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March Favourites & Wrap Up

I think the last time I did a proper monthly wrap up post was about 4 years ago, when I was still a book blogger and would do a monthly wrap up of all the books I’d read that month. I never do these sorts of posts because quite honestly, I don’t think I’d have enough to fill them with every single month of the year. Naturally some months are as quiet as a graveyard and others are busy and hectic and thankfully, I’ve had a lot happen in March to actually warrant a monthly wrap up style post.

The original post scheduled for today was supposed to be about my second weekend away to the Severn Valley Railway in Shropshire but in the end, I decided to leave my camera at home because it’s big and I couldn’t be bothered carrying it around and I’ve also blogged about it before here, so I figured I didn’t want to be writing an almost identical post again this year as well.

So, here we are! Here’s what I’ve been getting up to in March and some of my top books, TV and beauty picks as well!

Books, TV and film

I’ll get books out of the way first because I don’t read fast any more and don’t tend to get through too many in a month. But I did finish The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris, which I gave 5 stars to on Goodreads as it’s a truly original whodunnit. And I finally started reading Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak.

Stand out series for me this month was The Umbrella Academy, which I absolutely ADORED. Robert Sheehan needs protecting at all costs. After Life, which caused a bit of controversy but I absolutely loved it it. I laughed and cried in equal measures. And finally, the series all us Formula 1 fans was waiting for, Drive to Survive. I was seriously impressed with this series and it’s a great option for those who are perhaps just getting into the world of Motorsport. We also watched The Order, which was pretty good. Very teen but a decent watch if you like witches, werewolves and magic!

I don’t watch an awful lot of films anymore but we bought Bohemian Rhapsody which was a joy to watch again. One of the films of the decade for me. We also watched Murder by Numbers, which stars Sandra Bullock which I really enjoyed and we binge-watched The Lord of the Rings Trilogy when we were on holiday which although I’ve seen hundreds of times before, bloody loved watching!

Products

I’ve really let myself go in terms of skincare over the last half a year, so I actually invested in some new products this month, thanks to the wonderful review from Lady Writes! Who said bloggers have no influence? I purchased a handful of products from the new My Clarins range, designed especially for Millennials and so far, so good! I love the packaging and they’re all Vegan AND CF, what’s not to love?

Holidays

We were lucky enough to go on two breaks this month, the first one being to Pod Hollow, a Hobbit inspired pod in Suffolk. I did a full blog post about that trip here because I was very kindly offered one night free in exchange for a review. It was an outstanding place to stay and I’d highly, highly recommend it!

Our second trip was like I said earlier, to the Severn Valley Railway in Shropshire. We do this once or twice a year, in Spring and Autumn when they run their steam galas. I don’t have much interest in trains to be honest. The engines are pretty impressive to look at but I just think it’s a really nice, relaxing weekend, away from my phone and my laptop and taking everything at a slower pace. Which is something I rarely do!

Blogging

It’s been quite a busy blog month too, some of my own favorite posts this month have been:

I was also sent a big box of products from Popcorn Shed, which I thoroughly enjoyed trying and testing (who wouldn’t?) and was lucky enough to work with lots of amazing brands in my Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

I’ve been working on my second eBook a lot this month, with one of my goals for March being to finish writing it up. I have my Beginners Guide to Blogging but my new one focuses mainly on growing a authentic and engaged blog following. It’s been a blast to write so I’m hoping that’ll be on sale soon! Speaking of goals, I also managed to hit my goal of 8,300 blog followers and 11,800 Twitter followers!

I also re-made my media kit and I’m so happy with it and pitched to a few brands. I haven’t actually heard from any of them yet but there’s no harm in putting yourself out there, right?

And one last thing for the blogging section before we move on, I’ve had a bit of a re-vamp of my Facebook bloggers group, Starlight Bloggers and welcomed Karalee from Tales of Belle and Victoria from Victoria Austin as new admins to help me out! If you want to join (all niches welcome!) you can do so here!

Personal

And finally, in my person life, the biggest thing that happened was my Dad finally had his heart bypass surgery. For those that don’t follow me on Twitter, you won’t know that he had a mild/moderate heart attack just before New Year. The surgery was scheduled at the beginning of March but unfortunately got cancelled last minute due to a huge emergency. So it was re-scheduled for the middle of March and was successful this time. He’s been back home now for around 2 weeks and is slowly getting back to normal.

I suppose I should mention how excited I’ve been that the Formula 1 season has started again! You probably know I’m a huge Formula 1 fan and the Winter break feels so long! So I’m absolutely buzzing that my favourite sport is back on our telly. I’ve even started putting small bets on this year (which is something I’ve never done before!) and finding that really fun, too.

And there we go! There’s my March! I really enjoyed doing a monthly wrap up and might consider introducing these posts into my blog again. But enough about me, how was your month?! Let me know!

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

78 Comments

  1. I love the look of the Clarins range. I’m thinking of ordering some myself to try.

    http://littlemissmelanie.com

    1. I’d definitely recommend!

  2. I wish your dad a speedy recovery!

    You’ve had a month filled with lots of outings – I only read one thing in March as well 🙁

    thanks for sharing what you got up – always nice to see how other people spend their time!
    🙂
    -Lena

    http://www.lenasnotebook.co.uk

    1. Thank you – my dad’s doing well!

  3. Your trip away look absolutely incredible!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. It sure was 😌

  4. Glad your dad is getting better <3 I finished Umbrella Academy yesterday and I LOVED it! I want another season already though, it's so good! Also I finished After Life too in the space of an evening and loved that also – made me cry and laugh every 5 minutes! It looks like you had an amazing March!!

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    1. My boyfriend literally finished After Life within one night too. I told him I’d started it and that I thought he’d like it so when I went asleep he watched the first episode cos I’d already seen it. I woke up at 5am and he was STILL watching it 😂😂

  5. I love a good wrap up. It’s great to see how people’s month or year have been like! I’m currently watching the Umbrella Academy and I’m liking it so far 🙂

    1. I’m glad! It’s sooo good

  6. Awh, I love these round-up posts!

    I’m still trying to persuade my hubby to go to the hobbit house in Suffolk, but to no avail so far… But hopefully one day we can! I had a look at it the other day and it’s still a bit too pricey for me but I guess that’s because they’re designed for people to spend the whole day inside.

    I’ve got some samples from Clarins that I really can’t wait to try out now.

    I’m so glad that your dad is recovering well after having heart surgery!

    1. Hopefully he comes around! It is kinda pricey but it’s well worth it but only if you’re a LOTR fan I’d say!

  7. Claire says:

    Love the new Clarins range of skincare too! the packaging is also nice and unique!

    https://www.clairetalksbeauty.com/

    1. It’s lovely isn’t it 😌

  8. So glad you’re loving the new Clarins bits – they’re so nice and gentle on the skin xx

    1. They really are, I’ll definitely be repurchasing! x

  9. You’ve had so much going on that I don’t even know where to start. I’m glad your dad is doing well and I hope the rest of the year is just as exciting. You have some amazing photos in this post too! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    1. Hahah I wasn’t too sure either! Thank you 😌

  10. You have been busy! That hobbit holiday looks so cute. Hope your dad is soon back to full health.

    1. Thank you 😌

  11. I would love to try those skin care products! That’s so cool that it’s meant for millenials.
    Good luck on your new ebook, sounds like it’s goinv to be super helpful!

    Great post 😊
    https://praylivelove.com/waiting-for-marriage-was-worth-it/

    1. They’re really nice, would definitely recommend 😌 and thank you!

  12. Jesica says:

    What a month! :)x i’ve always wanted bridge of clay and i take your post as a sign that now i DEFINITELY should start reading it! x

    Jesica • talesfromjes.com

    1. I’m only 100 pages through and it’s SO beautifully written!

  13. Loved reading how your month went Jenny + it was really nice seeing all the positive things that have happened for you! Sending lots of love to you and your family + wishing your Dad a speedy recovery x

    1. Thank you very much! 💖

  14. Gosh I didn’t know about your dad’s surgery! I wish him speedy recovery! I really like your roundups! I’ve got so much inspo now from which books to read and products to buy!

    The Suffolk Pod looks amazing! Glad you had a nice time. It looks a bit like Hobbiton in New Zealand – which would be a great alternative.

    March has been a bit of an ill month for me – which is a shame because I was healthy in Jan – Feb! I think I’ve also got a bit of holiday blues as I just came back from India!

    Looking forward to your next post!

    Monica @ http://www.thewongblog.com

    1. Thank you 😌 He’s doing okay! The Hobbit Pod was amazing, obviously inspired by the real thing in NZ. I’m sorry to hear you’ve not been well! Hopefully April is a healthier month for you!

  15. I love reading monthly wrap up posts & I loved The Umbrella Academy too! I’ll have to check out The Order since it looks interesting. Your photos from Pod Hollow are amazing & I’m so glad to hear that your dad is doing better after his surgery.
    As far as how my month has been going, I’ve been so busy with school work. It’s the last course before I start my thesis in April & my teacher decided to up the workload to MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE. I’ve also had a cold since Sunday which hasn’t been fun, but I’m getting better.

    Karalee
    Tales of Belle

    1. Goodness me that sounds stressful! Good luck on your thesis and hope it’s not too much work!

      1. Thank you!

  16. Lellalee says:

    What an incredibly busy month! I’ve enjoyed reading all of your content over March! How long did it take to get through your popcorn? The Hobbit inspired Pods look amazing! I haven’t seen these before but I’ll definitely be checking them out! I really hope your Dad recovers fully soon. My husband had 2 heart attacks 7 years ago, I know how stressful a time it can be, waiting for surgery and then convincing them to take it easy after the surgery! xxx

    Ashley
    https://lellalee.com

    1. It took approximately 2 days 😂😂 and thank you. Sorry to hear about your husband but hope he’s fighting fit now?

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