Saturday, June 9, 2018

Five Friday Favourites (a day late)

***I meant to post this yesterday but I completely forgot so can we pretend it is still Friday?***
Another week is over! It's been super rainy here and it's not set to clear up until early next week, I will say it makes having a moonboot a bit more difficult especially when I am getting in/out of my car and need to get the boot on/off.  I finally start my prac on Monday which I am excited about but also nervous about too, it's 5 minutes drive away which is great but as I am doing it full time it will be a full on 3 weeks. I will be practicing a lot of self-care and have told people don't expect anything from me.
My car got new front tyres on Thursday, I always find you go through times of spending and times of saving and I am in times of spending, I have just had to pay for so many things! Thankfully God does provide and I will say I am reducing my spending and increasing my savings which is great plus being on prac for 3 weeks means less time to shop haha.

Planet Shoes Town 2 Black - last year I decided to invest in a good pair of black leather boots to last me more than one season and these were what I bought. Over a year later and they still look new and are holding up great! They offer great support and are the perfect boots to take you through all of winter. I am currently wearing mine with my moonboot and they are the perfect height for a moonboot which is welcome bonus so I'm not hobbling as much :)

Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies - Winter has hit this past week and it's been raining
everyday this week. Thankfully rainy weather means the best baking weather so I whipped up a batch of these on Tuesday and they are so good! I made half with pretzel pieces and half without and they turned out amazing. A bit more involved than the traditional choc chip cookie but it's worth it and the caramel centre is a nice surprise. I used Cadbury Caramels which I cut into 3rds and were the perfect size plus being coated in chocolate is a nice extra.

MOR Perfume Oil Bohemienne - this is one of my recent favourite scents lately! It's not super sweet or too heavy which I love and its the perfect everyday scent. I find it lasts all day and the oil feels so nice to apply to your pressure points. I've mentioned these oils on here before but they are amazing and great perfumes when you don't want to break the bank plus the perfect size for your handbag or when travelling.

Kikki K sale - I have been to Kikki K twice this week and the sale has really been helping me not spend a heap while also getting my shopping fix. I bought a quite a few cards, some pens (my favourite pen is down to $2 so I made sure to stock up!), this small journal as I already have the bigger version which I love and a few other bits and pieces. Also you know it's bad when the workers know you by name so you can stop for a chat when you shop haha!

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck - if you ever want me to be quiet give me a good book to read (or chocolate to eat or a cat to cuddle they all work!) and Rachel's books will keep me quiet for a long time. I love her books and they are the perfect books to read on a cold Winter's day. Her latest book is no exception and an amazing read!
The blurb reads:
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a story of long-lost love and its redemption in future generations.
Romance has never been actress Chloe Daschle’s forte—in life or on screen. But everyone knows who to call for a convincing death scene . . . and it might be killing her career.
When Chloe is given a peek at the script for an epic love story, she decides to take her destiny into her own hands and request an audition for the lead female role, Esther Kingsley. The compelling tale, inspired by family lore and a one-page letter from the colonial ancestor of scriptwriter Jesse Gates, just might break her out of this career-crippling rut. Jesse would rather write about romance than live through it after his past relationship ended in disaster. But once on-set together, the chemistry between Jesse and his leading lady is hard to deny.
Centuries earlier, in the heart of the Revolutionary War, Hamilton Lightfoot and Esther Longfellow wrote their saga off the silver screen. Esther’s Loyalist father opposes any relationship with Hamilton, but Esther must face her beloved father’s disapproval and the dangers of war in order to convince Hamilton of their future together. Hamilton has loved Esther for years, and on the eve of battle pens the love letter she’s always wanted—something straight from the heart.
Set in stunning upcountry South Carolina, The Love Letter is a beautifully-crafted story of the courage it takes to face down fear and chase after love, even in the darkest of times. And just maybe, all these generations later, love can come home in a way not even Hollywood could imagine.
I loved Chloe and Jesse they were wonderful characters and I loved how Rachel brought them together and how their story wrapped into Hamilton Lightfoot and Esther Longfellow's story. It was amazing how the past and present blended together to create such a wonderful story.
I could not put this book down and just when I thought I knew what would happened next something else happened.
I found myself drawn to Chloe and how she was determined not to let her past shape her future all while clinging onto true love and her views of marriage (and love) despite society telling her otherwise.
The other characters we really well portrayed as well and I loved seeing how their stories played out on the pages in front of me.
It's a book that will have you trying to read it as slowly as possible to absorb all the whole story and not miss any key details.
The Love Letter is out June 12th and the perfect Winter read.

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