Sponsor Becky Bedbug in September

For me, September signals new beginnings. It's a new academic year and a new chance to make a fresh start. I have a lot of plans for this upcoming year, including more organisation behind the scenes. After my hectic summer, I'm very excited to sit and knuckle down! If you were thinking about sponsoring, now is the time to do it. I'm anticipating a big, positive shift in this here blog over the next couple of months.

Let's look at what you get:
  • An advert in my sidebar for 30 days
  • A shoutout on Twitter
  • With some options, you'll also get a mention in a sponsor post on Becky Bedbug
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  • 1290+ on GFC
  • 3500+ on Twitter
  • 12,000+ visitors a month
Advertisements start from £6 ($10), so there's an option for all budgets. If advertising's not your thing, there are other ways you can get involved, such as sponsored posts and PR reviews. For all the information, take a look at my sponsorship page here 

101 in 1001 XXI

What a crazy month! A very, very amazing month but an absolutely jam-packed, insanely busy one. 

#25 Visit Florida again
Oh, Florida! I love you so much! Can I go back please? I published a lot of posts about Florida, so I can't link them all here, but here's one from Magic Kingdom

#31 Visit the Warner Bros Studio Tour

This was actually at the end of July (the 31st, no less!), but it didn't get a peek in at last month's 101 in 1001. We visited the Harry Potter Studio Tour just before leaving for Florida, as a way to get ourselves psyched up for Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

#42 Buy a piece of art for the home

Towards the end of our holiday, we visited Downtown Disney and stumbled upon an art shop. A shop dedicated to Disney art. Not cheap little posters and the like, but a proper gallery-esque shop. The second I saw this sign, I fell in love. I know it's Disneyland, rather than Walt Disney World, but I love the kitsch element. I love the colours. It would fit perfectly in my living room. Of course there was no way to get it on the plane, so I resigned myself to never having it. For about 20 minutes, when I couldn't take it anymore and we asked if we could have it shipped over. They said yes, Laura and Matt kindly offered to chip in as a wedding gift and now it's sitting in our living room ready to go up on the wall. Hooray! 

#69 Buy a vest top in every colour

Ok, so this isn't every colour, but it's pretty darn close. I don't wear yellow or orange, so all I need now is a blue. God bless Primark! 

#71 Buy my wedding dress
Sneak peek of my wedding dress for you here! The tutu arrived the day before I left for Florida. To say I was panicking is an understatement! 

#81 Get married!

Yay! We did it! A full post will be coming shortly, so be patient for a little longer! 

#84 "Marry" Laura on Pirates of the Caribbean

As soon as I got everyone in our bridal party ordained, I knew I would have to marry Laura on our favourite ride. Not a real wedding, you understand, but a spoof this-would-totally-be-legal-if-we-signed-the-marriage-certificate-and-same-sex-weddings-were-allowed-in-Florida wedding. We went on Pirates of the Caribbean four times, we posed for this photo wearing matching veils and Laura married Rich and I for real. Yet, somehow, we forgot to actually "marry" each other. I think we got close enough though, so this will do. 

#96 Read 75 books (74/75)

For me, holidays are not a time to read. Holidays are a time to get out and explore the local area, to do things, to leave the hotel at 9am and come back 14 hours later. Reading is for my bed at home and travelling. For this reason, I only read two books this month but that does take my total up to 74. Only one away! 

#101 Watch all the films
We flew with Virgin and I can tell you they are by far a superior airline to any other I've flown with before. The film selection was incredible. While on the plane, I watched The Grand Budapest Hotel which, while absolutely stunning aesthetically, had a storyline that I completely forgot and had to read on IMDB when I got home. I also watched Muppets Most Wanted, because you can't go wrong with Ricky Gervais and Muppets, and decided to bite the bullet and try Frozen. Although it wasn't bad, and I adored Olaf, I really don't get the fuss. It was just a fairly standard kids' film. Sorry! 

Sponsor Shoutout: August

Let's take a look at the lovely blogs that have been keeping my sidebar occupied this month. They're very varied and all very interesting, so I hope you're going to love them! 

The What Now Blog
The What Now Blog doesn't just look beautiful, it's filled with practical careers advice too. Everything is geared towards making your work, and your blog, a better place. Whether that's advice on creating unique photos, tips for working on the move, or why to take risks, the blog is overflowing with inspiring and motivating advice. It's becoming a firm favourite of mine and always seems to know what I need when I need. 

Audacity of Food
Everyone likes food, right? Luckily for you, Bethan's blog, Audacity of Food, is all about delicious food of all kinds. Based in Yorkshire, you can expect to find interviews with those in the business, such as the owner of super-cool cafeThe Pig and Pastry, restaurant reviews for the likes of Betty's Cafe Tea Room and, of course, lots and lots of recipes: pecan pumpkin pie, meringue sousse and almond & blueberry pancakes. Yum yum! On top of that, Bethan has started her own coffee company, Vincent's Coffee, which sources coffee ethically and honestly. Pretty cool! 

Wheeling Along 24
I've spent many a Twitter chat talking to Yorkshire lass Sally, so I can personally tell you that she's awesome! Her blog, Wheeling Along 24, is very different to your standard fashion and beauty blog. Sally suffers from ME, which is a condition that causes severe exhaustion both mentally and physically. However, Sally does not let this hold her back. She is dedicated to showing that she can use a wheelchair and still look stylish. Not only does she post gorgeous OOTDs (by the way, I totally have those sunglasses up there. Sunglass twins!), she also writes great beauty posts, such as this comparison of Bourgeois and Sephora lip products, and has really interesting days out too. Hello lavender fields

Remember, if you would like to see your blog on these here pages, you can find all the information on my sponsorship page. There's now a fancy new media pack for you to download too. How organised am I? 


Get ready for the biggest Friday Favourites ever! Since I knew I wouldn't get much chance to post when I was in Florida, I've just been saving up my favourite posts from the past 3 weeks to post at once. 
Kailey's new blog design is gorgeous! 
I shouldn't laugh, but Amber's recount of going on the London Eye with a fear of heights is so funny because I can totally relate! 
Claire's lesson on loving yourself could not have come at a better time! 

I love Annika's retro Mickey outfit (I also love her outtakes post
Louise's breakfast fruit parfait in a mason jar is so cute and delicious-looking too! 
Megan's post on young marriage is so informative. 
Kathryn has moved to Tokyo and I'm not jealous. Not at all. Not even a little bit... 
Jamie's strawberry shorts are the cutest! 
Chloe's travel journal is amazing! 
Midge's living in sin (housewarming) party looks so much fun! 
This abandoned auditorium is my favourite of Kaylah's exploration posts. 

Weekly Wishlist
What a cute chandelier
How much do I want this dinosaur baseball jacket?
Shark painting, get on my wall! 
Such an adorable rain cloud brooch
I love this pink mid-century style lamp
I miss Disneyworld so much, but this Haunted Mansion iPhone case would make it better.
This cake-themed birthday card is everything! 

Other Favourites
Best blogging advice from around the web.
There's also Amber's tips for new bloggers

Confused by media packs or blogger press kits? Six Out of Ten mag has the answers! 
Anyone want to get married in an inflatable church?
Near New York? Want to model for ModCloth
I bet you can't guess the first thing I saved up for
This story of a couple who died hours apart after 63 years of marriage is beautifully moving. 
On a happier note, this couple have just celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary

Book review: The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl

The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl- Belle de Jour
Now, I usually write book reviews the day after I've finished the book. Perhaps two days at the most. The problem I have here is that I finished this book on my way to the airport before Florida and now, 3 weeks later, I'm settling down to write the review and hoping I can remember it well enough! 

Back when Billie Piper was getting her kit off in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, I watched the whole series (although it was a little awkward watching it in Rich's mum's house- I promise it's an ITV drama!). I really enjoyed it so I was interested to read the book from which it originated. Unfortunately, it was not what I was expecting.
First of all, for a book called The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl, there isn't a whole lot of intimacy. I know I'm reading a sensationalised, dramatised account of Belle's life so I'm unlikely to get all the gory details but I expected at least a fair amount of spilling the beans about her career. I'm not saying I want warts-and-all erotica, but it would be interesting to read about the business as it actually is. Instead, I got a long, fairly whingy account of her boyfriend, male friends and the odd spiteful fellow escort. That's not what I signed up to read!

This also ended up giving the same effect as I found when reading Rae Earl's My Mad Fat Diary which is a lot of surplus information that doesn't add anything to the book. Everything becomes a bit samey after a while and just ends up reading as filler.
Another issue I had was the initialising of everybody's names. I know that the real people could obviously not be identified, and I understand that initialising names adds to the height of mystery but when there are 4 As, it gets very confusing. I could not tell the difference between A1, A2, A3 and A4. Give them names, for goodness sake! How hard is it to say Adam, Andrew, Anthony and Alan? That would make it much easier!

Ultimately, I found it a frustrating and banal book with very little justification for the title. I bought a book about the confessions of a high-class London escort. I ended up reading the monologues of a posh graduate in London. Not really my thing! 

Reading Festival 2014: Friday

Do you know what the best thing to do 23 hours after you landed in England from Florida is? Go to Reading Festival! There was a very good reason though: Gerard Way was making his global debut (but not actually debut) on the NME/Radio 1 Stage. 

My love for My Chemical Romance has been well documented, and Gerard Way has been my idol for 10 years now. Before he came on stage, I was nervous. Really, really nervous. What if it wasn't the same without the band? He hadn't yet released his album- What if I didn't like it? How was I going to enjoy a set where I knew none of the songs?

Turns out, I had nothing to worry about. Seeing him walk on that stage after 3 years was hugely emotional. The crowd- which was pretty substantial for an opening act- went crazy and Gerard was noticeably moved by it. He's always been very vocal about his love for Britpop, and his tracks certainly make that passion clear. Although it's still very Gerard in sound, it has a more radio-friendly, pop sound that I can totally get on board with. I'm very much looking forward to hearing the album and catching some more of his shows soon.

We didn't stay long after Gerard's set. I was incredibly jetlagged, and Christie had to get back to Essex, so we didn't feel like hanging around for hours, especially as there weren't many other bands we were into playing on Friday.

Of course, I stopped for the obligatory Aero Mint milkshake. I looked everywhere for the Dough Ball Deli that treated me so well at 2000Trees but, alas, it was nowhere to be seen! 

After a quick mooch around the stalls, which seem to become fewer and fewer each year, we bailed out and headed home. Although the festival itself was pretty rubbish (seriously, Festival Republic, every year the tickets get more expensive and every year the festival itself gets worse), it was worth it just to see Gerard again. I love that man! 

365 217-237

As it was so difficult to find the time to edit photos and schedule posts while in Florida, I haven't been able to post a 365 post for three weeks now. I haven't been slacking though, and I've still been taking my photos. Now I've got the chance, I'm going to post them all at once. 

217 Obligatory plane wing shot
218 Picking up our marriage license. 
219 The electrical parade at Magic Kingdom
220 Chilling out at Blizzard Beach
221 Making my wedding flowers. 

222 The detail in Diagon Alley is amazing! 

223 The Hulk is such a fun ride! 

224 Wedding rings on our wedding day!
225 Lizard at Typhoon Lagoon

226 Can you spot the tiger? 

227 The German part in Epcot was my favourite. 
I love this photo because, if you look closely, all four of us are in it. 

229 Erm, ok...? 

230 Ariel's castle at Magic Kingdom is so pretty! 

231 Snacks on a plane. 

232 Home, and not at all happy about it! 

233 Hands in the air for Gerard Way at Reading. 

234 Sun at the Edinburgh Book Festival. 

235 Yep, that is a man using a selfie pole to take photos of himself in a graveyard. Not cool, dude.

236 ...and a lady eating her lunch on a tombstone.

237 A whopping 25 hour journey home from Edinburgh, which involved staying in a Premier Inn in Doncaster overnight. 

Phew! What a crazy few weeks. Take me back? 
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