It’s no secret that I am openly obsessed with Gossip Girl. I tell no lie when I say that I’ve watched every episode a minimum of five times. Yup, I’ve watched at least 90 hours of the show and I have zero regrets. Whilst all of the characters hold a special place in my heart, the true queen in my eyes is Blair Waldorf and she’s taught us plenty over the years…

1. Shopping is always the answer  

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2. It’s okay not to be okay…and it’s okay to admit it too!

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3. You’re always stronger than you realise 

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4. Don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of what you want

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5. A mimosa can solve anything

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6. Know your worth

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To conclude, thank you Blair Waldorf for teaching us all that we need to know to release our inner Blair Waldorf.

January can often be tough financially. December is pretty expensive and often leaves our bank accounts looking a little bit sad. Unfortunately, bills don’t just come to a halt in January and life must go on, rich or poor. Therefore, January can often be on the quieter side when it comes to our social lives.

With everybody either on a detox or a spending ban, the month can seem a little dull and can drag. Online bingo can be an answer to these January blues as it gives you something to do without having to leave the warmth of your house. Of course, this does cost money however if you’re playing sensibly and budgeting your spend and luck is on your side then you can even make a little bit of money.

I’ve always been a fan of bingo however have only ever played at my local club so have no idea what to do or where to go when it comes to playing online. When watching telly we’re constantly bombarded with adverts from online bingo sites offering £XX amount to spend or XX free games so it can be daunting to decide which sites to actually give a go. Is the deal actually a good one? Are the prizes worth it? Is the site totally secure? With little or no experience in online gaming, it’s hard to know which site is right. Boomtown showcases a range of bingo websites and has rated these and shared the best offers so that you can find the perfect match for your budget.

Of course, as with any gambling it’s so important to ensure that you are closely monitoring your spend and time spent on the game and to spend only what you can afford. If you need any advice on this then GamCare, the UK’s national organisation for gambling, is on hand to provide support.

*This post is sponsored by Boomtown Bingo.

January is one of my favourite months. For me, it’s the time for fresh starts and is the time of year that I feel most determined and motivated. With a new year ahead of me, I love the opportunity to set myself goals and make plans for the upcoming months. These are the same reasons that I love Mondays…weird, I know.

However, I can totally understand why some people find themselves feeling low. After an exciting couple of months leading up to Christmas and then time off spent with friends and family, I get why January can be difficult. So, I’ve collated 10 ways to beat the January blues.

1. Book a holiday – I know January can be a tough month financially and your bank account might be looking a little bit sad but nowadays, you can pay as little as a £99 deposit to confirm your holiday. If you know a holiday isn’t in your 2018 budget then book something else. Whether it’s a weekend away, a day out or even just a nice meal, having something to look forward to will make January seem a lot less blue.

2. Take some me time – As much as I love Christmas, it’s a very busy and intense time. Take the time in January to do something that you love for yourself. This could be anything from a spa day or shopping trip to a quiet night in with your favourite film and your bestie. The important thing is to relax and do what you love.

3. Exercise – Now, I am not a huge fan of exercising. In fact, I actually dislike it. However, it’s a known fact that when you exercise your body releases chemicals called endorphins. And what do these endorphins do? They make us happy. So, as much as you hate the idea of going to the gym, you’ll be pleased you did afterwards.

4. Rest – With January often being a quieter month socially it’s time to embrace the chance to catch up on sleep, enjoy the nights in and fully rest…gimme’ all the bubble baths please.

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Is there any better feeling than squeaky clean teeth and minty fresh breath? Nope, I can’t think of anything either. But how does long does this feeling really last? 30 minutes, an hour if we’re lucky. I’m always on the look out for a new life changing toothpaste or the latest mouthwash that’s been approved by the world’s best dentist. Basically, I’m a sucker for a dental care product with good marketing. If I’m honest, when I was contacted by Splat Oral Care, I kind of expected the same thing; an over hyped dental care range that provides the same products as other brands but with different packaging. Never the less, I decided to give the products a go to see whether they really could make a difference to my oral hygiene.

That minty feeling isn’t all that I desire when it comes to looking after my teeth, gimme’ all the whitening products. Now that my fake tan days are behind me, my skin no longer makes my teeth appear glistening white so there’s a fair few whitening products I’ve tried in the past. I’ve been using Splat’s Biocalcium and Blackwood Charcoal toothpastes for a good few weeks now, alternating between the two and I genuinely do believe that my teeth have become whiter. Although the charcoal toothpaste doesn’t leave me with the clean and minty fresh feeling that the biocalcium paste does, I think this is the real star of the show when it comes to the whiter gnashes.

The other product that I’ve been using is the Splat Express Oral Care Foam. Foam isn’t a product that I’ve used before but both me, and Liam, are total converts. It is a total game changer and I’m not even exaggerating. It’s pretty much a mixture of toothpaste and mouthwash that can be used on the go without the need for a toothbrush or water AND it leaves you with super minty breath too, for a good few hours!

Overall, I am a Splat convert. My initial judgement that it would just be the same as any other brand was wrong and the products are genuinely fantastic.

What are your go-to dental care products?

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I am a total stationery geek. Whilst in TK Maxx you’ll find most of my friends rummaging through the make up and designer bags, you’ll find me on the stationery aisle getting excited over the pretty note pads with the motivational quotes. Because of my love for stationery, I think it’s fair to say I let out a little scream when a parcel arrived from the team over at Mustard.

With just a matter of days to go until the big man in red arrives down our chimneys, there’s a sense of panic across the UK with shoppers desperate to find the perfect gift and complete their shopping. Me? Being the organised weirdo I am, I had this all completed weeks ago. My inner control freak tendencies have their perks at times. Anyway, Mustard has a range of fun gifts that make the perfect stocking fillers for those in your life that like the brighter things. And trust me, Mustard’s items are bright.

With everything from cactus pen holders (which I’m totally obsessed with) through to unicorn fairy lights and fruit infuser bottles, Mustard is the home of stationery heaven.

I mean, is it sad that I’m looking forward to going back to work in January just to use all of my new things and accessorise my desk?

Finish your Christmas shopping with Mustard here.

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*This post is in collaboration with Mustard.