Back to School

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Last week my youngest child started full time school.  I have been feeling very mixed emotions. I was pleased he had reached this important milestone in this his life.  On his first day, he was so happy to go in, a huge relief. This was helped by not only attending the school nursery but also his older sister going there too. I was sad though, as I would miss his company in the afternoons.  I also felt a bit lost that this part of my children’s lives being at home with me is over.

My other feeling is what about me?  Without wanting to sound too selfish, I need to think about what I am doing next just for me.

My role has been and is caring for my children, my husband and my house. My children are at school, my husband at work. So that leaves the house!  As satisfying as it is to have a clean and tidy house, I don’t think I can spend 5 days a week cleaning and tidying it!

I decided need a plan.  As I don’t actually want to rush into anything!  So firstly I reflected. I so am fortunate to be at home at this point in my family’s life.

I already have my business which I fit in around my trio of commitments.  I love finding time to talk to people all things beauty and health.  I have a fantastic support network of local friends and family dotted around the country.

I sat down with a piece of paper and worked out what it is that I would like to do with my free time. And here is my first plan:Flapjack

EBay – I am embarking on a mass selling project.  I have plenty to sell and it will give me a clearer house which will be easier to clean and some pennies to.  A win, win win.

Random chores – I am cleaning places that have possibly never been cleaned in years (don’t judge ;-)). I am also going to sort all our photos so we have proper photo albums to look at.

Loft sorting- in the past 8 years whenever we haven’t wanted to get rid of something, we have hidden it in the loft. Now is the time to declutter and make it a place to just keep seasonal items like Christmas decorations, suitcases and fans!

Baking – I have always wanted more time to bake, so far I have made Flapjacks and a Banana Loaf. More to follow on my baking adventures in another blog.

Me 3D CorrectorTo my relief there are some things that haven’t changed at all.  Getting ready for school in the morning is still a challenge, so I am thankful I have 3D Corrector in my life.  Less than 5 minutes doing my hair and face and I am ready for the school run and to face my new days.

Happy September

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!