World Book Day: My Favourite Books

Happy World Book Day! 2017 is an extra special year, as it’s the 20th anniversary of the day dedicated to the excitement of reading.

I’ve always loved books. I was that child who was constantly reading. At night, I used to wait until Mum and Dad went downstairs then sit by my door so I could read from the light in the hall (sorry if this is a surprise but I’m sure I wasn’t as sly as I thought I was). I read anything and everything. Some of my earliest memories are going to the library with my granda and him taking books out on his card for me. Now, whilst I don’t have as much time for reading as I would like I rarely go anywhere without my kindle and try to squeeze reading time in whenever I can.

I love World Book Day and that it exists, because reading has been such a huge and formative part of my life and it’s wonderful to see its importance being celebrated! I thought I’d share a few of my favourite books to mark the occasion. Here they are, in no particular order at all.

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My 2017 Goals

Happy New Year!

With the start of a new year comes the inevitable new year’s resolutions. Resolutions are a bit much for me because, realistically, I just know I’m very unlikely to keep them and I don’t like to put unnecessary pressure on myself. Actually there was one year when I was nine and I totally stopped biting my nails overnight, after years of trying, but I think that’s the only time I’ve ever managed. However, I’m a big fan of setting smaller goals for myself and whilst I know you don’t need to wait until the new year, there’s just something about the clean slate that makes me put a bit more effort in.

In 2017 I will…

Run 10K
It turns out I really like running and I’ve settled quite happily around the 5km mark. I want to give myself a challenge this year to make it up to 10km.

Go on Duolingo more often
I used to be really good at going on Duolingo but I’ve since had to start my Danish and German trees from the bottom again because I just couldn’t remember enough. I’d like to better at it this year!

Read 20 books
I love reading, and I’ll never manage to read as much as I want to. I use goodreads so I’m now very aware of how many books there are on my ‘to read’ list! 

Watch The Godfather trilogy
I’ve just never watched The Godfather and it feels like one of those films that you should have seen, so 2017 is going to be my year to get that sorted out!

Try to like broccoli, rocket and salmon
I used to be the pickiest eater ever (or at least that’s what it felt like to me). I’ve got much better, but have now had to cut a whole load of foods out again with my low fodmap lifestyle. I just don’t like any of these but I know I should, so I’m going to try. 2016 was the year of the courgette for me, so who knows what I can achieve in 2017 😉

Write in my journal 3 times a week
I’ve kept journals on and off for years, and it’s so nice to be able to flick back through them. I’m going to try to write something at least three times a week. It’s actually a really therapeutic way to end the day- depending on what your day’s been like I suppose!

Cook more
Craig (voluntarily) does most of the cooking, and now that I’m basically having to make everything from scratch it is quite the undertaking. It’s not something I particularly enjoy but it’s something I need to get better at.

Be kind to myself
I think I’ve been getting better at self-care this year, and it’s something I know I’ll need to keep making a conscious effort to do when life is super busy.

I know it might seem silly to set goals like this but I just think that if you don’t at least try to make a change, then nothing will change. And really, all you can do is your best. I’m excited!

Let me know if you’ve set yourself any goals! Wishing you all a wonderful start to the year and all the best for 2017.

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My Little Box – December 2016

I wanted to share this because the arrival of a My Little Box always makes my day! It’s a monthly subscription box, and so for £15 a month you get a little surprise in the post with a selection of home and beauty goodies. I subscribe on and off depending on what my bank balance is like. It does feel like quite a lot to spend, but I’ve basically stopped drinking coffee and alcohol so my justification is that this is purchased with the money I’m saving!

I love My Little Box because of the selection of products- I’ve had gloves, a cushion cover, a coffee cup, even a t-shirt as well as some lovely trial sized makeup products. You always get a product from My Little Beauty, their own brand, and these have been some of my favourites. Plus, you get a little magazine related to whatever is in your box.

I was so excited to open the December box. Each box has a theme, and quite fittingly this is the Christmas Box. Look how pretty it is.

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My December Box contained:

My Little Box | A candy cane (now hanging on the Christmas tree!)

My Little Box | A ‘Feu de bois: un matin d’hiver’ scented candle

Kusmi | A little tin of ‘Tsarevna’ tea (a blend of black tea, orange and spices)

Tiptree | A tiny pot of salted caramel spread

Lou. Yetu | A gold cuff bracelet

L’Occitane | A mini almond shower oil

My Little Beauty | A smokey eyeshadow duo

Courrèges | A sample of  ‘Hyperbole’ perfume

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I think it’s a lovely selection. The candle is a particular favourite as it smells so festive. I’m very pleased with the mini shower oil and perfume as it means I don’t need to decant anything for taking to Berlin for our super quick trip. I’m excited to try the tea too! I love having the opportunity to try things I normally wouldn’t, and everything here feels like a special treat. And that’s really why I love it so much, a wee present to me from me!

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