April 2019 Favourites

April has been a lovely month. We had Easter, I went to Brighton, and I found myself discovering lots of new things to mention in today’s blog. I felt there was plenty to comment on and so let’s get started!

LIFESTYLE

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine By Gail Honeyman

I’m so late to the band wagon on this book but as a slow reader it takes me time to get through my library. I haven’t finished this yet, but it is so lovely. It’s quite different to a lot of other books and demonstrates how people can lead such different lives and have struggles they have to cope with daily. You should read this.

FOOD

Lidl Chocolate Bunnies

Lidl do such lovely chocolate and these cute mini bunnies I got from my mum at Easter are the perfect little pick me up when I’m needing a sweet treat. I’m forever impressed by Lidl and shop there as well as Ocado mostly.

Café Marmalade Quail’s Egg Chocolates

When we went to Brighton recently, we stopped off at Café Marmalade. Not only was the actual café amazing, there was a cute little shop across the road. I picked up some chocolate quail’s eggs and they are honestly the best chocolates I have had in a while – really rich, creamy, nutty and smooth. They were expensive but I felt the quality justified the price. I would definitely recommend checking this adorable little place out and picking up something there. They also had amazing lemon meringue croissants!

Aldi Bars

It was my first ever time to Aldi in April and I feel like I have been missing out for so long. I will always love Lidl, but Aldi offered some really great things like these healthy snack bars. I’ve been struggling to find a cheaper version of such for teaching that are still full of good ingredients. These contain great ingredients and for a fraction of the price. I particularly like the cashew bars which only feature cashew nuts and dates!

Aldi Almond Butter

Almond butter can be SO expensive and that’s mainly why I have peanut butter more often. However, Aldi has changed the game on this! I have finally found an affordable almond butter which I adore. It is full of great ingredients – literally just almonds and no salt or sugar. I can’t wait to buy another jar on my next Aldi visit.

Follow Your Heart Vegenaise

You might be thinking “how could you replicate mayonnaise in vegan form”? Well, in my opinion you can! In fact, I’d go as far to say that this stuff is better! I just love the creamy texture of it, and it has such a lovely flavour. What’s more is that it’s healthier for you, better for the planet and is more ethical. It is made from soya protein and you really must try this! I have swapped regular mayo in my fridge for this now and I’m so happy about this small but mighty change.

BEAUTY

Innisfree Olive Real Eye Cream Ex.

My sister brought this back from one of her work trips abroad and it is honestly so nice. The formula is rich and creamy and everything I want in an eye cream. I use this when travelling and it is always a treat to pop on my under eye area, to give a little bit more hydration.

Rabot 1745 Cacao & Wild Honey Hand Cream

I do love a good hand cream, particularly as my hands get quite dry. I do a lot of cooking, so a hand cream is essential for me. Hotel Chocolat do a beauty range and this formula is lovely. The smell is divine also. The honey really comes through and it almost reminds me of relaxing lavender.

Lola’s Apothecary Delicate Romance Body & Massage Oil*

I had been saving this to use sparingly but I thought that it was so good not to hide away in my draws. I can honestly say that after I use this as a body moisturiser on dry skin, I feel incredible. Not only do I smell amazing, the product is so comforting and relaxing. My skin has been so much softer as a result too. I love their use of natural ingredients too and they formulate their products without parabens, sulphates, synthetic fragrances and nasty chemicals.

*I was gifted this product in exchange for a blog post.

Dove Pro Age Body Wash

I’ve been using this shower gel for years. Mainly because it is affordable, normally on offer and it is extremely moisturising to my sensitive skin. I’ve recently noticed a change in their packaging however to emphasise that the product is free from parabens, sulphate, SLES and phthalates. This makes me very happy. I’m not sure whether it has always been free from these items, but I am relieved that Dove are promoting such things. I can rest assure that my shower is not full of nasty things.

What are your favourites this month?

 

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