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October Favourites And Things I’ve Tried

by LaurettaCWright
October Favourites

October is always an exciting month don't you think? It's the season of change and autumn officially arrives and the clocks go back. Plus there's Halloween to look forward to as well.

I typically want to hibernate when October arrives, but I've actually been out and about quite a bit this month. First things first, you can probably guess by my main blog post picture, one of my October favourites has been seeing seeing Grease at the theatre.

And what was brilliant about it (apart from the actual show of course), was that Peter Andre appeared as the Teen Angel. Everyone went wild when he arrived and he put on a great performance.

I'm not a huge theatre goer if I'm honest, but I did appreciate what a great show it was – by the end of the night we were all on our feet dancing and singing along – it was a buzzing atmosphere!

Woodland creatures

Next up on my favourite finds for October has got to be this oilcloth that I picked up in Sainsbury's. It was originally £20 and I picked it up for a tenner – surprising considering it's ‘of the season' – and something I would have thought would be in hot demand given autumn has arrived.

Still, I wasn't complaining of course – I snapped it up and spotted a few end of line items that the supermarket was trying to clear to make way for new goods. It's always worth checking out the sale items as you never know what bargains you'll find!

Greek salad

I know that mentioning Greek salad as one of my October favourite finds might seem a bit odd – I mean, there's nothing new about Greek salad, but what I didn't come to realise was how much I'd count on Greek salad to get me through the immediate days following chemo.

As I write this, I've only got two sessions of chemotherapy left before moving onto radiotherapy. Immediately after my chemo sessions, my taste is hugely affected – everything seems to taste like cardboard and my mouth always seems dry. The only thing that I seem to stomach is VIP's Greek salad which tastes …. normal.

It has become a bit of a tradition now – and in a way I may well miss his Greek salad dishes once the chemo is done and dusted, but for now I really look forward to getting that bit of taste normality every week.

Christmas is coming

Every year I vow to get my Christmas shopping done early, but it never quite works out like that. I start with good intentions and get a few presents sorted, but then there's always a mad rush at the end.

For this year though – and trying to be better prepared – I thought some nice personalised mug gifts for the grandparents would be nice. The kids seem to be growing so quickly at the moment, so before they officially reach adulthood, it's nice to capture their teen and tween years.

GoCustomized kindly offered me the choice of a personalised gift and I opted for the mugs as I'm anticipating that they'll get the most use. However, there are plenty of other options to go with if you're thinking of something a bit more unique including things like personalised phone cases and even smaller items such as t-shirts and even power banks. My two mugs came to £16.65 excluding delivery and I'm sure will be cherished for many years to come.

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Inhaler sticks

Another gifted item – and something that I only intended to write about for the BritMums' website – were these essential oils inhaler sticks from GO2.

Having a condition called hyperosmia means that I'm incredibly sensitive to smells. In fact, they affect me so much that certain smells can even trigger migraines for me. It can be very debilitating and has meant that I’ve always got to think ahead and take precautions (usually a scarf) to avoid any migraine-inducing smells.

So when I had the opportunity to trial some natural (essential oil) inhaler sticks, I was intrigued as to what impact they would have on me. I was sent a selection of four – designed for relaxation, sleep, focus and energy – and I've really enjoyed using them.

Two days after my weekly chemo for example, I have a huge slump in energy, so the energy stick really helps with this. When I’m working and I have too much going on in my head I use the ‘focus’ stick – just a couple of quick inhales, while the Sleep stick has promoted a more restful sleep – especially when the steroids have fought to keep me awake!

What I really appreciate is that the product is made using essential oils; I’m keen to avoid any unnecessary chemicals in my day-to-day life so these tick all the boxes. They cost £3.99 each, last around three months and are available from Go2.

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H20 to go

Talking of all things natural, how's this for a pretty incredible claim: ZeroWater is the only water filter that removes 99.6% of dissolved solids in tap water; the equivalent of purified bottled water.

When I was offered the opportunity to try it out, I had to find out how it worked – and if it really did. I discovered that the filter has a unique five stage filter. The first layer of filtration, activated carbon and oxidation reduction alloy removes the chlorine taste you are familiarised to with tap water.

The Ion Exchange stage removes virtually all dissolved solids that may be left over from public water systems or even leached into your water from piping such as Aluminium, Lead, Zinc, Nitrate and more. Three additional stages are included to remove other contaminants and to ensure your water receives the appropriate amount of treatment time to deliver a “000” reading on your water quality meter.

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The reading on the right is the tap water reading and on the left is after it had been filtered. From 300 to zero!

So I had to test it out for myself and was shocked to discover that my normal tap water had a read of 300, which is “exceptionally high”. After the water was put through the filter, the reading went right down to zero! I felt rather smug about drinking water that had virtually no dissolved solids, that was 99% free of all fluoride and was certified to reduce lead and chromium.

You won't be surprised to hear that the ZeroWater pitcher (which costs £39.99 from ZeroWater) now takes pride of place in my fridge.

Flutter those lashes!

One of my October things I've tried are Eyelure's C-Lash. I spotted them in a magazine – they were invented by a girl called Codilia Gapare – a cancer survivor who invented the lashes after being frustrated when hers fell out after having chemotherapy.

The great thing about C-Lash is that you don't already need lashes to be able to wear the fake ones – lucky for me as most of my lashes have fallen out! The lashes have a sticky back to them – and failing that there is some gentle glue that you can apply them with.

Anyway, I bought them from Boots for £5.25 to give them a go and see if they were any good. As you can see from my photo, it seemed like I could get one of the lashes looking good – and the other one looked like it was about to fall off!

It might well have been because I needed to spend more time applying the lashes to perfect the look (I'm a novice!), but overall the look wasn't too bad. I think if I were going on date night with VIP that I'd be bothered to apply them, otherwise they seem quite fiddly.

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TV gold

I'm definitely a summer girl and tend to hibernate in autumn and winter, preferring to get my PJs on as soon as possible and snuggle up on the sofa to relax and watch a bit of telly.

And if there's one thing we're good at in this country, it's some great telly. I've been enjoying The Great British Bake Off recently; whenever I watch it I always want to go and bake a cake or cookies! I've also been enjoying Celebrity Hunted. It's one of my favourite programmes and I get so excited when it's on every week. I might have mentioned this before, but I'd really love to appear on the show give half the chance.

When all my treatment is over – and if the non-celebrity show is still running – I'm definitely putting my name forward to give it a go. So where would I go? Right now, I have absolutely no idea, but I like the idea of going rural – no cameras in the middle of a field right?!

So what about you? What have you enjoyed and discovered in October? And what are you looking forward to for November?


bryanna 4th November 2019 - 10:28 am

the inhaler sticks found brilliant. I adore essential oils, especially for congestion, colds, headaches, etc 🙂

LaurettaCWright 6th November 2019 - 1:01 pm

They’re super Bryanna – I’m still carrying them round and they’ve been great for me in terms of focus.

Melanie williams 1st November 2019 - 4:17 pm

Wow looks like you have been busy. We have been to see Grease too…amazing show. Looks like you are all organised for Christmas x

LaurettaCWright 3rd November 2019 - 12:20 pm

Grease is fab isn’t it Mel? I can’t say I’m organised for Christmas at all…I’d love to be by the end of November but I’m not holding my breath! We’ll see! We’re on the countdown now…

Yaya 31st October 2019 - 12:22 pm

I’m absolutely impressed by the H2O to Go – it’s brilliant!! I tend to get quite paranoid about our drinking water especially as we travel a lot but then again I just can’t imagine buying bottled water and using up more plastic. And yes, I am that lady that will take a jug with me on holiday lol!

LaurettaCWright 1st November 2019 - 1:00 am

The H20 is a great idea and offers peace of mind given that you can measure the water quality. I’m a big fan as you can tell – and sounds like you are too! There always seems to be some new product being released that seems to fit in nicely with our lifestyle and beliefs isn’t there?

kerry 30th October 2019 - 9:44 pm

I love the sound of that water filter Lauretta. I do use a filter, but just the normal britta one so I wonder if this one is better. I am useless at being organsed at Christmas, I am a Christmas week shopper!

LaurettaCWright 31st October 2019 - 9:01 am

I couldn’t believe the high reading of my tap water Kerry – that surprised me. I’d love to get my Xmas shopping done early if I can. Fingers crossed I’m better than last year when everything seemed to be in the last week – I panic when it’s all last week!

Kara 30th October 2019 - 5:29 pm

Ooooo I need a wipe clean table cloth, shall have a look when I am next in Sainsbury’s. I have a Zero Water pitcher too – I use it to fill up my water dispenser in the fridge as it won’t fit LOL
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LaurettaCWright 31st October 2019 - 8:59 am

Yes it’s quite a big jug isn’t it? The wipe clean table cloths are a godsend especially when you’ve got kids. Sainsbury’s have got some great table cloths in store at the mo…definitely worth a look Kara x

Hannah - Make, Do & Push! 30th October 2019 - 4:15 pm

I love that tablecloth! What fab find (and a bargain!). The show also looks wonderful 🙂 I haven’t been to the theatre in ages x

LaurettaCWright 4th November 2019 - 8:01 am

Thanks Hannah. I’m super chuffed with my tablecloth – it’s so easy to wipe clean. The show was fab – it was a great atmosphere and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Rhian Westbury 29th October 2019 - 1:00 pm

Good on you for getting ahead of your Christmas shopping, I’m close to being done so I’m very happy with that! I can’t believe the GBBO finishes tonight x

LaurettaCWright 31st October 2019 - 8:50 am

There’s always the Junior GBBO to watch – starts next week Rhian! I can’t believe you are close to finishing your Xmas shopping – that’s amazing!!! Well done..not envious …much!

Kacie 29th October 2019 - 11:32 am

I’m a big Greek salad fan too, something about adding feta and olives to salad just makes it taste miles better (although it’s probably not as good for me with the amount I like to add, haha).

LaurettaCWright 31st October 2019 - 8:50 am

Ha ha! Me too Kacie. I do love a bit of feta though – and onion goes really well in it too.

Vicky Hall-newman 28th October 2019 - 11:28 pm

Those mugs from Go Customised are awesome. I love the company and have a power bank from them. I am soooo looking forward to Christmas and as soon as October is over, I will start with Christmas

LaurettaCWright 29th October 2019 - 8:56 am

I do love the idea of a personalised power bank from them – it might stop my kids from arguing with each other about which one is theirs!! ha ha..

Sarah Bailey 28th October 2019 - 10:14 pm

What some great ideas you got to try out. I like the sound of the inhalers and the fact that they come for different situations is fab! Thank
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LaurettaCWright 29th October 2019 - 8:55 am

I really rate them Sarah – they’ve come in great use and I can really feel the benefit of them when I use them.

Rebecca Smith 28th October 2019 - 9:58 pm

We love our Zerowater pitcher too! That oilcloth is absolutely beautiful, I might have to pick one up.

LaurettaCWright 29th October 2019 - 8:53 am

Sainsbury’s do some lovely interiors don’t they? They always seem to be on top of the trends too and I always seem to find great sale items when I’m in there – it can get a bit dangerous sometimes!

Hayley Warren 28th October 2019 - 7:50 pm

The inhaler sticks sound like such a great idea! I love the eyelashes too.

LaurettaCWright 28th October 2019 - 9:01 pm

Thanks Hayley – I’m big fans of the inhaler sticks! 🙂

MELANIE EDJOURIAN 28th October 2019 - 7:28 pm

I love the GoCustomized mugs. They look really good and would make a wonderful gift at Christmas. I’d probably get some of those for family members.

LaurettaCWright 28th October 2019 - 9:02 pm

They’re a nice touch aren’t they Melanie? I know the grandparents are going to really appreciate them.

Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too 28th October 2019 - 10:57 am

I’m surprisingly feeling quite organised, with the majority of Christmas presents bought as well as the children’s birthday presents for next month

LaurettaCWright 28th October 2019 - 9:04 pm

Oh my goodness, that’s amazing news! Well done Sarah…Im quite envious of the fact that you’ve got so much done. I need to pull my socks up I think!

Jenny 28th October 2019 - 10:38 am

I’ve done a lot of my Christmas shopping but I still feel so stressed about it! It doesn’t help that I have 3 birthdays to deal with too before Christmas.

LaurettaCWright 28th October 2019 - 9:10 pm

I don’t blame you for getting your Christmas shopping sorted if you’ve also got 3 birthdays to remember before Christmas. It’s definitely the way to do things – I hope I manage to get the majority of mine done before Christmas too!


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