Ooooh the harmony of a routine!

Bam, just like that the summer holidays have ended and it is back into full swing of routine, dashing from one place to the next and making sure that no-one or no items get left behind. I loved the summer holiday, for me it went past in the blink of and eye but I found joy in having quality time with the children, not having to dash anywhere and ask the children for the millionth time if they can put their shoes on! Simple things really do make a difference, changing the pace and easing the pressure allowing space to breath, relax and have fun. But then on the flip side, towards the end of the holidays I craved routine – I think as a family we all did and so now into our second week back at school the rhythm and pace is beginning to take shape.

I found that I learnt a lot over the summer break about myself, in particular I found it hard to make time for myself as I always had the children and continued to work until our camping trip. Whilst I loved the time with the children, by the end I yearned to just have 5 minutes to myself, to go to the toilet without company or being asked endless questions – to just be me. Part of me feels guilty for this, but why should I – we all need and all deserve time for ourselves. I also struggled with keeping up my fitness regime and had a few too many treats – but some days felt like survival and who can resist cake?! What I found fascinating about the holidays is that I did not punish myself, I did not make myself feel guilty for having the odd treat, for not making more of an effort with exercise because actually I think I was slightly rebelling as well but it showed me how much I have learnt about myself, that I love myself and it’s ok to just let go sometimes and give yourself a break. It may sound daft in some ways and you might be thinking why give up and the truth is I didn’t, I just adjusted my choices and the end result is whilst I may wobble a bit more, I’m still me and I will keep chipping away to improve my fitness, wellbeing and weight management.

I am really excited about the next few weeks, settling into our routine, I have decided to stop the Saturday clubs as my children are exhausted come the weekend and instead, we can have fun and not rush from one place to the next. My daughter and I are going to start running together, she is starting a running club at school and I thought it would be a great way for us to unwind and connect with each other. We can cheer each other on and as my son get’s older he can join in too – once we have the courage, we may even embrace a parkrun too.

As a parent I want and strive to be the best version of myself, for my children to look at me as a role model, to support their choices, nurture their creativity and true zest for life and to ultimately have lots of fun.

What do you hope for this Autumn? How do you find time for you in the holidays? I love learning new tips, advice and wisdom – we can learn so much from each other. How have the summer holidays have been for you? I hope you have laughed and embraced the adventures. I hope you are all planning some self-care time and if you are in need of a pamper, then drop me a message for a truly bespoke treatment.

B x

The love affair with Charlie Locks

“Wow – I want your skin!”

It may sound funny but I often get asked about my skin, questions like what is my secret, how can I have your glowing skin, and how on earth do you do it being a busy Mummy?

Well it is all down to the Charlie Locks Professional Skincare System, taking time to look after my skin and ensuring I keep hydrated with plenty of water. I must confess, I have never been great at looking after my skin and never really bothered with cleansing and toning as I didn’t see the point it is only in recent years that this has changed when I went for my first facial – why did I wait until my 30s! A glorious spa day (you remember those!) I had a Declόr facial and oooh it was lovely but my goodness the price of the products is insane – so I slipped into old habits and then I decided to add facial treatments to my business. The facials and skincare course I completed and the amazing trainer opened my eyes to skincare. Our skin is our largest organ, our faces in particular are exposed to so much so why not take care of it? Most people these days are desperate to look younger, want a quick fix but ageing is natural. For me personally we should embrace our natural skin as ultimately, it’s about how you look after yourself that makes the difference.

Learning all about the different skincare products and the importance of a skincare routine took me to consider what I actually put on my body. During my training I used lots of different products but one company stood out and that was Charlie Locks which was for a few reasons. Charlie Locks are a local company based just outside Winchester, they use organic essential oils, SLS and paraben free, no harsh chemicals or nasty additives, the products are not tested on animals, vegan friendly and they can be used on everyone no matter what your age thus celebrating a truly #HappySkinLife. I have a very close working relationship with Julie and Mark at Charlie Locks. They champion small businesses and are always on hand for support and advice, they instil passion and the products that Julie has created are just fabulous.

It is important to me to use products on my clients that I would use myself and as a busy working Mummy I wanted products that would adapt to my life which are practical, didn’t take hours on end to use and would have a winning result. That is Charlie Locks. They smell divine and even when used in a hurry I feel pampered and my skin feels alive. My clients adore these products and like many they’ve been fooled for years by the skincare industry that we all have a particular skin type but its rubbish, a pure marketing trick. Our skin varies on a daily basis, dependent on many factors, the weather, if it is hot or cold, exposure to wind, being cooped up indoors, air-conditioning, what you are eating, drinking, smoking, hormone levels the make-up and products you use all influence the tone, texture, hydration and the overall appearance of your skin.

The simple steps of Charlie Locks will have you utterly glowing, so make time for your skin bringing back it’s natural glow and move towards a #HappySkinLife with this amazing local company.

B x