Friday, 13 December 2013

Ghost the Musical!

So last week I went to see Ghost the Musical at the Sunderland Empire, and I thought I’d have a go at a review. I can’t promise there won’t be any spoilers, so look away now if you’re worried!
So let’s break this down a little…

For those of you who don’t know, Ghost tells the story of two lovers, Sam and Molly. Unfortunately, their happiness doesn’t last. Sam is killed, and finds himself trapped as a ghost on Earth. He soon finds out his death was not an accident, and that Molly is in danger. He can’t communicate with Molly in any way, but soon realises the psychic Oda Mae Brown can hear him and…well I’ll let you buy the DVD to find out the rest!
Anyway, the story is beautiful, and the addition of the musical element just amplifies its perfection. Check out the trailer below

The cast was led by Stewart Clarke as Sam and Rebecca Trehaun as Molly who were outstanding. The emotion they put into their roles really moved me, and made the whole thing seem real. Their voices are out of this world! Absolutely incredible, I am so happy to have them as the leads.
Special mention to Wendy Mae Brown who (conveniently) played Oda Mae Brown. She was terrific, and acted as much needed comic relief throughout the whole thing.
The whole cast were fantastic, but I must give a round of applause to Stevie Hutchinson who played the subway ghost. I’ve never seen anyone flipping around the stage rapping in a musical before and what can I say? It worked! He brought a whole new emotion into the musical - this anger and rage that was so ELECTRIC!

Set and effects
This may be where this show is set apart from any other show I’ve seen. The illusions and effects were incredible. I’m still not entirely sure how half of them were done! The set itself was simple, dressed up by projections and simple props. This kept it exciting and visually fantastic!

I can’t get the songs out of my head. As previously stated, the voices were amazing. There was also a variety of styles, which meant there was something for everyone! All I can say really is to listen for yourself (linked a few below). Moving, captivating, perfect.
With You: Clicky
Here Right Now: Clicky
More: Clicky
Three Little Words: Clicky
Nothing Stops Another Day: Clicky

Overall? Maybe the best musical I have ever seen. Definitely see it if you get a chance!


Saturday, 7 December 2013


Hello Littl’uns!
Surprise! I’m still here!
I warned you I might disappear a little, but I’m not sure even I quite realised how much this placement would take over my life.
I have one week left now, and as much as I love teaching, I sure am looking forward to the end. Whoever said teaching was easy needs a serious reality check! I wake up at ten to seven, get ready, get to school, prep lessons, teach all day, mark, assess, try to keep on top of uni work, plan for the next week…it never ends! Before I know it, it’s bed time, another day with no dinner has gone by, and still I have tons to do. The job of a teacher is never done.
Don’t let this fool you though. I love it! Seeing the children progress over these weeks has been incredible, and I’m going to miss it so much! I’m just ready for a bubble bath and a Christmas dinner now! :)
I actually finally had some time to relax last night, I went to see Ghost the Musical! But more about that next week. For now I just wanted to let you know that I haven’t abandoned you forever.
All my love,

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Saturday, 2 November 2013

October Favourites!

Hello Littl’uns!
It’s time for another monthly favourites post!
I loved doing one of these last month, and am super excited to do another. So let’s get going. Here are my October favourites…

Maybelline: Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h: 01 Intense Black: £7.99
This month I bought my very first gel eyeliner. I’ve always been wary as I’ve just not been sure how well I’d be able to apply it. My liquid liner has always been so easy and precise. However this product by Maybelline has been amazing! It goes on so smoothly and you only need a tiny bit so that alone makes it worth its money. If you’re not convinced – it also comes with a little brush! It certainly lives up to its name too. It is indeed a very intense black, and it does indeed stay put for 24 hours. I will definitely be repurchasing!

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte: Kate Moss: 107: £5.49
This lipstick is BEAUTIFUL. The formulation is so soft and goes on so well. It lasts wonderfully and the colour is perfect for this time of year. I’ve always loved reds but I usually go for cherry reds. This is much more of a purple-y berry red and it is gorgeous. Very classy.

Maybelline: BabyLips: Cherry Me: £2.99
I’m so obsessed with this right now. I’m always wary to try new lip balms as I do get dry lips and in general only nivea lip balms seem to do any good. But this is fantastic! It doesn’t go on greasy, it sinks into your lips wonderfully. Not just that, it also smells incredible. Just like fake cherries! Furthermore it has this very subtle colour to it, meaning you can just put this on and be ready for the day.

The Pretty Little Liars Halloween special was this month and honestly, I’m not going to sit here and say it was amazing. That would be far from the truth. The majority of the episode felt like a giant advertisement for Ravenswood, and the acting was occasionally just a bit…much. It was all a bit melodramatic really. But this is a favourites post… so hang in there for the silver lining here…
Now I wont ruin anything, but the last five minutes was spectacular. Yes it only really confirmed what we already knew, but to have that confirmation in a show like this where something you’re so sure of can change so quickly? That was perfect.

Once again I am astounded by YouTube musicians. Here are some covers I’ve really enjoyed this month:
Kina Grannis & Marie Digby: The Keeper:  Clicky.
Georgia Buchanan: All Her Gold: Clicky.
Cherrbs: Kiss Me: Clicky.

My favourite YouTube vloggers had a baby this month, and I am just even more in love with their vlogs than ever. That family is of course, the ShayTards! Find them here.


A lovely little Vegetarian café called The Good Apple has opened up just five minutes from my house. Everything it serves is Vegetarian as the name suggests, and most things can be made vegan on request. The staff are lovely, and the atmosphere is great! They also do the most incredible vegan brownies! :)


Halloween! Now I can’t say I did anything wild for Halloween, but I did get to carve pumpkins with someone special and honestly? It was the best Halloween I’ve had in years.

Things are going to start getting busy as of next week! But I’ll tell you about that some other time. As for now, you can check out this video if you’re interested:

Lots of love,

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Friday, 25 October 2013

Is Pretty for Everyone?

Hello Littl’uns!
I wanted to talk a little about body image this week.
It seems in society there is pressure to look a certain way, and a big part of this has to do with a person’s weight. We see photoshopped models on magazine covers looking ultra skinny and people aspire to be that as that is what pretty is portrayed as.
Obviously this false reality was finally picked up on and there’s been some changes. Instead, now I hear:

“oooh no, that’s not nice, I like a girl with curves instead.”

On the surface you think:

“Yes! Finally! People understand that girls aren’t all sticks, and curvy is beautiful too”

Then you dig a little deeper and see there’s still a long way to go. You think it’s saying people are beautiful at any size – but in reality it’s still body shaming, just the other way around. We’ve gone from shaming the chubbier people to shaming the skinny people. That’s not okay.
I can’t count the times I’ve been told I’m too skinny and need to put on weight. People seem to think it’s a compliment. It’s not. Contrary to belief, I eat. A lot. I couldn’t put on the weight even if I tried. So to tell me that my body is not beautiful because it’s too skinny, is just as rude as to tell someone they are not beautiful for being overweight.

Beauty does not come in a certain size.
Everyone has beauty.

Please check out the video I did to accompany this post here:

All my love,

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Friday, 18 October 2013

The Busy Life of a Student Teacher...

Hello Littl’uns!
I thought I’d give you a bit of a life update this week, as well – things have been happening.
I finally got my placement! I start at the beginning of November and I’ll be teaching up until Christmas. I’m yet to meet my class, but I’ll be going in next Thursday to introduce myself and to get to know them. All I know so far is that they are a year five class (age 9/10).
For the past two years I’ve taught KS1 (Key Stage 1) and EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), so this is a bit of a jump for me. I am excited though. I feel like with this age group I’ll be able to set them off on more investigations without the constant need for guidance the younger ones need. Though I’m pretty short myself so my main worry is that they’ll tower over me. I’ll have to find out a pair of comfy heels..
As a part of my extended maths module, I did get to teach a lesson on area to a mixed group of year 5/6 children today. It went excellently. I told them a story about two people in a rainforest who needed to build a shelter. The shelter needed flooring of 60m squared, and so the children teamed up to create as many different shelters with the area of 60m squared as they could. The higher ability were working with decimals and triangular shaped huts. I left it up to the children to choose how they would go about measuring the area, and how they would record. Some children were using calculators, others rulers, others squared paper. The activity catered for all abilities. I was impressed by a particular groups decision to create a table with the headings “Shelter” , “Size”, “Did it work” and “Why?”. Having this opportunity today has very much increased my confidence in teaching older children.

In other news, other aspects of my life are looking up! But that’s all I’ll say on here for now!

Hope you’re all doing well! Leave a comment and let me know.

All my love.

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Friday, 11 October 2013

Selfishness Vs Selflessness.

Hello Littl'uns!
This week I made a video (check that out at the bottom of this page, or click here ;)) on my inability to say no. I have always struggled with this. I’m a people pleaser. I don’t like to disappoint, and I’ll go out of my way to make people happy.
This selfless nature, whilst on the surface seems a positive quality, in actuality is not all it’s cracked up to be. The truth of it all is that you cannot please everyone. Whatever you do, someone is going to have to be disadvantaged – and why should that always be you?
Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t take anyone but yourself into consideration, but I am saying that maybe a selfish element isn’t so bad. As long as it’s not too dominant in your personality of course!
You are just as important as the next person. I don’t care if they have more money than you, or if they have a higher social status. You are the same. You matter just as much. You deserve to be getting what you want out of life. If someone asks to borrow money for something insignificant, but you’ve been looking forward to that donut you’re going to buy on the way home all day? You can say no! Don’t be rude about it of course, but putting yourself first is not a bad thing. How are you expected to get anywhere in life if you don’t look out for yourself sometimes?
Saying all this – I still have a long way to go. I’d lend you my donut money, and I probably wouldn’t ask for it back.
There does need to be a balance between selfishness and selflessness within people. When that balance is disturbed either way, people get disappointed. Everyone deserves to be happy.

Lots of love,

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Friday, 4 October 2013

September Favourites!

Hello Littl’uns!
I thought I’d have a go at one of these monthly favourite things. I’ve split my favourites into 6 topics: Beauty, Tv/film, Music, Internet, Food and Random. So without further ado, here are my monthly favourites for the month of September!

I've been really into nail varnish lately - I just can't get enough of the stuff! My two favourites this month have been:
Avon. Nailwear pro+. Romance. £3
It was so difficult to capture the colour here. It's such a subtle shimmery pink/purple. It's absolutely beautiful. The formulation isn't wonderful. It chips fairly easy, and does need a couple coats to get a nice solid colour. For £3 though, you can't really go wrong!

Barry M. Nail Paint. Mint Green. £2.99
A similar price for a similar quality. I would suggest around three layers for a nice solid colour. It is kind of bright, but it's one of those colours that work for all seasons.

How I Met Your Mother has started up for season 9 and I am so happy it's back! I'm excited to see where things go now we have in fact - met the mother.

I find, spending most of my time on YouTube, I actually listen to a lot more covers of songs than I do originals. Here are some covers of songs I've loved!
Wrecking Ball: 1, 2, 3, 4
Royals: 1, 2, 3

Besides dear old Blogger of course, I am absolutely obsessed with cookie clicker! All you do is click to make a bunch of cookies and upgrade stuff but it's so addicting. Don't judge me, okay?!

Now, my favourite chocolate ever are MaltEaster bunnies, which are only out around the Easter season. So when I saw these I was beyond excited! They're exactly the same as the bunnies, but in a reindeer shape. It may be a little early to be discussing Christmas, but it's never too early for great chocolate.

Stitch! He isn't actually mine, he's my best friends. However, I've been given the responsibility of looking after him, which of course, I'm doing great at!

Thanks for checking out my monthly favourites! This was fun!
I have a new video up on my channel which you can check out here:

Of course, Stitch makes an appearance.

Lots of love,

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Friday, 27 September 2013


Hello Littl’uns!
So this week I wanted to talk about something important - slut shaming.

So what is slut shaming? Slut shaming is the act of degrading and negatively judging someone (usually a woman) for engaging in frequent sexual activity. However, just because a person enjoys sex, does that make them less worthy? Not at all!
As previously mentioned, women are usually faced with the brunt of slut shaming. Men on the other hand are not usually held to the same standard. Among males it seems more common for a guy to be congratulated and adored the more sex he has. Yet women are sleazy and dirty? That’s not how this should work.
Sex is normal. Treating women differently in this respect only serves to alienate and make them feel like something must be wrong with them. With so many societal pressures already on the way women should look, need we add another on the way they should act? As long as sex is between two single people over the age of eighteen, and consensual, is it the business of anyone else? I personally believe not.

What’s more is often a ladies promiscuity is judged by what they wear. Which of course, is nonsense. Once again, men are allowed to walk around topless with no issue in hot weather, yet girls are shamed for wearing strappy tops and short shorts let alone anything less? So much for equality.
Ladies and gentlemen. If a lady wears a lot of makeup – that tells you nothing about their sexual habits. If she has big boobs – again, nothing. Tight clothing? Once again – nothing!

Please check out the video I made on the issue below, and let me know your thoughts! :)

Lots of love,

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Friday, 20 September 2013

And so the journey begins...

Hello Littl'uns!
So as you may know, I do weekly vlogs on YouTube. To accompany these, I thought I'd have a go at this old blogging thing too!

So I moved back to Sunderland on Saturday for my third year of university, and it's great to be back. Moving away for university really forces you to grow up, in a sense. You are forced to learn life skills like how to cook, and how to work a washing machine. It can be a little hard to begin with, throwing yourself straight in. However, I've learnt to enjoy the challenge over the last couple years, and the independence that comes alongside it.

Classes don't start until next Tuesday - so right now I'm just enjoying settling back in with my lovely flatmates. I've chosen who I live with this year, and all three of them are people who I met in student accommodation in first year. To anyone going to university next year - I cannot recommend moving into halls enough! Coming from an introvert, I can assure you it's not as scary as it seems. Everyone there is in the same boat as you, often moving in with no friends, and not a lot of life experience. Moving into halls means you have people to attend freshers events with, it means you have help with a lot of university related issues on site and furthermore it means you can share cake at 4am.

I expect this year to be difficult. Placement begins just after the October half term so it's going to get hectic pretty quickly! I'll keep you all updated with how things go!

I love you guys dearly, goodbye!

P.s. Don't forget to check out this weeks vlog...

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