Pump & Tone Gym Class- My favourite class that my gym provide. 45 minutes of weights with a music track for each of: chest, back, triceps, squats, lunges. This is how I kick off my Monday morning, and right now I am love with it
Flowers in mug- A quick and simple way to make your room look a little more like a Pinterest board
In Our Time, BBC Radio 4 Podcasts- I began using these to gain knowledge for one of my uni modules, on Romantic writers in Britain during the French Revolution, and have since been using it every week. I now also have a list of podcasts on non-uni related topics I want to listen to
Emma, by Jane Austen- This is a book I’ll be using for an independent research project at uni, and though only 4000 words, choosing this text means I get to spend some more quality time with one of my favourite authors…
Physical, by Andrew McMillan– Again, this is a favourite writer (more recent than Austen) who I’ve chosen to focus on for uni. Andrew is a poet, and possible one of the best poets I’ve ever had the luck to come across; his work is focused on the body, specifically the male body, and has been described as ‘unfashionably honest’. Just my kind of reading then.
Sourdough- This is my current favourite sort of bread, and so I am going through it like crazy
Pret a Manger Chocolate Chip Cookie- Tried this at the beginning of the month, and I cant believe I haven’t had one before
Overnight Oats- As I’m taking a regular Monday morning gym class, I need a breakfast I can throw into my bag for after my shower, and before I get stuck into working for the day. These solve that problem perfectly, and you’ll find several recipes for them on this blog.
My student’s union has recently brought out the Metcalfe’s Skinny Salted popcorn, and I am a sucker for savoury, salty popcorn.
Square Roots- This is a stall regularly present at the Tynemouth market, and they make vegetable based cakes. Try their parsnip and cinnamon cake, or their date scone.
Yes, I have rediscovered my love of tofu; bake it, scramble it, or add it to soups in chunks.
Oatcakes- When I get peckish in the evening (and believe me, I always do) these are what I reach for.
Pukka Night-time Tea- You’ll usually find me dipping oatcakes into this. I have no idea what magical herbal concoction this actually is, but just the smell of it tells me its time to start winding down.
Beauty & Body Care
Duac- It’s no secret my skin is being a bit of a bugger at the moment, but I know it would be a lot worse if it weren’t for this acne treatment my doctor (whose speciality is incidentally dermatology) prescribed me. It contains something to un-bung the pores, and then an antiseptic to help with inflammation too.
Tea Tree Oil- Seen as Duac is a night time treatment I use either this, or the following product, to spot treat during the day.
Soap & Glory Dr Spot Gel- One of the best spot creams on the high-street; only downsides are that make up doesn’t apply too well over it, and it is pretty pricy compared to tea tree oil.
Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt- This has been my favourite perfume since it was released last year, and the love is still going strong. I’m trying to make it last, but as I wear it every day I’m fighting a losing battle there.
Men’s Shower Gels- Specifically Lynx Excite, and Nivea Sensitive. I don’t know what it is about them, but I much prefer them to super girly scents.
YouTube: Lavendaire. I have literally just found this YouTuber in the past few days, but now have quite the stock of her videos on my Watch Later Playlist.
Blog: Viviannadoesmakeup. Vivianna posts regularly on her blog, and so there’s usually plenty for me to read. Currently I’m loving her fitness files and organisation videos, as I’m not really much of a makeup person beyond concealer and my eyebrows.