February … is my favourite month

Firstly, an apology. I haven’t written as many blog posts as I had wanted to this last month, but I am hoping you will accept this blog post filled with all our exciting times over February as an apology and as an excuse as to why I haven’t written as much as I would have liked. I had such a busy, action packed and filled February, I didn’t get much time to write. But onwards with our exciting look back into February.

February is my favourite month for so many reasons, but I guess it starts with my birthday! I love my birthday, I am like a child and even though I know I am getting older, I don’t care. I love celebrating the year that has gone by and looking forward to the next. I like that I get to do all the things I love and I can make everything about me! I know, I know how childish and selfish does that sound, but I think everyone should get at least  one day a year where its all about them.

The second reason I love February is SNOW! If we are ever going to get snow in the UK, you can bet chances are high it will be in February. And this year, this year was my year! I made a birthday wish for snow on my birthday and I went to bed on the 31st of January, the snow started to fall… I was so excited that at midnight I went out to play. When I woke up in the morning, the snow was everywhere, I had booked the day off work and the kids got a snow day. We made a huge snowman, which fell over and broke my glasses, and poppet cried.

Dixon Dog really enjoyed the snow, we all had hot chocolates, and I treated myself to some Studio Ghibli DVD’s, a BTS album and some new books! My birthday was perfect this year.

 

We had a Chinese New Year themed party where we had an amazing Chinese takeaway, we made paper dragons, a pig keyring and watched Mulan. My mum picked an awesome cake for me, and every year she makes my birthday epic! I wish everyone had my mum to spoil them every year, because she is awesome! Nick and the kids helped me make some decorations, we had Chinese lanterns, the kids painted tea light candle jars for the table and we had pig banners they had coloured.

 

February was also the month for selfies and snapchat apparently, as I have a phone filled with so many selfies and snapchat screenshots. When monkey and I have to wait for poppet after her ballet class, we often take silly selfies, in fact whenever we have a spare few minutes, we indulge in a few silly faced photos. I often feel quite sad for monkey, as he spends a lot of time waiting outside dance classes, he always gets dragged along to shows and rehearsals and alsorts. But he takes it all in his stride and is very proud of his sister. Plus I think we both quite enjoy the half an hour or so where it’s just me and being him being silly and playing games.

 

I tried out a couple of Subscription boxes for my birthday and loved them. I had Inspireme Korea and Kawaii Box. Each filled with beautiful things from Korea, China and Japan.

Poppet had a week of exraordinary hairstyles which took over my instagram and was very fun to do everyday. I love writing my blog and I love sharing snaps of our weird crazy life, and when I asked poppet what we should focus on for the week, she wanted some wonderful and wacky hair. So we indulged and did a brand new hairstyle every day for a week. Some of it was fun, some challenging and some days a right pain in the … I’ll let you finish that sentence.

 

 The saddest part of February for us, was when Mr BC had to leave for work. But as he would be missing our wedding anniversary, he took me and the kids away for a night in the camper van. We went to stay in South Wales for a night and it was very cold but brilliant. We love going for nights away in the campervan, and I hope this year will be filled with lots of exciting trips.

 My bestie took us for a walk to Fairy Falls, as this is what I had asked for, for my birthday treat. I wanted to go on a nice walk and get some nice photos. Unfortunately it was a bit rainy so I left my camera in the car, but the phone did the job just fine. It was beautiful and such a lovely quiet place. I can’t wait to go back. Plus I got to spend the day with my beautiful godson. He is growing up really fast and I love his little squishy face.

 

Middle of February and we were still feeling the Chinese fever, as we headed to the Octagon Theatre for the Chinese New Year Extravaganza. I have never seen anything quite like it before in my life. It was an amazing experience. So many talented and amazing people. Balancing tables on their heads, contortionists fitting into really small spaces, and the finale with the dragon dance was immense. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and I can’t wait until next year.

 

 With spring soon to arrive and hopefully warmer weather, we headed out to the adventure farm park in Brean. We wanted to see Llamas and play on some rides. Poppet faced her fears by going on some high rides and cried the whole time, but still she was very brave. Monkey was also very brave and I am so proud of them both. We had a wonderful day. We took my sister and Mini monkey (my nephew) with us and it was amazing.

 

First frappuccino of the year…

 We have had some lovely days at the start of spring. I am not usually a warmer weather / sunshine kind of person, but as I get older I am finding I do love a warm day and I am even looking forward to summer more than I usually do.

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As the end of the month came to a close, excitement reached its peak in our house as BTS ( here comes some back story to explain our excitement) – I have known about this band since last year when they appeared on Graham Norton but I didn’t really fall for their charms until January of this year, and since then my love has grown and I am having an attack of boyband fan girling, as I have gone crazy for them – towards the end of the month, revealed they would be going on a world tour again. The best thing about having children that enjoy the same as you and are happy to listen and dance to music, is that I get to share my love and passion with them. So now we are a family of huge BTS fans, a girl on twitter even said we were #familygoals which made my day. I grew up listening to songs my parents liked and my sisters and brothers liked and eventually I added my own collection of music I enjoy to it. So I have a huge, wide eclectic taste in music that spans decades and genres. I have always loved music and to dance, and getting to share this with my children is beautiful. I know we aren’t always going to like the same things but I am glad me and the children are similar enough we have quite a lot in common and we can share so much.

Anyway, I digress again. So BTS revealed they were going on tour. Me and the kids were adamant we were getting tickets, so 1st of March we arrived at school early so i could sit, phone poised, ready to get tickets. We logged on at 8:15am and waited. Tickets went live and my phone kicked into gear. But nothing, it just searched for tickets and at 8:50am, it  kicked me out and I had to try again but by then, it was too late and tickets sold out. The kids were distraught and I wasn’t too happy either. Now I would normally say – oh well and move on. I never wanted to be someone who would pay stupid amounts of money for a ticket, but I am going to blame temporary insanity and not wanting to see my childrens sad faces. But whatever it was, I paid a silly amount of money for tickets, not hugely silly, I am not stupid but still more than a normal amount. Me and the kids are ridiculously happy so it was totally worth it. I am still claiming temporary insanity as I still keep looking at the Sunday night and considering buying tickets for the second night too. Although Mr BC has put his foot down and said no. I am working on it.

In case you have no idea what I am talking about, BTS is a Kpop band from South Korea, they are obviously massive in Asia, but over the last few years they are getting bigger over here in the UK and the US. When I say I like them, I do still get a lot of eye rolls and funny looks, but mostly I have amazing friends and family who (at least I hope) like my quirkiness and love my random little moments, and l or me regardless. So everyone is being quite supportive of my newfound love for a boy and. I never really did boy bands growing up so I think I’m a little late in the game but you’re never too old to appreciate good music, amazing dancing and well, they aren’t bad on the eyes either. Yes, they sing most of the songs in Korean, but music transcends language a little bit, they sing beautifully and I actually really enjoy the rapping. But for me, the choreography of the dancing is the main draw, they have flawless routines and look amazing doing it. I’ve always loved to dance around my living room and I love to see amazing dancers. My children are also big fans of dancing and singing, so it’s something we can watch/listen to and enjoy together. I know they won’t always have the same taste as me and I know we won’t always like the same things, but I hope we will always have some things in common and I’m glad at the minute we can see things together.

It’s always worth checking new things out, I know you kpop is everyone’s cup of tea, but I didn’t know it was mine either. I think we should all try something new, or open ourselves up to trying new things once in a while, it makes life a bit more exciting. Even if you think it might be weird, celebrate your weirdness, show the world, or if you’re not ready for that, show your family and friends. My family and friends are so supportive of me and my weird ways, they accept me for who I am, love me and encourage me. And I couldn’t ask for anything more. I think we should all show our weird and talk about things we love more, share our joys and passions, even if it is a bit on the strange or unusual side. Most people will admire you for it, and you may even discover you have something in common and broaden their world. So if you fancy checking them out, google BTS ampanaman for a funny lively show, no more dream for a very hip hop young BTS, or a number of their other songs. (Fake love, Idol, spring day, magic shop…)

So February drew to a close in the most exciting and exhilarating way, and over the next few months we have some amazing things planned and all the while we are counting down to our first concert as a family to see BTS at Wembley. As Mr BC being the superhero that he is, is coming along with us. Even though he doesn’t really like the songs, he is the best dad and husband ever to accompany us.

 So once again, my apologies for once agin falling behind on writing. It is one of my biggest passions, behind reading and I love this blog. But the main reason I started it was to write about my life, my joys and my children and share this with the world because I’m happy and excited by this prospect. But sometimes I get so excited by life, I forget to write about it for weeks at a time, and I am ok with this. I don’t ever want to get so caught up in writing about life I forget to live it, it will mean my blog may sometimes be on delay and I’ll probably never be a huge success at blog writing, but I am sharing what I want to share and living my best life and I am ok with that. I hope you enjoy my weird and wacky way of sharing with you and continue to read my blog.

I may be a bit on the weird side and I may find joy in lots of wonderfully wacky ways, but I hope I can connect with all of you who are also weirdly wacky. I love to to meet like minded people and indulge in the uniqueness of all of us. I hope you enjoyed my February catch up.

 

 

** BTS Images Courtesy of Twitter @bts_bighit.

*Book Review* The Summer of Chasing Dreams

The Summer of Chasing Dreams by Holly Martin

Once I picked this book up, I couldn’t put it down and I finished it in one night. Within a couple of hours; which is impressive, even for me. It is a truly uplifting, romantic and beautiful read and so inspiring. Reading at home in bed, my first thought was how much I wanted to get up the next day and start exploring the world.

Everything about this book, from the beautifully written landscapes and adventures, to the amazing characters is wonderfully well written and makes me crave for an adventure of my own.

As you all know, I am a sucker for falling in love with a character. And yes I think everyone will fall in love with Thor a little bit, but for me, it’s all about falling in love with Eva and seeing the world through her eyes.

Holly Martin has done it again, I think the idea of an around the world trip appeals to anyone. Seeing the world and trying all these exciting things, well it’s exciting and amazing – especially for someone like me who is scared of flying, the dream and the reality are two very different things. I loved this book as it was a great read but on a personal level, I love reading books where I get to discover the world and see more of it, as I may not get to discover the real thing. Holly writes each new place beautifully, and certainly makes me want to travel to all these places, but as with her heroine Eva, seeing the world through Holly’s eyes is just as wonderful.

Not only does she write about some of the most beautiful and wonderful places, but she also has this romance blossoming all the way through it. Now you all know I am not one for spoilers, so I won’t be going into much detail. Eva is a young woman, who lost her mum and is trying to navigate life without her. She and her mum were polar opposites by all accounts, unlike her mum Eva never had any desire to travel. But upon discovering her mums lists of dreams she wished for as a teenager, Eva decides to set off on a once in a lifetime trip around the world with a dedicated travel guide, to keep her company. After some initial upset, enter godlike beauty Thor form stage left and undoubtedly, romance, drama or all of the above will ensue. If like me you like a good chick lit romance, you might think you know what will happen. But let me tell you now, as much as this story does have some of the usual traits of a romance novel, it is also something quite special.

I don’t think it follows the usual trope of a romance story. I think Eva is a very real character, and she moves the story along beautifully, she is brave and bold when she needs to be, with a slight naivety about her that is endearing. And as with most stories when the ‘plot thickens’, and you expect the drama to ensue, the nervous and slightly scared character we meet at the beginning of the story has grown and evolved, it’s not unrealistically and although there is slight drama, our Eva doesn’t back down or get scared and so inevitably, she becomes the heroine of her own story and I think I fell a bit in love with her.

I wish I could be as brave at conquering my fears, and maybe then I could see some of this glorious world, that Holly Martin so beautifully describes.

As with everything, I like to hope that I don’t look at everything with rose tinted spectacles, so was there anything I didn’t enjoy or like. Well, it ended far too soon. It left me wanting more ( 😊😍obviously this isn’t really a criticism.) I love and hate when a story leaves me wanting more, I love it because it means I enjoyed the story and I fell for the characters, so I really want to know more, but I am sad, as most of the time, there is no follow up. But I have a good imagination, I can imagine their future into existence in my mind.

I did have one wish whilst reading this story. I really would have liked to hear more from Laurel, I know she isn’t supposed to be as exciting as Eva’s mum, but I liked her relationship with Eva, it would have been nice to hear more of it. Possibly, hearing more from other characters too, I know it is Eva and Thor’s story, but you know me, I love good characters, so I love hearing all the stories of background characters. I especially like Thor’s parents, and I think I would have liked to hear more from Thomas too.

But as far as the story goes, I really, really enjoyed it. I think anything about exploring the world, seeing beautiful places and having fun adventures would appeal to me, but having the romance, friendship, family, love and slight drama thrown in, really sold it for me.

Holly Martin is one of my favourite authors, with her quirky humour, cute and romantic storylines and steamy, sexy scenes, she never fails to cheers me up every time I pick up one of her books. She did a wonderful job in making me fall in love with all of these extraordinary and unique places in her own unique way. I have always wanted to see the world and reading this story, has made me want it even more, never in my life have I wanted to see Hanami (Cherry blossom festival) in Japan as much as I did after finishing this book. She also created characters that I wanted to have happy endings, she made me fall in love with these people too. I love reading about a character and feeling like I’ve found a friend.

Overall, this is a sweet romance story enclosed in a beautiful travel adventure, that ticks so many boxes, how could it not be a wonderful read? The characters are adorable and you will undoubtably fall in love with at least one character. The scenery and places Eva discovers are described amazingly, and they are a wonderful back drop to a very cute, and refreshing love story.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (5/5 stars) I would definitely recommend this for anyone who loves Holly Martin already, anyone who craves adventure or romance or someone looking for something exciting or inspiring. It definitely inspired me to want to seek out more adventures.