This isn’t a post on about to be positive DURING tough times. I don’t think such a thing exists, well not for me anyway! This is meant to be for when the dust has settled, and you feel like you might be able to get back to your old self in the not so distant future.

FIND COMFORT

When I still don’t feel 100% after a hard time, I crave comfort. I let myself have it in any form I desire. Whether thats ditching my usual healthy food choices for extra chocolate, or indulging in heartier dishes, if it comforts me, I’m gonna have it. If its reading in bed for a few hours on an evening to take your mind off things, do it. Anything that makes you feel like a warm hug from the inside, is SO worth it.

BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF

I think that sometimes people expect us to be back to our best selves, much quicker than is actually realistic. Don’t try to complete everything you used to do in one day like your best self, its okay to have a few ‘off’ hours and let yourself digest that down time to recuperate. Take it easy. Your body (and your mind!) will most likely be a bit frazzled and not working on full steam, so try to be a bit gentler than you would usually be to yourself.

LOOK TOWARDS THE FUTURE

If treating yourself to some new beauty bits brings back that feeling of excitement, I 100% recommend. (This definitely works for me ūüôā ) Maybe you want to plan a day trip to somewhere new with your friend, or arrange a cinema date with the BF, having little plans to look forward to are so¬†great and makes you feel a lot more positive.

I hope this helped you if you needed it! Love <3 xxx

 

Clarin’s Daily Energiser Lovely Lip Balm- LIMITED EDITION¬†

I needed a new lip balm, and always find bullet form the best choice as they are so easy to apply. This is a lovely peach scent that isn’t too sickening, and smells of summer! Its in super cute packaging that does however feel a bit cheap as its ‘cardboard-y’, but I picked it up for only ¬£12 so I can’t hold it against it too much. It leaves a nice moisturising balm on the lips that isn’t greasy, at all.

 

Clinique Moisture Surge Gel Cream *

I remember using a tester of this from a monthly mag soo long ago, but I knew from the get-go that this wouldn’t irritate my skin or cause any breakouts. It reminds me of my FAVOURITE (Lancome Hydra-Zen) as it’s a very similar formula. I really rate Clinique skincare and do think its worth the investment. But of course, testers are great to try out too as you know what your spending your pennies on!

 

Benefit Ka-Brow! in Blonde *

After finishing up my Soap & Glory Archery pencil (which lasted SO long by the way!) I wanted to pick up a higher end version to see if it compared. At first, I thought this was actually an extremely light colour, but with more use I’ve realised that its just because the others have practically been brown. After the second using, I am loving this! It is the most perfect ‘lazy girl’ brow product. And it doesn’t take me as long to do as I had thought, with it being in a pot and everything. Just a few quick sweeps (I’m not very precise with it) and I’m done.

 

 

Elemis Cleansing Balm *

I’m always on the look-out for cleansers and haven’t tried *that* many high end versions. I picked up this mini to give it a whirl, however the full size is very pricey and I’m not sure I would ever spend that much on something I wash away every day. I suppose price per use might make it better? Anyway, I digress, this is a lovely cleanser that reminds me of the Emma Hardie Cleansing balm, SOOO much! It feels luxury to use too, if that even makes sense?

 

Have you tried any of these products?

 

 

 

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Be warned: this post is going to be very picture heavy! But as well as looking at the pics, I wanted to share a few of my tips and tricks about our trip to Edinburgh so be sure to check them out below!

 

1) RESEARCH

We kind of went to Edinburgh on a whim, so we didn’t have any ‘proper’ time to actually plan out our visit and decide what we wanted to do on each day. That being said, we did manage to do a fair few things. The lovely people over at my Instagram¬†recommended a few places and things to do which was uuuuber helpful!

Places we visited and loved:

-Camera Obscura (worth the £15 each, definitely!)
-Calton Hill (the view is amazing!)
-Mamma Roma (italian)
-Hadrain’s (this place is expensive, but it was a nice treat just to eat in a mega fancy restaurant where they actually put the napkin on your lap for you!)
-Princes Street (this is where all the shops are!)

We stayed at Cairns hotel which was the most perfect location, about a 5 minute walk from the bustling city centre, but not noisy or loud at all and was off a lovely side street. Sidenote: it had free wifi which ACTUALLY WORKED! That’s a thumbs up in my book, fo’ sure.

2) PLAN

Get the weather app! Pronto. (Spoiler, but theres like a 50% chance of rain). I ended up bringing about 4 different coats with me, because we packed in a hurry. Also, with expensive restaurants like Hadrian’s mentioned above, it is worth booking in a reservation as it is quite popular. We ended up driving there which was around 4 hours, but it was so much cheaper than getting the train!

3) PREPARE

Like I said earlier, make sure you bring the right attire. Edinburgh is very hilly if you want to get the best views, so trainers are DEFINITELY advised! It doesn’t take long to get your bearings around the place, so we didn’t really need to use any maps. I also panicked before we got there thinking we needed Scottish money.. alas, we didn’t. LOL. With it being a very rainy place, make sure you plan a few things to do that are indoor. We ended up watching Wonder Women at the local cinema (side note: loved it), because it was torrential rain that day!

Have you guys ever been to Edinburgh? If not, is it on your list of places to go?

 

It’s been a tough week personally.

I’ve faced fears.

(I’ve failed.)

Theres been a lot of tears.

Now, this ISN’T a negative post.

Its a post about the sun shining again the next day. The hope of a better tomorrow, even if its only marginally. Day by day, feeling better. Feeling more ‘yourself’.

Just because you didn’t manage¬†that¬†particular hurdle, doesn’t discredit all the ones you’ve done before it.

Be proud of how far you’ve come.

The sun will always shine again.

You will always be okay.

xxx

 

I was totally inspired by a recent video from The Anna Edit, but I thought I would do my own take on it as me and the BF have completely different diets, but still buy our food and make it together!

The FIRST thing we do, is plan 5 meals for the week. These are just ‘dinner’ or ‘tea’ meals, those you have after work on an evening! We usually have a few items that we can both have (such as potatoes and fish, lol). My meals usually look like this:

Monday- Pasta with roasted vegetables
Tuesday- Jacket potato with lightly dusted haddock
Wednesday- Veggie stir fry
Thursday- Stuffed peppers and mushrooms, salad
Friday- Vegetable lasagne

As my other half doesn’t eat vegetables, I know how much of them I need to add on the food shopping list for one person. By planning out my meals and adding the ingredients onto the list, I know I have AT LEAST 5 main meals for the week (this might include leftovers). The other two nights I leave free incase we eat out or elsewhere.

I then do the same with Dan’s (he doesn’t mind me doing this BTW) and plan 5 meals for him to have. These all usually include meat, so I then add these onto the shopping list, knowing how much I need for one person. He also eats rice and¬†other things¬†from the freezer, so I check what we’ve got left from the week before and add any, if needed.

I also put all the things we’ve run out of for breakfast and lunches on the shopping list, such as cereals, porridge, bread, fruit etc. Of course, we go heavy on the snack section and pick up a few treats for us too! Dan’s not a huge snacker but I definitely am, so I like to make sure I have some healthy ones too (e.g., loads of fruit, nuts, medjool dates etc).

We’ve only been moved in together for a few months so this might change, but I doubt it incase either of us has a appetite transplant!

 

I would love to know if you and your other half have completely different eating habits or is it just us?