That January seemed to last forever didn’t it?! One of my main goals for 2018 is to try and be more appreciative and grateful of the day to day things, so whilst January was quite the blur of empty bank accounts, grey skies, and very little sleep, I also made a huge effort to be a bit more ~posi vibes~ rather than the huge grump I am by nature.
Here are a few favourite things that I particularly enjoyed during the first month of 2018.
A New Mug
Alright, not the most profound or interesting of favourites, but I finally got round to buying myself a mug for the office for two reasons… A) So I would always have a mug to use instead of rooting through the free-for-all ones in the search for one without old tea stains, and B) So it would be slightly more acceptable to forget about my mug overnight, as I often do, because it’s my mug and I wouldn’t be preventing anyone else from having a cuppa in said mug, coz it’s mine.
Anyway Dunelm have a ton of really lovely mugs in at the moment, amongst other homeware (their instagram is a particular fave of mine when I’m in need of homeware inspo). They’re all vvvv cheap and give off major Anthropologie vibes, this little flamingo hun was only £4.50 and is a perfect size for that monday morning GIVE ME ALL THE COFFEE mood.
A New Home
I mentioned on Instagram last week that me and Danny are moving house very soon – but I haven’t really mentioned it much elsewhere on the internet. We’re actually moving to Leeds, where he works, so I’ll be taking on a longer commute than I currently do which is a little bit daunting, but it’s only an hour so realistically it’s quite average. We’re moving to a lovely little one bed on the outskirts of the city, it’s got huge windows and nice furniture and I’m so excited, after the pretty naff 2017 I had, to have something to look forward to and finally feel like we’re progressing a bit more in life!
We’ve spent 6 months living with his parents and I think we’ve definitely reached a point where we’re all getting a bit under each other’s feet, we so desperately need our own space and I’m so excited to be able to have people over again, do what we like and not have to fit life around other people’s schedules. Plus being able to banish him to another room when he starts watching irritating gamer youtube videos will be pretty dreamy too (anyone else’s boyfriend have a skill for finding youtuber’s with the worst voices, or is it just mine?!)
As some of you will know, I’ve been following the Slimming World plan on and off for about 10 months now, but I’m making a big effort to stick to it this time round (new year, feeling motivated for once). I follow the plan from home so I don’t go to a group, which means up until now I’ve relied on the more accessible Alpen Light bars as a sweet snack that can be used in place of bread as my daily healthy B/Fibre choice.
Since my mum and sister joined a group, they’ve picked up the odd box of the Slimming World branded hi-fi bars for me. The rocky road is a particular favourite of mine, it feels like an actual treat rather than something I’m only having because I’m “allowed”, a la the alpen light bars. The mint chocolate is also pretty decent, although I’m not a fan of the salted caramel/cardboard flavour bars. At £2 a box some people find them a bit pricey, but the rocky road ones are definitely worth it.
Kiehl’s Hydro Plumping Re-Texturising Serum Concentrate
I’ve yet to bite the bullet and buy this because, erm, £54… but I’ve had several samples that I’m currently getting through. I have dry/dehydrated skin and particularly at this time of year I find it quite difficult to keep my skin looking it’s best. I’ve been applying this serum after toning and before my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil, and I can always tell the difference the next morning as my skin feels super hydrated, soft and I hate to admit it because it’s literally in the name which makes me sound a bit of a fraud, but it genuinely does make my face feel more plump.
Creating a content calendar
I’ve been really trying to up my blog game this year, in terms of the behind the scenes and being a bit more organised. I want to post twice a week, take my photos in bulk and generally be a bit less last-minute-Laura about the whole thing. A huge part of trying to improve my blog/organisation in general has been Charlotte at Colours & Carousels, who has the most helpful newsletter, blog and has recently launched a facebook group to chat to other bloggers/small biz owners about the behind the scenes type stuff, and just general advice and chit chat.
One of the main tips I’ve picked up on is creating a content calendar – and sticking to it! I’m currently trialling a google sheets/calendar hybrid like Charlotte mentions in this post, after coming to the realisation that my bullet journal system just wasn’t flexible enough for my blog posts – or more specifically my awful habit of not taking photos/writing a post in time and need to rejig my calendar constantly!
End Of The F***ing World
What started as a ‘lets stick this new show on’ with a couple of friend’s one skint January Saturday evening very quickly turned into ‘WE MUST BINGE THIS WITHOUT STOPPING’ the following day. It’s a new Channel 4 show on Netflix which concentrates on two main characters – Alyssa and James, one of which wants to date the other, while one of them wants to murder the other. It’s very funny, dry, and the episodes are only 20 minutes long aka the perfect binge length.
It’s great, watch it.