I think everyone deserves a chance to be in the spotlight. =)
Q1: Hello there, nice to have you here on Writing & Rambling! Please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your Blog:
I’m Alice Anne from Annie Writes Beauty.  I started my blog two years and I primarily blog about beauty with a splash of lifestyle and the very occasional fashion post.  

Guest Post #4 Being Thankful

A Guest Post From John Sennett

Back in June I wrote this post about being thankful and it's had such an amazing reaction, I have decided to ask my beautiful blogger friends to contribute their own 'Thankful' Post to carry on the theme. Today I have John Sennett (read his previous guest post here) with his own take on 'Being Thankful', please read, enjoy, comment and send him some love. Thank You John....

Thankful to the blogging community

Before I ramble on, look who’s back! It’s my second time guest blogging on here and I want to thank Sarah for inviting me back.  If you didn’t check out my first guest blog, I’m John, known as the BFG and I’m the Founder of John’s Road to Volunteering. 

An Alternative Girl's Day Out!

A Trip to IKEA!


On Sunday 24th July I went to IKEA for the very first time! Shocking I know! How can I call myself a blogger if I've even been to the home of Alexia drawers and Muji storage!?!? :O 

Naturally, the first stop was to get ourselves a cuppa.....got to love IKEA tea!!!!! 


Suitably refreshed, we hit the isles and started snooping!! I loved how it was all laid out and how each room was dressed to make it look like a real room, rather than just a show piece. 


It definitely helps you to visualise these pieces in your home and almost makes you feel like you're wandering around someone's rather stylish house! hehe! I can see why so many people like coming here =) 


Testing out on of their 'day-beds' which actually was really rather comfortable! Although I'm not really sure it belonged in a kitchen, unless you do REALLY like breakfast in bed! haha! 


Yeah.....so I kinda liked everything I saw in IKEA and want to buy a house just so I can kit it out in furniture from here......


This sofa was especially comfortable!!!!! =) 


I loved this idea of having postcards and pictures surrounding a big map of the world....


All I want to do is travel the world......I love this canvas print....#yesplease #takemethere #travel


This light fixture was rather quirky and would be loved I'm sure by many a camera enthusiast or youtuber...!! 

Do you think we got enough stuff?!!??!? hahaha!!!


Before long, we'd walked all the way around, paid, put everything in the car and made it into the restaurant!!!! Of course, how could I go to IKEA and NOT try their meatballs!?!!?! 


And yes, I also HAD to have a slice of their Dime bar cheesecake.........I can confirm that this whole dinner was absolutely delicious and very cheap!!!! 

Yes, I loved my day out, it was great to spend time with my two BFFs (Sarah and Leanne!) without their children in tow! We all agreed that it's really important to ensure they can refresh and re-boot and I couldn't agree more. It may seem odd to think a trip to IKEA could do that, but secretly we all actually really enjoy looking around home stores and home sections of Next, ASDA etc, so why not go to IKEA where we can enjoy spending time together whilst indulging our secret?! =P 

Onto my mini IKEA haul: 


All this came to less than £4!! YES £4!!! I still can't believe it.....!! :O 

I purchased a print 'Life is an adventure'  3 tumblers and a can of pear cider! 



Do you enjoy IKEA for the same reasons as myself and my friends?? What is your favourite part of this Swedish furniture store?? Tell me what your last purchase was! 

Love, Sarah
xoxoxoxoxo



A Rambly Life Post.....

Big Life Ramble.....


Hey, I'm not really sure what this post is even going to be but I'm calling it a 'Brain Dump' a rambly post which kinda maybe hopefully makes some sense and one where I don't have any specific topic in mind. 



I've been out in the garden recently making the most of the gorgeous summer weather we've finally been blessed with and helping out as it was time for the weekly lawn mowing to occur and believe me when I tell you it's an all afternoon 2 person job! Especially when we've been away for a week and the grass has doubled in length....aarrghhh! I hopped onto 'big mow' and dealt with the paddock whilst Dad waited for the other 2 lawns to be dry enough to mow. 

Meet The Blogger Series - Interview 29

Meet the Blogger! 

I have decided to start a new series here on Writing & Rambling after meeting so many lovely bloggers on Twitter I would like to get to know them. So I am going to try to recruit as many as I can as I think everyone deserves a chance to be in the spotlight. =) 



Q1: Hello there, nice to have you here on Writing & Rambling! Please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your Blog: 

Hi! I’m Samantha and I’m an Italian blogger, my blog is That Lifestyle and it is a little bit than a year old now. It deals with lifestyle, fashion, beauty, home decor & more.

Guest Post #3 Being Thankful!


Feeling Thankful With Leanne...


Back in June I wrote this post about being thankful and it's had such an amazing reaction, I have decided to ask my beautiful blogger friends to contribute their own 'Thankful' Post to carry on the theme. Today I have the beautiful Leanne Harrison with her own take on 'Being Thankful', please read, enjoy, comment and send her some love. Thank You Leanne...

#SmallBiz Part 19 - Boxcitement!


Hello there! I have decided to start another new series on my Blog, this time focusing on small businesses. Being a blogger I am regularly put in touch with owners of small businesses and it is a really enjoyable part of being a blogger. Whether it be reviewing a product, service or finding a new company which sells fashion at an affordable price, there is often a small team of people behind it, plugging away, putting in the late nights and the early mornings trying everything to make a success out of their little business. I do feel, that as bloggers we do owe some responsibility to them as more and more of them are turning to Twitter and bloggers alike to promote themselves. Plus, I think it's fun being one of only a handful of bloggers lucky enough to discover a burgeoning business and getting to trial some of their products! Or is that just me!?  
I have found all of the business I'll be featuring on twitter, under the hashtag #smallbiz as that is where they were all hiding! To start with, I'll be featuring a couple of the small businesses I've already come into contact with, as that way I hope that a few of you will have already heard of them too!
 
So if you like finding new places to buy fashion, beauty or a present for your loved one, sit back, grab a cuppa and read on!


Today i am going to introduce you to a slightly different type of subscription box. The kind of subscription box which makes you happy inside when you open the box! Boxcitement! 


Boxcitement was started in November last year by Sean and Deb, who both have experience in creative fields – Deb as a graphic designer and Sean with experience in jewellery making and fashion design. Pierre makes up the team and is involved in customer service and marketing. They wanted to start a creative biz which gave them the opportunity to design and make a wide variety of items, build real relationships with customers and add lots of extras to make their business a bit special – for example they have a regular crafting newsletter, freebie design downloads and a blog which all add value to customers’ engagement with them.


All the items which are put into their boxes have been designed by them as a creative team, and either hand crafted by personally or created by local artisans such as letterpress printers and laser cutters. This sets Boxcitment apart from other subscription boxes which curate items designed and made by other people. They all agree that it comes with its own set of challenges but they love being so involved and are learning new skills and techniques all the time. Apparently..."It really is the best job!"



Their boxes are each based on a monthly theme, and they tend to always include items of stationery plus small homewares, accessories and jewellery. One of our biggest challenges is designing things that fit into a small flat box every month!

They currently ship to the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, Slovenia, Israel, Malta and Croatia! They want to concentrate on their UK business as subscription boxes are relatively new here but they do ship worldwide and love getting orders from exotic places!

Our business model is monthly subscriptions but we also create limited edition boxes, for sale on our website – at the moment we have a teacher’s box for mums to give as a thank you at the end of term.


I have to say, when i opened my first Boxcitement box, I was genuinely SO excited because I had no idea what to expect! This made me very happy because usually with any type of subscription box, there are always spoilers around all over Twitter and all the surprise which was there, has all but vanished. So to be left genuinely surprised made me feel about 10 years old again! Thank You Boxcitement! 

I love how this month's theme was 'Midsummer Nights' to coincide with the lengthening of the nights and the Summer Solstice. Each item had been carefully chosen so it would lead to happy thoughts of spending time outside now Summer had arrived. (Or not as the case my be!) From the colouring print, to the clay wall hanging printed with 'Hello Sunshine' on the front and the lunch bag to encourage us outside, this box just made me smile! As my nickname is 'Sunshine Sarah' it also felt a bit like a personalised box as it had Sunshine written on everything! 


I loved the postcards, especially as one had a quote from the Shakespeare play, 'A MidSummer Night's Dream' which just happens to be one of my favourite plays and brings back happy memories of watching it live at Tolethorpe! (Aahhh those were the days...!) These have gone straight up onto my wall and they are the perfect addition to my 'Pinspiration Board' at home!  


The boxes cost £15-£18 per month, depending on the length of the subscription - customers can pay monthly or save money by opting for a three month, six month or even twelve month subscription! Boxes can also be purchased as one-offs for £20. All prices include UK postage and subscriptions can be cancelled at any time. 

If you ask me, it is amazing value for money and you know you are supporting budding artists as well as a small business. It is so unique and different to other types of boxes out there and a definite must for any stationery lovers out there - I know how you are! (Because I'm an addict too!) 

I hope I have enlightened you as to who Boxcitement are and what they do. I would urge you all to go check out their website and say hello to them on Twitter

Love, Sarah

xoxoxoxoxoxo


Meet The Blogger Series - Interview 28

Meet the Blogger!

I have decided to start a new series here on Writing & Rambling after meeting so many lovely bloggers on Twitter I would like to get to know them. So I am going to try to recruit as many as I can as I think everyone deserves a chance to be in the spotlight. =)


Q1: Hello there, nice to have you here on Writing & Rambling! Please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your Blog:

I’m Bronagh, from Bronaghs Beauty and Books. I’m based in Northern Ireland, along the north coast. On a sunny day, you can see Scotland from the beach, which is pretty amazing. I started up my blog when I wanted somewhere where I could be myself and I was able to talk about the things I loved without fear of being judged, so my blog was born!
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