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5 Things To Do In Lincoln

  This weekend, I went to Lincoln for the day. Known for it’s history and charm, there is so much on offer for tourists. I have rounded up 5 different ways to experience this historic city. There’s something for everyone and is well worth a visit. Stick it on ya…

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What I’ve Learnt in 2016 So Far

 

It’s nearly the end of February and I still can’t wrap my head around it being 2016. Nothing particularly exciting has happened for me so far this year, but the last 2 months have been a real eye opener. I’ve learnt so much about myself and i’m excited to see what the rest of the year brings.

Learned in 2016 So Far

1. Stressing will make you feel 30000000% worse. Stop.

2. Cut ties from toxic people, you don’t need them.

3. Saying no to things you don’t want to do is important, as hard as it may be.

4. Similarly, say yes to things you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t had the courage.

5. Drinking isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

6. Craving a salad is the best feeling in the world.

7. I am a fully-fledged Belieber.

8. Netflix is the best £5.99 a month you’ll ever spend.

9. A cup of tea solves just about everything.

10. Going to University at 25 and studying for a degree you’re passionate about is better than going half-heartedly at 18.

11. Getting a good night’s sleep is so so important.

12. Seeing your favourite band live is something you’ll never get tired of, no matter how old you get.

13. Reading a good book is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

14. As is writing your own story. Journal often.

15. Interior design is a thing you’ll become obsessed with.

16. And candles.

17. Laughter really is the best medicine.

18. Never stop learning.

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9 Things To Do As A Valentine’s Singleton

In the past, I’ve been on nights out with couples and ended up with people I’ve never met before shouting  “THIRD WHEELING!!” in my face.  I’m at that point in life when all your friends have been in relationships for 4584452 years and are starting to think about settling down. I try to not be bitter and miserable around this time of year, I really do.

I am the real life Bridget Jones. How To Be Single is probably going to be a movie that I relate to entirely and I can’t WAIT until it’s released in a couple of weeks. I went to Thornton’s the other day and considered buying myself a chocolate heart with a cute message.

So, for all my fellow single pringles out there, today’s post is 9 different things you can do when you’re single on Valentine’s Day!

 

You’re welcome.

 

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1. Throw an anti-valentine’s party.

2. Have a pamper day: Face masks, bubble baths, candles, chocolate covered strawberries. Go all out.

3. Dance the night away with an Anti-Valentine’s playlist and remember that cupid rhymes with stupid. Find my playlist here.

4. Spend the night watching your favourite chick flicks or every Zac Efron film ever. Both work.

5. Bake lots of broken heart cookies and anti love cupcakes.

6. Raid your change jar ready for discounted chocolate day on February 15th. Now THAT’S a day worth celebrating.

7. Ditch The Notebook and think more along the lines of Halloween. Horror movie marathon, anyone?

8. Find a local single’s night at a bar and gather your single squad for a night out Galentine’s style.

9. Write down 5 things you love about yourself. Remember the most important person in the world is yourself and your relationship status doesn’t define you as a person.

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14 Alternative Valentine’s Dates

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and as I am a complete expert on love and relationships (NOT. Please note the extreme sarcasm in that sentence…) I have devised a list of 14 alternative ways you and your significant other can spend the day. I mean, a romantic candle lit dinner at your local Italian is a bit cliché don’t ya think!?

14 Alternative Valentine's Dates

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1. Drive-in cinema. If you are lucky enough to live near a drive-in cinema, there isn’t a time more perfect than Valentine’s Day to visit. Fellow Northerners, try Route 66 Drive-In.

2. Cook dinner together. Save money and avoid all the crowds of restaurants this Valentine’s and create your favourite meal at home. Fun, and more satisfying.

3. Watch the sunset. Drive/walk to your favourite spot and watch the sun go down with your bae. Romantic and memorable. Top marks if you live near the beach.

4. Look through old photos. Nostalgic, how cute.

5. Make heart-shaped pizza. I am pretty sure pizza is the number one way to anyone’s heart.

6. Lay under the stars. Sounds like something out of the movies. Weather depending, obvs. So basically no chance UK squad!

7. Play mini-golf. Mini golf is a lot of fun and pretty inexpensive. Get that competitive streak going.

8. Plan a getaway. You may want to celebrate V day on the cheap, but planning a getaway for you and your favourite human for in the future is exciting and you’ll have something to look forward to. A night away in a town an hour’s drive away or 2 weeks in the Caribbean, whatever you can afford.

9. Have a baking day. Heart shaped cookies, red velvet cake. Yum

10. Build a fort. ALL the blankets, cushions and fairy lights. You’ll feel like Cameron Diaz and Jude Law in the The Holiday.

11. Have your own cocktail masterclass. Shaken or stirred?

12. Go to a theme park. Go on all the rides and win a teddy on hook-a-duck, perfect day.

13. Recreate your first date. It’ll get you thinking about when you first met, how it was love at first sight and that moment when you just knew they were the one…

14. Netflix and chill. Oi oi.

 

What are your plans for Valentine’s weekend?

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New Year’s Resolutions vs Bucket Lists

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We’re at the end of the first month of 2016! (!?!) It has been the longest month ever yet it has flown by. I know what I mean, anyway.

Now, I have suddenly become all motivated over the past few weeks and I was thinking about what I would like to achieve long term in life.

I’ve been thinking about New Year’s Resolutions and the pressure we feel every year to stick to them, not to mention the resolutions we make are usually a negative perception of ourselves; weight loss is a common theme and if we break our promises with those leftover Quality Street and a share bag of Doritos, we beat ourselves up about it.

Rather than setting ourselves up for failure by giving a time limit to achieve our desired goals, maybe it is better off to scrap the resolutions all together and focus more on a bucket list.

Bucket lists are more realistic in the sense that we don’t have 12 months to “better ourselves”. We don’t get annoyed at ourselves for breaking that diet or whatever your goal may be, come January 15th.

Bucket lists allow more flexibility with budgets, dreams and desires. You want to road trip around Europe to find yourself? Save up. Start your own business? Work towards it, go back to college, apply for uni. You can do it.

I don’t take back my New Year’s Resolutions for 2016 as they are definitely things I would like to achieve by this time next year, but if I don’t, I ain’t gonna sweat it.

We tend to be too hard on ourselves and there are already enough pressures in the world that we don’t need to have a negative outlook just because it’s the end of January, we didn’t lose the extra Christmas weight and we’re never going to get perfectly chiseled 6 pack abs for Majorca ’16. Instead of feeling down about it, think about your long-term aspirations and how you can make those work, whether it be within the next 3 weeks or 3 years.

Get on good old Pinterest (you can find mine here) and create a board for your goals. Or go old school, get yourself a cork board, cut up some magazines and go crazy.

You don’t have to feel like you’ve failed because you haven’t done everything you wish to do in 12 months.Things take time.

 

Patience is a virtue and all that.

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