Escapism On The Couch!

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I have been coming down with those Winter Blues!

 

With hail, wind and rain I don’t want to venture outside. The best I can do is to take a peak, and admire the contrast of warm bright deep pink flowers and cold icy white hail in the garden. A peak is all I take, because I can’t wait to get back inside.

 

Winter Blues! I make the most of them, curl up on my couch and read a book.

 

Escapism on the couch!  It was a really good book, the type of book I just couldn’t put down, I just had to keep reading it, until the very end. It was called The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, I can only describe it as a chick lit thriller full of suspension. The perfect read for a Happy Suburban Chick suffering from Winter Blues.

 

How do you escape the Winter Blues?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Book Review~ The Food of Love Cookery School.

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I am always looking for a book to encourage me and give me good ideas of how to live more beautifully, and this was one of those books.

The Food of Love Cookery School by Nicky Pellegino, this is a lovely fiction book, perfect for that holiday read. It explores the journey of four lovely ladies and a owner of an Sicilian Cooking school which dose small holiday groups. It was easy to relate to the characters and fall in love with the story. It made me wish and dream about going on a cooking adventure for a holiday. At time of reading this book I was on holidays so it inspired me to enjoy my meals out a little more, and be more selective about what I was eating, savouring all the flavours. 

Some of the take-aways I got from reading this book, was that we can enjoy our own daily  cooking adventures, from selecting good fresh seasonal ingredients to cooking simple and flavourful dishes. Also the joy of enjoy food and sharing the experience with others. 
Whilst one of the characters highlighted another important point, “ All I need is a decent cookbook and I can go anywhere at all from the comfort of my own kitchen: Morocco, Mexico, China, you name it.” Moll is passionate about her cooking and talks about her cooking adventures at home. “ On weekends I’m always off on little adventures. I love finding spice shops or Italian delis and just breathing in the air. I lust after new recipes and the flavours I might find in them.” I finds such words and her characters story so inspiring and it made me more aware how I could have more of my own cooking adventures at home. Whilst the characters grandmother Nonna, reminded me it was not all about perfection rather the passion to come up with good dishes, and to be a little adventurous seek out new dishes and make them your own. 
I really enjoyed reading this book the love story about food and the lovely story that unfolds throughout  the novel. I enjoyed getting to know the main characters and learning about their journey. This book I felt was an encouragement to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, to pursue dreams and really enjoy food and the creating and sharing of food dishes.
Whilst it is the Easter weekend and I am spending Easter at work this year, even on special weekends and public holidays people get sick and need to be cared for, so off to work I go.
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Wishing you all a wonderful Easter! 
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Book Reading Musings

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I have books all over my house; I love the feel and touch of real books. I love the convenience and portability of my Kindle. I just love reading books, and learning new things. I also enjoy reading a book to simple relax, be entertained and to keep my imagination busy. This got me thinking, it would be fun to add my favorite readings to the blog, so this will be a new addition to my blog, which I hope to do on a regular basis. This already excites me so let’s get started.

 

 Review of the book: Living the Savvy Life by Melissa Tosetti and Kevin Gibbons

I am currently reading a book called Living the Savvy Life by Melissa Tosetti and Kevin Gibbons. It is mostly focused on money management for women. The Savvy women’s philosophy is “of saving money on the things that aren’t as important to you so you so you can afford to spend money on the things that are most important to you.” Page 30. An example of this in the book is cutting down on several average meals a week, by cooking more meals at home and then having the savings to spend on going out to a real classy restaurant and enjoying a quality meal and experience. I chose that example because I could relate to it. I notice that I often go out and end up having very average or below average takeaway meals. It would make more sense to pack a picnic lunch and have the joy of putting the money towards a really good night out or lunch at a restaurant. The book also gives examples of saving in other areas of spending, and using the savings towards a travel goal. So it is about making quality spending choices in the area of the things and experiences you really want in your life.

 

It also gives good quality advise like spending less than you make, saving 20percent of your income, paying yourself first, and paying your bills on pay day.

It encourages the reading to really look at spending habits by tracking their spending and take a realistic assessment of where they are currently. It encourages people to set some financial goals, for example savings, or big purchases like a home, or even travel. It is a good idea to set goals, actionable steps and to set a dead line time. The writer suggests we spend our money on the things we love. This is not always easy because we can be lured into buying things we don’t want or need by advertising and even by what we think we are expected to have like a new car, when all we need is a reliable car, and would much sooner travel somewhere each year.

There are also lots of tips on ways to save money in different areas. Some examples are as follows:

  1. Home: take care of what you have~ Finding ways to make cleaning more fun like playing your favorite music, turning it into a mini workout and rewarding yourself for completing the job. I also add make your own natural cleaners, which will smell, better and be more friendly to use.

 

  1. Entertainment: Take advantage of free community events such as festivals and music in the park, often even children’s or family days in your city . ~Check local newspapers, council web sites, and community boards for these.

 

  1. Wardrobe: If you love fashion you could set up a spending budget for it~ The idea of allocating a certain amount of money towards the fashion contents of our wardrobe. This can also include planning purchases and thinking about quality core basics that last for years.

 

  1. Food: Develop cooking skills~ This could be trying to make one new dish a week, and taking advantage of all the great free recipe resources that are out there. I like this idea because with practice cooking nice inexpensive dishes becomes easy and enjoyable. It is also a way to be creative in the kitchen.

 

It also provides a chapter with questions so as you can identify your own saving’s goals. This is a great book about managing your money, making savings, and taking charge of your own lifestyle by choosing to spend money on the things and experiences you love.

 

Personally I loved the mindset it encourages, which is you can afford to live the life you love, by being more mindful about spending plus more purposeful in how you manage your money. It has encourage me to think more in terms of quality and less stuff, saving for holidays, and saving for the future, and watching for those areas where I waste money on things or experiences that just are not that important to me. Mostly it reminds me not to compare myself to others, rather to focus on what my finance goals are to create the life for family and myself that we want to live.

 What have you been excited about reading?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Fran Dishon

Fran Dishon

 

 

The Reading Corner~Self-care Tip No.2

The Reading Corner,

I love the feel and smell of a real book!

I love the feel and smell of a real book!

After a busy few days of work I found myself just falling in a heap. Just feeling exhausted! I realized that I just needed to slow down and rest. I sat in my comfy lounge chair, which is in a nice quiet corner. I sat for a while reading a book, sipping my tea. A beautiful way to simply slow down life and enjoy the simple pleasure of reading.

 

Important things to remember each day! 

Be Kind to others and be kind to myself! Be Kind, and indulge in a little self –care.

 I am responsible for caring for others, in order to do that I must care for me.

 

So be kind to yourself. Wishing you all a wonderful day!