Author: Jen

Five Self-Care Tips for Better Mental Health

Struggling with mental health can lead to feelings of loneliness, isolation and low self-esteem, which can in turn exacerbate poor mental health – the most vicious of cycles. I’d like to add here: if you are feeling very low, please speak out: contact your doctor, talk to a friend or relative, locate a therapist or ring the Samaritans. I promise you, there is always someone who will listen. Self-care is a massive trend right now and you’ve probably heard of it but may just think of it as a buzz word, platitude or marketing ploy so, as someone who suffers with extreme social anxiety and depression, let me tell you the self-care strategies I regularly use that actually improve my state of mind: Switching off from social media Three months ago, I took the decision to take a break from Facebook and haven’t looked back. I realised (and it took me 12 years to make the connection!) that it really was not good for my mental health, I was spending way too much time on …

Six Easy Ways to Refresh Your Bedroom

Interiors can sometimes feel stale and boring quite quickly and you may be desperate to change the look of your home but not have the time or the funds to completely redecorate. If this sounds familiar, do not despair; there are simple, small and cheap ways to wholly refresh a room. Here, I am focussing on the bedroom, but most of these suggestions can be applied to any room: Update your lighting Change your shade, buy a new lamp, invest in some fairy lights, pop up a wall light, light some scented candles – there are lots of small ways to change the lighting in your bedroom, which in turn can alter the whole effect and feel of the room. Add a new blind Changing your blind, or switching from curtains to blinds, can give your bedroom a new look. Opt for a colourful fabric blind to make a bold statement or go Venetian for a summery vibe. Change your bedding I am a sucker for new bedding and have seen how easily a bright …

The Teravista Golf Club In Texas Provides A Welcomed Challenge To Beginners And Pros Alike

The Teravista Golf Club is an award-winning public golf course with a Championship 18-hole course located in one of Texas’ more scenic country sides. The view from the Teravista draws out for more than 50 miles of rolling terrain, with more than seven thousand yards of turf for golfers to enjoy. The Teravista Golf Club was opened in 2002, and today, they provide more than just great turf for golfers, but a beautiful venue for various events, including weddings, corporate meetings, and private parties at a dedicated location on the Teravista known as The Ranch House.  The Teravista offers many of the amenities that any golfer would expect from a high-end course, including caddies, carts, putting, pro teachers, and more. The fairways and greens around the entire course are covered in fine Bermuda grass, perfect for walking or driving around in. Despite the Teravista’s reputation and regular activity, they have many great testimonials giving credit to its services and overall easy flow.   As far as golf courses near Austin TX go, it is hard …

Six Plants You Can Grow On Your Windowsill

The importance of eating organic food has gradually grown from an unlikely trend to something a whole lot more vital; we are all encouraged to eat more fruit and veg and to choose organic options where possible but the associated costs can be prohibitive.   The most affordable way of eating organic plants is to grow them yourself.  Fortunately, you don’t need a lot of space to grow a selection of vegetables and herbs; a small vegetable patch, hanging baskets, a balcony or roof terrace or even, as in my case, a sun-filled windowsill, can provide enough space to make a good start in growing your own. We live in a small flat with no garden so our only option at the moment is to grow plants on our bedroom windowsill (this is south-facing and so receives the most natural light and warmth of anywhere in the flat).  We have made a start into the process by researching the types of things we will be able to grow and have come up with these super …

Growing Veggies – It’s Easier Than You Think!

Most people have been making an effort to cut back on their carbon footprint for some years now. However, in the last few years, there has been a more significant push to have less single-use plastic, less fast fashion purchases, and more ‘self-sustainability’. And that in itself is very cool. Recycling, using the car less when possible, cutting back on cleaning chemicals are all great efforts. And, even the smallest eco-goal is one worth making. But, managing to produce a range of fruits and vegetables is an excellent addition to your efforts. It’s easier than you think! Photo by Sven Scheuermeier on Unsplash Start Small You might be tempted to rush out and buy as many seeds and small plants as possible. But you should start smaller. Think about what you currently eat, and what would be beneficial for you and your family. Laying the groundwork is going to be vital. The basic soil makeup to grow tasty veggies is plenty of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. In most bags of soil, you will get a …