Sunday, March 15, 2015


This past week seems to have been blighted with lethargy, achey bones, sore eyes, a lingering headache and interrupted sleep; I was starting to get upset about it but it all suddenly made sense very early Thursday morning when I woke up gasping, feeling like I was being smothered.
I officially have 'THE LURGY" and my god, do I feel rough.
My skin looks sallow and dry, my lips are cracked, the dark circles around my eyes are rather spectacular and I look even less like that image on the right than usual.
At times like this I'm a total comfort seeker, and an extraordinarily lazy one at that so any products I do use (after psyching myself up of course) need to do the job quickly, work well and offer some kind of 'ooh, that's lovely' moment just long enough to quiet the groans and distract me from wishing I was still in my bed. Same goes for other goodies; I haven't got the patience for anything that'll still leave me wanting.

Here's my recommendations of lovely, sumptuous but most importantly effective goodies that not only do the job they're supposed to, but will go some way to comforting your weary bones.


Clinique Take The Day Off cleansing balm

 I treated myself to this giant pot of what looks like lard after Christmas; if that doesn't sound too luxurious (and you're a scent lover like me) the fact that it has no scent whatsoever probably won't either.

What IS luxurious about this cleansing balm is its beautiful soft consistency and lightness as you massage it into the skin. It really does feel comforting and when the skin feels fragile as it often does when we're under the weather, it's just perfection. Along with my current bout of dryness, I've also had the pleasure of a few patches of fairly horrid eczema (I think) erupting and even on those areas, this cleansing balm has done nothing but cleanse and moisturize the skin beautifully.

 Ginger tea 

 Like the Clinique cleansing balm, this is something I've only been enjoying since Christmas and over the past week I've been glugging it like a mad thing.

Holy shit, IT IS DELICIOUS and on an extremely sore, dry and tickly throat it works wonders.
If you're not into ginger, give peppermint a try; it's not as warming but it's equally as yum.

Wella Oil Reflections

I posted a review solely dedicated to this most wonderful hair oil a while ago and have mentioned it a couple of times since in a couple of different posts; the reason I'm still banging on about it?

Since using this one day whilst suffering a really bad headache (I'm not always ill I swear), this hair oil has become my version of lavender in the way that it helps me to relax and unwind. The scent is really something special I think; it's not your usual 'hair product type smell' i.e  a bit chemically but rather a kind of sweet, nutty scent.
The softness and shine it helps to create definitely won't go unnoticed, and who doesn't feel better when they've received a compliment or two?!


 Kleenex Balsam tissues 

When you think about your favourite products that perk you up when you feel rotten, tissues will probably not occur to you but the relief of knowing that my nose isn't going to end up sore (followed by scabby) and ridiculous looking means that these particular tissues well deserve a mention.

Seriously, do yourself a massive favour and ditch the toilet roll.


If all else fails, maybe a lump of chocolate cake might help?
Nutritionally, this isn't going to do much for your ailing body but I've heard many a wise woman proclaim how beneficial a dirty great slice of cake is for the soul so you may as well try it.

Saturday, March 14, 2015


Mums are funny creatures; their brains are full of little hints and hacks that they've picked up in the months and years since their babas were born, hints and tips that us not-mums will probably never know because we usually don't need to. It's all useless to us,  until of course, we're asked to mind their kids.

Such a situation has arisen for me this weekend;
I'm currently about halfway through a 36 hour babysitting stint. My sister in law is away for the evening celebrating her birthday so I'm lucky enough to have the company of our 18 month old nephew until she's home.

He's great fun (loves knocking on doors and tickles) and painfully adorable.

When he arrived this morning he came with a bag (stuffed with, amongst other things, yogurt coated dried fruit, pasta shapes and Wotsits) and a few instructions:

Nap time at 12.30
Make sure he drinks plenty; he loves tea
Bed time at 8.00pm

Pretty straightforward eh?! 

That's because, as I've been finding out today, his mother failed to impart any of the REAL info a not-mum needs to know; we know not to let your precious near the bleach and we really don't want to hear about your stitched perineum but THIS is the kind of information we really need to know:

He ate toast off the floor; is that ok?

How do I collapse this bloody pushchair?

Is it ok if he only eats Wotsits for dinner? 

Is it ok if he only eats Jelly Tots for tea?  

He keeps following me, how am I supposed to go to the toilet? 

How do I put this pushchair back up again?!

See what I mean?  

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


You know when you really should be doing something?
When you have a deadline looming, or when someone's coming to stay and you really should get on with putting the sheets on their bed, or when you're supposed to be starting your new 'one hour walk a day' routine, or when you should be hanging the washing out?
Well, here's a few suggestions of thing to do instead.
(Because I know that we just haven't got the time to faff about when it comes to these things, I've already road tested these for you and can guarantee that if you're looking for something else to do, one or several of these suggestions will really do the trick).


Watch the TOP RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE moments on YouTube 

As an avid fan of the show, I regularly sit and rewatch certain parts that I particularly enjoyed the first time. And the second time. And even more the third time.
What's great about YouTube is there's such a wide selection of videos on there and you can often find the same clips in a different order so they feel new even on the 8th watch.
It's like being a child again and having your mammy read, and reread, and reread the same stories but these stories are about fellas in wigs with their eyebrows glued down with Pritstick and their knackers taped to the small of their back.

Refresh your social network feeds

If the thing you're actually supposed to being doing involves using the internet, chances are you'll have logged into Twitter and Facebook as an act of habit anyway, barely aware you were doing it.
If this is the case, make a point of refreshing the feed every minute or so; that way you won't miss any links which may offer you something else to read for a bit and you will be sure not to miss any exciting, and hopefully complimentary messages coming your way.
If you REALLY want to keep yourself occupied for a while, allow yourself to become so irritated by mindless SHARE THIS IF YOU LOVE CLARKSON type posts; you won't be able to stop thinking about it for a while after and so won't be able to concentrate on the other thing you were supposed to be doing even if you wanted to.

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Look for the right CD to listen to whilst you're doing the thing you're supposed to be doing

If we're talking household chores or coursework, I usually like to have some music playing in the background and it's important to choose music that'll suit the mood.
You might go for say Fleetwood Mac but then remember that that album gets a bit shite towards the end and that'll mean you have to get up from you essay, breaking my chain of thought, to skip through.
You might choose Doves as accompaniment but will it work time-wise? It's best to bear in mind how long the album lasts vs how long the thing you're supposed to be doing will take you.
How about Justin Timberlake, you know his Justified album? That's pretty upbeat and has good singalongability but ARGH, IT'S 15 YEARS you're too sad to continue.

Choosing carefully, and correctly, takes time.

Tell your significant other about the thing you should be doing

Not only do I find it therapeutic to tell my boyfriend the minutiae of the day I've had, I also enjoy telling him of my future plans and the things I need to do.
The amount of time you can spend on this will more than likely depend on the patience of your 'listening partner' and/or your stamina. If you really want to put off the thing you're supposed to be doing, just be stubborn and persevere.

If none of these suggestions tickle your fancy, you can always fall back on the old faithful;

 planning what you're going to do when you win the lottery.

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