Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Gino's My Restaurant - 3 Course Lunch Menu

ginos restaurant liverpool set lunch menu

I can’t believe I’ve not been back to Gino’s Restaurant since the wine tasting I did last year! The Mr and I have been planning on popping in for so long but every time we plan to, we either never make it or we forget to book and can’t get in. We popped in for lunch one midweek afternoon, no booking made, and after initially being told there was nothing available - they suddenly found us a table. Well, if I’m getting fed, I’ve going to get a post out of it too!

Back when I did the wine tasting evening down in their Bullion Room, I sampled some of the menu, all of which tasted amazing, but samplers are nothing when it comes to a plateful of food. Their menu changes up seasonally, so we opted for the 3 course lunch menu to really fill our boots and get a taste of what’s currently on offer. 

We sat at a very hidden little table at the back of the restaurant under the stairs, it felt really private and I loved how I could people watch around the whole restaurant. I did find it odd that they originally said they couldn’t seat us, the restaurant was, and did stay less than half full the entire time we where there. So if you can’t get a booking online (which is what I had originally tried to do) don’t be afraid to walk up and try your luck on the door, especially during the mid-week afternoons. 

ginos restaurant liverpool set lunch menu

Onto the food. For starters, I went for the Tomato Bruschetta (v) - classic tomato and basil on a toasted ciabatta. The tomatos tasted so fresh, it was delicious, light and a perfect starte. The Mr went for the Minestrone soup (v) - chunky vegetable soup with toasted ciabatta (v). It was nothing like any minestrone I’ve tried before, again, really fresh and light and perfect after coming in from yet another cold and blustery Spring day. 

ginos restaurant liverpool set lunch menu

We waited a while for the mains but I appreciated the break, chatting and catching up with the Mr over a sparkling rose - Gino’s wine menu is ridiculously extensive, but this one I felt like I remembered from the wine tasting evening and it was very tasty indeed. I’m not usually a rose girl, but this one really hit the spot - just don’t ask me to name it. Bad blogger moment, I failed to snap a picture or note it down! 

ginos restaurant liverpool set lunch menu

Mains served up, I went for the Aubergine Parmigiana - buffalo mozzarella, parmesan cheese, tomato and basil pesto. The portion was huge! As light as my starter might have been, even I struggled to get through all of this! It was delicious, every mouthful was full of flavour, lots of aubergine and I smothered every bite in the basil pesto - I’m a pesto fiend these days, I’m obsessed! No complaints here, one honestly hearty, tasty meal. I just wish I had ordered a side of garlic bread - greedy guts much?

ginos restaurant liverpool set lunch menu

The Mr went for the Fettuccine Bolognese - Aberdeen angus beef and pecorino cheese, it was a scrumptious, perfect Italian dish of thick fettuccine pasta and a creamy, cheesy, bolognese sauce. Funnily enough, and maybe it was just the beef, but it had a distinct burger taste to it - this isn’t a bad thing, but it was unexpected. The Mr cleared his plate, so I’d say that makes it a winner from him!

ginos restaurant liverpool set lunch menu

Dessert came out fast, our plates had barely been off the table before they arrived. I went for the  Chocolate fondant & vanilla ice cream (v). A beautiful melt in the middle, rich, velvety pud that was more moorish with every mouthful. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this is perfect. 

ginos restaurant liverpool set lunch menu

When in an Italian restaurant, there is only one dessert you will find the Mr ordering, and that’s the Tiramisu (v). I’m pretty sure his opinion of the entire experience rested on this dessert. Talk about a slice and a half, when it comes to portion sizes, they really don’t do things by half! One mouthful in and it was a thumbs up from him. I had to get my spoon in there, and it was delightful. Utterly delightful. Light, spongy, creamy, soaked in coffee, the flavours were bang on. Not going to lie, as much as I was enjoying mine, I was a little jealous!

For 3 courses, it comes in at £21pp, which for the amount you get and the very stylish surroundings, is a great price in the city centre. Like I said, we really wanted to experience a good variety off the menu and this was the best way of doing it. 

This wasn’t a PR trip, this was a couple on a little afternoon date, looking for a treat, and finding somewhere they can’t wait to head back to. I love to re-visit places I’ve been to press events for, I’m always eager to know how different the experience is as a regular Joe customer. I’m actually really happy to say the food, the atmosphere and the service were just as good, if not more attentive than when I was a little ol’ VIP guest.

Have you checked out Gino’s restaurant yet?

Until next time, 

Monday, 16 April 2018

War Museum Liverpool - Western Approaches

war museum liverpool western approaches

With an afternoon to spare and a desperate need to get off the couch and go explore somewhere the Mr and I found ourselves outside the War Museum Liverpool - Western Approaches. In the  close to 4 years we have been living in town, we have walked past this place a million and one times and never set foot inside. The Mr is a huge war history buff so it seems like a crime that we haven’t checked this place out until now!

Located on Rumford Street, right behind the Pig & Whistle pub and across from a fully vandalised Banksy (genuinely gutted, I loved this one!). The combined headquarters at Derby House are a series of rabbit warren underground hidden rooms in an original wartime bunker. 

war museum liverpool western approaches

£10.50 per person (prices vary if you’re a concession or student), we spent about 2 hours exploring the bunker and it was fascinating. Seeing all the documents and tools that were used during WW2, this museum is actually home to one of only two surviving phones in the country that once had a direct line to the war cabinet in London. 

WRNS and WAAF personnel lived and worked here 24 hours a day, some for several days at a time. Imagine going to work, not seeing daylight for 5 days, then when you did surface, your home, your family, friends, had potentially been bombed? I can’t even imagine living under that kind of stress and pressure. The rooms are tiny, the ceilings low, the corridors echo, there’s a eerie buzz about the place. 

Though there are lots of little side rooms, offices and lodgings to explore, the star of the show is the map room. The map hangs unchanged since the bunker closed for business in 1945. I would love to know who pushed those last few pins in the map. The map room is fascinating, filled with so many things to pick up, read and explore. There’s also a lot of costumes to try on and really get you into the spirit of things. It doesn’t take much imagination to realise the tension and tears that room has seen, oh if those walls could talk! 

We meandered through the corridors, peeking in and out, handling the exhibits and learning a lot. Though I’m not the war time history buff the Mr is, I found the whole place fascinating. To think there was such an important place literally around the corner from me, it’s amazing the history you can find on your own door step!

Got kids? They actually have little packs for the kids to take around the museum, clues to find and mysteries to solve - not going to lie, I wish we had seen this on the way in as I love this kind of treasure hunt/interactive experience! And if you’re looking for a more in-depth tour of the museum, you can actually hire a personal guide for around £20 per hour. 

The War Museum was a brilliant way to get off the couch, get out and about and learn something new in the process. All too often, going out ends up costing a fortune, is busy, bustling and you don't get an opportunity to switch off and take in what's really around you. Pottering about a museum or gallery is certainly on my list of great local escapes, especially when the weather is not on your side!

war museum liverpool western approaches

If you’ve got an afternoon to spare and want to do something a little different in the city, I would highly recommend visiting the War Museum Liverpool. On the way in you get these little pass style cards that you stamp on the way around the museum - and each card gets you unlimited access to the museum for 6 months! I will be sure to pop back, even if it’s just to play with the typewriters and costumes some more!

war museum liverpool western approaches

What local hidden gems have you found lately?

Until next time, 


Friday, 6 April 2018

Currently Watching #11

movie night ideas

Looking for some tv-series binging or a must watch (or must not) movie to check out? Here’s a look at what I’ve been curled up and chilling to lately.

Mad Men - Series Finale
I think we started Mad Men towards the back end of last year? We absolutely smashed through the 7 seasons - even though Netflix tried to wind me up by denying me the 7th and final season! Amazon Prime to the rescue, and a fiver well spent there! Where do I even begin with this one? I pretty much hated all the characters, even right at the end, I was maybe luke warm towards them but the writing, the visuals, the chemistry - freakin A+++! The dresses? I think I could do an entire post just on my love for the fashion of Mad Men. One of the best shows I have watched through for a long time. I have major issues with last ever episodes of shows, very rarely has a show I have loved ended well. Mad Men ends well. It really does. It ties everything up so nicely, with a little snippet into what the future might hold for the characters. It was heart warming, funny and heartbreaking all at the same time. OH I want to re-watch it already!

Amazing Hotels Beyond the Lobby S.2
This is one of my favourite shows! Season 1 was filled with some seriously breath taking, awe inspiring hotels - so much so I couldn’t imagine them finding any to rival them for a second season. But they have done it, and I swear, so far the season 2 hotels have been even more jaw dropping! From the size to the views, the amenities on offer and the more than a picture postcard worthy locations. I’ve added to many of them to my ‘if I win the lottery’ list!

The X-Files (new season on C5)
I know the season has come to an end but so far, I’m about 6 episodes in and it’s slow going. I remember when I first got into the X-Files. I couldn’t get enough of those Mulder & Scully chasing monsters with butterfly nets moments. But there’s something about the new season that isn’t gripping me in the same way. So many of the developing arcs are winding me up so much. They go against everything we thought we knew. And the Cigarette Smoking Man/William bomb that was dropped - nope, still not over it. Nope. 

Battlestar Galactica 
I first watched Battlestar about 4 - 5 years ago. I got through the entire show so fast I don’t think I took in even half of what was happening. Watching it back now I am noticing so much more. It genuinely feels like I’m watching it for the first time! One thing that really really get’s me is the music choices. Hands down, the best I’ve ever heard on a television show. They just nail it every time, and I swear, some pieces bring me close to tears. 

Jumanji (the new one)
The original Jumanji film will always hold a special place in my heart, the sound of the drumming still gives me goosebumps! I had no idea what to expect from the re-make but it turned out to be 10x better than I was expecting! It was a Jumanji film without trying to rip off, or take anything away, from the original. It could easily have been a stand alone adventure! I found it to be genuinely funny and the little nods to the original film were just too perfect. Would recommend. 

Spiderman: Homecoming
Just another Marvel film. Meh. I wanted to like this one, and in parts I did, I think. But it was so so long. No way did it need to be 2 hours long. There were too many random insignificant moments than added nothing to the story. The only bit I actually did enjoy was finally discovering which character was MJ! 

Master and Commander
I actually read the first book in the Master and Commander series a while back and it was a chore. A great book but a heavier, older style that took me a while to get my head around! Can I remember much of it? Nope! When Matt picked this film one night I was convinced I’d be asleep before the first half was over. Wrong. I was friggin hooked! This film! I didn’t even see the 2 hours go by and I want more by the end of it! Russel Crowe and Paul Bettany are phenomenal together! The drama, the humour, it all just rolls seamlessly. It’s beautifully shot and the action scenes are just manic in the best possible way. It puts your right into the heart of a ship at war on the seas. Just brilliant. Brilliant.

What have you been watching lately?

Until next time, 

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

10 Happy Things

10 happy thoughts

  1. Rekindling my love for student bars with student prices.
  2. We had a mortgage meeting! It wasn't half as scary as I expected, and it went ridiculously well! Feel like I've dipped my toe in the adults only deep end now!
  3. Had a fab catch up with two of my closest friends at Mowglis. I swear, the food in there is beyond good. If in doubt, always go for the Tiffin!
  4. Feast of Fire! Firey sculptures, sparklers in my drinks, Celtic music and a cheesecake in an easter egg! What more do you want from a night out?
  5. 10. Count them. 10 whole days off work. I've been in serious need of some R&R lately, so being able to take a good chunk off time off is exactly what I needed! I used to only take time off for occasions, or planned things. But seriously, taking time off to just sit around in your pjs with a brew and a book is ridiculously underrated!
  6. Talking the longest, loveliest solo walk on the beach in actual sunshine! I even managed to get a little sunburnt!
  7. Birthday celebrations, good food, good friends and good times! Not my birthday, but those of good friends. Nothing like an excuse to let your hair down, have a few cheeky vinos and spoil someone you love. 
  8. I had the biggest clearout of clothes and accessories that I've had since I moved out. 4 bin bags of clothes for the charity shop and 1 bin bag of pure rubbish. It took hours. I wanted to stop half way through. I regretted even starting but, bloody hell was it worth it once it was over and done with. I don't think my wardrobe has ever looked this empty! It felt like a weight had been lifted that I didn't even realise I was carrying!
  9. Easter. What's not to love about an extended weekend, a truck load of tasty treats and a roast to almost rival Christmas dinner? I spent most of Easter with family and it was fab, catching up and chilling out - all over a few too many hot cross buns of course!
  10. Back on the blog. I unintentionally took most of March off from blogging. I keep banging on about my love/hate relationship with the online world. I want more time offline. But I lack the will power at times to stop myself from aimlessly scrolling through Instagram, and Twitter for the 25th time in as many minutes. I love my blog. I love blogging, the community, the opportunites and friends it has brought me. I don't want to give any of that up. Finding the balance is a work in progress but it feels good to see my fingers dance across the keys and hit the publish button!

What's been putting a smile on your face recently?

Until next time, 

Header image:Gaelle Marcel

Monday, 19 March 2018

Currently Reading #8

reading list recommendations

Grab a brew, get yourself comfy and let’s talk about what I’ve been reading recently. If you’re in need of even more books for your ever growing to be read list, you can check out my previous reading round-ups here, filled with page turning little gems! 

The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

I picked this up based on the recommendation of Jen Ross and Christopher Allen. The Underground Railroad is, hands down, a phenomenal read. It’s the story of Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation, where life isn’t just hard, it’s downright terrifying. Cora has nowhere to turn, an outcast in her own community, she is alone in the world, on the verge of womanhood and with no-one to protect her. Caeser, a slave bought from another plantation tells Cora of his plans to escape, and that she should come with him. The Underground Railroad was deemed a myth, a tale of freedom slaves could only dream of - but Caeser believes it exists and it’s there only chance to escape slavery. With nothing but her own life to lose, Cora goes with Caeser and what entails is a dark tale of risks, violence and the true cost of freedom. 

I couldn’t put this book down, I was beyond invested in it! Whitehead weaves a compelling narrative that just keeps moving forward, barely giving you time to come to terms with one terrifying situation after the other. I think Netflix have made a series based on the book so I’m eager to give that a go next!

Alice - Christina Henry

A twisted, modern retelling of the classic we all know and love - dark, bloody, bizarre and violent. This is no fairy tale. Henry’s Alice is locked away in an insane asylum with nothing but a voice on the other side of the wall for company. A freak fire releases her and her friend and something sinister - which sets the two of them on a dark and dangerous path to deal with said sinister thing, in a grimy underground world filled with sexual violence, untrustworthy allies and a dark and bubbling magic. 

At the time of finishing this one, I didn’t like it all that much but the more I think about it, the more I realise I did. It was a modern retelling of a classic that went off the deep end, into the fiery pits and never came back again. Some of the sexual violence seemed excessive, but the modern characterisations of our fairy tale favourites were actually really interesting takes. 

The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman

The second installment of His Dark Materials trilogy. This was a great read! I can’t say I’m loving it more than Harry Potter - which I was warned could happen (as if!), but it is charming and brilliant all on it’s own. 

Lyra finds a boy on the run called Will. Both are on their own missions in this strange new land, and both could do with a helping hand. The Subtle Knife moves along quickly compared with Northern Lights, and with soul eating Spectres, Angels, more magic than you can shake a stick at and the strong willed determination of two little kids, it’s a rapid page turner!

A Shiver of snow and sky - Lisa Lueddecke

Well, this one seems kind of appropriate given that Winter has come and won’t leave us the heck alone! Anyone else sick of having to don 4 extra layers just to pop the top shops? 

This book was not what I expected. Skane, this beautiful, mystical island, where cave walls hold it’s history and the skies talks. Green is good, blue brings snow and red….red is danger of the most life threatening kind. Osa was born 17 years ago, the last time the sky turned red and dozens of lives were lost. With another red sky over head, she is determined to stop history from repeating itself and doing whatever it takes to seek out the islands Goddess and beg for her help. 

This was a great read, slow to start but once it got going I could literally feel shivers go up and down my spine. 

The Six Tudor Queens, Kathrine of Aragon - Alison Weir

We all know my love for all things of the Tudor period, and when I found out Alison Weir was putting together a book for each of Henry VIII’s queens, I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on them. Taking new findings, letters, research and discoveries that have been made in recent years, Weir weaves together this incredible fictional (yet based in fact) tale of Henry’s first, and, if I’m honest, most hard done to, queen. 

See, I get why people are fascinated by Anne, she quite literally caused the King to turn the country upside down to win her hand, and she gave us one of our most magnificent Queens, Elizabeth I. But, if we’re being honest, she also intentionally stole another womans husband. So, there’s that. 

My heart went out to Kathryn whilst reading Weir’s book. She went through hell for her husband, her crown and her home. She was cruelly separated from her daughter, Mary, and intentionally sent to damp and desperate lodgings around the country to be kept far from court, Henry, and Anne’s meddling. Regardless, she refused to bend the knee, she held onto everything she believed in and no matter what Henry threw at her, she loved him, with her last dying breath, she not only loved him, but she forgave him. 

What have you been reading recently?

Until next time, 

Monday, 12 March 2018

One word intention - 3 month update!

one word intention for the year

Back at the beginning of the year, I talked about setting a one word intention for the year ahead. This is something I did last year and it was a huge success. It gives me something to focus on, a touch stone to come back to when I’m starting to teeter off the wagon or in need of grounding. Last year, it was all about discovery, and this year, my chosen word was balance. 3 months down the line, here’s a little look at how I’m getting on. 

In two words; I’m struggling

Turns out finding and creating balance in your life isn’t an easy road. But let’s start with the positives. In a bid for more balance in my life I have so far;

  • Re-started my yoga practice. I’m doing it almost daily now but I’m not beating myself up over the days I miss.
  • I’m meditating. Minimum 10 minutes most days. I tried a 20 minute guided meditation but couldn’t stop myself from getting distracted. Still a lot of work to do there but I am loving how much clearer my mind feels afterwards. I’m bouncing between using the Headspace app and following guided meditation videos from The Honest Guys. 
  • I’m aiming for less screen time. I talked about my addiction to scrolling through social media a few weeks back and since then I have been really really trying to kick the habit. In some ways it’s been a win, I’ve been reading a hell of a lot more, but still find myself with phone in hand for no reason

Which takes us on to the less than positive;

  • Trying to take a step back is hard. I’ve always been of the mindset that if a day hasn’t had a million and one things ticked off a to-do list, then the day has been a waste and I am a terrible person. Letting go of that mindset it bloody difficult. I feel like there’s a fine line between resting and being lazy and at times, I feel like I’m just being lazy and using ‘finding balance’ as a pathetic excuse. Is that really the case? Honestly, I don’t know! 
  • Phases. Everything feels like a phase. Especially when it comes to blogging. I have times where I feel like I have nailed the blog-work-life balance, then fall behind schedule and stress about posts and blog-min. I really want to try working on scheduling my time better, but still leaving wiggle room in there so it doesn’t feel so regimented!

Honestly, last year went so much more smoothly than this. I even found myself questioning whether balance was the right intention for me this year. Then I realised I was giving up because it was hard, so clearly, it is something I need in my life. Not everything is going to be easy, but the harder we have to work for it sometimes, the more rewarding it is in the end. 

How are you getting on with your one word intention for the year?

Until next time, 

Title image:Tyler Milligan

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Nuxe Multipurpose Dry Oil and Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm

nuxe multipurpose dry oil review

Nuxe is one of those brands that I see and hear so much about, but for sometime, failed to get my hands on. When I was in Paris last year, Sephora had both the Nuxe dry oil and Nuxe ultra nourishing lip balm for too good to leave it behind prices, so home they finally came with me!

Nuxe Multipurpose Dry Oil

Price: £29
Pros: Smooth, hydrated skin. Visible improvement on scarring. Visible improvement on split ends.
Cons: Takes a while to get to work. 
Would I buy again? Yes
Score: 3/5

Dry oils are a bit of a no-mans lands for me. They either work miracles or they put my skin right back to square one. Since November, my skin has taken an absolute battering from the elements and I’m having dry patches and breakouts like I haven’t in years. Might sound superficial, but it honestly makes me feel sad. My skin is my confidence and when my skin looks like pants, I feel like pants. 

The Nuxe dry oil is a multi-purpose oil, and I’m all for products with more than one use and benefit - you want to see some bang for your buck! But an oil that can be used on your face and hair? Insert my befuddled face here. 

Enriched with nourishing Tsubaki oil (yeah, I had to Google it too), this oil is an antioxidant pumping  machine, that effectively acts as an armoured shield against pollution and other nasty external elements. Not only does it repair the skin from free radical damage, but it does it in such a luxurious way that you feel like an absolute Queen, oh hello confidence!

I’ve been using this on alternate nights (Tartes Maracuja Oil being my other facial oil) after cleansing. It’s so rich, I wouldn’t put anything else on my skin. It takes a good while to soak in, so I wouldn’t recommend putting it on right before bed, give it at least 20 - 30minutes if you can. 2 Sprays onto the palm of my hand then I warm it up and press into my face, neck, ears and d├ęcolletage. 

Nuxe Multipurpose Dry Oil

Don’t expect to see results over night, it took at least 2 weeks for me to start seeing a noticeable difference. I’m still working on some acne scarring issues on my chin from late last year but slowly they are beginning to fade. 

Remember how I said this was for your hair too? Every other week I will go through my hair after washing and drying and snip off any dead or split ends I can find. Once I’m satisfied (and boy is it satisfying!) I warm just one spray of the oil up on my finger tips and then run it through the ends of my hair. I’ve noticed a dramatic reduction in split ends and dare I say it? My hair feels stronger? It leaves a little tactile residue behind on the hair but nothing visible. 

Nuxe Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm

Cost: £10
Pros: Smells amazing, lips feel softer, dry skin repaired.
Cons: Consistency is waxy and uncomfortable on the lips.
Would I buy again? Yes
Score: 3/5

I had to re-write this review, which is why it should have been up weeks ago but is only just now making an appearance! See, in the beginning, I loved this lip balm, but after a few weeks, I started to hate it. Like really hate it. That waxy consistency on my lips was really starting to annoy me, it made my lips feel like they had a layer over the top and if I put it on before bed, I would wake up with this really grim film across my lips. Gross much. 

I stopped using it for about 2 weeks, during which time it got really cold. And my lips got really chapped. I tried every other balm in my arsenal but nothing seemed to be working - and there’s nothing worse than cracked, flakey lips, that turn every smile into a grimace. One morning the Nuxe lip balm just rolled it’s way to the front of my drawer and, well folks, desperate times call for desperate measures. So I popped on and hoped for the best.

Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm

And the best I got! Within days my lips finally looked like they belonged to a human and not the lizard people. They looked and felt so soft. The waxy consistency still bothers me but, it’s a bother I’m willing to put up with. I only use the lip balm twice a day and I don’t need to use anything else for the rest of the day. Once in the morning and once before bed and my lips just stay super hydrated! For whatever reason, I don’t get the gross film on my lips when wearing it overnight anymore either - strange but true!

Have you tried either of these products? Have you ever had a product you’ve hated in the past suddenly become a new favourite? 

Until next time, 

Monday, 5 March 2018

Offline habits and hobbies - March 2018

offline habits and hobbies

After talking about my addiction to scrolling through social media a few posts ago, I’ve been making a much more conscious effort to get away from the screen. That in itself caused me a bit of a problem, because if I’m not looking at a screen, what am I doing? 

Here’s my way of thinking, I have been online in some shape or form for years. Mostly writing, from the Livejournal days to back when I was rolling in Amazon vouchers thanks to DooYoo product reviews. I dabbled in forums, I churned out a few articles for Hubpages, and eventually found my way to blogging. Question is, what do bloggers do when they’re not blogging? When they’re not taking and editing pictures, creating content, going to events or pulling their hair out over DA scores and broken links? Outside of spending time with friends and family, it started to dawn on me that I had zero other hobbies outside of blogging. I had zero screen free hobbies *insert screams of horror here*. 

OK, that probably doesn’t sound too terrifying to some of you, but for me, it’s scarier than marionette puppets (and they are pee my pants level scary FYI). I feel like my eyes are constantly stuck to the screen, scrolling through Instagram for no reason or re-reading the same tweets from 5 minutes ago. 

So, with an already too long introduction under the belt of this post, let’s get to the actual point of it. I need offline habits and hobbies in my life. And maybe you do too. 

I’m going to take this on a month by month basis to see what offline habits and hobbies stick. 

Here’s the offline habits and hobbies I’ll be giving a go this month!

Spencerian script

When I was a kid I remember getting a calligraphy set for Christmas, with real fountain pens and fancy paper to practice on. I love it. I don’t remember being very good but I do remember losing running out of all the ink cartridges and never picking it up again. During a sick day YouTube auto play ON binge session, I ended up on a video about Bullet Journal handwriting practice - which then led me to Spencerian. Spencerian is a form of oh so fancy calligraphy script developed back in the 1800’s by Mr.Spencer. I picked up a set of 5 exercise books and a theory book for over a tenner on Amazon and so far, have really enjoyed working my way through them. I’m not exactly discovering an unknown talent, but I’m having fun practicing - and I’m not looking at any screens!


Yes, I have to pop a video on a screen to follow, but I am actively engaged throughout the video, so I’m counting this as an offline, almost screen-free hobby. Not only is this really helping me with my intention for the year - balance - but it’s giving me some much needed self care time on the mat. I’m toying with the idea of checking out some local classes too!


If you really want to switch off from the distraction of the screen, meditation is the way to go. I do follow guided meditations right now, but my eyes are closed and I’m not looking, or even thinking, about the screen. 10 minutes is about the max I can do before I start to fidget, but it’s a good start. Again, this is much needed time for personal self care. It’s ridiculous how much stress actually comes from all this time spent scrolling through social media. Whether your a blogger comparing the numbers or comparing your body to one that has potentially been edited to the impossible - it’s not good for you. End of. 


My longest relationship has been with books. But I’ve found myself really neglecting them of late. Sure, I’ll put the kettle on, I’ll get all snug and comfy, I’ll open up my current read - and my phone will be right next to me. I can see it light up out the corner of my eye, so I’ll pick it up. I finish a chapter - I have a quick 15 minute scroll through Instagram. I put it down, read a line, OH, it’s lighting up again - down goes the book, up comes the phone. It’s bloody ridiculous. I used to spend hours between the pages, the end of the world could not have torn my attention away once upon a time. That’s the level I want to get back to. So it’s head down, book open and phone on the other side of the room. Let’s see how long I can resist it for when it’s not within arms reach - place your bets now!

offline habits and hobbies

Could you do with developing more offline habits and hobbies? I’ll report back next month on how these few went, if I keep them up and what I plan on trying next! Here’s to seeing if it’s possible to be an online content creator whilst spending limited time online someday!

Until next time, 

Header Image Photo by MJ S on Unsplash
2nd Photo by John Jennings on Unsplash