Sticking To Resolutions || Mentally Strong?, No? Here's How You Could Be


It's the New Year. Happy 2016 guys! 

Today marks the first day of change, the slate's wiped clean and whatever held you back last year is no longer there to do so. If you made resolutions, today is the first day of your new routine and changing routine takes a lot of work. People fail at resolutions because they become disheartened when they realise that their lives haven't changed. It becomes so easy to give up and just go on what the same old-same old but the thing is how can you expect changes to happen if you aren't willing to work at changing up your routine?

So back to the routine change. Make a list of what would hold you back in making your resolutions work. You know what you want to do and you made these resolutions for a reason. Let everyone you love and care for know what it is you want to achieve and why so they can support you along the way. When things get tough you need to be mentally strong, can you currently describe yourself as being someone who is mentally strong? If not here are some tips on how you can be...

Be Kind 
Kindness shouldn't be viewed as weakness. Mentally strong people know what their opinions are and don't feel the need to battle others if they don't match. Accepting other people's views and personality as being just that - other people's and embracing the differences between each of us is typically seen in mentally strong people. Anger, hatred and unfairness won't get you to where you need to be. Patience and giving people some of your time or a borrowed ear is so important to becoming a kinder you.

If you're struggling with any of these emotions follow the tips in the rest of this post to become more balanced.

Turn Negatives into Positives 
If you had a plan in place which doesn't go quite right turn admit defeat because a negatives popped up, accept the negative and make a change. Trying to quit smoking and suddenly been invited to a family event filled with members who smoke? Worrying that you're going to crack and this invites come at the worst time - what can you do? Well you could temporarily take an e-cig for just incase moments. You could go and instead of clinging specifically with a small group of friends you could make it a mission to talk to everyone there. When your friends or loved ones are out smoking, go and speak to a new person. See this negative has just turned into a positive - you'll become stronger by abstaining and you'll become more sociable, chances are this positive and friendly attitude won't go unnoticed. Be honest with others about your worries also so they can be considerate towards your needs too.

Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate
You'll have an ideal in mind. When you were a child you'll have considered your future career, your future partner and possibly what car you'd drive or what your wedding day would be like. As you aged you made adjustments to that plan without even realising it. Apply this to your day-to-day life. Have your 2016 plan in mind (or on paper). Each week, month or quarter look at your plan and evaluate it. What will you achieve ahead of plan, what risks will there be, what do you wished you'd added but forgot to. Update your goals after your evaluation to stop yourself from growing disheartened. This is your life, nothing's set in stone so don't beat yourself up when rigid goals don't happen as you initially expected them to.

Tolerate Discomfort 
The best things in life never come easy. There will be a lot of discomfort in various forms in 2016, if you're not uncomfortable then you're not doing it right. The good thing is you'll remember the moments when you were embarrassed, put on the spot, placed outside of your comfort zone or maybe in some cases - physically ill. You'll also be able to look back on those moments and see how far you've progressed and, that it possibly wasn't even as bad as you originally thought it was. If it helps find a person that's done it, do you believe you're stronger or weaker than that person? If you think you're stronger in any way to that person say to yourself 'if they can do it so can I'.

That's what got me through childbirth believe it or not.

Embrace Change
Stop saying no as much. Challenge yourself to 'yes' days so you can become comfortable with change. Pick one day per month and say yes to any new challenge that comes your way. You'll completely surprise yourself once you get over that initial anxiety but, the good thing is the more you become faced with change the easier it will be to deal with it and to move on.

Acceptance
Learning to accept failures is important because going over old business and constantly wasting time on the ifs and buts isn't going to change anything. Accept it for what it is, move on and learn from the mistake. Don't beat yourself up about it too much because you'd never learn and progress in life if you never made a mistake.

Solitude 
To be mentally strong you need to have time to de-stress. As much as you believe you're too busy or you're ''OK'' take it from me, you're never too busy and you can always destress. The human body isn't robotic, we need to clear our minds and to detach from this modern world of noise, pollution, constant social changes and modern day problems. If you didn't then there would be something wrong with you. Do you know five things that make you happy right at this moment? I mean five things that you personally enjoy away from the family and children? If you answered yes then I suggest doing it more. If you answered no then you absolutely need some time alone because you've lost your path. Being a parent, a wife, or a responsible adult doesn't mean that you should lose yourself along the way. We all need an ambition, a hobby or a dream to drive us forward in life otherwise we're plodding along and when things get tough you'll be the first person to crumble.

Let it Go
The past holds us all back to some varying degree. Mentally strong people have learnt to let it go (you're singing the Frozen song now aren't you?). Shed the old heavy coats from the past and the labels you held and just. let. go. You'll feel so much better. Now I say this like it's an easy thing, it most certainly isn't and I completely understand just how scarring past events can be. There is help out there in the form of counselling, complementary therapies and if, need be medication via orthodox and alternative doctors. If you can work at it alone and be sure it will stick then good for you but there's no shame in asking for help to get you through your past and back into your future.

Work Towards Happiness 
So you made some resolutions. What lead you to make those resolutions? Did you wish to have more money, to be thinner, to be faster, stronger, have a job or drive a car....? Mentally strong people understand their bodies and emotions, they realise that while we can resolute to achieve things of material value the actual underlying resolution or need for change in our lives is happiness. We choose these things because we want to be happier. If your main goal in life is to work towards happiness then life gets easier. I promise you it really does.

I believe you can do this and if you make only one resolution this year make it 'happiness'. I believe in you, now do you? 

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End of 2015 Roundup || Looking Back to Move Forward


2015 has been a whirlwind of ups and downs, a roller coaster if I'm being specific. I've never been so grateful to see the end of one year and the new year edge in - typically it all flows as one for me with the only thing changing, is the date. This year, not so much but I remain positive as I always do and I look forward to what 2016 brings.

To put an end to the year online I've compiled a roundup. I'm always interested to read other roundups especially when you look over a few years, it's easy to see just how much we change in such a short amount of time, when things get tough we adapt, when positives happen we adapt and naturally as humans we're forever changing to our surroundings and those we associate to. I find it fascinating, I always have - do you find the lives of others interesting?

Favourite Posts From Other Bloggers

Reasons why your uniqueness is beautiful  - Free People
DIY agate air planter - Brooklyn Thread
The whole of the Gypsy Bee Blog
Natural ways to beat allergies - Hello Glow
Taking  back control of your own life - A Little Bit Of Sunshine Blog

Music That's Got Me Through 2015 

MAX - Wrong  - The words, the tune and phew, that video is enough to take your mind of anything!
Susie Suh - Here With Me  - Beautiful, just beautiful.
Starset - My Demons - Again this helps to make me feel, but boosts me.
David Guetta & Sia - She Wolf - This has a deepness to it, I adore Sia's part in this also.
Sia - Elastic Heart - I can't help but feel a connection to this song and video. It makes me ''feel''.
Ciara - Paint it Black - So deep and dark but 100% awesome.

Favourite Products in 2015 

Fountain Molecule Supplements - I'm already planning my next purchases. Read the review here.
The Footsie Blanket - Like this is seriously the best blanket, come footsie thing ever.
The Green Witch Exhaustion Blend - This is the only thing that's made me feel somewhat 'normal' I apply it to the soles of my feet.
Divergent series DVD's & Books - I can't get enough of the Divergent series. Can't wait for the next DVD to be released.
L'Absolu For Her Narciso Rodriguez Perfume - I've long looked for a scent that's 'me' and this is it. Notes include jasmine absolute, musk, amberlyn, sandalwood and patchouli. It's seriously grown up, sexy and out of this world.

The Best Part of 2015 

My view on life has changed completely, for the positive.
Finally getting settled in our forever home and seeing the positive impact it has on my sons.
Starting a job I love.
Getting closer to those who were in the hospital, being given that chance, that is a blessing in my opinion.
Reconnecting with family members.
Being a part of an amazing blogging group that's lead to lots of amazing online blogging friends.
Making a huge, positive impact in my health issues.

Hardest Parts of 2015

1 car crash - including whiplash and a car write off.
4 family members in hospital - 2 of which were technically dead for a small amount of time. 2 were in intensive care. 1 of which was in for most of the year.
1 house move. I so wasn't ready to move house but in the end, it was the best choice.
Lots of bad health - my youngest son, myself and my husband being hit the hardest.
2 new job moves between my husband and me.
The not knowing if each phone call is news of someone you love having passed on.
Depression and anxiety caused by all of the above.

Resolutions 

Be more productive. Fatigue has played a huge part in my procrastination, keeping lists should keep me in check so I'm using every usable hour on something productive.

Apply to university. With my current job security up in the air I plan to apply to university, it's always been a fear because I never felt I was worthy of going to 'uni' but it's the one regret I do have so time to bite the bullet.

Save. I want to make and save my money for future security. I hate when unexpected things happen and you're left stressed thinking about how you can afford x, y and z. I hope to be able to only buy the necessary things and save as much as possible.

Learn to do new things. New Yoga positions, I want to learn to pirouette, I want to start running and I want to learn how to improve my memory. All little things to some but huge challenges for me personally.

Learn how to control my sensitivities. My natural empathy has caused huge problems in how I've functioned over the last year. I want to be able to reign it in when needed, I've heard meditation is good for this so will be ramping up the amount of meditation and mindfulness I do.

Blog with more regularity and drive. I dislike having a blog theme so tend to discuss a range of things with no real theme specification. I'd love to know what you guys look for in a blog to help make this more of a community suited blog so feel free to email me or comment below.

The best thing is I leave all of this behind me as we move into 2016. I love how a New Year feels like a clean slate. I'm super excited to see what this year brings, aren't you?

Happy New Year to you and yours! 

2016 Fortune Telling || What's On The Cards...


We're a very spiritual and bohemian family. We love to ask the angels for help, my sons do so quite a bit with important things because they've seen the almost automatic results and are still dumbfounded by it. We learn about sacred geometry and apply it to our lives in a variety of ways and we use herbs, crystals and essential oils to ail our issues and health problems. It's become second nature for us as it was when I was little to me and my mum and dad. 

I don't really go into this aspect of our life because I've found there's very little interest in the 'unknown' or spirituality but I miss writing about it. It's what I'm passionate about so in 2016, I will be including more of this type of post and posts about bohemia, alternative therapies and day-to-day living. 

We believe that everything has an opposite, similar to the yin-and-yang principle and we believe that everything has a reason and a cause. Even when the poop hits the fan we've come to accept it, make adjustments and wait for the good to come into our lives as we're shifted onto the right path in life. Call us loony but you know what, we've experienced it and wouldn't change this life for a normal non-spiritual one. 

That brings us onto fortune telling. We're pretty empathetic (well my sons and I, not so much hubster) so can typically get insight into other people's lives. My dad's line (who came from spiritual ancestors such as native American, the Chukotka Eskimo's, Irish and Scottish pagans) were 'psychic' but didn't handle it well but that's a whole other blog post. We've found getting insight into what's to come has been pretty handy, especially if it's not something all that great, getting a universal hey, this is coming, brace yourself has made things a little easier and that's what's leading me to write up this post. 

So what do you need to do? 

Take a deep breathe in and slowly breathe out. Focus on the image below of the three piles of purple cards with blue stars. Decide which pile you're more drawn too and read below to see what these cards are saying about your 2016. 

Keeping in mind they're not 100% specific because this reading is targeted to a wide audience but it should be enough to give you one of those ''hey, this is going to happen'' generalised heads up. So what's it going to be? The left pile, the middle pile or the pile on the right? 


Have you focussed on one pile? If so, read below to find out what your cards mean.

 Left 


Eight of Swords Reversed | January - March.
The eight of swords shows that you have fears going into the New Year. A worry about not achieving as much as you'd hoped and a worry about accomplishing everything that you currently feel needs to be done. Instead of allowing these fears to consume you the swords card helps you to tackle these head on throughout the January retrograde. The end of January will bring a new, but clearer drive for fulfillment into your life, a decision to start being productive again and to actually participate in those hobbies, interests and learning courses you'd always wanted to start but never quite got round to without being held back by old fears.

Six of Wands | April - June.
Sixes relate to both positive and negative abundance. You're at risk of losing money from April 28th through to May 22nd. Be very aware of what you're signing for during this period and make any must have purchases outside of this period to ensure you're money stays on the right path and your abundance flows positively outside of the May retrograde. Previous efforts for change will be victorious during this quarter also and your hard work won't go unnoticed as you're surprisingly praised by someone unexpected. Keep at it, things will get easier especially because you have strength on your side.

The Sun | July - September.
This major Arcana card signifies that you have a youthful, free-spirit that seeks success, clarity and a deeper grounded relationship. During this quarter you will see relationships that aren't beneficial to you pull back during the first 3/4's of September and the most beneficial relationships come through stronger than ever. Don't worry about the changes, it's nothing that you've done and sometimes change is needed to get you onto the right path in life. Keep in mind when these relationships pull back that the right work associates, friends and loved ones will enter your life stronger than ever making your 2017 one of security, love and happiness. Stay optimistic and don't fight these changes.

Five of Cups | October - December.
Tackling your past emotions will be key to getting through this last quarter. Being aware of the yin-yang theory will stop you from becoming pessimistic, the darkened nights can hit you hard, your brain wakes up during this time and leaves you with a deep feeling of unfulfillment. Don't let this eat you up. To get round this you need to stop viewing friends and loved ones as competition (even if you don't realise you're doing it). Your achievements and dreams are yours alone and happiness will come when you realise this. Face your past, close that book and accept any losses for what they are - learning curves. Cups relate to 'loss' but not loss in the sense that everything else is spent. Cups shows that you will accept these previous losses but you'll also overcome this by accepting that all things happen to bring good into our lives...

Heading into 2017 you'll start the year emotionally cleansed. Of course the good thing is you know to expect this, you can start to clear past emotions, built up blame and inner demons now so you can start the last quarter clear, fresh and ready for what the universe brings.

△ Middle 

Seven of Wands | January - March
Seven of wands show that there's a creative and competitive energy entering your life. Flow with this competitive energy as it's all in the name of fun. Working with it instead of against it will lead you to surprising progression. Applying for new roles within the workplace, new job roles or starting a new business or educational course will be fruitful during this period, get it done now rather than waiting until the next quarter where the opportunity will be lost due to being 'too little - too late'.

Three of Wands RV | April - June
Your confidence is low during this quarter, for those trying to conceive a baby or a new life path the three of wands reversed shows that you need to embrace patience. Don't be disappointed by it not happening right now because it will happen. Use this time to strengthen what you have and to make plans for the last two quarters. Being organised is going to help you tremendously and if you need help during this time don't be afraid to ask for it. Pride never solved anything.

The High Priestess | July - September
The first major Arcana brings hidden truths out. This may mean actual skeletons in the closet but it also shows me that you'll come to realise a whole lot of hidden inner reflections about yourself, body confidence, a change of attitude for the better and a whole goddess persona is about to take over you. Relish in it, you deserve it. Embrace your inner high priestess by using her power to get stuff done, by doing so your inner need for fulfillment will be satisfied. The hardest part for you will be allowing yourself to let go and relinquishing your pride. Have some ''you'' time and stop doing so much for others throughout August and September, let others do things for you.

The Universe RV | October - December
This major Arcana card shows that you have the ability to achieve so many dreams, your youthful inner beauty transcends and that you really can't fail in new projects. Reversed however it shows that while you have the ability to do so much and to achieve so much you're currently not. Being a sofa bear is not your friend, get active, push yourself and don't let this opportunity disappear with 2016.

△ Right 

Seven of Cups | January - March
Start your 2016 full of dreams, wishes and plans. Make your list now. Don't be scared to put down crazy dreams either because the seven of cups tells us that yes, you have an ability to dream but you also have an unused ability to extent your reality further than you ever have done - you just don't realise how amazing you are and that's currently what is stopping these dreams from becoming realities. Build your castles, conjure up a wonderful reality and you may just make it all happen. Find a hobby that boosts your confidence, maybe it's journalling, maybe it's yoga, learning a new skill such as aromatherapy, blogging or even make a start to your own book. Getting your confidence to flow will stop your pessimism from sneaking in and the rest will fall into place.

Judgement RV | April - June
Wow your 2016 is full of Arcana cards which is pretty amazing because these are big warnings or big helping hands. The judgement card is telling you that there are opportunities waiting to enter your life, they're waiting to be handed to you - but - your card is reversed. This doesn't mean that you have no opportunities, what it is saying is that you need to accept the changes in your life because refusing to do so will result in procrastination, vacillation and wasted opportunities. Change is hard and if you're struggling with emotions or poor health during this period then get it solved now before you enter the next quarter as the judgement card wants you to help you.

The Fool RV | July - September
The fool takes risks, leaves things by the wayside and is adventurous. When I see the fool reversed it signifies that you need to stop acting like the fool, you need to reign things in with your private life, your inner child and with your spending. If you don't things. will. get. tough. The reversed fool is simply telling you to get your adult head on for this quarter so you can let that fool loose in the next quarter. Bide your time but don't become complacent.

The Magician | October - December
The magician is a creative and beautifully energetic Arcana card that fills your last quarter with a can-do attitude, confidence, willpower and and an ability to get stuff done. Spent some time in this quarter connecting with your inner magician by being selfish, meditate, become more mindful and spend time with children if you can because they will ignite your inner enchantress. During this quarter things seem to be working in your favour so ask away, take a risk or two and feel confident in the knowledge that the cards are working with you to make magic happen.

Here's to a better 2016 everyone. 



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Maybelline Baby Lips || Baby Balm & Blush

A quick post to end the year and to give you a heads up about these little cuties. Maybelline Baby Lips plan to launch five products called Baby Lips & Blush. I know there are some Baby Lip die hards out there so chances are this is going to be a must buy for 2016. I'm no die-hard but even I can see the appeal of these because they also look super adorable.

This dual-purpose products aims to offer you a balmy hint of colour that you can use both on your lips and on your cheeks. I love balmy cheek products because they suit everyone and they leave you with infallible results. Have you ever noticed that someone, say a friend or even a co-worker looks better but you can't quite work out why? Well typically I find it comes down to that youthful glow which you can get from using a dewy or cream based blush among other reasons.

I've not tried these products so I can't say how well they'll perform but I do know they only give a sheer hint of colour and nothing too in your face, if you like a bright pop of colour they may not be right for you but for the most part these would make excellent additions to your spring-summer cosmetic wardrobe or the cosmetic bag of a teen or someone just getting into makeup.

I actually only started wearing blush about three years back because most blush just looked too false on me - if this had been around then it would have made a great beginner blush product. I'm guessing the colour maybe build able - again it's just a guess.

The colours that will be available are:
Booming Ruby
Flirty Pink
Juicy Rose
Innocent Peach
Shimmering Bronze

These are due to launch into Boots in January and will cost £4.99. What do you think about this dual-purpose concept?

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Nuori || New 100% Natural Skincare Brand Just Launched


Jasmi Bonnen wanted to create a skincare brand that was centred around freshness. Most skincare brands wouldn't dare to try to achieve this because shelf lives are so small, ingredients are more costly and then there's performance. Most 'fresh' products perform well to begin with but this dwindles as they age, you can see the predicament. Here's Jasmi's take on the issue: 

''Making product freshness our mission has also meant making life hard for ourselves from day one. Everything we are doing is the opposite of what has been done before, but in my vision there was just no room for compromise. That is why it has taken us two years to get to where we are now”

Well predicament aside skincare brand Nuori was born in September. They got around the freshness aspect by blending small batches every twelve weeks in Denmark, this enables the active ingredients to stay 'active' as they don't breakdown within this small time period and it also ensures the ingredients are as pure as possible. Anything longer and like many big brands Nuori would have to include preservatives and that was completely against what they were aiming for. That of course means that there are no nasty chemicals used to stabilise the product as well as no nasty synthetics, colourants and hidden dangers. 
So what makes Nuori different from other 'natural skincare brands'? well, many other brands are marketed as being natural but actually contain ingredients that are less than rosy. See brands can get away by having a certain percentage of natural ingredients in their ingredient list for them to legally be able to slap on the 'natural' tag. Then you have brands that are overlooked which are really natural, 100% natural like Nuori. 

You won't find parabens, mineral oils, PEG's, PPG's, MEA, DEA, TEA, phthalates, sulfates or petrolatum in these products. That's pretty amazing in my opinion. Nuori say: 

“We would never compromise the purity of our formulations with synthetic and potentially harmful compounds just to extend shelf life, produce a different texture, or to create a distinct color...For us at NUORI, 100% natural means 100% purity”.

The brand launched on six face care products and five body care products. I've yet to try any of them but I absolutely will be after the New Year. You can check out the range over on the Nuori website


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Skincare || Gold Collagen Hydrogel Masks




We've talked previously about beauty hype ingredients recently which included hyaluronic acid. Another one of those hyped ingredients that were doing the rounds for years was collagen, it still is and like hyaluronic acid it has good reason to be receiving the 'hype'

Collagen is a protein that fills the extracellular space in between connective tissues such as skin, tendons and ligaments. It acts as a protective barrier and much like HA is also depletes depending on our lifestyles and as we age. In the beauty industry having a youthful appearance includes plumped cheeks, a smooth jawline and forehead that's radiant and wrinkle free - as we age the skin slackens and those gaps that were previously filled with collagen proteins are no longer as full leading to sunken areas in the face hollows that make us look older.

So how do we maintain good levels of collagen? 

Diet plays a large part as does the lifestyle you lead. Sun worshippers and smokers are going to deplete their stores very quickly as are sugar lovers. Sugar once in the blood stream attach to collagen proteins making them hardened and unable to perform their duties, the proteins then become nonfunctional and deplete. The scary thing is we as a society are eating more sugar now than we ever have and with the rise of the smoothie and juice era we're only doing our looks more damage than good.

So...

To tackle the problem there are ways you can work to get back some of the collagen that may have been lost. The first thing is to stop smoking. There are many ways to do so now as the NHS is supporting more people in their fight to stop than ever before.

The second way would be to cut down on the amount of sugar you eat in your diet - factoring in all sources of sugar including honey, sweeteners, hidden sugars, carbohydrates and fruits. I'm not saying to stop eating all sources of sugar but learn about the different forms of sugar and make adjustments to your diet. I Quit Sugar and Jamie Oliver's websites, books and social media are great places to start.

The next option would be to supplement your lifestyle with supplements and also external supplements such as masks and beauty products. I recently found out that Gold Collagen have created a Hydrogel Mask which you get free with their 30 or 90 day supplement programme, you can check it out here (expires 29th December so be quick guys!). The mask is made with a new skincare solution that acts like a second skin. It's aim is to support the skin's renewal process which will improve texture, hydration and radiance. The Gold Collagen drinks which come as a part of their supplement programme also do the same from the inside out.

Unlike many other brands the ingredients were specifically chosen so that they would be absorbable and useable by the variable skin layers. Many other brands create products that don't absorb, will simply sit on the top layer of your skin doing the opposite of what's promised or will make the hydration of your skin worse; effectively you'd be wasting your money with those brands. That's simply unfair isn't it and that's why, like Fountain's Molecule supplement - Gold Collagen have created a system that is completely beneficial.

Ingredients include hyaluronic acid (you know how much I do love HA), pearl extract, botanical complex and glycerine. All good stuff which should absolutely make a difference to your skin. I've yet to try it out but I will because good hydration and good cell renewal are key to acne free skin.

Did you know that most acne skin types aren't actually just oily, they're actually oily but dehydrated? It's the dehydration that leads the skin to produce more oil to compensate and the dry flakes of skin that form due to being dehydrated and unable to repair, block the follicles leading to what we know as being pimples, whiteheads, blackheads and cysts (when the infection is deeper).

I will report back any findings after the New Year. Wish me luck. If you want to join me you can pick up Gold Collagen from your local Boots or over on the Boots website.

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Boheme Resolutions || 16 Products For Your Inner Goddess

It's that time of year again where everyone's contemplating what their year ahead maybe like. Most people are planning to be better than they were the previous year - whether that be through diet, fitness, their impact on their planet or how they act towards others. We all have ways to improve ourselves and resolutions allow us to at least consider what we feel could be done to improve ourselves. Whether we stick to them is a different story.

Each impending new year I always feel the urge to be more earth goddess. Leaving a kinder imprint on this world and become less chemical. As a family, we suffer from varied allergies, as a parent though I automatically want to provide an environment that's safer, cleaner, purer for my sons to allow their bodies to grow in strength rather than grow trying to fight off a range of chemical sensitivities and allergies. As a parent don't we always want our children to have better lives than we do?

So that leads me back to the whole bohemian thing. Reducing stress, reducing expenditure, reducing our footprint and reducing our chances of poor health - surely being a better boho is the way forward These products were my favourite 'bohemian' earth goddess inspired products and are ones that I would happily part my cash with.

Earthy, bohemian and Perfect For Spoiling The Inner Goddess.


NEW Cardamom + Spruce - Stra...
$22

LIP BUTTER // Beet Tinted Li...
$12

Vintage Green Sequins 5mm / ...
$12

Cecile - Black - FREE SHIPPI...
$189

Absinthe Lip Balm, Anise Van...
$8

Activated Bamboo Charcoal So...
$6

SUGAR SCRUB // Cellulite-Fig...
$24

NOSTALGIC LOUPE, black pend...
$45

Mineral Eyeshadow - Mineral ...
$6

Handmade Faceted Wood Quartz...
$48

Honeyed Citrus Marmalade -- ...
$8.5

Premium Californian White Sa...
$2.99

Eye Coal
$18

Hecate Incense: Witchcraft, ...
$9.13

Pillow Cover, Inspirational ...
$40

Fern & Crystal Temporary Tat...
$22
Of course, these could also lead to inspire you on your own bohemian journey. The sequins inspire my inner magpie, seeing the beauty in the little things. As a blogger my outlook on small things such as beads, sequins and stones have increased - normally I'd have passed them by without a second glance, but now I see the beauty or uniqueness in them and automatically consider if they'd be nice to photograph. 

The cosmetics are a favourite because they're normally made in small, fresh batches and the ingredients are listed clearly. What I've found from these sellers is that they use less ingredients and less nasties than the big brands but the results are still amazing. 

Handmade products are a favourite also because you're supporting other families instead of large corporations. Getting to know some of these smaller sellers is also possible across social media so you're aware of the love that's going into the production, I've also found the customer service is far superior, that's a huge positive in my opinion. 

If you're trying to cut down on your spending in 2016, why not try to repurpose and make your own products? it's easy enough to do and with only a few basic ingredients. Everything is learnable so go for it! If not, you can check any of these products out over on Etsy

What are your resolutions for 2016?

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