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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Time To Take Twenty

 Everything is just so fast now isn't it? It's just not enough anymore to have a 9-5 job and come home to read, cook dinner and catch up your partner's day. We've also got 52340340928 hobbies,we need to get our roots retouched, our legs waxed...we need to actually book in for our smear test and we've got to catch up on social media, our emails, the latest on I'm a celeb. We've got Christmas shopping to do. We've got to 'get back in shape'. We've got to check our accounts, book an MOT, find the perfect red lip... ALL whilst keeping our twitter updated and finding the perfect background for our next insta.. it's all about them grid goals.

Life can be real stressful right? So I've come up with a few ways that you can give a little love to both your physical and mental wellbeing in just twenty minutes. 
(You're Welcome)

1.Grab A Cuppa & Read Something Inspiring
 If there's something I'm guilty of, it's being constantly GOGOGO and not giving myself a break. Something I've learned is that actually.. taking the odd 20 minutes out of my day to have a little 'me' time with a cup of tea (two sugars) and a good book or blog catch up can do absolute wonders for my mindset. Sometimes you can feel so busy and if you're in a creative role.. it's so easy to become 'stuck' and I've found that nothing is as useful for getting rid of a mind block than having a little wind down and entirely focusing your mind on something else for a bit. If i could encourage any of you to do this every day - even for longer than 20 minutes - I'd feel pretty good about it cause well.. it really does help to give you a little 'reset'.

2.Give Your Skin A 'Pick Me Up'
 If you're anything like me, you have to schedule in 'pamper time' because the last thing you want to be doing after a long shift, or when you're rushing to get ready for work is start a full on, extensive skincare routine. Another thing you will have noticed - if you're anything like me ... - is just how good you feel after spending a little time on your self-care routine. Something I've found to be an absolute skin saviour recently is the Facetox organic face masks. Not only are they 100% vegan, suitable for all skin types and made of organic product - plus points for being animal/skin/environment friendly - but they're also just really good. You can leave the mask on for up to 30 minutes (but twenty is fine) and if you really don't have the time to sit back and relax whilst it works it's magic.. you can put it on and carry on with the washing/tidying/catching up on gossip girl for the 4th time (no judgement). 

3. Be Mindful
Feel free to do a little - oh but this is so on trend - sigh here, but seriously.. don't knock it till you've tried it. There is nothing that can't be fixed, sorted, simplified or eased with a little mindfulness. It's a skill that I'm in need of developing a whole heap more but I still try and include it in my every day life. It's about being present.. whilst calmly being able to accept thoughts, feelings or sensations without them overwhelming you and having control over you. It's a way to stop 'living in your head' and freeing yourself from the past and the future. Personally, I've found that yoga is a great addition to this and really helps build on the healthy mindset. Yoga With Adriene is great for anyone from beginner to expert and can be done in the comfort of your own home. I've also found the Headspace app to be a great introduction to meditation and these little talk through classes take only ten minutes! Errrrbody has ten minutes to spare.. it's all about prioritising your health.

4. Get Organised
Nothing, and I mean n.o.t.h.i.n.g stresses me out more than being badly organised, and as luck would have it, it's not something I naturally lean towards. Some people get a real kick out of getting everything in order but me? If it stresses me it'll probably be left until the last minute.. Now don't get me wrong, it will get done but perhaps not just in the chilled manner that I'd like. I don't yearn for organising my finances and sorting my emails but my God does it feel better when it's done. Something I've found that is really helping me be a better human -on all accounts- is to just spend 20 minutes a day organising. Whether that be doing a quick tidy, having an email session or putting things into my calander.. there is NO better feeling than actually having your shit together.
Ooh, and reminders.. use reminders for everything.

So.. are you eagerly looking forward to your next twenty minutes of 'me time'? Or are you feeling pumped about tackling your emails whilst giving a bit of love back to your skin?


*This post is in collaboration with Facetox, but as always.. all views, opinions, and excessive use of commas are mine.


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Christmas Giveaway with Birmingham Airport

A couple of weeks ago I was invited down to Birmingham Airport to do a spot of Christmas Shopping. (Yes.. Christmas shopping at the airport.. good idea isn't it?)
I have to admit, I'd never thought about doing my shopping at the airport but the selection they have is huge and let's all just take a moment to appreciate the Duty Free section.. Am I right?
So as it turns out.. this was Christmas shopping with a twist:  I was challenged to a bit of a 'shop off' with Sian who- it was safe to say - had been a little more organised than me and had already decided what she was looking for. We both got given £150 to spend to pick up some Christmas presents for our friends and family and were then let loose among the travelers to shop until we dropped (quite literally)
Of course there was a time limit and so you can imagine the levels of 'faffing' that occured on my part. Nonetheless, I found it super easy to pick up gifts for my Mom, Auntie, Brother and Boyfriend and all for much cheaper than you'd find on the high street. The whole experience really made me realise that if I was flying near Christmas.. I could just get my shopping done at the airport with no stress, rather than rushing around trying to get it done before hand whilst probably spending more money and finding it a lot more stressful.
I picked up the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette for my Mom as it's got lots of nice neutral tones that are wearable on the regs (she's not really one for a dramatic eye for a Sainsbury's shop like I'm known to be.)I also picked up a really nice leather leopard print purse from Accessorize which could totally be used as a clutch and which I'm totally going to be stealing. I grabbed some Happy Plugs earphones for my bro in copper because well: copper and I just couldn't resist giving the Armarni Code fragrance to my fella for a bit of an early Crimbo gift because GUYS.. it's a gift for me to be able to smell him on a daily basis because it's just so.damn.good. (Of course this means I've got a bit of extra shopping to do before the end of the month but if I'm honest.. one of my favourite parts of the whole Christmas build up is getting gifts for my loved ones.. even is he is so damn hard to buy for. Why he can't just like coats and boots like your gal here is totally beyond me) I also got the YSL body cream in their new fragrance Mon Paris  - which I urge you to smell immediately - for my Auntie and got given a mini YSL mascara too!
The whole shopping spree was filmed and having a film crew following us round was of course a little strange but it did tend to open up a nice little walkway amongst the shoppers so I could easily reach my chosen products!If you want to see more of what we got up to and watch me run around like a headless chicken.. you can see more here.
Now then lads and lasses.. here's the exciting bit for YOU. The lovely team at Birmingham Airport actually let me pick up two of everything.. meaning that I've got this whole selection up for grabs for one of you lovely Blunderlings to win! (Sorry.. promise not to call you that ever again)
All you have to do is fill in the form below and hope for the best! There's lots of extra options to give you more entries which in turn will give you a better chance of winning! Winners are picked at random and I'll be running it for two weeks. I HOPE YOU WIN.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good luck!
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