What a week! We’ve had beautiful sunshine and snow, a play date, the car passed its MOT and we submitted and paid our tax returns. The latter is thanks in part to the fab Julia Day’s Independent Girl’s Collective which helped me stop freaking out about how hard it was going to be and once I’d gathered all our expenses took me all of five minutes to submit. Boring I know, but I’d been dreading both the MOT and sorting out our tax returns. Getting both things ticked off my to-do list certainly put a smile on my face this week.
I’ve got to admit, I do love the snow even if it did ruin my plans to meet up with the lovely Kara today. We awoke this morning to a beautiful blanket of snow. The little dude was doing that bouncing up and down excitedly infront of the window thing, desperate to get to school for a snowball fight with his friends. While there was no snow just five minutes down the road where he goes to school, he did still get to throw snowballs at me once he got home this afternoon. And the teen even dragged herself out of bed at 8.30am to take a little wintery photo walk. Unheard of on a no college day.
I love Ferne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast. Particularly two of her latest ones featuring Natalie Dormer and Davina McCall. Talking learning to love yourself again and addiction with Davina and a funny and insightful chat with Natalie Dormer, these two are well worth a listen. Equally, Sophie Cliff’s Practical Positivity podcast is such a ray of sunshine. With short and snappy episodes, it’s a pint-sized pick me up just when you need it.
Quite simply one of the most magical books I’ve ever read. The Binding is definitely one of my favourite January reads. Set in a fictional world where books are something to be feared and memories can be locked away among the pages of a book, never to be seen or heard of again, it’s a fascinating read. And one you won’t want to put down.
The Fearsome World of Dinosaurs
When someone is as obsessed with dinosaurs and books as the 7 year old, a book about dinosaurs is always going to be a winner. So when I saw this beautiful book was available to review, I didn’t hesitate to contact Carlton Kids to ask if we could take a look at it. I honestly don’t know who was more excited, me or the little dude, when we first set eyes on this book. I knew he’d fall in love with it the second he saw it and I wasn’t wrong.
Surprising him with it after school one day, he couldn’t contain his excitement as he tore open the envelope and set about reading all the dinosaur facts contained within. Shrieking as he found his favourite dinosaurs coming alive between the pages in stunning illustrations. What makes this book even more delightful is the pop out pages. You literally turn the book from ‘just a book’ into a work of art, where the dinosaurs themselves appear to jump off the page at you. Needless to say, this gorgeous book has taken pride of place among his dinosaur collection and he takes it to bed with him every night – along with his dinosaur cuddly toys of course. If you have a little dinosaur fan yourself, I’d definitely recommend it.
I FINALLY watched Bohemian Rhapsody. And boy was it worth the wait. I grew up listening to Freddie Mercury and Queen. My mum was a fan and I still remember hearing on the car radio that Freddie Mercury had died in 1991. I remember where we were and the shock and sadness everyone seemed to feel that day. Watching the film reignited my love of the songs he wrote and performed with Queen. I loved the dynamics of the cast, how they geled and seemed to play their parts so brilliantly, it was almost as if you were in the room with them. And that voice. It still sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it. If you haven’t watched it yet, you really need to.
What have you enjoyed this week?
*The above mentioned books were gifted for the purpose of review