#NewYearNewYou With Warner Brothers*!

With the New Year well and truly here, let's make the most of it and get stuck into some awesome films you may not have watched before! 


Today I bring you a competition in collaboration with Warner Brothers*! How would you like to win this bundle of classic films including Dirty Harry, Westworld, Get Carter, Goodfellas and Strangers On A Train?! I know I would! 

Personally I have only seen 'Goodfellas' as my ex boyfriend was big into film and gave me what he called a 'film-ucation' and I also watched 'The Godfather' (all parts!) and 'Shawshank Redemption! I'm so pleased because they are all classics and need to be re-watched and loved for many years to come. 

Sometimes in the New Year life can be a struggle because we are meant to be out there in the dark and gloom running off our Christmas pounds and getting all slim and trim just in time for Valentines Day and Easter.....! Yea right!! Why can't January be the month we choose to stay in the warm under a blanket or 3 and doing what WE want to do for a change?!!? I much prefer watching films to being forced to exercise 'because it's the thing we should ALL be doing..!'

If you want to WIN all these films, then please head over to my Twitter and simply follow and re-tweet my pinned tweet! It couldn't be easier!! The competition will END on 31st January at MIDNIGHT UK TIME! 


GOOD LUCK! 


LINK TO BUY! http://amzn.to/2i8XSYF


*These films were sent to me for this competition and blog post. =)

Three Entrepreneurs Can Help You Take Action in the New Year

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Are you thinking of starting your own business? Starting each year on a positive note is a great way to set the tone for the year. These three entrepreneurs have helped me end 2016 on a high, and can help you start 2017 with a bang.

 
Ali Golds

Ali’s StartUp course in August and September got me thinking and working on so many important things, including the purpose of my organisation, research, the target audience, budgeting, governance, the skills needed, and some things to think about once launched.

Each week on the free online course Ali would send over a document with useful tips, guidance and things to think about or work on, plus a video on the topic too.

I made sure I set aside time each week to work through the information from Ali. I often have a lot of emails I need to get through in my inbox (I’m working on getting to and maintaining inbox zero!). The reason I always made sure to read Ali’s emails ASAP were:

  1. They were really useful!
  2. I wanted to make the most of the opportunity of speaking with Ali in the weekly group coaching calls that were also included in the programme.

The weekly conversation with Ali was so useful – I found Ali so easy to speak with and her passion, enthusiasm and expertise shone through on every call. I left each call feeling like I had a clear idea what my next steps need to be, and felt more confident.


Nyasha Gwatidzo

I have considered doing a long walk for Good News Shared, so when I read Nyasha’s book ‘Walk With Me’ after meeting her in Berlin I was interested to read about her experiences from her walk and also her many years’ business experience.

Each day Nyasha shares stories from her walk and also her businesses. In each chapter Nyasha’s can-do attitude shines through, and reading it each morning on my commute to work in Berlin left me feeling determined to make the most from my day. I was also struck by how many people helped Nyasha on her walk-from giving her a place to sleep and some food to donating to her cause to swapping trainers with her to walking with her and helping her stay motivated. It highlighted really well how one person’s dream needs to be supported by a lot of people in order for it to be achieved.

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Alex Swallow

First, disclosure time – Alex is my husband, and he has inspired me and supported me in so many ways. When I took the time to do the work exercises in his book I was surprised, Alex’s e-book ‘How To Become An Influencer’ helped me in more ways than I was expecting!

I have heard Alex give talks, read his posts, watched his videos and discussed some of the topics he covers in his book with him. Despite all this, his free e-book ‘How To Be An Influencer’ really had me thinking about things that I haven’t given enough thought to, like what my current brand is, who influences me and what I would want to do if someone gave me a magic wand to make all my life’s ambitions come true.

In fact, I found the advice given by Alex in the book- on authenticity, networking, personal brand, and much more – plus the exercises, so useful I have decided to read it and do the exercises again every 3 months. As I am not part of a large company with a big training budget, Alex’s book is going to form part of my professional development.


Ali’s course and Nyasha and Alex’s books are all different, but had some overlapping lessons for me, including:

  • It is important to know what you are working hard to achieve.
  • What you want to achieve IS possible.
  • No journey will be without challenges. What is important is planning and your attitude.
  • Having a support network is so important



If you have been inspired by the #SmallBiz series on this blog and would like to start your own business- Ali’s StartUP course and Nyasha and Alex’s books are great places to start for actionable advice and guidance.


Nisha Kotecha is the Founder of Good News Shared and the creator of The Moments Journal, a guided journal that helps people feel more positive and remember the nice times from their day. Buy a copy – for yourself or someone you care about – online here.
 
 

Meet The Blogger Series - Interview 53

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. =)
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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 there! Im Hayley and I run a blog over at lifethroughtsg.com. Im currently studying a degree in English Literature and Language at the University of Leicester!
Q2: At what point did you decide to make a Blog and share it with the world??
I had a blog (quote marks because if you could even call it that) on weebly where I posted a few times around 2 years ago. However, after finishing my A Levels this summer I decided to just go for it and make a proper blog with social media accounts etc. Im so happy with how it turned out!
Q3: How would you describe your writing style? Has it changed over time at all?
I have always had a very chatty, informal, lively tone to my writing and this is something that I have had to learn to adapt for more serious posts!
Q4: Was there anyone in particular who inspired you? Which Bloggers do you emulate?
I love the big blogger/youtubers/influencers like Zoella, Velvetgh0st, Anna Saccone and Carrie Hope Fletcher and Ive watched/read these for years.
However I also love the blogs of Abbey Louisa Rose (abbeylouisarose.co.uk), Georgie (asyouwishuk.com) and Kayleigh Zara (kayleighzaraa.com).
Q5: Do you have anything in the pipeline on the Blog which you are particularly excited about?!
Im doing Blogmas this year and I CANNOT WAIT!
Q6: Does anyone else know about your Blog? What do they think about it??
Ive never mentioned my blog to my friends, but my family and my boyfriend know about it. My family are cool with it, they dont really read it (apart from my auntie) or really understand but yeah. My boyfriend gets it and why I enjoy it so much but he also doesnt read it because he wants it to be personal space so that I dont feel like I have to filter what I say for him. However, whenever Ive written posts about him/ mentioned him Ive always ran it by him to check hes ok with what Ive said!
Q7: Are you obsessed with Lush!?!? If YES what is your favourite product?!
YES!!! I love all of their bath bombs but the classic butterball has to be my fave.
Q8: Has your Blog helped you in other areas of life?!
Yes! It has massively improved my confidence!
Q9: What is it that makes you so fabulous?!
Erm.. my kindness?
Q10: Finally, can you recommened anything to us today!? (Skincare/Beauty/Tv Show/DVD/Music/Food Item...anything!)
Ringtons gingersnap biscuits, NYX soft matte lip creams and Gilmore Girls!


Hayley
Blog: lifethroughtsg.com
Twitter: twitter.com/lifethroughtsg
Instagram: Instagram.com/lifethroughtsg
Snapchat: @lifethroughtsg

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!!

Meet The Blogger Series - Interview 52

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. =)
www.writingrambling.co.uk

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! My name is Sophie and I started my little blog, Sophie’s Notebook, in January 2016. I try to be as honest as I can, whether that be through my product and restaurant reviews or through my diary style posts.
Q2: At what point did you decide to make a Blog and share it with the world??
I used to work in digital marketing and I really wanted to get some experience with Google Analytics so I decided to set up a blog, publish a couple of posts and analyse the traffic. I had no idea when I set my blog up that I would get well and truly hooked!
Q3: How would you describe your writing style? Has it changed over time at all?
My writing style is 100% honest. I would never write about something I don’t care about or something I’m not interested in. I try and write like I would speak so, depending on my mood, my writing style differs from post to post.
Q4: Was there anyone in particular who inspired you? Which Bloggers do you emulate?
No one really inspired me to start my blog because I didn’t read any blogs until I started my own. I remember the first blog I ever read was Sounds Like Sofie. I don’t really try to emulate any other bloggers but I’d love for my blog to be as successful as Hannah Gale, Robowecop and Phases of Robyn.
Q5: Do you have anything in the pipeline on the Blog which you are particularly excited about?!
Not really. Honestly, I’ve been neglecting my blog lately. So I suppose I’m excited about getting back into blogging and publishing all of the posts that I’ve been meaning to publish for so long.
Q6: Does anyone else know about your Blog? What do they think about it??
I didn’t realise that some bloggers are so secretive about their blogs! I’ve always been completely open about mine with family and friends. Some people probably think it’s silly but friends and family regularly read my posts and ask how it’s going.
Q7: Are you obsessed with Lush!?!? If YES what is your favourite product?!
To be honest, I’m not obsessed! I don’t have a bath so I can’t try the bath bombs that I know everyone is so crazy about. However I have tried a body scrub and a couple of body washes and I really liked those.
Q8: Has your Blog helped you in other areas of life?!
This might sound really icky and cringeworthy but my blog has introduced me to loads of great people with similar interests. I lost touch with a lot of people from school and college so it’s nice to have friends again!
Q9: What is it that makes you so fabulous?!
Oooh, good question! I don’t know to be honest. I don’t think I am particularly fabulous. I’m just a normal-ish girl who opens up too much about her life on the internet. Nothing special!
Q10: Finally, can you recommened anything to us today!? (Skincare/Beauty/Tv Show/DVD/Music/Food Item...anything!)
Okay I don’t read much but this is one book I can definitely recommend! Mug Cakes by Mima Sinclair is basically a bible of the best mug cakes. My personal favourite is the chocolate brownie mug cake and my brother loves the chocolate chip cookie mug cake.







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!

Meet The Blogger Series - Interview 51

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. =)
www.writingrambling.co.uk


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:
My blog is http://mrlukechristian.com and I blog about Male Grooming & Lifestyle!
Q2: At what point did you decide to make a Blog and share it with the world??
I hit a low point in August 2015, and my best friend told me to start up a blog to see if that would benefit in anyway. Little did I realise just how much I would love it!
Q3: How would you describe your writing style? Has it changed over time at all?
I think my writing style is slightly chatty, and I try to keep it as light hearted as I can. When I first started out, I was a lot more formal, and looking back, I think my posts were slightly long winded, and came across a bit ‘stiff’. I hope that’s not the case now!
Q4: Was there anyone in particular who inspired you? Which Bloggers do you emulate?
I’ll be honest, I never really paid attention to the ‘blogging world’ and I try not to look at what others are doing too much as it will distract me from what I do. However, my favourite blogger is In The Frow as I find all of her content really fun, and I think she definitely comes across down to earth and sweet!
Q5: Do you have anything in the pipeline on the Blog which you are particularly excited about?!
I don’t want to say too much, so you’ll have to keep checking back!
Q6: Does anyone else know about your Blog? What do they think about it??
All my friends and family know about my blog, and they’re all really supportive and can’t believe some of the opportunities that I have been given!
Q7: Are you obsessed with Lush!?!? If YES what is your favourite product?!
Of course! My favourite has to be the ‘Lord Of Misrule’ bath bomb!
Q8: Has your Blog helped you in other areas of life?!
100% yes! I have grown in confidence, and I don’t find it as hard to approach new people like I used to prior to blogging.
Q9: What is it that makes you so fabulous?!
You tell me!?
Q10: Finally, can you recommend anything to us today!? (Skincare/Beauty/Tv Show/DVD/Music/Food Item...anything!)
Anything by Byredo. Obsessed.



So that concludes our 'Meet the Blogger' for today! Thank You so Much for taking the time to answer these questions today, much appreciated!
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Top Things to do in Perth - Guest Post!



There are several cities and towns around the world called Perth but a very popular destination with travellers is Perth in Australia. This buzzing city is the capital of the large region known as Western Australia and has a lot to see and do. If you are looking for excitement, adventure and an abundance of activities, then this Perth is the right destination for you. A trip to this city will leave you with wonderful memories and a craving to return.

The days give way to superb nights in Perth with many bars, clubs and restaurants are opened until the early hours. In particular, Northbridge in the northern part of the city is acclaimed as being one of the best areas for nightlife, with many themed bars and clubs. Thanks to Groupon that makes the journey to be easy. It helps you to plan your journey. Whether you wish to spend the evening in a romantic venue or party the night away in a noisy club, Perth has something for everyone.



Kings Pаrk, Pеrth
Thіѕ beautiful Pаrk and Botanic Gаrdеn іѕ a рlасе оf inspiration, rеlаxаtіоn, recreation and wonder for Australians as wеll аѕ fоrеіgn tоurіѕtѕ. Whеthеr уоu аrе wіth family оr frіеndѕ for аn afternoon picnic, wаntіng tо rеlаx аnd tаkе in thе mаgnіfісеnt views of Pеrth, еасh аnd еvеrу thing hеrе will suit уоur іntеrеѕt. If you take flights tо Perth to еnjоу the ѕсеnіс bеаutу оf thе сіtу, then go to Kings Pаrk аnd walk among thе trееtорѕ in the Western Auѕtrаlіаn Botanic Gаrdеn to ѕее ѕоmе wоndеrful views of Pеrth аnd Swan Rіvеr. It іѕ аlѕо a реrfесt рlасе tо discover thе delights of thе frаgіlе and uniquе bіоdіvеrѕіtу оf Wеѕtеrn Auѕtrаlіа аѕ wеll as Pеrth. Again іt'ѕ a рорulаr рlасе fоr рісnісѕ, рlеаѕаnt wаlkѕ, сulturаl аnd сеrеmоnіаl еvеntѕ.


Swаn Valley Wine Cruіѕе:

Hоw dо уоu fееl whеn ѕеаtеd in a bоаt, уоu аrе ѕurrоundеd bу lаkе wаtеrѕ and wіnеrіеѕ аll over? Iѕn't thаt a dеlіght? A dау to ѕреnd іn thе Swаn Vаllеу Wіnе Cruise wоuld fulfіll thе inner реасе thаt iѕ less in уоu. As thе сruіѕе ѕtееrѕ оvеr the lаkе, еnjоу brunсh аnd sightseeing. Being surrounded by various wineries wоuld bring wаtеr tо your mоuth аѕ уоu соnѕumе thаt brunсh... уоu'd fееl lіkе hаvіng just a ѕір! Wеll your thіrѕt соuld еnd uр еаѕіlу оnсе уоu make a trаnѕіt аt thе rіvеrѕіdе winery rеѕtаurаnt. Moreover, a соmрlіmеntаrу wine tаѕtіngѕ аrе also аvаіlаblе uроn аrrіvаl.

Perth Dіnnеr Cruise:

Which one оf уоu is fond оf meals? I'm sure еvеrуоnе lіkеѕ tо gо fоr parties; you get tо dance, enjoy уоurѕеlf аnd mоѕt importantly dine-in once thе аnnоunсеmеnt оf dіnnеr іѕ made. In the ѕаmе mаnnеr Pеrth оffеrѕ a dіnnеr оn a сruіѕе, bеіng ѕtеаdу оn the flat ѕurfасе оf thіѕ сruіѕе уоu саn еnjоу dіnnеr frоm your tаblе whіlе you wаtсh thе amazing lіghtѕ оf this сіtу. At nіght, сіtу оf Pеrth іѕ a Must WATCH. Thе dіnnеr сruіѕе іѕ аbоut 3 hоurѕ, it іnvоlvеѕ аlmоѕt еvеrуthіng, оnе would dіrе tо hаvе bаkеd-brеаd, hоt and cold buffet еntаіlіng vеgеtаrіаn dіѕhеѕ also. Further, thеrе'ѕ аlѕо ріаnіѕt and a DJ on wееkеnd nights.

Pеrth Hеlісорtеr Tоur:

Do уоu wаnt tо hаvе thе opportunity tо survey thе wоrld'ѕ mоѕt rеmоtе саріtаl сіtу? Lеt'ѕ gо then... Perth's hеlісорtеr tоur over іtѕ mаrvеlоuѕ bеасhеѕ and it is a dооr twіѕtіng ride. The hеlісорtеr іѕ not subject tо fly ѕtеаdу, уеаh thаt'ѕ rіght! It'll tаkе уоu аlоng thе соаѕt to Hіllаrу'ѕ Boat Harbour, skim thе ѕurf bеасhеѕ, heading south to Frеmаntlе then ѕwіng inland tо flу оvеr Pеrth. It will give you аn exceptional еxреrіеnсе.

Pіnnасlеѕ Desert, Kоаlаѕ аnd Sаndbоаrdіng Day Tour:

Enjоу thе utmоѕt аdvаntаgе оf tаkіng a rіdе to this fаntаѕtіс Pіnnасlеѕ Dеѕеrt. On your way уоu'll соmе асrоѕѕ thе fаmоuѕ Australian Koalas аnd оthеr nаtіоnаl animals at a wіldlіfе park. You can аlѕо host a рісnіс оr lunch аt the соаѕtаl town оf Cervantes. Commute around with a guіdе to tаkе you thrоugh thе Pіnnасlеѕ аnd hеаd to ѕаndbоаrdіng іn the vast ѕаnd dunеѕ оf Lancelin.


Rоttnеѕt Iѕlаnd Trip:

A vіеw оf Rоttnеѕt Iѕlаnd wоuld сеrtаіnlу blоw уоur mіnd. This Iѕlаnd'ѕ bluе bеасhеѕ, its isolated ѕаndу bays, аnd lаnd lосkеd lаkеѕ will ассеlеrаtе your thоughtѕ to ѕuсh an еxtеnt that уоu'd lіkе tо еxрlоrе it mоrе аnd more. Yоu get the opportunity to ѕее thе ‘quоkkаѕ' these are small nосturnаl mаrѕuріаl, more of a fluffу tуре аnd rеlаtіng tо kаngаrооѕ dіvіѕіоn. Thе trір lasts fоr 2 hоurѕ where you commence thе dау wіth a mоrnіng tea аnd gеt tіmе tо explore thе rоуаl bеаutіеѕ аnd hіѕtоrу оf this іѕlаnd
Fееl аn Adrеnаlіn Ruѕh wіth Pеrth’ѕ Advеnturе Activities:

Lоор 360 degrees іn the air аbоvе the Indіаn Ocean іn a hіgh-ѕрееd аеrоbаtіс flіght. Thаt’ѕ just the ѕtаrt for аdrеnаlіn junkies. Take a rаllу-drіvіng аdvеnturе, doing hоt laps like the pros, оr jumр іn the passenger ѕеаt and let thе experts dо thе drіvіng. Tаkе to Perth’s Bаrbаgаllо Rасеwау іn a V8 fоr a ѕеrіоuѕ ruѕh.
Exрlоrе Frеmаntlе bу bike:

Pick uр a free bike аt the E-Shеd markets and еxрlоrе thе area’s heritage buildings, mаrkеtѕ аnd fascinating maritime and соnvісt hіѕtоrу аѕ wеll as a bеасh оr twо. Run by thе Frее Wheeling Frееmаntlе іnіtіаtіvе.


Kindly written by Frank Lee from http://www.artfulclub.com/, find my blog listed as a 'Top Travel Blog'

#JungleBells With The Body Shop*!

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Want to help save the Orangutan this Christmas!?!? With The Body Shop #JungleBells you can! It's easy, with every specially selected Christmas gift, The Body Shop will help to protect endangered creatures and restore 1 square metre of rainforest! That's pretty incredible when you think about how many awesome gifts there are to choose from and we all know how much we love receiving The Body Shop at Christmas (or at any time of year really!). 

Every specially selected Christmas Gift will bring a donation of 4p which will go directly to funding Bio-Bridges in Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. So far they have raised enough to secure 11,262,651 square metres of rainforest, with an aim to raise 14 million square metres of funds by the end of 2016. 

Alternative Christmas Gifts for Dads!

One of the best things about Christmas is watching your nearest and dearest unwrap the gifts you carefully chose for them, and seeing their (hopefully) excited reactions. But why is it that Dads are always the hardest to shop for? The fact that they never ask for anything specific doesn’t help, but there is no denying that it can be tough to think of exciting gifts beyond the standard socks and smellies that they have no doubt received countless times in the past.
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So, if you’re looking for some inspiration then take a look at these alternative gift ideas for your Dad to make sure you nail the art of gift giving this Christmas.
  1. Food Subscription Box

    If your Dad is a bit of a foodie, then how about a subscription to his favourite food? Whatever his preference, there is likely to be a company offering this service, and you can arrange for fresh, high quality produce to be delivered to his door on a monthly basis. So, if he loves a good old fashioned steak dinner then there are some fantastic meat boxes available, or for the coffee connoisseur then how about a fresh coffee bean subscription? This gift is both thoughtful and practical, and depending on how long you sign him up for, he will be able to enjoy it long after the festive period.



  2. A Night at the Movies 

    Is your Dad always complaining that they don’t make movies like they used to? Well then how about a trip to the local Picture House to see one his favourite classic films on the big screen? It’s sure to bring a smile to his face and as an extra bonus you will get to spend some quality time together.



  1. A Hamper Full of his Favourite Sweets

    If your Dad has a major sweet tooth, then why not get him an extra special sweet selection? You could fill the hamper with his favourite retro sweets, delicious Christmas biscuits, and enough high quality chocolate to satisfy his sugar cravings for the foreseeable future!




  1. Arrange a Day Out for Him and an Old Friend

    You’ve heard all the wild stories about your Dad and his oldest childhood friend, but when was the last time they actually met up and had some fun? If you’re struggling to remember, then arranging a fun day out for them both could be the nudge they needed to reconnect. You’ve heard about their adventures together, so perhaps a boat trip would be the perfect chance for them to make some new memories? You could always give him something related to the day out to open on Christmas day, like a sailing jacket, to get him excited.



  2. Classic Car Driving Experience

    Does your Dad begin every story with the make and model of car he was driving at the time? If this sounds familiar, then a classic car driving experience could be the perfect gift for him. He’ll be able to indulge his inner petrol-head, and the nostalgic twist makes the gift even more personal. 

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