[AD] Sleep Habits and How to wake up ready for the day ahead

[AD] Sleep Habits and How to wake up ready for the day ahead

Sleep Habits

Everyone knows that having a good nights sleep impacts how we feel the next day. If you do manage a good nights sleep you’ll notice the fantastic feeling the next day, how productive you are and how refreshed you’ve become.

Having poor sleep will leave you feeling sluggish and tired, you may even have a few aches & pains here and there. Slowed thinking, trouble paying attention, heavy eyelids, and feeling irritable are other warning signs.

There are many causes of sleep deprivation, here are a few examples: work, chores, babies, worrying, parties or a late night Netflix session.

If you’re feeling sleepy frequently during the day, you might simply need to make more time to sleep.

It’s said that most adults need at least eight hours of sleep every night to be well rested, but this varies from person to person.

The bottom line is you should sleep for however many hours it takes for you to feel rested, refreshed, and fully alert the next day. If you’ve had a good sleep, you shouldn’t feel drowsy during the day.

Sleep Habits and How to wake up ready for the day ahead

My Sleepless Nightmare…

Around 10 years ago (Yes I’m this old), I was a contract worker in a factory, I was working twelve-hour night shifts, six days a week for most weeks and for the other weeks I was working five days a week for twelve hours… I liked the money of course.

because I worked the night shifts it was really difficult to get my mind to switch off for sleep. what made it more difficult was that it was now daylight when I finished my shifts and my mind and body just weren’t ready for the conversion of daytime sleeping!

I would get home around 7.30am, and after work I just wanted to chill out for a bit, take off the heavy boots and uniform and have a nice hot bath to soak off all the dust and dirt that comes with working in a warehouse for twelve hours. For the first couple of weeks working here, I was having no trouble at all falling asleep. I wasn’t used to working so many hours for so many days! Sleep was the easy part.

Or so I thought…

Roughly into the third or fourth week of working the long shifts, I was getting home roughly the same time, 7.30am, doing my usual chill out with some Tv for half an hour, get stripped off and have a nice soak in the bath to get rid of the muck then get ready for bed for 9.30- 10am, except now the sleep took longer to take hold and I was awake for another 3-4hrs meaning I wasn’t getting to sleep until 1-2pm!

This was never good, as I was only getting four hours of sleep a day, I resorted to drinking energy drinks and taking Pro-plus throughout the day. These things did the job for staying awake (although I wouldn’t recommend using this method) but they also impeded my sleep when I got home even more than before.

I was struggling with sleep, I was restless, irritable and just plain and simple knackered!

My mum had some herbal tablets called Kalms Night and suggested I try them out, at first I was apprehensive of taking some herbal “witch doctor” remedy but at this point I would try anything.

So I started taking the recommended dose each day (I worked the nights), at first they didn’t help so for three or four days I was still awake for hours after work, still a moody cow and still not getting a good sleep.

However after the fourth or fifth day, I’d noticed that I was getting drowsy quicker, usually around the time I wanted to be asleep which was after my bath so if got into bed with a book, after a few minutes reading I was totally blasting out the Z’s!

The next day I felt amazing, a lot more energetic and I wasn’t the moody bitch I’d become and the days went by so wonderfully. It took around a week for the Kalms to do a proper job with me and get me totally back on track but it was worth waiting it out for after so many weeks of not being able to sleep.

Sleep Habits and How to wake up ready for the day ahead

I highly recommend Kalms to anyone who is not sleeping well enough and feel they need a little help. when I had the opportunity to work with the company I was more than happy to write-up my own experience.

Most people experience short-term insomnia at some point. Insomnia includes having trouble falling asleep, having trouble getting back to sleep, and waking up too early.

Short-term insomnia will last only a few days and is usually not a cause for concern. Your internal body clock will readjust itself within several days.

Insomnia is considered chronic when it lasts most nights for a few weeks or more. If it goes on day after day, and nothing you do seems to help, you should see a health care professional, particularly if you cannot find a cause.

Whatever the reason for your sleep loss, it takes a toll on us both mentally and physically. While we sleep, our bodies secrete hormones that affect our mood, energy, memory, and concentration.

How To Wake Up Ready For The Day Ahead

Sleep Habits and How to wake up ready for the day ahead

One in three people suffer from poor sleep – as many as 21 million individuals – and it’s often identified by feelings of tiredness, low energy and irritability. However, worryingly, it can also lead to impaired judgement, reduced memory, and even a reduction in life expectancy.
It’s no surprise that sleep deprivation can have a considerable negative impact on quality of life and a good night’s sleep is essential to allow us to feel refreshed and ready to perform at our best every day.

Herbal remedies prove immensely popular with those struggling to sleep and Valerian root extract is a traditional herbal remedy used for centuries due to its sedative effect.

Kalms Night tablets offer a helping hand for those experiencing poor sleep as they contain this soothing ingredient to encourage a refreshing, restful night’s slumber, allowing you to #wakeupready for the day ahead.

Unlike some sleep remedies, Kalms Night won’t leave you feeling drowsy the next day.
Kalms Night tablets are available to purchase online at www.kalmsrange.com and supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide.
Kalms Night RRP: £5.17 for 50 tablets, Kalms One-A-Night RRP £5.49 for 21 tablets.

6 tips to help you create the perfect sleep retreat

Here are six simple tips to help create the perfect sleeping sanctuary and ensure you have a restful night’s sleep:

  1. Make sure your bedroom is clean and tidy – Piles of dirty washing and unwashed dishes can make your bedroom a messy, unhygienic and an unrelaxing environment. Keeping a clean bedroom can help declutter your mind and help you drift off peacefully
  2. Try a traditional herbal remedy – Valerian root found in Kalms Night has been used for centuries due to its herbal sedative effect (www.kalmsrange.com). Drift off to sleep peacefully and #WakeUpReady to face the day
  3. Think green – Research suggests that certain colours can have an impact on our mood. Green and blues are great for bedrooms as they promote nature and tranquillity
  4. Cut the caffeine – It’s no surprise that caffeine can have a negative impact on the way we sleep. As a general rule, it is best to not consume any caffeine after 3pm
  5. Clear your busy schedule – Stop working an hour before you go bed and allow yourself some downtime, which will help your mind to relax. Instead of scrolling through Instagram, pick up an interesting book or magazine
  6. Establish a regular relaxing bedtime routine – Sticking to a regular nightly routine can aid a refreshing night’s sleep. Try having a shower or bath before going to bed. The warm water can relax your muscles and help you to drift off peacefully when going to sleep

If you try to address your sleeping problems but your symptoms persist beyond 3-4 weeks, you should consult a doctor to check whether there may be an underlying cause for your sleep problems. You should also review the medications you are taking to make sure that they are not causing your sleep problems.

Kalms Giveaway

Kalms Giveaway

Time for giveaway!

I’ve teamed up with Kalms to giveaway a Kalms Journal, pen and sleep mask. It’s super simple to enter, simply head over to my Facebook page here on how to enter.

Have you suffered from sleep problems? Have you ever tried the Kalms Range?

Let me know in the comments! and don’t forget to enter the Giveaway

Much Love,

Laura xx

Free Things To Do With Kids in Leeds

Looking for some free activities for you and your kids around Leeds?

Here are some free days out I’ve found that won’t cost you a penny (Food & Travel being the exception of course).

February Half Term is almost upon us and even though it’s going to be a cold one, (free) days out still need to be planned.

Being a mother of five, Days out with the kids can seriously damage the bank balance. Doesn’t it seem like the kids have forever off with school holidays throughout the year and then weekends too!

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Finding days to entertain them all at once hasn’t been an easy or cheap task. Especially with their different personalities and interests.

We moved back to Leeds in 2014 after my 3rd Child was born and after a few months of settling back over in the West of Yorkshire I wanted to get the kids out and about in Leeds.

We went to a few places that I’d been to growing up to find that quite a lot are now charging for admission. Although at the time I was only paying for one adult and one child. The first park was £9.30, the second £14.50 this isn’t really a lot for a day out, but it’s a shock to the system when it has been FREE for 25 years of your life! haha.

We did go in and have fun but the only thing is, these places were not worth the money!

They hadn’t changed from when I was younger and our day lasted a couple of hours before we were back out of there and heading home again, not exactly what I’d call a day out!

Over the past couple of years, with the children getting bigger, and the days out cost increasing each time one of them hits five-year old, I’ve managed to find a few favourites of ours that we have all enjoyed a good couple of times over the years.

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Here are some of our favourite free places in Leeds:


1. Roundhay Park

Free Days Out with Kids

Roundhay Park is one of our favourites all year round, it covers a 700-acre nature park. We like to take a picnic, scooters, bikes and a football here because there is plenty of space for them all to just be wild.

We like to have a walk around the big lake and head up to the castle ruins that overlook the lake, the views are lovely!

You can have a walk through the wooded gorge where the kids like to try spot the squirrels, birds and other wildlife in the area.

At the bottom end of the park there is a Lakeside Café, and this is where you will find the ice-cream van too to keep you cool on those hot days! There’s also a couple of adventure playgrounds the kids love too.

All sorts of events are on here throughout the year too. Check the website when planning a trip, Ed Sheeran is making an appearance in August!

*Check out this LOL scooter my daughter loves!


2. Royal Armouries museum

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This is one of the best free things to do in Leeds for the kids and adults too. It has five floors of displays from hunting to self-defence and oriental galleries, a war and a tournament gallery.

They also do themed weeks so be sure to check out there “what’s on” before you plan your visits, it is certainly worth coming back to again and again.

For this years February Half Term they are hosting “War Games” activities from Wed 13th – Sun 24th Feb. Check out the PROGRAMME for the week.

We will be visiting in April too for the Medieval Easter activities and the International Jousting Horse Show.

Whenever we are visiting Royal Armouries we usually have a walk around the Leeds Docks, Leeds City Centre is only 10-15 minutes walk too, or they offer a free water-taxi depending on the weather.

3. Leeds City Museum

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Although we haven’t been here in a couple of years, this is definitely on the favourites list of free things to do in Leeds!

Leeds City Museum is situated in the City Centre, in Millennium Square. There are always different things going on throughout the year.

The kids love it at Christmas when the Traditional German Markets arrives with all the cosy looking wooden chalets, all the beautiful lights and the kids love to ride the Carousel…

but anyhow, Christmas is a long way away so we’ll get back on track!

The part the kids and I like most in the museum (activity days exempt) is the “Life on Earth Gallery”. It is filled with displays of animals, butterflies and also have interactive screens and even a craft area for the kids to do some colouring.

I’m looking forward to Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in stories coming to the Leeds City Museum from this weekend 8th February right up until 16th June!

Here’s a little about it :

Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s best-loved story makers. This unique exhibition showcases, for the first time, the notebooks and manuscripts that have become the classics we know today, including:

War Horse is a film I love but I’m yet to read the book, it is on my TBR list of course!

There is going to be an original handwritten draft of War Horse, along with props from the stage show and film. I will definitely be looking forward to giving that a visit.

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The best thing about these places is that they offer so many different variations of events. The fact that most of these events are free for families makes it that more budget friendly.

Have you visited any of these places in Leeds?

If you have let me know what you enjoyed about them in the comments. If not, would they be places that interest you?

Until next time,

Much Love

Laura xx

25 Ways to Practice Self Care to Become Your Best Self

25 Ways to Practice Self Care to Become Your Best Self


The best way to be able to care for others is to start with caring for yourself.

It’s easy to get caught up in all the busy day-to-day hustle and bustle of life’s responsibilities. It sometimes feels like life is flying by way too quickly and we don’t seem to have any time to enjoy it!

Ways to Practice Self Care for Best self

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Take a long hot bath
  2. Listen to music that makes you feel good
  3. Re-read one of your favourite books
  4. Do some Excercise
  5. Take time for yourself, away from others
  6. Burn your favourite smelling candle
  7. Buy yourself some fresh flowers
  8. Read Inspirational Quotes
  9. Unplug from Social Media
  10. Take a nap
  11. Make a gratitude list and jot down everything you are thankful for
  12. Avoid toxic people
  13. Try some Yoga
  14. Watch some funny Youtube Videos
  15. Get out in the sunshine and fresh air
  16. Meditate for 5 – 10 minutes
  17. Clear your desk
  18. Take a short walk
  19. Call a friend
  20. Look through photos
  21. Check in with yourself regularly
  22. Make a hot Cuppa
  23. Dance
  24. Do something creative, write a poem or doodle
  25. Turn off your phone for a day


What is your favourite way to practice Self Care, do you have a routine in place to care for yourself?

Comment down below!

Sunday Sit Down Series #2

Welcome to week two of the Sunday Sit Down Series as Sundays are a more chilled out part of my week I wanted to start a Series where I can reflect on the past week.

If you haven’t read week one of the series then go check it out and find out what I’ll be talking about and discussing throughout the series.

Let’s get started!

Health, wellbeing and fitness

This week I’ve been walking, woohoo! I’ve only managed two days of over 10,000 steps but again this is a massive improvement, as I’m a huge fan of driving everywhere – I used to live literally around the corner from the kid’s school and still drove them – yes it probably took me more time getting them into the car than it would have to walk them around!

I’m still keeping up with my Vitamins and Minerals and yes I still see a massive improvement in my mood and even though my sleep is still all over the place, I’m not as tired as I have been throughout the day. It’s fantastic!

Still to work on are, My eating habits, these are still a bit of a mess so I need to start setting some alarms I think to tell me when to eat for a while. Sleep, I’m getting roughly 5-6 hours of disturbed sleep a night (or morning if you count the fact I don’t get to bed until gone midnight).

Social Media

This week I’ve not seen much of Social Media for the last part of the week, I mean I’ve been on but not had the chance to catch up with much. I’ve got involved in a couple of Twitter chats since my last Sunday Sit Down, which I found rather fun and loved the interaction.

I’ve not caught up with everyone’s blogs that I wanted to read and I’ve also not been able to do much self-promotion as I haven’t quite figured out Buffer yet, it seems to work on the laptop but won’t schedule anything from my phone, and as I’ve been mainly “phone bound” this week it’s been a pain in the arse, to say the least!


My Blog I’m a little bit gutted that I haven’t managed to get done what I wanted with my content this week, I’ve literally just not had the time or energy. My aim is to get three posts out a week as a minimum, I have my brain dumps done, I have partly completed drafts but I haven’t had much internet to carry on playing around with those.

Goal Review

Taking my own photos, that would be a no. I’ve taken photo’s this week but for my blog… NO! As before, I’ve literally had no time for blog life this week.

My budget didn’t last long haha! It’s all for a good reason though so I’m not pissed at myself for this at all. I’ll tell you further down as to why I’m not as gutted as I maybe should be about screwing up all my goals this week.

I am excited about some courses I’ve got lined up though, I’ve signed up for some courses that will help me out with my blogging experience, these should help me with Social Media, Productivity, Blog-Life balance etc and it’s probably good to do these now while I’m fairly new to my blog to help me and you get a better experience from my blog.

My Week Overall

This week has been Fantastic, you may be looking at this now thinking – How exactly has it been fantastic when you’ve got nothing done, your behind on your goals and basically been a hermit online all week – Well, I’ll tell you!

I signed for my house and got the keys this week and that is the most fantastic thing to have come out of this week or this year possibly. If you know a bit about me then you’ll know that I (and my five kids) have spent since the end of January living with “The Mother”, some may be wondering why I hyphenated and add italics to that and I will tell you all about it in another post in the future, for now, I don’t have time to go into it. sorry!

As for my onwards journey, things may still be a little slow for the time being with all my online activities as I will be working on the house and getting moved in hopefully by the end of next week. I hope you can all bear with me and I apologise now if I don’t manage to get round to all comments and replies etc over the next week or two, I don’t ignore you, I will catch up with everything as soon as I can.

I am so overly excited to get the house sorted so that I can finally get all my stuff out of storage and the kids can get all their clothes, toys etc back and get back to being their happy little selves! It’s been no fun, we’ve lived out of bags (only clothes & all Winter one’s at that) for the past three months, it’s going to be like Christmas opening all our boxes and seeing all the things we’ve forgotten about over the past months (the kids Christmas prezzies all got packed up pretty much as they opened them, so yea will definitely be Christmas again for them)! haha.

I’d just like to take this time to Thank Everyone who has stuck with me through the crappiness over the past few months and I promise I’ll be giving a lot more interaction as the months’ progress and upping my content as soon as I can, which is a lot closer now!

Until Next Time.

Much Love

Laura xx




My Weekend Reads

My Weekend Reads

Hey all, Happy weekend!

I did a blog post at the beginning of the year on a reading challenge I was going to take part in with Popsugar.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve gone off track, mainly due to not finding myself anytime to just chill out, relax and read!

So far this year I’ve managed to read 11 books which is actually a massive improvement over the past few years.

The challenge has 40 prompts so I currently have a long way to go yet, luckily there are still seven months left in the year and I’m challenging myself with my weekend reads!

During the Easter holidays, I managed to do a lot of my reading due to not having to do school runs – this takes up 2 hours of my day, I know, crazy right!

I’ve set myself a new goal of reading a minimum of two books on the weekend, no school runs means I have those two hours a day spare and whatever other time I can find. If we have a weekend of adventure & fun planned I still intend to get my weekend reads in as I can chill on a night once the kids are in bed and just enjoy my book!

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My Weekend Reads


The first book I want to read is:

The image of youAdele Parks

My Weekend Reads - The Image of you Book Cover

This one falls into one of my reading challenge categories so I chose this one for that factor mainly – the category is – a book with characters who are twins.

I already started this book last week (exactly why I need a better plan for my reading) and I’m currently up to chapter 4, so far this is looking like a great book and one I can stick with.


Here’s what the back of the book says:

Can you ever trust someone

You meet online?

Anna and Zoe are twins. Identical in appearance, utterly different in personality, they share a bond so close that nothing – or no one – can rip them apart.

Until Anna meets charismatic Nick.

Anna is trusting, romantic and hopeful; she thinks Nick is perfect. Zoe is daring, dangerous and extreme; she thinks Nick is a liar.

Zoe has seen Anna betrayed by men before. She’ll stop at nothing to discover if Nick is as good as he seems.

Lies may hurt. But honesty can kill.

I’m hoping it keeps me wanting to read more of the book, I love a good book that pulls you in!


The second book I want to read this weekend is:

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

My Weekend Reads - The Fault in our Stars Book Cover

I’ve chosen this one mainly because I’ve heard so many good reviews on this book. I’m not sure if it fits into any of the categories for my reading challenge just yet but I’m sure I’ll figure that one out soon enough – I hope it does!


Here’s what the back of the book says:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw,

The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

It sounds like a great book and I look forward to opening it up and reading away!

Let me know in the comments if:

You have read any of these books and if they Were they worth the read for you?

Until next time!

Much Love

Laura xx


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