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...

Win a bundle of wellbeing goodies

What better way to kick off the New Year than to do it with a competition? And, a fabulous competition at that: to win a bundle of wellbeing goodies. I am an advocate for mindfulness and looking after yourself. This competition will give you everything you need to give yourself some time and to ensure you start the year with a healthy mind.

Clear the air

Did you know that some indoor plants can help to purify the air? I didn’t until Frosts Garden Centre told me and their Anthurium Andraeanum is a perfect candidate. Doesn’t she look beautiful? This particular plant has just been listed in the NASA clean air study. Indoor plants do the opposite to us; soak up the Cardon Dioxide and release oxygen. It removes harmful toxins in the air and keeps it fresh. Frosts Garden Centre were really excited to hear about my competition as they too think we should all look after ourselves a little better.

anthurium

What will I win?

This competition is to win some amazing prizes, worth £120, details are below:

Hypnotherapy recording

The Food Psychology Clinic are offering the winner a hypnotherapy recording called “Re-build your relationship with food”. It’s a great session that helps you to have a healthy relationship with food, stop the binge eating and over-eating. This can be a great way of making you feel happier, as the healthier foods can often make your mind feel happier. This is worth £35.

Journal from Pen Heaven

Pen Heaven are offering the winner a large leather journal and the winner can choose their colour too. The journal is a great place to start scribbling your thoughts, doodling to help clear your mind or make your mammoth to do lists. Which all helps you to have a healthy mind. This journal is worth £19.50.

Horlicks goodies

Horlicks are offering 2 jars of Horlicks and a 2 lovely mugs for the winner. These mugs are just beautiful, they are Limited Edition Emma Bridgewater Horlicks mugs and will make a great addition to any kitchen. Not only that you get 2 jars of Horlicks, my favourite and a great way to take a moment! This bundle is worth £30.

Handmade soy wax candle

Handmade Perfect 4u are offering the winner a beautiful Sandalwood & Black Pepper Scented Candle worth £14.50. It has woody tones, with spicy and peppery notes. It is a more rustic smell, less sweet, which is a smooth and warm smell. It reminds me freshly cut wood and a little bit of vanilla too. These candles are all handmade in the UK and use high quality ingredients.

Supergreens and CBD Mind

CBD Mind are capsules that are formulated to help you withstand pressures of a modern lifestyle. The ingredients are taurine, ginseng and vitamins B2 & B5 to support mental performance. These capsules are not recommended for people under the age of 18. This tub of capsules is worth £39.99.

Supergreens from Bioglan Superfoods is a power superfood that helps revitalise body and mind. It contains wheatgrass, kale and barley grass. It also has vitamins B12, C and E. You can add it to your meals or simply add water to the powder. This is £9.99.

Sassy Shop Wax goodies

Sassy Shop Wax are offering the winner a segment and starter pack worth £21. These beautiful wax segments are perfect for adding a special scent to any room. A wax melt is the wax part of a candle, without the wick, instead you melt the wax in a tealight burner. In the starter pack you get a random selection of their best sellers and you will get a segment too.

Wellbeing book bundle

books

As part of this competition you will win the following 3 books: Clean Sleeping by Lisa Helmanis, Sort your Sh*t out by Caroline Jones and How to go waste free by Caroline Jones. Book bundle is worth £33. Some fabulous books to help clean your mind and help you to think about cleaning up the world around you too. I cannot wait to get reading these.

Win a bundle of wellbeing goodies

If you would like to win this bundle of wellbeing goodies, all you have to do is enter in the competition window below:

Win a bundle of wellbeing goodies

This competition closes at midnight on 9th February 2020. Good luck.

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136 Comments
  • Becky
    January 23, 2020

    What a fabulous wellbeing bundle! Great competition x

    • MummyConstant
      January 23, 2020

      I know. I’m very excited about this comp. x

      • Tammy Neal
        February 9, 2020

        Wellbeing bundle

    • Amanda w
      February 9, 2020

      My fave out of this would be the horlics bundle! I just love horlics!!!

  • melanie stirling
    January 23, 2020

    The Horlicks goodies is my favourite.

  • Jo Bryan
    January 23, 2020

    The journal from Pen Heaven

  • Tracy Nixon
    January 24, 2020

    Clean Sleeping by Lisa Helmanis!

  • msedollyp
    January 24, 2020

    It all looks good but would love to try supergreens

  • Peter Watson
    January 24, 2020

    I love the Handmade soy wax candle.

  • Janette
    January 24, 2020

    The Horlicks bundle

  • Kelly Knowles
    January 24, 2020

    I love the Horlicks bundle, particularly the mug, love to own one. As a mummy to four but also suffering with a chronic illness, I enjoy a Horlicks in the evening.

  • PAULINE HILL
    January 24, 2020

    The Horlicks Prize yes please

  • maureen findley
    January 24, 2020

    would like to try super greens

  • Laura Townsend
    January 24, 2020

    The hypnotherapy reading.

  • Michelle Smith
    January 24, 2020

    I love the horlicks goodies

  • lia sturman
    January 24, 2020

    Horlicks bundle

  • Emma Hussain
    January 24, 2020

    Horlicks

    • Jax Blunt
      February 8, 2020

      I think the journal just edges the books out for me, but it’s close.

  • Gemma Clark
    January 24, 2020

    The sassy shop wax goodies. I live wax melts xx

  • Nicola Dean
    January 24, 2020

    The handmade soy wax candle is my favourite.

  • Mariel Pereira
    January 24, 2020

    The Horlicks bundle!

  • Claire Nutman
    January 24, 2020

    Journal from Pen Heaven

  • dorothy merrett
    January 24, 2020

    Sassy Shop Wax goodies

  • Mary Lucking
    January 24, 2020

    Journal from Pen Heaven

  • Ritchie Dee
    January 24, 2020

    Handmade soy wax candle is my favourite

  • ADEINNE TONNER
    January 24, 2020

    For me it has to be the handmade soy wax candle from HandmadePerfect4u

  • Maria b
    January 24, 2020

    I love the sassy wax soy melts and the wellbeing books x

  • Elaine Savage
    January 24, 2020

    I love the sound of the Horlicks bundle

  • Justine Hughes
    January 24, 2020

    The journal from Pen Heaven. One of my resolutions this year is to start keeping a journal.

  • Sarah Cooper
    January 24, 2020

    The Horlicks and Emma Bridgewater mug. Love Horlicks!

  • Valerie Seal
    January 24, 2020

    I think the greens and CBD Mind. You have a great mix of prizes!

  • Jen Schofield
    January 24, 2020

    The Horlicks bundle

  • Elzbieta Znyk
    January 24, 2020

    The journal from Pen Heaven

  • Louise Reeks
    January 24, 2020

    The horlicks bundle

  • Alix boswell
    January 24, 2020

    I really like the journal

  • michelle o'neill
    January 24, 2020

    Horlicks bundle

  • Ellen Stafford
    January 24, 2020

    I love the wax goodies and candle – lovely bundle x

  • Marycarol
    January 24, 2020

    The Horlicks bundle

  • Derek Wilson
    January 24, 2020

    The journal from Pen Heaven. The quality looks great and I love the colour choice.

  • Brett Pereira
    January 24, 2020

    I love the Horlicks Bundle!

  • ashleigh allan
    January 24, 2020

    The journal!

  • Jazz Fulcher
    January 24, 2020

    I love soy waxes, never tried this brand before so I’d look forward to trying them

  • Jo Hutchings
    January 24, 2020

    I like the sound of the Sassy Shop wax goodies.

  • Corinne Henson
    January 24, 2020

    All looks amazing but possibly the book bundle x

  • Sarah Lambert
    January 24, 2020

    I really like the look of the journal I love them they are super handy

  • Helen Tovell
    January 24, 2020

    The Sassy Shop Wax goodies

  • Solange
    January 24, 2020

    I like the sound of the Sassy Shop wax goodies.

  • Lorraine Tinsley
    January 24, 2020

    Definitely the Horlicks bundle

  • Gemma Massey
    January 24, 2020

    The Horlicks bundle

  • Alison Johnson
    January 24, 2020

    The journal from Pen Heaven. I think it would help me to write down my thoughts,

  • Danielle Spencer
    January 25, 2020

    Would be the most excited to receive a handmade soy wax candle from HandmadePerfect4u.

  • hayley berry
    January 25, 2020

    The horlicks bundle. Not had this for ages and i know it used to help me sleep when i did.

  • Wendy Becker
    January 25, 2020

    Horlicks bundle

  • Rich Tyler
    January 25, 2020

    Horlicks 🙂

  • SianiD
    January 25, 2020

    I love that Horlicks mug

  • Jo F
    January 25, 2020

    The sassy wax melts

  • Carole Nott
    January 25, 2020

    The Horlicks bundle would be my favourite

  • Gaynor Vincent
    January 25, 2020

    Im loving the well being book bundle!

  • holly harmsworth
    January 25, 2020

    the journal from pen heaven is my favourite

  • Kat Allinson
    January 25, 2020

    The handmade soy wax candle is my favourite

  • Lorna Ledger
    January 25, 2020

    The CBD. I’m already using CBD for my MS and I can’t recommend it enough. Thank you for the chance.

  • Caroline U
    January 25, 2020

    The Horlicks bundle!

  • Margaret Clarkson
    January 26, 2020

    Horlicks goodies

  • Sarah Ann
    January 26, 2020

    I love the journal!

  • Jane C
    January 26, 2020

    Has to be the Sassy wax

  • john prendergast
    January 26, 2020

    The Supergreens and CBD Mind

  • Lisa Wilkinson
    January 26, 2020

    The handmade soy candle

  • Katie B
    January 27, 2020

    The clean sleeping book! I have so much trouble sleeping

  • Margaret Gallagher
    January 27, 2020

    Loving the horlicks mu – love them all

  • Claire Hennighan
    January 27, 2020

    At this time of year, the Horlix bundle!

  • Fiona jk42
    January 27, 2020

    The Horlicks goodies. I love the mug and love Horlicks when it’s cold outside.

  • Victoria N
    January 27, 2020

    The wax candle

  • Charmian Filewood
    January 27, 2020

    Horlicks bundle and lovely mugs

  • Susan B
    January 28, 2020

    What a fabulous bundle. I love the handmade soy wax candle.

  • Jacqui S
    January 28, 2020

    I most like the journal from Pen Heaven, love having a note book on the go.

  • katrina walsh
    January 29, 2020

    The Horlicks bundle

  • Farhana Chowdhury
    January 29, 2020

    The handmade soy wax candle

  • Helen Arlow
    January 29, 2020

    What a great bundle…. Especially the journal x

  • Ella L
    January 29, 2020

    The CBD mind capsules. Wonder if they would help with the MS brain fog .

  • Tracy Newton
    January 30, 2020

    The handmade soy wax candle sounds superb

  • Tracy Newton
    February 1, 2020

    The “How To Go Waste Free” book sounds interesting

  • PB
    February 1, 2020

    The journals are my favourite in any colour.

  • claire woods
    February 2, 2020

    How to go waste free by Caroline Jones

  • Angela Macdonald
    February 2, 2020

    the handmade soy wax candle

  • Cath Joyce
    February 2, 2020

    The journal from Pen Heaven

  • Megan Kinsey
    February 3, 2020

    They all look lovely! I think my favourite would be the Pen Heaven journal. I’m trying journaling this year as a way to be more mindful, so this would be great.

  • Susan Hoggett
    February 3, 2020

    the candle

  • Kirsty Charleston
    February 3, 2020

    Wellbeing book bundle

  • Helen W
    February 3, 2020

    Has to be the Horlicks as i never miss a mug before bed

  • Rach Pilkington
    February 3, 2020

    They’re all beautiful but I love a pretty journal!

  • soozybee
    February 3, 2020

    I would love the wax melts. I’m addicted

  • H
    February 3, 2020

    The journal from pen heavwn is lovely so are the horlicks goodies and Emma Bridgewater mugs

  • paula cheadle
    February 3, 2020

    the Horlicks bundle

  • Siobhan Tavener
    February 4, 2020

    The wellbeing book bundle

  • khan
    February 4, 2020

    The Sassy Shop Wax goodies

  • Keeley Atkinson
    February 4, 2020

    Definitely the Sassy Wax. My absolute favourite brand – the best scents imo are Antique Bookstore, and Oud King. I’m always in the Sassy facebook group having a nosey at everyones restock buys lol. I love it!
    Fingers crossed. x

  • V Poulston
    February 4, 2020

    I love the Wellbeing book bundle. We could all do with a copy of How to go waste free by Caroline Jones

  • Katherine Coldicott
    February 4, 2020

    The soy wax candle from HandmadePerfect4u

  • Jessica Hutton
    February 5, 2020

    Supergreens and CBD Mind

  • donna jones
    February 6, 2020

    The Horlicks goodies looks lovely

    • Mrs Rachael Sexey
      February 9, 2020

      The soy candle sounds amazing

  • laura h
    February 6, 2020

    The sassy melts bundle is my favourite

  • Michelle Henderson
    February 7, 2020

    Love the soy wax candle

  • Kyomi Johnson
    February 7, 2020

    The Horlicks goodies are probably my favourite but they are all so good

  • astrid c
    February 8, 2020

    i’d love the books

  • Eileen Hindley
    February 8, 2020

    Love the bundle of Sassy Shop Wax goodies

  • Samantha Jayne Brown
    February 8, 2020

    horlicks

  • Alison
    February 8, 2020

    The jounal, you can never have too many notebooks

  • Diana
    February 8, 2020

    Vax goodies 🙂

  • Patricia Avery
    February 8, 2020

    My favourite is the Horlicks. A childhood favourite in the days before central heating was the norm!

  • Patricia Barrett
    February 9, 2020

    Supergreens from Bioglan is my favourite.

  • Caroline Blaza
    February 9, 2020

    The journal. I love things like that x

  • sharon martin
    February 9, 2020

    the handmade soy wax candle

  • Elena
    February 9, 2020

    Sort your Sh*t out by Caroline Jones.
    Just what I need at the moment!

  • Phil Boyle
    February 9, 2020

    The journal from Pen Heaven

  • Kate Davies
    February 9, 2020

    The Horlick goodies.

  • betsy ferguson
    February 9, 2020

    i am a horlicks fan, so this would be my fave from the list

  • Chirag Patel
    February 9, 2020

    The Horlicks bundle

  • CAROL PATRICK
    February 9, 2020

    The Horlicks goodies, but the prize looks wonderful, it’s hard to choose. I’d be thrilled with all the items.

  • Helen Tyller
    February 9, 2020

    All the prizes are fabulous but the book bundle would be my favourite

  • Kelly Summerfield
    February 9, 2020

    Every item in the bundle seems like something I would really benefit from. However, I have been looking into CBD to help ease my anxiety so I was probably choose Supergreens and CBD Mind 🙂 x

  • Sam Cornford
    February 9, 2020

    The journal What an awesome bundle.

  • Maria Jane Knight
    February 9, 2020

    The journal would be lovely, perfect for jotting down my plans and a way of keeping me focused when having an anxiety attack.

  • Cathryn Crawshaw
    February 9, 2020

    Clean Sleeping by Lisa Helmanis

  • Megan
    February 9, 2020

    I’d love to try the CBD Mind capsules the most.

  • Ruth Amy Wollerton
    February 9, 2020

    Love the Journal to make my life positive and happy.

  • Rachel B
    February 9, 2020

    my favourite is the Journal.

  • Adrian Bold
    February 9, 2020

    Clean Sleeping by Lisa Helmanis

  • Lucinda Beckett
    February 9, 2020

    The wellbeing book bundle

  • Janine H
    February 9, 2020

    Love the Horlicks bundle

  • Robyn Clarke
    February 9, 2020

    Oh wow, I love the Horlicks bundle, Horlicks in the ultimate bedtime treat.

  • Kay Broomfield
    February 9, 2020

    The book bundle – especially the Sort Your Sh*t Out title!

  • Sarah Roberts
    February 9, 2020

    l do love my candles! so l love the sound of the handmade soy wax candle

  • Carol Cliffe
    February 9, 2020

    I really, really love the journals!

  • Georgie Wright
    February 9, 2020

    I love the Emma Bridgewater Horlicks mugs!

  • Jessica Powell
    February 9, 2020

    Has to be the journal for me, there’s nothing quite like starting a new one!

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