HOME DIY

10 Things every home should have to improve your wellbeing

Your home is not just a roof over your head, it should also be a safe place and a sanctuary. It’s one of the main factors that affects your health both physically & psychologically so how can you create a cosy home that also improves your wellbeing?

Happiness

New year goals: How to prioritise your wellbeing in 2022

Today’s blog post tackles some of the more ‘traditional’ new year’s resolutions that many of us make – to be more healthy and to make time for self-care. Here’s how to make sure you keep up those great wellbeing goals all year round…

Happiness

New year goals: How to declutter and organise your home this year

Today is the 4th article in my series of blog posts to help you achieve your New Year’s goals and it’s all about clearing your home of clutter and getting better organised this year (one of my personal goals!) Here are my top tips for creating a tidy and peaceful home this year…

Art & Photography

New years goals: How to be more creative in 2022

If your new year’s resolution is to be more creative, here are some ideas to help you bring more craft, art and creativity into your lives and boost your mental wellbeing in 2022!

Festive

Sustainable Christmas Gifts for children and teens

Whether you’re buying presents for your family or a Christmas Gift Appeal, it’s a good idea to make sustainable choices when shopping for those presents. I’ve put together this festive gift guide for children to get you started…

Personal development

How to boost your career and learn new skills online this winter

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be staying at home more now that the evenings are darker and the days are chillier. So, rather than slumping in front of a boxset, why not do something to boost your career during the extra time you’re spending at home? Here are some ideas to help you learn some new skills…

Good Causes

How would your life change if you won the lottery? (hint: not much!)

Whenever I enter a lottery, competition or raffle I start to wonder what it would be like if I won. I mean, you’ve got to be prepared, right?! So, today I’m sharing my thoughts on how my life would be different after that big win – I’ve surprised myself with the answers…

Art & Photography

4 Ways that crafting can benefit your physical & mental wellbeing

Have you ever started work on a project only to look up at the clock & realise that 3 hours have passed? If so, you might have been in ‘flow’, which is just one benefit of crafting. Here’s how getting creative can boost your mental and physical wellbeing:

Happiness

The mental health benefits of writing a journal

If the darker days of winter leave you gloomy, you’ve been having trouble sleeping or simply need some more me-time, journaling can help. It’s important to focus on self-care at this time of year and here’s how writing a diary can help with your wellbeing:

Autumn

How to deal with darker days for better physical & mental health

With the clocks going back at the weekend we’ve now got to deal with darker days and the impending winter. And when there’s not as much daylight it’s not particularly good for our mental and physical health. Here are some easy ways to take care of yourself…

Happiness

Why making future travel plans can help boost your mood

While most of our travel plans are on-hold this year it doesn’t stop you from dreaming about future trips. In fact, looking forward to a something can be beneficial to your mental health. Here’s how to make exciting plans without spending a penny…

Blogging

Freelancers: How to get the support you need when working from home

Many people – freelance or otherwise – are choosing to work from home if they can. While this may minimise the impact on our physical health, our mental health could suffer – so it’s important to know how to get the support you need if you’re staying in…

Happiness

How to get round to doing the things you never get round to doing

I bet you’ve got loads of things on your to-do list that you WANT to do, but don’t really NEED to do, so they never get done. A third of people say completing a to-do list is one of their top ‘little wins’ so here’s how to start ticking things off…

Days Out

How to keep the whole family entertained, engaged & active at home

Today I’m sharing some ideas for keeping your whole family entertained, active & engaged – both indoors and outdoors. There’s inspiration for exercising in the park and getting active in the garden, as well as some enjoyable, educational and FREE things you can do indoors. Enjoy..!

Blogging

How (& why!) to start a blog, design a website or run an online shop

Whether you’ve dabbed with blogging in the past, or are completely new to it but would like to start sharing your ideas online, maybe now is the time to give it a go. If you’re planning to start a blog, website or even build an online shop, here’s some advice from someone (me!) who has been doing it for over a decade..!

Blogging

Happy new decade! – and some exciting changes to my thrifty life…

Happy new year! How was your Christmas and new year? What plans do you have for 2020? And the coming decade, for that matter?! If you’re anything like me, you’ll be raring to get started on your goals for the year and will be excited about what the year brings. So I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to, along with some plans for my life and blog…

Happiness

12 Prompts to help you start journaling in the new year

If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution that’ll improve your mental health, help you track your goals and take you back to basics, why not consider journaling? You only need to do something for 21 days to create a habit so maybe you can start tomorrow by picking up a pen and noting down your new years resolutions in your journal.

Festive

Christmas gift guide for kids & teens + how to help a charity gift appeal

If you’re wondering what to get your youngsters for Christmas this year, or are planning to donate to a charity Christmas gift appeal, I’ve put together a wonderful collection of fun and educational gifts for all ages – from toddlers to teens. Plus, you can win a kids’ microscope kit in my festive giveaway so read on to enter…

Books

What is intuition & how can you listen to it? Plus a Review of The Intuition Journal

Whether you’re new to journaling or have been doing it for a while, this newly published book is for you. It’s both a self-help guide that’ll inspire you to connect to your higher inner wisdom AND a usable journal where you can make notes and complete daily journal entries. The aim of the book is to help you feel more decisive, creative, fulfilled and work toward achieving your goals and dreams.

Personal development

Reading week tips: 6 Ways you can help your teen to settle into university life

If your teen has gone away to uni this year, what can you do to help them prepare for their life at University? Sure they might already be settling in, but they’ll be home for their first mid-semester ‘reading week’ soon and with many first year students having second thoughts about their choice of university or course, this is an important time to support them and help them stay in uni. Here’s some advice I could have used when I was studying…

Bedroom

6 Hacks for sleeping well (even when you’ve got little ones!)

How did you sleep last night? Do you feel rested? Are you enjoying your day today? Getting a good night’s sleep is so important for your mood, productivity and health, but it’s not just an issue to consider alone; it is a family issue. Here are 6 sleep hacks to help you sleep well as a family…

Books

The cure for procrastination with help from The Art of Decision Making

If you’ve ever struggled to make a decision today’s blog post is for you. Whether it’s something big, like deciding whether or not to take that job in another country, or something simple like what to choose from the menu (my personal struggle!) there’s a reason behind your reluctance to make a decision and newly published book The Art of Decision Making can help…

Days Out

New performers announced for Latitude Festival + acts not to miss…

With Latitude festival on the horizon, I’ve been following the festival’s social accounts to get the scoop on the latest performers to be added to the already-amazing line-up. Here are my pick of the newest artist additions and my tips for what not to miss at this year’s festival…

Bedroom

10 Ways to tune out of your tech to get a much better night’s sleep

After going to the 24 hour festival First Light last weekend and realising just how much sleep I actually do need, I’ve being doing some research into ways to sleep better. Today’s blog post contain a few of the tech-related tips that could help you to tune out and get a great night’s sleep – here’s how…

Beauty

4 Everyday (inexpensive!) ways to stay healthy and look beautiful

As the saying goes, you’re only as old as you feel — but most of us want to look young, too! More than ever before, marketers are trying to cash in on this with the global anti-ageing industry topped out at over $42 billion USD in 2018, and is expected to reach over $55 billion within the next four years. Yikes! If you’re wondering about less spendy ways to keep your skin supple and youthful, here are several ways to ensure that your health and beauty goes more than skin deep…

Happiness

How to take care of yourself while chasing your 2019 goals

Sure, it can be tempting to rush into the new year and complete your 2019 goals as quickly as possible but if you’ve been going ‘all in’ so far, you might be close to burn-out by now. Here’s some inspiration for self care, wellbeing and making positive changes to your life…

Good Causes

Six easy recipes & ideas for your next charity fundraising bake sale

There’ll probably be a charity bake sale in your workplace or in your child’s school sometime soon. Whether it’s for Comic Relief next week or a future fundraising campaign, there will be a chance to show off your culinary skills – but what’s good to bake? If you don’t have much time (or have as much success as I do when baking cakes) here’s some recipes that you can’t fail to impress with…

DIY

Upcycling charity shop homewares into cute storage for my home office

If you want to kit out your home (or home office, like me!) with some gorgeous coordinating homewares but haven’t got the budget to splash out on new items, why not head to your local charity shop to see what you can find? Here’s how I upcycled my Barnardos haul into useful storage for my home offce…

Books

Book Review: The Joy of Missing Out + Win a copy of the book!

If you’ve ever felt that FOMO feeling, the Joy of Missing Out could be the book for you. Written by Danish philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmann, it’s a celebration of living life in moderation and shares the joy of occasionally missing out on the constant temptations of consumer society.

Days Out

3 Sports to boost your health in 2019 (without realising you’re exercising!)

If boosting your health this coming year is important to you, have you considered taking up a new sport? Trying something different can give your new years resolution a kick-start – you’ll hardly notice that you’re exercising as you get to grips with a new skill or sport. If you’re hoping to get more active this year perhaps today’s blog post will help. I thought I’d share the sports I’m planning to take up in 2019, which might inspire you to do the same.