Monday, 26 January 2015

How I've Grown As A Blogger

I started my journey as a blogger in March 2012 as I had been reading other beauty blogs and thought this is something that I'd really like to do myself. Being a beauty therapist starting a beauty blog was an obvious choice so Beauty by Emma was born. I honestly never thought for one minute that firstly anyone would actually read my blog and second that any brands would want to work with me so I feel truly blessed that my blog has got to where it is today.

For me there was a massive learning curve involved in blogging, I pretty much knew nothing about writing, photography, how to promote my blog or how to work professionally with brands on reviews and companies like Total Media who offer media buying. Over the years I've managed to pick up tips and advice from other friendly bloggers and I've really enjoyed the learning process, I'm still learning new things everyday.

After around 18 months of blogging I decided to start a second blog that focused more on the parenting aspect of my life as I wanted to keep beauty and my life as a mum separate. I wasn't sure if having 2 blogs would work out and it's not for everyone but it works really well for me and I thoroughly enjoy writing posts for both blogs. 

Almost 3 years on and I'm even thinking about starting a third blog dedicated to health and fitness as that's something that is a big part of my life at the moment and I think it might help me to stay motivated and on track with my weight loss. Starting a blog was probably one of the best decisions I ever made, it's given me and my family countless amazing opportunities and I'm very thankful for everything we've been lucky enough to receive so far. Hopefully I'll still be blogging for many years to come.


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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Weight Loss Wednesday - Nuun Hydration

Hi Ladies!

Welcome to week 2 of Weight Loss Wednesdays, today I'm going to give you a quick update of my progress and tell you about an amazing product I've been trying out called Nuun.

I'll start with my progress, I weigh myself every Monday morning and I was a tiny bit disappointed because I only lost 1lb again this week. I know it's going in the right direction but I felt like I'd been really good diet wise and I'd worked out really hard so I was hoping for at least a 2lb loss but never mind there's always next week and losing weight slowly is supposed to be better as there's more chance you'll keep it off.

Ok on to telling you about Nuun, it's basically a tablet that you drop into your water to give you a much needed boost in electrolytes and hydration whilst exercising. It's used by athletes, it's easy to pop in your bag and use on the go, it contains no sugar which is perfect if you're dieting like me and comes in a wide range of delicious flavours.

Staying well hydrated is critical when exercising to make sure you get the best performance from your body and Nuun is such a quick and simple product, I've really enjoyed trying it out. I did notice a slight difference in my performance whilst working out when I was drinking my water with a Nuun tablet in it so I definitely think they're worth giving a try, I'd think they'd be especially great for runners.

I've tried a few of the flavours and my favourite so far is Strawberry Lemonade, but they all taste great. It's not a really strong flavour, just a subtle hint but it does make drinking water that bit more enjoyable as plain water can be a little boring at times.

You can buy Nuun online here, they come in single tubes which contain 12 tablets or a pack of four tubes. You can also find Nuun on Facebook and Twitter so be sure to pop over and give them a follow.

I'm trying out LOADS of fab new diet and fitness products at the moment and I'm going to be letting you guys know exactly what I think about them, if you want to get a sneak peek of what I've been trying out then check out my Instagram and give me a follow.

If you're on a weight loss journey too at the moment leave me a comment and let me know how you're getting on, I love to hear from you.


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Win A Batiste SOS Beauty Kit!

January can be a pretty depressing month and apparently the 19th January has been named the most depressing day of the year so what better way to cheer you all up than by entering a competition held by the lovely people at Batiste, makers of the much loved dry shampoo to win a SOS Beauty Kit.

The kit contains lots of gorgeous beauty products and healthy snacks and would be a perfect pick me up to get you through the month.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these fab beauty kits all you have to do is head over to @BatisteHair on Twitter and tweet them telling them why you need a boost and the hashtag #BatisteSOS.

Please do not tweet them until Monday 19th January as any entries before that will not count.


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