Thursday, 30 July 2015

RELAXATION THROUGH COLOURING

Every now and then a new craze emerges, and more often than not I'm a little dubious. When colouring books for adults exploded all over my social media feeds, I first thought "Here we go again!" and didn't really give it a second thought. But more and more posts kept appearing and eventually I gave in. I'd read that colouring can help to relieve stress and anxiety, and having tried various other methods to reduce my anxiety I thought why not? One quick Amazon search later, I discovered Animal Kingdom by Mille Marotta and it went straight in my basket along with some brand new colouring pencils. I have to admit, it all does feel a little childish, I mean I haven't coloured in since I was very young but I was intrigued. Boy, am I glad I decided to give it a go!

As soon as the book and pencils arrived I couldn't wait to get stuck in. I took my time colouring in the intricate animals and patterns trying a little too hard to stay within the lines, and have to say that it really did make me feel relaxed and content. As you're really concentrating on the colouring, it means you aren't sat dwelling on all the "what-if's" and other negative thoughts which I found a welcome break. I can imagine that in a stressful situation this would be a great help. Have you tried any adult colouring books?



Tuesday, 28 July 2015

I AM VERY BUSY: MY NEW FAVOURITE PLANNER


Hi I'm Amy and I have an obsession with stationery. Pens, pencils, notebooks, cute post it notes, stickers, you name it, I love it! I came across this planner a couple of weeks ago and there was no way I couldn't buy it. This is the I Am Very Busy by Bando, but sold through Mod Dolly. It's sold out at the moment but hopefully it will be back in stock soon! It's 17 months which is really useful, as it starts in late July through to December 2016. The planner has a small section in the front for your name and a couple of contact details if you like to put them in and a sheet of really cute stickers.  have to say that the planner is a little "teen-y", especially with the 'Bando Girl' secret code they have, but I can definitely look past this due to how lovely the rest of this is! There is a year on one page overview of both 2016 and 2017, month on two pages with a small note section and then week on two pages. I love that you can organise your day to day goings in either of the three sections. I like to use the month on two pages to highlight when my bills and direct debits have to come out (all the exciting stuff) and then I write my day to day tasks in the week on two pages section.Throughout the planner there are loads of lovely additions, like the 'reasons to party pages' and the notes pages which make it even easier to stay organised, along with a document slot on the inside back page.

At the beginning of each month there are super cool illustrations and quotes, with colour coded month tabs so you can flick through easily. My favourite thing about the planner, aside from it's basic planner qualities of course, is that it is so colorful and fun. I think this makes you even more motivated to use it to it's full capability. It's a really handy size too with it being A5, meaning you can carry it around with you in your handbag without taking up too much room. It's also a hardback planner making it nice and sturdy and less likely to get damaged. At £16 it's not the cheapest of planners, nor the most expensive, but it's got everything I need. I've just started a 12 month marketing placement and this is going to be the perfect thing to keep me on top of everything that will be going on!







Monday, 20 July 2015

CALM THE MIND, CHANGE THE WORLD & GIVEAWAY!

Books, journals, notebooks, any type of book: I love 'em. If you read my "Time To Change" post from a couple of weeks back, you'll know how I am working to make a more positive and fulfilling life so when I heard about this book, Calm, by Michael Acton Smith, I just had to get my hands on it. Living with anxiety sometimes makes it difficult to see the positive in situations and remain calm, so I'm really hoping that this book makes a difference.






With modern life being so hectic from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep, it can be hard to fit in some moments of complete calm. I know that's the case for me anyway. Michael says that "Calm is the book that will show you how to take back a little bit of peace, space and all-important calm." This book also partners well to the well loved app, Calm, also developed by Michael. but sometimes it's just so good to put pen to paper.

Firstly, it's simply just a gorgeous book. From the blue of the cover, to the texture and quality of each page. I know that's a bit geeky but I do appreciate a good quality book. Is that just me!? Calm contains simple and realistic habits that work with the demands of your hectic lifestyle, through combining real scientific research with real life experiences. I find it really hard to dedicate time solely to silent meditation, no matter how much I would love to do so. I'm hoping that this book will help me delve into the world of mindfulness and meditation as I've heard such positive things about how it can change your life.

Calm is split into eight sections: nature, work, creativity, children, travel, relationships, food and sleep. Each section contains helpful information, creative activities, motivational quotes and lots of inspiration. I love how colourful this book is, how much it makes you want to work through it. The way Calm is set out means that you can dip in and out of the book whenever you like, or read through in order, it's up to you! I especially love the journal pages, where you can note down what made you feel calm and as I plan to do, recognise what I'm grateful for.

I'm hoping that working through this book daily will have noticeable benefits and I'm already excited to see where this book will take me. From a good initial look, I know this is definitely going to be a favourite of mine and I think that I'll be coming back to it time and time again. 

Now. for the part you've all been waiting for, the giveaway! I wanted to give a copy away to one of you lovely lot as a thank you for reading amyjanealice and to hopefully help you lead a more calm and mindful life. Just read the t&cs below and complete the Rafflecopter form to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck!


1. Open to UK residents only - sorry!
2. Entrants must be over 16 or have parental permission to disclose their address
3. All entries will be checked so please be honest
4. This competition will run for two weeks, from the 20th July to the 3rd August
5. Winners will be contacted via email so please leave it where requested
6. If there is no response within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen
7. I am not responsible for any loss or damage to the item once it has been handed to Royal Mail



Wednesday, 1 July 2015

STAYING SAFE IN THE SUN WITH SMARTSUN


Much to everybody's amazement, we're having some pretty great weather in England recently. It's funny; we all complain when it's raining or windy, and we all complain when it's warm. Seems like we're never happy! Jokes aside, while basking in the sun is perfectly relaxing, it's also really important to stay safe and protect yourself from the suns rays. Rates of skin cancer are increasing faster than any other cancer in the UK, and melanoma is now one of the most common cancers in young adults aged 15-34. Some might think that suncreams are only for holidays abroad, but that isn't the case. Any exposure to the sun while unprotected can be potentially dangerous, and nobody likes sunburn. But, how do you know when you've applied enough? And when to reapply to reap the protective benefits?

Enter Smartsun. Smartsun have created one use UV Indicator Wristbands*, and while it might sound like a bit of a gimmick, I actually think it's a really good idea. Especially for us fair skinned people who feel like they need to constantly top up on suncream. The wristband changes colour depending on whether you're safe to stay in the sun, you should reapply cream or you should get inside! It works by measuring the amount of UV radiation you've been exposed to across the day and takes away all the guesswork away from reapplication. The wristbands are perfect for holidays, days out in the countryside or exploring a new town, any time you're going to be in the sun for a considerable amount of time. It's also pretty easy to time to pass by between suncream applications, and so this ensures you never forget.

With the rising rates of skin cancer, staying safe in the sun is more important than ever and while there are many ways to do this, the Smartsun wristbands are an affordable, discreet and helpful way to do this. I know this is a little different than most of my posts on amyjanealice, but I think it's such an important issue and I hope that this benefits at least one of you!

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