10 ways to beat the January blues

So I don’t know if anyone else agrees with me but January is the worst month of the year, why? because its cold, we are just getting over Christmas and Spring and Summer is still a long way off. It’s common for people to feel more down at this time of year, the long dark evenings and waking up to dark mornings, we all need to remember to do things to keep us happy and content.

I believe feeling happy and cosy in our own homes can really help this. We all look forward to getting home after a long day’s work and getting settled in our homes, maybe lighting some candles or cooking a nice meal, so here are my top tips to beat the winter blues!

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  1. Get some fresh air – make the time to get outside each day and breath in the fresh air, even if we work indoors all day just taking 10 minutes out will really boost our mood.
  2. Fresh flowers – a quick and easy way to brighten up our homes is to buy a bunch of your favourite fresh flowers, guaranteed to brighten up any room in the house.
  3. Make some plans – January for me is my time of the year to make a list of all the things I want to do during the year, whether its planning a summer holiday, days out or meeting up with friends it gives us something to look forward to.
  4. Have a bath – sounds really simple but taking some time for yourself, having a long soak and using your favourite products helps to relax us.
  5. Get cosy – this time of year we all crave being cosy, so if you have a fire get it lit, get the candles on and snuggle up with a hot drink or your favourite tipple, the perfect way to forget everything that is going on the outside world.
  6. Change things up – the new year always makes us think of new starts, resolutions, how about changing one of the rooms in your house? Re-paint a room, go for a completely different colour and theme, or just change some of your accessories, this can also make a huge difference to a room’s look.
  7. Treat yourself – now this doesn’t mean spending a lot of money on yourself, maybe your weakness is clothes or something for the home. It’s always nice to treat ourselves to something small to give us that little lift.
  8. Visit your happy place – whether it’s a walk along the beach, in the woods or just popping to your local cafe with a friend for a coffee and a catch-up, getting out and about for a change of scenery will always do you the world of good.
  9. Sing! – now I’m not saying go and sing in the street or perform in a local bar, but sing in the comfort of your own home. Sing in the shower or while your doing the housework, get that upbeat music blaring and sing your heart out!
  10. Give thanks – this is a really easy one to do, get some pieces of paper or a notebook and write down all the good things that have happened that day or week, it will help you focus on all the many positive things that happen to us all the time.

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So these are just some of the things you can do to help you beat those January blues, give them a try and I’d love to know if you have any good suggestions.

Mint and Molly xx

 

 

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Tips for bloggers

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It’s a common problem that I am sure all bloggers encounter…………….knowing what to blog about. I along with many others often hit writers block. What shall I write about? Have I covered this before? Will people find it interesting?

Here are some tips on how to be the most organised blogger you can be whilst also having constant fresh and new ideas.

1. Get organised – having a plan will always help, as I often worry about what my next post is going to be about I plan ahead. I have a weekly planner and write on specific dates the blog post I am going to upload. It takes the pressure off if you schedule ahead with your ideas. I use a planner printed from a brilliant page called Scattered Squirrel, there are lots of different planners on the site, daily, weekly, monthly etc.

I also love this weekly planner from SkandiDesign on etsy, it has enough space on each page to add more than one item for each entry on each day (plus it looks really pretty too). This is perfect to carry around with me for when I get a sudden rush of inspiration or ideas.

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2. Time management – there are many bloggers out there (me included) who don’t blog as their full-time job, we have other aspects of our life that we have to ft it around, work, college, family. So plan your time. Set a reminder or record in a diary/planner to set aside 30 minutes or an hour a day to spend time on your blog, before I did this I always felt like time was running away with me and I wasn’t achieving anything, I also write my blogs ahead of their posting date, that way I don’t feel like I am chained to the pc having to write everyday. I often write 2 or 3 blogs in one go and then schedule them in.

3. Read other blogs – now this isn’t copying, its getting inspiration. Follow lots of blogs too that are similar to yours. Not only do you get inspired but you can also make potential blogger friends, other bloggers are often happy to share ideas and experiences and maybe even mention you or link to your own blog if they feel its relevant. I follow a lot of blogs through Bloglovin’, it sends you daily updates on the latest posts by blogs you follow, kind of like all your favourite blogs in one place.

4. Enjoy blogging!! – I always say nothing is ever worth doing in life unless you really enjoy it. It should never feel like a chore, the more you enjoy something the better you will be at it. If it helps to have some nice items to use when blogging then why not stock up on some beautiful new stationery or make sure that when you sit down to blog you have your favourite snack to munch or have some music playing in the background, anything that will help you to feel relaxed and enjoy your time while you are working away.

5. Keep it seasonal – it goes without saying that you wouldn’t blog about your homemade Christmas cake in the middle of summer or do a piece on winter clothes in spring. Depending on the time of year people’s interests can be heavily influenced by the seasons. Now we are in September and the kids are back at school thoughts are turning towards halloween, bonfire night, snuggling in front of the fire, autumnal fashion and hearty food such as nourishing stews and hot cups of tea with slices of cake.

6. Keep it visual – Now as everyone knows the secret to a good blog is quality content, but I also think images make a blog. I would never want to read a blog post unless it had at least one image in it, it helps to tie it all together. If you are using images from other sites always make sure you reference them in your post and add a link from the original source of that image or get their permission to use it.

I hope you have found these tips useful, I would love to hear if you have any tips on blogging and your experiences along the way.

L xx

My month in pictures – April

Now that spring is definitely here my month in pictures is filled with all things pretty and sunny-ish.

Daffodils
Spring isn’t spring without some daffs!
Easter cake
A cute little cake that my daughter made, it didn’t last long after this photo was taken.
Magnolia
The beautiful magnolia tree in my parent’s garden.
Highcliffe Castle
Highcliffe castle
Woodland walk
A lovely woodland walk at Highcliffe castle.
Starter, food
My starter! Although I was sharing it with my friend…yum!