July Goals

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Wow, we're in July everyone. June seriously flew by, didn't it? In fact, this whole year seems to be whizzing by at hyper speed! June was a good month for me; I've been completing a work placement, so that has been a focus at the moment. I've also been loving the amazing weather we've been having recently and have enjoyed taking in the rays. Doesn't the sunshine make everything so much better?

Today, I'm going to share my goals for the month of July. So without further ado, here they are!  ~

  • Go on an adventure - A beach visit or a road trip would be nice. I just want to get out of London for a bit and spend as much time in the sunshine as possible! 
  • Blog more - I've been seriously slacking with blogging lately. I've missed keeping this space updated as I do really enjoy blogging and find that it's a great outlet for my love of writing. So for that reason, I've decided that I want to blog more consistently from now on. Posting on here 2-3 times a week or more is the plan!
  • Comment on blogs more often - Even though I read blogs most days, I comment a lot less than I used to. As a blogger myself, I understand how appreciated comments are, so I aim to comment on my favourite blogs more often to support our community. 
  • Read at least one new book - I want to read a book or two next month. Any recommendations?
  • Start a new project - I have a few ideas of creative projects I want to start, which I'm excited about. So this month, I want to get the ball rolling! 

I think all of these goals are pretty doable, so hopefully I'll be able to achieve them all. What are your goals for the month of July? Let me know in a comment below :)


Love, Telina
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New In | Home Decor

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I've always loved home decor pieces; they can really enhance and spruce up your home. So when Millrace Garden Centre kindly offered me the chance to review a few of their products, I was more than happy to. Here's the items I received, which I'm currently loving! ~


The first product I received is the Storm Surfer Vase & Fresh Linen Frag Mosaic Diffuser Set* by Ashleigh & Burwood. I love this - it's perfect for fragrancing your home without needing to burn a candle. The fragrance is absorbed through the rattle sticks and evaporates across the room, leaving your home smelling wonderful all day long. I chose 'Fresh Linen,' which is a really nice, clean and airy scent. I'm also in love with the mosaic vase - it's so beautiful and really stands out in a room. I've already placed this in our living room (which it happens to match perfectly) and everyone adores the scent.


I'm a big fan of scented candles; there's nothing more relaxing than lighting one at the end of the day to unwind. I love this Wax Lyrical Colony Scented Candle* in White Magnolia; it's definitely one of the nicest smelling candles I've owned! It contains white magnolia, summer rose, gardenia, freesia and pink lilac modified with base notes of peach, sandal, delicate spice and sensual musk flower. If you like your floral scents, then I'd definitely recommend trying this out.

Lastly, I got this vintage style White Ceramic Trinket Box*. I really like the design of this, especially the perched bird on top of the lid - so cute! Not only is this trinket box very pretty, it's super handy too. I've been storing some small earrings inside, which I'm sure will help stop me from losing them! I chose the square design, but there's also a heart shaped version of this product available.

What do you think of these products? Have you bought any homeware bits lately?

Love, Telina 

*PR Sample
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5 Quick Ways To Improve Your Blog

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As bloggers, we're always looking for ways to better our online spaces. If you find yourself with an hour or two spare and you want to dedicate it to your blog, there are a few things you can do to improve it. Here are five quick ways to improve your blog right now:

1) Update Your 'About' Page

When I visit a new blog, one of the first few pages I read is the 'About' page as I like to get to know the person behind the blog a little better. It's a good idea to keep your 'About' page fresh, relevant and up to date. Update yours as you change and grow as a person.

2) Tweak Your Layout

You don't have to change your whole theme, but another great way to enhance your blog is to tweak your layout. Make sure that your text is easy to read and that your background isn't too distracting. I personally like blog designs that are simple and easy to navigate. It's also a good idea to clear anything that makes your blog look too cluttered; remove any unnecessary widgets in your sidebar and anything else that doesn't serve a purpose.

3) Brainstorm

Spend some time brainstorming new content for your blog in order to boost your content creation strategy. Write down a list of possible blog post ideas for each category you write about. Doing this means that you'll have a list of post ideas ready to be developed and written. If you have the time, you could also plan your blog posts weeks or even months in advance.

4) Refresh Old Content

Do you have an old blog post that still gains a lot of traffic? Update the post with new information, improve the writing and add better images as chances are, your blogging style has changed a lot since it was posted. You could also revise it to include links to other related posts; this is a great way to keep your readers on your blog for longer.

5) Examine Your Stats

Although I wouldn't recommend obsessing over numbers, I think it can be very helpful to look at your blog stats every now and then. Use Google Analytics to find out which type of posts are your most popular and which of your social media networks are referring the most visitors. Google Analytics will also help you determine which areas you need to work on. For example, if you find out that you get the least amount of traffic from Facebook, you could focus more attention on building your online presence on there.

I hope you found this post useful! Let me know if you have any other tips to share.

Love, Telina
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Words To Live By #2

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"Take Time To Do What Makes Your Soul Happy"

Many of us lead very busy lives, and because of this, it can be way too easy to forget to make time for the things we love. Even if your schedule is packed to the brim, it's so important to find the time for the things you are truly passionate about; the things that nourish and enrich your life. Whether you're happiest when you're writing, crafting or baking, make sure you spend time exploring your passions. Embrace your interests and do more of what makes you happy - you deserve it!

Love, Telina
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8 Ways To Get A Better Night's Sleep

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8 Ways To Get A Better Night's Sleep

We can all agree that sleep is very important. It's key for our mental and physical wellbeing and our productivity. But what happens when you can’t fall asleep at night? Here are a handful of tips to help you get a better night's sleep...

1. Go to Bed & Wake up at a Regular Time - Make a habit of going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on the weekends. Doing this will help with your body’s sleep-wake cycle and as a result, you'll fall asleep a lot more easily.

2. Switch Off - It's a good idea to turn off all of your electronic devices an hour or two before you plan to go to sleep. In this digital age where being constantly connected is the norm, it can be really hard to switch off, but checking your emails or scrolling through your twitter feed won't help you wind down. The light from your devices disrupts your circadian rhythms, making it harder to sleep.

3. Take a Hot Bath - Whenever I take a long hot bath, I instantly feel relaxed. So if you suffer from sleepless nights, try taking one before bedtime. You could use some of your favourite bath products to help you feel as pampered and relaxed as possible.

4. Take Time to Wind Down - Read a book, draw, write - do whatever you feel helps you unwind. It  can be very helpful to have a winding down process.

5. Keep Your Bedroom Tidy - If your bedroom's messy and uninviting, then you may find it difficult to sleep. You want to create an environment that's relaxing and comfortable; your bedroom should be your sanctuary.

6. Watch What You Eat & Drink - Avoid caffeine and alcohol if you want to get a good night's sleep; these will leave you staring at the ceiling! You also might not sleep well if you go to bed too full or too hungry.

7. Write - Some people find it hard to sleep at night because all of their worries keep them awake. If this sounds like you, then writing down your thoughts in a notebook before you go to sleep is definitely worth a shot. Often, the simple act of writing down your worries can help. If you find yourself worrying over all of the things you need to do the next day, write down a to-do list as this will keep your mind at ease.

8. Use Scents - If you have trouble sleeping, you might want to try spritzing a relaxing scent on your pillowcase. Lavender is a lovely scent and is known for its relaxing and calming properties. It helps me drift off into dreamland in no time!

I hope you've found this post helpful! What are your tips for getting a better night's sleep?

Love, Telina
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