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October Favourite Finds

by LaurettaCWright
October Favourite Finds

Since giving up my day job to take on blogging full time (and various other side hustles), I’ve had more time to not only pay attention to some of the new things I’ve discovered, but also to enjoy them.

Take my newfound healthier eating and exercise journey for example. Not only am I making more time for myself – and enjoying activities such as netball, walking and swimming, I’m also actively following a healthier eating regime.

In fact, since August I haven’t had any fizzy drinks and my snacking habits have done an about turn – from crisps and sweets to nuts and fruit, although I am allowing myself the odd treat here and there.

As a result, I’ve seen some positive changes and my confidence has soared. And because of this I’ve enjoyed taking the time to shop for clothes that I enjoy wearing. (H&M is GREAT for sporty loungwear which I love!)

So let’s take a look at what else I’ve been enjoying this month…

Time watch

I’ve always wanted a sand timer (bear with me & I’ll tell you why) and I spotted a lovely one in TK Maxx the other week for £7.99

So, as I had some vouchers left over from my birthday, I decided to treat myself. I’ve been using the timer to challenge myself to complete tasks while I’m working.

I’ll set myself mini goals such as 6 minutes to tidy my desk, 3 minutes to plan next week’s blog posts, 15 minutes to get my pictures for the next blog post sourced, edited and uploaded etc…

And I find if I set myself mini goals, I respond much better to them, so it’s working well so far.

As we all know, TKMaxx sells some great one-off goodies, but I’ve found a stunning geometric shaped one on Amazon for just £11.99 – worth a look.

October Favourite Finds sand timer

Lost and found

In the run up to Christmas (can you believe the shops have started featuring Crimbo gifts already!?), I’m planning on writing a couple of festive posts and I’ve been keeping an eye out for some inspiration.

Something I came across recently was this Smart Bluetooth Keyfinder which allows you to track down anything you attach it to – your keys, phone, gadgets etc…

You basically download the free app on your phone then link the beeper to your phone via Bluetooth.  You can then connect several items and use the app to assign each of them a unique name and icon. As soon as a connected item goes out of range, you receive an alert on your smartphone. How clever!

And…if you end up losing something, the in-app map feature will show the last saved location for the item. Plus, if an item is marked as lost, the network will also inform you if another user establishes a connection with it.

It sounds great, but I wish this was something that would work with my son’s brain. I keep saying to VIP that if he finds a connection with it (and manages to get more than a sentence out of him) to record it as I want proof!

October Favourite Finds Smart Device

Reach your peak!

On the subject of fancy apps, I came across two fab ones recently that I’ve downloaded. The first is called Peak, which features more than 40 brain games to keep the brain ticking over.

I love thinking laterally and working out conundrums and this app has certainly challenged me a few times. If you fancy a different kind of game, this one is worth a try.

The second one is called Headspace and it’s what I’ve been working into my day-to-day routine. Headspace is a free meditation app, where you can choose to spend just 5 minutes a day creating your own calm.

I tend to use it shortly after waking to set myself up for the day and ensure that I introduce clarity and purpose to my day. It’s working well so far and I feel much more in control of my day ahead.

Family downtime

From time to time the whole family sits down to watch a programme together, and it’s lovely when we do. We don’t allow any gadgets (no mobiles or tablets in sight) and we all engage with each other.

Well, I say engage….my eldest makes the odd grunt every now and again which tells me he’s alive, but it’s better than nothing. And I love these times when we actually interact, debate, discuss and laugh together.

We tend to watch a lot of movies, but our go-to TV programmes include You’ve Been Framed and The Crystal Maze, although I find presenter Richard Ayoade’s delivery a bit strange. I can’t work out if he actually has a problem with people touching him (he shuns their ‘high five’ celebrations), or if it’s all for show.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Rascals has issued a new Crystal Maze board game. It features a labyrinth of perplexing puzzles and tricky challenges and is ideal for kids aged 10 years and above.

the new Crystal Maze game

Just like the real deal, there are games of mental, mystery, skill and physical skills. And bringing the fame right into the 21stcentury, Rascals has also developed an official smartphone app to accompany the game which features authentic music and sound effects, and can be used as a timer for games.

It’s available to purchase from places like John Lewis and Debenhams and costs £35.

Give me 10!

I recently came across a new online shop called 10 Store, which sells overstocked surplus from stores like M&S, Newlook and Bershka. And if the name didn’t give it away, all clothing/accessories cost just £10 or less.

If I carry on with the fitness streak (and weight loss), this will no doubt become one of my go-to places to shop just because of the affordability and value for money.

Rabbit-themed tea towels!

I had the chance to visit the town of Lewes recently. If you haven’t been, I’d highly recommend it for a day trip – it’s a picturesque town near Brighton in East Sussex. I was that impressed with it myself that I’m already planning on a return visit soon.

While there I decided to browse in a few shops and I spotted that Laura Ashley had a 30% off sale, so had a look at what was in store.

I clocked these hare tea towels, which were originally £12 (for two), but with the 30% off sale, I bought them for £8.40.

October Favourite Finds - Laura Ashley Tea Towels

And yes – I did need some new tea towels, otherwise I wouldn’t have bought them! (Trying to stick with buy what I need rather than what I want).

That about wraps up my favourite finds for October. I’ve already decluttered my wardrobe in preparation for the colder weather (watch the video where I sell my old clothes to get some cash) and I’ve dug out my cosy onesie, tights and wooly jumpers!

And what I’m really looking forward to over the next month is…finishing the second series of Ozark on Netflix, watching Celebrity Hunted (and the normal Hunted) and tackling my make up/beauty drawers organisation! (watch this space).

I’m back next month, no doubt chatting about the run up to Crimbo and what goodies I’ve found along the way.

Let me know what’s on your wish list for autumn – and what you’ve been recommending lately.

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29 comments

Judith Allen 24th October 2018 - 9:30 pm

Bunny cuddles look wonderful, but the hare tea towel looks pretty good too. And maybe better at drying dishes. I like the idea of a magic finder, but I’ve managed to come through the last 10 years without ever having a smartphone. I’ll stick with new tea towels. Cheaper!

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LaurettaCWright 25th October 2018 - 12:12 am

Ha ha! good idea Judith – and you have great taste! And well done for not relying on a smartphone – I admire you. I don’t think I could cope without mine!

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Talya 18th October 2018 - 2:41 pm

I need that key finder in my life! Seriously, it would save me so much time each week when I madly rummage around and scour the house for my keys! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely lady x

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LaurettaCWright 19th October 2018 - 10:56 am

Oh it’s a godsend – things like this are aren’t they?!

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Olivia Jade 15th October 2018 - 4:06 pm

The bunnny is too adorable! 🙂 x

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LaurettaCWright 19th October 2018 - 10:51 am

Her name is Bo – she’s really cute isn’t she?!

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Rachael 14th October 2018 - 5:03 pm

Does it really take you three minutes to source, edit and sort out all your blog images? It takes me forever! I love the rabbit tea towels!

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LaurettaCWright 17th October 2018 - 3:30 pm

No of course not Rachael – I have to keep turning that damn sand timer over and over ha ha! It just helps speed things up for me though.

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Laura 14th October 2018 - 10:44 am

Oh my the CRystal Maze game has just been added to my shopping basket, that is a definite must have! Also loving 10 store.

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LaurettaCWright 17th October 2018 - 3:31 pm

10 store is great isn’t it? Wish I had discovered it ages ago!

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kelly wheelhouse 12th October 2018 - 4:03 pm

I love the smart bluetooth key finder! I am CONSTANTLY losing my keys! My fella is always losing his vape as well so I’d love to attach one to that too haha

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LaurettaCWright 14th October 2018 - 6:37 am

You should put it on your Christmas wish-list! I’d have hoped we’d have got one before VIP lost his keys about 2 months ago – we still can’t find them!

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nichola - Globalmouse 11th October 2018 - 2:12 pm

My kids love watching Crystal Maze so they would be all over that board game!

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Super Busy Mum 11th October 2018 - 11:21 am

What a fun post and I am all over the idea of time watch! I set myself goals which sometimes don’t work out – so perhaps mini goals are my way forward!

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LaurettaCWright 11th October 2018 - 4:05 pm

Oooh yes – you should try it – I think I need to get a longer sand timer though – I keep having to turn it over!

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MELANIE EDJOURIAN 11th October 2018 - 10:47 am

It sounds like you have been keeping yourself super busy. Loving the new tea towels they’re great – we love bunnies and have 2 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 11th October 2018 - 4:05 pm

Oh how lovely! We had 2 and then I got 2 baby ones for my birthday! Bunny fans will appreciate the tea towels. Hares and rabbit interiors are all the rage at the moment aren’t they?!

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Laura Dove 10th October 2018 - 5:57 pm

Oh that crystal maze game looks like so much fun! I used to love that show! That key finder looks great, I need one!

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LaurettaCWright 11th October 2018 - 4:01 pm

Thanks Laura – it’s nice to get some positive response to some of the items I’ve featured 🙂 I love discovering new products too of course.

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Kara 10th October 2018 - 2:10 pm

My bluetooth keyfinder has saved me on many an occasion – such a cute rabbit too

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LaurettaCWright 11th October 2018 - 4:00 pm

That’s great that you have one too Kara – they’re great aren’t they? Bo is a cute bunny – she’s really fluffy.

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Rhian westbury 10th October 2018 - 5:59 am

I’ve never heard of 10 store but it sounds pretty cool and such a good idea. The crystal maze game might be perfect for Christmas as I love that show x

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LaurettaCWright 11th October 2018 - 4:00 pm

Thanks Rhian – the Crystal Maze game reminds me of The Escape Room – which I still haven’t experienced….one of these days..!

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LaaLaa 9th October 2018 - 10:29 pm

I gave up smoking cigs and went onto the vape to slowly quit. Slowly but surely getting there. Crystal Maze board game – amazing! Used to love that show as a child.

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LaurettaCWright 11th October 2018 - 3:59 pm

That’s great news – a friend of mine did this too. I think we all have fond memories of the Crystal Maze don’t we?!

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Mayah Camara 9th October 2018 - 4:17 pm

You found some really nice bits, I’m getting Christmas present ideas! Great post

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LaurettaCWright 9th October 2018 - 5:17 pm

Thanks Mayah – there’s plenty out there to be found. I’ll be posting on social media some of my latest finds too! 🙂

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Micaela Levachyov 9th October 2018 - 2:54 pm

Congrats on your healthier lifestyle. I gave up my main addiction (Pepsi) nearly a year ago and haven’t had any since!

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LaurettaCWright 9th October 2018 - 5:18 pm

That’s brilliant Micaela – I don’t miss it I have to say…and I definitely feel better for it.

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