Things I Learnt from Living with My Fiancé

Nathan and I have been together for a good few years now. We’ve lived together for the majority of our relationship, whether that’s with parents or in our own place. I can tell you now that I’ve learn a fair few things along the way.

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He will refuse to watch TV programmes you rave over, such as Love Island for the first few episodes. But before you know it its 8:55pm and he’s rushing around, getting food to munch on, making sure the TV remote is to hand and shouting you to let you know said TV show is about to start.

You’ll lose all personal space. He’s in the bath and you need to pee, so what?

He will use a whole bottle of air freshener after going to the bathroom instead of opening the window, which in turn will choke you out next time you need to go in there.

Cuddles on a Sunday morning are literally THE best way to end the week and prepare you for the next week of craziness.

He is NEVER going to learn how to use the washing machine, no matter how many times you try to teach him.

You’ll realise how much a bed hog you are when he’s waking you up at 3am trying to move you back over to your side of the bed.

It will take at least 3 times for you to say something for him to actually acknowledge what you’ve said.

Cosy nights in on the sofa with your blanket, and a takeaway will become a more frequent thing than a night out on the town.

You will put on weight, its called being content, and its normal.

Have any of you learnt something from living with a partner? Let me know!

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2018 Goals & Catch Up | Sunday Thoughts

I can’t actually quite believe that I’m writing this post already. It feels like only a couple of months ago I was working on my 2016 goals and now here we are.

P.S. I thought you might appreciate these pretty pictures of the snow. 

For one, I would like to get a little more organised on the blogging front. I have been hiding under a blanket of real life for at least the last 6 months and slipped away from the blogging world, without reason not rhyme. Sometimes life just happens, right? Although I love my blog, I just haven’t had the motivation I need to actively write, photograph and edit regularly. I have some half written posts, some photographs without any written content and it’s all a little all over the place.

I have a little list of things I want to explore on my blog, and one with a big question mark next to it is more fashion posts. Fashion posts are something that I would absolutely love to get into, however I’m not very confident in the whole fashion post photos front. Which is something I need to overcome if I want to smash this goal. Any tips? Please feel free to tweet me or let me know in the comments.

Now, this isn’t something I’ve really spoken about at all on here previously. But I was in a car accident early last year, I wasn’t the most confident of drivers before-hand but the accident I was in just completely knocked me mentally more than anything. So one thing I want to work on this year is my driving anxiety. I have upcoming therapy and I am getting better day by day, but to just feel okay getting into the car would be a huge step.

Another huge goal for this year is to save, save, and save a little bit more. Nathan and I moved back in with family mid-2017. We want to be home owners, which involves getting a deposit together, and there was no chance of us saving the amount of money needed whilst renting. So here we are. I would like to get a decent chunk together before the end of 2018 if possible, which is resulting in working a lot of overtime and trying not to spend too much money on things which aren’t necessities.

I want 2018 to be the year I cut out the crap. I want to become a much healthier person. I’m not going to say no to unhealthy foods completely just cut down more and more each week, along with incorporating more healthy snacks into my diet. I also need to drink more water, I’ve started suffering with headaches in work and I think that’s a side effect of too much caffeine and not enough water. The only downside of drinking so much water, is having to pee every 15 minutes.

Anyway, I hope you guys are okay. I’m looking forward to getting back in to the swing of things with Dainty Dweeb. So, watch this space.

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Lazy Girls Guide to the Perfect Body | Guest Post ft. Brigitte 

Today we have a very special guest over on Danity Dweeb. Say hello to Brigitte, who is a Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant from highstylife.com. I have never had a guest post on my blog before, however Brigitte was so lovely from the get go and I couldn’t say no! Here goes…

A Lazy Girl’s Guide to the Perfect Body

Yes, yes, it’s true – we want it all. We want our little snacks while we binge-watch our favorite TV series, we want zero time at the gym and we want to wake up with the perfect body every morning. And yes, we know it’s virtually impossible to be a couch potato and still look like a supermodel (or at least a regular one), when we step outside our house in the morning. We’re also painfully aware that couch potatoes and models don’t mix and that effortless perfection is a myth. Yes, we all know that one girl who can eat whatever, whenever and when you ask her how she looks the way she does she just nonchalantly replies ‘oh, I just have the best metabolism, I never seem to put on weight’. We hate that girl too. So, what to do? There is a middle ground of course, you know, minimum input, maximum results, so perhaps you could give that a try? Come on, jump on board, we promise you’ll still have plenty of lying around time left in your day. Let’s go!

Move it, move it!

Don’t be frightened, we’re not going to lure you into going to the gym, we know you dread the word. However, there are certain tiny amounts of effort that in the long run can be truly beneficial. For one, try standing up and simply moving a bit more. Dr John Buckley from the University of Chester states that spending all the time sitting, whether in the car, couch or your office is actually completely unnatural and that three extra hours on your feet would burn up 144 more calories and get rid of 8lb of fat a year.

You have to admit – 8lb by just standing, you can pull that off. Another great trick is to move while you’re on the phone – if you know the conversation is going to be lengthy, step outside and take a walk while you’re talking. Ok, once you’ve taken those baby steps, it’s time to get an actual workout, but don’t worry, these are short exercises you can do from the comfort of your own home – every lazy girl’s dream. So, pick one of these 18 amazing YouTube channels that will teach you how to get a great workout while staying near your beloved couch.

Seek expert help

Of course, low-impact exercise can only do much, that’s why they’re called ‘low impact’ in the first place. If there is a particular area that really bugs you, like that pesky fat around your tummy that just won’t go away on its own or that booty that is everything but bootylicious, consider seeking professional help and get rid of all your self-esteem downers.

Luckily, there is an abundance of amazing non-invasive and non-surgical procedures you can undergo to say good bye and good riddance to all that pesky fat, and fat cavitation is one of them. Treatments like this use low frequency ultrasound that basically dissolves and kills fat from the outside, so there are no punctures or incisions – just immediate results. This is every lazy gal’s Holy Grail.

Minor adjustments

The general rule of thumb is 70% nutrition, 30% exercise. If you pay attention and listen to our low impact + treatment advice, all that’s left for you to do are minor tweaks in your dietary habits. Trust us, a little goes a long way. For instance, say goodbye to midnight snacks, sugary drinks and foods in general. These are just empty calories with no real nutritional value. Avoid processed foods as much as you can and try cooking with fresh ingredients for a change. No, healthy food doesn’t have to be bland and flavorless. There are amazing smoothies that you can make to kick the morning off right. Your blender does all the work and you get all your nutrients, including the much needed protein for a great day. Grill and steam your meat and veggies instead of frying them. It’s simpler and it will definitely save you from scrubbing that oily pan. Knowing you’re a real health neophyte, we have found a perfect list of yes and no foods and drinks, so print it and use it as a cheat sheet until you get the hang of it. Good luck, lazy gal!

P.S. Don’t forget the importance of proper hydration – don’t settle for anything less than 8 glasses a day.

That’s all for today guys. I hope you have enjoyed Brigitte’s post as much as I did! Do you do anything to keep fit? I’d love to hear! Tweet me or let me know in the comments below.

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I’m Feeling 22!


Hi guys, remember me? A lot has happened in the last 4 months, but we’ll save that for another day. I have been meaning to get back into the swing of things for weeks now, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. Until ping, something clicked and all of a sudden my motivation is back.

I thought I’d start with something simple and ease my way back into writing, so this may be a little bit of a ramble.

Whenever someone turns, or is turning 22, Taylor Swift always springs to mind – hence the cringy blog title. It’s so scary to think that it feels like just yesterday it was my 21st birthday, like it’s a pretty much a whole year since I was writing my Sunday Thoughts #12 post. I’ve been engaged for a whole year. Now that is crazy. We have no wedding plans as of yet, we’re saving for a mortgage deposit. We’re back living with Nathan’s parents for the mean time, trying to save as much as possible. The more the better.

If you were a regular ready before I decided to go on an unplanned break, you will know that mine and Nathan’s birthdays are one day after another. This year, we haven’t really done a lot in the way of celebrating. I think after last year, it has been nice to just chill. Although, we did have a few drinks with friends on the Saturday night so we were a little hung over on Nathan’s birthday, we had a nice lie in and chilled for the majority of the day. As bad as it sounds, it was nice to be hungover on his birthday and not mine for once. Monday, I spent the morning with mumma and afternoon with my Dad, Nathan took me out for a birthday Nando’s in the evening. It was a nice, chilled birthday.

Life’s been pretty mundane lately, along with the stress of moving house, so there isn’t a lot to report. However, I have been working behind the scenes on some new and exciting posts for you. So keep your eye’s peeled.

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Disney Classics Collection

So, if you didn’t already know – I am obsessed with all things Disney. One day I will go to Disney World in Florida, it’s on my bucket list and I am going to go whether I’m 21 or 50. I will live the magic. To fulfil my love of Disney I have collected bits and bobs over the years from ornaments to plush teddies and cups. But, I have been collecting the Disney classics DVD’s for a year or so. But not just the ordinary DVD’s, the special edition holographic cover ones. Don’t get me wrong, my collection is far from complete, but I though it’d be nice to share how far I have got with it.

I currently have 20 of the ever-growing 56 Disney classics, and I’m determined to create a collection of the lot which I can keep for years to come, and maybe even pass down my family some day. Lame? I don’t care, Disney has been one of my favourite things growing up so I am going to share that with my children and what better way to do this?

I have to admit, some of them are still in the plastic wrapping because I don’t ever seem to get chance to sit and watch anything these days – never mind a full blown film! But my favourites have been ripped open and watch repeatedly. I have to say my favourite has always been, and always will be The Little Mermaid. Ever since I can remember, I have loved this film and I don’t think anything will change that purely because of the nostalgia effect it gives me every time I watch it.

One of my more recent favourites has to be Big Hero 6 it just gives me all the feels and makes me so emotional although it’s classed as a children’s film. I have to admit, I am yet to see Moana, but I am looking forward to watching it because I’ve heard so many good things about it.

What’s your favourite Disney film? Old or new, spill! Leave a comment below or tweet me!

 

Rental Properties, A Waste of Money? | Sunday Thoughts

So, we may not all have the same opinions on this topic and that is absolutely fine. But today, I’m here to share my (well, and Nathan’s) personal opinion on rental properties.

Nathan and I have been renting out house for just over a year now, and I think it may have just been the worst choice of our lives. Well, maybe not the worst. I mean, we now know that we can live together and that we can afford it – just about. However, we have come to the realisation that it’s just a big waste of money. We never should have signed an extra 12 month lease with our landlord back in August. We should have gone back to living with parents and saved for a mortgage. Why? Well, because we know we want to live together, we know we can live together and to be completely honest with you we know we’re together for the long run. So why not? It’s something we’ve been discussing since way before Christmas, and although it’s something that is going to be a struggle at first, you know going back to living with parents and not having a whooole house to ourselves. But in all honesty, we could be saving at least £1000-£1500 a month between us, which means in less than a year we could have our deposit for a mortgage plus enough for solicitors fees, surveys etc.

We’re stuck in our lease until 1st August, which means we have 6 months left and as much as we love our little home, we’re not prepared to pay someone else’s mortgage for them and have no outcome at the end. I’d rather be paying off my own mortgage and have a house that I know is going to be my own one day.

Our perfect situation? Well, our landlord would be happy with us using the Rent-To-Buy option to buy the house, because as I said earlier we love our little home but unfortunately, that is not an option for us.

In no way, shape or form am I saying renting is a bad idea. Like I said, it’s shown Nathan and I that we can actually live together without killing each other. In some situations renting is the right decision. But for us, it no longer is.

Do you rent? What’s your opinion? As I mentioned earlier, I know we may not have the same opinion on this matter and that’s fine, however I would love to hear yours!

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Mystery Blogger Award

WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
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RULES
  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)
THREE FACTS ABOUT ME
 1. I have waaaay too many pairs of shoes, wait no. There’s no such thing as too many pairs of shoes. But hey, I have a lot.
2. I have been meaning to paint my living room since I moved in which was almost a year ago because its magnolia and I hate magnolia and guess what? I still haven’t gotten around to it.
3. I could count my close friends on one hand and that is the way I love it.
MY FAVOURITE POSTS
I’m going to do this one a little different. I have recently shared a post of my Top 5 of this year in regards to views, likes and comments. So for this one, I’m going to share my favourite posts to write.

 

MY NOMINATIONS
My nominations are Sarah from See The Stars, Hollie from It’s Hollie Ann, Reagan from Be Beautifully Unique and anyone else reading! Be sure to notify me if you do it because I’d love to read yours!
MY ANSWERS
  1. Favourite Shop? This ones definitely a tough cookie, what type of shop? Online or like an actual shop you can walk into? Clothes? Beauty? Food? The possibilities are endless. I’d have to say ASOS for online, because you can get pretty much anything! Actual shop, Lush just because of the smell, not to mention the amazing products.
  2. If money was no object where would you like to travel to? I’d like to take a year out to travel the US, just because it seems like such a different world and I love the american accent, plus allllll the amazing places in the US. 
  3. Any weird habits (funny question)?  I have literally been staring at this question forever, I actually can’t think of any weird habit’s. Maybe it’s because I feel so on the spot. I’ll get back to you on this one. After much consideration and discussion with Nathan apparently I do not have a weird habit. I feel a little sad about this now. 
  4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? In my own home not private renting, with my little family. And a Dog. Preferably a tan jug named princess.
  5. What is your goal for 2017? Be kinder to myself, simple. 

QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES

  1. What’s your all time favourite feel good song?
  2. Go-to beauty product?
  3. If you could be any Disney villain who would you chose?
  4. Who’s your most embarrassing celebrity crush?
  5. Name 5 things that make you happy.

I was nominated by the lovely Hannah. Now it’s your turn! Tag me, tweet me, mention me on Instagram, send me a link via owl mail, just let me see your answers!

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Top 5 of 2016

First things first, I’d like to wish you all a very happy new year! I hope you have enjoyed the holidays profusely my dears, because I definitely have.

I can’t really believe I’m writing this post already, the year has gone so quick. I just thought I’d share my 5 most popular posts of 2016. All together through out the year Dainty Dweeb has had 3,307 views, 1,304 visitors, 280 likes and 160 comments. Wow! A lot more than I thought, considering my blog is just a hobby it’s more than I could have imagined.

Inspirations for a Lifestyle Post

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When I wrote this post, little did I know it would become my most popular post of 2016, with 155 views and 100 likes. It just goes to show people prefer to read posts that you enjoy to write because I thoroughly enjoyed writing this. It was so much fun thinking of different things that can help inspire others to write a lifestyle post.

The Versatile Blogger Award

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Taking part in tag’s is always fun, you end up finding out things about other bloggers you never knew, whether is a personal tag or not they’re always fun to read! I was tagged in this by Hollie from It’s Hollie Ann and although I’ve known Hollie for years, we actually went to school together, I actually learnt something new about her from her post!

The Big Move 

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I still remember the excitement I had when writing this post. I can’t believe Nathan and I have been in our home for nearly a year already. It only feels like we moved in a couple of months ago! Time flies and all that. I can tell you now, we’re still picking up bits that we need, like the other day I made boiled eggs for dippy soldiers for breakfast the other day and realised we had no egg cups. Yes, I did call it dippy soldiers, I’m still a kid at heart okay?

Primark Haul 

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Ahhh, a good old Primark haul. Who doesn’t love to see what others pick up in the shops? All though I must say, all of my picks from this haul are stored away in my drawers now, as it’s a little cold to be wearing them at the moment!

Mini Drugstore Haul – The Aftermath 

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All though I’ve never been much of a beauty blogger – I’m not the best with make up and I’d much rather chuck my hair up in a messy bun in the mornings. I am rather proud of how well this post did! Maybe, it will give me the confidence to toy around with beauty posts a little more this year? Who knows!

Well that’s it, my top five posts of this year. Sitting here cosy in bed, I can’t help but wonder what will be my top 5 posts of 2017?

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It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas…

I don’t know about you but there are certain little things that happen throughout December – sometimes even as early as November  – which start to give me that little ‘oh, it’s nearly Christmas’ feel.

The first one is the earliest one, it’s always on the TV around early November time and it’s like the switch flips inside of me and all of a sudden I can’t wait until Christmas. Especially this year because as you know it is Nathan and I’s first year in our home. You can only imagine how excited I was to buy the decorations, let alone put them up! Can you guess what it is?Most people see the John Lewis advert as the beginning of the festivity, but no! For me it’s the Coca Cola Christmas advert.

Then the Christmas songs, and decorations come out in the shops. Which obviously means I can put my decorations up at home, right? My Christmas decorations went up at the end of November – a little early I know but I wanted to make sure I had enough lights and decorations on it. In the end it turns out I’d bought a little too many, now we have fairy lights not only on the tree, but up the banister also.

I would say when the mince pies start showing up on the shelves in supermarkets, but I’ve never really liked minced pies…

Of course, you then see the towns and villages where I live turn their Christmas lights on, and for the past couple of years the Coca Cola truck has been in our local town. This year they have put a little nativity scene on the church near where my Dad lives, which is cute. They had a little evening to turn on the Christmas lights and open the nativity scene.

Then the advent calendars come out, and before you know it your two weeks into December before you even know it! Can you believe there’s only 2 more Monday’s until Christmas? I think the festivity in the Hughes-Jones household is in full swing, it’s time to get the Christmas films out!

What makes you feel festive? I’d love to hear…

pssst can you please link me to your blogmas/festive posts I need something to read!

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Must Have Stocking Fillers – For Her

I would like to say that I have finished my Christmas shopping, but will I actually ever finish? I always seem to think I’ve finished, but then end up picking up extra bits for people when I don’t really need to.

I have to say, stocking fillers are my favourite thing to buy, little quirky things that you just know someone will love – especially if they’re meaningful. Today I’m going to share my must have stocking fillers for the lovely ladies in your life.

Oh K Nail File Duo | 2017 Botanical Diary | Faux Fur Pom Pom Hot Water Bottle | Keep Calm and Colour Mermaids | Makeup Revolution Iconic Nudes Brush Set | Pandora Cherry Blossom Stud Earrings

I have to admit, a few of these were on my Christmas list, but they’re so cute I thought I had to share them with you…

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