Glow with the flow

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How do you get through the day? I’m not sure who’s asking but I’m telling: my life is an absolute shambles, peppered with varying levels of caffeine (depending on shut-eye) and a lot of beauty products to paper over the maternal cracks. I’ve tried things like iCalendar (sorry Grandma for putting in the wrong birthday date), I’ve gone old school with a Rolodex (the divine purple leopard print exterior was distracting), but now I’ve gone even further back into the Dark Ages with a simple pen and paper. I write stuff down and tick it off and then start again the next day.

 

Yes, I am, in many ways, going backwards in my multitasking, organizational approach.

 

I’m the one who prefers a Nokia brick over the latest smart phone. I have stacks of records over loads of downloads and I am willing the portable CD player to make a dramatic comeback. (Along with H from Steps). Sometimes the simple things work and included in that is downtime; something that’s easy to say but harder to do.

 

My husband calls it ‘special time’, which makes it sound dodgier than it is. I’m basically – at 8 months pregnant – stewing in the bath like a knocked-up whale listening to Desert Island Discs with some sort of facial condiment slathered across my chops. It confuses Matt, so he just leaves me to it with an occasional: “you OK in there?”. But without that half hour to gently unravel my caffeinated thoughts I’d be on par with a frazzled vole at this point.

 

Multi-masking is, indeed, the new multi-tasking. You can’t just expect mind, body and soul to keep chuntering on without a bit of respite from the daily life storm. Stewing in a hot bath resembling a terrifying character from Monsters Inc. is, indeed, my only way to keep the thoughts clear and the ‘to do’ list in check.

 

My glow-to (yep, actually did that) is GLAMGLOW. While I love a nice relaxing face mask, I’m all about stuff that actually works. (And no, this isn’t a forced ‘#ad’; I got sent the product when I worked at Grazia and have been a firm advocate ever since). Y’see, there’s no point just lathering up your face with product if you look just as knackered post-soak. There’s six masks to choose from that do more than just paper over the cracks; they fix the cracks and leave you looking, perhaps, not 10 years younger but definitely 10 weeks younger.

 

Whether you are a gym or gin bunny, cupcake maker or cocktail shaker, working from home or working away, boob feeding, bottle feeding, Instagram feeding, we all need to sometimes take a break before we actually break.

 

If in doubt, glow with the flow.

 

 

[BOX] It’s all about you

Fancy joining me to hear more about multi-tasking and multi-masking? Come along to the GLAMGLOW London pop-up store on the evening of 10 May from 6-8 pm and help me celebrate my birthday while getting lots of cool freebies, including three samples of the various muds, 20 percent off of the products on the night, a bounceback card giving 20 percent off online following the event, skincare consultation on the evening, canapes and Prosecco. The pop-up is there for three weeks (there’s a dedicated ‘Mud Bar’) so if you can’t make the 10th, head on down anytime. Glow on.

 

The event is free but only available to the first 40 (maximum 2 tickets per person) of you who click this link here.

 

This blog post was written in partnership with GLAMGLOW

Anna Whitehouse

Founder of Mother Pukka, Anna Whitehouse likes super hero cape-making classes and dislikes the naming of celebrity couples (TomKat, Brange etc.) She tries (and often fails) to parent the shit out of life.

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