Monday, 21 January 2019

πŸ‘‰I'm Cutting Down on Social Media- Here's HowπŸ‘ˆ

Social media is something I really struggle with....

and I know that I'm not alone in this. Wherever you go, I guarantee that there will be groups of people sat together, and yet all of them have their eyes fixed on their phones. It's honestly upsetting to watch this happening, and yet I know that I do this myself. 

According to New York Post, people check their phone on average once every 12 minutes – meaning they check their phones 80 times a day! 

For me, the biggest struggle was always Facebook. There was something about having an up-to-date profile picture that I knew represented me in the way I wanted, keeping my featured photos recent, keeping involved in group chats and seeing what my friends *ahem* wanted everyone to see they were doing that kept me coming back. Every day. Multiple times a day. Times where life was happening around me and I wasn't paying any attention.

There's so much more to life. I have a beautiful family to watch grow. Even my little cousins are hooked on Candy Crush, and I can't say that's not my fault. There's so much beauty in the little things and genuine conversations that are now a few words over Messenger. 

So, what am I changing? Some of the things I'm about to mention might sound small and insignificant, obvious even. To me, they're huge steps in the right direction. 

  1. I've deleted Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Messenger from my phone. This took me a long time to do and it took teeny, tiny baby steps to achieve. This way, if I want to use my social media, I have to physically log in on my laptop. This means that I only have a small window in the evening to be online.
  2. I've downloaded an add-on for my laptop that removes my Facebook newsfeed. Now, if I log on to Facebook, I'll need a purpose. 
  3. I've stopped bringing my phone with me for a bath. This one, you might think, is obvious. Firstly, yes, it's stupid and means your phone is more likely to get water damage, but primarily: when I go for a bath, that time is my time. I can forget the rest of the world for around half an hour :)
  4. I've told my friends. If your closest friends truly love and respect you, they'll have no problem texting you rather than using social media. It also gives you all the more reason to go out for coffee more often!!
I hope that this post will inspire you to look a little closer at your social media habits and encourage you to talk about this problem and make a difference before it consumes you. If we don't address this as a problem now, what hope do we have for our children?

Lots of love,
Marti πŸ˜˜

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

New Year's Resolution Failure πŸ˜“

I set about 2019 having two goals. 

1) I wanted to cut down on sugar. This started off being a 'sugar ban' between my two friends, but that was a failure before it even began.

2) I wanted to cut down on social media. Scrolling and scrolling and scrolling.

Have I succeeded? Debatable. Have I managed both at the same time? Absolutely not. 

School has been draining. It's been good, but very, very draining. I've had lots of catching up, exams and mocks to plough through and not a lot of guidance to say that to say I've only been there a week. Both exams the invigilators didn't know I'd be in. Charming.
Other than when I'm making my lunch, which I try to make as healthy as possible, food isn't really on my mind and I don't put much thought into what I eat during the day. I eat for energy and if somebody offers me sweets, my automatic response is yes- especially when I'm trying to make friends haha. In my defence: I have deleted Facebook and Messenger from my phone and only use data for school work. I've found an add on for my laptop which takes away my Facebook newsfeed, which has helped the mindless scrolling so much. 

Basically, what I'm trying to say is that life isn't always perfect. You don't always (and usually don't!) ace your resolutions in January and you have a whole other eleven months to turn that around. 

Until next time,
Marti xx

Thursday, 10 January 2019

How to Keep Long Hair Healthy πŸ’‹

Long hair. It's a struggle. 

Picture this: It's Monday morning. You wake up early to do something with your hair. You look in the mirror. Gorgeous😘

 You open the door. The wind hits you. Hair in face. Hair on lipgloss. Walking down the drive you brush hair out of your eyes to see your reflection and are faced with this: 

It's the look I wear most often. 

In this post I'm going to share how I keep my hair from breaking and becoming damaged from everything life has to throw at it. Hopefully I'll be able to give you some tips on keeping yours healthy- or maybe just persuade you never to grow your hair long! 

My first piece of advice is to find a routine that works for you. No two people are the same, and the same goes for our hair. While I feel my hair is healthiest and looks great from washing every other day, I have friends who wash their hair every single day, and others who only need to wash it three times a week. Do some research on your hair type and see what you feel most comfortable with. Take into account your hair colour, texture, length and what makes you feel great (because ultimately- that matters more than anything!)

Secondly: Dream Lengths πŸ˜ If I didn't absolutely love it, I wouldn't mention it, but if you're wanting to keep your hair healthy, definitely look use these hair products. I use the shampoo and conditioner every other day and let me tell you: it smells great, the bottles are huge and last ages, they are so moisturising that you don't need to use hair oils afterwards AND they work wonders on the condition of your hair. 
Boots have an offer where you can get the shampoo, conditioner, no haircut cream and hair mask for just £12 (saving you £9) thank me later girls πŸ’“

Finally: heat and styling. Heat is so damaging for hair, and even if you are super careful, it can still lead to breakage and splitting. Personally, I try to limit the heat I use on my hair and only blow dry in the winter. I've been using a diffuser for my hairdryer recently which means you can use a lower heat setting and dry your hair quicker- win win really! Depending on the hairdryer you own will depend on where you can buy the extension from, but I will leave a link to the one I have. I absolutely LOVE my GHD hairdryer because of how quickly it dries my hair and how long it has lasted me. If you're thinking about buying a new dryer, definitely consider the one I leave linked below as I promise you- it'll be with you a long time!

Also, consider ways to style your hair that can be done without heat. If you like to wear your hair wavy, why not sleep with it in a bun or in plaits? If you don't like your natural hair down, why not try some new ways to wear it up? If you can't give up the straighteners just yet, look after your hair and use heat protectant. It doesn't have to be expensive- you can pick up a bottle for less than £3 πŸ˜Š

In summary: look after your hair- it's gorgeous! πŸ˜‰
Lots of love,
Marti xxx

Sunday, 6 January 2019

A New Direction πŸ’“

Hello lovely people 😘
(as my art teacher used to say)

It's been a little while since my last post, but not long enough for anybody to complain that I'm not posting, i.e. my mum on New Year's Day: 'you really should revamp the blog though'... I'm here...writing in my new room! πŸ˜

I've been thinking really hard about what I want to do with my blog, and while I'd already decided that I wanted to get it back up and running, I still wasn't sure of how and what to write about. I feel as though I've changed a lot since I started writing this blog, which is gorgeous thing (so grateful to not be the same person I was at thirteen- even if I look it haha!) I want my blog to reflect the person I am, but also worry a little sometimes about whether or not I'm oversharing as I believe that we should all have a life outside of the screen and are entitled to keep some parts of our life private. However, there are so many things that I've been really wanting to share and write about, even writing now I feel an old joy and peace that I'd almost forgotten that came with writing. 

I'm hoping to redirect my blog towards topics of minimalism, A Level revision, lifestyle, Christian faith and beauty. These are all topics that I absolutely love writing about and I know won't seem like a drag to publish. I want to feel proud of what I write, and the only way I can do that is when I have a passion for what I'm writing. So here we are: a new chapter. A new season. Here's to 2019 πŸ˜˜

(Shhh, and here's a sneaky peak at my new room (full post to follow)!)

Lots of love,
Marti xx