Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Motown the Musical

For over three months I have been counting down the days until my lovely Mother's birthday, as for her birthday, we was off to see Motown the Musical. I'd seen trailers, bus stop adverts, their appearances on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and I was itching to see it! The day included getting sister braids at the Braid Bar in Topshop Oxford Street (I picked The S), lunch at Bodean's in Covent Garden including pulled pork, nachos and cocktails heaven, jokes about Tumblr, discovering how catchy songs by Odyssey are (thanks Bodeans!), a trip to Hardy's sweet shop where I genuinely wanted to buy everything Reese's Peanut Butter Cup including the huge one in the shop window and then the show itself, which was so bloody amazing, and I am going back to see it for my birthday (even though that's February but that's less than a year away!) We sat in the front row, and honestly I fell in love with the Diana Ross performer, and the kid playing Michael Jackson had the most insane voice, and I now love Jackson 5 ... I cannot stop listening to 'The Love You Save'. I feel now like I need to discover a hidden Motown scene where I can go and dance along to all the music! This is definitely one of the best things I've done this year, and I can't wait to go back!!! 

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Dotty Detective by Clara Vulliamy

As you may have previously read, I am a bit of a sucker for children's books; being a primary school teacher, children's book re-reader of my favourites (I'm looking at you Harry Potter!) I love discovering new books, especially ones I can read to my class! 

Dotty Detective, as soon as it arrived, I knew would go down as a hit in my class of six year olds... it is a quick, easy & fun read, and I love stories like that. I'm not the biggest fan of short stories that are too short, but this book is just right (I promise I need to stop sounding like a goldilocks story *eye roll*) 

The story follows Dot & her pet dog McCluskey (nearly nicknamed Cece this after reading!) and pal Beans, who create a detective agency, fit with badges & secret codes, with the main storyline focusing on saving the sabotage of the talent show at school. 

The main pro of this entire book is how easily readable it is. Each page is differently decorated from grid backgrounds, polaroid-esque snapshots with cartoons drawn in, and doodles across the page, with a paragraph or two dotted on each page. It makes the book so child friendly especially for those that don't like reading!

Overall, a perfect little book, and this would make a lovely gift for any children fans of detectives! 

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Spring / Summer Mini Boots Haul

That moment where you only popped to the shop for one thing, then come out with a bag full; that happened. I popped to Boots to restock on my Batiste Blonde Dry Shampoo (massive root cover up saver there!) and came home with two bags of goods, so I thought I'd share what I brought over on the blog! I picked up some Slimfast in Vanilla, Banana & Chocolate; I love Slimfast and find it a manageable way to lose weight ... a few years ago I shed 3 stone in a couple of months using Slimfast, so am trying to get back into my Slimfast habit again - my problem is not eating breakfast then binge eating lunch. I haven't had Vanilla for a while, and am hoping it'll make a nice morning shake with some added fruit! I also picked up L'Oreal Elvive Nutrigloss Shampoo & Conditioner, and a mask which have all been brilliant for my bleached hair at the moment; the more bleach going on the brittler my hair seems to be going! I also picked up a Bleach London colour in Rose ... for the summer I'm fancying a pink/lavender combo as I'll have 6 weeks of being able to have non-professional hair colours (in the teaching world that is!). I also spotted these photo albums in the sale, which I've picked up and am going to fill and give away maybe at Christmas!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Christchurch Harbour

Part two of our staycation included a trip to Christchurch in Dorset; we travelled from Bath to Christchurch on the train (a return is no more than single!). When we arrived it was chucking it down with rain. As we were only in Christchurch for one night, we opted to explore Christchurch in the rain, so we could then warm up, instead of being soggy journeying then next day. We walked round to the harbour from our hotel which took less than 10 minutes. There were restaurants, a gift shop, a ferry to travel to another bit of land with lots of huts and houses on. There were loads of families catching crabs and I saw one in a bucket... it was massive! Maybe I'll be back there in the summer myself!

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Thursday, 23 June 2016


The Photo Booth Project ; a mini quest to find instant photograph dispensers across the globe.

Whenever I am travelling to someone new, I will always research or keep my eye out for a Photo Booth. One night researching in particular, it hit me that there is nowhere that has a collection of where to find the best photo booths. So here's little old me trying provide some help to like minded photo booth enthusiasts. 

I have a little back log to begin my collection, but if you would like to contribute to the project through your photos, a post, or even just locations to find awesome photo booths, get in touch via Twitter/Email! I'll be posting findings, and posts under the hashtag #thephotoboothproject. 

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

St Johns Jerusalem

St John's Jerusalem is a National Trust Property, in Sutton at Hone in Kent; I used to live a two minute walk from this property, and it took 2 years to find the time to go and visit it (and nearly a year to write this post!), and boy we were missing out! It's located off a track from the main road, and includes a chapel, gardens and riverside walks. I loved the lavender ... not so much the bees though! I also answered a two year mystery figuring out that the green barn like building is also a part of St Johns Jerusalem... on walking Cece to the river, I can always see that barn but never knew where it was from another route! It costs £2.20 to visit for Adults, and is only open on Wednesday afternoons from April to October. For more information look on the National Trust website here. I'll definitely be making a return visit this summer and am looking to visit more National Trust properties, so any recommendations I would love to hear! 

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Wildflower - Drew Barrymore

Since the age of 8 I have loved Drew Barrymore; Charlie's Angels was a film that I loved and from that point on, Drew Barrymore films were a must watch for me. I remember watching Never Been Kissed soon after (wayyyyyy before the 12 age rating, whoops!) and loving Drew more and more. Fast forward 16 years and that love is still going strong; when Abi on Broad City does her Drew Barrymore impression, my face does the XD emoji face (does that even make sense?!).

I do not normally pre-order books, but Wildflower by Drew Barrymore was one I needed the moment it came out. I read the book soon after in a few sittings and the book is now sitting in my living room, pride of place with my favourite books. I loved Drew's style of writing and learning lots of little snippets of her life. The book felt real. It was so humbling to hear of Drew's life now, and her ambition, and family life. If you're a fan, buy this book!

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