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To Do Tuesday

To Do, Tuesday, Lists, Organisation, To Do TuesdayAfter being away for most of last week my to do list both personal and on the blog side of things has grown extensively. Whilst away I was unable to take part in the mini bloggiesta so I will be organising myself over the next couple of days (hopefully!). As I have already changed my theme and other little things on the blog there isn’t too much to do but there are the little things.

So . . .

- Find new social network buttons

- Check out new bloggers

- Write trip post & edit photos

- Edit Pinterest boards

- Back up blog and photos on computer

- Go through Bloglovin‘ and edit lists

What are you up to this week?

I will be on and around Twitter & Instagram as usual.


To Do Tuesday – Blogmas Day 16

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Last Weeks List

- Write Christmas cards and send for Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange

- Wrap and bag Christmas presents

- Put up Christmas lights

- Schedule 1 week of posts

- Comment on 10 news blogs

- Put together gift basket for mothers

How Did I Get On?

Still working on the Christmas gift baskets for our mothers however it is taking longer than I anticipated due to lack of time to go out and shop for the contents. Bit by bit I am getting there – it will happen. On the wrapping side of things the other day I got into a bit of a wrapping frenzy put my audio book on and got cracking. With only 3 more presents to wrap and a couple more to buy I am pretty much all sorted.

One thing I do regret this year is not planning ahead enough to participate in The Broke & The Bookish Secret Santa – such a shame but next year will be a good one! (Not wishing the time away of course!).

Commenting has not been my strong point this week but I have visited almost 10 new blogs and let me tell you there are some awesome bloggers out there – as if you didn’t already know.

This Weeks List

- Edit Christmas baking blog and put on You Tube

- Comment on 10 news blogs

- Find 5 new blogs on Bloglovin’

- Organise 2 Pinterest boards

Once again I will be on Twitter & Instagram this afternoon whilst out and about!

See You There :D

Snap App Happy

App Happy, Apps, Phone Apps, Photo Apps, iPhone, Photography, Blog A Book Etc

The app market is saturated to the hilts with free and not so free photo editing apps. There are also plenty of posts about peoples most used and favourite editing apps. So . . . here are mine!


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For dramatic stormy skies and scratchy vintage like finishes this is the app for you. Not only is it free but if you like the sort of app where you can just upload straight to many social networks this is great.


Pixlr-o-matic, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

Add-ons plus minor twists and turns this app has pretty much everything you need to transform a plain Jane photograph into something spectacular. My favourite filter is . . .

A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

Although I had to pay for this app (About £1 – I think!) there are a few nice features on this app. However the one disappointment is despite paying already for the privilege of taking up storage space on my phone if I were to use certain fonts I would have to pay more.

Click Serendipity

Click Serendipity, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

This is an app that I have neither used or owned however have looked and seen great things about it – I am still thinking about making the purchase but with so many other apps available for free it won’t be happening any time soon.


VSCO Cam,App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

Lots of rave reviews for this lovely little app, however I am still waiting for it to show me it’s best. Maybe it is time to sit and play about with it a bit.


Retrica, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

This app was introduced to me by some colleagues and although it is more about the instant photos rather than uploading and saving photos (saving on the memory) it isn’t really much different from instagram. The resemblance doesn’t stop from instagram even down to the apps icon.

What are your favourite photo apps?

1 & Only

Well. . . Not so much!

Things have been a little bit quiet over here on the blog and in general as night shifts started after only one day off. Hence the lack of time to blog a frolic!

If you remember a couple of posts ago I was letting loose about my feelings towards dating, online dating and the sites that provide such services. Now sift through if you wish but if you do remember Date 2 was the one that I was hoping to ‘revisit’. Needless to say it happened and we have had quite a bit of fun since, HOWEVER on one particular ‘date night’ the question was asked. No, noooo! Not will you be my . . . whatever you would like to enter in there.


Should we . . . um . . . invite someone else to join us. . . ?

At this point in time I will not be going into past experiences but for the present this was one experience that I was not willing to re-try. When asked why such a thought had crossed this particular guys mind the explanation was one that much thought had gone into – well possibly. The fact that his previous girlfriend was nothing but ‘frigid’ turned him into a wildling! Lucky me!

There are people out there that have been in relationships for years on end and those that have skipped from one relationship to another without any breaks and admittedly I used to be one of those as the comfort is something that is truly wonderful. After being single for almost two years I have to say I know how he feels to be free after years of one bad thing after another, yes there were fabulous times but you are single now so there is obviously a reason why things did not work out.

Being in a relationship is not a bad thing in the slightest but it is something that takes a lot of work from both sides and sometimes if one side just cannot be bothered things start to flail – which is a shame. He is one of the latter varieties (relationship to relationship) but even after a while away from attachment he is still wild. Now please do not mistake this post as me putting it out there and trying to change him as that is something that I out-and-out refuse to do. If a man does not want to change and actively goes out to do it himself then there is no woman out there short of Halle Berry (in the catsuit!) that can tempt a man.

Currently I would like to be in a relationship but I am at that point that I can take it or leave it if it is too much work at the start – I want something nice and easy to start with!


GIVEAWAY: Goody Bag with Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

The lovely people from Penguin put on a lovely vintage themed party for the interview of the lovely Maya Van Wagenen by the awesome Jo Elvin (Glamour Editor). Whilst there we were all given goody bags with a copy of the book and the opportunity to have a little chat with Maya and get her to sign her book. The lovely Maya signed a copy for me and personalised it and also signed two more copies for my readers.

The book is receiving rave reviews and Maya is truly inspirational especially for her age. She seems wise beyond her years and a pleasure to listen to when speaking. This young lady is poised and ready for action and I am pretty sure there will be a lot of that on the literary scene as she is well and truly on fire.

On the night we were given the hashtag WWBD – little did I know that when I actually checked on the social networking feeds that was also being used for What Would Beyoncé Do? – Quite frankly as fabulous as Beyoncé is I couldn’t give a rats backside what she would do in her current situation as it is none of my business. So with attention back on the lovely Maya we cracked on!

The Giveaway

What’s Included

- Signed Copy of the book Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

- Betty Cornell’s Teen-age Popularity Guide

-  June’s Issue of Glamour (With a hilarious editors letter from Jo!)

- Red Bird Makes Vintage Style Brooch

- Sweeties from There’s Only One Amy Law’s

- WWBD Armband

popular giveaway

Not a bad lot for a freebie so get those entries in ASAP for your chance to win this great goody bag – there are two up for grabs so go for it guys! And SPREAD THE WORD far and wide – the more entries the better!

So the giveaway is running from Thursday 22nd May at 07:00am until Thursday 29th May – sadly this competition is only open to UK residents as postage is too expensive to the USA. Click on the link below to go to the page for entries :D

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Grand Designs @ The London ExCel



Thanks to the lovely Nick from Power Cases I actually found out that this was on. I really do need to concentrate more on the social scene for events and such things! Killing two birds (no animals were harmed during the writing of this post – had to be said!) so to speak as I had to pick up some bits for other people I headed off to the show just to collect and run. HOWEVER – once there with the press room calling I got my golden ticket and was away like wildfire with my camera. This post is going to be heavy on the photos and light on the words. So this is what I saw on the day . . .

old skool

In a little corner these lovely vintage looking items were placed. My only problem was the price tag being almost £10k!!!

garden loving

So many beautiful things for the garden and pretty much something for every corner of a broad imagination and a lot of money.

kitchen crazy

for the love of vodka

a little pizzazz


That’s about it from my little trip to Grand Designs! There were some amazing sights but overall I have to say most of the stuff is heavily over priced and most people would most likely be able to reproduce if a little effort was put in!

Did you go? If so what was your favourite part? Did you buy anything?

2nd & Not Last Read-A-Thon

Yesterday marked the end of my second and most definitely not last read-a-thon. Dewey’s Read-A-Thon is international and a whole host of people joined in the fun of setting themselves colossal reading goals. Some read for charity and others just for fun. For the second time I was lucky enough to be a co-host and once again the experience was truly amazing. Being able to converse with and cheer on so many different readers in just a two-hour period was great. There are blogs that have been added to my reading list and I am sure that I will be reading for a long time to come.

Not only is it a collective of bibliophiles but within that community of book lovers friendships have started or been cemented from previous talks and word is spread far and wide that the book community is here to stay. There has been controversy that has been slightly damning to the reputation of book bloggers vs ‘real’ critics. Personally as a book blogger I think it is sad that people find it necessary to say such hurtful things about people who just really like to read and share their opinions with each other. However as we live in a society of ‘kick a man whilst he is down’ such is life.

Moving on from the negativity this Read-A-Thon provided myself and over 700 others the excuse to block out the real world and settle in with as many good books as our eyes could rest on.

My final number is a meagre 1.5 as I am still reading the second book however between tweeting for support, instagramming and just generally keeping an eye out on the social side of things my reading was abandoned slightly. It didn’t help that I also overslept but hey ho!

If you have taken part in Dewey’s Read-A-Thon please do get in contact as I would love to hear about your experience. If you were unable to take part there will be another one in October – for dates check the Read-A-Thon websiteIf there are any other Read-A-Thon’s that you are thinking about taking part in please do let me know as any excuse to sack of daily chores and read is welcome over here!

Now I will leave you with a little tune that has been a favourite for some time and just popped into my head as I was writing this post! It is a slight change from the original!

Read-a-thon Finish Line

I am having a little party over here at Blog A Book Central! I have made it through another Read-A-Thon and am feeling über great! As I have only made it through one book and steadily going through my second I will be extending my read-a-thon a little longer as I would like to make a bigger dent in my reading pile!

For those of you that have read a colossal amount of pages, listened to the so much audio you cannot physically listen to any more or you have been tirelessly cheering everyone on . . .


Here are some tunes that I think are appropriate for this time of the thon!

This is how most of us probably feel where all the lines are truly blurred but you know what – sit back listen and relax YOU HAVE DONE IT! #Winner!

This is a slightly older song than most that I am listening to right now but it really is just great! We have all made it this far into the Read-A-Thon and we really are TITANIUM! How cheesy am I!!!

Are you having a good time! Did you have a good time! I did! Let’s do it all again next time!

This song has made many cry with joy including the wonderful artist Pharell! I love this song because it makes me very Happy – does what it says on the tin!

I have to dedicate this song to my friend Catherine – she loves it as much as I do!

I will be back later today commenting, following and all that jazz. So . . .

peace out yall

22nd Hour – Oooh Weeee!

koalas 22 hoursIs that true?!

Hours Listened: 3

Hours Read: 14

Pages Read: 250

Books Finished: 1

Tweets: Too many to even contemplate counting!

Pictures taken: 17 (Really only that many! It felt like so many more!)

Cups of Coffee: 8

Feeling: Happy that everyone is enjoying the read-a-thon so much but wanted to have read more by now!

Song of the Hour: Icarus by Bastille

This song is one of my ultimate favourites since finding the wonderful Bastille – I know they are so well-known for Pompei but this and one other song Flaws are my favourites from their album Bad Blood. As I am typing this I am listening to it and jiggling in my seat as I turn up the volume bid you farewell and DANCE AROUND MY KITCHEN TO THIS EPIC TUNE AND MAKE MORE COFFEE!!!!!

9th Hour and Counting

Hours Listened: 3

Hours Read: 6

Pages Read: 110 (Man I need to up my game with concentration!)

Books Finished: 0

Tweets: More than 30 (Way too many!)

Pictures taken: 14

Cups of Coffee: 3

Feeling: A bit annoyed that my progress is so slow :(

Song of the Hour: So Easy by Röyksopp (Have a listen it is a great concentration builder)