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My Top 5 Positive Things About January & Blog Post Links

Finally it's the end of January.  It has felt like the longest month ever hasn't it?

I've decided to list some of the positive parts of January because it seems all around us are negatives and fear and worry and it would be very easy to list all of those but we all know that list would go on for pages and pages ... and so I do feel that it's probably better for my mental health to focus on some of the things that have actually been good about (dreary, cold, wet) January.




1.  Foxes in the Garden

Now, depending on how you feel about foxes you could see this as a positive or a negative I guess, however we (the kids and I) have been thrilled when Fantastic Mr Fox has strutted his way across our garden several times this month, bold as brass and very beautiful.  Our dog obviously wasn't amused and glared at him through the glass but Mr Fox decided to ignore him.  He really was very beautiful, I've attached a little video to show you.



2.  The Vaccine

Controversial perhaps, but whether you're pro or anti the Covid-19 vaccine I think it's pretty much the general consensus that the 4 million plus people who have been vaccinated so far in the UK are in a much better position than they were 8 weeks ago.  So I feel this is a positive and it does give me hope that at some point (who knows when) things will start to get better.  


3.  January Blog Posts

I've been quite prolific with the whole blog posting thing this month, I think because I have a lot more time to actually do it whilst overseeing the dreaded homeschooling.  I'm pleased because I wrote four posts, when you consider I wrote nine in the whole of 2020 I'm doing pretty well ;-).  So, here are this months posts

Lisa Armstrong Collection for Avon

Beautypie Plantastic Apricot Butter Cleansing Balm

My Top 5 Blogging Tips

First 2021 Post and Lockdown 3.0


4.  Lots of Exercise and Fresh Air

One thing about lockdown is that it forces me to concentrate on my level of activity and I have been making myself go for a walk with the dog at least once a day - even in the bad weather.  This is for two reasons, one - my eating has gone to pot and I'm snacking more than I should on unhealthy things and two - exercise, in any form, has always improved my mental health and like everyone, I do feel very down at the moment.  So for me I'm probably doing this more for my mental health than physical I think but of course, any physical benefit is a bonus, isn't it?  I've been doing my weekly Zoom pilates class, I would normally be in the studio of course, and I've also been doing two back to back sessions from Own Your Goals Davina three times a week.  I signed up to OYG about a year ago and it was brilliant for me during the first long lockdown, I discovered Yoga which I loved and have been doing ever since.  


5.  We Have Managed To Do Normal Things Regardless 

What I mean is, regardless of lockdown.  For example, my youngest son sat his 11plus exam a week ago albeit socially distanced and online rather than the written papers they usually do.  He has a Zoom interview tomorrow.  And my eldest son turned 16 so we have had a birthday which we managed to do with presents and balloons and cake and Zooms to relatives.  We would normally have gone out for a meal as a family but we couldn't of course, so the meal came to us in the form of a fancy takeaway which was expensive but very, very yummy!

It's important (but not easy) to try to think of positives during this time but I do try.  I don't always manage it, for example today I'm in a bad mood, I've had a meltdown at the kids for something minor and I'm really tired because I keep waking up at 3am unable to get back to sleep.  So today positives aren't really working, but tomorrow they might.  Take it one day at a time as my Dad always says!


Beauty Pie Plantastic Apricot Butter Cleansing Balm (with video)

 As cleansing beauty balms go, this is one of the best I've tried.  I've only had a Beauty Pie subscription for a few months but I've been super pleased with everything I've bought so far.  This product retails at £50 but for Beauty Pie members (who subscribe monthly) it costs just £13.93.  

If you want some information on Beauty Pie click the link and go to their website, it's all there and easy to read.

I like cleansing my face with a balm because it feels really clean afterwards and it gets all the make up off with one product rather than having to use a facewash, then a micellar water then a toner or whatever goes next.  So for me, it's quick and that's what I like because at the end of the day I just want to go to bed so I don't want too much fuss!

Ingredients include

  • Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Apricot Butter
All this will help to cleanse, nourish and purify your skin.

My tips on how to use - and a video!

I use cleansing cloth or a soft flannel (one per day) and rinse it in warm water and gently remove the balm and the make up from my face.  Sometimes, depending on whether I've got a lot of make up on it takes a bit longer to get it all off.  I also get my eye make up off with it, even mascara.  The key is not to 'scrub' as this pulls your skin but to dab firmly to get rid of the balm and make up residue.  If your mascara is very stubborn it might be an idea to get a cotton pad and some eye make up removed and just do a couple of wipe with that before you put the balm all over your face, it'll loosen the mascara and make it easier to wipe off.

Here's a video I made of me taking off make up with the balm, it was the first time I'd tried it so I wasn't sure how it was going to go.  




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