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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Life Favourites | March 2015

These kinds of posts are one of my favourites to write I think. Like I touched upon yesterday in my March beauty favourites I cannot believe it's the end of March already, but it's been a good month. My mind feels clearer than it has in a long time, there's been a lot more sunshine, I'm feeling good about sailboat after spending yesterday scribbling down ideas, and as I type there's a pup (I'm dog sitting for my mum!) snoring away next to me. 

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At Wicks End Pink Rhubarb & Blackberry Candle
My sweet mama gave me this candle and I've been burning it at my desk all month. It smells SO good, like sweets, but not in a sickly sweet way if that makes any sense at all? And glass jars are lovely, but I do think I prefer candles in tins for some reason.

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Harry Potter Crystal Goblet
My favourite souvenir from the Warner Brothers Studio Tour and it sits happily on my desk. It was much too expensive for just a chunk of plastic, but it's so tactile and generally brilliant. I have a real thing for odd looking objects and this fits the bill perfectly. Plus it's HP related so that makes it even better!

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Watercolours
Inspired by the BBC Big Painting challenge I dug out my watercolours earlier this month and made time to paint. I can't draw at all so my efforts are mostly just colours swirled together, but it's so relaxing and sometimes there's just nothing better than making pretty patterns on a piece of paper. It's fun to experiment and make a bit of a mess no matter what your age!

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The Mountain Can Wait by Sarah Leipciger*
"Tom Berry has always been a loner, a man content to live out his days in the wilderness with just enough ammunition and kerosene to last out the winter. A single father, he has raised his children with the same quiet and absolute dedication he brings to his forestry business, but now he's discovering that might not have been enough.

When his son, Curtis, on the brink of adulthood, disappears after a tragic accident, it falls to Tom, the hunter, to track him down. Whether he can truly reach Curtis is another matter."

It's not action-packed nor hugely riveting, and that for me is one of its strengths. It's an exploration of the relationship between father and son, and how actions towards one another can have deeper, sometimes unseen, and perhaps unexpected effects. It remains true to itself throughout, never pretending to be something its not and it feels so authentic. I felt like I was taken on a meandering route through the story and allowed time to admire the beautiful Canadian scenery, time to consider why Curtis reacts the way he does, and appreciate the journey that Tom goes on in order to truly connect.

It's not perfect, but it is one of the most atmospheric novels I've read in a long time and one to look out for when it's published on May 7th.

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Let me know what you've been loving throughout March in the comments! 

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30 comments:

  1. That candle sounds delicious!! I also.love your crystal, I'm such a sucker for anything that looks natural and rough around the edges.

    Tara x

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  2. Pink rhurbarb and blackberry sounds amazing! That's definitely my kind of candle xx

    Sam | Samantha Betteridge

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  3. The candle sounds amazing, we've just 'settled' in our new flat and I'm on a mad hunt for new favourite scents! I love these posts xxx

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    1. Aww so pleased you're settled! <3

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  4. The crystal goblet looks gorgeous! I really want to visit HP Studios, but for now I'll just keep re-watching the films haha.

    Emily//Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. You definitely have to go one day, it's so incredible! xx

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  5. The candle sounds lovely. It's nice to hear that you are painting, inspired by the Big Painting Challenge. I've been watching that programme and have loved it. It too has inspired me to be more creative!
    Emily
    http://dreamuphappiness.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Such a great show, loved all the challenges! xx

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  6. I'll be looking out for that novel :) Just painting random things in a journal can be a lot of fun. Have you ever tried adding collage pieces too? You have such awesome photography skills, I bet that would look really cool! xxx

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    1. I haven't - will have to give it a try! xx

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  7. I do love watercolours! I often use them to find some new designs and ideas... Love it! x
    Trend-Mae

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  8. I would love to see some of your paintings! x

    Josie’s Journal

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  9. LOVE the Harry Potter crystal goblet!!! :D

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  10. That candle sounds right up my street! I love sweet scents, but not if they're ridiculously sweet. Watercolours are amazing too, I didn't like them when I was younger for drawing (I could never control them, led to lots of botched paintings ): ) but once you get the hang of em they create such beautiful effects, especially in making organic patterns.x

    www.eippek.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They're really fun to experiment with <3

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  11. I think I enjoy reading lifestyle favourites more than beauty ones and this is the first post I've seen like this :) Love it! I'm a fan of candles in tins too! I like the Lily Flame ones

    Emma xx

    www.alittlefreckle.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. I've been loving almond milk. One of my favorite novels ever is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls :) I need to re-read it soon! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Ooh I'll have to look that one up! x

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  13. At first I thought the watercolour set was eyeshadow - I think I need to go for a lie down! I'd really like to start being more creative again - I'm terrible at drawing and painting (or anything arty, really!) but there is something so therapeutic about taking the time to create something new.

    x

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    1. There really is, I don't think it matters at all whether it turns out good so long as you have fun during the process <3

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  14. The goblet is so cool! I'd probably end up filling up a bowl with something and scooping it out with that :')

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  15. Ha I saw that HP piece in another post and I swore it was from the gift shop then! Wicked purchase and accessory!

    Mel ♥ everyword

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    1. Totally had to have it haha xx

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