Inspired by Blogger Babe Ijeoma Kola’s brand new ‘Thursday Tea‘ series, I’ve decided to revive my ‘Weekly Catch Up‘ posts, I can’t remember for the life of me why I stopped sharing these, but my goodness do I love reading them; so it only makes sense to bring them back (thanks girl)!
With Business about to get busier, and an exciting and time consuming project launching in less than two weeks, I will however be turning the series into a monthly scoop, just so that I can practice what I preach and be consistent amidst the various commitments that I have.
That being said, let me introduce you to the first of many monthly updates… otherwise known as Made It Monthly – A short but juicy summary of life updates and favourites that essentially… made the cut!
Here it goes for October:
1. The Best Moisturiser I’ve Ever Used
With my 30th birthday fast approaching, skincare and ageing have been on my mind more than ever. I shared in my recent Twist & Talk video that since becoming a mother, and as a result of getting older in general, my fine lines and wrinkles are more prominent than ever! I’ve heard people go on and on about the importance of starting an anti-ageing skincare routine from as early as your twenties, but of course some of us didn’t take that seriously and have had to learn the hard way!
Fortunately however, life is generous, and good skincare products are just a little bit of research and coins away, which brings me to my current favourite and quite frankly product of the year, the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream – whilst this isn’t an anti-ageing product it honestly transforms my skin, after every application my skin is hydrated, plump, and just looks a million times healthier. Best investment I’ve made in a facial moisturiser to date, and it contains SPF!
2. Affordable Online Business Support
I’m currently in one of the most exciting stages of my business where the Finally Fiona team is expanding! This means the world to me because I’ve always been passionate about using my gifts to make way for the gifts of others. In the lead up to hiring however; with campaign deadlines, a little one to watch, and working on some other projects, I became extremely overwhelmed with tasks this month, two in particular that I simply didn’t have the skills to create in a timely manner – which is where FIVERR came in and saved the day.
From photo editing to virtual assistant support, this online service is a great one to have in your back pocket when running a business, and needing help with small tasks at a fraction of the standard industry rate.
Here’s a 20% discount off your first purchase
3. I can’t stop making these!
I HAVE TO SHARE THIS RECIPE! I promise I am not exaggerating when I say I don’t know how many times I baked these cookies in October. I was craving a sweet treat one evening which required minimal ingredients, and homeboy Google did not disappoint. They literally take a few minutes to prepare and bake, are delicious, and make for the perfect office treats, or in my case partial housewarming gift for a friend last weekend!
Makes 6-9 cookies
75g Self Raising Flour
75g Melted Butter
50g Sugar (originally 75g but I reduced this)
2 Tbsp Milk
Pinch of Salt
Chocolate Chips (optional)
4. Amazing Smelling Home in just 2 Minutes!
Call me late to the party but I only just discovered the amazingness that is the Febreeze Lavender Fabric Refresher Spray. Now that baby girl is on the move, crawling every and anywhere, I’ve become weary of using candles, so instead love to spray this all over the house on our furniture shortly before guests arrive, to mask the ever present lingering smell of baby food or even nappies! Works every time and leaves the house smelling so darn good!
5. The Deep Conditioner That Never Fails Me
What is it with becoming a new mum and neglecting your hair?! #AskingForAFriend!
Let’s just say that my hair is still taking a million L’s, and I’m currently in the process of restocking my haircare stash with products such as the TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask Deep Conditioner. This Conditioner gives me amazing results EVERY SINGLE TIME! I used this on wash day last week and if my hair could dance I know it would have been twerking at the sheer joy of being giving the TLC that it was longing for!