February Hot List

I genuinely like reading people’s tag posts because it’s so interesting to learn a little bit more about other people on a personal level (Plus, I’m ever so slightly nosy!). I came across this post on a fellow bloggers page, and thought it was such a great alternative to the monthly favourites (which I also love reading). I thought I’d try it myself, with a few minor alterations!

This month I’ve been getting back into the swing of things, and trying to establish a new routine after going back to work. I’ve had the best year on maternity leave with my son, but it’s been quite fun finding a new routine that allows me to do all the things I love whilst still being a good mommy. Saying that, my Son absolutely loves nursery, and has come along leaps and bounds since starting there!

What Am I Eating?
This month I have been completely obsessed with Honeydew Melon! Usually this is a definite summer snack, but I brought one the other day as part of a diet plan, and cannot stop myself at all! I’m also enjoying my homemade Coconut and Goji Berry Protein Bites, which I got the idea from in a Sourced-box inclusion that was so yummy! Don’t be fooled into thinking I’ve been completely healthy, though; I’ve also been tucking into McVitte’s Jaffa Cakes – so addictive!

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What Am I Drinking?
As it is still very early in the month, I’m still on my caffeine cut down, so I’ve been drinking a lot of herbal teas (Granted, some of them still have caffeine, but it isn’t as much as my normal coffee does). Some of my favourites have to be the Gingerbread Chai Loose leaf tea from The Bluebird Tea Co., and also Clippers Snore & Peace tea, which is a chamomile and lavender infusion to help induce sleep.

What Am I Smelling Of?
I have been wearing a couple of perfumes this month; the first is my Gucci Bamboo bottle that I received for Christmas last year, and still haven’t finished the bottle! This is a floral scent with undertones of vanilla and orange blossom, and smells really pretty for this winter/spring transition period! I’ve also been using a sample perfume that I received in my Scentpick Monthly Subscription (more on this to follow), and that is Estee Lauder Beautiful. Again, this is a floral scent with undertones of Sandalwood and Ylang-ylang, and conjures images of Springtime weddings whenever I wear it.

What Am Using For Skincare?
My basic skincare routine never seems to change, and I always come back to the same products, one of which is Bee Good Youth Enhancing Plump and Firm Moisturiser. This stuff is like liquid gold to me, and no matter what other products I try, I always come back to this! I’ve also been trying Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream. I brought a jar of this to try as I love their Midnight Recovery Oil, and have been impressed with the results so far. I have also been using the Heaven Skincare Cleanse and Foam wash, which is my holy grail makeup remover at the moment!

What Am I Reading?
I love reading but its so hard to find the time with a young son and full time job. I’ve been passing back and forth between two books at the moment; the first is The Red House by Mark Haddon. I read his Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime years ago and loved it, so when I spotted this in a charity shop I was interested to see what his other books are like. I’m about two thirds of the way through, and I like it. I’ve also been rereading His Dark Materials: Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman. I bloody love this trilogy!! And as always, when I’m driving to work I listen to the Harry Potter audio books – I’m on The Prisoner of Azkaban at the moment!

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What Am I Relaxing To?
In the evenings, I like to light a candle and snuggle up with my Husband after our son has gone to bed. We usually watch a film, or I’ll read a book and put on a face mask whilst he plays his PlayStation! It’s nothing too interesting, but it makes us happy.

What Am I Wearing?
When I’m at home, I practically live in my pyjamas! At the moment, I’m wearing this set that I brought from Next just before Christmas, and a Marks and Spencer pair that my Mom got me too!

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What Am I Watching?
Most of the TV series I watch have come to an end, so I’ve been re-watching Lost of an evening. I keep starting The Vampire Diaries, but just can’t seem to get into it. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but I keep getting sidetracked with other things!

What Am I Listening To?
I’ve been listening to Ed Sheeran Shape of You. I love both tracks he released, but I think this one has the edge!

Where Am I Visiting?
At the moment, nowhere! As I’m a teacher I’m relegated to taking my holidays during the school holidays, so I’ve got nothing planned until the summer. Recently, for my Son’s first Birthday we went to Bristol Zoo with him, if that counts?!

And that’s been my February! I thought this post might be a nice change to a traditional favourites, as sometimes I don’t have many favourites and always think it might be a boring post to try and talk about the same things I use all the time! Let me know what you think of this format, and maybe it’ll feature in future posts!

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