Sunday, 25 May 2014

Hopeful forum

Carrie Hope Fletcher makes videos on her channel called "itswaypastmybedtime" and she is a brilliant actress, her viewers are called the Hopefuls and a few weeks ago Carrie set up a forum for her viewers to go and talk to each other about their hobbies and others things they have in common. I love this forum as it is a safe place for her viewers to go and share their interests and talk to each other.
The forum has a range of different threads for almost everything, if you have a blog you can write about it and share it with others, if you have a love a particular show or book then you can chat to other people who like the shows. There really is something for everyone, from topics like Harry Potter to Doctor who.

Also I love that the users of the website talk about how they feel, with topics like weight, bullying, self harm and other topics that some people might not feel comfortable talking to people face to face about. The main feeling I get from this forum is support, all of the users are so lovely to each other and actually help each other by sharing their feelings and experiences. So if you get the chance, you should go and check it out, I really love using this forum to chat about books and shows I love.
http://hopefulforum.com/

Bye for now xxx

Sunday, 18 May 2014

I need a shopping spree

The fact that I have no money pains me enough, but when I see so many things I want, it makes me desperate to go shopping. It seems although I have no money, I have a shopping list the size of a house (Slight exaggeration, maybe the list is the size of a small bungalow.). The main things I want to get are clothes, lush products and nail varnish. As soon as i have money, I will be out shopping. I want to get more jeans, so lighter spring summer tops and I need to get myself some new sandals for summer. From lush I think I need one of everything, but I know I wont be able to afford it, so I think I will probably get some light smelling bath bombs and a king of skin massage bar.

As for nail varnishes, I could buy the whole Barry M selection and I would buy all of the Tanya Burr products, unfortunately I live in the real world and money doesn't grow on tree's so I'll be strict and only get a new clear top coat, and from the Tanya burr range I will get mischief managed and riding hood.

Essentially if you're still reading this, then you have read my shopping list so well done for still reading it. The last thing I know I will have to get is a notebook (or 5), yes I am one of those people who love stationery and I guarantee I will get stocked up on pads and pens (Confessions; I have about 35 notebooks and have never even finished one).

Bye for now xxx

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Blogger's I love

One of the main reasons I started my blog is because I love reading blogs by Sprinkleoflgitter (Louise), Zoella (Zoe), and Tanya Burr. I love their blogs because they write amazing posts and they manage to write in a way that makes their audience connect really well with them. All these blogger's have their own YouTube channels which are a huge success. I would love one day for my blog to be as popular as theirs but obviously I know that won't happen, I mean they spend so much time making their blogs and YouTube channels great for the viewers.

I love Louise's blog partly because I am nosey and like to read about other people to see what they get up to, but also because I love how she writes in a way which seems like your having a conversation with her, (that probably sounds a bit weird, but you know what I mean). I really love the look books she does sometimes and I love her motivational Monday posts. I wonder how the Louise manages to write amazing blog posts considering she leads a busy life and spends hours making us great videos.

I really love Zoe and Tanya's blogs which include a bit of everything, they write about a variety of topics like hair styles, days out and make up, which I like but I don't really wear make up, (Is that weird, I feel like I'm the only girl who doesn't bother using it). Even though I don't use make up, I really love theirs blogs about the different products they use because as I said I am nosey and I love their other blogs and wonder how the manage to write them considering they spend hours creating videos for us to watch.

I would love to see how they plan their blogs and how long they spend on planning their YouTube videos. So do you have any favourite blogger's, and if you do what is it about their blogs that you like?

Bye for now xxx

Friday, 9 May 2014

Optimist Vs. pessimist

This is a bit of a different post for me but it occurred to me today the radical difference between optimistic people and pessimistic people. I had an interview today, I know no one asked but I thought I would tell you anyway because it fits well with this little post. I have been looking for a job for about a year and for some people it might be easy, but for me its seemed more challenging. People keep saying to me that I shouldn't worry and that at some point I will get a job, and I don't doubt that but it made me think about the difference between optimism and pessimism.

An Optimist is someone who can look on the bright side of any situation and has the ability to believe there is more good than bad, and that basically everything will turn out okay in the end. Now what I don't get is that a pessimistic person seems to be the polar opposite, so they will just expect the worst. Considering they are the complete opposite of each other I personally find it so easy to switch between the two. Now if there was an in between then that's where I would be. Sometimes after interviews I can be really positive and not be bothered by being turned down, but then after a few knock backs I see everything as a pessimist, I will go send off applications with the knowledge that it will be bad news.

You will find that in life people always tell you things will get better and not to get disheartened, I think some people see pessimists as annoying because they have this outlook on life but I can see just how easy it is to go from one to another. I think its okay to be a bit pessimistic once in a while, I'm not saying its good to think everything will turn out bad, but its okay to feel like that once in a while because when something goes well you can look back at that time and remember that even though it may take some time things might get better.

Sorry if this seems like a pointless topic but I just felt like talking about it because I think everyone has days where they feel like this and I just wanted to talk about it.


Bye for now xxx

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Chocolate shortbread

Over the past few weeks I have been in baking mode, so today I made a batch of chocolate shortbread biscuits. Now I could have made them sort of healthy if I didn't drizzle chocolate over them, but considering my baking sometimes tastes quite bland, I felt it needed a chocolatey kick.

I found my recipe on http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/shortbread_1290, this gave me the recipe and I decided to add the chocolate. Now if you want to go over to the website to follow just click the link. I will go through how I made it and will add my photos to see how I attempted to make them.

Now I just thought I would mention that today I actually had all of the ingredients, so I am actually following the recipe properly.

Ingredients you will need;
125g Butter

55g Caster sugar (you will need extra for the top of the biscuits.).

180g Plain flour
Chocolate bars (I used 2 small bars)

Equipment you will need;
Pre-heated oven at 190C.
Mixing bowl.
Spoon.
Sieve.
Cooling rack.
Greased baking tray.
Rolling pin.
Biscuit cutters (I used round cutters, but you can use any shape you want.).

Step 1;
Get all your ingredients ready and weighed.


Step 2;
Mix the butter and sugar in a bowl until it looks like a smooth paste.



Step 3;
Sift the flour into the butter and sugar paste and mix it all together until it looks like a soft dough.


Step 3;
Dust your work surface with flour and roll out your dough, then cut out your biscuits and put them on a plate.
When you have cut out all the biscuits you can use a fork to make little holes in the biscuits (You don't have to do this, but I did just for presentation.). Dust the biscuit with sugar and place in the fridge to cool.





Step 4;
After about 10 minutes take the biscuits out of the fridge and then bake in the oven for around 15-20 minutes. Take them out when they are a light golden brown and let let them cool.



Step 5;
While your biscuits cool melt your chocolate in a bowl and then use a piping bag (you can just use a spoon)  to drizzle the chocolate on the biscuit's. I then placed the biscuits in the fridge for the chocolate to cool.


Well I'm actually quite happy with how these turned out and will be snacking on a few (I will try not to eat them all) while watching Harry Potter tonight.

Bye for now xxx

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Lush

If you love pink/blue or rainbow coloured baths which smell like heaven then you need to take a trip to lush. I must admit I never used to like lush because the smell of the shop was so overpowering, but I decided to give it a go after watching Zoella and Sprinkleofglitter's lush videos. I went a bit mad in lush and got about £40 worth of products. I got my lush products before Christmas so some of my favourites are not available at this time of year.


To start I have to talk about the snow fairy bubble wand which smells incredible, like the taste of bubblegum bottles (I haven't tasted it, but I cant be the only one who thinks things smell like the taste of something else, or am I?). The bubble wand turns the bath a beautiful pink colour with sweet smelling bubbles. Along side this I got a lord of misrule bath bomb, luxury lush pud (it makes the bath a beautiful deep blackcurrant colour.). I did get more products but I got a few of each because the are seasonal. 



I few weeks ago I got "bunch of carrots" from the Easter range at lush. Th bunch of carrots are 3 little carrots which smell like Liquorice before you put them in the bath, but when you swish them round the water, the water turns a pastel orange and smells absolutely amazing like citrus.

One of my favourites from lush is the comforter bubble bar, I'm not sure if this is a seasonal product but its so lovely, it is pink and white and when you use it in the bath it turns your water a really pretty deep pink and it smells like blackcurrant. So if you're near a lush shop, you should pop in and treat yourself to some products, I have made mine last quite long, so things like the bubble bars are really good as you can get about 7 baths out of a bar.

Bye for now xxx

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Golden syrup cake

After last weeks baking, I thought I would try and make a golden syrup cake. Now I did make the cake, but It didn't turn out the way I wanted. The appearance of my cake was not up to a good standard, it would get extremely low marks if I were on the British bake off. Even though it fell apart after I got it out of the tin, my mum and dad said they liked it (Although I think parents have to say they like everything there children make, regardless of whether it tastes good or not.).


I thought I would let you all know how I made it. The recipe I followed was from the BBC website, http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1566633/golden-syrup-cake. Once again I didn't have all the right ingredients, but I did the best with what I had. If you prefer to follow the recipe from the website I used, just follow the link. I'm going to add step by step pictures just so you can get an idea of what your cake should be like after each step.



Ingredients you will need;

225g Butter.
225g Sugar (light muscovado adds more flavour).
450g Plain flour.
2 Eggs.
300ml Milk.
4tbsp Golden syrup.

Equipment you will need;
Mixing bowl.
30cm x 23cm x 4cm baking tin or foil tray bake (2 loaf tins would be fine to use)
Spoons
Measuring jug
Whisk.
Oven 140C/fan (or 160/C - gas mark 3).
cooling rack.

Now I didn't have plain flour, I only had self raising and I the recipe suggests using light muscovado  sugar but I just used caster sugar. Oh and make sure you check the temperature on the oven, I had my oven on a bit to high and so parts of my cake were a bit on the burnt side.
I have changed some of the steps to the way I did it, just because it made more sense to do some of the steps at the same time.

Step 1;
Get all of your ingredients ready and measured out. Then pre-heat your oven to 140C/fan (or 160/C - gas mark 3).




Step 2;

Put the butter, sugar and the golden syrup into a pan and heat the mixture until it has melted together. After the mixture is melted, make sure you cool it down for at least 10 minutes as it is extremely hot.





Step 3;

In a bowl mix the eggs, milk and flour together until there are no lumps (I used an electric whisk to get it done quicker.). 




Step 4;

When your Butter, sugar and golden syrup mixture is cooled add it to the flour, eggs and milk. Mix these ingredients together until there are no lumps.




Step 5;

Pour the mixture into your foil tray, loaf tins or cake pans. I then knocked the loaf tins I used to get rid of any air bubbled left in the mixture. Put the cakes in the oven, it will take about 50 minutes to bake.


Step 6;

When the cakes have been in the oven for 50 minutes, check if they are cooked by inserting a knife to see if any cake mix is not booked, if your knife comes out clean then it's cooked. Remove the cakes from the oven and then place on a baking tray to cool.






Now my cake didn't look the best and some of it was stuck to the tin, so if you try the recipe I hope yours turns out better than mine.



Bye for now xxx