How to love Mondays

From the day we start school, Monday to Friday represents the daily grind. Early starts. Hard work. Routine. Living for the weekend, waiting for those two precious days with family and friends. Sunday nights bring a familiar feeling of dread and the Monday morning alarm is the low point of the whole week. But it doesn’t have to be this way, what if we were to learn how to love Mondays? Start the week with something you love To learn how to love Mondays, the first step is to do something you enjoy on the first day of every week.…

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A retrospective 40 before 40

It seems to be somewhat of a tradition to write a 40 before 40 list. As I’m approaching my 40th year (I’ll be 39 in a few months), I started thinking about what I’d put on my list. But the more I thought about it, the more I realised that there’s not much I want to do that I haven’t already done. I’m at a stage in my life where a lot of exciting adventures are on hold. The children aren’t old enough to join in and I don’t want to leave them for that long. But for the first…

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Finding Instagram accounts you love and why it matters

Instagram divides the world into two groups. Those love it, and those who despise it. If you fall into the latter group, the likelihood is you’ve seen the dark side of it. Bullying, trolling and encouraging suicide. Even those who love social media are aware of that dark side. Yet I strongly feel that it can be incredibly positive as well. This is the a guide to finding Instagram accounts you love, and why it matters. All photos in this post are taken from my own account. Finding Instagram accounts like yours The sort of Instagram accounts I follow have…

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Close friends are overrated

Do you ever look back on your youth and wonder what happened to all the friendships you spent so long nurturing? According to a survey by Relate, more than one in eight of us has no close friends. They suspect this to be due to the rise in social media usage and the decline in work-life balance. Nearly half of adults reported being lonely some of the time. But how much of this is due to social expectation rather than a genuine need for companionship? It might be an unpopular opinion, but I think close friends are overrated. A decreasing…

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Dance Gear competition to celebrate their 40th birthday

Collaborative post It’s always great to team up with local businesses, which was why I’m delighted to be a 2019 ambassador for Birmingham based dance clothing supplier Dance Gear. This year, they’re celebrating 40 years in business by launching a competition for budding ballerinas. Dance schools across the country could be in the running to win a collection of dance wear worth over £500. About Dance Gear In 1978, Dance Gear was founded in Bearwood, Birmingham. The dance shop run by dancers, for dancers. They make clothes, accessories and shoes for pupils, parents and schools. Stocking over 4000 product lines,…

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Making plans for 2019

Planning and organisation aren’t my strongest traits, particularly when it comes to my home life. So when Jenny from Monkey and Mouse blog asked me to write about my plans for this year, I thought it was a great opportunity. After all, writing goals down is always the first step to achieving them. Travel plans Camper van travel: As we didn’t get the camper van until April last year, this will be our first full year of owning it. We’ve already started putting it to good use with a weekend away before the girls went back to school in January.…

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Is debt consolidation the best solution?

This is a collaborative post. As a family, we have turned to debt consolidation on numerous occasions to sort out our finances. I don’t mind admitting that neither myself or my husband are great with money. That’s not to say that we’re materialistic, because we’re not really. Neither of us are accumulators of ‘stuff’. But travel and experiences are our weakness and often, debt consolidation ends up being our solution. So, I’ve been doing some research to see whether it really is the best idea. What is debt consolidation? Debt consolidation means taking out one loan to cover all your…

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