Taking Stock – July 2019


July is hands down my favourite month of the year – what with the Birthday Festival, Christmas in July and my ideal climatic conditions – and the 2019 edition did not disappoint. I’ve been a happy little vegemite with many reasons to be grateful. But before I launch myself head first into the awesome of August, I’m going to take a breather, grab a cuppa and take stock of the month that was. I’d love it if you joined me!

Turning: 48 on the outside but I’m still 6.5 on the inside!

Feeling: Grateful – 48 is pretty good so far.

Reflecting: On the year that was 47.

Making: This Beer Mug Cake for David’s Birthday.


Whipping:  Up lots of this buttercream – it’s the only thing I know how to decorate cakes with! 

Blowing: The candles out on this epic Rainbow Fish cake. We were only 47 candles short!


Marvelling: At David’s cake decorating skills. He’s not called the Cake Boss for nothing!

Sharing: A second birthday cake with  Karin from Virtual Soda’s Edie. This Doughnut Cake was totally extra!

doughnut birthday cake

Experimenting: Making my own scones – I’m still perfecting my dream recipe.

Baking: These Mini Mandarin and Poppy Seed Muffins. They’re one-bite wonderful!


Cooking: Flossie’s delicious Cheese and Spinach Pie. It’s been on high rotation at our house.

Using: My Kmart pie maker like it’s going out of fashion – these Minced Beef Bourguignon Pies are my latest creation! 


Realising: It’s not nearly as much fun shopping at IKEA when you’re a minimalist.

Selling: Even more stuff on Gumtree. I don’t know where it all comes from! 

Buying: Those Toy Story pyjamas – yes I caved!

Matching: With David in our birthday Toy Story pyjamas.

Wearing: All the Toy Story things from pyjamas to T-shirts!


Getting: Excited about the Dog Lovers Show Sydney

Flying: Solo to Brisbane. I’m thinking of it as a practice run before my UK flight next month!

Weekending: In Brisbane. It’s been way too long between visits!

Staying: At the Next Hotel.

Eating: My way around Brisbane although these Doughnut Fries at Eat Street were definitely a highlight.


Drinking: Cocktails… It is the Birthday Festival after all!

Riding: The City Cat up and down the Brisbane River!

brisbane river cat

Discovering: Brisbane’s best coffee spots.

Enjoying: Afternoon tea with a view at the Sofitel Brisbane. Not sure about the marmalade and scone situation though!

afternoon tea brisbane

Hanging: Out with my Brisbane Buddies – such a treat!

Checking: Out the breweries of Brisbane in Newstead.

Channelling: My inner Masterchef at the Regional Flavours festival in Brisbane’s South Bank. 

masterchef regional flavours

Venturing: Into the world of space exploration at A Human Adventure exhibition

Understanding: Why so many of our Sydney friends have made the move North.

Patting: The dogs of Brisbane. It’s a very dog friendly city.

Dogs of brisbane

Catching: Up with old friends and new friends, near and far.

Thinking: Brisbane is such a good looking city especially at sunset.


Going: For my pap smear. 

Knowing: That that minute of discomfort could save my life. 

Laughing: At all my old photos – so many happy memories (and bad fashion choices!)

taking stock july old days

Admiring:  Dawn from Kangaroo Spottingshe’s so inspiring! 

Getting: New headshots, thanks to the super talented Rachel of Sesame Ellis.


Celebrating: All the birthdays and of course, Christmas in July!

Loving:  My new Christmas tree. 

Liking: All the memories on the tree – we collect decorations from our travels.

Disliking: Having to take the tree down.

Wishing: It could stay up all year round!


Watching: Muriel’s Wedding for my birthday – such a treat! 

Gifting: Experiences not things – so took my niece to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for her Bat Mitzvah.


Playing: Along with Fat Mum Slim’s Photo a Day. It’s been so much fun! 

Recycling: Coffee pods at Nespresso, Pre-loved gym clothes at Lorna Jane and pre-loved bras with Uplift Australia.

Receiving: Birthday flowers. Thank you, Judy!


Reading: Crazy Rich Asians – I love it as much as the movie.

Re-watching: Crazy Rich Asians on Netflix – I like my movies and books to go hand in hand.

Watching: Six Puppies and Us on Netflix. It’s the cutest thing ever.

Crying: Over the new season of Queer Eye – all the happy tears! 

Seeing: Yesterday at the movies – it was delightful. 

Listening: To the podcasts White Lies and The Shrink Next Door.

Hosting: Our god-kids for another sleep over.

Meeting: My new furry friend Teddy  for the first time.


Wetting: Our puppy’s head – he finally made it earth side and like his hoomans, was also born in July!

Waiting: For more puppy news. Did you know it takes them 2.5 weeks to open their eyes?

Wondering: What kind of dog parents we’ll be. 

Bookmarking: All the puppy related posts.

Learning: A lot about puppies. 

Coveting: All the dog toys and dog accessories. 

Planning: All the things we need to do for puppy’s arrival.

Looking: Forward to a trip to the motherland next month.

Did you celebrate Christmas or any birthdays in July? What made the month memorable for you? Got any puppy tips for me?

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