Monday, 2 September 2019

August Favourites

Another month of the year has vanished into thin air and now I'm only a few weeks away from marrying my soulmate before embarking on a fantastic Disney-moon. The next few months of my life are literally what dreams are made of. But before all of that, I wanted to reflect on all the things I loved last month.

Sunshine balloon photo by Laura Pratt
Laura Pratt | Unsplash

Note: Thrice Upon a Dream has now moved to Wonder and Grey!

Six months of Thrice Upon a Dream

I don't celebrate the little wins nearly enough but this month I celebrated my six month anniversary of blogging which is a huge achievement for me.

Don't get me wrong, this blog is still very much a baby at the moment but I've got a lot of exciting stuff planned for the upcoming months, into 2020 and beyond. I'm excited for every day that I get to create and I really do put my heart and soul into what I do here so thank you so much for supporting me on my journey.


I'd been really excited to give this a watch after seeing the intense trailer for it and honestly, I thought it was incredible. As parents, binge-watching doesn't come as naturally to us as it did when we were in our younger years. Those days are long gone - at least until Mini is old enough to binge-watch TV himself leaving us free to watch whatever we want, whenever we want. But despite all the odds being against us, we managed to somehow get through the entire first season in one weekend and it was amazing.

I was absolutely engrossed slash borderline obsessed for those two days. It really is a mind-blowing series. One thing that I do feel the need to mention about Manifest is that I found myself comparing it a lot to other shows I'd watched in the past but not necessarily in a bad way. I like to think that it reminds you of the things that made other shows great. The mystery surrounding passengers on a plane that went missing, special powers, premonitions and twists around every corner. It builds tension in the right places, creating just enough suspense to keep you biting your lip but not enough to kill you - at least, I hope not...

All I can say is I need season two. ASAP. Please and thank you.


I can't believe I hadn't watched this before because it is great. So great in fact that it's earned itself a spot on my August favourites list after only a few episodes.

The Last Night at Tremore Beach

This thriller by Mikel Santiago was something else. I'd even go as far as saying that it might be the best book I've read all year. It was dark and captivating and I loved the way that the supernatural played a part in what was a perfect thriller. All I will say is that if you live on a remote beach, maybe you should give this one a miss.

Alice Vitrum Sale

The plan was that for the next few months I would save up my payday treat money so that I can go full on treat yo'self at Disneyland Paris but like the magpie that I am, I found myself on the Alice Vitrum site staring adoringly at all the shiny pins. With the help of the sale and some self-control, I only spent a fiver and picked up some seconds pins that I'd had my eye on for a while!

Fantasy pins from Alice Vitrum

I won a Giveaway!

The luck of the Irish was well and truly on my side this month because I actually won something for the first time since 2013 when I won tickets to the press screening of Disney's The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp.

This time around I won something a whole lot cooler - a bundle of Toy Story themed items from UK based small shop, Sparkles in the Castle. Inside the prize bundle was an awesome set of Buzz and Woody ears which are available to order on their website.

Buzz and Woody Toy Story ears from Sparkles in the Castle

Here's a snap of the goodies I won!

Toy Story prizes from the giveaway

Spending Quality Time with Mini

Last week Matt was working away again to do another site visit - although nothing quite as exotic as his trips to Italy or Germany! This meant that it was just me, Mini and our four guinea pigs for the duration of the working week and while it's felt like a lesson in survival in the past, this time was a lot easier going despite several mega toddler tantrums. I feel like we start understanding each other more when we have the quality one-on-one time and it helped me to see what changes I need to make to my blogging schedule so that it affects him less.

Disney Cakes & Sweets

I already knew that I wanted this fab looking magazine with its free Mickey cookie cutter but it was still a surprise when Matt brought a copy home for me from his trip. I can't wait to get baking and see how they turn out!

Blogs and Vlogs

To round-off my favourites post, I'd like to give a special mention to some incredible content creators for keeping me entertained this month!

Stop Pressuring Me To Find My Mum Tribe - Ever After With Kids

Oh my goodness, I can't even begin to tell you how much I could relate to this post. Mini is almost two years old now and I've felt this pressure to make "mum friends" since pregnancy. But with social anxiety making me not want to and endometriosis often making it impossible to do so, I have often found myself wrought with guilt.

Honestly though, I don't think it matters all that much. I'm raising a content and sociable little boy and have a fantastic support network. From my close friend Nat whose son is a mere 7 weeks younger than Mini to friends who visit from time to time who are building relationships with him or even just the ones who actively help me out by searching their local shops to find items I'm determined to buy for him for whatever reason. They might not all be "mums" but they are still my tribe and that's more than enough for me.

The Pill - Friend or Foe? Why the Millennial Generation are Starting to See the Light - HKED

Again, relatable on so many levels. I hate the contraceptive pill. I hated the effect that it had on my body and mental health and so for a few years, I was pill-free and happy for it. Then endometriosis struck me down and it became my saving grace. The only semi-solution to the problem and I say semi because all it does is make the pain more manageable. It's not perfect but when there's no cure, a little relief goes a long way.

Why You Can Gain Weight As A Parent by Registered Dietitian Laura Clark - Honest Mum

This is the content I needed to read. Instead of honing in on all the ways that mums can lose weight, this post actually explains the ways that we put that weight on in the first place and it opened my eyes to all the ways I was sabotaging my own weight loss journey. So taking this on board and making some realistic changes might just be what I need to shift those excess pounds.

L&R Dreaming

Although this isn't my first month watching Luke and Rich's vlogs, it is the first month that they've been my most watched channel. From watching some of their Disneyland Paris travel days to checking out some of last year's Vlogmas content, I've loved every minute. If you're heading on a Disney trip to literally anywhere then these are the guys you need to be subscribed to.

All in all, it was a really great month with lots of positive things going on. I'm hoping that I can carry that positivity forward into the last few months of the year and even into the next one. Fingers crossed!

Don't forget that you can keep an eye on all the good stuff in my everyday life by following me on Instagram. You'll find snaps of my gorgeous redheaded boy, things I enjoyed, book reviews (going forward) and so much more so if that tickles your fancy, you know where I'll be.

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