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Review | The World of RWBY: The Official Companion

RWBY

Considering that I’m 95% fangirl, it’s no surprise that I’m a lover of many fandoms. One fandom in particular is called RWBY! If you’ve never heard of it, then let me give you a brief overview:

In the supernatural universe of Remnant, four strong girls are training to become Huntresses, which are humanity’s only hope of defeating the shadowy and threatening creatures known as Grimm.

Some of you might think that the word ‘Grimm’ sounds familiar and you’d be right. RWBY is based loosely on some of the characters we see in the Grimms’ Fairy Tales. We have Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Snow White and more. There is so much that happens in the show that I literally would be here discussing it forever. That’s why the official companion would explain it all better! Haha!

All of this was the dream brain-child of its creator, Monty Oum, with the help from Rooster Teeth!

If you’ve had the vision of something truly epic that wouldn’t stop bugging you until you brought it to life, then I reckon that was what RWBY was like to Monty. It had two other co-creators in Kerry Shawcross and Miles Luna but this was all Monty!

…It was here, in this buzz of adrenaline and inspiration, that Monty had a dream he just couldn’t shake…He started describing his vision of RWBY: the colours, the names, the girls, how [the title] would be initials but pronounced like ‘ruby’.

He knew what he wanted to make, and we had faith in him to do it.

Unfortunately Monty only got to see 3 volumes of his creation. He passed away on February 1st 2015 due to a severe allergic reaction in a routine medical procedure. He was only 33.

RIP Monty.

Okay, so if the whole incredible ideas haven’t taken in your fancy and you’re looking for a little more fantasy, never you worry! Did you know that the show starts off at a school for hunters and huntresses called Beacon Academy? No! There you go!

It’s like if Harry Potter had specially designed weapons instead of wands!! The world of Remnant (where everything is based) just has a way of capturing your imagination and the characters your heart.

What I love so much about the official companion is that you could literally have no clue what RWBY is about and, by the end of the book, you’ll know everything and more. It really gives you a true in-depth sight into how everything is made from character designs, fight choreography and even animation! The world is just so vast and I’ve always been curious about a number of things.

You think you know everything and then BAM! More details you had no clue about! There are a bunch of characters that I fangirl over every time I see them being mentioned such as Professor Ozpin, Oscar Pine, Team JNPR, Tyrian and Team CFVY (Coffee).

What are your thoughts on RWBY? Does it sound up your street?

Harry Potter

6 Fun Tasks To Enjoy Harry Potter At Home

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No matter what age you are, being at home can quickly get boring if you have things to do. Recently the people at Wizarding World came up with Harry Potter At Home! It’s a site full of things to keep people occupied with a touch of magic. You can never have too much Potter in your life and adults will admit to sometimes having an inner kid! I know I do!

What exactly do they have the website?

Well, lots of different things:

  • Magical games such as Wizard’s Hangman, Harry Potter Bingo and Snitches & Lightning Bolts
  • Harry Potter digital scrapbook
  • Discover your Potter best friend!
  • How to read the Harry Potter books all cosy! (Wizardy hygge!)
  • Make your own Howler (don’t make it yell too loud!)

Seeing all of these things made me think…how else could you have Harry Potter at home?

A person on TikTok I follow called Cassie Mae came up with the idea of bringing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando into her home. She did a bunch of things to make it seem like she was there and I thought I might try and do the same. Since we’re in the UK, we can try and bring the Warner Bros Studio Tour to life too!

Let’s see if we can use some of the kiddy imagination!

Make your own Butterbeer

Whether you’ve been to Universal or visited Watford, both places allow us to try the yummy Butterbeer from the books/films! I’d never tried it before I went to the Studio Tour and it was super yummy! You wouldn’t want more than one glass since your teeth would probably hate you afterwards! Haha!

I found this recipe on the Delish website that has a great recipe and looks easy to follow!

Extra House points to you if you have an official Butterbeer glass to drink it from!

Walk into the Hogwarts Hall

Okay, this is where you’ll really have to use your imagination a little.

You’re going to sit as close as you can get to the TV, have someone cover your eyes and when it’s time to ‘open the doors’, pretend as if you’re pushing them open and have your eyes uncovered!

If you’re extra fancy and have virtual reality, you can pop those on! I know that the Tour’s Youtube has a 360o video so it makes looking around the Hall a lot easier! Plus you can put on the ‘Great Hall’ track from the Philosopher’s Stone soundtrack!

Have your wand choose you

This is something I’m desperate to experience for whenever I get to go to Florida or California!

I know it must be luck of the draw on whether you get chosen but it still looks like so much fun! Obviously we haven’t got an Ollivander to help us. We do, however, have a trick up our sleeves!

Decide what kind of wand you have from wood type, wand core and length! You can now either have your robes on or not for this part…get a hairdryer and a friend to turn it on and, when the wand chooses you, you can have your hair blowing around you like Harry!

Eat a pumpkin pasty or a chocolate frog

Something brilliant about having Harry Potter at home is that you get to make some wizarding treats to snack on! You have the Chocolate Frog Cafe (which I still need to visit!) that all kinds of yummy food. You also have both The Three Broomsticks and The Leaky Cauldron at Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Finding British food to make shouldn’t be too difficult! Haha!

If you’re wanting a great Chocolate Frog recipe, then Tessa Netting did a fun video a few years ago with one! You get to watch Tessa AND make gorgeous chocolate! The best recipe for Pumpkin Pasties I could find is this one by DelightfulAdventures! I’ve never tried pumpkin before so that would be something new to try this year!

Cast a spell

The great thing about living in an age of technology is that we have fun gizmos to use! The gizmo I’m thinking of is a colour-changing bulb!

I’ve heard that you can be interactive with certain parts at Wizarding World so I thought these bulbs could count! You have to grab your wand (don’t forget to swish and flick) and point at the bulb! If you’ve cast it right, then the colour should change!

Wow! You’re a wizard/witch!!

Go on a ride

Remember how I spoke about the themepark POV videos on Youtube?

It’s time to get back in front of that TV and go on some rides!! Though it might be frowned-upon to bring a camera on the rides, I’ve never been so glad for these people! You get to really feel as if you’re flying around on Forbidden Journey or taking a ride with Hagrid!

Lean with the corners, feel the drops and don’t forget to put your hands in the air!

How would you celebrate Harry Potter at home?

Lifestyle

How To Incorporate Hygge Into Your Spring Decor

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The UK may have entered ‘British Summer Time’, but it’s still spring in my books and that means I can still type these kinds of posts! I’ve heard the word Hygge (pronounced ‘Hoo-ga) mentioned quite a lot over the years.

There’s a famous book called The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living that I know a bunch of my friends have read. I did try to read the book back then but I just couldn’t get into it. I might have to find an e-book version and give it another go.

If you’ve never heard of Hygge before, it’s basically the Danish word for being all cosy and content. We all need times when we can be both those things and that’s why it’s important that your home reflects that!

Hands up who actually does their deep cleaning during Spring?

I wouldn’t say that I deep-clean because there’s only so much I can do, but I do like to be tidier! A tidy place tends to trigger me much less than one covered in dishes and dusty. I’ll admit that the word cosy immediately makes me think of winter but it can be any season. You just have to tweak things! As you can see from the title of the post, I’m going to be chatting about the little things you can do to your home this season.

Don’t be afraid to be cosy when the sun is shining

As much as we’d love to be walking everywhere and anywhere, we’re all going to be home-birds for a little bit more. There’s no rule that cosy is only a cold-weather thing. It can totally be an all-year-round thing if you want it to be. Whatever makes you feel all content is perfect!

Do you like opening your windows? Do it!

Love fresh flowers in the kitchen? Put them there and enjoy!

Wherever the sun is shining, grab a chair or even sit on the floor and read. You can make yourself a little picnic and enjoy the birdsong!

Let plants be your new friend

You don’t have to look on Pinterest long to see pin after pin of homes with plants. I was always brought up with at least one plant in either the living room or kitchen. They give the room a real fresh feel and apparently they give that area more oxygen!

Nothing like a fun plant to help you out!

Not entirely sure what plants are the best so maybe you guys can help me out there.

Photo by Maarten Deckers on Unsplash

Throw out all that clutter

As I mentioned, clutter doesn’t make any happy.

We probably wish that magic existed and that all of it would disappear if we looked at it hard enough. Unfortunately not the case right now. We all have to do it the old fashioned way: good ol’ elbow grease! If we’re going to be at home more, might as well be happy about it. You don’t have to go crazy…just throw the items that give you no joy and you’ll feel much calmer.

Let there be light

The sun is shining, people!

Spring comes with it every now and again so we can all feel the hygge of feeling on our skin. However, that’s not the only kind of light your home can get! What I mean is swapping the dark winter items for more colourful, lighter ones. You can swap heavy knit blankets for blush pink throws on your bed, use happier cushions on your sofa and even break out the floral prints!

Have frames you’re not sure what to do with? Print out/order from Etsy a gorgeous print to fill it. I may or may not be obsessed with looking at lamb photography. They’re just so cute!!

Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash

Burn a fresh candle

Last year was the first time I had burned a vegan soy candle and I loved it! I actually still haven’t finished it but it’s definitely on the last legs! I’m hoping to use the little container for some flowers when it’s done. I haven’t gotten a spring-scented candle as of yet since I haven’t had the chance to properly look. I have heard some great things about the Diptyque Mini Freesia Candle (£27)!

Any great candles that you think I should check out?

What are your thoughts on Hygge during Spring?

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Lifestyle Mental Health

5 Frustrating Habits I’ve Developed While In Lockdown

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We’re 5 weeks into this total lockdown and I’ve really started to notice some frustrating habits that have developed during this.

I mean…my brain has always been a bit foggy and weird, but it’s actually been extra annoying over the last month and a bit. It helps that we’re all in the same boat so probably share some of these habits.

If you feel how I do, let me know so we can rant about it together!

Awful Concentration

I always thought I had pretty decent concentration considering what my head goes through but that is non-existent right now. I have never known it to be as bad as this. I’ve been trying to keep things as normal as they were before and it just isn’t happening. The one area I’ve really noticed this is writing blog posts!

I have so many ideas that I want to write and, every time I sit down to type one out, I’m left staring at my screen. It is really starting to annoy me and it’s a surprise that I’ve even managed to type this one. I guess I understand that we’re all going through an extremely rare situation and that will have a big impact. I just wish that it gave me a break every now and again.

It’s not just blog writing. I have awful concentration when it comes to reading too! *sob*

Even less sleep

Sleep has forever been a thorn in my side.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve struggled sleeping whether from nightmares or over-thinking. As I’ve gotten older, insomnia has become my partner in crime and has been walking around my flat at all hours of the morning. I’m trying a bunch of different things to make me sleepier but not happening right now.

These days I’m lucky if I get even 4 hours sleep. It doesn’t help that my neighbours drive me around the bend with music and fighting, but my brain just won’t switch off! I’ve tried writing things down, turning my phone off, listening to music and pillow sprays…nothing.

If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them. I need all the help I can get.

Snacking

Okay, due to have a binge-eating disorder, snacking is one of the frustrating habits I’ve had for a while. (Don’t worry…I’m seeing a clinic to help me figure this out!)

That said, snacking has been going alongside the lack of sleep.

The more I think about it, the more I’m starting to realise I snack to keep control. My life has gone completely out of control due to this stupid virus so eating is the only thing left to me. I snack if I’m bored too, I reckon. Surprisingly my snacks are pretty healthy, such as fruit and coconut yoghurt. It’s just the frequency of when I have them.

I’m trying to drink more to see if that curbs the craving but no luck as of yet.

Irritation

This is one of the few times that I’m actually glad that I live on my own.

My mum could have vouched that I have a bit of a temper when I have things on my mind. It might surprise you but I think that’s just my Irish side coming out! In normal circumstances I can only rage and rant internally and keep from people seeing how irritated I am. However I’ve noticed how easily irritated I’ve been these last few weeks.

Sun blazing through my window? GAH.

Birds tweeting too loudly? SHUT UP!

Accidentalily scratching myself with a sharp nail? WHY?!

It’s no surprise that I’m getting more and more grey hairs! I bet I’ll be more grey than brown by the end of this! Haha!

Crying

Out of all these frustrating habits, crying isn’t that much of a surprise.

On a lot of my school reports I was told that I’m a little sensitive. That I would cry over little things and that I had to try and toughen myself up a bit. Considering that I was bullied horrendously through school, I think they should have picked on why I cried so much.

Zipping forward to present day, it’s also no surprise that I’m crying more.

I’m stressed!!

If I wasn’t already on medication for my mental health, then I would be yelling at my GP to put me on some as soon as possible. The last time I cried was last Friday when my antidepressants didn’t come up with the rest of my repeat prescription. I thought I wouldn’t get any for the next 4 days, the lady on 111 kept asking why I couldn’t have family fetch them for me from Tesco and my anxiety was already through the roof.

I broke.

It’s all sorted now thankfully (at least for this month) but I expect I’ll have more days when I’ll be a sobbing mess.

What frustrating habits have you noticed since lockdown started?

5 Frustrating Habits

Lifestyle

What Is On My Post-Lockdown Bucket List?

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One post that I’ve seen so many people posting lately are what they’ll be doing after the lockdown. I think it’s the only thing keeping us sane right now. I don’t think we’ll be taking for granted the freedom we’ll have after things goes relatively back to normal. Don’t think that things will go straight back to normal. It’s going to take a long time for the world but we will!

So many ideas are going through my head about what I want to do.

Some of them are probably not going to happen for a while because money, but anything to keep me distracted is a plus in my books!

Book spa treatments

I haven’t had any kind of spa treatment this down but I reckon I’m going to need them! I already know that I’m going to look like Robin Williams in Jimanji! Bushy eyebrows, cracked hands and everything else you can imagine. The idea of being able to get my eyebrows threaded, nails done and a manicure/pedicure sounds like bliss! I really hope that my hands can hold out for the next couple of months!

Go to an exercise class

I had put off going to a class at my local gym due to my anxiety. That’s going to change after lockdown!! Not being able to go out and exercise properly has been awful! I’ve been trying to walk around my neighbourhood but there’s only so much you can do when dodging people!

Does anyone feel so rude doing that?!

I really want to do a yoga class! My body is going to need a good stretch!

Hug someone

Do you want to hear something sad? I haven’t hugged anyone in over 9 months, maybe more. I don’t like random hugs. That said I do like hugs! If you’ve met me, you’ve probably had a hello/goodbye hug! You don’t know what you miss until you can’t do it!

If I see you after this, expect a long hug! I’ll be touch-starved!

Take a day class

Like the whole exercise thing, I haven’t had the courage to go to a day class.

Stupid anxiety!

Whether it be joining a choir, taking dance classes or even learning a new skill like drawing, I’ll be happy! This whole pandemic thing has taken me far out of my comfort zone so I should be able to face these things! This Hufflepuff will become a Gryffindor when we get released from lockdown!

Visit all my favourite local places

All the businesses I loved to visit will be affected financially so will need all the custom they can get! Places I’ll be checking out are my local vegan place (I miss their sweet potato burger!), an old 1940s tearoom who make the best GF scones and Punnydukes in Matlock!

I bet it’s impossible for even high-street chains, but it’ll be almost fatal for small local businesses! If I can find a way to help them out, I’ll try to find it! For now, I’ll just try to help people who either have an Etsy or an online business!

Just walk

I miss walking without fear!! I want to be able to walk where I want, when I want and for as long as I want. Being restricted is not fun and, if the UK government have any say, then we won’t even be able to walk. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen!

I can’t wait for the day where I can just go for a walk along my local canal or park, Obviously the weather here is probably go back to winter because of global warming! Haha.

What do you want to be able to do after the lockdown is over?

Lifestyle

Staying Hydrated & Healthy With Waterdrop

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With everyone now focusing a lot on their physical health, we’re all trying to find ways to help our situation. Whether it’s by doing home workouts, yoga or taking vitamins. Even though I take a lot of my medication in pill form, I don’t particularly like taking them. I remember not liking the feeling of them in my mouth and was probably on liquid medication for longer than I should’ve.

One particular thing I take in pill form is my vitamin.

I know I could have a chewy vitamin but haven’t found a flavour I like yet.

When I saw Sophie at Glowsteady’s post about Waterdrop, it had me interested! I’ve heard about vitamin water before (and I love), but I’ve never heard of some different flavours in cube form. I’m such a big kid and love watching the teeny cube fizzing away like a bath bomb! It’s fun!

If you haven’t heard of Waterdrop before, they are little vitamin cubes that you drop into a glass of water and can be focused to tackle certain areas such as:

  • BOOST – Blackcurrant, Elderflower and Acai
  • RELAX – Hibiscus, Acerola and Aronia
  • DEFENCE – Cranberry, Rosehip and Moringa
  • GLOW – Mango, Cactus Fruit and Artichoke
  • YOUTH – Peach, Ginger, Ginseng and Dandelion
  • FOCUS – Lime, Baobab and Acerola

I had the majority except for Defence and Focus! I could’ve done with those two because they’re the ones that I striggle with them the most! Haha! We all could do with a little pickup to kickstart our immune systems a bit more. The stronger they are, the better you’ll do I think!

When any kind of illness is happening, you want to make sure that you’re as fit as you can be to fight it. The same goes for trying to avoiding Coronavirus. We’re staying home, we’re washing our hands and we’re saving lives. Nothing says you can’t attempt to help your body out a little. Every little helps, right? Plus this way we’ll be able to hydrate ourselves!

2 bonuses in 1!

As crazy as it sounds, I struggle to drink a lot of water. Not to say that I don’t drink much because I can drink up to 5 glasses a day. I can just never get up to those 8 glasses that you’re meant to have! Not for want of trying. I even have a daily water intake tracker in my bullet journal to see how much I’ve had in a month. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’ll hopefully drink some more to keep cool!

What do you think of Waterdrop?

Fandom Lifestyle

12 Things Turning 20 in 2020 (TV Shows/Films/Songs)

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It might be April but it’s still early 2020 in my eyes! Seeing as I’ve been watching and re-watching different TV shows/films, it got me wondering: which things are turning 20 this year? You’ve got to love an even number! I did a bit of research and I’m now thoroughly feeling old!

There are 12 things turning 20 that you might be stunned about!

It only feels like yesterday that they were new! Let me know which of these that you remember seeing/owning back in 2000!

Billy Elliot

To this date, Billy Elliot has to be my favourite film of all time!

I had never watched a film like this before and it really hoped up my eyes to what the 80s were like. I never knew boys could be ballet dancers and was only just understanding about LGBTQ+ issues. It is a serious film but it also has the best comedy moments ever!

Every scene that had Jamie Bell and Julie Walters was perfect, grown-up Michael seeing Billy’s dad at the ballet and Billy’s grandma! She was a really funny lady! RIP to Jean Heywood who died last year!

I guess we can even thank the film for bringing us Tom Holland in the West-End cast! Haha!

Gilmore Girls

Now this was a show I couldn’t believe was one of the things turning 20! It doesn’t seem like it was that long since I felt jealous over Rory’s life and was introduced to the gorgeousness that is Jared Padalecki!

I think it feels more recent since we had the slight reboot on Netflix not long ago. That and I’ve clearly surrounded myself with people who love using gifs from it!

Which of the characters were your favourites?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This one isn’t so much of a surprise since we’ve been celebrating 20 years of each Harry Potter book every year! What is shocking is that I remember being at my local book shop at midnight waiting to get it!

This was the latest I had ever been out (I was only 13!) and it was amazing!

I wish kids still got the chance to have these midnight book releases! They bring everyone together, young and old! Who else wishes they could go to the Yule Ball? I know we have the Twitter ball every year and that you can see the decorations at WB Studio Tour, but still!

goblet of fire

Dora the Explorer

Hola! Can you say ‘old’? Say ‘old’! Good job!

Woooow! I reckon Dora and Boots have aged well over the last two decades! Not only have they had the original series but a follow-on with her cousin and then the feature film last year!

I loved watching this show as a kid, mostly because I was taking Spanish at school and I was able to use this! Oh, and so many funny memes have coming out of this. I remember one back in 2009 where a Kingdom Hearts cosplay group did ‘Sora the Explorer’. It was so fun and had characters such as Naruto, Kaoru and Hikaru from Ouran High School Host Club and more!

If you haven’t seen, check this out!

Dark Angel

Okay, who remembers this show?! We had Jared in Gilmore Girls and now we have Jensen Ackles in this show! Unless you’ve watched Supernatural you probably don’t know who these actors are but wow! It only lasted 2 years but was worth it!

It was created by James Cameron (director of Terminator and the Avatar films) and was the show I discovered Jessica Alba! It was all about a female super-soldier escaping from her prison and freeing a bunch like her! Very cheesy sci-fi but fun!

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Oh I have so memories of watching this show with Mum! We loved sitting back in the evening and watching it on Living TV! It was a bit graphic for me at times but the catchy theme song, Grissom and the slight crush I had on the DNA specialist Greg!

What? I was 13, okay?! Hormones!

As Told By Ginger

This show!! I still remember the tune to the theme song for this and I loved it! It was my first taste of Nickelodeon and I became obsessed with it since these guys also created The Wild Thornberries! A young girl trying to figure out school life, growing up and wrote a diary? Sounded like my life!

Scary Movie

I’m such a coward when it comes to horror films and have only watched 2 in my life! That’s probably why I loved a parody film like this! It was so stupid but had me in pieces! I can remember being absolute stitches when I saw this for the first time and even have it on DVD!

Can anyone else remember when parody films were everywhere?! We obviously had the Scary Movie franchise but also one about superheroes with Drake Bell!

I might have to watch Scary Movie tonight! Haha!

Charlie’s Angels

The funny thing about this film is that I don’t remember the film as much but I do remember Destiny’s Child! Their song ‘Independent Women’ was just super catchy and massive at the time! I still think it is and who knew Beyonce would become the Queen that she is!

The Emperor’s New Groove

The most underestimated out of the Disney films! I don’t know why more people talk about it! It was so much fun and some of the quotes are still being used to this day!

You only have to have to go on TikTok and you’ll find a bunch of people doing quotes from the film like this!! Gotta love Kronk and Yzma!

@rhilentless

we spent over an hour doing this #yzma#kronk#emperorsnewgroove#disney#disneycosplay#pulltheleverkronk#cosplay @jakejust529

♬ Wrong lever – girlyredfox

The Grinch

Another film that TikTok has covered is The Grinch!! I already loved Jim Carey in this film since we all know how expressive he is as an actor and his take on The Grinch was perfect! You laughed at most of his moments but also couldn’t help but feel sorry for the guy!

Now that we’re on lockdown, people are used his ‘I’m booked’ monologue to chat about what they’re doing in self-isolation! I should do one myself!

The Weakest Link

Before we had Pointless and The Chase, we had Anne Robinson with The Weakest Link! Was I the only one who was a little freaked out by her? I had a teacher at school just like her and I swear I was left traumatised! As I got a bit older, I started to enjoy the show more and felt all accomplished if I got any of the answers right!

If you love Youtube, then you might know that AmazingPhil was actually on the show as a contestant at one point! Who else remembers his long hair days?!

Can you guys believe that these things are turning 20?!

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What’s On My O.W.Ls Readathon TBR?

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Admit it…who else wished that they could take part in the O.W.Ls?!

If you haven’t heard of these before, they’re actually exams taken in Harry Potter and stand for ‘Ordinary Wizarding Levels’. They are taken at Hogwarts during the student’s fifth year and the nerd in me always wanted to do them! It meant that I would not only have a wand but be at Hogwarts!

Seeing as my letter is still missing, I wanted to find another way to take my O.W.Ls. Enter the super lovely G at BookRoast! She created a super magical readathon for everyone to take part! The amount of time and effort that has gone into creating guides and graphics is incredible! She’s really gone for it this year too! You honestly feel like you’re taking your O.W.Ls!

If you want to take part, you can!

The readathon has started today and it’s super easy to start! You can first look at the wizarding careers guide so you can pick a job you’d like to aim for! As you can see, there are tons of careers for you to do!

You now have the exams you need to revise for so we move onto the prompts! These prompts show all of the classes at Hogwarts along with the kind of book you need to read. Now that we have the basics, let’s look at what I’m planning! Out of all the careers on offer, I’m aiming to become a Healer. There is something super special!

Looking after witches and wizards who are hurt and need a helping hand?

Awesome! Look at Madam Pomfrey! She’s so cool! I’m pretty sure that Scorpius Malfoy would have been a Healer too!

These are the books I need to read for my exams (pray for me! Haha!):

Herbology (Title starts with an M)

Me Mam, Me Dad, Me by Malcolm Duffy

I had to really think about books on my shelf that started with M! I soon discovered that I only had two! I’ve been waiting for the right moment to read ‘Me Mam, Me Dad, Me’ and now is that time! Got to love a bit of Geordie romance!

Charms: White cover

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Last month I actually won a Bloomsbury competition of all of Emery Lord’s books to date! Seeing as she is an incredible author, I was super happy! The great thing is that all of her books are white! That made this pick pretty easy! I’d read ‘The Names They Gave Us’ a few years ago and I remember it being so sad yet sweet! I could do with a little intentional cry!

DATDA: Book set at the sea/coast

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Before the apocalyse started, I had taken out ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ from the library. At least I can hope that I don’t get a fine for it being late! Haha! I’m hoping this book counts as being set at the ocean since it’s in the title. Oh, and one of the characters think her duck-pond is the ocean!

I’m so excited to read this! It’s recently being transferred to the West-End from the National Theatre! Fun fact: the actor who played Boy (Samuel Blenkin) used to be Scorpius Malfoy in Cursed Child!

Potions: Book under 150 pages

???

I think I’m going to fail Potions because I don’t own/know a book under 150 pages!! Does anyone know an e-book I can read for my O.W.Ls?!

Transfiguartion: Book/series that includes shapeshifting

Animorphs: The Invasion by K.A Applegate

Okay, let’s see how many of you remember this classic?! I had to order this book from Ebay just so I could have a copy on time! High-five to past me thinking in advance. If only she had done the same for ordering food online. This whole series is about teens shape-shifting into animals and the TV show is cheesy but amazing!!

Can’t wait for the nostalgia!

Ancient Runes: Heart on the cover/in the title

Heartstopper 1, 2 and 3 by Alice Oseman

If you’ve read my blog over recent months then it won’t be any surprise that I chose these! I never need an excuse to read these graphic novels but it’s been a little while since I’ve read them from the start. Nick and Charlie’s lives can be just as complicated as Ancient Runes!

Think I’ll get an O for this?

Care of Magical Creatures: Creature with a beak on the cover

Asha & the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan

This is such a gorgeous looking book with an equally gorgeous plot! The idea that her grandmother/her nanijee is looking over her as a spirit bird is such a lovely thought. I always imagine my parents doing the same kind of thing! I once had a dream that my Dad wanted to come back as a white butterfly!

You never know with him! He’d probably be a wasp to terrorize me!

Astronomy: Read majority of this book when it’s dark outside

The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Rauf

What better book to read before bed than this! The characters are literally obsessed with space and the main character thinks her mum is a star! It’s another book that needs tissues because the end is pretty upsetting but Onjali just handles it perfectly!

Love her books!

Are you doing the O.W.Ls magical readathon this month?

 

 

Lifestyle Mental Health

Learning To Find The Positives In A Difficult Situation

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Whether it’s living through a pandemic or battling mental health, it can still almost impossible to find any positives in a difficult situation. Believe me, I’ve been there many, many times. I was even there today. I can’t say that I’ll give any decent tips, but I did want to try and find even one happy thing to appreciate.

It’s not easy.

Something that may be positive for one person might not work for another.

I guess that’s why I love doing list posts because I can work through what’s in my head. It definitely stops me from babbling on! Though I do that too! Haha!

As you can tell from yesterday’s post, I love trying to find ways to help people smile. I’m not a funny person myself so I let happy things do the work for me! Who doesn’t love discovering that there is a ferret called Oliver who goes hiking! The little things, people! Animals are amazing.

Family

This has to be one of the biggest positives of this pandemic.

We’ve always had excuses in the past that we didn’t have any time to really focus on family. Now we don’t have that excuse! We literally have all the time in the world to reconnect with each other again. I’ve heard so many people are playing board games, going on walks and coming up with creative things to do indoors.

However, I know there are way too many families kept apart by the virus. I imagine a positive you could find with this is that we have technology! I know it’s nothing like having the real people there, but you can still connect. Grandparents are reading bed-time stories to kids, families are playing quizzes on Zoom and more.

Who knew we’d feel super lucky for wanting to be online!

Pets

Like I said earlier, animals are amazing!!

If I could be the crazy cat lady from The Simpsons, I would do that in a heartbeat. I really miss having Jewel sleeping on my lap while I read a book or watched Netflix. You never realise just how important pets can be to your mental health until you’re stuck indoors. They can always detect when you are feeling low or are upset.

I had have so many memories of Jewel just appearing at the right time to sit near me. Nothing more relaxing than stroking a cat’s fur.

I’ve seen some really funny TikToks of pets not knowing what to do with their human being there all the time. You get some that are super happy and others that wish you would disappear. Another TikTok trend are owners copying their pets such as looking out the window like their dog or curled up on the sofa like a cat.

How have your pets taken to you being there all day?

Learning/Re-Learning Skills

A great distraction is doing something like a hobby.

The positives of learning/re-learning skills is that they keep your mind busy. That way you have moments where you don’t have to think about the situation you’re in, even if it’s just for a little while. You could try learning a new language, take an online course or pick up a skill you used to do.

I’d love to say that I was a secret artistic genius but I’m a stick-person lady!

If you’re stuck in 12-week isolation, maybe try this! It doesn’t replace the need to go outside but it might pass some time if you enjoy!

Have you managed to find any positives in bad situations?

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