Answering Your Assumptions! | Collaboration With Meghan’s Teen Life

Welcome to another exciting collaboration! Today’s post came from a late night chat with the wonderful Meghan from Meghan’s Teen Life. Recently, on YouTube, there has been a mass production of assumptions videos. Therefore we decided to hop on this trend and bring it to the blogosphere! The lovely Maryam has previously done a post like this, so please check her’s out too.

Meghan runs a blog where she discusses, and takes us along, with her teen journey. Behind the amazing writing is a lovely human who constantly makes effort to be positive and inspiring. As she is so underrated, I would love for you to support her blog and Instagram. To top it all off she is walking 10,000 steps a day to raise money for Islamic Relief (a charity that supports victims or conflict in Yemen). Please donate here! I am participating alongside her.

Make sure to read Meghan’s half after this one! Here are some assumptions you had about me – when I asked you on Instagram. 

You wish you could play more instruments

Unfortunately I’m not very musical, despite playing the cello. It does not come particularly  naturally to me despite how much I enjoy it. Although it would be awesome to play multiple instruments, it takes valuable time that I can’t spare! I would much prefer investing effort into blogging and school, then having cello as a little side-project.

You only have a small group of friends

This is very true! I have a close circle of 5 friends. There are about 20 people I can talk to and get along with in a friendly way, perhaps go for a walk together etc, but my five closest friends are the ones I turn to in times of need. You know who you are 😉

You’re a very organised and tidy person

Externally I appear tidy and organised. However, internally, I’m a mess. Those who say a tidy space makes a tidy mind aren’t exactly honest, because my space is beautifully organised yet my mind is cluttered!

You haven’t told anyone about your blog

This is the opposite of true. It was hard to keep a secret and I prefer to be honest; it brings comfort! Pretty much my entire school year are aware of my blog. My family know I keep a blog, but they do not know how to find it which is relieving. 

You love cats

Yes!

You are an extrovert

Company is nice, but I prefer to go solo. Being alone brings internal energy and is usually where I think up my best ideas. On the Myer-Briggs personality test I’m 92% introverted and 8% extroverted! I do think I’m slightly more extroverted that that…

You didn’t reveal your real name on your blog because you were embarrassed people would find out

I use a pen name to set apart my two identities. Catherine is the name I use professionally and around family; Erin is the person I am when I’m productive, stress-free and letting my heart out on to a keyboard. They stay separate just out of choice, but I’m not embarrassed about my blog one bit! I should not shy away from praise for a website I have spent 3 years work on. If someone were to send hate directed at my blog I would be offended, but it wouldn’t stop me from writing. Barriers like that make me try harder to prove them wrong!

You have a boyfriend

Just my bookshelf, I’m afraid. No-one takes interest in a nerdy and peculiar girl like me. Especially since I put so much effort into school but don’t achieve highly. All this work goes toward being mediocre!

You are more of a cat person than a dog person

Nothing against dogs (they can be cute sometimes) but cats are my preference. They’re cuddly, lazy, fluffy and sassy! What more could you want?

You’ve never been abroad

Actually I’m extremely privileged to have been abroad 6 times in my life. Once to America – although I can’t remember it – twice to France, twice to Spain and one trip to Holland! I really want to travel more in the future, however the cost of the environment is worrying.

You prefer countryside to city

Again, this one is so true! The countryside is where I belong. I live semi-rurally and the city life has never been my cup of tea. My dream is to have a house looking onto the sea (by the seafront). If you have seen my brand collaboration with Mapiful, you will know I’m a big fan of Scotland too! I would love to live there in the future.

You blog because you are forced to

In some cases I will force myself to blog, but it’s always a fun process. No-one makes me blog other than internal pressure. I find it a beautiful hobby and want to continue with it for as long as possible!

Thank you for reading! Did you enjoy this post? There’s another half over on Meghan’s blog. Please check it out if you’re interested. Take the time to share love to some small bloggers today; they deserve it. All of her links are below:

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Do you have any assumptions about me? Would you like me to do a part two?

Hope you all have amazing days. This post is proof that what you assume about a person is often incorrect. I am guilty of judging a book by its cover, but I try to avoid that mindset. If you have any more assumptions about me I’d love to hear them! I reply to all of your lovely comments. Be juicy and honest, and perhaps your assumption will be featured in part two!

erin x

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5 Easy Tips To Make Your Morning Amazing

Don’t we all strive to achieve an amazing morning routine? Well, look no further than this post. I used to set myself unrealistic goals for the morning, and fail even before my first day. So many of us have to go to work and school; we don’t have the time to go to the gym and do a study session. Hopefully these tips can set yourself up for a flexible but structured healthy morning. As soon as you start doing these things, there will be an instant improvement in the rest of your day!

  • Exercise

It’s really important to include some physical activity in your morning routine. Whether that be a few stretches or a full-on workout, anything to get yourself moving will make the rest of the day feel better. I do walk around the house quite a lot in the morning, and I also stretch a bit when I wake up. Most of us don’t have the time to go for a run, but if you do then make the most of it.

  • Get outside

Humans used to always be exposed to the elements, but we don’t get much of that anymore. A breath of fresh air makes you feel so much better. In fact, go outside now and try it! At the weekend I go for walks but on a regular day I don’t have the time. It’s essential you do get a bit of nature in your daily routine; even better if it’s at the start of your day!

  • Breakfast

Do not skip breakfast! It’s my favourite meal of the day, and according to scientists the most important meal of the day. I am going to share my go-to breakfasts in a post later this month. You might not be hungry as soon as you wake up, so do a small task beforehand. I know a lot of people skip breakfast because they aren’t up soon enough! Wake up half an hour earlier and you’ll be able to sit down and eat (I wouldn’t recommend having an on-the-go breakfast, it’s uncomfortable and bad for you)

  • Pamper

None of us have time for a face mask or a bath, but make it you mission to have a wash and dress up nicely. I know a hoodie and leggings is comfy, but it won’t provoke that working mindset. Then at the end of your work you can change! In the UK we have school uniform and it does help to form a divide between school/home. If you work from home, sometimes the line blurrs. Try not to let it! 

  • Do what makes you happy

Just before you head off to work/school, spend a few minutes doing something that makes you smile. It can be a reward for getting all of the other tips done! I like to read while eating my breakfast. You might listen to music while walking to the bus stop. Just a small thing like that can make you feel so much happier! It’s also good for your mental health if you include a bit of ‘me-time’ in your mornings.


Those are all of the tips! Hope you enjoyed reading today’s post, and let me know if you want to see a part two.

When do you wake up in the morning? Or do you wake up in the afternoon?

erin x

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5 Films I Want To Watch This Christmas | My Christmas Watchlist

On a Saturday evening I much prefer to curl up with a book than watch films – though I’m sure that’s no surprise to you! However, when Christmas comes around I do tend to be watching more telly. I watch the same Christmas films every year which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense because I still haven’t watched all of the classics. Today’s post is a list of Christmas films I really want to watch this year! You’ll be ashamed by the amount of American films I haven’t watched 😂

Miracle On 34th Street

It’s on the shelf but still wrapped in its plastic film! I’ve heard many good things about this one so it’s a priority for this year. If it wasn’t for my long to-do list, I’d definitely go and watch it now.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

I don’t know if I should class this as a Halloween or Christmas film! I’m still putting it on my watchlist for this month though. So many of my friends have watched it that I feel a bit left out! It’ll be interesting to see what the hype is all about.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Some of you will definitely be shocked by this, but I’ve just never seen The Grinch! I have a brief understanding of the story line, though there is more festivity in watching the whole of it!

Love Actually

Rom-coms might be my all-time my favourite genre of films, though I’ve never watched one of the most iconic rom-coms of all time! I’m quite disappointed within myself, though not for much longer. I’ll try my best to watch this film soon!

Frozen II

Can you believe that Frozen was released 5 years ago? It seems like yesterday. I’m going to see this sequel next week and I’m quite excited for it. Though you may not class it as a Christmas film, all the snow and ice definitely has wintery vibes for me. Sequels are always disappointing, but it’s a children’s film so I will find enjoyment in it anyways!

That’s it for my Christmas watch list! I don’t think that I will have time for any more than five so I’m leaving it at that. You will find me rewatching all the Nativity’s at some point though!

What is your favourite Christmas film? Do you have a watchlist this year?

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My Christmas Bucket-List | 5 Activity Ideas For Winter

Thank you so much Zoe for the idea for this post! Make sure to check out her blog, YouTube and Instagram if you haven’t already. Between now and Christmas I’d like to complete a few festive things (big and small) and this post is going to be a place for all of those ideas! Also, if you don’t know what activities to do in the holidays, then this is a perfect place to find things to do.

  • Go to a Christmas/local market

This is an item on my list that I have already completed! Last Friday I went to a nighttime market after school and it was very jolly. All the Christmas lights are up in town so that definitely added to the coziness (despite it being freezing). I love buying local produce and this market was a hive for that sort of stuff!

  • Make a gingerbread house

This one is a bit ambitious but with patience I’m sure that I’ll be able to achieve it. Usually we buy a kit and just do the decorating. However, that doesn’t usually take long. So to make the project last a bit longer I’ve had the idea to make it from scratch! If it goes well then I’ll definitely post it on my Instagram.

  • Roast chestnuts

We do have chestnuts and we do have an open fire! Now the only thing we need is time.

  • Watch Christopher Robin on the sofa with a hot chocolate

This activity is much less demanding from the money-aspect of things. My mum and I really love Winnie-The-Pooh and when Christopher Robin came out we were immediately obsessed! We don’t yet have the DVD so that’s on the Christmas Wishlist. Christmas can be super busy so it would be nice to find a free afternoon to do this!

  • Make a Christmas/Winter wreath

Back in Autumn my friend and I made autumn wreaths out of all of the fallen orange leaves. I’d like to do the same but for Christmas. There’s not much foliage about in Winter but I’m sure I’ll be able to find some evergreens and pinecones! If all else fails we do have a wreath for the door but I thought that it would be nice to make my own this year. If you get your friends or family around it can be a great activity to do with them!

And that makes a perfect five things to achieve this season! If you end up recreating any of these ideas then do let me know via Instagram. I am aware that not all of my readers are Christian but hopefully you’ll be able to do some of these things without the Christmas twist! (such as making a winter wreath, or going to a local market) Thank you all for reading and have a lovely week!

What are your favourite Christmas activities? Do you have any winter traditions?

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Easy & Yummy Oaty Cookies Recipe | Perfect Alternative To High Calorie Snacks

Happy Friday!

Here’s another baking post for you. Today I’ll be sharing my no-longer secret oaty cookie recipe. They’re really easy to make (similar procedure to flapjack but with a few more ingredients) and taste amazing! An extra five minutes in oven makes them lovely and crisp, whereas ‘under’ baking them gives a lovely doughy texture. They’re not too unhealthy so I would really recommend them as an alternative to the packaged chocolate bars (it reduces your plastic waste as well). On to the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 75g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 75g porridge oats
  • 50g caster sugar 
  • 75g butter 
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup 
  • 2 tbsp milk

Method:

  • Sift flour into a bowl. Mix in baking powder, porridge oats and sugar. You could also use self-raising flour if that’s what you already have at home (saving you a trip to the shops!)

  • Melt the butter, syrup and milk in a small saucepan or in the microwave and stir. It should look like this:

  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined. It should look similar  to flapjack mixture!

  • Now preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. If you do this now then your oven will have heated enough before you have to put them in. Doing it right at the start (as most recipes recommend) is a waste of energy! It saves you money in the long-run too. 

  • Spoon onto a lined baking tray and shape into rounds, leaving space between each biscuit as they will spread whilst cooking. The recipe makes roughly 15 medium sized cookies. 

  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before removing from tray. They taste really amazing when they are straight from the oven – and even better with a cup of tea!


Thank you for reading today’s post! If you do try out this recipe (it’s super easy, you don’t need to be skilled in order to do it) then I would love to see your recreations! Send me photos through Instagram or email me. 

What are your favourite cookies? Rich chocolate or light vanilla?

Stay tuned for my takeover on Neve Franks’s Positivity Blog tomorrow! Over on Instagram I will be doing the stories for the day and sharing my message of positivity. Go and give it a follow!

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