Clearing out….

General blogging.

Sometimes the best thing in life when you’re having a lull, is to have a good clear out.

In the house, in your life, even in your head. A good session of throwing things away and organising is good for the soul. “The outside is a reflection of the inside..” I can’t exactly remember who said that but this is true. When you enter a room with everything everywhere, do you find yourself suddenly anxious? maybe stressed a little? Your emotions react to the environment you put yourself in, and this is our fight or flight trigger.It’s naturally engrained in our DNA. With this in mind, why would you not want to have a clear out every now and then,

The recent craze of tidying with the Marie Kondo, whose book “The magic of tidying” was  number 1 bestseller, helped people understand the importance of tidy living, and was in some way responsible for my sudden burst of energy with this subject. Up until now I haven’t exactly been the most organised person. I have never really been the best at keeping things tidy, and can always find something better or more fun to do . So since I haven’t been “working” as such, and since the coffee shop never really took off, I decided this last week was an ample time to get myself in order and make a plan in my life, my house and my career.

The house…

I started with the house and have cleaned, organised, thrown away and basically started anew with the things in it. Clothes I don’t wear, magazines I’ve kept for no reason , makeup I never use (I never wear a lot anyway )  and made copious trips to the tip. (Much to the surprise and amusement of my BF) This is the reason behind my disappearance for the past week.

My body and mind..

I have started a self-help book…. (I never thought id see the day) called the Barefoot Doctor and I am excited to really get into the crux of it. Liberation is the title and if your interested you should go and check it out. I have downloaded the head space app on my phone and plan to practice daily.

I took a long hard look at the food I was eating and my fitness, or lack thereof. I’m not exactly a gym bunny but I don’t really do a lot of fitness. Sure I enjoy walking but maybe not as often as I should. So a fitness plan and goal have been set, and my diet has changed. More rainbow foods, less beige. (and crisps Good-bye sweet, fried potato)

Career….

I have planned many wonderful things for this little space on the internet and I have made the decision about my career which I am excited to implement.

Throughout my life, I have always been creative and artistic and loved anything that I could with my hands. This is probably the reason I gravitated towards making coffee. Its and art form in itself and I have always enjoyed the process. Tattooing is also something that I have always enjoyed, both on myself and the skills needed to do it,  but never really thought that it would be a smart career choice for myself, as I lack the confidence in myself (which I’m working on) to be able to showcase my art and put it out there for criticism. Still, it has always been something I Would love to do and so am going to make the steps towards that goal.

This year has thrown me many personal challenges, and I have managed to come out of the other side. With my biggest birthday to date coming up I decided it was time to really start thinking about how I am going to implement all of my thoughts, wants,desires, and dreams, and make a plan.

 The time we have on this earth is precious, and we should have the most fun we can. Being surrounded by the ones that we cherish and love , having adventures, having dreams and trying new things are the best things in life (after your house is tidy and clean 🙂 ) Sometimes following your dreams can be hard, but as Walt Disney said

“If you can dream it, you can do it”

Big love,

Amy

xx

5 ways used coffee can make you beautiful.

General blogging.

Used coffee grinds.

In this day and age, where recycling SHOULD be a part of every household and business,  trying to find new ways of using items and products, that have been used previously, can be a task.

Being keen to help protect the environment,  we try to make as little waste as possible. Keeping our footprint green is very important to us and so finding new and exciting ways to use things again intrigues us.

How do you get rid of used grinds?

This is something that we wanted to try and reduce, as much as possible, in our daily lives, at home and at work. do we throw them in the trash with the other rubbish? Do we take it to the tip? Well , after some research and some serious conscience listening, we have compiled a few ideas we have come across, that we love.

Without further ado, read on to find out how you can use your coffee grinds  (or help those coffee-house owners, who I am sure will be completely thrilled for the help. A lot of coffee, leaves a lot of grinds!) in many other ways, you probably never thought of!

Cellulite Buster.

YEP! You read that right gals! The active ingredient in most high-end, anti-cellulite creams? Coffee!

Simply mix 1/4 cup of warm coffee grinds, (microwaved is fine) with 1 TBSP of oil, either olive, coconut,almond, even massage oil, and apply to the danger zones. Wrap that up like you would a cake, with cling film and relax for about 5 minutes. Wash the pots, read a magazine, meditate….. Then when your timer goes off, remove the wrap. Grab a lovely warm shower, brush off the coffee using an exfoliating brush and your all done! Repeat this twice a week, and you should start to see results……

Your welcome. 🙂

“Here’s looking at you kid”

Late night?  Allergies?

Stress no more. With this eye mask, you can get rid of those pesky puffy panda eyes.

Take a pinch of black pepper, 1tsp fresh coffee grounds, mix this with a 1/4 tsp coconut oil, mix this with some water till it becomes a paste and apply to under eyes. Leave for 5-10 minutes then wipe off gently with a damp cloth. apply some moisturizer later, and repeat a few times a week, till *ping no more dark circles.

 

Not tonight i’m washing my hair…

We all know the importance and benefits of exfoliating. It brightens skin and makes it baby soft. How many times have you exfoliated your scalp? Well, exfoliation is important for your head too. It eliminates build up and dead skin cells, and gives your hair a beautiful shine. Add 1/3 cup of ground coffee to your scalp and massage in circular motions for about a minute. This is best done before you wash and condition, leaving you with the tresses of your dreams.

 Amoozing!

 

Brunette Benefits…

As well as making your hair beautifully silky, (thanks for the demo Daisy) If you have naturally dark hair, Brunettes I’m talking to you, Leaving a mix of used coffee grounds and your everyday conditioner, leaves hair beautifully tinted. It accentuates the chocolate tones and basically works like a safer alternative to henna. Remember the fascination with henna hair in the 90’s?

hmmm….

 

These boots were made for walking…

Ok so this one isn’t for your boots, but instead for your feet.

Had a long, tiring shift at work? Feel like your little piggies could do with some pampering for themselves before you put those totally amazing, but expensive, shoe envy inducing, open toes on? Heres a little trick I’m loving! Take one cup of virgin coconut oil, 1/2 cup of your ground coffee, and one to two teaspoons of vanilla extract blended together. Prepare a tub of warm soapy water, then soak your feet for 10 minutes. While soaking, apply one teaspoon of the scrub to feet in a circular motion to exfoliate the dead skin. Rinse feet in warm water and pat dry. The blend of antioxidants in the coffee and the moisturising properties of coconut oil will leave your worn out feet  soft and silky smooth.

So there we have 5 ways to reuse old coffee grounds.

Most of these were found through Pinterest ( how I love thee) None of these were my own idea, thought I’d just make that clear. If you search used coffee in there, there’s a whole bunch of things comes up.

How do you recycle ? Do you reuse things that have been discarded? how do you feel about the state of the environment where you live?

Till next time,

Big Love,

Amy,

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5 Things to do when you want to relax

General blogging.

Sunday.

Sundays are probably the best day of the week. The previous week is coming to an end and there is a promise of awesome things to happen in the coming week. This is the day that its ok to be slightly lazy, and basically, take time out for yourself.

Here are just a few of the things that i love to do when I’m relaxing and needing a bit of me time.

1. Blast the tunes!

Music is as important to me as oxygen. (maybe slightly over dramatic) i do love it though. When  im in a slump and maybe feeling a little low and in need of some headspace, blasting out my favourite tunes always helps. I get lost in the rhythm and the words and as soon as i start to sing (unfortunately for my neighbours….and boyf (sorry…not sorry) i can feel the stress leaking out.

Also I find it helps to sing at the top of your lungs.!

(Genuinely me when i’m in the bath!)

2.Try out a new baking recipe.

Baking is one of my all time favourite things to do, aside from the fact that once you’ve baked, you have to actually eat it all or palm it off to someone who maybe will or won’t appreciate it. When i’m feeling in need of  a little R and R, I love to bake. I find it cathartic in a way , and i always feel a sense of achievement when it turns out awesome, and is loved my the Mr!

It gives me the time to focus on something creative, and remind myself of the things that i love to do, that sometimes get lost day to day.

3. Watching a film.

This has to be the best thing to do ever if your wanting to relax. I love this any day of the week. By myself or with the Mr, snuggled up, i honestly can say this is probably the best way to turn off, and relax that grey matter.

4. Being in Nature.

This is another thing that always try to do when im wanting to chill out. Lucky for me, i live in a beautiful part of England. Near the sea, in the countryside, near a forest. I’m practically spoilt for choice. When im feeling stressed i find that simply kicking off my shoes and getting my feet all naked and treading on the sand, makes me feel altogether again. Next time you have a spare half hour, and feel like doing something to regroup? go for a trundle in Nature.

5. Go to Neverland.

ok ok, so not exactly go to Neverland, but near enough. I find that the ultimate escapism is reading a book. There is nothing better than jumping into a new world, or country or time and loosing yourself for an hour or so. This shuts the brain down completely and allows your brain to focus on a different way of thinking. Using your imagination is so important for relaxation and who knows? from the imagination may come something that helps you in the everyday.

                                                            ( feeling you girl!)

So i hope that this has given you some ideas about new things to try when you want to relax.

These are just a few of the things i like to try and do when im feeling fried and stressed, what do you enjoy doing?

Big love,

Amy

xx