Saturday, 31 December 2016

My Favourite Things: December

Hi everyone!

I honestly cannot believe that it is already December and this is the final favourites post of the year. Time has simply flown by this year! We do, of course, have a slight Christmas theme this month, and I really loved all the things I have to show you.

I have finally read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, well the first book anyway. I have to admit that this book did take me quite a long time to read (a good few weeks!) but I really loved every second of it. The books incorporates some of my favourite things - history, a good romance and a slight fantasy element. So so good and I cannot thank my friend enough for recommending that I read this book. It's a new favourite of mine and I seriously cannot wait to read the next books. (Also: Jamie Fraser. Swooning.)

If you don't know by now, I absolutely adore Downton Abbey and I would honestly say that it is my favourite TV show. Combined with my love of movie/TV soundtracks I have really been enjoying the Downton Abbey soundtrack this month. I'm not sure why this month particularly, because I bought the CD a while ago now but it has been my go to for blog posts and when I go to sleep. It makes me feel so nostalgic and happy whenever I listen to it, so I couldn't help but share.

Sanity has the best deals on at the moment so when I saw three movies for $20 I couldn't resist having a tiny peak at what was available. I ended up buying Christmas movies (and admittedly not watching two of them) but I finally have a copy of Love Actually and I really really love this movie. It's definitely slightly ridiculous at times but it is such a feel good movie and I adore watching it around Christmas time, as is tradition, with my Mum.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Christmas Haul 2016

Hi everyone!
Seeing as though my Birthday Haul was such a hit earlier in the year, I figured I may as well do a post on what I got for Christmas this year. I personally love hearing what people got (I'm a bit nosy) so I have actually been looking forward to writing this. I definitely think I was spoiled this year and my family picked out some really nice gifts - and I didn't even give them a list this time!

I didn't take enough pictures on Christmas Day to justify a separate post so I thought I would just share a bit in this one instead.

I forgot to take a picture of our table - so here's a photo of the one I did up for my friends at our Christmas Dinner a few days ago. It's a tradition of ours each year now and we always do Secret Santa which is a lot of fun.

We started off the day with crepes (like we always do) and then pretty much lazed around until the extended family turned up for dinner. We watched a lot of The Big Bang Theory (Kiara got the box set for Christmas) and played a bit of Uno. It was definitely a weird Christmas because it was a little chilly! It got to a top of about 23 degrees (Celcius) and I actually put on a pair of jeans and could drink a hot chocolate. It's been aaaages since we've had anything but a sweltering hot Christmas.

When the extended family arrived they brought with them their super cute dog, Cosmo (the little black one. Sulley, our dog, is the white fluffy one). Sulley hadn't been for a walk yet and I decided I wanted to go because I knew I was about to eat heaps at dinner.

They had a great time and look how cute they look walking next to each other!

This is literally my only other photo of the day, so just take a moment to bask in their cute little faces.
And now onto the presents!

Kiara and I got this book of the Game of Thrones houses to share. It's basically a book that chronicles the main houses, their family trees and important information about them. I wish I'd had this when I first started reading/watching as it would have been so useful!

My Grandparents usually get me something ornamental and they know I love Disney so their present is always something I look forward to. This time it was this absolutely gorgeous Eeyore! I have a few in the Disney collection by Britto now and they all look so lovely on my shelf in our display cabinet.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Book Tag: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Hi everyone!

I can hardly believe that Christmas is right around the corner (it's on Sunday!!), it is actually incredible how quickly this year has flown by. In honour of Christmas, I thought it would make sense to do a book tag this month that matched the theme of Christmas. As such, I am doing the Twelve Days of Christmas book tag - I'm sorry, I can't actually link anything because I've taken a few different variations so maybe just google it if you would like to see more.

A partridge in a pear tree / favourite standalone book
Well this is actually quite difficult - I don't read too many standalone's (I've just gone through my Goodreads and that was a complete lie). I think I might say The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman because it was such a beautiful book and I have honestly never cried harder over a work of fiction.

Two turtle doves / your OTP?
I really dislike questions like these because while I love certain romances and characters it is never intensely enough for them to get a specific mention. The one I always think of first though would have to be Adrian and Sydney from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. They've got a great dynamic and they have such different personalities which I really love.

Three french hens / favourite trilogy
I think for my favourite trilogy I would have to say (this was a tough one) the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. There are so many fantastic trilogies but this is one my favourites simply because of the perfect balance of romance and action.

Four calling birds / favourite series
There is actually not very many series I have completely finished, so can I cheat and say Harry Potter? In all honesty though, it would probably be Vampire Academy/Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. I really love her books!

Five golden rings / one ring to rule them all - favourite villain/antagonist? 
I don't want to spoil Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, but the villain in her books would have to be my favourite. It's just so personal and absolutely heartbreaking and the way the villain goes about things would destroy me, personally, so I think that's an indicator of a damn good villain.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Nerdy Shirt Collection

Hi everyone!

We are doing something a little different today - we're delving into the depths of my closet to take a look at all the "nerdy" shirts I own. And yes, I'm including Disney (and Mickey Mouse in it). To some it's probably not many but I love my shirts and just wanted to show them off a bit. There's no rhyme or reason to the photo's - it's just in the order I uploaded them but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

If you're not already aware, I am a huge fan of Game of Thrones so I obviously had to have a shirt commemorating this. My favourite character (or one of them) is Jon Snow so this one was perfect. I got this one from K Mart, but I couldn't find it on the website. But go in store or check out their site because honestly, this was $6 and there's always something to be found (Kiara has a few Marvel shirts from here).

This one is probably my least favourite of them all because it is so garish and bright. It was a lucky dip from a website for cheap so I thought why not? I do want to get another Doctor Who shirt though because I love the show. (No idea what website it was - I've searched my emails and cannot find it)

I think this shirt is my favourite, it is just way too cute! It comes from JayJay's, like most of these shirts do. I'm not even kidding but I could buy that whole shop because they just have so many great nerdy shirts! (Their Harry Potter collection at the moment is so great). Unfortunately I haven't bought any of these recently but so many great ones available now as well.

Friday, 9 December 2016

My Reading Journey

Hi all!

I know I know, I have the most cringe title in existence but I couldn't think of anything else. Because this post is, essentially, my reading life or journey over the years. This may be a long post because I'm starting from picture books and going all the way through to what I read now.

Basically, I have always been a reader. For as long as I can remember nothing has made me happier or more content than how I feel with a fantastic book in my hand. Mum says she used to read to me when I was still in her tummy, so I honestly think that is where it all started. I've picked picture books to show you that I can vividly remember from my childhood, and that one day I myself want to read to my children.

These first ones actually get their own photo because they were absolutely stunning. As a child I loved these stories (as did my sister) and the illustrations throughout them were enchanting. Honestly, even at 18 I love the illustrations in this book - they're just so beautiful.

Now my picture book selection is limited to what I own, so we have some picture books at the top (I don't even know who wrote those but I loved them), Dr Seuss, my favourite Beatrix Potter story, and of course the Little Golden Books. I read a lot of books as a child and these stand out particularly vividly to me, as well as Pamela Allen, Mem Fox (I'm interrupting to let you know I almost just jumped out of my skin at how loud that crack of thunder was, holy moly), The Very Hungry Caterpillar, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Hairy Mclairy... So many!!

We're now moving on to about the ages of 8-10 (I think - it's kind of hard to place things when everything blurs together in your memory). The earliest reading ones here are definitely the "Fairy Books" as I called them - Lucy the Diamond Fairy was my favourite. Honestly, I wanted to be one of the girls in these stories and I used to have an imaginary fairy who I packed a mini lunch box for and took to school with me (I wish I was joking - I used lego and Barbie/Bratz stuff). There's also the Fairy Realm series by Emily Rodda which I loved loved loved and the Tinkerbell books.

Moving up a bit age wise you can see my horse obsession shine through with The Saddle Club and sequel series Pine Hollow, Black Beauty (an abridged version, although it will later be the first classic I ever read), Phantom Stallion and Winnie the Horse Gentler. I was also a pretty big fan of Nancy Drew and Roald Dahl, and a series I don't own which is Lily Quench by Natalie Jane Prior.

There was honestly a gazillion books in some of these series and I read them all!