I think I first started watching videos¬†on YouTube when I was about 16 years old (10 years ago!). I’ve done the rounds of watching beauty vloggers, hauls, daily vlogs, weekly vlogs, challenge videos, gaming videos … and the list goes on. I would honestly rather sit and watch YouTube videos than I would watch the television. It’s real life and I find it more interesting.

I started my blog in May 2017 as I’ve never had the confidence to put myself out there on YouTube even though I’ve wanted to for years. I saw blogging as another outlet that I could be creative and share my passions. I’ve always been a quiet and reserved person so figured that YouTube probably isn’t for me. Don’t get me wrong I love my blog, but I find it hard to share some of my passions.

Disney vlogs 

My current obsession (and honestly this has been my obsession for years) is watching Disney Vlogs. I’ve visited Disney World 8 times and I’m returning this year for my 9th visit. Disney is my happy place, it’s the place that puts the biggest smile on my face and I have so many amazing memories from my trips. I get so much enjoyment out of watching other people’s Disney Vlogs because I just really bloody love Disney World!

Now I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this post … I’m really considering vlogging my Disney World trip this year. Not because I want to be a YouTube star; but because I want to be able to watch back my memories instead of just looking at photos. Let’s be honest you can relive the magic more through video than you can through photographs. At first, I was scared to approach Shaun with the idea as he doesn’t watch YouTube and I didn’t think he’d be keen on me constantly getting a camera out around him … but to my surprise, he’s said it doesn’t bother him in the slightest! ūüėÄ

Getting over the fear 

Now I think pretty much everyone I watch on YouTube has mentioned how filming videos out in public were scary at first. You feel like everyone is staring at you and just feel pretty stupid. And that’s exactly how I feel. I keep asking myself if I’m confident enough or will I just be awkward in front¬†of the camera?! I guess it’s like with anything that the more you practice the better you get. I’m currently trying to persuade myself that vlogging my Disney trip is a good idea and it’ll also be so amazing to be able to watch the holiday back once I’m home.

Oh, also my other dilemma¬†….¬†How do people always look so good in Disney World vlogs? Whenever I go to Disney I’m a sweaty mess wearing absolutely no makeup because it just runs off my face!

If you have any tips on starting off with vlogging then please leave me a comment below. Any advice will be really appreciated!

Charlotte xx

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There’s nothing I love more than a fresh start and a clean slate. Getting a new calendar and seeing that you have 365 days ahead of you to do what you want with them is a bliss feeling. Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting about where I am in life. If I’m being honest, I’m actually very happy with my life right now. I’m 26, I’m a homeowner and I have a job that doesn’t make me miserable. I’m in a very happy relationship and I’m surrounded by wonderful family and friends.¬†But with that being said, there’s anything wrong with change. Sometimes you need to change things up to move forward and progress. I thought I would share some of the things that I want to change this year.

Stop being so lazy 

I’m actually a very productive person on the whole, but I find after a day at work I’m always really tired when I get home. I get up at 6am every day¬†for work and I¬†usually get home from work around 5pm. Once I’ve had dinner and done any chores all I ever do is sit on the sofa and watch the TV until I go to bed. This HAS to change. As many of you know I’m really into arts and crafts and would love to open my own business. I need to start being more productive during my evenings to make me dream a reality! I’m thinking of setting aside a couple of evenings a week to spend in my craft room getting some projects done.

Live a healthier lifestyle 

I never really exercise. Unless you count walking for 20 minutes a day from my car to work?! I know that I need to lose a bit of weight but instead of going on some stupid diet which I’ll never stick to I just want to try and live a healthier lifestyle. Last year I started drinking 2 litres of water a day and this year I’m going to try and up that to 3 litres a day. I’m also trying to cook more meals from scratch and eat out less. I hate the gym so I definitely won’t be joining one but I’m going to try and work out at home at least 3 times a week.

Make more time for friends 

I feel like I hardly ever see my friends. We’re all busy with full-time jobs and life just gets in the way. I want to make more of a conscious effort this year to try and meet up with my closest friend every couple of weeks. We love spending time together and definitely need to make more of an effort to fit it in.

Make date night a priority 

Shaun and I have been together for 3 and a half years now. At the start of our relationship we used to have ‘date night’ most weeks and I really miss it. We live together and also work together! (I know right, we must be crazy?!). Things have just become very ‘normal’ as we go about our day to day lives of getting things done. I miss going bowling, and going for walks along the beach and games nights! I definitely need date night back in my life!

I’m excited for 2019 and I have so much to look forward to. I’m hoping that making some changes to my life will make 2019 my best year yet. Are you making any changes this year? Let me know below.

Charlotte xx

 

 

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My goals for 2019

Hello!

It’s been a while since I last sat down and wrote a blog post. In fact, my last blog post was posted on November 4th and then I literally vanished for a while. I planned on taking a break for a couple of weeks but it ended up being much longer.

If you’re wondering where I’ve been, the reason for my absence is that I got a kitten. I say Kitten;¬†he was 4 and a half months when we got him and he’s now nearly 6 months. Pudsey has been very challenging, to say the least! Sleep became non-existent with a lovely 4am wake-up call each morning from a very¬†distressed and upset kitty. Now, after about 6 weeks he’s finally started to settle and actually lets us sleep until 7am! He’s absolutely gorgeous and I wouldn’t change him for the world… But he made me very sleep deprived so the reality is I neglected my blog.

Pudsey the cat

Anyway enough about Pudsey (As cute as he is) … I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas break and are all feeling refreshed and ready to tackle 2019!

I thought I would share my 2019 goals with you all in today’s¬†post. You can see my¬†goals for 2018 here. I actually succeeded¬†in all of them apart from opening an Etsy shop.

2019 Goals

Get fit 

Usually, I stay well away from any goals to do with fitness because I’m rubbish at it. But the reality is that I’ve put on about 2 stone in weight since being in a ‘comfortable’ relationship and I’ve reached the point that I’m repulsed by my own body. I’ve never particularly suffered from body confidence issues but this last year I’ve felt pretty rubbish about myself. I’m off to Florida in May for my birthday so to make it a little more fun I’m calling it #FitForFlorida. I’ve ordered the Jessica Smith Walk the Weight Off 30-day plan DVD as I love her YouTube channel. I’ll keep you updated with my progress.

Open an Etsy shop 

As I mentioned above, this is the one goal that I didn’t manage to achieve last year so I’m even more determined to make it happen this year. I love anything creative and would love to open an online shop that sells greeting cards, printed quotes and planner stickers. I’ve been working on my shop branding over the last few weeks and I’m excited to share it with you all soon.

Read more books 

Over the last few weeks, I’ve really got back into reading again. I go through phases of reading and then life gets busy and I just stop for months and months. I enjoy reading so much, I find it a brilliant way to switch off and take some time out for myself. 2019 is definitely going to be the year I read more. If anyone has any book recommendations¬†then please let me know. My favourite genre is psychological thrillers.

What are your goals for 2019?

Charlotte xx

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Downloadable weekly meal planner

I moved out of my parent’s house and into my own place back in June this year so I’ve had a few months to adjust to living without mum! I’ve quickly realised how busy life is when you have a house to run, work full time and are trying to have some form of social life. Meal planning has become a must for me and here are 5 reasons why I swear by it!

1 РIt saves time 

There’s nothing worse than getting home from work and having no idea what to cook. Meal planning means I know exactly what I’m cooking so I can get home from work and get on with it.

2 РIt saves money 

Meal planning has really helped me to save money. We all know how expensive food shops are! When I go to do my weekly shop I have a list of what I need to buy and I’m not just aimlessly walking around picking up any old thing which will end up costing a fortune. We like to treat ourselves so I’ll make sure that if we’re having steak for tea one night that the other nights we’re having cheaper meals to keep the cost down.

3 РSome foods make more than one meal 

I usually cook a roast dinner every Sunday. What I like to do is buy a large chicken and use the leftovers on a Monday to make a second meal. Often I’ll opt for a chicken curry or chicken and chips. Meal planning in advance means I know what I’ll be cooking with the leftovers and I can make sure I have the right ingredients in the cupboards.

4 РI eat healthier 

I’m not a health freak and I never will be because I enjoy food too much! But meal planning has definitely helped me eat healthier. I like to cook my meals from scratch instead of using jars of sauce that are full of salt. Planning in advance helps me make healthier choices and make sure I have the right ingredients to make things myself.

5 РI look forward to eating 

It’s so much better meal planning in advance as you can plan meals that you really enjoy. If I got home from work and had no plan I would end up chucking something in the oven from the freezer which never really tastes that great. Because I plan in advance I can look forward to my evening meal because I know it’s going to be something yummy.

I write my meal plan out every Sunday and stick it to my fridge. I then do my food shop on a Monday after work to make sure I have everything I need. I’ve created a free downloadable PDF which you can all use to plan your weekly meals! (Click on the link below to download)

Enjoy!

Charlotte xx

Charlotte Shares – weekly meal planner

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Christmas card with watercolours and embossing powder

As I write this it’s just 59 sleeps until Christmas which is crazy! I’m not sure where the year has gone but suddenly Christmas is creeping up on us. I always like to be organised for Christmas. I hate leaving things to the last minute as it gets stressful. Here are my 5 tips for getting organised quickly to make sure your Christmas is fun and enjoyable and most importantly stress-free!

Get your Christmas crafts done early 

I make my own Christmas cards and I’ve been working on them since September. I know roughly how many I need to make and make sure I plan accordingly to get them all done in time. Above is one of my latest designs that I’ve made and I love how it’s turned out. It was super easy to make, I created a watercolour background and then used stamps and white embossing powder for the pictures. Simple but super cute!

Avoid the crowds and shop early 

Don’t get caught up in the chaotic Christmas crowds. Start your shopping early. If you see something in October that you think would be a good present for someone then pick it up. Another great way to avoid the crowds is to shop online and this is a fab way to support small businesses.

Think about food 

I’m going to my mums for Christmas lunch this year so I don’t¬†need to worry about that. However, I have all of my family coming over on Boxing Day and I’m going to do a buffet. I’ve already written the list of what food I’m going to do and I’ve started running the freezer down so that I can fit everything in. There’s nothing worse than doing a big Christmas food shop and not being able to fit it in the fridge/ freezer.

Don’t leave time-consuming tasks until the last minute

Wrapping presents and writing cards … It can take forever! Don’t leave it all until the last minute. You could either wrap as you buy or spread it over a few weekends leading up to Christmas so that you aren’t trying to wrap everything on Christmas Eve. I often find wrapping presents quite boring so I like to spread it out and not do everything at once.

Book things early 

Christmas is a busy time of year and it’s important to book thigs in early. If you want to go out with all of your friends for a Christmas meal then you need to book it now! We’ve had a Christmas meal out booked since September for December¬†21st as everything books up so quickly. People also get booked up over Christmas so if you want to see friends and family then plan it as early as you can to fit everything in.

Hope you all found this helpful and enjoy planning your Christmas!

Charlotte xx

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