I’m so sad to see the summer leave this year – it’s truly been a beautiful one, with gorgeous temperatures and loads of sun (and storms, which I love). I’m definitely feeling the autumn chill in the air now and, whilst I’m not a fan of autumn for its impact on my mental health, I’m trying my best to make it as cosy and Hygge as possible. After all, there’s still so much I need to get done!
September Wrap Up
September has been a quite unusual month for review content – I’ve mixed it up a little bit and strayed away from my usual schedule of content due to lots of last-minute changes.
Those last-minute changes that I’m talking about resulted in quite a crazy amount of book reviews this month! I usually aim for two yet I ended up reviewing double that amount this month (not that I’m complaining… Any excuse to pick up a book, right?).
One of the books I reviewed was through Netgalley, which was Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano – an absorbing and poignant read. I also reviewed Don’t Even Breathe by Keith Houghton, an author I hadn’t read anything by before but am now a big fan of, At The Narrow Waist Of The World by Marlena Maduro Baraf, a memoir looking at growing up with a mother with mental health issues in Panama, and Kaerou Time To Go Home by B. Jeanne Shibahara, a gorgeous read full of Japanese history and culture. I couldn’t possibly choose my favourite as they’re all so different!
I’m sad to say there weren’t any food reviews this month! I was hoping to get a recipe review up but just couldn’t fit it in anywhere. Next month I promise there will be more foodie content!
Experiences & Events
We went to a great event this month which was the Walton Classic Vehicle Show. We go every year as it’s free and always promises a good couple of hours of entertainment, yet this year was slightly different as it was also combined with a beauty and craft fair! We loved having both at the same time and it added some real variety to what was definitely the biggest show in Walton yet.
Products & Services
I reviewed two products this month, and one of these was a pair of hilarious personalised socks from Printsfield, which I got covered in pictures of my partner’s face (much to his horror)! The other product I have reviewed is the Book Lover’s Journal by Stationery Geek, which will be out on Monday – if you’re a fan of stationery and reading then you’ll absolutely love it!
I focused entirely on Kenya for my travel reviews this month, providing an accommodation and organisation review from my month-long trip in 2018. For the accommodation I reviewed Stilts Backpackers, situated on the gorgeous Diani Beach on the Kenyan coast. My second review was of Camps International, the organisation I travelled out with alongside my students – they offer volunteering trips to a whole host of different countries around the world so worth checking out if you’d like to do something similar.
I was awarded the Mystery Blogger Award a couple of months ago and finally got a post written up during September… Another one to add to my collection! I also contributed two guest posts which were published this month – Five Things I Always Do Before I Go On Holiday for Elle Mac UK, plus I was interviewed as a blogger for Ronald Sampson’s B-Connect series on On The Ron.
October In Focus
October is the month I’ve been waiting for as I’m finally going abroad again! Before then I’ve got lots to get done so I don’t fall behind.
We’re back to a normal amount of book reviews next month, with just two to read. I’ll be writing reviews of Plus Ten, the third short story I will have read by Anton Eine, and Here To Stay by Mark A. Edwards, a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while and thankfully was given the opportunity to review via NetGalley.
Food posts are back on the menu again! Near the end of September I visited Pearl of Samui, a beautiful Thai restaurant in Walton, for the third time, so thought it would be a great idea to prepare a review for them which will be up this month. I’ll also be reviewing Coast To Coast at Stansted Airport, which will be our choice for breakfast before our flight.
This should have happened last month but unfortunately it all got too busy – I should be reviewing Viloma Yoga, who offers beach yoga sessions in Frinton-on-Sea. As I’m away on holiday that will be the only British experience this month!
I’ve got two wonderful products to review for October – a soy wax candle from Sjofn which I can’t wait to test out with my new Hygge routine, and some food bowls made from recycled coconuts from Vie Gourmet… I’ve started using them and I’m obsessed! I recently created a video preview of the bowls which you can watch here.
I’ll be visiting Fuerteventura again this month (FINALLY) and testing out villa accommodation, car-accessible locations, plus some new experiences on the island of Lanzarote. These will all be written up after October – the one review I’ll be posting for travel this month will be for Rift Valley Adventures, another organisation we worked closely with during our time in Kenya. They were responsible for us during our Mount Kenya trek and were absolutely fantastic, so can’t wait to share with you all!
I’m Also Focusing On…
I’m taking it easy on miscellaneous activities this months due to travelling, but one guest post that I’ve written for this month is for The Navigatio, and will be focused around my favourite winter holiday destination in Europe… Can you guess where I’ve written about?
So that’s my October in a nutshell – I’m really quite excited about it! There won’t be quite so much content on the blog and my social media channels this month but I’ll be gaining as much content as I can to lead us into the New Year, so busy as always!
What are you most looking forward to reading about in October? Let me know below, and don’t forget to like and pin as well!