Friday, 31 March 2017

Three ways I improved my sleep

improving sleep

Sleep is without a doubt one of my favourite things to do in my spare time but a few weeks ago I was struggling to get to the land of nod. With a few tweaks to my night time routine I was soon back to sleeping like a koala and here's how I did it.
1. I bought some sleep balm.
I've read quite a lot of blog posts saying how effective sleep sprays can be and as I couldn't really justify the price tag of the This Works spray (the recommended one), I picked up an Anatomicals balm from ASOS for £4. I don't know if it's in my head or if it genuinely works but I find that I'm falling asleep a lot faster when I apply this to my pressure points, temples and nose.

2. I invested in a  mattress topper
My mattress is in a sorry state but it's not uncomfortable enough to warrant buying a new one. Instead I bought a 5cm Silentnight mattress topper from Argos and honest to god, best £50 I've ever spent - It's like sleeping on a cloud.

3. I started turning my phone off at around 7pm every night.
When my phone broke I noticed how much better my sleep was when I wasn't scrolling through Instagram all night so when I got a new one I started putting it far away from the bed so I couldn't be tempted by it right before bed. The experts were right about screens being bad for sleep, who knew?

Are you one of those people (like me) who need a full ten hours of sleep to function? Or are you ready and raring to go with four (like my boyfriend)?

Bedding and Jungle Book pillow from Primark, pink pillows from Matalan.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

A week without a phone

skinnydip jellyfish phone case

On Thursday 9th March at approximately 10.15am, my phone decided to give up on life. The charger port had been faulty for a while but it appeared to have finally given up the ghost and I watched as my battery slowly dwindled down to nothing before the screen turned black and my phone was no more.

Unfortunately my phone wasn't covered under warranty so I was without a phone for longer than expected but do you know what? I lived.

So. Broke my phone Thursday had a new one by the following Wednesday* - What happened in the week(ish) I was without a phone?

1. I managed to read a book.
Sure it was a re-read (The Silkworm by JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith incase you were wondering) but I still read it from beginning to end nonetheless. I haven't managed to read a whole book in well over year for some reason so it was nice to finally finish something.

2. Jody and I got along a lot better.
Usually Jody and I text each other all day whilst we are at work then hang out together all night afterwards. We get along fine but without that contact during the day we seemed to get on a bazillion times better and had a lot more things to talk about. It was nice and we didn't bicker as much 'cos we weren't as sick of each other.

3. I relaxed a lot more and I slept better.
I dunno what it was but without a phone I felt so much more chilled out and carefree - I didn't worry about half as much stuff (money, relationships) when I was unable to check apps or if I'd received a text. As I wasn't looking at it every 5 minutes I was much more productive at work AND my days went a lot faster. I also found that getting to sleep was much easier when I wasn't staring at a screen before going to bed.

4.  I noticed how anti social people are these days.
I feel a bit bad saying this one because I'm totally guilty of going out for a meal and sitting on my phone instead of focusing on the person in front of me but OMG we 21st century people are rude. So many people just sit on their phones instead of making conversation and whilst I understand that sometimes having your phone out is necessary (like if you want to show your companion holiday photos or a video of your dog), I think we should maybe start putting our phones in our bags whilst out socialising - I'm going to start doing it for sure.

5. In all honesty? I didn't miss it as much as I thought.
Okay that's a little bit of a lie - I missed it when I thought of something I needed to ask my Mum, when I wanted to ask Jody what he fancied for tea and when I needed to google who 'that guy' from that old tv show was - but apart from that? It was okay. Sure I'd rather have one that not have one but in the future I think I'm going to be putting my phone down a lot more.

Are you always on your phone? Or would you be quite happy to get rid of yours? 

Monday, 27 March 2017

Life Lately: A sofa delivery, a new baby and overwhelming happiness

dfs sofa

Bonjour mes amis! A combination of being super busy, having no internet at home and being a little bit lazy mean that this is the first time I've blogged in just over a week. A lot has happened over the last ten days that deserve a mention so pull up a pew and lend me your ear...

After what feels like forever (i.e 6 weeks) I finally moved into my house.
It's been a long time coming but last weekend my boyfriend and I finally moved into our house. It's only small but it's perfect, with loads of storage, a patio and built in wardrobes. It's close to town, we have parking at the back and BONUS there's a park at the top of the street and loads of dogs pass by our house.

And on that very same day, my nephew decided to make an appearance, totally stealing my thunder.
So we were moving in when a text came through from my Mum 'Your sister thinks she's in labour'. I laughed it off, saying that my sister always steal my thunder and never let's me have the limelight but lo and behold, 12 hours later Reggie was with us. He's super cute (just like his sister) and I'm dead chuffed that my sister has one of each sex.

My sofa <3 was delivered on Monday, completing the interiors.
For the first two days in our house we were sat on garden chairs (which was very uncomfortable) but when I came home from work on Monday the sofa had pride of place in our living room. It's so comfy and cosy, I'm so pleased with it.

I joined the dark side and got an iPhone 7.
My Samsung broke (post to come) and it actually ended up being cheaper to get a whole new phone so I opted for an iPhone 7 - My very first iPhone. I can't believe it's taken me so long to get an iPhone as I love it, so much faster than my Samsung was.

I paid off my Macbook and my Argos card.
Last week I made the decision to take a rather large chunk of my savings and pay off the outstanding amount on both my Macbook and my Argos card. It made me do a little cry seeing that much money go out of my bank but at the end of the day it's for the best as I'm not going debt free into my new pad and have about £150 spare a month.

Oh and I tried Five Guys for the first time.
Err yeah, so this isn't quite as huge as the other things I mentioned but it's just as exciting (in my eyes anyway). Mum treated us to a Five Guys when we went to visit Reggie and omfg, it was quite possibly THE BEST cheeseburger I've had the pleasure of eating. The cajun fries were delicious aswell. Life changing.

In short, the last couple have weeks have been really good. I'm the happiest I've been in ages and when I'm at work I can't wait to get home and chill on my sofa. Things are pretty good at the moment and I hope with the lighter nights and improving weather things only continue to get better.

How was your week?

Friday, 17 March 2017

Five things I do when I've had a crappy day

5 things I do when Ive had a terrible day

1. Take my time in the bath/shower.
When I'm feeling particularly grotty I find that taking the time to wash my hair, exfoliate my skin and apply a face mask for the correct amount of time leave me feeling really fresh and ready to turn my day around. It's true what they say, clean body  = clean mind.

2. Talk about it.
Talk to your partner, ring your Mum, meet a friend for a coffee, pour your heart out to your dog...Seriously, talking about what's made your day so terrible or your mood so blue is really therapeutic and can leave you feeling like a weights been lifted off your chest.

3. Forget about the calories and eat something really comforting and filling.
Eating is one of the greatest pleasures in the whole world so it's no surprise that having a really hearty meal really improves my mood. I really like Sausage and Mash with super thick gravy or a jacket potato with beans and heaps of cheese.

4. Watch a Disney movie.
Disney can solve pretty much anything so it's no surprise that I turn to it when I'm having a shit day. Favourites are Frozen (not even sorry), Zootropolis, Hercules and Tarzan. (I can verify that Harry Potter works just aswell as Disney)

5. Turn my phone off (or at least put it somewhere I can't reach it) and aim for an early night.
Sometimes you just need to step away from looking at other people's seemingly perfect lives on Instagram and live in the moment, even if the moment is just watching a movie without constantly checking your phone. Getting rid of your phone at 7pm will hopefully lead to you falling asleep earlier too and a good sleep can work wonders.

What do you do to turn your mood around when you're having a crappy day?

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Celebrating my Mum on Mother's Day


Mother's Day is fast approaching (26th of March in case you weren't sure) so when The Car People contacted me and asked me to share an article about my favourite car journey with my Mum I jumped at the chance to write a post detailing just how much I appreciate everything she does for me.

Before I start I just wanted to say that my heart, love and best wishes go out to anyone out there who is going through Mother's Day without their Mum (or Fathers day without their Dad). I can't even begin to imagine how hard it is for you guys out there and I hope that the day itself isn't too awful for you xxx

So, my Mum. My Mum is essentially the grown up version of me (yes I know I'm 25) - Same mannerisms, same features, same death stare. As a teenager we didn't get on that well but that was probably my fault for lying about staying at a friends house when really I was necking vodka in a field.

The older I've gotten the more I've come to appreciate everything that my Mum does for me and when I look at everything she does for me, I don't actually know how I would cope without her.

Going to Australia was one of the hardest things I've ever done and although I think secretly she didn't really want me to go, my Mum still drove me to Manchester airport at three am in the morning. My tummy was playing up due to nerves but she talked me through it and made me a nest in the back of the car so I was as comfy as could be.

My parents walked me into the airport and stayed with me whilst I waited for Jody. Soon it was time for our goodbyes and that was it, I was on my own.

Fast forward 13 months and the boyfriend and I had spent well over 24 hours travelling home from Thailand - A flight to Abu Dhabi, A flight to London, the tube from Heathrow to Kings Cross followed by a two hour train journey back up north to York - so it's safe to say that by the time we were back in God's county we were e.x.h.a.u.s.t.e.d.

Luckily for me my Mum was already at the station, ready and waiting at the platform to carry my bag and take me home (despite the fact we didn't arrive until just after midnight). Once settled in the car it was like all the tiredness had been washed away and I was bright eyed and bushy tailed. I rabbited on about my adventures the whole way home and I think by the time I got out of the car, they were ready to put me on another plane.

By the time we arrived at my childhood home it was like I had never left, like I'd never flown 9000 miles away, like I'd never spent a year away from everybody I loved.

I was finally home.

Taking me to my adventure then picking me up in the dead of night when it was over is just one of the million things my Mum has done for me in my lifetime and I can't thank her enough for any of it. Much love! x

This post was written in collaboration with The Car People but all thoughts, opinions and love for my Mum are my own (obviously!

If you want to read more lovely Mum-centric memories, click here.

Friday, 3 March 2017