Wednesday, 30 September 2020

60 autumn blog post ideas

Hey readers,

Sometimes it can be difficult to think of ideas on the spot so I have 60 fantastic blog ideas for the autumn period so you don't have to stress. Hope they help find some inspiration. 



  1. Autumn wardrobe capsule.
  2. Outdoor activities to do during autumn time.
  3. Your favourite autumn Instagram captions.
  4. How to deal with darker days.
  5. A seasonal recipe.
  6. A coat wishlist.
  7. Favourite autumn Instagram accounts to follow.
  8. Things to do in autumn with the family.
  9. Your favourite knitwear.
  10. Morning routine.
  11. Evening routine.
  12. A list of autumnal walks in your local area.
  13. Autumn bucket list.
  14. How to carve a pumpkin. 
  15. Different ideas to decorate a pumpkin.
  16. Autumn self-care routine.
  17. Autumn wellness tips. 
  18. Things to do on a rainy day. 
  19. Slow cooker recipes.
  20. Hot chocolate recipes
  21. Ways to embrace Hyggee.
  22. Why you like autumn.
  23. Your favourite autumn candles. 
  24. Halloween nail art.
  25. Halloween DIYs.
  26. Autumn photo props.
  27. How to take blog photos\ on darker days.
  28. 10 autumn stables.
  29. Frugal autumn meals.
  30. How to cut down on your heating bill. 
  31. Autumn bag essentials. 
  32. Autumn hairstyles.
  33. Loves and lusts for autumn.
  34. What's worth watching on the telly this autumn.
  35. Your favourite Halloween movies.
  36. How to keep warm this season.
  37. Places to go pumpkin picking. 
  38. Autumn date ideas.
  39. Product review.
  40. What I am thankful for this year.
  41. Your favourite autumn scents.
  42. Blog post ideas for autumn. 
  43. Share a Q & A autumn tag.
  44. Best bloggers to follow this autumn. 
  45. Your autumn workout routine.
  46. How to save money during autumn time. 
  47. How to layer clothes.
  48. How to deal with dry skin.
  49. Where to get cheap Halloween decorations.
  50. No cost fall activities.
  51. Top 5 autumn beverages.
  52. Autumn stables you can not live without. 
  53. Autumnal activities to do with children.
  54. Autumn/Halloween decorations you have in your home.
  55. Favourite Halloween memes
  56. Halloween costume ideas.
  57. Do an autumn photography challenge.
  58. Blogging essentials for autumn. 
  59. The boots you need this autumn.
  60. Share an autumn music playlist. 
Have I missed any good autumn blog post ideas out of the list? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below. 

Cheersn for reading X

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ikeas magical charm.


Hey readers,

As a parent, some of the things I look for is activities to keep little ones occupied whether that be indoors or out. 

Nothing beats having time out from the home to get a break from the role of being an entertainer. One of the simple but very effective family days out for me personally is that big grey, blue and yellow striking building commonly know as IKEA!!!! 



It is one of my eldest sons favourite days out so much so that he begs me to take him there and goes ape s**t when we go past the building.

I had a brain wave and thought why not write right down reasons why I love this magnetically enchanted kingdom that young children gravitate towards. Therefore I have listed my top reasons why Ikea is simply the best.

★ Let's start with food, very essential criteria on any family day out and what is there not to love about cheap hot dogs, meatballs and ice cream where you can use a machine to release the lid of fatty yumminess. 

★ If you did not get an Ikea family card then you must as not only do you get discounts but also free coffee and tea, win-win!

★ The whole atmosphere wreaks of families as you get the sense of child-friendly ness with the layout being bright, playful with its tunnels for kids to run around or the fact you can get a complimentary nappy for FREE for young 'uns speaks volumes.

★ It is great for kids to be free in a magical area where they can play kitchens, jump on beds and pretend to work in an office or like my son imitating his daddy using the computers. 

★ There is free family fun on during the holiday times whether that be making bird boxes or at Christmas seeing Santa Claus, that will make a child's day, therefore, meaning you a top parent!

★ Baby care room is excellent thinking with the decor being fun and playful, little and large toilets, hop hops and the like. Makes any parent with a child go to the toilet or changing a nappy a lot lot easier. And as parents like anything making a task smooth and less stress.

★ There is four-hour free parking that is family-friendly again making it an easier enjoyable experience for everyone.

★ Essentially it is a cheap day out and everyone is happy what more could you want.

Now you have heard all these wonderfulness go explore and have fun.

Cheers for reading X


Monday, 28 September 2020

50 best Halloween films ever.

 Hey readers,

October is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate the scariest month of the year is to sit back with a good old Halloween film.

 If you're stuck for a title to watch then do not fear as I have come up with a list of 50 spooktacular movies to help you decide. 


50 Spooksenational films to watch this Halloween

  1. Hocus Pocus.
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  3. Halloween. 
  4. The Adam's Family.
  5. Beetlejuice.
  6. Casper.
  7. Scary movie.
  8. E.T The Extra-Terrestrial.
  9. Poltergeist.
  10. Night of the Living Dead.
  11. House on Haunted Hill.
  12. Friday the 13th.
  13. Dracula.
  14. The Sixth Sense.
  15. Coraline.
  16. Sleepy Hollow.
  17. Jeepers Creepers.
  18. Frankenstein.
  19. Saw.
  20. The Exorcist.
  21. Shutter Island.
  22. Children of the corn.
  23. The Blair Witch Project.
  24. A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  25. It.
  26. Coco.
  27. The Silence of the Lambs.
  28. The Shinning.
  29. The Ring.
  30. Scream.
  31. Carrie.
  32. Pet Cemetery.
  33. Scream.
  34. Carrie.
  35. Ghostbusters.
  36. Goosebumps.
  37. Monsters House
  38. The Amityville Horror.
  39. Practical Magic.
  40. Child's Play. 
  41. Halloweentown.
  42. Corpse Bride.
  43. Donnie Darko.
  44. The Cabin in the Woods. 
  45. The Crow.
  46. Song of the Sea.
  47. Frankenweenie. 
  48. The Rockie Horror Show.
  49. Pumpkinhead.
  50. Fright Night.

What films do you enjoy at Halloween time? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below. 

Cheers for reading X




Sunday, 27 September 2020

my Sunday photo 27/09/2020

Friday, 25 September 2020

You know you are a mum...

Hey readers,

There is something strange about becoming a mum not only does your whole world change but you get this universal unitedness shared with other mums. 

This happened even though you don't know the
the person but you can relate and understand.
I am not your average mummy as I am autistic which can bring up an array of challenges as an individual and as a mum. 

Sometimes regardless of my disability I can listen, read or hear situations that I can identify with and feel the same way as that parent feels. 

OK, it can be very lonely being a parent but sometimes when you hear similar stories of motherhood that you identify you get this sense of solidarity. It can be uplifting to know your not the only one experiencing these situations. 

Therefore I thought I would make a list that is a general experience that other parents can identify with.


  
1. No!

Having to say NO a million and one times. I have never used a word so much until I had kids and used this word. 

2. The smell of little one's hair.

Smelling your little one's hair straight after having a bath. There is nothing that smells that amazing and I would even go as far as saying that I could almost lick the hair, haha!

3. Mum bag.

Why is that most common item in my bag is a dozen or so fruit shoot tops gathered up at the bottom?

4. Alone time.

That when you finally get time alone you still end up thinking about your child.

5. CBeebies.

You know the whole song to Cbeebies goodnight tune.

6. Referee.

If you have two children you are automatically promoted to a referee.

7. Bribery is key.

You are qualified in negotiating skills and bribe making.

8. silence is golden unless...

You have a panic when you hear silence and you think to yourself,  's**t what is it that is up to '.

9. Sleep.

Sleep becomes a hell of a lot sexier and you have never fantasised about anything as much as sleep.

10. Alone.

Being alone feels weird and you feel as if something is missing.


Cheers for reading X




Wednesday, 23 September 2020

9 mummy secrets

 Hey readers,


Now I will state firstly say I love my Bambinos to the earth and back. But it is OK to be selfish and have some things for yourself. That I have learnt through motherhood that you need some things that you can claim as your own or you will slowly lose a part of you.


1. Pen and pad.

My funky pad and pen are mine and not for little pinkies. I need my lists and order to keep me sane. They are the little luxury that belongs to me. 

Though my kids do try to get my pad and pen it ain't happening on my watch. They are secretly placed so that they are not at risk of being scribbled on and destroyed. H

ave no fear though that my sons do have all different types of pens, crayons, colouring pencils, paper etc. So, therefore they are not losing out and mummy feels happy having something special that's ALL MINE.

2. Toilet.

Going to the toilet is my time out and some peace - so much so that I have a lock on my door and I will not open it until I have done my wee without the tornado of destruction entering my tertiary.

3. Chocolate.

Secretly having a full bar of chocolate to myself without sharing it. OK, so I am secretly hiding around the corner trying to be the quiet son they can listen to rich American kids play Roblox on Youtube, *AHEM*!

4. Kids cartoons.

That secretly I hate the majority of children's programmes (though I secretly love Nanny Plum and her sarcasm). 

I shall name one in particular that gets right on my nerves and that be TOPSY AND TIM. (More Tim mind as he such a miserable so and so and always carries that look of being slapped with a wet fish). Not to mention when are they ever going to actually move into that new home which looks identical to the one that they live in now. Yep, I know motherhood really comes with random thoughts such as above. 

5.  Window.

My decision who gets to sit near the window - END.OF.CONVERSATION.

6. Messy play.

I hate messy play and only do it for the selfless reasons as I know you boys love it so much but it does make my skin crawl. 

7. Space.

I may intentionally accidentally have thrown out a few of your drawings that are so alike it seems wasted to keep them all. I still need to save space for all your other work/reports/cards/memorabilia to store

8. Notes.

When I want to tell daddy something that I don't want your kiddies to know I may spell out the word or scribble a secret note to my beloved that I would like a beer and chocolate tonight.

9. Countdown.

When both mummy and daddy count to five we have no idea exactly what will happen after. So far we have only gone to 4!
    You know it makes sense to keep somethings a secret to make family life run smoothly.

    Do you have secrets that you have that you don't tell your children? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below. 

    Cheers for reading X

    loopyloulaura

    Monday, 21 September 2020

    Reasons why I love autumn.

    Hey readers,

    We have reached September where the evenings are getting darker and that little bit cooler as we are fast approaching Autumn (22 September).




     So I am going to celebrate why I love Autumn and why it trumps over other seasons.

    Pile of knitted winter clothes on wooden background, sweaters, knitwear

    1) Woolie jumpers to get cosy and snug.

    Hot Chocolate

    2) Hot chocolate to warm off that coldness.

    Senior couple throwing leaves in the air

    3) crunchy leaves to jump and walk-in is the best.

    Family Walking Dog Through Winter Woodland

    4) The air feels fresher and crisper.

    Woman and foggy forest.

    5) Walking in the park is much more pleasurable watching the different colours changing.

    Ground cinnamon

    6) The smell of cinnamon makes my nose twitch with joy.

    Feet warming at a fireplace with coffee

    7) Hot drinks and putting your hands around the cup is so comforting.

    Cosy and soft winter background,candles on a blanket

    8) candles and wanting to stay in with blankets and books is a real joy.

    The misty road (2)

    9) I really like it when there is dense fog and I can't see anything. It feels closed in and secures.

    Feet in comfortable and warm woolen socks

    10) Fluffy socks keeping your toes lovely and toasty!

    Happy Autumn,

    Cheers for reading X

    Sunday, 20 September 2020

    My Sunday Photo 20/09/2020

     


    Friday, 18 September 2020

    How to improve your mobile battery.

    Hey readers,

    Do you suck the energy dry form your phone? Let me give you some tips to help extend the amount of battery phone.

    Firstly, turning down the brightness can help reduce the amount of battery.



    When using wallpaper as a background for your mobile chose a darker theme as less light is used and can help reduce your battery usage.

    Turning off vibrate can increase talk time for an extra 10 minutes, If you go into the settings of your phone it is very simple to switch over.

    Turn off additional settings such a GPS, location and anything else that might not be used.

    One of the easiest ways to help reduce battery time is to turn down the brightness as this contribute to your battery life. 

    This is one of the most popular and effective ways used by people.

    Looking through the apps on your phone and work out which ones are using up more battery than others, then turn off the irrelevant ones.

    Now again go through a clear out of apps on your phone that you do not use anymore, this will help with reducing battery.

    If you are not worried about constantly getting notifications with emails and any other notification form apps. 

    Then my suggestion is to turn off them notifications will be a big help in increasing your battery life.

    I have found that being on Android that using apps constantly comes with updates that never seem to stop. 

    Well, a way to deal with this is the turn off your notifications. Therefore saves a lot of battery and if you need to update an app it is easy to do manual through the app store.

    All these tips may seem little improvements but when achieving all these actions then they soon add up to longer battery life, making you get more out of your mobile during the day.

    Cheers for reading X


    Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    It's OK to bottle feed

    Hey readers,

    One of the main areas of things that you think about when you have a child is feeding them. I originally tried brest feeding and failed within five days as I was in pain, could not co-ordinate and triggered postnatal depression.

    As a mother you want to do your best for your child. The one thing for me as a mother in the begining was trying to br this ideal perfect mother. I had to be able to breastfeed my baby or else I was doomed to failure.

     I felt this kind of message was reinforced everywhere I looked. There were posters on the hospital walls about the whole breast is best and the feeling that I had to do it succeed. 

    No one teaches you about formula and that you as an individual can make the choice. I went to pre baby classes and the breast brigade forced this ideas of the importance of breast in a very dominated and unhelpful way.

     The effect of this was damaging and it triggered deep depression and self hatred way I was not successful with breast feeding.

    I felt very depressed and felt like I was not what you would call a 'real women'. I could not co-ordinate no matter how many 'professionals' came and shoverd my arms here and there. 

    I could not line up things the right way. I tried every position possible and the only way I would be successful is if someone did it for me.

    I felt anger that no one talks to you about the emotional impact of the guilt. I hated myself and the world. Not to mention the emotional impact on the bond I had with my boy. 

    I cut off feelings and attachment towards my son because I could not provide then there was no point connecting as I was damaged. I would just further complicate the situation. 

    I felt I screwed up his development and he was going be retarded and not develop in the correct way.

    I was a mess and lack of sleep combined nearly threw me over the edge. Thankfully after seeing my health visitor who said to me give him formula it doesn't matter as its 90% athe same closeness with the nutrient elements. 

    She said.she formula feed all her children and they are grown u and fine. I can not tell you how relieved and reassured it made me feel. It also gave me confidence and helped build a proper bond with my child.

    Now reflecting back I am glad I chose formula because for me it was the right decision. I accept that breast is obviously the natural way. But it is not the only option. We are lucky to have a place where we can provide health and alternatives that are just as good as breast milk.

    Everyone is different, we all have our journey and battles to face. Some of us are successful and take breast feeding straight away. But that does not mean your failure if you don't. What the most important thing to remember is you do what is right for you and your child.

    Thank you for reading X




    A letter to guilt.

    Hey guilt,

    We don't need introductions we already know each other fairly well, as you are always there permanent 24/7 hiding in the background waiting to pounce.


    I am just writing this letter to let you know that I seriously mother f****** hate you. you know this, you know when am weak and you can manipulate me. You think I will listen but I will put up a fight. 

    There are days when there are constant internal squabbles between me and you. It is tiring and no one comes out.winning in this war. But I still put up a fight most days, while you hoover in the background.

    I try to be a good mother,  I really do. I don't get it always right but please stop with the pestering, knocking at my door every corner of the way through motherhood. 

    No one provides a manual with this parenting malarkey so how am I supposed to know. Sometimes I am so scared that I don't know what to do. 

    All you can do is hope for the best. I am constantly learning through trial and error. Sometimes I win, other times I fail dramatically so.

    I know you love the control over my weak mind, especially when I'm not certain but I'm sick of this battle between you and me. I have had enough of this constant battering me down with your mental torture.


    You take advantage of all the information available, whether that be online, TV or whatever to make a stronger argument and bring me down. I am sick of this punishment! 

    You dampen my mood and make me feel miserable. I shouldn't have to feel like this. I have a right to be happy just like anyone else.

    Ok, I lose my shit from time to time and shout mum makes an appearance. I let the kids watch TV, sometimes I look at my phone a little bit too much but give me a goddamn break it is hard work.

    I know people are going to criticise me for making the comment but parenting is a full-time job but no-one recognises what you do. Apart from your guilt, you are there waiting at every opportunity to put me down and make me feel like I'm the worst parent in the whole entire world.

    Sometimes you mess with my brain so much that I lie awake in the early hours of the morning reflecting and where it all went wrong.

    Right now I don't care anymore and no I'm not 100% perfect but I'll give it a good try. We all have to learn from my mistakes or how else do I grow as a parent.

    I work my ass off, I try to do all the things that you should do as a parent I feed them a clear of them I love them but now and again I make mistakes I am only human after all.
    so on a final note to your guilt, I want to say f*** you.

    yours,

    A tired mother dealing with this guilt trip!



    loopyloulaura

    Monday, 14 September 2020

    Messy play, ugh!

    Hey readers,

    SO the other day I thought I know what would be fun and creative on Sunday morning, pre-9am getting the paints out to some messy play. I know what you are thinking already.

    I am absolutely insane because it appears that I have some sort of long term memory with forgetting all about the crappy attempts last time and all the stress it caused.


    But as per usual 'mummy expectations' put on me through reading too many ideologies through social media, this sodding technological world we live in. 

    I respect the fact that no one ever put a gun against my head, it is just having low self-confidence in anything and parenting I worry about everything. 

    I do I am not going lie, I don't need pity it just a fact of life.

    But just remind me any time I think it is a good idea to go solo with a three year with paints, just step away. 

    Seriously, I appreciate art but I don't really rate a Pollock style rug, nor walls, nor table, nor sofa, nor bath, basically any fucking where the child decides to put the paint.

    I am nervous wreck anyway because I am lucky enough to have a disposition to anxiety type A  personality shall we say.

    Why, is it so important to paint, it consists of the child painting a grand total of five minutes whilst muggings here spends a good old forty minutes to clean up. 

    I spend more time doing the work then the actual child, surely that is not right.
    I will be honest I am not very good with the mess, and disorder with no logic to it. 

    I REALLY, REALLY should leave this type of activity to the professional's AKA school. He has a good three hours, five times a week to lose his shit with the paint then all I need to do is bath him in the brown mess every single day and constantly add to the pile of washing.  

    I am down with that, they can guide him to be an outstanding artist, teachers are trained and expert in this field, hence why they have so many teacher training days to deal with such skills.

    So, the moral of the story is don't ever let your child loose with paint until they are at an age where they can clean up after themselves. I shall just embrace painting app on the table and leave the important stuff to the professionals!

    What do you think about messy play? Is a dream or is it hell for you? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below. 

    Cheers for reading X



    Sunday, 13 September 2020

    My Sunday photo 13/09/2020


    Stuck in Roblox world 😂! 

    Friday, 11 September 2020

    Ways to improve your mental health.

    Hey readers,

    I suffer from anxiety/depression and sometimes it is hard to get on with life when you are sucked into the vicious cycle of self-hatred. 

    Sometimes doing the smallest of things to make life nicer for yourself can make a huge difference. Here are some ways that I will discuss in this post that has helped me.




    First one is being kind to yourself, easier said than done but sometimes we can be our own worst critic. We beat ourselves up and if anyone in the same situation came to us I bet we wouldn't speak to them the way we speak to ourselves.

     Be kinder and accept that some things are out of control. We are doing the best or doing what we can in that situation.

    I have noticed that life particularly as a parent can feel like a wheel that constantly goes around and around, doing the same thing in and out each day without any change. 

    Sometimes, change is good and what better way to do it then breaking the monotony up of your day. It could be something simple like going for a walk to a coffee shop, can make a huge difference to your day because it is a change of scenery.

    Another way to make you feel better about yourself is by doing some volunteer, as you get the sense that you are valued for your time and services. 

    Not to mention the feeling that you as a person are giving something valuable like your time for the better goodwill bring a feel-good factor. It could potentially help build your self-confidence in making you more worthwhile doing something positive and taking action.

    A really productive way to help with your mental health is when you can ask for help and don't feel ashamed as no man is an island. I have always found this one different myself as I have been brought to not ask for help but now and again I do ask and you no what it makes a massive difference. 

    You also shouldn't feel ashamed but proud of doing something that can make your situation better. Your not weak because of asking but strong for recognising that you need help, no one can do it all by themselves.

    Sometimes, we can get caught up in our thoughts and just sit there ruminating on them causing us to be in a worse mood. I find that taking time out for yourself and doing something that you enjoy is really beneficial. 

    It doesn't have to be something grand it could be just going for a walk, taking photos or even colouring but it has the benefits of helping you relax and distract yourself away from the negative thoughts.

    This is so cliche but I am going to throw it in as I read a lot recently that blogging is really positive for your mental wellbeing.

     Firstly, you have a platform to write your feelings which can bring real cathartic. 

    Secondly, your helping others who may be similar situations feel less alone and you never you may make friends.

    Cheers for reading X

    Thursday, 10 September 2020

    What does depression look like.

    Hey readers,

    Below is a picture of myself taken today.
    You could say I just look a normal everyday person minus her eyes being shut. You don't think oh my God she looks like she has depression because you know what I do.

    People always assume that if you are smiley or cheery then somehow you can not possibly experience depression.

     Well, news flash you can and furthermore, it can strike at any age, background or social mobility status because depression doesn't pick who it wants to cause this nightmare mess inside your brain.

    Anyone can experience it, at any time in their life. It can last weeks or years and definitely something that you can not physically measure, much to the disapproval of the government.

    My point being is that some days I laugh, I cry, I hate and dread and all the other messy emotions that life has to bring. But also I have this mental battle, some days are OK and I manage. 

    Other periods are short spells and then if there is too much stress in my life then can be several months where the black dog doesn't sod off. 

    He creeps around like a stalker catching me every time I am venerable or exposed to stresses in life. It sucks and there is nothing I can do but plot on. 

    For me, it is a chemical imbalance mixed with stress and managing with my autism. It sucks and yes I smile but please be aware that I can mask like the rest of them.

    We need to stop presuming that depression only affects certain people and that it is more grey than black with how it is presenting to the outside world. 

    So just be mindful that there may be someone smiling but deep down they are internally dying and hating everything that their life is.

    what is your experience of depression? Does this resonate with you? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below.

    Cheers for reading X


    Wednesday, 9 September 2020

    Preventing burnout

    Hey readers,

    It is the end of the week, yet again I am pooped, my body is aching and I feel like I can do the bare minimum. I can only come to the conclusion that I am suffering from burnout. 

    As an autistic person, I don't have as much energy as a neurotypical person because It takes a lot more energy to deal with the difficulties that I to face throughout the day. 




    So, I am have been searching recently on ways to try and help ease the burnout and thought maybe others would like to hear on what has worked for me.

    Make sure that during the day I have time out, where I don't have to think but just be. This is not a time where I learn anything or have to remember certain cues, it's a time to allow my brain to switch off and relax.

    Being kind to myself - so easy to say but putting it into to practice is hard, especially if you are a perfectionist and give yourself a hard time. Looking at the small positive things that you have done during the day is a reminder that you’re doing ok.

    Accepting that I cannot be superhuman and my energy is limited. The major thing that I struggle to do is ask for help or accept that it is ok for another person to do something, it does not mean you are a failure.

    Being realistic with what you can achieve and focusing on sectioning out the important stuff and not so important. Learning the art of negotiating and leaving somethings for another time helps me make the day not so overwhelming.

    Having a list and writing them in order of importance, plus giving those time frames helps me feel less overwhelmed and feel more comfortable about how my day is going to pan out.

    What ways help you in dealing with burnout? Love to hear what you think in the comment section down below.

    Cheers for reading X

    loopyloulaura

    Monday, 7 September 2020

    10 things I can not live without

    Hey readers,

    Today I am going about the things that I can not live without and help me keep my sh*t together.




    1. Paracetamol.

    Firstly, paracetamol because I suffer from frequent headaches (thanks mum) and they can be really crippling which is most inconvenient especially looking after children.

    2. Heated blanket.


    A heated blanket is the best invention ever, especially during the colder periods. Honestly, there is nothing better than getting into a  warm, cosy and snug bed.

    3. Music.


    Music can make you feel less alone. I mean I don't get lonely in the traditional sense but to feel words and know someone else is also out in the world and feels the way you do can make you feel less isolated. Alternatively, I just love a good beat to wiggle around in the kitchen cooking tea.

    4. My blog.
    My blog as it has saved me when I went through a depressing period and heartache. It saved my sanity and it really helped me to focus and forget about the other noise in my head.

    5. Youtube.
    YouTube I love you so much, albeit not as much nowadays (sodding adverts) but sill amazing the stuff you can find and a great way to cure boredom.

    6. Lip balm.
    Lip balm - particularly during the colder months, my lips get so dry and peel. I find Boots one really good as it also has tinted moisture to it.

    7. Tea.

    Tea makes my heart go boom, boom, boom. I can literally drink buckets of the stuff and it makes any problem manage with a cup of Rosie Lee in my hand.

    8. Books.
    Books are my saviour and help me escape. Nothing beats a good thriller to lose yourself in.

    9. Pad and book. 
    Pad and pen because I have so many ideas swirling in my head that I get so overwhelmed. Therefore,  writing down the ideas on paper helps me think clearer and identify with where I need to go and what I am doing.

    10. Phone. 
    Phone - I know third world problems but it is a lifesaver and such a useful tool. You can play music, send emails even write blog posts when you bored at the bus stop in the cold. I heart technology and no I am not ashamed about it but celebrate it :)

    What items can not live without in your life? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment below. 

    Cheers for reading X
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    Sunday, 6 September 2020

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    Reasons why I love Aldi

    Hey readers,

    Let me tell you something about me  - I love to shop in Aldi. This post is all about my appreciation for the shop. See below my reasons why.

    You can't beat browsing the special buy isle, you never know what you are going find. It is pretty random and it changes frequently so you can be excited about what will be on offer. You go into Aldi with the aim of getting one thing and then come out with the random selection of items.


    I am not a middle-class blogger, I am on a budget and Aldi prices are reasonable. You can actually get fresh fruit and vegetable without fear and can cost less than a tenner.

    They have some pretty cool recipes to try out, always handy if you are a rushed parent and need some inspiration.

    They have some unusual items such as gin popsicles and deer burger. I Love the fact that Aldi is experimental in the choices of products in their shop.

    Aldi supports the Red Tractor label whereby the meet is 100% British therefore supporting local communities.

    There isn't a massive selection of choice compared to other supermarkets. However, this does mean that it is less stressful because I am not overwhelmed with choice. 

    It is a fairly relaxed shopping experience, apart from the end with packing shopping away. (But then again I tend not to go with my children because of this and I like leisurely pace around the store).

    You be sure that every single Aldi has the same layout, therefore you know where everything is, meaning less stress shopping if you need to check into different Aldi's. 

    There is nothing more frustrating when supermarkets decide to change where they put stuff, nobody got no time for that!

    I love the fact that Aldi every fortnight have a thing called super 6 special buys, consisting of fruit and vegetables at a lower price. 

    This is a great way to encourage people to buy healthier options.

    Aldi now at their tills have healthy items such as fruit, rice cakes and water to not lead you into temptation.

    If you shop at Aldi what kind of things do you like about the store? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below. 

    Cheers for reading X