Real Issues That Affect Us

laughter-is-the-best-medicine-2-728

Laughter. There are many different forms, but most of them suggest the same thing – you’re having fun.

Laughter is the best medicine

The most important thing in life is the ability to look back and know you had a good time. The only way to tell? You laughed. Seriously, our brains are known to remember the happiest of memories over the saddest. Why do you think “memory blocks” happen n traumatic times and not when we’re reminiscing about something funny?

I’m no scientist, but I know that laughter triggers endorphins (three guesses as to who’s fins are my favourite *indoor* ones?! 😆😉) aka happy mind, body and soul cells.

Seriously though, all jokes aside, read the above list of things that laughter (alone) can bring. They don’t use the phrase: “laughter is the best medicine for nothing”, you know!

Of course, life isn’t just about laughing… There are times when we need to be serious and laughter would be the last thing on our minds, but it’s all about being able to overcome the struggles and being able to laugh again, a little louder and more deeper/sincerely than we were able to prior to the rough patch.

There are people who attend “laughter yoga” sessions, you know this – right? No, seriously. People actually go to a class where they just laugh. The trick is, although you start laughing out of force and having to, you actually end up naturally laughing because the whole concept is strange, and chances are you’re sitting/standing next to someone with a hilarious laugh.

Laughter is good for the mind, body and the soul. It’s like music to others’ ears, hence why sayings like:

your laugh is funnier than the joke

exist. The act of laughing is infectious.

I just want to thank the one/s who make me laugh every day. Truly, you are something special. I’ll never, ever, forget you.

laughq2.jpg

1778357-multicoloured-beads-sorted-in-boxes-for-sale.jpg

This is my poem:

You are a sort.

An absolute sort.

Yes, a sort.

Sort it out.

‘Cause I don’t know if you know this – but you’re…

A sort.

IMG_4983

Your mum… deserves to be celebrated! She is the superhuman and beautiful lady who brought you into the World. With that in mind, be sure to thank her on the 26th…

Yes, that’s right, Mother’s Day is coming up THIS weekend! I’ve already done a few posts based on LUSH’s Mother’s Day specific bath bombs… However, if your mum isn’t a fan of bath products – what do you get her? Have no fear because this is exactly why my blog’s here!

Does she have a sweet-tooth? If so, why not buy her a box of chocolates? It’s really that simple. If you want to be more creative, you can turn a very sentimental photograph of you and/or the whole family into a giant marshmallow using boomf. 😍

What’s more, I’m sure there are places that do chocolate carving or sculpting. You can make a chocolate statue of her face or your whole self – do I know if it can all be done in 6 days? No, no I don’t. There’s no harm in asking though. Call up somewhere nearby (or check out TripAdvisor for good ratings) and order.

Again, if she isn’t interested in that kind of thing, a simple cake from Hummingbird Bakery or the like wouldn’t go amiss. Look, there are so many options! Sweets, pies, make cupcakes and stick your photos on icing? Anything is possible…

Flowers are another great option for the momstar! No mother can resist a bouquet – unless they suffer from hayfever or pollen-related allergies, in which case, steer clear and abort mission! Conversely, if she does have pollen allergies, a fake bouquet might work? You can pick those up at Fenwick or John Lewis, they do scented ones also.

Flowers and chocolates not her thing? A chill-out CD from HMV, or an Apple, Amazon or Android voucher might do the trick if she’s into technology.

Scarves, jewlerry, perfume, pedicure/manicure sets, clothes, brooches… There are so many options to choose from. If all else fails, popping some money in a card or via bank transfer is the safest bet.

Remember though, she wants you to be happy. Presents/gifts are just a bonus. You are her best and most prized possession. ❤

IMG_4925

Santa ain’t the only one who loves a list… 

Do you girls/guys have a cosmetics/skincare shopping list longer than any shopping list you ever had as a child?

I remember writing lists for ideal Christmas presents but it was NEVER as long as the list of makeup products I need to buy!

The difference between Christmas presents and your OWN presents is – wait for it – one’s bought for you by your loving parents and the other one is … Well, you’re on your own. Not that I’m complaining, I can’t stand not being able to earn my own things… The point of this post is simply for awareness into adult life and the stresses that come with it!

When we’re young lists are SO MUCH shorter than they are when we adult, aren’t they? But, at that point in time we think they’re HUGE! It makes sense though ’cause all we really had to think about was our fave ice cream flavours!

Bills, food, luxuries, holidays, car/transport… All lists for adults. I love a good list, me! I couldn’t survive without them.

Anyway, yeah, what’s on your beauty/handsome shopping list? Did I mention that I’m sure you looked nice today? TOO PIFF to light up a SPLIFF, I hope.

Say NO to cigarettes or try to quit if you can’t,  they’re bad for you.

Still, you’re PIFF!

If there was ever a story to this post, it’s ended, happily. Yeah, TTYL. Lovage.

💋💋

img_4470

I have been suffering with a bad case of insomnia, not helped by the imminent (albeit a few months off) birth of #AprilTheGiraffe’s young…

According to research, labour for giraffes lasts up to 7 days. But, April’s just on her 5th now. However, she’s showing signs that it’s coming even though she’s not entered the “active labour” stage. I’ve watched this for two nights straight, and believe that I could become a Giraffe midwife. I may not have the skills and qualifications, but I definitely have the experience of watching it. If there’s hope for Fartface across the pond, then there’s hope for me!

Anyway, this blog isn’t about #AprilTheGiraffe, although – it ruddy well should be! You can catch the LIVE feed on Facebook or YouTube, if you’d like to join me as I live life in the fast (albeit at snail’s pace) lane!

Conversations are going to be hilarious on Monday! “So, Miamii, how was your weekend? What did you do?” “Well, I watched April the Giraffe in New York give birth!” I’ll let you know what happens at my appraisal, don’t worry.

Anyway, so I’m currently suffering from sleep deprivation and insomnia. Having said that, seeing as it’s not the first time I’ve suffered with it, I’ve come up with a few tried (tired) and tested tricks to combat this.

1) drink Horlicks, Ovaltine, or a settling relaxing tea before kipping down for the night.

2) have a bath with relaxing oils and salts.

3) refrain from using your phone or any electronic devices a few hours earlier. The blue or white light keep us up, #fact!

4) listen to a settling podcast or playlist on Spotify. This’ll be sure to send you to the land of Z(ebras), forget April the Giraffe!

5) set an alarm for the next day, even if you’re not going anywhere (on a weekend) – let it wake you up even earlier. Your body will naturally start waking up earlier.

6) go to your room and get in bed earlier than usual, wear a sleep mask (covering your eyes), put some earplugs in and relax.

7) lead an active lifestyle. If you’re off work, go to the gym, work-out and do something productive/active, it’ll tire you out.

8) if you have a problem with racing thoughts, do some mindfulness. Let your mind settle. Breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth – focusing on your breathing and nothing else. Count your breaths. That’ll help you fall asleep.

If you follow these steps, you’re bound to fall asleep and enter a deep dream state, naturally.

Also, it’s not necessarily a bad thing if you can’t get to sleep at night… An Old Wives Tale suggests that we’re awake at night because we’re in someone else’s dreams… 😘