Justice League: Film Review

I’ve been itching to watch Justice League since I saw Batman V Superman, when it came out in the cinema. I’m such a comic book nerd. Especially DC comics. I originally planned to watch Justice League on opening night. However, this was proved difficult, by having a 2 week old baby. So leaving him at the time, would of been out of the question.

I finally got to watch Justice League a few days a ago, with my mum as my partner babysat our son. This was a lovely change, as I look after our son, and do all the night feeds since he was born. This felt like the perfect evening to finally catch Justice League before it leaves the cinema, while my partner bonds with our son.

I avoided reading any reviews of the film prior to watching. This decision was brought on by the knowledge of reviewers being notoriously negative about films in the DC comic universe, for example Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad. I went into this viewing with just my own excitement.

To which I absolutely loved the film. The crew and cast did an amazing job with it. Zack Snyder in my opinion, was born to direct these DC comic movie adaptations. The cast worked so well together. Ezra Miller as The Flash had all the funny lines, throughout the film. Ray Fisher brought a new level, to his portrayal of Cyborg. Jason Momoa has made Aquaman cool. As well as Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck returned doing a great job as Wonder Woman and Batman.

I was more happy to see I’m more happy to see Henry Cavill back as Superman. In my opinion it really wouldn’t of been a Justice League movie without him. I was intrigued to see how he would of been included into the film. I was not disappointed.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I found it funny, at times and didn’t lack on the action scenes. I recommend it for comic book fans. I’d love to hear your opinions if you’ve seen Justice League yourself.

~RebeccaKLxo

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PhotoWall 📸

I received a lovely email from PhotoWall requesting a collaboration. After a brief lookover their site, I fell in love. So I knew I had to share with my readers and accept their very kind request. PhotoWall is a Swedish design company, passionate about high quality wall murals and canvases. Designed by many quality designers or you can upload your own images. Every design on the site are selected with care. Products from this site, are friendly for the environment, they will not fade in in the sunlight and are fire retardant in line with Swedish standards.  Here’s a couple of my favourite prints in pictures.

All the designs on the site, are beyond beautiful. You’ll be sure to find something that’ll fit the style your looking for. It will make any interior space enviable and Instagram worthy. If your an individual who likes looking at interior goals photos for design ideas. You should definitely check out this site. See for yourself, with the below images.

I really couldn’t pick a favourite from the site. I loved them all. For an honest product review, I had my choice of one of their products, gifted to me. As a new parent I thought a canvas would be the best fit. Because I loved every design. I chose to upload a picture of my son, Jackson.

After unboxing my canvas print, I was absolutely in awe of my picture. I chose personally to get it without a frame, as I like having every picture protected in a picture frame. But you can choose with or without a self assembly frame. The printing is a good quality, and came beautifully wrapped and protected in it’s package. They did a great job, taking my original photo and increasing it’s size to print. You’ll be surprised yourself of the quality of the canvas.  After trying this out myself, I will certainly use them again in the future and I highly recommend them.

As a treat for my readers, PhotoWall are giving my readers 20% discount on their site. All you have to do is enter the code (RebeccaKLxoCampaign2017) in the voucher/discount section when at the check out. This code is available for 30 days only. If you require shipping to the UK, then use this site linked here. If your shipping to any other country worldwide, then use this link to the right site.

PhotoWall’s Instagram account (photowall_sweden) is pure interior design goals. I’d recommend following them for interior design inspiration. As well as staying up to date with new arrivals to their site.

If you use my code to buy any products then I’d love to see. Share your product images with me via twitter: @ RebeccaKLxo

I had so much fun, working on this collaboration.

-RebeccaKLxo

 

 

Book Review: Subject Verb Object

This review is long overdue. A very late blogging assignment, due to life getting in the way (pregnancy and new baby). I also needed time to thoroughly read through the book. I did this several times, to fully comprehend the multiple stories within one book.

Subject Verb Object is an anthology of writing by a variety of writers, brought together by Dane Cobain. These authors include; Eileen Maksym, Clive Whitelock, James Torrance, Heba El-Husseini, Sharon Anderson, Michael-Israel Jarvis, Amar Rana-Deshmukh, Neil Denham, Chris Gower, Dane Cobain, Alex Kimmell, Stevyn Colgan,  J.G. Clay, J.C. Miller, Chico Kidd, Oli Jacobs, Dani Brown and Pam Elise Harris. All are fantastic writers to the short stories within the book.

The book consists of 18 short stories, ranging from various subjects. All are very cleverly composed. I enjoyed every story within the book. So much so that I had trouble picking just one favourite story from the collection. But I narrowed it down to 3. My top 3 choices is Cornwall by James Torrence, The Wedding by Chris Gower and Devil in the Detail by Michael-Isreal Jarvis.

What I liked about these 3 stories was how different they was from each other. It was very stimulating to read many vastly different stories within one book. I can’t recommend this book enough, to any book readers out there, who’d like to try something new; as this isn’t your average book. Here is the link to the book on amazon (Link). It’s worth a read!

~RebeccaKLxo

What I learnt in a month: Motherhood.

As my son turns a month old, and as a first time mum. I thought it’d be fun to share what I’ve learnt in my first month. Which as a first time mother, is something I’m still trying to navigate through. I still look at my son and I have to pinch myself. I still can’t believe I did it through the pregnancy and labour.

The first thing I’ve learnt is money just disappears. It’s pretty explanatory that it spent on the essentials; milk formula, nappies, baby wipes etc. It’s also easy for money to disappear on toys. I know my Jackson is too young at the moment for toys, but this year is his first Christmas, even if he’ll be just under 2 months old. I’ve bought him a lot of toys for Christmas that he can grow into throughout the year.

I’ve also got pretty good at changing nappies efficiently. This is mainly a skill I’ve developed to avoid or at least lesson the chance of him peeing on himself and getting his clothes wet.

I’ve been spit up on and urinated on. which since becoming a mum, I’ve learnt is okay and not as gross as it may sound. This also includes going out in clothes with spit up on. Body secretions really don’t faze me anymore, its all a part of motherhood.

Since having Jackson, I’m determined to better myself. I’ve been looking into going back to school, to be able to get a better job to provide for him. I’m also going to be working more on my blog, as in my ideal world this is what I’d love to do full time. As it’d give me the flexibility to be there for my son, and work doing something I enjoy.

All in all, I’ve enjoyed being the mum to my handsome little man in this first month, and I can’t wait to watch him grow in the months and years to come.

~RebeccaKLxo

Welcome to the world!

My partner and I are so proud and exhaustedly happy to announce that our baby boy we were expecting, has finally arrived into this world. Jackson Leslie Thomas arrived into this beautiful world on the 2nd November 2017 at 4:30am. I know not every reader is going to be interested in my birth story. But this post is more for my records, to look back on.

I must start by saying, I have a newfound appreciation and respect to every mother out in this crazy world. I have to say this was the most difficult and intense end of pregnancy journey ever. I had an idea that labour and birth wasn’t going to be easy and very painful, however I wasn’t expecting what I felt. It”s an extremely intense feeling of pain.

In preparation for the big day, I had my hospital bag packed, and a birth plan written. Although everything happened so fast, and there was somethings in my plan I just couldn’t do. I originally planned to be as active as possible through labour. However, the contractions were just so intense, I just couldn’t deal with it. Because of my difficulty dealing with it, as the contractions got way worse, and my partner phoned the hospital back up, they told us to come straight it in, and they’d have a room set up for us, and the water birth pool ready.

I must say that trip back to the hospital felt like the longest 15/20 minute drive felt like forever. When we got to the hospital, the security guard got me a wheelchair, because between contractions I could not walk. It was 3am when I got into the pool, and labour was established. My original plan was no painkillers, as natural as possible. I ended up having a little gas and air, but I didn’t feel like it had much of an effect on me. This lead to me barely using it. For my first time, labour only lasted an hour and a half.

Jackson arrived 6 days late, on the 2nd November 2017 at 4:30am.

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If you head over to my instagram (rebeccaklxo) : you’ll see more of our Jackson, as I just post so much baby spam.

~RebeccaKLxo

Jigsaw: Film Review.

Not going to lie, thank goodness my little one is deciding to stay all safe and snug inside. I only say this because this gave em a chance to see an early screening of Jigsaw, last night. This is something I’ve been looking forward to, since I first saw the trailer back in March 2017. As I’m clearly a horror fan, it should be no surprise that I’m a huge fan of the Saw franchise. My admiration for this franchise means I have a very high expectation of this film.

One of the main things I love about the Saw franchise, is the creative torture traps inside the film. The gore keeps getting better and more graphic too. The entire cast and crew did an amazing job bringing this 8th installment together. The traps this time around were creative and considerably more gorier then past installments. So be prepared for that, in my opinion the motorcycle trap (without giving away too much) is probably the most gruesome.

It was obviously great to see Tobin Bell back as Jigsaw. You really can’t have a Saw film without him. The entire storyline to this film was great, made sense if you’ve seen all the films. However I did binge watched the franchise before seeing this latest film, and I still got a tiny bit confused, trying to keep up with the present and past tense of the film.

I’ll happily watch the film over and over again! I personally wasn’t disappointed by this installment, and would recommend it to other fans of this franchise. It’ll definitely be a good choice for a date night film, over the halloween weekend. If that’s the type of film, you are into.

~RebeccaKLxo

Third Trimester Struggles.

I’m writing this as I just hit 39 weeks into my pregnancy, though this won’t be posted until I’m closer to 40 weeks. With just a week to go until my estimated due date (27/10/2017). This could very well be my last blog post, until the little bubba has arrived. Seeings he could arrive anytime.

I must say, although the early part of my pregnancy has been pretty breezy, with a lack of morning sickness, and having a fully healthy pregnancy and fetal development. From the booking appointment with the midwife, where I don’t have any genetic issues with family history. I feel like other women going through the pregnancy journey, in a way ‘hate’ me. I don’t intend this to be a brag by any sort. It’s just my personal pregnancy experience.

However my third trimester has actually been quite struggling. I seriously can’t wait to meet my baby. Not knowing when, is making me actually very nervous. I want to share what I’ve found to be particularly struggling.

Firstly, sleeping really is pretty much non existent. Not only does it take me like 3 hours to get comfy, I then have to get up to use the bathroom every 2/3 hours. That but from lying down, it takes a good 5/10 minutes. So much so that a lot of nights I don’t get to bed until about 3 or 4 am. This is what’s making me in an extremely bad mood. It doesn’t help going to bed that late, and then getting woken up at like 9am.

Secondly, I’m at the frustrating time where I keep getting asked that dreaded question. ‘Is he here yet?’ Or any labour signs yet? I also keep getting told that I’m not far off my due date, or that it’s close. I know I’m close to my due date, I am pregnant. I obviously know my own due date. Plus even the due date isn’t accurate. The baby will come, when they decide to come. My partner and I will call all family, informing them, and we will do an announcement, for friends.

Thirdly, a big part throughout pregnancy and midwife appointments are urine samples. By the end of your journey, you would of got very good at doing this. However they do not tell you how difficult it is to do one while 38 weeks pregnant, with a bump in the way. The acid reflux is also extremely uncomfortable, and hasn’t subsided. I have tried taking medication to help manage, but that went really badly and mad me ill. So I made my decision to just battle it out. Also have read an old wives tale about acid reflux, saying apparently the baby will have a head of hair, If this is true, and  with the amount I’ve suffered with this, I hope my baby has a decent head of hair.

Thanks for following my journey, and first time experience. I honestly can’t wait until I can just hold him. Or even my partner and I to meet what we created, it’s such a magical experience.  This means that after this post, it’ll be highly unlikely that I’ll blog again until after the birth. But thanks for the support, well wishes and those who have followed!

~RebeccaKLxo

The Blogger Recognition Award 2017

Last week I was nominated for the blogger recognition award 2017 by Miss Monet (Blog Link) I’m finally catching up, and doing my post for the awards, as well as making my nominations. Better late than never. I don’t consider myself as a ‘professional’ blogger, but I’m honoured that I’ve been recognised by a fellow blogger. I hope to spread the love in this community.

The Blogger Recognition Award exists within the blogging community. It’s a blogger to blogger chain, that supports and recognises hard work, passion and writing. It’s there to help readers discover new blogs through recognition.

How RebeccaKLxo was conceived?

I came up with this blog, just as a hobby of mine. At the time I thought it’d be a great thing to document my life, struggles and happiness, with the goal of maybe one day becoming a full time blogger. I class my niche as lifestyle, as I try to cover a wide range of subjects, from fashion, beauty to film reviews etc…

Advice to new bloggers.

My advice to new bloggers may sound pretty cliche but I feel like it’s still important. Firstly, don’t start a blog with the hopes of becoming like internet famous. I feel like this is a big misconception. Of course hard work is rewarded, but there’s loads of bloggers out there. I think support between bloggers is more important. Second piece of advice, is to stay true to you. Blog what you enjoy, and what you are passionate about. The passion will shine through in your writing.

My Nominations for this award.

Lauren Ann – Blog Link

Kirsty Ann Thomson – Blog Link

Andie Carmel – Blog Link

Lucky Orchid – Blog Link

Jaynie Shannon – Blog Link

Next Steps: 

As one of our nominees, you should pass on this award to the other worthy bloggers  with the rules below:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. ( I added a few more tips lol)
  • Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Thanks for reading and the nomination, I can’t wait to see my nomination posts!

~RebeccaKLxo

Coming Soon: Valley Rose Sews 💐💐💐

I do feel like this title is pretty self explanatory. However I do want to keep my readers up to date; with projects, especially ones that I’m super excited about. I’m excited about this project because it’s a mother/daughter project. I’m super happy and excited to be able to start this venture with my mother. This project came about, as I wanted to get my sewing machine out, and ignite my creativity again. My mother has also got a sewing machine, so we’re going on this journey together.

Our project is called Valley Rose Sews. It’ll be an online handmade accessories store. While we’re finding our feet, we will be focusing on mobile phone cases. I’m totally in love with our name. It is formed with our initials, so it feels like there is a part of each of us in the title. Valley would be for Victoria (my mother) and Rose for Rebecca (myself).

As part of spreading the word, we will be a boutique that welcomes bloggers. As a blogger myself, I’m seeing that this is the new and upcoming way, to spread the word; across blogs and social media. Because of this, we will always have PR opportunities available. For more more information please email: valleyrosesews@gmail.com. We are also on twitter too: @valleyrosesews.  You can follow us on twitter for updates, and we’re on Instagram too as: valleyrosesews. Here you can get a sneak peak into our day at the office and any new fabrics etc, which would be coming soon.

Thanks for taking your time in reading, and for all your support in our early days of starting this project. I hope you guys are as excited as we are!!

~RebeccaKLxo

My First Maternity Photoshoot 💙

A few weeks ago, I treated myself to my first maternity photoshoot.  As a nice little treat and keepsake for my first pregnancy. After answering a makeover shoot casting, I chose Bombshell Photography UK. I saw Alison’s work on her portfolio, and loved her images. I will include her social media links at the end, for you to check her out yourself.  I highly recommend shooting with her.

I just wanted to document my experience, so I can look back on it, in the future. It was a home studio shoot, where I was very welcomed, especially on a morning with very bad weather. Alison started with doing my make-up and hair. My make-up was kept very natural, as I don’t wear too much make up in my everyday life. My hair was styled with some light curls.

Fashion wise, I took various outfits and styles. I kept one simple, with a black, long sleeved crop top and matching leggings. My favourite dress I took to is a beautiful blue evening gown, from Stardust Boutique. I thought this fitted well, as I’m expecting a boy. It also created my two favourite shots from the whole set.

I also took along a little baby vest, with cars on as a prop. This requires an explanation for it to make sense. My partner, the baby’s father is really into cars. So I thought the baby vest was a cute idea.

Below are a few looks at the final images. You can see the full album on my facebook page: Link <-

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I hope you enjoyed the images as much as I love them! I can’t wait to share them with my baby when he’s a bit older. Photographs are by Alison Ward. Her social media accounts are below:

| Instagram: bombshellphotographyuk | Facebook: Bombshell Photography UK  |

Thanks for sharing my first maternity shoot experience with me!

~RebeccaKLxo