Book Review: The Body Book by Cameron Diaz

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So it seems my goal to read 12 books this year and my goal to boost my immunity intertwined with my latest read, as I decided to revisit The Body Book by Cameron DiazThe Body Book by Cameron Diaz.

I originally read this book whilst laying on a sun lounger in Sri Lanka. You can read my original review here. Needless to say A LOT has changed since then!

At first read I loved the book and Cameron’s bubbly tone. This time? It grated a bit. There were too many words – maybe it’s because I’m time poor (or just because I’ve read it before) – but I did think cut the waffle and get to the bloody point woman!

Also, now my body is post-baby and a little (OK, a lot) more squishy I didn’t feel like Diaz was talking to me. This might be my paranoia, or the fact that my life isn’t all about grabbing morning lattes nowadays (these days I drink my coffee black and out of a machine in the kitchen).

You can read my original review here.

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Elliott’s Favourite Toddler Books – 20 months

Elliott loves books and, as a (sadly lapsed) bookworm myself I am so pleased! Find out what books he’s loving at the moment in this video…

Apologies it gets a bit garbled towards the end, I’d had a migrainey week so was still a bit fuzzy! Thanks for watching 🙂

You can find the books here:

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Incy Wincy Spider

How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers

Sometimes by Emma Dodd

Stepping out Together Road Safety Book

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Rabbit’s Nap – Tales from Acorn Wood by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Postman Bear – Tales from Acorn Wood by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Star Wars: Epic Yarns – A New Hope by Wang

Huckleberry Finn by Wang

Rocket Racers by Steve Webb

What books should we add to our collection?

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The Little Book of Hygge

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Hygge – the art of being cosy and introverted and happy and Danish – is to 2016 what KonMari was to 2015.

Minimalism and being kind to your socks (never did get that one) has been replaced by snuggly blankets, warm coffee and cosy socks (that one I do get).

And, as with the KonMari trend Hygge has been cropping up every where in recent weeks, especially this book. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve seen some over-excited YouTuber waving it around in a video. Curious (and slightly jealous of the fact that hubby was treating himself to a new PlayStation game) I decided to see what all the fuss was about and purchased the book during a recent shopping expedition to our local Tesco.

I kind of wanted to dislike it. That’s awful isn’t it? But I’m always a bit anti-trend. Sure, I loved the front cover, who wouldn’t love those cute pictures and that lovely calming blue colour? I loved the fact that the book was tiny and twee. And, do you know what, I loved the contents of the book more.

First up, the idea of Hygge isn’t exactly ground-breaking. Put simply it’s about cosying up with your loved ones, eating stew, drinking coffee, cuddling up in blankets, enjoying soft lighting. Hygge might not translate exactly into English, but for me Hygge translates to chill time. What Meik Wiking (best name ever!) has done, however, is take this simple concept and written about it in a factual way, with lots of stats to back up why the Danes are so god-darn happy; but also an amusing way. His tongue in cheek humour resonates throughout the book and adds an additional warmth (or Hygge factor) to the book.

For someone like me who is running around at a million miles an hour most of the time (hence why this blog hasn’t been updated in such a long time) this book reminded me that it’s OK to take some chill out time and that actually chilling out with friends rather than trying to do something extravagant can be supremely enjoyable.

The part of the book that really struck a chord with me was this page:

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Practicing gratitude was something I used to be really good at. But more recently it’s slipped by the way-side as my time gets taken up with nappy changes, cleaning, tidying, prepping for work and nursery, trying to get out the damn door to get to work and nursery and trying to fit in something that resembles a social life. I really must be better at appreciating things, so I think I’m going to try to start doing daily, or at least weekly, gratitude lists over on my Instagram account (@samheathcock if you would care to take a look).

And, relax…