During May the site will be covering a whole heap of products just for mum. We are so aware that we need to look after ourselves and whether that means a nap in the afternoon or a new product to use in the bathroom we will be focussing on a few lovely new products that will have you feeling great! Today we are featuring Salcura, a range of vegan skincare. Here is what Elizabeth had to say about it:

Antiac daily face wash.

This is a lovely rich face wash which feels smooth, thick and luxurious to use each day. I have been using it in the morning in the shower and it washes well without leaving my skin at all dry, which is pretty impressive in a skin cleanser designed to help with acne and blemishes. It obviously does a great job of washing away the impurities. I have had lovely clear skin while using it, and then as soon as I went away for a few days without it, I got some spots on my chin. If you have slightly oily or combination skin (prone to both spots and dryness) I would definitely recommend giving this a try.

 

Bioskin Dermaserum

This is an interesting one. The list of natural ingredients is really impressive, with natural oils from sunflower, safflower, grape, sea buckthorn, eucalyptus, tea tree, orange, lavender, olive, almond, rosemary and peppermint. It’s a lovely smooth serum which spreads and soaks in easily. It’s not heavy or greasy at all, and feels kind and nourishing. The only thing I would change is the overpowering nature of the eucalyptus and tea tree. I associate these with medicine and cold remedies, so it’s a little strange putting them on my face every morning. Nevertheless this has nourished my face through the last blasts of a cold winter and my skin is perking up now to face the summer.

With half term fast approaching I’ve been looking for ways we can visit new places while also saving money. I need them to be suitable for a 3 and 8 year old so it can feel pretty hard when looking to find something that keeps everyone happy and also mummy’s purse happier too.

I’ve been looking at a day trip to London over the may half term break to see what new areas of London we can discover to lift our sense of adventure!

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Here are a few things to do in London this half term that won’t break the bank.

Theatrical Tour

This will cover all bases as there will be some great sites from your favourite theatre shows. Why not book this and then treat yourself to one of the many shows on in London every night. It’s also fab for seeing some of the city landmarks as well!

Mini Golf

My little ones love to compete with each other and so this activity would see them have fun but also get rid of all that excess energy they always have. You could add extra fun to the day by dressing up as a golfer too! Who will get a hole in one first?

Wetlands Centre

We visited the wetlands centre a few years ago and this is a super easy place to get to on public transport with train tickets from Brighton costing £22 for all 3 of us. It is a great space to learn about nature, birds and it’s incredible this space is such tranquil spot in London.

N20 Kids Klub

This place looks os such fun! With soft play, sandpits and lots of activities it would be a great place to go for a rainier day. It costs £5.95 for 1 adult and 2 children so won’t break the bank too!

Treasure Hunt

We all love a good treasure hunt so why now book onto this underground one. It’s different from the norm and sounds quite exciting too! You could nip to a poundshop beforehand to maybe add an incentive of winning prizes after each stage too!

That is just a few ideas of what you could get up to on a budget this May half term! You can catch what we get up to over on our instagram stories.

 

Let me know what takes your fancy and what day trips you’ll be planning for your half term break.

Do you have a relative or know someone who is bad at managing money? There’s a good chance you are not alone. Almost everyone has that one person in their life who remembers to call when they can’t make ends meet and need some help.

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When you care about someone, it’s hard to see them go through financial hardship. It’s even more concerning when you see that their difficulties could easily be avoided if they made better financial decisions.

It gets trickier when you have older family members, like uncles or parents, who made some unwise financial choices. So, if you decide to support a family member in financial hardship, Alpha Car Finance has these tips for you.

Talking about money.

Money is a touchy subject for most people. That’s why it’s important to be sure if your family member has a problem with handling money. Because you are concerned about their financial well-being, you might get too eager and offer unsolicited advice. So, wait for them to feel comfortable enough to discuss their financial woes.

Sometimes, all a family member needs is someone who will listen. Allow them to share where their money goes, how much they spend on certain things, and then try to offer some advice. The more they open up to you, the better your advice will be received.

Be a good example.

Aside from offering advice, you can also be a good role model for your family. When they see you are doing your best to stick to your budget, save money, and pay off your monthly bills, you’ll become more credible, and your relatives and friends are more likely to heed your advice.

Determine the cause of their problem.

Many people get into debt in various ways. They might have a gambling problem, a substance abuse problem, or using their credit cards uncontrollably, among other things. Whatever it is, you can help in sorting out what got them in trouble.

You are in a better position since you can see the big picture. Once you identify the root cause, try to help them resolve it and, hopefully, they can avoid repeating the same mistakes.

Be cautious when lending money.

Sometimes, we may tend to give a loan and hope that these money problems will naturally disappear. However, most of these problems may stem from bad financial choices or lack of money management skills.

Lending money straight away will not solve anything and might only make their problems worse. Instead, help them improve their decision-making and money management skills by sharing how you have personally overcome your own financial challenges.

Put it in writing.

If you do decide to offer money, make sure to set clear guidelines. While it may appear overly formal, it is a good idea to put any agreement or transaction you may have on paper. Is it a loan or a cash gift? Be clear about it and set expectations. If it is a loan, set a deadline and have an agreement when your relative must pay it back.

Set clear boundaries.

Seeing a family member go through financial difficulty is tough, but ultimately, they must learn how to be responsible for their own finances. While there is nothing wrong with extending help, there’s only so much you can do. You also have your obligations to worry about and need to think about securing your own future.

Do you know someone who is financially struggling? What did you do to help them? How did you deal with their situation? We’d love to know. Please share your experiences with us by leaving a comment.

There are plenty of style guides to be found in magazines and on the internet, that can help you achieve any look with your décor that you want to. However, there is a downside to sticking so rigidly to any one style guide. Sometimes, it might feel like you’re living in a showroom that doesn’t show the personality around your kitchen table. A little of your own personality should always be injected to make sure that a room feels “you”, no matter what style you go for. Here are a few ways to make sure that’s the case.

Find your style

One of the problems of following a style guide is that some people don’t really determine what their style is before they jump in. Finding your inspiration before you start making décor choices is going to ensure that you’re later happy with those very same choices. Watch home makeover programmes, browse through interest, take a look at before-and-after renovation photos. Do plenty of inspiration material binging and start collecting and collating those that stand out most to you. Rather than finding one “style”, you’ll find you have an eclectic mix of tastes that you could work to incorporate together.

Fit your hobbies in there

Do you have one hobby that takes up most of your time or a passion that you find inextricably linked to your very being? Then make a little space for it in your décor. It’s all about finding the boundary and not crossing it. Make a single subtle display, such as a wall lined with movie posters, if you’re into movies or a good place to fit a bookshelf if you’re a reader. You want it to be a subtle pointer to your personality, incorporating your hobby too much can end up a little overbearing if you don’t know how to hold back.

Make memories your pride

There are certain elements of décor that transcend a particular style, too. To many people, there are few better avatars of their own personalities and experiences than the photos they take or have had taken of them throughout the years. Creating a photo wall display in the home can immediately give any room a focal point that screams personality. There are a lot of ways to arrange them, such as making a grid, lining them up, or even hanging them, so you don’t have to feel like your options are too limited as to how you display them, either.

Give it some space

Whether it’s certain ornaments you love the most, some photos on display, or anything else, giving your personality some space is crucial. Set up a space all its own by using a display cabinet or a glass console table dedicated to the collection you want to put on display. Don’t clutter it and force it to share attention with some of the more traditional décor aspects of the room. This creates a competition for attention which means it won’t stand out as much.

At the end of the day, a home that doesn’t have “you” in it isn’t going to feel yours. Find the spaces you’re not using and think about how to incorporate your own personality.

 

Self care isn’t always about the pretty things that can make life look nicer, in fact there is much more to it. If you are thinking about making your own self care your number 1 priority then here are a few ways you can help yourself!

Bullet Journalling or Art Journalling

Both of these can release your busy mind. Focus on the page in front of you and what you need to organise or get out.

Bullet Journal can help you organise yourself which will help alleviate stress or feeling like you have too much on.

Art Journalling can help you get your creative side back, carry a notebook and doodle. I have a little watercolour set that is handbag friendly.

Escape for a weekend

If you are like me and always find things to do around the house even if there is spare time then a trip away can really focus the mind on enjoying the moment. Book an apartment in a new city and experience what it has to offer. You don’t need to take the kids – why not switch a weekend with your partner and then focus on something that is entirely for you, visit art galleries or snuggle in the apartment and watch Netflix until 2am with the knownledge no-one will be jumping on your head at 6am!

Look after your mind

Self care isn’t always about a spa day.  There is so much more and mental health is one of those things you need to look after. Pick up a book or start a course – something that will get your interest peaked and work with your intellect. I love taking a new short course or picking up a book. I’ve just finished Witch by Lisa Lister and although it has taken me 3 months every time i picked it up those moments were just for me.

Create a Ritual

Whether it is concentrating on your breathing first thing in the morning, a short online yoga class, that first coffee of the day or a bath make sure that before you start your day to do something unique to you. I love that first coffee of the morning and saviour it as much as I can. I find that something to start the day the right way makes my creativity flow better. Rewards dont always have to be at the end of the day.

So what rituals do you include in your self care plan?