83 Things to Do on a Rainy Day

All week we look forward to the weekend and sometimes it can be a complete wash out thanks to the typical British weather! So I’ve put together a list of 83 things to do on a rainy day to give you a little inspiration… :).

Rain drops on a window, things to do on a rainy day

Of course, I’m writing this post on a grey and miserable Sunday in January, but it turns out this was actually a lot of fun, so already I’m winning…

  1. Catch up with your favourite YouTubers
  2. Record a video yourself
  3. Bake a cake – mmmmm!
  4. Declutter your wardrobe
  5. Donate some things to charity
  6. Try out a new makeup look
  7. Get organised for the week ahead
  8. Paint your nails, perhaps even some nail art
  9. Write a letter to a friend or family member
  10. Upcycle some furniture
  11. Print off your photos and pop them in an album
  12. Make a birthday card for your friend
  13. A spot of online shopping
  14. Skype a friend in another country
  15. Get ahead with your blog (if you’re a blogger of course – if not, why not start a blog?)
  16. Binge watch a boxset (like you need an excuse?)
  17. Book a day out or finally investigate that holiday you’ve been planning!
  18. Dig out your old video games
  19. Write a bucket list and research your next adventure
  20. Go out for a pub lunch
  21. Head to the cinema
  22. Go bowling
  23. Play some board games
  24. Check out a nearby waterpark (if you’re gonna get wet, it may as well be while you’re having fun)!
  25. Book a badminton or squash court with your friends
  26. Rearrange your bedroom furniture
  27. Give yourself a pamper, from head to toe. Think face masks, exfoliation and all the moisturising possible
  28. Practise a new hair style
  29. Go to a snooker hall
  30. Go for a drive, you don’t have to get out the car, but sometimes it’s nice just to listen to some music and drive along the coast or through the forest
  31. Start an online course (there’s so many deals and free ones out there! If you love learning new things, this is an exciting thing to do!)
  32. Make some music playlists, I’m thinking Disney, 00s and a chill out mix
  33. Clear your purse of all its receipts (boring but strangely therapeutic)
  34. Try some yoga
  35. Start a scrap book of your adventures
  36. Paint some pottery
  37. Bring your LinkedIn profile up to date (your future self will thank you!)
  38. Go to the driving range – you’ll be under cover and it’s surprisingly fun to hit some balls!
  39. Go and visit a pet store, just think of the cutie little bunny rabbits
  40. Invite some friends over to hang out
  41. Cook a new recipe for your family
  42. Do a puzzle
  43. Read a book or buy a magazine to catch up on the latest celeb gossip
  44. Download a new game for your phone or tablet
  45. In fact, download the Cooking Fever app (you’ll thank me later)
  46. Register all your loyalty cards cramming your purse and discover just how many treats you can buy with your points
  47. Plan a party for another weekend
  48. Visit a spa
  49. Go and get your hair/nails/eyebrows done
  50. Drive to a nearby town/city to go shopping somewhere different to your usual shopping centre
  51. Spend your 2ps in the arcade
  52. Grab your trainers and go to laser quest
  53. Clean your makeup brushes
  54. Start watching Friends from the beginning
  55. Find your old dance mat
  56. Challenge someone to a race on Mario Kart
  57. Make some deliciously healthy meals for the week ahead
  58. Do a social media cleanse (remove people who bring negativity to your feed, and unfollow those hundreds of club promoters who send you daily notifications)
  59. Practise a musical instrument (if you have one!)
  60. Burn some calories at a trampoline park
  61. Do some arts and crafts
  62. Colour a few pages in your colouring book
  63. Try some brain puzzles or Sudoku
  64. Search the internet for some new YouTubers to fall in love with
  65. Create an indoor herb garden
  66. Go to an aquarium
  67. Give indoor rock climbing a go
  68. Make a collage with your concert/show tickets (this would look super cool on your bedroom/office wall)
  69. Go to the Sporcle website and try a few quizzes
  70. Join in with a game of bingo (it’s actually so much fun)
  71. Watch a documentary on Channel 4 – they’re the best/quirkiest
  72. Write a poem or a story
  73. Look on Groupon or Table Pouncer for a seriously tasty afternoon tea deal/voucher
  74. Do a workout DVD
  75. Sell some things on eBay or Gum Tree
  76. Relax in the bath with a bubble bar or bomb
  77. Do a crossword
  78. Go out and buy a new board game
  79. Wrap up warm and go ice skating at an indoor rink
  80. Dip your toes in culture and visit a museum
  81. Round up your pals and go go-karting
  82. If you know the rain is coming in advance, you could book into an adult’s playzone (they really do exist!)
  83. Investigate some exciting plans for when the sun actually does shine. Read all about our visit to Portland Bill Lighthouse, when we made the most of the blue skies and dry weather.

I hope this has given you some inspiration when it comes to fun things to do on a rainy day. If you have any ideas to add, please let me know in the comments and I can extend the list and give you credit :).

XO

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Frieda’s Afternoon Tea Bus

This post is a yummy one…

I recently spent the afternoon with two of my best friends in the world, on a Frieda’s Tearoom bus, travelling along the Bournemouth coastline while enjoying a delicious afternoon tea!

Frieda's Tea Bus

Everything from the decor to the service was just lovely and once we’d taken our seats upstairs on the bus, we didn’t know where to start with the heavenly spread laid out in front of us!

From macaroons to sandwiches, cakes and scones we were in for a treat and it took us a little while to decide where to start.

The girls were so thoughtful in planning ahead to definitely make sure that Frieda and the team know that I am vegetarian.

Of course, being on a moving bus means that we had to be extra careful with our orange juice, coffee and hot chocolate. Luckily we avoided spillages as our hot drinks were served in these coffee cups and there were cup holders in the tables – every tiny detail had been thought about 🙂

Afternoon Tea

Coffee Cup

We hopped on the bus at Bournemouth pier and the journey took us along the cliff top to Hengistbury Head.

Our driver was also a knowledgeable guide and told us things about the coastline we never even knew, despite growing up in the local area!

We were so lucky with the weather and our afternoon was blessed by some glorious Autumnal sunshine!

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Frieda's Tea BusFrieda's Tea Bus

We certainly polished off our plates, but who could really blame us?! The scones were my highlight, a classic for afternoon tea 🙂

Thanks so much again to the both of you, it was an unforgettable birthday present!

Have you spotted Frieda’s afternoon tea bus in Bournemouth? Do you have a tea bus where you live?

Let me know! I’d love to hear all about it! 🙂

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When the Fancy Dress Theme is ‘Anything but Clothes…’

Happy November!

I hope all enjoyed the spooky celebrations over the last few days, we certainly did!

My friend Lolly shares her birthday with Halloween and as you can imagine she always plans a super fun fancy dress party. This year’s theme was ABC (Anything but Clothes).

But as it is illegal to rock a birthday suit on a night out we had to come up with a plan.

After witnessing this fancy dress theme on sports night’s at university, I thought it would be easy – yay for a Twister mat dress.

Boy was I wrong… My boyfriend Alex needed a costume too and so we scratched our heads and browsed Pinterest (of course) and came up with this idea.

Asda were kind enough to provide us with lots of cardboard boxes to help make our creation. Then after a couple of hours of spray paint, parcel tape, glue and of course lots of love, our Lego friends were born…

Lego Costume

Lego Fancy Dress

Lego Fancy Dress Costume
We obviously had to make a set of IDs too…
Lego Fancy Dress Costume

As you can imagine, we got quite a few comments about our costumes from fellow party goers outside the bar, including people sharing their love for Legoland!

It was so fun to make the costumes and wear them out and despite bending the rules slightly, by wearing leggings/trousers to preserve our dignity, we were over the moon to have won the prize ‘best dressed’ (Lolly, you cutie!)

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What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever dressed up as? I’d love to know, leave a comment or tweet me.

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10 Ways to Help You De-Stress

Hi Everyone! I’m back on my blog with a little post which I hope will guide you when times get tough and help you when your mind and body are desperately calling out for some TLC…

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Have a Pamper Night

Whether this is a full blown exfoliation and face mask session or simply redoing your nails and moisturising, the most important thing is that you are spending time on yourself – something which can often go overlooked when your life is jam packed!

Book an Adventure

If you’re anything like me, it’s always good to have a weekend away, holiday or exciting day out to look forward to. We work so hard all week and yes we have bills to pay and savings to build, but we have a life to live too. So book that holiday, tick that city off your bucket list and go exploring!

Have a Good Cry

When I was younger, I thought it was a sign of weakness to cry, but growing up I’ve realised that actually crying is a de-stressing mechanism. Too often we let things get on top of us and while exercise can be great at keeping our feelings in balance, sometimes we need to let out all the frustration in one big hit.

Do Absolutely Nothing

Has anyone else noticed how quickly the nights are drawing in already?! Plus as I’m writing this I am already tucked up in bed with my slipper socks and am extremely tempted by a hot water bottle. Autumn/Winter is the perfect excuse to change straight into your pyjamas after work and park yourself on the sofa for the whole evening with the TV and a takeaway – it’s good for the soul, trust me! 🙂

Try Something New

It’s quite easy to fall into a routine and get seriously comfortable, but every now and again push yourself out of your comfort zone. Last summer I tried paddle boarding and LOVED it, this year it felt good to get out on the water again, and we are already thinking about buying our very own boards next year! Or if you played a sport when you were younger or had a hobby which you had to put on the back burner, make time to fall in love with it all over again!

Get Organised

Cleaning, tidying and organising is so therapeutic, now don’t get me wrong, I am no Monica Geller – my boyfriend will tell you that, but it’s so calming to sort through my purse and bin old receipts or go through my drawers and finally part with clothes which I have come to admit, I really will never wear again. There’s so much to be said for negative energy and getting rid of anything which doesn’t evoke positive emotions, so give it a try sometime 🙂

Lose Yourself in a Bubble Bath

Relax your muscles, dim the lights and read a magazine cover to cover, because I bet you can’t remember the last time you did that?

Indulge

I am just four pounds away from my holiday weight goal and while I am desperately trying to achieve it through exercise, I’ve come to realise that it’s not good to deprive your body of what it craves the most. One chocolate bar is not going to send your diet spiralling into disrepair, so enjoy!

Go a Little Crazy

An evening of delicious cocktails, your best girlfriends and cheesy music can do a world of good. I find the best nights out to be Fridays, because you can just let the stresses of the week go and take great pleasure in the fact that although you may feel slightly fragile on the Saturday, you still have a whole Sunday to make the most of too! 🙂

Take Some Timeout

This one might be a challenge, but it is vital that you remember to give yourself a break. You can only do your best, so try to not put so much pressure on yourself with working so hard, remember to have fun too!

Thank you for taking the time to read my post! How do you de-stress? Let me know in the comments… 🙂

Finally, if you enjoyed this post, you might also like 10 Tips to Make Your Gym Life Easier.

XO

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