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27/12/14: The Winter Essentials Tag

Sarah from Sugarpuffish tagged me to do this in a recent video - and as it is FREEZING and I'm definitely indulging in about four of the five items below today, I thought it would be a good time to do this tag.

Five items that I love and use in Winter:

1.  Lip Balms!  The more the merrier.  Even though I only have one set of lips, I must have upwards of 20 to 30 lip balms in various pockets, drawers, glove-boxes and desks.  Bare English are my current faves, swiftly followed by the gorgeousness that is Hurraw!.  To be fair, I like lip balms all year round, but when its cold and dry outside, a good lashing of balm makes me feel a little more presentable in my numerous socks and scarves.

2.  Fleece Blankets/Fleecy Socks.  I have recently acquired a bright red full-on-polyester-super-flammable-but-ever-so-soft fleece blanket.  I think one of the seams has already undone, but it is so warm and cosy that I don't care!   And as its technically the same sort of thing...fleecy socks keep my paws warm during winter.  I have horrendously cold feet a lot of the time, but fleecy slipper socks from Marks and Spencers and cabin fleece socks from Seasalt are getting me through.

3.  Warm Baths.  When a fleece blanket isn't cutting the mustard, a warm bath is heavenly.  I've been using the Vital Touch Bath Soak that we received in the Green Beauty Meetup goody bag recently, and it's been great.  (Side note - not so fun when the water starts to cool and you realise you left your towel in another room.)

4.  Facial oils/Moisturiser.  My usually dry skin turns into proper scales during the winter, so good moisturisation and oiling is an even more essential element of my skincare routine than usual.  As always Desert Rose by Bodhi and Birch is included, but I will more often than usual then follow it up with a moisturiser like Antipodes Rejoice or Bodhi and Birch's Rosa Rosa.

5.  Herbal Tea.  Since a severe bout of gastritis earlier in the year, I've gone right off my usual tea with soya milk and have replaced it with various herbal concoctions.  I'm currently really enjoying a Jasmine Green Tea and drink one or two a day.  The warm mug and gentle scent is a lovely experience and warms me through when it's cold.  

I think quite a few people have already done this tag, but if you haven't already... I tag:

Hope you enjoyed reading - what's your all-time favourite Winter essential?
Let me know down below!

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14/12/14: Ten Minutes with... Elijah Choo

If you've read more than a few of my blog posts you'll probably have heard me mention Bodhi, now known as Bodhi & Birch.  They're an eco-luxury range created by the wonderful Mr Elijah Choo.  Since I first tried his Desert Rose Face Oil, kindly sent to me by Ana via a giveaway, I've been addicted to that sleek packaging and the amazing scents contained within.  So, when I was thinking of people that I wanted to include in this series, Elijah was a no-brainer!

[Photo credit Bodhi and Birch]
Last thing you do at night?
That depends on where I am. If at home, it would be a goodnight kiss for my Chocolate Labrador. Otherwise, it'll most likely involve forcing myself to put away my phone.

Top tip for being happy and healthy?
Take life easy. We get so caught up in modern life, juggle numerous activities and worrying about perfection in every aspect that we forget to take it easy. Don't get me wrong; always aim to be the best you can be and do your best, but make sure you allow yourself to unwind and de-stress after.

Brands/bloggers/people that inspire you?

12/12/14: Three ways to make a difference

Every year in the run up to Christmas, I get sucked in to all the gifts and the food and the wine (oh, the wine!), and the chocolate and the spending...and basically all the material craziness that consumes us all from time to time.

But when I strip away the crazy lust for the best deal or the newest flashing whatnot, the real pleasure often comes down to the process of thinking about someone, what they might like or use or enjoy, and making the effort to be able to give that to them. This year I want to take that process a bit further, so I've come up with three simple ways that I might achieve this (and that you might like to take part in too).
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