March seems to have lasted forever, but at the same time I can’t actually believe we’re into April already! It feels like the winter is behind us and over the horizon I can sense a very hot summer. Although I’m quite happy sticking with spring for a while longer. It’s my favourite season after all 🙂
First off I have to mention The Night Manager.
Oh my God, it was TV epic-ness.
It’s a BBC1 new thriller drama that has had every one talking, and most people appreciating the fine human specimens on-screen.
It’s the James Bond of the service industry.
The series is based upon the John Le Carre novel and the concluding episode literally had me on the edge of my seat. There were so many times I wanted to turn off the TV because I really didn’t want to watch the potential horror unfold.
But I managed to get to the end and was absolutely thrilled with how well it played out. I’m looking forward to series 2.
There will be a second series right?! If you’ve not seen it then you need to. If you have seen it and you didn’t like it, then we totally can’t be friends ;).
Another series that I got into was Odyssey starring Anna Friel, first aired on BBC2.
This has been on our sky planner for what seemed like forever. The title never really grabbed me, but the storyline sounded interesting. So it stayed on the planner until we decided to just give it a go.
It’s very much like Homeland in terms of subject but goes down a different line by following a stranded female soldier trying to make her way back home to her family who believe her dead. What unfolds is a tangled web of lies as part of an international military conspiracy, which leads to death, destruction and more lies.
It’s “sink your teeth into it” good. Again I hope there’s a second series to follow.
I actually managed a couple of books this month. The first one was a Jodi Picoult book called Change of Heart.
It’s a book about forgiveness, loss and the possibility of salvation.
It puts a Mother in one of the hardest predicaments. On the one hand she has a daughter with a heart defect who will die without a heart transplant. On the other hand the only person that’s a donor match and could give her daughter a chance at life is Shay Bourne- the man convicted of murdering her husband and first born.
There are many biblical references and parallels between Shay Bourne and Jesus. Which makes for really interesting reading. If a man is capable of doing some of the miracles Jesus was supposedly able to do, where would we stand if that man turned out to be a convicted murderer. It certainly becomes a dilemma for the priest in the novel who questions his faith, his church and his whole belief system.
It’s far fetched and the ending was fairly predictable, but it still had me caught up in it right to the very last page.
Luckily the second book I read was a lot less serious, Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan. Chick lit perfection.
Take three female best friends living in NYC, all kick starting a new business venture (inspiration moment), throw in a few luscious men with a few relationship hitches and you have the basis of a great chick lit.
As this book is part of a trilogy I won’t have to wait too long to get my next fix. Although don’t despair, each book is its own story in its own right!
This is great holiday reading material, or good escapism material.
The little one had a new book this month too, which I just adore!
It’s a book created by Itsyourstory and it’s personalised using his name and a picture I submitted of him.
I was overjoyed when we received this, because it’s just the cutest.
The book we chose was a counting book called From 1 to 10. On every page there’s a different illustration incorporating my Son’s face, which is hilarious for me, and educational for him.
^^count the huskies
It’s such a beautiful book that actually I refrain from letting him touch the pages when we read it because I really don’t want him to ruin it (ripping pages is a favourite past time of his at the moment). I’m very tempted to get the A-Z book too.
In terms of products I’m going to have to mention our little Easter egg hunt. I’m not anti chocolate by any means, but I didn’t really see the point of buying a big Easter egg for my son this year, but I also didn’t want him to go completely without. And I definitely didn’t want him to miss out on an Easter egg hunt.
So these chocolate quail eggs by Choc on Choc were perfect.
Because the weather wasn’t great we held our Easter egg hunt indoors, and Little London went around our living room searching for the hidden eggs and putting them into his basket.
When he found all 12 eggs (perfect number to represent the stations of the cross), he handed me the bucket and we gave him his little Easter present.
We gave him some of the chocolate too but actually we ate most of it ourselves. I don’t deal with toddler sugar highs well, and if I’m being honest he is none the wiser. He actually has a thing for shoes so that was much more exciting for him!
I also have to mention The Super Yummies range by Danone and endorsed by Cow and Gate. It’s a new range that’s been created with the help of real mums and nutritionists.
You may have noticed the range in your supermarkets, and I have to say it’s definitely worth giving them ago. None of their products contain added salt or sugars and everything is made with real ingredients.
The yogurt and fruit pouches, and also the rice cakes will appeal to all children, and are pretty standard in terms of what you might find down the toddler food aisle- they’re always a hit!
But the more unique snacks certainly had me excited because they’re a bit different to the other products I’ve seen.
The freeze dried beetroot and parsnip slices were really tasty. They were like crisps but made 100% from vegetables. They aren’t strong in taste so your little ones will palate them easily without realising they’re vegetables, especially if you call them crisps as I learnt ;).
The strawberry and yoghurt fruit pieces are very similar and are also freeze dried. Great for those with a sweeter tooth.
I adored the big resealable pouch of breadsticks. They are gently baked and our ones had flakes of spinach through them. Little London was none the wiser regarding the green speckles and often requested “more biscuits.”
All in all a great March :).