The Perfect Sleep

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When life is so busy what with work, college, or university as well as trying to juggle your social life and whatever else you have going on, sometimes it can be hard to switch off properly. Since moving out I have found that I have a lot less time to myself due to my commute to work and then making dinner and doing housework when I get home which I think I am slowly getting into a routine for! With us all being so busy it’s really important that we get a good night’s sleep so that our bodies can repair overnight. So with that in mind, I’m going to share how I manage to drift off to sleep each night.

Listen to music.
Recently I have been listening to a hypnosis audiotape which is meant to aid relaxation and ease stress. This is something that has helped me massively and I want to talk about this is in a seperate post because I feel I can't give it the attention it deserves here. I also enjoy listening to podcasts and find these help me to take my mind off things and focus on something else. Have you tried listening to spa music? There's lots of different varieties free on Youtube and sometimes if I'm feeling on edge or anxious, I'll put this on quietly to listen in my headphones as I fall asleep. It's also lovely to listen to when you're in a hot bubble bath!

Make your bed as comfy as possible.

We all love to be in our beds right?! So it’s important to make sure your bedroom is a place you feel comfortable in and can relax in. Decorate it however you wish whether that be candles, a new duvet cover, fluffy cushions or even just making sure that you’ve got a good book on your bedside table. If you saw my recent blog post, you’ll have seen my gorgeous new mattress I was lucky enough to review – I can’t enough tell you how much this has improved my sleep and I just sink into it straight away! If you fancy treating yourself to a new mattress, you can have a browse at www.mattressnextday.co.uk


You can find a whole host of other tips I have previously written in my previous post here.  *CP


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Harry Potter Primark Wishlist

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If you're wondering where on earth you can get some fabulous Harry Potter merchandise without spending an arm and a leg, I be that the first place you'd think of isn't Primark. Well, that's all about to change! I've always been a Harry Potter fan along with my sister since we were young and read the books and followed the films religiously. I've recently been trying to get back into reading more so I have been listening to the Order of The Pheonix audiobook as I find it hard to get some reading done when life seems to be so busy. I want to work my way back through to the end of Deathly Hallows and then move on to Fantastic Beasts which I haven't actually read yet.

Primark has got to be one of my favourite shops of all time. Not only can I get pretty dresses, tops, jeans for £7 and cute homeware bits - they now seem to be going crazy for Harry Potter! All of the products I have featured above are for sale at Primark with everything being under a tenner. They make for perfect gifts for your fellow Potterheads or of course just as a treat for yourself. I think the Polyjuice potion mason jar has to be my favourite of them all. Unfortunately we cannot buy Primark purchases online but I do love browsing their website to see what goodies they have in store so that I can plan my next trip. 

So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself down to Primark! 
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The perfect finishing touches to your work uniform

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The perfect finishing touches to your work uniform

Some work uniforms can be a little bit plain and uninteresting. This can be a problem, wearing anything you aren’t really a fan of can really hinder your mood and motivation, which when you’re at work can be an issue.

Simon Jersey explain why adding accessories and finishing touches to a uniform are important and what to keep in mind when making sure you look your best at work.

Splashes of colour

Adding a splash of colour to a uniform can really help it to stand out, adding a seasonal flair and helping to tie your workwear to a business.

Use colours that tie to your employer, scarves, headbands or tops in a colour that matches the business or its branding are a good place to start. 

This can just brighten a uniform up a bit more than normal and add a sense of fun, which is often the difference between enjoying work and having a shift that feels like it is dragging. 

Layers

The Great British weather can be unpredictable, you never know if it is suddenly going to be colder than you expected. This is why when it comes to your uniform, that you should always have something ready to help keep you warm.

Some businesses provide hoodies, fleeces and jackets, sometimes it might be as simple as finding a cardigan or jumper that you can wear that compliments your regular uniform. 

This could be something simple and plain that doesn’t draw attention to itself, or it could be something slightly more stylish to fit in with the tone of where you work. That might mean a chic bolero if you work in a beauty salon, or a slightly thicker top than normal just to take the chill out of the air.

The right shoes

You need to make sure you have the right footwear for your job, if your job involves you being on your feet all day you should take the time to find something that makes this easier. Think comfort first, fashion second. Nothing can make a shift last longer and hamper a mood worse than being tired and uncomfortable.

The main thing to keep in mind here is if you work in an area that has specific footwear requirements, such as a specific type of sole or steel toe caps. 

Making the most of a uniform doesn’t have to be complicated, knowing what you can and can’t do, based on the rules for where you work, is crucial. This can help guide you towards specific colours, materials and designs to help you make sure you get to be comfortable, while still looking good.
*SP

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Hush Premium Mattress Review

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Recently I was a very lucky lady and had the chance to review a brand new premium mattress from Hush. Now I will be honest and say that I was not expecting to be blown away by a mattress – but I most definitely was. As always with any review, I promise to review the mattress honestly, and if I was not happy with its quality or anything in particular, I wouldn’t review it or would point out any changes that I think could be made. I know how hard we work for our money so I would never recommend something that I wouldn’t have been happy with. I moved out towards the beginning of last year, trudging with me in the back of my partner’s van was my trusty old mattress. Fast forward a few months and here I am each night lying on a luxurious premier memory foam mattress!

Hush created their premium mattress which features full size springs and foam – for pure comfort! The mattress is available in four different sizes with prices beginning at £370. I must admit that I am not too educated on the price of mattresses and what is a good deal, but with the double I have retailing at £520, it may seem pricey upon first impression but it honestly is worth the money as it will last for years and I would have been happy to save up for it myself. If only we could try out these mattresses before buying as it’s rather hard to guess online isn’t it?! The mattress is topped with a deep layer of a next generation foam. When my partner and I first had a test of this, it felt so much higher and sturdier than my usual rather flat mattress! I felt myself sink into the memory foam straight away and couldn’t believe how much of a difference that it made to my sleep. I find it so much comfier and I feel this has helped my quality of sleep – which is so important to all of us.



Delivery is free to Wales, Scotland and England and the mattress actually comes squeezed into a box that was smaller than I am, meaning you don’t have to lug the whole mattress up the stairs like the Chuckle Brothers. Now, here comes the fun part – you open the box, unwrap the wrapping and the mattress automatically begins to unravel, making an awesome bubble wrap popping noise and it inflates across the bed – it was like a magic trick! It was so easy to use, it’s ridiculous! All we had to do was take the box upstairs, open the box and ta-dah, here’s our brand new super comfy memory foam mattress!


All in all, I can honestly recommend Hush as a brand that I would be more than happy to purchase from myself and I think that’s the most important point when writing a review. I feel like my quality of sleep has improved since sleeping on it each night and it feels like a real treat going to bed – the only problem I can report is having to get out if it in the morning when the alarm goes off! Thank you so much, Hush!
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Christian Aid’s Big Brekkie 2017

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I'm finally back for a new post and today is all about helping others and charity. I know that lots of us get a buzz from helping others and it really makes me feel good inside knowing that I have made a difference to somebody's day. Today marks the first day of 'Christian Aid's Big Brekkie 2017' which runs from 14th - 20th May. In a similar way to holding a Macmillian coffee morning at work or at home, Christian Aid are asking us to hold a breakfast morning where ever you fancy it and to show your support to the campaign and to refugees.

You can hold the breakfast where-ever you like,invite whoever you like and most importantly - eat whatever you like! You could charge a small entry fee to collect some spare money for the charity. You could be creative and have a tropical themed breakfast with mocktails (or the real deal) to pretend you're on the beach or go for a good old traditional fry up, the choice is yours. You can sign up here to receive a completely free fundraising pack which will include recipe cards and balloons.

Let me know if you or anyone you know decides to sign up!

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