Girl Things I'm Not Any Good At.

Girl Things I'm Not Any Good At.

Girls are super heroes - I have come to this conclusion over the years of both being a girl (shocker) and watching other girls. The things we can do, the things we can multi task, the things we go through and the things we put up with.....but we can't do everything. 

Here's a list of things other girls can do that I've never been able to master;

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Home Edit | New Kitchen.

Home Edit | New Kitchen.

I promised a lil while back that I'd talk about my kitchen refurb more in depth as it's where most of our time and money went when we were redesigning our house. We started the work for our kitchen just after Christmas and it was completely inhabitable for a few weeks until the work was complete. 

The work we had done was pretty major, we had to knock down some internal walls to open the kitchen up and then have a new kitchen fitted, with appliances. We had new plasterboards and plaster on the ceiling, we had a window knocked through and fitted, we had units and appliances ripped out, we had new electrics....we really went to town on it and yet only did what was 100% necessary. 

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What It's Really Like Going Away With Bloggers.

What It's Really Like Going Away With Bloggers.

"My parents said I shouldn't talk to strangers online.....so I booked a holiday with them."

This very much became the quote of the weekend when I went to Hampshire with my blogging pals. Ok so we weren't all strangers this weekend but we were at one point. Last summer Sarah had the idea of hosting a bloggers picnic and created a Twitter DM with us in it and the rest as they say is history. We were all game for organising the picnic and as most of you know, we hosted BloggersPitP (Bloggers Picnic In The Park) together in London in 2016. 

Having met in real life on the most part we made the ultimate commitment and gave out our phone numbers and made the transition to Whatsapp. We haven't really stopped talking since then, if one member of the group goes out you can regularly expect to come back to 300+ messages. 

So we did what any friendship group does when they're hankering to escape real life and take loads of candid photos - we booked a weekend away in Hampshire in the countryside. 

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What To Include In Your University Bullet Journal.

What To Include In Your University Bullet Journal.

I graduated two years ago now but I can see the benefits of a bujo for university as clear as if I was still there. For maybe the first time you're somewhere where you're 100% responsible for yourself and for your organisation and having a bullet journal would definitely have been beneficial for me. Ohhhh if only they'd been a massive trend back then. I'm sure they were a thing but maybe not as popular as they are now but lord I wish I'd had one. 

I'd definitely have run through several journals whilst I was there with everything I'd fill it with. Here's my suggestions for what to include in your bujo for uni;

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Living In The Moment.

Living In The Moment.

Living in the moment can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people I suspect. To me I guess it means being truly present in what you're doing, about appreciating what you have in front of you and also appreciating life is short and the moment is important. 

As a family and as I'm sure like most families we have experienced loss and I think for a short time at least it makes you stop and take stock and think. It makes you really think about yourself. about your problems, about what's important to you and what's not. I think when you experience loss or something dynamic in a family or a friendship group or a relationship you DO live in the moment - but it never seems to last. 

Life moves on, things go back to normal somewhat, day to day chores and arguments and nit picking resumes and you forget how you felt. I feel like very few of us hang on to that feeling and truly live in that moment. 

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#BloggersPitB - Blogging Staycation Photo Diary.

#BloggersPitB - Blogging Staycation Photo Diary.

How it's been a whole week since our bloggers weekend away is beyond me. You know when you've been planning something for so long and all of a sudden it's over and you don't know what you did before? That's how I feel now it's done. 

I thought today I'd offer you up a lil photo diary and a bit of an explanation on what I did on my weekend away with 4 bloggers. 

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Tiny Home Improvements For Autumn.

Tiny Home Improvements For Autumn.

A new season means a lot of new changes in my life; from my own development, my goals, my bullet journal, my work, my blog, my outfits and also....my home. I feel like the great spring clean as lovely as it is puts too much pressure on one season and I always try and do a bit of summin summin to my home before Winter rolls in. 

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How Easy Is An 'Easy' Escape Rooms?

How Easy Is An 'Easy' Escape Rooms?

My brother has been banging on about doing another escape rooms since the last time we went way back at the end of 2016 - so when I got the offer to review another one at Escape Reality Cardiff I knew exactly who I'd be taking with me.

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Friday Favourites 2nd - 15th September 2017.

Friday Favourites 2nd - 15th September 2017.

Hi soz I don't want to talk to you because it's been a week since I set off on my travels to see the blog squad in Hampshire and I am sad. 

But I can probably eek a few Friday Favourites out if you really want me to. 

It feels like we've been waiting for this weekend together for so long it's like it suddenly came around and I was all 'no no it's too soon I want the excitement to continue' and now it's over it's like shit what now? Isn't that always the way with holidays? So naturally we're thinking about what we can do before Christmas sets in......

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FREE Autumn Printables For Your Bullet Journal Or Planner.

FREE Autumn Printables For Your Bullet Journal Or Planner.

It's that time of year again! The weather is definitely feeling a few degrees lower, the wind is picking up, my Autumn Instagram Challenge is live and I thought it was about time I was back with some more printables. 

Following on from my Summer designs, I have created a set of icons and doodles for your bullet journal, planner, notebook, school books....whatever it is. There's autumn ones, there's weather ones, there's lots of food and drink ones and there's some Halloween and Bonfire Night thrown in for good measure too so hopefully there's something that tickles your fancy to adorn your bujo!

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Planning A Surprise Birthday With Talking Tables.

Planning A Surprise Birthday With Talking Tables.

You might have noticed I've been on a bloggers weekend away. I shouted it from the rooftops, I instagrammed all of it and my feed has been full of it since - you'd be hard pushed not to know I'd been. There'll be a photo diary up soon about our time away, what we did and what it's really like going away with bloggers but for today I thought I'd share some snaps and details of our surprise birthday. 

(You can see all our pics using the hashtag #BloggersPitB on Instagram)

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Autumnal Photo Challenge

Autumnal Photo Challenge

After the relative success of my Summer Photo Challenge (more on that this week) on Instagram and after calls for more, I'm back with a new challenge for the new season. 

The system is the same as last time, there's a free printable checklist of all the autumnal things you could want, and a few obscure ones chucked in for good measure. 

This time just use the hashtag #ourtwentysomethingautumn to share your images so we can keep up with what you're doing and don't forget to follow me @twentysomethingmeltdown to see what I'll be snapping! 

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How To Draw Easy Banners For Your Bullet Journal (& Free Worksheet)

How To Draw Easy Banners For Your Bullet Journal (& Free Worksheet)

In my 'ways I make my bullet journal pretty' blog post I mentioned that I get a lot of messages from people asking how I draw my layouts, how I make my pages Instagrammable and how I make it so cute.

I'm a trained illustrator and drawing comes second nature for me - in fact when I was designing these worksheets Hannah asked me how on earth I could possibly do it freehand on the computer. For those of you who don't have a particularly artistic hand, I've created a FREE step by step guide on how to draw simple banners for your bullet journal that can be used for decorations or headers for your pages.

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Where I Got My Accessories & Decorations | Homeware Edit

Where I Got My Accessories & Decorations | Homeware Edit

Did I or did I not promise you homeware posts every week of September? This should have been scheduled for when I was away or like preferably last Thursday but hey, life doesn't turn out like that does it? 

Instead I am typing this from the end of a very long table surrounded by other bloggers also typing away. More on that to come (or follow our hashtag #BloggersPitB) but for today, here's where I got the finer things in my home; the decorations, nick nacks and pretty bits. 

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Things I Wish I'd Done More Of In University.

Things I Wish I'd Done More Of In University.

It's that time of year when students are thinking about packing their lives back into boxes (or maybe didn't unpack all summer?) and heading back off to university. It's that time of year Mum's & Dad's around the country heave a sigh of relief as the car of their twenty something overgrown child rounds the corner. It's that time of year you start getting Fresher's deals emails through your inbox and that time of year those of us who have graduated curse our lack of student discount. 

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5 Minutes With My September Advertisers

5 Minutes With My September Advertisers

Soooo for the first time ever I have ALL returning advertisers filling this month's slots. This is Naomi's third time but first Gold slot, Megan and Hailey have each done multiple months and both received freebie months and Ellen has been with me continuously for about 6 months! 

I feel like this is such a lovely testament to my blog, to my advertising and hopefully means I do a good job and they like being on my sidebar and actually see some benefits out of it <3 So thank you ladies for coming back time and time again - you're all absolute gems. 

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How Not To Use Twitter.

How Not To Use Twitter.

Twitter - the only time in which you can promote your blog in one sentence and talk about what you had for breakfast in the next (and probably get more likes for the breakfast). We all love to hate Twitter, we bitch about it, we berate the 'community' but we all rely on it for our promotion, and for communicating and connecting with like minded people. 

There are definitely ways in which you can use Twitter to your advantage, and be successful at it - namely being a babe and being ace at scheduling tweets. But there are definitely some ways in which you should not being using Twitter. I spoke to my blogging gals and together we came up with a few of our pet hates to help you avoid making a Twitter faux par. 

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Pinspiration - September 2017.

Pinspiration - September 2017.

In my Insta stories yesterday I said I wasn't going to get caught up in the bloggers hype of Autumn because I feel like my Summer isn't over yet...but just look at this inspiration board. So I *might* have caught a little caught up with the thought of warm flasks and orange and red tones and crunchy leaves and gloves but just look at it??

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