Friday, 21 September 2018

Life | Importance of self-care...


It is all too easy nowadays to be too busy: too busy to make that gym class; too busy trying to manage a side hustle while working full-time or too busy to even find time to do nothing.

I am one of those people (there I've actually said it). I don't know how to do nothing. I am always on the go trying to balance work, gym, blog and a social life. Honestly, it's like playing a game of Buckaroo 90% of the time. I don't know how to switch off.

Earlier this year, I got to a point where I had to do something different so I started to take time for myself without the guilt. And you know what? It has paid dividends as now I'm less stressed, much happier and really enjoying life.


So what ways can you practice self-care?

001) Read a book:

I used to love reading when I was younger and for some reason, I can't quite work out why I                stopped doing it so much as I love it.

002) Listen to a podcast:

Podcasts are probably one of my favourite finds. I love a good podcast and there is nothing like          switching one on and letting the world drift on by.

003) Go for a walk:

Getting some fresh air is one of the best ways that you can take a little time for yourself. Even            better: listen to a podcast.

004) Make time for that gym class:

Exercise has so many benefits. So why not try that combat class you have been putting off for              months because you simply don't have time? (Spoiler: you'll probably actually enjoy it)

005) Have a pamper session:

Nothing screams self-care more than a pamper session. I just love spending time on myself                  painting my nails, applying a face mask and generally pretending I'm somewhere far away.                  If you want to go one step further, book yourself in somewhere for a bit of pampering.

006) Watch Tv:

No laptops, no Social Media. Nada. Just you and the TV (and maybe a hot drink)

007) Bake:

I love baking for pleasure. The only problem is I only do it if I have people to give the baking            to. Otherwise, I eat the entire thing (oops!)

008) Bring out your creative side:

Whether that is drawing, photography, knitting or cross-stitching, indulging in these habits is              good for the soul. I'm naturally a creative person so hobbies like this are completely up my                  street.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Blogging | 10 Things I remember from early blogging days...


Teacups and Buttondrops has been hanging around this little space of interwebs for 8 years (in 2 days time to be precise - whaaaat!). Needless to say, times have changed and blogging has definitely changed for the better. So what better way to celebrate this milestone than to reminisce about the 'good old days'.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Fitness | BHGE 10K...


Given a choice, I will always pick a trail race over a road race simply because they are kinder to my body. However, saying that I would never say no to one particularly if it is taking place in my city.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Beauty | Benefit Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer...


Shopping for a new concealer can be an arduous task. You find one you like and it has great coverage but then it costs an arm and a leg. You then find one within your budget but then it is not long-lasting. See told you it was arduous.

Needless to say, I like to stick to brands and products that I already love. It makes my life easier and I know what I am getting for my money.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Life | 10 Things to tell my student self...


001) Tequila is not and will never be your friend.
002) Ridiculously high heels are not either.
003) Supernoodles will not exist in your diet once you graduate.
004) Leaving things until the last minute is never a wise decision but on the positive you made friends with the 24 hour MacRobert Building.
005) You do not need ALL the things. Truth is you will end up discarding most of the rubbish once you move out.
006) Enjoy it to the max: make memories, laugh lots and take plenty of disco naps. Once you graduate, you will learn that adulting is hard and there is not much of a disposable income to play with. Truth is (amongst other things) you will have no more student discount and you have to learn you now have to pay grown up bills (like Council Tax)
007) Some people are never meant to stay with you past graduation but others will. They will be the ones who will reminisce about uni days; the ones who will make you laugh until you cry and also the ones you may or may not give your last rolo to.
008) Gain work experience during holidays - it will help in the long run.
009) Join the uni gym - you will actually like it. Trust me.
010) Make your thesis design much simpler - even though successful results were gathered, you may have got better, more concise results on different substrates (just saying...)

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Eats | Butternut Squash Soup...


Since July, I have been craving the colder months mainly so I can eat a lot of soup and not feel bad.

One of my ultimate favourites is Butternut Squash soup. It is so simple to make and a great crowd-pleaser. I made this for my parents not too long ago and even my Dad (who swears blind he doesn't like Butternut Squash) said he really enjoyed it.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Local | The Spiritualist Aberdeen...


Aberdeen is a city of many things: Granite, Rowies and Gigantic thieving Seagulls to mention a mere few. However, it is also home to some of the best independent cafes and restaurants around so needless to say there are always plenty of places to grab a bite to eat and a cocktail (or three...)

Monday, 3 September 2018

Monthly Favourites | August...


August flew by in an instant and ended with my birthday celebrations. As much as I love the warmth, I am definitely looking forward to the cooler months: mainly candles, hot chocolate and staying in listening to the rain batter on the window panes while creating plenty of blog content.

So what did I love in August?