Blogmas Day 29: December Favourites 2021 :)

Blogmas Day 29: December Favourites 2021 :)

Spiderman No Way Home and Hawkeye: I am a massive Marvel fan and we have been so blessed this month with two AMAZING Marvel projects!! I have been really enjoying all of the Marvel TV shows that have been released and I think Hawkeye might be my favourite of all of the shows πŸ™‚ I am a big Hailee Steinfield fan so seeing her be introduced to the MCU was really cool and I’m a big fan of Yelena as a character πŸ™‚

Spiderman has always been one of my favourite MCU characters and this movie has had so much hype around it but it definitely lived up to it!! I don’t want to say too much more because it hasn’t been out for very long and I don’t want to give away any spoilers πŸ™‚

Enchanto Album: Many of you will already know that I am a big Lin Manuel Miranda fan so when I heard that he had written the songs for this new Disney film I was so happy and excited πŸ™‚ I absolutely love this album and I think my favourite song would have to be We Don’t talk about Bruno which is so funny! πŸ™‚

Brighton Lanes: Early this month my parents and I went to the Brighton Christmas festival and went shopping in all of the little shops in the lanes πŸ™‚ Some of my favourites include the flagship Lucy and Yak store, Berts Homestore and a few different Harry Potter/Comic books stores which are all really cool- I have always absolutely loved Brighton as a city for many reasons including the shopping and especially near to Christmas its an amazing place to look for interesting Christmas presents πŸ™‚

I don’t have a lot of favourites this month as a lot of this month has been taken up by Christmas shopping, working and spending lots of time with Maya which has been so much fun πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments what you have been loving this month πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 23: Bucket List 376-400 :)

Blogmas Day 23: Bucket List 376-400 :)

376. Go to PuttShack (9.10.21)

377. Go to The Bletchley (9.10.21)

378. See & Juliet (12.10.21)

379. Go for drinks at Pergola in Paddington (14.10.21)

380. Work Drinks (22.10.21)

381. See Six on Tour (23.10.21)

382. See Mimi Webb Live (25.10.21)

383. Carve Lock, Shock and Barrel on a Pumpkin (31.10.21)

384. Have french toast at Chrome (2.11.21)

385. Go to the Barbican Observatory (2.11.21)

386. See the Akari Clouds Instillation (2.11.21)

387. See Mousetrap live (2.11.21)

388. Go to the Cineworld in Leicester square (18.11.21)

389. See Eternals in Cinema (18.11.21)

390. See Back to the Future the Musical (21.11.21)

391. Do a HotPot (26.11.21)

392. Go for drinks in ChinaTown ((30.11.21)

393. Dinner in Chinatown (30.11.21)

394. Go to the Brighton Christmas Market (4.12.21)

395. See the Brighton Christmas tree (4.12.21)

396. Go climbing at the White Spider (5.12.21)

397. Dress Maya as a Christmas pudding (8.12.21)

398. Climb a 5 on the Slab (12.12.21)

399. Go to Flight Club (13.12.21)

400. Go to see SpiderMan Far From Home (22.12.21)

Let me know in the comments what is on your Bucket List πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 21: 101 Things Pt 2 41-50 :)

Blogmas Day 21: 101 Things Pt 2 41-50 :)

41. See Wicked (24.9.21)

42. Take my friends to Ludoquist (16.10.21)

43. Work Drinks (22.10.21)

44. Clear Out for Charity (1.11.21)

45. Buy a Book Cart (1.11.21)

46. Cinema in Leister Square (18.11.21)

47. Do a HotPot (26.11.21)

48. Save Β£10 per thing on this list (1.12.21)- Obviously I’m not going to put a picture for this one for security reasons!!

49. Start a Skincare routine (10.12.21)

50. Update my Linkedin and CV (15.12.21)

Let me know in the comments what you would put on your 101 things list πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 20: Ranking the new Marvel Characters from Phase 4 :)

Blogmas Day 20: Ranking the new Marvel Characters from Phase 4 :)

Earlier this month I ranked all of the Marvel content which has been released in 2021 and it was a lot of fun so I thought that I would rank some of the new characters that have been introduced to the MCU in the new releases this year πŸ™‚

  • Eternals: Kingo, Makkari, Druig, Sprite, Ajak, Sersi, Ikaris, Gilgamesh, Thena, Phastos
  • Hawkeye: Kate Bishop, Echo, Kazi, Pizza Dog
  • WandaVision: Agatha Harkness, Monica Rambeau, Jimmy Woo, Billy and Tommy
  • Black Widow: Yelena, Alexei, Melina,
  • Shang Chi: Shang Chi, Katy, Xu Xialing
  • Loki: Sylvie, Mobius, Aligator Loki, President Loki, Kid Loki,

God Tier: Kate Bishop, Pizza Dog, Katy, Mobius, Aligator Loki, Yelena, Shang-chi, Xu Xialing, Sersei, Makkari, Phastos, Agatha Harkness

Top Tier: Echo, Monica Rambeau, Jimmy Woo, Billy and Tommy, Alexei, Melina, President Loki, Thena, Gilgamesh,

Mid Tier: Kazi, Kid Loki, Ajak, Kingo, Druig

Awful Tier: Sylvie, Ikaris, Sprite

Let me know in the comments if there are any characters that you would disagree with or that you would like to know my ranking for that I haven’t included πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 17: Theatre Programme Collection Pt 2 :)

Blogmas Day 17: Theatre Programme Collection Pt 2 :)

As many of you will know I am a massive musical theatre nerd and at basically every single show I have been to I have gotten myself a programme to remember it by- I made a post about some of my programme collection which can be found here but because this was about 2 years ago I have a few more programmes that I have gotten since then so I thought I would update it πŸ™‚

  1. This is my programme from when my Mum and I went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child back in April 2019 πŸ™‚ I am a big Harry Potter fan so had been wanting to see this show for a while so I was so happy when we got the chance to go πŸ™‚ Any Celebrities in the show? Not that I know of πŸ™‚ Favourite song? This is actually a play so didn’t have any songs however my favourite part of the show was definitely how they made the magic work on stage it was so clever πŸ™‚

2. This is my programme from when I went to see Six in September 2019 with my Mum and her friend in the West End and then another programme from when I went to see it on tour in Bromley in October 2021 πŸ™‚ Any Celebrities in the show? There weren’t any celebrities per say however I did see the original West End Cast including Millie O’Connell, Lexi Macintosh and Natalie Paris πŸ™‚ Favourite Song? It honestly depends on the day but I would have to say its a toss up between Don’t Lose Your Head and Get Down

3. This is my programme from when I went to see Come From Away at the Phoenix theatre with my Mum in February 2020 which was such a good show and is one that I definitely want to go see again when I get a chance πŸ™‚ I decided to go and see this show after seeing the cast perform a few songs at West End Live in 2019 πŸ™‚ Any Celebrities in the show? Not that I know of Favourite Song? Me and the Sky

4. This is my programme from when I went to see The Prince of Egypt back in February 2020 with my parents and my brother however I have since seen this show again in September 2021 with my friend Hannah πŸ™‚ Any Celebrities in the show? Not that I know of Favourite Song? Either Footprints in the Sand or Dance till the Day

5. This is my programme from when I went to see Be More Chill with my Mum in March 2020 just before we went into lockdown πŸ™‚ This was actually the last show that I saw before lockdown and I’m super thankful that we managed to go and see it beforehand as theatres shut shortly after this Any celebrities in the show? Not that I know of Favourite Song? I would say that my favourite song is probably Michael in the Bathroom or Voices in my Head

6. This is my programme from when I went to see Cinderella with my Mum in August 2021!!!! This was the first new musical that I saw since the lockdowns were lifted and I absolutely LOVED IT!!! Such a good show and I’m so glad that I got to see it πŸ™‚ Ivano Turco as Prince Sebastian was amazing and definitely stole the show πŸ™‚ Any Celebrities in the show? Carrie Hope Fletcher played Cinderella and was absolutely AMAZING!! πŸ™‚ Favourite song? I think either I Know I have a Heart or Only You, Lonely You

7. This is my programme from when I went to West End Live 2021 which was in September rather than June like usual however it was SO GOOD!! You could feel the joy radiating from both the crowd and the performers after not being able to enjoy musical theatre for a year and I think this was my favourite year of all 3 years that I have been πŸ™‚ Any celebrities in the show? There were quite a few actually as the show included most of the West End Shows including Cinderella, Six, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, &Juliet, Wicked, Phantom and many more and I honestly couldn’t pick a favourite πŸ™‚

8. This is my programme from when I went to see Wicked with my friend Barghavi in September 2021 πŸ™‚ I have seen Wicked a few times before and it is the show that got me into Musical Theatre in the first place πŸ™‚ This time was extra special because Barghavi moved to Canada for 6 months at the end of October so this was a lovely outing πŸ™‚ Any Celebrities in the show? Not that I know of Favourite song? I absolutely love most of the songs in Wicked however I think this time it would have to be For Good as it had such an emotional meaning since my friend was moving away πŸ™‚ Usually my favs are Popular, Not that Girl and Defying Gravity πŸ™‚

9. This is my programme from when I went to see &Juliet with my Mum and her friend Sandy in October 2021! I think this might be one of the best shows that I saw this year- the concept is so clever and the songs are amazing and make you want to dance in your seat πŸ™‚ I would go and see this show again tomorrow if I could πŸ™‚ Any celebrities in the show? Not that I know of Favourite song? I had many favourite songs from this show but I think some of my absolute favourites are Larger than Life and I Want It That Way

10. This is my programme from when I went to see Mousetrap with my friend Hannah in November 2021 which was such a good show πŸ™‚ I haven’t seen many plays before but this one was really really cool! Its an Agatha Christie WhoDunnit Murder mystery and is so clever πŸ™‚ Something that I thought was really clever about this programme is that they stamp your programme with which performance you saw so for example I saw performance 28415 and this play is the longest running play in British Theatre history πŸ™‚

11. This final programme is from when I went to see Back to the Future the Musical in November 2021 with my Mum and this is the last show that I will see in 2021 which makes me really sad πŸ™‚ It was an amazing show and the way that they did the time travel and the delorean was so so clever!! Any Celebrities in the show? Roger Bart played Doc Brown and he was fantastic! Favourite song? Either Gotta Start Somewhere or Wherever We’re Going πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments which of these shows you have seen πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 14: Christmas Ornament Collection :)

Blogmas Day 14: Christmas Ornament Collection :)

I have so many Christmas ornaments that I thought I would do a bit of a haul/collection so that I can show you guys up close all of my ornaments especially some of my favourites πŸ™‚ Some of my favourite places to shop for Christmas ornaments are: PollHill Garden Centre, Disney Store, Harrods, John Lewis, Ruxley Manor and Fortnum and Mason πŸ™‚

My Disney ornaments:

  • My Harrods ornaments:
  • Random bits that I got while on travels:
  • Sentimental ones:
  • Random bits from Sass and Belle, Garden centres and other shops

Let me know in the comments which of my ornaments is your favourite πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 8: Christmas Checklist :)

Blogmas Day 8: Christmas Checklist :)

I have a long list of things that I want to do before Christmas every year and have a checklist of things in my brain to organise as well so I thought I would write out a list of some of the things that I have to organise/sort and also see if this could help any of you guys πŸ™‚

  • Write Christmas Cards
  • Write my Christmas wish list
  • Pick out a Christmas Tree
  • Decorate the tree and put up the lights
  • Put out all of the rest of the decorations
  • Christmas photo day
  • Find my Christmas jumpers and PJS
  • Write a list of people to buy for and then order/Buy presents for them
  • Wrap my presents in front of Christmas movies
  • Go and see other peoples Christmas lights
  • Message friends and arrange when we’re going to meet
  • Advent calenders for Mum and Maya
  • Stock up on snacks and drinks
  • Organise Christmas breakfast and order the main food

Let me know in the comments if you have any other ideas to add to this checklist πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 7: Agrigento and Piazza Armerina, Sicily July 1969 :)

Blogmas Day 7: Agrigento and Piazza Armerina, Sicily July 1969 :)

My mum found her Great-Grandmas travel diaries a while ago and I have been typing them up for her to read and thought I would put them on here as well- If you want a little bit more background read part one  here πŸ™‚

Agrigento

Built 520 B.C. this town had 10 temples on its sacred hill of deities, it was protected by a wall and had an aquaduct. Today, a reservoir provides water, sulphur mines bring prosperity and there is a university and a port. The Temple of Concordia is the finest Doric temple in the world, it is not dedicated to a deity as when it was found it had no name on it, but a tablet held the world β€˜Concordia’, hence its name. Set on a hill to be visible for miles, so that the shape and build should not get spoiled or lost in perspective, the foundations were bowed upwards and the pillars curved. The stoves are not elevated together, all the same size, they are layered, alternatively, thus giving strength so that the walls did not fall with age. Iron spindles were put in the pillar drums and when one was put atop another, sand was inserted and they were rotated; the sand made them lay perfectly by finding the level. In front of the temple was a platform for dancing. The temple was turned into a church and 2 sets of stairs were built, leading to a bell tower; services were held here till 1830. Statues of St Peter and Paul were erected at its base, but have been lost over the ages; when it was converted into a church, arches were put in and walls filled in. The Temple of Juno has many altars for animal sacrifice; the only part of the beast sacrificed was what could not be eaten; if the smoke did not go up straight from the altar, the gods were angry, but as there is never any wind, all was well; the altars were always in the east. The temple and its stucco decorations were built in the same manner as the Egyptian ones. Block and tackle were used to haul up the cornices and the U shape for the chains is still visible on the stone. The roof was open to allow the gods to enter. The Carthaginians destroyed the temple, 406 B.C., setting fire to it; the wooden under structure was burnt, the stoves, now in ruins, show marks of the fire. The Temple of Hercules, 500 B.C., was extremely large for that era; only 8 columns remain and these were re-erected in 1924; a statue of Hercules has been removed. The Temple of Castor and Pollux has only a few pillars remaining, there topped by a length of cornice; the columns are pure Doric, the cornice has traces of ancient paintings on it. Altars surround the temple, 4 animals at a time were sacrificed on them, heads pointing to the centre so that when their throats were cut, the blood collected in the altar centre. On the cornice frieze is a lion head gargoyle and a rose medallion, the emblem of shades. Some historians say this is not a temple as the pillars were scattered around before being re-erected. The Temple of Zeus is the longest in Sicily; its foundations are perfect and unbroken; this gives rise to some historians, claims that earthquakes missed agrigento  although it is in the earthquake zone. The ruins are vast but chaotic, as the construction was never completed, and today not a single piece of wall stands. The roof was supported by 38 giant figures, male and female alternating, and 38 columns; the giants were half the height of the columns and had 3 features European, African-American and Asian. On the temple site is the Church of St Nicholas of Normanian architecture and plain interior, in one of the side chapels is a beautifully marble sarcophagus, delicately carved on all 4 sides, large and high; the panel carvings are of Greek and Romanian figures, the Greek panel depicts Poseidon, and Greek troops with horses and chariots in a battle scene, the features of the men are decidedly Greek, especially the noses. Agrigento has a cathedral but it is closed, as, due to an earthquake, the building is sliding. Below the Sacred hill of the deities is the Temple of Vulcan only 2 columns now stand but they point the way of the temples on the hill. At the foot of the hill also, is the City of the dead, a series of Byzantine wall tombs cut into the wall that guarded the city when it was built, but now ruined. Agrigento has many cave houses in the hills where people live to avoid paying rent; the climate is warm and they are quite comfortable.

Piazza Armerina

This place is famous for the mosaics in a Roman hunting lodge, the Villa Casale, guidebooks state that Emporer Maximonus built it, but among the mosaics are 2 of an African American, dressed in fine linen, and it is thought that he was the builder, using money given to him by the emperor in return for his help and hunting services. The flooring in one corridor has slipped owing to the earthquake, but the mosaic went into the floor and remained intact. These mosaics are the best on the island, every floor is covered, a childs’ nursery has children hunting, a gymnasium has girls playing ball, a hunt with every species of animal, the labours of Hercules, a small hunt, family scenes at the baths, games of children and cupids, races in chariots drawn by bustards and partridges, fishing, gathering grapes and the quarrel of Eros and Pan. There are also geometrical designs, some forming small objects or portraits of animals; in one of the groups Maximianus and his family appear. On the ruined walls of the Villa Casale can be seen tracks of paint, usually red.

Let me know in the comments if you have ever been to Sicily πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 6: Winter Essentials :)

Blogmas Day 6: Winter Essentials :)

I feel like there are a few essentials that I always have to have around/buy during the colder/Winter months in order to get me into the cosy spirit so I thougbt that I would write a little list πŸ™‚

  • Lush Bath Bombs- If I am not drinking a hot chocolate in the winter time then you will find me in a warm bath with a face mask and candles all around and I always use a bath bomb as well πŸ™‚ I absolutely love the Lush bath bombs but especially their festive collection as that is what got me into lush in the first place πŸ™‚
  • Hot Chocolates- I absolutely LOVE a hot chocolate especially in the winter months πŸ™‚ You will often find me on the way into work popping into the Starbucks at the station getting the festive hot chocolates of the moment as I am not drinking caffeine at the moment and I think that a hot drink really helps to warm you up from the inside and makes me feel really cosy πŸ™‚
  • Bobble Hats, Fluffy socks and Gloves :)- I went Ice Skating last month and I actually didn’t have any of these things and definitely regretted it!! I find that if I have these things then I feel so much cozier and also they are a winter fashion staple πŸ™‚ I remember when I went to New York in November and it was sooo cold my mum even ended up borrowing one of my bobble hats and we had lots of layers, gloves, scarves and fluffy socks as well πŸ™‚
  • Cozy book- Many of you will already know that I am an avid reader and I feel like especially in the winter months I love curling up on the sofa with my dog curled up next to me and the heating on full blast reading a cosy winter book πŸ™‚ I have just finished a book actually so I am looking for my next cosy read if anyone has any suggestions πŸ™‚
  • Warm PJS, fluffy dressing gown and fluffy slippers- A few Christmasses ago my mum bought me a fluffy Rosie dressing gown from M&S and now every winter I am constantly grabbing it from my bedroom to wear while watching TV downstairs along with my fluffy Ugg slippers which are so cosy!
  • The final thing on my Winter Essentials list is candles πŸ™‚ My favourite place to get candles is either Bath and Body works if I can get to one as they don’t have them in the UK so I have to order them on Ebay or I really like Yankee Candles as well πŸ™‚ Both places do some amazing festive scents and they always get me into the Christmas mood πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments what your Christmas essentials are πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 4: My life is changing and I’m going to keep you updated- Chapter 13 recap and Chapter 14 aims :)

On the 9th of July 2020 I uploaded my Month 1 aims for my Changing my life series and now I’ve just finished Chapter 13 of my Changing My Life series and am very excited to get started on my Chapter 14 aims πŸ™‚ Chapter 13 has been really focused on getting back on track since going back to work and celebrating Halloween πŸ™‚

Favourite quote of the month: Life is tough but darling so are you πŸ™‚

This month restrictions in the UK have been lifted for a while now which has been so nice πŸ™‚ I have seen a few friends since my last post, had an amazing Halloween and have also been doing lots of organising e.g. sorting out my room, updating important documents, updating my blog and generally getting ready for Christmas πŸ™‚

  • Complete my Halloween Bucket List- This was one of the first goals that I managed to complete and it was so much fun πŸ™‚ I baked cookies, carved a pumpkin and had lots of spooky fun πŸ™‚ Over the actual Halloween weekend I spent the time with my friend Birunda πŸ™‚
  • Start writing Blogmas posts- I started writing my Blogmas posts at the start of November so that I would have some extra time to write as I am working now but I had the first week of November off from work due to my parents being away on holiday so that I could spend the time with Maya at home πŸ™‚
  • Sort my Bedroom out :)- I have been working my way through my bedroom for a while now as it has been in need of a major sort out for AGES! I started by going through all of my DVDs and CDs πŸ™‚ I then sorted my bookshelf and ordered myself a book-cart which I am slightly obsessed with πŸ™‚ I also did a sort-out of my make-up and clothes as well πŸ™‚
  • Cook as much as possible and do a little bit of baking :)- My family has been doing Hello Fresh boxes for a while now which has been so much fun and also means I have been cooking twice a week for a few months πŸ™‚ We stopped the Hello fresh boxes whilst my parents were away but we have gotten quite a few boxes since the last one of these posts πŸ™‚ I have also done a little bit of baking since then as well πŸ™‚
  • Update my CV and Linkedin- I actually unfortunately didn’t get round to completing updating my CV and Linkedin so that is an aim that will have to be moved to the next chapter πŸ™‚
  • Spend as much time as possible with friends and family :)- One of my friends in the month of October headed off to Canada so I spent quite a bit of time with her before she went- I have also skyped her quite a few times while she’s been away πŸ™‚ I have also hung out with some of my other friends over the last month and a half as well- I saw my friend Birunda quite a few times, spent some time with Hannah, saw my university friends Ria and Ellie πŸ™‚
  • Try and complete my work objectives and watch work videos- I have done quite a bit of work towards my work objectives and have watched a few work videos 😊

I have had such a lot of fun these last few months working through my goals of going back to work and sorting my life out and am so ready to continue on this trajectory and get more goals done over the next 2 months as these goals are going to take me into the New Year πŸ™‚

  • Cook new things and bake
  • Complete my Christmas bucket list πŸ™‚
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Start making a financial plan
  • Pack away all of my Christmas decorations and Christmas presents
  • Start a New Years work-out plan πŸ™‚
  • Get back into the flow at work after Christmas and watch work videos πŸ™‚
  • Update my CV and Linkedin

Let me know in the comments if you have any ideas for goals for the rest of the year πŸ™‚

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