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February Favourites & Things I’ve Tried

by LaurettaCWright
February Favourites & Things I’ve Tried

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…

Dirty John

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!

Clearance shelves

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.

February Favourites & Things I’ve Tried


Mini getaways

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.

February Favourites & Things I’ve Tried

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.

…..and relax

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.

February Favourites & Things I’ve Tried

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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Here's some of the new things I've discovered and tried for February!


jo liddement 30th March 2019 - 10:04 am

I try to grab a bargain in the sales for birthday and Christmas gifts throughout the year. It really helps the budget when i have so many to buy for.

Jo 29th March 2019 - 12:09 pm

I love it when I grab a bargain. My latest – before Xmas – was I’m Tesco and they were selling off childs car seats for £10! I was so pleased because I had been thinking it was time to get bigger ones for my kids and there they were! I always check out the clearance parts in shops

Alex Grace 9th March 2019 - 11:35 am

Busy lady! Bunga Bunga sounds like a ton of fun! Hope your March is just as fun x

Jenni 8th March 2019 - 5:37 pm

Ooh I really want to watch Instant Family, it looks hilarious. Those oils sound great

Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too 7th March 2019 - 9:02 pm

I’ve heard such good things about Dirty John on Netflix, It’s on my watchlist but I’m not quite there yet
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Tracey Kifford 7th March 2019 - 10:11 am

That really is a bargain throw! And drinking at lunchtime? Really? Sounds a lot of fun though

LaurettaCWright 7th March 2019 - 3:39 pm

I know – crazy right? I suppose it has to be done at least once though right?! lol …

Louise 7th March 2019 - 10:01 am

Bunga Bunga sounds like my kinda place! You’ve got me wanting to head down to London for a weekend now haha.

Louise x

LaurettaCWright 7th March 2019 - 10:09 am

Glad to have inspired you Louise! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Kira 6th March 2019 - 10:57 pm

Your month sounds fab! Oh god I was absolutely hooked on dirty John ha! Netflix are killing it with their stuff at the minute aren’t they x

LaurettaCWright 7th March 2019 - 10:10 am

They really are. I’m pleased I signed up with Netflix – I love the recommendations they’ve been sending too…

Afshan Nasim 6th March 2019 - 9:38 pm

Your week truly sounds fun. I need to watch Dirty John too, as I have heard everyone rave about it. I am also jel about the Dorma bargain you got. Good shopping!
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Afshan Nasim 6th March 2019 - 9:42 pm

Sorry, I meant your month.
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LaurettaCWright 7th March 2019 - 10:10 am

Yes – you definitely should consider it. One episode a night should do the trick – and within a week you’re done. 😉

Laura Dove 6th March 2019 - 2:46 pm

Oh what a great month you’ve had. I watched Dirty John last week too!

fashionandstylepolice 6th March 2019 - 1:39 pm

We watched Dirty John too! I really liked it.
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LaurettaCWright 7th March 2019 - 10:20 am

I didn’t realise Dirty John was so popular! Let’s hope they bring something else out that is just as good!

Karen Langridge 6th March 2019 - 1:30 pm

We enjoyed watching Dirty John too, did you watch the documentary too? x

LaurettaCWright 7th March 2019 - 10:16 am

I didn’t watch the documentary, but now that you’ve mentioned it – I’m going to start looking for it! Thanks for the heads up!

Kara 6th March 2019 - 8:10 am

Sounds like you have had a brilliant month, I love mini getaways, perfect for a boost

LaurettaCWright 7th March 2019 - 10:18 am

Thank you Kara – it was good for the soul for sure. I need to do more of those!

Anosa 6th March 2019 - 6:43 am

February was an awesome month for me, I spent almost all of it in Thailand and the weather was just perfect. I now need to recover from my vacation lol.
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LaurettaCWright 7th March 2019 - 10:17 am

Anosa – you are one lucky lady and how amazing for you to spend most of the month in Thailand – I bet it was wonderful!

WhatLauraLoves 5th March 2019 - 10:59 pm

I’ve heard so much about Dirty John and its a Netflix series I definitely wanna start watching once I’ve finished Silent Witness! xXx
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LaurettaCWright 7th March 2019 - 10:16 am

Ooh yes – there’s another one I’ve got my eye on… Silent Witness. Thanks for reminding me 😉

Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 5th March 2019 - 1:43 pm

I love Dirty John and agree its the true story element that I find fascinating!

LaurettaCWright 5th March 2019 - 5:22 pm

I wish that Netflix ran more true story series – I do love watching them. Thanks Laura!

Rebecca Smith 5th March 2019 - 12:43 pm

Your February sounds great – I’d love to visit Canterbury. We also took a mini break and stayed in Weston Super Mare, visiting Cheddar Gorge.

LaurettaCWright 5th March 2019 - 5:21 pm

Canterbury is so lovely. In fact, I just spoke to one of my neighbours and she’s put her house on the market to move down there. Lovely how you managed to get away to Weston Super Mare – high five!

Sarah 5th March 2019 - 12:43 pm

Sounds like you had a really lovely month. I’ve been contemplating watching Dirty John, so I definitely will now! Thank you! Also, Bunga Bunga does sound amazing! I’d love to visit!

LaurettaCWright 5th March 2019 - 5:19 pm

Yes, you should definitely give Dirty John a go – I’m sure that sort of things goes on around the world a lot more often than we think it does!

Kelly 5th March 2019 - 12:20 pm

I love the idea of an impromptu family break. We could use one of those! Such a good idea. I’m a big fan of therapeutic grade essential oils and use them in my home everyday. You do have to be careful as so many are legally allowed to be up to 93% propylene glycol and other mystery ingredients even when labelled 100% pure. The regulation on EO’s is terrible. But there are some super clean brands out there…the one I use even has some that the FDA have approved for ingestion which makes my water taste delicious! And I also went to the cinema this weekend to see Instant Family, as my husband was having a Daddy & Daughter day with our little one. I did not expect at all that I’d be so weepy during the whole movie! I really liked it though.

LaurettaCWright 5th March 2019 - 5:18 pm

Ooh that’s interesting advice – thanks Laura! The ingestion ones sound really intriguing – I find it hard to drink water – I like it with a little bit of taste so I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for those (FDA approved of course!) I was weepy while watching Instant Family too!! Such a lovely story wasn’t it? I loved the comedy factor too. Thanks Kelly – and for commenting.

stephanie 5th March 2019 - 8:58 am

Sounds like you’ve had a great month! I haven’t been to Bunga Bunga in years, but I love it there! And I also binged on Dirty John last month x

LaurettaCWright 5th March 2019 - 5:15 pm

Oh great to hear you’ve been to Bunga Bunga – that’s great. Sounds like we’ve got similar binge tastes in Netflix too! 😉 Thanks Stephanie!

kerry 2nd March 2019 - 7:09 pm

Ahhh I m so glad that you have managed to party and relax! Its all about balance eh! I do a lot of chakra work in my “day job” so am always up for a bit of that, the oils sound lovely xx

LaurettaCWright 3rd March 2019 - 10:59 pm

Thanks so much Kerry. When I received the Chakra oils I did think of you and thought you’d like the set (and you’d know exactly what to do with it!) You can give me some pointers 😉 xxxxxx

Steph 27th February 2019 - 7:19 pm

Sounds like a lovely month, I love my essential oils in my diffuser. They really do make the room smell lovely, look into mixing a few together as that completely changes the smells.

LaurettaCWright 28th February 2019 - 4:15 am

Thanks Steph – there are so many out there too aren’t there? I also love the smell they give out – and thanks for the mixing tip…I wouldn’t have thought of that x


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