Books On my Radar

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I absolutely loved both of these books by the ‘Gone Girl’ author, Gillian Flynn. She has a writing style that sucks you in and although the storylines can be dark at times, you never want to put them down.

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I decided to buy this book really quickly, (I’m usually on amazon for ages trying to pick my next book) and it was a great read. I picked it mainly because I’m interested in the time it was set and because my husband and I used to live in Amsterdam for 3 years and the book is set in The Netherlands. The book is about Corrie Ten Boom (and her family) a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler’s concentration camps and went on inspiring others in over 60 countries with her story, her strength and her ability to forgive.

Non Resolution – 2015

 

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I may be a few days late but I thought I’d write a quick little post about resolutions. Nowadays so many people seem to ‘poo poo’ on the making of New Years resolutions, but I don’t mind them. I mean, yes they can sometimes set us up for failure – like the ones were you say your going to lose 5 kgs by the end of Jan, or your going to quit your job and travel around the world by the year’s end. Resolutions though, can be made everyday and by their nature should be seen as positive ways to brighten and better our lives  (remember though that everyone has different ideas of what ‘better’ is, and that’s fine too).

What I thought I’d do here on the blog though is create a yearly list of Non Resolutions, things I’m happy with, changes I’ve made that I’m continuing to embrace, things that make me, me! Sure we should all strive to be better and to embrace change but sometimes the most important thing is to accept and love ourselves for who we are at this very moment and celebrate that person!

 

Here’s my little Non Resolution list:

  • Your sensitive by nature, ‘thin skin’ some say, but that sensitive side, whilst it has its draw backs, also makes you sensitive towards others and empathetic to their needs. Don’t feel the need to ‘toughen’ up too much, having thick skin has its own set of drawbacks.
  • Guess what, you exercise enough! You exercise regularly every week and stay committed to that year in and year out – Yay for you! Sure, try out new things but don’t doubt that the amount you do isn’t enough – it is.
  • You crave control and order and everything has it’s place, but you’ve been trying lately to be more present, rather than always bracing for what might come next. Keep this up, it’s good for you!

What would be on your Non Resolution list?

Charlotte Olympia Flats

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I love Charlotte Olympia flats especially the now famous Kitty Flat, but when I saw over the weekend the Charlotte’s Web flat, I fell in love all over again! I love how both of these shoes can dress up even the simplest of outfits, are so comfy to walk in and add a playfulness to your look.

I also love that all Charlotte Olympia styles include a polaroid of the shoe. You can then place the polaroid on the front of the shoe box to identify what style is within!

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Spinach & Cheese Strata

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For those weekends were you just want to stay indoors and hibernate this recipe I found on Smitten Kitchen is perfect. I love that it can be prepped the night before, allowing you to sleep in, catch up on reading or spend some extra time with your family the next morning! It will make a great brekky, brunch or lunch meal and is pretty much prefect on its own but you could do a side of bacon, smoked salmon, mushrooms or sausages, to send the whole thing over the edge!

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