Soap & Glory Home Spa

This post may look like it is sponsored by Soap & Glory, but sadly it isn’t (if you are reading this Soap & Glory, I’m always available for future collaborations!). This post is in fact a little sneak peak of the things I bought with my £25 Boots Voucher which I got for my birthday. At the moment, Soap & Glory products are 3 for 2 in Boots, so go grab yourself a bargain. If you saw my last post, you will know I was lucky enough to have the most relaxing Birthday Spa Break in the New Forest. This week was back to reality, so I thought why not just create your own spa at home, so that’s exactly what I did.  I brought the New Forest Spa to my bathroom, just with slightly less horses.

Soap & Glory Glad Hair Day Ultra Shine Daily Super Shampoo (250ml) – No build-up formula with raspberry fruit vinegar, panthenol, glycerin and phytantriol to gloss, smooth, repair and strengthen. For all hair types including highlighted and heat processed. One of things I love about Soap & Glory products is the smell. This shampoo smells so fruity and summery and leaves my hair feeling soft, smooth and super clean. There is also a matching Glad Hair Day Conditioner which I have only just discovered so will definitely be adding this to my home spa routine in the future.   

Soap And Glory Pulp-Friction Foaming Fruity Body Scrub (250ml) – Get fresher, smoother and softer skin with fig powder, pumice, peppermint oil, lemonade tree liquid, orange waterjuice™ and vitaminballs™ (A,C,E). Scented with our new Fruitigo™ fragrance. Whilst the bath was running, I used the foamy fruity body scrub. I found that I didn’t need much of this as it lathers up really nicely. I expected exfoliating to be uncomfortable but this cleanses gently and you can feel it working it’s magic. I felt extra clean before I even got into the bath! 

Soap And Glory The Daily Soothe Bath Float Foamy & Super Soothing (300ml) A new super-soothing, pre-bedtime foamy tub float is seductively scented, intensely relaxing, delightfully deluxe with luxurious long-lasting suds and sleep-inducing, muscle-relaxing and aphrodisiacal actives. This was the product I was most looking forward to using in my home spa and it did not disappoint. All you need is a small scoop into the bath and it smells amazing and really foams up well. It has a lovely sweet and calming aroma – I just put on my chill out tunes, zoned out and had the most relaxing floaty experience. 

Soap And Glory Smoothie Star Deep Moisture Body Milk (500ml) – Loaded with skin-softening cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil and Soap & Glory’s WATERLOCK™ moisture-trapping matrix, it also conditions thanks to its delicious (but in this case, definitely not edible) oat, yoghurt & honey formula. After my chilled out bath, it was time to use the body milk. The smell is gorgeous and makes me feel like I’ve been rolling around in cake mix. It absorbs well and the lovely smell lasts for ages, leaving skin feeling smooth and nourished. 

Soap And Glory Hand Food Hand Cream (50ml)With moisturising shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow, it’s non-greasy and non-sticky. I love this hand cream so much, I’ve been using it for a while now and it was especially handy (pun intended) for travelling (See: In-Flight Essentials Bag). Like everything Soap & Glory, it has such a nice fragrance, it’s light and absorbs instantly. When you have left your home spa, it’s the perfect size to pop into your handbag and top up throughout the day to keep your skin fresh and hydrated.

Do you like the Soap & Glory range? What products would you include in your home spa? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

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Birthday Spa Break: Balmer Lawn, New Forest

Last week for my birthday, Shaun arranged for us both to go on a mini spa break. Exciting! Shaun did a very good job of keeping this a secret – all I knew was we were heading towards the New Forest and I’d need my bikini. The New Forest is only about 30-40 minutes on the train from where we live so it wasn’t long before the surprise was revealed. We were staying in the Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa in Brockenhurst. Shaun chose very well (apparently he did a lot of internet spa research at work) and before long we had checked in to this super luxurious hotel and were ready to begin the relaxation.

Our room was very posh (Shaun pushed the birthday boat out and went for a superior room). We had tea, coffee and biscuits, a bath, fluffy robes and a super comfy bed. We were right on the top floor so enjoyed a very scenic view overlooking the famous Balmer Lawn complete with horses.

We had access to the leisure facilities – a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna so decided to go out for some lunch before coming back later on for an evening swim.

The Balmer Lawn is a short 5-10 minute walk from the village of Brockenhurst in the New Forest. Before we went for our walk we stopped for some obligatory Balmer Lawn photographs:

On the way into the village, the first place we happened to stumble across was The Huntsman. We were on the search for some good ol’ pub food and this place fitted the criteria. Being pretty hungry by now we didn’t waste much time making a decision and went straight on in.

I’d say it was a pretty good decision…

I ordered a roasted vegetable sandwich, with green pesto, rocket, on white rustic baguette served with crisps and coleslaw with added skinny fries. Shaun went for a similar but meaty version. This was actually from their Light Bites menu so we were pleasantly surprised with the amount of food we got. What a delicious feast!

After lunch we went on a little wander around the local area stopping to pet this chap who was happily having his lunch.

It’s not often you walk down the road and see a horse, unless of course you are in the New Forest.

In the village, we decided it was time for something sweet so found ourselves being enticed into The Buttery, a cosy little tearoom with a tempting selection of handmade cakes. I’m a big fan of rocky road anyway, but if you want something a little special, you gotta try this rocky road with creme egg, it was pretty amazing.

More horse watching.

Ha ha, this post looks like all we do is stare at horses and eat food! We did actually have a swim and chilled in the room before we ate back at the hotel restaurant for the evening meal. This is the sea trout, citrus sabayon, heritage vegetables and sea herb salad. We both agreed that this is probably the poshest meal we have ever eaten. It may not look a lot, but I gotta say it was delicious and very filling indeed.

The next day was my birthday and what a glorious sunny day it was! After breakfast we went for another swim and a walk around the hotel grounds. The hotel backs onto miles and miles of stunning open fields so we went to say hello to our new horsey friends again.

As an extra birthday treat, Shaun booked us in for a couples massage before we went home. I know, I know, how lucky am I. We had a 55 minute full body aromatherapy massage which was incredibly relaxing. We left the hotel feeling super chilled out and extremely happy that we had such a lovely birthday break.

I gotta say, every single member of staff at the Balmer Lawn hotel and spa were so friendly and helpful. We felt instantly relaxed the minute we checked in and knew we were in good hands (hah, massage pun there). The hotel is superbly situated in the beautiful New Forest and close by the the train station and village. It really was a perfect stay and a fabulous way to celebrate my birthday. A big thank you to Shaun and the Balmer Lawn! <3

Have you been to the New Forest? Which hotels and spas would you recommend? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

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30 Simple Ways To Be Kind

Being kind to someone really doesn’t have to cost a penny. It’s always lovely when someone does a nice thing, for no reason at all, other than to be kind and thoughtful. I don’t believe there is ever such a thing as a small act of kindness; because kindness really has the potential to make a big impact, no matter how tiny or unimportant you think it may be. So today, I thought I would share with you 30 simple ways to be kind to inspire you to brighten someones day.

give someone a genuine compliment

send an unexpected text message to say hi

give away your favourite book as a surprise gift

write a handwritten thank you card

give your full attention in a conversation

smile at a stranger

offer to babysit/dogsit/catsit for free

talk to the quieter people at a social event

leave your magazine/newspaper for someone else on public transport

offer to take the photo for someone trying to get that cute couples/friends pic

lend out your favourite DVDs for more people to enjoy

bake cakes and treats to share them

make an effort to remember peoples names

be patient with those who work in busy customer service jobs

leave feedback when you buy something from an Etsy shop or small business

donate a few items to the supermarket food bank

contribute to review sites such as Trip Advisor and offer your holiday tips

text a joke/share a funny pic with a friend and make them smile

celebrate others achievements (no matter how big or small)

leave an inspirational quote or friendly note tucked inside of a library book

make someone a cup of tea

do a family members chores without telling them

give children’s books or magazines to doctors surgery waiting rooms

leave any unwanted coupons/vouchers on that shelf in the supermarket

keep an eye out for job ads when you know someone is looking for work

reply to e-mails and messages as soon as you can

donate unwanted clothes to charity

carry spare umbrellas in the car to give out to friends/family on a rainy day

make someone a playlist of songs you think they would enjoy

avoid gossip and spreading negativity

Hope you enjoyed this list of kind things. Let me know in the comments if you can think of any others. It’s always good to have ideas and inspiration when it comes to being nice and thoughtful to those around you.

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Snapshots from Brighton in March

It’s now a family tradition to visit Brighton every year on my sister’s birthday. We do go to Brighton other times of the year, mainly because it is such an awesome place (See: Brighton at Christmas) and visiting just once a year would not be enough. But as it’s our annual birthday trip for Vicky’s 29th, I thought I would share with you some snapshots of our visit on this sunny but cold March day.

The birthday girl. Happy because she is now the proud owner of two alpaca sewing buddies.

I did keep seeing those stickers everywhere.

Brighton – the most colourful town on the South coast.

Let’s fill every town with artists.

We had booked a table in Food For Friends – Brighton’s award-winning vegetarian restaurant in the historic South Lanes. We are very loyal to this place, having eaten here on our last visit too. We always come back as the food is amazing and the restaurant has such a chilled out and friendly vibe.

Sisters <3

Mum & Dad – happily divorced since 2001.

For starters we shared the chickpea quartet – a trio of tahini dips and panisse (V/GF). Yum!

We all had the same main course: the FFF V-burger – Sussex Charmer cheese, tomato, gherkins, spring onion, mustard relish, gochujang mayo, brioche bun, triple cooked pomme neuf chips, citrus hemp slaw. Amazing as always. (And I’ve only just worked out what the FFF stands for, hah).

I casually told the waiter it was Vicky’s birthday and he casually brought out this sweet treat after our meal. Nice touch!

After lunch, we headed down to the seafront for a little walk.

Each shop has so many cool and quirky items.

Even though it was sunny, it was still glove-weather in March.

You gotta have an ice cream by the sea when you visit Brighton.

Brighton is not short on seagulls. They are always ready for a photo opportunity.

Pretty flowers.

I love how Brighton is jam packed full of art and colour.

Hope you enjoyed the snapshots from the day. Brighton is always a great place to visit as it has a good mix of shopping and seaside. Have you visited Brighton? What’s your favourite thing to do here? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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