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Learning to Relax with an Epsom Salt Bath.
Relaxing isn’t something that I’m used to doing.
I’ve been a Mum my entire adult life, and there is always something to do. My brain never switches off and the scarce times that I do get some kid-free time I end up doing the ironing, washing or working on my business which isn’t really relaxing.
Having said that, I love my website and now more recently my blog so these never feel a chore as such, but in recent months my ever overworking brain has started not to switch into sleep mode.
I find myself thinking about keywords, search terms, blog topics, which new brands to buy, ooh must remember to order printer cartridges at stupid o’clock in the morning.
This isn’t really doing me much good, as I suffer with neck pain which by some miracle reduced somewhat during my pregnancy with Isabelle, but it’s never completely gone. I still get the tired achiness at the end of the day and at the moment it is particularly bad.
Stress and probably overdoing things contribute hugely to this pain, and once the pain kicks in so do the headaches and overwhelming tiredness, which leaves me in a vicious circle of trying to combat.
I hate taking painkillers and will only do it if absolutely necessary. After being on all sorts of tablets all with nasty side effects, I opted to try alternatives such as acupuncture, seeing a chiropractor, wheat bags, pulse point aromatherapy things, a TENS machine and LOTS of Ibuprofen gel.
Once I’ve pulled myself out of this bout of pain, I need to look at keeping a balance on a day to day basis by trying to avoid stress, getting enough sleep and not taking on too much.
Ha, saying that as a Mum is a bit of a joke.
I used to have baths (pre-Isabelle) after a long day at work but a non-sleeping baby put paid to that and I never really got back into it. On the odd occasion that I do have a bath, I can’t seem to relax and am almost counting down the time that counts as long enough before I get out.
See! I can’t relax.
I need to retrain my brain.
I took part in #Mumshour a few weeks ago where the topic was self-care and somebody mentioned having an Epsom Salt Bath.
I thought Epsom Salts were what old people used and wasn’t really sure what they were really.
So I had a look and here’s are the benefits:
“Himalayan salt is also known for being an excellent regular body detoxifier, and assisting in waste elimination. It helps to stimulate our digestive and nervous system, as well as working to remove toxins from the body through osmosis via the salt bath. Westlab Himalayan salt also helps leave our skin feeling radiant and smooth, and improves skin tone”.
Himalayan salt contains over 80 minerals, including Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium, which are essential to human life. Who knew! Not me!
Soothes and repairs damaged skin
Anti allergens that protect the skin from rashes caused by allergies
Penetrates skin for a soothing effect on the nervous system
Benefits include cell renewal
Helps regulation of lipid barrier function
Is an anti oxidant to help protect from DNA damage
Helps muscles to keep their control over the body
Helps with the growth of new cells
Helps reduce stress / anxiety
Reduces risk of high blood pressure
So with all those benefits it was worth a shot.
The recommendation is 250g for a relaxing bath or up to 1kg for a detoxifying soak. The recommended time was 20 minutes.
The salts were pink but didn’t really smell of anything. I added about three handfuls which I think may equate to between a general soak and a detoxifying one.
Get in carefully as I nearly went flying as the bottom of the bath was uber slippery.
I was armed with a book (real paper as not to risk dropping my kindle) and a glass of wine. This may be contradictory with the detoxifying powers but who knows.
The salts made the water very silky feeling but after about 10 (probably 5) I was really itching to get out. However, I was committed to this so I persevered and actually probably was in there for longer than the recommended 20 minutes.
After the bath my skin was really soft. I was still really achy but I felt warm and sleepy. I did sleep all night which hasn’t been happening lately so I’m willing to persevere with this and will continue to have a salt bath maybe once every 7 – 10 days.
Do you have any everyday relaxation tips for us Busy Mums? Leave me a comment.
•This post includes affiliate links for which I may receive a small payment but the post and thoughts are from my very own frazzled head.
Events: Bump & Beyond Pregnancy & Baby Exhibition – Future Inn, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 5WS
Sunday 9th October 2016
11am – 3pm
Sadly we’re not able to attend this event but hopefully we’ll be there in the future.
It looks like it’s going to be a great event with this line-up on the day.
For more details keep an eye on the events page on Facebook.
Toad in the Hole
Its fair to say that I’ve made a few culinary boo boos over the years. Garlic fish was probably my biggest mistake early on when I met the man where I added the required number of garlic bulbs rather than cloves, and the most memorable was my first and only attempt at toad in the hole which looked more like sausages sunbathing on the sand. The Yorkshire pudding part didn’t rise and my eldest hasn’t ever let me forget it.
So I thought I’d give it another go as a midweek meal for all.
Wish me luck.
I’m going to follow the recipe to the letter so clearly this is going to be a success.
What you need:
150g plain flour
2 large eggs
Quarter of a teaspoon English Mustard powder
200ml semi-skimmed milk
3 tablespoons sunflower oil
1 tablespoon dried thyme
What to do:
Make up the batter by mixing the flour, mustard powder and a pinch of salt.
Make a hole in the flour and crack the eggs in the middle.
Whisk together and gradually add the milk until lump free.
Put in the fridge for up to an hour before for best results.
Warm the oven on gas mark 7.
Fry the sausages with 1 tablespoon of oil.
Add the remaining oil to a deep roasting tin or dish and put in the oven for 5 minutes.
Add in the herbs and sausages and pour in th batter.
Cook in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes until rot rises.
Serve with veg and gravy.
I was so pleased how it came out, and it wiped the smile off the teenagers face as he’d already decided that I would fail once again.
Isabelle on the other hand wasn’t keen and picked the Sausages out to dip in ketchup.
The rest of us ate it with veg and onion gravy and it was Yum.
A trip to Haldon Forest.
Haldon has become one of our go-to places since Charlie came along.
We’ve always enjoyed a good walk, but it’s a massive bonus that Haldon has gone that extra mile to make things a lot more interesting for kids.
We get to the forest and as usual Charlie (the dog) waits until the poo bin is out of site before doing his business so there goes Daddy in the background back to the bin.
To pass a bit of time, Isabelle has to do the obligatory dab (of course) that she’s picked up from her brother.
Isabelle is of course stylishly dressed for the forest in a lacy top, cat shorts and ‘fancy wellies’.
Here’s our handsome little man who had chilled out slightly following the car journey. He’s not great in the car, and started off with car sickness and anxiety but he has got better. He was quite nervous and panty on the way there today so it’s nice that he enjoyed it so much making the most of every bit of squelchy muddy grotty bog water he could find.
This is Daddy and Isabelle exploring because the path is ‘Borrrrring’.
This is me all alone in the forest because nobody else is here!
Ahh that’s where she went!
Off wrestling and catching a crocodile!
Isabelle braving the make shift bridge that she found across the ‘gorge’.
I was a bit disappointed that the myth of the ‘tree people’ came to an end as she finally noticed that they aren’t in fact ‘flying people’ but people up on the Go Ape zip wires.
Daddy and Isabelle made cupcakes when we got home using baby blue icing paste. They were in fact dark blue and left us with bright blue tongues and lips.
Hope you’re having a great weekend x
Handmade Baby Leggings from Baby Brain Apparel
I was so excited when I spotted these leggings and knew that you guys would love to get your hands on a pair.
These are my favourite.
Each pair of leggings cuff can be folded up and down for a better fit as we all know how quickly babies grow.
Leggings are the perfect choice for crawling and toddling babies with the constant on and off of nappies, and make wriggling easier for your little one.
Choose from some great prints and colours, available for both boys and girls.
Add a splash of colour, and can be worn instead of tights. Great for when that lovely little dress isn’t quite long enough any more.
And last but not least Blue Seb the Superhero Leggings.
These are a bit special as they’re made from soft organic fleece cotton making them extra cosy for colder days.
We’ve currently only got these in size 12 – 18 months, but if you like the range then we will expand and get more sizes.
Do pop a comment below if you give these the thumbs up.
Win a collection of Warner Bros #IconicMoments DVD’s
On 5th September 2016 Warner Bros UK. launched the Iconic Moments Collection. A beautifully matching packaged set of 22 standout titles celebrating the breadth of their catalogue.
Each of the releases has fantastic new artwork built around one of the most memorable lines from the film.
Fancy Winning these great film titles? Pop over to see us on Twitter for more details.
Empire of The Sun
Cool Hand Luke
The Wizard of Oz
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
North by Northwest
Gone With The Wind
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
The ‘Stand out’ one for me out of this list has got to be The Goonies! – “HEY YOU GUYSSSSSS”
If you haven’t watched this, then you’re missing out big time. It was originally released in 1985 (at which point even I was too young to have watched or remembered). I remember finding the old lady in it very scary but absolutely loved the film and have watched many times over.
I’ve watched all but two of these titles.
Gone with the Wind and North by Northwest which I will rectify at some point and report back to you.
— babynotincluded (@babynotincluded) September 14, 2016
Terms & Conditions
To be entered into the competition you must be following @babynotincluded on twitter and have retweeted the competition tweet.
The competition ends at midnight on 30th September.
The competition is open to UK residents only.
The winner will receive one of each of the above listed DVD titles. No cash alternative is available, non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the Prize winner.
The prize will be delivered to the winner direct from Fetch Dynamic Ltd within 28 days of delivery address.
*I received the above listed DVD collection in exchange for running this competition. I will let you know how I get on.