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Small Joys in Bed Linen and a Competition!

Winter is definitely here, not only because it’s the first week of December, but lately, the weather has been grey, dull and dreary and the days are definitely shorter.  Let’s just say T and I have been having loads of “hiding-under-the-duvet” days, especially during the weekend.

I don’t know about you, but I love linen.  Soft furnishings, especially bedroom linen remains on the top of my “small joys” list.  Changing the bed sheets into clean-crisp linen is an instant mood-uplifter for me.  It can be cold, wet, sombre and all the shades of grey outside my window, but it won’t matter to me, as long as I have lovely bedlinen to lie on.  That to me, my friends, is utter bliss!  So if you’re like me, then this post is especially for you!  Yes, you! And you’re very much welcome 😉

Elinens, a British company specialising in lovely bed linens and other soft furnishings for your home, will be running a “Bedding For life Competition” all through out December for bed linen lovers like you and me.

How to Join:

It’s really easy.   There’s no need to write a blog-post about it to tell us how much you want it, all you need to do is enter your name and email address here.  And that’s it!  You could be the winner.

The Prize:

A yearly £100 voucher to spend on the website.  Yes, yearly! Every year, you can buy bed linen sets, bathroom towels, bedspreads, cushions, or curtains to make your home even cozier than it already is.  Have I piqued your interest?  Want to find out more?  Click here to read more about it.  Sounds too good to be true?  Guess what?  It can happen to you!

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Have you browsed through their website already?  My favourites are their plain Egyptian 100% cotton bed linen collection.  If I have the chance to win, I’d order everything from this collection and I’m set for life!  For me, nothing looks cleaner, fresher than crisp white-plain bedlinen.  Some may find it too “clinical” like a hospital or yes, a hotel.  But I just love it!  I like my bed to look nice and tidy, maybe because, most of the time, it hardly looks like that.  One can always dream right?

Have I convinced you already?  However, if you’re like me, ever-so impatient and always want something NOW, this very minute!  Then there’s more good news for you!  After all ’tis the season to be jolly and giving!  For you lovely folks who can’t just wait to win, but at the same time want to grab a good bargain, order now with the code elinens11 on the checkout and you will receive an exclusive %10 discount. What are you waiting for?  Join the competition or order now!

Do you also love bed linen, just like me?

What are your small joys or the little things that make you happy?

Do share.

Hope everyone is having a lovely first week of December!

*This is a collaboration.  Photos from the elinen website.

Small Joys and Skin Toners

When I was single, I used to enjoy walking around the aisles of supermarkets or drugstores and shopping for toiletries.  It’s one of those “small joys” I really enjoyed indulging as a single woman, not shopping for clothes, but instead buying “beauty products”, excluding make-up.  I never really wore make-up even when I was younger.  Does that sound odd?

And of course as a single working-woman, money wasn’t much of an issue. I could pick-up products without worrying about the cost. It’s a whole different story now that I’m a mother. I always double check prices and compare them before chucking them in my trolley. I would never buy anything expensive, the “mummy guilt” would always set in and I would always think “With that price, I’d rather buy something nice for little T”. Besides, I barely have enough time to pick up stuff for myself now, before hearing a little whingy voice saying ” Can we go now?”

Ever since I’ve become a mother, my priorities have changed.  The little one always comes first. Besides, I can’t really spend time in the bathroom longer than I have too, without an impatient knock on the door and that little voice (again) asking “What are you doing in there mummy? Are you doing a poo?”

But now that little T is getting older,  I’m slowly putting the “me” back on the list.  As mothers, it’s important to think of our needs too, even if it’s something as superficial as toiletries. After all, it’s a lovely feeling to pamper oneself isn’t it?

This Vitamin C Toner is all about just that – loving our skin the way it should be. It has a really refreshing “citrusy” smell which T really likes. “You smell like lemons mummy!” And that scent aways reminds me of summer.

I also love that it is made of natural ingredients, especially since I have very sensitive skin.

The only negative comment I have for this Vitamin Toner is the price. It’s a little bit too much for me. Then again, if price isn’t an issue for you, I highly recommend this product. I’ve been using this for about a week now and I certainly like the feel of my face. It certainly feels cleaner and fresher after every use. And to top it off, I have the smell of summer on me!  And that to me is precious!  Click here if you want to try it out too.

What about you? What is you’re favourite skin toner?

Or

what to you, is the smell of summer?

Disclaimer:  I received this product for free for my honest and unbiased feedback.

Family Fever

Focusing on the Small Joys: A lovely day at the beach

Children are experts when it comes to small joys.  To them, it’s the small joys that matter.  It’s the little things that can instantly summon a smile on their lovely faces.  To us, what may seem insignificant, means the world to them.

“Really mum, I can sleep in your bed tonight?”  Says little T with the biggest smile and excitement on her face, as if I just offered her a trip to the moon and back.

I wish for her to never ever forget this expertise.  Why does growing-up mean forgetting that it’s the small joys that matter?   American writer Pearl S. Buck sums it all:

Many people lose the small joys in the hope for big happiness.

You could say, living by the sea, when the sun is out and the temperature rises our biggest “small joy” would be heading out to the beach with a picnic.

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We’ve been to Pontireglaze beach a few times, but we usually pass through Polzeath beach to get to it.  This time though, we decided to park up the hill and head for the beach using a different path.

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Normally, I wouldn’t dare walk near the cows with their calves, especially with little T around, but they seemed unfazed as a small procession of people walked on the path in their field.

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Just when I was worried that we took the wrong the path, the beach suddenly appeared before us.

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Little T got her spade and had a little play in the sand.

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Here’s little T and her dad exploring the rock pools.

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I knew she’d end up wet, so we stripped her off and left her in her underpants.

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I have many lovely memories of little T playing on the beach in just her knickers.  These are all filed under my small joys.

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After putting on a clean-dry dress on little T, we decided that it was time to head back home.

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Not before looking back at this little piece of paradise.

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A cow and her calf eyed us suspiciously from afar as we made our way back up.

When the sky is grey as today, these photos with lovely blue skies keep the gloom away.

What about you?  What are your small joys?

Small Joys in Paper

One of the many million reasons why I love having a little four-year-old around, is discovering her drawings scattered all over the house.  Yes, I grumble as I bend over and wonder how much a little one could accumulate so much mess in the little hours she spends getting read for school in the morning.  And then I look closely at what I’ve just picked up, and my heart fills with so much love, I could burst.

Here’s our family portrait, she drew a similar one on her board and as I type this I can see it in the corner of my eye and it makes me smile and really happy – the purest kind, not the superficial kind.

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And then here’s one she did of her and her friends:

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She also loves to scribble …

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And here’s my favourite, some of you may have noticed this drawing on my IG account.

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“It’s you mummy!”  She said offering her drawing up to me.

Do you notice, I have heart-shaped pupils?

To her, I’m the most beautiful woman in the world.

And I look at this drawing and you know what, I really am the most beautiful woman in the world, even though most days I really feel like crap and probably look like a bag-lady 😉

What are your small joys?

Does your little one like drawing too?

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Surviving January

As little T’s dog eloquently put it, January can be a difficult month.  The days are long and dark and often, it is wet and cold too.

I knew the house would look bare once I’ve stripped off all the Christmas decorations.  I was prepared for it and was even for the very first time, relieved that the decors were gone, normally I dreaded it.  But one day, as I sat in our living room tapping away in the dark morning, that really looked more like later afternoon, I began to feel really weary of all the gloom around me.

Doc and I would stomp defiantly on the headland in the rain and glare at the grey sky.  Day in and day out I would pass by these forlorn-looking dry tree branches and would always think how sad-looking they were.

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And then one typical sombre day, I stopped and looked closely at them.  They actually weren’t bad-looking at all.  And then had a eureka moment.

Our next walk, I made sure I brought along a pair of secateurs with me, and stopped along the dry tree branches and managed to get one-dried branch.

As soon as I got home, I got an empty vase, put another smaller one inside, and made it steady by putting in small stones.  Then stuck my chosen branch between the stones.

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I knew what I wanted to do with that branch.  You see, I have a small collection of glass baubles, which I’ve always wanted to use year-round, but didn’t really know how, till now.  So off I went to our cold and dusty attic and hauled my precious baubles back down.

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But first, I decided to wrap the branch in fairy-lights – I wanted to brighten up a particularly dark corner in our house.

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Viola!

Here’s the finished product.  Since it was only a small branch though, I was only able to use a few of my glass baubles and my two birds made of glass.  And instantly, my mood was lifted.

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It may be dark outside and all the shades of grey, but inside my little warm home, I have a small branch to literally brighten up my day 🙂  Doc is right, the trick is to focus on small joys and I’m following his advice and you know what, it’s definitely working!

What about you?

Do you also dislike January?

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