June has been an eventful month for us. We started the holy month of Ramadaan and while it’s mostly been a peaceful month we’ve had a few exciting (and not so great) events. We’ve reached the halfway mark in this pregnancy. We’ve been for our 21 week foetal development scan and while we didn’t find out the gender of the baby, we were very happy to hear that everything was all good with The Peanut.
I also managed to squeeze in a movie that I’d been looking forward to for years before the fast started.
Here are some of my favourite things from the month of June.
Obviously the movie for this month is Warcraft. We were lucky to be able to sneak this in a few days before Ramadaan started. I was so excited to see it. I had only been waiting 9 years and it was great. Was it perfect? No. Is someone else’s interpretation of source material ever? No (don’t tell me Harry Potter because those movies have NOTHING on the books – don’t even argue with me please). Lord of the Rings comes pretty close in my opinion and so does this movie.
Yes, it has it’s flaws but they’re ones I can forgive. There has to be some adaptation to accommodate for the medium of film. They changed some of the lore otherwise we’d be there for 7 hours. But that first view of Ironforge, I teared up. And the Griffons! Stormwind is not my favourite place in Azeroth but my word they got it beautifully!
I really enjoyed it and really hope they do a follow up.
We don’t really watch TV in Ramadaan so there’s no TV show this month.
Book: A Court of Mist and Fury
After a very long book drought I saw this come up on Women24’s Book Editor, Tammy’s Instagram:
The comments intrigued me – everyone was really excited about this book so I went out and got the first one: A Court of Thorns and Roses. It was so good. I devoured it a matter of days and was on to the next one immediately. Thank God for ebooks and instant downloads. A Court of Mist and Fury far surpasses the first one.
It’s set completely in my favourite realm of fantasy. The writing is gripping. I was constantly on WhatsApp with my bestie Robyn because we were reading it together and just constantly talking about it.
Here’s a description of the the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses:
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.
And if you think that the first book was a whirwind, my word. MY WORD! I actually am still not over A Court of Mist and Fury. It’s amazing. Just go read it.
Currently on sale on the Google Play Book store:
For some reason we make Boeber more often during Ramadaan. And now that it’s winter, it’s especially welcome. Are you looking for a warm, milky drink that warms up the soul and is really quick and easy to make? Well, here’s the recipe:
- 1 litre milk
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 cardamon pods
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 125g vermicelli
- 60g margarine or butter
- 1 table spoon sago
- 5ml vanilla essence
- 2.5ml almond essence
- Few sultanas and flaked almonds
- 1. Melt margarine or butter in saucepan
- 2. Add vermicelli and brown, stir occasionally so not to burn
- 3. Add milk carefully
- 4. Add the essences and sugar
- 5. Now add, elachi, cinnamon and sago
- 6. Let the mixture boil (do not leave unattended) when the first bubbles appear switch to a low heat to allow boeber to cream.
I thought it was maybe 6 or 7 months ago that I won this on Caffeine and Fairydust’s blog but it turns out a year. That’s how long these products have lasted and I’ve just about finished my night cream. All you need is a tiny bit and it spreads like gossip.
My favourites are the day cream, night cream and face wash. I like the exfoliator but I like to feel like I’m actually scrubbing the skin off my face (please don’t ask me why) and this was a bit gentle. I didn’t like the smell of the body lotion but hey, that’s just me. Other people have normal sense of smells.
They seem a bit expensive but for how long they last they’re definitely value for money.
One of my favourite things about this brand that they’re animal cruelty free (this also reminds me it’s been a year since I’ve tried to stop using products that test on animals). From their website:
Lavish Natural Skincare is a South African brand that was developed for smart, sassy and earth-conscious people who are wise enough to indulge their skin guilt-free. We are endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty and we are registered with the Vegan Society. We do not test our products on animals and we do not source any ingredients from suppliers that do. We also use no animal products in our skincare products.
Beautiful Day Face Cream – R160.00
Sweet Dreams Night Cream – R165.00
Pure & Simple Face Cleanser – R105.00
Kid stuff: Oh So Heavenly Magic Of The Sea Bubble Bath
3 reasons why I was really excited about this:
1. It’s 750ml which is massive and that means it lasts for a long time!
2. It’s R48.95 for R750ml which is cheap.
3. It changes colour and smells amazing.
4. Oh so Heavenly doesn’t test on animals!
Available at most Clicks stores and also online!