Let’s celebrate! Live Lively is officially one year old! Check out the blog post below reviewing our best moments from the past year and some of our greatest learnings.
From the competitive spotlight of the global stage to small town Cambridge, Kris Marshall’s passion for simplistic yet beautiful hair has let him establish quite the name for himself. Born in Christchurch, Kris was raised with hairdressing in his blood. As a 3rd generation hairdresser, he grew up in the salon working part-time for his uncle to pay for his several sporting ventures including rugby, cricket, and rowing. However, at the end of high school, Kris turned to one of his greatest talents - hairdressing. Read more of our interview with Kris below!
Ever wondered what activity and rest look like from a brain perspective? This series, based on doing less, is all about gaining results from less work, less stress, and less time. It’s about understanding our bodies and listening to them and their subtle cues. Humans are complex beings, yet by spending a little time gaining a deeper understanding of ourselves, we can unlock knowledge that explains exactly why we do what we do, and most importantly, how to do it better. The following blog post is all about understanding what our brains look like in rest and in action. It explores why doing less with ourselves is amazing for our brain function and encourages you to find moments of ‘less’ throughout your day.
Hi all! Recently I’ve been writing a lot of blog posts about really important topics and things I’m really passionate about. However, with today’s blog post, I wanted to tone things down a notch and just chat about some of the awesome things I’ve been learning and discovering lately!
Ever heard of the saying, ‘if you want something done, ask someone who’s busy’? There are strong characteristics of busy people which tend to only make them busier. They’re good at getting shit done, in fact, they’ve trained themselves to be this way. Whether it’s out of habit, through addiction to fleeting reward, the fear of missing out or forgetting something, the ironic comfort of a hectic routine, or the badge of honour we all like to wear saying, ‘I’m busier than you’. Our current culture has mistaken busyness as progress and achievement. Let’s discuss this deeper and get a better understanding of why we do what we do, and how we can change it.
There are two people in this world. Those who hit inbox zero on the daily, and those who seem to have to wade through thousands of emails just to find the one they’re looking for. Jumping ship from inbox zero to extreme email hoarder isn’t hard, but doing the reverse is more difficult than letting go of a chocolate addiction. As my mum and I would argue, “it’s just in our genes”. However, I’m the kind of girl that once I set my mind to something, I have to fix it. So I’m here to share some tips on tackling that overwhelming inbox. Let’s Marie Kondo that inbox!
We all know what it feels like to be stuck in a seemingly continuous cycle of mediocrity. Life seems to be stuck on the repeat button and every day is just about the same. Your routines get boring and uninspiring and you don’t seem to be getting anywhere fast - certainly not towards your goals or dreams.
This feeling of being in a creative rut can be beyond frustrating. But some quick and inspiring tips can help get you back on track!
I’m beginning to realise how much we ignore Halloween as New Zealanders. Over in America, it wouldn’t be difficult to find a street where every front porch is decorated with coloured pumpkins and halloween decor. Yet here, we didn’t have a single trick-or-treater come knocking on our front door. I put that down to the fact we have four dogs (never mind the fact they are all just big softies) and we live in a back section. Nevertheless, New Zealand fails to rise to the Halloween occasion and I’m determined to change that. Check out my top tips to get into the Halloween spirit below!
If you’ve never heard of them, then let this be your formal introduction to keystone habits. They’re the fundamental habits to your daily life which have a positive flow-on effect into a multitude of other areas. These habits aren’t complicated either, they’re simple actions which are easy to implement yet are gifts that just keep on giving. Check out the full blog post below!
We all know that sleep is important. It’s a major factor in what enables us to be successful, handle whatever the day faces and get through the tough shit. You don’t need to look hard to find people who aren’t getting enough sleep, or people who are nearing towards burnout! Unfortunately, these days sleep and self-care is often over-commercialised by the health and wellness industry. As a result, we often feel like good sleep becomes a luxury, and self-care is only real 'self-care' if it costs us something. Let this blog post remind you about the importance of sleep and self care, and most importantly, the simple things we can do to look after our bodies in their times of need.
Arianna Huffington speaks at length about the impact of burnout culture in her book, ‘Thrive’ which we’ve previously discussed on our blog. And while burnout culture may be something we’re all aware of, there isn’t much stopping us from returning to our routines driven by the same fuel that cements burnout culture in our lives. Arianna didn’t wake up to the concept until she fell headfirst into her desk at work out of pure exhaustion - causing not only a series of facial injuries, but also a serious shift in her lifestyle. Not exactly the wake-up call we would all appreciate, but yet it was effective! Let’s explore this more below!
With study season fast approaching and exams on the horizon, it’s time to hunker down and hit the books. I know personally that it takes a lot of motivation to get on with revision, especially at this time of the year when it’s finally getting warmer and outside looks increasingly inviting! This blog post is all about how to make studying a little easier, and hopefully a lot more bearable!
I’ve wanted to dedicate an entire series of blog posts to the topic of ‘doing less’ for a while now. We’re in a point in time where we’re working more than ever and taking less time off than ever. It’s no wonder that many of us are feeling overwhelmed and fed up with the amount of work that’s on our plate. With 9-5 work commitments, kids on the go and only a slither of to ourselves it’s no wonder that many of us wish we could hit the pause button and let ourselves catch a breath. To be a part of this series and continue this important conversation, read more below!
Time management seems to be one of these big things that people also wish they were better at yet don’t know how to improve. We’re back with more time management tips to help you tackle your calendar and stay on top!
Thankfully, current generations are beginning to realise that we should be actively trying to minimise our waste daily. Whether that’s making an effort to bring your Keep Cup to your local cafe or to put in the effort to recycle mindfully. These days, it’s becoming easier and easier to join the zero waste movement trend so we wanted to share some of our top tips! For some, these ideas will be nothing out of the ordinary. But for those new to the journey, or those just looking for a little inspiration, be sure to give this blog post a read!
Having a deeper understanding of the brainwaves our brain experiences is the first step to hacking the system and encouraging your mind to experience these brainwaves when you need them most - whether that’s when you’re trying to fall asleep, study for that big exam or gain inspiration for an upcoming project. Check out the science behind it all and some top tips below!
Simplify the laundry process and help keep the family on the same page with our easy-to-use laundry printable and essentials. We love keeping our printable in a lovely frame on the wall of our laundry for the entire family to use and enjoy. Whether you need help reading the laundry care labels of clothing, understanding the best washing settings for your garments or learning the best stain removal techniques, this printable is made for you. Check it out as well as our list of essentials below!
Nothing much beats the perfect pancake recipe - especially if it's super delicious AND gluten/dairy free. These pancakes are mind-blowingly light and are the ultimate Sunday morning breakfast with a side of fruit or bacon. Top them with maple syrup, or simply a squeeze of lemon juice and let the goodness of these pancakes shine. Check out the recipe below!
When trying to minimise the number of chemicals you let into your home, essential oils are a great start. We love using ours to support our general wellbeing as well as for general purposes around the home whether that’s in freshening up a room or in homemade cleaning products. Check out our top ways to use essential oils during your Spring Clean this year!
Everyone loves that Spring Clean feeling, it’s like getting into bed with fresh sheets. However, everyone seems to dread the process of decluttering, detoxing and reorganising the home. We’ve simplified the process into a ‘Spring Cleaning’ Printable so you can easily tick off each task as you go. Check out the printable and our Spring Cleaning tips below!
We’re lovers of minimising the products and chemicals involved in our household cleaning and maintenance. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to worry about the contents of our cleaners or the confusing ingredient lists on the back of products. However, these days it’s getting more and more difficult to clean our own homes without having to worry about the health of ourselves and our families. Keep it simple and look towards wonder products like vinegar to help you around the home! Check out our list of amazing uses below!
Whether you’re a university student currently studying, or a high school student in the middle of your term, studying and having to remember large contents of information is simply a fact of life. However, when you look into the science behind how our brains remember information, there are a few ways which you can cheat the system and encourage your brain to recall information easier! Check out our tips below!
We could probably all admit that we spend a little too much time on our phones. Whether we’re falling behind in classes, or finding that sitting down with our phone at the end of the night is our new ‘relaxing’, a lot of us seem to fall into a nasty routine with these wonderful devices. While I’ll never doubt how great phones have become, we have to remember - we did survive without them! Here are some of my top tips to taking charge of your phone again!
Spring has finally sprung! While the temperatures still may be chilly, at least the end is near. You can almost taste a sense of summer! However, there is something special about spring. It’s a wonderful season for experimenting with new routines and recipes in preparation for the summer months. If you’re looking to start a new routine, get yourself back on track or experiment with new habits, then this is the perfect opportunity! Check out our introduction to spring below!
I’ve only recently fallen in love with snickerdoodle cookies! However, little did I know that they’re an American classic! There is something irresistible about the cinnamon-sugar coating. “They’re like cinnamon sugar donuts,” my boyfriend says - which is as much approval as I’ll ever need. Check out this dairy and gluten-free recipe below and give this a try for a sweet baking treat!
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