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well… I thought I’d share this latest purchase with you because.. WOW!

We purchase our 100+ year old cottage nearly five years ago and it has some weird quirks like a historic right of way for the neighbours right through our back garden being one. The other main quirk is the shared water mains means if your neighbour is having a shower when you want one you tend to get a hot and cold burst every few minutes! It keeps you on your toes!! Therefore we have spent many a day trying to find products to help with our quirks we have come to love!

Our shower has always dripped slightly and have kept meaning to buy a new shower head but knowing we are going to extended and renovate the bathroom sometime in the near future that we just didn’t want to spend the money out. However when the hose snapped we had no choice. I searched for a replacement and stumbled across this bargain and thought why not give it a go.

The Deco Express shower head came in a beautiful box with promises of a spa experience all for a grand total of £12.97. Can’t go wrong with that, as long as it doesn’t drip and it washes out your conditioner your on to a winner surely?!

Apart from the shower head being heavy I was pleasantly surprised. It comes with an extra supply of minerals that you replace after 6 months. These are calcium sulphite, tourmaline alkaline and maifan stones. It promises to remove all purifies from the water before it touches the skin, offering soothing, chlorine free highly hygienic show. It advertises pressure increase up to 3 times! With the mini tornado in the handle it massages and moisturises. With three setting of jet, massage and rainfall there is a setting for all.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t hold out much hope due to the price but the reviews were amazing. My hair and skin have felt so soft since using it for the last week. My children suffer with dry skin and have required much less cream post bath. You do not have that tight skin feeling where you have to lather the moisturiser on to give your skin a drink post bath. I would defiantly recommend this product. If all the statements are true it’s an ingenious idea 💡

Happy to add a little video if you would like to see it just leave me a comment

Happy showering 🌧

Hugs & Kisses

Kate x

The Little Bullet Book

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I wanted to share this wonderful little find with you. It is a game changer.. I’ve started 2018 off with an organised bang with help from this little beauty. Its a wonderful editorial that simplicity is most definitely key. You can see from these pictures just how beautiful it is but the fact that it guides mindfulness is a win win with me. I haven’t shown you all the pages as its lovely to explore for yourself but here is a taster of what you are getting. I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as i do when i order 3 for Christmas gifts.

It is now in stock, to get your own copy check out this link.

Just look at the simplicity of this book. It is gorgeously laid out with a simple black and white theme to give you the option to colour in the designs for extra therapy.. Love that idea!

I’m not sure I need to explain what The Little Bullet Book is as the author does it beautifully for you!

Rethink and reorganise your beliefs. It helps you to stop being rigid in thoughts and processes and to define the person you want to be. Its a wonderful tool.

They do say an organised mind is an organised life. I do know that if I am feeling more organised I can face the world a bit better.

There are numerous duplication’s on sections to write daily. You can be completely organised and detailed down to your diet, home, finances and interests just to name a few. Daily planning of diet and exercise is like writing a slimming world plan but it does the job to have it in one place.

I find the Law of Attraction a rather interesting concept. Basically you believe it enough and it will happen. You define your destiny, you create your path. I know it makes sense that a positive world encourages positivity and we all need more of that. I’m going to give it my all and put my heart into it to see if it works. I’m going to be positive.

I love having a bucket list as there are so many things I want to achieve. I would love to go body surfing by the sea with the kids this year. I want to save more and spend less. I want to gain another qualification. Its hard not to write too much and not set your self unachievable tasks but if you keep them unachievable it is a really useful tool especially when you see them being ticked off as completed!

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I hope you find it as useful as I do..

Love & Hugs

Kate xx

What makes you smile?

I’m sure you can compile a list as long as your arm of all the things that make you smile but what about that inner happiness? Sound a bit too hippy? Well I’ve tried many a thing along the way to give that sense of calm. To take the edge off so to speak.

We have all had our ups and downs through life as part of learning and I firmly believe we all need a little help to heal ourselves along the way. It may come in completely different forms for different people. For one person a trip to see a reflexologist may be just what they need to find that sense of inner peace to be able to take on the next challenges life throws at them. For others it may be something completely different. It’s about finding what suits you and what you feel comfortable with. This year has started with a wealth of emotions and I’m already trying to wade through what I need to battle first.

As the years have gone on and for one reason or another I have found it incredibly hard to find this happy place. We have so many pressures on us in this era that we don’t even realise where downtime and peace comes into our lives. It’s chaotic! All go..go..go! I’m guilty of never stopping. I’m not even sure what real downtime is. I just cannot switch my damn brain off. In turn this causes anxiety which I struggle to stop. You know that whole stomach churning, feeling sick, heart beating double time and being super quick to snap.

Even when we get to sit down we have to be so disciplined not to reach for social media or to be mentally writing a check list of what is required next. So we never get full mental rest. I’m guilty of it all as I’m sure most of us are so I thought I’d document some of the things I’ve tried, good and bad purely because if it didn’t work for me it doesn’t mean it won’t work for you!

Books

The lovely Fearne Cotton has written Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect. She talks candidly about her own struggles with mental health and how to keep it at bay. I can honestly say I haven’t picked up a book that wasn’t related to study within the last 6 years (yes my eldest child’s age!!) and felt compelled to complete it. It filled me with tips and hints to try and the added information from MIND was enthralling. It may not be a quick fix but it is a self help guide which means you have to want to help yourself and actually apply the techniques discussed. I would however recommend you give it a read for its well thought out and honest account. Well done Fearne. Plus the added bonus is you can pick it and at the times of need so no pressure to read and remember in one go!

The Little Bullet Book is a wonderful planner for mindfulness. It helps with focusing on key areas and organises your mind as well as your diary. It’s a great little book with lots of self help tips. See separate blog dedicated to this little book of which gives more details. I have spent the first day of 2018 scribbling my plans for the war ahead, it’s rather therapeutic. Plus super pretty.. win win!

Apps

I have used an awesome app previously <a href=”http://Headspace – meditation & mindfulness“>Headspace that really does shut your brain down into some sort of trance like state! ok it sent me to sleep but honestly sometimes this is difficult in itself so i’d say its very effective. The man has the most gorgeous voice and talks away in his dulcet tones taking you on an audio journey. It’s meant to subconsciously help you which I do feel it does. However a good nights sleep is also something that helps massively.  Worth a go.. plug in and see what you think.

Exersice

I used to run so often and loved it for the escapism. It has all gone a bit squiffy since I had kids. My diet is anything I can sort with ease and possibly (ok defiantly) not always the right choices. I do love the idea of eating healthy and exercising daily but I just don’t seem to have enough hours in the day. Roll on spring so the evening are longer. Currently it’s hard to want to leave the house to run when it’s dark and cold. Maybe I need a SAD lamp?! (Amazon here I come!). I do think if you can find something that increases the heart rate daily (naughty 🤭) then that helps to release endorphins which are a natural high. So go on find something to get you going!!

Medications I have to say I am quire adverse to medications unless I really really need them! Odd for a nurse right but yep we do make the worst patients ourselves. However, of late I have become much more interested in homeopathy. Amelie has always suffered with a cough and has been diagnosed with asthma. She’s been pummelled with medications including steroids that effects her mood which it’s less than ideal especially at the tender age of 5.

I had been looking into alternative medications when her friends mum became a student homeotherapist so thought why not. I can honestly say it’s been a game changer. Amelie’s cough is much more under control and I am even starting to think about weaning her other medications. Amelie has also been suffering with anxiety of late with the reality of life kicking in. I’m told this is the age they start leaving their little bubble of feeling like the world is rosey and start worrying about being taken by a bad man. It’s a horrible thing to watch our child have nightmares. She’s is so protective of me and is worried something will happen to me. It seems to be much more controlled now with her a lot less irrational. I do believe this is due to the homeopathy.

I have also used <a href=”http://RESCUE Remedy Dropper 20ml“>Rescue remedy for years and find it a great symptom healer when your just feeling a bit overwhelmed. It may just be something you use if your scared of flying or if social events make you have a ball of anxiety in your tummy. It just helps to calm it!

Hobbies Hobbies are wonderful to find some escapism, some downtime, something to be passionate about. I know it’s hard to focus when your in a funk but having that go to something that you can start it may just help to lift your mood. I thoroughly enjoy painting. Not the DeVinci kind of painting but the up-cycling if furniture. It’s therapeutic to see a tatty old piece of furniture turn into something fresh and become re-loved. I often end up painting the walls of my house in a mad 60 minute makeover style to give myself the sense of satisfaction… it works… momentarily until I realise I have a ton of other things I need to be getting on with. I also love to bake but that doesn’t help with the muffin top!!

Talking One of the most important things if you are suffering in silence is to talk. That one person who you can open up to and be totally honest with is key in your quest to feel better. It’s up to you who you can talk to but you should know you are not alone. You should try and speak to your GP for advise or if you are really struggling and worried about your safety or others please do call 999 or get to an A&E. If you feel you have no one you can speak to there are amazing charities that offer that listening ear. They are there to support and offer advice.

MIND  0300 123 3393 Email< a href=”https://www.samaritans.org/”>SAMARITANS  116 123 Email< a href=”https://www.rethink.org/about-us/our-mental-health-advice”>RETHINK  0300 5000 927 offers advice on living with mental health and practical advice. Phone line is open 930am-4pm Monday to Friday.

I would love to hear from you if you have any hints a tips please do leave a comment. Sharing is caring and all that!

I hope this year is a positive one,

Love & Hugs

Kate x<<
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New Years Eve!

So… every year I think I’d love to do some wild NYE and every year it gets to this very day and I think crap where has the year gone and blinking heck I’m stuck at home again! To be fair I don’t want to pay ridiculous money to go to a pub I wouldn’t care to pay for a drink in normally or give Mr Cab Driver an overpriced fare just because it’s the last day of the year but I did swear that last year whilst watching Robbie Williams awful countdown show (he must have been high) that I would make more of an effort this year.

It’s so tricky when you have a young family as obviously midnight is too late for them and totally not worth the overtired arguments the next day! (Not a great way to start the year). We did debate a house party but seeing as Xmas costs an absolute bomb and both kids birthdays either side that’s also not come to fruition.

So whatever you are doing tonight can you do it for me too! No doubt I’ll be snoozing on the sofa or something. So rock & roll!

Happy New Year and hope 2018 brings you all you dream of.

x K x

Our world 🌎

We are just a normal family with normal goals in life. To be happy, to pay the bills and keep the roof over our heads, to guide and teach our children to be the best people they possibly can be, with hope to stay healthy and watch them grow.

It all started when I met Steven in 2010 following a stint on dating website (oh the shame!) We fell in love pretty quickly and our Amelie was born 2012 following what felt like the longest labour in history! I can’t believe Amelie is turning six, a mini teenager in the making already but what a sweetheart with her own quirky personality and quick whit.

Our little love Joseph came along like the speed of light nearly three years later and completed our little family. He’s a massive batman fan who wins the heart of all that meet him with his cheeky smile and chilled out ways. We are truly blessed ❤️💙

Steve and I both work having had turbulent times with Steve being medically retired from the metropolitan police in 2015. He was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis which ended up with him loosing his large intestine. He has had numerous operations and now struggles daily with crohns in his small intestine. He has really bad days that may see him laid up in bed struggling to move with pain, exhausted with the fight. He does battle daily and is such a fighter most people wouldn’t notice he suffers at all. Hidden illnesses are so hard to explain to others.

For this reason and many more I nominated Steve for 60 minute make over. We are so thankful that the team swooped in and gave Steve what we have always struggled to find within our whirlwind of family life. Downtime and space for him to recoup on the bad days. Thanks to the team and all the volunteers including close friends, family and neighbours he now has a wonderful space for him alone that really has changed his life. We can’t show you any photos at the moment or tell you what they did but you will have to tune in when it’s on TV in February (exact date to be confirmed) on the Quest Red channel.

We are eternally grateful! Yes.. Peter Andre is so lovely too ❣️

To read more about Steve’s condition and what led him to where he is today check out this article he wrote for the Get Your Belly Out group. It’s a harrowing, truthful and emotional piece which explains so eloquently why he deserved this makeover.

You do not realise quite what life has thrown at you until you get through the other side stronger then ever. We are very proud of him 💙

Floatation therapy

Two days post Christmas hustle I’m in a spa thanks to my lovely husband who treated me for my Xmas pressie. Mother and I have come to Addington Palace in Croydon for a floatation experience.

I’d always been keen to try it but was put off by the usual pods you have to go in.. you know the ones with your head poking out the top. Not a good look let alone the idea of claustrophobia! So hubby found this silent night package which includes use of sauna and hours floatation in an epsom salt pool with use of the relaxation room for as long as you require. We had access to a comfy sofa, massage chairs, endless teas and snacks, magazines and the best bit PEACE!

It’s so nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy life and take some time to relax. I think we all deserve that now and again!

If you haven’t tried flotation I would suggest you give it a go. It is meant to be a whole body experience, from lowering blood pressure and heart rate to mental and physical relaxation and rejuvenation. It is widely used in the treatment of stress, anxiety, jet lag and to improve concentration and creativity. It can help with pain relief too.

I would definitely recommend it. It was a lovely holistic feeling which left my skin feeling so soft afterwards. I was a little disappointed with the cold palace and sub zero temperature showers but the flotation experience was just lovely. Maybe somewhere else next time.

If you are looking for relaxing.. I’d avoid the massage chairs!!

A Time For Giving

This Christmas we decided we needed to help others. Christmas is largely an over indulgence of food, drink and gifts whilst spending quality time with loved ones.

This year particularly our minds turned to the people who may be alone, unhappy or even homeless at this time of year. We wanted to offer anything to help.

We came across a local (to us) family who spend their own time throughout the year helping the homeless. The Big Warm Up load up a van with donations of sleeping bags, warm clothing, foods etc. and spend their time handing them out to people who are on the streets of London. People who have had lives and Christmas’s just like ours. One day eating a full turkey roast with all the trimmings around a table with loved ones. Pulling a cracker and singing a song or two with a tipple in hand. For some reason they have ended up in a situation that has left them with no fixed abode. Can you imagine that? One day you have it all and the next day it has gone!

Many, I am sure are service men and women who have fought for our country. To think of anyone on the streets is heartbreaking but for someone to put their life on the line to keep us safe to end up this way is barbaric.

We wanted to share our Xmas dinner with someone who may not have the opportunity to have one. We cooked all morning on Xmas day and made 40 individual portions of Xmas dinner to be take to London and given out. We hope they have helped someone to feel cared for at this difficult time in their lives. We know it won’t change anything but it’s something. We do plan to help as much as we can now we have found these amazing people. Give them a follow on FB & insta to find out more.

We do not post this for praise but to hope that you may also think of someone in need and help too. A great lesson for the children to learn that although Christmas is about receiving it is also about giving.. and caring 🖤