How To Motivate Yourself To Exercise More

Realising you need to step up your game and exercise more is one of the hardest steps to making a real change in your life. Whether you’ve neglected exercise for many years now, or lockdown made you lazier than you’d have liked, you may be wondering how you can motivate yourself to exercise when you simply don’t like exercise. You’ll be glad to know that it’s far from impossible, and with these simple tips and tricks you’ll be exercising again and feeling fitter and more fabulous than ever before.

Keeping Cool At Home This Summer

Summer is going to be very welcome this year, it’s felt like a long winter locked down for the pandemic. The longer days and warmer weather are great, but do you ever find yourself saying that it’s ‘too’ warm? 

Being too hot during the summer months can be unbearable. Nobody wants to feel hot, sweaty and sticky in their own home! So what can you do to enjoy summer without feeling hot and bothered? 

Here are some useful tips for keeping cool at home this summer.

What to Do with One Day in Tenerife

Hey Owlets,

As the world is slowly starting to head back towards normality I’ve been starting to look towards travelling again and the idea of potentially being able to go on a cruise ship next year has entirely taken over my brain. I know a lot of you are starting to look at booking cruises in the next two years so I wanted to resurrect my “What to do with a day in….” series ready to serve some inspiration for potential itinerary choices. In case you missed the previous instalments, I’ve written about what to do in Lisbon, 1 day in Funchal and 24 hours in County Cork. As always, this guide is mainly aimed at cruise passengers as I know it can be hard to decide what to do when you only have a single day in port, but all of these suggestions can be used to build a longer itinerary - I particularly recommend travelling to different parts of the island if you’re flying in for a few days. Most cruise ships dock in the island’s capital of Santa Cruz so most recommendations will be accessible and easy to visit on a day trip if you’re based in Santa Cruz. With all of the housekeeping out of the way, let’s get into my recommendations.

The Strange Story of Snowglobes in Hot Countries

The story behind Snowglobes in Hot Countries

Hey Owlets,

“Take only memories, leave only footprints”. If you’ve been anywhere on the internet before then you’ve probably read that hundreds of times, and you’ve probably ignored it just as many times. You only need to look at the main shopping street in any touristy area to realise that selling souvenirs is a HUGE business. You can get souvenirs of just about everything - if you go to Spain you’ll most likely come home with a fan or some castanets, visit Paris and you’ll probably have a mini Eiffel Tower on your keys for the next few months, or Big Ben or the London Eye, or maybe even a bulldog if your holiday of choice was London. I’ll admit, I do like to buy a fridge magnet from every country I visit, but my main souvenir of choice is something much more unusual - snow globes. Given that it’s both a very specific item and, for the most part, I only visit hot countries you’d think they would be nearly impossible to find, but they’re surprisingly common, and it’s all down to a story I heard by chance in Italy a few years ago.

Cherriful: Review + Giveaway

Hey Owlets,

The last year has made us all a lot more conscious of our impact on the environment. Scenes like the clear canals in Venice and fish coming back to waters that were previously too polluted to sustain life have been a massive wakeup call for everyone that we just aren’t doing enough to support the planet. I like to think that I’m a “middle line” kind of person - I try to choose more sustainable options if they’re readily available, convenient and don’t cost too much more, I bring my reusable coffee cup on walks, don’t use straws and carry a water bottle with me wherever I go. If I’m honest that felt like I was making a difference and I was pretty pleased with myself, but recently I’ve started to think that there is more I can do. Each person will go through an average of 11000 disposable period products in their lifetime - each of those is going to landfill along with their respective packaging. That’s a sickening amount of waste to produce when you stop and think about it.

Enter Cherriful.

How I Choose my Jewellery

Hey Owlets,

Not that I consider myself a fashion blogger, but I don’t think I make a very good one in terms of following trends. I’ve always been one of those people that wears whatever they like and it’s never really bothered me. I’ll dip in and out of trends if it’s something that naturally fits in with my style, but otherwise trends get ignored and I will always wear something past the time that’s it’s fallen out of fashion. So basically I just don’t believe in trends  - life is short so wear what makes you happy! This attitude makes me even more picky when it comes to buying jewellery - I tend to have a few staple pieces that I wear on rotation and it takes a lot for me to actually put a piece of jewellery into the permanent rotation.

With that in mind you’re probably wondering how I shop, other than just scrolling aimlessly and seeing what takes my fancy, so I thought it might be fun (and hopefully useful) to give you an idea of what I look for when shopping for jewellery to help you invest in some staple pieces for your wardrobe.

How to Shop more Sustainably in 2021

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Hey Owlets,

Being in lockdown throughout 2020 gave us chance to see the negative effects of the things we do every day without thinking. Having had chance to step back and watch the world heal for a while, you may be wondering how you can continue to make your own positive impact on the world by way of making small, affordable and easy swaps in your day to day life. 

One of the biggest sources of pollution and waste comes from the fashion industry. It’s estimated that by 2050 the fashion industry will use up to a quarter of the world’s carbon budget, making it the most polluting industry after oil. When you buy from a big fast fashion brand you might be getting a brand new wardrobe without taking a big chunk out of your bank balance but the reality is that there’s no such thing as a free lunch and the benefit to your wallet and the brand’s profits has to come from somewhere. The cost is usually mistreating workers, unfair pay and questionable environmental practices. So, if you’re wondering how you can shop more sustainably this year, here’s a few suggestions.

Hello, It's Been a While

Hi! Remember me? 

That girl who used to be obsessed with writing essays on her little corner of the internet? I still am, but let's be honest - at best my uploading schedule has been sporadic, at worst it's been absolutely abysmal. It's not that I haven't been writing - I have tonnes of posts sitting in my drafts just waiting for their time to shine, but the actual uploading has been a little allusive. 

Let me be frank - 2020 was meant to be the best year ever for me and The Owlet, and instead calling it a trainwreck seems a little too nice. 2020 was hard for everyone - I'm not even going to pretend that it wasn't and I know I was not even close to one of the worst affected people in the world. "You had a few holidays cancelled, boohoo, poor you" - I mean they were mainly work trips but the point still stands.