What did I read in 2016? 15 Favourites.

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Hello Everybody, I hope you are all well.

I was having a little sort out yesterday and reorganising my bookcase when I suddenly realised just how many fantastic books I read last year, so I thought I’d make a little post about some of my favourites.


 

1-3 The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare

Book 1. Clockwork Angel

Book 2. Clockwork Prince

Book 3. Clockwork Princess

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I have read the entire Shadowhunter Chronicles all the way through at least twice and I have just started them all again in anticipation for the next book which is part of the Dark Artifices series which will be released in may.

This trilogy begins when sixteen year old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean from America  to London to find her brother. In a time when Queen Victoria reigned,  she enters the terrifying world  London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the roam the  streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

These books are simply amazing and are truly well researched. They paint such a vivid picture of the Downworld.

Filled with twists, turns, giggles, tears, love and heartbreak; this book really does do  everything. Tessa is such a strong female character who inspires with her quick wit and sharp tongue as she tries to keep her new friends Will and Jem in check.


 

4-9 The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare 

Book 1. City of Bones

Book 2. City of Ashes

Book 3. City of Glass

Book 4. City of Fallen Angels

Book 5. City of Lost Souls

Book 6. City of Heavenly Fire

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This story begins when Clary Fray’s search for her mother leads her into an alternate New York called Downworld, filled with mysterious faeries, partying warlocks, vampires, an army of werewolves, and the demons who as usual want to destroy it all. She also finds herself torn between two boys; her childhood best friend, Simon, and the mysterious Shadowhunter, Jace. She learns that her mother has been keeping a secret from her for her entire life. Clary finds herself becoming a part of the secret world of the Shadowhunters and as she does, she discovers that rescuing her mother might mean jeopardising everything the Shadowhunters work for.

When I was sorting through these, I realised that my mum still has my City of Heavenly Fire book!

Again, these books made me laugh and cry. You really do fall in love with the characters.

This book series has been turned into a television series too called Shadowhunters. I highly recommend watching it. As a massive fan of the books, I was so dubious about watching the show, but it hasn’t disappointed so far. It is close to the books but the show writers have thrown in the odd curve ball every now and again to keep the book fans on their toes and keep it fresh and exciting for people like me.


 

10. The Dark Artifices – Cassandra Clare

Book 1. Lady Midnight

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Lady midnight is the first instalment of The Dark Artifices trilogy and it all kicks off  five years after the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs who we met back in the Mortal Instruments is no longer a grieving young girl, but a strong young woman Hell bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging their deaths.

Teamed up with her Parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip right across to Santa Monica.

As I said, this is only the first instalment but as usual, I am already hooked and I cannot wait for the next instalment, Lord of Shadows to be released in May!


 

11. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

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I honestly don’t know why it’s taken me so long to finally get around to reading this book.

In the Infernal device books I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of references to Charles Dickens and Great Expectations so I think that is what pushed me to finally go out and buy it.

This book really doesn’t need an explanation as I’m sure so many people already know the story line if only loosely.

The storytelling is just beautiful and you really get a sense of what it was like to live back in this time.


 

12. A Work in Progress – Connor Franta

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I have been a massive fan of Connor Franta since his days back in O2l on YouTube.

Connor wrote this intimate memoir of  his life beyond the camera, sharing the lessons he has learned on his journey from a small-town boy  from Minnesota to a YouTube sensation living in LA. Connor takes us right back to his upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom; he goes into the depths of his struggles with identity, body image, and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties, setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and taste-maker. He reveals his private struggles while providing strong and powerful words of wisdom for young adults in this book just as he does in his YouTube videos. This copy includes photography and childhood clippings provided by Connor.


 

13. Don’t Try This at Home – Kian Lawley and Jc Caylen

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Again, from the days of O2l, Kian and Jc have written about their journey from childhood to becoming an internet sensation. This book is written by each of them and takes us through the completely wild and entirely true account of their rise to internet fame. This book had me crying with laughter at their sometimes hilarious, sometimes awkward, and as always crazy collection of stories. Filled with the highs and lows of growing up, friendships and families. This book is hilarious but also very honest and shows a side of both Kian and Jc that you normally don’t see on their channel.


 

14. The Amazing Book is not on Fire – Dan and Phil

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Sticking with the YouTube theme, this book is one of the best I have read yet. Starting right at the beginning with stories of their birth, you really get a look inside the weird and wonderful world of Dan and Phil. We got to explore Phil’s teenage diary and  learned all the reasons why Dan’s a fail. This book will also teach you how to draw the perfect cat whiskers, give you advice on how to a YouTube video. This book is filled with stories and pages of silliness that fans will truly cry with laughter at.


 

15. Loving Bad – Regan Ure

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This book, I read in approximately 8 hours from start to finish.

Loving Bad is a story of when the good girl falls for the bad boy with a bad attitude, tattoos and piercings. Taylor Price has always followed the rules the rules and done what she was told until she moves away from her overprotective family and meets Sin Carter. Sin is trying to break free from his dark past while Taylor lives each day trying to forget about the horrors that ruined her childhood. When they meet, their physical attraction is undeniable. One night is not enough for either of them.

This book left both me and my friend hot under the collar. For the more mature readers, this book is filled with drama, suspense and sexy men.


 

I really hope you’ve enjoyed this post =)

I love reading in my spare time so if you have any book recommendations, please feel free to leave them in the comments ❤

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Mummy Dates Project 2017 #2

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Hello everybody and welcome back!

I hope you have all been well.

Yesterday myself and Leland found ourselves on yet another Mummy Date which turned out to be a double whammy as my mummy came along too.

We both had the day off so we decided to take a trip into Hull for a spot of lunch.

We gave Leland the choice of where to go, and of course, he (as any three year old would) opted for Pizza Express.

Leland was so excited when we got seated and was given a special hat to wear.

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Although we had almost an hours wait for food, he behaved so well.  The lovely, yet very busy waitress had given him some colouring pencils and a puzzle book  with stickers to keep him occupied.

We ate our delicious pizzas which were well worth the wait and Leland tucked into his ice-cream afterwards, still donning his hat which he had covered in stickers by this time.

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We had a lovely lunch date and even though we had to wait a long time, the serving staff were amazing, they could not apologise enough. They remained polite and professional even though they were absolutely run off their feet.

Making memories like this with my mum and Leland are so important to me and I absolutely adore seeing them spending time together, he dotes on her and her on him.

Finally, no trip into Hull is complete without a ride on a mechanical Thomas the Tank Engine.

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I really hope you enjoy this little entry =)

We have lots of things planned for February including one extra special day during the half term which I am so excited for.

I’ll have another Mummy Dates Project post coming very soon.

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As always, take care and speak soon

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Christmas Money Mini Haul

Christmas Money Haul

 

Hello Everybody and welcome back!

I hope you are all having a wonderful week.

Today I wanted to share with you a few of the bits myself and Leland picked up while we were shopping on Sunday.

All purchases were bought with either money or vouchers that we had received for Christmas.


 

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From Primark I decided to treat myself to a new candle.

It is No.17 Madagascan Vanilla and it smells amazing!! I really love the candles from Primark because their scent is so subtle and not overpowering.

I also bought a new Harry Potter t-shirt just to wear around the house. I bought a size bigger than I usually wear just for comfort reasons.

Along with the t-shirt I bought myself a Harry Potter cup. Perfect for secret wine drinking! Bargain at £3.50.

Also I bought myself a cotton pad holder/dispenser… Exciting.


I had a £20 voucher to spend in boots so I decided to treat myself to the Sleek Box of Tricks set.

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My mum had got this for Christmas and I made it my mission to track it down for myself after seeing it. To my absolute delight it was sat looking very lonely on a shelf in none other than the SALE section!

Yes, that’s right… This beauty was reduced from £45 down to £22.50.

This set inclues:

Vintage Romance I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette

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Face Contour Kit In Medium

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Lip Vip Lipstick In Guestlist

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Twist Up Midnight

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Eyebrow Stylist In Medium

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Solstice Highlighting Palette

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Matte Me In Shabby Chic

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Full Fat Lash Mascara

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And Finally, Blush By 3 In Lace

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I am absolutely in love with this set and think it is perfect for teens who are just starting out with their make-up.

Sleek is such an amazing brand. The colours are so pigmented and super long lasting.

I just love it ❤



Next we picked up a few bits for Leland. He got so many toys for Christmas that myself and my boyfriend decided to get him things that were more practical with his money as well as a few treats of course.

Leland had recieved his favourite Build a Bear, Paw Patrol pup Everest from my auntie for Christmas, along with this, she also got him a £20 voucher to either buy another teddy or get an outfit for Everest so I logged into the website and gave him the option of what he wanted. He decided the ‘Everest was cold’ so we opted to get the outfit for her.

We decided after a sudden growth spurt to buy him some new clothes. We have always given Leland free range with his clothes, letting him pick out what he likes within reason.

He decided on a new pair of jeans, a pair of chinos, and a Pikachu t-shirt from Primark and a set of paw patrol joggers from Tesco.

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We also picked him up a new booster seat for the car and a Thomas and Friends Mini which when he opened was Spencer which he was most excited about and has hidden away in his room somewhere.


 

Usually I really struggle to spend vouchers, but this year I don’t think I did too bad! I’m pleased with what the both of us came home with.

Have you been out to spend your Christmas money yet or have you shopped from the comfort of your sofa?

Let me know what you’ve been treating yourself to in the comments.

Until next time, Take care.

Speak soon

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Mummy Dates Project 2017 #1

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Hello Everybody and welcome to my very first Mummy Dates Project Post.

As I’ve said in my previous post, I will be dedicating one post a week to this project.

Come along and follow myself and Leland on our adventures this year =)


 

Today for our Mummy Date, we took a trip into Hull as Leland has outgrown his car seat in his dads car so I needed to buy him a new one.

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We set off mid-morning and arrived at our first stop which was McDonald’s, around lunch time. Leland sat very nicely while munching on his happy meal and telling me all about his purple Furby toy.

Next, we had a pit stop at Costa Coffee and to my delight, I received what will possibly be my last Christmas cup this season =(

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With full tummies and fulled by a mocha we were ready for shopping!

While shopping Leland picked out some new trousers and a Pikachu t-shirt for himself and I decided to treat myself to a new t-shirt and candle.

We picked up his new ‘big boy booster seat’ and as a treat for being so well behaved with minimal breakdowns about all the walking, he’d earned himself a Thomas and friends Mini (he was ecstatic as it was Spencer) and a trip to Krispy Kreme where he chose a Strawberries and Kreme doughnut and a juice before we headed back to the car.

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All in all both of us really enjoyed our day. Leland was so well behaved and all the walking about we did, didn’t seem to bother him as much as it usually would.

When we arrived home we curled up in front of the TV with a cup of hot chocolate each and watched Thomas and The Great Race on DVD.

A perfect ending to our Mummy Date ❤

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our first Mummy Date of 2017!

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I’ll have another Mummy Date post for you next Sunday =)

Speak soon

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Mummy Dates Project 2017

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Hello everybody and welcome back!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas and new year =)


This year I will be taking part in the Mummy Dates Project 2017; an idea thought up by one of my favourite bloggers, Louise Pentland.

I am so in love with this idea.

Myself and Leland have so many mummy dates throughout the year, even if it’s something as simple as going for a walk to the park, then for lunch then stopping off to feed the ducks on the way home.

So as part of the mummy project, I am going to be dedicating one post a week for the next year, starting tomorrow with myself and Leland’s mummy dates.

I am so excited to take part in this project and can’t wait to look back on the ‘dates’ that I document in years to come.

If you yourself are a mummy and would like to take part in this project, simply click on the picture below and it will take you to Louise’s blog post where you can find instructions on how to take part.

 

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If anybody has any suggestions of where to go on our ‘dates’ I would love to hear from you!