6 podcasts to make you think, laugh and learn

Podcasts are something that I’m either super into at one time or I don’t listen to for ages! It usually depends on what’s happening to whether I’m on a listening spree or not. If I’m travelling a lot, on trains or in the car or even when I’m on holiday just relaxing, I listen much more and I remember how much I love them. I’ve discovered a few new favourites and a series that I love has just come back so I wanted to share!

1. Ian Stirling – Not Ready to Adult Yet

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5 things making me happy in June

 June has been a pretty stressful month so far with trying to buy a house and everything that comes with it so it’s been all about finding the little things to make me happy! Ya know, those little things that aren’t really important in the grand scheme of life and the world but those little things that make you feel good. 1. Beauty deliveries Products arriving on my doorstep almost always make me happy because who doesn’t love the treat of a new lipstick or mascara? This month I was sent the Cohorted Beauty Box and it was packed with gorgeous products from Doucce (prounounced Doh-Seh), a brand that I hadn’t heard of before but I’m super impressed from first impressions of the products. They’re a New York brand with a French name that means soft and elegant. It’s all about having Parisian elegance with a New York attitude which is pretty cool. In the beautiful box was their Freematic Combo Pro Palette with 4 eyeshadows, two blush and a highlighter which is gorgeous. And, this palette is weighty, let me tell you! Plus, it came with cute little covers for all of the shades in it to keep the mirror clean which is smart. There was also a matte lipstick, a liquid eyeliner pen, mascara, lip liner and eyebrow pencil. I’ve shared all of the products on my Instagram stories and saved it as a Highlight if you fancy checking out what else was in the box. I’ll also be posting the makeup look I create with these products on Insta too so stay tuned there! Aaaand, If you use the code #COHORTEDGIFTME first time subscribers receive a free Huda Beauty lip strobe in shade angelic RRP £17.00 with their first box! Pretty sweet. These boxes are the most luxurious beauty boxes I’ve seen. Birchbox and Glossybox are cute but this one is seriously grown up, minimalist packaging, no gimmicks – just great products. 2. Reading a magazine Just a little luxury that I’ve been trying to use as relaxation instead of scrolling through Insta, because, let’s face it, that’s not really that relaxing a lot of the time. Women’s Health is always interesting to me and I love their recipes, I’ve already made the sweet potato falafels from this issue and they were delicious! What do you do when you don’t want to go on your phone? I love to read whatever book I’ve got out of the library at the moment, a magazine or try and concentrate on a series on Amazon Prime. 3. Glowing skin Following on from beauty deliveries is a new brand that I’ve recently tried. Erborian is a brand that I’ve spotted in magazines and online over the years but I’ve never tried so I’d love to get to know these guys better after trialling their Bamboo Glow Dewy Effect Cream. This is a 2 in 1 moisturiser and primer and it gives awesome glow. I’ve also used it as just a highlighter over makeup to give a little extra life to my face when I’ve been travelling on trains for work and generally bobbing about the country! I love the feel of this on the skin because it sinks straight in and doesn’t feel heavy or too glittery or shiny. I also love that it’s a moisturiser and a primer in one because it saves me taking two products when I travel. 4. Nice pants Let’s be honest, when you’ve got matching bra and pants on you feel like you’ve got your shit together and I’ve been putting off getting some new underwear for a while. Because, I want nice pants but it’s just not something I like to splurge that much on. I’m usually a M&S basics gal and that suits my minimalist mind just fine. When Beija London got in touch I thought their products looks so gorgeous. Still minimalist and simple without being fussy and lacy and blah like a lot of ‘nice’ underwear. And, I love their system of having three types of bra (the X is unpadded, the Y is a little bit padded and wired for B-D cups and the Z is a fully supportive bra for DD+) and then different styles. I went for the Y Bra in the For Keeps Style and the For Keeps brief. The Y bra has a half pad is wired and has a teeny 3mm of foam in the bottom cup. I love the silver hardware and the fact that it also has a J hook that adapts the straps to make a racer back – so handy! These are perfect for me as they’re fancy, well made and luxurious but I don’t feel like I’ve walked out of Ann Summers – that’s just not my style. Whatcha, waiting for? Treat yourself! 5. My cute new bag  I’ve been after a straw or basket bag for ages after obviously seeing them take over Insta-style recently. They just give any outfit a little summery update and I love that. I like the tiny circular basket ones and the handheld ones but they’re just not practical for me. I’ve learnt over the years not to just buy something because I think it’s cute on Instagram. I now think about whether I’m actually going to use it in my daily life and I settled on the Miss Selfridge Natural Circle Tote Bag because it’s got those summery vibes but it’s a great size and I can use it everyday for work and not just have to save it for the weekends! I have already spilled strawberry and blueberry juice on it though so I wouldn’t recommend carrying your berries in it unless they’re in a clip lock tub. Oops.

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Self-care is trendy and I’m very OK with it.

Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever been as thankful for a trend than I have for self care. I’m going to put it out there and say that I do think it is a trend but that I definitely hope that it moulds its way into our lives. Relaxing has, fortunately for all of our sanities, become really popular and much more of a ‘thing’ that we all focus on. Brands are encouraging it, we’re buying more products that are helping us to indulge and we’re not feeling guilty about taking time off anymore.

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4 ways to boost your self care routine this January

Self-care is getting so much air time these days and it’s so great that it is. We’re all starting to realise how great it is to treat yourself, be Hygge at home, chill out, relax, stop beating ourselves up about eating chocolate biscuits and just generally be nice to ourselves. It’s all about relaxing, your wellbeing, your health, sleep quality, the list goes on. But, at the end of the day it’s all things that we should care SO much about but in this crazy modern age (lol how old am I?), we can forget about because we’re just “too busy”. Here are four of the ways that I’m trying to use to look after myself a little bit more. After all, we only gots one body and one mind, guys, might as well treat them right!

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5 diet trends to watch out for in 2018

In the UK in 2015, it was found that 68% of men and 58% of women were either obese or overweight – this is way too high,isn’t it? It shouldn’t be too surprising to hear that 2/3rds of Brits admitted to either being on a diet all or for most of the time. Of course, the topics of healthy eating and weight loss are massively popular talking points at the moment! They’re on every channel and in every magazine, aren’t they? According to The Telegraph, 33% of resolution makers want to lose weight, and 32% want to eat more healthily. With this in mind, MaxiMuscle investigate what the biggest diet trends could be in 2018:

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3 ways to deal with a sports injury

I wanted to call this blog post ‘how to deal with a sports injury without losing your mind’ but I thought it was probably a bit of a harsh way to put it and it might offend. But, in reality, it’s the truth. Not being able to do something that you always do and love can really affect your mental health, your wellbeing and your happiness. Here’s three things that I’m trying to do myself at the moment to deal with my own injury.

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4 simple steps to a better night’s sleep

The average person spends around a third of their life asleep. And our bodies do amazing things during that time. It allows us to repair, rest, and relax. Well, hopefully anyway. If you are one of the unlucky people that sufferers getting to sleep, then getting a good night’s sleep can seem like a dream. When you don’t sleep properly, it can affect your mood, your productivity, and even your health. So making sure that you sleep well should be a priority as it can affect so many areas of your life. So if you want to be sleeping like a baby in no time at all, here are some tips and tricks.  I hope they help!

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My workout wishlist + your chance to win £50 of gym gear!

New workout gear and goodies always motivate me to hit the gym if I’m feeling a bit tired of working out. It’s just great to mix things up in the gym and sometimes all it takes is some new leggings or a sassy new yoga mat to give you a bit of a rocket to get on with stuff! I’ve actually just downloaded the SWEAT app by Kayla Itsines and I’m going to give that a go as a bit of a refresh in my routine. Please let me know if anyone’s tried it in the comments or on Twitter.

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3 out of the box things to do in Crete

During our recent visit to Rethymno, Platanias and Chania in Crete we did some pretty awesome things. We’re not the usual sit around the pool holiday-makers. Of course, we love to relax but we also love to get out and so some fun and exciting activities that we can’t do at home. Here are three of the best things to do if you ever venture to north Crete!

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The Weekend Files: Lakeside Yoga

FUN, FREE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ON OFFER TO THOUSANDS OF NOTTINGHAM RESIDENTS WITH THE RETURN OF PARKLIVES

I’m partnering with Coca-ColaGreat Britain on this post and their awesome ParkLives initiative. For a third year, more than 25 parks across Nottingham will be hosting hundreds of free activity sessions to get us fit for summer. From Pilates to Nordic Walking and even paddle board (SUP) Yoga there is literally something for everyone of every ability – even buggy fitness for all those mamas out there.

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