Mug Monday & Tea Talk

Mug

Glass tea cup

Book

The Brother´s Grimm Fairy tales

 

Happy Mug Monday! ( okay, fine. Happy belated Mug Monday )

For years I´ve been listening to my friends rave about tea.

“The health benefits!”

“It´s better than coffee.”

“There´s nothing better than having a cup of tea while reading a good book.”

 

 

I have no doubt that tea has great health benefits. And, I´m sure it´s better than coffee, too ( although, I wouldn´t know. I don´t drink coffee ). But the point about tea and books being a fab combo? That, I wasn´t so sure about.

The truth is- Tea never did anything special for me. Which led to me being a non tea drinker.

Even my best friend, Mirjam, who also happily considers herself to be a tea nazi, tried to convince me about the perks of tea. ( I said she´s my best friend. I didn´t say we always share the same sense of humor )

“Come on over tomorrow and I´ll make you the perfect tea.“, she said. So, I went to her house the next day and tried her tea. Mind you, I never tried black tea before. It always had an odd smell to me but she promised me she´d be careful and teach me how to “water” my tea down with milk and sugar.

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Mirjam & Morgana´s Afternoon Tea Party

An hour and 1 cup of black tea later I ran home with massive stomach cramps. To this day I´m convinced she wanted to poison me with her version of the perfect black tea.

After that fateful day I decided to never drink anything tea – ish ever again.

Until a new tea shop opened in the nearby village.

While I´m anti – tea, my daughters….aren´t. Both love their fruit tea ( a blend of forest berries and green tea ).

Anyway- My oldest spotted the new tea shop and before I was able to protest she was already inside the shop, looking around. Just my luck.

To make a long story short, I spent half a fortune on 6 different loose teas.

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My senses were clouded by a wonderful mixture of fruity / herbal smells, plus the tea lady gave me a full-blown lecture on ingredients and benefits and water temperature and and and…. I had no other choice but to cave.

Here are the blends my daughters picked.

 

Eve & Lillian´s Tea

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White Peach

( Apple, pineapple, rose hip, peach, lemon, rose blossom, Columbian blossom )

Berry Power

( Apple, rose hip, white hibiscus, chokeberry, blueberry, Columbian blossom )

Peach Garden

(Apple, hibiscus, rose hip, peach, redbush, rose blossom, cinnamon )

Pina Colada

( Coconut, pineapple, passionfruit, blackberries, lemon, rose blossoms, orange )

Hibiscus

( cranberries, hibiscus, lemon, cinnamon, rooibos )

 

The stuff I bought isn´t even worth mentioning but I´ll still add my pathetic Peppermint and Chamomile loose tea, just for good measure. Oh, and the chocolate powder, as they had a new blend of cocoa from Spain. How can I resist a new brand of cocoa?

 

The Sum Up

I dared myself to try some of my daughter´s tea. Pina Colada spoke to me in my dark moment and… to tell you the truth? I didn´t suffer from stomach cramps! In fact- I actually like the fruity tea version of my favorite cocktail.

The spanish cocoa wasn´t for me, though.

I most definitely haven´t been turned into a tea drinker but thanks to my daughters I have a new-found appreciation for the subtle tasty water.

Do I think books and tea go hand in hand? After my pina colada tea, I´d say yes.

 

I´m pretty sure most of you aren´t like me and have already been drinking tea for the last few decades so my question is:

What kind of tea do you drink? What blends do you prefer? 

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Much love,

Morgana ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mug Monday & Re-read Talk

Hola and welcome to another glorious Monday!

Bah. * wave off * Who am I kidding? Monday´s suck big time and this Monday isn´t any different from any other Monday. Staying positive on the first day of the week is a greater challenge, for me, than being forced to read a book I don´t want to read. And we all know how that can ruin someone´s mood.

It´s not only Monday, though. It´s Mug Monday! I get to share another piece from my wonderful mug collection. In fact- I´ll be showing my newest purchase.

A beige short mug with black stipes. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love my new mug.

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Book: What He Doesn´t Know by Kandi Steiner

 

I´m in mucho love. So much so that I completely forgot where I got it. ( what I can say is that that´s my garden and the grass was ant infested )

Normally, I´d include a book feature from a current – haven´t – read – before read but… I´m in a re-read phase at the moment.

 

Due to a super busy schedule ( Yes. Life decided to show it´s cruel side again ) I can´t find it in me to start a new book and actually try to enjoy it.

So, what does a girl do? A girl re – reads.

Let´s face it… re-reading personal favorites is AWESOME. 

Some books are just so great that they deserve a re-read, a re-re-read and a re-re-re-read. And the best part about re – reads? You re – discover things you´ve forgotten or you suddenly realize things you weren´t aware of after the first reading round.

 

 

At the moment I´m falling in love with Kandi Steiner´s What He Doesn´t Know Duet all over again.

5 minutes here. 10 minutes there. Dramatic scenes after dinner and the heavy emotional stuff before bed. That´s what I call a perfect re – read session!

Of course, I don´t always read bits throughout the day and stamp that off as re – reading. Sometimes I do sit down and actually read from start to finish. Sometimes.

 

My personal favorite re -read book list

We all have that one book / series we always get back to once in a while. Here´s a small list of my all time – always within reach  favorite books I love to re -read ( links incl.)

 

Hands down,… this is my sacred reading list. My go – to books. The loves of my life. The books I keep in my bedroom because I´m afraid someone with breathe on them.

Granted, they´re all a tad older but SO WORTH IT!

 

Ladies and gentlemen….

What are your favorite re-reads? Do you prefer to re-read series or standalones? 

 

Hope you all have a wonderful day!  ❤ ❤

 

 

Mug Monday Instagram Feature

 

 

Mug Monday & Bookmark Talk

Mug 

Krasilnikoff; Brightest Star Mug, Pink

Topic Of The Day

Bookmarks

 

Hi and welcome to Mug Monday!

With all life´s chaos dealt with I thought it might be a great idea to sit back, kick my shoes off and just enjoy the fact that I´m existing. To take a week to do absolutely nothing besides stare holes into the air and appreciate the little things in life- Something I really enjoy doing.

The weather has been improving ( that´s a lie. Our weather is a little confused lately. 15°C with rain yesterday and 26 °C and sunny today) and since I´m a person who likes to sit outside and just enjoy my natural growing garden ( the lawn mower is still broken ) I actually took my new lifestyle book out and began reading under the burning sun.

 

While I was enjoying reading about the Danish way to live it suddenly dawned on me that I bought new bookmarks!

Yes. Bookmarks. The things I don´t usually buy because I´m one of those creative people who uses toilet paper and other wonderful objects to mark a place in a book.

Here´s my special list of  12 Things You Can Use As Bookmarks. 

But that´s over. Done with. I´m trying to be more organized now.

And since I can´t find the 1 million bookmarks I already have I started buying new ones. Fancy ones. Practical ones.

bookmark

Fine…. They don´t look fancy per se, but they´re fancy compared to 3 layered toiletpaper.

What I love most about my new purchase is: the bookmarks have a rubber band that goes around a book, as well! That band keeps the book closed and prevents the bookmark from falling out ( which has also happened to me a few times )!

An absolute win situation for me.

Here´s to new bookmarks and trying to use them!

 

Much Love,

Morgana xx

 

 

 

 

 

Mug Monday & Book Blog Goals

Mug

GreenGate: Latte cup, star, warm grey

Book Topic

Book blogger goals.

 

I remember I didn´t have any goals when I started to blog… 8 years ago.

It´s extremely hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I´ve been book blogging for so long. Do you guys know what this really means? That I´ve been staring at my computer screen for close to a decade.

 

 

I´m not going to start handing out advice on how to blog because if we´re all honest here… book blogging is something unique. It´s personal. Everyone has different ideas on how to book blog.

Besides, I suck at giving any type of advice. Shall I ever share my wisdom with you then do yourselves a favor and ignore it. There´s a huge possibility that my advice might get someone into trouble. And I´m not ready to have fingers pointed at me nor am I up for having people in my garden ready to attack me with pitchforks.

 

 

I might not have had book blogging goals from the get – go but I did develop some goals after a few weeks.

 

Keep in mind: In 2010, there wasn´t as many book blogs as there are today. Back then, it was easier not to feel the pressure some book bloggers are feeling these days. Social media was much more fun to handle and Goodreads wasn´t a vicious playground. And not many authors had annoying PAs who dealt with everything. It was easier to get in touch with authors, self published AND traditional published, alike.

There were a few huge book blogs I followed and I even picked one of those blogs to be a “role model” for me ( which turned out to be a bad idea. Lol ).

 

Back to the goals…

 

I didn´t have many goals back in the beginning of my book blog career. There were less than a handful of things I wanted to achieve as a book blogger.

To help you understand the next part a little better I´m going to give you a little book blog background info from myself.

 

Morgana´s Book Blog Résumé

  • 2010 – 2015,  blogged @ the Divas Book Blog with my 2 besties
  • 2015 – 2016, left Divas Book Blog,  guest reviewed for other Book Blogs
  • 2016 –          , Solo Book Blogger under new name and new blog

 

Of course, there´s more to that résumé but that´s for another time. We´re concentrating on goals today. So, what exactly were my goals?

 

Note: I might have had goals but I never, not even in my wildest dreams, believed any of the 2 goals would ever be reached. I mean, I´m me. I don´t belong to the luckiest bunch in the world. Yet, I had hope ( even if those hopes were too far out of my reach ).

 

My first goal: Receiving a signed paperback copy from an author. I´m not talking about the signed copies we usually have to pay for these days. I´m talking about the books that have been given freely from the heart with a small personal note. A smaller goal but still not easy to achieve ( unless you go to a book signing event or pay for an author´s signature ).

My second goal: To have my name / blog name / tagline from one of my reviews on a book cover. To be fair, I had no idea how that was going to happen. All I knew was that I wanted one book with something from myself on it. This wasn´t a realistic goal of mine.

 

You know how you sometimes say that you could die a happy man / woman if something you´ve dreamt of ever happened?

That´s what I always said.

“If my name ever gets printed on a book then I´ll retire and die happy.” 

Well, I reached my first goal quicker than I thought I ever would.

 

signed books

 

 

That, in the pic above, means the world to me. My first bookish goal. Through hard work ( many hours networking, book blogging, spreading the word, etc ) I received my personalized signed paperbacks.

I couldn´t have been more happy.

Until this happened….

 

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Pic #1: Dangerous To Know & Love ( romance ). Pic #2: The Devil´s Eyes               ( paranormal romance ).

 

This was a faint – worthy moment for me. My words. On the backside of a paperback book. I truly thought my blogging goals couldn´t be topped.

I was wrong.

 

sleeve cover
The Frost of Springtime ( Historical romance )

 

The best moment of my book blogging career. I made it on a book cover. The front.

I´m not a crier but when that day… when the book arrived… I was bawling my eyes out.

 

 

Now that I´ve long reached my bookish goals… do I have anything else I´d like to achieve as a book blogger?

This may sound ungrateful but, no. I´m happy as I could ever be. As of now, I don´t have any book blogger goals. But who knows what the future might bring, right?

 

This post isn´t about parading my achievements and tooting my own horn. This post is for everyone who has a book blogger goal ( or any goal, for that matter ).

THIS TYPE OF ADVICE YOU CAN TAKE FROM ME.

No matter how big or small, how insignificant or meaningful your goals are… Never forget that you are able to achieve those goals.

 

If your goal is to become a successful blogger – you can do it!

If your goal is to be unique – be unique!

If you want to host a book signing event – no one is stopping you!

With a little love, sweat, energy and time… you can reach your goals.

 

Look at me… If I can get my name on a book cover then you certainly have the power to achieve whatever it is you have your mind set on.

 

Speaking of name… Don´t be confused if you´ve read Julia on the signed books in pic #1. I go by both, Morgana and Julia. ( first and middle name )

 

Dream small. Dream big. No matter what you do, make those dreams come true!

Do you have any blog goals? Have you reached them yet? Share your thoughts and secrets! I would love to discuss your goals with you.

Much love and warm hugs,

Morgana ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mug Monday & Involuntary Blog Break

Book – Split by J.B. Salsbury

Mug – Ikea. Black.

Today´s Topic- Involuntary Blog Break Due To Life

 

Welcome to today´s Mug Monday feature!

I´ve got some good news and some bad news. I think I´ll start with the bad news and get that out of my way before gushing over the good news.

The Bad News

I´m forced to go on a blog break. It´s not my fault. I didn´t ask for this. But… I can´t see any other way than to let my laptop collect dust for a short period of time.

That means I won´t be responding to comments unless I can find a moment to sneak away from the event. Pre – scheduled posts will pop up but I won´t actually have time to get back with you wonderful bunch.

Why? Well, it´s because of the good news.

The Good News

My brother, Mason, is getting married this Saturday. Yes. I´ve just revealed another small tidbit from my personal life. I have a brother. One of 3. It´s the youngest who decided it was time to tie the knot.

mason
Mason- Brother and soon to be groom with me, the small evil-looking one on the right. 

The little turd who once ran around pretending to be a Power Ranger and  is finally settling down.

And guess what? I am the best man ( or, best sister) !

I admit- I thought he´d pick one of his tree hugging friends. When he called ( which he never does ) and announced the good news I was actually stoked and immediately agreed without thinking what my job would entail.

Turns out that my job as the best man has me being a part-time wedding planner and therapist for the groom to be.

And since last year he´s come up with new jobs for me to deal with as `best man`.

As of now I´m in charge of:

  • giving a speech ( I´ve got 4 more days to whip one up and 4 days to overcome my fear of speaking in front of a crowd )
  • organize a few games to play at the wedding ( again, I have to speak to more than 5 people. It´s going to be HORRIFIC )
  • talking to the DJ  ( I can deal with the DJ )
  • and entertaining family for a week at my house ( because my brother has confused my house with a hotel  ( It´s going to get really crowded in my house )

Besides dressing the husbutt, the girls and myself, going to the hairdressers and getting my nails done ( which I also never do because they always break off ) and catering the guests at my house I have absolutely no time to get some reading or blog stuff done.

My schedule is packed.

Have I mentioned that weddings can be stressful? I haven´t? Well, they are.

That is why I must bid you all a temporary farewell.

Should you notice me commenting on blog posts from others or replying to comments on my pre-  scheduled reviews then know that I´ve managed to find a bathroom far from anyone and locked myself in there.

If I don´t respond or give any other signal that I´m still alive…. don´t worry. I´ll be back on track my next week´s Mug Monday feature.

 

My deepest apologies for the luke warm Mug Monday  feature.

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I have tin foil in my hair and the fumes from the hair color aren´t really allowing me to be overly creative today.

The ebook `Split` is supposed to be a romance but I haven´t spotted one yet. The mug is from Ikea and it´s black. Again, my deepest apologies for the bla feature. Blame my brother ( because that always works. LOL )

 

Okay. That´s it. I have 6 more minutes until I have to wash this stuff out of my hair and then I gotta get to that best man´s speech I´m dreading.

I hope you have a lovely day!

Share the book love!

Many hugs,

Morgana xoxo