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S-L-O-W Living

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It makes sense in winter to go slow. I always want to hibernate at this time of year – wear woolly socks and curl up with a box set! So I have allowed myself a slower pace this year, it has been my little treat to me!

When my kids were younger I could never go slow. Maybe it’s the demands of very young children but winter or summer, it made no difference. You are in ‘doing’ mode – trying to juggle the home and work responsibilities, trying to give everyone individual time and ultimately there’s nothing left for you. I would find myself exhausted and depleted, but not any more!

If you’ve got eagle eyes, you may have noticed that I have been posting on this blog less frequently. I’m still keeping up a decent pace but it’s not an insane pace – I’ve taken my foot off the gas a bit. I value the chance to reflect upon what I’ve done and where I want to go and I can only do this when I relax a little, so relax I have.

One of the things I’ve been enjoying in my current celebration of slow is my Neo lava lamp! It’s mildly hypnotic as I could stare at it for ages, just observing it change shape and form and it encourages patience as it takes up to 2 hours to get going!


The Neo was only launched a couple of months ago but its creators, Mathmos, have been hand making lava lamps in Britain since 1963. I even had one as a teenager and don’t know what happened to it after I left home for Uni, so when I was offered the chance to try out the Neo, I chose the same bottle colours that I had in my old lamp, just for nostalgia! The copper stand that the bottle sits on is definitely new, my old lamp had a chrome base. Here’s a video about how the lava lamps are made:

So this Christmas I’m looking forward to lots of time spent with my family, good food, enjoying movies together and watching my gorgeous lava lamp as it sits perched on my bedroom window. I can’t put it by my bedside as I have a glass dressing table and it can’t be used on glass but I like that people on the street outside can see my lovely lamp. Maybe it’ll inspire them to go slow too?


You can get your own Mathmos Neo which comes in four colour combinations and is available in chrome and copper finishes, for £68.00. For more details or to buy, visit www.mathmos.com

Thank you to Mathmos for sending me the Neo.

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Comments to S-L-O-W Living

  • I was wanting to get December’s blog posts all done so I could relax and enjoy the time with the kids but it hasn’t worked out like that! We were given a Lava lamp as a wedding present and we loved it but sadly it broke a couple of years ago.

    Ness 9th December 2016 11:14 pm Reply
    • Oh dear – I’d be upset if mine broke!

      Nadine Hill 12th December 2016 10:01 am Reply
  • I used to have a lava lamp and loved it……….need to get a new one

    Kara 10th December 2016 10:41 am Reply
    • Aren’t they relaxing?!

      Nadine Hill 12th December 2016 10:01 am Reply
  • Very nice, one of my little girls is coveting a lava lamp. Mich x

    Michelle Twin Mum 11th December 2016 4:24 pm Reply
  • We LOVE lava lamps. We have a star wars one in the conservatory that is filled with tie fighters and also has the Millenium falcon in (but we haven’t found it yet)! I have also just ordered a paint ball one for Maxi for Christmas. I am having two weeks off over Christmas

    Jen Walshaw 11th December 2016 8:58 pm Reply
    • Wow I’d love to see a Star Wars themed lamp!

      Nadine Hill 12th December 2016 10:01 am Reply
  • Lava lamps are so relaxing to watch – I am going to check this one out as it looks perfect for chilling out.x

    louise 11th December 2016 9:38 pm Reply
    • I know – my kids and I love to watch it ‘blobbing’!

      Nadine Hill 12th December 2016 10:00 am Reply
  • That lamp is lovely, I also like the idea of slow living and glad you are having a chance to enjoy it now x

    Karen Langridge 12th December 2016 11:32 am Reply
  • Love it! I used to have a lava lamp back in the 90s!

    Kate Williams 15th December 2016 8:23 pm Reply

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