About Emma

Book worm, lover of classics and self confessed couch potato.

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6 Things You Must Eat in Canada

I’m not your typical foodie. I don’t normally research a lot of places to eat before I go on holiday. I’m more of a ‘eat wherever I find myself’ person (please don’t hate me!). But my recent trip to Canada may have changed all that. I found myself searching for particular foods I’d heard about and taking photos of my meals before I started tucking in. There’s so many things that you must eat and some of them can only be found in Canada. So if you’re planning your next trip, or are even just a food fan, then you’ve really got to check out these culinary highlights. For non-food related highlights check out the Best of Canada.


10 Reasons Why Leslie Knope is the Greatest Role Model

If you’re looking for a great role model in this day and age, look no further than Leslie Knope. Who is Leslie Knope you ask? Well, she’s the hilariously dedicated, yet loving and inspiring lead character of the hit show Parks and Recreation. You’re missing out if you haven’t seen it. Leslie is the Deputy Director of the Parks Department in the wacky town of Pawnee Indiana and works tirelessly to make the lives of all Pawneeans just a little bit better – even if they don’t always appreciate the help.

So here are 10 reasons why we should all be a little more like Leslie Knope.


Source: Screen Crush


The Best of Canada

I recently got back from a month long trip across Canada which was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience. So now that I’m back (and attempting to adjust back to normal everyday life) I thought I would share with you some of the highlights and even some recommendations. But it’s mainly a way for me to relive the experience and show off some of my snaps from the trip.

So if you’re planning a trip to Canada and looking for some inspiration then read on….




Historical Fiction Wrap Up

Confession time. I’m a historical fiction junkie. Pretty much every book I read these days is set during a different era. It’s one of my favourite ways to learn about different periods throughout history. Through these amazing stories I’ve been imprisoned in the reign of terror during the French Revolution, lived through two world wars and been locked away in a concentration camp, campaigned for women’s rights in the late 19th century, and been privy to the rise and fall of families at the Tudor Court. So if you are like me and love this genre, or if you are interested in diving into a different era, then here are some of my favourites that I’ve stumbled upon over the years.


6 Reasons Why Merlin Could Be Your New Favourite Show

These days I find that I watch shows once and then move on. But there’s a handful of shows that I find I can (and often do) go back and re-watch from the start. Merlin is one of these shows. It starts out as a fun family show but it turns into a mature drama that often goes to hilarious and dark places (sometimes at the same time).

So strap yourself in for the adventure. And don’t be fooled by the small number of reasons to watch. These reasons are legit.

merlin magic

Source: Merlin Wikia


Evolving Fashion of Downton Abbey

The finale of Downton Abbey recently aired in Australia and I’m still getting over the fact that there will be no more quips from the Dowager Countess.

But most of all, I’m really going to miss the fashion. The dresses, the hairpieces, the jewellery, it’s all to die for. It makes me want to live in the 1920s (as long as I was upstairs not downstairs of course).

Let’s run through the seasons and see just how the fashion changed spanning the years 1912-1925.



10 Reasons to Watch The IT Crowd

Recently I was at a friend’s house for a dinner and someone quoted ‘The IT Crowd.’ I’m not even exaggerating when I say that everyone literally stopped and started quoting their fave moments. So obviously the next minute we were watching some of our favourite episodes.

A couple of weeks later I was at work and someone sitting behind me (who happens to work in IT) made some comment about it and their entire team started talking about their favourite moments too. I was just sitting at my desk smirking…I didn’t realise it was such a cult classic.

So if you haven’t seen it you are seriously missing out. Here are 10 reasons to get watching…


Hidden Gems of Period Drama

Obsessed with Jane Austen like me? Do you enjoy watching ladies of leisure strolling the gardens and trying to catch the eye of the eligible beau? There’s something so magical about these stories, and if you’re a Cactus Pop regular then you’d know that I am fairly obsessed with my period drama. (See Darcy Vs Thornton Showdown and Definitive Jane Austen Collection).
But there’s plenty of other great adaptations out there just waiting for you to watch them. You may have heard of these authors, but have you seen some of their lesser known adaptations?


TV Tunes: The Vampire Diaries

TV Tunes

If you’re looking for new music then look no further than The Vampire Diaries. Yes, you heard that right, The Vampire Diaries. Weird as it sounds, it has the best music going around and I have found so many tunes from tuning in every week. My playlist is now clocking in at 75 songs and the show hasn’t even finished yet!


Christmas Origami Wreaths


Origami Christmas Wreaths

I’m not particularly crafty so when we decided to do a Christmas origami class last year I wasn’t really optimistic about my talents. But luckily we learnt how to make some simple creations which even I could put together. The easiest was the Christmas wreath, so if you’re interested in making some to decorate your house or to give away to friends, family or even colleagues, read on!