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My Favourite Things 7

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July was a busy and transformative month for me, as it often tends to be as it's my birthday month but this month felt even moreso!  

In July, I was coveting an exciting proposal, a new album, and much more.

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I turned 25 years old on the 3rd July and it felt like kind of a big deal because of where I am in my life. I had a low-key day and it was everything that I wanted it to be. I spent the afternoon sat in the sunshine outside one of the local pubs eating an incredibly good brownie, before heading to dinner in the evening with some of my family. I got some wonderful gifts, which I'm very grateful for, but, most importantly, I spent time with a lot of people that I care about and that's what made it good. The chunky post-dinner chocolate cake was pretty high up there though, not gonna lie...

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A couple of weekends later, I held a birthday gathering with all of my best friends and a few extra family members and family friends. We held it in my Grandma's garden and enjoyed a massive buffet followed by an excellent ice cream bar. It's safe to say that the food was a roaring success with everyone clutching their full bellies come the evening.

We did a lot of chatting, laughing, eating and I emptied out six tote bags worth of books for everyone to rummage through in return for a donation to charity. It was wonderfully chilled but also extremely exciting for the following reason...   

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As  all of my BFFs were going to be attending the gathering, which was the first time ever, I decided to get some little gifts together and propose to my bridal party! None of them had any idea it was happening and it was such a special moment that I will honestly treasure forever. 

If you've yet to read my 'will you be my bridesmaid' post where I share some super cute reaction photographs and a lot more info, you should probably go and do so PDQ.

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I spent a fair few days this month head-in-book thanks to Exquisite by Sarah Stovell, another recommendation from the Hello Friend podcast episode with Alice Slater. I don't think it's one of my favourite reads of the year but it was definitely one of my favourite reading experiences. I was hooked. 

If you're in the market for a psychological thriller, give this a look. More on this soon. 

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I shared my love for Everything Now in my last Favourites post and since then they've released the whole album! I am loving the mix of 70's disco vibes and 80's Talking Heads vibes. There's elements of several of their previous albums on these tracks and I'm looking forward to listening to them more.

It's still early days but my favourite songs so far are: Electric Blue, Put Your Money On Me and Creature Comfort.

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My family took part in the Walk It event in Bristol to raise funds and awareness for Crohn's and Colitis UK. The walk took them passed the harbourside and around Clifton and they even got to wander through an inflatable bowel at the base that taught them all about the two conditions. 

They had a great day and I'm really grateful that they decided to participate, having supported me through my own turbulent times with Crohn's Disease over the past seven years. If you've ever enjoyed anything I've done over here, or if you fancy donating a little bit to charity this month, then you can find our fundraising page online. We have raised £271 so far! It'd be cool to reach £300.

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Poppy was spayed this month which wasn't fun at all but it did mean that we got to have some cute cuddles on her fancy new memory foam mattress whilst she was in recovery. She was kept cooped up in a pen in our living room for 10 days and she did so well considering. I'm now dealing with a very bouncy manic puppy who is extremely grateful to be free though...

I need a drink, or ten.

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I have been dealing with Depression, Anxiety and PTSD for years on my own without any help. The other day, inspired by multiple things, I decided to head back to the doctors and say: 'I deserve to have a life' out loud. 

This is just the first step to getting myself sorted out, again, but I am so willing to give myself the time and care.  

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The Booktubeathon is a week long readathon created and curated every year by Ariel Bissett. I decided to low-key participate this year as a way of getting some reading done before the month was through. I wasn't going to go the full hog but I was up for tackling a couple of the reading challenges and for keeping up with Ariel's daily updates. And, thankfully, I really enjoyed myself.

I even did my own daily updates on Instagram stories throughout the week. I love readathons and highly recommend them to people wanting to get inspired by the books on their shelves. You'll see these in my upcoming book haul and my upcoming book reviews post!  

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Franky recently shared a photograph of a book she had bought a little one in her family and I loved it so much that I bought one for my cousin's daughter on her Christening day. It's called All The Things I Wish and it's a story written to inspire both teeny tiny bubs and bigger kids alike, with its fun story and bright page spreads. The pages are personalised too, along with the front cover, so it makes the story even more immersive. I, unfortunately, didn't get to take a photograph of my copy but if you head over to the website you can get a better idea of what it all entails. 

I was so pleased with my purchase and I will definitely be repurchasing it for future littles. Everything I've bought from Papier has been of high quality and I would recommend the website if you're looking for gifts for friends and family! 

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•  Elliot's time capsule was great. 
•  Sarah bought a couple of pairs of clogs after seeing them in my Favourites and they look SO GOOD.
•  The XX released a video for one of my favourite songs off their latest album 'I See You', as featured in a past Favourites post
•  Laura has been creating some beautiful collages of late. Hire her!
•  dodie shared a video about oversharing on the internet
 Book Riot shared a list of books focused on female friendships

•  monthly things that make me happy list
•  big book haul ft. lots of recommendations
•  july's book reviews featured two five star reads
•  will you be my bridesmaid? proposal & meet the bridesmaids!

A month of varied favourite things. What's on your list? If you're wanting more, I've got six more months of  favourites for you to scroll through!



  1. I've been keeping up with Ariel's Booktubeathon too! Can't say I completed any of the challenges... Or finished any books... But, I've started two so that's something, haha. Well done for popping in to the doctors to talk about your mental health too, Bee - it isn't easy to make that step and so you should be proud. I've got experience dealing with depression and anxiety, so please feel free to drop me a message if you ever need anyone to talk to :-) xxx

  2. Lovely post and great photos. Looking forward to seeing how you got on with Exquisite. Congratulations on making that appointment too, something I also did recently - I've felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulder since doing so.


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