I have talked before about staying grateful in life, in particular, when suffering the loss of loved ones. The people in our lives are, of course, important to us and usually, when thinking about expressing our gratitude, we often show that we care by buying a gift. But sometimes this can seem a bit on the disingenuous side. When it comes to something like keepsakes, it is more personal and there is more of an emotional attachment. When giving gifts to loved ones, keepsakes can represent more than just something for Christmas or birthdays, it could be an heirloom or something that they can take with them all through their lives. This can often be tricky so let’s take a look at some ideas…
So who here has been hinched?
For those that don’t know what this means, I made a little video over on my YouTube Channel. It is called Mrs Hinch Made me do it. It is all about who Mrs Hinch (a.k.a Sophie Hinchliffe) is and what she made me do, which, in a word is clean. The video itself is all about the cleaning products I bought and was excited to use, but the context is there also. Today. however, I thought I would mull over what it is about Mrs Hinch that makes us all (well, many of us) go so wild.
Me? I’ve been
Mrs Hinch? She has me hooked. I check out her Instagram at least once a day to see what she is up to. My favourite part is the tips, these are what stabbed me through the lip and reeled me in.
Don’t get me wrong, I am well aware there are many other factors in play when it comes to the Instagram queen. Mrs Hinch knows how to look her best, is funny, keeps an immaculate and tastefully decorated home, and has a cute dog. Not all of this is for all of us, but there seems to be something for everyone.
I’m not really fussed as to what Mrs Hinch looks like and I’m not one for enormous fluttery lashes. They’re just not for me. Similarly, as much as I love a couple of the items she has in her home and I enjoy taking a peek at her home décor, mostly her choices aren’t matched to mine. Whilst I am a fan of grey and white, most of the additional items she buys, shows and subsequently sells out, wouldn’t find there way into my home. But that is ok. If we all liked the same then the world would be a very boring place. And anyway, with items selling out within hours of appearing on her stories, it would seem that there are many that do share her particular homeware preferences.
So back to the Hinch effect. I think as I look back, cleaning was a bit of an unknown for me. By that, I mean that I didn’t really know what I was doing. I knew the basics but it was a chore. I always had better things to be doing and, as a result, I didn’t give it much time. As I got older I became a little more house proud but it wasn’t for the love of it. Not like it is now.
Way before Mrs Hinch’s Instagram rocketed to notoriety, I used to accept what I thought were inevitabilities. I assumed that my toilet would always have some limescale build up at the bottom as nothing I tried would remove it. Then, a colleague told me about some specific toilet cleaners. I tried them and was amazed at the results. But even then, whilst I had become aware products that can revolutionise the way I clean my loo, I still felt like other areas would forever be a certain way. I just wasn’t clued up on what works.
Mrs Hinch cleans for fun and loves it. That cleaning mojo is infinitely inspiring and seeing someone else so proud of their sparkling home sets off some kind of domino effect.
The Sweet Spot
As much as cleaning products can be inexpensive I was never someone who would just try a product to see if it work. I like real product recommendations, hence my love for blogs and YouTube. Mrs Hinch provides an abundance of recommendations but also shows you the before and after. For me, this is the sweet spot. Seeing it work and knowing you can do the same to your home makes you crave it. No, really.
Of course, there is much debate about the use of chemicals, how much plastic we are consuming and how much waste her 1.2 million
There are posts out there claiming that Sophie is dragging women back to the 1950’s but I can’t agree. Men are Hinchers too and it is the love for and sense of achievement gained that shines through. Just the other day my boyfriend proudly announced that he had used Zoflora and as a result, his home smelled fresh. Imagine my pride. I’m still grinning about it as I write this. But either way,
There will, of course, always be those who have to troll and spread negativity, but those few are outweighed by the enormity of the positivity and sense of community that has been created through her influence. Instagram, and facebook users have certainly come together to embrace their shared interests and it is a joy to be part of that community, to meet others, share tips and inspire eachother. If you haven’t come across it yet, seek them out and join in.
So, should you be interested, I made another Hinch-related video. Fancy some
So what are your thoughts on the Hinch effect?
Wow, what a question.
Do you think so? For me, weight loss does, in some way, lead to happiness. For some people it might even be the key to happiness but that isn’t the case for me. I do, however, agree that it can be key when it comes to my confidence and confidence, for me, supports a happier life.
By now, you’re probably all too aware that I am on a Slimming World journey. If you’re planning to lose weight then I would suggest giving Slimming World some serious consideration. However, even if your body shape isn’t an issue, taking greater care of your body is key to certain aspects of life improvement. I shall explain…
As a reader of my blog, you may be aware that I am on a weight loss journey. As part of this, I have a weekly Food Friday series that focuses on my progress, including the ups and downs. I started this particular attempt back and March with a view to feeling better about myself by summer. Well, here we are. It is now that time of year where there is a lot more focus on body image and with there being much talk of getting “bikini ready” we can all feel a pressure to conform to what society would say is the ideal image.
Have you ever considered veneers? My teeth are far from perfect and the thought has crossed my mind on a number of occasions. Usually, it is the price that puts me off but, as vain as it may be, the idea never quite leaves me.
With a friend who loves France so much that she plans to move there, I recently found myself thinking about the French way of life. This is something that she and I have discussed at length and me being me, it often revolved around food. I remember smiling at the thought of our countless drool sessions over the idea of cheese, bread and red wine. Often glamorised, the stereotypical way of life in France is certainly different from England. So, if I pop over to visit her this summer, how could I stay healthy without denying myself anything? Perhaps some tips from the French themselves…
Have you ever considered your place in the world? This might sound like a grandiose question, but sometimes we can go through life feeling somewhat aimless and even a little lost. This has certainly happened to me in the past and I explained a little bit about this in my Introduction to Happiness Is… post. I assume this is why so many people travel the world, embarking on an adventure to ‘find themselves’, to experience different walks of life and put their own existence into perspective. For me, undertaking this sort of thing and understanding more about ourselves can lead to a happier life and, if you have visited my blog before, you may know that I am all about finding ways to live my best life.