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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

Summer Jobs

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:

4 Reasons Why We Should All Be Learning Languages

Healthy Banana Bread

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,

Evie x.

42 Comments

  1. Those blondies look just ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ .Baked oats are amazing! I just hate how long they take for just some oats. The bookshelf growth mission is definitely a thing for me too x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah thank you! They tasted even better ๐Ÿ‘ yeah the wait is a negative haha, thanks for reading! X

  2. The baked banana bread looks amaze! It really is the little things that count most!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Yeah 100%!

  3. I love this idea!! I do something similar on my blog. I do my own online diary. I like it because although I write content for my readers, I like to write content for me. It really helps me unwind at the end of the day. I love your brownie recipe. May have to try it!!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Yeah sometimes just sitting down and writing is the best way to unwind. Yess you definitely need to try them out. They’re so delicious! Thanks for reading! x

  4. Love the post!!! And!! The food photos make me drool so much, looks delicious! โค๏ธ Also, i just wanna say that this post and its contents make you really look a lot more organized and productive. Good for you! Keep it up! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah thank you so much! I’m trying my best to stay organised haha! Thanks for reading! โค๏ธ

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Love spending more time in the kitchen lately! Haha, thanks for reading! X

  5. That banana bread looks amazing ๐Ÿ˜ I love deliciously Ella’s recipes but will have a look at the other two you mentioned as I haven’t heard of these! Great post lovely xx

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah thank you! Def need to make it again! Yeah they have some amazing healthier recipes, I’ve tried I few of them now! Thanks for reading x

  6. Wow I really enjoyed this post! I feel you on the job front – itโ€™s so hard to feel motivated to go when your friends are going on holiday or chilling on the beach, isnโ€™t it?

    Arshi | notesfromarshi.com

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you so much! Yeah exactly! Spending less time on social media is definitely helping though. Thanks for reading x

  7. This is a really nice idea for of post! I’m really loving the photo of your bullet journal it just too neat and cute. That breakfast also looks so delicious! Lovely post x

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you so much! I’ve been really enjoying getting into bullet journaling lately! Thanks for reading x

  8. Great post! I definitely prefer physical books to over digital copies as well! I can definitely relate to what you’re saying about not getting fully into ebooks. I really want to do more baking! I’ve got a lot more free time since I’m on my Uni break so I’ll be sure to check out your recipes!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yeah I don’t know what it is but I’m always so much more invested into a story when I read from a physical book! Yay! Now is the perfect time to get baking – now that uni’s over for summer I’m making the most of the free time! Thank you! X

  9. I have been loving Brooklyn 99 this week! And this gorgeous weather! so nice! So hard to stay motivated when everyone is on holiday but you, i feel you!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Oh I need to watch that! I’ve been loving this weather lately too! I know haha, I can’t help but feel envious at everyone’s holiday pictures. Thanks for reading x

  10. Those blondies look INCREDIBLE! And I totally feel you with books – I keep ordering them without thought of where to store them or how Iโ€™m going to get time to read them! X

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Haha it’s definitely becoming a problem, glad I’m not alone! Thanks for reading x

  11. It’s always nice to reflect on the little things! They make a big difference :). Congratulations on finding a summer job! It’s always good to get the experience wherever possible. (Also nice to make money too!)

    Yum! Baking is so relaxing and glad you’ve been making some delish treats!

    Always find time to relax whenever you can! Social media will always be there – so no need to be up to date all the time :). Self-care is so important! Thanks for sharing some of your faves!

    Nancy โ™ฅ exquisitely.me

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Haha it’s not the most exciting job but yeah definitely good for experience and money! I couldn’t agree more, I’ve felt so much more relaxed since spending less time on social media, thanks for reading! X

  12. I love laid back chatty posts too and I think they’re a great way of getting to know others better! I’ve not tried baked oats yet so I’ll definitely have to because you’ve really sold them to me haha! I hope you get on well with the new job too, jobs are often pretty boring but just think of that dollar!
    Sophie – https://sophiehearts.net x

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Same they’re some of my favourites to read! Yeah you need to try them, I’m honestly obsessed haha. Yeah it definitely isn’t the most exciting of jobs but the thought of some money is getting me through! Haha, thanks for reading x

  13. abbiejadewanders abbiejadewanders

    I also love having hard copies of books over E-readers, I had the same problem when on my year abroad. I worked around in by taking 3/4 at a time and then swapping them over when I visited home. I also got my boyfriend to bring me a couple out when he came to visit and swapped them that way.

    Lovely post, thankyou for sharing x

    abbiejadewanders.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      That’s actually such a good idea! I’m going to have to make my family/friends bring some up and take some home with them when they come and visit! I just can’t help but buy more haha, thanks for reading x

  14. Youโ€™re so organized and neat, I love it! Itโ€™s crazy that I was just telling my brother in law to teach me how to make banana bread!! Omg now Iโ€™m craving it again๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thanks, lovely! Haha yess, guess it’s time to make and eat some more! I’ve been loving banana bread lately. Thanks for reading! X

  15. Well done on landing the summer job, a girl has to earn hee coins so good in you. I am loving those recipes and I think I may need to try them out.

    You arw not alone, I spend too much time scrolling online too lol.

    Looking forward to more of your posts!

    Jenna

    http://Www.jennasworldview.com

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Yay! Be sure to let me know if you try them out! Haha yeah it is so easy to lose hours to scrolling on social media, but it’s felt so good to spend less time on it. Thanks for reading x

  16. I love this post! I have always wanted to start a bullet journal, I love the layout of the spread in the picture. How are you finding working in this heat? I always find myself staring out the window wishing I was sunbathing in the garden. A year in Madrid sounds amazing, when do you leave?

    Fran | http://www.franciscarockey.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Yeah I’ve been loving bullet journaling lately, it had made me so much more organised. Same! It’s so hard to work when all I want to do is sit out and enjoy the sun. I’m leaving in October and I’m there until July – so excited! Thanks for reading x

  17. Oh my I need that baked oats recipe! I live on nutella porridge with banana for breakfast to start my day with a sweet kick but these look so good! I’m also forever adding to my reading pile both paperbacks and on my Kindle I can’t help myself! Great post lovely!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yay! I’ll hopefully be sharing it next week! Sweet breakfast’s are definitely my favourite too. Haha yeah it’s becoming a problem, glad I’m not alone! Thanks for reading x

  18. Lovely post, congrats on the summer job! Awesome news ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a big believer in having one day a week to just wind down and relax, I know what it’s like to be busy all the time. Single mum, blogger, wedding photographer… the list goes on! So that one day a week is always a God-Send attached to a glass of wine, a take away and a bath. Great post! xx

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Ah I couldn’t agree more, honestly couldn’t think of a better way to unwind – it’s definitely needed after a week of working! Thanks for reading x

  19. Lena Dee Lena Dee

    Oh my I just tried to comment but my internet is bummy so fingers crossed that this goes through! First why does your food look so yummy! Those Blondies look ABSOLUTELY scrumptious and I’m sat here totes jelly and mad with myself for look at food posts this late as I can’t get any food lol. Also congrats on finding a Summer job! I love reflective posts like these where you get to be filled in or can sit and reminisce yourself. Also a SM detox is needed at times so take a break, you’ll thank yourself later…Great post! ๐Ÿ˜€ <3

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Haha thank you! I need to get back in the kitchen and make some more – they were SO good. Yes! These posts are definitely some of my favourites to read/write, I love seeing what everyone has been loving lately. I couldn’t agree more, so important to rest and unwind! Thanks for reading x

  20. Emma Emma

    What a lovely post! I really want to start my own bullet journal but decided to put it off and start it in 2019 – I love the Blondie and Banana Bread Baking I really need to get back baking again ๐Ÿ™‚

    Emma – http://www.lifeofemmax.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! I’ve found that I’m definitely more organised ever since I started my bujo January. I have so many lists and notes jotted down in there. Yeah I’ve really enjoyed baking lately, there’s something about it that I find so therapeutic! Thanks for reading x

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