Glow like J.Lo

If you follow her on Instagram, or if you keep up with celebrity news in general, you can’t fail to have been dazzled yesterday by Jennifer Lopez’s humongous, emerald cut engagement ring. As impressive as it was though, as I scrolled through her page, I was dazzled by something else – this woman does not age! I vividly remember her in that green Versace dress back in 2000, almost two decades ago for goodness sake! Honestly, J.Lo will be fifty years old this year and she has the body and skin of somebody twenty years younger. Ok, I know she probably has the benefit of the best beauticians, dieticians, stylists and products that money can buy…but credit where it’s due, she looks fantastic.

I’ve been thinking about my skin lately. Like most people my age I’d very much like to improve it. I’m not hugely worried about inevitable lines and wrinkles and I doubt I’ll ever be competing with J.Lo, but I would love to recapture a bit of a younger, healthy glow. I was looking at photos of pregnant me from 2013 the other day and my skin looked pretty good. I took it for granted then, of course I did, but in hindsight my complexion wasn’t too bad. I know that old lady time has marched on a bit since then but even so, I wouldn’t mind trying to roll back the years skin-wise.

Being a mum has taken a toll on my face. In the early days (you know that hurricane period that hits you just after you have your first kid…and you wonder why you ever classed anything you’d ever done before as hard 😆) any pretence of a skincare routine completely went out of the window. Facial wipes were my go-to and I’m not too proud to admit that more than once or twice I even used a baby wipe instead when I’d run out! There was no such luxury as toner and moisturiser was whatever I could grab on offer at Tesco. To be honest I couldn’t have cared less about my skin, I was just a new mum trying to make it through each day without nodding off in my dinner. My baby girl was looking great though and of course, typical mum, I was using the best organic cream I could afford on her. After those early years of mummyhood I guess I just got stuck in a rut of putting myself last and so didn’t buy myself any decent skincare products. Guess what, that’s just changed – yay!

Not too long ago, I was speaking to a friend of mine who is an Independent Consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies. If you’ve never come across Neal’s Yard before, they are a British company that create and sell natural, organic health and beauty products across the globe. I loved the sound of their skincare products and I like supporting friends in business, so decided to try some of the lovely goodies for myself.

I figured that any self-respecting MetamorphoMum would definitely have a skincare routine so I decided to start by trying those three basic steps cleanse, tone and moisturise. I’ve been using a Frankincense Refining Cleanser, a Rehydrating Rose Toner and a Rose & Mallow Moisturiser from Neal’s Yard each day. Do you know something, I have seen a difference and I’m really rather pleased! I’ve also been using a White Tea Toning Eye Gel which I find so cooling and firming and it feels like a little treat every time I pat it on. I love the smell of the products with their natural ingredients and find them calming and relaxing.

Deffo no ‘Jenny from the Block’, looking tired & with rather messy hair. Skin’s not too bad though 👍

I’m a convert to the blue bottles now! I found I genuinely liked Neal’s Yard products so much that I’ve even gone and signed up as an Independent Consultant myself, just like my friend. You see, NYR sell really nice mother and baby products and I thought it would be great to be able to offer them to my baby yoga customers, the plus side is that I can also order things for me and my family at a discounted rate…win, win!

Gorgeous stuff for mummies and babies in my baby yoga classes – loving the blue bottles!

Now that I’m making time to try and improve my skin again, I’m going to keep up this new regimen but I’d also love to try some new things too. Stuff I’ve read about but never considered trying for myself. I’ve been reading up about some of the vast array of skin treatments available in Liverpool, honestly we have soooo many salons and spas! I wonder what I should try next. As I type this I’m watching the ever ebullient Rosemary Shrager on ‘The Real Marigold on Tour’ giving a ‘Vampire Facelift’ a whirl…fair play to her, I don’t think I’d have the nerve for that myself, but I wouldn’t mind trying some sort of peel or maybe a spot of dermaplaning.

Any recommendations for treatments folks? Also, If anybody has any tips on reducing enlarged pores let me know in the comments, I bet J.Lo doesn’t have to deal with those suckers!

A Flexitarian Tricenarian…easy for you to say!

Food glorious food! As part of my MetamorphoMum transformation I’m going to have to start thinking about diet, aren’t I. This is the last year of my thirties, I can put it off no longer. To be fair, I’m a firm believer that what we eat affects the way we feel, how much energy we have and how we function generally. Unfortunately, me being a firm believer of something doesn’t always mean that I pay any attention to myself. I eat too much sugar (in chocolate form mainly), I snack at my desk far too often and I don’t eat nearly enough fruit & veg. This ensures I stay podgier than a baby yoga teacher should be and often with the energy of a failing sloth. Sound familiar?

Recently I’d been hearing good things about a new independent business working from a small shop in South Liverpool. As well as organic fruit and vegetables, Root 22 sells spices, grains, nuts, seeds and fresh juices. They also deliver fresh fruit and veg boxes to houses across Merseyside at no extra cost and offer a discounted subscription service. Like I said, I don’t eat enough fruit and veg, perhaps a shop like this could be a way to improve my diet…also my mum’s just said I could have her spare spiralizer. Spiral food – I’m sold!

So last week, being as the (not yet quite spring) sun was shining like a good’un and making me feel chirpy, I decided to head over to Root 22 to grab some lovely fresh produce. L was excited to go and dressed herself in bright spring clothes, accessorised with bejewelled sunglasses and a monogrammed mini tote bag. Honestly, that girl likes to dress to impress at all times…the slogan on her sweatshirt is very apt – ‘Sparkle wherever you go!’ I need to take lessons from her.

At the store, Gary the owner couldn’t have been more helpful. We chose some beautifully fresh produce including some carrots which were straight from the ground, a bright yellow courgette, some vibrant green broccoli, a bunch of bananas and a sweet, rosy apple. The experience of visiting the store was great for L. She got to see the vivid colours, smell the smells and even feel the fruit and veg minus plastic wrapping. She watched intently as Gary weighed our items and then she squeezed them into her tote bag (or ‘toad’ bag as she kept mistakenly calling it). I think it’s nice for kids to have a chance to see stuff like this. To understand where our food comes from and what it looks like in its natural form.

Our visit to Root 22, seeing all of that colourful goodness, really inspired me to think about the meals I cook at home. I don’t really eat a lot of meat to be honest, not for any real reason, ideology or belief – I guess I’m just not a big meat eater. The idea of flexitarianism appeals to me though, both for reasons of health and also in reducing my carbon footprint. Right now I definitely don’t get the best out of natural ingredients like vegetables, pulses and beans etc. (beans, corn and coleslaw from KFC count though, right? 😆). Luckily this blog is all about fresh starts! I just ordered myself a new cookbook that might help give me a kick up the bottom to start eating more healthily and include more fresh and plant based ingredients. The book is called ‘The Reducetarian Cookbook: 125+ Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based Recipes for Omnivores, Vegans, and Everyone In-Between’. I’ll try some recipes out and let you know how they go on this blog.

Maybe, if I like the recipes, I’ll be able to call myself a flexitarian tricenarian! Well, until I hit forty next year and become a flexitarian quadragenarian 😱 – Is there a name for one of those who eats mainly spiralized foods?