Welcome to Friday! It’s been a quiet kind of week my end with nothing amazing to report. Sometimes those weeks are a blessing aren’t they? I’ve been practicing my One Word for this year which is ‘Release‘ by purchasing fleecy PJs and allowing myself to cosy up of an evening. Perfect for all this snow that was forecast (*cough* what snow?!).
Ooh, I’ve also been doing really well on our alcohol ban. Just for the record, I don’t drink much but having a cheeky glass of an evening (every evening) was becoming rather a habit at the end of last year. So we decided that come 1st January (I thought for the whole 365 days, the husband thought just January…) we would have no alcohol at home during the week and just one evening at the weekend. Obviously if we are entertaining or going out then it’s allowed, but who goes out in January? Not me so far this year!
Do you know what? I’ve not missed it at all. In fact I would even go so far as to say that I’m sleeping better. Now that I’ve said it out loud, I might have jinxed it but so far so good. Here’s what I’ve been up to this week…
I devoured ‘Present over Perfect’ this week and cannot say enough good things about it. But I harped on about it last week, so will save your sanity and talk about the next book I’ve made a start on – Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.
I haven’t picked up a Jodi Picoult book in a while to be honest. I kind of overdid it a bit three years ago and read nothing else….until they all started to feel a bit ‘samey’. I’m really hoping that this one surprises me. It is the January read for #BookClub140 which I’m attempting to join in with this year and I’ve heard good things about it.
Cue more late nights reading by torchlight!
I’ve not stumbled across any new TV series this week. I’m still loving ‘The Crown’ and getting to sneak in the odd episode of ‘Gilmore Girls’ but could really do with some recommendations. Hit me with them!
Although I hate the name of this programme (it seems so patronising and degrading) I do love to watch ‘The Undateables’ on Channel 4. A lovely light-hearted hour’s viewing, that leaves me feeling all fuzzy inside. It was the second of a new series this week, which you can catch on Tuesday evenings at 9pm.
As far as films go, we watched ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ on Saturday evening. In our family, we have an unhealthy tendency to cancel out any emotional scenes with humour, but still…what a weepy! It was very well done and we all enjoyed watching it, from a 12 year old boy to a (half asleep) 46 year old man.
It’s hard to find films that we can all agree on so if you’ve got any recommendations, I would love to hear them.
More than anything else, I’ve heard the whirring of this little beast over the last 7 days.
About a year or so ago, I considered purchasing a NutriBullet but I’ll be honest, the price tag put me off. So when my daughter announced that she would be going on a health kick in January, I decided to search around for a more affordable alternative and came up with this one by Breville, available from Amazon at a very affordable £24.00.
It’s been amazing! It comes with four bottles which you can make your smoothie directly into, then take out and about. My eldest daughter has been having one every morning this week and apart from the almighty mess that seems to be left in her wake, we would both highly recommend it.
As for music, I’ve been loving Ed Sheeran’s new song – Castle on the Hill. I’m so glad he’s come back with some really good music, he must have felt under so much pressure!
Apart from my new PJs (I’ll spare you from the photo) I’ve been wearing a lot of casual, cosy clothes this week.
Mainly thanks to the wonderfully inspiring Kat (who quite frankly looks amazing in anything she wears) over at ‘Does My Bum Look 40 in This?’ last year I discovered Hush. I haven’t purchased many Hush pieces but I seemed to live in both of these tops this week.
They wash so well (sounding like my mum now) and never fall prey to the usual wear and tear that other cheaper items do. Yes they are a little costly but I honestly think they are worth the extra investment. There’s still quite a lot available in their January sale at the moment if you fancy finding a bargain.
On a similar theme to the smoothies, we’ve been making soups this week. Inspired by my daughter, I tried a carrot and coriander one which was absolutely delicious!
If you’re interested in making it, this is the recipe in a nutshell (aka I made it up):
Add some water to half a dozen carrots, two sticks of celery, a good handful of coriander, a chopped red onion and a little bit of tomato puree. Boil on the hob until the carrots are soft. Add salt and pepper to taste, then whizz it all up. Easy peasy!
I’m looking forward to visiting the Bombay Sapphire gin distillery on Sunday afternoon with some girl pals. We are celebrating a 50th birthday so I’ve been tasked with making a red velvet birthday cake. The only time I’ve ever tried this before, it went spectacularly wrong so fingers crossed!
Have a fabulous weekend one and all.