Handbag Essentials

Also as part of Trinny and Susannah’s healthy, happy wise June month in their book The Survival Guide they recommend buying yourself a treat of some Lavender essential oil to keep in your handbag. According to them you cannot beat it for planes, pillows and room disinfectant.

In Trinny & Susannah’s, What Your Clothes Say About You: How to Look Different, Act Different and Feel Different they recommend you get some aromatherapy roll-ons to keep in your bag to help de-stress , lavender & camomile for stress, tension & headaches; frankincense, orange & juniper for relaxation and Manuka tea tree for minor bumps, scrapes and spots. Apply to wrists, close eyes and breathe deeply from the abdomen for a couple of minutes and repeat the following mantra “I am the best that I can be right now”. Always keep a few baby wet wipes in a zip lock bag at the ready (home, car, bag, etc.) there are a myriad of minor disasters that can be rectified with these simple things.

Health Checks

As I have said before Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year they have dedicated June to being happy, healthy and wise. Naturally one of the things they have said is really important to do this month is to make an appointment for your regular cervical smear test. I know it sucks but its the wise thing to do if you want to stay happy and healthy.

While you’re at it here’s a gentle reminder thanks to Caroline Jones and her book The Desperate Housewife’s Guide to Life and Love of are some other vital health checks every woman must have:

From the age of 20

  • Breast self examination
  • STI test
  • Pap test & pelvic exam
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Cholesterol test

From the age of 35

  • Bone density test

From the age of 40

  • Bowel cancer test
  • Diabetes test
  • Heart disease screening

From the age of 50

  • Mammogram & breast exam

Christmas Holidays

I know its June and it feels like Christmas is a long time away, but its coming people and its coming fast. As I am attempting to learn from other woman’s wisdom by following their advice, when Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s secret weapon for getting through the year say that June is when you want to start planning your Christmas Holiday, I think I should listen. Every year I swear that this is the year I am going to become more organised and every year it gets to December and I run round like a crazy woman trying to pull together the perfect Christmas or at least a passable one. The problem is knowing when to start cause that sucker sneaks up on you, one minute its months away and the next thing you know its the end of November, the busy seasons here and you are still at square one , with no clue what your doing.  But this year I have a secret weapon or two up my sleeve, not only do I have Trinny & Susannah to remind me to make a start and to do it now, I’ve also come across a website called organizedchristmas.com. On this website they have ready made plans for you to follow and they have monthly assignments as part of their Rudolf club. Junes assignments are too:

  • Gather and organise your holiday recipes (they provide a printable recipe planner to get you started, no problem)
  • Haul out Aprils “Gifts To Make” printable planner form & get crafting? (oops maybe I did need to start sooner)
  • Keep adding to the holiday letter that you started in February. (double oops!)
  • Keep up with the Christmas club savings plan ?????
  • Monitor the progress of your gift closet and add any new things to your printable “Gift Closet Inventory Form” in your “Holiday Notebook”. ( at least thanks to previous advice from Trinny & Susannah I have started a gift drawer, yay)
  • Start collecting jars now for homemade gifts. (can do)

Yes this is a big task and it is more than a little daunting at this stage but I Know that any steps I take now are going to save me work and stress further down the path, or at least that’s what I’m going to tell myself while I choose a plan and start printing up my forms.


Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year talk about June being the perfect time to focus on being healthy, happy and wise and having a good strong connection to your family and friends is a big part of achieving this. They feel that now in the middle of the year its a perfect time to reach out to those people you haven’t seen it ages by simply sending them a postcard. I feel this activity ties in really nicely with the suggestions of Gretchen Ruben’s I looked at earlier this month and I personally will be on the lookout for some Flow magazines, they produce some of my favourite postcards.

Garden Planning

In Sarah Ban Breathnach’s  book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy she talks about June being a great time start planning your dream garden. She suggest starting this process by browsing through gardening magazines. Cut out your favourite flowers and create your ideal garden on paper in a gardening collage in your Illustrated Discovery Journal. Pretend you are creating a secret garden for solitary sojourns,. What does it look like? What gardening accessories and furniture appeal to you? Add them to your collage. Bring your garden fantasy to life on paper first. She then suggests that you source some garden catalogues and send away for some of the seeds you will need to start making your dream garden a reality that you can begin planting inside.

Spring Bulbs

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggest that during June you should visit a nursery to purchase miniature daffodil, paper white, hyacinth and tulip bulbs for forcing to blossom inside to brighten your spirits and home with fragrance and colour in winter.

Lisa O’Neil in her book Look Gorgeous, Be Happy: What a Woman Wants says that its not just the actual beauty & amazing smell of the flowers that make you happy but also the reason for having them. That you have enough time to grow & pick them or you have earned enough money to buy them or that you have done something wonderful to be given them.

So although it is one of my goals for June to force some spring bulbs to flower inside, I am currently time poor. However I am very happy that I have earned enough money to buy them and I truly feel that no matter how I got them, their colour & fragrance will still brighten my spirits & home this winter.

Next June if I am lucky enough to have enough time I plan to grow my own.

Library Treasures

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy recommends for some frugal fun that once a month you visit your local library and read some new magazines you don’t normally subscribe to.

If I am completely honest, although this is one of my June Goals, it is very unlikely I am going to do this. I already subscribe to an unusually large number of magazines. Many of which I use loyalty points to receive for free, as I really like to get something out of my letterbox when I get home that’s a happy treat instead of just bills. Also I am not the worlds biggest library fan, any book I like enough to want to check out I’m not going to want to give back. So I prefer book stores both new & used.