Thursday, 31 March 2016

The Infinity Dream Tag

I had a such a positive response from my Happy Tag, I wanted to publish another one because I found them really fun and personal to write! This is another tag that I was tagged to do so by Ava, from Land of Quiet (she designed the graphic above, so talented!) There are a few rules which I will leave below...

  1. Thank the Blogger who tagged you
  2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself
  3. Answer the 11 questions given to you
  4. Tag 11 bloggers and give them 11 new questions to answer.
11 Facts About Me:

1. I suck at ice skating, however it is still one of my favourite things to do.
2. I have no idea what I want to do when I'm older. I did want to become a teacher, then a G.P and my recent idea was to become a magazine editor, but I honestly have no idea what I want to do! Of course, being a blogger would be great but I'm not sure my blog will ever become that popular!
3. I live with my mum, dad and sister. I also have 2 dogs called Honey and Archie. Honey is a golden cocker spaniel and Archie is a black labrador. Alongside them, we have 7 chickens called; Clint, Lee, Emma, Barbara, Baby Blue, Margaret, and Nameless (we haven't a clue on what to name it haha! Maybe leave your suggestions below - I'm thinking Beryl ;))
4. My favourite meal is spaghetti carbonara.
5. I recently had my second ear piercing and I love it! For some people who don't know me, this will sound like I am a piercing addict - no, I don't want any more piercings and I don't want any tattoos. This second ear piercing was something I have wanted for ages now, because I think they look cute with a dangly earring and a studded one, haha! 
6. I started blogging way back in April 2014 in secret - my blog was public but no one I knew found out about it! When it came to August, my friends and family found out about it and in embarrassment I deleted all posts until August as I disliked them. This is a decision I regret because I want to see how much I have improved since my first posts - damn it! 
7. I love writing. Everyone says my handwriting looks like a font, but I don't know, haha! 
8. I love anti jokes. For example; What did the farmer say when he couldn't find his tractor? I can't find my tractor! or Why can't the T-Rex clap? Because he is dead! etc...please don't say I'm the only one who finds these hilarious!
9. I have an annoying tendency to overthink everything and make it sound really bad in my head. I get paranoid I'm annoying everyone haha, even though I have the best supportive friends in the world. 
10. I have a hearing loss. Many people don't know this about me, including those who I know in person, but I wear two hearing aids. This was something I was born with, and was diagnosed when I was 2. Don't worry, I'm not one of those nerdy weirdos you see in the films, haha! I would love to go into more detail about this in a full post but I don't know if this is something you want to see?
11. I find it really difficult to write facts about myself because I feel really awkward talking about myself to other people! I much prefer to listen to other people talk about themselves and their day - is anyone else like this?

Ava's Questions: 

1. What is your favorite place to chill?
My bedroom! I have it looking really cute and personal now, and I love to pop some music on in my room and chill out while on my laptop. 

2. Do you remember your dreams often? Do you have a favorite dream you wish you could experience again?

I remember dreams when I wake up, usually thinking about how weird that dream was! I would love to experience some dreams again, I had a dream that I grew up in America and went to an American high school as they look so fun! Another dream was that all of my friends and I were superheroes and saved the world...I have really childish dreams for a 15 year old, haha!

3. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?

I really want a sausage dog! They look so cute and stubby, and awh... If I was to go more imaginative, I would go for a elephant and they are so wise and sweet. 

4. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child? If so, describe them.

No, I never really jumped on to this bandwagon. I think it was because I was too busy annoying my little sister, haha!

5. What is something you miss about being a kid?

How carefree everything was. I didn't care how I looked really, classwork wasn't hard and I just loved spending time with my friends and family without any commitments or distractions!

6. If you weren't going to be a {blank}, what would you be?

I don't know what I want to be when I am older, so I have no idea! Sorry :)

7. What is an activity you would like to do, but are too scared to actually take part in?

I'm not really scared to take part in, more the fact that I am so competitive sometimes I'm worried other people will be miles better than me! I would love to be really skilled in karate or gymnastics etc. I used to go to gymnastics when I was younger for years but I gave it up!

8. Do you have any allergies?

Face Paint and hayfever. My hayfever is quite bad so I am always sneezing, but I might have an allergy to horses too? I just class it as hayfever, but I volunteer at a horse riding stables on a Monday night, and I always get really wheezy and sneezy like my hayfever but I don't know! My face goes all red and blotchy when I have face paint on, the only stuff that doesn't irritate my skin is Snazaroo!  

9. What band/album/song have you been enjoying (obsessing) over currently?

I don't really have a favourite band, I just listen to anything in the charts! I do like a bit of Little Mix though, if I had to choose.

10. Describe your feel-better routine.

Have a shower and wash my hair, and snuggle up in bed watching YouTube videos with a hot cup of tea!

11. What is a song/book/movie/scent that you really love purely because of the memory attached to it?

I love the song 'What's the Name of the Game' by ABBA as my mum, sister and I used to sing it all the time on the way to primary school. Ahh fun times, haha! 

I can't tag 11 bloggers because I can't think of just 11 to tag! So, I tag each and everyone of you (if you do this post, I want to see a Paige tagged me to do...etc ;)) to answer these following questions. I know some people don't do tags, but I didn't until recently and they are actually really fun to complete! 

1. Do you have any middle names?
2. Have you ever done something you regret?
3. What is your favourite way to pass time?
4. Why do you blog in a maximum of 20 words?
5. Do you have a weird habit nobody knows about?
6. Have you ever faced your worst fear? What was it?
7. What is your favourite drink?
8. What do you prefer: cats or dogs?
9. Describe the dream you had last night.
10. What was your favourite childhood television programme? 
11. What are your 3 favourite words to say?

Thank you to Ava for tagging me, and will you do this tag?

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

What I Got For My Birthday 2016

I want to thank everyone that wished me a happy birthday last weekend, on here or Twitter as you were all so kind! I honestly wasn't expecting it, and it made me feel so happy and excited for the rest of the day - thank you for being so amazing.

I will do a similar style of post to my Christmas haul, where I just take photographs and zoom in on certain aspects. If you want to know where any product is from, leave a comment below and hopefully another reader or myself will be able to tell you where it is from or where you can purchase a similar item! 

As I'm sure you are aware, I don't mean to brag or show off in any way. I feel so grateful to all of my friends and family for what they purchased me for my birthday, and I am incredibly lucky to recieve all of my presents. 

These are a selection of the presents I recieved, as some were too hard to photograph! #bloggerproblems. Sorry this post has been a long time coming - but I'm thankful we are still in March haha!

When is your birthday? Do you have the same interests and tastes as me?

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Our Easter Celebrations

Happy Easter everyone! I wish you all the best wishes and celebrations today, and I hope your weekend was filled with lots of chocolate and treats. I will be posting again soon, but for now I will leave you with a few snaps of our Easter Sunday! xx

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Birthday Wishlist 2016

It doesn't seem like 2 second ago when I drafted up my Christmas wishlist, haha! My birthday is coming up, March 13th for those interested (!), and I thought it would be a nice idea to share some of the things I would dream of for my birthday, if money was no objection. Think of this as your fantasy wishlist if you like. I will be turning 15 this year, and I have to admit I am so excited! All of my friends turned 15 ages ago, so I am the baby of our friendship group, which is slightly annoying!

When is your birthday?

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Blog Aims

Although I took my blog seriously before the whole new redesign and content inspiration, I want this year to be the year I focus on my blog in terms of growth and keeping content flowing. One of the reasons I went wrong before is because I have any blogging aims; what I want out of my blog and what I want to achieve. Although I don't want to take the fun out of blogging, documenting my blogging aims with you sounded like a good idea, after all you are the ones reading what I write!

Publish some more personal content and stories.
Give back to my readers in a personal manner.
Blog from the heart, not from the head.
Stop comparing my blog to somebody else's.
Improve stock photography.
Don't worry about statistics too much.
Be proud of what I have written and produced.
Open up about my blog to more friends and family.

What are your blogging aims?

Thursday, 3 March 2016

The Happy Tag

A couple of weeks ago, Elizabeth tagged me to do the Happy Tag. I haven't done a tag before on this blog, so I wanted to experiment and switch up the content a little for those who like more personal posts. I don't think there are any guidelines to this tag - apart from that you just have to list what makes you happy!

Lying Out Loud // Kody Keplinger
Hunger Games Trilogy // Suzanne Collins
Night Owls // Jean Bennett
The Maze Runner Quadrology // James Dashner
If I Stay // Gayle Forman
Teardrop // Lauren Kate
The Book Thief // Markus Zusak
The Fault In Our Stars // John Green

Caesura (thank my English teacher, but this word sounds nice?!)

The Duff
Pitch Perfect
Mean Girls
Grown Ups
James Bond
The Martian
Currently watching
Call The Midwife
Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
The Goldbergs
Other series
Death in Paradise
The Great British Bake Off
X Factor
Strictly Come Dancing

Wood burning
Petrol (!)
Cookie dough

Theme parks
Hot chocolate with squirty cream and marshmallows
Mojito mocktail
Tiger bread
Banoffee pie
The atmosphere of coffee shops

I can't choose a certain selection of people to nominate, so if you want to do this tag I nominate you! Maybe try this as something out of your comfort zone, just like I did.

Would you like to see more tags?

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

4 Ways To Stay Motivated

Happy March! Motivation is something everyone can struggle with from time to time, and it can come in all sorts of forms. Whether it may be with school work, blogging or a hobby it is always a massive bummer when you get stuck in a slump - so I have put together tips to help stay out of a negative slump and keep you feeling motivated!

Join a group.
Whether it be your friends, family or random strangers joining a group is something that can motivate you to stick with your goals and hobbies. I tend to go along the lines of if you don't do this, you are letting the whole team down. This can adapt to suit whatever you are struggling to motivate yourself with, for example with blogging you could collaborate with other bloggers!

Take a break. 
When you work yourself super hard over something, one of the best things to do is to take a step back. This may be hard to do, but taking some time for yourself can really help relax yourself and reduce the stress. I always find that once I have had a nice bubble bath and read a couple of books, I feel motivated and full of inspiration again, however you have to find something that motivates you.

Make a journal.
I can see some yawns in the audience, but hear me out here! Journalling is a great way to document and reflect back on good motivation streaks and bad slumps. Whenever you do your hobby or task, just make a quick note on how you felt about it and how well you achieved your goals. Then, when you are in a similar situation you can reflect back on your past self and get yourself motivated again.

Listen to some music.
There is nothing like listening to your favourite tunes when looking for motivation. I always find that having a bit of a party on your own can motivate and inspire you to get back at your aims. Why not create a playlist on Spotify or your music app and just jam it out? Did I really just say that? - okay, moving on...

What do you find helps motivate you?