Reminder: Ultimate 90s Blogathon Entries Due

A final reminder and call for those participating in the blogathon! We’re looking forward to seeing your reviews in our inbox if you haven’t sent them yet!
Thanks! 🙂

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Hey, readers!

Just a reminder for those participating in the Ultimate 90s Blogathon that entries are due.  If you have told us you are participating and haven’t sent in your review yet, please let us know the status.  We understand that life gets busy so if you need a little more time, please tell us so we are able to schedule accordingly. The blogathon kicks off next Monday, February 20th. We can’t wait to read everyone’s reviews! 😀

Cheers!

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My Weekly Adventures #36

Welcome back to My Weekly Adventures! Can you believe that January is already over? It has been a hectic month behind the scenes but somehow there isn’t a whole lot that did happen. The last week have somewhat been a blur. Work, Chinese New Year preparation and then a lot of little things here and there along with the gradual shift of my normal routine: the beginning of 2017 has been great, but hectic. Not a whole lot to talk about as an adventure but still, there are a few announcements and updates and that sort of thing.

Ultimate 90s Blogathon

Ultimate 90s Blogathon

If you have seen the post for the announcement, you can find it here.

Drew and I are cohosting another blogathon this year. Last year’s 80s blogathon went so well and we had so much fun that we decided on continuing on with the idea and moving to the 90’s where we spent a lot of our childhood. We’ve gotten a few participants and still looking. We are accepting participants and their reviews to our emails until February 13th and the blogathon will start on February 20th. Any other details you can find in the link above for where to reach us and all that fun stuff.

Valentine’s Day Marathon

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Valentine’s Marathon is coming really soon! I usually start in the beginning of February but I’m still wrapping up some TV series and movie reviews so I’ll get it buffered a few days. However, those three movies are only just the start of what I plan on watching. I’m planning on rummaging my unwatched movie collection for romance (comedies or dramas). I’m not all about the happy generic rom-coms, at least I might sneak a few romance dramas in there.

Some other titles I’m considering are:

  • Blue Valentine
  • English Patient
  • Somewhere in Time
  • That Awkward Moment
  • One Day

It’ll be fun! I promise! If you have any romantic comedies or romance dramas or any romance that you love and would like to recommend to me, go right ahead! 🙂

Chinese New Year Celebration

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Chinese New Year is a lot of prep work from cleaning to decorations to welcome in the best spring omens possible. Maybe its superstitious but hey, I kind of like the whole decorating bit as hectic as the hunt for flowers went which I already talked about before. My mom loves making lots of food for Chinese New Year.  Five dishes for four people is totally her style and not to mention very delicious dishes as well. My husband however got a pretty intense cold on Friday (aka Chinese New Year Eve) and in consideration for everyone, he stayed home to sleep and rest up. However, it was still a great time.

 Workout Update

I’ve fallen off the workout thing for the last week but the week before I did get a arms and abs workout in. It felt fantastic to do an early workout session. Now that the crazy work phase is over. I’m back on track but here’s on of the workouts. You will notice that I did two weeks of Tone It Up workouts. I find them more suitable as a starting point or to restart.

Cute Kitty Pic

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Upcoming:

  • Valentine’s Marathon
  • TV Binge
  • Movie & Book reviews (maybe something with a twist)

A quick update on the last two weeks! Not a whole lot happened so we’re keeping it short!

What are you up to? Anything fun and exciting?

Announcement: Ultimate 90s Blogathon

Hello my lovely friends!

I’m extremely excited to announce that Drew at Drew’s Movie Reviews and I are working together to host our next blogathon. It is kind of a follow-up from last year’s Ultimate 80s except we’ve moving to the next decade and its the Ultimate 90s Blogathon!

Ultimate 90s Blogathon

The 90s had so many great movies. There were fantastic Disney movies, like Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King. Some fantastic chick flicks and teen comedies also made their appearances, like Clueless. It was the decade that some amazing directors had brilliant additions to their works like James Cameron and the box office hit Titanic (not to mention a young Leonardo diCaprio); Tarantino and Pulp Fiction; Spielberg and his amazing dinosaurs in Jurassic Park took over. How can we forget the chilling Seven by David Fincher? The list just doesn’t stop because we know there’s also comedies and family movies like Mrs. Doubtfire. Just listing off these titles makes me excited to talk about them. Here’s our question to you: What 90s film did you love? Which film started your love of the 90s flicks? What movie would you suggest as a starter for jumping back in time to the 90s?

Ultimate 90s Blogathon has the same guidelines as last year. For those just dropping by, let me explain. Ultimate 90s Blogathon celebrates the iconic films of the 90s to you. It can be a movie you love, or a movie you grew up with, or one of your favorites that you watch over and over again. The only rule is that it has to be in the 90s. We like to keep things simple! The blogathon will start on February 20th, kicked off by myself and Drew. We will have three weeks for everyone to sign up and send us your reviews by February 13th. However, we do know that everyone is also very busy so the deadline can be extended as long as you tell us in advance so we can plan accordingly. Please remember to submit the reviews to us so that we post it on our respective blogs. If you intend to post it on your site also, we can match up our dates and schedule and work it out.

We really hope that you can participate! You can tell us whether you’d be joining in in the comments below or drop us an email at kim.tranquildreams@gmail.com or to Drew at drewt510@gmail.com. We’d love for your choice to be a surprise if you participate so you can email us your movie selection. Also, we do say reviews but if you’d like to do something else, feel free to do that as well.

We’re excited to see all of your submissions and be surprised by your chocies! Feel free to use the banner up there to show off on your sites! If you know anyone that might be interested, pass along the message! The more the merrier! 🙂

What’s Up in 2017!

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2017 is here! There will be some changes around here. Some new, some old, not a whole lot swapped out as you will see soon below! I have an issue of letting go, maybe… Its okay though, it’ll all work out! I haven’t talked about resolutions for a year or two here but I feel like I probably should because that explains some of the changes, which won’t really make a huge impact for any segment in particular but will keep myself accountable for certain things.

Baking & Recipes

Its been a rough year for recipes. I’ve only added maybe somewhere around 10 to 20 new recipes this past year. I’m a little disappointed with myself even though we did have the additional unboxing for Miss Fresh (which will continue this year).

New Cooking Project: I do have some news on a project in the planning with my awesome childhood friend, Starry Traveler. She’s very much busy with a lot of her personal life stuff of late and her blog is less active but we have been talking about a cooking project. This project will hopefully open our horizons to new ingredients and recipe ideas. We are planning the first one some time later this month and I’ll have an announcement post soon. All details on frequency and whatnot is still being decided.

Disney Movies

Baking Through Disney: I started this one back in 2015 and only TWO movies have been fully complete with the baking projects. And I have the 3rd review done but then got stuck on Fantasia’s recipe to make. It is what threw me off. So, I’ve made the executive decision to put that baking on hold and jump forward to the next movie, Dumbo. There is a solid goal for one movie to be done each month. If I can get more, that will be good but for now, I’m aiming to do 10 movies (in case there are months like Fantasia Festival in July where I won’t be home enough to do it). These are the movies coming up: Dumbo, Bambi, Make Mine Music, The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians. However, if you do have a suggestion for what to bake for Fantasia, please suggest ahead and I’ll try to figure out a way to make it happen.

Books

2016 was the year that I made the resolution to not buy any new books for the entire year to make sure that I could get through all those unread novels sitting in my Kindle and to save money. With that said, I did explore a lot of new stuff. I let myself off the hook and bought some new books during Boxing Week. Right now, its back to no more new books until I decrease the list. With that said, there is a revival and continuing through all the Kindle books. This year’s Goodreads Challenge is to read 35 books.

  • The Classics Adventure: I took a year off of this project but its back! Part of my unread Kindle books that I put off were Classics. Some titles I do want to get through: Northanger Abbey, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, A Tale of Two Cities, Treasure Island, Great Expectations, Gulliver’s Travels, Madame Bovary, What Maisie Knew, North and South.

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  • Unread Physical Books: Last year, I sadly neglected my physical unread books so I’m working on that this year. One of them is trying to kickstart my Stephen King novel reading along with some other titles like Salem’s Lot, Hollow City, Ready Player One, The Fate of Ten, The Catcher in the Rye.

Movies & TV

Movies and TV is a huge chunk of here. I have to admit that and if you haven’t noticed, by the end of 2016, I was trying to slow that down a little. As much as I love watching movies, I had a block in writing reviews. It is also why I’m happy that I added in the TV Binge segment quite a bit.

  • Unwatched Movie Collection: I updated our movie collection this year and while I have stopped a lot of movie buying (saving once again), I realized that there’s a ton of movies there that I haven’t seen. This year’s mission is to get through them.
  • Other movies: New Releases (look at Anticipated 2017 Movies post HERE), Netflix Originals, Oscar Nominations (in January/February))

Miscellaneous/Monthly Segments

  • Monthly segment: Music Obsessions will stay on the first Sunday of every month!
  • Game Warp: I will continue to post up the updates to the Game Warp Podcast release. Those are twice a month usually unless there are some special segments. More info can be found on That Moment In or our Game Warp Facebook page. Also, we just set up the Twitch channel with a stream schedule coming up soon.
  • My Weekly Adventures: This is currently a biweekly segment right now. However, this comes to what I talked about earlier about resolutions. I have been doing event posts and haul and travel in separate posts, so I try to not cover those in the weekly adventures making it hard to get a lot of stuff to talk about on there. However, I like the fact that I share a snippet of my personal goals to share. You all don’t realize it but a lot of times it keeps me accountable. With that said, this year, I have set myself an ultimatum to finish my Grade 10 piano so I’ll probably start sharing that journey a little and maybe post up some piano pieces. You can criticize or not but at least it keeps me practicing piano and keeping that solid in the schedule instead of always pushing it in a lower priority. Also, I need to get back to working out and training for at least a 5 km marathon this year. So two new segments aside from Cute Kitty Moments, along with other random updates.
  • Other: Montreal Events & Unboxing

For some highlight months (which haven’t changed much):

  • January: Housekeeping and updating is going to be the priority for the first week. That includes wrapping up leftover material from 2016. Some TV binges and the Netflix A-Z.  Aside from that, I’m working on getting a domain or at least, working on an official Tranquil Dreams header by January 17th which is the blogiversary and I don’t want to drag that out anymore.
  • February: Valentine’s Marathon is the first half of the month. I’m putting together what movies to watch. It might not be romantic comedies but I will try to get The Choice to keep up with the Nicholas Sparks adaptations.
  • October: Halloween Marathon! For now, its a toss-up between a few franchises. I believe Final Destination is a high possibility at this point.
  • December: Holiday Marathon! This might have some changes seeing as the selection is getting slim.

That’s it! Congrats and Thanks are in order if you made it all the way here!
I’d also like to share that I’m working on a project with my husband which I will announce soon! As well as a Youtube segment for my channel!

I’m looking forward to 2017. Hope you are too!
If you have any movie or book suggestions, please do share with me.  I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for them or maybe they will be in my list.

Announcement: Halloween Month!!!

October is here! You know what that means? The official announcement for the start of Halloween/Autumn month!!! 

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I have a ton of fun stuff planned for this Halloween month. Let’s start it off!

Horror marathon: SCREAM franchise & EVIL DEAD franchise

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We are continuing this year with the Wes Craven franchises and doing Scream! I’ve only ever seen Scream 2 before and I don’t remember much. However, I am a little nervous about Evil Dead. I hear its pretty scary. Still, I’m going to be put on those big girl pants and give this a go.

Horror Marathon: Other Movies!

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Of course, my movie marathon will never been just 8 movies! I have been neglecting my own movie collection so I pulled out a few movies that I haven’t seen yet either because its from my husband’s collection when we moved in together or just movies we bought that I haven’t had the time to watch yet.

However, I do have a few titles I want to look at as well from Netflix! I doubt everything I post here will be seen. As you will see, I have a lot planned and there is only 31 days of this month so I just have to keep it balanced. For Netflix, here is a quick list I’m looking at.

  • Sharknado 3
  • Bone Tomahawk
  • Insidious: Chapter 2
  • Sinister
  • Scouts Guide for Zombie Apocalypse
  • Extraordinary Tales
  • and more….

Which of these or any other ones currently available on Netflix do you suggest I watch? I’m totally up for suggestions.

Books & TV series

On terms of books, I have a few selections in my Kindle that I wanted to get to. I already started reading it and the first of the reviews will be coming around this week. Since reading takes a bit more time, I’m doing shorter reads like graphic novels and novellas. If I do manage to get through a full book, that would be great. For this one however, no suggestions. I already have a general list slated out from the current books I own. I need to keep my own promise to clean out the Kindle before buying more books.

As for TV series, we’re doing a few TV binges. I can’t promise how many there are however. For now, the first to show up will be a mini series that I kind of started but didn’t finish before because I got distracted by other things. Other than that, I’m aiming to get Scream Season 2 done and of course, Scream Queens. We’re going to be screaming a lot. 😉 And yes, I am debating Stranger Things. Its not listed as horror but it is considered scary on Netflix.

On a side note: If  I do get Scream 2 done, then I will be launching the new segment I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’ll be talking about that a little more if that does happen.

Autumn themed segements: Food & Crafts

I know some of you aren’t exactly horror fans so for that, I promise you that I’ll keep it entertaining. I have some baking projects planned so recipes will be up. I’ll try to keep it assorted from desserts to breakfast to dinner and maybe even fun cocktails or drinks.

Also, I’m going to try my hand at some crafts. Recently, I got a few decorative pumpkins so I’m going to try to do something with them if I can. And other decorations to get back into doing these fun, creative bits. Crafts are time-consuming and special so I usually reserve it for themed months like October.

Segments that won’t stop because of Halloween month

I know that Autumn and horror might not even be your cup of tea. That is okay. If you come here for travel, the Vancouver and Kelowna weekly travel posts will continue. If there are restaurants to review, I will do so as well and those days will be double post days. Also, Game Warp Podcast announcements will continue. This month happens to be Halloween themed and darker tones. On top of that, we have a special day coming up which is my 1st Wedding Anniversary so maybe I’ll do something with my husband and that day is non-horror for us and on the blog. Before that, we also have the Unboxing and Recap for Miss Fresh somewhere in the month. I can’t remember if Meowbox is also coming this month or next. And tomorrow starts off with a horror-themed unboxing as well!

Unfortunately, after going through my schedule, I decided that Netflix A-Z will resume in November. November is also NaNoWriMo and I’m debating on whether to join or not. I am a little overloaded this year but I do have some really great ideas so we’ll see how well things go. 🙂

Gaming and Twitch Streams

Some of you aren’t exactly interested in the gaming segments but if you are and happen to stop by, I will be streaming horror games on Twitch. My highlight will be Until Dawn which I’ve been meaning to be play forever. I actually have an early access point and click adventure as well which I may be streaming soon (like in the next few hours from when this post goes live). You’ll have to check out the Game Warp Podcast Facebook or Twitter (@GameWarpPodcast) to get those streaming hours. For now, I usually stream sporadically over the weekend. If I finish it, I might do Slender: The Arrival or maybe start Outlast. I haven’t quite decided yet. Or just follow me on Twitch and you’ll get the notification when I start a stream. My Twitch channel is HERE! Actually if you can help me out, I’m trying to get at least 50 followers so if you are interested in game, help me out!! 🙂

That’s it for the Halloween/Autumn month Announcement!
It replaces the Weekly Adventures segment.

Have fun and enjoy! 🙂
Please drop any movie suggestions!

My Weekly Adventures: The Big 3-0 (Recap & Announcement)!

I’m 30 today! Honestly, that’s all I have to say about that!

Back to our normal recap, its my birthday so I figured, I’d have an announcement sort of thing at the bottom.  Deal is that, this was supposed to be like a big thing but I didn’t manage to get everything decided and figured out.  More details at the bottom with a little message.

Lets start with some recap!

Toronto Comicon & Ripley’s Aquarium

Toronto Comicon

Call it a blogathon celebration or whatever, I ended up meeting up with Drew (Drew’s Movie Reviews) to check out Toronto Comicon and Ripley’s Aquarium.  You can find those posts HERE and HERE! It was a ton of fun.  Now I’m on a comicon high so I already have Ottawa Comicon set and I’m debating on Montreal Comicon, but that is in July so the guests are exactly set yet.

Aside from that, I’m pretty hyped up about finding more cool events to go to.

Baking Frenzy & Baking Through Disney

Pinocchio Cupcakes

I got back to baking this past two weeks and had two recipes go live! One was for the delicious Hong Kong style Egg Tarts (recipe HERE) and then the second was the Baking Through Disney Cupcakes for Pinocchio (recipe HERE). I have to say that I’m geared up to get back on track with this stuff.  The only deal is to organize time so that I am motivated.  With winter leaving us and spring bringing in a little warmer weather and some more sunlight between the spring showers, I’m already working on some ideas for Fantasia.  The review for that should go up soon.  I’m trying to stay on track to do one movie and one recipe every month.  Its a pretty challenging goal but one I plan on managing to do this year.

Dinner and Karaoke with my Best Friend

On Good Friday, I met up with my best friend who has been incredibly busy so I haven’t seen her a lot.  While I was waiting for her, I went to Pharmaprix/Shopper’s Drug Mart and found Kombucha there! I’ve seen it on TV before, I think it was on Dragon’s Den and I’ve been wanting to try it so I grabbed the Rosehip and Hibiscus one.  It was absolutely a delight.

Kombucha

After meeting up with my best friend, we went out to grab a little something to eat.  I took an appetizer as I wasn’t too hungry and she took a club sandwich that was a lot bigger than she expected it to be.

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We headed off to some long overdue karaoke for 2 hours afterwards and headed home.  I did do some recordings of it but decided to not because the moment I upload it to Youtube in a video, its going to have some copyright issue so I rather not have to deal with that 😉 We sang some Chinese songs and a few English ones.

Here was two that I’m not so good at but I have a lot of fun singing. This is possibly one of my fave Karen Mok songs and well, Jordan Chan’s song is ridiculous but I used to like rapping although my voice is not anywhere near as tough as it should be so it sounds pretty unconvincing but it has a nice tune/beat.

Potluck and Game Night with Friends

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The past weekend, we had a nice gathering with friends.  We made some ribs and those cupcakes up there.  Everyone made delicious food from salmon to roasted veggies to chicken to salads and chicken wings.   It was a great time talking and laughing.  Then we sat down to learn how to play Pandemic together.

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We played a total of two games.  The first game took us an hour to set up and work through the rules and get an idea of what was going on.  The second game went much smoother and we defeated the pandemic although we were at 6 outbreaks and incredibly close to losing again. Teamwork and strategizing, that helped us out quite a bit. 😉

ANNOUNCEMENT & THANK YOUS!

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I’m writing this pretty much around midnight jumping into March 31st.  I had debated to just give myself a day off from the blog but turning 30 is a big deal to many people.  I’m not so affected by it.  I still feel pretty young at heart and a lot of my achievements and self-satisfaction comes from doing the blog so I wouldn’t want to spend it any other way than with all of you lovely people who drop by today, yesterday, from the beginning of this blog, even in the future.  Nothing means more for my birthday than saying my thank you to all of you! I take all my opportunities to tell you all how much I appreciate all of you.  I’ve made a ton of blogging buddies here and its just been an amazing experience that I would never trade for anything.  With that said, I’ve been thinking of getting rid of the wordpress.com and owning a domain.  As much as I love Tranquil Dreams, I do want to get out of the “klling” thing because thats hard for anyone to find this place.

The big announcement is that I’m working on a new name and a new banner and moving over to a new domain.  Its a plan in progress.  The hardest part is deciding on a name but I think I might have something that works now.  I’m still getting some feedback from friends.  Once that is decided, I’m heading straight to put together that banner and deciding the next step of where to go from there.  I’m excited for this change and I hope that you all will have fun with it as well.  I’ll have another more formal announcement when things are about to wrap up with possibly a launch date.  I’ll make sure that everything is going to shift as smoothly as possible for everyone.  Decisions, decisions, decisions: thats where I’m at right now.  I’m sorry that its not done yet but I promise its a work in progress.  The hardest part is that Tranquil Dreams is so versatile and finding something that fits it all in and has a nice ring to it.  Work in progress! We’ll get there! I’m getting a lot of help from friends and my husband.

THANK YOU SO MUCH! THINKING OF WHAT TRANQUIL DREAMS HAS ACHIEVED IN THE LAST 5 YEARS MAKES TURNING 30 FUELED WITH ENERGY! 🙂

And to wrap things up…

Cute Kitty Time!

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Upcoming:

  • Netflix A-Z: N-?? (taking this segment a little easier as I catch up with a few movies in preparation for some upcoming movies and work on some backlogged content)
  • Disney Project: Fantasia Review
  • A few book reviews

Have an awesome day!! 🙂

It’s Vacation Time (and a little announcement) !!

Woohoo!!! Vacation is finally here!

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Vacation Hiatus!!!

 

I mentioned it a little bit back at the end of March.  I’ll be heading out of town for the next two weeks on vacation with my mom.  This time’s destination is a earlier stay in Seattle which I haven’t visited since I was 10 or 12 or something like that so I remember nothing about it.  Then from there, we’ll be boarding a cruise to visit Alaska.  New places to discover.  I’ll probably have a bit of internet while I stay in Seattle but when I get on the cruise, I’ll be pretty much silent.  I’ve never been on a cruise so I’m not sure what to expect but at least I’m with my mom and she’s an expert in travelling 😉

I rarely announce hiatus but here it is..kind of.  Why kind of?

Well, I’ve pulled a whole lot of late nights the past weekend to make sure I have enough content going up here to not feel like I’ve abandoned here.  There’s some movie reviews, photo challenge, unboxing.  A ton of stuff to check out.  It won’t be an everyday deal.  Maybe about 3-4 posts a week, because I just can’t write that much.  So, please drop by and check it out.  Hope you enjoy what I’ve put on here.  When I get back, I have to catch up with a few things and we’ll get back on track.

Vacation is good because I’ll get to not only get a ton of photography done.  I’ll also maybe do some travel vlogs wherever I am. Little short ones and maybe edit it into one video or something.  Plus, I charged up my tablet with A LOT of ebooks so we’re set to catch up on that reading and hopefully get a few more book reviews to add to the mix.

In general, May will be a pretty busy month full of going here and there.  A little bit of weekend trips for prior obligations such as marathon support for my friend in Ottawa and wedding of my niece (don’t ask…I have a big family).  But, this vacation will charge back some energy and I’ll be right back on track with more stuff.  Plus, it’ll give me time to think through a few things I’ve been wanting to do here and a few life things.

Little Announcement!!

People say a picture says a 1000 words so here you go!

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Yup, you got it! I got engaged! 🙂 All my friends had one reaction: About time!! Haha!

It wasn’t the most romantic but to me, even if it was a weird way that it went down, it still meant a lot to me.  I mean, we already bought a house together and recently started living together but I don’t know, the actual thing happening still was touching for me.  I guess its the significance of it! Well, I have some ridiculous wedding stuff to think about.  Since we’re not making anything huge (mortgage payments, my friends), but we’re discussing about how to have a little party.  Maybe another update on that later on 😉

That’s it for today!! I’ll be mostly travelling in and for the next few hours.

I may be gone but I’m not actually gone! Hope you enjoy what I’ve whipped up while I’m away and leave a comment or two! I always love it! 🙂