Home Hacks

Home Hacks

Good morning everybody. How are you all? I am losing track of the days at the moment to be perfectly honest. Thank goodness for my meal planning, otherwise I think all the days would just be one big blur.

I thought I would write a blog about some home hacks I have been doing recently. After all, who doesn’t love those little light bulb moments? 💡

  1. Limit packaging in the freezer. Take the food out of the packaging and put it into freezer bags. This gives you so much more room for storage.
  2. Use a lint roller for dusting lights. It picks up the dust so quickly.
  3. Use a dishwasher tablet to help clean your oven. Dip half of the tablet in water and then watch your oven door come up like new.
  4. Make the bed every morning! Even if you don’t normally, this makes such a difference to your mental health and well being.
  5. Baskets. I use baskets for storing everything and it is so much easier to find the things you need, when you need them. Baskets in the fridge, baskets on the surfaces. Baskets baskets everywhere.
  6. Spinning organisers are so useful for storing products under the sink or for storing makeup. They are so easy to use and you can quickly access the things you need.
  7. For touching up scuffs or scratches on walls, use samples. Dulex do some amazing samples for such a small price.
  8. Stick down your carpets and welcome mats with heavy duty tape. It stops them from moving around when hoovering.
  9. I said it before and I will say it again. Plan your meals ahead of cooking. It makes dinner time more enjoyable and yep, you guessed it – easier!
  10. Cut your sponges in half. They last so much longer that way and you don’t need a whole sponge anyway for cleaning! 🧽

Do you have any home hacks?

Time Fillers

Time Fillers

Good afternoon on this gorgeous sunny day guys! It’s day three of the UK lockdown and I’m over here keeping as busy as I can. So now you have been told you can’t go out, how do you fill a day?

Don’t get me wrong, I know the novelty will wear off soon and we will all be complaining of how bored we are. I am someone who likes to potter about at the shops and I really do miss my coffee shops and garden centres. But I am also someone who never really went ‘out out’ a lot. I quite enjoy my own company and my partner and I may occasionally go out for a pub lunch or for drinks but we aren’t missing the ‘social scene’ as such. Well, not yet anyway!

Zumba workouts, organising, re-organising and cleaning, writing, reading, dipping in and out of work related emails and work setting & binge watching series (currently watching The Marvellous Mrs Maisel and loving it!) are just a few things I do each day to keep myself busy. Also, if you don’t have the House Party app then get it. My colleagues and I had a chat yesterday on there and it was so nice to just speak to everyone.

So, what are you guys doing to keep yourselves busy? I would love to hear some suggestions of other things I can add to the list.

Lots of love x

 

Thank You

Thank You

Good morning guys. Happy Mothering Sunday to all the mother’s out there, especially my own who is just the light of my life and the woman who has truly shaped me to be who I am today. I love you very much.

I logged on this morning to write a blog post about my new skin care routine but it didn’t seem right. Instead, I wanted to say thank you.

Thank you. Thank you to everyone who is working tirelessly around the clock to help protect those who are vulnerable and those who are sick. What an incredible job you are doing! Thank you to those who are helping out their neighbours, their friends and local communities. Thank you to those people who are still spreading happiness and joy when times are tough. Thank you to all teachers, support staff and childminders who will be returning to work tomorrow to look after those children whose parents are key workers. Thank you to everyone who have put others first.

Cue the sarcasm.

Thank you. Thank you to those who are unkind with their words and their actions. Thank you to all of those people who have strategically entered supermarkets to stockpile. Thank you to those who despite the advice, are still having social gatherings and putting people’s lives at risk. Thank you to those who are rude, obnoxious, ignorant and selfish.

So let me ask you, which category do you fall into? #weareallinthistogether

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say…Unfollow Me

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say…Unfollow Me

I recently shared a quote from Biana Sparacino over on my Instagram feed. The last sentence reads, “There is nothing stronger than someone who continues to stay soft in a world that hasn’t always been kind to them.” In an online world of keyboard warriors, trolling and negativity, when will enough be enough?

In the past I have been quite vocal about Instagram as a social media platform and how  my experiences using Instagram have been mostly positive and supportive. Mostly. Hiding behind keyboards and comments is something I don’t think I will ever understand. What you see online on people’s feeds is what that individual has chosen for their audience to comment on, engage with positively and hopefully enjoy. Unfortunately, some people have different agendas. 

‘Follow’. When I click on that follow button it is because I find that feed aesthetically pleasing and I enjoy engaging with the creators content. It doesn’t even cross my mind to follow a creator so that I can send negative comments to them. Making that choice can have catastrophic consequences. We never know what someone is really going through. We never know what happens offline and behind the Instagram feed. 

When will we learn to be responsible for our actions? When will we learn that by jumping on the bandwagon and engaging in online feuds, that it might seriously affect an individual? When will we stop? How far are we going to take it?

I will never share what comments I have received or what DM’s I have had the pleasure of opening. I will however, speak out about how disappointed I am. Disappointed and disgusted. It’s a good job I have a thick skin.

If you don’t have anything nice to say then unfollow me. 

 

Twenty Things I Have Learnt In My Twenties

Twenty Things I Have Learnt In My Twenties

#1 Don’t be afraid to spend time alone.

#2 Stay away from people who don’t fill you with positivity.

#3 Don’t do anything that doesn’t feel right.

#4 Don’t bother comparing yourself to others. It gets you nowhere.

#5 Don’t be afraid to say no.

#6 Always be kind.

#7 What’s inside is far more important than what’s on the outside.

#8 Laugh everyday.

#9 True love does exist.

#10 Never give up on what you want. Work hard for it.

#11 Hangovers do get worse as you get older.

#12 Let go of things you can’t control.

#13 If you aren’t happy, change it.

#14 It’s OK to not want to go out and stay in your PJs all day.

#15 If you want to do something, just do it!

#16 Friends and family are so important. Cherish them.

#17 Be comfortable in your own skin.

#18 Never stop learning, growing and trying to be better.

#19 Remember that you can ask for help, whatever age you are.

#20 Appreciate what you have and not lust after what you don’t.

Happy Birthday To Me

Happy Birthday To Me

Tomorrow I turn 29.

For the first time ever, I haven’t been at all excited about my birthday. Perhaps it’s got something to do with it being the last year of my twenties but instead of a having a pity party for one, I decided to put a positive spin on it in this blog post.

I remember when I was a lot younger I used to think turning thirty was so far into the future. Fast forward to the year 2020 and here it is. Staring at me right in the face and waving at me from behind number 29. My teenage self would be saying ‘Hang on – by the time I hit thirty I wanted to have babies, be married, have a house, have a really good job and still look pretty good for being thirty’.  Does life every work out the way you hoped and wished for it to? No. It is even better.

Don’t get me wrong – there is an element of truth in the above and yes of course I think about all of those things and how disappointed that not all of my boxes have been ticked yet. But then I think about all of the boxes that I never even thought of for myself ten years ago. Overcoming some of the hardest times to make me who I am now, getting to know myself, being confident in the type of woman I am etc. etc.

So whilst I sip on a G&T with my lovely other half cooking me a birthday dinner, for those of you who might start to be feeling that little bit older, that little bit more out of your comfort zone – just remember when you wanted what you currently have.  Those things that haven’t quite made the cut yet just need a little more time.

 

High Street Glow

High Street Glow

Happy Sunday gang! I hope everyone has had a great weekend. ♥️

Whenever I think about makeup, I think about how to get that glow. I have written a couple of blog posts about different makeup routines trying out different products but this is my every day go-to makeup look.

I have been using these same products now for months and they are all from the high street. As much as I would love to use higher end products, my bank balance just doesn’t stretch that far I am afraid. If you want an affordable glowy makeup routine then here are some incredible products that won’t let you down.

First up, Glow Cherie from L’Oreal Paris. Before I even found this, I was using Bonjour Sunshine Liquid Bronzer by L’Oreal – equally as amazing. Glow Cherie wakes up your skin with a luminous, radiant glow. This hydrating skin enhancer covers imperfections and skin instantly appears healthier and glowing. Sometimes I only wear this!

If I want that extra glowy, dewy look then I put a pump of Glow Cherie mixed with No 7’s Skin Illuminator and Miracle Glow from Max Factor. This combination is flawless. All of these products can be used on their own but I love mixing them together.

The concealer I have been using for years now is L’Oreal’s True Match The One in shade Ivory. The coverage is great and really covers up those dark circles and blemishes.

With four pigmented shades, L’Oreal Paris La Vie En Glow Highlighting Palette is a must have addition to anyone’s makeup bag. The colours in the palette are warming on the skin and give you that radiance.

Let’s talk about Iconic London. I have been using the original illuminating drops for about three years now and I am still obsessed. You only need a tiny bit and you have cheek bones for days.

Finally, 24h Eyeshadow from Bourjois in shade Beige brings the look together. You know those makeup tutorials we all watch with the inner eye highlight? Look no further! Admittedly, this is a new addition to my makeup bag but I am loving it so far.

You can pick these products up anywhere – on the high street, on Amazon and on Ebay brand new. If you want that long lasting glowy look, I can say that I have tried and tested them all and that my daily makeup routine is easy, gorgeous and most importantly affordable. ✨

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Sleep Routine

Sleep Routine

Raise your hand if you want to get a good night’s sleep? Who doesn’t! We all want to wake up feeling fresh and looking fab. Beyoncé has a lot to answer for…

Besides the lack of the ‘I woke up like this’ look, I can safely say that my sleep routine is pretty robust and works everytime. The only time I ever find it hard to sleep is being in a new place and in a new bed for the first night like when you’re on holiday. After that first night, I am fine. So here are my top tips for a good night’s sleep.

Ear Plugs

I swear by these small genius inventions. I used to wear them because my ex snored. Fortunately, my partner now doesn’t but because I am such a light sleeper and I have super sonic hearing, I wake up at the drop of a pin. Putting ear plugs in correctly takes some practise as wearing a pair every night in the wrong way can cause pain and discomfort. My favourite brand of ear plugs are Moldex. They are super comfy and easy to pop in. Ear plugs won’t be a forever thing and it’s something I would like to train myself out of but boy does it mean you get a good night’s sleep. Always carry a pair if you are going somewhere on your holibobs. You never know when you might need them.

Sleep Spray

 I have been using ‘This Works Sleep + Pillow Spray’ for a good year or so now. It smells divine, it works a treat and I can’t say anything negative about it. Go and grab yourself one if you struggle to sleep.

Reading and Podcasts

I am the first to admit I am not a huge, avid reader. I never have been. However, since getting into Podcasts and having books on my Kindle I really try to do one or the other before bed. For me, it makes me super sleepy and ready for bed.

Do Not Disturb

Switch this on if you want to get a good night’s sleep. Seriously.

Lists

If I am worried about anything at work, at home or in my personal life I write how I feel about it before I go to sleep. Getting it down on paper really helps to just park it for the night. Trust me, it works!

♥️

On Your Period…

On Your Period…

Let’s talk periods.

For those of you who aren’t interested in this topic or think this will be a bit of light reading, think again. You can’t talk about periods without really talking about periods.

1.Tracking Your Flow

I use an amazing app called Flo which let’s me track when I take my contraceptive pill and also when I have my period. You can input symptoms, your mood, when you’ve had sex and after a few months of use, the app can predict when your flow is on it’s way. It’s usually pretty accurate and I swear by this! For those of you who aren’t on any form of contraception or who are trying to have a baby, this app can also track ovulation etc.

2. Symptoms and Cycles

For at least eight years I was on the pill where you had no breaks. It was good for the first year or so until I started spotting all the time! Not what you want. I didn’t do anything about it (big mistake) and I started getting a heavy period one month with no pain and then the next month I would have the worst pains ever. I couldn’t walk, eat or even sleep. At times it would be so bad at work I just had to find a co-teacher and ask to lie down for five minutes until it passed. Since April this year, I have been on a pill where I have a monthly break and it was the best decision I ever made. I have no symptoms, no pain and my flow is very light. I feel happier in myself, I have a higher sex drive and I don’t ever really feel bloated. Honestly girls, if you are having trouble with a pill go to the doctor and talk to them about it. It’s not worth suffering for.

3. How To Deal With Symptoms

After dealing with horrible symptoms for years, I have a few top tips to help you get through those tough times. Heat patches, hot water bottles and heat cushions. These are a life saver! My cramps used to be so bad that I sometimes couldn’t even walk from the bedroom to the bathroom without feeling like I would pass out. Using heat really worked for me. Next up, breathing! I learnt how to deal with my pain by breathing through it and just being patient until it passed. Long, deep breaths really worked and also just remembering that it would eventually pass. Finally, let’s talk about stretching. I always thought that this was a myth but it is absolutely not. I did lots of stretching in the days running up to my period and also during heavy cramps which relieved a lot of period pain. There are so many YouTube videos with exercises you can do to help. It was pretty hard going to start with when you feel like s*** but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

4. Diva Cups

I had never even heard of a Diva Cup until a friend told me about it. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing when she was explaining how you used it but I thought I would give it a go. I’m not going to lie, it is pretty traumatic to begin with. The way you have to manoeuvre it to ensure it is really really in there is a bit of an art form. There were leakages, uncomfortable moments in public and bathroom malfunctions. Eventually, I got the hang of it and I have to say I think it is great. Because my periods now are so much lighter, I don’t need to use it but when I was having to change my sanitary product once every hour or two I thought I would try something different. Diva Cups are so much better for sustainability and they really do what they say on the tin. Yes, it takes a bit of getting used to and it isn’t very pleasant but if it something you have been umming and ahing about for a while then give it a go and see how you get on.

5. Diet Whilst On Your Period

Just pass the Double Cheeseburger, fries and diet coke please. I just want to eat utter rubbish when I am on my period and I will absolutely not feel guilty about it. Other than all of the crappy food, I found blueberries and pro-biotic yoghurt to help with cramps and also almonds and pumpkin seeds. The healthier choices are also a lot better for ‘Period Skin’. Boy, do I still get period skin. I always know when I am due to get my period because I get ‘Period Spots’. I can’t imagine that all of the rubbish foods I decide to eat during my period help but no one is perfect. Dermalogica products have really helped my skin generally with hormonal break outs – Pre-Cleanse and Special Cleansing Gel are two of my favourites from the brand.

I could probably go on and on and on but I won’t bore you any longer. It would be great to hear from you ladies about things you have done to help you with any symptoms during your period or if you have any top tips for the time of the month.

Lots of love, ❤️

The 411

The 411

Good morning everyone and a Happy New Year ♥️ I hope you all had a fabulous evening and enjoyed seeing in the new decade however you decided to.

I thought I would kick off the blog in 2020 by answering one of the most asked frequently asked questions of 2019. How can you be so alright after a broken engagement? So let’s get into it shall we.

My friends and family will forever be the only ones who truly know the ins and outs but to be quite honest, the answer is that it was already broken before I was dumped. I just couldn’t see it. Therefore I decided to put together a little 411 of how to pick yourself up after a break up.

1. If you can, take an admin day. I had a wedding to cancel, a different country to move to and hundreds of photos to delete. Whilst I don’t regret anything about my past relationship because it made me who I am today, I also don’t regret deleting everything on social media.

2. Write about it. Keep a diary or a journal. I decided to blog about my story because I knew that writing everything down would help me. If I hadn’t have done that, I know I would have been in a very different place. It’s so therapeutic and such a release.

3. Listen guys. Get back out there! Whilst the world you have known for years has come crashing down, it keeps on spinning. Personally, in hindsight, there were a lot of issues in my relationship before the engagement ended which therefore made it easier for me to move on and again, in hindsight, I should have been the one to have ended it. Everyone’s situations are different so only get back out there when you are really ready to. Make sure you aren’t just trying to fill an ex shaped hole. That will only end in tears.

4. Finally, have fun! Ok, your relationship has come to an end but your life hasn’t. Wallow for a few days, cry, be angry, play the saddest songs followed by the empowering ones and then peel yourself off the floor. Spend time with friends, get a new hobby and enjoy being you again.

💖