How To Combat Grey Winter Days

How To Combat Grey Winter Days

It’s finally half-term! I’m spending this week catching up on blog posts so you might be seeing me a little bit more than usual. It’s currently flu season and between you and me, I’ve had a fair few of them so I thought I would share with you my top tips on combatting the Winter season where you are most likely hugging a tissue for half the day.

There’s two things that I rely on when it comes to day-to-day Winter lifestyle changes. The first is getting the most energy so you can actually be productive on those dark mornings that are slowly creeping up on us and the second is getting a peaceful night sleep. The second I think is the most important but let’s talk about what we can do to find that energy.

First, let me introduce you to one of my best and long time friends – Berocca. You can pick him up in just about any supermarket or drugstore/chemist in the UK. Berocca is a formula containing vitamin B and other essential nutrients that are proven to help support energy release and mental performance. It comes in 4 different flavours: Orange (my personal fave), Mixed Berry, Tropical and Mango. You simply pop the soluble tablet in water and drink. I was first introduced to them via a chemist in Sainsbury’s when I was struggling to stay awake during lessons when I first went to University and have relied on them ever since. I have to be honest with you that they don’t taste amazing but they work and that’s the main thing! I feel like I am more awake and can combat pretty much anything until lunchtime when I’ve had one. They have even introduced a tablet to swallow if you prefer that over a drink.

Another suggestion is to have a really good but healthy breakfast. Something like porridge or Weetabix with fruit which slowly releases energy into the body rather than having chocolate which is good for a fast fix but you will find yourself crashing by 8.30am. I usually take a snack with me to like a banana or cereal bar just in case. Another idea is to down a glass of cold water as soon as you wake up. Drinking water is good for you anyway but did you know that it also fires up your metabolism, hydrates you and helps the body flush out any toxins as well as gives your brain fuel to get up and do things.

I would have a semi-cold shower to wake me up. I associate hot showers or baths with my evening routine which I’ve talked about previously but having something which isn’t quite hot always wakes me up and prepares me for the day. I usually crack on a really good Spotify playlist which I can sing along to in the shower to help me get moving.

As well as a good breakfast, my Berocca shot and a shower; I have to have a good sleep the night before and that’s where my next best friend comes in. Let me introduce you to Utmost Me’s SLEEP Neuro Rest*. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to work with them recently and I have recently put in an order for another bottle. It’s a capsule that you take at night which has natural supplements in created by doctors and nutritionists. For a long time, I’ve struggled with sleep due to overthinking and anxiety but these have changed my sleeping pattern for the better. The capsules are designed to regulate sleep cycles and signals the body that it’s time to sleep. Like a prescribed sleeping tablet which I have used in the past, I take mine just before I settle down to sleep and when I’ve decided to turn off technology. If I don’t get a good night sleep then it’s highly likely that I am not going to be able to concentrate or motivate myself to do much but if my sleep experience is peaceful without waking up in the middle of the night then I’m going to have a good day. Ever since starting Neuro Rest, I’ve not woken up in the middle of the night once which is a miracle for me. It’s also helped me to establish an evening routine most nights which usually involves a bubble bath, staying off social media and a good old hot chocolate.

Have you tried Neuro Rest before? How do you combat these dreaded Winter mornings? Let me know in the comments if there is anything else I can try.

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A Day In Edinburgh

Despite having tonsillitis this week, I didn’t want it to affect my Edinburgh trip with the college. We left bright and early on Tuesday morning to spend the day in one of my favourite cities. Although I was only there for 5hrs; Christina and I managed to fit in quite a lot of things.

We decided to take a look round the Scottish National Gallery whilst we decided what we fancied doing for the rest of the day. There was some beautiful and rather stunning paintings that is worth looking at. It’s always one of the first things that come up in the search engine for Edinburgh and I can understand why. Not a lot of the tourist attractions is free in Edinburgh however the National Gallery is free to walk around all the different rooms.

After having a walk round the Gallery, we had a look round all the tacky touristy shops and popped into M&S for a quick lunch. I picked up some of those rubber ‘I ♥ Scotland’ bands, a sheep and nessie soft toy to keep in Emma’s car. We’ve renamed them Dino and Baa which I think is hilarious.

One of the main reasons, I was super excited for this trip is because I’ve wanted to go to Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura & World of Illusions for the longest time and I finally managed to do it! You do have to pay a bit of money to go into it but it’s the best thing ever and it is so interactive for all ages, not just the children. It’s best to start at the top and work your way down which is exactly what we did. We went to the Camera Obscura Show first which was ran by a rather funny guy called Dougal, I loved how interactive he was with visitors! It’s a dark room with a large table and a beam of light. Edinburgh appears on the table and you can have a look round the whole of the city in real time. You can even scoop the people up using white pieces of card and splat them back down on the the table!

You can view panoramic views of Edinburgh when you go outside and even grab a telescope or pair of binoculars to get a closer look around Edinburgh and its famous sites. The rest of the attraction was packed full of classic illusions and experiments, light fantastic visuals, mirror mazes, a light tunnel, viewcams of the city and of course a gift shop. I highly recommend a visit just for a good laugh for an hour or two because it was honestly one of the best things I’ve done. There are so many more pictures over on my Instagram.

We didn’t have much time left after the Camera Obscura however we decided to walk into the Old Town of Edinburgh and stumbled across a street full of Harry Potter inspired shops including the Museum Context which is filled to the brim of fully licensed Harry Potter merchandise. There was even an opportunity to pretend to be a witch or wizard at the very top. Before heading back to the coach, we popped into a rustic pub called Biddy Mulligans for a drink.

Have you ever been to the Camera Obscura? What’s your top places to visit in Edinburgh?

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Lush Christmas 2018

I can’t get over how fast the end of 2018 is going! I don’t know about any of you but it feels as though I’ve blinked and Summer has disappeared and then suddenly everyone is talking about Christmas plans. I wasn’t really feeling it until the other week when I was kindly invited for a Christmas preview event at Lush Newcastle.

The event was lovely! There was only a few of us but we were given an in-depth guided tour of all the new products that enabled us to experiment with the products and see all of the bath bombs, bubble bars and skincare products. The store looked as though Christmas had hit the store which is exactly what I love about the festivities.

There has been so many new products this year and I’m kinda loving it! A few of my usual favourites have returned including Shoot For The Stars, Golden Wonder and Snow Fairy Shower Gel (my personal favourite) but there are also some new ones that I still on my wish list. I thought I would pick up a couple of the new and exciting products to try.

Bubble bars are one of my favourite products that Lush do, especially around Christmas. The first one that I picked up was Puddy Holly which is the only Christmas Bubbleroon. It smells exactly the same as marzipan so if you are into sweet smells that this one is definitely for you. I love the silver glitter coated all over it too but perhaps that is just my personal choice. You would expect Candy Cane to have a minty smell however that’s not the case; it has bergamot and sicilian lemon oils giving the bubble bar a rather citrus scent which enhances when crumbled in the hot water. I love unique scents so when I smelt the strawberry scented Naughty Elf, he landed in my basket. He has violet leaf absolute and mango absolute in the formulation so it smells quite refreshing and uplifting.

I’m so excited to get my hands on the Sleepy Shower Gel. I use the body lotion every night as the lavender helps me feel relaxed when the insomnia kicks in during the evening. I can’t wait to have a bubble bath with this one when I’m struggling to sleep however it was Cinders Shower Gel which excited me the most. I can’t describe the scent but it just smells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! It’s a stronger marzipan scent that what Puddy Holly has but it also contains pumpkin seed oil which moisturises and nourishes the skin. Can you imagine having a refreshing shower with this on a winter morning? I can’t wait!

I didn’t pick up many bath bombs as I want to spread them out across the winter months. I picked up the Cheery Christmas bath bomb because it just looks stunning when in the water. Sharing a similar kind of scent to Snow Fairy and the Comforter with a strong blackcurrant scent. It just smells so good! I also picked up Perle De Sel because the scent was quite relaxing. I find anything with rose absolute relaxing but it also looks quite luxurious with African salt pearls.

Finally, I did pick up a bottle of Snow Fairy Body Spray! Yes you have just read that correctly! It’s quite pricey however it smells exactly the same as the classic candyfloss and bubblegum scent that most Christmas Lush fans fall head over heels in love with. I picked one up for a birthday present but I kinda want to get a bottle for myself.

Are you excited by this year’s Lush Christmas range? Next up, I definitely want to get Gingerbread Man moisturising bar and Once Upon A Time body lotion. You can see the entire range on their website. Let me know your favourite in the comments!

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Keswick Moments

This time last week I spent 24hrs in Keswick as part of my cousin’s birthday. Although it wasn’t long, it was definitely a much needed break after a stressful Summer with lots of ups and downs. I also took the time away to stay of social media a little bit which did me the world of good.

We arrived in the early afternoon on Friday to Low Briery which is a holiday park with a mixture of caravans and log cabins to cottages and apartments. We stayed in one of the cottages which was very cute and cosy especially over looking the river. For dinner, we went to Lakeland Spice Cuisine. I went for a cheese omelette because I’m not really an Indians fan but it was nice anyway.

Saturday marked my cousins birthday but the one thing I wanted to do was go and watch the sunrise which didn’t really happen because it was too cloudy. I got up with my Aunt and we went down to Derwent Lake with the dogs. Although it was cloudy and I didn’t get to see the sunrise, it was nice to spend some quality time with her. Before heading back to the cottage, we stopped by the co-op and picked up some pastries for breakfast – best idea ever!

The art student inside of me fancied spending some time at the Pencil Museum which to a lot of you reading this probably sounds so boring but I really enjoyed it. I got to learn about the history of the graphite pencil as well as how coloured pencils were made. I bet you didn’t know that the longest pencil is 7.91m long and is surprisingly yellow! Before I left, we went on a boat trip around Keswick. It made for some beautiful snapshots from my camera too. I definitely want to go back to Low Briery and spend some time in those camping pods as well as explore the area a little bit more with my camera.

Have you been to the Pencil Museum before? What’s your favourite little town in the Lake District?

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July Journal 3.0

I don’t even know where to begin really! I have revamped my blog so many times and said things were changing round here but they haven’t. Not really. For a long time, I have been wondering what to do with this little space of mine on the internet and I just can’t seem to make up my mind. I know that I want to keep this blog up to date. It’s like my little diary which I enjoy going back to but at the same time there is only so much of my life that I want to share nowadays. I used to be the type of person who would share everything and anything but I just don’t feel comfortable doing that anymore. Whether you’re a YouTuber or a blogger you seem to get judged so much for things that you really shouldn’t feel judged about.

I’ve always had a heart for blogging ever since I was at school, many blogs later The July Journal was born. It’s now coming up to a 4 and a half year blogiversary and I definitely don’t want to give it up but things need to change round here. I want to have some time, especially now I have settled into college life, to create some content for you that I enjoy writing about. After all this space is mine. But at the same time, blogging isn’t the same as what it was when I first started. It’s more like an advertising game where we are all competing for numbers, opportunities and traffic. I just don’t want to be a part of that game any more and I think that’s why I have been in such a rut with my blog recently.

As much as numbers are important for blog opportunities and making yourself feel good, that’s NOT the reason why I started. I started this little corner of the internet because I had no one to turn to when I was going through a rough patch. I like the diary style entry posts because I feel like those are more personal so that’s what you can expect from now on. There’s not going to be the usual review or the usual things that everyone else seems to enjoy reading. I want this space to be like your coming to talk to your best friend for a natter about relationships, or to have a pamper night with. There’s not going to be a schedule because I don’t want to feel the pressure to upload something on a weekly basis but I am still going to be here. I want to talk about things that you want to read but also things that I enjoy. Yes, you reading this may like the odd, first thoughts on such and such palette or a makeup routine. You may even enjoy reading about what people are lusting over but that’s just not me. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good eyeshadow palette and there’s nothing I love more than being able to share with you my recent purchases from New Look – and I still will continue to do this but just in a different way to what you are used to. If that’s okay? Why am I even asking you that? If there are any topics that you guys find interesting and would like me to include on here.

So to sum it all up, I want to make my blog more personal but without the ‘going into every detail’ aspect of my life. I’ve got an idea on how it’s going to work out because it’s going old school – just a little. I don’t want The July Journal to disappear because this little place helps me when I’m not in a good place. I’ll see you soon.

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