I have definitely missed talking about subscription boxes on An Ocean Glimmer, during 2017 I regularly received Infinity Crates, an entertainment and geek-filled box, but once I moved to Aylesbury and money became tight, I had… More
I am a massive lover of taking photographs, it’s the perfect way to document your life, without it I think I would be lost as it’s lovely having photos to look back on the variety of things you’ve done. Unfortunately, we’re in a world now where I would say printed photos are started to die out, with our phones able to take photos, we are able to store them online. With this though, you always run the risk of losing these images.
I am not a massive fan of having a variety of frames dotted around with images, I prefer having single images stuck on my wall. In my old bedroom, I did have a mosaic of various images, but with moving I had to take all these down. Since moving to Aylesbury, I haven’t been able to decorate my room with photos, I just haven’t had the time to come up with something creative.
Today is the day to be looking back at the Goals I set for January, as well as setting myself some new ones for the upcoming month of February. I hope you are all well and have had a good start to the year, I hope it’s not been stressful and the New Year has rewarded you. It feels like yesterday that I was setting Goals for January, so I can’t believe it’s already February.
This month should be a good one for not only myself but Yasmine, I briefly spoke about this in my January Favourites this week, I don’t want to be repeating myself so please head here to see what I loved in January and what is in store in February for myself. I love reflecting on my goals, it seems to give me the motivation I require, as well as figuring out what I need to do each month.
Before I set myself some new Goals for February, let’s reflect on my January Goals!
I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe how quickly January has passed! It did have it’s moments where it was going a little slow, but then it seemed to pick up. I hope you have all had a good start to the New Year, it did take me a little while to get back into the swings of my normal routine but after a couple of days, I was fine. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one struggling with the early morning wake up calls.
Today, I am sharing with you my January Favourites! I will admit now that I haven’t actually done very much this month so this post may be a little shorter than normal. I am hopeful that things will pick up during February though, I already have quite a few things planned. With struggling with money during January and the weather, I haven’t ventured outside that much.
Shall we get started with my January Favourites?
I am on a roll at the moment! A total eleven posts were published throughout January and I really hope you’ve enjoyed them all. Now it’s February, I have my fingers crossed that I can continue this into this month for you all. My first post of February is also my first book review of the new month, I am going to be sharing my thoughts with you on The Eden Paradox from Barry Kirwan.
If you’ve been following An Ocean Glimmer for a little while, I’m sure you’ll recognise Barry Kirwan, as I’ve reviewed his Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller Series, both 37 Hours and 88° North. during Book Blog Tours hosted by Jenny Marston over at Neverland Blog Tours. Through these, I have found a new love for spy thrillers as well as falling in love with Barry Kirwan.
When Jenny approached saying she had a Book Blog Tour for The Eden Paradox, I jumped at the chance! Barry Kirwan has a range of books out and I would love to read them all, he’s quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. I am the fifth stop on The Eden Paradox Blog Tour hosted by Jenny, I am also sharing today with The Northern Girl and Books, Dreams & Life so please check out their blogs to hear their thoughts.
This Friday is National Crepe Day, so I thought it would be nice to introduce you to The Works. Now if you follow me on Instagram, I’m positive this place isn’t new to you as I’m always sharing my date nights on there. When I heard that Friday 2 February was National Crepe Day, I knew I just had to speak about this place, I’ve mentioned it in a couple of my monthly favourites as well. I think me and Yasmine are a little addicted to The Works.
We’re in a world now where photos are everything, they definitely say a thousand words, I’m sure we all love taking a good selfie. With the invention of the front facing camera, this is something that we are all able to do, as it’s much easier than trying to find someone to take the photo for you. There are companies out there that are trying to make taking selfies easier.
It’s great capturing your life, but you need to enjoy your time while there, meaning it’s great to put your camera/phone away and have it in a position where it’s easy to grab. I have found one product that does exactly this! The Selfie Bag created by Cotton Bag Co is a MUST for all photographers. On the outside, it looks like a normal bag but once you look inside, there’s a pocket for your selfie stick and a zipped pocket for your phone.
It’s nearly the end of January, our first month of 2018 is nearly complete! It’s been a crazy month, as well as very busy, not only in my personal life but also at work, January is a horrible month having to pick up things after being off for Christmas. This is the first year I’ve experienced something like this as I’ve always worked in retail and a Christmas break doesn’t exist!
One thing I love doing at this time of year is plan out what I want to achieve, you could even call it complete. I know I do my Monthly Goals but those are more specific for each month, whereas these Goals I don’t actually know when I’ll complete them. I’ve never been one for setting New Year Resolutions, I feel Goals are much better, for me, they give more motivation to achieve them.
January has definitely been a jam-packed month! Hopefully, you’ve been enjoying all my content this month, especially all my book reviews. It’s no different today, I am sharing you my fourth review of January, which is very exciting! I have left the best till last as I will be sharing with you my review of Skeletal by Emma Pullar. Normally these book reviews are thanks to a book blog tours hosted by either Neverland Blog Tours or The Book Marketing Expert.
For today’s review though, I actually came across Skeletal when Emma reached out to a variety of bloggers on Twitter. I jumped at the opportunity to help her find her audience, she’s currently finding it hard because the novel isn’t Young Adult as it’s too gory and sweary, yet with the protagonist having a young voice, she feels it should fit this genre/audience. In her own words, Skeletal has been created to fuel her want of Young Adult dystopian with more adult themes.
Right enough chit chat, shall we get into the review of Skeletal?
I am truly treating you this month, I am progressing very well with January’s Goal of reading a total of 3 books. The beginning of the month, I introduced you to Ordnance from Andrew Vaillencourt, then I reviewed Snow Like Ashes from Sara Raasch, today’s post is an introduction post to Joshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn from Anthony Hewitt.
I am taking part in the Joshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn Blog Tour hosted by Jenny Marston, the creator of Neverland Blog Tours. If you’ve been following An Ocean Glimmer for a while, I’m sure this name will be familiar! This very exciting Blog Tour starts today for a variety of bloggers, I am very happy to be the first stop on the tour, today I will be sharing the day with A Rambling Reviewer and Book Snail Reads.
Today’s post is a little different from usual, this is my entry for the Let There Be Light Competition, a blogger competition in partnership with Urban Cottage Industries. When I was contacted regarding this competition, I jumped at the opportunity as photography is definitely one of my favourite things! I love that Urban Cottage Industries is running this competition, as it’s a great idea for bloggers to get creative.
The entries will be judged by three different bloggers, Sian Lewis, Julia Hartbeck and Stacey Sheppard. This is the perfect opportunity to get creative and showcase your photography skills, of course, competitions mean prizes! There’s one winner for the Let There Be Light, you have the opportunity to win £500 worth of vouchers for photography equipment from Amazon. Don’t worry if you don’t get that top spot though, as five runner-ups will receive a personalised Moleskine notepad.