Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award | Life Chats, Self-Love & Getting Out Of A Slump!

Honestly, I’m a little bit drained of energy, Although I am incredibly excited to write this post, my eyes are barely open. I’m sat in a really thick jumper on a summer day, and I’m still cold. I don’t know what is wrong with me! Perhaps it’s because all I’ve eaten today is watermelon and cake mixture… and a cookie… oops? Although my window looks out into the garden so I can see a barbecue being cooked up outside. No meat for me, just a veggie skewer, but exciting all the same.

This morning I woke up at the grand hour of 9:00. That’s very late for me, but it did not deter me from having a good day. I ate watermelon for my breakfast, then baked a cake. I washed up the breakfast dishes, let the bunnies out for a run, then took a ton of bookstagram content. From tomorrow, the first official day of the summer holidays, I am going to be posting on my bookstagram every day. Make sure to check out my account to stay up to date with all of the bookish content!

Following that, I went for a walk with my brother (that autocorrected to bother, which is a little bit hilarious). We had a nice chat while walking in the sunshine! Once I arrived back home, I decorated the cake I had baked previously that morning. Of course I put on an episode of Doctor Who while doing so.

We didn’t have lunch, because we are having a mid-afternoon barbecue. I don’t know why we decided to have it mid-afternoon, but oh well. Hopefully I can eat soon! I’m terribly hungry! 

Oh, and then I sat in the sunshine editing the photos I took in the morning. While doing so I listened to Niall Horan. I absolutely LOVE his album Flicker, so it’s been playing on repeat.

That brings us to now, quarter past three in the afternoon where I have decided to write a blog post. I’m really excited to bring you this post, the ‘Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award’. I was kindly nominated by the lovely blogger behind ‘Hiddenzzzzz’. I highly recommend you check out their awesome blog! They are so lovely too. I look forward to answering the questions, so I hope you look forward to reading them!

Stick around until the end to see if you have been nominated. Without any more rambling, let’s get into the post:

Rules

1. Thank the person who have nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog

2. Answer their questions

3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions

4. Notify the nominees by commenting on their blog

5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo

6. Provide a link to the creator of Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award: Rising Star

Questions

What motivates you to keep growing your blog?

Seeing my impact on other people’s lives inspires me to continue branching out to other creators, therefore growing my blog. ‘The Plastic Plan’ in particular (my climate change series) has gained so many positive responses from young activists like me. Seeing my writing help other people be more environmentally conscious will never fail to inspire me. Because even my small platform of 730 followers can make a difference. That’s a school full of people that want to listen to my ramblings!

These were some initial ideas for The Plastic Plan series!

What message do you want to give to the world?

I wish for my lasting legacy to be kindness. Sometimes, more often that I’d like, I snap at people. I might give up on something too soon because I’m tired of it. I want to build resistance against that, I want to be less selfish and give my time to worthy causes. When I eventually depart from this planet, I hope the small amount of people who did know me remember me as the kind one.

What is your current favourite book?

I can’t answer that question! There are so many current favourites. But also I’ve been in a reading slump which isn’t fun. With the libraries not being open, I haven’t been able to get my hands on any physical books. Although the eBook option is available (which I’m eternally grateful for) they don’t spark the same sort of magic. I’m sure readers will understand what I mean! If you do love reading, you should check out my bookstagram. Cheeky little plug I know! But I post bookish content every day on there.

These are the sorts of photos I post on my bookstagram!

When was the last time you felt uninspired?

Probably last week. I wish I had a better relationship with inspiration. It naturally comes in waves, but those waves differ in size. At the moment I have loads of ideas, but I’m too excited by them that I don’t have the commitment to sit down and properly write them out!

Sneak peek to my August bullet journal set up!

What do you love about yourself?

I love that I don’t care what people think about my blog. Offline, there are bitchy girls that tease me about my blog. But it doesn’t affect me in the slightest. I don’t even know what their aim is, because they would never be able to stop me from blogging. In fact, the more they tease me, the more motivated I am to prove them wrong! I like that part of my personality. I know some people are really sensitive to teasing. 

I Nominate

Francine @ Ancine’s Alley

Meg @ What Meg Means

Jessica @ Jessica E Larsen

Pooja @ Life’s Fine Whine

Rachel @ Little World Of Rachel

Everything Me

Victoria @ The Cozy Potato

Anushka @ Times Of Trials

Rose @ Girl Online

My Questions

  1. What book are you reading?
  2. What song/s have you playing on repeat recently?
  3. How do you stay motivated?
  4. What tip would you give to anyone trying to get out of a writing slump?
  5. What is the most valuable piece of advice you have been given?

Right, so that’s it for today’s post! I’m really looking forward to seeing your responses. Don’t forget that if you weren’t nominated you can still take part! Just copy and paste this link into your post so that I can see it. Hope you have liked the rambly posts this week! I will probably go back to a less chatty style on Friday’s upload. Please leave your honest opinion on the long posts this week! I don’t mind receiving your criticism. 

What song/s have you been playing on repeat recently?

Stay tuned, because I might react to your favourite songs in a later post!

catherine x

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How To Make Your Morning Amazing In 5 Steps | Collaboration With Girl Online

This post has been a long time in the making, but finally we’re able to share it with you! It’s completely my fault that it didn’t go up sooner. Everything was so all over the place, that I ended up publishing my half without even thinking. I feel so bad for the miscommunication on my part. However, it’s here now! So let’s concentrate on the positive. If you enjoy this post (which I’m sure you will), remember to follow Girl Online’s blog for more. She writes about lifestyle, makeup and personal experiences. I love reading content from her, and I’m sure you will too! Here are her wonderful tips, all about getting a great start to the day:

Take a nice awakening shower/bath

Morning showers are rather stimulating and are the best way to start your day (according to me). I personally take a nice warm shower first thing in the morning. But cold showers are proven to help bring you back to reality and with your overall physical health and fitness. On top of that, it helps with your hygiene as well.
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Drink an ice-cold cup of water in the morning

I do this on a daily basis right after my morning shower and it has so many positive effects:

  • helps to clear your face revealing a splendid natural glow!.
  • hydrates your whole body.
  • stimulates your body.
  • Boosts your energy and mood.

All the above mentioned points are effects that i have personally noticed and experienced. All this helps with overall self-esteem and confidence.

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Take time on yourself

This is an open section. You can do anything that reassures you to keep on doing whatever your doing at this point in your life. Ideas may include working out, listening to music, taking a nice walk, having a nice breakfast, taking selfies, reading a blog post/book, watching a YouTube video or just picking out what your wearing to boost your confidence. Even if you wear uniform (like I do) just find a nice and unique way to rock your uniform, without breaking rules obviously.

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Breakfast is important

In your routine, make sure to include breakfast. Usually I don’t have enough time to make breakfast in the morning so I just have a little head start the night before. Recently I’ve been so obsessed with healthy smoothies and so I just cut up all my fruit and prepare all ingredients so in the morning all I have to do is throw everything into the blender and I’m ready to go. I try and eat as healthy as possible but not strictly. Eating a heavy breakfast is recommended as it is the most important meal of the day.

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Update your morning routine

Generally, a good morning routine that your satisfied with will make your whole day cheerful. Adding natural stimulators will boost your energy. For example: icing your face after washing it will increase your natural glow and your level of confidence. Rocking a cute hairstyle also will boost your energy. How you look physically will boost your general confidence. It is scientifically proven (not sure where but let’s stay positive)


Thank you so much for reading! These were really useful tips, as I’m sure you’ll agree. Please show some support to the author’s blog, and if you have time I’d appreciate you reading my 5 tips (linked here). Hope you are all safe and use these tips to have an amazing morning!

What do you never miss in your morning routine? What is your go-to breakfast?

erin x

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Top 5 Easy Tips On How To Glow-Up/Get Out Of A Slump

Deciding to take a break wasn’t an impulse decision that happened overnight. In fact, the factors leading to my unexplained hiatus were brewing for a few months. I soldiered through my schedule, ticking boxes and the sort, until I realised that I probably need to step back and consider myself for a second. Because though I was promoting self-care and exercise, I wasn’t doing it for myself. It was very hard, at first, to begin my mini ‘glow-up’. Especially because beforehand my schedule revolved around school and being busy. When school closed and all my plans were cancelled, that’s when I found time on my hands. I didn’t spend my extra time productively and ended up binge-eating and watching a lot of TV. It was unhealthy but I caught myself before it got worse. I plucked myself out of my sad hole and said, ‘let’s take a break from social media, start working out, continue with my yoga and stop snacking’. The expectations of myself weren’t realistic, which meant sticking to them felt like I’d conquered heaven and earth. I’m still in the process of keeping to them, of course. Health is for life, not just for January. I’m not an expert but here are few tips for any of you that want to glow up:

1) Exercise

Workouts aren’t my cup of tea but I found an amazing YouTuber called Lucy who does 7 minute regimes that get your heart rate up but aren’t so hard that you collapse on the ground! I found it easy to slip it in to my mornings and it has had a profound impact on the rest of the day, making me feel like I can conquer my to-do list. You’ve heard me rant about yoga previously, and I also do that every morning. At the moment I can only go out for exercise once a day and it’s always a walk with my family. Though I only do a little bit, it has massively changed my life.

2) Waking Up At A Consistent Time

You don’t need to be a morning person to be productive. I always wake up at 6am but if you go to bed later than obviously you still have the same hours in the day (06.00-22.00 or 09.00-01.00). Go to bed at a consistent time and wake up at the same time too. Your body will get into a routine as long as you don’t skip a day (including weekends). I’ve not to a point where I can trust myself to wake up without an alarm but I’m sure you can.

3) No Snacking

It’s tricky, but it’s good for me. It means I can appreciate my meals more and I hardly ever feel bloated. I still have a tangerine mid-morning but I’ve cut out the late-night snacking thing that I really struggled with. 

4) Be Forgiving

I’ll have a packet or crisps every now and then. I’ll miss a workout or wake up later. The key is to not be hard on yourself. And the more forgiving you are, the easier it is to carry on again. I used to do workouts every day but then I’d miss one. Once I’d miss one, I’d think it was pointless then all of that effort has gone to waste. Please don’t do that to yourselves! 

5) To-Do Lists

It’s second nature for me to write a to-do list every day. I find them an effective way to keep on track of what you need to do. Especially with home-schooling, it’s important I’m getting my work done. Sometimes I might need to set my own work just to make sure I don’t fall behind! I keep my to-do lists in my bullet journal. As my bujo is a ‘pretty’ place, I feel a certain extent of pressure to tick off my lists just because it makes me spreads look complete. It’s a healthy pressure though and often means I get things done.

Those are all the five tips I have for you today. I am not perfect and I just want to make it clear that I don’t always keep to these tips. This blog is supposed to be as raw and truthful as possible. This sort of lifestyle is me at my peak, obviously why I’d like to share it with you. I don’t feel compelled to telling you about my unhealthy habits because that’s my past. I only want this to be a positive space, and I am living proof that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. So if you are going through a rough time, please talk to me or someone that you trust. I am always here for those of you that need me. If you don’t want to share with me, just try to follow these few tips. They helped me out of a rut and I’m sure they’ll help you too. 

Do you have any glow-up tips? How do you get out of a slump? Could you share some motivation in the comments of this post, to help someone going through a rough time?

Can’t wait to hear from you,

erin x

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The Perfect Morning Routine | Books, Skincare & Yoga!

As my night routine post was so successful, I decided to a morning routine as well! The morning is my favourite time of day. I try to make this most of the early hours, and I usually achieve the routine in this post 6 times a week. For some reason Thursdays are never great for my productivity. Does any one else have a day like that? No matter how hard you try, it just never works out? Let me know in the comments.

1. Yoga

If it doesn’t happen in the morning, it doesn’t happen at all. That’s why I do this first thing! Usually the sessions are about half an hour long, which is perfect. Through yoga my body can fully wake up before I get on with other tasks. Also, after sleeping for eight hours, I certainly need a stretch! You can read more about my daily yoga practise here. 

2. Skincare routine 

It’s really important to have a skincare routine. When I wake up, I cleanse my face then use moisturiser with SPF. However the evening is a little bit different! I won’t go through this now though, because I just uploaded a whole post about my skincare routine!

3. Breakfast

Without breakfast, I start snacking throughout the day. My go-to breakfast is porridge but I do have lots of other recipes! While eating I enjoy reading. It’s a more positive experience than watching the news! Currently I’m reading The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

4. Duolingo

I don’t touch screens until an hour after I wake up. And after breakfast and yoga, it’s usually 7am. Which means I can practise my languages! At the moment I’m doing French et c’est tres facile cependent les verbes sont difficiles! J’adore français.

5. Post on Instagram

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I spend about ten minutes posting to Instagram and catching up on your lovely comments! Doing this at the start of the day motivates me to be productive. And your kind words always bring a smile to my face ☺️

6. Do one thing from my to-do list

This could be writing a blog post, practising my cello or even doing homework. But ticking something off my to-do list close to the beginning of the day makes me quite happy! And once one thing is ticked off, I just want to carry on.

7. Bunnies

They deserve a cuddle every morning! 

8. Head off for my day

At the weekends I might go for a walk or have a drama rehearsal. On the days where I have nothing planned, I try to get myself out. Being inside all day really isn’t good for me! Even though I might want to stay in bed, the best thing for both my mental and physical health is getting outdoors. Some days I have a load of homework so I’ll take myself to the library to do it. 


Thank you for reading this post! I’m sorry for the dominating pronoun being ‘me’ and ‘I’. So in the comments, let me know what you do in the mornings. 

Is there anything you can’t miss in your routine? How do you prepare yourself for a busy day?

Hope you’re all well, whether you had a good or bad morning!

erin x

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Daily Skincare Routine | Vegan, Cruelty-Free & Perfect For Sensitive Skin

Skincare is a really important aspect of modern-day life. As more of us move into the cities, the lack of fresh air starts biting our skin and not exactly giving it the best pamper. Additionally, with the expectations of social media, more people are feeling pressured to have flawless skin. I must be completely honest and say that flawless skin is impossible to achieve. However, it isn’t impossible to take good care of your skin! In this post I am sharing with you both my morning and nighttime skincare routines.

Disclaimer: just because these methods of cleansing work for me doesn’t mean they’ll work for you! If you do have problem skin, consult a professional. I personally know nothing on the subject so please don’t take my advice over an experts. Though I do want to recommend good products, I cannot guarantee they will give you the results I received.

Morning

I begin my day with a gentle cleanse to the face, using my Simple Face Wash Bar Soap and a flannel. To begin I run a sink of hot water and then damp my face. Though this does not open your pores as many experts claim, it does mean your facial cleanse with be more thorough. After lathering and rinsing, I pat try with a towel (please don’t rub!)

Then I go in with the Simple Protecting Light Moisturiser. It has UVA in it which delays ageing (I’m not particularly bothered about that right now, but I’m sure my future self will thank me). It also protects you from the sun you receive in the day, consequently preventing any accidental sores from being in the heat for too long. 

That is it for the morning! I hardly use makeup, but if I was to touch-up then I’d use the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. 

Night

The nighttime routine is a little more rigorous. I like to strip back all that grime my face has received in the day! It’s really surprising how much dirt you get on it. 

I begin the same as the morning, by using the Simple Face Wash Bar Soap and a flannel. This gets off the majority of the day’s sweat and tears, but I follow up with Micellar Water on a cotton-pad. If I had been wearing make-up that day, I’d do the Micellar beforehand. However most days I’m bare-faced!

The moisturiser I use in the evenings is different to the mornings. I use a Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser, which ‘restores’ your skin overnight. I have seen a positive difference in my skin since using opposing moistursiers. I don’t know the science behind it, but if you do please let me know in the comments! 

Then I also use some Vaseline after brushing my teeth. For some reason, even in the summers I get dry lips! But by using Vaseline my lips are a lot less dry. Put it this way, I notice when I’ve not used it!


Thank you so much for reading this post! I’m sorry it’s a bit short, but so is my skincare routine. 

Do you have a regular skin care routine? Does it differ day to day or do you stick to the same old thing?

Hope you’re all having a great day, and don’t forget to take care of your skin!

erin x

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