5 Things I’m Grateful For This Summer | Collaboration With Daisy’s Corner

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the blog. This Friday’s post is in collaboration with my online bestie Daisy, from Daisy’s Corner. Organised girl boss Daisy had this collab planned far in advance, and finally it is time to share it with you! In this post I will be sharing 5 things I’m grateful for this summer. Daisy is doing the same, so after reading this post you must click here to view her half. This is going to be a very happy, wholesome post! I hope you enjoy.

Early Summer Mornings

I don’t get up early every day, although I am making an effort to. I just love the golden glow in the morning! Sitting in the garden with my journal, or a good book, in the early hours is an unbeatable feeling. Plus, with the weather being so hot in the UK at the moment, it’s about the only time I can go outside without roasting to bits.

Frozen Fruit (Blueberries In Particular)

This time last year I had not yet discovered the joy of eating fruits frozen. Berries, such as blueberries and raspberries, are super yummy when frozen. They’re are comparable to sweets, except better in my opinion! All fruit is a blessing, and I could not live without it. Lockdown has made so many of us more grateful for the little things. I try to believe that I was expressing gratitude before lockdown, but never like this.

My Garden

All throughout lockdown I have been especially grateful for my garden. In the beginning stages when only 1 hour of exercise daily was allowed, I felt so grateful to have my outdoor space. We’ve started inviting a few people round for barbecues and it’s been an awesome family space. On top of that, it’s served as our own ‘camping’ park. Since we can’t go on holiday this year, I have been camping in the garden for a breath of fresh air – literally.

That I Can Go For Long Walks

As we are no longer restricted to one hour of exercise per day, I can now get out on long walks. I live semi-rurally, where there are many amazing walks nearby. I am extremely grateful for that opportunity. The countryside, and the beautiful hills, are where I belong. If I could walk up and down a mountain every day, I would. It gives me such a buzz (much more satisfying than post-workout adrenaline!)

Audiobooks

Lockdown forced me to start using a library app, rather than the in-person experience. That led to my discovery of audiobooks! I’ve always wanted to try out this way of reading before, but I thought I needed to spend money. Turns out, the library has them there for me! Without coronavirus I would have never discovered this feature. Although it is a dreadful virus, the consequential lockdown it caused has brought many a realisation. Audiobooks are such a convenient way to get through books while completing other activities. My favourite is colouring and listening, or even when I’m editing photos for Instagram.

I have a childish obsession with rainbows…

We are missing out on so much opportunity this summer. My family didn’t book anything, but planned to go inter railing around Italy. In the past year I have also raised £1800 to go on a Guides camp, which was inevitably cancelled. Despite the drastic change of plans, I’ve still had an awesome summer thus far. Counting my blessings has kept me positive and inspired! I do encourage any of you feeling a tad low to write down 5 things you’re grateful for either in the comment section or on paper. Really reflect on what you have written down. I promise you, it’s the best habit to get into a routine of.

Many thanks to Daisy for offering me the chance to do a 3rd collab together! You have no idea just how much I love chatting with you, and that Zoom call once was the most fun. Daisy just completed her first year of blogging! It’s been a wild ride, and she has grown so much in this short space of time. Please go over and support her blog, YouTube and Instagram. So much hard work goes into maintaining content like this so even the smallest support means a lot. 

What are you especially grateful for this summer?

catherine x

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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!

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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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I Should Have Read That Book Tag! | Ft. My Guilty Face

Thank you so much to Abi for nominating me to participate in this tag! It’s been a while since I last wrote a book tag, so my book blogging brain is a little rusty. However, I anticipate that this will be a fun post! Hope you stick to the end, as you may even be a nominee…

Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part in the tag
  • Enjoy the tag!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

Whenever I’m recommended a book by my friend, I tend to read it straight away. Off the top of my head I can’t think of one. 

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t read it

Call me guilty for not reading Animal Farm by George Orwell yet! It’s been on my TBR for years and I want to fully immerse myself in the literature and context behind it. Do you have any useful resources for Animal Farm so that I can study it?

A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten around to finishing

A Court Of Thorns And Roses was a stunning book, but I couldn’t get into the sequel! It just didn’t vibe with me in the same way the first one did. I would love to finish the series one day but at the moment I can’t enjoy it thoroughly so it doesn’t seem worth pulling through a novel if I don’t enjoy it.

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but have never actually read

Jane Eyre sounds beautiful! 

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read

I was such a big fan of Fangirl, however I’ve not yet picked up Carry On. It sounds fantastic since I loved Simon and Baz’ narrative in the original book. However I don’t have my own copy so it’ll have to wait until libraries are open again.

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but just haven’t picked up yet

Swallows and Amazons is a beautiful children’s film that I enjoy to this day. Although I haven’t read its book adaptation yet. I’d be interested to know whether it’s similar or completely different from the film!

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

The Poet X has been on bookstagram for ages now, and I still haven’t read it. I love Elizabeth Acevedo’s “With The Fire On High” and I anticipate The Poet X will be brilliant too. My library offers on online eBook experience and fortunately it’s available to borrow at the moment! I’ll have to read it soon.

I Nominate:

One Book More

What Rebecca’s Read

Elsie LMC

Starry Sky Books

A Fangirl’s Opinion

Marshmallow Harmonies (my favourite bookish gal on the blogosphere, the reason I write book tags today hehe, thank you Rhi!)

The Mood Reader (Yna)

Kristin Kraves Books

Reading With Daniella

Hammock Of Books

That’s all folks!

What book are you going to read next? What are you reading at the moment?

Have a lovely day, and see you on Friday for another post in The Plastic Planet series. Take care,

erin x

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6 Books In One Day | 24-Hour Readathon Wrap-Up

Did I stay up for the whole 24 hours? No. Was it as successful as I anticipated? No. But was it worth it? Yes!

On 25th April I spontaneously decided to partake in a 24-hour readathon. I’ve seen these challenges all over booktube and I really wanted to try it myself. So my friend and I challenged ourselves to read for 24 hours straight! The readathon didn’t set off on the right foot, I woke up and 1:20am instead of midnight as planned. Then I took a break from 5:30am-10:00am. Then went for an hour long walk. Then took a half hour lunch break. And I didn’t end at midnight either, but cut it short at 11:00pm! So this was more like a 12 hour readathon than a full 24 hour one. Although I did finish 6 books, which I am quite pleased about. Here are the books I read:

1) The Lost Princess – Connie Glynn

This was a re-read however I enjoyed it so much more the second time around! I have grown to love the characters and I’m really excited for the next one in the series. Though it felt a bit all over the place, the general plot got through to me and I especially enjoyed all of the cat scenes.

2) The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

Unfortunately I have no desire to continue with this series. It would have been an amazing read if I hadn’t read so many other 2010s YA dystopian! There was nothing particularly original about it, and most of the tropes I had seen previously. The whole Clancy and Ruby situation gave off Warner and Juliette vibes. Though it was an entertaining read, it didn’t spark much interest. If it weren’t for the readathon I would have probably DNFed it!

3) Leia: Princess Of Alderaan – Claudia Gray

Star Wars is a franchise I only love due to my dad. If I had discovered it myself I probably wouldn’t be the biggest fan! However this book was just so good. Not 5 stars, but quite empowering. We all know of Princess Leia and her romance with Han Solo, but how about independent Leia? Before she had a man? When she stood on her own two feet? The premise of the book is that Leia needs to complete challenges in order to be crowned heir of the throne. We follow her through this journey and she encounters many barriers on the way. But these obstacles only help to bring down the Empire, which is the Rebels key mission. 

4) The Safest Lies – Megan Miranda

Fast paced, enjoyable and quick read. In one sitting I devoured what was an excellent thriller. Though it doesn’t reach the 5-star mark, it was incredibly well-developed for such a short book. Highly recommend for anyone doing a 24-hour readathon!

5) Third Year At Malory Towers – Enid Blyton

Since the series came out on CBBC, it reminded me of the books I used to really love. Though I haven’t watched the programme, the appearance of it around social media was a signal to pick these up again. Of course, I did enjoy them. I admire the way Enid Blyton creates such an atmosphere with so little description. This book helped me through the readathon because it was short and quick, while remaining enjoyable.

6) Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban

My final book of the readathon! I honestly didn’t think I’d finish this one. But once again J.K Rowling’s magic gripped me and I felt compelled to read on. The Prisoner Of Azkaban sees the transition of Harry being young and naive to older and under threat. I would recommend this to anyone, of course, though it isn’t my favourite of the series. 

That wraps up my readathon! Hope you enjoyed reading, if you did stick to the end. Don’t forget to check out my Goodreads to see what I’m reading at the moment. Also, if you’re on my website there’s a little widget to the side of this post. 

What are your reading at the moment? What is your favourite Harry Potter book? 

erin x

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The Awesome Blogger Award | Books, Goals & Music

Though I wasn’t nominated, I’d just like to thank Marta for leaving open nominations so that I could take part in this tag. Please read her answers to these questions! Now, let’s get on to the tag:

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Credit the creator (Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala)
  • Tag this post with #AwesomeBloggerAward
  • Answer all the questions given to you
  • Nominate some people
  • Write 10 questions for them to answer

Marta’s Questions

What are some of your favourite songs to listen to at the moment?

Currently I’m enjoying Fine Line by Harry Styles and a little bit of The Beatles here and there.

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If you could shift into an animal, what animal would you want to turn into?

Some sort of bird, definitely. Wouldn’t it be really interesting to fly? 

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What is one thing you are currently obsessed with?

I love knitting and watching sit-coms! Not the most productive use of time in quarantine but it makes me so happy. I listed in a previous blog post what my favourite TV shows are. 

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If an unstoppable force collides with an immovable force, what happens?

Would it rebound? I’m not a physics whizz but I’d by interested to hear what happens in this instance. If you have any clue, please let me know in the comments!

What is your favourite book that you read in 2020 so far?

I don’t think there’s a singular book I could pinpoint as my favourite though The Spinster Club series is my favourite read. The first book in that series got me hooked, it’s called “Am I Normal Yet?”

What is the best piece of advice that you’ve received?

Very cliche, but live in the moment. I hold those words in my heart and try to make the most of my time on this Earth.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

Does it make me bratty to say that I’m not sure? My cello lessons are an amazing gift and I’m very fortunate that my parents could afford them when I started out. 

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If you could spend a day with anyone (fictional, alive, or dead), who would you choose and what would you do together?

I’d love to spend some time with the Doctor, she is such cool character and I could travel anywhere and be back in one split-second! The best use of a day in any case.

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What is your dream reading space?

There’s no need to dream; I already have mine. My bed is positioned an arm’s length away from my bookshelf so I don’t have to get up when I want to grab a book. A small room comes with advantages.

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What are your goals (reading or otherwise) for 2020?

My reading goal is 100 books but i’m a little behind on it! Hopefully, like last year, summer will be my time to get ahead. I set myself some goals in a post at the start of the year. At the moment my goals are to do yoga every day, and I’m on day 29! Try not to throw yourself in at the deep end, just set habits monthly and hopefully they’ll lead to you being a better person than at the start of the year.

I Nominate These Awesome Bloggers:

My Questions

Please answer Marta’s questions! It may seem like I’m just being lazy, but I’d be interested to hear your response to her questions. Don’t forget to let me know if you take part, by either tagging me in the post or commenting below.

What other posts do you want to see from me? Is there a particular type of post you most like to see from me? 

erin x

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