Its Monday Month!!

I am currently reading The Beautiful and the Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald, its beautifully written of course but this quote takes the biscuit “January, its the monday of the months”! Doesn’t that just sum up the cold, boring, nothing to look forwards to that is January? So, my darlings how ever shall we cope? here are the things that are softening the blow for me

I am a huge believer in the power of mindfulness, but it can be tricky to do especially if you have the attention span of a gnat (like me) or your minds doing a mile a minute (thats when you need it  most) so here is a fabulous app called Pause…..


You literally move a coloured bubble round the screen, first with your eyes open and then with them shut. After a while you realise that you are in a deep relaxed state without really trying! available in the Apple app store and on Google.

January saw me starting on a drug called Methotrexate, its chemotherapy but I take it for my inflammatory arthritis, as you can imagine it causes nausea, sore mouth etc. So my next can’t live without is smoothies…….

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I usually have a chocolate mint one from the Deliciously Ella book, but my new favourite is a peanut butter and “jam” one that appeared in Red magazine this month, the jam is in fact a handful of raspberries or strawberries, add a half avocado, almond milk and peanut butter, sweeten with coconut syrup. i didn’t have any coconut syrup so sweetened it with date syrup, it is yummy!

It is bitterly cold at the moment so my normally dry lips have taken on desert like qualities! I have been relying on this lippie……..

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Its by diego della palma and is amazingly moisturising and available at Marks and Spencer.

The weather has also meant a change in body lotion, at the moment I can only use the body butter made by Amanda Pirret, find her at and this beauty bought for me by my daughter for Christmas……

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The Alien by Thierry Mugler  fragrance isn’t for everybody but I love it, cover yourself head to toe and you won’t need fragrance, certainly not cheap at approx £24 but I think totally worth it, available at all major department stores and online beauty retailers.

Finally, I did manage to open my Etsy store this week but currently there is nothing in it! as soon as there is i’ll let you know!

















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I paint pictures and commissioned pet portraits, the rest of the time I make pretty things out of felt and walk in the woods with Darcey and Milo ( my dogs).

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