7 minutes is all you need

Now this is something I keep telling myself I have to get back in to. As an active gym goer, the yoga classes were always my favourite and I would schedule my workouts so that I could squeeze a yoga class in at the end.

Now, I’d be lucky if I had enough time for a yoga workout so, I told myself “I’m going to do yoga at home!” Well, it’s July now and I still haven’t started.

Yoga can transform your life, your body and your mind. Yet it can also seem overwhelming. Where to start? What to do? Here are some practical tips that I’ve learnt to help get you on the mat and into a home yoga practice.

Get clear on why you want to practise yoga at home – what are the benefits for you? Is it because you know it will make your life feel more spacious? That it will calm your mind? Improve your flexibility? Make you a better teacher? Help you become more conscious? For me, it’s all of the above so, take some time to write out the particular benefits that matter to you.

Work out where it is best for you to do your yoga. Your bedroom? The lounge? The hallway? At the playground while the kids play? At the beach? Know where it is easy and attractive and enjoyable.


Each morning when you wake up, mentally review your day and determine when you’re going to fit in your practice. Know that that is the moment to roll out your mat. Always do your practice at the first possible opportunity, because it may be the only chance you get.

Give yourself permission to practise everyday just for 7 minutes. That’s all! It’s great and it works for me. Just get on your mat every day for 7 minutes and do something. If you’re thinking that you have to do an hour or half and hour or even 20 mins… it’s easy to feel the resistance of your mind. It can be hard to fit that much yoga in to an already busy day. However, everyone has 7 minutes and the mind doesn’t object to such a small amount of time. You’ll find that once you are doing it, it’s easy to stay longer.


Finally, keep it simple. In time, once you have consistency, you can begin to build on your practice so it becomes more expansive. The biggest thing when you first start though is to just show up, day after day after day. The shorter and simpler the practice, the easier it is. In time, your short, simple practice will naturally grow.

That’s the magic of yoga!

Snuggle Up: What’s your go to blanket to keep warm?

Brace yourselves, it’s that time of year when the temperatures drop into the low low low digits. It’s a cold morning here in Auckland and I am oh so thankful for warm fluffy blanket I got on my birthday! Thanks kids!!

Blankets and throws are one of my favorite interior pieces. Not only are they a necessity to keep warm, but they can be considered an accessory too. Blankets and throws are the absolute perfect way to channel your personality and love for pattern and color.

From tribal blankets to a handmade cozy replica of your neighborhood, there truly is a blanket for everyone.

So how do you pick the best blanket

  1. Be selective about fabrics: When it comes to material, my favourite for the winter months are faux fur and anything chunky. Not only does it add warmth, but the look gives the space nice texture. I am not a fan of pure wool as I find it itchy, and it pills easily.
  2. Go bold with colors and patterns: This is where you can really have fun. There are really no rules. Adding a blanket with a fun design or bold hue can give new life to your space. If you have a room that has zero splash of color, a single throw blanket can transform a room.
  3. Pick a size based on where it’ll go: If you’re buying one for the sofa, make sure the size is something around 50” x 70.” It’s small enough to move around, but large enough to cover yourself and snuggle. If the blanket is for the bedroom, go with a bigger size. It makes a bed look more finished and fills it out nicely.

On the look out for a blanket? Check out some of my favourite budget picks:

Living & Co Teddy Fleece Blanket Queen
Details $25.00
https://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/p/living-co-teddy-fleece-blanket-queen/R2436542.html
Living & Co Throw Chunky Knit 127cm x 152cm $25.00
https://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/p/living-co-throw-chunky-knit-127cm-x-152cm/R2527160.html#start=1

What’s your go to blanket to keep warm?

5 affordable rental home decorating ideas

Make your rental home feel like your own with these decorating tips and budget buys.

Renters face a unique set of challenges when it comes to furnishing and decorating their homes as they often need to work with what they’ve got, and are limited in the changes they can make to existing features. This can make it hard for renters to create a home that feels like their own.

Here are the five biggest challenges faced by renters.

1. Storage
2. Restrictions around securing items to the wall
3. Poor lighting
4. Working with the existing architecture
5. Finding ways to personalise the space

To combat these challenges, here are some styling tips to help make a rental feel like your own and a list of top rental-friendly homewares.

6 RENTAL-FRIENDLY DECORATING TIPS

1. WORK WITH MOOD LIGHTING

  • Lighting is an extremely important feature of any home. It can dictate the way a space feels.
  • Often in rental places there is not enough natural light. Floor lights placed in corners help create ambience in your room, and clamp lights create light pockets on shelving units and give functional light for reading.

2. RENTAL-FRIENDLY STORAGE SOLUTIONS

  • There are always going to be storage restrictions in rental homes. You can’t remove walls or insert custom cabinets, but you can find lots of furniture with added storage.
  • In areas where you a need to add more storage like the kitchen, consider bench carts, trolleys, tables and bookshelves to give the space both style and increased function.

3. FINDING THE RIGHT SOFA

  • Often when you rent you can never be sure how long you will stay in one place. So it can be quite tricky to buy large items such as sofas, but if you go with a modular option you can adapt it to smaller and larger spaces.

4. PERSONALISING YOUR WALLS

  • There are options for wall decoration that don’t involve screwing anything into your walls, helping to ensure you get your bond back.
  • Often when you rent you can never be sure how long you will stay in one place. So it can be quite tricky to buy large items such as sofas, but if you go with a modular option you can adapt it to smaller and larger spaces.

5. TEXTILES

  • Textiles are an affordable and easy way to refresh a space. A rug for your living room can add warmth and style, and can help draw attention away from tired carpet.
  • Exchange old curtains for new ones for an instant lift to any space, they can be removed in moments and replaced with something fresh and bright. You can stick with white, but patterns can also add interest to a neutral scheme for minimal cost.

6. ADD SOME GREENERY

  • If your rental place is lacking colour or warmth, plants are a great addition.
  • Indoor plants are known to add calm and serenity to the indoors and also help to purify the air.
  • Growing your own veggie garden is also a smart way to save money and encourage you to eat better, it is another great non-permanent addition to a rental home.

RENTAL-FRIENDLY HOMEWARES

I love shopping at Kmart! Here are some of my favourite finds which I have in my own home.

Kmart Foldable Seagrass Basket $14.00
An organic buy! Designed with two handles, this foldable basket is great for kitchen and other household storage.
Kmart Storage Wire Basket Table – Natural Look & Black $25.00
Lets you store things like throws, newspapers or yarn in the basket or leave it empty to let the design stand out.
Kmart Brass Look Floor Lamp $45.00
Add a touch of elegance and simplicity to your home decor with this floor lamp – perfect for creating warmth and ambiance.
Kmart 3 Tier Kitchen Trolley $35.00
Fits in the smallest of spaces and can be moved to wherever you need it. Use it as extra storage for all your kitchen utensils, desk accessories or for gloves, keys and mobile phones.
Kmart Felt Storage Box with Lid $6.00
Best Bargain Buy! Store and organize craft supplies, toys and other nick-knacks with this grey felt box with lid. It features contrast handles on either side for easy transportation.