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Anti-Stress Dot-To-Dot

If you read my previous post, you will know I have been feeling a little stressed lately. One of my stress reducing ideas was to have regular breaks from studying and go do something different. So that is exactly what I have done this week. I felt inspired after reading Rebecca’s Stress Buster Adult Colouring Book post and found myself this little Anti-Stress Dot-To-Dot book by Emily Wallis.

The fact it had a cat on the cover pretty much sold it to me.

Admittedly, I did wonder how this would make me feel relaxed. Just looking at all those tiny numbers was a little stressful at first.

Anyhow, I located the star (number 1) and got started. You have to concentrate so much, there is no time for thinking or worrying. So I can see how this a therapeutic activity.  I’m using a Staedtler pigment liner 0.1 which is perfect as the dots are quite close together.

The cool thing is, you have no idea what the picture is when you begin. It gradually becomes apparent the more you draw. It means you don’t want to put the pen down until you find out, so you stay focused right until the very end.

Ta-da! The finished drawing. I thought my fox needed a little colour to liven him up.

You can’t help but feel chilled when you colour in with felt tips.

I found these Crayola pens which turn out to be really good for shading.

Mr Fox in colour.

A tree (in progress)

The illustrations are so detailed and intricate. I think they look very impressive even if you decide not to colour them in.

Once you get into a rhythm of connecting the dots, time just disappears and you feel completely chilled out. It doesn’t have to be super neat either, as Emily says in the book, one missed dot won’t make a huge difference to the picture overall – so just have fun with it and feel the stress melt away.

Have you tried an anti-stress dot-to-dot before? Did you enjoy it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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10 Ideas For Your Bullet Journal

Ahhh! This week has been crazy busy for me and I have barely had time for social media, let alone updating my blog. I am currently doing a group project at uni which involves numerous team meetings and presentations that have been taking up a lot my energy *head exploding emoji*. Despite the busyness, I have enjoyed keeping my new bullet journal up to date and have found it a useful way to stay organised. I thought this week I would share with you a few ideas if you are looking for bullet journal inspiration. 

The cool thing about bullet journalling is that you can start simple and add different ideas and lists as the weeks go on. Each new week is a chance to explore your creativity. All you need is a blank notebook and you can begin. I am using the awesome personalized notebook I received from Tangible Stationery Co.

 To Do List

This is a handy way to ensure you do not forget anything important each week. Sometimes we do not know exactly when we will be able to complete a task so this list can give you the freedom to decide if you have time to fit it in on the day.

Weekly goals

These can be anything from blogging goals, fitness goals, spending goals, study/work goals, social media goals, anything and everything you want to aim towards.

Exercise Tracker

An exercise tracker is so motivational and colouring in a square is very rewarding after the workout is complete. This week I am tracking yoga, swimming, gym and walking. Each week you have the flexibility to add or remove different activities.

Healthy Habits

It always good to ensure you are getting enough exercise, but other habits such as sleep, drinking water and relaxation time are important to monitor too.

Meal Planner

Using a bullet journal to plan ahead and decide what you are eating everyday is a great way to ensure you are following a balanced diet. It’s also an idea to track alcohol intake if you want to cut down.

Blog and social media stats

Keeping a log of blogging and social media stats is a cool way to see how you are doing online. You could also include the amount of time you spend on social media and the frequency in which you post if that is something you want to analyse.

Books, films and TV 

Listing books, films and TV shows is a fantastic reminder to schedule in daily relaxation time and make sure you don’t miss your favourite episodes!

Birthdays and anniversaries

Jotting down all the important dates is a great way to make sure you do not forget anything and means you can plan ahead when it comes to buying cards and gifts.

Gratitude list

Writing a daily gratitude list is thought to increase levels of positivity and improve well-being. It can also help you to notice and appreciate all the good things in life.

Favourite moments

This is the perfect way to remember the best bits of the week and nice to reminisce on at a later date.

Do you have a bullet journal or have you written a post on bullet journaling? If so, please share your links in the comments – I’d love to see other ideas!


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Gran Canaria Travel Scrapbook

I love keeping my holiday memories alive in various travel scrapbooks. Today, I am going to share with you my Gran Canaria scrapbook and the highlights from the very first holiday Shaun and I went on together. At the time we had only known each other about six weeks but we still decided to book a spontaneous sunny break to this beautiful island in the Canaries. Why wait, hey! Thankfully it was a good trip and 18 months on, we are still together.

So whether you are looking for a romantic couples break or just some fun in the sun with family and friends, Holiday Gems have some fantastic offers right now, go visit the website and book that dream getaway.

Gran Canaria has year round sunshine and there is so much to see and do. This holiday had a good mix of days out, boat trips and just chilling on the beach with a glass (or two+) of sangria. We stayed in the resort of Bahia Feliz, which gave us good access to visit different parts of the island by bus and taxi.

Playa del Ingles is a gorgeous part of the island. It is a lively resort with white sandy beaches and miles and miles of sand dunes. We walked along the sand and it felt like we were in the desert. You can even go camel trekking if you want to have that real desert like experience. On our visit, we enjoyed a few games of mini golf and a leisurely stroll around the town. Such a fun day!

For something a little different, we spent another day in Puerto de Mogán. This is such a picturesque, peaceful little fishing village and I remember we ate a very tasty spaghetti bolognese here. It made me laugh when I asked the waiter if he had wi-fi and he replied with a straight face: ‘No, but I have white fish’. This place was stunning and perfect for those photo opportunities. 

Our holiday was in July and the weather was absolutely gorgeous. If you are a spontaneous kinda holiday-goer and you can’t wait until the summer, you can be sure Gran Canaria has sunny weather whenever you arrive. The average temp. in February is 21°C, getting warmer and warmer as the year goes on. Perfect for relaxing on the beach and soaking up some sunshine.

Our most favourite activity was to enjoy a few glasses of sangria on the balcony, playing cards and enjoying the glorious weather. It was such an amazing holiday and always has so many special memories for Shaun and I. We would definitely go back again as it is such an affordable, sunny getaway which isn’t too far to travel from the UK. So I say why wait, go book yourself a week or two on this beautiful island today.  

Have you been to Gran Canaria? Do you enjoy exploring or relaxing on the beach? Let me know in the comments!

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