In July…

I know this has been said to death, but I honestly cannot believe it’s already the EIGHTH month of the year! July flew by, and it was actually quite a nice month – until last Sunday, which I’ll get into later. Since so much has happened in the last 30 or so days, I thought I’d write a little monthly review post.

I LOVE both reading and writing these kinds of posts, but I worry that people will think I am a lazy blogger if I write too many (I once read a post that called out posts like this *and* monthly goal posts for being lazy, so I stopped writing them…). If you DO enjoy posts like this then let me know, and I’ll write them more often! ☺️

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TIDBITS FROM THE MONTH:

It was Daniel’s 24th birthday! This won’t be a surprise to you if you’ve read ANY of my recipe or DIY posts, as they were all inspired by his likes and interests, which is a tradition of mine here on the blog.

We took a leaf from our list of ways to celebrate your birthday all month and ate A LOT of our favourite foods, played a heap of Mario Kart together on our Nintendo Switch, as well as watched some TV shows together, which I talk about below.

♡ I started actually adding descriptions to my pins on Pinterest and it has made a HUGE difference! Pinterest was already a pretty good source of traffic for me, but now my pins are being seen by MANY more people than ever before and I am so happy! ☺️

♡ In slightly good news, I only had eight seizures this month, which is down from the ten I had in June. However, they were very bunched together – I often had three in one day – which wrecks my body and mind physically and emotionally. Because of where my seizures originate, my short-term memory basically doesn’t work when I have seizures.

That means I have “lost” a few days from this month, as I have zero memory of them. Even when I don’t have seizures, I still have many “auras” (which I explain here), which is just as terrifying and stressful as an actual seizure, as it often means a seizure is coming, I just don’t know when. Basically, I’m a ticking time bomb.

♡ Speaking of my epilepsy, I was put on a new medication this month (this was my fourth that I have tried overall) after having an allergic reaction to my last one. It was my first allergic reaction in my life, so naturally I freaked out.

This new one came with a long list of super scary side effects, and whilst none of them happened to me, I DID have the same reaction as I did to the last one after only one week! So, I had to stop taking that one and will have to wait until I see my neurologist again before I can try another.

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♡ After the lovely people from Magic Colours saw that I featured some of their chocolate food colouring in my posts (here and here), they offered to send me some more of their products for me to try. I was over the moon with their generosity – especially when they said they went through and read my ENTIRE, three-year-old blog! WOW!

They then pointed me towards their Australian distributor Loyal Bakeware, who sent me heaps of Magic Colours chocolate food colour, as well as some of their products for me to try, too! You can find the unboxing video in my “Hauls” highlight on Instagram.

IN JULY I:

WATCHED: the 11th season of Big Bang Theory (still SO SAD that there’s only one season left!), the first half of season five of Arrested Development (as that’s all that’s currently on Netflix. I really hope they come back and do more of this show!), and a few epispodes of Workaholics (which is… not the best, really). I also started watching Will & Grace from the start again and my heart explodes from happiness with each episode!

♡ BOUGHT: Super cute macaron pyjamas from Big W, some plaster paint-your-own Woody and Buzz from Toy Story (except I got mine on clearance from Coles), 500 earring hooks so I can make even more accessories for myself, the Squirtle Pop Vinyl (which is currently on pre-order) to add to my collection, a cute AF pair of red shorts on clearance for $2, AND a mini shopping basket because I’m a sucker for anything tiny 🙊

READ: (1) Two Boys Kissing by David Leviathan. Whilst I liked this book, and it was beautifully written, it’s not one of my favourite books by David.

(2) The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer. Sequel to his gut-wrenching, can’t-put-down memoir A Child Called It I shuddered the entire way through this as his mother so often reminded me of my own, although mine only turned violent towards me once I reached adulthood. This book is amazing and devastating; no one can tell a story like Dave. It is just incomprehensible what he went through.

(3) Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox. This is the second book I’ve read by Michael J. Fox, and I have loved them both. His unwavering lust for life is so inspiring, and the work that he has dedicated his life to now that Parkinson’s has made it difficult for him to act is truly awe-inspiring. I remember watching him on Family Ties and just KNOWING he had a good heart, and every word he writes helps cement that belief.

(4) How The Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland. This book is super weird and disturbing. I’m not even sure I get what the point of it is. Maybe to raise awareness of alcoholism in teens, as that’s something the main character has, but to me it’s made out to be a “cool” thing in this book.

The only reason I read this book is because it’s on the Rory Gilmore Challenge, but I wouldn’t recommend it. There’s lots of creepy characters with zero explanation, OTT vulgarity, and far too many drug and alcohol references. No, thank you! (PS: You can keep up with what I’m reading over on my Goodreads page.)

MY FAVOURITE POSTS OF MINE FROM THIS MONTH:

DIY Junk Food Inspired Memo Boards – these guys have already made a HUGE different to our office decor! They really brighten up the place ☺️

DIY Ice Cream Sandwich Pincushion – I got an AMAZING reaction to this on Reddit. People kept asking me if they could buy one which felt SO surreal! Now I’m hoping to open an online store next year 🙌

Minimalistic South Park Character Jelly Cups – I still can’t believe these actually worked out! They took WEEKS to plan and test, and then days to actually put together. I really loved playing around with jelly though, so I’m hoping to do more cartoon character jelly cups in the future 😋

DIY Box of Fries Place Cards – I LOVE making place cards so much, and these are one of my favourite designs so far! Fries are easily one of my favourite treats (and are something I eat a little TOO much! 🙈) and I honestly couldn’t be happier with how these came out.

DIY Pizza Slice Party Hat Makeover – As fun as it is to challenge yourself every now and then, it is still so enjoyable to just have fun with a simple paper craft – especially when it’s inspired by one of the best foods out there 🍕

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POSTS BY OTHERS THAT I LOVED:

♡ This post on why people procrastinate spoke to me on a deeper level.

♡ Karyn’s caramel popcorn ice cream cookies combined SO MANY of my favourite things into one delicious recipe! 🙌

♡ Definitely adding THIS food-inspired DIY pillow to my to do list!

♡ It should be illegal to be this breathtaking.

♡ I am OBSESSED with watching Jaycie’s Instagram Stories – especially when they featured her new super colourful apartment 🌈

♡ How to incorporate more curiosity into your life, and why.

Whew! I’m exhausted after just writing this post! It certainly was a busy month indeed.

I don’t have many plans for August as all my energy is focused on September (AKA my birthday month!) and December (CHRISTMAS!), but I’m sure a whole heap of things will end up happening that I’m not even thinking about right now 😂

How was YOUR July? Let me know the best – or worst! parts of it down in the comments below! 👇

Until next time,
Indya xx

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22 thoughts on “In July…

  1. Well my July wasn’t as exiting as yours, but I quit smoking and that’s both the worst and the best part I guess. I gain 2 kilos because of it but we had some really nice weather last week so I got to go swimming and stay on the beach.
    My nephew just got diagnosed with epilepsy and it was scary at first. So I’m familiar with the lack of short term memory.
    Hope you’re new medicine won’t give you any reactions;)

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    • Congratulations on quitting smoking! I am so happy for you. People often say how much money they end up saving after quitting, so that’s another positive to focus on to help you through it ☺️

      Staying at the beach sounds SO nice! It’s Winter here in Australia at the moment so it’s super cold 😩

      I’m so sorry to hear about your nephew! My epilepsy didn’t start acting up until my late teens, and even now at nearly 23 I still struggle so much, I honestly can’t imagine being a KID and going through it all. The loss of memory is a very scary aspect that I did not expect. I hope your nephew finds something to help him soon 😊

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  2. Wow, you’ve had a busy month! I’ve been taking weekend trips with my family, driving my kids to all of their camps and of course, blogging. I’ve been trying to take lots of photos while we still have long days and sunny weather! Loved all of yoru book selections but have to ask, what is the Rory Gilmore Challenge?! xo Nipa

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    • It’s funny that you say that as July felt like a pretty quiet month for me! 😂 Weekend trips sure do sound fun! I’m super jealous of the lovely weather that is currently happening at the other side of the world. Can’t wait for some of that sunshine to come over here 🙌

      The Rory Gilmore Challenge is a reading challenge based off the TV show Gilmore Girls. Rory Gilmore is one of the main characters who is ALWAYS reading or talking about reading, so people have worked together to create a list of EVERY book that is mentioned or seen throughout the entire show (whether it’s Rory reading it or not). It has over 330 books on it – so far I have read 43 of them! 😅

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  3. Girl I am with you! I can’t believe we are in August already! This year just flew by. So sorry to hear about the seizures, glad you are being positive though! Thinking of you!

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    • This year certainly DID fly by! Although that does mean Christmas is coming up, so I’m not too mad about that haha 🙊 Hah trust me, I’m not always positive, but I try my best! Thanks for your well wishes 😊

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  4. Sounds like you had a busy July! I hope your new meds work out better for you so you can keep living it up! I love the book list, I’ve been trying to read more and it’s super inspiring.

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    • Unfortunately I won’t be put on new medication until September, so I’ve got a while to wait. I’m also trying to read a lot more! In 2016 I read 64 books which is the most I’ve ever read in a year, so I’d like to beat that score. I’m currently up to 59 🙌

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  5. I used to love writing and still love reading these types of posts! It’s great to look back on your month and recap wheat’s planned for the next. It sounds like you did A LOT. I haven’t heard of those books, but I’ve been making a habit to read more. Will definitely add The Lost Boy. Sounds really good!!

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    • So did I, but I just feel like no one writes them anymore! May I ask what made you stop writing them? 😯 I do love having them to look back on and being able to see the little moments from each month throughout the year ☺️ The Lost Boy is really good AND heart-wrenching, but you have to read his first book “A Child Called It” first to truly understand his life!

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  6. I enjoy posts like this – I feel like it helps me get to know you better! I also really like reading goal posts. I’m not giving up mine because they keep me focused and accountable. And I write 3-4 blog posts a week that I think are pretty high quality so I don’t think it’s lazy blogging 😉

    I’m sorry to hear your epilepsy has been an issue again – I hope they find a good solution for you too. And awesome to hear your Pinterest growth is expanding. I’m not surprised because your photos and projects are so gorgeous! And that’s fantastic that you’re being sent product to use now too. I can’t wait to see what else you create!

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    • I love posts like this too! They really do help keep you accountable as everyone you follow is keeping up with how you’re living your life, which definitely encourages me to make better decisions. I was still quite new to the blogging game when I read that post on how these posts are lazy so I just took their word for it and stopped mine 😓 but I think I’ll start sharing them again, every now and then.

      Thanks for your kind words. It’s very difficult, but I’ve got to believe that it won’t always be this hard 🤞 Aw, thank you again! I am always trying to improve my photography. When I look back at my photos 1-2 years ago I CRINGE, so hopefully I continue to grow and learn every year ahead of me!

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    • I love reading them too, including yours! It’s always fun to get to know the person behind the blog – and, for what it’s worth, I think your life is far more interesting than mine 😂🙊 Going to Disney World sounds AMAZING! Can’t wait to read about your trip to Paris, too 🙌

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