The days are shorter, the air is colder and the weather is truly frightful. If you’ve had enough of the dismal British winter then you might be considering heading off on a winter sun break to get away from it all. It’s a long time until summer, and a break at this highly stressful time could be just what the doctor ordered. Once you’ve booked your holiday you’re ready to start preparing and getting excited, but months of jeans and jumpers have probably stopped you looking after yourself as well as you would normally. Here are some key things to do to get you ready to hit the beach.
Winter is particularly harsh on your skin. Constantly drying it out and causing it to crack before flooding your face with oils to try and compensate does parched skin no favours. In fact, this can leave you with annoyingly itchy dry skin all over your body, and a face that is prone to break outs and cracked areas. Before you can flash your flesh you need to fix this situation and get your skin back to its former glory. Scrub and soak off any dead skin before treating your body to an indulgent moisturising sesh. Put extra on knees and elbows, as well as on shins and arms, which tend to dry out quickest.
Once you have silky soft moisturised skin you need to think about de-fuzzing yourself. It is tempting in the winter to shave and wax less, as for the majority of the time you are covered up. A bikini hides nothing though, so regardless of the temperature at home, it’s time to start waxing, shaving, epilating and plucking from the eyebrows down. Waxing is probably the best option, as despite the discomfort, the results last and are probably worth the pain.
The thought of getting your legs and stomach out may fill you with dread by the time December rolls around. The sun kissed glow you had in August has long since faded, and warm comforting dinners have started to catch up with your waistline. The solution? Fake it. Grab a tinted moisturiser and apply liberally each day before you go away, or just cheat entirely and go for a spray tan. A bit of colour, fake or otherwise, will make you appear slimmer and will not be quite so in your face as pasty white skin when you’re laid on the beach.
Now you are preened to perfection it’s time to make sure everyone has noticed the effort you’ve gone to, and how fabulous you look. The right bikini can do wonders for your figure and for your body confidence. Choose a style that draws attention to your best bits and minimises any trouble zones. There are some fab George bikinis at ASDA with great designs ideal for beach wear, and as they are so inexpensive you could take a few pairs away with you.
Winter sun holidays are fantastic if you fancy a break from the real world and a dose of sun, sea and sand. Having a pamper session before you go adds to the whole relaxation experience and will help you on your way to feeling refreshed and gorgeous when you return.Read More
I know we don’t, we just wing it until near Christmas! Thankfully this year we managed to work hard to get a bit of spare cash and then bought all the kids Birthday & Christmas presents in one go! Yes, I have 2 children both with birthdays within a month before Christmas – seriously bad timing I know.
Although I still need to buy a few bits for family and friends but usually that is mostly handmade items, although I still need to buy supplies for those makes!
Every year the latest toys seem to get more and more expensive and I’m starting to worry if I’ll get to a point when the kids are older that we can’t afford to buy them what they want. Not to say I want spoilt children, but in the same way I’d hate not to be able to get them a gift that they so desire.
So it’s started to make me think that I should start saving and use an ISA to boost my savings, it really is scary that we have no emergency fund. If I’m honest I’ve heard people talk about ISA’s but I’ve never really quite understood how they work. So a quick google and a read on Wikipedia and I’ve got the concept!
Each year I am becoming more and more organised and will hopefully have put aside extra money for other gifts and the extra food and booze that Christmas and New Year brings! This year I am shopping at Morrisons to save up the coupons to get £40 off my Christmas shop.
Also I still haven’t quite got round to setting up the kids with a proper savings accounts. They have the one I set up with the government scheme vouchers but I’m yet to open them there own little savings account.
I really would like to teach them the value of money and can still remember now going along to Halifax and getting my little house money box when I was young!
I wonder what they do for little savers now, Think I’ll add that to the New Years Resolution list…Read More
I don’t know if anyone else struggles with this like I do?
I always feel like chores are never ending, tidying, washing, hoovering. And even if I manage to get the house sorted in the evening – the next day I still seem to feel like I should keep attempting to clean and there is always something that needs further sorting or organizing!
Then when I finally persuade myself to sit down and get some crafting done, I feel guilty and lazy – Even though I’d be enjoying myself!
So I have been on the look out for tips on how to keep the house tip top as I go along and the few tips that stand out the most came from reading IHeart Organising who featured a post from Pretty Organized.
She has a few little tricks in the evening she pops the dishwasher on and her Roomba – which is now on my christmas list!! (Take note hubby!) also she sets her washer to delayed time washing so she wakes up to clean washing ready to be dried. I do use my delayed wash but not as much as I should!
Her last little tip is once she wipes her face in the bathroom with a wipe she uses it to have a quick wipe round the sink and voila no toothpaste glops!
So just a few little quick things could make a world of difference – I have also decided that half hour before bed the kids will make sure the playroom has everything put away and its amazing how much better I feel to sit down in a completely tidy house. (This is probably normal practice for most people! I need to get with the program!)
If any of you have some quick tips you swear by, please leave them in the comments – I NEED to know!Read More