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Things to do at home during isolation


I know that most of us are lacking a bit of motivation right now, whether you’re working from home or currently on furlough with not much to do with your time (like me), things are difficult and the boredom is really starting to kick in. For the last week however we have been blessed with some lovely weather which has come just at the right time, and although times are tough and a little scary right now, I’m trying to find the positives in the things I have around me - my home, my garden, and my boyfriend to isolate with (even if he is getting on my nerves). It really helps if you think about all the things that you’re grateful for right now.
I’ve seen this quote going round which is really uplifting - ‘you’re not stuck at home, you’re safe at home’. And while we’re safe at home, now is the perfect time to do those things that we never got round to doing, to experiment, be creative and much much more. Here’s some ideas of how to keep yourself busy during isolation.



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Workout
One of the first things we did as soon as the gyms closed was turn our spare bedroom into a makeshift gym. We were lucky enough that we already had some equipment as most places are sold out now (seems everyone had the same idea) but there are plenty of things you can do without any equipment as well. If you weren’t one to workout before lockdown, now’s your chance to introduce yourself to it in the comfort of your own home. Even 10 minutes a day of some simple exercises can make all the difference, plus, it does wonders for your mental health at this time too.

Bake
The most obvious one and the thing I’ve seen most people doing, but now really is the time to make some tasty snacks and treat yo self. So far I’ve made banana & blueberry muffins, chewy chocolate chip cookies and this week I’m going to try mini egg blondies. Since we can only really get standard bakery items right now it’s nice to be able to make your own and be adventurous with ingredients, I’ve even seen people making cheesecake filled Easter eggs!

Have a picnic
This is a really cute idea to do when the weather’s nice, put a blanket on the grass (or living room floor with the windows open if you don’t have a garden!) and set up some of your favourite picnic foods and drinks. I did this in the garden last weekend with some iced coffees and put a bit of music on too. Just doing something you wouldn’t normally or even just sitting in a different area of your house to eat is a different experience.


Home improvements
I think I did every job possible in the first week of lockdown because I was excited to spruce up the house. Theres plenty of jobs to do outside of the house such as pulling up the weeds, cleaning the door (v important right now actually), cleaning the windows and removing the cobwebs. If you’ve got a jet wash cleaner these are lots of fun too! You can refresh your plants and flower beds, plant new bulbs, put up some pretty solar lights and set up a cute outdoor seating area ready for summer. For the interior think of those tedious jobs that you’d usually put off - cleaning the oven, sorting out your wardrobe or that drawer that’s full of random stuff. Also if you’ve got any spare paint lying around, you can do some touch ups on any marks you might have on the walls - look at the wall going up your stairs, you’ll be suprised!

Make a ‘fakeaway’
If you’re really missing your usual takeaway it’s such a good idea to make your own! You can find loads of copycat recipes and ideas online and on Pinterest, plus it’s a bit of fun as well. On the weekend I made a fake Domimos which consisted of pizza, wedges, chicken strippers and I even made my own garlic & herb dip - it was delicious. I plan on doing a McDonald’s next weekend!

Cut that fringe you’ve always wanted
With no hairdressers open and no place except the supermarket to go, you may as well try out that hair do you’ve always wanted to try. Cut that fringe, go for that colour, or even just try out a new hair style you were too scared to before. Men are already shaving their hair and beards off so we may as well experiment too while we can.


Do a date night
If you’re lucky enough to be isolating with someone else, whether that be your partner, flat mate or even family, doing a sort of ‘date night’ or fancy meal is definitely something worth doing - you could even do this via FaceTime with someone you miss. Look up a fancy recipe, make 3 courses, dress up, put some background music on, make cocktails! I know not everyone sits around the table normally to eat their food, but it’s funny how much more conversation can be had being in a different environment than usual. You could even do something like evening drinks outside, wrapped in a cosy blanket.

Write to do lists
This is a really important one if you’re finding it difficult right now or lacking in motivation. Just setting yourself daily to do lists or weekly goals can really help you feel like you’ve achieved something, even if it is just putting a wash on or going for a jog. You could write things you want to achieve before lockdown ends, jobs you want to do to the house by summer, or even fitness goals such as doing however minutes/hours of exercise per week.

Plan your meals
Since we should only really be leaving our houses to do food shops (I’m talking about those of us who are currently out of work), it’s best to do them once a week or longer if you can. I go once a week as we eat a lot of fresh food that obviously doesn’t last over a week, so I make sure I plan out every single meal we’ll be having for the next week. This is not only good for budgeting and buying un necessary items, but will make your time spent in the supermarkets much less too. Something which I do is write the shopping list out in order of how I go around the shop so that I get everything along the way without having to go back. I also plan ‘back up meals’ in case something I originally wanted isn’t in stock!



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I hope you got some sort inspiration off these ideas, I could of wrote a lot more but I thought ‘binge watching Netflix’ and ‘Cleaning your house’ were kind of obvious and a given. Let me know what you’ve been doing with your time, if you’ve learnt a new skill, cooked something special or even built something! I hope you’re all staying safe and staying home, we’re all in this together.



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My top travel & packing tips


If you haven’t heard me banging on about it over on my Twitter or Instagram by now (sorry not sorry), I’m going to America in a couple of weeks so I thought it was the perfect excuse to write a travel-related post! When ever I book a trip I always find myself obsessing over anything travel related; tips, tricks and all that good stuff that helps make life that little bit easier, so I thought I’d share a few which I’ve used or will be using for my holiday.


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I’m always finding ways to save on space in my luggage. I do everything from the rolling up of the clothes trick, to using little plastic tubs and bottles for my liquids, but when I found out this little airport trick my mind was blown. I discovered (via Twitter) that you could actually make an online Boots order to click and collect at the store after security; meaning, you could order all the liquids that you couldn’t fit in your 100ml allowance and it wouldn’t count towards it. This is especially handy for bigger products such as suncream, shampoo, hairspray etc. I tried it last time I went away in October and it worked - I was amazed! I feel like I’ll never pay for luggage again knowing this now.
Top tip: Place your order at least a week in advance to make sure it’s going to arrive in time 

When it comes to bringing my beauty products away, as you can imagine as a beauty lover I have a lot to take. When it comes to foundations, my top tip is to go to your local store and get a sample pot or 2 of your favourite foundations - I know it’s not really meant for that but the little bottles are so useful for travelling. I don’t know about you but I don’t like the thought of taking multiple foundation bottles away and worrying about them breaking or exploding in the checked luggage, plus, it’s not as if you need a whole bottle of foundation for a holiday anyway. This trick gives me piece of mind knowing they’re right next to me in overhead luggage (in my clear plastic bag of course) and not being bashed around somewhere.


Now onto a bit of money saving! I’m not sure if other websites do this the same as I’ve only had experience with the one, but if you book your hotel through Agoda, they offer a ‘best price guarantee’ which means if you find that the price has gone down after booking, they will honour you the difference and give you a refund. The only catch is that you have to find all the evidence yourself, take screenshots of the new price you’ve found, and you have to make sure it’s the same hotel, same dates, same room and same conditions e.g no cancellation, breakfast included. You can do this even if you’ve found the price on Agoda, it doesn’t have to be a different website. I recently got a £72(!!) refund on one of the hotels I’d booked in Hollywood as the price had dropped around 2 weeks after I’d booked it. You can find the claim form here to see what information you need.
Top tip: use Trivago to check on your hotel price regularly as this shows hidden deals which some websites may not show you.

I know that other hotel websites offer a best price guarantee such as Booking.com and hotels.com but I haven’t personally used them to be able to give advice on it. I do however make use of Booking.com ‘s Genius account - I’m a ‘level 2 genius’ so I get a 15% discount on selected rooms and some offer free breakfast as well. If you aren’t sure what this is, it’s a kind of loyalty program that they do so if you book through them a certain number of times, your ‘genius’ ranking and benefits will increase. I mainly find booking.com room rates to be cheaper than anywhere else because of this and rarely book elsewhere - but if you do, make sure to keep an eye on the price after you’ve booked to claim some money back!



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And those are my favourite tips & tricks to use whenever I go away - hopefully you’ve learnt something new today here and you’ll use one of them for your future travels too!

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Styling your walls with Desenio*


I recently wrote a post all about styling your home on a budget, and talked about a few different ways in which you can decorate and style things around your home. In this I briefly touched upon my Desenio collection, and how their posters have helped to bring my decor together, so today I’m going to talk more about the ways in which you can style them.


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To some, wall art can be daunting; figuring out what you want, in which size, and then there’s laying it all out on the wall. It’s actually a great way to make your home (and walls) that bit more unique - there’s so many possibilities and it’s all dependant on how you want it. You can be as minimal and simplistic (like me) as you like, or you can create an epic gallery wall with colourful prints and quotes galore. Desenio have a great inspiration page for styling a gallery wall on their website which is really useful to see different layouts and sizes, as well as a create your own gallery wall tool which is pretty fun!



To make things a little different or make your prints stand out, Desenio sell picture mounts which help to frame your posters that little bit more. I love using these and have a couple of them for singular prints hung around the house. They also sell picture ledges which create a more relaxed style, this allows you to move about and swap things without the commitment of a nail in the wall. They are only available in white, black or oak but make such a nice feature on your wall. These are ideal for anyone who likes to switch things up a lot or can’t decide on where to place their frames!


If you're not sure about where to even place frames on your walls, you can always opt for the easy option of standing them against the wall. This is such a fool proof way of creating that relaxed vibe (and also great if you rent your house and can't hang things on the wall!) I love how this looks and you can place them on anything from a side table, to a fire place, and style them with all your favourite bits and bobs.



My house is now full of Desenio prints - I can't get enough of them! I now have 2 of the picture ledges too which I'm obsessed with. If this post has inspired you to make a Desenio order yourself, you can use my code CALLY10 to get 10% off. This is an affiliate code so I do make a small commission on this but I wouldn't promote something I don't genuinely love myself.



*This post was in collaboration with Desenio. Some items were gifted.



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