I am now over 12 months deep into the world of motherhood and long gone are the days of staying up late or going out for drinks with our friends.
Our wild nights now consist of wine/a few drinks and in bed by 10:30! Rock and Roll I know. It’s been hard to give myself time for self-care as I always feel selfish that I’m not spending that time with Bob or Freya and guilty for wanting a bit of me time to relax.
So I thought I would share some of my favourite ideas for the perfect night in that would help soothe the soul.
If you’re a follower of mine on Instagram then you may have seen that I’ve been incorporating a good skincare routine back into my life lately in a bid to banish those blemishes. It got me thinking about other ways to take care of myself and not necessarily those of a pampering nature.
When I was younger and pre baby, I made a lot of time for myself to go to the gym and have regular facials or face masks and even painted my nails. Now I’m lucky if I have time to even contemplate painting my nails, my face mask is done in bed before I go to sleep, and exercise consists of running around after an almost 1-year-old and climbing up and down a children’s climbing frame in the name of squeezing my butt down a slide with said child.
When you become a mum you suddenly put this tiny person 1st above everything and anything and that includes washing your hair. Dry shampoo is BAE and you don’t even flinch when telling someone you’ve gone 5 days without washing your hair. You really do neglect yourself in those first 12 months unless you’re completely on the ball and motherhood is just second nature (those lucky few!). I suddenly have a new-found understanding of what all those women before me have been through and find myself sitting alongside them.
Well now it’s time to embrace the new me and that includes making more time for myself even if that means waiting for my child to fall asleep.
After having a baby a mere 11 weeks ago, I decided I would do a mini-series gift guide this year and work it around something close to my heart; pampering. It will feature a selection of my favourite gifts from different brands and new posts will be going live every 3-4 days. First up on the brand list is L’Occitane and some excellent Christmas presents for her.
Cherry Blossom Festive Bauble