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…
Our new house (well we moved in last autumn) has no carpets downstairs. Aside from my flat in Spain during third year of Uni, I have always had carpet and I’ve missed it. There are pros to wood flooring, especially with a dribbling, milk spilling, crumb dropping toddler. But our little tootsies were getting cold watching telly so we decided – we need a rug! We tried various shops but eventually discovered our local JL had a tonne. Picking a rug is tough but we were drawn to this awesome tree pattern. We’re not usually people to go for bold patterns…which for us this is. But we’ve had it a few days and are really chuffed with it. It looks great, seems hard wearing, keeps our feet warm and is providing H with endless rolling-around amusement!
I bought this notebook last month but I only started using it at the start of November. My previous bullet journal notebook was not up to scratch but this notebook has definitely been worth the investment. The quality of the notebook is fantastic, with great quality paper and tough bindings. I have been carrying it around in my shoulder bag all month and the exterior is barely worn. I also love the dots rather than lines. But the beauty of the notebooks is the paper and colours are customisable, so if you prefer a red notebook with lines… A little more expensive than a Moleskine but I think I’ll definitely be getting another one when this is complete.
Three: Fitbit One
I got a Fitbit One for Christmas in 2013. Aside from 2 weeks after giving birth (and the odd day when I forgot to put it on) I wore it everyday. I loved having it as a little motivator. Then mid-November, disaster! During a rainy trip to town where we trekked everywhere, I lost it. NOOOOO. I was genuinely upset. I noticed walking to the car as H was splashing in puddles. I debated going back to look for it but it’s 1cm x 3cm and black. It wasn’t going to happen. So Sam came to my rescue and got me new one. Husband win!
I bought some Kératase shampoo and conditioner at the hairdresser at the start of the month. I got a ‘free’ gift with it and it was this serum or some heat protective spray. The serum bottle looked like better value for money so I went with that. I’m really glad I did. Just 1 – 2 tiny pumps applied to my hair when damp have left it feeling super soft. I will absolutely buy some of this when I run out of the sample. It’s not cheap but you need to use so little (I’ve used less than a quarter of the sample bottle over the month) that I think it’s definitely worth the investment.
Five: Toddler Trespass Jacket and Waterproof Trousers
I bought H a nice fluffy winter coat from Next which is so adorable. She also had a waterproof jacket. But I realised she was lacking a warm waterproof coat for when she was playing outdoors during the winter. She is also not confident climbing downstairs still so she will bum-shuffle to the edge and climb down…getting a wet bottom in the process. So I popped to the nearby outlet centre where there are lots of outdoor shops. I struck gold in the Trespass shop founding some waterproof over-trousers reduced to £11, including a storage pouch. I was then lured in by the mini ski jackets. I opted for this water and wind proof ski jacket. At £35 it wasn’t super cheap but should last her until next winter as it’s too big for her right now. It’s got a warm lining, but not something that will cause her to get too hot. We’ve tested it out on rainy walks and she’s been cosy and kept bone dry. The trousers have also proved a success at nursery…she’s managed to come home in the same trousers the last two weeks. Hurrah!