How To Create A Self-Care Playlist

Monday, 19 February 2018

How To Create A Self-Care Playlist

I’ve been talking a lot about self-care recently, and how I’m making it a huge priority this year.

It's not always about making huge changes. It can just be the little changes you make for yourself to improve your every day life.

At the start of the year, I posted a list of 35 easy ways you can practise self-care daily, and one of the tips included was to listen to a playlist. Music can help me relax and stay calm in situations, it can help me bring back great memories, or help me create new ones. I’ve always been a huge music fan, so it’s a way I hold a lot of comfort. This is why I have created this checklist of 50 questions to help you put together your own, personal self-care playlist.

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Monday, 19 February 2018
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Why I'm Starting A Dream Journal

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Why I'm Starting A Dream Journal

The study of dreams has always fascinated me, but it's my own dreams, in particular, that keeps me wondering.

Ever since I was really young, my dreams have been significate to me. I can barely remember my childhood, but some of my dreams, even from an early age, are still very vivid in my mind. It wasn't until I reached my 20s when I really started looking into what my dreams meant. As much as I like researching the ideas of why we dream, I've come up with my own conclusions. Like most things, dreams are open to interpretation, and for me, I like to use them as a coping mechanism. They can help me deal with stressful, or upsetting situations, as well as guide me through unknown or unplanned events in my life.

Just like a lot of people, I have those "usual dreams" you'd expect to have before something significate in your life, whether you're excited about something, or completely nervous. I sometimes have reoccurring dreams like never finishing my uni work before hand-in, meeting my favourite celebrities, or being pregnant. Being pregnant seems pretty normal until you realise your dream is going backwards. The first night I'm celebrating my child's birthday, and a few nights later I'm giving birth. I usually wake up from a dream wondering what is going on in my mind, other times, it can really affect my mood for a few days. I've woken up in tears after having to live through a heartbreaking dream.

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Thursday, 15 February 2018
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Vegan Love Bug Marble Cupcakes

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Vegan Love Bug Marble Cupcakes

These Valentine's cupcakes are almost too adorable to eat.

Luckily I said almost.

As soon as I started working back on my blog at the start of the year, all I've been thinking about is what Valentine's Day bake I'm going to be doing, and I know I say this everytime, but these have to be my favourite cupcake to date.

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Even though I was so excited to be back baking again, I couldn't decide what I actually wanted to do. I had a rough idea, but I was torn between cupcakes and brownies, my two favourite things to bake. I, of course, created a Twitter poll and I'm sure you can tell which recipe won. I will be making the brownie recipe soon, but tweaking it a little so it's a little less Valentine's.

That gave me the excuse to go all out on these cupcakes. Let me introduce you to my vegan love bug marble cupcakes; 3 differently decorated cupcakes with a marbled vanilla and red velvet sponge.

Sunday, 11 February 2018
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How You Can Use Social Media To Help Support Bloggers

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

How You Can Use Social Media To Help Support Bloggers

February is the month of love, and in the words of...

...wait a minute, this sounds very similar to a post I had written last year. Ok. Go and have a read of that post, then come back because it's time for me to share even more blogger love.

I have been a blogger for almost 4 years (wow!) and I have seen the community go through so many ups and downs, but the one thing that I am always sure on is that the community will always have your back, and help each other out whenever they can. It's like once you've signed up for a blog, you automatically earn a lifetime of support. I wouldn't be in the position I am with my blog today if it wasn't for the amount of support I've received over the years. I know I'm always saying this, but I guess it just proves how much of an impact it has created.

For me, it's those comments, likes and mentions that really motivate me to keep going. It makes me feel like I have achieved something when someone has put in the effort to let me know they've liked what I've done. And this is what I want to share, that feeling of motivation, achievement, and positivity in the easiest way possible; using social media.

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018
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New Year Skincare Haul

Friday, 2 February 2018

New Year Skincare Haul

Can I include trying new beauty products as a hobby?

I guess it be can, right?

Seeing as I love to write about reviews and hauls on all things beauty, I'm going to go with yes. I love trying new products, exploring new brands, and just spoiling myself to the extreme. I am sometimes influenced by trending products from the blogging scene, but most of the time I will be browsing a shop (online too), and something new will jump out at me. When I'm in a shop, I end up being that person who (when sample products are provided of course), will test out absolutely everything. My hands and forearms will be covered in different textures and scents, and usually a lot of glitters too!

I honestly don't know what attracts me to try new products, but if they're reasonably priced, there is no harm in giving them a go. I am obsessed with packaging, (as you can tell), and even though I shouldn't judge a book by its cover, it sure can persuade me to try it. I have put together a mini haul of my skincare buys from the January sales, and have also included a few gifts I received for Christmas. I have updated my beauty drawer to the max, and we are both very happy about that.

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Friday, 2 February 2018
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35 Small Acts Of Self-Care You Can Practice Every Day

Saturday, 27 January 2018

35 Small Acts Of Self-Care You Can Practice Every Day

More than ever I am realising how important self-care is. I like being productive, working hard and doing the best I can in every aspect of my life. I've always been the kind of person who works hard but doesn't play as hard as I should. I can't always justify taking time away from work. I liked to work myself until I can no longer focus. It's a horrible way to be, but I'm changing that this year, and finding a brand new focus; me.

If you can't spend time looking after yourself, then who will?

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My main goal of 2018 is to put myself first by doing more of what I love, spending time with people I want to, and finding ways to make myself happy. The first way to do this is with self-care. In case the term 'self-care' is new to you, how I like to describe it is a way of looking after your mind and body by putting your wellbeing first. Knowing how to look after yourself, and knowing what works for you. If this is something you don't do, or haven't thought about doing, then I hope this post more than all the others I have written will inspire you to start incorporating self-care into your daily routine.

Saturday, 27 January 2018
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5 Books I Wish Were Made Into Movies*

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

5 Books I Wish Were Made Into Movies*

Recently, I have started a new relationship with movies. Since my very long, (but definitely earned) Christmas break, I have finally learnt to relax a lot more, and have found myself watching a movie or two, or ten. I was never much of a movie fan, I like to blame my short attention span, but if the movie grabs my attention within the first 15 minutes, it will have me for the rest of the movie. This theory also works with books too; I need to fall in love with the characters within the first few chapters.

Today I have teamed up with Panasonic* to talk about the Oled TVs Panasonic. They deliver the best picture quality and colour accuracy, it's the perfect way to sit back and enjoy a movie coming to life right in your living room. Talking of movies coming to life, have you ever been reading a book and start to imagine exactly how the characters would look, down to how many freckles they have on their face. Or could imagine the sounds and smells of the places they visited? I love nothing better than letting my imagination run wild in a book, but I also love to bury myself under a pile of blankets, a huge bowl of popcorn in hand, and get lost in the beautiful scenes on screen. So, I have combined the two. I have picked 5 books which I hope one day will grace my tv screen.

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018
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