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10 Happy Things

Sunday, September 17, 2017

There's a few things that can lift my mood in minutes and I'm so grateful for them. I need that boost every now and then to realise what I have around me and how lucky I am.

I'm happy to be back at university, I'm ready to get back into work mode, I've returned to my normal blogging schedule and happy with the posts I'm writing. Sticking to this positivity state, I thought I'd mention a few things that have made me happy recently or that always make me happy.


1. Family and friends. Where would I be without them.

2. My mental health state. I'm doing so much better right now and hope it's just uphill from here.

3. The countryside. Escaping from online life for a few hours and embracing the countryside whilst out on a walk.

4. Charlie the dog. It's true when they say that dogs are a great stress reliever. I just adore this dog, I'll miss him at university.

5. Sunshine.

6. Everything Autumn. It's beginning to feel like Autumn with he weather, the colours, and I'm loving it.

7. Playing piano.

8. Cosy nights in. Snuggling up and spending a few hours watching your favourite films, sounds perfect.

9. Cocktails. Who doesn't love a good cocktail?

10. Cooking. I don't do it often (never actually, my family will be surprised I've mentioned this), but when I do cook it feels good, perhaps I should do it more often, I will definitely have to now I'm at university.


What things make you happy?


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UK Travel Bucket List

Saturday, September 16, 2017

I think we often take for granted what a stunning country we are living in; the cities, towns, villages and countryside we have are all unique and we tend to take advantage of it all instead of embracing all its beauty. Let's get past the transportation issues (trains are a pain, it's less stressful to just drive) and focus on the natural beauty, the quiet spots people are yet to discover, the thrill of exploring; let's make the most of this wondrous place.


My list of places I want to visit in the UK has been growing monthly. Pinterest provides photos of places in the UK looking surreal and has given me a feeling of wanderlust. 

When I properly think about it I have been to the majority of the big cities in the country as they've either been on my doorstep of university or close to where I've been before. 

WHERE IN THE UK DO I WANT TO GO?

Edinburgh 
Being a very compelling city, Edinburgh is full of history, incredible views, quirky and hidden courtyards and plenty more. What does this city not have to offer? Apart from it's high prices, there is nothing that turns me away from going to Edinburgh. I'd love to spend a long weekend next year around Christmas time as it just sounds like a perfect winter wonderland, I bet their Christmas markets are unbeatable.


Cornwall 
Not sure if this one counts as I have been many times before but I feel like I haven't properly seen it yet because I was so young before. I want to do a mini trip exploring the whole of Cornwall because it has so much to offer. It's a massive hotspot for holidaying in the UK and you can see from the photos why. All the little fishing villages, the old towns and stunning beaches make Cornwall seem like it's a different country all together.


Leeds
Having a few friends living in Leeds I have been drowned in reasons to why Leeds is a city to put on my list. After doing a little research and having a peak at photos I'm starting to understand why they are adamant I trek up to visit. I've also heard it is a hotspot for good restaurants, bars and a mixture of old and new markets!


Peak District
It's the perfect escape from city life. If it's anything like the Lake District then I know I will love it. Just surrounding yourself with break-taking countryside views and nature is a perfect getaway.


Oxford
Similar to Cornwall, I have actually been to Oxford but it was for a day trip with my mum and the weather was a little rubbish so I don't feel I got to properly see Oxford at its best. It looks so charming and picturesque in the summer so I'd love to spend a weekend just exploring around the area and seeing why it's a tourists hotspot. I think it truly feels like you've gone back in time, without the shops of course.


What places are on your list to visit in the UK?

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*Disclaimer: Some of the photos used are not owned by myself and were taken from Pinterest. 

Spending quality time with yourself

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Freeing up time to sort yourself out, focus on yourself, laze around, or perhaps doing some other work is very important as it allows you to have a 'time out' from your family and friends and also your 9-5 working life.

I use my free time differently everyday, even if I am stuck inside all day. It is good to switch it up every now and then instead of getting into a routine and doing the same things everyday, unless of course you like having a routine. I have been getting into a routine lately just because I am wanting to get as much blogging done for the next month, and also preparing to return to university. However, I prefer doing something a little different everyday to keep myself motivated and productive in various ways.


WAYS I SPEND MY FREE TIME

Catch up with the latest blog/vlogs
With my sister, we find ourselves putting our fave youtube videos on Apple TV whilst catching up with the latest online. I am definitely a vlog watcher more than a blog reader, which doesn't make sense as I am a blogger...but I prefer watching than reading. If you knew me well then you would be surprised I blog instead of vlog (but I am definitely not confident enough for that yet!)
I love waking up early, grabbing something for breakfast and having a few hours in the morning to indulge in plenty of new vlogs, and occasionally new blogs.

Clean up my bedroom
There is nothing more satisfying than clearing up and area which was a tip and it being a pristine heaven afterwards. I sometimes need a little push to do this but it does always feel good afterwards when you are going to sleep knowing your bedroom is clean.

Do some reorganising 
I've been doing plenty of this lately and I can't tell you how satisfied I get once I've finished. When everyone is out at work I have decided to reorganise our kitchen cupboards - it surprises me we found anything before I did this as they were sooooo unorganised it stressed me out. Even reorganising stresses me out, and I sometimes question why I do this to myself (as does my sister), but in the end you know you've done something rewarding and helpful to someone.

Relax and do some self-care
It doesn't happen often (which is not ideal) but when it comes to having a little detox then I usually go all out, depending on how bad my skin/body condition is in. I very rarely have baths but when I am feeling a little under the weather with my body then I will jump in straight away. Face masks, exfoliating, moisturising, and anything detoxifying is the way I go around it. I usually just stick to the face masks as they give my skin a fresh look afterwards, with the soft feeling as well of course. But if you find yourself with a few spare hours in the evening then why not take that space to give your body and skin some loving. 

Walk and picture
It's so refreshing taking a walk around where you live and embracing that fresh air and the green nature around you. I'm lucky enough to have the countryside on my doorstep so I go on lots of walks, either around here or to local villages, such as Lacock which is a beautiful little village to wonder around (and Fantastic Beasts 2 is currently being filmed there so I was hoping to run into Johnny Depp or Eddie Redmayne!!)
If I ever go on a walk I will often take my camera if I am feeling a little creative and inspired. I've got so many beautiful photographs of the country, it's just too beautiful.


Watch the latest Netflix favourites 
The amount of series I have started watching and halfway through gone off it and started another one...the list is building up. It actually stresses me out that I have so many series I still have to finish watching but I have stopped watching TV as much as I used to just because it's nice to relax without a screen in your face (I'm saying this as I am browsing through my laptop...) and just having some music on in the background whilst focusing on something else. I have recently got back into colouring and I find it insanely therapeutic, and it just relaxes my body so much. Do you have any hobbies like this which give you a similar feeling?

Run some errands
Maybe you need some new stationery for school, or you parents need to go food shopping but have no time, or perhaps you need to go out and buy a birthday present for your friend; if you have time now then why waste it and get on with some errands you have listed down. This may mean you will have a few hours spare at the weekend to spend time with your family. 


How do you spend 'your' time?

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Things that keep me Inspired

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Finding inspiration is a topic which has often popped up now and then on social media between bloggers, discussing how we stay inspired, where we find our inspiration and who inspires us. There were so many answers being thrown around that it gave me more ways to help myself out. I thought I'd share with you how I get inspired and where my inspiration comes from.


I like to think motivation is the key to finding that inspiration. If you aren't motivated then you won't want to write or be interactive with your blog in some way. 

WHAT INSPIRES ME?
Reading blogs 
Being one of the most popular answers, reading blogs really helps me find inspiration. There's nothing better than seeing fellow bloggers doing well and producing great work, and after seeing them it makes me want to be just as successful and creative with my blog. Reading blogs not only helps me come up with ideas, but perhaps also new photo layouts or changing the layout to my posts, or even just the font. 

Exploring the outside world
There's life outside the house and exploring it allows your mind be imaginative, creative and positive. There's so much inspiration outside, maybe it's just on your doorstep. Go out and explore this beautiful world, come up with different ideas. Maybe take a notepad with you just incase you pick up some ideas along the way. I tend to make notes on my phone if I ever get a sudden thought or two. 

Pinterest!!
Pretty sure everyone finds Pinterest useful in some way or another. It just has everything you need to find inspiration for a post. If you're struggling with post ideas then explore through Pinterest, it works wonders. It sure has helped me with posts in the past, and I'm positive I'll be using it plenty in the future whenever I have bloggers block. 

My own workspace 
Having a space which is just for me, full with my stuff, and where I can just spend time during the day getting on with stuff is a massive motivation boost for me. This has been my biggest motivator this past week and it is amazing how much I have done without having any distractions around me, (ahem, my parents). I have moved all my work stuff to the dining table, created a good set up and just had hours or writing, taking photos, working in some way and it feels so good to have finally found my work comfort zone. Ever since I have made this space my own I have been so self-motivated to get on with work. This week I am dedicating my time to university work so I am ahead of the game when I go back, hence why I have scheduled blog posts for the next week.
Why don't you try this? Take a space in your home which is away from your room, as there may be various distractions, and make it your own. Maybe your dining room is a little bit impractical if you eat there everyday so it means you having to move all your stuff, luckily we only eat at the table on the weekends. Perhaps you want to go out and buy a cheap small table to be your desk and stick it somewhere out of everyone's way.
Or maybe you just like to work in your bedroom. This has never worked for me at home though. The same goes to when I am at university, I work so much better in the library than at home which is why the library is basically my second home.


What inspires you to keep blogging/working? Share any tips you have in the comments below :)


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Blueberry Muffins || Dairy Free Recipes

Sunday, September 10, 2017


I'm introducing a new section into my blog - food, because who doesn't love food? And everything on here will be dairy free, due to my dietary requirements, so hopefully will be beneficial to some of you.

As soon as I returned to England in July I went out hunting for a dairy free recipe book, and my dad has just come back from work with one too so I now have two! I know everything is on the internet these days but I like having them all in a book, sectioned into categories, and also one of them was on offer so how could I not buy it?


I have already made a few meals from the recipe book but nothing sweet so far. My friend asked to come round and was in the mood to bake so we spent an afternoon this week baking blueberry muffins, something that we both thought of straight away.

Ingredients
So what ingredients do you need to make these dairy free muffins?
Plain flour - 450g
Caster sugar - 225g
A pinch of salt
Baking powder - 1tsp
Sunflower oil - 75g
Dairy free coconut milk yoghurt - 125g
3 medium eggs
Vanilla extract - 1tsp
Blueberries - 250g


Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and grease a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases. 

2. Add the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large mixing bowl and mix together. 

3. In a separate mixing bowl, break in the three eggs, milk, oil and vanilla extract and whisk together until smooth. 






4. Bring the two bowls together and combine all the ingredients. Mix together until smooth and then begin to fold in the blueberries, like shown below. 




5. Once created a smooth, thick mixture, scoop the contents into the muffin cases. There is no need to put a lot in each case, like we did, as they raise to a decent height. 

Because we filled each case to the top we only had enough mixture for ten cases but they came out massive, so play around with it as you please and make as many as you can, it should serve for 12 though.


6. Bake them for 18-22 minutes, although I kept them in for a total time of 30 minutes, checking them regularly,  to make them a little brown but still keeping them soft and tasty.

7. Place on a cooling rack for a few minutes afterwards. 


TUCK IN AND ENJOY! 


These smelt so good whilst in the oven so I'm sure you can imagine how amazing the kitchen smelt one they were out the oven and cooling down, spreading the smell all around the house. The taste was just as good as the smell; we did good!

What is your favourite thing to bake?

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3 Quick and Easy Hairstyles I'm Loving Right Now

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Instead of the usual straightened hair, which I always do, I started experimenting and doing little changes to my hair routine to see what works best for my hair and what I think looks good. There are only three styles which I am currently loving but I am eager to discover other ways which prevent more heat damage to my hair and keeps me away from my straighteners more often.


HALF UP, HALF DOWN
This is basically how I have my hair everyday because it requires minimum effort and can create a decent look. It also means my hair half out of my face and stops me from touching it 24/7 as it will mess up otherwise.
How I create this style:

  1. I start by drying the top layer of hair roughly, leaving the rest to dry naturally. 
  2. I section out my side fringes and tie together to make sure it's out of the way for me to do the rest of the work. 
  3. Grab a third of the rest of the hair and tie it up in a ponytail, creating the half up half down look. 
  4. Untie the fringe and let it fall each side. I straighten the fringe and occasionally the ponytail if it's a little crazy. I leave the rest to dry naturally which allows it to become wavy. 

PONYTAIL WITH SIDE FRINGE
If I am in a hurry or not in the mood to fuss about with my hair then this hairstyle is the perfect choice. It is very simple and easy to put together, one I'm pretty sure everyone does every now and then if they can't be bothered or just don't have the time. 
I used to put it up and then pull out my fringe which did no good and can create many split ends, not what you want to end up with!

How I create this style:

  1. Using a similar start as the above style, I start by drying the top layer roughly. 
  2. I section out my fringe that I want to be left down and tie it together to keep it out of the way. 
  3. Scooping up the rest of my hair, I use my tangle teezer to get all the knots out and form a ponytail. I usually tighten it so it goes into a high ponytail. 
  4. Untying the fringe, I use my straighteners to sort the fringe out. And voila!  


AU NATURAL 
You often need to give your hair a break with all these products, all the hustle and bustle and just let it free and do whatever it does in its natural state. Mine usually just goes very wavy which I often like but sometimes it goes a little too crazy so only keep it like this if I know I'll be at home all day.  
It's a bit obvious how I style this, do nothing!


I rarely use products in my hair because I'm scared it will destroy it even more. However, if you have any recommendations which do your hair good then please let me know! 

What are your favourite hairstyles right now?


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