These past three weeks have probably been the most stressful and relaxing so far this year! We spent a week in Cyprus with friends, child free, and it was sunny and hot, we chilled out, I read about four books and it was just so good. We rock back up to the UK and we realise we’ve still got a good chunk of the house to unpack, carpets to get laid, skirting boards to sand and paint, it was Toby’s birthday and it’s cold – bleugh.
I have been wanting to sit down and read a book for such a long time. My evenings are usually taken up by trying to keep up with the blog, playing netball, attempting to hit the gym and just needing a break. The week we had in Cyprus was just heaven; just me and my kindle and a good few books. Admittedly some of them were short stories but my friend had a book called ‘The Couple Next Door’.
“Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone. You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.”
It’s a psychological thriller and the blurb, personally, makes it sound so much more thrilling than it actually is. My friends couldn’t put it down but I cottoned on quite early in the book about what was happening and who was involved and from then the only reason I couldn’t put it down was because I just wanted to finish it. It’s a good book but not one I’d recommend as a gripping read. I’m about to start ‘The Girlfriend’ by Michelle Frances so hopefully it won’t take me a year to read it!
I’ve found another little series that I love watching! It’s an American programme called ‘Botched’. It’s basically about people who have had surgeries on various parts of their bodies and they’ve been ‘botched’ by cheap doctors or have suffered terrible side effects. Dr Dubrow and Dr Nassif come to the rescue and correct their surgeries and make them all perfect again! For dodgy boob jobs, terrible nose jobs and tummy tucks that have left shelves, this is your kind of TV show.
I’ll be honest, I’ve made very little recently although I did whip up a cracking roast dinner on Toby’s birthday! He didn’t eat much because he was too excited about his birthday cake but the roast dinner was top notch, if I do say so myself.
Toby’s Nanny has been the star maker of things this week by coming up trumps with Toby’s cake. He wanted ‘Trolls’ on the cake and while Nanny is an incredibly talented baker, I’m not sure icing figures is her forte so it was decided she’d just buy a topper for this year. That way, Nanny gets to bake a cake stress free and Toby got ‘Trolls’. Happy 4th birthday Tobes!
Two things that I feel I must rave about. One is that I wore a thong bikini bottom while I was in Cyprus. I wouldn’t dream of wearing one in the UK but when I was abroad I was amongst friends, we were in a private villa and I thought ‘why the hell not?’. I don’t have the best body (I’m working on it… slowly!) but I don’t have the worst and sometimes we just have to work with what we’ve got, right?
The second is a skincare product from Samaya. I first came across Samaya at the ‘Xmas In July Festival’ and, after a mini consultation where I found that I was ‘Kapha’, I came away with this particular product – Kapha Anti-Ageing Treatment Oil.
However, while I agree I probably do need to start using some sort of anti-ageing product we spoke more about the calming qualities it has. With everything we’ve had going on recently I knew this would help me chill out at the end of the day so instead of using it on my face, I’ve just been rubbing in a very small amount on the back of my hand. I’ve been concentrating on circular motions and then taking my hand to my nose to inhale the smell; it’s so calming, superbly earthy and puts me in a state of tranquility which is exactly what I need before bed time.
The Ayurvedic botanicals and anti-ageing ingredients target the signs of ageing skin and helps to visibly reduce wrinkles which I’ll start on next – especially around my eyes – I don’t think they can pass for laughter lines any more which is a bit sad. It’s quickly absorbed and has left the back of my hand feeling silky smooth. Not only has this helped settle me before bed, but it’s been grand when I just need five minutes time out in the middle of the day. These Summer holidays have totally done me in; I’m craving the routine and a couple of hours to myself here and there.
With a retail price of £79, it isn’t cheap, but I really feel this is a great investment for anyone wanting to introduce self care or for those wanting to establish a bedtime routine for themselves. Even if you’re looking for something that’s anti-ageing then definitely work out your ‘dosha’ and see if this comes up for you too!
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