Saturday, 14 January 2017

January Highlights

Well somehow we seem to already be halfway through January...this year is going to fly by in a blink of an eye! But before I get all depressed about how quickly life goes, I'm instead going to focus on the positives this month has brought me so far. 
January can be such a dreary month, it's nice to remind ourselves it's not all bad!

This month I've tried to show myself a little self-love, so that's meant not making any unnecessary plans I don't feel like doing, and instead having as many Lush bubble baths as humanly possible. 
I've been working through my stash and so far used Twilight, Intergalactic and Milky Bath, while catching up with The Crown on Netflix and re-watching Homeland - sooooo good! 
I've also started giving meditation a go - it's something I've needed for a long time to try and quiet my mind and stop my thoughts, and so far I'm finding it much easier and more beneficial than I thought. I've downloaded 'Headspace' which is 10 minute sessions, and I'm really enjoying it so far.

I've tried to catch up with friends as much as I can without compromising on me-time. A good catch up can cure any blues, and with my January bank balance looking less than healthy, we've been making the most of the great outdoors and going for lots of walks, as well as having some yummy food (and an amazing afternoon tea). As usual I'm snap happy over on Instagram .

I put my Body Shop voucher to good use and finally treated myself to the Hawaiian Kukui Cream I've been lusting after forever, as well as the Spa Fit Smoothing & Refreshing Body Scrub that has also been on my radar (now out of stock after the sale) and I love both so far!

Finally I've been driving all over the place for work as usual, and we really haven't had much in the way of snow up here! Sometimes I think I'm the only person who doesn't actually like snow (I worry about loved ones travelling!) but it sure does look pretty! Driving back from a meeting the other day, I drove along a road that looked right out of a Christmas card with snow capped mountains, it was beautiful. 

How are you finding January so far?

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Ted Baker Treasure Chest

Ted Baker is one of my favourite brands, their underwear is second to none and don't even get me started on their PJ's! 
I've been lusting over their range of toiletries ever since they came out, but have never bought any, so my bargain of the year was definitely this 'Take A Bow' Treasure Chest that I managed to pick up for half price in the sales.
Every item is beautifully designed in Ted's signature floral style, and the pastel colours with rose gold lids are to die for and will look gorgeous in any bathroom.The chest contains 7 items, 4 of which are full size so it's definitely great value for money. I've always been undecided about which range I prefer so I was pleased as punch to find both in this set and both smell equally incredible.

Have you tried anything from this range?

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Strategies to Simplify Your Life

As soon as 2016 began drawing to a close, I started to think to the year ahead and what I want to achieve - one of the biggest things I need to get on track with is simplifying and decluttering my life. 
I find it so easy to get bogged down with life in general, as well as allowing clutter to build up both at home and in my mind which makes me feel irritable and impatient.

So with that in mind, I thought I'd list a couple of simple 'life-admin' tasks to help keep things easy and a bit more organised in 2017:

Throw Out

* all socks/underwear that have holes, saggy elastic or are just generally past their best. I find my dressing table drawers are overflowing with tatty underwear that get in the way of all my much nicer stuff. Just getting rid of these frees up so much room.

* any ornaments and knick knacks that do nothing except gather dust. Quite often I keep unwanted gifts out of obligation and bits of tat out of sentimentality, but really they don't serve any purpose. Getting rid of these gives everything a much cleaner, fresher feel and gives you more room to put the things you really love instead.

* all old make up you don't use, tatty make up brushes and make up/medication past their sell-by dates need to go in the bin. Not only are they taking up valuable space, they're also most probably pretty unhygienic. Washing brushes and make up bags is boring but necessary to stop spreading germs all over your face too.

* paper clutter - bills, receipts, bank statements and old magazines. I find doing these electronically saves me a lot of hassle, but if you prefer hard copies of important paperwork, keep on top of them and shred anything with details on you no longer need.


* furniture and homeware pieces you no longer need or that don't suit your home anymore, sell them on local pick up sites for a bit of extra cash or take them to a charity shop. Failing that, upcycle them for a whole new look.

* have a big clear out of clothes and shoes, if you haven't worn it for a year you probably aren't going to! And if you're keeping things because you used to love them, or because they hold happy memories but don't really suit you or make you feel great, then get rid. Again charity shops and places like TK Maxx are always grateful for any donations, and all that room in your wardrobe feels amazing.

General Life Admin

* unsubscribe from all those annoying emails you signed up for aaaages ago, that clutter up your inbox and you NEVER read. Having to delete pages of junk mail is boring and wastes time - one quick click on the unsubscribe button and they're gone for good.

* get rid of store cards you don't need or want - keeping them on just in case you 'll use the points up at some point is a waste of time; mostly they're just a temptation to make more purchases to justify them and the savings you do end up making are actually tiny.

* when you have time, sort out any direct debits you're making and figure out if you actually need them. Get new quotes for phone bills, car insurance, TV packages etc. I'm kicking myself for the ridiculous phone contract I took out and counting down the days until I can get rid - always shop around for the best quotes and save yourself some cash in the process.

Have you tried any of these?

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