31 December 2020

Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021


2019 New Years feels like a life time ago. Looking back, if 2019 me could see what 2020 had install for all of us, she would have been extremely surprised. In amongst a year where we've been all pushed to our limits, we've also learnt an incredible amount. About ourselves as individuals, what we can achieve when we band together but also what truly matters most to us all. 

It would be easy to look back on 2020 and wish it all away but as always, no matter what the year brings, there's always something to give us perspective, something to teach us a lesson and even if we look hard enough, something to be grateful for. 

2020, you've been a hell of a year but I thank you for all that you've taught me, the perspective you've given me and the opportunity for me to show gratitude. 2020, you've given me the ability to focus on my perspective and reminded me often of how privileged I really am.

"We are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat." 

When COVID-19 started to spread and countries across the world began to close boarders to protect their citizens, I began to realise more than ever how privileged and lucky I am to live in New Zealand. And one thing that really stood out to me during this time is that regardless of where you are in the world and how well your country has handled the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, your feelings are valid. At the end of the day, you're the one that living them, no one can tell you how to feel. 

In 2020 I had a safe home to reside in, a loved one living with me, food on the table and a reasonably stable financial situations which allowed me access to essential services when I needed them, access to healthcare provides by countless selfless individuals and access to contact friends and family when I needed support - so many wonderful things so many didn't have access to this year. 

I don't even know where to begin when it comes to appreciating my loved ones. My parents, step parents, brothers, sisters, extended family, best friends and work colleagues - you're all wonderful and words can't begin to explain how grateful I am to have you all in my life. I don't believe we could've gotten through this year without our loved ones, the ones that we share the smiles along with the tears with, the ones who cheered us on and the ones who had our backs. 

I know how lucky I am to have such incredible people in my life, equally I know how how so many people have lost loved ones this year. To have lost someone in a year that already was so difficult can only have brought the unimaginable grief. Know that I'm thinking of you and sending you lots of love. 

To our frontline workers, thank you for your selflessness, bravery and compassion. You've been fighting for us in a way that is simply un-parallel - grateful and thankful are simply not big enough words to describe how much we appreciate you. Countless lives have been saved and that's thanks to your strength and determination. 

After the year we've all had, I'm simply grateful to be alive and breathing. Look after yourself and enjoy the holidays. 

Love always, B x 

29 December 2020

2020 Lifestyle Favourites | Books, Perfume, Candles & More


My lifestyle favourites for 2020 contain some of my favourites products this year. It's been a weird year & I do believe these products made me happy or have helped me get to a happier place in 2020. I'd love to know what your lifestyle favourites are for 2020, maybe these something I should try out for myself? 

Technology & Apps 

Stationary & Planners 

YouTube & Content Creators 

Sustainability 

Fashion & Perfume
Kim Kardashian, Pure Honey
Juicy Couture, Malibu
Rhianna, Kiss

Defusers & Candles 

Books & Magazines 


B x 


24 December 2020

2020 Beauty Favourites | Makeup & Skincare


Its come to that time of the year again where I throw all my beauty favourites from the past year into one post. 2020 has been one hell of a year & if I'm being completely honest I haven't tried a whole lot of new products. This year I tried to use up products already in my collection, lockdown helped with that, but with that being said you'll still notice a few new products along with the long standing favourites. I'd love for you to let me know what some of your beauty favourites have been this year, chances are I'm missing out on  something great!

Makeup

The Body Shop Body Butter - Festive Berry, Winter Jasmine & Warm Vanilla

B x 



22 December 2020

Favourite Festive Lush Products


Not only is it my favourite time of the year, but it's also that time of the year where Lush bring out all their most amazingly gorgeous festive products! There are some long time favourites mentioned here but also some new products I hope they bring back the next festive season! 

17 December 2020

Self Care Practices For The Mind


What's your biggest challenge when it comes to self-care? For me, it's always been embracing self-care practices for the mind. 

Caring for your body is much easier than caring for your mind and spirit. We often avoid facing our feeling and emotions, but why?

Facing our feelings and emotions can feel very uncomfortable, even intimidating at times. We simply don't want to deal with some of the things we feel. I know that I don't always love being alone with my thoughts and feelings, and in the past I'd often get lost in distractions to simply avoid facing them.

Getting lost in distraction isn't all that hard to do. Our days are filled with noise, deadlines, chores and just trying to keep up. We often overcommit, sometimes refusing to let things go.

Keeping our emotions and thoughts bottles up is a defense mechanism but sooner or later, they always end up pouring out.

One of my life goals is to always find myself back in a place of peace and clarity. To do that, I regularly revisit some of these self-care practices for the mind. These have helped me in the past and continue to help me achieve a place of peace and clarity.

Journaling & Brain Dumping: Ever feel like you have too much on your mind and wish you had a way of cleaning out all that mental clutter? Well, this is how I do it. I use journaling and brain dumping as a self-care practice for the mind as both help me identify my emotions, stressors and gain clarity. I simply see brain dumping as a way to clear mental energy.

I will start with literally writing everything down that's on my mind. Everything and anything that pops into my head. I'll then organize everything into separate categories such as 'work', 'university', 'personal' and 'home'. The next step is to them review and process each list and create a plan, schedule and to-do list.

A Mental Cleanse: The idea of a mental cleanse or a 'detox' is the same as cleansing or detoxing your body. It's about getting rid of and eliminating certain 'bad' things. Things like limiting beliefs, negative emotions and habits that do not serve you. The thing is that when it comes to a mental cleanse, you do have to put in a little effort. It's like your lifestyle and the foods you eat can either fuel or limit your body, feeding your mind with positive thoughts and engaging in good habits and keeping it health is just as important. A mental cleanse might include;

  • A brain dump session, which will help you get rid of that mental clutter.
  • Shifting your focus to things that you can control.
  • Setting up healthy boundaries to protect your energy.
  • Allowing yourself to feel the emotions you experience and embrace stillness.

Cleansing your mind is not just about embracing the good, it's also about allowing yourself to feel the 'bad' and realizing that your negative thoughts have their purpose too.

Bring More Mindfulness Into Your Life: Mindfulness is all about being aware of the present moment. It's a great self-care practice for the mind as it's been linked to lower levels of stress, anxiety and fear. Your brain often tells you to focus on other things around you. It's then your job to gently bring it back to what's important, to pay attention to what matters. Being mindful means to not judge negative thoughts that cross your mind. Instead, allow yourself to feel them and release them without judgement. Bringing more mindfulness into your life helps with practicing compassion, kindness and acceptance. One of the best ways to practice mindfulness is when you are doing those very simple tasks and chores you already do everyday. The more your practice, the easier it becomes.

A Mental Health Day: Okay, so we can't always afford to take an entire day off. But, perhaps you can take a few hours a week and spend that time practicing some self-care for your mind. Mediating, journaling, reading, or simply sitting in a park. Whatever you choose to do, remember to turn off your phone and disconnect for the world once in awhile.

Digital Detox: How often do you turn off your phone? How many tabs to you currently have opened in Safari? I think it's safe to say that many of use have become very attached to our digital tools. While digital technology was meant to improve productivity and save us time, it often does quite the opposite. It can provide a lot of distraction and noise, making it very easy for us to waste time. You can't be truly still or present in the moment if you constantly reach for your phone to check notifications. Spending an entire day without your phone, computer, tablet or TV might seem impossible, so start by doing just a one-hour digital detox. Think of some of the things that you love doing, that doesn't involve technology.

Find Ways To Learn & Challenge Yourself: Finding ways to learn new things and challenging yourself is an important aspect of self-growth. I also see it as a self-care practice for the mind. Whether it's doing something creative, rediscovering an old talent or learning a new word every day - there are countless ways to set small challenges for yourself. Doing this can help you find more confidence, overcome fear or maybe even discover a new talent or a hobby.

Make Time For Stillness: As someone with terrible anxiety, stillness is an important part of my day. When you feel anxious about something or when you have a lot on your mind, being still and silent can be very intimidating. We don't always like being alone with our thoughts and feelings. We look for distractions, we keep ourselves busy, pushing some of those thoughts and emotions away. However, once we get over that fear and fully embrace the stillness, it will help you find peace and clarity. It's still something I struggle with but one of the best ways I've found to embrace stillness and restore that mental balance is through meditation. It's also one of my favourite self-care practices for the mind. There are so many different kinds of mediation, that you're bound to find something you like.

The best way to avoid burnout is to know when to take a little break. Better yet, don't wait until you feel like you need to take a break and make these self care practices for the mind apart of your regular routine. Caring for you mind is just as important as caring for your body.

B x

10 December 2020

Weekend Routine


My weekend routine is pretty simple and can change at any time however this is the routine I try to keep the majority of the time. I just go with the flow and enjoy my weekend as much as possible.

Saturday
To start off my Saturday's I try to spend at least one hour on self care and by that I mean doing something for myself that isn't at all work or university related. When it comes to appointments/events I try to get these out of the way as early as possible. I will also take some time to finish up any work/university tasks and also see friends/family. 

Sunday 
Sunday's are very much admin days. I'll clean my house, finish any home admin for the week and plan for the following week. I'll also chuck a weekly reset in there somewhere. Sunday evenings are purely for self care which allows me to relax and set good intentions for the new week. I try to keep my Sunday's a hundred percent work/university free but of course it doesn't always turn out that way, but I'm trying! 

Ultimately, my weekends are full of things that bring me happiness and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love a good ole routine but of course, it's important to be flexible as well and to listen to what your body needs. What are some of your favourite things to do during your weekends? 

B x

 

8 December 2020

Gingerbread Cake Recipe


This is my absolute favourite cake to bake but especially at Christmas time. It has all the festive spices and is a delicious wee treat. 

Ingredients 
125g Butter, Softened
2/3C Golden Syrup
2 Eggs
2 1/4C Flour
2/3C Brown Sugar
1TBSP Ground Ginger
1TSP Ground Cinnamon
1TSP Mixed Spice
1TSP Baking Soda
2/3C Hot Water
Pinch Of Salt

Method
  1. Mixed softened butter, eggs, golden syrup and brown sugar with an electric blender until pale & creamy.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda, spices & salt into mixture. Reduce speed & mix to combine dry & wet ingredients. Then add hot water & mix enough to combine. Mixture will be reasonably wet but this is okay!
  3. Cook at 200 degrees for 40 minutes or until skewer comes out clean. 

B x 


3 December 2020

Home Office Space & Setup


Today's post is a bit of a simple one and one to look back on for inspiration but my wee office space is where I've spent most of 2020, making it one of the most used spaces in  my home. It's where the majority of all my work gets done, whether that's home admin, study for university or work for my job. When I first created this space it was really important that it was a space of happiness, creativity and productivity. I love this wee space in my home and enjoy working from this space which is exactly what I wanted to achieve when creating an at home work space. 

Please send me all pictures of your at home work spaces! I'm always changing things up and looking for inspiration! 

B x 


1 December 2020

Here's A Little Update | Time Off & A Hospital Visit


It has been four months since I last posted here on my website and to be completely honest with you, I've missed it. I decided to take a small break because life was proving to be a little hectic to say the least and something had to give. To pause uploading was always going to be tough because my love for creating was always still there but I knew I'd be back one day. 

In terms of the update part of this post, everything has been reasonably good! My job is great and I love celebrating this time of the year with the kids. University has finished up for the year and I'm really excited for next years adventures. Unfortunately I was unable to do my end of year placement as a found myself in hospital for 10 days with what they call 'Cat Scratch Disease'. You all know, if not you do now, how much I adore my fur babies so it was a bit of a shock that I had become so incredibly sick because of one of them. Essentially, I had a parasite living in my body which is known to be found in felines and it caused a fair bit of damage. However, I'm on the mend now, slowly but surely.

There will be some changes to the website now that I'm back. Rather than uploading three times a week, I'm going to be uploading twice a week - on a Tuesday and Thursday at the original time of 630PM NZST. I'll also be looking into changing up the format/design of my website in the New Year so keep your eyes peeled for that.

I'm so ready for 2020 to be over, how I imagine most of us feel, and I'm excited and a little nervous to see what 2021 has install for us. I'm currently in the process of setting goals and intentions for 2021 which I can share with you at a later date. I'm excited to be back and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future has install for all of us!

B x 

28 July 2020

Your Most Productive Day Yet

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Being the planning love that I am, I couldn’t help but put a post together about the steps I have in place to ensure that I’m maximising productivity every week. 


Put In The Prep

There’s nothing more satisfying than sitting down to start work on a Monday morning and already having your to-do list laid out and ready to be ticked off. I’ll usually set aside 30-40 minutes on a Sunday to look through next week’s plans in order to put a to-do list together to tackle, if not then I’ll dedicate some time on a Monday morning. Here’s how I put it together. 


HIGH PRIORITY TASKS: Allocate set days for you to complete your high priority tasks. Make sure you’re being realistic with times and you’re giving yourself long enough to get the most important jobs done to the best of your ability. I tend to set myself between 3 to 5 medium to larger size tasks a day. 


LOWER PRIORITY TASKS: Then I set about buffering those already full days with items that need got get done but perhaps aren’t so pressing. I tend to sandwich those tasks in-between meetings or events when I know I might not have much time on my hands. 


ERRANDS: Instead of adding in errands and more life admin tasks to my daily to-do list, I have them in a seperate list in my planner. I tend to eat away at them throughout the week. I find it really handy to have them sitting there for times where I might have finished up work for the day but would like some more productive to do. 


SOICAL MEDIA: This is where I find pockets of time to work on my website. Hopefully with my high priority tasks given the attention they deserve, low priority tasks in there too so that I’m up to date with everything across the board. There are always little bits and pieces I can be working on with my website so a small pocket of time is sometimes all I need to get something completed. 


Work With Your Productivity Levels

If you can, I highly recommend factoring in your natural productivity levels into your planning. For me, I’m an early bird so I always weigh my days to that I have my meatier tasks in the mornings, leaving my afternoons to do tasks that don’t require so much brain power. 


Keep Up With Other Stuff

I will always feel like I’ve had a more productive week if household side of things have run smoothly as well. So tasks like meal planning are important and meal prepping where I can. I have a weekly cleaning schedule I complete, along with keeping on top of laundry and dishes. Then there are the self care practices like skin care, reading, mediation and getting an early night - you know the gist. They are all little building blocks that once you start to work them into your life so you do them without thinking, can help free up time and decrease your stress levels so you’re able to run at 100% 


Know How To Motivate Yourself 

For me, the hardest part of productivity is procrastination and how to find motivation to slap yourself out of it. If I’m having a tough timer getting in the mood to complete a task then I switch it up, tackling something that is completely different in order to try and jump start my productivity levels again. Sometimes I’ll get outside and get some fresh air, I’ve found that can really help too. Basically it’s trial and error, but have a few methods up your sleeves to see what sticks that day. 


Give Yourself Some breathing Space 

I’m always very optimistic about what I can get done in a day, so will always over plan and ultimately leave myself not enough time on the clock to get the task in hand completed. It’s okay to not get everything done on your list in one day but it’s also a really great feeling if you’re able to. 


B x 

23 July 2020

Book Review: The Chestnut Man - Søren Sveistrup

“If you find one, he’s already fund you. A psychopath is terrorising Copenhagen. His calling care is ‘Chestnut Man’, a handmade doll made of matchsticks and 2 chestnuts, which he leaves at each bloody crib scene. Examining the dolls, forensics making a shocking discovery, a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government ministers daughter who have been kidnapped and murdered a year ago. A tragic coincidence or something more twisted? To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues. Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over. And no one is safe.” 


If you like books that keep you on the edge of your seat then I think you’ll really like 'The Chestnut Man' written by Søren Sveistrup. It’s a really fantastic read, that I think is really well written and always leaves you wanting to know more. Although the book is over 450 pages, it has reasonably short chapters which I think helps make for an easy read. The ending was definitely not what I was expecting but a great ending the had come full circle. I'll definitely be looking into more of Sveistrup's books. 


B x 

21 July 2020

Easy At Home Self Care Practices


Self care is a personally journey that’s unique to everyone. The things I do at home to practice self care may not be what works for you, and that’s okay. Now more than ever, we have to figure out ways to practice self care at home that will keep as safe and sane. If you feel like you’re struggling a little bit with stress and you want to take care of yourself but can’t get out and about, I came up with a few things you can try at home to recenter your mind and make it through the day. 


Watch Your Favourite Childhood Movie 

Times might have been a little simpler when you were younger, so consider streaming one of your favourite movies from your children to have a chill moment. 


Turn Up The Music & Dance 

Studies have shown that music makes you feel better, so if you’re stressed and need some time to centre yourself, crank up some music and dance around. Not only will the music itself ease any stress you might have but dancing will also keep your bloody pumping and the oxygen flowing. 


Take A Bath 

Whether it’s a bath or a shower, this form of relaxation can give your respite from an otherwise busy day, Even if it’s just a quick shower to rise off whatever’s weighing you down, it can help some people. 


Put Your Phone Away 

Social media can be a totally mixed bag of good and bad. Sometimes putting away your phone can help alleviate stress and reset your mind on positive things. Especially right now with everything going on in the world, constantly reading about it can get heavy. Give yourself time to break away from technology and just be alone with yourself. 


Sleep 

If a nap is your form of self care, then do it. If your brain is going a mile a minute and you just want to give it a break, let yourself rest and sleep, then get back to everything else when you wake up. 


Clean Everything 

I don’t know about you, but I find cleaning a great stress reliever and know I have a clean and cosy space makes me feel great. Put on some music and scrub and vacuum everything so you have a fresh space to relax in. 


Write Something 

Sometimes putting pen to paper just feels really good. Don’t let yourself think you have to write something coherent, maybe you just want to doodle a picture. But getting out some paper and a pen with give you something positive to focus on. 


Cook Yourself Something

Cooking is another thing that can keep you busy if you need something to do. If your form of self care involves creativity, try coming up with a new recipe or experiment with baking. 


Mediate

Mediation isn’t for everyone but it could help you if you need silence and calm. Mediation can make you less stressed, which might be the kind of self care you need. 


Snuggle A Pet

If you have a pet, let them be your form of self care. They just want to love you, so give them some snuggles and play with them.


B x 

16 July 2020

How To Reset Your Life

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A super quick post from me today but I hope it helps at least one of you who many find yourself stuck in a bit of a rut. Sometimes life can get a bit stagnate & we need to make changes or hit the reset button. I’ve experienced this too many times to count but what I’ve taken from the whole experience is that you shouldn’t try & change something that is currently working. Instead reflect on all areas of life & from there figure out what’s not working & make small changes until you find what works for you. 


I’ve actually got a bunch of resources below that I wanted to share with you on how to reset your life. These are resources I often go back to & I think they’ll help you more than any individual post I could put together. Let me know what you think! Have you tired giving your life a little reset & how did you get on? 


How To Reset Your Life; Becoming A Minimalist (Blogpost) 

How To Reset Your Life: MuchelleB (YouTube Playlist) 


B x 

14 July 2020

Why A Healthy Morning Routine Became Crucial While Working From Home

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Naturally I’m not a morning person, yet it’s something I’ve always wanted to be but if I had to choose between snoozing my alarm for an extra 15 minutes & basically anything else, you’d definitely find me in bed, with the curtains drawn fighting for a extra few minutes sleep. 


While it’s tempting to roll out of bed just minutes before my first meeting, I quickly realised that waking up earlier allows me the chance to have some time for myself & tackle some small tasks that are going to get my brain going. The result? Well, I feel more energised, focused & better equipped to tackle the day. These are some of the habits I’ve put into practice during my mornings & why you should do the same. 


Drink Water 

Dehydration has more side effects that you think & one of them including fatigue. I’ve found that this habit can actually be beneficial as a night time one too. I try to remember to drink a glass of water right before I go to bed & then again first thing in the morning. It immediately helps me feel more awake & less likely to hit snooze. 


Exercise 

I try & start my day with at least some basic stretching, even if I’m literally still sitting in bed. I know when I’m working from home that I’m less likely to get up from my workspace as often as I normally would & I’ve found that some simple stretching in the morning but also throughout the day helps keep my energy up & keeps me from feeling sluggish. 


Breakfast

I’ve never be a breakfast gal & breakfast often consisted of a cup of coffee. Now I’m trying to make time to actually sit down & eat something. Typically it’s just a piece of fruit but I want to start experimenting with some different recipes. Having something in my tummy definitely helps with my productivity first thing in the morning. 


Time To Unwind 

When you’re working from home it can be difficult to set boundaries. I try yo do something in the morning that isn’t work or school related, whether it’s reading a few pages of my book, completing a word find or mediating for a few minutes. This helps give me a sense of work-life balances which I believe is crucial. 


What are some of your crucial morning routine rituals? 


B x 

12 July 2020

How Time Blocking My Schedule Increased My Productivity Levels

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In today’s society it seems like everyone is juggling 1,000 tasks at once. While we all have a lot on our plates, it can be hard to stay productive when working non-stop in order to complete tasks, chores achieve our goals & on top of all the, practice self-care. If you’re anything like me & you’re sick of add more bullet points to your never ending to-do list, I really encourage you to consider time block scheduling. 


So, what exactly is it? Time block schedule is when you set aside specific blocks of time to work on certain tasks. The result? It was a total game changer for my time management skills, stress relief & I was able to make sure I was getting everything completed while also having times to take substantial breaks. 


Figure Out What Organisational Tool Works Best For You 

How do you work best? Personally, I rely heavily on my iCal paired with my planner but I know friends that simply just use one or the other. Point being, find the system that works best for you. However you choose to map out your blocks of time, make sure you have a visual to see what you’ll be working on & when. 


Prioritising Tasks 

Know what the most important, pressing tasks are & knock those out before moving on to anything else. That was, you have time to readjust your schedule accordingly if anything unexpected issue arise. If something does pop up out of the blue you’ll be grateful that you accomplished your toughest tasks earlier on in the day. Plus, it also helps procrastinating because let’s face it, we’ve all been there before. 


SMART Goals 

Don’t know what SMART goals are? SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant & Time-Bound. When setting tasks & time blocking my schedule for the day I always refer back to the concept of SMART goals. Time blocking your day can be over-whelming to begin with but I can assure you it is so worth it & has been such a game changer when it comes to my daily productivity. 


B x 

9 July 2020

4 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When You're Feeling Burnt Out

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Wondering how to recover from burnout? We all have ambitious goals & lofty to-do lists but between it all it’s important to find time for yourself. If you work yourself too much, burnout will come sneaking around uninvited & we have all learned that hard way at least once that you can’t perform & deliver your best work when you’re tired & stressed. So if you feel burnout approaching, ask yourself these four questions & see how you get on. 


When Was The Last Time I Said No To Something? 

Learning to set boundaries up for yourself & sating no is crucial. You need to protect yourself from burnout by taking on a realistic workload & learning how to say no when you’re overwhelmed & overworked. If you find yourself asking how to recover from burnout, this is the first step. This applies to social commitments & personal goals too, if you’re saying yes to everything you might find you’re getting overwhelmed. It’s important to learn to protect your energy. 


Am I Getting Enough Sleep?

It’s not get about the hours of sleep you’re getting, it’s about the quality of sleep you’re getting. Make your bedroom a stress-free place. If you’re like me & have an office & bedroom in one, create a routine that signifies for you the end of a work day. 


When Was The Last Time I Moved My Body?

Here I’m talking about all kinds of movement of your body whether that is some light stretching, yoga, a gentle work or a session at the gym. Ask yourself this & find something that requires you to move your body, that you enjoy doing & that you can implement into your routine now. It’s going to give your mind a break & allow you to process the day properly. 


Who Can I Talk To About This? 

Burnout never feels great but keeping it to yourself feels even worse. Think about who you can offload your feelings & emotions too, whether that’s a friend, family member or a therapist. It feels great to offload your feelings & work through your thought processes, something we just need to be able to see things from another perspective. 


B x 

7 July 2020

Creating A Zen Workplace At Home

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Before we all experienced lockdown, a lot of us didn’t need a space at home but now more than ever, we need to be creating spaces at home that are both calm & productive. Working from home isn’t something that’s new to me but I know it was & still is a very new reality for many people. I know that from working from home before that I need a very calm space but also a space where I know I’m going to be productive & really focus on my work. These are just a few of the tips & tricks I have to creating the perfect calm yet productive work space at home. 


Select A Scent

Smell, being one of the five sense, can control your moods & emotions. They also add a personal touch to your space. Create a calming environment by selecting a signature scent for you office. You could use candles, diffusers & essential oils but I also really enjoy using room sprays to freshen up my office. 


It Takes Two

As handy & portable laptops are, having a second screen makes working from home just that little bit easier. There’s no need to be flicking through tabs, you’re able to watch a video or look over data while talking to a colleague or taking notes on the other screen. Obviously not a necessity, but super useful. 


Green Thumb

Going green is a movement that is trending for a reason. Adding a low maintenance plant to your space will not only add a pop of colour, some plants even help to improve air quality. Beside, having a living thing in your workspaces requires you to water & look after it which means you have a good reason to be in your office in the first place. 


Smart Storage

I’ve recently re-done my office organisation & storage but it’s really the key when it comes to at home work spaces. There’s nothing worse than a cluttered desk especially if it has nothing to do with work. Storage on wheels is always a great options as it can be moved to a less visible place easily & as needed. 


Comfort Is Key

The most important piece of furniture in an at desk home work space is the desk chair & I learnt that the hard way. You’re most likely going to be spending a lot of time sitting down in it, so it makes sense for it to be comfortable. But it doesn’t have to be the only crucial chair in your life. Adding a beanbag or sofa couch to your office space can give you a place to unwind but also prevents you from wandering off into the lounge & procrastinating. 


B x 

5 July 2020

Winter Night Skincare Routine

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When it’s cold & dark  outside all I want to do is cosy up in the warmth & what beer way to do so than to treat yourself to a bit of an at home facial. I believe I’ve already talked briefly about my skincare lineup for winter, linked here, but I’ve switched up a few products & had somethings change so I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of my new favourite products. 


For the first time in what feels like forever I’ve switched up my cleanser from The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Cleanser to Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser & Antipodes Gentle Cream Cleanser & Makeup Remover. I think the biggest difference I’ve noticed in my skin is that added moisture. While The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Cleanser was great & still is great for really digging deep & clearly out impurities, it was just to much for my skin now to be using daily. The winter months tend to leave me with really dry skin so the added moisture has been a delightful treat to my skin. 


Moisturiser is something else that I don’t typically change up too often but I have fallen in love with Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream. It carries a whole lot of gorgeous properties with it such as Vinanza Grape Seed oil which keeps skin healthy & energised, Manuka Honey which has potent anti-blemish properties & Rosehip oil which holds high levels of vitamin A & C & essential fatty acids to help reduce the appearance of scars & wrinkles. It’s a really gorgeous moisturiser. 


In terms of face masks I’ve fallen back in love with the L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks. There are three in the range that are all targeted for different results. All three masks hold 3 pure clays & are then combined with either Eucalyptus, Charcoal or Red Algae to help target specific areas. The Purity & Mattify Mask holds the Eucalyptus which is known for it’s purifying properties, the Detox & Brightening Mask holds the Charcoal which is known to act like a magnet to draw out impurities & the Glow & Refining Mask holds the Red Algae which is known for it’s brightening properties. I love that you’re able to create a tailored detox regime with your own multi-masking solution & that you can apply either 1, 2 or 3 masks at a time to address your skins needs depending on the day. 


B x 

2 July 2020

2020: Favourites #03

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The fact that it's the first day of July is a little scary because where the heck has this year gone? I feel like we celebrated Christmas & New Year, then we went into lockdown, came out of lockdown & now it's July. It just feels odd, but nonetheless, I've still got a few new products to share with you that I've been loving over the past couple of months. 


Lush 

While we were in lockdown I ordered a bunch of products from Lush. I ordered some all time favourites & some new bits & pieces to give a go. As many of you know, Lush is one of my favourite shops, not only for all their gorgeous products & scents, but also that they're cruelty free. They have something for everyone so I highly recommend you jump into your local Lush store & give them a go. All the products I've loved using this past month will be linked below if you'd like to look more into some of my all time faves. 


Lush Ultra Balm All Purpose Balm

Lush Ultra Bland Face Cleanser

Lush Sleepy Bubble Bar, Soap & Lotion 

Lush Nana Bubble Bar 

Lush Peachy Bath Bomb 

Lush Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb 

Lush Blackberry Bath Bomb 

Lush Honey I’ve Wash The Kids Soap


Antipodes 

I'm extremely new to the brand Antipodes but the products I've used so far I've throughly enjoyed & my skin is looking amazing! Antipodes is definitely more of a high end brand but I don't mind spending a little extra when it comes to really good skincare products. 


Antipodes Gentle Cream Cleanser & Makeup Remover

Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Cream 


Garnier Hair Masks

I love a good hair mask, especially one that is affordable & easily accessible. Garnier have some of the most beautiful hair masks & I throughly enjoy using them in my hair care routine. 


Fructis Hair Food Smoothing Macadamia Mask For Dry & Unruly Hair

Fructis Hair Food Aloe Vera Mask For Dry To Normal Hair


Gro-Sure House Plant Products 

It was actually well before lockdown that I became obsessed with house plants. I feel like now I'm not only the crazy cat lady but I'm also the crazy plant lady. After we came out of lockdown I picked up a few products that would assist my beautiful plants to grow to their full potential & I must say, they're looking fabulous. I highly recommend this brand if you're looking for a plant feed for your indoor plants. 


Gro-Sure Houseplant Mist & Feed 

Gro-Sure Houseplant Pump & Feed

Gro-Sure Cacti & Succulent Pump & Feed


Hand Creams & Nail/Cuticle Oil 

With the increase amount of hand washing & use of hand sanitiser along with the colder months upon us, I've been using a bunch of different products to ensure that my hands, nails & cuticles are in a healthy state. 


Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Fast Absorbing Hand Cream 

Dove Nourishing Secrets Hand Cream 

Essie Apricot Nail & Cuticle Oil

NZ Happy Hands Hand Sanitiser 


Converse Sneakers 

I've just recently just brought myself some new converse & they have been my go to sneaker for a long time now. They are super comfortable & versatile, looking great with any almost any outfit. 


What have been some of your recent favourites? Let me know if you think there's something out there I need to try! 


B x 

28 June 2020

At Home Minimal Makeup


A quick post from me today! I know we've all been spending a lot more time indoors & at home however I've still been really enjoying playing around with makeup. I thought I'd put together a post about the minimal makeup I've been using & loving over the past couple of months. It's definitely nothing spectacular but it achieves that really beautiful, natural & put together look without too much effort! 

Face

Brows 

Eyes 

B x 

25 June 2020

How To Plan Your Day When Working From Home


Whether you’re new to working from home or simply need some tips on how to plan your day, here are some techniques to help you stay on track throughout your day. 


Create Desk Goals

I’ve found that it’s easier to get into a routine if you have a desk or even just an area in your home that is your area while you work. Ideally, you might find that you want to convert a space room into a home office but if your home doesn’t allow for that a part of the dinning room/lounge/bedroom can work just as well. Try to find some space for your laptop, notes and a good cup of coffee, not matter how small. 


Be Strict With Time

When working from home, home life can easily mesh with your professional life. To prevent this from happening & for me to be completely aware of what need to be done when I will have routines & block periods of time throughout my day for certain tasks. Even though we’re working from home, we must set work hours for ourselves. It automatically gives us a routine to follow & offers us that structure we would usually get when working at the office. 


What Planner Suits You? 

A planner that will help you structure your to-do’s, goals & work all in one is really helpful when working from home. A daily planner can help you create structure in the day but maybe you feel you need something to help you see the bigger picture & that’s when a weekly desk planner can come in handy. 


Track Time If You Lose Focus

Time tracking apps are very useful to help you make the most of your working hours. It could also help you figure out how many hours you’ve spent on a project. I also find time blocking in iCal to be really helpful as well. It’s flexible but also allows me to see where my day is heading & how busy I’m going to be. 


B x