We’ve been really lucky with the weather so far in February, with more sunny days and warmer weather than we could hope for.
I hope this is a sign of things to come, with another amazing summer filled with weeks of glorious sunshine….we can hope!
So it seems the warmer weather has made me a little more adventurous in discovering and trying new experiences and products, kicking off with something fruity…
I really love Netflix – there’s always something I fancy watching on there and plenty of series to get stuck into. Anyone watch the You series?
I’ve just started watching the Dirty John series – VIP wasn’t overly impressed, but I like it – it’s keeping me on the edge of my seat.
One of the reasons is because it’s actually based on a true story, which I find even more fascinating. It’s about a con man who looks for intelligent, successful and rich women to date/marry to rob them of their riches – and something more sinister. Worth a watch!
I love shopping for bargains and wherever I am – be it Sainsbury’s, TKMaxx or one of the bargain shops, I usually tend to head for the clearance shelves.
So I was really chuffed when I recently went to Dunelm and I managed to bag this pewter bed throw from the Dorma range for just £17.50 – an absolute steal considering that it was originally £70. I came away with a little smug smile on my face that day.
Just before the kids broke up for half-term VIP said he’d like to get away for a couple of days. I had left it too late to seek any sort of collaboration so I left him to sort it out.
He ended booking a stay in Deal, Kent with a second day in Canterbury. And even though it was tainted with some health issues, we ended up having a lovely time away – just what the doctor ordered!
Deal is a small, pretty town by the seaside and again, we were really lucky with the weather. The kids played on the beach, skimming pebbles and mucking around while VIP and I looked on.
We even treated ourselves to a Frankie & Benny’s dinner followed by a film at the cinema.
We watched Instant Family starring one of my favourite actors, Mark Wahlberg, and it was a really good film – again, based on a true story.
The following day we headed to Canterbury. It was where VIP studied for his PGCE to become a qualified teacher so I’ve been there a few times before. And even though Canterbury is a city, it feels a little like a small town with its cobbled, pedestrianised streets and independent shops. I’d definitely recommend a visit if you get the chance.
Earlier this month I had a rather interesting experience at a place called Bunga Bunga in London’s Battersea.
My friend Muzzie had been a couple of times before and wanted to take a couple of us to show us what fun it was (the main picture shows me with my friends Muzzie and Pam taking a breather at the event.
On its website, Bunga Bunga describes itself as an ‘immersive Italian dining experience’, but forget about the foot-long pizzas (which were delicious by the way), I was more interested in people getting totally sozzled at midday and partying hard when it was broad daylight outside.
To top that off, there was a magician entertaining us as we ate, live music and karaoke. And there were plenty of people-watching opportunities. Honestly, I could have literally stayed there all day. Not having a drink didn’t stop me from having fun – I danced around, mucked around and laughed loads.
I’d definitely recommend it as a great day out – especially if you’re unable to party in the evening because you’ve got kids. It was very surreal walking out into broad daylight after I’d been jumping around and dancing the other side of the door – but I’d definitely go again.
Although the last two months have been crazy hectic for me, I’ve been trying to focus on a bit of self-love – you know…things like relaxing in a bath rather than having a quick shower, making myself a hot lemon water drink in the morning before I start work…and that sort of thing.
So when I got the opportunity to try Blended Valley’s Aromatherapy Chakra Gift Set, featuring no less than 7 different Chakra oils, I had to give them a go. I knew it would force me into relaxing and making the most of the peace and quiet when the kids went back to school.
Just to give you a bit of background… Chakras are the seven energy centres located in the midline of the body starting at the base of your spine and going to the top of your head. These chakras affect everything from our basic physical instincts to our creativity, compassion, connection with our self-expression and self-esteem and spiritual growth and balance.
Due to environmental factors as well as physical illness or psychological problems, these chakras can become blocked and unbalanced, leading to a wide variety of symptoms that can leave us physically, emotionally and spiritually frustrated, trapped and stifled.
Working to re-open these chakras is often done via a combination of visualization and meditation along with essential oils. The oils stimulate the olfactory centre of the brain, which puts you in touch with emotions, memories and even spiritual desires.
The Chakra Gift Set includes Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and Crown Chakra oils. I started with the throat (as funnily enough, I had a sore throat at the time) and have worked my way through four oils now.
I’ve been adding a few drops to my diffuser and taking a few moments to listen to my Headspace app. The good news is that the oils don’t need diluting with a carrier oil before using.
The Gift Set is a great idea as a birthday present – or with Mother’s Day on the horizon, it would make a unique gift. It costs £29.99 from Blended Valley But look out…! From 1st March I'm running a competition to win your own set, so stay tuned!
That about wraps up my Favourite Finds and Things I’ve Tried for February – tell me, what new things have you discovered lately – and what has piqued your interest?
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