Yet another month has come to a close, or near enough, with August about to kick off. So I thought I would start a new monthly wrap up post to share some of the things I have been loving over the month that has been, from the things I have read to the items I can’t live without.
The highlights of my July were experiencing Violet’s first smiles and many to follow, along with some early laughs. Reminds me how much I miss this baby stage. Beautiful! But trying to get a photo of these smiles has proven challenging…
It also saw our new travel blog get up off the ground after launching late June. It has been fun reliving many of our past travel experiences as well as planning that next big trip.
This year is flying by at an alarming pace. Hard to believe it has been pretty much 2 months since we welcomed our daughter Violet into our lives. The days fly by so fast with a baby in your life, with so many magical moments but also some challenging ones at times too. While Violet is a pretty easy baby like her sister, winter babies sure do come with some extra needs.
Australia experienced a bit of a cold snap and even here in Queensland we felt the temperature drop. A few nights around the 0 degree Celsius mark, which meant needing to keep Violet warm.
I hate swaddling. I’m terrible at it and it makes me nervous, so we are so grateful for the GroBag I received after attending an event last month. Definitely the product love of the month!
Other things I couldn’t live without during July were:
My charging iPhone case – I actually had no idea these things even existed until recently when my brother in law showed me his. iPhone 5 are known for their dodgy battery so this case has a built in charger that you can turn on when the battery is low. No more random dead phone when I’m out. I got mine on eBay for about $15AU.
My Macbook – I’ve only had it a couple of months and my productivity has improved drastically as a result. I never thought I would convert from Windows but it happened.
Lasagne – It’s almost like a pregnancy craving without the pregnancy but this has been my comfort food recently. We have our freezer fairly well stocked at the moment though after a bulk cook up so at least I’m covered when the craving strikes.
Typo Notepads – As a blogger, you never know when inspiration for a new post or something bigger will hit, so having a notepad on hand is useful. I love the divided sections the Typo notepads have, with pockets too.
This month my notepad has been filling with inspiration from the ProBlogger 31 days to build a better blog podcasts. Well worth a listen!
Plus catching up on the final unit for Secret Bloggers Business MBA – if you are a blogger, check both of these out. So much useful info!
Through July I read a lot of great articles from some amazing bloggers. It wasn’t until halfway through the month that I remembered to bookmark a few of them though.
Here is a wrap up of some of my favourite reads:
10 Things I Know About Grief – This guest post from Robyna May from Mummy and the Minx really resonated with me. With our own recent loss, it was all very relatable and so well written. My sister appreciated the article also, since these are exactly the things that people outside the family struggle to understand after loss.
My Favourite – This post by Lauren from The Thud was part of the Kidspot Voices 2015 about how her son favours his daddy most of the time. I am lucky enough to be the favourite but I can totally imagine how frustrating it might be when your child completely idolises their other parent despite your efforts. I’m sure my turn will come.
My own most popular blog post continues to be 11 Tips for Surviving a Summer Pregnancy, thanks to Pinterest and Summer in half of the world. However of this month’s blog posts, the most popular was 11 Steps to Become a Pro Blogger which shares some of how I have turned my blog into an income source. It also suggests the number 11 is a winner for tip posts.
One thing that did not come to fruition in July as originally planned was the launch of my upcoming ebook on methods to earn from home, however fingers crossed all is on track for an August launch. Exciting!