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August was a bumper month for life stuff, from big personal news to slip-ups to not so nice news, it was all happening last month. Whilst all of that was going on, I was coveting comfort food, some gifts and our little city break! 

As always, you're welcome to leave your own favourites in the comments. It's a great place to get recommendations when everybody shares.

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Over the past few weeks, I have been taking steps to start my freelance business. As 'Vivatramp Creatives', I'm going to be offering creative writing, copywriting and proofreading services to anyone that may need them - be it brands or individuals. I'm also going to be offering up a couple of creative writing packages for people that want their own slice of my original poetry. 

I'm nervous but so excited to see where this goes and I'm doing it for all of the passionate disabled women out there. I'm hoping to have it all set up soon. Wish me luck! 

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As you may have seen, if you read my 'Guide to Barcelona' post, Luke and I took a trip to the beautiful city last month! It was kind of impromptu but everything we needed it to be. We ate good food, saw the sights, and caught up with family. We're going back next year so do send me some recommendations of things to do or places to eat if you have any!

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I mentioned this super cool picture book in my last book haul but I just had to feature it in my Favourites because I enjoyed it so much. I'm all for fiction that champions the weird and wonderful and this picture book does just that. Highly recommended reading for littles and bigger humans alike!

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Luke gifted me this gloriously fun bag for my birthday back in July and I have worn it constantly since. It's a great size and works with pretty much everything that I wear. I love it and if you do too it's still available on ASOS. 

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Speaking of my birthday, Lyzi gifted me this BFF mug that I gave to all of my bridesmaids in my bridesmaid proposal boxes so that I didn't feel left out. Soooo cool and so appreciated! It's from, in case you were wondering. 

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We had some happy family baby news last month and I'm still so excited about it! We've all been throwing around baby names, both serious and ridiculous, and I can't wait to meet the little arrival. I have already been tasked with the important role of Bookish Aunty, ensuring that this little one has all the books it could want or need. I'm going to take my job verrrrrry seriously.  

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I popped to a local town to buy some shoes for my Barcelona holiday and I accidentally wandered into Flying Tiger. Naturally, I came away with nautical floppy notebooks, cards and washi tape. All the essentials. It's impossible to walk by one of these shops. It's like a cult.

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I have been preening my home boards on Pinterest of late. They're now separated by rooms, making them really easy to navigate. If you've seen a pin you think I'd be interested in, based on these boards, then do send it my way! Or, alternatively, let me know what shops or websites do excellent homewares for low prices. 

I'm hoping to put these pin boards in action before the year is through...

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I'm back on my de-cluttering game - selling things online and at the local car boot sale. I shared 10 tips for car boot sale success earlier this month and 10 books to unhaul early last year, so peruse those posts if you too are in need of a little de-clutter yourself. I've still got a way to go but I'll get there. 

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I'm so into making comfort food for myself and my family. One tray roast dinners, pan-cooked salmon and carbonara are some of my favourites at the moment. Carbonara top tips: add basil, garlic butter as well as garlic, and always add an extra couple of eggs or so. An excellent supper. 

•  Vanessa wrote a piece on how we treat physical illness vs. mental illness
•  ...and she has also started an excellent tinyletter 
•  Bethany shared an important thread r:e relationships
•  the ridiculously talented Maddy is looking for new projects
•  Gem is back with her incredible recipes. Her food photography is stunning!
•  Win Butler shared his songwriting process with ClickHole, lol
  If you're into gaming videos, you should definitely watch Zoe's
  my home boards on Pinterest have been topped up a lot recently
  Gillian shared a hugely useful post on freelance finances
  been singing Elliot's 'More Than Just Memes' for a week straight, not gonna lie

•  monthly things that make me happy list
•  a birthday book haul ft. lots of du Maurier 
•  more book reviews ft 2 bits of queer lit and a TBR
•  guide to barcelona: things to do

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



  1. Thank you for sharing, cutiepie! I haven't been to Flying Tiger yet as I'm worried it will bankrupt me, so will live vicariously through you! Xx

  2. Ooommmmgg cat bag! *buys*

    Mel ★

  3. Oh my god! It's so exciting that you are starting a business - I will most definitely interested in those creative writing packages and will be keeping my eye out for any updates on those. Sending lots of good luck vibes your way!

    Bookish Auntie also sounds like the best title ever, and one I will most definitely steal in the future if the opportunity arises... x


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