28 March 2016

Why It's Important To Have "Me Time"?

Sometimes life can get so crazy and overwhelming. And it's at these times that we need to take a step back and take a little time to ourselves.

I'm a stay at home mum, and since about Christmas time I've been getting a little bit depressed being stuck at home. I've been looking at going back to work since the start of the year so that I can have some time away from the house and my daughter (that sounds horrible, but I need it!). And getting a bit down with the lack of jobs advertised in areas that I'm interested, I've really been struggling. 

I don't have any family living around me, and not many friends in the area either, so I don't have the luxury of calling someone up to ask them to take Amelia for the day so I can have a little R & R. 

And as someone who really, really, really likes to have time to themselves, and day time naps getting shorter and shorter (I'm still clinging on to them), I've basically been pulling my hair out in frustration. Often times this frustration was towards Amelia. Which is not something I'm proud of or like to admit, but I was getting very close to my breaking point. And unfortunately, I'm not very good at hiding my emotions around her. 

Luckily my saving grace came, when my parents came up for a visit, and we decided they would take Amelia back with them for a week, which they were more than happy to do. 

The first day she was gone, took a little bit of adjusting too. I don't remember the last time the house was so quiet. But I was so happy to finally have a much needed break. I think as mums, especially if you're stuck at home everyday, we forget that it is OK to want a break from the kids and just be able to do our own thing. 

Sunday night I decided that I'd try and go get a bit of pampering done, that I usually can't do when Amelia is with me. So I got in contact with a friend, who was studying beauty therapy at the same time as me, and thankfully she was able to fit me in for a pedicure. 

Her and her mum have recently opened their own store, Florence and Marabel Collections, a store that has both a fashion boutique and beauty salon, and I really wanted to go show her my support, and just have a sticky beak at her new venture, if I'm honest. 

The store is absolutely stunning!

With shop fittings made out of black pipes and timber shelves, it has a very modern, industrial feel to it which I love. More then the interior of the store, I love the brands they have. Stocking such ones as Acler, Cooper St, Finders Keepers, Pasduchas, Staple the Label and so many more, with a strong emphasis on Australian labels, they are constantly adding the latest trends to their rails.  Be sure to check out their Instagram for their latest additions and an overall amazing looking feed.

I was instantly greeted with a warm smile and hello by Alex's mum, Donna, before Alex showed me into the beauty room, which was just as stunning as the rest of the store. Alex had set up the treatment bed beautifully, making me feel instantly special. And if it wasn't for the fact, that I wanted to catch up and have a chat with Alex, I could have easily fallen asleep on that bed, whilst she buffed and polished my feet to perfection. 

I felt so revived after leaving the store, which just proves how much I need it and how a bit of pampering goes a long way in improving your overall state of mind. 

I can't thank Alex enough for such a fantastic service. Not only was the pedicure fantastic and so relaxing, her friendly, easy going disposition really added to the whole treatment. 

Outfit Details:
Top: Missshop Official (similar here)
Pants: ASOS (similar here)
Shoes: Rubi Shoes (similar here)


  1. I think we all get the mummy guilt of wanting to return to work. I have it every week, but I need to remind myself that I'm a better mum if I'm happy, and if I'm happy the whole house is happy too. And honestly, the kids have more fun at daycare doing activities and playing with other kids than they do at home alone with us. You can have the cake and eat it too, following all our dreams.

    1. I totally agree. I know that I haven't been giving Amelia the attention she needs lately, because I really need to get out of the house and she would benefit so much going to day care, playing with other kids and having activities that I would never think to do with her. We all will be a lot happy once I find work.


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