Top 6 Favourite YouTubers During Lockdown

During lockdown I have spent an unhealthy amount of time on YouTube, which I’m looking to amend this month. However, through those hours of watching videos I have compiled a list of my favourite YouTubers. Previously I have written a post about my favourite YouTubers, and I don’t want to repeat myself (check out that post for more). On top of this there are plenty more, so I’ll do a part three if you like!

Millie Button

Very happy to say that Millie is actually a fellow blogging friend of mine! On top of her blog and stunning Instagram, she runs a YouTube channel which is so beautiful. The videos are always quite relaxing, especially designing videos. Make sure to check out her blog while you’re here.

Holly Gabrielle

Holly’s name was popping up all around my YouTube recommended tab so I decided to check out her videos. I do not regret it! She is such a lovely human and I’m really enjoying the book updates that she has been giving as she discovers reading for pleasure again. 

Alfie Deyes Vlogs

Never thought I’d say this, but I am quite the fan of Alfie’s vlogs. He is an incredibly lucky man, and sometimes I’m questionable about his habits but honestly such a joy to watch. Though this is a difficult time, he has been sharing lots of smiles and laughs which I’m forever grateful for. 

Eve Bennett

Would this list really be complete without a study tuber? Eve is one of those honest people who doesn’t cover up her struggles. The content is very engaging and she openly speaks about mental health which is much appreciated. While also supplying raw videos, there are plenty of smiles and positivity there too!

Sadie Aldis

I used to watch Sadie religiously but then I started a new YouTube account and didn’t re-subscribe (I’m subscribed now) Her videos never fail to motivate me! I especially love the way she incorporates Law of Attraction into her channel. If you’re searching for some inspiration you’ll definitely be able to find it here.

Louise Pentland

An all-time favourite of mine! The long, chatty vlogs incorporate many thoughts and real-life stuff. The cuteness of her children makes me smile endlessly. Like with many of the YouTubers on this list, it supplies real content and doesn’t sugar-coat over anything. You must check out her channel if you’re looking for long vlogs to wind-down with.

That’s it for today! Please leave your YouTube recommendations in the comments of this post. I’ll definitely check them out in this long expanse of time that stretches before us. 

What have you been watching at the moment? YouTube, Netflix or a bit of BBC iPlayer?

Hope you all have great weeks,

erin x

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Top 7 Things To Do In Quarantine Tag

Welcome back to the blog, hope you’re doing well. Today’s post is another tag which I’m super excited about. After seeing the trend circulating YouTube, my friend Girl Online decided to bring it to the blogging community. This tag is all about ‘what to do in quarantine’. Thank you so much for the nomination!

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who tagged you and provide a link to their blog
  2. Post the rules on the top of your post
  3. Give credit to the creator Girl Online
  4. Tag as many people as you would like and let them know
  5. Write at least 7 things to do in quarantine 

7 Things To Do In Quarantine

Start A Journal

Journaling is really beneficial for the mind! Since quarantine began, I started a journal and have been writing in it ever since. When I was in school I didn’t really have the time, though now I update it day and night (or at least try to). You can write anything you like in it: problems, goals, gratitude or even keep it as a diary and update it with what’s going on in your life! Through beginning this practise I’ve learned many things about myself.

Begin A Blog Or YouTube Channel

Honestly, these hobbies take so much time! You will not be bored if you decide to do this. It’s really fun to have an online space with online friends, I’ve not met a single blogger who regrets it. Once you have your channel or website running, you may want to open a shop and try to make money from it! 

Do Some Creative Writing

Try writing creatively! Whether you choose laptop or notebook doesn’t matter, either way I encourage you to write something imaginative. You might ambitiously decide on a novel, or something smaller like a poem. If you are a musician, you could even have a go at writing your own song! Things like this are abandoned in our busy lives, so make use of this extra time. 

Create A Playlist

Making a playlist takes a lot of time, and it’s a very fun activity! I certainly don’t have time to make playlists doing school time, but I can make playlists for when I go back. You might decide on a playlist for different moods! I have one called ‘cry in happiness’ then another called ‘happy vibes’ and finally my ‘sad tunes’. Have fun doing this one!

Read A Book

Pick up a book and start reading it (or listening, whichever is most comfortable). During this difficult time I’ve been escaping to new worlds with my books, and spending too much time wrapped up in my duvet. However, it’s a productive use of time. It also means that you’re not on your phone and being away from social media is just what we need right now! Give it a go, and I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Play An Instrument

I’ve been using this extra time to do more cello practise and it’s benefited my musical brain so much! You may have a musical instrument in the house that you’ve never learned to play properly, or you might even be a musician (that’s so cool if you are). So make sure you’re practising, and just expand your brain a little bit. I am very fortunate to have a keyboard, though I don’t play it as much as I should!

Write Down All Of Your Goals

Getting a clear idea of what you want to achieve helps you better work towards it! I like writing it down on paper, though you may prefer making a dream board on Pinterest. Everyone has dreams spinning about in their head somewhere, and visualising it makes you understand better how to reach them. If you’re still wondering what on Earth I’m rambling about, search up the YouTuber Sadie Aldis. She creates loads of videos on this subject!

My Nominees

Jasmin @ The Writer Of Letters

Rachel @ The World Of Rachel

Alexandra @ You And Me And Cup Of Coffee

Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner

Grace @ Grace Ariya

Hope you can all take part in this tag! If you do, make sure to tag me in it and I will definitely read it. 

What have you been doing the most during lockdown? What has kept you motivated?

Stay safe everyone, and have a lovely weekend.

erin x

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Six Word Story

When she glanced again, he’d gone.

This may have a second part, stay tuned to see where exactly he went… Hope you’re all having a great week so far! Can’t believe it’s May already. Where is this time flying away to? Must catch a flight there to get it all back! Before we know it, Christmas will be here. Take care of yourselves!

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The Food Award | Am I A Baking Blog Now?

Does this mean I am officially a baking blogger now that I have been nominated for the first food related award? It’s very exciting! Before we get on to the questions, I’d like to say a big thank you to Alexandra (YouAndMeAndCupOfCoffee) for nominating me in this award. I really enjoyed answering your questions!

Rules

1. Thank the person that nominated you

2. Pingback to the creator Elisha at https://africaboy.home.blog

4. Answer the five questions

5. Create five questions about food

6. Nominate 5 people

Alexandra’s Questions

What is the fanciest, most exquisite dessert you’ve ever tried? 

Once I was out with friends and we had some really posh macaroons! However I don’t have much of an expensive taste so my expectations aren’t high.

If you could swap your current diet for a specific country/region cuisine for one week, which would you pick? (e.g. Mediterranean, Thai, Chinese, etc.)

The traditional French meals are really lovely! When I went over to France (there’s a travel diary all about it!) I had a really good time trying their foods. My favourites are onion soup, goat’s cheese and baguette dipped in hot chocolate (for breakfast!). Of course croissants are a staple as well.

Breakfast of your choice: espresso and croissant with jam or pancakes with bacon and maple syrup? 

I’d have to choose the first option, as I’m vegetarian! But I am incredibly interested in the bacon and maple syrup combination. Have any of you tried it? 

If you’re hosting a family and/or friends gathering, what dish is an absolute ‘must’ on your dinner table? Would you prepare it yourself or let your guests help? 

Unless it’s Sunday dinner, we usually do pizza for family and friend gatherings. And we do let them choose their own toppings! That’s the fun of making your own. Although we do prepare the dough without guests help, because it needs to be proving way before they arrive.

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What’s the first dish that you learned to cook from scratch?

I’ve been baking from a very young age, and my first ever baked good by myself was Victoria Sponge. However, on the savoury side, I think the first was beans on toast! It’s basic, and that’s exactly why I learnt it so early on.

My Questions

Do you prefer sweet or savoury snacks?

Which meal is larger in your house, lunch or dinner?

What’s your favourite meal to make?

Do you use any ready-made ingredients in your cooking (like pastry or pasta sauce)

If you could eat anything in the world right now, what would it be?

My Nominees

Tag! You’re it! As I don’t follow many food blogs, I didn’t know who to nominate for this award. So if you’re interested, please use the questions above. Make sure to tag me in it and then I’ll give it a read!

What’s your favourite pancake topping? Have you ever tried maple syrup and bacon?

Thank you again to Alexandra for the nomination. Please go and read her blog if you haven’t already! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, so give it a follow while you’re there. Hope you’re all well and safe,

erin x

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May The Force Be With You | Star Wars Themed May Bullet Journal Set-Up

With all of this time on my hands, I decided to be a bit more adventurous with my bullet journal theme for May. Star Wars was a key part of my childhood and I still get excited by the anticipation of new films. This post is only going to be a short one, although I hope you enjoy it.

My cover page is quite simple, though the Star Wars font is recognisable. On the left hand page I decided to do a quote from Yoda: ‘Do or do not, there is no try’. I decided on this as my motto for May because I want to put a lot of effort into everything I do. That includes schoolwork, blogging, music and more.

I’m sure I won’t be using the calendar page for anything other than birthdays and blogging. However it is nice to have! Especially if my school start doing online classes and video calls. Though they’re not the most tech-savvy, so I don’t really know if that will happen haha. 

These are the pages I put effort into, my habit and mood tracker. Usually I don’t keep up with these but I’m going to this month! (linking back to previously – there is no try). 

My habit-sabers are going to be where I track the habits I want to get into daily. Most of these I’ve got into a routine of doing, but tracking them down helps motivate me to carry on. Here are all of the things I want to track in my bullet journal for May:

  • Reading the Goldfinch (more on that in another post)
  • Practise my cello
  • Morning yoga
  • Writing for my blog
  • Catching up on other people’s posts
  • Reply to notifications and comments
  • Following my morning routine
  • Getting ready for bed at 8:00pm
  • Duolingo

We couldn’t have a spread without a bit of wordplay! If you watch Star Wars, you may be aware of the quote ‘that’s no moon’ in reference to the Death Star. For my mood tracker I crossed out the ‘moon’ and put ‘mood’ instead, since it’s where I’ll shade in my emotions. As the Death Star is grey, I’ll be colouring each section in a different shade of grey. If I do fill it in, hopefully it will end up looking like an authentic Death Star.

Now, those are all of the spreads for May! I will be adding in more as the month goes on, such as a TBR spread and blog post ideas etc. However I’m nearing dangerously close to the end of this bujo. At this rate, I imagine I’ll have to buy a new one for June! So keep your eyes peeled for more bullet journal content (setting up my new bullet journal!)

Do you have a bullet journal? What do you want to achieve in May?

May the force be with you,

erin x

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