I thought I would do a more casual post as I completely forgot to prepare anything and I’m having a bit of a down day.
We’ve had some absolutely gorgeous weather this weekend in the UK and it instantly lifted my spirits and motivation. However, I opened the curtains this morning to a grey cloudy day and I’m coming down from the Vitamin D high and just feel bleh. So in an effort to brighten my mood I thought I would share with you the things I have loved this month and maybe these little things could lift your mood too now the nice weather seems to have gone.
Treaclemoon ‘The honeycomb secret’ bath and shower gel
As many of the mums out there will understand, pampering yourself is rare and if you want to, you have to be quick! Before being a mum I would spend hours running a bubble bath, washing my hair, shaving my legs, doing a face mask, painting my nails, moisturising and styling my hair. Now? It is a 10 minute shower while the little one watches Hey Dugee. So when I need to treat myself, instead of my everyday Dove shower crème I use this. It smells amazing. Like Maltesers but less chocolatey. Sweet yet classy. I am not one for sweet scents but there is something very luxurious about this. Click the picture to grab one for yourself!
Line of Duty
My partner, Steven, and I are hooked on the BBC drama series ‘Line of Duty’. We watched the last series and are now religiously watching the new one. It isn’t exactly the most happy or cosy programme but the story is so gripping. It is real edge-of-your-seat TV and one of the few programmes that we’re not on our phones while watching it. Most people are probably watching it, even my Mum is! We have weekly conversations about who we think ‘H’ is. WHO IS IT??? (P.S does anyone else laugh every time they say ‘bent coppers’? no? just me?). Catch up on BBC iPlayer.
Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims
I have been loving this book! I read a little bit every night before bed and occasionally if I’m the first one up in the house, I spend a few minutes reading it in bed in the morning. It’s so light-hearted, funny and relatable. It’s so good to know that I’m not the only one who thinks the way she does. From wanting to cancel on social commitments, resenting your partner for how easy they have it with the kids to counting down the minutes to wine o’clock and wishing your family at Christmas would just GO HOME, every mum has been where she is. When I’ve had a bad parenting day and I feel like the worst parent in the world, this book really helps to put things into perspective and laugh off the bad days, which I’m trying really hard to do more of. Every parent has the image of the perfect way to raise their kids. Up at 6:30am, healthy breakfast, smiles, beautifully presented lunches (made the night before) and pat your perfectly groomed children on the head as you walk them out of the door to school. But in reality, it’s more like waking up late, in a rush, throwing a cereal bar at the kids, them whining for some iPad time, a quick jam sandwich thrown into a bag (made at the last minute) and shouting at the kids to JUST PUT THEIR SHOES ON! Before cramming everyone in the car and speeding to the school gates (while probably forgetting one kid’s PE kit and another’s homework). Am I right? This is what this book is about. Reality. And how it’s ok to not be the perfect parent because if you are… you’re probably doing it wrong. Click the picture to grab your own copy!
Robinsons Lime and Mint Cordial
This is basically grown-up squash. Why is this in your favourites? You might ask. Well, I am one of those people who do not enjoy drinking water but really need to. I started to drink squash in an effort to hydrate myself more and the results are pretty good. I try to drink 1.5 litres a day and so far I feel so much better! I have more energy, I’m more motivated and my skin (which I’ve always had issues with) is much clearer. I still have the odd blemish here and there but not nearly as bad as it was! This squash in particular is my favourite because it is just like drinking a virgin mojito. Also, if you’re having a summer party (once the good weather comes back. It WILL come back!) then you could so serve this with ice and a sprig of mint and pull off the hostess with the mostess vibe!
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This lady! There are no words! She is my ‘Mum-role-model’. She keeps it real and finds the humour in every ugly corner of motherhood. She has three children (what a champ) and encourages mums to help each other and not judge each other because you never know what that parent is going through #mindyourownmotherhood. PREACH! I follow her on Instagram and everyday I am reminded to be the best mum I can be, find the humour in any situation and if I’m having a down day, it’s ok to be in pyjamas until wine o’clock when you then change into different pyjamas. She also promotes that in order to be the best parent for your kids you need to take care of yourself. There’s no use in having a spotless house, a home-cooked meal that took you 3 hours and all the laundry done if you’re not feeling yourself. The best thing you can give your kids is a sane, happy parent. So instead of hoovering the house top to bottom have a bubble bath! Instead of slaving over making dinner, get a take out and put on your favourite pyjamas.
So that’s it! I hope some of you take something away from this. And remember, if you’re having a down day, take care of yourself!