Every month I share my ‘Five Favourite Finds’ for the month. They can be absolutely anything new that I have come across. The challenge: making sure I find five each month. Some months really do prove tougher than others but there is lots of fun had in the search. I’m using it to try encourage myself to find new things and also share my finds with you all to save you the leg work! So without further ado and in no particular order…
One: Gro Clock
I’m sure 101 people have reviewed this product on their blogs already so this is hardly a ‘unique’ find. However, we’ve had such initial success with it, that it deserved a mention. Over the winter one of the methods I have been using to get Little H to bed is telling her it’s dark outside. That’s all well and good…but soon it will be spring and not dark until well after her 7pm ‘lights out’. So we put this on her birthday list. It took a day-or-two for her to figure it out but she loved the sun and star immediately. She quickly learnt that at nap time and bed time we said goodbye to the sun and the star would watch over her. So every time she goes for a sleep, she presses the buttons to stay farewell to Mr Sun! Let’s hope it’s enough of a distraction when the real thing is still shining!
This is not a brand new find but something which had come into it’s own again over the last month of changeable weather. When Little H was 4 months old she developed baby eczema. A friend recommended Aveeno and it cleared up within a couple of days. I have always suffered from eczema during my adult life, so I gave it a try too. It really helped soothe my skin and clear up most flare-ups caused my anything other than stress. Little H also continues to suffer from it on and off but Aveeno helps every time. I really recommend this for eczema or dry, sensitive skin.
Three: Hellebore Niger
I have mentioned in previous blog posts and on my Instagram feed that I love hellebores. Some of the specialist varieties cost upwards of £13 each, which is quite expensive for a bedding plant. But hellebore nigers are a common variety and are readily available at garden centres, DIY shop garden departments and many supermarkets. Because they are very common, they cost less and are a great entry plant if you’ve never grown them before. They also come in varying shades so no two look the same. I got mine for £5 from B&Q and it is really brightening up our front step!
I loved the idea of Graze when it first launched but I have never got on with eating nuts and seeds. I have tried repeatedly but they aren’t for me. Since they made up a lot of the healthier Graze snacks, I gave it a miss. However, sometime ago they started selling individual packets. I spotted this one in Boots and gave it a try because the only nuts in it are cashews which I don’t mind in small quantities. It is SO TASTY! This is now my go-to commute home snack. Take a look out for it because it’s worth a go!
Five: Pro Fitness Foam Roller
We’ve had this foam roller for ages but it’s sat neglected in the corner for a long time. I got myself into a position where my lack of regular stretching had left me with sore joints and a general lethargy. So, I got this bad boy out. It really hurt to use this on my quads particularly, but oh my did it work the tension out. I coupled it with a normal stretch routine, but this really helped get deeper into the muscles and work out some tension. I have linked to a Pro Fitness foam roller here because that’s what we happen to have, but you can get them anywhere for £5-£10. Worth investing in, even if you don’t work out much. Running around after kids puts a lot of strain on your muscles!
There is a good set of exercises for a foam roller that I found on the US Women’s Health mag website for anyone starting out.