Behind the scenes

Our dining table has disappeared! – Easter update

Hi, how are you?

It’s been a strange sort of a year.  One full year since our first lockdown here in the UK.  It’s almost Easter weekend as I’m writing this, our second one where our usual plans are out the window and I’m wracking my brain to try and make it special.

I asked my 15 (almost) year old if she was bothered about an egg hunt this year, fully expecting her to say she’s too old for childish things.

That was not the response I got!

So, two boxes of small eggs are on order.

Eldest teen isn’t into childish games anymore, but does like an easy life so will probably give in to her sisters pestering and join in.

Do you have plans for Easter weekend?  Please share them in the comments, I’m looking for inspiration!

We’ve found a new way of managing traditional gift exchanging times such as birthdays and Easter.  It’s been hard not being able to visit family as we normally would, and I’ve found myself buying more chocolate eggs than usual as requests come through for us to arrange on relatives behalf.

This means I currently can’t see our dining table.  I’m sure it’s still there, but it appears to be more like a seasonal aisle of Aldi. I’m hoping the teens will find space in their rooms for them so I can get some order in the chaos.  We need some space anyway as I bought some Easter craft supplies for a mum/daughter bonding time – will let you know how that goes!

Galaxy – my favourite ever chocolate, just in case you were curious!

In other news, today is vaccine day for me. I’m nervous, not only because it means going somewhere I’m not familiar with, which always triggers my anxiety, but also because I know some friends have experienced side effects.  I was ill with the virus at the beginning of December, 10 days of dizziness, exhaustion, sickness and bed rest and I don’t want to go through it again.  I will keep you updated on our socials if you want to know how I get on.

So, this weekend is going to involve chocolate, family and a lovely roast.  I’ve also planned a cheesecake to test out my new baking tin – wish me luck!

Cari xx

Behind the scenes

Stock deliveries, lateral flow tests and birthdays

What an interesting few weeks it’s been!

Celebrated my birthday at the end of Jan.  As if it’s not bad enough to be approaching 50, a lockdown birthday is even less fun than a normal ‘I’m a grown up’ birthday.  It started great, teens reluctant to get out of bed before midday and presents were mostly ones I’d chosen for myself.  Combine that with work and study (because my assignment was due and I didn’t think having a birthday was worthy of an extension) it was a fun filled day.

At least I’ve had some new stock to ‘oooh’ and ‘ahhh’ over.  With the cards it’s easy to admire ones that are destined for customers, but with The Body Shop at Home, the temptation to sniff every new fragranced skin and hair care product is high!  I’ve had great fun planning out how to make our monthly themed boxes special though, I hope the recipients approve!

As if the ‘day job’ wasn’t interesting enough at the moment, the powers that be decided we need to do regular testing.  I totally support the need to keep my colleagues safe, but I detest sticking swabs down my throat and up my nose, so now having to do it twice a week is a challenge.

I swear I sneezed eight times today!

I’ve also started reading a few personal development books.  I’ve struggled with a negative mindset and it’s finally time to change that as it’s holding me back.  I’ve started journaling, and the book I’m reading right now is this one.

If you have any suggestions please share in the comments!

At least it’s February – one step closer to a more normal world.

Keep safe

Cari xx

Behind the scenes

Giving something back and vlogging our morning routine

January feels like it’s dragging on forever, doesn’t it?
Christmas was SOOOO long ago, and with the wet/windy/snowy weather my mood has not been good.

However, today the sun is shining, so although it’s cold outside, I’m snug and warm with a lovely yellow glow filling my living room.

Feeling more positive reminds me that I haven’t really shared much about our latest idea for our TBSAH business.  I’m sure that lots of you really appreciate all those ‘key workers’ who are keeping our food shops stocked, our kids educated and our hospitals running (not an exhaustive list, there are so many key workers just getting on with things that we can’t possibly mention them all!)

We wanted to give something back, something that would give them a little boost outside of their very important work life.  So we’re making up little treat bags with hand creams/face masks and sweets, and we’re asking you lovely locals to help us.

Treat bags for key workers fund
For every £4.25 donated we will be able to make a treat bag, and we’re donating all our commission to make up extras too.  They will be distributed around local schools, hospitals and shops etc so we’re hoping to get quite a few made!

If you’d like to help, you can send donations through PayPal (friends and family please), get in touch for other ways to help.  Please follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with how we’re getting on.

In other news, we had every intention of filming our morning routines this week – it’s now Friday and we still haven’t done it.  If you’re subscribed to our channel I just want to say thanks, and sorry!  I just don’t know where each day disappears!  I promise it’s a priority for next week.  We are determined to get back to our twice weekly schedule.

So, think that’s it from us for now, stay safe and we’ll and we’ll be back with another blog update soon!

Cari xx