Mini Weekend Retreat

I am one lucky lady to live near to the largest urban park in the UK. ¬†There’s nothing quite like a long leisurely stroll in Sutton Coldfield park when the air is crisp and you can feel Spring is on its way. Here are a few shots of my mini weekend retreat ūüėČ    …

Urban retreats….park life & coffee shops

The day to day hustle and bustle of city and working life can sometimes leave you little time to stop and smell the roses. That’s why one of the best ways I can spend some of the weekend, will be in my favourite coffee shop and taking a brisk walk around our local park. I…

5 ways to relax into the New Year

Here’s an article I wrote for¬†‘The Aucklander’ in January 2013 and I thought I’d share as it’s January 2016! You can also find the article here if you fancy having a¬†read¬†of ‘The Aucklander.’ You may be contemplating what your new year’s resolutions should be, or perhaps you have already made a list and bought that…

5 reasons why your pain & sorrow can make you stronger & happier

The quote above is one of my all time favourites and that’s saying something, because there are a lot of good quotes out there. I love this quote because it speaks the truth about the complexity, beauty and irony of the human condition; happiness, gratitude and strength can blossom from pain and adversity. ¬†I truly…

10 reasons why mother nature is awesome!

I live near Sutton Park, which is a National Nature Reserve and it’s one of the largest urban parks in Europe.¬† This weekend we went for a good walk in this beautiful park, breathed in some fresh air and sat a while and took in some beautiful views. Here are some pics I took whilst…

10 Reasons why guinea pigs are amazing!

I own two¬†amazing guinea pigs – Mixie and Bowie and they are¬†EPIC animals!! They have heaps of personality and¬†they are really therapeutic.¬†Me and my partner rent a flat and the landlord doesn’t allow animals (booo!) but we’ve been a bit cheeky (ok, a lot cheeky) and¬†over 18 months ago we went to Pets at Home…

Turn it around!! New hope can be found!

¬† Hi readers, I have been very quiet on the blogging front over the last few months.¬† Truth be told, I didn’t know what to write about and I didn’t think I was able to continue with this blog.¬† It’s been a difficult time. Whilst things could be ten million times worse, sometimes it’s ok…

Create your own vision board!

Back in 2013 I wrote a blog post on creating my own vision board.¬†Well, we are well over half way through 2015 and here’s the vision board I put together last month. I’ve pinned it to the fridge so I can see the motivational and¬†beautiful images and words every day. I recommend making your own…

Interior design…charity shop style!

This is the first blog post I’ve written in months but I’m back and I want to keep this little blog going.¬† After I’ve written a blog post I always feel better for it as it’s a great creative outlet and I hope you enjoy reading my random ramblings as well ūüėČ This blog post…

5 things I’ve learnt about living on ¬£5 for 5 days #LIVEBELOWTHELINE2015

1) I can do¬†this! The first thing I learnt about taking the¬†Live Below the Line challenge¬†this year is that I can stick to something¬†and be disciplined.¬†This has boosted my sense of well being and determination.¬† I’m the type that makes 10 new years’ resolutions and by mid January I’ve quit and ‘given up’ on my…