How I plan to combat my smartphone addiction

You know the drill, you leave the house and think “Purse, keys, phone” making sure that you have the essentials in your bag. Of course, smartphones do have their practicalities (keeping in touch with people and taking photos of your dinner) but my mornings and evenings seem to be spent mindlessly scrolling through social media…

Five things that brightened my Monday

Mondays suck, right? Switching from weekend mode to “right, off to work” mode is always tricky no matter how long you’ve been doing it. So, it helps when small yet not insignificant instances occur to help you through the bluest day of the week. Let me tell you what got me through today… Bumping into…

The importance of talking about your workplace woes

It’s an important day today and one that I’m sure you’ve seen popping up all over your social media. World Mental Health Day. Although it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue it is nonetheless significant. So many people shy away from issues that should really be spoken about so much more in order to lessen…

What’s on my TBR pile and what should be on yours

I’ve mentioned before that reading is a great way of spending your downtime. Not only are you expanding and exercising different elements of the brain such as knowledge, concentration and analytical thinking but reading is a proven way to reduce stress and ease mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and insomnia. (Read this Stylist…

Recipe: Quick Smoky Bacon Noodles

Have you ever got home from a long day at work, collapsed on the sofa and thought “I really can’t be bothered to cook tonight”? Of course you have. But instead of reaching for the phone to order your usual takeaway, take this easy peasy recipe into consideration. This tasty noodle dish is quick to…

My top 5 cocktails and bars to drink them in

Now, I don’t know about you but I love a cocktail at any time of year. I especially like to drink them in quirky bars that have “pizzazz” and “ambience” (words that I rarely use in any other situation). So…I thought that I would share some of my absolute favourite classic cocktails and my favourite…

How I finally got round to watching The Godfather

Considering that my other half and I are big film lovers (as in we love to lounge on the sofa and get our monies worth out of our various subscriptions) it came as quite the shock to realise that neither of us had seen any of The Godfather films. Even prior to, during and immediately…

Our Grandad

We had a cheeky little Grandad Whose influence was both good and bad. He taught us many valuable lessons But most of them drove our parents mad. Family holidays were so much fun, Especially with Grandad around. As soon as he picked up a bucket and spade You knew you were adventure-bound. Grandad and his…

The funny side of the morning commute

“What’s this?” you are probably asking yourself. “Laura’s writing a blog focused on positivity and yet she’s chatting about one of the most soul-destroying aspects of London life?” Yes, yes I am. Because, quite frankly, it’s difficult not to see the funny side of a trip on the London Underground between the hours of 7am…

What’s on my kitchen bookshelf?

It might be hard to tell that I love to cook because of all the pictures of pizza on my Instagram (I’ll admit, these aren’t homemade). But I really do – I love cooking – and due to this culinary hobby of mine, I am building quite the collection of cookbooks. Although I have started…

Things that I work into my week to stay positive

YAY, we are now officially headed towards those glorious summer months (the brighter weather sure does make things a little easier).  However, this also means we’re arriving at that time of year when calendars fill up and sometimes life just feels that little bit too hectic (weddings, parties, work commitments, more parties ahhhh). Fear not!…

Top 5 European cities for positive vibes

Looking for a mood-boosting city break? I thought I would compile a list of my favourite corners of Europe that had my happiness levels soaring in no time at all. Because, what better way to make yourself feel refreshed and cheery than jetting off to a foreign land (if you block out the horrors of…