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Well, July has seen some quite big changes hasn't it. In Wales we are now allowed to travel freely, and things are starting to open up again. Shops are back open and we are getting used to social distancing when out and about. In August we will see more things open up, and I can only hope that things continue in this positive way. Here are some things that I have been loving this month.
This month I haven't managed to read as much, I'm not sure why. But I did read The Tattooist of Auschwitz which I have been wanting to read for so so long. It was such a brilliant read, but awful at the same time. If you haven't read it, it is a fictional work based upon the testimony of the man responsible for tattooing the prisoners of Auschwitz on their arrival with the numbers that were to represent them. It was harrowing at times, but in the main a story of hope. I couldn't help but be horrified that things like this actually happened in the world, to real people.
I've also been reading Raising Boys in the hope that it will help me with parenting Little Boy (and his brother in the future). It's been really useful so far, and I'm only halfway through. I'll let you know more about how I get on with it next month!
We have just been given a year's subscription to Disney+ as a PR gift so we have been starting to watch lots on there. We have seen newer Lion King and Aladdin films, Artemis Fowl and watched a few episodes of vintage Simpsons - series 1 is definitely worth a watch to see how different it is! There are also some great National Geographic programmes on there.
Apart from that, hubby and I are still powering on with watching vintage ER - we are on Series 2 now.
I've also just finished watching 13 Reasons Why. I literally cried my eyes out throughout the last episode. It's such a great watch and gives you a real insight into the struggle that teenagers face, especially in America. It really highlights just how difficult it is growing up as a teen in these times.
I'm still struggling to find the time to listen to podcasts or even music as I always have the children with me. I did however manage to listen to one Deliciously Ella podcast which was about morning routines and had the guest speaker Hal Elrod who was talking about his Miracle Morning book. I started trying to incorporate these morning routines into my day a couple of weeks ago and honestly it was just great. I've fallen out of the habit now that it is the holidays but I think I will definitely pick it up again in September. I definitely felt better for doing it.
I've been working on my embroidery hoops, the latest one is this Floral Bee Embroidery hoop which I really loved working on.
Apart from that I the latest recipe I have added to my vegan blog is this slow cooker bread. It's been a lifesaver of a recipe over lockdown as finding soya free bread is difficult from some supermarkets and we obviously haven't been just popping to the shops. It's so easy to make and ready in just over 2 hours so not too much waiting around either!
I am still really struggling with this extra half a stone of lockdown weight. I just can't seem to shift it. I know I need to do more exercise but finding the time is difficult. I did buy a couple of bits of clothing from H&M to keep me going. I made a video for my channel showing what I bought if you are interested.
There's not much else to say but stay safe. I'm sharing what we are getting up to on my Instagram channel every day (@wemadethislife) and I'm still making videos over on my YouTube channel. I am bringing in a weekly cleaning series over there where every Saturday morning I will show you how to deep clean something in your house. First up this week is going to be deep cleaning your dishwasher if you are interested in that sort of thing!