Previous Posts: March 2015

Jonathan Thulin – Science Fiction

I am so excited to be writing this post! Eeek it is here! Jonathan Thulin released his brand new album Science Fiction yesterday and I have had this on repeat for over a week (New Release Tuesday had it on their website a week prior to release date.)

Science Fiction cover
I have waited for this album scratch that longed for this album to be released since October, now I was slightly concerned, when I countdown to release dates I usually end up disappointed (Third Day’s new album anyone) I am thrilled to say that wasn’t the case with Science Fiction.

Here’s what JT says about this album

“This album was different for me. I didn’t strategically write songs as I usually would, I just wrote what I felt in complete honesty. My hope is that this music will transcend beyond people’s ears and into their hearts. God is a big part of who I am and all I want is for that to shine through my music.”
I think he hits the nail straight on the head, I can put this on in any environment and it would transcend the stereotypical contemporary Christian music scene. Lets face it there have been some terrible cross overs in the past who can remember Delirious Audio Lessonover? now that was painful.

Don’t assume that the lyrics aren’t poignant, as always JT makes you think about the bigger picture and is devoid of cliché. I think we all must be getting sick of Christian artists go to lyrics using “fire, fall down, waves, something is usually burning and of course the I have run out of words I will sing an Oh”

Here are just some of my fave lyrics from the album;

Just when I think I’m gone
You come and clean the slate again
And wipe the past just like I’m a
Time traveler

Trying to be bright but my light gets covered
Only you can turn my ember to a flame
I’m stumbling in the dark ‘cause I’m six feet under
Trying to see the sun but my eyes are covered
Only you can make the darkness go away
I’m six feet under

I am the one who ran away
Far from home into the unknown
But you turned and came right after me
You found the trails of my betrayal

Doesn’t matter if it’s not what you were told
Doesn’t matter if the earth is young or old
All that matters is the one who came to save our souls
We can try to comprehend the galaxies
But we’ll never understand their majesty

I think this album is a landmark album exactly the way DCTalk Jesus Freak was 20 years ago! (oh I feel old) which brings me on to the wondrousness of JT and Kevin Max harmonising on Mockingbird.

Jonathan Thulin has one of the best voices in contemporary Christian music to date, you all know I love Phil Wickham I put them on par with one another vocally, you should seriously check out JT acoustically it is a wonder to behold! In fact the only way JT could have improved his album was by having Phil on it.

If your after the run of the mill, obvious, praise worship cd, this isn’t for you.
If you want to expand your horizons, and challenge your perceptions run don’t walk to Amazon Itunes and all other reputable online retailers to download your copy today.

 

My Top 5 Lipsticks!

Anything these YouTubers I can do too don’t you think? When you watch beauty gurus or professional beauty bloggers they all do Top 10 products and they tell you how amazing they are only for you to go throughout the year without them ever mentioning them again.

Could that be because they are sent hundreds upon hundreds of make up items from every company around and they never truly have to wait and save up for an item or continuously use it? I think the answer to that would be Yes!

I on the other hand am neither a professional YouTuber or blogger, I am your average stay at home mum with some disposable income who likes to spend it on a few choice brands.
So here are my Top 5 Lipsticks picks of the moment!

Top 5 Lipsticks 2

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres 12 Corail Fauve – When I am wanting a bold lip this is my lipstick of choice an orangey red it is perfect to wear during the day without looking overdone.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine 54 Boy – If you chose to invest in a luxury brand I would encourage you to purchase a foundation (after being sampled first of course) and then a natural everyday lip colour. This is by far my favourite lipstick of all time.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine 61 Bonheur  – After falling in love with finish of Rouge Coco Shine I had to purchase a more bolder option I would class this as a berry pink, because of their shine I personally wouldn’t go any darker than this shade for fear that it would smear over my face.

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick Pink Peony – I love the packaging of this product and that’s half the attraction right? Pink Peony is a gorgeous shade and pairs perfectly with Rimmel’s Eastend Snob lip liner.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick Nudist – Can you tell I favour a natural lip? I really like the colour pay off you get with these products although to get the gloss finish you need to keep working the product in. My only criticism is for me they can be quite drying on the lips.

Now for the swatches

Top 5 Lipsticks
From Left to Right – Soap & Glory, Tarte, Chanel Boy, Chanel Bonheur, YSL

Nathanael Learns – Numbers

Welcome back to another Nathanael learns, I say learns its more introducing him to something since he is only 14 months but as I have said before better a few minutes than none at all.

Today finds us learning numbers, Nathanael was so fortunate to have been given this wonderful Duplo Number Train from his best friend Joel at Christmas.

You can use this in so many ways, for Nathanael right now its just a toy to push along but with the help of Mummy we can turn something fun into a learning opportunity.

Number Train

I took the blocks which were numbered and placed them into a clear container, Nathanael enjoyed turning this into a musical instrument by rattling the container.

We then talked about how many blocks were in the container, Nathanael loves to empty containers so as he emptied I counted and as he popped things back I counted them back in.

Clear Container

Not only did Nathanael get a hands on activity he was also able to hear and see the numbers, I decided to only count to 5 with him, if he has too many blocks he gets overwhelmed and loses focus but as he gets a bit older we can add more number blocks to the tub.

If you have an older child you can enhance this activity with a number ladder, if you write the numbers on a piece of craft paper you can have the child place the correct block with the correct number and count along that way.

Grocery Haul and Meal Plan 2

I really enjoyed sharing our previous grocery haul and meal plan so I am back sharing again with you, one of the major benefits is that it keeps me on a food budget so thanks for keeping me accountable!
Here is our haul for the next two weeks minus the odd trips for bread/milk replenishment.

Food 2

Lidl Total spent  £15
Tesco Total spent  £42.51 -£5 voucher = £37.41
This food shop we went to Lidl and Tesco, sometimes I can’t find all the items I would like to at Lidl, for instance we couldn’t find wholegrain mustard or green beans so I always anticipate that I will go to two shops. I am the type of person who likes a list and wants to cross everything off that list, spur of the minute meal ideas in the supermarket will always have me buying more.
On with our meal plans, you will have to forgive the second week but Luke is off from work and we will be too busy relaxing on our break to spend time in the kitchen this is where I will be doing quick, convenient if not so healthy food.

Meal Plan
Sunday – Left Overs
Monday – Chicken & Dumplings
Tuesday – Salmon with Mediterranean Vegetables & Cous Cous
Wednesday – Rustic Chicken with green beans
Thursday – Spaghetti Bolognaise
Friday – Fajitas
Saturday – Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Sunday –
Mustard Chicken with Macaroni Cheese
Monday –  Seafood Linguini
Tuesday – Honey Mustard Marinade Chicken with Salad
Wednesday – Hot Dogs – is it really bad that I have had a craving for these? (I couldn’t tell you the last time I had them)
Thursday – Chicken Goujons, Wedges and Coleslaw
Friday –
Home Made Pizza
Saturday – Take Out