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As I mentioned in my NY resolutions catch up, Feb was not my favourite month. Little things seemed to go wrong, big things got me down and I just was not feeling the cold and dark. I left it till right until the very end of the month to make exciting plans and that is always a mistake. But there have definitely been little happy moments so here are a few…

1.My new baby cousin

A new baby cousin of mine was born this February and she is the cutest little thing ever. I just love spending time with her whole family for cuddles and that new baby smell. Perfection.

2. My new Topshop Leigh jeans

I’ve already got a few pairs of these and they are just my favourite jeans in the world, they fit so well and they’re so comfy too. This time I invested in some mid-blue jeans as I tend to stick to black and that can get so boring. These teamed with my cashmere M&S jumper equals Sunday outfit dreams.

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3. Throwing an afternoon tea

Randomly last Saturday I decided to throw an impromptu afternoon tea for some of my favourite people and it was surprisingly easy. We popped to Tesco, baked scones and teamed them with bacon and egg mayo mini sandwiches, jam, cream and a selection of mini cakes. It didn’t cost too much and lifted everyone’s spirits. I’m going to do it more often.

4. Wine

Since I went wine tasting, I’ve been slowly experimenting a little more with wine. I still don’t love it but I can definitely tolerate it a lot better now and I have learnt you do have to go for the slightly more expensive one if you want to enjoy it. Hopefully my journey to liking wine is on its way.

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5. Heart shaped puddles

Bit of a weird one, but I just love this pic I took on a winter walk a few weekends ago. Little things like natural heart shaped puddles are so good for lifting up my spirits. 

6. Dressing up

I feel like I left my dressing up days behind me back at University all those years ago. But right at the beginning of Feb I went to a 1920s themed night for my best friend’s birthday and I had the best time. It was so fun raiding the fancy dress shop and you felt swept away by the night when in the venue with all the other dressed up people.

7. My Davina McCall DVD

I mentioned this in my NY resolutions catch up, for two weeks now I’ve done a session every single day and I am beginning to notice a difference to my fitness. I like this DVD because it’s so easy to fit into your routine, everyone has a spare 15 minutes every day so I feel like I can’t make excuses. And it’s a good all round one with a bit of everything from Hiit to Abs and Legs.

8. Going out for dinner

I’ve been out for dinner SO many times this month and yes, it’s bad for the bank balance and the waist line, but I can’t lie I’ve loved it. I’ve been to Carluccio’s, Nando’s twice (I know, so naughty!), Pizza Express, Rabot 1745, various pubs, all sorts of places. But it has been the perfect way to catch up with lots of my favourite people.

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Last week was a really bad week. Everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong. By Friday all I wanted to do was curl up in my bed and stick Netflix on, but then things just got worse. It really wasn’t much fun. But we’re on to a new week now and I know the best thing to do is to put it behind me, put on a brave, positive face and get on with it. So here’s my top tips for surviving a really bad week…

Remember this too shall pass 

Just remember that this time next year, these problems/mistakes/worries won’t seem anywhere near as bad as they do now. Yes they feel horrible, but they’ll pass, they’ll be forgotten and there will be something new to worry about soon.

Phone your mum

When a bad week happens, there’s only a few people that can make you feel better. And my mum is definitely one of them. In fact when I text to her to tell her what had gone wrong, she text me back with this gem: ‘Everyone makes mistakes Kerrina, look at the Queen and the government…’ She’s so right.

Drink a cocktail or ten 

This is what I did on Friday night, headed out for a meal with a mate and ordered all of the cocktails. I wouldn’t usually recommend turning to the bottle, but sometimes you just need to drown your sorrows a little bit and praline flavoured cocktails (I know, amazing!) seriously do help.

Hibernate

I think those little furry animals have got it so right. After drinking your cocktails, spend Saturday morning in bed with coffee, chocolate, candles and your fave TV shows/books. That’s exactly what I did and it worked like a dream.

Move on

The obvious final step, just keep thinking ‘next week will be better’. Say it enough times and you’ll convince yourself, I promise.

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First of all let me apologise for the lack of photos on this post, January has been a bad month for photography and the photo above is actually from my trip to Croatia last year! However, this doesn’t mean that January has been a bad month full stop. It’s been up and down like most months. Started off a little dark and dreary, but then mid-way through I took a vow of positivity with one of my work colleagues and suddenly everything seemed a bit happier. I’m learning slowly, it’s all in the brain… If you haven’t read my new year’s resolutions post, have a look here. I’m pretty proud of it and it’ll give you a better idea of my day-to-day January. Here’s a little look at the highlights reel…

1.My terrarium

My next post is about this so I don’t want to go on too much, but I do really love my terrarium. I got it from my boyfriend for Christmas, made it up last weekend and every time I look at it it makes me smile. Is that sad?

2. Silo, Brighton

I bloody love this place, it has a zero-waste policy and it’s got a quirky, yummy menu. It’s tucked into the North Laine in Brighton but a little away from the hustle and bustle. The coffee is great, the food is great and the staff are great. When you’re next there, try it.

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3. La La Land 

I’m such a cliche I know but I loved it. Yes yes they’re not the best singers. And yes maybe it’s not quite worthy of the Titanic number of award nominations. But it’s feel good and SO what we need this month when the news has been so grey. Also I loved the songs and I’ve been listening back to the soundtrack nonstop, perfect way to start/break up/finish the day. That and Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill are permanently on my Spotify.

4. Water Log app

I touched on this in my NY Resolutions catch up but I love this app. I don’t want to jinx it but this may have broken my dry spell (dry as in I drink so little water!) I’ve drunk at least 1.5 litres a day (not counting my millions cups of teas) and have noticed a massive difference in me actively getting up and filling my water bottle (oh and in my trips to the loo). The app is really simple to use and just the action of noting reminds me to drink which is the main reason I kept failing. I can’t recommend it enough.

5. Tea Tourist 

The lovely people at Tea Tourist sent me their January subscription box and as a tea addict I have been loving trying all the new flavours. A particular favourite is the Matcha Tea which has been giving me a nice little boost at work. It’s also helping me up my water intake (see point above!) Win Win!

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6. Death in Paradise 

I always wonder why I don’t talk more about TV on this blog. It’s a passion of mine and yet I rarely talk about it, I guess that’s partly because it’s part of my day job. I actually interviewed the star of Death In Paradise Kris Marshall back in December and confessed what a huge fan I was. It’s the only thing my whole family sit down and watch together and the Caribbean sunshine gives me a right good January boost.

7. Sending people flowers

Bit of a cheat, I’ve only sent one person one bunch of flowers this month. But selfishly it made me feel SO good and I’m pretty sure it brightened her day too. Be more spontaneous with your kindness, it gives you and the receiver the feel good factor.

8. Small Batch Coffee 

I gave my boyfriend a couple of packets of this for Christmas to go with the coffee bean grinder I bought him. And I don’t know whether it’s the grinding your own coffee or the Small Batch beans in particular, but this has turned out to be the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. The other day he said to me he’d pick me something up from Costa and I said ‘no thanks I’d rather make my own Small Batch’. Trust me, I’m as shocked about that sentence as you are!

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After Friday’s events I felt we could all do with some cheering up and that little reminder that all is okay and there is some good in the world. So consider this it – we, the bog standard normal people, that is – can sometimes be pretty extraordinary and do amazing things. Ignore all the so-called big, important people and remember that it’s us that chooses the direction and spirit of the world. It’s all going to be okay.

To kick us off, I love a good pet story! A hero dog saved the life of her paralysed owner by lying on him for 24 hours in sub-zero temperatures to keep him warm long enough to be rescued. Kelsey the Golden Retriever saved his life after he slipped in the snow and broke his neck. What an amazing doggy!

A homeless man was flooded with job offers after a woman shared his cardboard sign on Facebook. She spotted the man in Perth, Australia and wanted to do anything she could to help. A few days later he’d been offered jobs and accommodation and had an amazing six interviews lined up!

#GoatYoga is a thing! Goat Yoga classes at an Oregon farm now has a 1,200 person waiting list because people are enjoying it so much. People practice yoga poses in a pen with a load of goats who happily walk all over them. Bizarre but lovely!

Thousands of protestors took part in the Women’s March in London and all over the world. I particularly liked the selfies the Mayor of London (who I love anyway) took in the crowd! But how brilliant that so many people can unite and peacefully protest together.

If you ever need motivation to get to the gym, read up on this story. Sister Madonna Buder has earned the nickname ‘The Iron Nun’ having completed more than 40 Ironman races in the past 30 years. And she’s 86 and completed her first in 1985, aged 65. Amazing.

And finally, this is sure to bring a tear to your eyes. These twin sisters, each adopted from China by different American families, meet in person for the first time on Good Morning America and it is so gorgeous…

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Last week I posted about the Danish term Hygge which became THE word of 2016. But as soon as I posted I discovered there was a new trend being sent over by those lovely Scandinavians. And this one was called Lagom – pronounced Lar-gom. This time it’s the lovely Swedes imparting the wisdom of their favourite little phrases to live by. Lagom basically means ‘not too little, not too much. Just right.’ Everyone has been saying it’s not as much fun as hygge – claiming that’s all about indulgence and this is all about being frugal and denying yourself. But I feel these Swedes have been a little misunderstood. You see Lagom is about your approach to life in general, about living less excessively. So whilst hygge is about making the most of the little things, this is about being satisfied with what you do have and not always needing more. And it’s also about saving the environment – win, win.

Here are some ways I think you can live more Lagom:

  • Have a clear out

It’s the perfect thing to do in January and is it too early to think about a spring wardrobe too? Go through your clothes and fill some bin liners for your local charity shop. A neat, clean closet and a charitable donation will make you feel all warm inside.

  • Keep a spreadsheet of your finances

I know, boring, boring, boring. But it is a great way to set up your year and have money to invest in things you actually want to do. Hello sneaky March holiday (Sweden anyone?) But seriously I’m going to try and keep a note of all my expenditure from now on just to see where it all goes? Then at the end of the month I’ll roll out the spreadsheet, categorise my spending and see where I can cut down.

  • Grow your own plants

After my little foray into making lip balm for Christmas presents, I want to start making ingredients I can use in them too. I’m thinking maybe mint and aloe vera. And plants look so pretty on the side too.

  • Save, save, save

My friend gave me the idea to save a little bit every day. You begin by saving 1p on 1st January, 2p on the second, 3p on the third etc. etc. And believe it or not in the end you’ll have £667.95! Genius.

  • Plan your lunches for the week and make them on a Sunday

I’ve done this the first few weeks of January and it’s really changed my life. I’m enjoying my lunches so much more and love not having to think about it every night, it was becoming such a drain. Try it, you might just love it.

Give these a go and see that Lagom isn’t all that bad after all!