In an effort to spark up some regular posting habits for this blog, I’m planning on beginning a fresh midweek series entitled Little Things. Laid-back, life lately posts are some of my favourites to read and I think it’ll be somewhat cathartic to have a chatty post in which I can offload thoughts, share some memories and talk about what I’ve been loving each week.Sort of like an online diary entry. So without further ado, here’s the first post to this series!
Saving up, Getting in the Kitchen and Taking Time to Unwind
After being home from University for a month now, I finally found myself a summer job. It can always be intimidating starting somewhere new – be it a workplace or a class – where you don’t know anyone or know what to expect. Nevertheless, I had my first shift last week and it wasn’t completely awful. While it isn’t the most exciting of jobs – moving clothes from rail to rail and working behind a till – a girl needs to earn some money. I’m striving to resist all student discount offers, enticing restaurant deals and seasonal summer sales which beg my attention in my email inbox, an attempt to save up the pennies for my upcoming year in Madrid. Wish me luck.
Blondie and Banana Bread Baking
Work aside, I’ve been spending more of my free-time baking. I recently shared recipes for these chickpea blondies and this healthy banana bread. Although I love a sweet dessert as much as the next person, I’m well aware that they’re not the best for us. I’ve been trying out new recipes which solely require nutritious ingredients while tasting as indulgent as any shop-bought snack. The more chocolate the better.
A few people in particular who I’ve been loving for some baking inspiration are Deliciously Ella, The Food Medic and Rhitrition. I have the latter twos’ books and couldn’t recommend them more. This past week I’ve been admirably scrolling through Instagram looking for some baking inspiration. If you have any recommendations for what I should try next, be sure to let me know!
Taking time to unwind
I’m one of those people who needs to be busy at all times. Whether that’s writing, reading or going to the gym, I need to feel as if I’m doing something productive with my time (even more so now that I have a blog). However, this week I’ve been taking more time to unwind, relax and stop putting unnecessary pressure on myself.
I’m trying to spend less time on social media. Emphasis on trying. I’m guilty of diving headfirst into the land of filtered lives and comparing my life to others. I could sit and scroll on Twitter and Instagram for hours and what have I achieved? Well, I have a couple of new recipe ideas and I’ve become increasingly envious of everyone’s trips to exotic destinations. I’m making a conscious effort to spend less time on social media and having some more ‘me-time’. Let’s see how long this lasts.
I also started Dynasty – definitely my next binge-watch on Netflix. I live for complicated characters, sassy one-liners and over dramatic story lines.
Tackling the Bookshelf
Does anyone else have an ever-growing list of books they’ve been meaning to read forever? Well, I’ve tried to whittle down my list and made a few second-hand purchases to make a start on it. I say a few, I might have ordered 15 new books over the weekend. Oops? I fly to Madrid in October – where are they all going to go? Safe to say I didn’t think this through. But, as convenient as e-readers may be, I’ll always prefer print copies. I’m never as invested when I read from a screen.
New Breakfast Obsessions
Returning to the theme of baking, earlier in the week I tried baked oats for the first. Let me tell you. They are SO moreish. Ever since I finally hopped on the bandwagon and gave them a try, I have devoured them for breakfast every morning. So far, my favourite combo has been by adding some chocolate vegan protein powder to them and topping them with some bananas before letting them bake in the oven. I’m making myself hungry just thinking about it. If you haven’t already, you need to give them a go.
Coming Up on the Blog
I’m currently writing my June wrap-up, discussing all the books I’ve waded through this month. My new all-time favourite is ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ by Tomi Adeyemi. I’ll save my worshiping for the blog post, but oh my god. It was a book that I could not put down, fear of forgetting the tiniest detail if I did. So, I read this 500-page novel over the course of just two days.
I’m also thinking of sharing how I make my new favourite baked oats, just in case there are people out there, like me until a week ago, who are missing out on this staple breakfast.
Links I’ve Been Loving
- I’ve recently completed a 30-day workout programme by Fitness Blender and loved it. Beforehand, at the gym, I would merely lift a few weights, do a few jump squats and call it a day. Now I head there with a plan and I’m feeling 10x more motivated.
- I finished the first series of Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place, a podcast where celebrities talk about what happiness means to them, touching upon some thought-provoking themes. I also started The Food Medic’s podcast which I’m loving.
- This week I’ve fallen in love with Pinterest – after having it for years, I finally see how it is so addictive.
- I’ve been obsessed with The Ordinary’s Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil lately paired with their Lactic Acid 10% + HA which has become a great little nighttime combo. Since using these I’ve had 0 breakouts and my blemishes are clearing up more than ever. Even better, they are SO cheap, so it’s worth giving them a go if you’re looking to enhance your beauty routine.
- I’m making an effort to incorporate more meat-up free meals into my diet and this lentil bolognese recipe by Deliciously Ella and The Food Medic is one I can’t wait to try!
- This post by Lottie Murphy about her cutting down on alcohol and her mindset around drinking was so refreshing to read.
Posts this week:
That’s it for this week’s post! Be sure to let me know your thoughts on these more chatty, laid-back posts.
What have you been loving this week?
Until the next post,