This weekend, I found some photos of sleepovers I was part of/hosted growing up… It got me thinking, “why do those memories stop?” Surely, as adults, we need those girly nights in more than we did when we were pubescent teenagers?

The purpose of this post is to encourage you (ladies) and you girlfriends to get together for a night, recreating the magic. I’ll be sharing my ideas of a great sleepover perfect for those post-teenage years.

Masks

I love nothing more than applying a mask and settling down to watch something on the sofa with a mocktail in hand. This is one of life’s simplest pleasures.

Although I prefer to buy mine, you can try making your own with your girlfriends and applying them on each other. It’ll feel so good!

To be honest, this is something we did on sleepovers in our teen years, well – I did anyway.

Makeovers

Here’s another thing I used to do at sleepovers growing up, but believe should be continued into adulthood.

Ask your girlfriends to bring their makeup/hair kits along and then try out each others’ products on one another, trying out different looks.

Cocktail Making

This is definitely something you shouldn’t have done as a teen (unless you were 16 or over).

This is fun, you can create cocktails based on your favourite colours, flavours etc.

Movies

A girly night in is never complete without a boxset/movie binge.

Have Everyone Wear a Oneise

If it isn’t my favourite attire, ever. Onesies. I live in jumpsuits most days, and those are the outdoors’ answer to a onesie.

Your sleepover can even be themed, for instance – spirit animals. This’ll mean everyone will come dressed in an animal onesie that represents their spirit. Mine would obviously be a sloth.

Play Board Games / Mad-Libs

This is the perfect excuse for me to get Jenga out, to whoop everybody’s asses. Other board games available. If Mad-Libs is your thing, there’s an app available.

Piñata

Prepare a piñata with some goodies in and get together to smash it up.

Music

Bring the party inside to your house, with an intimate selection of your favourite tracks growing up.

Can’t beat a Slumber Party playlist, so give one a listen, or – better still – make your own! You and your girls can create a playlist on Spotify to play on the night.

Get those hairbrushes at the ready, because there’s going to be treated to some serious vo-cals! 🎶

Build a Fort

My favourite one of all! Bring together your entire collection of pillows (I sleep with four), blankets and duvets and get building, laughing and enjoying. The snugger, the better.

Yes, a lot of these were things we used to do as teenagers, but it’s important t not lose the memories and the zest for life.

playlists

Yes, Summer is all about festivals and parties, but they are all about the playlists!

Whether you’re by the pool, or in a park, here are some Summer playlists to get you in the mood.

Oh, and before we start- happy belated Summer Solstice!

Spotify’s Summer Playlist 2019

This is packed with all of the hottest tracks of 2019 and the summer so far. It’s sure to turn any Summer party into a crowd pleaser, if your attendees are mainstream music listeners.

Summer Throwbacks

Here’s one for me. All the best Summer tracks, thrown back like a boomerang. I absolutely love the nostalgic vibes of this playlist.

Summer BBQ

This playlist is my favourite of the three. It includes some of my favourite tracks, basically – I will invite myself to any event that plays this.

What’s the best playlist that can be listened to in Summer, Spring, Autumn or Winter, needing to be celebrated all year round?

I don’t think it’s on Spotify yet but… Here.

Motown is unarguably the best genre of music, ever.

To conclude, no ‘Summer Playlists’ post would be complete without…

What’s my go-to Summer anthem that’s my all-time favourite?

This and/or this. Can’t choose, sorry.

Want to discover the best apps of iPhone (that might also be on Android)? Well, look no further than this post, but scroll further down it!

Social Media:

Snapchat

#SelfieDay was yesterday, but it’s every day thanks to Snapchat.

Instagram

The above, but without the dog ears. By filter, Instagram means Clarendon, Gingham, Moon and the like.

Twitter

Well, well, well… If it isn’t the most overused app on my phone. Yes, I tweet a lot.

What can I say? I love birds, and would do anything to sound like them. Tweet-twoo! 🦉

TikTok

I’ve heard it’s good, but not using it. It’s a video app, kinda like Vine (before it closed), but not, because it closed. If you use any social-media platforms from the above list, you’d have come across a TikTok video.

Why haven’t I included Facebook? Because it drains out our phones’ batteries.

Games

Homescapes

The Sims, but architecture only. Build a house, the best house. Enjoy.

Balanced Tower AR

Jenga, but better.

I’ve also been known to play Flow, Flappy Bird and Temple Run, I bossed all. I also love all word games including Word Cross.

Peak Brain Training

This is amazing if you want to keep your brain active and healthy. There are puzzles and quizzes to test and improve your memory, focus etc.

Anxiety

Calm

A great app for motivation. It has a lot of affirmations, and you’ll feel great after each use. This app has it all: guided meditations, mindfulness – also awesome at beating insomnia.

How To: Get Around In London

City Mapper

Yeah. If you’re in London and want to learn quick and simple transport routes that’ll get from A-B, download this. It promises to get you around easier and faster.

Music

Spotify

All your music and playlists in one place. The ‘Browse’ feature is pretty ace too because it’s categorised well. You’ll be sure to be introduced to new music. You can also follow musicians on there too, getting notified when they release new albums/music.

Shazam

You ever been out and a song comes on which you can’t for the life of you remember the name of? Well, not any more thanks to, Shazam. You’re welcome.

Getting Around by Car

Uber

Where would I/we be without this app? Probably flued up because of the germs on public transport. I/we cannot and have never been on a train without catching a cold. So, Uber is the way forward.

Also, when was the last time you sat down on your commute during rush hour? Exactly. Money well spent.

You can even use this abroad in most countries and cities.

Finance

Apple Pay (pre-loaded in most iPhones)

Speaking of money, this app will ask you to scan your credit card before recording its details, making its easier than ever for you to ‘make it rain’ while you’re out & about… Just be sure take an umbrella, even if you’ve forgotten your wallet at home!

Apple Wallet (pre-loaded in most iPhones)

I love this. You literally won’t need to carry your wallet again. Just keep everything there. Do you have a flight coming up? Store your eTicket there automatically, ready to scan at check-in.

Pennies – £3.99

Be your own accountant. This makes it easy to save and keep tabs on your spending.

Communication

WhatsApp/FaceTime/Skype

See and hear your loved ones while they’re away at no extra cost (FaceTime – if they too have an iPhone).

**In-app purchases (for most apps featured in this list) may apply.

We live in a world where smartphones have dumb batteries!

My phones’ batteries just so happen to be the worst, always.

The one time I had a Samsung, the battery was ridiculous.

Since then, it’s been back to iPhone, which is somewhat less ridiculous but still shocking nonetheless.

So, how do I make the most of my phone’s battery? Truth is, I don’t really. It’s inevitable that the battery is going to die after one straight hour of using it.

Oh yeah, speaking of phones… I’ve turned off the setting for ‘Screen Time’, too.

Do I want to have visual evidence of what I already know, which is – I’m addicted to my phone, and social-media in particular? Nope.

Do I need to know that I spend 28 hours a day on social-media? Again, nope. I already know, I was there when I spent it. The thing about that was I tried to cheat. I thought that if I deleted my social-media apps and logged into my accounts using Safari, it won’t calculate it as ‘social media’… Still got caught.

Anyway, back to battery-saving life hacks!

1) Switch location settings off

This is important if you want to save battery life. Location settings being on the whole time ruin your phone’s battery life and cause your phone to overheat quicker. After using it to order your Uber or use Google Maps, get in the habit of switching it off.

2) Turn brightness way down

This is important. It helps with sleep too. If you don’t want to switch your phone to Night Mode, making your screen turn a tea-stained shade of yellow, do this.

3) Delete social-media apps from phone

I know it sounds like a really obvious thing to say, but social-media apps drain the battery.

If you delete them and use Safari, it doesn’t just improve your phone’s battery life, but saves space on your phone too! Just think of the pictures, videos and songs you won’t have to delete!

TOP TIP: Facebook and Messenger apps are the most notorious of battery stealers.

4) Turn Bluetooth off

Apple’s bright idea to remove the headphone socket – making us sacrifice charging and listening to music at the same time – sucks. It means that we have to wear wireless headphones if we want to do both.

Obviously we cannot connect wireless headphones without Bluetooth, so – my advice is charge your phone while you listen to music.

Yes, I know this isn’t something you can control, it just means your battery won’t die quicker than it would if you wasn’t listening to music.

5) Turn on Aeroplane Mode and use WiFi instead

This is so important! When you’re in a place where you can connect to the WiFi, switch to Aeroplane Mode and use WiFi instead of your data.

6) Close all your apps after you finish with them

Don’t keep your apps open if you’re not using them. This drains your battery. Even keeping multiple tabs in Safari open is enough to drain your phone’s battery, remember that.

7) Check battery usage setting to see which apps* are draining your battery the most

Do this. It’s worth it. Get rid of the one that wastes the most battery – I ain’t no Claire Voyant, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be Facebook.

8) Switch the ‘battery saver’ setting on

Easy fix. Easy to do.

9) Free up space

I believe that space on your phone affects your phone’s battery life too. So, if you can afford to, don’t download your Spotify playlists* and/or delete old photos, videos and music. Back them up first, though!

FACT: If you download the songs on your Spotify app, it takes up a considerable amount of space (depending the amount of songs you have on there).

10) Don’t charge your phone until it goes under 20%

I’m quite bad when it comes to charging my phone at the correct time. I don’t let it drain out until below 20% before charging it, and I charge it through the night.

Both of the above are bad if you want to maintain your phone’s battery life and make it last longer.

However, if you follow the hacks above, you won’t feel your phone overheating at least. Basically, your battery won’t melt.

Ultimately, your phone’s battery will die at some stage… Therefore, you should always keep a portable power bank with you (or your phone’s charging lead) at all times to avoid being cut off.

If you spotted the ‘*’ in this post, those are clues to the next posts to look out for…

I just need to charge my phone first.

Travel. I’ve seen these types of post kicking about, so I thought I’d join the bandwagon…

Well, what better way to post a travel blog than one specifically highlighting my bucket list?

I’ve lived in Africa, the UK and am from the Middle East. I’ve also seen parts of Europe and USA. But, there are still so many places I’d like to tick off my list…

1) China – Hong Kong*

I mentioned this in a previous post, but I’d love to go to China. I’ll be going there at the end of the year, I cannot wait.

2) Australia – Bondi Beach

A trip of a lifetime. I watch Home & Away in awe of that lifestyle. Finish work, head to the beach and chill. I can’t ever imagine being depressed when living that life. Sun, sea and sand… What’s not to love?

3) Japan – Ishigaki

For the sushi and the geishas. Also, for Kiki’s Delivery Service (and the aesthetics).

4) Greece – Santorini

A friend of mine just got back, and the photos she showed me were amazing. Those famous ‘white with blue roof’ houses are to LIVE for!

5) Caribbean (everything)

I just want to Island hop.

6) Kenya – Giraffe Manor*

I’m booking this for my 30th. This will be the way I’ll be celebrating my 30th. (I’m also not even 28 yet.) So, that is my long-term goal.

7) South Africa – Safari

Yep. This. I want to be surrounded by animals – specifically giraffedem.

8) Iceland – Igloo Hotel.

For the frostbite. I mean, they don’t call it Ice-land for nothing… You wouldn’t want to go there for heatstroke!

9) Monaco

Top of the list. But, number 9 on this one. (My day of birth.)

10) Orlando, Florida*

I’ve booked this for my 29th birthday already. I’ll be going with my family to Disney Resort. Reliving my childhood the year before I turn qwerty 30? The name’s Miamii, you should expect nothing less.