Sunday, 25 October 2020

October Playlist

Hello everyone!

I slacked a little with my posts for a few days, but then remember to upload one to the blog, so thought I'd type this one up while I was here! Another month, means another playlist, and though I want to make the whole thing all about Hamilton again, I won't. So here are some songs I've been enjoying recently - and blame some of them on me finding some of my old old 90's/00's playlists from when I was a kid, and living my best life!

How are you all holding up around the country/world with everything going on? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :) 

Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Monday, 19 October 2020

PeriPage Mini Thermal Printer

Somewhere around the start of June, just before I went back to work after shielding, I decided to re-open my Depop shop! Since then, I've managed to sell around 30 items, consisting of Funko POP! figures, comic books, cosmetics, and more. During this, somewhere around mid-July, I saw someone post about their PeriPage Printer on their Instagram, and I was intrigued, so I had to have a look on Amazon, to see what it was.

Well within 10 minutes, I purchased my own one, for £47.99, which was in a bundle with some thermal paper and some sticker paper. I've since gone on to buy a 4 pack of sticky labels too. 

The main reason I wanted to buy it, is so that I could use the sticker paper to print out people's addresses on when I made a sale. My handwriting isn't fabulous, and I was always worried I would accidentally spell some part of the address wrong, and it would get lost. This way, I could just copy and paste the address from the email into the text section of the app, and I couldn't mess it up! I also used the coloured thermal paper to print off a little receipt for them too, which I would pop into the packaging for them.

To use the printer, you need to download the PeriPage app, and through this, you can print text, pictures, webpages, labels and banners. The images and text can only be in black, and the images are made up of tiny dots, so they're not HQ images, but perfect if you're scrapbooking or wanting a little image to stick somewhere. 

There is currently and old and new version of the app. I find the old one easier to use, so that is the one you can see in the images above. The old version also has a 'discovery' section, where you can print off Sudoku puzzles, colourings, and other little activities. 

Have you tried a thermal printer before, and if so, which one? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Thursday, 8 October 2020

Knives Out | Movie Review

I have mentioned this film a few times this past year, and I totally loved it the first time I watched it. The first experience of this movie cannot be replicated on the next viewing as you already know the outcome, but, you pick up on other little clues the following times that you maybe didn't notice first time!
This was one of the last new movies I watched before all of the pandemic and lockdown happened, and since then, I've just been catching up on movies from last summer that I hadn't seen yet. Maybe that is why I love it so much? Or maybe it's because I'm a big Chris Evans fan, and also couldn't get enough of Daniel Craig's Southern accent. Possibly both!

Knives Out

Released: November 27, 2019

Cast: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, and Christopher Plummer. 
A huge cast as you can see!

Director: Rian Johnson

Plot: When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate, by an unknown source. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted house staff, Blanc and Lieutenant Elliott (LaKeith Stanfield) sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death. (Partially taken from IMDB)

My rating★★★★★


Ooookay. Where to start? I love TV shows like Miss Marple, and Poirot, so this was right up my alley. The trailer looked awesome, stuffed with some of my fave actors - Evans, Craig, Curtis, and I was obsessed with Craig's accent as Detective Blanc immediately. In fact, I'd forgot about the accent when I first watched it, and missed his first few lines as I took me by surprise!

It starts off as a 'who-done-it movie' trope, only for it to be revealed quite early on who killed Harlan. It then turns into a 'how are they going to get away with it' movie, which is what really hooked me. Usually you don't get the murderer until the end, but not this time! Even when we then think we have the whole story, more and more twists and turns happen, until justice is rightfully served.

I was on the edge of my seat watching this. The movie is shot beautifully, the acting is wonderful - Craig, Curtis, Evans and Armas did such a good job with this, that I sadly didn't take much note of the rest of the cast, but they still filled the roles well. This has to be up there with one of the best murder mystery movies I've seen for a while, and is one I like to watch a few times to see all the bits and pieces I didn't notice in the first run, and also to just appreciate how well Rian Johnson wrote and filmed this. 


If you haven't seen this film yet, I beg you to give it a try as it is a great take on the 'who-done-it' mystery genre. If you have already seen it, what did you think of the movie overall? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Saturday, 3 October 2020

10 Things I Love About Autumn

22nd of September hailed the arrival of Autumn, and honestly, it was freaking March like 3 seconds ago, and we were in a heatwave. Where has 2020 gone? The weather has taken a dramatic drop, going from 27°c on a Monday, to a blustery and rainy 11°c on Wednesday morning. My skin has not adjusted well to this at all!

Autumn has been my favourite season for as long as I can remember, so here are 10 things/reasons why I love this season so much!
  1. Colder weather
    • Jumpers, cardigans, snuggly pyjamas - they are all back in season!
  2. Autumnal colours
    • Reds, oranges, golds. Everywhere looks like it's about to feature a Hallmark movie for the season
  3. Heating is back on!
    • The house feels cosy, and you just don't want to go out
  4. Christmas is around the corner
    • Yes, the dreaded C word! I'm a good third of the way through my shopping as of when I am typing this up!
  5. Bonfire Night
    • Warm fires, and hopefully some socially distancing fireworks displays might be on
  6. TV Shows
    • Although some shows are delayed until winter 2021, a few TV shows are returning this Autumn, and I am excited for some new things to watch!
  7. Fluffy socks
    • Need I say more?
  8. New seasonal products at work
    • With each changing season, we have new products on my deli counter, and last year we had a cheese with dark chocolate in it (it was called Black Cat, and was disgusting, but sold surprisingly well!) I'm excited to see what we get this year
  9. Friends and family meet ups
    • Obviously observing the current virus guidelines in the UK, I'm hoping to be able to see some of my family who I haven't seen since February, and some friends who I haven't seen for quite a while either.
  10. Staying Home
    • I am a home girl. I like to stay home, do nothing and be left in peace. Nothing makes me happier! My quarantine life was pretty much my usual lifestyle anyway, so that didn't affect me too much! This colder weather means more time snuggled up in my bed with some seasonal movies on!

What are your favourite things to do in the autumn season? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :) 

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020

September 2020 Wishlist

I'm technically meant to be on a spending ban this month, but that doesn't mean I can't make a little wishlist for myself when I can finally buy something again! I also haven't done one of these posts for about 2 years now, so I'm due to do one! I've also binged The Home Edit on Netflix, so some of this may be inspired by that... 

What's on your wishlist for this month, and have you picked up any bargains recently? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Sunday, 27 September 2020

September Playlist & Updates!

Hey guys!

Long time no see, right? I'm trying to get back into blogging, and though this might take a while, I'm going to try at least one to two posts a week for now. Hope you're all doing okay in these crazy times we're living in this 2020 year! What a year it has been. 

I had three months off work as I was NHS shielding, and though it was nice to be away from the craziness for that long, the novelty of that wore off after the first month, and then it was just trying to keep into a routine where possible, so I wouldn't go insane! We had a lot of BBQ's, played poker a lot, watched a hell of a lot of TV and movies, ate far too much food, and watched copious amounts of Disney videos and vlogs to keep us happy - as we were due to go back in 2021, but we've now changed that to 2022, as we're still concerned about the virus for next year. 

I've been back at work for three months now, and it kinda looks like we are nearing a second wave and second lockdown, but will see what happens. I'm in a supermarket, and it has been terrifying, absurd, and overwhelming. Many tears have been spilled since I went back on June 22nd. Just getting up each day and doing my best! Thankfully, a large handful of the public I've dealt with have been incredibly understanding and kind to myself and my colleagues, but there's a small amount that have been literal Karens

Things I have learnt during lockdown:
  • How to dutch-braid my hair
  • How to make homemade coleslaw
  • Purging my bedroom is great
  • I put on 11lbs in lockdown - I've finally lost them all now!
  • Social media friends are a godsend
  • Instagram is my fave social media platform right now
  • Planning in my EC products kept me sane for 3 months
  • I really, really, love my family!
  • I missed my friends an awful lot
  • I missed my work friends a lot
  • Going to the pharmacy twice to get my medication was scary as heck
  • Hamilton is now my favourite musical
  • Anxiety purchasing is a real thing

I woke up this morning - a rare Sunday off work kinda day - and decided let's do an update blog post, and share some music I'm loving at the moment. Be warned, most of it is Hamilton music! So here it is, my latest playlist for the year!

How are you all holding up around the country/world with everything going on? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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