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May Favourites & Things I’ve Tried

by LaurettaCWright
May Favourites & Things I've Tried

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.

May Favourites & Things I've Tried

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?!

Clean queen

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.

May Favourites & Things I've Tried

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.

Afternoon tea

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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Linda Hobbis 2nd June 2019 - 4:05 pm

I really hope you’re doing OK Lauretta and I was really shocked to hear about your diagnosis. I should overhaul my diet too (menopause) and have got as far as buying a big bag of Linseed but I never seem to get round to using it. I’ve heard great things about Method from Mrs Hinch’s Army too. x

LaurettaCWright 3rd June 2019 - 9:30 pm

Fabulous to hear about the diet overhaul Linda – it’s easier to use Linseed on cereals I find, but if you have any other suggestions I’ll be glad to hear them. I do like Mrs Hinch but I’d love to see her promote more of the non-toxic products on her feed.

Katrina Downie 1st June 2019 - 7:38 pm

What a great post! after noon tea is my fave meal if you can even call it that! only time its acceptable to eat multiple cakes at once lol. I keep meaning to pick up some method to try but I will this week

LaurettaCWright 3rd June 2019 - 9:29 pm

I am with you on this Katrina – I think the queen should introduce a national afternoon tea day where we all get a day off to enjoy this great British tradition!

Lisa 1st June 2019 - 2:58 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about your cancer diagnosis, but it’s so encouraging to see you’re still blogging, and maintaining a positive attitude. I also will look out for Method cleaning products, they sounds great! I also like the look of your breakfast granola; I’m sure it’s reasonable in price too!

LaurettaCWright 26th October 2019 - 8:59 am

Thanks Lisa – I’m hooked on Method now (and any natural cleaning products for that matter). I also think as much as possible it’s important to keep a positive outlook on life – especially after what one of the radiologists told me about mental health affecting the immune system – fascinating!

Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too 1st June 2019 - 1:08 pm

My friend recommended Method cleaning to me recently, and I’m loving the range available.

LaurettaCWright 3rd June 2019 - 9:27 pm

That’s great Sarah – they do some wonderful scents too – a really broad range. I actually went out and bought the glass cleaner today as it was on offer in Tesco!

Olivia Jade 1st June 2019 - 11:35 am

I love Method products, I haven’t actually used them in ages though. Might be a good shout. This summer I am going to have an afternoon tea, it’s something I’ve always been curious about and never actually had. The one you went to sounds amazing, even more so as I’m super hungry right now. For series, I am more of a documentary kind of person, however, if you want a relaxing series, watching something like Instant Hotel or Tiny House Nation is great 🙂

LaurettaCWright 3rd June 2019 - 9:26 pm

Thanks very much for the suggestions Olivia – that’s great! I’ll definitely look into those. And yes – please do give afternoon tea a try – I’m betting you’ll be hooked after your first experience!

michelle twin mum 1st June 2019 - 11:07 am

I loved line of Duty too, it depends what streaming you have access to, but favourites for me have been Madam Secretary, Suits, The Good Wife, Scandal, How to Gte Away with Murder, The Black List, White Collar, Shooter, Greys Anatomy, The Good Doctor, 911, The Rookie. Enjoy! Mich x

LaurettaCWright 2nd June 2019 - 12:24 pm

This is great Mich – thank you. Lots of things to get into and explore. I love finding a good series that I could either binge watch or look forward to every week xx

Penelope W. 1st June 2019 - 4:07 am

I’d love to try Method cleaning products. A good friend of mine also uses this and recommended it to me.

LaurettaCWright 2nd June 2019 - 12:23 pm

I’m definitely converted – you should really give them a go!

Penelope W. 1st June 2019 - 4:07 am

I’d love to try Method cleaning products. A good friend of mine also uses this and recommended it to me.

LaurettaCWright 1st June 2019 - 8:05 pm

They are most certainly worth a go Penelope – and clean really smell, plus they smell divine!

Alex Grace 30th May 2019 - 9:44 am

Lots of great finds! I’m a massive fan of MADE too! I would definitely suggest Killing Eve to you too, but also if it’s still available on download, I think you’d enjoy The Tunnel. It’s only 2-3 seasons, but it’s good-un! xx

LaurettaCWright 30th May 2019 - 7:56 pm

Oooh thanks for the suggestion Alex – I’ll look into that. I’ve just discovered that Season 3 of Designated Survivor starts next week on Netflix, so I’m pretty pleased about that!


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