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  • Wellness

    It’s ok to take a step back!

    So far 2018 has been pretty rough! I feel kind of broken at the moment. I need to take a step back, have some time to myself to recharge and that’s ok! I always push myself to keep going, but at this very moment in time, I need to take a step back from everything.


    The first week of January, I went down with the flu and ended up having 2 weeks off of work as I just couldn’t shift it. Finally, I managed to get back to work and then picked up a cold! It wasn’t until around February 18th that I started to feel human again … and then guess what?! On February 22nd I went down with another cold! As I’m sat writing this I have a box of tissues next to me and a very red nose!


    I felt annoyed at myself for not getting 2 posts up last week … but then I thought to myself ‘why am I even stressing over this?’ We’re all human, we get ill and have bad days. It’s so important to listen to our bodies which is what I did. I knew when I got home from work at 7.15pm I didn’t have it in me to sit and start writing a blog post. Instead, I came home, had a hot bath and watched Netflix.

    On top of all my illness in 2018, we also had the stress of dealing with solicitors and finalising everything with buying our house. I don’t think this helped me at all as my stress levels were through the roof. We’re now very proud homeowners and I’m so excited for everything to come. Right now I’m supposed to be stripping wallpaper, ripping up carpets and doing lots of work on the house. Instead, I’m taking it easy, watching Disney Movies and giving myself the time that I need to recover.


    I guess the point of this post is just to say that it’s ok to not be ok! It’s ok to take time to yourself and take a step back from life every once in a while. If you’re ill or exhausted or stressed out, make sure you listen to your body and take some time for yourself and your wellbeing.

    Charlotte xx

    It's ok to take a step back

  • Wellness

    Christmas traditions

    Isn’t it funny how we all have different Christmas traditions? Everyone around the world will celebrate in different ways and we all have different things we like to do.

    I’m pretty sure my family have stuck to the same tradition for about 20 years! I love everything about Christmas. It’s such a happy time of year with so many lovely things to celebrate. I thought I would share with you some of our Christmas traditions!

    Christmas Eve 

    My mum always prepares food for Christmas lunch on Christmas Eve. When I wake up I always help her out by peeling potatoes and chopping up veg, we always have Christmas music playing in the background making it really festive!

    In the afternoon my family always go bowling and then out for pizza. We’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember. It’s honestly so much fun to get all the family together the day before Christmas; you’ve gotta love a bit of competitiveness with the family!

    In the evening I always sit down with my mum, dad and brother and we watch A Muppets Christmas Carol … and of course, Shaun joins us for this as well now! He also comes bowling with us 😀

    Christmas Day 

    Up at 7 am, sound familiar?! haha. We always get up super early and head downstairs. We open our presents as a family and then have breakfast together. Mum then starts preparing the lunch and I usually play Mariokart with my brother. Around 11 am my grandparents and uncle come over and we open more presents and then sit down for lunch. Mum always does the most amazing Christmas lunch – My favourite is always the roast potatoes and pigs in blankets! In the evening we usually play lots of board games as a family and eat lots of food!

    This year, for the first time in my life I’m actually breaking the tradition! I’ll be waking up at Shaun’s house on Christmas day and spending the morning with his family. His mum is going to cook us Christmas lunch and then we’ll head to mine in the afternoon to see my family! It’ll be strange to break tradition, but I’m still excited.

    Boxing day 

    For as long as I can remember, we’ve always spent boxing day at my Nan’s house. She cooks a second Christmas dinner and it’s always amazing! As some of you know, my Nan very suddenly passed away this year so things will be very odd this year 🙁 I’m so sad that I won’t get to spend the day with her as she loved Christmas… BUT my amazing Grandad is stepping in! With my help, we’re going to do a buffet for the family. There will be cold meats, sandwiches, sausage rolls, pasties etc. I’m so excited to be able to share the time with my Grandad preparing the food and I know my Nan will be very proud of him for stepping up to the challenge! My Nan was like a cooking queen. But I’m sure Grandad can do just as well!

    I’m so excited for Christmas and I’m eagerly counting down the days! How do you spend your Christmas? 

    Charlotte xx

  • Wellness

    Relaxing things to do during the busy festive season!

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! AND it’s also one of the busiest times of the year where we’re constantly on the go. I always find around Christmas that I’m constantly busy. Whether that be a Christmas work party, meeting up with friends, Christmas shopping or seeing family… The list goes on!

    I’m the sort of person that gets very stressed out if I don’t take some time to relax. I always like to have some time each week where I don’t do a lot. This post is going to have lots of ideas of relaxing things that you can do during the busy festive season. It’s so important to remember to slow down and take time for ourselves and this is something I’ll be trying to do this year.

    My top ways to relax during the festive season

    A hot bubble bath to relax

    Have a hot bubble bath – I don’t think anything beats a hot bubble bath after a long and busy day. I love to use the Lush bubble bars. They smell amazing and create SO many bubbles.

    Read a book – I definitely don’t read enough. Once I get into a book I LOVE reading so much and find it so relaxing. This year I definitely want to find more time to read over the festive season. Even if it’s just for 20 minutes before I go to bed. It’s such a great way to relax and unwind.

    Watch a Christmas film – Miracle on 34th Street, Elf and The Grinch are some of my favourite Christmas films. Shaun and I love to sit down for an evening or weekend and watch a movie together.

    Stay in and cook a meal – Myself and Shaun often pop to Tesco after work on a Friday night. We pick up something yummy to cook for dinner and usually treat ourselves to a dessert as well. The festive season usually consists of a lot of meals out, so It’s so nice to stay in and cook.

    Light the fire and some candles – The fire burning and the scent of Christmas Candles is always so relaxing. I like to snuggle up with a blanket read some blog posts and watch Youtube videos.

    Ways to relax - candles

    Go for a walk – We love to go to the forest for a relaxing walk during the winter. Chuck on your coat and scarf and make sure you have some welly boots. It’s so refreshing to go out and get some air and it’s the perfect way to de-stress.

    Digital detox for the evening – Christmas is the perfect time of year to get together as a family and play some board games. It’s always good fun and it’s also good to switch off technology for the evening.

    Hot chocolate – We all love it right?! Try experimenting with different flavours. I personally love to heat milk in a pan and add Terry’s Chocolate Orange. It tastes AMAZING! I like to sit and watch Netflix and drink hot chocolate.

    I hope you all have a relaxing and fun festive season! What plans do you have? 

    Charlotte xx


  • Wellness

    My favourite shows to watch on Netflix

    Oh Netflix, how we all love you so much! Feeling ill? Watch Netflix. Feeling tired? Watch Netflix. You get the gist, we just love it!

    I’ve had Netflix for a good few years now and in this time I’ve watched many shows. I thought I would create a list of my favourite things to watch to help anyone that isn’t sure what to go for next!

    My top 5 series to watch: 

    1 – The killing

    2 – Pretty Little Liars

    3 – Gilmore Girls

    4 – Riverdale

    5 – 13 Reasons why

    Other shows I’ve loved: 

    • Orange is the new black
    • Luther
    • Friday night lights (sadly this has been taken off of Netflix)
    • Once upon a time
    • Stranger things
    • Prison Break

    What I’m currently watching: 

    I’m currently watching How to get away with murder … OMG, it’s amazing. I watched the first episode and wasn’t too sure but I decided to persevere with it. I’m so glad I did, it’s really gripping and there’s always something dramatic happening.

    My favourite shows are always thrillers, I love the suspense and I’m always so excited to get onto the next episode. What are your favourite shows on Netflix? I’d love to hear what everyone else is watching 🙂

    Charlotte xx

    My favourite shows to watch on Netflix
  • Wellness

    Dealing with loss and finding ways to cope

    Today’s post was supposed to be my top 5 shows to watch on Netflix… But I just haven’t been able to write it. Recently I’ve been feeling really down and rubbish and I’ve been struggling. I’ve lost all motivation, I feel sad and upset.

    What’s happened? 

    Back in April, I lost my Nan. She was like my best friend. I used to go to her about everything and she was always such a huge part of my life. It was all very sudden. I saw her in March and we sat and chatted for hours and everything was fine. Then forward on a couple of weeks into April and she was gone. I won’t go into all the detail – She contracted a very rare illness that took over her body and within just a few weeks she was gone.

    She was only 72, she should have still had so many more years ahead of her. The suddenness made everything 10 times worse as I had no time to prepare and never got to see her to say goodbye.

    Why am I struggling now? 

    Honestly, I went into denial when it first happened and kept telling myself it wasn’t real and everything would go back to normal. Every time I felt sad, I tried to push everything to the back of my mind and pretend it wasn’t happening.

    My Nan has always been my go-to person for any major event that’s happened in my life. She’s listened to me rant and cry and she’s shared all of the exciting moments in my life too! I’m about to buy a house … This is a big thing in my life … So of course, the person I want to run to is my Nan. I want to share my excitement with her and tell her all my plans for decorating and such… but she isn’t here and she isn’t coming back.

    It’s really hit home over the last couple of weeks that I will never see her again. I’m struggling, but I’m also trying to be brave and carry on as normal. I’m not writing this because I want your sympathy. It’s more that I want you to know it’s ok to feel sad and be upset. If you need to cry then cry!

    Ways to cope with loss 

    To finish up this post, I want to share some of the ways that I have been coping with loss. I know that everyone deals with things in their own way. But if this helps just one person then it was worthwhile writing it.

    1 – Give yourself time to grieve and feel sad

    2 – Look back on all the good memories you shared together

    3 – Ask yourself the question – ‘what would the person you have lost want you to do now they’re gone?’

    I know my Nan would want me to follow my dreams, be happy and probably do lot’s of baking as she loved to bake! 

    4 – Try and keep busy, whether that be work or socialising.

    5 – Arrange a get together with your closest friends. They’re the ones that understand you the most and they’ll always be a shoulder for you to cry on.

    6 – Do something you enjoy doing.

    I love being creative, so I’ve dedicated a lot of time to making cards to keep me distracted and busy. 

    7 – Remember it’s ok to feel sad from time to time.

    8 – Don’t ever suffer in silence. There is always someone that will listen and help.

    This post is very different to what I usually post, but it just felt right and I needed to get it off my chest. If anyone else is struggling to cope with loss I will always be here to listen if you need someone. 🙂

    Charlotte xx

    PS – On a more lighthearted note, I will write my top 5 Netflix shows post very soon haha 😉