The ’73 Things’ Tag!

73 THINGS ABOUT ME IS A LOT, shit at least ask me for coffee first. 

Jokes I hate coffee, more of a tea gal.

Look at me getting ahead of myself before we have even got to the hardcore FACTS.

Im excited for you guys to get to learn more about me!

If you get through all 73 facts I salute you.

If you find something we have in common let me know, drop me a message!

Big thank you to Sarah for choosing me to take part, you can find her at all her links below! At the end of this post I will chose 10 bloggers to take part!

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SO LETS BEGIN;

#1. What is your usual Starbucks order?

I’m a basic bitch and I don’t drink coffee, I always get a large tea. Whats the point right? If you catch me on a particularly miserable day, a Vanilla Latte to keep me awake!

#2. What does your work station look like right now?

NEAT AS HELL. I can’t work if my work station is a mess. I have two screens, a tray and a stationary pot you best believe your girl is tidy.

#3. All-time favourite food?

Spaghetti Bolognese, try and change my mind.

#4. Favourite Author?

Malorie Blackman & Marissa Meyers at the moment, the Lunar Chronicles got me hitting all the feels.

#5. What do you think of open relationships?

Not my thing but if you’re into it then go for it!

#6. What is your favourite video game?

POKEMON TILL I DIE (I have a Jigglypuff Tattoo).

#7. Guilty Pleasure treat?

I have a mild addiction for Chocolate Sponge cake or Pain Au Chocolates.

#8. Favourite Movie?

I’m not really a movie person and when I do watch A film i’m a pretty tough critic. I can’t narrow it down for that reason.

#9. Favourite book?

Noughts & Crosses Series // Malorie Blackman.

#10. Twitter or Instagram?

Instagram (Find me here I will follow all fellow bloggers back).

#11. Desktop or laptop?

Desktop all the way, I love having a desk to work at as I feel productive.

#12. Best advice you’ve ever received?

“What other people think of you is none of your business”

#13. What project are you working on right now?

My SRI LANKA BLOG POSTS!!! So exciting and I LOVE reliving!

#14. Favourite colour?

BLUE!

#15. Did you get good grades at school?

I did okay! My sister has the brains, I did well enough to get into college and uni and that’s all that matters for me!

#16. Dream job?

Travel Blogger (pls someone hire me).

#17. Played any sports?

In high school, rounder, hockey and netball. I stick to weights at the gym now & running.

#18. Do you have a degree?

Yes!! I just graduated from the University Of Lincoln (UK for all my Americans) with a 2:1 in International Tourism Management.

#19. Nationality?

White British.

#20. What is your favourite kind of blog post to do?

Writing about my travels always! & A book review to re live the book all over again.

#21. What do you like to collect?

PICTURES, I have at least 4-5 photo albums just for each year at uni.

#22. Describe yourself in three words?

Loud, chatty & exciteable.

#23. If you were a rapper what would your rapper name be?

J-Dog as my sister is T-Dog.

#24. Who was the last person you DM’d?

Sarah about how I would be posting this post soon!

#25. What is on the top of your wish list right now?

To get on a plane and go travelling, I am currently working to save up and go!

#26. Sorting house?

Please, please don’t hate me for this. I can’t bare Harry Potter, so to save disrespecting anyone I won’t choose. (Please don’t put me in Slytherin for this though)

#27. How many tattoos do you have?

Currently I have 5! More to come…

#28. What are you most grateful for this year?

Graduating uni and having the most wonderful boyfriend, life and friends, also trying to have a more positive outlook on life has me feeling a lot more grateful for everything.

#29. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?

I started my new full time (FIRST TIME SALARIED) job!

#30. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?

I finally got my glasses. I’ve never worn them before so now I’m part of the 1, 2 glasses crew!

#31. What is the best thing ever?

Unconditional understanding and patience.

#32. Favourite Season?

Summer for sure get me in the SUN.

#33. Favourite Holiday?

So far, it wasn’t a holiday though it was a study trip, to Sri Lanka. Budapest with the boys would be second, or Dublin with all my pals, or Norway. TOO MANY TRIPS TO CHOOSE.

#34. What fictional character do you relate to the most?

Beth Boland from Good Girls, she’s pretty badass and although I’m not I’d like to think I can be as blunt but also as overreactive as she is.

#35. Do you like surprises?

Depends on if I’m watching a horror film whilst you do it or not.

#36. What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had?

I really actually don’t think its happened, so none as of yet!

#37. What’s the surprise that made you cry?

I was surprised when I found out my nan was getting married, does that count? I cried with happiness then.

#38. What’s the best surprise you’ve ever given someone?

We recently threw our friend a surprise Graduation party as planned by his girlfriend. It was super cute and super fun.

#39. Do you like muffins?

Chocolate chip & Blueberry muffins 5everrrrrrr.

#40. Do you cook often?

I really don’t, Brad loves to cook and I frustrate him when I’m in the kitchen so I let him do his thing.

#41. What’s your favourite dessert?

Cheesecake is the BOMB.

#42. Is there a dessert you don’t like?

Anything with raisins in ew gross.

#43. Cake or pie?

CAKE WOW. Unless its Apple Pie from my nan, thats a game changer.

#44. What’s your least favourite food?

MUSHROOMS, grim absolutely, grim.

#45. What’s your favourite condiment?

Love me some sweet chilli sauce.

#46. It’s 4 am on a Saturday night, what would you eat?

GARLIC BREAD PIZZAAAAAAA or a PHAT Chicken Kebab.

#47. If you could teach a college class what would it be called?

How to life because college never seems to teach you anything like that.

#48. Best animated film?

ALL THE DISNEY PRINCESS FILMS, I cry.

#49. What has a guy (or girl) done or said to impress you?

Brad has DJ decks. That’s all it all it took.

#50. Best thing to do on a date?

Something Active! A Meal is nice but doing something out and about that you enjoy together is so much better, I love going to music festivals with Brad as we both love the same music so much.

#51. Worst thing to do on a date?

Don’t tell me what to do. Or how to do things. We won’t be friends.

#52. What is the funniest pick up line a guy/girl could use on a girl/guy?

“I wanna be a stud. I’ve got the STD, all I need is U” Words from Brad. I wouldn’t use this one.

#53. Best comic book character?

THOR.

#54. What are three things that are always in your purse?

My body spray, hand disinfectant and a lighter.

#55. Favourite drink?

Dr Pepper or if I’m in America, Root beer.

#56. If you could play a historical character who would it be?

I wouldn’t, I make my own history.

#57. Kittens or puppies?

Puppies, I’m allergic to cats.

#58. Favourite sushi roll?

I do not like sushi oh man, but I have never had good sushi so take that with a pinch of salt.

#59. What kind of lipstick do you use?

MAC Twig or Mehr, Velvet Teddy is also a killer.

#60. What kind of foundation do you use?

Rimmel is really good but my make up bag is super cheap, I don’t use expensive stuff as I have really sensitive skin.

#61. Blow dry or air dry?

Air Dry! My hair is ridiculously long so it would take me light years to blow dry.

#62. Who is your fashion icon?

I don’t really have a fashion Icon, I love all the girls on Instagram that actually have good fashion sense because I don’t.

#63. Favourite Disney character?

Pocahontas is the ultimate Queen.

#64. What are you doing tomorrow?

Graduation Dress & My Nan’s wedding dress shopping!!!!!!!!!!

#65. Movie you laughed the hardest through?

Grown up 1 & 2 actually murders me all the way through.

#66. Movie that made you cry?

Marley & Me, come on, it doesn’t take much to make me cry though.

#67. If you could sing a duet with someone who would it be?

MY BEST FRIEND MEL, She’s such a phenomenal singer.

#68. If your life were a song what would the title be?

Get over it.

#69. Favourite animal?

Cheetahs are the most beautiful and speedy big cats I have ever had the pleasure of being less than 2 foot from.

#70. Favourite illustrator?

Alas not a question I can answer.

#71. Person you want to have coffee with?

Marissa Meyers, to pick her brain about

#72. What’s the country you wish to visit?

ALL OF THEM, they’re all on my bucket list!

#73. Best ways to decompress?

Take a step back and switch off, read a book, not everything needs to be 100 miles per hour!

AND THAT IS 73 FACTS ABOUT ME!

Now I have to choose 10 lucky bloggers to also take part!

(If I tag you and you’ve already been tagged and I haven’t realise don’t worry!)

((I also have all the questions saved on a word document if you want that to make it easier))

  1. Katy Gilroy // Blog // 
  2. My Anxious Life // Blog // 
  3. Nyxies Nook // Blog // 
  4. Bestie Talks Blog // Blog // 
  5. Earth To Connie // Blog // 
  6. Nelle // Blog // 
  7. The Essex Girl // Blog // 
  8. Coffee & Florida Sunsets // Blog // 
  9. Jess Ling // Blog // 
  10. The Flying Lap // Blog //

Check these beautiful girls out and give their blogs a share/follow!

Dissertation Help!

Hey All! 

THIS IS MY CALL FOR HELP!

JESSIE NEEDS YOU (lord help me).

I am currently writing my dissertation for my final year at university and need some help with my questionnaire responses!

If I pop the link below please if you have 20 minutes to spare I would love it if you could fill out my dissertation questionnaire and Brads dissertation questionnaire as well!

My dissertation is for those aged 18-24 and is looking into the concept of what motivates those who are in generation Y to visited Dark Tourism sites still to this day! I should take you no more then 8-10 minutes to complete and I WOULD APPRECIATE IT SO MUCH THANK U!

Dark tourism are sites related to death, suffering and the macabre. Examples of these are Auschwitz, 9/11 memorial, any graveyard or world war memorial, even the Anne Frank house is a dark tourism site.

MY QUESTIONNAIRE HERE

Brads questionnaire is about disruptive brands and their Tone’s of Voice. He is using Dacia, the car manufacturing company, as a case study. What is a disruptive brand? these are brands and businesses that are transforming industries with a highly customer-centric approach to product/ service development!

Disruption isn’t just doing things in a different way which doesn’t resonate or go any further – it’s about changing the game.” – James Kirkham, CFO, Copa90

BRADS QUESTIONNAIRE HERE

We both really really appreciate your time, for those who do fill it out please comment and let me know so I can thank you individually!

(Of course I won’t ask for your questionnaire information as that is anonymous and private, I just want to express my gratitude!)

Thank you!

J & B x

10 Things to Remember When Going Back To or Starting University!

So here are my Top 10 Things to remember when heading back to uni or you’re starting unversity fresh!


I’ve just moved into my new flat for my final year of university, 4 years! My Lord, it’s been absolutely awesome though. I wouldnt change anything about it. I am just excited to graduate now!

I was supposed to post this blog post a little earlier but alas from my flight from Budapest my ears didn’t pop properly. So now I have an ear infection and a lil bit of vertigo because of it, so I’m more dizzy than I am concious!

But I’ve percevered today! Especially as I start my new Job tomorrow too. So today I’ve got shit done, including this post for you all! Can spend my whole week wallowing in self pity.

So WITHOUT further ado, here are my Top 10 Things to Remember When starting or Going back to University!

  1. Get Organised – folders, stationary, books, your time table. Know it learn it live by it. I always find that being organised makes everything SO much easier! Plus when you go into a lecture or start doing coursework or seminar work and you’re organised it’s just that much easier to get started and get your head down! Something which at Uni can be quite a challenge due to there being a lot of distractions.
  2. Do Not Panic – I had to swear by this saying in first year. Just do not panic. It is solvable, you can do it. Even if it’s something you’ve never come across before, don’t panic about it. Uni is probably one of the most relaxed but also the most stressful places, but you do not need to panic. Help is always at hand.
  3. Be Positive, Be You – it’s the best you can be! I know a lot of people go back to uni or start uni thinking “oh Lord this isn’t for me” and do you know, if it isn’t for you? That’s no problem! But as I have said in a previous blog post, university is what you make of it! If you go into the experience being a negative Nelly, like I did, it doesn’t feel like it gets better. I considered dropping out. Now I look back and think why I thought that I will never know. Like I said, it’s what you make of it.
  4. Keep on making friends / Make friends & socialise! – You are quite literally THROWN into this at uni. Your flatmates are ideally your first point of contact. I don’t know about anyone else, but my friends I made at University are my friends for life. No matter how far apart we all are, because we are all from literal opposite ends of the country. They will always be my faves! Now I’m back for my final year, most of my friends are graduating next week (couldn’t be more proud!!!) And then they are all moving away, so I’ve got to remember how to make friends again. But your whole life you’re making friends so it won’t take too long!
  5. Budget! – DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON STUPID SHIT. If you don’t need it don’t buy it. I was a PRO at buying unnecessary things and my overdraft was my best friend. Don’t be me. Plan your food shops and like I said if you don’t need it, don’t buy it. Only take set amounts of money our with on nights out, don’t get happy clappy with your contactless because it will happen and you will wake up the next morning wondering if you bought a horse.
  6. IMG_20180909_160757.jpgDon’t forget a home comfort – For me, when I move Into a new place I have got to have a little home comfort that makes me think of being back in my home town. For me it’s a small hanging sign that says; “Life’s A Beach” as I live by the beach! It’s followed me to every house all 4 years so far and will continue to do so!
  7. Uni help services are your friend – if you are struggling with your work your lecturers are there to help you. Reach out to them. If you are struggling with your mental health the university health centre and welfare will help you. Reach out to them. If you’re Struggling to find rescources for your essays the library staff will help you. Reach out to them. You have a larger issue you want to discuss with the university. REACH OUT, they will not hesitate at all to help you with any of your needs!
  8. Vodka isn’t the answer, but it’s worth a shot – This one speaks for itself really, GET ON THE SESH. But that does also bring us to our next point;
  9. Learn your limits – I don’t think I need to say to much here other than don’t be that friend who needs to get their stomach pumped.
  10. Enjoy it! – Uni is an awesome place, a huge step into adult life and responsibilities with a little bit of heavy drinking on the side! Uni will always be the best years of my life, I don’t doubt it for a second. I mean until I get married n have babies but that’s a looooong time coming. Enjoy your time, you’ll be there for a while! Why do anything else BUT enjoy it?!

So these are the My Top 10 Tips! I hope they give some sort of help and insight into the joys of getting back too or starting university!

Here’s to my final year! Bring it on!

J x

Book Review: Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris.

“The Perfect Marriage or the Perfect Lie?”

“Jack, Handsome, Dedicated Lawyer, Loving Husband.

Grace, Elegant, Consummate Housewife, Prisoner.

“Brilliant, Chilling, Scary and Unputdownable” – Lesley Pearse


Hey guys, so this is my first book review. I’ve never done one before so I will try not to give too much away whilst talking about this book!

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Name: Behind Closed Doors

Author: B. A. Paris

Pages: 344 Pages

I was given this book by my sister, It had been sat in my bedroom for ages waiting to be read so I decided why not take it away to Budapest with me? I’m here for 10 days, thats plenty of time. I hadn’t read in so long I almost forgot just how much I love reading. Here I am now on holiday bookless as I finished the book within 3 days.

9781250121004The book was totally immersive. With the story in first person narrative as told by Grace the book leads you backwards and forwards into the turmoil of her life, Past & Present they alternate so you get a real grasp for where the main stem of her unhappiness and torment comes from.

Jack isn’t your typical abusive husband. With an arousal and passion to see women in fear, Grace doesn’t realise what she has gotten herself into until after she marries the man. Literally within the first couple of chapters you can really sympathise for her. In the words of Grace herself, The man in an absolute psychopath.

The pair holiday in Thailand as their honeymoon and thats what Grace realises that Jack is always one step ahead of her. The frustration in how Jack has already informed staff that Grace is ‘Mentally Ill’ so even if she does try to flee or tell anyone of the horror of the way Jack is, its impossible. I felt so much extreme frustration for her because no matter what she does and what she tries, its helpless. You just want to scream out for her. 

The word prisoner is definitely the correct one for Grace as you indulge further into the book. Held captive to her own house, When she introduces Millie, her younger Down syndrome sister, the intense feeling that she needs to get out becomes stronger and stronger. Especially towards the end.

When you learn that although Millie is in a boarding school for now due to previous history of her being unwanted by her parents, Grace promises Millie that once she is 18 she will come live with them. Further in, you realise Jack would like Millie to move in with them so that Grace isn’t the only one held prisoner. So Jack can feed of Millie’s fear as well as Graces’.

The sense of urgency I had in the pit of my stomach was real as you never want the BOTH of them to suffer, especially with how he treats Grace already.

The use of Millie to manipulate Grace is REAL.

You really get to see a side to Jack which makes you thank the lord its not based on a true story. Although It does terrify me to think that men out there are like this. Maybe not quite so extreme, but then if you never know you never know. 

I was hooked to the book from the start, hence why it only took me 3 days to read. The suspense and want to get rid of Jack is phenomenal that once I had reached the final couple of chapters I refused to put the book down because the ending was so intense. Millie plays a very crucial role to the build up to the end, her love for Grace and awareness to her fear comes almost as a relief as she is the only one who understands her grief.

“I like you Jack, But I don’t like Jorj Koony”

I would give this book a solid 8/10 for suspense and keeping you clung onto the book and their characters. I just wish It could’ve been longer!

The Sunshine Bloggers Award!

Hey all, welcome to my post on The Sunshine Blogger award!

Just to keep you all in the loop before we get started, I travel to Budapest tomorrow! So there will be no Whatever Wednesdays until I return from Buda on August 31st! 


Its the Sunshine Blogger Award!

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Big thank you too IndefinitelyJ for nominating me! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it, Don’t forget to check out her blog featuring her life, her way!

So what are the rules?

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog to this post.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by your nominator.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers
  • Ask  them 11 questions, different to the ones you’ve answered.
  • List the rules
  • Display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo above on your post and blog site! 

So here are the questions that IndefinitelyJ asked me! I’ve been looking forward to answering these!

  • What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to your younger self?

Don’t panic. There is no need to panic, if you can sort it out in the next 10 days? why worry. If it can be sorted in the next month? why worry. It’ll only make your anxiety worse.

  • Who inspires you the most in life?

My mum. She is an amazing woman. I actually can’t express just how much I love her and how much she inspires me.

  • What is your favourite podcast currently?

I don’t listen to podcasts! Although my boyfriend does and he talked quite highly of them. So I might have to give them a go soon!

  • What is the most important thing in your life?

At the moment? University. I am SO determined to be able to pass this final year and graduate with a good grade. 

  • What language would you most like to learn instantly?

SPANISH, DEFINITELY. I live for the language, its just beautiful and sexy all at the same time. I tried to teach myself at one point but I got far too distracted with life. I am considering having proper lessons!

  • What are you watching on Netflix currently (if you don’t have Netflix what are you watching in general?)?

The new series of Orange Is The New Black is definitely on the cards as well as Suits once I get back to uni! I am also really big into my crime dramas and documentaries. I’ve been watching Drug Lords and Lock Up, they’re really good.

  • How do you remain positive?

I usually have to tell myself that everything will be fine at least once a day. I also read a lot of quotes that are motivational or make you realise its not all bad. I also write and see family and friends to stay positive. 

  • If you could be anything what would you be?

An Author or a real and official Travel Blogger. Thats the dream.

  • You’re hosting a dinner party! You can invite 5 people, dead or alive, who are you inviting and what would you cook for them?
  1. Ariana Grande 2. Dua Lipa 3. The Queen 4. Gordon Ramsey 5. Conor Maynard.

Hopefully the benefit of inviting Ramsey would be that I don’t have to cook, but If I DID. It would be my signature Spaghetti Bolognese because its the only dish I am really good at.

  • What is your favourite book?

The Noughts and Crosses books by Malore Blackman. There are 4 books in the series and they are all phenomenal, I have read them twice! I couldnt put them down. A Close second is the Maze Runner Series too.

  • Where is your happy place, what is it, is it even real or is it a state in your mind?

My happy place is very real. Its the sea. Nothing matters once I am in that water, no matter where we are in the world, rain or shine. I am the happiest girl alive and there is no question about it.

So after answering all of those wonderful questions, the dinner party one being the hardest one to answer, I will now nominate 11 bloggers of my own for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

So In no particular order:

Go Check out all of their amazing blogs and content!

Please do not feel pressured to write this blog post, you do not have to if you do not wish!

Alright so next up is my 11 questions for my 11 nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

MY 11 QUESTIONS;

  1. Where is your favourite travel destination?
  2. What is your fondest childhood memory?
  3. You’re ordering Chinese! What do you get?
  4. What would you rather fight, A Horse sized duck or a Duck sized horse?
  5. What do you do to relax?
  6. What has been your proudest moment?
  7. Do you have a nickname? Share it with us!
  8. What is Your moto or quote to live by?
  9. Would you prefer to live in a country or in a city and why?
  10. Tell me about yourself in 3 words?
  11. What motivates you to blog?