I have a list as long as my arm of what I’d like for Christmas this year.
I’m not selfish, I’ve just gotten used to spending my money elsewhere (baby stuff, food, the usual) instead of buying things for myself.
A lot of it I don’t really need, is probably overpriced and won’t really make much difference to my everyday life. Things like new boots, make-up + home stuff.
So I started thinking about the things that might help. Don’t get me wrong, I love being at home with Lily and it’s so rewarding but juggling a toddler who is pushing the boundaries and can’t switch her brain off, blogging/writing as my only source of income, my relationship and the housework is a bit of a mammoth task that can leave me pretty drained.
I’ve scoured the internet for things that might help boost positivity and try and convince us mums to keep up some level of self-care and here they are, I hope you find this useful…
P.S. Any Amazon UK links listed below are affiliate links which means I’ll get a tiny commission if you decide to buy the items. Not much, but it all helps!
QUESTION & ANSWER 5-YEAR JOURNAL FOR MOMS
I’m a sucker for memory-keeping as well. My garage is full of memory boxes, my storage cards hold thousands upon thousands of candid shots of Lily and our family and my blog itself serves as a virtual record book of these early days.
So, when I saw this journal pop up today I couldn’t help but wish for it. It lasts for 5 years with your writing moving further down each dated page as the years go by so you can see how your answers to the question asked at the top change each year.
I think this is just lovely and for only 30 seconds each day you can record your feelings and memories using the helpful prompting questions to inspire you.
If you click here it’ll take you to the Amazon UK site where you can buy the book and look inside to see what sort of questions you can expect.
BACH FLOWER REMEDIES PROFESSIONAL SET BOX
If you’ve not heard of these before (you might’ve seen them in Holland and Barratt or Boots) Bach Flower Remedies are 38 flower and plant based essences that support emotional wellbeing.
Whilst expensive, having the whole system of remedies allows you to tailor an essence specifically for your own needs to help you understand and balance your emotions.
As somewhat of a hippy at heart and with a penchant for all things nature-related this is something that I would be over the moon to see under the tree this year.
If you’re looking for something a little more ‘purse-friendly’ you could try The Little Book of Bach Flower Remedies to learn about the different flower essences and which may be suited to you before choosing to buy the bottles individually.
BLOOM & WILD FLOWER SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE
I adore flowers in the home but I always forget to buy more when they’ve had their day and withered. I just don’t have the time or it’s too close to payday to be shelling out on pretty extravagances like bouquets.
I decided to look in to flower subscription services recently and I know there’s a lot of hype around Bloom & Wild. Indeed, when you search on Google they’re the first result to pop up and I was pleasantly surprised to see that you can have a gorgeous flower arrangement (The Zara, as shown above) delivered for just £15 a month when taking out an on-going subscription.
You can also do a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription with not much difference in price to be honest (it’s still less than £17 a month for the shortest length of time!) or as a one-off.
THE STIGU PLANNER 2017
I don’t know about you but I feel a whole lot better and more on top of everything when all of my appointments, tasks and ‘other stuff’ is written down on paper ready to check off.
This lovely planner is great for all that sort of thing but it also has a little twist which is fabulous for your wellbeing with a weekly suggestion of things you might like to do or how to deal with an issue in your life i.e. some sort of small exercise to get your blood flowing, how to take a power nap, tackling insomnia etc.
All you do is write your to-do list on one side (the blank page) and pop in your appointments on the other side and you’re good to go!
LUSH BATH & BODY GIFT SETS
I’m a big LUSH fan — especially since we now have a bath again. Hurrah!
There’s nothing better after a hard, tricky day than soaking yourself in a big, warm, bubbly bath with a glass of wine or perfectly-brewed cuppa and perhaps a book (or, if you’re like me, your Instagram feed)
I think this ‘Wonderful‘ set for just under £60 is a good’un with 11 indulgent LUSH items in the box set to last you until Easter (or at least the end of January if you’re a fellow addict)
You can get a gift set for under a tenner if you’re on a budget with a wide range of gifts going up to the hundreds if you’re looking to splash out and be totally extravagant (and why not?)
LUSH also do amazing-looking spa treatments which I’d be thrilled to try with locations in Edinburgh, Leeds, Bath, Liverpool, London Chelsea, London Oxford Street and Poole.
THE DREAM DICTIONARY
I’m one of those people who dreams every night, more or less without fail. I think it really must help me through life’s ups and downs and although some of them are crazily farfetched, I think it’d be awesome to flick through this Dream Dictionary in the morning and see if I can shed some light on what they might mean.
I also have lucid dreams (which is a story for another day) and can suffer from dreadful sleep paralysis and experiences so perhaps a degree of understanding might be useful.
This is another subscription-based service that I recently discovered that’s created and put together by the Blurt Foundation who are committed to increasing awareness and understanding of depression.
Described as a ‘hug in a box’ it contains at least five items and can be bought as a one-off or via subscription.
It seems perfect as a little pick-me-up and the items are kept a secret until you unwrap them. What a brilliant idea!
It’s £21.50 per box and you can have a little lookey through Instagram to see what’s been included in previous boxes if you’re not sold as yet.
THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE
I’ve heard a lot about this popular book recently and I’m hoping to give it a read sometime soon.
Hygge is ‘the Danish way to live well’ and focusses on Danish practices to achieve ‘cosiness of the soul‘ or ‘taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things‘.
It all sounds very appealing and even if it’s not something I take much from, it certainly sounds interesting. Did you know that apparently Danish people are said to be the happiest people in the world?
This is all about enjoying the simple things in life and I’m really keen to delve in.
THE MINDFULNESS COLOURING BOOK
I’ll be honest, I haven’t really bought in to the whole colouring book craze yet but I’ve been having trouble getting to sleep for a while and I’m guessing all of the pre-bed screen time isn’t helping at all.
Perhaps I should point someone in the direction of this colouring book for Christmas and spend a little bit of time doing this before bed instead?
The reviews I’ve read describe ‘zoning out’ and ‘forgetting all of your thoughts and worries’ which all sounds pretty promising for when you’re trying to wind down.
MUTHA.HOOD ‘MOTHER LIKE NO ONE’S JUDGING’ MUG
Speaks for itself really doesn’t it?
A warm cup of Yorkshire Tea (or something herbal) and a little bit of positivity goes a long way I think.
This is a steal at £9.50, every mum needs a mug of their own (and a snazzy one at that!)