10 Things I Love Right Now

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(Photo by S Zolkin)

1. Orphan Black

Paul and I have just started watching Orphan Black on Netflix and I'm already hooked. Emma recommended it to me earlier in the year but I'd totally forgotten about it until we were searching for a new series and it popped up. Don't make the same mistake as me - watch it now! It's dark, edgy, intriguing and perfectly paced. I'm already itching to find out what happens! 

2. AfterLight 

I've dabbled with various photo editing apps on my phone before, but I think I've found The One in AfterLight. It's super easy to use, syncs great with Instagram (which is all I need it for, really), and is perfect for making dark photos taken in winter light look bright and breezy. 

3. Kindle Voyage 

I'm not sure how I've lived without a Kindle before now. Don't get me wrong, I will always love paper books - my house is stuffed full of them - but my Kindle is so easy for everyday life. It's light, it's easy to use, I have a whole library at the click of a button, and the 'percentage read' figure it shows very much appeals to the over-achiever in me. Since I'm trying to read 100 books this year, it's been a godsend. If you're thinking of investing, I'd definitely recommend it! 

4. Silver Polish 

I've been meaning to clean some of my jewellery for months now, and I finally got around to picking up some silver dip at the supermarket this week. It was absolutely magic - I dropped the jewellery in and it changed from that horrid tarnished colour to bright silver again in seconds. I almost wish I had more to clean just so I could watch it happen. 

5. Scones 

I made Lil's goat's cheese & chorizo scones on Monday and now I don't want to eat anything else ever again. I'd forgotten how good freshly cooked scones are, so now I want to bake all different kinds. Anyone got any other recipes? 

6. Uber 

Since Uber has come to Leeds, we haven't used a regular taxi. On Saturday night we stumbled out of the Maven at 1am, requested a car and it pulled up 30 seconds later. So easy. Plus, I never have cash so it's perfect for me. If you haven't tried it out yet, sign up here using the code UBERAMYLIZ and get £15 off your first ride. 

7. TeuxDeux 

I'm not sure how I ever lived without TeuxDeux. I have it open all day at work on my desktop and am constantly referencing it on my phone, too. It's just a simple online to do list, but it works so well and helps me keep track of everything - definitely worth checking out if you're in the market for that sort of thing. 

8. James Morton's Brilliant Bread 

I've been on a real bread-baking kick recently, averaging at least 2 loaves a week, and it's all thanks to this book (recommended to me by Rachel - she knows her stuff!). I think I've pretty much mastered the basic white loaf, which is the first recipe in the book, and I'm moving onto rolls. My first batch were a little small and a little too crusty, but the insides were fluffy, so I think with a little work I'll be able to get to grips with them. 

9. Fresh Bay Leaves 

We bought a little bay plant at the garden centre a couple of weeks ago and it's lovely to be able to pop the fresh leaves into stews and sauces, where once we would have used dried. It makes all the difference! 

10. Lighter Evenings

Not having the sun set so early is making a world of difference to my mood. It's a sign that Spring is coming, and I cannot wait! 

What are you loving right now?