This post really caught my eye, for good reasons, well, in a way. Honestly Meg, its a great post! But it's so sad that you had to write about blogging toxicity as unfortunately it does exist in the blogging world and it's been at it's worst for the last few weeks. From copying blog posts (don't ever do that) to the follow/unfollow game, it's such a shame that other blogger's have taken it upon themselves to behave this way, it really isn't on! Well done Meg for saying what everyone else has been thinking!


 
Thanks to Amie this post has me incredibly excited for Autumn! I love this season. The thoughts that Amie has written are bang on. I love fireworks night, cwtching up in a blanket with a cuppa in one hand and the TV remote in the other. Also the sight of leaves falling from the trees is just amazing. How can you not like Autumn?! If you're still unsure, then read Amie's post. I guarantee you'll be convinced that Autumn is just bloody great as I am!


 
3) Is there such a thing as 'the one'? | Sinead Kathryn
I'm a firm believer in fate. "Everything happens for a reason" and "What's meant to be will always find a way". Like Sinead, in school I dreamt of meeting that perfect man, well, he had to drive a Lamborghini and be obscenely rich like Christian Grey. But daydreaming aside, maybe there is a perfect person out there for everyone. But I think Sinead is right, it's up to ME to choose the right one. Maybe I should look closer to home for the perfect man rather than daydreaming about someone I have no chance with. Hmm...
But seriously though, this post Sinead has written really gets you thinking and I loved reading it.


 
4) Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves? | Colours & Carousels
Why is there a pressure in society for us to reach certain milestones and points in our lives? Charlotte says it's just best to muddle through and let things happen naturally. I couldn't agree more with her. I don't want to feel pressured by society or by reading stuff online about where I should be in my life. I am happy to take things at my own pace and not be told where I should be. Like Charlotte, if I don't push myself and go for it, I'm a failure. I'm not going to let myself or anyone else for that matter think like that. A great post from Charlotte.



 
I am the biggest procrastinator I know. I need a rocket up my arse on some days to get me to tick off stuff on my ever-growing to-do list. I am one to put it off until the last millisecond before I do the task in hand. But Em gives some great ways to get your backside in gear and get those jobs done. I especially loved the one where you prioritise your tasks in terms what needs doing the soonest then leave the least urgent task until last. It is all about being productive. On a good day, I am productive as the next blogger, but some days I need lots of motivation to get me moving!


 


6) Is relatability important in social media? | Bryony Baker
In answer to this question - abso-bloody-lutely! I'm exactly like Bryony in what I think about £500 Primark hauls - it doesn't interest me. I could go and do that tomorrow if I wanted to (well, my bank account would tell me otherwise) but I don't think many people I know outside of the blogging world would be remotely interested in a video like that. I prefer influencers in YouTube videos talk about the life issues of today and opening things up for discussion. "There is nothing better than sitting down on a Sunday evening and sinking my eyes into a good old Hannah Gale post" I couldn't agree with you more Bryony! Speaking of which...



 
7) My post-baby body | Hannah Gale
Seriously Hannah, you are my hero. This post is so real and honest, as she says, she is happy with her body and that's all that bloody matters. Who gives a s**t about what others think?! Hannah has embraced her body and she looks incredible after giving birth, but as she says, she's just grown another human being inside her, that trumps everything. Hannah, you're amazing. A true inspo.



 
Just as I thought I had wrapped up this post and was finally starting to think that I had a little bit of organisational skills in blogging, along came Lauren with this amazing post about the benefits of reading. *Clicks Edit Post button on Blogger". I'm very much like Lauren, I love getting stuck into a good book. I'd read all day, every day if I could. As Lauren says, reading increases your creativity skills and also it is a really good form of escapism. Any form of escapism from my life is a huge bonus. Reading is definitely one of them. 



Let me know your favourite blog posts for this month below!







Blog Reads of September

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P A G E  253
It's Monday and I have a productive Autumnal day planned, so let's get cracking! I really feel like eating a huge stack of pancakes with maple syrup, remind me to make pancakes one day.
I need to pop out to buy some Autumn blog props - how very bloggery of me!
Ok, hold your horses, I have possibly just found the most amazing type of blogging notebooks EVER -
I seriously cannot wait to start using these! All my blogging ideas will be written down in one of these books, probably the smaller book then the bigger book I'll keep for any blogging projects I come up with.
I also put these too -
I love Potpourri! Especially at this time of year, I love having that Autumnal smell in my house. As you can tell from reading this part of the entry, I love Autumn.
It's a lovely day, I want to take myself off somewhere -
This hot chocolate tasted stunning mind. It's the first time I have been to this little coffee place, I'm so glad I did, it definitely isn't my first and last visit there.

P A G E  254
I'm not in a good place this morning. My chest hasn't been feeling great the last week or so, it's time to give in to my lungs and start a course of Cipro. Great. I hate it because it means I can't have milk first thing in the morning, which means no cereal. Ah!

I'm at the gym and half an hour in to my session and I feel like I want to vomit on the rower machine. Time to make a move I think!
I've just got home now, the nausea is still taking it's hold. I'm hoping it'll pass before I go out later for a Subway with one of my good friends. I really fancy a Chicken Pizzaiola sub. I wonder what they're new wraps are like?
I'm on my way to pick up my friend Lucy for our Subway - the nausea has finally made a disappearance until tomorrow morning. Hopefully it won't be as bad as it was this morning.
I just come back home and I have booked a test drive on a car I want. Hopefully I'll like driving it so I can get it!
Right, it's an early night for me as I got work tomorrow. Me and my lungs need sleep.

P A G E  255

Is it seriously only Wednesday?! All I can say is that thank god there are only two working dats after today until the weekend! It's 6:30pm, I'm about to tuck into a Subway (I know, I know, twice in two days) but me and my Mam couldn't be bothered to cook - well, we're allowed to treat ourselves once in a while, right?

P A G E  256
I've overslept. I hate it when that happens, it completely throws me out of whack for the rest of the morning. It's watching a puma running around getting ready before heading off for work. I hate the morning rush! Right, let's breathe, I only got to eat breakfast, then it's drive time to work.
After a busy day, I need to pop to Card Factory to get a couple of cards - wait a minute, what's this?!


I'm sorry, but it's getting silly on how early Christmas cards are being displayed on the shelves in shops these days. Autumn hasn't even been and gone yet!
I've just bought a few items on Amazon, but items I've been meaning to buy for quite a long time -
I cannot wait for the Autumn nights of cuddling up in bed and getting stuck in to a good book.

P A G E  257
Thank f**k it is Friday. I don't think I have ever been this happy to see a Friday. I don't know why but I feel knackered today! But I'm off to work in a bit, taking the nausea from the antibiotics with me and hoping this Friday in work flies by.
I'm home from work, I need to get ready to see my bestie for a long overdue catch up and I get to see her little boy. That makes me smile.

This hot chocolate took me ages to get after the couple in front of me decided to ask every question in the Costa rule book to the barista, whether it was from what cakes they had to the Costa app they had on their phone, you name it, they asked it. The poor barista felt the need to apologise to me for waiting so long to give my order. Honest to god, don't go into a queue of Costa when there's thirsty customers like myself behind you, I just end up wanting to put my fist in your face.

P A G E  258
This nausea needs to eff off. This is the worst it's been since I started Cipro on Tuesday and I've had a guts full. One thing that has perked me up is knowing I got a little trip to the Kia show room this morning -

Well, that test drive went well! I've ordered the car and should hopefully be here by the end of October! Ok, that has cheered me up now! Right, I need to fit some exercise in before Liverpool's game starts. I got an hour - I got this!
A great win, I'm in an even better mood now! Oh I forgot to mention, I had this lovely Amazon delivery earlier -
I haven't bought a good book, well in this case, books, for ages now. I love reading books during the Autumn /Winter seasons. It's just nice to cwtch up in bed with a book after a long day in work or whatever and just completely chill. That for me, is pure bliss.
It's evening now, I'm sat waiting for Match of the Day to come on my TV screen, I think I'll just have a browse on New Look's website - ooh, what have we here?!
I told you guys before I loved the leopard print trend. I'm just keeping on top of it!
I can hear the Match of the Day theme song - see ya's!

P A G E  259

I feel incredibly sated and refreshed this morning. I think sleeping until 9:45am is a sign that my body desperately needed some restful sleep. Right, I am now wide awake and eager to get this Sunday started! But first - breakfast.
I've done some exercise, taken my Nan to bingo and I have just done some blogging stuff -
Ok, that may not sound overly exciting to the non-blogger, but bloggers will know the excitement of this!
Right, I am done now for the day, it's time to cwtch down in front of the telly and watch this -
If you don't binge watch Only Fools and Horses on the weekend at some point point, then you haven't done your weekend properly.
Ok it's 9pm, the Bodyguard is on - goodnight!

Lucy

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