The benefits of a holiday on your work related productivity *

I work from home and I’m self-employed so it is very, very difficult for me to switch off from work mode sometimes. On occasion, I find myself thinking non-stop about stuff I need to do all day long even after I’ve been doing all the things for 8 hours straight and need to give myself a time out. “Regular” jobs finish at 5:30 or 6pm, why can’t I switch off then to? Not answer my emails? And not think about work related stuff? There’s no doubt that there’s plenty of people who aren’t self-employed who feel this way too. If you’re that way inclined; a Type A personality so to speak, it can be easy said than done when someone says, “just stop thinking about work for the rest of the evening”.

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Gift guide for early Christmas shoppers *

Guys, guys, GUYS… It’s August and I have my first Christmas post up. Me… the person that hates Christmas – has a Christmas post up. In August. I’m actually really surprised at myself because I’ve been thinking about Christmas more than is normal for me lately – maybe because I am just so sick of summer, I’m willing it to hurry up and leave so we can get back into Autumn and Winter, fluffy jumpers and socks and Christmas shopping again. Anyway! I’ve mentioned before that I adore buying gifts for people. The whole process of finding the perfect gift is so special and I put so much time and energy into gift buying. I’d love to start my Christmas shopping earlier this year as well, so here is a small gift guide; sponsored by uncommongoods, so you can find all these gorgeous products on their website!

Through the Woods Tealight Holder
My mum absolutely loves candles – the more candles in the house the better! And you can bet during the evening, she always has at least one candle lit. This is always amplified at Christmas and that’s not surprising, as Christmas is the perfect time for lots of pretty candles to compliment the tree and the fairy-lights. I absolutely adore this tealight holder – tealights are so easy and cheap to get hold of and you can usually buy them in huge packs so you don’t run out for a long time. This tealight holder is absolutely stunning and although it’s not officially “Christmassy”, I think it could look so gorgeous lit up on Christmas Eve. This would be a perfect present for my mum! Continue reading

My experience with Yoga *

Ever since I was diagnosed with anxiety, I’ve been super interested in yoga. I was made aware that it can help with your mental health and I was keen to try anything that might have an impact. Luckily for me, yoga did have an impact and I still practice it today, regardless of my mental state. I would recommend yoga to anyone and there are so many different types which benefit so many different elements of health and wellbeing. I wanted to talk about my own personal experience with yoga and the benefits I’ve found its made to my life.

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The Benefits of the Internet on the Consumer Market 

Since starting my blog, I’ve been drawn in more and more by the consumer market. With products of all different types flying at you from every corner of the Internet, it’s incredibly hard to ignore. But secretly… I love it. And I’m proud to be a part of it. Over the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to review and test out a whole bunch of products from beauty, food, clothes and even pet care. Although it can be quite taboo, a blogger openly admitting that they love doing product reviews and love being sent stuff for that purpose, I do love it and I won’t hide it because it’s a privilege and I’m proud to have worked hard to the point where I’m trusted with this stuff. Not only that, I love raving about products I love to my online readers and friends which I know they might be interested in. 

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#WalkForWellbeing: The Benefits of Walking & Nature on Mental Health (& Giveaway!)

I am not here to repeat the utter tripe that started the whole #JustGoForAWalk frenzy on twitter a little while ago (if you don’t know what happened, basically someone said to the mental health community that their depression and anxiety could be cured by ‘just going for a walk’ – make of that what you will). As an anxiety sufferer myself, I know fully well that just ‘going for a walk’ does not cure all your mental health concerns. But… whilst it won’t cure you completely, walking, exercise and getting outside into nature and the fresh air can have a huge positive impact on your mental (and physical) wellbeing. From my own experiences, I wanted to share some of the ways me and my mental health has benefitted from it. 

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Hire Writers: The Starting Place for Freelancers *

Working from home is difficult, whether you do it full-time or part-time and often one method of income just doesn’t cut it and we’re always left craving more. When I started working from home, I researched extensively the different ways we can make money from it – ways that didn’t include “make something and sell it” because if you’ve seen anything I’ve ever attempted to make you’d understand that nobody would want to buy that. As an avid writer who (likes to think they can) writes about a wide variety of topics, I always thought if I could make a few extra quid thought doing that, then that would be perfect.

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Made With Love Designs Personalised Cards

I got in touch with Made With Love designs – a stationary, cards and gifts company who were looking for people to review their range of luxury Valentine’s Day cards. Now, although I’m not being a huge “Valentine’s Day do-er” myself – there’ll be no over the top gift giving or celebrations over here – I’m not opposed to giving cards, not just to romantic partners, as a way of saying, ‘Hey, I love ya!’ So I’m thrilled to be reviewing these gorgeous cards on my blog today.

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Valley Mill: Homemade Natural Soaps

Valley Mill are a Welsh company that make slate home ware and personalised gifts as well as soy candles, food and drink and natural homemade soaps, which I’m reviewing today!

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When choosing the soaps I wanted, I wanted two that were going to smell vastly different. I chose a “Citronella and Lavender” smell and a “Tea Tree and Witch Hazel” because apparently those ingredients are good for your skin – so my mum says. And mother know best. Anyway, they arrived quickly and I loved the packaging – very eau natural and authentic. Continue reading

Keeping Your Family Entertained During Half Term

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Half term is an incredibly exciting time for kids. It gives them a fun and well deserved break after weeks of working hard at school. But while it may be exciting for the kids, their parents might not be as enthusiastic. Keeping your kids entertained when they are not at school can be challenging. The last thing you want is for them to be bored and fed up. So instead of dreading your children’s half term break, use this list to get inspired instead. Continue reading

Feedem Pet Supplies Review #2

I got in contact with a marketing executive for the company, Feedem – an online retailer of pet products including food, toys and accessories for all kinds of pets from dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and fish. I was really interested in the opportunity to review some of their products as I have a dog myself and I just love dogs. In fact, I love dogs more than I love most people. So there’s that.

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