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What’s Realistically On My Christmas List?

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Over the years I’ve seen some gift guides that are so unrealistic. They tend to show off Christmas wishlists that either show off or that aren’t physically possible for most people. I love reading and watching people who do showcase luxury items, but I know I’d never be able to afford all of those.

That’s why I wanted to make a realistic Christmas wishlist of items that I know I should be able to get myself this year. I guess this isn’t so much of a wishlist since I’m the only person buying presents for me. That said, life can happen and this time of year is when I allow myself to treat myself to things I’ve been putting off all year.

Chanel No.5

Daisy, you just told us that you wanted to be realistic so why have you started with a super expensive perfume? Believe me, I know that this is expensive but I have my reasons. Chanel was my Mum’s favourite perfume and I’ve really missed the smell of it over the last couple of years. As I know I can’t afford the actual perfume (maybe next year?), I’m planning on getting the deodrant version!

It still smells like the perfume and that is all that matters to me!

2020 Diary

For nearly 10 years I’ve been keeping a journal. I might even do a post about them soon but there is a specific brand of journal that I use and I love it!

I love using ones from WHSmith!

I can’t handle diaries that only have room for a little bit of writing! My writing is like my speech…I don’t know when to shut up. If I have a lot of stuff going on in my head, then I need enough space to chat. It’s the same when I’ve done something really cool and want to remember, I need to add in objects! I really should make a scrapbook…maybe I’ll do that for next year!

What I find with the WHSmith diaries is that some come with the rings so I can fold back the cover and get more room to manoeuvre. That and the front covers are gorgeous!! I’m loving the one I’ve chosen for 2020! It’s very blogger! Haha!

Calendar

You can blame one of my aunties for this!

She always had a calendar on her wall every time I used to visit to write down birthdays and important dates. Since my brain tends to be a little slow and doesn’t always remember things, I have to write down dates in multiple places to remember. I have my diary, my phone and my calendar.

The ones from the Calendar Club are my favourite because they always stock my favourite fandoms there such as Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Star Wars and Sherlock!

Which fandom do you think I’ll choose for my Christmas wishlist this year?

Pyjamas

Before you think I’ve either regressed back to being a kid or entered grandma status, don’t knock pyjamas!

Every year as a kid, I was bought PJs and I loved them! I could never do the t-shirt and shorts combo because, when you have thunder thighs, they don’t look good. That said, I adore the fluffy PJs from Primark. Again since they’re normally from my favourite fandoms: Harry Potter and Disney.

The ones I have are Harry Potter and they’ll speak for themselves when you see them in my ‘What I Got For Christmas’ haul.

Funko Pop

I very rarely buy myself a Funko pop during the year even though there are so many I want. I could literally have a whole wall of them and I’d be happy but I can’t. I need to have reasons why I’m allowed to buy one and these are usually at Christmas and for my birthday.

Even then I struggle!

It’s hard work being a fangirl of multiple fandoms sometimes. I’ve been going into my local Entertainer store to gaze upon all of their Funko pops because they’re so pretty! They have special edition Marvel ones for Christmas, Lord of the Rings, Disney, Frozen 2 and more. Do you think, if I wish really hard, that maybe I’ll win the lottery so I can give majority to charity and then spend the rest on Funkos? Haha.

I’ve chosen my one for this Christmas and it makes me so happy to own it at last!!

Now if only we could get Cursed Child ones! That would make this Christmas wishlist super special!

Something Harry Potter

This sounds so random but I can never decide what I want until the start of December. I guess the impending countdown is enough to make me choose. It doesn’t help that there is so much Harry Potter merchandise to choose from these days! It makes it difficult, okay?!

Do I get a wand? A jigsaw? A game? A film prop?

So. Much. Stuff!!

Even as I write this, I have zero clue what I should get. Okay, scrap that…I have an inkling of what I want to get but it might be a birthday gift instead.

It’s a choice between either Tonk’s wand or Bunty’s wand!

What I’ve discovered for this Christmas is that I’m actually getting 2 gifts that I don’t know!! I’ve taken part in a special bookish Secret Santa created by Mols with a group of other book fans and I’m so excited! The other gift will be from Ali who is sneaky and already sent mine off! Since we’re basically twins, I already had hers wrapped so take that, Miss Caitrin!

What is your own realistic Christmas wishlist this year?

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4 Travel Destinations Inspired By Favourite Movies/Shows

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No matter where you go in the world, all your favourite travel destinations will have been featured in either movies or TV shows! There are so many to spot and I know some friends who purposely go to seek them out. If you haven’t heard of Fangirl Quest, then you’re missing out! They go around the world with certain fandoms in mind and match the scene with the location! It’s so clever and I can’t imagine how much patience they need!

I’d love to do something similiar with my favourite fandoms like Doctor Who and Harry Potter.

In all honesty, I really want to do more travel posts on my blog next year. I love visiting places around the UK especially when they have a connection to fandom. We’ll see what 2020 has ready for me.

If I did have enough money to visit different countries, I would definitely see through the eyes of a fangirl. Not ashamed to admit that all of my travel destinations would be nerdy and I have 10 particular places in mind.

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New Zealand

Of all the countries, of all the world, this country had to walk into my life!

I’d always heard of New Zealand because of the rugby and Billy Connolly, but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that I truly appreciated it. It is just a majestic land that is literally a fantasy. Those mountains and landscapes are incredible! Is it a wonder  that films such as Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia filmed there.

It is on my ultimate bucket list to travel to New Zealand and visit as many film locations there as I can! The few locations that I have in mind have to be:

  • Catherdral Cove because it was a gorgeous return to Narnia in Prince Caspian.
  • The Hobbiton movie set which is as stunning as it is in Lord of the Rings! You can literally visit the Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon and stay there!!
  • This one isn’t so much a film location, but it is in almost every film! To visit the Weta Workshop would be a dream!

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wales

Wales may be part of the UK and technically not far but it’s still another country!

So many of my favourite fandoms have filmed in Wales from Doctor Who, Merlin, Sherlock and even Harry Potter! There is something so special about the studios there and some of the locations surrounding it.

  • Barafundle Bay – This one is for my fellow Benedict Cumberbatch fans who got the chance to watch his film ‘Third Star’. This bay is both stunning and traumatising! If you’ve watched, you’ll know why!
  • Freshwater West beach – Another traumatising place from Harry Potter! Dobby needs your socks, people! *sob* This was used in Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2! I need to pay my respects!
  • Wye Valley – I adored watching Sex Education on Netflix so I may have to have a look for some of the places used!
  • Cathedral Green, Llandaff – The reason I want to visit here? RORY AND AMY!! Llandaff was used for Leadworth where they lived and I need walk in the steps of Matt Smith!
  • Brecon Beacons National Park, Chepstow Castle, Caerphilly Castle and Castell Coch: One word…MERLIN!!! Lindsey, if you’re reading this, can we go?!
  • Cardiff Castle, Saint Woolos Cemetery and Cardiff Bay: So many fandom places have filmed in around these places (maybe not the cementry but Sherlock!!) and who wouldn’t walk to visit when the game is on for Sherlock!

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New York

New York, New York!! Forget Hollywood for a second…this old city has seen so many classic and modern films and TV shows within it! From Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Great Gatsby, Friends, Men in Black, Sex in the City to the Marvel films! I swear there isn’t a part of New York hasn’t been taken over by aliens! It even had a time-lord visit on occasion!

This place just makes my fangirl heart beat fast!! Maybe because Cursed Child on Broadway there and I really, really want to go!!

  • New York Public Library – Who wouldn’t want to visit a library as pretty as this?! It’s gorgeous and it was in Ghostbusters!
  • Staten Island Ferry – The fact that Tom Holland filmed on this for Spiderman: Homecoming makes me want to take a ride if I ever visit!! Plus an epic way to see New York!
  • Central Park – This is SO on my list!! Getting a ride around the park (maybe at Christmas), standing on the rock that the Doctor and Amy sat on) and obviously looking for the place where we saw muzzled!Loki!

So many locations to list and chat about but I am definitely coming up with a massive list of places I could visit! I love how I’m planning before I have the money to go! Haha!

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Los Angeles

The picture at the top was when I visited LA a few years ago and, for a film fan, that was the best place to be! I got the chance to go around Hollywood, see behind the scenes of a massive studio and recognised a bunch of places! Just like New York, there are a lot of locations that nerds like me would recognise!

  • Beverly Wilshire Hotel – I actually stayed in this hotel!! The reason why I was excited about here was, not just because it was right next door to Rodeo Drive, but Pretty Woman was filmed there!! There is even a display next to one of the restaurants showcasing the red dress Julia Roberts wears to the opera and a script!
  • Rodeo Drive – This needed its own little bullet point because it’s so iconic!! It has the most luxury shops in one place but I also recognised it from Clueless! Name a more classic 90s film! Ugh…as if!

Are there any travel destinations that you would love to visit inspired by films or TV shows you’ve watched?

 

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Preparing For The Black Friday Sales | Wishlist and Sanity

Next Friday is that extra crazy day in the year where people dive into shops to get the best deals. That’s right…Black Friday! Well, it seems crazy in the US whereas over here…not so much. I know my town doesn’t really bother with it so a lot of stuff I do see comes from online. I’ve seen quite a few of my favourite bloggers and vloggers do posts about any codes that they see and wishlists! I definitely won’t be as great as them but I’m going to do my best for you!

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Before you panic, Black Friday isn’t tomorrow so don’t worry! It starts on 29th November which is next Friday. Since I’m not going to be able to shop til I drop, I’m just going to look for that one thing that really has my interest.

Argos

Did you know that Argos has already kicked off an early sale on their website of Disney/Marvel stuff?! It’s true! If you use the code star20 on this page, you can get 20% off and I really want to buy everything!! All of the new Frozen merch looks incredible and makes me feel like a kid again!

Some of the amazing products are:

Boots

If there is one place that I like to check out more affordable beauty and skincare, it has to be Boots. They usually have some great deals too! Their Black Friday actually started today and some of their best products have been knocked down by 50%!!

Very

I’ve seen Very being mentioned on so many posts and in vlogs that I thought I’d check out what they have on there. Heads-up: they have some Harry Potter goodies under their Black Friday deals! Happy days, Very!! From Yule Ball dolls to walkie talkies, you name it and they have it in their deals. I never even thought to look on this site for them because you

This post could literally go on forever with all the deals you’ll be able to get. However, as short as this little post is, I just chose what I would have bought. Either for myself, a friend or one of their children! All small fangirls and fanboys have to start somewhere and when better than now!

If you’d like to see an actual Black Friday wishlist from me, then stay tuned and see the return of my awful graphic making skills!! Haha! Oh and if you want some actual tips from someone who knows what they’re talking about, you need to check out Josie at Fashion Mumblr! She’s come up with some mistakes you should avoid.

What are you hoping to buy (if anything) next Friday?

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Tips On How To Avoid Getting Sick This Winter

When you ride in a bus, there are a few things you wish you didn’t have to put up with. Late buses, buses going past you, getting hit by someone’s bag. One of the more things I wish I could avoid is being coughed on. It doesn’t matter where you sit! You can hear multiple sick people coughing and sneezing! They then touch the bell and the poles!

Though I’m not the most healthy person, I still wanted to see if I could share some tips on how I’m avoiding getting sick this winter.

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Some of these tips have come from me seeing it on Twitter and others are just what comes up in my weird head.Hopefully they help at least one of you avoid feeling sick and gross.

Have a winter kit

A few of my friends have little homemade kits that they carry in their bag, including a winter kit.

The contents of the kit can be personal to you but most carry the same things. In my own I have:

  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cough sweets
  • More tissues
  • Paracetomol

It’s all up to you what you want to include and it can change every so often depend on what you’re feeling like. The hand sanitizer is really important when you’ve been touching the same stuff as people with colds. It’s more than likely that they will have sneezed into their hands so protect yourself! If you are on public transport, try wearing your gloves.

Try taking vitamins

I’ll be honest and say that I hadn’t been taking any vitamins up until a couple of months ago. I had tried some earlier this year but ironically they made me feel sick. That put me off them for a bit but Sophie’s (Glow Steady) blog has made me seriously think about my body. I’m not getting any younger so I need to start looking after myself a bit more.

What I’ve discovered by one of the people at Holland & Barratt are there are 3 different vitamins that help strengthen your immune system ready for winter! He told me that Vitamin C is the biggest one (no surprise there!) followed by Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E (helps fight off infection).

Anything that can stop me being a sneezing, sniffly mess is more than welcomed!

Dress up warm

I’m going to sound like such an old lady but girls need to wrap up more!! I’ve seen so many teens out in minus temperatures wearing nothing more than a thin shirt and a skirt! No coat, no scarf/gloves! I’m pretty much a wuss when it comes to the cold and wrap myself up all warm and toasty. You then see the same girl coughing the next week and know it’s because she was trying to be fashionable!

You can still look nice wearing a coat and knitwear!

Try not to be hardcore with your friends. If you know it’s going to be freezing out, wrap up warm and keep any sickness at bay. I’ve heard keeping a scarf around your throat in the cold helps protect it from getting hoarse.

Have a tidy-around

This is going to a boring tip but wipe things you touch.

You don’t have to go all over all the time. Just parts such as door handles, kitchen surfaces and taps. I know my aunt tends to do this since she has quite a big family and more than one person tends to be sick during winter. Anything they touched she wiped! It was her way of keeping the illness at bay and maybe prevent her other kids from becoming ill.

Even if you do all of these tips, you’ll probably still get sick. It’s just one of those things that happen and I guess you have to deal with it. If you’re ill right now, get well soon!

Have you got any tips to avoid getting ill this winter?

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The Christmas Memories I Have From My Childhood

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A saying that I keep hearing now that I’m older is that ‘Christmas is only for children’. I’m on the fence with this. It is mainly focused towards kids since they’re the most excited to hear from Santa. Though bloggers love it too! You don’t realise how special a time Christmas is when you’re young, only when it changes. I do wish I had made more of an effort with my parents to make it special, but we had our own way of celebrating.

I have some fun little memories of Christmas as a kid.

Some of them may not seem special to people hearing from the outside, but to us, it made us happy and content.

Memories of teeny Daisy

My family tended to make this time of year a bit more special when I was really young because I was born 3 months premature and almost died. I even had one grandma who wouldn’t visit until she heard that I survived. Lovely of her, right? Another reason was that I was an only child so kind of got a little spoiled.

I remember being that typical child who woke up at the crack of dawn to wake her parents. I was super excited to open presents! Before actual Christmas Day, they actually had a letter from ‘Santa’ that arrived in the mail. I was beyond happy to have a letter addressed to me and even took it into school for show-and-tell. That and letters from the tooth fairy (secretly my Mum writing with her left hand). Deception…haha!

Something that I’ve discovered (and I think my friends with kids will agree) is that I didn’t always play with the present. I played with the box! If it was big enough, I could use it for all sorts and added bonus if it had bubble wrap! I still play with that to this day.

Some of the presents I do remember getting is a nurse’s uniform and kit, jelly shoes, a green play computer that sang and some plastic blue and yellow skates! Got to love 90s toys!

memories of pre-teen/teen daisy

I don’t envy my parents of buying for me at these ages! I wasn’t overly spoilt when it came to wanting presents but I still have ideas of things I’d like. They did incredible with the amount they bought for me especially when my dad had to retire due to ill health. They did warn me I wouldn’t get everything I mentioned but that they’d do their best.

What kinds of gifts did I get at this age? A few different things and some that weren’t so surprising!

Pre-teen

  • Pokemon trading cards
  • Lovable Bears
  • Yo-yo
  • A tamagotchi
  • My Little Ponies
  • Baby Aliens
  • The Lion King VHS
  • Dear Diary gadget

Teen

  • Harry Potter book
  • Harry Potter Quidditch game
  • Harry Potter board game quiz
  • DVDs
  • CDs (Boyzone, Westlife, A1, Steps)
  • Clothes/makeup

You can tell how things changed as I got older. A lot of what I got in my teens is what I got right up to my late 20s. I was perfectly fine with that! I will admit to being disappointed if tops came from my local market but I regret feeling that now.

The final Christmas I spent with my mum was one she forgot. By this point in her cancer, she didn’t really have a great short-term memory. I had to remind her of things and ended up buying my own gifts for Christmas and my 30th birthday.

It made her happy and that was all that mattered.

The meals we had every Christmas (before my dad died) I don’t remember as well. I know we used to go visit family in Birmingham and had a Christmas lunch a week or so before, but not much more. After, I took up cooking the lunch as cooking hurt my Mum’s back. I’m proud of myself for managing to help an Irish farmer’s daughter become vegetarian. We would set up a table in the living room with a table cloth, crackers, cutlery, glases of Shloer and a picture of my dad with a candle next to it.

It was fun and I’ll never forget watching Call The Midwife with Mum!

Do you have any fun Christmas memories from childhood?

 

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4 Habits I Want To Cut Out Of My Life

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I like to think that I don’t have any of the looked-down-upon habits that most people have such as smoking, drinking or biting my nails. My parents did some of these things and, once you’ve been stuck in a car with two people smoking, you’ll never want to try. That said, I do have habits that I wish that I didn’t have.

They’re a little more complicated so will take some explaining.

leaving dishes unwashed

The funny thing is that I get SO annoyed at myself for doing this yet I continue to do it. My dad was a very clean man and everything was spotless. He even popped bleach in cups to take away stains in them. I’m not particularly dirty but I am untidy. That’s why this is one of the habits I need to work on. It doesn’t take much to take my dishes into the kitchen and wash them.

Another funny thing is I actually enjoy washing dishes! I find it relaxing, especially if I have the radio on. Part of the problem is I procrastinate by doing other things that don’t need to be done. I’ll watch Netflix, read a book, go on social media. By the time the thought of washing is in my head, I have to rush out.

What I wouldn’t give for a dishwasher!

Eating too many snacks

The burden of my life and an actual trigger of my mental health.

This habit comes in two parts: eating out of boredom and binge-eating. It was only today (Sunday 17th) that I realised that I snack a lot out of being bored and needing something to enjoy to pass the time. I knew it was a thing that could happen but it’s so frustrating to know I;m doing it. It’s not like I don’t do anything since I try to get myself doing other things, but my worst day has to be Sunday! Everything shuts early or not open at all, the buses are barely running and there is nothing on TV!

Maybe I sound whiny but these are things that go through my head.

My other snack issue is more serious: binge-eating. I’ve been battling this disorder for quite a few years but it didn’t truly spiral until I lost my mum. I think I tend to binge-eat because I have control over it and it’s less chaotic than the rest of my life. That is until the guilt sets in. This habit needs to be controlled before it makes everything much worse. If you have any tips, let me know!

Comparing myself to others

Gahhh! This is definitely one of my biggest habits that I’ve had since school. Seeing people doing better than you even though you did the same work is jarring. It wasn’t that I wanted to be front and centre all the time but I still liked the idea of recognition. To get an amazing grade on my homework, to be complimented on a performance and things like that.

Even in blogging I compare myself and it’s annoying. I don’t purposely look at my favourite bloggers to complain and whine about why I’m not as good as them. I know for certain how much work they do behind the scenes to get their content and how long they’ve been building their platform. Everyone is different and everyone gets recognised at different times in their life!

I’m hoping to work on this habit properly starting next year because I’m tired of it ruining stuff that I enjoy like acting and blogging.

Saying no to opportunities

This is such a varied topic since there are so many different opportunities we can offered in life. They could be an offer to go have tea with an old school friend or to go try something new and scary. It’s worrying how many times I have said no to things or denied myself since I didn’t feel worthy of it.

A few years ago I was giving the opportunity to interview the cast of Fantastic Beasts and got as far as being in my hotel in London when I said no at the last minute. I couldn’t handle the pressure of embarrassing myself in front of Eddie Redmayne or letting the site I was writing for down. Though I suppose I was letting them down in another way. It didn’t help that I was worried about Mum and that she might fall and be stuck for hours again.

What habits would you like to cut out of your life?

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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?

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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?

Fandom Lifestyle

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?