I tend to document my little daily loves over on my Instagram account, but I thought it might be nice to do a quick monthly round up of the bits and bobs that I think are worth a special mention. I’m generally very discerning with my pennies, and always like to invest wisely, so I know the value a recommendation can have!
I’ve also included a little Food section too. We have become professionals in finding good, stress-free family spots to eat over the years, so I really hope that this helps if you are venturing out and about in Northern Ireland with a young family. And, of course, for tourists to our little shores too!
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm – This balm is pricey, but is one of those products that makes skincare a total joy. You apply the balm (it is exactly like lip balm consistency!) to your face, and remove it with a damp muslin cloth. Normally after using cleansers, and particularly those removed with water, I find my skin is very dry and tight, but this leaves it smooth and well hydrated. It takes off every scrap of makeup too. I’m hooked, and my skin has really benefitted from being treated so well. I’ve just recently re-purchased so that says it all, doesn’t it?!
Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid – Through the Winter, and more especially lately, I’ve had terrible trouble with really dry, cracked lips. At times they almost burn, and I’ve been trying desperately to find a product to soothe them a little. I love the consistency, natural basis, and smell of this balm. It is made with medical grade lanolin and lemon oil, and has really helped soften and moisturise my lip area. The kids love it too, and it has made soothing their little weather-cracked lips a lot easier too!
Lush Bubble Bars and Bath Ballistics – I think Lush just might be the kiddos new favourite place to spend a Saturday morning! Between the bright colours, things fizzing and exploding and all the gorgeous smells, they had a ball in store the other week. We picked up some cute little bath bombs for their baths, but I was particularly struck by the bubble bars (they smell so good!) and have been loving using them myself. I’m also really keen to get the body conditioner in the limited edition Yummy Mummy scent.
Navy Next Buckle Shoe Boots – I wear a lot of navy (it’s my black really!) and I’d been wanting some shoes or boots in the colour for a while. I came across this suede pair in Next, and I love them a lot. They are really soft and comfy, and the perfect heel height for afternoons spent chasing after busy kids. I’ve been wearing them with skirts and dresses mostly, and they are ideal dress-down Spring ankle boots.
A-line skirts and stripes – My love for Breton tops is well documented on this blog – I think I possibly own one in every available colour combination. Classic navy and white is still my favourite though, and I’ve been loving them with little A-line skirts recently, especially this berry coloured one.
Spring Dresses – It always hits this time of year and I wonder why on earth I ever wished for colder weather in October! So ready for some heat now, and those balmy days where it’s possible to wear bare legs and not incur frostbite. We have had the odd milder day this month, and I’ve just wanted to wear light fabrics, midi length skirts and yellow. Because if there’s ever a time for yellow, I figure now is it…
M&S Mugs – I fell in love with the M&S Spring homeware when I was in store a few weeks ago – such gorgeous florals and bright colours. I have my eye on some beautiful coloured wine glasses too! I brought home some mugs though, and have particularly been loving these hand painted heart ones. So like Emma Bridgewater for a fraction of the price. And tea tastes better from a nice mug. Everyone knows that!
Giant Mantelpiece clock – This is the latest addition to our hall mantelpiece. I’m really loving clocks at the moment actually! I got it from eBay, for not half as much as you’d maybe expect, and love the look of it propped up here along with our jumble of candlesticks.
Anemones – I’m definitely not a gardener, or one who knows much about flowers at all, but this past few years I seem to discover a new favourite every few months. My new Springtime favourites are anemones, and I’ve been using them mixed with other seasonal flowers, in little bud vases and bottles. Simple, wild prettiness.
Breakfast at Maryville Tea Rooms – We have been here quite a few times, with and without kids, but the other week I met my lovely friend Nic for breakfast, and it reignited my love for this little gem. I’d definitely recommend it for brunch and morning coffee, but they do afternoon tea and lunches too. Definitely worth a trip, particularly if you’re a fan of pretty, shabby chic interiors, and old fashioned charm.
The lasagne at Cafe Conor – I’ve mentioned this quirky Bistro cafe before, and it has become a bit of a regular weekend haunt for us now. The biggest menu known to man, with all-day breakfasts, good coffee, a varied kids menu and inspiring quotes on the blackboard outside. It has a real city-centre feel, yet parking is easy on the weekends (busy during the week with University traffic though!) and children are made very welcome. Try the lasagne – you’ll not get better anywhere else!
Bagels and the best Strawberry milkshake at Arizona – We have been fans of Arizona since our student days, and whilst the menu hasn’t changed at all since then, they still do what they do really well. A great place for mid morning snacks, light lunches and coffee stops. We are long-time fans of their bagels with cream cheese and sundried tomato, and the milkshakes are worth a mention all of their own. Definitely not just for the kids!
A great place for people watching too!
I’d love to know if you have any great recommendations this month, local or otherwise. Do let me know!