Tuesday, 27 March 2018

My Favourite Youtubers

I was never very active on Youtube until the last year or two; it was just my go to place for music, nothing more...but thank god I indulged in my recommendations one day and listened to some of my friends who kept telling me to check out certain youtubers and now I'm addicted! You can literally find ANYTHING on youtube and having so many different interests and a baby to entertain, it's such a great app for me to browse when I want something for baby Cass to watch or need some advice or a make up tutorial. It's easy, convenient and lots of fun so I wanted to do a post on my top 5 youtubers that I can't get enough of :) 

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Things I've Learnt About Running A Blog

I started my blog on a whim one day when I was pregnant, bored and frustrated. I'd spent weeks watching youtubers and reading mummy blogs in hopes that someone out there was suffering the same way that I was during my last trimester and desperately searching for advice on giving birth as I was terrified of the thought! Before I knew it, I was setting up my very own space on the internet to keep myself sane and to write about anything and everything that came to mind, never expecting nor really wanting anybody to read it. A few weeks went by and I came to the realisation that there wasn't much point in publishing posts online if nobody was going to read them, so I finally decided to start promoting my blog on my personal twitter and instagram and hoped that someone would read it and maybe feel my pain or share a giggle with me. 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Childhood Tag

Mulberry Bush recently created this really adorable tag called The Childhood Tag. As you probably know by now if you keep up to date with my posts, I'm a sucker for a good get to know me tag, so when Emma emailed me asking me to take part, I was happy to oblige. 
Here goes!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Book Review → Everless By Sara Holland

Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire – a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen. In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything - even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.
Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.
There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever ... and possibly the future of time itself.

I received this book in my December Fairyloot box and my first impressions were that the cover is stunning! I love the Hardback books that come with Fairyloot boxes, they always blow me away and this has got to be one of my faves. In regards to the actual story, I hadn't heard anything about it so was going into it with no expectations, just a hope for something a bit different - and that it certainly delivered on! 

The concept of time being currency and that a person's time can be drained or added to through their blood is something I've not yet come across so I was impressed at the author's originality to start with. A lot of Young Adult books these days are very similar, with the majority of stories being about faeries, vampires, witches, etc...and it can be difficult to break out of that pattern and write something unique. But Sara Holland really went for it and I thoroughly enjoyed the change. The world building was great and I really felt like I knew what was going on when they spoke about certain politics and culture which some YA books falls short on so A+ for that!

The main character Jules is very easy to connect with as she is doing what she can to keep her Papa alive and well, despite her past experiences in Everless that have kept her and her father away for so many years. She's brave, incredibly believable and really quite heroic in the sense that she is constantly warned to stay away from Everless for reasons unknown to her, yet knowing how desperate times are for her and her Papa, she sticks it out anyway. 

I loved the relationships she had with all the characters she came across; from the little boy in the kitchens to the woman who is to marry Prince Roan, and the mysterious undertones of a romance that strings you along only to surprise you at the very end. Not everything is as it seems - for a lot of the book you think you know who the good guys and the bad guys are but I'm telling you now, without spoiling anything for you, don't get too caught up on it. 

It's full to the brim of beautifully descriptive visuals, intricately layered and flawed characters that come from heart-wrenching back stories and keeps you rooting for Jules to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Everless and it's rulers. The Queen, despite having such a dramatic hype throughout the story, didn't do a lot for me as a character but hey, I loved pretty much every other character that was introduced so it's fine.

There's a lot of mystery, intrigue and unknown danger throughout the whole book and following Jules on her journey of self discovery was exciting, dramatic and a real page turner. It was refreshing to read a book that wasn't primarily based around a romance, but more on female friendships and Jules finding out about her past and present. There were a lot of plot twists and it left off on a pretty crazy cliffhanger that potentially sets up for more romance in the next instalment alongside another huge journey so I'm super excited to see where the story goes and how Jules handles the information she now has. 

If you're a fan of YA fantasy then I definitely recommend you giving this a read. I've read quite a few reviews stating that it shares some similarities with the movie In Time with Justin Timberlake which I wouldn't know as I haven't seen it, but please don't let that throw you off. It really is an interesting read which will keep you on your toes all the way through and throw a million plot twists your way right at the end that you didn't see coming... T_T 

Have you read Everless? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!


Thursday, 1 March 2018

First Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day always seems to creep up swiftly yet silently after the rush of Valentine's Day and this year is no exception with it being on the 11th March. Seeing as this is my First Mother's Day as an actual mother since I was pregnant for it last year, I'm quite excited to spend the day with my little one and do some cute bonding activities that I found on Pinterest. Cassius is only going to be 8 months old when the day comes around so of course I'm not expecting anything but his giggles and affection. 

With that being said though, I wanted to do a gift guide aimed at all you daddy's out there - even if your baby is too young to know about Mother's Day like mine is, it's always a nice sentiment to receive something, especially for your first year, no matter how little or big. 

Here are a few little bits and bobs I've come across online and love the look of. 

This was one of the first things to catch my eye on Not On The High Street as it's gorgeous and sentimental and the fact that you can personalise it is lovely. Add a nice little mummy message and some of your favourite photos of your little one and voila, perfect for storing anything you want in it.

I love my jewellery like most women out there and these are so darling, I'm definitely going to be hinting to Dane to get me one. Silver plated chains with Swarovski crystal birthstone charms, you can get these in either solid sterling silver or 14k rose gold plated sterling silver and personalise with your little one's initial and birthstone. Such an adorable accessory to any outfit.

For all those make up loving mumma's out there, this fun and cute slogan bag is a necessity for keeping your must have daily products in. The perfect size to keep in your handbag so you can touch up your make up on the go, this will definitely be a winner on the big day.

Mama Bear Mug / £9.67
Etsy is probably the best place to find cute gifts for any occasion and when I saw this Mama Bear mug, I knew I had to include it in my gift guide. I'm a sucker for anything that says Mama or Mum on it, as well as being an avid tea drinker & the spring flowers and Est. 2017 is such a lovely touch that I couldn't resist. You can choose what size mug you want and personalise the year to show how proud you are to be a Mama Bear.

Another adorable Etsy find, this is such a sweet little oak veneered wooden plaque that you can personalise and display in your home. The carving of the mother and baby is beautiful and it's classic and elegant, a great gift for any mother, no matter what age.

And lastly I really love the look of this frame, especially the sparkly background and flowers, it's so pretty and girly. It's handmade and you can choose what type of flowers you wish to have at the bottom on the crystals and I bet it would look gorgeous displayed at home. It's a lovely little reminder for mum's not to give up when times get hard.

There are a million and one other gift ideas floating around the blogger verse, from beauty to skincare to chocolate and wine, but I wanted to specifically aim mine at more personal little trinkets that I know I'd love myself. With a budget of £30, I think these are all more than reasonably priced and would be a great gift for any first time or even not first time mums out there. So get on it daddys, you've not got long left to treat your baby mumma! 

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