In the spirit of owning nothing if it doesn’t bring me joy in some fashion, my search for a beautiful life continues and I’ve decided to start a new series, sharing products and things that are making a difference to me every month.
A rather eclectic line up of products but isn’t life like that. These are some of the things that have been getting me through the last four weeks.
January is often a dark and cold month, and for me has at least double the chances to reflect on the old as my birthday falls into the first week. Despite my best intentions to blog more, things haven’t really turned out that way, and I’ve struggled with feeling down and exhausted, no doubt exacerbated by the lively presence of a pre-schooler, juggling work and life and a myriad administrative tasks that needed doing. Oh, and the small matter of being at the start of the 3rd trimester.
However, as we reach the end of January, the Christmas tree is finally down and packed away, my tax return filed and some small signs of lighter evenings and Spring being on the way, I am starting to feel a smidgen more like my old self.
No less than 2 people have sent me Bloom & Wild flowers* this month – once for my birthday, and once “just because”, which I feel are among the best reasons to receive flowers – and I also sent a bunch to my Mum, just because I liked the ones I received. I love Bloom & Wild because they arrive through the letter box, quickly, and are lovely flowers, which last around a week. The choice updates frequently, is seasonal, and you get a generous bouquet for your money, which can be either used as one bunch, or works split into smaller containers.
Another product which has made me a little less grumpy is the Green People Face Oil which I was sent to test a while ago and which I LOVE. It smells amazing, goes on beautifully, doesn’t leave my face greasy or sticky or heavy but feeling actually moisturised. Best of all, I was assured it is safe to use in pregnancy, which is a huge bonus at the moment (obviously) and like all Green People products is fairly traded, chemical free and not tested on animals.
Speaking of skin products, I am on my 3rd tub of Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter. Mama Mio is another brand that I love, using it first when I was pregnant with Pip, and then some of their other products including moisturiser and body polish between pregnancies. Although I haven’t really got any stretch marks (which is genetics more than skin care I think) I do have dry, itchy skin and this tummy butter smells great and goes on without leaving residue behind and I use it liberally over my tummy and back (and sometimes legs too if needed) after the shower. You can buy it on Amazon, from loads of shops, and my favourite discovery, in the old packaging for a 1/3 of the price in TK Maxx at the moment.
The inclusion of the Dyson V6 Total Clean must seem a little incongruous but it is something I use almost daily, and I wanted to write further about it since my last post. I was given one to review and it is hands down one of the best household products that we own. As we live in a rented flat, we didn’t want to attach anything to the wall, so the main part of the machine lives on our counter top in the kitchen where it is charged as soon as it has been used, so it is always ready to use, and the other parts live in a tote bag on the back of the cellar door. It eats up crumbs and also slightly larger things like rice crispies with ease, and consequently is both in action frequently but also makes the job easier to do “as needed” as it isn’t a massive pain to drag out. Likewise, now I can’t bend down very easily, I love the fact that it can be used like a conventional vacuum but with the ease of a dust pan and brush.
I’ve also been trying to look after myself and get ready for the birth. I’ve started pregnancy yoga, stopped carrying around a massive bag and swapped it for a smaller, lighter, cross body one and tried to spend more time being cosy with the family and away from reading the internet (along the lines of this post, with the Daylesford candle being my new favourite spring like scent). I have also got myself a cosy sheepskin to line my favourite Ercol armchair and managed to spend an hour sitting in it reading an actual magazine in the sunshine yesterday, and it was one of the nicest hours I’ve had. (The pregnancy massage at the Thermae Bath Spa last weekend may have come a close second – I’ll write about that in another post). I also cancelled a 15 year long Vogue subscription this month after I managed to recycle about 10 years worth from my sitting room last month. They literally filled the whole bin – and I’ve then been recycling the issue as soon as it finished. I realised though last week that I wasn’t gaining much pleasure from the pressure to read the issue, so I’ve now cancelled it.
January – you’ve been a tough month; I’m looking forward to February.
* If you use this link, I believe you can try them yourself, or send to someone else, for just £10. Could make someone’s Valentine’s Day…