My Likes and Loves for April 2019

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Every month I am going to be sharing with you my Likes and Loves for the past month. This post will be an eclectic mix of some of the things I have liked or loved in the last month.  Items that were gifted to me for a possible mention within this feature will be clearly marked with a #. 

#Book: Man Vs Toddler The Trials and Triumphs of Toddlerdom

Likes and Loves April 2019 - Man Vs Toddler

I was previously gifted a copy of Matt’s first book, *Dummy, and found it hilarious. It was particularly relevant to us as Daisy was in her first year at the time that we read it. Now we have been gifted a copy of *Man Vs Toddler and the moment I started reading this I remembered Matt’s writing style so vividly. He swears, he has a fantastic type of observational comedy and from the first page of chapter 1 ‘What Is a Toddler?’ I was not only laughing out loud but also reading snippets to my husband, who found it hilarious too. There is quite a bit of hype surrounding this book, as Matt’s first book was hilarious, and I promise it does not disappoint! As the widely circulating meme says; check on your friends with toddlers, WE ARE NOT OK! 

It is fantastic to have something to read along that I can nod too, and know I’m not the only one whose toddler is like a forest fire and full of unreasonable demands! Square melon anyone?

Seriously, this book is hilarious and I really enjoyed escaping Deebs, during chickenpox, to have a break from her and laugh along with this. It is easy to see why Matt is so popular on social media, thanks to the inclusion of photographs and little snippets of private messages. I also LOVED the chapter called ‘What Is A Dad?’ as it featured a few gems, including Matt’s last DIY attempt.

Product: #Vie Naturals Moroccan Hammam Black Soap

Likes and Loves April 2019 - Moroccan Black Soap

This *Moroccan Hammam Black Soap is designed to leave your body feel amazing, and I’ve been loving it. Lately, I have been making a little more time for myself. This mostly involves reading more books and having longer baths. This black soap is designed to be used to exfoliate your skin. So apply it, wait 10 minutes and then use the included Kessa glove to exfoliate your body. My skin felt amazing after using it and it did not disappoint! I used the time I had to wait to condition my hair, pluck my eyebrows, brush my teeth and have a nice face mask.

#Book: Growing Pains

April Likes & Loves

*Growing Pains, by Mike Shooter, is quite a surprising book for me. I started reading it, unsure quite what to think initially. It’s been really fascinating and very gripping for me. Mike shares his own wisdom, as a psychiatrist, throughout this book while also sharing stories of his own childhood and mental health battle. It feels like a personal book, and yet one that can teach me more about myself too. I was reading this book during a very tough week of my own and really finished this book with the resounding feeling that I would be ok, and everyone can make it through tough times. The information in this book was really useful to me, as someone who suffers from anxiety. I started off thinking this was going to be self-help style but it was SO much better than that.

Headspace

Headspace is a mobile app designed to help you take a few minutes out of your day for meditation. This app does have a paid subscription but I’ve been using it for free. I’ve been working through the basics course, which has 10 sessions, each can be selected from 3-10 minutes. I’ve started to make Headspace part of my morning when I’m feeling overwhelmed and I’ve been finding it really useful. We have had quite a lot of stress recently and the Headspace app allowed me to take a few minutes for myself. I feel more in control after I’ve completed one of the guided meditations. Subscriptions are £9.99 monthly, £74.99 annually or £399.99 for a lifetime subscription. Personally, I will probably look to YouTube for guided meditations once I’ve finished the free course, as I’m a bit of a tightwad! 

Book: #Manage Your Money Like a F*cking Grown-Up

My Likes and Loves for April 2019 - Manage Your Money

In this book Sam Beckbessinger teaches you how to manage your money and take control. In this book you will learn about everything from budgeting to why buying a house won’t make you rich. There are exercises to complete in the book and it is presented in a way that is both empowering but funny too. I found the book easy to read, despite it covering quite heavy topics. This book is billed as being the book you wish you had at 25, and I’d have to agree! *Buy it on Amazon now! Since reading the book I’ve made more financial decisions about my future in the last few days than in the entire year so far!

Slow cooker hunters chicken with chips - A look at the finished dish

Slow cooker hunters chicken

My slow cooker hunters chicken recipe is one I have tested a few different ways. I’m really happy with this version and it was absolutely delicious. I love using my slow cooker, as it is a great way to save time, money and effort. Also, it keeps us away from the takeaway and that is good too! Also I’ve perfected a gluten-free slow cooker lasagne recipe recently too!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Likes and Loves for April 2019. I’m really enjoying this regular feature and getting to share more of the smaller aspects of my life with you!

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Books, recipes and apps that I loved in the past month. #personalfinance #bookrecommendations #recipes

4 Responses

  1. Donna April 30, 2019 / 9:52 pm

    That hunters chicken looks amazing! x

    • katykicker May 7, 2019 / 10:34 am

      Thanks so much x

  2. Caz / InvisiblyMe May 5, 2019 / 3:03 pm

    Mmm the chicken looks so good! I love the name of the money management book, for some reason I have a lot of respect for books with swear words in the title! It sounds like an interesting read, and if it can make light of heavy topics and keep it engaging, down to earth and more readable then all the better!
    Caz x

    • katykicker May 7, 2019 / 10:38 am

      The book was fantastic, and I just finished re-reading it and still firmly recommend it. A great read!

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