#BEDN Day 3: Lists

I bloody love a good list. I’m always writing them and there’s nothing more satisfying then crossing items off them. I especially love making wish lists. It’s something I’ve done on this blog since the beginning and it’s the perfect way to do a bit of window shopping. I only end up buying about 5% of the things on my list so I just use them to get ideas.

So today for BEDN, I’m going to make a wishlist of random things I think are cute. Just because.

Christmas Decoration, £16 – Anthropologie

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I did it, I mentioned the C word. Not too bad considering I actually heard shops playing Christmas music already. I don’t mind seeing merchandise because I can ignore it, but music is too much. Wait a month people. So when I was in London last week I went into Anthropologie to stare at pretty things I can’t afford and this beauty caught my eye. So damn pretty!

 

Snack Boxes, £8 – Paperchase

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I love this whole range but could actually find a good use for these snack boxes. What a great way to bring healthier snacks into work. Plus they are super cute.

 

Bag, £17 – The Disney Store

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It’s a butterfly from Alice in Wonderland. I love how random and weird and cool this bag is.

 

Earrings, £15 – Accessorize

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I recently lost one of my earrings that I have been living in for the past few months so am on the hunt for some replacements. These are lovely and simple.

 

Jumper, £12.99 – New Look

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It’s definitely jumper weather right now so any excuse to put on more layers is fine in my eyes. I love this colour block one – it would be great to wear on a day out with my jeggings and ankle boots.

So there you go. A list of five things i think are cool. I always find it interesting reading other people’s wish lists. As well as watching haul videos on Youtube. It’s just like window shopping. So much cheaper than real shopping!

What are your favourite kind of lists to make?

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#BEDN Day 2: Travel

#BEDN Day 2: Travel

Travel is a big part of my life and I consider myself very lucky to have visited over 30 countries in my 30 years on this planet. One of the places I’ve visited the most over the years is Amman, Jordan. I’m half Arab and have a rather large family that resides there so every year I go to visit.

This year was a bit different. Topher was doing all the touristy things for the first time (his third trip to Amman itself) and also his sister Emma was coming for the very first time. We had a blast and I wrote about all our touristy travel adventures here:

The Dead Sea

Wadi Rum

Petra

So this is the final instalment of our general wanderings in the city of Amman itself. Jordan may not be at the top of your travel bucket list but it’s definitely somewhere you should consider visiting once in your life.

The Boulevard

Arabs love their shopping malls. So we tend to go to a lot of the ones Amman has to offer. I remember when the first one was built when I was a teen. My cousin and I loved shopping and used to go all the time when I visited. The Boulevard is an outdoor shopping street which is very pretty and always has something going on. Plus this time I noticed loads of street art has popped up since I was last here.

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Taj Mall

This is our local mall and has everything we need including a cinema. How cool is this back to school display?

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Amman Citadel

When you think of the Middle East, you don’t tend to think about the Romans but they were definitely here!

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Somewhere downtown

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Definitely downtown

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I’m seeing more and more tourists in the past few years and it’s pretty cool to see. I don’t tend to venture downtown much as I spend a lot of time with my family but it was nice to have a wander this year.

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The instagrammer in me was very excited to see these colourful steps!

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On our first night we went to a concert in the Roman amphitheatre which was really awesome. Literally sitting in history.

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Next year will be the first year I won’t be able to go so bring on 2020!

Where’s your favourite place to travel?

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#BEDN Day 1: Something New and Personal

#BEDN Day 1: Something New and Personal

Hello to another new month. I’ve decided to take part in #BEDN which is Blog Every Day in November. It’s only been just over a month since I last posted but it feels like so much longer. I’ve been a rut. A blogging rut. I’ve been on a bit of a break since I got my office job back at the end of May. I was just so exhausted from writing and fully lost my mojo for a bit there. Even though I’ve had plenty of things to write about, I just avoided the whole thing completely.

So here I am, taking a challenge and doing the opposite of what I did for this blog in October. Instead of not blogging at all for a month, I’m going to be blogging every day. I’m interested to see if I’ve still got it – by getting back to basics and just writing for the sake of writing.

Onto today’s subject – something new and personal. 

To any new readers; hello there. I’m Diane. Awkwardly waves. I’m 30, married to my best friend who live with in Manchester with our two cats. Since I was a child I was used to moving house a lot (25 times to be precise) but as of 2016, I bought my first home and am staying put.

To my older readers; thanks for sticking around. I am still here.

So something new. A lot of things really are new in my life. The main thing being that after two and a half years of being self employed, I jumped back into full time employment. It was just the kick I needed after a few months of my mental health taking a nosedive. Is that personal enough for you? Awesome, both boxes ticked.

It’s been great for me to be back in a routine. Especially one that forces me to get out of bed in the morning. The job itself is mentally interesting enough that I’m not bored but not so full on that I get too stressed. It’s a perfect balance. Also it’s been so nice to have a steady pay check. My husband Topher and I have been able to replace so many things in the house that were on their last legs as well as have nice meals out and save up for holidays. Oh and have savings for the first time in multiple years!

Anyway that’s enough rambling today. Are you taking part in BEDN – say hi in the comments!

Let’s do this November.

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