Hello everyone! Today I’m doing Halloween inspired sweet treats – a step by step recipe for sweet and savoury pumpkin pasties (inspired by Harry Potter) and some spooky gingerbread biscuits! I hope you enjoy it and it puts you in the mood for Halloween this weekend!
Heyyyy everybody!! So I’m back trying to catch up with tags … I honestly don’t know how I’m going to keep up with all of this. Those bloggers who manage full time university degrees or jobs and still maintain your blogs – TELL ME YOUR SECRETS!! Anywho, onto the blog post! So today I’m doing the Potter Craze Tag, because I absolutely love Harry Potter and couldn’t not participate in this tag.
CALLING ALL POTTERHEADS! This is not a drill. I repeat. This is not a drill!
I wanted to thank you all – wizards, muggles and everyone in between – for your patience in waiting for part two of this list to come out. As promised, here is the second segment of the Ultimate Harry Potter bucket list. Hold onto your brooms, and let’s see how many of these you’ve ticked off your list.
Muggles, this is not a list for you. In fact, I think only the most avid Harry Potter fans will attempt to cross everything off this bucket list. But fear not, this is not the Ministry of Magic and Umbridge is not here so everyone and anyone (muggles included, we do not discriminate here) who enjoys Harry Potter is more than welcome to attempt this challenging list. This is the list for those who know the stuff about witchcraft and wizardry inside out – the extreme, adoring fans of JK Rowling’s magical world. So, for all those who adore Harry Potter, the true Potterheads out there or simply those who appreciate the series and want to give this a go, I’ve rounded up a long list of things that I think ever Potter enthusiast should try to experience at least once in their lifetime. Keep reading for Part One of the Ultimate Harry Potter bucket list (part two to follow next week)
I don’t know who’s been counting, but we are now entering what seems to be the one-hundredth week of lockdown. So please tell me I’m the only one getting tired of it? I mean sure a lot of us loved the first part when it felt more like a holiday – sleeping in, relaxing and just watching tv all day, not really focused on being productive. Now though, the prison sentence nature of it is starting to make me feel claustrophobic. However, being stuck at home all day and not being allowed to do all sorts of activities that could be considered ‘time-fillers’ means that there has been an opportunity to try out some new things and be more productive. That’s why I wanted to do a bit of a reflective piece to look back on everything that I’ve done during all of this extended time at home. From my social media streams, I see that a lot of people have been baking (I have been too), but I’ve also been doing a lot else. You see, I tried to use all of the extra time as best as possible to get things done that I haven’t been able to. So, here’s what I’ve been up to so far during quarantine.
2019 is drawing to a close, and that means not only the end of another year but also the end of the decade. I’m not sure about you, but that makes me feel old … and I’m only nineteen. So much has happened around the world this year and it’s been a roller coaster of experiences for me, and so I thought a nice thing to do would be to take two seconds and reflect back on the year. Until now I don’t think I really gaged the real value of reflecting but now that I am older and wiser (I can practically hear my friends laughing at me as I write this), I think that reflecting back on your past experiences is not only beneficial for learning purposes but also for mental reasons. We forget how much we accomplish over a year and sometimes it feels good to acknowledge all of the fantastic things we have done and experienced. So without further ado, let’s dive back in time and take a gaze back on the whirlwind of a year that has been 2019.
This blog has been up for more than seven months, and in all of that time, I don’t think I’ve shared too much about myself. Yes, I’ve shared some experiences and little bits of information here and there, but I haven’t actually shown all of you fabulous readers precisely who I am. So, inspiration found! Hallelujah! Today I thought I would share ten fun and funky facts about myself. It may not be advice, but I’m hoping that it will give you a little insight into who I am and be a fun way for you all to get to know me better. Without further ado, here are my ten fun facts. I hope you enjoy it and try to keep your judgment or laughter to the end. Thank you very much 🙂
According to my list of non-official holidays in my diary, today is ‘embrace your geekness’ day, and that’s why Tall Blonde Tales will be celebrating ‘geekness’ in today’s blog post. Now the common thought around being a geek, at least from what I’ve encountered, is that it isn’t a good thing, and the word itself has quite a few negative connotations. The term ‘geek’ used to be a derogatory term to describe circus workers, and from there it was transformed into something of an insult on people. Now the terms nerd and geek are used interchangeably even though they have different meanings. A geek is someone brainy who is good with technology while a nerd is someone with an in-depth knowledge of a particular subject. How I define a geek though, is someone who has a particular affinity or interest in any subject or field. Well, today we are rejecting all negative associations with the term ‘geek’ (as we should generally do, not just today specifically) and celebrating it. Every single one of us is a geek in some way, so don’t feel ashamed of the term. Today, you embrace every aspect of your geekness with open arms!
I love Harry Potter! As all of my friends and family know, I am a huge Potterhead (what big Harry Potter fans are known as) and a proud Hufflepuff. Seeing as I have spent the last two and a half months in England, I decided to take advantage of the Harry Potter ‘heritage’ as this is where the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studios are and where JK Rowling got a lot of inspiration for the books. In one of the last blog posts (Fun things to do in Oxford), I mentioned that walking tours are a great idea to see the sites, including Harry Potter sites, so that is what two of my friends and I did the other day. We walked through the city and got to see some of the film locations, as well as see and learn where JK Rowling got some of her inspiration from. Curious to see these sites? Well then you’ll need to keep reading 🙂
We all lead busy lives – be it work or school we can all get swept up in getting things done that sometimes we just need to take some time to relax. One of the best ways to relax, at least in my opinion, is just to put on something comfy, grab some popcorn or a hot drink and watch a movie. Movies are a great way to relax because they allow you to be comfortable and not focus on anything work related – all you have to do is eat your snack and get swept away by the story on the screen. That being said, sometimes it can be tough to get to your movie night because you are stuck picking a movie. There are thousands of movies out there in different genres, and sometimes that magnitude of choice is just overwhelming. If you find that you aren’t feeling up to spending time searching your movie collection or pouring through streaming sites, here are some awesome movies that you can watch (so that you don’t have to waste your chill time finding a movie – you can just go right ahead and start)