Where Have I Been?

It's pretty obvious that I haven't been 100% responsive when it comes to my blog. I'll be honest when I say life has been a bit of a hurdle over the past 2 months. University being the biggest hurdle. I have come to the conclusion that university is HARD. I have loved university but I have also hated and at the moment I'm closer to hating it than loving it. The assignments have been challenging (one being a 4000 word essay on population dynamics and conservation = a lot of maths and a lot of screaming at Rstudio!) and so my blog has been neglected which I'm so upset about. I thought I was on a role with posting twice a week regulary as well as efficiently communicating with other wonderful bloggers in the community. However, I plan on getting back on track seeing as I now have 18 weeks off but firstly, I would like to tell you where I have been over the last 2 weeks.

If you follow me on my instagrams (@tabitha_beckett // @pocoloco_tabitha) then you would probably have noticed the few holiday-esque photographs. I have been in Marsa Alam, Egypt taking part in a marine animal behaviour/marine conservation experiential learning trip - what a mouthful! Where I have been aiding in the conservation records on the coast of the Red Sea as well as collecting my dissertation data. I have never been to Egypt before and for a first trip it has been stunning. The weather has been gorgeous and the marine wildlife has not been a disappointment. I have loved snorkelling everyday and watching the orange-spine unicorn fish swim around and below me. It really has been an experience.
I won't lie when I say that these past two weeks have been difficult because they have. At the start of the week I was in tears saying that I didn't want to be in education anymore and this trip isn't what I need right now (which is still true) but I took this opportunity and made the most out of it as I could. I'm glad I did this as now I can say that I have seen some gorgeous wildlife which I hope my photos give you a little idea of how wonderful it really was. To surgeon fishes to HUGE sea turtles, it was beautiful. I'm also glad that I managed to collect all my data for my dissertation and now I have a clear understanding of what I'm doing which I'm so relieved about as now I don't need to panic when I start third year.

Even though the stress that this trip to Egypt brough (learning multiple fish ID's, learning coral ID's and working on my dissertaion) the sun and relaxing side to it was definitely needed. It allowed me to reflect on my time at university (second year) and think about what I actually want in my life. I feel like I have finally started on working towards my journey in working in the animal industry by volunteering and working at Colchester Zoo and if I'm lucky it could open a pathway for me to becoming a keeper - fingers crossed. To think I could reach one of my goals to become a keeper in the next 3 years is mind blowing, I never thought I would actually make it and I actually might! I will definitely keep you in the loop when it comes to this journey as it's such an exciting one!
I think I will leave today's post here. I really hope that I up my game when it comes to my blog posts and involvement in the blogging community. I have a few posts lined up and I plan to get most of my blog posts written and scheduled a couple of weeks prior as I hate not having a post planned for the week!

Until next time,

Tabitha xx

Tsum Tsum Collection Part 2 💜

Aloha Dolls 🌺

How is everyone? I'm so sorry my post schedule has been a bit all over the place recently however I've just been so busy with University and preparing for my trip to Egypt! I'm hoping to get back on top of thing over the next few weeks! Anyway, on to today's post.

I really love writing about my Disney collections as they all mean so much to me. I don't know whether that sounds a little 'sad' but they bring me joy when I'm feeling low. Even though I have NO idea what I'm going to do with all of my Tsum Tsum's when I get to 50 all I know now is that they make me happy now and it's all about living in the moment right? Today I'm bringing you the second instalment of my Tsum Tsum collection and this one may be a little longer than the last - apologies in advance! I still can't believe how many I have accumulated over the years and how quickly my collection is growing. If you haven't read my last collection post then read it here.

23. Lilo
24. Stitch
25. Jumba

26. Moana
27. Maui
28. Hei-hei
29. Pua
30-32. Kakamora

I just adore these Tsum Tsums. I have always loved Stitch, I was obsessed with him and his TV show back in the day when I watched the Disney Channel religiously every evening! I'm also obsessed with Moana. I loved the story, the themeing and the animation so I just had to pick up the Tsum Tsum collection when it was released. I nearly completed it too however I missed out on Tamatoa and the the turtle.
33. Leia
34. Ewok

35. Flick
36. Dot
37. Wall-e
38. Eve

39. Dumbo
40. Timothy Mouse

41. Rapunzel
42. Pascal

Leia is by far my favourite in the Star Wars Saga and when I saw her as a Tsum Tsum I knew I needed to pick her up, especially because I thought I had missed out on her when she was originally released. Of course I had to pick up an Ewok to go with her. I couldn't resist picking up Flick, Dot, Wall-e and Eve when Disney released a Pixar collection as they're all so CUTE! I'm so happy I waited and picked up this Dumbo when I did, I think the redesign of Dumbo is just GORGEOUS and when I saw Timothy too I grabbed them off the shelf as quick as I could. Tangled is another favourite of mine and so I picked these up a couple of months ago when I saw them in sale at Clintons!
43. Baymax - Superhero ed.
44. Hiro - Superhero ed.

45. Coco

46. Sven
47. Jiminy Cricket

These are my last Tsum Tsum's in my collection (or is it? I may have bought a few recently however I will share them in a collection update haul post!). I LOVE my Baymax and Hiro Tsum Tsum's; I've been wanting to pick these up for AGES and so when I saw a girl selling them on twitter I jusmped at the chance and bought them. They're from Tokyo so slighlty different though I love them all the same. Coco, I just had to pick her up when I saw the film and finally, my last individual Tsum Tsums, Sven and Jiminy Cricket. I picked these two up at the very start of my collection days and I honestly think Jiminy looks like a pea.

There you have my full collection so far! I love it and I'm proud of it and I don't plan on stopping my collection any time soon! I hope you enjoyed this post as I really enjoyed writing it. I can't wait to share with you my collection journey. If you loved reading this post then maybe you'll want to check out my Disney Collection Instagram page? Where I share pictures of my collection daily!

Thanks for reading,

Aloha, Tabitha 💃🏻

Can Dreams Come True? by Kristen Lindsay Hager | Mini Book Review & Giveaway ☕️

Aloha Dolls 🌺,

How's everyone's weekend going? I hope you are all enjoying the heat as it is GORGEOUS today. I spent the morning at a car boot sale looking for some Disney finds and it was such a great way to start the day. Today I'm sharing with you a mini review on Kristen Lindsay Hager's first book in her new Cecily Taylor series and I can't wait to share it with you. This review is one of the many other blog reviews/posts that have been going live this weekend for the Weekend Blitz blog tour hosted by Neverland Blog Tours to celebrate this new little book and I hope you enjoy it too. If you stay reading till the end then there may be a little giveaway in store for you too.
Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn't looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door - and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew's attention on set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily's boyfriend is seeing green - as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andre hopes to pick up the pieces as he's looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he's dated. Soon Cecily begins to realise Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend - but can her perfect love match really be her favourite rock star?
This is such a wonderful little book. I'll be honest, I didn't know if I was going to be a massive fan of this book due to the rock star love triangle that I just knew was going to happen but I was pleasantly surprised and was happy with how it concluded. I think what also made this book greater than I thought it would be is how relatable Cecily was as character. As a university student I didn't know if her personality would be too young to relate too but she was actually a really relatable as like her i also had a MASSICE crush on Jay McGuiness from The Wanted so all the thoughts and feelings she went through, I could just imagine my younger self going through too. The worries she also goes through, through school is very similar on how I felt as well. I also enjoyed the other characters such as Zach, Andrew, Lila, Harlow and Tanna as they all brought something to the story line too, to help it stay as gripping and exciting that it was.

This book was incredibly gripping and surprised me the whole way through. It was lovely reading a book that allowed me to reminisce on my secondary school days and almost envy her as I so wish I could go back sometimes. I 100% recommend this book if you are into teen/young adult romance reads as well as if you are looking for a book that will let you look back onto your younger days.

Krysten Lindsay Hager  writes about friendship, self-esteem. fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2) and Dating the It Guy. True Colors, won the Readers Favourite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for children/teens. Competing with the Start is a Readers' Favourite Book Award Finalist.

Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, The Grand Haven Tribune, The Beavercreek Current, The Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on the talk show Living Dayton. Find out more on her social medias...

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post, I know I enjoyed writing it and I do hope you all decide to pick up this great book! Also, thank you to Jenny for allowing me to take part in the book tour, I can't wait to take part in further book tours soon too!
Until next time,
T xx  
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