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...

I love trying new makeup, especially the vegan variety! I’ve recently discovered the fab range from @ex1cosmetics - you can grab them at your local @superdrug. So easy to find when you run out.

I’ve done a bit of a makeup tutorial on the blog using the EX1 Cosmetic products. Please forgive me, my skin is awful at the moment. Since I’ve been exercising more my skin has been really spotty. The spots that hide under the skin too!

If you swipe left then you’ll see the fab products I used. Then check out my stories for the swipe up link to my blog post.

I’m no make up artist haha. I prefer natural tones, that give my face #warmth. These products are perfect for that, especially the pink blusher! I wanted to show you what the products do and how they can be used together. Perfect makeup for your Valentine’s Day date!

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I love trying new makeup,...

A place to relax. A place to hide. A place to #doodle. A place to confide.

This place is my haven. It’s my safe space to relax and unwind. It’s absurd that at 37 years old, I just can’t wait to get into bed. When hubby goes climbing on a Monday evening; I’m in bed at 8pm! Is that sad?

Because it makes me happy, the bed is super comfortable and it is the only room in the house that the kids do not destroy, it’s nice to cling on to it. Keep it that haven.

If I need 5 mins to compose myself, I’ll hide in here. The kids drive me up the wall sometimes and hiding in here can calm me down. A technique I’ve developed over the years so the kids do not see Mumma lose it!

Anyone else love their bed? Or bedroom as a whole? I’m sure I’m not the only one haha #mummyphotoaday

A place to relax. A...

When you have a #favourite day with some great memories. Happy memories. It’s so nice to reflect back on it and reminisce.

This Winter Sun family day out at Norfolk still makes me feel happy when I think about it. These gorgeous smiles say it all.

However, you wouldn’t of thought this earlier before school. They had the most angry faces, shouting and being quite mean to each other. I’m hoping it’s just tiredness from the weekend. They’ve definitely come home happier than when they left!

It’s nice to look at photos that make you happy. Especially when you’re not feeling that happy, in that moment.

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When you have a #favourite...

Making a happier you #LoveYourLife

I recently discovered the new #LoveYourLife campaign from Pen Heaven, it’s such a great idea because it’s all about encouraging people to journal. Did you know journalling can make for better mental health? All of this technology around us, but sitting with a pen and paper can really help you to unwind and offload.

Getting started

Firstly, you need to choose a journal and a reliable pen for doodling. I chose the large refillable grained journal, I like this as once I fill the pages up I can reuse the outer cover. The pen I chose is a cross wanderlust ballpoint pen, it’s super pretty.

Doodle journal

The art of journalling

Journalling can be whatever you want it to be, it’s quite simple. It’s the process of writing down your feelings and emotions. You do not have to put pressure on yourself to treat it like a diary – but write when you have time and you feel the need to. You might have a page for a good recipe that makes you happy, or some cleaning tips you saw online – you can then explore these and add your own. It might be that you want to just doodle for an hour, see where you end up.

Doodling

Try a bullet journal

I love this concept. In it’s basic form, a bullet journal has the following sections: to do list, monthly calendar, notes, long term wants and plenty of room for doodles. It encourages you to think about how your goals make you feel. There are books about this, but the best resource I have found is Instagram. So many beautiful ideas floating around that can give you inspiration.

Make sure your bullet journal has the following sections:

  • Index
  • Future Log
  • Monthly Log
  • Daily Log
  • Tasks
  • Events
  • Notes
  • Priority (as in what tasks are your priority for the month)
  • Inspiration

Pen Heaven are donating 10% of all sales of their Green Palmi Grained Leather Journal (£22) to a worthy charity, the Mental Health Foundation. So, if you are going to grab yourself a new journal for 2020 this one is a great idea. Are you taking part in the #LoveYourLife campaign for 2020? I would love to know if you are keeping a bullet journal in the comments below.

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6 Comments
  • Maggie Ali
    December 31, 2019

    This is such a great idea. Happy New Year!

  • Margaret Gallagher
    December 31, 2019

    Ho ho ho – happy days – happy new year

  • Amelia Avossa
    January 4, 2020

    Sounds fantastic!
    Been so busy during holiday season to look properly
    I want a journal sooo badly!
    I did hint all year pmsl but i think Santa… Cough (fiance) wasn’t listening haha
    so i want one! so i’m gonna go look! this has inspired me!
    I love the idea! i want one with some funky bits to fill in!
    i heard about a happiness journal and since young i used to keep Diaries and stopped after my 2nd child! so this really has pushed me to go search! i will look at this one first! i love the idea of money for charity too!
    Happy blessings to you hun x

  • Tracy Nixon
    January 5, 2020

    Great tips!

  • msedollyp
    January 5, 2020

    lovely idea, wish i had some doodly talent!

  • bwsongs
    January 6, 2020

    thanks for sharing this, your article is very tgood. keep up the god work

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