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Monthly Favourites – May #2

How has another month passed already?! Here is the second instalment of my newly launched ‘monthly favourites’ where I talk about interesting and cool things I have done within the month, whether that be a holiday, new product I have tried or something that’s made me smile. 

I had such a fun month, from heading to Traverse in London and staying at Travelodge with my ultimate blogging buddy Kara, to eating my way through the menu at Turtle Bay MK. I also went to Milton Keynes Theatre to see the touring production of Mamma Mia and was in awe of their voices and talent, and then spent a lot of time at home doing up the garden + putting up my new Desenio prints. Anyway here goes…. here are my May favourites!

Dining with Raymond Blanc at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

I will have another post on this later in the week but I was lucky enough to go to RHS Chelsea Flower Show last weekend with a few other blogging ladies to experience dining of the highest quality with Raymond Blanc. We headed to the aptly named Jardin Blanc, nestled deep in to the gardens of the flower shoe for a Le Lily package in the hospitality area. We dined on beautiful food including a breakfast buffet, 4-course lunch and a stunning afternoon tea. We also tried some of the yummiest cocktails in the gardens, and sat down and chatted to Raymond himself about the menu and his passion for cooking!

A weekend break in London

I will again, have another post on this towards the middle of the month, but I also explored more of London in May! I first spent the day exploring Hackney with the wonderful Hackney Walk, a shopping queens heaven with boutique and designer shops galore, and then on the Monday I ventured in to central to visit some of the landmarks around London with my trusty Marco Polo Guide and had lunch in Soho at Ember Yard. A wonderful weekend in all!

Staying at Travelodge Docklands

Last month when I visited London for the blogging conference Traverse me and Kara stayed at the Travelodge Docklands for two nights. The hotel was just over the river from the conference centre and it made for an easy escape when we needed a rest from networking and events. We headed there on the Friday night straight from work, chucked our bags and then proceeded to party the night away in Central London, before heading back to our lovely hotel in Canary Wharf area. The hotel room was lovely, a large double with views across the docks and with a great location for the conference we were attending the next day in Greenwich. It was only a five minute drive in an Uber across to the venue where we spent the day listening to wonderful people talking about everything from luxury travel, blogging tips and how to get a book published. Once the day was over we headed back to the hotel to get ready for our second night in London. Our friend Tara was also staying in the same hotel which was great as it mean’t we all had an easy journey back to the hotel.

Dancing the night away at Mamma Mia at MK Theatre

This was something I booked for my mum more than myself – but I was delighted I attended and had such a fun time! Despite probably being better known for its film adaptation starring Meryl Streep in 2008, the hit musical has been alive and kicking since its first West End show debuted 18 years ago in 1999 but it was the first time the Abba sensation has graced the stage at Milton Keynes Theatre. Me and mum had a fun evening of dancing, singing and carefree entertainment.

Join the ultimate feel-good party at MAMMA MIA!, the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical! Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA. Sophie’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they’ll never forget…. The show runs at Milton Keynes Theatre until May 20.

Continuing my health kick with HECK

Last month I ordered some HECK products to go alongside my health kick that I had been on since Crete. HECK do a large range of burgers, meatballs and sausages and pride themselves on making them in smaller batches which means better flavour. And they use only the finest ingredients! They pull out all the stops to bring farmers’ market quality to your supermarket shelf. And to go alongside all the meat products I also ordered some of their veggie range – balls, sausages and burgers – new delicious meat-free range packed with delicious super-food veg. I will be ordering another batch this month to cook up some tasty meals!

Going behind the scenes with MACxDisney

In May I sent my sister-in-law Katie to London for the day on my behalf to experience behind-the-scenes access to the make-up style for two of London’s biggest theatre productions; The Lion King and Aladdin! She got to join in a make-up tutorial with make-up favourites MAC and the cast of the two productions, learning all about how the make up is done for these two massive shows. And if that wasn’t enough she then got to go for lunch in the West End and see a matinee performance that afternoon! I was very jealous but having just bought a house, I had to make sacrifices and this was one of them…

Trying the new menu at Turtle Bay MK

You all know how much I love food so when Turtle Bay asked me if I’d like to pop along again to try out their new menu I couldn’t decline the offer. Me and Theo headed over to Milton Keynes Turtle Bay for a week night treat in The Hub and as usual the food was to die for. There new menu has an array of new dishes bursting with hot new jerk flavours, and more gluten free and vegetarian options. Theo opted for the Slow Braised Beef Rib – a treat for the taste buds. Marinated beef ribs, slow cooked and jerk pit grilled with sweet onion chutney and green seasoning. Served with sweet potato fries, fresh watermelon, lime and coriander chow salad. With your choice of jerk glaze; our classic spicy jerk, fruity pineapple jerk or creamy coconut jerk. Whilst I went for the Jammin Lamb Burger – a deliciously grilled lamb and mutton burger topped with crisp gem lettuce, tomato, fresh mint and onion salad, herb mayo in a sweet bun with pineapple jerk glaze. Served with Caribbean slaw and your choice of spiced fries or dressed salad. I was super impressed with the menu, and even though I didn’t go for anything this time – knowing that they do a great range of vegetarian and gluten-free options will also be pushing me return more often!

Reminiscing about past trips with GrafoMap

Having just moved in to my new house, I have been properly ‘nesting’. I have been buying prints, products and home-ware every time I leave the house and this month I got some beautiful prints from the guys at Grafomap.  I am absolutely obsessed with my Grafomap’s custom map posters! There is something really special about maps and Grafomap hits the nail on the head with their intimate and detailed maps perfect for presents, or for yourself. I ordered three maps; Amsterdam, London and Verona – three places that are very special to me and Theo.

Getting back to nature with Merrell

I will be putting a bigger post together for this but I wanted to add it in to my monthly favourites as they really are becoming a favourite piece of footwear. Especially now we have moved to the country, walking shoes are a must – with the sheep poo, mud and everything else in between I couldn’t afford to wreck my Converse every time me and Theo went for a walk. I’ve now got a great pair of walking shoes from Merrell and I love them. Sturdy, fairly good looking and comfortable to walk in – I will be keeping these shoes for a long time!