Reading List

Sunday, 24 February 2019

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Since finishing my masters, I've really got back into reading on the weekends. I find it really hard to do nothing, and always have to be on the go, but reading really just help me just slow down.

So far this year I've read five books;

Never Greener - Ruth Jones
This book was a great way to kick start reading again. It's not well written at all, to be honest, it is trashy but I loved it. I couldn't put it down and think I read this in two days. It's one of those stories where you just need to know what happens to the love affair going on with the character. Perfect holiday reading!

They Both Die In The End - Adam Silvera
My best friend recommended this to me. She said Adam Silvera is similar to John Green, who we all love for young adult fiction. This ending is obvious but I still didn't want that to be the case. You really feel for the characters and don't want the inevitable to happen at all.

Feminists Don't Wear Pink And Other Lies - Scarlett Curtis
This is a non-fiction book about feminism; a collection of memories, essays and entries about everything ranging from periods to sex to relationships to equality. I loved it!

The Language of Kindness - Christie Watson
This is a great book by Christie, almost a diary/memoir of her 20 years as a nurse. The chapters cover everything from pre-birth to old age, discussing the difficulties with nursing now and the struggles nurses face in a time where the NHS is prone to numerous cuts. Heart-breaking and insightful.

Just Eat It - Dr Laura Thomas PhD
I read this book because I've been binging a bit recently and thought this may help. To be honest, it's a good book but I don't think it taught me anything. It's perfect if you are stuck in the dieting cycle, pressured by society and need to break free from that, however I would say this was too basic for me.  It made me hungry as well, just reading about eating!

I have two more books left to read on my 'to be read' pile, and then I'm allowed to go book shopping

  • The  Exact Opposite of Okay - Laura Steven
  • The Forgotten Hours - Katrin Schumann
If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
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Date Night - Sorrento

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

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At the beginning of the year, my boyfriend and I decided to put the name of every restaurant in our town (which we hadn't been to yet) in a jar. The idea being that we step outside our comfort zone, explore new restaurants and our town, and just try new things.

The plan is to draw a name out each month. We did try one for January but it wasn't the best start and I didn't photograph anything, so we'll start this little series now instead.

So, this month was a little Italian restaurant named Sorrento. 

The restaurant is owned by Italian owners and they were very welcoming, with excellent service. We went the day after Valentines day too and the place was decorated really nicely. Maybe tacky for some but I love how commercial V-day is.

We both chose pasta dishes and both really enjoyed it; probably because we don't usually have pasta very often. Sam wanted to share some bread as well, so we opted for focaccia - a really good choice!

With two dishes, one glass of wine and diet coke, I think the bill was roughly £45 which I didn't think was too bad for Valentines weekend.

Overall, I rated it 7/10 and Sam gave it an 8/10. So I guess the total rating is 7.5. Not bad for date night number two!
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Fitness: What I've Learnt

Saturday, 16 February 2019

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I've been a gym member for 15 months now which is something I never thought I'd write. The 16 year old obese teenage self would be mortified right now, and the 20 year old underweight me would be jumping at the thought of hours on a treadmill.

How times have changed.

I have genuinely come so far when it comes to my outlook on exercise. I no longer workout to lose weight; if anything I'm probably heavier now because I lift weights. I'm proud to say I can do a pull up,  deadlift 80kg and clean and press 30kg. I feel strong and I love that feeling.

I love that I am continually progressing, running further, lifting more, trying new exercises and just enjoying experimenting in the gym. It's amazing to think that when you fuel your body, it can do great things.

I used to think the gym was a chore. That exercise was punishment for eating x amount of calories. Now it actually saddens me when women (mostly) are a slave to the treadmill, eating very minimal and thinking this is the way forward. I never thought I'd get to a point where I would exercise for real health benefits, enjoyment and the endorphin release.

It has also really helped me transition out of education. I know that sounds weird but I'm 24 and only just finished with academia, so to just suddenly stop all of that left a gaping hole. I don't miss writing essays or researching but it's odd to be gifted time which I don't know what to do with. Fitness has filled that gap for me. It clears my mind after a hard day, it is something to focus on and something I can always progress with. Heavier lifts; more reps; new moves.

The best thing I ever did was rethink fitness and see how strong my body could become. To move the focus away from what I could lose to think about what I can gain.
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Valentines Day Gift Guide

Saturday, 9 February 2019

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It's been a while since I did a gift guide but I actually enjoyed doing this one last night. Valentines day is like marmite isn't it? You either love the romance (and tackiness) or hate how commercial it is. Either way, I don't think anyone complains at receiving a gift.

1. I'm yours, you're mine mugs
I really liked this because it reminds me of the Game of Thrones wedding vows. Something cute for a couple to share together on the weekend.

2. You mean the world to me keyring
One for those who love to travel or love the saying! Me and my boyfriend love seeing the world and get itchy feet if something isn't booked, so I know he'd appreciate this little token.

3. I'm a cutie print
This isn't even a valentines gift but I just loved it! I recently found planet prudence on Instagram and think she does lovely prints. I think this is a great pick me up if you are single and don't have a valentine too.

4. Big spoon, little spoon
I've debated buying these before because I love this bedding! A perfect little touch for the homeware and lifestyle lovers out there.

5. Halo Necklace
So, this is the most expensive piece but I am just in love with Astrid  and Miyu at the moment. They sell such lovely decorative, minimalistic jewellery and they can be layered so well. I literally want everything.

6. His and Hers socks
Customised penguin socks, cute right? Simple yet effective I think. Plus, the older I get, the more I love cute socks.. mostly with avocados on but penguins are equally as cute.

7. Reasons I love you
This is a personalised print with 10 reasons picked by you about why you love your partner. Hopefully you can think of 10...

8. Heart shaped cutter
A novelty heart shaped cutter  for cookies or an egg on toast which can be used as part of breakfast in bed on Valentines day!

9. Prosecco bath bombs
I don't drink but I reckon these would be quite luxurious in the bath, perhaps with candles and strawberries dipped in chocolate.

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Revamp 2.0

Sunday, 3 February 2019

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I've had a blog for 7 years now, and as the years have gone by, the less and less I've visited this space.  And yet, for some unknown reason, I keep getting emails to say people are following or stopping by and every time it makes me think about writing again.

So here we are;

A new design.

A new year.

A new month.

A fresh mind set.

A new enthusiasm to be creative again and document snippets of my life.

I don't know how long it will last but I do know that this time, it won't be about numbers or trying to keep up with every other blogger who is talking about something I simply don't enjoy. This will be a space for me and maybe a space where you can grab a coffee and read for a while.

Here goes What I Know Now, 2.0

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