Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Finding Time for Yourself in 2020

Making time for yourself is always important. Being able to recharge and breathe every now and again does wonders for your metal health which in turn has a lasting effect on other parts of your life. That is certainly not to say that it is easy to slow down and do something for yourself on a regular basis. If your anything like me you will probably push that much needed 'me time' down the list of priorities more times than you actually take time for yourself. I am really hopeful that this is going to change and I thought it would be nice to share some ideas on how to find a little time for yourself throughout this year.

Take a walk alone

I know that going out for an hour long walk on your own isn't always possible especially as a parent. Usually getting out for any period of time on my own is hard. However if you think about it in a way that will work well for you then you might find a little time in your day for a short walk.

Instead of trying to get out in the evening to take a walk I changed my usual daily routine and take the opportunity to do the school run alone. I don't always do it alone but when I can I enjoy the short walk and wait for Dylan to get out. I try not to use my phone and take the time to clear my mind.

If you look at things from a different perspective you might find you already do get a little time alone that you don't take advantage of. Leave the car behind and walk to the shop or take a few minutes to walk around the park when your nearby.

Use a face mask or beauty treatment

Taking time to pamper yourself is definitely something many of us see as a luxury. I know I for one am guilty for putting off any kind of pampering for myself or even worse to pop on a treatment like a face mask and then get on with housework or another task in order to fit it in to the day.

I'm hoping to change my perspective on how I use that time. I think changing things up from always trying to do these things in the evening will be a good start. I have a few face mask treatments in the bathroom cabinet along with hair treatments, nail polishes and various other beauty treatments which can be used at any time. I slowly picked a few up with our shopping and other have been Christmas gifts. When there's a little down time with everyone at home can be the perfect time to put on a face mask and sit down. Why not pop the kettle on at the same time and enjoy a hot coffee, tea or even hot chocolate. If you've got children make them up a hot chocolate and you'll probably have a bit of extra free time too! 

Enjoy a bubble bath

It seems a little cliche but for many of us grabbing a quick shower has become the go to for daily life .Try setting aside some time to enjoy a long soak in the bath. I really enjoy a long soak in the late evening when all the children have gone to sleep. 

Decide on a time that will fit in for you, grab your favourite products and run your bath. You won't regret it! Why not pick yourself up a bath bomb or bubble bath, hell go crazy and get both! run your bath and have everything you need to relax. I enjoy having a bubble bath with music playing and candles in the evening. It really helps me to wind down.

Snuggle up in your favourite spot with a good book

Taking time to read a book can be very low on the priority list when life gets busy. I know for me that's usually the case. It's was quite some time between the current book I'm reading and the last, almost two years! This year I am changing that and giving myself a reading challenge of 12 books, one every month. 

Getting to snuggle up on the sofa in the evening with a book is something I used to really love. If your anything like me you have a whole pile of books waiting to be read that you've not found the time for.

Enjoy some coffee

It seems so simple when you write it down but in reality just finding time to sit down and enjoy a coffee isn't that easy. Especially when you contend with the need to be multi tasking, climbing children, babies to feed and cuddle it all adds up and pretty soon your nice hot coffee is freezing cold and headed for the sink. Having a nice hot drink in a relaxing atmosphere can do real wonders for the soul. So set aside a date and time in your diary and have a coffee date with yourself, head to your favourite coffee shop and take some time to sit and enjoy it!

Finding time for you doesn't have to mean spa days or nothing, find a way to make more time for you in 2020.

Is there something you love doing just for you that I haven't mentioned?
Let me know below as I am really trying to find more time for me this year too.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

What We're Reading - The Little Raindrop (with Giveaway)

It's National Storytelling Week and it just feels right that I share our What We're Reading post for the month since we love storytelling! 

This month Scarlet has been really enjoying The Little Raindrop by Joanna Gray, it's the perfect storytelling book for toddler and children starting to read on their own. The story follow The Little Raindrop through the entire water cycle from falling out of the cloud right through finding it's way to the ground and beyond. 

You can follow along on the adventure of The Little Raindrop as he travels through the various waterways in the river on his long journey. You can see all the animals and environments The Little Raindrop must travel in order to complete the water cycle. The book brings a big learning aspect of understanding where rain comes from and what the water cycle really is.

I love the art style in the book, it has the feel of a pencil drawing. There are no harsh outlines with colouring pencil completing the whole image giving a softer, more natural look to the whole book. This style really helps to give life to the water and the nature in the book. 

You can purchase The Little Raindrop from £4.80.

To Celebrate National Storytelling Week I have decided to hold a few giveaways over the next 4 days which will round out the end of the week. The first and biggest giveaway being for a copy of The Little Raindrop, a copy of Zoom, a wheely good book of colours from the My Little World range, an A5 colouring book, an A5 dot-to-dot book and a packet of 12 small colouring pencils. A lovely little prize that would be perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

For your chance to win enter using the Gleam widget below and keep up with our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the other giveaways in the coming days.

Good Luck! 

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Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Photo of the week 05/52

January has ended! Usually I find that I get a lot done through January and kind of stay on top of things but honestly this year I've struggled to keep up. The past week hasn't been much different, finding our way back to a routine has been hard since Christmas and New Year. Not that it's been helped with all 3 children picking up a heavy cold this week which has now lovingly been passed on to me. I do think I'm getting there in terms of getting on top of the ever growing to do list and it might have even stopped growing (for now).

This past week has been pretty busy for all of us with the usual day to day and weekly routine of shopping, cleaning, playing, school clubs and dinners all going at full pace. There are honestly full days where we go and go.

We managed to get a nice break mid week at our mums and tots group where Scarlet and Avery enjoyed some really fun sensory play with lights and tents. They both enjoyed exploring and it's where I got this week's photo. It's not perfect and Avery has on odd socks but the moment I captured between them was a very small moment they took together to explore lights inside a tiny tent and it made my heart grow even more.

This week also involved me cutting off half my hair and visiting family who I haven't been to see in almost 7 years but I'm determined to change that!

How has your week/ January been?

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