Sunday, 4 April 2021

How to get a good nights sleep| My Night Time Routine


Getting a good nights sleep and having a bed time routine has really helped with my self care routine of late so I thought I'd share with you in case you're struggling with sleep or want to amp up your current routine!

Take a shower or a bath

A lot of us shower in the mornings to get us awake and ready for the day but it's also a great way to unwind and relax. After having a warm bath, our body temperature tends to drop which then helps induce a good nights sleep. I find using a relaxing muscle soak bubble bath and and lavender essential oils in the bath along with some tea lights, a good book and/or some calming music all help to add to a therapeutic experience to wind down ready for bed.

Massage and moisturising

The act of moisturising and massaging my skin before bed is another way that helps me to unwind and get ready for bed, especially after my shower or bath. Chris recently bought me a lovely pamper kit which contained the Avon Planet Spa Aromatherapy Beauty Sleep Body Butter and the Avon Aromatherapy Overnight Sleep Mask which are a real treat to use!



I take my time to apply them and slowly massage them in, again to aid in relaxation with both smell of French lavender and chamomile. Not only does it feel lovely to apply these, it also leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft so it's a win all round doubling up as part of my self care routine too.


Cosy Pyjamas

This one feels like a no brainer but comfy and cosy pyjamas 100% help to make you feel more relaxed. Soft material against your skin can't help but make you feel all snuggled and chilled out. I particularly like pyjamas that are teddy or polar fleece material for that extra snug feeling.

Horlicks

A warm drink at bed time has really helped me to get to sleep recently, especially over the colder months and my go to is Horlicks. I hadn't had it for years and I'd forgotten how comforting it is! Not only that, it's high in vitamins- 14 in fact as well as minerals too. 

I opt for the instant Horlicks that just adds water and is free from and sweeteners, preservatives and of course caffeine which is a big no no before bed. Caffeine should be stopped 4-6 hours before bed to ensure a good nights sleep so for me Horlicks is pretty perfect. I've also found that since I've started having Horlicks before bed I no longer wake up in the night with hunger pangs which has also aided my sleep.

Mood lighting

Trying to relax in a room with the main light on is just plain wrong! I've got one of the light alarm clocks (similar one here) which doubles up as mood lighting too with it's various colours and light levels. I love to have in on changing colours or a purple colour- perhaps because of the lavender I've been using? Who knows. Either way the low light followed by my warm cup of Horlicks really helps to make my bedroom a relaxing place that welcomes sleep.

Pillow mist

So once I've had the hot drink, in my cosy pjs and feeling suitably relaxed, the final thing I like to do is use a pillow mist. Again this was from the lovely pamper set Chris bought me but I adore the Avon's Aromatherapy Beauty Sleep Pillow mist. The scent is the same as the body butter and sleep mask and really helps to add another layer of scent to sleep. It's instantly soothing and makes your bedding smell soothing and fresh. 

So those are a few of my little hints and tips at how I unwind. I also have some tips to note if you are struggling to sleep and do find yourself laying there.

Don't check the time!

Checking the time is the worst thing you can do. I used to do this but it would wind me up knowing I only have X amount of time left to get sleep. 

Avoid checking your phone

We all know the light on our phones stimulates us so just by looking at you'll be waking yourself up. Mindless scrolling will not help you get off to sleep!

Have you got any tips you use that work for you to aid sleep? I'd love to hear them! 



Thursday, 1 April 2021

Planning A Wedding During A Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has made one thing clear: life is too short to hang around and wait for things that you want right?

This includes getting married. 

While the current rules mean that you can’t necessarily have the fairy tale wedding that we have always dreamed of, it doesn't mean that you can’t go ahead and plan a wedding that is special and meaningful. It is much harder when you can’t go and visit all the venues and shops that you would have otherwise done.

Now you may be thinking why are you writing about this Kat? You're married!? Well my wedding wasn't a typical wedding either so I am have some tips to help you plan the perfect wedding during a pandemic.



Act quickly - or take your time

Usually, when you are planning your wedding, you have your choice of dates, and most of us look at dates in the future - but not too far into the future. The pandemic has made that a thing of the past for now. you pretty much have to act quickly and take the dates available to you or wait for several years. With weddings having been postponed left, right, and centre in the past year, the next couple of years are pretty much fully booked unless you take on something at the last minute.


Of course, planning a last-minute thing can be incredibly stressful, (trust me I know) but if you think about the things that you truly need to make your day special, it can also be simple. For example, concentrate on how to get a wedding dress quickly, organise flowers and rings and make sure you have all of the legal processes of giving notice and organising your witnesses in place. Often, everything else falls into line when you have these sorted, especially if you don't have a big wedding reception to sort out as well.

For us we had a matter of weeks in order to be wed as we were moving abroad for a year or two, so we popped to our local registry office to get married and had a small intimate ceremony of 4 guests witnessing this special moment. 


Consider a two-part wedding

These are likely to a big thing for the foreseeable future and I can say from experience- they're actually pretty cool! Couples want to get married to seal the legal side of things, but they also want the big day and the moments with their family and friends, without the restrictions that are currently in place. 


Many couples are opting to do the legal side of the marriage now - going to a registry office with just their family or witnesses, and then planning the wedding celebrations for a later date, when restrictions have been lifted. If you are eager to get married, this may be an option worth taking into consideration. 


This is exactly what Chris and I did. We needed to get married but still wanted a party with family and friends which we planned for 9 months later and having a two-parter massively takes the stress off. You can truly enjoy your day without worrying about the legal part!


Allow yourself time to grieve

If you have made the decision to or have been forced to cancel your wedding - or are deciding to go ahead but with fewer guests and without the big celebration that you hoped for, you may be feeling sad and angry. That is absolutely fine, you have every right to feel like this! For many couples, it is a day they have dreamed about for a long time, and for it to be postponed or not done the way they hoped, can be devastating. If this is the case for you, allow yourself the opportunity to grieve. On your ‘should-have-been’ day, if you have cancelled, plan something lovely to take your mind off it. A few of my friends were in this situation last year and marked the occasion with a nice meal together and have since re-scheduled for this year.

The main thing to remember is the most important thing is marrying your best friend, the rest will fall into place and you'll find a plan that works for you.




If you're interested in finding out more about Chris and I's wedding story, check out this post and be sure to click on the wedding category on the right hand side of my blog for DIYs and wedding prep too. In the meantime I hope you have a beautiful wedding day.







Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Tips To Improve Your eBay Sales


Believe it or not, eBay has been around since 1995! There are many people who make their living by selling their items on eBay or finding items to resell for a profit. Those people have eBay down to fine art and can teach you a lot about making money on the platform.



I've been buying and selling on eBay since 2006 so whether you’re looking to launch a new business venture or make a little money on the side, here are some tips to improve your eBay sales.

Start with something your know

It’s always easier to buy and sell things that you know about. You’ll be able to spot a bargain and know a realistic price to sell it for. You’ll be able to maximize your profits. Think about what topics you’re knowledgeable about, this could be anything from skincare to classic movie posters. For me its clothing, looking at last seasons designers or hot trends of the moment. Whatever it is you know about, it's sure to have a section on eBay.


Over time, you can learn about different products and industries to enable you to expand your profit margins.

 

Reduce postage costs

If you’re making eBay your business, you want to build up a good impression with your packaging. We’ve all received an eBay item wrapped in a plastic shopping bag and covered in tape. You want to go for something more professional than that while still keeping costs down. Buying in bulk is often the way to achieve this as well as choosing your delivery service well. High postage costs can put buyers off your items so you want to make them as low as possible while still providing a reliable service. Try delivery bidding sites to see the prices you can get. You’re looking for the best price for a professional and reliable service.
 
 

Build up your profile as a buyer

Trust is a vital part of the eBay experience. Sellers with bad feedback or no feedback are often avoided. Yet you need to start somewhere. Collect good feedback as an eBay buyer, so that when you start selling, you have a record of positive reviews.

Ensure your profile is professional too. A username that might have been hilarious at the time, is probably not the best way to attract customers. Keep your name as something similar to your actual name or something descriptive of what you’re selling.
 

Take advantage of seller promotions

Keep an eye out for the seller promotions that eBay often runs. They usually arrive in your inbox and offer reduced fees or free listings for a specific period.

You’ll find a list of current offers on your seller page.

Make your item as appealing as possible

Don’t underestimate how important your product description and photos are. Practice taking photos of your items and add multiple ones to each listing. 



When you’re writing your product descriptions, be as accurate as possible and don’t rely on the auto-generated ones by eBay. Be as positive as you can while still being accurate. If there are any issues with the item, list these (and include photos) so that buyers know what they are buying and are less likely to ask for a return.

So those are just a few tips from me on how to improve your eBay sales. I'd love to know how you get on!



Saturday, 27 March 2021

How To Become A Pro At Caring For Your Skin




Having beautiful, radiant skin is something that we all desire, isn’t it? However, achieving this can be difficult, especially for some people more than others who aren’t blessed with good genes when it comes to our skin! For me, it's combatting my oily skin which is oh so annoying! Nevertheless, you do not need to despair as there are plenty of different things that you can do to make sure that you become a pro when it comes to looking after your skin. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the different things you can do to become a skin pro.



Educate yourself on skincare - There is only one place to begin, and this is by educating yourself on skincare. The only way that you can better anything in life is by learning more about it, right? That’s what we’re talking about here! There are lots of great blogs and resources that you can use to educate yourself. However, make sure you choose your resources with care. Look for blogs that are written by skin care experts and health professionals.


Seek specialist solutions for specific issues - A lot of people have different skin hang-ups, including rosacea, acne, and hyperpigmentation. For me it's mostly oily skin but I do have a touch of rosacea too. If you are suffering from a skin condition like this, or any other problem with your skin, you need to seek a specialist provider who can assess your skin and recommend the best option for you. You can use this website for a good example of the sort of skincare provider you should be looking for.


Use natural skincare products - Another way to ensure your skin looks and feels its very best is to use natural skincare products. There are lots of great products on the market today for your skin, so there is no need to go for a chemical solution. When you use a natural product, you know that you are only applying products that are going to be kind to your skin. You do not have to worry about any possible problems in terms of allergic reactions and such like. I always turn to Lush products when I'm looking for natural skincare and it always helps to balance out any problems I may be experiencing.


Understand every element of your skincare routine - Last but not least, this is an important one when it comes to making sure you achieve your skincare goals and that your skin looks as radiant and youthful as possible. When you apply products to your skin, why do you do so? Is it simply because you have read somewhere that this routine is going to be best? Instead, you need to understand what each product is going to be doing for you. What benefit will it bring you? What is the purpose of adding this specific product to your skincare regime? That way you'll get the best out of your skincare and in turn your skin will benefit!



So there you have it: some of the different things you can do to become a professional when it comes to your skin. From using good online resources to investing in natural, premium quality healthcare products, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure that your skin looks young and radiant.












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