One thing that this past year has taught me is how incredibly amazing teachers are!
A lot of last year was spent on remote schooling. My kids were so lucky that they could still receive such a high standard of education under the guidance of their teachers.
Whilst they received a lot of help, sometimes they were left to do some independent work which the parents were tasked with supervising. It hit me like a hammer – it was hard work making sure everything was done and handed in on time! It showed me truly how much in-depth planning went into the lessons and how hard it is for teachers to keep children on task.
At home, I sometimes found the children wandering around the house or daydreaming when they should have been working. On a few of occasions, I struggled to reign them back in so that they would focus which helped me gain a new appreciation for the teachers that have to do this on a daily basis. They should really be acknowledged for this more regularly.
Bath bombs are always popular.
They are uplifting and provide a wonderful pamper experience. They even got a mention on ‘Coronation Street’ when one of the characters was telling her boyfriend to use one following the stress he was going through!!
So, what’s so special about bath bombs?
When used in a warm bath, they help you to relax just before you go to sleep.
Combined in a warm bath it is great for your circulation.
Bathing benefits your muscles, joints, and bones after a strenuous day. Bath bombs just add to that luxurious experience.
If they contain sumptuous oils and butters, they will provide you with moisturization from head to toe
How often do you use bath bombs?
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Lavender is awesome!
It has an amazing aroma and beautiful colour. However, did you know that it is renowned for its incredible healing qualities, particularly where inflammation occurs?
An example of this is with Rosacea.
Rosacea is a condition which sporadically appears on the skin.
It shows up as reddening of the face. Occasionally, blood vessels are visible.
This condition can be triggered by food, caffeine, alcohol and exercise.
Lavender is said to help as a natural anti-inflammatory which can calm and soothe the skin, especially in this situation.
It can be applied topically to the skin either in a carrier oil or directly. You can add one or two droplets of it to your favourite moisturizer.
One of our popular soaps, Lavender and Patchouli, is a natural handmade soap containing Lavender essential oil and is decorated with natural lavender buds. It is beautifully hydrating and moisturizing and does not dry out the skin. It also makes a lovely pamper treat.
Check out the following link to find out more about this gorgeous soap bar.
Your skin is the largest organ in the human body. It is subjected to all sorts of influences such as the weather and pollution.
You therefore have to do all that you can to protect it.
There are a number of things that you can find in your home to help you look after your skin. They will hydrate and moisturize leaving your skin looking healthy and glowing.
Here are 3 simple hacks that you can try at home.
1. Coconut Oil
This is used for cooking but makes an excellent moisturiser, especially if you suffer from dry skin. It is made up of fatty acids and natural fats. It is renowned for its antimicrobial properties. It can be used on the body by rubbing it into the desired area. It is a little heavy for the face.
This natural treasure is amazing for dry skin and assisting the healing process. It is known for helping if with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. You can apply a very thin layer to your face like a face mask for 20 minutes. The beauty of honey is that it can be combined to other natural ingredients to soothe and nourish the skin.
3. Aloe vera
I love this plant It has amazing soothing qualities particularly if you have caught the sun , or have skin irritations such as eczema to acne. It has been recognised for improving the skin texture. Aloe vera can be taken as a supplement, used topically as a gel, or if you have a plant, you can carefully remove one of its leaves and scoop out the inner gel. You can apply a thin layer to your face leaving it on for 20 minutes.
If you love natural skin care with natural ingredients, check out the Mel's Little Luxuries range.
Aging of the skin is a natural process by which the collagen and elastin, that keep our skin looking firm and youthful, begin to decline, this results in wrinkles. Cell production and cell quality also diminish over time resulting in wrinkles.
These factors unfortunately are out of our control, though diet and supplements can slow down the process, it will not stop it.
The influences that are within our control are largely environmental such as pollution (e.g., smoking) and sun damage.
Here are 10 easy ways to reduce wrinkles and slow down the aging process:-
Love your skin!
What is your perception of self care?
Do you follow a self care routine?
For me self care is about taking time out for me, so that I am performing at my best. At all levels. I read, I exercise and just take the time to spend time with me. When I do this, I know that I am happily giving back to my family and to my friends. When you are finding ways to make yourself happier, you are improving your general wellbeing and you can give so much to others when you are firing on all cylinders.
If you feel that you are not practising self care, here are some routines that you can follow: -
Learn to Say No – Sometimes just for a quiet life, we agree to doing things particularly at times when we have no time for ourselves. We say “yes” as we do not want to offend others, but this can be harming to ‘us’ as well as relationships. Boundaries have to be put in place where we just have to say no. If people are real genuine friends, they will understand. You are not being selfish, and this is a way of maintaining your sanity.
Avoid Negative People – Negative people can be quite draining. When you surround yourself with this kind of energy, it rubs off on you. So, the simple solution is to surround yourself with people who are going to raise your spirits. You will feel their positive vibes and their support
Appreciate that Failures are inevitable – Instead of looking at them as a mistake, look at them as a positive lesson to help you grow. If you internalize your failure, it gives you an excuse why you cannot do something. You won’t take the chance and for risks which might in turn help you
Don’t compare yourself to others – We are all on different paths. Our journeys will not take us on the same destination. Appreciate where you are starting and where you are going.
Pay it forward – How about doing something kind for someone else. Be generous in your thoughts and actions. This all amounts to positivity. The doer will have a flow of endorphins which will make them feel better. The gesture does not have to be big, it can be something as simple as praising a child
Look at things from a different perspective – When things threaten our peace which could potentially cause stress, try seeing it from an alternative perspective. If it was a friend, how would you advise them. It gives you the opportunity to observe things from a calm and detached way coming up with a solution.
Be a doer and not a brooder – Keep yourself occupied doing things which are going to raise your spirits. Take up a new hobby or course.
Journal or meditate – This is a great way of dealing with negativity and relieving stress. You can self reflect and look at ways to find a solution. Meditation is a fabulous relaxation to be present and mindful.
Whatever you do, make sure that you take time out for you! It's not selfish.