Make your home COSY this Autumn! / AW 19 HOME DECOR INSPO

Happy Thursday RM fam,

I am currently counting down til the weekend so i can cosy up in some NEW fall pjs and some pumpkin chai!

I’m embracing all things fall at the moment, and that includes changing the décor around my home to make it extra cosy!

The good things is that changing things up around your home does not have to be costly; I will share some of my favourite places to get home stuff for around this time of the year also.

Here are my top picks for giving my home a mini Autumn overhaul:

 

  • Stock up on pillows/blankets/throws

What better way to make things extra cosy than having throws and pillows around the lounge! So ideal for when guests come over or when you are having a cosy night in with Netflix.

I have seen really nice ones in Primark and also Matalan this past weekend:

 

 

These cosy ones are from Matalan: https://www.matalan.co.uk/homeware/living?utf8=%E2%9C%93&%5Bfacet_filter%5D%5Bmeta.sub_category%5D%5BCushions%20and%20Throws%5D=on&%5Bfacet_filter%5D%5Bmin_current_price%5D%5Bgte%5D=1.0&%5Bfacet_filter%5D%5Bmin_current_price%5D%5Blte%5D=159.99&per=36&sort=

(And I saw quite a few on sale!)

  • Candles, candles and more candles

My ultimate place for stocking up on fall candles: TK Maxx. Seriously go there and have a look at the variety that they have! Its sooo good and they are always at a very goof price range.

My favourite scents? Pumpkin spice (of course), Spiced apple/orange and cinnamon scents are always a good choice in my books!

Here are some that TK Maxx at the moment:

 

 

  • Get you some faux plants

When days are dark and gloomy I think that flowers/plants (even fake) bring a bit of personality and brightness to any room.

We have them in the living room, kitchen and guest bedroom.

Here are some pretty ones I saw when browsing around, IKEA is a great place to find them and at such a bargain too:

 

 

  • Linen

Always nice to get fresh sets when a new season comes, and I love the ones in Next at the moment: simple, neutral and cosy!

 

You can see what they have at the moment here: NEXT Duvet Sets

 

  • Wicker baskets

Slightly random, but I get fall vibes whenever I see these on Pinterest. They are also pretty ideal for storing throws and blankets.

Again I have seen some really nice, inexpensive ones from TK Maxx:

 

 

You can have a look at the different ones here: TK Maxx Wicker Baskets

 

These are a few of my favourite things! Its great how the little things like these mentioned make such a difference around your home!

 

What do you like to add in/around your home to get that fall vibe going? I’d love to know!

 

Have a great end to the week

 

Chloe x

NEED SOME MONDAY MOTIVATION?

Hey RM fam, and happy Monday! Hope you’re having a great start to the week, and we are almost in October!

I don’t know about you, but I had one of those mornings today where my coffee needed a coffee.

I had to watch a pep talk on Youtube on the commute to work AND repeat my worship playlist to try and kick start my energy/motivation level to get this day started!

I know a lot of people can feel the Monday blues at one point or another, especially if you have a long/busy week ahead.

I wake up super early and make my Mondays quite productive, people often ask “how do I do it”. The short answer is sleep and caffeine!

But there are other things I put in place which definitely helps me tackle a rough Monday start!

First things first – I give the start of my day to God. What does that mean? This can consist of a few things. I go in prayer, read the word/chapter of a devotional, talk to Him about things that are going on etc. For me there is no better way to start the day. Doing this helps me put things in perspective; this day is for Him and to give Him glory. As long as I keep Him the focus of the day I’ll be good and would have done good. I like this saying when it comes to spending time with God: Stay plugged into the ultimate source, and your fuel will be good for the day.

 

 

Music is good for the soul. It is amazing what music can do to lift your mood. I have a morning worship playlist which not only helps me wake up, but also helps me get my mind right to face whatever the day brings. So, I would really recommend creating a morning playlist if you don’t have one already!

Have a good breakfast. I am a foodie, and any recommendations where it involves food I am all for it. Whatever a nice breakfast is for you – go for it. It gives you something to look forward to and will also help with energy levels. My personal fave brekkie for a Monday is a croissant with fruit salad and green tea.

Have something to look forward to. It may be that really luscious latte at lunch, going to a workout class, meeting up with a friend after the office etc. This helps me stay motivated during a Monday in the office knowing I have something to look forward to, it doesn’t have to be something expensive or fancy! Mondays I have made my go to for reading and having a pumpkin latte after work! My ideal evening!

What do you do to kick start your week when your motivation levels are not at their peak? I would love to know!

 

Chloe x

 

 

 

HANDLING THE DARKER MORNINGS AND EARLIER EVENINGS

Hey RM fam, and hello fall!

Does anyone else love the Autumn season? I have to admit: I’m all for the pumpkin spice and everything nice!

 

 

 

 

 

I love this time of the year- but there is one thing I struggle with: the darker mornings and earlier evenings.

The struggle is REAL and I know I’m not the only one who can find this a challenge when the days get shorter.

I thought I would share what I like to do which helps (especially the mornings!)

Routine is important, but also remember to socialise!

It’s good to have a routine and stick to it – as this can help your mind and body get used to the darkness both in the morning and late afternoon. Try and go to bed, wake up around the same time.

Something I have noticed is that I am a lot more social during the summer (when the days are longer and brighter). I would often meet up with friends after work while the sun was still out. When it comes to the darker months however I find that this is not the case.

When it gets dark out it can be easy to limit your evenings, but don’t forget meeting up with friends and also having fun during the week! It’s good for the soul, breaks the week so its not all about work and can really boost your mood!

Be careful with that snooze button.

I might get a weird look with this one, but I don’t use the snooze button. However, because I know a LOT of people do I’ll just advise to be careful using it during the mornings when its so dark out. I mean it’s a struggle to get out of bed as it is! The darkness can trick your mind into wanting to go back to sleep thinking it’s still the middle of the night, and that snooze button will look extra tempting.

Also, while I’m on the subject of time: get up earlier. This works really well for me in handling the darker mornings! Try and get up 10 or 15 minutes earlier which might not seem like a lot of time –  but hey I believe any time given in the morning is valuable, especially if you have to get up early for work!

Having those extra few minutes helps me mentally prep for the day (and also helps me to get myself up!).

Do a mini workout.

I’m not saying jumping out of bed and doing an hour of intensive workout or doing a somersault to the gym (but if you want to do that then hey go for it! All power to you!).

If I am really struggling to wake up, what I have found super beneficial is to do a mini workout from YouTube. There are a LOT of workout videos that are specifically tailored to do for a short amount of time. This has really helped give me a kick in the morning when I’m feeling sluggish. I don’t do this every day but when I do I feel a difference in my energy levels and mood.

 

I know that most of these tips don’t exactly sound fun but they are ways I cope with the change in weather as we fall into Autumn (hah! see what I did there?).

I hope they are also helpful for you in handling those difficult mornings and nights!

 

 

Chloe x

GOD KNOWS BEST – WORTH THE WAIT

Hey RM fam,

I had such a lovely time in London with my husband for his birthday – we rested, met up with some friends, spent quality time together and ate a LOT.  I thought instead of sharing a bunch of pictures which highlighted the weekend I would share what was on my heart from that trip which might bless or encourage someone.

On the Saturday night for Rob’s birthday, we went over the London skyline via Emirates Airline. I’m slightly iffy with heights but pushed past that fear as I knew the views would be amazing! And it really was. It was beautiful seeing the lights of the city. We already had an amazing day.

 

 

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Rob all of a sudden began listing things that he loved about me and what he was proud of me for. I have been trying for a few days, but I cant really put into words how that moment felt. It was a night that I wont forget; the love and moment of pure joy being with him.

This is what God wants to give us. He wants us to know just how cherished we are. He wants to spend quality time with us. He wants the best for us and for us to feel joy with Him.

It’s truly moments like the one I had with Rob that evening that point me back to God’s agape, overflowing love. A love that even though I didn’t deserve, has been given to me through grace.

Moments like those are a testament to me that trusting God with your relationship is best because HE knows what is best for you. When we trust Him – blessings follow as we go into His will for our lives.

 

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD.” (Jeremiah 17:7)

 

Trusting God involves having faith in Him and submitting over every aspect of our life. I will admit that it has not been easy, every day involves submission, such as submitting my marriage over to God.

I used to think I knew what I wanted in a relationship, what was best for me (boy was I WAY off! I’m glad I did not receive what I thought I wanted!!) God not only surpassed my expectations, but He gave me a purpose and life partner. He blessed me with a relationship that points to Him and keeps Him as the focus.

Trusting God with my spouse was the best choice looking back, if I didn’t trust God and wait for His best for me I would not have experienced moments like that evening.

For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” (Romans 10:11)

 

Stay encouraged in your walk with God. A Christ centred marriage is worth the wait, unlike anything you’d imagine and worth fighting for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chloe x