Wednesday, 6 May 2015

8 Ways To Get A Better Night's Sleep

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

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Blueberry Muffins

Easy Blueberry Muffins Recipe
Easy Blueberry Muffins Recipe

I've mentioned a few times on here that I love baking. After not having baked anything for a while, I decided to make these blueberry muffins and I just couldn't not share the recipe; they taste delicious! These muffins are super easy to make, packed with fresh, juicy blueberries and make the perfect treat for any time of the day.

Ingredients (makes 12)

220g fresh blueberries
250g plain flour
250g caster sugar
100g butter
2 large eggs
130ml milk
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a muffin tray with paper muffin cases.

2. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add in the eggs and beat well.

3. Next, add in the milk and the vanilla extract.

4. Sieve the flour and baking powder together and then add it to the mixture. Mix well until you are left with a thick batter.

5. Gently stir in the fresh blueberries.

6. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases.

7. Bake at 180°C for 25-30 minutes.

8. Leave the muffins to cool for around ten minutes and then enjoy!

Are you a fan of baking? Let me know if you'll be trying this recipe - I hope you like them!

Love, Telina

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Spring Nail Polish Picks

Seeing as spring has sprung here in the UK, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite nail polish shades for the season. I tend to switch up my go-to nail polishes when a new season arrives; during spring, the brights and pastels come out! Here are five spring shades that I'm loving at the moment:

Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish in 'Tangerine Tent': A bright orange shade from Rita Ora's nail polish collection. I love how bold this colour is; it's perfect for springtime and it really stands out on the nails. The nail polish itself glides onto the nails with ease, dries quickly and has a smooth and super glossy finish.

Barry M Nail Paint in 'Peach Melba': A beautiful pale peach. This is one of my all-time favourite nail polishes and definitely one of my most used. Like all Barry M nail polishes I've tried, it has good colour pay off and lasts well on the nails. If you like your peach and coral shades, then this is definitely one to try out.

Essie Nail Polish in 'We're In It Together': A light pink shade with ultra fine blue and purple pieces of shimmer running through it. I think this is such a pretty colour for spring. I have to be careful when applying this one though, as the formula is a little thin.

Essie Nail Polish in 'Bikini So Teeny': Another firm favourite of mine. Bikini So Teeny is a pretty powder blue that contains a subtle silver shimmer. This is a shade that I'll wear regularly throughout spring (and most likely summer too!) as I just love the colour. The formula of this nail polish is great; it's opaque in only a couple of coats and wears well.

Rimmel London Sweetie Heart Velvet Matte Pastels in 'Love Bug':  A buttercup yellow shade that is perfect for the warmer months. I adore pastel shades as they really do scream 'spring!' This nail polish applies easily and dries nice and quickly to a matte finish. I'm usually one to prefer a glossy finish on the nails, but this matte yellow looks great.

What are your favourite nail polishes for spring?

Love, Telina

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Pinning Lately #2

Hi guys, happy Easter! I hope you all have a wonderful Easter Sunday. It's been quite a while since I last posted (I was having laptop issues, but all is resolved now!). Today's post is the second instalment of my Pinning Lately series, where I share some Pinterest inspiration with you. Here are my recent favourite pins!

Pinterest is a great way to find new recipes to try out. Whether you're looking for a savoury snack, a healthy smoothie or a sweet treat, there's something for everyone. I've loved the few recipes I've tried from Pinterest and I plan to try out a lot more, including the ones I've featured. I've pinned lots of delicious recipes on my food board. For drinks, see this board.  

I love spring fashion because of the bright colours, fun prints and feminine pieces. I often use Pinterest for fashion inspiration and have been pinning a lot of spring inspired outfits lately. Whenever I stumble across a stylish outfit, it gets pinned to my style board

I think Pinterest gives everyone a serious case of wanderlust; there's so many beautiful, scenic photos on there! I'd love to visit the places in these photos (Santorini, Greece; Santa Barbara, California and Fiji). Check out my travel board to see the many other places I'd love to visit.

In need of a bit of inspiration? Then Pinterest is definitely the place to go. Whenever I feel like I need some motivation or a little pick me up, I browse Pinterest for encouraging quotes and words of wisdom. It always leaves me feeling inspired and optimistic.

Are you on Pinterest?

Love, Telina

Friday, 13 February 2015

5 Positive Ways To Start Your Day

What you do in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. For that reason, it's very important to start the day off right. Here are a few ways to kick-start your morning that will leave you feeling positive, energised and ready to take on the day...

Wake Up Early - I know it's all too tempting to hit the snooze button and get some extra beauty sleep, but don't do it! Prolonged wake up can actually make you more tired. Waking up early has numerous benefits; you get to avoid the stress of getting ready in a rush, it gives you more time to achieve all of the things you want to and results in more productivity.

Practice Gratitude - Every morning, take some time to be thankful for all of the things you have in your life (your family, your health, the roof over your head). Starting the day with gratitude makes all the difference; it teaches your mind to focus on the good rather than the bad and is the key to living a happy and fulfilled life.

Set Your Goals For The Day - Write out a short to-do list of the things you want to accomplish on that day. This will keep you motivated and your routine will be enhanced as your time will be spent more wisely and efficiently. To get a head start on your day, you could always write this list the night before.

Exercise - Now I know what you're thinking - who has time to exercise in the morning? It can be difficult to find the time, but incorporating a small amount of exercise in your morning routine has many benefits. It helps boost your mood, gives you more energy and increases your productivity throughout the whole day. You don't have to do a strenuous workout; just doing some stretches or going on a short walk will greatly benefit your health.

Have a Healthy Breakfast - As I'm sure you've all heard before, breakfast is the most important meal because it fuels you up for the day. A balanced breakfast incorporates at least three different food groups. Personal favourites of mine include eggs and toast with a glass of orange juice; a bowl of cereal with almond milk and some yoghurt; and french toast and fruit. It's very important to choose meals that will give you plenty of energy and keep you satisfied until lunch time.

What do you do to start the day positively? I'd love to hear about it!

Love, Telina
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