I’ve never really had a great relationship with sleep. I’ve alway’s struggled to drift off right from when I was a small child to recently when I went through a period of severe anxiety, I found it almost impossible! Over time I’ve found a few effective ways of helping to relax and in my mind, when you’re relaxed your more likely to get to sleep right? Anyway, I thought I would share some of my tips for a more relaxing and peaceful night’s sleep! Clean Bedding Obviously this is the most obvious one out there, nothing makes you sleep like a baby than the scent of freshly washed sheets. Wrapped up in a crispy cocoon of washing powder will send anyone into a deep sleep! Lavender My Mum brought me this amazing spray from Avon called Sleep Serenity, I’m sure there are other variations out there but I find this one amazing. It’s not too lavender-y and is supposed to (and does in my opinion) help you drift off as the scent helps to relax you. Write a Journal Now this is something I always cringe at, who writes a journal for one and secondly, surely it’s just asking for trouble? Your Mum will definitely read it and you’re so going to get grounded! Anyway, seen as I’m 25 years old now and my Mum can’t ground me I guess I’m safe to start one! Someone at work told me about this technique which I’ve recently started and it really helps. My main problem with getting to sleep is that I have so much wizzing round in my head so every night now, even if I don’t have anything major to report on I write at least 3 pages and just empty my head onto the paper. It really helps to just clear your mind, which brings me on to the next point. Write Lists I’m a huge fan of lists, there’s nothing quite like the pleasure you get from ticking off something on a list when you’ve completed the task! I also find that writing lists is a good way of keeping things out of your mind, you’re not having to constantly remember 100,000 things and by writing a list you can prioritise things and feel like you’re life’s in order! Herbal Tea I love drinking tea and it has been known for me to have up to 5 cups a day, I know it’s disgusting but I honestly have a problem. Anyway, I try not to drink tea after 3pm – ish so that it doesn’t keep me awake (this goes for you coffee drinkers as well!) The one thing I miss is the cup of tea before bed, I feel like having a nice warm cup of tea helps you to get all cosy and sleepy. This is when I turn to herbal teas, my favourite is definitely peppermint but camomile is supposed to be the best for relaxing you if you can bear the taste! Anything caffine…

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Rhodes | Family Time

  I was a bit apprehensive about our holiday in Greece, don’t get me wrong we were going for my big sisters wedding and I was nothing but extremely excited for that! We were however, staying in a 6 bed villa, all 7 of us. It was going to be the first time we’d all been in a house together for more than a day in a good few years and it definitely could have gone either way!! Clearly, I had nothing to worry about! We all got on like a house on fire, duh, we’re family of course we did! Honestly it really opened up my eyes to how much I take my family for granted, yeah I still live with my parents so I see them everyday but I don’t really see them properly, truly enjoying their company and taking in the moment. My sisters, I’m lucky if I see them once a week and I never see the whole family in the same room except for Christmas and Easter! We’ve always been a close family, I honestly have no secrets! But as we’ve grown older we’ve grown apart slightly, I know that’s to be expected but when we all live in the same town it’s down right ridiculous to not be seeing each other more often! So with this new found revelation that, actually, we all like each other and get on pretty damn well, I decided to organise a family dinner at least once a month. We haven’t had one yet but I’m going to make sure we do and that we keep doing them! I also thought I’d take this opportunity to share with you some of my holiday snaps from the villa, my Mum really hit the jackpot when she booked this pastel beauty! Do you still have family holidays? How do you stay in touch with your family? Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin!

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Wish Want

Do you dread buying gifts or are you like me and love spending time deciding on exactly which item the person in question will love, excited to see the look on their face when they open it? Well, if you’re like me, you’re going to love Wish Want. A new website which allows you to put together your own kind of gift catalogue complete with explanations on why you chose that exact gift. You select the amount you want to spend, pick a few gift options, load it with money, and then you can send it in paper form or by email to the birthday girl (or boy). So it’s kind of like a gift voucher, but they have to pick one of the items you so carefully selected. Then the lovely people at Wish Want send their choice direct to their house, perfect! I think it’s a great idea, I hate the idea of just giving someone money as it’s so thoughtless, but this way, it’s like money in the sense that you can’t go wrong, but they know you’ve put some thought into it! The lovely people at wish want let me try out the service and I think it’s great, I’ll 100% be using it in the future and I got a great book that I’ve been wanting to get my hands on for a while now, can’t wait to read it on my holiday! Go and have a look at their website, it’s also amazing for just treating yourself, the goodies are incredible!  

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DIY Hair | Do not try this at home!

So this week I thought I would have a go at some DIY hair dye, ‘don’t do it’ you’re thinking ‘go professional’ I hear you say. Yes well thanks so much but I really could have used that advice before I went through with it. Fat load of help it is now! So I was going for that beachy blonde highlight look so I decided to but the colour I liked in an all over dye and apply it to sections of my hair brushing it through for even coverage to avoid the zebra chic look. This step didn’t turn out so badly, if it turned out at all. I went lighter by 0.00001 of a shade and it was barely noticeable, however, there were no zebra stripes and it looked pretty even, I was a natural. Hungry for more I took myself down to superdrug and purchased a highlighting kit, a brush on one, not one of those awful cap things! I used a similar technique for the highlights and was pretty relaxed, after all I’d already succeeded once so I had nothing to worry about. Next thing I know, My hair is yellow. I don’t have hightlights, I have a yellow head, all over, top to toe. After bathing in silver shampoo for two days straight the yellows calmed down and it’s definitely growing on me. I wanted to share this experience with you guys to just say don’t do it, please learn from my mistakes! If any of you have hair nightmares I would love you to share your stories!!

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The Happy Checklist

One of my guilty pleasures when I have some spare time on my hands is to scour the net for other fashion blogs, reading months back and getting totally hooked for far too long! When I was indulging myself the other day I came across this Happy Checklist from Chapter Friday. The concept of making time in your everyday life for small moments that can bring you a little happiness is something that really appealed to me! If your a regular reader of my blog you’ll know I’m very much a crusader of all things mindfulness, constantly looking for things to bring me happiness and positivity. So when I saw this I thought, I’m in. I’m not great at sticking to order so to start off I thought I would choose an easy one, to treat myself to a magazine I love. I’m actually a subscriber to Elle magazine yet I never seem to find the time to sit down and read it. In the corner of my room I have a steadily building pile of unread copies forming, so I decided to take some time out to indulge myself in a cup of tea and a good old magazine session. I think you should try it too! Each task is so simple and easy yet brings small moments of joy to your everyday life, if this list isn’t quite to your liking, why don’t you take a moment to think about what makes you tick and make your own list! I’d definitely add taking my dog to the field for an early morning play to the list, seeing her happy little face brings me so much joy, I can’t think of a better way to start the day! You can see the original post from Chapter Friday and print your own happy checklist here.    

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