Twenty Four Things I Did In My Twenty Fourth Year.

Twenty Four Things I Did In My Twenty Fourth Year.

Guess who's birthday it is! Ya girl turns 25 as of about 1.15am today. 

Twenty five years old. I have officially left the young voters age bracket if we have another general election and if I made my X Factor debut now I'd be in the Overs category. Twenty four felt like a very 'non' age to me, like a bit made up? Twenty five sounds like a nice solid round number so I'm hoping it'll be a happy, successful year full of adventure (and maybe some holidays or clothes or summin fun). 

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The Holy Grail Of Blogging.

The Holy Grail Of Blogging.

This is a topic I spoke about with my blogging baes on our weekend away in September, a conversation we had then and one we've had on Whatsapp since. The holy grail of blogging is something I firmly believe exists and I've seen a few bloggers talk about it before, either when they've noticed it too or when they've hit it. 

So what is it in my mind?

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Reasons Why October Is My Fav.

Reasons Why October Is My Fav.

We're quickly speeding toward the middle of October already, the year is flying by and my favourite month is here (and going all too quick). Come May and I'll be gushing about lighter nights and driving with the windows down and not having to take a coat out with you but then this time of year comes around again and I remember this is when I really come alive. Here's why October is my ultimate fav and why I'm v pleased it's here....

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Autumnal Homeware I've Got My Eye On.

Autumnal Homeware I've Got My Eye On.

I've put myself on a cheeky little spending ban because 1. I'm skint from booking weekends away and 2. I need money for those weekends away next month. So apart from birthday (cos obvs) and necessary spending I'm not allowed to fritter my money away on all the mustard coloured home accessories - so instead I thought I'd make a wishlist of what I wish I was spending my money on. 

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Friday Favourites 30th September - 13th October 2017.

Friday Favourites 30th September - 13th October 2017.

You very nearly didn't have a Friday Favourites this week my loves. We've had a fun old evening this Friday because our bathroom decided it didn't like the paint we had on the walls and uhm, well it all kinda ran off. Turns out condensation wasn't it's friend so off we popped to B&Q and now I have bathroom paint to repaint the whole room tomorrow. Yay. 

As well as that the internet also decided it didn't want to play ball and basically that's my list of excuses on why this is being published so late tonight. But here we are anyway....

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Are We Ruining The Ethos Of The Bullet Journal By Perfecting It?

Are We Ruining The Ethos Of The Bullet Journal By Perfecting It?

Bullet journaling has been my obsession for about 18 months now and I've swiftly worked my way through three journals, each defining my system and how I make it work for me. I've long been thinking about the ethos of bullet journaling and what it's really about and whether or not I'm really embracing it. 

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43 Things You Remember If You Grew Up In Wales.

43 Things You Remember If You Grew Up In Wales.

Being Welsh. For those who are it's maybe the best thing in the world isn't it? 

There's something about being Welsh that makes you part of community, part of something where people understand you, where people get you, where you all have shared memories. 

Here's 43 things you'll know if you grew up in Wales. 

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Hello World - It's Monday.

Hello World - It's Monday.

It's Monday, it's a new week, it's sunny, I've got glittery nails and my birthday is rapidly approaching round the corner. If you're a regular reader you might have noticed that it's been a quiet one for me over the weekend. I normally blog every day or every two days but ya gal has had a 3 day break and that's why I'm here with a lil brain dump/catchup for you. 

I feel like I want to blog and I want to get typing but I've got like a half hour window to write this and I feel like everything I have planned in my schedule is too big a deal for that. So I'm taking my own advice and just getting typing so grab a morning brew and a slice of toast with jam on and settle in. 

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5 Minutes With My October Advertisers

5 Minutes With My October Advertisers

We're very rapidly approaching a whole year of advertising on Twenty Something Meltdown and I have just filled every last advertising slot until the New Year. It's still a bit mad people will book that far in advance to advertise with me but rest assured it's all greatly appreciated. But more on that next month when it has actually been a year of advertising. 

This month I have a bunch of returning advertisers and one new fresh face for you - so make sure you go and check them all out!

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Social Media & Blog Stats; September 2017.

Social Media & Blog Stats; September 2017.

It's that time of the month where I look back at the thirty odd days past and see what statistics my blog and social media have thrown up. I always pretty much know what kind of a month I'm having mid month and September was no exception - basically I knew within about 12 days that it was going hideously. 

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A Birthday Wishlist - 2017.

A Birthday Wishlist - 2017.

Hey did I mention it's my birthday on the 17th of this month? 

As ever at the beginning of October I like to compile a lil wishlist of birthday gift ideas and quite often it'll be things I genuinely asked for from my family. But this year I know what I'm getting. I wanted a DSLR and I got a second hand one last month from Megan and my parents tucked it away until my birthday and it's pretty much all I'm having - understandably. 

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Pinspiration - October 2017.

Pinspiration - October 2017.

It's my birthday month people -insert all the celebration and dancing ladies emojis here- 

We're into my favourite month and can you tell the theme of this post? I'm all about the burnt orange colours at the moment, I think it's one of my favourite colours and my Pinterest is just full of it at the moment. I have done the cliche thing and ordered some fake leaves for blog photos so look out for them this week in my posts. 

This month is all about the cosy hygge vibes in my life and I hope you'll make it a priority in yours too. This time of the year is all about looking after yourself, eating good old fashioned hearty food like stews and pies, staying home in pjs or going out for something mulled with friends. Get the scarves out, get the slippers out, get the bobble hats on your head and the wooly sheep coats on your backs and enjoy Autumn in full swing. I know I will. 

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My Month In Photos - September 2017.

My Month In Photos - September 2017.

Normally I start all of these posts with a 'how on earth is is already the next month why won't this year slow down" but this time round I'm actually quite excited it's nearly October. Every year I try and convince myself that Summer is my favourite season but every time Autumn rolls round again I remember that no, this is definitely when I come alive. 

October is my birthday month and was always half term as well at school so always full of fun and now whilst it might not quite be the same now I'm an old fogey (I'll be turning 25 on the 17th) there's still something magical about October. It's the leaves, it's the chill in the air, it's Halloween and Bonfire Night is creeping up and hearty meals and blankets and oh gosh it's all quite exciting isn't it? 

But before we get too ahead of ourselves, here's what I got up to in September. 

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Friday Favourites 16th - 29th September 2017.

Friday Favourites 16th - 29th September 2017.

It's Friday and I feel like this week has dragged. Nothing terrible has happened, in fact, lots of lovely things have happened (thus how I manage to make a favourites list) but it's just felt like an actual age and I haven't felt on my A game. On Wednesday morning I was walking round Tesco and I could just tell I was radiating a bad mood - the resting bitch face was veryyyy bitchy. 

The squad all felt the same, we all had a moan, we all seem to go in cycles together and we all toasted the start of a new month. I believe the words 'it's a fucking write off' were uttered, you know the sort of week. Luckily, there's actually been a few rays of sunshine that saved the favs list being just "I went to bed" or "I had a good sulk". 

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How To Motivate Yourself Back Into Blogging.

How To Motivate Yourself Back Into Blogging.

This was not the post I intended to write this morning, that was titled 'things I contradict myself on' but I just sat down to pen it and I just didn't have the motivation. It's partly because we went on a 3 hour round trip at 9pm last night in the pissing rain so I'm like a zombie and it's partly because I can't remember what thought sparked the title and what examples I had.

But it got me thinking about blog motivation and about what makes us want to write and what to do if we don't have the right vibe. So here's a couple of fail safe ways I motivate myself back into blogging when the mojo is somewhat lacking.

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What To Expect From Jury Service.

What To Expect From Jury Service.

So you've been called for jury service. 

This happened to me just after Easter this year, I took the bundle of letter off the postman and the top one had Her Majesty's Prisons & Courts symbol on it and I just knew. I turned it over praying it wasn't for me and whadda ya know - it was. I was summoned for a fortnights jury service in Cardiff in the last fortnight of June and it terrified me from the moment I opened the letter. 

It's a nerve wracking thing. Most people you speak to will either say they wish they could do it or that they'd hate to but I didn't know anyone that actually had. I think the scariest part for me wasn't even the idea of what trial I might have but actually just the fear of the unknown. The letter you get sent with your summons is very formal and very brief, just giving you an outline of your summons and what forms you had to fill in next. 

So from a young person who has recently done the biggest service you can as a British civilian; here's what to expect after you've received your summons. 

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Will The Bullet Journal Trend Stick?

Will The Bullet Journal Trend Stick?

My blog would flat out fall to pieces if the bullet journal trend doesn't stick around. They're still the most popular posts I write to date, they've given me a massive audience, they've provided me with a few viral pins on Pinterest and they gained me a LOT of traffic last year. In my personal life, I would probably miss bullet journaling if it disappeared. Sure I'd still carry on working in this way because it really is successful for me but I'd be sad there wasn't as much hype, interest or inspiration around. 

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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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