Review: A Stash of One’s Own, Clara Parkes

As a book-loving knitter with a sizeable stash, it was almost a given that I would read this book. I requested it for Christmas, and my husband kindly came through. It’s hard to review a book like this, a collection of essays. Inevitably some of the essays strike home more than others. Some of the…

Where Has February Gone?

Seriously. Where? I know it’s a short month, but it has zoomed by in a blur of flu, work and attempts to keep up with my hobbies. I have read, it turns out, four books in February. Who knew!? Tracking in Goodreads is rather helpful!! Heads or Tails, Leslie Gordon The Improbability of Love, Hannah…

Big Bones

My current book for the middle of the night is Big Bones by Laura Dockrill. I have an e copy through Net Galley and requested it after seeing it mentioned on several YouTube channels. I wanted to read it and I wanted to love it. But for about the first half of the book, I…

Eat Up!

This morning I finally finished reading Ruby Tandoh’s Eat Up! It’s taken me a little while as I have been reading it as an actual physical book, rather than an an ebook on my phone. I get more time for the latter as I can read in the middle of the night whilst my reluctant-to-stay-asleep…

All About Nursing Bras

About seventeen months ago I landed with a bump in the confusing world of nursing bras. I went through my pregnancy wearing some wildly unsupportive maternity/nursing bras from a high street shop and hated them. When Small finally came along I panic bought anything that came in S, M, L type sizes. I had neither…

On Self Care

Today my Twitter timeline has provided two different articles that are about self care. This one from The Pool and this from Gamer Crafting. The first talks about how we define self care and that for some of us it’s about what we need to continue to function more than it is about a candlit…

Plastic Fantastic: February Changes

So, now it’s February, it’s time for some new changes regarding my plastic use! I introduced some new things in January, and they’re going well. What next? Toiletries It’s taken me years to find a skincare regime that works for me, and honestly, abandoning that would not class as a small change. Particularly given that…

Three Book Reviews

I have had a bit of a book finishing binge in the last week or so. First was Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon and I got my copy via Net Galley. This was one of those books that you finish and then want to start again right away. It’s full of lots of…

Plastic Fantastic: January Check In

So, I talked at the beginning of the month about some changes I wanted to make in January to help decrease my plastic consumption. The changes were relating to use of conventional deodorant, plastic shopping bags, and plastic packaged toilet paper. On the whole, this has actually been less of a challenge than I really…

Being Me

One of the interesting things about being self employed and spending so much more time at home than I ever did before, is my relationship with clothing and my personal appearance in general. As an employee, I always erred on the side of conservatism. I tried to emulate the other women I worked with, but…