Reclaim your Weekend - The Bathroom Edit

How to turn your bathroom into a spa-like restorative haven.

How did we all get so busy? Weekdays for most of us seem to be full to the brim with commitments and we are all pretty much exhausted by the weekend. This series of journal posts throughout January is all about 'Reclaiming your Weekend' and making the most of your downtime at home. Allowing you to not only recover from your busy week but to also rejuvenate and prepare you for the next.

The bathroom is a perfect place to start and taking time for self-care is so important for our wellness. With this in mind, we've put together some tips to turn your space into a zen like retreat that will encourage you to take time to fully recover, revive and restore.

Creating Ambience

Lighting is a crucial factor in creating the right ambience and feel to any room. Although it has to be super practical in a bathroom it's important to be able to tone it down too. Adding a dimmer switch to your main lights is a game-changer, but you can also create calming pockets of glow by using candles and portable LED lamps. Pop them next to your sink or at the side of your bath to help you create a tranquil mood.

The Beauty of Botanicals

Creating privacy in a bathroom normally means that we diffuse or block any natural light which is not ideal for most plants. So why not 'go faux'! Adding pops of greenery with plants and foliage and natural elements like dried arrangements really helps to connect us to nature and promote feelings of calm and serenity.

Savvy Storage

Having enough, as well as the right kind of, storage in your bathroom really helps to create an uncluttered and organised zen like space. It could be a ladder for towels, a wooden tray for face cloths or beautiful baskets for cotton wool and other everyday items that might not be so pleasing to the eye. Being organised not only looks good but feels good too.

You don't always need to be practical!

That may sound a strange piece of advice, but when you add pieces that are not necessarily associated to the bathroom it gives it more of a luxury spa hotel feel. Side tables and stools are perfect for adding height for plants or somewhere to pop your bathing essentials or maybe even a glass of bubbles!

*

After you've had a chance to recharge and relax in your spa-like haven, why not take the time to prepare some nourishing food to relax and enjoy, and prepare for the rest of the weekend.

This week Abi shares her favourite go-to weekend breakfast recipe. It's been adapted slightly, but is inspired by the fabulous The Beauty Chef - Carla Oates

Spiced Smoothie Bowl

60g rolled oats, soaked in Almond Milk overnight.

2 frozen bananas, coarsely chopped.

30g almond butter.

1 medjool date.

1/ 2 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

1/ 4 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

1/ 2 cup (125 ml) almond milk.

Topping:

Chopped pear (or apple).

1 tsp Coconut oil.

Pinch of cinnamon.

Method:

. Soak the oats overnight in Almond Milk.

. Then add the oats to a blender with all the other ingredients and whizz.

. Mix until smooth and pour into 2 bowls.

. For the topping , fry the chopped pear in coconut oil with a pinch of cinnamon until soft.

. Add to your oats and enjoy!