My Bedtime Routine

So everyone knows that a good night’s sleep is important. It helps your body recover and your mind to store everything away nicely. Struggling to sleep is one of the most frustrating feelings. I usually sleep quite well, but when I am stressed that all goes out the window. The best way I’ve found to get my sleep back on track is to commit to a bedtime routine. If you are having serious sleep issues then please go and see your doctor, these tips can only go so far.

Alarm

Alarms aren’t just for the morning. I use an alarm in the evening to let me know it is time to put away the screens and start my bedtime routine. The first thing I do when the alarm goes off is to check my morning alarm is set for the next day and turn off all other electronic devices, like my laptop and ipad. I will switch my iphone onto the night shift mode and turn the brightness down too, because I might want to listen to a podcast later if I am struggling to sleep and I don’t want to blind myself with a bright, white light.

Setting the Scene

When my alarm goes off it is time to finish any small bits of housework left for the day and start the move into my bedroom. If I have any candles burning elsewhere in the house I will take these into my room. Also, I will crack the window open to cool down my room. I find it easier to fall asleep if I can really snuggle into the covers, opening the window at the start of my routine allows me to close it again before I go to sleep if I decide that it is a bit too cold.

I can leave my room to cool down while I finish the housework and complete my skincare routine.

I will make sure my room is tidy and take any extra pillows off the bed. I like to turn my side lights on, these along with candles make a very soft and relaxing light. I will also grab a glass of water to have on my bedside table for if I get thirsty in the night or for the morning.

Skincare Routine and Teeth

Now I will complete my skincare routine and brush my teeth. I don’t like to shower in the evenings because my hair dries funny! My skincare routine isn’t that interesting, I will usually just wash my face and if it is feeling dry moisturise. I am currently using my Yes To Tomatoes Moisturiser and switching it up between cleansers that I got in my most recent haul.

I have also been trying out Lush Sleepy body lotion before bed. I find it relaxing and I don’t want to believe that it is the body lotion, but I think I sleep a lot more solidly when I use it. To me it smells like Lotus Biscoff biscuits, and not heavily of lavender at all. I really like the scent and I have been enjoying it so far. I will write a proper review of Sleepy soon.

Lights Out

I try and complete my routine at a leisurely pace, there is no rush, but usually I can get everything done and be in bed within half an hour. When I am in bed if I feel like I will fall asleep instantly then I will blow out the candles and turn off the lights. If I am a little bit more restless then I will choose a podcast to listen too and set it so that when that episode is finished my phone will be quiet, or usually after half an hour it will stop playing the episode.

This routine has really helped me to get control back over my sleep and makes me look forward to bedtime! Is there anything in your bedtime routine that I’m missing? Let me know in the comments. Sweet dreams!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Firstly a big thank you to Sophie from SopsBlog for tagging me. I really enjoyed reading her answers and I think she came up with some really fun questions that I have had a great time answering! Go and check out her answers linked above, they’re well worth a read.

Like for the Liebster Award I answer Sophie’s questions, write my own questions and tag other bloggers to answer my questions and so it continues!

I recently read a post about blogging awards on Paul McGinley’s Blog about Blogging awards. I think that they are more a fun tag sort of a thing than being an actual award and of course all exposure is great for anyone’s blog. I think awards like these help you to become part of the blogging community and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. His post was an interesting read and you can find it here.

Sophie’s Questions

1.What is your favourite treat?

I love fresh fruit, I can’t decide is strawberries or raspberries are my favourites. It’s mad because I can justify spending £3 on chocolate easily, but somehow it seems like a lot more money to be spending on fruit. Recently I’ve had to really work on not feeling bad for spending my money on fruit! But honestly I love it so much more than ‘naughtier’ treats, I love the taste and textures a lot more and not feeling unwell after, as I have quite a sensitive stomach and rich foods can really upset that.

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Tattoos and Body Image

img_0725Let me first preface this by saying that I am in no way an expert on tattoos. I only have one tattoo, however I don’t think you need to be totally covered in them to have an opinion on tattoos. This is a post documenting how my tattoo has changed my body image.

I was not expecting my tattoo to have any impact on how I see my body, but over the past few months since I have been tattooed I have noticed a difference in how I see myself and my body. This difference was more noticeable at first when I was caring for the tattoo through the healing process, but even as I have got used to having it I still feel like it has shifted my point of view somewhat.

The image of my tattoo in this post is from when it was still healing, so it looks a little bit dry and flakey. I am including images because I love my tattoo, and I am trusting you all to not steal the design. Although I realise that this is quite an unusual tattoo and purely to my taste anyway.

So my tattoo is of a bee and it sits above my belly button on my stomach, not quite a sternum piece, but nearly. Since having the bee there I have had a constant thing to compare my size too which has resulted in a more constant body image, by that I mean that my feelings towards my body have been a lot more consistent. Also, while the tattoo was healing it needed constant care to make sure it healed well. This forced self care for an area of my body that I am not completely happy with started to shift how I saw my stomach.

Actually getting tattooed and having your skin out for hours while someone works on a piece of art is an amazing experience and quite empowering too. There is nowhere to hide, but my tattoo artist was so lovely and professional I completely forgot that I was lying down with my tummy out and was totally at ease. These positive experiences have also helped with my body image.

As quite an active person I am often getting changed in public changing rooms. I feel like a lot of the time when I think people are looking at me now they are in fact looking at my tattoo, and in some ways it is like a shield. I also get some amusement from when people are trying really hard to not look at my tattoo!

I would consider getting more tattoos in the future when I know what I want, for me choosing a tattoo is a long process. I am not getting tattoos to ‘fix’ the way I see my body, but because I think that they are beautiful pieces of art, and if they help my body image then surely that is a benefit worth talking about. I said to begin with that I didn’t expect my tattoo to change how I saw my body, now I am tattooed I realise how integral body image is to the whole process, as you are literally changing what your skin looks like permanently and so it would be strange to see yourself in exactly the same way after being tattooed.

I’d love to know your opinions on this and if you aren’t tattooed would you consider getting tattooed and where? Your kindness is appreciated.

Harry Potter Tag

First of all a big thank you to Alice for tagging me. I will tag Sophie, who I know loves Harry Potter as much as I do! This tag was put together by Cassie, and it’s been really fun answering all these Harry Potter related questions.


What house are you in?

Ravenclaw, as any good geek should be! I mean, I have a maths degree it’d be weird for me to be in any other house really.

What is your Patronus?

Right, so according to Pottermore it’s a Newfoundland dog. I was not happy with this, I think anyone that knows me would agree that it should be a fox. I really love foxes.

What is your wand?

10 and 3/4 inches, Redwood with Phoenix feather core, rigid. Basically a stubborn persons wand and I can’t agree more.

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Investment Items

Last week I spoke about reusable makeup remover pads, and this week I thought I would continue along the same lines and discuss other items that I have invested in and that have saved me money in the long term.

The idea here is quite simple. If you are investing in something that will replace a disposable item, then that overtime will save you money. Also, if that item will allow you to live more frugally, then chances are that will save you some cash in the long run too. I have split this down into some broad categories. Let’s take a look.

Clothes

I like to buy high quality, sometimes branded clothes whenever I can. I try to pick up my clothes during sales, or online to get the best deals. Better quality clothes will stand up to washing and if you decide you no longer want them they will hold a lot of their value for resale. This gives me the freedom to change my wardrobe at minimal cost, for just a little bit of effort.

When buying clothes I always try them on, and when buying online I check the returns policy. There is no point in having ill fitting clothes that you won’t enjoy wearing and that will end up just filling your wardrobe.

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You don’t have to buy brands, but it helps when you come to sell.

If you are a student, like me, then a lot of clothing shops do student discount, always ask if they will apply student discount on top of sale prices. Some shops, like Jack Wills, for example won’t give you student discount on top of sale prices normally. But their online shop will. You can try an item on in store and then buy it online to get the discount, but be aware of postage costs.

Overall I try to buy clothes that will all work together, as a not so small capsule wardrobe. Honestly, I don’t go clothes shopping all that often. I make the best of what I have and really consider a purchase if I need it.

A lot of what I have just said regarding clothes also applies to shoes. Good shoes can be resoled many times, a simple shoe care kit of some brushes and polish will keep shoes clean and help them to last you for years.

Clothes Airer

If you are a student and living in Halls, like I was last year, then you are probably going to have to use a laundry to wash your clothes. You can save on the cost of drying them by investing in an airer.

NB: A lot of Halls will say that you aren’t allowed one, but they don’t exactly come around and check. I’d judge it off what everyone else is doing, it’s your decision.

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My 3 tiered Airer. I can easily fit 2 loads of washing onto this

Now I live in a student house and we don’t have a dryer, there is no way that I am trekking down to the laundrette to use one. So I will use my drying rack inside the house during the winter, this is a lot more efficient than putting your clothes directly onto the radiator. Luckily I have a washing line outside, so I will use this during the summer months, and on days when the weather is changeable I will take my dryer in and out with the clothes on it to maximise drying time. There is also something lovely about having fresh dried clothes from outside.

Air drying your clothes is also much better for them in the long run as opposed to tumble drying them, the heat can really damage your clothes. Also this is better for the environment. So a win win.

Food Containers

Airtight containers are a must if you want to pinch the pennies in the kitchen. You can use them to store and freeze any bulk meals you make, help keep foods fresh and are good lunchboxes.

While the takeaway boxes will make do for a short while, if you want a better and more permanent solution, that you aren’t afraid of leaking your lunch over the inside of you bag, then some properly airtight containers are the way to go.

Personally, I like the clip lock style of container. Especially for lunches. I think that these stand the best chance of staying shut when thrown into my bag. In my house we also have a whole load of different size containers that we got from Ikea for £4 for the set. The smaller sizes are good for keeping halves of vegetables fresh, or for taking snacks into uni. The bigger sizes are great for freezing too.

As mentioned in my How I save money as a student post I also have a flask for hot drinks and a water bottle. I won’t go into anymore detail here, but go have a look at the original post.

Flannels and Pads

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Keeping it bright with my flannels

You guys are all well aware of how much I love my reusable make up remover pads. But I also love having flannels to wash my face with. Simple, but effective. Flannels replace any need I have for face wipes and I can change the soaps or cleansers I use depending on how my skin is. A flexibility that wipes just can’t offer.

Bag for Life

In my bag I always have a bag for life folded up and tucked somewhere out of the way. This is especially money saving now that there is a 5p bag charge in England. This is good for the environment and it makes walking back with heavy items, like milk or fruit a lot more enjoyable. No plasticy straps digging into my hands!

 

This is hardly an exhaustive list, and I’d like to know what investment items do you swear buy? Let me know in the comments.

Reusable Makeup Remover Pads?

One thing that frustrates me is when I use disposable items where a more permanent item would do the same job. I think that the decision to invest in a permanent solution is more environmentally conscious, and will save you money in the long term. This also means that you only have a small amount of reuseable things, rather than many more disposable things, because you aren’t throwing them away after every use.

I use cotton fabric makeup remover pads. I have a mix of soft pads and some slightly rougher ones. These are great to use with makeup remover or micellar water in exactly the same way you would use conventional cotton pads, the only difference being that when you have taken all of your makeup you put these in the laundry rather than the bin.

The rougher pads especially are great for cleaning my face. They work well with my Angels on bare skin cleanser from lush as the rough texture of the fabric works with the exfoliating almond bits in the wash to give my face a really good, but still gentle clean.

I have 9 pads, which works fine for me, even if sometimes I need two to take off particularly heavy makeup. Although I use fewer of these than I would usual make up pads because they hold up better and won’t fall apart when I am using them. If I wore makeup everyday I would invest in more. These get washed at least once a week on a hot wash with my bedding, and if anyone else in the house is doing a white wash then I will sneak a few in then too.

I got mine here. Of course you could make your own.