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30 Simple Ways To Be Kind

Being kind to someone really doesn’t have to cost a penny. It’s always lovely when someone does a nice thing, for no reason at all, other than to be kind and thoughtful. I don’t believe there is ever such a thing as a small act of kindness; because kindness really has the potential to make a big impact, no matter how tiny or unimportant you think it may be. So today, I thought I would share with you 30 simple ways to be kind to inspire you to brighten someones day.

give someone a genuine compliment

send an unexpected text message to say hi

give away your favourite book as a surprise gift

write a handwritten thank you card

give your full attention in a conversation

smile at a stranger

offer to babysit/dogsit/catsit for free

talk to the quieter people at a social event

leave your magazine/newspaper for someone else on public transport

offer to take the photo for someone trying to get that cute couples/friends pic

lend out your favourite DVDs for more people to enjoy

bake cakes and treats to share them

make an effort to remember peoples names

be patient with those who work in busy customer service jobs

leave feedback when you buy something from an Etsy shop or small business

donate a few items to the supermarket food bank

contribute to review sites such as Trip Advisor and offer your holiday tips

text a joke/share a funny pic with a friend and make them smile

celebrate others achievements (no matter how big or small)

leave an inspirational quote or friendly note tucked inside of a library book

make someone a cup of tea

do a family members chores without telling them

give children’s books or magazines to doctors surgery waiting rooms

leave any unwanted coupons/vouchers on that shelf in the supermarket

keep an eye out for job ads when you know someone is looking for work

reply to e-mails and messages as soon as you can

donate unwanted clothes to charity

carry spare umbrellas in the car to give out to friends/family on a rainy day

make someone a playlist of songs you think they would enjoy

avoid gossip and spreading negativity

Hope you enjoyed this list of kind things. Let me know in the comments if you can think of any others. It’s always good to have ideas and inspiration when it comes to being nice and thoughtful to those around you.

Thank you for reading!

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Snapshots from Brighton in March

It’s now a family tradition to visit Brighton every year on my sister’s birthday. We do go to Brighton other times of the year, mainly because it is such an awesome place (See: Brighton at Christmas) and visiting just once a year would not be enough. But as it’s our annual birthday trip for Vicky’s 29th, I thought I would share with you some snapshots of our visit on this sunny but cold March day.

The birthday girl. Happy because she is now the proud owner of two alpaca sewing buddies.

I did keep seeing those stickers everywhere.

Brighton – the most colourful town on the South coast.

Let’s fill every town with artists.

We had booked a table in Food For Friends – Brighton’s award-winning vegetarian restaurant in the historic South Lanes. We are very loyal to this place, having eaten here on our last visit too. We always come back as the food is amazing and the restaurant has such a chilled out and friendly vibe.

Sisters <3

Mum & Dad – happily divorced since 2001.

For starters we shared the chickpea quartet – a trio of tahini dips and panisse (V/GF). Yum!

We all had the same main course: the FFF V-burger – Sussex Charmer cheese, tomato, gherkins, spring onion, mustard relish, gochujang mayo, brioche bun, triple cooked pomme neuf chips, citrus hemp slaw. Amazing as always. (And I’ve only just worked out what the FFF stands for, hah).

I casually told the waiter it was Vicky’s birthday and he casually brought out this sweet treat after our meal. Nice touch!

After lunch, we headed down to the seafront for a little walk.

Each shop has so many cool and quirky items.

Even though it was sunny, it was still glove-weather in March.

You gotta have an ice cream by the sea when you visit Brighton.

Brighton is not short on seagulls. They are always ready for a photo opportunity.

Pretty flowers.

I love how Brighton is jam packed full of art and colour.

Hope you enjoyed the snapshots from the day. Brighton is always a great place to visit as it has a good mix of shopping and seaside. Have you visited Brighton? What’s your favourite thing to do here? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Fruiteatox Review

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Jenny at Fruiteatox offering to send me some detox tea in exchange for an honest review. Before I was like yeah free tea!, I read a little about the product on their website to make sure this wasn’t some faddy weight loss gimmick. However, I was pleased to find their tea is made of out 100% natural ingredients, to be drank as part of a balanced and healthy diet to help you lose weight, get rid of unwanted toxins, give you more energy, healthier skin and reduce bloating.

As I already try to eat healthy (most of the time) and go to the gym (some of the time), I wasn’t expecting any drastic weight loss changes. Having said that, I was interested to see how this tea would impact on my energy levels, so in true science student style, I set up my lab notebook ready to begin this investigation (decorated with coloured pencils and fruity washi tape, of course).

Fruiteatox sent me two different products to try: Refreshing lemon Daytox tea to give a boost in the morning and soothing orange Sleeptox tea for a relaxed night’s sleep. I had to remember not to get these two mixed up.

The Daytox tea contains ginseng, ginger root, yerba mate, liquorice root, tie kuan yin oolong, lemon grass, fennel seeds and lemon peel. The Sleeptox tea contains chamomile, senna, valerian root, hawthorn leaves, lavender, orange peel and orange oil. All natural stuff.

On first impressions it looked like a good quality tea. It smelled pleasant and fruity and the netted bag looked posh (like an expensive TeaPig).

So I’ve been drinking this tea for over a week now and honestly I have noticed a few changes. My skin looks clearer, my stomach feels flatter and my energy levels are good. I was a little wary that Sleeptox contains senna (a mild laxative) but so far, there have been no unexpected events to report, if ya know what I mean. The sleepy tea makes me feel calm and chilled in the evening and promotes a peaceful nights sleep.

Would I recommend? It tastes nice and it’s natural so yeah. It is designed to be used as part of a healthy balanced lifestyle and not as some quick weight loss fix so don’t go expecting miracles to happen. I have already experienced a few subtle but positive changes so would definitely continue drinking this for a morning energy boost or something in the evening to help me drift of to sleep. If you are interested in trying this tea for yourself click here for more information. 

Have you tried Fruiteatox? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

*This is a sponsored post which means I received a product/payment in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own. 

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50 Things That Make Me Happy

Happy Monday peoples! You know, Google is your best friend when it comes to finding blogging inspiration. This morning, I was feeling a little stuck so I typed in ‘blog post ideas’ and I stumbled across this one: 50 Things That Make Me Happy. I thought yesss, I can come up with fifty things and what a positive way to start the week. So I got writing my list straight away (lists are also another thing that make me happy by the way) and here is what I came up with (in no particular order):

1. Dr. Martens

2. Punk music

3. Train journeys

4. Baths + all the bubbles

5. Milky way bars

6. Washi tape

7. Garlic bread

8. Random adventures with Shaun

9. Watching Coach Trip

10. Yoga

11. Sweet Potato Fries

12. Going to Brighton

13. Alan Partridge

14. A brand new notebook

15. Playing guitar

16. Last minute holidays

17. Puns

18. Sunday roast with my family

19. Long walks

20. Getting my hair cut

21. Hot stone massages

22. Peep Show

23. Naps

24. Duvets + films

25. Scrapbooking

26. Only Fools And Horses

27. Postcards

28. Emojis

29. Sharp colouring pencils

30. Tim Minchin songs

31. Going to the beach

32. Simba & Zazu

33. Blogging

34. Fluffy slippers

35. Noel Gallagher acoustic tunes

36. Peach iced tea

37. Swimming

38. Ticking things off my to-do list

39. Tea + biscuits

40. Greece

41. Good morning text messages

42. Sushi

43. Free wifi

44. Cheesy 80s music

45. Stripey jumpers

46. Long summer evenings

47. Buying magazines at the airport

48. Flip-flop weather

49. Liquicity drum and bass

50. Denim jackets

Do we have similar happy things? Have you written a 50 Things That Make Me Happy post? If so, feel free to link it in the comments, I’d love to read other peoples lists!

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