The Atomic Habits {mini} Series Section 1 | Finding Your Identity

Last week I started a read-along with This Splendid Shambles {and co.} of Atomic Habits by James Clear. Basically, a group of us would read a section of the book a week to then discuss and dissect. Now, this is a book I have previously delved through but has been on my list to re-start as {to be honest} my first attempt was pretty half arsed. So when I saw Anjali {from TSS} was starting a read-along I instantly signed up.

The first section of Atomic Habits is focused on setting up the fundamentals of why tiny changes make a big difference, including how habits shape your identity. Now at the end of the first week {and into the second} I have been considering how I see my own identity and how someone with this identity would think and act. To do this, James Clear suggests asking yourself the question “what would someone XYZ do?”

For example, using the identity of someone with clear skin, someone who takes pride in their appearance, someone who is financially responsible, someone who is a good parent, someone who has a successful business or someone who is organised and tidy. What would each of these people do?

Let’s take the example of someone with clear skin. What would someone with clear skin do?

They would probably have a considered and consistent skin care routine. They probably wouldn’t overly touch or pick at the skin or blemishes. They would have a diet rich in nutrients and ensure a good intake of water. They may take skin health supplements which compliment their diet, use sunscreen regularly and they would probably be mindful of the skin care products and make-up they were using.

Which of these habits or actions could we implement in our daily lives to become that person with clear skin? The answer {surprisingly or not} is that we could actually implement most if not all of these actions. Yet a lot of us don’t.

To look at another example, what would someone who is financially responsible do? They would probably set a budget, they would monitor their income and expenditure and ensure the one doesn’t outweigh the other. They would be mindful of how they spent their money and ensure there is a contingency for emergencies. Perhaps they don’t take out credit. Perhaps they do but pay it off regularly. Perhaps everything they own is on credit so they are “cash rich”. Again, implementing all or some of these actions may seem fairly straightforward. But for many even the {perceived} simplest action could be incredibly difficult, overwhelming or seemingly impossible.

This example also brings into consideration different people’s interpretation of what being financially responsible means. The same with other subjective identities such as parenthood. What one person considers “good” may be very different to another’s, and so on.

Of course identities {and their habits} don’t need to be quite so all encompassing. Instead of considering what would an organised person do you may want to think about something more specific to you and areas you’d like to form better habits, for example asking yourself what would someone on top of their laundry do? They’d probably have a consistent routine from sorting to folding and putting clothes away. They may delegate tasks to others within their household or even budget for use of an outside laundry service etc.

Use this free resource to help you think the identity {or identities} you’d like to incorporate into your life, consider what someone with this identity would do and which of their habits you could implement into your own life.

The next step is to prioritise which identify and habit{s} to focus on first. Again, whilst all or many of these actions may appear fairly small and easy to implement, putting them all together is probably going to be counterproductive and end up causing self-sabotage. To think big, start off thinking small {hence the term atomic habits}.

Again, use the free resource {above} to make your own action plan.

Making habits stick

So you’ve chosen your identify, considered what someone with this identity may do and created some habits you can thread into your daily life in order to implement that identity. What’s next? How do you make these new habits stick?

James Clear sets out 4 simple steps to build better habits – Make them obvious, make them attractive, make them easy and make them satisfying.

In the next post in the Atomic Habits {mini} Series we’ll start to explore the first of these steps – making systems {or cues} for behaviour change obvious.

Hello September | Setting your autumn goals 🍂

Too soon to be thinking about autumn?! NEVER! We all love a summer break but there’s something magical about the fall months – the changing weather, red, brown and golden colours, the lead up to the big C…. {it’s definitely too early to mention that right?!}

New month, new academic year, signs of autumn on the way – the best time to revisit your goals and set actions for the coming season.

Introducing The Goal Getter {mini} Academy

Ready to set your autumn goals? Introducing the Goal Getter Academy – a FREE 5 day mini workshop sent straight to your inbox starting Monday 13th September.

Are you ready to take back control and start building your dream life?

Together we’ll work through everything from broadening your mindset and gaining confidence to setting your goals and taking action to see them become reality.

We’ll set achievable action plans and learn about how to create discipline through habits. We’ll look at how you can challenge your mindset and discover your inner confidence.

PLUS you’ll get an exclusive Goal Getter {mini} Academy workbook and sneak peek into the new 2022 Life Planner {available to pre-order nowFREE DELIVERY with every pre-order ends Monday 6th September!}

Sign up via the link below and you’ll receive an email every day for 5 days from Monday 13th September full of FREE content – work through the Goal Getter {mini} Academy either everyday or at your own pace to help create your best life in business health and/or home.

Did you miss our September freebie? Sign up to the Goal Getter Academy to receive your FREE downloadable September monthly planners PLUS the I Believe in Me daily planner straight to your inbox.

Happy goal getting!

2022 Life Planner Pre-Orders NOW OPEN | + Exclusive Bank Holiday Offers

I am so excited to announce that PRE-ORDERS for the 2022 Life Planner are NOW OPEN!

Plus I have a couple of Bank Holiday offers for you – FREE DELIVERY with every order placed until Sunday 5th September 2021 PLUS 15% off TODAY ONLY!

More about the planner

There’s nothing more satisfying than starting fresh with an empty, clear diary. To me it signifies a clean slate, a chance to set goals, brainstorm, get my thoughts in check and have a good old mental declutter. But finding the perfect planner which includes all aspects of our busy lives can be hard. This is why I created the Business Health & Home Life Planner.

As a busy mum of three, homemaker and business owner, I know what it feels like to feel overwhelmed and chaotic. This planner has been designed to help women take back control of their busy lives and make time for the things which are most important to them; whether that be creating a dream home, working on health goals or building a business.

The 2022 Life Planner includes pages for:

♥︎ Vision board and goal setting
♥︎ Task lists
♥︎ Vehicle and password logs
♥︎ Meal ideas, meal planning and shopping lists
♥︎ Exercise and weight tracking
♥︎ Project and event planning
♥︎ Day out and holiday checklists
♥︎ Christmas planning
♥︎ Financial planning
♥︎ Annual, monthly and weekly planning
♥︎ School/work planning and meeting notes
♥︎ Note pages
♥︎ Annual overview and 2023 at a glance
And MORE!

Planners will be dispatched October 2021 ♥︎

Find out more about Business Health & Home at:

www.businesshealthandhome.co.uk

Instagram @businesshealthandhome

Facebook @runellierun

Contact ellie@businesshealthandhome.co.uk

Back to School 2021-22 | Plus your FREE Checklist

Who intended to get organised for school right at the start of the summer? *puts hand up* Who then left everything until the last minute? *hand stays up*. Ok so truth be told I was slightly organised this year in that I raided the PTFA second hand collection for basically anything else I could lay my hands on {go me!} {And trust me when I say I will NEVER again buy new uniform unless I absolutely have to – if your school offers second hand items – literally bite their hand off!}

That aside, I then ordered name labels mid way through August {again, go me} mainly because I knew P would be starting nursery and I happened to be talking to a friend who’s little boy starts school this year to whom I recommended the labels we use {find them here} which then prompted me to take action.

{Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash}

That same conversation then got my brain ticking about all the other bits we would need. “I’ve got most of it” I confidently thought…….. but for some magical reason children seem to grow twice as fast during the summer holidays. Sun, soil and…. sweat {?!} obviously does wonders for their cell regeneration. And here we are, with two 6 year old boys who have outgrown 80% of their wardrobe {socks included} and now fitting into 7-8 year sized clothes. Throw into the mix a 3 year old who also seems to have grown a few inches and mummy and daddy’s bank account is suddenly preparing for a proper bashing.

The boys will be starting their 3rd year at school {although technically they are yet to complete a whole school year thanks to Covid} and although the stress of getting all the right “stuff” is notably less, I still feel my brain cranking out of summer mode trying to recall what they actually need.

And I’m guessing I’m not to only one……! So I’ve created a FREE downloadable checklist to help jog your {and my} memory and get us back to feeling like the organised superstars we always intended to be.

There are 2 lists – one in colour and one which is more printer ink friendly {you’re welcome} – both have 2 pages, one with my suggested list and a blank version to create/add your own items specific to your school/setting/child. Simply follow the link below to get your list delivereddirectly to your inbox.

I’d love to hear your feedback – get in touch to let me know what you thought or tag @alifetwintastic on Instagram to get features on my stories!

All my best for your little ones starting or going back to school and enjoy the rest of your summer 🙂

Welcome to BH&H | supporting women to take back control and design their best life

Hello and welcome to the newly rebranded Business Health & Home {previously a Life Twintastic}.

Why the rebrand? Good question! A Life Twintastic was originally formed to share my life as a mum of three and wannabe perfect housewife. I then started to explore entrepreneurship and started my own profitable side hustle {Pro Clerking} in 2019. Since then I have found a real passion for business and alongside a lot of highs and lows, lessons learnt and a focus on my own personal development I want to take you along on my journey to designing my best life – in business {or work/side hustle}, health and {of course} home.

Hence BH&H was born. With the tagline of Enable | Empower | Equip BH&H aims to:

  • Enable women to say yes to their goals, values and dreams
  • Empower women to know they are enough and can do anything they set their mind to
  • Equip women with information and resources to help balance the things which are truly important to them, whether that be starting or growing their side hustle, taking control of their health and well-being or creating a relaxed, functional home

Great! So how exactly is this blog going to help me create my dream life?

Another great question! BH&H will publish two blog posts a week rotating around the three main focus areas {business, health and – you got it! – home} providing hints and tips, inspiration and motivation as well as a real life, current account of my own journey to create my dream life.

You can also join me over on Instagram or Facebook to see what’s going on in our day to day lives and connect on a more personal level!

Anything else?

Well I’m glad you asked 🙂 BH&H is soon to become home to one of my true passion projects {which has been going around and around in my head for literally years} – to create beautiful, functional planners and organisers to help women take back control of their busy lives.

The 2022 Annual Life Planner is currently in production and will be available to pre-order from September 2021 – check out the Planners and Organisers page, head over to Instagram or Facebook or why not subscribe to receive more information directly to your inbox?

What’s next for BH&H?

As always, my brain is on overdrive with ideas for new products and services, including:

  • More planners including the BH&H Blog Planner and Clerks’ Annual Planner {linked to Pro Clerking}
  • Online programmes and eBooks – Design Your Best Life, The Goal Getter, Me My Mind and I and more!
  • Documentary – I have been invited to be part of a Dermatillomania Documentary which will hopefully be filmed later this year 🙂

Lots happening 🙂 Don’t forget to subscribe to stay up to date with the latest blog posts and offers.

New Branding | Under {construction}…..

You may have noticed things have been a bit quiet around here. But let me tell you – it’s been a flurry of activity behind the scenes here at HQ {aka my little home office!}.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a Life Twintastic is undergoing a makeover. ALT will soon become Business, Health & Home {BH&H}. The website is being given a spruce up and soon all the ALT handles will become @businesshealthandhome. I’m aiming for everything to be fully back up and running by the end of the month – same content, same value, new name and new branding!

The blog will continue to post twice a week on all things business, health & home as well as become home to my passion project – creating beautiful planners and stationery to help women take back control in their busy lives.

Alongside this I’ve been doing A LOT of work on my other business – Pro Clerking – which will be launching 1:1 and group coaching plus a members club from September 2021 – it’s all go go go!

I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for continued support and I’m looking forward to sharing the new Business Health & Home endeavour with you soon.

Ellie ♥︎

ALT Newsletter {July 2021} | New Product, Business Pivot + Summer Plans {Oh My!}

Hello and welcome to the July edition of the A Life Twintastic {ALT} newsletter!

I’ve been a bit quiet posting on here over the last couple of weeks – as some of you may know I’ve recently invested in a personal and business coach and to be honest it’s taken up the majority of my brain power! That and it being a busy time of year for work have meant I’ve let my goal of posing two blog posts a week has been lacking – BUT after a pretty epic mindset shift I’m back on task and ready to take action 🙂 I’ll be posting more about my personal development journey soon 🙂

But for this newsletter see below for what’s been happening on the blog this last month plus information on my new digital Life Planner, a change in direction for my business and plans for the summer!


Business

Well well well! Lot’s going on both in front and behind the scenes. I launched my second digital Life Planner at the end of June – this undated, re-branded, updated version has a new style, new pages and means you can start using your new planner at ANY time of the year! Find out more here and remember ALT followers get 20% off with the code LOVINGLIFE 🙂 {PLUS don’t forget to check out FREE “How-to” eBook to find out what a digital planner is all about – INCLUDING a FREE prototype planner to try before you buy 🙂

Following on from that I’ve started doing some groundwork to print and publish my first hardback planner – more information coming soon!

There is also lots going on behind the scenes of both ALT and my other business, Pro Clerking {which is focused on supporting, upskilling and empowering Clerks and Company Secretaries in the education sector} – taking action to move my dream of having hardback planners forwards, making BIG decisions in the direction I want to take my businesses and getting braver around injecting my personality into {especially} Pro Clerking and connecting emotionally with what I offer which is going to have a HUGE impact on delivery of services and products going forwards.

I also launched my Governance Compliance Resource Package and delivered free compliance and end of year task overviews to my Pro Clerking community PLUS more than quadrupled my email subscriber list with a freebie {more on this in a later post!} plus started work on my next launch – the New Clerks’ Network UK 🙂

I’ve also taken a change in direction with Pro-Clerking and handed in my notice to my day to day clients {eeek!} in favour of growing the mentoring and coaching side of my business. I’m really excited about this new opportunity {although I have dabbled in coaching previously} and looking forward to seeing how things map out!

On the Blog:

TIME MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES {FOR YOUR SIDE HUSTLE}

HOW A BLOG CAN HELP GROW YOUR BUSINESS | {AND ADD VALUE TO YOUR CLIENTS}

Health

My personal and business coaching has been focused around my own personal development and mindset. The process is by no means easy and it’s been a rollercoaster of a ride. Changing your mindset involves taking action and discipline, two things I am starting to incorporate into my daily life. As previously said, I’ll be posting more about this soon 🙂

On the Blog:

AMAZON BEST BUYS | {SUMMER 2021}

Home

Not much has been going on on the home front other than the start of summer holidays! We’re really lucky that the boys’ school has an open air swimming pool which we are able to use as part of the school community. Along with their school swimming lessons we usually go 3 times a week and the boys have really improved in both their water confidence and swimming. I make sure I take P at least once a week too to either the school pool or another local “splash” pool to build her confidence having not been in a pool since she was less than one years old due to Covid. She’s just turned a corner and is now happy to float and swim about on her own using these great pool floats and even jumping in!

{Miss P loving the swimming pool!}

We haven’t got any holidays planned this week, mainly because Mr H will be working all summer but we have got some lovely days out planned – make sure you follow our mini adventures over on Instagram! We also have family visiting at the end of August which we’re really looking forward to.

On the Blog:

PROJECT SIMPLIFY | 6 WEEK {DECLUTTER} CHALLENGE

What plans do you have this summer? Has it been sunny where you are?

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How a Blog can Help Grow Your Business | {And add value to your clients}

Did you think a blog is just for people who want to share their latest cupcake recipe or “how-to” guide as a side hobby to their “real” job?

Well, well, well my friend. I’m here to tell you not only that blogging is a REAL JOB {which you can make money from no less} but also that having a blog can help you to GROW your business and/or brand and add VALUE to your clients or customer base. When done properly starting a blog for your business can create a whole range of new opportunities and boost your marketing power.

BONUS – head to the end of this post for an exclusive offer to help get you on the right road to creating a KILLER BLOG!

Don’t believe me? Read on….


10 Ways a Blog can Help Grow Your Business {and add value to your customers}

1. Increase brand awareness

Having a blog is a great way of not only advertising your business but it also allows another avenue of increasing your brand awareness and personal brand. A blog post is a great way of being more informal and letting your personality shine! They also help bring businesses to life and create consistent branding to create more leads and therefore more customers.

2. Provide direct links to products or services

Don’t have the swipe up option {aka links} on Instagram stories? Me neither! Blog posts are great for allowing you to add direct links to products, services, categories or collections without having to reach a certain number of followers or subscribers. Hazzah!

3. A chance to showcase your products, services and expertise

Why not write a blog post about how a customer can use your products/ a particular product or how your services can improve working or personal practices. Blogs give you a chance to share more information, really diver deeper into your products or services and showcase your wonderful products.

4. Create new leads {hello blogging community!}

Creating a blog opens up a WHOLE new platform of potential leads – the blogging community is VAST and will therefore the opportunity to expand your clientele just by simply having a blog!

5. Improve your Search Engine Optimisation {SEO}

Done properly, blogging can improve your website’s Google search rank, bring more people to your website and therefore create more leads. Basically the more activity you have on your website the higher it’s likely to rank in searches – regular blog posts will help maintain your search engine rankings.

6. Increase credibility

By showcasing your expertise, the quality and functionality of your products and/or services you will improve your business’ reputation and build a strong LIKE, KNOW, TRUST factor.

7. A way to flex your content ideas for social media

Are you stuck for content ideas but are still keen to stay consistent and present? Blogging adds another string to your content bow by allowing you to write about a whole range of material from the history of your product, how you started your business, customer Q&As or showcase customer reviews. Having a few blog posts in your back pocket can help ease dry spells and can be automated to post at a time and date of your choice.

8. A change to set up a regular newsletter or email list

A lot of websites {such as GoDaddy} allow you to create a blog within their hosting package. Plus they also allow people to subscribe to an email list {more on this in a later post!} to which you can send out links to your latest blog post or a regular newsletter. Don’t have a website? You can create a blog for FREE on platforms such as WordPress which you can create a direct link to from your Instagram bio or Facebook page. Platforms such as MailChimp also allow you to set up an email list – so there are lots of options!

9. Give you a chance to write a Call to Action (CTA)

A great way to turn cold leads into warm ones is to add a CTA at the end of each blog posts. For example you could leave your contact link if they would like more information or if they would like to work with you or include your social media links. People are more likely to follow through when they are given direct instructions!

10. Answer FAQs and customer queries

Lastly – a great idea for a blog post is create a one stop shop for any frequently asked questions or customer queries. Are people always asking what colours are available for a certain jewellery line? Write a blog post! Are you always getting asked about upcoming event? Write a blog post!


Creating and maintaining a blog for your business can create a whole range of new opportunities – but remember, when it comes to growing your business and adding value CONSISTENCY IS KEY!

BONUS OFFER!

Don’t know where to start or what to write about? My good friend Anjali from This Splendid Shambles’ has created an invaluable Confident Content Creation Course in which you can learn the strategies and skills to get your content seen by more people, and showcase your products and services as well as ways to stay consistent, organised and motivated when it comes to creating content for your blog, business or social media.

Find out more about the incredible Confident Content Creation course HERE and use the code TWINTASTIC20 at the checkout for an exclusive 20% off for ALT followers!

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Deep Dive into Project Simplify | {Declutter Challenge 2021}


This is a repurposed post from May 2020 which links into my current Project Simplify Declutter challenge:


Truth be told I’ve had a version of this blog post in my head for probably close to 2 years now. It started when I was pregnant with Penny and had an overwhelming desire to declutter {hello nesting}. We had {have} SO.MUCH.STUFF. It was exhausting. Constantly cleaning, moving things around, re-organising, getting rid of stuff then at the same time buying new things in an attempt to make our home look and feel better. I’d flit from project to project as time and motivation allowed never really finishing anything or feeling like I was making any headway. I never felt that {possibly unreachable} point of feeling content. Never reaching that “perfect” point where I could sit back and relax into my little world.

When Penny was about 5 months old {January 2019} I read Marie Kondo’s Book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying {which by the way I LOVED} and started following The Organised Mum on Instagram closely followed by the online phenomenon that is Mrs Hinch. This was what this post was originally going to be about – how I worked through and implemented aspects of these methods to finally “complete” project {simplify}. Fast forward 15 months and I’m still not there. I still have too much stuff. I still don’t feel like the house is “together” or that I’m in a good housework routine. And actually things have changed. My mentality has been through the ringer and {partly thanks to some pretty intense counselling sessions} I began to realise project {simplify} was about sooooo much more than my home. My whole being felt claustrophobic, enclosed and over complicated.

Penny {at 5 months} helping with a Marie Kondo inspired clothes clear out

The definition of {simple}

So what does simple mean to me. When I broke it down here’s what I came up with:

In a nutshell, project {simplify} meant creating physical and mental space in which I felt good, clean, healthy and productive. A space which felt achievable, clear, inviting and welcoming. A space which felt natural, light, spacious and sustainable. A space where life felt uncomplicated and I could be creative and relaxed at the same time. Sounds like a dream? Maybe so. But for me project {simplify} on some level isn’t a wish list, it is a necessity. I believe it will have a life-long impact on my mental and physical health and open up my creativity to enable me to achieve things that always felt out of arms reach. In essence, I believe it will make everything better. Not perfect. But better. And that’s perfect enough for me.

Where to begin?

Note : This is not so much of a “how to” post but more of an amalgamation of thought processes from the last 24 months.

Inspiration

When you scroll through Instagram accounts filled with beautiful homes what do they have in common? Chances are they are {seemingly} uncluttered. They are usually quite simple and have some kind of theme or style, full of beautiful pieces which bring joy and delight. Achieving an Insta-perfect home may not be realistic for your life {or budget!} but noting down some of the elements you love or creating a vision or Pinterest Board of achievable ideas is a great place to start. Is their toy storage amazing? Does the style of their bookshelves look uncluttered and inviting? What exactly are you drawn to? Is it the colour scheme or the artwork on the walls? Are you drawn to beach homes with a huge open view? Do you love simple, clean cut outfits or bright floral prints? Remember this is more than your home. Project {simply} is about your life.

My {recently decluttered} favourite spot

Implementation

Clear out books, ornaments, clothes, make-up, toys, paperwork, emails, stationery, bank accounts, your instagram feed. Clear all the apps off your phone you don’t use. Change notification settings so you’re not bombarded with information 24/7. Unsubscribe from email chains you no longer engage with. Have a switch-off Sunday where you turn notifications off or delete your social media apps for 1 day a week. Take active steps to clear space. This may be in bite-sized chunks or full Marie-Kondo-ing the s**t out of your home. It’s hard. Really hard. To clear out stuff you’ve held onto for one reason or another. That may have been a gift or has sentimental value. But it is necessary. Think of what you would want to leave behind {without sounding too morbid!}, what makes you happy {sparks joy as Marie would say}, what is actually needed and used. Try not to overthink it. You may chose to clear things out in waves. There are things you may not be ready to let go of and that’s ok. There is no right or wrong to this process. The aim is to reach a place where YOU {and your family} are content. Whether that’s for a season, a year, 5 years or a lifetime. And remember to be realistic about where you are now. If you have children there will be toys. If you have animals there will be pet paraphernalia. If you are saving or don’t have the finances to fund your dream home/wardrobe you will have to make the best of what you have. This is YOUR life. YOUR style and YOUR space. Don’t try to copy someone else – that brings with it a whole heap of other issues!

Decluttering mental space

This is a big one. For me decluttering physical belongings is only half the project. Creating mental space is not only necessary. It’s vital. It’s vital in feeling well. It’s vital in managing the bad days. It’s vital in finding inner peace and acceptance. It’s vital in being the best mother, wife, sister, friend and colleague I can be. Not perfect. Not “high functioning”. But the best version of me {warts and all}. It’s saying no. It’s ending toxic relationships {personal and professional}. It’s nourishing my mind and body. It’s knowing where to go for support. It’s giving myself space to breathe. It’s creating routines which work for our family. And {for me} there is a definite link between mental and physical clutter. I can’t have one and not the other. Physical clutter makes me feel anxious and uneasy. Mental clutter makes me unproductive and unmotivated. Creating a space for mindfulness and self-care is essential to survive and thrive. Filling your cup so it overflows to others.

Having a {mental} declutter

Lockdown

This brings me nicely onto what prompted me to revisit this post. We are now at the end of week 6 of the COVID-19 lockdown {at the time of the original post}. We have been social distancing, furloughed and self isolating for well over a month. This past week I’ve felt incredibly anxious about what happens post-lockdown. We’ve been inside our own little bubble {which in itself has come with it’s own ups and downs} and although I’ve been very active on the old virtual community I’ve been feeling incredibly disconnected with the outside world. I already fear the overwhelm of being re-introduced to society, strange as that may sound. Part of my anxiety is around regretting not making the most out of being at home. {Noting not everyone is at home – the reality for key workers and those who are feeling incredibly lonely and isolated or unwell is very different}. As a way of trying to ease my own anxious brain I decided to make a list. A list of things I would like to do over the next few weeks {or longer}. Not to put pressure on myself but as a way of re-focusing what is important at a time when there is so much uncertainty and need. Here’s what my list looks like:

  • To make progress with project {simplify} {this counts right?!} {see below}
  • To make time for health – self-care, nutrition, exercise, mental health, my skin, weight and fresh air
  • To home school the boys to the best of our ability – including a {flexible} structure to our weekdays
  • To use The Organised Mum Method {TOMM} to help feel/stay on top of housework
  • To implement switch-off Sunday – turn off all social media notifications during the day every Sunday
  • To plan out/start or even complete one of my e-book ideas
  • To start Dermatillomania Support UK
  • To make space for creativity – blogging, writing, painting
  • To support others by reaching out, offering support, listening, laughing, crying or being an Insta-friend – whatever I can give that people need
  • To enjoy my little family

My initial aims for project {simplify} are:

  • To implement TOMM {as above}
  • To clear out my office space and paperwork
  • To finish decorating the kitchen
  • To clear out my dressing table drawers, make-up and medicine cupboard
  • To clear out our garage
  • To simplify my email accounts and unsubscribe from chains
  • To allow myself space for family and creativity by implementing switch-off Sunday {as above}
  • To simplify our belongings to create light, spacious and uncomplicated surroundings

Clean. Clear. Natural. Achievable. Sustainable. Open. Simple.

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Amazon Best Buys | {Summer 2021}

{This post contains affiliate links for products I personally use and endorse – find out more about affiliate marketing here}

The sun is shining and the shorts are out – summer is finally here! This week I wanted to share with you some of my Amazon best Buys for summer 2021 {and beyond!} As you may know I am a HUGE Amazon fan so of course I jumped at the opportunity to create my own Amazon Storefront to share my favourite products as well as adding another sting to my side hustle bow as an affiliate marketer. You can find out more about why I love Amazon and the affiliate scheme on my Amazon Best Buys {Health and Beauty} post.

My Amazon Best Buys for Summer 2021

{All of which are available on my Amazon Storefront – prices as at June 2021}:

For You

Sarong Dress – £12.99

The perfect cover up for by the pool or in the garden or for if you just want something super lightweight to throw on! Available in loads of colours.

Womens Sarong Bikini Cover Up Short Swim Wrap Spaghetti Strap Mini Beach Swimwear Dress Royal Blue


Shorts and Long Sleeved Top Loungewear set – £23.99 – £26.99 dependant on size

The perfect loungewear set for crisp summer mornings or to relax in during cool evenings this shorts and long sleeve top combo is super soft and comfy.

Mengar Womens Comfy Cotton Pyjama Sets Casual Loungewear Autumn Pjs Sets Long Sleeve Shirts and Shorts Sleepwear Set (Blue S)


Clear Dome Copper Dots Umbrella – £15.09

Unfortunately we {usually} still have to deal with some rain during the summer months {especially here in the UK!} but even a down pour can’t hamper my spirit with this gorgeous copper dots clear dome umbrella which I keep in the boot of my car.

SMATI Clear Dome – Stick Umbrella Colorful dots for Woman – Windproof (Copper)


Starbucks Cold Cup – £9.95

Why not sip your favourite summer smoothie, iced coffee {or drink of choice} in style with this reusable Starbucks cold cup?

Starbucks Siren Logo Reusable Plastic Cold Cup, 24 fl oz


Wireless Earbud Headphones – £17.84

I absolutely love my wireless earbud headphones {when the toddler hasn’t hidden them!} At a fraction of the cost of branded {aka Apple} equivalents they {in my opinion} do the job just as well. I always have one in around the house or on my morning summer walks listening to my favourite Goal Digger Podcast or taking calls on the go.

Balhvit Touch Control Wireless Earbuds Headphones, HiFi Stereo 5.0 Bluetooth Headphones in Ear IPX6 Waterproof Wireless Earphones With Mic, 35H Playtime TWS Bluetooth Earphones With Fast Charging Case


Packing Organisers – £16.99

If you’re lucky enough to get away on holiday this year these packing organisers are an essential! Not only do they help organise your luggage but they also help create more space {= more room for extra biknis!} I also use them at home for storing out of season clothes or holiday bits.

Packing Cubes for Suitcase,Geediar 9 PCS Travel Luggage Packing Organizers Waterproof Travel Essentials Bag Clothes Shoes Cosmetics Toiletries Storage Bags(a-Grey)


Aloe Vera Revitalising Cream – £5.44 pack of 3

I’ve talked about this {a few times} before – but here we are again! My favourite moisturiser of ALL TIME. Gentle on your skin and fantastic for after you’ve caught the sun – plus an absolute bargain prince – it’s a no brainer!

THREE PACKS of Cyclax Aloe Vera Revitalising Cream 300ml


Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails – £7.99

I talked about these in my last Amazon Best Buys post but these stick on nails are perfect to add instant glam for a summer girls night out – easy, quick to apply and no fear of smudges this no hassle set has 24 nails so you can easily replace any lost nails, simples.

Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails – Fanciful, 1-Pack (1 x Pack of 24)


For Your Home / Kids

Bestway Fast Set 8ft Pool – £46.95

Our number one investment piece for summer 2021 – we’ve been circling round cheap and cheerful pools ever since having the boys 6 years ago and they very rarely make it past one summer season. So this year, now the boys are bigger, we decided to invest in an 8ft fast set pool. Our 2 year old loves it too and she can literally swim around in it with her floaties {see below}! Since the pool takes ~3,000 litres of water it’s something we want to fill and keep up all summer long. Therefore we also bought a pool cover {which helps keep it clear and retain heat}, Flowclear water pump {to filter the water} and Clearwater Pool Chemical Starter Kit which includes chlorine granules, pH adjusters, testing strips and algaecide {links to all these products below}. The perfect combination for years of summer fun!

Bestway 8ft x 26in Fast Set Swimming Pool no pump 57008

Bestway Pool Cover {£14.80} + Bestway Flowclear Water Pump {£36.90} + ClearWater Pool Chemical Starter Kit {£27.93}


Kids Swimming Float Discs Set of 6 – £17.99

I get asked A LOT about Penny’s swimming float discs – because they are amazing! Again recommended by a mum friend {same one as the roll on sun screen!} – they come in packs of 6 and slot together so you can use all 3 on each arm {which is plenty to fully hold Penny and the boys’ weight in the water} then gradually remove a disc at a time when your little one gets more confident with their swimming. No inflating, quick to dry, comfortable and easy to use I would recommend these to anyone!

ZCOINS Kids Child Float Discs Learn to Swim Arm Bands(6pcs per Set)


Water Blaster Back Pack – £15.95

These water pistol back packs guarantee hours of fun and a great way to keep cool for your kids on balmy summer days. Super easy to use and re-fill – both my 6 year olds and 2 year old love their water blaster back packs!

Grafix T-Rex Dinosaur Water Blaster Backpack Gun Green Kids Outdoor Soaker Pistol Boys Kids Toy Gift


3 Pack Animal Head Pool Floats – £8.99

Noah asked for a penguin pool float so when I came across this pack of THREE animal floats I was like YES – Penny was more than happy with a flamingo and Ollie loved the duck! An absolute bargain and a great size for our 8ft pool {see above} – the kids absolutely love them!

Intex 3 Pack – 59220Ep – Animal Head Split Ring Pool Floats Bundle Includes Frog, Duck, Penguin


Roll On Sunscreen Factor 50 – £3.99

I first started buying roll on sunscreen for the kids when the boys started school and were told to bring sunscreen in with them. Of course I started thinking how on earth are they going to do this themselves easily {and without spilling half the bottle of sun cream down their school uniform!} A mum friend recommended roll on sunscreen and it’s been a game changer! The boys {and even Penny!} can use it themselves without worrying about difficult pumps or messy bottles and they just live in their school bags for the summer term!

Nivea SUN Kids Protect & Care Caring Roll-On (50 ml) Sunscreen with SPF 50, Roll-On Kids Suncream for Delicate Skin, Immediately Protects Against Sun Exposure


And there you go! A few of my favourite summer buys for 2021 {and beyond!} all in a one stop Amazon Storefront shop {that was a mouthful}! Why not see what other products I use and recommend?

What are your best buys for summer? Let me know in the comments below!

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