February Favourites!

It’s come around again it’s time for my monthly favourites!

Books: 

This month I’ve read a fair amount (although maybe not as much as I’d like) and three books have stood out to me. The first was sent to me by Diamond Press, it’s called March and is a graphic novel written by John Lewis, a key figure in the Civil Rights movement, this is the first in a three-part series and I can’t wait to read the rest. Secondly is Here We Are, I reviewed this (catch it here) and raved about it because it is an incredible book, full of inclusion, intelligence as well as being fun! And finally, although I haven’t finished reading it, I am in love with Giovanna Fletchers newest book about being a mother. It’s not something I personally know anything about, being a mother, but I love the way Gi writes (I found her on her Youtube channel)  and it makes me feel better about the prospect of being a mother in the future.

Music: 

This month was very Busted orientated, earlier this month Abbie and I went to see Busted live (again) on their Midnight Driver tour. I’ve listened to the album a lot this month it’s got an 80s vibe to it and a lot of great and upbeat tracks. Ed Sheeran also dropped a few songs this month which I’ve been obsessively listening to (while getting ready to go see him on tour later in the year). Last but not least two bands I’ve been listening to are Lower Than Atlantis and their new album Safe in Sound, I’ve also been listening to a band called Broadside thanks to my lovely boyfriend Ali.

Shop: 

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After the move it’s been a quite quiet month in terms of any spending. Instead, I’ve been doing a lot of window shopping, particularly in Oasis’s where I’ve fallen in love with their latest pieces!

Watching:

Yep, my viewing has been a little dark and very Netflix orientated this month. I wanted to start a new series and had heard great things about How To Get Away With Murder, so I started to watch. I also noticed that The People vs O J Simpson had been added, which I loved when it aired last year. Hopefully next months viewing will be little lighter!

General: 

I’ve really embraced Lush baths to ease the pain of my back which has produced some beautiful colours! I also received some lovely gifts after coming home including a swear word colouring book and flowers! On the subject of food I’ve been loving Tetley Boost teas and getting into my own baking! I’m also loving the new Powerpuff Girls range that Primark are embracing at the moment, I LOVED the Powerpuff Girls growing up so my Mum treated me to these. And finally my first gym session post injection, I was so proud of myself- read about it here.

What have your favourite things been this month? Any recommendations? Let me know in the comments below!

Our boys, Our girls

Every day, every night there are brave men and women fighting for this country. I caught up tonight on BBC 1’s ‘Our Girl’, Molly’s off to war. I love the programme but every time I watch it I get a lump in my throat. It’s not even for the characters, it’s because seeing a drama gets me so worked up because I can’t imagine what it’s like to live and work through that. I love Our Girl, although I normally watch it not on the night it’s aired but later when I can reflect on it and, well, appreciate it. Personally, I think the BBC is doing a great job, as is Lacey Turner.

Lacey Turner in Our Girl, BBC 1 on Sunday nights. 

 

When Lee Rigby was murdered last year the country went into shock. A young solider, father, a man who had fought for us was killed on the streets of his own country. It reminded us of the loss of our troops as well as the danger in the UK. I’m not going to sugar coat it, but I’m not here to scare you. There are terrorists but that doesn’t mean we should live in fear. As I write this the government have been voting on whether to enter another war, this time on ISIS. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous, for our country but most of all for our soldiers. I was one of the many who hoped they may get a break from what seems to be never ending conflict.

I’m old enough to remember when you could go and see the cock pit of a plane on a flight and meet the pilot, when you didn’t have to have your shoes searched and full body scanners weren’t around. I remember before 9/11 (it was a week before my 7th birthday and I didn’t really understand what was happening). All of this said, I’m pleased we have these measures in place now, but I wish we hadn’t had to implement them for the reasons we did. Basically anyone my age has grown up watching the news coverage and because of this I have had nothing but respect for our men and women in uniform, at one point I wanted to become and RAF pilot myself.

After watching tonight I had this overwhelming need to do something to support our troops, but I didn’t know how. Scrolling through the Help for Heroes website I realised I could do something. Instead of buying a new hoodie from Topshop, Jack Wills or another band hoodie I could buy one from HFH, donating money to a good cause and showing my support. Am I nervous about wearing it? The pride overshadows any nervousness I have after Lee Rigby’s death.

Next on the to buy list

I’m passionate and proud of our military. I want to end this post by reminding you all of the website http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/ and to support our troops! They risk their lives so we can live ours.