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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20 facts about me

20 facts

Now this is something I love reading on other blogs, it gives a light-hearted insight into someone so here goes, 20 random facts about moi!

1. I’m a bit of a petrol head – ever since I was a girl I have been into cars, new and old, maybe because I was brought up in a family of car lovers, I can identify any car on the road by model and name, I can even work out what car it is just by looking at the wheels alone!

2. I’m a fairly close relative to Chris Martin from Cold Play (blood relation not just through marriage)……..true……honest!

3. I have a double jointed thumb.

4. As a girl I had a pet tortoise called Fred.

5. My TV guilty pleasures are The Only Way is Essex, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and The Housewives of……series.

6. I am petrified of moths and cockroaches, even typing the words is making my skin crawl.

7. I have been in the audience at a Big Brother live eviction, I even took a banner with me which Davina McCall saw and pointed and laughed at.

8. I have a bucket list and have managed to achieve some of them, so far I have swam with dolphins, flew over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter and took part in a fun run for charity (have done 2 so far), but I still have plenty to tick off!

9. One day I would love to own a VW camper van.

10. My husband and I completely renovated our last house, it was a Victorian property and we did everything ourselves apart from the things we couldn’t do such as treat it for woodworm and fit a new boiler. Blood, sweat and tears went into that place and my husband and I are very proud of what we achieved.

11. I have been writing a book for many years, its something I love to do but don’t always get the time I need to spend on it.

12. I have a 3 year old daughter who is the light of my life.

13. I love anything to do with interior design, its one of my main passions in life, I have a diploma in it too!

14. My favourite flower is the sweet pea, the scent is amazing and I love how delicate they look.

15. I have driven a 50 seater coach (it was part of a driving experience day and it was amazing).

16. I have a phobia of nail files, I cannot bear to touch the rough side of it and the thought of filing my nails is like torture to me.

17. My favourite film is ‘Rear Window’ starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly.

18. My perfect dinner guest would be either Tom Hanks or Audrey Hepburn.

19. I have twin brothers, but they are not identical, actually they couldn’t be more different both in looks and personality.

20. My perfect day – well actually I have 2, spending it with my husband and daughter of course, but if on my own then I can happily read a book and drink tea, the simple things in life.

Well I hope that gave you a little insight in me!

TTFN, L x

Me

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┬ásends 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!

A New Year a New You!

Let’s not pretend that we are going to stick to all of our new years resolutions. There are the main ones such as eating more healthily or losing weight, and the ones around emotional goals such as doing more things to make us happy or enjoying new experiences, but let’s be honest, there is no point making a list of resolutions that we know we just won’t stick to or achieve. So I have come up with a plan, break them down into smaller chunks if you like. Health – instead of saying you are going to lose lots of weight how about just making sure you swap one indulgence for something healthier. I am sat here writing this whilst eating some Xmas chocolate, so instead I should be eating some fruit!

If its to do more exercise then simply by taking the stairs instead of the lift is far easier than saying I’m going to run 5, 6, 7 miles per week.

These little things will make a difference and you will feel like you’ve achieved something, as opposed to saying you will cut out all naughty food and run every day, its just not going to happen and the end result is that by February we feel like a failure because we haven’t stuck to our resolutions. If you achieve the little goals throughout the year rather than trying to achieve massive goals and giving up by springtime then you won’t benefit in the long run. Little and often makes it much easier to achieve. By the way here are my new year’s resolutions:

1. A 10 minute brisk walk every day

2. Write more blogs!

3. Eat at least one piece of fruit per day (because I don’t currently eat any)

4. Read more books

5. Do more yoga

6. Plan weekly meals and stick to them

So here are some nice, enjoyable and ACHIEVABLE resolutions.

Happy New Year!