Waiting on…The Unexpected Everything

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that people are eagerly waiting on.

the unexpected everything by morgan matson

Title: The Unexpected Everything

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release Date: March 2016

Find it on Goodreads

Goodreads Synopsis:

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.
Amazing friends? Check.
Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.And where’s the fun in that?

Why I’m waiting…

It’s as simple as this. Morgan Matson has yet to write a book that I haven’t utterly adored. She’s one of the best YA contemporary writers out there who can write realistic fiction that will give you all the feels.

What are you waiting on? Leave a link in the comments below!

The Vending Machine: Starbucks, The Little Mermaid and Alanis Morissette

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The Vending Machine dispenses tasty internet snacks to satisfy your taste for junk at the end of a long working week! (more…)

10 Tips for Staying at Disney’s Aulani Resort, Hawaii

In May this year I was lucky enough to stay at the fabulous Aulani Disney Resort in Hawaii. Being a Disneyphile, I was super psyched to find out that there was a Disney resort on Oahu and I knew I had to stay there. I planned a split stay, spending half my time in Waikiki to be close to the tourist attractions, shopping, restaurants etc, and then the other half of my trip was spent soaking up the sun and enjoying Hawaii – Disney style.

Although Aulani is a Disney resort it’s not over the top Disney. The resort has tried to stay true to Hawaii’s Polynesian culture and style while still providing that family friendly Disney magic vibe that people love. Here are some of my tips for staying at Disney’s Aulani Resort. I would love it if you share some of your tips in the comments below!


Trailer Trash: Peanuts, Christmas Eve & Alice Through the Looking Glass

Trailer Trash

Click through to see the amazing new trailer for The Peanuts Movie and the kind of horrible/mediocre trailers for Christmas Eve and Alice Through the Looking Glass.


Gilmore Girls Season 8: What We Want to See

By now you would have heard the news that Netflix is ordering a brand new, albeit short, season of Gilmore Girls. And AMEN Netflix, AMEN. Fans have been campaigning hard for a long time and we are finally getting it people! Scott Patterson, it appears, was on to something when he spoke about wanting a new series at Oz Comic Con this year (for more details click here). So, with all that in mind, what are we at Cactus Pop, wanting to see in this new season?

Source: Home of the Nutty

Source: Home of the Nutty


What to Watch on Halloween if You’re a Wimp

If you want to get into the Halloween spirit but can’t stomach slasher flicks and find yourself wide-eyed in bed after watching anything spooky, try on these scaredy-cat friendly movies for size. Note: Although most of these movies are okay for adult wimps and come with a PG rating, some are PG-13 and definitely aren’t for little kids, namely The Witches, Edward Scissorhands and Return to Oz which have some creepy scenes.


The Vending Machine: Halloween, Gilmore Girls and Poot Lovato

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One episode and you’re hooked!

Sometimes, all it takes is one episode. It probably isn’t even the first episode of the series. Or the second. In fact it’s probably strategically placed mid-season to make sure you keep watching. You know the episode I’m talking about. Where all the tension builds up and you know  it’s about to all blow up. Maybe literally. But from that episode you are totally hooked and wait with baited breath for the next episode. We can probably all pick an episode from a favourite tv show. It’s the one you use to try and sell it to your friends. Well, here’s us putting our selling skills to the test. Beware of spoilers?


Trailer Trash: The Force Awakens, P&P & Zombies and Hail Caesar!

Trailer Trash

Another week, another batch of trailers to get excited over.  This week we look at the latest Star Wars movie, Channing Tatum in a sailor’s outfit and Regency zombies.


What Should I Read: Fantastical Fiction Edition

If you had of asked me what my favourite genre was when I was growing up I would have said ‘fantasy.’ But now that I’m older and hopefully a bit wiser, I’ve learnt just why some certain fantasy books were my favourite. They all had something in common, and thanks to my hours getting lost on Goodreads, I’ve realised what it is. They all had a fantastical twist to them but were all grounded in reality. Harry Potter is a prime example. The idea that an entire magical community was hidden in in plain sight was more exciting to me than an alternate universe that comes with its own new set of vocab.

So if you are looking for a little magic in everyday life then you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of my recent finds of fantastical fiction with a twist…