Win Eco Warrior soaps and cleansing bars from The Little Soap Company – details of how to enter at the bottom of this page
PLEASE NOTE: THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED AND THE WINNERS NOTIFIED. I SO ENJOYED READING YOUR LOVELY ENTRIES – IT WAS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO CHOOSE JUST 8. I PICKED A NOT VERY SHORT LIST AND LEFT IT TO LOVELY ABBIE AT THE LITTLE SOAP COMPANY TO SELECT THE FINAL 8.
When we entered the first national lockdown last March, my family quickly used up our usual soaps and hand washes and I found myself slathering my hands with washing up liquid for a week or so. It didn’t go well. The skin on my hands was soon so unhappy and dry that it began to crack.
It was time to take evasive action so I ordered a batch of natural Eco Warrior Moisturising Hand & Body soaps from The Little Soap Company. I ditched the detergent and after a week or two of using the new soaps instead, along with a little natural shea butter rubbed in after each hand wash, my hands were not only healed, but in better shape than before.
Aside from the benefits for my skin, I really like the eco credentials of these soaps too. The range is biodegradable, fragranced only with pure essential oils, plant based, 100% vegan, cruelty-free and plastic free.
So, I’m delighted to be able to share the love with you – we have more than £350 worth of Eco Warrior prizes to be won. Details of how to enter are at the bottom of this page.
Discover the Eco Warrior range
Made with the finest natural ingredients and totally free from detergents, SLS, sulphates, alcohol, parabens, sorbates, silicones and synthetic preservatives, there’s an Eco Warrior bar to suit all skin types and washing needs.
The range includes Moisturising and Chill-Out hand and body bars, a shampoo bar, sensitive facial bar, sensitive face & body bar, shaving bar, exfoliating bar and clarifying charcoal bar.
Find out more about the whole range here.
Win Eco Warrior soaps
We’re offering the following bundle as competition prizes to 8 lucky winners:
Each of the 8 bundles (worth £44 each) to be won contains:
1 Eco Warrior Total Works pack of 6 100g bars (worth £27 each)
1 Eco Warrior Mini Cube with 4 30g mini bars (worth £8 each)
1 Beauty Edit Sensitive Face & Body Cleansing Bar 100g (worth £4.50 each)
1 Eco Warrior Beauty Edit Chill-Out Bar 100g (worth £4.50 each)
How to Enter
We’d love you to share a few words about simple pleasures and daily rituals that have helped you through lockdown.
Please post your entry in the comments section at the foot of this blog page.
You won’t see your entry appear immediately when you add it to a comment box, but it will come through to our admin area once you click the ‘post comment’ button. Once we’ve logged your entry we’ll publish it.
Please note that this competition is only open to residents of the UK.
Good luck and hope you enjoy! We’ll be choosing the winners at the beginning of March, so why not enter now?
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Fantastic Prize 😀 keeping my fingers crossed 🤞 Wow
As I am getting on and live alone I have to have a routine or I lose my motivation to do anything.
I get up before 8 and have coffee while catching up on emails and gmb.
I shower and dress then go for a walk.
I have my first meal of the day a sort of brunch around 11 then it’s housework before a bit of leisure, reading, jigsaw, music and knitting.
I make myself cook an evening meal and after eating and tidying up I indulge in an evening of tv and phoning friends and family……sorted!
I would love to win this prize, just because I am a great lover of hand made natural soaps and all things nice, lasting pleasure to cheer me up through this very long lockdown time. 😧
Meditating for 20-30 minutes when I awake sets me up for the day to be kind, compassionate (especially to myself) and present for the rest of the day – I so notice the difference in my mood & behaviour if I have a phase of not doing it . I have had times in my life as a single parent with little money where I haven’t been able to afford to eat, so now I relish every day in the abundance of a full fridge and plenty of wood for my stove, whilst living in a lovely location where I walk in beautiful countryside, filled with birds and now the first snowdrops of hope. Every day I feel blessed to be safe, healthy and to have sufficient to live with ease.
Hello, what a lovely prize! My husband and I have used eco friendly products for a couple of years now including personal care products and household products. We believe every house that makes the change makes a real difference. We actively promote these changes to friends and family 👪 throughout lockdown its given us a lot of focus and we’ve been trying even harder to use eco products, to shop locally and to even grow our own.
A daily walk with my dog
I get up early to see the frosty grass and then have a refreshing lemony zingy shower to set me up for the day! 🙂
I would like to win this on behalf of my sister Marie. Just prior to Covid, our darling Dad died. Marie’s hands just broke open with dermatitis that has lasted all this year, her rings had to be removed because her skin had split so badly. Marie has had to keep working as a hostess in her local supermarket wearing a visor. She is the sole caregiver for my Mum who is in the early stages of dementia too. Marie has so much to deal with emotionally and physically. I cannot think of a more deserving winner. Thankyou, I am so far away in New Zealand and cannot come back home to help her due to border closures, but I can send her my love.
My husband and I have been going for lots of walks. I have also been doing lots of baking and reading.
Wow a fantastic prize. Would love to win this. Good luck everyone x
I have had more time to make a productive organic vegetable garden, along with a greenhouse for a glut of tomatoes which I’ve turned into passata. Lockdown has given me time to shop environmentally, checking my purchases don’t contain palm oils.
great for cleansing the body and soul
Getting up early and catching all the wildlife on my walk every morning- foxes, squirrels and badgers. Appreciating nature and staying fit.
Going for a daily walk with my son and pointing out the different wildlife to him, showing him people’s Christmas decorations, playing counting games with cars and buses and seeing how many colours we could find. It helps us to bond and helps my son with his vocabulary and other skills. Spending time reading his favourite books and seeing the joy on his face when his favourite cartoon comes on or when his Daddy walks through the door. Having a clean, organised house has also helped me, as has decluttering.
i cant see any closing date
We’ll be picking the winners beginning of March
I’ve taken up a new hobby of fishkeeping. As I don’t work, due to health, and live on my own it has given me a routine and kept me occupied during lockdown.
truthfully, I’m not managing this lockdown at all. I’ve had so many meltdowns, days when I can’t get off the sofa, etc. I’m not handling this at all. I’m sick of it. I’ve been managing to force myself to exercise for 1 hr 5 days a week. that’s the best I’ve got to answer this question.
❤️ I really don’t think you’re alone! Keep on keeping on and be easy on yourself – we’re all handling this the best we can – that’s all we can do X
Simple pleasures that have got me through lockdown are relaxing Bubble Baths, home cooked food & and chocolate!
Clean body fithy mind
2 daily one hour sessions on my rower. and a 25 mile bicycle ride per day. I live in a remote part of the Lake District so it’s very rare to see anyone on the countryside tracks that I cycle on. This also applied pre Covid and lockdowns. It’s all about motivation I cycle everyday no matter how bad the weather is ie rain, wind or snow
We’d love you to share a few words about simple pleasures and daily rituals that have helped you through lockdown.
Literally still taking time for self care, I have had a nice bath (opposed to my usual shower) each day when furloughed and it really helped me to feel motivated and productive for the rest of the day.
Thanks to the slower pace of lockdown life, I’m rediscovering an appreciation of “simple things”. I relish freed-up time now to craft things by hand (face masks and upcycled clothes), and try out new recipes; falafels, sozzled fruit cake, and a home-made vanilla essence (already smelling almost too good to eat!)
Long walks in wild spaces nearby help refresh my mind, and by taking pictures of birds and wild flowers along the way I shall have souvenirs of this unexpected ‘home stay’.
Amazing price! Thank you ☺️
During lockdown, what helps me a lot is to still fix myself a routine. Being now without a job for month again, I still wake up at my work time (7am), do all my house chores in the morning when I have the motivation (cook and clean), and than I exercise. Bad weather recently forced me to do it inside my tiny house (18m squares), but anything that keeps me active helps with my mental health (weight lifting, yoga, stretching, HIIT,…). And than I bought few online courses that I’m studying everyday, on top of some nice books to read and keep my brain going. Not gonna lie, some days are more difficult and even the thought of leaving bed is painful. But I try to stay grateful, remembering that we all do this for a better future. Hope that everyone is well and manage this lockdown 💛
Would love to win this amazing prize
Breakfast with my babies. Sometimes life has been manic, with school runs, nursery and work, and it’s rare that I sit down with my children for breakfast. I have loved cooking new, fun recipes for us and then eating together with a hot cuppa whilst they tell me about their dreams and we plan our day. It’s made me appreciate the little things.
Exercise has really helped me.Being able to go for a run a few times a week has been a godsend.
A nice daily walk with my dogs and a relaxing bath in the evening to keep spirits up
What a therapeutic prize for a therapy luxury
Making sure I still get up early and to make the most of everyday, making sure I’m productive in some way like reading or practicing my French or cleaning and sorting rooms in my house.
Great just right for my ten minute peace and quiet
The best soap series
Who’s a clean boy then?
Trying, still working as key worker with autistic children, constantly washing hands , hands sore need something gentle and pure to wash swsy the day. Happy hands happy days
We got our pup Mylo during lockdown so we now get to go for two walks a day with him and clear our heads from work stress and get out of the house for some fresh air!
The best part of lockdown has been watching my toddlers sledging down the sand dunes at the beach whilst it was snowing a few days ago. They just had the best fun and for a few hours the world felt normal again! They were so happy and care free 👌🏻, definitely a simple pleasure
A hot soak, baking for my bloke,
hugs with my dog , regularly cleaning the bog,
face-timing those alone, texting on my phone,
Yoga and HIT, trying to keep fit,
being a good wife, grateful for life..
Morning stretches and exercise before my shower to get me ready for the day
A relaxation must have x
I’ve bought a sewing machine and have been reworking some old items into new ones. Its fun and a good way to recycle.
I have taught myself to wake up, avoid my phone for an hour or two and just read. Whilst also having breakfast and coffee. I feel so put together after that.
Wow! A fantastic prize and to be honest, this is a great eco friendly alternative to every day products. As a person who is trying to cut down on the amount of eco system damaging plastics, this would be a great way to see how they challenge against products such as Nivea and Radox 🙂
We’re constantly washing our hands and bleaching kitchen cloths to wipe door handles and work tops. It would be lovely to try your natural eco bars as at the moment I’ve one Body Shop soap bar left, you might encourage me to switch.
Working as normal but from home has helped me to get through the lockdown
gardening or a walk when possible and a distanced chat with everyone we pass
Fetch The Times, do the crossword, think about housework but don’t do any, read, binge watch bos sets, time for dinner. Day sorted.
Up early and start the day with a long hot shower – before the kids are up and chaos starts 🙂
Bacardi & Coke ! 😄
Morning walk, coffee, yoga, gratitude journal, call with friends!
Fingers crossed xx
My morning shower has got me through lockdown. Fresh start every day! Also, a chance for a little feel good pampering, with eco friendly products.
Simple pleasure, hugging my son’s guinea pigs. They purr and sing away when they are happy, and they love a cuddle.
A pleasure to me is doing my competitions online, it has helped me throughout lockdown.
My routine of simple pleasures starts with taking my dog Barney for his morning walk – the exercise and fresh air does us both good.
Each evening I love a shower, followed by a hot, steamy mug of drinking chocolate and enjoying a good book.
these products are fantastic! i am a bar soap girl (pump soaps make me sad!) and getting through the pandemic has involved many soaks in the bathtub with various bubbles/salts/oils! clean self -care is definitely a winner in my book! thanks for the chance at this prize!
On 10th dec , we signed for a new house, so from then we have been spending time decorating and also packing in the old house. We moved in on 25th jan, so we are still busy with unpacking and we have lots of flat pack stuff to set up. Its kept our minds off lock down, but its when the news comes on that I have a slight melt down. As Captain Tom said ‘Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day’.
Stick to my routine no matter how anxious, lethargic or despondent I feel, include my cat in all my activities (even though her contribution amounts to changing her dozing position),, go outside whenever I can. It’s getting lighter and brighter, and that is my mantra now.
I’ve rediscovered my love of reading and photography,
Well to say we’ve been cleaning more and swept up with chemicals previously avoided . I settled into a “ Selfcare” mode . Daily yoga , and exercise #allanoutme time . Everyday I have to list things I’ve done just to care for me . It’s made me more conscious that love and strength for others starts HERE . With ME ❤️ love to use your products ❤️
My daily simple pleasures are watching the birds at the feeders in my garden through the kitchen window – browsing my cookbooks to find a nice meal to cook from whatever is in the fridge & larder – listening to music CDs (anything from opera to hard rock) – at the end of the day, a bath (with bar soap), into pyjamas & pick up a good book to read in bed….Perfect!
Thank you for the opportunity to win.
Each day I wait for my daughter to video call me with my one year old (on Sunday 7th) granddaughter Emily. We have hardly seen her so these calls are my lifeline as I have been at home since October 2019 when I was taken poorly by a mystery illness – with all of the symptoms that we must now look out for. I am still completely floored by the aftermath of that!
After the call, I make a comforting bowl of real porridge and generally have a tidy up if I’m able to. Morning TV is usually on for company while I do what I need to do. The afternoon is made up of crafting, paper cutting, knitting, sewing, card making, all of which help to pass the time along with 10-15 minutes on the exercise bike to keep my hips and legs moving.
By late afternoon or evening I cook a meal and settle down to an evening of TV before bed. It sounds boring, it can be, but we are safe and that is all that matters. Others have not been so lucky and I am eternally grateful for my family helping me to get through this with their love and support.
Bubbles and scents have really helped ease my aches and pains so I would be very grateful to take delivery of this generous bundle. Thank you again for the opportunity
An old work friend has been my saviour, having to shield she has been dropping bags of jigsaw onto my step. She helps run her local church and during lockdown set up a jigsaw library all with safe guarding measures , she has taped envelopes on each one with form on to sign and date when completed do she knows when it is safe to let other people use it. Amazing so relaxing and you always have a steady supply only pay £1 which goes to church fund
I enjoy crafting. I’ve made lots of different things during lockdown. As I’m disabled and in a wheelchair I’ve been in total lockdown since last March. I do a lot of knitting and jewelry making.
I’m hoping to try making soap with my 16 yr old granddaughter soon. She has become a vegetarian during lockdown and she wants to make eco friendly soap herself as she’s become very eco aware of her environment this last year.
Keep your news letters coming I love reading them. Thank you.
Rediscovered baths rather than showers
Making the best use of our garden even during the lockdown in winter has been a joy. Clearing up leaves, doing some weeding, tidying up, sorting the shed – they’ve all been a pleasure, so good to get outside in our free fresh air and enjoy what’s around us in our small domain.
A walk in the fresh air in the park across the road from my house has really helped during this past year. And also just relaxing watching television is a good way to have some quiet time to relax.
My simple pleasure is filling up the bird feeder every day and watching the birds come. Now they come in their tens, robins, sparrows, bluetits. Taking time to watch them and realising their fight to survive goes on daily regardless of what’s happening in the world, it’s humbling.
Brilliant prize for my dirty family xx
We are so lucky to live by a park and a nature reserve. We have a weekly trip to the reserve and try and go to the park every day. My little boy loves the outdoors and I’ve been teaching him about nature and respecting the Earth.
I’ve found being unable to meet family and friends difficult and sad. Remembering all the good things in my life I have to be grateful for has helped me to remain positive though.
I’ve loved creating an ecofriendly little area at the back of my house & seeing the wildlife come into it. As an eco warrior I feel like I’m playing a (albeit very small) part in helping to save our planet, so this prize would simply add to that if I were lucky enough to win!!
Would look amazing with the soap dish I got for Christmas
Lots of varied indoor activities which normally I never have time for. Jigsaws, crosswords, reading, baking… And entering giveaways!
Finding joy in the little things is what keeps me going. There is beauty, everywhere, if you open your eyes. So, what are my little things?
New mugs: Churchill’s Paradise bird ones to replace our boring white ones. Their colourful flamboyance add a smile to each cuppa.
The feeling I get when I open the lid of my enamel roasting tin and see that I’ve managed to make another sourdough loaf that has actually risen. The smell, the taste and the feeling that I’ve finally cracked it and will never have to buy bread again. A new skill that I will take with me beyond lockdown.
Walking the dog in Richmond Park and seeing the seasons change; parakeets taking on a kestrel; the old heron, fishing…and successfully dodging the deer.
Clippits. Daft, eh, but the little reusable ties from Lakeland just make life easier.
Friday night discos in the kitchen.
Roaring fires and, that lockdown luxury, a posh scented candle.
Watching Biden get elected.
Being thankful that my NHS-working husband and all the “oldies” I love have had their first jabs.
FaceTiming our son and trying not to think about whether we will get to see him for his 21st.
That living under the flight path ain’t so bad right now, while dreaming of a time when we can travel again.
Sunsets, Sherry and homemade Sri Lankan curry powder. We might not be able to go anywhere,but we can travel via our tummies!
Keep safe, everyone.
I’m doing the best I can…and a g&t occasionally!
Would love to win this fab prize👍
I decided to tidy my sewing cupboards and found so much fabric gathered over the years. In the last 10 months I have made five quilts for Linus children’s charity and about to start number six. I think I have become addicted!
I have two teenagers at home with me (husband is an essential worker) and with one doing A level lessons and the other doing an art foundation course, the learning bug seems to have rubbed off on me. So all of lockdowns have seen me improving my Welsh, learning geometric weaving and taking online art courses. Setting aside specific times during the day for learning, and then winding down in the evenings with a glass of wine and my Welsh lessons has given the days structure and purpose. And of course I’ve been making sourdough bread once a week, and there now seems to be quite a lot of homemade marmalade in the cupboard!
A walk in the countryside with a takeaway decaf coffee, two of the best things in life.
Taking one day at a time , Leading craft activities and social zoom catch ups for our Church s outreach Afternoon Club … Knitting 🧶 for the Grandchildren .. hearts for NHS and gardening multi complex medical conditions so nothing gets done with out stamina in effort.
Products look amazing prize does as well thank you for opportunity to enter 🙏💕
Our house is very busy with kids and work so I try and relax by taking a long hot bath or going out by my self for a walk. On Fridays after homeschooling is done we clear the dinning table so we don’t have to see all the piles of paper for two days.
Taking the time to take my daughter to the woods to see the beautiful moss and lichen, to squelch in the mud and swing in the middle of the woods.
Chocolate and reading. Catching up on my tbr books
Get up and keep going as an older senior I can’t get about as much as I used to my husband who is a bit older than me is a lot livelier than I am so between us we manage we only go out to get shopping once a week I have just had both my cataracts done in my eyes I did not realise how bad my eyes were the brightness of every thing it is like I had a 50 watt lightbulb in my eyes and it has now been changed for a 200 watt these doctors are marvellous as are all the medical people who have kept going through this last year I keep in touch through emails as I can’t hear on the phone anymore but my husband can so as I say together we keep going as we have it will be sixty years this year we have lots of grandchildren and great grandchildren so looking forward to seeing them when this is all over
Getting outside for walks and being amongst nature has been very important and whilst I am indoors reading and jigsaws have kept me sane!!
I love to treat myself to a little pamper, we all have a little more time on our hands to indulge ourselves with luxurious treats like a face mask while laying in a hot bubble bath, full facial, manicure nails, it can really lift my spirits looking after myself is great for mental health.
I get up early, before the house fills with folk. I brew a pot of tea and sit quietly writing my lockdown diary. Writing the words helps me cope with the worries we are all experiencing at this time.
I have discovered Win Hof breathing (you can follow along on You Tube). It is a great start to the day to get air into the lungs and maybe it strengthens then against COVID.
Video calls with my grandchildren who live 3,500 miles away, walking our dog around the village, in the warmer weather being in the garden, curling up with a book ( I’ve read at least 1 a week) and since Christmas doing 1000 piece jigsaws. We’re very lucky to have our health and are waiting to have the vaccine.
My morning routine. Shower and dress, I don’t like to wear pjs all day. A bowl of flakes while planning my day. I take my dog for walk. When I return I start the day I have planned.
Have got in the habit of a bubble bath, pampering with a nice smelling body cream just before getting into bed and reading a chapter of a book to ensure a deep sleep, as I had started to have broken nights.
I’m in the middle of glossing all my wood work around the house and I’ve also taken up knitting.
Aromatherapy is helping me. I have been buying candles and rollers from an aromatherapist. I have stuff for working at home to help me stay focused and stuff to help me wind down and disconnect from work. I also do a fake commute and go for a walk at the end of the day.
Feeding and watching the birds in my garden.
Planting seeds inside & bulbs outside
De- Clutter and planning a more eco-friendly way of living to go forwards
Hot shower mornings and woodburner cosy evenings
Trying to keep motivated, but when my daily ritual was to tidy & clean when everyone has left the house for work and school, I too have had to find a new ‘norm’
My peace has gone, my head is spinning, I’m resigned to my bedroom now school, college and work are taking place in every other room of the house. Almost forced into a night shift because they need quiet for their lessons and calls.
Wishing people adhere to the rules and this lockdown to end already!
I’ve been working through covid for nhs on a mental health ward. I have made time for ‘me’ to relax. I have read more which I find helps me to escape into the book and have also enjoyed walking .
Working in the garden – and eating the (vegetable) fruits of my labours – is a pleasure.
That, together with a daily walk, is my recommendation.
I try to keep some structure to my day by going for a walk (when it’s not raining) and there is always something to do in the garden. Although I know no-one will call I still hoover and try to keep the house tidy.
I looked for the positives during the first lockdown when my hours at work were reduced. I quickly understood that I’d never have this kind of ‘downtime’ again and used the time for things I felt I never had enough hours in the day for before. One of which was an experiment on my hair! My hair is naturally greasy and I’ve always been told that I needed to get into a routine of not washing it every day. However, it looked so bad if I didn’t wash it that I never got the chance to try this method out. During lockdown I had the opportunity to experiment. Firstly I didn’t wash my hair at all for a couple of weeks. Then I only used water, then bicarb. Over time I introduced shampoo bars in lieu of chemical bottled shampoos. Now I’m so pleased I can go three days without washing my hair and I only use natural shampoo bars.
Our wee old Jack Russell Archie usually gets me up needing a quick walk,he’s a perfect alarm clock. So when I’m back I wash and moisturize,as I have sensitive skin. Get my self a cuppa,feed the dog,cat, tortoise,and I’m all ready. I’ve been one of the lucky ones whose job is classed as essential,so it’s kept me and my wife in a nice routine which we always stick too.
I am working from home so having a routine helps. I log off at 4 and try to go for a walk each day. I think of 3 things I am grateful for before bedtime and this has made me appreciate things more that I took for granted in the past (sunshine, family, good food, a lovely sunset, a kind message from a friend or colleague…)
I’m just thankful to wake up each morning, since losing my husband I started volunteering at The Dogs Trust and I also foster for them and my days are filled with love just being there for these beautiful dogs and the unconditional love I get in return has made my shielding day’s immensely happy. ❤️🐾🐾
Thanks for offering such a wonderful prize.
A silly daily ritual really, I get a hot soapy flannel every night and stand in the bathroom just resting it on my face, it really gives me a lift!
Gardening, Cooking, in touch by phone or video call with family & friends, walking, even got our bikes out again. showers not baths, something with lavender sent to help me sleep at night – and tea anytime of day! Has been great to share and help on the Olio App, found a Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Group on FB along with a self isolating bird group too – all that helps along these long lockdown days.
Looking out for neighbours too & de-clutteting bit by bit!
What better than to use these lovely products when you have some ‘me time’
Being thankful for all I have. Getting up every day and having a routine. Having a treat planned every week to make it feel like the weekend and lots of laughter and fun in between
Watching the birds through the window with a cup of tea is the perfect calm start to the day.
My home has never been so clean with daily cleansing and I wash my hand numerous times a day 🙂
I try to stick to a daily yoga session in my living room, it does wonder for my mind (and body) and it’s free!
The highlight for me has to be gaining the trust of a pair of robins to eat from our hands, but breakfasting together comes a pretty close second.
I find that being creative has helped me to cope with lockdown. I’ve been knitting little nurses, doctors, firemen, policemen and paramedics for key workers. They were very much appreciated. It felt good to give something back.
For it has been reading while enjoying a nice warm bath. It helps me unwind and relax in an evening
To keep the sunshine in ours lives it is wonderful long walks in nature, so good for the soul. And to help one sleep and good soak getting clean with the best of soaps Eco Warrior, a double way of keeping happy.
I’ve taken up yoga, and have done a little every day since march. My cat loves it and joins me on the mat – adding to my calm (unless he decides it toe attacking time!)
From the first lockdown, I’ve been trying to grow more plants. So my morning starts with going outside and checking on all of them. This also gets my outside and gets me some light, if not always sunshine! It is lovely to take a few minutes and appreciate the wonderful nature around, and helps to set my thoughts for the day.
Wheeling home from our local stables a barrowload of well-rotted manure most days to dig into the vegetable, fruit and flower garden. It is hard work but very satisfying.
A couple of things that have helped me. I write my to-do list before I go to bed; I tend to then sleep better if I don’t have thoughts rushing around my head. Then in the mornings, I start with some gentle yoga, wakes you up really well!
My weekly treat is a walk to my local, traditional, bakers, buying a , still warm, fresh loaf and returning home to eat slices of it with a coffee.
Would love to try this.
A gentle stretch in bed, up with a cup of tea , making bread, settling home schoolers and crocheting for mindfulness between helping them. Getting out each day for a walk to notice the changes in nature
Walks in the countryside.
finding a few minutes to curl up with a coffee and a good book, the simple pleasures are most certainly the best.
for me a wander to the bottom of my garden, daily, to have a chat with the plants and birds, is a relaxing and grounding experience
Lockdown was hard for me at first. I had spent the previous year in a self-imposed lockdown because of having chemotherapy and no immune system. Just as I felt I was recovered enough to go out again – bang. Covid arrived and I was instantly put on the vulnerable list! However, I had made several posts on a cancer forum and people there told me I had a knack for writing: some of the things I said and the way I described them apparently had people simultaneously laughing and crying!
I began a little blog there and was told by so many people that my blog brightened their days and made them wish they had read it before starting their own cancer journeys that I thought to myself “Why not write a book about my experience?” After having had cancer previously, I had actually written a rough draft of a book which aimed to show the funny moments (and there are plenty: believe me!) of being diagnosed with an “old ladies cancer” at 32. However, as I had recovered from that round, the book had fallen to the wayside and I had got on with my life.
Anyway – with the cancer back and a whole new catalogue of mini disasters (Oncologist to me: Oh, it’s in your bones. Sorry – it’s been there for 18 months and we forgot to tell you ) and humorous episodes to rant about, plus encouragement from virtual strangers on a cancer forum, I fired up Word and got cracking.
I found myself laughing and crying all over again as I relived some of the moments: elderly ladies wanting to swap my Cosmo and more! magazine – yes, that one with Position of the Fortnight and Ann Summers gadget reviews – for their copies of People’s Friend and Blue Rinse Weekly and being all offended when, out of concern for their hearts, I declined – this got me kicked out of the ward’s Daily Physio Club but I didn’t care – and found myself really enjoying writing it all down.
The trouble is, I think it’s finished and then I remember something else: -like the receptionist blowing a gasket because I didn’t live at an address she had sent a letter to and how DARE I not live there?! – and rewriting it all! Ah well – even if I never do anything with it, it’s very cathartic and has kept me busy!
Fantastic giveaway perfect for my new lockdown beauty regime
Amazing prize, motivation for being more eco friendly!x
Having lots of walks in the fresh air and enjoying nice long soaks in the bath with some fabulous bath and body products are helping me keeping going
After a shower, and healthy breakfast…. I enjoy a cup of coffee and look back at my photo stream on my TV, of wonderful holidays enjoyed over the years. It keeps me optimistic that I will be travelling again soon and makes me feel happy and uplifted!
A walk around the block to get some fresh air and exercise
In one hand perfection the other selection. Before we went into lockdown I went to several charity shops and stocked up on books which is keeping me from getting bored.
I have to write lists to keep myself focused, or I’ll just get nothing done, but I don’t beat myself up if I don’t manage everything, but as long as I’ve achieved something every day I’m happy!
Going for long walks, or simply doing a few circuits of the garden has been a life-saver. The garden especially is a great comfort – seeing the bulbs emerging, new buds on the shrubs and trees, and planning what seeds I’m going to sow in the spring. It keeps hope alive. Also keeping in contact with family and friends is vital, either by letter, email, phone or facetiming. The latter is very special because we’ve been able to see the grandchildren who we miss so much.
In the first lockdown I made 1200 face masks and gave them away. The daily routine of using my Bernina sewing machine, bought by my beloved Pa to use at art college in 1982, helped me to connect to my family and brought me so many comforting memories of ‘home’. The second lockdown I reached 60 years old, i had spent much of the year planning the food, the games and the guest list, it was a great distraction. I had been looking forward to a fabulous party, but in the end, my two boys cooked my favourite meal and bought well thought out simple gifts, it was a simple but lovely day with my two handsome boys and my life partner.
This lockdown, my daily comfort and rituals has taken a bizarre twist, I now wake up and remember that my youngest son 28 yr old Joey is dead. I look out of my window onto the garden table and take note how his floral funeral tribute, his name is deteriorating. Many times in the day I look out and my eyes drink in his name, I enjoy the waves of love that simple moment gives me. I spent much of my time planning how I am going to keep the name tribute alive, plant succulents in it, seeds, cress and the like, but for now, I am organising my crafty friends to make a knitted, crocheted or felt flower to send to me to yarn bomb his name into a stunning rainbow.
If you want to contribute a flower please pop onto Instagram and find Fannilovesfufu , Facebook it’s Fanni loves Fufu.
Going out into the garden every morning, and feeding the birds has been a lovely start to the day.
Going for walks, watching the birds in the garden and reading have kept my spirits up during lockdown. I was also given a lot of vegetable seeds for Christmas which I’m really looking forward to growing this spring/summer so I’ve also been planning my vegetable patch.
While my usual badminto is out – Ive played every week for years, but this year I took up tennis in the court up the road and really started to enjoy it. After i had to self isolate for a short spell when a contact tested positive i realised how much I missed and looked forward to my walks in the local park, or meeting a friend for a long walk once a week, and sitting on a park bench people watching.
The warmer weather wasn’t so bad in lockdown, I have bantams and a little garden I grow some veggies in, i watched chaffinches nest in the bay tree .I have improved at making water kefir and ferments great for overall health and taste good, I now can see the snowdrops opening and daffodils and bluebells are on there way through,thankful for the garden, the loneliness is something else though.
Hi the simple things like making your bed and getting dressed and brushing your hair straight away promote routine.
I have learnt to do things very slowly instead of being the whirlwind that I was.
Look after yourself with good food at regular times and drink plenty of water.
Enjoy crochet and knitting for lot’s of different charities, I do this every night but due to lock down I am able to do in the daytime as well.
I also am choosing flower and vegetable seeds to be able to start growing ready to plant in garden.
I love paper craft and enjoy making greeting cards.
Also enjoy sewing small hearts,pincushions and toys for Xmas boxes etc.
Love to lay in the bath and read at the end of a busy day.
Great Prize would love to win it!!
Lockdown for me has been lockdown. I stay in, my shopping is delivered and I spend my days doing all sorts of crafting. I do many different crafts and don’t get bored at all. My evening crafts are Knitting, Crochet, Tapestrys and Hand Sewing. My daytime crafts are working on my Sewing Machine Glass Painting, Macrame, Weaving and Diamond Painting.
I am doing 30 minutes yoga before work in lockdown to stay sane
Feeding and watching the birds in my very small garden. A little Robin sits and looks sideways at me when I fill their feeders. With a busy life I had forgotten the pleasures of birds and nature.
In the spring and summer months I really enjoyed spending time in the garden. Now that winter has come in, I spend free time knitting and spinning wool into yarn. We also enjoy taking our two dogs on walks. One is a rescue from Romania, and it has been such a joy watching his personality blossom.
Meditation and bubble baths! Setting the time aside to look after my mind and soul.
Coffee, dogs, new place walking
Quilting, sewing, knitting, talking.
Helping others, making masks.
Finishing off those diy tasks.
Planning the future when loved ones can meet.
Playing board games, spotting the cheat.
Cooking, laughing………..most of all, appreciating the wealth I have in friends and family, the richest person I know xx
I go outside at noon everyday, rain or shine, to get maximum sunlight (sometimes not much at all). It’s a welcome break from the stress of working alone in a relatively new job.
I’ve also set myself a challenge to find the oldest places/things in my neighbourhood. So far I’ve found a Norman castle, a stone circle, some medieval fishponds and a batch of fossils. It’s surprising what you can find in suburbia.
We have been trying to walk in nature every day -going to the park at very quiet times, trying to do an exercise video on YouTube each day, enjoying video calls with family, and giving outselves little treats (85% dark chocolate!),
keeping up with the daily exercising twice a day keeps me sane!
I like to treat myself with little pampering sessions. I love a bath with bubbles or a bath bomb. I love foot packs, face packs and hand packs to sit back and relax.
Appreciating simple pleasures – a sunny day, zoom chats with family and friends and chocolate
I dusted off a jigsaw I was bought years ago that was gathering dust in the cupboard and started it on the kitchen table. Putting a few pieces in each morning before I went to work. Then after work I started putting in a few more pieces. I’d make a cup of tea and put in a few pieces whilst I was waiting for the kettle to boil. Sometimes I had to re-boil the kettle. After a couple of weeks the jigsaw was finished. I didn’t realise how calming and beneficial to me a jigsaw could be. I’m now on to my 9th one! I may have to continue even after lockdown. I’ve found my calling!
Just before the first lockdown, we rehomed an elderly bunny couple that was in our local pet shop. We have known the shop owners for years having gotten our guinea pigs from the family run business. These bunnies came from a loving home, but the owners were an elderly couple that could no longer care for them as they were receiving care themselves. So, we brought them home and made them house bunnies. They have been the greatest joy and pleasure to watch and interact with. After the husbunny died, the female became best friends with our elderly guinea pig and they hang out together through his cage and have long philosophical discussions… in the middle of so much loss and chaos, they remind me that life still lives on.
We are still going for our evening walk, whatever the weather, and it stops us getting too stir crazy and we’ve seen some wonderful things, from birds of prey to unusual mushrooms in the woods.
I’m trying my best to use products made in Britain and be more mindful of waste. I love handmade soap, they are so much nicer than the mass produced shower and hand soaps., so I would definitely appreciate this prize!
The pandemic has made me appreciate the nature all around us . Seeing the first snowdrops and daffodils lifts the spirits. Simple pleasures that money can’t buy.
Like you say it is the simple little things we can do that make such a big difference to our outlook or mood.
I start every day with a cup of earl grey tea, then I use a natural rose scented wash for my morning ablutions followed by marmalade on toast and more tea. This way I feel like I have treated myself before the day has fully started and I am in a better frame of mind to deal with whatever the day brings xx
cooking, baking, eating…….repeat!!
When I’m getting dressed I play one of my favourite songs and I sing along as loud as I like. It always brightens my spirits!
The first lockdown provided time to tackle long overdue chores – clearing out drawers, getting papers in order etc. and typically I tackled these headlong, barely stopping. But then I realised it was time to slow right down, take time out for myself, re-evaluate priorities. Now I leave off the alarm clock, savour my morning coffee and let myself enjoy each moment, newly aware of how precious time is . I’ve learned that friends and family are more important than anything and have learned to open up to them, asking for help when needed rather than putting on a brave face. This has been my greatest lesson from lockdown.
During lockdown I got my sewing machine out which Ive not used for several years, and I made all the family several face masks each. I also bought some wool and knit myself a jumper .Ive not done any knitting or sewing for several years as I never seem to have the time as I still work .I found doing both very therapeutic and satisfying especially when I saw the end results.
lovely prize to enjoy at home
I have to say I have found this lock down harder because of the gloomy weather – in the Summer it was enough to be able to sit outside with a book but regular Facetime with my 12 year old grand daughter are certainly the main thing that has kept me going this time
I would love to win! Thanks for the lovely prize 🙂
I usually have a cup of earl grey in the morning!
Taking my two little ones on a daily walk come rain or shine has really helped keep our spirits up and keep us healthy. I have also been doing a lot of drawing which helps me feel calm.
this would be a real pick me up after yet another lock down still able to one of my grandaughters as she in my bubble but facetime my other love to win thank you
I love the idea of using a natural soap that doesn’t dry out your hands. I use lotion on my hands several times a day to keep them from drying out.
The lockdown has given us a chance o examine the things that want in our lives.
We would love to help the planet more and are turned to eco items to do this.
I have worked throughout the pandemic but on my days off have enjoyed the bird song which has usually been drowned out by traffic noise
Since I live in the U.S. I’m assuming I wouldn’t be eligible for this prize but I would like to enter for a dear friend who lives in the U.K. and has recently had to move back in with her parents because she’s recently been diagnosed with late stage cancer. Also, today, she was supposed to leave for a one week healing retreat but it was postponed due to the recent covid spike in the U.K. It would be so great to surprise her with this lovely package which she could use to pamper herself a bit while feeling much under the weather due to her treatment.
Daily walks with the dog has been the most enjoyable in all weathers
It’s so easy to sit in my chair glued to laptop for hours on end so I force myself to take my breaks in another room.
I’ve also purchased a few treats over the last year simply because I feel I deserve it!
Going to mums to get her and pooch out for a walk (socially distanced) and take her a bit of shopping. Out in the fresh air walking and then try and potter round in the garden weather permitting. So to win this fantastic prize to help with the washing and lathering we all do now.
Good luck everybody 👍
Would love to win this.
Daily walk is my saviour! It’s great to get out of the house.
Such a great prize. I’ve taken some time to learn how to crochet through the most recent lockdown. An excellent way to relieve stress and give me a different focus from my day job.
Knitting jumpers for my new grandson
Reading a great novel in bed before sleep. It’s the only time I have to myself and it’s precious
Just love proper soap like yours, the smell is amazing and feels so different from supermarket soaps, having a long shower you can tell the difference.
My simple pleasure in lockdown is to get out of the house and walk in the fresh air.
I try to focus on the moment whatever I am doing but also love a bath with great bath oil!
a walk outside
wow so fresh
Outdoor exercise! As lockdown goes
on (and on) and the weather deteriorates daily, it’s easy to hunker down.
A blast of air and a good, brisk walk really changes my mindset for the better.
I love natural products. My routine during the Covid virus quarantine is to work from home. So my personal care has gone down hill. I need this to get me back on track with self care.
Happy Friday to you all!
What a lovely gift this is.
I have found I function best with a schedule or routine. Getting up in the morning to the smell of the coffee brewing and the gentle beep indicating it is ready is so much nicer than an alarm. Then it is reading a book for an hour, usually historic romance or biography. This is followed by going into my office – 10 steps away – and working on projects that will benefit my business once we are catering events again. Currently , where I live in Texas, businesses are open to 75% so we are progressing.
On weekends I try to do something special, usually with my adult daughter. At home “spa” treatments or mani-pedis are a favorite. We are both very much into natural products for our homes and personal care. These would be a perfect fit.
I go for a daily walk, because it gets me out of the house and in the fresh air. The route is sometimes the same, but the sights, sounds and smells are every changing. The exercise is also very good for my mind and body. This prize is great and hopefully I will be one of the lucky winners, because all of these products reign supreme, setting standards seldom seen.
Working from home means I get a window view of all kinds of birds both familiar and new to my garden. Spring was baby blackbirds with eyebrow tufts and squabbling teenage starlings, summer was a sparrowhawk landing less than 3 metres away, autumn was goldcrests and long tailed fits, winter was blackcaps and a woodpecker. Most recently, a massive starling murmuration every evening this week.
I am enjoying long walks locally with my dog. Discovering new walks, enjoying the fresh air and open spaces. I have also learnt to appreciate the way nature changed so quickly, making our surroundings ever changing. I have also started to enjoy taking photos of my finding when out and about – flowers, rain drops on leaves, birds, snails all sorts of things. It really does recharge my batteries and blow away the mind fog.
Gratitude seems to do the trick!
Thank you! 🙏for the newsletter, for the lovely knitting pattern and the chance to win some lovely soap for bath night…
Knitting for my grandchildren and discovered a love of baking i never knew i had.
A long soak in a hot bath with bubbles and a book always soothes my soul.
I AM ALL FOR NATURAL HANDMADE PRODUCTS THESE LOOK WONDERFUL FINGERS AND TOES CROSSED
Taking a bit of time every day to “pamper” myself with my skincare routine, just clearing my mind and using nice products makes me feel better.
These look great would love to try!
I always try to spend the time I’m brushing my teeth morning and night to think about things that have made me feel good. Maybe a family memory, a recent giggle with a friend or a lovely flower, tree or view from mother nature that I noticed on that day’s walk. This helps me remember there are good things happening too.
A hot bubble bath each night helps, as does having goals. And I try to be thankful for my safe, warm , comfortable home.
Get up. Cook. Housework. Relax on computer. Housework. Cook. Bed. Repeat.
I start the day with a gym class on Zoom, that energises me and gets me ready for the daily routine. Learning German, reading, checking emails, cooking and baking, chatting to friends, nothing wildly exciting but at least I am never bored.
I would love to win one if your soap bundles.
There are some easy but effective exercises in James Nestor’s excellent book Breathe, which I do every morning. Calming!
In addition, I try to wrap up and have a walk later in the day. Invigorating!
My favourite routines concern our 6 chickens, who are all rescued from factory farm life and live in our garden (which they have ruined). My husband gets them up but I clean their coops and bring them porridge if the weather is cold, or other treats. When the sun goes down I carry them individually into their coop, unless they want to go up the ramp by themselves. One likes to be picked up from a box she hops on to, doing a little tap dance as she waits. They are very lovable characters.
My simple pleasures have been to go for walks in the woods nearby, to watch the sunset and the clouds in the sky, to just be at home and bake apple pies, to watch videos of rescued donkeys and dream of moving to a place somewhere with a bit of land so I could have rescued animals, perhaps when all this is over…? A keen crocheter, I love making things and recently bought a rigid heddle Ioom. Weaving is such a peaceful activity. I also love drawing and painting flowers. Of course I love natural products and natural soaps have been part of my daily routine! It would be so wonderful to win a prize!
I’ve always loved houseplants, but caring for my plants has been a really positive focus for me during the lockdowns. Seeing them grow and making sure they stay healthy has made everything seem less depressing.
Doing puzzles to keep my mind sharp and reading more than ever to keep entertained
simple pleasures and daily rituals that have helped me through lockdown. . . . . a hug and a kiss from my husband every morning reminds me of our love, great for mental health
Haven’t had the chance to rest as we are both essential workers. So our only routine is to go to work every day.
I love a nice soak in the bath with lots of bubbles and a good book to read. Perfect relaxation
A daily walk with my mum and I’ve recently started sketching and drawing and aim to get even more creative and start painting as I find it to clear the mind, I also keeping a notebook throughout lockdown in which I keep track of the days and what I’ve done or what I am to keep doing after lockdown or goals and projects to do after lockdown to keep the mind active and positive and a reminder as well as a look back into what I achieved while at home
Books have given me some pleasure
It’s time I have come to treasure
Kids gone to bed ,time on my own
I can enjoy each book at my leisure
Appreciate my family and enjoy spending time together with our cat
Spending time with my new husband! He’s the light of my life. I’m entering, though, on behalf of my lovely mum–I live in the U.S., and she lives in Suffolk, taking care of my grandparents (her parents) and working for the NHS. Facetiming with mum is one of the only things that keeps me sane! She’s an amazing lady. She taught me to make cards, write letters, arrange flowers, sew lovely things, clean mindfully, wash minimally, and wear linen whenever possible. I know she’d love this little treat–and would spread that love ten thousand times further than I could. xx
Feeding the birds in the garden as the sun is rising. Can’t believe something so simple is so lovely.
Going for a daily walk during lockdown has helped me to re-connect with nature and enjoy the seasons.
I’ve been making time for sewing projects and crafts along with baking and following online exercise classes. I’m looking forward to warmer weather so I can get back out into my newly discovered garden, clearing the jungle last spring kept me sane through lock down 1 and having somewhere to be outdoors every day even just for 10 mins, time to refill the feeders and water bowls whilst listening to the birds is a real mood booster.
Hey! I’ve been shielding alone since March 2020 which seems like FOREVER! I have CPTSD so have been staying calm and grounding by concentrating on self care. I find scents very grounding. So lots of hot baths, potions and lotions! I’d really love to try these.
Hope your lockdown hasn’t been to bad 🙂
These products sound absolutely gorgeous and would love to win some to try and they are British. We really do need to put our full support behind our wonderful British producers made with quality and love. So lucky to live in this beautiful country, particular through these ongoing difficult times.
Attending the 8am service at St Augustine’s Church every Sunday (Its nickname is the cathedral of north London) and savouring the peace and quiet in my flat.
Doing my early morning workouts, making my own moisturisers and other homemade products, and trying new recipes every 1-2 weeks
Just giving myself 5 minutes outdoors every day to look around, breathe and remember that things will get better…
We have found some hidden treasures to walk around during lockdown, tiny pockets of land where we have seen wildlife and enjoyed some peace and fresh air. We feed the birds and their visits to the garden are a source of joy. Plus a bit of crafting and some box-sets fill our time up.
I am a sever insomniac so I am usually up by 3am or 4 and I cherish a quiet cup of tea followed by a coffee to gently bring me to life. I am an introvert so have found lockdown much easier than most and I daily feel grateful that I have a roof over my head, enough money for food and some treats and an elderly Father to care for. I email or talk on the phones each week to close friends and family. My Mother sadly died of cancer recently and my son came from America during lockdown to be with us and he is still in the country so we have a weekly walk and catch up. These rituals all add structure and joy to my life.
The simple pleasure I have discovered is the natural beauty in my local area. I have the privilege of taking a daily walk by a local Brook which I have discovered recently is ‘owned’ by a stunning Kingfisher. I have seen the Kingfisher several times now and it is a thrill every time.
For me keeping as busy as possible – looking on the bright side and spending time with my children – playing games, baking etc
Long walks after work have given me a boost, followed by a nice hot bath
Does the Eco Warrior soap not leave your bath water a little ‘swampy’ ???
A cup of tea in the garden when weather permits is a lovely quiet 5 mins to myself.
I love nature and an early morning rural walk around my area seeing the wildlife sets me up for the day and these fabulous products would be ideal for my ablutions.
I had my little one at the beginning of the first lockdown. Hes keep me busy and the routine we have developed helps me forget the strange world we are currently living.
I’ve also taken up cooking and baking and am in the process of tring a new recipe atleast once a week I’ve made it through 1 cookbook already.
Watching Football , what’s not to like? Definitely my ( almost ) daily ritual.
I’ve been making more time to read lately, and love getting lost in a great book! Also enjoying walking to work (even in the snow!), and a long bath while listening to a podcast before bed.
Put on some music and dance
Walking the dog has been a life saver for me making sure I get some fresh air every day! In the evenings I have a nice hot shower to relax 🙂
Love those soaps I switched to them during the first lockdown too! I started a stoic journal February last year and writing in it is very therapeutic
I have a nice long soak in the bath every night once the kids are in bed, it really relaxes me and makes me feel much less stressed.
Great prize, we have been walking every day (keeps us fit)
A cold shower following a warm one, invigorates the mind and body so these soaps would fit in perfectly with my morning routine if I was lucky enough to win them 😊
A walk along the beach wakes you up and is so calming at the same time. Would love to try these as we all have sensitive skin.
ive found nice long walks with thw whole family is helpign massivly!
I have tried to keep some kind of routine but make sure I’m up at a reasonable time, have some time to myself at breakfast with a strong coffee then out with the dog for a walk
I am going for a morning walk through two parks – nice new little habit
Lots of dog walking
Taking our rescue dogs for a walk every day has helped me de-stress during lockdown.
every little helps
I’m working during lockdown, teaching children of key workers or vulnerable children who can’t homeschool. I’ve just started using bars of soap instead of liquid soap (I got some for Christmas!) and I’m loving it!
Doing a bit of a spring clean each day, cuddle with cat n cuppa tea too!
I find a blast of fresh air on walks around our local area, reading books and long bubbly baths to relax in the evenings.
I love to pamper myself to revitalize myself with a face mask hot bath with bath bombs and smelly candles and relax with a glass of rose wine x Fingers crossed
Can’t start the day without a pot of mocha coffee cooked on the hob and even the gurgling sound wakes me up before I drink it. Been enjoying experimenting with different coffee blends to find the one that works for me first thing in the morning.
I sew kids clothes to donate to charity, to go abroad (when the charities are able to deliver them)!
I get out in the fresh air and walk the dog every day, whatever the weather!
Looking forward to making teddy bears for friends and family. Would love to win some soap too 😊🧸
Natural ingredients, lack of packaging, freshly scented, lovely. Clean body, clean conscience!
nice soaps are a lovely way to make an everyday thing a bit more special x
My afternoon mug of tea with a Tunnock’s teacake!
i started to exercise more at home and do so 5 times a week and began at the beginning of last April till now.
i also started a course on line as i had extra time on my hands and have now completed it and have passed so am going to do the next level as it has boosted my confidence its great as it also gives you something positive to focus on.
Healthy mind and body to keep me in the best physical and mental health i can.
I have started running which has really helped me
I’ve taken simple pleasures in the things I did pre-Covid that I could still do like visit my local refill shop with its lovely owner, take a walk along a leafy trail that cuts through our city and have an outdoor and distanced quick catch up with neighbours.
Always a nice relaxing morning routine, some excellent brunch and a jam packed day of self love and care! I’m a graduate looking for employment so this routine is key for me to keep going.
Relaxing reading a book in a bubble bath
I have enjoyed baking and cooking more to reduce my food waste. I have also enjoyed recycling more and walking every day.
These look lovely. My simple lockdown pleasure is a soak in a scented bath.
Meditation, listening to Crystal bowl sound bath, cuddling the dog, a really good cup of coffee and some fresh air.
reading and walking have kept me going through lockdown 🙂
Great selection f products to try. All things natural is the answer to everything, including walks in the countryside and observing wildlife just keeps me happy
I’ve enjoyed spending more time on my evening skincare ritual. I use more luxurious products than I do during the daytime, and have started doing facial massage. I find it really relaxing.
I love to go on walks with the family and relax by reading my favourite crime fiction
I’m a keyworker so have been working every day as normal – I’ve been trying to set aside some time before work and sleep for a little pampering to keep sane, and making sure we eat well too.
i have total routine for everything.. set times for dinner, baths beds. helps no end with keeping kids in routine
I’ve recently started a new routine and it makes me feel so good every morning. Start with a nice black coffee, then 10 minutes meditation and some journalling, followed by 10-20 minutes of yoga!
lots of walks with the daughter and the dogs xx
Being cut off from our children and grandchildren has been tough. Really missed the physical contacts….you can’t hug on Skype but on the positive side hubby and I have really enjoyed spending so much time together. Before we retired we were like ships that passed in the night. Throughout the months of shielding we have spent all our days together doing a major de-cluuter, clean and decorating the house as well as sorting the garden and garage. Every evening though we have gone our separate ways. Him to his man cave for TV, computer and reading while I use the lounge for reading, comping and listening to music. The best life we could wish for apart from missing the family.
I ring my mum regularly to see how she is and to have a lovely, long natter. (I don’t know how our chats last so long seeing as both of us are isolating and have done nothing much!)
Now that everyone’s at home all the time we are able to have a meal together as a family every day not just maybe once a week on Sunday. This is one thing that definitely helped me and I enjoy during lockdown
A daily walk has helped me greatly throughout all the tiers and lockdowns.
I have installed a darts board which I find helps me to destress
Walking the dog daily
My simple pleasures are the birds in my garden. I have a tree that I have filled with different feeders that the birds love. My sister bought me a bird bath for my birthday. I made the birds mug cakes made out of seed and lard and sticks as their perch. The robins love those. They make me so happy, even the pigeons!
Playing with our cats, reading books, doing Joe Wick exercises
I have made some bath bombs using herbs and flowers from my garden for long soaks in the Bath My Husband likes a Bath with them as well. I knit for the Grandchildren, I knit for Age UK , I knit for the NHS, I knit for the Church
Coffee with my hand held frothier and toasted teacakes sitting reading or looking at my garden
Being able to video call my daughter and one-year-old grandson every day has been like a lifeline for me. I don’t know how grandparents managed without it before. I love that I can still sing to him and play even though they’re 40 miles away and in lockdown.
Since lockdown started I’ve started cycling in my garage. Hubby has set up his bike so that I can exercise for 30 minutes. I set up a music stand next to the bike so that I could hold my kindle in place to read while I cycle. It meets 2 of my favourite things, cycling and reading (which might be a bit scary out on the open road!)
🧩🧩I’ve been reading about, and scouring online for, vintage children’s wooden jigsaws – made up of deliciously thick slabs of brightly coloured wood by EJ Arnold, Abbatt and Galt Toys, and mostly found in Primary 1 classrooms in the 1960s and 1970s. Beautifully crafted, pleasingly tactile, and with ahead-of-their-time graphics, they, and the history of their British designers, have provided a joyful, other world to get lost in.❤️❤️
walking by the river
I have loved feeding the birds and squirrels in my garden 😍
Starting to run
Keeping to the normal routine of the day so we are prepared for when things return to something like normal.
I have a soaky bath most days and it really does help me calm and settle for a better nights sleep, a shower just doesn’t do the same thing at all. Also I feel much better for getting outside, even if it is 2 minutes in the garden looking for signs of spring
I have been doing Diamond Art which has been very therapeutic in the evenings. I have also been walking 100km approx a week doing some temporary work whilst furloughed so a bath at the end of the day with epsom salts and lovely products has relaxed me at the end of every day also!
My dog gives me lots of joy everyday she has been my rock getting me out the house.
I was about to enter this competition but then I read Anne Trusscott’s post. I have kept sane during lockdown by ensuring my work colleagues have someone they can talk (and vent) to. We are Civil Servants and have all worked continuously through the pandemic. BUT rather than win this prize I would prefer Anne to win on behalf of her sister Marie.
walks with the dog whilst listening to podcasts, something I had never done before. Also teaching my children how to give Mummy a massage!
Exercise, Daily walks and Organisation has really helped me through lockdown.
Just take one day at a time and stay safe. Watch box sets and cook.
A nice walk in the middle of the day with my daughter and our dog helps to keep us sane.
Aromatherapy, lovely smells help me to relax
I have enjoyed walking with my dog. Something I did several times a day anyway but I found that saying hello to other people also out walking made me feel not quite so alone. I have also done more baking and cooking than usual.
Walking by the sea and watching and feeding the many birds in our garden – just awesome
i’ve been working throughout lockdown, but i make sure i get out for a walk every lunch time, and a extra long walk over the weekend. also i have treated myself to some extra special bath soaks and body washes for my bath nights
I’ve been working from home but I keep a structure to my day by starting and finishing at the same time each day and making sure to have a walk at lunchtime for exercise and fresh air. I also do Pilates and have a rowing machine to keep my fitness up.
Every evening we have a little ‘disco’ and do some dancing. It’s good exercise and everyone, especially my little one, enjoys it.
I had a baby in October, so my ultimate luxury is stealing 10 minutes for a lovely hot shower to wash my hair!
I have several daily rituals to help me through lock down but the best for me is my afternoon walk with my partner and dog Bonnie. We are very lucky to live in the countryside so the scenery is fantastic and the air fresh.
I have drank more water to hydrate my skin more and set aside a pampering session for my body once a week.
I’ve recently started journaling and writing 3 things I’m going to accomplish that day / 3 things I’m grateful for that day. I’ve found it’s really has helped my mood.
Taking time to soak my dry winter skin in my bath with a luxuriously soft natural soap with an uplifting scent has been been a luxury I have looked forward to. Moisturising my skin with natural soap is very important rather than stripping my skin with soap that is chock full of manmade nasties, it is important to put the moisture back. A beautiful scent to lift the spirits has also been an important de stresser. Would love to win this wonderful prize.
A cup of hot lemon juice and a bowl of mixed fruit has been my new breakfast kick, then a power walk in my local park Danson Park followed by a light salad for dinner with a good book, then in the evening a catch up on zoom with a quiz with family perfect x
Putting 3 bird feeders in the garden.
It has been great to watch various birds coming to eat.
My favourite is the long-tailed tit
I’ve been getting a lot of pleasure in pottering in my garden. Walking the dog has kept me sane, too – he’s made me get out! As I live alone and am shielding I am very isolated otherwise
Walking, housework, more cooking and baking, competitions, keeping my son going with his Japanese studies with all the uncertainty around education at present, keeping in touch with the rest of the family…..but there are still only 24 hours in a day!!
Working from home has meant no need for make up so I’ve made the most of pampering my skin with weekly masks and lots of tlc
Look and sound amazing products. Would love to try these out.
I. Like to wake before everyone else and have some time to think and reflect before the day starts. I feel this gives me my own 5 minutes meditation to get ready for the day ahead
The things that have kept me sane ( literally ) through lockdown are as follows: Wine! Dancing round my kitchen like no one is watching singing my heart out, A must !
Rants over the phone with the bestie when things get tough!
And last but not least a damn good cry because sometimes it’s the only way to release and feel better about the situation
I’ve started using proper soap again too, after decades of using shower gel. Each time I try a different one – all natural, organic, hand-made ones. So far the best one is the first one I bought – Lush fig + leaves. I only bought it as a little treat but it made me instantly decide to ditch shower gel as my skin felt so much cleaner and softer.
Fingers crossed tightly
Like many, I have found it hard to be motivated at times. I try to get out for a walk every day unless the weather is truy atrocious. I’m a passionate sock knitter so usually knit for a while each evening while watching a little TV. Saturday night is pizza night!
Taking the dogs to the park, they love chasing bubbles, picking up fir cones and twigs to make, bug hotels. Making a raised bed and planting our own veg
Entering competitions and winning,
Gardening and planning crops has got me through much of the lockdown. Also lots of woodland walks around my village. Nature is very therapeutic.
A morning stroll with my youngest before she starts her school work, whatever the weather. We’ve been feeding the squirrels in the park and collecting litter, flying a kite and spotting the signs of spring on the way. It’s been lovely.
Yoga and meditation 🧘♀️
Taking time to watch birds and other wildlife whilst gardening after which a relaxing bath completes my day
Coffee, dishwasher, one episode of Netflix (just one!) then start work mid morning. This is my lockdown routine. It’s brilliant cos I think about that one episode all day, what might happen next, what did she do that for? It gets me out of bed the next morning, again and again
During these trying times I have made it a priority to keep connected with my family and friends and most of all I have learnt to reconnect with myself 💖💜💖
Love the package design
I love the package designs
Luckily my daughter has also been working from home, so we’ve kept each other going, sometimes a daily walk, sometimes a coffee shop treat
I go for a walk every morning in the large park behind my home. If I have to miss my walk because the weather is too bad, then I make sure to do a half hour home workout using free weights.
Being out in the garden with my rabbits has helped, they really cheer me up
My daily walks with my dog and daughter have been so beneficial as we walk along the coast taking in the ever changing panorama. Our daily walks and talks have been part of our new routine. Eating and cooking with produce from our garden has opened up a whole new world and made us happier and healthier. Lockdown has enabled me to appreciate the wonderful natural resources on my doorstep, I appreciate what we have and the way we now live, taking things slowly and being more appreciative of everything we have.
Living alone it has been tough but my rescue pug Frank has saved my sanity. Every morning, no matter what the weather I have bundled up and gone for a good hours walk around 4am when nobody is around. I love the darkness, the quiet and the promise of a good day.
Going for a walk, this year I am virtually walking from lands End to John o Groats and that’s the push to get me out every day. Its the end of February and I’m nearly at the 200 mile mark, whilst walking doesn’t cure or fix things, you never come back from a walk feeling worse than when you set off, (even if its wet and cold)
trying everyday to tame my long hair which hasn’t been this long since i was at school over 20 years ago. watching youtube videos to see what different styles i can try on my hair before going out.
I live close to the coast and some amazing countryside so getting outdoors for a walk each day has helped me.
I’ve loved my garden. Spending time in it when the weather’s good or planning when it’s not so good.
My son and I have both been working from home, so we have enjoyed going for a lunchtime stroll with our dog Ben every lunchtime, this has been lovely spending this extra time with my son x
Flowers, we order a bunch every two weeks something colourful to brighten up a room. Discovering thing you don’t notice on your daily walk. Taking photo’s of Nature, birds and plants etc. We have a digital photo frame and rotate the Photo’s We take its a nice way to keep the memories of the places you walk alive . getting the kids to write letters to friend, instead of texting, emailing. Sitting on a bench in the park and getting lost in a good book with a flask of hot tea, coffee. Turning up the radio on your favourite song and singing at the top of your voice , Mending that pair of jeans with brightly coloured patches and adding brightly coloured shoe laces to an ordinary pair of black shoes. things that brighten our families life during lock down .
This looks a lovely prize, just what the doctor ordered. I would love to win and try but may the best man, woman, child or animal win.
I’ve discovered my local park and go for a daily walk of a few laps round (or more or less depending on the weather!). It’s so lovely to see people just out walking their dogs or taking their children to the play park and I’ve stopped and had a socially distanced chat with a few of them. It’s so beautiful at the moment with all the snowdrops out and the beautiful crocus in their many colours of gold and purple. The sun has started to show an appearance too so I feel a sense of a new start
Our day begins with a sunrise and a sunset, as my sister lives in Sydney. With a face time from the family from down under, we can have a walk with then along the beach, makes a lovely start to a cold day during lock down.
I’ve started making bath bombs which means more luxurious baths!
A cuddle with the cat
There are a number of things that have kept me going during lockdowns. I read this initially when the first lockdown happend,
1. Do something productive every day, it could be in the house or the garden.
2. Have some fresh air and or exercise every day, this could going out for a walk or some exercise from You Tube.
3. Make sure you have something cooked everyday and I made sure it was made from scratch.
4. Keeping in touch with family and friends, phone calls, snail mail, e-mail etc.
5. Keeping a wish jar of things I am going to do when it is safe to do so, it is getting quite long now.
6. Last and definately not least is to do something I love or and creative every day. For me this has been reading, listening to music, researching my family tree, handmaking cards for us and some friends and family.
Its having the time to spend pampering myself each day instead of rushing around and never finding a minute to myself.
Lovely! I’ve been done powerspin every other night. I’ve also been using a mask once a week.
I have joined the challenge to walk 1000 miles which is great because i go out to walk every day and log how far I go each day and little by little it all adds up and has become a daily ritual for me during Lockdown but it will continue after as well!
Cooking fresh food from scratch and trying out new flavours has been fab. The usual commute means I never have time for this.
Waking my dog every day has helped me get through lockdown.
We have made sure we have had something to do each even if it is small i.e make a cake, go for a walk, play a board game or watch a film
I find if I get up as soon as I wake up that helps, and also a coffee and breakfast.
i would love to win this fab prize for my daughter Alice who suffers with dry skin, we have converted to bar soap the last year and keep trying to find the one for her , fingers crossed
How lovely, thank you. I started a facebook group to help people feeling tense and scared, I’ve done some reading and painting by numbers. In the first lockdown I was able to go out into the garden, but it’s been too cold lately. But seeing the bulbs coming through and some daffodils even out in bloom is lovely.
I’ve always been a person who needs routine. So I’ve still been the same during lockdown. Little things like having a housework schedule, meal planning and walking every day. For luxury treats I’ve been able to spend time improving my hair and skin routine. I’ve had chance to try new hair and skin products and try
new make up looks. I’m ready to roll when we can go out and about again
A HITT session and long shower before the onslaught of the day!
My simple pleasures and daily rituals are watching the squirrels in my garden every morning and listening to the birdsong just before dusk, lovely
Spending 30 minutes after tea doing a jigsaw puzzle instead of watching the news has helped me cope with lockdown
Feeling clean and fairly warm; walking 10-15000 steps a day, whenever the weather allows, with an extra shirt on when needed!
I have loved running round the beautiful countryside near my house!
Going on a walk around my local area
I’ve been working from home so I’ve made sure to switch off mentally when the laptop goes off. I try to go for a walk as soon as I’ve finished to refresh my brain, then some time in the garden now the days are getting longer. A nice bath with geranium and/or lavender, a glass of wine and a good book
Walking my dog, gardening and meditation have helped me get through lockdown
Walking my dog has really helped
As well as my morning workout, I’ve added daily meditation and made myself read for thirty minutes a day – I do them back to back and have found it really beneficial to switch off after work and make the transition to ‘home mode’.
Keeping in touch with my family and friends has got me through lockdown
I find that giving myself lists of things I want to achieve daily and weekly really helps as it gives me purpose and focus.
I love a a quick gua sha facial each morning. I’ve also rediscovered my love of bath bombs so have a weekly treat for some well earned me time!
Simple pleasures that have got me through lockdown are relaxing Bubble Baths, home cooked food & of course chocolate!
Walking by the sea, meditation, bubble baths. They have all helped keep me sane
I have been using meditation apps and taking 20 minutes each day to use them
Restarting up my vegetable garden has helped me retain some sanity!
Trying new recipes