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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

How To Deal With Writer's Block

Hey everyone! Here I finally am writing a new blog post to share with you guys! I have been ridiculously unproductive for days now, for a number of reasons, and I apologise about my lack of activity online. Thankyou to all of my lovely followers and friends who have still liked my few posts on social media and sent me supportive messages & comments. I really appreciate it  Today I thought I'd blog all about how I find inspiration for my blog posts when I'm struggling to think of new ideas. At the moment, I haven't been doing too many things that I think are interesting enough to blog about and so I've been finding it a little hard to be inspired to write. A lot of that has to do with my depression making me really unmotivated right now, but it's also due to a bit of writer's block, so I thought I'd share some advice to help others who might be going through a similar situation. I don't know if this post is gonna be super informative or anything, but I'm trying to get myself back in my usual blogging mojo and so I'm gonna write it up anyway, haha! I hope that you enjoy reading and that my post is helpful :) 

How To Deal With Writers Block

Pinterest

Seriously, Pinterest is wonderful for finding some inspiration! If you've never used it before, it's a social media website that allows people to share photos and videos which can also be linked back to websites and blogs for you to find the relevant information you are looking for. You can make folders or 'boards' and save ('pin') anything that takes your fancy into them. Pinterest is a great website if you're a crafter or creative person, because you can find all sorts of recipes, artwork tutorials, knitting patterns, wherever your particular interests lie, there's gonna be something for you on Pinterest. And the same goes for bloggers! Many bloggers share their posts onto Pinterest, myself included, so if you have a search you'll come across all sorts of content from a variety of niches. There's lots of blog post ideas lists and content on there to help you out when you need some new ideas, and I find it very useful when I'm struggling to come up with new post ideas. 

Read Other Blogs

This really should have been the number one tip on my list, because there is nothing that's going to help inspire you more than reading other bloggers work :) If you're a blogger yourself, you should be reading other blogs anyway, to connect with your fellow bloggers, to make friends along the way and also because you can't just not read any blogs but expect people to read yours! Reading other people's blog posts always helps me to come up with similar and also completely new ideas for my own blog! You can also keep an eye out for any posts that share a list of blog post ideas like the kind I mentioned earlier, or other posts that are like the one I've written today that can give you some tips on how to come up with post ideas. Websites such as Bloglovin' allow you to search for topics so that you can find bloggers that share about the things that you're interested in :) 

Brainstorm

Do you guys remember having to create mind maps, or spider diagrams as I used to call them, back when you were at school? My teachers used to love making us draw them for so many things, and it was definitely a little annoying for me at the time! However now that I'm not being forced to draw them with my classmates during the dreaded group activities, or for making a poster about literally everything I was taught (my high school wasn't great, haha!), I go back to them whenever I need to brainstorm ideas. I like to get a big piece of paper and create branches off my 'blog ideas' title for the different categories of posts that I want to write about. I note down literally anything that pops into my head because you never know when it might be the perfect time for you to blog about it. I will search through Pinterest and other social media sites and add to my spider diagram as I do.

I even put together a spider diagram for this post, and for brainstorming 101, my various arrows and sections included: write down your preferred blog topics (e.g. geeky, health, beauty), have you been anywhere lately and taken some photos?, do you have anything that you can review (a restaurant you've visited, a movie you've recently watched, something you got for Christmas maybe?, etc.), are you looking forward to something that's not happened yet? why not share about how you're preparing for it?, are there any topics that you can share your experience of or give advice about?, why not make something (arts and crafts, recipes, homemade and 'life hack' posts), if you're really stuck for ideas why not answer a tag or create your own?. Then branching off all of these points, I have the ideas that I've come up with. I hope that sharing what I've personally written will be helpful :) Let me know in the comments! 


Tumblr

Tumblr is another website that I find inspiring when it comes to blog post ideas. Like Pinterest, it's a website where people can share pictures and videos, but it's so much more than that. It's full of fandoms and people with lots of similar interests sharing with one another, and I just get a lot of ideas when I'm browsing through it. It doesn't just inspire me when it comes to blogging, but just in general. It highlights me to a lot of small businesses and artists work, it gives me ideas for making and baking, for my nature photography hobby too. It links me to interesting articles and photo challenges and writing challenges, and I really enjoy it! If I'm inspired to go out and take new photographs, then I usually want to blog all about it too so that's great, I am practicing self care doing something that I love, getting out into the fresh air and also getting an interesting blog post out of it. Even though social media websites have their bad points (ugh, don't we all know it!) but I do get a lot of inspiration for my blog through tumblr and other platforms that I use such as Instagram and Twitter. How about you? Do you get ideas whilst browsing through your social media feeds? 


Blogging Books 

I wasn't sure whether to include this one because I actually only have one blogging book, but I think it's a great little book and so I thought I'd mention it and also how it's made me want to look into getting more books in the future. Do any of you guys have a blogging ideas book? The book that I own is called 365 Blog Topic Ideas and it's by Dana Fox. I bought this book mostly out of curiosity when I first started blogging because I wanted to see what it would be like and what sort of posts it would suggest. I haven't used any of the topics out of it yet but I write notes on my pages with ideas that the suggested topic has given me, and I like that it's always there with inspiration if I'm ever really really struggling to come up with a post. I do think that some of the suggestions seem like ones that have been mentioned already in the book but with a slightly different wording, however all it all I think it's useful. Plus, I'm sure that there's lots of other books out there that are like this one so  be sure to shop around when choosing something for yourself. I definitely think that they will help you think of something when you're dealing with writer's block. 

Keep an inspiration notebook

I wanted to end my post with an idea that isn't going to be something that you can use if you've got a case of writer's block right now, but I'm including it to give some advice on something that is very helpful for me, and I know a lot of fellow bloggers have an inspiration/idea notebook too. I take a small notebook with me whenever I go somewhere so that I can have it handy to jot down any blog related ideas as soon as they pop into my head. That way, I don't risk forgetting them or add them to my phone's note section and then forget about it. Inspiration is everywhere when you're out and about, so it's a great practice to jot down an idea whenever it hits you. I always refer to my little blogging inspiration notebook whenever I'm unsure what to blog about and also sometimes at the beginning of the month when I'm planning my posts. I occasionally keep it next to me too when I'm watching TV or movies so I can write ideas down then too :) 

So, here are my tips for how you can deal with writer's block and find inspiration for new blog post ideas. I hope that it was been a helpful read and that I haven't rambled on too much, haha! I will have a Funko Pop! Vinyl figure post coming up on my blog next so be sure to check back for that soon :) Tomorrow I'll be hanging out with my best friend for the first time in what feels like forever. We are sticking to our usual date routine and going to the cinema, followed by Frankie's & Benny's. I can't wait to see her! I hope you've all had a lovely week so far lovelies, and I hope that your weekends' are fabulous too. 


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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Another Kawaii Haul: Kuma Crafts

Hi guys! How freezing is it today!? I usually never wear socks indoors but I'm finding that lately it is a must because my feet are so cold even when I'm in bed! Today though, I have felt like putting gloves on despite the fact that I spend pretty much the majority of my life indoors. It's just ridiculous >.< However before I get distracted complaining about the weather, on with today's post! I received this order a month or so ago, but because of sorting my bedroom out for decorating and all of the Christmas Time festivities and such, I decided to wait to show you guys. It was really tough, because I am so excited about the wonderful kawaii products that I got from Kuma Crafts! They are so so pretty and I'm super impressed. Anyhow, enjoy! 

Kuma Crafts Kawaii Haul

This fabulous store was first brought to my attention over on Tumblr, which to be honest is where I am highlighted to most of the amazing kawaii artists (and their shops) that I buy stuff from :) Tumblr is really wonderful for that! Especially for finding the less well known artists, and I like to support small businesses. Tumblr is full of so many talented and creative people, and it's one of my favourite social media websites. What initially attracted me to the super cute Canadian store, Kuma Crafts, is all of the alpacas! Plus they make a lot of adorable cat products too, so I was literally in love with the store after a few minutes of browsing! 

As you can imagine it took me a while to settle on just a few items because I honestly wanted one of everything they make, haha! After adding so many items to my cart and then having to sort through which ones I wanted the most, whilst keeping to my budget as best I could, I eventually chose three delightful products. Here's what I bought... 

Kuma Crafts Kawaii Haul

Kuma Crafts Kawaii Haul

JUST LOOK AT HOW CUTE EVERYTHING IS!!

I bought two necklaces and a t-shirt, and they also threw in the sweetest little jewellery cleaning cloth for free (I think that's what it is anyway!). I really really adore the design of Kuma Craft's characters; they remind me so much of Amuse plushies and we all know how much I love those, haha! If you didn't know already, I have been obsessed with alpacas since I was a teenager and it is amazing that there's so many kawaii versions of them being created by artists. Thankyou guys for fulfilling a mighty need of mine, to fill my life with all the chibi alpacas XD 



This super sweet 'Baby Alpaca Pendant' was the item that I saw on Tumblr and that sold me right away! I went onto the website determined to purchase this, and the other items were just delightful addictions! I love this tiny alpaca with it's pointed ears and the most adorable eyelashes and pink ribbon. I love how it's woolly body resembles a lamb so much too! I really like it's simplistic design with a minimal colour scheme, because it makes it really stand out in my opinion. I like that the pendant is small to because sometimes you just want to wear a nice little necklaces to complete an outfit rather than a big flashy one! Not that I mind those kinds of necklaces, I actually prefer them, but this was a nice change :) 

The caption on the Kuma Craft website says 'Now you can have your very own alpaca friend to keep you company whenever you go!' and that's such so cute! The pendant is available in light pink, light brown or white (the one I picked), and comes on an 18'' chain which I was very glad about because I prefer long chains. It was $10 but it's fantastic quality and unique so I think that is a really good price! It was a nice surprise to find the little bow charm detail on the back of the chain, it's pretty. 

Kuma Crafts Kawaii Haul


I make an excitable 'squeee' sound literally everytime I see this necklace, because I think that the little cat's face is beyond adorable :) It's such a eye-catching design, with it's bold detailing and bright colours! It's beautifully-crafted out of acrylic, and I really like how it's chunky and looks like it won't break easily. Even though it's a Halloween product, I will happily rock it all year round... I mean, who doesn't love an adorable kitty sitting in a pumpkin with the most cheerful expression on it's face ever!? Just looking at it makes me happy! Almost forgot to mention how much I like that the kitten is wearing the top of the jack-o-lantern on it's head like a hat; the cutest detail ever! 

I think that the gem detailing on the cheeks of both the cat & the jack-o-lantern is lovely, and makes the necklace stand out just that little bit more! I'm pretty sure that the photograph on the website showed these crystals as purple, but I like the orange ones much better so I don't mind that they are different :) In my opinion, they look prettier than the purple ones. I wasn't sure about the gold chain because I'm really not a huge fan of gold. I always go for silver jewellery, however the gold goes really well with the orange theme of this necklaces :) This necklace is called 'Pumpkin Surprise' and it's unfortunately out of stock because it's not Halloween anymore, but if you're interested in getting one for yourself, you should check back in Autumn later this year to see if they have it back in stock! It was more pricey than the other necklace I bought, at $22 but you're paying for the design of it and it's totally worth the price. 

Kuma Crafts Kawaii Haul

Here's a look at what my new alpaca tee looks like on :) I always get a little worried when I'm going through the clothing sections on websites for the first time because I will end up coming across something I really want, only to discover that they didn't think about their plus size customers and thus they are not available in sizes that cater for everyone! So you can imagine how pleasant it was when I spotted this tee and found out that there's a 2X and a 3X available. It's so tough to find kawaii clothing when you're plus sized and it really sucks, but yay! I now have these amazing alpaca t-shirt in my wardrobe! 

I thought it was very awesome design, incorporating all three colour variations of the 'Baby Alpaca', these are the colours that I mentioned earlier when taking about the alpaca pendant. What I like most is that the print is big and the arrangement of it's design means that it utilises so much of the space on the tee. I also love how each of the alpaca's have a different facial expression. I don't own many coloured clothing so it is a nice change to have a sky blue tee, and sky blue is one of my favourite colours too! The material used is soft and cosy, and overall it's just a brilliant product! 

Oh, and the shirt is usually $25 but it's reduced to $15 so go grab one for yourselves whilst it's still reduced! 

Kuma Crafts Kawaii Haul

I am really happy with my entire haul from Kuma Crafts, and I can't wait to shop there again in the future. Altogether, including postage & packaging, I paid a little over £40 and as far as I can remember, I didn't get charged a handling fee by customs, but I'm not 100% about that because it was ages ago and I order a lot of stuff online! Something that I loved about my order was how pretty the presentation of my items was. I really like the pinky-lilac display cards for the necklaces! What do you think of the products I picked? I hope you've all enjoyed this post ^.^ 


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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Making A Memory Jar

Happy Tuesday Everyone! I hope the weekend was fabulous for all of you, whatever you got up to. Mine consisted of watching movies and sleeping! The perfect way to spend the weekend *cough*everyday*cough* if you ask me :) So, if you've been following me for a while now, you may remember that it has been one of my goals of the year for a few years now to make my own memory jar. I think that they are such awesome little creations, all about positivity which I'm trying to fill my life with more for 2018.

I don't know why it's taken me so long to get around to making one! Most probably it's a mixture of putting everything on the back burner as usual; I just procrastinate so much, it's ridiculous, and also that I was pretty nervous about getting to the end of the year and having an empty jar or at least a not-very-full one! However, this year it's my aim to be more productive and to do some of the things that I've been putting off for so long. And thus I finally put together my own memory jar! So, I thought it would be nice to share it with you guys today. A little disclaimer: I'm really not the best at crafting so don't expect anything too fancy, haha! I hope you enjoy reading :) 


Making A Memory Jar

Some of you may be wondering what a memory jar actually is, or at least how the concept works. Basically it is what it says on the tin... you fill a jar up with all of your favourite memories of the year, so that just before the New Year arrives you can look back over the previous twelve months and be reminded of all of the little things that made it an awesome year for you. I'm sure that you are just supposed to put memories in it, but I'm also going to add to mine: little things that made me smile or that I was proud of myself for or just literally anything that I think is going to be something that I can look back on and think, yeah that was one of my highlights of 2018 :) 

You can buy memory jars on Etsy and other places around the internet, however I just really like the personal touch of homemade ones. I've seen so many cool designs on Pinterest that people have done for theirs, making fancy labels and decorating their jars in such pretty, elaborate ways. I am always a little jealous of how talented some people are at crafting :') because I'm really not. I couldn't even manage to draw a straight lined box the other day whilst using a ruler... like how can I not? hahaha. Oh well nevermind, I decided that I wouldn't be defeated by my serious lack of hand-eye coordination skills and created my own memory jar anyway! 

Making A Memory Jar

I think my memory jar turned out quite pretty, if I do say so myself :) What do you guys think?

I was going to originally go for a green themed design because green is my favourite colour but I decided that I wanted to make my jar bright and happy, in the hope that it would make me more motivated to keep adding to it throughout the year. I have a habit of starting projects and never finishing them, oops!, but I'm hoping that when I look at this on my new desk (that is taking me forever to set up, because I have still not gotten my bedroom decorating done!), I will feel inspired to keep at it. I just think it would be lovely to go through it at the end of the year, so fingers and toes crossed that I don't give up. I can do this! 

Keep reading to find how more about how I designed my memory jar label :) 

Making A Memory Jar

For the dotty gold background/base of my label, I used a piece of card from one of those paper/cardstock pads. You might have seen them in stores like The Range or The Works. I usually get most of mine from The Works, and use them for photography backgrounds, however this particular sheet is from one of the pads that you can find in Poundland. They sell a variety of different pads and they are all really lovely. They are just called 'Cardboard Patterns'; you get 16 sheets in 8 designs in each pad, and this one was one of their glittery versions. I am always super impressed by the stationery bits that they sell in Poundland :) I've seen really similar-looking products sold in crafty shops for over double the price! 

I wanted to make the background for my label an interesting shape to resemble some of the designs that I've seen other people use for their own. I spent ages thinking about this and searching through my craft supplies for inspiration, but couldn't find anything that was just right. I sat on my bed and was feeling like I would never come up with a design, when I looked down at my cardstock pad that I'd chosen the dotty sheet from, and I thought that the shape that was surrounding the title on the cover was just what I was looking for! So I literally cut this out and then drew around it onto my card of choice. 

Making A Memory Jar

As you can see in my photographs, I then just simply cut out a strip of plain white paper and wrote Memory Jar across it using a pink shade from my pack of 12 Staedtler fibre-tip pens. I did want to write it in a fancier font but I made several attempts and I couldn't get it to look like I wanted so my boring old handwriting will have to do! I added a little decoration to the end of my writing using a yellow felt tip and some sparkly pink enamel dot style stickers that I got from Hobbycraft, I think :) 

To finish off my label, I adorned the dotty gold base with these super cute flower stickers that I ordered ages ago from a Japanese Etsy store. They are so pretty, that I didn't want to use them for such a long time! But I thought that this would be a fabulous way to not let them go to waste, because I can re-use my jar each year! I'm very happy; these stickers really completed the whole look that I was going for! You can find out more about the stickers in this post I wrote for World Stationery Day back in 2016. 

My label is pretty simple, which reflects my skill set when it comes to crafting, but I love it and I'm still a little proud of how it turned out. I felt like the jar was just missing something though, so I decided to use up some of my left over Christmas present wrapping ribbon? I never remember what this stuff is called, haha! It will do for now, but eventually I want to buy a pretty piece of lace from the haberdashery stall on my hometown's market, to tie around my jar and make it just that little bit prettier :) 

Making A Memory Jar

Speaking of using up left over Christmas bits, I also threw some little silver snowflake and star confetti into the bottom of my jar. I think it will be cheerful to see when I tip out the contents of my jar on New Years Eve this December, and all of the confetti sprinkles out! I am planning on adding multi-coloured pieces of paper to my jar with my memories and such written on, and then tie a little yarn around them to keep them from unravelling. They'll look like mini scrolls, how flippin' cute will that be!? 


So, I hope that you all enjoyed reading about my latest creative project and that I have encouraged some of you to make your own jar. That would make me super happy! Let me know if you do! I'm delighted that I already have something to write down and put in my jar even though it's only the second week of January. I'm starting off 2018 the right way apparently, let's hope it keeps going this way :) Have a fabulous week lovelies!




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Saturday, 6 January 2018

What I've Been Watching: December Edition

Hello lovelies! So here's my first post of 2018! I'm still not used to the fact that it's now 2018; I've written down 2017 about five times this week already, oops! Haha. After the challenge of blogging everyday last month for Blogmas, these last five days have been a very much needed break. I'm now ready though to get back to sharing with you guys and really upping my blogging game for this new year ahead of us! I thought I'd kick start the blogging year with my monthly edition of What I've Been Watching. I hope that everyone enjoys these posts, and that they give you some inspiration on what to add to your own watch lists. I wasn't sure if I should keep posting them to be honest, so your feedback would be very much appreciated! I hope you've all had a lovely first week of 2018. Enjoy reading :) 


Cracks (2009)


This movie was actually my favourite watch of the entire month! I chose to watch it because a) it's a period drama, they are just my thing :) & b) because it stars Juno Temple, and she's one of my favourite actresses. It also stars Eva Green, who I really liked in Mrs Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016), and I was intrigued to see her play another role. Cracks is an independent movie and I enjoy watching these kinds of movies, as I find that compared to mainstream movies, they have a lot more attention to detail and some very interesting and diverse storylines and characters. This one is set in an all girls boarding school in England back in the 30's and follows a group of students and one of their favourite teachers (played by Eva Green). When a new student arrives at the school from Spain, this particular teacher develops an obsession with her, and the movie is all about the consequences of this for both teachers and students.

I'm going to talk about a spoiler now (oops!) so please keep scrolling if you'd rather find out for yourself whilst watching. The movie includes a scene where we witness sexual assault committed by a woman, and this is one of the only movies that I have ever seen this in. When we see this crime being committed in the media, it's almost always a man who is the perpetrator, so it was very different and an important message to people watching that women can be abusers too. In today's society it is still something that's not really spoken about, and women don't get prosecuted as much as men for this crime :( Another interesting thing is that I don't remember there being any men in the entire cast of the movie at all, I could have just forgotten but there were no men in the main cast. Overall, this movie was definitely something unique and I certainly recommend it. 

Texas Killing Fields (2011) 

Whenever I'm bored, I always have a search through the filmography of the actors and actresses I like and watch some of their other roles. I was looking for movies starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who has fast become one of my celebrity crushes after watching him play Negan on AMC's The Walking Dead (one of my favourite shows!), when I found this movie. Norman Reedus who plays Daryl Dixon on the show will forever be my top #MCM but Jeffrey is gorgeous and thus, I was compelled to watch him playing another character. Chloe Grace Moretz is in it too and she's fantastic! Texas Killing Fields grabbed my attention because it's a crime movie and is based on actual events. Well, the area were it is set is a real location and is actually famous for all of the murders that took place there in the 70's. The movie tells the story of two detectives who are investing local murders of young girls in their hometown, and when a girl that they both know well gets abducted, they work to find her before she endures the same tragic fate. It was a pretty good movie, and it was interesting for me especially to see Mr Morgan playing such a kind-hearted character, the complete opposite of how his character is in The Walking Dead. It's a good movie to watch if you're not really a fan of horrors or thrillers, but still enjoy milder crime dramas! 

Hush (2016) 

I watched a lot of thriller, mystery and horror shows and movies in December, and this one was definitely the worst! And I don't mean worst as in it was the most shocking, I just thought it was a pretty crappy movie. I've included it anyway because not everything we watch is gonna be great and I wanted to save you all the time watching it, haha! It wasn't the worst horror movie that I've ever seen and if you weren't obsessed with the genre like me, spending pretty much all of your free time watching them, then you might actually enjoy it :) So don't just take my word for it, watch it for yourself and let me know what you think. If you've already watched this movie, I'd really love to know what you thought of it in the comments. Anyhow, Hush is about an author who is deaf-mute and lives alone, who ends up being the victim of a serial killer. The movie had so much potential to be great, because the storyline was a really interesting one. For example, we witness the first killing of the movie happen in front of the glass doors of the main characters kitchen, whilst she is preparing her dinner and is blissfully unaware of the atrocities that are taking place literally right next to her! If the serial killer was clever then it could have made for a brilliant plot, but unfortunately he wasn't. He was so bad! My friend & I certainly had a good laugh watching it, which is not the desired effect you want when watching a 'scary movie', haha! It's available to watch on Netflix, so check it out if I've made you interested enough :) 





Dark (2017) 


It only took me a couple of days to binge watch the entire series of this on Netflix, so I can definitely say that I liked it! The trailer made it look awesome, with a lot of it looking like something straight out of the mind of Stephen King, with sci-fi thrown into the mix. It actually ended up being more mystery and science-fiction themed than the trailer made it seem, but it was still a great watch nonetheless. The whole premise of the show was time travel, and how events in the past have influenced both the present and the future. In Dark, we follow the lives of several families in a small town in Germany, where there has been a history of children disappearing. I really like when shows give us an insight into the lives of all of the characters so that we get to see things through the perspective of individuals and how things can be viewed differently by various people. It also means that the storyline is usually pretty intricate, and I'm all about complexity  and the 'little details' when it comes to shows. This story is very centred around the town's police officers as they work to discover the root cause of the vanishing children and other strange occurrence taking place in the area. I absolutely love that the show was made originally in German because it got to watch it in the language that I'm currently learning :) It was actually the first original Netflix series to be made in German too. They've released an English dubbed option for those of you that prefer not to have to read subtitles and such. Has anyone else been watching this show? I'd personally give it a 7 out of 10 because I enjoyed it but it was got a bit slow in parts. 

8mm (1999) 

I always try to watch a selection of older movies as well as new releases. I stumbled across this one on a list of someone's favourite movies on tumblr and since it was another crime-themed one, I thought I'd give it a watch. It stars Nicolas Cage as the lead role, and I have so many mixed feelings about Nicolas Cage as an actor! He's been awesome in some roles and then in others, he's been laughable. I think that the actor himself is great but he keeps choosing to be in some seriously rubbish movies! Are you a fan of Nick Cage? 8mm is about a private investigator who is hired to find out the truth behind a film that a widow has discovered in her late husband's safe. It appears to be a snuff film (which is a movie in which someone is actually murdered) and it's the job of the P.I. to research it's origins and report back on his findings. As he delves deeper and deeper into his investigations, he gets himself in trouble with some sinister characters, but you'll have to check it out for yourselves to find out what happens. It stars quite a few other famous actors, including a young and very good looking Joaquin Phoenix ;) and also Peter Stormare, who I've enjoyed in every movie I've seen him in. There were some parts of the movie that were a little too unrealistic and annoying, but altogether I thought it was good and I'd watch it again :) 

The OA (2016)

It seems as though I've been getting into the habit of saving the best show until last, so here we go again, haha! The OA was my absolute favourite watch of all of the December. I just couldn't stop watching it, and I ended up binge-watching the entire series in one sitting! It stars and is co-directed by Brit Marling (oh, and also written by her too!), and it really like her as an actress! I have been a fan of hers since watching The East (2013) that she stars in with Alexander Skarsgard (one of my favourite actors). All of the movies she's been in have very interesting, quirky storylines and many of them include something to do with cults, which is another area of psychology and criminology that I find fascinating. I watch a lot of documentaries on the topic :) This Netflix supernatural/science-fiction/mystery drama series is all about a girl who goes missing and when she resurfaces again after seven years, she's a completely different person. She has endured some strange things and she is finding it very hard to deal with life away from the people she spent the last seven years of her life with. The show also involves some supernatural occurrences, like the fact that when the main character went missing he was blind, and when she comes home, she has full vision again! There's so much more I wanted to tell you all about the story but I don't want to spoil it! It was very unique and I just loved it. It's a 10 out of 10 stars from me, and I can't wait for the next season! 


Well, those were six shows/movies that I watched last month. It was actually really tough to choose which ones to include in today's post because I watched so so much, including a Netflix original thriller movie with the longest title ever: I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House (2016). I think that's the longest movie title that I've ever seen... what other movies with super long titles have you guys seen? I also watched the notoriously shocking movie that has been banned in so many countries, A Serbian Film (2010). It definitely lives up to it's reputation and includes some very disturbing scenes :O I always let curiosity get the better of me and I wanted to see if the movie was as bad as everyone said it was, and yeah it certainly had several taboo and very gross scenes in it! On a lighter note, I watched the 2011 Puss in Boots movie on TV over Christmas and that was really good. It made me cry too! That cat is just too adorable! What was your favourite movie that was on TV at Christmas Time? I usually look through the TV guide magazine to see what's on over the holiday season, but I didn't this year and I regret it a little!


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Have you seen any of the shows and movies I've mentioned today?
What was your favourite watch of December? 

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Sunday, 31 December 2017

My New Build A Bear Bulbasaur Plush | Blogmas #31

Yay! It's really not long now until it's New Year! So, Happy New Year guys! I hope you all have a wonderful night, whether you're out celebrating at a party with your friends and family, or like me you're snuggled up at home, watching movies and staying snug :) Bring on 2018! I hope that it's an amazing year for all of you! For today's post, I thought I'd share a post all about the latest addition to my Build A Bear Pokémon collection. I was so happy when the store finally revealed that their next plushie in the Pokémon collection would be Bulbasaur. He's always been my favourite of the starter Pokémon; he's just so adorable. This is a post for my fellow Pokéfans and lovers of all things cute & cuddly! 


One of my favourite things about the Build A Bear Workshop's Pokémon plushies, besides the fact that they are such good quality and super cute, is that they each come with their own Pokémon card! It takes me back to my primary school days everytime I see one, to the times when all my friends played with the Pokémon trading cards on the playground :) They've done a great job on the design of these, and it's just a really nice little addition! I have all of mine up on my art wall in my bedroom and they look so cool lined up side-by-side. 

Last time I was at the Build A Bear store, buying my Vulpix plushie, there was an awesome offer on gift cards that I just couldn't resist. It was only £5 for a gift card worth a tenner! I'd been saving it for when the next plushie was released so of course, I used it for my new Bulbasaur. With it being Christmas time, everyone has been busy and so I couldn't visit the store to get my plushie this time around. I was a little disappointed about this because I enjoy the experience of choosing the plushie myself, and watching it get put together. I'm such a big kid! However, the advantage of buying it online was that I got to get the exclusive outfit for once :) For most of the other plushies, there has been another version of the outfit that is sold in the store, but with the unique shape of the Bulbasaur plush, there isn't a hoodie or a t-shirt available. Instead, the online exclusive outfit is a hat and scarf set, which is such an awesome choice considering the plushie was released in Autumn-Winter. 

So without further ado, here's my new Bulbasaur...




Omgosh seriously though, how adorable is this Bulbasaur plush!? I love how eye-catching he is! His eyes especially just stand out so well against the green colouration of the rest of the plushie. I love how Bulbasaur's bulb on his back looks! It's squishy too and made of a different material to the body of the plush. It sort of has a felt like texture, whereas the rest of Bulbasaur is super smooth and soft. It's a really cuddly plush! I love his big smile too :) 

As part of the online deal, you have to get both the outfit and the Pokémon's specific sound and I have to admit that I wasn't happy about this at first, because I prefer to have my plushies without a sound in them. Just because I hug them and sometimes use them as cushions when I'm watching movies in bed, etc., so I don't like the idea that a sound might go off each time I move or something, haha! However, I was very happy to discover that they put the sound box thingie into Bulbasaur's foot so I can still hug him without pressing it. To be honest though, I actually really like his sound because it's one of my favourite Pokémon voices!  As any other Pokémon fan will tell you, it's very common for us to intimate a Pokémon's sound whenever we see it, or don't in my case XD I make random Pokémon sounds all the time, because I'm just so cool, hahaha! It's very cute, and I'm definitely happy it came with a sound now. 





I absolutely adore his hat & scarf set!! It has the sweetest leaf and Pokéball print! It looks really good on him, and I think they did a fantastic job in coming up with this unique outfit perfect for his body shape, considering he can't have a hoodie or whatever :) What do you all think of it? 

I think the entire plushie set, including the outfit & the sound was around £40, however I got £10 off with my voucher card. It came with the house box that you get if you buy them in store, which is what you can keep your plushie in if you want :) I use them for storing my magazines in though haha because they are great boxes! I did say that I wanted a 'birth' certificate with my plushie like I usually get in the store, but they didn't put it with my order so that was a little annoying. I named him Leafy, because I'm so original XD (And my Charmander is called Flamey, haha!). If you had your own Bulbasaur, what would you name him/her? 



Overall, I am very happy with my new plushie, and he's definitely one of my favourites that they've made. If Eevee & Vulpix weren't in my top five favourite Pokémon of all time, then he'd definitely be my favourite! I just love his design and he's larger than the others too. Meaning more surface area to hug! Let me know if you want me to share an update post, showcasing all of my Pokémon Build A Bear collection so far? I'm really hoping that they release more. I would love to see a Mew one! 

Wow, I can't believe that I actually made it to the end of Blogmas (and a few extra days too! Because I'm now sure that everyone else stops at Christmas Day, oops!). I'm definitely a little proud of myself for managing to blog every single day of the month. It's been a challenge and I don't know how some people do this all year round! Go you if you do; you're amazing! I'm certainly in need of a rest now, but I'll definitely have one or two posts up this coming week. I hope you've enjoyed reading today's post, and all of my other Blogmas 2017 posts. Please show them some love if you haven't already, it would make my day! :) 




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Are you a Pokémon fan? If so, who's your favourite? 

Do you have a plushie from the Build A Bear Workshop?
I'd love to hear all about it! 


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