Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Small Book and Stationery Haul

Hello everyone! My sister recently gave me a Waterstones voucher she hadn't used. She isn't really a big reader so she said that I should just take it and spend it because she didn't really want to. She didn't have to tell me twice! So when I was in Edinburgh on Monday I went to the Waterstones on Princes Street to see how much was on it. There was £15 on the voucher(?!) which I was more than happy to spend. The Princes Street Waterstones is huuuuge compared to the Livingston one. And I also went to Paperchase because I wanted to treat myself to an academic diary for starting university. I thought I'd do a little haul to show you what I bought.

So one of the first books I saw was Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. If you've been reading my book posts for the last few months then you'll know that I recently read Speak by Laure Halse Anderson and it has became one of my all time favourite books. Wintergirls is about two girls who are battling eating disorders. One of the girls dies and it follows Lia, who is left behind to battle her demons alone. I'm already half way through it and I'm really enjoying it even though it is a bit haunting. Laurie Halse Anderson is well known for writing really hard hitting and shocking novels, I'd really recommend her work.

Now I'm not usually one for the movie covers of books but when I saw the movie cover of If I Stay by Gayle Forman I knew I had to get it! I have wanted to read this book for a while and I didn't even know it was being made into a movie until I saw the trailer before seeing The Fault In Our Stars. It looks like it is going to be a really great movie. In the book a girl called Mia is in a car accident that kills all of her family. She then gets stuck in a kind of 'limbo' where she has to decide if she wants to wake up and carry on living or if she wants to die and be with her family. The book is quite short and the movie comes out on the 29th of August so I have plenty of time to read it before it comes out!

Now I've already read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and it is one of my all time favourite books. The thing is I read it on my Kindle and I really wanted a physical copy to go in with my other Rainbow Rowell books. If I Stay had a buy one get one half price sticker and so did this so it was fate! This copy is also signed by Rainbow Rowell! It says 'You don't do magic, you MAKE magic. Rainbow!' on the inside. Fangirl is about a girl who is moving out to go to college. She's quite a shy girl but writes a famous fan fiction about a made up series that is similar to Harry Potter. It follows her as she grows and develops and is just the most charming little book! I can't wait to reread this!

I wanted to treat myself to a new academic diary for starting uni. This isn't something I ever had to buy as at school we got given a school one every year so I wanted to buy the nicest one I could find! Paperchase didn't have as big a selection as I expected but I still managed to find this nice one with some pretty birdies on it. I love the bright green colour of the strap! It was £8.00 which I didn't think was too bad.

Then I couldn't leave the turtle pushpins behind! I needed some any way as I get a notice board in my uni room. They were only £2.00 and there are 20 in the pack!

So there you go. Have you bought any good books lately?

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Monday, 28 July 2014

The Harry Potter Tag

You may have noticed that I've been a bit quiet on the blogging front lately. Why? Errr, I've been reading Harry Potter books. I've read them all 1000000000 times(approximation) but when I started reading Chamber Of Secrets during the BookTubeAThon I realised that I really needed to reread them all. I got so sucked into it that I just had no motivation to do anything but read. Then I ran out of scheduled posts and just decided to have a little blogging break. Then I remembered that Becky had done a Harry Potter and I decided that would be such an appropriate blog post to do to get back into the swing of things!

1. What is your favourite book?
My favourite book is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I think the characters really start to grow up in this book and its nice to see them grow and develop. I love all the excitement that comes along with the world cup and the tournament. There are wizards from different countries and its so interesting to hear about the way they do things in different places as we only really get a 'British magic' perspective in the other books. And you know, that ending!

2. What is your favourite film?
Its a tie between Goblet of Fire and Deathly Hallows Part 2. Goblet of Fire because its my favourite book and I love all the haircuts(or lack there of). And Deathly Hallows PArt 2 because it was amazing to see the whole thing wrap up. I wasn't as much of a fan of Deathly Hallows Part 1 though as it was really slow and I don't think much happened.

3. What is your least favourite book?
I'd probably say Prisoner of Azkaban. I don't dislike it, I just find that its not as exciting as the rest of them. I don't dislike any of the books, choosing a least favourite is hard!

4. What is your least favourite film?
As I've already said, probably Dealthy Hallows Part 1 because it was so slow! I really dislike the way a certain character death was handled at the end of Order of the Phoenix though. I don't think that it was well explained or as emotional as it was in the book.

5. What parts of the books/films made you cry?
I didn't actually cry at all when reading the books. I was 10 when I read Deathly Hallows and I don't think I was really capable of that sort of emotion over a book and I don't think I really realised at the time just how much Harry Potter meant to me. When watching Deathly Hallows Part 2 I started crying when Ron saw Lavender Brown during the Battle Of Hogwarts and then didn't stop.

6. If you could hook up with any character who would it be?
I used to really fancy Fred Weasley and then he got killed off. Cheers Joanne. I would hook up with Tom Riddle from the Chamber of Secrets movie though, what a babe.

7.  Who is your favourite character?
Don't ask me that! I think it would be a 4 way tie between Hermione, Neville, Luna and Ginny. Awesome, sassy book Ginny, not crappy movie Ginny.

8. Who is your least favourite character?
Bellatrix, she was truely horrid. Especially when she's talking to Neville about torturing his parents.

 9. What is your least favourite line?
To be honest, I can't really think of one that really stands out to me.

10. What would your patronus be?
I think an octopus patronus would be really cool. The way they move is very graceful and I think that would cross over to a patronus well.

11. If you could have the resurrection stone, invisibility cloak or elder wand which would you chose?
Probably the invisibility cloak although I'd be tempted by the elder wand. An invisibility cloak would be cool but I think it would tempt me to go sneaking about on people.

12. Which house would you be in?
Ravenclaw through and through! I even got sorted into Ravenclaw on Pottermore.

13. If you could meet any member of the cast who would it be?
Matthew Lewis, what a fitty.

14. If you were on the Quidditch team which position would you play?
I used to be pretty good at basketball so probably a chaser. I've be a rubbish beater or a keeper. Being seeker would be fun but it's a lot of responsibility!

15. Were you happy with the ending?
I thought it was a good enough ending but I'd still like some more books!

16. How much does Harry Potter mean to you?
The Harry Potter books instilled a love of reading in me, I owe them a lot because of that.

If you'd like to do this tag then please do! I'd love to read your answers.

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Friday, 25 July 2014

OOTD: Orange and Crochet

Dress - Boohoo // Crocheted Top - Internationale // Shoes - Dorothy Perkins

One day I will take OOTDs where I have some good facial expressions going. Today is not that day and it does not look like it will be some time in the future. The sun was in my eyes. Speaking of sun. What is going on with the weather at the moment? I know people don't like it when people complain about the heat but I really am not good with hot weather. I've had to go and get an inhaler from the doctors as the heat is making me so wheezy. I'd be happy for some rain at the moment.

So what have I been up to? Mostly just reading Harry Potter. Seriously. It's been about 10 days and I'm all the way through to Deathly Hallows. And I've been watching the movies too. Oh man. I have fallen right back in love with the world of Harry Potter. I've even got a Harry Potter tag coming up on the blog soon, keep your eyes peeled! I think there have been rumours that JK Rowling is going to write another Harry Potter book and I really hope she does. I would love a series about the Marauders or a series about all their kids as they go to Hogwarts. Or even a book called 'The Life And Times Of Albus Dumbledore'. I would like that very much. 

I really did love this outfit though. I felt so cutesy. I feel like orange could possibly be 'my colour'.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

My Moving Out For Uni List

Hello everyone! Someone asked me to write a series of posts about moving out and going to uni. So today I'm sharing my list of things that I'm taking with me. I'm moving out into a 5 person flat with 2 bathrooms. It's also self catered so I'm going to be doing all of my cooking by myself. Most of the things that I really need to buy are for the kitchen. I've compiled this list by reading others on various student websites. This does not include clothes, books or foods. If you are interested I could do a separate post about what clothes I'm taking with me and what food I'll be buying to start off my kitchen.

Lever arch folders
Regular ring binders
Pads of lined paper
Plain paper for printing
Cheap black and white printer
Post it notes
Plain black pens
Record cards
Copies of my CV
Academic diary
Hole punch
Pins for notice board

Hand towels
Face towels
Shower gel
Body scrub and body butter
Hand wash
Shaving foam and razor
Sanitary towels and tampons
Face wash 

Dish towels
Washing Up Liquid
2 small pots
1 small frying pan
1 small wok
Oven trays
Sharp Knives
Cheese grater
Tupperware tubs
Wooden spoon and spatula
Cooking oil
Mugs and glasses
Plates and bowls
Measuring jugs
Bottle opener
Can opener
Chopping board
Recipe books
Freezer bags
Oven Glove
Scrubbing brush
Scourer sponges
Basic spices

Alarm clock
Fairy lights
Make up
Clothes Hangers
Washing basket
Hair brush
Hair dryer
Extension lead
Waste bin

Oh dear, that looks like such a long list when I see it written down like that! I have most of the things already. I've done a bit of shopping and then a few things I'll be nicking from home(small wok, batteries, extension lead etc) so I feel like I'm on top of it. Is there anything you'd recommend taking that's not on this list? Or anything on this list that you think is unnecessary? Let me know!

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

OOTD - Floral Cami

Cami - Topshop via Depop // Jeans - Topshop // Necklace - Internationale // Shoes - Primark

You guys said you wanted my face in OOTDS so you can't complain about my horrible facial expressions! I think I was actually trying to smile in the photo, that's the worst part! Oh dear. I definitely have a case of bitchy resting face.

I've had a very quiet week. It's been the BookTubeAThon which is a week long readathon. It's organised by some YouTubers and this is the second week. I've been reading about a book a day so I've really just spent most of my time reading.

On Thursday night Stuart and I went for a little date night. We started off at Wagamamas. I had my usual katsu chicken curry and chilli squid all washed down with a large peach iced tea. The squid was a bit disappointing, I normally love squid but I think it was a bit over cooked so it was really chewy. Everything else was absolutely delicious though! And then we went to go and see How To Train Your Dragon 2. Oh, my, god. It was amazing. I loved the first one but I think this one was even better. And now I want a dragon! If I had a dragon it would be called Ghost. What would you name your dragon?

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

My Top 5 John Green Quotes

Hello everyone! I'm a big John Green fan but I find that all of his other books often get overlooked because of The Fault In Our Stars. Don't get me wrong, I loved The Fault In Our Stars but it's not my favourite John Green novel(that's Paper Towns if you were wondering). I thought it would make a good blog post if I shared some of my favourite John Green quotes that aren't from The Fault In Our Stars. Maybe it will inspire you to try one of his other books. The Fault In Our Stars wasn't even released when I first read a John Green book!

"What a treacherous thing it is to believe that a person is more than a person." - Paper Towns. 

" What is the point in being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable." - An Abundance Of Katherines

"When I look at my room I see a girl who loves books." - Looking For Alaska

"Maybe out favourite quotations say more about us than the stories and people we're quoting." - A vlogbrothers video

"If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane." - Looking For Alaska

 What is your favourite John Green quote?

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Friday, 18 July 2014

The Kelpies

Hello everyone. A few weeks ago me and some friends took a road trip up to The Kelpies. The Kelpies are these massive horse statues that have been put up in Falkirk, Scotland. I've been seeing photos all over the place of them so I've wanted to go for ages. 

It took us about 30-45 minutes to drive there as we were avoiding the motorways. It was a really nice drive though and taking a road trip with your friends is always fun.

We took a picnic with us and we managed to bring the perfect amount of food, we were all more than full but still had snacks left for the drive home. Stuart wasn't very happy about this because he'd hoovered his car that week but tough :P

The weather was really nice. It was a bit windy but it meant that we weren't overly hot. There's nothing worse than when you're trying to walk around and it's so hot that you're absolutely sweating. Yuck.

The Kelpies were really, really nice. They're about the size of a four story building and look really impressive.

There's also a lot of walks around them and there's a really great looking childrens park. Dogs are also welcome so it would be a great place for a family day out.

So what do you think, would you give them a visit?

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Things That Make Me Happy #80

1. I've made this before, can confirm that it is giiiid.


2. This photo makes me want to go on holiday!


3. The decor here is so nice!


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Book Series: Pure and Fuse

Hello everyone! Today I'm going to be reviewing Pure and Fuse by Julianna Baggot* which are the first two books in the Pure series. I was kindly given ebook copies of these books for review purposes. It's an adult dystopian series. A series of 'detonations' have hit America and some people have escaped into a giant dome. The people in the dome remain 'pure' and unharmed whilst those outside end up fused to things they were touching at the time of the detonations. The book follows two characters, one inside and one outside of the dome. If I'm honest, this really wasn't the series for me. I was really expecting to like it because it's had some amazing reviews but I just couldn't get into it.

I normally find that in dystopian trilogies the first book is often a bit slow because the author is spending a lot of time explaining the 'new world' and how it works etc. I feel like in Pure we were dropped in the deep end without much explanation and it took me a while to catch on to what was happening. I feel like if more time had been spent explaining things then I probably would have enjoyed it more. For example, when the detonations occurred, people 'fused' to things. But I didn't catch on to this. There's a character that's described by Pressia as 'the boy with wings in his neck' and I thought that this meant he had tattoos. But he actually fused with birds during the detonations and they were imbedded in his neck. I also still don't quite 'get' what the Dusts are either.

I think if you enjoyed Pure then you'll definitely enjoy Fuse. But by this point I was fed up with the story and I didn't care about the characters. I couldn't really identify with any of them and the introduced too many new characters for me to really keep on check with who everyone was. I did really like the Lyda/Patridge story line but the other characters didn't really interest me.

I hate to say that I didn't enjoy these books because they get so many 4/5 star reviews. I must be missing something! I gave Pure 2/5 stars and Fuse 1/5 stars.

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

OOTD - Edinburgh Wanderings

Dress - Primark // Boots - New Look // Necklace - Topshop

Hello everyone! Another outside OOTD. I see what you guys mean, they definitely look a lot better, I just need to be able to find someone to take photos for me. I haven't quite got the balls yet to take out my tripod and wireless remote to the streets. We got weird enough looks taking these photos! I swear the street had been so quiet and then as soon as we started taking photos everyone appeared! This is what I wore to the Sleeping Beauty Salon Event. I really love this dress. It's got such a nice colour scheme. I also love the mix of the floral and the Aztec print. The material is really light so it makes the perfect summer dress, even though it's long sleeved.

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last OOTD about my student loan. I've phoned SAAS and they said that they've received my letter but are still waiting to process it. That makes me feel a little bit more relaxed about everything. I have some good plans for this week as well so I'm feeling a lot more positive. Some of my friends and I are going to climb Arthur's Seat tonight and then it's my friend Sarah's 18th on Saturday, I'm sure there will also be an OOTD from that too!

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Monday, 14 July 2014

The Importance Of Craft Scissors

As a few of you may have guessed from reading my blog, I'm a very crafty person. I've blogged about crocheting but I have also dabbled in many other crafts: sewing, knitting, patchwork, jewellery making. The list goes on an on. Crocheting is probably the thing that I'm best at but that doesn't stop me. I think I owe my craftiness to my granny. I spent a lot of time at my gran's house when I was growing up. She worked in a dressmaker's shop for a long time and therefore she really knows her stuff. But there was one thing that she really got heated about. She had a pair of scissors that were her craft scissors and they were only to be used by her when working with materials etc.

I always thought that this was a bit over kill. But a few weeks ago at work I saw this play out. Now I work in an aquarium/aquatic pet shop. And we had a large goldfish that caught in a net. This happens more often than you'd think, the fins are actually a lot more rigid than you'd think. Normally if left alone the fish will relax and work its way out of the net by itself. But after a while, the fish was still stuck and it was decided that we'd cut the net off the fish. So I got the pair of scissors we keep at work which are some of the Scotch Titanium scissors and tried to cut the net. But because the scissors get used for everything, they were blunt and the net wouldn't get cut. Lesson learnt.

I was recently sent this pair of Scotch Comfort Scissors* from Viking Stationery and I've decided that these are going to be kept as my craft scissors. The handles are padded which means that they don't dig into your fingers. If you've ever made an item of clothing by yourself then you'll know that it takes an absolute age to cut out the pattern and then the material to match. With these you could easily do that without getting sore hands. The blades are really sharp and I intent to keep them that way by not using them for all my random crap(opening parcels etc). If you're looking to get yourself a pair of crafting scissors, or just a sturdy pair for everyday use, I'd really recommend checking out the selection at Viking, they have a wide range and their delivery is super quick.

We eventually got the fish out of the net by the way, he's fine.

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Sleeping Beauty Salon Event

Hello everyone. On Tuesday night I was invited along to an event at the Sleeping Beauty Salon. The Edinburgh branch of the salon is located on William Street which is in the west end, just off Princes street. They also have branches in Inverness and Lerwick. 

I met up with Abby and Kirsty before hand and we headed along, not really sure what to expect. Upon arriving at the salon we were offered cupcakes and a cocktail and given a little run through of the treatments available at the event. They were doing manicures, pedicures, party lashes and eyebrow waxing/threading! I'd actually just taken some calgel off of my nails before so I knew that I'd love a manicure!

Before I had my nails done I had a little wander around the salon and took some photos. It had a really nice atmosphere to the place. They had a brown and green colour scheme which was actually really nice. It makes a change from the harsh white and reflective surfaces you get in some salons. They had some music playing as well that was really relaxing. It had a very 'bohemian' feel to it and I instantly felt comfortable.

The cocktail I was given was a peach mojito. I'm not usually a big mojito person but I really liked the addition of the peach because they're my favourite fruit! There was a mixologist on hand to make cocktails and they all looked so nice. The cupcakes were very nice(extra may have been taken home in my bag but I'm not at liberty to say ;) ).

One thing that I really noticed about the salon was that it smelt amazing! They have their own branded candles which smelt gorgeous. There's a little one in the goodie bag we got and I can't wait to burn it.

Anyway, onto the manicure. I opted for a shellac manicure because I absolutely love shellac/calgel. Because I work with water my nails will chip really easily with regular polish. The shellac manicure takes about 30 minutes and each coat is cured with a UV lamp. They last at least two weeks chip free which is an absolute god send for me! The woman who done my nails, Lauren, was really lovely and chatty. I felt really comfortable chatting with her and she was really friendly.

 Although choosing a colour was a bit of a struggle! The colour I went with is such a gorgeous sparkly blue, I definitely made the right decision.

I also had my eyebrows waxed. I took some before and after photos but they aren't great as I had a lot of product in them before hand. We went downstairs into one of their treatment rooms for the waxing. My mum is actually a hairdresser and beauty therapist so I've never actually had my eyebrows waxed by someone else. It was actually a lot less painful so I think my mum must enjoy it too much. I joke, they use a different type of wax. The waxing bed was so comfy, I could have fallen asleep! I'm really happy with how they turned out, I would definitely go here to get my brows done when I live in Edinburgh and can't just pop through to my mum's salon.

Overall I was really impressed with the Sleeping Beauty Salon. I think it's a real hidden gem in a nice part of town. We were given a really generous goodie bag as well containing some Elemis skincare goodies, St Tropez bronzing mousse, soap, a candle and some chocolates. 

A big thank you to the lovely people at Sleeping Beauty Salon and Alison Jameson Consultants for organising the event, you absolutely spoilt us!

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Book Review: Shovel Ready

Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh* is a futuristic novel where a dirty bomb has been dropped on Times Square. The story is told from the perspective of Spademan. Before the dirty bomb he was a garbage man, now he's a hit man. When he's hired to kill the daughter of a powerful member of the church, he realises that everything isn't the way that he thought it was. He gets more involved than he should which leads to a gripping, action packed adventure.

I'm going to start off by saying that I actually really enjoyed this book. I read it in about 3 sittings. It was so fast paced that I really sped through it. The book is 243 pages long and it was refreshing to read an adult fiction novel that wasn't super huge. In a small amount of pages Sternbergh managed to create a great story which answers all your question.

There were a lot of great characters in this book. Spademan isn't a character you should like, I mean come on, he kills people for a living. But there's just something about him and his narrative that you can't help but like. The villians in this novel are also very well written and kind of really freaked me out a lot! In this book a lot of people 'tap in' to a new form of the internet that lets them live in a life that they make up. It's an idea that also came up in More Than This by Patrick Ness which is one of my favourite books. It was nice to go back and explore this idea again as it's something that is really interesting. It is one of those things that I could actually see happening in the future so it really scares me.

The ending was really satisfying and I really enjoyed this book so I gave it 5/5 stars on GoodReads. If you like thriller/crime novels then I bet that you'd enjoy this!

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Friday, 11 July 2014

The Reading Habits Tag

Hello everyone! I saw this tag post on What Lauren Did Today and I absolutely loved it. I'd been planning on writing a post about my reading habits anyway so when I discovered that there was actually a tag I decided I'd just do this instead! I can be quite fussy about reading, I know what I like and what I dislike. For example it really bugs me if someone's book shelves aren't arranged alphabetically by the author's last name!

1. Do you have a certain place for reading at home?
I always just read in my bed!

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I bought this really awesome bookmark from The Book Depository but before that I normally just used paper!

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain number of pages?
If I get interrupted then I can stop reading whenever but if I'm choosing to stop reading then I like to do it after a chapter.

4. Do you eat or drink when reading?
I'll eat snacks and stuff but I can't eat a proper meal whilst reading, I need my hands to hold the book!

5. Do you watch TV or listen to music whilst reading?
No. I don't mind if someone else is but its just not something I choose to do by myself.

6. One book at a time or several at once?
I try to read only one book at a time but if I'm not really enjoying a book then I'll start another one and then go back to it when I'm finished. Often I find myself reading one book on my Kindle and one phsyical book at once.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?
I can literally read any where over any noise!

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Always reading silently in my head, reading out loud gives me a sore throat.

9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
Nope. I do sort of skim read through if it's a book that I'm not really enjoying, just to get through the pages!

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
I try not to break the spine of a book but often when they're big books then it can't be helped!

11. Do you write in your books?
I don't really 'write' in my books but I'll highlight, under line or bracket bits that I really like. I don't do this often, only for quotes that I find really poignant.

12. What are you currently reading?
At the moment I'm currenlty reading How I Killed Pluto And Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown but I'm scheduling this post so who knows what I'll actually be reading when it actually goes up! If you'd like to keep up to date with what I'm reading then you can add me as a friend on GoodReads here.

I don't want to tag anyone specifically so if you fancy doing this tag then feel free!

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Small Book Haul

Hello everyone! I went into Waterstones last Wednesday whilst shopping with  my gran for things for my uni room. I had gone in to buy a book for my friend's birthday and then I tripped, knocked 3 books for myself onto the counter and my card fell into the machine. We've all been there right? Good.

My purchases are kind of justified however! I had been meaning to buy a student cook book to take with me to university. Cooking is something that I enjoy but I stick to the same few meals everytime. I thought that a cook book would be the best thing to get to inspire me to create new meals. It worked, there are so many things out of these two books that I want to make, the first one was Sam Stern's Student Cookbook(£9.99) and the second A Girl Called Jack(£10.99 with £2 off). I've never heard of Sam Stern before but this book has so many great recipes. Jack Monroe is actually a blogger so I've wanted to buy her book since it came out, it's so nice to be able to support other bloggers. Again it's full of great recipes, I'm sure I'll be trying out one soon!

Then when I went to buy the book for my friend's birthday, it was buy one get one half price. So it would be a shame not to take advantage of this! I've wanted to read Half Bad by Sally Green(£3.99 half price) since it came out. I put it on my Summer Reading List so as it was on offer, I had to pick it up! It's about witches and one witch in particular who is half good witch, half bad witch. I've read some good things so I can't wait to read it.

What books have you bought recently?

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A Trip To South Queensferry

Lately Stuart has been working Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday nights and then training Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights. It sucks. Big time. And it means that I only really get to spend one night a week with him. I see him a lot during the day but it's still not the same! So on Friday night we went on a little road trip to South Queensferry.

South Queensferry is about a 20 minute drive from Livingston, our hometown, so is perfect for a little evening drive. I was hoping that it would be sunny but it was a little more cloudy than I was expecting. The views were still beautiful!

The big red bridge is the Forth Rail Bridge and the other the Forth Road Bridge. Genius naming right? These are now pretty iconic parts of the Scottish landscape so it was nice to go on a little walk under the two and get a real good look. I've been over both of them enough times but I've never really had a proper look.

We were there quite late at night so everywhere was shut but I think that we might go back one day to go on one of the boat trips. I've been on the Inchcolm Landing one before as part of a school trip and really enjoyed it.

We had the whole beach to ourselves so we went on a little wander and took some very serious photographs.

Sorry did I say serious? I mean ridiculous.

This one's my favourite.

It was the perfect little evening. There's just something so exhilarating about sea air. It made us so giggly and happy. One of Stuart's friends lives nearby so we stopped by on the way back for a 'quick visit' and stayed for over an hour. Oops!

Also can you believe that these photos were taken between 9 and 10pm?! I'm still not used to this 'getting light early' summer business!

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