As the Coronavirus pandemic worsens, it seems that quite a few of us are going to be cooped up inside for the next few weeks. For some of us this means working from home, but for more and more of us this will just be time to kill before the world gets back to normal.


Things to do whilst social Distancing or self isolating on lockdown


I've popped together a list of things you can do to pass the time and ride this pandemic out. 
For ease I've spilt the list into two, things you can do if you're feeling productive, and things you can do if you're not, because in times like this it's okay to just chill the fuck out.

So what can you do whilst you are self isolating/ social distancing?



Things you can do if you're feeling productive:

1. Update your CV

2. Take an online course with Udemy 

3. Check your credit score

4. Plan a weekly or monthly budget

5. Get all of your washing done and change your bed sheets

6. Start learning a new language online

7. Tidy up your garden whilst the sun is shining

8. Do an hour of exercise

9. Delete the unwanted photos from your camera roll on your phone

10. Vacuum every room in the house

11. Organise your bookshelf by colour

12. Write a blog post

13. Update your media kit, or create one if you don't already have one

14. Tidy up and clear out your junk draws

15. Give the bathroom a massive spring clean and chuck out old products

16. Start learning sign language

17. Plan your meals for the week, making sure older food is all used up

18. Learn a new skill

19. Clean the bloody oven out, boring I know, but necessary

20. Create a 1 month, 1 year, and 5 year life plan

21. Check your bank account and move money over to a savings account if possible

22. Have a clear out of old things and start a charity bag to be taken to the shops once the lockdown period is over

23. Cut your grass

24. Unsubscribe to mailing lists you're no longer interested in

25. Cancel subscriptions to services you no longer want or need

26. Give your windows a good clean

27. Take out life insurance 

28. Create or update your LinkedIn account

29. Check your emails

30. Clear the stuff out from under your bed and give it a good vacuum 

31. Go through your calendar/ diary and make sure all the important dates are in there

32. Clear out any unwanted documents on your computers/ or hard drives

33. Open an ISA (if you can still do so online)

34. Polish your work shoes ready for when you can go back to work

35. Organise your wardrobe by; colour, item of clothing, occasion etc.

36. Check out the free courses at the open university

37. Take your curtains down and wash them

38. Unfollow the social media accounts that don't make you happy anymore

39. Bag up your lose change to take to the bank once you can

40. Clean out your makeup bag and brushes, and chuck away any old makeup

41. Delete apps you no longer use from your phone

42. Search for a new job online

43. Check how you can improve your credit score

44. Deep clean your carpets

45. Wash your car and give the inside a thorough clean too

46. Do an online food order so you don't need to leave the house for a little longer

47. Test all the chargers in the house and bin off any that don't work

48. Check you are up to date with any bills

49. Start writing a will

50. Pay off your credit cards

51. Switch your gas and electricity to cheaper suppliers

52. Flip your mattress

53. Clear out your attic/ shed/ random cupboards

54. Check when your car's insurance and MOT are due

55. Have a go at mending old clothes or turning up those trousers you've putting off doing

56. Set daily goals for yourself (and actually complete them)

57. Pack away your winter clothes

56. Ensure you have enough medication to last and order more if not

57. Return any online orders you don't want while the post office is still open

58. Sort through your nail varnishes and get rid of any that are starting to dry out

59. Start planning your side hustle but avoid MLM like the plague (Avon, juice plus etc)

60. Grow your connections on LinkedIn

61. Check your bloody emails, (properly!)

62. Help your child (or a friends child) learn something new

63. Volunteer to help the NHS



Things you can do if you're not feel productive:

1. Start a new series on netflix

2. Video call a friend or family member

3. Download TikTok and watch the hours fly by

4. Have a go at creating cocktails, or mocktails if booze isn't your thing

5. Start a new book

6. Treat yourself to a magazine subscription whilst deliveries are still available

7. Bake something you've never baked before

8. Go for a walk (away from other people)

9. Download Netflix party and watch a film at the same time as your friends who don't live with you

10. Call your elderly relatives or friends to check up on them

11. Try out a new makeup look

12. Binge watch Youtube Videos

13. Play dress up and have a mini bedroom photoshoot 

14. Start a scrapbook

15. Cook something new

16. Sign up to a dating app and chat with new people

17. Create a pub quiz for your friends and do a group video chat 

18. Set up an instagram for your pet

19. Try out a new hairstyle (but don't get cutting it yourself because the hairdressers are going to be closed for a while!) 

20. Meditate

21. If the weather is right set up the tent and camp in your garden

22. Write a letter to a loved one

23. Give Yoga a try

24. Create a TikTok Video

25. Start a quarantine diary

26. Take an afternoon nap

27. Discover some new blogs and binge read their content

28. Make a list of things you're grateful for

29. Download a new game for your phone

30. Go for a bike ride

31. Keep in touch with work colleagues

32. Start a new Pinterest board  

33. Start planning your dream holiday for when you can travel again

34. Create some pretty flaylays for your instagram

35. Leave nice comments on blog posts

36. If you can afford to, treat yourself to some goodies from small online businesses

37. If the weather is nice, relax in your garden

38. Try out Latte art

39. Do a face mask

40. Watch a film

41. Paint your nails

42. Plant some flowers (if you have seeds lying around)

43. Post your favourite books off to friends to read

44. Order physical prints of your favourite photographs

45. Create a mixtape

46. Spend 5 minutes doing deep breathing exercises

47. Call your mom

48. Do a hair mask

49. Make a handmade body scrub with blended fruits and sugar

50. Do something creative like painting or drawing (even if you're not that good at it)

51. Have a BBQ in your back garden

52. Start a blog if you don't already have one

53. Play a board game with whoever you live with

54. Take a bubble bath

55. Pluck your eyebrows

56. Crop some of your t-shirts ready for summer

57. Put on a banging playlist and dance like noones watching

58. Dig out your old games consoles and have a play

59. Leave tripadvisor reviews for the last few places you've visited

60. Moisturise your hands as excessive hand washing is likely drying them out

61. Treat yourself to some gift cards for your favourite independent pubs/ bars/ restaurants for when they open again

62. Write some poetry (even if you think it's a bit shit)

63. Have a photoshoot with your pet


Just a note, if you're self isolating current government guidelines state that you should not leave your house for a certain amount of time. Make sure you keep yourself familiar with the latest guidelines and use common sense during this tricky time. 

So stay safe, stay sane, and try to make the most of this time. It will be over and in the history books before we know it.


What have you been doing to keep yourself busy lately?



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126 THINGS TO DO WHILST YOU'RE SOCIAL DISTANCING/ SELF ISOLATING

In a neat little town they call Belfast, you'll find pubs and bars aplenty. Every street has a drinkery of some sort, each of them very different from the last. But it's no surprise that the northern Irish capital is packed to the brim with pubs, afterall drinking is basically their national sport, and something they do very well indeed. It's also no surprise that tourists flocking to the city want to eat, drink, and be merry the 'Irish way'.



The Duke of York, Belfast


So where are the best place's for tourists the live it up in Belfast?


Here are my top 5 Belfast Bars...





The 5 Points, or just The Points if you're local. It's the first bar my little legs carried me into when I landed in Beautiful Belfast and it's probably my favourite. Labeled a student bar by natives it does have it's fair share of young'ns but I wouldn't let this put you off because it cheap, it's near several other banging bars, and its open late. It also boasts live music every single day of the week which is exactly what I look for when I'm on my travels. If you're lucky they'll even bring the boards out and treat you to a little bit of Irish dancing!



The most famous bar in Belfast apparently, and I can see why. Before you even enter the pub you're wowed by the ally leading up to it. Everything about this place is instagram worthy, from the entrance, to the courtyard (which I think technically belongs to the pub next door), to the inside walls which are plastered from head to toe in beer mats. It really is a tourists dream. You won't get a cheap bevvy here but you will get some cracking photos and a good sing song so who cares?!



A bar created by a Catholic husband and named by his loving Protestant wife. History really does come to life in this bar and believe me when I say it's not one to miss. Even if you're not a fan of the British Monarchy, wipe your feet on the mosaic crown which lies at the entrance and get a drink down you. The Crown is by far the most beautiful bar in Belfast, maybe even the whole of the UK, it really is an absolute gem. Inside you'll be greeted by the most wonderfully intricate interiors, barrels of beer, and private booths all lit up with traditional gas lighting.




Kelly's Cellars is the oldest bar in Belfast apparently. This wonky little Belfast pub can be found hidden down an alleyway and nestled at the back of a much more modern shopping area. It's easy to see why it's so popular with both tourists and locals who come here for a bit more of an authentic Irish bar experience. Whilst you will find live Irish music here on the regular, don't expect it to be anythnig like Temple Bar in Dublin or you will be disapointd. The musicians here play what they want and don't pander to the public. The set up is also a lot more relaxed than in a lot of other Belfast bar's with the band huddled around a regular pub table instead of being up on stage. It's a great little place to enjoy a few pints, if you can get a seat that is!





Fibber Mcgee's is a cracking pub situated just behind The Crown. Here you'll find pretty traditional interiors, banging beers, and friendly bartenders, it's a great all rounder. It's also another Belfast pub where live music is promised 7 days a week, what more could you want? There is also host of Titanic memorabilia on display here although I didn't get to see any of it as I was a too preoccupied having a good sing along.


So there you have it, my top rated Belfast bars! The city is covered in pubs, clubs and bars, so it's likely that I've missed out some fab little establishments, but these are the places I think of fondly whenever I remember my Belfast travels!


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5 BEST BARS IN BELFAST FOR TOURISTS

Hello and welcome back to the blog! It's been a little while hasn't it? I wish I could say I've been off doing all sorts of wild things but in all honestly I've been working a lot and binge watching Netflix. Exciting stuff.

Anyway, today let's have a bit of a chatty one because I'm getting bored of cramming in keywords and making making sure everything is SEO perfect. It's what I've been doing lots of at work and although I know it's what I should be doing with my blog, sometimes it's just nice to take things back to basics and write whatever the fuck I want.


So without further ado let's talk about what is possibly the best moisturiser I've ever tried - the wonderful Clinique Moisture Surge.


Now I'm going to get this out in the open first because it's a big point. Moisture Surge is a pricey product. It retails at £37 for a 50ml product. Ouch! Although there are regular offers on this little pot of magic, it's still never going to be a budget buy and it's for that reason I would recommend asking for a sample at the Clinique counter before taking the plunge and forking out 40 quid for one product. It works for me but it's a lot of moola to drop on a product that you might not love.

So why did I spend a whole lot of cash on Moisture Surge when I could have carried on buying my cheap as chips Simple Moisturiser? Well I knew it worked for a start. I was *gifted a small pot of this last year and honestly I fell in love with it. I also got a bit of a deal in Duty free on my way home from Dublin so I thought fuck it.


Here are the main things I love about this Clinique moisturiser:


  • It really does leave my skin feeling nourished and soft
  • It sinks into the skin quite quickly and doesn't feel greasy at all
  • The texture is almost like jelly and a little bit of product goes a LONG way
  • It makes a good base for my foundation
  • and let's be honest, it's not a bad looking product to have on your shelf

So is there anything I dislike about Moisture Surge? Well the price kills me a little everytime I think about it, but apart from that I don't really have many complaints. If I did want to be picky I would say that I always prefer my products to be in tubes as I feel this keeps them cleaner, but I alway wash my hands before sticking my fingers in the pot so I can't say that it's much of a big deal.




Would I repurchase? This is a tricky one because I am head over heels for this little jar, but it is quite expensive in my opinion. Some say you can't put a price on good quality skincare but you obviously can and its forty bloody pounds apparently. That being said I would grab it again if I thought I was getting a good deal!

So have you tried out the lovely Clinique Moisture Surge before? Did you think it was worth the £££?


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CLINIQUE MOISTURE SURGE - THE BEST MOISTURISER EVER?

Are you ready for this? I thought to myself anxiously as I stuffed my bikini into my rucksack on the morning of my booking at the Bear Grylls Adventure. I'm a naturally anxious person but I'm also a thrill seeker and unsurprisingly these personal qualities don't always go well together. But on that morning, as I prepped myself, I knew I was more excited than nervous, afterall I was about to experience something I'd never done before.



A few weeks before I had been asked if I would like to try out some of the activities at the Bear Grylls Adventure* over by the Birmingham NEC, and of course the answer was a resounding yes. I'd been the year before to try out the base camp (Fear Zone, Escape Room, Assault Course, and Archery) and the iFly (indoor skydiving) so I was quite pleasantly surprised to find that the Fear Zone and Escape Room had recently been relaunched. I booked myself and my family in for the two newly revamped activities and something else a little more show stopping - Scuba Diving. 

The Fear Zone was very similar to before with only a couple of minor changes. The walk through activity focuses on several common fears as you pass through it, and whilst it is a good bit of fun I did think this particular activity is more geared up for the kids. That's not to say adults won't enjoy it, if you've got a particularly nervous, jumpy, or squeamish individual in your group it can be a laugh.



Now the Escape Room at the Bear Grylls Adventure had been completely switched up from what I remember last time. Although I don't remember all that much (memory like a sieve over here) I do know I enjoyed the theme a lot more this time. You do have to really use some brain power for this one and working as a team is also a must if you want to crack the codes and escape within the 60 minute time frame. We did end up having a bit of help from a staff member every now and then but for most part the five of us were hard at work solving puzzles and hunting for clues. We got out in around 50 minutes I reckon. 

The highlight of the day for me and my family really was the diving however. As a family who have spent many a sunny beach break feeding fish in the hot mediterranean sea, it was going to be a real treat to actually get up close and personal with the creatures. Diving in a tank might seem 'less authentic' to some, but I thought this would be a great way to try out a new activity in a safe space, plus the Bear Grylls Adventure tank is huge!


Although I was beyond excited to become a temporary mermaid I did think my nerves might get the better of me and once I was all geared up and in the water my anxiety did nip in to say hello. It took me a little while to get used to the equipment and calm my breathing enough to feel comfortable under the water. It was clear I was nervous and so a second member of staff took me aside to talk me through everything one to one. 

Once I was calm and ready to go I submerged myself into the tank to meet up with the rest of the group and for the remainder of the activity I couldn't have been happier. Sharks and various other fish swam around us oblivious to the amazing experience we were having under the water. Although I was an anxious wreck at the start of the dive, I now can't wait to get back in the water and wouldn't hesitate to dive again in the future as it really is just an incredible, surreal experience. I do have the diving staff to thank for that as they were just so helpful and patient with me as I struggled to calm myself.



So Bear Grylls Adventure? Almost completed it mate, just the Climbing, High Ropes, and Shooting to do before I've ticked off all of the activities. Would I recommend it though? Honestly yes. I know some of the adventures can come in quite pricey however, so make sure to look out for deals or use your Merlin Pass of you're a passholder! 


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BEAR GRYLLS ADVENTURE - SCUBA DIVING, ESCAPE ROOM & MORE*

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