#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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#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...

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

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Top 10 exciting things in the new Apple iOS 11 update

Because I am a bit of a geek I downloaded the iOS 11 beta version today and I am very excited about what Apple have been working on. I have been playing with it today and there is a lot of cool stuff that Apple have really thought about, from: the notification centre to the all new files directory and the new live photos editing. That is by far the most exciting thing for me! The new update works on various iPhone models, all of which you can get from EE.

The top 10 exciting things coming in iOS 11

1 Live photo editing

Now you can edit your live photos, something that I have been waiting for as I love the live images. You can change them to 3 different types of image/video: loop, bounce and long exposure. The bus image above was a live photo that I made into a long exposure, it was moving and so created the yellow blur across the screen. I thought it looked fun.

2 New photo filters

There are a whole new collection of photo filters, my favourite is silvertone. It adds a silvery tone to the photos, as you would imagine. They are all new and show you a preview of what your photo would look like so you can choose your favourite.

3 New control centre

This was rather cool! I could add more things to the control centre and the way the volume controls work are slightly different. You tap and drag the bar to get the volume higher or lower. Very clever. There are new features like a recording one, demonstrated below in the short video clip.

4 Improved iCloud Drive

I love the fact they are giving us the facility to have a proper document management tool. That’s the one debilitating thing with my current set up, I have to go to the mac to edit documents and share them via email to devices, or plonk them in iCloud Drive to pick up elsewhere. Being able to work seamlessly from one device to another, search for files and have better access will make blogging easier!

5 One handed keyboard!

How often do we use our phones with one hand, whilst the other is clasping a handbag or a cup of coffee? Well there will be no need to worry in future. You can now choose the one handed keyboard, it shuffles all the keys to the right hand side so that you can use it with one hand. It is very clever. It is really easy to get back to the normal keyboard too. I am hoping they make it easier to choose the keyboard in the first place. Great idea though.

6 Driving do not disturb

This is super clever. The phone detects when you’re driving, I’m guessing it senses the speed you’re going at by gps and edits the state of your phone accordingly. I’ll have to try it out as a passenger. It basically stops alerts from showing on your phone and causing a distraction. Safe and efficient. Excellent.

7 Maps show now show in buildings

I love this idea. Basically, if I’m going to a foreign country I can look up the airports and shopping malls to see what is inside. Restaurants and shops etc. I can plan my trips a little better then too. Bonus for those travel lovers out there.

8 A clever app store

The App Store now shows you things you may like, or the app of the day etc. It has more of a news stream feed on the opening page. Which is more personalised to your likes and what is popular.

9 iPad dock (like a Mac)

This is a great idea and one I’ve thought about for a while. I love the dock on the Mac, it’s essential to work effectively when multi tasking between windows and opening your favourite software. To have this on the iPad would make it very easy to get more done! I love being productive.

10 Better multi tasking

Due to the dock and the new drag and drop facility on iPad, it makes for better multi tasking. The iPad can now have two windows side by side, so you can read a website and message your partner back at the same time! I’m excited to try it out on the iPad.

The new iOS 11 Apple software update is full of clever things for all of your devices. Please be aware that although the software worked on my phone, I did have to uninstall it as phone calls were becoming an issue. In order to revert back to iOS 10, I had to use iTunes and do a recovery, details of which are on the Apple website. I am very excited for September 2017, when it is released. The new iPhone 8 will be out at the same time, make sure you check your contracts and upgrade at the right time!

I love the screen recording option in the control centre too, a quick video clip is below, you will be able to see the volume bar and how quick it is to adjust. The red dot at the bottom means it is recording, so you can monitor. The car icon is a setting you can press to go into “driving mode” – this is a brilliant idea. 

I took these photos and videos using my own iPhone 7, with EE.

 

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