My mornings honestly feel like something out of Groundhog Day at the moment.
Every weekday morning I wake at 6.30am to Miss 2 calling out ‘Mama, mama, mama’ in the cutest little voice ever as she waits to be fetched from her cot for a morning snuggle in my bed.
But wait. Now cue the Labrador whining from his mat by the patio door wanting to be let outside for breakfast. Then the bells on the cat’s collar ringing as she jumps off the bed and starts meowing for her food.
I leave the bed again, telling Miss 2 I’ll be back, and stumble around the house half asleep setting the animals up for their day. Then return to bed for a quick cuddle before getting up and dressed for the day, preparing lunches for my two older girls and getting them ready for school.
Some mornings the monotony drives me insane and I sigh as I go about my morning. Other days I see it in an entirely different light and feel extremely grateful for all I have and the opportunity to spend time with my girls in the morning and help get our day started right -the latter is not always an achievable goal, but something to aspire to anyway!
Today I’m starting a new series on the blog – Living Loving Making Baking. I hope to prepare a monthly post giving an update on what I have been up to lately, things I’m loving, what I’m currently reading or watching, sewing and crochet projects, yummy baking recipes I have come across and so on.
So here’s what’s happening in my world right now …
Twelve days ago I made myself a promise, a commitment, to practice yoga for 40 days straight – and hopefully beyond – as I build my own home yoga practice.
At the end of last term, I decided not to return to my regular yoga class. As much as I loved it and know that I need to include some regular ‘me time’, our family budget is pretty tight at the moment and the yoga class timetable doesn’t always suit my needs right now. I often feel like I’m racing against the clock and stressed out getting to class, which kind of defeats the purpose of why I go to yoga in the first place.
Instead, I made a decision to work on my own yoga practice in the comfort of my own home.
I discovered essential oils about three years ago and in that time I have started using them more and more around the home.
Not only is it a more natural and environmental friendly way to keep your home clean, it’s also a great saver for the family budget.
One small bottle of essential oil can go a long way and be used in so many ways round the home that it’s well worth the initial investment.
You will find that you will be able to remove cleaning sprays, floor cleaners, air fresheners and more from the shopping list with some of these simple ideas for using essential oils around the home.
All you really need is water, white vinegar and a few essential oils in your favourite scents (lavender, lemon, orange, tea tree, eucalyptus and peppermint are a few great choices to get you started) and you’re well on your way!