Starting your own blog and joining the blogging community.

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Good morning! I hope you are all still staying safe and aren’t too bored in the weird situation of lockdown due to the coronavirus right now. It is pretty scary out there! So today I wanted to share something that would encourage others to get sharing! I am sharing with you how to start your own blog. I’ve honestly wanted to do a post like this for ages but had been putting it off. Since we are currently in a time full of freedom at the moment, I thought now would be a perfect time since there is literally nothing stopping you right now! starting a blog is an opportunity to start something that will keep your mind occupied during this lockdown. You too can share whatever you like with the world! Your thoughts, your ambitions and your opinions and advice!

Blogging can be a brilliant hobby or it could be your next business adventure! It is up to you how you want to run your blog, but it does have the opportunity to be a way for you to make some extra cash!

Starting your own blog can seem sorta scary before you start, like wondering if anyone would even bother to read what you are posting about. How other peoples blogs would be so much better. Basically my advice is that you need to stop with these thoughts. Blogging has made me so much more confident in life! and every day my passion has grown and I am finding new things I want to talk about and share about with my readers!

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You can read the reason behind why I blog here.

Where to start when starting your own blog…

Step One – The first decision to make…

Your blog identity! A name that for your blog that represents you and what you care about. I won’t lie that this is a pretty big decision out of all the decisions you will need to make. Although it is not impossible to change your blog name later down the line, it can be quite frustrating and cause some difficulties for the blogger.

It’s always useful to have a reason why you blog. This is my reason, here.

Step two – Deciding where to create your blog?

There are a few options on what platform you could use for your blog. I highly recommend using WordPress. WordPress is the biggest platform for blog accounts and has the most flexibility for the blogger themselves. Whereas I found the blogger platform quite restrictive in places.

Step three – Choose whether or not To opt for a Self-Hosting plan?

If you are thinking about self-hosting your blog this will mean you need to run a word press account, a registered domain, and a hosting package through a hosting server. I have used a couple of hosting servers in the past, and I stayed with GoDaddy for a long time but found that their customer service was on the decline. So I moved to Skystra. I have been impressed by Skystra Customer support, and how they supported moving hosting. Also with a month free hosting to trial Skystra when you sign up! It is brilliant!

When I was purchasing a hosting account with Skystra I chose their WordPress Go service. Which is a really ideal package for anyone running a single blog. Another reason I chose to go with Skystra hosting is that they include SSL in their package. Which is important for your website to have. Most other providers charge separately for this. It was one of the other reasons I wanted to move my websites hosting.

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So you have now you are all set up, your blogging platform is now ready for content! so what next?

What’s the first thing to do once you’ve created your blog account?

Once you have your own blog up and running, whether you have chosen to pay for self-hosting or have a free WordPress account, it is time to get working on your blog. First things first, it is time to decide what you want for the design to be, and how the blog is going to look. It is your own blog and it is totally up to you what the appearance of the blog will be. Concentrate on reflecting your personality, not what other blogs look like.

Messing around with the different free themes that they have available in the themes store, and customising these to your preferences may take time, and I am constantly changing and trying to improve mine. It is a job that I call working progress because of the progression of your blog

What to write first?

So now that you are starting your own blog, the first thing your blog needs is an about me page, like mine here. You are about me page is going to tell the reader about who you are and what your blog is about. You should also explain what your blog niche is on this page if you have one. A lot of bloggers will tell you if you are going to be a blogger you will need a niche. However, if you are not planning to earn money from blogging, I wouldn’t say that this was an urgent decision to make. You need to take the beginning of your blogging journey to learn your blogging style.

Blogging Media…

When you are starting your own blog you will need to start thinking about creating your own media for your blog. your images are just as important as your writing. Taking your own blog photos does not mean that you need to have a fancy camera. A lot of my images have been taken using my iPhone. Although taking your own blog images can be trying at times, I also really enjoy being creative with flat lays and images for my blog! before long you will be taking photos every 5 minutes because you might use it in your next blog post! honestly! (I literally love blog image props).

Stuck for ideas for blog photos? This post is for you, here.

If you are struggling to take images yourself you could always use stock images. Some stock images are free and some you can pay for.
The only thing with stock images is that the images you are then using are not unique to your blog.

Planning, Planning and more planning.

I am a lover of notebooks and planning as it is, but when I started to concentrate on my blog more and more I really did find a reason to fill up all of my empty notebooks. Planning is such an important part of running your blog, as you will want to store your ideas for blog posts somewhere! And sometimes a pen and paper is the best way to focus on planning with no further distractions. I find that If I have planned a post well enough I will find the content writing a lot easier.

Tip: Try and make a list of 100 blog post ideas to help you get started with your blog.

Lastly…

ENJOY! Seriously! Now you have created your blog, and started your journey as a blogger the door is open for you to achieve so much. Enjoy writing, being creative and spreading love on the internet.

Worried about writers block? Check out how to overcome writers block, here.

If you started a blog and then decide that it is not really your thing, that’s ok too! At least you tried something new at the end of the day. I would always suggest trying something before deciding it is something that you cant do! If you don’t try you will never know.

I would love to know what stops you from creating your own blog?! Or how you influence others into blogging! Let me know in the comments below! Or check out the Contact me page.

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The importance of staying positive during the lockdown

We are officially over the 3 weeks into the lockdown that Boris Johnson announced on the 23rd Mach 2020. And then it has announced that the 3 weeks are turning to 6 weeks, as the time had been extended to stay put in our houses. Frankly, It has been a trying time for many of us And if we are honest, it could be even longer than that. So today I am talking something that it has been a battle for me in this period of uncertain times, being positive.

It is so easy to feel down and alone during this time that we can not see our loved ones. I battle with thinking negatively before I think positive all the time! it is something that really just can’t be helped. So during this time, it is becoming so important to focus on staying positive, as well as knowing that you are not alone and there is so much support out there. Together the world can get through anything with a positive attitude.

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I finished my cross stitch project due to lockdown boredom, and I am pretty chuffed with it.

You can read more about the coronavirus here.

Stay Connected with each other.

Lockdown is lonely. There is no argument about that. Both myself and Emma always say how we are people, people, Like we are always out and about seeing friends and family. So I completely understand how trying it is. However, we have an opportunity to be grateful for the technology we have. We really do have some amazing gadgets, and video calling is an invention that all of us are so grateful for right now.

Staying connected with your friends and family is so important. They are your support network and in these crappy times having a support network is amazing.
Video calls have seriously become my favourite. They can be so much fun and really allows us to feel like we are really part of something. Being able to see our loved ones virtually is basically the next best thing.

Focus on things that make you happy.

Set yourself new goals for your time inside! Who says you can’t be productive right now? Doing things that you enjoy can keep your mood uplifted since they tend to be things that we are already passionate about.
Whatever it is set specific times to do that activity, daily.

How about reading my post on creative things to do whilst in lockdown here.

Show your appreciation

Times are hard, for all of us and especially for our hard-working heroes. The key workers that are keeping our country operating. These are the emergency services, the Postman, The shop workers, the bin men and so many other roles to list. These people are outside working, they are risking their own lives at the hands of the virus to keep us safe, and our community to keep turning.

There are so many ways you can show appreciation to these people. Creating thank-you signs, Clapping and being kind just to name a few. I made a canvas for our window to be seen this week. The best thing is that by showing appreciation for what others are doing goes such a long way. You are putting a smile on someone who may be finding the hard work

Share what you are doing!

There are so many ways we can share with ur loved ones what we have been up too. Sharing statuses, chatting online! Sending photos, and videos!

TikTok has become my 2nd favourite (and most used on-screen time) app on my phone! Watching families mess around creating funny videos and completing challenges. I didn’t think I would end up posting anything! but I have already succumbed due to the awesomeness that TikTok has become.

Another thing, and something that we took part in this week. Video call with a group of friends and run a quiz! One of our friends did this with 5 of us this weekend, a music quiz. Oh, it was hilarious! it is our turn to run the quiz next!

Try not to dwell and be grateful for what you have.

I would be a hypocrite if I didn’t honestly admit that I have been doing a lot of this in the past few weeks, finding it really easy to feel down about the things that we have been missing, and the worrying about our wedding in September and the fact we still have a lot to do! I think about the wedding every day!

Every cloud has a silver lining.

It is very much easier said than done! when there is so much to worry about for so many of us, Money, Family, health etc. It is important to be appreciative of the things we do have and try not to focus on what we don’t. We all have a roof above our heads after all.

Lockdown won’t be forever, before we know it we will all be looking back and saying ‘Remember 2020 when we couldn’t leave our houses for months so video called ALOT’.

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Set goals to complete during this period.

I love setting goals and writing to-do lists of things I want to do. I’ve written my list of things I can do when I am bored and stuck in the house as well as my previous post about staying creative with activities during the pandemic, here.

The goals you set do not have to be extravagant. Always set goals that are achievable for you… and of course achievable during the lockdown period…

One goal that I am setting myself during the ‘Stay at home’ period is to create my first ever youtube video as this is something I have wanted to do for ages but it is out of my comfort zone.

Stay Safe as well as positive

Finally, as hard as this has been, Just remember that staying home is the safest option and we are all doing this together for the same reason! Preventing us from developing the covid19 virus, and allowing the NHS to cope, as they are already under such high pressure during the pandemic.

We are all in this together ☺ stay safe and happy everyone.

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CBD oil – Should you be considering taking this supplement?

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If you decide to try CBD oil, Bristol CBD are offering a fabulous 15% off with code “ALEXA15” on their website here.

Good morning everyone, Happy April! And positive thoughts to everyone who feels that they have been in isolation forever. We have certainly been feeling the effects that the Lockdown has on us. So I am feeling quite grateful this week as I am talking about something completely not Coronavirus related. Today I am taking CBD oil from Bristol CBD.

I had been really excited when Bristol CBD offered me the opportunity to test their CBD oil product. I have already been taking CBD for a while now and already know of the benefits. So to try a new brand new product is always exciting.

What is CBD oil?

For those of you that do not know what CBD is, it is a Cannabidiol. A food supplement that has been being used across the world to help aid health conditions.

The usage of CBD has been highly discussed and debated by many health officials as the most controversial supplement available. Mainly due to the source, being the Marijuana plant.

Cannabidiol may be sourced and extracted from the Marijuana plant paste, that lives within the flowers of the same plant as ‘weed’ however dose not contain the THC chemical which is often used by smoking. (So basically no you can’t get high off this). The WHO (World Health Organisation) stipulates that CBD oil is non-toxic, non-addictive and non-psychoactive product. 

Why I have been taking CBD.

I started to take CBD a few months ago when it was recommended to me by a friend who had been suffering from cramps and anxiety. So for me, it sounded like something worth trying, as I am always open to trying new natural methods of improving my pain symptoms and anxiety.

At first, I found the taste of CBD oil really hard to swallow. However, I have found that not giving up and persisting I got used to the taste pretty quickly.

The longer I have taken CBD oil the more I notice the benefits of the supplement, I feel more relaxed and this has been improving the continuous pain I’ve been having in my stomach.

I previously wrote a post explaining how being ill has affected my mental health, here. Some of these issues have improved since I started taking CBD oil in November, (After having written this post).

How do you actually use CBD oil?

To take CBD oil in liquid form, you need to take a few droplets under your tongue, 2 – 3 times a day. There are a variety of different percentages of CBD you can take. I have been taking 5% happily, which is also what Bristol CBD sent me.

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What are the benefits of CBD oil?

The benefits of CBD oil are wide and varied and it is sold legally in the UK as a food supplement. CBD has been known to help with the symptoms of Anxiety Depression, Muscle Pain, Sickness and nausea from treatments such as chemotherapy, Acne and some other skin problems. The supplement has also been linked to having improvements for blood pressure and benefitting a persons heart and circulatory system.

What do I like about Bristol CBD?

Bristol CBD is such a caring and helpful shop. On their website, they say “We want everyone to be able to afford premium quality CBD oil” and honestly I have to agree. As I compare this to the high street and some other brands I have brought in the past. The CBD they supply is really good quality for the money it costs to buy. They also offer free delivery! which is an epic bonus!

The Bristol CBD team are really supportive, and informative about their product. I would highly recommend their CBD to any of my friends.

Don’t forget – If you decide to try CBD oil, Bristol CBD are offering a fabulous 15% off with code “ALEXA15” on their website here.

How about checking out my post on how craft improves your mental health, here.

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March 2020 | Wrapping up the month.

Hey guys! and again Happy April!.. not that these last few weeks have been happy for many of us. It feels pretty strange to be doing a round-up this month because it is just such a strange time right now, especially as I have been sharing so much with everyone about the move and coronavirus already. But I am wanting to stick to a routine as much as possible this year! especially when it comes to my blog. So what has been happening in March 2020?

What has been happening in March 2020?

Coronavirus & Lockdown.

Obviously The coronavirus, AKA Covid-19 has been affecting the world in such a dark way this month. A worldwide Pandemic, leaving many countries including the UK in a state of lockdown. So we are all now confined to our homes and should be avoiding all social situations, only leaving the house for essentials. The world is a scary place to be in right now. As our key workers battle to keep us safe and alive.

We are really grateful in this house for our electronic devices where we can video call and virtually see our families and friends. I’ve been calling all my family every day and keeping in touch with them via video call.

If you are feeling bored or lonely and you need support, you can always reach out to me on one of my socials or send me an email!

We moved into our first home!

The biggest thing to happen to us in our relationship yet. We knew the move was coming as the farm we were living on was sadly being sold. I absolutely love our new house! we got the keys to our house on the 20th March 2020. Which will always remain a special date now. Of course, I miss the farm as well. As we have been in lockdown since moving into the house, we have had plenty of time to make it from a house to home.

Unpacking and putting things away didn’t take us too long, we spent long days in the first week searching for all our belongings and giving them homes. We had to be fair had are stuff packed up for so long that we were pretty excited to get our belongings back out of storage.

Bella is settling in really well with the house move as well. She loves lying in the sun in her new garden. She loves it, but definitely missing her grandad and Millie dog. We can tell.

The Craft room.

So Im pretty much guessing that this room is gonna be where I spend a lot of my time! Crafting and using it as an office.

Today I actually spent most of the day painting the frames of our notice boards pink so that they look pretty in the room. The craft room is full of colour, unlike the rest of the house. I can’t wait to show everyone the room when it is complete.

March 2020

Blog things

With the coronavirus making it impossible for me to work on my business plans and development right now, I am planning to be spending a lot more time on my blog and its contents in the next few weeks. Including a bit of a blog makeover. As well as beginning to release a completely new project. So watch this space for that one! ♡

Our wedding plans

So obviously with everything that is going on in the world right now, and with no clear idea on how long we will be in lockdown, and social events are cancelled until further notice. We do still have small hope that this will have calmed down by our wedding. We are unable to make a decision on what to do about our date at the moment. We are already missing out on special events that have already been cancelled. such as hen doos. So I am trying to remain positive, and plan ahead with a plan B. If that makes sense. Hopefully we will know more soon.

March blog posts

Why you should not be worried about being in a depression down spell.

What exactly is self care and why do we need it?

Talking the effects of the Coronavirus/Covid-19

Social Distancing 101. Creative things to do whilst your bored.

Our first home together, What we’ve done so far.


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Our first home together. What we have been doing since moving in.

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Hey everyone and happy April! I hope you are staying safe and well during these terrible times. The Coronavirus has really taken over Affecting so many, many that our local to us, maybe even people we know. It is understandable why so many of us are feeling low, as we are grounded to our homes and unable to see our loved ones. You literally can not go anywhere right now without hearing about Convid-19. So, I am pretty excited to be talking about something different right now. We have finally moved into our first home together.

You probably already know from my previous wrap up posts from January and February that we have been long awaiting getting our first home and how excited we have been.

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Not the most flattering photo but I love it! What a life moment!

Getting the keys to our first home.

The week we moved had been such a stressful week for us, as with the announcements about the Convid-19 virus businesses were closing and things were already looking worrying. We literally were unsure if we would even be able to move.
So when Friday finally came I am not lying when I say the time went so slow that morning. When we finally got the call to get the keys, the excitement was unreal.

We headed with our keys straight to the house and started the flat pack furniture we had brought. A kitchen table, chairs, bathroom furniture, drawers. We actually didn’t finish it all until 9 pm. So the first of many long days we had.

Moving in day…

Actual moving day was Saturday. A bright and early start at 8 am. We had rented a truck, and luckily we had a few sets of hands to help load and unload all of our stuff. Me and my mum were fortunate enough to need to go curtain shopping whilst Emma and the boys carried on unloading for us.

The truck had been completely unloaded at the house by 12 and our amazing helpers then helped us start unpacking and do odd jobs that needed doing straight away, like the curtain poles.

What’s in the house?

In our beautiful house, we have 3 Bedrooms, So Our main room with ensuite, A spare room, and of course our Craft room.
We have 1 main bathroom and a downstairs toilet. We also have a beautiful Kitchen diner and a Living room.

The sofa and the Lounge.

Come Monday evening, When lockdown got announced we had already done quite a lot. The best bit about Monday being our sofa had been delivered from Oak Furniture Land with our 2 free gifts. One was a bit of a surprise as we received a different mirror to the one we were expecting. It is huge! and were still waiting to get that up on the wall.

Our lounge is my favourite space in the house. The sofa is lush and I am loving our cosy evening watching Netflix, with candles lit and snuggling under blankies.

Our hallway.

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This carpet was already in the house when we moved in so I have no idea where it is from, but I absolutely love it! everyone I have shown pics too as well says the same! It is so funky and It really stands out in the house. So I couldn’t wait to share this on the blog!

Our bedroom…

I love this room! We are really trying to keep the house as minimal as possible, especially in the bedroom. To be honest, all around the house were trying to do this, to be fair.
The wallpaper in the bedroom is glittery! Which is totally me, I love anything glittery. I and Emma found some really cute side table baskets in Tescos at such a bargain, and although we still needed to add a draw each to the side of us, I definitely prefer the tables to a bedside table.

The Kitchen/Diner

Our kitchen is brilliant! It is so roomy and light. The only titchy problem I have (and yep I am admitting it) I am quite short, and the cupboards are so tall I really struggle. My mum treated us to the table cloth when we popped out on moving day! We are loving the marble effect at the moment! Looks so nice in the kitchen!

I can honestly say I have also been using the washing machine already! and I am loving cleaning! I wonder how long that will last?

Styling our first home.

We may have only been in our home for just over a week now, but already we have made so much of this house our home. Emma has been so good at the little fiddly jobs and I have been busy styling *coughs* making it girly *coughs*.
Actually, we make a really good team together and we really like the same kinda things.

As this is our first home together, and we were previously living with Emma’s dad we really didn’t have a lot for a house at first. Luckily when our offer got accepted on the house we were able to start shopping and buying things for the house! … but I am not gonna lie we’ve still needed to get bits we didn’t have since moving in.

We had our offer accepted on the house in January so we have been shopping since then and picking up bits for the house. As it is both of our first time owning our own home. We literally had to get everything as well, from Sofas and washing machines to washing up bowls and utensils!

Our uplifted unit!

OK, I am so excited to show you this unit. Emma has owned the thing for absolute years, and of course, it was Oak coloured. We had been discussing for weeks we would probably change it up. When we got it into our new lounge I really felt like it looked out of place! luckily we took a trip to the B&M store, whilst buying essentials we were able to pick up some paint.
It took most of a day but it really was worth it.
A lick of paint and changing the handles to some sparkly ones has made a massive difference! It looks so much better and I am super happy with it! We both did really well to achieve such a nice look!

Now we’re feeling more settled…

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Emma and I really enjoyed a glass of Gin to celebrate.

Obviously it has sucked that a few days after moving into our house, the UK went into lockdown. So we have not been able to have anyone round to see our beautiful house. However on the positive side, by the time we are allowed visitors our house will be pretty much done.
We have already unpacked everything we own and have sorted the downstairs living room & kitchen, and we are getting there with the upstairs. We still have sorting out to do in the spare and craft room. However, We mainly have odd jobs to do now. Like putting up photos, mirrors etc. So after a week where we didn’t stop, we are slowing down a lot and spreading them out. Since we are confined to the house, luckily we will at least be kept busy.

I can’t wait for when things go back to normal and we can start having our friends and family over again and make lots of special memories together in our own home.

If you are struggling with ideas of things to do whilst stuck indoors, how about reading my post on creative ideas whilst social distancing.

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Social distancing 101. Creative things to do when you are bored.

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In my last post, I spoke about how the coronavirus has been affecting the world. One of the main responses to the coronavirus has been to self-isolate. Meaning we need to separate from social situations as much as possible, Also known as Social distancing.
Furthermore, from me starting writing this post (we have been super busy with the house move) We are now in a period of ‘lockdown’ only essential shops are open and we are being urged to only go out for essentials.

By staying home and away from social situations we are protecting ourselves as well as the NHS who are currently overwhelmed with convid-19 cases.

The idea of being away from our loved ones and feeling grounded from the outside world is really horrible. We have been put on lockdown for 3 weeks for the meantime. For many of us though we need to self isolate for longer than this.

Both me and Emma are classed as high risk from infections due to both of our underlying health conditions. However, As someone who is constantly in bad health, I thought it would be a great idea to share what gets me through the days When I can’t get out.

Things you can do to stop you going insane during social distancing.

Check-in with friends and family regularly with video and voice calling.

It is genuinely such a depressive time for the world that we live in right now. I highly recommend that you stay in constant contact with your friends and families over the phone.

Today I video called my Nan! I was brilliant, she learnt how to answer video calls on her laptop! and a little chat with nan really did cheer my day up!

We are really lucky in this day and age that we are able to use video calling on our phones and other smart devices. We should be taking advantage of the technology we have been given to the full right now. The ability to virtually see our friends and family makes being apart that little bit easier.

Catch up and binge on your favourite tv shows. Or find a series to watch.

Anyone else that has a Netflix watch list so big that you really need to catch up on? I do. It’s massive. Especially where we didn’t have internet that could handle video streaming at the farm. We went for a long time without being able to watch online streaming providers such as Netflix and Amazon prime that there are so many things we haven’t watched yet.

Having time in self-isolation is the perfect chance to catch up with some ‘Netflix and chill’. (Yes, I mean actual chillaxing).

Declutter and organise your belongings

It’s a job that needs doing, in fact even if you don’t feel like it needs doing, it is always a good idea to stroll through your belongings, check best before dates on food, cosmetics and sprays.

We had a massive declutter before we moved into our new house last week, but even now we are still decluttering things. It is surprising the number of things you think you will need but you really really don’t.

Read a book or two, maybe three.

I love to read but even more so I love to get deeper into what I am reading by reading for longer periods. Since you need to be able to have times to do these things, you now have the time to sit back and really sink into your book.

Take a trip to an open park.

Although the park’s cafes may be closed. A park is a way of getting out in the open whilst still being able to maintain social distancing. Fresh air is good for us and our mental health. Please ensure that you are staying 2 metres apart from other public members using the park.

Pamper yourself.

after a few days of Isolating it is very easy to get out of routine. Not bothering to make an effort as I continuously say. So making a specific time to pamper yourself is really good for your self-care routine.

You can read more on self-care here.

Learn something new.

If your in a position where suddenly you have lots of free time, what exactly is stopping you from learning something new? How about living room yoga? or maybe digging out that instrument you have one lying about. (I am setting myself the goal of getting some guitar practice in! I haven’t played in such a long time). Free time is the perfect reason to start that hobby you’ve been dying to try, probably like me, you have brought all the stuff for it and never got around too.

Exercise with YouTube.

If you are a lover of the gym, this is a bad time. With all leisure centres being closed for now. Exercise can be a real challenge.

There are plenty of online classes, live streams that you could try! just give it a search on youtube. Try getting the other members of your household to join in! What a laugh this could be.

Doodle, Colour and draw.

I absolutely love drawing. It is such a relaxing activity. Especially for someone like me who has an overactive imagination. Doodling and colouring can be a brilliant stress relief activity. So if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed try this!.

Look through old photos and organise or scrapbook them.

As a scrapbooker since a child, I am so passionate about photo keeping. There are many different forms of ways you can organise your photos! Keeping them in photo albums, starting your own scrapbook, project life albums, or organising them into boxes. You can be as obsessive with this as you like! how about organising your muddled up pictures into chronological order? This may sound boring but it definitely takes time to do.

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Journal Your thoughts.

As an overactive thinker (yeah I think that is a thing) Journalling is a great way to get all your thoughts and feelings out of your head. Use your journal exactly how you want too. Be as creative or as simple as you like… I like to draw and decorate mine as well using rubber stamps and washi tape!

Bullet journalling is an amazing type of journaling! check it out on Pinterest.

Start your own blog or website.

Have you got an idea for a pretty awesome website? or thinking about starting your own blog? Starting your own website has so much freedom. I see my blog as my own creative space to express my thoughts, feelings and share things I love with the world! Blogging and creating websites is also a great way to stay social virtually during Social distancing.

You can read why I blog here.

I have recently moved to Skystra cloud hosting. who offer a free month of hosting on your first month with there. Perfect for anyone starting a website, and trialling self-hosting.

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Support your friends by reading their blogs and leaving comments.

It is a pretty depressing time right now. A lot of us have noticed a lack of engagement in our online presences and for the self-employed like me, it has affected our businesses.

You can support your friends by sharing their content, reading their posts and leaving them supportive comments. I love a good spree of reading other blog posts and commenting!

Make a vision board

I love making vision boards, using pictures of things that inspire me. As well as pictures of things that represent my goals. Have a go at making your own vision board.
How about using old magazines and catalogues to make collages of things you like and want in your life!

Rearrange your furniture and zen your living space.

Since we’ve just moved house I feel like I am being all over this right now. Constantly moving our furniture around until its perfect.

It is so different to have the freedom to do this. I would definitely suggest if your feeling fed up with the four walls in your house, why not change them up?

Declutter your social media.

Time to start having a spring clean of your mobile and smart devices. There are plenty of time-consuming things that you can do to declutter your devices. A virtual spring clean!

Craft some cards and presents to give to friends and family to cheer them up.

Who really needs an excuse to craft some goodies. You could leave homemade cards and gifts on your loved one’s doorsteps for them to find, this would really put a smile on anyone’s face.

Scroll through Pinterest.

I don’t know about you but when I get on Pinterest I can’t seem to get off it. I can happily and unknowingly spend hours on Pinterest without even trying. I’m constantly inspired and entertained by searching the bored for motivation to do something.

Create a positivity book about yourself and things that make you happy.

I’m rubbish at being positive about myself so I started to keep a book of things that make me happy and what I like about myself and why. Even statements that others have said that make me smile or feel happy.

You could even keep goals and bucket lists of things you want to achieve. Films you want to watch and books you want to read.

Read more about the Cricut here.
Create your dream house.

Draw a floor plan for your dream house. Be as extravagant as you want to be. Once you have created the floor plan attempt to draw your room plans. Use images to collage the types of decor you want and the colours you want to have.

Draw your next tattoo.

This is a personal goal for me! I’ve always dreamed of a tattoo large, on my thighs to cover the scars I’ve had from my surgery I had when I was younger. A dream catcher. So Having time to draw and create an Idea would be amazing!

Download a drawing app like procreator and learn to digitally draw.

Drawing with a Digital pencil is so much fun. be warned though. It is addictive! I got myself a cheap digital pen off Amazon here. Now I’m already saving up for an Apple pen. eeeeeeee.

Play a game like the sims.

You can play sims on a phone, computer or games station. It is a life simulator. Another addictive game. You can control the lives of a whole Sim family and house.

Being creative is good for your mental health.

These are just some ideas, there’s so much you can do whilst Social distancing from other people. I know it sucks that we can’t go out and live our normal lives right now, and seeing loved ones has become really hard, but keeping busy really does help.

There are so many are risking their lives to help the communities function. As well as our amazing NHS workers who are fighting to keep the ones who have caught this terrible disease alive.

Stay safe and positive everyone!

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Coronavirus aka COVID-19 – Talking the effects of the virus.

I am pretty certain, if you are like me anyway, you are pretty fed up of hearing the word Coronavirus right now. No, I don’t mean the beer, I mean the virus.

It is a pretty discussable subject right now. Everywhere you turn. The past few days I have woken up to floods of notifications, Emails, Twitters, Sky news. The lot of them all mentioning Coronavirus.

As you may have seen in my February wrap up post here. we are so excited and anxious to be getting into our new place. For us, this week is moving week. Friday we get the keys to our new home. Saturday we have Hired a truck. Tensions are definitely high with self-isolation being a hot topic of this week. One of the worries is we need our helpers.

There is NO way were be postponing the move. I do not think we can take much more of our belongings being packed away as it is. Personally, we are bored already!

Today we took a trip into a local shopping village. As you all know a lot of people have been ‘panic buying’ so the last 2 weeks we have done our food shopping options have been more than limited. Since we are moving into our own house with no ‘supplies’, we decided to buy a few frozen bits. Wow, what can I really say about the shops? whatever shop you are in is rammed and so busy. People are buying more than normal, and the shops are really struggling to keep up with such high demand.

it’s not just us,

I had a message from my cousin who is in France today. France went into complete lockdown. He was enjoying his last 40 of freedom on the beach near where he stays before he faces 2 weeks locked in the house. They are allowed to only go for food and medicines however, they then need to carry documents explaining why they are out of the house.

My brother with diabetes has been told that although still being employed he now can’t work for 12 weeks. 12 weeks is such a long time to be off work. But being diabetic he is of higher risk of catching the virus where he works.

Coronavirus

What actually is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 is a new illness that the NHS and government have little knowledge at the moment. What they do know is that the coronavirus affects the lungs and airways. The virus is airborne.

What can we do to stay safe?

  • Self Isolating where possible. avoiding social situations and crowded areas. cleaning your hands with soap and water thoroughly. (sing happy birthday in your head).
  • Always wash your hands when you get home from being out. You can use hand sanitiser when there is no soap available. However, the most effective method of killing bacteria.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus.
  • Unless truly unavoidable don’t travel on public transport.
  • Work from home where possible.
  • Disinfect shared objects and surfaces.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Use the phone to contact your GP or 111 for advice, avoiding the doctor surgeries and hospitals where possible.

Coronavirus symptoms

If you think that you have contracted symptoms connected to Coronavirus (symptoms that are new) then you are required to self isolate. Guidelines from the NHS I have linked below.

The affects of Coronavirus

We all know that this virus has affected the world in so many different ways. People are terrified. Terrified of getting ill, or losing their loved ones to this nasty illness.

The panic of being isolated, and that shops and business closing. So many are panic buying. The shelves in the stores are as empty as anything. People are now running out of their general supplies and finding that everything in the shop has been brought out.

I think that it is amazing that some stores are now introducing hours where elderly, are now being allowed their own time to shop so that they are able to get what they need. Without being overcrowded and have an actual chance of buying essentials. Soap, Anti bac gel, dried foods, tins, and toilet roll. These are the main items that none of us can find on the shelves right now. making this situation even scarier. If you are thinking of panic buying! please of others who may be vulnerable and in need.

Many of our friends and family are aware that the schools may be shut as of Friday. To think how much this is going to affect children where they are sitting important exams in the upcoming weeks. Will they even be able to take their exams?. Plus the poor parents are also going to be stranded in a house with their children getting bored for weeks?

Business and events will be being cancelled in the upcoming months. Some social locations have already been asked to close. Although some may have the ability to be able to work from their homes, not everyone has this option so will be losing wages. The GOV has set a motion for mortgages etc to be put on hold. However, businesses will still be losing money. Small businesses especially.

Stay positive and support each other

No one is really sure how long this will last, whether it is going to be weeks or months. The virus is scary, it has affected so many around the world. This really is the time that we should all be supporting each other.

Some people are not taking this virus seriously, however, the facts are it affects each and every one of us. People have died. we need to take this seriously. Many have been affected, and many vulnerable. Especially those with an underlying health condition.

Support each other with positive thoughts and acts of kindness. Keep your self busy indoors.

Please keep safe and we’ll during these hard times.

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