My August Favourites 2017

August favourites 2017

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…).

My Mother

mother and daughter

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

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

purition 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

my not so perfect life

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.


  • Reply September 8, 2017


    Oo I like the sound of Snact – I’ve never heard of fruit jerky before 🙂

  • Reply September 10, 2017

    Jaime Oliver

    I am always late to the TV party and have only just discovered game of thrones a few months back and have yet to start victoria.

    I am pleased you to to spend some time with your mum in August even if it was under poorly circumstances! hope you are feeling better

  • Reply September 10, 2017

    Rachel @ The Daisy Pages

    What a lovely post, and how wonderful to have such a close relationship with your mother! Beautiful photo, too 🙂 I’m another big fan of the Netflix “Crown” drama…I can’t wait for it to return in December! I must admit that I missed Victoria….I’m terrible for not watching anything on ITV because the adverts just wind me up. I’ll catch up with that one when it comes out on Netflix, thanks for the recommendation!

  • Reply September 11, 2017

    Janine Dolan

    You and your mum are so alike.
    I think it’s the season to start watching lots of movies. I watched 2 this weekend.

  • Reply September 12, 2017

    Chloe Ciliberto

    So lovely that your mum came to stay. I love the sound of that book, anything that makes you laugh out loud is a must in my eyes. I love Victoria and The Crown. I’m so glad period dramas never go out of style. x

  • Reply September 15, 2017

    Sara | mumturnedmom

    How lovely that your mum came to stay, I love it when my mum visits, especially as we now live so far away from her. Love the spoons 🙂 I loved The Crown too, but I haven’t watched Victoria, might have to add it to my watch list!

  • Reply September 17, 2017

    Beth @

    Ooooh, I’m late to the Victoria party too! I’ve recently watched the whole first series and now watching the second! It’s a lovely series isn’t it?

  • Reply September 17, 2017


    me and my partner both loved Victoria it was such a great series. I havent watched the crown yet but i will add it to my watch list.

  • Reply September 19, 2017

    Alex Donnelly

    Oh I loved the first season of The Crown – can’t wait for the second! Such a great series to binge on the Christmas break. Haven’t watched Victoria yet so I’m obviously late to the party as well, might have to give it a go too!

  • Reply September 19, 2017

    Emma | The Mini Mes and Me

    Ooo I’m going to take a peek at those snact products online now, haven’t heard of them before x

  • Reply September 19, 2017


    I love the spoon whittling. And I do like Sophie Kinsella too. I’ve read this book and enjoyed it. I’ve not seen Victoria. I’d better play catch up.

  • Reply September 21, 2017


    Awww your mum sounds amazing, so lovely that she came to stay with you. I really hope you are feeling better now. That’s the only Sophie Kinsella book that I haven’t read yet! Must go and order it now xx

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