Why You Should Read The Smart Money Woman

If you read my blog regularly, you know that one of my goals at the beginning of the year was money management and personal finance. I wanted to become more responsible with my money basically and learn more about personal finance. The Smart Money Woman is a book by Arese Ugwu on this exact topic. And whilst it is aimed at Nigerian and African women as per the context of the story, the tips, tricks and lessons can be used by anyone regardless of where you're from. It's a book under Arese's Smart Money Africa platform that according to their website, aims at improving financial literacy in Africa and creating a generation of financially savvy Africans.

This book created a buzz when it was released last year and after reading it, I wholly believe that the hype is justified. The book was a hit with women everywhere and there were book tours across Nigeria, Ghana and the UK. There was actually a book reading/signing thing here in Manchester as well (which I didn't attend, in case you were wondering).  I was finally able to get my hands on the book on Thursday and I read it immediately. So today, I'll be sharing my review on the book.


Blogger Spotlight: Sade of In My Sunday Best

You guys should probably know that I get obsessed with people I think are cool very quickly. Sade is someone who I've always really admired and I promise, it's not in a weird or creepy way. Well, I sure hope it doesn't look that way haha. I really like her because she's so authentic and you can tell just by reading her blog or even just looking at her outfits.

I've been reading her blog since I was in high school, year 10 if I remember correctly. I remember being in the ICT room with my friends and we would scroll through her posts whilst oohing and aahing over her outfits. When she agreed to be a part of my Blogger Spotlight feature, I was elated and so were my friends. She's someone we've all always looked up to and probably always will. Okay, enough of my gushing. Here's my interview with Sade, I hope you enjoy it. If you read this and you don't check her blog out afterwards, I'm hundred percent judging you. xx


an overlooked aspect of self-care

Hey people, it's been a quick minute, Two weeks to be precise. Where have I been? Here and there really. In all honesty, it hasn't been the most productive of times but it did feel great to take a mini blogging break. It wasn't a planned one but it was nice all the same.

When it comes to blogging, the pressure to be consistent and on top of your game can lead to burn out and I don't want that to happen to me. Which is why I decided on a whim to take a short break as I wasn't feeling too inspired. It was only supposed to be for one week but due to some editorial issues, I decided to extend it. 

I was introduced to an amazing blog by my friend Chiamaka, if you're a book worm you should definitely check out her blog! She introduced me to a blog called Tales of My Youth and I fell in love with the writing. In one of her posts, she wrote about self-love and how whilst she's perfectly content with her outward appearance, she's not always so in love with her insides. This really got me thinking and inspired this blog post. 


Hey September ❤

Happy new month guys! Wow, September already? How nice. I always see September as sort of a fresh start. Maybe it's due to the fact that it's usually the beginning of a new school year. I usually like to do a recap of the month but I thought I would change it up a bit this time around. And besides, I blogged consistently in August *pats self on the back* so you guys are pretty much up to date with everything that I would have talked about in an August Recap post. 

Before I continue, I would just like to say thank you to everyone who reads and comments. You're all so supportive and your sweet comments mean the world to me. So thanks everyone 😊

August was a month with lots of ups and downs but all in all, it was quite alright. I'm hoping September is even better for me so I'm going to be sharing some of my goals for the new month. You might be wondering why I'm sharing them, I share them because it helps to hold me accountable. I know a lot of bloggers don't like to go back to read their posts but I do and seeing it on here will help to keep me 'gingered' Lol. 


The Liebster Award

Hey everyone, how's your week going? Mine has been pretty busy but enjoyable. I'll be staying at home today to just relax a bit as I've been out every day since Saturday. August feels like it went on forever, I wonder why.
Liebster Blog Award
So I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Kiran of A Little Kiran. Thank you so much for the nomination Kiran, you should totally check her blog out. I love how honest she is about everything and she does great beauty reviews.

Once nominated for a Liebster Award:
  • Create a post, thanking the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions the person who nominated you asked. 
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and compile your own list of 11 questions for them.
Here are the 11 questions Kiran asked:

How long have you been blogging for? 
Technically I've been blogging for six years (I know!) but it was full of such immature and cringe-worthy posts. I decided to relaunch back in January 2016 and it's been great ever since. 


The Not So Ordinary

I wrote my previous post on racism in such a haze of emotions, that I forgot to even share some good news with you guys. I got my A-Level results! And whilst they weren't exactly what I was aiming for (AAA) they were sort of close - ABB. I'm particularly proud of the A as it was in Biology. I love the subject but the exam was SO difficult. The fact that I got an A in it really makes me feel proud. Shoutout to all my friends for acing their exams and getting into their respective unis, you all know yourselves. I'll talk about my university plans in a separate post. 

Also, a couple of weeks ago, I had my sixth-year bloggerversary. It's crazy that I started this blog six years ago. Although all my old cringe-worthy content have been made private, I'm sharing a link to my very first post in honour of my anniversary. You can check it out here. Please don't be too hard on me, I was only 12, haha.
 The Ordinary has become such a popular brand in the last one year and for good reason too. I'm a skincare aficionado but we all know great skin care products tend to be on the pricey side. This is the reason why so many people love The Ordinary. The brand makes top quality products at affordable prices. And by affordable I mean £10 and below affordable for most products. And no, this isn't a sponsored post in any way. 


duh, racism still exists

My blog is a lifestyle blog primarily and I don't really speak about social issues on here. I certainly have my opinions about them but I tend to talk about said opinions with my friends and maybe a little on Twitter. But today, I feel like talking about it on the blog.

Everyday, it feels like we're going back in time. There's so much hate and whilst I've always known that hateful, racist and Islamophobic people do exist, it's alarming to see them become so bold with it. We're in 2017 after all. If you don't already know what I'm talking about, I'm referring to the protests by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. The fact that neo-Nazis could boldly protest on the streets really makes my head spin. A woman was killed and lots of others injured because of them.  It seems to me that these hate groups have become emboldened since President Trump took office. That says a lot in my opinion.


A Trip To The Lake District

I really enjoy reading travel diaries on other blogs so I'm very excited about writing my first one. I don't even know if I should call it a travel diary as I didn't exactly leave the country or anything but I'm pretty certain travelling doesn't mean going abroad only, you can travel within a country so I'm calling it a travel diary. *smug face*

 I went on this trip with my aunt and my cousins. No one made any plans of going abroad this summer so my aunt decided that we should visit somewhere new in the UK. Everyone always talks about the Lake District and as it's not too far from Manchester, we decided to go there for the day. I'll also be sharing a few tips in case anyone reading this is thinking of visiting the area as well. I was really determined to take some travel blogger-esque pictures if you know what I mean. It's safe to say that didn't exactly go as planned , haha.


My Tried & Trusted Way of Getting Through Bad Days

Hey everyone, how's your weekend going? By the time this post goes up, I'll be on my way to the Lake District for a day trip with my family. I've heard so much about the area and I'm really looking forward to it. Hopefully, I'll blog about the trip too. 

There are a lot of great tips on how to get through bad days, I even have one on the blog which you can check here. These tips are great and they actually work. But you know sometimes in our lives, things happen that even the yummiest ice cream or funniest Netflix show cannot solve. For example, the day after my birthday, the medical school that I really wanted to go to rejected me. That really crushed me and I was sad throughout the following week. I find that when things are really awry and I start to worry (this wasn't even an intentional rhyme, gosh I'm so cool) taking everything to God always makes me feel better. Now I'm not saying you should only involve God when things are really bad, not at all. What I mean is that even in the worst situations God is with you and He can still get you through. When I'm really anxious or sad, I like to read particular verses in the Bible and they never fail to comfort me. So I decided to share them just in case anyone needs any encouragement. 


Four Podcasts You Should Totally Try

I'm typing this post on a Sunday evening as I'm trying to go back to scheduling my blog posts so that I never have to worry if something comes up last minute and I can't blog.I used to do it before and it was quite helpful so fingers crossed, I'll go back to doing that. If you didn't know, new posts go up on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Going to try my very best to be consistent with the schedule this month. I'm also doing a little health challenge and I'll tell you guys about it very soon.

This past school year, I started listening to podcasts and I talk about them quite often on the blog. There are so many to choose from depending on your interests. I like to listen to them while I get ready in the morning, when I'm cooking, cleaning or just doing something at home. I listen to more than four and I've actually got a list of new ones I want to try but at the moment, these are my favourite ones and I think they're totally worth the listen. xx

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