Its Okay To Have A Lazy Day

Yesterday morning, I woke up at 11:30am. For me, this is outrageous. I'm still signed off sick from my hand surgery and plan to return to work within a couple of weeks but each and every day, I have been up and about no later than 8am. Even the day after my surgery, I managed to transport myself along with my duvet downstairs and sat myself in front of a stack of Disney films all day.

At 11:30am yesterday morning, I shuffled downstairs, made a hot chocolate, complete with squirty cream and a little dish of Milky Bar Buttons and returned to bed. I sat snuggled up with my Miniature Schnauzer pinning inspiration to my hearts content. And yet I felt guilty. James came home for lunch at 12pm and I'd actually nodded off again at this point and he wasn't even bothered that I was still in bed. As a matter of fact, I've not been sleeping too great recently and right before bedtime, I'm having huge anxiety attacks and melting down. Maybe its to do with the fact I've been off work so long and I'm worried about going back, or maybe its the house buying saga starting again for us making me worry all the time. It wasn't until James said to me beneath the covers 'babe its okay to have a lazy day' that I realised it was okay.

I'm not usually one for days off, even when I have proper days off from my 'real job' I'm busy working on my illustration and Etsy shop. So when the time comes and I actually do nothing all day, I feel guilty as hell for it. I love to be busy all the time and apparently I get this from my Mum - she's another one who just can't seem to stop!

I guess what I'm getting at is I struggle to be more gentle with myself. I'm constantly striving for development especially when it comes to my Etsy shop and I need to remember to take care of myself too…even if it is with a chocolate overload for breakfast! I'm sure many bloggers and YouTubers can relate that finding downtime when you have a full time job, a blog and possibly a YouTube channel as well can be so difficult and even daunting which is why I'm determined to continue seeing my platforms as hobbies and not work.

I'm going to spend the next few days organising my blog and YouTube channel ready for my return to work and with a bit of luck this will pay off. I have posts scheduled already and I'm finding myself prerecording videos so I can continue to upload and post. We're also in the middle of buying a house again so thats another busy job to get done but I have dug out my neglected organiser and I'm adamant I'll be taking this everywhere with me from now on. But also, I'll focus on more self care and less criticism when I do decide to take it easy. We're only human after all.

Thankyou for reading!

Ellis x

The Little Melt Company - An Etsy Shop

With the colder months fast approaching, I get more excited than usual for candles and wax melts and making the home all snug and cosy. Once again I spotted a little Etsy shop whilst scrolling through Instagram and decided to place myself a little order to stock up on sweet smelling goodies to enter Autumn with.
The shop is The Little Melt Company and they hand make a range of super cute and also unusual smelling wax melts at great prices too. I grabbed a selection and with Halloween just around the corner, one of my top picks was the Pumpkin Spiced tart melt. 
When I say unusual, this shop sells wax melts with scents like Blue Slush which unfortunately was out of stock during my online visit but I will be returning to sample this glorious flavour as soon as its returned! 

Some of the tarts come in a paper bag (these are the funky shaped tarts), some come in a little plastic container each and these are the 'pod' melts and you can also buy minis which come in little packs of 5 which are also shaped like adorable hearts and are perfect for mixing scents or for when you don't fancy using a full sized melt. I got a range of everything and I'm very impressed with the strengths of each scent and how long they last. One of my favourites things about each of the full sized melts is they're strong enough and also big enough to snap in half and just use a piece of it rather than the whole thing. It makes them last longer and I find the scent is still as powerful.

I went for a Cherry Explosion, Bewitched, Apple Berrylicious, Cuddles, Candy Apple and Tangerine Mojito in the pod melts. I grabbed two of the loose 'funky shaped' melts in Pumpkin Spice and Sugar Fluff and the Fizzy Cola Bottles* pack of 5 mini melts. They all smell absolutely amazing and seriously, I don't need to burn these to be able to smell them. Its like when you buy bath bombs from Lush and they stink out your entire bathroom…these do the same! They smell incredible!

The little plastic containers the pod melts come in are perfect for keeping the melts fresh and also stop them from getting scraped or leaving a waxy residue where ever you might be keeping them. They also stack very nicely which I thought was cute! I'm really impressed with the quality of the scent for each of the melts I picked up and this shop has definitely been favourited on my Etsy account ready for returning for Christmas gifts!

Let me know in the comments if your a candle or a wax melt kind of person…or like the best of both worlds! I'd love to know :)

Thanks for reading!
Ellis x

Aurora Fawn - An Etsy Shop

The other day I was scrolling through Instagram and my friend Rose had posted a photo of her little baby wearing the most beautiful Maleficent crown I have ever seen. I immediately had to check this little shop out and fell so in love I had to order myself my own crown. 

Aurora Fawn is owned by Holly who hand makes everything herself and her pieces range from unicorn crowns, deer antlers, mermaids…you name it! The whole Etsy shop has such a magical feel to it and I couldn't wait to start collecting together ideas for my custom made crown. Anyone who knows me will tell you how much I love unicorns and although my obsession may be slightly unhealthy, there are worse things to be addicted to!

I struggled so much with picking colours but told Holly I'd like a baby blue and a lilac theme with a white glitter horn and ears. Then I left her to it! I honestly could't be more impressed with my custom made unicorn crown and Holly got everything that I had in mind spot on. The colours are beautiful and the handmade polymer clay unicorn horn is flawless. There are also some gorgeous little glass diamantes speckled across the flowers for added sparkle and a cute little piece of lavender hidden away amongst the rest of the colours. 

Aurora Fawn is very reasonably priced and my custom crown cost me £19 plus postage and packaging, but it also depends what you have on your crown, how big it is and any extras you may like. The waiting time was also just over a week which I think isn't bad at all for something that is custom made and Holly does have items in her Etsy shop ready to ship straight away. I would absolutely love to grab myself one of the Autumnal Fawn crowns next, they're super cute and stunning. For now though, I'm going to spend the next few weeks prancing around the house in my unicorn crown. I'm so in love!

I've also made a YouTube video of my first impressions and overall thoughts on Aurora Fawn which I have linked below :)

You can find Holly's shop here if you fancy having a mooch through Aurora Fawn and let me know what you think! I'm also thinking of starting a little series of reviewing and supporting Etsy shops ready for the festive season which is scarily fast approaching so if you have any in mind feel free to link them in the comments!
Thankyou for reading :)

Ellis x

Being Content With What You Have

This week has been very bizarre and also a huge eye opener in the Woolley household and although I made a quick YouTube video venting on the crap that this week decided to throw at me, I finally feel more content and at peace than I have in a long time.

A couple of days after my tendon repair surgery, James and I went to view a house. We were looking to buy and found somewhere really quickly that we fell in love with and decided to view a second time. We put an offer in, it got accepted, and the ball started rolling. For the past 5-6 weeks I've been calling estate agents, solicitors, our mortgage advisor and all the other scary people that come with buying a property and then we had the homebuyers report and didn't really expect much to go wrong. There were a few big things that needed sorting and we decided to pull out of buying the house and stay where we are a little longer. There is absolutely nothing wrong with where we live, space is just a tiny issue but you know what, we have a roof over our heads and we're happy.

We had already bought a couple of new throws and cushions for the new place (we got excited!) and decided why not have them out in our current flat and freshen things up a bit. Our place is crazy quirky anyway but its amazing what a new blanket and some fluffy cushions can do for comfort points! 

Yesterday we went out to Thurmaston to grab our first Pumpkin Spiced Lattes of the year and as soon as I tasted the first sip, I felt so content and relaxed with the world. We binged on these drinks whilst in Disneyland Paris for Halloween in 2014 and they take us right back to the carefree magic of Main Street USA and I think this plays a huge part in why PSL's make me so warm and fuzzy inside. I also picked up one of the new reusable Starbucks coffee cups which are only a £1 - lets help reduce paper!

Today I'm sat here looking around our little flat feeling much more at ease and satisfied with what we have achieved together. The past few weeks have made me feel like I need to escape this flat and I've been blaming it for my mental health issues for the past few months and have lost sight of what it actually means to me. This flat is my temple, my safe zone and my home. Our neighbours are lovely, Custard is happy and we all have each other. We've decided to chill out with regards to buying a house and just enjoy the carefree side of renting. Our Landlord is also the nicest bloke in the entire world and we're very lucky to have him. 

Perhaps its also the time of year making me feel happier - Autumn is my favourite season and its finally time to start wrapping up warm and cosy, lighting the fire and snuggling up. But either way, the fall through of buying a house has done me the world of good and I never thought it would. I also realise now there is no need to keep things a secret as I was so careful not to mention any of the house stuff on my blog or YouTube channel but you know what, its life and experiences. I shouldn't be so worried about 'jinxing' things or looking like a fool if something doesn't work out. My blog is to document things after all and I feel more laid back now than ever. 

Thankyou for reading :)

Ellis x

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