20 Nov 2019

100 Blog Post Ideas For The 'Little Bit Of Everything' Blogger



I often find myself going through phases of lacking inspiration and motivation for my blog. Coming up with fresh new ideas is hard sometimes. I've listed 100 (yes a whole one hundred!) blog post ideas for the blogger who is like me and writes about a bit of everything. I hope these inspire and motivate you for your blog!

  1. Why you started blogging
  2. What you love/hate about blogging
  3. Blogging tips
  4. Photography tips
  5. Finding your blogging voice
  6. Planning for your blog
  7. Social media tips for bloggers
  8. Blogging process
  9. Favourite blogs
  10. How to start a blog
  11. A guide to affiliate programmes
  12. Tips and advice for a sponsored blog post 
  13. X years of blogging
  14. Where you've travelled to
  15. Bucket list
  16. Travel guide
  17. Staycation
  18. A day trip to...
  19. Travel guide to your hometown
  20. How to plan the ultimate holiday
  21. Travel essentials
  22. Finding holidays on a budget
  23. Saving money for travelling
  24. Travel beauty
  25. Travel skincare
  26. Packing tips
  27. Packing for a weekend away
  28. Everyday beauty essentials (makeup, skincare or haircare)
  29. Current beauty favourites
  30. What your everyday face is worth
  31. Favourite makeup palettes
  32. Beauty wish list
  33. Hairstyles for short / medium / long hair
  34. Foundations for dry/oily/combination skin
  35. Hits and misses
  36. Product review (hyped up or new launch)
  37. Fragrance collection
  38. Subscription box review
  39. How to clean your makeup brushes
  40. Makeup brush collection
  41. Makeup storage and collection
  42. Evening skincare routine
  43. Morning skincare routine
  44. Budget beauty tips
  45. High-end beauty favourites
  46. Spotlight on a brand
  47. Your style story
  48. Trying out a trend
  49. 3 ways to style (i.e.: converse, grey tee, black jeans)
  50. Favourite accessories
  51. Wardrobe tour
  52. What's in my bag
  53. Shoe collection
  54. Special occasion outfit (i.e.: wedding, birthday, party)
  55. Recent purchases haul
  56. Saving money on fashion
  57. Capsule wardrobe
  58. Workwear inspiration 
  59. Finding your personal style
  60. Style look book
  61. Summer style
  62. Seasonal wardrobe essentials
  63. How to save on style
  64. Favourite jewellery pieces
  65. Styling your jewellery
  66. How to get organised
  67. Productivity tips
  68. Body confidence
  69. Self-care tips
  70. Motivation advice
  71. University/college advice
  72. About your job
  73. How to save money
  74. Wish list
  75. Interior moodboard
  76. How to style a shelf
  77. A peek inside your home
  78. Organising your wardrobe
  79. A look at your beauty set up
  80. Home renovation talk through
  81. Desk tour
  82. A letter to your younger self
  83. DIY (Instagram DIYS, homeware, beauty)
  84. Favourite TV shows/movies/books
  85. Film review
  86. A day in the life
  87. Dessert recipe
  88. Food recipe
  89. Drinks recipe
  90. Advice for hosting a dinner party
  91. Book review
  92. How to plan a birthday party/ wedding/ baby shower
  93. A gift guide
  94. Goals for the month/year
  95. Reviewing a monthly box (beauty, food, fashion etc)
  96. A beginners guide to...
  97. Talk about a significant life experience
  98. Birthday blog post
  99. How to have a work life balance
  100. Your own 100 blog post ideas

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17 Nov 2019

Easy Ramen Recipe | Veg & Non-Veg



Anyone who knows me is well aware that I am a lover of noodles… any form of noodle dish is my go-to! One of my favourite recipes I enjoy making time and time again is my ramen recipe. It is one of those dishes that works for all the family and is great all year round. I also think it fills you up the perfect amount and leaves you feeling full but without feeling heavy and like you need a nap.

I'll hold my hands up and say that it isn't super healthy but it can definitely be chopped and changed so the recipe is more stripped down and healthy. I just like how adaptable the recipe is, it can be veggie or non-veg and can be served with a variety of sides – Chinese-style chips, spring rolls, prawn toast or prawn crackers. Anyway, here is the recipe so you can recreate it too.


Serves | 2 people

Prep time | 15 mins

Cook time | 30 mins

Ingredients:

For the ramen:
2 noodle nests
1 vegetable stock cube, diluted in some water.
Carrots, chopped
Mangetout, chopped
Baby corn, sliced in half
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, grated
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh ginger, grated (just less than 1 inch)

To garnish:
Sesame seeds, toasted
Spring onions, chopped
Coriander, chopped
Chilli powder and flakes, as needed
Boiled eggs, sliced

Optional extras // chicken, prawns or tofu. 


Method:

1. Prep your veg, chop the ginger and garlic and boil eggs.

2. In a large pan add 1 tbsp of oil followed by the garlic and ginger and let them brown slightly.

3. Then add the soy sauce and stock water. I measure the water by the bowls I'd be eating in, so add 1 for each person and a little extra as the water evaporates.

4. After a few minutes add the veggies so they can boil through. If I was adding meat, I'd cook it separately and add it in at this point too.



5. Season with salt, pepper and chilli powder as needed.

6. When the veg is almost done pop the noodle nests in so they can boil too.



7. When complete, dish up in a bowl with some soup and noodles and top with toasted sesame seeds, spring onions, coriander, sliced boiled egg and chilli flakes. It is now ready to serve!


Enjoy and do let me know how you get on! 


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10 Nov 2019

Skincare Products That Have Helped My Eczema



I’ve been meaning to write this post up for a good couple of months now but if I’m being honest, I feel like I could write a post like this every 6 months or so. The reason being is that a) these products only helped me they might not help you, b) they sometimes only work for a short amount of time and c) I’m constantly trying new products so I can keep sharing what works, even if it is for a few weeks.

So with all that in mind, I wanted to share a few products that have helped with my eczema recently because I feel like these are really worth trying if you suffer with eczema like me. I unfortunately get flare ups on my face, neck, arms and hands - areas that are often exposed as they can’t be hidden! I am quite conscious about it but I also know I just have to get on with life and work with what I’ve got that day.


I was sent the Diprobase Itch Relief Cream* and Diprobase Daily Moisturising Cream* and I’m so glad I was because I wasn’t aware they had new targeted skincare products in their range. I’ve tried a few of their products before, as they were recommended by my GP, but hadn’t come across these.

I found that the Itch Relief Cream* is best for use on my face and neck. It isn’t too thick or sticky so I could use it in the morning as well as the evening and it didn’t smell funky – which I thought it would because it is more of a medicated cream. I found that this help reduce redness and flakiness on inflamed areas and it soothed my skin during flare ups. It claims to calm the skin within just 30 minutes of applying it and the packaging states it can be used on babies too but only for the short term (doctor’s advice is recommended).

The Daily Moisturising Cream* does exactly what it says on the tin. It provides hydration when needed and is perfect for day-to-day use. I used this all over my body rather than on my face, but I believe it can be used for both. Its best results are not during flare ups so avoid using when your skin isn’t feeling so great. The cream is also gentle for us on babies.


I’ve heard a lot about the Weleda Skin Food so I thought I’d finally cave in and give it a go… and I’m so happy that I did because this has got to be the product that has helped out the most with the eczema on my face. This product is a natural multipurpose balm that includes ingredients such as chamomile and calendula, which hydrates the skin. Apparently, one is sold every 23 seconds… proves how good it is!

I can only describe the products texture as Vaseline-like so it is quite thick and sticky so bear that in mind when you choose to apply it. I tend to apply it first thing in the morning so it can soak in before I head to work.


I hadn’t had a flare up in a while but when I did, it was one of the worst I’d ever had. I was recommended the Cera Ve range by a few different people so I went out and purchased the Moisturising Lotion. It is a really nice, lightweight cream that can be used on your face or body. I applied the lotion multiple times a day and it really helped soothe the skin as it was cooling on the skin. I really want to try more from the brand so if you have any other recommendations, do send them my way so I can try them!


And those are the products that helped with my eczema during its latest flare up. Do you have any recommendations?

*gifted products
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6 Nov 2019

Working The 9-5: How To Have A Work-Life Balance



Let’s be real, working a full-time job is hard work! We all like to have a life outside of the office and keep on top of other commitments like kids, a home or another business. Personally for me, I like to make time for the important things like family, friends, blogging and a few other hobbies. I find that it becomes really difficult to keep on top of everything, it’s always a couple of the things that remain on top whilst the other factors are slacking. Find yourself in the same situation? Here are some tips to help you have a better work life balance.
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3 Nov 2019

Hair Products That Help To Tame Frizz



The hair God’s have kindly blessed me with curly, frizzy, unruly (you get the drift) hair and now that my hair is longer, I have been on a mission to tame my crazy locks! In terms of shampoo and conditioner, I’m pretty set on my holy-grail Shea Moisture, although I have been dabbling into other products now and then to see if there is anything that can beat it... so far, nothing!
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20 Oct 2019

My Go-To Facial Oils For Dry, Dehydrated and Eczema-Prone Skin



Whenever I open my skincare cupboard and look at my collection of oils, serums and creams, I always find I’m reaching for certain products. In terms of facial oils, there are currently five different ones I’m rotating between, depending on what my skin is like that day.

My skin is pretty much always dry and dehydrated but sometimes my eczema flares up and I need something with more punch. I thought that by sharing what products work for my skin, it may help those struggling with the same skin challenges.



A few months back I noticed the Palmers Skin Therapy Oil on the shelves of my local Boots and I was intrigued to try it out. The oil contains key ingredients like retinol to target fine lines and vitamin C to brighten an uneven skin tone. I’m currently going through phases where my skin appears uneven because of my eczema patches so I was hoping this product would help overcome that issue as well as lock in some much needed moisture.

And that is exactly what the oil offers – hydration and a more even skin tone. I can’t comment on the fine lines element much as I’m only in my twenties but if you are looking for a product that targets ageing skin, I would definitely recommend this one! I must note that this is one of those typical greasy oils so definitely one to include in your evening routine.


This oil also contains vitamin A (retinol) and vitamin C but with the added addition of rose, it keeps the skin calm and less irritated. I’m not going to lie, I’ve never been a fan of rose in skincare mostly because I’m not too keen on the smell but also because I feel like it is associated with the older generation. However, I’ve become more open over the past year in terms of trying products with rose as it is meant to be a great ingredient to help with irritated and sensitive skin, both of which I sometimes struggle with due to my eczema.

Anyway, I like to use this product when my skin is feeling quite irritable. So I apply a few drops as part of my evening routine and pat it into my skin, rather than smearing it around. My skin is normally left with visible dry patches in the morning but this product eliminates that and leaves it feeling soft and supple. Another benefit of this product is that it isn’t a greasy oil and is very lightweight allowing it to melt into the skin easily.

Coconut Oil
For a natural option, I really enjoy using coconut oil as a treatment. Coconut oil can hydrate the skin for 24 hours and also contains vitamin A and vitamin E, both of which help with anti-ageing. So coconut oil is a great alternative for a product that will help improve skin elasticity and collagen production. It also benefits from being a multipurpose product which you can use on your face, body and hair.

I’ve banged on and on about this product on my blog because it actually works! A lot of you may have heard of the brand The Ordinary for offering targeted skincare at an affordable price. Their product range includes pure ingredients that are aimed at specific skin concerns. I found the 100% Plant Derived Squalane a few years ago when I was just discovering the brand and I have been using it ever since.

Squalane is naturally found in the skin and has powerful hydration properties. The Plant Derived Squalane is extracted from plants like sugar cane and is renowned for its antioxidant and moisturising benefits. I apply this on my skin after my serum as a boost of hydration and it always works great.



Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil | £34
I got a couple of samples of this oil and I've used it a few times now but so far so good! It not only smells amazing but it also hydrates the skin from within. You only need a few drops but a little goes a very long way.


What are your favourite facial oils?
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29 Sep 2019

Love Beauty & Planet: Coconut Oil and Ylang Ylang Shampoo and Conditioner



A few months back I spotted the Love Beauty & Planet range popping up in my local Boots and I was intrigued as it was under the 'vegan' hair products shelf. I'm not a vegan but I assumed as the products were vegan, it is more natural than other named brands on the shelves. So I decided to purchase the coconut oil and ylang ylang shampoo and conditioner. It just so happens that this range is suitable for hair that needs repairing.



I tested out this product for a whole month and I still have quite a bit left in the bottle - which means a little does go a very long way! I like that the scent is subtle but slightly noticeable. The shampoo cleans my hair from the build up of product throughout the week and the conditioner leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth. It's also suitable for both men and women, in my opinion, as my brother-in-law seemed to love using it too.

The packaging is a great size for the shower or if you are travelling so I definitely think I'll purchase a couple more for when I travel next. The label on the bottle claims that the plastic is recycled, which is great! I don't know why all brands don't do this? It doesn't make a different to the look and feel of the product and is a great switch. 



The product is also vegan, as mentioned previously, as well as free from parabens, silicones and colourants making it gentle for your hair. My only niggle I have about this product is that it still contains sulfates - which is terrible for curly hair as it doesn't allow them to be as defined as they could be. 

Last but not least, the price of the product isn't cheap. I feel like the prices have actually gone higher since I bought it (or I purchased when it was on offer) and it is now £7 a bottle! This is comparative to the Shea Moisture range - which I love and feel that it has a few more benefits on the 'natural beauty' side of things. However, this range is a great option for everyday use if you have wavy or straight hair or if you don't really care what you use. If you have curly hair, I'd recommend Shea Moisture over this.

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22 Sep 2019

My Beauty Favourites From This Summer



I hate to admit it but summer is coming to an end here in the UK. On the plus side autumn is coming which means knits, cosy nights in and hues of orange! Excitement aside, today's post is all things summer beauty and I noticed that I've been reaching for the same products over the past few months. So I figured I'd share some of my beauty favourites from the summer on the blog today.



If you read this post, you'd know I'm trying out the Curly Girl Method. It's been going well, my hair gets better and better with each wash and sometimes it is crazy curly to the point I can't control it! I think it's just a case of finding the right products to help define the curls and keep them looking nice.

After I wash my hair I apply a gel or creme whilst it is still damp so the curls are defined. To help hold the curls I've been using the Shea Moisture Curl Gel Souffle. It's a great gel that isn't too sticky or tacky and doesn't make your hair go crispy. It also smells amazing and a little goes a very long way so this tub should last you a good while! I really like how Shea Moisture products are free from all the nasties like parabens and petroleum, which also helps with bringing back curls and keeping them healthy.



As you may know, my skin is always dry so to add some hydration the Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil is great. This oil makes my skin feel the benefits of an oil without having the greasy feel. It's lightweight formula makes it brilliant for mornings but I use this both day and night.

I like to pop a few drops on my palms and pat it into the skin - apparently this is the best way to apply oils as it maximises the benefits of the products and is most gentle for the skin. You can also add a few drops into your cream and apply it that way.



The Body Shop Skin Defence has been my go-to SPF for the past few summers and this year it was no different. I use this on my face and neck and it just does the job of your bog standard SPF but without the smell - something which I'm not particularly fond of! I haven't been on a summer holiday this year but our British summer wasn't too bad ey? I'll definitely be taking this on my trip later this year (follow me on my Instagram to stay tuned!)



I originally purchased this mask as a gift for my sister as she loves Kiehl's but after using it a couple of times, I knew I needed to get my own! The Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque is a (mouthful to say) fab mask for all skin types. It brightens the skins appearance by buffing away dead skin sells, making you look more radiant and less fatigued - something I definitely need!

I always say I struggle with a bright complexion because of my eczema and dry skin but this mask gives my skin a different type of glow that other masks don't. Highly recommend for both women and men looking for a great all-rounder mask.



I never have much to share about fragrances on my blog but I've talked briefly about this product before, which means it is great! The Body Shop Shea Eau De Toilette is a lovely scent that is really hard to describe! If you are after a scent that isn't overpowering, isn't floral and doesn't break the bank - this might be for you. Head to your local store and give it a whiff!



What products have you been loving this summer?
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1 Sep 2019

REVIEW: Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush



It is no secret that I am a skincare lover and always looking for new products to add to my collection. So when the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush was gifted to me by my family as a birthday present, I was SO excited to try it out. I’ve heard rave reviews of similar gadgets like the Clarasonic Brush and other versions that brands have bought out so I was very excited to finally be giving one a go!
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14 Jul 2019

Home Scents & Candles I'm Loving



Following on from this blog post about cleaning I thought I'd share some of my current favourite home scents and candles. My cleaning routine is one of my favourite jobs in the week and making the house smell nice is the best finishing touch! I'm not sure if anyone is interesting in reading about my cleaning routine but if you are, let me know and I'll write up a post. Anyway, today's post will be about the good smelly stuff!

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7 Jul 2019

The Beauty Glow Edit


Summertime means the comeback of fresh faced make up, dewy skin and all the glow. Until a few months ago, I'd never really bought or looked into products that encourage glowy skin so now that I've tried and tested them, I wanted to share with those also looking to achieve the same look this summer.

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30 Jun 2019

3 Serums To Try If You Have Dry Skin



I've been having a little switch around of my skincare products recently and found that I seem to alternate between 3 different serums depending on my skin situation. As I have a dry, dehydrated and eczema prone skin type, I thought this might be helpful for those who have a similar skin type and are looking for a hydrating serum.

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23 Jun 2019

Beauty Empties From The Past Few Months



I really enjoy watching people empties videos on Youtube and reading blog posts so I figured I'd do my own. I've been collecting my empty beauty products over the past few months and today I wanted to share mini reviews of each product and also my decision on whether I'd repurchase. Let's get stuck in...
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9 Jun 2019

Recipe: Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes



I've been doing a bit of baking lately (as you may have noticed from my Instagram) so I thought I'd share one of the recipes on my blog this week. These cherry bakewell cupcakes are a favourite with family and friends. If you enjoy cherries and love icing, this one is definitely for you!
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5 Jun 2019

Lifestyle and Beauty Tips For Those Who Suffer With Eczema


Hello fellow eczema-prone skin people. I’m Fatima and I have a daily battle with my eczema.  It’s been about two years and I have not found a permanent or long-term solution for my eczema but I have discovered patterns and methods that have helped me control it to a certain extent.

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19 May 2019

A Beginner's Guide To Lettering



Last September I attended a brush lettering workshop and have been inspired ( & a bit obsessed) with lettering ever since! I'll get onto the details of the workshop shortly but I wanted to write up a post to help those looking to learn how to letter get some information so they can get started.

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12 May 2019

Five Uses For The Body Shop 100% Natural Shea Butter



Not long ago I wrote this post as I had discovered a new Body Shop range that I am obsessed with! From the range, I was most impressed by the 100% Natural Shea Butter, which I didn't realise I needed until I used it.

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6 May 2019

Discovering Leicester With LoyalFree | AD







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It's easy to become a creature of habit when you are living in a city you've grown up in. You go to the same places to eat, you visit the same shops and you repeat your routine. After recently discovering the LoyalFree app, I've found I'm branching out a bit more and more open to discovered new places around my hometown.

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5 May 2019

Lifestyle Favourites From The Past Few Months



It's been a little while since I did a favourites post so today I thought I'd share some of the lifestyle bits I've been loving over the past few months. Let's get stuck in...


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28 Apr 2019

Our First Ski Holiday | Tignes, France



If you follow me on Instagram (if you don't, you definitely should!) you'd know that last weekend we had just returned from a week in France. We thought we'd do something a little different for our holiday this year and skiing was something really out of the ordinary for us. We usually like warmer places like the UAE or Singapore so a ski trip to Tignes was a new adventure!

I thought I'd share a picture diary with you all as well as provide you with details of our trip. Or if you are thinking of going on a ski trip but aren't sure if it's for you - this blog post may help you out a little.



Clothing
We travelled in April, which is towards the end of the ski season so the clothing was discounted in lot of stores - wahey! We'd never been skiing before so we had to buy all the correct clothing: ski jacket, salopettes, thermals, base layers, hats, gloves, boots - the lot! The Mr actually got given salopettes and jackets from family and I got just the salopettes so after scrounging around, the rest of our clothing was bought from Aldi (when they had ski themed special offers) and Sports Direct (especially the Nevica branded stuff). Skiing in April is also a lot warmer so we didn't have to invest that much in warm layers but do make sure to do your research before purchasing!









Accommodation
As we were travelling in a group (there was 9 of us including 2 children) we decided to rent out a chalet. We settled on this chalet as it ticked all the boxes: close to the resort, looked so cosy and included my husbands request for a hot tub! The accommodation definitely lived up to the expectation - it was brilliant. Lots of space for larger groups like ours and the kitchen was very well equipped, which was important for us as we wanted to cook dinners. I highly recommend checking this place out if you are after similar things. 


Learning to ski
So the Mr and I had never actually been skiing or tried it prior to this trip. It's probably wise to book into a session of indoor skiing before looking into a ski holiday but we weren't too bothered as we were up for the challenge and enjoyed the company.

We got ski passes and booked ski lessons for the week we were there. Group lessons are between 9am-12pm so be prepared! We had a backpack filled with the necessities... water, snack bars and lunch (of course). Anyway, after day 1 of our ski lessons we were well and truly pooped. I'm not a fit person, exercise wise, so skiing was a massive work out for my legs. The lesson itself was okay but we felt a bit out of our comfort zone as the instructors took us on a green slope (the easiest one) and we really struggled to get down.

Luckily, our family and friends who joined us on the trip did know how to ski and they actually helped us out more so than the instructor. So after day 2, we decided to ditch the lessons (which you can totally do) and practice on our own. By day three we had mastered the green slope and started to experiment with faster speeds and sharper turns - it was so exciting! 

If you are going with people who know how to ski already, I'd say ditch the lessons and ask them to help you out instead. It's much more productive and of course a little cheaper (the ski passes are the biggest cost). 


The best part
Was definitely hopping on the cable cars to see the most amazing views (and you can hop on them to come straight back down instead of skiing!) 






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