The wonderful Ross and Becky who run the Twitter chat #askrossandbecky are hosting their first ever event on September 9th.

#MHunch will be at Liverpool ONE and promises to be a great chance to meet fellow bloggers and mental health advocates.

I’m gutted I won’t be able to make this one, but Ross and Becky are planning to make these meetups a regular thing, so I’m sure I’ll have plenty of other opportunities!

If you’d like more information about the event, get in touch with Ross or Becky and be sure to check out their fab blogs!

These guys are two of my absolute Twitter faves and 100% the kindest, most supportive people I’ve had the pleasure of coming across. I’m so proud to call them my friends. If you’re not following them already, you should be!

 

 

I was so excited when the lovely people at Bluebird Tea Co. contacted me to offer me some samples of their lovely new summer teas.  I’ve never been to one of their stores (you can find them in Brighton, Bristol and Tunbridge Wells), but I’ve heard good things from lots of people, including Zoella, who has raved about them in several of her vlogs.  I have to say, after trying some of their teas I can see why!

Never one to miss an opportunity to eat cake, I asked my lovely friend Julie if she’d like to have afternoon tea.  She went all out with lovely finger sandwiches, delicious homemade lemon and blueberry cupcakes and some tasty fresh fruit.  Not a bad way to spend an afternoon, right?

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Bluebird’s new flavours include Sangria, Strawberry Split, Red Velvet (OMG!), and Jelly and Ice Cream.  I was kindly given Sangria and Jelly and Ice Cream to try, but the other two sound incredible as well (I’m definitely ordering some of the Red Velvet!)

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I tried to get a bit arty with the tea leaves, though I’m not sure it worked too well.  But seriously, look how pretty they are!

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What I loved about the Sangria tea was that you can really see all the ingredients, in particular lots of lovely big chunks of dried fruit.  And it smelled absolutely gorgeous too, very citrusy and fresh.  It contains hibiscus, apple, rosehip, orange peel, coconut, pineapple, cardamom and lime peel.  I could definitely smell the orange and pineapple, and it made me think of summer holidays by the sea, and lovely warm balmy evenings.  I thought it kind of also smelled like jelly babies, but Julie wasn’t so sure!  Both teas can be enjoyed hot or cold, and we decided to try this one hot.

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It had a wonderfully fresh and tart flavour, and really did taste as vibrant and fruity as it smelled.  It wasn’t unpleasantly sour like some fruit teas I’ve tried, and we found it didn’t need any sugar.  Gorgeous, fresh and summery, this one was definitely a hit!  I look forward to trying it iced, I imagine it’s very refreshing.

So next we tried Jelly and Ice Cream, which I must admit I was more excited about of the two.  This one contains Rooibos tea (which I love!), coconut, strawberry, hibiscus, apple, elderberry, rosehip, vanilla, cornflowers and pineapple.  Doesn’t that just sound incredible?!  Smell wise, it didn’t wow me like the Sangria did, but oh my gosh it was delicious!

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We had this one iced, which we did simply by straining the tea over a cup of ice cubes.  It can be drunk with or without milk but we decided to go without.

Oh. My. Gosh.  This was divine.  So smooth and sweet, you can really taste the vanilla and strawberry.  It’s not too sweet though, and like the Sangria, it’s packed full of flavour.  So often I’ve bought fruit teas that smelled wonderful but tasted of nothing.  You definitely don’t need to worry about that with these teas.  I could really pick out all the lovely different fruit flavours, and it was a perfect balance of tart, sweet and smooth, just as you’d expect from jelly and ice cream.  A perfect drink to serve at a garden party or picnic, and a huge thumbs up from me.

After that, our lovely civilised afternoon took a bit of a turn when this little delinquent decided to gatecrash.

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Meet Mr T, Julie’s pet tortoise! Isn’t he sweet?

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I had such a lovely afternoon and the teas were a big hit.  There are so many other amazing sounding flavours I’d like to try, so I see a rather large order to Bluebird Tea Co. happening in the near future!  Julie was a big fan as well, and we both agreed that they’d make a lovely gift for any tea-lovers in your life.

Thank you so much to Julie for putting together such a gorgeous and Instagram-worthy spread.  And a big thank you to the lovely guys at Bluebird Tea Co. for sending me my very first blogger mail!  Being sent free tea- I’m living the dream, right?

Check Bluebird Tea Co. out here.

Liebster

I was very excited to be nominated for this by the lovely Hannah Leanne (find her blog here!)
I’m still a blogging newbie, and this sort of thing was a first for me, so thank you very much for including me!

The whole idea is to discover new blogs and spread the word about your favourite bloggers. Plus, you’ll get to learn a bit more about me in the process (you lucky things!)

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Thank the blogger for your nomination and include a link to their page.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that have been provided by the blogger that nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 of your own bloggers to take part.
  4. Ask them 11 of your own questions.

Here we go!

1. What is your most prized possession?

It’s so hard to choose, so I’ve listed a few:

  • A beautiful framed photo of my grandparents when they were young. They look like the stars of an old black and white movie, and I’ve loved that picture since I was a little girl. Now it sits proudly in my living room.
  • A heart necklace my grandmother made.
  • My engagement and wedding rings.
  • My laptop as it houses all of my photos.

I sort of cheated a bit there didn’t I?

2. Why did you start blogging?

I’ve always loved writing, and have blogged in various forms since I was a teenager, originally on Livejournal, followed by a brief but shameful foray into the emo world of Myspace blogs. Seriously, I’m truly embarrassed by the things I used to not only write, but publish for all the world to see. I have all the original blogs saved on an old hard drive, maybe one day I’ll dig back through the archives and do a little nostalgia post! Now though, blogging for me is less about dumping every ‘profound’ thought onto a page and hitting publish, and more about building my brand (pardon the slightly douchey turn of phrase!), and having my own little place on the internet. I want it to be fun, but I also want to talk about the things that are important to me, and hopefully meet interesting people along the way.

3. How long have you been blogging for?

I started Geek Magnifique in May 2015, but see above for a more detailed history of my blogging exploits!

4. What is your favourite film?

How can I even answer this? I’m obsessed with films, and I find it impossible to narrow it down to just one favourite. So you’re getting another list (sorry).

The Parent Trap (remake). Hands down my favourite movie as a kid, it still has a special place in my heart.

The Dark Knight. The day I told my husband this was in my top-five films of all time was probably the day he decided he was going to marry me. Not even joking. Christopher Nolan can basically do no wrong in my book, but this is, IMO, his best film. Visually it’s incredible, the sound design and Hans Zimmer’s score are perfect (something which can be said of all Nolan’s films), and while the acting all-round is amazing, Heath Ledger was nothing short of spectacular as the Joker. I could write an entire essay on this movie, but I won’t. I can practically hear your sigh of relief. 10/10 and all the gold stars for this one.

The Social Network. Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield. David Fincher. Aaron Sorkin’s razor-sharp screenplay. Jesse Eisenberg (so good in this movie he gets a second mention). Whether or not the film is entirely factually accurate, it adds real human drama and depth to arguably one of the most incredible success stories of our generation. Captivating, entertaining, and set to a fantastic soundtrack by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. I obviously had to include a Star Trek film, and this one has always been my favourite.

– I had to include a girly film in this list, and it’s a real toss-up between Notting Hill, 13 Going On 30, and Morning Glory (an unfortunately named and sadly underrated Rachel McAdams film – definitely worth a watch!)

Once again I cheated terribly at this question, I apologise.

5. How old are you?

28, aka a reluctant member of the ‘late-twenties’ club. Genuinely had a little cry in Costa on my birthday. So that’s where I’m at with this adulting malarkey.

6. What is your most treasured memory?

My wedding day.

7. Is there something you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time?

Writing a book and visiting Scandinavia.

8. What was your last purchase?

Disclaimer by Renée Knight. I haven’t started reading it yet, but it has an intriguing premise.

9. Do you have any pets?

Sadly no, but I desperately want a kitten.

10. What is your favourite type of blog to read?

Lifestyle.

11. What is your favourite season?

SUMMER!

So now I have to pick my own questions…

  1. Which country would you most like to visit and why?
  2. What has been the biggest challenge for your blog so far?
  3. What are your blogging goals for 2016?
  4. If you could keep any animal as a pet, which would you choose?
  5. What is your favourite TV show?
  6. What is your dream job?
  7. Would you rather be covered in hair all over, or feathers?
  8. What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
  9. What’s your worst writing habit? (eg. overusing exclamation marks -guilty!)
  10. If you could speak another language fluently which would it be and why?
  11. If you could be exceptional at one other thing, what would be it?

I nominate:

Dollface Blogs
Being Heather
Ella Renee
Little Thoughts
The Creative Geek
Almost Chic
Emily’s Recipes and Reviews
Issy Belle Fox
Christopher George
Cate in the Kitchen
Jess and Josh Cook