As we settle into the New Year, we’re working on making our own self-care a priority! As parents, we’re always on the go. There’s only so many hours in a day, and it’s easy to forget to nurture our own needs as well as those of our little ones. We all deserve a full day of pampering, but when we can’t find the time, there are some small things we can do to help us relax and recharge. Self-care is all about doing what makes you feel good, so here are some things that do just that….
These are an ‘intergalactic approach to relaxation’! Each cosmic box has five individually wrapped single-use heating masks. They’re air-activated and infused with a range of calming scents. From Jasmine to chamomile, each one is designed to ease tired eyes and help you with your sleep. These are great for reducing headaches and are completely safe to wear throughout pregnancy. They’re perfect for getting back to sleep after a night feed.
Mamma Mio Tummy Rub
We’ve been recommended this by our fellow mamas and it’s the perfect way to help prevent and ease stretch marks. This cream is omega rich, with a lovely shea butter texture that blends orange and bergamot! It’s made from a mix of coconut and sweet almond oil, and Vitamin E to keep your skin supple and elastic to soothe your growing bump.
Twinings Superblends Sleep Tea
Making a cup of tea is one of the soothing daily rituals many of us love to practise. Sleep teas are one of the best ways to help you reach the REM you need! Twinings superblends is one of our favourite brews. Their spiced Apple and Vanilla flavoured herbal infusion has calming Camomile, making it the perfect last step for your bedtime routine.
IT COSMETICS: CC Glow Lightweight Foundation + Glow Serum with SPF 40
This is one of our holy grail products! It has a variety of shades and a smooth soft finish. This foundation is the first 90% skincare based formula, with 2% niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and green tea extract to nourish your skin and give you an instant glow. With buildable medium coverage, it’s the perfect product for that no-makeup makeup look, and keeps your skin hydrated for up to 24 hours! A must for every mum on the go!
It Ends With Us
If you’re looking for a gripping page turner, Colleen Hoover’s ‘It Ends With Us,’ is one we can’t stop talking about. The heart-wrenching romance novel has spent weeks on the Sunday Times Bestseller list, has gone viral on TikTok, and is now being turned into a major motion picture (we’ve heard Blake Lively is starring as the title female character!). Hoover tells a bold and deeply personal story that details the love of both past and present. But please note that this book does cover difficult subjects such as domestic violence and themes of loss. If you’d prefer to read something else, Colleen Hoover has a great variety of romance novels to choose from!
Picture Shows: Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT), Dr Patrick Turner (STEPHEN MCGANN), Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Sister Frances (ELLA BRUCCOLERI), Valerie Dyer (JENNIFER KIRBY)
Call the Midwife
If you haven’t seen BBC One’s hit show, it’s definitely worth getting an hour of ‘me-time’ in to start! The series shares the heart-warming stories of how East London midwives welcome new lives into the world, and adapt to the changing times of the 50s and 60s. This brilliant cast portrays such strong female characters and it’s a joy to see the relationships they form with each other.
Angel Alchemy Candles
This is a wonderful small business to check out and support. Ceri is a meditation teacher, mindfulness practitioner, and mum to three gorgeous children! She’s taken her passion for helping others through their own healing and her love of holistic wellness to create Angel Alchemy. She offers a variety of scented candles and essential oil bombs to help empower your emotions by relaxing your mind. We’ve been loving her ‘I am Love’ collection, which is the perfect way to set the mood for a night of self-care!
When the bathroom is no longer a safe place to be left uninterrupted, it might be time to step out of the house. There’s nothing wrong with setting aside some time to focus on just you. And Neal’s Yard is the perfect place to do that. From now till the end of March, they’re offering an in-store wellbeing experience with aroma balance sessions and massage treatments to help relieve your stress. You can even try out their herbal tea tasting and book a wellbeing consultation to see which practices can help you best.
Wherever you are in your self-care journey, whether you’re just starting out or looking for ways to elevate it further, we hope these recommendations help you find the time to pamper yourself! You deserve it!