Sweater weather tag.

Hey readers,

Today I am going to participate in the sweater weather tag because well the hell not! It comprises of 15 questions all based winter theme, enjoy!

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1. Favourite candle scent? 

OOO what a good start to a question, so many good candle fragrances out there. I think I would have to go with the classic cinnamon and apple as we are in December, I bloody love that smell.

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

I think it depends on the time day, obviously, in the morning I need all the caffeine to kick start my day, so it would have to be quaffee. Then during the day because I am a tea belly, I love it and it is comforting. Then followed by a lovely hot chocolate in the evening to settle down and get cosy on the sofa with a blanket, lovely jubbly!

3. What’s the best fall memory you have?

I like the light evenings before it gets dark and you just need to wear a jumper. I just like that feeling and the time of day.

4. Which make up trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner? 

I prefer eyeliner. I would paranoid wearing dark lips and everyone staring at me.

5. Best fragrance for fall?

Charlie – Red,   because I am classic like that and cheap too, lol. BTW my husband has Chanel aftershave, you can tell what kind of couple we are.

6. Favourite Thanksgiving food?

Anything carb based on comfort and enjoyment.

7. What is autumn weather like where you live?

It is raining, meh!

8. Most worn sweater? 

My lovely purple one from TU. It feels comfy, it is roomy and I love the colour. What more can I say?

9. Must-have nail polish this fall? 

Black like my soul 😉

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?

I thought about this and I actually don’t mind either but if I had to chose it would obviously be jumping in leaf piles just for the fun of it.

11. Skinny jeans or leggings?

Ew, don’t do skinny jeans because I am too fat and skinny jeans are too uncomfortable for me, thank you very much! Of course, that leaves me to the faithful legging that is uncomfortable, cheap and can wear instead of tights because I don’t always like wearing them because wearing tights are a pain in the bum, fact.

12. Combat boots or uggs?

It will have to be combat boots if I had to choose between the two. One I don’t have the money for Uggs and nor would I want to buy, they’re just not my bag really.

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

Not really, go with what you love and don’t be sheep because you want to be like everyone else. If you genuinely enjoy it then go forth and embrace it.

14. A favourite fall TV show?

Come Dine with Me. Best programme on telly! That and Have I Got News for You.

15. What song really gets you into the fall spirit?

It’s raining men by the Weather Girls.

Help yourself to the tag and enjoy answering.

Cheers for reading X

10 reasons to love Ikea!

Hey readers,

Did I ever tell you that I love Ikea….No? Well let me tell you why!

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1. First off to love Ikea you will need an Ikea family card as it allows you to have items at a reduced rate, result.

2. With the Ikea family card you can get free coffee or tea during the week, Monday – Friday. I like this as it gives me the motivation to leave the home when I am skint. Going to the Ikea cafe I can drink my tea whilst looking out of the window at the view of the city, which I find rather relaxing.

3. If a drink isn’t enough to wet your appetite then having a breakfast for £1.75 (need Ikea family card again) will definitely cheer you up. Especially on these dark and drizzly days.

4. I know some people don’t like looking around Ikea. I really like looking at the different rooms, I find it rather refreshing to see a different way to lay out items.

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5. As parents entertaining children can be expensive, even going to the cinema on a Saturday costs extraordinary amounts. That is why if something is free I celebrate it and faithful Ikea does not let you down in regards to free stuff. Ikea regularly have free kids days where you can do some craft. Near Christmas they have free Santa to make your kids beyond happy.

6. Let’s not forget the dream that is free soft play area called Smalland for kids, whoop for parents to shop in peace. It has everything in their for your little ones to get excited about, from ball bits, loads of toys, Kids film played in the background and even a build den. Not to mention it is free for a whole HOUR plus if you have the Ikea family card you can get an extra 30 minutes.

7. If you are looking to buy something and need to discuss details with staff in the area of enquiries there are kid’s activity stations to keep little ones amused.  I also like the fact that the toilets have small toilets and have hop ups for little ones. These small little details make all the different on your shopping experience when you have a child with you as well. There are free pencils and paper tape you can get in Ikea. This is great fun to take around Ikea if you want to entertain your child. Who doesn’t love free stuff?

8. The best bit about Ikea? Free Wi-Fi of course :p

9. Let’s not forget the lovely scrumptious iconic Swedish meatballs that everyone loves from Ikea. There is something about meatballs in the sauce that just fills your heart with joy when you go into the restaurant.

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10. If restaurant food doesn’t tickle your pickle you can cheap chips and hot dog for under a couple of quid, great way of taking your kids out for a treat. You can even get ice cream for 50p, so super budget friendly.

Overall, going to Ikea is an awesome for a cheap day out and it is inside so you can stay try too, dream come true for parents.

Cheers for reading X

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How to beat the winter blues

Hey readers,

I know it is not winter yet but it won’t be long before it is here with us. The clocks have already gone back and it slowly getting darker and darker meaning that we will not get as much sunlight as we once during the summer time. The weather is getting bitter with the cold air and this can really dampen some people moods. So, here are some ways that have been useful in beating the winter blues.

Exercise. 

I know during the darker evenings there is nothing more appealing than to sit under a throw and curl up. However, one way that can stimulate them feel good hormones such as serotonin is exercise, you can just simply watch a exercise on YouTube you don’t have to leave the home. This can make you feel so much better and it might you go the motivation to do more stuff around the home.

Like I have said previously one of the triggers for a decreased drop in mood is not got getting enough sunlight during the day which means less vitamin D to brighten you up. One thing you might want to consider is getting a sad lamp which helps reduce the sad feelings associated with season affective disorder (SAD). It is a lamp that mimics the day light and the person should ideally be near it to work. It can brighten up the environment you are in and it effects the brain chemicals that is connected to your mood.

 

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Sleep.

Sleep is so important for your physical and mental health that is why it is important you make sure you get enough. Make sure that you have a comfortable place to settle and always leave your tech in another room, less likely to get distracted and then you can 100% focus on your sleep.

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Outdoors.

Another great tip is even though it will be miserable outside wrap up warm and just do it as it will be really worth it. Going outdoors some exposure to light and blow some cob webs off too. You will feel much better after you have done it.

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Eat healthier.

As lovely as it is to eat them gorgeous gluttonous food such as chocolate and carbohydrates it is important to try to be mindful of eating healthy. With the food just mentioned the thing that attracts them is the instant hit and feel good factor they produce. The downfall is that it is instance what comes up must come down. Therefore triggering a slump like state which won’t do your mind any flavours in the long run.  Try snacking on fruit such as apples and grapes that give that sweet sensation but less like to make you feel like poop after.

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Windows. 

Sitting near windows whether at home or at work can help get that natural light needed to boast your mood during the winter periods.

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Hobbies. 

Do something that makes you happy whether it is having a soak in the bath or going to the cinema, focusing on something enjoyable can help make you feel a lot more positive.

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Cheers for reading X

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Dealing with FOMO

Hey readers,

As a person who has experienced feelings of FOMO due to the increase social media presence of this idea of a perfect mother I know how tough it can be. Of course there is no perfect life but when you are bombarded with constant images of happy families constantly doing something and you’re at home not doing a great deal you can feel like you are missing out.

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I know the FOMO (feelings of missing out) is a common problem with the internet generation as there is always something going on and it natural to compare but where do we draw the line.

The dictionary definition of FOMO is:

Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media.

Here are some ways have helped me come to accept my life and know it is ok not to be perfect.

Be kind to yourself.

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I think there is this need in society to have the next best thing, to constantly be doing amazing things on social media but sometimes you know what it is good to stay in and do nothing. Don’t beat yourself up for this, your allow to not do anything or go anywhere doesn’t mean you are not living, embrace and actually let go and enjoy it. I now do this and I cut that pressure of and it feels amazing. I slow down and just unwind and it really does the world of good for your mental health.

You’re not alone.

This may sound obvious but belief me when you are engrossed in the feelings of FOMO you lose your ability to rationalise, you assume everyone is doing something other than you. You get intrusive thoughts that you should be doing what everyone is doing and that social pressure feels very strong and the urge to comply is there. I found that actually not looking at some of the individuals who for whatever reason have much cooler life than me helps. I remind myself I am not alone and I also look around on the old social media to see that others doing similar stuff to me and that it is ok to be that. It is all about putting things into perspective realising that most people that you check out on Instagram are just one sided and you don’t see all their lives. Try to unfollow people that make you feel inferior – ignorance is bliss. Find other accounts that are similar to you and you can relate to. It will make you feel so much better and also contribute in helping come to accept your life in a more positive way.

Distractions.

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Sometimes, I feel overwhelmed with all the online information that is out there. The constant notifications that sometimes the best thing to do is mute the distractions, turn your phone on aeroplane mode or even better still turning your phone completely off. Even if it is just for an hour you will be amazed at how much better you will feel.

What things have helped you deal with FOMO?

Cheers for reading X

Wentworth wooden jigsaw review

Hey readers,

In today’s post I give you a review of the lovely handmade micro puzzles from Wentworth. The jigsaws are individually cut from wooden boards and come from a forest that is managed on a sustainable basis.

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To celebrate  #NationalJigsawDay Wentworth Wooden Puzzles, have launched a competition to find the golden puzzle pieces. Order any 40-piece micro puzzle from 2nd to 4thNovember 2018 and if your puzzle contains 1 of 3 golden pieces you’ll WIN over £400 of jigsaws for a year! What’s not to puzzle out?! PLUS–order any puzzle between 2nd – 4th November 2018 & receive 10% off of your order.

Wentworth provide a variety of different jigsaws for you to enjoy and play. They are a UK company are based in Wiltshire. The company use British material and craftermanship so you are getting the best service for the product.  You can pick from a selection of themes or if you feel adventurous design your own personalised jigsaw to make it even more interesting. Each jigsaw piece is thought out by a team of jigsaw specialists and thoroughly planned to make exceptional quality. The jigsaw pieces are of high quality meaning that the jigsaws will last for years to come, so there will be plenty of enjoyment out of them for all involved. Wentworth wooden jigsaws are at the frontier of cutting-edge jigsaw technology.

There are beginnings jigsaws for young children right up to older people love a good old jigsaw to amuse themselves with. It is a great way to bond and relax. It also challenges you to think and plan out beforehand making jigsaws brilliant brain exercises.

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This puzzle is a Christmas theme with cats having a cheeky selfie. It consists of 40 pieces and would make an excellent Christmas stocking filler.

Me and my eldest loved working together to fit the pieces and he loved that some pieces were shaped with letters.

The jigsaw pieces and quality are really well made and overall I cannot nock it.

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Festive Bookshelf – National jigsaw day puzzle. 

Again this festival bookshelf jigsaw is a micro jigsaw puzzle which contains 40 pieces. The picture is Christmassy and is a picture of a Christmas book shelf.

Unlike the first one the picture it is a bit more difficult and you need good lightening to see (which at the time I didn’t have so that probably would of helped me a greatly to see the picture better). However, I enjoyed the challenge of completing it more than the cat one as it was more complex with finding the correct detail to go together. If you like something that tests you then this one would be for you.

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I love the idea of the different style pieces with letters and slanted sides which made a refreshing change from say an original type of jigsaw. It gave an extra element of difficult which as I say before I really enjoy.

Cheers for reading X

This is an advertisement feature . Both jigsaws were sent to me for free in exchange for a review. Allopinions expressed are entirely my own.

Tips to beat insomnia

Hey readers,

I have suffered from insomnia on and off my life to have had some ways that have really helped me and I thought I would share with you. You may find them helpful, obviously, everyone is different.

Caffeine.

One of the most obvious things to do is cut back on caffeine as that is a stimulant and that will keep you more alert. I recommend not having things like tea or coffee an hour before you go to bed as this can help slow down the mind and help you get you in a relaxed mood.

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Cold bedroom.

A cold bedroom is recommended as your body needs to drop below your core temperature to help initiate sleep. It is much easier to get to sleep when it is cooler because your body eventually will warm up. I have always found this really helpful to do. I sometimes open the window half an hour before to get that breeze going through.

Write down how you are feeling.

With insomnia, there could be a psychological reason why you are struggling to sleep. I find writing down your thoughts in a constructive way to help as writing it down is concrete rather than festering and going round and round in your brain. When you wrote down I feel a release and it really does help reduce anxiety, I might not have a cure but seeing it on paper makes me feel less stressed.

Watch something relaxing.

I find if I watch something serious or scary then that can trigger thoughts and cause me to have a restless sleep. I now much prefer to watch something light-hearted and preferably something to do with comedy as laughing is good for the soul and it helps you relax too.

Electronics.

Leave your electronics in another room because they are a devil a keeping you wide awake and alert. Plus it is difficult especially late at night on eBay *ahem*. It is better to read a book in bed if you feel the need to do something (not an e-reader).

Bath.

Having a soak in the bath is a good way to relax and get you in a sleepy frame of mind. It allows you to soak your muscles.

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Exercise

Doing exercise is a great way of getting rid of any frustration and can help make you feel sleepy by all the physical working out you do.

Avoid naps.

Now having naps during the day is glorious. However, if it becomes a habit then it can really affect your sleeping pattern and could stop you from drifting off easy when it comes to bedtime. It is best if you can avoid naps as it really makes you want to sleep when it comes round to going to bed.

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Get up.

if you can’t sleep get up because there is no point just lying around waiting to go back to sleep when we all know it is not going to happen. It is more practical to come back to bed when you are feeling more sleepy. They do stay clear of the electronic devices.

Doctors.

Now if you feel that you do have a long-term problem and it is affecting your life then your best option is to go to speak to the doctors as they are the professionals and they can help you on a medical term.

Cheers for reading X

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October tag

Hey readers,

I tried doing this for Tweetober however, I forgot and then I kind of gave up. However, I really like the questions so I thought I would do the tag as a blog post.

1) Favorite fall colour? My favorite fall colour would have to be mustard.

2) favorite fall activity? going for walks in nature when there is that crisp feel in the air then going home in the afternoon into the warm, bliss!

3) Favorite fall candle scent? apple cinnamon.

4) Corn maze or hayride? I think hayride would be much more fun then corn maze.

5) Sweater or hoodie? I prefer sweater much more comfortable though I do miss the hood.

6) Favorite fall clothing item? I love fluffy socks and they way they feel on my tootsies especially when it is cold or during a dark evening.

7 Favorite fall date idea? I like to snuggle under a cosy blanket watching a film and drinking hot chocolate when it is all cold and drizzly outside.

8) Favorite fall drink? I would choose a rare treat that I have now and again and that would be a cheeky Costa mint hot chocolate.

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9) Favorite thing about fall? Oh gosh so many good things. Darker nights, cooler weather, the colours of the leaves, fairy lights.

10) What are you grateful for? Though I don’t have a lot of money I am glad for having a roof over my head, food in my belly, feeling safe at home and my boys being happy (especially when they are giggling together).

11) Pumpkins or apples? Apples I loves a good juicy apple.

12) Favourite Halloween costume? I really love Beetlejuice so of course, it had to be him.

13) Favourite Disney villain? Not a massive Disney lover but if I had to choose a Disney Villian it would have to be Cruella de Vil from the film One Hundred and One Dalmatians. I chose her just because she kicks ass at being evil and she has a brilliant dirty laugh.

14) Do you like haunted houses? Yes, of course, I do they look so much fun.

15) Favourite Disney movie? Without a question of doubt would be Beetlejuice.

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16) Favourite fall memory? Feeling cosy in the evenings.

17) Favourite fall decor item? my Halloween fairy lights from Primark.

18) Favourite Halloween joke? I got so fed up with trick or treaters at Halloween that in the end I turned the lights out and pretended I wasn’t in. Forget the ships. My lighthouse, my rules…

19) Favourite Halloween song? Bobby Pickett Monster Mash.

20) Fire pit or fire place? I love a fireplace and getting cosy. Fire pit sounds like hell, lol.

21) Scariest Halloween memory? Seeing humans, lol.

22) Do you believe in ghosts? No.

23) Pretty little liars or scream queens? Neither don’t know what Scream Queens but not a fan of America type programmes that are saturated on Netflicks.

24) Favourite villain of all time? Hannibal Lecter.

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25) Would you sleep in a graveyard? I already have when I was 12. I love graveyards so calming and no f*cker is around.

26) Favourite classic monster? cookie monster.

27) Biggest fear? Humans.

28) What Halloween monster would you be? Frankenstein.

29) The creepiest story you have heard? Jimmy Saville.

30) Favourite Adam’s family member? Cousin It.

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31) Halloween plans? eat all the mother f*cking sweets.

Cheers for reading X