Monday, 28 December 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2015

I am still in disbelief that Christmas has now been and gone, I love the festive holidays so much that I never want it to end! This is my second Christmas in the blogging world, and I wanted to put together a little post to tell you all what I received for Christmas this year! I know not everyone likes these kind of posts, so do feel free to click off if you are one of those people; but I personally love reading and watching them so I decided to post this.

What I Got For Christmas 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2015

I feel incredibly lucky and grateful for all of the lovely presents I recieved, and I had a wonderful day with all of my family. We ate our delicious Christmas dinner, and exchanged presents whilst playing some games and chatting about various topics! This year we had a paper plane making competition as one of our table games, and it was very fun! I always have a great time on Christmas, and I know that without the family it wouldn't be the same.

What I Got For Christmas 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2015

I decided not to write about my favourites this year, as it became too hard for me to choose as I love everything I recieved! I ended up taking a picture of everything and just adding comments where I thought it was necessary, I think that this is more reader friendly as well!

What I Got For Christmas 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2015

What did you recieve for Christmas?

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Our Gingerbread House




Despite Christmas having been and gone, I just wanted to keep the festive season alive for a couple more posts and share my family's gingerbread house. Unfortunately, we couldn't take the risk of trying to bake our own gingerbread to build so we bought some from the trusty Morrisons (well done, Nanny!) and built it from there!

I was in charge of the structure of the house; and built it using the icing supplied - FYI, it was very nice icing, so a few pieces may have gone into my mouth ;) - but was told later I did a rubbish job because the roof started to slide off! After I built it, my sister was decorating the house and I think she did quite a good job of it, don't you think? We tried to keep as close to the packet house as possible, and it looks rather cute!

Have you ever made or built a gingerbread house?

Thursday, 24 December 2015

My Favourite Things About Christmas


There is no point in me denying that Christmas is my favourite time of the year. Every December I'm pretty sure I pretty much annoy everyone I know with my countdown to Christmas and my excitement for the holiday season! I thought I would share my favourite things about Christmas with you all today, and see if we have the same favourites!

- Decorating the Christmas tree.
- Wrapping presents.
- Exchanging presents.
- SNOW!
- Drinking Hot Chocolate.
- Wrapping up warm when heading outside.
- Writing Christmas cards for friends and family.
- Catching up with loved ones.
- Reading Winter related blog posts.
- Catching up with YouTube videos.
- Winter break from school!
- Meeting up with friends.
- Shopping for Christmas presents.
- Munching mince pies.
- Eating Christmas dinner.
- Downtown Abbey Christmas Special (Am I right, or am I right?!)
- Christmas themed television.

What are your favourite things about Christmas?

I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all the best Christmas, and thank you for sticking with me this past year! I hope you all get everything you have wished for, and just have a great day in general! Don't eat too many yorkshire puddings! xx

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Christmas Wishlist 2015


As it nears Christmas, I always like to read other people's festive wishlists either on YouTube or my blog feed so I decided I would post my own! I put together this wishlist way back in November, which shows just how excited I was, haha! I never expect to recieve any of these presents, but I always like looking round the internet for different presents and ideas to either buy myself or others so I thought you readers may like to take a peak! If you wanted to, you could use this as a late Christmas present ideas for other teenage girls - I am sure they would love anything from this wishlist!

Have you got anything similar on your wishlists?

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Last Minute Christmas Present In A Jar


I think we have all been there; Christmas Eve and you suddenly realise you've forgotten a loved ones Christmas present? I have done this a few more times than I would like to remember, but this cute and thoughtful gift has been my lifesaver. This present is just made from things you have at home, which makes it really easy to whip up - and it doesn't look cheap or tacky at all!

Supplies to make festive cookies:
- A jar, as long as it has a sealed lid it doesn't matter what type!
-100g of self-raising flour
- 100g of grated chocolate or chocolate chips.
- 100g of brown sugar
- 30g of cocoa powder
- 2 tsp of allspice

Just weigh out each ingredient and pour it into the jar. The trick is to layer each of the ingredients onto each other so it looks cute and festive! You can't see in the photo, but I started off with the white flour and just poured everything else in after. What I love about this recipe is that you can customise it to suit your needs, if you don't have any chocolate chips just grate or finely chop chocolate instead! If your loved one doesn't like cinnamon flavours, just leave out the allspice! 

The last thing to do is just add a label or a gift tag saying to add 1 egg and 80g of butter!*



*I didn't realise it was 80g of butter before I wrote and photographed the pictures; this has been changed since!

Will you be using this recipe as part of your Christmas presents?

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas


Hello everyone! A little side note to begin; I am writing this at 9:30pm so I can't promise how good this post will be, but I felt I had to get a post up so you didn't all think I had disappeared! I apologize for being so long since my last post, my WiFi has been absolutely awful the last few weeks but it has got fixed now so I can blog again! *celebratory dance to myself* I thought I would do a update post today, as I haven't done one in forever!

I have been struggling with fitting the time in for photography lately, due to school and the lighting being so rubbish - but our school breaks up on Friday, so I am looking forward to getting some good Christmasy shots in good light! I am very sorry if the stock photos annoy you, but it is a great alternative to me to still produce some nice posts for you to read!

A few weeks ago I sang in our schools Christmas concert, and it was so enjoyable! I love singing, and preforming with one of my best friends was so fun and exciting, and I wish I could do it again! We played an acoustic version of All I Want For Christmas Is You, and the feedback we got was really good; so I am super pleased. Do any of you have any musical interests?

Our group of friends did Secret Santa this year, and the big reveal is tomorrow! Am I the only one who enjoys giving out the presents rather than receiving them? It is just so fun, but this could just be me! I have written a whole bunch of cards, for my teachers and friends both and I am so excited to hand them out, haha!

I feel so organised this year, I have all of my family's Christmas presents either ordered online and awaiting delivery or already wrapped up in my little Christmas drawer. Usually, I am the person who is up for a bit of late night shopping on Christmas Eve; I never go unfortunately and so have a reputation for giving money, but this year I have purchased every present with thought and love!

What have you been up to lately?

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Gift Guide: Best Friend Edition


Hello everyone! I am so excited for Christmas now, it is only 24 days - how did this year go so fast? I am seeing gift-guides all round the blogosphere lately, but something I haven't seen is gift guides for friends, especially for the teenage generation where money is sometimes an issue when buying good presents; I mean, you got to live life to the fullest right?!

I have collected together a few gift ideas - I would have taken a picture of the individual items but I was too organised and wrapped up all of my gifts - that you can use as inspiration of what you can buy and make your friends this Christmas. I believe in giving someone something you would like to recieve yourself, and all of the ideas here are so cute to make!

Candy Cane Sleigh.
I am using this idea for Christmas this year, as I think they just look so cute and unique! This is a great option for those on a budget, I am giving these to my friends along with something else. The idea is that the two candy canes are the sleigh, and then you can top the sleigh with anything ranging from chocolate to stationery - why not personalise them for each friend?

Skincare Products.
Skincare products are always a hit with my friends, and despite us all being into makeup I think that this could be an option for those who aren't too. I like to get a combination of some top brand skincare products to add that extra special touch to the present, but this is completely up to you.

Sharpie Mugs.
I think that sharpie mugs are such a unique idea for friends gifts, as you can customise each mug for each friend. You can buy cheap mugs in Home Bargains or any budget buy shop, and any permanent marker. My favourite thing about these sharpie mugs is that they are super easy to make, and they can last for years with a special memory.

Christmas Jumpers.
I don't know anyone who doesn't like a good quality Christmas jumper, so why not get your friends one? There are so many options every year, and you can either get a different one per friend or you can all be matching with the same one! I have seen some cute ones at Primark, which is always a good place for some budget buys.

Makeup Bundles.
I love strolling down the isles of Superdrug and Boots, and there are quite a few good quality makeup items that are reasonably cheap to buy. My favourite budget buy makeup brand is Makeup Revolution, as they have some really pretty items including some great eyeshadow palettes and mascaras. I think this would be the perfect present idea for someone who likes makeup, or is just starting to experiment with it!

Mug Cake.
This is such an easy idea for a Christmas present, and it is such a cute one too. My friend did this for my friendship group last year; she chose a mug for each of us from a shop (I can't remember which!) and baked us each a mug cake which she wrapped the mug and cake in cellophane with a cute ribbon. It was such a unique and thoughtful gift, and I loved it! It is also super easy to make, as well as being super inexpensive!

Books.
If in desperate need, you can always fall back on a good old book for a Christmas present. Even for those who aren't in to reading, why not get them a adult colouring book or a visual journal to look at instead? Books are a great present to give, as there always seems to be something suitable for everyone; and quite often they are within everyones price range!

Are you going to use any of these ideas?

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Posts From Others: November Favourites


Hello everyone! I am super sorry I haven't posted for a while, school has been super busy with homework and after school commitments so I haven't had chance to post until today! I have saved so many posts this month, and I haven't even saved all of the ones I have read and loved haha! 

I cannot believe how fast this year is going, I have started the Christmas countdown on our kitchen chalkboard, and we are decorating the house next weekend - have you guessed I am very excited? I think I need to write another catch up post for you all, I have so much news... but for now, I will leave you with my favourite posts from November.


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Revisiting My Blogging Goals


Hello everyone! I can't believe it is almost Christmas now - I count 30 days from today? Last week I read Emily's blog post when she revisited her blog goals for this rapidly passing year, so I thought I would do a similar post and revisit my blogging goals and see what I still need to check off!


BLOGGING

Write more personal posts. 
Personal topics are always slightly more difficult to write; I always want to word the post exactly right and make sure it is perfect, however I haven't really been able to get deeper than my 'life lately' posts. There is so much I want to share with you as readers, but I always feel slightly apprehensive about them as it is very personal to me! I do want to share my story with you, but I just need to build my confidence!

Reach 150 followers. 
This was always going to be very ambitious, but I said this when I was only at 80 followers and writing this now at 113 followers, I feel very honoured that so many of you are reading what I have to say! Whether I will reach 150 followers by the end of the year is debatable, but I am just super happy that I still have followers, haha! 

Join in blogger chats etc, make new friends. 
I am super pleased to announce I have been participating in some blogger chats, including hosting the #lbloggers chat a few weeks ago! This was a massive achievement for me, and I have been opened up to a whole new side of blogging. It is so nice to chat to other lifestyle bloggers, and put your own opinion about certain topics to similar minded people! 

Visit more readers blogs. 
Um, I am not sure on this one. I have certainly visited lots of readers blogs when I have the time however I have been incredibly busy lately, so I haven't been able to spend the amount of time reading some of your blogs as much as I like too! This is something I have been working on, and I do hope to improve this in the few weeks left of 2015...

Open a design shop. 
As some of you may know, I did open a 3 sharing blog design shop with Emily and Abby, however Abby and myself decided to leave the shop after half a year to leave Emily to go solo. I gained a lot of experience part running that shop; and I would like to open up my own design shop maybe next year?

PERSONAL
Eat healthier.
I have definitely been eating healthier, and I have noticed a massive change in my skin and body over these past months and I feel so much better in myself than before. My confidence has increased within myself, and I feel more positive towards life etc. 

Focus on my school work. 
This one was a must for me this year, as I am now in year 10 which means I am starting my GCSE's which is a very scary prospect! Working hard is something I have always tried to do, however I often found having a good time and working hard a hard balance whereas I have found a routine that works well for living life as well as getting good grades!

Read More Books. 
This is something I have definitely done more on, and I am super happy I have! I love reading (I am a secret nerd inside, haha) and I am currently reading The Book Thief, which I am loving! Any suggestions that you have?

Have you achieved your blogging goals? 

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Skincare Favourites



I have been gathering up a few products lately that have crept up into my daily skincare routine, and I thought I had better share them with you! I don't particularly have problematic skin, but I do have to take care of it as any other person would have to. Some of you may know, I am a traditionalist and like to stick to the same products I have always used, however I have been getting a bit more adventurous with my skincare products and I absolutely love the new additions!

Garnier Micellar Water. Some people may not be the biggest fan of this, however I adore it. I personally find that it removes so much more makeup than your average wipe, and it lasts a very long time - my bottle stating up to 200 uses! I have yet to try the green bottle, however after some reading there doesn't seem to be that much of a difference, but I could be wrong?

Garnier Anti Blackhead Deep Pore Wash. I first started using this when I had a bit of a problem with my skin - turned out to be 'time of the month', but that is beside the point - and have never looked back. I cannot say how much I love this, everytime I use it my face just feels so clean and refreshed! It does get rid of my blackheads due to the exfoliating microbeads, but it also gets rid of blemishes and imperfections on my face which is an added bonus!

Garnier Day Cream. This is a new addition, as the winter months have been drying my skin out quite a bit! In the summer, I could use my Rimmel primer, however my face has selfishly been demanding more. Finally giving in to its requests, I decided to pick up some day cream that would moisturise my face as well as sit underneath my makeup. So far, so good and I really like it!

REN Wake Wonderful Night Time Serum. I recieved this when I subscribed to VOGUE magazine, and at a hefty price of £32, I was super excited to try this out. Now, the smell. Although appealing to some people as it is very sweet, I really do not like the smell of this, however I do like seeing the difference in my skin afterwards so I suppose it is worth it!

Burt's Bees Peppermint Lip Balm. It was a long time ago now, but does anyone remember Emily's guest post on Burt Bee's lip balm? I was super impressed by it, and asked for it for one of my Christmas presents in my wishlist! I recieved a tin which included this lipbalm in a lovely peppermint scent which I love - and it is great for a lipbalm! I really enjoy using this everyday.

Do you use any of these skincare pieces?

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The Most Delicious Chocolate Muffins


Children in Need brought out some of the baking skills in me last week, as we held a bake sale in our school to raise money for the excellent cause. I baked some chocolate muffins, because who doesn't like a bit of chocolate?! It turned out they went down really well; so I wanted to share the recipe with you!

Ingredients
175g of butter
165g of caster sugar
115g of self raising flour
50g of cocoa powder*
4 tablespoons of boiling water
3 eggs
1 and a half teaspoons of baking powder

Directions

I just wanted to make a note here that I found this recipe worked best when I had an electric whisk on hand rather than a wooden spoon, however they still did taste lovely when I did make them without an electric whisk!

Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases. Mix the cocoa powder and the boiling water together until smooth. Then add the butter and sugar and mix until it is all blended together. Next, sift in the flour and the baking powder into the mixture and mix until no flour can be seen. Finally add the eggs one at a time, taking care to beat the mixture well after each addition to stop the batter from becoming curdled. Evenly divide the mixture between the cases; there will be quite a bit of cake batter in each case due to them being quite big, and bake for 10 minutes.

I left them to cool for a while, and after that I cut out a circle in the middle of the cake and stuffed them with chocolate spread which also made them taste really good!

I hope you enjoy the recipe, and please tell me if you tried and liked them!

*This depends on how chocolatey you want the muffins, the original recipe stated 40g, but I added more as it was for school!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

What I have Been Enjoying Watching Recently


Hello everybody! With the nights rapidly drawing in, I have found the perfect excuse to binge watch some of my favourite television shows, and I thought I would share them with you today!

Downton Abbey. In case you don't know, Downton Abbey is a historical drama follows the lives of the Crawley family and their servants in the family's Edwardian country house. Admittedly this did finish on Sunday night, but this season was such a great one and I am tempted just to watch the entire series again! This season was the last one they are going to produce *sobs inside* but I can't wait for the Christmas episode to come out, just to conclude everything.

The Apprentice. The Apprentice is where twelve aspiring business owners present themselves to Lord Sugar by doing several assignments in order to become his next business partner. One of the reasons why I love this show, is the fact that quite a few gain great business skills that they wouldn't have had before - and the ones who are really cocky etc, get knocked down a peg or two!

Gogglebox. Oh, what can I say about Gogglebox?! For those of you who don't know, (if so where have you been?!) Gogglebox is basically very funny and honest people who react to the past weeks television programmes. It is honestly a great watch on a Friday night, and it sets me up in a good mood for the weekend. For those who aren't a massive fan of swearing (neither am I, I don't see the point in it really!) there aren't too many rude words which is a added bonus!

X-Factor. Right, I am ready for everyone to let out a massive sigh of exasperation, but this programme has a certain element about it for me that makes me just have to watch it - sad, I know. I'm not just saying this, but they have had some genuinely good singers this year, and I have really enjoyed listening to some of them. For those who have favourites, who likes Louisa Johnson and Lauren Murray with me?

Strictly Come Dancing. I'm sorry, but there is hardly anyone who doesn't like a bit of Strictly is there? I love the glitz and glamour of the ballroom - I'm a ninety year old inside, I think! Again, they have some really good dancers this year, and for one I am super happy that Anton has a good dancer with him this year!

I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! Admittedly, this doesn't start until this Sunday but I am super excited for it! I just love laughing at the few characters they often have on the show complaining at the conditions of the camp, and watching the celebrities do the challenges to earn food for that night. That makes me sound bad, that I like watching those people suffer oops!

Do you enjoy watching any of these programmes?

Sunday, 8 November 2015

My Thoughts on Online Hate.

I will occasionally use stock photos, like the one above, when the lighting in the UK has been terrible!

Hello everyone! I wanted to share my opinion about something I have seen quite a bit of lately on the online world, and that is online hate. I am lucky enough not to recieve online hate for the work I produce, however so many bloggers and youtubers recieve it on a daily basis; which I think is wrong. Seriously wrong.

I was scrolling through Instagram the other day, and I just happened to look through the comments of @velvetgh0st and @nikidemar photos, and I was quite honestly shocked at the words some people say about others. Online hate is something we are all familiar with, whether we have experienced it ourselves or witnessed it happening to others, however not many people understand how serious it has got lately - I know I didn't, and quite honestly I felt sick afterwards.

The thing is, we are all humans. And being humans, we all have opinions and feelings about people, places and objects. If someone constantly talks through a film or television programme I love watching, I could think of a million things I could say to them; but you know what? I don't. I don't say anything because I understand that people get hurt and affected by words and actions from other people. Hurt is one of the few emotions that are the hardest to get over, and move on from. 

However, more and more people are finding the opportunity to hate on others behind the mask of their social media profiles. It has become so easy for people of any age to join and create social media profiles to hide behind when they hate on others. I find this really upsetting that some people go through the effort of creating a hate account just to put others down. I sometime disagree with what someone is wearing or doing, but never in a million years would I go up to that person on social media or in real life and tell them that!

If someone has really bad teeth, why would you comment on their post just to mention that fact? I recently saw this on Instagram towards one of my favourite accounts, and I was honestly shocked. Why would you point out the part of their body that they are probably most conscious about? If someone is wearing more makeup than you would recommend, why would you go and tell them that? People, although they put on a mask, are more delicate than you think and words can often do more damage than physical weapons. 

So please, I beg you - the next time you see someone doing something you wouldn't do, or wearing something you wouldn't wear, please keep the opinion to yourself. Words are more hurtful than you realise, and people can get deeply affected for a long time. Life is too short to put down others, and why not make the most of it while you can, as you don't know when it would be over. 

What are your opinions on online hate?

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Photo Diary: London


Hello everyone! I am finally back, and I hope you enjoyed the guest posters I picked while I was away. As many of you may know, a couple of weeks ago I headed to London on a school Arts Trip and I thought I would share with you the photos! I didn't bring my DSLR, so you will have to make do with iPhone photos, but I hope you don't mind! I did try to edit them as much as possible, but I just wanted to say they aren't perfect. If you didn't read the itinerary that I posted before I went, you can read that here as I will just be sharing photos today!













I hope you enjoyed these few snaps of my trip - have you been to any of the same places?

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

How To Do Well In Exams


I know we all went back to school a couple of months ago now, but I thought I would share some tips with you that have helped me revise and do well in the exams I do. Many schools run end of section or module mock exams to see how you are progressing throughout school, so I thought I would write a short tips post just to aid you through the stressful period!

PREPARATION.
Doing well in exams does take a bit of organisation from yourself, as well as your knowledge. Your teacher should tell you in advance when you have a exam coming up, and you should recognise how important it is by the amount of time given to revise for! I like to divide my time up in little sections, and just do 10-15 minutes a night a week before the exam just to refresh my memory. I find that this works really well for me, however this varies from person to person so find a suitable timescale for you.

MAKE NOTES IN CLASS.
The first step to do well in exams is to make notes in your class, so when you come back to revise the topic you have a refresher of the lesson. Many teachers tell you what to write down in your books, but it is always useful to add little bits that you find helpful in your book too. After all your class books are meant to help you learn, so why not make the most of it? I find writing down the bits that are hard to remember or copying diagrams are especially useful as they really make me remember the lesson.

FLASHCARDS.
Flash cards are really useful to me, as I use them as a mini test. I write down the question on one side, and then I write down a few facts or the answer on the other and see if I can recite it back to myself. It is also good to write things down when revising I like to copy down the key facts of each lesson or topic and memorise them - I guarantee they will be somewhere on the test! I also like to use different colours for different subjects or lessons because it makes me feel so much more organised.

VOICE MEMOS.
Something that is quite new to me, but I have found it helpful is to use voice memos. I usually go to BBC Bitesize and search up the topic I want, then record myself reading aloud the text. I then listen to these on my school bus in the morning, and some people find listening to them overnight helps but I haven't tried it yet! I like this method because it saves you from carrying around lots of paper and books - just use your phone!

GET LOTS OF SLEEP THE NIGHT BEFORE.
Make sure you go to bed at a reasonable time the night before your exam, so you wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to tackle it. I usually head to bed about 9:30 on a exam night, so I am tired enough just to fall asleep straight away instead of lying there pondering the questions of the universe ;) This allows me to wake up with a clear head and get on with the exam feeling wide awake.

DON'T PANIC.
At the end of the day, this one exam isn't going to kill you. My teachers tell me you either know it, or you don't and that is the end of the story. If you don't know what to do in the exam, then when the teachers are marking it then they know they need to cover that lesson or topic again to make sure you understand it. Even though you are panicking, I guarantee you that there will be at least a few other people who are in exactly the same position as you so don't worry too much. After all, the more stressed you get the more likely you will make mistakes on the future questions, so if you cannot answer one; keep calm, and carry on!

Have you got any tips on doing well in exams?

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Guest Post // DIY Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino




"Hello everybody! This week, I have decided to run a 'guest post week' where everyone who wanted to emailed me to have a chance of guest posting on my blog. Today you guys get the treat of the lovely Sanjana from Peridot Cove. I hope you enjoy! Paige x"

Coffee is probably your best friend, but it can be such a hassle to go to a coffee shop every time you want a drink! If you're like me and love the classic pumpkin spice frappuccino, I'm sure you'd be delighted to know you can make this drink in the comfort of your own home.
Here's how to make your very own pumpkin spice frappuccino:

Prep Time: 5 min.
Servings: 1

Ingredients: 
Milk (3/4 cup)
♥ Sugar (2 tsp.)
♥ Instant Coffee (3/4 tsp.)
♥ Canned Pumpkin (1 tbsp.)
♥ Whipped Cream
♥ Cinnamon


Directions:

♥ In a blender, mix together the milk, sugar, canned pumpkin, and instant coffee. Add ice cubes here if you'd like.
♥ Blend until it is frothy.
♥ Pour in your favorite mug, top with whipped cream, and add a dash or two of cinnamon!

There you have it! Feel free to adjust the ingredients as per your taste. I like mine to have that kick of pumpkin. ;) If you decide to try out this recipe, I'd love to see your recreation! You can leave a link or drop an email at peridotcove@gmail.com. 

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Guest Post Week Explained


A couple of weeks ago, I put out a notice for some guest posters to post on my blog. As a result, Sanjana, Allie, Elizabeth and Anna all responded with amazing ideas (thank you guys!) which have been drafted, photographed and scheduled ready for the upcoming week for you to read!

I decided to put together a very quick post so you readers will know what is going on next week as I won't be posting! The posting schedule will remain as normal, don't worry - but instead of myself posting, it will be one of the four bloggers. I won't spoil the surprise by telling you what they have in store, but I think they are some really cool and original ideas...

Of course, if guest posters really aren't your thing then I will return to posting again the week after next, but I thought this little 'guest post week' would be a really fun and quirky way to interact with my readers and for you guys to have a little bit of variation in reads!

See you the week after next! Paige x

Thursday, 22 October 2015

50 Little Things That Make Me Happy


For those of you that don't know, I am a perfectionist. I love things being exactly correct, in order and organised - anyone else like this? Although my friends call me weird - in the best possible way - I decided to embrace my perfectionistness (yes, that is now a word okay?!) by sharing with you the things that make me happy in life, however strange they may be!

1. Colourful work pages.
2. Organised pencil cases.
3. Neat handwriting.
4. Tidy bedrooms.
5. Lit candles.
6. Room scents.
7. White photographs.
8. Reading lovely, heartfelt blogs.
9. Hot chocolate with squirty cream and mini marshmallows.
10. Coffee shops.
11. Spending time with friends.
12. When everything feels perfect.
13. Carving pumpkins.
14. Christmas.
15. My birthday.
16. Looking at the clouds from a plane window.
17. Seeing new cultures.
18. Spaghetti carbonara.
19. Pastel colours.
20. Shopping for homeware.
21. Organising my pillows on my bed.
22. The smell of fresh bedsheets.
23. The cool side of the pillow in the middle of the night.
24. Fairy lights.
25. Photography.
26. My family.
27. Cute iPhone wallpapers.
28. Swimming.
29. Playing netball.
30. Cacti
31. Shopping in IKEA.
32. End of season sales.
32. Blogging.
33. White walls.
34. Pretty DIY's.
35. The sound of a clock ticking.
36. Listening to my favourite music.
37. Eating cold melon (guys, the melon has to be cold!)
38. Visiting old places that have been preserved.
39. Reading a new book.
40. Smelling the insides of new books, magazines or textbooks.
41. Posting pictures on Instagram.
42. My readers leaving comments on my blog or social media.
43. Getting a good grade in my exams.
44. The feeling of soft carpet between my toes.
45. When I sing.
46. Fluffy slippers and new pyjamas.
47. Using my LUSH bathbombs.
48. Flicking through Snapchat.
49. Pretty, vintage signs.
50. Remembering that I am so lucky to live the life I lead.

Do you share any of the same happy thoughts as me?

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

London Intinerary


Hello everybody! In a couple of days I head off to London on a creative arts school trip, and I am super excited about it! I thought I would share what I will be up to over the next couple of days, as I think it will be quite interesting! I am going on this trip because I took GCSE Art for one of my GCSE's along with Computing, Triple Science and History.

After my guest post week (I will post more about that later, but I have some really exciting reads for you coming up!), I would like to share what I have been up to etc? I think they would be quite interesting posts for those interested in visiting London's art galleries etc, and also for you to see what I get up to on school trips etc.

I leave my school quite early in the morning and head to London on our coach. We then arrive at the Tate Modern Art Gallery around midday and walk around and admire the artwork on display etc - I often wonder how these people are/were so good! After a few hours, we then head on over to the London Eye for a ride round. I actually have been on this before with my family, but I am so excited to go with my friends this time! I really enjoyed it - and I hope I can get some great photographs, heehee!

The next thing we plan to do is visit the Novello Theatre for a backstage tour around the stage! We are seeing Mamma Mia! that night so we get to see how the stage backdrops are created and look at the lighting setups etc for the drama students, and I am sure I will love it! After this, we have a light tea at the theatre before going to watch the production. Mamma Mia! is one of my favourite films, so I am super excited to see the live musical!

After spending the night in a hotel, we are then travelling to Whitehall and past Downing Street and seeing Big Ben (again, photographs galore!) and we are heading to the National Gallery to have a tour around. Again, I can't wait to see the amazing artwork and just sigh at the talent! We then plan to head to Covent Garden for a hour or two for a bit of shopping and then walk over to the Fortune Theatre to watch another production; but this time it is Woman in Black!

After this, we head back to school on our coach - the trip is short but sweet, and as you may be able to tell I'm quite excited!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Reader Survey Autumn 2015


Hello everybody! Recently I have been a bit unsure about my blog and the direction I want to take with it, so I thought I would ask you readers for your opinions as after all, you are the ones who are reading what I produce! I have put together some questions - there are a few - but please take the time to fill them out, it would mean so much to me and hopefully improve the content you read every week.
Thank you - and the next post will be up very soon!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Blogging: How To Gain A Genuine Following


Hello everybody! For some reason, I haven't written a blog tips post in literally forever; so I decided to write one again! I love reading and writing blogging related posts - you long time readers may have noticed - and whenever I post one you seem to like them too. I thought I would focus a bit more on followers, and how to build a genuine following.

For some of you, this may seem a bit of a odd post for me to write, I haven't got a massive following - and not everyone who follows me leaves a comment, but I wanted to share this post as these are the current things I am doing to increase my genuine followers and improve my readership.

I thought I would start off with my definition of a genuine follower. To me, a genuine follower is somebody who follows your blog with the intention of keeping up with your posts and providing interaction with you and your blog. This could be anything from liking your post (if you have that feature installed on your blog) to leaving a lovely comment, but they make themselves noticed to you by interacting with your blog. Of course, this changes from blog to blog - and before you make any changes, you might want to consider what your ideal genuine follower is.

Comment back on readers blogs.
I would love to do this to every single one of you whenever you comment on my posts - it honestly means so much to me that you like my posts enough to comment, and it gives me a fuzzy warm feeling inside. However, due to school commitments and time issues I can't comment back on every reader's blogs and I feel so bad for not doing so. The occasions I have returned a comment on your blogs, you all seem to like it so it is certainly something I want to do more of!

I always find that when somebody returns a comment on your blog, it instantly improves the bond between blogger and reader - something I find really important and something you need to treasure. Yes, it is easy to take your readers for granted but in reality - they are the most important part about your blog!

Write thoughtful posts.
With all of the professional bloggers out there, it's nice for readers to come across a thoughtful, unique blog that they can enjoy reading. Personal touches on a blog always are very popular, and it is always a good idea to be more personal on your blog than be business like. For a while, I was very professional and almost cold in the way I 'spoke' in my posts, and after reading back the posts now, I wonder why people even read them - I sounded so distant and unfeeling! Since going more personal, I have found myself becoming much happier with the way I run my blog, and I am more pleased with my posts in general. My blog has a sense of personality to it (well, I think so - please let me know in the comments!) which I hope draw readers in.

I recommend steering clear of the posts most people do, as they are mostly unoriginal - however, take inspiration from them instead to create a whole new post!

Add your favourite readers on social media.
I love adding my readers on social media, as I find it opens up a new aspect to blogging and getting to know your audience. Emily from Ahem It's Emme is a classic example of this, I love seeing what she has been getting up to and catching up with her from time to time despite us living on opposite sides of the world!

Why not give this a try, I have found it to be a great experience and way to catch up with my readers - if you are on Twitter, why not leave your username down below and I will follow you? It will be a great way to catch up and talk a bit, if you would like to that is!

I hope you found these tips helpful - would you like to see more tip posts like this? 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

My Daily Makeup Products



Hello everyone! Whenever I ask you guys for posts that you would like to see, so many of you ask for a beauty post - which to be honest, I was scared for! I don't consider myself a beauty guru at all, despite the fact beauty is part of my daily routine, so I wasn't comfortable with writing about beauty and makeup? However after putting it off for ages, I decided I would just write and share about my daily makeup products I use!

To begin with, I use my Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer which blurs all my discolouring and the odd blemish or two. I have recently run out of this, so until I get a new bottle I am just using some moisturiser as a substitute! Next, I put my Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in the shade Ivory on in dots, then use my Real Techniques foundation brush to blend that all onto my under eyes and nose.

After this, I apply my Rimmel Lasting Finish Powder Foundation (wow, how much Rimmel?!) which is literally my favourite makeup product at the moment! I personally find that liquid foundation really doesn't suit my skin as it feels oily and heavy on my face, despite having tried quite a few! I was really disappointed until I found this powder foundation as it looks amazing on and it offers great coverage too. I apply this on using my Real Techniques Powder Brush.

Next, I use my Real Techniques Multi-task brush to add some of the Revolution Bronze Shimmer Highlight to my cheek bones. I love this because it offers three different shades you can choose from, depending on your skintone. I have quite a pale skintone, so I just use the lighter two options however if you have a tan (I wish!) or a darker skintone then you might want to incorporate the darker shade too!

I then use my No. 7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow, which is a beautiful brown-gold shade which is perfect for Autumnal makeup looks! I usually just apply this to my eyelid, and blend it out. Sometimes I may add some highlighter to my brow bone, but usually I can't be bothered if I am honest! If I am wearing my hair up, I will add a thin sweep of eyeliner to just make my eyes pop out a bit more, but if I have my hair down I will skip this step.

Finally I finish with my eyelashes, and after curling them with my eyelash curler (it is so old I have forgotten what type it is!) for about 20 seconds, I apply my Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara to my lashes which really completes the look. I love this mascara as it makes my eyelashes look super fluttery and pretty! I then just add some lipbalm, and I am pretty much done!

What is your everyday makeup look?

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Delicious Overnight Oats


Hello everybody! As some of you long time readers may know, a little while ago I bought the Love, Tanya book and wrote a little review on it. One of the points I mentioned was the love of all of the little recipes in the book, and today I wanted to share my recreation of the Overnight Oats! To begin with, I wasn't so sure I would like it, but as soon as I made and tried the recipe it really surprised me because it tasted really nice. I find this a really simple recipe that you can do within 10 minutes or so and it doesn't require much washing up - it is all made in one bowl which is pretty awesome!

Ingredients:
85g of plain oats
1 cup of milk (I use a small cup, as I don't like my oats too watery!)
1 apple
Ground cinnamon
Sprinkle of brown sugar
Fresh fruit and/or granola

I begin by peeling and chopping my apple into little chunks. I use a normal apple, and I don't cook it as I like the sweet crunch it gives you when you bite into it in the morning, however if you prefer your apples soft then you can simmer them for a few minutes with 2 tablespoons of water.

After I have dealt with the apple, I mix my oats and milk together and add the chopped apple to them. I stir this round three or four times to make sure the apple is well divided into the mixture. This is the point when I add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the oats and stir this in until it is all absorbed. 

Sometimes I add a sprinkle of brown sugar, but this is optional because the apples let off a sweetness to the mixture too. I then put this into the fridge and leave it overnight, which is usually 8-10 hours on a school day! 

When I get it out of the fridge, I like to mix it again and then serve up the amount I want into a sundae glass or a bowl. I then add some fresh fruit on top like some strawberries or banana with some honey granola and sultanas. I find this is so delicious and filling, it lasts me right up to lunch time!

Have you tried this recipe before?

Saturday, 3 October 2015

September Favourites: Posts From Others


Hello everybody, I am sorry this is three days late, I completely forgot about this series until I was looking back on some of my older posts recently! I didn't think that I had saved very many posts this month, with school and all, but when I checked back there was quite a few that I can share with you! I really love Autumn in the blogging atmosphere because all of the seasonal posts come into your feed, and the most gorgeous Autumnal photographs...


What have your favourite posts been last month?

psstt, if you would like to guest post on this blog at the end of October, then why not shoot me a email?

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

5 Reasons Why I Love Autumn + A Special Announcement


Hello everybody! Some may know that Autumn, or Fall if you are from America, is my favourite season of the year. Today I thought I would share with you some of the reasons why I love Autumn so much, and see if you share any of my favourites!

It becomes acceptable to drink hot chocolate. If I had my way, I would literally drink hot chocolate all year round (which happens frequently in the freezing country of Britain - forget Global Warming, we are Global Freezing over here!*) but nobody agrees with me until late September rolls around, and suddenly I find myself fighting in a coffee queue for a drink.

You can dig out all of your warm scarves, hoodies and thick tights. I'm not gonna lie, I dug these out a while ago but for the people who haven't - what are you waiting for? I love wearing a snuggly scarf to school, mainly because it gives me the false illusion of being in bed it is a really cute accessory to your uniform without breaking all of the school rules! Also, I love being able to get home and just put on some leggings and a hoodie for the evening while watching some of the evening TV.

GBBO starts! In case you didn't know, I am slightly obsessed with Great British Bake Off - I mean, it is food. GBBO is one of my favourite series to watch when you want to unwind and relax after school or work etc and just enjoy laugh at all of the failures watching the bakers show off their talents to Mary, Paul and the British public! Unfortunately, the season has almost finished and I am beginning to get sad...oh wait, there is always Strictly Come Dancing until Christmas ;)

Halloween and Bonfire Night. Do I really need to say any more? Well, yes I do! I love Halloween, and although I don't celebrate it as much as other celebrations, I do enjoy making the house look a bit spooky and watching some scary films while eating sweets and chocolate! Oh, and I can't forget carving pumpkins ;) Bonfire Night is the occasion British people tend to celebrate more, and it is one of my favourite times of the year - and no, it is not because of the toffee apples! There are lots of Bonfire Nights going on round where I live and I always like to go to as many as possible and watch all the fireworks while warming up by the fire! Last year, I ended up falling into a pond in my school uniform; but I think we will save that story for another day!

I begin to add things to my Christmas List. Autumn is the time of year that I start to think of things to add to my Christmas list and start getting inspiration for other people's presents. For Christmas this year, I would love one of those Adult Colouring Books and some lovely scented candles! My mum has been asking me what I would like, so I need to put a Christmas list together soon!


This is my special announcement! I wanted to put out a notice saying if you are interested in guest posting on The Joys of Being Paige then please email me at:

THEJOYSOFBEINGPAIGE@GMAIL.COM

I feel that this would be a great opportunity for yourself and me as I get to feature lots of great content while you get some exposure and a experience for writing for my audience. You don't have to be a blogger, however please have some experience in writing as this will help if you get chosen! I would appreciate as many guest posters as possible, so please feel free to get in touch with me and I will email you more details about the guest posting! 

What are your favourite reasons why you like Autumn?