My Pom-Bear Obsession

My diet is strange at the minute. I feel nauseous if I don’t eat something every hour or so but can’t face big meals, throw up every evening at about 9pm, I can’t really stomach food covered in sauce (which is a shame as I love chillis, stews, curries, pasta dishes), and I have developed an obsession with a teddy-bear shaped potato snack. Yes, I am pregnant. I constantly feel hungry in the pit of my stomach but the idea of eating anything too substantial just knocks me sick so I’ve found myself just eating junk. I can just about deal with a sandwich (especially Subway Chicken and Bacon Ranch… yum!!) but my go-to-food at the moment is a packet (or two or the whole multipack) of Pom Bears

Why Pom Bears? The saltiness really appeals at the moment. I’ve had similar cravings for Tesco Value Ready Salted crisps. You would think that therefore any salted crisp would be fine but I’ve found that the lighter and cheaper the more I like them. I really don’t know why but I am not as keen on the crispier higher quality varieties. It needs to be something where the salt is of a higher importance than the texture. 

I think it helps psychologically that each bag contains only around 79 calories. It does mean that I just eat several bags at a time (which can’t be good for me) but it makes me feel better about it. 

And the damn things are just so cute- they wave at you as you greedily grab them from the packet and shovel them into your waiting maw. Sometimes the left paw is up, sometimes the right, sometimes both- but none of this really matters. Only the salty crunch as you bite through the aerated potato of the bear’s limbs. So satisfying. 

The only problem is that they are so light I could just keep eating and eating and eating. 

What snack based obsessions have gripped you (either pregnancy based or not)? 

An Update

I haven’t posted for ages as I’ve had a lot of personal stuff going on (some of which I will update on soon). My anxiety/depression has reared its head somewhat and I struggled with keeping up with everyday stuff and work, let alone reading, reviewing and blogging.I haven’t been able to settle down and properly focus on reading a book in ages! I’ve re-read parts of favourite books but just can’t concentrate enough to really read a book that is new to me. This adds to a sense of frustration that just really builds and builds until I feel useless and that I can’t do anything. 

I’ve been battling and I’m feeling much better now…. gradually. I’m not saying I’m totally out of it but I’m on my way. 

Funko Pops

My husband and I, between us, currently own 5 Funko Pops and a couple of Mystery Minis.  We started off with Daenerys Targaryen but now we also have Coronation Anna (Frozen), Marty McFly, Pinhead, Freddy Krueger as well as mini Mickey Mouse, Benjen Stark and Winnie the Pooh.  The thing is, although we keep saying that we’ll stop here, these cute little blighters are quite addictive.  It’s really hard to know when to stop buying them and before soon we’re probably going to have a spare room full of the things.

I thought I’d write two posts this week about Funko Pops: today I’m writing about the Funko Pops currently available (or coming soon) that I covet; later in the week I’m publishing a post about Pops which I wish Funko would make.  The thing is, I thought this first post would be a bit of fun and a doddle- just nip onto the website, notice a couple of cool pops and then write about them.  Silly me.  I’ve had to throw my purse in the other room to stop me from buying about 20 Pops.  What started as a bit of fun has ended with a real case of craving!

Anyway, here are the Pops that I would love to have on the shelf in my office:

It’s a bit of an eclectic mix but then my existing Funkos are a bit eclectic too… I have Princess Anna stood next to a Cenobite!  There are quite a lot of Disney Pops that I really like.  I could actually have added many more of these! I’m already wishing I’d added Wall:E and Eve to the above mosaic!

My favourite of the above? It’s really hard to say.  Possibly Bing Bong (I was so upset when he didn’t make it!!!) or Effie Trinket.  Oh, but the French Taunter is so funny and Fat Amy is bad-ass and Gracie Law is beautiful.  It’s just so hard!

Which are your favourite Funko Pops?

(Please note- this post is not sponsored by Funko and neither was it prompted by them in anyway.  I was just browsing their range and inspired to write about the figures I really like).

Pinkie Pie Cosplay:An Update

A few weeks ago I posted about planning a low-budget Pinkie Pie based cosplay. My aim is to create the whole outfit for £30 but with some elements that can be reused for other outfits.
I found myself some plush ears reduced in the sale to $2 (about £1.50ish) at We Love Fine (still available but now full price) and bought myself a £10 wig from eBay. 

I’ve got to admit I was rather worried about this wig. £10 is a really low price and although spending that little money was intentional I didn’t want the wig to look too cheap. However, once I tried it on I was really impressed with the quality, the colour and the bounciness of the curls.  

Sourcing the ears and wig were fairly easy really. The problem has been finding the right clothes to wear. I really wanted to riff on the character but still stay fairly true to her personality. I had a pink jersey top that possibly could come in handy but I really liked the idea of creating a 50s style outfit for Pinkie- kind of Grease-esque, turning her into a Pinkie Lady (if you will). The issue was finding pink circle skirts or rockabilly dresses that would suit my budget. I searched eBay and charity shops to no avail and after a while took to online retailers of repro dresses just to dream over the gorgeous but too expensive for this project items. However, on the Lindy Bop website, I found this gorgeous dress reduced to just £9.99 and it was in my size!!! I couldn’t believe it! It’s not turned up yet but I can’t wait until it does! 

Current spend- £21.50.

Still to go… shoes, petticoat, cutie mark, any other accessories (fake moustache, party cannon etc). 

I’m not totally convinced I’ll manage it for £30. In fact, I’m sure I won’t as decent petticoats are expensive but I’m going to give it a shot!!! 

Message to Teachers Everywhere

I’m writing this post whilst sat on a train travelling to have lunch with friends before going out for the evening with family. I’ve made a point of demarcating this weekend as time off. No marking, no planning, no surreptitious googling for great resources or child initiated activities ideas. In fact, no teaching related activities at all. I need a weekend off.It’s actually really hard for a teacher to make the decision to do no work. Our brains are always swimming with “how can I ensure little Johnny uses finger spaces next time?” or “I wonder if I need to change my seating plan?”

It is due to this that teachers end up burned out. We are under such pressure from the government, Ofsted and (in my case especially) ourselves that it’s so easy to spread yourself too thinly and end up frazzled.

This weekend I plan to see friends, see family, read, listen to music and just chill out. Just sitting on this train looking out at the Peak District and listening to Joan Armatrading is allowing me to feel more human. I can leave behind my over the top Mrs H teacher persona (because teaching is an act to an extent) and just be. Reading my book this morning just allowed me to take some time out from phonics, behaviour management and basic skills maths sessions.  

I need to be Genevieve, not just Mrs Holpepper. I need to allow myself time to do this and you do too. Take some time to forget your job, forget your work persona and just be you! 

Planning For a Pinkie Pie Cosplay

This year my husband and I are planning to attend several conventions- both as visitors and as stall holders.  Mr H isn’t really into getting dressed up but I am a really big fan of planning and designing costumes.  The only problem is that cosplay can be really expensive! Wigs, make-up, clothes, accessories- it can cost an absolute fortune.  Even if you are handy enough with a needle to make costumes yourself you still have the outlay on craft supplies and fabric.  This year I am planning to create cosplay/character inspired outfits that I can wear to conventions but that won’t break the bank.  I’m not always going to go for show/comic/film accuracy… but instead want to have the opportunity to play around with the character.

The first cosplay that I’m planning this year is based upon Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  Pinkie Pie is absolutely my favourite character because she’s cute, funny, breaks the fourth wall, is really ditzy but also has real insecurities and anxieties about her friendships.

When my husband first saw the above clip of Pinkie checking the mailbox his response was “she’s just like you after sending a text to a friend.” I love how she is not just portrayed as fun-loving but she’s a fully rounded character with flaws and worries too.

My first step in developing a Pinkie Pie cosplay is to gather inspiration.  I’ve put together a Pinterest board full of pictures of Pinkie and examples of other people’s Pinkie cosplays.  My Little Pony is an interesting cosplay to do as unless you are going to dress up in a furry pony suit (or dress as the humanised Equestria Girls version) there’s always going to be an element of interpretation in the costume… and that’s really exciting to me.  I’ve seen so many different types of Pinkie both based on the show (Gala Pinkie, Chicken Pinkie etc) and those which take inspiration from her and twist it somehow (80s Pinkie, Pinkie Pool).  I actually like the idea that there are so many different ways of portraying Pinkie- it means that I might be able to get several outfits out of one wig!

I’m still shopping around for a wig and haven’t yet fully decided on the actual outfit but I have bought my first item- a pair of ears from We Love Fine– $2 in the sale, regular price $5.  I was buying items from there so would have been paying for the postage anyway.  I plan to try and source the outfit as cheaply as possible, often using items from my own wardrobe, from charity shops or bought cheaply from eBay.  I’ll write an update post when I’ve got more of a firm idea of the actual outfit.

Amount spent so far on outfit: £1.36 ($2- USD)


Christmas with the Holpeppers

How has your Christmas been?

I had all sorts of plans for my Christmas.  I was going to take my Mum away for a few nights as part of her present.  We were going to eat lovely posh food that we wouldn’t usually splash out on and drink a few cocktails.  It was going to be lovely.  And it was…until a stomach bug that must have come from one of the kids at my school caught up with me, and I ended up vomiting for the entire last night we were away.

Following this, both my husband and my Mum got the bug too (well… sharing is caring!) meaning that Christmas day was a very low-key affair… with Mr H’s Christmas lunch comprising of three ginger biscuits.  Classy!

Then, at just after 4pm on Christmas Day all of our electricity disappeared! The burglar alarm started blaring out (as did many others on our street) and we realised that there was a major power outage in our area.  Luckily we had no more cooking to do (none needed for Mr H’s biscuits anyway) and that we had plenty of LED based Christmas decorations and candles to light our way into the evening.  It actually was really Christmassy… although the romance of the day was ruined by the fact that my husband was still feeling like he could throw up any minute.

Anyway, Christmas Day itself (or the run up to it) didn’t go as planned but now that everyone is no longer throwing up it’s actually been really nice just to chill out and relax and not really do very much.  Just enjoying being with my Mum and husband has been really nice.