40 Things To-Do This Autumn

Autumn is definitely my favourite season of all! I personally love the changing leaves and the cosy clothes I bury myself in. Not to mention, the idyllic evenings, watching movies with a blanket and hot chocolate. Our autumn to-do lists may be restricted this year, but these 40 activities are everything you can do to soak in the autumn feels.

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  1. Go conker picking and pop them in a bowl at home
  2. Visit a pumpkin patch and take some away with you
  3. Pumpkin painting
  4. Pumpkin carving
  5. Roast pumpkin seeds
  6. Collect colourful leaves on your walks
  7. Pick up some pinecones and display them around your house
  8. Have a bonfire or a fire pit in your garden
  9. Cook s’mores on the fire or in the microwave
  10. Go on a bike ride through the woods
  1. Have an autumnal movie night
  2. Bake! Bake! Bake!
  3. Read in your favourite chair with a blanket, hot drink and a candle
  4. Simply stand outside and breath in the fresh, crisp air
  5. Time to dig up all your jumpers
  6. Collect some chestnuts and roast them in your oven
  7. Wake up before dawn and marvel at the sunrise. Sunrises are 10x better in autumn.
  8. Have a firework night with your household or watch them from your window hosted by other people.
  9. Create a den in your living room
  10. Make spiced cider
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  1. Find an orchard and go apple picking
  2. Make an autumnal wreath
  3. Make good use out of your slow cooker
  4. Decorate your front door/porch
  5. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping
  6. Make an autumnal music playlist
  7. Take a long drive in the countryside
  8. Have a no-phone day
  9. Have a games night (board games, cards, wii)
  10. Go to the garden centre
  1. Have an autumn themed photoshoot with friends or family
  2. Decorate your house with fairy lights
  3. Get out all your autumnal candles
  4. Try coffee shop autumnal drinks
  5. Paint, draw or embroider
  6. Make a hedgehog house
  7. Buy a birdhouse
  8. Turn the TV on for The Great British Bake Off
  9. Make the most amazing roast dinner
  10. Make your own personal autumnal to-do list

Back to School Anxieties

September has sprinted around the corner and I can already hear school bells in my ears. I start sixth form next week and I’m a little bit nervous, as I’m sure lots of you are. After nearly 6 months of being in my home and a lack of interaction with people in the flesh! It is understandable to feel a bit on edge, so I have found some ways that help me power through the next few weeks.

  1. Keep busy

This may be obvious but if you are constantly focusing on the thing that makes you anxious, you will never feel at ease and waste days or hours worrying. Most of the things people worry about never happen. Some things you could do to distract yourself are:

  • Read a book
  • Watch a movie
  • Start a new series on Netflix
  • Bake (check out my baking recipes that I’ve tried and loved)
  • Tidy your room
  • Cuddle your pets
  • Listen to soothing music
  • Have a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate
  • Do some exercise
  • Write and journal (get your creative juices flowing and write a story)
  1. Write it all out

One thing I always do when I feel anxious is write it all out. Everything you are feeling, dump it out on paper and move on. You will feel relieved if it is out of your head and clear in words in front of you. I have a journal which I take everywhere and it is a mess! I don’t try to keep it neat, I just fill it with my thoughts, ideas, to-do lists and more. I highly recommend doing this, it is proven to manage stress, health, happiness and it’s fun!

Another method is writing a spider diagram. Start with the problem in the centre of the page and write down all the solutions or steps to solve it. For example, going back to school this year; I will pack my bag with everything I need including a mask, hand sanitiser, a plastic bag for the mask and normal school supplies; read through all the guidelines the school has put in place for our safety, so I’m aware of what’s different and new; plan my outfit for the day and lay it out so it’s ready; check homework is complete and schoolwork is up to date. Once I have that organised, my mind feels clear, I know that everything is sorted and prepared for the day.

  1. Contact friends

Tell your friends how you’re feeling, chances are they are feeling the exact same way. It is scary and that’s a fact but once you have started school/college/sixth form again, it will feel almost normal. You need to remember that everyone is in the same boat. Classic phrase but very apt right now because it’s the whole country you’re sailing with!

  1. Contact a teacher

This isn’t for everybody but I had a million questions that I needed to ask before starting back and once I had contacted my tutor, I felt more able to prepare for the day and instantly I was relaxed. I told my teacher I was nervous and she gave me lots of advice and help she would offer if I needed it. I would try to contact a teacher you like and have known for a few years to receive a response that will comfort you and be a bit more personal.


I hope these small tips will help you for getting back to a new normal. I am experiencing all these fears too, so if you need to contact me you can on the Get in Touch Page and I will reply as soon as possible! Have a great first day back : )

How to Walk Aimlessly

How to master walking around aimlessly…

Pack a bag

  1. Water
  2. Snacks
  3. A wallet/purse
  4. A portable charger and phone
  5. Headphones (optional)
  6. Reusable camera or polaroid
  7. A book

Rules

  1. Turn off phone. You’ll only need it for emergencies. Everyone needs a break once in a while from social media and the news etc.
  1. Don’t use a map. Trust your own instinct and if you are ready to come home and have no clue where you are, this is when you call someone to pick you up or use google maps.
  1. Have no time limit. When you feel you have been out long enough, you’ll know, but don’t rush it! If you think you’re wasting time, then you’re doing it right!
  1. Keep going. Pay attention to every detail and lose all sense of time and place.
  1. Do the opposite of what you think you should do.

Enjoy your aimless walk ; )

Morning Routine Ideas

I can definitely say I’m a morning person, I normally wake up at around 6:30. I like to have a slow, long routine and have those few hours on my own. As I am still having a full day of work from home, I use the morning as my relaxing time and depending on the day, these are some things I do…

“Every morning you have two choices. Continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them”

  1. Read
  2. Journal
  3. Write a to-do list
  4. Learn a language (every morning I sit down with the Duolingo app and learn French)
  5. Make bed
  6. Tidy up space for the day
  7. Open curtains
  8. Open windows
  9. Morning skin care routine – wash face, cleanse, moisturise etc
  10. Go outside and breath in the fresh air
  11. Exercise – go on a walk, go on a run or do a home work out
  12. Drink a lot of water to rehydrate your body after sleep
  13. Blog! – this is the time that I write all my blog posts and it is such a productive but relaxing hobby to do in the morning
  14. Have a cup of tea or coffee
  15. Make yourself breakfast and enjoy it. Actually sit down and take your time to eat it!
  16. Connect with friends and family – send a good morning text or have breakfast with them over a video call
  17. Get dressed – when I know I have a long to do list, I wear clothes that I’d normally wear to Sixth Form to make sure I’m productive but mostly I am living in joggers and sweatshirts to be comfortable for the day.
  18. Make a list of three goals for the day
  19. Set yourself up for work – after breakfast, I set up my work space with my laptop, a tea or coffee, and get all my notes and papers that I’ll need. I try to avoid doing anything else on my desk but work, so when I sit down my body knows it’s time to get going!

I can honestly say that having the morning to myself helps me organise my 24 hours and calm any stresses or anxieties that I have. It gives me a few extra hours to be productive whilst people are asleep.

Bye x

Weekly Challenges

As we have lots of time on our hands, we might as well make it a bit more interesting. These challenges will push you out of your comfort zone and you might learn something new!

  1. No spend week
  2. Reading week
  3. Sleep by 11 p.m. week
  4. No alcohol week
  5. No TV week
  6. Floss and mouthwash every morning/night week
  7. No phone week
  8. No TV week
  9. Journalling week
  10. Exercise week
  11. Take a 20 minute walk everyday for a week
  12. Self-care week
  13. Meditation week
  14. Spend an hour with friends or family (virtually too) week
  15. Try a new craft week
  16. Learn something new week

(doesn’t the word ‘week’ look like gibberish because I wrote it so much aha)

If you don’t want to do it for a week, maybe try it for a day and see how it goes!

Enjoy! Bye x

Self Care Ideas

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In our current situation, we need to take care of ourselves mentally and physically. It has been a challenge for everyone, so here is a list of self-care ideas to help.

  1. Go for walk (if you’re allowed to go on a walk, depending on what country you’re in)
  2. Take a long bubble bath
  3. Try some yoga (on youtube or apps)
  4. Bake some treats for yourself
  5. Watch your favourite movie (i’m currently going through all the Harry Potter movies)
  6. Watch your favourite TV show
  7. Read a book or listen to an audiobook
  8. Journal, journal, journal
  9. Have a solo party with your favourite tunes
  10. Meditate (I’m using the Calm app)
  11. Put on a face mask
  12. Try some adult colouring
  13. Take a nap (but only for 30mins or you’ll wake up even more tired!)
  14. Listen to relaxing music
  15. Get cosy under a blanket
  16. Drink some water (you probably need it!)
  17. Light a candle
  18. Diffuse essential oils
  19. Stretch
  20. Make sure you get at least 8 hours sleep
  21. Tidy up your space to help you think straight
  22. Wash your sheets, so you can crawl into a clean, fresh bed
  23. Do some gardening, you can buy some seeds online or if you live in England garden centres are currently open
  24. Try embroidery or sewing

I’ve only recommended self-care ideas that I have personally used and loved. If there are any you would like me to add, message me and I will definitely try it out!

I hope you are all happy and healthy x

Podcasts to Listen to

I know I am months or even years behind but only recently have I fallen in love with podcasts. I listen to them to go to sleep and while I do my morning routine to get my brain ticking. (Next job is to get an audiobook!) Here are some of my favourite podcasts right now:

  1. Shagged, Married, Annoyed!
  2. Women’s Hour
  3. Harry Potter At Home
  4. Everyday Positivity
  5. TED Talks Daily
  6. Oprah’s Supersoul Conversations
  7. Stuff You Should Know
  8. My Favourite Murder
  9. Crime Junkie
  10. How I built this
  11. Recovering From Reality
  12. Thick and Thin w/ Katy Bellotte
  13. Casefile
  14. Myths and Legends
  15. Coffee House Shots
  16. Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories
  17. The Tony Robbins Podcast

I think I got carried away! You’ll definitely find a love for a podcast from that list. They are all so different form each other, talking about crimes and conspiracies to a normal life of a husband and wife. I used to think I would never like podcasts but there are so many genres and topics out there that I never knew existed and now love.

TV Shows on Netflix to Watch During Lockdown

I was looking through the TV shows that I love or have watched on repeat for years! And the list kept growing and growing, it scared me to realise how many programmes I have actually watched and fell in love with! But, I chose all my favourite series, old and new, that have never gotten boring as episodes went on.


Series to Get You Through Lockdown

  • Friends (of course!)
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Gavin & Stacey
  • Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Full House
  • Gossip Girl
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • The Vampire Diaries
  • Peaky Blinders
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • Stranger Things
  • How To Get Away With Murder
  • Never Have I Ever
  • The Stranger
  • Sex Education
  • After Life
  • Unorthodox

Stay at Home Activities

Hey Guys! Sorry I have been away so long. I hope you are all safe and well! It has been understandably difficult for everyone to adapt to this new lifestyle, so now is the time to finally clean out your closet, read that book you’ve always wanted to, bake endless treats, do a puzzle or do absolutely nothing! You are allowed to spend these days in quarantine however you like but I thought I’d share some of the things that have been keeping me busy and content.

Social Distancing Activities

  • write down goals
  • plan activities or trips (for after lockdown obviously)
  • binge a Netflix show
  • make a mood board on Pinterest
  • have an at-home spa day (bubble bath, candles and beg for a massage from a significant other)
  • make a new Spotify playlist
  • FaceTime friends and family
  • listen to a Podcast
  • meditate
  • do a puzzle
  • play board games (my family and I have been competitively playing Cluedo and Dobble most nights)
  • Learn a new skill (sew, knit or a new instrument)
  • Bake biscuits and cakes
  • clear out your closet
  • read a book
  • do an at-home workout
  • try a new make-up look
  • study or revise

I hope this is helpful! It has really helped me get through lockdown when I keep myself busy, but of course if you’d rather shove on your sweats and watch movies all day, that’s fine too. I’ve definitely done that as well. Thank you for reading!

Bye x

Under the Weather

Winter is the season of illness. I’m sitting here with a red nose and a scratchy throat after just recovering from tonsillitis. Lucky me! So, I think I am now an expert in making myself comfortable and happy when feeling under the weather. I always feel guilty when I’m ill, like I’m wasting my days but sometimes you need one or two days collapsed in bed or on a sofa. Here are a few things I do when I’m under the weather…

Blankets

Suffocate yourself in blankets and try to feel as cosy as possible. I always feel 10x better when I’m snuggled in a ball of blankets in my bed or on a sofa. Once I’m comfy I can just relax and hide in my bundle with a good movie.

Movies

Stack up a good collection of movies that will get you through the day. Personally, when I’m ill I love watching old-fashioned movies (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Grease and Dirty Dancing. Those are just some ideas, I could do a whole blog post of my beloved oldie movies!) A movie is the final cherry to a cosy sick day.

Candles

This is the ultimate cosy asset. It sets a very calming and relaxing vibe and although I can’t smell the one I’m burning right now because of my cold aha, the scent will make the whole house smell lovely! The one I’m currently burning is from Aldi and in my opinion the cheapest and best place for candles. They have some Yankee Candles available for a very good price.

A Book

This is the perfect time to pick up that book you’ve been wishing to read but haven’t been able to find the time. I’ve nearly finished ‘Little Women’ and I’m hopefully going to reach the end today. I can’t wait to start a new one!

Simple Work

Try and get the easy tasks done. I’ve done all my laptop work today, so I can still do all the things above that I mentioned but making sure that tomorrows to-do list isn’t ridiculously long.

Hot Drinks

I think I’m on my third cup of tea today and I love the feeling of having a warm drink in my hands. Also, I love having hot chocolate, coffee and a black current drink with paracetamol in it. A hot drink and a couple of biscuits fits perfectly into the cosy aesthetic.

Mums Tip
Wear your biggest jumper and turn the heating right up!

Hope none of you are ill but if you are, enjoy these little ideas that make you feel as content as you can whilst feeling under the weather.

Thank you for reading!

Bye x