12 Ways To Change Your Mood Today

There is nothing worst than a bad mood ruining your day. Always remember you are in charge of your feelings, not your feelings in charge of you. So, if you’re feeling down and out, try these amazing mood busters. Trust me, I have been guilty of letting my bad mood take over my day, but no more.

Why not try one of these tried and tested techniques by yours truly.

  1. A quick workout – I do a 20 minute workout or yoga routine each morning before getting ready for work.                       
  2. Organise something – Even if it’s a single drawer or your work desk, organizing something is known to relieve stress.         
  3. Keep in touch – call someone you love just to tell them you love them. Works every time.                                                                       
  4. Socialise – make plans with a friend or friends you haven’t seen in awhile.             
  5. Healthty snack – eat something delicious.  
  6. Take a nap – nothing is better than switching of from everything.                        
  7. Spoil yourself – buy yourself some flowers.                                                                  
  8. Write a list of everything you’re grateful for – this is something that really works.         
  9. Music – listen to your favorite playlist on your lunch hour.                                                 
  10. Read – love the smell of opening a book and reading a few chapters.                              
  11. Hot bubble bath – a hot bubble bath with a glass of wine and some scented candles, always works instantly.                                    
  12. Tea – a lovely cup of tea always make me feel relaxed.

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#mood

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    Loaded Cauliflower Bake


    One thing you don’t know about me is, I love cooking and trying out new recipes. So today I would like to share one of my all time favorite dishes I like making on Sundays. Not only is it a healthy dish, but easy to make.

    Ingredients

    • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked & cubed
    • 2 heads cauliflower
    • Cheddar cheese, shredded
    • 1 packet cheese sauce, follow instruction on packet
    • 1 green pepper, diced
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • Salt & pepper

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Steam cauliflower until tender
    3. Add cauliflower, chicken, bacon, green pepper and garlic in a casserole dish and mix all ingredients together
    4. Pour over cheese sauce
    5. Season with salt and pepper
    6. Sprinkle over grated cheddar cheese
    7. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes
    8. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes

    Happy cooking.

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    #foodies


        My Morning Routine

        Almost everyone I know love sleeping late and I’m definitely one of them. I was a serial snoozer, hitting that snooze button on my phone at least three times in the morning. Not realising why I’m always so tired and always rushing to get things done. Until a co-worker of mine shared her morning routine with me. By just disciplining yourself and sticking to this morning routine she said, made a huge difference. 

        Tip: As hard as it is not to be tempted, try to avoid getting stuck on social media.

        Waking up

        I started getting up as soon as my alarm goes off and I no longer keep my phone on my bedside table, but on the opposite side of my bedroom. Now I won’t get tempted by hitting the snooze button. Added bonus I made my alarm tone my favorite feel good dance songs to give me that extra motivation.

        Make my bed

        After turning my alarm off I pull open the curtains and make my bed.

        Yoga or exercise

        I usually do a 20 to 30 minute yoga or exercise session to  rejuvenate my body and loosen up those tight muscles.

        Getting ready

        I take a 5 minute shower, moisturise my whole body. Then I  spend 5 minutes on  my hair, 5 -10 minutes on my make-up. I get dressed, in an outfit I set aside the night before, to avoid being in a frenzy choosing an outfit.

        Breakfast

        I usually fix a healthy smoothy which I wrote a blog post about and prepare for everyday in zip lock bags in the freezer for the week. If I do not make a healthy smoothy, I make scrambled, pached eggs and whole wheat toast, avocado and wholewheat toast or a healthy bowl of oats, yoghurt and fresh fruit. Not forgetting a good cup of coffee.

        I usually have 30 to 45  minutes free, before leaving the house, that is my time to check my email, social media and write in my journal blog post ideas, sometimes I’m lucky to do a quick 3 minute tidy up of each room.

        After my morning routine I just grab my bag and, which I also prepare the night before which have everything I need for the next 8 to 10 hours away from the comfort of my home. 

        Routines are important, but only if you make them your own. Simply copying someone else’s routine probably won’t work.

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        #mymorningroutine

        #goalsforabetterlife

        Better Sleep

        It is awful not being able to sleep or not getting enough sleep. You feel moody and tired the moment you wake up, which can last throughout the day. I have had the misfortune of a lack of sleep, which was either caused by late nights working or just being overtired to sleep. I could not take it anymore and decided to do something about it.

        Sleep deprivation is the condition of not having enough sleep; it can be either chronic or acute. A chronic sleep -restricted state can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and weight loss or weight gain. It adversely affects the brain and cognitive function.

        I have done a lot of research on sleep deprivation and what to do when you can’t sleep. Some of it helped and some didn’t. So, I decided to list everything that helped and what didn’t. 

        I finally came up with a list that worked perfect for me and today I would like to share with you my list that helped me get the perfect nights rest, well almost perfect.

        Banana smoothie – assist with sleep deprivation and that late night hunger pangs. Potassium and magnesium are natural muscle relaxants, and bananas are a good source of both. They also contain the amino acid L-tryptophan, which gets converted to 5-HTP in the brain. The 5-HTP in turn is converted to serotonin (a relaxing neurotransmitter) and melatonin.

        Quick shower – help to relax your body and make you feel relaxed.

        Clean pajamas – it actually helps you feel more comfortable and relaxed.

        Crisp sheets – same as clean pajamas, getting fresh, clean aromas while sleeping.

        Comfortable pillow and matress – there is nothing worst than sleeping on lumpy worn out pillows and matressess. Invest in a good matress and change your pillows every six months.

        Turning of gadgets and television – this can be the most distracting things you can have in your bedroom, which causes sleep loss, because your brain can’t switch off.

        Lighting – it is best to use a bedside lamp which is easy to switch off without getting out of bed and is perfect for night time reading.

        Lists – prepare lists for the following day, otherwise you will lay awake and make mental notes, which is also not good if you want to sleep throughout the night.

        Read, pray or meditate – it helps me a lot to read a few chapters before going to bed or to meditate with this great app Headspace I’m using.

        Bathroom – empty your bladder to avoid using the bathroom during the night.

        Milk or tea – drink a glass of warm milk or a lovely cup of chamomile tea before bed.

        Water – I prefer to avoid liquid before bed so, I don’tinterrupt my sleep, but a keep bottle of water just in case you wake up with a dry mouth and throat. 

        So what are you waiting for, try a few of my tips and see which ones will work for you. 

        Would love it if you share your tips to better sleep.

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        #bettersleep

        #health

        Garnier Skinactive – Pure Active Sensitive

        Hello my fellow bloggers. I have been away for a while, but I’m back and excited to share with you my latest review.

        There are several anti-blemish products available on the market and today’s review is about Garnier Pure Active Sensitive Anti-Blemish Soap-free Gel Wash, which claims to make your skin, blemish free.
        Recently, I came across this newly launched range from Garnier and I bought the face wash. I had a bad break out and needed a quick fix for my skin problem.

        The face wash is clear and has the consistency of a gel, with a pleasant floral fragrance. The product lathers well and can cleanse your skin without leaving a residue. My skin looks instantly refreshed and it has a cooling effect on the face which lasts for about 15 minutes.

        The product didn’t irritate my skin and it is formulated for women with sensitive skin, which is great with my combination skin. Due to its effective cleansing property, it leaves a brightening glow on the skin. The product did make my skin dry within a few seconds of using it and that is why a moisturiser must be used immediately after. As soon as I started using this product, my skin started clearing up, within two days there was a visible difference.

        However, the face wash is not a good buy for women with dry skin as it causes dry flakes and can worsen the skin’s texture. Perfect for women with oily skin. I have been using this product for a week now and I have noticed significant changes in my skin. My skin feels soft and fresh. As for my blemishes that still has to be seen, since I have only started using it recently. The face wash made my skin dry, but I will stop using it as soon as all my pimples clear. 

        The product contains salicylic acid which is an added benefit as it reduces the pimples and scars. The product is also free from parabens, which I love about this product.

        Perfect for oily skin and travel friendly.

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        #garnier

        Garnier Micellar Extra – Gentle Cleansing Wipes

        I’ve been using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for removing my eye makeup for a while now. I’ve recently been trying it out to remove all of my makeup. I also recently spotted the Garnier Micellar Extra-Gentle Cleansing Wipes and decided to try it out.

        New Garnier Micellar Extra-Gentle Cleansing Wipes contain thin silk fibres in a thick, soft wipe.

        Soaked with Micellar water, they are specially formulated for make-up removal on sensitive skin.

        Like a magnet, the cleansing agents capture impurities and lift away dirt from the skin. No need to rub to efficiently remove make-up.

        The result: In a single step, your make-up is removed and your skin feels refreshed and soothed.

        They never leave my skin red or dry despite having very sensitive skin, it would be great if they made it in a larger pack.
        These wipes are just as effective as the micellar water but much more convenient for travelling and it is recommended even for sensitive skin.

        Removes all makeup including waterproof eye makeup. Has a lovely, gentle floral smell. It doesn’t leave any residue and is non irritating or drying. 

        I keep one at my bedside table and one in my handbag. Convenient for travel.

        Thank you for reading.

         #Garnier

        Makeup Don’ts

        Today I’m bringing you all the makeup dont’s and how to avoid all those little mistakes.

        Dont’s

        Brushes

        Don’t use dirty makeup brushes.

        Lip liner

        Don’t drag lip liner with a harsh line.

        Lashes

        Don’t use falsies with thick band.

        Don’t curl lashes after mascara.

        Eyeliner

        Don’t leave a harsh line.

        Don’t drag eyeliner down.

        Don’t use harsh liquid liner.

        Eyes

        Don’t use shimmer in crease.

        Don’t apply shadow to bare lids.

        Brows

        Don’t use black brow products.

        Blush

        Don’t blend blush below the apple of the cheeks.

        Highlight

        Don’t highlight apple of cheeks if you have large pores.

        Contour

        Don’t use a warm toned bronzer.

        Powder

        Don’t use foundation powder to set makeup.

        Concealer

        Don’t conceal under eye circles without using a corrector first.

        Foundation

        Don’t match foundation to neck.

        Don’t apply foundation to bare skin.

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        #beauty




        Makeup Do’s 

        There’s nothing nicer than getting tips about makeup, especially if you’re still getting the hang of it or just isn’t that into makeup.

        Do’s

        Brushes 

        Do  wash makeup brushes regularly.

        Lipliner 

        Do outline your lips using small strokes.

        Lashes 

        Do curl lashes before mascara. 

        Do use only falsies with a thin band.

        Eyeliner 

        Do use a pencil or gel for definition. 

        Do blend eyeliner into a subtle cat eye. 

        Do blend bottom lash line.

        Eyes 

        Do prime lids with shadow. 

        Do use a warm toned creased color.

        Brows 

        Blondes use product 1/2 a shade darker than hair color.

        Brunettes use product 1/2 shade lighter than hair color.

        Blush

        Do apply blush on apple of cheeks and blend upwards.

        Highlights 

        Do highlight points of cheeks, nose and cupids bow.

        Contour 

        Do use a taupe matte bronzer.

        Powder 

        Do set foundation with setting powder.

        Concealer 

        Do use a concealer that is 1/2 shade lighter than foundation.

        Foundation 

        Do moisturise and prime before foundation.

        Do match foundation with overall tone.

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        #beauty

        My Weekend Getaway List

        I just love sharing my favorite list and with a weekend getaway ahead, no better time than now.

        We all know how daunting it can get to pack for a weekend. The agony on deciding what must be packed or not. Not mentioning forgetting stuff. So I have decided to share my packing list, which by the way took me a long time to master. Now I’m happy to share it with you.

        Toiletries

        • Tooth care
        • Hair care
        • Eye care
        • Skin care 
        • Body care
        • Cosmetics
        • Sunscreen
        • Fragrances

        Clothing

        • Sleepwear
        • Coat/Jacket
        • Sweaters
        • Shoes/Sandals
        • Socks
        • Undergarments
        • Tops
        • Bottoms

        Accessories

        • Hats/Scarves
        • Sunglasses
        • Watch 
        • Jewelry
        • Umbrella/Rain gear
        • Bags/Purses
        • Swim gear
        • Exercise gear

        And everything else

        • Medicine/Medication
        • Maps/Guides
        • Snacks
        • Phone
        • Camera
        • Keys
        • Books/Magazines
        • Electronics/Chargers
        • ID
        • Passport
        • Credit cards/Cash
        • Tickets
        • Itinerary/Confirmations
        • Emergency/Medical
        • Information

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        #theweekend

        My Skin Care Routine

        I can’t stress enough on how important it is to have a skin care routine. I know it’s not always easy to stick to a routine, but if you can do most of it, that’s good enough too.

        Today I’m sharing my routine with all you ladies.

        Morning:

        • Cleanser
        • Toner
        • Moisturiser
        • SPF
        • Facial scrub 2 to 3 times a week

        Evening:

        • Make up remover 
        • Cleanser
        • Retinol eye cream 
        • Night time moisturiser

        Weekly:

        • Exfoliate entire body
        • At home face mask
        • Wash sheets

        Monthly:

        • Professional facial
        • Eyebrow threading
        • Wash make up brushes

        Habits:

        • Drink water
        • Drink Vitamins
        • Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
        • Lip balm
        • Get plenty of sleep
        • Avoid hot showers

        *Visit a dermotologist yearly.

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        #skincare