Harry Potter Challenge – Day 1

Day 1 – Favourite Book

Can I just say all of them? ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m not keen on Chamber of Secrets nor Half Blood Prince! I think my favourite either has to be the Philosopher’s Stone or the Prisoner of Azkaban ๐Ÿ™‚

I love re-reading the first book as you can re-discover Hogwarts all over again, and I love the Prisoner of Azkaban. I know lots of people don’t like the Prisoner of Azkaban as it is quite different, but I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thoughts?

So I may delete this post, but I wanted to know people’s thoughts if I were to post a little something every day for the next month?

It’s 20 years since Harry Potter came out and one of the blogs I follow (Amy) is posting a daily Harry Potter challengeย so I thought about doing it.

Would you be interested in me doing this? ๐Ÿ™‚ Or you wouldn’t get bored of me? ๐Ÿ˜›

Cook With Me #6 – Mixed Bean Salad

I’m not sure whether I can really classify this under “cooking” but today I thought I’d share with you how to make a mixed bean salad.

We usually eat sandwiches for lunch here in the UK, which don’t get me wrong, I love! But sometimes I get a bit fed up of cheese and pickle/tuna/egg/chicken sandwiches, so I thought I’d try something different.ย Photo 23-06-2017, 12 16 38

Ingredients:

1 tin mixed bean salad, it comes in a sort of vinaigrette dressing (although you could make your own by buying a few tins of different beans – kidney beans/chick peas/haricot beans/green beans)

Tomatoes

Cucumber

Spring Onions

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This lunch honestly couldn’t be more simple. Just mix together your mixed beans with some salad bits (and some salad dressing if you like) and voila ๐Ÿ™‚

This mixed bean salad is really quick to make, tastes great and really fills you up! ๐Ÿ™‚

20 Years of Harry Potter

26th June 2017, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone turns 20 years old! Little did we know at the time that this book would change the lives of so many and be as popular as it has come to be!

Photo 17-06-2017, 07 59 45In a small celebration of 20 years of Harry Potter I thought I’d share with you some of my Harry Potter story!

Ok, so first off I’ll tell you all what you want to know, I’m in Ravenclaw!ย Screen Shot 2017-06-12 at 20.02.57

I’m also told that I look like Hermione Granger, and my dad calls me Hermione a lot!

So, how did I first get to know Harry Potter?

2001, I was 7 years old and my friend at school was going to see a preview of the film for her birthday, and I went along. We had Chocolate Frogs and Every Flavour Beans (which were released with the original film release) and I absolutely loved it! I then proceeded to drag my parents and brother along to it so I could watch it again a few weeks later!

I think my brother had the books and he enjoyed them and his enjoyment kind of passed on to me. I was so excited when the first film came out (and I got to know Harry Potter), I had a Harry Potter notebook, Harry Potter pens, Harry Potter trading cards (like Pokemon cards but Harry Potter), Harry Potter board games, Harry Potter pyjamas and a Harry Potter dressing gown!

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I don’t really remember when I read the books. I mean of course I’ve read them all now! I remember getting the 6th book (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) when it came out in 2005, and I queued up for the 7th book at Midnight in 2007. I remember reading the first book at some point, and the third and fifth, but I’m not sure I read them all until I was around 16 though.

What do I love most about Harry Potter?

I think the fact I grew up with it, and there’s always a character you can relate to. I also love how you can read the stories again and again without getting bored.ย photo-03-06-2016-13-24-26

Who is my favourite character

Dobby obviously!

Which is my favourite book?

I think probably the third book – The Prisoner of Azkaban. It is just really different from the rest of them. I know lots of people don’t like how different it is, but I really like it!photo-03-06-2016-13-53-38

Which is my favourite film?

Probably Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. You really can’t beat it. You can re-discover Hogwarts every time!

What is my favourite beast?

Fluffy! I mean he’s just so cool! Or Norbert!

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What spell would I cast if I could?

Expecto Patronum – I’d love to see what my patronus is ๐Ÿ™‚ (Pottermore says I’m an otter)

What do I find the saddest moment?

When Fred dies! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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What Harry Potter treat would I try if I could?

I mean I’ve had Butterbeer which was OK, but as I love chocolate, I’m going to say Chocolate Frogs.

Who is my favourite Hogwarts teacher?

Hagrid!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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So there we have it. I hope you all enjoyed today’s post ๐Ÿ™‚ Please feel free answer the same questions I asked myself in the comments below, I look forward to knowing your favourite bits! ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, if you love Harry Potter and fancy re-reading it, then join the Wizarding World Book Club ๐Ÿ˜€

See you all again soon ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Things that Make Me happy

Today I thought I’d share with you some of the things that make me happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. The sound of rain when I’m all snug and warm in bed.
  2. Warm, fluffy pyjamas on a cold night.
  3. Soft bed sheets.photo-11-10-2016-13-49-38-1
  4. Watching films in bed.
  5. Getting sucked in to a good book.
  6. Chocolate cake.
  7. Pizza takeaway.
  8. Spending time with my mum, dad and brother.
  9. Friends
  10. Getting good marks on work
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  12. Spending time with my aunt (I don’t see her as much as I’d like to)
  13. Warm sand beneath my toes on the beach
  14. Birds singing outside my window in the morning (not Seagulls though!)
  15. Finishing a notebook
  16. Starting a new notebookimg_3197
  17. Looking through my scrapbooks
  18. People telling me they’re proud of me.
  19. Harry Potter
  20. Baking cakes (especially chocolate ones).photo-11-02-2017-22-16-22
  21. Barbecues and sitting outside eating dinner in the summer
  22. Going on holiday
  23. Popcorn
  24. Bubble baths
  25. Having an incredibly supportive familyphoto-22-08-2016-20-59-12

I know some of them probably sound really silly, but hopefully you now know a little more about me! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Picture Tag

So last week Bea from BeaFreeย did the picture tag, nominating everyone for it. So I decided I’d give it a go today! ๐Ÿ™‚

A MESSAGE FROM THE CREATOR:

โ€œBlondeโ€™s Tea, creator thisย tag, got tired of seeing the same tags all around and decided to create a simple tag where you just have to post one picture ofย five different themes (e.g. your favourite picture of yourself, the best picture you have ever taken, a picture with your sibling, etc.) that will be given by your nominator. You donโ€™t have to have photography skills or anything, it is just to spread lovely pictures on your blog and bring back lovely memories.โ€

RULES:

  • Paste the text about the creator and the tag (the text above).
  • Post the 5 pictures that stick to the themes given.
  • Nominate 5 people (or just as much as you want).
  • Give 5 themes for your nominees pictures.
  • Notify your nominees about their nomination.

Favourite Photo of Me:ย 

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This is probably my favourite most recent photo of me ๐Ÿ™‚

Photo of My Favourite Vacation

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I think my favourite holiday has to be to New York in 2010.

Photo of My Funnest Day

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My first ever trip to the WB Studio tour! ๐Ÿ™‚

A Photo of Your Pet

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This was a long time ago now, and I don’t have any pets anymore, but this is me with 2 of my guinea pigs (I had 4).

A Photo that Makes Me Happy

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This was the day I graduated from my undergraduate degree in 2015.

My Themes to You:

  • Favourite photo of yourself
  • Photo of you and your best friend
  • The best photo you’ve ever taken
  • A photo of your pet
  • A photo that makes youย happy

Nominees:

Everyone who reads this ๐Ÿ™‚

Cath Kidston Favourites #1

So it may not come as a surprise to many of you who have been reading my blog a while, but I love Cath Kidston and I may own several Cath Kidston things! ๐Ÿ˜‰ So today I thought I’d share with you some of my favourites.

I couldn’t narrow it down, so I’ve spit it up in to (at least) two posts ๐Ÿ˜€

Photo 05-06-2017, 14 10 581.ย Winnie the Pooh dress – I LOVE this print. Back in September Cath Kidston released a limited edition Winnie the Pooh print (which was a lot more limited edition than the more recent Mickey Mouse and 101 Dalmatians prints) in which I was lucky enough to get several things. I’ve not actually worn this dress yet, but I have plans to very soon.ย Photo 05-06-2017, 14 10 53

2. Penguin Mug – I bought one of these and initially I wasn’t going to use it as I love it too much and I knew I’d be really upset if it broke. But for my birthday my aunt bought me one too (not realising I already had one), which means I can use one of them and show it off and keep one safely stored on my shelves at home.

3. Winnie the Pooh Cushion – again, this is part of the limited edition print. It is a lovely soft, comfy cushion and I love it ๐Ÿ˜€

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4. Handbag – This was my first ever Cath Kidston handbag. I went through a bit of a rough time at the start of third year of university (October 2014) and I bought this as a little cheer me up present. It is one of their “busy bags”. It is a great size and served me well for 2 1/2 years (it broke the other day), I’m still including it though because I have a new one (in a different colour) at home which I picked up in one of the outlet stores a little while ago ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Lunch bag – I love this lunch bag, I ย bought it last year when I was working to stick my lunch in, it’s a little cool bag too so it’ll keep your lunch cool.

6. Purse – This was the second Cath Kidston item I owned. I got it around June 2014 and it’s been used every day since and is still in great condition!

7. Clouds Glasses Case – it’s quite self explanatory, but I keep my sunglasses in this case. It’s a hard case so I’m not worried about throwing them in my bag.

8. Mickey Mouse Pen – This was part of the Mickey Mouse collection released in December last year, and was given to me by my aunt for Christmas. I love it! It is great to write with and really comfy!

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9. Saddle Bag – This was the first Cath Kidston item I owned. I’d been wanting to get one for ages, and then I found one in the Portsmouth outlet shop and couldn’t resist any longer! It is a great size and I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

Photo 05-06-2017, 14 13 1510. Cabin Suitcaseย – I love this! Ok, it was kind of expensive but with Cath Kidston you get the quality, and this has been great for my weekend trips home from uni. This is actually my second Cath Kidston cabin suitcase. Not because the first one broke, but because when this pattern and new style came out I loved it even more than the case I had already. I bought one with mum and we were originally going to share it… but then mum decided to get her own. I’m still yet to sell my other one on eBay though!

Soย there we have it, part 1 of my favourite Cath Kidston things! I hope it wasn’t too long and I hope you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll do part 2 soon ๐Ÿ™‚