Loves & Hates – No. 4

It’s been a while since I have written a post on my loves and hates but I have a few this time and I wanted to share them with you before the list got far too long!


The Good Place – Currently there are two seasons of The Good Place on Netflix and a confirmed third season.

Kristen Bell plays Eleanor Shellstrop who has passed away.  She meets Michael (Ted Danson) in the afterlife who introduces her to The Good Place – a place that he designed to be like Heaven – but she realises that she was sent there by mistake and that in order to keep her place, she needs to try to become a better person.  That’s about all I can tell you without spoiling it for you.  It’s funny and the episodes are only about twenty minutes each so you can binge watch.

The Greatest Showman Soundtrack – If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I am obsessed with this soundtrack ever since I went to see the film at the beginning of the year.  It’s the best soundtrack I have heard in a very long time and I am currently playing it to death and I’m not sick of it yet, although I think my neighbours might be sick of my singing!!

“How To Stop Time” – Matt Haig – I was given an illustrated copy of this for Christmas and I am about quarter of the way through.  It’s about a guy called Tom Hazard who has been alive for a rather long time and whilst he looks 41, he has been around for centuries due to a rare condition that he has.  If anyone finds out his secret, he has to change his identity in order for him to stay alive.  It seems he has done this a few times up to now.

I’m loving it so far – I’ll write a full review once I have finished it.  I haven’t read a “proper book” for a long time as I tend to read them on my Kindle but as this is illustrated, it really needs to be read in book form. The illustrations are by Chris Riddell and really adds to the enjoyment of the book.

Healthy Food Guide – I have subscribed to this magazine since its first issue and I really enjoy reading it.  It’s full of “practical ideas from the experts” but it’s not a gimmicky magazine.  You won’t find any fad diets and the information is presented in a way that you can easily understand.  Their website is also full of useful information.  March issue is out now and includes articles on making every calorie count, food pairings that deliver extra nutrition, fighting fatigue and so much more.

Chris Country Radio – You’ll know if you’ve read my first Loves & Hates that I love country music.  Chris County Radio is all country music!  Bliss!  If I’m not dancing round my kitchen listening to The Greatest Showman, I’m listening to Chris Country.


The Gifted – I tried to like this and hubby & I watched a few episodes, but I just didn’t get the point of it.

What you have been loving and hating recently?  Let me know in the comments.

Loves & Hates – No. 3


Dara & Ed’s Road to Mandalay – Dara O’Briain and Ed Byrne venture out on another road trip together – this time to Mandalay (having already travelled down the Pan-American Highway by car on Dara and Ed’s Great Big Adventure).  We see what they get up to on their travels from Kuala Lumpur to Mandalay 3,500 miles away.  I’m not normally one for travel programmes, but the balance between the light-hearted banter and the seriousness of a travel programme really showed through.  I think it’s still available on i-Player.

Warmer weather – there have been a few warmer days during May.  I’m not a lover of really high temperatures but being out when there is a warm breeze and the sun is out makes me very happy.

Listening to podcasts – I’ve written a post all about my favourite podcasts.  You can read it here.

Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit – Dara hosts the show which is all about gaming.  Two celebrities, together with “experts” Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon, compete against each other to find out who will be the champion.  Ellie Gibson is the Gaming Expert.  There are several rounds in which they play computer games for points, which are decided by the viewers who have voted on who they think will win.  Sounds complicated, but’s not.  It’s currently on series 2 on Dave.


Sally Hansen Colour Therapy Nail Polish – Well the instructions anyway – please ignore the instructions not to put a base coat on!  My nails took a beating as I tried to remove it (and they still haven’t fully recovered a few weeks later).  The colour stained my nails and as it was a bright turquoise colour it was noticeable.  I have since used it with a base coat and it seems to work much better.

Warmer weather – Whilst it’s nice to have the sun out, I’m not a lover of really high temperatures.  It makes me grumpy!

What have you been loving this month?  Let me know in the comments.

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend if you are in the UK.

Loves & Hates – No. 2


Pretty Iconic – Sally Hughes – my full review of this fantastic beauty book is here.

The Good Fight – this is a spin-off show from The Good Wife – it follows various female lawyers as they deal with the fall out of a financial scam which wipes out the savings of Diane Lockhart, and destroys the reputation of one of the newest young lawyers.  Written by the same team as The Good Wife, The Good Fight is a grittier more rounded drama.  It is laugh out loud funny in places – this is due to the appearance in episode 5 of an old friend (I’m not going to spoil it for you but I cheered when they appeared on-screen).

iZombie (TV series) – Oliva (Liv) Moore, a medical student, is at a boat party when she gets scratched by a zombie which subsequently turns her into a zombie.  She takes a job in a coroner’s office so she has access to the brains she needs to eat to keep the zombie in her at bay.  The upside to being a zombie and having to eat brains is that Liv temporarily takes on the personality of the person whose brain she has eaten including all the quirks.  These range from a cheery coffee shop owner to a grumpy old man.  She has flashbacks of their memories which she is able to use to assist local Police Detective Clive Babineaux in solving their murders.  She passes herself off as a psychic in order to keep her secret from him.  The only person that knows her secret is her boss Medical Examiner Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti and he agrees to keep her secret.  Netflix is currently showing season 3.

Speed Beauty by Caroline BarnesCaroline is a make-up artist who has a YouTube channel in which she shares her tips and tricks but, and this is genius, most of the videos are under two minutes.  Even her introduction video is concise.

St George’s Festival – an event held at Wrest Park every year to celebrate St George’s Day.  Hubby and I have been the last few years and we love it.  It’s a great celebration of everything that is good about our country.  There are stalls, jousting, re-enactments, medieval encampments and the battle of St George and the Dragon.  A fantastic day out for all the family.


Big Little Lies – I watched the first episode and half of the second and I was bored.  I’m not sure what all the hype is about.

Tomatoes – still don’t like them.

What are your loves and hates this month?

Loves & Hates – No. 1

The inspiration for this post comes from “Woman & Home” magazine who have a celebrity “Loves & Hates” every month.


Tony Blackburn – he recently took over the “Sounds of the Sixties” slot on Radio 2 and I think is he doing a fabulous job.  The slot moved to 6am from 8am which I think is a bit early for his humour, and he is not everyone’s cup of tea, but he makes me chuckle and I enjoy the music that is played. 

Den of Geek are a website who provide reviews on movies, games, television and basically anything else they fancy.  A recent article they wrote was all about how often should you descale your kettle.  Their “Geek Vs Loneliness” section is where they take a serious look at some of the issues that their readers might be facing.  They are also big fans of Jason Statham so what’s not to like.

Country music – what I like about country music, is you can actually hear the lyrics – none of the “thump thump” style beats that seems to be in most pop music these days.  Proper tunes with proper words which you can sing along to (albeit out of tune).  I prefer more upbeat country music and a few of my favourite artists are Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, The Shires, Darius Rucker and the Zac Brown Band.

Last Man Standing – a recent discovery, Last Man Standing is a comedy which stars Tim Allen (Home Improvement; voice of Woody from Toy Story) as Mike Baxter and Nancy Travis (Three Men and a Baby; Three Men and a Little Lady) as his wife Vanessa.  Mike works for Outdoor Man – an outdoor sporting goods store and he is their Marketing Director – he has three daughters and we watch as he navigates his way through life.  Every episode has made me laugh.  Out loud.  Several times.

Fleur De Force brow tamer – this is a double ended brow gel – one end is clear and the other end is a brown gel.  There are three shades – light, medium and dark – I have the medium shade.  It’s a perfect match colour wise and does a fantastic job of taming the hairs into place and also giving them a coat of colour.  The gel is also very long-lasting.


Tomatoes – I don’t know where this hatred I have for tomatoes comes from, but I remember an incident that happened when I was about five and at nursery school.  The lunch of choice that day was scotch egg, chips and plum tomatoes.  The juice of the plum tomatoes went everywhere and I refused to eat my lunch.  The school didn’t like that so my mum was called to the school – when she was told what I had for lunch she said “She doesn’t like tomatoes”, and that was the end of that.  I love you mum!!

People who walk into a movie once it’s started – I don’t mean whilst the trailers are on, I mean once the actual film has started.  Hubby and I were watching Beauty and the Beast recently and a couple walked in ten minutes after the actual film had started.  I don’t understand how you can enjoy a film after it has started.

Noisy eaters in the cinema – once the film has started you should be concentrating on that – not noisily munching your way through the far too large bag of popcorn you have bought and will probably leave in the cinema once the film has finished.

What have been your loves and hates recently?