Read Harder 2017: Update

In 2015 I unsuccessfully attempted to take part in several reading challenges. I, thus, decided in 2016 just not to bother. In 2017, however, I discovered the Read Harder challenge on the Book Riot website. It would give me the opportunity to try different themes and genres in literature and to just generally read out…

Read Harder 2017

Whilst indulging in a little reminiscence and looking through past blog posts I realised that in 2015 I signed up to several reading challenges and just gave up halfway through the year. I have a habit of doing this, deciding to challenge myself and then just giving up; look what happened to my decision to…

Christmas Leftover Nachos: An Anti-Recipe

This is in no way a cookery blog but I just had to share my recent discovery- a surprisingly tasty way of using up leftovers from the festive period.  I’ve dubbed it an anti-recipe, partly due to inability to cook using measurements and partly due to the fact you can substitute other leftovers into the…

Funko Pops

My husband and I, between us, currently own 5 Funko Pops and a couple of Mystery Minis.  We started off with Daenerys Targaryen but now we also have Coronation Anna (Frozen), Marty McFly, Pinhead, Freddy Krueger as well as mini Mickey Mouse, Benjen Stark and Winnie the Pooh.  The thing is, although we keep saying…

Pinkie Pie Cosplay:An Update

A few weeks ago I posted about planning a low-budget Pinkie Pie based cosplay. My aim is to create the whole outfit for £30 but with some elements that can be reused for other outfits. I found myself some plush ears reduced in the sale to $2 (about £1.50ish) at We Love Fine (still available…

Message to Teachers Everywhere

I’m writing this post whilst sat on a train travelling to have lunch with friends before going out for the evening with family. I’ve made a point of demarcating this weekend as time off. No marking, no planning, no surreptitious googling for great resources or child initiated activities ideas. In fact, no teaching related activities…

Planning For a Pinkie Pie Cosplay

This year my husband and I are planning to attend several conventions- both as visitors and as stall holders.  Mr H isn’t really into getting dressed up but I am a really big fan of planning and designing costumes.  The only problem is that cosplay can be really expensive! Wigs, make-up, clothes, accessories- it can…

Christmas with the Holpeppers

How has your Christmas been? I had all sorts of plans for my Christmas.  I was going to take my Mum away for a few nights as part of her present.  We were going to eat lovely posh food that we wouldn’t usually splash out on and drink a few cocktails.  It was going to…

A Letter to my Readers

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged. I went back to being a full-time classroom teacher in my very own class (not covering maternity like I was in June) in September and it completely took over my life.  I went in to work, came home, fell asleep (often on the couch) and that…

Me-Date

I took myself on a date today. I started doing this a year ago when I was off work with anxiety problems.   Going out for an extended lunch on my own allowed me time to practice mindfulness techniques and just allow myself to ‘just be.’  I decided to take myself out for a trip…

Top Five Authors on my Auto-Buy List

The lovely people at The Broke and The Bookish hold a weekly feature/web-meme/ link up entitled Top Ten Tuesday. Each week has a different theme where bloggers from around the world contribute their own top ten and are able to discuss each other’s choices. This week we are looking at the authors whose new books go…

Returning to reading

Just over a month ago I posted about the reading lull that I had been going through. I was exhausted with work and just trying to keep going until the end of term. I wanted to read but just couldn’t maintain my concentration. Now we’ve reached the holidays I’ve now reclaimed my reading mojo!  Since…