Monthly Goals // November 2018

I’m really happy for November to be here as there are so many great things planned, I’m not as busy as October but it’s still going to be a cracking month. It’s going to be excited over the coming weeks as there are a couple of things lined up. For starters, November is my birthday month, with a fun action packed weekend and I will be at Silverstone for a murder mystery.

I have been able to achieve most of my Goals I set at the beginning of October I have proved that if I put my mind to it, I can achieve. Here we are again to first reflect on my previous Goals and then set some new ones for November. I visited Castle Combe with my MG Rover family, picked a pumpkin for the first time and wandered around Milton Keynes.

I have shared my adventures in my Monthly Favourites // October 2018 here. Before I set myself some new Goals for November, let’s reflect on my October Goals!

Comment on Blog Posts | Done! I have been able to smash October‘s Goal and reach over 600 views on An Ocean Glimmer. This is thanks to sharing my content on all my social media platforms and participating in comment pods. I have shared the love and had it returned, I have also come across some great blogs this way!

Plan November & Blogmas Content | Half done, I’ve been able to plan all and schedule most of my November posts. When it comes to Blogmas content, I have got a couple of ideas. I have a couple of holiday days coming up soon so I will be using these to plan and maybe even write the content.

Increase Twitter & Instagram Stats | It’s been a good month for Twitter and Instagram, I have been able to increase my following and my analytics are looking good. The results aren’t as strong as I had hoped but I’m on the up! I forgot how hard Instagram was to improve, I have everything crossed for November and December.

Continue Being Strong | Yup! Most definitely achieved. All my statistics have increased, I’m looking forward to the end of 2018, I’ve reached one of my main Goals of reaching 15k views on An Ocean Glimmer. After my dip in April, I knew I wasn’t going to reach the Goal of reaching 20k views. With an increase in views from September, I’m definitely moving in the correct direction.

Visit Millets Farm | Done! If you read my Monthly Favourites | October 2018, you’ll know that I visited Millets Farm and picked up a pumpkin! I’ve never been to a pumpkin patch before, I had a great day, it was nice to get out of the house and wander around. I didn’t realise how big the place was. Celebrations for Halloween are done, let’s get into the Christmas spirit!

Let’s get to my November Goals!

Reach 1k Instagram Followers | I swear I’ve been trying to increase my Instagram following for the whole of 2018. I would love to reach 1,000 followers in November, I’m just under 200 away but it’s soo hard, how could it be this hard!? If you’re not already following me, what are you waiting for? I always try to share whatever I’m up to.

Visit MCM Comic Con | I have never been to a Comic Con, for as long as I can remember I have wanted to go to one. I am a massive geek at heart and I know how much I would love it, quite freaky this year’s Birmingham MCM Comic Con is on my birthday weekend! Now my parents only live half an hour away, I’ve brought tickets. I’m super excited to go.

Plan Blogmas Content | I have thankfully planned and schedule most of my November content. Now it’s a good time to move onto Blogmas! I would love to get hopefully the first week or two planned out, maybe I could even start writing. As I had over ten days of holiday to use, I’ve taken most of these in November. I will use these days to plan the content.

Spend Time Outside | It’s now November and Autumn is definitely in full swing, it’s cold outside but that won’t stop me from enjoying being outside. I am such an outdoors person and I don’t want the weather to stop me. I need to spend time outside and just visiting places around me.

Finish Christmas Shopping | I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m just over half way with my Christmas shopping, I would love to be able to finish my Christmas shopping. This way I’ll be able to spend more time having fun and relaxing in December, not worrying about presents!

Write and Sent Christmas Cards | This Goal goes hand in hand with the above, I would love to be organised and get most of my Christmas cards written and hopefully sent. I have brought all my family cards, I need to now organise who else I need to send a card to. Last year, I enjoyed sending cards to fellow bloggers, hopefully, I can do this again!

Spend More Time with Family | Family is very important to me, after moving from Plymouth and now no longer living with them it has been hard and now I hardly see them. I try to see them as much as I can, they are a couple of moments I should be able to see them this month. Including my birthday weekend!

I hope you have enjoyed this post! What is the one thing you would love to achieve this month? Let me know in the comment!

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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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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 Favourites // September 2018

Can you believe it’s October? Seriously where on earth is 2018 going, it’s officially Autumn, Halloween is just around the corner, it’s nearly my birthday and before you know it, Christmas is here. I hope you’re all having a great start to the month, October is one of my favourite months and I’m super excited for the upcoming month.

Before we go full steam ahead for October, let’s first review SeptemberSeptember was a great month, it’s definitely starting to slow down in the activities I am doing, it was quite hard to come up with a lengthy Favourites post like recent posts. I am really enjoying sharing my Favourites with you.

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LUSH Blooming Beautiful

I am pretty addicted to purchasing bath products, bath time for me needs to be relaxing and there’s nothing better than dropping in a bath bomb. There are a lot of bath bombs to choose from and one of my favourite places to shop from is LUSH. Since trying my first bath bomb last December, I have surely become addicted and now I like picking up a small collection to treat myself.

In my Monthly Favourites // August, I shared with you my trip to Nottingham and the art trail Hoodwinked 2018 while wandering around I came across that oh so familiar scent of LUSH. I had to pop inside and see if there was anything new and exciting, I came across the Blooming Beautiful giftset that screamed Spring and relaxation. Nothing else took my fancy so Blooming Beautiful it was.

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