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No spend 2021

Good evening friends,

I hope the first few days of the year have been lovely so far.


Last year, for many of us, made me realise how fortunate we are.

I missed visiting family and friends, going out for meals, gigs and weekends away, but with all of the above, I didn’t miss how much money I was spending. 

Knowing you may have to be a little tighter with money next month is understandable, but that it’s a treat you’re willing to give yourself.

For 2021 I’ve decided to have a ‘No spend year’. Seems as thought the time is right.

We are saving up to buy our first home and for our wedding next year (covid willing), but also, due to Covid I was scared into saving more than ever.

What would happen if one of us lost our jobs or couldn’t work. What would we have as a back up?


Not only am I hoping to save money, but to live more sustainably.
For most beauty/toiletry products I’ve tried to buy (where I can in stock and not outrageously priced), vegan and cruelty free.

I’ve stocked up on my regular up make up, skin care, toiletries such as body wash, moisturizer, deodorant, toothpaste, etc

Most items I either bought whilst they were on sale, on 3 for 2/buy one get one free, or from previous subscription boxes.

As well as for food, where possible we’ll buy local, and to make an effort to meal plan and batch cook.
Last year I comfort ate alot, therefore ate whatever I wanted when I wanted, (where possible), and looking back, wasted alot of money.

I have clothes that are now a little snug, and am not wearing, or clothes I bought last year, but never got to because I hardly left the house – therefore have plenty of clothes to wear.



This year, I won’t be purchasing any of the following.

  • Make up or beauty products
  • Clothes/Shoes/handbags
  • Books or magazines
  • Perfume
  • Meals out
  • Take away coffees or food
  • Home or lifestyle purchases (step away from the crafts, candles and home decor)

Exceptions
  • Hayu £4.99 (each month)
  • Phone bill £32 (each month)
  • Optician appointments £18 (each month)
  • Roccabox & Birchbox £27 (each month together)
  • Fabfitfun – £55 (seasonal every 3 months)

I have my monthly Bathbox that my fiance kindly buys for me.
The amount of times I’ve picked up a lipstick in a similar colour, bought items of clothing for the season, treated myself to a take away, or a few quid here and there on Amazon, Wish etc.
I will still of course buy birthday gifts for loved ones, and if there’s anything I need when my birthday rolls round in April, I’ll ask for them then.
Other items such as books, I picked up a few last month from charity shops, and as for magazines, most articles can be read online.

Writing down what I pay for each month (not including living bills, rent, water, electric etc), has opened my eyes to what I want, and what I need.

There’s a few luxury items such as Hayu and the subscription boxes, but that’s a treat, something we all need to look forward to.

Will you join me in a no spead year? Or maybe start off with a No spend season?


    Kaya •

    30 Day Challenge

    Blogging with Nataliec Day 19-30

    Hello friends,

    My goodness I’ve been terrible at blogging recently but trying my best.

    Here’s day 19 to 30.

    19. A wishlist.
    I don’t really have wishlist’s, Instead I have dozens of screen shots on my camera roll of items I want to purchase.
    I have scrolled through and have put a few items on a amazon wishlist so you can have a visual.

    Wish List

    20. Your favourite lyrics and what they mean to you.
    Simply Red – for your babies
    ‘I dont believe in many things, but you, I do’
    Just sweet, simple, and memorable

    21. 5 books you recommend

    Lauren Conrad – Beauty
    Lauren Conrad – Style
    Bad dates – Sam Jordison
    Gabrielle Union ‘We’re going to need more wine’

    And lastly, not a book but a magazine which has become my favourite for the past year – Good house keeping magazine

    22. If you win the lottery what would you do?

    I would buy a house, pay off my nearest and dearest mortgages, and take us all on a group holiday.
    I would travel and book dozens of new experiences
    I would volunteer my time to those in need, all around the world

    23.What have you learnt today?

    Professional dance poles (stripper poles), spin round, not the performer?!? What??

    24. An Accomplishment you are proud of
    Over coming depression.

    25. Create a vision board

    Just a sneak peak…

    26. Somewhere you’d like to visit and why?
    San Diego has been on my list for years, Purely for their Comic Con, but no doubt I’d have an amazing time exploring the city

    27. What is something you want to learn?
    Learn how to play piano/keyboard
    I have a list of pieces of music I’d love to learn.
    I have no reason to not learn…

    28. Useful resources for someone in your industry
    Instead of in my industry, this is just useful resources in general.

    Be kind, caring, open minded, and educate yourself

    29. Describe yourself in 3 words
    Adventurous, thoughtful, funny

    30. Your current priorities in life

    Improving my Physical and mental health

    Kaya •

    30 Day Challenge, Uncategorized

    Day 16 #Bloggingwithnataliec dinner party

    Day 16 – If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive?

    Well, I have quite a list, and it would be one hell of a partay!

    Heres my top 10 (in no particular order)

    Lenora Crichlow

    Gene Kelly

    Michael Keaton

    Graham Norton

    Lucy Pinder

    Belle Midler

    Selma Hayek

    Stan Lee

    Sarah Jessica Parker

    Missy Elliot

    Who would you invite to your dinner party?

    Kaya •

    30 Day Challenge

    Day 13 #Bloggingwithnataliec How to…

    Good evening friends,

    This one stumped me for quite some time.

    At first I was thinking about a skill that I could pass on, maybe a tip for a new trend… nothing really seemed to fit, but then I scrolled through YouTube and a suggested Brad Mondo video popped up.

    How to ‘cut your hair at home’

    I’ve only been watching Brad Mondo for about a year now, I cant tell you how many of his reaction videos to Americas Next Top Model I’ve watched.

    I am not a trained hair dresser, nor am I recommending that you cut your own hair at home, but, if you were, this video served me well.

    See below for the link and my subtle before and after pictures.

    Brad Mondo – How to cut your hair at home

    Before

    After

    Tidy up my ends a little.

    I did have a little snip at my fringe/bangs as well just to frame my face, and the hair was getting too long and heavy to style in the front.

    30 Day Challenge

    Day 12 Advice to those in your profession #Bloggingwithnataliec

    Hello there friends,

    I tried my best to keep up with this fabulous challenge but life got hectic, I got tired, and run down.

    But I’m back!

    I originally started participating in this daily blog challenge July 1st-11th, I love the idea of it, so will be carrying on from 12th – 31st August.

    Day 12 (12th August)

    As I’ve said a few times before, some parts of my person life, I like to keep private.

    I don’t want to say specifically what I do for a living but my role if admin based.

    My advice is as follows –

    Ask questions.

    No ons is born into a job. Everyone needed to learn their roll at some point. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, youd rather ask and get it right, than wing in and screw up.

    Believe in yourself

    This is not only for yoir profession, but in life. As cliche as it sounds, ‘believe in yourself, because if you don’t, who will?’

    Look to the future

    Many people feel stuck in rut with their jobs, and want a career. To help you to avoid going 1 step forward and 2 steps back, find a job that you can build up, learn, progress and achieve.

    Do your research and choose a career where you can excel.

    I hope you found this helpful in one way or another, with for work or life.

    Kaya •

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    Race at your Pace Challenge

    Good evening everyone,

    The end of September, I came across an online challenge that I hadn’t heard of before.

    ‘Race at your Pace’

    I had the option to walk, jog, or run, 10, 15, 25 or 50miles in 30 days. At the time I was feeling slightly ambitions so I signed up for completing the 50mile running challenge.

    If you have read my earlier posts you see at mention my passion fo running and that I haven’t run properly in years, and with an on going knee injury I knew it would be a test.

    Don’t get me wrong, having to psych yourself up each evening after a long day at work didn’t come easy… But after the first couple of days, I was addicted!

    I’m thrilled that I achieved my challenge with a few days to spare. I feel so much fitter, motivated, and proud of myself. 50miles complete!

    A good music playlist, and the discovery of the outstanding podcast, ‘My Favorite Murder’, (I am now a murderino) kept me distracted and helped to push me through the dark Autumn evenings.

    Late last week I received my medal, base layer and certificate.

    I’m still stunned and extremely proud if how I pushed myself, and I had a blast doing it.

    Please see below the link for this site, and to let you know that the challenge distance has now changed to a starting milage of 25miles up to a whopping 300miles!

    https://www.raceatyourpace.co.uk

    I mean man, where are you running to???

    I have set myself a few other lifestyle challenges to help change over the next 7 weeks left of this year (can you believe it?)

    What challenges have you set yourself this Autumn, or what do you have prepared for this coming season?

    Kaya •