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Last Updated on April 1, 2021 by ELLEASH


This post will be about all things SELF-CARE! With these awesome self-care tips, I am positive you are going to feel amazing from the inside out! I will also be giving you my favorite items that make feel like a dang Queen when I take the time to indulge!

This is PART 1.

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Let's go back to the basics shall we?


Hey hey my lovely entrepreneurs,


We all know that your girl here would scream it from her rooftop, if she weren't afraid of heights! 

I truly believe that taking care of yourself first is as important, if not more, than taking care of others!

You are not being selfish when you are taking the time to indulge in some self-care.

Your glow will exude even more when you are relaxed, as you will be more receptive to others, and your environment will just see and feel those fab vibes!

 So yes, taking care of yourself is crucial if you want to also take care of those you love.

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    TIP 1: READ A BOOK OR LISTEN TO AN AUDIOBOOK


    "Reading gives someplace to go when we have to stay where we are"


    This beautiful quote resonates so well at the moment, especially in the current global situation we are in.

    I hope that you are doing ok and that your are staying safe and staying "in" if you can.

    In France, we are entering our 3rd week of confinement and it definitely isn't easy everyday, but we are trying to do our part and stay at home, with 2 working adults & an energetic 5 yo (going onto 15)!

    It's definitely hectic.

    However, there is one thing that I try to do and that is to take a little bit of "ME" time.

    And, trust me, I get you - you're thinking (I know you are!), "How the heck does she want me to take ME time, when I have SO many things to do??".

    Relax! I've got you!


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    For sure, it's not always feasible but in order to stay sane, and not throw my laptop out the window, onto some poor passer-by, or worse, throw the cat out (JUST JOKING!!!), I need some "ME" time to chill.

    And with the new month starting today, I thought it was a perfect time to share with you my little tips & secrets, on how to be able to practice a little self-care - when you don't have a lot of time, space or even the financial means!

    You don't need a lot to feel relaxed, look & feel great and be ready to start with the craziness again!

    Even if you only have time for a couple of pages, take that time just for you to continue that book, start a new one, or why not read an article in a glossy magazine??

    It doesn't matter what you read, just as long as you take that time for yourself.

    I understand that it can appear completely undoable, but trust me - you will feel so much better after taking that time for YOU !

    Heck, if you really can't find that peace and quiet to indulge in those couple of pages, other than in the bathroom? Then do it!

    Remember that even if you are a Super Mama or a Badass Boss or a Sexy Wifey, or all and more, you cannot take care of people until you take care of yourself first.

    Finish that chapter or start a new one. Just take that time for you!


    Some posts that may be of interest to you:


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    MY ALL TIME FAVORITE READS:

    If you have reading my posts, you will know about my obsession with Michelle Obama! Lol! This book is seriously becoming (hehe) one of my favorites. I have read it again recently, and really you need to read it for yourselves, if you haven't already! 

    Indulge ladies 🙂

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    Anything by Jane Austen is seriously the best self-care read! 

    She was an exceptional woman and a brilliant writer. She lived at a time where her innovative writing was so avant-garde, that she is a definite hero to my eyes!

    Another favorite of mine. Another genre, but I love crime and police novels.

    This is the first novel I read of Patricia Cornwell, and she totally got me hooked!

    Read it to meet Kay Scarpetta and her entourage 🙂

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    There is NO way you can miss reading this amazing novel. 

    Glennon Doyle is just FIERCE!!

    This is her first book and it just makes you want to take on the world.

    After reading it, you will feel absolutely ready for anything!


    I've realized that my favorite novels are all written by women! 

    It's a sign that we, women, are truly amazeballs! 😉


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    TIP 2: CHOOSE A DAY TO CUT BACK ON SOCIAL MEDIA


    I'm working on myself, 

    for myself,

    by myself.



    We all know it's HARD !!!!

    Like, with a capital H - BUT, we all need to cut back on things that take up SO much time in our life!!

    I don't live under a rock, heck I use social media every single day to reach out to my followers and community, so I know how hard it is to cut back. 

    Nevertheless, this tip isn't meant for you to shut down and delete all your accounts - I'd be mighty sad if you left the social media realm!!!

    I'm just saying that in order to really ensure that we are taking care of ourselves, we also know when to disconnect a little.


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    So, let's take baby steps (on the side - this term is one that you will often read! I love my baby steps y'all!). 

    How about trying to not grab your phone first thing in the morning?

    That could be the first step to cutting back a little.

    Just concentrating on YOU first thing in the morning.

    Then once you have been able to accomplish that, and stuck to it for a week, then you can try and choose ONE day in the week, when you only turn to your phone for work, and not anything to do with social media.

    You're not cutting yourself off to the world forever, just one day, or just a morning, or evening, a week.

    It's important as this will set you up for the rest of you day - if you choose the morning to cut back - and will help you be more relaxed at night - if you choose the evening version.

    And hey, go crazy and do BOTH!!


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    TIP 3: TAKE 10 MINUTES TO CLEAR UP CLUTTER

    If you don't love it or use it, 

    it's clutter.

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    That is SO true.

    Without going all Marie Kondo here, who hasn't just wanted to cry when faced with a cluttered kitchen, office, kids' room, wardrobe??

    So, I am not going to lie to you and say that my workspace is the most pristine-pinterest-worthy-looking space - because it just ain't! (I know, I can hear the disappoint in your sighs! Lol!)

    I mean, if you are like most Super Mamas, Badass Bosses and more importantly, human, out there, you just don't always have the time to keep your place all tidy, pretty and camera-ready, right?!

    What has this got to do with our Self-Care April you ask? A lot ladies!!

    Self-care is all about doing something for you and something that is going to make you feel good about yourself. 

    I can hear you from here girls! How is tidying up doing something for ME??

    When you see things piling up and you're not being pro-active about getting that pile down, it'll just keep accumulating and put more pressure on you, by knowing it's there, but not doing anything about it!

    So, take just 10mins in your day and tidy up that little cluttered corner.

    You may not have finished it, but more often than not, 10mins is PLENTY of time to tidy up YOUR space.

    Once that space is tidy and clean, your mind will be free to do other things that you enjoy.

    Obviously you don't want to declutter in one session.

    That may lead to a meltdown.

    It doesn't matter that you haven't completely finished.

    What is important is that you set aside 10mins in your day to concentrate on something that was bothering you, and your intent of the day was to clear it up.

    And guess what?

    You did it!

    And does it feel good or does it feel good huh?? 


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    MY FAVORITE ITEMS TO HELP KEEP OUR SPACE TIDY:


    stackable storage organizers for your fridge

    Greenco Fridge Bins, Stackable Storage Organizer Containers

    By far the coolest items ever made! 

    A tidy fridge not only helps maintaining your produce fresh, it also ensures you are not doubling or tripling up on items you already have. 

    So you're saving space AND money!

    These can also be used in your pantry, in your cupboards - really anywhere you need to keep things tidy, yet still be able to see what you are trying to hide away 😅

    I totally love them, as they are stackable and super easy to clean.


    17 pack drawer organizers

    Giom 17 Pack Drawer Organizer

    Another lifesaver item.

    I use these EVERYWHERE!

    Little C puts her elastics and clips in there, we put our coins and keys when we come home.

    I also have them on my desk, in the kitchen drawers, as well as in our bathroom!

    The best part, which I find extremely useful are that their little silicone tabs beneath each organizer help them stay put! They don't move around, even if you toggle a stuck drawer!

    Super versatile and inexpensive - there are 17 little compartments! 

    What a steal to help me declutter my space.


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    OrganiHaus XXL Cotton Rope Basket

    OrganiHaus XXL Cotton Rope Basket

    Initially I bought these to put C's soft toys in.

    However, like any kid, she always wanted to the toy right-down-the-bottom, so she'd just empty the whole basket out!

    We have now bought a couple more, but for us. And they are not only gorgeous, they help declutter my space.

    I bought them in the color you see on the image (3-toned-grey) and they are really pretty.

    I use one as a blanket basket, in our TV area, and we have put the other one in the office/spare room, so our guests can put the extra pillows and blankets they don't use. 

    Not only are they super sturdy, but they are washable and they come out perfectly new!

    24-Pocket Over-the-Door Hanging Medium-Size Shoe Organizer

    24-Pocket Over-the-Door Hanging Medium-Size Shoe Organizer

    So this is an awesome item to organize our stuff.

    We have this in our hallway closet. 

    Normally it is sold to store your shoes, however, I like to put our scarves, beanies and whatever little, soft items we can put in the little pockets!

    The pockets are in a softy-mesh type of material, so you can see through them, when the items you have stored away are a little smaller and they're not poking out from the top.

    Another life-saver to declutter your space!

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    Ok, that was the first 3 self-care tips for this post. Click here to discover Part 2 of the next self-care tips I have for you 🙂



    Elle Ash xo


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