It is half way through January so I thought it was about time that I got round to writing the Monthly Voice for December. I don’t know about you but December feels like a world away, however I do love looking back at our month and thinking about what has helped us slow things down and where I found some inspiration.
Here’s what we got up to last month and some things we loved….
We filled our December with as many cosy days as possible. We lit our first proper fire in our house and Bailey was fixated. Nothing else quite warms you up like sitting by an open flame.
Suddenly changing gear, and going from a hectic schedule to a complete break, can feel a bit disconcerting. I therefore made sure that I started to slow things down work wise about a week before Bailey broke up from school. I knew that would help me ease into the festivities, and I’m sure the break was more restful because of it. I must remember to do it again next year.
I partnered with Organic Surge to host a competition as I have been enjoying their products so much. Up until about 3 months ago I didn’t have a skin care routine at all. I have never been one for buying lots of beauty products, and would do the bare minimum before bed. Now, I really love spending 5 minutes at the end of the day to properly cleanse and care for my skin. It’s nothing fancy, but that time set aside for me has become a little daily ritual. It’s such a simple thing, but what it represents is an investment in my self care, and my skin and general well being is definitely better because of it.
I was thrilled to write and photograph a piece for the Toast Travels Magazine, which you can catch up with here if you missed it.
The last two weeks of December were full of family time, thanks to the Christmas school break, and my husband having a bit of holiday left. Having lots of slow mornings, where we were able to mooch around and please ourselves was just what we all needed. I had to work a little bit that first week, but then I was very mindful about completely switching off, and even had a whole week off Instagram, I can’t remember the last time that happened.
Christmas with a four year old can’t help but bring a warm feeling to your heart. December is full of magic for them and it’s wonderful to be around. Bailey was more excited about everything this year, getting the tree, decorating the house, and of course Father Christmas coming.
She also had a tonne of questions, and actually woke up at about 1am Christmas morning. She ran into our room excitedly, waving her stocking around exclaiming “He’s been, he’s been!” I then had to persuade her that he’d only just been, so we must creep back to bed and go to sleep, and that we couldn’t open her stocking till morning. Miraculously, she fell asleep okay, then woke again at 5am, and was told it wasn’t quite morning, and finally got to open her stocking at 7am.
Before I head off, I just wanted to let you know about a brilliant trip my friend Karen (aka @thislittlecorner on Instagram) is doing with her pal Suzie. On January 27th they will be travelling to Paris as part of a small team on a humanitarian aid mission to help distribute to approximately 400 refugees sleeping bags, various thermals, gloves, hats and socks. If you would like to help them provide more items for the refugees please visit the Go Fund Me page and donate here. Thanks.