Monthly Round-Up

The April Round-Up

May 4, 2014
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“I’m not kidding… it was this big!” – Jose Rebollar

The monthly round-up is a collection of internet goodies that have caught my eye over the past four weeks. Videos, blog posts, beautiful photography, tutorials, excellent websites and geeky goodness: you can find them all here on 1st of the month. Perfect for long commutes and lazy Sunday mornings.

Phew! April sure was a busy month! And especially the last week, when I was given an exciting new responsibility at work. I’ve been getting completely stuck in, but it means that a few blog posts have slipped here and there and I’m playing catch-up this weekend, whoops!

Let’s begin with this video. I’m not completely sure how to describe it, to be honest! It’s a pretty random combination – Samuel L. Jackson and 1990’s show Boy Meets World, but if you know the show you’re in for a huge treat. Sam has got to be the coolest chap out there.

Now this is just so classy. When Honey Maid released an advert celebrating gay marriage, the backlash they faced was appalling. So instead of fuelling the homophobes and naysayers, they responded with a message that is both beautiful and heartwarming.

It’s well-known that Mod Cloth just love sending things to bloggers for review. But when I tweeted them and asked if they’d like me to critique this paper birds book of theirs, I didn’t get a response. Sad times…

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A selection of Nora Jane’s beautiful birdie stamps

Part of the reason I bookmark items throughout the month is because I want to remember them! These mini bird stamps from Nora Jane are the best! I must get my order in!

Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky is back with an article about women and body hair. And boy, does she have something to say about it. This is a really great read from one of my favourites.

Six Things I’ve Learnt in Six Years of Marriage by Rock n’ Roll Bride is so eloquent and insightful. I’m not married or even dating, but I think that mantras like these would help anyone sustain the relationship ideals we’re all chasing.

One of the things my Australian friend Mia loved so much when she visited the UK was the diversity of accents, and I have to say, I agree. I’ve met a lot of Londoners that can’t stand our country’s accent variations, but I just love it. And for anyone that hasn’t got to grips with where to place each of the well-known UK and Irish accents, this video is spot on.

Just what it says on the tin… how to be happy, right now!

Oh dear Lord, it doesn’t get cuter than this. Darcy the hedgehog is the sweetest little thing!

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Yes, cat-shaped marshmallows, direct from Japan.

When I was in Japan, I saw some pretty crazy stuff. They’re just so creative and uninhibited with they imaginations in that country, as if the idea of “cheesy” or “tacky” never really made sense. We’re so uptight and judgemental in the West – we don’t know how to have good old-fashioned childlike fun. Like these cat-shaped marshmallows for your coffee, for instance.

I just love this: dogs annoying cats with their friendship. Cats are hilarious when they look at dogs with that really disdainful expression on their faces: “erm… like, what are you doing?”

I recently discovered The Thrifty Magpie’s Nest and author Jenni, who is obviously a kindred spirit! She wrote a great post about the street art of ATM, a chap who paints images of endangered species in the hope that people will understand the importance of conservation.

How many of these dodgy fashion trends from the nineties and noughties did you fall victim to? I definitely had a trouser skirt and an Avril Lavigne tie or two…

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Beautiful snails by Vyacheslav Mishchenko

Vyacheslav Mishchenko’s Secret Life of Snails makes my heart sing a bit. These photographs are literally awe-inspiring – snails are so underrated!

Building security through insecurities: have you checked out the What I Be project yet?

To an extent, it’s very similar in London. We definitely have the commuter, the CitiBiker (we call them Boris bikes) and the Messenger… these illustrations of NYC bikers and witty observations by Kurt McRobert made me giggle.

A father filmed his daughter every single week for fourteen years. This video is breathtaking.

I hope you have a wonderful time in the month of May, folks, I’l be back to regular scheduling this week and hopefully kicking off tomorrow with a special Bird of the Week post featuring my new friends, the mandarin ducks! If you haven’t been keeping up to date with our adventures and lunch dates, be sure to check out my Instagram for gratuitous pictures of these fabulous fellas.

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