When I started this blog it was for a university assignment, who knew that it would awaken such a passion and sense of fulfilment in me? I am excited for 2020 and look forward to next year when I hit my eighth blog-iversary!
Just in case you missed them, check out some of my favourite posts, or ones that I am particularly proud of, from last year.
As some people say – new year, new you. So with that in mind, in 2020 there are going to be some changes 😊
Even though I am still coming to terms with how quickly 2019 went by, I have been planning some of these changes for a while. Starting in January, I will be mixing things up a bit and fiddling with blog formats, posting dates, and the ways in which I do things.
The below are some of the changes:
Posting date change: Starting in January, I will be changing up the days that I post. Instead of Tuesday and Thursday with the occasional Saturday post. Moving forward, I will be posting on Tuesday and Friday.
Smut Lovers Reading Group is no more: As the book club I was in has died a slow death, I am instead turning my focus to a different format. Instead keep an eye out for smallish romance posts that will in all probability be called: Romance Recommendations.
Blog focused content: As I am entering my seventh year of blogging, I thought I would start a new feature where I share tips and tricks that have helped me through my own personal blogging journey. I was thinking of formatting this as 12 posts over the year that focus down on one tip each post.
So keep an eye out and see if you notice any of these changes and let me know what you think!
2019 was a pretty decent year. Everyone I love is healthy, I have a roof over my head, a permanent job, I went on two amazing holidays, I feel closer to my partner, and I’m in enough of a financially stable position to start looking at house loans.
So as fun as it would be to say that 2019 was a garbage fire, it was actually pretty okay. Don’t get me wrong there were some rough and anger inducing times but I made it though the year without any major meltdowns or upheavals.
So below are some of the things I loved in 2019 and some quick hopes and dreams for 2020.
Recap of 2019
Book Love by Debbie Tung – Filled with relatable comics about loving books and reading, this book was just so wholesome, full of gorgeous art, and it just got me. If have a love for all things reading you should 100% read this book!
Super Fun Sexy Timesby Meredith McClaren – I fell in love with the sex positivity, QUILTBAG inclusion, and effortlessly emotional story telling within this graphic novel. The fact that it is filled with gorgeous art and superheroes made this book one of my favourite reads of the year.
Hottie Scotty & Mr. Porter by R. Cooper – 2019 is the year I fell in love with R. Cooper – they are the Queen of bittersweet angst and I absolutely devoured their back catalogue. Hottie Scotty & Mr Porter was one of the stand outs for me as I keep thinking about it and I already really want to give it a re-read in 2020.
When the winds start howling, this brew will see you through. Indulge a little with this full-bodied vanilla sweet tea – bound to keep you cosy all year ’round. Sip it up Melbourne style!
Enjoy with: Perfect on its own or with a dash of milk.
Taken from the T2 website.
Okay, so I do realise that so far a lot of these ‘Self Care Saturday’ posts have been taken up by bath bombs. Any why wouldn’t they? Bath bombs are great! But another aspect of self care for me, is looking after myself during my more stressful moments.
Ways that I am able to do this is by trying to relax with a cup of tea. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the tea itself that helps, but the tea making process – namely being able to get out of the moment, to step away, and have a cuppa.
Heavenly scent, jasmine absolute seduces you into lilac and silver waters, while the darkness of oudh and the richness of sandalwood keep you there, lingering a little longer. Precious ingredients for a true goddess, lifting your mind to a higher plane.
As each layer unfolds and sodium bicarbonate sends colours swirling, something divine happens to your body. Feel your muscles warming, feel your blood pumping, feel your strength.
Legend says Cleopatra bathed in milk, but a true goddess bathes in butters. Fair Trade Colombian cocoa butter and shea butter melt into creamy waters, then a skin-softening slick of liquid gold argan oil, a holy trinity of moisturisation. Behind the shea and argan, are stories of empowered women’s groups in Ghana and Morocco. Not age-old legends of celestial beings, but real stories from Planet Earth of building communities and defending the natural world.
Do you believe God is a woman?
Taken from the Lush Australia site.
If you only ever buy one Lush bath bomb, make it this one!
Goddess by Lush is such a beautiful and luxurious experience. The water was an amazing and rich purple colour with a surprising depth – Submerging my hand only a tiny bit, I could no longer see my hand beneath the colour and glitter.
Oh wow, so the time has flown since I started this blog. I will admit that I did abandon this site for about two years while I was working at a troublesome job which just sucked the life out of me 🧛♀️
But I’m back and 2018 was a year of pretty much constant and scheduled posts! So surprised and proud of myself. Here’s hoping 2019 sees me continue down this path 😁
In the next few months I’m making my way to Florida and will be checking out Disney World! Needless to say I am incredibly excited. In preparation for my trip, I have been researching like mad and have been making an insane amount of lists. Since all this research has made me incredibly excited, I thought I would share some of the things I am most looking forward to, park by park.
For all the people who have visited Disney World before, feel free to let me know if I have missed anything or if there are things I absolutely must do 😀
The below are some of the things that I have put on my to do list for Magic Kingdom in Disney World.
Those of you in the know, will know that it is Pride Month! And those of you who didn’t know, now know 😀
Every year in June the history, politics, culture, and people of the LGBTI community are celebrated. Marking the occasion of the Stonewall riots, the month long celebration is one that looks to empower and educate people, to embolden those to feel pride in themselves and their sexuality.
To mark this month long occasion, I will be focusing my posts on LGBTI popular culture. Keep an eye out for posts about how I feel about the term LGBTI, what I’m currently interacting with, what I’m looking forward to, some of my queer favourites and other general recommendations.
So no matter who you are, I hope you enjoy your Pride Month and have a lovely June!
I’ve been gone for almost two years but I’m back. The blog has recently undergone some major work; a few touch ups here, some major reconstructions there.
You may have noticed:
The blogs name has changed. This has been something I have wanted to do for a while but couldn’t think of anything better. The idea was to have something that addressed the fact that I don’t tend to review things so much as talk about how I am experiencing them or just enjoy them. I hope you like the new name and that Ally’s Appraisalsfits the blog content more.
I have changed the blog theme and am working those feature images and slider bar.
I have no promised on the types of content or the frequency of the posts but I will be making an effort to keep this blog updated and relevant (if only for resume purposes). I look forward to writing more posts and getting back to engaging with the blogging community again.