3 Things I Want To Stop Apologising For

As human beings and especially Brits we are programmed to constantly subconsciously apologise.  Even when it's not our fault!  If someone knocks into me at the station in the morning we will both instantly apologise for example.  We just can't help it and although it may seem like the polite, correct thing to do I think maybe we need to take a backstep in some instants and just stop because it's not always necessary.


My appearance

If I don’t feel like I’ve dressed up enough or am smart enough on a certain occasion I will always apologise ‘sorry I’m a bit casual today, sorry I have no makeup on, sorry I’ve just scraped my hair up today’.  But why do we feel the need to do this?  What’s wrong with just wearing comfortable clothing from time to time?  If I feel more comfortable I generally work better so surely that’s a good thing?  I LOVE not wearing makeup and letting my skin breathe and I honestly think this is one of the reasons I have such clear skin.  As for my hair, I am a busy woman, I really don’t have time to wash, dry and style it every day!  Men don’t, so why should we?



My priorities

Lately I feel like I’ve been letting friends and family down by prioritizing doing work over seeing them.  I work full time whilst trying to study for further law exams and it’s not easy.  Sometimes you have to make a choice and prioritise your needs.  However, I’ve worked my butt off to get as far as I have and although I’ve made A LOT of sacrifices along the way it kind of has been worth it and I know it will pay off in the end.  So really I shouldn’t feel bad and I know my friends and family will only want me to do well so they understand too.

My feelings

It has taken me this long to realise that feelings are something that are completely out of our control.  We really can’t help how we feel and therefore we shouldn’t have to apologise for it.  I sometimes feel like I’m being dramatic by getting upset or angry of some menial issue and will apologise for snapping at people.  This is fine but at the same time there is a reason for being upset over something and so we shouldn’t feel like we were wrong to feel this way.


Is there anything you want to stop apologizing for?

Lauren xx

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My House Cleaning Routine

A slightly different post today but following the rise of Mrs Hinch and other cleaning accounts a like I feel there is a definite increase in people enjoying cleaning.  I for one hated to clean and when I lived in my flat we would have a cleaner to clean for us.  However, when I moved into my house last year I realised it would be a lot more expensive to get a cleaner for a 4 bed house than it would a 2 bed flat so I had to give it a go myself.

Luckily this is when I discovered Mrs Hinch and it strangely got me excited to go out and buy cleaning products and start using them.  Over time of watching Mrs Hinch's videos I've unknowingly created my own cleaning routine and what products I like best so here it is:

Dining Room

I use diluted Zoflora on the dining room table, Febreeze to freshen up the chair seats and curtains and Windolene and Elbow Grease on the patio doors.

Kitchen

First I go round with Dettol and wipe down the surfaces, then I use Cif cream to clean the hob, Cif stainless steel on the sink and then go over everything again with diluted Zoflora.  I also use Dettol on the cupboards.

Living Room

I dust everything and then spray it with Mr Sheen.  I also use Febreeze on my sofas and fake plants and 1001 on the rug.


Washing Machine

To wash my clothes, towels and bedding I use a mixture of the scent boosters, a colour catcher depending on what colours I'm washing, Fairy gel and Lenor fabric conditioner.

Floors

I hoover or sweep the floors first then I mop them down with a mixture of water, Zoflora and flash floor wash.

Bathrooms

I use Mr Muscle bathroom on all the sinks, Flash in the bathroom and showers, Viakal to do the stainless steel, Astonish on the glass and then for the toilets I use pine bleach, Cif wipes and sometimes the Bloo powder to finish.  I also prefer to wash the floors with lemon floor wipes from Wilko.

Bedrooms

I use Windolene on the mirrors, a duster and Mr Sheen on the chest of drawers and side tables, spray the bed with Febreeze and place tumble dryer sheets in the pillow cases.


I don't generally do this all in one day unless I've had a busy week.  Somethings I do more often, other things less just depends!

Do you have any cleaning tips and tricks to share?

Lauren xx

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