May Favourites ’20

It’s safe to say that May was weird and really shitty… For me at least anyway!

As many of you may or may not have noticed, I was quiet on my blog this past month and the reason for that being that I just didn’t feel up to writing any content… Which makes me feel incredibly sad. I wanted to write, but I just didn’t have the mental energy to. Most evenings after work I found myself crawling into bed (yes, even during the hotter days) with my laptop and Switch Lite and did nothing constructive. I binged TV shows, played Animal Crossing and that was about it.

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I’m not meaning to start off this months favourites with a sop story but I just want to be honest as to why my blog was so quiet this month. I’m hoping that June will be better and I can continue to bring you all the geeky, kawaii content that I know you all love!

Aside from May being rubbish, May was also a month that seemed to fly by and I discovered some new things, as well as remembering and enjoying some old.

  • Molton Brown Fiery Pink Pepper Bath & Shower Gel.

I recently discovered that I had a bottle of this in my bathroom cupboard and was delighted! In May we had some water damage from our bathroom to the kitchen and I was and still am gutted. So, this has been lovely to rediscover and use every other day in the shower. The scent left behind on the skin is strong and lingers around for ages after you get out of the shower, which I don’t often get after I’ve had a shower. I know Molton Brown isn’t cheap, so I don’t know when I’ll ever buy a bottle of their bath & shower gel again. I think IΒ mightΒ treat myself in the future, but it’ll depend. I highly recommend though if you love your showers and want a real treat!

  • Nails Inc Ocean Ever After Nail Polish.

I have been blown away by this nail polish the last couple of weeks of May! It has lasted over a week without chipping and I am so pleased. I really miss having my nails painted with gel and I honestly can’t wait for my nail tech to be open again so I can go and get pampered. Whilst I wait for my nail tech to open her salon, I’ve been painting my nails again, which honestly I have somewhat missed. As I write this post I’m still wearing this gorgeous blue/green shade is still intact and I love it so much. It’s the perfect shade for summer due to the mermaid effect and whilst I’m not getting comments on it due to isolation, I know when I’ve worn this in the past, people have always commented. This was part of a duo set, which I have a feeling Nails Inc don’t sell anymore. 😦

  • Nivea Blueberry Blush Lip Butter.

This is another product I recently rediscovered as I needed another lip balm. I used to use this one loads during a period when the corners of my mouth were prone to infections (I know that’s gross, but it’s true!), and for some reason I discontinued use. I think this was down to Vaseline working better at the time alongside the steroid cream I was given. However, it’s back out and being used daily and it is amazing! First of all, I love blueberry scented (and flavoured) things and this smells so fruity and yummy. This really is a lip butter, it’s thick and a little goes a long way. It feels really nice on the lips when applied and like it’s actually moisturising. I especially love to use this before bed, so I can wake up with soft lips in the morning. Although it’s pink in the tin, it doesn’t tint or change the colour of your lips, which is great too. I definitely recommend this.

  • Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover.

As I mentioned previously above, due to COVID I’m not able to go and get my nails done by my nail tech, so I’m doing them myself at home. I decided to buy myself a cuticle remover from Amazon so I could do my nails properly. I hadn’t touched my cuticles over a month and they were pretty bad. I couldn’t wait for this remover to arrive, as well as the cuticle remover tools I’d ordered too. This works amazing and it only takes 15 seconds for it to work it’s magic as well. A little goes a long way and it doesn’t hurt or sting when applied. I even did Dane’s nails with it too to see what it could do. The results were amazing. I use this once a week when I paint my nails, I don’t know if that’s too much or not, but it’s what I’m doing. πŸ™‚

  • The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray.

With us in the UK being graced with warm weather at the moment, both me and Dane have been using this cooling foot spray at the moment. It’s so refreshing to use throughout the day whilst we’re at home, especially when you’re feeling really warm! They always say if you’re feeling either hot or cold, you need to cool/warm your feet up for your whole body to cool/warm up. This definitely applies to me, so when I’ve been really warm in the day, I’ve sprayed some of this on both the tops and bottoms of my feet, let it dry and then gone about my day. It’s so quick drying and due to the size of the bottle it’s handy to take out and about with you if need be. I always forget how much I love this foot spray!

So now my beauty favourites are done, time to talk about the miscellaneous favourites of the month!

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Favourite TV Show – Jackass.

I’ve been binge watching a lot of shows this month, especially as I needed to cheer myself up after a few crappy things happening. I haven’t bingedΒ JackassΒ for a while now, so I decided now was a good time to do so. So far I’ve only watched season 1 and 2 of the show but I always forget how much I love it, certain scenes and how much I miss Ryan Dunn (who died almost 10 years ago). The guys are currently working on Jackass 4, which I am so excited for. I am wondering what will happen however, as this will be the first film without Ryan Dunn. Nonetheless, I am still really excited and will continue to binge watch the rest of the show, as well as the movies.

Favourite Movie – Unbroken.

This is a film that Dane popped on one evening for us to watch and I ended up finishing watching it on my own (as he had things to do). This film is amazing and I loved every moment of it. It’s directed by Angelina Jolie and is all about an American man fighting in the Second World War. He is captured by the Japanese and sent off to various prisoner of war camps. It’s all based on a true story and it’s a really emotional watch. It’s on Netflix and I can’t recommend it enough to watch. I might watch it again soon in the future, as I loved it that much.

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Favourite Book – Skinema.

Yes. I actually read a book! Well, part of a book anyway. I read and I haven’t done that for months… If not years at this point. This book was actually kindly bought for me from Estelle (go check out her blog over at Estellosaurus!) after sharing my Amazon wish list (which I’ll link here). I was so happy when it arrived as I have wanted this book for years! I actually bought it from Amazon before Christmas but it got lost in the post so I had to get a refund. I even tweeted Chris Nieratko telling him I’d ordered the book and he replied! Told me it’s probably going to be shit so to be prepared. So far, I love it and it was a mixture of what I did and didn’t expect it to be. I highly recommend reading if you’re a fan ofΒ Jackass, as well as have a dark sense of humour and open to anything.

Favourite Songs – Bush – “The Sound of Winter” and Institute – “When Animals Attack”.

I’ve been binge listening to Radio Bam since lock down began over two months ago and I’ve now finished it. Two of the songs I discovered years ago through the episodes and now love are my two favourite songs this month. They’re both bands fronted by Gavin Rossdale by the way. Out of the two I love “The Sound of Winter” the most as it has such a great sound behind it. These are just songs I’ve found myself listening to almost everyday whilst working and doing things in my own time (such as writing and playing Animal Crossing). Go and give them a listen if you like rock music and haven’t heard them before. πŸ˜€

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Favourite Game – StillΒ Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Is it really odd for Animal Crossing to be here again this month? I’ve not played anything else in all honesty and I think it’s obvious why. This game is going to be on my monthly favourites for quite some time now due to how excited I still am to play it. For the whole of June there will be a new event coming called Wedding Season Event, which I am really excited for! We haven’t yet seen Reese and Cyrus yet in New Horizons so I’m excited to see them both soon! It is getting to a point at the moment with Animal Crossing where I would like some more events to come, as well as the introduction to some old and very loved characters. I’m really missing The Roost and Brewster right now, so I hope we hear about it from Nintendo soon. πŸ™‚

So there are all my favourites from May! I can’t believe we’re already in June. June is always a momentous month for me. It’s the month we got the keys to our house, but most of all it’s mine and Dane’s anniversary. We’ve been in our house for 4 years and together for 7 years. All that time has really flew by and I can’t quite believe it to be honest with you. I’m also excited for June to come along as May was shit. June will hopefully be the month we get things done and sorted… Which I may talk about more in the future. πŸ˜€

So, what were your favourites from May? Are you going to check out any of the things I mentioned in mine? Let me know in the comments! πŸ˜€

Until next time, take care and stay safe. πŸ™‚

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August Favourites ’18

YAY it is finally September, my favourite month of the year! I can’t wait to get started thinking about all the awesome things that are happening this month. I liked August, but it just lasted a little too long for my liking.

August was also an exciting month and I can’t wait to talk about both that as well as what this month brings in a post very soon.

For now though, it’s time to talk about my favourites from August and considering how much of a blur last month was, I worry I won’t even remember any of my favourites. πŸ˜›

Here goes, enjoy!

  • The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion.

I feel bad as I already know I’ll have two The Body Shop products mentioned on this post, but sod it! Clearly they’re doing something right. Anyway, after finishing off my L’Occitane foot cream I’ve now moved onto FINALLY using and finishing The Body Shop foot lotion. I really love this foot lotion and have done since I bought it many moons ago. It’s old, I know but it certainly still does the job. It’s got a lovely peppermint menthol scent to it and leaves my feet feeling cooled, smelling fresh and feeling smooth all day. I use this in the mornings before I head to work. You can still buy their cooling foot lotion, but it doesn’t seem to look the same as it used to. Mine is pink, whilst the newer version looks blue on the website. Either way, it’s amazing stuff!

  • Lime Crime Plushies in shade Gum Drop.

I’ve been so excited to mention on this product on my blog! I haven’t bought myself a lip product for absolute months now and in all honesty it’s due to how anxious I’ve been about wearing lipsticks. Not just that, but the effort of wearing it at work has also affected it. However, I really do miss wearing lipsticks and whilst I don’t wish to wear them everyday, I’d definitely like to wear them more often. I’ve had the shade Cherry Soda in my wish list folder for the longest time and decided to finally pick up that shade, as well as another. I’m so glad I opted on Gum Drop to be honest with you as out of the two, I feel like I’ve worn this one more. It’s such a me shade as it’s sheer berry shade and if there’s one shade I love, it’s berry. It reminds me a little of MAC Rebel, which is my favourite lipstick shade ever. I’ll be writing reviews on the Lime Crime Plushies soon, so keep eyes peeled for that!

  • Tesco Comfort Eye Drops.

This is such a random product to add to this list this month, BUT these eye drops were a life saver at the time of purchase. We’d headed to Coventry to see Dane’s parents for the afternoon, which was lovely but as we left and were on the way to theirs my one eye was incredibly dry and VERY sore. At one point I was even worried that I had an eye infection heading my way. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on eye drops but I needed something decent. These cost me less than Β£2.00 and they did such an amazing job. I don’t feel like they’ve done anything dramatic for my eyes, but they definitely make my eyes feel better, especially whenever hayfever was around in August! It’s made me realise that I need eye drops in my daily routine now.

  • The Body Shop Passionberry Lip Balm.

I picked this lip balm up a couple of months back, as whilst I don’t need anymore lip balms in my life, I always end up buying more. In all fairness I get through my Vaseline tins quite quickly, especially when I’m using them at work all day! Since my lips haven’t broken out and been gross and infected for almost a year now, I feel more comfortable with wearing coloured lip balms! I picked up two of these, but the one I was after the most was this purple shade in passionberry. Oh my it smells divine and is a really thick lip balm too. I feel like this really nourishes my lips and feels more like a gel butter instead of a balm. I also picked up strawberry, which is a gorgeous red shade. I know for a fact I’ll be wearing these loads throughout autumn and winter during work, as well as out on the go.

  • Lush Plum Rain Shower Gel.

I’ve only recently been using this shower gel after owning it for about 2 or 3 months! My manager actually bought it for me as a belated birthday present, which was incredibly sweet! I remember her saying, “I went in to get Snow Fairy as you said how much you love it. But seeing as they didn’t have that, I got this for you instead.” How cute is my manager?! This shower gel is one I wanted to try from Lush when it first came out. Although I probably won’t pick it up in the future, I am definitely loving using it! It’s a gorgeous dark purple colour (which is my favourite colour) and foams up so well from just a little bit of product. It also smells amazing, just like plums! It reminds me of Christmas to be honest and this is purely down to The Body Shop plum shower gel they had out for a few years.

So now my beauty favourites are done, time to talk about the miscellaneous favourites of the month!

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Favourite TV Show – Attack on Titan Season 3.

I feel like I mentioned this recently… But in all honestly I don’t recall at all talking about season 3 of Attack on Titan! It’s been out for quite a few weeks now and me and Dane watch it every Sunday morning/afternoon on Crunchyroll. As each season has aired and played, the story has just gotten so much better. I am for sure loving season 3, as so much is coming out and it is AMAZING! Dane already knows what’s happening as he’s up to date with the manga. There have already been some awesome scenes and massive pieces of information coming out, especially in last weeks episode. However, I’m not going to talk about this here though so I don’t spoil anything for anyone. BUT if you have always wanted to watch Attack on Titan, I honestly tell you to go and do it and if you want a new manga to read, go and read the manga too. πŸ˜›

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Favourite Film – A Quiet Place.

Me and Dane watched this recently over the August bank holiday and oh man I WISH so badly that we had gone to the cinema to watch it. It’s stars and is directed by John Kransinski and his co star Emily Blunt is also his wife! I learnt this whilst watching it, which was pretty awesome. It’s basically about some alien style creaters that come to earth and if you make a sound the aliens will hear you and kill you. The film is CONSTANTLY on the go and keeping you on the edge of your seat. Me and Dane felt so tense throughout the movie in our living room, so God knows how we’d have felt if we were in the cinema! We didn’t buy this, we rented it but I would have happilly paid for this, it’s such a great film. I heard a few days after watching this that they’re already planning for a second one, which I’ll definitely go and see in the cinema.

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Favourite Book – Persona 4.

I saw my best friend Gabriella for her birthday in August and we had such a lovely girly day together! I had her birthday presents with me and she had my belated birthday presents with her! She bought me an amazing Persona 5 Morgana t-shirt as well as Persona 4 Vol. 1 manga! I’ve been meaning to pick it up for ages now but just not got around to it just yet. I’ve already read it and I loved it so much, far more than Persona 3! Persona 3 Vol. 1 before the shit out of me, but Persona 4 has left me wanting more and I can’t wait to pick up the next one(s) already. Such an amazing present, thanks again Gab! πŸ˜€

Favourite Song/Album/Artist – Radio Bam and Hoobastank – The Reason.

So I’ve popped Radio Bam on here this month as I’ve been doing nothing but listening to full Radio Bam episodes most of this month. On and off over the past 10 years I’ve been listening to Radio Bam and I always end up stop listening as I just get bored of it, or I just can’t be arsed with it. Thanks to YouTube and someone uploading all the episodes to their channel and playlist I can keep up with what episodes I’ve listening to. I also love listening to Radio Bam whilst I do blog work, get ready in the morning before work and when I wine down in the evenings. I wish I could get the episodes on my phone or iPod so I can listen to the podcasts on my way to and from work.

Alongside Radio Bam I decided to add Hoobastank – The Reason as I forgot about this song existing! I remember when it came out in 2004. I would have been 14 when this came out and DEEP in my skater phase, with my emo one just around the corner. I remember it would come on KERRANG! all the time, both the radio as well as the music channel and I didn’t really like it much as the video confused the hell out of me. It randomly popped up on my recommendations recently on YouTube and I gave it a listen. Now I’m in love with it and intrigued to check out the rest of Hoobastank’s music.

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Favourite Game – Viscera Cleanup.

Over the bank holiday in August me and Dane ended up buying this game and played it together on the Sunday and Monday and it was so much fun. I understand why it got so much hype when it first came out and even now! Basically some weird murder sprees have occured in work style places and it’s your job to clean up all the blood, guts, body parts, etc. We’ve played a couple of levels but the one that broke us both was the Christmas one where Father Christmas has gone on a mass murder of all his elves and reindeer. The funniest part was we would find TNT all over the place and it would constantly blow us up without even realising. It was hilarious and crazy all at the same time. I definitely recommend you watch people play it if your PC or laptop isn’t powerful enough to play it. Oh man, it’s hilarious!

Wow this post feels like it took forever and to be fair it really did… But I have a reason why!

I might have bought myself a new laptop to be honest with you… πŸ˜› So my day was starting this post, stopping to look at laptops, ordering the laptop to pick up, going to pay and pick it up, setting it up at home, having dinner and FINALLY finishing off this post!

If I get the chance too I’ll definitely talk more about my laptop in the future. I just wanted something new and lighter. I’m already so happy with my decision to buy this and the past 10 months of saving for this has been totally worth it!

Anyway, what were your favourites from August? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

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A-Z: Get To Know Me!

I recently found a post of the same title by Be over at Love From Be (link) and I just loved the post so much. It was just a nice and different way of getting to know the blogger you enjoy reading, or have just discovered. So I thought I would give it a go myself! Make sure to go and check out Be’s blog, as she’s so lovely and down to Earth.

Anime – I love anime so much, it’s something I have enjoyed watching from a young age, and the older I’ve got the more anime shows I have found myself watching. Some of my favourites are Elfen Lied, Nana, Azumanga Daioh, Himouto! Umaru-Chan, Sword Art Online, and Fullmetal Alchemist.

Blogging – I didn’t want to have to use this as the letter B, but I really couldn’t think of anything else! I love my blog. It’s my number one hobby, and something I would love to turn into my job in the future. I’ve been running my blog for four years now, and I continue to carry on with it for as long as possible.

Coffee – Well, the title of my blog does have the word coffee in it! I do really like coffee, so much so I worked in Costa Coffee for nearly three years. That is probably the first time I’ve admitted to working in Costa on my blog. πŸ˜› My favourite coffee is vanilla flat white. I love my coffee strong! πŸ˜›

Dirty Sanchez – One of my favourite shows has to be this. I love not only that the guys are from the UK, but I also love how they do some worse off stuff than what Jackass have ever done. I’m sad that they aren’t still around, but I’ll always think of Dirty Sanchez as one of the shows I grew up watching and loving.

Evanescence – My favourite band for over ten years now. I fell in love with them when I first heard “Bring Me To Life” on KERRANG! Radio. I ended up buying their first album Fallen and listening to it none stop. I still have that album to this day! I have seen them live twice, and hope to go again in the future. I’ve also met all the band mates (apart from Amy!) from the Evanescence album days. My favourite song is “Imaginary”.

Fuerteventura – This place is legit my second home. I’ve been going there since the age of 5 and I love it. I didn’t go for 10 years and it broke my heart, I forgot how much I loved it and how amazing it was there. I really want to live there one day… But we shall see. I would want to work in a cocktail bar, or hell even run my own on the beach! πŸ˜›

Gaming – I’m a gamer. Not a hardcore one, but I still love to play my games! I’m also a console collector too, and I currently own 7 consoles (Nintendo SNES and GameCube, Playstation, PS2, PS3, and PS4, and an Xbox 360), as well as my handheld collection of the original Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS Lite, and my Nintendo 2DS. Go me! But I love playing games. Currently obsessed with the LEGO games. I can’t wait for the Star Wars one to come out.

Hyper Japan – I went to my first Hyper Japan convention last summer in London and I loved it so damn much! It wasn’t as good as I was hoping it was going to be, but I still enjoyed myself. I really hope that me and Dane can attend the winter one this year, seeing as we went to the summer one last year.

iPhone – I own an iPhone 6 and I love it to bits! It’s by far the best phone I have owned to date, and I just love it. It feels nice to hold, is great to look at, and to be honest my new phone case just makes me happy. I only got it in the post yesterday when I got home from work and it’s just so adorable. Who can say no to a sleeping Mew, huh?

Jackass – Another one of my favourite shows. I grew up watching this too funnily enough! I would skip school to stay at home eating toast and watching TV shows on MTV. Or I would stay awake all night watching them on Viva. God those were the days! I was gutted when Ryan Dunn died too by the way. It really hit home as he was my favourite one on the show. I’m sad that this has also come to an end, but I love Bad Grandpa, it’s amazing!

Kawaii – A Japanese word for cute. I love cute things and often say kawaii about them to try and be cute myself. It rarely works and I end up looking like a complete loser. πŸ˜›

Lipstick – This is really the only makeup I wear, and I’m pretty damn proud of that! I love lipstick, and I’ve recently started to get braver in wearing darker lip shades than I already wear. I love liquid lipsticks the most right now. My favourite brand being Jeffree Star Cosmetics. I also love my MAC lipsticks too, my favourite shade will always be Rebel. I love wearing reds, dark pinks, and purples. Can never get enough of them!

Manga – I love reading manga. I started to read it back in 2011 when I finish university and had time on my hands. I started with Elfen Lied, then moved onto Azumanga Daioh, and Nana. I currently have some Nana to finish reading and then I’ll be moving onto the Sword Art Online series. I need to read the Attack On Titan manga too… But I only have enough time on my hands for one thing at a time.

Nendoroid – These are the awesome figures that me and Dane collect, and we really do love them! We have a nice little collection going at the mostly, which are mostly Dane’s. I only have 3 at the moment whilst he has (from memory) 10 figures… My collection is really lame in comparison! Good Smile recently announced they were creating a Deadpool Nendoroid, so me and Dane are really excited for him!

Ocean – I love the ocean. I love how beautiful it looks and sounds with the colours, and the crashing and gentle swishing noises. I finally got to swim in the sea/ocean on my holiday last January with Dane and I loved it so damn much! I can’t wait to do that again someday.

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Pokemon – Since the age of 6 I have loved Pokemon, and that love is still just as strong now 10 years later. I still play the games, lust after the cute plushies (as you’ll have seen from my recent wish list post here), and get excited when any new news comes out to do with the franchise. I don’t care if I’m a 26-year-old woman, I love Pokemon! πŸ˜›

Queens Of The Stone Age – One of my other favourite bands, and one I really want to see soon! I have always ended up not going to see them live due to having no money, no one to go with, or them playing too far away from home. When they tour again however I won’t let the chance slip away!

Red – Not myΒ  favourite colour (that’s purple) but it’s my colour of choice clothing wise! I love the colour red and how bold, and sexy it looks. It also suits me due to my warm yellow skin tone, as well as my brown hair and eyes. I’m after a gorgeous red rain coat at the moment, but alas I haven’t found much.

Studio Ghibli – This is my Disney. You know everyone loves Disney movies? Well I love Studio Ghibli movies. Me and my boyfriend between us have pretty much all of the films on DVD and whenever a new one comes out we try to go and watch it at the cinema. My favourite is Spirited Away, it always has been and I’m pretty sure it always will be. I do rather like Grave of The Fireflies, even though it’s a really sad film.

Teachers – Another TV show I grew up watching! This used to be on Channel 4 back in the day when I was still at school myself! It always made me want to be a teacher deep down due to how much fun all the teachers had both in and outside of school. Alas that hasn’t happened… My favourite season is probably season 2, but I love them all!

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Umaru – I am legit Umaru… Constantly hermitting away in my room playing games, eating crap, reading manga, and lusting after things I can’t afford to buy. I’m not cute like her though… Just a very sad 16-year-old stuck inside someone 10 years older than herself… Oh dear. πŸ˜›

Vitamin D – This is an odd one, but I actually recently found out I have a vitamin D deficiency… Which of course sucks but I’m currently on medication to help it. The little pills I get are tiny blue ones, which remind me of The Matrix. πŸ˜›

Writing – I love to write. I do it for my blog, I write books and stories in my spare time, and I even studied critical and creative writing for my masters degree (as well as for my BA too…). So it is safe to say I love writing. πŸ˜› Need I say more than that???

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Yankee Candle – I love these candles! They’re my candle of choice whenever I go to buy any new ones, so I’m always burning them at home. I currently have Christmas Eve burning at the moment as I’m trying to use up all myΒ  tea lights and votives. πŸ™‚

Z (I apologise but I couldn’t think of anything with this letter…)

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So that was my A-Z about me! Thanks again to Be for posting about this, as if she hadn’t I might not have gotten the chance to have a go at it myself. I also apologise if any of my answers were lame… πŸ˜›

Will you be having a go at talking about yourself through an A-Z post? Make sure to let me know if you do so I can read yours!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a great week so far.

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