appEArance, beauty, drEAming, random thoughts, trEAsure

Dry heels and a lightbulb moment…

I love giving myself a pedicure – not that I have a foot fetish or anything but I like my feet to feel smooth and look good. With my family genes I have not been blessed with the best looking feet in the world and as you know at the moment I am having a lot of foot pain so pampering them does make them a bit better.

I usually do the pedicure on a Sunday evening whilst watching TV and I keep a Muji storage container handy with all the necessary tools and potions and lotions for my feet.  I quite often buy new products to try and presently I use Neal’s Yard Seaweed and Arnica Foaming Bath as a foot soak (although expensive a little goes a long way – and I always have it on my Birthday wish list) together with a sprinkle of Epsom Salts.

Recently in one of my magazines I noticed an advert for Flexitol Heel Balm which is for dry rough feet and cracked heels and thought I would give it a try.

I always prefer natural products and so I bought the Natural formula version over the usual one.  It is best to use it morning and evening and it certainly does what it says on the tin.  My heels looked smoother within days. I can certainly recommend it.

It was during this rigorous daily program that I had one of those lightbulb moments as I noticed that giving this area a lot of care and attention everyday produced quick and amazing results and that if I applied the same kind of focus to anything I did then I could not fail to see changes happening and just like applying the heel cream twice a day soon became a habit then anything else would work in the same way.

Of course I couldn’t keep adding and adding to my daily routines with everything I do as there would not be enough time during a day to do them all so I will have to figure out what are the routines that I want to put in place that will give me the quickest and most long-lasting results.

As my heels are so much better now a daily application is all that is necessary and maybe this will reduce even further to a weekly maintenance application – in a similar way I suspect that I could reduce the intensity of focus of a lot of other routine tasks once a result has been obtained.

I just need to figure out what is the best task for me to focus on next – it could be something from my household, finance, self and health or work categories or something even more general.  As usual lots to think about.

appEArance, beauty, budgeting, fEAsible, hEAlth, taking stock, trEAsury, wellbeing

‘Home’ wasn’t built in a day

This is my last week at home before I return to work after almost 3 month sick leave and I would have liked to report that everything is sorted and ordered but alas it is still a work in progress.  However, on the bright side I feel I have got a lot of the rooms in my house in better shape and after the mammoth decluttering I love the extra space I have uncovered in my drawers and cupboards and it was worth saying goodbye to a lot of the stuff.  ‘Stuff’ weighs you down.  I will be trying harder in the future not to accumulate the ‘stuff’ in the first place.

Yesterday I went to town and bought the final two plastic storage boxes for my craft cupboard so this is now complete.  I may decide to buy some more slide storage drawers to replace the round cassettes but I will decide this when I go through all the slides (and that is a project in itself for another day).

My paperwork is going well – I have almost no outstanding issues appart from that dreaded ‘ING’ account which I must close – it keeps lingering on my list as if to keep reminding me that I have still a long way to go in my quest for Order.

I am also gaining ground with my Health and Self tasks – I spent a little time and money in Boots yesterday – a new foundation cream (Boots No7 using my £5 coupon) and some Vitamin E cream.  I have also treated myself to some new underwear from M&S and a dress from Wallis.  Tomorrow I have my hair done and next week I am going for a Wellness check at Sainsbury’s (Cholesterol etc).  Unfortunately I have just missed the free Flora Cholesterol check that I had last year but I don’t mind the £9 charge if it gives me peace of mind and I get to know if I have managed to reduce the level from last year.

appEArance, beauty, hEAlth, wellbeing

All being well…I’ll start tomorrow

After dealing with my finances and getting them in better shape and having made a start on the Big Spring Clean for the house I am thinking it is now time to take control over my own personal well-being.

I Googled ‘well-being’ and found a couple of definitions I felt summarised my understanding of the concept quite well

‘a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous’


‘maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle’

– sounds good to me but probably quite hard to actually achieve without persistence and hard work.

So enough off this I’ll start tomorrow there is no time like the present – I am going to down tools for the afternoon and smear a cellulite mud mask on my legs which I purchased months ago and is now in my ‘use up’ basket from the shower room cupboard clear out,  followed by a nice hot shower and then a relaxing home-made face mask (but not forgetting to lock the front door of course!)Cellulite Mud Mask – I can only hope it might work!

For anyone that is interested below is the Face Mask Recipe brilliant for re-moisturising the skin

1tblsp oatmeal, 1 tblsp live yoghurt, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 tsp honey and 1 tsp mayonnaise – mix together and apply to clean dry skin and leave for 15 mins then rinse off.

And to follow…

I will book an appointment with my hairdresser next week to cut and restyle my hair and another one as a treat with Vicky from VJW, who does wonderful organic facials and deep tissue massage.

I must also type a list of all the supplements I should be taking daily but always forget and post it on one of my kitchen cupboards as a reminder.

Next I will search out my moleskin Wellness Journal that I purchased a few months ago and start making some serious entries and a plan to get my journey to my new state of well-being started…watch this space.