DIY- Mason Jar Easter Centrepiece🍬🌷🎀

This centrepiece is really easy to make and can brighten up any room.

You will need:
  • Mason Jar
  • 1 bag M&Ms or Jelly Beans
  • Cardboard tube paper towel roll
  • Ribbon
  • Flowers (can be real or fake)

Place the cardboard tube in the middle of the empty mason jar.

Carefully covering the hole, pour the candy around the sides.

Stick in flowers and tie a ribbon around the top of the jar.


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Feng Shui🏠✨🌱

Feng Shui is a pseudoscientific traditional practice that originated in ancient China. Feng Shui translates to wind-water in English. Together, wind and water represent the flow of life that one should aspire to have in one’s home. Feng Shui is supposed to govern the spatial arrangement orientation of your furniture and décor in relation to the flow of energy (Chi). Feng Shui aims to maximize the flow of “qi” (energy or life force) in the environment so that your life feels both energized and balanced.

Entryway
  • The entryway sets the atmosphere for your home so make sure it is organised and clutter-free.
  • For lighting, try to have light sources at a variety of heights for example a ceiling light as well as a lamp so the area is well-lit.
  • You don’t want a mirror in front of your entryway as when chi enters the home, it bounces off the mirror and goes back outside. Mirrors reflect energy, so place them in the home where you want to increase energy flow.
Bedroom

A Feng Shui bedroom is peaceful and promotes better sleep. The bedroom is the most important room to Feng Shui as it is where we rest, recharge and spend many hours.

  • In Feng Shui, the commanding position is one of the most important principles. This is the position of important pieces of furniture (bed,desk,stove-The bed represents ‘you’ The desk represents ‘career‘ The stove represents ‘wealth‘) (of course it is not possible to move your stove). If your bed is in the commanding position, it means that your bed is facing the door however it should not be directly in line with the door. According to Feng Shui, having a view of the door from bed without being too close to it gives a sense of safety and is favourable for relaxation and sleep.
  • Place your headboard against a solid wall. Your headboard should not be underneath the window and if possible should not be underneath a sloped ceiling. This position is to reduce the movement of Qi or energy above your head, so you will have a restful night’s sleep.
  • The three sides of the bed not against a wall. Your bed should be accessible from each side.
  • Declutter what is under your bed so Qi (life force energy) can flow freely all around and heal you while you’re sleeping. 
  • Ensure your bed has a bedside table on either side. Not every bedroom has space for two nightstands however for good Feng Shui, symmetry is important.
  • Do not keep many books in your bedroom. Try to only have books you are currently reading in your bedroom. Separate your workspace and rest areas. If you associate your bedroom with work, it will not be an area of tranquility.
  • Maximise air flow with adjustable blinds
  • A Feng Shui bedroom should not have a mirror. As mirrors reflect light, it makes the energies of the bedroom very active, or yang.  This may cause a delay in going to sleep as the bedroom’s energies must become more still, or yin. Active energy may result in restlessness and amplify worries.
Plants

Green house plants connect us to nature. In Feng Shui, plants represent life energy. Plants add freshness and vitality to your home.

Colours

Choose soothing, neutral tones. Warm colours reminiscent of skin tones, such as cream, peach, beige, yellow, coral, tan, or cocoa, are ideal on bedroom walls. Too many colours interfere with relaxation.

Space

Reduce clutter and letting go of what is not necessary to you. In Feng Shui, clutter is believed to take up valuable space that new incoming energy needs. Cleaning your workspace each day will make you feel less stressed and create a sense of order. Free the most frequent routes in your home from tripping hazards.

Doors

Three doors in close proximity is not considered good Feng Shui, especially if they touch each other when opened. Several doors cramped together is chaotic.

Windows
  • Windows are the Feng Shui ‘eyes’ of the home. Wide, spacious windows support vitality, objectivity and creativity. Windows invite fresh air into your space and the view from any window is important.
  • It is unfavourable to have too many windows in the bedroom. windows. Low windows or floor-to-ceiling windows are also discouraged.
  • Positioning a small bed next to a window is bad Feng Shui. According to Feng Shui, it is good to have more windows in the kitchen or bathroom.
  • It is best to not have too many windows at the back of the house as it weakens the home’s energy.

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DIY- Fairy Glow Jars🧚

You will need:

Mason Jars (I used 3)

Glow sticks

Scissors

Glitter (optional)

Break the Glow Sticks.

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Cut each end of the glowstick (wearing protective lab gloves) (I also wore an apron to protect my clothes)

Allow the contents of the glowstick to drip into the jar/ shake the glowsticks in the jar.

You can mix the colours if you want. I put green into one jar, yellow& blue into the second and pink& orange into the third.

Add some glitter. Put on the lid and shake the jar so the contents of the glow stick and glitter is swirled around. Place the lid back on.

Turn out the lights!

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DIY- Christmas Pine Cone Decoration✨

Pine cone decorations are easy to make and inexpensive. I had fun making this decoration for the mantlepiece.

You will need:

Pine cones (I used approximately 20) – Dry the pine cones for 24hours before using, over a heated surface such as a stove or radiator so that they open

Large vase

White paint

Glitter

Baubles

Fairy lights

Roll the pine cones in white paint, or alternatively, paint them with a paintbrush.

Place the pine cones on a page to try.

Roll the pine cones in glitter.

Place the pine cones on a page to try.

Place the fairy lights in the vase and layer tha pine cones and baubles.

𝘭♡𝘷𝘦
𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘦
𝘫♡𝘺

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Porridge toppings🥣

Porridge is my go-to breakfast and I have it almost every morning. It keeps me going until lunchtime and is particularly nourishing during the winter months when the weather is cold. My favourite brand of porridge is Flahavan’s. There are many possible porridge toppings which I have listed below. This list may be useful when you are shopping for groceries next.🌅

  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Mixed berries
  • Banana
  • Apple slices
  • Pear slices
  • Orange
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Pomegrante seeds
  • Dates
  • Raisins
  • Currants
  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Dessicated Coconut
  • Coconut flakes
  • Chia seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Chai spice
  • Ground ginger
  • Cocoa powder
  • Honey/Maple syrup
  • Peanut butter/Almond Butter
  • Strawberry/Raspberry/Apricot Jam
  • Natural/Greek/Flavoured Yoghurt

Porridge can be made using water and/or a variety of milks🥛

  • Full-fat milk/Semi-skimmed milk/Almond milk/Soya milk/

Comment below what you like on porridge and if you have any other suggestions✨


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My skincare routine🌺

Natural oils build up on your skin everyday. It is important to have a good skincare routine and everyone should take care of their skin, regardless of their age or gender.

Every morning, I clean my face with a damp facecloth and warm water, followed by moisturiser. My favourite brand of skincare products are No7. They have a great range of skincare creams and lotions and are good quality.

In the evening, I use cleansing lotion to remove any makeup and to clean my face. I apply cleansing lotion to cotton pads. Face cleansing should be done gently and not too harshly. After using cleansing lotion, I use a warm facecloth all over my face. The general rule of cleaning your face is to cleanse, tone, moisturise. I personally do not think this is necessary every time you clean your face. Using too many products or creams on your face can cause it to become very oily or greasy, causing spots.

I like to use a facemask once a week. Facemasks are applied for 10-15 minutes and help to clean pores. Facemasks come in different scents and it is recommended not to use a strong-smelling facemask if you have sensitive skin. There are different types of facemasks, some are creams and some are a sheet you place on your face while lying down. I personally prefer the cream types.

Taking care of the skin on your body as well as your face is necessary. Apply a good moisturiser all over your body regularly. Skin gets particularly dry during winter months. When shaving your legs or other bodyparts, you should moisturise after to prevent skin drying out. Non-scented moisturisers are recommended for sensitive skin. If your skin is sensitive, it means it is more prone to rashes or irritation.

Some of my favourite products include No7 Early Defence Night Cream, L’Oreal Skin Expert Pure Clay Glow Mask, Lush Eau Roma Toner Water.

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Study tips✍️

Below I have listed some tips for studying. I did well in my Leaving Cert and have spent the last five years at University, so grab a notebook and take note of these study tips✏️

  1. Flashcards: Flashcards are ideal for writing notes in one small space for when you need to have a quick glance. Flashcards are available in different sizes and colours. On the morning of an exam they are very useful so that you are not scrambling through folders or notebooks. Flashcards can be stuck to anything with bluetac such as the wall or inside your locker. Flashcards are particularly useful for learning languages, definitions or equations.
  2. Highlighters: You don’t need every colour of the rainbow, but around three highlighters that are different colours should do the trick. Highlighters grab your attention to anything on the page and help as a memory aid.
  3. Study space: Have a clear study space that is clutter-free and organised. See my related post Working and studying from home💻. Keep the desk drawers and surface tidy.
  4. Journal: Having a journal with calendar dates and days of the week where you can keep track of your daily tasks will help you to stay organised and up to date with your daily activities. It will prevent you missing any classes or tutorials and help you plan the weeks ahead.
  5. Timetable: It is a good idea to have a timetable in your diary, locker and close to your desk. Having one where you will see it in clear view will mean you are more likely to remember when you have class. Colourcode your timetable so it is visually nice to look at and will help as a memory aid. You can draw a timetable or type one and print it using Microsoft Office.
  6. Notes: Keep your notes organised in binders. Have a separate binder/folder for each subject and use clear plastics with dividers. Having a contents page at the start of the folder will help you find what you need more easily. Not everybody has neat handwriting, but it makes a difference if you try to write clearly so you can actually read your notes when you are revising.

    Comment below if you found these tips useful and have any other study tips 💭📝

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Tidy your room🛏️

Every now and then I enjoy a good room clean out. It doesn’t take long before there are all sorts thrown in every corner and my wardrobe is bulging. Having a clean room that is junk free can make a difference to your happiness and wellbeing without you even realising.

Cleaning out your room can be a lengthy process. In this post, I have included some tips on how to declutter. Since you have more time on your hands during the lockdown period, it might be a good time to clear out your room.

1.Study space. Make sure your desk is clear from unnecessary items such as makeup and jewellery. Keep these on a separate stand in another part of the room if you can. Buy a desk-tidy for your stationary items. These do not cost a lot and can be found in poundstores or office supply shops. They will keep all your pens and pencils in one place where they can be easily sourced when needed. Make sure the chair at your desk is sturdy, yet comfortable and buy a cushion for it if you have to. Keep desk drawers tidy and organised. Throw out any papers or rubbish you do not need. A small dustbin under your study desk might be ideal. If you have notes and books from years ago, consider if you want to keep them or if someone else might use them. Some charity shops accept second-hand schoolbooks.

2.Wardrobe. It is recommended to organise your wardrobe every six months. If there are clothes in your wardrobe you have not worn in over a year, it might be a good idea to toss them. Organise clothes into three piles: Keep, Donate to charity, Bin. This method always works for me and helps me to maximise storage space. Try to organise clothes by colour, type of clothing or season. For example, keep all the reds together, blues together, greens together; keep jeans together, tops together, dresses together; keep summer clothes separate from winter clothes. Whatever way works best for you.

3.Furniture arrangement. This may not be possible or recommended, but sometimes swapping where one desk is for another or moving a box of shoes from one side of the room can make a big difference. Visualise how you want your room to look in your head. If I am moving furniture, I draw a plan of what will go where. Ask for help and permission before moving any furniture (you do not want to end up scratching paint off the wall, I learned the hard way). You want to try to maximise floorspace and let as much light to enter the room as possible (unless you’re some kind of hermit or computer nerd). Google Feng Shui for optimal balance and positive vibes.

4.Don’t shy away from the glass cleaner, hoover and sweeping brush. All 3 of these tasks can be completed in less than 15 minutes if you put your mind to it, making a big difference to the overall look of the room. Grab a few rags and get scrubbing! Surfaces you may forget that easily gather dust are the sides of cupboards, the door, skirting boards and window ledges. Be careful you use the correct spray i.e do not use glass cleaner on wooden surfaces.

Open the window(s) while cleaning your room and on a regular basis.

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I hope you found these tips useful. Comment what your thoughts are and if you have any other tips💭


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Working and studying from home💻

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It has been a few weeks now since quarantine began. This week, restrictions are starting to ease. However, many people continue to work and study at home for the time being.

There are many challenges associated with working and studying at home and it may have taken a while to adjust to this new way of living. Establishing a daily routine will help you to work more efficiently.

Make sure your workspace is clear, clutter-free and organised. Ideally, you should be studying or work at a desk or table rather than sitting on the couch or lying on your bed. Try to maintain a good posture. If you have children, working while they are at home at the same time is not ideal. Allocate a designated workspace that is quiet and ideally away from where family members are.

If you have a work meeting or videocall, make sure you are appropriately dressed and there is a tidy, bright background. Try leaving your smartphone in another room while you work to prevent it from distracting you. Limit your social media and phone time until a certain time of the day when you are finished working. Get some fresh air every now and then and schedule in daily walks. Take regular study breaks and have a short walk around every hour or so. This will allow oxygen to flow to your brain and blood to flow to your feet. Stay hydrated throughout the day and drink plenty of water.

Take the weekends off, or at least one day during the week. Working seven days a week during the lockdown is unattainable and unhealthy. See my other blog post Minding your mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic 💆

Spend time with your family members each day. While living and working under the same roof as your family members 24/7, there will sure to be some conflict now and then. Watch a movie or play board games every so often. Just because you can’t go very far doesn’t mean you cant spend quality time together.

Many people are getting used to working and studying at home and many big companies reckon this might the future. Comment what your thoughts are 💭


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