10 December Netflix picks!

December was the month of foreign Netflix series and science fiction for me…

Having kicked off the first of my Netflix posts (10 November Netflix picks!) with a post in December, I thought that I should try and keep it up by giving you the run down of all of my favourite Netflix series and movies that I watched throughout the month of December. Hopefully this will give you some inspiration of what next to add to your Netflix list and don’t worry, it isn’t filled with Christmas themed viewing… except Love Actually, of course!

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2017’s hurdles and how I learned to jump

I have many hopes and dreams for myself, my family and my blog but I am learning that I need only worry about one thing at a time.

I have spent quite some time reflecting over the last few weeks on the year that was and how the events in 2017 shaped me into who I am today and yet it has taken me a long time to put into words the hopes and dreams I have for 2018 and actually move on from what I went through last year. I think it was an easy way out for me to take the ‘hard done by’ route, the line of thinking that saw me self-victimised and feeling as though the world was against me – only now do I understand that I had to go through last year to get here, where I am today and I am extremely grateful.

To tell you where I am going, I must first explain (as briefly as possible) where I have been.

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Shuffle Music Tag

A blogger tag.

Where words fail, music speaks.

Hans Christian Andersen

Thank you so much to the lovely Lauren for tagging me in the Shuffle Music Tag, do be sure to head on over to her tag post and check out her 15 songs! Lauren has some good ones on there, including a Crazy Town (Butterfly) throwback. You can also follow this supportive blogger on Twitter or Instagram.

I was tagged in this back in December 2017 but my return was a little delayed due to Christmas, my daughter’s birthday and ringing in 2018!

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Living the Dr. Martens life.

…I was no more than ten years old when I first knew ‘love at first sight’ for a pair of shoes

Since the 1960’s, the iconic Dr. Martens have been beautifully perverting wardrobes everywhere. From their modest work boot beginnings to their unrivalled grunge presence, these boots have been a cultural staple globally. Where once their purpose was to protect the feet of postman and workers alike from the harsh environment and UK elements, now they serve as a style marker; a statement piece; a relic of festivals and cultural diversities past.

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Isn’t Jeffree a STAR.

Considering I already own its fantastical cousin, ‘Unicorn blood’, it was a necessity to have the blood of the mermaid as well.

I don’t know about you but with all of the products that Jeffree Star has been putting out in 2017, I am so excited to see what JS has in store for us in 2018 and if the brand can think of any new colours to put out (By now, surely they have done them all?)

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My (almost) 12 year old mini-me.

From her hormonal side glances to her witty retorts, she is her mother through and through and I couldn’t be more proud.

This time, 12 years ago, I was impatiently awaiting the arrival of my eldest daughter with all of the trepidations and anxieties of a first time mum. At the tender age of 21, I thought I was ready to welcome Hayley into the world with open arms and an open heart but I was wholly unprepared for the small human that would change everything about the world that I knew.

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The Unique Blogger Award

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A blog post coming at you a little out of sync but I prefer to post awards outside of my usual content so here you go, post Christmas haze nurturing the food baby and lazy bones over the next few days.

Thank you ever so much to Lauren for choosing to listen to me ramble once again. Go and check out Lauren’s blog as soon as you can, she was also kind enough to have featured me on her Favourite bloggers of 2017 list / blog which features some really amazing bloggers so I am extremely honoured.

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The Greatest Movie Ever Made!

It’s everything you ever want.
It’s everything you ever need.
And it’s here right in front of you.

🎶 Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for 
Been searching in the dark, your sweat soaking through the floor 🎶

Moulin Rouge was once upon a time one of my all time favourite movies, it holds all of the magical charm and musical appeal of the stage brought to life on the big screen by the inspired Baz Luhrmann. I am not a die-hard musical fan but every so often, a movie will come along that has me singing my heart out and scrambling to find soundtracks and lyrics, a movie that I must recount to every person I see and one that gets cemented into the film vault in my mind until the end of time. I didn’t think I would find another for this vault quite like Moulin Rouge when along came Hugh Jackman and The Greatest Showman and all other cinematic wonder is forgotten.

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Christmas Traditions – A Christmas rewind

…it is not Christmas until Jack Skellington has donned a faux beard and Santa suit dishing out Christmas nightmares to the children of the world.

Christmas is celebrated in so many ways all around the world and I absolutely love hearing about the many different traditions incorporated into a Christmas celebration. While I might be a ‘go with the flow’ kind of girl when it comes to Christmas celebrations, there are some traditions that just HAVE to be done around Christmas and as a Wiccan at Yule, it is heart warming to see so many Pagan rooted celebrations becoming mainstream. While I may not be that into Christmas as others (I am not the Grinch, I promise), I do make a concerted effort to give my children the best possible Christmas experience, no matter how many Santa meet and greets I sit through. Here are my traditions (old and new) that I stand by, year after year.

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PIERCED PREJUDICE AND TATTOOED TREATMENT (Open Letter)

We are no different, we only choose different armour.

Dear Judge, Jury and Executioner,

There is something about being a part of the pierced, tattooed and modified club that comes with an immediate and infinite feeling of belonging. A club that exists because the world knows nothing but judgement; a club of people that have to constantly defend themselves to the masses regarding their personal choices, decisions and modifications.

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