Appreciating The Little Things

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, and I really wanted to begin this week with a dose of positivity. Each time I write a post like this, it leaves me feeling lighter, grateful and just good inside and out. So here are five things that have had me smiling in December so far!

  1. December saw the end of Movember and so it seems fit to include this one on a list. I made a donation to something which I know is a good cause, and it was great to help someone exceed their fundraising target!

  2. There’s not many things that compare to the first few calm moments of the day as you begin to wake up. How one can be so alert but also half-asleep, still and peaceful. Everything is (mostly) quiet, but most importantly gone are the stresses from the day before.
    As the days get shorter, I’ve really enjoyed having a slower start to my day, and am taking advantage of a few extra minutes sleeping in, knowing that I’m listening to my body and preparing for the day ahead.

  3. Last week was very challenging and by the end of it, I was so ready to switch off for the weekend. However one thing that really cheered me up was watching the finale of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Over the last three weeks, the show provided the escapism I think many of us in the U.K. needed. I was also so thrilled to see Giovanna win, who I had rooted for from the start! I love what she stands for and admire her kindness and braveness. We all need a bit of Gi in our lives.

  4. This one of course had to be on this list… Christmas! Christmas joy has well and truly lifted my mood this month. I have also really enjoyed planning presents for my family this year. I love taking the time to think about what each recipient would like and appreciate, especially this Christmas where we all need just that bit of extra TLC. This December I’m also appreciating fairy lights, mulled wine and Winter walks just a bit more… All whilst I am wrapped up in my fluffiest of jumpers!

  5. Making time for friendships despite the love/hate relationship with zoom.
    Although it doesn’t come close to the real thing, I have loved spending an hour catching up with some of my dearest friends over a video call. The quizzes may have taken a back seat, but spending some time checking in and having a giggle has been well needed, and I always come away feeling happier.

Although it can feel tough to find the good in this strange year, I would recommend taking a moment to stop, pause and reflect on what has made you smile, as often as you can. Perhaps it’s something you are grateful for, the moments or people which bring you happiness. The more you practice this, the easier and more natural it will become to notice the little things, which can really have a big impact on your outlook.

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Phillips Sonicare Protective Clean | Review

Six months ago I made a decision which really has changed my daily life… I bought a new toothbrush! On the theme of wellness this month, I thought I’d take a different angle and drive your attention to those pearly whites. It’s rare I write posts about something so basic, but I have been so impressed with the results of my recent upgrade, so I thought I ought to write a review.

I have always tried to take great care of my teeth, and to this day *touch wood* I haven’t had any filings or dental work. I keep up with my two dentist and hygienist appointments a year but other than that, I stick to the basics of brushing and flossing twice a day. However I must admit, flossing has always been touch and go. Yet now that I’m not scrambling in the morning to get out of the door to catch my train to work, it’s definitely become more of a regular habit, as opposed to a white lie that my hygienist would hear. After spotting a discounted deal on the Phillips Sonicare Protective Clean brush in pastel pink I decided to invest. I mean, why shouldn’t your toothbrush be both functional and aesthetically pleasing?

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In addition to the toothbrush you also get a travel case, charger and one toothbrush head. At first, I was surprised just how ticklish the toothbrush was. I genuinely had to turn it off because there was a lot of frothy dribbling toothpaste everywhere, (there’s a reason why this is a blog post rather than a video!). But I stuck it out and am so glad that I did. I like the fact that the built in pressure sensor lets you know if you are brushing too hard, and the brush even reminds you when it’s time to replace the toothbrush head. Now that is smart! The brush claims to remove seven times more plaque than a manual toothbrush, and whilst I may not be able to prove if this is true, I can say that I can really notice the difference of how clean my teeth feel. Since using this over the last few months, it has also definitely made my teeth whiter- and that’s without even changing my toothpaste. I recently paid a visit to the dentist, and even they commented on how great my teeth are looking! Plus I can confirm that the toothpaste froth is now down to a minimum.

Despite using an electric toothbrush for at least seven years, it’s fair to say that there absolutely is a difference between electric toothbrushes. I now actually look forward to brushing my teeth! You may be thinking, “But Natalia, it really isn’t that big of a deal.” Well I would argue this upgrade is up there on one of the best purchases I have made this year! Now there’s something I didn’t think I’d say, but hey that’s 2020 for you! Get ready to add to basket on Friday 27th November!

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Obsessing Over McFly | Song Challenge

On 13th November McFly released their latest album “Young Dumb Thrills”, and I have been playing it on repeat this weekend. For any fellow fans, they also released a documentary on ITV the following day called “All About Us”, which discusses why the band had a music hiatus. Many moons ago back when live music was taken for granted, I was lucky enough to see them live in concert a day before I headed off to University. In some ways that concert’s timing was very fitting. As I was ending the chapter on my adolescence and stepping into adulthood, there I was singing my heart out to a band that had shaped my childhood years. Listening to my favourite McFly songs this weekend, has reminded me of the power that music has. I love how music brings people together and how just one song can transport you back to a very specific time in your life. So I thought for this blog post, it would be fun for you to get to know me a bit better with a song challenge!

  • A song that reminds me of my childhood: Reach for the Stars, S Club 7
  • A song from my pre-teen years: Year 3000, Busted
  • A song from my teen years: Empire State of Mind, Alicia Keys
  • A song that reminds me of University: I’m A Mess, Ed Sheeran
  • A song I’m currently loving: Tonight is The Night, McFly
  • A song that I love which mentions Christmas: The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole
  • A song that reminds me of Summertime: It Ain’t Me, Selena Gomez
  • A song that needs to be played loud: Numb, Linken Park
  • A song I listen to when I exercise: Let’s Get Loud, Jenifer Lopez
  • A song that I have seen played live: Time Is Running Out, Muse
  • A song that I know all the words to: Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
  • A song that I wish I knew all the words to: Any Eminem song (what a cool party trick that would be)
  • A song that I cannot stand: Ride On Time, Black Box
  • A song that calms me down: Hesistate, Jonas Brothers
  • A song that breaks my heart: I’ll Never Cry Again, Lady Gaga
  • A song that makes me cry: Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Elvis Presley
  • A song that cheers me up: Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself, Jess Glynn
  • A song that someone has sung for me: Slow Dancing in a Burning Room, John Mayer
  • A song that is iconic: Tiny Dancer, Elton John
  • A song that inspires me: Last Hope, Paramore

After reflecting on these songs, I really can’t wait to go to a concert again one day! What are some of your chosen songs? Let me know in the comments below! If you take part in the song challenge make sure to tag me, I’d love to see!

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Turning 23!

I celebrated my birthday back in the Christmassy month of December where I turned 23. Now, nearly a month later I’ve decided to actually write about what I did! I will try to keep it short and sweet with the highlights of the day, perhaps it will give you some inspiration for a day out! I decided to hit the big old city of London after a quick bite to eat of lunch at home, then I began the afternoon with some birthday cocktails at All Bar One with my mum and boyfriend.

Next I went to Kensington Palace to check out the Princess Diana exhibition. This was a beautiful commemoration to Diana and and the clothes were presented as if they were floating silhouettes.

I also walked around the palace and the beautiful grounds, visiting the Sunken Garden where Prince Harry and Megan Markle had their engagement press conference.

Then I went for a stroll around Notting hill and caught the tube to Sloane Square.

Come on, I know it’s not just me who spots their dream doors in Notting Hill and poses with them!

At Sloane Sqaurem we walked about ten minutes and went to Peggy Porschen Cakes. Here I indulged in some birthday cake with my mum. You can read all about my review of this sweet pink café here.

After this I popped into some of London’s biggest names in the retail world to check out their Christmas lights! In Selfridge’s I was also treated to a glass of champagne by my mum and a complementary dessert for my birthday from Selfridge’s!

We then walked to Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Liberty London -which unfortunately closed by the time we got there!)

We took a stroll through Caranaby Street, stumbling on it by chance; It was great I felt like such a tourist!

Then nearing 10pm and the weather dropping further we decided to finally get some dinner. We picked Carluccio’s, a delicous Italian restaurant chain (Italian is my favourite). To my surprise I saw an old friend who worked there, she treated us to complementary breads and olives and a glass of prosecco each for my birthday. According to fitbit we walked 30,000 steps so I loaded up on pasta, wine and bread- if you don’t do it on your birthday or during Christmas when can you?

The whole day was so much fun and I never knew I could see so much of the City in one day!

Happy Saturday everyone!