Sunday, 11 December 2016

THE SUNDAY POST NO.7

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I'm actually a bit in shock that I've managed to post eleven days in a row so far this month. In over two years of blogging I've never posted daily so this has been a real challenge, but I'm enjoying it a lot. This next week is going to be a little trickier because I have lots of plans and a trip to London, so I'll need to get scheduling! I do hope you're enjoying my posts, even though they aren't all festive. 
Anyway I thought I'd share a few good things from the week before my boyfriend and I try to tackle a ten mile walk. We've done it before, and the route is very pretty I'm just not sure how well I'm going to cope in the cold... Wish me luck!

1. New glasses! I mentioned in another post that I was getting new glasses and I finally have them. It has been a good few years since I got my prescription changed and it has been so nice to see the world all sharp again. I can't believe how much I was missing out on. It is definitely a lesson to go to the opticians more regularly...

2. GBK (Gourmet Burger Kitchen) opened up in our city recently and we hadn't had a chance to try it out until Wednesday. The burgers were so good, and I love that they had a good selection of veggie options. Plus anywhere that does Oreo milkshakes is always a winner for me!

3. I've started reading Lauren Graham's book Talking As Fast As I Can this week and I'm enjoying it so much. You can tell it is written by her as the language is just the same as how she speaks in real life. It is full of so many funny stories, and I'm loving reading more about Gilmore Girls from an insiders perspective. 

4. Christmas chocolate. Now I know most Christmas chocolate is sold for gifts but I don't have a big family and to save money my friends and I don't do presents, so this year I've bought my own festive treats. Is there anything better than Terry's Chocolate Oranges and boxes of Celebrations, because I don't think so!

5. I've found a new nail polish love in Barry M's Supersonic. It is the most insane blue and when it's on my nails I can't stop looking at it. I never thought I'd be into blue but apparently I am!

This weeks Blogmas posts: Christmas Market, My Cruelty Free Skincare Routine, A Book Wishlist, Our Christmas Decorations 2016, My Winter Skin Saviour, How to Love Reading

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Saturday, 10 December 2016

HOW TO LOVE READING


One of my main memories from being a child is constantly being surrounded by books. Our house had shelves in every room with so many different genres to read, from fiction to art books to geography to cookbooks. It was all there. My parents always drummed into me the importance of reading, and we ended each day with a story, my favourites were the Allan Ahlberg books and anything Dr Dolittle. 

As I got older I read independently books by Jaqueline Wilson, Micheal Morpurgo, Philip Pullman and loads of others I've since forgotten. Reading was always important to me until I reached my teenage years! When you're a teenager you have to rebel against your parents and as a pretty sensible person the only thing I really did was stop reading. For years I only read what was forced on me at school, completely shunning the idea that reading could be enjoyable! I always think back and wish I'd read more, because think of how many books I could have finished in those few years! But I guess you do what is right for you at the time!

In the fiveish years since I left school reading has come slowly back into my life. I wasn't trying to impress anyone anymore (why was reading so uncool when I was younger!?) and it was nice to take a break from our growing dependence on screens and electronics. I love having this little escape from the real world and since I started blogging it is nice to see so many other people my age reading. People in my 'real life' don't seem to read all that much... As it's so important to me I thought I'd share some of my ideas for how to fall in love with reading.


Try the chapter challenge
I've seen this around on a few different blogs lately (Vivatramp & Sarahs Chapter) and it seems like a great idea. Basically you read the first chapter of various different books and then continue with the one you like best. It seems like a good way to decide whether you like the writing style or if the plot grabs you without fully committing to the whole book.

Follow Booktubers and bloggers
The biggest enablers in the world (at least for me) are other book bloggers and youtubers. I get most of recommendations from them and find I'm constantly adding to the list of books I want to buy! Not great for your bank balance but it helps if you don't know where to start with books. It also always leaves me inspired to read more when I see other people finishing lots of different books.

Borrow from friends and family
Ask your friends and family what their reading or what they've enjoyed and try and borrow a book from them. Chances are if your friends with them you'll have something in common or similar tastes (you might not but it's worth a try!). It also means you won't be spending any money and if you hate it you've not lost anything! There's less commitment when it comes to borrowing. On a similar note joining the library is also a good idea, especially if no one you know is a reader. I need to get on this one because my local library is really good I've just never got around to joining!

Don't force it
If you don't feel like reading then don't. There is nothing worse than forcing yourself to do something you don't want to do because you end up hating it even more. Read when you have time or when you feel like it. It's fun there shouldn't be any pressure.

Have a screen break and put your phone away
My phone is a constant distraction for me, any email or notification that pops up takes my attention away from the book I'm reading. Now I tend to put my phone in the other room or put it on airplane mode. I find it really hard to read if there are any distractions in the room, so I set myself up a cosy corner usually in bed before I start my book.

Read whatever you want
I hate the idea that some literature is more worthy than others. There is nothing wrong with reading romance novels, or young adult fiction if that's what you enjoy, don't feel pressured to read what you're 'supposed' to read. Classics can be hard work and aren't for everyone, it doesn't make you any better or worse for not reading them. If you only like one genre then stick to it and enjoy! 

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Friday, 9 December 2016

MY WINTER SKIN SAVIOUR

Superdrug Vitamin E Superbalm

I was in Superdrug stocking up on their Hot Cloth Cleanser ( it's so good and so cheap!) and they had a buy one get one half price deal on. So obviously I couldn't resist the deal and ended up choosing this Vitamin E Superbalm. I have had the sorest lips, hands and elbows (for some strange reason) since the cold weather has started and nothing has been solving it. I've been covering myself in moisturiser, but the dry skin is stubborn this year!

I didn't have high hopes for this balm because I'd read no reviews and it was very cheap, but I've been pleasantly surprised. It's a weird consistency, it almost looks like a sugar scrub, but the little bits in it seem to melt as soon as they hit the skin. It turns into this lovely smooth moisturising balm. I've been using it on all my dry skin and it's improved a lot, it also acts a bit like Vaseline coating and protecting the skin. I really like it on my cuticles, which I tend to neglect until they start peeling (gross I know), they are nice and moisturised now. Plus the pot is nice and small so it's easy to shove in your bag for on the go.

For £3.99 this is a bargain, and all Superdrug's own brand stuff is cruelty free which is always good! They have such a good selection of products and I'm definitely going to go back and try some more. I tend to ignore the range because the packaging isn't that appealing, but clearly that doesn't reflect the quality!

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