Please read my first A Little Bit Lately post to find out what these are all about, although I’m sure you get the idea. These have been inspired by Sometimes Sweet’s Currently posts so check her out if you like it!
My reading has slowed down again over the last month or so, I’m gearing up now for summer reading and I have oh so many books in my reading pile. I’ll do a post sharing them in the next few weeks as I’m very excited about pretty much all of them. I have just finished Witch For A Week which is a children’s chapter book I was sent to review (you can read more about it here), I’m hoping to start reading it with Lucas this week. I’m also re-reading The Handmaids Tale which I find so much more relevant now than I did when I last read it. I finally read Into The Wild last month which has been on my reading list for a while and I thought it was fantastic. I had no idea what it was about, or that it is a true story and even though it’s so tragic it’s kind of uplifting too.
I picked up The Handmaids Tale again mostly because of the TV series. When the show started I immediately wanted to read the book again. The TV series has been amazing and I think Elizabeth Moss is just fantastic, she is everything I imagined Ofred to be and plays it perfectly. We also watched Arrival last week which wasn’t at all what I expected, I thought it was going to be much more hard Sci-Fi. I was captivated by Amy Adams, she’s always great to watch and she brought so much heart to this story, I was an emotional wreck by the end.
I’ve found myself getting into Podcasts recently; I read a great post by Morgana about a few of her favourites and then I saw Wellies on The School Run recommend Magic Lessons by Elizabeth Gilbert which I now listen to whenever I can. It’s all about unlocking creativity and doing what you love without the fear, or maybe just embracing the fear and doing it anyway. They are so interesting to listen to and this one with Neil Gaiman is one of my favourites so far. I love getting that insight from a ‘real writer’ and discovering that they have just the same insecurities that we all have. They also talk about how long it takes to write a novel and Liz says she remembers hearing Stephen Fry saying how that first novel, although it may have only taken a year or so to physically write, he had actually been planning it and living it for decades before that. I loved this, although I’ve haven’t sat down and wrote any fiction since I was a child it is always something that is floating around my mind. I hope one day I may actually put pen to paper.
Me and my husband have been talking a lot about our eating habits and we recently decided to try and cut out more meat and dairy. We have a few vegan friends and while I’m not sure we are ready to do it one hundred percent, we do want to eat more of a vegan diet. We’ve been drinking plant based milks for a couple of years now and my husband doesn’t really like to eat meat so it isn’t a massive adjustment. My friend Vicki at Let’s Talk Beauty has been vegan for a few years now and she recommended ‘Keep It Vegan‘ by Aine Carlin as one of her go-to recipe books. I ordered it immediately and I have honestly used it nearly everyday since. If you are looking into going Vegan, thinking about cutting down or even if you love veggie food then buy this book! We have loved everything out of it so far, especially the Mushroom burgers and Macaro-No Cheese. This week I made the brownies and blueberry muffins and they’ve gone down a treat! It’s been about three weeks now and it’s gone really well, I’m enjoying cooking again and I’m loving what I’m eating. This weekend I spotted an article in the Guardian about how more people are embracing a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle without the pressure of sticking to it religiously; they’ve been dubbed ‘reducetarians’. This is pretty much what we’re doing for now, trying to make better choices whenever we can – it works for us.
It is about five weeks now until our big summer holiday to France. As excited as I am about going and seeing my Mum again I am a little nervous about the travelling and planning. It is pretty much all I think about! We are driving down to the ferry, staying overnight in France and then we have another big drive down to stay with my Mum. Although to kids are pretty good in the car we have never been as far before so any tips for road trips with kids would be much appreciated. We’ll just have to take it all in our stride so I’m trying my best to stay calm. I know we’ll be able to relax once we’re there!
Some bits of life lately over on my Instagram