Life and all that jazz

8 tips for winding down at night to get that much needed zzzZZZZZ


So you’re probably already had your tea, finished some work/assignments for the week, or been thinking over what’s gone on at work , then you’ve been scrolling through your social media feeds seeing what’s going on or watching TV. Stop and give yourself time to wind down for a nights restful sleep, your body will thank you for it. More often than not and I’m certainly guilty of it, we don’t give ourselves the required sleep time to fully rest our bodies for them to work at optimum level the following day to be our most productive self. Whether it’s because you’ve procrastinated and needed to finish something til midnight or past then….. /or you’ve been out with friends for food and drinks and got back late in the week (naughty naughty) or simply got caught up in some episodes watching one after the other until your series finishes and you realise you NEED to go to bed asap, where did the time go ?!?

So here’s some tips to try and ease yourself into a healthy bedtime routine, you could pick a few ideas or just one per night for when you’re struggling to get to sleep. Here we go ↓

  1. Eliminate as many backlit electrical items as possible, an hour before you go to bed or turn the brightness down as much as possible.
  2. Put on a relaxing playlist to soothe all the buzz of the day in your head or white noise can be a lovely alternative if you don’t want any lyrics.
  3. Clear your space to make it a relaxing area  (I’m not great at this, if I’m honest).
  4. Take a warm/hot bath with as many or as little added features as you would like – foaming bath soak, a book if you only have this period as your quiet time, a cuppa (yes I do this for real haha). If you’re feeling super fancy mode,  you could light some scented candles , add a red wine glass into the mix and treat yourself to a bath bomb .
  5. Read a good book for enjoyment or alternatively one that’ll bore you to sleep.
  6. Could try the counting sheep method – not that it works every time I just start getting mixed up the more tired I get and get annoyed at myself for miscounting :’) .
  7. Spritz a lavender pillow spray such as  and air it for a few mins before putting your face next to the pillow. Here’s my personal fav .
  8. Have a hot milky drink such as horlicks or hot milk as the delight it it alone! 


So give these a go and let me know what you think!! 🙂  Please bear in mind though these can help, but not be a replacement for professional medical help with insomnia which would require further advice and support from your GP or local practitioner.

Sweet dreams,

love Lottie x

Life and all that jazz

Mental health awareness week

So this year from 8th to 14th May, this week is given dedication to the increasing issues of mental health throughout our society and many other places in the world. The theme picked this year by  is based on ‘thriving or surviving’ aimed to make people think about where they are standing with their mental health, or if they have concerns about other individuals they know.

As you will most likely be aware, there are plenty of different mental health conditions out there including; anxiety, bipolar disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, dissociative disorder, eating disorders, hypomania, PTSD, schizophrenia and more.

Yet, it’s such a shame that so many people feel they cannot say anything to others purely because of the stigma created around these ‘imaginary/time consuming’ issues as some people like to call it. The type of individuals who only see a broken leg or something similar as a ‘real’ injury or damaged area in the body because they can see it in front of their own eyes, that that specific part of the body is not fully functioning to it’s optimum level because it requires care to the wound  – surprisingly much like the organ our brain for people with a mental health condition would you guess ???  This type of ignorance and lack of involvement; or driving up the wrong street with a conclusion of their own on a contradictory level, will only  further lead to other symptoms of depression for individuals such as –  those people feeling unsupported, having no sense of direction or purpose, losing interest in things they usually like doing and acting differently around those they know, eating differently, sleeping less/more ( and plenty others ) .

mental health brain

Statistics from  show us that only a shocking 13% of people reported good mental health this year, over a quarter of people having experienced panic attacks but feel free to go and look for more stats yourself.  Good mental health is absolutely vital for the wholeness of individuals and society as mentioned below ↓

mental health


This is very important that we most importantly understand, but also play a large role in our own mental health to help it flourish and grow, and to help others as much as we possibly can without impeding or giving too much of ourselves that we burn out and are unable to help either.  I myself am very familiar with different types of mental health disorders as many of my family and friends have been affected by a variety of these from milder to severe, so I do understand how different each type of condition can cause numerous symptoms you may not have recognised in someone else, I have also personally struggled with 2 of these conditions myself so I am not writing this from an outsider’s viewpoint. If you yourself are reading this and feel you don’t know what to do, or are worried about someone – send me a message and I’ll try to help as much as I can. Not getting the help you need and rightly deserve will only make things worse, make mental health your priority just like heading to your GP about any other problem that’s bothering you, make time to help your head, it will be worth it in the long run!

But for more professional help and medical support here are a few websites below you can check out for in depth info and tips on finding out about and dealing with mental health disorders, or taking some tests to see if you need to take a trip to your doctors, they are there to help support you with your health after all and will surely do what they can to try and find different types of treatment for you, whether that be a type of talking therapy, or a medicine to help you balance your day to day life a little easier .

Now for my extremely cheesy sentence I have just partly stolen……. don’t just survive, help yourself and others thrive!

Lots of love from Lottie x

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My April favourites

The months seem to be whizzing past don’t they? It doesn’t seem like we’re 5 months into 2017 does it, or is this just me? So why not share a few tidbits from each month as they pass us by with each other?

Here are a few of my faves from April ( in no particular order ) you may already have seen/ tried for yourself. So let me know what you think, or comment below if you have any favourites from the last month you’d like to share 🙂

Sanctuary Spa body scrubLemony vibes  - ForsythiaNew addition to my coasters :)Pom pom for my bagLilac rockstar shellacAnd again...


Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a fabulous week!!

Love from Lottie x

Spread your wings and explore

Marbella baby ( 4 days )

Day 1.

Wake up get sleep out of eyes, quick shower, clothes and shoes on √
Suitcase and hand luggage 100% sorted √
Passports are deffo still in the bag and haven’t ran off to somewhere else in the house √

All our bags are packed in the car, then we head out of the village for the journey to the airport, I’m partly asleep but still excited for a few days away so woop woop!! I watch out the window for the majority of the ride and close my eyes for 10 mins in an ‘attempt’ to reduce the bags under my eyes :’) but then again this is the airport not some going out occasion so you don’t need to be on top form really, it’s not the Oscars.

Next we drop our suitcases at the check-in desk and head over to security, no surprise that I end up with the full body scan then the pat down, just my luck to actually look suspicious :’)  Next we move towards the shops and restaurants area and head over to Giraffe for a much needed breakfast. Here, I happily chomped down the smoked salmon and scrambled egg bagel with vine tomatoes , washed down with the hippy hippy shake. If you want to see how to make this smoothie for yourself at home, then you can find the ingredients over here on I can assure you it was very refreshing! Next stop, the toilet to ‘lower the water table’ as my Grandad likes to put it, then popped to WHSmith for a pair of cheapish earphones as I had forgotten mine *well done Charlotte you silly billy* . Next, naturally had a wander through the beauty areas and looked at a few tempting tops but managed to restrain myself from any other purchases – v proud!!!

Our flight is being called to the boarding so we all walk in an ant like sense with the other passengers, everyone trying to calmly but firmly move quicker towards the front line to start boarding quicker as the plane was very full on this particular day. After some time, we get on the plane – book out, jacket over my lower legs to keep warm and belt on, hit the runway and fly away! 🙂  Coffee and twirl at refreshment time, then continue with my book and watching the scenery change outside.

Wheels on the ground just after lunchtime (in Spain) , aeroplane engine off and we’ve unbuckled our belts heading off to the passport control, then next stop baggage area.  Taking my suitcase off the  cargo belt, everyone else with theirs in tow, we move through arrivals and meet the taxi driver ( with a good playlist ) for our transfer to the hotel watching as we whizz past the shoreline and the rugged sides of the hills.

Once at the hotel, taking our luggage up to reception I am somewhat confused by the outside architectural design from the outside of the hotel (looking part hotel/part hospital with the brick style)  in comparison to the theme of the interior. But love the Moroccan themed walls and artwork displayed throughout the hotel along with the sitemap of its facilities. Esp the balcony –  which would be second of my fav places to sit and write/type poetry or anything else I fancy :’) or listen to some tunes, whilst watching the world go by and listen to the birds singing in the nearby tree!

We go for a quick wander round to get our bearings, figure out who’s sleeping in which  room, then decide to rest for a few hours before tea as I hadn’t slept much the previous night. Quick get ready for tea then we have a hot choc to finish the day, goodbye world!!

Day 2.

Knocking at the door, me on the toilet but dressed in my day clothes, having just woken up only 10mins before  ( as I’d forgotten to adjust my alarm to fit one hour forward)  one of my sisters shouts through the door “come on, time for breakfast now! ”  Chill, Miss Trunchball there’s still 5 mins until the agreed time we all have breakfast. Quickly brush my teeth, grab my sunglasses, shoes on and breakfast time AHOY!

Breakfast over, quick return to room before heading out to town. It was lovely to see such beautiful tile work on some of the buildings even on some steps, there is a lot of intricacy put into the design of some houses or even simply the décor of simple pottery pieces on the walls.  We pondered around some of the shops – me seeing some nice ones about to try them on only to realise they’re way above my price range so it’s a nopeeee and goodbye glance. I was hoping to see the castle but some individuals weren’t having any of it   ……….yes E+J I mean you……… :’) so we strolled along the promenade on the front, mixing in with the buzz just upwards of the beach and admiring the views across the yachts and out to the waters.

Next, we bought some baguettes and bits to have for lunch then came back to the hotel. Spent some time out by the poolside, reading and watching the world go by. Then I facetimed Mum, who couldn’t contain her excitement of being able to now flip the camera round so she could show me our pets as I called to them.  It was really lovely to hear her voice as it’s always so bubbly and upbeat and then I went for what was possibly the world’s longest shower to re-shave and prep for dinner *smacks hand for wasting too much water* . I make a quick cuppa ( don’t you just loveeeeee making hot drinks from the comfort of your own room, I get so overly excited it’s actually sad haha )

Outfit on, shoes sorted and the buffet awaits us! MMMMMMMM TASTY. We head over to the hotel bar afterwards to order a hot choc for myself and Jess, coffee for Dad and orange juice for Ella.  Music  and some pics later then we all head back to the rooms. Cleanse, moisturise and a quick read before bed ( can’t very well betray the characters before I hit the hay now, can I? ) Quick power prayer for people , then off to sleep and hoping not to wake up with my chesty cough before tomorrow – 3 am rudely awakens my sleep before I glug down some water and paracetamol  – then wake up to the birds singing outside which reminds me of home *cheesy, over zealous grin inserted here* .

Day 3.

HOLA! It’s bright and breezy as I open the curtains to reveal beautiful daylight, as it pours into the room and sets a sunny start to my day. Breakfast time rolls around then it’s off to the pool for part of the morning then we head back into the central for a bite to eat at lunch and some fresh oj.

Having a nice wander around the bustling streets, we come across MANGO, so of course we had to pay a visit and see what’s in-store. In the end I opted for these two lovelies

Mango topMango trousers

for a relaxed look on the flight back home as I’d figured it was gonna be too cold for my leggings to cut it – with the weather upon our return to not to sunny Britain, t’was a very happy purchase! After some more trotting around, we decided to call the afternoon off and headed back to the hotel. Here, we headed down to the beach bar where I was treated to a lovely Hendrick’s gin and tonic. It was so lovely to watch the children playing in the sand carefree and smiling; others laughing gleefully, as the waves crashed into them slightly knocking the children off their feet into the shore on their bottoms, finding it far more hilarious than their parents watching eagerly from their sunbeds. I left the barside for a little, the others quite happy in their company and walked into the waters enjoying the lapping of the cool waters around my ankles and the refreshing sea mist drifting upwards and mingling with the ‘holiday scent’ of suncream and smiles.

Off next for teatime to fill up ma belly, pop a dress on back at the hotel then good to go! Today’s dining theme is Italian based, the previous night being focused on Traditional tapas style both of which were equally tasty – but although I can’t quite remember the themes beforehand I’m certain they were all delicious too!  Afterwards we grab a hot choc and I get increasingly excited as I come partially towards the end of my new book, ‘Lone Wolf’ by Jodi Picoult. My bed calls me and I respond by falling into the cosy covers, tucked up and having a scroll through some Pinterest feeds. Scrolling over and I close my eyes as the day comes to an end.

Day 4.

Morning comes around and it’s time for a mini packing session before breakfast to finish bits and bobs for leaving later on.  Off for breakfast to fill up for the morning then hop over to the pool to catch some last morning rays and I start my new book ‘ The Purpose Driven Life’ by Rick Warren.  An hour left, we have a last wander to the beach and drink at the bar before heading back and wheeling our cases to the awaiting taxi at the front. Bags loaded, we turn out onto the main roads and to the airport where we check in and wave bye to Dad(staying for a bit longer) . Next up security, then lunch and a meander around some shops before heading to our gate and waiting for what seemed like forever to get on the plane as it was packed. Take off and landing all good and dandy! Back through the systems at Manchester then in the arrivals area is Mum grinning away/half tearing up at seeing us and comes over to give us all a hug 🙂  Time to head back home now and have a bath then unpack ( it was more like 5 items if I’m honest I did the rest a week later…… ) so there’s that!

Thank you for reading I’m aware that it’s a lot to digest in one sitting unless you fancy grabbing a cuppa partway through, but this is just a first go at a not so detailed travel post. I haven’t written all details of the hol as I like to keep some things personal still but I hope you like it. Let me know what you think and there may be a mini video soon to watch if you’re following me on Twitter @smileeachnewday 🙂

Hope you’re having a fab week, thank you!

Lottie x





Follow Jade Francesca’s MUA insta | Her make up looks on me!

Earlier this week, I met up with the fabulous Jade to be one of her clients for her Level 3 Fashion and Photographic make-up course at The Makeup Academy Liverpool. For this particular part of the course;  Jade had to create a bridal- look for her portfolio, so was looking to use romantic tones on the eyelids, and nude type colours on the lips.

The first of these pictures is from the trial bridal- look (excuse the frizzy hair) which was fun in itself for me learning new techniques, whilst being treated to a beautiful, relaxing makeover from the one girl wonder herself. Throughout both of these sessions Jade worked in a very friendly, yet professional manner – cracking jokes for a bit of light entertainment, also quietly focusing on detailed areas when appropriate and talking a few mins later.

Bridal make-up trial


Next is the actual evening of the assessment so I wore my white top to help create the bridal effect 🙂  Jade brought some jewellery along with the white hair clip she popped into the side plait she’d styled for a Gatsby look on the bridal theme.


Bridal make - up assessment
Ignore my face on the 2nd shot trying to suppress a cough :’)


So there we go!!!   I really enjoyed my time with Jade as she made me feel very welcome 🙂 She was very impressive and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a make-up artist in the North West area 🙂 So go follow Jade on instagram at jadefrancescamua to see more of her work!

Thank you very much again,

love Lottie x

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Thank you to Lindsayrose for my Liebster Award!

Boo it’s me again!  Today I just wanted to say a massive well done to on gaining your Liebster award that’s great!! And another mahoooosive thank you for my nomination to receive the Liebster award!! Thank you so much, I really appreciate it 🙂

Liebster award

From my understanding The Liebster Award exists online, given within the blogging community and from what I’ve read the word has German origins meaning – beloved, sweetest, affectionate, loving etc, to pass around an award of kindness and appreciation to others recentish to blogging for their different niches which is lovely.

So in line with the rules of the award I will post eleven facts about myself, then answer the questions chosen by my nominee. After that, I will choose 11 nominees for myself and 11 questions they can respond to if they choose to take part, in order for this reward to continue being passed from one to another ” on that there tinternet ” as my Grandad would say.

Here are 11 things about me in no particular order 🙂

  1. I love smelling fresh flowers and newly cut grass
  2. I frequently embarrass myself in day to day life – ask my friends
  3. It annoys me when people don’t use their manners
  4. I find baking relaxing when I have spare time
  5.  I love sitting watching the water – whether on a bench at a lake or a pebbly beach next to the sea
  6. I love to travel and see new places/ meet new people
  7. A good cuppa tea is probably what I consume most of other than water, then fruit juice comes along etc
  8. I like people who make me laugh/smile whenever I see them 🙂
  9. I’m a fan of poetry
  10. I like all unicorn related things
  11.  I love seeing musicals

These are the questions for me to answer from my nominee Lindsay! 🙂 So here goes…

  1. Favourite holiday destination?  This is really tough as I love so many different places for a variety of reasons, but I’d probably have to say it’s between Venice and Guernsey.
  2. Favourite Food? OOOOH some of me wants to say pasta, the other is saying strawberries hmmm.
  3. What is your most last minute decision you ever made?   Not totally sure what to pick if I’m honest, I am guilty of making  last minute decisions definitely not hiding anything, I just don’t know what to pick :’) 
  4. Where do you live? In the North West of England with the chippy tea population :’)
  5. Phone or lipstick? Phone not so much for using data or calling, more the looking through photos and videos as I’m quite a sentimental person  who could spend hours looking through bits and bobs , plus I’d be gutted if I lost them rather than a lippy :’) 
  6. If you had one wish what would it be? To have a chance partway through life to ask God what the plan is for my life – but then again it’s all about finding out life’s pathway for yourself with help from the big man and of course family and friends/ alternatively I would have liked to have asked my Great Grandma more about being one of the WRENS.
  7. Do you have any siblings? Yes, I have two sisters Ella and Jessie.
  8. What is your number one TO DO on your bucket list?  Not so much a no.1 as I want to do them all as much as my other ideas :’) but I do quite fancy going to The Great Wall of China at some point in life or Niagara Falls would be really cool.
  9. What is your earliest memory? My earliest memory that I can remember (without putting my mindset and self in the frames of baby pictures ) would probably be walking through the woods with my Grandad, Mum and sisters for an afternoon wander, then going to get some food.
  10. How much sleep do you usually get? ERMMMMM, varies a lot haha. I would prefer it to be 9 hours per night but typically 6 – 7 and 1/2 or sometimes 3 on a night ‘out out’ but thank fully I don’t do that every week haha otherwise I’d be a sunken ship.
  11. Bath or shower? I’m a sucker for a hot bath at the end of a long day if I just want to sit down and chill for a bit with a good book. I wouldn’t knock a shower though, as it’s definitely a more refreshing option for waking yourself up quicker in the morning 🙂

So now is the part where I’ll nominate 11 people for the award too 🙂



My 11 questions for you to follow up or not are below 🙂

  • Do you prefer the warmer/ colder months?
  • What’s your favourite destination within your own country?
  • If you could eat dinner with a celebrity (present/past) who would you choose?
  • What’s your favourite animal?
  • Most recommended restaurant you’ve mentioned to others?
  • Are you more of a wordsearch or suduko person?
  • Have you got a special talent/skill?
  • Do you prefer towns or the country?
  • Creative/ analytical?
  • Are you an animal person?
  • Tell us 1 piece of life advice given to you which you have always remembered


Have a fab evening everyone!!

Love from Lottie x

Life and all that jazz

10 rainy day activities

As the sing song goes  “it’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring”  I’d say this has been most apt for today’s weather in the North West! However, just because the clouds have opened and decided to have a downfall does not mean you can’t still have a fun filled day! So here are a few suggestions, if you’re twiddling your thumbs for things to do when you wake up to bouncing droplets outside your window pane! 🙂

  1. Get stuck into some baking/cooking you love – you could even drop some of your recipe off at a relatives/friends house nearby, to remind them through some delicious food you are thinking of them.
  2. Re-connect with individuals you haven’t spoken with in a while whether that’s through a letter, phone call, a meet up, e-mail etc.
  3. Make use of your creativity skills – could do some card making, create some decorations for your home, take some photos and turn them into collages, make a bird feeder, .
  4. Cut some shapes to your favourite music or on the wii to a dance set such as    .
  5. Have some quality ME time if you’ve been running around like a headless quicken recently, a bit of pampering will do you the world of good!
  6. Go outside :0 just because it’s raining cats and dogs outside doesn’t mean you can’t still get out there for a wander down the lane with whoever, or pop to the shops for any extras you may need – after all it could give you the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a lovely hot bath when you get back and a nice cuppa!!
  7. Tidy up your home space ( I don’t do amazingly well at this ) but if you’re feeling super motivated for a clean and tidy then go for it, certainly wouldn’t be wasting your time.
  8. Write/read for leisure purposes or get some college/uni work done in chunks to keep your brain active and exercised throughout the day.
  9. Whip out the board games, twister moves, jigsaws and the likes, you could start a tally between family/friends who play.
  10. If you have extra family members of the animal world in your home , spend some extra quality time with them cause who doesn’t like talking to animals? 



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    So bye from Charlie (the happy chappy)  and I for today, hope you’ve had a good week and that you have a fab weekend ahead of you.


Lots of love for everyone, Charlotte x

Life and all that jazz

The strongest lady

I know the strongest lady,
who carries joy in her ring-o-bell shoes.Mum and I
I know the strongest lady,
who can clear away your blues.

I know the strongest lady,
who takes everything in her stride.
I know the strongest lady,
in who you can confide.

I know the strongest lady,
who smiles in a rainy place.
I know the strongest lady,
nobody could replace.

I know the strongest lady,
who didn’t have an easy start.
I know the strongest lady,
who has the biggest, kindest heart.

I know the strongest lady,
who pulls out all the stops.
I know the strongest lady,
who’ll carry on until she drops.

I know the strongest lady,
who brightens up everyone’s day.
I know the strongest lady,
overcoming everything life throws her way.

I know the strongest lady,
I call her my beautiful Mum.

And she has shaped the person that I (hopefully) have-
and will continue to become.

I love you Mum x



Energy snacks for throughout your day

The first example is taken from onewaytohealth’s blog, I was keen to try this recipe out from her natural take on the Nakd bars, whether you want to use it as a snack in the day or for hitting the gym to replenish your energy levels. I was impressed with the minimal ingredients in the recipe and that it’s simply so quick and easy to make! So thank you here’s my go at making your treat!

Cashew nut and dates energy balls 


Sorry about the background mess for these pics today! All you need to do next is roll the now combined – almost a paste texture with a little water – into balls as mentioned by One Way To Health or into strips, then store or munch away!

My take on some energy snack ideas below 🙂

Sweet trail mix


  • Raspberries (fresh/dried)
  • Almonds
  • Raisins
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cranberries  (fresh/dried)


Nutty Nora mix


  • Pistachios
  • Peanuts
  • Cashew nuts
  • Almonds


Fruity snack box

Ingredients: (swap and change as desired)

  • A banana
  • One quartered apple
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi


Yo -ghurt to be joking me 


  • Natural Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tsps of flaxseed
  • Handful of chopped strawberries
  • A few blackberries/ blueberries


Thanks for stopping by today, hope you’re all well!

Love Lottie x



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Present’s from Mum’s trip to Edinburgh

Earlier this week Mum headed off with her Auntie to Edinburgh, for some girlie time over a few days looking around and having a refresher. Here’s some bits and bobs  of what they’d been up to; going into the *must see*  dungeons , visiting the Greyfriars Bobby statue, popping to the cinema to see ‘Viceroy’s house’, HolyRoodhouse,  walking along the Royal Mile and helping themselves to the cocktail version for good measure…… One delectable favourite she brought back was a mint chocolate sweet treat from the Royal Yacht Brittania.

Anyhow, here are the thoughful gifts my Mum brought home for me as a memento of her time away this week, just liked to share them with you as  a part token of appreciation ( I obviously thanked her very much in person too).

Hope you like them , have a fab weekend guys!!

Lottie x


Deer earrings in unique packaging 🙂
Mini bunny ornament for the window sill