Book Review: The List of My Desires by Grégoire Delacourt

Over the years when I'm in a book store and decide to impulse buy a book it tends to disappoint me, I decided to give The List of My Desires by
Jocelyne is a 40-something woman with a simple life that features a husband, children, a job and hobbies. She begins to examine her life, from her teenage years, to times of heartache and more recent days. It's very ordinary but the small pleasures like her work and weekends away keep her satisfied. After winning the lottery she begins to write a list of her desires, starting small with things she would like for the house and a new coat. They begin to grow while keeping her winnings a secret. It leads you the question if money can bring good changes to your life or if it is a devil disguised from what is truly important. 

I found that this book really made me think about my own desires and I'm sure we all have those dreams of what we would do if we came into some money no matter how substantial it is. A house, a car, new wardrobe, a holiday along with many other things. It also reminds you that you make the life you have, events will take place and will change your life but we should remember to find and enjoy the great things we have. 

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Staying safe in the sun

The sun is a glorious bright ball that warms up the day and has the power to promote better moods in people, it is also very harmful if we do not protect ourselves correctly. With fair skin it has meant that for my whole life when summer arrives I have to either put on a high SPF or stay out of the sun. I have had some very unpleasant experiences because of this such as burnt skin, prickly heat and heat stroke. I now try my best to stay safe and aid others when I can so that they do not experience the pain that the sun can create on your body. They are simple things that we all know but just overlook them.

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No matter what the weather is or time of year keeping hydrated is essential. Drinking plenty of water even when you don't think you need to. At least 2 litres a day is advised. It will prevent tiredness, headaches and helps keep your skin clear. Ensure the water is clean, if it is in a plastic bottle do not re-fill it or leave it in the heat, the chemicals produced are not good for you. Be careful not to drink too much because that can be worse that not drinking enough. 

SPF Number Meaning
Until last year this was brand new information to me. The higher the number, the higher the protection? No. It seems logical that SPF 30 is twice as good as SPF 15. The factor is used when referring to UVB rays the sunscreen blocks. SPF 15 blocks 94%, SPF 30 blocks 97% SPF 45 blocks 98%. In the long term a higher SPF will help to prevent skin damage but on a day to day basis there is not a whole lot of difference in what number you use. I personally use SPF 20 on my face and body.

I think we are all guilty of not following this rule, it is important to reapply at least every 2 hours. Regardless if you are swimming or not. It will wear off sooner than you think and to ensure protection at all times reapplying is all you have to do. Especially if you are outdoors for a long period of time.

In the same way we should only use make up and skincare products for a certain length of time the same goes for sunscreen. Check the bottle for the expiry date. Typically they should last 3 years but it may differ from product to product. If in doubt buy a new one every summer, if you're like me you probably lose the one you had last year.

Make sure you stay safe so you can have fun out in the sun and not spend hours or days feeling uncomfortable. Your skin will thank you in the future.

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July Driving Music

Almost everyday in July I have my car windows down, feeling the wind and cooler air. The sun is beaming down and my skin feels warm. Music is all that is needed to make the journey better. Every month or so I make a mix CD for my car and here are a few of the songs that are on this month's car mix.

July Driving Music by Natasha Chan on Grooveshark

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Taking stock

There comes a time every once in a while when I need to take a step back from some things. Take a few days or even weeks to let the dust settle so that I can come back ready to drive fiercely through the road. Time is the greatest healer, one of the life lessons I have learnt this past year. As my birthday is approaching I tend to be more reflective and because of that I've decided to write down some of my thoughts. Maybe next year I will look back and have an idea of what I was doing, thinking and feeling. 

cooking - Halloumi, roasted vegetables with pitta bread and homous.

drinking - Smoothies, coffee and water.

wondering - Where I'll be a year from now. 
wanting - August 8th.

playing - Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence and The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack.

wishing - Goodness for me and everyone close to me.

liking - The warm July English weather, not too hot and not too cold.

reading - The Truth by Michael Palin, nearly finished and I'm still struggling to get into it, but never mind. 
hoping - For a delightful break away in Morocco next week.

wearing - Skirts, for the first time ever they are my favourite thing to wear.

thinking - Miffy, missing you so much still.

feeling - Eager, precarious and zealous.

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