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! ☺️
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.
♡ 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 🍕
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,