Slumber parties – relive your childhood/teen-hood moments, just because you’re adults and living together, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a pyjama party or pillow fight, gossip about your crushes while donning beautifying face masks / giving each other makeovers!
Have a nail art party – getting your hands on a shellac kit easy, why not order some nail art and your favourite coloured nail polish too!? Get creative!
Watch female empowering movies – whether it’s Wonder Woman, Little Women or Mulan, there is a nice enough selection of women empowerment movies out there. Hopefully, 2021 is the year where the list of choices grows!
Have an at-home karaoke– you really don’t need to buy a karaoke machine for this, just get up on “the stage” (part of your living room between your sofa and the TV) and belt out songs while sipping your favourite beverage. Why not belt out Who Run The World (Girls)?
Now for the sisterhood who live apart…
Virtual Galentine’s Day ideas:
Book an experience day– Virgin Red Letter or Experience Days have a selection of stuff from afternoon teas, to breaks away to a spa retreat. The best part is you get to save the voucher & claim it at a time that’s Covid-free.
January 6th is known as the ‘Epiphany Feast’ day in the Christian faith. It’s the day of the three Kings, when Jesus got baptised and when some say is his official birthday.
The 6th of January (day of Epiphany Feast) is also recognised as the 12th day of Christmas, the last chance to take down the tree and all decorations.
Tonight, my household and I celebrated the Epiphany Feast by ordering a Galette des Rois (King’s Cake) from ‘So Choux’ in Fulham, London.
If you’re in England and looking for a French patisserie that offers the full Parisienne experience, choose So Choux!
Fun fact: hidden inside the Epiphany Feast pastry is a special prize, the person who finds it is crowned the King or Queen (hence the gold crown). Traditionally, the special prize symbolises prosperity for the whole year.
What does a Epiphany Feast Pastry (Galette des Rois) taste like?
It’s pretty much like an almond croissant – but in filo pastry pie form. The inside is filled with layers of filo and frangipane (identical to an almond croissant).
What’s the best bit?
Everything about this Epiphany Feast pastry (Galette des Rois) was amazing – from the filo, to the filling &/or the glazed pattern on the top.
It’s fresh and divine. The showstopper for me, aside from the taste, has to be the flower pattern on the top – it truly is a work of art. These pictures don’t do it justice!
Joining the Galette (in the picture) was a teapot filled with chamomile tea, and raspberry still lemonade in the jug.
Also, you may notice the tea-light candle in the back which used to resemble a purple cactus before it melted gracefully… I bought it from Lourdes. 💜 🌵 🕯
Have you ever had a Epiphany Feast pastry (Galette des Rois)? Let me know in the comments. ✨
Yes, 2020 was an awful year for the world as a whole with a global pandemic ripping through it… But, let’s focus on some of the very small mercies that we were able to enjoy in 2020…
2020: Lockdown dating
For the singles among us, the pressures of dating was relaxed a bit – with people video dating from the comforts of their own homes…
Granted, it wasn’t the same – but there are elements of it that I actually preferred…
For instance, you can get to know everything that makes them tick. They don’t have anywhere to go, neither do you – so you could spend a lot more time together.
Are you looking for good lockdown date ideas? Watch the same movies and text through them… Bake/cook together on video… Order a takeaway and video while you eat… There’s a lot that can be done from home!
2020: More time for self-care
Another great thing about 2020 was that it gave us a chance to put ourselves first. We had more time on our hands to work on ourselves.
I lost weight in lockdown, cut down on sugar, and had an image overhaul. I chucked pretty much all my clothes out and bought new ones!
2020: Better ability to save money
We all got a chance to really save this year. It’s actually been nice not having to spend money on travelling to work, buying lunch while there – or even paying for expensive holidays…
Most holidays were refunded, with others being either in process or postponed.
2020: Better work-ethic
Although we’re really struggling with the work-life balance and working from home every day, there’s no denying that we’re more proactive since being at home.
It’s quite nice not having to get up early to travel into work, we had the luxury of just switch our laptops on to get cracking.
Granted, there’s not much social interaction etc. but there’s no denying that we’re doing more, which leaves the door open to promotions, pay rises etc.
2020: Appreciation for life before lockdown
I’m pretty sure if lockdown taught us anything at all, it’s that we didn’t do enough with the freedom we had before it.
We’ll appreciate time with our loved ones more, time we spend travelling, or even just doing stuff without restrictions post-Covid.
2020: Getting in touch with nature
I was my neighbourhood’s answer to Snow White… 🙈 2020 was the year I met every single duck, goose and swan at the local park. I made friends with all the Robin Redbreasts and green parakeets too. 😂
Literally, 2020 was parks galore. With Parliament Hill Fields and Hampstead Heath not far from me, I was lucky in that I got to stretch my legs there in summer.
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were inundated with engagement posts. Congratulations to all who popped the question, and to those who ‘yes’ed it as God blessed it.
2020: Covid vaccinefound & rolled out
At the very end of last year, the light at the end of the awful pandemic tunnel came… Two vaccines have been rolled out since. UK was the first country to start vaccinating.
2020: communities celebrated heroicefforts of the NHS and those on the front line
Claps at 8pm on Thursdays… Our neighbourhoods came together to spread some joy in very dire times, in a nod to the NHS and those on the front line for going above and beyond in the fight against Covid-19… That was a highlight for sure!
2020: stories of vulnerables who kicked Covid-19’s butt
As we look back on International Women’s Day 2020, I honestly cannot put into words how proud I am to be a woman… Women can do it all, singlehandedly. My mother is testament to and of that.
My mother has forever been my best friend. I tell her everything, and she is the only human being on this Earth who holds me most accountable!
Celebrating Womens Day:
She has taught me strength, independence, self-sufficiency, honesty, integrity and only ever instilled peace within me…
Mum taught me patience, her love for me is unwavering and unconditional. Growing up, I wasn’t easy to handle (are pubescent, hormonal young people ever ‘easy to handle’!?) – but she managed to raise me & my brother alone mostly.
My mother is my hero. She is what International Women’s Day is all about… Women who are equal. Women who are empowered/empowering. Women who lead. Woman is she, and she is my mum.
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