Universal Yums: October 2018 box – Russia

This month’s box came from Russia, which is somewhere that both frightens and fascinates me. There were some really nice things in the box and some fairly run of the mill ones. All in all a pretty average box.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

English wizard, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arries in 1920’s New York with a suitcase full of creatures and a plan to set one of the free in the wild. Of course the best laid plans never go quite as they should and an escape followed by a run in with a No-Maj/Muggle called Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) leads Newt into hot water and into the path of disgraced Auror, Tina (Katherine Waterson).

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TV REVIEW: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Season 1

I am old enough to remember the first television outing of the Archie comic, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. It was a sitcom that involved a half witch-half mortal teenage girl who lived with her aunts and her talking cat and got herself into funny, sticky situations involving magic. The new version in no way resembles the old version apart from a few character names. Some viewers are finding this a very hard transition. I am not one of them

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Grinch (2018)

This weekend on the spur of the moment I took Little O to see his first film in the cinema. My friend M, was taking her little Boy, L to see The Grinch and asked if we wanted to come along. L is a little older than Little O and has been to the cinema many times before but I was a little concerned that Little O would not want to sit still. I was very wrong. He spent a full hour absolutely mesmerised and very happy with his tub of popcorn. Then he took advantage of the fact that it was warm and dark to go to sleep until the end of the film. He is most definitely his father’s child.

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What I wore to work this week #37

I had a bit of an interesting week outfit wise. I really liked my outfit on Monday but then a random man that I often see in Starbucks told me I looked pregnant. Hmmm. Anyway, I liked it and all the rest of my clothes for the week and enjoyed my birthday week at work!

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RECIPE: Chocolate fudge birthday cake

Yesterday was my birthday and I am now officially 38 years old. I had a really lovely day and was showered with gifts, cards, messages and attention. A writer friend of mine even wrote me a poem. I felt extremely loved and very lucky to have so many wonderful people in my life. I have made some great friends at work so I decided to bake a cake that would be big enough to share with them but also for us to have at home. With that in mind I made this chocolate fudge tray bake, which is perfect for big birthday celebrations.

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TV REVIEW: Maniac

Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill) suffers from Schizophrenia, which has left him on the outer edges of his wealthy family. His only hope of redeeming himself is by agreeing to provide an alibi for his brother Jed (Billy Magnussen) in a court case against him that could potentially ruin the family business. After losing his job and unwilling to take assistance from his parents, Owen decides to participate in a mysterious medical trial to make some money.

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RECIPE: Leftover Halloween pumpkin cake

Mr O and I are big Halloween fans. We love all the silly traditions from pumpkin carving, to getting into fancy dress to preparing for trick or treaters. This year Little O was old enough to help out with the carving and he is old enough to go trick or treating with the neighbourhood children.

After seeing a friend of mine’s post, I decide to get in on using the leftover pumpkin to bake a cake so I thought I’d share the recipe for anyone else who might be considering doing some carving over the next couple of days. This cake is super easy to make and reminiscent of a carrot cake. Little O loved helping out with the baking although he declared the cake “yucky”, like almost everything we offer him to eat.

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A weekend in Lisbon in pictures

A couple of weekends ago Mr O, Little O and I headed off to Lisbon for a long weekend. A few months ago we had watched a travel show featuring the city and we liked the look of it so much we decided to plan a break there. It was the first time we have travelled abroad with Little O without either extended family joining us or where we were going to see our extended family.

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What I wore to work this week #35

After spending the weekend in Lisbon in shorts and t-shirts it was a bit of a shock to the system to be back in England and really chilly. I had a really busy week at work with a fair bit of trekking around to different sites for workshops. It has reminded me that I need to buy some new comfy winter boots!

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TV REVIEW: The Good Place – season 1

This is another one where I think we were a bit late to the party but one where we were definitely glad we did eventually join the party. Mr O actually started watching this without me and on realising that it would definitely be my kind of thing, stopped and waited for me. Now, that’s modern romance for you…

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Universal YUMS: September Box – Thailand

I have never been to Thailand but I have always liked the food. It’s really exciting how Thai food balances sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavours so I was very excited to taste what was in this month’s box.

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What I wore to work this week #34

This week was a bit less confusing weather-wise. It has definitely properly cooled down and I’ve had less stress about overheating in the middle of the day. I am enjoying getting some of my more wintery clothes back into the mix.

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TV Review: Killing Eve – Season 1

Security operative, Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) is bored with her desk job and desperate to be a “real spy”. After unofficially following up on an assassination case she believes was committed by a woman Eve gets herself fired. However she’s come to the attention of a senior operative (Fiona Shaw) who seconds her to further the investigation.

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What I wore to work this week #32

The weather continues to be strange and unpredictable. It was freezing on Monday and then warmed up massively for the rest of the week… although I think I dressed more optimistically than most. I think it’s time to accept that Thursday was my last tights-free outfit for a while.

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TV REVIEW: Bodyguard

With absolutely everyone talking about this six part series, I felt like I better get in on it before I missed some kind of pop culture event. I was a bit of a late starter and finisher, which is why this review is maybe a little bit late but if you’re keen it is knocking about on BBC iPlayer for the next 6 or so months.

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What I wore to work this week #31

This week started off really cold and then warmed up and now it’s cold again. There are only two outfits this week as I had a team day out on Thursday. Both outfits are on the colder end of the week and it’s hard to believe that on Thursday I was in a t-shirt!

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