Monthly Favourites {September}

Monday, October 07, 2019

It's been a while since I've shared anything other than a recipe on this blog and, although I'm not quite ready to step back into my Week in Words and Seven Things That Made Me Smile weekly wrap up style posts, I've definitely missed sharing lifestyle content here. For me, anyway, taking the time to feel some gratitude for all of the people, places and things that've made me smile recently is really important and hence, the 'monthly favourites' series has been born! So, without further ado, here are all of my favourite things from the month of September.

{Book - Watership Down}
This month I finally hopped onto the emotional roller-coaster that was Richard Adams' Watership Down and this book was every bit as wonderful as I'd hoped it would be. Following the lives of several rabbits as they break away from their home warren and try to make their own ways in the world, you could easily be forgiven for assuming that this is a children's book but, in actuality, there was so much more to this story than I ever anticipated. As well as being so bloomin' wholesome you'll actually want to cry (okay, you might actually cry), the chapters of this book are filled with tension, camaraderie, excitement and some really insightful explorations of the relationship of man and nature. There are really far too many amazing things about this book to fit into one small paragraph so I'll just finish with this: read it - you won't regret it.

{Food - Pip & Nut Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter}
Pip & Nut's Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter - need I say more?? All of my autumnal, nut buttery dreams have come to life inside one small jar and I've never been more excited for breakfast (and that's saying something because I love breakfast).

{Activity -  Headstands}
Thanks to one of my lovely yoga teachers, Taylor, my September was all about going upside down! With an 'upside down September' challenge to keep me focused, I decided to dedicate the month to finally nailing my tripod headstand. A little over 30 days later and I'm pleased to say I'm feeling pretty confident with my newfound headstand skills. But, new yoga poses aside, the best thing I took away from the challenge was a feeling of being content with my dedication, I showed up on the mat to practice every day and that was all that mattered. Although my headstands became steadier and more confident each day, there were plenty of times where I thought I'd cracked it and then toppled straight over but, having distanced myself from the feeling of either 'succeeding' or 'failing' at my attempts, I think I really mastered knowing that the practice and intention are far more important than the posture.

{YouTube - Honey Bunch of Onion Tops}
Phoebe's channel has been a longtime favourite of mine but, particularly as we enter Autumn and Winter (at least in the northern hemisphere), her chilled out content style somehow manages to become even more enticing. From 'But Vegan' takes on all of our favourite films and tv shows to seriously easy (and bloomin' delicious) plant based recipes - Phoebe has something for everyone and there's nothing like settling down with a cuppa and one of her vlogs to totally wind down for the evening. Though, like me, Phoebe's blog and YouTube focus on vegan foods, I'd recommend her channel to anybody (vegan or otherwise) because if you enjoy cracking tunes and quirky, original feels-like-a-hug-in-video-format content, then Honey Bunch of Onion Tops is the channel for you!

{Place - Welcombe Mouth Beach}
Jay and I started out our month with a mini-break in Cornwall and Devon and, whilst there, we came across the most incredible cove! Just a 10 minute walk from our Air B&B, Welcombe Mouth Beach is now up there as one of the most spectacular places I've ever been. A rocky beach in the middle of autumn, this stormy cove was the kind of dramatic landscape that you just never tire of looking at and I'd go back to the area, just to visit again!

{TV - The Great British Bake Off}
September means one thing and one thing only - Bake Off Season and I am here for it! As the years go by, my love of Bake Off only seems to have grown and, in my opinion, there's just nothing like cosying up with a cuppa and some cake for that first episode of Bake Off to really welcome in Autumn. This series of Bake Off has been even more interesting than usual because I've been hosting a 'Fake Off Bake Along' on my YouTube channel and attempting to veganise all of the technical challenges.

Let me know what you've been loving this September!

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