Where’s May gone? Not only that but I have a son who turned 14 this month – how did that happen?! I only feel about 28 myself!
May has certainly been a busy month, but I can’t complain as it's the way I like things.
It also means that I get the opportunity to get out and about and try new things, which I love doing of course.
So, here’s a round up of May favourites and things I’ve tried…
The right start to the day
As you’ll probably know I’m a fan of thrifty finds. But thrifty doesn’t have to mean cheap or that it’s not great value for money.
Let me give you a great example. Occasionally I shop in Lidl (more for the ‘Middle of Lidl’ non-perishable goods – I can’t let a bargain pass me by!), but I do get a few regular bits in there too.
With my new, healthier eating plan I’ve started to buy Lidl’s Deluxe Super Berry Granola. I love the taste and the fact that it’s high in fibre and contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Instead it offers oat flakes with acacia honey, cranberries, blackcurrants, blueberries and almonds. You can tell why I’m a fan.
So most mornings you’ll find me treating myself to a bowl and sprinkling some Milled Linseed on top (with sunflower, pumpkin, chia seeds and goji berries), plus a handful of raspberries. Honestly, try it – it’s a tasty breakfast that fills you up no end and has plenty of good things going for it.
I need a series!
Ever since Line Of Duty ended I’ve had withdrawal symptoms of a great TV series and haven’t yet managed to find one. I’m not one for anything sci-fi or period dramas, but give me thrillers, police dramas, mysteries or action-packed entertainment and I’m there.
Previous favourites have included 24, Prison Break, Luther, Breaking Bad, You, Ozark and Designated Survivor.
One of my friends has suggested Killing Eve, which I might give a go, but I’m open to suggestions – so if you have any please let me know! Oh, and anyone know when Line Of Duty returns?!
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in March, my whole lifestyle has seen a bit of an overhaul – everything from my skincare to my diet.
Something that I’ve been very mindful of has been non-toxic cleaning products – and not just for me – with both pets and kids in the house it’s no bad thing knowing that the air we breathe when cleaning (and I clean a lot), isn’t bad for you.
So I’ve become a little bit obsessed with Method cleaning products – as you can see by my large collection below. They've definitely become one of my May favourites. Actually, as Method is a little more expensive that the usual cleaning products I’ve gone for, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for when their products are on offer – and nabbing them when I can save money. Right now Dunelm has got some great prices on most Method cleaning products.
I was also pleased to see Lidl experiment with non-toxic ‘Cleanology’ products recently, plus I spotted Tesco’s own non-toxic cleaning spray which I wasn’t aware of before. Clean cleaning as I call it is definitely becoming more in demand.
Just recently I was at a local school fair and came across a cleaning company that had started to produce their own handmade non-toxic cleaning products using essential oils. I was really impressed by the owner’s entrepreneurial skills and bought a room/clothes freshener from her. The bottles were glass too, which was great as you can buy the refills for half the price and re-use the bottles again and again. Being eco-conscious and more sustainable is also something that I see no signs of abating.
The other day I had the opportunity to sample a delightful afternoon tea at a local farm near me. My netball club bought me the voucher (for two) and I was so excited to be going – you can tell that I don’t get out much! I love a good afternoon tea as much as the next person – forget the May favourites – I could have it week in, week out and not get bored.
I discovered that it cost £25 per person and I could see why – the endless supply of sandwiches were fab and afternoon tea even came with a warm quiche starter. Add on the unlimited tea/coffee, plus the cakes, pastries and scones – and you can sympathise with why I was cursing myself for wearing tight fitting jeans.
Towards the end it became more of an endurance test, but with my belly about to burst I didn’t want to risk being unable to move for fear of being sick, so I decided to stop eating. I was made to feel better when the staff member came over and asked me if I wanted a goody bag – hell yes!
Talking of farms, my business partner, Nicky, and I picked up the kids from school one day recently and took them to a nearby farm to feed the animals. We made the decision on a whim but it was the right one given the glorious weather we’ve been having lately.
And that’s something I do miss – doing things spur of the moment just because it seems like a great idea. So, learning from the experience, I’m going to make a big effort to try and make fewer plans and go more with the flow of things and see what happens. Who knows – this might be the start of a new whimsical Lauretta. And I quite like the sound of that.
How about you – what new things have you tried this month and what have become some of your favourite things to buy or try?
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