My Week In Pictures #2


Not so long ago, I absolutely hated taking pictures of myself, I just really wasn't comfortable with the way that I looked and couldn't post a selfie without absolutely cringing. Recently, I have been slowly learning to embrace my imperfections and make the most of who I am as a person, while trying not to compare myself to other people. Life is too short to spend constantly worrying about little things and plus I think its important to accept and take advantage of your uniqueness compared to everyone else. I have found that my self confidence has improved a whole lot since I started eating more healthily and working out to become so much more happy with my body, also blogging and making new friends while sharing little bits of my life on the internet has improved my confidence leaps and bounds, to the point where I am totally considering starting to do YouTube videos along side my blog, exciting times! (I definitely wasn't enjoying a lazy day in bed watching Netflix on Monday in this photo).


Tuesday was probably one of the best days of the year, especially for a self confessed pancake lover like me, mainly because you get a guilt free pass to enjoy delicious pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner to the point where you end up in a happy sugary food coma! Personally, my favourite topping is the classic lemon and sugar but I also think honey and berries make a tasty addition to any pancake. I don't understand how people can enjoy eating savoury pancake toppings like cheese and bacon, it just feels totally wrong to me, but maybe I haven't yet found a tasty combination that works.


Sometimes you just need to stop for a second during a busy and stressful day to relax with a warm mug of coffee, a few crunchy ginger biscuits and a good book to get lost in. I am currently working my way through the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' (Game of  Thrones) book series which I have been completely addicted to since first finding out about the wonderful world of Westeros. Admittedly I am a total Game of Thrones geek, which makes it kinda sad that I am finally onto the last book currently written and will have to endure that agonising wait for the next one. You always get so attached to a book series and the characters involved making it really hard to transition onto another book afterwards, it is going to be so difficult to discover a book series that lives up to my high expectations after reading Game of Thrones.



I have two recommended albums for this week, since they're both equally as good and I couldn't choose between them.
The first is 'This Is All Yours' by Alt-J, who have been my absolute favourite alternative indie band for a number of years now. The original and different feel to their music is so perfect to relax to and its hard not to drift off to sleep, especially when unwinding after a busy day. There is such a calming, festival vibe to the album and in a way it feels like you are being told a story through the music and being transported to this whole other world, I definitely recommend giving them a listen if you never have before and I guarantee that you will be pleasantly surprised.

The second one is a new album released this week called 'Smoke + Mirrors' by Imagine Dragons, who are another alternative indie band that I am obsessed with. Unlike some other 'one hit wonder; music artists who bring out a good song or album and then fizzle out into nothing, Imagine Dragons' new album is every bit as good, if not better than its predecessor. They have managed to maintain their unique feel and wonderful style of music rather than suddenly trying to be more pop or mainstream, sadly like a lot of other bands who suddenly become well known and feel a pressure to release a certain kind of music. Plus, this album artwork is the coolest that I have seen for a while!


This cookbook has saved my life, it quite literally is like the bible of a student kitchen. I am not the worst cook in the world (albeit a little clumsy sometimes) but for a few months I have been living a typical student lifestyle of the same old boring and bland meals every single day, with the intention of trying to eat a lot more healthy and experiment with more foods but having absolutely no idea where to start. Sam Stern has created the perfect foolproof guide to making pretty much anything that you can think of, from simple things like how long to boil and egg to the most tasty pastas, healthy salads and delicious meat dishes all from scratch using fresh ingredients. The book also includes a few tips and tricks on how to save money, techniques and vital equipment and every recipe has a price and time consuming rating so that you can plan quick and easy meals on a budget. The other book is a smoothies and juices book which comes in so handy for recipe inspiration to fuel my smoothie addiction. There is some wonderfully healthy and appetising combinations in this book for a quick and simple fruity fix, stay tuned for some tasty recipes on the blog!

I hope that you all enjoyed your week, I have never been one for giving up things for lent but this year I though that I would set myself a couple of simple goals to achieve to help other people and inspire kindess instead:

- To leave a thoughtful and positive comment on every blog post that I read, to give a little back to the blogging community
- To perform at least one act of kindness every day, whether its a compliment or something as simple as holding the door open for someone. I think that if everyone tried to do this then the world would be a much happier and nicer place, plus even a little act of kindness can make someone's day!

Have you given up anything for lent?


Sarah Clarke said...

I really wanted to give up something for Lent, but I just couldn't really think of anything to give up! I love the idea of goals to inspire kindness though, great idea! :)

Sarah / Sarah Smiles

Amber Davey said...

Loving these weekly posts :) GOT addict here too but... (don't hate me) I didn't like the books :O I think it's the only series/film/anything where I've preferred the series to the book! I only read the first three I just couldn't after that! Maybe if I had more time to read them I'd enjoy them more but I just don't so I prefer books a bit easier to read at the moment, I read enough study books! Alt-j's album is my faaaaave omg! I need to listen to the new Imagine Dragons album then! Love them too :D

Good luck with your lent goals! I don't like when people just give up such generic things for lent. Plus I'm not religious so don't wanna crash the pardy haha :/ but trying to add more kindness in every day is so important, more people need to be doing that and looking out of themselves instead of being so self absorbed.

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