We have just booked our getaway for Easter without the kids to the Carribean, so with images of dusty white beaches and indigo pools floating around my head I have had to come to terms with the awful visage of bikini wearing! With this in mind it has been much easier to "Eat French" than usual and am 3lbs down in only a few days, I would like to loose 10lbs though, so still a bit to go, but I have 7 weeks.
I am also reading Kate Morton's The Distant Hours, which I have borrowed from my local library. I loved her first 2 books, they are so evocative. She always sets up an intriguing mystery which keeps you coming back. I am about a third of the way through, but at 670 pages I think it may take me some more time. I am really enjoying it though and so I am trying to savour it.
I need to get a couple of great novels for my holiday to download to my kindle, any suggestions?
I mentioned in my post on what didn't make my decluttering cut, that I have stopped using shampoos and conditioners with dimethicone in them. I have had to give up my beloved Herbal Essences as it left my hair silky but also tragically flat! I have tried the Tres Semme Deep Cleansing Shampoo as I was reliably informed that it was great at removing non water soluble silicones from you hair, and it has done a great job. I then had to find a silicone free conditioner so I decided to give Tres Semme another go (mainly because it was on 2 for £5) and tried their naturals range of conditioners.I have been impressed, they detangled my hair after shampooing but left no heavy feeling when dried. I have always avoided the Tres Semme brand as it had the most awful adverts and the packaging sucked, but it goes to show that you shouldn't judge a product by it's marketing team or pricing.
I have tackled this in a big way and I now feel I have gotten it under control. I am using cash for all my purchases (even food shopping) and it is really helping.I have been reading books that I already own or getting them free or at least very cheap. I have also set a realistic budget. My Huband is great at this and has really helped me.
Simplify, Reduce and Clean
I am doing so well here, I cleared out my office yesterday and removed so much unnecessary stuff, I sold about £50 of books on Amazon and gave a lot more to the charity shop. I cleared most of my things from the desk and just left what was absolutely necessary I have been trying to strip away all the rubbish in every area of my life so that I can enjoy the really special things I own and be able to use them. I still have so much to go but the house is already looking better for it.
We have taken a big step and cancelled the cleaner. I first hired a cleaner when I was 6 months pregnant with my son and we had just moved into a much a larger house and I had 2 children and a dog already. At first she was very much needed to keep the house under control, but as my son has grown up I am finding I have the time, and also the inclination to clean again. I hate the feeling of having someone in my home and regularly use to go out to hide from the cleaner. So far so good, but I am sure the novelty will wear off.
This was the second time I have watched this, and enjoyed it just as much. I love the idea of being able to retain anything you had ever read and access it. I am a natural information glutton so this film really appeals to me.
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
I first watched this at University when I was 18, I fell immediately in love with the imagery and also Clare Danes and Leonardo Dicaprios portrayal of the star-crossed lovers. When I wed my husband I used the scene where Juliet is on her Bier as inspiration for our wedding ceremony (that sounds really weird when I put it like that) We lit the entire venue with hundreds of candles.
I don't really do Chick Flicks but this one I make an exception for. Great outfits by Cameron Diaz throughout and an adorable story line.