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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10 Ways To Stick To A Routine During Lockdown | Collaboration With Emma Blether

Today I bring you a really exciting post: a collaboration with Emma Blether! We’ve all been struggling during lockdown, and many people have been recommending to ‘stick to normal routine’. How do we do that? Emma and I wrote 5 tips each for you to follow. You can check out my ideas on Emma’s blog after you’ve read these ones! Now on to Emma’s recommendations:

Plan Your Day In Segments

My first tip is to break the days into segments. What I mean by this is plan what you want to do during each part of the day. If I was breaking my day into segments I would have: morning, afternoon, evening. You could break it down even less if you wanted to, for example: before breakfast, breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, after lunch, mid-afternoon, late afternoon, dinner, evening, night. I would plan to do certain things in each segment for example before lunch I want to have finished writing this blog post. Or between after lunch and mid afternoon I want to have my English essay written.

Separate The Weekends From The Weekdays 

This one helps especially if you work Monday to Friday or attend school etc.
Having a routine during the week will hopefully help me to sort out what school work I need to do, helps me with deadlines and just generally be more productive! I want to try and make the weekends my time for no routine and just relaxing, being with my family and working on things I enjoy doing! (YouTube, blogging). For example I might set a target to wake up before 8 between Monday and Friday but on Saturday and Sunday either set that time later or I don’t set an alarm at all 🙂 Doing this should hopefully allow you to have time to work hard and get things done during the week but also relax during the weekend. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t spend time relaxing, keeping active and looking after yourself during the week. Try to keep a nice balance, but maybe stick to a routine on weekdays.

Clean Your Room

Having a tidy space can make you feel in control and ready for the day so starting with a clean room can help you stick to your routine because it simply motivates you.

Stick To A Normal Sleeping Pattern

I’m still working on this. I am trying to be strict with myself so that I actually go to sleep at the time I want and can get up relatively early so I can get my day up and going. Making sure you stick to a sleeping pattern means you will be more active, awake and will be less likely to wake up late and more likely to follow the routine you have set for yourself.

Plan Your Day The Night Before 

Plan out what you want to do each day. Sort it out before you go to sleep so that when you wake up you know exactly what you are doing and don’t waste time planning your day.

Big thank you to Emma for creating this collaboration with me! It was such fun to write, so I hope you all love it too. Don’t forget to check out the other five tips over on Emma’s blog! If you enjoyed this post, and want to see more from the author, check out her amazing YouTube channel and stunning Instagram! I’ve also linked her beautiful blog here. 

What time have you been waking up during lockdown? Later, earlier or the same time as usual?

I would be intrigued to hear your response in the comments below. Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

erin x

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Top 5 Shows To Watch In Quarantine

Though reading and doing our work would be a productive way of spending time in quarantine, we all can’t fight the urge to watch telly sometimes. Recently I’ve been in a slump. Not just because of what’s gig on, but other personal life events this year that have really taken a toll on things. I kept saying to myself ‘tomorrow can be my new start’ but then another hurdle was thrown down, and I tripped over it. To distract myself from these worries, I like to watch telly and do some knitting. No – it’s not a cool thing for a teenager to do. But it’s better for my mind than mindlessly scrolling through Snapchat and watching cake videos (lol that is actually my life).

Here are my top 5 things to watch when you’re down (all on BBC iPlayer because I don’t have Netflix):

5) Mrs. Brown’s Boys

Nothing beats a bit of comedy, and I can watch these again and again without tiring from the jokes. My parents says it’s absolute rubbish but I really love it. And they don’t film new series’ anymore, so the subject matter of the episodes are all a few years behind. It’s better than mentioning the C word!

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4) Miranda

You guessed it, another comedy. My mum, brother and I used to watch these a lot when we were too young to understand the jokes. Now I’m older, I watch it for a bit of nostalgia but mainly a laugh (out loud, and I must sound insane to my brother who thinks I’m laughing at nothing)

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3) Call The Midwife

I recently got obsessed with this show! I don’t binge-watch, which means I have a good couple of hours of entertainment still to watch. The episodes are a healthy hour long and I usually get so wrapped up in it that I abandon the knitting and just stare blankly.

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2) Gavin & Stacey

It’s not often that this gets put second on a list of favourites! I love Gavin & Stacey, though when I first got into it I watch the episodes three times over and sort of spoilt it for myself? Really wish I could have retained myself from binge-watching but it’s just so good! I highly recommend to anyone. From the outside it looks like trash, but when you get into it it’s like a black hole. O’right Stace, wha’s occurin’? Anyone for an omelette? (poor old Gwen, she never gets the spotlight)

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1) Doctor Who

It is not possible to describe my love for this TV programme. I’m utterly in love, and have been since I was 3 or younger (can’t remember much from back then). But my childhood, and my continuing childhood, is always centred around this basis of my Whovian-ism. It’s just amazing, and a perfect distraction from anything you’re worrying about. I watched it a lot when I felt down, but that doesn’t deter me from feeling so happy at the sound of ‘woo-wee-woo, woo-wee-woo’. In fact, after writing this I’m going to start watching from the beginning.

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Do you use TV as a distraction from your worries? What shows are you enjoying at the moment? What do you do when watching telly?

erin x

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