If you have trouble sleeping due to anxiety or stress or any other reason, try out some of my tips and tricks to help you fall asleep quicker!
Write down your thoughts, it could be anything from things that bothered you during the day to something positive that had happened. Jotting it down will help keep your mind clear and help you sleep. I keep two books by my bedside Calm by Micheal Acton Smith has beautiful inspirational quotes, stories, illustrations and tips; and a cheap and cheerful notebook that I got from Home Bargains where I write random notes, lists and doddles.
Fall asleep listening to some mindfulness or relaxing music. Mindfulness helps you sleep by breaking down your every day train of thoughts which helps you relax. The same way as listening to music will do.
Avoid using electronic items, the blue light from electronic devices will stimulate your brain and keep you awake much longer into the night.
Use lavender-scented products, a lot of products that are designed to help you sleep will contain lavender. According to a study at Southampton University, England, lavender can increase your sleep quality by 20%. Treat yourself to some lavender aromatheraphy oil and put a few drops on your pillow. Lush also have some lavender-scented items which I use often.
Invest in your bed, there's nothing worse than an uncomfortable bed. Luckily we are now spoilt with different types of beds and mattresses. You can also get electric adjustable beds, which are perfect for sorting out your posture for a good night sleep. Adjustamatic have a video to show you the best way to position yourself whilst in bed.
Masturbate, yes I did say masturbate it's perfectly healthy and normal. Not only does ithe aftermath leave you relaxed, it lowers your blood pressure and releases endorphins.
So these are some of my tips to help you drift off into a peaceful deep sleep. I would love to hear what helps you get to sleep.
*collaboration with Adjustamatic
Now Christmas and Darcy's birthday is now out of the way, my bank balance is looking pretty sorry for itself. Today I thought I would share with you how I plan on saving money this year.
Make the most of my store Loyalty Cards, there are lots of benefits from using these. From earning points to get a free coffee at Costa, to saving up my Boots Advantage and Tesco Clubcard points for the year to use towards my Christmas shop.
Use Cash back websites and Apps. I shop a lot online, this is an easy way to make money back. You can earn cash back from anything from food shop to buying insurance. I have recently earned £35 from booking our trip to Disneyland Paris. Two of my favourite sites to use are Quidco and Topcashback.
Meal planning, for the week not only keeps you organised but it is also a fantastic way to save money as I will not be tempted to buy a cheeky takeaway during the week as I will know well in advance what I will be having. Also I am planning on having leftovers for lunch when I am at home.
Do the 365 day penny challenge, I have spotted a few money challenges doing the rounds on the internet lately. But the 365 day penny challenge is one on the simplest and manageable ones I have found. You basically save pennies each day for 365 days of the year. Each day you add an extra penny to the amount the day before. At the end of the year you would have collected a grand total of around £670!. I have chosen to do it back to front starting with £3.65 and work my way down to 1p on the last day of the year.
Check out Freebie sites, who doesn't love a freebie. This year I am going to be making a conscious effort to check sites before I buy anything as this will help me keep to my monthly budget. One of my favourite sites to check is Gratisfaction, which always up to date with the latest free stuff.
I would love to hear how you are planning on saving money this year.
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Tut tut, have you left your christmas shopping till the last - minute? Don't worry I have put together a gift guide which you can buy everything online with next day delivery
Who run the world....? Girls!! Bad Girls through History, showcases 100 revolutionary women and is beautifully illustrated. From activists to artists and spies. This perfect coffee table book will not only educate you but inspire you, I've actually put this on my Christmas wish list after having a chance to have a little flip through.
Planners have had a major makeover later. We live in the world of the digital age, but I think there's nothing better than writing things down. Not only is this planner from Oliver Bonas super cute, it's very well designed. It has lots of room for notes, monthly calendars and quotes to inspire and keep you motivated throughout the year.
I know we live in the age of Netflix and Amazon Prime, but sometimes they don't always have the film you are looking for. I am personally a fan of DVDs, I have quite a collection if I say so myself. Intern is one of my new favourite films starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. HMV have plenty of feel good films including Me Before You, In The Heart Of The Sea and The Wizard Of Oz.
Do you know someone who loves a good selfie? If the answer is yes then you have to get her a universal Selfie LED Ring Light Clip. You just clip it onto your phone and provides the perfect lighting wherever you are.
I think anyone would love a HP Sprocket Mobile Photo Printer. The printer connections to your social media accounts. Allowing you to turn your favourite pictures into stickable durable water-resistant smudge-proof photos. You can also add text, borders and emojis to your photos.
You can't go wrong with smellies. This Nuxe Paris is the perfect gift set, it has dry oil, shower oil, mouister and a candle. definitely a good value gift.
So I think I may have found the perfect dress in the history of dresses! I've been putting off finding a Christmas and New Year's eve party dress, all I knew was I wanted a little black dress. Then the lovely guys over at Lovedrobe contact me asking if I would like to review one of their dresses. I was only browsing their range of dresses for a little while when I clapped eyes on this dress, I just had to had it.
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I'm a huge fan of the skater style, which is feminine and very flattering and suits most body shapes. I'm also in love with the sleeve detail of the dress. There is no stretch in the fabric, however I found the sizing true to size. I found this dress really comfortable to wear. Another positive is their range goes up to a size 32.
If the skater style is not for you, Lovedrobe literally have an outfit for everyone. From maxi dresses to jumpsuit, to shoes and accessories they have your back.
I'd love to know if you are attending any Christmas parties this year, and what you'll' be wearing.
Since becoming a mature student, I spend more time in front of my lap top. Generally I use my laptop either on my sofa or in bed. As warm and cosy as this sounds it means that I do not have a set place that I sit down and work from, which means I have coursework all over the place and now I don't have any where I can just sit down and relax.
After spending hours on my beloved Pinterest adding to my office inspiration board, I decided to make a little home office area.I don't think you need a whole room. Just a nice area where you can focus and be proactive without being distracted.
Today I thought I would share some tips on creating a home office that you will actually want to work in;
1. Invest in some good lighting, is your lighting too dim or too bright? Having good lighting is really important. If your office area does not have a lot of natural light, which is especially hard in the winter months you will need to get some artificial lighting. This will stop you straining your eyes and help you work for longer.
2. Use the ergonomic rules, the top of your computer / laptop screen should be at eye level or a tad below. Your keyboard needs position so your forearms are parallel to the floor.
3. Pick a good chair, you spend most of your time sitting whilst working. So it is really important to have supportive seating. Having a bad back will cut your work productively, your mood and ultimately affect your health.
4. Sort out your clutter, there is nothing more distracting than having lots of pieces of paper and piles of books around you. If space is tight invest in a filling cabinet. Not only will this free up a lot of space, it will always give you the opportunity to organise things together. There are lots of cabinets to pick from, furniture at Work have a great collection which you can found here http://www.furniture-work.co.uk/filing_cabinets
5. Add some personal touches, one of the perks from working from home is flexibility to do what you want to our working area. Pick things from plants, pictures of friends and family, cute stationary and inspirational quotes to your office. These little touches will make you want to stay longer in your home office area as well as providing a clear demarcation between home and working environment
Furniture at Home have a fab ebook, with even more tips and pictures. So go have a look and great inspired for an amazing home office for 2017!
Christmas has OFFICIALLY STARTED...it truly is the most wonderful time of the year! I went into the Brent Cross branch. To pick up some of my ole favourites and a few of the much hyped new products.
The sugar plum fairy lip scrub, shares it scent with the Comforter scent family. It is made of caster sugar, orange oil and jojoba it is honestly so delicious. My lips have been suffering in this winter. but this scrub has helped loads. You just place some on your finger, rub it on your lips then lick off the rest. The sugar in it is what gives you the exfoliation.
I'm not a fan of the Rose Jam bubbleroon, however I love the Rose Jam shower gel. Made with rose absolute, vanilla, Sicilian lemon oil and fresh goji berry juice. It's a rose scent, but it has a gentle sweetness to it and therefore not as floral smelling as the bubbleroon.
Shoot for the stars bath bomb has had a makeover this year It shares it scent with the Honey I washed the Kids range,it smells like toffee it is made with oil orange and bergmont it smells very sweet and very rich and long lasting. It leaves the bath turquoise blue, with gold sparkles from the gold star melts. Which adds to the spa feel
The golden wonder bath bomb, is made with orange, lime and cognac oil. I like the fact that not like most of the bath bombs that it is a different shape and it is huge! and like every Lush present there is a surprise of the colour blue that pours out along with gold stars. Which leaves you with sparkly mermaid water.
A new comer for the Christmas range is Never Mind the Ballistic. Is bath bomb and has a layer of pink cocoa butter sprayed on top of it. I'm a fan of bath melts as they really moisterise my skin. You need to have your bath quite hot to make sure the oil melts. It is made with lime oil, orange oil, frankinscence and fresh bananas. So if you love sweet fruity smells, you need to get yourself one of thesebefore they sell out!.
Bubbly shower gel is also a newcomer. It has a real citrusy scent, made with orange oil, lime oil and fresh grape juice. It doesn't have any sparkles like a lot of the Christmas range. However it's really thick so you get a really good lather and lots of bubbles which lasts
Baked Alaska soap, is made with ylang ylang, grapefruit and lime oil. It's rather sharp and refreshing but not overpowering like a lot of citrus scent bath products. In the shop it is displayed as a huge globe shape, I love the colours. The only downside is It doesn't lather like a lot of the other soaps.
Santa's belly shower jelly, it has the shape of Santa's belly. It shares its scent with the So White bath bomb.It smells like a fresh granny smith apple. It lathers really well and the scent stays on your skin for hours. It also has lots of gold stars and glitter. As it is a jelly, it is fun to wash with as it wobbles, this would make a perfect stocking filler for all ages.
Peeping Santa bubble bar is one of my favourites out of the whole Christmas range. As you can see he is missing a eye, due to Darcy's curious hands. I got about 2 baths out of this cheeky little guy, however if I wanted a real bubbly bath I would just crumble the whole thing in. The smell of the Strawberry, vanillia scent is beautiful, and it turns your bath a lovely shade of red.
Star dust bath bomb is another bath bomb that has had a makeover. Don't be fooled by it's plain outside. Inside there are lots of little stars, this is a very gentle sweet vanilla scent. Perfect when you just want a simple soak.
Snow fairy shower gel, was the first product that I ever brought from Lush. I was drawn by it's bright sparkly pink colour. Made with musk and vanilia, it is very sweet and creamy, the scent stays on your skin for a long time. Snow Fairy may not be for everyone due to the over sweetness, however I love it!!.
Sleepy body lotion is amazeballs!. It shares it scent with the Twilight scent family. I cannot get enough of it, as you can see I'm half way through my pot. I'm going to have to stock up before they sell out!! It doesn't smell very strong in the pot but when you rub it on damp skin and it warms up the scent comes alive. it's so nice and light on the skin and doesn't leave your skin feeling sticky like some body lotions.
Luxury Lush pud is another product that shares their scent with Twilight. Made with Lavender, Tonka bean, and Ylang Ylang. It's just beautiful to watch in the bath, as the multi colours spill into the bath water.
This Christmas Lush has also brought a dusting powder in the same scent called Mr Sandman and exclusively to Oxford Street you can buy the Twilight shower gel and now online through the Kitchen.
So that's ends my Lush Christmas haul, have you tried anything from the Christmas range yet?
I don't know why but I always find it harder to think of gift ideas for the men in my life. I never want to be obvious and get them a pair of socks or a few bottles of beer with a gift card.
I'm a huge fan of Police fragrances. From their quirky bottles to the actual scents. They are super affordable, I always go for a gift set, they have more of a Wow factor also it's always nice to layer your scent with either a shower gel or moisturiser as it lasts longer.
Watches have come a long way from just telling the time. A watch can make an outfit, from everyday wear to Black Tie do's definitely a sleek-looking Rolex, but lets keep it real Rolex's, they aren't cheap!!. Luckily there are websites like Xupes around, who sell second-hand Rolex. Vintage is so in at the moment, so who wouldn't want to open a pre owned Rolex this Christmas?
If I had to pick a woolly item, it would always be a beanie. Yes they are practical, but also stylist and more appreciated over other items like a scarf or socks.
I'm sure you have heard of the most famous graffiti artist in the world Banksy, if not where have you been? This coffee table book documents photographer Ray Mock hunt for Banksy's work during his "Better out than in project". Where he only sold 60 of his original works as many people where buying fakes and counterfeit Banksy. I know that this would be an interesting read for all ages,art lovers or not
For the foodie in your life you can't beat an espresso pot for that coffee addict in your life. This chilli pack from Scarlet & Mustard is perfect for the man who loves a bit of heat in his food, also they have retro flavours for sharing for those that like your schoolday memoriesyou have to try their lemon curd it's amazing.
And for the big kid in your life, you have to get them a Nerf gun. I didn't realise how much of a big deal Nerf guns were until I came across a Youtube video. These toy guns are most definitely not for for little kids under the age of 21!!!.
I hope you found my Christmas gift guide for him helpful. If you were stuck and desperately seeking some inspiration as part of te Christmas gift countdown have a look and see wat you can find, you never know you might also find a little someting for yourself!!!!.