If you would of asked me this time last year, I would of say I was hands down, a Winter gal. I love wrapping up warm and staying inside getting cosy, but after quite a stressful Christmas period last year and if I’m honest, a shitty winter, I’m in love with summer.

And I really don’t want it to end. This is so unlike me, I love Christmas so the thought of being nervous about these sunshine filled days ending is not what I’m used to.

Maybe I just needed a bit of warmth on my skin, to wake up to bright blue skies, to spend the weekends laying on the grass and living more slower.

I love throwing on a dress and not worrying about putting make-up on, I love knowing that whatever happens that day, I can sit with a cup of tea in the sun and read my book. Or take Harvey for a walk and see all the flowers being in bloom.

I love that when I wake up, the skies aren’t grey and looming and making me not feel as positive as I want to be.

I’m not sure what the aim of this post is, maybe you might have some transition tips for me? I know it’s quite a way away, but I really don’t like dreading things! Especially something that I found such solid comfort in before.

Maybe I just need to remember that just because last winter wasn’t as good, doesn’t mean this winter cannot be magical.

Are you loving this Summer too?

 

As I mentioned in my July goals post, one of them was cutting down on sugar. I had the idea to document how the first week went.

I use ‘cutting down’ on sugar as I’m not getting rid of it entirely, I still eat dark chocolate, fruit, honey etc. This is more cutting down on refined sugar and only indulging in a small treat everyday.

DAY 1

Unfortunately for me, day 1 concided at the same day as my period came. I know, right? Talk about bad timing! I was craving all the sugary things. Thankfully, my willpower seemed to of kicked in at some point, so the only sugary things I had was a bit of ketchup at a family BBQ, and some jam on my toast in the evening.

 

DAY 2

Day 2 felt a lot easier, and I really started to look at how much sugar was in the things I usually reached for. It might seem silly but I already felt a bit lighter and healthier, which I’m definitely not complaining about! I treated myself to a yoghurt snack bar and that was about it for the sugary things that day.

DAY 3

Day 3 was a bit of a revelation. I had so much more energy than the previous days, and less sugar crashes too! I didn’t have any sugar treats today as I really didn’t crave any, whoop whoop.

 

DAY 4

Okay, so by day 4 I knew I needed to do a bit of healthy baking if I wanted to keep on going with this and not reach for the bourbons. I made some healthy cookies from Deliciously Ella that were soooo good, and ones I’d definitely make again! I also made myself a mini pizza on a nann bread so I had some tomato puree on that too which contains a bit of sugar.

DAY 5

Day 5 didn’t start off too well, as we ran out of porridge so I had to have some Special K for breakfast. Granted, it’s not the healthiest, but it’s not as bad as having coco-pops, so I’m not being too hard on myself. I also treated myself to a diet coke as we watched the England match in a pub, although it always gives me a massive stomach ache after.

 

DAY 6

On day 6 I didn’t sleep well so I was feeling super tired, which I must say really makes the sugar cravings kick in! I had some vegan Ben & Jerry’s after dinner which was delicious, I love something sweet in the evening as a treat 🙂

DAY 7

I experimented with coconut sugar in my tea on day 7, which I have to say isn’t too bad actually! I had two ‘milk and cereal’ biscuits which I actually didn’t really enjoy, but reached for them anyway because we didn’t have much in the house.

 

VERDICT: All in all, this week really opened up my eyes as to how much sugar I usually consume, and most of it is without even thinking about it! I’m proud of how I did this week, and kept the biscuit consumption to a bare minimum which feels good as I now know I don’t *need* them like I thought I did.

Physically, my body felt a lot more energised and my stomach a lot flatter, plus mentally I felt so much more in control of my body and I feel so much healthier with cutting down on sugar. I’m definitely going to try continue it for the foreseeable future.

 

Have you ever cut down on sugar before? How did it go?

 

I’m not sure I’ve ever blogged about my blogging journey before, so in comes this post! I’m kinda hoping I haven’t anyway or this would render pretty pointless.

I started blogging back in late 2015 with a blog under a different name, but I still very much wrote about the same things I do today.

I was on Blogger and I posted a few times a week for about a year, I probably had about a tenth of the followers I do currently, because I didn’t even use Twitter or Instagram back then- crazy I know right?! It never even entered my mind for some reason, but even if I got one comment it made my day.

I loved it. It was my own personal online space that felt free, welcoming, and accepting. Thankfully it still feels that way today. There’s nothing quite like it, and if you’re a fellow blogger I’m sure you know what I mean when I say that!

In March 2017 I decided I wanted to up this whole blogging thing a little, and use my own real name, put myself ‘out there’ more. I’m pretty proud to say that I actually managed to migrate over onto my own domain all by myself, although it did take me about 3 days and was SO stressful! I just bought a layout from Pipdig, most of which is still very similar now, although a few months ago I mixed the colour up a little.

I also obviously joined Twitter/Instagram/Youtube and have been blown away by how amazing the blogging community is. It’s full of the most supportive, genuinely lovely people who are all cheering you on. It’s pretty great.

Now we’re in June 2018 and I’ve blogged at least twice or three times a week since last year. I still absolutely adore blogging, it’s my favourite thing and I never want to stop doing it. Who knows what may happen in the future but I’m pretty sure I’ll never stray far from this little cosy home.

 

When did you start blogging? Is there anything else about blogging you’d like a post about?

 

I think we’ve all been there, we take day off work for some self-care, yet we end up feeling just a little bit, well, bored really. I guess it’s human, and it isn’t until we just STOP, that we end up a bit dumb-struck and needing to feel stimulated.

Todays post is about how I relax, without being super bored…

 

BE IN THE MOMENT

We become bored when we aren’t present. That may not be an actual fact, but I think it’s true. When we are mindful of our environment, our senses and especially our thoughts, there’s no time to let the mind wander off into boredom.

Try focusing on what you can see, hear and feel. Appreciate the moment you are in for what it is. Not what it could be.

 

DO A CALMING ACTIVITY

You guys know I love a calming activity, so of course this was going to be mentioned!

Whether that’s painting, embroidery, doing some yoga or just getting outside, when you do things that feel very calming, you instantly become more relaxed.

Relaxing doesn’t just mean you have to sit on the sofa all day, although sometimes that sounds great too!

PLAN BEFOREHAND

I know that planning to relax seems a bit extreme, but if you are sometime who likes routine, I would recommend it as it always works for me.

I like to know when I can fit in a relaxing yoga session, and when I need to be doing other stuff that keeps the wheels of everyday life going. Plus, for some reason it also makes me feel less guilty, as I’m not spending the whole weekend doing what I want and I am doing worthwhile ‘adult’ things- this is probably another post in itself!

GIVE IN, AND BE PRODUCTIVE

If all else fails, just be productive! Instead of stressing out about why you can’t shut off, give yourself a few hours to get the job done and then you can file it away again.

Some days you just want to feel more productive than others, and that’s nothing to shy away from.

Work when it feels right. Relax when you want to.

How do you relax without getting bored?

 

I gave myself a reading challenge of 50 books this year, and although I’m still only on 19 (Whoops) I’ve read some great books so far this year.

Today I’m sharing my top 3 so far!

 

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE

Little Fires Everywhere is a book all about the secrets of a family who live in an upper class American town, and it’s a read full of drama! I absolutely dove head first into this book, and it was a real page-turner, I was desperate to find out what happened in the end!

It was a story that really made me think and question how I would of reacted if it happened to me, and I’m not sure I’ve read a book that I’ve thought about so long after I finished it. If you haven’t read it, you must read this immediately!

 

ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST

I’ve heard a lot about this book on Instagram, thanks to it’s gorgeous cover! But let me tell you, the inside of the book is even better.

It’s all about how as children, we lived much more simply, focused more on our happiness and worried less. Laura talks about the year she spent becoming a nanny and what she learned from spending time with the 3 children. It’s filled to the brim with fantastic insight and really makes you want to live more simplier, but bringing back fun into your life too. Laura is super funny too and that comes across in her writing. You will most likely love this book, you can’t not!

 

THE LIDO

I’ve always loved swimming and being in the water, so when picking up this book I had a feeling I’d like it. Although, I had no idea just how much I would fall in love with the people and community feel of this book!

I’d say it has the best story of a fiction book I’ve read in a few years, it’s a very simple straight-forward read but it’s jam-packed with lots of love. It’s so touching and I really felt part of the community reading this, plus it also made me want to run to my local swimming pool too!

It’s been a week or so since I finished it as I’m writing this and I really miss the characters in this book!

 

What was your best read of 2018 so far?