Blogmas Day 28 – Preparing for the new year

Good evening friends,

Do you ever get an overwhelming feeling that you need to clean your house head to toe, every nook and cranny?

Yes me too! But who has the time???

Christmas has been wonderful, and I’ve seen almost everyone that I’ve wanted to, but along with working full time and only have 2 days off for Christmas, my home has taken a back seat, and needs a deep clean!

I also need to get my dates in the diary, get back on track with fitness, do a big food shop ready for January, buy a new hoover, tackle the pile of clothes washing, drop off bits to the charity shops.

I have a half day on the 31st, so I intend to have a good tidy then, but I have to admit, I’m exhausted!

I’m not complaining that I am extremly fortunate to have so many people in my life that care for me, a wonderful job, and am able to make plans, but I just need a minute to breath.

How are you prepping for the new year?

Kaya •

monthly favourites

January Favourites

Good Afternoon everyone and Happy February 1st!

How has a month flown by already?

I’ve been looking forward to sharing my January favourites with you all… Let’s get to it!


2019 Diary
TK Maxx £7.99

Finding a diary is never an easy task, but if you look hard enough you’ll find the perfect one.

This diary ticks all the boxes. The layout is fantastic, it has double paged monthly calendars at the front, and a notes section at the back. More than enough room to write important information for events, reminders, shopping lists, the lot!

Could you be anymore organised? Well with this diary, you can!

Words to Inspire notebook –
The Works £3.00

This second diary is used as my personal daily diary. Every so often then lined pages will change to a different bright/pastel colour with another inspiring quote. I normally prefer a simple black and white lined diary, but when I saw this, I realised, I needed a change.

Blog diary
The works £2.00

Now that’s one hell of a quote.
As I’ve mentioned before my phone is unreliable so I picked up this simple lined notepad to jot down drafts and ideas etc.

Fashion Items.

Black top
Matalan £3.50

I picked up this top half price in the sale last week. What a beauty. This black and flowery top would pair perfectly with a tank top, whether that be black, red, pink, whatever I feel like on the day. This can be worn any season, day or night. Perfect.

Black heels
Matalan £10.00

As I’ve mentioned in my last Primark Haul, I just cannot walk in my old high heels anymore. I’ve since got rid of them and bought myself a new pair of black heels at a more sensible height.

Beauty Products

Quick Fix Facials Face Mask

TK Maxx £2.99

I’ve been wearing this mask 2-3 times a week for the past month. This facemask does have a slight tingle when you first apply it, but it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and soft. I don’t know if it has lifted and firmed my face at all, but hopefully time will tell.

Hair renewing Argen oil of Morocco

TK maxx £2.99

The end of my hair can become dry rather easily. I only use a pea sized amount in my palm, gently run in between my hands and softly smooth it over the bottom third of my wet hair. The texture isnt too greasy and distributed well throughout my hair. Since using this oil my hair has before smooth and glossy.

Coconut Macaroon Indulgent Bath creme

B&M £2.99

Firstly, how pretty is the packaging? Adorable! This thick and silky bath creme is the perfect scent, and provides a ton of fluffy bubbles for that long bubble bath we

Reading Material

Martin Luther King book will be read when my evenings are a little more organized/relaxed so that I can put time by to read his autobiography. I’ve tried, and have found that this is not the type of book that u can read during my lunch break. If prefer to dedicate a few hours in the evening and be able to properly take it all in without any disturbance.

Instead, I will be reading, Holly Madison, Down the Rabbit Hole. I bought this book for £2 on eBay.

The series Girls of the Playboy mansion was huge when I was in my late teens, and I love it! The series was so lighthearted, funny and entertaining, that you could have on in the back ground while you painted your nails or did some chores.
At the time, Holly was Hugh Hefner’s no1 girlfriend (strange and creepy I know), and although you saw all of the parties, photoshoots and fun times, we all know that there was more to the Playboy mansion than that!

Woman and Home Magazine

Sainsburys £4.75 (available in a variety of newsagents and supermarkets)

Now, when I showed a friend my newest purchase she laughed at me, as I’m in my late 20’s and joked that I had ‘matured’.

Now I take this as a compliment. Firstly, have you had a look at what magazines are out there at the moment? Well there’s some absolute trash. Gossip, and that’s what it is, gossip, not news. Fashion that I would never wear, and for extortionate amounts. The
word entertainment and celebrity is used very loosely nowadays!

In late November, after walking up and down the magazine aisle and eyerolling at the same front covers, I finally came across Woman and Home. Now this is my kind of magazine, travel, interviews with interesting people, affordable and luxury clothing, home decor and recipes, to name just a few of the contents! Also, for a decent sized magazine which isn’t made up mostly of adverts, for £4.75 I was pretty impressed!

Lastly, I wanted to mention something, that isn’t exactly a favorite, but this is something I discovered which has changed my day to day life. This may sound awful, but I was spending so much time in my phone. It’s easily done, you’re looking at a beauty product, then you may see a trailer for a new film, and then a cake recipe… It’s never ending, before you know it you’ve been scrolling through your Instagram for 20 minutes… Or longer. but I put a 30minute reminder on my Instagram.

This isn’t a favourite but more of a January recommendation I shared with family and friends.

What have your January favourites been? And have we purchased any items the same?

Kaya •