What does your birthday say about you?


Today is my birthday! I’m not going to tell you how old I am BUT I am going to share this great website that I  stumbled upon last night, The Secret Language of Birthdays. The site reveals personality traits based on your birthday and gives advice for the future.

I’ve got to say, mine most definitely rings true (other than it claims I maybe a wee bit stubborn, an allegation I wholeheartedly deny).  Continue reading “What does your birthday say about you?”

Monday Inspiration #004 – Habits of Successful People

In 1989, Stephen R. Covey wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, it marked the start of a new genre of self help books – it was self help for the business mind.

So whilst you’re getting ready for a new week here’s the meat from the book…

Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win/Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

This is another fabulous quote – and it’s a tweetable!

Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do). {Click To Tweet}

image via Stuff No One Told Me

Monday Inspiration #003: It’s OK to quit

on their perches...

“Yo-Yo Ma’s first instrument wasn’t cello. He actually started with violin—and he wasn’t good at it. So he quit violin and picked up cello instead. Maybe you’re like Yo-Yo Ma, and you just haven’t found your cello yet.” – Karen X Cheng. Continue reading “Monday Inspiration #003: It’s OK to quit”

Monday Inspiration #002

Beach Huts in Felixstowe

Last year I went to Suffolk and was promised – PROMISED – that it would be a weekend full of sunshine. We arrived at The Salthouse Harbour Hotel (< seriously, I can’t tell you how amazing this place is) and entered like two little drowned rats. The rain was like nothing I’d seen before – and I’m from South Wales which is known for its generous rain fall.

Now as you read this I’ll be in Suffolk again and hopefully this time I’ll manage to see some sun.

Pic: Beach huts, Felixstowe Beach

Sunday Service: Coffee and Plants

The sun has been shining all day and it’s been perfect to grab a coffee and sit outside whilst pouring over the Sunday papers. It’s also time that I start getting my weekly Sunday post back up a running. 

Things I’ve loved this weekKopi Coffee

I want to do a more in depth post about coffee later this week but for now let me just say that Java Jampit is amazing!! I’m not much of a coffee drinker really (I’m more of an Earl Grey chick) but Kopi graciously sent me a pack of their Java Jampit Estate UTZ Certified Arabica and now I’m in love. It had hints of orange and chocolate and the smell is gorgeous! If you’re not aware of Kopi yet then check out their website.They are a new monthly coffee subscription service.For just £8.95 per month (it’s cheaper if you sign up for a 3/6/12 month subscription) you get a different bag of coffee from around the world delivered straight to your door each month. 

This tweet just about sums it up…


What I’ve been reading:
I’ve had a bit of green finger mania this week. I’ve been desperate to get in the garden and start planting herbs and veggies. So I love these two links: Nature office organiser from Design Sponge and Emma Cossey posted this indoor allotment 
Spring cleaning is also on my radar…This post details 9 simple hacks to help you get your apartment back. 
3 day lash tint mascara by Max Factor – a review on BritishBeautyBlogger.com

You know I love Sarah Wilson by now but if you’re a meat eater then her latest post on 5 ways to eat a chook is fabulous.
Bloggers! If you have a turnover of less than £2m and fewer than 10 employees then you’re going to be exempt from the new press regulations. Good news for 99% of bloggers I think. Although, just because you’re exempt it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use your common sense before posting!
Smug Girl, Ditzy Girl, Muffin Girl. Meet Advertising’s Horribly Clichéd Dieting Women Cheese brand’s biting parody

Here’s a piece I wrote for The Spin Alley on Dove’s new campaign

Also, I’m gibing HyperLocal blogging a whirl…here’s a post on Graffiti: Art or Vandalism

My friend Debsy has been named as one of the top 50 social media power influencers in 2013 by Forbes. Go Debs!
And finally, 


Have a great week!!

ps: Image isn’t of Kopi but from my trip to Sardinia

Sunday Stumble…

Sunday already! The weeks seem to be whizzing by at the moment and here’s me slowly adjusting to Autumn, it’ll be winter before we know it.

So this week has been crazy busy, I’ve been busy working on my e-books, was interviewed for a great podcast series and tried out co-working – but more about that later.

Shall we get on with this weeks very wordy stumble then?

I am currently obsessed with Hotel Secrets – a great new series on Sky Atlantic hosted by Richard E Grant who delves in to the world of the hotel business. I find hotels absolutely fascinating. One of my first jobs was working at the Celtic Manor Resort. I worked via an agency so tried out a variety of positions from pot washer to chambermaid and I remember desperately wanting a career in hotel management.  If I ever win the lotto I’ve got fabulous plans for a few derelict properties in Newport and Cardiff!

This week I tried out co-working. I had a few hours to spare after a meeting in Birmingham so thought it would be the PERFECT time to get my head down and in to my e-book. I don’t work too well in coffee shops, I’m so nosey that instead of working I get sucked in to people watching and eavesdropping on conversations – great for when I’m writing fiction but not SO good when I’m trying to write an e-book about having a fabulous Christmas*

I visited The Moseley Exchange, it cost £10 for 3 hours and quite honestly it was fabulous. The people were so friendly (check out a fellow co-workers website – Fandango media) and welcoming it’s a shame I don’t live in Moseley because I’d be a regular. I will however be checking out the Cardiff equivalent very soon!

Gossiping with…

I was SO honoured to be asked to record a podcast with the amazing Dave Thackeray of Talknology. We were supposed to be having a good old chat about tech stuff but instead we got totally lost in the moment and discussed everything – a total brain dump if you will. You can hear my podcast on the Talknology or download it from iTunes. Visit the site to hear some superb podcasts from more sensible, grown up people!


  Would you jump off the social media bandwagon? – The Day I Decided to Stop

 Want to find out how to write an effective hotel review?

 Tony Adam wrote all about why he loves working in coffee shops

 Want to build a blog you love? Rachel from InSpacesBetween has compiled a great post on designing a fantastic blog.

 The super gorgeous Emily from amummytoo.co.uk whipped up some Welsh cakes this week.

 And finally sticking with the foodie theme, there is a luscious recipe over at Lipstick & Cake for Pink Macaroons and Rosewater Cupcakes. 

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Sunday Stumble

I’m going to dive right in to this week Sunday stumble…

This week I’ve been…

Eating: Roast Sausage and Butternut Squash with Tuscan Fries. On Friday I was treated to this gorgeous feast. Recipe from Tesco.


Loving: I had some fabulous (free) mini cards made up for my blog. I LOVE moo.com


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(Sunday) Monday Stumble

Hello! Well I’m back from Spain so expect lots of new travel posts coming up in the next week or so. The one thing I love about going on holiday is that it gives you that breathing space to think about things and figure out what it is you want to do and where you want to go – the kind of space that “real life” just doesn’t seem to provide.

One thing I had a think about was this Sunday stumble series of posts. I love sharing articles and blog posts from around the web but I want to add a bit of pizazz. So rather than just a list of wonderful things you can read from this week I’ll be giving a bit of a weekly run down – everything from where I’ve been to things I love.

Hope you enjoy!

This week I’ve been…

Loving: Parma Violet Candles

I bought one of these a while back from a show I attended and it lasted so long that it was worth the £8.50 price tag. Since the winter nights are drawing in I thought it was time I treated myself to another one.

£8.50 from John Lewis


 Reading:6 things every blogger should know about photography – I love this post from Helena La Petite. We all know that photographs make a blog post great and Helena gives great tips.

Delighted Momma has done a great blog post about the health and beauty benefits of coconut oil. I’ve been a huge fan of coconut oil for a while now and read the blog post and you’ll see a few reasons why!

God bless Gala Darling and her tips on surviving your saturn return. if you’re nearly 30 (or 60) then you’re going to want to read this. Saturn is a tough bird to conquer and your first Saturn return is notoriously difficult but with these tips you should be able to ease yourself through it.

For more Saturn sorcery then check out The Saturn Sisters
You may enjoy this article about a fat, moustachioed orphan finding a home in the New York Times
Finally, not so much a “reading” but there was a great radio four program on how we’re relying more on our digital devices and how this is having an affect on our memory. It’s only 30 minutes and you can catch it on BBC iPlayer (or download the digital human podcast)

Visiting: Well, I’ve kind of been distracted by Spain and will do some seperate posts but I have to just quickly tell you about this amazing hotel in Madrid. The Axor Feria – it’s an airport hotel which was the ideal base for my whirlwind tour of Madrid but turns out it’s probably one of the nicest hotels I’ve ever stayed in. Cheap, modern and great service. Not to mention a bottle of nice wine was only €10 in the hotel bar. It had different zones such as wii, news, technology and chill out which were all big communal areas for residents to chill out. Free wi-fi, shuttle bus to and from the airport and a bus stop at the end of the road that will get you to the centre of Madrid with ease.  It cost just £39 per night through booking.com

Listening to:  Robbie Williams – Candy. I do love a bit of Robbie, I can’t deny it and I am absolutely loving – LOVING – his new song.