Why Taking a Break is Vital for a Happy Home

Last week I took a break from work and all things work related. I didn’t travel anywhere fancy, whilst I would have loved that! I just stayed close to home, gave parts of my house the tidy-up they deserved, ran at times I wanted to (rather than pre-dawn to fit it all in) and sat on the couch and just let the doing ‘nothing’ happen guilt free. And you know what? I learnt a valuable lesson: doing things guilt free is vital to a home feeling happy.

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I’m not going to lie. It wasn’t “exciting” by any means. There was a day where I cleaned my bedroom within an inch of it’s life. I vacuumed all the things and one afternoon I cleared and sorted my kitchen cupboards. This might not sound relaxing or remotely fun, but what I quickly realised was that in being able to do it at the speed I wanted without the pressure of “why aren’t you working?” playing in my head, I felt great afterwards. Things weren’t as cluttered and stuff that has been on my “when I’ve got time” to-do list got done to an awesome soundtrack playing in my ears (care of my trusty iPod).

My head has been in a fog for a while. July is always a tough month for me with Winter taking hold and some sad anniversaries that leave my happiness stores feeling depleted. I know it’s coming, but I rarely actually get around to recognising it and acting on it before it hits me with full force. So I just made the decision to stop and take a week to regroup. I know it’s been said 100s of times before, but taking care of yourself is actually really important. It gets lost in the lists and the expectations that we set ourselves, but it really is vital to being able to see the best in the situations that we face and there really isn’t anything wrong with saying “hold up, I’m not coping with this pace, let’s slow down for a bit”.

I know that everyone has different pressures that are on them. There are kids to get to school and deadlines that must be met and it can be more of a challenge to fit this “taking a break” time in. Not everyone gets to say “that’s it, next week is a mental health week”. I do get that. But maybe, with a little bit of planning, there can be pockets made in each day that are just for sitting on the couch reading a book, or sitting on the couch just sitting. Maybe it’s an hour or two on the weekend where you can get out and walk or run on your own and just let your mind focus on nothing but the horizon for just that space in time.

Self-care is one of those terms that advertising has made sound a bit OTT but it’s actually really valuable. How can we see the best in situations if we feel constantly behind or rushed or like we’re hanging on by a thread? It’s just not possible. I used to think that I needed an expensive holiday (vacation) somewhere fancy to feel relaxed, but they are so few and far between that sometimes we have to choose pottering around the house at a slow pace, doing some gardening or even a pyjama day instead.

Sometimes it’s just long enough to remind us that we really did need a little break and we’re glad for it.

Next year I’m going to plan for the expensive trip away to somewhere warm, but even if that doesn’t happen, I promise (myself) that I’ll take a break.

How are you at taking a break to recharge? How do you fit it in?

Pinterest Saturdays: 6 Winter Warmers Food Ideas

Hello! Happy Saturday!! The end of July is nearly here, and to finish up the Winter Warmers theme for the month I thought I’d share some awesome food ideas with you to help you get through that last wintery month ahead! Here are my favourite finds from Pinterest!

Pinterest Saturdays: 6 Winter Warmers Food Ideas on Style for a Happy Home

  1. Strawberry Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Pie This looks so good! I love the chevron crust too! Original Post HerePin It Here
  2. Mini Pizzas I am a big fan of pizza and sometimes it tastes even better when you make it yourself! Here are some mini ones that would be good for a winter lunch! Original Post HerePin It Here
  3. Honey & Date Scones I love scones year round, but they are extra good in winter straight from the oven! Original Post HerePin It Here
  4. Pie Pops  Any kind of sweet pie is awesome! And these pops just make it that little bit more fun! I’d make apple ones! Original Post HerePin It Here
  5. Oven Bake Fries I have to admit that fries (or hot chips as we call them) are my weakness! These look so delicious! Original Post HerePin It Here
  6. Crumpets Here’s an awesome way to make your own crumptes at home rather than buying them from the store. Such a great winter treat! Original Post HerePin It Here

Do you have a favourite winter treat food that you like to make? Which of these would you make first?

You can follow my Winter Warmers Pinterest Board and my Awesome Party Ideas Pinterest Board for more inspiration! And you can also follow me here, if you’d like!

Rewind: Mini Makeover: Make Your Own Fabric Hoop

I’m taking a little break this week, so I wanted to share a couple of favourite posts you might have missed. This is from back in February.

Today I thought I’d share with you a fun way to display those fabrics you love, but you’re not quite sure what to do with, in a simple but fun DIY. These make great wall hangings and only take about 20 minutes max to make!

Mini Makeover: Make Your Own Fabric Hoop Instructions via Style for a Happy Home

What You’ll Need and How to:

  1. First, Collect your supplies: Some fabric you love (mine is from a few seasons ago at Spotlight), An Embroidery Hoop (also from Spotlight around $3 I think), Sticky Tape and Fabric (or sharp) Scissors
  2. Open out your fabric and choose where the pattern will look best in the hoop by laying the hoop on top and taking a look.
  3. Cut the fabric with extra around the outside of the hoop. I prefer to do this as a rough square
  4. Take the embroidery hoop apart and leave the outside to the side. Flip the fabric to the wrong side and line up the inside hoop so that the best of your pattern is inside that hoop space
  5. Flip the fabric and the inside hoop over again so that the right side of the fabric is facing out AND the left and right side are loosely folded under
  6. Place the top/outside hoop over the top of the fabric and the inside hoop, adjust so the screw is at the top and carefully pull the fabric at the back to tighten. The fabric inside the hoop should have a little bounce to it when it’s tight enough
  7. Tighten the screw at the top
  8. Now it’s time to trim the fabric at the back. I like to leave approximately 1cm so it will fold in nicely at the next step. Don’t cut it too close or it may come out of the hoop and it can be a pain to try to get it to stay put afterwards
  9. Take your sticky tape and with small pieces fold the fabric down into the inside of the back of the hoop and tape it there. Continue until you have no fabric sticking up. There are lots of different methods for this depending if you want to use the hoop again. This is the hack that I like, as I won’t be reusing my hoops
  10. Check that it’s all stuck down and you’re happy with it. Then, flip it over
  11. Voila! Your fabric hoop is ready to be hung up!

Mini Makeover: Make Your Own Fabric Hoop via Style for a Happy Home

Thoughts on the project:

This is a quick and fun project that will add some colour to your walls. It can be really inexpensive to do depending on the fabric that you choose. My Ink + Spindle fabric for the hoop (lower hoop) is more on the expensive side. I think they look fantastic grouped on a wall in a child’s room or nursery or even to decorate a living space. I love that they only take about 20 minutes to make, and that’s factoring in the sticky tape not behaving the first time around. You could use an exposed nail to hang them, or use blutack at the top and bottom as they are easier to move around if you like to switch things up sometimes.

I think it’s a craft that you could do with school aged children as it doesn’t require too many parts and they could choose the designs that they like. The little hoops could also use scrap fabrics from bigger projects if you have a fair few scraps laying around.

I think I’ll slowly add more to my collection when I feel like the walls need something new to spruce them up ;)

Have you got any of these in your home? Or do you have some fabric laying around that would be perfect for this project? I’d love to hear.

If you do try this, I’d love to see a photo or hear about how it went! Tweet me your pics at: @danniellecresp or instagram me at: @dannielle with the hashtag: #styleforahappyhome