Being The Best You & Encouraging Others

I found myself having a discussion about who I’d be in an ideal world if money wasn’t an option. I said that if I could buy what I liked, when I liked, that I’d be one of those women who ate avocado toast for breakfast, drank healthy smoothies for lunch, did yoga in the early hours of the morning and pole dancing lessons to strengthen my core. My partner said he’d love to take up skating again and get some sort of exercise routine going.

Our discussion got me thinking about how we could mutually encourage each other to do these things, to make ourselves the best versions of ourselves. We ended up looking for used in-line skates on Facebook marketplace and gumtree to see if there were any cheap skates going. Unfortunately there weren’t at that point but the seed had been planted so that we could keep an eye out for the future.

My partner suggested that I start getting up with him in the morning and doing my yoga then in the living room, following along to a YouTube video. The only hurdle I have to overcome in the mornings is actually getting out of bed that early and not just wasting the time on my phone.

I enjoyed our discussion, our small sharing session incited excitement and got the brain cogs whirring. It also felt like an intimate discussion, an honest expression of our hopes and dreams, albeit humble ideas. It’s these kinds of conversations I live for, these two way streets which allow both parties freedom to express themselves without fear of being judged or persecuted.

I highly recommend opening a dialogue with your significant other about what each others hopes and dreams are for the future. If both couples are willing to discuss, it’ll offer a really fulfilling conversation which I think is much needed during this current climate.

So how about it? What are your hopes and dreams for the future? How can you see your best self? Are there small steps you can take now to achieve these goals?

Until next time.

Festive Decor: Gingerbread House Tutorial

When looking for festive activities to do as a couple, a family, or simply by yourself for little to no money why not try some gingerbread house building and decorating? In this post, follow this simple guide on how to build and decorate your own gingerbread house, as you never know, you might unleash a creative beast that was waiting to be let out!

If I’m being honest, I wasn’t holding out much hope for a fantastic outcome but the idea to spend the afternoon building and decorating was interesting and neither Jordan or I had ever decorated a gingerbread house before.

As with most couples, there will always be the more methodical one so whereas I had a very obsessive, follow the instructions, approach to building, Jordan jumped in head first and for a moment I thought his house was going to end up like Frances in his decorating video.

The £2.50 pack from Tesco came complete with:

1 x plastic base to hold the house together

1 x icing which doubles up as edible glue

2 x end pieces of gingerbread

2 x side pieces of gingerbread

2 x roof pieces of gingerbread

Plus a few packs of decorative sweets which they were very generous with.

The method:

The best way to start building with a set like this one is to line a layer of icing along both inner edges of the end piece to attach a side piece (make sure the side piece is facing the right way before attaching). Press and hold the two pieces in place in an upright position (in the base if you have one) until they can stand independently.

Repeat the step with the other end and side pieces and slot all together in the base, pressing and holding until the icing sticks.

The roof wasn’t as tricky as I was expecting. Lining the pitched edges of the end pieces, I attached the roof.

Tip: attach the roof panel lower than you want it and slide it up into place, pressing and holding when ready to adhere.

Repeat the step to attach the other roof panel and congratulations, you have a blank canvas for your creative side to go wild!

Tip: for a little bit extra adhesion, line icing along the peak of the roof, where the two pieces join. This will also give you a space to start you decoration.

For my decoration, I attached several coloured jelly tots along the top, followed by lining the roof panels with looped icing to decorate with coloured baubles.

I went a tad over board with my decoration but was overall happy with my design.

Now I have a degree in Animation which means I’m an arty farty type, which often means people expect good things when I get my creative fingers on the job. Jordan, bless him, however is not but his house ended up looking just as fabulous.

(He even went as far as cutting up chocolate buttons to make them fit on his roof).

It goes to show that no matter what skill level you are, gingerbread house decorating is for anyone and everyone and is a great way to spend an afternoon. Not only does it get you in the Christmas spirit but it’s edible at the end!

I hope you enjoyed this small guide, I know I enjoyed making it. Happy holidays everyone and I will see you in the new year for more lifestyle posts and collaborations.

Until next time.