I saw this idea on Em’s blog the other day and really liked it. It got me thinking about my firsts and a quick internet search found me this list of questions, I’ve added a few of my own too. Let’s go!

Here is the ‘My First Time’ 30 Questions Tag.

First app you check when you wake up in the morning?

I always check my e-mails first (I actually have no idea why as nothing exciting ever arrives in the night). Then I check Twitter & Instagram and probably spend way too long on these apps before doing anything remotely productive with my day.

First broken bone?

First (and last, fingers crossed!) was my arm. I broke it at a family theme park when I was about 10. I was coming down a slide and crashed into another kid at the bottom and my arm took the impact. Ouch. I used tell the story that my mum never believed me and sent me to school for days before she eventually took me to the hospital, which apparently wasn’t even slightly true.

First foreign country you ever visited?

I went to Tenerife in 2000 with my mum & sister.

My first make-up item?

I was never really a make-up kinda girl so it was probably some freebie from J-17, Bliss or Sugar (please tell me someone else remembers these magazines?!)

My first ever tape or CD?

My first tape (oh I sound old now) was Thriller by Michael Jackson. My first CD was either Spice Girls or Peter Andre. Yay for the cheesiness!

My first car?

I had a little red Nissan Micra but it’s only purpose was Simba and Zazu’s private taxi for vet appointments. I much prefer walking places so my mum now owns that car.

My first Celebrity crush

Robbie Williams! I was obsessed! I had every single, album, video, magazine clipping, I even made a website for him and my room was covered with hundreds of Robbie posters. I was such a fan girl.

My first cooking experience?

The Girl Guides tried to teach us to make a bonfire and cook sausages but my friend & I ordered a Dominos instead. Our leader was less than impressed and we didn’t last very long in the guides.

My first ever boyfriend/girlfriend?

I was at school and he said I was ‘the fittest girl in Year 10’ which pretty much won me over. We lasted a few months before he cheated on me whilst I was on holiday in Disney Land. Oh the secondary school drama.

My first ever mobile phone?

One of those Nokia house bricks which was only useful for playing Snake.

My first fear?

Dogs. I used to be petrified of dogs after a couple of big Alsatians chased me along the beach when I was younger. I’ve lost the fear over the years but I still cross the road when I see a scary looking one.

My first internet activity?

MSN messenger? Faceparty? Yahoo chat rooms? Napster? I can’t remember which came first but those were the good old days, right?!

My first job?

I worked in McDonalds when I was at college at 16 and was given free food every single shift. It was cool at the time and I thought I was living my best life but I’ve not eaten a McDonalds since.

My first language?

English. I did a bit of French at school but can only remember how to say ‘ est la poubelle’ (Where is the bin?)

First musical instrument?

I played the recorder and used to always annoy everyone with my squeaky rendition of Celine Dions – My Heart Will Go On.

My first pet?

Simba! I got Simba as a kitten in 2013 and 4 weeks later Zazu came along. They are brothers from different fluffy mothers.

My first piercing and when did I get it?

I got my ears pierced when I was at school. When I was 16 I got my tongue done and lip pierced twice. Ya know, rebelling and all that.

My first tattoo?

I don’t have any tattoo’s and don’t think I’ll get any either. I am way too indecisive to know what I want.

My first soft toy?

I had a soft toy clown with long dangley legs and blue hair and I called him Jake. Jake was my favourite. I tried to bin him once but my sister rescued him.

My first thought today?

What day is it?

My first time on a ship?

A ship? I think it’s more likely to be the Isle Of Wight ferry.

The first book I remember reading?

It was probably an Enid Blyton Secret Seven book. Those kids knew how to have epic adventures.

The first concert I ever attended?

I saw New Found Glory back in 2002 at Southampton Guildhall. I keep all my gig tickets as I am sentimental like that.

The first film I remember seeing?

I remember always watching Home Alone every Christmas growing up. I still love that film.

The first person I talked to today?

I spoke to my mum on the phone.

The first text I sent today?

I text Shaun to say good morning.

The first thing I do every morning?

Feed the cats. They won’t let me do anything until they have had their breakfasts.

The first thing I do when I get home?

Put on my comfy clothes. If I am wearing my jeans I don’t feel like I’m in total relaxation mode so I live in yoga leggings or shorts around the house.

The first time you ever got drunk?

My friend and I discovered my dad’s beer stash when we were supposed to be doing last minute revision for our Biology GCSE. We decided to have one to settle our pre-exam nerves. Of course, being teenagers we drank it all and went to the exam drunk. Sensible, right. However, I passed it and I still, to this day, have no idea how I managed it.

When did you go to your first party?

My sister and I used to have birthday disco’s every year with party bags and everything. I wish we still did that, those discos were the coolest.

I hope you enjoyed reading these! Feel free to copy and paste these questions if you want to answer them on your blog. Link me in the comments to your posts, I’d love to read your responses. Have fun!

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If you follow the lovely Lauren (Bournemouth Girl) on Twitter, you may have already heard of Cover My Bits. Lauren hosted an exciting giveaway not so long ago for a chance to win one of their fab cases. Once I saw their super cool range of cases, I knew I wanted one! This week, I have also been lucky enough to team up with the Cover My Bits people to give you all the opportunity to win a phone case from their brand new Initial Collection. 

Cover My Bits (what a cool name, don’t ya think!) offer a huge range of cases to cover iPhone, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, LG and Sony phones. They also have a fun and vibrant range of Tablet cases too. If you like inspirational quotes, floral fruits, cute pastels and personalized cases then this site is for you!

I was kindly gifted my very own phone case and I got to choose the one I wanted from their extensive range. As soon as I saw these adorable llamas though I knew I needed them in my life. Other designs I had my eye on were the green avocados, pink doughnuts and colourful lollipops.

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Being is blogger is pretty cool, right? But being a blogger with a £50 Old English Company discount code for promoting their Enamel Pins competition is living the stationery and giftware dream. I spent such a long time browsing their awesome range making sure I was making the right decision on which goodies to choose. Seriously, I would have been happy with anything! Once I was 100% sure with my picks, I used my discount and a few days later this little lot arrived. I told Shaun I had a package from the Old English Co. and he thought I had ordered some cider, ha ha…

Gentleman Fantastically Brilliant Card: My sister has recently graduated so to save myself going to the shops (just kidding Vicky, kinda) I saw this and knew it was perfect for the occasion. It’s such a fun and silly card, I am sure my sister will approve. Click here to view their fantastically brilliant range of cards.

Amazing Things Will Happen Print: I love love love this! It’s also available on a coaster, mug, notebook, card and banner! At one point I was adamant on getting the coaster then I changed my mind to the mug, then eventually I opted for the print so I could display it proudly on my wall. It’s so motivational and a great reminder to stay positive. 

Shine Bright Small Card and Love Heart Small Card: You never know when you need to send someone a quick card so it’s always handy to have an emergency stash. I love that these cards are so simple yet so shiney; they are perfect for any card-giving-occasion too such as thank yous, thinking of yous, just a note to say kinda thing. And for £1.75 each they are such a bargain.

Things To Get Done A5 Notepad: I’ve only had this notepad for about a day and already it’s proving to be super useful. It’s such a great way to plan your week and tick off tasks on your daily to-do list. There are a couple of cool designs to make your decision making even harder such as Important Things A5 Notepad and the Weekly Agenda A5 Notepad. Can ya see why choosing these goodies took so long?

Reach For The Stars Coaster and Do What You Love Coaster: I bought two coasters (one for myself and one for someone who has recently graduated) and absolutely love the little messages of encouragement. Drinking tea and feeling inspired, what could possibly be better than that. The range of coasters is HUGE, other favourites included the Living The Dream Coaster and the Stay Weird coaster.

Dream Big Pink Enamel Pin: Since blogging about enamel pins last week, I have now become a pin addict and am slowly growing my collection. I also bought the Pizza Lover Enamel Pin and have my eye on a few more like the YAY Enamel Pin and the Be Awesome Enamel Pin.

YAY Pocket Mirror: Last but not least is the pocket YAY mirror. What a simple but awesome design. I also love the Be You Pocket Mirror and the You Beauty Pocket Mirror.

Thank you so much for the very generous discount Old English Co. I absolutely love my goodies! Make sure you take a look at their website for more awesome stationery and giftware products. Which is your favourite item that they do? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I wanted to review a brand new shiny book called A Unicorn In A World Of Donkeys by Mia Michaels. It has only just been released, so I felt very lucky to get my hands on a copy before it was available to buy. I was immediately drawn to this book after reading the description: An empowerment manifesto for creatives, misfits, innovators, and disruptors.  This book is for me! In fact, I read it in just two days as I found this to be so inspirational and fell in love with the overall message – just be yourself.

What is a unicorn? In the book, Mia explains that a unicorn is someone who doesn’t fit in with the mainstream. They don’t try to look like other people or compare themselves with others and they can’t help but stand out in their originality. Unicorns tend to be creative, sensitive and most often introverted. (Yes, yes and yes).

So what is a donkey? A donkey is someone who tries to blend in, feeling uncomfortable veering too far from the mainstream. They follow trends instead of setting them and believe conformity is a good thing. Basically, they want to live a predictable, conventional and safe life.

Wow. Already I was hooked. On the donkey-unicorn spectrum I would place myself more towards the quietly creative unicorn end. If you asked me what I was during my teenage years, I would say 100% unicorn – I had bright colourful hair, dressed as far away from mainstream trends as possible, had multiple piercings, listened to a lot of punk music, dropped out of college to persue a career in drinking and rebelled against conformity. Fast-forward to now, I’m still a punk girl at heart, except I’m sober, with a degree and have taken out my piercings.

I could totally relate to a lot of Mia’s background and felt inspired by her courage and determination. Mia Michaels is an American choreographer, best known for her Emmy Award-winning appearances on So You Think You Can Dance and for her creation of the choreography for Broadways Finding Neverland. Mia’s students, peers & mentors have noted her as a dedicated, live-changing influence of positivity in their lives. Mia has a way of touching each human she encounters with passion, emotional expression, and confidence of self-love.

As with any success story, Mia had to work extremely hard from the very beginning. Her book describes her unconventional background, her numerous knock-backs in the ballet world and her pure determination to live her life to the fullest. Her story is brave and fearless. She embraces her inner misfit and uses it to her advantage to empower others into to being themselves through teaching dance.

There are twelve chapters in the book to guide and encourage you to embrace more of your unicornness. Mia writes about her experiences with isolation, loneliness, bullying and coming out the other side a stronger person. She writes about building up resilience, being brave and stepping outside of your comfort zone. At the centre of each chapter, the core message is about overcoming fear and learning to be proud of your unique and wonderful self.

The book packed with inspirational quotes and interesting stories from her experiences with other unicorns (including celebrities like Lady Gaga, Prince, Freddie Mercury and Elton John). It’s fun and interactive and above all will inspire you to turn negatives into positives and never give up chasing your dreams (even if they are unconventional and different). Thank you Mia for the boost of confidence and positivity! I know I’ll turn to this book time and time again when I’m looking for a quick pick me up to reassure myself it’s okay to be yourself and step away from the mainstream.

Click here to order yourself a copy of this awesome book!  A Unicorn In A World Of Donkeys by Mia Michaels.

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