Monthly Favourites // October 2018

Hello November! Goodbye October!

The past month has been kind to me, I’ve still been very busy and enjoying a lot of different things. At moments October has felt a long month but now looking back, it’s gone really quickly! October has always been a good month, for me, Autumn kicks off and I can start enjoying the holidays.

Before we go full steam ahead for November, let’s first review October as I said above, there’s quite a lot to share with you! One thing first, I hope you all enjoyed Halloween and hopefully had a load of goodies. I’m really excited for November as it’s my birthday month! Even though it’s getting colder, I’ve still got exciting outdoor plans.

Missed my September Favourites? Head over here to see what I was loving
during the month.

Shall we get started with my October Favourites?

Trax Silverstone | The month wouldn’t be complete without visiting Silverstone, this month I attended Trax with Yasmine. It was great to be there as a member of the public and wander around looking at all the cars. Even though it was in October, the weather was kind to us. There were some great cars and of course, the track action was great.

Blogiversary | This month I celebrated five years of An Ocean Glimmer! This is a great moment, I can’t believe it. Techniquely I have only been blogging consistently since around October last year. I have gone from strength to strength, now here I am. I recently shared My Blogging Journey where I shared some memorable moments since starting.

Milton Keynes | At the beginning of October, I had a grand 12 days holiday to take between now and Christmas. This led to me booking random days off here and there so I didn’t lose them. I used one day to explore Milton Keynes and actually wander around. I did some Christmas shopping and just looked around the different stores, I forgot how many good stores there were out there!

Millets Farm | No October is complete without visiting a Pumpkin Patch to pick up your very own Pumpkin! This is what myself and Yasmine did as we took our very first trip to a Patch down at Millet’s Farm. This was actually one of my October Goals, and I’m pleased to say we went. It was such a lovely time, it was soo busy as well as everyone was also getting ready for Halloween.

Supercar Saturday | It’s been quite quiet for car shows recently with my MG Rover family, unfortunately, now living five hours away I can’t just pop down. The only time we go to a car show with the South West club is whether it’s around the Bristol area. We popped down to Castle Combe for the day for Supercar Saturday 2018.

This car show supports the Stoke Association which is a great cause to support. I even had the opportunity to be a passenger in a Corvette C7, a car I was lusting over the first time I saw it. I just had to! Being driven around a circuit is the perfect thing, especially as a car addict, it went incredibly fast and sounded amazing.

Halloween | Happy Halloween! I hope you all had a lovely evening, hopefully, didn’t eat too many sweets. My Halloween was pretty quiet really a total of two trick or treaters, does mean more sweets for ourselves! We’ve still got most of them now. Yes, I did carve my pumpkin, pretty simple all I did was use a screwdriver to create holes, was very effective. Also, I made some Halloween shortbread, they weren’t that scary! Featured vanilla and shaped like cats and pumpkins.

I hope you have enjoyed this Favourites post! It’s always crazy how much you do over a course of a month. I love looking at my Instagram to help me reflect on the previous month. October has been a cracking month, I’ve loved every minute of it and done some exciting things. I’m excited for November, first thing first it’s my birthday month! I’m going to be doing still so much and getting prepared for Christmas.

I hope you have enjoyed this review! What is one of your
Favourites from October?

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Return of Vanilla Pumpkin at The Body Shop

Happy Halloween! 🎃

I hope you’re all having a great day, eating a lot of sweets and getting ready for the trick or treaters. There’s nothing better than getting into the festive spirit than purchasing Autumnal scents. I have my Bath Bombs from Bomb Cosmetics, now the return of the Vanilla Pumpkin range from The Body Shop. I fell in love with this range last year and I’m so glad they’ve brought it back!

I am a massive fan of themed ranges from The Body Shop, this scent is great and they’re also killing it with their Christmas ranges. Definitely going to get my hands on one of those, unlike last year I knew I wanted to grab this range, there wasn’t nothing stopping me. Yasmine actually kindly brought me both the Shower Gel and Hand Cream when she visited Exeter, she knows me so well!

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‘Tis the Season of Boots

There’s a pair of boots for every occasion and as soon as Sunday 23 September arrived, there’s even more of a reason to wear boots instead of shoes. Autumn is definitely the season of boots, there is no doubt about it! There are no better shoes to wear during the colder weather than boots. They keep your feet lovely and warm, you can even wear fluffy socks with them.

What I love the most about boots is that there pretty much a pair for every outfit and occasion. I am pretty addicted to boots and as soon as the weather starts getting colder, I bring out my boots and start wearing them. One way to get Winter ready is to purchase some new boots, an online store where you can purchase all kinds of boots? Yes, please!

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Halloween Surprises with Bomb Cosmetics

This time next week, you’ll have the carved pumpkins outside, a bowl full of sweets and trick or treaters knocking on the door, that’s right I’m talking about Halloween! This is one of my favourite holidays of the year and it just screams Autumn. I’m always intrigued by what brands bring out this time of year, there’s nothing better than getting into the spirit a little early.

Today I am sharing with you the Halloween range from Bomb Cosmetics, as you know I am a massive fan of Bath Bombs. I love how Bomb Cosmetics have brought out a selection of Halloween products, they’re really creative and valve for money, the perfect way to get you in the Halloween spirit. If you love Bath Bombs then this is definitely the post for you!

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My Reading Journey

At the ripe old age of 22, I can’t believe I’m saying this but I love reading. Throughout primary school, English was my worst subject, I absolutely hated this subject and would even break down in tears. This meant reading wasn’t exactly my favourite and while my classmates were enjoying books such as Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, I was sat in the corner dreading having to read.

I don’t know what it was about reading but we just didn’t get along. It wasn’t until when I was in Year 3 that things changes, my favourite teacher understood what I was going through and was on hand to help me improve. She gave me a list of different children’s authors, to make reading exciting for myself. Now, there’s only one author from this list that I actually remember and still read today.

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October 2018 – Evaluate Your Life Day

Over the past couple of months, I have shared with you some interesting National Day that people across the United Kingdom celebrate. Today is no different as we’re celebrating Evaluate Your Life Day. Sometimes it is a good idea to think deeply about your life, at least once a year. Today invites you to calm down and deliberate about the choices you took and which way you will keep on going.

Of course, there are always questions and thoughts that disappear from the mind, if you do not take the time to think about those things, perhaps they’ll come to haunt you one day. Therefore it is better to lean back and confront the complicated questions of life on Evaluate Your Life Day. I love the thought of this National Day, as it is a great opportunity to figure out if you’re on the correct path.

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Book Review // The Colonel and the Bee

I was recently contacted by Patrick Canning, to read and review one of his books, The Colonel and the Bee. After reading the blurb, I was very intrigued! It sounded like my type of book and genre to read. I am always on the search for new books to read and I’m always willing to try new books. My book reviews have decreased a little over the last couple of months. Unfortunately, I haven’t participated in many Book Blog Tours.

Not only did the blurb sell The Colonel and the Bee to me but these two snappy reviews:

Around the World in Eighty Days meets Wizard of OzLara Croft, steampunk style.

I am really happy to share with you The Colonel and the Bee and my review, of course, like my normal reviews I will be sharing the full blurb and bio for the author. At the moment this is the only book review I have lined up for the next month. It seems like Book Blog Tours have gone silent on the books I am interested in. I might just have to read and review the books I’ve had on my Goodreads to-read shelf for a little while.

I hope you enjoy this review, shall we begin?

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How to support small businesses

Since being a blogger, I have discovered so many small businesses that beforehand I would have never found. Over time the internet has opened up some amazing business opportunities for a lot of people. Now having your own business is something anyone could do and not limited to people with degrees. I am a firm believer in supporting these businesses.

They’ve done something that I could only imagine doing and I love how strong they are. There are some great businesses out there but without people supporting them, they wouldn’t be able to continue. Being supportive is definitely a must with small businesses. Over the course of being a blogger, I have supported some great brands, including Dorkface, The Birdhouse Calligraphy and Juniper Daze Designs.

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My Blogging Journey

There have been things that have been and gone in my life, but one thing that I’ve been consistent and proud of is my blogging journey. I can’t take credit for this post idea, Jenny in Neverland recently shared her blogging journey and I loved the idea of sharing how I started, my favourite moments and the future. Thank-you Jenny for sharing your journey! It was such an insightful post and I am so proud of everything you’ve achieved.

I started An Ocean Glimmer in October 2013, for college I had to create a blog to showcase my writing. As this was something I had to do, I never had the passion like I do now, I didn’t last long before stopping. When I was writing for The Checkered Flag I would share a mini blurb and direct traffic to The Checkered Flag. I didn’t restart An Ocean Glimmer probably until May 2016 with my very first post, Free Comic Book Day 2016.

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Monthly Goals // October 2018

Goodbye September! Hello October!

I’m really happy for October to be here as there are so many great things planned, I am pretty much busy each weekend. I thought October would start to slow down, oh how was I wrong. Autumn is here and it’s time to start getting festive, both for Halloween, my Birthday next month and finally, yes Christmas. I’ve had a really good September and have definitely felt good about myself.

Despite being really busy, thankfully I have been able to achieve quite a lot of my Goals. I have proved that if I put my mind to it, I can achieve, I have pushed myself and have been rewarded. I attended my last event at Silverstone this season as a Race Maker, visited Western Super Mare with my MG Rover family and work has been hectic as anything. I have shared my adventures in my Monthly Favourites // Septemer 2018 here.

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