It’s Nap time! – Using a Space Mask

Having just worked seven days straight, I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been feeling a wee bit on the worn out side. When it comes to my day off then I’m more than likely going to have a nap a some point. Yup, I’m not afraid to admit that at 36, I still need a nap!

It was perfect timing then that my reading in heels box arrived containing a Space Mask. A what now?….Yes you read right…I said ‘space mask’.

A space mask is a self heating eye mask that soothes and relaxes you, allowing you to drift off to sleep. The mask is made from soft feeling material with iron powder encased within. The Iron powder heats up on contact with oxygen. I found the heat lasted for about 20 minutes. It also is meant to have a light Jasmin scent however I couldn’t actually smell this.

There are loops on either side of the mask that you pop over your ears keeping it in place. This is a great touch as it allows you to find your natural sleep position without it falling off.

I really enjoyed the warm feeling, I felt that this would be great to use if you have a headache.

The foil pouches are super handy so you could keep one in your handbag. Ideal then if you are traveling or are someone that suffers from regular headaches. I also think it would be worth giving one of these a go if you are someone that struggles to drop off to sleep.

Me… I’m not above finding a quiet corner at work and having a power nap during my lunch break. What about you?

A pack of 5 masks costs £15 + p&p from

Running with Orthosole Max Cushion Insoles

Last Sunday I completed the Cancer Research race for life 10k event along with my Big Sister and Cousin. That’s my second one under the belt now. There were no PB’s to be had on the day as it was a super hot but there was a great atmosphere. The event also seemed like the ideal opportunity to try out my new insoles from Orthosole .

I was gifted a pair of Women’s Max Cushion Insoles rrp £40 from Orthosole to test out, in return for an honest review.

Described as the ‘Ultimate performance’ style the insoles are customisable to suit the individual wearers needs. Each set comes with 6 support pads that can be switched up as required providing up to 9 different wear options.

Anyone that runs will understand that a good supportive running shoe makes a huge difference when it comes to performance and avoiding injury. They will also appreciate how difficult it is to find a shoe with the right level of support as we are all different, so for me having so many options to work with is a big deal.

There are two pad sections of the insole that can be customised, which are the arch pad and the metatarsal pad.

The Arch Pad – provides support to help control pronation and alignment of the foot and body.

This is a big problem area for me as I have one leg longer than the other and my right foot tends to roll in. I literally fall over my own feet!

The Metatarsal Pad – helps improve weight distribution, circulation, cushioning and protects the ball of the foot.

The Insoles are sold in shoe sizes, and can be trimmed down to fit if necessary. I’m a half size but didn’t find this a problem. After removing my existing insoles, as instructed, the Orthosoles fitted in quite snuggly.

It took me a few attempts to find the combination of pads that felt most comfortable. The pads were quick and easy to switch up though as they have Velcro backing.

When wearing the Insoles I immediately could feel the difference, my foot and leg alignment felt much straighter. I also usually experience some mild pain in the knee of my shorter leg when distance running but on this occasion I didn’t.

I did start to feel a bit of an ache in my arch area during the last 1 km of my run. I think this is probably because I’m not used to running with my foot in that position and need to get used to it. Either that or I need to try a lighter support pad next time. That’s the beauty of the these particular insoles though I can keep trying out different options till I’m 100% happy.

Orthosole offer loads of different insole options to suit different types of footwear. They even offer a set designed to be worn with heels. I definitely want to try those out In the future. You never know I might be able to wear heels on the Reg?

Life in a Transitional Period

In the past couple of months life has changed immensely for me. I genuinely feel I’m going through a transitional period in my life and as a result learning more about what is important to me and my personal happiness. 

Life is full, I have such a busy schedule, so  time is now precious. If you have lots of free time it’s so easy to take that for granted. I know I did.  

When I do have free time I want to spend it with friends and family. My kids are growing up fast, I feel like I am running out of time to make those happy childhood memories with them. 

Two of my children are now teenagers and quite  naturally don’t want to spend all of their free time with their parents. That is a conflict of interest so I am working on achieving a happy balance. 

Im learning that material things are less important. I have a lot of clutter In my home and that is making me feel bogged down. I end up spending my free time running around and tidying up after people rather than spending quality time with them. This is not something I want in my life.

I want to simplify and down size my life by getting rid of some of this clutter. I have plans to do this over the coming months. It will be hard for me to part with things, I’m a natural hoarder. That will be why I have about 8 foundations then? Why??? I have one face!

As a bit of a self confessed shopaholic it is going to be hard to break my hoarding habit. I just need to remind myself of that end goal. Less tidying and more time for enjoying my free time. 

It not just me either. Nope! The boys bed room is full of Lego and Nerf Guns that im constantly standing on or falling over. Oh and I made an interesting discovery in my youngest ‘s  wardrobe the other day. He has tops in it that are aged 5-6. He’s 9! 

I have a few plans in the pipeline that will help me achieve a more streamlined and clutter free. I will share those on the blog as they happen so watch this space. 

In the mean time I you have any suggestions know of any relevant blog posts please link them in the comments below.