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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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

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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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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...

Wrap up your Christmas list with Shoptagr and make shopping easier for your loved ones

Recently I was introduced to a wonderful listing tool, Shoptagr, it is amazing, especially if you are a natural born “lister” like I am. I have listing stationery everywhere and for everything and this takes that stationery to a whole new digital level. You can basically browse through online shops tagging items that you love along the way, these items get added to your list and hey presto, that Christmas list is complete! Go on, create your very own list, it is really easy to get going and you’ll have a list of items in no time.

Not only is it a great tool for listing your favourite items, but it also alerts you when products come back in stock. For example, if your favourite dress in size 8 is out, you can set up Shoptagr to alert you when it comes back in. You will never miss out again!

There are two simple steps to get going: set up the browser tagging button so you can add items quickly and then do your online window shopping.

I used the Firefox browser tagging button, it was super easy to set up and I ended up with a Shoptagr’s button in the toolbar. This means that when you are browsing through the online stores you love, you can quickly and easily add items to your shopping list!

Installing the tagging button

Below are some simple steps to adding the Shoptagr button to your Firefox browser:

  1. Log in to your Shoptagr account using Firefox and when prompted to install the browser plugin say OK
  2. Click install to download and install the plugin to Firefox, the screen will look something like this:
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  3. Once you have installed the plugin, you should be redirected back to the Shoptagr website and you will see a message saying it has been connected and your new Shoptagr button will be in the toolbar:
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Creating your list

Once you have the button installed, you can literally browse through the websites that you know and love, or use Shoptagr’s list of stores to guide you, choose the products you want to add to your list by clicking on your toolbar button. Easy peasy. I went straight to one of my favourite websites, I literally spend hours’ window shopping at Abercrombie & Fitch, daydreaming, so I added this fleece to my list by clicking on the toolbar button:

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Once I had clicked it, I went back to Shoptagr to check my list item had been added and it had. My very first item had been added! Did you know that Shoptagr also notifies me when that particular item, in the colour and size I have chosen, goes on sale? Awesome for the Boxing Day sales… 

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I soon had a huge collection of items in my list and I simply shared the list with my husband and close ones, so people knew what I liked!

I love the layout of the list, it reminds me of Pinterest which is so clean and simple to use. You can swipe or scroll through it easily, categorise your items if you want to share different lists with different people and I just love how easy it is to sift through the items from a “buying” perspective. I can clearly see what the prices are and filter to my budgets. Great idea!

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Do it on the go!

Not only do you get the option to install the browser plugin, but you can download the Shoptagr app from the appstore and add items to your list on the go too. It took me seconds to find the app, download it, log in and then see my list of items:

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Share the list with your loved ones

Now I have my list of items for Christmas, I can share it by clicking on the Share List button and I copied the link to email to my husband and family. If you would like to see my Christmas list wants just click on Sonia’s Christmas list. You can easily share the list from your mobile app too, tap into your list and at the top tap “share list”, you can then select to share it to another app or mail/message the link.

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I would love to see your lists, get some fashion inspiration and tips if you have any. Please leave your lists in the comments below or share them on Social Media with the hashtag #ShoptagrChristmas.

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