Three things currently revolutionising my life!

I don’t know about you but I happen to love it when you discover something that makes your entire life so much easier. It could be anything, from the perfect hair band (I don’t know what I’ll do when my current one dies, as it has the perfect amount of stretch!) to a cheap car hire place – I’m looking at you ZitAuto, but whatever it is, it leaves you wondering how did I cope before. Or is that just me?

So with this thought in mind I wanted to share three things that I’m finding particularly wonderful and revolutionary right this moment. I’m sure you lovely people will find them just as helpful in your respective lifes. I honestly think these three things have made a big difference in my life the past few weeks – I swear I’ve gained minutes hours back thanks to these three inventions!

First up is the brilliant Buffer app, which I’ve not only got on my iPhone but also on both my personal laptop and my work PC and it’s so useful. Basically you can schedule tweets through it, but the key thing is that when you’re on a webpage that you want to share you simply click the Buffer icon and it’ll automatically shorten the url and leave space for you to write your text. So unbelievably simple, but so wonderfully helpful for two reasons. Firstly because in the past I would send a gazillion tweets all at once as I’d tend to see interesting stuff on my way home from work or whilst browsing the interweb at night and just want to share them all. This is, I imagine for the few followers I have, a little bit tedious! But now with the Buffer app I can still share them, but schedule them and therefore offend fewer people! The second reason why discovering this app is amazing is that it means I can promote my blog posts much easier – in the past I wouldn’t really share stuff on Twitter as I’d simply forget to do it. But now I can pop the url in as soon as the post is written and I can get sharing. Definitely a revolutionary discovery.

Pocket is the second thing making my life better and better. It now means that instead of sending myself 20 emails a day full of links, articles, interesting blog posts and stories I can simply add each one to pocket with one click of the mouse (or my finger on my phone). Then later in the day: on the bus, during lunch or when watching TV I can peruse them all at my leisure. It’s really quite genius! In the past I’ve definitely wasted a lot of time clicking links when I’m meant to be doing something else, so to be able to see them all later (without sending myself millions of emails) is brilliant. Plus I no longer lose or forget the links, as they are all in one handy place. I really do heartily recommend it. Just some of the things I’ve pocketed recently are This brilliant ‘you can’t write proper english under pressure’ game and this delicious looking pinata cake – imagine if I’d lost these links. It’s be an absolute travesty!

I mentioned my new blog planner a while back in this post and I can honestly say my love for it hasn’t waned at all. It’s so useful having one place to keep track of ideas, upcoming posts and (most rewardingly) to tick posts off when they’re written. Since I’ve started to think more about my posts and popped them in this planner I’ve had gazillions of new ideas. Also what’s great is that there’s enough space to scribble things out and write new ideas on the relevant day. And if the worse happens and I’ve made a huge mess, no problem at all, I just tear the page off and start again: genius I tell you.
Hooray for my blog planner

What about you, what revolutionary items are you currently using, in either your blogging or everyday life? Please share, I’m always excited about new and exciting things to make my life easier!

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When did life admin become a thing?

I’ve been pondering this question a lot recently as I’ve suddenly got a list as long as my arm that involve dullsville things like ‘pay credit card bill’ and ‘file paperwork’. When did that become my life?! How did I suddenly become all adulty with an adult list of things to get done – I don’t want to have to block out time in my life of reading, blogging and eating to do life admin. Seriously, this is something that my parents do. How am I now doing these things, shouldn’t I be just sat on the sofa eating m&m’s without a care in the world?! That would be nice wouldn’t it! But no it appears I am now a fully fledged adult and a grown up who has to divide her time between work, cooking, shopping, reading and life admin. Oh joy to the world!

I think I’ll seriously have to start allotting a time to these life admin tasks, maybe early Sunday morning is a good time or maybe I’ll block out a lunchtime each week. I can’t help thinking that all these organised people are right – you need to have a plan of action, as otherwise things just get far far too overwhelming. Maybe I need pretty folders to keep my paperwork organised like on the I Heart Organizing blog or I should get a proper system for dealing with paperwork á la  A Thrifty Mrs. Hm decision decisions. One things for sure that my trusty Rob Ryan notebook is getting a good work out at the moment. I seem to be scribbling a new list every day!

notebook

Sticking to a budget, is it possible?

A couple of months ago I made the mistake of looking at my credit card statement and totting up the amount I’d spent on clothes since the start of the year and I was slightly hideously shocked at the amount I’d spent. I really had no idea that such a big proportion of my pay goes on clothes, oops! If I think about it it’s not that surprising as on an average day I’m probably wearing three items (clothes, shoes or jewelery) that I’ve purchased in the last six months – the perils of shedding weight I suppose. Since looking at that credit card statement I’ve started to think about what I’m buying as my spending has clearly been getting out of control. This has being going quite well, but I do find that sometimes that impulse to buy anything and everything that fits rears its ugly head again, so I figure I need another incentive to ensure that I don’t spend stupid amounts on clothes each months. The solution? Budgeting Bloggers, where the idea is to stick to a budget each week and other bloggers will help to hold you accountable to this amount. Lau has already been doing it for a month (check out her recent post here) and I think it’ll definitely help me make better shopping choices and stick to a budget, as let’s be honest if I have a budget I’m less likely to spend £50 quid on stuff I don’t need in Primark. So I’m now in my first month of budget blogging – eek what a scary thought.

So first off I need to come up with a budget amount. The general rule is to do between 5 and 8 % of your wage, so I’ve settled on £130 for all clothes, shoes, accessories and beauty products – nail varnish, make up, etc. that I buy a month. Before I get started on the first month, I thought it might be interesting to look back to the last month and see how much I’ve spent and what I’ve got for that money. This could be eye-opening….

May’s shopping in pictures

Sunkissed Pullover, Gap (£17.99) – This is the comfiest jumper I’ve ever owned and I love the colour. It’s perfect for the summer thanks to its pastel shade and goes perfectly with my silver starred skinnies – although I feel like a walking talking Gap advert in both items!

Aztec Pump and Navy Pumps, Primark (£8.00 each) – Also known as the comfiest pumps in existence, hence why I ended up buying these in two colours. Sometimes you just know you’ll be wearing a pair of shoes all the time so it makes sense to buy multiple pairs. Three of my friends also have these shoes in various colours. I think that’s 100% proof that these shoes are awesome.

Pink v Neck t shirt, Gap (£4.99) – I needed another plain t-shirt, so when I saw that this one was in the sale, I was all over it. Thankfully it’s perfect with everything I could want to wear it with and at less than a fiver it’s not exactly expensive!

Black Heels, H&M (£25.00) – I am totally in love with these, I bought them on a whim the day or so before the big 60th birthday bash earlier in the month and I was mildly surprised that they were so comfy as they were only £25. They’ve already had two outings in the last month so they’ve definitely paid for themselves already.

Studded Belt, Gap (£5) – Basically an essential item for my wardrobe as my current belt has seen better days.

Mint Jumper, H&M (£12.99) – Yes this is the second jumper I’ve bought in May, further proof that Summer is yet to arrive, but I’m not complainging that a new jumper was needed. As it’s mint (a fave colour of mine) and super soft. The only bad thing about this is that I can’t get it in any other colours, which perhaps is a good thing for the budget, yes?

Cream and Navy Bowling Bag, Primark (£9.00) – I didn’t need another bag as I have about 25 in my wardrobe, however seeing as I don’t have a cream or blue bowling bag and at only £9 it was sort of a no-brainer!

Navy Cardigan, Primark (£4.20) – An essential in any wardrobe and a total steal at only £4.20 (who knew Primark had special offers?!)

Floral Skater Dress, ASOS (£22.00), Chambray Skater Dress, Oasis (£36.00) and Bright Pink Dress, Dorothy Perkins (£20.00) – I’ve discussed all three of these lovely dresses here and I think these three will get me through the Summer and Winter as they are all versatile and season proof (my new word).

So the grand total of all these lovely items? £168. Yes I fear this budget malarkey might be trickier than I think….

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