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I have been on a bit of a self care roll lately but I have noticed that the common misconception about self care is that it is all about spending a day in a spa but it is often way more than spending money and more about doing essential things that YOU need.

Self care is very individual and for me it is all about my day to say functioning. I have started having a list of non negotiable that I do everyday. Part of this for me is making sure my mind feels on track from when I wake up to at least when I collect the kids from school.

So I thought I would share my essential self care non negotiable list. This is my contract with myself and may not be for you, then again it may help you too.

Daily Lists

I write a daily list of what I need to get done and what I would like to get done. I write during the last half hour of my working day so that I don’t wake up feeling stressed out before I start the day. I use the Inspire Now Journal for this as it prompts you to pick 1 thing you must do today, while also goal setting for the day (task list), reminders and a reward. It asks you to think about your wellness and development. I like the fact it also sets up a daily morning and evening ritual – my morning is to start incorporating an online yoga course before I start work.

Reward Yourself

When I say rewards I don’t mean having to spend money, eat food or a glass of wine at the end of the day. I think about something I really want to do. At the moment it is read uninterrupted for 30 minutes. I am hoping to gradually increase the time and on some days this will be a walk along the beach, lunch with friends. I have found this is good to help me feel balanced and I am sleeping better for it too.

My other reward is if I finish all my work on time is a long hot bath with a favourite scent. I am addicted to Olverum at the moment and the smell is a really relaxant. Having a quiet bath while our home is completely silent is bliss to me. I have the travel set so I can take it with me if I go away.

Take care of your mind

Over the last year I have signed up to a life coaching diploma and off the back of that have signed up to a few other courses relating to this (including a couple more A level tuition options). It has not only helped me see where I need to work on but given me some career development too. It has made me feel more than just a mum as well as given me the confidence to explore a new career as I am heading towards 40.

Take care of your body

This is also important. As a mum I have found myself heading for a nightly glass of wine but am trying to switch that out for alternative ways to relax. Healthy eating, exercise and self care is super important for your body. Drinking water and using a good skincare routine is vital to me looking and feeling well. I am also using this fab HiGlow stick to give me a bit of summer colour – the sunshine glow makes me feel fab and perks me right up!

I don’t sit around in PJs now as that lowers my motivation and instead I’m often up before the kids setting up packed lunches, getting their clothes ready and then ensuring I am dressed and look presentable for the school run. This is important to me. I have to take care of myself and how I look, what I wear is part of this. If I stay in my PJs it isn’t shutting motivated and productive to my mind.

Talk to people

Having a supportive network is integral to my daily functioning. I work from home and this is often lonely. Gav calls or texts me during his lunch break everyday and it is great to have friends to support me from their home working too. If you are having a down day being lonely at work has such an impact so even a few seconds of adult conversation is bloody brilliant.

Let me know how you focus on your self care, what helps you?

I do love a bit of a wardrobe lift up and with Jumpsuits and playsuits making a comeback this year I was looking for something that is perfect for hiding my mum bumps but also practical for running around after the children in.

I’ve been trying out a few different designs and here is what I have found:

The structured jumpsuit – Fashion World sent me over a structured Joanna Hope jumpsuit. This came with detachable straps  so perfect if you’re worried about little hands tugging at your top. The structured top is perfect for me as I have a bigger bust so it made me feel safe. The fabric was a little heavy but I think this will be a winner on date nights. It was a classic cut and really suited my frame.

The boob tube playsuit: Rather than wear a skirt this this summer I thought that this style might suit a day time look. The jersey material is super comfy and it is easy to pull over a swimsuit if we head to the beach. It rolls small too so a perfect back up to go into a weekend away bag or beach bag.

The short playsuit: With the weather heating up and wanting to be able to run around after the kids the shorter playsuit is perfect for balmy summer days. It means that if you want to dip your feet in the sea you are totally ready too! I love the vibrant prints in the short style offerings out there. Pop a pair of leggings underneath for the cooler nights.

I do love that i have tried something new and couldn’t recommend buying a jumpsuit for the summer enough. I had thought they wouldn’t suit me before but they are so flattering and you’ll be able to find a good style for any figure type. The fact they are so practical for running about in and various adventures make them perfect for the summer months. I won’t be running around after the kids in anything else this summer! Grab a cropped denim jacket and a bright necklace for a really cool mum vibe!

 

 

I was sent two jumpsuits from the Fashion World post to review, however these words are completely my own!

Last week Fizz and I wondered into town to attend an event held at Bluebell & Co with Powell Craft. The shop is in central Brighton tucked away at the end of the Laines.  I find the shop quite relaxed and very welcoming, having visited on a few occasions for gifts there over the years. It really is a unique place to pick up gifts.

We were treated to a sneak peek at some new ranges and Fizz treated everyone to a mini fashion show. We love the individuality of the ranges stocked and Powell Craft’s new items are simply stunning! You won’t want to miss their new range when it is launched later this year. They have taken classics and given them a lovely twist, we saw some lovely chic pieces ready for Summer and Autumn.

We came home with a few lovely bargains (the shop has a whopping 50% off sale at the moment!) ready for the hot summer months. The nightwear is amazing delicate looking and light, perfect to wear as day wear too!

Fizz looked amazing in a lot of the clothes she tried on and we will be going back to collect a few more bits ready for our summer holiday.

Where are you shopping this summer?

A few weeks ago FizzBox.com invited a myself and a selection of Brighton Bloggers to experience two different events in one. The company pride themselves on being able to put together group experiences catering for small or large groups. They aim to be a one stop shop for anyone wanting to put together a group party with a difference.

The first event of the evening was a lovely relaxed afternoon tea at Brown’s. This worked well as the first experience as it gave time for guests to mingle and get to know each other. I loved the relaxed atmosphere of this part of the event as it was perfect to just talk, eat good food and grab a glass of Prosecco. We had a separate part of the restaurant so it felt intimate but not closed off. We spent the time chatting, getting to know each other and swapping tales of our lives as well as the blogging world. The cakes were a massive hit too!

After a short walk we hit Revolution. Again a private area just for our party was reserved and this was a bit more secluded then Brown’s. However it was very spacey and the decor was definitely a hit with our party! We were treated to a cocktail masterclass which ended in us making our own cocktails (all tailored to the individual rather than a class showing us how to make 1 cocktail we were given the opportunity to make anything from the menu.This was really fun and something I would consider hosting for a birthday.  After the class we were served some mini burgers, nachos and other delish food. I really enjoyed the experience as although it was a class it was laid back and we had plenty of giggles!

The evening was something I would have never considered before but I think if I wanted to do something special for a birthday or friends get together this would be high on my list. The cocktail making class was £25pp and the afternoon tea juts £14.50 pp so there really is something to cater for your set budget too.

How do you love to celebrate a special occasion and is this something that would appeal to you?

Do check out my InstaStories of the event!

On a saturday the kids get their pocket money and a lot of this money is spent on blind bag items. Fizz is a big fan of Hatchimals so the CollEGGtibles are a perfect boost to her pocket money collection.

There is something really special about the anticipation and excitement about a blind bag. With the Hatchimals you get double this as you open to see the egg colour then rub it’s heart to break the egg. It all adds to the excitement factor especially when you are wishing for an ‘ultra rare’ (as Fizz calls them).

Breaking the egg is easy and little hands won’t have any problem (Jedi aged nearly 4 had no trouble at all after Fizz let him open a few).

Two of the sets we were sent had display egg cases which are great! The Hatchimals inside are small so it’s a great storage addition for us to keep them safe and in one place. Fizz loves them on display so this keeps them nicely in view whilst also safe!

We were thrilled to get 3 sets of twin hatches! And a few special edition ones too. The kids grabbed their list and ticked off which ones they had opened. We were lucky to get no duplicates too!!

From £2.99 to £9.99 the new colleggtion has something for every budget from pocket to birthday money. Perfect for school friends gifts too.

 

 

We were sent a mix of items from the new Season 3 to check out and review but all thoughts are our own.