I have an eclectic mix of favourites for this month. Every single thing from my July favourites has continued on into August, for example, spoon whittling, Game Of Thrones and the Living Nature Manuka Gel Mask which I’ve actually left on overnight a couple of times. My continuing journey of moving away from single use plastic (sadly, August hasn’t been as successful as July – this is because I haven’t been doing much, if any, of my own grocery shopping). Also, my unicorn hair continues (just shows how dry my hair is, oh dear…).
Obviously, she’s important to me every single day of the year, but this month, she came to stay with me for a week when I wasn’t well. It was one of the most difficult weeks of my life but, despite that, my mum and I laughed so much, every single day, that our stomachs hurt. I love spending time with her and, although she only lives the other side of our small town, I miss her being here all the time.
We flitted from hobby to hobby (she’s also now a whittler) doing puzzles, crosswords, glass painting and all manner of things to keep my mind busy and focused. She’s amazing and I’m so grateful and thankful for her every day.
More Spoon Whittling
My brother visited a couple of weeks ago. He talked me through the best tools and varieties of wood that are great to start with. This has been a game changer in my whittling career (it’s never going to be something I’ll do for money, so I use the term career loosely – for me, it’s just a great way to practise mindfulness).
Purition Protein Shakes
I discovered these Purition Shakes through a recent Vertue Box and they’ve been invaluable during August. My anxiety has often been so horrific I just can’t face eating, but I know my body needs nutrients. One of these shakes when you can’t eat if a great way of getting nourishment into your body. I had other things when I couldn’t eat, but I’ll write about that in another post. These were my favourite because they’re clean eating, which is something I care a lot about. I’ve since bought more from Amazon.
The lovely people at Snact sent me some samples of their fruit jerky to try. You can watch the unboxing video here and look at the Snact website here. I love their ethos of saving ugly fruit that would ordinarily be wasted and turning it into deliciously wholesome snacks. They’re really tasty. My favourite flavour is the apple, blueberry and banana. One of their most fantastic positives is that their packaging is compostable! I’ve noticed you can now buy them from Amazon (along with Ocado and a few other places – see their website).
I’ve recently been really enjoying watching the first season of Victoria. As always, I’m late to the TV show party as the second season is currently airing on ITV now. I bought the first series on my Fire TV Stick because it was really cheap. I love the Royal family and I find their lives endlessly fascinating.
I was a massive fan of the recent TV series The Crown – I’d highly recommend it if you haven’t already watched it. I’ve heard many people say we should get rid of the Royal family because “they don’t do anything”. This opinion incenses me greatly. It’s so ignorant. If they knew how hard the Queen has had to work every single day for her entire life, I’m quite sure their opinion would change.
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
I found this book to be a really enjoyable read. The opening chapter where the main character had me laughing out loud so much that I woke people in my house up. It was hilarious. I love the main character, she’s personable and really came into her own during the second half of the book and I like that parts of it are set in Somerset. I’d highly recommend it.