My October Favourites
Again, this post is overdue but better late than never, right? I know I say this every month, but October went by in a blink! The girls were off school for almost 2.5 weeks for half term and it was really nice not to have to wake up at 6am every day. It was refreshing to have a late, relaxing start to the day and all we did was spend quality time together. We all definitely needed the break!
- Ice Skating in London
We decided to go ice skating at the Natural History Museum in Central London slightly earlier this year as it gets too busy for my liking around November/December time. It still felt really festive in London as all the decorations and Christmas trees are already up. The girls loved it but 45 minutes were definitely enough for everyone, especially since they all needed our assistance on the ice and we were quite wobbly ourselves!
- Il Portico
Post ice skating dinner was booked at a lovely, intimate Italian restaurant in Kensington called Il Portico where I had one of the best pasta dishes I've ever tried- a simple spaghetti Bolognese but the flavours were out of this world. There seemed to be no other children in the restaurant and they don't have a kids' menu but our waiter went out of his way to suggest dishes and portion sizes for the girls and they were very accommodating to our needs.
- Glamping in Brighton (AD)
Our parents like to take the girls on short breaks to Brighton in their caravan and because of space issues we tend to drive down in our car to spend the day with them. This time however we got the opportunity to stay in a glamping pod, whilst the grandparents parked on site. The site is tucked into a small valley which is home to local wildlife, and it's just a 15 minute walk from Brighton Marina – there’s something here for everyone. It was lovely to be able to spend a whole 2 days with the entire family as opposed to just the day time. The kids loved the pod which looked brand new, had a bunk bed, a double sofa bed and ensuite facilities. The fact that they were able to wander to their grandparents' caravan at any given time was a bonus! In the evenings we walked down to the pier for a nice family dinner of fish and chips and the girls had fun on the outdoor trampolines. It was definitely a different kind of weekend away for us (I mean for me) but it was good to do something simple for a change and the kids don't really care whether they're in a caravan in rainy Brighton or in a 5* star resort in sunny Dubai- all they want is to be with family.
- Silk Pillowcases
I've been dealing with hormonal acne for over 6 months now. It's not the worst thing in the world, it's concentrated around my chin area and easily covered with concealer so apart from buying some expensive face serums, I hadn't really taken any drastic actions until now. For someone like me to go from having totally clear skin for years to monthly outbreaks it is quite strange and I am almost certain that this is something that needs to be treated internally. Whilst I have it on my to do list to finally see a dermatologist I decided to follow online advice and invest in silk pillow cases. They are said to help prevent outbreaks, wrinkles and even help regulate your body temperature. Whilst there is no scientific evidence to back up these claims, I haven't had any major outbreaks since using these pillowcases; I will wait and see how it goes but I'm cautiously optimistic that they have made a difference.
- Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire in Concert
I have managed to turn 1 of our girls into a Potterhead- she's currently on book 4 and nothing makes me happier than seeing her enjoy the books I grew up with! I booked us tickets to see Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire in Concert at the iconic Royal Albert Hall- I couldn't imagine a better venue for this epic screening accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra and the English Chamber Choir conducted by Justin Freer. The show was completely sold out and I was surprised to see mostly adults and older children in attendance. Maya, being my daughter, had decided to dress up as Hermoine Granger and I think I was watching her more than the film; just seeing her joy and sheer amazement was so beautiful for me. The live orchestra was incredible and it was a little surreal to be so immersed in the experience. Next on my list is to see Game of Thrones in Concert- I mean how EPIC would that be?!
This moisturiser, which has been featured in the Daily Mail, is an intense dry skin salve which contains 100% organic turmeric butter and hypoallergenic donkey milk. One of my daughters has eczema around her nose; her skin had a rough texture and it would get quite itchy as well. After only a week of applying this cream to the affected area, we have seen a big difference in the texture of her skin and her eczema doesn't seem to flare up as frequently as usual in this cold weather. I will definitely repurchase this cream!