Launching HPFinds

Monday, 26 June 2017

"Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense"

That single line changed everything. I can't even begin to tell you how hooked I got on the Harry Potter books, they were my saving grace through my teen years and many a time when I had the darkness inside me I ventured into the wizarding world for an escape. Now at 24, I still turn to these books and films and the Pottermore community and Harry Potter will always be a permanent fixture in my life (literally! I have a lumos tattoo dontcha know)

Some people do the whole 'Alice you're an adult now' and I'm still struggling to find any fucks given on that front. Harry Potter transcends ages and I'll never grow out of it - anyway I'm massively digressing you're hear to find out what the hell HPFinds is right?

Well it's officially 20 years since the launch of this wonderful series and whilst I adore my lifestyle blog it can sometimes feel a tad tedious, I wanted to start something I adore and feel passionate about that can be just a little fun too! So I've decided to launch social media channels for HP Finds. Ultimately it's going to be a place to completely enable you and make you spend money!

It's basically a collection of everything Harry Potter I can possibly find! From official merchandise, to travel trips to more unique handmade original pieces - It's basically Potter Heaven and a way for me to justify all my splurges

So come along, join the HP journey and let's make the magic live forever

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Alice Megan


Unique decor from Uncommon Goods

Sunday, 11 June 2017

I'm constantly updating and renovating little parts of my house, I love collecting little unique trinkets and something that's unique and makes people ask me where I got it from

When I came across Uncommon Goods I was in absolute heaven! So so many beautiful pieces that I adore that can go across the whole house and give it a little touch of 'you' so here's a collection of my favourite pieces

Summer is right around the corner so it seems only right to begin the focus in the garden my favourite garden decor and accessories* are:

Zen cat garden sculpture

Anyone who knows me will know my love for cats (I have three real ones!) so I absolutely fell in love with these felines. They look like little budhas absolutely adorable

Bee oasis

Bees are actually incredibly important! They help sustain the eco-world we have and without them pollunating we could be in a bit of a mess. For me, the bee has taken a much stronger significance especially the worker bee being the symbol of Manchester so I'd love to encourage them to be buzzing around my garden

Moving back inside the house I often think it's the little touches which really make a house a home, the distinguishing features and little marks of personality and decorative pieces 

Wishing Wall

I think the idea of this wishing wall is so darn cute! it can be personalised too, It's a lovely way of remembering the little things that made you smile every day and then looking back over the happy thoughts further down the line

Kinetic Gear Key Holder
Hands up who loses their keys? I have a mini meltdown every single morning searching through pockets and bags and every other surface that I could have put my keys on the night before. I definitely want to invest in this gorgeous key holder. I love the steampunk style it looks so modern while harking back to a day gone by

It's important as well to remember the little things that you use every day but doesn't get any attention such as the door mat you walk on every day

Amp doormat

Instant cool points for anyone entering your home! Like seriously how cool is this? I love that it can be personalised and I love that it looks almost 3D

So for a few tweaks and changes and new items you can really put a unique stamp on your home and with 1/3 of the items incorporating recycled or upcycled materials you can be happy in the knowledge that your items are sourced responsible by the most creative artists and designers around

What's your favourite item on Uncommon Goods?

Alice Megan


What I've been watching #1

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

What to watch on TV

Some people like to live life at 100 miles an hour. Me? After a day at work there's nothing I want more than to crash out in front of the tv and relax. As such it means I'm constantly running out of new things to watch so all recommendations are very very welcome!

Right now onto some of my faves right now:

  1. Better Call Saul - I've loved this series of BCS, it's finally all coming full circle and we're learning how Jimmy Mcgill became Saul Goodman. Definitely one of my favourite spin off shows
  2. Peaky Blinders - How am I only just getting into this?!? It's absolutely epic I've only watched the first season and I'm completely hooked - Cillian Murphy is absolutely mesmerising
  3. Love Island - Oh who doesn't love a bit of trashy reality? I got completely suckered into love island yet again it's such a guilty pleasure. It's absolutely terrible TV it's undeniable but I'm compelled to watch it
  4. American Crime Story - I'm absolutely fascinated with all things crime and I can often be found watching crime documentaries so I definitely had to watch this docu-series about the OJ Simpson trials which had quite a stellar cast! many recognisable faces - I loved it!
  5. 13 reasons why - Netflix smash it again with another cracking original, this was such a good series, playing with really dark themes of being a teenager and how everything has an impact on someones life. Really difficult to watch at times but incredibly well made
What have you been watching?

Alice Megan


June Wishlist

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

June Wishlist

Every month I have a little splurge around payday on items I've been coveting, I try to be sensible spending so save items on a wishlist at the beginning of the month and if I still want them by payday then I'll buy!

Here's this months wishlist:

What are you wishing for this month?

Alice Megan


WWI #1

Monday, 5 June 2017


My name's Alice and I'm utterly addicted to food

Ok,so that might be a slight exaggeration but I just have zero self control, I'm officially obese and need to do something about that and fast - I have six months to make one of my resolutions a success. Don't get me wrong I don't want to become a size 6 model or anything like that I just want my 'bigger' frame to look a little more toned and less flab

I've officially joined a gym, now I just have to take the plunge and actually turn up! I've charged my fitbit and I've downloaded myfitnesspal. This time I'm adamant I'll stick to it.

So first up is a weigh in right? Yuck. I'm officially 6lbs heavier than 6 months ago, now 1lb a month isn't that bad right? I'm hoping to shift it much faster than that though

So any hints / tips / advice or general support would be most appreciated

Let's do this!

Alice Megan


Level 10 goals - Mid Year Update

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Clean Desk Lay

Way back in January I wrote a post about my level 10 goals, since that point I'm not going to lie I haven't even looked at them. I lost my way and spent a few months feeling very lost - still do to a point but I'm determined to keep calm and carry on so I thought I'd do a little goal check up and see how things are going

  1. Spend more time with family and friends - I'd say I don't do this enough still. I lock myself away in my room and become grumpy rather than getting out there enjoying myself. I'm definitely going to change this and make more of an effort to say 'YES'
  2. Become a senior resourcer - I'm actually really happy with my progress with this one, I feel accomplished as a resourcer and feel a promotion before the year is out is definitely within my grasp
  3. Explore Sheffield - Not nearly as much as I'd like but I have started visiting new places, this kind of goes hand in hand with the  spending time with family and friends. Both definitely need work
  4. Reach 10K Followers - This took a backwards turn! I managed to lock myself out of my pinterest account so I've had to start that all over again, couple that with my complete lack of blog presence and I've definitely made this one difficult but who knows!
  5. Save enough to buy a car - Between my savings for a house, car and my commissions from work I think this one may actually be achievable fingers crossed
  6. Pass my driving test - Took me far too long to find an instructor I like but I'm making really good progress with this one now! hopefully in the next few months I might see the results I want
  7. Fall in love - Oh hell I've given up on this!
  8. Lose weight - Kind of went backwards with this one, currently sitting around 5lbs heavier than I started in January. However right steps are being made. I've joined a gym, I'm back wearing my fitbit and tracking my food. Baby steps
  9. Empty cupboard and reinvent: LOL! I've filled it up even more #fail
  10. Win something money can't buy: I've really lost my love for comping I'm so crazy busy with work etc. that I just can't find the time anymore

So, a little hit and miss. I'm hopeful that in another six months I should have achieved at least half of these goals, and that would certainly be a fine achievement

How are your resolutions going?

Alice Megan