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Friday, 28 December 2012

Beat a Cold in style

Today I have that evil tell tale sore thoat and general icky feeling that signifies a cold coming on. For me, the worst thing about having a cold is not so much feeling ill but feeling messy, disheveled and generally disgusting. Aside from reaching for the flu plus tablets, here are my personal 5 ways to cheat a cold in style.

1.Clear house = Clear head
As soon as I have the feeling that a cold is coming on, I blitz the house while I still feel well. Carpets are hoovered, kitchen and bathroom are scrubbed and washing is done and put away. Being ill is bad enough but having a mess around you too is only going to make you feel worse. A lovely clean house is half the battle won in my opinion.

2. A bed you would pay to sleep in.
Rest is best for a cold so ditch the duvet that hasn't been in the wash for over a week and make a point of changing your sheets as soon as you can (even if they've just been done the other day). I know that being bunged up will keep me awake so I mitigate the risk as much as I can by making my bed as comfy and lovely as possible. I'm a bit OCD with this one, I'll even iron my sheets with vaporess so they feel even fresher and put a few drops of olbas oil on the pillow. For me, the sore throat is replaced the next day with evil blocked nose and achy body. But with my lovely bed sorted the day before, it's leah 1, cold 0!

3. Put something good back in.
Our bodies are good at fighting colds but give them a helping hand by feeding it with tasty healthy food instead of junk. Spicy soups and curries work a treat for me. Firstly they unblock your breathing momentarily and secondly when you're unable to taste much, spicey food still gets through your numbed senses. I try to avoid dairy as it makes you more mucussy (sorry, I couldn't avoid the word). Instead for a hot drink I either have good old honey and fresh lemon juice with a bit of fresh ginger or one part fresh orange with one part boiling water.

4. Dont be a slob.
Obviously,  i'm not saying you shouldn't take it easy if you feel lousy, but wallowing in your ill misery won't help. No matter how ill I am (and I'm not talking about anything more serious than a cold people) I still try to get up, get a shower (menthol shampoo works wonders), and put clean PJs on. Also, keep a waste paper basket by your bed for all the tissues. Waking up with used tissues around you isn't pleasant.

5. Binge on a boxset.
Dont get sucked into daytime tv and endless accident claim adverts. Indulge in some back to back episodes of your favorite show or that US drama you've been meaning to get into. Its not often you can enjoy so much tv, guilt free!
Of course in a perfect world id employ servants, but in the meantime, the above helps me get one over the lurgy!

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Felt Decorations

I'm a sucker for Scandi style decorations most years but this year the trend seems to be huge. Now that I've finally given everyone their christmas presents I can post pictures of my attempt a felt decorations...

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Is it time for peonies yet?

I've not seen them anywhere yet!

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Victoria's Paperie

Is this not the loveliest wedding invite ever? Designed and made by the talented Victoria, it makes me want to have a party just so I can ask her to create something this pretty for me! Can't wait for Rebecca and Paul's wedding.

Check out the lovely wedding and social stationary designs created so far at Victoria's Paperie.

Picture used from!/victoriaspaperie

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Just keep swimming...

I'm now half way through a refresher course in swimming and I wish I'd done it years ago instead of being so hung up on what I look like and how good I am. I'm enjoying it so much and I'm actually better than I thought. I know its one of those things that you supposedly never forget how to do, but you'd be amazed at how much your technique improves when you have coach.

I can't wait to get to Marrakech now and take advantage of the pool!

I knitted an actual something!

I learnt to knit as a kid but finding crochet easier, never really stock with it. However, last week I did a course at the very lovely Nest knitting shop, and I actually accomplished a finished pair of wrist warmers. They aren't perfect, but I'm proud of them.

Next stop; ravellry.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Beautiful bunting

Lot's of lovely handmade bunting for lot's of upcoming W.I. events!!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Now we can all be Ariel...

....and we don't have to trade our beautiful* voices with an overweight octopus.

Ever wanted to go out dressed like an Aristocat but have been deterred by the irritating fact that its not really socially acceptable (and a bit ridiculed)?

Probably not but, you will just adore this tumblr blog Disneybound. It pulls together fantastic looks inspired by all our favourite Disney characters (plus some you've never heard of). It is sheer genius and wont have you looking like a 'kooky' try hard teenager.

I'm not talking Gaga kermit dresses or anything, just subtle ideas that channel our childhood princess heroins.

They even have a Prince Eric look hmmm. Yes, I am aware that it's wrong to have a cartoon crush but Prince Eric is CLEARLY the exeption to the rule.

I could spend hours on this website.

*yes that's right, beautiful. In my head.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Extreme Makeover: Nice edition

Hello, it's a been a while but ATN is back with a new look. Do you like what we've done with the place? thought it was about time we tried on something new!

Big thank you to Steph Anne at Yellow & Savvy Design for making us look all nice and sparkly again.

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