April Favourites

Spring is here! Gosh, I'm so excited for the warmer weather to arrive. This post is going up a few days later than planned, but for a good reason - I haven't spent much time at my computer because I've been exploring London with my mom who has been visiting us from South Africa over the past few weeks. I have a few exciting posts that I'll be sharing with all of you over the next couple of months featuring the likes of Notting Hill, the city of Bath, and other exciting places that are worth visiting if you ever find yourself in London. I'm currently sitting in Amsterdam with my husband, enjoying a week away before class starts again. I feel so blessed to have these opportunities to travel to new and exciting places whilst we're living here in the UK! Anyway, I've slowly but surely been putting together this post that includes some of the things that I've been enjoying over the past month. I hope you like it!

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, meaning, at no cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you choose to click through and purchase some of these products. I have not been paid to include any of the products in this post, but have enjoyed using them myself and have decided to share them with you.


reading

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I received Pixie Turner's book, The Wellness Rebel, in the post last week. Although I haven't had time to sit down and read through it properly yet, the first few pages that I managed to read were great. I'm pretty excited to get through the rest of it over the next few weeks. With the 'wellness' world continuing to grow and thrive, it can become a bit confusing for the average person to know what nutrition advice is based on fact and what is based on opinion. Pixie's book contains a great balance of evidence-based nutrition advice, myth-busting, and some seriously delicious recipes. I volunteered to test out a few of the recipes for her whilst she was writing the book and can vouch for the fact that they are absolutely delicious. 

 

Watching

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine - After enjoying this series over the past few years, we recently decided to purchase the newest Brooklyn Nine-Nine season on Amazon. It's just fun to watch and doesn't require much concentration or thought (haha). For those of you who aren't too keen to make the investment, do yourselves a favour and watch a few of the funniest moments of the show here and here.

  • The Meyerowitz Stories on Netflix - It's strange watching Adam Sandler play a serious character in a film, but I thought that he did a pretty great job in this one (so did a number of film critics). The movie follows a dysfunctional family trying to live their lives in the shadow of their pretty dysfunctional father. The movie is quirky, funny, dry, and bittersweet all in one. I really enjoyed watching it.

 

listening

  • Tell All My Friends by Will Reagan & United Pursuit - This album has been playing on repeat since I first heard this song (Not In a Hurry) at small group a few weeks back.

  • Nutrition Matters podcast by Paige Smathers - I have been sharing a few of my favourite episodes on my Instagram stories for a while now, but it's worth mentioning in this month's favourites because this is such a gem. Every single guest that Paige has on the podcast has new and interesting expertise to share, so please do check it out if you need something great to listen to.

 

Nutrition-related Research

Lyu Q, Hsu C. Can Diet Influence Our Health by Altering Intestinal Microbiota-Derived Fecal Metabolites? mSystems. 2018;3(2):e00187-17.

I've touched on the gut microbiome multiple times here on the blog before, so I'm sure you already know that this area of research is of interest to me. The paper linked above is an interesting one that I enjoyed reading through. The researchers take a look at the many specialised metabolites that gut microflora produce and use to communicate with their human host, as well as chemical compounds in the diet that shape the gut flora. They propose the 'gut microbiome-metabolomic-human health axis' as an important area to help us understand which and how the gut microbe-derived specialized metabolites affect human health, and suggest that cutting-edge metabolomics will bridge microbiology and human health. You can read the full paper here if you struggle to access it using the link above.

 

eating

I found this 1kg Pip & Nut Smooth Peanut Butter on special at Whole Foods recently - what a win! It is honestly the most ridiculously delicious peanut butter that I've ever tasted. I remember first learning about the brand about a year ago after Laura Thomas featured Pip Murray (the founder of Pip & Nut) on an episode of Don't Salt My Game. Her story is pretty inspiring, particularly for anyone starting a small business in the food industry so give the episode a listen if you have some time. Anyway, back to the peanut butter - It pretty much contains only peanuts and a little bit of sea salt, so no added sugar, no palm oil, and no other emulsifiers or stabilisers. It makes for the perfect PB&J toast, drizzled on slices of apple, or stirred into warm porridge.

 

must-read Blogs

This one might be a bit lame, because I am one of the contributors towards the platform, but I have reallt been loving some of the features that have been shared on Glow recently that have focused on skincare. I've started to think a bit more about the skin products that I choose to use, so these features were particularly interesting to read (Image credits - Marize Albertyn & Caitlin Smit for Glow Gathering)

 
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Instagram Favourite

Between beautiful pictures of delicious, wholesome food and many others of her sweet little one,  @tallulahalexandra has such an amazing Instagram page. It's definitely worth following her! Her blog, In My Bowl, is actually also one of my must-read blogs for the month. Some of my favourite posts include: 

 

Wish List

  • I wouldn't mind a new pair of leggings for running. My old, cheap ones from Woolies tore last week, thank goodness I was exercising at home - perhaps these ones, these ones, or these ones (ok those last ones are way out of my price range, but that's why they're on this wish list haha)

  • Any of Maria Magdalena's prints - how beautiful are they?

 

Update on March goals

  • Keep learning French, one small step at a time - I have been slacking on this front over the last month haha. The mountain of coursework that I had to get through over the past few weeks has been taking up most of my brain space recently. BUT I still want to keep this goal on my 'to-do' list, so it's still going to be one of my goals going into this next month.

  • Write and send a few postcards - I have written and sent a few postcards to friends and family back home this week (they are the most beautiful postcards). Although it requires a bit of planning and thought, writing a short note or more lengthy letter using a pen and paper can be very therapeutic.

 

April goals

  • Sunday social media detox - I was pretty good at staying off of social media for one full day on the weekends during January, but have let it slide recently. I really do enjoy switching off completely for 24 hours for the sake of my productivity and overall mental health, so will try to honour this goal over the next month.

  • Dry brushing - This may seem like a silly one, but I bought a dry brush a few days ago and have been enjoying using it once a day, usually before or after having a shower. I enjoyed reading a bit about using a dry brush on Glow a few months ago, and would like to incorporate this practice into my daily routine as a form of self-care and time to be quiet before or after a busy day.

 

Inspiration

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love
— 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

 

Have a wonderful weekend friends!