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#beechat’s 1st birthday

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Today is #beechat’s 1st birthday: Can you believe that?

One year ago today I hosted my very first #beechat and the topic was ‘pizza’. It was a totally spontaneous and spur of the moment thing – I had participated in one twitter chat before and I wanted to create a community of my own to host twitter chats on. (Little did I know it was going to grow & grow and become much more than just a platform for twitter chatting)!

The #beechat community is now a platform for bloggers and writers to gain engagement on their posts and social media platforms; It also has a snail mail campaign with over 80 bloggers involved in exchanging hand written letters to one another from different countries. Added to this, #beechat still hosts its weekly twitter chats (twice a week – every week). You can join in on #beechat on a Monday at 5pm-6pm (BST) & Thursday 9-10pm (BST). The topic varies week to week and we even have guest hosts every so often!

I have created a platform on Facebook and Instagram for the #beechat community too and I hope to grow these over the coming year. 

I have a few ideas and plans for #beechat and will put these into work over the next year or so (hopefully)… 

I just want to say thank you to each and every one of you for making #beechat what it is today: I am indebted to you all. I am bursting with pride at how supportive, welcoming & encouraging the #beechat community is and I just want to emphasise how amazing you all are.

I’m actually hosting a giveaway on beechat’s twitter page if you want to enter please go and see my pinned tweet! (@CBeechat)

Have a fabulous day darlings & keep BEE-ing fabulous!!!

Lots of love

Charlene McElhinney

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Meet Orla McElhinney: My niece

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I am immensely proud to introduce you all to my precious little niece, Orla McElhinney, born a couple of days ago: 11.04.2017 at 15:38 weighing 8pounds and 6oz. What an absolute bundle of joy she is!

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I can’t quite believe how incredible it felt to hold such a delicate and pure little soul in my arms – someone so extra special and remarkable! I have never oohed and aahed over a baby before, I used to think all babies looked the same, but by goodness: I’m in love.

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My Gran Rundell holding her 52nd grandchild

 It’s so bizarre that my parents are now ‘Gran & Papa’; my brother is now a daddy! Time just flies by. My Gran Rundell held her 52nd grandchild in her arms yesterday (her face in the photograph above says it all). She was beyond proud! My brother is going to be an excellent Father and I couldn’t be happier for him!

I just wanted to write a brief blog post and share some photographs to introduce you all to the new light in all of our families lives! Isn’t she just an angel? Welcome to the world, Orla McElhinney.

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Gran McElhinney with Orla (my mum!)
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Papa McElhinney with Orla (my dad!)

 

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My boyfriend, Alastair, with Orla.

And, lastly, my brother (Aaron McElhinney) and his girlfriend, Shannon Brogan, capturing their first family photo with Orla McElhinney. And of course – it is my wonderful(!) photography!

I am beaming with pride at how perfect Orla is; I can’t imagine how they must be feeling! I’m so excited about what the future holds for Orla. One thing is for sure though: She is going to be absolutely spoiled!!

 

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#Day5&6 of the Easter Break: (Uni Applicant Day, Brow Threading & Shopping)

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Hello lovelies!

Yesterday wasn’t very eventful so I decided to just hold off until today to do a collaborative round-up of yesterday & today. So I’ll quickly give you the gist of what I got up to yesterday then move on to the exciting stuff that occurred today!

Yesterday consisted off a very chilled out day with Mum & Dad. It was lovely but I didn’t have all that much to write about really. It was just quality time spent with my wonderful parents that one can only fully appreciate in that moment. I popped up the town centre yesterday though to get my eyebrows & upper lip threaded! I must be insane putting myself through that because they really aren’t that visible – just vellus hair that everyone has –  I’m just paranoid about those kind of things and put myself through the brutality of threading to prevent worrying about it.

Today was a glorious day. I had an applicant day for Stirling University. I’ve received two offers from this University for completely different courses so my options are really open. I went to another applicant day for Strathclyde University last week (where I have also received an offer for). I think attending these applicant days is beneficial because it definitely gives you a feel for the place where you could potentially be studying for the next few years!

The weather was astounding today: It was probably one of the warmest days Scotland has seen all year! It was a privilege to walk around such beautiful grounds on such a delightful day. I didn’t even have to take a jacket with me (which is a total rarity here)!

The campus was remarkable.

As soon as we arrived there was people there to guide us to where we needed to be. Everywhere we went throughout the whole campus, the current students couldn’t have been more helpful! Everyone was so informative, attentive & welcoming. The applicant day was evidently planned out and organised efficiently and was definitely a whole other kettle of fish from the other applicant day I had attended previously. There was lots of stalls, freebies, campus tours, talks, presentations etc. There was loads to do! With it being such an extraordinary day outside, we took advantage of this by walking around the grounds, and I managed to do over 10,000+ steps today and smash my step target goal! I also had the opportunity to meet a few lecturers on the courses I had received offers for which was propitious and educational for me.

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We also got to meet the Stirling Squirrel mascot that was floating around the building/grounds!
 I felt so comfortable at Stirling University and could definitely see myself studying there but it’s just the commuting that could perhaps be a bit of a problem! However, I still haven’t made up my mind yet. It’s good to keep your options open. I have the opportunity to study English, Journalism, Creative Writing and Psychology this year so it’s a lot to consider! I really need to weigh up my options and decide what way I want to go!

After a successful day at Stirling University; my cousin and I done a spot of shopping in Stirling. Why not take advantage of such a beautiful day in a stunning city? I popped into LUSH and treated myself to a few bits & bobs. I also picked up a lovely denim skirt, some new cosmetics & some exciting face masks whilst I was out and about on my travels!

I’ve had a wonderful day and I’m feeling good. I’m so glad I went to the applicant day. Have you ever been to one? Or an open day? Did you find it beneficial? I love hearing from you guys!

Love

Charlene McElhinney

 

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#Day4 of the Easter Break (dyeing mum’s hair, selling on eBay & starting a novel)

I’ve had positive feedback from you guys regarding this daily posting and updating my happenings during the Easter break. Thank you ever so much and I’m glad you’re all enjoying it.

Today I done a variety of things – all from the comfort of my home. I didn’t go anywhere today (thus preventing me from hitting my daily step target but hey ho). I dyed my mum’s hair for her, I managed to list an abundance of items for sale on eBay and I started plotting out the chapters and storyline for my first novel. I even managed to write out a rough draft of my first chapter!

After publishing a collection of poetry and receiving such a positive response; I have just grown as a writer and as a person and I want to just write, write, write, write, write…

I’ve been doing lots of thinking today, too. I’d really like to become a freelance writer. It’s hard work and I know it requires putting yourself out there and being as confident in yourself as possible but I definitely want to give it a go! I’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Meanwhile, I can study and work on this novel that I’m really excited about!

Last night, I began reading ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr and it’s apparently really deep and emotional. I can’t wait to get properly lost in it. Don’t you just love when a book does this to you? I’m only 30 or so pages in at the moment but if you follow me on GoodReads then I’ll keep updating my thoughts on there; alternatively you guys can watch this space and I’ll be sure to upload a full review on the blog once I’m finished.

Anyway, I don’t want to waffle on too much. This is just my 4th entry into my Easter Break diaries and I’m very much enjoying sharing what I get up to with you guys. Have a lovely evening and join me over on #beechat @ 9pm (BST) if you’re around on Twitter at this time!

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Charlene McElhinney

 

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#Day3 of the Easter Break (7am gym session & scrabble at gran’s house)

Today was day 3 of the Easter Break; I went to the gym for the third day in a row. I managed to get myself there by 7am this morning and I didn’t leave until roughly 8:30am.

My main goal over the Easter Break was to get back into regular gym sessions; I’m on the right track by getting myself there, every day, thus far. Happy days.

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(I love a game of Scrabble with Mum, Dad & Gran).
After the gym, I popped home to Mum & Dad’s house, and Batman came to see me. His paw was looking slightly better and he wasn’t limping as much! I gave him lots of attention and fed him and he went on his merry way. I couldn’t stop thinking about him all day, though. Was he wandering the streets? Is someone else feeding him? Perhaps he does have an owner? But if he has an owner: Why aren’t they caring for him? Surely they would have got his paw treated (or at least have kept him inside until it looked better)? Why isn’t he micro-chipped? Or neutered? I just hate the thought of anything bad happening to him.

Dad, Mum and I went to visit my Gran Rundell today. I taught my Gran how to play Boggle and we had a few rounds of that before getting the Scrabble board out! The four of us had two games of that, which lasted hours, and I think Dad won both rounds.

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I arrived home to some blogger mail: Book mail, to be more precise. I love book mail. I received this copy of Nikki Duboses’ ‘Washed Away’ from darkness to light. The cover looks so interesting and I can’t wait to read it. I will be reviewing this book on the blog within the next few weeks so watch this space lovelies! What do you all think of the cover?

Anyway, that’s all I got up to today. An early trip to the gym, a visit to my Gran’s, some exciting book mail in the post – oh and I sold an item on eBay! (I used to sell on eBay religiously and I was never out of the post office: This is me just trying to get back into it now)!

Did anything exciting happen for you today? Are you a Scrabble lover? Drop me a comment. I love hearing from you!

Until Tomorrow!

Charlene McElhinney

 

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#Day2 of the Easter Break (Taking Batman to the Vet, working up a sweat & buying more books)

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For those of you who aren’t regular readers of my blog: Gizmo (pictured above) is one of my cats. He’s the little tabby in the picture who is looking at the camera! The black and white cat, who is sitting ever so proudly, I have named Batman. He isn’t mine. I wish he was; he’s such a precious soul.

I believe Batman is a stray. He comes to my house nearly every day and just chills in the garden with Gizmo. We feed him and always keep an eye out for him. He’s been coming for several weeks now and I can’t help but feel this emptiness in my stomach whenever I look at him and think about him out on the streets every day. A couple of days ago he came to the garden and we noticed his paw was cut. Yesterday it looked swollen. Today it looked infected. I couldn’t just stand back and do nothing anymore – I had to get him seen to. I registered him at the vet as Batman and booked him in for an appointment. (In order to be seen by a vet they need to be registered). Batman hasn’t been neutered and I discovered today that he also isn’t microchipped. It’s plausible he has no owner.  My heart breaks for him. I want to adopt him so badly but Mum & Dad aren’t up for having another cat. I need to work some magic to convince them to keep him because I’ve just absolutely fell in love with him. I’d need to get him neutered though as soon as possible if they let me have him.

It turned out his precious little paw was infected and he had been scratched on the face too. He had been attacked, by the looks of it. I paid for him to have an antibiotic jag. The vet charged me £41.90 for this but I didn’t care: As long as he was OK. He was so stressed at the Vet. It was like he had never experienced anything like it before. It broke my heart – but I was helping him. I was doing what nobody else had done for him.

I’ll keep you all updated on what happens with Batman but in the meantime I’ll just fill you in on what I got up to with the rest of my day:

  • I went to the gym (with my cousin Hollie). Second day in a row I’ve managed to drag myself to the gym. We worked up such a sweat and had a really productive workout. I’m definitely feeling it.
  • I went shopping – again! And I purchased 6 new books, ankle/wrist weights (for working out), a dress, a new top and a lovely shirt for my mum!
  • I drank 2L+ of water again today.
  • I’ve almost reached my 10,000 step target! I’ll walk up and down the stairs this evening to make sure I hit it.
  • I received a #GoodEgg kit from the Coop which was lovely – thank you! I passed it on to my boyfriend for being so wonderful helping me with the publication of my book.

Anyway, it’s only #Day2 of the Easter Break and so far I’ve managed to do some positive things. I am absolutely loving sharing them with you. What did you guys get up to today? What do you think of Batman?

Love

Charlene McElhinney

 

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#Day1 of the Easter Break (back to the gym, step target & mini haul).

I made an announcement on Twitter today saying that during the Easter break I want to share one positive thing that happens throughout my day with you all. Additionally, I am going to do write a blog post every day sharing my day of events. Hopefully this will inspire me to do more with my days off college and keep my blog updated.

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Today I went to the gym for the first time in months; it took so much energy (physically and mentally) to get myself there. I’m so glad I did it though. My friend Megan accompanied me and we had a good catch up whilst working out together – which took my mind off how much I was struggling. It’s crazy, several months ago I was a proper fitness fanatic and went to the gym almost daily, and yet now I have lost all of that progress and I am back at square one again.

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10,000 steps!

 

I had a chat with one of the Personal Trainers’, Mike, who is absolutely fabulous. He has always encouraged, supported and educated me when it comes to fitness. He booked me in for a new fitness programme and he’s going to get me back on track again. He couldn’t do any more for me if he tried. Today I told myself that I want to hit a 10,000 step target every day (most days, anyway). I hit that goal today and gave myself a pat on the back. Tomorrow I aim to surpass this and do even better.

After the gym, Megan and I went a wander around the Town Centre (even though we were both a sweaty mess). I ended up picking up a few bits & bobs from The Works and a new book from one of the charity shops (which, for the life of me, I can’t remember the name of)…

 

I picked up the floral notepad with an inspirational quote on it from The Works for £2: They have an abundance of aesthetically pleasing and inspiring notebooks at the moment. Every time I visit I pick one up. I also purchased those lined pink sticky notes because one can never have a shortage of sticky notes, right? I bought another writing set because I am forever writing letters to my #beechat snail mail buddies! And I picked up two new books: Forbidden Soldier by Alison Prince for £1 from The Works and That Girl From Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson for 50p out of the charity shop. Charity shops are like a gold mine for books.

Once I got home I suggested to my boyfriend that we go out for a food shop (I really just wanted to get more steps in to hit my target at this point). Mission accomplished.

What am I proud of myself for today?

  • I went to the gym for the first time in ages.
  • I hit my 10,000 step target goal.
  • I picked up a few bargains.
  • I drank 2L+ of water.

 

What are you proud of yourself for today?

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