Wednesday, February 24, 2016

My Serenity Moment With Yankee Candle ♥

Serenity is not a word I would use to describe my everyday life as a busy parent, even though I would very much like it to be a word I could associate with my life... My days can often be stressful and being seven months pregnant with a toddler in tow isn't easy, but I do believe in making time for myself on occasion, letting myself relax completely, in my favourite room of the house and do some things which are quite simple but which I thoroughly enjoy doing.

I was recently challenged by the lovely people at Yankee Candle to share 'my serenity moment', a moment inspired by their beautifully scented My Serenity springtime collection. The My Serenity collection is comprised of four beautiful candles, all with a fragrance that is bound to invigorate the senses and transport you to a phase of relaxation. I just love the pastel colours of the four candles too, they're ever so pretty and perfect for brightening up the home now that the sunnier weather has arrived.

Peony - This is my favourite scent from the collection. The rich scent of spring's most coveted bloom, the peony, entices with notes of bright sweetness.

Lemongrass & Ginger - A fresh, clean mixture of gentle lemongrass and just-cut ginger, pure invigoration.

Moonlight - A subtle blend of bamboo, woody notes and bergamot, as intoxicating as moonlight on the water.

My Serenity - The definition of calm, warm pear and orange mingle with tropical flowers and soft musk.

 I decided to have my serenity moment once my son was in bed. I filled up the bath with some steaming hot water, made sure there were lots of bubbles and a lovely bath melt to give my skin some pampering. Is there anything more soothing than a hot bath when you're in need of some 'me time'? My lovely other half was putting our boy to bed so I retreated to my room, where my fairy lights and floral lights strewn over my curtain bunting and headboard were turned on, these instantly give a serene vibe to the room.

I lit my favourite candle from the My Serenity collection, Peony, and quite soon my bedroom was filled with the scents of those beautiful pink springtime blooms, it's a scent I'll never tire of, so floral, pretty and sweet.

I'm a woman of simple tastes, it doesn't take a lot to make me happy so my perfect serenity moment was simple - lying on my bed, reading a magazine my mother had brought me (ones I don't usually buy for myself, so it's always a little treat when she passes them on), catching up on some blog reading and watching old episodes of The Royle Family on YouTube, checking my Instagram feed, enjoying a Creme Egg (I think I deserve a little chocolatey treat now and again) and practising some mindfulness with an adult colouring book (I'm quite happy with how my little colourful butterfly is coming along).

Simple, serene moments like this before I go to bed are always treasured. Recently my son hasn't been sleeping well and bedtimes have been quite hectic, with him usually ending up in my bed, me hanging onto the edge for dear life just wishing for a peaceful nights sleep. So the fact that I could enjoy some 'me time', followed by some of the things which enjoy most made #myserenity moment just perfect. The beautiful scent of Peony was the cherry on top of my lovely evening.

This is my serenity moment - simple, relaxing and oh so lovely for a mum like myself who needs a little quiet time from time to time. You can view the My Serenity fragrance collection here if you fancy a little moment of serenity for yourself, I promise, you will not be disappointed by the scents, they are heavenly.

*I was sent the My Serenity collection candles for the purposes of taking part in this challenge, as always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.


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