Subscription Box :: Fandom of the Month Club :: January 2016

Another year, another lot of awesome fandom related subscription boxes! Bring it on! I say 'boxes' but I really just mean the one (for now). This month's box from Fandom of the Month Club was Harry Potter themed! Yay! But not just general HP wonder, specifically the darker side of the magical world. We're talking Slytherin, we're talking dark arts, we're talking Bellatrix kind of evil.  That's right, Muggles, we're talking a Death Eater box. Shall we just jump right on in?

Stash Bag and FOTMC Card
Like usual there's stash bag, and this one reads 'We've all got both light and dark in us', and has a very cool looking Death Eater mask on it. The card this month has the Death Eater symbol, the snake coming from the skull symbol, and is sort of glowing green.

Bellatrix Lestrange Magnet
Love love love this magnet. Bellatrix may be a bit of a you-know-what, but I secretly love her. She's so wonderfully evil.

Dark Mark earrings
These are pretty neat, although I think they're a little evil for me to be wearing all the time. However, they are very cool.

Horcrux bracelet
Now this is pretty awesome. It has charms of the 7 Horcrux; Nagini the snake, Helga Hufflepuff's Cup, Tom Riddle's diary, Harry (represented by the golden lighting bolt), Marvolo Gaunt's Ring, Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem, and Salazar Slytherin's Locket.

Compact mirror
Love this so much! This is probably my favourite thing from the box this month, even though it's not jewellery. It reads 'Have you seen this wizard?' and is such a great size! Love!

So that's January! I've seen some spoilers for February and March, so I think I know what they are, but I won't share with you in case you want nothing to do with that knowledge.

Did you get this month's box? What did you think? 


New Wine 2016

The year was 1989, and a couple of Anglican clergy in the UK founded the what-would-become epic Christian conference, New Wine. Now, decades later, not only is New Wine still rocking it every year in the UK, but it's here in New Zealand, too. And every year we go.

Just a quick run down of what New Wine is: it's a Christian conference that runs over the summer, and here in New Zealand we have two conferences, one which is held in Warkworth (just north of Auckland), and the other on the Kapiti coast (bottom of North Island). Each year I head to the Kapiti conference, which runs over Wellington Anniversary weekend, allowing people to have the Monday off from work. It means they can come to the conference for the full time. It's a weekend full of music, speakers, seminars, eating, heading to the beach, meeting new people, playing games and generally having a fantastic time.

I won't go on and on about it, but if you're interested (seriously worth heading along to if it's something that floats your boat!), check out the website. I thought today I'd just show you some of the photos that I took at camp this year. I mainly used my (new) phone, which has a 13mp camera ... which impresses me to no end. Check it out!


10 Things I Love :: #NZBloggers :: Blog Greatness

It's been a little while since I've partaken in one of the Blog Greatness posts. In case you're a little out of the loop, Blog Greatness is a series of blog prompts written for NZ Bloggers, and there's one every week. I've been a part of a few over the last year, but now as many as perhaps I would like. This week's prompt, however, is an easy one, and one I can definitely get on board with. Without further ado, 10 things I love (all of which you will probably know already if you've been hanging out here even for a short while):

1 | Rain
There's just something about it. The sound it makes, the life it brings, the freshness that seems to cover everything after it's left. So wonderful.

Singing in the Rain - DIY Cloud and Rain Felt Mobile - Rain Adventures - 11 Reasons a Rainy Day is Amazing - Caught in the Rain - Paper Boats and Plastic Ducks -  Open Windows - Rain - A Rainy Day

2 | Disney Movies
Movies in general, but specifically Disney/Pixar ones. There's something wonderful about children's movies, and I'm finding the more recent ones are definitely meant for adults too. The little subtle lines and hints towards things that kids just wouldn't get...yeah I love that.

The 31 Day Disney Challenge - Disneyland Tokyo - 10 Things I've Learnt from Disney Movies

3 | Books
Um this is a given right? I post something book related nearly every week, and I write for the book blog, Blogger's Bookshelf. I think it's the most obvious thing about me, and I also thing that that's pretty awesome. I can't link up all the book posts below, but I'll pop a few down if you want to check them out.

Book Reviews - Rainbow Books Series - Book Spine Poetry - Book Cover Nails - Book Hauls

4 | Adventures & Travel
Once you start travelling, you get the bug. 100% true. There's barely a day that goes by when I don't dream of just jumping on a plane and heading somewhere, anywhere. Jet plane, take me away. Buuuut because I don't have endless funds (wouldn't that be nice), I satisfy my travel cravings by heading around New Zealand on mini adventures. And for now, that'll have to do.

America & Canada - Europe - Asia - Australia - New Zealand - Auckland Adventures

5 | Country Music
Music is a huge part of my life. It was definitely a predominant part of growing up, and over the years I've learnt to play piano/keyboard, guitar, ukulele, drums, recorder and the flute. I don't really play the last three any more, but I'm thinking of taking up the recorder again, because that's kinda fun, right? One of my favourite genres is country. I think it surprises a lot of people when I tell them this, or they discover it by accident, but it's true, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Stuck Like Glue -  Country Strong - Very Last Country Song - 9 Things I love about Hart of Dixie - Nothing Like You - Perfect Storm - Play It Again - 3 Musical Instruments I want to be able to play  

6 |  Art
Although I don't actually post about it too much, I love all things arty. I used to take Art in high school, and it was my favourite subject. Since school I haven't really done that much art, but just recently I've been getting back into it. I find if I have a space to work in where everything is set up and ready to go, then I'm more likely to actually sit down and paint something. Thankfully, I've just set up a space like that in my garage, so canvases here I come!

Pastel Angels - Angel Banners - Water Marbling - Wassily Kandinksy 

7 | Photography
By now you'll probably know I love photography too. I've often shared my photographs here on the blog, and nearly every post as a photo I've taken in it (okay, except this one...and others). I've been an assistant photographer for a few weddings, and I've taken quite a few family portraits and done photography seasons with people. I also managed to be a photographer for a fashion show, which was interesting. Anyway, I love it, and it's always fun. You can check out my photography page on Facebook to see some of the things I get up to.

Anjali Kay Photography - Tilt Shift - Water Photography - LOUDER fashion show - DIY Light Box - Diana F+ Dreamer Lomography Camera - 1 Flower 50 Ways - Blog Greatness 'Film' -  DIY Felt Camera Lens Case

8 | Autumn
It's not secret I love autumn. Everything about it I love. Everything. It's even better in the Northern Hemisphere because it happens in October, which is when Halloween is ... so everything is automatically better. When finding posts to link up for this one, I realise just how many were about autumn, or autumnal-themed. Yikes.

Autumn How Do I Love Thee - Stratford in Autumn - Autumn Walks - Guest Post: Chelsea: Autumn Engagement - Autumn is A'Coming! -  October -  Pumpkin Nails - Autumn Nails - Scarves I love - Autumnal Greens - New Zealand Autumn 

9 | Lists
I love making lists. Even if it's just a list of things I've already done, so I can feel that awesomeness of crossing things off. But I also make lists like '10 Things I've Learnt from' and lists of reasons I love something. You can find all the lists I've shared here on the blog here, but here are a few to get you going:

52 Lists6 Things I've Learnt from HIMYM - 10 Things I've Learnt from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - 10 Things you Shouldn't in an Office - 5 Things it's hard to walk away from - Blogging Tips - Lies My Parents Told Me

10 | Fandoms
Warning. I'm about to get my Geek on. It excites me to no end that Fandoms exist. No end. There are so many Fandoms in which I feel I'm a part of (Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Supernatural, LOTR, Buffy, Sherlock, Star Wars, Firefly, Marvel, Nerdfighters, Teen Wolf, BSG...oh wow. And there are more...), and everything about everything is just wonderful...and shut up, Anjali. You're scaring away your readers...

Fandom of the Month Club Subscription Boxes - All Harry Potter Posts - Season 9 Doctor Who Review - Doctor Who Experience, Cardiff - 10 Things I've Learnt from Supernatural -  Firefly Wishlist - Hobbiton Movie Set Tour - The Green Dragon Inn - 8 Geeky Fabrics -  May the Fourth Be With You -  Favourite Characters in the Fellowship of the Ring

And obviously so many more things. I was going to try and narrow it down to a theme...but then I realised I loved way too many things to choose. Sigh. Typical.

Do you want to join in? Let me know 10 things you love in the comments!

Book image from Freepik. 
Overlay image from Freepik. 

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