Introducing – The Friday Five

I used to have a feature on my old blog called “Thursday Three” where every Thursday I’d feature three things, sometimes they’d be related, but mostly it would just be three random things on my mind at that time. By the way, I should probably fess up to being terrible at posting these three things every Thursday, I’m pretty sure the posts were few and far between (as always).
I wanted to do something similar for this blog, not the terrible posting schedule, but the actual having a plan for posting something. I’ve decided I want to do it on Fridays instead though, as a sort of round-up before the weekend, and I’ve expanded the idea to cover five things instead of three. My aim is to do this every week, but anyone who knows me should be aware of my flaking potential by now so we’ll see how it goes.

1. Summer Time Reading

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One of the best things about summer is lying out in the garden, on the beach or in the park reading a book while soaking up the sun. This summer I want to be reading Sarah Addison Allen’s Lost Lake, Stephanie Laurens’ Loving Rose: The Redemption of Malcolm Sinclair , Elizabeth Moon’s Limits of Power and Kim Harrison’s A Perfect Blood. The first two are new, out this year, the latter two I’ve had on my bookshelf for a while now, I’ve just been putting off reading them. My reason? They are both part of series and I know one is very close to ending (in fact the next and last book in the series is already out) and the other one feels like it is ending soon, and I guess I just want to prolong the fun.

2. Garden tent/teepee

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I was having a look through Prima Makes Issue 4 earlier this week. It features lots of summer makes and ideas, and amongst other things I totally fell for the garden tent/teepee they featured (on page 98 if you have access to the magazine). It’s from the latest Selina Lake book Outdoor Living, and I just need it. I can just imagine lying in the garden in my little tent reading a book or just snoozing without being completely exposed to the sunshine. The Selina Lake one looks too nice to be for kids so I assume it would be fine for a grown up to just make one for herself right πŸ™‚ I’ll be scouring the charity shops for old table cloths and bedsheets for the next week, and I already have the poles, just need to clean them up a bit.

3. Mint Lemonade

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Mint Lemonade – Ready to drink

Ok, blowing my own trumpet a bit here. Last week I shared a recipe for making this amazing Mint Lemonade, and since then I’ve probably made it 3 or 4 times. I did take the advice from The Kitchn regarding making up a large batch of simple syrup to keep in the fridge, it definitely simplified the making process, not to mention cut down on the prep time. Win Win really. It’s so refreshing and it’s made me drink less coke and other carbonated soda. It’s probably no healthier than soda calorie wise, but at least I know it’s all natural ingredients. In addition whenever I do drink coke I always want more, it never quenches your thirst, my mint lemonade on the other hand is definitely thirst quenching.

4.GOMI – Get Off My Internets

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I recently discovered GOMI via some indignant uproar in another forum I’m a member of. Basically GOMI is the online home of website/blog social media snark, if you are a well know blogger, instagrammer, twitterer(?) and you do or say stupid, annoying things chances are your names will come up there and the wolves will descend. I’d say about 90% of the threads on the forum are valid, maybe even more, but they don’t always get it right. Some of the post there have clearly been written by people who are jealous of the person in question, and their attacks are generally quite shallow (to do with looks etc rather than actual blog content). I recently found a few new MUST READ blogs this way (and no I do not mean hate reads), so I guess what I’m saying is: “Thank you GOMI for pointing out some great new blogs for me”. I admit I also like reading the snark for sites that deserve it, and I can’t imagine the owners of those sites are too pissed off at being mentioned to on GOMI, after all a page-view is a page-view.

5. The Freckled Fox

The Freckled Fox is one of the new blogs I found through GOMI. Basically someone started a subject about the blog because they thought she didn’t smile enough on her pictures, and her hair was a weird colour. Seriously?! First of all, Emily from The Freckled Fox is beautiful and I LOVE her hair. I also realized that I’ve seen her before, I’ve looked at her many amazing hair tutorials on Pinterest. I have serious hair envy here :/ As for the no smiling, I guess in older pictures she didn’t do much of it, but from all the pictures I’ve seen recently she looks amazing. Enough of the shallow stuff though, the blog is the important thing. And it’s brilliant; such a great variety of posts, a great mix of fashion, beauty, travel, family life, food, crafts, you name it. It’s one of the few blogs I’ve found that actually deserves the title Lifestyle blog. But don’t take my word for it, you should definitely check out Emily’s blog yourself.

Do you have anything you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments, I love having my horizons broadened.

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