Shop Things I Love…

Hi Lovelies,

Looking for something to treat yourself?  All the things I love and know you will too are below!

Some of these are affiliate links which means I get a small % for everything sold from my link. This doesn’t increase the price for you and helps me run this blog.  To know which links are affiliate I have marked them with an asterisk*.

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Need a little treat?  Here are a few things I have recently purchased or placed on my wish list.  Treats for doing the washing, changing the toilet paper roll and making it through a week!

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Looking for a fantastic read to take with you on holidays or while away the days relaxing?  Try one of these I have read recently and reviewed here.  Whether you read the good old paperback like me or want to add something to your kindle collection, these links will take you to the right place!

I’ve created a Bookshop.org store where you can see books I have read and recommend, as well as those I am wanting to read in the future.  Bookshop.org support independent booksellers with competitive pricing and quick shipping.  I have chosen to supper The Margate Bookshop, a small and well stocked bookshop in the heart of Margate.

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Tried and tested travel accessories.  Regardless of the length of trip these are always in my hand luggage to ensure a fantastic journey.

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Your going to build your blog.  This is sooo exciting!  You will need a domain and host.  I use Siteground as they automatically do WordPress updates reducing the potential of being hacked!  The support Siteground gives you is high and they always go above and beyond when I manage to destroy the code on my site!

I chose WordPress over Blogger as you can have total ownership on your content without the risk of Google (who own Blogger) shutting you down for violating terms and conditions you didn’t read!

Next up find a blog design.  There are plenty online and a quick google will send you down a rabbit hole of beautiful designs and images.  This can be a little addictive!  I use a theme from ThemeForest as they gave support for six months that I used a lot when I first put my site together.

WordPress plugins.  These come in handy and took me a while to gather the info so I am keen to share to make others lives easier.  I use Yoast SEO that helps me write and structure my pages for best google rankings.  Akismet blocks span comments that will suddenly come in droves.  Google Adsense helps rank your blog and get it into the search engine.  Pin It Button for Pinterest so that readers can add you to their boards and then spread the word about your fab blog!

Canva.com is a great resource to make logo’s yourself and those beautiful instagram posts that you see other bloggers have!  Alternatively use Fiverr.com and get someone to do this for you from $5.  I used Fiverr until I became more confident with Canva for my blog logo’s.