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How has April been for you? It’s been a mixed bag in more ways than one here, not least weather-wise – barbecues and sun tan lotion one minute, central heating and winter coats the next! Funnily enough, most of my photographs are sun drenched this month. I loved every minute of Britain’s mini heatwave.
I’ve got lots of things to share with you this month so shall we crack on?
Read in April
Despite finishing the inspirational ‘It’s Not Supposed to be this Way’ by Lisa Terkeurst, I’ve ground to a halt with my current fictional read, Three Things About Elsie.
I’m therefore going to focus on the blogs I’ve enjoyed this month…
I’ve talked about this particular blog before, but if you ever need a bit of solidarity in your parenting journey, Kristen from We are THAT Family has it by the bucket-load. 95% of her posts resonate with me and in particular this one that I read last week. If like me, you often despair at your parenting attempts or if your kids have ever made you cry (that’s all of us, right?) then I suggest you head over.
I’ve also really been enjoying The Naughty Forty Diaries – loads of fashion inspiration and funny musings. Talking of inspiration, if you’re looking for some new ideas for your home, then Lisa Dawson Styling is a great read. If you’re starting from scratch with a room or perhaps a whole house (lucky you!) then this post is particularly helpful.
Heard in April
I’ve devoured podcasts this month and in particular, Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Conversations. Oprah seems to have access to the world’s most interesting, talented and insightful people. There were two episodes in particular that stood out for me: the one where Brene Brown talks so eloquently about the fundamentals of trust and the one where Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat, Pray, Love fame) talks about following your curiosity, instead of desperately seeking your passion.
The latter was an absolute game-changer for me and I’ve listened to it twice in the last week. It followed on beautifully from a post I wrote last week and I am currently embracing my ‘hummingbird’ status (you’ll have to listen to the podcast to understand that reference!
As for music, it’s very hard to narrow it down to just one song or artist. I’ve listened to music loads this month because I find it really relaxing but if my mind is particularly addled then I’ll often opt for worship music. One of my favourites at the moment is Highlands by Hillsong United.
Watched in April
Like most of the country, we’ve been hooked on Line of Duty this month. Anyone else becoming a bit confused by it all now? There seems to be an abundance of knowing looks and cryptic initials. For a bear of little brain like me, it’s becoming difficult to follow!
A series that I did love this month was ITV’s The Bay. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s on catch up and well worth a watch. My daughter enjoyed it too so it was a good one for family viewing if you have older teenagers.
Wore in April
Wasn’t the sunshine and warmth just glorious this month? I even painted my toe nails and unearthed my shorts from storage.
The more astute amongst you will notice my new arm candy, gifted by the Scandinavian company, Nordgreen. I’ll admit that I had never heard of Nordgreen before but glancing at their website, I was immediately spoilt for choice. The minimalist design is right up my street and if you can’t decide on which strap, why not buy more than one? All the straps are designed to be switched around. I’m already thinking about going back to get a rose gold mesh one or a grey leather one.
Nordgreen has the most amazing charity initiative, whereby every purchaser (or lucky gift recipient) can donate towards one of three NGOs, at no extra cost. I chose to give 2 month’s of clean drinking water to someone in India but the other two options were equally worthy.
If you’re in the market for a new watch or want to treat someone, head to the website and use the code SUZANNE15 for a 15% discount. Here’s the watch close up. Isn’t she a beauty?
Made in April
I actually can’t think of anything noteworthy that I made this month. Does making holiday plans count?
It’s been important for me to get a family holiday in the diary; something that we can look forward to later in the year. We’re heading to the Silver Coast of Portugal, just north of Lisbon. I visited Lisbon two years ago with girlfriends and it was an incredible city, one that I definitely wanted to return to. Can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to drag the teenagers round but I’m sure the OH will oblige when he needs a break from his sun lounger.
I’ve loved watching the seasonal shift from stunning blossom to beautiful bluebells over the last 30 days. Hasn’t nature been spoiling us?
If you’d like to check out some other blogger’s Little Loves this month, then head over to Sincerely Anna and see what she and the rest of the gang has been up to.
Jo - Mother of Teens4 years ago
A good book, some fashion indulgence and the joy of changing seasons. What’s not to love? All get my vote.
Sarah MumofThree World4 years ago
I’ve loved the good weather while it’s lasted. It seems to be temporarily back at the moment, so I’m making the most of it! I’m sorry you haven’t made it to the end of Elsie yet. I hope you don’t give up completely. The podcasts sound interesting. Would you believe I’ve never listened to a single podcast in my life?! Between reading and listening to the radio, I’ve never made time for it. We loved The Bay too and are confused about Line of Duty, There really is a disproportionate number of characters with a name beginning with H!
natalie4 years ago
I love your watch and your shorts – you look fab! Yes making holiday plans definitely counts – I love Lisbon a beautiful place. You are the second person today to mention The Bay, I will have to check it out. #littleloves
Anna-Marie4 years ago
Line of Duty is so good isn’t it! Every week is shocks me! Looking forward to the longer episode on Sunday! I have the last episode of The Bay to watch. Your holiday plans sound amazing and something to look forward to! The watch is gorgeous! Really elegant, love the colour of the strap! Thanks for linking up this month and have a wonderful May xx
Gail4 years ago
Sounds like you’ve had lots of positive things happening this month Suzanne, and yes, the spell of sunny weather has been so welcome! I love Elizabeth Gilbert so I must listen to that interview with Oprah. Have you ever heard her ‘Magic Lessons’ podcast? There’s only a few episodes but it’s very inspiring stuff! xx
Chloe: Picture Taker Memory Maker4 years ago
How exciting that you’re off to Portugal – it’s somewhere I would love to explore. I’m already looking forward to seeing what you share from your holiday. I love Elizabeth Gilbert and Brene Brown so I need to listen to those podcasts I think, particularly the latter one you mention. I’m better at reading than listening which is why I always shy away from podcasts I think – perhaps I need to change the story I keep telling myself and give it a go. And yes, being back the sunshine, wasn’t it glorious?! I hope you have a wonderful May x