Location, location, location

Recently I was on the beach with my friend. The beautiful town of Sidmouth.  She mentioned how much she loves the seaside.  Previously she lived in London and now she lives in the countryside.download  I said my husband has always said that he would like to retire to the seaside.  I am not sure where else I would like to live.  I am really happy where we live now in the suburbs of London.
But do I want to change?  My friend made the move from city to country and although it was hard to start a new life, she is so happy and settled.

Could I live somewhere else? I really enjoy having so many amenities on my doorstep. I am less than 3 minutes walk to buy milk.  We have so many transport links and things to do and see.  In the country or by the sea you have fresh air, and landscapes.  There are less people but you nearly always need a car to get about.  It is certainly food for thought.

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We sat on the beach just relaxing and chatting, while our children played.  It’s moments like this that life feels good and I know how lucky I am that I can take time out with my children and friends to escape to different places.

The weather was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky, in fact it was too beautiful as I got sun burnt!  I wasn’t impressed with myself as I try to be careful being so fair-skinned.  Luckily I have Collagen and Kelp Fondant which is amazing at calming the skin.  I popped it into the fridge for a bit and it felt so amazing on my burnt skin.  It really calmed it down.  On my forehead, I have made sure I use my Vitality C Concentrate to boost the collagen levels and hopefully repair the damage.  Sun burn is not clever nor fun and I am making a vow that I will do everything I can to avoid any further sunburn.

 

Party party party

After a very busy weekend, mostly ferrying my children here there and everywhere,  I am pleased to be sitting on the sofa, enjoying a very cold Corona, reflecting on my week. Does anyone else think their children have a better social life than them?!

One of the perks of my Acti-Labs business (Acti-Beauty Claire) is I get to host parties.  This week I joined forces with another Mum, from school.  Anna sells Jamberry Nail Wraps. Both are products which are great for busy people who don’t have much time but still want to take any spare minutes to look and feel good.

However, before the party I needed to prepare.  Cue massive cleaning frenzy.  Are you like me? Maintaining a fairly tidy house but kicking it up a gear when you know you have people coming over? I actually had to write a plan of everything I needed to do so I didn’t forget anything!!

Then it was party time.  I can have moments where I am quite shy. Pip.jpgHowever, start me talking about my Acti-Labs products and I forget to by shy and I’m chatting away.  I love demonstrating how fantastic the products are and at affordable prices.
Every party I do is a little bit different – which adds to the fun.  At this one, the theme was pamper, every guest got a face mask a choice of the New Skin Mask or the Vesuvio Mask.  Seeing the look on people’s faces when they feel their skin after their treatment gives me such a buzz.  Their comments telling me their skin feels so soft, looks clearer and feels cleaner is brilliant.

At the end of the night, I felt shattered but happy.  It’s times like this that I know I made the right decision to join Acti-Labs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mothering Sunday

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Happy Mothering Sunday

What are your thoughts about Mothering Sunday?  I think today is one of choice.  What you feel you need do.  How you want to recognise and remember the important women in your life.  With a card, a phone call or a visit? To take time out for a treat or to immerse yourself in family?  It’s entirely up to you.  But also to be aware, like that any special day, it can be a hard day for people close to you.tulips-320151_960_720

Today I am spending  a very relaxing day with my family, my husband and my two children.  We  have spent some time in the garden and a roast dinner is planned for later.  I actually did some very simple weeding but it felt good as my background noise was my children having fun on their trampoline. Bliss.

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New Skin Mask

 

Later I will spend some time just for me.  For me, this is taking time to do a face mask, and have a lovely bubble bath .Actually taking the time to apply my favourite body moisturiser.  As I have many crazy mornings when finding time to brush teeth and hair is a challenge let alone anything else.

As a Mum, sometimes you can feel like you lose your identity a bit. I have learnt that it is important to be a well balanced as possible. I find balance by taking some time out just for me.  It is invaluable as I can take a different perspective and challenge any difficulties in another way.  For some women, this is going to work, for others they find solace in exercise, others in chocolate or a cheeky glass of wine!

Motherhood, in fact parenthood, is as rewarding as it is challenging, you can constantly feel like you are making it up as you go along.  Just when you think you have found a solution, things change and you need to adapt.  It is also a time when you start to have an understanding of what your own mother went through as well.  Its very enlightening and thought provoking.  Therefore the time to reflect, thank people and being thanked is a joy.

Have a delightful and wonderful day.

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My lovely bubble bath

 

Help, my tumble dryer is broken!

As a stay at home Mum, the running of the house is left to me.  It seems that housework is never ending.  There are now more time-saving domestic appliances than ever to use.  When I think of what my Mum told me about what they used to use for housework, especially to do washing, we are lucky. They had to use a mangle, which was time-consuming and dangerous for squashed fingers!

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Antique mangle

At the moment I am between tumble dryers.  Mine broke, albeit after 11 years, the replacement has not arrived yet!

I feel that tumble dryers are one of those appliances that you either love or are not fussed by.  For me I love it.  It saves me having to try and drape sheets and towels all over the house.  I also wash my husband’s teams’ football kit each week and it plays a key role in getting through the smelly kit as quickly as possible! This is also not the weather to be drying outside at all.

Even when I moved into my one bedroom flat, when I first left home, I made sure there was room in the kitchen for a tumble dryer.  It was a condenser one but it still made a huge difference as drying space was limited.

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The empty space

Are you a lover or indifferent? Why?

Vented or Condenser?

What is your favourite appliance?

My top 5 reasons why tumble dryers are great:

  1. They dry clothes
  2. They lead to less ironing (I am not a natural ironer!)
  3. They take us less room than a clothes airer
  4. They don’t cost too much to run on average just under £100 a year
  5. The make the whole washing process faster. I can strip my bed, wash and dry it, and have it back on my bed in under 2 and a half hours. Perfect!

So for now I will continue to work my way through my washing, one load at a time and wait, as patiently as possible, for the new one to arrive!