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How To Incorporate Hygge Into Your Spring Decor

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The UK may have entered ‘British Summer Time’, but it’s still spring in my books and that means I can still type these kinds of posts! I’ve heard the word Hygge (pronounced ‘Hoo-ga) mentioned quite a lot over the years.

There’s a famous book called The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living that I know a bunch of my friends have read. I did try to read the book back then but I just couldn’t get into it. I might have to find an e-book version and give it another go.

If you’ve never heard of Hygge before, it’s basically the Danish word for being all cosy and content. We all need times when we can be both those things and that’s why it’s important that your home reflects that!

Hands up who actually does their deep cleaning during Spring?

I wouldn’t say that I deep-clean because there’s only so much I can do, but I do like to be tidier! A tidy place tends to trigger me much less than one covered in dishes and dusty. I’ll admit that the word cosy immediately makes me think of winter but it can be any season. You just have to tweak things! As you can see from the title of the post, I’m going to be chatting about the little things you can do to your home this season.

Don’t be afraid to be cosy when the sun is shining

As much as we’d love to be walking everywhere and anywhere, we’re all going to be home-birds for a little bit more. There’s no rule that cosy is only a cold-weather thing. It can totally be an all-year-round thing if you want it to be. Whatever makes you feel all content is perfect!

Do you like opening your windows? Do it!

Love fresh flowers in the kitchen? Put them there and enjoy!

Wherever the sun is shining, grab a chair or even sit on the floor and read. You can make yourself a little picnic and enjoy the birdsong!

Let plants be your new friend

You don’t have to look on Pinterest long to see pin after pin of homes with plants. I was always brought up with at least one plant in either the living room or kitchen. They give the room a real fresh feel and apparently they give that area more oxygen!

Nothing like a fun plant to help you out!

Not entirely sure what plants are the best so maybe you guys can help me out there.

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Throw out all that clutter

As I mentioned, clutter doesn’t make any happy.

We probably wish that magic existed and that all of it would disappear if we looked at it hard enough. Unfortunately not the case right now. We all have to do it the old fashioned way: good ol’ elbow grease! If we’re going to be at home more, might as well be happy about it. You don’t have to go crazy…just throw the items that give you no joy and you’ll feel much calmer.

Let there be light

The sun is shining, people!

Spring comes with it every now and again so we can all feel the hygge of feeling on our skin. However, that’s not the only kind of light your home can get! What I mean is swapping the dark winter items for more colourful, lighter ones. You can swap heavy knit blankets for blush pink throws on your bed, use happier cushions on your sofa and even break out the floral prints!

Have frames you’re not sure what to do with? Print out/order from Etsy a gorgeous print to fill it. I may or may not be obsessed with looking at lamb photography. They’re just so cute!!

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Burn a fresh candle

Last year was the first time I had burned a vegan soy candle and I loved it! I actually still haven’t finished it but it’s definitely on the last legs! I’m hoping to use the little container for some flowers when it’s done. I haven’t gotten a spring-scented candle as of yet since I haven’t had the chance to properly look. I have heard some great things about the Diptyque Mini Freesia Candle (£27)!

Any great candles that you think I should check out?

What are your thoughts on Hygge during Spring?

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5 Frustrating Habits I’ve Developed While In Lockdown

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We’re 5 weeks into this total lockdown and I’ve really started to notice some frustrating habits that have developed during this.

I mean…my brain has always been a bit foggy and weird, but it’s actually been extra annoying over the last month and a bit. It helps that we’re all in the same boat so probably share some of these habits.

If you feel how I do, let me know so we can rant about it together!

Awful Concentration

I always thought I had pretty decent concentration considering what my head goes through but that is non-existent right now. I have never known it to be as bad as this. I’ve been trying to keep things as normal as they were before and it just isn’t happening. The one area I’ve really noticed this is writing blog posts!

I have so many ideas that I want to write and, every time I sit down to type one out, I’m left staring at my screen. It is really starting to annoy me and it’s a surprise that I’ve even managed to type this one. I guess I understand that we’re all going through an extremely rare situation and that will have a big impact. I just wish that it gave me a break every now and again.

It’s not just blog writing. I have awful concentration when it comes to reading too! *sob*

Even less sleep

Sleep has forever been a thorn in my side.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve struggled sleeping whether from nightmares or over-thinking. As I’ve gotten older, insomnia has become my partner in crime and has been walking around my flat at all hours of the morning. I’m trying a bunch of different things to make me sleepier but not happening right now.

These days I’m lucky if I get even 4 hours sleep. It doesn’t help that my neighbours drive me around the bend with music and fighting, but my brain just won’t switch off! I’ve tried writing things down, turning my phone off, listening to music and pillow sprays…nothing.

If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them. I need all the help I can get.

Snacking

Okay, due to have a binge-eating disorder, snacking is one of the frustrating habits I’ve had for a while. (Don’t worry…I’m seeing a clinic to help me figure this out!)

That said, snacking has been going alongside the lack of sleep.

The more I think about it, the more I’m starting to realise I snack to keep control. My life has gone completely out of control due to this stupid virus so eating is the only thing left to me. I snack if I’m bored too, I reckon. Surprisingly my snacks are pretty healthy, such as fruit and coconut yoghurt. It’s just the frequency of when I have them.

I’m trying to drink more to see if that curbs the craving but no luck as of yet.

Irritation

This is one of the few times that I’m actually glad that I live on my own.

My mum could have vouched that I have a bit of a temper when I have things on my mind. It might surprise you but I think that’s just my Irish side coming out! In normal circumstances I can only rage and rant internally and keep from people seeing how irritated I am. However I’ve noticed how easily irritated I’ve been these last few weeks.

Sun blazing through my window? GAH.

Birds tweeting too loudly? SHUT UP!

Accidentalily scratching myself with a sharp nail? WHY?!

It’s no surprise that I’m getting more and more grey hairs! I bet I’ll be more grey than brown by the end of this! Haha!

Crying

Out of all these frustrating habits, crying isn’t that much of a surprise.

On a lot of my school reports I was told that I’m a little sensitive. That I would cry over little things and that I had to try and toughen myself up a bit. Considering that I was bullied horrendously through school, I think they should have picked on why I cried so much.

Zipping forward to present day, it’s also no surprise that I’m crying more.

I’m stressed!!

If I wasn’t already on medication for my mental health, then I would be yelling at my GP to put me on some as soon as possible. The last time I cried was last Friday when my antidepressants didn’t come up with the rest of my repeat prescription. I thought I wouldn’t get any for the next 4 days, the lady on 111 kept asking why I couldn’t have family fetch them for me from Tesco and my anxiety was already through the roof.

I broke.

It’s all sorted now thankfully (at least for this month) but I expect I’ll have more days when I’ll be a sobbing mess.

What frustrating habits have you noticed since lockdown started?

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What Is On My Post-Lockdown Bucket List?

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One post that I’ve seen so many people posting lately are what they’ll be doing after the lockdown. I think it’s the only thing keeping us sane right now. I don’t think we’ll be taking for granted the freedom we’ll have after things goes relatively back to normal. Don’t think that things will go straight back to normal. It’s going to take a long time for the world but we will!

So many ideas are going through my head about what I want to do.

Some of them are probably not going to happen for a while because money, but anything to keep me distracted is a plus in my books!

Book spa treatments

I haven’t had any kind of spa treatment this down but I reckon I’m going to need them! I already know that I’m going to look like Robin Williams in Jimanji! Bushy eyebrows, cracked hands and everything else you can imagine. The idea of being able to get my eyebrows threaded, nails done and a manicure/pedicure sounds like bliss! I really hope that my hands can hold out for the next couple of months!

Go to an exercise class

I had put off going to a class at my local gym due to my anxiety. That’s going to change after lockdown!! Not being able to go out and exercise properly has been awful! I’ve been trying to walk around my neighbourhood but there’s only so much you can do when dodging people!

Does anyone feel so rude doing that?!

I really want to do a yoga class! My body is going to need a good stretch!

Hug someone

Do you want to hear something sad? I haven’t hugged anyone in over 9 months, maybe more. I don’t like random hugs. That said I do like hugs! If you’ve met me, you’ve probably had a hello/goodbye hug! You don’t know what you miss until you can’t do it!

If I see you after this, expect a long hug! I’ll be touch-starved!

Take a day class

Like the whole exercise thing, I haven’t had the courage to go to a day class.

Stupid anxiety!

Whether it be joining a choir, taking dance classes or even learning a new skill like drawing, I’ll be happy! This whole pandemic thing has taken me far out of my comfort zone so I should be able to face these things! This Hufflepuff will become a Gryffindor when we get released from lockdown!

Visit all my favourite local places

All the businesses I loved to visit will be affected financially so will need all the custom they can get! Places I’ll be checking out are my local vegan place (I miss their sweet potato burger!), an old 1940s tearoom who make the best GF scones and Punnydukes in Matlock!

I bet it’s impossible for even high-street chains, but it’ll be almost fatal for small local businesses! If I can find a way to help them out, I’ll try to find it! For now, I’ll just try to help people who either have an Etsy or an online business!

Just walk

I miss walking without fear!! I want to be able to walk where I want, when I want and for as long as I want. Being restricted is not fun and, if the UK government have any say, then we won’t even be able to walk. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen!

I can’t wait for the day where I can just go for a walk along my local canal or park, Obviously the weather here is probably go back to winter because of global warming! Haha.

What do you want to be able to do after the lockdown is over?

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Staying Hydrated & Healthy With Waterdrop

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With everyone now focusing a lot on their physical health, we’re all trying to find ways to help our situation. Whether it’s by doing home workouts, yoga or taking vitamins. Even though I take a lot of my medication in pill form, I don’t particularly like taking them. I remember not liking the feeling of them in my mouth and was probably on liquid medication for longer than I should’ve.

One particular thing I take in pill form is my vitamin.

I know I could have a chewy vitamin but haven’t found a flavour I like yet.

When I saw Sophie at Glowsteady’s post about Waterdrop, it had me interested! I’ve heard about vitamin water before (and I love), but I’ve never heard of some different flavours in cube form. I’m such a big kid and love watching the teeny cube fizzing away like a bath bomb! It’s fun!

If you haven’t heard of Waterdrop before, they are little vitamin cubes that you drop into a glass of water and can be focused to tackle certain areas such as:

  • BOOST – Blackcurrant, Elderflower and Acai
  • RELAX – Hibiscus, Acerola and Aronia
  • DEFENCE – Cranberry, Rosehip and Moringa
  • GLOW – Mango, Cactus Fruit and Artichoke
  • YOUTH – Peach, Ginger, Ginseng and Dandelion
  • FOCUS – Lime, Baobab and Acerola

I had the majority except for Defence and Focus! I could’ve done with those two because they’re the ones that I striggle with them the most! Haha! We all could do with a little pickup to kickstart our immune systems a bit more. The stronger they are, the better you’ll do I think!

When any kind of illness is happening, you want to make sure that you’re as fit as you can be to fight it. The same goes for trying to avoiding Coronavirus. We’re staying home, we’re washing our hands and we’re saving lives. Nothing says you can’t attempt to help your body out a little. Every little helps, right? Plus this way we’ll be able to hydrate ourselves!

2 bonuses in 1!

As crazy as it sounds, I struggle to drink a lot of water. Not to say that I don’t drink much because I can drink up to 5 glasses a day. I can just never get up to those 8 glasses that you’re meant to have! Not for want of trying. I even have a daily water intake tracker in my bullet journal to see how much I’ve had in a month. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’ll hopefully drink some more to keep cool!

What do you think of Waterdrop?

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12 Things Turning 20 in 2020 (TV Shows/Films/Songs)

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It might be April but it’s still early 2020 in my eyes! Seeing as I’ve been watching and re-watching different TV shows/films, it got me wondering: which things are turning 20 this year? You’ve got to love an even number! I did a bit of research and I’m now thoroughly feeling old!

There are 12 things turning 20 that you might be stunned about!

It only feels like yesterday that they were new! Let me know which of these that you remember seeing/owning back in 2000!

Billy Elliot

To this date, Billy Elliot has to be my favourite film of all time!

I had never watched a film like this before and it really hoped up my eyes to what the 80s were like. I never knew boys could be ballet dancers and was only just understanding about LGBTQ+ issues. It is a serious film but it also has the best comedy moments ever!

Every scene that had Jamie Bell and Julie Walters was perfect, grown-up Michael seeing Billy’s dad at the ballet and Billy’s grandma! She was a really funny lady! RIP to Jean Heywood who died last year!

I guess we can even thank the film for bringing us Tom Holland in the West-End cast! Haha!

Gilmore Girls

Now this was a show I couldn’t believe was one of the things turning 20! It doesn’t seem like it was that long since I felt jealous over Rory’s life and was introduced to the gorgeousness that is Jared Padalecki!

I think it feels more recent since we had the slight reboot on Netflix not long ago. That and I’ve clearly surrounded myself with people who love using gifs from it!

Which of the characters were your favourites?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This one isn’t so much of a surprise since we’ve been celebrating 20 years of each Harry Potter book every year! What is shocking is that I remember being at my local book shop at midnight waiting to get it!

This was the latest I had ever been out (I was only 13!) and it was amazing!

I wish kids still got the chance to have these midnight book releases! They bring everyone together, young and old! Who else wishes they could go to the Yule Ball? I know we have the Twitter ball every year and that you can see the decorations at WB Studio Tour, but still!

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Dora the Explorer

Hola! Can you say ‘old’? Say ‘old’! Good job!

Woooow! I reckon Dora and Boots have aged well over the last two decades! Not only have they had the original series but a follow-on with her cousin and then the feature film last year!

I loved watching this show as a kid, mostly because I was taking Spanish at school and I was able to use this! Oh, and so many funny memes have coming out of this. I remember one back in 2009 where a Kingdom Hearts cosplay group did ‘Sora the Explorer’. It was so fun and had characters such as Naruto, Kaoru and Hikaru from Ouran High School Host Club and more!

If you haven’t seen, check this out!

Dark Angel

Okay, who remembers this show?! We had Jared in Gilmore Girls and now we have Jensen Ackles in this show! Unless you’ve watched Supernatural you probably don’t know who these actors are but wow! It only lasted 2 years but was worth it!

It was created by James Cameron (director of Terminator and the Avatar films) and was the show I discovered Jessica Alba! It was all about a female super-soldier escaping from her prison and freeing a bunch like her! Very cheesy sci-fi but fun!

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Oh I have so memories of watching this show with Mum! We loved sitting back in the evening and watching it on Living TV! It was a bit graphic for me at times but the catchy theme song, Grissom and the slight crush I had on the DNA specialist Greg!

What? I was 13, okay?! Hormones!

As Told By Ginger

This show!! I still remember the tune to the theme song for this and I loved it! It was my first taste of Nickelodeon and I became obsessed with it since these guys also created The Wild Thornberries! A young girl trying to figure out school life, growing up and wrote a diary? Sounded like my life!

Scary Movie

I’m such a coward when it comes to horror films and have only watched 2 in my life! That’s probably why I loved a parody film like this! It was so stupid but had me in pieces! I can remember being absolute stitches when I saw this for the first time and even have it on DVD!

Can anyone else remember when parody films were everywhere?! We obviously had the Scary Movie franchise but also one about superheroes with Drake Bell!

I might have to watch Scary Movie tonight! Haha!

Charlie’s Angels

The funny thing about this film is that I don’t remember the film as much but I do remember Destiny’s Child! Their song ‘Independent Women’ was just super catchy and massive at the time! I still think it is and who knew Beyonce would become the Queen that she is!

The Emperor’s New Groove

The most underestimated out of the Disney films! I don’t know why more people talk about it! It was so much fun and some of the quotes are still being used to this day!

You only have to have to go on TikTok and you’ll find a bunch of people doing quotes from the film like this!! Gotta love Kronk and Yzma!

@rhilentless

we spent over an hour doing this #yzma#kronk#emperorsnewgroove#disney#disneycosplay#pulltheleverkronk#cosplay @jakejust529

♬ Wrong lever – girlyredfox

The Grinch

Another film that TikTok has covered is The Grinch!! I already loved Jim Carey in this film since we all know how expressive he is as an actor and his take on The Grinch was perfect! You laughed at most of his moments but also couldn’t help but feel sorry for the guy!

Now that we’re on lockdown, people are used his ‘I’m booked’ monologue to chat about what they’re doing in self-isolation! I should do one myself!

The Weakest Link

Before we had Pointless and The Chase, we had Anne Robinson with The Weakest Link! Was I the only one who was a little freaked out by her? I had a teacher at school just like her and I swear I was left traumatised! As I got a bit older, I started to enjoy the show more and felt all accomplished if I got any of the answers right!

If you love Youtube, then you might know that AmazingPhil was actually on the show as a contestant at one point! Who else remembers his long hair days?!

Can you guys believe that these things are turning 20?!

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Learning To Find The Positives In A Difficult Situation

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Whether it’s living through a pandemic or battling mental health, it can still almost impossible to find any positives in a difficult situation. Believe me, I’ve been there many, many times. I was even there today. I can’t say that I’ll give any decent tips, but I did want to try and find even one happy thing to appreciate.

It’s not easy.

Something that may be positive for one person might not work for another.

I guess that’s why I love doing list posts because I can work through what’s in my head. It definitely stops me from babbling on! Though I do that too! Haha!

As you can tell from yesterday’s post, I love trying to find ways to help people smile. I’m not a funny person myself so I let happy things do the work for me! Who doesn’t love discovering that there is a ferret called Oliver who goes hiking! The little things, people! Animals are amazing.

Family

This has to be one of the biggest positives of this pandemic.

We’ve always had excuses in the past that we didn’t have any time to really focus on family. Now we don’t have that excuse! We literally have all the time in the world to reconnect with each other again. I’ve heard so many people are playing board games, going on walks and coming up with creative things to do indoors.

However, I know there are way too many families kept apart by the virus. I imagine a positive you could find with this is that we have technology! I know it’s nothing like having the real people there, but you can still connect. Grandparents are reading bed-time stories to kids, families are playing quizzes on Zoom and more.

Who knew we’d feel super lucky for wanting to be online!

Pets

Like I said earlier, animals are amazing!!

If I could be the crazy cat lady from The Simpsons, I would do that in a heartbeat. I really miss having Jewel sleeping on my lap while I read a book or watched Netflix. You never realise just how important pets can be to your mental health until you’re stuck indoors. They can always detect when you are feeling low or are upset.

I had have so many memories of Jewel just appearing at the right time to sit near me. Nothing more relaxing than stroking a cat’s fur.

I’ve seen some really funny TikToks of pets not knowing what to do with their human being there all the time. You get some that are super happy and others that wish you would disappear. Another TikTok trend are owners copying their pets such as looking out the window like their dog or curled up on the sofa like a cat.

How have your pets taken to you being there all day?

Learning/Re-Learning Skills

A great distraction is doing something like a hobby.

The positives of learning/re-learning skills is that they keep your mind busy. That way you have moments where you don’t have to think about the situation you’re in, even if it’s just for a little while. You could try learning a new language, take an online course or pick up a skill you used to do.

I’d love to say that I was a secret artistic genius but I’m a stick-person lady!

If you’re stuck in 12-week isolation, maybe try this! It doesn’t replace the need to go outside but it might pass some time if you enjoy!

Have you managed to find any positives in bad situations?

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10 Stories/Reasons To Help You Smile

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You can blame Thomas Sanders for inspiring this post! He had a series called Reasons To Smile that had him talking about all the positive things happening in the world. In times like these, I wanted to try at least help one person smile with some of these stories/videos I’ve found.

If you’re feeling helpless or low, remember that we’re all here for you.

You’re not alone and you will get through this.

I’d love for you guys to share some of your positive stories. I know that I have readers from different countries so share in the comments! Shout out loud about all the good things happening!

Plymouth man walking around as a cartoon character every day

I loved this story and it shows just how creative some people can be! A guy called Tim Humpage came up with the idea of dressing up as a cartoon character every day to help children smile! He wanted to use his one exercise a day to help and make a ‘small difference’!

He has!

He’s dressed up as Woody, Dora the Explorer and Fireman Sam! He wants to dress up as Hello Kitty next!

New York couple married in the street

So many people have had to postpone or cancel their weddings/honeymoons. It does get you really feeling for what those couples must be feeling! There was at least one couple who decided to bring their marriage forward and have their wedding somewhere a little different!

Their friend Matt Wilson officiated their wedding from the window of his fourth-floor apartment!

What a way to get married! So cute!

Meet Oliver the hiking ferret!

Yep, you read that title correctly!

In Texas there is a paramedic called Lauren Smith who wanted a pet that could handle her 12-hour shifts. She discovered that ferrets sleep 18-20 hours a day so in came Oliver!

The reason why she decided to take him hiking?

“He destroyed my couch and I was like, ‘I’ve got to do something to get this energy out of this little critter,’”

Together they have hiked to the top of 11 of Colorado’s peaks and visited 8 National parks! According to Lauren, he loves being outside except for the one time he was bitten by an ant. He sleeps in her hood when he wants a nap and rides in her backpack when tired.

Dozens of whales spotted in Antarctica for the first time since 1980s

Before the world decided to get sick, a lot of us were focusing on how we could help it feel better.

We started to use less plastic, buy less fast fashion and genuinely listen to Greta Thunberg!

This story about dozens of blue whales returning to those waters just made me smile so wide! I never knew that there had been a whaling ban back in the 80s. Even though it’s taken decades, the whales are coming back! You go, whales! Show the humans who’s boss!

Did you know?

  • Did you know that Finland has planted 150 million trees per decade! That’s almost 27 trees per person!!
  • Did you know that Norway became the first country in the world to ban deforestation?
  • Did you know that India launched a ‘Garbage Cafe’ where people donated rubbish for food? Super handy!
  • Did you know that there is a new kind of blood test that detect up to 20 different types of cancer?
  • Did you know Holland has covered hundreds of bus stops with plants where bees can take refuge?
  • Did you know a German circus has decided to use holographic animals instead of real ones to tackle animal abuse?

What positive stories/facts have made you smile recently?

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6 Creative Ways To Enjoy Spring From Indoors

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Looking out the window these last few days you wouldn’t be surprised to know that it was spring! The sun is shining, the temperature isn’t rock low and, for now, the rain/snow has stopped. I think Mother Nature is giving us a break for a tiny bit since we’re trying not to implode.

I’ve been taking little walks around the courtyard of my apartments and standing on my balcony to enjoy the fresh hair and birdsong. Nature really helps you forget what is going on for a while!

Other than the idiots who have been congreating on beaches and parks in their masses, a lot of us have been trying to stay indoors. The only times I’ve been out out has been to get food and then I rush back to wash my hands. I don’t even want to be out to do that but, with no delivery options and no-one to help, I have no choice. Fingers crossed that we don’t locked in.

In an attempt to keep our spirits up, I’ve been trying to come up with a list of things we can do indoors during Spring. If you have any ideas to add to my list, let me know in the comments. Seeing as we’re going to be in more than out, we need some fun ways to keep us occupied.

Create a cleaning schedule and stick to it

I really need to take my own advice with this. It isn’t that I don’t clean but I don’t think as thorough as I need to be. You don’t have to make or clean in silence! Pop on the radio or Spotify and bob around to it as you brush/wipe.

Pinterest is heaven for people coming up with fun schedules for cleaning. People have come up with lists to help make cleaning simple and fun, especially those of us go don’t think it’s that great. If you have kids, make cleaning a game. Do a ‘Beat The Clock’ thing when they have 20 minutes to pick up things off their floor and put in the right places, putting any dirty laundry in a basket, fold/hang up clothes where they belong and whatever else you can think.

I reckon I have the attention range of a 3 year old so maybe I should do this to myself! Haha!

You can even watch vlogs/hacks of how people clean! It’s strange but they’re actually fun to watch!

Watch some Spring movies

A great way to escape from the madness is to escape to the movies!

Alright, so the cinemas are closed but that just means we can make our mini cinema at home. Grab some of your favourite snacks, that cosy blanket you love and comfy cushions. It’s up to you when you want to watch them whether during the day because of anxiety or at night!

Here are some movies that seem to fit the whole Spring aesthetic:

  • Bambi
  • A Bug’s Life
  • Easter Parade
  • Mamma Mia
  • Hop
  • Mary Poppins
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Springbreakers
  • Mean Girls
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Do baking

I can’t bake at all but I do love Great British Bake-Off! If you have all the ingredients and tools at home, then try making some fun baked snacks to munch on! They can be healthy or they can be naughty-but-nice! Totally up to you!

I remember making hot crossed buns, scones and chocolate corn-flake bird nests as a kid! Other than the buns, I adored making these at school and being able to take what I made home with me. Apparently I was better than I thought since I did Food Technology but I’m more likely to give food poisoning these days!

Do some season photography

I know this post is about indoor ideas but this idea could be done either from the window or your garden (if you have one).

With the sun out more and days being longer than nights, you can get some incredible shots! There is an amazing guy on TikTok who seems to take creative photos with things you wouldn’t think of! He’s used water, bath bombs and other things.

You can take whatever photos you wish: family (you never know you might want to mark history!), the sky (the clouds look stunning), flowers or any animals you see. I have lots of different birds that sit on the fence and it makes me wish I had a better lens!

Do a nature study

We’re going no-where and I doubt we’ve ever truly taken the time to see what wild-life visits our homes. I’ve watched a show called Springwatch where they’ve done challenges to note down what birds/butterflies we see in our area. Obviously we’re not going to know all the bird types but this is the perfect time to learn a new little skill and you might even enjoy!

Pandemic bird watching!

Try to create new fashion styles

This is when we can use the power of our minds and technology!!

Grab a group of your friends together and do a Google hangout. You can show them what you have to work with and they can help you create a style you might not have thought of. You could all take in turns and then do a little fashion show from the comfort of your home!

Have you got any indoor ideas to share with us?

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How I Started A Bullet Journal (+Page Inspiration For You)

You wouldn’t believe that I’ve been keeping a bullet journal since 2018 but it’s true!

Even though I’m creatively challenged, I still really enjoy the process of doing my bullet journal. How did I discover that this was a thing? I discovered it through one of our fellow bloggers, Sarah’s Chapter! One of her bullet journal pins had gone pretty viral and, since I loved doing lists, I wanted to give it a go.

I’m a child so any excuse to be colourful was great in my books!

bullet journal

I’ve been trying to get a little more creative with my page designs every few months.

If you’ve ever seen videos or pictures of what other people have done, then you know how crazy talented they are! From the beautiful brush-lettering, drawings and fun ways to bring across what they have been loving! I have so many cool ideas in my head but tell that to my hands. I just don’t have any of that artistic skill to bring it to life. That said, I am pretty proud of my badly-done lettering!

Do you see that first ‘h’ on my quote page?! Haha!

I would show you my first ever bullet page but I’m literally so embarrassed at sharing it. It has little effort into it because I still wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do. There were so many page ideas you could do over a month and a bunch of trackers you could follow.

What do I use my journal for?

Good question!

I literally use it for being a place for me to dump the contents of my brain, write different lists because LISTS ARE LIFE and just whatever I’m loving right then.

You know what I’m like?! I’m a fangirl of my many things so I’m even tempted to start a fandom journal. I came across journals created by K-Pop fans and they are so fun/interesting!

Click here and you’ll see what I mean!

One day I will find a way to do such beautiful lettering but this decade is not that day! Maybe when I find out what patience means I’ll have a chance. I really do need to listen to korean pop because I already watch the dramas and they’re all so beautiful! It would be amazing if I could understand what they’re saying too!

I might have to pop Fii to teach me since she’s been living in Seoul for goodness knows how long!

Do you think I should try doing a fandom journal? I do have way too many notebooks so I would probably be able to make a journal for each of my favourite ones! *snicker*

What page that you’ve created are you most proud of?

Considering that I have eternal self-loathing, I very rarely like what I say or do or look.

I did manage to have one of those rare occasions last month when I created a little page-spread decided to Heartstopper: Volume 3.

BEHOLD!!

It may be mostly a cut and glue job of Heartstopper pictures but Alice has made so many incredible drawings of her characters! It was almost impossible to choose some of my favourites. Since this had been done for February, a lot of what I chose were to do with love. We had Nick and Charlie being little cuties and the ladies being amazing! I added some teeny hearts and some of my favourite quotes from the latest volume.

I also love how these pages turned out especially my Oscars page! The little Oscar award didn’t turn into a stickman so that’s always a positive, right? I’d been watching the awards show while I was making this and wanted to remember who won what! I couldn’t get everyone down but I do have the full list in my diary. Still fuming that Greta Gerwig didn’t get anything but it will happen!

I’ve been trying to find a habits tracker style that I like the look of and the ones I tried this month seem to be working okay. Obviously doing amazing on the actual habits themselves(!). The Sleep/Exercise/Read Tracker is also okay but I think I’ll find another way to track my steps in April. I’m not overly liking the way I’ve been monitoring my step count.

Oh and really trying to figure out this whole meal-prepping thing. Sophie from GlowSteady keeps making me feel like I need to try at least once!

We’re getting closer to 2 weeks into March so I have plenty of time to try out other page ideas in my bullet journal!

What pages would you create in your journal? Who else is creatively challenged?!

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How I Use Blogging Tools To Help Run Things Smoothly

As bloggers, we use lots of different blogging tools to make sure our blog runs as smooth as possible.

They could be tools for editing, plug-ins, documents and more. Even though I don’t use many blogging tools, I still thought it might be interesting for newer bloggers to see. Okay…maybe it won’t be more interesting but this seemed like a good post idea at the time! Haha!

Adobe Photoshop 2020

Contrary to belief I’ve been using Photoshop on and off for 6 years.

I used to join graphics forums to learn how to make fandom icons and banners for roleplaying. Yep, you heard that right. This fangirl started her internet journey roleplaying! You’ve not lived unless you’ve dabbled in the worlds of Harry Potter (present, marauders era, future and founders era).

Back to the post!

I attempt to use this to help me edit my blog pictures or at least make them look brighter. I’m terrible at using it but it does make my life a little easier. It is expensive to buy but it’s so worth it! If you haven’t got the funds, then PicMonkey is just as great!

Canva

Before this year I had never heard of Canva before but I love it!! If you are graphically challenged like me, this place will make all of your Pinterest pin dreams come true!

It has really taken some of the struggle off my shoulders a little. You can use some premade designs to help you create your pin and then edit it to make it yours. I tend to change the photo and put my blog details there. It makes creating pins for each post fun again, especially when you want to keep engagement up.

Unsplash

Okay, hands up if you’ve been struggling to take any decent blog photos this winter?

Other than the fact that I always struggle with my photography (look at today’s!), the awful weather has made it even harder. You have the post idea in your head and have written it up but have no photo to put with it. It wasn’t until I discovered a site through some friends that made it easier (again).

The site is called Unsplash and it’s the handiest out of my blogging tools. It’s basically a place with free pictures that can use on your blog. There are so many to choose from! You can type a word into the search engine and brings up images that might fit your post. It isn’t perfect but it is brilliant!

In terms of crediting, you don’t have to but I prefer to. It’s only fair to credit when the person’s photography is awesome!

Google Drive

One of my favourite things in life is being organised!

I either have my notebooks, my bullet journal for lists or Google Drive. It has come in handy so much over the last year and a bit. If I ever receive responses from a brand, I can file them away. It’s kind of like the online version of a in and out tray.

You can make lots of little folders, give them a colour and it’s fun! I use Google Docs and Sheets the most!

Yoast SEO Plugin (WordPress)

I’ll be honest and say that I’ve never found SEO to be the easiest thing. You have to look at each post as a product and the only way people can find on search engines is through SEO. I do check up posts from other bloggers to help me understand, but I also use Yoast SEO. It’s one of the more popular blogging tools in the community and really works.

At the bottom of my post you see:

  • Focus Keyphrase (search phrase)
  • Google Preview (how it’ll look on Google)
  • SEO analysis (you have traffic light system of red, orange and green)

What blogging tools do you use on your blog?

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