Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Hello September

Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Oh September, a month of cosy nights in, blankets, fairy lights, hot soups and mashed potato. I am all about September. I live all summer looking forward to September. I love you September, I just love you. Too far? Maybe. 

September = Scented Candles Galore. Swoon. 

This September I plan on filling each day with something nice. With my love of lists in mind, I've decided to share 10 things I want to do this month to make it the best yet. 

1. Prams, buggies and strollers. This year will be the last Autumn (I would think!) that we use the buggies since Darcy is 3, but I always stick to our easy fold up buggy. This September I'd like to take the Silvercross out for one last hurrah amongst the leaves.

2. Sunday nights. There is literally nothing better than watching ITV dramas after a chicken and mash dinner, with the fire lit. Be still my beating heart. 

3. Dusk shopping. I have quite the love of late night shopping when the sky goes that cobalt blue colour and all the shop lights spill out onto the streets. It feels all magical. 

4. Mooching through markets. There's a bounty of markets in London that I want to explore. I always enjoy Covent Garden and the Borough Market but am yet to delve into anything in Camden or Spitalfields. They're on my list. 

5. Girl time. After a weekend in Brighton with Zoe and Hazel, I'm hooked and want more. Sitting in a weird little hut by the beach watching the sun go down and chatting about rubbish was just what my busy brain needed to calm down. Those ladies are so good for me. 

4. Boy time. I'd like to put some fun Jack time in my diary this month. He makes me laugh a LOT and as they say, laughter is good for the soul. 

5. Me time. I'm talking bubble baths, candles, books, magazines, face masks, chilled rose spritzers, fresh sheets and manicured nails. Yes please. I aim to do this at least twice this September. 

6. Glamour. A bit of glitz and a cocktail party here and there are basically some of my favourite things in life. With Zoe launching her new beauty range (#ZoellaBeauty) there is a party on the horizon and I'm already thinking about dresses. I want a night to just feel really nice about myself (and of course to celebrate my friend's success!). I don't have low self esteem by any means but just lately I feel a little shaken up and vulnerable. A new dress and fake tan will sort that right out!

7. Crafts. I have lots of little art projects I want to complete with Darcy and rainy days and cooler weather are the perfect time to get cracking with them.

8. Romance. September is my wedding anniversary month so I'm sure Matt and I will make some nice time for each other. He's asked me to keep the date free so I'm excited to see what surprises he has up his sleeves!

9. Focus. I want/need to work a little harder on carving out a better routine for myself. Working and mummying from home can easily lead to a floaty, no structure day and that's not ideal for running a business and finding quality-engaged-mama-time. Gonna keep trying. 

10. Documenting. One of my faves! With all the lovely things happening this month, I want to document it! I will be vlogging, instagramming, and blogging my little heart out and I just can't wait!

What do you want to do this month? Are you excited for Autumn or are you a Summer-Soul?



Monday, 1 September 2014

Motivational Monday

Aloha Sprinklerinos,

For the first time in a very long time I've felt motivated enough to talk about motivation. The irony. 

If you are an avid reader of this blog (thank you) you will I'm sure have noticed that I've been a little be quiet over here for the last few months. 2013 was a bumper blog year and I worked my not-so-little-booty off making sure it was regularly updated and cared for. 

It's no secret that one of my weaknesses is not letting things go. I feel like I have to excel at everything and that if I do less than excellent then I've failed. I've found myself in tears before because I've felt like I did a poor job of something. Part of not doing something well has been updating and caring for my blog. I still care for it very very deeply, but as you can see, it hasn't been as busy as it used to be.

This isn't a post about, 'I've been gone a while and now I'm back...back again' (sing it), but more about acceptance. This past year I have learnt to accept that you can't do everything and actually, that's OK. 

Focus on the things you can do, realistically. You're not going to do a full day in the office, cook a banquet for the in laws, engage the children in five Montessori activities, iron three wash loads and finish a pinterest project in one day, you're just not. Can you scrap the banquet, cook something easy but yummy and involve the children in the pinterest project though? Could you look at what you have on that day, streamline it and then do those things really well? Stop making to-do lists that look impressive but leave you sad when you can't tick everything off. Stop feeling inadequate when you have to leave your inbox unanswered at the end of the day or when you have a cheeky frebreeze and batiste morning- we've all been there and we're all alright. 

I am enjoying (slowly) learning to let go of the things that don't fully matter. I am striving for success every day and being proud of what I do manage to achieve. 

Your homework for this week is to let go. What a lovely assignment. Feel free to share in the comments something you might let go of. If you don't feel like sharing, that's Ok :)

If you would like to read over my back catalogue of Motivational Mondays, click HERE



Friday, 29 August 2014

Styling Out A Sick Day

Aloha Sprinklerinos,

You've woken up with a foggy head, your nose is running, your mouth tastes like all kinds of grossness and your body feels like that one time you bothered to visit a gym. You my friend, are poorly. 

I speak so confidently of this because I am currently sailing the good ship sick and feel like I've gotten a firm grasp of it. With that in mind, I'm going to share with you my top tips for styling out a sick day. 

First things first, admit defeat. You're not going to power through. Ring in to the office sick, arrange a babysitter for your little darlings and bring your laptop charger to the bedroom, you're new found poorly palace. 

There are 5 steps to how this day is going to go. Embrace them with your sweaty little hands and be glad. 

1. Drugs. I'm not talking Breaking Bad illegals here (obv), but do not skimp on the cough medicine. Far too often I've gone down the 'I'll stick it out and allow my body to heal itself' route and hated myself for it 8 days later when I was still coughing and spluttering. 

2. Sleep. Hours and hours of (slightly crappy) sleep are what you need here. Today Matt (oh so kindly) ran me a bath at around 2pm (I'm not sure if he was just being lovely or giving me a hint haha) and I promised I'd shut my eyes for 10 minutes and then hop in. Two hours later I had a lovely soak haha. Sleep is not to be felt guilty about, it allows your body to recuperate and feel better. Save your energy for step 3. 

3. Entertainment. Today is the day for gentle indulgence. You wanna read trashy chicflics whilst you cough? You go girlfriend. You want to watch 8 consecutive episodes of Madmen series 2? Don't let me stop you. Give your brain a day off and treat it to some luxury.

4. Social Media. Social media was MADE for sick days. Who doesn't secretly enjoy scrolling through pinterest for hours, stalking their ex on twitter (jokes..kinda) or debating whether or not to upload that breakfast snap to instagram? Think of it as current news research rather than time wasting. Because it isn't. No way. 

5. Kittens. If you're not a cat lady then I feel desperately sorry for you feel free to replace this step with cuteness of your choice. These little fluffs have spent the entire day nuzzling round me and being so adorable I thought my heart would burst. Find a pet, touch it (appropriately) and feel happy that such a wonderful little thing exists. 

Added extras include eating a lot of throat friendly foods (hello cheesy mash or ice cream), nail painting, sympathy asking and blog writing (oh hai). 

I've got a fun filled weekend of lemsip ahead of me, please do pop fun 'poorly' activities in the comments to help me and your fellow Sprinklerinos along!

Also, please excuse the excessive kitten pictures. They're just too cute dammit. 


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