holiday check-in + my staycation essentials

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Now unless you are only just dropping in here today, you would know I’ve had some holidays [from the full-time paying job only].

But it was only a staycation with the start of the school year so I’ve made sure to inject a little bit of that holiday feeling while also making sure I didn’t waste those precious days.

Now to be honest, I head back to work  today with a jumble of thoughts in my head and a feeling of unpreparedness.

It’s more about the things I didn’t quite get to, not all were on the list, and not enough focus on the things I did do.

You might remember I had a list. And it’s check in time!

  • Organise a morning yoga routine ~ I started putting this together but neither started a daily yoga practice or locked one in. I did, however, pick up a treadmill for some more exercise!
  • Do the taxes [big frog] ~ I didn’t finish but got all the tough stuff out of the way. I should be able to easily complete this one evening or on the weekend.
  • Sort out a blog editorial calendar ~ I did manage to sort out a couple of weeks and draft out some posts in advance. 
  • Maybe restart pay more attention to the newsletter/shop/associated blogs and new ideas [we’ll see] ~ newsletter, tick [going out today]. The rest, not so much.
  • Clean the study [may not get anything else done if I start this …] ~ can we talk about something else … [that would be a no, didn’t even manage to clear my desk]
  • Relax, read, rest ~ tick, tick, tick. I did, this, probably a little too well!
  • Find my pen [lost my favourite pen – it has to be around here somewhere!] ~ no luck on the pen front unfortunately.
  • Get better at regular baking ~ I did do a good cook-up on Sunday afternoon with muffins, nut and seed bread and a soup that will see use through the first few days. 
  • Drop off dry cleaning [this is what we call a doable task] ~ have yet to pick up dry cleaning *face palm*
  • Go to optometrist [appointment tomorrow] ~ did, done and got new glasses.

So all in all, I give myself a pass. I think if in the holiday wash-up I clear my desk a bit and finish off those taxes I might feel a little better and raise it to a credit.

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But it wasn’t all a bust so I’ve put together a short, simple list of a few things you need to get that holiday feeling, anywhere, anytime.

  • A plan ~ so a lovely fresh notebook [like this one from kikki k ~ appropriately from the why not? range] to write all  those lists and ideas in.
  • Banana lounge and umbrella from Bunnings. [Bonus, it can be used at anytime.]
  • Sunscreen and a hat if you’re relaxing in the rays.
  • A pile of reading pleasure ~ perhaps fill your trolley at Bookworld.
  • Time for a little pamper ~ head to your local salon for some me time. Me, I’m a Dermalogica fan.
  • Portable speaker so you can have your favourite tunes everywhere you go.

 

 

a good night’s sleep + giveaway

This is a sponsored post

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This will seem a little out of character for this space but I have to give you some background. See, I have a hot husband.

OK, so in truth, while he does have something Clooney-esque about his looks [he’s going to kill me!], he also runs at a temperature a little warmer than me.

And this invariably means me under the doona in the middle of summer after he’s turned the air-conditioning back on.

Did I mention I was also in my winter PJs?

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This is why when Lorraine Lea offered to send me one of their gel pillow pads to try, I hastily accepted. For him, not me.

It was the perfect item for him to try out and arrived with great timing smack bang after a few sleepless nights.

Nothing like putting it to the test.

And even my sometimes cynical friend had to admit it appeared to help after the first refreshing night’s sleep that week.

It’s really quite ingenious and simple. The gel pillow pad just slips inside your pillow slip with your pillow. It also comes in a mattress mat.

Made with anti-bacterial, non-toxic medical silica gel which is 85 per cent water to absorb the body’s heat, the gel pads are designed to give relief to fever, hot flushes or hot sleepers, or “hot husbands”.

So they are really quite useful to have on hand.

And while the Mr is enjoying the relief during the summer nights, I’m thinking it might come in handy for moi when those hot flushes start [I’m not getting any younger you know!]

So this is all about a good night’s sleep. How to ensure a good night’s sleep and why you should make sure you get one.

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Plus a little “get a good night’s sleep” giveaway!

I have a little package which includes a Lorraine Lea gel pillow pad, some chamomile tea, an eye mask and  some relaxing essential oils.

Just comment below with your best tip for a good night’s sleep to be in the running to win. Closes Saturday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day! Open to everyone but not all items can be shipped overseas.

[The giveaway is now closed]. Congratulations to Narelle Rock ~ wishing you a good night’s sleep!

The Gel Mattress Mat [$299] and Pillow Pad [$39] are available from Lorraine Lea and can be purchased by visiting the website or by calling 1800 641 089.


I was gifted this product in accordance with my disclosure policy

taking stock / february

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Making … plans.
Cooking … everyday favourites.
Drinking … lots of water, thanks to my Camelbak bottle!
Reading … magazines and trashy novels [hey, I’m on holidays].
Wanting … this not-too-hot weather to never end.
Looking … for my favourite pen … still.
Playing … my Retrojam playlists!
Enjoying … this not-too-hot weather.
Waiting … for the real summer to arrive!
Liking … how my boys are enjoying the new school year.
Wondering … how the eldest will take to high school.
Thinking … I need to find some more motivation.
Loving … my new banana lounge.
Smelling … that new uniform smell.
Admiring … our inspirational Australia Day award-winners.
Buying … bits and pieces for school.
Watching … Utopia re-runs on my computer.
Disliking … how laundry and dishes interrupt my lounging time.
Snacking … on the addictive Mrs Mays almond crunch.
Hearing … the birds, oh so early in the morning.
Wishing … holidays wouldn’t end so soon.

*I’ve modified Pip’s “taking stock” list [you can see hers here] into a shorter version for me.

 

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