The Mystery Blogger Award | Thoughts On Peanut Butter & Does Ice-Cream Belong In A Cup Or Cone?

Thank you so much Arabella for allowing me to take part in this tag (even though I wasn’t nominated, I just wanted to answer the questions haha). If you are not familiar with the blog Sparks Of Ara, please check it out after reading this post. She posts a wide range of content and always interacts with her followers.

Rules 

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  3. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (This award was created by Okoto Enigma.)
  4. Answer the 5 questions you were asked.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. Nominate 10-20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs. (I decided to link to each of my nominees’ most recent posts instead.)
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Arabella’s Questions

  1. What are your top girl and boy names?

Grace, Alexandra and Phoebe for a girl then Sam, Tom and Noah for a boy (I know they’re basic, but I just love those names!)

  1. If you could speak, read, and write any language fluently, what language would you choose?

At the moment I’m learning French, and one day I hope to be completely fluent in it. However Spanish would also be good as it is such a widely spoken language!

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  1. What are your thoughts on peanut butter?

I love peanut butter, but I rarely have it because of the palm oil in it. As a treat I might buy the sustainable peanut butter but it costs too much to have in a weekly shop! I generally use peanut butter on toast or in baking. Unfortunately I don’t understand the hype of PBNJ. It’s just too chewy for me.

  1. Do you prefer ice cream in a cup or cone?

This quite an interesting one! I used to never eat the cone however now I love it. It’s also better for the planet than having a cup with a plastic spoon. Waffle cones are overpriced but they’re certainly by favourite. What about you?

  1. Favourite meal food?

I’m not sure I entirely understand this question, but I love soup!  It’s a great meal to use up vegetables in the fridge that are almost past it. You can always reheat soup anytime and save it in the freezer for later. I love having soup piping hot with plenty of bread!

Three Things About Me

  1. I’m cat-obsessed and see myself being a crazy cat lady in the future.
  2. One of my ambitions is to travel the world. This summer my family planned to internal around Italy but unfortunately that’s not happening now.
  3. At the moment I’m behind with my Goodreads goal. That’s very unusual for me because I’m normally two books ahead of schedule!

Nominees

Anyone would like to do this tag is completely welcome to! If you are interested, here are the questions I would like you to answer:

  1. When did you begin your blog?
  2. What’s your favourite aspect of blogging?
  3. How many posts do you publish per week?
  4. What’s your favourite topic to write about?
  5. If you were a biscuit, what would you be?

My Favourite Post

Out of my most recents, I love “These Aren’t Your Regular Self-Care Tips”. It was very well-received by all of you! 


Thank you so, so much for reading! I would love to hear your answers to my questions! Remember to tag me in the post if you do.

If you were a biscuit/cookie, which one would you be?

erin x

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Top 7 Favourite YouTubers | Humour, Studying, Books & More

While searching around for post ideas, I stumbled across a post from Sophie’s Corner all about her favourite YouTubers! As I spend a lot of time (too much, really!) on YouTube, I thought it would be a suitable post to share with you today.

Most of the people I watch are to lift my spirits. A few years ago, all I watched was lifestyle and ‘self-improvement’ videos. These only made me feel more guilty for my bad habits, so I stopped watching them all together. We all sub-conciously compare ourselves to these well-edited influencers, and that has such a negative impact on our mental health. By cutting out these perfect people, I was comparing myself less and consequently feeling happier. I don’t mean to complain because these Influencers are doing very well for themselves! It’s just my personal health that would benefit from not having this ‘perfect’ life being lived all around me. 

Hope that after this post you go on to watch these YouTubers I so know and love!

Ruby posts lots of studying and bookish related content. Her videos are very wholesome and really bring me down to Earth, especially the vlogs in which she simply appreciates the world around her! Her niche is very ‘studytube’ though there is a wide variety. Some recipes dotted here and there, book recommendations and reviews, plus lots of vlogs!

I admire this woman. She is currently studying at university though last year she took a gap year and went interrailing around Europe. Her consistent effort always shows through, and in her travel vlogs you can see the obstacles no-one ever mentions. For an aspiring solo-backpacker, I believe her honest content will really help me if I begin that journey one day! Jade also encouraged me to try yoga, a habit I began recently and have since stuck with!

Grace is so underrated! Her videos are of top quality and her humour is admirable! As a bakery student, she also provides a lot of baking content (which of course I love, because I’m an avid baker myself). The video styles and ideas are very original, but she also covers topics that are prominent in the news. On ExtraGrack she posts vlogs, which are all a bit random but so relatable and funny!

You’ll get sucked in… Taz never fails to make me laugh out loud! Though she is quite well-known, that does not distract her from the goals of having a house and ‘always getting the bargains’. I find her content uplifting as well as entertaining. Her channel really shows growth! From poetry to comedy, anxiety to humour, foolish to wise. It’s really worth giving her a watch. 

The inspiration for this blog will never be eliminated from my most watched. I love Zoe’s vlogs and watching her very lavish lifestyle. But while having all this fame, she does also have a bubbly personality and great honesty with her viewers.

I feel great pleasure to not only call Grace an amazing YouTuber, but also a friend. We both keep in touch via Instagram however her videos have such a professional touch that I hardly believe it’s just a 16 year old girl in her bedroom! The videos are of top quality, sharing things all of us want to see: studying tips, clean with me’s, room transformations and baking! It’s a great combination of lifestyle videos that are always upbeat. Please go and support her YouTube channel and check out her Instagram!

Adriene guides me through my daily yoga practise, so she also makes it on to the list of my favourite YouTubers. Without her videos, I’d be performing yoga like a sack of potatoes! Please check out her channel if you’re considering trying out yoga from home. You don’t need a mat or any other special equipment. I do it in my pyjamas as soon as I role out of bed! 


Big thank you to Sophie for being the source of inspiration for this post! If you are not familiar with Sophie’s Corner, please check out her blog andInstagram. They are both brimming with quality content! Including a post just like this (Sophie’s Favourite YouTuber’s post is linked here).

Hope you’re all having a lovely day!

Do you watch YouTube? Who are your favourite creators, and what sort of content do they produce?

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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The Unexpected Everything | Morgan Matson | Book Review

Okay, now it’s over. And I just want more! Like, why end it so abruptly? What will happen to Clark and Andie? Please, Morgan Matson, give me more! 

I spent a week on this book, a lot longer than I would usually dedicate to reading, but I just wanted it to last forever. Sadly, it came to an end. As much as I tried to postpone the ending, it eventually came. Sometimes finishing books gives me satisfaction. This one just made me sad. I wanted to know so much more about Andie’s future. From a writer’s perspective, it’s good to allow your reader to predict what’s going to happen next. However, as a reader, I’m hungry for more. That’s how much I enjoyed this book!

The beginning started off like any YA contemporary: explaining the problems the protagonist faces. I thought this was going to be Andie solving her problems… but no! It was actually way more intriuging. Matson introduced many obstacles along the way which I really appreciate. You thought the hurdle had been jumped, then another one came. That kept the pace of the novel going and make me hasty to read on!

It was a wonderfully crafted book. The description was dreamy and clever, allowing the reader to create their own version of Andie’s world. Also, Andie was her own narrator. That meant we could see much deeper into her thoughts and feelings – especially about Clark! In YA it is common to see the standard life events skipped over, but Matson really focused in on the ‘normal’ things. Like dinner, texting your friends or the relationship with your parents. 

One element that I really enjoyed was the side narrative about Andie’s father. He worked in politics and for most of Andie’s life was away from home. But after the scandal, he ended up staying with Andie all summer. The novel showed the growing of a bond. It was very realistic in its hurdles – not washing over the reality too much. 

I suppose what I really enjoyed about this book was the various different things going on at once. There wasn’t just a love interest, but also the loss of a parent. And then the side plot about Andie’s father always working and never having the time for her. On top of that was friendship, and house parties and summer jobs. 

Please read this book. It will make you smile, laugh and cry.

Have you read this book? What are your favourite summer romances? Any titles you can recommend? 

Hope you are all having a lovely day. If not, I hope my blog can make you feel better!

erin x

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