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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Friendship Four 2016 | Part 2

This post has been a long time coming, so I apologise. I decided to take an impromptu blog hiatus for a while and while I don't feel 100% ready to get back on the horse, I thought I'd get this blog post up and out of the way. I did have another post I hoped I'd have up before Christmas too but I've picked up a bad case of the cold in the last couple of days so I'm not sure that will be doable but we'll see. If you missed part one of my Friendship Four hockey weekend you can find it here. 

Monday, 5 December 2016

Friendship Four 2016 | Day 1

Howdy and welcome to this belated post. I had hoped to have it up a day or two after I got home but I had to watch the Gilmore Girls reunion and then the week just kind of got away from me. I guess it's better late than never, as they say. I've decided to write it in two parts so it's a little less overwhelming to read. Enjoy!

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Christmas Decoration Haul

Howdy and welcome to today's post. I know it's still November and this is my third Christmas related post already but what can I say? I'm super excited for Christmas this year. As I've mentioned, this year is the first year my sister and I are living by ourselves and have a whole bungalow to decorate. Over the last couple of years we've been stocking up on decorations but we still didn't have quite enough, so we went out and raided a couple of stores. We hit Dunnes Stores, Poundland, Asda and B&M. There's still some decorations we need to get but we aren't going to run out of baubles any time soon. Now on with the haul!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Books 'n' Stuff | The Elf On The Shelf

"Have you ever wondered how Santa could know if you're naughty or nice each year as you grow?"
The Elf On The Shelf

Howdy and welcome to today's blog post. It's a bit of an unboxing and a bit of a review. I've been eyeing up The Elf On The Shelf for a while but considering I have no kids, I wasn't sure if I could justify splashing out the £29.95 it cost. However, once I figured out that I could probably incorporate it in my blog some how it didn't seem like such a frivolous spend. I'm wanting to start a few new traditions this year as a lot of our old family traditions won't be happening or at the very least will be changing somewhat. I figured some elf fun might be exactly the kind of tradition I'd like to start. 

Friday, 11 November 2016

Books 'n' Stuff | Daring Fate by Megan Erickson

"Life was hard, then you died."

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Daring Fate, Megan Erickson, Silver Tip Pack, Rating: 4/5
Author: Megan Erickson
Series: Silver Tip Pack
Release: 14/11/16
Genre: M/M, Shapeshifter, Fantasy Romance

Daring Fate is the first in Megan Erickson's new shapeshifter series, Silver Tip Pack. If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll be familiar with Megan's work as I've reviewed her collaboration with another of my favourite authors, Santino Hassell. I thoroughly enjoyed Fast Connection and can't recommend it enough. You can read that review here. Although Fast Connection is the only other book I've reviewed by Megan Erickson, it's just one of many that I've read and loved. I recommend checking out her other works too. Basically all of them. But I digress, back to Daring Fate.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Christmas Decoration Wishlist

"Christmas makes me happy no matter what time of year it comes around."
Bryan White

Howdy and welcome to my first Christmas related blog post of 2016! I can barely believe it's this time of year already, although I'm sure some of you would argue that it isn't. Last year I didn't blog much at all around Christmas because I took a bit of a hiatus as I was in a bit of a blog rut. This year I want to make sure that doesn't happen but I also just want to try to be more organised in regards to Christmas in general.

This year is the first that I'm living alone with my sister and as such it's the first time we'll be decorating our own place. I've been practising for this by decorating my bedroom the last few years but a whole bungalow is a different matter. As excited as I am, I'm also a little nervous because I want it to be perfect but more than that I don't want it to look exactly the same as how my mum decorated every year. So I must invest in some new decorations because the last thing I want is the place looking bare. While browsing a few different stores I decided to put together a wishlist of decorations I'd like to buy. This post is strictly decorations to hang on our tree but I may do another for non tree ornaments. 

My mum always stuck with white lights with a mostly red and gold theme. Eva and I have decided to go for a brighter and more colourful tree. Something a little more fun than vintage. So here are some decorations I'd like to add to my collection. I'm looking forward to growing the collection over the years like my mum has. It's exciting to me that some of what we buy now will be what we bring out for years to come. 

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

The Return of the Bin Bag Witch!

"But I love Halloween, and I love that feeling: the cold air, the spooky dangers lurking around the corner."
Evan Peters

Howdy everybody! I had hoped to have this post up yesterday but some unforeseen family issues came up and I wasn't able. Hopefully everyone isn't too Halloweened out to enjoy this post. As usual I had no plans for Halloween. It's a holiday I've always loved the idea of. I mean I was your average goth teen, so how could I not? But it's never been something my family got super into and I don't really have friends to go out or have house parties with. I figured when I had my own place that I'd go all out with decorations and make it fun for just myself but this year - my first year in my own place - we didn't decorate at all as my sister has been crazy busy. So I've just about accepted the fact I'm never going to experience Halloween the way that others do. The last few years I've done my make up and took photos. You may remember this post from last year. However, this year I had no plans to do that until I came across a post on Twitter.  Alana from A Rose For Epona asked what everyone's go to Halloween costume was as a kid and mentioned she'd perfected the art of the Bin Bag Witch! Nostalgia hit me like a train. That was everybody's go to when I was a kid and I remarked that it was something I didn't see anymore. One thing led to another and Alana and I decided to bring the trend back! Even giving it it's own #binbagwitches hashtag.

Friday, 28 October 2016

*CLOSED* Bloo 'n' Stuff Giveaway!

Welcome to my first blog giveaway! I've been wanting to do a giveaway for a long time so I'm excited to be finally getting around to it. This post is just to give you a closer look at the prize and tell you how to take part. Don't worry though, I've decided to keep it simple. (Skip to the bottom if you're just interested in knowing how to take part). But first, here's what's included in the prize. 

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Toys 'n' Stuff | Latest Build A Bear buys!

Welcome to today's Toys 'n' Stuff post. This week I got some cuteness in the mail and I figured I might as well make it an unboxing post. I had been eyeing up one of these cuties for a while but I kept putting off buying him as Build A Bear bears take up quite a bit of space and I don't have much of that right now. He was an online exclusive and I was worried he was going to go out of stock and not come back in so I bit the bullet and bought him. Being me - and despite not having much space - I was content with bordering the one bear I'd been wanting for a long time, I also treated myself to one of their new Halloween cuties. You'll understand why when you see him! Now on with the unboxing. 

Friday, 21 October 2016

Books 'n' Stuff | Interborough by Santino Hassell

"Everyone thinks their tank is running on infinity. And the more time they think they have, the faster it runs out."

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: Five Boroughs
Release: 24/10/16
Genre: M/M Romance

Interborough is by arguably one of my favourite authors, Santino Hassell. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you will recognise the name because I have sang his praises before. The third book in this series, First and First, was the first sponsored book review I'd ever done, and then I reviewed the collaboration, Fast Connection, between him and another of my favourite authors, Megan Erickson. You may find those reviews here and here. But first, get ready to listen to me singing his praises once more!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

A New Home For Moe

Howdy and welcome to today's post. If you've been following me for a while you may remember a while back I wrote about getting my marimo, Moe. If you missed that post and have no idea what a marimo is you can find it here. In short, a marimo is a ball of algae. You may be asking why anyone would want to keep one of those and basically I think they're hella cute. When I bought Moe they came in a little jar but I switched them out into a bigger one and put some healing crystals in for decoration. I've been meaning to change things up for a while now and thought I'd try a few ideas that I could share with you guys. Enjoy!

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Musicals 'n' Stuff | Ghost the Musical

This week my mum asked if I wanted to tag along with my dad and her to see Ghost the Musical at the Grand Opera House in Belfast. I've been itching to see another musical for a while now so I jumped at the chance. She invited my sister, Eva, too but it turned out she was working so she couldn't come. My dad then dropped out also, so it ended up just a mother and daughter night.. My mum and I don't do a lot together despite the fact she's supposed to be my main carer. While our family is close, we don't do a lot as a family. I think now that my parents have moved out, my mum wants to make more of an effort to spend quality time together. I'm totally up for that if it means we get to see more kick ass musicals.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Bloo's Reviews | Second Half by Monica DeSimone

"I could be that tree that bends in the wind. And survive."
Second Half

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3/5
Author: Monica DeSimone
Series: Coach's Shadow Trilogy
Release: Available Now
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Second Half by Monica DeSimone is the first instalment of the Coach's Shadow Trilogy and the first book I have read by this author. As such, I had no idea what I was in for but after reading the blurb I looked forward to finding out. Second Half is the story of teenage sweethearts, Zoey and Derrick, trying to find their way back to each other after eight years apart.

Zoey McEvoy has just about got her life back on track. She's a strong, sassy and independent business woman. She founded the Coach's Shadow Foundation in honour of her father. These things didn't come easily to her though. After heartbreak she found herself in the dark depths of depression, resulting in a suicide attempt. But all that is in the past, or so she thinks...

Monday, 3 October 2016

Yet Another Disney Store Haul

Welcome to today's mini Disney Store haul. I picked up these items earlier in the month when I went shopping with my sister for her birthday. I can never resist treating myself, even when it's someone else's birthday. I assure you I spoilt her just as much. Now on with the haul!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

A Tribute To My Granny

"In loving memory."

I haven't really spoken about this but on the 1st of September my maternal grandmother passed away. I didn't talk about it because everything felt so generic and fake. I didn't want people telling me how sorry they were for my loss and I didn't want sympathy. I didn't want people assuming how I felt about it, nor could I put it into my own words. I just wanted to process things by myself, in my own way. I wanted to grieve without having to perform it.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Bloo's Reviews | Into You by Jay Northcote

What do you do when the body you wake up in isn’t yours?

I received an arc in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 2.5/5
Author: Jay Northcote
Series: N/A
Release: Available Now
Genre: M/M Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Jay Northcote is an author I've been familiar with for a while, so when the chance came up to review her newest release, I jumped at it. Admittedly, this was supposed to be up a little while ago but it's been a hectic few weeks with family stuff and I got my release dates mixed up. So apologies to Jay for that! But I digress, I had read two of her past releases - Helping Hand being my personal favourite - and I was excited to see what she had in store for this couple of characters, Scott and Olly. I was particularly intrigued once I read the blurb.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Should the Paralympics & Olympics merge?

It's the last day of the Rio 2016 Paralympics and what a ride it has been. I'd been anticipating them even more than the Olympics and I was not disappointed. Something that always coincides with the Paralympics is the age old debate, should the Paralympics and Olympics be merged? It has been a topic even more prevalent this year after it came to light that apparently there had been budget cuts to the Paralympics after money was spent to fix issues that occurred during the Olympics. As such they had to scale back some of the venues and media and it was touch a go for a while whether all the athletes - mostly those from poorer countries - would be able to make it as their travel grants were late being paid.

When it comes to the great merger question, more often than not it seems like a no brainer to most people and - more so this year than ever - there would a resounding 'yes!' My own opinion is more on the unpopular side of things, a strong no. At least right now. I had a few debates about this issue recently and I felt I would touch upon some of the arguments I see most often and give my reasoning for being against the merger at this time.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Mental Health | Hyperawareness

[TW: Eating/Choking/Stomach Issues]

This is a little bit of an impromptu post as I was going to just make a Twitter thread about it to get it off my chest and process what's been happening but then I was in two minds because I wasn't sure how to trigger warn or content warn it properly, so here I am. As I said, this is mostly for me and my own need to process this and get it off my chest. However, I also know I have a lot of readers that have mental health issues so if you can relate I'd love to hear from you. Yay, community! 

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Mini New Look & Tesco Haul

"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."
Elbert Hubbard

Howdy everybody! I've been feeling a little off my blogging game lately and just not felt like writing. I have a bunch of ideas but no motivation. I'm hoping that will come back soon but in the mean time here's a mini haul that I picked up when Eva and I went for coffee a couple of days ago. Some of the items were bought in New Look and others I got in Tesco. Now on with the haul!

Friday, 26 August 2016

Pets 'n' Stuff | Showing Off My Babies

"I'm a real animal lover. I adore animals of all shapes and sizes."
Tamsin Egerton

A few days ago I was cleaning out the baby snail tank and giving the cuties their first baths, so I figured I would take the opportunity to take some photos of them. Since I've already spammed Instagram and Twitter with an abundance of snail related posts I thought I'd pick some of my favourite photographs and show off my babies in a blog post too.

Giant African Land Snails, Achatina Fulica

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Vegan Haul | The Vegan Kind Jul/Aug

"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."

This is not a sponsored post.

You may have seen earlier in the week I posted an update on my transition to a plant based diet. I was going to include that update with this post but went a little more in depth than I had planned to and as such covered some things that some may find triggering, i.e. food and eating disorders. If you missed that post and want to read how things are going you may find it here. In it I talk about the fact I am expanding my diet and trying new things, particularly vegan friendly foods. So I figured what better way to try new things than a subscription box! So I signed up for The Vegan Kind

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Everyday Ableism | #ShitAbledPeopleSay

Everyday Ableism #ShitAbledPeopleSay
I had another post in mind for the this edition of my Everyday Ableism series but sometimes something happens in the world of disability and gives you something else that must be addressed. A few weeks back now the hashtag #shitabledpeoplesay started popping up on my Twitter feed. I found myself nodding along in agreement to a lot of what I was seeing and soon began adding my own. I added one off the top of my head and it sort of snowballed from there. I didn't realise I had so much to contribute to the hashtag until they started pouring out of me. So I decided to compile them into a blog post. If you're disabled, I'm sure you can relate to some of these. If you're abled and you've ever found yourself uttering one or more of these in the past, I hope that you might think twice before doing it again in the future. If you're abled and you're already taking offence because you've never said a problematic thing in your life, then okay. I mean, even I've said ableist shit but perhaps you're the un-problematic unicorn. If that's the case, then congrats and this post isn't for you. Now we've gotten that out of the way, on with the show!

Monday, 8 August 2016

Toys 'n' Stuff | Disney Haul

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life."
Omar Khayyam

Welcome to today's edition of my Toys 'n' Stuff series. It was going to be a Disney store mini haul from when I was in Belfast a while back. You may remember I already posted my Primark haul from that trip. However, I ended up finding some new Tsum Tsum figures in Tesco and decided I would include them in the haul too.

For a long time I've been bemoaning the fact the only Tsum Tsum figures I could get my hands on where the rubber ones. They were cute but I'm not a big fan of rubbery figures as stuff sticks to them a lot and the paint detailing tends to be rubbish. The American toy YouTubers I watch collected hard plastic figures and I just couldn't understand why that line was not available in the UK. Well, I must wonder no more! They are finally available.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

My Month In Words | July 2016 Part 2

"The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people"
 Martin Luther King, Jr.

Welcome to the part two of July's edition of My Month In Words. You can check out part one here if you missed it. Most months I will try and keep it down to one post but I guess I just have a lot to say about July. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

My Month In Words | July 2016 Part 1

"It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition."
Henry James

Welcome to part one of the July edition of My Month In Words. I've decided to split the month of July into two parts as it was pretty packed full of stuff and I suck at trimming things down. Catch part two in a day or two. If you missed my June instalment you can find it here. July felt like a long month. Some of the things that happened feel like forever ago. Some great things happened and some not so great things happened but thankfully, I feel like the good things made up for the crappy parts and I hope it all makes for a fun read. Enjoy!

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Bloo's Reviews | Rather Wonderful #paperhaul

"Your monthly paper fix."

I received this product in exchange for an honest review.

Ignore the squishy. It's covering my address.

Something I haven't really touched upon much on my blog is my deep rooted love of stationery. When I was younger one of the highlights of my year was when the end of the summer would draw near and it was time to head into town with my friends to stock up on new school supplies. It was sort of an in joke with my friends how much I enjoyed it. I've also been known to keep pens long after they've run out because I just don't have the heart to part with them. Not to mention keeping postcards, stickers and other stationery for years just waiting for that 'special occasion' to use them. So when I saw Crafty Creatives were looking for bloggers to review their #paperhaul, I jumped at the chance.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Disability & Choosing Death

I was scrolling through Facebook as usual when a headline caught my eye, 'One ‘last dance’ for this Wisconsin teen who has scheduled her own death' with the caption, 'Months after turning 14, Jerika Bolen, who is terminally ill, decided it was time to remove the ventilator, time to die.' [link] Along with it there was a photo of a smiling young girl. So I clicked and I was met with an article about a fourteen year old living with Type 2 Spinal Muscular Atrophy who had decided, with the support of those closest to her, to end her life after her prom. The article talks about Jerika, her disease and why she has chosen to end her life. All of which I'm not going into but you may read the article linked above.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Toys 'n' Stuff | Disney Lego Minifigures Blind Bags

 "Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own."
Donald Duck

I had hoped to have a disability related post up today but earlier in the week I went out looking for Pokémon for three hours and cleverly decided to forgo sunblock. Living in Northern Ireland we aren't afforded sunshine very often and this means every year I forget what it's capable of and every year I get at least one bad burn. Well, this year I topped all previous years. Not only have I spent the last couple of days in a lot of pain but my arms and hands swelled up. I'm also in the pre-period stage where I feel lethargic, frustrated and have cramps, preparing for the blood beast to arrive. All in all it hasn't been a great few days BUT I did catch an abundance of Pokémon on the outing so it wasn't totally in vain. Anyway, as I find it difficult to concentrate at the best of times I decided to go with an easier blog post for today. I already had these photos taken and had planned this post for a while anyway. Today I'm going to show you some Disney Lego Minifigures Blind Bag toys I got a while back. I'd been anticipating these blind bags for ages and was excited when I finally picked some up. So on to what I got.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Pets 'n' Stuff | Snail Care Tips

"To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge."
Benjamin Disraeli

If you read my last post you'll be aware that three months ago my Giant African Land Snails surprised me with some itty bitty babies. If you haven't read that post you can check it out here. I had been planning to do a GALS care post for a while but with the arrival of these little ones I decided to wait until around the time they were ready for re-homing. Kill two birds with one stone. Write my post and also use it to inform prospective new snail owners. It's important to mention that this is just how I personally care for my snails. Other's may do things differently. If you want to source information from different owners you should check out this snail forum.

The species of my snails are Achatina Fulica and as such this care may be more applicable to them than other species. So keep that in mind.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Pets 'n' Stuff | How I Became A Snail Granny

"In philosophy if you aren't moving at a snail's pace you aren't moving at all."
Iris Murdoch

More than two months ago now I was doing one of my regular egg checks. For those of you that don't know I have three adult Achatina Fulica Giant African Land Snails. This means I have to check their tank every three or four days in case they have laid eggs so I can dispose of them and not end up with thousands of baby snails. They are prolific breeders and the invasive nature of their species means they're even banned in the US. Thankfully I live in the UK and because our climate isn't warm enough for them to survive in the wild, we are free to have them here.

I'm holding Violet Chachki and Duro in the photos above.
I didn't get a photo of me holding my biggest snail, Agron.

Monday, 11 July 2016

July Primark Haul

"I like to shop. That's what I do. Online shopping; any kind of shopping."
Sloane Stephens

I did a poll on Twitter a couple of days ago to see what post you wanted to see next and a recent Primark haul got the winning vote so that's what we have today. I had a hospital appointment in Belfast and my sister wanted to get some new clothes so we thought we'd kill two birds with one stone. Naturally I ended up getting myself some new clothes too. I also picked up a few things from the Disney Store but you'll see those in a later post.

I hadn't planned on getting many clothes and as such that was my excuse for treating myself to some toys in the Disney Store but I should have known better. I can never resist the bargains in Primark. I ended up getting both clothes and some homeware. On with the haul.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Bloo's Reviews | Fast Connection by Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell

"Yeah, you're necessary."
Fast Connection

I received an arc in exchange for an honest review. 

Fast Connection, Megan Erickson, Santino HassellRating: 5/5
Author: Megan EricksonSantino Hassell
Series: Cyberlove
Release: 11/07/16
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

You may remember a while back I reviewed another of Santino Hassell's books, First and First. I was introduced to his work by Megan Erickson when she collaborated with him in the first of the Cyberlove series, Strong Signal. A book I completely fell in love with. I was overjoyed when I found out there would be a second book in the series and we would learn the story of a character that had intrigued me, Garrett's army hand-job buddy, Dominic. Sometimes you just come across a character and you hope they get a book of their own. You want to know them more. Well, Megan and Santino delivered in spades.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

My Month In Words | June 2016

"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced."
Soren Kierkegaard

Today I've decided to start a new monthly series, My Month In Words. This will replace My Week In Words and rather than documenting everything I get up to it will just be a highlight reel. This post is for the month of June. Enjoy!

At the beginning of the month Edwin was scheduled to be groomed. I have a knack for picking animals with weird fur. My cat, Findlay, is the same. Although Edwin and Berty are both long haired Chihuahuas, Berty only ever gets small matts in his ear tufts that he'll let us cut out ourselves. Edwin has what I like to call candyfloss fur and as such he gets matted a lot more and he won't let you near him with scissors. Thankfully he doesn't mind going to get groomed by the professionals. I always love when he comes out looking all tidy and handsome, which lasts about a day. Then he'd back to being my little ragamuffin.

When I saw these mermaids in wheelchairs stickers by Jemma at Dorkface I could not resist them so I headed on over to her Etsy store and purchased some. They arrived a couple of days later, beautifully packaged and perfect. I cannot recommend that you check out her stuff enough.

My parents were away on holiday in Greece at the beginning of June so Eva and I were left to fend for ourselves. Eva took the opportunity to try her hand at making the weekly fry up for the first time. She did an amazing job. She's a natural! I was a little worried I'd have to miss out on my fry - my favourite meal of the week - when my parents moved out. I'm not worried anymore.

When my parents came back from Greece my dad stayed in my house one more night then started staying in their new flat. My mum stayed two nights and then also started to stay in their flat. My mum was supposed to be staying with me to do my care until the care package was put in place but it turned out with Eva here and my mum coming to get me out of bed on the mornings Eva started work too early, we managed without her actually staying the night. So my parents have moved out now. It kind of sneaked up on us. One night became two and then my mum just didn't stay at my house again. A lot of their stuff is still in my house as they're slowly clearing it out and we're also keeping some of it until I get my house work done. We don't want to get new stuff and risk it being ruined when they do the refurbishment.
I'd been anticipating Jeffree Star releasing his Skin Frost highlighters and Eva got in straight away ordering them moments after they were released. She got Peach Goddess and I got Ice Cold. I was living for it when it arrived. I'm looking forward to writing a review post about it in the not too distant future.

When I saw a friend Twinklestah had Flash from Zootopia for sale or trade I had to jump on it. I haven't actually seen the film yet but I LOVE sloths. It turned out I had a figure she wanted too so we did a trade. I swapped her Officer Clawhauser for Flash. I thought I did my package up all pretty like but I was speechless when hers arrived and she'd sent me so many lovely extras! I'm definitely going to pay her back at some stage.

There's not much to say on this one. As a family we went and we voted on the EU Referendum. Voting is always a highlight as I know I'm very lucky to be able to vote, as a woman and as a disabled person. 

After voting Eva and I chilled together and in the evening we watched the count results rolling in. Eva and Edwin both faded eventually but I ended up staying up to 7am as I couldn't tear myself away from the shock results.

With only three hours sleep and Leave winning I wasn't in a great mood the day after voting. I was also supposed to be taking my information to the Housing Executive for my housing benefit and just as we were about to leave I checked what time it closed at and it turned out it had closed around three hours before. As I was dressed Eva and I decided to go to the Spar and get some sweets to cheer us up. We ended up getting gelato and despite walking home eating it in the rain it really made me feel better. 

I had until the 13th of July to get my information in to claim my housing benefit but I ended up getting it in at the end of June instead. It was a big highlight as it was a bit of a weight off my shoulders. Hopefully it will be smooth sailing from here on out in regards to it.

Even though my parents left a lot of their stuff at my house and basically said we could keep whatever we wanted Eva and I decided to have a trip to IKEA to buy some new stuff to put our own stamp on the place. As I mentioned, we don't want to get any big furniture until I get the work done but we got some of the smaller things. It was fun but it was more stressful than I thought it would be. Still, once we were home it was nice having some of our own stuff. I'm looking forward to doing a homeware haul post in the future. 

So if you follow me on Twitter you may have saw me post about this day at the time and I wasn't that nice about it. My parents invited me to their apartment for dinner and I gladly accepted. I hadn't seen their new carpet and some of their new furniture so I was looking forward to it. However, I ended up sitting by myself for about four hours before I got dinner and then they didn't actually eat with me. They also didn't have internet so it was kind of boring but on reflection it was still a highlight because it was a milestone. A big one. One that I can't take for granted. If you had told me three years ago I'd be sitting in my parents home having a cup of coffee, a home that I don't share with them, then I probably wouldn't have believed you. To be honest if you had told me that six months ago I still may have not believed you. 

Eva was looking for a childhood photograph for a work thing and we ended up looking through a bunch of old photos in this box. Not only was it really fun but it also gave me an idea for a future post. So look out for that!

Findlay has started doing this really cute thing where he greets me when I come home from anywhere. He'll jump on to my lap or my wheelchair and come into the house with me. It's probably the most cuddles I get from him these days. I love my Findercat and it makes me feel special.

Earlier in the year I mentioned that I didn't get to see my grandparents a lot anymore. My granda had pneumonia for a long time and we couldn't risk me catching something. My granny moved to a care home and it took a while for us to adjust to this new normal. In June I got back into the habit of visiting my granda on Saturdays. We watched a Northern Ireland UEFA Euro 2016 game together, which was fun even if we lost. I still haven't seen my granny much but we did FaceTime on her birthday and she's doing well. 

Eva and I found two full boxes of My Little Pony Mystery Minis and we split the cost of one full box. I've been wanting to get my hands on these for ages so it was a big highlight of the month. I actually already wrote a post about which figures I got so if you want to check that out you can find it here.

I signed up to receive another arc to review. This arc is by the same author I previously reviewed but was co-written by one of my favourite authors. I loved the first instalment of the series and was extremely excited when I got the email to say I was getting an arc. I may have squealed so loud my dogs came running to see what was happening. I'm two thirds my way through the book and I am in love. I can't wait to review it later in the week for you all. 

After the whole Brexit fiasco I've decided to try and be a little more involved in politics. Hopefully learn a thing or two. I also decided to partake in a Green Party membership. Not sure this qualifies as a highlight but it's a thing that happened you may be interested in.

And there you have my June highlights. It was a pretty busy month, probably more than other months will be if I'm honest. I guess that just means it was a good one to jump start this new series. 

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