Wow. I’ve said this every month of 2017 so far, but this month really has been a whirlwind. I think it’s a combination of my new job, a recovering ankle and the unavoidable Family Situation. I feel like I’m stretched slightly thin at the moment and to be honest it’s been a huge challenge, but I honestly feel like I’m just about managing to balance it all. So without further ado, here are some of my favourite products and things from March.
For almost as long as I can remember, I’ve had a notebook glued to my hand. This serves dual purposes: firstly, I am very scatterbrained and prone to forget things unless I write them down. Secondly, I need a creative outlet for when times are tough. I’ve gotten through two Scribbler notebooks in the past month, and I’m a big fan. The layout is perfect for me, and they come in a variety of really gorgeous designs. Currently, I’m channelling a marbled vibe. Scribbling in notebooks has saved my bacon on multiple occasions recently- I can’t let anything slip past me!
I’ve been running a little ragged recently due to work and family commitments, alongside that whole trying to have a life thing. To be frank I’m pretty surprised I haven’t gotten sick yet, and whilst I give a lot of credit to my plant-based and nutrient-dense diet, I also have to give a shout out to this gorgeous ginger and turmeric shot I’ve been having in the morning. I pick one up at Whole Foods in the morning if I can feel that tickly feeling in the back of my throat that means I’m getting run down. So far, so good!
I go through phases of how I workout – I think that’s the best way to keep it interesting. At the moment, I have to give special kudos to The Gym Group, for their affordable, clean and spacious gyms. Now, I’m strictly a do-it-yourself kinda girl when it comes to workouts, and so I don’t go to any of their classes. But recently I’ve been spending a lot of time at my two local branches – one near my office, the other near my flat – and they are just such good value for money. Sure, I sometimes wish there were more amenities in the changing rooms, but honestly for the price I pay (under £30 for access to all branches nationwide) I’m pretty happy.
Since upping the intensity of my workouts recently, I’ve found myself turning into a bottomless pit of hungry. And in my case, hungry leads to hangry. What i’ve found useful is to to add healthy fats in my life (instead of my instinct to cram empty carbs down my throat). When it comes to a high-fat snack, coconut chips are perfect, and I’ve been enjoying these Coconut Curls from Ape. Nonetheless these work out a little bit pricey when you’re eating them every day, and so I’ve also recently bought a giant tub of Whole Foods Toasted Coconut Chips that I portion out throughout the day.
I know I’ve spoken about them at length, but this is a brand I can really get behind. Their workout kit is such good quality and so comfortable to wear. Plus, all the models on their website are strong and athletic- just what we need!
I’ve written about this already, but I’m absolutely in love with this podcast. I’m at that stage where I’m listening to it every day, gradually making my way through the back catalogue on iTunes. These ladies have so much wisdom, always distilled into real, actionable advice that can help improve your daily quality of life.
I recently listened to an interview with Ariana Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and author of The Sleep Revolution. She had a multitude of incredibly wise and insightful things to say about sleep – and namely, how our society has degraded sleep to some weird, self-indulgent luxury. One of the things she mentioned is that we need to dress appropriately for sleep, and specifically, we shouldn’t wear workout kit to bed. When you want to go to work, you dress for work; when you want to work out, you dress for your workout. So why shouldn’t it work for sleep?
As a person who is most certainly guilty of treating sleep as a necessary evil, what Ariana said resonated with me. And so, I have kitted myself out with not one, but two sets of pyjamas. Now when I go to bed, I feel kinda fancy, instead of just shoving on whatever gym shorts I have to hand. And I love it!
I recently downloaded the Audiobook of Norse Mythology, read by the author Neil Gaiman. Full disclosure, I thought I’d downloaded American Gods – another novel that had come highly recommended to me. Anyway, I digress. Norse Mythology is simply a re-telling of norse mythology… simple eh? It’s not a modern adaptation, nor is it a ‘twist’ on the tales; it’s just a really lively, vibrant and engaging telling of some of the oldest myths around. Gaiman just has a way with words. That’s all I can really say!
I’m fully aware that this isn’t the coolest thing to add to my favourites list, but I’m gonna put it out there anyway. The NHS is a freakin’ wonder. I get to see top, world-class specialists at the best hospitals in the UK, completely free of charge. I have had my fair share of medical interventions in recent months, and the most I’ve paid is probably around £8 for a prescription of painkillers. The NHS never ceases to amaze me.
So that wraps it up- my favourite things from the month of March.
So tell me, what have you been loving recently?
Any book or podcast recommendations for me?
Lots of love,