Sunday, 28 October 2018

How to stay energised all day long

My favourite thing to do is sleep, absolute fact.
I can nap at any point, anywhere. I can sleep for 12 hours and then nap some more and there's nothing I love more than a lazy weekend where I can have a duvet day and relax. 

But some days that's not possible, some days I need to be more productive and keep my energy up all day long (which for the laziest girl ever is quite a feat.)

First things first is getting the basics right, you should be sleeping between 6-8 hours a night, dependant on what your body needs. I use my fitbit to monitor my quality of sleep and help me determine the best sleep goals and what I need. You can't expect to stay energized and productive all day long if you're running on empty so a good sleep routine will work wonders

Once you've got a settled routine it's time to get a good morning routine together, confession time - I hate mornings and always will. I've tried so hard to be a morning person and it just doesn't work, but when I have the time I've found exercise really sets me up for the day. Pick your exercise well so that it's something fun. Personally I've started to do yoga at home* I find it really great for both my energy levels and having relaxing me time where I can be mindful and reflect on my day ahead
Yoga Mat
 I've been using the Willow tree yoga mat above and I'm really impressed with the quality, it's got a gorgeous picture printed on the mat which is made of closed-cell PVC vinyl it's really durable, comfortable and easy to clean. On days when I'm feeling like doing a more active form of fitness I've been using a 3 wheel ab roller to really kick my home work outs up a gear 

Once you've got a good sleep pattern, morning routine and exercise sorted you should have a look at your food and drink and whether that's affecting your energy. Heavy carbs make you tired you want slower releasing carbs. And if possible try to avoid caffeine and sugar in high quantities too as this gives you a hit of energy followed by a slump 

Flyte energy drink

I've been trying Flyte*, a brand new energy drink that uses all natural ingredients to give an energy boost without having a negative impact such as a sugar crash. Clean energy at only 40 calories I've found this sparkling energy drink a really great alternative to my usual energy boosters

It comes in 2 different flavours Red Berries and Green Mango and is packed full of fruit juice, natural vitamins and fortified with Vitamins B & C, at £2.50 a bottle it's cheaper than your usual coffee from any chain and will keep you energised much longer

If you can feel an energy slump coming then get up and get outside for 20 minutes! Fresh air and a brisk walk will perk you right up, team it with a high power and energy playlist and you'll come back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever task you need to complete

Apart from all of the above I've found little hacks to improve my energy by simply not having to complete things as often. Planning ahead for as many aspects of your life as possible means much less time and energy consumed. I try and plan meals for the week, clothes I'll be wearing, cleaning tasks that need completing and a blogging schedule so that I'm never faced with a huge to-do list that overwhelms me. I reward myself when tasks are complete with me-time and it makes me feel super energised ticking off tasks

How do you keep going all day long?


Sunday, 21 October 2018

10 Spooky Sweet Halloween Treats

It's Halloween season! 
Which means turning regular food into the spookiest version of itself possible, overloading on sugar and scaring yourself senseless with all the cliche horror films.
10 spooky sweet Halloween treats

I've decided to put together 5 of the spookiest creative sweet treats for you to make, but if like me you suck at making pretty recipes (I could write a book on pinterest fails) I've also picked 5 spooky treats you can go and buy and take all the credit for - winning!

Mummy Brownie Bark

Halloween Bundt Cake

Halloween Cake Pops

Halloween Marshmallow Ghost Cupcakes

Bloody White Chocolate Apples

And if you're strapped for time and want something quick but still really yummy here's 5 ready made spooky treats

bakerdays* letterbox cake
- I can personally say that this is delicious! The letterbox cake is amazing because you don't even need to be home for it delivered. I picked a yummy chocolate cake with an iced emoji top. The cakes can be for any occasion and personalised with photos and messages so a perfect surprise for someone special

What's your favourite Halloween treat?


Thursday, 11 October 2018

Finding the perfect dress: How to match your shape and skin tone

We come in different shapes, sizes and complexions and when it comes to fashion, we all have our own personal preferences. Me personally? I have a body like a watermelon and a skin tone of casper the friendly ghost! But even I can match up my shape (round is a shape guys it totally is) and skin tone to find the perfect dress

If you’re looking for the perfect dress for that special occasion in your calendar, it can be tough to figure out which style will flatter you best – especially when there’s so much choice out there. That’s why we’ve teamed up with River Island, experts in everything from bodycon to bardot dresses*, to help you find the perfect dress to match your shape and skin tone

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Once you've got your glad rags on and looking super stylish with a dress perfectly matching your complexion make sure you pair it with some gorgeous heels - check out Lace and Favour for a great range of occasion shoes* and you're ready to hit the town and dance the night away

What type of dress is your favourite?

Monday, 8 October 2018

5 winter car care tips to keep you on the road

Winter is coming.
No seriously, and it will be a damn sight faster than in Game of Thrones. Today's the first day I've had the heating on which makes me think it's going to be here much sooner than we think, this is my very first winter as a driver (I only passed in February) so I've been doing quite a bit of research into how to stay roadworthy and safe during the frosty season and what checks I absolutely need to do before going anywhere so I thought I'd share my tips with you guys

Yellow car tyre stuck in snow

Tyre Checks
Check tyre pressure and tread levels regularly making sure that it's wearing evenly, if it isn't then it indicates a need for wheel alignment so finding tyre's at affordable prices from companies such as Calmac Northampton tyres* will mean that it can stay within budget before it becomes a much bigger problem. If you want to go all out for the winter then consider winter specific tyres, these deal with cold, wet, icy and snowy conditions much better than regular tyres. Iverson offers a wide variety of tyre brands in London* so check them out for a whole range of winter specific 

Fluid Checks
You should be doing this all year round but it's even more important during the winter as you don't want to get stranded without something essential such as engine oil or wiper fluid, antifreeze or coolant 

Battery Checks
Make sure your battery actually works because the increasing cold weather can really affect it, plus you're using more power than in the summer months with the extra lights, heaters etc. that you haven't had on, if you're having a few niggles it's definitely worth getting it serviced before winter

Winter Breakdown Kits
You're more likely to breakdown in Winter it's just a fact, so make sure you're completely prepared by having a breakdown kit in your boot. This should include screenwash, de-icer and a scraper. A shovel, torch and blanket. Food and drink supplies that are non perishable and snow grips for your shoes in case you have to walk to safety or wait on an embankment if on a motorway. I'd definitely make sure you're under a road recovery service like the  AA too as it really does give you peace of mind

Keep safe and plan ahead
It's a lot trickier in winter to plan trips and routes, make sure you always check traffic updates in case of emergencies, keep a fully charged phone if possible and make sure your gas is topped up, journeys can take considerably longer than you'd expect so making sure you have enough gas, charge and time to get somewhere will make your journeys much more enjoyable

What are your top tips for winter car care?
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