Monday

Holiday Photography - My Barbados Travel Diary

If you didn't know, I actually got back from my family holiday to Barbados yesterday! We went for 10 days and I honestly had such a fun, relaxing break. I took lots of lovely photos, and thought I'd share them in a photo diary sort of thing:) But first, I just wanted to briefly talk about Ariana's new album, Sweetener.. I'm lovingggg it! My faves are probably REM, No Tears Left To Cry and God Is A Woman, but I actually love them all - what are your favourites? I also just bought the NTLTC sweater and I'm so excited for it to arrive!! Anyways, without further ado, onto my photo travel diary...

camera - iPhone 6s
8th August - 6:50 am
This was the morning of our first full day in Barbados! We woke up super early due to jetlag, and thought we should make the most of it by going to the beach to watch the end of the sunrise. We went for a really lovely walk and it was so much fun. I also, obviously, took a few photos of me, so here's one of my faves!

camera - iPhone 6s
8th August - 8:50 am
This was the stunning view from our room's balcony! We weren't quite sure what to expect in terms of our hotel room, so when we walked in and saw we had that stunning sea view, we were so delighted.

camera: my dad's random phone (don't know the name sorry!)
8th August - 3:30pm
Every day, our hotel had some sort of 'thing?!' going on outside one of the hotels (e.g. giving out snow cones, mocktails etc) and on our first day, there was this guying slashing open coconuts and handing them out! It was so cool, and I couldn't resist not taking a photo.


camera: iPhone 6s
 
9th August - 5:54
Soooo.. today I was loving my dress (from PrettyLittleThing by the way), and the lighting was looking cute so I forced asked my sister to come out to the beach with me and do a lil photoshoot before dinner for Insta!! (Fun fact, we were out shooting for 30 minutes straight and we took 117 photos hahaha. We also got a cute pink ice cream we didn't want hahah for the aesthetic. #doitforthegram #dedicated). If you're from my Instagram you might already recognise this photo;) but yah, I really like it:)*
 
*If you don't follow my Insta by the way you def should hehehe, go check it out @whatlexieloves / instagram.com/whatlexieloves
 
camera: Nikon d80
 
12th August - 1:16pm
One of the days, my family and I went to Crystal Cove, the sister hotel to the one we were staying at (Turtle Beach) to check it out! It was also so lovely, and the pool was so gorgeous, I knew I wanted to snap a couple pics. Isn't the colour of the pool stunning?!!

camera: iPhone 6s

13th August - 10:17am
On the 13th, my family and I went to Harrison's Caves, these incredible, naturally formed caves filled with crystals. It was so insane, and I'd definitely recommend checking it out if you ever go to Barbados. Unfortunately, all my photos turned out rubbish, so here's just one of me waiting to go in. But if you want to see what it was like, just google Harrison's Caves Barbados and look at the images that show up (they do look a little... weird... hahahah, you'll see what I mean) :)


camera: Nikon d80
13th August - 3:20pm
After going to Harrison's Caves, we went to Bottom Bay, a gorgeous beach on the east coast that my friend's mum had recommended. It was really hard to find, but that meant that it was really peaceful and only filled with locals (at least when we were there!)....


camera: Nikon d80
13th August - 3:35pm
..... and we met this really love guy who sold us drinks out of coconuts he had climbed up trees to get. I've always wanted to get the perfect shot of a local doing something they loved so I was really happy with this shot. I would 10000% recommending visiting Bottom Bay if you ever go to Barbados.

 camera: iPhone 6s
15th August - 2:48pm
Our hotel was holding a Family Fun Day on the 15th and that meant there was facepainting, a bouncy castle and even a petting zoo for the kids (def aimed at 5 year olds not a teenager like myself but can't so no to a good ol bouncy castle amirite!!) :) I went a long and held all sorts of amazing animals, like a snake, turtles and even an iguana.


camera: iPhone 8+
17th August - 1:30pm
After lunch on our last full day:(((, I was reading my book - a dreamy YA romance called A Sky Painted Gold (review coming soon!) and we had to take a couple of shots for the Instagram. I love holiday reading, what about you? I'm also reading Cait (Paper Fury)'s A Thousand Perfect Notes and I'm really enjoying it so far. IT'S SO CUTE!

SO... those are my favourite photos from this holiday, along with a little description of what we were doing:) I hope you liked seeing my photography, which photo was your fave? Mine are probably 4 + 7 <3 Do you like my photography posts? Did you go anywhere or do anything fun this summer? Let me know in the comments below!

Lexie x


Thursday

How To Trick Your Brain Into Feeling Productive

Hi everyone! It's currently the summer holidaysssss (at least for me!), and whilst that may mean you're off on various adventures, for me and lots of people I know, that means Netflix. Food. Social media. Youtube. Sleep. Repeat. Whilst it's definitely good to chill sometimes, after a while that cycle of endless nothing-ness, can make you feel bad, lazy, unfulfilled and unproductive. So I have compiled a list of tasks you can do, in between your Netflix-binging and Insta-stalking, to trick your brain into feeling like you've been productive all dayyyy (when in reality you've been productive for about 10 minutes).

Do a cheeky little workout

Just go on to Youtube and find a simple 10 minute workout for beginners. There are so many good ones, and that will just help you feel a little more refreshed! Alternatively, just go outside and dance around to your favourite songs for 10 minutes or so. You'll definitely deserve a Netflix break after that!

Do some art!

Art has been proven to be very theruptic, but is also fun and productive. You don't have to be great at art for this to be effective, I'm certainly NOT! Try and steer away from digital art, as it's important to turn off your screens sometimes. Bonus points if you get out of the house to do this, go for a walk somewhere or even just go outside to your garden; fresh. air. is. so. important.

Buy new stationary

I’m not really sure why this one works, but it does! Whenever you buy new stationary, for most people, it makes you feel really motivated and organised. You can buy really cheap stationary from most supermarkets, but if you’re looking to splurge that bit more, there are some really gorgeous brands with great products. My personal fave is Kikki K, a pricey but stunning brand; I actually got a Goals Journal from there a couple days ago (blog post coming soon on reaching your goals - watch out!) and I definitely felt more pumped and productive.

Not my photo (I wish)! Credits: http://www.we-are-scout.com/2015/07/new-kikki-k-homewares-planners-stationery.html

Have a mini picnic

Whether you do this with family, friends or even by yourself - clear your mind by having a mini picnic somewhere beautiful near your house, whether that's an open field, lake or your local park. Pack lots of your favourite healthier foods (when you eat healthier, you'll definitely feel more fulfilled), like avocados, smoothies and strawberries. Make sure you do leave room for some sweet treats too though!

Sell some old clothes/tech/anything else on eBay, Depop etc

This one is a double-whammie!! Not only does it clear out things that you don't use anymore, making your life less cluttered, you also get money for it; win-win situation!

Deep clean!

Yes. I know. Tidying your room may not be the way you want to spend your weekend or summer holiday, but it’s productive, worth-while and ends in you having a lovely tidy living space. If you don’t really feel like tidying your room, and can’t be bothered, I definitely recommend watching some ‘aesthetic room tours’ on YouTube and it will definitely inspire you. (Just don’t get sucked into the endless rabbit hole that is YouTube!) And once your done, you’ll have a clean room;) (If you don’t get bored half way through and give up hehe #guilty)

Go on a bike ride:)

I feel like I talk about cycling all the time on my blog haha but that’s because it’s a great, healthy, fun thing to do! As long as you have a bike, this is a relaxing way to exercise and get out of the house. You can always reward yourself by cycling to your nearby cafe;)

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So those are my top tips to tricking your brain into thinking you were productive all day (when these activities only take from just 5 minutes to an hour). I’m definitely guilty of having days where all I did was watch Netflix and eat hahha, but as fun as it is, after a while it always makes me feel awful! Therefore, I know I’ll be coming back to this post and using these activities:)

What do you do to feel productive? Are you generally a productive person, or do struggle to find motivation most days?

I’ll be back soon with another post! ♡
Lexie x

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Fun Summer Activities for Teenagers and Kids

Hi everyone! So as of last Friday, it is officially summer break for me!! This means that I now have a lovely 6 weeks off school coming up to relax (and hopefully get stuff done!). However, from previous years I know that this time can often lead to days of boredom and unproductivity. So for all of you on summer break now, I have put together a list of some fun Summer Activities for Teenagers to enjoy alone, with family or with friends. (And if you're not on school break right now, I'm sure some of these will still be useful ideas for weekends.)

Have a smoothie contest

You can do this with siblings or a group of friends, but just get together with others and try and think of the wackiest, coolest smoothies, and then actually make them!! You can then get a parent or somebody else to taste them all, and pick a winner. (This post here actually has some great unique smoothie recipes).

Den-fest

Again, this can be done with friends or family. One warm day, make loads of dens outside using duvets and bedsheets, then blast out some music and have your own mini festival. You can also do things like have bonfires or BBQs to really get everyone in the spirit! And you get to do each other's festival makeup before hand, which I personally love.

Go on a bike ride!

This one is a great option as it's really easy and as long as you have a bike, free. And you can do it alone (I do love just clearing my mind when I'm stressed by going on a bike ride), with friends or family. And it's a great way to exercise and get a bit of fresh air:)

I actually went on a bike ride with my siblings yesterday evening, and it was so fun and refreshing.


Thrifting in charity or vintage shops

I know in the UK we don't actually have 'thrift' shops, but we can go to charity shops. This can be done alone or with friends, just go to your nearest second-hand shops and find some cool items. If you want, you can always do a little fashion show afterwards.

Strawberry picking

I know some people won't be near somewhere where they can do this, but if you do, strawberry (or other fruit) picking is a really simple, cute and fun idea to do this summer. Not only can you get some great shots for the Insta feed haha, but it's also genuinely fun (and = food at the end of it, which is a bonus).

Crazy golf

This isn't the most unique idea, but I know it doesn't necessarily spring to most people's minds when you think of 'fun activities for the summer', however I know from the past, that it's actually a really fun thing to do (and brings out a competitive streak in many!)

Learn a new language

Yes, 'learning' does remind many people of school, and even though the holidays are a time to escape from school, it's never a bad thing to learn a new skill. I really want to learn sign language this summer, I'm not really sure why to be honest!! Just make the most of all your free time and sign up to an online course (there's loads of good, free ones that can teach you a variety of different languages).

Start a blog or YouTube channel!!

If you don't already run a blog or Youtube channel, and you'd like to start one, summer break is a great time to. They do take a lot of hard work and dedication, but they are so so worthwhile and fun!

Make your own pizza

Everyone loves pizza! (Except my weird best friend like WHO ARE YOU?!) But except from her hehe, so why not host a make your own pizza sesh at your house. Buy loads of yummy toppings before hand (NOT anchovies*) and see who can make the quirkiest.. but tastiest pizza. Should be a great laugh (as well as ending in you eating pizza, which is always a win!)

*they are so so disgusting eww

Go to a farm or zoo

Bring out your inner child and have fun running around at a farm or zoo, seeing all the different animals!

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SO those were some fun activities for kids and teenagers to enjoy this summer! Are you on summer holidays? Do you have any plans? What else would you add to my list? I hope this post was helpful, and I'll be back soon with another post:)
Lexie x
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