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Happy March!

I Hope you are all keeping well and safe! I was recently informed that today is World Poetry Day! (who knew) So it is only right that I shared some content for it! I was not sure how to approach this post today but I figured that the only way to truly celebrate it would be to share with you some of my favourite poems. I also felt it is only right since it is world poetry day to mention my friends over at Poems By Post who work with some amazing poets, artists and small business. But more about them at the end. For now here are three of my favourite poems:

Poems By Post:

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.

Poems by Post is a subscription service where you can receive a Poem typed up on a type writer and a newsletter with all the information you could want about the artists, small businesses and charity of the month that you would be supporting. The poet changes every month and through the newsletter you can hear the poem spoken by the poet themselves which I think is a really cool little addition.

Anyone who loves literature, art, poetry or even just the idea of being able to support small businesses will love this platform. I know I do. As someone who does nothing but read it is something I had to tell you all about!

Who doesn’t want to support artists, support small businesses all while getting a beautiful poem to read. Why not gift it to a friend or family member.

All social media links and the link to the website have been listed below:

Instagram: Poemsby.post

Twitter: PoemsByPost

Facebook: PoemsByPost

Website: Poems by Post

What are some of your favourite poems? Let me know in the comments.

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy March!

I hope you are all well and keeping safe! With spring just around the corner I thought I would do another quotes post as that seemed to go down well with everyone on the Valentine’s Day post! However today we are talking all things Spring! With the longer days and hopefully a little more sunshine it is only right to share with you my favourite book quotes about spring!

The Secret Garden is one of my all time favourite books and one of the first books I remember reading as a teen. Therefore it is no surprise when putting this list together I had to put this quote on the list.

We all know that I love Virginia Woolf and this is a quote I often think about because for me Autumn is one of my favourite seasons, and I wonder if this will change as I grow older.

Spring Walks are something I enjoy and I feel this quote embodies all my favourite things about going for a daily walk especially when the scenery is constantly changing. There is something incredibly special about taking a moment to breath in the Spring air and just take five minutes out to just relax.

Again we are back with Les Miserables! I actually think I may have to go back and reread it. I forgot how much I love this book and it is the second time it has been included in my favourite quotes.

I had to include this quote because I love how it looks at the idea of constant change and how bad days no matter how bad are exactly that a bad day there is always opportunity for rebirth.

Great Expectations is another one of my favourite ‘classic novels’ and it would be completely wrong for me to include one of my favourite quotes that literally feels me with so much warmth and familiar as all that is described is exactly how I picture spring.

What are some of your favourite book quotes about Spring?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy March!!

If you follow me on Instagram or even have just read some of my Christmas content you will know that I was gifted a years worth of Bird and Blend Tea subscription for Christmas. Since I have now received 3 months worth of the subscription I thought it was about time I provided you guys with a little review. Now I have to be very clear here I love my teas so it is right up my street to receive a gift like this but I was not expecting there to be such an incredible range of teas. I thought I would talk you through what teas I have received across the first three months and give you my opinions on them and a little star rating. If this is something you guys enjoy I may do a post for each month.

December:

Hazelnut Rocher:

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This one is my absolute favourite of all of them. It is honestly the most incredible almost Nutella tasting tea. Yes out loud it sounds weird to want that from a tea but it is incredible.

Star Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Butter Toffee Popcorn:

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Harry Potter fans this one might be for you… As with most of their teas you can have this with or without milk and I found that when you have it with milk it does remind me a lot of butter beer. However it is a great go to cup of tea when you just cannot get your hands on some popcorn.

Star Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Cherry Cola Bottles:

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If you want Christmas in tea form all year round I would highly recommend this fruit tea. As a Christmas obsessed weirdo this is one I will definitely be repurchasing to make sure I have enough to keep me going through to Christmas!

Star Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

January:

Good Kalmer:

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I was not expecting to be a fan of this one as I am not a huge fan of ginger in teas but I was pleasantly surprised.

Star Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Relax:

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This has become a go to flavour for before bed, along with their Dozy Girl blend. This one is also one I have recommended to my mumma as she does not really like tea but will drink Camomile tea. (I cannot be the only one that thinks of the High School Musical 2 scene anytime someone mentions Camomile tea.)

Star Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Zig-A-Zing Ahh! :

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If you’re favourite thing about this tea does not include the fact that without fail every time you reach for it you want to sing along…You are doing it wrong! Again another one with ginger in it but one that I found I liked a lot. Maybe I do not dislike ginger as much as I thought.

Star Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

February:

Maple Bacon Pancakes:

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Again not something I thought I would want in a tea but as they always do they have proven me wrong! What an incredible Blend.

Star Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Blueberry Pancakes:

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I was not expecting to like this one as much as I actually do. In fact this is the one I have recommended to people the most.

Star Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Strawberry & Nutella:

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This one is one that took me a while to decide how I felt about it but It has definitely grown on me.

Star Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Have you tried Bird and Blend Tea before? Which would these tea would be your favourite?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy March!

We are back with another BBNYA book tour! This time however I could not be anymore excited because it is my turn to review yet another book from one of my favourite authors Josie Jaffery! As always hosted by my favourite @The_WriteReads as always a massive thank you to Dave for having me on this tour!

Today I am reviewing The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey and *SPOILER ALERT* I LOVED IT.

However you are probably not shocked by this as it includes some of my favourite things. Mystery, Drama and more importantly VAMPIRES. Now if we are being honesty who does not have a little soft spot for Vampires.

BBNYA:

BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors.

If you are an author and wish to learn more about the 2021 BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website here, or our Twitter account, @BBNYA_Official. If you would like to sign-up and enter your book, you can find the BBNYA 2021 author sign up form here. Please make sure to carefully read our terms and conditions before entering.

If you are a book blogger or reviewer, you can apply to be part of BBNYA 2021 by filling out this form (also remember to read the terms and conditions before signing up)!

BBNYA is brought to you in association with the Folio Society (If you love beautiful books you NEED to check out their website!), and the book blogger support group The Write Reads.

Author Bio:

Josie is the author of nine self-published novels plus short stories. She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA), for which she is seeking representation. Ultimately, she hopes to be a hybrid author, both traditionally- and self-published.

After finishing her degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) at the University of Oxford, Josie wasn’t sure what to do with her life.

She slogged through a brief stint working for an investment bank in London during the 2008 credit crunch, then converted to law and qualified as a solicitor specialising in intellectual property. She worked at a law firm for five years before moving to a UK-based international publisher in 2016. Whilst she loved law, in the end she didn’t love it quite as much as writing, which she now does almost full time.

Josie lives in Oxford with her husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for Josie to wear black, which is largely why she gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, she still misses her old wardrobe.

Her website is here if you want to learn more!

Synopsis:

In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

My Review:

There is really no surprise here that I absolutely loved this book. Not only did I fall in love with the book but I found myself falling head over heels for the characters also. If you have followed my blog for a while you will know that I may as well be Josie’s number one fan, I fell in love with her writing when I had the opportunity to read May Day! I was hooked then and I have not been disappointed this time round! I would like to point out that as someone who forms connections to the characters I wish I had read reviews prior to reading The Gilded King because the ending had me screaming out loud.

I loved how we got to explore the world through the eyes of the characters and I have to admit for once I really enjoyed the changing perspectives. I felt like it gave us time to learn more about the characters individually. However this itself means I formed a slight obsession for both Cam and Julie. We shall never know if thats a good thing or not but I will include it as a warning.

Small side note if like me you get way to into a book and a little character obsessed I would strongly recommend reading the ending on your own. Not in a room of people who could potential get scared when you out loud scream at the ending. Yes! I had to learn this the hard way!

Star Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Does this sound like something you would read? If you have read it let me know your thoughts!

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy March!!

With Spring right around the corner I thought it would be a good time to share with you some of the things that I love about Spring!

Spring for me means only one thing…a bunch of really cool things are coming up. For example, the 4th of March is World Book Day and for me especially whilst I was at school this was one of my favourite days. I am pretty sure I dressed up as Tracey Beaker one year, yes I was that cool. Not only is World Book Day coming up, the spring flowers are starting to bloom, the daily walks are starting to look incredibly different and well it means we are one step closer to having sunny days. Now just to find someone to come to the sunflower fields with me…

One of my favourite quotes about Spring is “Spring: A lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.” I love this because it is so true, so many of us struggle with the idea of change. I know I am someone who does not always handle change in the best way, however I think that this quote puts it so beautifully. Change is inevitable and sometimes leads to something we did not know we needed. Embracing change is something I constantly try and work on. Maybe something I will make an effort to work on this Spring.

  1. The Flowers

This time of the year means one thing for me I am filling the house with Daffodils. I mean I would be lying if I did not admit to already treating myself to a couple bunches. After all it adds a little pop of yellow to the flat which just fills me with such happiness. This is something my dad actually started when he bought me a bunch for my uni room. It really is the little things that bring the most joy.

2. Spring Walks

What is more beautiful than a walk in the sunshine (whether permitting) with all the new flowers blossoming and it just puts you in such a good mood. Honestly walking is one of my favourite ways to clear my head and it is incredibly important to put your mental health first. If I can include the little things in this walk like the noticeable changes in the seasons then that to me is just a bonus.

3. Floral Dresses

We can start to bring out the floral dresses without having to cover them up as much with winter coats. The coats get lighter and the wardrobe becomes just a little bit more colourful.

4. Sunshine (A girl can hope)

It is always a good day when you wake up to sun coming through the window and not waking up to hearing the rain crash into the windows.

5. Longer Days

Now do not get me wrong I love autumn and winter as they have some of my favourite events. However I can’t wait to be able to leave home and then return after uni while it’s still light outside. (When we are actually allowed back out.) That and there is something so enjoyable about heading to the park with a good book and having a couple hours extra before it starts to get dark. It definitely makes walking in the afternoons more enjoyable. This also reminds me of one of my work colleagues who got far too excited over the shortest day of the year as it meant we were on our way to longer days. Which now looking at it I suppose is a good thing.

6. Windows Can Be Opened

I mean I do this all year round however there is nothing better than having the windows open and it not being freezing cold after five minutes. There is something so nice to be able to sit and have the windows open and have the fresh air surrounding the home.

7. Iced coffee

Again something I do all year round because COOFFEEEEE! However I feel like you get less strange looks for drinking Iced Coffee in the Spring/Summer.

8.Easter break

This goes without saying that this year I am looking forward to the Easter Break as it will allow me time to catch up on my uni work and hopefully work some more on the blog.

What are some of your favourite things about spring? What are you looking forward to this spring?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

What are your favourite things about spring?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy March!

Today’s post I am so excited to share with you all. It is another guest post but this time it is from the wonderful Jill from Myth and Magic book club. She discusses with us her love of fantasy romance novels and how she would like to reduce the stigma around them having to be a guilty pleasure, because if we are being honest who does not love a little fantasy and romance all rolled into one book. As always I have included her links below and would love for you all to go and check her out.

Explore the countless articles from Forbes, NPR, and others highlighting the popularity of romance books in troubling times. Or think about Netflix’s Bridgerton, a romance show taking ‘most watched in the first 28 days’ in their catalog of shows. Whether it’s now, amidst the Covid pandemic, or the 2008 financial crash, when times are tough, it’s easy to turn to romance books to escape. Reading itself is a relatively cheap pastime, even cheaper if you can get the books from your local library. So when the world around you seems to be falling apart, it’s a safe bet you can find a book to sweep you away. I’ve found fantasy romance books to be my genre of choice. 

In March 2020, as the world was shutting down, my favorite author published a new book, Sarah J Maas’s Crescent City House of Earth and Blood. I’ve always been a big reader, and always liked fantasy, but this book at that moment hit me. It was the perfect escape. It got me out of my book reviewing slump. Since then I’ve unashamedly dove even deeper into the fantasy romance genre. I can’t help it, the beautiful worlds to explore, strong female leads to admire and rich fantastical characters dealing with very human emotions.

What still bugs me and what I hope can change is the perception that reading romance books is somehow less worthwhile than reading other genres. I do it less now, but used to call these books ‘guilty pleasures’ or felt I had to justify them when talking to friends and family, especially with more traditional ‘literary fiction’ readers. 

I like reading fantasy romance books, and that’s good enough for me. I think the part I like the most are the heroines. Who has more swagger and confidence than Celaena Sardothien? Who has more strength than Elena Deveraux? Or is more of a badass than Rachel Morgan? The answer is probably that there are so many more fantasy romance books for me to read and characters to explore that I just haven’t found them all yet, but my point is that these books tend to have a strong female lead. She’s not always perfect, thank God, but she’s always figuring out how to move forward. 

I want to move forward from the assumption that just because a book is in the romance genre it’s not a story worth reading. My fantasy romance reads are not guilty pleasures, or books I don’t talk about. They are books that I love and enjoy talking to others about.

I hope you enjoyed today’s guest post, as always I loved reading this and I have to agree it is a topic that I would love to know more peoples thoughts on.

What do you think of fantasy romance novels? Guilty pleasure or something to be embraced?

A massive thank you again to Jill from Myth and Magic book club for guest posting for me. It was such a pleasure to have you on the blog and I hope you enjoyed as much as I did. I have put her links below please go and give her some love.

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Website: https://www.mythandmagicbookclub.com/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MythandMagicBC

Happy March!!

Today is another book review but one that I have been meaning to publish forever, I was kindly gifted a copy of Art and Soul by Claire Huston back in October 2020 but life got a little bit crazy and I forgot to post this review! So we are finally getting around to posting about this incredible read.

Synopsis:

There’s no problem Becky Watson can’t fix. Except her own love life…

Struggling single mother Becky Watson longs to revive her career as a life-fixer, working miracles to solve her clients’ problems, no matter how big or small. Since the birth of her two-year-old son she has been stuck preventing wedding fiascos for the richest and rudest residents of the Comptons, a charming, leafy area of southern England known for its artistic heritage.

So when semi-reclusive local artist Charlie Handren reluctantly hires Becky to fix his six-year creative slump, she’s delighted to set him up with a come-back exhibition and Rachel Stone, the woman of his dreams.

Though they get off to a rocky start, Becky and Charlie soon become close. But as the beautiful Rachel becomes Charlie’s muse, Becky is forced to wonder: will giving Charlie everything he wants mean giving up her own happily ever after?

A heart-warming, uplifting romance served with a generous slice of cake. 

My Review:

Art and Soul is an incredibly heart-warming and pleasant read. For me it is a book that gives you an escape from reality with that not only is a great read but has an incredibly confident female main character which is what we love.

Charlie is a renowned local artist who has sadly found himself a little stuck. He’s been in this situation since receiving a negative review of his work some years ago. Enter Becky who loves to fix things. The two strike up a work agreement to improve his career and love life.

The characters in this story are fun and vivid. This makes it incredibly easy to enjoy the characters. I feel like this is definitely a book for when you are in the mood for an easy romance comedy with mature characters.

Becky and Charlie work together to bring him out of his gloomy situation. The storyline progressed in a way that I found myself rooting for him and his teenage daughter.

If you are looking for a feel-good story this is definitely one I would recommend.

Star Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Does this sound like a book for you?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy March!

With a little spare time this month I have been going back and reading books that I have been meaning to read forever! Today’s review is one of those… Finally getting round to reading Ring The Bell by Josie Jaffrey. This is a bit of a short review as it was a short story but that did not stop me from falling head over heels with emotion for this story!

Thank you to the author for a review copy via StoryOrigin

Synopsis:

Scale the mountain. Ring the bell. Buy your freedom. Or trade the prize to change the world.
Mia’s life is defined by the Surge. The race comes every five years, and she’s determined to win it. She’ll make it to the top first, ring the bell and set her family free.
But victory comes at a price. The faster she runs, the more people she’ll condemn to death in the valley below.
In Unterstrom, only the strongest survive.

My Review:

This book had me utterly shocked at how much I loved it, considering that it is a short story I was not expecting to fall in love with it as much as I did. I cannot believe how much Josie Jaffrey managed to fit within this short story. It is so in depth and powerful. I found myself struggling to put it down but also found myself highly emotional. Despite it only being a short story I fell in love with Mia and the characters.

By the end of the short story I found myself actually crying, my emotions thrown out of the window and being forced to finish this story that had so much important content had me fully shook. This is my fourth book of hers I have read and every time I find myself falling in love with her style more and more and very much can see her being one of my all time favourite authors.

Star Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Does this short story sound like one you would enjoy? Have you read this book?

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

What do you think of Minimalism?

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

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy March!!

It is the 4th of March and that can only mean one thing it is World Book Day! As a child this one of my favourite days of the year because it was an opportunity to dress up as my favourite book characters. If I am being honest it was pretty much the same costume every year, it was always Tracey Beaker for me as let’s be honest we all know that I had a little obsession with Jacqueline Wilson and her books.

I thought for World Book Day 2021 I would share with you a list of some of my favourite books from when I was a child/teen. I am sure some of these would be favourites of mine even now! Maybe I should go back and read them now.

CandyFloss – Jacqueline Wilson

I remember queuing with my mum when this book was released because I needed a copy!

Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

Let’s be honest we all knew that this was going to be on here. My hard back copy of these stories is still today up there with one of my favourite books.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales by Brothers Grimm

I still have my special edition of this somewhere at my mums house but theses were some of my favourite books to read.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

This was one of my very first favourite books and I remember my teacher at infants school putting me in charge of the caterpillar because I had a little bit of a protective issue when it came to him.

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Turns out I have always been a little obsessed with Witches who would have thought!

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

A lady my mum used to work with gifted me her hardback copy of this book a couple years back because she knew that it was one of my all time favourite stories and she was getting rid of it.

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

My dad bought me my first ever copy of this book and I just remember being utterly in love with this story. Maybe I should pick up a new copy.

I had so many more books that I loved growing up that this list could literally go on forever and not stop but I feel you may get a little bored if that was the case.

What was your favourite book growing up?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo