LOOK FORWARD TO: The Winter Morning Commute

It’s important to kick off your day in a positive mood.

There’s no need to dread those cold and early morning starts to your day. It’s time to make your mornings something to look forward to.

How? Here are a few little things that we suggest you include in your Winter morning commute.

Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 3.01.19 pmGrab yourself a warm Coffee to-go
There’s something so comforting about having a warm coffee cup in your hands. Every sip warms you up and warms the soul!

Listen to some chill new music
The winter morning commute gives you the perfect opportunity to discover new music. Who knows… maybe you’ll find a new favorite song to play on repeat?

Swap your phone scrolling with a book
Avoid reading on your phone screen so early in the morning. Your eyes won’t appreciate it and they’ll feel sore by the end of the day. Pick up a book instead and get lost in a story.

Bring out your favorite Winter accessories
Winter means winter fashion. It’s showing off the perfect coat that you’ve been dying to wear, it’s keeping your head warm with a beanie, it’s wrapping yourself in a scarf to keep cosy!

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Written by Gold Soul blogger Alissa Recil.
She is a design student and a freelance writer from Australia.
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Little Things To Get You Through The Work Day!

Does every week at work feel like time slows itself down? Well lets change that, shall we?

You’d be surprised at some of the tiniest things that will make your day – or someone else’s. What can we say; a small gesture goes a long way! So if you find yourself stuck behind a desk at work, bored to death and wondering why you’re not soaking up the sun in a bikini somewhere in Greece, sorry but unfortunately we can’t pay for your dream holiday. What we can do is help you to enjoy your workplace just a little bit more.

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Stop and have a good chat with a work mate
Ahhh dat human interaction doeeee. Step away from your computer for a second and strike up a good old fashioned conversation with someone in the office. It’s as simple as asking about how someone’s weekend was. Have a laugh and wear a smile!

STRETCH!
It’s such a good feeling, right? Stretching all your muscles after sitting on an uncomfortable computer chair for hours. Who cares if you look foolish, stretching is super good for you and you might even start a chain reaction of stretch breaks around the office.

Have a cup of tea or coffee at your desk with you
It’s the little things, ‘ya know. Always feel cozy at your office desk by simply having a cup of your favorite tea or coffee by your side. Sip it occasionally whenever you’re in need of a mini break.

Low key jam out to some music
‘Me’ time at work? It exists! Bring out the earphones and turn on some bangers. A perfect way to disregard all annoying characters in your office, or to cure those wretched mind blanks that stop you from getting shit done!

Hand out a compliment
Anyone can do this one. Wherever you are, you should go out of your way at least once a day to compliment someone. Whether that be your boss, the newbie at reception or even that lovely person who served you when you bought lunch. You could make their day, as well as yours. You’ll be smiling all day knowing that you’ve spread good vibez.

Check this out. We’ve got enough motivation to get you through anything!

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YUM! Gingerbread Spice Latte

We can all picture our perfect day during the Fall season. It would involve being all cozy as the weather starts to turn into sweater weather. It involves being lazy and snuggling up with the softest blanket that you can find. And, of course, we can picture ourselves sipping on a hot drink and warming our soul!

It’s the perfect time of the year to try out this delicious Gingerbread Spice Latte to get you excited about the upcoming autumnal vibes.

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What You’ll Need
– 1 cup Milk of choice
– 2 tsp Instant Coffee
– 1/4 cup boiling water
– 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
– 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
– 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
– 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (or sweetener of your choice)

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In a mug, add 2 tsps of coffee to your boiling water and stir. Then add your sweetener of choice.

Now you can add all your spices into the mix – ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Then stir.

Froth and heat your milk. If you don’t have a milk frother, heat up the milk and blend it for a few seconds.

Combine and stir all ingredients together, sprinkle some extra Cinnamon on top and enjoy!

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4 obvious but helpful ways to safe money

So you want to save up a little extra money for that cheeky holiday you’re planning for the summer? Or you’re dreaming of finally owning your dream pair of designer shoes? We could all use a little bit of advice when it comes to money and babe, you got this. Here’s a reminder of a few little easy, obvious but helpful ways you can save some dollar billz… yo.

1. Hold off on the daily coffee

This may be hard to hear for coffee lovers, but you’ll be thanking yourself later! Think about it – if you grab a coffee every day, you might be already be spending double digits on hot beverages each week! Try brewing your own coffee at home and bringing it with you in a cute to-go mug, or if you just cannot resist a coffee from a barista, limit your cafe visits to 2 or 3 a week?

2. Don’t splurge on ‘wants’

Resist the thought! You don’t NEED those heels or that $200 pair of jeans! To make it easier, as weird as it sounds: don’t window shop so often. We always find ourselves “just looking” then somehow we’re at the checkout handing the sales assistant our money… oops! Think long term and use what you’re saving up for as incentive to save!

3. Shop around for sales

This goes hand in hand with the previous tip – if you do find yourself walking around at the mall and you need some new gear, take some time to look around for sales, deals and bargains. They’ll become your best friend.

4. Have 2 bank accounts

This one takes a little bit more effort, but so beneficial! Do yourself a favor and open up another bank account – have one for your daily spending on necessities and one for your savings. Make sure you manage these accounts regularly! Only put what you need into your daily spending account and put the rest in your savings account.

 

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DIY Print Mug

Coffee anyone? Or a cup of hot tea maybe? Whatever your drink, don’t drink it out of a boring old mug that you bought 10 years ago – it’s time to add a bit of fab. You can personalize these as much as you want – you can draw a little drawing, write on your favorite quote or lyric, do a fancy typography job… the possibilities are endless! These are an amazing gift idea for any coffee/tea lover and they’re so inexpensive! So go and get creative and start designing your new favorite mug.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED
– Plain Mug
– Paint Pen
– Oven

 

Pick out a design you want to put on your mug. Like I said, this could be anything! Don’t underestimate your creativity and think out of the box! Once you’ve finalized your design, you can go right ahead and start drawing with your paint pen. If your design involves covering a large area with color, consider using spray paint.
IMG_5680 IMG_5681Here’s where you can think outside of the box (or inside of the mug in this case!). Think of a design that you can apply to the inside or even at the bottom of the mug. The possibilities are endless!
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Let the paint dry completely. This will take about an hour or two.
Once you’ve waited at least and hour, throw your mug into the oven (not literally of course) and bake it for 10 minutes at 350°F.
When 10 minutes is up, take the mug out of the oven, let it cool completely and rinse it with water.
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When you’ve dried it, you’ve just made your very own printed mug. I think you’re allowed to celebrate with some wine in your new mug?
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