The end of April/beginning of May didn’t exactly go particularly well for me. I was really struggling with anxiety so I ended up having to phone my GP and got put on Sertraline. The side effects made me feel pretty sick for the first week but luckily I started taking them over the bank holiday weekend (and I’d taken the Monday off which I was super grateful for) so I mostly sat on the sofa watching Murder, She Wrote! Thankfully I’m now starting to feel less sick and less anxious all the time.
Usually my monthly catch-ups are just about what I got up to, but I don’t feel right posting about May without talking about the recent events in the US. If you’re not following the news or social media George Floyd, a Black man living in America, was arrested by white police for allegedly trying to pay for groceries with a fake $20 check. One of the police held George Floyd face down on the floor with his hands behind his back. The policeman then put his knee on George’s neck for 9 minutes. The incident was filmed by a 17 year old Black girl and has gone viral round the world because George was saying he couldn’t breathe and subsequently died from the disgusting and unnecessary treatment by police.
There have been protests around the world to stand up for the rights of Black lives because they’re still being persecuted in 2020 for the colour of their skin. If you want to learn more or about ways you can help (donating money or signing petitions), check out Black Lives Matters for links and resources.
Here’s what I got up to in May:
I’m obsessed with these rocket ice lollies from Asda, they’re only £1 for 8 and they taste amazing!! They’re strawberry, orange and pineapple flavour 🙂
What I loved:
Talking to my mum and dad on the phone a lot which has been really lovely and I had a lovely hour long chat with one of my best friends too!!
Thanks to the amazing Lima, whose blog is called Fashionicide, I’m now firmly a fan of oil cleansing. The idea is that oil attracts oil, so if you use oil on your face for a minute or more (rubbing gently in circles), it pulls blackheads and oil plugs out of your pores! I’ve tried it a few times now and it really works!! My favourite products are the Pre-Cleanse from Dermalogica* and the Original Cleansing Balm from Banila Co.
Finding EvanAndKatelyn on YouTube. They’re a married couple living in Texas and they have loads of DIY videos, room transformations and crafty videos on their channel!
I really enjoyed being more creative for my Femme Luxe post and using different rooms in the house for photoshoots 😀
Home and garden:
People have to walk past our dining room window to get to our front door, so we put up net curtains up ages ago for privacy. Unfortunately they were way too long for the space, so we ended up pegging them up to stop them falling onto the floor because I was too lazy to sort them out properly!! I decided lockdown was the perfect opportunity to finally cut them to size and hem them!
The fabric was difficult to measure because it has a bit of stretch, but once I’d done the first one, I realised it was easier to iron the fabric before cutting it. As you can see, I also decided to cut off the large section at the top as it looked a bit old-fashioned and make a new hem at the top as well.
They look so much better now, plus Mr Bear can’t sleep on them anymore 🤣🤣
One of my favourite things was peeling off the protective film from the cupboard doors and drawers!! The kitchen is about 10 years old but J left the film on to protect the doors for when we got round to decorating … But it looked so shit that I finally had enough and took them off (the door on the left had already been peeled off before I thought to take any pics.) I think they now look so much better now and yes, it was SO satisfying!!
I also cleaned the rust off our toilet roll holder with a trick one of my friends taught me which is scrubbing it with tin foil!! We still need to respray it so the rust doesn’t come back, but it’s looking better already! The next task is to tackle the rusty handles on our bathroom cabinet 🙂
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How was May for you? How are you feeling about lockdown restrictions being eased now? Let me know in the comments below 🙂 xx
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