Tuesday, 15 January 2013

New Years Goals & a GIVE AWAY - CLOSED

Hello!
I cannot believe we are already 15 days into the new year. 
In the past 2 weeks I have taken a little bit of a break from blogging & I've been doing a little bit of reflecting... Mainly I've been thinking about what I want to achieve this year... 
The main thing I want to achieve in 2013 is to get into a regular blogging & filming schedule.
In order to achieve this goal I need to firstly do a few things. Firstly I need a nice work area, that can motivate me. I hope by the end of March my study will be near completion (flooring should be done by the end of the month, but furniture & decor will hopefully be sorted by March). 
Secondly, I need something to keep me focused, I am a terrible procrastinator, so to keep everything going consistently I need to focus on planning regularly & I figured a planner would be handy, yes I have my day-to-day diary, but I want more of like a specific 'Bella In Bindyland' style planner.
So when I was contacted by a great company 'Personal Planner', I couldn't pass up their offer to do a review & a give away! (Keep reading for the give away details) 
This was exactly what I was looking for, a company where I could design what I want in my planner... Now I don't actually have my planner yet, (it's in the post, when it arrives I will do an honest review on the product, but I am sure I will love it, because I designed it!) but the whole designing process was great & so simple to do... 
So I have taken the right steps towards getting that goal underway. Let's hope it helps me stay organised & helps 'Bella In Bindyland' have a year even more successful than last. 
(If you have any tips of how to maintain a regular blogging/filming schedule please let me know!)
My other goals for the year are fairly standard sort of goals;
  • I want to focus on my beliefs more, I've found a great Church online & I watch all their services & I aim to watch them every week... (Unfortunately I can't find one in town that I really like, but I am still searching, so if any Toowoomba people have recommendations for a fun & "young" church, please let me know!) 
  • Eat more healthy. I already have a fairly good diet, but just adding in more 'super foods' is the goal this year. I've just purchased my first bag of black chia seeds & Goji berries, both are yummy & good for me! 
  • Try & sleep more... I am bit of a night owl, I want to try and change that.
  • Try and stress less, everyone & their dog knows I'm stressful person who can have a bad temper, I am really trying to work on this.
  • Just be a better wife, daughter, sister & friend. 
Now getting back to the topic of planners, to celebrate the start of a new year & to help inspire my readers to have a wonderful & productive year,  the great people at 'Personal Planner' have offered a free planner to one of my readers! 
With 'Personal Planner', you are able to design your own planner - entirely! From the front cover to the back and everything in between! 
There are so many options to choose from!
The options are amazing, I really enjoyed creating mine...
There are 4 different size options, I chose the large one. :) 
The colour range is great, you can also upload a photo to be your cover photo if you want, I went with a simple pink & white theme.
You select what you want added to your pages, you can add in modules for to-do lists, workouts, an ideas section & so much more.
 And one of the features I thought was amazing is you can personalize it by adding your family & friends birthdays into it! I love that!
You also get to select what goes in the back pages, it could music sheets, graph paper, sudoku, lined paper, address pages... But guess what I chose? Colouring in pages, heck yeah! I love to colour (haha, I find it relaxing!) 
The whole design process is really easy, I had mine done in under an hour - the only reason it took me that amount of time is I am the worlds most indecisive person & it took me awhile to pick a colour combination & some of the other details! 
This is the first step of the design process, see how simple it is!! 
I highly suggest you head on over to their website (HERE) and have a click around and check it all out, it really is a great concept & very user friendly. 

For your chance to win a free planner that you can design for yourself, follow these easy steps & guess what, this give away is international!;
  1. Leave a comment below telling me your news year resolution and how a new planner could help you. Please also include your name & email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.
  2. Please like 'Personal Planner' on Facebook - click HERE.
  3. If you have a Google account I would love it if you could subscribe to my blog! (I know not everyone has one so this isn't compulsory) 
  4. Competition runs from the 15th of January 2013 until the 25th of January 2013. (A total of 10 days)
Good luck to you all and I hope 2013 is going to be fabulous for you and me both! 
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Terms & Conditions; 
Winner will be selected at random using random.org. 
Winner will be drawn on the 25th January 2013. 
Winner will contacted via email & maybe announced on my Instagram (bella_in_bindyland), Facebook (Bella In Bindyland) & Twitter (@Bella_K).
Prize cannot be exchanged for money.
The company 'Personal Planner' will be emailing the winner the gift card code to be used for a free personal planner, in no way at all am I responsible for delivery of the prize, but I have full trust in the company they will deliver. 
As mentioned above, this is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own & 100% honest, for more information on sponsored post please read my 'Policy & Information' section.  

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Dreaming of the cold...

Hey everyone!
As I type this post I am downing my like 10th bottle of ice cold water for the day & I am covered in sweat, we are in the middle of a string of super hot days and I swear I am about to die!
I just cannot seem to cool myself down at all, it's disgusting - I truly am not a fan of the heat. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy summer, sometimes. I do love the beach and being in the ocean, but I live 2 hours from the beach and I don't own a pool, so pretty much hot days like this are unbearable for me... The only positive thing that comes from these hot days is the chance we may get a storm during the night & I am a huge fan of storms! :) (One is meant to happen tonight, so fingers crossed!) 
We got this wonderful lightning show the other night... So hopefully tonight we get some more & hopefully some rain!
I am finding myself just wishing it was winter, I find the cold so much easier to deal with. I can rug up in a warm hoodie or wrap myself in a blanket, I can sleep easily at night (something I cannot do at all in summer) and I can enjoy warm, tasty meals, instead of feeling to hot to eat anything. I think I am much more of a 'cold weather person', my Mum & Sister absolutely love the heat & I am the total opposite. It makes me sick, uncomfortable & honestly a bit cranky... 
How I stayed cool for a little bit today, laying on my bed under my ceiling fan eating an ice block! 
Todays sunset was quiet spectacular... So I thought I should share it with you!
So in light of my feelings towards this, in my opinion disgusting heat. I thought I would share some 'cold' photos in hopes that it distracts me from the fact I am covered in sweat & that at this temperature wearing clothes feels like torture... Oh and for those that are wondering I think our town is sitting around the 35degrees Celsius mark give or take (that is just what my phone says), so that converts to 95 degrees Fahrenheit! Tomorrow is meant to be even hotter! (Ok, I know Toowoomba isn't the hottest place on the planet, plenty of other places get hotter but I just don't like the heat! Some places in QLD reached 48 degrees today, so that's like 118degrees Fahrenheit - thank god I don't live in Birdsville) 
Bring on the chilly photos so I can day dream about being there...



Source: rosiehippo.com via Blair on Pinterest Of course I had to include a squirrel in the snow! And I found this book cover, isn't cute!! :)
Source... I would love to see snow! 



I love pretty winter scenery! 

I am longing to wear gorgeous winter outfits. I miss jeans, boots and coats! I am over being so hot in just shorts & a thin singlet top... Come on Autumn & Winter, I miss you!! 
So my dears, I think that is where I will stop my complaining...
If you live in Australia, how are you handling the heat? Are you a fan of it or are you like me & can't stand it?
Well, if you are an Aussie I hope you are staying cool, if you are touched in anyway by the bush fires my thoughts & prayers are with you and if you live somewhere where it's cold right now, I am so jealous of you! 
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