Updated: Feb 9, 2021
Last week, when perusing my new 2021 diary, I realised that it has almost been a year since I temporarily closed Peekaboo's doors. My mind boggles. It fills up like an overinflated balloon about to pop when I contemplate how much time has actually gone by since I have seen so many of you. I know I've seen a few of you in passing in town, or during a quick dash to the supermarket. But to those of you who I haven't bumped in to and been able to ask these questions directly; I hope you are well and keeping your spirits high. I hope you and all your families and friends are safe and well, and most importantly that your minds are happy and healthy. Lockdown has, for many of us, provided a very sedate way of life, where there are little to no schedules, or deadlines. Not even a need to get out of your PJ's if you didn't feel like it. And then some of you have been expected to pick up the pace considerably. Working your day jobs while caring for your families full-time. The pressure on so many has been constant and relentless. The stresses and strains of worry, boredom, frustration, and panic all rolled in to one! I tip my hat to all of you. No matter what position you have found yourself to be in this past year. You are all doing so well!
Which, leads me to the point of this post;
'Self-Love'. No matter what your relationship status may be this Valentines Day, make sure you use this little holiday to not only tell your loved-ones how important they are to you, but be sure to include yourself in these plans. This is a time to spend it with the ones you love, but it may be just as important for you to spend some time away from them too.
I have been doing a little bit or research for the last few days on what gifts may interest you this Lockdown Valentines Day. Have a peek, and see what you think!
Who doesn't love to feel, and smell fantastic? Personally, I love anything that can make me drift off in to another place. A half an hour escape from everything - The power of a delicious, powerful fragrance entwined in a hot bath with plenty of bubbles can be a perfect remedy for anyone feeling tired or run-down.
As a mum, who hears the patter of tiny feet the moment she is about to have some alone time, bath time WITHOUT the kids and WITH a glass of wine and a good book can be a pretty essential part of my day.
Indulge in a Treat or Two
I don't know about you, but chocolate is just one of those treats in life that never gets boring. I could chow down on bar after bar and enjoy every bite. But the best, and most luxurious way to eat chocolates for me has always been in the form of a chocolate box. Individually portioned nibbles of loveliness that you can't help but devour slowly, putting thought into which treat you choose next. Reading the menu card, searching for your favourite, staring longingly at it's crafted curves and edges, and steadily navigating the best way to take that first bite.
When I worked in Soho (long before the days of Peekaboo), on a Friday after running my office errands, I would take a cheeky diversion passed the Godiva flagship store and wander around the beautifully elegant shop. I'd gaze in awe at the sheer beauty and quality of what they had to offer. Lovingly crafted, stunningly beautiful varieties of all the flavours known to man. Every time I'm gifted a Godiva chocolate box, I am transported back to a different time in my life full of glamourous movie Premieres, work drinks, late night sprints (in heels!) for the last train home, commutes without buggies and nappy bags. I take a moment to enjoy quality and luxury, while being reminded of how much fun I managed to have before quitting the London life and making my beautiful family 'out in the sticks'.
Get Your Fizz On!
Another one for the Pamper checklist... who can resist a Bath Bomb! And these scrumptiously glitzy Geode Bath Bomb's by 'Miss Patisserie' from Amazon are shipped to your door next day if you are a lucky Amazon Prime Member
"When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance!"
Supporting small businesses has been at the heart of the Pandemic for many of us, and what better way than to support the families behind them than buying as much as you can through them. Feathers & Fellows is one of my favourite mum-run businesses making its way into the homes of people needing that little pick me up each day. Their gorgeous selections of "candles, diffusers and wax melts have all been carefully designed to blend sumptuous seasonal scents with 100% natural soy wax".
Just from a sneak peak at their website, you can find luxury at every turn and I'm so excited for this lovely little business to grow for years to come. Their Valentines Boxes look perfect as a gift to your special someone... or even just to yourself!
Glam it Up, Work it Out!
There is nothing quite like a new bit of technology that inspires and pushes you to make that change for good. For most, New Year is a time to kick your health in to gear... but by the end of January the usual habits tend to creep back in... especially during this weather! Only the brave will be heading out on those promised 5k runs. But with this fantastic bit of tech on your wrist, whether you're out on those trails, or sprinting up and down your stairs with a pile of laundry balanced skillfully on your noggin, you will be able to keep track of your progress so easily and efficiently.
Just some of the features include, 24/7 heart rate tracking, Swimproof, 4+ day battery life, 15+ exercise modes & connected GPS, Sleep tracking and sleep score, Smartphone notifications & apps, Amazon Alexa built in, Store & play 300+ songs, and you can even make secure purchases with Fitbit pay!
All that in a bit of kit on your wrist... amazing!
Entertainment and Music for a bit of 'You Time'
If you're like me, and just want to zone out at the end of a very long, long long day I highly suggest that you give Amazon Prime a try. For an annual fee of £79, Amazon Prime members can get unlimited, FREE One-Day Delivery on millions of items. Watch over 15,000 movies and TV episodes with unlimited instant streaming. Borrow from thousands of titles from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. Secure, unlimited photo storage with anywhere access. And listen to over 2 million songs on Prime Music. I personally have been using Prime for over 4 years now and I love it. There us always something to watch on Prime Video, all the music I could ask for from Prime Music, and even the books from Kindle Unlimited are instant, and so much to choose from. Obviously, the benefits of Prime go beyond just you, and the stuff they have for kids on there is absolutely brilliant too, such as Amazon Kids (but that's all for another post).
Overall, I give it a 10 out of 10 rating and could be a great little treat for yourself this Valentines Day.
If you fancy replenishing your makeup bag this Valentines Day with some truly beautiful brushes, that not only compliment your personal collection of products, but also offer a sleek style and high quality design, BOBOU is the answer!
BOBOU, as featured on BBC One, Stylist Magazine and short-listed for the Beauty Awards 2020 makes it on to my list as a top little gift for yourself or that special someone this year. We may not be dancing the night away, or jetting off to a beach somewhere, but good grief; Boris hasn't put a stop to you looking your best, has he now?
If you have any recommendations on products, or would like to promote your small business here, get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd be happy to update the list above, and get the word out about your amazing products!
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!