What to do on a Productive Sunday at home to Kick start the week ahead.

Sundays in this house are either spent having a relaxing day chilling or the complete opposite where we are keeping ourselves busy. I hate feeling like I have wasted and I much prefer the feeling of achievement from a productive Sunday at home.
Personally, I get bored easily and feel the need to keep myself active and productive for the majority of the week and weekend. This got me thinking, what to do on a Sunday to stay productive.

Sunday is commonly known as a day of rest. But if you are like me having a Sunday at home still needs a few productive activities so you don’t feel like you’ve wasted a day.

So let’s talk what to do with a productive Sunday at home?

1. Having a tidy up around the house.

When you have a busy week ahead, and only the weekend to sort out your house, this may seem like an obvious one to you. However, Tidying up is really simple way to spend a productive Sunday at home! Even if you Don’t need to clean the entire house.

2. Update your planner. 📔

I know it’s the weekend and you may not be ready to face the upcoming Monday yet but one thing you could do right now is stay organised and prepared by updating your planner. Familiarise yourself with what to expect from the next week.

3. Spend some time on your self-care. 🛁

Self-care is so important, we should always make time for self-care. I wrote a post about why it is so important, here.

Making sure that you are allowing time to spend on you is something that seems hard when you are having a busy day! So Self-Care Sunday is perfect for you! Looking after yourself is the most productive thing you could do.

4. Take some time to charge your batteries. 🔋

Similar to ensure that your looking after yourself with self-care, nothing beats a day of relaxation. This is a reminder to you that taking a day off and giving yourself a break is one of the most productive things that you can do for yourself. Recharging isn’t just about napping or sleeping. It’s taking time to ensure your OK.
Recharging your energy to be able to focus and prevent you from burning out.

5. Plan your meals for the upcoming week. 🍝

I have a love-hate relationship with meal planning. We tend to plan the meals for the week for something to change or happen. So we no longer say what day we’re going to eat what.
however, we now ensure we plan at least 6 meal ideas for the week and write a shopping list of what we need so that we can buy this in the weekly shop.

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6. Set some new goals.

I say this a lot, but I do really mean it. Goal setting is the most productive and simplest way to work towards your dreams.
breaking your dreams into workable stepping stones.
by writing your goals for the week on a regular day such as Sunday will help you monitor your progress and will keep you from feeling disheartened if a goal is taking a while to achieve.

7. Make your bedding. 🛏

Washing and freshen up your bedding on a Sunday night ready for a cosy sleep. Your be completely well-rested for any Monday madness. Plus it will keep you on top of changing and making your bed regularly.

8. Read a book. 📖

I hear you saying it. “How on earth is this productive Alexa”. To be productive means you do a lot — you create or produce large amounts of something. Right?
The feeling of being productive is the ability to achieve a positive amount of work or activities that make you feel accomplished. So by either reading, a chapter on a kindle or paperback is a step closer to your goal of finishing a book! Do it.

9. Check your to-do lists.

When it comes to what to do on a Sunday, being able to complete a todo list is a pretty good one to achieve.

Is there anything you can accomplish on your to-do list that you can do? Get it done.

I continuously have a rather long to-do list to complete. Using a notebook filled with a continuous list of everything I need to do. I literally list everything so I don’t ever forget to do something like one of my main ways to stay organised. By completing items off my todo list it leaves me feeling accomplished and that I have been productive.

10. Phone your loved ones.

For a perfect productive Sunday at home do something that is going to improve your happiness and Keep in contact with loved ones and phone someone that you have spoken to in a while. Stopping you from losing touch all together.

Life gets so busy sometimes. It is so easy to let time pass and not speak to our loved ones as much as we should! Sometimes we can feel achieved and reconnected with a simple phone call.

11. Do some exercise / Go for a walk. 🚶🏼‍♀️

Get outside into the fresh air. Treating your body to some healthy exercise is a fun and refreshing thing to do. Keeping you fit and your adrenaline gets pumping. Leading to you feeling more motivated.

12. Declutter an area that you have been avoiding.

It’s time to declutter a room or area that’s starting to look a bit packed. We all have areas in the house that become a dumping ground for things that shouldn’t be there. Having a re-organise and declutter an area that has become hectic is a productive thing to do regularly and keeps it from becoming a massive job.

13. Reorganise and freshen up your workplace.

If you are like me and working from home, your work area should be your place of serenity. Even if you don’t work 24/7 from home, have a clear tidy area, somewhere that you aren’t going to avoid will help keep your work to a good standard, as well as the achieving feeling of content with your area.

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14. Set yourself some goals for the week.

Setting your goals is one of the best ways to stay productive and organised. By setting weekly goals, you are focusing on smaller milestones working towards an overall big goal. Which is how people achieve their dreams, by working there way there where they can.

Using your Sunday to write out what it is you want to be able to achieve for the upcoming week keeps you on track and motivated.

15. Rearrange the furniture. 🛋

Spend some time focusing on your mental wellbeing. Keep your home fresh and have a change around everyone and then. It’s a fabulous way of keeping your house the way you want it. Your feel like you have achieved climbing a mountain once you have moved some furniture around. Trust me there. (lifting a sofa is not easy).

16. Reorder and cull your cupboards of any out of date stuff.

How often do you buy something in the shopping with the full intentions of it being used that week? Then 6 months down the line it is still in the cupboard untouched? The chances are you have more than one item in your cupboards that have gone past there best dates and there waiting to be chucked.
going through the cupboard to cull the expired and familiarise yourself with its contents is a really productive thing to spend an hour doing when you get a chance. No one likes unnecessary amounts of clutter in their lives.

17. Get your laundry done. 🧺

when it comes to laundry, I swear we have a love hate relationship with the washing basket. I love the feeling of completion when all of the washing is done and put away. But hate actually having to do it. We seem to go through so much washing on a weekly basis! So if you have nothing else to do on your Sunday. Get caught up so you don’t have to worry about it again, well for a little while anyway.

18. Make sure you are prepared for your Monday morning.

Monday morning madness. Everything is hectic, and organisation can fly out of the window when you need it to the least.
keeping yourself organised by preparing everything that you need to make your Monday run smoothly. It does not matter what it is you do to prepare, whether it’s making lunch for the day, organising your bag or work, it will keep you ahead of the game.

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19. Spend some time catching up on your hobbies and interests. 🎨

Life gets hectic. There is no denying that. One of the best productive things that you can do for you is to spend some quality time on your hobbies. Is there anything that you have started and now got round to finishing yet? Or maybe you haven’t enjoyed your hobby in so long you’ve pretty much forgotten that it exists. Taking time to catch up, lifts your mood and your Sunday.

20. Create/update your vision board.

I love vision boards. Honestly. I am always mentioning them when it comes to setting goals and wanting to achieve things. If you haven’t created one for you now spend some time to create one. The vision board will act as a continuous reminder to what you are working towards and what your dreams are. What could be more productive?

since our dreams and goals change from time to time, make sure if you use a vision board that you take the time to update it and admire it.

21. Write down some positive affirmations

remember I spoke earlier about productivity being a feeling as well as an achievement of quantity. Positive affirmations are amazing at keeping your spirits up and reminding you why you should love yourself and how.
writing down new affirmations on a regular basis keeps your spirits up and prepares you for when you need reminders.

22. Check in with your finances

I would definitely call this productive. Not the most enjoyable or fun, but definitely productive and responsible.
especially if you are running a business and keeping track of your financial statements for taxes. Spending free time on this regularly will save you having to do this all at once in the future.

23. Sort through old photos. 📸

get your photos organised. Take the time to go through them and reminisce about the holidays you have taken and dream about yourself jumping on a plane to the next holiday!

Find a way of storing your photos that works for you and organise them for ease.

24. Enjoy a family roast dinner.

Sunday! Roast dinner day! Enjoy your dinner with your family or friends and not only are you filling yourself with vegetables which is good for you, your taking time with your loved ones. Time is precious and should never be taken for granted.

25. Get an early night!

the most productive thing you can do on a Sunday out of all of these activities. Getting an early night ensuring your fully rested and recharged ready for Monday madness.

I’d love to hear what you get up to on a Sunday.

How do you spend your Sundays? are you spontaneous or do you have a Sunday routine! Let me know in the comments below.

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My blogging fails – What I wish I knew before I started my blog.

When it comes to blogging, a lot of the things I have learnt have been good old fashioned trial and error. As my blog has grown I have grown with my blog. And my blogging fails.

My confidence has grown massively since I first started my blog. One major thing that becoming a blogger has given me is the understanding of my own self-worth. There are things

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So, What do I wish I knew before I actually started my blog?

I needed to do more research on literally everything.

I’ll tell you one thing. You should always be open to learning, and advancing the knowledge you already have. It’s the way we survive in life really, by learning new things.

I definitely hadn’t done enough research before I started my blog. Originally I started a blog for fun. However, as I have grown alongside my blog and decided how much I wanted to grow as a blogger I have definitely realised how many common mistakes I was making.

SEO is literally unavoidable.

Following on from doing more research comes SEO. To be honest. It wasn’t even something I had heard of when I started my blog. But when it comes to taking your blog serious. SEO is mentioned everywhere.

If you don’t know what SEO, it is an anagram for Search Engine Optimisation. A system that Google uses to rate the quality of your website and posts in its search engine results. Basically the main way your blog is recognised on the search engines.

If you think you can make it as a blogger and not have to learn how to make your blog read and found success with SEO you are so wrong. Every blogger I have spoken to lately either loves SEO or hates it. To be honest, I am starting to love SEO, but it is only since I have begun to understand its benefits. SEO is something I highly recommend you research fully.

Planning and organisation is essential.

When it comes to blogging organisation and planning is a key skill a blogger needs. When you become a blogger, you come to be a full-time writer, photographer, graphic designer, marketer as well as everything else it is you do to keep your blog interesting.

Learning to schedule content and social media posts is something that allows us to also be able to switch off from our blogs at times. Otherwise, if you are unable to keep ahead you will begin to feel drowned by your blog.

How about checking out my post on organisation, here.

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Pinterest is a search engine.

Now that I think about it. This is so obvious. But not everyone knows this. Pinterest is really a search engine! Not just a sharing tool. Although obviously we live it as an inspirational sharing tool.

It’s only recently I have really started using Pinterest and really gaining from its amazing features. It was Jenny Marston with ‘growing your blog’ who really made me understand it’s importance.

Pinterest has the ability to drive thousands of users looking to gain knowledge and inspiration to your website! Since I have been regularly posting a variety of pins (even multiple pins to the same post) my traffic has doubled. Less of blogging fails but certainly something I wish I realised from the start.

I would start running hundreds of different methods to earn money through blogging.

There are so many ways to earn money through blogging. Including ads, affiliates, and sponsored posts.

Affiliate marketing is actually one of the easiest ways to make money through blogging.

At first I avoiding affiliate marketing. Thinking it sounded complicated and really hard to do due to what some people were saying. The truth is it’s not the easiest until you actually learn how to use affiliate programs properly.

My favourite affiliate program is amazon. As it is the most used online retailing source in the world! and you can even link to generalised house hold items!

Want 11 easy methods to earn money at home. Read my post, here.

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I am not joking I swear I blog in my sleep sometimes.

Blogging is a 24/7 job.

There’s something about starting a blog and becoming a blogger that means you literally switch your thoughts to your blog constantly. One of the most annoying mistakes I was making was having the best ideas at really random times and places, not writing it down and forgetting to do it. Or worse, what it even was.

My biggest mistake is not doing things in stages and trying to do too much at once. So much so that I have so many ideas that I don’t know what to do with them all. Since I have learnt to break things down into manageable tasks or goals, I have really begun to get further with what I want to achieve. Taking breaks, and setting manageable goals does really keep you going when it comes to blogging.

Just like anything else. Blogs can get viruses.

My biggest blogging fails. Not regularly manually backing up my blog work and blog data files to my cloud.

When I first started, I really didn’t have the correct protection on my blog whilst I was with GoDaddy (another reason I love Skystra) and my blog was completely hacked and taken down.

I remember feeling so shocked and upset that this could happen. So much content literally. I had written in the past because I hadn’t actually thought of downloading a back up in months.

So, this is my most suggested tip to everyone when they first get started so they regularly keep on top of it! I set a reminder on my phone to back up my blog every 2 weeks at the moment.

I’d love to hear something you have learnt upon your blogging journey!

Running a blog is something where you really do learn through experiences and opportunities. What is one thing that you have learnt from in your blogging experiences? Is there any blogging fails that you have learnt from?

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Polycystic Ovaries: What it really means to live with PCOS.

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Having polycystic ovaries is known as having a condition called PCOS. This condition affects how a women’s ovaries work. despite the name, you do not actually have cysts if you have PCOS. There are 3 main elements that indicate the diagnosis of PCOS.

  • Irregular periods meaning your ovaries do not regularly release eggs AKA ovulation.
  • excess androgen – a higher than expected level of “male” hormones. which may cause physical signs such as excess facial or body hair
  • polycystic ovaries – your ovaries become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled sacs (follicles) that surround the eggs.

If you have at least 2 of these features, you may be diagnosed with PCOS.

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Polycystic ovaries & me

From the minute I hit my puberty years I had problems. Severe cramps, heavy periods, emotionally drained and tearful constantly.

Endless trips to the Drs to talk about my crippling periods. They tried me on the contraceptive pill at first. Which honestly had zero effect. After a few times of being asked to give it a little longer to work, I was finally sent for a scan.

I was referred for an internal ultrasound which was how it was discovered that I had polycystic ovaries. For a while, I continued to get on with it, and manage the cramps and feeling shit. however, it has got worse over the years.

I have been visiting the gynaecology department at Southampton Hospital for nearly 5 years now. I’ve had countless investigations and treatments.
For a while, they thought I had endometriosis due to the amount of pain I was having alongside the troubles I was having. However, I don’t have that. They discovered issues with cysts blocking my tubes instead.

I have basically bad PCOS, with other things going on along side them. So when it comes to the issues Polycystic ovaries brings, I am sadly very experienced.

Unpredictable/heavy periods.

Pcos is one of the most commonly associated symptom of having unpredictable and heavy periods.
heavy periods tend to mean that we end up needing to use twice as much sanitary supplies as the expected period would.

As for our periods been unpredictable. I have had periods that last up to two weeks, as well as periods that come back every 2 – 3 weeks.

Experiencing chronic pain is a daily occurrence for me. In this post, I discuss how pain has an effect on my mental health, here.

horrendous cramps

I remember how many times people have said ‘Oh it’s just a period, man up’. As I grew up when I complained about the painfulness of my cramps. However, they continued to get worse the older I Got. Pain that will literally stop me from being able to walk, having me curled up in pain.

If you are going through this you really need to keep your doctor informed. They can refer you for help through gynaecology.

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Hot water bottles are literally my best friends.

The unwanted hair growth.

the unwanted hormones that we lucky people managed to get extra of allows are body to do the most distracting things. Even down to giving us dark facial hair that is hard to get rid off.
we spend ages plucking at our chins etc just to ensure we don’t look like we are growing a beard.
Fighting the temptation to grab a razor and shave it off because we know this will make it a worse.

Struggling with body weight.

One of the most annoying symptoms of having PCOS is definitely the struggle of loosing weight, and maintaining a low weight.

our polycystic hormones cause our insulin resistance to go haywire meaning we are at a greater risk on having type 2 diabetes.

Self-care has a positive impact when you are struggling with health, read more, here.

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oily skin? acne? Dry skin? or all of the above.

I always know that I am about to come on when I start breaking out with loads of spots and lumps that appear. Especially all over my face. In fact, it isn’t just my face, it tends to be the whole of me. I suffer from cysts everywhere, which the doctor isn’t worried about because it’s just part of the PCOS joyful effects.

It’s taken me years to find products that Work for me, and it is genuinely about trial and error.

Getting the right support, medically, if you believe you may have Polycystic ovaries.

If you have not been diagnosed with PCOS. If you can relate to these symptoms. Keep a diary of when and what your symptoms are. You can take to a GP/Specialist to get the right help and support.

A doctor will be able to refer you to the correct departments for testing. Such as having a blood test, and an internal ultrasound.

There are, however, plenty of places to gain knowledge and support when it comes to PCOS, and the worry of endometriosis. Including Facebook groups.

Helpful tips:

  • Keeping to a healthy lifestyle including exercising regularly, eating fewer carbs.
  • Taking feminine targeted pain relief such as Feminax
  • using a hot water bottle to help ease cramps.
  • investing in a heated blanket is a brilliant way of coping with painful cramps.
  • Wear Cura heat pads, direct to skin to help you carry on with your day.
  • Trying a moon cup. It may not be for everyone, however for the sake of saving money on supplies as well as being a sustainable product. These are pretty amazing concepts.
  • Avoid shaving facial areas where possible, as this causes hair growth to come back darker, and thicker.
  • Don’t skip breakfast – Our bodies need food to function and eating small portions regularly can support this!
  • Using cleansing toner Such as the one by Simple, for skin issues.
  • moisturise regularly with a lotion that is suited to your skin type.
  • Staying hydrated.

If you ever need someone to talk to about PCOS symptoms and relief. Pop me a message to one of my socials or my email, thealexajadeblog@gmail.com

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What I miss about living on a farm.

It has been nearer to 6 months since we moved into our beautiful new house on a new-build location in Southampton. We love it here, our house is perfect for us. We have such lovely, friendly neighbours that we have gotten to know so well since the Lockdown. Going from living on a farm, back to living in a neighbourhood definitely makes you miss things about living in such a beautiful place though.

When I first started living with Emma, I moved in to live with Emma and her dad, at his working farm. A huge beautiful section of land, a yard filled with cows, Mooing in the background. Around 3 years of beautiful memories being made with my soulmate.

You can’t deny that saying you live on a farm is definitely a different reality to most. I grew up right next to a small shopping village, opposite the main road in Southampton. Busy cars rushing passed the house, almost crashing so many times. walking distance to pretty much everything you need.

It definitely at times felt out of the way living on a farm. Especially as I don’t drive. So one of my goals for the future still is to get my license. Especially as I think Em would really appreciate it.

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Whatever the weather we made memories…

Sunny days, snowy days, even the rainy and dusky ones. There is so much beauty in our country side and living on a farm just taught me daily how to appreciate the world more.

When we had that major snow a few years ago, I was left working from home. I couldn’t resist getting outside to explore the farm in snow. My Nikon D3200 in hand. Taking all sorts of artistic snowy photos. The yard looked beautiful, cows and snow. I remember getting to the yard and FaceTiming my dad and saying ‘you need to see how beautiful it is’.

The nature and wildlife around the farm.

Seeing deers running through the fields, meeting the fox as it turned to sunset or the wild birds there is so much life living on the farm.

Obviously being a cow farm you would constantly hear the cows mooing into the night. I would actually freak out every now and then. Wondering what the hell the noice was outside. A shrieking animal. It was a fox. I worked it out in the end. My favourite noice will always be the hooting owl at night though.

We would just have so much random fun.

Whether it was watching our friends and family kids take a trip in a tractor! Or have a go at driving one. Or jumping the back of the truck to drive around in, we were constantly making amazing memories.

The funniest memory I have, one day when the gate was accidentally left open. I ended up helping support trying to herd some cows back into their sheds. Honestly, when you come face to face with a cow, suddenly you realise how big cows actually are.

Learning new things.

It is true that experiencing different and new places teaches you new things. Living on the farm taught me how to appreciate what I have. As well as being grateful for new opportunities and appreciating the beauty of the land.

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What are the benefits of wearing a face mask for the ‘new normal’

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Can you believe how this year had literally been flying by considering 2020 has been a year of worldwide madness, to put it nicely? and of course, the hottest topic of 2020 has been the Coronavirus and the global pandemic that the coronavirus has caused. From being in complete lockdown to only being allowed to enter a shop wearing a face covering. So how appropriate to be talking about the benefits of wearing a face mask! since we all have to do it right now.

Today I am partnering with bitmore.co.uk and their Armor London beautifully designed face mask coverings. There are so many benefits of wearing a face covering. Especially since it is part of the ‘new normal’ life that we are all experiencing right now.

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I thought that this would be a brilliant chance to review something that is highly spoken about as well as argued about right now.

So, What did I think of the masks?

As we headed out for a morning at the arcades, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to test the masks out properly. So I can assure you guys that before writing this post, I have tested the Armor London masks fully.

Honestly, I have been so impressed with these masks that I have been sent, the material is so comfortable. The camafolague pink mask is a cotton material that feels quite soft and really didn’t feel too heavy or restricting.

My favourite mask is the Dusky pink colour made from hemp materials. This mask is again ever so breathable. It didn’t irritate my face at all, and I even forgot it was there after a while.

The fit feels snug to the face but ever so breathable. It is actually the only mask that I have had so far that I haven’t had anxiety with halfway around a store. Which is a massive thing for me, and is really helping my confidence when it comes to face mask-wearing.

The masks are brilliant colours, with quite a beautiful range of colours and styles, as well as a range for children.

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What are the benefits of wearing a face mask?

Some of the major questions on everybody’s lips are what are the benefits of wearing a facemask. Should they really be wearing one and where?

There are many benefits of wearing a face mask. The reasons for wearing them are for our own benefit as well as other people. Although the face mask may not fully beneficial to the person wearing the mask, there is some protection as well as being a requirement to wear to ensure the safety of others.

Wearing a mask helps protect you and others from contracting germs.

The main reason behind wearing a face covering is to prevent the spread of the tiny particles that come from your mouth and nose whilst out and about in the community. Although a face mask alone has not been proven to be completely affective, alongside other methods a facemark is said to be the most effective method of prevention.

You may not realise that you are contagious.

If you were to contract the coronavirus, you may not realise that you have been affected for up to 2 weeks, before you begin to show symptoms. So imagine if you were positive for the Coronavirus and didn’t realise, for 2 weeks you then see 10 people, they then see 10 other people, and that happened every day for the 2 weeks that you do not realise you are contagious to others. The world would be heading back to lockdown again. Not that the world has fully recovered in the first place.

Face masks help the economy recover.

With everything that has happened this year, the business world has taken a really big hit. The idea of protecting the community and supporting the return to business as well as education, so that we are not suffering in the future to come.

There is very little alternative to face coverings.

Wether we like it or not, there are very little alternatives to wearing a face covering, and being vigilant when it comes to social distancing. Although there are many debates about the benefits of wearing a face mask, and if they are actually useful or not. There is no cure/vaccination to beat the covid-19 virus.

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What else can you do to prevent spreading or contracting the virus?

Washing your hands frequently.

Good old soap and water, you cant beat it. Washing your hands regularly, especially having touched items from outside of your house setting with soap and water kills bacteria that lingers on your hands. You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, ensuring your rub in-between all of your fingers and above your wrist.

Use anti bacterial gel.

The use of hand sanitiser gel is a way of cleansing your hands as much as possible if you are in a situation where you are unable to use soap and water. It is highly recommended that as soon as you return to a setting where you are able to wash your hands, you do so.

Continue to adhere to social distancing measures.

However much the lockdown regulations have eased, we are not back to how life was in the slightest. Instead, life is turning to the ‘new normal’ (not that we are sure what exactly normal is yet!). The virus still exists and we should be remaining to stay vigilant as the virus is still catchable. You can do this by trying to stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with or anyone who is not in your support bubble. Although it may feel like at times that some have started to get bored of the mention of COVID, this should not stop you from ensuring your safety.

Catch it and bin it!

I personally feel like this is quite an obvious thing to say! but yanno… No matter where you are if you feel the need to cough or sneeze you should ensure that you are covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands). Single-use tissues are the safest, as you are able to bin these immediately and wash your hands after.

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August 2020 – Wrapping up the month. A crazy month.

August 2020

August 2020 has been a crazy month! I really mean that. It has been Hectic in our house lately. We have had an emotional month with varies things going on. and of course, yesterday felt like a sad day for us as we should have been saying ‘I do’.

It is sad that we had to postpone our wedding, thanks to the bloody coronavirus. However we still have 11 beautiful months to look forward to our big day. So instead of being negative I am looking forward to our future as always.

So what has been happening this August 2020?

We had so much fun at the sunflower fields!

At the beginning of this month, my beautiful Emma surprised me by taking me to the sunflower fields in Titchfield. We had such a fabulous time. It had honestly been on my bucket list to go to one of these, so to have finally done it has made me feel proper happy! I definitely am lucky to have such a thoughtful fiance.

August 2020

Bella did her very first collaboration.

Bella did her first-ever collaboration with Fab Furry Baby and modelled this beautiful dress on my Instagram this month! Owning Bella has such a positive effect on our mental health. It was quite fun seeing her strut her stuff in such a cute item of pet clothing!

We played with our hair, a lot.

This was such an out of the blue thing! Emma and I both decided that we should bleach our hair. Why I am not sure. Do I regret it? No, actually I’m loving having lighter hair again! Although of course, the bleach has damaged the condition a fair bit, I am using a lot of hair masks and treatment to recover the state of our hair. As you can imagine going from dark to blonde has given us multiple shades of yellow! however we are getting there, and hopefully, I’ll be the actual colour I want to be soon. I’ll do a proper post with pictures in the future!

We’ve had some pretty awesome house guests.

Supporting our lovely neighbours who are going through some difficult times, we have offered them our house until they can get back on their feet. The amazing ‘Crazy M‘ is currently staying with us. I wanted to give them a mention as this month she has been entered into the Be Awards nationals. If you have two minutes, please visit this link and vote for her to win!

Another thing I wanted to mention is Demi has started blogging since she has been staying here, take a second to check out her blog as she is such an inspiring person!

I reached 10 years on WordPress.

Seriously, 10 years? How did that happen? It’s hard to believe that I have been blogging on and off since then. The past 3 years my blogging has grown much more, but I definitely feel like I have learnt a lot in the past few years.

Finally played with the resin liquid I brought ages ago!

A few months ago I finally got my hands on some resin liquid! I hadn’t had a chance to get to grips with actually doing it!, So we grabbed some little decorations (basically whatever I could find in the craft room. The trinket trays we made are absolutely adorable, and I now can’t wait to purchase more resin liquid to be able to make more!

Unfortunately, I have learned the hard way not to drop the resin crafts! As one of them smashed on the floor. 😤.

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Planning a trip to Disneyland? Here is how I planned ours.

If only we could be planning a trip to Disneyland everyday.

For Emma’s 40th birthday I spent absolutely ages planning a trip to Disneyland as a surprise. In fairness mostly because saving took lots of planning itself. Planning a trip to Disneyland was stressful and fun at the same time. It is actually the first-ever time I have booked up anything like this. So I thought I’d share with you my guide to planning a Disneyland trip, as not having a clue is so daunting!

Not a post for you? No worries. How about reading how to start a blog, here.

Why I suggest fully planning a trip to Disneyland Paris before actually getting there? Well if you are like me for one. You will want your trip to be the best possible trip ever. I spent ages planning my trip, reading Disney bloggers and watching vlogs of others trips because I wanted ours to be perfect, and although I know you can’t plan everything, and it might not go to plan the way you are hoping it too, I got so many good ideas that really payed off whilst we were away.

How I booked our Disneyland tickets…

I looked around a few places including the local travel agents and online travel agents before deciding that booking through magic breaks was the best option for booking our little holiday to DLP. Whilst saving up for the trip I checked their website periodically, as deals so change regularly. I actually booked the trip 1 week before presenting Emma with the gift for her birthday on the 12th December. Booking the trip through Magic Breaks was so simple, and there package options are so varied there really is something for everyone.

What was included in our plan…

When I booked through magic breaks we were opting into a plan including the travel, hotel (2 night stay) and a half board meal plan. The half board meal plan entitled us to breakfast and dinner in the parks.

How we actually traveled…

Originally I planned for us to travel by car. But I wish I hadn’t selected this option at all. Magic breaks allowed us to change our booking so that we could get the Eurostar train from ashford straight to the Disneyland Paris parks itself. Which worked out the best way of travelling. If you take a car you also are faced with a 3 hour drive to DLP, which is wasting precious park time! I definitely would advice the train and would want to travel this way in the future.

Planning a trip to Disneyland

What would I advise if your getting a train to DLP?

Ensure you are there with plenty of time to spare! And have all your documents ready to be shown. Oh and a small suitcase with wheels is a life saver.

Honestly though. Getting to the train station early was so lucky! We hadn’t even seen that our train had been cancelled we were so lucky that we were there early enough that we could change and get an earlier than planned train, adding a bit of an underground train experience (fun when you don’t speak any french). It was really unexpected so i always felt lucky because otherwise we would have missed so much of our park time that we had planned.

Where we slept the night before?

We decided to stay in a hotel the night before our travel to Disney so we didn’t need to take a long drive before getting the train. We stayed in a holiday inn. Which we tend to go for as we always book through booking.com and pay a reasonable price!

Where we stayed at DLP…

We stayed at the Disney Santa Fe hotel, which is an official Disney hotel. The hotel is brilliant. The Santa Fe hotel is based around the cars movie. And all the rooms are cars themed.

How to get from the hotel to the parks?

Firstly your not going to be far from the parks. A shuttle bus does run from your hotel to the park entrance every 20 minutes. Alternatively you can walk depending where your hotel is. I believe most are about a 10/15 minute walk.

Why I would suggest a Disney hotel room?

If you stay in a Disney hotel you also have the opportunity to enter the parks early for magic time. Actually a full hour of extra magic time. You are automatically given a Fast pass so you spend less times in ques as you reserve a time slot to go back!

Priority reservation is also given to Disneyland hotel goers, making it easier too choose where you dine in the parks also. We absolutely loved Billy Bob’s Country Western Saloon.

Checking into the hotel…

I thought I’d mention this because when your off to Disney I know how exciting the experience is and how you want to spend as much time in the actual parks as possible. When you finally arrive at the Disney hotel, your filled with excitement and raring to go! Don’t worry because even if your rooms aren’t ready the hotels have a baggage locker type set up meaning you can drop your bags with them. Collect your park ticket and head straight into the parks!

Love staying organised, read my tips on staying organised with anything, here.

Would I go back in winter again?

Hell yes! It was even snowing when we went, and it just added to the magic.

The park itself even seemed fairly quiet. And I have got to say the staff were amazing at clearing the snow from around the park.
Although staying in a Disney hotel meant we had been given fast passes to the rides I didn’t need to use this pass at all. The longest I qued for a ride was around 25 minutes, which was for the Peter Pan ride. Most rides were around a 10 minute queuing time. Obviously this varies throughout the day and time of your stay.

Planning a trip to Disneyland
Too infinity and beyond…

Where I got tips for planning a trip to Disneyland?

I made sure I did a lot of research on how to make the most of our Disney trip before we went. Including searching Pinterest and YouTube. YouTube videos were awesome to watch because you get more of a visual idea on what you are doing.

It’s definitely worth doing yourself. As I found it so helpful to get tips and ideas from all different prospectives. One of the best things I discovered was a post about the golden eggs of DLP. For example. If you go to the left of the castle you will find the Dragon underneath in his cave.

Want to read something different? How about our recent trip to the sunflower farm, here.

Do you need the DLP app?

You don’t have to download this but I personally would. I found the app so helpful whilst we were away. We used the app as a map around the parks as well as being able to check the live queuing times for the rides! The app is free so to be honest there is no reason why you can’t have it on your phone during your stay, as it could come in handy to help get as much out of your day as possible.

What would I advise you pack for your DLP holiday?

  • Comfy trainers – you are going to be doing a lot of walking.
  • Your favourite Disney outfits!
  • Your phone camera/small camera. I choose not to take my DSLR as carrying it around and on the rides. I felt it was safer at home.
  • A lanyard card holder like this one, here. Brilliant to carry your important bits like your ticket.
  • A water bottle (this was my one) there our water refill points around the parks, or if you ask the crew members they will help you find some.

Spending money

if your wanting to spend money at Disneyland know now that it is not a cheap place. We took £800 euros and still ended up spending on our debit cards, the fee wasn’t too bad but still. There was so much to spend money on. We did come back with a lot of souvenirs. Oh and food and. Drink in the park is also pricey.

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