Sugar and spice and all things nice – Hot Cross Buns

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Hello and Happy Easter…

 

I hope you’re all keeping as well as possible… I’ve been spending my time taking things slow, baking and pottering in the garden and trying to keep as positive as possible! I find during these challenging times or any tough period, filling my life with all the things which bring joy and make me happy leaves less time for worry!

So yesterday I got my apron on and made these Hot Cross Buns, which always is an Easter ritual, I didn’t intend changing. Yes they’re a bit of work but nothing compares to homemade and the achievement of making your own! So long as you have strong flour and dried yeast!! As I’d planned to make these yummy buns I made sure to save enough yeast, which I know is in such short supply!
This is a recipe from my other blog – My Yellow Jumper, go have a look and happy baking. If you decide to have a go at baking them over the Easter period, I’d love to know how you got on with this recipe.

Stay safe, be kind to yourself and one another and get creative with whatever you love!

Mairead x

S K I N | F O O D…♡

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S K I N   F O O D…💚

Formulated with soothing natural ingredients such as organic sunflower seeds, wild pansy, chamomile, and calendula, this intensively rich cream, instantly gets to work, nourishing dry chapped hands that feel tight and close to cracking.

That’s particularly great news for hands that are constantly submerged in disinfectant or hand sanitiser and require an intensive hand treatment to soften them up.

If your hands are suffering, apply throughout the day and a thick layer of Skin Food before bed can provide some relief and comfort. Have a look on my Web Shop and help support a small business.
If you have any questions or need any help please get in touch!

Mairead x

M o n d a y | T h o u g h t…♡

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It’s very difficult not seeing loves ones but somehow even though we’re further apart we feel closer together. As routines have become much slower, we have a lot more time to speak and connect with friends and family – bringing us closer together.

It really is the simple things which bring us most happiness in life and making time for others always brings us closer together, especially during these challenging times.

Keep safe and look out of one another!

Mairead x

Selfcare… at Christmas

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During this busy festive period, we’re often so focused on getting the correct gifts for others that we can totally forget and neglect ourselves, meaning when Christmas arrives we’re left feeling totally exhausted and lacking in energy!

Taking time to slow down and make time for yourself is vital, otherwise things past by and you miss all those little moments.

If you would love some quiet time to yourself and really in need of something to soothe those niggly aches and pains; with the added bonus of relaxation – then get in touch so I can give you advice on the best treatment suitable for you. In the meantime you can have a look to see which treatments you fancy!

Mairead x

Monday Thought…♡

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When we are grateful for all the little things in our lives we suddenly realise how much we have. I know it is not always easy as life can be challenging. I find even taking a few minutes before bedtime, to acknowledge to myself all what I have in my life and or the small things which give me joy during the day – I then go to sleep feeling much more content!

I do have a journal which I occasionally write in, but only when it feels right to do so with no pressure, but mostly I just acknowledge what I’m grateful for. I think the important thing is doing what is right for you and not what you think you should be doing. After all it’s not meant to be a task, but rather something which you enjoy and comes naturally, as and when you feel! We are all learning what works for us!

Have a lovely week and I would love to hear if you practice gratitude and if you find it helpful.

Mairead x

Thoughtful giving… Mother’s Day

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Looking for something a little different for your Mum… a meaningful treat perhaps?

The gift of some me-time to experience complete relaxation away from her daily routine – may sound ever so appealing♡

I offer a range of de-stressing treatments, customised according to individual needs. So if this sounds exactly what you’ve had in mind for your Mum, then have a look at my website and you can either choose a specific treatment or an amount in the form of a Gift Voucher. Then just get in touch with me to range collection!

Mairead x

Spring clean your wellbeing…

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Spring… a time to blossom and make changes towards our wellbeing.

It’s officially Spring – time really does fly by much too quickly! Which means it’s good to cherish every moment and take time to slow down and enjoy relaxation and listening to what your body needs, rather than running on empty!

With birds singing and flowers blooming… I love Spring.  It’s the perfect time to have a look at what areas feel out of balance and work out how we can make some positive changes to bring more harmony and contentment into our daily lives. It’s not about adopting a strict regimen but rather about being kind to ourselves and taking small steps to improve our overall wellbeing.

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Therefore Spring is a perfect time to make these changes as we move from hibernation… it’s a time for creation and to cleanse the body and mind for the coming months. It’s an opportunity for a new start, clearing out the past and making way for new – like a Spring clean for your wellbeing!

So what are my things I find helpful for me?

I know what works best for me and I try to integrate these into my routine for optimum health and wellbeing – but it’s not a strict regimen!

  • Going to bed at a decent time so I get eight hours sleep to rest, recharge and replenish my body and mind.
  • Having a bath when I need relaxation before bedtime with essential oils such as; lavender chamomile or marjoram is my perfect way to relax and unwind.
  • Doing 10-20 mins yoga in the morning – ideally ever day!
  • Getting outdoors for a daily walk and pottering in my garden.
  • Making time for meditation and taking a slow approach to life – no need to be constantly rushing.
  • Having regular treatments; such as massage and reflexology.
  • Enjoying time with friends.
  • I love anything creative and making time to cook or bake is so rewarding.

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Sometimes our wellbeing can be the last thing many of us give attention to and really it’s the most important, as a balanced body and mind means we are well equipped to flourish in all areas. Thus, having a treatment is not an indulgence just when we are feeling rock bottom but rather a way of regularly maintaining balance and harmony within.

So if you would like to start enjoying regular relaxation but unsure of which treatments would best suit your needs then get in touch at to have a chat about your current concerns/expectations and we can arrange some appointments. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram. I look forward to chatting.

Mairead x

NEW! Weleda’s… Skin Food Body Butter

 

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I have been patiently waiting for Weleda’s new Skin Food product!

So here is the new addition to the ever popular Skin Food family – a gorgeous body butter,  rich in both cocoa and shea butter; making it perfect for dry skin in need of some extra nourishment. Plant extracts of soothing viola tricolor, calendula and chamomile harmonise the skin, while organic shea butter and coconut oil leaves dry skin intensely nourished.
It’s non-greasy and fragranced with aromatic lavender and orange. Perfect for all-over hydration and provides long-lasting moisture. What’s not to love!💚

 

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It’s luxurious whipped texture melts into the skin, leaving it feeling velvety soft. As well as been 100% certified natural, it’s also vegan friendly and utterly irresistible!

Dermatologically tested and free from synthetic preservatives, fragrances, colorants or raw materials derived from mineral oils.

As a special introductory offer – when you purchase one receive the second half price. Offer valid until 8th March midnighthttps://www.weleda-advisor.co.uk/shop/MaireadSeward-Donaghy

If you have any questions please get in touch and I will happily help! Just click on the link above to view my web shop. Happy shopping!!

Mairead x

Thoughtful Giving…

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If you’re looking for a thoughtful experience for a friend, loved one or even for yourself this Christmas…
Then I offer Gift Vouchers – to come and enjoy a treatment of your choice!
https://harmonizingtherapies.co.uk

Just a little reminder – there’s still time to enjoy a treatment! My last day to offer you space away from the busiest of the festive period is Tuesday 18th December.
However, should you require any last minute Gift Vouchers or Weleda stocking fillers – then please do get in touch.🌲🌲🌲

https://harmonizingtherapies.co.uk/contact

Thanks, Mairead x

The Ritual of giving… thoughtful gifts

 

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‘It’s that time of year… the ritual of giving!’

Christmas is fast approaching and what a perfect way to spoil a friend, loved one or even to treat yourself – with a 100% natural gift from Weleda…  These gifts are limited edition so some may sell out well before Christmas! Therefore get in early!

There is something to suit all, lots of stocking fillers and of course not forgetting those men in our lives!

Designer, Emma Britton has captured the essence of ‘The Field’ –  at Weleda Gardens in Derbyshire, taking inspiration from the wildflowers, wildlife and work of the Weleda gardeners. She brings the gardens to life this Christmas with her delicate hand-painted detail on Weleda’s new gift packs this year –  Gifted From Nature Collection

adventcalendar2018I adore this Weleda Advent calendar – ’12 days of Christmas’; beautifully packaged and what a perfect way to try some Weleda products! If you know someone who loves to choose natural – then this will make a perfect gift, or even for yourself!

To view the full range – have a nosy on my web shop!

https://www.weleda-advisor.co.uk/shop/maireadseward-donaghy/products/christmas.html

 


Also remember to check out the amazing Free gifts for November – Tinted Lip Balm Trio and December – Skin Food & Foot Balm Duo, when you spend over £75!

If you have any questions in relation to Weleda – please drop me a line but in the meantime you can explore my web shop. Also if you follow me on Facebook you can find out what’s up and coming in the lead up to the festive season! Giveaways… perhaps and more!

 

Mairead x