Life Badges: Crane Game

Whilst I was in Bournemouth during my first year of university I visited the arcade on the sea front quite regularly, during these visits I managed to win on the crane game quite a few times mainly TY cuddly toys. Although I would love to win a cuddle version of the Alien from Toy Story out of one of the crane games.
– Esjae xo
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Life Badges: Ballet

This badge doesn’t have a very long or very interesting story to go with it, however I did learn ballet very briefly when I was very young. My Auntie Lisa is a ballet teacher so she gave me and my sister a few lessons when we were about 3 or years old.
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My View: Teens Exposed

Recently I had a ‘run in’ with a lad who though it was okay to post explicit photos of his ex girlfriend online as pay back for her cheating on him. I completely disagreed.

Regardless of the gender I feel that it is never okay to share something that is meant to be so personal and private and make it completely public and place it somewhere where it will be available forever and could potentially damage their future career. Plus both parties could regret it in the future but due to where it has been put in a moment of anger they aren’t able to take it back.

The moral of this story is that if it is avoidable (which in theory it is) don’t share these kind of photos however, people will and do so make sure it is with someone you can completely trust and that you are aware of the risks involved afterwards.

Imagine if that was your daughter…

– Esjae xo

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Review: Honest: My Story So Far by Tulisa

Honest: My Story So Far by Tulisa

Tulisa Contostavlos is one of the most talented and high-profile recording artists working in the UK today. She has three platinum N-Dubz albums, four MOBO awards, a groundbreaking drama series, two documentaries, a MIND award and an X Factor judge’s win under her belt. Not bad for a girl who’s not yet twenty-five.

But this is not just a tale of glittering success. Tulisa grew up on a tough London estate and left school with no qualifications as she struggled to cope with deep-seated emotional problems while caring for her mother alone. She has seen first hand what drugs, alcohol, gang culture and violent relationships can do to young people, but she has come through it all to become the confident, inspiring artist she is today. 

After taking her little muffins Little Mix to the winning spot of the X Factor at the end of 2011, and with her long-awaited solo album being released later this year, the future is bright for Tulisa. Told in her own words, this is her story.

As a fan of Tulisa I knew that I would enjoy this book before I started especially as I also enjoy reading autobiographies – was I disappointed? Not at all! The book completely lived up to its title right from the beginning. The writing style of the book is engaging which makes reading the book even more enjoyable for the reader.

After reading the autobiography I feel as though I have learnt a lot about Tulisa as a person alongside her career which is exactly what I hoped to get out of the autobiography before I started. The book really does give you a great insight into Tulisa’s life both before she became famous and after she became famous which enables the reader to see how she uses her past experiences and how she works for her success.

I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in Tulisa whether they dislike her, are a fan or are simply interested in her life as this book could really change their opinions of her and give them a greater understanding of her life away from the media and how they perceive her to be. Although there are some adult themes that run throughout the book which aren’t obviously suitable to all ages.

4 out of 5

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Review: The Rockstar’s Daughter (The Treadwell Academy Novels) by Caitlyn Duffy

The Rockstar’s Daughter (The Treadwell Academy Novels) by Caitlyn Duffy

At the age of 15, Taylor Beauforte has only met her father twice in person. After all, he is the lead singer of a world-famous rock band, constantly on the cover of music magazines and giving interviews on MTV. He pays for Taylor to attend the Treadwell Academy, a prestigious boarding school in Massachusetts, and provides her mother with monthly checks to cover her basic needs, but has never made much of an effort to play an active part in Taylor’s life. Taylor’s mom Dawn is the only family she has ever really known, and because of Dawn’s hard-partying Hollywood lifestyle, studious Taylor is happiest on the other side of the country in Massachusetts with her nose buried in a book.
When Taylor ‘s mom unexpectedly dies the summer before Taylor starts her junior year, she receives a crash course in fame. She has no choice but to join her father and his new family on their summer concert tour before she has even had a chance to mourn the loss of her mother. Life as the daughter of a rock star seems like it would be enviable, but Taylor can’t figure her dad out. He seems like a supportive authority figure (even if he’s kind of a fashion tragedy) , but she is collecting a growing pile of evidence that he’s a liar and a cheat. Her stepmother, Jill, can’t seem to decide if she wants to treat Taylor like a girlfriend or a nuisance. Having had no time to grieve and say goodbye to her childhood before being thrust into the limelight, Taylor is suddenly finding herself in situations she could have never imagined before this summer.
With no one else to turn to, Taylor falls head over heels in love with Jake, the teenage son of one of the band’s touring groupies. Taylor has growing concerns about Jake’s background and the suspicious relationship between his mom and her own father, but is desperate for something real in her life onto which she can build a future. When Jake offers Taylor an opportunity to join him on a whirlwind adventure and leave her problems with her father far behind, Taylor has to decide – should she carve out her own way in the world, or try to repair the relationship she has with her only living parent? 
Over the course of the summer with the band, Taylor learns the depths of her own strength, the difficulty of overcoming loss, and that the definition of family means much more than shared bloodlines.

This book is quite clearly targeted towards the female teen market however being at the higher end of that particular market I still enjoyed this book and feel that many young adults could potentially enjoy this book if they wanted a quick light read. Although that being said this book is ideal for the market it is targeted at.

It has all of the essential components for a modern day love story, so a great book for you to get lost in as a summer read or even if you want to remember the summer in the winter months! The book uses its characters to address real life issues very well and makes them remain realistic and also enables the reader to be able to empathise with the characters as the realism of the situations is portrayed within the books.

Not only does the book address some serious real life issues that a reader may experience themselves but also includes some light humour and romance.

I would really recommend this book particularly for teens who enjoy chick-lit.

4 out of 5

– Esjae xo

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Youtube: Minstrel Challenge Round 2


Attempt two of ‘The Minstrel Challenge’ – this is what happens when me and Rachael (filming and pouring the minstrels) were really bored and had a packet of minstrels so came up with the minstrel challenge which I think was to see how many minstrels could be poured into my mouth

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Youtube: Minstrel Challenge Round 1


Attempt one of ‘The Minstrel Challenge’ – this is what happens when me and Rachael (filming and pouring the minstrels) were really bored and had a packet of minstrels so came up with the minstrel challenge which I think was to see how many minstrels could be poured into my mouth
– Esjae xo
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