Bonus Round #10

The Real Neat Blog Award

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Original post here – The Real Neat Blog Award

Sarah from Vintage Tea Rose nominated me! Joy from Mademoiselle O’Lantern also nominated me!

Sarah’s Questions:

  • How would you describe your blogging style?

Chatty and informal. I just kind of sit down and talk (write) about whichever topic I’ve landed on for the day. Whether it’s a weekend review, ramblings, baking post, OOTD, or just sharing pictures I took on a walk 🙂

  • How do you motivate yourself to keep on blogging and posting good content?

I’ve been asked this a few times, especially since I consistently post daily. Planning is a big part of it. I’ve normally got a few days (sometimes a week’s worth) of posts ready to go, or at least planned. I thank my handy planner for keeping me organized.

  • What would you say are the pros and cons of being a blogger?

Pros are having a platform to talk on. There’s obviously a lot of people on this platform, but you make so many like-minded friends that you guys all kind of get to hang out together and chitchat on the platform. Sharing recipes, pictures, DIY, tips, etc. It’s a lot of fun! Cons is definitely the amount of time it consumes. It gets tricky balancing it with everything else you have to do.

  • What is it that you genuinely find pure bliss in?

Recently, bath bombs. Baths were always kind of fun before, but bath bombs (especially when you find a really good one!) just transport me to another level of bliss.

  • If you could travel back in time, what would you tell your younger self?

Learn another language. Apparently it’s way easier when you’re younger.

  • If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

So many places. 5 Places on My Travel Wishlist kind of sums up this question.

  • What is your most dominant personality trait?

I would like to say, being positive.

Joy’s Questions:

  • What is your holy grail makeup/skin care product?

Right now, it’s my Bare Minerals Foundation. I’m so in love with it. (I won’t shut up about it).

  • What is your favorite thing about Christmas?

That it takes place in summer, and I get to spend time with the family hanging out.

  • Have you ever traveled outside your country? if yes, where to?

Sydney in Australia. Taveuni and Nadi in Fiji. Papeete in Tahiti (though it was only a few days). Lima, Arequipa, Cusco, Puno, Ica, Huacachina, Paracas, and Iquitos in Peru. I also had a layover in LAX, but I didn’t leave the airport, so I don’t really think I’ve visited the US yet.

  • Who is your favorite beauty blogger/influencer/youtuber?

That’s a whole range of people. In terms of someone who covers all three of those categories, I’ll go with Marzia. I’ve been following her forever, and she’s just rocking it in everything she does.

  • What is your current favorite song/music?

Pop is always my go-to genre. I like peppy things. So most songs by Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Lorde etc.

  • What are the things you wish to receive for Christmas?

I’ll share the list I sent my family. Novelty mugs, cross stitch kits, jigsaw puzzles, Nerdy Nummies book, or another baking book. I’ve also since been eyeing up those HP sprocket things, but I think I’ll buy it myself on boxing day sales as it’s a bit pricey for a single gift.

  • Salt or Sugar?

Sugar all the way.

Liebster Award

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Original post here – The Liebster Award

Oriana from Oriana’s Notes nominate me!

Oriana’s Questions:

  • Do you do something special for Christmas, or do you celebrate it the traditional way ?

I don’t really know what the traditional way is. But normally, we just spend time with the family, open presents, have a meal. All that. Growing up, every two years we used to go to the South Island, but we haven’t done that since my grandmother passed away.

  • Are you a Cat person or a Dog person ? (or maybe you’re a goldfish person ?)

I’ve never had either as pets, so I don’t really know. Both have appeals to me really. Not goldfish though. We had them growing up, and I never found them too interesting.

  • Can you wear heels all day ?

I used to when I worked as a temp in an office. Now, since I work with kids, I don’t ever wear heels and when I do they make my feet tired very fast.

  • Pretty basic, but which is your favorite color ?


  • Which genre do you prefer, books and films included ? (fantasy, horror, comedy…)

I would say probably fantasy. But I don’t mind watching/reading a mix, as I lose interest if I’m in the same genre for too long.

  • Who is your favorite blogger ?

See I can’t answer these, cause my list will go on forever then I worry I might leave someone out.

  • Which is the worst side of modern society, in your opinion ?

That turned serious. I guess in terms of the internet, I don’t like how fast people will turn on someone and ‘throw them under the bus’ so to speak even without proof. Or the proof might just be a blurry photo. It’s weird how fast the internet will turn on someone.

  • How did you chose your blog name ?

My name is Angela, and I talk about my life…

  • Which is your favorite blog post on your blog ?

So many. Lately though My Husband Explains Makeup, cause it was just a lot of fun.

  • How much time do you generally spend on cooking ?

Cooking, probably once every few days. We can live on leftovers for a bit. Or do you mean each time I cook? Cause it depends on what I’m making. I’m overthinking the question.

Versatile Blogger Award


Original post here – Versatile Blogger Award

Jamie from Don’t Give a Jam nominated me!

7 Facts About Me

  1. I have an insane amount of snacks at home at the moment
  2. I’m loving all the sun we’re having at the moment
  3. I love that I’ll be having two weeks off work over the holidays (it’s been ages since I’ve been off work for longer than a week)
  4. I’m very short
  5. I’m short-sighted
  6. I love crackers and cheese (it’s such a good snack)
  7. I literally can’t think of another fact.

Blogger Recognition Award


Original post here – The Blogger Recognition Award

Chloe from Chloe Amanda Taylor nominated me.

I’ve gone over the story of how I started my blog before, so I’ll leave it out here. As for advice, make sure you engage with the community. It’s one of the best parts of blogging 🙂


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Coming Up This Week #5


Little Things That Make Me Happy

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Sharing a bunch of things that make me happy! Pretty self-explanatory, and a very fun post to write (and hopefully read)!


Birthday Weekend Recap


Continuing the celebration of my birthday, I share how we celebrated my birthday over the weekend.


Birthday Haul

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The last birthday post is all about sharing what amazing presents my family got me, and also what I got myself. Cause a birthday is a great time to treat your self!


Bonus Round #10

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My monthly catch up on award posts!


Hello Summer!


I always do at least one post about the seasons, and this one is no different! It’s time to talk about how much I’m enjoying this summer!


Gingerbread House Competition

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Now my Blogmas posts are starting to come out! I don’t really officially acknowledge Christmas until after my birthday celebrations haha. To kick things off, Rory and I competed on who can make the better gingerbread house. I’ve turned it into a video, and you guys can decide whose house is superior 😀


Christmas Decor


Another Blogmas post! This time sharing with you all, our Christmas decorations that we have in the house. It’s not much, but it’s festive enough!

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9 Months of Blogging – My Top Posts and 2000 Followers!

I’d look at the most popular posts on my blog. I go by likes rather than views, as taking the time to hit like is really nice, and I assume it means you liked the post rather than just skimming it and moving on. So since, this is my 9 month blogiversary, I thought I would look at the top 9 liked posts!

However, since going self hosted, all my old posts reset their likes to zero. So, this is from July on when I moved to my new site. Here we go.

#9 – Hair and Skin Care Collection

This post was published on August 10. I always like knowing what products people use for hair and skin care, and I guess it goes both ways. Since publishing this, I’ve collected more products, so I might need to do an updated version of it soon! This is also the 300th post I wrote, after only 5 months. I’m close to 500 posts now which is even crazier.

148 views, 80 likes.

#8 – 30 Day Photography Challenge – Days 1-5

This post was published on October 6. In October I did a month long photography challenge as I had just bought my DSLR camera. I had so much fun doing all 30 prompts, and you guys were so supportive in each post where I shared my pictures! I really feel that it helped me develop my photography skills.

161 views, 80 likes

#7 – Angela’s Bucket List

This post was originally published on May 17, then again on July 29. I am still really proud of this post, so I wanted to share it again on my self-hosted site. I’m happy that it made it on this list! This is self-explanatory. I share 100 things on my bucket list. It took a long time to create this list, and I would love to be able to cross more things off this list!

148 views, 83 likes.

#6 – My Essential Blogging Tools

This post was published on October 6. I wrote it in celebration of blogging for seven months! You guys may know that I like milestone posts. Anyway, in this post I shared my favourite apps and programmes I use to help me run my blog. This includes photo editing software, stock photos, plugins, planners and tools! I’m glad that so many people seem to be finding this post useful too, as that was the point!

181 views, 83 likes.

#5 – A Relaxed Day in the Life 

This post was published on November 11. I’m super happy that one of my videos has made it on the list! Even more so, that it was my favourite one I’ve ever made. Basically, I did a short vlog with mostly music, with snippets of what we got up to in a relaxed day. Which was basically nothing, but it was still so much fun!

160views, 85 likes

#4 – My Husband Explains Makeup

This post was published on October 14. This is one of my personal favourite posts, because it was so much fun to make and write! Rory and I were just hanging out one morning, and I decided to test his knowledge on my collection of makeup. I love reading these “My Husband/Boyfriend” posts, and this was my first chance to do something similar, and I’m so glad you guys loved it too!

230 views, 109 likes.

#3 – Beauty Haul and Mini Review

This post was published on September 5. I’d just bought a bunch of makeup and wanted to do a haul post. I decided to include a mini review as I had time to try each product and figure out my thoughts on them. I didn’t expect this post to get as much attention as it did, but it still occasionally gets likes and comments which is pretty cool. It made me decide to do another version of this post recently – Another Beauty Haul & Mini Review.

163 views, 111 likes.

#2 – Travel Tag #2

This post was published on July 24. This was my first regular post after moving to my self-hosted site. Funnily enough, before switching, my original Travel Tag was my most popular post. There’s something about this tag. That being said, travel tags are always fun to read, at least for me. They ask lots of questions about travel habits, favourite places to visit, and you see lots of cool pictures. So I can see why it’s still a popular post on my blog!

192 views, 132 likes.

#1 – DIY Travel Wall

This post was published on October 12. I had no idea this post would be the most popular one I have ever done. By a lot! It still consistently gets views, likes and comments. I was struck by a desire to scrapbook my travels, but not in a book. Rather, I wanted to decorate wall space in our office. So I came up with this idea. To print off maps and photos, collect souvenirs, and stick them on the wall. Since then, I’ve added a scratch map, and I’m still thinking of ways to extend on it! I love that it’s inspired so many other people as well!

447 views, 212 likes.

It was really interesting to see what the most popular posts are on my site. Some still get likes now, even though I wrote them a while back. Travel, makeup and blogging itself seem to be the most popular topics. I love that I cover such a wide variety, and I’m enjoying writing about anything and everything!

After 9 months I’ve written almost 500 posts, met so many other amazing bloggers, gone self-hosted, and now I’ve got 2000 followers! Crazy! I haven’t even got anything planned for hitting this milestone. This month is pretty busy for me, so I haven’t been able to think of what to do and it snuck up on me! Thank you to everyone who has ever stopped by my blog!! You guys are all incredible ❤

What kind of posts do you enjoy writing about the most?


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Coming Up This Week #4

December is upon us! I love how many Blogmas things are going on. I’m not technically taking part, since my posts aren’t Christmas related (yet), but I’m loving reading all of your posts! It’s getting me excited for the festive season!

Anyway, here’s what’s coming up this week on Life of Angela!


Weekend Review

By now, it’s standard on my blog that each Monday (or Sunday for most of you), I share what I got up to in my weekend. This weekend, I got even more into the Christmas spirit!


A Summer OOTD

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All of us have go-to outfits for the season. In summer for me, that’s a singlet, shorts and sandals.


What’s Up Wednesday

The first Wednesday of each month, I take part in What’s Up Wednesday. A big catch up post where I share all my current interests.


My Top Posts

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In celebration of 9 months of blogging, I tracked down all my highest liked posts and talked a little more about each post!


6 Years Together

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Rory and I first went on a date back in December 2011. We’ve now been together for 6 years, and I couldn’t imagine a better partner to share my life with!


26 Things I’ve Learned in 26 Years

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It’s my birthday! In honour of this spectactular day, I have many celebratory posts planned. This is the first one, and I’ve seen it done many times. I share 26 life lessons I’ve learned in 26 years of living.


Angela Through the Years

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This is a somewhat unnecessary post where I basically share pictures of me growing up, from zero to now. Cause why not?

That’s all for this coming week! What do you guys have planned for this week?


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Coming Up This Week

Ready for another little sneak peek of what I’ve got planned for this week?


Weekend Review


As always, I start off a new week by reviewing the weekend that’s just gone by. This weekend, we had a little family reunion, enjoyed the sunshine and did some shopping.


A Playsuit OOTD

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I bought a Brave Soul playsuit from ASOS and I’m so happy with it! It’s light and perfect for summer, so I wanted to do a little shoot with it.


Five Places on My Travel Wishlist


I’ve had travel on the brain for a while, so I thought I would share the top five places that I would absolutely love to visit.


What I Learned in University

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I was feeling a little nostalgic as it dawned on me that it’s been around three years since I officially left uni. So I wrote a post about some life lessons I learned during my time studying.


Another Beauty Haul & Mini Review

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I did a post like this a few months back, and now I’ve recently compiled enough beauty products to do another one! If you read my posts regularly, you’ll see some familiar products. But there’s lots of new goodies too!


Leisurely Walks to the River

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You may recognize this spot as it’s where my blog header picture was taken. I never shared all the best photos we took that day, so I wanted to share them all again in one big post.


House Tour


If you’ve been following me for ages, you may recall I did a little video showing you around the little flat we used to live in. I’ve now filmed a video showing you around our new house!

That’s it for this coming week!


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30 Day Photography Challenge Wrap Up

If you’ve been following me for all of last month, every five days you may have noticed that I posted snippets from a photography challenge I decided to do. It was so much fun, and I loved getting to interpret each prompt. The challenge also led me to multiple photo excursions, where I would spend up to an hour just snapping away, and learning more about my new camera.

Now let’s get to all the photos. Get ready.

Day 1 – Self Portrait


Day 2 – What You Wore

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Day 3 – Clouds


Day 4 – Something Green


Day 5 – After Dark

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Day 6 – Obsession


Day 7 – Changes to Come

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Day 8 – Routine


Day 9 – Someone You Love

Someone I Love

Day 10 – Childhood Memory

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Day 11 – Something Blue


Day 12 – Sunset


Day 13 – Cannot Live Without

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Day 14 – Eyes


Day 15 – Silhouette


Day 16 – A Good Habit

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Day 17 –  Technology


Day 18 – Your Shoes


Day 19 – Something You Want

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Day 20 – In My Bag

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Day 21 – Faceless Self Portrait

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Day 22 – Inspirational


Day 23 – Patterns


Day 24 – Animals


Day 25 – Strangers


Day 26 – Close Up

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Day 27 – Celebration


Day 28 – Flowers


Day 29 – Black and White

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Day 30 – Self Portrait

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That’s all of them! I’ll be honest, this challenge was so much fun, that I’m already looking for another challenge to do!

I love all of these, but my favourites are …. Which one is yours?


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Looking Back on October

Back at the beginning of this month, I decided to take part in a photo challenge. It led to lots of mini excursions for Rory and I which was lots of fun.

Rory and I also finally bought a couch, which makes our living room feel complete. It’s also super comfy and only cost $15 from Sallies!

During this month I also did lots of DIY and baking. This includes my travel wall, baking apple and cinnamon muffins, doodles, and spider cookies!

The main event of this month was our mini holiday to Waiheke Island. It was so nice to have some time off work and spend time with my family.

Once we were back in Wellington, it was Rory’s birthday! We had a little celebration together, having lots of food, and I made a little scavenger hunt for the birthday boy!

I also did some shopping this month. Mostly for beauty related things. It was really fun.

After doing some shopping, I then received my prize from Emma’s giveaway! The end of this month has led to lots of pampering and relaxing which is the best way to end the month.

Workwise, I’ve had a student teacher, and it’s been fun being a mentor type person. It’s slowly been settling down as all the babies settle in. As we head into November we’re starting to plan for our annual Christmas show which is always so much fun!

That’s pretty much how my October was! What’s something that stood out to you in October?


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What’s Up Wednesday #6

The first Wednesday of the month has arrived (or is Tuesday still for some of you?), and I’m teaming up with Shay and co for another What’s Up Wednesday.

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What We’re Eating This Week

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks. I can’t really get too specific in these, we tend to choose on the day rather than plan in advance.

What I’m Reminiscing About

Fiji, again. I haven’t reminisced about our honeymoon in a bit, but Jo and Tib have recently shared their travel photos from Rarotonga for their honeymoon. It’s another beautiful island and has brought back lots of Fiji memories for me.

What I’m Loving

My planner and journals. I’m enjoying just filling them all in. It’s so much fun.

What We’ve Been Up To

Not much since getting back from Auckland. Just hanging out and talking about possible future trips.

What I’m Dreading

I’m not really dreading anything at the moment actually. It’s kind of nice.

What I’m Working On

I’m working on looking at our possible trip to Japan next year. I’m checking out what things we might want to see, cities to visit, places to stay, and all that fun planning stuff.


What I’m Excited About

The warmer weather we’re having. It’s getting me pumped for summer!

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What I’m Watching/Reading

Right now we’re watching a lot of Netflix. Currently, we’re into the second season of Stranger Things.

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I’ve been reading random books off my TBR list that look like fun. Currently it’s Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.

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What I’m Listening To

I’ve been listening to a few of the Riverdale songs lately. Mainly I Feel Love and Milkshake. I’m always a sucker for good covers.

What I’m Wearing

A lot of blue.

What I’m Doing This Weekend

This weekend, currently we don’t have any plans. If the weather is again really sunny, then we may go out somewhere.

What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month

November is kind of an in between month for me. October is fun as it’s Halloween and birthdays. December is even more fun because it’s my birthday and Christmas! So right now, I’m more looking forward to the end of November.

What Else Is New

Not too much, just still making my way through my goodies from the Night Time Cozy box. There’s so many masks to try, and I’m both trying to savour them, and just use them all.


What’s up with you guys?


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30 Day Photography Challenge – Days 26-30

We’ve reached the end of this photography challenge. Here’s the final five photos.

Day 26 – Close Up

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I have a lot of close up photos of food and objects. I’ve shared a few in this challenge already, so I wanted to try something else. I saw something on Pinterest where ‘photo-ception’ was happening. This is what came out of my experimentation. A close up of my face on my phone camera, and the rest of me holding said phone.

Day 27 – Celebration


The most recent celebration for me was my sister’s wedding, so obviously for this prompt, I was going to choose a photo from that event. I decided on the shot of the rings, cause then it’s clear what the celebration is about.

Day 28 – Flowers


Again from waiheke, but I can’t help it. The gardens were amazing, and I had to show off more of the lavender field. I took so many photos of the flowers, this was one of my favourites.

Day 29 – Black & White

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If you’ve seen my latest baking post, then you may recognize these cookies. While messing around with photos for the post, I played with filters. I ended up not using this black and white one, but I really like it’s spooky effect. So at least I can show it in this challenge!

Day 30 – Self Portrait

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Another self portrait to round off this challenge. I couldn’t think of anything creative or different to do, so I took a regular camera selfie with my tripod. I took it in the sunroom, cause I like the background with the white brick. You may recognize it from my current profile picture.

So yeah, that’s all the photos from this challenge! I want to do an official wrap up post for this whole challenge in a few days. So you guys can see all the photos in one post! That being said, I have really enjoyed doing this, and I plan to do another one at a later time. If you guys have interest in photography, definitely give this challenge a go! You don’t need to post it, but just use the prompts for inspiration 🙂


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