1. Diet Coke
I’ve tried. I’ve really really tried. But I just cannot give it up for good.
Sure I’ve cut back so that now my blood is only 30% cola chemicals, but still my addiction lingers and it’s the one thing I turn to to satisfy my sweet cravings.
2. Dettol Surface Cleanser.
It’s not that I’m particularly anal about having every surface in my kitchen cleaned to within an inch of it’s life, but when your children lick yoghurt off the table or pick Cheerios off the floor you do need some level of cleanliness.
And, oh alright I admit it, I love the smell too.
I sometimes spray it around just before husband comes home from work so he thinks I’ve been slaving away in the kitchen.
3. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
I have tried many many beauty products. MANY MANY.
I’ve probably even tried products you’ve never heard off. I’ve used bargain creams from Aldi, middle of the road staples from the High Street and high end lotions that would make your eyes water if you knew the price.
(No, I’m not rich or mad, I used to test them when I was a features editor. Tough job, but you know someone has to do it).
But every single time I come back to this cleanser. And (whisper it) I’ve even managed to get hubby using the men’s version of it.
I have mild panic attacks that Liz will stop making it and move on to something new fangled, so I buy in bulk and store it like my grandmother used to stock up on sugar because it was the one thing she couldn’t live without through the war.
4. Apple iPhone
I didn’t actually own a mobile phone until I was 30.
I hate hate HATE to see people tap tap tapping away on text messages while they’re walking along totally oblivious to the world around them, I hate people who continue to talk on their phone when they are being served in a store or in the bank and I cannot abide ‘text’ speak when words get bastardised for expediency and then end up creeping into everyday use.
But when I set up in business, I bought myself an iPhone and felt like I did that Christmas when my parents and both sets of grandparents saved up to buy me a Spectrum ZX computer.
Now I would bite your arm off right up to the elbow if you ever tried to take it off me.
My new favourite app is a dictaphone on my phone – for those moments when you’re walking around Sainsbury’s and suddenly have a fabulous idea.
5. Eyelash curlers.
What genius invented this contraption? Gents, really really sorry if this is over your heads and ladies, if you haven’t indulged then why the heck not?
There are days I cannot be bothered with make up and will happily just use these babies and a slick of mascara and that’s it.
Not so sure my daughter is so keen through. She sits there staring at me open-mouthed saying: “MUMMY MUMMY please don’t cut your eyelashes off!”
So what are your ‘can’t live without’ items?