Phew, somehow we’ve hit the end of another month, so it’s time to share my June favourite finds! It’s been a much better month for me personally as well as an exciting one for the blog, but it’s not all been full pace – I’ve found some time for mindfulness as well. So here we go!
Kidspot Voices of 2015 Masterclass
It’s probably no surprise that this is one of my favourite things from the month that was – although it’s not only thanks to the fact I Spy Plum Pie was named a finalist, the Masterclass was amazing. So many incredible speakers shared advice, information and inspiration across the day, so much so that my hand was getting sore from all the note taking! Plus, I got to catch up with some lovely bloggers I have met before, and meet a whole heap of new fabulous people which was lots of fun.
One of my favourite messages of the day was actually reiterated by a number of the speakers, which was that the best thing you can do is be helpful, authentic and make people feel welcome at your blog. Transparency and not being afraid to say no to brands or relationships that don’t fit your blog were also strong messages, which is definitely something I’ve been focussing on around these parts. I came away with my head swimming with ideas and inspiration, which I will hopefully be able to put into action around here in the coming months! Don’t forget to hop over to the Voices of 2015 website to check out all the amazing finalists, and a huge thanks to the team at Kidspot for including me!
This month I jumped aboard the adult colouring bandwagon and I’m so glad I did. I picked up the Mindfulness Colouring Book from my local bookstore and spent a few evenings happily colouring away, something I haven’t done in many a year. It really is an amazing way to relax your mind and de-stress, plus it’s a whole lot of fun.
What I really like about this particular book is that most of the pages are abstract so you can really just choose whatever colour combinations you like without having to even consider ending up with a conventional picture at the end of it. Plus, it doesn’t even matter if you colour outside the lines! If you haven’t given colouring a try in recent years I highly recommend picking up a colouring book!
Winter Solstice at Montsalvat
For the Winter Solstice last weekend some friends and I headed out to Montsalvat, a 1940s artist colony near where I grew up, for their annual bonfire event. We headed along last year as well and were surprised by the size of the event, so we were much more prepared this year and took along picnic rugs and a vast array of picnic foods (including these delicious vegan sausage rolls from Little Vegan Bear). It was a clear but chilly evening, but we rugged up and kept ourselves warm with a cup or two of mulled wine (which I think is mandatory at winter solstice events!).
The main event was obviously the bonfire, which was lit by men on horseback (which I’m not too sure the horses were that keen about) and then it was up and away, complete with the occasional fireworks. We warmed ourselves by the bonfire and had a dance to the excellent folk bands (if you’ve never heard a folk version of Toxic by Britney Spears you really are missing out!), making it an excellent way to celebrate the end of the shortest day and the return of a little more sunshine each day.