★ Reading Round Up #5 ★

2 March 2020


Already I feel like that 2020 is the year I will read more books. Since starting university back in 2016, my annual reading capacity has definitely flopped. I have really been struggling to get my reading mojo back which is driving me crazy! I go through phases of reading loads and then not reading at all but so far this year I feel I have done far better which I am happy about!

My goal this year is to read 25 books and so far I have read 6. If I keep reading as much as I am, I will definitely succeed my goal this year which I will be very thrilled about! Anyway, let me discuss that I have read so far this year...

WHAT I READ IN JANUARY 

1. Heartstopper (Volume 1) - Alice Oseman ♥♥♥♥♥/5
I had seen this book floating around on the internet; everyone reviewing it, raving about and overall loving it. So when I visited Daunt Books on a lunch break I picked it up! I am so glad I picked it up as it was so enjoyable! It follows two boys who slowly fall for each other and it really is adorable. To be honest there's not too much to the plot but I love how simple and real it is. You can just imagin this story being a real life story which I just adore! The book ended on such a painful cliffhanger so you can just imagine how quick I was to order the second volume!

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance. 

2. Paper Girls (Volume 1) - Brian K. Vaughman ♥♥♥♥/5
I picked this up not knowing too much about it but I was just craving a graphic novel to read (I feel 2020 is the year for graphic novels for me) and I have heard great things about Vaughman's work. This graphic novel follows a group of Paper Girls who stumble accross some crazy 'beings' during the early morning after Halloween. This volume did not dissapoint! It grabbed me in from the start, making me want more every time I turned a page. I love all of the characters and look forward to seeing where their adventure leads them in volume 2.

The only downside to book I would say is that it leaves you with a lot of questions but I'm hoping they will be answered in the second volume. 

3. The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials Book 2) - Philip Pullman ♥♥♥/5
I'm not too sure where to start with this book! This book follows on from the events that happened in book 1, introducing new worlds and story lines too.  I absolutely loved Northern Lights and I'll be honest with you this one just wasn't as good. It is good and I am still enjoying the series, I think it just surprised me on the direction it took in this book. It has left me with a lot of questions but I am hoping the third and final book will provide those answers for me! I was also not a fan of Lyra's character in this book. Her character seemed very different to how she was in the first but then she has been through a lot so I can understand why she would act they way that she does.

This book hasn't stopped me from wanting to finish the series, I just hope book 3 is a little better and more like the first! 

WHAT I READ IN FEBRUARY 

4. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1) - Marissa Meyer ♥♥♥♥/5
I have been wanting to reread this series for ages so I am so glad that I finally decided to pick up Cinder in Febraury! I thorougly enjoyed revisiting the story and being introduced to the characters again! I love Cinder as a character and it's so painful to see how badly treated she is just because she is a cyborg! I didn't full in love with it as much as I did the first time I read it but I still enjoyed it and I can't wait to read Scarlett (the second book in the series). This book is perfect if you love fairytale retellings! It has such an interesting twist to the normal Cinderella story.

5. Little Women (Little Women Book/Part 1) - Louisa May Alcott ♥♥♥♥♥/5
I am so glad I decided to pick this book up. After seeing the new film adaptation in December (seeing it a total of 3 times in the cinema) I just fell in love with the story and the March family! The book is even better than the film and provides you even more details of the March sister's adventures. My edition is part one to the two part story. Part 1 following the March sisters when they are little and the challenges childhood brings. I recognised lots of the stories within the book which are portrayed in the film but there were a few more moments in the book that allowed me to grow fonder and closer to the girls! Trying to describe Little Women is a little difficult but it's basically just following the sisters as they grow older.

I can't wait to read Good Wives, which is the second part of the story. Following the girls as they have reached adulthood. 

6. Heartstopper (Volume 2) - Alice Oseman  ♥♥♥♥♥/5
Just like the first volume this is duch an adorably good read! I flew through it, reading it in one sitting and I am already craving the third volume. This volume follows straight after the events volume 1 finished with, diving you straight back into the story which I appreciated. I can't say too much without giving away spoilers but trust me when I say, it is just as good as the first.
WHAT I WANT TO READ IN MARCH

Song of The Dark Crystal (Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal Book 2) - J.M. Lee
If you follow me on Instagram or on Twitter then you will know how much I love The Dark Crystal. It has become a show that means so much to me and I have lost count how many times I have watched it. I read the first book to this series last year and adored it so I am desperate to continue the series! 

The Amber Spy Glass (His Dark Materials Book 3) - Philip Pullman
I really want to finish this series. I have so far really enjoyed it even though the second one definietly left me feeling a little confused. I am hoping to get to this book in this month so that I can complete the trilogy.


So as you can see from this post, I have had a pretty successful two months in my opinion! I am hoping that my reading mojo will only get better from now on and I have so many other books I want to read and complete this year! Try and shift the amount on books on my TBR to the read pile! I am also hoping to start reviewing books on my blog again as I did really enjoy that. I want to improve my reviewing skills and share with you a little more.

I hope you enjoyed this post and don't miss next weeks post! If you would like to see more from me on a daily basis, please follow me on Twitter and Instagram where I post daily. I also upload vlogs every Thursday evening.

What have you read this year? Anything you would recommend me reading? 

Tabitha xx

Twitter ★ Instagram ★ YouTube Pinterest ★ Goodreads

★ Reading Round Up #5 ★

2 March 2020


Already I feel like that 2020 is the year I will read more books. Since starting university back in 2016, my annual reading capacity has definitely flopped. I have really been struggling to get my reading mojo back which is driving me crazy! I go through phases of reading loads and then not reading at all but so far this year I feel I have done far better which I am happy about!

My goal this year is to read 25 books and so far I have read 6. If I keep reading as much as I am, I will definitely succeed my goal this year which I will be very thrilled about! Anyway, let me discuss that I have read so far this year...

WHAT I READ IN JANUARY 

1. Heartstopper (Volume 1) - Alice Oseman ♥♥♥♥♥/5
I had seen this book floating around on the internet; everyone reviewing it, raving about and overall loving it. So when I visited Daunt Books on a lunch break I picked it up! I am so glad I picked it up as it was so enjoyable! It follows two boys who slowly fall for each other and it really is adorable. To be honest there's not too much to the plot but I love how simple and real it is. You can just imagin this story being a real life story which I just adore! The book ended on such a painful cliffhanger so you can just imagine how quick I was to order the second volume!

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance. 

2. Paper Girls (Volume 1) - Brian K. Vaughman ♥♥♥♥/5
I picked this up not knowing too much about it but I was just craving a graphic novel to read (I feel 2020 is the year for graphic novels for me) and I have heard great things about Vaughman's work. This graphic novel follows a group of Paper Girls who stumble accross some crazy 'beings' during the early morning after Halloween. This volume did not dissapoint! It grabbed me in from the start, making me want more every time I turned a page. I love all of the characters and look forward to seeing where their adventure leads them in volume 2.

The only downside to book I would say is that it leaves you with a lot of questions but I'm hoping they will be answered in the second volume. 

3. The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials Book 2) - Philip Pullman ♥♥♥/5
I'm not too sure where to start with this book! This book follows on from the events that happened in book 1, introducing new worlds and story lines too.  I absolutely loved Northern Lights and I'll be honest with you this one just wasn't as good. It is good and I am still enjoying the series, I think it just surprised me on the direction it took in this book. It has left me with a lot of questions but I am hoping the third and final book will provide those answers for me! I was also not a fan of Lyra's character in this book. Her character seemed very different to how she was in the first but then she has been through a lot so I can understand why she would act they way that she does.

This book hasn't stopped me from wanting to finish the series, I just hope book 3 is a little better and more like the first! 

WHAT I READ IN FEBRUARY 

4. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1) - Marissa Meyer ♥♥♥♥/5
I have been wanting to reread this series for ages so I am so glad that I finally decided to pick up Cinder in Febraury! I thorougly enjoyed revisiting the story and being introduced to the characters again! I love Cinder as a character and it's so painful to see how badly treated she is just because she is a cyborg! I didn't full in love with it as much as I did the first time I read it but I still enjoyed it and I can't wait to read Scarlett (the second book in the series). This book is perfect if you love fairytale retellings! It has such an interesting twist to the normal Cinderella story.

5. Little Women (Little Women Book/Part 1) - Louisa May Alcott ♥♥♥♥♥/5
I am so glad I decided to pick this book up. After seeing the new film adaptation in December (seeing it a total of 3 times in the cinema) I just fell in love with the story and the March family! The book is even better than the film and provides you even more details of the March sister's adventures. My edition is part one to the two part story. Part 1 following the March sisters when they are little and the challenges childhood brings. I recognised lots of the stories within the book which are portrayed in the film but there were a few more moments in the book that allowed me to grow fonder and closer to the girls! Trying to describe Little Women is a little difficult but it's basically just following the sisters as they grow older.

I can't wait to read Good Wives, which is the second part of the story. Following the girls as they have reached adulthood. 

6. Heartstopper (Volume 2) - Alice Oseman  ♥♥♥♥♥/5
Just like the first volume this is duch an adorably good read! I flew through it, reading it in one sitting and I am already craving the third volume. This volume follows straight after the events volume 1 finished with, diving you straight back into the story which I appreciated. I can't say too much without giving away spoilers but trust me when I say, it is just as good as the first.
WHAT I WANT TO READ IN MARCH

Song of The Dark Crystal (Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal Book 2) - J.M. Lee
If you follow me on Instagram or on Twitter then you will know how much I love The Dark Crystal. It has become a show that means so much to me and I have lost count how many times I have watched it. I read the first book to this series last year and adored it so I am desperate to continue the series! 

The Amber Spy Glass (His Dark Materials Book 3) - Philip Pullman
I really want to finish this series. I have so far really enjoyed it even though the second one definietly left me feeling a little confused. I am hoping to get to this book in this month so that I can complete the trilogy.


So as you can see from this post, I have had a pretty successful two months in my opinion! I am hoping that my reading mojo will only get better from now on and I have so many other books I want to read and complete this year! Try and shift the amount on books on my TBR to the read pile! I am also hoping to start reviewing books on my blog again as I did really enjoy that. I want to improve my reviewing skills and share with you a little more.

I hope you enjoyed this post and don't miss next weeks post! If you would like to see more from me on a daily basis, please follow me on Twitter and Instagram where I post daily. I also upload vlogs every Thursday evening.

What have you read this year? Anything you would recommend me reading? 

Tabitha xx

Twitter ★ Instagram ★ YouTube Pinterest ★ Goodreads

★ Starting a Fresh ★

24 February 2020

Welcome back my loves! It has been a hot minute since I sat down and wrote a blog post. I am so happy to finally be coming back to blogging because I really have missed it. I feel like I say this a lot whenever I have had a break but honestly it is true. I will be honest, I never know what to say in these posts.. I find it a little awkward and I find that I always repeat myself.

Since my last post back in November, I have been super busy with work and life events that blogging has just taken a back seat. Though I have missed blogging, I definitely needed the break to get on top of general life stuff. However, I'm now back and I am ready to get back into the swing of things! I have so many blog post ideas that I can't wait to write up and share with you all!

I have decided that the direction of my blog will be towards books and lifestyle posts! Not too different to the posts you would have seen on my blog previously, other than maybe a few more book posts than before!

I have also started up a YouTube channel if you haven't seen already! You can expect many vlogs on there. I am currently uploading Matt and I's vlogs from our recent Florida trip and I am thoroughly enjoying editing and sharing those with everyone! It's been so lovely to relive the memories that we created! When I have uploaded all of them, I plan on vlogging my week from time to time to upload weekly vlogs!

I don't want to ramble on too much as like I said earlier, I find these posts a little awkward and I just don't know what to say other than what I have already said! Before I go though, let me update you all on my weekly post schedule!

You can expect see new blog posts every Monday at 10am and depending on how I do during the week, I may even upload a second but I haven't fully decided what the second upload date will be just yet.

You can also expect new vlogs on my YouTube every Thursday at 7pm!

I'm really excited to start uploading my posts and I already have a few posts written out already so you can expect to see a new post next Monday! Thank you to those who have supported me so much over the last few months, I really do appreciate every one of you!

In the mean time, are there any posts you would like to see on my blog? All suggestions welcome! 

Tabitha xx

Twitter ★ Instagram ★ YouTube Pinterest ★ Goodreads 

★ Starting a Fresh ★

24 February 2020

Welcome back my loves! It has been a hot minute since I sat down and wrote a blog post. I am so happy to finally be coming back to blogging because I really have missed it. I feel like I say this a lot whenever I have had a break but honestly it is true. I will be honest, I never know what to say in these posts.. I find it a little awkward and I find that I always repeat myself.

Since my last post back in November, I have been super busy with work and life events that blogging has just taken a back seat. Though I have missed blogging, I definitely needed the break to get on top of general life stuff. However, I'm now back and I am ready to get back into the swing of things! I have so many blog post ideas that I can't wait to write up and share with you all!

I have decided that the direction of my blog will be towards books and lifestyle posts! Not too different to the posts you would have seen on my blog previously, other than maybe a few more book posts than before!

I have also started up a YouTube channel if you haven't seen already! You can expect many vlogs on there. I am currently uploading Matt and I's vlogs from our recent Florida trip and I am thoroughly enjoying editing and sharing those with everyone! It's been so lovely to relive the memories that we created! When I have uploaded all of them, I plan on vlogging my week from time to time to upload weekly vlogs!

I don't want to ramble on too much as like I said earlier, I find these posts a little awkward and I just don't know what to say other than what I have already said! Before I go though, let me update you all on my weekly post schedule!

You can expect see new blog posts every Monday at 10am and depending on how I do during the week, I may even upload a second but I haven't fully decided what the second upload date will be just yet.

You can also expect new vlogs on my YouTube every Thursday at 7pm!

I'm really excited to start uploading my posts and I already have a few posts written out already so you can expect to see a new post next Monday! Thank you to those who have supported me so much over the last few months, I really do appreciate every one of you!

In the mean time, are there any posts you would like to see on my blog? All suggestions welcome! 

Tabitha xx

Twitter ★ Instagram ★ YouTube Pinterest ★ Goodreads 

My Disney World Bucket List ★ November 2019

17 November 2019

If you follow me on Instagram & Twitter then you will know that Matt and I are leaving for Disney World incredibly soon, in two days in fact! Every year I enjoy writing up a bucket list, featuring some of the things I would love to try and do. Whether that's eating a certain snack or meeting a particular character in the parks. I thought it would be fun to share with you what's on my bucket list for our upcoming trip!

Magic Kingdom: 
Watch Festival of Fantasy on Main Street
Attend a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Meet the rare characters at the Christmas Party i.e. Jack Skeleton
Try the Arendale Aqua Cone
Meet Chip & Dale in their Cowboy outfits in Frontier Land
Try Gaston's Cinnamon Roll
Have a Dole Whip
Try the new Christmas treats 

Epcot:
Meet Anne & Elsa in Norway
Meet Aurora in France 
Try some dishes at the Food & Wine Festival
Try the Poutine
Watch Epcot Forever
Pick up the Food and Wine Annual Pass Magnet
Try and pick up the Christmas Festival Annual Pass Magnet
Meet Ralph and Venellope

Hollywood Studios:
Visit Batu in Hollywood Studios
Try the Blue Milk at Batu 
Ride Smugglers Run in Batu
Try the Key Lime Pie on a stick
Watch the Incredibles Show
Meet Rey in Batu
Meet Sully & Mike
Ride Tower of Terror in the dark
Ride Slinky Dog in the dark

Animal Kingdom:
Visit Rafiki's Planet Watch 
Attend the illustration class at Rafiki's Planet Watch
Try the Bugs 'n' Grubs Cone
Try the Malva Cake Sundae
Watch Rivers of Light
Ride Expedition Everest in the dark
Meet Chip & Dale in their Christmas dinosaur costumes 

Miscellaneous: 
Visit Wilderness Lodge
Walk through the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail
Visit the Florida Mall
Have breakfast at IHOP
Watch the fireworks from the Polynesian Resort
Buy the Christmas Mickey Santa loungefly bag
Buy the Chip 'n' Dale loungefly bag

There you have my official Disney World bucket for our upcoming trip! I don't expect to do everything on this but then there is no harm in trying, right? I know this post was pretty short, but I do hope you liked seeing what is on my Disney World bucket list!

Is there anything on the list that you want to do at Disney? or are there some things that you have already done? Let me know in the comments below. 

Tabitha xx 

My Disney World Bucket List ★ November 2019

17 November 2019

If you follow me on Instagram & Twitter then you will know that Matt and I are leaving for Disney World incredibly soon, in two days in fact! Every year I enjoy writing up a bucket list, featuring some of the things I would love to try and do. Whether that's eating a certain snack or meeting a particular character in the parks. I thought it would be fun to share with you what's on my bucket list for our upcoming trip!

Magic Kingdom: 
Watch Festival of Fantasy on Main Street
Attend a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Meet the rare characters at the Christmas Party i.e. Jack Skeleton
Try the Arendale Aqua Cone
Meet Chip & Dale in their Cowboy outfits in Frontier Land
Try Gaston's Cinnamon Roll
Have a Dole Whip
Try the new Christmas treats 

Epcot:
Meet Anne & Elsa in Norway
Meet Aurora in France 
Try some dishes at the Food & Wine Festival
Try the Poutine
Watch Epcot Forever
Pick up the Food and Wine Annual Pass Magnet
Try and pick up the Christmas Festival Annual Pass Magnet
Meet Ralph and Venellope

Hollywood Studios:
Visit Batu in Hollywood Studios
Try the Blue Milk at Batu 
Ride Smugglers Run in Batu
Try the Key Lime Pie on a stick
Watch the Incredibles Show
Meet Rey in Batu
Meet Sully & Mike
Ride Tower of Terror in the dark
Ride Slinky Dog in the dark

Animal Kingdom:
Visit Rafiki's Planet Watch 
Attend the illustration class at Rafiki's Planet Watch
Try the Bugs 'n' Grubs Cone
Try the Malva Cake Sundae
Watch Rivers of Light
Ride Expedition Everest in the dark
Meet Chip & Dale in their Christmas dinosaur costumes 

Miscellaneous: 
Visit Wilderness Lodge
Walk through the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail
Visit the Florida Mall
Have breakfast at IHOP
Watch the fireworks from the Polynesian Resort
Buy the Christmas Mickey Santa loungefly bag
Buy the Chip 'n' Dale loungefly bag

There you have my official Disney World bucket for our upcoming trip! I don't expect to do everything on this but then there is no harm in trying, right? I know this post was pretty short, but I do hope you liked seeing what is on my Disney World bucket list!

Is there anything on the list that you want to do at Disney? or are there some things that you have already done? Let me know in the comments below. 

Tabitha xx 

Waitress The Musical ★ Review

13 November 2019

Last week Matt and I made the very spontaneous decision to jump on the train and see a musical. When I say last minute, it was last minute. We jumped on the train at around 6:30pm and made it to Holborn by 7:10pm, purchasing our tickets on the door at around 7:25pm. It was a whirlwind for sure but a very worthwhile visit. As you can tell by the title and the image, the musical we went to see was Waitress, a musical that has been on my list to watch for quite some time and let's just say, I was not dissapointed.

Before I listened to the soundtrack or saw the show, I would ask other musical lovers what is this show about? But honestly it really is hard to explain without giving the whole story line away. So here is the offical synopsis on the Waitress UK website:

"Meet Jenna, a waitress and an expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates, Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness."

This show exceeded my expectations completely. I knew I would probably love it from listening to the score and hearing what others thought, but damn, I did not think I would love it as much as I do now that I have seen it. It really did blow me away with how beautiful the story and the music was.

I was very much looking forward to seeing Lucie Jones play Jenna as I had heard nothing but outstanding reviews and again she blew me away. She made me laugh, smile and cry with her acting and gorgeous singing. I hadn't seen her on stage before but she really was brilliant and I really do hope to see her on stage again soon, whether that is seeing Waitress again or another show. Usually, David Hunter plays the role as Dr Pomatter but he was away for our viewing so we had the ever so talented Michael Hamway. I honestly fell in love with Michael's version of Dr Pomatter. He was endearing and goofy and just so loveable. My heart really did melt for his character and his relationship with Jenna. Gave me all the feels and butterflies. Lucie and Michael both worked really well together and made the whole performance so much more enjoyable that it already was (if that's even possible) and they made me cry like a baby when listening to their version of 'You Matter to Me'.

Sandra Marvin and Laura Baldwin who play Becky and Dawn were also superb. They brought so much light and laughter to the show, they didn't fail to make me laugh or smile. I also thought that Sandra's, Laura's and Lucie's voices all worked so well together and when they sang 'Soft Place to Land' it was so incredibly beautiful. Other performanced that definitely need a mention for being great were Tamlyn Henderson who played Earl, Andrew Boyer who played Old Joe, Stephen Leask who played Cal and finally Joe Sugg who played Ogie. All of them did brilliant and brought something to the show that made the again, so incredibly enjoyable. Finally, I couldn't not mention the chorus, who were phenominal and brought the show alive along with the principles.

Something else I wanted to mention was how brilliant the choreography was. It was again beautiful and so different. A scene I thought that was especially special and amazing was the contractions/labour scene. Honestly so beautiful. What I also loved as well about the production of this show, is how the band was on stage! I have never seen that before on a West End show and it was really impressive and unique.

As you can tell from reading this review, I have utterly fallen in love with this show and it is definitely up there as one of my all time favourites! This is definitely a show I would recommend anyone seeing as it's just so beautiful and powerful.

Have you seen Waitress? What were your thoughts? or is this a musical you would love to see soon? 

Tabitha xx


Waitress The Musical ★ Review

13 November 2019

Last week Matt and I made the very spontaneous decision to jump on the train and see a musical. When I say last minute, it was last minute. We jumped on the train at around 6:30pm and made it to Holborn by 7:10pm, purchasing our tickets on the door at around 7:25pm. It was a whirlwind for sure but a very worthwhile visit. As you can tell by the title and the image, the musical we went to see was Waitress, a musical that has been on my list to watch for quite some time and let's just say, I was not dissapointed.

Before I listened to the soundtrack or saw the show, I would ask other musical lovers what is this show about? But honestly it really is hard to explain without giving the whole story line away. So here is the offical synopsis on the Waitress UK website:

"Meet Jenna, a waitress and an expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates, Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness."

This show exceeded my expectations completely. I knew I would probably love it from listening to the score and hearing what others thought, but damn, I did not think I would love it as much as I do now that I have seen it. It really did blow me away with how beautiful the story and the music was.

I was very much looking forward to seeing Lucie Jones play Jenna as I had heard nothing but outstanding reviews and again she blew me away. She made me laugh, smile and cry with her acting and gorgeous singing. I hadn't seen her on stage before but she really was brilliant and I really do hope to see her on stage again soon, whether that is seeing Waitress again or another show. Usually, David Hunter plays the role as Dr Pomatter but he was away for our viewing so we had the ever so talented Michael Hamway. I honestly fell in love with Michael's version of Dr Pomatter. He was endearing and goofy and just so loveable. My heart really did melt for his character and his relationship with Jenna. Gave me all the feels and butterflies. Lucie and Michael both worked really well together and made the whole performance so much more enjoyable that it already was (if that's even possible) and they made me cry like a baby when listening to their version of 'You Matter to Me'.

Sandra Marvin and Laura Baldwin who play Becky and Dawn were also superb. They brought so much light and laughter to the show, they didn't fail to make me laugh or smile. I also thought that Sandra's, Laura's and Lucie's voices all worked so well together and when they sang 'Soft Place to Land' it was so incredibly beautiful. Other performanced that definitely need a mention for being great were Tamlyn Henderson who played Earl, Andrew Boyer who played Old Joe, Stephen Leask who played Cal and finally Joe Sugg who played Ogie. All of them did brilliant and brought something to the show that made the again, so incredibly enjoyable. Finally, I couldn't not mention the chorus, who were phenominal and brought the show alive along with the principles.

Something else I wanted to mention was how brilliant the choreography was. It was again beautiful and so different. A scene I thought that was especially special and amazing was the contractions/labour scene. Honestly so beautiful. What I also loved as well about the production of this show, is how the band was on stage! I have never seen that before on a West End show and it was really impressive and unique.

As you can tell from reading this review, I have utterly fallen in love with this show and it is definitely up there as one of my all time favourites! This is definitely a show I would recommend anyone seeing as it's just so beautiful and powerful.

Have you seen Waitress? What were your thoughts? or is this a musical you would love to see soon? 

Tabitha xx


The Monthly Coffee Date ★ #2

10 November 2019

Well, this post is definitely in order seeing as I haven't posted a blog post since September! I feel like I have forgotten how to blog, that is how weird this all feels. I know what you are all probably saying, "didn't Tabitha say she was going to be posting regularly?" but alas I did not keep up with that statement. Just like usual life got busy and my motivation/inspiration to write blog posts depleted. However, now that I have more time on my hands I'm hoping to get back into the blogging community and start publishing posts again! So where have I been? What have I been up to?

Not too much if I'm being completely honest. I'm still working as an administrator at a maintenance company which I'm enjoying. It's paying off the bills and everyone I work with are so lovely which makes my working environment really nice to work in. Work is starting to get busy however as the weather is getting colder which always means maintenance issues arise more frequently but even though it's getting busy and a little more stressful, I'm still enjoying it which is the main thing.

Something big that has happened recently, is that I graduated from University this past week and I'm still in awe about the whole thing. When I think back to how innocent and naive I was when I started my degree back in 2016, it all just seems crazy. I really have come a long way and univeristy was a massive challenge for me but I am so proud of myself. Especially knowing that I got a D in my science GCSE and at the time thinking, my world was going to end and now knowing that I have a 2:1 in a bachelor of science degree. Crazy. It really is such a massive academic achievement for me. What I have learnt from my experience, is no matter what happens you can turn things around for the better if you just put that little bit of effort in. 

Matt and I have also been getting ready for Disney, which we are both really looking forward to! We leave incredibly soon (in almost a weeks time!) and I just love the build up and the planning, a new trip brings. I already have almost all my outfits planned as well as all our fast-pass choices and reservations booked. I'll soon be getting all my clothes organised to start packing, which is the next exciting step when it comes to going on holiday, let alone a Disney holiday! Matt and I also plan to vlog this trip, which we are looking forward to, so expect those later this year and don't forget to follow me on instagram to follow our adventures on our stories whilst we are there.

Like I said, I haven't been up to too much but life has been busy but I am excited to get back into blogging again! I already have quite a few blog posts planned!

In the mean time, what blog posts would you like to see on my blog? Let me know in the comments below.

Tabitha xx 

The Monthly Coffee Date ★ #2

10 November 2019

Well, this post is definitely in order seeing as I haven't posted a blog post since September! I feel like I have forgotten how to blog, that is how weird this all feels. I know what you are all probably saying, "didn't Tabitha say she was going to be posting regularly?" but alas I did not keep up with that statement. Just like usual life got busy and my motivation/inspiration to write blog posts depleted. However, now that I have more time on my hands I'm hoping to get back into the blogging community and start publishing posts again! So where have I been? What have I been up to?

Not too much if I'm being completely honest. I'm still working as an administrator at a maintenance company which I'm enjoying. It's paying off the bills and everyone I work with are so lovely which makes my working environment really nice to work in. Work is starting to get busy however as the weather is getting colder which always means maintenance issues arise more frequently but even though it's getting busy and a little more stressful, I'm still enjoying it which is the main thing.

Something big that has happened recently, is that I graduated from University this past week and I'm still in awe about the whole thing. When I think back to how innocent and naive I was when I started my degree back in 2016, it all just seems crazy. I really have come a long way and univeristy was a massive challenge for me but I am so proud of myself. Especially knowing that I got a D in my science GCSE and at the time thinking, my world was going to end and now knowing that I have a 2:1 in a bachelor of science degree. Crazy. It really is such a massive academic achievement for me. What I have learnt from my experience, is no matter what happens you can turn things around for the better if you just put that little bit of effort in. 

Matt and I have also been getting ready for Disney, which we are both really looking forward to! We leave incredibly soon (in almost a weeks time!) and I just love the build up and the planning, a new trip brings. I already have almost all my outfits planned as well as all our fast-pass choices and reservations booked. I'll soon be getting all my clothes organised to start packing, which is the next exciting step when it comes to going on holiday, let alone a Disney holiday! Matt and I also plan to vlog this trip, which we are looking forward to, so expect those later this year and don't forget to follow me on instagram to follow our adventures on our stories whilst we are there.

Like I said, I haven't been up to too much but life has been busy but I am excited to get back into blogging again! I already have quite a few blog posts planned!

In the mean time, what blog posts would you like to see on my blog? Let me know in the comments below.

Tabitha xx 

★ Reading Round Up #4 ★

17 September 2019

Happy Tuesday everyone! How is everyone? Before I get into this post, I just wanted to say that I am stopping my usual post schedule. Life is just getting in the way and I would rather upload good posts when I can than rush and not be happy with them. I hope you all understand. ♥

I've had a busy week at work and a pretty busy weekend full of organizing my room, rehearsals and shows. I'm definitely going to be spending tonight relaxing! It's 100% needed. Today I have a brand new Reading Round Up post for you all and I hope you enjoy it. I read two books last month but one was pretty big so I'm pretty happy with myself, especially because it's been a pretty busy month too.

WHAT I READ IN AUGUST

'I Heart Hollywood' - Lindsey Kelk ♥♥♥.5/5
Angela Clark can't believe her luck! She's an English girl living in New York with a dream job at hip magazine The Look and a sexy new boyfriend. Her latest assignment takes her to Hollywood to interview hot actor and fellow Brit James Jacob. Thrown in at the deep end she heads west with best friend Jenny dreaming of Rodeo Drive and Malibu beach. Soon Angela discovers that celebrity life in Hollywood is not all glamour, gloss and sunshine. Despite his lady-killer reputation, the only person who seems genuine is James. Then paparazzi snaps them in a uncompromising posistion and suddently Angela is thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons! 

After finishing 'I Heart New York' I just needed to pick up the second book as I enjoyed it so much and I was fully invested into Angela's life. I again, really enjoyed this book. Maybe not as much as the first one but it was still a fun read. I definitely felt like Angela was making her already awkward situations worse and she kept putting herself in silly situations and making decisions that were of course going to seem dodgy. On top of that, Jen was fairly irritating. I thought that the way she acted wasn't the best and she didn't come across as the best of friends. Especially when she was somewhat encouraging Angela to cheat on her boyfriend. Just didn't sit well with me. Other than that however, I did find it funny and there were definitely some funny moments. Also,  reading about NY in the snow has made me want to visit NY in the winter so bad. I also now really want to visit LA too as Angela and Jen spent most of the book in LA, Hollywood. I'm definitely going to pick the third book up soon as again I really do feel invested in Angela's life.
'The Last Magician' - Lisa Maxwell ♥♥♥♥♥/5
In mordern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic - the Mageus - live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhatten becomes trapped by the brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them the island. Crossing it means losing their power - and often their lives. Esta is a talented theif, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacs from the sinisiter Order that created the Brink. With her collecting these artifacts before the Order even realises she's there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: travelling back to 1920 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order - and the brink - before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to hopeless future. But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless hangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles ith magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her furture, she may have to betray everyone in the past. 

Okay. So... I think I have found my favourite book of 2019. Yep, I said it. This book was just phenomenal. I love it. I love the characters. I love the world. I love this book! Seriously though, this book really surprised me. I don't normally read historical fiction as I find them quite slow but I could not put this book down and when I finished it, it left a hole in my heart. Some people may describe this as a slow read however, Lisa wrote it so well that it keeps you invested and you appreciate the slow build up throughout the story. This book is definitely character driven and I loved all of them. I honestly don't have a bad thing to say about them. Obviously, Esta and Harte were by far my favourite two in the whole story and let me just say I 100% appreciated the slow burn romance, my favourite kind! To be honest, this book has truly left me speechless but just trust me when I say, READ THIS BOOK!

WHAT I WANT TO READ IN SEPTEMBER
I don't expect to read all of these books in September as it is a bust month for me as it is the month of the show I'm in! However, I would like to get to these books this month.
'Throne of Glass' by Sarah J Maas
I started this book at the end of August. This is a reread for me and I really want to try and get further in this series than I did last time as all I have heard is amazing reviews! So far I am enjoying it so that's good signs!

'I Heart Paris' by Lindsey Kelk
Like I said, I am fully invested in Angela's story/life so I had to put this on my TBR. I hope I do get to this book this month!

'The Whisper Man' by Alex North
I only heard about this book last month and as soon as I heard the synopsis I just knew I needed to read it. I do love good thriller/murder mystery, especially in the cooler months! So I'm looking forward to picking this book up!

'The Devil's Thief' by Lisa Maxwell
This is the second book to 'The Last Magician' and I really want to get to this book due to loving the first one SO much! I need more of this story in my life!
There you have my latest month reading round up! I hope you enjoyed this post. I now can't wait to get back to reading! Let me know in the comments if you have read any of the books I have mentioned or if these are books you want to get to! 


★ Tabitha ★

★ Reading Round Up #4 ★

17 September 2019

Happy Tuesday everyone! How is everyone? Before I get into this post, I just wanted to say that I am stopping my usual post schedule. Life is just getting in the way and I would rather upload good posts when I can than rush and not be happy with them. I hope you all understand. ♥

I've had a busy week at work and a pretty busy weekend full of organizing my room, rehearsals and shows. I'm definitely going to be spending tonight relaxing! It's 100% needed. Today I have a brand new Reading Round Up post for you all and I hope you enjoy it. I read two books last month but one was pretty big so I'm pretty happy with myself, especially because it's been a pretty busy month too.

WHAT I READ IN AUGUST

'I Heart Hollywood' - Lindsey Kelk ♥♥♥.5/5
Angela Clark can't believe her luck! She's an English girl living in New York with a dream job at hip magazine The Look and a sexy new boyfriend. Her latest assignment takes her to Hollywood to interview hot actor and fellow Brit James Jacob. Thrown in at the deep end she heads west with best friend Jenny dreaming of Rodeo Drive and Malibu beach. Soon Angela discovers that celebrity life in Hollywood is not all glamour, gloss and sunshine. Despite his lady-killer reputation, the only person who seems genuine is James. Then paparazzi snaps them in a uncompromising posistion and suddently Angela is thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons! 

After finishing 'I Heart New York' I just needed to pick up the second book as I enjoyed it so much and I was fully invested into Angela's life. I again, really enjoyed this book. Maybe not as much as the first one but it was still a fun read. I definitely felt like Angela was making her already awkward situations worse and she kept putting herself in silly situations and making decisions that were of course going to seem dodgy. On top of that, Jen was fairly irritating. I thought that the way she acted wasn't the best and she didn't come across as the best of friends. Especially when she was somewhat encouraging Angela to cheat on her boyfriend. Just didn't sit well with me. Other than that however, I did find it funny and there were definitely some funny moments. Also,  reading about NY in the snow has made me want to visit NY in the winter so bad. I also now really want to visit LA too as Angela and Jen spent most of the book in LA, Hollywood. I'm definitely going to pick the third book up soon as again I really do feel invested in Angela's life.
'The Last Magician' - Lisa Maxwell ♥♥♥♥♥/5
In mordern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic - the Mageus - live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhatten becomes trapped by the brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them the island. Crossing it means losing their power - and often their lives. Esta is a talented theif, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacs from the sinisiter Order that created the Brink. With her collecting these artifacts before the Order even realises she's there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: travelling back to 1920 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order - and the brink - before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to hopeless future. But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless hangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles ith magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her furture, she may have to betray everyone in the past. 

Okay. So... I think I have found my favourite book of 2019. Yep, I said it. This book was just phenomenal. I love it. I love the characters. I love the world. I love this book! Seriously though, this book really surprised me. I don't normally read historical fiction as I find them quite slow but I could not put this book down and when I finished it, it left a hole in my heart. Some people may describe this as a slow read however, Lisa wrote it so well that it keeps you invested and you appreciate the slow build up throughout the story. This book is definitely character driven and I loved all of them. I honestly don't have a bad thing to say about them. Obviously, Esta and Harte were by far my favourite two in the whole story and let me just say I 100% appreciated the slow burn romance, my favourite kind! To be honest, this book has truly left me speechless but just trust me when I say, READ THIS BOOK!

WHAT I WANT TO READ IN SEPTEMBER
I don't expect to read all of these books in September as it is a bust month for me as it is the month of the show I'm in! However, I would like to get to these books this month.
'Throne of Glass' by Sarah J Maas
I started this book at the end of August. This is a reread for me and I really want to try and get further in this series than I did last time as all I have heard is amazing reviews! So far I am enjoying it so that's good signs!

'I Heart Paris' by Lindsey Kelk
Like I said, I am fully invested in Angela's story/life so I had to put this on my TBR. I hope I do get to this book this month!

'The Whisper Man' by Alex North
I only heard about this book last month and as soon as I heard the synopsis I just knew I needed to read it. I do love good thriller/murder mystery, especially in the cooler months! So I'm looking forward to picking this book up!

'The Devil's Thief' by Lisa Maxwell
This is the second book to 'The Last Magician' and I really want to get to this book due to loving the first one SO much! I need more of this story in my life!
There you have my latest month reading round up! I hope you enjoyed this post. I now can't wait to get back to reading! Let me know in the comments if you have read any of the books I have mentioned or if these are books you want to get to! 


★ Tabitha ★

Trip Annoucement ★ Walt Disney World

11 September 2019

I never know how to start these posts other than by stating the obvious... WE ARE GOING BACK TO DISNEY WORLD! Are we surprised that we are heading back for the second time this? Propbably not but we have annual passes to use and new things to see and experience and we are both very excited! We are heading back in November for 10 days and we are going to be staying at a resort that I have been wanting to stay at for ages - Port Orleans: French Quarter!
Like I said, I have been wanting to stay at Port Orleans: French Quarter for a while and so I am very excited to stay here on this trip! We have walked round the resort before and it is beautiful. I just love the peaceful atmosphere and there are even horse drawn carraiges that roam around the resort, how romantic right!? And the French Quarter is home to the Beignets which can I just say, are delicious! We check in on the 19th November and will be staying for 10 magical nights before we head home on the 29th November.
We already have so much to look forward to already:

★ Meeting our Disney friends
We will be finally meeting up with some of our friends that we have made through my Instagram account! We've planned to meet up with Dayna from @asprinkleofdisneymagic and Yaz and Ash from @yazandashofficial! Honestly, I can't wait to meet Dayna, Yaz and Ash! It's going to be so much fun meeting them in the most perfect place ever, Walt Disney World! 

★ Visiting Galaxy's Edge
Matt has already said that he thinks he may cry when walking into Galaxy's Edge! If you didn't know, Disney has recently opened a new land to Hollywood Studios and it's Star Wars themed. It looks insane and so immersive! I am ready to try the Blue Milk and pilot the Millenial Falcon!

★ Riding the Disney Sky Liners
Something else that Disney has recently added to the parks and will be opening soon is the Disney Sky Liners! These are gondola lifts that will be able to take you from Epcot to Hollywood Studios as well as a few resorts! We really want to try these out when we visit in November.

★ Attending a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Last November, when we went to Disney for a week, we just missed out on the Christmas party and I was so upset! However this year we will be there when the parties will be happening and I honestly can't wait to attend! I still need to book our tickets but you bet I'll be booking this soon!
I still can't believe that we are going again this year and we both just can't wait to get back to that Florida sun and soak in the Disney magic! Let me know if there are any Disney themed posts you would like to see from me in the comments below! I would love to share some advice when it comes to booking Disney trips!

★ Tabitha ★

Trip Annoucement ★ Walt Disney World

11 September 2019

I never know how to start these posts other than by stating the obvious... WE ARE GOING BACK TO DISNEY WORLD! Are we surprised that we are heading back for the second time this? Propbably not but we have annual passes to use and new things to see and experience and we are both very excited! We are heading back in November for 10 days and we are going to be staying at a resort that I have been wanting to stay at for ages - Port Orleans: French Quarter!
Like I said, I have been wanting to stay at Port Orleans: French Quarter for a while and so I am very excited to stay here on this trip! We have walked round the resort before and it is beautiful. I just love the peaceful atmosphere and there are even horse drawn carraiges that roam around the resort, how romantic right!? And the French Quarter is home to the Beignets which can I just say, are delicious! We check in on the 19th November and will be staying for 10 magical nights before we head home on the 29th November.
We already have so much to look forward to already:

★ Meeting our Disney friends
We will be finally meeting up with some of our friends that we have made through my Instagram account! We've planned to meet up with Dayna from @asprinkleofdisneymagic and Yaz and Ash from @yazandashofficial! Honestly, I can't wait to meet Dayna, Yaz and Ash! It's going to be so much fun meeting them in the most perfect place ever, Walt Disney World! 

★ Visiting Galaxy's Edge
Matt has already said that he thinks he may cry when walking into Galaxy's Edge! If you didn't know, Disney has recently opened a new land to Hollywood Studios and it's Star Wars themed. It looks insane and so immersive! I am ready to try the Blue Milk and pilot the Millenial Falcon!

★ Riding the Disney Sky Liners
Something else that Disney has recently added to the parks and will be opening soon is the Disney Sky Liners! These are gondola lifts that will be able to take you from Epcot to Hollywood Studios as well as a few resorts! We really want to try these out when we visit in November.

★ Attending a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Last November, when we went to Disney for a week, we just missed out on the Christmas party and I was so upset! However this year we will be there when the parties will be happening and I honestly can't wait to attend! I still need to book our tickets but you bet I'll be booking this soon!
I still can't believe that we are going again this year and we both just can't wait to get back to that Florida sun and soak in the Disney magic! Let me know if there are any Disney themed posts you would like to see from me in the comments below! I would love to share some advice when it comes to booking Disney trips!

★ Tabitha ★

★ The Monthly Coffee Date #1 ★

4 September 2019

I do apologise for the lack of posts I have uploaded on my blog recently! I have just been so busy and I just can't seem to find a spare minute to sit down and really dedicate some time to my blog. It does not help that my laptop is playing up and won't charge! So because of that, I am currently writing up this post during my lunch break at work. Anyway, at least this post is finally being written and I hope you enjoy it.

I thought it would be fun to write up a little round up each month where I can sit down with a coffee and update you all on what I have been up to during the past month! August was a fairly busy month so I have lot's to update you all on! I have also added a little goals section to this posts as I thought it would be fun to give myself some goals to try and achieve for the next month!
★ I joined the gym
I don't know how many times I have joined the gym but I have done it again and I am more determined than ever to get fit and healthy. I have been feeling quite down recently and one of the main reasons for that is because I'm just not happy with my body at the moment. I'm hoping by going to the gym and getting into a routine will help with my body confidence.

★ I booked my first tattoo 
I have been waiting for this moment for AGES. I still can't quite believe that I have actually booked my first tattoo! I'm going to be getting it done early October so I have plenty of time to prep myself. I really can't wait and I just know this will be a slippery slope of me wanting many more tattoos (I already have a list!). I definitely will be blogging about my experience and I will be sharing many photos!

★ Our House The Musical is coming together 
If you follow me on social media then you would have seen me talking about this musical. I can't believe we only have three weeks until show week but the show really is coming together. I have created so many special bonds through this show and I cherish each and every one of them. I now can't wait to get back on the stage and I am sure I will be sharing the experience of show week on my blog however I will also be uploading many stories too, so make sure you are following my instagram!

★ Read my favourite books of 2019
I guess this may be a littke spoiler to my 'Reading Round Up' post that will be uploaded this weekend but during August I read a book that is 100% my favourite read of 2019. I honestly can't believe how much I love this book. I felt so immersed into the story and I struggled to put it down! I won't say what book it is but if you want to know, you will have to read my 'Reading Round Up' post this weekend.

★ Going into my third month of my not-so-new job
I still can't believe I have a full time job! I really am enjoying my time (even though the early mornings are a killer). I'm really lucky to work with some great people and I am so thankful for all office experience I am getting! I know it's definitely going to be getting busier at work and I am slowly getting myself prepared for that but so far, I think I'm getting on well!

SEPTEMBER GOALS

1. Get into a gym routine - I really need to get into a routine. I have definitely slacked in the last week due to personal reasons but I really want to get into a routine to work towards my fitness goal! I want to try and go at least 3 to 4 times a week.

2. Eat healthier - This goes hand in hand with my gym routine! I really need to start eating a little healthier! I just snack way too much and I definitely drink too many coffees! I think my first goal is to cut down with the snacks and maybe swap a few coffees with a herbal tea or 2!

3. Become more active on Twitter - I really want to engage with everyone on Twitter a little more. So this is definetly someting I want to improve. Whether that's just uploading a few tweets a day or taking part in a commenting train, I want to become more active!

4. Not care about the numbers on Instagram - I am constantly looking at numbers when it comes to my Instagram! It's getting unhealthy. I obvisouly would love to hit 2K but at the same time, I get really beat up if I lose a follwer! I just want to be happy with who I have following me and not be too caught up on how many people follow me.

5. Start saving more efficiently - I am definitely living from pay check to pay check at the moment and I HATE that. I really want to start saving a little, espeicially as I have a few things planned in the coming months that I defineitly want some spending money for! It also doesn't hurt to start saving for those future big purchases too!

6. Stick to a blog schedule - I have definitely slacked with this over the last few weeks but as of this month (September) I will be uploading two posts a week! One miscellaneous posts (every Wednesday) and one bookish post (every Sunday) every week! I hope you like this way of organising my posts, I think it will give my blog a little more structure! But I definitely need to try and keep up with this schedule!

7. Devote more time to taking photos - I am SO bad at taking photos for my blog posts! It is definitely where I am my most laziness! This is something I hope to improve over the next month!

8. Read more - I really struggle to read more than two books a month and I really want to read more! I'm hoping to put some more time aside for myself so I can read a little more as there are so many books I want to read!

I hope you enjoyed this style of post! I just thought it would be a fun way to update you all on what I have been up to and what I have achieved over the last month! Have you had a busy month? or has it been a fairly relaxing month? I would love to know! Let me know in the comments below!

★ Tabitha ★

★ The Monthly Coffee Date #1 ★

4 September 2019

I do apologise for the lack of posts I have uploaded on my blog recently! I have just been so busy and I just can't seem to find a spare minute to sit down and really dedicate some time to my blog. It does not help that my laptop is playing up and won't charge! So because of that, I am currently writing up this post during my lunch break at work. Anyway, at least this post is finally being written and I hope you enjoy it.

I thought it would be fun to write up a little round up each month where I can sit down with a coffee and update you all on what I have been up to during the past month! August was a fairly busy month so I have lot's to update you all on! I have also added a little goals section to this posts as I thought it would be fun to give myself some goals to try and achieve for the next month!
★ I joined the gym
I don't know how many times I have joined the gym but I have done it again and I am more determined than ever to get fit and healthy. I have been feeling quite down recently and one of the main reasons for that is because I'm just not happy with my body at the moment. I'm hoping by going to the gym and getting into a routine will help with my body confidence.

★ I booked my first tattoo 
I have been waiting for this moment for AGES. I still can't quite believe that I have actually booked my first tattoo! I'm going to be getting it done early October so I have plenty of time to prep myself. I really can't wait and I just know this will be a slippery slope of me wanting many more tattoos (I already have a list!). I definitely will be blogging about my experience and I will be sharing many photos!

★ Our House The Musical is coming together 
If you follow me on social media then you would have seen me talking about this musical. I can't believe we only have three weeks until show week but the show really is coming together. I have created so many special bonds through this show and I cherish each and every one of them. I now can't wait to get back on the stage and I am sure I will be sharing the experience of show week on my blog however I will also be uploading many stories too, so make sure you are following my instagram!

★ Read my favourite books of 2019
I guess this may be a littke spoiler to my 'Reading Round Up' post that will be uploaded this weekend but during August I read a book that is 100% my favourite read of 2019. I honestly can't believe how much I love this book. I felt so immersed into the story and I struggled to put it down! I won't say what book it is but if you want to know, you will have to read my 'Reading Round Up' post this weekend.

★ Going into my third month of my not-so-new job
I still can't believe I have a full time job! I really am enjoying my time (even though the early mornings are a killer). I'm really lucky to work with some great people and I am so thankful for all office experience I am getting! I know it's definitely going to be getting busier at work and I am slowly getting myself prepared for that but so far, I think I'm getting on well!

SEPTEMBER GOALS

1. Get into a gym routine - I really need to get into a routine. I have definitely slacked in the last week due to personal reasons but I really want to get into a routine to work towards my fitness goal! I want to try and go at least 3 to 4 times a week.

2. Eat healthier - This goes hand in hand with my gym routine! I really need to start eating a little healthier! I just snack way too much and I definitely drink too many coffees! I think my first goal is to cut down with the snacks and maybe swap a few coffees with a herbal tea or 2!

3. Become more active on Twitter - I really want to engage with everyone on Twitter a little more. So this is definetly someting I want to improve. Whether that's just uploading a few tweets a day or taking part in a commenting train, I want to become more active!

4. Not care about the numbers on Instagram - I am constantly looking at numbers when it comes to my Instagram! It's getting unhealthy. I obvisouly would love to hit 2K but at the same time, I get really beat up if I lose a follwer! I just want to be happy with who I have following me and not be too caught up on how many people follow me.

5. Start saving more efficiently - I am definitely living from pay check to pay check at the moment and I HATE that. I really want to start saving a little, espeicially as I have a few things planned in the coming months that I defineitly want some spending money for! It also doesn't hurt to start saving for those future big purchases too!

6. Stick to a blog schedule - I have definitely slacked with this over the last few weeks but as of this month (September) I will be uploading two posts a week! One miscellaneous posts (every Wednesday) and one bookish post (every Sunday) every week! I hope you like this way of organising my posts, I think it will give my blog a little more structure! But I definitely need to try and keep up with this schedule!

7. Devote more time to taking photos - I am SO bad at taking photos for my blog posts! It is definitely where I am my most laziness! This is something I hope to improve over the next month!

8. Read more - I really struggle to read more than two books a month and I really want to read more! I'm hoping to put some more time aside for myself so I can read a little more as there are so many books I want to read!

I hope you enjoyed this style of post! I just thought it would be a fun way to update you all on what I have been up to and what I have achieved over the last month! Have you had a busy month? or has it been a fairly relaxing month? I would love to know! Let me know in the comments below!

★ Tabitha ★

★ Movie Madness #1 ★

18 August 2019

I love watching films and TV series so I thought it would be fun to start 'Movie Madness' over here on my blog, where I'm going to share with you what films/TV series I have recently watched and my views on them! I have reviewed a few films before but I thought it would be more fun doing these types of round up posts - like I do when I have finished a couple of books. I hope you enjoy this layout and I have categorised whether I saw the film/TV series in the cinema, online or on TV!
Toy Story 4 
When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. 
Viewed: at the cinema (cineworld - member)
I feel like when it comes to this film, there is definitely a split between the people who liked it and who didn't like it. I unfortunately fall into the 'didn't like it category'. When I say I didn't like it, there were aspects that I enjoyed! I loved seeing the old characters again - especially Jessie and Buzz as they are my favourites! - and I also loved the humor in it! The animation was also brilliant, you can definitely see how far Pixar have come with their animation technology.

Unfortunately, I just wasn't a fan of the story... it felt like it should have been called 'Woody's Story' and not 'Toy Story'. I'll be honest, Woody isn't even my favourite character so I got pretty bored pretty quickly. I also found it horrendously predictable and I know it's a kids film but still... it was so predictable! I did enjoy meeting the new characters but again, I just didn't see the point of them? and that includes Forky... I would have much rather seen more from our old characters, such as Buzz. I feel like I have ranted too much about this film... I love the Toy Story films, it's just a shame that this one didn't hit the mark for me and I generally believe they should have left it at 3 as the send off was far better.
RATING: ♥♥.5/5

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Five years after the events of Mamma Mia! (2008), Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother's past. 
Viewed: on Sky Cinema 
When this film came out in the cinema back in summer 2018, I never got round to seeing it! Which I was gutted about because I love 'Mamma Mia!' So cheesy and full of great tunes to sing a long too.When I saw that 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' was going to be on, I just knew I had to watch it. I sat down with my sister, with a bag a popcorn and fully immersed myself into the film. When I first started watching it I was surprised to see that Meryl Streep wasn't going to be in it! I honestly had no idea so was left pretty shocked but I was very pleased with how Lily James played young Donna. You could really see that she looked at how Meryl played Donna and pulled that into her acting.

I loved the music they put into this film too as I was worried they what songs they would include seeing as so many of the iconic ABBA songs are used in the original film but I was pleasantly surprised. I found the story line really interesting and it was fun to see all the oldies, young! and see how their story line played out! I did enjoy this film, not as much as the original but I think for a sequel it did fairly well! It's made me want to see the musical now!
RATING: ♥♥♥/5

Stranger Things: S3
Summer brings new jobs and budding romance. But the mood shifts when  Dustin's radio picks up a Russian broadcast, and Will senses something is wrong. 
Viewed: on Netflix UK (online)
I don't know how I can put into words how much I love Stranger Things. I have been a fan ever since it was this small little series that no one knew about a few years ago! I just fell in love with it as soon as I started it. This season is no different. I may even argue that this season is the best yet! I am a big 80s fan - constantly questioning why I wasn't born in the 80s - and so I adored the neon lights, the music and the fashion that was in this season! I just loved it!

However, when going into the season, I was worried where they were going to take it but I was so thrilled by the end of the season as the story line was great and it kept me hooked throughout the 8 episodes. I love the dynamic of the different friendship groups throughout the season. It was lovely to see Max and El grow closer and I LOVED seeing Dustin and Steve back together and see them band together with Robin and Erica! Honestly, I just loved all of the characters in this season! They all brought something to the table and they all made me feel many different emotions throughout the season - I cried non-stop for the last 20 minutes of the last episode. I don't know what I am going to do whilst waiting for the final season! It's definitely going to be a big one!
RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

Secret Obsession
When Jennifer wakes up with amnesia after a traumatic attack, her doting husband cares for her. But she soon realises the danger is far from over. 
Viewed: on Netflix UK (online)
How I wish I didn't see the trailer for this film before watching it! To be honest, the only real reason I wanted to watch this film was because Brenda Song - past Disney Channel star - was starring in it. I didn't have massive high hopes going into the film as I find Netflix films can really be hit or miss but I just fancied watching a thriller film one evening so popped this on. However, like I said the trailer really did ruin this for me. It was so incredibly predictable and hardly thrilling at all as you just knew what was going to happen!

I can't even say the acting saved this film for me because it was really pants. Some of the characters decisions were just plain stupid and I just couldn't get on board with the story. It's a real shame because this film idea had such promise but it was ruined with how predictable it was. Brenda was fairly strong in her acting up until the end *spoiler alert* when her character is getting pinned to the bed and Russel ties her foot to the bed railing she just comes across a little pathetic? and she doesn't seem to make much effort to escape him... yet only 5 minutes later she's able to put all her energy towards pulling her (healing ankle) out of the restraint... I'm sorry if that sounds mean, but I just didn't think the acting was very convincing. This film left me feeling flat and not thrilled at all. I personally wouldn't recommend watching this if you looking for a thrilling thriller.
RATING: ♥/5
I did not mean to end my first Movie Madness post on such a damper of a review! My apologies! But I guess you can't help with how you feel. Anyway, I did watch Stranger Things and damn, I loved that, so it wasn't all negative. I really hope you enjoyed this set up! I'm definitely going to try and upload this post more regularly when I have recently watched any new films or series! I'm desperate to go and see the new Quetin Tarantino film, so I am sure I'll write a review on that soon!

Have you seen any of the films/TV series I mentioned in this post? or are they films/TV series you plan to watch soon? Let me know in the comments below!

★ Tabitha ★

★ Movie Madness #1 ★

18 August 2019

I love watching films and TV series so I thought it would be fun to start 'Movie Madness' over here on my blog, where I'm going to share with you what films/TV series I have recently watched and my views on them! I have reviewed a few films before but I thought it would be more fun doing these types of round up posts - like I do when I have finished a couple of books. I hope you enjoy this layout and I have categorised whether I saw the film/TV series in the cinema, online or on TV!
Toy Story 4 
When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. 
Viewed: at the cinema (cineworld - member)
I feel like when it comes to this film, there is definitely a split between the people who liked it and who didn't like it. I unfortunately fall into the 'didn't like it category'. When I say I didn't like it, there were aspects that I enjoyed! I loved seeing the old characters again - especially Jessie and Buzz as they are my favourites! - and I also loved the humor in it! The animation was also brilliant, you can definitely see how far Pixar have come with their animation technology.

Unfortunately, I just wasn't a fan of the story... it felt like it should have been called 'Woody's Story' and not 'Toy Story'. I'll be honest, Woody isn't even my favourite character so I got pretty bored pretty quickly. I also found it horrendously predictable and I know it's a kids film but still... it was so predictable! I did enjoy meeting the new characters but again, I just didn't see the point of them? and that includes Forky... I would have much rather seen more from our old characters, such as Buzz. I feel like I have ranted too much about this film... I love the Toy Story films, it's just a shame that this one didn't hit the mark for me and I generally believe they should have left it at 3 as the send off was far better.
RATING: ♥♥.5/5

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Five years after the events of Mamma Mia! (2008), Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother's past. 
Viewed: on Sky Cinema 
When this film came out in the cinema back in summer 2018, I never got round to seeing it! Which I was gutted about because I love 'Mamma Mia!' So cheesy and full of great tunes to sing a long too.When I saw that 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' was going to be on, I just knew I had to watch it. I sat down with my sister, with a bag a popcorn and fully immersed myself into the film. When I first started watching it I was surprised to see that Meryl Streep wasn't going to be in it! I honestly had no idea so was left pretty shocked but I was very pleased with how Lily James played young Donna. You could really see that she looked at how Meryl played Donna and pulled that into her acting.

I loved the music they put into this film too as I was worried they what songs they would include seeing as so many of the iconic ABBA songs are used in the original film but I was pleasantly surprised. I found the story line really interesting and it was fun to see all the oldies, young! and see how their story line played out! I did enjoy this film, not as much as the original but I think for a sequel it did fairly well! It's made me want to see the musical now!
RATING: ♥♥♥/5

Stranger Things: S3
Summer brings new jobs and budding romance. But the mood shifts when  Dustin's radio picks up a Russian broadcast, and Will senses something is wrong. 
Viewed: on Netflix UK (online)
I don't know how I can put into words how much I love Stranger Things. I have been a fan ever since it was this small little series that no one knew about a few years ago! I just fell in love with it as soon as I started it. This season is no different. I may even argue that this season is the best yet! I am a big 80s fan - constantly questioning why I wasn't born in the 80s - and so I adored the neon lights, the music and the fashion that was in this season! I just loved it!

However, when going into the season, I was worried where they were going to take it but I was so thrilled by the end of the season as the story line was great and it kept me hooked throughout the 8 episodes. I love the dynamic of the different friendship groups throughout the season. It was lovely to see Max and El grow closer and I LOVED seeing Dustin and Steve back together and see them band together with Robin and Erica! Honestly, I just loved all of the characters in this season! They all brought something to the table and they all made me feel many different emotions throughout the season - I cried non-stop for the last 20 minutes of the last episode. I don't know what I am going to do whilst waiting for the final season! It's definitely going to be a big one!
RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

Secret Obsession
When Jennifer wakes up with amnesia after a traumatic attack, her doting husband cares for her. But she soon realises the danger is far from over. 
Viewed: on Netflix UK (online)
How I wish I didn't see the trailer for this film before watching it! To be honest, the only real reason I wanted to watch this film was because Brenda Song - past Disney Channel star - was starring in it. I didn't have massive high hopes going into the film as I find Netflix films can really be hit or miss but I just fancied watching a thriller film one evening so popped this on. However, like I said the trailer really did ruin this for me. It was so incredibly predictable and hardly thrilling at all as you just knew what was going to happen!

I can't even say the acting saved this film for me because it was really pants. Some of the characters decisions were just plain stupid and I just couldn't get on board with the story. It's a real shame because this film idea had such promise but it was ruined with how predictable it was. Brenda was fairly strong in her acting up until the end *spoiler alert* when her character is getting pinned to the bed and Russel ties her foot to the bed railing she just comes across a little pathetic? and she doesn't seem to make much effort to escape him... yet only 5 minutes later she's able to put all her energy towards pulling her (healing ankle) out of the restraint... I'm sorry if that sounds mean, but I just didn't think the acting was very convincing. This film left me feeling flat and not thrilled at all. I personally wouldn't recommend watching this if you looking for a thrilling thriller.
RATING: ♥/5
I did not mean to end my first Movie Madness post on such a damper of a review! My apologies! But I guess you can't help with how you feel. Anyway, I did watch Stranger Things and damn, I loved that, so it wasn't all negative. I really hope you enjoyed this set up! I'm definitely going to try and upload this post more regularly when I have recently watched any new films or series! I'm desperate to go and see the new Quetin Tarantino film, so I am sure I'll write a review on that soon!

Have you seen any of the films/TV series I mentioned in this post? or are they films/TV series you plan to watch soon? Let me know in the comments below!

★ Tabitha ★