July Favourites | 2017

July is my favourite month of the year- there’s a marginally more optimistic chance of some sunshine and I have lots of birthdays to celebrate, including my own!

Birthdays 

I had a very relaxed birthday at home with my family and Craig. We went to Loudons for brunch then Craig and I spent a rainy afternoon  at the Jacobites exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland. We had homemade currywurst and Tesco’s GF and LF Carl the Caterpillar cake for dinner. My sister, my nana and two of my best friends have also had their birthdays in July too so it’s been a busy month! 

Graduation 2.0

I graduated again, hooray! This time was to celebrate the completion of my PGDE. I’m lucky to have met such lovely people along the way and I’m excited to see what comes next for us all! 

Summer Reading 

I’ve been on holiday in Portugal and have enjoyed lazing by the pool reading. It feels like such a luxury! I’ve read quite a few books I really enjoyed, but in particular I loved How to Stop Time by Matt Haig and This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell. 

Disneyland Paris (and Paris Paris) 

My sister and I went to the happiest place in France because it’s Disneyland’s 25th birthday and we just couldn’t resist a trip! We also spent some time in Paris, the city where I spent my Erasmus year and absolutely fell in love with, which is as beautiful as always. 

Family holiday to Portugal 

I’m just back from a sunny holiday to Vilamoura in Portugal where I’ve read on a sun lounger and done very little else. So relaxing. 

Amorino

My friend Sasha introduced me to Amorino and I’m so glad she did! It has delicious ice cream and sorbet. I can eat all of the sorbets on my (modified) low-fodmap diet as they don’t contain any lactose. I’ve eaten a fair amount of it in July between Paris and Portugal! 

Despicable Me 3

I’ve not seen Despicable Me 1 or 2, but I enjoyed this film so much more than I expected to! It was also advertised everywhere in Paris and it was very funny to see the minions hiding along the Champs-Élysées. 

Learning how to drive again (and getting a car)

I passed my test almost four years ago and then never drove again. Living in the city centre, I just didn’t need to. However, I’ll need to drive to work in August so I’ve had some refresher lessons and I’m back behind the wheel of my very first car. I was very nervous but it’s been less painful than I’d thought! 

Catching up with friends

It’s always so lovely to spend time with friends I haven’t seen for a while. 

Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish in Ethereal  

I’ve been borrowing my sister’s nail polish (and have now bought my own, don’t worry, Megan) since I went on holiday to Croatia- she said that since it was a pale, pearly colour it wouldn’t be too noticeable when it started to chip. She’s right and I’ve literally not worn another colour since. It’s perfect for summer!

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June Favourites | 2017

Where did June go? It was a crazy busy month and just seems to have disappeared! Here are some of the things that made me happy in June.

Cheap train tickets to London
Virgin East Coast had seats on specific trains to and from London for £15 each way at the start of the month, so I ended up spontaneously visiting Craig the weekend after he’d been up to Edinburgh. I also managed to catch up with two London based friends which was a lovely bonus.

Finishing uni
I’ve passed everything and I’m graduating this week!

Beautiful Lies (De vrais mensonges) film
I loved this Audrey Tautou romcom. A hairdresser receives a love letter, and sends it anonymously to her mother to try to cheer her up. Lots of crossed wires, hilarity ensues, it all ends happily ever after. A lovely light hearted film!

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I watched the first episode of the television programme and then had to read the book! I found it very interesting and ever so slightly terrifying too. It’s pretty powerful and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Reunion in Barcelona
My friend Anna is based in Perpignan at the moment and I haven’t seen her since this time last year. Martha and I flew to Barcelona to meet up with her and we had a fab few days in the sunshine exploring the city and eating tapas and ice cream (and reenacting scenes from the Cheetah Girls 2).

Weekend in Grasmere
I spent a weekend in Grasmere in the Lake District with my family to celebrate my mum’s birthday. We were so lucky with the weather, which was possibly a wee bit too hot for the somewhat ambitious walks my dad had planned! If you’re interested in a couple of fodmap friendly places to eat in Grasmere, have a look at this post here.

Holiday to Croatia
Craig and I went to Split in Croatia for a week and had a fab time. It was also really nice to be able to spend a whole week with Craig now that he has moved to London for work. My holiday highlights were visiting Krka National Park and the speedboat day trip we took to see different islands.

Schär chocolate chip buns
These are far from the healthiest free-from product, but they came in so handy for breakfasts while I was in Barcelona and Croatia. They’re tasty, keep well and passed my ‘being stuffed in hand luggage’ test. 

Anne with an E on Netflix
I’m a big fan of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables and I was so excited for the series on Netflix. I absolutely loved it but I can understand why people who like an adaptation to be 100% faithful to the book might be disappointed. I thought it added some more depth and I liked how they explored Marilla’s background too. Also, AmyBeth McNulty who plays Anne is almost exactly as I pictured her when I first read it!

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