Yes I know I’m late again but I like to go with the ‘better late than never’ ethos where my Little Loves posts are concerned. These positive round-ups have become a staple part of my content over the last 3 years. Talking of which…it’s almost 3 years to the day since I started
over-sharing writing on Inside, Outside and Beyond – where HAS the time gone?!
August, like most months has been one of ups and downs – heartache, laughter, relaxation and stress. But you know what they say? You can’t have one without the other. Never a truer word said.
On with the Little Loves show…
Read in August
I always like to invest in a few new books before going on holiday. On occasion I’ve been left without reading material, having underestimated how many I would devour; the mere thought of that now panics me!
I therefore took 5 books with me and ended up getting through 3 of them – not bad for a 10 day holiday. I won’t share all of them with you but as this is a ‘Little Loves’ post, I will share my absolute favourite: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.
Before you say it, I am definitely late to the party on this one. I think it was doing the rounds last summer, or possibly the one before, but it’s been on my ‘to read’ list forever and a day. All I can say is that it didn’t disappoint. Brilliantly written with characters who I fell in love with and a plot that had me captivated. Exactly what I look for in a good book.
On a slightly different note, one of my best friends kindly gifted me this gorgeous devotional book before I went on holiday.
She knew it wasn’t going to be an easy break away (my eldest daughter wasn’t able to join us due to ill health) so she thought that having something positive to focus on every day might help. It really did. I love Lysa Terkeurst, her book It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, impacted me so profoundly earlier this year and this devotional is equally good.
Heard in August
We hired a car on holiday and spent a lot of time driving round Portugal with two teenagers in the back. Said teenagers were generally in charge of the music so Tones and I – Dance Monkey, was the ear-worm of our holiday this year.
Another favourite this month has been Freya Ridings’ Castles.
Watched in August
Where to start with this one? I’ll jump straight in with a highlight from August – Yesterday. Have you seen it? We absolutely loved it! Feel-good fun for the whole family is how I would describe it. Definitely a must-see for any Beetles fans out there.
In terms of TV viewing, we watched The Social Network (Mark Zuckerberg’s rise to fame) last weekend. Another good one to watch if you’ve got teens.
Pretty nails! I’ve never been one to get my nails done regularly. I usually paint them myself and to be honest, they are often too broken to even bother with. But at the start of the school holidays, I promised my youngest daughter that if she could stop biting her nails, I would pay for us both to have gel nails before our trip to Portugal.
I’ve loved having nails worth showing off for once. After three weeks they are now starting to grow out but I’ll be so sad to see them go.
A couple of months ago I ventured out of my skinny jean rut and purchased a pair of straight leg cropped jeans from River Island. I can’t tell you how comfortable they are, I think I may never go back!
I’ve not done brilliantly on the baking front this month. Banana cake has been a recurring theme but that’s more to do with the fact that I don’t like throwing past-their-best bananas away!
We made a trip to Praia del Rey in Portugal, as you will probably have guessed from all the beach photographs.
We also made a trip to London at the beginning of August. Did I tell you that we bumped into Ovie from Love Island whilst shopping on Oxford Street? It made my daughter’s day!
So that just about wraps up August. I intend to write a full write up of summer as I do every season but know it’s going to be a long one so need to muster up the energy! My younger two went back to school today and it all feels a bit final. Are you feeling like that? There’s something a bit sad about summer coming to an end isn’t there? Anyway, I shall refrain from getting maudlin as this is supposed to be about my ‘loves’ after all!
I hope you’ve had a happy August. What has been your highlight?