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Self Care Sunday

Well it sure has been a while since I wrote one of these posts. Last Sunday I threw myself into work having said goodbye to my favourite Boyz on the Friday and having celebrated Halloween early on the Saturday by Sunday I was ready to work and not think about anything that might make me emotional.

I haven’t listened to anything remotely Boyzone since that Friday. Since starting in the cinema on the 1st October I’ve been well and truly loving life. Throwing myself into work being a team player and working lots of extra hours today I’m feeling kinda sleepy so it’s a coffee day, I came home and had a Baileys hot chocolate this morning I’ve been half catching up on the soaps alongside some family time coffee and Heidi Swain’s latest The Christmas Wish List which got me thinking of when we wrote lists to promote the novel.

I then explained what the lists were about to my 7 year-old niece and she’s started writing hers.

So far we have advent calendar chocolate, making gingerbread men and a good ole family roast. When my 4 year-old niece next comes over I will be getting her to do the same. It’s the start of November and this is my third Christmas book this year each of them have given me all the feels although this morning in my tired state I swear I could smell mulled wine in just reading it. My sister in law yesterday mentioned a plum & Cinnamon gin and that sounds like Christmas in a nutshell.

I’ve loved making a little time for me this morning- I’m honestly loving my job I do need to balance my sleep pattern ended up having the Baileys hot chocolate with an episode of 13 Reasons at the stupidest time this morning and I may have placed an order with Superdrug that I’m now on my way to collect before I get the bus into work. So very soon I will be back with Hattie and Dolly.

This is me trying to not look like a Halloween ghoul. If you love what you’re doing it will never be a chore.

How is your Sunday fairing? Tell me your plans are we reading, watching TV or films.

I also have one of these to enjoy later when on my break they are simply divine. Any of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know I love an Irish coffee or two.

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Self Care Sunday #4

This will become a more regular feature, last Sunday I was traveling home from Dublin. I had hoped to have penned some thoughts last week. Having managed to squeeze in a Butlers Chocolate Cafe before boarding my flight and on my return to London I really didn’t feel well.

When in Dublin I do try and visit this beauty, so I had a Caramel macchiato with a chocolate chip cookie and a salted caramel truffle. As always it was a pleasure, and the perfect way to start a Sunday homeward.

This Sunday has been a chilled one where I’ve spent the day in two sets of pjs – with a bath in between obviously. I caught up on some TV, spent some time with two of my nieces and my nephew. I was also lucky enough to be able to watch the Wimbledon Tennis final although it was not the result I would have liked.

I now have to mention this book…

Blurb: When Rowan stumbles across the advert, it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when she arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious ‘smart’ home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family. What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare- one that will end up with a child dead and her in a cell awaiting trial for murder. She knows she’s made mistakes. But she’s not guilty – at least not of murder. Which means someone else is….

You can pre-order it Here if my request is denied my pre-order will be going in instantly. This may well get started on the stroke of midnight.

I read the first chapter of this, this morning and it’s stayed with me all day. Although the Tennis did take up a chunk of my day. I’ve requested this on Netgalley but alternatively if I don’t hear this will be downloaded on release day. I’ve been a huge fan of Ruth’s since loving In a Dark Dark Wood and I honestly believe she may have surpassed herself once again. I apologise to whatever I’m reading when this one comes into my hands as I will be devouring this whole.

That’s my Sunday in a nutshell how was yours?

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Self Care Sunday #3

Today should really be number five but the last two Sunday’s have been weird to say the least. The week after getting this post back on track I really wasn’t well I had massive headaches and on the Wednesday I had an exam so I was in panic mode. I could barely look at text let alone take anything in, I caught up on a little TV and went back to bed. I never sleep in the day unless I’m unwell.

Last Sunday I was feeling exhausted and I couldn’t decide on what I would do with my day so I pretty much stayed in my pjs caught up on the soaps and helped out with my nieces and nephew. I obviously needed the rest.

Last Saturday I received the news I was waiting for I passed my second and final theory paper for my ETM (Exercise to Music) qualification I was and still am over the moon about it.

I love that Sunday’s are one of those rare days where I have no alarm and I can rise when my body is ready and able rather than when it’s told to. I did just that today and I was blessed and pleased to feel a cooler air, as ever I got up and had a coffee before chilling with some catch up TV pondering over what to have for breakfast. Today I finally sampled the White chocolate CoCo Pops and my what a treat they were. As my sister had said the milk doesn’t go as chocolatey as regular CoCo Pops but it was definitely a winner for me.

Last night or the last few days I started penning a bit of a to do list as there are various tasks and things I should start getting organised for but what wasn’t on my list was to go into work for a few hours but that did feature and I feel I have good karma and good vibes for doing so. In doing so I’ve spent some time walking in the sunshine, reading and continuing to pen this post. I had toyed with the idea of posting two blog posts today but seeing as I’ve been a lot more consistent I want to keep the extra content for tomorrow sorry I’m rambling once again. I arrived home to a full house of all my siblings and nieces and nephew and a BBQ although the alcohol didn’t get opened. I love the Summer sunshine and I do love us all being together it can be a hard task by our jobs and life. I’ve also managed to finish the first part of a story that I’ve enjoyed that should feature on the blog tomorrow.

So a partially successful day in terms of the to do list but a happy heart in doing good and having some family time. I’m not sure what next Sunday will be like as I will be travelling home from Dublin.

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Self Care Sunday #2

Back in April I wrote a post titled Self Care Sunday……

It read what are you doing for you….


Today I initially had hoped to have finished an outstanding book review but I was drawn back to self care. Something I am still trying to get a healthy balance of and I hope to make this a regular feature watch this space.

So today I had set an alarm as I was due to meet my good friend Hannah – but I woke freely which is something I truly love. I lazily moved around making coffee and a cooked breakfast catching up on some soaps before getting down to some revision. A mostly good start to my revision so I’m feeling, positive, hopeful and a lot more confident – hopefully tomorrow I will be booked in for the second stage of getting my ETM qualification.

It’s always ace to see Hannah and we usually have lots to catch up on books to talk about and browse and there is usually cake. Today was no exception.

We went to a lovely little cafe off Neals Yard and this was my stunning banana bread with espresso butter and a latte 🙂 this place was super cute but extremely busy. I must say I think we had timed it right to get a seat and to be served promptly. I would most definitely return to try some of their other baked goods.

For the later part of the day I’ve had a headache and a sore stomach so I had some comfort food in Fish, smiles and baked beans it didn’t look photo worthy so there’s no picture. I had hoped to do some more revision and to finish a book as I will be attending Paige Toon’s event with Lindsey Kelk and Lucy Vine tomorrow evening.

My sister had a very valid point today she said you may have days off but you’re always busy, in some ways she’s so true. Last Sunday I attended a fun day with my sister and then ended up at work for a few hours and this Sunday I met Hannah. Let’s see if next Sunday can be a home day and maybe even a pj day…

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Self Care Sunday….

What are you doing for you?

Self Care is something I’m still not that good at but we all have to make small steps to change that.

Today I managed a lie in and I wasn’t feeling like crap when I woke. Half the time these days I either wake when I would normally get up for work or I lie in and have a banging headache thankfully there was no headache this morning.

A gorgeous cooked breakfast- I can do them during the working week but it takes preparation and having time to tidy and still leave the house on time. I made a sausage and egg muffin with an additional egg, hash browns and mushrooms. It really did set me up for the day.

I spent a chunk of today reading through my syllabus on the Principles of Exercise in lieu of my exam.

Today was most definitely a pj day with a bath whilst listening to On My Life Which I’m hooked on By Angela Clarke before getting into fresh pjs. I have been saying for weeks I want to paint my nails and today I finally did a gorgeous nude colour and it really was a perfect treat. I feel like I’ve been writing lists for a while and this has constantly been on it. Today I literally made time to paint the nails and continue with the audiobook – I have four and a half hours left so hopefully it will be devoured alongside what life throws at me – Wednesday is exam day and I’m hoping to have some cram time and some chill time hopefully with coffee and cake…