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 


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!


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.

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'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. 

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

  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