21 September 2009

Being Selfish AND a Giveaway?!

When I was asked if I would like to be part of the Radox Be Selfish campaign I thought it sounded great. (Thanks to Kim Hong at Fleishman Hillard PR). Some Radox bubble bath and a water resistant Kathy Lette book. Lovely.

I thought, I can have some much needed ME time. It wasn't that simple though.

I know I should put myself first more often, but when you're a mum your children come first. For me it's as simple as that. During the day I try to stay away from my laptop. It's all too easy to be distracted by Twitter or Facebook or by reading blogs. My boys won't be small for long and they need my attention now. CBeebies is a good babysitter if I need to get some housework done, but it's no substitute for playing with mummy. It's certainly not as good as sitting in the leg seat (on my lap) and reading a book or sixteen!

Writing this blog is something I do just for me. I also do a bit of songwriting and I have recently started writing short stories. I do this when the boys are asleep. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to be at home when they both have an afternoon nap - at the same time. Otherwise I play on the laptop at night. I can't do this every night as I also like to spend some time with my husband!

So for me to have a luxurious, selfish bubble bath in the evening (instead of a speed-shower) would be taking me away from either chatting to Andy or doing a bit of writing. After a few weeks of staring at the Radox and 'All Steamed Up' by Kathy Lette I decided to 'take the plunge'. Sorry!

My bath was far too hot, but I laid back and started reading. I think Kathy Lette is great. Her books are fabulous, she has a brilliant turn of phrase. Her sound-bites on BBC Breakfast are good fun too. This water resistant book is short and bitter-sweet. I'm really enjoying it. I laughed out loud when she described the protagonist's neighbour as someone who sun-dries their own tomatoes. Oh dear, that's me!

If you would like to download a copy of the book, please visit the Radox Be Selfish Website. There's an interview with Kathy Lette to listen to. You will also find a free prize draw there too, you could win a luxury spa break for two.

I'm having a little giveaway too, to celebrate reaching 100 followers on this blog and to say thank you to you all for sticking with me.

If you would like to go into the hat to win a water resistant copy of 'All Steamed Up' by Kathy Lette and a bottle of Radox please let me know in the comments. I will give the baby the hat containing names on scraps of paper at 6pm (BST) on Friday afternoon, 25th September. Whoever is not eaten will be the winner.

Sorry, UK only :-(

Well, as the boys are both still asleep I'm going to put the kettle on....



  1. Oooooh I would like to win this. I like to be selfish and indulge in a hot bubble bath a couple of times a week. Its a pain when you drop your book and the pages go all wrinkly!

  2. i will never say no to a bit of R&R! I would love to enter please, and i totally agree with your views to blogging, i try to keep away during the day too, unless they have a nap of course xx

  3. that sounds like a great evening. A bath is definately a rare luxury for us mummies (despite the fact we are normally covered in gubbins, dust, unmentionables and aching from a full on day!). I'd love to be entered as well.

  4. I'd love to be entered! I love radox stuff! Smells yummy! Congrats on reaching 100 followers! Your blog is great! Computer time is my night time relaxation! Or if the kiddies are having a day time nap...which is rare for toddler now!!

  5. I never find time for a bath either and if I ever do it's too hot and I feel flustered and sick and end up getting out rather too soon. What a great idea though, water proof book- the number of books and magazines I've soaked in the past.....

  6. What a brilliant idea! Any excuse for a long hot bath and a face pack is okay by me. Please enter me for the competition too!!

  7. Hi Sandy - good luck with the competition. I remember the days when an *uninterrupted* bath would have been a luxury!

  8. Me! Me! Me! I want a book and a bath, pleeease, please don't eat me!
    I know the 'baby comes first' thing all too well. And the never having enough time thing, too. And I have only one baby to handle.

  9. There is an award for you at mine. :0)

  10. Oh to have a long bath, a glass of wine and some good music uninteruppted, I remember it well. Please add me to the fab competition

  11. Firstly, thanks for entering my little giveaway.

    Cash chose the winner at random....

    Congratulations to: Martini Mummy!

    Please email me your address and I'll pop up to the Post Office on Monday with the goodies.

    Finally, Chic Mama, thanks for the award x


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