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What I Learned from a Month of Blogging Every Day

If you’ve been following my blog recently you will see that I’ve been taking part in a 31-Day challenge which I found on Pinterest. Given a prompt for each day I published a post every single day for an entire month. That was a lot for me, considering the last post I published was about a year ago, and before that only posted sporadically. So, what did I gain from this experience? Read on to find out.

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31-Day Blog Challenge | day 31

Welcome to the final day of the challenge, I will be doing a sort of round-up post tomorrow to tie it all in, but this is the final prompt from the list. And this is a hard one. A Weird Quirk of Mine. Continue reading “31-Day Blog Challenge | day 31”

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31-Day Blog Challenge | day 27

Today’s prompt is a nice, warm and fuzzy one. What makes me feel better, always. There’s a lot of emphasis on self-care lately and this is a perfect self-care post.  Continue reading “31-Day Blog Challenge | day 27”

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31-Day Blog Challenge | day 24

I’ve not been looking forward to writing this post as much as the others, and that’s because the prompt is A Difficult Time In My Life. I’m going to keep the details to a minimum, and instead talk about how I coped and how I’m a stronger person coming out the other side. Continue reading “31-Day Blog Challenge | day 24”

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31-Day Blog Challenge | day 22

Back to something a little more light-hearted today, my 10 favourite songs. This is going to take a little thought, and no doubt I’ll leave one or more out. It’s difficult to choose just 10. Continue reading “31-Day Blog Challenge | day 22”

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31-Day Blog Challenge | day 6

Almost a full week into the challenge now. If you want to read from the start of the series you can check out day 1 here, and as I’ve had people ask here’s the list of prompts I’m using, in case you want to join in.

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So, as you can see today’s prompt is “3 personality traits I’m most proud of”. Let’s dive straight in shall we.

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31-day Blog Challenge|day 2

Day 2 is titled “20 facts about me” and is a kind of extension of yesterday’s introduction. Some of these facts will be common knowledge to those of you that actually know me IRL.

To read yesterday’s post you can click here

  1. My favourite film is Jurassic Park
    • It might be a bit cheesy to some, but I love it. Bearing in mind that it was made 25 years ago, it still blows my mind. As I write this I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the second Jurassic World film, out this summer.
  2. I was vegetarian for a year
    • Before I met my husband I converted to vegetarianism, but I wasn’t very good at it. I rarely ate enough legumes and as a result, started to not feel very healthy. I gave it up and started eating meat again before I became pregnant with my eldest. I often think of giving it a go again.
  3. I adopted an orca for 14 years
    • After watching Free Willy at the age of 10, I fell in love with Orcas (and Jason James Richter, but that’s another story 😂). We adopted a pod matriarch called Tsitika, unfortunately, she passed away in 2012 at the grand old age of 65.
  4. I’m a huge fan of Disney
    • It’s not a very well guarded secret that I’m a huge Disnerd. My favourite Disney movie is The Little Mermaid, probably for more nostalgic reasons than anything else. I feel like I should do a whole blog post dedicated to my Disney merch collection
  5. My daughter is a vampire
    • Ok, so not quite. And this isn’t technically a fact about ‘me’, but I love the story behind it. My daughter was born ‘en-caul’, which basically means part of the amniotic sac was still intact over her face. It’s pretty rare, only occurring in 1 in 80,000 births. Looking into it, it’s associated with the vampiric myths and legends of Romania. As we were still struggling to find a middle name for her, we used this as inspiration and she got the middle name Selene, Kate Beckinsale’s character from Underworld.
  6. My favourite author is Terry Pratchett
    • My uncle introduced me to the Discworld novels when I was about 10 or 11. I read The Colour of Magic and was hooked. I have since read every Discworld novel, including the ones written for a younger audience. I read The Long Earth too, which I loved. I still have a few more on my TBR list, but it’s sad to know that once I’ve read those, there will be no more.
  7. I love to cross stitch
    • I have pretty much had a WIP on the go since I was 12. My current one is a Beauty & the Beast Disney Dreams Collection kit, converted from the Thomas Kinkade artwork. Confession time: I haven’t worked on this one consistently and, while I’m close to finishing it, I’ve lost my momentum a bit.
  8. I have a BSc degree
    • When I was younger, my dream job was a marine biologist. This lead to me studying for a joint degree in Environmental Science and Environmental Animal Biology. I finished the degree in 2005 but never completed my honours project. I keep telling myself that one day I’ll re-enrol purely to complete that part of my degree, but it’s a pipe dream…just like being a marine biologist.
  9. I’m a bit of a gamer
    • When I say ‘a bit’ I really do mean ‘a bit’. I don’t have much time to play video games anymore, and when I do it’s usually just The Sims 4. On console, I love the Legend of Zelda series, and any cartoony platform type games, such as Sonic, Mario or Crash Bandicoot. More often I play mobile games, as they fit in with being a parent – and having to dip in and out at the drop of a hat – better.
  10. Stationery is my kryptonite
    • As I sit typing this at my small desk, to my right is 4ft tall stack of drawers full of various stationery items, supplies for my bullet journal, spare notebooks, and more pens than I know what to do with (but I can never find a plain black ballpoint when I need one).
  11. My favourite colour is purple…or is it
    • My ‘official’ favourite colour is purple, or so that’s what I say whenever anyone asks me. Which isn’t very often, to be honest. But, I own hardly any purple clothing. I seem to be leaning more towards shades of blue and green, with teal and turquoise being firm favourites.
  12. I failed my driving test twice
    • There’s a saying that the best drivers fail the first time, but what do they say about people who failed twice? They’re amazing, that’s what! LOL I passed on the third attempt though
  13. I have hoarding tendencies
    • I come from a family of hoarders, not in the extreme people-on-TV, level of hoarding, but more like ‘I can’t get rid of that, it’s useful/sentimental/enter reason here’. I also married a collector and produced a couple of collector kids. That’s why you’d be hard-pressed to find a clear surface in my house.
  14. I still have my childhood teddy bear
    • He sits on my son’s bed, but he’s still mine really. He doesn’t really have a name, other than Ted, and he was one of those bears that could repeat what you say. Airport customs once took him apart, thinking his wires were part of a bomb.
  15. My favourite sweets are Skittles
    • While chocolate is nice, and salted caramel is basically Ambrosia, Skittles are superior.
  16. I’m a tea collector
    • ‘Collector’ might not be the right word, as I do drink them rather than just keep them to look at. But, basically, I subscribe to the Bluebird Tea Co monthly box and get all weird and wonderful flavoured teas delivered through my door. Also, whenever my parents go away, they bring back the best teas for me to try. Davids Tea in Canada is amazing!
  17. I run, but I don’t like it
    • Two years ago, I decided to do the ‘Couch to 5K’ training program. I completed it and even ran a 5K for charity that summer. However, I’ve not been bitten by the running bug, like a lot of runners do. I’m not looking to train for further distances, and have not taken part in any other races. My only real running goal is to get my 5K PB down to sub 30 minutes, but that’s only so I can be home quicker.
  18. I can speak Japanese, sort of
    • I went to an evening class and learnt Japanese for a total of 4 years, but since having my daughter haven’t been to a class, and haven’t even really done much self-study. I’m sure all the grammar and vocabulary is still in the recesses of my brain somewhere, it’s just a case of getting a bit rusty.
  19. I had a tumour removed when I was seven
    • I didn’t know it was a tumour at the time, I only found out that’s what it was much, much later. I guess my parents didn’t want to scare me. But I did have a benign tumour growing in my upper jaw. It completely took one of my adult teeth with it, so now I’m left with a gap. I remember my orthodontist telling me that it was the biggest example of its kind they had ever seen and took it to study at the university
  20. Finding 20 facts about me is hard
    • So this is another cheat fact. It was harder than I thought to come up with 20 semi-interesting facts about myself. Maybe I should try to live a more interesting life so I will have more interesting things to write in the future.

Thanks for reading through, hopefully you feel like you know me a little better now. I’d love to see your own take on this list, tag me if you decide to make a list of your own.

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31-day Blog Challenge

Hello strangers! Did you know it’s been about a year since I last posted on this blog? I don’t even have a legitimate excuse ~whoops~ I’ve been collecting a few blog-post-inspiration type pins over on Pinterest and thought, what better way to get back into writing on my blog than to try a month-long challenge. I’d love to credit the pinner but the link is broken, and web search throws up nothing, so sorry if you see this and it’s yours. Just let me know.

With all that being said, let me jump straight into Day 1: INTRODUCTION

Hi, I’m Jen. I’m predominantly a stay-at-home-mom, but I do work one shift a week in a clothing store. I have two kids aged *nearly* 9 and 4, and I’ve been married to my hubby for 8 1/2 years.

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My family, in Animal Kingdom, July 2017

A lot of the other things I’d normally put in an introduction post will be answered in the upcoming days, so stay tuned.

Once I make it through the month challenge, I should have enough writing mojo back to get back to a normal blogging schedule. I have a lot of plans for the future and I look forward to sharing them all with you soon.

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Falling Down Rabbit Holes

I just looked at the date of my last blog post and saw it was the end of April! What’s my excuse this time? Well, apart from the normal procrastination and distraction of everyday life in mermaid land, I’ve actually fallen down a few deep and interesting rabbit holes lately and they’ve taken up a ton of my available time. Well, sit back and let me elucidate…

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Avengers: Infinity war | a *spoiler-free* review by a casual fan

I’m going to try to keep this movie review as spoiler-free as possible, and I also want to point out that I’m not a huge Marvel buff, unlike my husband. So if you’re like me and maybe haven’t seen all 19 of the MCU movies, don’t worry, I’ll start with a quick catch up of what you need to know.

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Earth Day | Celebrate and make a difference

Happy Earth Day, humans! Not sure if you knew, but tomorrow is Earth Day and it’s a great time to raise awareness of the issues that threaten our planet while making it fun and educational for the little ones too. Here are some of the things you can do, along with what I’ll be doing with my own kids. Continue reading “Earth Day | Celebrate and make a difference”

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31-Day Blog Challenge | day 30

It would be just my luck that the day after I decide to make an effort to eat healthier, this prompt pops up. Today I look at what is my Favourite Comfort Food. And I can feel my stomach rumbling just thinking which one to write about. Continue reading “31-Day Blog Challenge | day 30”

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31-Day Blog Challenge | day 29

Bucket lists, we all have one, even if it’s just in our heads and not written down anywhere concrete. Things we want to achieve or places we want to visit before we kick the bucket. Here are just a couple of mine. Continue reading “31-Day Blog Challenge | day 29”