What I got for my Birthday

So last week I turned 24 :O Last week wasn’t a great week for me… I’m not sure why but it was probably mostly due to the long wait for hearing back from an interview I’d had (for a job I really wanted)… which I then didn’t get 😦 I was also dreading getting my uni results on Friday (my birthday) because I had set myself up with the expectation of getting a distinction in my masters.

Anyway, Friday was my birthday and it turned out to be a pretty good day as I managed to pass my masters with distinction (the highest mark you can get at masters level) so I was already in a bubble that no one could burst at 9 am!

Friday was spent out shopping with my mum followed by presents and pizza takeaway in the evening πŸ™‚

So what did I get for my birthday?

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Fat Face Boots – I wanted these boots to go with my dress that I’d picked out for my graduation but I couldn’t afford them at the time when I’d seen them on the Fat Face website so I didn’t get them. Anyway, while I was in the Lake District last week for my interview we found a Fat Face in Ambleside and I found these boots that I liked. I didn’t get them assuming I could get them online, anyway, I checked online that evening and they’d sold out :O So we went back to Ambleside to get them the next day and my grandad bought them for my for my birthday present (as they were Β£75!).

Abercrombie and Fitch Jeans – I desperately needed some new jeans. All my jeans were getting really old and worn. Anyway, me and mum went to Ashford Designer Outlet on Friday and I found a couple of pairs of jeans for Β£30 each (Β£62 usually) and mum bought them for me for my birthday.

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Moana DVD – From my brother, cause you’re never too old for Disney!

Joseph Joseph Rolling Pin – I’ve wanted one of these adjustable rolling pins for soooooo long and I decided to ask my brother for one for my birthday and he got me one πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to use it πŸ™‚

Malteasers white hot chocolate – I love hot chocolate and this was from my aunt/cousins πŸ™‚

Piping nozzle cleaning brushes – from my mum, because piping nozzles can be annoying to clean!

Photo 20-11-2017, 15 43 15Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher – This book was from one of my friends and I can’t wait to read it πŸ™‚

Cath Kidston Polar Bear Print stuff (inc. pyjamas, towels/flannel, bed socks, jumper and mug). I love this polar bear print that Cath Kidston currently have and I couldn’t resist a lot of it! I mean it’s too cute… especially when you’re a marine biologist! The mug was from my aunt while the other bits were from mum and dad πŸ™‚

So now I’m another year older and now I can start to think about Christmas! πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you again soon πŸ™‚

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The Sleepwalker (CHERUB 9)

So following on from my latest read of Mad Dogs I decided to read “The Sleepwalker” straight away. With books like this that are part of a big series I like reading them while the other story is fresh in my mind πŸ™‚ Plus, as I’ve said before they’re really quick, easy reads so reading these helps with my new challenge of reading 52 books this year πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

An airliner explodes over the Atlantic leaving 345 people dead. Crash investigators suspect terrorism, but they’re getting nowhere.

A distressed twelve-year-old calls a police hotline and blames his father for the explosion. It could be a breakthrough, but there’s no hard evidence and the boy has a history of violence and emotional problems.

Only CHERUB agents can unearth the truth. They’re trained professionals with one essential advantage: adults never suspect that children are spying on them.

For official purposes, these children do not exist

I’ll start of by saying, “The Sleepwalker” definitely isn’t one of the most exciting books in this series, but it was still an enjoyable read with plenty of action!

This book mostly centres around James’ sister Lauren and her role in befriending someone who MI5 believe to know something about the plane crash. We don’t really see very much of James or the other main characters in the book- well we do, but they aren’t part of the mission!

I think this book is a good book to see the upcoming CHERUB agents and see new faces appear, so it is good if you’re getting fed up of James and the other main characters! Plus it brings back beloved Ex-Chairman Mac, who has sadly lost 4 members of his family in the plane crash, and sees him take a key role in heading up a mission.

The Sleepwalker was a really enjoyable read and definitely a must read if you’ve read/are reading the CHERUB series!

Christmas Baking Essentials

Christmas is definitely a time for baking, and eating loads of cake/biscuits etc. It is one of my favourite Christmas activities, making mince pies, cake and gingerbread (among other things). But what are some of the Christmas baking essentials that you should have?

The other week I took a trip to Hobbycraft to buy some Christmas baking essentials, so I thought I’d share with you what I bought πŸ™‚

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For me, Christmas = gingerbread and loads of it! So I wanted to get some new cookie cutters. I have got some Christmas cookie cutters but annoyingly they went rusty after the first use 😦 So I didn’t really want to use them again so decided I’d invest in some better quality ones as well as trying some plastic ones.

Last week in Hobbycraft they had 3 for 2 on all of the Wilton bakeware so as all the cookie cutters were Β£1 (apart from the gingerbread house) I decided to get all 6 they had. They are plastic and they feel a little flimsy, BUT I think they’ll do the job. Wilton are a pretty reputable brand so they should be ok!

I also picked up the gingerbread house and gingerbread man cutter as it was cute… Plus that gingerbread man is so diddy and so cute! This one is metal so I’ll be sure to make sure I properly dry it after use! But if the quality is good enough it shouldn’t rust!

I bought a new Hummingbird Bakery recipe book the other day (Cake Days) and under the Christmas section there is the recipe for Gingerbread cupcakes which I am incredibly excited about! The pictures show some really cute decorations with the cake, so I picked up the little gingerbread men cake toppers as well as the Christmas (Winter Wonderland) Sprinkles. The Winter Wonderland sprinkles has 4 different Christmas themed sprinkles, including mini gingerbread men sprinkles (which I’m so excited about) and snowflakes. I’ll definitely be giving the gingerbread cupcakes a go soon, so keep an eye for a post about it πŸ™‚

So that’s all for now, but Christmas baking essentials basically = cute cake decorations and Christmas cookie cutters! What are your Christmas baking essentials? What do you like to bake at Christmas? πŸ™‚

(Ps. when this goes up it will have been my Birthday (yesterday as you read this (17th November)) which means I’m now officially allowed to talk and think about Christmas!) πŸ˜€

Mad Dogs (CHERUB 8)

In an attempt to make it to 52 books read again this year I decided to continue my CHERUB book re-reading. The CHERUB books are great reads that are pretty quick to get through, because they’re easy reads, but also because the stories are so gripping!

In Mad Dogs we join James (and Bruce) on their latest mission. Using James’ previous work as an agent in the book Class A, it is his mission to help infiltrate the gang Mad Dogs who specialise in drug dealings. The only thing is, there are two other gangs in the area who also deal drugs. When things get weird, James must uncover a huge plot that is going down, the only trouble is he is caught between gangs who are turning violent.

Mad Dogs definitely isn’t my favourite of the CHERUB books, but is by no means a bad read! It also definitely makes more sense if you read it after Class A. If you ever wonder if Cherubs take up roles as the same person again, then your answer is in this book… Yes they do, and sometimes it plays a huge advantage. In Mad Dogs we also see what happens when a mission goes wrong. Although most of the books do show how dangerous the missions are (like The Fall), this book shows the real possibility of someone dying during a mission… So things do go badly wrong sometimes!

My only real gripe with this book is that although we see James reunited with Junior again, we actually see very little of Junior. It seemed they only really bought Junior back in to get James back in to the “gang” – it makes sense if you read it!

But again, as with all the other CHERUB books this was a great read, and I really love these young adult/action/spy books.