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So, September brought with it the long awaited back to school! I was really nervous about them going back and thought I would miss them so much but it's actually been really nice to get back into a routine, spend some one on one time with the baby and have some time to myself again. The children are really enjoying being back too which is great, and long may it continue!
Even though I have had lots more time I haven't managed to read much that's new. The school day just flies by and I find myself only having an hour or so to myself every day - at the most!
I did pick up some gorgeous new books for the children...
Wilderness by Hannah Pang & Jenny Wren - a beautiful hardback illustrated atlas of animals. It's the perfect children's table book and wonderful to dip in and out of.
Wonders of the World is similar, a great book to dip in and out of and really learn about the wonders of the world through lift the flaps and pictures.
Amazing Women - 101 Lives to Inspire You is a wonderfully inspiring book about amazing women. I'm always trying to encourage my girls to believe that they can do anything and books like this really help. I'm also planning on reading it with the boys so that they too know the value and achievements of women.
Well, we finished all 3 seasons of The Handmaid's Tale. Wasn't that brutal! I can't wait for the next season, although it's not until 2021 now.
I've been trying to convince the children to watch a bigger diversity of things. They tend to want to watch the same things over and over. Now we have Disney+ (gift subscription) there is so much choice. Last weekend we watched Hugo which was a lovely little story about an orphaned boy who wanted to finish his father's legacy, and found himself a new family along the way.
This month my favourite podcasts come from Deliciously Ella. My favourite this month has to be 10 Ways to De-Stress Your Life and I have actually gone onto pre-order The Little Book of Life Skills book by Erin Zammett Ruddy as what she spoke in this podcast made so much sense to me.
I haven't done anything creative this month, apart from some baking. I've made a vegan pineapple upside down cake, a vegan bakewell tart and some granola bars. I haven't blogged any of the recipes yet as I just haven't had time but keep a look out on my vegan blog We Made This Vegan where they should appear soon!
I'm desperate to buy lots of autumn knits at the moment, but I'm trying to be good with my money! Especially as I've had to spend a fortune on school uniform over the last few weeks. I am in the market for a good winter coat though, so if you see any beauties, leave me a comment below!
I have been wearing my new watch from Nordgreen. They got in touch to see if I wanted to try out one of their watches, and they had so many gorgeous options on their website it was difficult to choose. I ended up choosing this modern looking Native design in gun metal with a black mesh dial. It's really lightweight and thin in design and goes with pretty much every outfit! You can choose different straps and dial colours too.
The straps are easily adjustable yourself which is great for someone with small wrists like me! I think it's gorgeous and would make the perfect gift for someone if you are starting to think about Christmas or have birthday's coming up.
There's not much else to say but stay safe and good luck with trying to escape local lockdowns. We are already locked down again which is depressing but I guess we just have to make the most of it. I've been feeling quite down and unmotivated but I'm still sharing what we are getting up to on my Instagram channel every day (@wemadethislife) and I'll be back to making videos over on my YouTube channel next week.
It sounds like you had a good September I have still not watched The Handmaids Tale which I really do need to watch at some stage
Sim @ Sim's Life
The Handmaid's Tale is awesome, I cannot wait for the next series! I'm with you, I was nervous about my daughter going back to school ( a new one in Sept too!), however all is going well so far (touch wood) and I'm enjoying being back in a routine too! Hope you are enjoying having some peace! Sim x
It sounds like you have had a good month when it comes to those little things. Have you read the book for The Handmaids Tale? I found that worse than the show - they have toned it down a lot.
I have read the book, but it was ages ago, I think I need to re-read it to compare!
I enjoy reading as my kids and these book selections look interesting especially Wilderness, I've also been meaning to watch The Handmaids Tale. Glad you had a good month.
Those books are absolutely beautiful! I was a little worried about the return to school especially with Olivia starting nursery but it has actually been nice to have some semblance of a routine again.
I'd love to have that 'Amazing Women' book on my coffee table so I could pick it up whenever I need a boost 🙂
Great post, I love the look of that Wilderness book so will definitely check that out. I have to admit I have already pulled out my autumn clothes and even scarves as the school runs have been so cold! Sorry to hear you are in lockdown again, hopefully it doesnt last too long for you guys! xx
It sounds like you had a good September. I really need to finish watching the Handmaidens Tale I got midway through Season Two and stopped for some reason.