See You Soon…

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The time has come. Just one more sleep…

Only one more night of shut eye before we set sail for England (Birkenhead to be exact) and road trip ourselves down to South Wales. Our bags are packed, we’re ready to go. The final wedding of 2016 draws oh-so-near as my gorgeous step-daughter Hayley prepares for her trip down the aisle. I can’t believe the little girl I first met back in the summer of 2004 is now all grown up and getting ready to marry the groom of her dreams! It’s her fairytale day – and my does she deserve it!!

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(Hayley on her bridal shower)

Hayley (and Jessica – my eldest step-daughter) lost their mum, Sian, to breast cancer just a few years before I met their dad; my hubby Steve. It’s almost impossible for me to fathom just how raw it must feel when you’re a little girl, losing one of the most important and cherished people in your life. But they have coped astoundingly well, in fact, they’re two of the bravest girls I know. They’re also two of the most accepting and beautifully natured in their own extra special ways, and I’m beyond blessed to have been so warmly welcomed into the family all those years ago.

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Of course, the little thread that bound us even closer together was the arrival of my daughter Emma – their little sis. Em’s hasn’t slept a wink these past few nights with excitement for the trip… and the all important task of being one of her big sister’s bridesmaids! Seeing my three girls together again will be incredible. I’m not even going to speculate the sheer amount of emotional selfies I’ll return home with ❤

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(My 3 gorgeous girls… Jessica, Emma & Hayley)

So to keep today’s post short & sweet, it’s just to say I’ll be taking this week to spend time with my girls, catch up with family I haven’t seen in years, help with wedding planning and of course celebrate with the occasional strawberry daiquiri… you should all know by how vulnerable my weakness for vibrant coloured cocktails is!

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Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead, whatever you’re up to – I’ll be back early next week to resume normal blogging service!

Cheerio Chums…

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Until I Met You: Awesome Things About Being A Mum…

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Whoever suggests being a parent is easy is either in complete state of denial or 5 years old & cuddling a Tiny Tears doll. I’m convinced of this not just from my own experience but from also watching my own mum raise 4 children of her own. Okay, so I admit she made it look a little easier than anticipated… even during those days when I’m pretty sure all she longed for was a one way ticket to an undisclosed desert island with a suitcase full of her favourite tea bags & four finger Kit-Kats. Needless to say I adore her for everything she unknowingly taught me about raising a little person of my own. Nothing was sugar coated – she’s real, honest and fiercely protective of “her wee chicks” as she dotingly called us.

Yep, I know – this post seems totally out of the norm from my usual beauty rambles, but having spent the last few days cooped up & recharging the batteries back to some kind of normality it’s got me feeling all smushy about just how much I wholeheartedly appreciate my own little girl. As much as I could sit here and roll my eyes about every tiny little nuisance that us parents put up with, on the contrary I’m reflecting on all the things I love about having a daughter. All the things that make me smile, those little moments your heart captures and you think to yourself “this little person will never truly understand just what they mean to me”.

I’m sure many of you who are mums (or dads) will already get what I mean – there are days that you can literally feel the arrival of countless grey hairs, but then there’s the other days when you just know you’re beyond blessed to have such an almighty purpose in your life. Well for me, today is one of those days… the blessed kind. And so thank you Emma for everything you do; the morning hugs, always telling me I’m beautiful, asking me if I’d like a cup of tea, kissing me on the cheek as you run outside to play in the garden, breaking my mood by erupting into cheeky fits of giggles when I’m angry, making me little hand drawn cards, putting your absolute heart & soul into revising so darn faithfully for your upcoming exams – even though it’s your summer holidays!!! You deserve everything you wish for, not because you want it but because of the patience & strength you pour into working for it. At only 10 years old you’re inspiring your mum beyond measure. I thought I had determination, until I met you.

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 So, what’s your plans for today? I’ll be having giggles galore spending time with my daughter, then afterwards I’ll call my mum and tell her all about it 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Keeping Up With Karen…

Keeping Up With Karen

Has everyone survived the Black Friday carnage without injury? I hope y’all came home armed with bundles of bargains, as for me I opted to avoid the high street mayhem this year by preparing to convert the abode into somewhat of a mini winter-wonderland. It’s now hubby’s job to venture into the depths of Spiderville (aka the attic) the retrieve our array of fairy lights, baubles & giant stuffed snowmen.

I’m really beginning to feel festive already… heck I’ve even got the seasonal DVD’s lined up including: Elf, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Jack Frost, Planes Trains & Automobiles, Polar Express, The Grinch, Muppets Christmas Carol…. I literally could go on and on!

However without ranting too much about the arrival of the Jolly Hols, if you fancy feasting your eye’s over a quick catch up on the weekly shenanigans then here’s a short run through of what’s been happening over the last few days here on Confetti & Curves, so grab your cuppa and let’s get started…

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DIY Cute Snow Owl Decorations

Cute Snow Owl Christmas Decoration Crafts

I couldn’t resist the temptation of rolling up my sleeves and creating these little cuties. If you fancy an easy peasy spot of festive crafts then why not give these sparkly little owls a go? They’re utterly adorable and fool proof for even the most amateur of crafters!

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Behind The Blog featuring Chanes Collection

Chanes Collection

Our first blogger of the week was the lovely Chane from Chanes Collection. Check our her fun interview as she talks beauty must-haves, beating bloggers block and what’s on her bucket list!

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Make-Up Brush Vs Sponge… Which Works Best? 

Makeup Brush Vs Sponge What Works Best

Which do you prefer? In Wednesdays post I chatter about a common beauty tool dilemma when it comes to choosing the perfect partner for foundation application. Don’t forget to check out some of the super helpful feedback left by other readers and beauty bloggers in the comments section! We’d love to read your thoughts too 🙂

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Behind The Blog featuring The Glitter Mirror

The Glitter Mirror

I prep the virtual sofa once again for our second blogger of the week… the talented Anna from The Glitter Mirror. Anna’s online haven is sure to impress those amongst us who love catching up with cosmetics or leafing over lifestyle posts. Don’t forget to stop by and say a quick hello!

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Lipcote: The Secret of Lasting Lipstick

Lipcote Review

Wave goodbye to smudging, fading & colour transference by saying hello to Lipcote. Due to reader request, I explain the benefits of keeping this little bottle of must-have lip potion close to hand this party season.

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As always, thank y’all so very much for the abundance of support, comments, re-tweets, shares, likes & just darn right loveliness. You lot really are an awesome bunch. Do feel free to pop a favourite link from your blog in the comments below for the rest of us to check out, otherwise don’t forget to say a quick hello!

Cheerio Chums…

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DIY Cute Snow Owl Christmas Decorations…

Cute Snow Owl Christmas Decoration Crafts

As promised, I previously mentioned I’d be rolling up my sleeves and causing havoc with plundering through my abandoned craft drawers. However as the ‘season to be jolly’ is closing in (and many of us are preparing to embark on the perilous journey into the attic to dust off our Christmas trees) what better way to kick start the shenanigans than with an easy peasy festive craft? As most of you already know my love for anything owl related runs pretty deep, so this seemed the perfect project to get started. Fancy giving it a go too? Then’s here how…

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DIY Snow Owl Craft Tutorial

Craft Glue

Sparkly sheets of craft card

Loo or Kitchen rolls

Paint palette or Paper Plate

Paint brush

Sharp scissors

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DIY Snow Owl Craft Tutorial Collage

Fold over each half of the tops of your toilet roll tubes until they’re closed & resembling the shape of an owls head. Next it’s time to load up your paint brush with a dose of white paint and get smothering your loo or kitchen rolls. I used regular white craft paint as it dries quick & is super affordable from pretty much any super market or craft supply store. You’ll probably need a few coats to make sure there’s no patches or uneven coverage.

Ps: metallics paints such as rose gold or silver also look incredible too!

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Whilst you’re helplessly waiting on your painted loo rolls drying, it’s time to get crafty with your card. Using a penny & two pence piece as a guide (or whatever alternatives in your own currency) draw at least 7-10 circles using the smaller coin on the back of the card. Next draw another 2 circles with the larger coin for the eyes. Lastly you’ll need to draw 2 wings – an elongated tear shape is super simple to draw. Using a sharp pair of craft scissors cut out your shapes and set them to one side.

Repeat this step for every owl you’ll be making!

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DIY Snow Owl Craft Tutorial Collage 3

Once the body of your owls are touch dry it’s time to break out the craft glue and start gluing on the extra details. PVA craft glue is ideal for this as it’s strong, easy to work with, dries clear & very quickly. I find it easier to pour a little onto a paper plate & use a cotton bud to apply to the back of the shapes.

Start off by gluing the two larger circles near the top of the body for eyes. Next add the smaller circles to resemble chest detail. I started with the top row and overlayed them working down… 3 rows are more than enough for this. Lastly glue on the wings by ensuring the wider part of the tear drop is the part you stick to the sides of the body.

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DIY Snow Owl Craft Tutorial Collage 4

Finally it’s time to finish the face details.  For the eyes you can use buttons, googly eyes (that can be bought from most craft stores_ or opt for simple little cut outs like myself & Em’s did. Using a piece of black foam (or card) cut out another two circles using the smaller coins as a guide & stick them in the centre of the larger sparkly circles. To add a fun little pupil cut out two tiny white circles and glue them onto the black circles. A hole-punch is ideal for these if you have one to hand!

To create the owl’s beak all you’ll need is a teeny triangle of orange coloured card. Carefully stick it underneath the owls eyes and you’re good to go!

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DIY Snow Owl Craft Tutorial Collage 5

Voila! Your DIY Owls are now complete! Why not add some string so you can hang them from the tree or you could create a little owl mobile? Our little sparkly owl family will be perched along a window sill until the tree goes up next weekend!! *woo hoo* 😀

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Are you a fan of creating Christmas craft projects? When will you be putting up your decorations? Whatever your thoughts do let me know in the comments below. As always, thanks for stopping by – wishing y’all a fabulous week ahead 🙂

Cheerio chums…

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Behind The Blog featuring Teresa from Mama Muse Me…

Mama Muse Me

Happy Tuesday Beauty Buddies…

Okay, Okay, I admit – I may have put a scud on the mild November weather having been caught gloating about it on Sunday’s Keep Up With Karen post as ever since that post has been published it’s like mama nature has flicked a switch and sent nothing but howling wind and rain. On the plus side, it’s guilt free weather for dusting off the candles, lighting the fire, grabbing a cup of hot chocolate & snuggling down into a comfy chair… which I what I suggest y’all do right this very moment as I have the fabulous Teresa from Mama Muse Me joining me on the virtual sofa this morning!

Teresa’s blog pretty much sum up her positive & warm nature. Reading through her posts feels like you’re catching up with an old friend over a great cup of coffee. Maybe it’s her former career in journalism & promotional writing that makes her features such a great read? It’s chatty, inspirational & very much focused on creating a positive and welcoming online haven for anyone interested in a sprinkling of curvy couture, lifestyle & beauty musings.

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In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:

curvy fashion, creativity, encouragement, musings.

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What inspired you to start blogging?

I was a journalist and promotional writer before I married my husband. I was very dedicated to my career and even won several state-level journalism awards. My husband and I dated long-distance and saw each other on the weekends while I continued my promotional writing career, but when I moved back to a rural area to marry him in my late 20s, I never found another solid writing job, even though I tried very hard. It was heart-breaking for me. The economy had a lot to do with it (it was a rough time for print journalists), and I also realized that, since I was ready to start a family, I had to be more selective about the hours I would work than I would have been in my single days. I did some freelance work, but eventually I decided to look seriously at teaching as a career path for myself. It seems like the doors are opening for me in that direction. Writing is still a passion of mine, so that is why I blog. I want to send my words out into the world. Yet, if some career doors had not closed, I probably would not have had the opportunity to stay home with my son full time, which has been priceless to me.

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Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?

Mama Muse Me is word play. I was thinking about “muse” as inspiration, and I was also thinking about how the phrase sounds like “Mom, amuse me” since I spend a lot of days amusing my little guy.

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Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?

After I come up with an idea, the words usually flow pretty easily. I think this comes from writing on a deadline for many years. On the other hand, when I try to write fiction, that’s when I get writer’s block.

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What’s your favourite post to date?

It’s a tie between these two.

 

https://mamamuseme.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/these-boots-are-made-for-walking-the-runway/

https://mamamuseme.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/my-selfie-in-words/

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

I love skinny jeans, boots, and a boho top. I also like classic, timeless styles.

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm, anything from Clinique, imPRESS Press-on Nails

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How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

I usually don’t get to relax since I am a full time mom, and I’m working on my master’s degree (lol). When I do get some time, I like to read other people’s blogs or a good book.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

It would be a relaxed date night with my husband. We would go to dinner and a movie, take a walk, or come up with something else fun. Most of the time, Saturday nights are family time, but that is beautiful too.

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What do you do to relax?

I go for a walk, drink chai tea, or read.

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

I used to show goats, chickens, and rabbits at the fair through 4-H. I was a farm girl.

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What was your favourite school subject?

English and art

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Teaching, being a mom and wife, writing in some form

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

Travel to France, travel to Prince Edward Island (an Anne of Green Gables pilgrimage!), write a novel, ride an adult tricycle (I never learned to ride a regular bike), ride a jet ski

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

Motherhood, writing a children’s book (Sweet Sallie’s Squirrel Scarf Factory is on Amazon.)

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Who inspires you?

Jesus, Melissa McCarthy, Rachael Ray, Jen Hatmaker, Steve Harvey (the comedian), Maggie Gobran, Tia and Tamera Mowry

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

“Walking, I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. “Be still,” they say. “Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.” – Linda Hogan, Native American writer

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What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?

Just start it! It probably will not make you rich or famous, but if you can handle that, you will be fine. If you want to make money or be famous, you will need advice from someone else!

QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = tea!

 

Coke or Pepsi =Pepsi

 

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = organized

 

Cute kitten or Playful puppy =puppy!!

 

Night In or Night Out = night in

 

Heels or Flats = cute flats

 

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm

 

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = indie meets country

 

Paperback or E-book = paperback

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Contact Teresa

BLOG: http://mamamuseme.wordpress.com

“If you’re a WordPress user, you can click the follow button on my blog. Otherwise, type in your email to follow me! I know there are a lot of great bloggers online these days, so I deeply appreciate readers who follow my blog”

EMAIL: mamamuseme@gmail.com

“I like to keep life simple, so that’s why I connect with my readers either in my comments section or through email instead of through several media platforms. I love connecting with my readers and other bloggers.”

Don’t forget: If you would like your blog featured on Behind The Blog then get in touch via the contact page by clicking *here*, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for reading & of course do say hi in the comments below… we adore a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves  🙂

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Behind The Blog featuring Daisy Bailey from Life Of Prinkie…

 

Life Of Prinkie

Goooood Morning Chums…

Firstly, a HUGE thank you to all you gorgeous peeps who left a mini stash of messages of support on yesterdays YouTube video My Everyday Mauve Inspired Make Up Look… it was a first for me doing an entire make-up tutorial from start to finish so rather chuffed it was well received! You really are such a supportive bunch ❤

As for today’s post I have one gorgeous cosmetic craving mama to introduce y’all too as the lovely Daisy Bailey from Life Of Prinkie settles her petals on the virtual sofa to give us all a quick peek behind her super-stylish lifestyle & beauty blog. Contemporary, chic & filled with must-read articles, I’d advise y’all to get yourselves over & check it out pronto. She’s a superb blogger with a highly addictive online haven of fabulous features that are always so beautifully presented and leave you clicking for more! Judging by her fun ‘About’ picture this is most definitely a gal we can all relate to…

Daisy Bailie

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In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:

Honesty, Humour, Beauty, Mum to be, Lifestyle

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What inspired you to start blogging?

To have a place to keep all my pictures, talk about my favourite products without chewing my friends ear’s off all the time, and since being pregnant a place to document my pregnancy journey

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Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?

My mum has a Shih Tzu called Princess (!!) and we shortened her name to Prinkie. My husband then started to call me Prinkie as a nickname and it just kind of stuck

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Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?

Yes! I try to take myself away from the computer, get a change of scenery and take our dog out for a walk.  I often get inspired when walking as it allows your mind to wonder with no distractions

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

Classic & laid back

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

Clarins gentle brightening toner,

La Roche Posay Serozinc ,

Decleor Ylang Ylang night balm

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How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

I like to run a bath with a good handful of Epsom salts and a few drops of lavender oil and just soak. I also have the Mindfulness colouring book so after the bath I’ll take 30 minutes to colour in..!

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

A night in front of the telly with my husband and dog Paisley.  We rescued her from Cyprus and she is the most beautiful loving girl.  We like to watch a series we have just finished 24 so looking for a new one.

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What do you do to relax?

Switch off my phone and laptop!!

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

I am extremely messy – its organised chaos to me but not to my husband!

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

Visiting Juan Les Pins in the South of France with my family, we went every year and are still going now, I had my hen party there and can’t wait to take our baby their next summer to carry on the tradition

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What was your favourite school subject?

I really enjoyed Languages, especially Spanish although my accent was never too good.

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What’s your dream job?

Going around the world reviewing Spa’s!

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself with two children, another rescue dog and still blogging!

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

I would love to visit India, Hike a mountain, fly first class, start an animal sanctuary, swim with pigs in The Bahamas (yes you can do that!)

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

I suppose it would be having our baby (due 2nd Oct)

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Who inspires you?

My mum and my husband

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

Not sure if this is particularly inspirational but its got me through a lot:

“Don’t worry about what I’m doing, worry about why you are worried about what I’m doing”

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What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?

Just do it! Take the plunge! Don’t worry about what other people think, it’s a great outlet and something you can make exactly how you would like.  Its your own personal space online and a great way to document your life!

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Tea

 

Coke or Pepsi = Neither

 

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Messy Mayhem definitely

 

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = cute kitten

 

Night In or Night Out = Night in, always

 

Heels or Flats = Flats

 

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lipstick

 

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Pop Princess

 

Paperback or E-book = Paperback

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Contact Daisy:

www.lifeofprinkie.com

Instagram: prinkie18

Twitter: prinkie18

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Thanks so much for reading & of course do say hi in the comments below… we adore a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves  🙂

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Happy 1st Blogiversary Confetti & Curves…

Happy Birthday Confetti And Curves

I can’t quite believe it’s been 1 whole year since I created my little online haven, Confetti & Curves. Over the course of this last year I’ve learned so much & met so many amazing people that have inspired me creatively & made my blogging journey such a memorable one.

Casting my mind back twelve months ago, I was in a very different place than I am today. As a few of you already know, I battle daily with OCD & GAD – two incredibly draining disorders that have the power to control, if not ruin, your life. It hasn’t been an easy ride I can assure you, but logging in every day to read an abundance of encouraging & supportive comments has been the driving force to keep me going – all the while enjoying every moment I spend writing, creating, photographing, planning, filming & just generally having fun chatting with you lovely lot.

I really don’t say this as often as I should but from the bottom of my heart thank you all so very very much for your support… and for coming along on this exciting journey with me! I’ve had the opportunity to work with such a wonderful mixture of exciting brands & pr teams, whilst continually building a small army of undoubtedly the best blog buddies & regular readers a girl could hope for.

So today I’m going to raise a rather full champagne glass *hiccup* and make a heartfelt virtual toast to every single one of my fantastic friends & readers across the globe for making Confetti & Curves the lively little corner of the interweb that it is. The impact blogging has made on my life has been the most worthy form of medicine. So thank you. Here’s to many more years of blogging bliss ahead… bottoms up chums *clink*

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my fav posts

Create your own DIY Photo Studio

Mini Photo Studio

This was one of my very first crafty posts, and probably still one of my most successful! Having dived head first into the world of beauty blogging, a productive little space to photograph my lotions & potions became a necessity rather than a luxury. For anyone on a budget or simply looking for a fun but handy DIY project (that costs mere pennies to make) this is right up your street!

Celebrating With Wedding Ideas 

Wedding Ideas

Having previously made a career in the wedding industry by owning two gorgeous bridal suites, Wedding Ideas was always one of my favourite bridal magazines. It’s never short of a wonderful range of creative and innovative suggestions for all tastes & budgets. Seeing my very own article feature with them was probably one of my most exciting personal highs to kick start 2015! *energetic air-punch*

From Tears to Triumph; Leah’s Weight-Loss Story

Leahs Story

Anyone who struggles with weight loss & adapting to a healthier lifestyle knows only too well how difficult the process of taking a healthier approach to life can be. However, when your health & well being depends on that change you’ve no other option than to boldy battle through. Watching my younger sister, Leah, completely turn her life around has been phenomenal. In this interview-style post she shares her own personal story on how she turned her weigh-in woes into ‘woo hoo’s’!

Confetti & Curves YouTube Launch

Pink YouTube

Never in a million years would I have ever imagined gathering up enough confidence to start my own YT channel. In my world, blogging was already a big enough stretch… in fact I even initally shied away from sharing it with close friends and family. However let it be known folks that I’m living proof miracles really do occur, and creating my 1st video was indeed one of those miracles. See just how much confidence you guys lavish upon me? Amazing 🙂

Helpful Resources for Budding Beauty Bloggers

Helpful Resources For Beauty Blogging

In theory there’s no right or wrong way to blog, if you love it you simply just do it. However, if your blogging with an audience of regular readers in mind there are a few tips & tricks that can be really useful to keeping your blog ticking over like a well oiled machine. In my case, I’ve learnt a lot by making a mound mountain of mistakes – there’s nothing quite like the journey of a steep learning curve! However, those bumps along the way have paved my own personal growth as a blogger. Being able to share what I’ve learned with others is just a simple way to give new bloggers a helping hand in avoiding the pitfalls such as bloggers block and crazy scheduling mishaps; this post pretty much catalogues some of my own helpful resources that might come in handy for others!

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Once again, thank you all so very much for tagging along & making Confetti & Curves one of my most cherished projects to date. If anything, blogging has made me realise that no matter where we are in the world, what our cultural backgrounds are, size, shape or skin colour… a genuine passion for what we love doing pulls us all together to become the greatest of friends that have yet to meet.

Happy 1st Birthday Confetti & Curves…

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