When was the last time you made someone smile? Smiling is an important part of life, it’s contagious and it’s been proven that it can lift your mood and boost your immune system. Even if you force a smile, you will feel a whole lot better. Smiling at work will also help you to get a promotion – nobody wants to promote anyone miserable now, do they?

Making other people smile is easy, you only need to be nice to someone or even smile at them! I was recently given £50 by Oasis Dental Care who are running a campaign called Share a Smile. The idea was to use the money to make someone smile. It took me a few days to think about who I wanted to make smile and what I was going to spend the money on, but I decided to treat my friend Amy to Sunday Brunch at Malmaison in Birmingham.

Malmaison’s Sunday Brunch is amazing, for only £20 each you get a three course meal – one of the courses is a buffet! This was the most perfect weekend treat, we even had a glass or two of champagne with our meal before heading over to the Bullring for some retail therapy.

Autumn is my favourite time of the year, now it’s getting colder it’s an excuse to get out your knitwear and layer up. I love it when the sun is still shining but there’s a chill in the air and you can wrap up in your scarf and and wooly hat and walk through the crunchy leaves. What I don’t like though, is getting up in the morning when it’s still dark outside and getting dressed in the cold. 

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is get my fluffy dressing gown on and then go downstairs and switch on my espresso machine (I got a great deal online at Tesco) and get myself a nice cup of coffee which I drink while I’m applying my make up. I can’t do anything until I’ve had my caffeine fix! Once the coffee has warmed me up a bit, I get my clothes on as fast as I can. At the moment, I’ve been wearing jeans a lot with a warm, fluffy jumper (the shops all have some great ones in at the moment) and my faux leather jacket on top. I don’t ever go out without a scarf, right now I’m really loving a houndstooth one from Primark – it was only £5 and it doubles up as a blanket when I get a bit chilly!

In the evenings, I like to settle down with a good book on my kindle. I can read for hours and hours, it’s the best way to spend an evening when it’s cold outside. As soon as I get home, I’m out of my jeans and straight into my pyjamas or a onesie and usually grab myself another coffee. If I really feel like treating myself, I’ll get out a couple of my favourite scented candles and have a nice hot bath with some of my favourite Lush products which is a great way to wind down after a day at work. 

Before I go to sleep, I like to snuggle up with my tartan blanket from Tartan Blanket Co (which I have to share with my cat too!) and get a hot drink. There’s nothing like hot chocolate and a good book, this Wispa Gold one tastes amazing and gets really frothy on top, yum! I’ll usually read my book or watch some Youtube videos before I finally decide to close my eyes.

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Back in January, I set myself 25 goals to achieve by the time I turned 25.  Well, I turned 25 just over a week ago and I managed to cross off 11 of those 25 which isn’t too bad seeing as I  gave myself less than 9 months.  I’ve decided to do the same again and write a 26 before 26 list and hopefully I will be able to cross off all 26 when October 5th 2015 comes around.

1. Reach 2,000 followers on Bloglovin’
2. Pass my driving test  (22nd June!)
3. Get a massage  (I got a back massage on April 7th)
4. Read 40 new books
5. Get a tattoo
6. Visit a new country
7. Visit Oxford  (I visited Oxford on May 30th)
8. Go to a Christmas market (not Birmingham!)  
9.Visit Edinburgh and Amy again 
10. Go away alone
11. Buy something designer
12. Reach 1,000 Instagram followers
13. Visit 4 new cities (Bristol and Oxford so far)
14. Make frozen yoghurt
15. Go a month without McDonalds
16. Go a month without Greggs
17. Lose half a stone
18. See a show in London
19. Do more exercise
20. Go to a festival 
21. Get rid of my wobbly jelly belly
22. Make at least two new friends
23. Pay off some of my debts
24. Go on a summer holiday
25. Visit three new museums
26. Buy a MacBook
Have you set yourself any goals recently?