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It’s Tuesday and I’m bringing back Snapshot Tuesdays!

While I am no longer using my iPod Touch and the photo app Camera+ I still highly recommend the app.

Instead I’m using my Moto G and trying out the app Snapseed.

I like it so far, however I wish it had more filters.

So without further ado here are my pictures.



Let me know if you like them in the comments below.

Happy photo snapping! 🙂


Hey guys! It’s Friday and guess what?!?!

My Happy Playlist is back! *happy dance*

As I stated before music is a big part of my life, it keeps me settled, grounded and more importantly happy.

Each week I’ll be sharing with you the songs that I’ve had on repeat that have been helping me to move my feet.

This week my songs of choice have been:

1. Classic by MKTO


2. Still Into You by Paramore


3. Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz


4. The Man by Aloe Blacc


5. Happy by Pharrell


What’s helping you to move your feet this week?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Friday! 🙂


I love lists and so when I saw this list on AWrestlingWriter’s blog Out of the Well I just had to do it.

Below I have listed 20 Random Facts About Me and if you choose to do this yourself be sure to put a link in the comments below so I can check them out.

1. I love stationary! Books, notepads, diaries, pens, pencils, pretty much anything you can find in an office supply store will have me squealing in delight.

2. I love books! Print, electronic, audio, I don’t discriminate, books are my first love.

3. I love lists! I love making them, I love reading them. Nothing keeps me on a website longer than lists, trust me!

4. I hate cucumbers but I love pickles. Can you spot the connection?

5. I love photography. I love taking pictures as well as looking at great photos.

6. I have the smallest feet in my house and that is counting my younger brother who is still growing.

7. I love tall guys, this is probably because I’m only 5’3″.

8. I don’t like going out to parties, I love the getting ready part but about an hour after getting there I’m normally like, okay, I’m over this let’s go!

9. I’m not a fan of makeup, light makeup is fine but heavy makeup especially really badly done ones just seem fake.

10. I have spontaneous dance parties like the ones in “Fangirl” all the time. Don’t get the reference? Stop what you’re doing right now and read it. I’ll wait! 🙂

11. I’m not a fan of pink simply because it is universally seen as a girl’s favourite colour. That being said pink is a great colour, it’s my go to nail polish colour and it fits my complexion.

12. My favourite colour is purple and I was in purple house in high school. Oh and you get a complimentary high-five for wearing something purple.

13. I LOVE HARRY POTTER!!!! I also make HP references all the time.

14. I love trying to figure out where I’ve seen an actor/actress before when watching a movie/show.

15. I love trivia games and quizzes, especially pop culture ones.

16. My favourite wild animal is a cheetah, I love the fact that they are able to move so fast at a drop of a hat.

17. I love dogs!!!! Cats are adorable however they tend to have limits to their affection and dogs do not, they love you all the time and they are always down to play and or be petted.

18. I love music, all genres!

19. I love learning new things and the structure of school.

20. I cannot for the life of me whistle.

Are any of these true for you?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading! 🙂


Are you a lover of classics?

Do you swoon when you hear the names Mr.Darcy, Mr.Rochester and Mr.Knightley?

Or for the men, Elizabeth Bennett, Emma Woodhouse and Jane Eyre?

You do? Well have I got a treat for you!

Three classics revitalized and brought into the 21st century, may I present The Lizzie Bennett Diaries, The Autobiography of Jane Eyre and Emma Approved.

1. The Lizzie Bennett Diaries

The acronym LBD took on a new meaning in April 2012 when the first episode of the modernized classic Pride & Prejudice hit YouTube.

The series has 100 episodes and spans the entire book. While the webispodes are in a loose “diary” format, you will be completely captivated and intrigued to hear what happens next even if you’ve read the book 100 times. Below, I have provided episode 1 of the series to get you started. Trust me, once you start you won’t be able to stop.


2. The Autobiography of Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre has always been a story dear to my heart and I was super excited when I heard that a modernized version was coming to YouTube.

It’s an ongoing series that will span the entire book. It captures the emotions, the story and the characters to a tee. While it seems they have changed a lot in this adaptation it all comes together in the end. Below, I have provided the first episode, it might take you a while to get into it but trust me it’s worth the wait.


3. Emma Approved

Emma was a mixed book for me, I was never sure if I loved it or hated it. However, I loved this series from the get go! It drew me and made me feel committed to the characters immediately which is something the book was not able to do. Also as this series is being done by the same people who brought us LBD we can look forward to crossovers. Below, I have provided the first episode so you can get hooked as well.

Before I came across these series I had never really thought of this as a concept and I just find it so fascinating how captivating, modern and true to the heart of story these series are.

Check them out and let me know what you think!

Do you love them, do you hate them, are they boring, do they make you want to read the books?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy watching! 🙂


I woke up this morning to the beautiful pitter patter of the rain on the rooftop.

Now, luckily for me I’m on vacation and didn’t have to get up and go to work but I do feel for all the people who had to face the wet and icky Monday morning.

If you were lucky enough to stay in like I was I hope you took full advantage of your good fortune as a rainy day is definitely a blessing in disguise.

Rainy days are the perfect time to catch up on your reading and if you’re anything like me that probably means romance books.

Below I have provided my top three rainy day picks.

1. Ransom by Julie Garwood

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

3. Easy by Tammara Webber

What do you like to read on rainy days?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading! 🙂

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Dear Mr. Taxi Driver,

Excuse me, I don’t mean to interrupt your fascinating monologue about the unfair justice system but do you really think we should be going downhill at 100 miles per hour? I mean especially with the winding nature of the road. It just doesn’t seem safe.

No, no I’m sure you’re an excellent driver and I trust your judgement I just have some concerns ya know? 120? No, no, I’m fine, not a complaint in the world, continue as you were.

I mean at least you still have a working speed-o-meter right? The last guy I traveled with had a broken speed-o-meter which I can only assume happens when you clock more than it’s able to record, so compared to him I’m in great hands.

Speaking of hands I know we’re on the straight now but um I still think you need to be steering the car and keeping your eyes on the ro….WHAT THE HELL! Why are you half-way out the window?!?!?!

Of course, of course I’m over-reacting, my bad, holla at your girl, the one you have no chance in hell with while we crash into on coming traffic. I don’t mind. I don’t mind at all.

Oh she’s not interested? I would never have guessed. Women, yes, I know, we’re such shallow creatures. Well thank you, but instead of hitting on me can you turn around and watch the road?

Yes, yes, I’m flattered but seriously…WATCH OUT!!!!

OMG! I thought we were going to hit that poor woman! She’s so shocked she can’t even move.

Thank God, my stop! Yes, this is my stop, please pull over. Now, pull over now! Where in God’s name are you taking me? Jesus! My poor heart, thank you, here ya go! No, no, keep the change it’s fine, I’m just happy I’m alive.

Next time?!?! Do I look like I have a death wish?

Yes, goodbye now. Have a safe journey!


A Concerned Passenger


Title: The Other Boleyn Girl

Author: Philippa Gregory

Published: 2001

Description: When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of the handsome and charming Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane, and soon she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. With her own destiny suddenly unknown, Mary realizes that she must defy her family and take fate into her own hands.

With more than one million copies in print and adapted for the big screen, The Other Boleyn Girl is a riveting historical drama. It brings to light a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe, and survived a treacherous political landscape by following her heart. (Taken from Goodreads)

I’ve been meaning to read this book from the beginning of time! I feel like I say that for a lot of books but it’s true. I started it three times before actually completing it, not because it’s a hard read or it’s a bad book but simply because I was too busy to complete it. But now that I have completed it I can say that I really enjoyed it.

I know that it is historical fiction but I think Philippa Gregory does such a great job creating a believable story that you think there is no way this is not what happened. I also loved the fact that she didn’t tell us the story from Anne’s perspective. Anne Boleyn is so well-known and her story has been told so many times that it was refreshing to hear the Boleyn story from Mary’s perspective.

Another way that this book shined was showing us how truly awful Anne and the Boleyn family were and giving us some insight on how little people thought of women in that time. Women were just pawns that were easily replaced and while I applaud Anne for trying to be more than a pawn she definitely went about it in the wrong way.

While Mary started out a timid girl who was happy to be a pawn I was really happy that she stepped up and decided that she should be able to live her life how she see’s fit. I was also happy that her making this decision and attempting to carry it out wasn’t an easy task as that would make the story a bit unrealistic.

Philippa Gregory takes these stories about historical figures and really breathes life into these characters and this world. I love her writing as well as her world and character building.

All in all it was a great read and a great insight in what the time period was like and I would recommend it to everyone. As a result, I gave this book 4.5 stars out of 5.

Have you read any historical fiction lately? Do you have a favourite author?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading! 🙂

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