Lifestyle: May Favourites

May has been a long month for me. Busy at work, insommnia, and W’s exam period means it’s been more than a little stressful. I’ve been making the effort to appreciate things a little more in an attempt to keep myself from falling apart – and it worked!
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Making Nice Dinners

Despite still being firmly on the healthy-eating wagon I’ve been making more of an effort with my daily meals. Making sure I love what I eat has made dinner a highlight of my day. I’ve been loving Falafel Salad with seeds, tzatziki and pitta bread, me and W made a delicious Massaman Curry, and I’ve been experimenting with some pulled pork. My Cauliflower Mac’nCheese proved popular too. Yum yum!

I say I’ve been healthy, but I’ve also had some damn good cheat meals – mainly thee aforementioned curry and pulled pork, but also one of the most AMAZING burgers I’ve had in a long time. Considering it wasn’t on a beach, wasn’t cooked pink, wasn’t even particularly tender, it was just delicious. Mustard mayo and cheese for the win!
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New Clothes

I felt really proud of myself for avoiding the 20%-off-for-students weekend at New Look, and it definitely paid off a fortnight later as everything I wanted to buy was in the sale. I picked up two more playsuits and a few skirts, all with 50-60% off. Winning! All I need now is a black cami style top to wear with skirts in the evenings and I’m all set for my holiday!

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Starting to Bake Again

I’ve been avoiding baking due to trying to lose weight, and not really being tempted by many ‘heathlier’ recipes. This month I made a pretty delicious superfood cereal bar that I’ll be sharing with you soon – and it’s definitely encouraged me to get back in the kitchen. I’ve been craving cupcakes recently too, so I’m sure you might see a recipe pop up soon!

Italy Countdown

Now we’re in June it’s nearly holiday time! Mid-month me and W fly out to Rome for a few days before catching the train to Venice. We’re super excited…and then three days after we get back he moves in with me. I’m frantically trying to plan out posts as the next few months are going to be hectic!
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Blog Reading

I’ve mentioned this a few times, but I follow a HUGE amount of blogs so it can be a little difficult keeping up with them. This month I’ve made an effort to read and comment on as many as possible, and I’ve read some gems in the process. Jack’s post made me feel a lot better about my misrepresentation in the press a few months ago, and with Em being in the Bahamas and Katy in Mallorca these girls have been feeding my wanderlust. No-one more so than Angie though! She’s been talking about her amazing safari experience lately, which is something I am desperate to do. Rosie has made me a little bit tempted to try camping again, whilst Jasmin Charlotte has a playsuit I LOVE. I’d be here all day if I talked about all the recent posts I’ve enjoyed!

I’ve also just been making the most of time to myself, as I know there will be less of that this summer. Painting my nails, face masks, sitting in the quiet with a book, generally just relaxing. Here’s to a more exciting June!

How was your May? Full of revision and exams (I’ve not missed it this year!)?

  • Vanessa Nunn

    Sounds like you’ve had a great month! I need to start getting healthy too! <3 xx

    • ninegrandstudent

      I have, thank you! x

  • All those healthy dishes sound lovely.

    I cannot wait to get back in the kitchen once exams are through 🙂



    • ninegrandstudent

      I cook to procrastinate, so don’t follow my example! x

  • Siobhan Rothwell

    My May was finishing third year and working until coming home for summer! Can’t wait to so summer baking though


    • ninegrandstudent

      Congrats for finishing! x

  • I baked muffins for the first time in my new house like 2 days ago and it was great and they were so delicious! I need to bake more often!

    Tegan xx – Permanent Procrastination

    • ninegrandstudent

      They sound great – what type of muffins? x

  • Oh my that burger looks amazing! Thats so exciting about your trip too – not long to go! Thanks for sharing my post lovely! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • ninegrandstudent

      The burger was so, so good! x

  • SpoonfulofBritt

    That burger looks delicious! Recently I have been into scrapbooking, but not the typical scrapbooking. More so just over the years I have collected things and now I am putting them in a journal. Something I highly suggest if your a hoarder like myself, this is a perfect way to put everything to use in a compact way. Also definitely going to check out some of those blogs you suggested!

    • ninegrandstudent

      It was so, so good! I would love to start scrapbooking someday! x

  • lj

    I know what you mean about making time for yourself – Ive started to prioritise that precious ‘me’ time lately – and It truly makes me remember how important those sacred little moments can be and how much of an impact they make on my day to day well being – so thank you for the reminder 🙂
    LJ –

    • ninegrandstudent

      I completely agree with you! x