Thursday 27 April 2017

5 Ways To Actually Be Productive

These little tips are a surefire way to help boost your productivity. We set out with the best intentions, but things always seem to get in the way, we put it off and tell ourselves we will get to it later, later turns into tomorrow, tomorrow turns into next week, until we realise it's too late and something else requires our attention and I for one am certainly guilty of all of the above, so lets get over all that procrastinating and let's get productive!

What you and I need to realise, if you want to get shit done no one else is going to do it for you, so get your butt into gear and get prioritising, it's not hard, but practice makes perfect right!?

Well the answer to that is simply yes, but just writing this alone, I've been distracted, new emails have come in, my daughter, the cat and to top it off, I've got the TV on! (Damn you TOWIE) Coffee is required, then I'm thinking about where to grab coffee later and then a little Pinterest and Instagram roaming, then I find myself circling back to where I actually need to be. 

Sound familiar?

My head is clearly clouded and then one way to clear it, is to make a plan and actually be productive and organise my surroundings for the task at hand and I have a great post that this is also great if you are in a blogging slump.

So grab a notebook, post-it note (I love these) iPad, whatever I've got a wee little list, 6 in fact, ways to actually help you be productive.

When making your list, think about what is important what requires your attention first and foremost, on then can you truly get organised. Once you have made that list, that's your first step to being productive and readies you to tackle what is required doing.

No matter what you are doing, it is vital to relax your brain and body and take that much-needed break, the worst thing you can do is try to tackle something in frustration. Be it going for a walk, listening to some music or cooking, once you have had that down time you will be ready to conquer and be productive. 

Nothing is more infectious and can get you down than being in a negative space and this can really set you/us back in life and stop us in being productive. What you have to remember is tomorrow will be better, life will go on and in helping you be productive I have 5 ways to have a better day, or get out and go do something that YOU love to do.

The best way to get productive is preparation, preparation is key. So prep for tomorrow the night before, think about what you are going to do, wear and go and have everything all organised, you can even make breakfast ahead so you are all sorted for the morning.

In order to be productive, you need to have energy and being well rested is the way to go and get ready to smash it and get you out of that slump. A good night sleep is so beneficial to our health and helps reduce our stress levels.

What are your tips on being productive?

London Mumma xx



Wednesday 26 April 2017

How To Wear Culottes This Spring

I never thought I'd be wearing a pair of culottes, but they are super comfortable and easy to wear be it dressed up or down. Oh, and do you not think that it is a funny word to say, culottes! Like panties, it always makes me chuckle! 

The culottes were originally worn by French upper-class men in the Renaissance era up until the early 19th century and be it not fast forward into the twentieth century we wear them loose, they were originally fastened below the knee with buttons, a strap and buckle or a drawstring. But that's enough history lets get back on how to wear them, shall we? 

What I am Wearing 

As chic as culottes are, you want to nail it by styling it the right way, if you get the wrong colour, shape for you, it can all go a bit Pete tong, and end up looking like a stumpy sausage. You want your culottes to elongate you, so go for a high-waisted pair so that it lengthens you, or if you are so in love with the pair you've bagged and sits on your waist, then wear them with a pair of high heels, to give you that height needed. 

Once you have found your perfect pair this Spring, wear them with a light top, nothing too heavy it is Spring after all and you will want something to balance you out, as culottes are quite wide on the lower half.

Looking to rock the culotte at work or during the day, then I would wear it with a blazer and some flat sandals as I have done for a more relaxed look and dress it up with some fab accessories to take you into night.

Will you be investing in a pair of culottes this Spring?

London Mumma xx


Tuesday 25 April 2017

Spinach and Feta Rolls

There is something satisfying, about biting down into a packed filo pastry finger fillers with spinach and splendour of warm feta cheese.

Be it you are looking for a warm treat to start the day, a little snack throughout the day or a new addition to your meat free Monday dish, these spinach and feta fingers well truly keep you satisfied.

Not one for wanting to slave over cooking for hours on end, I mean no one wants too, these delights take no time at all to make.

2tbsp olive oil
1 onion slices finely
1 clove of garlic cut finely
2 tsp of dried oregano
350 grams of spinach, washed
100 grams of feta, crumbled
1 egg whisked
1 pack of filo pastry sheets
Sesame seeds for garnish

1. Heat up your frying pan over a medium heat and add your oil. Turn on the oven to 180c, gas mark 4. Chop your onions and garlic finely along with two pinches of your oregano add all to pan and cook until onion and garlic becomes soft. 

2. Whack in your spinach into the pan and cook until wilted, pop to one side to cool.

3. Cut your filo pastry in to triangles (you will need two sheets per filo finger). brush the pastry with the whisked egg and add to each a table or two of your spinach and feta filling and roll and repeat. Once done brush the top of the rolls with the remaining egg wash and then sprinkle with sesame seeds.

4. Pop your Spinach and Feta Rolls in the oven for 20 mins until golden and crispy placed in the middle shelf.

London Mumma xx



Wednesday 19 April 2017

School Run Style

I have to say, mornings, I've got the routine, down to a T! Coffee, washing up, shower and dressed, oh and I make sure Leanora is ready too! But getting out of the actual door is an actual struggle, making sure you have got, the right outfit, shoes that actually match since you have been up since 5 am, your keys, oyster and bank card, sod it, the mobile can stay in and charge! But most importantly, we all want to do look good at the gates, so before we leave the house we want to look good! 

As we walk to preschool 8/10 I want to be comfortable in what I wear as well as looking good. Be it in a pair of trusty jeans, athleisure and the satisfyingly sweet striped top, that my wardrobe has come accustomed too and which I slip on, like welcoming an old friend home.

We all have a wardrobe staple, Mumma's or not and that's something we all love and passionate about no matter who you are and where you live in the world we share one passion that connects us all and that is a striped t-shirt, white shirt, perfect jacket, the ultimate perfect pair of jeans and some comfy trainers to get us from A-Z. 

The perfect striped top is a must-have essential wardrobe piece, so if you spend a little extra on it, it will certainly pay off as it is easy to wear in multiple fashionable ways, be it  worn dressed up with a skirt, or laid back with chinos or looking like a Parisian paired with a skinny jeans or dungarees.

You can not go wrong with a pair of jeans, they hold lots of movement, so perfect for chasing after the kids or getting them to make a dash to school or sitting crossed legged in the middle of the hall whilst at ballet lessons. No matter the style as well being not ironed in my case it is a sure school run style essential we all need in our wardrobe.

There is nothing like a comfortable pair of trainers, especially for those days when you are pounding the pavements, you want to make sure you can get the kids in swiftly whilst your feet are feeling great and looking good. I do like to opt for a classic pair or trainers such as Converse or Stan Smith's, but I do like a good pair of leopard or star print. 

School run style is not complete without a jacket, especially for those crisp mornings. A quick slip on of a biker jacket, will automatically edge up your look and can even be thrown over a light knit or layered under a warmer jacket in the winter months, but it even looks great teamed with a dress or a Friday night out with friends for drinks worn with a boyfriend jeans teamed with some heels. A biker jacket, no matter the colour is a certain wardrobe staple.

As you see I like to keep it simple, but with some good classic pieces, that can withstand, the coffee stains, the chocolate sticky fingers and crumbs from the croissant on the go in the mornings, but somehow I always find in my hair! My main thing is not just being fashionable, but comfort is key, so be it a suited momma heading into the city, the athleisure mumma who is sodding off the gym and meeting other Mummas and friends at the coffee shop, or are you a dreamer like me and wish you could just turn up in your pyjamas?

Do you have a school run staple? If so I would love to hear below in the comments below. don't forget you can see more of Mumma style over on Instagram or you can save my posts over at Bloglovin.

London Mumma xx


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