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5 things I’m loving

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to a new segment of Blah Blah! 5 things I love this week. Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions for things to include I would love to hear them.

Mainly, I’ll be focusing on small things that are helping us along the path to a beautiful life that doesn’t cost the earth. Oh, you know, a bit of beauty, food, home, travel, food, wellbeing or kid stuff.

1. Brooms. You may well ask how I can love brooms. But lookie…

BroomsThey’re pretty, mostly compost-friendly and almost entirely made with stuff that grows out of the ground. These brooms I bought in a local Vietnamese supermarket for nix are a bit of a fave, particularly the little one I use with a dustpan.

Gordon has taken a while to come round, because they work with a dragging style of sweep instead of a wooshy sweep. Oh, and I do need to warn you that brands seem to vary and the cheaper ones need to whacked a lot before using, as ironically they can create a bit of dust at first, but I still love them. If you don’t have an Asian supermarket near you, they can be found here.

2. Mascara. It’s no secret I love to make my own beauty products, but I know I’m never going to be able to replicate the eyelash extensions I had on my wedding day at home, but this mascara I was given by L’Oreal gets pretty darn close. Maybe it’s because I hardly ever wear mascara. Usually, I just dab a bit of jojoba on the ends of my eyelashes to give them a bit of gloss and nourishment, but a hardcore mascara is handy for special occasions. MascaraI have to confess, I’m finding it a bit weird looking at my eyes this close, but I wanted to show you what I meant.

3. Armchair travel. This travel post by Eat Read Love has me pining for Bali and now I’m dreaming of picnics in rice paddies.Eat-read-love

4. This kale pesto recipe.

Erin-made-this I’m in the mood to eat lots of vegetables at the moment. You see, I have this theory that most diets are really cunning plans to make us eat more vegetables and if I just eat more vegetables I don’t have to give up anything. I’ll let you know how I go with my theory, but in the meantime, this kale pesto would make any vegetable taste better.

5. Incidental exercise. Are you like me and struggling to fit in dedicated exercise time? I’ve actually started scheduling incidental exercise, which sounds like an oxymoron, but basically I put ‘walking somewhere’ in the diary at least once a day, whether to work, the park, preschool or shops and carrying the not-so-little one is proving very good for a bit of weight-loading. I love the moments it gives me to stop and smell the roses, too.Walking-with-boys

That or jumping on the trampoline with my big boy every morning.

What are you loving at the moment?

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Cybele Masterman (Bele) trained as a beauty therapist, aromatherapist and journalist. After working as all of the above has found herself on a quest for a beautiful and meaningful life that doesn't cost the earth. Follow on google: +blahblahmagazine twitter: @blahblahzine or Instagram: BlahBlahMagazine

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  1. I’m loving our first week of homeschooling.

    • That’s great news. I know it’s something I’ll need to consider if we go on our big adventure, but I’m a bit worried because I’m not a natural teacher x

      • That’s ok. You can learn alongside your children. I think this is great as you get to teach them that your learning never stops and shows children that you aren’t perfect either. It gives children the permission to make mistakes.

        Thank you for linking this up to #ThankfulThursday

  2. I’m loving my kids. Little bundles of deliciousness they are.

  3. I am loving the start of Spring, fresh cut lawn and tidying up the yard. I even turned all the sprinklers on today, the ground is so dry already. It was fabulous to watch the water spraying on the garden in the afternoon sun.

  4. I need to get a trampoline for the kids so I can do some incidental exercise.

    • Better than a gym membership for me. It’s funny because I was reading about the benefits of ‘rebounding’ and I realised they were talking about have a good old jump on the trampoline. It really is brilliant exercise x

  5. I am jealous that you can jump on a trampoline.. if you know what I mean. I am loving that I got to give you a big hug in person last week 🙂 oh and I am loving the sunshine today. xx

  6. Thanks for the feature! I might make some this weekend actually! x

  7. I am a huge mascara fan too, my current fave is Napoleon’s Mesmer-Eyes, I love the two-sided brush/comb.

  8. Oh, I have almost finished my current Nutrimetics mascara and am thinking I need to try something new, I might have to give that one a go!

    And I am loving that Dave and I are heading in to the city today for a much-needed 24 hours of kid-free adult time. It’s a belated anniversary gift for ourselves and I can’t wait to eat all the food, drink all the cocktail and have all the sleep!

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