Happy Halloween! It is that time again….another monthly favourites. Here is everything that both Max and I have been enjoying throughout the month of October. Every mama needs some tricks up her sleeve and I hope you find this post helpful if you need or want ideas on how to entertain little ones on rainy days or if you simply need inspiration on how to set up your home for hibernation.
Thomas the Tank Engine
We purchased a ‘Thomas, a Percy and a Diesel’ model trains a few months ago when Max was starting to take an interest in trains and engines, but he never touched them again until this month! I showed him a couple of Thomas the Tank Engine episodes and he was/is hooked and now Max is Thomas mad and so very happy to chuff, puff and choo, choo around the house.
Eau Rose by Diptyque
I think it might be fair to say that there are no words left to say about this sensational scent as I have dedicated an entire blog post to it below. An ode to an odour! I like it.
Neom Comforting Candle
Talking of heavenly scents….I was lucky enough to be sent one of the Neom Autumn Collection candles this month and my entire house smells like it is inviting you in to hibernate for the winter. Lock the doors, I will be here till Spring! I chose the Comforting candle which is exactly what it is. An earthy and warming candle with hints of orange and cloves. Think Mulled Wine and reading by the fire as dusk becomes night. Heavenly.
Clipper Sleep Easy Tea
I don’t know where to start, but I have a confession…I am an English Rose who hates the ole fashioned “English Cuppa”. It is quite simply (pun intended) not my bag baby. I prefer coffee and green tea. Occasionally I have been known to sip on a peppermint tea, but mainly I live off water. As it has started to get cosier earlier and the light outside begins to dim I have found myself seeking comfort in warm drinks of an evening, but I didn’t want to have caffeine before bed so I discovered this ‘sleep’ tea that promises to relax you and encourage tired eyes. A cup of this before bed and I don’t even need to read a book. I am out like a light. I don’t have trouble sleeping, but I do sleep lightly now I am with child. Having the tea relaxes me so much that I feel like I have a much better and deeper sleep because of it.
Cosmo & Max by Ian Bailie
I have already dedicated quite a few posts to Ian’s Book, but what’s another amongst friends? If this is the first post you are seeing then the story goes….Ian is Max’s ‘dada’ and my lobster and he has written a children’s book all about our crazy shih tzu, Cosmo and our bambino, Max. It arrived this month and is very personal to us and something we started when Max arrived. Best of all Max loves this book and we have to read it unto 3 times before bed! It is now available on Amazon to buy xxx
Confession: We actually picked up our wheely bug from a secondhand shop because I think they are overpriced, but the link above will take you to Amazon. Apologies, but if you can find a cheaper one – go for it! The wheely bug is simply a ride along toy for your mini munchkin and they come in an array of animals and insect shapes. You can get a small version or a large bug. We found a small one and Max rides on his comfortably. Max has wheeled himself around the house every day since the wheelybug arrived. Success and now a new firm favourite. Wheeeeee.
Mega Bloks by Amazon
A couple of weeks ago, it rained. Shocker. It did more than rain, it rained solidly for a week and we were trapped indoors. Max has just stopped getting frustrated and started to enjoy lego and building so I purchased these mega bloks from Amazon in the hope that I could trick him into an afternoon with Ma, in the house, building towers and bridges. It worked! Huzzah.
John Lewis Goose Down Mattress Topper
I feel like this is a very ‘grown up’ favourite, but if it did not make the list then I would be a liar for it is my favourite of all my favourite things. My favourite thing about hotels are the beds, I am obsessed with cotton counts and pillow menus and I am constantly asking the age old question “how do they make their beds so god damn soft?”. My goal in life is to make my personal bed just as good if not better than a hotel bed. This is where the mattress topper comes in. We purchased the best that we could find and OH MY GAHD my bed is heaven. It is like sleeping on a cloud, being hugged by pure love and as soon as you get in, you simply sigh ‘ahhhhhhh’. I wish I was in it right now.
Essie Button Protein Power Soup
Soup, I love soup. As soon as it gets colder, soup becomes my go to meal. I am always cold in the winter, my husband refers to me as The Walking Dead because I am simply corpse cold so I need soup to survive. Nothing beats a warming, root vegetable soup so when I was catching up with one of my fave blogs ‘Essie Button’ I discovered her protein packed power soup recipe full of beans and roasted vegetables. I have had it for lunch and dinner on more than 2 occasions. It is so incredibly delicious and warming. Best of all it is super healthy and packed full of vitamins, nutrients and fibre to keep you going throughout the day.