Create a Spa Day at home…

I know that spas are now open, and their seems to be a little more of the ‘going out‘ into what is the ‘new‘ normal, yet Covid has also really made us appreciate our homes, and taking ‘time out‘ within our homes is now the ‘new‘ normal that we would never have phantom before.

Before Covid ‘Home‘ was just a place I stayed in before I went out….. Now Home is where I Live, and I can do all the things I love whilst in the comfort of my own dwellings. It does take a bit of effort, but the beauty is, once I am done…….. well I’m already home…..there’s no driving back, no making an effort to get dressed, or wearing the 6inch heels that make my feet sore for days. I could potentially just get into bed……what could be more Bliss than that?

Something I have learnt to tell myself over the years is that, Our body is a working machine and just like everything in life needs maintenance, (whether that be a car for service, a boiler service, or washing machine……) It too needs a service now and again, and my service is a day out to a Spa…. (the hubby forever rolls his eyes at my theories *me rolling eyes back*).

With Boris’s constant mood swings about whether to open spas or not….its been a roller coaster in terms of fitting it in, and also just trying to get out is nerve racking with the anxieties of Covid.

So its time to make a little haven in our own homes, its safer, its easy, and its a saving in the bank.

Lets do it shall we?

Spa Water

Is there something about ‘Spa Water‘ that’s different?…….not really its usually just water served up in a pretty jug with fruits inside and ice…… it makes a pretty picture and it has all the spa feels…..and so refreshing. This is the quickest and easiest thing to do….. Serve it up…..

Bath Bombs

I know generally we don’t get coloured water in spas- but the blue of the jacuzzies and the swimming pool, makes it all a spa kinda feel…… so how will we do that? Easy Peesy…..Bath bombs, and the plus side of this is, get a nice smelling one! and maybe you want to go for pink, or purple! Do YOU!

Face Mask

Ok so we got no-one to give us that facial we needed, but we do have masks at hand, just glaze it on, and let it soak!

Foot Soak

When you think of a spa- what do you think of?….. ill tell you what I think off, I think of relaxing, soft sounds, water, smooth smells and ….. Lemons….. Yup you saw that right Lemons….. because Lemons are refreshing, and pretty and yellow… and feel like a Spa? …. Not understanding me? How bout a foot soak in this?

Now you get me? ahhhh Bliss….. I am in a Spa!

Add Lemons, some sea salts, maybe a few plants and get that refreshing and relaxing Spa feel in.

Candles and Oils

Get the candles out, dim the light, get the hubby/partner or friend to join you or do it yourself, face massage, scalp massage, any massage. Oil on the body is the ultimate ‘I have been to a Spa’ feel.

Hair Mask

From the usual errands of the day, hair masks are a chore, but Today is the day! Get the hair mask out and add that moisture back into the hair whilst you soak.

Music

How easy is to to get music on now? use your phone, tablet, laptop, TV, whatever….. get some relaxing tunes in to get you into the flow

Light Lunch

If I have a friend over- then Lunch is mandatory, Sandwiches, Salads, Refreshing Juices are the way to go…. all light, cool and refreshing….. or maybe even Afternoon Tea (Of course!)

And there you have it, the Ultimate DIY Spa Day in.

And now ill get back to my day….Enjoy Yours!

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Ms Beauty. The Perfect Girly Catch Up Date

If you follow me on Instagram then you will know I go here atleast 3 times a year minimum, and if I consider you to be special I’ve definately taken you here, if not…. Keep working Girlfriend, Not quite in my circle yet ( listen I’m 37 let me just pretend to be hip)(is the word ‘hip’ even trending at the moment?)

So why? Why do I go here? Well to that I answer…. Well first its in the city of Burbage which is just a drive away and also why not? What’s not to love about this place! It’s the best…. Let me take you on a tour,

Firstly Whats your ideal girlfriend trip? I want you to put aside the high heels and red lips kind of date. That’s the Ultimate date. But like when you want a no pressure, wearing PJ’s, hot water bottle, nearly time of the month, comfy warm setting, good food and drink and a Cry…. (yes a cry, because we all go through that. Dont we? Even the toughest of us). This kinda date requires the high heels and red lippy to be put on standby, and out comes the real girl talk, the nitty gritty, complaining and crying, and what goes on at M’s, Stays at M’s kinda girl talk……..and M’s Beauty provides us with the right atmosphere just for that….. Every Time.

They provide a few packages but we usually go for the lunch package. This basically includes: Starters, Lunch, Dessert, Tea and Coffee on call and a Massage….. yes you saw it right- I said a Massage! didnt I mention this is the full works!

For starters its usually different breads, olives and oils, and we get this on the couches so its a very informal kind of starter- which is what I love the most, the unformality……and so we just dip away whilst talking….

Comfy Couches and the Dining area for Lunch

I did mention that teas and coffee are on the go right? Im not kidding when I say its on the go, they come and ask you atleast 3/4 times if you want more.

Usually the massages/treatment are before lunch and they take you in one at a time into private cosy rooms, heres the room I last got, isnt it just the cutest?

They provide you with a choice of 4 treatments, so it can either be a Back massage, a facial, a mini manicure or a pedicure….. you just choose the one. If you want an extra one, you can add it on at an extra charge.

Now talking about how cute the rooms are, let me take you round, not only does this place offer a sanctuary for us female bodies, but it always has the most amazing pieces to sell all around,

If you have sat too much you can walk around stretch those legs and maybe even pick up a little gift or two.

Please tell me im not wrong when I say this is a paradise for us females. I want to pick up the whole thing and take it home!

Next up Lunch, the menu is very minimal especially because being Halal meat eaters we are confined to the vegetarian option. They usually have jacket potatoes with cheese and beans or a greek feta salad available though. Both of which are just perfect. I cant fault it…… the only thing is you have to bring your own drinks as they only provide water, but Im ok with that.

Luch under candlelight
we usually just take our favourite drinks

And lastly desserts, and im not joking im not a heavy eater but I always save space for this. Probably the best Eton mess you will ever have.

Let me just tell you this again, its starters, lunch, desserts, coffee and tea on call, and a Massage right guys, and youll never guess how much……. all of this is for £35. Yes £35, I spend more than that just popping into a Primark store.

The Perfect Date, the Perfect Atmosphere, The Perfect Package and here is the webby.

Hope you guys all enjoyed it. I cant wait to book myself in again once the Lockdown is over, Lets see who makes the hit list. Hehe

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Take Some Time out Before you go Crazy

I knew I was loosing it, I just knew it. You know that feeling when someone breathes out loud and something inside you flips…. That feeling when someone Evan coughs and something switches on inside you- like a very ‘scratchy chalk on a black board’ and you are ready to throw anything that comes in your way, for no reason what so ever…… Or when a knife grazes on a ceramic plate……..and it feels like a pin pricked inside your brain….Yup that feeling! You know it right? Or when someone walks into the room and leaves the door open! You know exactly what I am talking about! Right? Thats when you know…… ‘I need time out’ .Especially in these turbulent times…. Taking time out is so damn important.

But it’s not just any sort of ‘Time out’….. Evan the word ‘Time Out’ has changed. It’s no longer waiting for the men in the house to leave so that you can jump into the tub, or watch the movie you have been wanting to watch after ages. In these uncertain time – you have to tell everyone you need Time out! You have to make this clear…… , your ‘Time out’ will involve people around you, and to make sure they don’t disturb you, you have to make it clear …..and my conversation; it went a little like this:

“I’m going in the bath, I don’t want anyone to come knocking on the door, I don’t care what you do, what you eat, what you watch…..! ..”

“Mum”

“What!! ” I snapped

“We don’t want anything, you go” … Now is that a way to make someone feel guilty or what?! I am Even more annoyed now. Oh Boris- how much more longer?…. How did we even get here!

The bath was taking ages to fill, my bath bomb wasn’t working out as I wanted it too, The water was too hot, and then it was too cold. I was getting all flustered…. And I’m nowhere near my period date! This was serious peeps! Dead serious!

I took a book in with me, but I don’t know how you all do it? I really struggle… Like do you have to keep your hands up all the time? How do you not get book wet? Head rest? I shuffle around an all…. It’s hard work guys. Is there a skill or technique I’m missing out on? Because I don’t get it….. I really failed at this, im stuck with a wet book now…. so I put the book aside and just….. Did nothing…. Nothing…

…I sank in, and then that’s it. Everything disappeared, the mess, the immense amount of cooking, the shouting, the noise, the chaos, the voices in my head…. I was alone. Finally….

No noise, no sound, no voices, just me myself and I….. and Boy did I need it

….This blog is about taking that time out because WE all need it! (I am sure im not the only one whos going crazy? right?)

1. Breathe

With all this crazy madness around us, I have turned into a ‘Stepford wife’ and I don’t Evan like that Sheesh (Kebab- because I won’t swear). I mean Evan the Stepford wives doesnt like being a ‘Stepford Wife’ – so why would I?

So when you are feeling a little overwhelmed, take a break, switch off. Go into a room alone. Go for a drive. Go for a walk. Breathe in the fresh air. Just try and get away from home. The brain gets fogged with too much or too little going on, and that time out will really help clear up the mind.

2. Create your own Ambience

The amount that soak helped me was unbelievable. Yes I came out all wrinkly, probably aged another 30 years, but the wrinkles in my mind were now ironed out. Im usually at home alone, I like my space, I like to call my house ‘mine’ but with this lockdown it has become ‘Our house’, I have to share this space with 3 other beings…. and I learnt something about myself Ive never known before- ‘I dont like sharing!’

I’ve had to get on with it, mardy face and all, (that hurts) but also I’ve learnt that their are certain places/rooms which are private to me, that give me solitude. That keep me sane. I use these spaces when I need that 5 minute to myself. I have my favourite things in those spots, I light the candle, I dim the light and I read my favourite book. Create your ambience in your home, make it yours (dont share!)

3. Comedy

We are going through quite a tough time at the moment, dont make it worse by watching the wrong things. Programmes/movies have a influence on your mood. If you are already having a bad day, dont watch a serious movie, watch something a little more light-hearted. My go-to has to be Friends- no matter how much times I watch it, nobody in the world can make me smile more than Chandler and Phoebe (and a little bit of Joey)

4. Social Media

Just three words for you all here:

SWITCH IT OFF

5. Find Your Niche

my Niche was travelling, eating out, wining, dining, and Afternoon tea- and thats scrapped now. But staying at home has made me discover a lot of old ‘Niches’ that I forget I had. Like colouring…. yes I am a adult, but all I want to do is colour, and do you know how theraupeutic that is? get yourself an adult colouring book, get some pencil crayons and watch the colouring book come alive.

I know people who didnt know the difference between roti flour and self raising flour who have seriously upped their game and are baking things that I didnt even know existed (and I considered myself a baker). They found their niche for sure- im seriously ordering my Eid goodies off them. You know who you are!

So find your niche, whether it be baking, reading, knitting, cooking, painting…..whatever it is… Seriously this pandemic has taught us to go back to the basics and I love that.

6. Spa at Home

Well why not?? make a quick and healthy meal, fill up the tub, fire up a few candles, get the face mask and foot mask out, and chill out. You cant go to a Spa- you have all the time in the world to make your own spa at home, and the beauty is, after your done, get into bed and go to sleep. No driving home involved here. Bliss

7. Catch Up

Real life takes it toll, when was the last time you rang your mum and spoke to her properly? like really properly…. me – I dont know, but now I actually ask her about her day and how she is doing, what she is doing…. without rushing her.

The tranquility I feel in that conversation is Gold. Pure Gold, and its only this Pandemic that has made me realise this. Do a routine where you call a special person everyday and just…. Catch UP.

8. Spring Clean

Ok I know, I know, I sprung this one on you…… but its not all that bad…… the clothes cupboards have been waiting since last summer for a clean out, and guess what they are still waiting. No more excuses about no time. We have all the time in the world. Do you know how satisfying this can actually be? At the moment im constantly wearing comfort clothes-all of these are definately getting binned when we are out of our sentance. But also it given me ideas of what I do need to get aswell….. cant wait for that shopping trip! Thats something to look forward to.

What a mess. Can’t wait to dive into this

Well thats how I am keeping sane in this weird time in our life. How are you guys all doing? anything you are doing differently or I can add to my life?

Hope you all are keeping Strong and keeping safe. We will get through this.

Stay Safe. Stay at Home

Love and regards

M11bna

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{Collab} I tried out “Shafs Beauty” new Organic Skin Care Range….

If you guys follow me on Instagram then you will know how much I have been suffering from dry skin recently.

With the weather being generally grey and dull, my face is drying out, and I’m getting dry flaky and sore patches everywhere.

I’ve not really ever had bad skin, I’ve been one of those lucky people who have gone through life without worrying about dry skin, spots, pimples or dark areas…. But in the last few years things have started to change.

As I age I’ve had to start using make up, to cover up any blemishes or flaws…. But still I refused to believe the ageing game… I refused to use products or look after myself…. I mean I don’t need it? I’ve got great skin….

….but now it’s caught up with me, it’s time for me accept that I am no longer 20 (that hurts) and things will change. In honesty I’m really grateful it lasted this long…. But the only problem now is that I don’t know where to start….

I went into debenhams… And I stood there, not knowing where to go and who to try, overwhelmed with the amount of advice, freebies and general advice I was given by all the stores I went home with nothing.

Speaking to my beautician of 15 years of my problems, she introduced me to her own range of products. Having had recently started her own skincare brand, she gave me a mini facial whilst I was there. ( I mean. Who says no to freebies?)

She went through each product she used and asked me loads of questions about my skin to determine what I needed.( In all honestly, knowing me for 15 years- she instantly knew what I needed.)

And she packed up a bag full of products for me to try at home.

I love the whole look of the products, they are simple and stylish.

Cream Cleanser: It’s a Grapefruit, Lavender and Frankincense cream cleaner. I’ve not been using make up recently because of my dry skin it looks awful on, the dry patches show up more, and it looks patchy, but just using the cleanser made my skin feel more supple and soft. You can smell the hint of the Grapefruit and Lavender on application. Almost smells of fresh laundry ( I love the smell of fresh laundry) and Lavender always reminds me of spa days, I’m sure spas use Lavender to relax people.

Face Mask: Well as soon as you open it you can smell the apple, it smells lush. Granny Smith’s for sure. And the mask goes a long way, I only applied it twice, and it spreads so easily over the face, you only need a tiny amount, which is well worth the money. Also it smells so ….fresh, Apple fresh.

And here’s a selfie to show how creamy the face mask is. The Face mask worked wonders, on removal I already felt like I was washing away the impurities on my face. My face felt creamy and soft, and the fresh smell of the Apple lingered.

Next I used the Brightening Serum, it’s a very concentrated serum, but a small amount covers the face. After applying it- you have to dab your face with your fingers to allow the serum to penetrate into the pores. The smell of the Orange was intoxicating. There’s definately something about the smell of fruits that make you feel…. Healthy, and this was working for me.

And lastly the Moisturiser. A thick and rich consistency. With Geranium extract. Exactly what I needed. Geranium is known to help with the tightening of tissues on the face muscles. On applying this I automatically felt the contracting of the face, especially on my cheekbones, and it felt good. This is by far my favourite of the whole brand.

I’ve now been using Shafs products for just 10 days, and I’m already finding a difference in the overall look of my skin and my face, the flaky dryness has gone, and my skin no longer looks tired or grey. It actually illuminates…

Please do ignore that lump on the side of my face. My tooth problem have left a souvenir for me on one side of my face!

My skin also feels soft, and airy, previously it ached and the dry patches were turning red and sore. These products are a definate winner for me, and will be staying in my new ‘looking after myself‘ drawer…. Honestly my skin hasn’t felt like this in a long time.

For the products heres the Webby: http://www.shafsbeauty.co.uk

(Transparency: I have reviewed these products myself for 10 days and I am giving my honest opinion and review on them.)

Love and regards

M11bna

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Eden Hall Spa

You guys know I Love Tea right? And Afternoon Tea in particuler? Urm….and I love spas… That’s silly, who doesn’t love spas?….

….so when I saw the Cream Tea Spa day at Eden Hall, well… it would be rude of me not to book it in…

Based only 30 minute drive away me and my little bundle of joy Sabina jumped into the car and made our way to Eden Hall for a day of total detox.

Well, what does this day include?

Its basically a full day to use Edens Halls facilities, which include the vitality pools, outdoor hot tubs and the various thermal rooms. We also have access to the gym, the relaxation rooms, and any additional classes they have going on the day. Lunch is included, as is robe and towels and we get a traditional afternoon tea with scones served in the conservatory.

The facilities can be used from 9am to 8pm

Knowing that we had the whole day to indulge, we left home just after 10.

On arrival we were overwhelmed by the size of the place, it is huge and beautiful and grand.

On entrance we were greeted by a lovely lady who took us around the whole venue, explaining everything in great detail, including, when the building was built, who lived in it, which room was used for what porpose…etc (all of which went in one ear and out of the other) but the thing that did remain is- that this was once a family home!…. I will say it again, one family lived in this entire place! have you seen how big it is? we got lost on so many occasions, and ONE family lived in here!!

We were booked in for lunch at 12.20, since it was nearly 11, we requested to have lunch first before we went into the spa, so that it doesnt interfere with our day. They kindly said they would arrange something, and if we would just change and then make our way down to the dining area once done.

The changing rooms are so spacious. You could get lost just in here, (did I mention a family lived here?). There’s large area for changing, and separate room for grooming, which have mirrors and hairdryers. There’s immense number of showers and the showers all have shampoos, conditioners and shower gels. So mine were kept in my bag.

We made our way back to the cosy dining rooms with our robes and slippers, The dining area is composed of small rooms all set up with tables and chairs, (you could actually tell here that it was a lived in house), and we were set up in the actual living room.

Lunch consisted of a selection of salads for starters, from the Veg option we went for the grilled Halloumi with rocket and watercress salad, roasted tomato, red onion and a sweet chilli dressing. And for dessert I went for the Lemon Posset with shortbread biscuit which was divine.

after this we made our way back down through the preety corridors to the spa, and time now to relax.

On entrance we are given a list of what to expect at the spa, and as you can see it truly is a unique experience. Anything that has the words cool, and cold were avoided!

My favourite; the Heat, Tropical and Cool Mist Experience- Ok I did say I avoided anything with cool and cold in it, and I did, but here I went in by mistake, had cool water poured on me, screamed and ran out! After that, I avoided it like the plague! (I dont do cold at all. Ever! and Storm Ciara is screaming outside so im trying to focus all my energy into you guys!)

The Heat and Tropical mist, was amazing, its a walk in shower like feature, you walk through these panels and when it senses your movement the showers open up, and the lights really put you into a different zone. I couldve sat here all day, but it wasnt a sitting feature unfortunately….

But there was a sitting feature which we both loved and that was the Foot and Shoulder massage seat. That truly made our day. We spent most of our time here. Its not one to be missed.

From the rooms experience, although all of them were great, my favourite has to be the salt room, probably because out of all the rooms it was the warmest, but also because of the brittle air you can almost feel the dirt and toxins etching away from your skin.

After having used the rooms to the fullest, we decided to catch abit of an afternoon nap, and the Eden Hall Day Spa Slumber lounge is the perfect spot for this. A room full of slumber beds, some single, some doubles and the best part, this:

The Hanging Pods, How cool are they? just the right amount of space for two people (I need one at home!!!). And there are baskets at every corner with blankets to get all cosy and snuggled up with. Me and sabina are quite use to snuggling up (shes going to kill me for this!) because she somehow always ends up getting us a double bed on our travels (hahahaha. Im dying!) so we jumped in. But shes a giggler and soon after a few people coughed, we knew we had to run out from there….. the only thing is we were booked in for the meditation class next,

The 3 seconds we didn’t laugh.

The meditation class ended up being a laughing class (I dont evan know what we were laughing about honestly) but we all walked out holding our sides because of stitches , that included our instructor, who ended up with more giggles than us. Thanking her though, because I really thought we were going to be kicked out. (I felt like a naughty teenager!). But we started something in that class. Im really sure Eden Hall will be looking at laughing classes to add to there list of classes soon.

Before we retired to our Afternoon tea, we headed straight to the outdoor jacuzzi’s and they were amazing. The heat of the water so warm you dont evan realise you are outside. We stayed in there until we were crinkly.

Now when you think of a spa- you always think of all the rooms, the treatments and the pool, but the one thing that made this spa experience different was the extras. After having used the facilities to our upmost we decided to head to the conservatory for our afternoon tea. This is part of the New Eden Hall, and the set up is beautiful. They have comfortable sofas that dig your body right into them, there are magazines available to read, blankets ready and waiting to devour your body and also HOT WATER BOTTLES!!! That the WINNER for me!!!. Here we were given our tea and scones and just unwinded evan more than in the spa. I should really really live here!

Leaving the place, I had to look back at this beauty one last time, it was such an amazing and relaxing day. It was sad to be leaving. I would love to stay here (Forever). It has to be one of the best spas I have been to, and I really do think other spas will struggle to try and compete with this. A day full of pure relaxtation, it would make a perfect valentine, mothers day, birthday gift for anyone.

Or like Me, Just treat Yourself. Everyone deserves that.

To book in here’s the webby : https://baronseden.com/eden-hall/blog

Hope you enjoyed our day with us.

Love and Regards

M11bna

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