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My boys (Stressed Husband and son) have flown off to watch England v Belgium in the World Cup in Russia and to partake in some beer-swilling, footie-watching, dad and lad bonding time. Lovely! And I am overly excited now because I’m off to Barcelona with some friends tomorrow for our annual few days of R&R by the pool! 

We’re often asked by friends what we do when we’re there  – clubbing? Sightseeing? Busy shopping expeditions? Nope. None of that. We are definitely not mums-go-mad on tour – we’re more women-that-won’t. And by that I mean, we won’t move from lounging around the pool unless it involves copious amounts of alcohol and carbs in the hotel restaurant! This is all we do. We eat, drink, laugh, chat, swim (bob up and down doing mummy breaststroke so as  not to ruin the fresh highlights) – have a little break to read some trashy mags – then repeat. AND WE LOVE IT! 

There is something quite hedonistic about doing exactly what you want to do, isn’t there? Yet, I wonder why. Why is it that women often feel they should be doing something for somebody else otherwise it doesn’t count – or it  makes us feel guilty? Maybe that’s just me. For me, I think that is how it goes once you become a mum – even when you’re an almost-empty-nester mum – you’re still a mum and therefore, still always thinking about what the ‘kidults’ are up to and whether there’s anything you can do to help! This annual long weekend with the ladies, though – is ALL ABOUT ME! Yes, there will be WhatsApp messages, tweets and insta stories flying around the family groups but, in general, the kidults and Stressed Husband know that this is strictly my time and they leave me to it. Apart from raising an eyebrow and muttering the odd ‘lame…boring’ under their breath when I come home and tell them what I did (or didn’t do) on my few days away,  they are pleased that my low-key weekend away rocks my boat (well, sways it very gently) and makes me happy.

Good_Vibes_OnlySo, I’ve got some busy busy weeks coming up when I return from my trip and I really need to start raising my blog game a bit more as I’ve been MIA while pondering the future of Glowology (that’s a whole other post to be written soon.) But, while I’m gone, I’d like to think that you, my lovely readers, might have a little think about what time out you take for yourself. Do you carve out special time to sit and think or relax or meditate and just be still? If you do, then fab – keep going because being and doing what really, really makes you feel good and brings you inner joy is so important – essential even! And if you don’t – or you don’t think you do it enough, make this weekend the start of you looking into what you want, where you want to be and what makes you happy. 

Chill and smile. I know I will be! Until next time…

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have watched my recent stories while I was in South Africa and felt one of two things: A) you wanted to kick me in the shin because it was peeing down of rain in the UK and you couldn’t stand my smug face grinning out from a beach/safari/sunbed with cocktail while you were on the commute to work with B.O man’s armpit in your face OR B) You smiled and found it fascinating! As one of my true (in real life) friends said today “While you were away, I woke up and checked your stories immediately as it felt like I was actually there with you – it was really exciting!” And that made me happy, because that was my aim. Even though it was just me and loveable, old Stressed Husband, I wanted to share it because it was such a wonderful, mind-blowing trip, I wanted you to get some enjoyment from it too! And that is the wonder of social media…in my world, sharing is caring 🙂

 

 

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I’ve always been a fan of CACI treatments and remember that when they first came out – many years ago – they were heralded as the non-surgical ‘facelift’ responsible for the ever-youthful complexions of celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston and Sadie Frost. Before long, many well preserved celebrities admitted to regular CACI micro-current facials to keep the dreaded saggy, hang-dog jowls at bay. I recently wrote about how much Anthea Turner loves them for their firming benefits too and you can read that post here.