Monday, 28 July 2014

Discussion | How Do You Organise Your Bookselves?

I'm currently in this awkward stage with my book collection.

Recently, I gave my book shelves a good clean down, which of course meant removing all my books. Being me, I took that opportunity to rearrange my collection... And now I'm wishing I didn't. Why? Well, I just can't get them in an order that I like. I'm not even interested in the previous way it was arranged - which was kind of hodge podge if truth be told.

I have what I call 'collections', so books by a given author (Jodi Picoult, Cecelia Ahern etc), then I have books in series (Sherlock Holmes, Philip Marlowe etc) and also some books - classics - that are part of a collection (World of Stories). These books are all grouped together with their companions, and I'm happy with that, I don't like to separate them. Especially seen as some of these collections are not complete and so I like to know what I still have to purchase.




The one shelf I'm currently happy with - the collection is up to date but still with room to grow... Just to note, not all of my shelves are of the cubby hole variety.

But how do I arrange the rest of them? By genre, colour, alphabetically? I have no idea!

So, I want to know how you arrange your bookshelves. Do you have a system? Are they kind of higgledy piggledy? What matters to you more, appearance or logistics? Have you gone through phases with your organisation, what did you find worked the best in the end? Or, are you like me, lost in this in between stage?

Leave a comment below sharing how you store your books!

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Food & Fitness | Goals


Today I'm sharing a new feature with you - Food & Fitness. I've been wanting to start this feature for a while, but for some reason it's taken me till now to do so. Essentially, I'll be sharing my journey to leading a healthier lifestyle.

Currently, I have a fair few eating habits that I would like to break, primarily comfort eating, as well as introducing healthier meal options and doing regular exercise. Also, learning a little bit about what I'm putting in to my body would be good too.

So why am I sharing this? I think involving others in my journey is great for motivation and keeping a record is a good way to hold myself accountable.

My Goals

- Drink at least 4 bottles (500ml) of water a day.
- No more than one cup of tea to be had daily.
- Exercise at least 3 times a week and do some stretching exercises regularly.
- A couple of days a week have a low carb day, avoiding starchy carbs.
- Eat 3+ portions of fruit and veg a day, 5 portions being preferable.
- 3 meals + 2 snacks.
- Avoid eating after 7pm where possible.
- Everything in moderation.

I think I'm being quite realistic in my aims. I don't necessarily want to lose lbs however there are areas of my body I'm hoping to tone up. My ultimate goal is to lead a healthier lifestyle, not take up some faddy diet - I want this to be sustainable.

I'm looking forward to sharing in this journey and I've quite a few post ideas I'm keen on creating.

If you're currently hoping to get yourself healthier, be sure to let me know of your goals in the comments below!

As always, thanks for stopping by Bits & Bobs :-)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Walk With Me | 20-07-14

I know when I initially started these posts I said they wouldn't be weekly, however they are becoming quite regular here on Bits & Bobs. I enjoy sharing them and it seems like you guys like them, so I've another Walk With Me! Today's edition was taken last Sunday - the weather was glorious, as you can see from the images - and those kinds of days always seem to make the outdoors just that little bit more beautiful, don't you think?







Next time you're out and about, be sure to take in your surroundings, whatever they may be!

As always, thanks for stopping by Bits & Bobs :-)

Monday, 21 July 2014

Rainbow Rowell | Landline



 
The Blurb
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. It's been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and he still loves her - but that almost seems besides the point now.

Two days before they're supposed to visit Neal's family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells him that she can't go. She's a TV writer and something's come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her - he is always a little upset with her - but she doesn't expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she's finally done it. If she's ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It's not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she's been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts...

Is that what she's supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

First Lines
'Georgie pulled into the driveway, swerving to miss a bike. Neal never made Alice put it away.
Apparently bicycles never got stolen back in Nebraska - and people never tried to break in to your house.'

The Plot
I was determined to read a Rainbow Rowell book this summer, and after hearing so many great things about Landline, I decided to check it out (literally, as I borrowed it from my local library. I was the first to actually read this copy - does that make anyone else happy when reading library books, or just me?). Also, the plot spoke to me more than her three previous novels.

Written in third person, for just over a week, we follow Georgie, a career driven woman wanting to get her crumbling marriage back. She knows what she wants, but with family involving themselves and making contact with her husband, via telephone, before he was even her husband (circa 1998), a lot of question and doubt is in mind.

Essentially, Landline is a love story - but one of the best love stories I've encountered.

With the narrative being full of memories, and Georgie reminiscing, we get quite the glimpse into Georgie and Neal's relationship. Their story isn't all hearts and roses, it isn't perfect or flawless - it's real, and beautiful, and one I got lost in.

The Characters
I'm putting it out there, I didn't like Georgie - she's somewhat self centred, takes things for granted, and work comes before her family, just to name a few things. Whilst she does make steps to redeem herself as a person, I don't know if she could truly redeem herself, if she could really change. I think it would be interesting to see the marriage beyond the book's ending.

The main character, Georgie, has quite an identifiable personality, but she isn't the only one in the book who does. Everyone featured in this book has a personality of their own, they aren't cardboard cut outs, they have quirks, and traits and identifiable characteristics - and I'm not just talking about Noomi pretending she's a cat.

There are some characters I would have liked to have known more about, there are some I detested, and some, aka Georgie, I wanted to kick up the butt, but regardless of how I felt about them, they were all real and they all contributed, in their own little way, to the telling of the story.

The Writing
Why, oh why, have I not read more of Rainbow Rowell's work before now?!

I felt all kinds of emotions whilst reading Landline. I also read incredibly quickly, wanting to devour the story in one but at the same time wanting to savour the words. Not only does Landline depict a wonderful story, it conveys a great message too.

The whole time reading Landline I had this feeling of giddiness. It was just perfect - a perfect read for me.

Quotes
'Nobody's lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It's something you make happen - because you love each other.'

'"You cannot be jealous of Dawn - that's like the sun being jealous of a lightbulb."'

'I think I can live without you, but it won't be any kind of life.'

'Heather's face followed her around the room like a sunflower chasing daylight.'

'Wasn't that the point of life? To find someone to share it with?
And if you got that part right, how far wrong could you go? If you were standing next to the person you loved more than everything else, wasn't everything else just scenery?'

Final Thoughts
This book is being added to my collection, ideally before the Christmas season because I think it will make a perfect re-read - I'm all about the re-reads in winter.
 
Where possible, be sure to purchase from a local independent book retailer

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Pinterest Project | Gummy Ice Lollies

The Pin: Gummy Ice Lollies

The Website: 123homeschool4me

My Initial Thoughts: How fun are these lollies?! Colourful, and simple, surely this is a Pinterest Project that can't fail.

I was a little uncertain about the Sprite and gummy bears in terms of sugar content and so used four of my moulds for the Sprite and gummy bears and then the other four moulds for flavoured water and gummy bears.

The End Result: These ice lollies are perfect as a summer time refresher - I shan't lie, the day I write this post I've actually eaten three... Oops.



My Final Thoughts: There are probably a lot healthier ice lollies out there, but I'll definitely be recreating these in the future. The big kid inside of me was in my element making, and enjoying, so I can confirm that children would like making these lollies. Whether they'll be patient enough to let them freeze is another story - I know I checked on mine a few times in the freezing process! My lollies took approximately 4-6 hours to freeze. Also, I actually preferred the Sprite lollies over the peach water ones... Is it a surprise that the sugary one trumped? I think not.

This was only a little project, but I thought I'd share it regardless. Have you tried to recreate anything you've discovered on Pinterest lately? I'd love to know how it turned out, so be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Previous Projects
Weetabix Muffins

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