#Blogtober17 ~ Day 13 ~ Movies

Today is Day 13 of Blogtober 2017, and the theme is Movies!

I’m so excited about this one-mainly so I can ramble on about my favourites!

 

*I’ll just mention now, these aren’t in order of favourite to least favourite-as that’s an impossible task!  Also, they’re very random! Continue reading “#Blogtober17 ~ Day 13 ~ Movies”

#Blogtober17 ~ Day 10 ~ Joke

Today is day 10 of Blogtober 2017, and the theme today is ‘Joke’.

 

As a blogger, regardless of how I describe what I do, and how I spend my time, I still end up being treated as a joke.

I know, I know, you didn’t expect to come over to today’s Blogtober post and read this did you!

But it’s true-I genuinely am treated and thought of as a joke. Continue reading “#Blogtober17 ~ Day 10 ~ Joke”

The Big Bingo Bash-Mecca Bingo Thanet Review

Last Saturday (19th) I was invited to review The Big Bingo Bash at my local Mecca Bingo (Thanet).

The only Bingo I’m used to, is the quiet, dab-your-numbers, (usually win nothing), kind of Bingo.  This, is nothing like that kind of Bingo. Continue reading “The Big Bingo Bash-Mecca Bingo Thanet Review”

30 Million Minutes*

Right, before I write anything else, this isn’t something I usually do.  I’ve never reviewed a TV programme/episode, I usually leave the critiquing to Ian Hyland-but I just couldn’t leave this one alone.

You see, since as early as was acceptable, my hero-my Dad, used to let me watch French & Saunders with him.  I then became a ridiculously massive fan of the Vicar of Dibley, Jam and Jerusalem, and mainly anything with Dawn French in.

Dawn French, very quickly became one of my comedy heroes.

On New Years Eve, the critically acclaimed show, 30 Million Minutes, was shown on BBC4.

Unsure of what kind of show it was going to be, I have to say I assumed it would be a whole 2 hours of stand up comedy.  But it was so much more than that.  It was basically an autobiographical show-the life of Dawn French!
People like Dawn French-well, anyone in the public eye I suppose-seem to have been moulded in our heads using a preconceived idea of who we think they are.
What doesn’t help are media morons, trying to convince us (badly), that what they print is true.
Social media platforms, where the age old game of “Chinese Whispers” comes into play-in the form of tweets/statuses, spreading untrue rumours.
And, as Dawn mentions during this show, horrible, nasty, vile arseholes idiots, who would happily mess with a child’s life to make a quick buck from a book full of crap.

So, imagine my surprise, when, while watching this glorious woman’s show, even though she’s double my age (sorry Dawn), I found the most amazing, and heartbreaking similarities in our lives.

I cried, I laughed, I laughed and cried at the same time.  

I felt my heart break all over again, when she re-lived her miscarriage, something she kept so private-like I initially did with my first one.  Who knew this amazing, funny, beautiful, open woman, had lost a baby-just like me.

I sat, open mouthed, at the detail in which she went into, when speaking about her father’s suicide when she was only 19.  My eyes glancing over at the photo of my life hero-my Father, imagining how it would’ve felt to lose him at such a young age.

I cried, so much, over her descriptions of her Grandmothers, because the similarities in them and my own Grandmothers was so unbelievable!

And, I recalled my own memories of my Mother and Father’s divorce, and looked at it from another angle, when she explained how one day, she just knew it wasn’t working with Lenny, and decided to put herself and her “truth” first for a change.
All those years of listening to why my parents had split-and never really understanding, finally made sense.  What Dawn and my Dad have in common (aside from age), is that they followed their hearts-and now, both remarried, know what they did was right for them!

If you haven’t seen it yet, none of these things are spoilers.  The context in which Dawn speaks about these life lessons and experiences, aren’t anything you can read in an article or blog.  They really have to be watched to be experienced fully.
Also, if you haven’t watched it yet, please don’t think its full of misery.  Somehow, Dawn manages to make you flip from heartbreak to hilarity in a matter of moments, and, at one point, I genuinely couldn’t work out if my tears were from crying at an earlier story, or laughing hysterically at another tale from her past years (the glass on the car seat literally had me in pain laughing).

To sum up-the entire 120 minutes, of Dawn’s 30 Million Minutes, are just unforgettable.  If you haven’t watched it, go watch it.  If you have watched it, go watch it again-and lets start some kind of DVD release petition-because I absolutely must own this show forever!

Thank you Dawn-for, well you know, everything!

X

*I stole the above photo from The Telegraph-just in case anyone was wondering!

Mills & Boon-“Modern Girls Guide” Series Book Review

Drunk Ebay; There was a point somewhere around 1 a.m. and the second bottle of gin, when it had suddenly seemed really important to Abi that she should order a hundred and fifteen identical Channing Tatum plastic figurines.

But now, in the cold light of day, with the postman giving her one of his looks, she couldn’t one hundred per cent remember why that had been the case.

From Happy Hour.

This is just one of many absolutely hilarious pieces from the four books Mills & Boon sent me recently.*

Alongside Ada Adverse, Mills & Boon have published four books for “modern girls“. Each book is an A-Z guide on four different subjects.

 

 

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Focusing on the work day, this hilarious A-Z guide to a “modern girls” daily work life had me in hysterics.

It gives a humorous feminine twist on surviving the office, and getting through a day at work.

Obviously no spoilers, but Deadlines  was one of my favourite pages, reminding me massively of my every day life!

 

 

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This book focuses on surviving your 21st century life, with the help of alcohol of course!

Again, absolutely hilarious, and once again, no spoilers, but one of my favourite pages in this one (aside from the above  quote from Drunken Ebay was Forgetting (once again, this is definitely me).

 

 

 

 

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This one is a guide to self improvement, to help you rid yourself of self doubt (and to stop you slouching).

One of my favourite parts in this one was Writers Block.  As a frequent blogger, this is something I have time and time again!

 

 

 

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HAPPY ENDINGS

The final book in the collection talks about relationships, love, and how to handle it when things don’t run quite as smoothly as you’d hoped.

One of my favourites in this one was In Laws.  For obvious reasons really, we all have them, and we can all relate!

 

Each time I picked another book up, I was sure it was going to be my favourite. But in truth, I can’t choose. Each one made me laugh out loud (much to my husband and children’s confusion). I related to each one individually and parts of each one reminded me of people I know!

The “Modern Girls Guide” books are absolutely brilliant. Sold at only £3.49 each on Amazon, these are perfect Christmas presents, stocking fillers, birthday presents (the list is pretty endless), and well worth every penny.

So what are you waiting for!  Go find your Happy Ending, by Helping Yourself, Working 9-5 and finishing the day with Happy Hour.

 

 

*Thanks to Mills & Boon for the books to review.

Totally blogging about a pudding….

This blog may be a little off topic for anything I’ve written about before. 

This is about a dessert!

This time last year I was in a different home, a pretty rubbish one actually, but there was a positive to living there. Across the road there was an Aldi. I did my weekly shopping there every week, and saved so much money! 

Then the Christmas stock came in. 

I pretty much bought the majority of the Christmas stuff (to test you understand). 

One of the things was a Banoffee Pie. Not just any Banoffee pie. The most amazing Banoffee pie I’ve ever tasted in my entire life! 

I ate the first one in two days. And returned that second day to purchase another! At £2.99 per pie I did think I should maybe curb the  addiction but by the end of December I’d lost count of how many I’d eaten! **

At the end of December I went to do my weekly food shop (and buy another pie). The worst had happened. They’d run out. I went in a few days after. Still none in there. 

My mother in law, adamant she’d bought one, told me I could take it home with me when I saw her next. 

Turns out she’d bought one from another shop. I took it home, I willed it to be the same as the Aldi one. It didn’t make a dent in the other one. 

Fast forward one year since the first time I bought one, and I’ve moved house, so am further away from Aldi, so I shop elsewhere. 

The husband had the day off today so I made him take me to Aldi for my weekly food shop. 

(You can all see where this is going can’t you….)

THEY HAVE THE PIES BACK IN STORE!!!!! 

Not only that, but they’re on offer! £2.69!


In conclusion;

  1. I am over the moon with my purchases today. 
  2. Yes you read right. Purchases. I bought two. 
  3. I am eternally thankful to Aldi for their amazing Banoffee pie (and to offer my freezer for any pies left over in any store anywhere! ***

Go buy this pudding!!!!

  
**I would like to point out I don’t promote eating so many pies you can’t remember how many you’ve eaten. 

***This blog is a light hearted insight into my thrilling life-where pudding is high up on my list of things that make me happy!