Friday, 22 March 2019

How to live slowly

Hey readers, 

In this digital world that we live in it can feel like everyone is always on the go all the time. It can be overwhelming and at times draining to try and keep on going. Sometimes, when you are feeling like this one solution is to master the art of living more slowly. 

What is living slowly? Well, it is a lifestyle choice where you adopt the approach to do things more slowly in your everyday life. Here are some top ways you can incorporate slow living in your life. 

1. Do less. 

I think one of the fundamental themes that run throughout the slow life approach is to do less. The less you do equates to feeling happier because you're not constantly bombarded with being on the go and have a million and one things to juggle.

 You feel more relax and less intimated with the constant awareness of trying to find something to do. Once you take on less you will feel that your quality of life is better because it has more meaning and you can give more concentration on the important things in your life. 

2. Breathe. 

I have found when I am getting worked up with trying to do too many things in one go that sometimes the best thing that you have to do is stop what you are doing and focus on your breathing. It helps calms you down and gives the brain a chance to catch up and get to a level where you can think more clearly in what you want to do. 

3. Eat slowly. 

Instead of rushing around and stuffing food in your mouth be mindful of how you eat. Firstly, sit down and focus on the food that you are eating, take more time to chew on your food, feel the food and just generally focus on eating your thought. Don't give time to things you need to do as in this moment when you are eating is the most important thing to put your attention on. 

4. Offline. 

One way of cutting down the noise that is around you is to simply take time aware of the online world. The internet is a dark hole where you can get lost for hours if not careful because there is so much information that is screaming out of you. You will be amazed at how much better you feel even if it is just an hour away from it all it can be done. Just remember that if you get that need to go online remind yourself that it can wait and if can't it doesn't matter. Nothing bad will happen and it will always be there at a later date.

5. Single-task.

Nothing is worse when you are in a mad panic to do five or six things on the go. Not only does it cause you to get flustered and not do a job properly but always it can cause great stress. It is better to do one thing at one time, you can concentrate on the task and get it done to a standard that makes you happy. 

Do you do slow living in your life? Have you seen any benefits of slow living? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. 

Cheers for reading X 

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Asos home ware wish list

Hey readers,

It's all about the spring clean and whilst looking on sites I stubbled across Asos new home range which I am so in love with. So here is a wishlist of items I would buy if I won the lottery.

1. rainbow lights.

Typo rainbow curtain lights

I love fairy lights and when I was scrolling on Asos and came across these lights I thought I really like the idea of all colours in one light, something a little bit different but has many colours shining on the string, which appeals to me greatly. I think these fairy lights would look great behind a bed and would set off the ambience perfectly on a cold, wet evening. They are Typo rainbow curtain lights (£25.00). 

2. Good vibes plaque. 

Sass & Belle rainbow good vibes plaque

When I spotted this Sasse and Belle Good vibes only plaque it made me feel happy inside. A great little decorative piece to brighten any room and make you feel good. (£5.00).

3. Rag rug. 

Ian Snow recycled rag rug

Ian Snow recycled rag rug is beautiful and it is environmentally friendly with recycling old materials which I think is a brilliant idea. Having a colourful rug is a great way of splashing colour into the room. (£10.00). 

4. Bathroom storage. 

ASOS SUPPLY orange bathroom set

Next on the hit list is this Asos supply orange bathroom set. This set includes a toothbrush holder and a trinket tray. I like the two-tone colour choice and slightly unusual colour theme going on. It is also made of ceramic and easy to give it a quick wipe over. (£10.00). 

5. Elephant hook. 

ASOS SUPPLY elephant hook

So, the final piece I have chosen is this elephant hook by Asos supply. I like the quirky and fun piece to have in your home I think anyway. It is in gold colour and made of metal. The hook is easy to fit securely on the wall however it is advised to use lighter garments. (£10.00).

What is your favourite piece? love to hear your thoughts in the comment section. 

Cheers for reading X 

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

The 6 best board games for 5-8 year olds

Hey readers, 

1. Hungry Hippos.

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A game that will get everyone excited is hungry hypo where each player will have a hypo which they will have to press the button to open and close the mouth. The idea is for you to get as many balls as you can once they are placed on the board.  My boys can spend actual time on this game because it is easy to master and then bang the competitive strikes appear. 

2. Shopping List. 

Orchard Toys Shopping List
Orchard Toys have got a brilliant game for kids called shopping List. The aim of the game is to get a shopping trolley (cardboard cutout) and then one shopping list (which has a list of food items) then you get all the item cards and turn them over and each player calls out the card. Once the person has got the item they then can place it into their shopping. Once the person has all the items off their shopping list they win. 

3. Pass the pigs. 

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Pass the pigs is a fairly simple idea. It involves two pigs that you put in the container roll like dice and once on the floor depending on the position of the pig will get a set score, e.g. if both pigs are on the back they score 5 points. You have a score pad and pen to write the score down. You can go write the page or do a set amount until people get bored. That is the beauty of the game, fairly simple once you get going and it makes my boys laugh because of the way the pigs land. Don't worry if you don't remember what score is for what position as their guide book to help you understand. 

4. Snakes and Ladders. 

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Now that my son is 5 years old he can manage this classic game of snakes and ladders. You have to roll the dice and move your counter alone the board, which square is numbered. You have to be careful as if you reach the snake you go down the board but on a brighter note if you come to a ladder you can go up further along the board. Once you reach the square with 100 on it you win. 

5. Operation.

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The operation game is a body on board and cuts holes to where the organs are in which the player needs to retrieve. You have to use your coordination skills to use the tweezers to get the body parts out of the body without touching the body. If you do touch the body it buzzes and then you do not get that body part.  

6. Bunny Jump. 

Bunny Jump Board Game

The aim of the game is to get as many carrots out of the burrow before the rabbit jumps out of the whole. Be careful mind as the rabbit jumps in the air so make sure you are on your guard to catch him.  The game comes with four baskets for each player and a spinner which indicts what you can do as a player - whether that take two carrots, miss a go or forfeit a carrot. 

What kind of board games do you like to play with your children? 

Have you played with any of these games I have mentioned above?

Cheers for reading X  

Monday, 18 March 2019

7 Places to go to get a free hot drink.

Hey readers,

Who doesn't love a freebie? Well today I bring you 7 places where you can get your hands on a free hot drink how amazing is that?!

1. Ikea. 

If you haven't already then I would recommend you get an Ikea family card. It is really easy to do just pick up a form online or in store and register your details. In the next few days, you will receive an Ikea family card. It gives you benefits such as 10% of sale items, free product insurance, food offers and of course free tea or coffee during weekdays if that isn't enough of incentive I don't know what is. 

2. Waitrose. 

If you have joined up with MyWaitrose loyalty scheme you can get free coffee, however, Waitrose last year have stopped using disposable cups you do need to bring your own reusable cup to access this free offer of tea or coffee at the self-service machine. 

3. Greggs. 

This next opportunity is a one-off offer where you can get a hot drink (regular size tea, latte, coffee etc) when you sign up to Greggs reward app. The app is available on Apple and Andriod. Once you have signed up you have 31 days to go in the store and claim your free reward. 

4. O2 Rewards. 

If you have an O2 sim then you can every week on a Tuesday or Wednesday get a free drink at Cafe Nero (plus you can add the stamps on the Cafe Nero app and when you get 6 stamps you can get another free drink anytime you want from Cafe Nero). 

You do need to scan the barcode from the O2 rewards app and the free drink is only available after 12 pm.

5. My John  Lewis.

You can sign up to the free John Lewis card where you can get a free cake and hot drink this month. 

6. My Gatwick. 

If you are travelling ar Gatwick sign up to My Gatwick and then you are entitled to free coffee amongst other offers. 

7. Booths. 

If you live up north then you probably have heard of Booths which is a food, wine and a grocery store. Sign up to the Booths loyalty card and when you take in your reusable cup it entitles you to a free hot drink. 

Are there any other places that I have missed off the list where you can get free hot drinks?

Cheers for reading X 

Sunday, 17 March 2019

My Sunday photo 17/03/2018

My eldest made my hubby a Welsh flag 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 for the rugby yesterday. He was so happy 😊

Saturday, 16 March 2019

10 reasons to love Ikea.

Hey readers,

Did I ever tell you that I love Ikea....No? Well, let me tell you why!

1. First off to love Ikea you will need an Ikea family card as it allows you to have items at a reduced rate, result.

2. With the Ikea family card you can get free coffee or tea during the week, Monday - Friday. I like this as it gives me the motivation to leave home when I am skint. Going to the Ikea cafe I can drink my tea whilst looking out of the window at the view of the city, which I find rather relaxing.

3. If a drink isn't enough to wet your appetite then having breakfast for £1.75 (need Ikea family card again) will definitely cheer you up. Especially on these dark and drizzly days.

4. I know some people don't like looking around Ikea. I really like looking at the different rooms, I find it rather refreshing to see a different way to lay out items.

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5. As parents entertaining children can be expensive, even going to the cinema on a Saturday costs extraordinary amounts. That is why if something is free I celebrate it and faithful Ikea does not let you down in regards to free stuff. Ikea regularly has free kids days where you can do some craft. Near Christmas, they have free Santa to make your kids beyond happy.

6. Let’s not forget the dream that is a free soft play area called Smalland for kids, whoop for parents to shop in peace. It has everything in there for your little ones to get excited about, from ball bits, loads of toys, Kids film played in the background and even a build den. Not to mention it is free for a whole HOUR plus if you have the Ikea family card you can get an extra 30 minutes.

7. If you are looking to buy something and need to discuss details with staff in the area of enquiries there are kid’s activity stations to keep little ones amused.  I also like the fact that the toilets have small toilets and have hop ups for little ones. These small little details make all the difference in your shopping experience when you have a child with you as well. There are free pencils and paper tape you can get in Ikea. This is great fun to take around Ikea if you want to entertain your child. Who doesn't love free stuff?

8. The best bit about Ikea? Free WiFi of course :p

9. Let's not forget the lovely scrumptious iconic Swedish meatballs that everyone loves from Ikea. There is something about meatballs in the sauce that just fills your heart with joy when you go into the restaurant.

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10. If restaurant food doesn't tickle your pickle you can cheap chips and a hot dog for under a couple of quid, great way of taking your kids out for a treat. You can even get ice cream for 50p, so super budget friendly.

Overall, going to Ikea is awesome for a cheap day out and it is inside so you can stay try too, dream come true for parents.

Cheers for reading X

Friday, 15 March 2019

Mother's Day guide 2019

Hey readers 

It is March which can only mean one thing... Spring  Mother's Day on the 31st of March. So there is still some time to get some ideas together for the mum in your life. 

If like me you are sick to death of the sickly sweet Mother's Day stuff that is everywhere in shops then check out my guide below of funny Mother's Day gifts. 

1. F*ck off. 

Check out this brilliant Fuck off pineapple eye mask from Prezzy Box for £6.00. Because let's face it we could all feel like saying this at times but sometimes it is much better to have a nap instead ;)

2.  Milk it. 

This milk jug is so cute and funny all rolled into one. It is not only a milk jug but also a personalised Don't cry over spilled milk jug, can't beat a play on words. The jug is from Prezzy Box  for £11.00.

3. #Mumlife. 

I love this next item as it a great way to colour your stress away and so relatable in this digital world that we parent in. It is the #mumlife a snarky mum colouring in book for £5.99 on Amazon . It consists of relatable pictures to laugh and colour in such as, 'bra off, hair up, sweats on, pop cork'. 

4. Winging it. 

Next is this slogan jumper with the ever so relatable winging it catchphrase, where I am sure a lot of mum have felt like this from time to time to time. You can purchase this lovely jumper from Etsy for £19.00. 

5. Crap! 

When I spotted this tote bag with the funny slogan on, 'My crap bag' I know this would be a hit with parents. If you look inside a mum bag you will found a lot of crap so this is very apt. It is £5.99 from Gaga kids

What is your favourite item on the list? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Cheers for reading X