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    My happy places

    I’m having a pretty bad time at the moment – Work is awful, I’m drowning in house renovations, I’m exhausted … and the list goes on. Don’t worry this post isn’t about boring you with all of my problems as I want this to be a positive post. I think it’s fair to say that we all have our ‘Happy places’ and things that make us smile when things are tough. Recently I’ve been really trying to focus on my happy places as it’s a way to escape and unwind.

    I thought I would share my Happy places with you today!

    My bed 

    I think everyone’s happy place probably consists of a bed. There’s nothing better than sinking into a cosy bed after a long day. Also, lots of blankets and pillows are always a winner!

    My craft table 

    I have a ‘craft table’ in my bedroom that I use for all my creative things. I sit at this table to make cards, write blog posts, practice calligraphy and make anything and everything. Being creative really is ‘my happy place’. I find it relaxing and therapeutic and it gives me a lot of enjoyment.

    The swimming pool 

    I really enjoy going swimming. I find it the perfect stress reliever, and not only that, it’s good for my health. I will happily swim up and down a pool for an hour or so. I find it really peaceful (apart from when there are screaming kids haha).

    Disney World

    Ok, so this one is a bit extreme and isn’t somewhere I can pop whenever I want. But Disney World is my true happy place! The sheer magic and happiness make my heart melt. The second you step foot on Disney soil everything is different. All of your problems fade away and you’re surrounded by pure joy. If I could live at Disney World I would! haha.

    The seaside 

    I live in Devon and I’m surrounded by the gorgeous coastline. I love to go to the seaside for a walk with Shaun. We get chips and ice cream and enjoy the fresh air. I especially love to do this after work in the summer.

    Where are your happy places? Let me know below!

    Charlotte xx

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    5 happy things

    Sometimes I like to just sit and reflect on things that have made me happy recently and I thought it would be nice to share these. We all need a little positivity and happiness sometimes to keep us going! These are 5 things that have made me super happy recently.

    S N O W  D A Y 

    We got sent home from work due to a severe weather warning and got to spend the afternoon at home watching Disney films and being cosy. It was so crazy as when we left work the snow wasn’t even that bad, but within in a couple of hours, it was ridiculous! This little munchkin above was very unsure of the snow! Bless him 😀

    S E E I N G  F R I E N D S 

    Myself and Shaun met up with my best friend and her boyfriend. We went to Frankie and Benny’s for food and it was so lovely to have a proper catch up! We sat and chatted for hours and it was just so lovely.

    H O U S E  R E N O V A T I O N S 

    The renovations in our house are coming along nicely! We’ve been homeowners for around 3 weeks now and in that time we’ve managed to strip most the wallpaper, take the carpets out and rip the kitchen out. There’s still loads to do but we’ve made a lot of progress!

    house renovations

    E A S T E R  E G G S 

    Surely you must all agree that Dairy Milk Easter Egg chocolate is just the best! It tastes so much better than a regular Dairy Milk bar. Well last week Shaun popped to the shop to buy something and brought me back an Easter Egg! It was delicious and I’m not even ashamed to say that I ate it in one go haha.

    M Y  B L O G 

    I kind of feel a bit weird for saying this, but I’m honestly so happy with my blog at the moment. I’m really proud of what I’ve created and I feel as if I’m finally getting somewhere with it. I’ve got lots of ideas and I can really feel my creativity increasing.

    What things have made you happy recently?

    Charlotte xx

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    My 5 winter essentials to make you feel good

    As much as it pains me to say it, it’s still very much the Winter here in the UK. It’s cold and dark, the days are gloomy and spring seems like it’s forever away. I’m not a fan of this time of year and I’m longing for the spring days to arrive. Despite the cold miserable days, there are steps that we can take to make the winter months more enjoyable! These are my 5 winter essentials to make you feel good!

    A hot bath and candles 

    One of my favourite things to do during the winter months is to run a hot bath, light some candles and relax. After a long day at work, nothing beats sinking into a hot bath and having time to chill out and unwind. I’m currently loving using Lush bubbles bars as I received lots of them for Christmas.

    A blanket and a hot water bottle 

    It’s so cold at the moment, and despite the fact the heating is turned on, the house still feels cold! After relaxing in a hot bath I like to snuggle on the sofa under a blanket with a hot water bottle. Sometimes I even make a hot chocolate as well!

    Warm, hearty foods 

    Homecooked dinners such as casseroles, chilli, roast dinners and cottage pie are a must during the winter months. When I step through the door after work I like to know I’m having a nice warm meal to heat me up after being out in the cold.

    Products to hydrate your skin 

    On the whole, my skin is usually quite oily, but this winter it’s really dried out with the cold weather. Nothing makes me feel worse than having dry and sore skin. This winter I’ve really been loving the Simple, Hydrating Gel Cream as well as the Origins, Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. These products have worked wonders for keeping my skin feeling healthy and hydrated.

    A good TV series to watch 

    There’s nothing nicer than settling down for the evening on a cold winters night and watching a TV series. I’m currently watching Lost as I’ve never seen it before. I’m also watching Riverdale and How To Get Away With Murder. This is my favourite way to chill out and relax during the evening.

    What are your 5 winter essentials? 

    Charlotte xx

    My 5 winter essentials - pinterest graphic

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    5 ways to stay creative

    I’ve always been creative, it’s a part of me that I’m really proud of and it brings me so much joy. As a child I remember I used to collect leaves and create collages. I’d also use my stain glass pens to decorate old jam jars. Did anyone else use to make pompoms as a child? I was forever doing that!

    Being creative has always been a huge part of my life. During high school I opted to do Graphic Design as a GCSE, I then went on to college and did A-Level Graphics and Photography. I also did a 3rd year at college where I did an Art Foundation in Graphics before heading off to university to do a Graphic Arts Degree. I’m sure you get the picture, I LOVE being creative.

    Over the years I found different ways to stay creative and find inspiration and I thought I would share this with you today.

    My top 5 ways to stay creative 

    1 – Creative books – I find flicking through creative books a real inspiration. I still have a lot of books from when I did my Degree. Branding books, handmade type and craft books are some of my favourites to look through.

    2 – Take a notepad everywhere with you – I’ve done this for years and years. I’ll suddenly be out and come up with a good idea for a blog post and it’s so much easier if you can jot it down on paper so you don’t forget. Also, I find sometimes when I’m out and about I’ll see something that gives me an idea and I’ll write it straight down.

    3 – Look at creative websites – Let’s be honest I think we all love Pinterest … But there are other great websites out there as well for creativity. Some of my favourites are Behance and Dribble. I love looking through other peoples designs to give me inspiration. I used sites like this a lot when I was doing my degree and they’re so helpful.

    4 – Adult colouring books – I LOVE adult colouring books, I find them really relaxing but they’re also great for keeping me doing creative things. They’re something that you can use in the evening for 20 minutes, it doesn’t have to be time-consuming as we’re all busy people!

    5 – Surround yourself with creative people – I love the fact that my Twitter is constantly filled with creativity. I follow a lot of other bloggers and I find it really helpful having that creative network around me. It’s so helpful seeing what other creatives are up to and it’s a great way for inspiration.

    What are your tips for staying creative? 

    Charlotte xx




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    5 ways to beat the January blues

    Now I’ll be completely honest, I hate this time of year! Spring and summer seems like forever away, it’s cold and dark and I just don’t enjoy it. I always get hit really badly by the January blues but this year I’m trying my hardest to not get stuck in a rut. So today I’m going to share with you my top 5 ways to beat those January blues!

    1 – Book a holiday or trip – I’m actually really struggling this year as I cant do this. Due to our mortgage about to complete we just don’t have the money to fork out on a holiday. But usually, I always book my summers holiday during January as it gives me something to focus on and look forward to. Even if you cant afford a week abroad, you could always opt for a weekend away in a cottage which is equally as nice. I’d highly recommend Nyland Lodge that I went to last year! 🙂

    2 – Plan to see friends – I find having plans really helps me beat those January blues as I have something to look forward to! I’ve already arranged various meet-ups with friends throughout January. We’re going out for a few meals and also boyfriends are included too which will be super fun!

    3 – Get into a routine – I don’t know about you, but I find that simply having a routine instantly puts me in a better mood. This year I’m trying to incorporate 2 visits to the gym each week as I know it’s good for my physical and mental health. I’m also trying to get myself organised with meal planning and making lunches the night before for work.

    4 – Make plans for the year ahead – I just love to have things to look forward to, it gets me through the daily 9-5 grind. I work somewhere that I have to pick all of my time off at the start of the year (which is kind of annoying). But because of this, I can make nice plans for the year. Shaun and I will plan theatre trips, weekend breaks, days out etc.

    5 – Set realistic goals – January is a time that we all set ourselves goals, but sometimes people go completely overboard and set unrealistic goals … This just sets us up to fail which in turn makes us feel rubbish. For example, I don’t ever set a goal to lose weight as I know I’ll end up feeling upset. Instead, I set a goal to live a healthier lifestyle which is more achievable. You can check out my goals for the year here.

    I hope this is helpful to everyone for beating those January blues. If you have any other suggestions please leave them in the comments below 🙂

    Charlotte xx