The Strangeness of Bad News

First posted on Medium Trigger warning: death, illness Since March 2020, it sort of seems like the world has somehow shifted — more bad news pouring out of everyone’s mouths as the days creep by. For months, every phone call my family would get was about one loss or another, deaths, illnesses, people we know […]

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Where the Pancakes Are

A few days ago, J and I went to ‘Where the Pancakes Are’ for brunch during our little staycation. It was a lovely getaway, and having brunch at this place was pretty good, especially considering I could tick off a restaurant on my list after months. So. Happy.

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Diversity in Children’s Books & Why We Need to Do Better

[This article was first written for and published on The Opinion Panel.] As I was growing up, the children’s books I read mainly featured white, straight characters all of which could fit under the umbrella term of ‘white cishet’. They portrayed strong illusions of heteronormative (the suggestion or belief that only hetrosexual relationships are normal and that […]

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Depression: a friend that never leaves

TRIGGER WARNING: DEPRESSION, ABUSE & MENTION OF SUICIDAL THOUGHTS the bitter truth about depression is that it never truly goes away. sure, there are some days that are better than others, where you’re so unbelievably happy you think nothing can ever ruin it — but it doesn’t last. i guess emotions are fleeting.

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The Complexities of Faith

TRIGGER WARNING: MENTION OF ABUSE, SUICIDE faith is a complicated thing. for some of us, faith and religion are two things we grew up with, not exactly out of choice, but because of the family we were born into. they taught it to us and so it became all we knew.

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Urban Chocolatier

one of my new-year’s-slash-new-decade’s resolutions is to eat healthier and be mindful of what i put into my body. this involves cutting back on sugar, junk food (with the exception of chocolates once a month) and other processed foods. so obviously i had to review one third of my favourite dessert places. (but i really […]

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Grounded Coffee Company (part 2)

hey, lovelies! i hope you all had a good sunday! mine was spent with family, catching up and discussing the future and having fun “remember-when” conversations, followed by fat, greasy takeout food! it was pretty great. but now i’m home, under my blanket, fairy lights twinkling bright and colourful, putting up a part two of […]

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We Are Not Okay

thank you to NetGalley & Harper Collins HQ for a free copy of WE ARE NOT OKAY to review. this doesn’t affect my rating or review TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE, ABUSE, BULLYING, EATING DISORDERS, ISLAMOPHOBIA, SUICIDE, SLUT SHAMING If only they could have spoken out . . .

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Foul Is Fair

thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for sending me an e-copy of FOUL IS FAIR to review. this does not affect my rating. this, first of all, is a book you have definitely got to read. bare in mind, it does go into detail about things which may be triggering for some. TRIGGER […]

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Red, White & Royal Blue

i’ve heard SO much about RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE that i knew i just had to have it. so the second it was delivered, i ripped the package open and began reading. and i fell head over heels in love. What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

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