Friday, 5 February 2016

10 Simple and Soulful New Years Resolutions

New Year’s Eve and the holidays have come and gone, and most people have settled back into their daily routines again. For many, this means that their well-intentioned resolutions may have gone by the wayside. Luckily, however, resolutions don’t have to start at 12:01 on January 1st. You can start any time you like. Your resolution doesn’t have to be difficult or involve numbers on a scale, either. Here are 10 easy-to-do resolutions that will fill your soul this year:

1. Pamper yourself
Take some time for you this year. Have more baths, get more massages, or even boost your confidence with something like plastic surgery Manchester. Make yourself feel good and feel confident to take on the world.

2.     Start a diary
Take stock of your feelings and emotions every day. Starting a diary gets you in touch with your feelings, and gives you someone to “talk” to when you’re feeling down or out of sorts.

3.     De-clutter
Getting rid of excess “stuff” in your home can be good for your soul. Studies show that disorganization and clutter can cause stress and mental health issues. Clear away all that extra baggage and live a more free life.

4.     Meditate
Take some time out as often as you can to clear your mind and focus. A good restful meditation can restore your mind and your spirit, and offer a way for you to connect with your emotions and thoughts.

5.     Do regular good deeds for others
Fill your soul with good. Help those in need, whether they be friends or strangers. Drop some money in a hat or bring a homeless person a sandwich. Do what you can to be a bright spot in someone’s day.

6.     Reconnect/be kind to family and old friends
Too many of us lose touch with family and friends or get hung-up on past disagreements and arguments. Let go of all of that this year and reach out. Your soul will thank you for reconnecting.

7.     Volunteer
Studies show that one of the best ways to make yourself happy is to give your time. It doesn’t cost anything, and you can make a huge difference. Pick a favorite charity and ask them how you can help.

8.     Play
There are times to be serious, but there are also times when there’s no reason to be serious. Embrace your inner child and be playful this year. Have impromptu dance parties in your kitchen, sing loudly on a regular basis, and make up funny nicknames for your friends. Just be goofy!

9.     Unplug/be present
When you’re with others, put down your device, take out those headphones, and truly concentrate on them. Listen, ask questions, and show that you appreciate that someone has taken the time to spend time and share with you. You’ll learn a lot about others and about yourself, too.

10. Forgive others and yourself
As Elsa said, “let it go.” There’s no need to hold on to past grievances or perceived slights. Forgive yourself for actions and mistakes that you can’t possibly change. Call up an old friend, or email them if you’re more comfortable, and tell them you forgive them, but also apologize for any part you played in the separation. You may be saying things that the other person has wanted to say all along.
This year, instead of focusing on numbers on a scale or accomplishments at work, do something that will enrich your soul and make you connect with the world. These ten ideas will help you to do just that.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Living Room Decor Ideas

As most of you may know we moved house a few months ago and we're now in the process of finishing off the last few rooms one of which is the living room. 

Our new house is a cottage style new build in a village location so we wanted to keep the decor more country and rustic but with a few modern features. Overall we'd like to achieve a room that looks pretty but is very cosy at the same time.

Something that we had to have to help us with that cosy feel was a wood burning stove so we chose this one from Charnwood and it's amazing, We've never had a real fire before and I'm a complete convert now, I can't imagine not having one. 

It not only keeps the room really warm on cold winters nights but it makes a wonderful feature, when it's burning away you can't hep but stare at it, there's no need for a TV when we've got the fire going, I could look at it all night.

Something else that I feel contributes to the cosy feel is the flooring and for me it has to be wood flooring. I love the classic look of oak wood but we're not sure whether to go for Engineered Oak Flooring or Solid Oak Flooring as both have their pros and cons. Engineered flooring is slightly more hard wearing but solid flooring can be sanded and re-finished as many times as you like. It's something we need to make a decision on but I think both look equally beautiful.

I'd like to keep the colour scheme light and airy which is why I love the sofa and it looks really comfortable too which is super important to me. Never mind a sofa that looks stunning if it's uncomfortable then what's the point?

Lastly we want to bring in some contemporary features with the lighting, I love the industrial looking chandelier, I think the contrast with that and the cosy cottage style decor will look amazing and I fell in love with the glass mason jar lamp from Dunelm, I just think it's so sweet and will look lovely on our sideboard.

Let me know what you think of my ideas.


Sunday, 20 December 2015

A Super Fun Christmas Quiz

If you're looking for a fun game to play with friends at a Christmas get together then this will be perfect for you. UKTV have devised this brilliant TV Christmas Quiz which includes fun multiple choice questions about TV shows on some of our favourite TV channels.

You can choose the difficulty level depending on how confident you are, the harder the question the more points you get.

The fact that the questions are multiple choice makes things easier anyway so you don't need to be a die hard watcher of the channel to guess the answer. 

The aim is to complete it with as many points as possible and you could even offer a little prize as an incentive to get people playing.

I think it's a really fun little game that most people could play because let's face it we all watch TV, if you decide to have a go let me know in a comment how many points you got.


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