31.7.18

An update on getting a skincare routine and incorporating Mindfulness Techniques




You might remember I posted a blog a few weeks back about the connection between my mental health and physical health. I'm so thrilled to be working with the AVEENO® team on this project and exploring more about how taking care of myself and incorporating a skincare routine can benefit my body as a whole



I've recently been taking time out to practise mindfulness and their are a couple of techniques I've felt help with that. 

The first is anchoring, which is basically trying to anchor yourself to something you can focus on. For me its my breath. So taking five or ten minutes out of my day to really stop and to focus on how on my breathing, to relax and to notice how my body feels. Breathing deep breaths and concentrating on it leaving my body automatically puts me more in tune with how the rest of me is feeling. 

I'm also taking care of ensuring I'm really switching off before I sleep, no more looking at my phone until the last few minutes of the day. I've taken a book up to bed and I'm trying to read a chapter to wind down and forget about the worries of the day. 


As well as this I'm really taking time to start a proper skincare routine. I have to admit I usually find I'm 'too busy' to properly moisturise after my morning showing but I'm excited to really stick to one since working with the AVEENO® Dermexa range. 



The first product I'm using is the AVEENO® Dermexa Daily Emollient Cream. I love how this product doesn't lather or bubble because it doesn't contain any of the 'nasties' that produce that effect. The texture is really soothing and creamy and doesn't have a very powerful scent. 

After this I'm using the AVEENO® Dermexa Daily Emollient Body Wash which my skin seems to react really well to and almost feels like its drinking it up! Again the scent is really subtle but the cream feels luxurious and nourishing. 

Lastly the product I’m loving the most so far is the AVEENO® Dermexa Fast & Long Lasting Balm. I've been popping this in my bag and using it on my hands, elbows and knees but I know it will also be great for the patches on my face when I have dry skin flare ups there. 

Over the next few weeks I'm going to be using them daily and I'll be sharing the results over on my Instagram so do check in to see how I got on. 

Do you have any tips for a balanced lifestyle? Both mentally and physically. 
#BalanceofOats and #SkinStories


30.7.18

Ten Things I love Friday 30/07


1, Might look a bit like pj's but I'm digging them!
3, This skirt, this skirt, this skirt!!
3, Little bit Wes Anderson pink suit, can't go wrong

4, How cute are these stripped shorts?? 

5, would this even be a round up without a pink embroidered dress?

EVERYTHING about this outfit


6,  Top
7, Trousers
8, Bag

9, This gorgeous yellow Free People Top
10, Love this layered necklace from New Look (and only £7)

Sorry this is Monday and not Friday! Have a lovely week x

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25.7.18

Summer in the city - Harbourfest - Our weekend in pictures


I know I was saying a few weeks back how I was now a converted festival person but honestly I feel like Bristol is just one long festival in the summer. There is something on literally every weekend. We hadn't been to Harbourfest for about 4 years and had fond memories of going when Wilf was a toddler but when we saw the crowds and the heat of this years and I was tempted to just turn around and head back. Crowds make me feel so anxious at the best of times, its just really not my jam.

I'm glad we didn't though as once we'd weaved our way through most of the bigger crowds we found a quieter spot by wapping wharf and watched some fun sea shanties being sung and the kids got their faces glitter painted (still finding that all over the place).


We also spent our day doing a LOT of walking about managed to find four new Wallace and Gromits on the trail which Wilf was thrilled about as he hadn't seen many yet whilst he was at school. My favourite so far is definitely this floral one by my friend Ella Masters!


My little pirates


The other day Wilf said something to me and his accent was so Bristolian I had to ask him to say it again. It's times like that that remind me this is where they are from & will grow up rather than their adopted home like mine and Tom's. It makes me so glad we made the decision to stay and not to move back to Wales. You know when something just 'feels' right?


By the end of the day Tom was the human camel again (in 30 degree heat too) hero! We've had a bit of a tricky week with house stresses (remind me to never sell and buy a new house ever again once we finally move??) so it was lovely to have this time to just chill out and enjoy our beautiful city.

I've been a little quieter over here than usual and I think a lot of that is because apart from our trip to Cornwall at the start of the year we've just been saving and keeping our dates free for this new place and chapter in our lives. Honestly it feels like it has been taking the best part of a year so far but we are hopefully very close now.

Somehow we are mid week again and our first week of the school holidays. I keep thinking, oh it's going ok isn't it? We're doing well! And then remembering its only been 3 days so far, ha! Hope your's are going well so far too if you have kiddos in school

x

23.7.18

Skincare and living a balanced life #AD #SkinStories #BalanceOfOats


For the longest time I've suffered with anxiety, I've written about it a bit over here and over the years I've found lots of ways to help manage it and work out the things that trigger me the most. Sometimes it's not possible to not be in situations that can cause stress but it's good to know I have some techniques to help me work through them.

As a mum I can find that feeling overwhelmed and frazzled can really set me off. Training my brain to not spiral has been a big help you get caught in a negative cycle like that. For example, 'my toddler is having a tantrum publicly, I'm a rubbish mum for not knowing how to stop her'. Instead I tell myself ' I am a calm and patient person, this feeling of frustration is OK, we can work through this together'. It doesn't always mean I can stop her tantrums but it helps me feel calmer in the situation.


Generally though I find that my biggest cause of overwhelm and anxiety is when I'm feeling run down, or having done too much. For me this often means travelling to much, talking to people too much (that sounds weird I know but I'm an introvert and struggle with talking amongst a lot of people).

It's only recently I've discovered a correlation between how I feel mentally and how my body is reacting physically. I feel run down, my body is tired and my skin goes really dry. It's like my whole body is saying 'stop! look after me for a bit!'

So when the AVEENO® team got in touch and asked if I'd like to work with them trying out their Dermexa range I was really interested in the concept, as their ethos is that it is key to live a balanced life. And especially as they were so interested in the idea of treating your body as a whole, no mental health/physically health separation. More the idea that your mind is just as much of your body as your skin and should be considered when looking after your skin.


I was invited to their offices to speak to their dermatologist and phycologist to learn all about skin but also about looking after our mental health too. For me my skin flares up on my legs (I get dry flakey skin on my lower legs) also my elbows and knees and when I'm really run down or stressed on my face too (especially under my eyes and by my nose).

I'm so excited to come away with not only some brilliant mindfulness tips but also to try out the Dermexa product range. I am definitely one of those people that never stick to a skin care routine. I almost never moisturise after a bath or shower (I know I know) so I'm really keen to actually set myself a little morning and evening routine.

I'll be sharing my thoughts over on the blog (and IG) on how I initially find them and how I feel after using them over a few weeks. Cant wait to share how I find them with you!

In partnership with AVEENO®

21.7.18

10 things I love Friday 20/7

1, How pretty is this wrap around dress 
2, These shoes, you're either going to love or hate them, I love them!
3, This New Look cardigan, so many great bits from there right now
4, Love this T Shirt 

5,Ok don't hate me but I just couldn't get on with that animal print M&S dress (I just don't know how I feel about animal print stuff!) so this version is much more up my street
6, These wide leg New Look trousers (told you I had a thing for their collections right now)
7, I love this pretty pink Boden dress (haven't looked on their for ages some cute bits in right now)


8, I'm a sucker for a slogan jumper
9, THIS DRESS 


10,  How cute are these culottes??



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18.7.18

Our weekend in Pictures


Hey guys! It's the end of the school year for us this week and I cannot wait! Although it's lovely that the kids age gap means that I have this time with Mabli whilst Wilf is at school my happy place is when we're all together each day.

Wilf loves school (like LOVES it, can't wait to go each morning kind of loves it) which I feel really thankful for. I was always open to discuss different types of schooling if he didn't and I'd be the same with Mabli or if either of them found it different in the future. On that note bear with me for being a proud mum but Wilf got his school report and he is exceeding expectation in just about every subject, that boy is such a smart cookie!

Over the weekend we went to visit our local botanical gardens as they had an exhibition on and it was such a lovely day. I made a little vlog about it which I'll pop at the bottom of this post if you fancy a watch.


I thought I'd share some pictures we took last week too into this post, they don't really fit in any kind of post but wanted to share anyway. The below made me laugh so much, I ordered a calzone in our local pub and it came out bigger than my head ha! I do love a good challenge!


Don't you just love our matching DM's!? They were a gift (although there was no expectation to post) and I loved us twinning so much I asked Tom to take some photos of us both in them. I remember when Wilf had his first pair when he was a toddler too, they are just so cute!

Roll on Friday and school being out for summer!


16.7.18

It's officially the summer




It's officially the summer! How did this year fly by so fast? And whilst we're in the middle of a heatwave, we were thrilled when Dyson got in touch to offer us their Pure Cool Advanced Technology Purifying fan to see what we thought. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to see how we've found it so far







Its no secret that as a family we are big fans of the Dyson brand, we own their humidifier, vacuum and I recently treated myself to the hairdryer too (game changer). One of the things that is a big selling point for me before we even go into effectiveness is the general aesthetic. You want something that is going to live in your home to be as beautiful as it is functional and Dyson hit the nail on the head every time in my opinion.

The 360o HEPA and Carbon Filter captures 99.95% of allergens and pollutants. The Air MultiplierTM technology projects clear air throughout the room.1) LCD display automatically senses particles and gases in your home and reports real-time air quality. I love the the the LCD display automatically senses particles and gases in your home and reports in real-time the airy quality. It oscillates up to 350 degrees to ensure it making each corner of the room as pure as it can be and well as cooling the room at the same time.

That being said in the winter when you don't want a breeze you can set it to just purify by projecting the air through the back of the machine so it's something that can be in your home all year round. We've been using the product for just over a week now and love it, another brilliant piece of kit from the Dyson brand that doesn't fail to disappoint.

The Dyson Pure Cool Advanced Technology fan comes with a two-year guarantee.

This post in partnership with Dyson but all words and thoughts are my own.
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13.7.18

10 Things I love Friday 12/7

1, Embroidered plunge midi dress - I'm obsessed with anything floral embroidered so I am seriously eyeing up this number!
2, This jumpsuit from Sainsburys!
3, Striped cropped top (these are great with high waisted jeans)
4, Pink Warehouse dress - my favourite shade of pink and I love the seventies vibe, you know thats my jam :)
6, I LOVE this new to me Sister Jane top


7, The perfect length culottes
8, New Look have some amazing pieces in right now, loving this cardigan!
9, This floral body
10, Lastly these earrings, I'm not hugely an earrings person but I love these guys. 

12.7.18

What I Wore in a Week

Helloo! Just wanted to pop this little video I did here on 'what I wore in a week' it was a super fun one to do with my friend SJ Hope you like it xx

11.7.18

A little catch up


Today marks a year since Tom handed in his notice at the university! It felt particularly noticeable to me yesterday when it was Wilf's sports day. Although Tom's old job was actually fairly flexible he still had to leave after the first hour and this year he was there the whole (two and a half hours!) and was able to take part in the dads race. I know that was so important to Wilf so I was feeling particularly grateful that we are were we are now.

It's funny looking back that I mentioned in this Q&A video that Tom leaving his job and us both working together was part of the bigger picture. I didn't really anticipate that happening for another 5 years so when we made the decision only a few months later it was amazing.

We'll be coming up to a year this August and I think I was finally sit down with Tom and run through any questions anyone might have about our decision (I have been promising to do this for over 6 months now whoops). It's not lost on us that all this was possible because of the support of you guys so for that I will always be so grateful!

Anyway I wanted to jump on a do a bit of an update (it feels like forever since I've done that, I blame the heat!)


The kids have been so much fun lately, they are playing with each other more and more and the gap between them seems like it shrinking. That being said Mabli is at an age where she is prone to winding Wilf up and being a leetle unreasonable to get her way. I'm so proud of how patient Wilf is with her 90% of the time and the other makes me want to scream 'can you two play nicely for like 5 minutes! ;))

I took a few selfies and wondered for the ten millionth time 'fringe or no fringe'



I met up with some lovely pals included this beaut Molly in the very instagramable Albatros Cafe in south Bristol.


We ate watermelon and my knees looked like angry little babies ;)

Me and Mabli played lots of silly games. I absolutely love this age, she is such a little character! I think when Wilf was two and a half I started to feel like I wanted another child for the first time because it was just such a wonderful stage of our lives. We are defo done with having any more kids so I need to just soak up these lovely ages!

We also ended up dressing up as three lions haha, actually it was four lions..and we looked more like tigers. It made NO SENSE! but was fun all the same


Tom turns 36 in a week and we're not planning anything big (actually we never plan anything big so I don't know why I said that) especially with moving soon. I am going to take the kids out to pick up little gifts they picked out and then I think we're just going to go out and eat pasta.


We've been half enjoying the sun half melting in the heat. I know it wont last much longer so I'm trying my best not to complain but the evenings are the worst when it's still 29 degrees in their room (even with two fans!).

I think thats it for the past couple of weeks, I'm trying to update my shop my instagram page too so check over there.

Are you coping in the heat? whats been your favourite thing over the past fortnight? I'd love to know! 
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