It's the final day of July! Gosh. This month has been jam-packed with changes, and bouts and bouts of joy. That's the reason why my face is the first favourite - not because I love my new curly lion's mane (!), but because I have to say a big thank you to everyone. So, here we go, my favourite things from this month:
1. Curiously Conscious' first birthday, and a big big thank you
Yes, I may have blubbed on in the last three blogs, but I really am thankful for all of your continued support, both in my personal life and on here. I've gone through so many changes over the last 12 months, and in this month alone I've ran my biggest giveaway yet, graduated, passed my driving test, and secured a new place to live. Whew. I don't think I could have done it with all the important people in my life, and you as readers count as them too! Thank you.
2. July's in-season fruits
While it hasn't been wall-to-wall sunshine in the UK, the fresh fruit this month has more than made up for it. I've swapped out pretty much all of my naughty treats for fruit - watermelon, cherries, apricots, flat peaches... they're all, so so good.
3. Summer berries smoothie
Alongside my love of stone fruits, is my love of berries - and with so many being in season now, you're sure to find a few squished ones around! Instead of throwing them away, try this delicious smoothie recipe for a sweet morning perk-up.
4. Warm rice and quinoa salad
It's been a while since I posted a "main meal" recipe, but this serves as a tasty lunch, and is a nice hybrid between impractically healthy salads and crazy quick ready-meals, perfect for at work or at university. I'll be writing more of these in the future too, due to me starting a new job in August!
5. Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
Perhaps its all the cooking I've been getting up to, but this cream has been adding a nice sheen to my nails all month now. As I'm moving away from a flat with a dishwasher, I can imagine I'm going to need it even more next month!
6. Plant-based cantaloupe ice cream
Finally, this month I posted my first ever guest blog - another huge thank you to Fit Food Emma for her plant-based peaches and cream overnight oats recipe. You can find my cantaloupe melon ice cream recipe on her blog, and subscribe to her there too!