Life Rambles: Friday Favourites #101

101 Friday favourite posts. What!? How did that happen. It feels quite poetic that the first one of these in 2018 should be number 101. It’s quite a tidy way to start the year, don’t you think?

<> First up on this week’s list is the New Year. We’re only five days into it so it cannot be ignored. I’ve said it a couple of times but I love the potential of a new year. So while I hate the idea of celebrating big on New Year’s Eve, I do like the clean slate that New Year’s day brings. I spent the first of January wandering in the park, organising things and cooking a delicious dinner. Pretty much the perfect day.

<> As part of my organisational day above I’ve now set up my new bullet journal. Hurrah! I’ve been bullet journaling for over 18 months now so I’ve got a good grasp on how I want to set things up and what I want to get from it. It’s the first ever diary system that I’ve used consistently and I think that’s probably because it’s so adaptable and easy to make your own.


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<> Next up on the Friday’s favourites list is a book, Coraline by Neil Gaiman. This is my second read of 2018, and it’s a gorgeous book. My copy is the special anniversary edition which has glorious illustrations from Chris Riddell at the start of each chapter. Just the perfect introduction into what is to come over the next few pages. I fell completely and utterly in love with this story, which feels like a modern day fairytale where good triumphs over evil.

<> Earlier this week I booked in a Thursday cinema trip to watch the latest Pitch Perfect film. And I loved it. It’s the perfect mix of silly, heart-warming and funny to keep me happy. It is exactly the type of film I needed on my first week back to work. Plus the music is always good in these films. The last song was my favourite I think and the film is a nice ending to a good film series.

<> Over the last week I’ve been reigniting my love for jigsaw puzzles. After starting one with my Mum back in Surrey, I really got the bug for the challenge. So on my return to London I promptly got started with one on my kitchen table. It’s the perfect de-stress from work, and I’m very much enjoying sitting there into the evening trying to find the right piece to finish off my harbour scene puzzle.




<> I’ve been listening to the radio a lot this week. I’ve taken to having it on in the background if I’m in the kitchen, so it’s been on pretty much all the time as I conquer my jigsaw. The radio channel of choice right now is Classic FM, which I find incredibly soothing. I’m also realising that I know a lot more classical music that I thought possible. So thanks to the parents and grandparents for that.

<> Lastly on this first favourites list of 2018 is food. Slow cooker food to be exact. We’ve had a couple of slow cooker meals over the last seven days {vegetable lasagna and chicken pilaf), which is one of the perks of having time off work. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of cooking this way. It’s so easy and the house smells divine for hours! We’re planning to try this recipe for tomorrow’s games night with friends.

How has this first week of January been for you? Have you settled quickly back into work, or are you feeling the strain of 2018 already?

Laura xx