My Goals for March

Monthly Goals: March 2017

It’s been a few months since I did one of these. January was just a crazy mess and February was all about the chest infection. Time to get back on track!

 

Blogging

  • I have blog ideas coming out of my ears right now. Seriously, so many ideas so hopefully this month will see an increase in content!
  • Commenting; yep, still an ongoing issue for me and I’m slowly getting there. People have actually had comments left by me recently *gasp*
  • Work on Blog Promo Links List.
  • Work on SEO.
  • Pinterest images for entries.
  • Media Kit? Might be able to squeeze this in this month.

 

Bullet Journal

I started a bullet journal this year to coincide with my 2017 Word of the Year Treasure (read more here).  February was supposed to be my first month of trackers and as you can imagine, the chest infection threw that out the window. That means March is the first time tracking things, so I need to keep up to date with it and stick to it.

 

Challenges

I’ve just launched The Screenshot Challenge and I’m also taking part in Magical March hosted by Kayla. I’ll be posting a selfie every day and screenshots every Sunday on my instagram.

 

Gaming

Since December I’ve not been playing WoW. With everything that happened in December I just haven’t felt like being social and WoW is my social game. So I went back to Guild Wars 2 and Chris joined me, so we’ve been playing through that together; first time for him. I’m playing it pretty leisurely so I don’t have any specific goals, I’m enjoying just floating by!

I do want to try and start the Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC’s this month though. I was focused on GW2 and have been busy, so hoping to fit it in somewhere.

 

Reading

I have been in a slump since the start of the year. I’ve gotten through some comics, and that is about it. I still haven’t finished a book I started in November, not because there is anything wrong with the book, I just have no motivation to read. It could be because I’ve been so stressed and ill, or I’ve just not had enough energy to spare. I hope to change it this month and get back on track!

 

Convention Preparation

Last year I won 6 tickets to the Sci Fi and Fantasy Warriors weekender, a weekend of geekyness and meeting guests! There’s some great guests there including Nicholas Brendon from Buffy, Chris Barrie from Red Dwarf and Gareth David Lloyd from Torchwood. There’s also a masquerade ball, something I have been wanting to go to for so long! It’s at the end of the month so I need to get a bunch of stuff prepared:

  • Discuss and plan schedule for the weekend.
  • Test hair and make up.
  • Look up DIY masques and make ours.
  • Create blog business cards and get them shipped.
  • Prepare/collect items for signings.
  • Packing list.
  • Food/Meal planning.

 

Dissertation

My dissertation had to go on the back burner a bit due to my recent illness, so this month I really need to crack on with it. I’ve had to re-evaluate the way I’m approaching my research question so it is something more plausible. I’m currently looking at a possible diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and one important aspect of living with the condition is learning to pace myself. Hopefully by the end of the month I will have made some good head way with this!

 

 

Have you got any goals for March? Let me know!

My Goals for December

Monthly Goals December 2016

 

Novembers goals really helped me keep myself on a better schedule so I’m hoping this will do the same for December too!

Commenting

I managed to squeeze some comments in this month and I need to keep it up now that my blog scheduling is under control again.

 

Dissertation Prep

January marks the official  start of my dissertation after having the last four months off to rest and heal. I want to get my feet wet again and get some background research done before January comes around.

 

World of Warcraft

  • Finish my Druid class campaign.
  • Start levelling my Mage.
  • Finish Suramar quests on my Demon Hunter.
  • Get my Shadow and Holy artifacts on my priest (been delaying it as I need to record them).
  • Work on the two toy achievements: Hot Swapper and The Shortest Distance

 

Desk: Operation Make Up Storage

The next step of my desk set up is to move my make up from the bathroom and into my new desk. I’m still trying to decide whether it’s better to do that before Christmas, or afterwards. I’ve also got to work out how/where everything is going to go!

 

Product Reviews

Christmas means new stuff to review, so I want to play catch up and try to squeeze two in this month.

 

Make Up & Nail Art Tests

We’re going out for Christmas dinner so it’s the perfect excuse to dress up and go all out with make up and nail art. I want to test some new products I got for my birthday and try out some new nail art ideas. I’ll be posting them up on instagram and hopefully get some tutorials and blog posts out of it too!

 

January Reading Bingo

I first saw this over at Natalie’s Blog and as I told her, I need to do this! I have so much I want to read, especially indie/self published free books I’ve picked up and I have no idea where to start. So I want to create a bingo card, a chart of themes and keywords for picking from my collection books for January.

Any suggestions for what I could have on it? Let me know in the comments?

 

How is your December shaping up? Do you take it easier because of the holidays or is your schedule even more hectic?

 

 

 

 

 

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A Guide to Online Advent Calendar Competitions

Sharing Saturday: Online advent calendars

 

Yep, another advent calendar sharing saturday. The last one I promise and probably the most exciting one because I’m introducing you into the world of online advent calendar competitions – which are free to enter! I enter them every year and for the past couple of years have won several prizes. They’re great fun, a tad bit addictive and easy to take part in. There’s so many that I’m not going to list them, I’m just going to explain the types of competitions and then give you some sites where fabulous people have listed all the advent competitions they find.

 

Type of Advent Competitions

 

Instant Wins

Instant wins are basically competitions which involve clicking an advent window, bauble or bingo ticket and instantly winning a prize. Expect a lot of ‘sorry you have not won this time….’ messages, but wins do happen! Last year I won my Star Wars BB-8 Sphero droid from one of these 😀 I highly recommend Tombola’s advent calendar as you always win something on it.

 

Fill out a Form

Like instant wins, you have to click on the advent number for the day and instead of getting an instant notification you have to fill in your details. Sometimes you’ll need to answer a question, or count how many santa hats are on a page. A winner is the selected and notified at a later date. If you don’t want your email spammed I suggest making a new one just for competitions.

 

Treasure Hunts

Treasure Hunts require you to hunt around for an item, usually something christmassy like a santa hat, gift or candy cane. Sometimes these will be static, i.e. on a certain page/product, while others will be random. One that has a random chance is Top Cash Back which has a daily clue for a guaranteed humming bird (the treasure you need to find) and can randomly pop up on other pages as you browse the site.

 

Social Media

Social media has made it so much easier to join in competitions, especially at advent time. These take place on facebook, twitter and instagram, and I’ve seen a few using snapchat as well this year. You have to like/follow the account/page and then follow the instructions. These usually involve sharing/retweeting, answering a question or tagging friends. It’s good because you can see how many people are entering, but don’t be put off by this! I’ve had some success with social media competitions and last year also had a company send me a wee little gift in response to something I said. There are real people running these competitions so every so often surprises can happen.

 

Bloggers

Several bloggers are posting advent calendar competitions as well, and they tend to use rafflecopter or gleam which is a little widget that asks you to do things. These include commenting, following social media accounts, sharing/retweeting etc. Some of my favourite ones to watch are Tanned Beauty Addict and Thou Shall Not Covet who have amazing prizes up for grabs!

 

Pass the Parcel

One of the most popular competitions is Marks and Spencers Pass the Parcel competition, in which you use the application on Facebook and pass parcels to friends and family – they then pass them back to you. The last few years the M&S one has become insanely popular and closes within days. It is worth it if you can play it though! Another one we’ve won on in the past few years 🙂 Other companies, such as Joules, have started doing their own pass the parcel and I’m sure some others will pop up too.

 

Lists of Competitions

So, now you’ve read about them… are you ready to see what’s out there?!  Here are my favourite sites for finding advent competitions. You’re also welcome to follow me on twitter as I will be retweeting any I enter too!

Keep in mind – Some competitions have started already, while others that last for 12 days before christmas will open at a later date. So it’s worth while checking back at these sites for new competitions!

 

Loquax

The Prize Finder

Advent Competitions

Money Saving Expert

Save the Student

 

Tips & Tricks

If you’re new to comping check out Super Lucky.me’s Tips and Tricks to handle advent competitions!

Let me know if you take part in any and especially if you win something! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

 

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30 Beauty Advent Calendars for 2016

Sharing Saturday: Alternate Advent Calendars - Beauty

 

I love advent calendars, however, opening little doors just for a tiny bit of chocolate isn’t as appealing as it once was. I’ve been doing online advent calendars (I’ll introduce you to some at the beginning of December when they open!) for several years now, and last year I came across beauty advent calendars! This year I kept an eye out, found several different beauty ones as well as some other alternative advent calendars. So over the next few weeks I’m going to be posting the best ones I can find, starting last week with food and drink calendars. This week it’s time to show you the best beauty advent calendars for 2016!

Beauty advent calendars are a fantastic way to try some new products, as well as get travel sized goodies for travelling. I’ve split this one up into categories depending on what the advent calendars contain so that you can pick one that’s right for your needs!

 

Make Up

 

1 – House of Fraser Advent Calendar from House of Fraser, £20.00.

2 – Makeup Revolution Beauty Advent Calendar from Superdrug, £30.00.

3 – Tanya Burr 12 Day Beauty Calendar from Superdrug, £15.00.

4 – W7 Cosmetics 2016 Advent Calendar from Groupon, £12.98.

5 – Technic Cube Beauty Advent Calendar from Superdrug, £10.00.

6 – MAD Beauty Bright Lights Advent Calendar from Mad Beauty, £19.99.

 

 

Nails

 

1 – Accentra Advent Calendar – Nail Polish from Amazon, £23.41.

2 – Boulevard de Beauté Nail Art Advent Calendar from Amazon, £19.99.

3 – Ciaté London Mini Mani Month 2016 Nail Polish Advent Calendar from Look Fantastic, £50.00.

4 -Cheeky Advent Calendar from Cowshed, £50.00.

5 – Nail Polish Advent Calendar from Accessorize, £30.00.

6 – Pretty Professional Make Up Gifts – Christmas Nail Polish Advent Calendar from Amazon, £10.20.

 

Mixed Products

 

1 – 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar from The Body Shop (3 varieties available), £60.00, £80.00 and £99.00.

2 – Clarins Advent Calendar 2016 from Boots, £95.00.

3 – Feelunique Magic of Beauty Calendar from Feel Unique, £30.00.

4 – YOU Beauty Advent Calendar 2016 from You.co.uk, £69.95.

5 – Dirty Works Beauty Calendar from Sainsburys, £15.00.

6 – The Beauty Advent Calendar from ASOS, £50.00.

 

 

Body, Bath & Shower

 

1 – 12 Days of Christmas from Lush, £52.95.

2 – Sanctuary The Let Go Days of Christmas Advent Calendar from Boots, £25.00.

3 – Arran Aromatics A Sense Of Christmas Advent Calendar Gift Set from John Lewis, £45.00.

4 – Bomb Cosmetics The Bomb Advent Calendar from Amazon, £15.91.

5 – Molton Brown Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar from Look Fantastic, £150.00.

6 – Nuxe 10 Beauty Treasures from Feel Unique, £49.00.

 

 

Other

 

1 – Accentra Men’s Wellness and Beauty Advent Calendar from Amazon, £17.82.

2 – Beard Oil Christmas Advent Calendars from Not on the High Street, £30.00.

3 – ClarinsMen 12 Days of Christmas set from Selfridges, £65.00.

4 – Ghost 12 Days of Christmas Eau de Toilette Advent Calendar from Superdrug, £25.00.

5 – The Vintage Cosmetic Company 12 Days to a Beautiful Christmas Gift Calendar from Feel Unique, £58.50.

6 – Star Wars Fragrances Advent Calendar  from Amazon, £12.01.

 

 

Any of these tickle your fancy? Have you had a beauty advent calendar before, if so which one? Do you prefer one that has specific things (i.e. make up or skin care) or one that has a mixture? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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