Beauty

I Get All My Best Ideas In The Bath

15th July 2017

Much like Harry Potter trying to crack the next clue in the Triwizard cup, I get all my best ideas in the bath. I’m a water sign -not that I place much value in astrology- and definitely at my maximum chill level when in water. Unless you count that time I tried to learn to dive. So just to clarify, in not under.

In Iceland I discovered the true bliss which sitting in a hot tub whilst it’s cold outside brings. So much so, I now have one in the garden. My idea of a perfect Sunday is hours spent in the bath. Armed with refreshments and something on Netflix to binge.

From time-to-time my worried Mum sends me articles about bathroom electrocutions. To clarify I have neither a swanky wall mounted TV in my bathroom, nor a precariously balanced laptop plugged into the mains. I’ve found the charged laptop on the other side of the room method works well. Safety first. That and the fact I’d quite like to save myself the embarrassment of having to explain to a client I can’t finish their project. As I accidentally dropped my MacBook in the bath.

In high school I would sit in the bath, of an evening. Pondering social dynamics and wondering if the rest of life would be as torturous as school (thankfully not, as it turns out). It was where I would go to think. But somehow between then and now, I forgot about how many problems a good soak and some quiet reflection can fix.

Not emerging until my skin was well and truly pruned.

I like to combat the potential isolation of working from home by venturing out every now and then. Meeting friends for lunch in town is a great remedy for this. On one particular lunchtime, my friend and I decided to visit Lush and stock up on some bath treats. We got talking about the relative merits of various bath bombs. And she explained she preferred the ones which take a while to fizz, as she’s in there for a good hour.

I was shocked. How could anyone spend an hour in the bath? What on Earth was she doing in there?

She suggested taking an iPad to stream shows on and a can of Diet Coke. In my next bath I did just that. Game changer. My twenty minute baths went to hour long episodes. Not emerging until my skin was well and truly pruned.

So I have my friend to thank for helping me rediscover my love of long baths. Or blame for the new procrastination tool. Depends how you look at it.

Thankfully most weeks I have less to mull over than my angst-ridden teenage self. So I utilise the time to watch shows which would drive my other half slowly insane. Think Kardashian spin-offs and the latest Teen Mom OG episode.

I’ve also found that the bath can be a great place to do some distraction free writing. Especially when I’m having a phase of blogger’s block. Although the last time I did this, I got a blister on my finger from holding my phone for so long. Oops.

Whilst I couldn’t be more excited to be Mum, I suspect my precious bath-time is about to come under serious threat. So I’m making the most of it, whilst I can!

Miss Patisserie Bath Treats

Miss Patisserie are a vegan and 100% cruelty free skincare brand. Hailing from Cardiff, but available to buy in Boots across the UK & online. They make the prettiest bath products. I decided to treat myself this week and stock my bathroom cupboards with ethical treats for future bath brainstorms.

Does a long bath feature in your perfect lazy day?

Psst. This post wasn’t sponsored & all bath treats were splurged on by me. You can find similar products to Miss Patisserie bath shards in my directory.

  • Pia @ Gymbags and Jetlags
    16th July 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I’ve always love a good bath but I’m the same as you were; even with a TV show, I just can’t stay in a bath for more than half an hour. I love a good bath bomb though!

    xx Pia
    http://gymbagsandjetalgs.com

    • Amy
      17th July 2017 at 9:23 am

      Practice makes perfect haha! X

  • Jenny
    16th July 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I really should take more baths considering now I actually have a nice bathtub, but I always get lazy. Having cute bath products definitely help though, and I adore the ones from Lush!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

    • Amy
      17th July 2017 at 9:23 am

      Ah make the most of it! For sure X

  • Rosy Ferry
    17th July 2017 at 8:15 am

    I spend an hour+ in the bath when I have one, I always take a book in with me and slip into a story (and yes, once or twice I’ve dropped a book in the water)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
    My Instagram | Instagram

    • Amy
      17th July 2017 at 9:23 am

      I’ve dropped a book in and did have to take my MacBook to the Genius bar for a water on the trackpad related incident haha. Occupational hazards! X

  • Leanne Brookes
    17th July 2017 at 8:48 am

    I’m glad it’s not just me then. I love taking a bath, it’s just so relaxing and like you, I tend to get quite inspired. I’m like that in the shower though too. I suppose that moment of solitude is something we all need from time to time to clear out mind. x

    • Amy
      17th July 2017 at 9:24 am

      I find the same actually, I agree it must be the solitude and sound of running water / calm! X

  • Imogen
    17th July 2017 at 9:45 am

    Love this! Your posts are so down-to-earth and honest. I’m obsessed x

    Also, I miss baths so so much – since moving from a house to a little apartment I no longer have the luxury of soaking in hot water while listening to chilled out music like Aquillo or Broods. I used to live off of late-night lush bath bomb experiences and now- nothing! This post gave me such nostalgia though and I love it.

    Much Love,

    Imogen x http://www.faux-silk.com

    • Amy
      24th July 2017 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Imogen!

      Ah that’s a shame, I know whenever I’ve been without a bath I’ve really missed it. X

  • Out on Catwalk
    17th July 2017 at 11:21 am

    So this is my first time visiting your blog! And oh god! I loved reading this post! πŸ™‚ Your writing style is amazing!! #Obsessed
    XX
    Shivangi
    http://www.outoncatwalk.com/is-it-all-destiny/

    • Amy
      24th July 2017 at 9:39 am

      Thank you Shivangi I really appreciate it! X

  • Jacquard Flower
    17th July 2017 at 12:05 pm

    These products look so lovely. Yes you should definitely make the most of long relaxing baths before the baby comes along. When my twins were babies i was lucky to get a 30 second shower haha, Have a lovely day! Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Amy
      24th July 2017 at 9:39 am

      I’ve been loving their stuff lately! Haha aw I bet, twins must be so hectic but lovely (my husband is a twin so we’ve had a lot of people asking but we’ve just got the one haha!) X

  • Sam Hodgett
    17th July 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Haven’t tried any bath bombs yet, but this makes it so tempting to try! I love spending some time in bath with a glass of wine to relax from a busy day, too bad I don’t often have the time for it though x Sam

    http://www.samhodgett.com

    • Amy
      24th July 2017 at 9:40 am

      I’m obsessed with them! Finding time for it can be hard, but I try to make sure I do so I can switch off a bit X

  • A Very Sweet Blog
    17th July 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Amy, I’m the same way. I took all my bathtubs out during my remodel and have showers, but my best ideas come when I’m taking a shower. LOL i think it’s because we’re in a relaxed state. I just read an article the other day, where a teenager had her phone plugged into the wall socket. When she reached for the phone, while in the bathtub it electrocuted her. Something faulty with the wall socket. So sad.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

    • Amy
      24th July 2017 at 9:40 am

      Love a long shower too. You’e right! Eek that’s not good X

  • Nathalie Alexandra
    17th July 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I only take long baths when i’m on holiday.And if my hotel has a bathtub. But I also can just relax there and sit there for a while.

    Nathalie
    http://www.nathalie-alexandra.blogspot.com

    • Amy
      24th July 2017 at 9:41 am

      Love massive bath tubs on holiday! X

  • Hannah Cornish
    19th July 2017 at 8:33 am

    I just LOVE the way you write Amy! Really made me chuckle. I absolutely love long baths. I don’t have as many now, but when I did, I used to soak for hours at a time and often fell asleep in there… oops. Now I just don’t have the time to relax in a bath, but I think it’s about time I find the time to! I love a good Lush bath bomb, Sex Bomb is definitely my favourite as it has a surprise centre! The comforter bubble bar is amazing, I’d definitely recommend that if you like bubbles and berries!

    Hannatalks

    • Amy
      24th July 2017 at 9:41 am

      Thank you Hannah! You can’t beat it, haha. I loved that one so much, I heard they discontinued the Comforter recently. I’m gutted! X

  • Laura
    19th July 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I love a good bath! I love using Joik white chocolate bath truffles, which smell like chocolate and make my skin so soft x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

    • Amy
      24th July 2017 at 9:41 am

      Ooh they sound delicious! X

  • elizabeth
    20th July 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Ahhh I love your writing Amy! I need to stock up on some Miss Patisserie pieces, they look so lovely πŸ˜€ I remember when I took baths in later part of pregnancy, my belly went in to the weirdest cone shape when I lay back haha, it was the strangest thing! I think it’s something to do with the muscles xD xx

    elizabeth β™‘ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

    • Amy
      24th July 2017 at 9:42 am

      Thank you Elizabeth! Haha I saw someone post about that recently, I wonder if it will happen to me? Nothing would surprise me at this point, being pregnant is downright weird at times haha X

  • Elena
    21st July 2017 at 10:28 pm

    I love a good bath… mostly on a monday evening to send away the monday blues and get a good night’s sleep that first day of the week. Means I’m less tired mid-week. I don’t do much while having a bath though… I have music on and sing. The latter is known to have caused problems in the past haha!
    http://www.rougenapples.com

    • Amy
      24th July 2017 at 9:42 am

      I love the idea of a Monday night bath, maybe I’ll start this tradition tonight. Haha! X

  • Fariha
    22nd July 2017 at 6:29 am

    I love your style of writing, Amy. The storytelling is wonderful! I never take baths though. For some reason, I only indulge in them during vacations, but other than that, I always take quick showers. Especially now after becoming a mom! I now feel like I should treat myself to a relaxed bath every now and then πŸ™‚

    Fariha | http://blog.farihawajid.com

    • Amy
      24th July 2017 at 9:43 am

      Thank you Fariha! I think you deserve one, but I bet it’s hard to find the time (I’m getting them in whilst I can!) X

  • Natasha Todd
    22nd July 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Baths and showers are the only place I can get my best thinking done. Love that you have a hot tub in your garden I bet that must be amazing in the winter. I think I really need to get into bath bombs more so I can add some colour to my bath times, will have to give Miss Patisserie a try! xx

    Tash | natashatodd.co.uk

    • Amy
      24th July 2017 at 9:43 am

      It’s so vital! Ah I love it, we were in it last Christmas with champagne which was funny. I can really recommend them X

  • Kris
    23rd July 2017 at 11:31 am

    I really wanna watch Harry Potter now, haha! Lovely post, girl!

    Have a lovely day!

    xx Kris

    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

    • Amy
      24th July 2017 at 9:44 am

      I’m counting down the days until I can re-read it all again on maternity haha. Thanks Kris! X

  • Rachel Stinson
    23rd July 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Awh love this πŸ™‚ having a bath makes me so happy I love to soak away the hours in the bath myself. πŸ™‚ It used to be the one place I would watch Geordie Shore when it was on. πŸ™‚ xo

    Rach | https://caninesandcosmetics.blogspot.co.uk

    • Amy
      24th July 2017 at 9:44 am

      Quality bath viewing (as Aaron hates it) haha X

  • Face to Curls
    25th July 2017 at 2:54 am

    I love a good bath but I rarely take them because they’re too long and I’m lazy…Lol
    I love the Lush baths though πŸ™‚

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

    • Amy
      27th July 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Can’t beat a Lush bath! X

  • CoRina Culeva
    25th July 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Oh, I could spend hours taking a bath, it is the place where all my thoughts come together.

    xo Corina
    http://www.unbouquetdamour.com/best-online-shopping-sites

    • Amy
      27th July 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Totally! X

  • last year's girl
    26th July 2017 at 6:24 pm

    So that Miss Patisserie stuff pictured here looks good enough to eat. I suspect that, when the little one’s a bit older, that’s going to be even more of a challenge than making time for baths!

    As a Gemini, I’m an air sign – I wonder if that has anything to do with me having some of my best ideas when I’m out for a walk. Probably not, but it’s a nice theory.

    Lis / last year’s girl x

    • Amy
      27th July 2017 at 12:35 pm

      If I don’t get to it first, I’m so hungry at the moment I’d be lying if I said the thought didn’t cross my mind! I love that theory, so let’s go with it haha. Going for a walk really clears my head too though. Another way to get some ‘me’ time, that I love X