Saturday, 28 December 2013

A Year In Glitter World 2013


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

They say that as you get older the years go faster. I'm finding this more and more true as this year seems to have flashed past in the blink of an eye. In 2011 I wrote THIS post called A Year In Glitter World and it has become one of my most popular articles ever. Crazy times. Since 2013 has been my biggest blog year, with 238 posts, I thought it might be nice to recap and look back over an action packed 12 months.

GlitterWorld


January began with the love of a mint and gold bag, which is an excellent way to begin a year if you ask me. Beauty reviews of soap and moisturiser maybe weren't the most thrilling, but informative none the less. I talked about how Motherhood has changed me for the better, spending quality time with Matt, having a positive attitude and wrote an extensive post about the history of my hair. From deep to shallow, it was a lovely little month.

February was the month I found my blogging grove and decided to upload more frequently, with almost twice as many posts as January. With glass jar and valentine craft DIYS, FOTD's, product reviews, beauty launches, event write ups, Darcy loves, FAQ's and hauls, February was busy! This was also the month I invented 'Motivational Monday' which ran for almost half a year- it was quite the feature.

March was a big month in my YouTube world. I attended PlayList Live in Florida and it was a triumph on many levels. Not only was it great to meet so many viewers and spend time with so many old and new friends, but I also proved to myself that I could travel without the support of my Dad or my Husband (I'd never really been away without them- I know, crazy!) and that I could handle a week of big adventures. I blogged about photography, travel minis, statement necklaces and beautiful dresses. Also, I shared with you my 'Draw My Life' video which to date has had 1, 114, 820 views, making my most popular ever! On a most sad note, my gorgeous Kitty went to heaven this month and I still miss her. Bye bye Mindy :(

April was the month I took stock and realised I needed to slow down and not stress quite so much, I'm still working on that. We did a lot of family things that month which makes me happy to remember, as well as celebrating Baby Glitter's second birthday in true pinterest style. We started to play outdoors in calmer weather, visited lambs, had family meals out and posted a baby OOTD (must bring those back in 2014). I also talked about beauty bargains, shared videos and discussed my favourite luxury lipsticks.

May was a blog month to be proud of. If variety is the spice of life, then this blog was smokin'. Yeah, I just said that. I posted DIYS, beauty reviews, goodie bag hauls, looking forward lists, motivational mondays, videos, family days out, adult (ooerr missus, nothing kinky, just sans baby) days out and curvy OOTDS. May is how I'd like my blog to always be.

June saw me slightly loose my mind and launch the 30 Day Snap where I encouragde everyone to join me in taking and posting a picture a day. In the long term I'm glad I did it but I recall it being quite a stretch to stick to it as well as normal blog posts, videos, meetings, errands and mummyhood. That month I published 53 blog posts! Eesh! As well as the big snap I had Zoe and Tyler come to stay, showed you a messy bun hair tutorial, talked about trips to the IMATS, a YouTube Party, Liverpool, OOTD's, minibreak makeup, Harry Potter, shopping with AThriftyMrs and a beach OOTD. Whilst a tad too busy, I really got a lot out of June.

July was a month for friends, and with only 22 blog posts, the time spent outside instead of on my laptop was certainly reflected. I put my vintage glasses to good use and made cocktails for drinks on the patio, we took a trip to Zoe's area (she lives about 2 hours west) which Darcy enjoyed and I took the plunge and introduced pink tips to my hair. In beauty and fashion terms, I shared a curly hair tutorial and a Curvy Summer Lookbook. Not being one for high temperatures, I didn't enjoy the heatwave that month and struggled with our baking hot house!

By August I was pretty pooped and blog posts were sparse. After an AMAZING trip to LA, The City of Angels, for Vidcon (an annual youtube convention), I shared a whole heap of photos, answered all your questions and made a little insta-collage of the event. I also shared a list of last minute things to achieve that summer and gave you a rather fabulous chair DIY. I enjoyed my trip to LA so much more than my one to Florida because I knew what to expect and was mentally prepared so spent the month in a happy haze of editing videos and wearing flipflops. August was good to me.

September celebrated my blog's fourth birthday and was month I launched Monday Insights, which I really enjoyed. I finished the Motivational Monday series with a huge collective post, shared my video of the One Direction Premiere (best night ever) and showed you Darcy's official summer pictures. I seem to remember being really impatient in September because I had bought winter boots but it was still to warm to flounce about in them haha.

October marked a big moment for Baby Glitter- her first overseas travel adventure. Me, Matt and some of our family took her on a big ol' trip to Orlando, Florida, to meet Mickey Mouse and co. SHE LOVED IT. If there is ever a time I have seen joy on her face, it was there. October was also the month I stuck a giant metal spider on my head for a halloween party, filmed my Curvy Autumn Lookbook, talked about new bedding and shared a Zara Baby haul with you.

November really was Hannah's month. With her wonderful Christmas Gift Guides, she really was the shining star of my blog and without her it would have looked very bare. I shared with you a few videos, talked about Benefit's beauty kits and launched then ignored a new Monday feature. I'll be honest, I felt a bit down in November. A couple of 'life' things weighed heavy on me and so blogging slipped down in my priorities.

And so that brings us to December. I must say, in four and a half years of blogging, this is the least I've ever talked about Christmas, which is by the way, my most favourite time of year. I have been doing Vlogmas on Sprinkle of Chatter so am pretty much channelling all my energies there and haven't had too much to say over here. Blogging goes like that sometimes.

I have been having some good thinks (is that grammatically correct? I doubt it) about what I want to do with my blog in 2014 and hope you will enjoy the direction I want it to go, it's really not too dissimilar to now, just a couple of subtle tweaks here and there. With my YouTube channels going to crazy well and keeping me so very busy, a toddler to run around after and my sanity to keep in tact, I think this blog could easily suffer. To prevent that and to keep her going (I do so love this space of the net), I hope to take on some help with it in the new year. I will be sure to select someone who is the very essence of Sprinkle of Glitter and someone whose writing style fits perfectly but this is just a heads up, there might be another on board the good ship glitter in a few months time. I hope that sits well with you!

So that's 2013 in a nutshell. Or a blog post if you're being pedantic. 

What have you achieved this year? Was it good to you? Tell me in the comments. 

Toodlepip! 

xx

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Monday, 23 December 2013

Amazing Advertisers || December 2013

Aloha Sprinklerinos! 

Oh my giddy aunt! I can't actually believe it is Christmas Eve Eve already!! Where has December gone?!

Before we open our stockings, eat our Christmas chocolates and wave a final goodbye to 2013 I have the wonderful joy of introducing you to December's Amazing Advertisers! I've got some crackers for you this month!! (Christmas pun intended!) 

Festive glass of milk anyone?
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Andini Ria is a returning advertiser with Sprinkle of Glitter and I am pleased as punch to have her join us once again, I well and truly fell in love with her blog back in October!  As well as having ultra cool dip dye hair (a girl after my own heart) Andini Ria has a fabulous fashion sense, a waist line that I’m slightly jealous of and a definite knack for blogging! If you’re looking for a blog to ogle at and admire for its fashion, Adventures Of An Anglophile is the one for you!



If you’ve already decided that getting healthy, losing weight or toning that derriere is on your resolutions list for the New Year then I thoroughly recommend hitting that ‘follow’ button on Aley’s Virtual Gym, you won’t regret it!! After having lost an almighty 90 pounds herself (well done you!!) Aley has created her own fitness blog in order to help others on the road to a tip top healthy lifestyle. Yummy recipes, fitness tips and brilliant motivation – it’s all happening on Aley’s Virtual Gym!



Lipgloss and Crayons is a ‘bit of everything’ type blog written by yummy mummy Carly. Firstly a massive congratulations is in order for Carly as she welcomed gorgeous baby Lydia Grace into the world this month, she’s a right cutie! And if growing another human being isn’t impressive (and exhausting) enough, Carly also shared some brilliant posts this month, my personal favourite being the recipe for mint chocolate M&M moon pies (mmm chocolate) and snapshots of Lydia’s nursery. I’m excited for mummy posts from Carly in the near future and I hope you all hop on over, coo over baby Lydia and share the blogging love!



The sheer fact that cats made it into the description banner of Beauty in Beta instantly gets me instantly excited! That’s even before you have a read through and discover how fabulous Beth and her blog are. As well as loving the current Christmasy design Beauty in Beta is rocking I have also enjoyed Beth’s post muchly, particularly the FBTO (festive blog take over) – a great way to discover new blogs, as well as screen shots of her adorable, squishable cat and red lip snaps. If anyone can rock a red lip, it’s Beth! Go on over feline/non feline lovers, you will love it.



Olivia is a good egg and I love having her with me on Sprinkle of Glitter, Liv is relatively new to blogging and I’ve really enjoyed following her on her journey so far. I’ve expressed my love for Liv’s creative approach to blogging in the past and I look forward to hopping on over and having a browse. This month Olivia has been a busy bee with assignments (which I hope went well) and it seems like she’s got some real treats in store for us in the New Year! Macaroon recipe?! Yes please!



Amy has been a long time advertiser with Sprinkle of Glitter in past months and she’s a fabulous gal to have on your blog feed I tell ya! I am a particular fan of Amy’s beauty posts, therefore you can imagine my excitement when I read she had ordered the Naked 3 palette, I’m crossing fingers and toes for tutorials!! Amy Grace is pleasing on the eyeballs and I promise you won’t be disappointed, she’s a beautiful gal that Amy!



Well this is something a little bit different and exciting isn’t it?! Course Craft is an online community which allows you to undertake an e-course created by fellow pals on the interwebs! You can create a course for yourself which others can partake in and enjoy. You’re able to earn some pennies whilst doing something you love and teaching others to love it to, a pretty nifty concept don’t you agree? It seems you’re able to create any e-course of your dreams, from baking to business to calligraphy! It’s all happening on Course Craft! 

And that is all for December advertisers!! A fab selection(box) of blogs I think we can all agree! 

Toodlepip! 

xx

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Monday, 16 December 2013

Quiet Monday Update


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

It's been a little over 10 days but I feel like I have been absent for eons. It feels really weird to not be blogging regularly because whilst to you it is just a bit of text and an image on a screen, to me it is a constant thought process, always being aware of possible photo opportunities, thinking how my life can tie into something I might like to share or document and then all the techy stuff like editing and uploading. Blogging is a big deal.

(A little bit of recent baby love. Look at that little hand sneaking round. I love being her Mama)

I haven't been away for any terrific reasons, other than I have been focusing my energies in other directions. I thought I would hop on today, whilst the house is quiet and my brain is ticking over and update you on all the things happening around here. Therapeutic for me, informative for you. Win win. Shakes booty* with excitement.

Where do I start? Let's go in catagories. 

YouTube

This month I committed to doing Vlogmas. Vlogmas is where you upload a video (vlog) every day of Christmas, which in Vlogmas terms is the entirety of December. So far I have averaged about 1 every 3 days and I'm pretty cool with that. I just wanted to capture sweet little moments of my favourite month and I think I have done that. Videos are going up on my second channel, Sprinkle of Chatter.

I am still uploading regular weekly videos on my main channel, Sprinkle of Glitter, and am pleased to notice that I am nearly at 1 Million subscribers over there. If and when that milestone is reached, I will do a dedicated post on what it means to me. Spoiler - It will mean A LOT. If you'd like to help push me there, feel free to SUBSCRIBE. *blushes at cheeky little plug*


Social Media In General

Well, I've been a bit meeehhh with it. For the most part I love being tuned in to twitter, facebook, instagram, pinterest, bloglovin etc, but for a few days I have enjoyed stepping back and experiencing the moment. I have watched Darcy do things with my actual eyes, rather than the view finder of a camera and I have just eaten meals, rather than snap pictures for an insta. It's kind of nice just to be in life rather than constantly documenting it. That's not to say I won't tune in again, but like waves on sand, my interest in social media ebbs and flows. 

Also, at this most festive time of year, a lot of our activities centralise round friends and family who are not as keen to be on the internet as we are. 

Family



As always, Darcy is being the delight and dream of the month. I uploaded THIS video of her being a Lookbook wizz and am glad to see such positive feedback. 

She is learning to grasp the concept of Christmas and is loving all the paraphernalia that runs with it. We bought her a little nativity set as we are Christians and want her to value the birth of Jesus, but she keeps making jet ski barbie ride the lamb, so it's an unusual setup. 

Matt and I haven't spent a lot of time together recently but have made plans for all kinds of things over the next fortnight. It's funny how you can live in the same house as someone and not really speak too much. It's true when they say you have to work at a relationship. I can't wait for all our Christmas plans and to keep up with our family traditions. I've mentioned them before but with any luck I will do a separate post on them again this year. Yay. 

Personal

Still blonde, still a bit of a chub, still loving anything that sparkles. I'm adoring all the glitzy statement necklaces that are in vogue at the moment and relishing in the excuse to wear as much glitter as possible and label it 'festive'. 

I'm drooling over pinterest and wishing I had the motivation to make my house look as amazing as the ones on there. 

I picked up a couple of new dresses from the Molly range in Oasis yesterday and was pleased as punch that the size 16's fit. I'm usually an 18 and this means Oasis is a shop I don't find much in but that was a happy surprise. This past weekend excluded, I have been working on eating less junk food and fuelling myself with good things. In the new year I plan to go full steam ahead and learn much healthier eating habits. Not necessarily to loose weight, but to feel fitter, fresher and to go cray cray in more clothes shops haha. 

Last week I bought a new camera so once I drag myself out of this fug then I'll be snapping away like there's no tomorrow and you'll be wishing we were on a blog break again!

And that about sums things up. Nothing drastic, nothing wild, just my little glitter life. Ooooeeeee I do love a good catch up post! I have a few exciting things planned for 2014 so I'm looking forward to sharing those with you, but in the meantime, keep an eye on my twitter and youtube channels to keep up with everything going on and thank you from the bottom of my little pink heart for being such wonderful Sprinklerinos.

Tell me in the comments what you have been up to this last few weeks or what you have planned between now and Christmas Day!!


Toodlepip!

xx

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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Florida 2013 in Photos


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

It's been a long time coming but at last, I have edited the snaps I took during our family holiday to Florida a few weeks back. Considering my passion for photography, I took surprisingly few pictures because I chose to focus primarily on experiencing each moment (and, of course I filmed it too haha) so this is just a glimpse into all the fun. 

I would quite happily book another holiday and spend every minute taking pictures of every little detail the whole place was so amazing. I can absolutely see why families spend thousands of pounds every year to go.

Warning - not all the pictures are in order. Sorry!

This is my favourite picture from the entire batch so of course, this had to go first. Watching Darcy enjoy the day time parade was my absolute highlight of the trip. Seeing her face delight in all the familiar characters and watching her tiny hands wave and point in glee was just one of those moments that as a parent you treasure for always. She still talks about seeing 'Sinnerwella' and I still smile. 

Despite a decade age gap, me and my little sister (or Lister as I like to call her) are just as much friends as sisters and I love being on holiday with her. I hope we carry on doing things like this in years to come. This is us waiting for I think the ET ride, which Lister hated. She can watch the most scary films but put ET on and she's outta there!

Oh hai there that man I married. How charming you look in glasses.  

Darcy meeting Curious George and thinking he was the coolest thing ever. She went straight over and was happy to sit on his lap (with dolly and blankie too of course). 

Tina (Dad's partner) and Ben (Tina's son and so my step-brother) having a moment with George.  

I have no idea who this was meant to be but she was so sweet to Darcy (no pun intended) and totally rocked pink hair.  

After a day in Universal Studios (highlights including Darcy meeting Dora the Explorer, Matt enjoying the Transformers ride and me eating my weight in popcorn *drools*) we meandered out of the park and to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. If you ever have the opportunity to go, do. I'm not really a music person (I like it on the in the car and such but I couldn't tell you anything about who does what etc) but I thought the atmosphere was really good and the service was excellent. Also, I'm told it's a Christian British company- who knew? Not me!

What I love most about the above is the lady in pink living it up there. Haha. 

Be still my beating heart, it's Disney. Main street is MAGICAL.  

My little bug watching the Good Morning parade thingymajiggy.  

I could have spent all day just looking at things in main street. Every tiny detail was beautifully done and cared for. More time please! 

Matt took this from across the road as we watched Mickey and a few other characters come down on floats. Oh, and the random native american guy there. You might have noticed Darcy's costume change too. We forked out the $64 (whhaatt?!?!) to buy her the most beautiful Ariel dress and honestly, her reaction when we put it on her in the shop was worth $6400. She was THRILLED and pointed it out to us ALL DAY. What made it even more special was that all the disney cast members greeted her as 'Ariel' as we went round the park and really made Darcy feel amazing.  

Mosiac inside Cinderella's castle. Again, something to spend more time admiring in the future.  

I love this shot of Darcy, my Dad and Tina. She is a very well loved child.  


This is Hollie our new(ish) step-sister. Her and Tiyana are so close in age and get on perfectly so they were often in their own little world of searching out free wifi (seriously, they're obsessed) and going on rides.  

In America they have these cereal/snack bar things called 'Cliff Bars'. Next time I'm out there I'm stocking up because she bloomin' well loved them and they were the perfect treat to tide her over between main meals. Also, we told her they were biscuits so she thought she was getting lucky. Mwahaha.  

'The Kids' (who aren't really all kids) waiting for the parade. We guarded that scrap of pavement like crazies.  

Gargh I wanna squish all 4 of those sweet faces! 

Yeah, I know, super close up. I wanted to crop out all the other random people and I couldn't leave this picture out because LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL THEY BOTH ARE. That is all.  


Darcy's most special moment. Cinderella looked right at us and waved. Darcy squealed. I die.  



 My most specials. 

Splash Mountain was shut and so the rest of our group went off to go on something else (I forget what). Top tip for you though, if you walk past the entrance to the ride, under the bridge there is a little kiddie play area in the shade which is a welcome break for tots who have been in the sun all day and a great place for parents to sit down and take a breather. Right round the corner (by the loos, benches and drinking fountains), there were Jesse and Woody meeting guests. It was well tucked away so the queue was small and it was a great way to spend an easy 30 minutes before we joined up with everyone. 

 I'd heard that if you shout, 'Andy's coming!' then the Toy Story characters drop to the ground and play dead. Not true anymore. They had to stop that for health and safety and the line is, 'they know Andy is at collage now so it isn't an issue anymore'. 


Waiting for the evening parade and fireworks display.  



Amazing. I took over 100 photos but didn't want to throw them all on here but seriously, it was the best fireworks and lights display I've ever seen. Darcy was enthralled, happy and ready for home. 

Being the science geeks we are, Nasa Kennedy Space Centre was our next day out. If you are into things like this, I'd really recommend making the drive and going out there. You can take a bus tour all round Cape Canaveral and drive right up to (and get out to photograph) the real launch pads, buildings the space craft are assembled in and listen to talks from retired astronauts.  

It's not a day for rides and popcorn but it's so interesting and I think it's important to know about the developments we are making in space exploration and to appreciate the work that NASA does. Also, the centre is a lot less busy than the theme parks so if you need a bit of chilled time, this is the place to go. It was one of my best days. 

This part is where I should be showing you pictures of our day at Seaworld. I recently put a snap up on Instagram of Darcy looking at a polar bear and the comments section went wild with debate over whether Seaworld is ethical. I have since done a little bit of research and have decided not to feature any Seaworld pictures and will not be returning to the park. I am glad they seek to provide a message of education and promote ways to protect the oceans but feel deeply sad for the way the whales were captured in the 80's and don't think it's right to keep wild animals in tanks. We don't visit zoos for this same reason. I'm not sorry I went there because if I hadn't have gone I wouldn't have had an opinion but I don't think I will be returning. 

Anyway, serious part done, Islands of Adventure!! 

Matt and is ultimate hero.  


Honeydukes in Hogwarts.  

A rare find- healthy food in a theme park. If you are travelling with littles and you want them to eat healthily (Darcy doesn't have pizza, burgers, chips etc which is mostly what was on the menu) then pack plenty of snacks/sandwiches and keep your eyes peeled for the fruit stands. The fruit we bought was fresh and cold and lovely.  


We on the other hand didn't eat so healthily. Churro after being soaked on a water ride anyone? 


Darcy feeling very daring in a flying fish.  

And then on a flying pink elephant.  

My little photographer back at the hotel. 

And then it was a few last shops (sweets are essential you know) and back to the airport.  

Darcy found a unique place to hang out whilst we waited to board, haha.

And that's that!

I want to write a whole post on Travelling with Toddlers in the New Year (December is fully booked with Vlogmas- eeep!) and of course there will be the Florida vlogs but for now, those are a selection of our snaps.

Ermigerhd that was the BEST holiday ever. I've been to America with my family many times over the years but due to the nature of my turbulent childhood family life, it was always with different mother figures or siblings and there were always rows or disagreements or horrible feelings. Living in a 'blended family' (I LOVE that term) can be really challenging and pose a lot of problems (as I have well experienced) but at last, after twenty years, I think our family is happy and peaceful and as it should be. I couldn't be more thankful for Tina, Ben and Hollie, especially as they arrived just as Darcy did and so Darcy will only ever know the good times and will never have tasted the bad. Long may it continue!!

I'd love to know your experiences of holidaying in large groups or with families, or with littles like Darcy! Tell me in the comments!

Toodlepip!

xx

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