So it's that time of the month again where I share with you everything that I have been buying, loving and enjoying this month. I really like writing these posts as much as I like reading them from other bloggers or watching YouTubers favourites videos. Posts and videos like these always give me inspiration for things to buy / read / watch and I love that as an internet community we can share these things with each other.
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I think that because it has been the summer we have managed to get through a lot of reading. We have still been listening to Audible in the car on journeys and have managed to work our way through Alice in Wonderland and Awful Auntie.
We have also just started Treasure Island, which I thought that Little Boy would love, but I don't think he does that much! We also discovered the library's free audiobook download service - BorrowBox which has enabled us to download both audio books and regular books free of charge. Anything that saves us money at the moment is most welcome.
Personally I have been reading some great books...
Daisy Jones & The Six - definitely not one of my usual reads but I saw it recommended somewhere and thought that I would give it a go. It was utterly brilliant, it really transported me through time to feel like I was living the experience vicariously. I even had to google whether Daisy Jones & The Six was a real band, it was that convincing!
One Of The Girls - this is a great summer read, easy going and set on a Greek Island so you are already half in the mood already. It had a couple of great twists which I didn't really pick up on until the end. Definitely a girls trip away read.
I am currently just starting The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes and next on my list is the new Robert Galbraith book in the Strike series - The Ink Black Heart. Come back next month to red what I thought of them!
I have been absolutely loving the Vinted app lately and have bought so much on there. I love the way that you can make offers with sellers and you can buy bundles. Everything seems to be really great value and tracking and communication is brilliant. I am planning on recording a YouTube video of my latest Vinted finds so keep a look out for that!
I basically bought my 11 year old's entire autumn/winter wardrobe from there as well as some great pieces for myself. I even found a Christmas jumper that I have been looking in charity shops and on eBay for years - I literally can't wait until Christmas to wear that now!
I have been wearing a lot of gymwear at the moment - it is just so comfy and as I am trying to squeeze exercise in whenever I can it is so convenient to be wearing my gymwear, so when I have a spare half an hour I can take the dog for a walk or do some yoga. Of course my favourite place to buy gym wear at the moment is Vinted! I'm really loving Love Leggings and the leggings sports bras I was given from a previous collaboration with Yvette are amazing.
I've been less about making and more about homemaking this month I think! One of the things I love so much about autumn is dressing the house for the season so I have been clearing out and tidying ready for that. I have already bought a couple of Autumn pieces which I can't wait to show you on my YouTube channel.
September has also brought with it packed lunch season again. With two girls in high school now they need to leave early so I have been making some breakfast friendly foods that they can take in their snack boxes so they don't miss out on breakfast. Banana bread and cinnamon bread are big favourites at the moment. I put a slice or two in their Yumbox Mini Snack Box with some fresh fruit and a vitamin and they are good to go.
I also bought them some flasks to keep drinks warm or cold and either pack them a smoothie or a hot chocolate or oat milk latte.
I am a huge oat milk latte addict at the moment! Since we bought our Sage Barista Pro machine we have switched to using coffee beans and the difference is immense. I recently found really great coffee beans from Coffee Friend. They have been really great, both for me with making lattes and my husband who likes to drink americanos and espressos. We tried a range of their speciality coffee beans and we will definitely be buying more. You can really taste the taste notes with each one and they certainly are a quality brand of coffee.
My favourite was the Sumatra Indonesia coffee beans.
Top tip: Coffee Friend has 30% off all coffee beans at the moment!
Coffee Friend don't just do coffee beans you will be pleased to know - they also do ground coffee, coffee pods, coffee machines and grinders - basically everything you could possibly want if you are a coffee fan. I know I will be ordering some things off here for my husband for Christmas.
Because I have been really tired at the moment I haven't found myself watching much. I was delighted to see the new season of Chesapeake Shores is now on Netflix so I am watching that. I also watched the first series of Missing, also on Netflix which was harrowing to say the least! I really want to watch the second series but I'm not sure my husband is up to it!
I also binged watched the new season of Dream Home Makeover - I am Shea McGee's biggest fan - I absolutely love every design that she does and I am gutted that we can't get her range of homewear here in the UK.
I've also written before about how I like to follow YouTube workouts - I found a new great channel I've been really enjoying called Grow With Jo. She is a little smiley for my liking (!) but I really like her workouts.
As I mentioned before, I have been listening to audio books still and I am also really enjoying listening to guided meditation and sleep meditation - mainly on the Deliciously Ella Feel Better app. I bought these cool wireless sleep headphones that are really comfy to wear in bed so they are great for fitting in some evening mindfullness and meditation.
As I said I have been having a sort out and shuffle around of the house and part of that was moving the dining room around. We have a large kitchen diner and for as long as I can remember I have wanted a small sofa in there just so that someone can chill there and read a book or magazine while someone else makes dinner or I can perch there and browse a recipe book. I found this really cute sofa for a great price in John Lewis. We went for the pink colour and I absolutely love it!
Already I can't find it online but here is the same style but in a different fabric and colour - I paid £199 for mine though. It wouldn't be great as an everyday sofa but it works really well as an occasional or decorative one.
Also, for next to the sofa I picked up a really cute marble and gold side table from Primark of all places - I actually really love their home section! It was only £25 and it was quite heavy so I had to get my daughter to carry it to the car for me! It was self assembly but really easy to put together. I have accessorised it with some faux flowers and a vase from Ikea and a pumpkin ornament from Primark.
I hope that you enjoyed reading this September favourites post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and that you have found some things that you might also love and find useful!
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