Thursday, March 31, 2016

Monthly Highlights | March

Hi, My Birthday seems like a distant memory and the amount of stuff I've got done this month has made it seem really rather long. I'm glad to be finally back blogging and this month has been really enjoyable for it and all your lovely comments. I sadly didn't take part in the #sassybooks read but we will be reading 'Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone' if you would like to join in Aprils read.

momentarily dreaming march instagram images 2016

Mini goals for March 7/10
  • Find a new favourite recipe
  • Donate some stuff to Charity
  • Finally move into the bigger bedroom
  • Read 3 books
  • Write a post about 50 happy things
  • Have an awesome Birthday
  • Take more photos
  • Go for a walk
  • Buy daffodils
  • Go to a super yummy restaurant

March has been a good month. My Birthday was a lot of fun if quiet and my little trip to York was a great way to refresh. The weekend of my Birthday I won two Goodreads giveaways (coincidence?) and shortly after another one, so lucky me. I got lots of lovely presents including Lush products and a pile of books. I didn't find a new recipe simply because I've eaten out at restaurants so much this month, I'll never get bored of Yo!Sushi.

I didn't have to buy daffodils as I've had some bought for me, they make everything sunnier and are a welcome sight at the start of spring. I've moved into the bigger bedroom and now have a nice little set up for my computer (nothing fancy, just more space). I've got three massive bags of clothes to donate to charity I just need to remember to take them.

I've been better on Instagram at posting but I still need to work on taking more photos. I've wanted to go for a walk but not had time or the weather was bad and I didn't want to leave the warmth of the house (does sightseeing in York count?). I wrote my '50 things that make me happy' post which you all seemed to like and reminded me of the nice things in life. I've read the three book target I set myself, my review of these books will be up early April.

Recap/Highlights

 Hope you had a lovely month, what did you get up to?
Sam

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Goodreads Giveaways

Hi, Did you know that Goodreads is a platform for authors and publishers to host giveaways to promote books, I didn't until recently. I wanted to share that little bit of knowledge and show you how lucky I have recently been.

Goodreads Giveaways Winner Momentarily Dreaming

Up until a few weeks ago I didn't know that I could get free books just by showing my interest in a giveaway on Goodreads and I may have gone a little crazy. I've counted how many giveaways I've entered so far and it's more than fifty but my selection of giveaways has paid off and I've won three lovely new books to read. It's all down to luck on how many copies are available and how many people request. So far I think I've been really lucky and I'm so happy to have won something as I never win anything, so three book in the time frame it crazy. These are the books that have joined my to read pile.

The Fire Sermon, Beloved Poison, The Glittering Art of Falling Apart

The Fire Sermon - Francesca Haig

A Dystopian Young Adult novel featuring a time when everyone is born with a twin. The world had been blighted with radiation and this seems to be the side effect the human race has to bare. The twins are always born with one an Alpha (perfect in every way) and the other an Omega (deformed either physically or mentally). The twins are separated at birth and brought up in very different ways, the only thing that the twins will share is their death.

 

Beloved Poison -

This is a book I choose because it's a genre I need to embrace more. A strange discovery is made within the chapel of an old hospital awaiting demolition. A mystery that leads to a search for answers which might be too dangerous to know. I'm looking forward to knowing a little bit more about this book and the true meaning behind the blurb.

 

The Glittering Art of Falling Apart -

This book is about two different people from two different times who are joined together by a diary. That's about all the blurb gives away but sometimes it's nice to pick up a book and see where it takes you. The book is split between two points of view which is a writing style I really enjoy, so looking forward to reading this one.

Have you ever entered a Goodreads giveaway?
Sam

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All the books featured where won in Goodreads giveaways

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

50 Things That Make Me Happy

Hi, In my monthly goals post I set myself the task of writing a '50 things that make me happy' post, so here it is. I've gone for light hearted things as somethings go without saying, although not unappreciated, like family and friends and having a roof over my head. Here are a selection of small random things that make me happy.



50 Things That Make Me Happy

1. Finding money in pockets
2. Creating something
3. Finishing a book
4. Cooking with my boyfriend
5. Motivation to do things alone
6. Spur of the moment arrangements
7. A new item of clothing
8. Playing with Lego
9. A tidy room
10. Good hair days
11. Clear skin
12. Day trips
13. Sunshine and blue sky's
14. Seeing wildlife
15. Sweets
16. Hugs
17. Great friends
18. Music from my teenage years
19. Snow Days
20.Cider
21. Watching Cartoons and anime
22. Fresh bedding
23. Finding the perfect gift
24. Stunning views
25. My blog
Momentarily Dreaming Instagram - 50 Happy Things
26. Playing board games
27. Colouring
28. The Internet
29. Camping
30. The Yorkshire countryside
31. Pokemon
32. Thia/Japanese food
33. Straighteners
34. Watching Disney films
35. Daffodils
36. Green Tea
37. Lush Baths
38. Hats and scarfs
39. Good luck
40. Pamper Days
41. Dr Martens
42. Having the chance to save
43. Still getting asked for ID
44. Being organised
45. Playing pool
46. A great looking outfit
47. My phone
48. Lazy days and lie ins
49. Having a job
50. Ice cream at the seaside
Momentarily Dreaming Instagram - 50 Happy Things

Honestly I found this hard, 50 things is a lot, but putting this together has made me feel really happy. Thinking about all the nice things that I'm lucky enough to have and how these small things make everything all the more enjoyable, I am very grateful for everything.

What makes you happy?
Sam

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Empty Casket | Investing in Sterling Silver

Hi, I finally invested in some proper jewellery, as much as I love to pick up a few simple rings from Primark ect I always end up gutted that they just don't last and look shabby in no time at all. As a result I decided it was probably in my best interest to start investing in some sterling silver pieces, which will last me for years to come.

Empty Casket Sterling Silver Ring Stag Deer
Empty Casket Sterling Silver Ring Stag Deer

Empty Casket Sterling Silver Ring Stag Deer

Empty Casket Sterling Silver Dainty Antler Skull Ring - £18.00


So what did I pick to start my new collection, well this lovely little dainty Stag skull ring from Empty Casket. I found the company via Instagram and fell in love with this ring the first time I saw it. It truly is a dainty ring and smaller than I imagined it to be but it's the perfect size. I think the price of £18 is very reasonable considering the quality of the skull cast. The ring came beautifully packaged in a box embossed with the Empty Casket logo, which in itself is beautiful. I can't wait to wear this and I'm sure it will be a firm favourite, just need to watch I don't pull every jumper I own.

 Any suggestions for other sterling silver retailers?
Sam

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Lush Review | Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar

Hi, Today I've got a little review of the Unicorn horn bubble bar, I was gifted the unicorn horn as a Birthday present. The Lush Unicorn horn is part of the Valentines range and only available for a short time, I missed out last year so I really enjoyed finally giving it a try.

LUSH Unicorn horn bubble bar Review 2016


Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar 

This pretty bubble bar is a novel idea and one which I feel everyone wants a piece of simply for that Unicorn horn selfie. Last years version of the horn contained a fourth colour purple and little stars on the surface which I feel added to the look and leaves this years horn looking unfinished apart from the coating of silver luster. As with all bubble bars this product is designed to be used crumbled under running water, the packaging suggested the use of a whole bar which I did.

LUSH Unicorn horn bubble bar Review 2016


The Unicorn horn contains a blend of essential oils including Neoli, Lavender and Ylang Ylang. This mixture of oils is designed to uplift the mood with a floral twist and work together for physical benefits for the skin. Using the whole bar created loads of bubbles, the colour once mixed within water is a rich pink. The luster seems to disappear but leaves a subtle coating on the skin and requires a rinse from the bath after. The smell is so subtle it's hardly there but it is a very fresh clean scent.

I really like the idea of the Unicorn horn but I've been left wanting more from it, the smell is nice but not anything to get excited about and the overall look of the horn seems underdeveloped. I can't wait to see the next version of the horn and whether Lush will developed it further next year.

Did you try this years Unicorn Horn?
Sam

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Reading Roundup | January-February Book Reviews

Hi, I'd say it's been a slow start to the year with reading. I'm late reviewing the books I've read so far in 2016, during Jan-Feb I managed to read four books one of which was February's #Sassybooks pick. I've reset my Goodreads goal to 35 books which is on average just under 3 books a month, I'm not doing too badly and will be-able to catch up during the summer.



January/February Reading Roundup - Year Book Count4

Infinite Sky
Author - C.J. Flood
Page Count - 274
First Published - 2013

Iris is a young girl who lives with her family on a farm, one day her mum leaves to travel the world. Shortly after a family of travelers move into the unused paddock area of the farm. Iris is mesmerism by them and befriends a boy named Trick. Tensions are high and the family relationship between father, sister and brother starts to fall apart, secrets and out of character behavior ensue. All amounting to a lovely summer romance that goes so very wrong.

I don't want to spoil the book but feel the need to say that there is a death within the story. This maybe wasn't the best book to pick regard my own recent loss of a family member but it was so beautifully written. I bought this book as part of a pack of young adult stories and enjoyed it so much, it's only a small book but it is full of feeling and a really well planed out story.

Divergent
Author - Veronica Roth
Page Count - 487
First Published - 2011


I'm a massive fan of a trilogy so it was about time I finally got around to reading the Divergent series. I feel I want to review these books together once I've finished them all so I'll keep this light.

With all trilogies I always enjoy the first book the most, this is down to the scene setting and the back story, I love learning about the new world in which the characters live. Within this world is a city walled and defended from the outside and unknown. People live in a kind of harmony created by living within one of five different groups known as factions. The factions include Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent), Abnegation (the selfless) and Candor (the honest). There is also a sixth group known as the Factionless, the people who didn't find their place. The story joins Beatrice who is from the Abnegation faction, as she is about to take part in the choosing ceremony where she chooses which faction she will pledge her future too. 

Insurgent
Author - Veronica Roth
Page Count - 525
First Published - 2012

The second book in the Divergent series takes you deeper into the world and the problems with it. The story contain a lot of conflict and a power struggles which the characters keep getting caught up in. The story gives enough information to keep you wanting to know what happens next and thankfully I had all three books so the cliff hanger endings where endurable. The end of insurgent has a big turn of events that changes everything they know and leaves you wanting answers.

Have you set yourself a reading goal?
Sam

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Lost in a Book Tag

Hi, I've been trying to think of some post ideas to get me back into the swing of blogging. I came across the 'Lost in a book' tag on Hello, Steph and decided it would be a great idea, I hope you enjoy reading my answers.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading? 
I tend to either read in bed on an evening or in the bath if I have time. Any where that I can totally focus on what I'm doing while being comfortable.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I'd like to say I have a book mark but I never know where it is to use it. My most resent random piece of paper is the receipt from taking the book out of the library, it's logical because then I know when it's due back.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at a chapter?
I only leave a book mid chapter if I'm falling asleep with the book in my hands with the risk of knocking myself out with said book. I like to open a book at a new chapter and not have to remember what happened the last few pages for it to make sense.

Do you eat or drink whist reading?
I'll stop for little breaks rather than doing these things without removing my eyes for the page but I like to have a drink and snacks within reach so I don't have to move from my comfy spot.

E-Reader or real book?
Real books all the way but I am trying to embrace the E-Reader now I have a tablet. I really enjoy using my local library and seeing a bookmark (piece of paper) within the pages for motivation.

Music or TV while reading? 
I think I've listen to music while reading on the bus back at University but I wouldn't chose to do it now, I find it quite distracting. 

One book at a time or several at once?
I've always been a one book at a time person, I'd easily get story lines mixed up.

Reading at home or everywhere?
I can read anywhere, I like reading on the bus as it's a great way of passing the time. I enjoy reading while on camping holidays, it's a great form of entertainment that doesn't run out of power.

Read aloud or silently in your head?
Silently because it just seems weird any other way, unless you're reading to someone obviously.

Fiction or non-fiction?
Fiction, I like story's more than I like facts.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I don't do this simply because it feels like cheating and I'd miss something important. I find myself re-reading to understand sometimes so this would just be a bad idea.

Break the spine or keep a book like new? 
If I can I'll keep it as new as possible, I don't really know why.

Do you write in your books?
Nope but only because I have nothing to write, if it was a text book or I had a really great thought I wouldn't be against it, but it would only be pencil. On that note I'd never write in a book I didn't own.

Favorite book?
I'm sure for a lot of people this would be an easy answer but I don't think there is one book I can pin point as a favourite. I really enjoyed the Harry Potter series and I think they helped me really fall in love with the process of reading.

I tag you, let me know if you do the tag and I'll come read your answers.
Sam

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Monthly Mini Goals - March

Hi, I'm going to use this post for a quick catch up. Firstly a massive thank you for sticking with my little blog over the quiet period. I'm really trying to get back into blogging, my time management is all over the place. I also want to say a big thank you to all you lovely people who followed while I wasn't even blogging. I was so worried that I'd lose people, instead my followers have increased which has made me so happy and made me want to get back to blogging even more. So here are my monthly goals for the month ahead. I'm going to be posting as much as possible but I'm not promising anything.




Mini goals for March
  • Find a new favourite recipe
  • Donate some stuff to Charity
  • Finally move into the bigger bedroom
  • Read 3 books
  • Write a post about 50 happy things
  • Have an awesome Birthday
  • Take more photos
  • Go for a walk
  • Buy daffodils
  • Go to a super yummy restaurant

    I enjoy cooking and eating something made from scratch is the best, I tent to make the same things over and over so I want to try something new. My storage is being pushed to the limit so I could do with a bit of a clear out and I'll donate as much as possible. I've got the perfect opportunity if I'm going to finally move into the bigger bedroom as I'll have to move everything anyway.

    I've realised how precious photos are and that I really need to take more of the people I hold dear, as well as all those lovely sunrises. This leads to me wanting to do a '50 things that make me happy' post, I could do with the reminder. I need to try to read at least 3 books to keep on track of my yearly goal, I'd love to take part in #Sassybook again.

    My birthday is 6th March (gotta share it with mother's day this year) so not long at all, I've got a weekend in York planned which I can't wait for. I love to put a few goals I know I'll complete like the restaurant one, I've got a table booked at the local Thai, I've been there for my birthday the past six years. I might not have to buy daffodils because all my family know they are my favourite flower, they're just so sunny and happy looking and they totally say that spring is finally here.

    Have a lovely month, have you got anything special planned?
    Sam

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