Things that Make Me happy

Today I thought I’d share with you some of the things that make me happy 🙂

  1. The sound of rain when I’m all snug and warm in bed.
  2. Warm, fluffy pyjamas on a cold night.
  3. Soft bed sheets.photo-11-10-2016-13-49-38-1
  4. Watching films in bed.
  5. Getting sucked in to a good book.
  6. Chocolate cake.
  7. Pizza takeaway.
  8. Spending time with my mum, dad and brother.
  9. Friends
  10. Getting good marks on work
  11. Reading my book in bedphoto-03-06-2016-12-26-07
  12. Spending time with my aunt (I don’t see her as much as I’d like to)
  13. Warm sand beneath my toes on the beach
  14. Birds singing outside my window in the morning (not Seagulls though!)
  15. Finishing a notebook
  16. Starting a new notebookimg_3197
  17. Looking through my scrapbooks
  18. People telling me they’re proud of me.
  19. Harry Potter
  20. Baking cakes (especially chocolate ones).photo-11-02-2017-22-16-22
  21. Barbecues and sitting outside eating dinner in the summer
  22. Going on holiday
  23. Popcorn
  24. Bubble baths
  25. Having an incredibly supportive familyphoto-22-08-2016-20-59-12

I know some of them probably sound really silly, but hopefully you now know a little more about me! 🙂

The Picture Tag

So last week Bea from BeaFree did the picture tag, nominating everyone for it. So I decided I’d give it a go today! 🙂

A MESSAGE FROM THE CREATOR:

Blonde’s Tea, creator this tag, got tired of seeing the same tags all around and decided to create a simple tag where you just have to post one picture of five different themes (e.g. your favourite picture of yourself, the best picture you have ever taken, a picture with your sibling, etc.) that will be given by your nominator. You don’t have to have photography skills or anything, it is just to spread lovely pictures on your blog and bring back lovely memories.”

RULES:

  • Paste the text about the creator and the tag (the text above).
  • Post the 5 pictures that stick to the themes given.
  • Nominate 5 people (or just as much as you want).
  • Give 5 themes for your nominees pictures.
  • Notify your nominees about their nomination.

Favourite Photo of Me: 

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This is probably my favourite most recent photo of me 🙂

Photo of My Favourite Vacation

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I think my favourite holiday has to be to New York in 2010.

Photo of My Funnest Day

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My first ever trip to the WB Studio tour! 🙂

A Photo of Your Pet

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This was a long time ago now, and I don’t have any pets anymore, but this is me with 2 of my guinea pigs (I had 4).

A Photo that Makes Me Happy

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This was the day I graduated from my undergraduate degree in 2015.

My Themes to You:

  • Favourite photo of yourself
  • Photo of you and your best friend
  • The best photo you’ve ever taken
  • A photo of your pet
  • A photo that makes you happy

Nominees:

Everyone who reads this 🙂

Cath Kidston Favourites #1

So it may not come as a surprise to many of you who have been reading my blog a while, but I love Cath Kidston and I may own several Cath Kidston things! 😉 So today I thought I’d share with you some of my favourites.

I couldn’t narrow it down, so I’ve spit it up in to (at least) two posts 😀

Photo 05-06-2017, 14 10 581. Winnie the Pooh dress – I LOVE this print. Back in September Cath Kidston released a limited edition Winnie the Pooh print (which was a lot more limited edition than the more recent Mickey Mouse and 101 Dalmatians prints) in which I was lucky enough to get several things. I’ve not actually worn this dress yet, but I have plans to very soon. Photo 05-06-2017, 14 10 53

2. Penguin Mug – I bought one of these and initially I wasn’t going to use it as I love it too much and I knew I’d be really upset if it broke. But for my birthday my aunt bought me one too (not realising I already had one), which means I can use one of them and show it off and keep one safely stored on my shelves at home.

3. Winnie the Pooh Cushion – again, this is part of the limited edition print. It is a lovely soft, comfy cushion and I love it 😀

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4. Handbag – This was my first ever Cath Kidston handbag. I went through a bit of a rough time at the start of third year of university (October 2014) and I bought this as a little cheer me up present. It is one of their “busy bags”. It is a great size and served me well for 2 1/2 years (it broke the other day), I’m still including it though because I have a new one (in a different colour) at home which I picked up in one of the outlet stores a little while ago 🙂

5. Lunch bag – I love this lunch bag, I  bought it last year when I was working to stick my lunch in, it’s a little cool bag too so it’ll keep your lunch cool.

6. Purse – This was the second Cath Kidston item I owned. I got it around June 2014 and it’s been used every day since and is still in great condition!

7. Clouds Glasses Case – it’s quite self explanatory, but I keep my sunglasses in this case. It’s a hard case so I’m not worried about throwing them in my bag.

8. Mickey Mouse Pen – This was part of the Mickey Mouse collection released in December last year, and was given to me by my aunt for Christmas. I love it! It is great to write with and really comfy!

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9. Saddle Bag – This was the first Cath Kidston item I owned. I’d been wanting to get one for ages, and then I found one in the Portsmouth outlet shop and couldn’t resist any longer! It is a great size and I love it 🙂

Photo 05-06-2017, 14 13 1510. Cabin Suitcase – I love this! Ok, it was kind of expensive but with Cath Kidston you get the quality, and this has been great for my weekend trips home from uni. This is actually my second Cath Kidston cabin suitcase. Not because the first one broke, but because when this pattern and new style came out I loved it even more than the case I had already. I bought one with mum and we were originally going to share it… but then mum decided to get her own. I’m still yet to sell my other one on eBay though!

So there we have it, part 1 of my favourite Cath Kidston things! I hope it wasn’t too long and I hope you enjoyed it 🙂 I’ll do part 2 soon 🙂

Liebster Award

The other day Cassixmakeup nominated me for the Liebster award. I think I’ve had one before… I’m not sure XD But thank you 🙂 I’ve only just started following her blog and getting to know her so I’m looking forward to seeing more 🙂

Rules:

• You must acknowledge who has nominated you and also share their links

• Share 11 facts about yourself

• Answer the 11 questions that you have been asked

• Nominate 11 more bloggers whose blog you would recommend

• Ask 11 questions that you would like those bloggers to answer

• Let the bloggers you’ve nominated know that they’ve been nominated.

Facts about me –

1. I hate not being in bed by 10:00pm. Even if I’m sat in bed reading for an hour or so. It just feels weird not to be in bed.

2. I love chocolate, but just normal chocolate, no fancy posh stuff!

3. I’m thinking about trying to be vegetarian once I’ve used up all the meat things I have in my freezer. After attending a lecture about animal ethics and animal testing I’ve decided its time I try it out… Not that I’ve had much support from those people I’ve told!

4. I have 2 piercings on each ear but I hardly ever wear earrings anymore.

5. I dislike coffee. The only way I might drink it if I really need some energy is those Nescafe Vanilla latte sachets.

6. I love hot chocolate, but if I’m going out for it it has to be from Costa, hot chocolate from other places just doesn’t taste so good!

7. I still have teddies on my bed at 23 years old. I mean they’re not just any teddies these days, they’re special ones.

8. I achieved my grade 8 flute last year (the highest grade you can reach in the UK).

9. I have a pair of Crocs which come out in the summer! I know everyone hates them but they’re so comfortable and great summer footwear for me, as I don’t really like sandals or anything.

10. I have a bit of an obsession with Cath Kidston stuff.

11. When I do my uni work I mostly do it by hand (like lecture notes and revision notes), I hate how computerised society has become! We should never lose the ability to write and have good handwriting!

Questions:

What’s your drink of choice?

Cherry or vanilla pepsi/coke 😀

What was your favorite game to play as a child?

Erm, Swingball I think… But my brother always used to beat me!

How did you come up with the name of your blog and what does it mean?

I’m not sure really. I think I was just sat there trying to think of a name and “Just another day” came to me… It’s a bit boring though isn’t it?

Do you want/have any tattoos?

Absolutely not! I always think they may seem like a good idea when you’re younger but to think you’ll still have it when you’re like 70 just doesn’t sit with me.

What is your most prized possession?

Aside from the non-physical things like my degree, I think probably my flute. It cost my parents a great deal of money and since I picked it back up last year I’ve made sure I look after it myself and take on the responsibility of making sure its well looked after, serviced and maintained.

What are you favorite colors together? (Like your favorite 2 or 3 colors that compliment each other well.)

I don’t know if they compliment that well but I love turquoise and purple

What is your favorite print/design?

The Cath Kidston button spot print 🙂 I also love their fish print and penguin print… Oh and their Winnie the Pooh print 😀

Do you believe in love at first sight?

I think it could happen but you should make sure you also get to know the person not just go on looks.

What is your favorite thing to shop for?

Probably stationary? Or I love having a browse of pyjamas in Primark when I get the chance.

Describe your ideal day.

Right now it would be a day without revision, at home with my family, having spent a day reading and baking cakes and then having a BBQ in the evening. I’d love that right now.

When is your birthday?

November

That’s it 🙂

Sadly I don’t have time to nominate specific people right now, but another time! I nominate anyone who is reading this! Thank you again for the nomination! 🙂

I’m back! My post exam to do list!

So the day you read this is the day of my last exam. Which unless I fail everything dramatically, I’m hoping will be my last ever exam.

One of my blogging friends Cheila often posts her to-do lists which I enjoy reading, so today I thought I’d share with you my to-do list. 🙂

So what have I got to do? I’ve put a lot off during exam time, and my to do list has got quite long! :O

  • Clean my bathroom! I mean it isn’t gross, it’s just me who uses it, but the sink could do with a bit of a clean and the shower doors!
  • Hoover my floor (long hair problems = hair everywhere)
  • Dusting – a nice layer of dust has built up in several places in my room!
  • Change my bed sheets and do some washing
  • Filing! To be honest, this will be one of the first things I do after I get back from my exam, but I need to sort things out.
  • Empty my bins – I have so much paper from revision that I need to put in the recycling.
  • Back-up my laptop – I save important work directly to dropbox so it’s not like I’ll lose anything important, but it’s been a while since I backed up.
  • Download everything off the university system where lecturers upload work. I mean I’m paying for it, so I want to make sure I can keep it and have it for future reference.
  • Start my research project. I may have finished my exams but I’m only 50% of the way through my masters. I still have a 20,000 word dissertation to write (although it doesn’t actually have to be 20,000 words)
  • Think about going home and things I can take home for good. I’m hoping for a quick trip home at the weekend but we’ll see what happens!
  • Blog! I’ve neglected my blog (and everyone else’s) a bit the last few weeks so I need a bit of a catch up!
  • Sleep – I’m looking forward to a sleep in tomorrow morning and not having to get up to worry about revision!
  • Patch test my new shower gel – I’m one of those people who is sensitive and allergic to a lot of stuff so I need to check I’m not going to react badly to my new shower gel before I use it! I’ve held off doing this until exams are out the way.
  • Update and back-up my phone
  • Post my dad’s Father’s day card – just in case I don’t get home at the weekend.
  • Sort out my spending – I keep a spreadsheet of the money I spend so I know how much I’ve spent every month, but I’ve fallen behind on this.

I think that’s my to do list for now! I’m looking forward to being able to blog more again 😀

Bake With Me #4 – Chocolate Mug Cake 2

So a little while ago I told you of my adventures of making my first mug cake. I decided the other day to make another one, trying a similar recipe but with cocoa powder this time instead of milk chocolate. It’s safe to say that I preferred this one!

Ingredients

30g butter

1 egg

2 tbsp caster sugar (although I’ve used granulated and it works just fine)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp cocoa powder

4 tbsp plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

  1. Melt the butter in a mug in the microwave (should take around 30 seconds)Photo 23-05-2017, 17 27 21
  2. Mix in the egg, flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and vanilla extract one at a time. I recommend adding the egg first so you can whisk it up properly, but make sure you’ve let the butter cool a little first. Also a note here I recommend adding a drop of milk, as the mix is a bit stiff and hard to mix so I think some milk would make it easier.Photo 23-05-2017, 17 31 42
  3. Microwave for approximately 1min 20 on high power and then eat pretty much straight away 🙂 Photo 23-05-2017, 17 34 04

There we have it a chocolate mug cake! 🙂 It won’t win any prizes for presentation but it tastes great 🙂 Let me know if you try it!