Favourite things from October

October Favourites

1. French soap. Being an addict for soaps, perfumes and all things fragrant, as you might imagine, I brought a lot of fragrant goodies back from our holiday in France at the beginning of October. One of my favourites is this one, Le Petit Marseiliais in the fragrance ‘Lait’. It is incredibly similar to L’Occitaine’s Shea Butter range, which I also love but is rather more expensive than the 1 Euro and 50 cents that this hand wash cost me in the supermarket in France. I wish I had brought back some more!

2. Sun dried tomato and hummus sandwiches. These have become one of my favourite lunches this month. I was pretty addicted to hummus anyway, but the addition of the sweet sun dried tomatoes in a crusty roll is just delicious.

3. French Markets. We visited so many markets whilst we were away in France. We chose market day to visit each new town we wanted to go to, and the atmosphere and range of things for sale was amazing. My favourite was the Sunday market in a town called Esperaza, which is where I took the photograph of these colourful drawer knobs. We had a beautiful day wandering around, picking up some souvenirs and fabulous street food, followed by a picnic lunch for the babies next to the river in the warm sunshine.

4. Lazy Day Foods Vegan Goodies. October’s ‘The Vegan Kind’ subscription box contained a packet of caramel crispy cakes by ‘Lazy Day Foods’. They went down a treat here, so I was pleased to discover the tiffin by the same company in Sainsbury’s a few days later. They are not only delicious, but also suitable for vegans and gluten free. A definite winner!

5. L’Oreal Elvive Thickening Shampoo. I complained earlier this month about my hair falling out, which I understand is just what happens after pregnancy, but I thought it might be worth trying this thickening shampoo.. just in case. Now I don’t know if it’s the shampoo, or just that now I’m 8 months postpartum my hair loss is improving, but I’ve definitely noticed a positive difference.

6. Coffee. I haven’t been a coffee drinker for years apart from on the very odd occasion, but since I’ve arrived in Cardiff this has become an almost daily treat. Maybe it’s because of the abundance of coffee shops here in the city, which I just don’t have in my rural home. My coffee of choice is a decaf soya latte. My friend Kate says she can’t see the point in drinking a decaf coffee with soya milk, but it’s so sweet and creamy in a coffee.. mmmm, I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s already!

What have you been enjoying throughout October?

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Mama of two beautiful boys. I’m veggie, vintage loving, a bit of a crafter and a bit of a hippy. I love the countryside and pretty things.


  1. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap) | 5th Nov 15

    There is a definite French them love it. The picture of those door knobs is so pretty – I’m a sucker for bright colours. I would have bought a tonne! Hope you enjoyed your coffee today! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst and see you soon x

    • thesparklenest | 5th Nov 15

      Thank you! The door knobs were lovely, but amazingly I didn’t buy any. That particuk=lar stall was SO full of lovely things it was a little overwhelming! :-) Thank you for hosting, I’ll see you again next time! x

  2. Mummy in Training (@mrskxxxx) | 6th Nov 15

    That sandwich looks amazing. I may have to make one! #bestandworst xx

    • thesparklenest | 9th Nov 15

      Thank you, I’d recommend it they’re delicious! :-) x

  3. bellaviedeux | 10th Nov 15

    I love the doorknobs! I think I may try that shampoo too! :)

    • thesparklenest | 16th Nov 15

      Give it a try, something has worked, so it’s worth a shot! The doorknobs are so pretty aren’t they, I kind of wish I’d brought some home!

  4. Blogging Mummy | 14th Nov 15

    I love this post. I have never thought of doing a round up like this and I think i am going to steal your idea ha ha. I love the sound of the sundried tomato sandwich. Thank you for linking up with Blogging Mummy at #anythinggoes

    • thesparklenest | 16th Nov 15

      Thank you, I’m glad you like it! :-) x

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