And finally it’s time to breathe, what a month January turned out to be. I had it planned as a month to prepare for the year in front and to also start some new projects but of course life took over from my neatly arranged plans. It was overwhelming at times but I have at least finished the month feeling a little more in control.
I think the best indicator of my life is my reading record. Last year I read nearly a book a week, this month I struggled to finish one. Reading is my me time, I don’t watch a huge amount of tv but do like to settle down with a book in the evenings. If I’m not reading then something in my life isn’t quite in balance ( I blame Ofsted this month)
The book I did finish was Jayne Hardy’s The Self Care Project, the irony of the content isn’t lost on me in this busy month. It was a really good read full of great advice, I appreciated that she doesn’t see self care as having a massage but for example doing life admin to help you feel in control etc.. It’s well worth a read.
This year I haven’t set myself a Good Reads challenge for a specific number of books but one in which I would like to read or reread a classic every month. Whilst I didn’t finish my classic this month, I did start it and am really enjoying I capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.
At the beginning of the month in the school holidays, the children and I went to the cinema to see Mary Poppins Returns. It was such a magical film and I loved every dance, song and sparkle, a new family classic.
I also finally watched Ladybird, a film which had much critical acclaim last year. I really liked the film, a bit Indy in style but thoughtful and from memory pretty realistic about the angst of teen life.
It was all about the jumpers this month, layers and layers. I love this star jumper from Next last autumn, it’s been perfect with jeans and has been keeping me warm.
For me cold Saturday afternoons are all about being in the kitchen and cooking. I like a bit of a theme and as South America is one of the school topics, we made a Mexican feast. Everything was made from scratch, salsa, guacamole, refried beans etc.. with Little Miss as my sous chef. Unfortunately I forgot to take any photos, as it was a really impressive table. Cooking is one of my favourite ways to spend time together, the kitchen is the heart of our home.
I love a good podcast and I’ve had a few car journeys this month to enjoy the new podcast Sentimental Garbage, a ‘cast looking at brilliant chick lit books, including Bridget Jones Diary, Watermelon etc.. It’s fabulous, witty and just makes you want to read more, a great new find.
Despite being a crazy month, there were some real highlights in January, seeing the new Mary Poppins film, a family mountain bike ride in the forest, a trip to a local animal sanctuary etc.. I’m hoping for a quieter February and a relaxing half term.
Im hoping to link up with @mummyheartsyou the new host of Little Loves and be inspired by all the contributors to the linky.