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.