Books, Food, Style

October Favourites

October 12, 2018 | 6 Comments

Hi guys!

It’s time for another ‘favourites’ round up. This month I’m…

Thinking about

Blogging. Us bloggers have been talking about whether blogging is still relevant. Do you have loads of blogs you read consistently? Or just a few favourites you check when you get an email about a new post? Or do you simply not have time and prefer to read snippets of peoples’ lives through social media?

These days, I am simply running low on time when it comes to writing full length blog posts. And engagement, i.e the commenting and sharing of said blog posts, seems to have reduced too (and it sounds like I’m not the only blogger experiencing this). Is social media and “micro-blogging” replacing good old full length posts? I’m starting to think it is. Would love to know your thoughts.

Testing out UCOOK

Testing out

I’ve written about UCOOK before, as I’m a big fan. Recently they asked me to be an ambassador for them in exchange for free delicious food for a few weeks – so obviously I said yes. We’re just about to finish off this week’s meals: the trout with edamame beans was so delicious and fresh while the veggie curry was a hit with both me and my husband. Tonight we’re trying out a Ponzu chicken bowl, which also sounds unique and yum.

I love how innovative their recipe ideas are, and the quality of their ingredients is also excellent – I haven’t been able to buy fish like that in the shops, for example. You can also recycle the packaging, like the boxes and freezer ice block things. If you’ve been wanting to test out their service, they’re giving my readers 30% off their first box (only for brand new customers). So instead of R630 for 3 meals for a couple, you’d pay R441! Try it out – I’m sure you’ll love it (just enter gift code #makingmountains when you’re placing your order). You need to order by the Wednesday (billing day) if you want to receive your meals the following week.

Grateful for

My community, both online and offline. Yesterday I posted on Instagram how I felt on the 8th anniversary of my Mom’s death and I felt so loved and supported by all the comments and interactions. I’m reminded more and more that experiencing deep pain also shows you immense beauty. The dark and the light.

I’ve also been feeling hugely supported recently by women, specifically older women. I’ve had women stand up for me in conversations, often counteracting the comments of men. I’m feeling like there’s a powerful feminine force rising up around the world, saying we won’t be silenced any longer. It’s awe inspiring and if we all join in, the world will be a better place for us, our daughters and everyone else on the earth.

Loving

These most beautiful sandals from Pesso, called The Bird. They come in this gorgeous rose gold colour, silver (the ones I chose), useful black, yellow gold and nude/grey (R1299). I’ve been working with Pesso for a while now and the quality of their shoes is outstanding. I wear them day in and day out and they are comfortable, beautiful to look at, and extremely well made (you can see stockists here).

Their new summer range features loads of beautiful metallics, rope details and lovely pinks, nudes and shimmery colours. I also fancy these quirky brogues, they’d work well with jeans and a crisp white shirt or t-shirt. And then I love the summery pop of yellow of these pumps.

Reading

If you love crime thrillers, I just raced through Jane Harper’s Force of Nature. Imagine Lord of the Flies but with grown women on a corporate retreat in the Australian outback – it was brilliantly crafted and kept me guessing right to the end.

I’m also realising that I’m entering a different stage of parenting now, one that focuses on emotional development, with a tween in the house! I feel like there is loads of material out there on how hard parenting a baby or toddler is, but not nearly as much that deals with the complexities of raising tweens. So I’m excited to read this Love Languages of Children book – apparently there is even a quiz you can do with your child to ascertain their love language (if you haven’t already narrowed it down). Do you have any good recommendations for material on parenting tweens? Let me know!

And then I’ve been wanting to read the Didion for years, plus I’ve heard good things about this thriller from A.J. Finn (all from my bookclub). I also found these tips on how to teach your kids about consent really though-provoking, have a read.

That’s all my favourites for now – hope you have wonderful weekends.

xxx

Belinda

P.S. The meals from UCOOK and shoes from Pesso were both gifts in exchange for reviews.

6 Comments

  • Reply Nats October 13, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    I have a number of blogs that I follow. I love reading them (yours the most obvs). So please don’t start micro-blogging…..
    Reading: I’ve read three excellent books (all quite heavy though) The tattooist of Auschwitz; The Choice (also about a dancer who survived Autschwits) & East West street.
    I have reactivated my UCook subscription after seeing your enthusiasm for their food. My only qualm is that their recipes take quite a long time to prepare?? I like very quick & easy.
    Looking forward to hearing about the Love Langueages book when your finished.

    • Reply Belinda Mountain October 13, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      Have also read The Choice – it’s a phenomenal story! I think the UCOOK recipes vary in terms of prep/cooking time – but you’re right, they’re not all SUPER fast. Still all delicious though! Will let you know re Love Languages. x

  • Reply Theresa October 13, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    I really enjoy reading blogs – but I don’t read loads of them – more because I find the ones I want to read hard to find! Yours is one of my favorites.

  • Reply Belinda Mountain October 13, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Thank you Theresa – I will continue then! x

  • Reply Kate October 15, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Please don’t stop blogging. Ever. I love your posts and need them in my life.

    Also just read The Tattooist of Auschwitz – not a normal read for me but was compelled by the reviews, glad I did. Keen to try Force of Nature.

    Thanks for the consistently fab blogs xx

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