A Life More Ordinary

IMG_0488Welcome (for those of you who haven’t noticed) to my NEW BLOG! I have never been more thankful for the weird name my parents blessed me with until I discovered I could have it as a .com – WIN! The layout is largely the same but there’s obviously been a name change and the content will also feel different moving forwards too. I have felt really ‘blah’ about blogging this past year, we’ve reached a stage where blogging is the new norm and everything I did felt regurgitated and stale. I’m also getting older and started to feel like the mould that I’d cast didn’t fit me anymore but I wasn’t sure what else would suit me better.

IMG_0492There’s a lot of talk about blogs being ‘over’ in 2016 with YouTube becoming increasingly popular as a source of not only information but entertainment. I took a step back and thought about the blogs that have held my attention throughout, I’m not a reader, I skim and browse and look at pretty pictures. For a while I thought perhaps style blogging might be fun but my clothes aren’t exciting, looking at pictures of myself made me self concious and I don’t have the time or willing photographer on hand to really do it justice.

IMG_0412I landed on lifestyle blogging for a minute because that really is a catch all for anything and everything, isn’t it? I think it’s also become the new ‘mummy blog’ for those who don’t like the term ‘mummy blog’ but through the wonder that is instagram I’ve actually discovered some damn good mummy blogs this year that have massively influenced my decision to make this change.

IMG_0425I want to be able to share beauty, style, parenting, travel, all that stuff without any of the nonsense of keeping up with everyone else. I’m not 21 anymore and I’m not going to compare myself to a 21 year old with a flat stomach and no responsibilities. Blogging is my main source of income these days so it is my job but it still comes second to the rest of my life and so it has to fit in around the days of a 30 year old mum of 2 who works part time and is still struggling to push the balance of meals eaten from fast food restaurants to home cooked on a daily basis. I dedicate a lot of time to this but no amount of time spent obsessing over things I can’t control will change them and putting aside unecessary social media comparisons I feel very lucky to have the life that I do!IMG_0406I’m going to start sharing outfits in pictures that work for me and are more condusive with days out and activities we have planned. I can’t expect my family to trapse out with a camera to a nice scenic spot so I can take pictures in a fancy dress I’m never going to wear.. it’s just not going to happen and if it did they would be the most forced looking photos ever produced. If I’m ever out and about with a fellow blogger who’s willing to patiently take my photo from only flattering angles then GREAT but I can’t base a blog around it.IMG_0418Today I’d planned to take some pictures by the lake with Milo and Manny for this post when Milo suggested he take my picture (for the picture above the camera is on self timer on a wall – trade secrets) so maybe I have a budding outfit photographer right under my nose, haha. We were actually really excited to see the swans out because the island in the middle of the lake has been blocked off for weeks while they had their babies and today we saw them out swimming. They are NOT big fans of Manny and hiss every time he gets close to the edge (swans are scary m*ther f**kers) so I had to take these photos from a distance but still.. cute!IMG_0461I will still be posting beauty reviews but they may be fewer and further between as I really do love to chat about beauty that I do to write. My Miss Budget Beauty channel will stay as it is and my Diary Of A Spendaholic channel will be getting a much needed injection of non-vlog videos this month so stay tuned for that! All in all it’s time for a shake up, I don’t intend to drop off the edge of the internet anytime soon but in order to stick it out long term I need to love what I’m doing and so although I’m sure most of you wont care at all about the changes, for those who do please understand it was a necessary evil.




  1. Cherie
    4 July, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Looking forward to the new style of blog – good luck x

  2. Hannah
    4 July, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    I love this whole overhaul, really looking forward to more content that you will love creating rather than feel you need to. Been following you for 6 years now and this is the most excited I’ve been for content from you that I’ve ever been. I hope you do still carry on with beauty though because I look for your opinions on new releases over anyone else 🙂

  3. 4 July, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    hahah love the bit about a son willing to take photos, maybe I’ll have a fashion element to my blog someday when I have children! I feel the same way about my beauty blog, there’s always been some tea and books and other things, but I am definitely doing more of a lifestyle injection over the course of the next six months. time to freshen things up! can’t wait to see where this takes you, and after a pretty quiet year on the blog (as far as I noticed) it’s nice to see you really excited about blogging again 🙂

  4. Laura
    4 July, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Love all these pictures. I too tend to skim across blogs and focus on the pictures. Unless the title or certain words jump put at me.
    I think this name change is good now you can talk about the budget stuff and high end. As well as family clothes and Manny ☺

  5. 4 July, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    Love this post. So glad you have found what makes you happy. I look forward to a good mix of all things that interest you and your life. Always love following you as I like you for you, not just a lipstick.

    Karen x
    JinksyBeauty x

  6. 5 July, 2016 / 9:21 am

    Good luck with you new change! I love the idea!!

  7. Kay
    5 July, 2016 / 9:47 am

    Fab. X

  8. 5 July, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    I think a shake up can be a good thing..

    I noticed more and more people griping at and about you in various comments about the whole budget beauty thing and no matter how many times you addressed it, it just wasn’t enough! Having your (unusual) name as your .com feels more YOU and suits you better if that makes sense. I like that you cover a wide variety of topics and not just ‘budget beauty’ and I didn’t actually give a s**t when you wrote a post with a recipe or an outfit, it never made me think that you should only be writing about budget beauty.

    You are so right and times changes so I really hope this new direction works out well for you.

    Good luck.

    Carrie xx

  9. 5 July, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing where you go with this. We all change as we grow up and where I still love all things beauty I have a little boy now and find myself looking for parenting and food posts. (Not to mention the slimming food type posts now I have baby weight to shift too! ) x

  10. Tati
    1 August, 2016 / 11:16 am

    Good on you!! Good luck with everything – you will do amazing!

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