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My February in a nutshell (2021)

Well, I said that January had gone by quickly, but that was nothing compared to February. I feel like I blinked and it was over! It was a great month overall though, it’s always jam packed because there is Valentine’s Day, Pancake Day, and my birthday; so lots going on. Keep reading to find out my highs, lows, and standout moments for the month.

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I didn’t manage to stick to my exercise everyday routine that I did in January but that was because I wasn’t well for some of it (I’ll get to that later) but I did start doing yoga again and it’s been so good getting back into it. I don’t know why I struggle to stick to it (time maybe?) because it is probably the most beneficial exercise for me personally. I love that it is a physical workout but also I love that it is so good mentally – so soothing and calming. I have already started noticing the benefits and it’s only early days. This is definitely something that I’m going to continue with going forward.

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Valentine’s Day. We don’t exactly celebrate it anymore, and this year we didn’t bother with presents, but it’s still nice to exchange cards and have some nice food to mark the occasion. We actually spent the evening watching a horror film, which doesn’t really represent Valentine’s Day I know, but it’s what we like and it was a lovely evening.

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We actually celebrated Pancake Day the day afterwards (what rebels we are), because we wanted to make pancakes with my partner’s son as well and thought perhaps that two days in a row was a little excessive! Anyway, he made the pancakes from scratch which of course he was extremely proud of – I have to say they were delicious so he was right to be showing off! My daughter didn’t think much of the occasion, she made this clear by throwing hers on the floor (can’t win them all) but it was fun overall which is the main thing. I’m a lemon and sugar girl when it comes to pancakes, what’s your go-to topping?

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After mastering counting last month, it seemed as though colours were on the agenda for February for my daughter. She has started to successfully match up items that are the same colour which of course I was extremely proud of her for. She’s really growing up at the moment, more and more each day she loses a little more of the baby in her, it’s so true when people tell you it goes by quickly!

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Well January saw myself and my daughter come down with a cold, and just when we seemed to get rid of that we both got flu at the beginning of February. I say both, actually the little one wasn’t that bad, she was definitely unwell but in herself she was ok mostly. I on the other hand felt rubbish, and couldn’t face doing anything for a week. I didn’t even have the energy to read! This was the reason why I couldn’t exercise for part of February, and this is also the reason why it was a pretty rubbish reading month overall as well. I actually only read two books this month, however I do have another two that I’m part way through so it won’t be long until I finish those as well.

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Right at the end of February (the 24th to be exact) I celebrated my 31st birthday. What a contrast to last year in terms of celebration! But, let’s not make this too negative, yes it was pretty rubbish that I couldn’t see friends and family, however I still had a lovely time, so let me tell you all about it.

The day before my birthday my partner put up lots of banners and balloons, sometimes the little touches like that make all the difference don’t they. My stepson came round and we had a little party in the house – nothing major, but it was lovely to eat some party food and have them sing happy birthday to me. On my actual birthday it was just me, my partner and our daughter in the house, we couldn’t even head out for a walk because the weather was so miserable! It was actually a lovely day though, we had really yummy food, we played board games whilst the little one napped, I had a video call with my parents, and I was spoilt with lots of really lovely gifts! One particular highlight from my gifts was the book subscription that my parents got for me, I’m so excited for when that starts arriving! Besides that I received a bag and jewellery from my other half and my daughter, some macarons (which I have already tucked into and can confirm are delicious!), a stunning and pretty huge wine glass to add to my collection, and of course a couple of books.

At the time of writing this it is the 25th, and this weekend coming I have a video call planned with my family in place of an actual get together. I’ve instructed them to make sure they have something nice to drink and a slice of cake to tuck into, and I’m really looking forward to rounding off my birthday celebrations with that. I still plan on doing something when we are allowed to get together in person but I am still pretty content with the birthday that I did have so that’s good.

Now, onto some of the more random moments from my month. We came to the end of watching Modern Family – I say the end, unfortunately the final season isn’t on Netflix yet so it was rather an abrupt end. We thought it was all on there so that was a bit disappointing to discover. We are now on the hunt for a comedy that matches up to it, which is really going to be difficult, it’s one of my all time favourite shows! Once we reached the end of that, we decided to go back to watching Riverdale. I’m struggling with it to be honest. I thought the first couple of seasons were great but since then it has gotten a little too cringey for me. Also, at the risk of sounding old (heaven forbid!) I worry that it glamorises a lot of things for teenagers that it probably shouldn’t – violence in particular. I’m going to give it a couple more episodes but it may end up abandoned again. February actually saw us watch quite a few films, we particularly enjoyed Ma on Now TV. It’s a horror film about a woman who befriends teenagers; on the surface she seems like this cool woman who buys them alcohol and allows them use of her basement for parties, just so she can keep them safe and off the streets. But all is not as it seems, it turns out that she has an ulterior and altogether more sinister plan in mind. It’s really good, the acting in particular was brilliant I thought, and Ma was just the right level of creepy. I highly recommend.

Last month I mentioned that I was getting into cooking, and that has actually continued this month as well. We’ve been eating chicken quite often so I found myself experimenting with different sauces. I made a satay sauce and a tikka sauce that were both delicious, so I anticipate more of the same as time goes on. Turns out it is actually more straightforward than I realised. I’m really enjoying trying new flavours, our spice rack has become my new best friend!

Finally, in case you missed any of my February posts:

A book review: Jane Austen at Home

My January in a nutshell (2021)

A book review: The Island (ARC)

TBR books published the year I was born

How was your month? Any highs, lows, or standout moments that you would like to share?

Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!

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Until the next time…Jess x

19 thoughts on “My February in a nutshell (2021)

  1. Ah that’s so lovely your daughter is beginning to learn her numbers and colours! It sounds like you had a brilliant birthday too so I’m glad to hear that 😊 My pancakes were really nice this year – I only have sugar on mine (I can’t have lemon because of an acid intolerance). I watched the first series of Riverdale but decided not to carry on. Hope you are having a wonderful March and are reading lots of good books, Jess! 😊

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    1. Thanks Stephen, she’s changing so much these days, really growing up fast! Glad your pancakes turned out well, it’s such a treat, particularly on a Tuesday – I think we all appreciate that boost to get us through the week. Ah you really aren’t missing out with Riverdale, I should’ve stopped when you did! Hope March is treating you well 😊

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  2. Sounds like you had a great birthday despite lockdown.It sounds lovely. The video call with cake is a great idea. I agree, the banners etc can make such a difference. Hope you are feeling better after having flu.
    I’ve tried to make my own Tikka sauce but as my son succinctly put it, it was a bit ‘yoghurty!’ πŸ˜‚ sounds like yours was more succesful than mine.

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    1. It was as good as it could be 😊 Yes much better now, flu is just the worst, it’s one of those illnesses where you just have to admit defeat and rest and that never sits well with me because I like to keep going. Haha yoghurty, I was worried mine would be like that, perhaps it was beginners luck 😊

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      1. Hmm yes, I’ve not flu for a long time but I certainly remember how it felt. Glad you are feeling better. The extra yoghurt instead of cream was not a good move I feel. We live and learn! πŸ˜‚

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  3. That’s great you had such a good month over all, and that your birthday was a success despite lockdown restrictions. I’ve been meaning to try Yoga for years, but as yet have never found the time. I’m glad you are finding it calming.

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  4. Glad your birthday was a good one even in the circumstances. I think most of us have had a lockdown birthday by now! Sorry to hear about your flu. I didn’t bother with Pancake Day this time (I usually do but I just didn’t feel it).

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    1. Thank you 😊 yes, I was the last one left in my family to have a lockdown birthday, my nephew is almost on his second lockdown birthday. Ah flu is just the worst isn’t it, such an energy zapper. That’s understandable, I think this ongoing lockdown is affecting our motivation in different ways when it comes to certain things. I hope you had a good month overall though 😊

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      1. My birthday was in October, so in the narrow gap between two lockdowns! The month wasn’t as bad for me as January, and now that spring is on the way and restrictions hopefully lifted, things seem a little more positive.

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  5. Pancake day is honestly one of my highlights of the year. This year I also made pancakes from scratch for the first time in my life! Of course, I had to mess up the first one but after that, they turned out great! πŸ™‚ Glad you had a good month x

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