My Blogging Goals

I’ve been blogging for over 3 years now and I’ve accomplished so much in that time. That doesn’t mean that I want to do more though. In fact, there’s so many other blogging experiences that I want to try and get involved in.

I see other bloggers on Twitter always doing such fun and crazy stuff and I want to do those things too. I have done some of my own great things but people should always strive to do more. My Blogging Goals

myblogginggoals1. Attend a blogger meetup. I have seen so many blogger meet up all over Twitter and Instagram and I would just live to attend one. That’s kind of difficult for me thanks for my anxiety but one day, I will do it!

2. Work with a plus size fashion company. I have been focusing my blog on plus size fashion and clothing a lot recently. I didn’t really know that it would be something I cared about all that much until the past year. I really started to care about my clothes and became more comfortable in my skin. Now that I am more body positive, I want to work with plus size brands to help other people become more positive about their body. All bodies and beautiful, no matter what colour or size they are.

3. Reply to every blog comment. When I first started blogging, I was way too nervous to respond to any comments that I would get. Over time I have gotten more used to people expressing their opinions about my posts and I love it! Recently, I have been trying to reply to all the comments on my blog but sometimes my old nerves kick in and I just really don’t know what to say to people. But, that’s what I’m going to try and change.

4. Set up an email newsletter. This is a goal for way into the future but it’s definitely something that I want to be thinking about.

5. Read 5 other blog posts a day. I feel like it’s so important for the blogging community to support each other. By simply reading someone else’s post and commenting on it, you can help that blogger to gain more traffic and it’s always great to help a fellow blogger pal!

What are some of your blogging goals? I would really love to know what you all hope to achieve for your blog in the future!

Eleanor May
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We’re Getting Married!

This is a post that I really didn’t expect to be writing any time soon but I’m so happy that I am!

Completely out of the blue, my boyfriend decided to get down on one knee and ask the big question. If anyone reading this actually knows my boyfriend personally then you would completely understand why I thought he was joking at first.

But no, he was being completely serious and now we are engaged!

I was going to just write a lousy tweet saying that I’m engaged now but that just didn’t seem good enough.

So here it is, my announcement. Of course, it would only be fair if I announced it on my blog first since my blog is my other love of my life.

We have both changed so much over our time together so far but through it all, we always had each other.

I’m excited to start another chapter of our lives together!

Eleanor May
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Plus Size Shops For People On A Budget

Can we just take a minute to talk about how ridiculous plus size clothing is..?! It’s over priced, badly fitting and it looks like it was designed for a 80 year old. Can these clothing designers please get their shit together??

Since I am a plus size woman, I’ve had to shop around a lot to find some shops that sell clothing at an affordable price.

I decided that I would share some of my favourite plus size shops with you all just incase any of you plus size beauties want to do a little affordable shopping.

Forever 21

Although no Forever 21 store I go to actually has plus size clothing in store, their online shop has some really cute items for only a small price. I obsessed with their ‘made in the 90’s’ t-shirt. As soon as payday arrives, I will be ordering it as quickly as I can!

Simply Be

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how Simply Be have clothing FOR ALL SIZES!!! I’m so happy about it. They have something for me and the same item for someone size 10. That is the absolute best!

ASOS

 

ASOS sell the most beautiful and unique clothing pieces. if I could fill up my wardrobe with ASOS clothes then I very much would.

Evans

Evans is known to be designed mostly for older people. But they actually have some great fashion pieces that would suit younger people too.

Curvissa

I am pretty new to this website but I do enjoy it. They have a lot of lovely denim clothes which I quite like.

Do you have any favourite shops to buy your plus size clothing?

Eleanor May
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7 Things To Do On A Sunday For A More Productive Week

You know that horrible Sunday feeling?! You dread the fact that in the morning it will be Monday and you’ll be back off to school, work or any other commitments that you may have.

Well I think that if you make your Sunday a little more productive then your week won’t be half as bad as you think it will be.

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1. Meal plan. Meal planning can help you in so many ways. It helps you when it comes to going shopping, it helps you to avoid the stress of deciding what to eat and it helps you have a balanced diet.

2. Create a weekly to do list. If you sit down at the start of the week and write out all the things you need to do, it can help you clear your head meaning that you’ll approach the new week already knowing exactly what you need to get done. It’s also a great feeling when you get to check something off your to-do list.

3. Reply to all e-mails. I know that replying to e-mails can be tedious but if you get it done just before the week starts then you don’t have to head through the week knowing that you have 100s of e-mails to reply to.

4. Have a big house clean. ‘A cluttered house is a cluttered mind’ or however the saying goes. Basically, just clean your house so that you can have a clean mind. Trying to think clearly when you’re surrounded by mess is impossible!

5. Clean out your bag. I swear, my boyfriend carries enough rubbish in his bag to fill 3 bin bags. I’m not sure how that can be helpful in any way at all. He is constantly asking me to help him find something in his bag because he can’t find it through all the receipts, empty packets and other random bits of paperwork. I have no idea why anyone would want to carry that around with them all the time.

6. Food prep. I always find it so helpful when there’s tupperware in the fridge, full of foods for me to just grab and eat. It’s great for if you’re in a rush!

7. Outfit plan. If you check the weather forecast and then plan your outfits for the week, you won’t find yourself stood in front of the wardrobe panicking because you’re not sure what to wear.

What do you do on a Sunday to have a more productive week?

App Review: Blessed

We all have lots of blessings in life but we are just stuck on the negatives instead. What we need to start doing in counting out blessings, not our problems.

There’s people in life who refuse to see anything good happening. I used to be one of these people. 99 good things could happen but I would also notice the 1 bad thing. Getting so hung up on the one bad thing can really ruin your mood.

My newest mission in my life is to be more positive. There’s so many good things that will come out of you being more positive. Your health will improve, you’ll make other people happy and life will just be a lot more enjoyable!

I would like to tell you all about an app that I recently downloaded called ‘Blessed‘.

*I was given this app for free in return for a honest review*

The aim of the app is to make you more grateful for the things in your life. The idea is that you can fill the app with what you are grateful for and why. By doing so every day, you will get a long list of all the things that you’re grateful for. You then click on the little ‘count blessings’ button and it creates a little presentation of all the best things in your life.

As well as the app being great for feeling more grateful, it has a lot of other things that will help you be more positive in life. You can read quotes about gratitude, learn some facts about the importance of being positive and you can see some tips on gratitude.

I have been using the app every day as it makes me feel so much happier with all the blessings that I have in my life. I really do hope that you all download the app and fill your life with more gratitude!

If you would like to download the app for the little price of £2.49 then you can do so by clicking here.

I hope that you all enjoy using the app and that you can feel more positive in your life.

A Casual, Plus Size OOTD

So here it is! I’m nervous but I did it… I have wrote my very first Outfit Of The Day Post.

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Now I’m not the most photogenic person on the planet and I don’t know how to pose but I really wanted to share my outfit with you all.

 

What I Wore:
Coat //Bonmarche
Strappy top // New Look
3/4 legged jeans // George, ASDA
Shoes // New Look

I decided that my very first OOTD post should be my most worn outfit. I literally live in this outfit because it’s pretty weather adaptable.

My absolute favourite part of this outfit is the shoes. They are super pink and sparkly which are two of my all time favourite things.

The mustard coloured, strappy top is a complete staple to my wardrobe now. I mentioned it in a couple of blog post ago. I bought it from the plus size section in New Look and I fell in love with it straight away. The only problem was that it was a little too bit in the bust area so I had to get my mum to sew it up a little.

The black skinny, 3/4 length jeans are also a wardrobe staple. They are great for any weather since I can pair them with some boots in the colder weather and some sandals in the heat.

I actually bought the coat as a last minute life saver recently. My boyfriend and I were out when it started pouring down so I began a hunt for a coat or some kind of waterproof jacket. As a last resort, we popped into Bonmarche and I found this jacket. At first I wasn’t feeling it but I bought it anyway. Since then, I have been in love with it. I wear it constantly! If it’s cold then it’s great for layering but if it’s warm then you can still wear it as it’s not a thick coat.

I hope you liked my first OOTD post. I know that the photos were’t the best but hey, that’s what you get for dating someone who isn’t the best photo taker😉

Hopefully next time, I will be a bit better at this whole OOTD thing.

I’m A Diet Industry Drop Out

This post is pretty hard for me to write because I’m sure that there will be some people who disagree but it’s something that I really wanted to say. I was inspired to write this post by Fat Girl Flow. You can check out her blog here and her youtube channel here. She recently uploaded a video sharing her opinion on whether or not dieting was body positive.

If you want to watch her video then click here. It’s definitely worth a watch!

After watching the video, I really felt inspired to share my story about dieting.

I’ve dieted on and off for as long as I can remember. I think it all started when I was age 14. During school, I was slightly larger than most of the children in my classes but it was nothing to worry about because I was perfectly healthy.

The only problem was that I was young and when you’re bigger than the rest of the people you spend everyday with, you can start to feel a little bad about yourself. I felt different to most of my friends and most of my confidence disappeared.

My diet story really started when I would attend weight loss classes such as weight watchers and slimming world with my mum. She would go and I would end up doing the diet too. Going to those classes, sadly made me learn that you will only really make people proud of you when you’re losing weight. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself that I can make people proud of me in so many different ways.

At aged 16, I was on a milkshake diet called Herbalife. I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard of it before so I’ll quickly explain it. You basically drink 3 milkshakes a day and you take vitamin tablets to get all the extra healthy bits that the milkshakes miss. The only food that you were allowed to eat was a very small amount of protein a day. You would usually end up only drinking milkshakes.

While I was only drinking the milkshake, I was losing about 5lbs a week. This was a lot of weight for me to lose considering I really wasn’t that plus size.

When I stopped the Herbalife diet, I felt very low in my mood. I was so scared of gaining weight because throughout my life, I had been told that gaining weight was bad!

That’s when I started having some issues. I wouldn’t eat enough and I occasionally made myself throw up what I did eat. I haven’t really told anyone about that before but I feel like it’s nothing to be ashamed of. We all deal with out stress and problems in different ways.

Since then, I have been back on and off diets such as Weight Watchers.

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I lost a lot more weight and I even got certificates congratulating me on my weight loss. Would you believe it?!

But do you know what…. I AM DONE!

I’m so done with all these diets that make me feel bad about myself. I don’t want to be somewhere or in a place in my life when you only get applauded for losing weight.

Do you know how expensive all these diets are?! It’s a money making scheme and I’m done giving money to these companies that gain money from people being unhappy with their bodies.

So before all of you go making comments about how people can do what they want with their own bodies, then you should know that I agree. People have illness and other reasons that make them want to lose weight. If that’s what you want to do then go for it. You’re allowed to be the you that you want to be.

However, if you’re on a diet because you think that is what you’re suppose to be doing so that you can fit into societies idea of perfect then you need to stop!

Are you a diet industry drop out like me? Do you have any diet experiences that you want to share? I would love to hear your thoughts.