Hiya lovelies, I hope you all had a fab weekend. We had a rather chilled out one which was very much needed. My anxiety has been flaring up quite badly over the past few weeks so some down time was definitely welcomed. I thought I would pop up a little blog update post as I know up until recently I haven’t really been that active on here or on my socials really. I started up My Little Brushneen Blog over 2 years ago now! My first post was publised on the 9th of May 2017! I can’t quite believe how quickly that time has flown by. I had a quick scroll back through the posts and seeing how much little monkey has grown during that time is incredible. On here I share the ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, the smiles, the tears, adventures and day to day and I’m so glad I found the confidence from somewhere to share my little blog. After our miscarriage earlier this year I had to take a step back though and my return to writing was delayed. The longer I took the harder it became to find the motivation or the desire to post anything. I was unsure if I would share the news on here but I just didn’t feel like I could come back and start doing reviews or write about anything else without acknowledging what had happened. For me the need to talk about it was strong yet at the same time I just didn’t know how to approach it or how to start that post.
Some days it will be tougher to put on a brave face, some days will be hard, right now it may feel like most days are a struggle and some times stepping out of that comfort zone will be difficult. Miscarraige is draining, both physically and mentally. Devastating.
Although it may not feel like it right now Time is a great healer.
It is ok to take the time needed to heal, don’t rush. It is ok to have ups and downs, It is ok to feel sad, for tears to fall, It is ok to reach out, to ask for help, It is ok to TALK.
Don’t feel like you have to keep it hidden, miscarraige doesn’t have to be a secret. It shouldn’t be so taboo. Talking, It’s not easy and it won’t solve everything but talking, it can really help.
I’m still learning this too
It turned out to be a rather busy bank holiday for us with a trip to Manchester for the BlogOn conference and then a visit to the beautiful Berkeley Castle to see some jousting and spend time with family. I’ve picked out some of my favourite photos to share in this post.
For weeks now I have been trying to figure out how to start this post, going over and over in my head how to write it the correct way, how to find and piece together the right words and debating whether this is something I should share at all. To be honest I’m still none the wiser. 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, 1 in 4! It’s true i didn’t realise the extent of how taboo miscarriage is until my own. I want to help break the silence by sharing our story.
I certainly do love a good face mask! As well as being a great way to relax and unwind it’s also a superbly effective way to give your skin a boost of nourishment and to address any skin concerns you may have, a great edition to your skincare routine. Today’s post is a review of the Procoal London Marine Moisture Mask a Hydrating Charcoal Sheet Mask. Cruelty free, formulated in the UK and containing protective antioxidants it’s a product I was very keen to try.
Hiya you lovely lot and Hello 2019! So we are entering our 2nd week of January…already and we are now fully back into our normal routine, hubby and I were back to work on the 2nd and Little lady returned to yesterday after a lovely festive break and seemed to be raring to get back to see her friends.
We had such a great Christmas and in many ways it has seemed to have flown by however it is nice to get back to a routine aswell.
It’s mixed emotions though as although I’ve definitely had a few of those “can’t wait for Preschool to start” moments during little madams toddler tantrums and teenage like attitude (I get the whole threenager thing now for sure) I missed my mini me for the few hours she was away and was soooo looking forward to hearing about what she got up to.
Her response was “playing” when asked and she seemed to have had a fun morning, she was a little tired but in a very good mood. She absolutely loves Preschool and having the routine definitely improves her behaviour.
So New year is that time alot of us reflect and focus on making resolutions and setting certain goals to change and/or improve certain aspects of our lives. Of course not something everyone does, it’s not always something I have done and for me it’s more lifestyle changes rather than set goals but I suppose these are sort of like my resolutions for the new year which I thought I’d document and share. Here i have listed 5 lifestyle changes I want to make, there maybe some more I want to add however we’ll start with these and I intend to document how I’m getting on here on the blog. So here we go….
Get outside more.
We live in the beautiful Cotswolds and are so, so very lucky to be surrounded with stunning countryside and picturesque places to visit. All three of us love to get out in the great outdoors and explore however in the latter part of last year my anxiety worsened and we didn’t venture out anywhere near as much as I would like. This year I want us to get out even more, discover new places and revisit are favourites, walk more of the stunning countryside and adventure around the Cotswolds and beyond! I’m so excited for this and as well as being fantastic family time I’m certain it will be a massive help with getting me back on track with my anxiety.
Drink more water!
This is something that I’m incredibly bad at sticking too but it’s so so very important for so many reasons! Some days I will literally just have a couple of cups of good old English breakfast tea and most days I will get no where near the recommended 8 glasses. I’m certain it’s a huge factor in why I feel so sluggish at times. There are so many health benefits to staying hydrated and feeling more energised is one of them! This is something I’m determined to stick to.
Eat more fruit and veg.
When it comes to mealtimes I will make sure that little lady is getting her fruit and veg, since weaning it’s been a priority, she doesn’t always eat it of course, she’s great with her fruits, not so good with the veg but is improving. I concern myself with how much she is getting however I don’t share that same concern for myself! Why? It doesn’t even make sense, we need to look after our bodies too right so I intend to make more of an effort with my own diet and get those nutrients! Getting hubby to eat anything green though…now there’s a challenge.
Improve skin/hair/bodycare routine
Now as a beauty therapist I spend a great deal of time pampering others and i love all things beauty but don’t tend to find the time or put the effort into doing it for myself. Since becoming a mummy my skincare routine is non existent, wet wipes are my main cleansing product, I can’t remember the last time I used a body lotion and the only product I use on my hair is little ladys shampoo!! I can’t believe I’ve just admitted that but that’s how it is! However now I’m getting older, ladies and gents, I’m just not getting away with it anymore… my skin is in desperate need for a solid regular routine! Also I love discovering and using new and favourite beauty products!!! I can’t wait to share my favourites with you.
Really all of the above relates to the importance of self care. I’ve spoke about my desire to dedicate more time to self care here on my blog before and that’s often where it will stop…I talk about wanting to do these things but never put it into practice. It’s making me rubbish and ultimately these little changes combined is sure to make a huge difference to me, my struggles with anxiety, make me feel better about myself overall and improve my health and mental wellbeing. Self care, It’s something that we all deserve. For many of us, parents and non parents alike life is busy, stressful, at times overwhelming and whether it’s taking a long hot bubbly bath, ensuring you’re getting enough water, reading a book or simply just taking 5 minutes to yourself…it’s important. My family is my number one priority, that won’t change and I’m sure that’s the same for most but it’s not selfish to look after yourself too and that’s something I’ll be working on throughout this year in order to be a better person for the ones I love and for myself. One of my favourite quotes is “you can’t pour from an empty cup” in order to give your best to your loved ones you have to look after you too.
*Photo sourced from Google Images*
Do you have any New year’s resolutions? If you have I’d love to hear about them, pop me a comment below.
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