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    Why I’m Moving Away From Beauty Blogging

    Giving Up Beauty Blogging | Essential Twenty

    I’ve been blogging for over two years now (I sort of missed my anniversary on my actual blog but I do have a giveaway on my twitter if you’re interested in entering) and since day one my content has been pretty beauty driven. However, as I’m now in full time employment I don’t have time to play around with makeup all the time, so with the exception of the impulse purchases I infrequently make, I am moving more into the lifestyle realm.

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    Grandad | Essential Twenty

    Disclaimer: I wrote this post the day after I found out about the situation and have not read it back. I can’t bring myself to. I’m okay now (considering) and we are starting to plan the funeral so we’re getting there. I’ve been quiet but I’ll be back to my usual self over the next week or so.

    A couple of months ago I found myself reading Hannah Gale’s blog (nothing uncommon, it’s a regular occurrence in my weekly goings on) and came across this post. Hannah shared her experience of grieving with someone with dementia, and after finding out that my maternal grandfather had passed away late Saturday night after suffering with the same illness for the past few years, I wanted to share my feelings about losing my grandparent to the disease.

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    Why My Holiday Isn’t All Over Social Media

    Why My Holiday Isn't All Over Social Media | Essential Twenty

    Here I am, 8:30am on my first day of blogging post-holiday. I have a new laptop, a lot of great post ideas and I’m starting as a bit of a Debbie Downer. I had all these wonderful plans around putting together photo diaries, and talking about my favourite places to visit in the Costa Blanca (this was my 9th trip there as we’ve had friends living out there for the past decade) but when I actually got to Spain, I just wanted to chill.

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    Why I Won’t Nominate You

    Why I Won't Nominate You | Essential Twenty

    It’s that time of year again where Hayley (one of my blogging baes and we’re actually going on holiday together this summer – eek) has launched her annual Bloggers Blog Awards. I was a judge on the dating category and was lucky enough to attend last year, and this year I’m judging the food category and will hopefully attend again this year. However, it’s been less than a week since the nominations opened and I am sick to the back teeth of people asking to be nominated. There are a number of reasons why I won’t nominate you if you beg, and that’s what today’s post is all about (as well as hyping up the awards because I’m so excited).

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    5 Happy Things

    5 Happy Things | Essential Twenty
    I’m currently without a laptop, and I don’t think you quite understand how much of a blogging funk I am in because of this. Then again, chances are you are a blogger and understand exactly how this is hindering my blogging life. Sure, I’ve been speeding through various seasons of TV shows and smashing my high scores on various games on my iPad, but my blog life has taken a bit of a back seat. Since I’m without my monster blogging spreadsheet (should’ve backed it up on dropbox – I’ll learn one day) which has enough content ideas to blog daily until November, I’m throwing out this spontaneous post. A ‘five happy things in my life’ style post.

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    Welcome to Essential Twenty

    Essential Twenty's Blog Redesign

    I’ve been on the blogging scene on and off for a number of year, but Essential Twenty has been around for around 18 months now. Pretty good going if you ask me! When I was setting up my blog, I um-ed and ah-ed about whether it was best to go with Blogger or WordPress, and all the sites said WordPress as eventually you can own your own site. What I didn’t realise was that for any real customisation ability you have to do this. And I thought it was expensive…until this weekend. Welcome to the new and improved Essential Twenty.

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