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Remembering Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Philosopher's Stone

Can you believe that it has been 18 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was shown in cinemas? That makes me both feel old and amazed! Like the saying goes, it only feels like yesterday…

The thing is I actually do remember everything about my first time seeing the film!

Before I chat about that, I thought I’d remember my first thoughts on hearing that Harry Potter was being turned into a film franchise. I first heard about it in the same way that Rupert Grint did: through an episode of Newsround. Back then you could apply to audition for the roles of Harry, Ron and Hermione through sending a picture of yourself and some information.

Did I send in MY information? Nope, I was just one year too old to audition but I did find another way to be a part of the Philosopher’s Stone.

I was an extra!!

This was my first ever time on any kind of set and it was the best kind of experience for any Harry Potter fan! Even though you only saw like half of your head or recognised your blurry blob in the background, it was still so much fun! Chris Columbus was the sweetest director and you honestly didn’t feel like just an extra, but apart of the cast.

I can actually spot myself getting off the Hogwarts Express and sitting in the Great Hall.

Back to being a fan!

Just because I was an extra doesn’t mean that I knew everything that was going to happen. I was only in a handful of scenes and then went back to muggle school. I didn’t see any mentions again until I saw the teaser trailer on GMTV.

The music at the start is embedded into my soul! Still get chills every time I hear it!

When the film was finally released on 16th November 2001, my mum probably dreaded the day. She may have had to put up with me going on and on about the film coming out. That and I had already developed a bit of a crush on Rupert Grint by this time.

I was 14, people!

It might seem a little weird, but I actually collected magazines chatting about the film from everywhere. I still have them! There was something that made me super excited every time I saw it mentioned in either a magazine or a newspaper. My poor mum even drove me to different shops so I could buy certain papers that had Harry Potter mentioned. My old English teacher (RIP Mrs Roberts!) even brought in little magazines to school to read at break-time. She knew that Harry Potter really helped me out and this is such an incredible memory to have.

I ended up convincing Mum to take me to a better cinema an hour away from where we live so I could see it in the best quality! This one was an Odeon and my mind was blown! We were sitting at the front so kind of had to crane our necks a little.

My favourite moment of all time has to be the scene where we see Hogwarts for the first time. John Williams created such a magical score! My heart may or may not have been beating super quick during that moment!

As for loving the cast, I knew that I would adore seeing Dan, Rupert and Emma playing Harry, Ron and Hermione for years to come. I didn’t get to chat to them that much but my claim to fame is playing a hand-clapping game and using a paper fortune-teller with Emma.

In honour of this anniversary, I’m going to grab some popcorn and watch the film!

What are your memories of seeing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the first time?

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AD | Hogwarts Great Hall and Tower (Harry Potter Village)

I bet every fellow Harry Potter fan has been waiting for that special day when they received their letter! Well, that day came for me today! I finally went to Hogwarts!! So…the school might be teeny compared to the actual thing, but this halfblood is going to take what she can get.

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What I always loved about Hogwarts is that it isn’t just a simple castle, but almost like a patchwork quilt. Bits and pieces added to help students have their best time at boarding school. I can imagine the Founders looking at that plot of land in Scotland, wondering what their castle was going to look like to the first ever students.

A tower here, a dungeon there, a secret hidden Chamber with a potential deadly creature for good measure.

There are so many little copies of the school from Lego to baby Hogwarts models. Dept56 is taken all of that and seem to literally be creating the Wizarding World! They have an Ollivanders, the Burrow, the Hogwarts Express, Hagrid’s Hut, Quidditch Pitch and the Astronomy Tower.

The model in the picture is the Great Hall and Tower*!

Yes, I did try to have a look for the Gryffindor Common Room but the magic must’ve known I was a Hufflepuff. Now I know what Gulliver must have felt like! I am in awe at all the detail they managed to put into this! All the windows, the bricks, the tiles on the towers, the clocktower, chimneys and more! All the love makes me such a proud Harry Potter fan!

You can’t have a Hogwarts without Dumbledore and a student. A certain Harry Potter…never heard of him. These are sold seperately but…you can’t have a Hogwarts without them!!

We know that Hogwarts is a school of witchcraft and wizardry, but that magic works even in the muggle world! Do you want to see what I mean? Scroll down a bit!!

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This Hogwarts model may be a hefty £180 but for the amount of detail, the scale and that it would make an incredible piece for your collection, I reckon this would be a perfect gift! If you’re like me, you’d probably have to save up for a while to afford it but I know you’re worth the effort.

What do you think of this model?

*This post contains a gifted item but all opinions given are entirely my own. 

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The Ultimate Harry Potter Christmas Gift Guide (Part 2)

There are so many things out there that you can get for a Harry Potter gift that I’ve had to make my gift guide two parts! Not that I mind, of course! Creating this particular guide is giving some great ideas on what to treat myself for surviving the year! Haha!

If you haven’t seen Part One, feel free to go check it out first! It’s not essential, but it would make me a happy fandom blogger!

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Teens/Adults

Forbidden forest winter coat (EMP – £119 to £129)

Daisy! You’re starting off with a super expensive thing?! What?! I know, I know! Once you see how awesome this coat is, however, you’ll understand! This coat has a gorgeous design on both the front and the back! Though, if you’re scared of spiders, this might not be for you. It comes with a detachable cape, buttons with the Hogwarts logo, removable faux-fur on the hood and sleeves, two side pockets and even an inside pocket (for your wand!)

With the weather that Hogsmeade gets, it’s better to be wrapped up warm! Another thing I love is that it caters for all! It goes for XS up to 5XL!

Patronus Jeans Jacket (EMP – £39.99)

One of my favourite spells in Harry Potter has to be ‘Expecto Patronum’! The idea of being able to create a guardian/light against a darkness sounds perfect for my mental health. When I saw that EMP had a Patronus jean jacket, I knew I must include it!

There are beads on the shoulders, a stag print on the back with Sirius’ quote: ‘The ones that love us never truly leave us’. I think it’s a fitting thing especially if you’ve lost a loved one over the years.

Marauder’s Map High-Top Sneakers (EMP – £32.99)

As much as Vans are a great brand, I didn’t really like the Potter designs they created.

These sneakers have a much better design! They’re a fun black and red colour with a white design of the Marauder’s Map and footprints all over. Simple but still really fun! They range from Size 4 to 10!

Hedwig Handbag (Loungefly – £55.99)

It wouldn’t be a Harry Potter gift guide without something with Hedwig on it!

Depending on what store you shop at, depends on the quality of the Potter handbag or the design. Yeah…kind of tired of seeing the chibi characters everywhere! That said, I’ve heard such incredible things about products from Loungefly and had to show you this gorgeous Hedwig bag. It has her, a Hogwarts letter, yellow & red flowers and a Deathly Hallow symbol on the front!

It’s not a massive bag but has a long shoulder strap, handles for when your shoulder hates you and so much room! Maybe they’ve used an extendable charm inside?

Hogwarts: A History Journal (Mina Lima – £12.95)

Mina Lima are the geniuses behind all of the Harry Potter props we’ve seen in the films from Harry’s acceptance letter to all of the school books we see and more! I’ve always wanted to own a copy of Hogwarts: A History since my inner Hermione has been needing it. This might not be the actual book but it is a notebook with the design on front!

Harry Potter + stationery = heaven!

If you want the whole Hogwarts library collection, it will set you back £75 so best to save your galleons, sickles and knuts!

Back to school

We can’t have a gift guide without looking at the Hogwarts Houses! I won’t throw everything at you since we’d be here all day, but I can’t back down from finding out what is out there for the individual Houses!

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1910 Hufflepuff Replica Exercise Book (Mina Lima – £10)

After seeing Crimes of Grindelwald and baby!Newt, I knew that I needed to own something from that era! I’m kind of hoping they release the school uniform from there one day but that’s a dream. What you can own is a school book from there! Look at how stunning the design in and, of course, in Hufflepuff yellow!

128 pages to gush on, write different notes and maybe write some fanfics!

Hufflepuff House Crest Set (Mina Lima – £14.95)

Can’t think what to get for that Hufflepuff in your life?

First off, we Hufflepuffs won’t mind what we get and why not get them a little bit of everything with Mina Lima’s Hufflepuff crest? In this set you get a notebook, card holder, a badge and a notecard!

We’ll love it either way!!

Hufflepuff School Robe (WB Studio Tour London – £74.95)

The ultimate Harry Potter gift you can get for a Hufflepuff is their very own authentic Hogwarts school robes!! The day that I received mine was the day they made me cry! I’d been wanting to own a pair for so many years and I’m still thankful to this day that I was able to get some.

They are no joke!

These will make you instantly feel like a proper Hogwarts student since they’re heavy-ish, have the yellow trim and even a pocket inside for your wand!

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Gryffindor House Crest Maroon T-Shirt (Platform 9 3/4 Shop – £29.95)

Are you loving the brand new Gryffindor logo shown on the Wizarding World app? If you are, then the Platform 9 and 3/4 Shop has different merch with it on! It might be winter but you can still treat someone to a t-shirt!

Plus it’s so bright that you can’t miss whoever is wearing it!

You can get the same in: Hufflepuff | Ravenclaw | Slytherin

“Better Be Gryffindor!” Print (Mina Lima – £39)

This is something that all possible Gryffindors want to hear when they are at the Sorting Ceremony, especially if they are a Potter or a Weasley!

It’s a bright and wonderful print to have on the wall in a frame! Think we can persuade Mina Lima to make a Hufflepuff one with Newt? Haha!

Gryffindor Embroided Banner (WB Studio Tour London – £17.95)

I reckon this would make every Gryffindor happy! They’d be able to show off their House Pride to anyone visiting, young or old! They could have it above their bed, hanging on a book-shelf or have it near a front door to show even your postman that you’re a Lion!

It will last you for many years to come!

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Ravenclaw

Ravenclaw Attribute Mug (WB Studio Tour London – £12.95)

Have a Ravenclaw that might be doubting themselves a little and needs a reminder of just how great they are? This mug would be perfect! It would show them that they are more than just their books and that they can be wise in so many other ways!

I mean…look at Luna!

“For Those Who Are Learned” Soy Candle (Etsy – £10)

An amazing way to read a book when the weather is horrendous outside is to embrace your magical self and read by candlelight. Obviously you wouldn’t want that person to hurt their eyes but it would still make a great gift!

This is a vegan-friendly soy candle that has rosemary (symbolised for memory) and petrichor (the scent of the earth after rain and helps deep thinking).

ReadingRoomCandleCo (Sara) is the amazing person behind the candles and has the best smelling fandom candles around! Check out Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Slytherin!

Ravenclaw Bookfold Art (Etsy – £40)

If you’ve never seen how breath-taking bookfold art is, then you need to check out this by BananaBookfolds! What else could be a perfect gift for a Ravenclaw than art made from an extra book?!

It’s made from a Harry Potter book (I knooow…try not to cry at the death of a book and pray it’s not your favourite!), wrapped with a blue ribbon and has silver painted corners!

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Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy Wands (Cursed Child Store – £32)

I couldn’t talk about Slytherin gifts without fangirling over two of my favourite Slytherins! You don’t have to have seen Cursed Child to appreciate you their wands! They’re so personal to the characters and I feel any Slytherin will understand how hard they push past the old ‘Slytherins are evil’ thoughts.

If you have seen the show, you can check out the official Slytherin section and the brand new Cursed Child: The Journey book!

Slytherin Hooded Sweatshirt (WB Studio Tour London – £39.95)

It sounds super cold down in the dungeons (believe me…I know!) so your favourite Slytherin will need something to wear during the weekends. No teen wants to wear their school uniform to keep them warm on days off!

This sweatshirt is actually unisex so it doesn’t matter what gender you are! As long as you want to show everyone how proud you are to be a Slytherin, you can wear! It’s 80% cotton so perfect to keep any snakes snug!

Slytherin Stocking (WB Studio Tour London – £28)

The final product in my ultimate Harry Potter gift guide is this Slytherin stocking! It’s a Christmas gift guide and, even though I never had a stocking to get teeny presents in, I still love the idea of having something to maybe open on Christmas Eve or before Christmas lunch to keep me going!

It’s such an elegant design with the House crest on the front and a teeny snake on the side!

If you could give any Harry Potter character a gift, who would you choose
and what would it be?

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The Ultimate Harry Potter Christmas Gift Guide (Part 1)

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It’s never too early for Christmas content, is it? Of course not! I’ve been seeing gift guides popping up on Youtube since last month! There is one particular guide I’ve seen much of yet and that is a Harry Potter gift guide! I need to see what magical items are being sold so this kind of me getting ideas for what I want as well as helping you!

See? I’m helping you by helping me! Haha!

Why is this an ultimate Harry Potter guide guide, I hear you ask? I’m including as many things as I can! That means individual Houses, babies, pets…as much as I can fit here! It will be in 2 parts because lots to share and throw at you!

I’m kicking off with babies because we have to look out for teeny witches and wizards!

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Hedwig Romper (Boden – From £26 to £28)

Ever wanted a little owl of your own? Thanks to Boden, now you can! They have this super adorable little romper with a teeny Hedwig on the front! Since it’s mostly cotton, it’s super soft and perfect for chilly winter days!

This romper goes from 0-3 months all the way to 18-24 months!

Harry Potter Sleepsuit with Hat (SAINSBURY’S – £4.50)

Usually this sleepsuit would go up to 18-24 months, but Sainsburys have this on sale!! The only size they have left is up to 1 month so runnnn!

This is perfect for your teeny little Gryffindor! It’ll be like your baby is wearing a Hogwarts uniform and they can pretend to be Harry Potter since the hat has glasses and a scar!

Aden + Anais Harry Potter Musys – 3 pack (Natural Baby Shower – £21.95)

I’m going to be honest…I have zero clue what these are used for and never heard of Musys. Maybe my parent friends can let me know! I thought they would be a cute addition to this gift guide since they have a combination of snitches, stars and Hedwig!

They sound soft and there are 3 so yayy!

Harry Potter Play Suits (Boden – From £35)

For the next baby product, I’ve chosen some play suits from Boden!

Every baby loves to play as they get older so I thought these would be a brilliant little gift for Christmas! The design on these are stunning!! There is a blue striped suit and then there is a patterned ivory suit with teeny designs of the stag and doe patronuses, Hogwarts, a snitch, a key and Crookshanks!

Hufflepuff Babygrow & Bib (Warner Bros Studio Tour – £25)

This discovery was one of my reasons for including babies in my Harry Potter gift guide! Excuse the caps for a second but IT’S A HUFFLEPUFF BABY OUTFIT!!! I swear…if I had a baby, I would definitely dress it in this! It’s grey with a yellow trim and has the cutest little badger on the front! The bib has Hufflepuff and Helga’s cup on the front!

Don’t worry, other Houses…they have one for you too!!
Gryffindor | Slytherin | Ravenclaw

Toddler Vans x Harry Potter Slip-On Shoes (Vans -£40)

This is venturing into toddler territory but, as soon as I saw these teeny Vans, I knew I had to show you! They are pricey at £40 but they go from 1 – 4 and you can’t mess around with shoes. If there is anything I learned from my friend who worked at Clarks, their feet are always growing and you don’t want to do damage at any early age!

Plus they’re Harry Potter and they’re going to be running around!

Photo by Artem Maltsev on Unsplash

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Toy Wand (Warner Bros Studio Tour – £19.95)

The one thing that every young witch or wizard will want before Hogwarts is a wand! Obviously they can’t get a real wand until they’re 11, but this is the next best thing! This one lights up, doesn’t get damaged too easily and won’t let them accidentally Curse their sibling when upset.

Though look out for any teddy bears turning into spiders!

Flying Snitch Toy (Warner Bros Studio Tour – £19.95

Every future Quidditch star will need one of these especially if they’re going to be a Seeker!

Maybe they’re a little young for a drone so this will be just right for them. You can attach to their ceiling and the snitch will flap its way and fly! Just like magic, huh?

Wingardium Leviosa Kit (Hawkin’s Bazaar – £15)

Another flying gift is this amazing Wingardium Leviosa kit!

It’s one of the first spells that Harry and everyone learns in their first year! If you don’t mind being a muggle for a second, the magic happens because of an nearly invisible but strong thread. Not going to spoil how that works but that’s a small glimpse!

Just remember to tell them that it’s Levi-O-sa, not Levio-SAH!

Luna Sequin Sweatshirt (Boden – From £25)

It was literally so hard to decide on certain Potter clothes for kids because there are so many out there! This post would literally go on for weeks if I let it! We’re back again to Boden with this fun Luna Lovegood sweatshirt!

I love Luna so much and I think kids love her because she is basically a big child at heart! You have her Spectospecs on the front with sequins on the glasses part. If you move those, they go from blue and pink to silver! I’d have way too much fun with that! The ages on this go from 3-4 years all the way to 15-16 years!!

Lumos Glow-In-The-Dark PJs (Boden – From £26)

When I was a kid, I always wanted to own a pair of PJs that would glow in the dark! I was obsessed with the stickers and even had a Halloween one on my bathroom window for  over a decade! What I love about these are that they fulfill that wish!

You can choose from 3 pairs of PJs! You have a Patronus pair, a Marauders Map pair and a Knight Bus pair.

I wish I could get myself some! Does anyone have a time-turner I can borrow?

Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle Snowglobe (Very – £32.50)

You can’t have Christmas without a snowglobe, especially when it has Hogwarts and Hagrid’s hut in it!! This is such an awesome present! This one would be more focused towards older kids but I think it would be a special thing to receive under the tree. You can shake and the glitter inside the water makes it look like it’s snowing!

Very has actually reduced this from £64.99 down to £32.50 as a Black Friday deal so, again, RUN!!

Like I said, I literally could be here for ages with everything Harry Potter that is out there right now. These are just some of the things I thought were a little different and a little fun.

Tomorrow I’ll be bringing you the next part of my Ultimate Harry Potter gift guide so stay tuned to my blog (and maybe subscribe?).

What Potter gift would you give to childhood you for Christmas?

 

Lifestyle

Tips On Engaging With Your Audience Through Social Media

It doesn’t matter who you talk to but, when you mention social media, they ask what you have and how many followers. It’s like a completely different language so that’s pretty cool, I guess. As bloggers, we are always attached to social media in one way or another. Whether it’s through Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or even Youtube!

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Everyone has a favourite site to visit.

For me, I adore Twitter! It has everything I need to be kept content: my friends, some of my favourite celebs and the ability to mess around with gifs! However, it’s not only for me to go a little crazy on. It’s also a vital place in getting my posts noticed by different people and brands which is brilliant for engagement.

You could be new to blogging and not know what to do next to get people engaging with your posts. Believe me, I still struggle with this sometimes, especially on Instagram.

don’t treat your followers as numbers

This is a big one for me.

I’ve read so many stories of bloggers who only care about getting their follower numbers to go up and don’t bother to connect with them. They are so much more than a number! They are taking a moment out of their time to look at what you’ve posted and possibly even leave a like and comment.

Chat with them! Say thank you!

Return the favour

If you’re on Twitter, then you may have seen that there are accounts that have comment swaps! This is basically exactly as it suggests. You post your own link in the Twitter thread saying you’ll return comments (return the comment!), then you check out some of the other posts! You can say your piece and let the person know you’ve commented!

You don’t have to do all of the posts but it’s a great way to get engagement.

use appropriate hashtags

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It doesn’t matter which social media you’re on, hashtags/keywords are super important!

These are what direct your post or image to the people who will be most interested! For example: if I’m posting a Harry Potter picture, I’ll always add #harrypotter or #harrypotterfandom. That way fellow fans will hopefully see my image and engage with it. Obviously Instagram is a toughie to get noticed but keep trying and you never know what may happen.

write an interesting caption

I love doing this on both Instagram and Twitter! I get to write a mini blog about my post and normally end up throwing my feels at everyone. It’s an interesting way of getting the attention! It doesn’t always work with everyone but, if you ask questions, people may reply.

You’re giving them a reason to chat with you!

How do you engage with people on social media?

Lifestyle

6 Realistic Goals I’m Setting For 2020

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I’m seeing so many people starting to come up with realistic goals for 2020! I love getting the chance to make goals each month, but I’ll admit that they aren’t that realistic. How do I expect myself to succeed with them if I set the bar too high? I haven’t been all that great with the ones I started the year with so this type of post is long overdue!

Walk more OFTEN:

I do try to walk as much as I can but, if the weather is nasty or my mood/body is off, I can’t. I do try which is important, I guess. I could say that I’m going to walk 10,000 steps every other but it won’t happen. Instead I’m going to propose that I walk more often, even on the days I struggle on.

I think a stronger umbrella is in order! Mine kind of broke itself. I have my eyes on a colour-changing one I saw in Waterstones!

Save money each month:

I’ve got so many things that I want to buy to decorate my flat and I can’t get myself to spend the money there and then. I want to change my habit of eating out and buying snacks and put the money I would’ve spent into my savings acount.

I’m going to be buying a holiday or a house in many years but I might be able to get better carpet.

*hides* I don’t have ANY carpet! I’m a little ashamed that I haven’t gotten any yet.

Drink more water:

I’ve been proud of myself for even drinking a little more than I used to. However, my little more is going from 2 glasses of water a day to 4. I know, I know!! I should be drinking the whole 8 glasses a day. I tend not to feel thirsty or get side-tracked by doing other things.

I’d love to purchase a plastic-free water bottle/flask that helps me track how much I’ve been drinking and keeps it cool.

If you have any good recommendations, let me know!

start a hobby:

One of the mental health triggers I’ve noticed lately is that I have time to spare. If I have time alone, I think. If I think, then my mood takes a bad turn. I really want to start a hobby early next year and I’m glad that I’m thinking of it now. I hate going out at night so if I can find one that helps during the day or easy to commute to, I’ll go!

There’s no point thinking of doing a hard hobby.

I’d love to take up sign language again or even work on photography so fingers crossed that they work out.

Spend more time with family:

This is a teeny unrealistic in the fact that the majority of my family lives in Northern Ireland.

To make up for the fact that I can’t constantly fly over, my spending time will be talking more over the phone, through WhatsApp and the odd postcard.

I tend to feel a little like a black sheep since most of my cousins are married, have families of their own and stuff like that. It isn’t until recently that I’ve started to understand things happen to different people. I just need to accept my differences and chat!

Snack less:

Gaaaah! The snacking this year has been absolutely horrendous!

The ironic thing is that all of my snacks have been healthy such as fruit, raw bars. The problem is the amount of snacks. A little trigger warning for anyone else who binge-eats: I have been getting up and eating bulk snacks when I’ve struggled.

Kind of makes me feel ill so need to change it by snacking less.

I do have lots of other realistic goals that I might end up doing but there’s no use setting too many. I’ll be put off otherwise!

What goals are you thinking of setting for 2020?

 

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Why I Hate Winter More Than The Other Seasons

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Autumn is slowly coming to an end and Winter hitting us next month, I am slowly starting to wonder whether I can hibernate. Out of all the seasons that we have to go through every year, winter is the one that I hate the most.

Hate is a strong word, isn’t it, Daisy?

Maybe but not when it comes to this awful season!!

Why do I detest it with such a passion? I’m glad you asked! I hope you’re ready for a little rant of past experiences and a general grumpy lady!

i hate the cold

I pretty much hate the extremes of both temperatures (too hot/too cold), but cold has an extra sting in the tail. The cold gives me chillblains!! If you don’t know what these are, then you have been blessed! They’re basically itchy, red bumps that can appear on your fingers and toes. It’s apparently a circulation thing, I think, and they made me sad.

They leave my toes all swollen and uncomfortable.

I can pop on warmer socks and use a Snowfire Ointment stick to ease the burning and the itch, but the cold still sucks!

the winter makes me extra clumsy

Anyone who knows me can tell you how clumsy I can get.

I trip over little things, I slip on stuff that shouldn’t be slippy or I bump into doors. The reason why this time of year makes me extra clumsy? The ice.

This might be a silly thing to admit but I actually have a phobia of ice/slipping.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been scared of slipping on ice. Back in 2010, I had slipped over twice on black ice, hitting the back of my head. It left me with a severe concussion and with a fuzzy left eye. It made extra terrified of slipping and, if I see ice outside, I instantly get intense anxiety. I’ll refuse to head out (even if I have an appointment) or I’ll take super long to get somewhere.

Baby steps.

I know you’re not meant to take these since you’re more likely to fall over; however, I can’t go any faster. In the last year I finally bought myself some grips for my shoes called Yaktrax and they’ve been a god-send!

I don’t like snow

Don’t get me wrong…falling snow is stunning and I think it makes everything look super clean and fresh. I love it even more when it disappears overnight. It’s when it falls…and falls…and freezes that makes me not like it.

I hate having to trudge through deep snow and super-thick ice.

Oh and don’t get me started on sludge!! That gets everywhere!

It’s heavy as well! I remember having to shovel snow off our driveway and off part of the road so my mum could reverse and get out. It would be amazing if councils could grit the little roads and pavements but they just don’t want us to sue if we fall!

i don’t have happy memories with it

I mentioned falling over a few times which isn’t amazing, but I have other memories that make me dislike it. One is when my mum slipped over on the ice, hit the side of a van and couldn’t get up. I was terrified that she’d seriously hurt herself or that she would get hypothermia! Thankfully she didn’t but still.

The other memory is going to sound super selfish.

Winter means my birthday.

Winter also means no-one wanting to come to my birthday parties.

Being socially awkward didn’t help with the whole friend thing yet winter just made everything ten times worse. No-one wanted to come in the snow and, since it’s so close after Christmas, no-one likes to meet up because they’re broke. I did say that it was a selfish reason. I totally get it. It just make birthdays a little lonely and not a special day.

What are your thoughts on winter? Do you love or hate?

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6 Bloggers & Vloggers I Loved During October

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It doesn’t matter which month it is, I have certain bloggers and vloggers that I love to see content from. I guess I’m pretty loyal to the ones I love, though I do discovering new people to follow. If you have any recommendations for me after you’ve read this post, let me know in the comments!

We’re 2 days into November already which means I’m going to fangirl over some of my favourite content creators! I never know what to call people online sometimes. Some like to be influencers, others content creators or vloggers/youtubers! So many titles! At the end of the day, we all use a camera but we show our creativity in different ways!

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this is how we bingham

It’s been a long time since I found a family on Youtube that I can love and feel excited to see a new vlog from, but I found that with the Binghams! They’re a brilliant family from Utah who loves to film their daily lives, go crazy over GoPro and show their faith. You have Branden, Mindy, Madison, Ryler, Krew, Brexsen and Hazyl! Oh, can’t forget Lazzy the cat who they saved from freezing to death a few years ago!

I’ve literally binge-watched all of their videos before and it’s amazing to see how they grow as a family! Other members of the family vlog as well: Life in Holland, Jared & Britt, Dan and Chelle and Sean Bingham!

They’re techically bloggers too since Mindy loves to add recipes that she creates

PaigeY

Have you ever wished you were smart enough to go to Cambridge University?

I know I do, but I’m living my dream through watching Paige vlogging about her course, chatting about studying and seeing her crazy friends! Haha! I’ve been watching her videos for just over 2 years and it’s so much fun! She has the same humour as me and has just started her 3rd year. She’s actually studying astrophysics as a module!!

So cool!

Pixie Potterhead

Everyone, meet the brilliant Rhiana!

How I didn’t discover her until a few months ago, I have no idea, but she knows I’m obsessed with her videos! She has an amazing Harry Potter youtube channel where she does unboxings, chats about theories and looks at different topics in the Potter-verse!

She is so fun and comes up with some really unique ideas for her videos, especially compared to others! If you love all things Potter (like me), then you will love her too!

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hellomissjordan

Okay, this is definitely no mystery (especially to Jordan) that I love her and the work she does! She isn’t simply a fashion/beauty blogger but an up-and-coming West-End star and a major face on Instagram. She travels to so many different places around the world and takes us with her through her pictures!

She was recently in Legally Blonde: The Musical and she fangirls alongside me with Harry Potter and Disney!

I know she’s trying to get to 75K by the end of 2019 so, if I can send at least one person her way, I’ll be happy!

LittleMissKaty

I’m slowly starting to realise that I follow a lot of bloggers who have ‘Miss’ in their name somewhere! I love it! I’ve been a follower of Katy for just over 4 years and everything about her posts makes me happy. It’s been an honour to watch her develop her image over the years and really showing what she is capable of creating through photography and editing!

I wish I had even a teeny bit of her editing genius!

She doesn’t only do these photos though! Her blog also focuses on lifestyle, travelling to different countries and, of course, food!! You can’t go wrong with people who review food before you! She is a massive inspiration to me and I’m seriously making it a goal for 2020 to collab with her on something!

Katy! Have your people call my people!

Lady Writes

I can thank Jenny for introducing me to Chloe and her blog! We’re part of a little commenting pod where we read each other’s posts and let them know what we think! I love how warm Chloe’s blog is which is a major factor to why I keep reading and also watching her Youtube videos!

She has a great style and I tend to look to her for fashion tips, skincare advice and lots of different things! Recently I’ve really been enjoying all of her reviews on the latest beauty advent calendars. I know I wouldn’t be able to afford them myself so at least I’ll be able to do what products are included and maybe get some ideas what to treat myself to!

These are only a handful of people who I loved last month! I’ve actually unfollowed a bunch of youtubers which is only natural as you grow up, but I’m so glad that I follow who I really enjoy. Maybe I’ll swap and change in November or stay the same? You know never know with me.

That’s the fangirl life for you!

Which bloggers/vloggers did you enjoy in October?

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What Would Be My Perfect Morning Routine?

One thing that I’ve discovered in my 32 years of life is that the perfect morning routine doesn’t exist. Every morning is different and so many things can happen. You could be ill, you might not have slept, your cat/child may wake you up.

You get the idea.

It’s even more non-existent when your mental health declares war.

That said, I still wanted to create my own perfect morning routine. Obviously not all of this would happen right now, but I guess they might in future.

morning routinePhoto by Alexandra Gorn on Unsplash

getting a full night’s sleep

This sounds such a simple thing that everyone has but that isn’t the case. There are so many reasons why someone hasn’t had a great night’s sleep. Usually the same reasons for not having a decent morning routine in the first place! Mine tend to be a combination of:

  • Noisy neighbours
  • Insomnia
  • Pain
  • Low mood

You’d think that my medication would help me sleep but nope. I actually think one of them has the side effect of keeping you awake!

On my perfect morning, I will have had 8 hours of totally rested sleep. No waking up, no nightmares and gently. Nothing I hate more than being jolted out of my sleep! I would wake up to my Lumie Bodyclock slowly waking me up. If I only I had one of those clocks!

change into extra comfy slippers & robe

Another obvious one but I don’t own any comfy slippers or robe to put on!

It isn’t that I haven’t looked but I’m pretty picky with fabrics and how they feel on my skin. Hands up who else hates both itchy fabrics and the tags that stick in! I need my sleepwear and comfies to be extra snuggly and, if my mental health is low, I can hide in.

I haven’t worn a dressing gown in ages but I would something with a massive hood, long enough to maybe reach the back of my knees and very snug!

Do exercise and yoga before breakfast

This is something in a routine that I would love to do!

I did manage the exercise for a month or so but my anxiety kicked in with the gym and it fell to the side. I think I need to be able to get better workout clothes! To make this perfect, I would put on a Sweaty Betty outfit:

TOP: Colour Block Sweatshirt (£75) 
LEGGINGS: Super Sculpt High-Waisted Yoga Leggings (£95)
JACKET: North Pole Short Primaloft (£275) 

In a perfect morning, I’d be able to do the exercises at the gym with no worries or at home! A few vloggers I watch have been using an exercise bike called Peloton so I’d use that! You get an actual class to work with through wifi and that would make my social anxiety happy!

Eat a healthy breakfast

I already seem to be doing okay with my breakfast but I wish I could do more! If I could, I would be able to go to a local Wholefoods to grab a juice to enjoy! I do actually enjoy juices so maybe I should focus on getting a NutriBullet (£99.99) to make my own at home. It would be cheaper and much easier!

Though knowing me, I’d make something horrific! Haha!

If we’re going to go crazy and into fantasy terrortory, I would have my morning routine at a luxury hotel! It’s been nearly 4 years since I last stayed in a hotel like that! I’d probably choose to stay at either the Beverly Wilshire in West Hollywood or at Claridges in London!

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I can say from experience that the Beverley Wilshire makes an incredible breakfast!

treat my skin with a beauty routine

If there is anything I need, it’s looking after this skin of mine!

I don’t have too many products I use because I’ve been trying to figure out what my skin won’t react to! I have heard of some great products though that I could use such as the Morning Expert Vitamin C Mask (This Works), Daily Reviving Concentrate Serum (Kiehls) and L’Or De Vie La crème contour yeux et lèvres (Dior).

If I could afford the Dior product, I don’t think I’d have dark circles for days like now!

This is only an inkling of what would make my morning perfect! I could add also having a cat to snuggle up to while I’m waking up and maybe next year will let me get one!

Would would be in your perfect morning routine?