Hello, hi, it’s me, I’m actually writing a blog post for the first time in two months!

I’ve been a busy lil bee for the majority of 2017; settling into and decorating my new house (painting walls takes AGES and I’m frightened of stepladders so you can imagine how well that’s going), working on my dissertation (who am I actually kidding, it’s due in 20 days and I have 800 words currently, smashing it) and pretending to be a giant snake in my 2-year-old drama classes (a game I instantly regretted when they decided I was “King Snek” and piled on top of me as “my babies”).

But I’m here, and thanks to the lovely Caroline over at Call Me Caz , I’ve got a cheeky little tag post for you. It’s the Liebster Award, which I actually did waaaay back when, but I’m giving it another bash for you now, because tbh I’ve changed quite a bit over the past couple of years. Ready? Let’s get cracking.

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So here are the rules:

  • Post 11 facts about yourself!
  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked!
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers!
  • Ask them 11 questions you’ve thought up!

Get it? It’s pretty simple and pretty cute (which also perfectly describes my rabbit Paul, who has just fallen off my bed mid-yawn. Classic).

Okay, let’s go!

11 Facts About Me

  1. I am outnumbered pet-wise 9-1. My 7 rats and 2 bunnies have me completely under the thumb (under the thumb? Paw? Claw? I don’t know), even down to redecorating the rat’s cages with an Easter theme (Lady in ASDA: “Aw, these Easter baskets are cute, are you doing an egg hunt with some kids?” Me: “…Yes”) and letting the bunnies have free roam of my entire house.
  2. I don’t drink, frankly because I can’t be bothered and I’d rather spend my money on highlight or yet another Disney mug.
  3. I’m about to finish my degree in Media Studies and hope to go on and do a Masters in Digital Media and Communications.
  4. I collect Disney tsum tsums, a habit which started quite accidentally and has now ballooned to epic proportions.
  5. I have to cuddle a teddy/balled up teeshirt/piece of duvet before I can go to sleep because I’m an actual infant.
  6. I love to cook!
  7. I have a Diploma in Musical Theatre – an exam I managed to pass with a blocked nose, head cold and lost voice. I honestly believe the examiner felt sorry for me.
  8. I go into Primark every time I’m in town for work, which is at least three times a week. RIP my bank account, hello fluffy slippers and Disney PJs.
  9. I love video games, a trait I share with my Mum, and have been battling my way through Dead Rising 2 with more bloodlust than is absolutely necessary.
  10. My anxiety means I’m frightened of really specific things, the most notable being bins (and binbags, empty or otherwise) and milk that isn’t in an opaque carton. I don’t even know.
  11. I’m hoping 2017 will be a good year. I’m going to exercise more, eat better (so no more eating entire balls of mozzarella in one sitting) and also stop napping for 5 hours in the middle of the day.

Fascinated yet? You will be! Here are Caroline’s questions and my answers to them…

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  1. Favourite month of the year and why? I love October because BIRTHDAY but I’ve got to say August – it’s my sister’s birthday month and it’s always so lovely and sunny and happy.
  2. Night or day? I’m usually snoozing through either, but I’m definitely not a night owl. I’m not really an early bird either; I peak at about 1pm and it’s all downhill from there.
  3. If you could relive any memory you have, which would you choose? Probably my last time performing in a musical. I didn’t realise at the time I would never get to do that again (if you’ve been reading for a while you’ll know all about the horrific Musical Theatre degree I attempted for 4 days before being told I was essentially useless and made to leave!). I did We Will Rock You at college and had the time of my sassy lil life.
  4. One thing you can’t live without? My pets! I adore them.
  5. What is one product you’re loving at the moment? Red lipstick! Loving a tan and bright red lips, it’s so fresh and summery! Special shout-out goes to Sleek for creating the most beautiful creamy red-pepper shades.
  6. Your favourite quote to live by? A woman is like a teabag: you never know how strong she is til she’s in hot water.
  7. Name three things that always put a smile on your face. My wonderful friends at Disney (and their fabulous party moves), my family and the sunshine! What a princessy answer that was.
  8. Who would you like to play you in a movie of your life? Emma Stone, mainly because she has that viciously sarcastic thing nailed.
  9. Where in the world would you love to travel and explore? I love Scotland; like, really love it there. It’s so beautiful and peaceful, except if you’re my mum and get bitten by a tick in the woods and get Lyme disease. Oops.
  10. Why did you start blogging? It was part of a uni assignment! As uni hasn’t been my absolute fave I took shelter in the blogging community and found some absolute gems.
  11. What film are you most excited to go and see in the cinemas right now? Beauty and the Beast! I’ve been twice already and I don’t even have words for how wonderful that film was. I still adore the classic, never fear, but the new film was so lovely!

Yay! Thanks Caroline for the questions, I love a good tag.

I’m not going to nominate anyone in particular because off the top of my head I can think of waaaay more than 11 bloggers I’d want to choose! If you’re reading this, tag! You’re it. Tweet me your blog posts, queens (and kings! and princesses! and princes! Whoever you wanna be is cool, okay?). I’ll tag a few of you on Twitter just in case nobody answers my questions and I die of actual embarrassment.

Here are my questions!

  1. What’s your favourite item of clothing?
  2. If you could have any animal for a pet, what would it be?
  3. Can you describe yourself in one sentence?
  4. What’s your favourite Disney film?
  5. Favourite childhood memory?
  6. Are you organised?
  7. What’s your favourite quote?
  8. Which fictional character do you identify with most?
  9. Would you like to be shorter or taller than you are now?
  10. How do other people describe you?
  11. Tell me about your perfect day.

I can’t wait to be nosy and read everyone’s answers. This was so much fun to write – thank you again to Caroline for the tag!

Speak soon!

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Ah, Instagram. Where else would you find countless bloggers struggling to find the perfect filter while watching their cup of perfectly frothy coffee go cold?

I love Instagram, I really do: it’s amazing for inspiration and motivation – and of course searching the #bunniesofinstagram hashtag and sobbing, because bunnies.

I’ve been working on my feed lately; trying to find my own voice when it comes to my little square space on the internet. I’m still experimenting with my photo editing – expect a post on my editing routine soon! – but here’s a little list of some techniques I’ve been using to improve my account, use hashtags properly, and grow my followers…

PS: you can follow me on Instagram at @littlebudget

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  1. If you want a super pretty bright white feed (like I’m attempting… key word being “attempting”), go for a plain background for your photos. I’m a flatlay lover, so 99% of my photos are from this pretty top-down angle. I’ve tried various different backgrounds, but my favourite has to be an A3 sheet of white card. It’s a game-changer, trust me.
  2. To track your followers (and those pesky unfollowers – I see you, boo), think about investing a pound or two into an app that’ll show you as much data as your little heart could desire. My app of choice is simply titled “Followers” – I forked out 79p to get updates whenever someone unfollows me (how annoying is this whole ‘follow/unfollow’ thing some bigger accounts are doing?!), follows me, or tags me in something. You can also pay a lil extra to see your most popular posts, hashtags and times to post. Sorted.
  3. Don’t be afraid to delete photos. What you thought was a super cute lil snap of your Christmas tree against your lavender living room wall mightn’t look so cute against your bright white feed (this is from personal experience. It looked terrible). Curate your photos, and you’ll be happier with the overall result!
  4. Join a comment pod (or two)! Comment pods are groups of users who like and comment on your photos once they’re posted. Not only do you get to meet a group of like-minded users, it’s nice to get some genuine comments on your photos and support each other.
  5. Hashtags. The bane of my life. I’ve made myself a bulk list in my Notes app which can be easily copy ‘n pasted into a separate comment under my newly posted photo. Some of my favourites include #thegirlgang (because who doesn’t want to find new sassy queens to follow?), #grlpowr (ditto) and #flatlay. I could get lost on that tag for DAYS.

Do you have any fail-safe tips to improve your Instagram game? Hit me up on Twitter @little_budget and follow me on bloglovin so you never miss a new post!

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Well hello there, 2017! Here’s hoping you’ll be less hideous than your predecessor.
I’ve been busying myself these past couple of days sorting out my Christmas presents, drinking excessive amounts of Shloer and trying desperately to burn the last of my Christmas candles (I failed. Miserably).

I’ve been reminiscing on 2016 this week – here’s some nice things that happened to me – and I fancied doing another lil post.

I’ve been having a think about some of my favourite stuff from 2016. I might venture into a lil beauty-themed version of this post, but for now: this is just stuff I’ve loved in 2016. Let’s go!

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Metallics
Whether it’s copper wire baskets, gold baubles on my Christmas tree or these gorgeous rose gold ankle boots, I’ve loved everything metallic this year. I may as well turn into a robot just so I could be made of copper. #goals.

Dr PawPaw
Right, I don’t know who Dr PawPaw is but I love him/her/them because this stuff does EVERYTHING. My lips have never been so moisturised and pretty and soft; my cuticles are joyful and it’s done a great job of tackling any dry skin patches. Hallelujah.

My Dad Wrote A Porno
This x-rated podcast does what it says on the tin. Jamie’s dad (under the porn pseudonym Rocky Flinstone) has written a series of incredibly dubious erotic novels, which are read out with hilarious commentary by Jamie and his friends James and Alice. I want to be best friends with all of them immediately. This podcast is genius – just don’t listen to it in public or you’ll embarrass yourself shrieking in horror/hilarity on the bus.

Personalisation
Okay but have you got a makeup bag with your blog name on?! Thanks so much to Lucy and Kate for this amazing Christmas present that has literally made my entire year.

Tsum Tsums
I accidentally started collecting these cuties. I swear it was an accident. I can’t stop. Someone send help.

Glitter
I just want everything to sparkle, okay? Whether it’s my highlight, eyeshadow or the amazing L’Oreal Colour Riche lipsticks with ACTUAL GOLD SPARKLE, you better believe I’ve been a right little glitterball this year.

What were your faves of 2016? Let me know on Twitter @little_budget, and hit me up on bloglovin so you don’t miss any new posts!

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What a truly hideous year 2016 has been. We’ve lost idols and icons (and one of my absolute favourite actresses/women/badasses Carrie Fisher – what a legend she was!) and a certain Orange One has been elected as the President of the United States…

But 2016 wasn’t all bad! Looking back, it’s been a pretty good year for me. Here’s 5 reasons why…

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  1. I bought a house! If you’ve been wondering where on earth I am and if I’ve given up on my blog entirely, fear not – I’ve been up to my elbows in paint and tiles and cutlery as I stagger about through adulthood. Me and my zoo (two bunnies, six rats) are happily installed chez Sally, with only one or two minor emergencies (such as the time when my house alarm went off at 1am, and I was physically unable to switch it off for a good half hour. Amazing).
  2. I got a job at the Disney Store! As someone who *gasp* actually enjoys working in retail (it’s the managers that usually scare me off), this has actually put the cherry on top of my year. I LOVE my job: dishing out stickers, stacking teddies and totally not singing along to “Be Our Guest” on the sound system.
  3. I adopted pets! This year have seen me add two bunnies to my family – Paul and Piper, who are super loved-up and make me laugh when they’re haring (pun intended) round the garden or engaging in a Battle Royale-type scenario if I give them a slice of carrot. This year I said sad goodbyes to my four ‘original’ rats (Generation 1, as I now affectionately call them), but welcomed more little squeaky creatures into my house. I started with 4 and now have 6, when I couldn’t resist some rescues in my local pet shop!
  4. I got some serious job satisfaction! I teach at a weekend performing arts school, and this year saw my amazing students get their best exam results EVER. If I can remember rightly, we got the best marks in the North of England! Get in.
  5. I got a first in my second year at uni! Education is extremely important to me: I never take it for granted even when I’m viciously procrastinating and playing the Sims 4 instead of working on my dissertation. Ya girl was super pleased with her results this year.

And of course, there’s my amazing readers, and the gorgeous blogger community on Twitter who’ve always got my back. Thanks for making my year!

Let me know something amazing that happened to you this year! Hit me up on Twitter and follow me on bloglovin so we can have a lil catch up. Speak soon!

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Okay, so where did October go?! I’ve spent this month in a work-centred fog (you’re reading the innermost thoughts of a Disney Cast Member now, don’t’cha know?!) and have just now got two seconds to sit down and have a think about my favourites of October. Here they are!

Drag Queens. Yes gawd; RuPaul and his army of fabulous queens have cheered me up no end this month. Not only did I get to binge-watch my babe Katya in All Stars 2, but I booked tickets to meet Trixie Mattel in November. Come throuuuugh!

ALL the glitter. Probably something to do with a combination of the aforementioned drag queens and Halloween; I’ve been loving glitter this month. Glitter eyeshadow has become an everyday staple, and I’ve been experimenting with a suuuper shimmery highlight.

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Primark. My favourite haunt has really stepped up their game this month! My 22nd birthday found me forking out all of my birthday money on slouchy slogan jumpers (this “Do More Of What Makes You Happy” print is so cute!), long-sleeved dresses, boots and scarves. Just gorgeous – bring me ALL of the baby pink!

Online shopping. eBay and AliExpress are getting more of my custom than the local Tesco. I’ve been picking up unbranded palettes and makeup brushes like my life depends on it (and I might have picked up a couple of liquid lipsticks VERY similar to a certain Miss Jenner’s…).

Reading. A combination of depression and work have kept me from my book collection lately, but I’ve managed to find a little chunk of time before bed to relax and escape to another world. I’ve just finished Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and was pleasantly surprised, but next on the list are definitely some zombie thrillers. Ya girl loves her zombies!

What have you loved this month? Hit me up on twitter @little_budget or do me a lil favour and follow me on bloglovin. Speak soon!

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