The mornings here in Scotland are already very dark and even the kids (and the dog) are already complaining about being woken too early. My makeup application is now pretty low on my list of priorities in the morning as I eke out an extra 20 minutes in bed in the morning. I rarely wear no makeup, as I like the me-time putting on some makeup gives me. I also find that I feel much better when I'm taking care of myself.
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
After spending a few days in Maine over the summer last year, we decided to return this year and decided travel east from Portland, onward to Camden and finally settle in Acadia National Park. Apart from eating as much seafood as we could, we also spent quite a bit of time hiking and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
Friday, 2 October 2015
The start of October has come as a bit of a surprise. We're officially in the final quarter of the year and autumn is truly here. Despite the weather being surprisingly balmy this week, the leaves are changing and I've been greeted with some beautiful vistas on my daily walk with the dog. At the start of every season, I always find myself feeling very excited, for what the next few months will bring, and this month is no exception.
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Autumn is most definitely here and I'm starting to give my body a bit more attention after the busy summer months. Apart from special occasions, I tend to keep my fingernails unpolished and instead treat them with Dr Lewinn's Renunail to keep them healthy. Despite my feet invariably being cocooned in trainers, I do like to keep my feet looking good and my toenails polished for those moments when I have to expose them to the world. Gnarly toes are one of my personal phobias. I just can't make myself look away and am still scarred after seeing a Rastafarian vendor's mud-caked talon-like toenails when I was 18, well over a decade ago!
Sunday, 27 September 2015
Eating out with kids always seems to be hit or miss with us and more often than not we find ourselves comprising on quality just to keep the kids happy. On our recent trip to Portland, ME we stumbled across a few gems that I thought I'd recommend as we found ourselves enjoying really good food, which the kids also enjoyed. All of these restaurants centred on the Old Port area of Maine, an upbeat area filled with independent shops, which buzzes all day. I'd really recommend staying here if you have a short break to this vibey little city.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
I've been using my diary more and more as a life planner and I am still finding that using stickers makes planning my weeks more enjoyable and also more effective. My daily plans are generally very ornate to-do lists. Even so, they have made me more productive, so after cancelling my My Little Box subscription, I decided to use the money saved to fuel my new planner-decorating addiction. I favour UK Etsy shops and others that have reasonable shipping costs to the UK. This does, however, rule out vast swathes of the more popular Etsy shops. That said, I'm very happy with the shops I've used thus far.
Monday, 21 September 2015
As the summer months slip into autumn, our use of central heating generally means that my body starts crying out for moisture. I've once again stepped up the pace with my personal grooming, after a rather lax summer. I've now repaired the damage and in the process a few more products have migrated to the bed-time routine bag that resides in my bedside table. I thought I'd share these with you.
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
I love that I constantly learn new things about myself. It reminds me of when someone I know very well still manages to surprise me. I love these little moments and I guess that since I've been more open to the idea of self-discovery this year, I've been around to notice them when they've happened inside me. The purpose of these monthly updates was to track my progress over the course of the year so that I could track the little changes I'd made, from month to month, in my goal to make 2015 a healthier and happier year. Somewhere along the way, I slipped into the bad habit I have of competing with myself, which is not what I'd planned in the first place. I need to learn to dial back the pressure I place on myself.
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
I've restricted my makeup shopping pretty heavily this year, so when I decided that it was finally time to brave the makeup aisles of the drugstore, I felt completely out of my depth. Fast forward a few minutes, and I'd decided on a few additions that I am pretty excited about.
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
After last year's trip to Cape Cod, we decided to spend more time exploring New England this summer and decided on Maine and were so glad we did. The natural beauty of the state is astounding and made us determined to return at some point in the future. It also afforded us the opportunity to eat as much lobster as we could! Read on for my lobster shack recommendations.