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10 Reasons to Watch Good Morning Call

Good Morning Call

The word that comes to mind when I think of Netflix’s Good Morning Call is obsessed. I watched this so quickly, it’s almost embarrassing to admit. But this is one highly addictive Japanese rom-com series. Not sure if it’s right for you? Read on and prepare to be convinced. *Mild spoilers ahead

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Book review: From Manhattan with Love series by Sarah Morgan


Sarah Morgan

I can’t even remember how I came across Sarah Morgan’s books, but I am so glad I did. She has a style that reminds me of two of my fave romance authors – Julie James and Nora Roberts. Needless to say, I have been greedily reading through her backlist ever since. ‘From Manhattan with Love’ is the series I’ve started with. The first three books centre around Paige, Frankie and Eva – coworkers and besties who start their own events business, Urban Genie, after they are all fired from their jobs. They live in this fabulous converted Brownstone where they all live on different floors, and have a rooftop garden where they can drink cocktails and have romcom marathons. I mean, this is seriously aspirational chic lit here. Who wouldn’t want that?

One of the things I love in a good romance series is where the books are all connected through the characters. They could stand alone well enough, but those who read the whole series know all the back stories of the other characters, and get to check in with characters they’ve met previously. With that said, the second half of the series focuses on siblings Daniel, Fliss and Harriet – who are also linked to the Urban Genie business.

While I loved all six books, there were definitely some stand-out favourites for me. So without further ado, allow me to count down to my favourite. But be warned: spoilers ahead!

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25 Days of Christmas

Xmas

Is there any better time of the year than Christmas? Did you say, “Absolutely not!”? Correct answer. December is for spending quality time with friends and family, exchanging a thoughtful gift or two, and decorating every available surface with all things festive. If you love this time as much as we do, you’re going to love this list of 25 festive things to do in the lead up to Christmas.

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The Best Podcasts of 2017

best of podcasts

When I can’t be bopping around to music (i.e. at my desk at work), or I need a break from singing along super loudly (in my car), my go-to form of entertainment is listening to a podcast. There’s a podcast out there for everyone, but here’s the ones that have kept me coming back week after week in 2017.

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The Ultimate Pumpkin-spiced Girls’ Day In

 

PSLThere are many wonderful things about living in Melbourne. And one of them is the unseasonable weather we often experience. Which is great, because while the northern hemisphere starts gearing up for “the fall” and eating and drinking all things pumpkin spice, we have a small window of time where we too can enjoy. So on this rather cold-ish Saturday in October, we made the most of our last cool days by eating and drinking like autumn has suddenly reappeared. Wherever you are in the world, if you’re also a lover of the cooler weather, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin-y goodness, read on. (more…)

10 Reasons to Watch Terrace House

By now someone in your social circle has probably mentioned Terrace House. Or you’ve heard about it via social media, a podcast you’ve listened to, or seen it pop up on your Netflix suggestions. But you’re probably still not entirely sure what it is, why you should watch it, or what the real appeal is. Here’s ten reasons to watch that will clear up the mystery that is Terrace House.

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10 Reasons to Watch La Doña

La Dona

La Doña walks a fine line between gritty crime drama and soap opera (a crime opera?), which is perhaps why it is so addictive. One of the latest Telemundo additions to grace our Netflix screens, it’s been nominated for a load of Premios Tu Mundo Awards – including Favourite Series, Best Bad Boy, and Perfect Couple. But if you need further convincing, here are our ten reasons to tune in. *Warning* Mild spoilers ahead.

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Plastic Free July Week 4 Recap

We made it! The last week of Plastic Free July has been and gone. And while it wasn’t all a walk in the park, it has definitely opened my eyes to the easy side of plastic-free living, and the difficult side of plastic-free living. Even though I haven’t been able to completely eliminate plastic this month, it has given me scope for what to aim for over the coming months – that’s right, I’m not giving up just because the month is over! So let’s recap the final week.

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Plastic Free July Week 3 Recap

We are well and truly over the half-way mark for Plastic Free July, and what I am realising is the longer you do this challenge the easier it gets. This week saw new plastic-free purchases, some unwelcome incoming plastic, and a bulk store shopping excursion. Read on for all the details.

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Plastic Free July Week 2 Recap

Plastic free

The second week of Plastic Free July has ended, and that has seen the announcement by Woolworths, and then Coles, to eliminate single-use plastic bags by mid-2018. This is fantastic news! In other news, I have been chewing off the ears of anyone who will (or won’t) listen to me! I have passionately nagged my immediate family to stop buying things in plastic, and explained the many hideous things plastic is doing to our beautiful world – seriously, google ‘rubbish island’. It’s gross. I’ve also podcasted, documentary-watched, and flooded my social media feeds with all things plastic-free to keep me motivated. Here’s how week two went down.

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