School holidays are great. You don’t have to set alarms. You can wear anything you like. You can eat lunch whenever your hunger strikes you. But sometimes, every so often, they can get, um, a bit… er, dull.
I know! I know, it’s not what you’re meant to say. You’re meant to be grateful and thankful and brimming with holiday induced joy. But, well, sometimes you can end up sitting on the floor of your bedroom, completely out of episodes of Stranger Things to re-watch and with no idea what to do next.
Well, fear not! We have come up with some ideas for how to keep the boredom at bay.
1. Make face masks
I’m not entirely sure what it is that I find so soothing about face masks, but pretty much as soon as I apply that first slather, I feel myself relax. You can do it on your own, pop some cucumber on your eyes and listen to soothing music or you can get together with a bunch of friends and experiment with different types. I particularly love this banana face mask. Plus, if any of it ends up in your mouth, it’s totally delicious.
2. Got some leftover bananas?
If you have any bananas left over after making your face mask, it’s NBD because you can make banana popsicles!
3. Learn the Parent Trap Handshake
One rainy afternoon, my best friend Georgia and I decided we would learn the handshake from Parent Trap. Because I have very little coordination, it took a ridiculous amount of time, but it was totally worth it when we showed our routine off to all our friends at school the next week.
4. Or if you’re more musically inclined…
You could learn “Cups” from Pitch Perfect, which will have the same effect. (Amy can do it and I am immensely jealous).
5. Did someone say ‘sale’?
The high street is on its mid-season sale, so there are bargains to be had. One of our favourites is this dungaree dress from River Island that’s almost 50% off! [Insert Dad joke about that being because its missing 50% of the fabric here]
6. Learn to face paint
Look, I’m not entirely sure when this life skill will come in useful but I promise you that if you learn how to paint your face so you look like Scar from the Lion King, a situation will arise. Halloween? Why not. A circus themed party? Sure. Next mufti day? I’m game if you are.
7. Get your pom-pom on
Pom-poms are great because they are so versatile. They look good in pretty much every scenario: on a headband, as bunting, as a key ring, in a nice bowl like apples… Plus, they’re super soothing to make – watch our handy video tutorial, have a Netflix marathon and pom the day away.
8. Marie Kondo your room
I wish I knew the words to describe the look I got in the betty offices when I said I didn’t know who Marie Kondo was. According to her Wikipedia, she’s a Japanese organising consultant and author. Lauren tells me that after she read Marie’s first book, ‘The Life-Changing Art of Tidying,’ she actually re-organised her wardrobe and it did, in fact, change her life. As someone who spends about five minutes every morning trying to locate the top I have in mind, I have to admit, I’m tempted.
9. Head to your local library
Holidays are always a great time to get on top of your reading list. If you’re feeling a little uninspired, why not check out Zoella’s new book club reads or some of our betty book reviews?
10. Or… get crafty with books
If you’re not that into reading or have got a lot of old books lying about, you could try some of these DIY projects that re-purpose old books into beautiful new accessories.
11. Stage a tribute to Bey
What better way is there to spend your hols than learning all the words to Bey’s, ‘Hold Up’? Or, if you’re feeling really ambitious, why not try and get the whole Lemonade album down? Put on your yellow-est dress and get crackin’
Boredom, BE GONE. Bey-dom awaits!