It seems like ages since I wrote my February Likes and Loves post, even though it was only four weeks ago. After just five weeks back at school after half term, Toby broke up again for the Easter holidays! We haven’t done an awful lot during March but I’ve still got a few things to share for my #LittleLoves this month.
I have to admit I haven’t kept up with the pace of reading that I managed in the first couple of months of the year. In fact I haven’t even finished one book this month – I’m about half way through The Way Back Home by Freya North. I read a lot of Freya North books when she first started writing back in the late 90s but I haven’t read one of hers for a while, and I’m struggling to get into this one a bit. I am enjoying it but it’s not gripping me like some books do. I’m going to push on and finish it though because I’ve got lots of other books lined up on my Kindle that I want to get on to soon.
I’ve been watching quite a bit of Masterchef the last few weeks, and I’ve been enjoying The Great Celebrity Bake Off too. Apart from cookery programmes I was also pleased to see Nashville back on telly this month. I loved this show when it first started (partly because I love Country music) but it’s gone off the boil a bit in later seasons. I’ll still keep watching it though – it’s rare I give up on a TV series once I’ve invested in it.
Oh, and of course I’m still making my way through previous seasons of Grey’s Anatomy – I’ve nearly finished season 11 now, so only two seasons to go before I can finally watch the new episodes!
I’ve not made it to the cinema myself since I went to see The Greatest Showman back in January but I did brave taking both boys on my own the other day. Toby has been to the cinema a couple of times before, and Gabe has never been so I wasn’t sure how we would get on. We went to see Peter Rabbit – I wasn’t a big fan of the film but the boys both enjoyed it, and even better they both sat really nicely through the whole thing! I’m sure this will mean there will be a lot more family cinema trips for us in the future.
I’ve been listening to some intermittent fasting podcasts this month. Gin Stephens who wrote Delay, Don’t Deny does one (cleverly called ‘The Intermittent Fasting Podcast’) with another lady called Melanie Avalon. I’m struggling a little bit with my IF at the moment so I’m hoping listening to the podcasts will give me a bit more motivation to stick with it.
On the podcast note though – I’m finding it really odd that they seem to be having a resurgence in popularity. I read somewhere a few weeks ago someone saying that podcasts were going to be ‘the next big thing’ which I just find really strange, because I was definitely listening to a lot more podcasts 10 years ago than I am now!
We made my dad a birthday cake a couple of weekends ago. I actually managed to bake with Toby and Gabe together without them fighting or arguing, and with them both actually contributing to making the cake too! I used my super easy sponge recipe that I always use but just substituted some of the flour for cocoa. And it was delicious if I do say so myself.
Last month I mentioned I got two new swimming costumes – I’ve been wearing one when I take Gabe to his swimming lessons, but I also got to wear the other one when I spent a day at Ribby Hall Spa with a few of my blogging pals. I had a fab massage and then we spent a few hours experiencing the ‘Aqua Thermal Journey’ before tucking in to a delicious lunch. Ribby Hall is only round the corner from my house but I’d never been to the spa before so it was lovely to spend a relaxing few hours there.
We went away to Yorkshire for a few days last week and it was lovely to spend some time away from home with our little family. The boys were really well behaved (and slept well) for the most part and we had a couple of really great days out. I’ll be writing a full post soon to let you know what we got up to while we were away.