Sunday evening. Doom. A time of the week so loathed that it even got its own syndrome, the Sunday night blues. That sinking sensation in the pit of your stomach couldn’t be more different from the fizzy excitement of the Friday feeling just 48 hours before.

But I think Sunday evening gets a bum rap. Rather than being a boring passage of time to kill before getting on with Monday, it’s actually flying under the radar as secretly, secretly the best time of the week.

No, hear me out. Here are three reasons why.

1. Homework

Most articles about Sundays advise that you get your homework done on Friday so that you don’t have a pile to face at the end of the weekend. This can be a good idea, sure, but I also think that Sunday night is a brilliant time to do homework. By Friday evening you’re often knackered from a busy week and need a bit of a break. Plus loads of the good stuff happens on Friday night! However dedicated you are to getting good grades, it’s not realistic (or good for your overall wellbeing) to expect yourself to turn down the chance to go out and have fun in order to finish your Geography essay (no disrespect, Geography).

So rather than feeling the pressure to get everything finished at the start of the weekend, see how it feels to open your books when it’s quiet on a Sunday night anyway. Decide in advance what time you’re going to start so that you don’t spend the whole day thinking about it, then stick on a chilled playlist and enjoy working knowing that you’ve already had a great weekend. Hopefully.

2. Comfort TV

You might think I’m deranged for saying this but the best TV is on Sunday evenings. I know that literally no one else in the world agree with me. My best friend claims that the theme tune to The Antiques Roadshow actually triggers the Sunday night blues for her.

But I don’t understand this at all. Regardless of how boring the programme itself may be, you can have loads of fun with it. As well as the classic game where you guess the value of the item, there’s also ‘Sad, smug, surprised’ (copyright: me), in which you have to predict whether the owner will look, well, sad, smug or surprised at the valuation. Get those around you to join in. You never know what you might learn from their rationale; turns out my boyfriend has an irrational dislike of red trousers on men.

And whatever your idea of comfort TV, there’s something to suit scheduled on Sunday evenings. Get all teary at Call the Midwife, indulge fantasies about a former life at Downton-esque period dramas, go all Cluedo watching a crime mystery or be on alert for embarrassing moments in live productions, like when everyone’s slightly creepy uncle Tom Jones dropped the F-bomb during The Voice final or when Bruno swears on Strictly. Bruno is *always* swearing on Strictly.

If you can invent a silly game to accompany your chosen programmes then that makes it even better – in a world that can seem scary and unpredictable, there’s something super comforting about looking out each week for the same element of a television programme. As well as The Antiques Roadshow, I totally recommend Countryfile for this. No seriously. Entertain yourself playing ‘Snog, marry, avoid’ with the presenters, of which there are many and they change each week. If you’re lucky Tomasz Schafernaker, the Dermot O’Leary of weather forecasting, will be the meteorologist #winningatlife.

3. Do what you like

If for some bizarre reason neither homework nor crap – sorry, ‘comfort’ – TV take your fancy then there’s always the Sunday night trump card: free time. You probs don’t often have anything scheduled for this time of the week so it can be totally clear for you to fill with whatever you fancy. There are so many options. Maybe you’d like to visit your gran more, or have a regular slot to Skype your mate who has moved abroad. Perhaps you’re always searching for a few hours to work on a project, such as writing a blog, or you’d like to claw back the chance to read books that aren’t set texts.

However big or small your ambitions, what we often think of as dead time from about 4pm on a Sunday offers a great opportunity – even if all you want to do is lie on the sofa eating cake. Because really, isn’t that what Sunday evenings were made for? I’m off to put the kettle on.

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Baths are basically like a massive hug when cramps strike, but why only save splashing about until your period arrives? BATHS FOR EVERYONE, ALL DAY, EVERYDAY.

When you’ve got the cutest bath goodies like Bomb Cosmetics’ mallows, melts and blasters, it’s hard to resist the lure of warm water (we’re loving the almost edible* ‘Field of Joy’ bath mallow in June’s bettybox).

So, in praise of the bubble-tub, here are the nine things you definitely know if you’re more of a bath person; ya’ll shower people are missing out…

1. Standing up for 10 minutes is way too much effort…

… but laying down for an hour is a great use of our time.

2. You’re not stewing in your own dirt, as some people claim…

… girl, I’m basking in the essence of me.

3. It’s actually okay to eat in the bathroom…

… and styrofoam takeaway boxes float!

4. You can mix bubble bath, regardless of their scents…

…wild raspberry, caramel creme and wake up peppermint weirdly work well together.

5. You’re more likely to be successful…

…you’ve got way more time to put the world to rights in a bath than shower.

6. You know how to multitask properly…

…relaxing, singing, cutting your nails and cleaning all at the same time takes some skill.

7. You’ll be favoured by your parents…

…there’s no need to blast Little Mix loudly over the noisy shower. Even though Dad is defo partial to a bit of ‘Shout Out To My Ex’.

8. You’re practically an athlete…

…a one hour bath can burn over 100 calories, according to Steve Faulkner, an exercise physiologist at Loughborough University who has an actual Ph.D.

9. You’re more economic than you think…

…there’s no wasted water casually going down the drain as you lather up. No drop goes unused!

Make bath time as luxurious as possible with a bath mallow from Bomb Cosmetics, available in this month’s bettybox and on their website.

*Okay, so it’s not edible, but it does look good enough to eat.

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Oh, June! You’ve arrived out of nowhere (kinda like our period does sometimes), and all of a sudden, we’re prepping for end of year tests to determine our classes for September. Erm, hello? What about the summer? Like the official exams in May weren’t enough…

In this month’s box, we’ve got a selection of goodies to get you through that last little bit of the school year, so relax, get some luck, and then celebrate those results at the end.

TINK A LINK Charm

We all need a bit of luck from time to time. TINK A LINK are encouraging us to #USEALITTLECHARM with their amazing collection of phone charms. You can stick them to the back of your phone, or buy a TINK A LINK case and let them float about. June’s shenanigans call for the wishbone or clover charms for an added pot of luck. There are plenty of other shapes to chose from, too (we’re talking elephants, stars and letters), with some gold -plated or crafted from moonlight steel, for an added sparkle.

Bomb Cosmetics ‘Fields of Joy’ Bath Mallow

At the end of a long day, there’s nothing more calming than a long bath. It’s pretty much a warm hug for your whole body; with or without cramps, what could be more soothing? Bomb Cosmetics Bath Mallow fizzles slowly as it releases moisturising properties and the most amazing scent. ‘Fields of Joy’ is our absolute fave: the combo of chamomile, frankincense, ginger and mandarin smell divine and is so calming for the skin. Find your zen this month.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Once exams are over, it’s time to let loose with your galpals. Grab that backpack and head out for an afternoon with your friends. Feeling bloated and a little under the weather because of your period? Lift your spirits, and face, with a perfect cat eye. Eyeko’s Skinny Liquid Pen is so easy to use, it’s literally like doodling on a perfect canvas (aka your face *hair flick*) It will last for ages too, so there’s none of that reapplying dramz. To recreate the eyeliner look on all the catwalks at the moment, your betty Collective holds a little treat too…

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WINTER IS COMING. I mean, it’s technically already here… but snow, snow is coming! The weather forecast is full of snowflakes and our heads are full of snow day dreams, thick socks and all the different ways we could toast marshmallows without an actual fire (sticking them carefully in the gas hob might not be as romantic, but it gets the job done).

With any luck, by the end of today we’ll all be three foot deep in the white stuff, literally incapable of leaving the house and in need of a huge stack of cosy, wintry films to hunker down with. So here are some of our all-time favourite winter (but not Christmas) films to warm your cockles.

And if the weather fails us, hey – that’s what weekends are for.

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands

Way before Tim Burton gave Willy Wonka and Alice in Wonderland their gothic makeovers, he made magic with Johnny Depp in this gorgeous fantasy about a boy ‘created’ with scissors for hands. Taken in by a suburban family, gentle Edward turns his sharp talents to haircuts, topiary and beautiful ice sculptures. You’ll cry, you’ll swoon and you’ll have the urge to give yourself a creative fringe trim afterwards (don’t).

Lion the witch and the wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

There is probably no snowy tale more magical than this one, the story of four evacuees who stumble on another world at the back of a wardrobe – a world of fauns and friendly beavers where it is always winter, but never Christmas. And if a blizzard really gets going outside, there are two more films and seven books to plow through. Turkish delight sold separately.

Happy feet

Happy Feet

It’s penguins! Tap dancing! Tap dancing penguins! If that prospect doesn’t immediately fill you with joy, there’s probably a chip of ice in your heart. Get that seen to.

Cool runnings

Cool Runnings

Is this the ultimate underdog sports movie? PROBABLY. Or if not, it’s definitely the ultimate underdog winter Olympics sports movie, which makes it all we need right now. Let the true story of the first national Jamaican bobsled team melt your heart quicker than a choc ice on a radiator.

Ice Age

Ice Age

Ok so it doesn’t count as a 100% accurate history lesson, but the animated tale of a mammoth, a sloth and a sabre-toothed tiger battling the icy elements to return a human baby to safety teaches us that even 11,000 years ago, in a time before social media or school or the wheel, people still needed good friendships to get them through. Or sloths and mammoths. Whatever.

Groundhog day

Groundhog Day

Think you love a good snow day? How about having one every single day, the very same day, for hundreds of years? Yeah, thought as much. This classic 90s Bill Murray comedy answers that age old question asked by everyone who’s ever had a seriously crappy day: what if you COULD go back to bed and start the whole thing over again?

March of the penguins

March of the Penguins

It’s penguins! Real ones! Marching! More romantic than your average rom-com, this gorgeous documentary from National Geographic charts the progress of thousands of emperor penguins as they make the long, treacherous journey to their ancestral breeding grounds – and hopefully find love in the process. Pingu was never this emosh.

Little Women snow

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott’s tale of teenage sisterhood might span all the seasons several times over, but it’s those winter bonnets and ice skating scenes that really make life in the American Civil War look appealing. Cocoon yourself on the sofa and decide once and for all if you’re Team Laurie or Team German Professor.

Frozen

Frozen

Didn’t think we’d let this one go, did you? No chance.

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