Sometimes I like to have fun with images. I don’t do it very often but it is amazing what you can do with a photo using filters.

The first image is the edited version, I’ve added a #bokeh filter on it. I’ve used @pixlr for this. It adds an orangey colouring to the photo and enhances the sun rays.

The original, swipe left, is still good and has its own bokeh and sun rays shining on it. But is less orangey and doesn’t seem as bright. It’s still a good photo though.

I took this with my iPhone. Sometimes when I need a quiet moment, one where I can play with the filters and change the feel of a photo it helps me to unwind. Gives my brain 5 minutes to regain itself and then I’m ready to crack on with whatever it was!

Which one do you prefer? Just out of curiosity - there’s no right or wrong answer! 🤣

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Sometimes I like to have...

I had a busy Sunday painting the dining room with @frenchicpaint. I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed. I painted the radiator and skirting boards with Dazzle Me. It’s super bright white. I painted the door with City Slicker. It looks so much better than the dark wood it was before.

If you swipe left you can see the before photos. The radiator was a beige colour before. It’s amazing how much brighter the room looks, it’s easy to #transform a room with an hour or 2 of painting.

I styled up the dining room with this beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers (a very kind gift from a friend) and these items from @pricescandlesuk. They eliminate pet odours which is great as sometimes I worry my house smells “dog”. After an impromptu afternoon off work, looking after Isla who hurt her neck at dance club, I cleaned and cleaned. The house smells nice and clean now. The household candle and reed diffuser have added a nice citrus and thyme scent to the room.

It’s amazing what you can do to change the feel of a room with simple steps!

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I had a busy Sunday...

#Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We aren’t all the same. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if that was the case. Everyone has a viewpoint. Everyone has their own opinion.

However, I am a firm believer in “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. I think it’s really important to spread happiness, build confidence and support each other. Now my big cheesey smile isn’t like this everyday, sometimes I’m worn out and sometimes I’m feeling sad. But I’ve learnt how to offload, unwind and bring that smile back. It’s so important to be able to hit that reset button once in a while.

So, this week, try and do one of these things:
🤍 Make someone laugh, a big belly laugh
🤍 Tell someone they look amazing
🤍 Tell someone you love you are grateful for them

See how it makes you feel. To make someone else’s day. It’s euphoric. I will never forget the moment one of the Mums from the school run told me I completely picked them up out of a dark spot - just by telling them they looked amazing today as I walked past.

Take the time to appreciate. Honestly it’s THE best hobby!

On a little diverted note; I’m appreciating this coat and boots right now. So warm and comfy. Check out the details on my blog >>> #linkinbio

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#ad Coat & Boots from @idealworld.tv and they are @joebrowns 🙌🏻

#Beauty is in the eye...

This might seem a little random after the sentiments in my last post. But bear with me... cleaning & #diy can help me with my mental health.

I’m not sure why but when I’m anxious, need to think or cross I clean. Like the deep clean stuff, it’s almost as if I get adrenaline from somewhere to give me the strength to scrub things that I wouldn’t normally. Or tackle something I wouldn’t normally.

On Thursday, whilst anxiously waiting to find out what was wrong with my grandma, I was shaving millimetres off Isla’s bedroom door. It was hard work but I didn’t want to just sit about.

Today I’ve painted the radiator and woodwork in our dining room with Frenchic. I now have a white and bright radiator and grey door. It looks so much better. Again, it’s something I can do whilst being lost in my thoughts.

Does anyone else do this?

Whilst promoting cleaning and mindfulness, check out my blog for a competition to win some goodies from @astonishcleaners #astonishingresults 
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This might seem a little...

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what beauty shared this on her instagram before Christmas:  @carolineflack you’ve broken my heart.

She was funny. Caring. Kind. Absolutely beautiful and that smile lit up the world. Not perfect. But who is? No one.

I can’t comprehend how someone of such radiance and sparkle can end their life. But I only assume her mental health was suffering. She felt so trapped that was her only way out. A way of ending the pain that nobody could see.

Mental health is invisible; yet mental health is all consuming. Mental health is complicated; yet mental health can be helped with a simple cup of tea and chat.

Smile on the inside and on the out.

Make time for yourself.

Love yourself.

Make time for others.

Be kind.

Always. 
In a world where you can be anything, be kind  #bekind #ripcarolineflack

I’m sure I don’t need...

This is sheer appreciation. This man. My lobster 🦞. Who made me the scrummiest meal last night & dreamy Vegan brownies. Showered me with thoughtful gifts & my cute note (in my stories) I recieved in my lunch bag.

However, I was a complete emotional wreck yesterday as my Grandma was taken into hospital. She was distressed, confused and sounding a little slow. It was scary.

So the Valentine’s Day love went all to Grandma from my family; wishing & hoping they find out what’s wrong.

We’re currently waiting to find out if her BP has reduced. It was sky high. Hoping she’s better & I can bring her home today.

This photo was from last Summer when we went to @carluccios in Cambridge. I love it. Happy memories. I’m lucky to have these. Noahs a people watcher, he was distracted with the crowd. Incidentally Carluccio’s have the offer on again: kids eat for a £1... #appreciation #family #love #mummyphotoaday

This is sheer appreciation. This...

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍

A lot to be thankful for today. Love is a big word. I love these two quotes and perfect for today.

Yes it’s about celebrating your life with your lobster 🦞(mine is rather amazing) but it’s also about family.

Family is not just an important thing. It’s everything. So true.

I don’t know where I’d be without my lobster and my family... I hung these beauts in our bathroom and I love them. They make me smile everytime I clean my teeth! Which helps 😂

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#ad Prints are from @coulsonmacleod - so beautiful

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍 A...

I love this new story corner I’ve created for Isla, with a little help from @vertbaudetuk. It is a gorgeous space and I couldn’t wait for her to get home and see it. She was so happy!

I love the large floor cushion, I want an entire room kitted out with them so I can just chill in the middle. It would be so cosy. Or even just #half a room! 🤍

Isla loves reading and so I thought this little corner would be perfect for her. She loves it.

I started with the floor cushion, I hung the coat rack for her monkeys and dressing gown and then I hung the shelves. They are so cute. I finished it all off with the mirror. I love all the colours and shapes. It really finishes off her room.

Who else wants the futon cushion? 🙋🏼‍♀️ #mummyphotoaday #ad

I love this new story...

Essentials every woman should carry in her handbag

A woman’s handbag is just one of her many secret weapons. Of course, there are some obvious things to carry, like tampons, a wallet, aspirin, and gum, but a true handbag master has thought of every scenario she might need to be prepared for as she takes on her day. Curating the perfect arsenal of gear can take years but it doesn’t have to! We’ve distilled years of purse-carrying-wisdom down to these essentials every woman needs to carry in her handbag to take on the world looking flawless and feeling fierce.

Don’t Get Stuck with a Lunchtime Stain

Never let a morning juice spill from the kids or lunchtime mustard mishap ruin your favorite white blouse (and leave you feeling embarrassed throughout the day) with a portable stain-eraser, like the Tide to Go pen. They are about the size of a regular writing pen but pack a big punch, making them perfect for practically any size purse. 

Keeps Hands Clean and Germ Free

Pocket hand sanitizers are a must-have, especially during cold and flu season. Bath and Body Works offer a variety of scents, ranging from floral to fruity, and come in the perfect size for carrying on the go. If you’re prone to sticky hands and fingers, throw a travel pack of Wet Ones in your handbag instead. Wet Ones are like carrying a sink with you (minus the pipes and 100 pounds of ceramic) and can take on both germs and sticky, dirty messes.

Travel with Tissues

Allergy season or not, travel tissues are great to carry all year. Plus, they’re available in a variety of cute packages and vibrant designs, Kleenex even has packages with Disney’s Frozen characters, so you can avoid a “snotastrophic” situation in style.

Tame Oily Skin and Stay Fresh Faced

Tame oily skin on the go by carrying a pack of blotting papers in your handbag. Blotting papers can refresh your look after a long day, helping you go from a day at the office, to a night on the town. If oily skin isn’t a problem, pack a revitalizing mist into your purse, like e.l.f. Mineral Mist. This mist combines witch hazel, chamomile, and aloe, perfect for a refreshing boost after the gym or work.

Keep Lips Soft and Look Polished

I’ve always got one of these laying around in all of my purses. Whether you love a good lipstick or like to keep your lips au naturale, lipstick or lip balm, like eos round lip balms, are a must. Or, look for a lip color that pulls double duty, like Stila’s Convertible Color dual lip and cheek cream, for an overall polished look.

Always Look Stylish with the Right Shades

Sunglasses are a quick way to add style to any outfit, making them a purse essential. Sunglasses can also help hide the effects of a late night or not having enough time to throw on some makeup. Whether you love a bold fashion forward look or something more timeless, classic brands like Ray-ban offers a variety of styles to flatter any woman’s face.

Refresh with Your Favorite Scent

Carry a roll-on, sample vial, or tiny bottle of your favorite perfume for a little midday refresh of your signature scent. Scents fade throughout the day! If you have your signature scent, most brands carry them in rollerball sizes. Perfect for traveling and being on-the-go!

Stay Organized with a Cute Agenda

Even though there are many schedule apps for smartphones, nothing beats the ease (and style) of a cute agenda. You might find that you are much more organized and focused throughout the day if you write a to-do list and a done list. And don’t forget to bring a pen!

Stay Connected with a Cellphone Charger

For as much as we all rely on our cellphones, a dead battery can put a halt on anyone’s day. Never get caught with a dead cellphone by having a portable charger in your handbag. The Mophie Juice Pack Air is a great choice as it’s both a charger and a smartphone case, saving precious room in your handbag.

A well-prepared handbag is the perfect sidekick, it’s always ready with whatever you need and will never let you down. With these essentials, you’ll be able take on the day’s challenges with confidence and style!

Handbag image by ShutterStock. 

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Essentials every woman should carry in her handbag

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