The moment your child is born, life changes forever. It’s not a gradual process, it’s not something that happens overnight or further down the line…..in that split second that your baby comes crashing in to the world, everything changes. And it’s not just the day-to-day stuff that gets turned around, upside down and inside out, it’s the fundamental change that takes place within you as a person, the one that alters the course of life and takes you down a totally new path, one that’s considerably different to the one you walked as a childless young woman, free of responsibilities.
Motherhood in all its forms is quite simply a beautiful thing. It’s rewarding and fulfilling and one of the most incredible journeys i’ve ever encountered. I love my boys more than anything and i wouldn’t change my life for the world but there are times when i feel that becoming a mother has changed me so much that i’ve lost sight of the person i was before they came along. Everything i do is for them and i’m happy with that, i adore being their mummy, but i’m also ‘me’ and i’ve realised that i just don’t take time out for ‘me’ anymore.
To be honest, i’ve always been rubbish at making myself relax and switch off. Anyone who knows me will tell you that i’m permanently attached to my iPhone or iPad checking Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Mr B works away all week so i spend all day running around after my crazy pair and even when they’re in bed for the night i can’t shut down – if i’m not doing normal mummy things like washing, ironing, tidying toys etc. i’m blogging/working away until the early hours of the morning. Personally i find blogging is a sense of release and kind of therapeutic to a certain extent but i still don’t take the time to completely shut myself off from everything. I think as mothers we constantly put pressure on ourselves and trick our brains in to thinking that we need to be constantly busy, otherwise we’re somehow failing at motherhood which of course is utter nonsense, but we all have moments of feeling that way. I do at least.
I think i need to re-educate my brain to accept that it’s ok to do nothing and take some ‘Me-Time’ to indulge my own needs, likes and interests.
I was lucky enough to be treated by John Lewis to a beauty hamper with some hand-picked products from Clarins for Mother’s Day. It was such a lovely gesture and really helped me to just sit back, relax and pamper myself.
I received the following products:
Clarins Smoothing Body Scrub RRP £29.00
“Refines and softens body skin by removing impurities and dead surface skin cells”
I love this product, it is wonderful to apply and has totally reformed the texture of my skin. I usually have dry, sensitive and flaky skin, particularly during the harsh Winter months and this is the first product i have ever tried where there is a noticeable difference upon first application. I’ve been using it once a week as recommended and my skin is visibly softer, smoother and silkier. I feel like i’m glowing with a new radiance.
Clarins Face Treatment Oil RRP £33.00
“Moisture care for dehydrated skin”
I absolutely love the aromatic smell and the rich soothing feeling this treatment oil brings to my face. I’ve been using a few drops each night under my moisturising cream and it absorbs in to the skin beautifully without leaving a greasy or sticky residue. I can really notice a difference in the morning too, my skin looks and feels so much brighter, hydrated and fresh.
Clarins Double Serum RRP £55.00
“More than just a serum. Targets all aspects of skin ageing in one complete concentrate”
This serum is AMAZING. From the first application i noticed a huge difference in my skin, it feels firmer and the fine lines that were beginning to form on my forehead have completely smoothed out. My complexion feels more even, pores look less visible, it’s reduced dullness and left my skin feeling youthful. Expensive, as most anti-ageing treatments are, but well worth the investment in my eyes.
As a mama, i always put my boys first and that’s ok because i enjoy taking care of them, but i’ve realised that it’s just as important to take care of ‘me’ too. Thanks to John Lewis and Clarins, i’ve really been able to indulge in some quality ‘me’ time lately and am feeling pampered, refreshed and revived.