My May 2020 Favourites

My May 2020 Favourites

Disclosure

May is such a lovely month.  Everything is in bloom (peonies are in season!) and it’s my youngest baby’s birthday month.  This month is his 13th birthday so I’ll start with that being my favourite thing this month.

 

My Baby Turning 13

Lissy and Oli

Oli is my youngest so him turning 13 is monumental.  I now have two teenagers in the house.  I’m writing this two days before his birthday (his birthday is the 31st) but I know his birthday will be full of brownies (he doesn’t like cake, the little weirdo), laughter and his new Chromebook.

 

Our Allotment

our allotment

We have a private allotment near us and I’m extremely thankful for it.  Not only will it be producing us with a bounty of fresh vegetables this year but it’s also kept us sane during the lockdown.  We’re growing a plethora of vegetables and every vegetable bed in full now.

We’ve built a cute new strawberry planter too and I can’t wait for the fruits to be ripe.  Yum!

strawberry plants

 

EasiYo! Yoghurt Maker

yogurt maker

Firstly, how do you spell yoghurt?  I’ve spelt it with an h my whole life.  I’ll continue despite this one being spelt yogurt.  We love yoghurt but don’t love yoghurt pots.  This makes yoghurt making really easy and fun for everyone.  My children can whip up a batch on their own, leave it overnight (or for 8 hours) and have fresh yoghurt the next day.  The yoghurts are delicious and last up to two weeks in the fridge.   We’re really enjoying our EasiYo! Yogurt Maker.

 

Cycling

cycling

We have been going on bike rides several times a week, which I’ve been really enjoying.  My thighs are in a perpetual state of aching but it’s a good ache.  An earned one, you know what I mean?  We have a safe stretch of cycle path that spans for around 8 miles in total.  This is tricky because of my need to be near my comfort zone at all times but my desperate need to exercise supersedes it.  What we do is park the van in the middle and cycle a little in both directions.  I’ve managed 5 miles so far.  I hope to build up my fitness level and my level of comfort so I can eventually so the whole cycle path!  My bike is old and clunky but it’s getting me there.

 

Books

Escape To Willow Cottage by Bella Osbourne

Escape To Willow Cottage book review

I really enjoy Bella Osbourne’s books.  They’re always fluffy and light.  This was is no exception to the rule.  It’s about a woman called Beth who escapes an unhealthy relationship and buys a cottage at auction that she hasn’t seen.  It’s pretty run down and she lives in it with her son and does it up whilst meeting the eccentric neighbours.  Obviously there are twists and turns but I’m not going to spoil the book for you.  It’s a good one.  You can buy it here.

 

So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter

So Lucky by Dawn O'Porter

 

This is the first book from Dawn O’Porter that I’ve read.  I’m a big fan of hers, she’s very funny.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from her books.  This was a fantastic read!  Funny and the characters are really likeable despite the troubles they were going through.  It had a really empowering finish to it and I highly recommend it.  In fact, I think I might buy it for my mum.  I’m currently reading another of her books but I’ll tell you about that next month because I haven’t finished it yet.  I’ve got some good book ideas from the lovely Rachael.

 

Essential Oil Diffuser

essential oil deffuser

I’m a little bit obsessed with this. I love the colour changing light, I love that you can put it on a timer and I love that it pouffes my favourite essential oils into my bedroom as I’m going to sleep.  I highly recommend this one, it’s great!  Regarding essential oils, I use these ones from LoveLula. SOiL are organic and really good quality.

 

My New Spoon

hand stamped spoon - A Life Of Lovely

Lastly, this spoon is one of my May favourites because it’s beautiful.  It’s from a lady I found on Instagram (her profile is here).  I think it’s going to look great in photos.  I’ll probably even eat my breakfast from it every day.  I have a real spoon obsession so finding this very talented small business owner was definitely fate!

Thank you for reading about my monthly favourites.  I’ll be back next month with my June favourites (I can’t believe we’re nearly in June already!).  You can read about my April favourites here.

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