In January last year I wrote a ‘Liked & Loved‘ post with the intention of linking up every month with Stevie from A Cornish Mum to share some of the positives from my month. But for one reason or another I never made it past the second month!
So anyway, this year I thought I would try again. I also thought about joining in with the #LittleLoves linky run by Morgana from Coffee Work Sleep Repeat but if I couldn’t manage to keep up with a monthly post last year I don’t think there’s much chance of doing a weekly post. I do like the prompts from #LittleLoves though (and I think some of them will help me keep tabs on my ‘18 for 2018‘ too) so I’m just going to use them and only link up once a month. I hope that makes sense!
Without further ado then, here’s what I’ve liked, loved and done in January…
One of my 18 goals for 2018 was to read 12 books and I’m already well on the way. In January I read two books about intermittent fasting – Delay, Don’t Deny by Gin Stephens, and The Obesity Code by Dr Jason Fung. If you want to know more about this way of eating then I would definitely recommend both these books.
I also read Great Small Things by Jodi Picoult. I have to say it wasn’t my favourite of her books that I’ve read (and I’ve read quite a lot of them) but I did enjoy it.
As well as three books, I’ve also been reading a lot of blog posts. I’m rubbish in remembering them so I can’t link to any this month but I’ll try and remember to take a note of some of the best ones for next month so I can share them with you.
I am still ploughing my way through endless episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve seen them all before but I started back at the beginning in October and I’m now half way through season 10. Only three more seasons to go before I can start watching the new ones!
Barry and I have also been continuing with Designated Survivor this month. We started watching the first series towards the end of last year and really enjoyed it, so we had to watch when the new series started. It’s not as good as the first series I don’t think but I’m still liking it – especially when Keifer Sutherland can’t help but let a bit of Jack Bauer slip in.
I also managed another of my 18 for 2018 on the watched front as well – I went to see The Greatest Showman at the cinema (on my own) a couple of weeks ago. It was fab – I really should buy the soundtrack because the songs were great.
Hmm, this is a tricky one – I’m not really one for listening to music at home much, and I haven’t even been in the car very much this month so not done much listening there either. Something I have heard a lot of this month, and that is making me very proud is Toby reading. He’s doing so well with it, and it’s much easier to listen to now he gets more interesting books from school and doesn’t need to sound out every single word!
R E A D // Sometimes Toby needs a bit of encouragement to do his reading for school but when he actually settles to do it he really enjoys it. He’s doing so well now – we’ve graduated to level 2 and the books are getting slightly more interesting 😄 He loves having stories read to him too – he’s got a new found love for Mr Men books at the moment so I picked up a load of new ones in The Works today for 75p each as we were all getting a bit bored of the few we’ve got already. He’s ready for a new bedtime story too having just finished The BFG – have you got any suggestions for a longer book for a 4 and a half year old? (He’s already had James and the Giant Peach, George’s Marvellous Medicine and The Magic Faraway Tree) #readingwithkids #readingwithdaddy #biffchipandkipper #EYFS
I’m not sure what I’ve made this month. Another one of my 18 goals for this year was to try a new meal at least once a month. I didn’t make anything completely new in January but I did make a delicious oatcake / enchilada hybrid. I’d never had an oatcake (the Staffordshire kind, not the Scottish ones) before I met Barry but seeing as he was born in Stoke they were a staple of his diet. His mum and dad used to bring them up for us when we lived in Scotland but we haven’t had any for a while – and then I realised they sell them in our local Tesco so there’s really no excuses now! If you’ve never had one and ever get a chance to try then I’d thoroughly recommend them.
In January I’ve mostly been wearing my winter coat, woolly scarf and one of my rather large collection of hats! The weather has been pretty miserable and we’ve definitely been needing to wrap up on the school runs. I got a new coat for Christmas – I’d been wanting a warm, waterproof coat for a while but was struggling to find one I liked. I managed to get this one from Ultimate Outdoors and I love it. And the best bit is it was reduced from £120 to £50!
I also got a new jumper from Tu at Sainsbury’s (I love their clothes) and I love it. It’s just so cosy, and I’m a bit obsessed with all things grey at the moment too.
I’ve loved getting back into my yoga this month. I’ve been following the latest 30 day yoga journey from Yoga with Adriene on YouTube – I’m only up to day 17 but I’m taking it at my own pace and I’m really glad I’ve got back into the swing of doing it regularly.
I think that’s all for this month – I’ll be back with another post of my #LittleLoves next month.