I hope you've all been enjoying mid-Spring, even if the weather isn't always as sunny as we would like! April saw the reopening of some non-essential businesses in the UK, and Q+A launch online and in store in Australia! Here's to celebrating, respectfully, at newly opened pub gardens 🥂
So let's get on with our loves!
What have we been watching?
The shows that have us on the edge of our seat, and reclined back in pure comfort...
Line of Duty
Whether it was last week's Loves that put them onto it, or they've been gripped the entire time, Lauren, Faye, Chloe, Andrew, Albie and Tim all said April was the month for this gripping police drama!
The Flight Attendant
Lucy tuned in to this thrilling comedy-drama in April, following an alcoholic flight attendant as she's drawn into a murder mystery that may or may not lead back to her...
Ginny & Georgia
Rich described this show to me as a modern Gilmore Girls crossed with Gossip Girl. Sound up your alley?
The Great British Sewing Bee
Janet has been gathering sewing inspo and ideas for May with this light-hearted reality show, perfect for some casual viewing with a cuppa!
Seaspriracy - Isabella, Key Account Manager
The Mauritanian - Wendy, Purchasing Administrator
Bridge of Spies - Al, Director
Love It or List It - Julia, Finance Director
The Prestige - Paige, Stock Administrator
Life in a Year - Nicola, Production Assistant
Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D - Patrick, Business Systems Analyst
What are we reading?
For education, understanding, and total emersion into another world...
The Secret Midwife - Katy Weitz
Taking a dive into the world of midwifery and birth in the UK, Nicola's pick this month details some of the struggles, surprises and joys of working within a NHS maternity unit
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkein
Albie revisited one of his favourites this April, and we'll see if he can finish it by end of May!
First Person Singular - Haruki Murakami
Rich chose this collection of eight short stories in, you guessed it, first person singular for his read in April!
The Descent of Man - Grayson Perry
Andrew enjoyed reading into Perry's ideas and insights into what masculinity entails, and how it could improve, this month.
What have we been listening to?
Newbies and classics together...
Honey in the Summer - Public
Graceland - Paul Simon
Fluids - Michael Medrano
May You Never - John Martyn
Pure Shores - All Saints
Welcome to America - Prince
Everyone's A Winner - Flyte
Limes - Brad Paisley
Simply the Best - Tina Turner
What else have we been up to?
Team Q+A loves to have a project on the go...
Hitting the local pub
Beer gardens opened back up this month, and Team Q+A didn't need to be told twice! Rose, Albie, Paige and Lucy all said this was a highlight of April
You know there's always someone who's building/creating, and April is no different. Gary has been flexing his DIY decorating muscles, and Rich is working on a vegetable garden in his yard
Isabella tried her hand at needle felting pompoms this month, and hopefully after a month or two of practise we'll have an image to share! I've pulled out the cross stitch and am making keychains!
Tim was excited to get back to his 5-a-side football team, and Andrew has started training for a marathon! I'm sure the warming weather has helped make that a little easier!
Chris welcomed a school of new friends to his home this month, his favourite being the Super-red Bristlenose Pleck
Which Q+A products have we been reaching for?
A new season called for a revamped routine, so which products became our glowing skin staples?
This month Gary was loving his Peptide Facial Serum for its smooth texture and effective results, and Janet couldn't let go of her all-time favourite Q+A product, the Chamomile Night Cream, which she finds perfect as a non-sticky moisturiser! Rose, on the other hand, spent April in love with the Apple AHA Exfoliating Gel reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
The top spots, perhaps as a result of my pink focused blog, all went to the rosier coloured products! Andrew and Julia chose the Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cleanser for its bubbly foaming action and super fresh post-cleanse feel. Paige and I were loving the Liquorice Lip Oil, which we both have sitting on our desks for easy and frequent application. Chloe said the Vitamin A.C.E Warming Gel Mask left her skin bright and glowy, and Tim picked it as his fave; not only for its rejuvenating effect, but because he loved the challenge of overseeing the production of these honey-like masks!
But taking the cake this month is one of our newest products, the Rosehip Cleansing Oil! Isabella, Michelle and Lucy all couldn't get enough of this super gentle oil, with Lucy saying it was perfect taking off her SPF at the end of the day. Summer here we come!
So I hope this start to Spring was wonderful for you, and it's only going to improve! Let us know if there was anything that made your April memorable, bearable, or just plain fun. We're looking forward to sharing all of the plans we have for the next lifting of restrictions in May...
That's a wrap on April!
Aspiring author, craft addict, and Q+A's eCommerce Coordinator