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Happy October!

How is it the 20th already this month has gone so quickly! I hope you have the best day and have been enjoying Blogtober so far!

Last weekend, I spent the weekend with my gorgeous cousin and we had our spooky Halloween weekend a week early, so we went to the pumpkin patch and I left with far too many pumpkins but it was so so much fun I thought I would share it with you. We took a trip to Lower Ladysden Farm – Goudhurst, Tunbridge Wells and it was incredible.

This was my first time going to a Pumpkin Patch and in all honesty I felt like a kid in a candy shop, I was way too happy running around checking out all the different pumpkins and the incredibly cute little displays.

Like this little shed filled with Pumpins, it is like the display case of autumnal dreams.

The little scarecrow that literally filled my heart with the most joy because who does not love the cutest little scarecrow.

Frankenstein made of Hay…. I kinda wanted him as a decoration myself if I was being honest.

Close up of my favourite little scarecrow.

Our Pumpkins, Yeah we may have gone overboard but look at the baby ones they were sooo cute.

We then found a spider made of hay which also kinda looked like the batman logo so obviously we had to take a picture of this one.

Have you been to a Pumpkin Patch this year? What did you think?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy Blogtober!

I hope you are all having a lovely October so far and are fully embracing Autumn and the spooky season. Today we have a very special guest post that I have been so excited to share with you but I thought I would add it to blogtober as it fits very well with the content. I just want to say a massive thank you to the wonderful Corrine Pritchett for organising this guest post between Kelle Z. Riley. Who also deserves a massive thank you for this! Also get excited because we have a book review of Kelle’s Read my lips real soon!

Let’s get into the blog post!

I’d be hard pressed to pick a favourite season, as there is something in each to love. Autumn, however, is extra full of goodies. Not only does it bring brilliant colors and a welcome nip in the air (to those of us in the right climate, of course), but it is also the gateway to holidays and celebrations. Autumn is filled with promise and nostalgia. Autumn holds the scent of pencil shavings from the back-to-school says of my youth, the aroma of chili bubbling on the stovetop, and the fragrance of pumpkin-spiced everything.

Autumn also heralds a time of rest. A time when nature sleeps, reenergizing herself for the chaos that will return in spring. Seeds lie dormant, bears hibernate, and humans head inside as early darkness falls. We feel less inclined to do things and more inclined to enjoy what we have. There isn’t much better than cuddling under a light blanket, sipping hot cocoa, and indulging in a new novel.

As I share memories of Autumn with you, I am reminded that the temperatures and tastes of the season are incorporated throughout my books. Heroines who relocate to the Caribbean Kingdom of my creation enjoy visits to the American Midwest yet find the autumn chill leaves them longing to return to their new homes. Conversely, the heroine born in the islands feels energized by the cooler temperatures. Love can turn anyplace into a home. Even though book one of the Riches & Royals series (Read My Lips) take place in spring, a nip is still in the air, and the taste of hot cocoa makes more than one appearance. Of course, how could it not, given that my hero is a chocolatier?

Speaking of hunky men and yummy treats, another reason to love the cooler seasons is that special time between Thanksgiving and Christmas (or other year end celebrations). It’s the time when I want to reach out to my friends and neighbors to give them a gift from my hands, and my heart. How do hunky men figure in, you ask? Well, my husband and personal hunk is a professional baker. Together we have a tradition of baking holiday cookies to package and send to friends along with our seasonal greetings. One of my favorite photos is Tom mixing cookie dough with his hands, his wedding ring visible as he kneads. We usually create half a dozen or more varieties, playing with flavors, textures, and other aspects of the bake. (I am a chemist in real life and have zero fear when it comes to modifying a recipe.) My favorite creation is the butter pecan shortbread cookie. As my autumn gift to All Things Gee, I’ll share our recipe.

So, bake a batch, grab a cup of cocoa, curl up with your blanket, and dive into a new book. After all, it’s that time of year!

Butter Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ C all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tbs brown sugar
  • ½ C chopped pecans
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Granulated white sugar (for decoration)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F
  • Cut butter, sugar and flour together.
  • Add pecans and vanilla. Knead till smooth.
  • Cover and chill for 1 hr.
  • Roll chilled dough till ½” thick
  • Cut into small strips or rounds with knife or cookie cutter
  • Dip cookies into granulated sugar (front and back) and place 1” apart on parchment lined cookie sheet. 
  • Prick each with a fork.
  • Bake until just slightly brown (~ 12 min., depending on oven)

How amazing do these cookies sound! Cannot wait to give these a go myself! What are your favourite autumn recipes?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy October!

With Halloween just around the corner, and it being officially the second week of Blogtober, I thought I would share with you some of my favourite things to do when trying to create a spooky cozy night in. Especially since I have been working from home, having the opportunities for a cosy night in has been a great way to seperate home and work.

Candles:

Now everyone knows I love a good candle and especially this time of the year. In all honesty, most of the candles I pick up this time of year are pumpkin scented. Any excuse to have my room smell like autumn and pumpkins is a good excuse to me.  Lighting a few candles just makes everything feel that little more cosy and homey.

Blankets:

It turns out I actually own one too many blankets but you can’t go wrong with a good movie and cosying up in a blanket. I just feel they are a necessity. This year I picked up a burnt orange blanket because I decided that it would have to be on theme.

Drinks and snacks:

As it is Autumn and it is getting a little colder it is about the right time to have a hot chocolate stash in the kitchen. So for a cosy night in I tend to turn to a hot chocolate or a cup of tea. However we also know how much I love my tea and this year Bird and Blend Tea Co have had some of the best flavours ever for this time of year.

Snacks wise I like to keep it simple with popcorn or chip sticks (salt and vinegar flavoured crisps)

Entertainment:

As you all know I am a book geek so any excuse to curl up in a ball and read a good book is always a favourite. At the moment I am currently reading Dracula (well rereading). If I am not in the mood to read a good film is normally my next go-to. Since it is October you best believe that I will be watching as many childhood classic Halloween films as I can fit in during October. A go-to for me is normally Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus or Practical Magic.

What are your favourite things to do on a spooky cozy night in?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

HAPPY OCTOBER!!!

Can you believe it has been almost two weeks of Blogtober already because honestly, I cannot even believe it myself. I have to mention I didn’t realise how much preparation that has to take place to start doing Blogtober properly so that means I really need to plan out my Blogmas posts because I can’t miss out on that opportunity. I hope you are having the most wonderful October so far and are enjoying the autumnal season. I cannot believe it is the 12th of October already it feels like yesterday I was writing up the content to go up this Autumn!

I thought that I would keep today’s post really simple and create a list of 5 books that I will be adding to my October TBR!!! Which I have to be honest with you is a rather large list.

What Book is top of your TBR for October?

Love Always,

Gee xo

Happy October!

I hope you have been enjoying blogtober so far. I cannot wait to share the rest of blogtober!

Today’s post is some of my favourite book quotes about Autumn:

The Anne of Green Gables as you are all probably aware is one of my all time favourite books and one of the first books my dad bought me so obviously one of the quotes would be from this one.

How beautiful is this quote, I mean what a beautiful way to describe fallen leaves.

This quote more than it would normally made the cut this year as it’s exactly what happened in my life Autumn hit and at the same time my life started all over again with a move and a new job. So this quote felt perfect.

Let’s be real we all knew Breakfast at Tiffany’s would be included here but tell me its not beautiful.

And you probably are not surprised that potter is here either, but what can I say?

What are your favourite Autumn quotes?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy October!

If you have been keeping up with All Things Gee the last couple weeks you will know that I have moved. It seemed fitting that for one of the posts this Blogtober we did a little research into the History of Harwich! (The spooky stuff only). After a lot of research it was incredibly interesting to learn about the connections to Witchcraft and other stories linked to Harwich!

A Brief History of Harwich:

Where is Harwich?

Harwich is a town in Essex, England and one of the Haven ports, located on the coast with the North Sea to the east. It is in the Tendring district. 

History of Harwich- Witchcraft:

It is said that between (1601-1638) in Harwich there were Witch Trials & Capital Punishment from The Three Cups. It has been said that Twenty Seven women from Harwich were trialed for Witchcraft and were hanged. (Now to be clear this is just a brief history and I am aware that these trials were horrific) but there is something to be said for educating yourself in a subject you are interested in.

The punishments took place in a mansion house called The Three Cups (the site was at 64 Church Street, and is now in residential use). Which if you know me you will know that this is super interesting.

Image not mine

‘Haunted’ locations in and around Harwich:

The Thorn, in Mistley:

This one I found incredibly interesting due to its links to the Witch Trials which in a couple posts time you will learn is something I find interesting. The Thorn hotel and restaurant is said to stand at the site of an older but that the self proclaimed Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins tried and sadly condemned to death a large number of local women that had been accused of Witchcraft.

More than 300 women are believed to have been executed for witchcraft between 1644 and 1646, a large number of whom would have done so at the hands of Mistley’s infamous self-proclaimed Witchfinder general Matthew Hopkins.

I can hear you ask how is this a ghost story… well let me tell you… according to a large number of sources the ghost of Hopkins can be seen at this location.

Is there any history around Witchcraft where you live? Let me know in the comments.

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy October!

Welcome to Day 9 of Blogtober, that’s right day 9! How have we already almost had a week of Blogtober! It’s crazy! I hope you guys are enjoying it. Today’s post is a round up of some of my favourite Halloween memories.

The thing about halloween is that I was never a massive fan of Halloween when I was younger (which if you know me know seems a little insane). I used to find the spookiness way too much to handle. These days it is one of my favourite times of the year and I have to embrace my spookiness.

Halloween became more of a thing for me the year before I started uni and then just continued to grow into one of my favourite seasons due to some of the best people in my life. I thought this Blogtober I would share with you some of my favourite memories of Halloween.

One of my favourite memories of Halloween has to be decorating the house with my best friend and spending forever carving pumpkins. This year I have a house to decorate by myself but like every year there will be a tribute to one of my favourite people with making sure that the witch we have that matches is hung up before anything else.

Obviously my favourite pumpkin was my Nightmare Before Christmas one, it took forever but I was super proud of this one.

This photo was taken a couple years ago in Covent Garden on one of my favourite days ever, we were getting ready to go and see Waitress the musical and had decided to stop in Covent Garden for some afternoon tea and they had the most beautiful Cinderella themed pumpkin display, this was made that much more magical by being with my fellow Halloween loving best friend.

When I started writing about my favourite halloween memories I didn’t think that this would be the way it went but it allowed me to reflect on somethings so here we go. I never used to like Halloween but looking back on it I think the reason Halloween was never a favourite season for me is because I never had any good memories attached to it and then I met my best friend who in all honesty change the way I looked at several different aspects of life.

So it is true that all of my favourite memories of Halloween are attached to some of the greatest people in my life and I could not be any more grateful for having the most supportive and uplifting friends. It turns out that some family are those that you chose to be family. These two are family that I refuse to lose ever.

What are your favourite Halloween memories?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy Blogtober!

We are just over a week into Blogtober! How quickly is it going! I hope you are all well safe and enjoying the beginning of spooky season. Today I thought I would do something a little different and share with you a list of musicals both stage and film which I just think would make the best addition to getting into the spooky season spirit. I loved writing this post.

Phantom of the opera:

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

Now this is up there with one of the best shows I have ever seen and it deserves a post all of its own. Therefore it kicks of this post.

BeetleJuice:

After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.

Both the movie and musical deserved a mention as a family classic.

Rocky Horror:

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky”

Does anything else really need to be said.

Little Shop of Horrors:

Meek flower shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) pines for co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene). During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey’s boyfriend, Orin (Steve Martin), to the plant after Orin’s accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.

An utter classic that just has to be included. I was gutted I missed Matt Willis do this in the drive through musicals but it is still a slightly spooky classic.

Sweeney Todd:

Evil Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) lusts for the beautiful wife of a London barber (Johnny Depp) and transports him to Australia for a crime he did not commit. Returning after 15 years and calling himself Sweeney Todd, the now-mad man vows revenge, applying his razor to unlucky customers and shuttling the bodies down to Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), who uses them in her meat-pie shop. Though many fall to his blade, he will not be satisfied until he slits Turpin’s throat.

One of my favourite movies with some of my favourite cast members. Therefore you knew that it was going to be included. It also stars Helena Bonham Carter who in all honesty we know I am a little obsessed with so it would be wrong not to include this one.

Wicked:

A vivid reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz’s most famous (or infamous) characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good Witch. The show follows green-skinned star Elphaba from birth to college and through the life-changing events which eventually label her “wicked,” introducing spoiled rich girl Glinda, local prince and heartthrob Fiyero and even the Wizard of Oz himself, a troubled man very unlike the one you may remember. As Elphaba, a passionate political activist if there ever was one, fights injustice and seeks to undo the mistakes of the past, dark secrets and personal tragedies shape the history of Oz, paying homage to the classic Wizard of Oz story while simultaneously changing fans’ understanding of it forever. A cautionary tale about love, friendship and trust, Wicked effortlessly reveals that there are indeed two sides to every story.

If you know me you know that Wicked is one of my favourite musicals and therefore we all knew that it would be included in the list.

What is your favourite ‘spooky’ musical?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy Blogtober!

I hope you are all enjoying the Blogtober content so far this October! We are stepping away a little from the ‘halloween’ themed content today as it is National Poetry Day and I thought it would a good way to celebrate that today with a little post based on the event.

I thought as a way to celebrate the National Poetry Day whilst keeping on theme of Blogtober I would share with you my favourite poems about about Autumn/Fall and my favourite Halloween (spooky) Poem. At the end as well I tell you about a little company I am sure you have heard of before, if you like poetry why not get some sent to your door and help small businesses and artists at the same time but for now here is my favourite poems.

My Favourite Autumn/fall poem is:

This one was a tough one because I was stuck between to two but here we are!

My Favourite Halloween poem is:

Poems By Post:

Poems By Post if you have been around for a little while you will of heard of them before,

Poems By Post is a subscription service which was created by a street poet called Alex during the first lockdown. This platform has been created to support the arts, small business and also has donated to several different charities. The platform was created to give a voice to the arts and to small business, whilst really trying to champion their voices.

Changing the world with one poem at at time.

Poems By Post is a subscription service which allows you to get a poem in the post every month (yep, it does what it says on the tin). Each month the poet changes and alongside the poet there is a hugely talented artist, who creates art work inspired by the poem.

Not only are you receiving a poem in the post you are helping to support so many small businesses and creative minds.

I hope you all get a chance to stop and read some poems on National Poetry Day! I really should start reading more poetry but I always seem to run to a fictional novel rather than poetry! Maybe that will be my goal for this month!

What is your favourite piece of poetry or your favourite poet?

Love Always,

Gee xo

Happy October!

I hope you are all having a lovely October so far and have been enjoying the Blogtober content. Today’s post is one I was a little unsure of but if you know me well you will know that I adore changing my hair colour but I have not done so for a little while as I wanted to give my hair a break. However as we were entering the beginning of Autumn I felt the need to change my hair colour up again. So today’s post is going to be my Autumn hair transformation.

Before:

This colour is very much a grown out version of many different colours

During:

By this point well it was safe to say I was nervous about how it would turn out… but 25/30 minutes later it was time to wash it out and have it cut and styled.

After:

Not only did I love the red and the colour it turned out but also I am obsessed with the sneaky second colour we added underneath.

I am so in love with how it turned out…. Yet another massive thank you to Zara at Kingsway Hair and Beauty xoxo

What is your go to hair style/colour for autumn winter?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy October!

I hope you have been enjoying Blogtober and the start of spooky season as much as I have. Nothing quite like embracing your inner love for spooky season.

I thought for blogtober day 5 I would share with you some of my favourite films for fall and halloween. I did this last year but specifically with halloween movies. This year I thought I would include some of my favourite fall films as well and mix it up.

Practical Magic:

You’ve got mail:

BeetleJuice:

Hocus Pocus:

Edward Scissorhands:

Rocky Horror:

Sweeney Todd:

Halloweentown

Labyrinth:

The Nightmare Before Christmas:

What are your favourite films to watch?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy October my darlings.

I hope you are enjoying blogtober so far. I thought it would be a good idea to have a autumnal tag again this year and it gives you guys an opportunity to get to know me a little better at the same time. The questions are taken from multiple different autumnal/fall tags so I do not take any credit for any of the questions. It is just a bit of fun.

THE TAG:

Favourite Candle Scent?

My favourite Candle Scent changes all year round but for Autumn it has to be anything Pumpkin Spice Scented. It just feels my heart with such warmth.

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?

I will have to go all of the above. I love all of them but I have a great love for tea at the moment. Especially different flavoured teas.

What is the best fall memory you have?

My best fall memory is walking through Richmond park just as the leaves changing. Also Halloween my first year of uni with some of the best people in the world has to be up there.

Best fragrance for fall?

I tend to go with fragrances that smell a little spicy (like christmas spices) rather than floral and sweet this time of the year.

Favorite Thanksgiving food?

We do not celebrate Thanksgiving really in the UK. However we might attempt a friendsgiving this year.

What is Autumn weather like where you live?

I live in the UK so it is almost chilly, windy and often raining.

Football games or jumping in a pile of leaves?

Jumping in a pile of leaves of course! I have not really done this since I was a child, but it is something that I see so many smiles on the little children’s faces when they are playing in the leaves. I am also the least sporty person in the world.

Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

I mean it is a little over hyped but it does not stop the fact I love it so much! There is something about seeing the advertisements for Pumpkin Spice which just makes me so excited for fall.

Favourite fall TV show?

I can’t choose between Gossip Girl or Gilmore Girls. Maybe both! However, normally this time of year I try and watch as many Halloween/fall movies as possible.

What song really gets you into the fall spirit?

I put a spell on you hocus pocus or the coconut song from practical magic, the midnight margaritas song.

What do you want to be for Halloween?

Most Halloweens, I tend to stick to being a Witch but you never know we might change it up.

Hats or scarves?

Both but I tend to wear scarves more.

What is you #1 favorite thing about fall?

Spooky season as a whole. But the changing colours on the leaves.

I Tag:

Kerry-Ann

Sarah

Lindsey Brogan

Kerri

Hannah

Ellie:

I hope you enjoyed the tag! What is your go to scent for Autumn?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy Blogtober!

I hope you are all having a wonderful October so far. I thought that it would be fun to share with you guys what some of my bucket list things are for this fall.

We all know that I am a huge fan of festivities this time of year.

Fall/Halloween Bucket List:

There will be a few posts about all of these things over Blogtober. I am most looking forward to having the Halloween playlist on repeat. I say this like thats not what I am doing now whilst writing this.

Friendsgiving is something that I have always loved the sound of and this year I will be making this happen. I also love making Hot Apple cider but I tend to go for a hot apple juice.

What is on your bucket list for Fall/Halloween this year?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy October!

I hope you are all having a wonderful October so far! I know things are a little different this spooky season! However, this does me that we have had more time for reading and new hobbies! Just like last years blogtober I thought I would share with you some of my favourite books to read within the spooky season!

Dracula:

Dracula is an all time favourite and it is one of the best books for around Halloween! Dracula just adds to my obsession with Vampires but I am so excited now that I know that parts of this book were inspired by a book I mention a little later on. However Dracula is a classic!

Frankenstein:

Again it is no surprise but it is one that deserves all the credit! This is a family favourite that had to be mentioned but again I am so excited now that I know that parts of this book were inspired by a book I mention a little later on. Frankenstein is the a great story of how a little kindness can have the biggest impact.

The Castle Of Otranto:

Horace Walpole is responsible for writing this master piece of a first ever gothic novel. He wrote this novel after a dream he had after he spent the evening reading in the library of Strawberry Hill House. The story behind the inspiration for this story is almost as good as the story itself. I have a little bit of an obsession for Strawberry Hill House and the descriptions given by Horace Walpole just does the Castle of Otranto so much justice but all I think of is the simplistic beauty of Strawberry Hill house and the reasonings behind some of his design choices.

The Witches:

As a kid I used to love reading Roald Dahl books and one of my favourites was The Witches. It was only right to include it in my list of favourite books. Did you ever find yourself being reminded of the list of things that would tell you that someone was a witch…just me who checked for gloves… probably.

Practical Magic:

Now it was not until a couple of years ago that I actually watched the film and even less time before I read the book. But we all know that I just had to include this one on my list. Not only is is one of my favourite stories it has some of my all time favourite quotes and is just such a feel good book to read.

What is your favourite halloween book?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy October!!

Welcome to the Spooky Season! It is officially day one of Blogtober and I cannot tell you just how excited I am to share with you the spooky season content. Today’s post is all about my favourite things about fall! I have officially finished my masters now so it is time for a new adventure!However it is my favourite time of the year and I have loved how prepared for Blogtober I have made myself this year! So I am so excited for you to see what is upcoming! I thought today we would revisit a post from last years Blogtober and let you know some of my favourite things about Fall/Halloween.

Fall colours:

You know when fall is coming from the change in colour and the chill that fills the air but we know that just means time for wooly hats and scarfs. Festivities can begin.

The leaves change, and suddenly everything looks like it could go on Instagram.

I love when everything starts to go all orange coloured and reds and browns.

Pumpkin Spice:

Everything! This year I feel Pumpkin Spice Lattes were released late last year.

However I have to admit that this was solved by Pret a Manager who had Pumpkin Spice from the beginning of September! So I am very excited to see what is to come this year. I will not be drinking anything else through October.

Sweater Weather:

*Insert the song by The Neighbourhood here*

The fact that I can wear fluffy jumpers again because who doesn’t love being cosy. And as much as I love the sunshine and being in flowy dresses, I also can not help but love it when it’s time for tights and knitted dresses and boots. It also means I can bring out my witchy and pumpkin themed T-shirts… I am not sorry. On the hunt for a Vampire one this year.

Halloween:

Any excuse to have a get together with friends and family and dress up and have the best time ever sounds great to me.

Last years Halloween was certainly a little different but I will be back this year celebrating in full force.

We are often known for going as Witches or Vampires but you never know will happen this year. Maybe we might just rock the boat.

Fall Decorations:

Now if you have been here for the last couple of years you will know that I love me any opportunity to decorate and Fall/Halloween is no exception.

There will be a post going up in a couple days with my fall decorations for this year but you can be almost certain that the majority of them have come from Homesense.

Decorating for Fall/Halloween is most certainly some of my favourite things to do in fall.

Autumn Scented Candles:

Let’s be real autumn scented candles are almost as iconic as Christmas Candles.

For me as soon as the Pumpkin Spiced Candles come out then you best believe I have bought 12 of them.

Halloween Films:

Any excuse to watch a good Halloween film daily which you think would be an over-exaggeration but I can promise you from the 1st of October we will be watching a Halloween film every night. (Who am I kidding I have watched Practical Magic several times already.)

There is a post coming up on the 3rd of October with a countdown of my top 10 fall/halloween movies!

Blogtober:

Blogtober is something that I love doing as it gives me the motivation to get a little creative and pushes me to upload.

Despite the fact it is slightly stressful it is great fun!

What are some of your favourite things about fall?

Also if you let me know if you guys are participating in Blogtober I would love to read your posts.

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves.“- Virginia Woolfe

Happy September!

Hope you are having a wonderful September so far. We are back with another guest post… as summer comes to end I thought it would be time to discuss ways to make your staycation better.


Staycation plans are on the rise as travellers are experiencing issues with international travel. The list of green, amber and red destinations is still evolving over time. But the truth is that even if you’re fully vaccinated, risks and hassles remain depending on your destinations. With a rapidly changing situation, it could be safe to spend a week abroad, but you might have to quarantine or pay for additional tests on the way back. Who knows how fast covid restrictions are moving? We’ve been told that the back-to-school time will put kids and teachers at increased risk in the UK. But now picture the same situation in a French, Italian or Spanish tourist town. Will kids, parents and teachers be equally at risk? Yes. But you are also in the middle of it and could catch a new variant of the coronavirus. The bottom line: We’re still being cautious about travelling

However, if you’ve missed the chance to plan your dream beach holiday abroad, you can still take a break from your routine with a staycation. Staycation means you are staying in the UK. The advantage is that you are more aware of the health situation and therefore in a better position to stay protected. However, if you’re an enthusiastic traveller, a staycation could sound dull. Here’s the trick to make it an exciting vacation: Pick a theme that works for you. 

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Theme 1: Relaxation

If the year has been stressful for you, why not arrange for a relaxing and pampering staycation? The best relaxing boutique hotels in the UK offer a variety of soothing and beautifying services and features. Take a close look at the room description and the photos. You want a cosy and luxurious bathroom where you can enjoy a calming bubble bath. Many spa hotels also share a list of their luxury toiletry products, including face and hair masks and scented bath salts. Bonus point if the hotel also includes a glass of bubbly to complete the bath experience! Pay close attention to the towels too. Ideally, you want quality towels that are absorbent and gentle on the skin. Luxury spa staycations prefer a trustworthy supplier such as Richard Haworth for their bed and bath textiles. While the accommodation may not mention the supplier’s name, if they boast about using the same towels as Hilton hotels, you know you’re in good hands. Ideally, your relaxing staycation should be outside busy city centres, in a countryside area where you are not disturbed by urban noises. 

Theme 2: City visit

Life in a fast-paced city can be stressful. So it can be surprising to pick a city for your staycation. However, a busy city has many entertainment opportunities and huge access to cultural events that wouldn’t exist anywhere else. If you’ve decided to spend a few days in a city, you want to pick cosy accommodation in a quiet part of town but within a short distance from meaningful venues. Some hotels also help you organise your tickets to attend concerts or theatre plays, so it’s definitely worth exploring this option. The best city accommodations are clean, roomy, and near public transport. People at the reception are knowledgeable about the local events and can recommend the best restaurant, city tour, or museum for your budget and interests. They often have special discounts for local venues! 

Theme 3: Back to nature

If you’re tired of urban landscapes, a staycation that immerses you in the middle of nature is a fantastic chance to recharge your batteries. You’ll find plenty of quirky stays in the UK, including tree houses, converted barns, etc. These back to nature stays are designed to take away the city stress. But they shouldn’t compromise on comfort. Therefore you want to ensure they are in close proximity to local amenities and eateries. Additionally, the best back to nature places have a unique selling proposition, such as included breakfast with fresh bakery and farm products, a unique view, or even being surrounded by wildlife. The quirky setting still includes access to electricity, water and heating in some ways. 

Theme 4: Sporty vacation

If you are looking for an adventurous break, a sporty staycation is the best option for you. Typically, sporty staycations allow you to engage in high endurance or high adrenaline activities, such as hiking, scuba diving, or even kayaking. Therefore, you want to pick your accommodation based on your recovery needs. In other words, a shower won’t do. Choose places with a full-sized bathtub or even access to a jacuzzi where you can relax your muscles after a long day. Hotels or BnBs offering a hearty breakfast should take priority too. You can’t manage an active day without plenty of energy! Some sporty staycations also offer discounts for sports booking or equipment rentals. 

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Theme 5: Romantic stay

It’s a holiday for you and your darling. Why not head to one of the most romantic hotels in the UK? Other-worldly Thyme in the Cotswolds is a cottagecore dream with an elegant spa. But if you prefer a unique and peaceful view, head to Fort William, where the Inverlochy Castle Hotel at the foot of Ben Nevis will take your breath away. Romantic staycations should include room for custom requests, such as asking to have fresh flowers in the room. Ideally, you want a peaceful area that is easily accessible by public transport or car. The best romantic hotels also have direct access to a restaurant on-site because nobody wants to drive to town and back. 

Theme 6: The Hermit stay

Sometimes, you just want a break from it all. A remote staycation that is only accessible by car lets you disconnect from your everyday routine. Remote accommodations are often off-the-grid, meaning you may not get full access to electricity or running water. However, the best places offer simple entertainment options, such as board games, decks of cards, or even packed bookshelves to keep you busy. Landlords often prepare a hamper basket for their guests. 

The best staycation depends entirely on your preferences. Are you someone who prefers to visit cities or to stay in a remote rural location? Are you a romantic, a fitness enthusiast, or a culture geek? Whatever takes your fancy, if you’re going to make the most of your staycation, make sure to pick the right accommodation for your personality. 

What is your favourite kind of Stay cation?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy Monday!!

I hope you had a great end to your August!! We have got so many exciting things planned for the next couple of months and I cannot wait to get back into a blogging schedule properly.

We are back with another book review (what did you really expect) but this time we are bringing spring/summer vibes with it. This review involves a love triangle and a little bit of self-love and badass woman vibes. This is a book I read literally in two days and had my housemates dying with laughter because I forgot that the back of the book mentioned the introduction of a new character a second guy and I will be honest with you I was not happy about it.

Synopsis:

ONE SUMMER IN SANTORINI

After a humiliating breakup, Sarah decides it’s time to fall back in love with her first true love—travel. She books the perfect trip to revive her humdrum heartbroken life—ten days sailing the Greek islands on a yacht.

The last thing she wants is to meet someone new, but Sarah soon finds herself flirting with the cute American, Josh, and considering something more serious with the sexy silver fox, James.

Will Sarah dive into a holiday fling, embark on a relationship, or stick to her plan – steer clear of men, continue her love affair with feta, and find her own way after all?

Ten days, two men, one boat, and one big decision.

My Review:

One summer in Santorini is a true love story not only between a love triangle of three amazing characters but the love story of a woman who is lost and not sure of what she wants to do after a pretty rough break up. I love the way Sarah the main character carries herself at all times especially when met with some unnecessary backlash from a holiday romance that could potentially be more.

I find that often you pick a book up its because you may need it in your life and for me, in a weird way this book was exactly that. It came about during a time of stress and confusion. It very much was a welcome distraction to lose myself in the novel and Sarah’s adventures of the Greek Island. Sarah spends her summer sailing from one island to the other in a boat, a nice American man on board and all the romantic possibilities along the way.

This book certainly makes you want to travel to Greece and lose yourself in the magical possibilities of the most stunning islands. Throughout this novel, you tend to grow attachments to the characters and find yourself wanting to learn more about their life stories.

I have to give you a warning though this book is left on a slight cliff hanger and I promise you it will make you want to read the next book.

Also rereading this in 2021 just makes me miss travelling.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Have you been to Greece?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy September my lovelies,

Now I know what you are thinking is it not a little early for Christmas content. (To which I say is it ever too early for christmas content).

When I received the message from the lovely …. I just knew I had to get involved and review this one. It is a little different from me this time as it is a children’s book but as someone who has 5 nephews and a Niece, I think I am qualified for this review. Also if you do not know already I am a Christmas enthusiast I love me the Christmas Period. I am pretty sure in a past life I was a Christmas Elf…

Synopsis:

It’s Christmas Eve with the hoglets.

Prickles and Primrose are excited. That is until… As they decorate the Christmas tree they discover the star for the top has shattered. Not to be defeated, the brave hoglets set out into the woods to seek a substitute star but stumble across Santa instead.

What adventure will they encounter?

AND… what about the star?

If you love Winnie the Pooh you’ll fall in love with the hoglets, Prickles and Primrose, from Briar Wood.

The Author:

A reader from the age of five, Lynette Creswell began writing at school and  with inspirations from the works of Enid Blyton and the Twilight series, eventually became an author – with a little push in the right direction. She began with a fantasy trilogy; the first of them entitled Sinners Of Magic. It was released in 2012 and received attention from film producers on both sides of the Atlantic.

One of her short stories, The Witching Hour, was made for television and narrated by the actress Julie Peasgood. Hoglet’s Christmas Magic was released a week ago and is her sixth published book. Lynette lives in Lincolnshire with her husband.

Who doesn’t love Christmas Hoglets. Does this sound like the book for you?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy September,

We are back with a belated guest post all about summer and important summer pieces. Although it is very close to autumn now you never know who is planning a last minute summer holiday… I hope you enjoy 🙂

Summer is within sight, and you know what that means? Vacation time! What better way to get in the summer spirit than by packing up your favorite clothes, taking a break from work, and visiting a new destination. It’s always good to prepare for any occasion that may come your way when traveling. Here are some critical fashion pieces that will have you looking hot on the beach this summer:

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Summer Hat

A summer hat is something you’ll want to have when traveling through hot climates. It can be used for sun protection and worn in the evenings when it’s cooling down again! A straw or paillette one will look great with your strappy dress at a fancy beach bar or restaurant.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are an essential piece of equipment for your summer wardrobe. Whether you’re sunbathing on a beach or heading to a music festival, sunglasses are the ultimate accessory when it comes to protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays while looking stylish. 

Sunglasses should fit well and should not be too tight around the face. You can try out Australian Made Sunglasses for the best protection.

Sandals

Sandals are great for summer because they are comfortable and airy. They also come in a range of different styles, so you can find some that go with all your outfits while still keeping cool in the summer heat. In addition, you can dress them up or down, depending on the occasion. 

Your Favorite Summer Shorts and Top

Summer is the season of shorts. They are perfect for summer and make you feel comfortable on a hot day. You can find all kinds of different styles, from denim cutoffs to printed palazzo pants. 

Pair them with your favorite top or tank, depending on how much skin you want to show off. Then, for those days when it’s a bit cooler, try wearing your favorite pair of shorts with the perfect crop top.

A Glass of Cocktail

Imagine a glass of cocktail in your hand; you are sitting on the beach, watching people walk by. The sun is shining brightly down upon you, and it’s not too hot or too cold anymore; just perfect.

The breeze comforts you with its calm touch that refreshes your skin after spending a whole day at the beach. Your body is relaxed, and your mind begins to wonder about all the things you can do during this summer vacation, but all that matters right now is to enjoy a glass of cocktail.

Sunscreen

There are just a few things that you need to bring with you when heading out on vacation. Many of the items on this list may seem like common sense, but it is vital to make sure you pack them as some can be easy to forget or not think about until the last minute. 

Sunscreen is one item many people either forget about or find that their sunscreen has passed its expiration date. Yet, sunscreen is an integral part of your vacation as it will protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. You should use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher to ensure maximum protection against damage and skin cancer.

In this article, there are many pieces that you can wear to complete your summer vacation wardrobe. Also, it is essential to be comfortable and look stylish. With this guide, hopefully, you will find what piece of clothing fits best with everything else.

Although Autumn is just around the corner I thought those who are taking the last minute summer trips would appreciate this one.

If you are taking a trip where to? If you are not where would you like to be going?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy Monday!

When I first read this book I was in a bit of pickle and could relate so much to this book. However coming to write and edit this review a couple of years later was an interesting experience. I still loved it however, I think I loved it more as I have a whole new view point on it. Anyway I hope you enjoy this updated review!

Synopsis:

Is hunting down every man you’ve kissed the answer to finding Mr Right?

When Evie is invited to the wedding of the guy she’d fancied throughout her teens, it’s the final straw. What’s wrong with her and why can’t she keep a man? 

In between consoling herself with ice cream and chocolate, and sobbing her heart out to her cousin Chamaine, Evie has a brainwave – and it all centres around her ‘little black book’ (well, more floral patterned notebook really) – which contains the details of every man she’s ever kissed or dated. Perhaps the cure for her disastrous love life has been nestled within its pages all along … 

My Review:

Now when I first picked up this book it was one I had picked up and put down on several occasions because it turns out the names of the main characters and everything else about the story hit a little too close to home. I finally made the decision to read this book on my journey to and from a job I was covering for a week. However this time round I read it in just one sitting.

Evie’s story starts out her story by receiving a wedding invitation from George who she describes as her first love and first real crush, she says that even though they were never a couple, the moments that they had made her believe in true love and now he’s getting married. I personally think that someone who had a major impact on your life no matter how young you were at the time warrants a little sadness when that chapter in your life closes. George to her was who she always pictured herself with but in all honesty, as the story goes on you can tell she never really believed or thought this would be the case it just offered her a sense of security and comfort. Therefore when she received the invite in the post in hit her like a ton of bricks. 

This leads to her eating her body weight in ice cream and crying about it to her cousin. (Again way to close for comfort).

Side note, cousins sometimes just end up making some of your best friends, I have had many an occasion where I felt the only person I could talk to without any judgement was my cousin and I am forever grateful for this beautiful human being. I know you will read this so thank you for always having my back and being there for me no matter how random the situation. I am lucky enough to be able to write this about two people this year one who is my cousin through blood and one well one she is my cousin through marriage (practically) and well her crazy ass is stuck with my crazy ass so god help them.

Evie then finds her little black book where she has written about every boy she has ever kissed, and her cousin tells her it may be a good way of finding out where she went wrong. She goes and visits all of the people she has ever kissed to see whether they could help her see where she was going wrong. 

Along the way, she meets Jake, the brother of a woman who lived in the house one of the guys she kissed. He was there babysitting his niece Alice. Throughout the story, he becomes of high importance as the more time she spends with him the more she finds herself not wanting to continue finding the old guys. As their relationship blossoms, she goes off to Ireland to find one of the guys and Jake, as well as her cousin, goes with her.

The last guy she speaks to turns out to be married to his partner and explain that he, in fact, was gay. This conversation hit me the hardest not because of the scenario but because they both decided to go for drinks and that led to a heartfelt conversation where he told her it was never her, he messed up and it was hard for him to open up about it but he knows that they will be good friends always. Sometimes, I think we lose the importance of friendship trying to keep up with the modern world, where everyone is trying to portray the perfect life.


After an unfortunate accident, Evie decides that her relationship with Jake although uncertain was too good to not give it an opportunity. Despite the opinions of other people for once she decided to put her happiness first and took him as her date to George’s wedding. 

It turns out that no matter what the situation, everything happens for a reason, I do not want to spoil the end of the book but let me just say it was a tearful ending. Happiness and sadness all at once. 

Evie’s Little Black Book is a brilliant romance novel that you can’t help but read cover to cover. I highly recommend this to any hopeless romantics and those who maybe have a situation they can not find closure in. I promise you this book will help you realise your worth. 

The thing is sometimes you lose people in your life that you will come to understand that they were probably a lesson for you to learn and should firmly stay in the past.

Have you read this book yet? Have you got any situations like Evie’s you want closure on? Let me know in the comments.

Love Always,

Gee xo

Happy Friday!

I hope you are having a great Friday! When I first posted this review I had now officially finished my second year of university! Now updating it I am almost finished my Masters degree and I am now also working full time. However I thought it would be a good time to update this review and throw some more love to one of my favourite musicals.

A review of Wicked the musical… A small disclaimer I love this musical and slightly bias towards it because of the emotional connection I have to this musical.

Synopsis:

A vivid reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz’s most famous (or infamous) characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good Witch. The show follows green-skinned star Elphaba from birth to college and through the life-changing events which eventually label her “wicked,” introducing spoiled rich girl Glinda, local prince and heartthrob Fiyero and even the Wizard of Oz himself, a troubled man very unlike the one you may remember. As Elphaba, a passionate political activist if there ever was one, fights injustice and seeks to undo the mistakes of the past, dark secrets and personal tragedies shape the history of Oz, paying homage to the classic Wizard of Oz story while simultaneously changing fans’ understanding of it forever. A cautionary tale about love, friendship and trust, Wicked effortlessly reveals that there are indeed two sides to every story

My Review:

I was first introduced to this musical maybe 10/11 years ago when a family friend told us he had been to see it for the first time and he loved it. He then procceded to see it 10 more times before he sadly passed away.  Around 4 years after he passed away I finally got to see this musical and I fell in love with it on a whole new level.  So much so I went as Elphaba for Halloween in October (I regret nothing.)

What is Wicked about well… it is a back story to the wicked witch of the west. Hence the title Wicked but let me just clarify something or at least in my opinion. ELPHABA IS NOT WICKED! She is just misunderstood. Wicked tells the story of the unlikely budding friendship between Elphaba and Glinda one who is seen as wicked and an outcast because she is green and the other who is loved and adored by everyone and is known for being good and popular.

It also shows a romance triangle between Elphaba, Glinda and Fiyero but it also shows that you expect the unexpected. Fiyero saw that Elphaba wasn’t evil, in fact, she loves unconditionally and does not judge someone by how they look. The fact she tried to stick up for what she believes in throughout the whole musical is inspiring.

Not only do I think that Wicked has one of the most talented casts I have seen on the west end but I also think it is one of the most clever musicals. It promotes the saying never judge a book by its cover, those met Elphaba immediately brand her as evil when actually if you dig a little deeper, she had a challenging childhood but yet still has such as strong will power to stick up for the things she believes in. I think we could all use a little bit of Elphaba.

I will always recommend Wicked to people as a theatre show that is a must-see, London’s west end is a magical place where you can get lost in a world of imagination. Theatre shows give you the opportunity to lose yourself in a world of magic and creativity. Theatre shows just like books are inspiring, mesmerising and something I truly believe everyone should experience once. That being said it is on my bucket list to go and see Wicked on Broadway.

I think it is about time we all tried Defying Gravity and took control of our lives

If you have seen Wicked? Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy September!

How is it September already! This year is just flying by. With Autumn coming round quicker than I thought, I will be taking a little break over September from posting to get ready for one of my favourite times of the year! Obviously I am talking about Blogtober! Now do not worry there will be content still coming your way but it has been prewritten. I hope you all have the best September and I cannot wait to be back with content for Blogtober!

I thought I would use today’s post as a little bit of a life update and chatty post… we have not had a good old catch up in a while.

Things happening this September:

  • A Month within my new job
  • Moving house
  • New Content coming to All Things Gee
  • Autumn Begins (Someone hand me a Pumpkin Spiced Latte).

New Beginnings:

You see the thing with new beginnings is that the idea of starting all over again or stepping outside of your comfort-zone is something that the majority of us find terrifying.

However, just like the seasons change can often bring in the best things in life. As September begins I myself am about to go out on a new adventure and move somewhere completely unexpected. It is a new start in a way I was not expecting but as someone reminded me everything happens for a reason and the best things in life come around when you least expect it.

Not only am I having a rush of new beginnings in my personal life, we have some new beginnings happening for All Things Gee.

Some have you may have already noticed that there has been a change to content posting dates but as of the new year there will be a set schedule for posting. I mention this now as you will see it coming in over the next few months (Blogtober/Blogmas excluded).

This being said I have a few openings for guest posts coming up! If this is something you would be interested in please drop me a message and we can sort something out.

What is happening in your life this September? Let me know in the comments, let’s have a chat.

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy August!

I hope you are all having a lovely August so far. As you read this I am on my final day on my little trip away and I cannot wait to share with you what I have been up to. However today we are back again with another Spotlight tour for yet another BBNYA 2021 Semi- Finalist!

BBNYA:

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner.

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website or take a peek over on Twitter. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.

Synopsis:

The #1 Epic Fantasy in Japan It was supposed to keep them safe. For six hundred years, Andrin’s Wall protected the remnants of humanity from a scourge that devastated them: beastly monsters called the sheggam. But centuries of relative peace have relegated the sheggam to myth and superstition. Tharadis, the Warden of the independent city Naruvieth, must protect his people and their homes from threats more immediate than ancient legends. The Council of the Wall aims to finish building the Runeway, a magical construct spanning the whole of the Accord, no matter who gets in their way. But after a knight with sheggam magic flowing through his veins seeks protection in Naruvieth, Tharadis uncovers a menacing secret: the Runeway itself is built from

sheggam magic, magic that isn’t supposed to exist on this side of Andrin’s Wall. Not only must Tharadis confront scheming politicians, rogue knights, and ominous prophecy, he must draw his blade for the greatest battle humanity has ever faced. For the sheggam are already here.

Publisher: Independently Published

Length: 484 Pages

Date Published: 14th September 2019

Author Bio:

Brandon M. Lindsay grew up in the Seattle area and lives in Tokyo, Japan. He now has a son, whom he is trying to teach how to slay dragons. It’s a work in progress. His fantasy stories have won awards from the Writers of the Future contest and are published in anthologies alongside stories by Brandon Sanderson, David Farland, and other fantasy greats. In addition to writing books and short stories, Brandon also makes indie video games. Check out all his goings-on at his website: brandonmlindsay.com.

Does this book sound like the book for you?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy Monday!

Some of you may have already seen this post however as one of my favourite reads from 2019 it felt like it needed a little edit and more love. It felt only right that this book start’s the posts off because and I can not stress this enough it includes UNICORNS and TEA!

Two of my favourite things ever. Therefore, it seems only right that this post should be filled with all things glitter and unicorns so just bear with me whilst I go way too over the top with this.

It may also need to be noted that whilst writing this post I am sat outside with a cup of tea taking in the sunshine. A/N this was 2019 me writing, in 2021 it is raining but I still have a cup of tea.

Synopsis:

Life’s always better with a little bit of sparkle.

Poppy and Ben have been best friends forever and now they’re embarking on a new adventure together – opening a joint unicorn gift shop and cafe. Ben has one rule; no unicorn paraphernalia is to cross into his tea shop. But Poppy has other ideas…

They’ve always been there for each other, at least until Poppy went travelling around the world – without Ben. But now she’s back and she’s determined to stay put, bringing a little bit of magic back into Ben’s life.

Can they go back to the way things once were or will the years of distance stand in the way of their new shop and blossoming romance?

My Review:

Hopeless romantics are something that nowadays I think you see less and less, that being said I feel you see it more with people who cannot resist being enticed by a cheesy romance novel.

The Little Unicorn Gift Shop is everything you want a good old fashioned love story to be but it has UNICORNS and TEA. I cannot stress how important this is. It literally has all my favourite things.

The two main characters in this I promise will make your heart melt in seconds. This truly the love story that all or at least most girls dream of at a young age. It also shows the power of having a guy best friend. (yes I do miss mine).

From the moment you pick up this book, you are rooting for Ben and Poppy. I could not help but lose myself in the story, getting to know the characters and watching them build their business which let’s be honest is anyone’s dream because who does not love TEA and UNICORNS.

Ben and Poppy are the kind of friends that I love reading about no matter the distance or how many stupid arguments they have they always seem to work things out and drift back together. I can not even try to explain why I fell in love with their friendship as quickly as I did but by the end of the book, I have never been more excited to see something work out.

Kellie, I salute you under normal circumstances I tend to get that little sad feeling reading about best friends who fall in love. But I can safely say this book and not just because of the unicorns and tea,will hold a spot in my list of favourite books I have read this year. A/N turns out I love it just as much even more in 2021. And felt a lot less sad reading it this year. It is funny how life works.

If you have read this book let me know what you thought. If you haven’t read this yet I highly recommend reading it. It brings a sense of happiness and a feeling of warmth within.

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy August!

I hope you are all having a lovely August so far. As you read this I am on my final day on my little trip away and I cannot wait to share with you what I have been up to. However today we are back again with another Spotlight tour for yet another BBNYA 2021 Semi- Finalist!

BBNYA:

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner.

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website or take a peek over on Twitter. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.

Synopsis:

One week before the Global Mandatory Hibernation and Flea Wheeler will do anything to avoid a long winter underground. A claustrophobic climate refugee who has been living rough on the flooded streets of Manchester, Flea dreads the day she’ll be forced into shelter so a geoengineering experiment can attempt to reverse the chaotic effects of global warming. Armed with nothing but her stolen umbrella, Flea is on a mission to stay on the surface and somehow survive the extreme weather. It turns out she’s not the only one. While on the run from the curfew police, Flea falls in with loudmouth vlogger Dylan Moon who believes aliens are controlling the storms and planning a planetary takeover. At first, Flea takes Dil for a conspiracy nut. But after witnessing a series of inexplicable weather events, she realizes there may be some truth to his crazy theories. Is there a dark secret behind the looming climate experiment? Flea has one week left to evade the hibernation order and decide what she truly believes.

Author Bio:

Author Kell Cowley wrote and illustrated her first novel age eight, telling the story of a runaway radish escaping from a salad bowl to explore the far reaches of the garden. She has been perplexing her friends and family with her weird stories ever since. She holds a BA in Performance Writing from the wildly experimental Dartington College of Arts, won a novelist’s apprenticeship with the Adventures in Fiction development scheme and is the co-founder of ‘Odd Voice Out’ press. When she occasionally closes her laptop or latest reading obsession to spend time in the real world, she will likely be found shambolically running a school library, attempting to act in local plays or eco-warrioring her way towards the apocalypse.

Does this book sound like the book for you?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy August!

I hope you are all having a lovely August so far. As you read this I am on my final day on my little trip away and I cannot wait to share with you what I have been up to. However today we are back again with another Spotlight tour for yet another BBNYA 2021 Semi- Finalist!

BBNYA:

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner.

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website or take a peek over on Twitter. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.

Synopsis:

‘No more souls today,’ he whispered. The fate of the world hangs in the balance, both in the land of Thura and Kaoldan’s life. As a member of the magical Order of Walkers, Kaoldan is desperate to keep the peace as the world tries to tear itself apart. But his life is about to change. There is a whisper in the wind; the return of Reng. The return of dark times. As Kaoldan fights to unravel the mystery and his own dark past, reunited with his daughters after years apart throws him into another unfamiliar role – how to be a father again. This is another battle he cannot lose. Together they must solve the mysteries of Reng, unmask the true identity of the malevolent presence and unravel the secrets of the Dark Crown. Battles will be fought, lives will be lost, but if Kaoldan can save souls, there is always hope.

Author Bio:

Like many people I have always felt that I’ve had a book inside of me – painful as that might be – and have wanted to write my own stories. This particular idea has been bouncing around my head for over twenty years. It’s only over the last three or so years that things have actually happened.

I am a huge fan of fantasy and science fiction. Reading authors like David Eddings and David Gemmell provided the basis of my education in all things fantastical and paved the way for the creation of my own fantasy worlds. I enjoy fiction that takes you to a different world, something completely absorbing and transcendental – a place you can lose yourself in – I try to incorporate these elements into my fiction.

Does this book sound like the book for you?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy August!

I hope you are all having a lovely August so far. As you read this I am on my final day on my little trip away and I cannot wait to share with you what I have been up to. However today we are back again with another Spotlight tour for yet another BBNYA 2021 Semi- Finalist!

BBNYA:

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner.

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website or take a peek over on Twitter. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.

Synopsis:

My name is Levi. I’m a journalist, I’m autistic, I’m bad at magic, and I swear I didn’t kill her.

Research for the paper usually falls into a few basic patterns. Someone in the city says there’s a troll under Buck O’Neil Bridge, or they’ll call just so a friendly ear will listen to them complain about a pixie infestation.

That sort of content carries me through slow news weeks. It’s rare that I uncover a murder.

Being framed for murder, though? That’s a first.

With the Wizard’s Council hunting me for a crime I didn’t commit, I’ve got no choice but to solve the murder and clear my name. If I don’t unravel this case, nobody will, and I’ll go down for it so hard I might never see the light of day again

Author Bio:

M N Jolley is a creative professional born and raised in Kansas City, where he still lives. Working with a background in film and cinematography, he began writing seriously in 2016 and has recently completed “The Stone Warrior”, the first book in “The Sacrosanct Records”. Take a look at the “Books” page to get information about upcoming releases, or click Here if you want to get a newsletter with updates sent straight to your inbox!

Does this book sound like the book for you?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy Monday!

I hope you are having the start to your week.We are back with yet another slightly updated post. I first read this book back in 2019, and I remember being so in love with this book and I felt like giving it another read and WOW! I cannot express enough how much this book makes you think.

This week I finished reading a book that I had picked up and started over a month ago but stopped reading it when certain events in my life made me feel like it was not a book I should be reading at that moment. It still amazes me that emotions control the things we are doing down to whether or not I could read a book. It turns out after finishing the book I was totally wrong it was exactly the book I had to read to gain a little perspective on life. anyone who knows me well knows that I am drawn to anything related to the phrase little things, it holds a special place in my life. This book was just another thing I had picked up due to it mentioning little things.

Synopsis:

‘Welcome to Ocean View. You don’t know it yet, but you’ll be happy here…’

Julia’s not running away. Not exactly. She just needs a break from Paris and Marc and all the sad stuff that’s been going on lately. A little time to pull herself together.

The job offer felt like a lifeline. But now she’s back in Biarritz, suitcase in hand, she hasn’t the faintest idea what she was thinking.

What Julia doesn’t yet know is there’s more to the odds and ends of Ocean View than meet the eye. Behind the double doors lie broken hearts, lifelong secrets, a touch of romance and an unwavering passion for life. And sometimes it’s the most unlikely of places and people who help you find your way

My Review:

The novel is a tale of love, heartache, new jobs and most importantly finding yourself again. It tells the story of a young girl who lost her dad and broke up with her boyfriend in a short space of time. She leaves Paris where she was living with a friend to go and work as a psychologist in a care home. Whilst here she learns that as you get older and the world is changing dramatically from the way it was when you were younger it is important to find your joy and happiness in the little things in life. Working around old people as their therapist she learns the keys to love, loss and fixing yourself. She finds the importance of closure and how actually closing one chapter of your life and starting a new one may be all it takes to push you towards what you want in life or at least the right direction.

The novel is a heartwarming story that proves the importance of spending time with the older generation especially grandparents because things were very different for them when they were our age. It really makes you think about the beauty we are missing in everyday life by not paying attention to the little things in life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who may not know where they are going in life or which direction they should take. Anyone who has some chapters of their life they want to move past maybe that still needs a little perspective as to why they have happened.

The thing I love most about this book is the idea that Love and I mean wholehearted love, not just the kind of relationship you are in because you do not want to be alone, can be found at any time of life, and it comes when you least expect it. I believe the author has done the most amazing job of showing that when relationships get hard it is important to work through the hard times and remember the little things that you appreciate most.

If you have read this book I would love to hear your opinions on it and how it made you feel.

However, you are spending this weekend I hope you get the opportunity to take some time out to appreciate the little things in life.

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy August!

I hope you are all having a lovely August so far. As you read this I am on my final day on my little trip away and I cannot wait to share with you what I have been up to. However today we are back again with another Spotlight tour for yet another BBNYA 2021 Semi- Finalist!

BBNYA:

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner.

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website or take a peek over on Twitter. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.

Synopsis:

A semi-inflated football and a curious little girl.

They called it peacekeeping. For Corporal Lindsey Ryan it was anything but.

It’s been three years since that bright day in the Golan Heights and the explosion which killed two and changed the survivors forever.

Now Lindsey deals with the many problems of the city’s troubled youth, to distract her from her own. But as damp days turn to night the kids return home, or somewhere like it, and she returns to her own private war. One that exists solely for her.

Certain that she’s being watched and certain that she’s losing her mind, Lindsey battles with the demons of post traumatic stress, while a very real threat edges ever closer until she finds herself face to face with someone who wants nothing more than to finally help her to die.

And it’s the last person she ever could have seen coming.

Blue helmets and blurred lines – While Nobody is Watching delves into the dark world of PTSD and a battle scarred soldier struggling to find a place in her new world.

Set in Cork City, this urban Irish feminist psychological thriller features a female Irish army veteran suffering from PTSD. Stalker meets military veteran, and her ex-service dog Frank in a side of Ireland that few see.

Publisher: Bad Press Ink

Length: 310 Pages

Date Published: 27th June 2020

Author Bio:

Michelle was one of those sporty types growing up, all bony elbows and knees, and as she lived on an island, it stood to reason she’d spend her first couple of decades taking in the salty, seaweedy air at the local rowing club (not the serene looking, posh rowing, but the other kind, undertaken by hardy fishermen). This was where she learned just about everything she ever needed to know about anything. They brought home the County’s, All-Ireland’s were won, but the banter on the bus was always the real prize.

From there it made sense that she’d leave town and join another club/asylum and found

herself wearing a blue helmet somewhere in South Lebanon. She’d become attached to the UN, but more importantly, to B-Company, the boldest, brightest, bravest the Irish army had to offer. She called them lots of other names too, but only to their faces.

As tracer rounds lit up the sky above her and artillery rained down, she learned the words of every patriotic Irish song ever written and how to smile, laugh, and joke about things that would otherwise have you curled in a ball, rocking back and forth in the corner of the room.

Once her eyes had been opened and she returned to Irish soil, Michelle was promoted and following a spell back at college, is now a part of a company providing physiotherapy and staff training in nursing homes and hospitals all over Munster. A slower pace, but still an unruly bunch when they want to be. She’s back living on the island of Cobh with her husband Dominic and their daughter Emily and the hundreds of colourful characters waiting to make their way onto a piece of paper.

While Nobody is Watching is Michelle’s third book, which draws from her military experiences and the types of relationships that form within its ranks.

Does this book sound like the book for you?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy August!

I hope you are all having a lovely August so far. We are back again with another Spotlight tour for yet another BBNYA 2021 Semi- Finalist!

BBNYA:

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner.

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website or take a peek over on Twitter. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.

Synopsis:

The wealthy Crawleys can’t abide a scandal, so when fifteen-year-old Maddie’s behaviour causes concern, she’s packed off to the family’s country estate, along with her best friend, Ellie. But while Maddie is resentful, Ellie is secretly thrilled. A whole summer at Greywater House, which she’s heard so much about – and with Maddie, who she adores… But from the moment the girls arrive, it’s clear there’s more to the house and the family than Ellie could ever have imagined. Maddie’s aunt, Natalie, and her bedridden grandmother are far from welcoming – and something has been waiting at Greywaters, something that flits among the shadows and whispers in the night. As the July heat rises and the girls’ relationship intensifies, the house’s ghosts can’t be contained, and it isn’t just Ellie who has reason to be afraid. Three generations of the Crawley family must face their secrets when past and present violently collide.

Publisher: Eyrie Press

Length: 195 pages

Date Published: 18th November 2019

Author Bio:

I was born in Greenwich in South London in 1973. I have always loved to write. My first novel, a dark coming of age story, ‘How We Were Lost’, was placed second in the 2006 Yeovil Prize (the Betty Bollingbroke-Kent award) and went on to be published by Flame Books (www.flamebooks.com) in June 2007. I currently live in Nottingham with my young family, where I’m working towards a Creative Writing MA online with Manchester Metropolitan University, and completing my second novel ‘Before the Light’.

Set against a backdrop of wintry beauty ‘Before the Light’ is a literary thriller following a single family over a single life-changing night. Although they’re very different stories, both ‘How We Were Lost’ and ‘Before the Light’ reflect my continued fascination with the shadows and secrets of people’s inner worlds and the isolation that can exist even within the closest relationships.

Does We Wait sound like a book you would want to read?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy Friday!

I cannot believe it is half way through August already. How crazy is it that this year seems to be going so so quickly. ]

This post I first attempted back in 2019 when I was nominated to do this challenge by Jordyn from The Chronically Unimaginable blog. The challenge is a Vogue Magazine parody that is currently trending in the blogger-sphere right now! I thought as I had a little time this would be a fun thing to do. However I figure that in almost 3 years later my answers may or may not have changed so an updated version was needed.

Let’s get onto answering those questions, shall we? (The rules and my nominations are found below my answers.)

The Challenge:

1. What is your usual Starbucks order? 

It is very rare that I go into Starbucks recently but when I do go into Starbucks my go-to order kinda stays the same it will be a White Mocha either warm or iced depending on the weather. If I am feeling fancy I would get a iced white mocha with peppermint syrup. It tastes like a candy cane and let’s be real here we know I am living for this.

2. What does your work station look like right now? 

My work station is currently my bed. At the moment I am back at home whilst I am between places so I do not really have a work space. Therefore my bed works well enough for now.

3. All-time favorite food?

 My favorite food would have to anything with pasta really. However at the moment I have been loving Chicken Kievs and Salad so I guess I would go with that.

4. Favorite Author?

 My favorite author of all time is a hard question to answer as there are so many authors that I adore. When I was younger I was obsessed with Jacqueline Wilson so she has to be up there on favourite. Now I really like Cecelia Ahern has to be up there as my favourite author. This being said I also love Josie Jaffery because who does not love stories about Vampires.

5. What do you think of open relationships? 

Like Jordyn, I do not think I would not enter into an open relationship. Personally I would struggle with the concept however I certainly admire people who this works for.

6. What is your favorite video game?

 I do not really play video games so I do not have an answer for this one. However as a child I used to play the Stuart Little computer game anytime I was at my Nans. So I guess that would be my answer.

7. Guilty Pleasure treat?

I have a small unhealthy addiction to Chocolate oranges so I would say that or popcorn. I wonder if as a side note I could include marvel in this. Listen the Marvel universe sometimes takes over my life but I blame Tik Tok and Hiddleston.

8. Favorite Movie?

My favourite film is The Breakfast Club an oldie but a great film.

9. Favorite book? 

Again this is hard because if you know me well you will know the extent to my book collection. I have to say that my favourite book is also a classic and is my answer anytime anyone asks is Sherlock Holmes. Any of them.

10. Twitter or Instagram? 

I use both platforms a lot but I tend to find myself scrolling through twitter the most so I would have to say that.

11. Desktop or laptop?

 Laptop 100% I have not used a desktop for use at home in a long time.

12. Best advice you’ve ever received? 

The best advice I’ve ever received before I used to say it came from a film but actually the best advice I received came from a therapy session. She told me that no dream is to big, if you can visualise yourself living the life you dream of, then nothing is stopping you putting in the work to create that life.

13. What project are you working on right now? 

I guess you could say working on this blog is my current project. This answer is very similar to the last time but specifically at the moment I am very focused on Blogtober and Blogtober content.

14. Favorite color?

Emerald Green

15. Did you get good grades at school?

 Yes and no. I got some good grades that allowed me to do the course I wanted at college and then go on to uni. I just wish I had gotten better grades in my sciences.

16. Dream job?

For a long time I wanted to be a marine biologist but as I said above I was not the best at science. When I answered this last time there was a lot of I guesses. This time it is a little different.

My Dream Job would be working within the PR industry and doing this full time. My blog is always something I want to do more of, if I could make it successful and into a full time secure job… that would be my dream job.

I would also like to publish a book.

17. Played any sports? 

Honestly, me and sports is not something that goes in the same sentence. It got the point where even my P.E teachers would be like nope you can be an umpire or sit out.

18. Do you have a degree?

Yes , I hold a BA Honours degree in Tourism Management, and I am currently working towards a MSc in International Events Management. A lot has changed since 2019.

19. Nationality?

 I’m from England, so I am British.

20. What is your favorite kind of blog post to do? 

My favorite kind of blog post to do is a book review, because there are so many awesome books that need a little recognition.

21. What do you like to collect? 

I like to collect books. I used to collect Keyrings but I ended up with so many that when we moved house I had to get rid of some.

22. Describe yourself in three words? 

Stubborn, Bubbly, Gemini.

23. If you were a rapper what would your rapper name be?

 Well, I don’t listen to rap music very often so I really do not have an answer for that. If you have any suggestions let me know

24. Who was the last person you DM’d? 

I messaged the wonderful Emily from Bloom and Grow. She is honestly one of the nicest people ever.

25. What is on the top of your wish list right now?

To go to see a West End show it has been way too long.

26. Sorting house? 

I am a Slytherin.

27. How many tattoos do you have? 

Zero, but I have a few designs I have looked at and a few ideas I want to get. Although I do not want black and white tattoos I would like the watercolour tattoos.

28. What are you most grateful for this year? 

This year, I am the most grateful for the amazing group of friends and family. I know I can be highly annoying sometimes and I am just really appreciative of their love and support. I am also grateful for my nephews and soon to be niece who are my world.

29. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?

 I would have to say it’s getting my first full time role outside of Uni.

30. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?

 The best thing that has happened to me today is listening to the rain against the windows, with a cup of tea and a great book.

31. What’s the best thing ever? 

Spooky season and Christmas.

32. Favorite season? 

Autumn/Winter. Spooky Season and I also love Winter and the atmosphere it brings. The Christmas lights and Christmas markets and all things festive make me far too happy.

33. Favorite fictional animal? 

UNICORNS!!!!!!! I think that is all that needs to be said.

34. What fictional character do you relate to the most?

 I am not sure I have an answer to this but because I am honestly a little bit too obsessed with him I am going to put Sherlock Holmes.

35. Do you like surprises? 

I like to know what’s going on so I am not a massive fan of surprises but I like organising them.

36. What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had? 

The biggest surprise I’ve ever had, I suppose was finding out I was going to be an auntie. I have had that surprise five times now and it never stops being the best feeling in the world.

37. What’s the surprise that made you cry?

 A book that was given to me by one of my best friends because she thought that it was something I should read to put me in a better place. That being said this friend also bought me an Easter Egg and that made me cry so. (this answer is still the same as 2019) although we no longer live together I swear she just knows when I need to hear from her.

38. What’s the best surprise you’ve ever given someone? 

I think the birthday party I organised for my mum probably was one of the best surprises.

39. Do you like muffins?

Yes, I love white chocolate and raspberry or blueberry muffins.

40. Do you cook often? 

Not as much as I would like to.

41. What’s your favorite dessert? 

Creme Brulee

42. Is there a dessert you don’t like? 

Christmas Pudding. Which for someone who loves Christmas everything is sad.

43. Cake or pie? 

Cake Definitely preferably in the shape of a unicorn.

44. What’s your least favorite food? 

Anything too spicy.

45. What’s your favorite condiment? 

BBQ Sauce or Ketchup

46. It’s 4 A.M. on a Saturday night, what would you eat?

 If I had popcorn in the house then probably that.

47. If you could teach a college class what would it be called? 

The importance of acceptance.

48. Best animated film? 

I would have to go with Shrek

49. What has a guy (or girl) done or said to impress you? 

An old friend of mine made a playlist on his iPod for us to listen to in our business lessons and it had a mixture of our favourite songs on but he never had to ask what songs I liked.(possibly a coincidence because at the time we liked similar music but it definitely became one of my favourite lessons.)

50. The best thing to do on a date? 

Truthfully, I have never been on a date, but I think anything that someone has put some thought into, would be amazing. If it was during the winter I would say a Christmas market would be a good date idea.

51. The worst thing to do on a date? 

Be on your phone. I am the worst for being on my phone a lot but I think in this situation it’s just disrespectful like how are you going to get to know each other.

52. What is the funniest pick-up line a guy/girl could use on a girl/guy?

 I think the if you were a fruit you would be a Fineapple is one of the best. This could be due to my obsession with Pineapples but still.

53.  Best comic book character? 

Harley Quinn or Loki

54. What are three things that are always in your purse?

My keys, A book and My Phone.

55. Favorite drink? 

Non-Alcoholic, I have a small obsession with Tea

Alcoholic – I would say Gin

56. If you could play a historical character who would it be?

ooo this is still a tough one I would go with maybe an old female author.

57. Kittens or puppies? 

Both! I refuse to choose.

58. Favorite sushi roll? 

I’m not a fan of sushi so I will have to pass on this.

59. What kind of lipstick do you use? 

At the moment I have been going with a lip balm more than a lipstick

60. What kind of foundation do you use? 

Currently the Revolution foundation but due to lock down I have not really been wearing any.

61. Blow dry or air dry?

 I am really lazy normally when it comes to my hair so I normally let it air dry and then regret it in the morning when it is fluffy and out of control.

62. Who is your fashion icon? 

This is hard because I do not think I have one but there are definitely people who I wish I could pull off their style so for me it has to be Marylin Monroe and Elizabeth Gillies.

63. Favorite Disney character? 

Mary Poppins or Moana

64. What are you doing tomorrow?

 I will be at work during the day and then probably curled up with a book in the evening.

65. Movie you laughed the hardest through? 

Just go with it

66. A movie that made you cry? 

In the Heights

67. If you could sing a duet with someone who would it be?

 I would sing with Idina Menzel cause anyone who knows me would tell you my obsession with Elphaba is extreme. Her or Elizabeth Gillies.

68. If your life were a song what would the title be? 

Nothing wrong with a little drama.

69. Favorite animal? 

Squirrels

70. Favorite illustrator?

Quentin Blake

71. The person you want to have coffee with? 

I would like to have coffee with my old drama teacher, I think it would be a great opportunity to let her know what an impact she had on my life and the choices I made.

72. What’s the country you wish to visit?

I would love to explore America. I would like to go back to New York and also I would like to visit Salem for all its witchy goodness.

73. Best ways to decompress? 

I like to read or watch (rewatch) episodes of friends.

The Rules:

For this challenge, you will answer the same questions that I did. You also need to nominate 12 people to complete the challenge as well. Make sure you notify your nominees.  Please note that there is no rush to complete this.

My Nominees:

I am going to keep them the same as last time.

That’s it for this post. Had such a great time answering these questions. I hope you enjoy.

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy August!

I hope you are all having a lovely August so far. We are back again with another Spotlight tour for yet another BBNYA 2021 Semi- Finalist!

BBNYA:

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner.

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website or take a peek over on Twitter. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.

Synopsis:

Princess Ingrid of Norella Isle does not want to get married. So, her priestess girlfriend, Lilura, devises a wicked plot to deter suitors with a nearly impossible marriage contract: should Ingrid die first, her husband must be buried at sea beside her. The plan backfires when all seven suitors agree, and the king announces a competition for Ingrid’s hand. Ingrid must keep her head above water as she deals with the suitors, a jealous girlfriend, and the news of two murdered priestesses. As the suitors are eliminated, one man stands out: the quirky and anxious Prince Soren who charms both Ingrid and Lilura. When Lilura goes missing, Ingrid and Soren must piece together who has murdered the priestesses and why before it’s too late. CW: This novel contains violence, sexual situations, and adult language.

Publisher: Independently published

Length: 322 pages

Date Published: 1st December 2020

Author Bio:

Rosalyn Briar is a mother and a wife living near St. Louis, MO. She is a former teacher and has many creative hobbies. Writing quickly became her passion a few years ago. The Crown of Bones is her debut novel. She loves to write dark fantasy novels that dip into the horror genre and always have a splash of romance.

Does a Sea of Pearls & Leaves sound like the book for you?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy August!

I hope you are all having a lovely August so far this year!

BBNYA:

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner.

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website or take a peek over on Twitter. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.

Synopsis:

“Forget favors given; remember those received.” – John Wooden A time for love can’t be more deadly… Julia Leonardi thought she put her past behind her. The widow of a mobster, all she wants is to steer clear of the criminal elements. Then she meets Domenico Bonacci… Dom is handsome, charming, and intense. The world knows him as a prominent businessman, but Julia sees him as everything she fought to escape. Once the scion of a powerful Mafia family Dom left the world of organized crime after his father’s death. And he swore he would never go back. No matter how hard she tries, Julia can’t seem to ignore the powerful spark of attraction between them and her growing feelings for him. But when Dom’s shady past catches up with him, the two forbidden lovers find themselves trapped in a deadly game. Will Dom renege on his vow and lose the woman he loves, or he will manage to break free of his past for once and for all?

A little about the book:

Publisher: Self-Published

Length: 279 Pages

Date Published: September 9, 2020

Super excited about BBNYA this year!

Does this seem like a book you would like to read?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy Monday!

I hope you are all having a wonderful start to August! As you read this I am away a little staycation with some of my old uni friends. Instead of not having any content for you guys I thought I would update some of my old content and share it with you guys. This in itself was more refreshing than I thought it would be.

My gorgeous best friend bought me a little book called A Handful Of Happiness which is written by Antonella Tomaselli who in the most beautiful way tells the story of the greatest vet in the world (in my opinion) Massimo Vacchetta. For my birthday a couple of years ago and still to this day it is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. She decided to buy me this book for my birthday after seeing it on Zoella’s Instagram story a few months back because in her words the story seemed so beautiful and it seemed like it would be a book that I would enjoy. As someone who is a huge huge hedgehog lover I can not explain to the joy I felt opening this book.

Synopsis:

A feel-good memoir of a man and his hedgehog

Massimo Vacchetta, an Italian veterinarian specializing in large animals, is recently divorced and feeling heartbroken and depressed—until the day that someone brings an orphaned baby hedgehog into his clinic. As the tiny hedgehog cries and whimpers, Massimo immediately understands the extent of the animal’s vulnerability and isolation. Recognizing her helplessness and desperation in himself, he connects with her in a way he’s never connected with any other animal.

In caring for this hedgehog, Massimo uncovers her vibrant personality, and rediscovers his own. Soon, another sick hedgehog lands in his lap. And then another. As people begin to seek him out to heal and care for their injured or orphaned animals, Massimo finally discovers his life’s mission.

As other sick hedgies are healed and released, Massimo continues to dote on Ninna like a child, constantly fretting about her health and happiness, caring about her in a way he’s never cared about anyone or anything else. But the cage that once kept her safe soon becomes a prison, and as much as it breaks Massimo’s heart to let her go, he knows she longs to be free.

Through this life-affirming story of a man and his hedgehog, we learn that no love is too great and no creature is too small.

My Review:

TWO DAYS was all it took for me to read this book completely as I just could not put it down the courage and honestly true love that Massimo had for the beautifully underrated animals was genuinely touching.

As a kid, I used to go on holiday to Devon with my family and we always used to visit Prickly Ball Farm which allowed you to see baby hedgehogs and interact with the feedings of slightly older hedgehogs. So this book I swear made my heart melt. There was something so incredibly charming about his journey with this hedgehog and the story that goes alongside it.

It was so lovely to be able to read a book that changes your whole perspective of certain things life will throw at you and genuinely put you in the best mood for hours after reading it… It is a truly inspirational book and Massimo Vacchetta I salute you, dear sir, you are incredible.

If you ever feel slightly stressed by the lack of compassion shown by humanity these days this book gives you a sense of hope. It is almost like getting a warm hug.

Massimo Vacchetta

Links to Books:

Amazon

If you get the opportunity to read this I would highly recommend you dive straight into it.

If you have read this book what did you think?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy Wednesday my loves,

I thought for this post I would talk about something I am obsessed with and in this case that is the theatre. Ever since I was little, I have loved the magic of the theatre, I always swear this was installed in my by my drama teacher who in fact still to this day is one of the worlds best people. I have never met a woman with so much passion for the things she loves and love for her students. Everyone deserves someone in their corner as she is forever one of the people I cannot imagine my life without.

I thought that for today’s post I would list and talk about five of my all-time favourite theatre shows. (a lot harder to pick than you would think.) If you have been a part if All Things Gee since the beginning you will know that this is the first post I ever posted! However I thought it was about time I updated this.

So here it goes:

Phantom of the Opera:

Now this was my first ever theatre show that I went to see in the West End and funny enough I saw because we studied this for GCSE Drama. Drama written work was my least favourite however this show was one that still to this day gave me a love for the theatre. I was not originally excited about going to see this as I did not see myself as a fan of the opera but still to this day it became my favourite musical theatre show. It is the most stunning story that even those who dislike opera would fall in love with this show. It is shown in one of the most gorgeous theatres and that alone gives it a spot.

Wicked:

My little obsession with miss Elphaba never seems to decrease no matter how many times I watch this show. It is a show that teaches you the true meaning of friendship and that even though you might see yourself as someone who is not beautiful by the rest of the world’s standards there is someone out there who thinks that you are beautiful no matter what the worlds typical standards are. It will certainly change you for good (well aware that if you have never seen it that reference will make no sense.) Someone very important to me loved this show and we were meant to go with him, sadly he passed away several years ago but his love for Wicked is certainly shared.

Waitress:

Where to start with this one… not only does it have one of the most incredible soundtracks, its storyline had me hooked from the beginning. I found myself a little emotional with this one. The emotions and the power shown on stage was incredible. I also saw it with Mr Joe Sugg staring in it so that made it incredible for me. I also saw this with one of my favourite people and it is always incredible sharing your theatre experience with someone new.

Everybody’s Talking about Jamie:

This one deserves its own special mention if I am being honest. I fell in love with this musical, its storyline and its cast. My heart was officially melted. I was also lucky enough to meet the lovely Rita Simons after this performance and it is up there with one of the best days I have ever had.

Dreamgirls:

Again no longer showing in the west end but still definitely up there with one the best musicals I have seen and also it is an emotional one. Hearing one of my all-time favourite songs being sung with extreme power in the Savoy Theatre puts this up there with the best of them. Left me with nothing but goosebumps.

So there that’s it my top 5 theatre shows but I can promise you I could go on for days about the wonders of the theatre.

Let’s be real the world has not been the same without the West End shows in full force… I cannot wait to get back into the theatre.

What’s your favourite theatre show?

Love always,

Gee xo

Happy August!

I hope you are all having a lovely August so far! We are back with a slightly delayed blog tour review from me but as always it is a blog tour with one of my favourite people ever. Obviously we are talking about thewritereads! I always love doing blog tours with them and you best believe I loved this one.

Todays Blog post is for #fireborn by ⁦@fowler_aisling⁩ and as always a massive thank you to ⁦@The_WriteReads⁩ ⁦@WriteReadsTours⁩ and ⁦@HarperCollinsCh⁩ for letting me take part in the #ultimateblogtour!

Synopsis:

Lyra. Lucy. Percy. Once in a generation, a hero emerges whose story enthralls readers worldwide.

Fireborn is an epic quest, perfect for fans of the His Dark Materials and The School for Good and Evil series, that will spin readers into a magical world like no other–and introduce them to an unforgettable new heroine named Twelve.

Ember is full of monsters.

Twelve gave up her name and identity to train in the art of hunting them–so she says. The truth is much more deadly: she trains to take revenge on those who took her family from her.

But when Twelve’s new home is attacked, she’ll find herself on an unexpected journey, where her hidden past is inescapably intertwined with her destiny–and the very fate of her world.

Publisher: Harper Collins

Length: 384 Pages

Publishing: 30th September 2021

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Fireborn-1-Aisling-Fowler/dp/0062996711/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56554614-fireborn

About the Author:

(from https://www.rcwlitagency.com/authors/fowler-aisling/)

Aisling was born in 1985 and wishes that she had grown up in a magical, mountainous kingdom, but was actually raised in Surrey on a diet of books and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Her early ‘adventure’ stories involved surprisingly little action and her first novel (3 pages long) was politely declined by publishers at age 11. After earning a BSc in Biology and working as a support worker and then a nurse, the idea for her debut novel, Fireborn, came to her as she moved back and forth between London and the US. Now based in Hackney, when she is not reading or writing, Aisling loves cooking and plotting adventures (for herself as well as her fictional characters). Fireborn will be published by HarperCollins in 2021.

My Review:

As always we are going to do my best to not give out any spoilers but a small spoiler here I loved it! I love this book and the fact she has a pet squirrel well that just melted my heart and I am obsessed.

As soon as I picked up this book I knew I was going to love it.

Twelve always feels out of place and a bit like she does not fit in. However this just made me love her all the more. From the start it was a little conflicting as to whether she put he self in the position of being lonely but I think this is what made me love her more.

Now listen my favourite character was obviously Widge the squirrel he’s so cute. I also have a slight soft spot for squirrels so I was always going to love him.

Also for those people like me who kinda love goblins (this book is full.)

Star Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Does this sound like a book you would like?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

We kick start our day in the bathroom and that’s the only place that makes you ready for your day. Often after we return back home after a long tiring day, we would want to just lay down on your beds. But sometimes, instead of just dozing off, a soaking session might distress you like nothing else. And, before you start your at-home spa session, it’s necessary to ensure that your bathroom is clean. Because being in an untidy environment during your relaxing session won’t bring your comfort.

For A Great Bathing Experience:

Bathing is a kind of relaxation for a lot of people. Getting yourself in a cozy bath at the end of a long tiring day is enough to make you feel rejuvenated. So why not make your cozy little corner a great showering experience? Here’s a little list of all the bath essentials you can get for yourself as a token of self love.

Now, here we’ve come up with a list of bath essentials that will turn your bathroom into a great spa that is clean and hygienic as well.

1. Bathing Bubbles 
Want a great moisturising spa experience at the comfort of your home? So why not try this Almond Coconut Milk Honey Bath by Laura Mercier that feels too good to be true. Infused with the goodness of moisturising and refreshing ingredients, this truly feels like a luxury product. With a great aroma that relaxes your body and smells luscious, you won’t regret picking this up.

2. Hair Masks

Often amidst our busy work schedules, we forget that our hair needs the same amount of care and concern the way our skin needs it. And for that matter, choosing a great moisturising hair mask will do wonders for your hair. PURC’s Volcanic Hair Clay Mask is a great option. Infused with the goodness of Aloe Vera and purest Volcanic Mud, this mask is rich in minerals like magnesium, sulfur, iron and several negatively charged particles. It is full of great detoxifying and exfoliating agents for your scalp!

3. Bath Salts

When you want to trade a boring 5 minute bath for a long soaking shower, don’t forget some great bath salts that will not only detoxify your skin, but also soothe your muscles. And if you haven’t already found yours yet, maybe Follain Organic Bath Co. Rose Bath Salts is gonna be your next favourite. This particular bath salt is made with just three ingredients: Magnesium chloride flakes, Himalayan sea salt, and Moroccan Rose essential oil. It comes along with a gorgeous pink hue and a floral aroma.

4.Plush Towels

Who doesn’t like comfort, especially when it comes to your skin. We all deserve soft and cozy materials for our skin. So why compromise with your towels? Better, get yourself a set of quality towels that will help ease out the transition of your bathroom to a real spa spot. Make sure that they’re large enough for you to wrap them around your body and are equally comfortable. Helping you ease out the best towel hunt, you can get Bamboo Fiber Towels by BambooHearts that feel great on skin and are a sustainable pick.

5. Bathing Brush

Getting rid of dead cells from every corner of your body is a must. Exfoliating your skin not only improves its quality, but also maintains its health. But your back is that one plan that is a pretty difficult corner for hands or loofah to reach right? But, a bathing brush comes to your rescue in this case. Before you consider buying a bathing brush, make sure you look out for two factors: soft bristles and long handles. And for that matter, Bath Blossom’s Bathing Brush can be your right pick. 

6. Candles

A great soaking session is always incomplete with the right set of aroma surrounding your senses. And skipping scented candles can actually be a sin to your at home spa experience because you can never go wrong with pampering yourself with some aromatherapy. Choose candles according to your choices. If you love florals, scents like rose, jasmine and gardenia might be your perfect match. If you prefer muskier profiles, scents like vanilla and amber might be your go to scents. For calming and floral fragrances, check out Stillness + Purity Scented Candle by Chesapeake Bay Candle.

7. Bathtub Tray Caddy

While you’re distressing in your cozy and aromatic bathtub, wouldn’t your wanna take in a few essentials? Lets say, a detox drink or a hot beverage, maybe a couple of bathing products or just some Netflix and chill? Ofcousre you don’t wanna keep dropping these in your bathtub or touching them with wet hands while you’re relaxing. And for that matter, bathtubs trays will be your best friend. These make bathing experience a lot more organised and entertaining. So don’t forget to check out Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray by Utoplike

8. Essential Oils

Soaking in a warm bath is therapeutic in so many respects. When you’ve gathered all the essentials for your at home spa, don’t forget your essential oils. Not only do they provide a luxurious bath experience, but also come with a lot of benefits. And when we speak of essential oils, there’s no doubt Lavender Oil tops the list because it used to promote balance and relaxation as it is full of stress-relieving properties. If you’re looking for an affordable essential oil, Eden’s garden essential oil might be your right pick.

9. Body Cleansers

While we’ve discussed about everything merry, there’s no way we’re forgetting the basic step of cleansing our bodies with a mild and gentle cleanser. Gone are the days when we would simply use soaps on our skin that in turn would be a reason for dry skin. But no more. Choosing a mild and moisturising cleanser is one of the best things you could do for yourself. And when it comes to A Rose By Any Other Name Body Cleanser by Aesop, we’re in no doubt. This formula contains hydrating rose-petal oil, plus cardamom for a cozy cleansing experience.

10. Bath Bombs

Getting your hands on the most adorable and great smelling bath bombs is one of the cutest acts of self-care. A bath bomb can take your bathing experience to a whole new level. So why not try your hands on Lush bath bombs that are everybody’s favourite. The Intergalactic bath bomb from Lush combines peppermint oil, popping candy and cedarwood oil for a great bath time experience.

I hope you guys enjoyed this guest post as much as I did. We all know how much I love my baths!

What is your favourite thing in your bath routine?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy August!

I hope you had a lovely week and have been enjoying August so far. I thought I would share with you some of the books on my TBR list for this summer but for spirituality this time around. These kind of books have been on my list for a little while and I finally took the leap of faith to put some work into myself.

Lunar Living – Kirsty Gallagher 

Lunar Living could be just the answer that you are looking for. Working with the constantly changing phases of the moon helps you to understand yourself like never before, to realign everything in your own life, to understand when you need to rest and self-care and when you need to shine and make things happen. Living back in tune with this natural flow and taking care of you and your needs, even if that’s just twice a month will make the biggest difference to how you feel, act and react the rest of the month.

Signs: The secret language of the universeLaura Lynne Jackson 

A modern guide to connecting with the other side, Signs is full of stories of hope. It teaches us how to recognise and interpret the life-changing messages from loved ones and spirit guides, by a renowned psychic medium.

Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite PotentialDeepak Chopra 

In this highly anticipated new book, integrative medicine pioneer and New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra states that a higher state of consciousness is available here and now, for us all. Chopra unlocks the secrets to moving beyond our present limitations of the mind to access a field of infinite possibilities and reach our full potential. How do you achieve this? By becoming metahuman.

Untamed Glennon Doyle.

Who were you before the world told you who to be?

Part inspiration, part memoir, Untamed explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world, and instead dare to listen to and trust in the voice deep inside us. From the beloved New York Times bestselling author, speaker and activist Glennon Doyle.

Enchantments – Mya Spalter

Mya Spalter has spent years among candles, herbs, cats, and spells as an employee at New York City’s oldest occult shop, Enchantments. Since it would get crowded in there if all of you visited, this beautifully illustrated book will be your guide to its secrets and stories; in the process, Mya will introduce you to some mystical concepts you can use to build spells and rituals that resonate with your own personal style.

Inner Witch- Gabriela Herstik

The ultimate guide to witchcraft for every woman craving a connection to something bigger, using the tools of tarot, astrology, and crystals to discover her best self.

In these uncertain times, witchcraft, astrology, tarot, crystals, and similar practices are seeing a massive resurgence, especially among young women, as part of their self-care and mindfulness routines. Gabriela helps readers take back their power while connecting to something larger than themselves.

There are so many more I wanted to add to this but a few of them crossed over with my last TBR.

What spirituality books would you recommend?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy August!

I hope you had a lovely end to July and you are enjoying August so far. I thought I would share with you some of the books on my TBR list for this summer but for self growth and self development specifically. These kind of books have been on my list for a little while and I finally took the leap of faith to put some work into myself.

My Summer TBR list:

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert is a book of motivational passages, anecdotes, and quotes meant to inspire readers to embrace creativity in whatever form is most natural for them.  By exploring creativity through real life experiences and words of encouragement, readers learn to face what holds them back from embracing inspiration and activating their creative nature, also known as finding Big Magic…

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F#%k – Mark Manson

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership.

20-Something, 20-Everything: A Quarter-life Woman’s Guide to Balance and Direction – Christine Hassler

The midtwenties through the midthirties can be a time of difficult transition: the security blankets of college and parents are gone, and it’s suddenly time to make far-reaching decisions about career, investments, and adult identity. When author Christine Hassler experienced what she calls the “twenties triangle”, she found that she was not alone. In fact, an entire generation of young women is questioning their choices, unsure if what they’ve been striving for is what they really want. They’re eager to set a new course for their lives, even if that means giving up what they have.

You Are A Badass – Jen Sincero

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to:

– Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want.
– Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW!
– Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.

I Am That Girl – Alexis Jones

In a crazy, media distracted world the important questions often get lost like: What’s your passion? What’s your purpose? Who do you want to be? Alexis Jones has built a career listening to and helping girls around the world figure out those questions in order to inspire them to think for themselves, to speak their truth, to discover their purpose, and to dream HUGE! Alexis believes that you’re not broken nor do you need to be fixed. You already are that girl who creates magic wherever she goes, who lives fearlessly, who inspires those around her to dream bigger, and who will leave the world better, just for having been in it.

And a few extras that I am looking to get round to reading…

Braving the Wilderness – Brene Brown

‘A Year of Positive Thinking: Daily Inspiration, Wisdom, and Courage’ – Cyndie Spiegel

‘Girl, Stop Apologizing’ – Rachel Hollis

Evolution of Goddess: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Activating Your Feminine Superpowers’ – Emma Mildon

I am going to try and read a minimum of two self help books each months, trying to put in a little bit of self work.

What Self-Development books are you reading? Any Recommendations?

Love Always,

Gee xox

Happy July!

I hope you guys are having the most wonderful July! Someone informed me yesterday that it is 92 days until Halloween! Which means it is probably time for me to start planning of Blogtober. Strap yourself in! The festive content will be back this year! For now however I am back with another book review.

Synopsis:

A delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses.
Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of “Runway “magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts “Prada! Armani! Versace!” at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child.
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about “The Boss from Hell.”

Narrated in Andrea’s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda’s children in Paris by private jet, to locating an unnamed antique store where Miranda had at some point admired a vintage dresser, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day—and often late into the night with orders barked over the phone. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul.

My Thoughts:

As someone who officially recently graduated it only felt right to go back and read a book That one of my all time favourite movies when I need a little motivation came from.

Andie is a recent college graduate, seeking a job in journalism in New York City. The search isn’t going very well until she interviews at the fictional “fashion Bible” Runway magazine for a position as assistant to the legendary fashion editor, Miranda Priestly.

With little interest in fashion, Andie nevertheless willingly accepts the position (“The job a million girls would kill for”), using it as an opportunity to get her foot in the door of her dream career within journalism.

She expected it to be difficult but was completely unprepared for the abuse she will be made to put up with on a daily basis to please her psychopathic boss.

I loved this book and its slight differences to the film but both are still incredibly enjoyable.

I love this book and movie when I am needing a little motivation.

Star Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Do you prefer the book or the film?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy July!

To my gorgeous Holly and thank you for giving me the opportunity to review this for you. I am so proud of you and all your achievements. From the day I started All Things Gee you were right there with your support. I am so happy to be able to do the same for you my darling! congratulations again my love. I am so so proud of you and WHAT A BOOK.

Synopsis:

NOT ALL WOMEN ARE SUBMISSIVE.

Ava Archer had everything a woman could ever desire.

She was beautiful, rich, sociable, and free to do whatever she wanted between the sheets. Her job was easier than breathing when she worked as an assistant for her old man. Ava got everything she wanted and was used to getting her own way…

Until she met Nathaniel Brooks.

Order and control were all that Nate knew when he was a managing partner of the prestigious law firm Archer and Brooks. When his business partner takes ill, he must leave his comfortable Manhattan branch and tend to the firm in London. He didn’t foresee this change being problematic but then again…

He hadn’t yet met his fiery and tenacious assistant, Ava Archer.

In a battle for dominance, Ms. Archer would need to fall in line if she were to work under Mr. Brooks but there was just one problem: not all women are submissive.

When the clock strikes five, both would soon realise the difficulty in keeping things business as usual behind office doors…

Will Nate be able to maintain control over his heart?

Will Ava lose everything when she learns that for a lawyer, deception is their art?

My Thoughts:

Firstly a little note about the wonderful Holly Dixon, you will know already that I outright adore her and she is such a lovely human being, which is why I had to jump at the chance to review this for her. However this being said all thoughts are my own.

Now strap yourselves in it is about to get steamy.

Firstly I want to warn you that the majority of this book will give you a whole lot of Bi panic. However, it will leave you with some new fictional crushes.

If you used to be a wattpad reader (If you know, you know) you will love this book.

The thing is that I read Illicit Affairs in roughly about 2 days maybe a little less and I was obsessed with this book from the first page. Now you see from the moment we are introduced to Nate we are introduced to him knowing Avas first impressions but despite that my brain decided that I infact would develop a small thing for Nate until you get to the steamy scenes between them both and well god damn could I not decide.

Holly has always such a way with words and it is no different throughout this Illicit Affairs.

The characters in this book seem so real and as if you know them in person.

Aside from the steamy romance between Ava and her boss, Nate. Who it turns out I have a new found love for… Yes I am also aware that I should not love Nate but here we are with my questionable life choices. There are some hints of a mystery plot scattered throughout that in all honesty keeps you on your toes until the very end! You’ll gasp, you’ll moan, you may even shed a tear or two

Whilst reading this please remember to breathe. It turns out you may hold your breath without realising in some parts of the book. In addition to the feelings you have, there will be some shedding of tears.

If you’re looking for a spicy romance with a great sense of humor this is the book for you.

Read at your own caution it will start an obsession. You have been warned.

If you have not already go and follow Holly on TikTok and Instagram because the teasers for this book is something else.

Star Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is a little sneak peak as publication is not until the 1st of September but go and grab yourself a copy. I swear it is worth it.

Do you think you would be team Ava or Nate?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy July!

I hope you are all having a wonderful day and July. On Sunday the 20th of June not only was it Father’s Day but also my 23rd birthday! Our plans were some what changed but we still ended up going to London. However more importantly we visited somewhere that has been on my list for the longest time. If you know me well you will know that I have a slight mild obsession with Sherlock Holmes, the books, films, tv series even spin off shows have my heart. Since our original plans were cancelled we ended up visiting the Sherlock Holmes Museum.

What a day we had. I knew that I would have to write a blog post about it.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum was first opened to the public back in March of 1990. Located at the world famous 221b Baker Street stands one of the most famous address associated with Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.

Tell me that you cannot just imagine them sat here discussing the next up and coming case.

Located on the first floor of house you will find the study which in all honesty was a little overwhelming and mesmerizing to me as it felt so much like you were on set of the Tv series. I was so stunned by how similar it was and honestly how many little added facts, extras such as books that Dr Watson read were put on display.

Dr Watsons desk. Which to me is so interesting just because it is so chaotic. It makes it seem like he was never really just working on one thing.

On the second floor there is just much stuff including things from each case and a really cool bust of Sherlock himself.

Bust of sherlock.

One of my favourite things about the museum was the incredibly cute collection of letters they had on the top floor from fans writing to Sherlock. It was actually an incredibly emotional experience reading all the letters from across the world. Yet they were all connected by their love of the incredible consulting dectective.

It felt so much like he could walk round the corner any moment and join you with a little sarcastic smirk and a witty comment.

I had the best time and I cannot wait to go back at some point.

A huge massive thank you to the wonderful team at the museum who made our trip so special and such great fun.

Have you visited the Sherlock Holmes Museum? Who plays your favourite Sherlock?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday and a wonderful start to your July. We are back with something I have not done in forever, it is a small business spotlight but with a slight twist to it.

I am incredibly touched and honoured that Josie got in contact with me. Not only do I love bees (when I’m not worried about being stung) but they are also a Pokemon lover which at this point means we are basically besties. However I think the work they are trying to do is incredible.

A little bit about Josie and the incredible work she is trying to do:

I am Josie, a girl formerly hiding from the world. I have Aspergers and I find it hard to engage with the world and express myself, but I am challenging myself every day by writing about bees and Pokemon. 

Although we often don’t talk about it much in every day life, everything we do is built on bees. Our ecosystem is everything we build on, bees are everything we build on. Our intricate ecosystem is so precious, held up by other ecosystems like supporting strands in a web and if there is a break, it can mean entire sections break off and collapse, including our own. It stands to reason that we should seek to care about our world around us – as a form of self care if nothing else. Approximately 70% of our food depends on bees but evidence shows us they are fast losing ground due to climate change but also the use of deeply damaging pesticides (neonicotinoids).

It’s really hard to know how to start or what to do to help – having Aspergers, I am used to feeling totally overwhelmed over even the smallest things. I have often found it so hard to do the things I know I want to do. I can’t organise myself and my thoughts and it’s so easy to end up in a downward spiral feeling so utterly overwhelmed. This leads to giving up. This is why I wanted to create a guide full of the most helpful, easiest ever actionable tips that anyone can jump on and complete and feel actually badass for the day.

You can find all the crazy bee challenges here and steps you can take to help right now!

Project bees!

Because when something is very accessible, easy to do and put in front of you, it is the easiest thing to jump on that rung of the ladder, so to speak. And it becomes the action you will most likely take because it provides the path of least resistance.

What I wanted to do is to turn helping bees into an entire campaign of fun! Having fun means we end up helping automatically while having a good time, which makes it so fulfilling for us at the same time, which makes us want to do it more. 

Turning a negative situation into a positive one is an incredibly powerful step to take for ourselves, as well as being an incredibly therapeutic tool for us wherever we are in life. Positive effects spiral. As like anything that has a tremendous and positive impact on ourselves, the effect will be amplified when it comes to the environment and the world around us, which then impacts ourselves and inspires us further. Call it the law of attraction or karma – it’s what we put out in the world, what we fill our hands with!

Have a little visit and get excited – there are so many fun and easy and out there, crazy steps to help out – even as simple as decking out your homescreen with an adorable girly bee wallpaper and then sharing them on. We can choose to fill our next moments with love and positivity and action and intention for a better world and future. When our hands are empty we can fill them with anything!

Now I do not know about you but I know I am buzzing to get involved. Also there are some really cool free phone backgrounds if you click through to her website. It has been nothing but a pleasure working with Josie on this post and I hope you guys will get involved and check it out.

What is your best Bee pun? Let us know below.

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy June!

I hope you are all having a wonderful June so far! With summer officially here! I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of my favourite book quotes all about summer! These are often my favourite posts to have included in the schedule as it just gives off the best vibes. As a June baby I love me the summer however this being said if you know me well you will know its not my favourite season! In an attempt to appreciate the summer more this year I thought I would share the book quotes about summer that bring a warm fuzzy feeling to my heart.

I love this one particularly because it highlights that whether you are quiet or not you hold a magic within you which can make the most incredible things happen, especially when the sun is shining. I love me some magical moments.

As a Gemini and a June baby, I love this quote so so much! I think it sums up the beauty of June in the simplest of terms and yet paints the most beautiful picture.

Now although I do not believe summer to be my most magical time of the year (i love me some fall/winter magic) one of my best friends (soul sister) is also a June baby and I cannot think of a better proof that the world and universe is a magical thing. We have quite the meet cute.

Now it would not be me if Harry Potter was not included. (I know that some will disagree with the inclusion of these books but I want to make it perfectly clear in no form whatsoever do I support the authors views.) Harry potter books and films made up a massive part of my childhood and my escape from reality that I just find some comfort in getting lost in the world over and over again. Also Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton in general) has a small (large) spot in my heart (I am not sorry).

One of my all time favourite books and therefore just had to be mentioned.

I release after writing these out the majority of them talks about the magic of the summer in one way or another. It just seems very fitting for me really. We all know I love me some magic.

What are some of your favourite book quotes for the summer?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy March!

With Spring just around the corner I am very excited to say that we have a guest post to get us in the mood for Spring. The wonderful Bee of Mind.Beauty.Simplicity Blog has kindly written a post for us. If you are new you will not know this but I am a little obsessed with their blog so it is incredible to be able to have them guest post. Working with them has been the most amazing experience.

Ah spring, the quintessential time to get your life & space in order for the new season. Goodbye to  the cold, dark shades of winter & hello to warm, bright colours of spring! Today, I wanted to share with you 5 Spring Cleaning Hacks According to a Minimalist 

So yes, if you are new to me & my writing, I’ve been a minimalist for 5 years now. And honestly, minimalism changed everything about my life. And I think with living with less, I’ve mastered the art of cleaning a space. And it’s such a wonderful feeling to start fresh. 

REVAMP YOUR WARDROBE

I love starting with my closet because each season begins with a shift in fashion. I love to go through & evaluate what I have, what no longer works & what replacements I may need. Recently, I did a full blown purge of my wardrobe & removed bags & bags full of items. It was quite liberating. I usually take everything completely out of my drawers or closet spaces & try on every single item. It might sound tedious, but it really helps you honestly see what works & what doesn’t. And once everything is back in your spaces all organized, you’ll be glad you did it. 

When cleaning your house it can seem like a rather daunting task. But if you focus on one room at a time, it will not seem as stressful. Always remember it’s not a sprint. You want to clean your house well instead of being rushed. I always go through each space & see what I can get rid of first. Why clean something, if you are going to throw it out anyway, right? Once all the junk is cleared, I take a multi surface cleaner & wipe off any surfaces. Keep in mind, if there are any future pieces you are down with & not serving a purpose, feel free to donate those items. 

YOU DON’T NEED A TON OF PRODUCTS

You know all the fancy cleaning products they sell? You don’t need all of them! I simply use a multi surface cleaner, Windex & a vacuum. We actually were gifted the Roomba for Christmas & it’s a game changer! A lot of cleaners are rather toxic for yourself, your children & pets. So, why have more than what you need? I’ve been trying to replace most of my cleaning products with sustainable alternatives as well. Baby steps. 

DECLUTTER YOUR DIGITAL SPACE
I feel like because we can’t literally see digital clutter as well as physical household items, we tend to ignore it. But I’m here to tell you to go through your digital space as well.  Clear out your contacts in your phone, delete old emails, unsubscribe from online stores & unfollow anyone on social media that isn’t inspiring or making you happy. You don’t realize how these platforms can affect your overall well being, so cleaning house of these places is so important. 

REFLECT ON YOUR FUTURE SELF

I think the most important part of going into a new season, especially spring, is to take the time to write down your goals & aspirations. Who do you wish to be this month or the months going forward? What changes do you want to make? What habits do you want to break? This is a perfect time to journal about these actions of self growth. Each day is a new beginning. Here’s to a fresh start. 

Thank you so much All Things Gee for allowing me to guest post on your blog. I hope your readers find these spring cleaning tips helpful. If you are interested in learning more about me, my journey to minimalism & my perspective on lifestyle topics, please join the Mind Beauty Simplicity Family – –  BLOG | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST

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Again a massive thank you for guest posting I love this post so much!

Love Always,

Gee xoxo