5 Positive Things To Do This Week #105

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  • High five someone every day this week.
  • Make a big batch of soup.
  • Give someone a piggyback ride (and ask for one too).
  • Go for an early morning walk by yourself.
  • Find a photo booth and get your picture taken with someone special
  • Brew up and see my previous 5 Positive Things To Do posts here.

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    At Home: Sleep and Alaskan Log Cabins

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    When I’m struggling to sleep at night I imagine myself falling asleep somewhere peaceful, to bring me comfort. For the past 3-4  months I’ve imagined snoozing in a grand lighthouse, curled up in a cosy Alaskan log cabin, and on a boat in the middle of a calm ocean. No white sandy beaches here.

    I’ve been keeping note of my sleeping behaviour lately, thanks to M&S, who challenged me to try their Sleep Well bedding range made from a new fibre called TENCEL® designed to aid better sleep. Quality of snooze is what I’ve been lacking, and besides my Alaskan log cabin, I was willing to try anything. The result?

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    november3 november4 november2 november6 november5Duvet, pillows, white bedding, candle, diffuser and journal c/o M&S

    Prior to using the bedding, I had on average 3 nights of disturbed sleep (sometimes more) a week. After using the bedding since September, I’ve only had trouble sleeping once or twice, mainly due to being ill.

    There could be other reasons why I’m sleeping better besides the silky smooth temperature regulated bedding; we’ve now settled into our new house (house buying stress over) and I’m working a lot, therefore feeling shattered pretty much always. Whatever the reason, I’m grateful.

    If you’re interested, TENCEL® is also static free, it naturally absorbs moisture and quickly releases it again, it has a reduced bacterial growth, including no habitat for mites, it prevents mould and is environmentally friendly (low environmental impact during production). It’s magic, my friends. Magic.

    Disclosure: Collaboration with M&S

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    Tote of the Week: Trick or Treat Halloween Bag by Hannah Stevens

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    I have super fond memories of Halloween. That’s right, not just fond, SUPER fond. We didn’t wear fancy costumes due to lack of funds, only black bin bags fashioned into witches outfits, but our Halloween spirit was with us in force.

    We went trick or treating only on the roads and streets we knew well, and told each other ghost stories whilst making witch-like cackling noises (I’m a pro to this day). It was fun, harmless and celebratory of all things dark and mysterious and I loved it.

    So naturally I chose this tote bag by Hannah Stevens as my tote of the week; what a perfect bag it would make for the kiddos on Halloween night.

    P.S Can you believe it’s almost November?!

    P.S On the hunt for a new tote bag? Take a look through my previous tote bags featured.

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    Lately: Weekend Walks and Home

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    On Sunday afternoon we chose to grab some fresh air and explore the public footpaths near our new home. We both seem to be working our asses off lately so having the chance to have a few hours off, with no plan, felt great – and on our doorstep too. When we returned from our little ramble we managed to have some quiet moments at home, and a hot chocolate too (with marshmallows). Now I can’t complain can I?

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    Reading, painting nails and watching TV is a luxury at the moment (moaning again), nevertheless I managed to read a couple of articles in Kinfolk magazine. Lena Dunham’s new book is next…

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    Walks in the woods just 5 mins from our house – yay!

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    Derelict mills and tree-filled chimney pots!

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    One craft at a time! I’ve decided if I’m going to get crafty again (which I am) then I need to start one project at a time. First up, very simple friendship bracelets for November. Hello Liberty fabric!

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    Dr Who is on our doorstep!

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    I picked up a selection of The New Yorker postcards at our local antiques centre. I can’t wait to frame the taxi one for my sister who was married there.

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    Oo-er missus!

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    Possibly the cutest barge and mooring building I’ve ever seen.

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    The new colour in our bedroom! We still need to correct a few mistakes with white paint (the masking tape didn’t work well) but I’m so happy with this hue!

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    If you’re looking for interior inspiration don’t forget to check out the Most Wanted blog. Here’s a few posts I’ve written for them lately: Throws and Blankets, Stylish Serveware, John Lewis House Range, Fireside Accessories, Mary Berry Kitchen Range, Marvellous Marble and Top 10 Wall Clocks. Enjoy!

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    So there you have it, what have you been up to lately?

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    5 Positive Things To Do This Week #104

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    • Plan a Halloween film night with your favourite people.
    • Check out any free activities that are happening in your local area.
    • Dedicate one night this week to reading a new book and eating your favourite evening snack.
    • Play Cards Against Humanity and laugh until your sides split!
    • Start rustling up photographs you have taken this year and think about getting them framed as thoughtful gifts for Christmas.

    Brew up and see my previous 5 Positive Things To Do posts here.

     

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    At Home: Attic Bedroom Inspiration

    When you move house EVERYTHING takes longer than you think to unpack and organise. Mainly due to lack of motivation after experiencing stress for a long period of time but mostly because of laziness. I admit, I’ve had to be persuaded to sort things out over the past week or so. I can’t help it folks, I’m craving nights on the sofa so much right now!

    After a lot of persuasion and effort we started on the attic bedroom. I can officially announce we have built our new bed, have painted the bedroom walls and now have a designated laundry basket in our bedroom. We’re living like proper human beings, my friends!

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    Our attic bedroom is a pretty big space with high ceilings, skylight and large window; I’m not being smug, I’m honestly writing this still living in denial that this house is ours. It’s not a mansion, don’t get me wrong, but when you’ve moved out of a one bedroom underwelling, a house that you can swing a cat in is an absolute dream and I’m grateful for every single inch.

    So, in an attempt to make the room more homely, rather than just fill it with stuff, I thought I’d head to Pinterest for ideas. Besides wanting a projector and hammock in there (THIS WILL HAPPEN) I headed straight to Pinterest for inspiration to make it more cosy.

    Above: Keep the room uncluttered and invest in a bed with storage | Create a reading nook underneath the attic eaves | Add colour, pattern and texture with cushions and throws on your bed | Bring the outdoors into your home with potted floor plants

    Attic Inspiration

    Above: OK, a swing might be going overboard but it looks ace | Grey floorboards? Le sigh | A large rug is definitely needed in our room for cold winter mornings | For safety, this built-in ladder that sits below your window is a must. I really should have ordered one of these before buying my new New Balance trainers. Ahem.

    Attic Bedroom Ideas

    Above: Large ceilings call for large pieces of art work – oh the possibilities! |Similar to the top right photograph, we painted a couple of walls this weekend, it’s made all the difference. I love the rustic table in that picture too | Beautiful beams! Ours are all painted white which I really like but I do love the natural look too| Ensuite-sweetness.

    Do you have any attic bedroom decor ideas?

    P.S No cats were hurt in this post.

    Disclosure: Collaborative Post

     

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