observations of the summer

I shared some observations of summer over on Facebook last night and thought it was only fair to expand on them here (otherwise I feel like I’m cheating on my blog with social media!).



Firstly, I’ve loved the slower pace of life the summer has brought.

I LOVE my job with all my heart but it’s been a treat to step down a gear and and chill out far more (visiting Bournemouth Beach above, was a highlight of the season), especially after a busy year with my book release, and recent thyroid op. The R&R has done me good and while I’ve worked with brands I love and blogged here several times a week, there have been lots of lazy days in between! I’m now raring to go in September with new book tour dates, events, and campaigns I can’t wait share with you all. Exciting times ahead!



I like to eat Rice Krispies out of the box. Please tell me I’m not alone in this? I’m plant-based and have been for several months now and while I love eating this way, I just can’t get used to oat or soya milk with cereal so I like to go without. I now need to rustle up some dark chocolate rice crispie cakes as it’s been too long since I’ve chomped on those bad (good) boys and the kids love them too!



I’ve distanced myself from people who make me feel like s*** and I’m 17745796885094728457 x happier for it. I’ve realised I was far too tolerant before now, and after giving certain people too many chances over the years, I feel liberated to have now cut ties. Life is just too short for that kind of shizz. I’m waving goodbye to drama and those ‘bad for the soul’ peeps.



My nails are so much stronger now that I’ve given gel manis a miss, and I’ve come to love the ritual of painting my own nails twice a week usually after a relaxing bath and before I dive into a book and new sheets on the bed. Bliss.

In fact, this summer has seen me become a whole lot lower maintenance overall which I blogged about just last week. I will always love a pamper and having my hair and face made up by the pros but I’ve realised lately that I’m pretty decent at DIY hair and beauty myself, and what’s more, I enjoy the me-time it provides.



I miss running. Post thyroid op, I’ve not felt comfortable running (I still suffer with intermittent pain) and while I walk non-stop in Windsor, I do miss getting my ‘sweat on’ and releasing pent up stress through beating the pavement. My surgeon informed me at my last appointment, that it’s likely to take 6-12 months to feel 100% myself again so I know I need to listen to my body and not push myself. One thing’s for sure though, I won’t be taking short sprints for granted again, when I do feel ready to run once more.



Plant-based eating is the only way for me now. It’s several months into my vegan journey and I can safely say, I won’t ever go back. I love the way plant-based food makes me feel and crucially, I’m helping the planet and saving animals in the process. Other benefits are my skin has never looked clearer,  I naturally returned to the weight I was as a teenager for the first time EVER thanks to this way of eating and issues such as recurring water infections, IBS and tonsillitis have either diminished or disappeared completely, which I can’t put down to coincidence. If you’re considering the change, my advice is to start by reading How Not To Die.



My kids are my bffs. I knew this pre-summer of course but it’s been cemented further thanks to all the precious quality time we’ve spent together this holiday. I appreciate some parents don’t like to refer to their kids as their friends but I’m proud to say my boys are my best buddies and I hope they always will be. Yes, I guide and discipline my boys but our relationship is built on trust and respect and to be honest, they teach and support me as much as I do, them. They showered me with love, and surprisingly, reassurance, when I had an operation recently and I will never forget their selfless love to me at my time of need. It was an important reminder not to underestimate my kis.



I’m moody af in a heatwave. I suffer from hayfever and need to take daily meds for it as I often come out in a rash along with suffering from sneezing and weeping (my GP said they’ve had the worst epidemic of it this year with record pollen levels) so that doesn’t help, nor does feeling so hot and stuffy a quick walk to the shops can feel too much. It makes me massively worried about global warming and shocked to the core that some people are denying its existence!

…I never thought I’d say it, but I’m looking forward to oversized jumpers, roaring fires and vegan roast dinners. BRING IT ON.

So there you have it, my obs of the summer.

What has the summer taught YOU about yourself?


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13 Responses

  1. Sarah

    Thank you for sharing your summer obs! Bournemouth beach looks beautiful! I was determined not to spend the holidays doing chores-therefore windows and oven still need cleaning! However, it was the best decision ever as I feel so much better for taking time out for myself. My kids are teenagers now so aren’t interested in spending much time with me 🙁 but trying to set up my own blog has kept me busy! I am technically challenged, so just to create a website has been a massive achievement for me! Just goes to show you’re never too old to learn new things! Still working on getting it ready to launch though!

  2. Moonsparkle (ZM)

    Thanks for sharing your observations, Vicki. I’m a fan of easy snacks too! lol.

    I enjoyed the hotter weather but did struggle a bit during the heatwave. I’m feeling a bit sad now that summer is coming to an end, but I do like autumn as well.


  3. Rebecca - Glutarama

    I love your look on life here Vicki, 100% YES to getting rid of the negative people in your life…I call them energy suckers. There are also energy givers out there too and if you surround yourself with them instead it’s like a bunch of rechargable batteries getting together xx

  4. Noleen Miller

    Life in general is just easier during Summer. No fuss. What I like is that preparing meals is super fast as we have mostly light meals. Also I can’t bear extreme heat – so I try to stay indoors for aircond relief during these days #brillblogposts

  5. Lisa Pomerantz

    I like a real nice schvitz (sweat) with my workouts too. I’ve been doing pilates and tai chi, outdoors if possible. Pilates can kick your butt! I hope you are feeling well, and thank you for hosting us always! #brillblogposts xo

  6. Emma Peach

    I’ve really enjoyed this Summer…I got to spend a week with my dad in France (he lives there), then a week with my mum in Cambridgeshire. My daughter has been like my shadow, but in a good way! We’ve done some really fun things together. I think it’s lovely that you think of your sons as friends – I certainly regard my daughter as my best friend and hope it stays that way. I’ve been vegan for 10 months, and like you, I’ll never go back. I feel much better for it healthwise, but crucially I feel like I’m living according to my values. I’d been thinking about it for a long time, it just took a while to make the adjustment.

    Emma xxx

  7. Eb Gargano | Productive Blogging

    Oh what a lovely post – and I can identify with SO MANY of those things! I have really enjoyed the slower pace of summer, especially reconnecting with my kiddos – who are also my little besties!! Though not vegan, I’ve taken stock of my diet generally and decided to really make healthy eating a much bigger focus in my life. Eating more fresh fruit and veggies is a huge priority now, as is cutting back significantly on added sugar, empty carbs and processed food. Feeling so much better for it!!! I’ve also had to cut out caffeine and alcohol for health-related reasons (as in the doc told me I had to – they are not compatible with some meds I’m on.) – hated it at first, but now OK with it and sleeping so much better!! Oh and I love running! But feel your frustration at not being able to do it. I had a knee issue that had stopped me running as far as I wanted for a year and a half – finally got round to booking myself in for a sports massage and the issue was fixed in ONE SESSION!!! Feel like such an idiot for not going sooner, but now I can run free!! Whoop whoop!! Did 9 miles yesterday – so happy. Really hope you are back to running soon too. Xx

  8. Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies

    I loved reading this Vicki! Sounds like summer has been great for you. I eat granola out of the tub – why do they taste better that way!?? Pleased to hear you’ve made a stand against people who drain you. I do the same. My life is too busy and too precious to be dragged down. I’d rather spend my time on people who truly love me than a stressful life with others. Isn’t it great when you can call your kids your bff’s – mine are grown (26 and 28) and I couldn’t be prouder of them. Summer has taught me how exciting it is to share my dna ancestry with my kids and husband – discovering ancestors and their stories has been incredible – and sharing it with them has been the cherry on the top xx

  9. Tom @Ideas4Dads

    We love Bmouth and were there week before last week with all the glorious weather. When you get the weather on the South Coast you just can’t beat it. We are now camping in Cornwall and whilst the weather is a little more inclement the surf us great. We too have loved a slow summer enjoying bonding and having fun with our girls 🙂

  10. Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food

    It sounds as though you’ve had a much needed, restorative summer. I heard that you had recently gone vegan from Eb over at Easy Peasy Foodie. I’m so glad you’re feeling fantastic as a result! My summer has taught me that I need to chill out more, especially when the things that stress me out most are out of my control. I’ve become addicted to deep breathing exercises as a result.

  11. Clare

    Gosh I love this post! So hones – Honest Mum and you sound so relaxed and sorted. I need to take some pointers from you – my summer has been way too busy 🙁
    You’re an inspiration! See you soon
    Love Cx


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