Meet The Blogger Series - Interview 21





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 Ashley, and I'm a freelance writer and blogger.  You can find me at ToTheWild.co, where I talk about blogging, the importance of positivity, and my dog.  Seriously.  I talk a lot about my dog.

Q2: At what point did you decide to make a Blog and share it with the world??

I've been blogging on and off for over ten years, but only seriously decided to start a blog in 2012.  I blogged through to the end of 2013, took a break, and decided to get back into the blogging game in 2015.  I've only been writing again for a few months, but I missed it (and the blogging community) a lot.

Q3: How would you describe your writing style? Has it changed over time at all?

I try to keep my writing easy to read; you don't need a thesaurus to read my posts!  It definitely has changed - when I was younger, I was much more long-winded and full of fancy words.

Q4: Was there anyone in particular who inspired you? Which Bloggers do you emulate?

I try not to emulate anyone, as I like to do my own thing, but Melyssa at Nectar Collective does it right.

Q5: Do you have anything in the pipeline on the Blog which you are particularly excited about?!

Big time!  I'm only just beginning - I have a whole list of things planned for the future, none of which is finished enough to actually talk about :)

Q6: Does anyone else know about your Blog? What do they think about it??

Yes, a few of my friends do.  We don't really talk about it, to be honest!

Q7: Are you obessed with Lush!?!? If YES what is your favourite product?!

Forever!  I love any of the rose scented products.

Q8: Has your Blog helped you in other areas of life?!

It definitely gives me something productive to do in my off-time, and it's given me a load of opportunities I wouldn't have otherwise had, like getting the chance to work with brands, etc.

Q9: What is it that makes you so fabulous?!

My all black wardrobe!

Q10: Finally, can you recommened anything to us today!? (Skincare/Beauty/Tv

Show/DVD/Music/Food Item...anything!)

Do yourself a favor.  Proceed to your Netflix account.  Search for "Hannibal."  Watch all three seasons in three days.  Thank me later.





So that concludes our 'Meet the Blogger' for today! Thank You so Much for taking the time to answer these questions today, much appreciated! 


Please take the time to check out the blog/Twitter/Facebook/Instagram etc, be sure to leave a comment saying you found them via Writing & Rambling! Thank You!! 


Father's Day Gift Guide

5 Father’s Days Gifts for 5 Different Dads



Father’s Day is a celebrated around the world by a variety different countries who wish to honour dads and celebrate the concept of fatherhood. However due to the fact that most dads like to appear a little nonchalant about the day, this often results in a large percentage of people forgetting and having to deal with a sulking father for the rest of the day and frantically phoning around trying to find somewhere that you will book them in for a table at the last minute.
However, we still have just under one month to go until the big day and there is plenty of time left to get your dad something that will actually put a smile on his face as opposed to the usual pack of socks he most likely receives.
With that in mind I have decided to put together this list of Father’s day presents that caters for 5 different types of dads. Whatever your dad’s personality, you are certain to find a few ideas below that will make this a special Father’s day!


Source: Design55
The Designer Dad
If your dad is a lover of all things designer, firstly I would like to offer you my commiserations due to the fact that your bank account is probably more than a little light after every birthday and Christmas.
However, while we all love our dads very much, most of us cannot afford to shell out so much money on a regular basis. It it worth trying to get around this by buying him a more expensive gift that covers a few occasions, like his birthday, Christmas Day and Father’s Day. This could be an item or clothing or a bespoke piece of Kartell furniture; they cost a little bit more but it will be well worth it when you see the smile on his face.



Source: RED5
The Big Kid Dad
If your dad is something of a big kid, then luckily for you there are plenty of options for you to take advantage of online. I am sure that you have heard plenty about something called drones or quadcopters.
These are little remote-controlled flying machines and are incredibly cool! Not only can you fly them hundreds of feet in the air, but you can also use them to film video footage or take pictures. While, this will inevitably lead to you having to watch and listen to your dad’s stories about his adventures, but what else is having a dad all about?


Source: Harrods
The Thirsty Dad
If you take some time to think about to when you were younger, you can probably remember one or two times that you drove your poor father to drink. Well, what better way is there to say sorry and thank him for all of his hard work than buying him one of his favourite tipples?
While this is not going to be a difficult present to buy, you should still take the time to research what you are going to buy to make sure it is that bit extra special. While simply wrapping a bottle of his favourite spirit will be better than a kick in the teeth, it doesn’t say as much a luxury or high-end bottle. Your dad really will appreciate the extra care and attention that you have taken.


The Sporty Dad
Whether it be football, rugby, cricket or even boxing, you can be certain of finding something that your dad will love. It makes it all the more-easier if he even plays a particular sport himself due to the fact that you can easily buy him a new piece of equipment.
The fitness tech industry is getting bigger and bigger and today we are inundated with numerous different apps and gadgets to help us track our personal bests and monitor our overall fitness. We have now certainly moved on from this equipment being restricted to counting the number of steps, and now both leisure activities such as golf through to high-intensity sports are now integrating sport and technology.
The Fitbit fitness and sleep tracker will provide him with detailed information for the number of steps, floors and stair climbed, the number calories burnt and how many minutes he has been active. There is also the option to monitor the quality of his sleep and integrate this powerful little gadget with his favourite sport.


Source: gifts.co.uk
Green Fingered Dad
If he never has clean fingernails and disappears into the garden for hours on end, then it is pretty safe to say he takes great pride in his garden or allotment. While you may not appreciate his weekly update about his vegetables, you can will be relieved to learn that there are plenty of potential gifts for you to buy him this Father’s day.
The next time you are over there have a look in his shed and try to find out if there are any tools that look a little rusty and outdated. Or if you are a bit green fingered yourself and know what you are looking for, treat him to some new bulbs or seeds. Another idea worth considering if buying some herbs so that he has a dedicated herb section in his garden, which will be ideal for making those summer barbeques a little more flavoursome.

Meet The Blogger Series - Interview 20

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 am 30 yrs, married 1yr to my wonderful husband and raising a furry hell raiser (or dog) named Sammy. I have a Bachelors in Biology but decided it wasn't for me so now I am in my 3rd year of vet school. 

My little blog is called Sammy sans Cruelty and it's all about cruelty free beauty and full of animal love.

Q2: At what point did you decide to make a Blog and share it with the world?? 

I was talking with a friend about how important cruelty free products are and about how much I like makeup and would like to help show as much people as possible that cruelty free is easier than they think and she jokingly said that I should start a blog. I thought about it for a few days and then decided - why not?



Q3: How would you describe your writing style? Has it changed over time at all? 

I don't know if I can describe my writing style. I'd say I just write more or less like I talk in real life.

Q4: Was there anyone in particular who inspired you? Which Bloggers do you emulate? 

When looking for a cruelty free product list, the site cruelty free kitty came up first and that was the main one I started reading. others followed. I don't know if I emulate anyone specific but I do get many ideas for posts or photos from a lot of blogs I follow and many instagram accounts.



Q5: Do you have anything in the pipeline on the Blog which you are particularly excited about?!

Yes loads! since taking a couple of weeks off from blogging in order to study for exams I've had so many ideas for product reviews and pet advice.



Q6: Does anyone else know about your Blog? What do they think about it?? 

My blog isn't hidden and I think everybody knows about it because I post links to new posts on my facebook page. some people don't read it or have been surprisingly unsupportive, others like it and even like giving me ideas for new posts. 



Q7: Are you obsessed with Lush!?!? If YES what is your favourite product?!

My obsession with Lush is almost too embarrassing to talk about. I have spent way way WAAAY too much money on Lush, some sales girls already know me!

Favourite product has to be "mask of magnaminty". The mint oil helps cleanse and get rid of spots while the honey nourishes (see?? I sound like a commercial. I'm hooked).


Q8: Has your Blog helped you in other areas of life?! 

Sure, I've gotten to understand how other social media platforms work and have gotten to know great people from the blogging community!


Q9: What is it that makes you so fabulous?! 

I love this question and you're great for asking it!
I think I like how curious and inquisitive I am. I always want to know more than what's on the surface.


Q10: Finally, can you recommened anything to us today!? (Skincare/Beauty/TV Show/DVD/Music/Food Item...anything!)

Watch the movies "Room" and "Beasts of no Nation". hands down best movies I have seen in the last few years.

Hope this was ok have a wonderful happy week!! 






So that concludes our 'Meet the Blogger' for today! Thank You so Much for taking the time to answer these questions today, much appreciated! 

Please take the time to check out the blog/Twitter/Facebook/Instagram etc, be sure to leave a comment saying you found them via Writing & Rambling! Thank You!!







#SmallBiz Series Part 16 - English Country Press

 
#SmallBiz Series
 
Hello there! I have decided to start another new series on my Blog, this time focussing 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!
 

Read Parts 1 - 15 first if you like!
 

Today I want to introduce you to a wonderful little handmade card company, English Country Press. Run by Marisa Sudin, this wonderful little company because she loves sending letters through the mail and wanted stationery and cards which represented her style. She is a 19 year old college student and she balances running this business with her classes. She specialises in modern greeting cards for birthdays, holidays and other occasions but also makes custom wedding and event invitations as well. Creating the perfect product for her customers is her ultimate goal!

 

How cute are these cards? As someone who is getting back into writing hand written letters again I know I would love not only to send out these cards to other people and make them smile, but I'd love to receive one too! With each card you can tell just how much time has gone into making them and it's this personal touch which sets English Country Press apart from other card makers.
 
You really can send a personal message to your loved ones to simply put a smile on their face, celebrate their birthday, announce an engagement or wish them well on their Graduation.
 
 
 
Delivery:
 
All packages are shipped with USPS and you can expect them to be sent out within a week of purchase, but mostly within 2-3 days of the purchase date. 
All cards are very reasonable priced with Birthday Cards starting at just £1.82 and 5 greeting cards only £6.76.
 
 
 
 
I would absolutely love to receive a handmade card like these through the post. How gorgeous is this design?? I highly suggest you check out Maria's little Etsy shop and have a look through all her cards. With prices as low as these, who wouldn't you??
 
That's all for today! I hope you've enjoyed learning all about English Country Press, I know u have! Please go and say hi to Marisa on her twitter! Why not let her know you found English Country Press via this #smallbiz feature?!
 
 
Love,
Sarah
xoxoxo
 
 


Meet The Blogger Series - Interview 19

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: 

Hello! I’m Em Sheldon and I write EmTalks.co.uk, I focus on beauty, fashion, and lifestyle with a lot of travel and fitness!

Q2: At what point did you decide to make a Blog and share it with the world?? 

I started in the middle of 2012! 

Q3: How would you describe your writing style? Has it changed over time at all? 

I don’t think my style has changed whatsoever, I’ve always been super chatty and I tend to just write as if I’m in my bedroom talking to my best friends!

Q4: Was there anyone in particular who inspired you? Which Bloggers do you emulate? 

I absolutely adore Tash Oakley, she’s strong, healthy and works hard for her amazing body. She’s always really smiley and positive too and I adore her fashion sense, it’s clean minimal and fresh - exactly what I love. 

Q5: Do you have anything in the pipeline on the Blog which you are particularly excited about?!

At the moment, no, but I am excited to just shoot some good, quality content I guess! 
Q6: Does anyone else know about your Blog? What do they think about it?? 

I have over 50,000 monthly readers so someone out there knows about it! I hope they like it! 

Q7: Are you obsessed with Lush!?!? If YES what is your favourite product?!

I love Lush - snow fairy is of course! Anything that smells pink!

Q8: Has your Blog helped you in other areas of life?! 

It’s my full time job now so I feel really excited that i’m not able to do it all the time. It’s also really exciting that i’ve met some of my best friends through it.

Q9: What is it that makes you so fabulous?! 

Haha I don’t think I’m fabulous at all! My main life tip is balance: Work out, eat well and then have cheat nights twice a week! Life is all about balance. 

Q10: Finally, can you recommened anything to us today!? (Skincare/Beauty/TV Show/DVD/Music/Food Item...anything!)

Matcha tea is amazing when it comes to boosting your metabolism and energy levels! Beauty wise, I swear by primers to keep my make up on all day! Kiehl’s midnight recovery oil is my number 1 secret night oil! You’ll wake up looking like you’ve had 10 hours sleep!







So that concludes our 'Meet the Blogger' for today! Thank You so Much for taking the time to answer these questions today, much appreciated! 

Please take the time to check out the blog/Twitter/Facebook/Instagram etc, be sure to leave a comment saying you found them via Writing & Rambling! Thank You!! 


My Travels In Australia - Outback Edition!


As you may (or may not!?) know this is The Big Banana which resides at Coffs Harbour in Australia. (351 Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour NSW to be precise!) I visited it on a TopDeck Tour I did from Sydney to the Gold Coast! It is one of the many 'BIG' things to see in Australia, along with such things as the BIG Prawn, the BIG rocking horse, the BIG orange and the BIG Kangaroo!!
 

At this point I had been travelling solo around Australia for about 10 months, having arrived in February 2013. I had done all my farm work and gained my second year visa so it was time to travel! I'd been on travels from Airlie Beach into the WhitSundays, up into Townsville and across to Magnetic Island, further north up to Cairns and into the Daintree rainforest. I'd taken a flight west to Darwin, awaiting a tour south further into the outback, sleeping outside in swags and cooking on gas stoves, hiking down to gorges, swimming in natural pools and hiking back out again. Working as a team to cook dinner for everyone, taking showers outdoors and making friends with green tree frogs each time you visited the loo! (Did I mention the 4 tour buses we had to have on this tour.....??)

A glorious weekend in a hostel to re-charge, wash clothes, shop and re-connect on wifi. Leaving old friends behind and gaining new ones. Enjoying the pool and having dinner with the new tour leader one night felt like total indulgence. Waking up on the morning of the new tour, checking out of the hostel and having breakfast with everyone before setting off again.
 
One beautiful weekend spent in Karijini National Park, sleeping in swags, cooking on gas and hiking in/out of the most gorgeous of natural pools. Tackling daunting gorges and waterfalls. Seeing sights which would stay in the mind forever more, building friendships you hoped would last. Eating such foods as 'bush trifle' and 'dampner bread'.



It was with mixed emotions we moved out of the national park and took rest in actual beds when we had just got used to swagging it. Nevertheless, the beckon of proper showers+toilets and the joyus cool of the pool was too much to resist. Cooking steak al-fresco sealed new friendships and cemented old ones. Chatting with miners and having a good game or 3 of UNO, it didn't seem so bad after all!


It is amazing how quickly you get used to being mostly dirt and sweat! Yes you scrub yourself in the showers each night, but there's something to be said for getting back to nature this way.



For most, staying in the hostels each night were a welcome relief. Whilst it was good to get back to proper showers and toilets; I missed choosing a swag pitch for the night and falling asleep to the stars each night.
 
Nothing beat crossing The Tropic of Capricorn on our continued adventure south....
 
 

 





The 3 weeks went by too fast in a blur of hikes, swimming, sleeping on swags and talking into the night. Friendships were made and memories never forgotten. Photos taken and memory cards filled. Clothes made red and washing bags full. This was by far one of the best trips I have ever done. It opened my eyes to Australian life and how vast this wonderful country is. I had only covered on small part of it, yet it seemed like how could this be?? Surely there couldn't be more to see? But alas there was and after finishing in Perth I was due to fly east to Adelaide and take another tour towards The Great Ocean Road....aahh how iconic this one road is across the world. I couldn't wait to see it for myself.....but first, Adelaide!


I hope you have enjoyed taking a sneak peek into my Australian photo album....I am aiming to do more of these types of posts as I have a whole bunch of photos which need sorting out....! Let me know what kind of travel posts you'd like to see next?? Have you ever travelled to Australia?? Would you ever like to go?? =)
 
Love,
Sarah
xoxoxoxo
  



*Although most of these photos are my own, a few are courtesy of our amazing tour leader, Christine Sparks! Used with permission*

 

Blogging Motivation #GuestPost

Blogging Motivation

 
When you have moments of madness or turmoil, it can cause moments, minutes or hours of questioning why you blog. I’ve been there!
We can put our hands up as bloggers and say that blogging isn’t always easy, especially with the time it takes to run a blog the way we want.

Perfection doesn’t exist, but we always want more and more out of what we do, until it gets to a stage where we don’t feel like we’re benefiting anymore; this could be at the start or at any period of time.

Our blogs are out of our hands most of the time, as if we don’t have the following we want, then what is the point of us blogging? It’s the truth isn’t it? 
This is what we do so much in our lives, we give up because times get hard. No-one said gaining a following was going to be easy; any blogger will agree. 

Having a slump is something we all go through, and if you want to give up an incredible opportunity to voice your opinions in a way you want, then quit! No-one is stopping you, but I can fully relate to the situation and coming out of it with a new lease of energy. 
What do I recommend?

Take a week off from blogging.  Turn off social media, put your laptop to one side and just rest. Rest can have a real impact on both you and your blog.

During the week off, even though your social media and laptop will be off, your mind won’t be. It’s this period of time your mind is going into overload mode. Without knowing, your mind beings to over-analyse what hasn’t work and even though in many situations this isn’t good, when you’re a blogger this is a really exciting stage. 

A simple over-analysis can open your mind to bringing in new concepts; maybe even a layout. 

 
 
A really complex matter, but when these concepts come to mind, you begin to realise why you started blogging and in no time your motivation increases.
Motivation is only a temporary feeling and it’s one that can build and build upon to awaken the little devil inside saying you can’t do it.

Blogging is a great opportunity to motivate, inspire and guide and sometimes when we’re low ourselves, the best thing we can do is hide. Hide away, figure things out and come back stronger than ever.

Think about our journey like a tree…
The roots are our foundation and as we grow, branches will appear, but on occasion leaves won’t appear or they’ll fall off. It’s these moments, trees recuperate and begin their growth all over again. 

Humans are trees!



John Sennett
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#DIY Initial Candle Holders With Prices Candles*

Well hello there and welcome back to Writing Rambling! Today I'm talking about #DIY Initial Candle Holders, the ones we see everywhere over on Instagram and in many a blog photo! After not having success getting my hands on the ones I wanted, I came up with the idea of #DIY, why not make my own? It couldn't be that hard, surely?!
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