Alternative advent calendar with Book Your Lifestyle

As we all know, chocolate advent calendars just don't cut it anymore. I'm not entirely sure when that happened because as a kid I wasn't even allowed a chocolate one and had to make do with a glittery nativity scene with an illustration of a donkey or something behind each window. It was truly thrilling stuff. Anyway, at some point in the twenty intervening years, chocolate calendars came and went, and now it's all about the quirky and unusual. This is where Book Your Lifestyle comes in with their #Glitzmas2016 beauty advent calendar.

Book Your Lifestyle Beauty Advent Calendar

101 in 1001 XXXII

Well, this month has been pretty jampacked! Two holidays, a theatre trip, and a superhuman amount of studying (even if I do say so myself!). My goals are coming along very nicely! 

#15 Visit Sweden
Stockholm Church
After years of saying "One day I'll go to Stockholm", I finally did it! It was very snowy but a lot of fun! Read all about it here: Part one & part two

November Reading Wrap Up

I miss writing book reviews. I loved them so much but the problem was a) they took forever to write and b) nobody ever read them. It just got easier to stop. Of course, I include the books I've read in my 101 in 1001 reviews each month but I feel like I want to start talking more about them, rather than just "here's a photo of some books". Because of this, I've decided to create monthly reading wrap up posts where I can share what I thought about each book without going into a full, in-depth individual review.

Forensics Hitman Anders

OOTD // Lovedrobe Spotty Dress

I'm looking pretty smart this week, right? If you didn't know I was a work-shirking student, this could almost be a winter office look. Lovedrobe very kindly sent me this cute beige and black dress, and this grey coat is the perfect accompaniment. Plus size grey coat

Dress: Lovedrobe
Coat: ASOS (similar here)
Leggings: Evans
Boots: Primark (similar here)

Review // Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

When Myles was tiny, he really loved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. We'd watch it together constantly and sing the songs but with little tweaks to make them relevant to us. So when Dick van Dyke sings "Someone to care for, to be there for, I have you two", I would swap you too for Myles and he would sing Becky. It was cute and cheesy and we both loved it. Of course, now Myles is a big lumbering 17 year old so when I jokingly suggested we go to see the touring theatre show, I was pretty taken back that he was up for it! So it was that we found ourselves sitting in a theatre on a Sunday afternoon surrounded by children and singing classic tunes from a 1960s musical.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Tour Review

How I increased my affiliate link clicks and transactions

I've been using affiliate links for a while now but never really had much success. That is, until I actually started putting some effort into them and I saw a huge improvement. In October, my clicks increased by 500%, my transactions increased by 375% and my commission jumped up by a huge 700%. Don't get me wrong- I'm hardly making a fortune but it's still amazing what a massive difference has been made just by putting the effort in.

Increasing affiliate clicks transactions and commission

Review // Lush Buttered Brazils Lip Balm

Remember when I went to Austria and bought Honey Trap lip balm from Lush? Well, I did it again. Not go to Austria and buy Honey Trap lip balm, you understand, but go to Sweden and buy Buttered Brazils lip balm. They're the perfect item to buy when you're travelling with hand luggage only since they're so tiny. Besides, you can always do with a new lip balm, right? One for the living room, one for the bedroom, one for the spare room, one for the shed...

Lush Buttered Brazils Lip Balm Review