Winding Down for Autumn

Autumn and winter are definitely my favourite seasons, I love the weather and the festive holidays, and of course I love the excuse to drink hot chocolate (for breakfast, lunch and dinner) without it being weird. But this time of year comes with its disadvantages. The cold weather makes it hard to keep my disability under control, and the gloomy days makes it all the more difficult to fight my biggest demon: depression.

One thing that’s been useful to me for the last few years is making sure I have good night-time-routines to keep me grounded if things start getting rough. So, I thought I’d share with you some of the ways I like to relax after a crappy day.

A Cup of Tea a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

I think the first thing I do is make myself a cup of tea in one of my favourite mugs. I recently got a couple of new mugs, one of them is a super cute, spooky cat mug.

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How About Some Bubbles

Now I don’t get to do this very often, but when I do, I go ALL OUT.

A bath can be such a simple self-care step, and it can feel so good. I like to use Radox Bath Cream in the Coconut fragrance or a bath bomb. I recently used the Lush Rocket Science bath bomb and loved it.

If I think I’m gonna be spending a while in the bath, I’ll take my laptop into the bathroom and put it on the toilet seat, so I can watch some YouTube. And if I’m feeling extra adventurous I’ll take a cup of juice and maybe a snack!

I’m Gonna Have My Cake and Eat It

Speaking of snacks, one thing that always cheers me up is chocolate. I had my birthday earlier this week, so me and my boyfriend made the most chocolatey cake you could eat.

Other comfort foods of mine include macaroni cheese, chocolate spread on toast, and kettle chips.

Colour Me Pretty

This next thing is something that’s become quite popular. Adult colouring books are something I’ve enjoyed for a few years. I have 4 or 5 of these books: fantasy, snowflakes, cats, crazy patterns and more. I have a set of really lovely Crayola colouring pencils that are perfect for shading and they sharpen really easily. Colouring books are something you can really throw your imagination into and let go of whatever’s on your mind.

 

Crochet My Worries Away

Crocheting might seem like something that a lot of people would think of as stressful, or something you really have to concentrate on, and it can be. I’ve been crocheting for a few years now, and I find it both relaxing and rewarding. It’s very therapeutic and definitely creative, similar to adult colouring books. You can choose what to make, what stitches to use, what colour you want it to be. And when you have your final product it’s mood lifting, sometimes it’s truly amazing the kind of things you can create! If you have the patience to learn, I definitely recommend giving this a go. You can get a cheap set of crochet hooks and some inexpensive wool from places like Wilko, pound shops and craft stores. Use these to practice with. You can find plenty of beginners books, YouTube videos and maybe you even know someone who can teach you.

 

Dont Judge a Book By It’s Cover¬†

I love books. Reading allows you to enter a different world. It gets you invested in the characters to a point where you can forget your own worries, even if it is for 30 minutes of the day. It’s a great way to wind down before bed. I’ve been loving Louise Pentland’s book Wilde Like Me.

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If you wanna feel cosy while you get stuck into your book, why not light a few candles, turn your bedside lamp on and turn the main light off. You could also get yourself one of those cool lamps that clips onto your headboard or your bedside table, I don’t have one but they’ve always seemed handy!

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This is the candle I’ve been burning. I can’t describe the scent, but it’s sweet and yummy, and really is perfect for autumn. It was 99p from Home Bargains and it burns really well!

Time to Rest Your Head

When I’ve had a crap day, sometimes it’s beneficial to get an early night. I like to make sure I’ve had a drink of water or milk, been to the loo and taken my makeup off. It’s always cosy to have a matching pyjama set, and sometimes I like to have a soft toy to hold. I’ve been cuddling up with my new Crush Tsum Tsum.

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I do also live with my boyfriend so it’s nice to have some quality time with him to chat about our days. And this is usually the time of the evening when our hamsters are awake, so sometimes we’ll get them out for a cuddle and to give them a little treat.

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And then it’s time to drift off into a deep sleep. I can’t sleep with total silence, so I usually put on some YouTube. I’ve been loving falling asleep watching either Zoella or Tanya Burr Vlogmas playlists.

I’d love to know what you guys do to relax on a chilly autumn evening, so leave me some comments! Be sure to follow me and subscribe via email if you want to see more of my content ūüôā

 

My 20th Birthday: Shopping and Cake

Coming to the realisation that I’m no longer a teenager was no easier, nor harder, than I thought. I still feel 17, so turning 20 was no hardship. I never really bother celebrating my birthdays. As you get older, it matters less. You’re either working, or your partner is working so you’d be spending it alone. But this year I had the time off, and so did my boyfriend. My birthday was on Tuesday 19th (September), but I wanted to spend that day doing absolutely nothing. So, on the Monday me and Stephen (boyfriend) made out way into town so I could do a little bit of shopping courtesy of my birthday money. I thought I’d do a chatty post to talk about what we got up to and show you what I got. I’m not 100% sure I can remember all of the prices, but I’ll try my best to give an educated guess.

Primark

First things first, we nipped into Primark (we finally have a Primark in our town!). I always pick up way too many things in Primark, and I’m great at bargain hunting. If there’s a cute top hiding somewhere, and it’s in the sale: I’ll find it.

Primark are going full force with the Disney merch at the moment, and it’s really not a bad thing. I picked up this huge Mickey Mouse coffee mug. It’s like two normal size cups of coffee in one. It’s great if you’re exhausted, but need to stay up late doing assignments, or writing blog posts. Not so great if you don’t want a caffeine high. I’ve actually been using it more for drinking tea. I’m pretty sure this mug was ¬£4.

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I was browsing around the clothing section, and came across a rack of super soft jumpers. On further inspection i realised it was again Disney merch. I had to have one. They were only £8 I think. I went with Donald Duck because I loved the (rather Christmasy) green colour.

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The next thing is something I never leave Primark without buying: Socks. Usually I get those pack of 3, cartoon character decorated, trainer socks (or shoe liners as Primark sometimes labels them). But I thought I’d live life on the edge and buy some ankle length Harry Potter socks. I plan to wear these over tights when I’ve got my dungaree dress on. I think the socks were around ¬£2.

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Next thing i grabbed was something I’d needed for a while. A new purse. My old purse was covered in scratches, wouldn’t close and was just too big. I wanted something small and plain, but then, as I walking around the key-ring stands after Choosing my purse, I found a huge black pom-pom. It looked super fluffy and they all had letters on them, so I grabbed one with a K for Katie. It may seem tacky to lot of people but for some reason I was drawn to said pom-pom and it matched the purse. So it went in the basket. The purse was ¬£4 and the pom-pom was probably about ¬£1.50??

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This next item was something I’d been eyeing up in Primark for a couple of weeks. Every time i went in I wanted it, but I couldn’t¬†justify spending ¬£3.50 on it. So when I saw it reduced to ¬£1 I couldn’t say no. It’s this funny little fake grass plant. It’s not the most amazing looking fake-plant, but none the less, it’s cute. And the pot is pink.¬†

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Another tiny purchase was this pretty candle holder. It’s a sparkly gold reindeer who cost ¬£1.50. How could you say no to this? (it did come with an unscented tealight but I’ve already burnt it).

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The last thing I grabbed from Primark were some gorgeous black, velvet/suede thigh high boots. I have chubby legs, so finding thigh high boots that fit is a nightmare. When i tried these on I couldn’t have been happier! ¬£18 well spent. They have ties on the back with gold ends, and they’re super comfy to wear over jeans with a pretty jumper.

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Home Bargains

I only bought two things from home bargains. That was a Halloween candle and a plastic Christmas tray. The candle was only 99p and it smells AMAZING. I’ve been burning it constantly and it’s barely moved, so if you’re looking for some yummy festive candles that’ll last forever, get yourself over to Home Bargains. They had Christmas and Halloween candles, and they had some cute ones in stained glass jars. I got the plastic tray to put candles on when I’m burning them. I have sticky back plastic covering my little side table, and sometimes the heat from candles make the candle jar stick to the plastic. The tray was only ¬£1 so it saves ruining my table. And it’s pink, so I probably would have bought it anyway.

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Cat Rescue Charity Shop

I love going into charity shops and so does my boyfriend. I’m a sucker for cute ornaments, anything girly and anything pink. First thing I saw was the Hello Kitty money jar for ¬£1. We always have change lying around, so I thought we’d start using that and try and save up some cash. But it is just damn cute whether you wanted to use it for money or not. Then upstairs they had more items. And I found this tiny sleeping cat ornament for 50p. I love cats and as soon as I saw this I knew I was buying it.

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Copenhagen Flying Tiger

I don’t know if many of you have this store in your town, but when this shop opened in my town I was instantly obsessed. Some of the items in there are so bloody cool, stuff you’d get on websites like Not On The High Street. Flying Tiger has such a wide range of items: stationary, kitchenware, candles, storage, plushies and even cool drinks/snacks. The prices are shocking. Shockingly cheap. I once got a surprise goodie bag from Tiger, it was only ¬£2 so I wasn’t expecting miracles. I got mostly crafty bits in it (which I love anyway) but the stuff would have added up to around ¬£10! Anyway, when I went in the other day I saw these bunny rabbit lamps. They slowly change colour and look so pretty at night time. They were either ¬£2 or ¬£3 each. They also had owls too!

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Clintons

I originally went in Clintons to get myself a Tsum Tsum (to add to my already way too big collection). As soon as you walked through the door there was a feature table with spooky Halloween items on. Now, I’d already bought myself a new mug from Primark (cute mugs being another thing I collect) but I couldn’t resist when I saw this spookily adorable cat mug. It’s an off white with gold sparkles and stars, and a cat design the whole way around. And the handle IS A CAT. ¬£10 I didn’t need to spend but I wasn’t leaving it behind. And then we went over to the Tsum Tsum table. I picked up a small Baby Dumbo (¬£3.50), and then took a quick peek under the table where I saw a medium Crush Tsum Tsum (¬£10). Yep. I got both. No regrets. And then by the till I saw a Disney Inside Out shopping bag with Anger on the front (¬£1.80). If you keep up to date with me on twitter you’ll know I have an obsession with fabric shopping bags. So I got that too.

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The Rest of the Day

I did pop into Superdrug to get some concealer, and ended up getting concealer, eyeliner and a setting powder from Collection on the 3 for 2 offer. With the offer, my student discount and some points I had on my loyalty card, it all came to just over £4. Bargain. Then we had to nip into Wilko to get some food and treats for the Hamsters. After that we went to Burger King for some well earned food.

My Birthday Day!

So as I said, I wanted a chilled birthday. Me and Stephen spent it in bed watching TV. We also baked me a birthday cake! The recipe we used was Tanya Burr’s Sunday Cake recipe. If you love chocolate cake then go and check it out because it tasted amazing. We went way over the top decorating it, but had plenty of decorations left over to munch on that night. I’d already seen my family in the days leading up to my birthday, my dad took me out for a birthday meal, my mum popped round with my card and some cake.

I had a lovely birthday and I definitely enjoyed treating myself (even if I did buy too much).

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