Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Alisha Valerie is 2!



I cannot believe that it's my blog's second birthday! I want to share with you some experiences which I've had involving my blog in the past two years; the good and wonderful to the bad and the ugly lies.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Home Wishlist


When we moved into our gorgeous little home last August, little being the main word there, I've been wanting to do the kitchen up so when it came to the challenge of doing a "home wishlist" blog post with Amazon* it turns out that I just want new things for the kitchen to make it beautiful. This is what I came up with...

Friday, 23 June 2017

Khadi Face & Body Oil | Review



When the beautiful Harles from SVPR got in touch with me and asked if I wanted to review some products from some cruelty-free vegan brands they're working with I was so happy! When my parcel from them arrived containing some awesome stuff the first thing I started using (literally like right away) was Khadi's Face and Body Oil*. Since then I've pretty much been using it every day so wanted to share my thoughts with you all.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Acorn Farm | Our Day Out



I was recently asked if I'd like to spend the afternoon at Acorn Farm*, and as I am a massive animal lover I jumped at the chance. So on Tuesday 23rd May 2017, Phil and I popped in our car and took a drive into Knowsley to spend the day with some animals. This is how we got on...

Friday, 16 June 2017

Barry M Summer Lipsticks



When Barry M Cosmetics* released their Genie and Neptune lip paints I was fascinated by them, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on them to try them out.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Father's Day Gift Guide



When it comes to picking the perfect gifts for Father's Day, things can get quite tricky. This year, be sure to thank Dad for everything he does for you by gifting him with something that will make him thank you back. From shirts and ties to foodie gifts and accessories, treat your Dad to something special this Father's Day with a little help from Metquarter Liverpool...

Monday, 12 June 2017

Ann Summers Wishlist



When most people think of Ann Summers* they think of sex, dildos, bondage and other sexual naughty things but what a lot of people aren't aware of is that Ann Summers* do an amazing underwear and PJam range too. I've had some stunning pieces from them in the past so I thought I would share with you, my Ann Summers* wishlist for this summer time.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Recent Blog Mail Treats



Being a blogger I'm very lucky and extremely grateful to be sent things from brands and PR companies. Sometimes they make my blog and sometimes they don't so I thought I'd share with you all some of the latest things I've been sent over the past few months which haven't made it onto my blog yet.

Monday, 5 June 2017

My Summer Goals | 2017



Summer time is right around the corner and since it's my favourite time of year, I thought I would share with you all some of my goals for this summer.


Friday, 2 June 2017

MySpace Throwback



This morning I was curled in a ball, under my duvet in bed with pretty bad period pain and like a lot of girls, I was scrolling through pretty much crap on my phone just to try and take my mind off the pain in my tummy. That's when I came across BuzzFeed's "29 Things You'll Only Remember If You Were A MySpace Kid", now I don't know about anyone else but MySpace was pretty much my life when I was a teenager, well that and MSN...

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Bungalow Life



Like a charming, old bungalow;
the bumps and bruises made along the way simply add character.

Monday, 29 May 2017

My Makeup Wishlist



Being a complete makeup fanatic, I really love reading about and seeing people's makeup hauls on their blogs but I never seem to see their makeup wishlists, so since I am trying to save some money I thought I would share my makeup with you all rather than a makeup haul.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Mum's 50th Birthday


 
On 6th May 2017, my family and I celebrated my mum's 50th birthday and I thought that I'd share with you all some pictures of the memories we made.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Superdrug Essential Facial Cleansing Wipes | Review



I had heard so many great things about these wipes from friends that I had to try them out myself. So when I was given £20 to spend on the Superdrug website, of course I added a pack to my basket to try out for myself.

Friday, 19 May 2017

F.E.T.E. Toothbrush | Review



Caring for our Earth doesn't have to be as difficult as it seems, and sometimes the little things go a long way. These one hundred percent biodegradable natural bamboo toothbrushes by F.E.T.E.* (which stands for From Earth To Earth) are perfect for giving you that winning smile, as well as looking after the world we live in.

Monday, 15 May 2017

A Day in The Life of a Full-Time Blogger




I thought I would share with you all what I get up to on a typical day of my week now that I am a full-time blogger.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Sabai Soaps 'Spiced Orange' | Review



I was so thrilled when Sabai Soaps* got in touch with me, I'd heard about their soaps from a few bloggers in the past and hadn't gotten around to buying some of my own so when they asked me if they could send me a soap to review for them I was over the moon! Forget what you know about soap... because Sabai Soaps* are more than just soap. The natural oils and vitamins in the soap moisturise your skin leaving it more cleansed and refreshned than liquid soaps or gels, and beautifully fragranced.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Alchemy Grapefruit Hair Remedy | Review



When Alchemy Oils got in touch with me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of their hair oils for me, I jumped at the chance. I'd heard so many great things about this brand from other bloggers that I was so excited to try their stuff so when one of their amazing hair oil's landed on my doorstep, I was testing it out right away!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Spring Yankee Candle | Haul



I don't know about anyone else but for myself, once a new season is here I love adding a couple of new candles to my collection to make my home smell beautiful. I thought I'd share some recent Spring candles I was sent with you all.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

#MyBodyMyStory



If like me and you love watching Loose Women on ITV weekday lunch times then you'll have heard about their body confidence campaign and about the beautiful ladies stripping off and laying bare to feel good about yourself. If you haven't heard of the campaign then you can read all about it by clicking here.

Since all of the Loose Women have shared their body stories, then I thought it would be wonderful to share mine with you all. I have to admit, I am SO NERVOUS about this blog post so please be nice and friendly if you leave me a comment below because it's taken A LOT for me to share my story and personal pictures with you all.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Hi, I'm Back!



Opening up and talking about mental illness is one of the hardest and scariest things anyone suffering ever has to do. How do you ask for help for something when you have no idea how you're feeling or why you're feeling like this? How can you talk to someone when you don't know if they will laugh at you or think you're weird?

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Goodbye.




Since starting full-time blogging, I've never really taken a break and taken time out for myself. I've always just got on whatever needs doing and got on with it, but over the past couple of months, my health has really started taking a bad turn for the worse. I'm not blaming blogging for that in any way, shape or form but I do feel taking some time from blogging and social media will help me recover. Now I'm not going to be completely off social media so you may see some tweets here and there and a post or two on instagram but I am going to come off my blog for a month or two and get myself well again. 

I feel like I've been on this none-stop rollercoaster ride for a while and I think it's finally time to come off, relax and settle down a little bit. I stress so easy and I take on too much than I should, I know this, but I also know that if I keep doing this it's only going to be me who suffers. So for now, I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supports me and takes the time to read my blog, and I hope you all have a wonderful couple of months ahead. I'll be back soon!

With love, Alisha Valerie. x

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Coconut Lane Wishlist




Coconut Lane is one of my favourite online stores, and if you're a blogger I'm more than sure you'll have heard of them too. Coconut Lane was set up by the wonderful Charlotte Stagg and as I really love their stuff I thought I would share with you, my wishlist of Coconut Lane.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Taking Care of You



I'm guilty of being someone who's always looking after and taking care of someone else; my husband, our dog Daisy, my friends and family, other bloggers, basically everyone I can help in someway or another I will put my whole heart and soul into helping them and making them feel better. Which means a lot of the time I forget to take care of me, which means that I hardly ever get a big break time for myself so I wanted to share with you some of my favourite ways that I like to take care of myself whether I have five minutes or an hour to myself, or on days where my mental health and/or anxiety is bad or whenever I'm generally having a bad day. These are some of my favourite things to do...

Friday, 3 March 2017

Phil: I'm Not Obsessed, I'm Passionate | TAG


I was tagged in the "My Boyfriend Takes Over My Blog Post" TAG so I spoke to Phil about it and he seemed more than happy to be involved. If you don't know what this TAG is all about, you basically let your boyfriend, or in my case husband, take over your blog and write a blog post about something they love which is totally different to what you usually post about.
Phil, of course, chose to blog about his passion for wrestling...


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

What I've Been Loving Lately | TV Edition



This blog post was planned to be my February Favourites but since I haven't been doing too well and have spent a lot of time relaxing and getting better, I have been watching a lot of new TV shows and movies. So I thought instead I would share what I've been loving in the past few months with you all, this is going to be part one of two TV edition blog posts.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Blog Planning & Organisation Tips



Two of the most frequent questions I am asked on a daily basis are; what do you do as a blogger? and how do I plan my blog posts three months in advance? So I wanted to make a blog post explaining my top tips for blog planning and organisation. I really hope some of these tips are helpful to some of you who are bloggers or who are thinking of becoming bloggers.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

From Blog to Business




How to turn your hobby of blogging into a business. 

I started my first ever blog when I was twelve years old. It was on a website called Freewebs, which was taken over and renamed Webs. Originally I wanted to start a blog to share my thoughts and ideas of what I was going through, I was suffering from undiagnosed Ulcerative Colitis and spent a lot of time alone in my bedroom in pain. So I started a blog, and I had no idea back then that this would take over my life.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Beat Online Bullying with Bullying UK



When the amazing people from Bullying UK got in touch with me and asked me if I'd be interested in doing a blog post about online bullying, of course, I jumped at the chance!

I see it all the time, I log onto one of my social media websites and see people having an argument on my newsfeed, calling each other names etc. Then I see the other people liking these hateful comments as if it's their entertainment for the day, and I wonder don't people realise this is bullying? 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Bodyform Period Products



I think every girl will agree with me when I say periods are one of the hardest things girls go through. Cramps? More like mini ninjas inside you trying to kill you.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Valentines Day | TAG



Valentines Day is literally days away, so what better time to do the Valentines Day tag?
I hope you all enjoy reading my answers.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Top Four Valentines Day Dresses



Valentine's Day is just around the corner and it really is one of my favourite times of the year to shop. I love looking for that special dress which I'm going to wear, I thought I would do a quick blog post and share some of my favourites which I found this year with you all.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Beauty Has No Age



In June last year I was contacted by a lovely lady called Maleka Dattu, who many of you may know as the founder of Meru Maya Skincare. Maleka and myself chatted on the phone for a while and she told me all about #BeautyHasNoAge, listening to her I felt inspired, and I wanted to share with you all what the mission of #BeautyHasNoAge is all about and how you can get involved. 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

A to Z of Me



My absolutely beautiful friend Kiah done this tag a little while ago and I thought it was a really awesome thing to do so I wanted to do my own one and share it with you all. Please don't forget to check out Kiah's blog and answers here.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Goals for 2017



My dad once said to me that "a goal without a plan is just a wish and a goal is a dream with a deadline", so this year I am going to stop saying I wish and start saying I will.

I have decided that 2017 is really going to be my year. I have had such a hard few months and towards the end of 2016, I had a rather stressful few months, which was horrible, so from this year forward I refuse to be anything but successful - both in my blog life and in my personal life. I want to reach my goals and look back and be proud of myself.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

What I Got For Christmas



I asked on twitter and tumblr if anyone would like to see what I received for Christmas this year, so here it is. I feel extremely lucky for everything I have received as a present this year. By no means am I trying to brag in any way, shape, or form about what I received this Christmas so please do not think that or leave a hateful comment below. 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Glamuary Giveaway!



Since it's a new year I thought I would share with you all a giveaway as I haven't done one in a while, and of course since it's Glamuary I had to be a beauty related one!