Friday, 24 November 2017

Things I do to practice Self Care

Self care is a concept that has been floating around for a while now, and I'm a firm advocate. One of the most important things I learnt at university was to enjoy spending time alone, and I definitely practised alot of self care whilst I was living in Canterbury. Self care is something I do when I'm feeling a little low, and can feel myself getting stressed. If I take a moment to treat myself with a bit of care then everything else will be that little bit easier.

Read a good book

Reading has, and probably always will be, one of my favourite past times. If I'm feeling a bit under the weather, or if I've had a bad day, snuggling up with a book is definitely something I'll choose to do. I love wrapping up in a blanket and getting stuck into a good read.

Have a hot bath

Having a hot bath is bound to make me feel better. If I've had a bad day, or I'm feeling especially tired, I usually turn to my bath tub for some comfort. I try not to have too many baths because I know it can be a huge waste of water, so when I do have one, I tend to treat myself with a lush bath bomb which adds to the relaxing atmosphere.


Usually when I'm run down, my whole body takes a hit. One of the things I do to practice self care is to give myself a pamper. I might use a face mask or just use one of my more expensive products. This isn't something I'd do as often as I'd like so perhaps this winter I'll find some time to use a face mask and relax.

Have one of my favourite dinners

When you're feeling run down, you should probably head straight for a healthy nutritious dinner but sometimes that just won't cut it. If I'm in need of a little self care, I'll cook one of my favourite dinners - probably spag bol or sausage and mash.

Self care is so important. If we don't look after ourselves, it's all too easy to get run down and then everything else in your life begins to slide. I know for me, at least, my relationships and work ethic, are all intertwined with my well-being so practising self care is incredibly important.

Do you practice self care?


Sunday, 12 November 2017

A New Look

 It's been over two years now since I had a blog refresh, and I fancied a bit of a change as you can see. Whilst I loved my old blog design, I wanted something that had a couple of extra user friendly functions like the button which takes you back to the top of my blog for example. I kept my header, as I LOVE it but thanks to Phil at pipdig things are looking slightly different!

In the past couple of months I've really been enjoying my blog, and have been posting a lot more frequently than the rest of the year. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in everyday things but when you enjoy something, it's worth making the time for it too.

Posting every Friday is a routine that I've got into, and I find it so helpful to have an achievable focus. I honestly have so much admiration for any blogger who works full time and posts more than once a week! If I feel like I'm falling behind with a posting schedule, I tend to lose some of my inspiration so posting once a week has been a game-changer for me.

I'm looking forward to getting stuck in with my new blog design and create lots of new content. Travel has been a huge theme on my blog this year, but with no further trips planned (YET!), I'll be focusing on lifestyle content which I'm pretty excited about.

What do you think of my new blog theme?

Friday, 3 November 2017

House of MinaLima

 The House of MinaLima, located in Greek Street London, is the dream gallery of any Harry Potter fan. I was in London recently for my sister's graduation, and knew that we'd both want to check the gallery out. With Sarah's boyfriend in tow, we headed off to the dreamy pink building in Soho.

It's such an amazing gallery, and you can really feel the thought that went into creating everything inside. It's worth noting that when you arrive you will need to book onto a free guided tour, you can't go around the gallery without a tour. We arrived and the first tour was full, but we only had to wait thirty minutes until the next one. It's definitely worth the wait.

On the ground floor is the shop which you can peruse whilst you wait, or after the tour itself. There's prints, postcards and books - but they are fairly pricey. I fell in love with so many of the prints so I may have to go back and treat myself.

Before long, it was time for our tour! Sadly, I don't remember her name but our tour guide was fantastic. She spoke for a short while in each room, and then let us explore ourselves. It's not a huge gallery, and they do fill the tours - but I found that we had enough time in each room to have a good look around at the incredible pieces of art work in the gallery.

The first two floors, and half of the third floor, were filled with Harry Potter artwork. From newspapers, to 'wanted signs' and the marauders map, we were treated to some incredible pieces that had me wishing I'd recieved that Hogwarts letter aged eleven. Our tour guide gave us such insightful information which really helped us to visualise the way the artists worked. On the middle floor, she told us that Miraphora Mina had asked for the blueprints for the set so that when she hand drew the marauder's map, it would match the set!

I especially enjoyed the artwork surrounding the Weasley twins shop. It was so bright and fun, and yet it still kept the magic of the darker more traditional pieces of artwork usually reminiscent of the Harry Potter series.

It was so magical being in an art gallery full of the Harry Potter artwork, and there was even a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them room as well which I enjoyed! MinaLima have such a distinct style and it will always remind me of my childhood, which was filled with the wizarding world.

Have you been to the House of MinaLima?
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