Category Archives: 2015 Manifesto

‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert [ REVIEW ]

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One of my goals for 2015 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. So put up your feet, grab a good paperback and let’s get reading!

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of ‘Eat Pray Love’) is a very unique and inspiring book. Gilbert speaks of one’s courage to step beyond the restrictions they place around themselves to be free to accept ideas as they come to them. Ideas are a living thing that come to a person and go to another if they are not accepted or nurtured. She gives examples of how ideas have come and gone from her and others.

While I don’t necessarily think about the creative process the same way that Gilbert does, it is still a very inspiring book. She writes that people are scared of their own success. If it is not perfection we do not want to send our creation out into the world. She says it is much better to create and create and create and see what works and what doesn’t.

Fear is boring.

Creativity is for the brave- but not the fearless.

Be curious, you never know where exploration will lead you.

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Lush : Intergalactic Bath Bomb [ REVIEW ]

One of my *unofficial* goals for 2015 is to relax more. As the great Leonardo da Vinci once said, ‘Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgement.” What is more relaxing close to home than a luxurious bath?  This year I will review products from my fav shop that makes fresh and handmade beauty goods, Lush! So draw up a bath, get a good book and a glass of wine, and let’s relax!

Lush’s Intergalactic bath bomb is so amazing. This is on my short list now of favorites! The smell is fantastic, the dissolving process is gorgeous as is the beautiful shimmery blue color of the bath, and it moisturizes your skin. It smells of peppermint, vetivert and cedarwood, (a.k.a. AMAZING) and was the most fun bath bomb to see in action.

I would highly recommend this one! It really was like an ‘intergalactic’ trip in the tub as the shimmer in the water looks like thousands of stars in the night sky. All in all a ten out of ten bath bomb.

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Christmas Lush Products I’ve tested:

Frozen Bath Bomb, Dashing Santa Bath Bomb,

Halloween Lush Products I’ve tested:

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb, Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Mother’s Day Lush Products I’ve tested:

Rose Bubble Bar, Secret Garden Bath Bomb, Mother Superior Bubble Bar

Easter Lush Products I’ve tested:

Immaculate Eggception, Golden Egg, Fluffy Egg, Bunch of Carrots, Bubblegrub

Other Lush Products I’ve tested:

Blackberry Bath BombTwilight Bath Bomb, Sakura Bath Bomb, Phoenix Rising, Honey Bee Bath Bomb, Space Girl Bath Bomb, Big Blue Bath Bomb, Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb, Rose Queen Bath Bomb, Ickle Baby Bot, Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, Yuzu & Cocoa Bubble Bar, Karma Bubble Bar, Rose Jam Bubbleroon Bubble Bar, Milky Bath Bubble Bar,

*This post is not sponsored

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Click here to see my goals for 2015

You can also see my goals for 2014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

Lush : Dashing Santa Bath Bomb [ REVIEW ]

One of my *unofficial* goals for 2015 is to relax more. As the great Leonardo da Vinci once said, ‘Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgement.” What is more relaxing close to home than a luxurious bath?  This year I will review products from my fav shop that makes fresh and handmade beauty goods, Lush! So draw up a bath, get a good book and a glass of wine, and let’s relax!

Lush’s Dashing Santa fell a little flat for me. The worst part is that I had it sitting out for a few days before I used it and every time I walked through the restroom it smelled AMAZING. The scents are of mandarin oil, bergamot oil and orange flower absolute and are maybe the best thing ever.

The bath water turns a pretty pink color after the bath bomb dissolves fairly quickly. The scent disappeared in the bath though, and the water wasn’t very softening. Maybe if I used it with another bath bomb that moisturizes skin it would work out much better!

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Christmas Lush Products I’ve tested:

Frozen Bath Bomb,

Halloween Lush Products I’ve tested:

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb, Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Mother’s Day Lush Products I’ve tested:

Rose Bubble Bar, Secret Garden Bath Bomb, Mother Superior Bubble Bar

Easter Lush Products I’ve tested:

Immaculate Eggception, Golden Egg, Fluffy Egg, Bunch of Carrots, Bubblegrub

Other Lush Products I’ve tested:

Blackberry Bath BombTwilight Bath Bomb, Sakura Bath Bomb, Phoenix Rising, Honey Bee Bath Bomb, Space Girl Bath Bomb, Big Blue Bath Bomb, Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb, Rose Queen Bath Bomb, Ickle Baby Bot, Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, Yuzu & Cocoa Bubble Bar, Karma Bubble Bar, Rose Jam Bubbleroon Bubble Bar, Milky Bath Bubble Bar,

*This post is not sponsored

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Click here to see my goals for 2015

You can also see my goals for 2014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

Lush : Milky Bath Bubble Bar [ REVIEW ]

One of my *unofficial* goals for 2015 is to relax more. As the great Leonardo da Vinci once said, ‘Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgement.” What is more relaxing close to home than a luxurious bath?  This year I will review products from my fav shop that makes fresh and handmade beauty goods, Lush! So draw up a bath, get a good book and a glass of wine, and let’s relax!

Lush’s Milky Bath Bubble Bar is pretty fantastic. Although there is no color to it, the bar produces massive amounts of bubbles and is SO softening. It smells fantastic as well, like orange oil. Moisturizing cocoa butter, skimmed milk and olive oil make your skin super soft.

I love this bubble bar and would definitely purchase it again. I only used half of the bar and it was perfect. I might try again next time with one of the magic wands to add a little color and additional scent.

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Christmas Lush Products I’ve tested:

Frozen Bath Bomb,

Halloween Lush Products I’ve tested:

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb, Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Mother’s Day Lush Products I’ve tested:

Rose Bubble Bar, Secret Garden Bath Bomb, Mother Superior Bubble Bar

Easter Lush Products I’ve tested:

Immaculate Eggception, Golden Egg, Fluffy Egg, Bunch of Carrots, Bubblegrub

Other Lush Products I’ve tested:

Blackberry Bath BombTwilight Bath Bomb, Sakura Bath Bomb, Phoenix Rising, Honey Bee Bath Bomb, Space Girl Bath Bomb, Big Blue Bath Bomb, Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb, Rose Queen Bath Bomb, Ickle Baby Bot, Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, Yuzu & Cocoa Bubble Bar, Karma Bubble Bar, Rose Jam Bubbleroon Bubble Bar,

*This post is not sponsored

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Click here to see my goals for 2015

You can also see my goals for 2014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

‘Username: Evie’ by Joe Sugg [ REVIEW ]

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One of my goals for 2015 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. So put up your feet, grab a good paperback and let’s get reading!

Username:Evie is a graphic novel by the Youtuber Joe Sugg and his ‘Sugg Squad’ team of an illustrator, narrator, bubble maker, etc. It is ambitious project and a good story. The illustrations are rich and interesting. The story line is easy to follow and uplifting. We follow Evie, a social outcast who is mourning the loss of her father and dealing with having to move in with her rival (and cousin’s) family. She enters the alternate universe through her laptop that her father created for her before he passed called E.SCAPE and her good heart spreads joy and happiness. When her cousin Mallory discovers the program and enters the alternate universe behind Evie her hatefulness spreads discord and creates monsters. It is a thrilling story that touches on bullying, friendship, forgiveness, love and self worth.

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Click here to see my goals for 2015

You can also see my goals for 2014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

 

Lush : Rose Jam Bubbleroon Bubble Bar [ REVIEW ]

One of my *unofficial* goals for 2015 is to relax more. As the great Leonardo da Vinci once said, ‘Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgement.” What is more relaxing close to home than a luxurious bath?  This year I will review products from my fav shop that makes fresh and handmade beauty goods, Lush! So draw up a bath, get a good book and a glass of wine, and let’s relax!

Lush’s Rose Jam Bubbleroon Bubble Bar is not only a mouthful but also the reason for a wonderful bath! It smells lovely, not your average rose scent. There’s something spicier about it, something richer. It has a creamy center that moisturizes the skin and it crumbles slowly under the running water to turn the water a beautiful pink color with mountains of bubbles.

This is a great bubble bar! All boxes checked, great scent, long lasting, beautiful water color, lots of bubbles. You could probably break it in half, but I used the entire bar and it seemed like the perfect amount. I will definitely be purchasing this bubble bar again!

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Halloween Lush Products I’ve tested:

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb, Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Mother’s Day Lush Products I’ve tested:

Rose Bubble Bar, Secret Garden Bath Bomb, Mother Superior Bubble Bar

Easter Lush Products I’ve tested:

Immaculate Eggception, Golden Egg, Fluffy Egg, Bunch of Carrots, Bubblegrub

Other Lush Products I’ve tested:

Blackberry Bath BombTwilight Bath Bomb, Sakura Bath Bomb, Phoenix Rising, Honey Bee Bath Bomb, Space Girl Bath Bomb, Big Blue Bath Bomb, Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb, Rose Queen Bath Bomb, Ickle Baby Bot, Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, Yuzu & Cocoa Bubble Bar, Karma Bubble Bar, Frozen Bath Bomb,

*This post is not sponsored

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Click here to see my goals for 2015

You can also see my goals for 2014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ by George R.R. Martin [ REVIEW ]

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One of my goals for 2015 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. So put up your feet, grab a good paperback and let’s get reading!

‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ by George R.R. Martin compiles the first three novellas that take place nearly a century before the events of A Song of Fire and Ice. We follow the tales of Dunk and Egg, an unlikely duo. Dunk is a naive knight who blunders his way into finding a squire, Egg- who is more than he seems. Egg’s true name is hidden from all whom they encounter and he has to continually shave his head to conceal his blond hair and the fact that he is a prince. In this time the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne and the memory of the last living dragon is not that far gone. The plots run deep and our heroes ultimately are the most courageous and honorable. It is an captivating story of royal intrigue, powerful foes and ultimately friendship.

Gone from A Song of Fire and Ice in this novel is the normal fare of gore, sex and adult language. There is some of all that to go around but not nearly on the same level. This fact and the styling of Gary Gianni’s illustrations which frequent the pages remind me of a children’s book from the 20’s. Don’t be fooled though, this is no book for children. It is an adventure story, very similar in feel as that of The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Click here to see my goals for 2015

You can also see my goals for 2014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!