Sunday, 18 March 2018

Tips On Saving Money

Since earning my own money I have definitely realised the value of it and the work behind it. Today I'm going to share 6 tips with you for saving money that have helped me.

Savings Account
This may seem like the obvious way to save money, but I didn't realise how helpful having a savings account would be until I actually got one. Every month I put a certain amount of money in there; watching it build up over time is so satisfying and motivates me to keep saving - plus, they're easy to set up.

Smash Pot
I bought a smash pot last October and still haven't smashed it open (can you believe it?!). A smash pot is basically a money box without a lid, so once you put money in there, you can't get it out until you smash it. I put £1 coins in there only, and I will smash it when it's almost full up. This is a great way of saving money because you can't get the money out or spend it until you actually need it for the thing you're saving up for. There is a wide range of smash pots available, so buying a pretty one will make you less tempted to smash it early because it looks so good!

Money Box
This is similar to the smash pot, but I use my money box for any spare change I have. Over time this change builds up and I will end up having £10 or so to spend. I usually save this money for times like Christmas when I know I will need a extra cash.

Planning ahead for the month has helped me a lot. If I'm going shopping, for example, and I know I will want to buy a lot of stuff when I'm there, I'll set myself a budget of something like £40 and won't allow myself to go over. Also, when I go out I've started to take cash instead of my card so I have a limit on how much I can spend that day.

Only buy necessary items
This is easy in theory, but hard in practise for me and I'm sure many of you can relate. Recently I've made a list of things I'm not allowed to buy until I've used my remaining ones up (sprays, notebooks, moisturisers, etc) and as a general rule I'm not going to buy a new item unless I desperately need it.

UniDays and Loyalty Cards 
If you're a student like me, UniDays is an app I would recommend. It gives you discounts in a variety of shops which is very helpful for saving money. Loyalty cards are helpful, because once your points add up you can buy things with them. 

When saving up for something, just keep in mind what the outcome will be and how all the sacrifices will be worth it.
Have you got any other tips?

- Charlotte x

Sunday, 11 March 2018

My Thoughts On 'The Comforter' From LUSH

Recently I've decided to have baths more frequently, for 2 reasons - 1. because they great for relaxing and unwinding after a long day, and 2. because I have an entire drawer full of bath products that need using up!

Of course, a bath isn't a bath without a LUSH product, right? I recently took a trip to Oxford and dived straight into LUSH, because unfortunately my town doesn't have one, and bought a few products... one of which being The Comforter, which I have wanted to try for ages after hearing so many people rave about it.

There is honestly nothing bad I can say about this product - it's just as fabulous as I knew it would be!
I used the entire bar in one bath because I didn't know you could use it for multiple baths, but that just meant an insane amount of bubbles, which I am not complaining about. 

As soon as I opened the packaging I could smell the blackcurrant fragrance; LUSH definitely know how to make their products smell gorgeous. It turned my bath a stunning shade of pink (my favourite colour - bonus!) and gave me lots of bubbles, forming a blanket over my body. It left my skin feeling extremely soft.

I would 100% recommend this bubble bar - I can't fault it, and £4.95 is a reasonable price considering you can use it more than once.

Have you tried this product?
-Charlotte x

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Monthly Goals

I always make new years resolutions, but never actually stick to them no matter how hard I try, so this year I thought of a new way for me to reach them. I wanted to share this idea with you guys because it has helped me, so hopefully it will help someone else too!

I have a small notebook that I can take anywhere with me that has basically has all the information I need - I call it my organiser. It has important dates, things I need to buy, etc. In this book I have a page for my monthly goals.
I draw the month's calendar at the very beginning of each month and grab some highlighters, my goals in mind.

My main three goals for this year in terms of my physical health were:

1. Drink more water
2. Eat less chocolate
3. Go to the gym more

I know they're the typical goals everyone sets for themselves, but last year I hardly went to the gym, ate way too much chocolate and drank mainly fizzy drinks. This year I wanted to change this.

At the bottom of the month's calendar I will colour code each goal.

1. More water = purple
2 = no chocolate = yellow
3. gym = pink

(I also did the days I work as orange, just to see how much I worked over the course of a month)

When I complete one of these goals, for example if I go a whole day without eating any chocolate or a whole day drinking water only, I will highlight it in the goals colour. Simple, right? My aim for each month is to make it as colourful as possible, which motivates me further. As you can see above, at the start of the month the page looks dull and boring.

Each month I increase the number of days I want to be highlighted with each goal. For example:

1. Water only = 15 days
2. No chocolate = 10 days
3. gym = 5 days

I've started off with a realistic number of days, because of course I won't completely cut out chocolate or go to the gym 4 times a week overnight. Each month I will increase the number of days slightly, so hopefully by the end of the year I can go everyday drinking just water and eating a lot healthier. At the end of each month I will tick the goal off if I managed to reach the amount of days, so I have something to work towards each month.

You can do this with any goal, and it doesn't just have to be for physical health. Having everything logged and written down motivates me further, plus I love everything to be colourful in my life so adding colours helps a lot!

-Charlotte x

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Things I Love About Winter

I've always loved winter for many reasons (although I miss summer immensely - come back sun!) - so here is a list of the things I love about it.

In December we were lucky enough to have snow - in Year 6 if someone mentioned something along the lines of 'it's snowing outside!' I would scream with excitement, and nothing has really changed. In December I went on a long walk in my onesie, made snow angels, had a few snowball fights, got a hot chocolate to warm my body up, and got the day off work!

Hot Chocolate
This winter I discovered Cafe Nero's Gingerbread Hot Chocolate, which is basically winter in a drink - soooo good, and even better with cream and marshmallows!

Of course, with Winter comes Christmas - I love the festivity and positivity that is spread, along with the pretty fairy lights, the delicious Christmas dinner (pigs in blankets, I miss you already) and watching pantomimes. 

Scarves and hats
I have a growing collection of scarves and hats, despite my mum constantly saying 'do you really need another scarf?!'. Yes, mum, I do need another scarf - you can never have too many.

Cosy nights
Sitting by the fire in a soft onesie, fluffy socks, reading a good book with a hot chocolate is by far the best way to spend a night :)

My Birthday
My birthday falls at the end of winter, which in my opinion, is the best way to end it ;)
(In fact, this post is going up a few days after my birthday!)

What are your favourite things about winter?
-Charlotte x

Friday, 23 February 2018

17 Things I've Learnt In 17 Years

Today is my birthday! As I've been on this planet for 17 years now (I still feel like a 10 year old at heart though) I thought I would do a post about the things I've learnt.

1. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

2. You don't need to be friends with everyone - but be kind to everyone.

3. Getting lost in a good book is something I will never get bored of.

4. Time is the greatest healer.

5. Life doesn't come to you - you go to it.

6. Stop jumping to conclusions!

7. Spin classes are very hard and I definitely underestimated them

8. Always expect the unexpected.

9. Having a tidy room = a tidy mind

10. Mums know best

11. Accept what you cannot change/control

12. Vulnerability does not equal weakness

13. Lifeguarding is not just daydreaming and relaxing

14. There is a very fine line between loving yourself and being self obsessed

15. I am a procrastinator

16. A-Levels are difficult (major understatement)

17. Spotify Premium is SO worth it - how did I cope without it before?

Sunday, 18 February 2018

30 Things To Do On A Rainy Day

This list could be called boredom breakers - I sometimes, despite having plenty of things to do, find myself not doing anything and becoming increasingly bored by the minute. Whether it's a rainy day, or you just want something to do, this list is for you. (waheeeeey that rhymed)

- Scrapbook
- Draw/colour
Those colouring books won't colour themselves!
- Watch funny YouTube videos
- Watch a new Netflix series/film
I highly recommend Gossip Girl - and Wild Child has finally been added!
- Look through old photos
- Organise/declutter your shelf/wardrobe/drawers
- Read a book
- Go swimming
- Yoga
- Bake
The diet can start Monday!
- Practise a new make-up look
Spending hours watching make-up tutorials when you were 10 will have been worth it
- Start a blog/write new blog posts
- Journal
- Discover new music
- Create different music playlists, e.g. chill, party, gym, happiness
- Catch up with a friend over the phone (or in person!)
- Go to the gym/do a home workout
- Make lists
- Paint
- Tidy your room completely
After all, a tidy room = a tidy mind
- Play a board game
- Learn something new
- Write a story
- Online shop (sorry bank account!)
- Take a bath
You can finally use up the hundreds of bath products sitting around in your drawer!
- Paint your nails
- Clean your makeup brushes
- Create a wishlist/bucket list
- Create a photo album
- Practise mindfullness

See you next week :)
-Charlotte x

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