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Was Girl Online ghostwritten?

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Even though I love Zoella, I'm going to be honest here (no bias - I'll try).

Ever since Zoe Sugg announced she was writing a book, I knew I had to get a copy. So it's been on my christmas wish list ever since July! Books are kind of my thing, so there was quite a bit of excitement there.

Then about a week after if was officially released, it popped up in the news. Why? Because speculation suggested it was ghostwritten. Now, I didn't actually know what a ghostwriter was, so after a quick splash in the google box, I realised what this meant. Before freaking out, I did whatever research I could, because the media tend to exaggerate things.

Facts: Siobhan Curham is thanked in Zoe's acknowledgements as "being there every step of the way" along with the editor. It is unexplained what Curhams job in the book is. Not long ago, Curham published a blog post telling the world that she recently had to write a 400pg long novel for a company (approx the same length as Girl Online). She doesn't disclose what novel it was.

So, everyone is saying that Girl Online was ghostwritten. Appropriately, Zoe's addresses the issue in a tweet:

"Thanks for all the positive feedback about Girl Online and for the doubters out there, of course I was going to have help from Penguin's editorial team in telling my story, which I talked about from the beginning. Everyone needs help when they try something new. The story and the characters of Girl Online are mine. I want to thank all of you who have taken time to support the book."

Penguin also said “To be factually accurate, you would need to say Zoe Sugg did not write the book Girl Online on her own.”

Her name is on the book as the only author, but on GoodReads Zoe Sugg and Siobhan Curham and both listed as authors.

You can read about in depth here.

I believe she wrote parts of it, that it was a joint effort. I don't mind that she got help - that's fine, if you were her you would probably accept help too - but if she'd told us rather than the media blabbing it all, that would have been nice. I would have liked it if she'd disclosed it, rather than having to confess after someone found out her secret. I follow her blog, and she has written a few posts where she says she was "writing her book."

But I would like to say THAT IT IS NOT FAIR that Zoe is recieving all the backlash for something that has been happening for years. I'm not a fan of ghostwriting, but I don't blame Zoe for doing it, there are tons of celebrities that get their books ghostwritten, so why should Zoe get all the disparagement? She's one amazing young lady and she doesn't deserve all this hate! Plus, most of what the media is saying is bollux!

I don't have great expectations as to the quality of this book, but hey, I never did in the first place when I put it on my wish list!!! I don't expect it to be fantastic, I just feel like having it on my bookshelf will be an inspirational reminder to keep writing.

I don't care if people think I'm just another girl, buying into their schemes. I genuinely think that Zoe is a lovely person (even though I haven't met her). I think of her as a friend, and yes maybe she wasn't completely honest about who wrote it (I said maybe - I will never judge someone I have never met), but I can move past that and enjoy the book anyway.

So, I'll see you in a bit when I've finished reading it. Wish me luck.


I'm back. Penny for my thoughts? You'll get this reference once you read it.

I can't stop thinking about it. In a wonderful way, I enjoyed Girl Online very much. I kind of forgot that it was Zoe's book halfway through, so for those of you who don't know who she is, I wouldn't completely discount this book. Although if you have never heard of her and don't follow her, you will probably not get all the references, the insight into her life, and it won't be as special. It doesn't compare in quality to something like "To Kill A Mockingbird" (not many books do to be fair) but it was a lovely read. Romantic too - and let's be honest, who doesn't love a sweet little love story.

The way it was written just made me feel all sweet inside, and the story flowed nicely. There were a few points when I would have pulled out my thesaurus and swapped some of the words to make it sound more eloquent, but I'm a word freak so we can forget I said that because it doesn't really count as criticism. The book was very "Zoe" (again it is better if you have been following her), but it didn't really feel like her "voice"coming from the pages. Loved it all the same though.

The word that is going to get overused in this part is "sweet." Because that's exactly how I would describe the plot. It's very relatable to a young girl, with fairy lights, bath bombs, New York, blogging, self-confidence, boys, photography. I've read a lot of reviews saying that the plot was "predictable" but I didn't find it too bad. I was actually on the edge of my seat to be utterly honest! (Let's just say it was a bit of no-makeup duvet day). It always amazes me when I read a book and I find my emotions getting entangled in the characters lives and beings, and it touches me in a wonderful way. I'm sounding cheesy now, it was inevitable at some point in this post.But seriously, it was....sweet.

Among the many positives, this book helped me gain an insight into panic attacks. After hearing Zoe talk about the Girl Online, I was a bit worried that it would be dominated with anxiety issues and whatnot, but it was all interwoven nicely and even though I don't struggle with anxiety myself, I found it mildly interesting and I finally get what a panic attack is.

Overall, I'd have to say that this novel is hard to fault. Sugary as frosted cupcakes with caramel sprinkles! And, did I mention, it is the fastest selling book of the year? Woo woo!

Now to the ratings.

Writing: 3 stars ★★★
Plot: 3 stars ★★★
Characters: 3 stars ★★★ (I would give more but I don't think "Penny" and "Noah" are particularly original names - sorry to be picky, it's a personal thing!)
Quality (as in would it be a classic in english lit): 2 stars ★★
Enjoyment: 5 stars ★★★★★
Overall: 5 stars ★★★★★

I want to spend a whole page fangirling and raving about Girl Online, but who would take me seriously if just said that I loved loved loved loved loved loved this book?

Well.....the truth is.....


I'm VERY if not SUPER EXCITED for Zoe's second novel, all the best for the future babe! You deserve the best!


PS: I'd like to point out that all the hate she is getting online right now is quite ironic - SPOILER ALERT - that's what happens to Penny in the book. She recently tweeted out, which was also written in the book as one of Penny's blog posts, that "every time you post something online you have a choice - either to make someone happy, or to take away their happiness."

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, 25 December 2014

I can see why everyone wants a puppy for christmas (me included).

Thanks to everyone who has stumbled across this blog and given it a look - it really means a lot. You are so fantastic, even if you look at the floor and blush bashfully, it's  true.

Merry Christmas! Have a festively fun day! And don't forget the #reasonfortheseason. 



Easy No-Bake Caramel Popcorn

Monday, 1 December 2014

Because I can see that magical word "December" on the calendar today, that means that I can start OFFICIALLY AND LEGALLY GETTING EXCITED ABOUT CHRISTMAS!

One of the first things I do, generally, is bake something christmas-y. After a quick hop in the google box I bravely decided that I would try caramel popcorn. A lot of recipes said that you have to bake it for at least an hour, but since that would be way too long to wait, I went ahead and tried doing it the no-bake way. 

It turned out amazing. Absolutely amazing. It's one of those rare things that you taste, and you're just like, this can't be any better. I'm no Donna Hay but I'm begging you, try out this recipe!! It's insane!

You need:
-approx. 10 cups of popcorn
-125g of butter
-1 cup of brown sugar
-1/4 cup of glucose syrup/corn syrup
-1/2 tsp of baking soda 
-1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
-a shake of salt 

1. Pop your popcorn and remove any kernels or burnt bits. Set aside. 

2. Place a tray or two (big enough to fit all your popcorn) lined with baking paper on the bench.

3. Find a really big pot and add the brown sugar, butter, and glucose syrup. 

4. Bring to boil, and boil for approx 4-5 minutes. Stir fairly constantly with a wooden spoon. Then add vanilla and baking soda. Stir well.

5. Don't panic, but you'll need to work quickly. Add half your popcorn to the pot, stir to coat in syrup. Then continue adding popcorn and stir until all of it is coated (NOTE: you may not need to add all of the popcorn - make sure you only add as much as the syrup can coat). 

6. Spread the popcorn over your tray. Let cool for about a minute and then break up clumps. Sprinkle salt for a delicious "salted caramel" flavour.  

7. Cool and store in an airtight container, it lasts for about a week (but in my house it was gone before the clock struck midnight.....make that 10pm....).

8. NOTE: On a hot or humid day you may need to bake it - just place it in a baking dish and put it in the oven at 120o for 20min or so, stirring every 5 min. Until it is crunchy, basically.

Here's the question: what should I bake next? Let me know! (Also if this has made you crave caramel popcorn....sorry  )


Top 5 Christmas Albums

Saturday, 29 November 2014

My calendar says November 30th, but mentally I'm already in the midst of December. In fact, I'd invite you in for a christmas mince pie if I hadn't already eaten the last of my most recent batch. Ha. 

Obviously I've been listening to Christmas music since the start of November (not even joking - on my spotify playlist it says "created Nov 2"). Because I want to make sure that you too have the best possible christmas experience you can, I shall soon precede to tell you my top tunes for this season. Right, let's get on with it - in no particular order.

1. "O Come All Ye Faithful" by Moriah Peters
So technically this is actually a single, and sadly I don't think there is an album to follow it (let me know if you've heard any new goss!). Although this artist isn't very well known, this song is just so beautiful, very beautiful, sheer beautiful. I think you'd be shocked at how many times I've had this on repeat #notevenjokingrightnow.

2. "Cliff At Christmas" by Cliff Richard
For me, this album is Christmas. Full stop. Ever since I was a little kid, the CD of this has been consistently slotted into our CD player every year on December 1st. Christmas wouldn't be christmas with this melodic medley. So thanks, Cliff.

3. "Christmas" by Micheal Buble
I think everyone has this on their Christmas playlists - it seems to be the background noise for any particularly festive activity. I'm not complaining at all, I could listen to his voice all day. That man. Not in a weird way though....

4. "Christmas" by Francesca Battistelli
You know how everyone has that secret song/album/artist that they listen to but never reveal to the world? For example, when I was 13 it was "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus. Cringe. Well this fantastic Francesca lady has been mine for years now (I'm loving her new album too), she's a wonderful woman of God and has an amazing voice - naturally, her Christmas album is always a welcome addition to the season. 

5. "What Christmas Means To Me" by Stevie Wonder
A old but fun feel-good song, great for boogieing and cheering up. Got some fun memories of busking with this song too! 

I feel like I've just let you into quite a deep and raw aspect of myself - it can be a little scary letting people know what goes on inside your headphones haha. So, because I've just blabbed I'm now going to hand the rubber ducky to - yup, here you go - so you can tell me what you listen to! Eager am I to expand my Christmas playlist ;) 

I've used the word "Christmas" 13 times already, so I'll stop here. Have a fantastic day (:



Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Taken in a mystical, magical forest..

I like to achieve things, and I like to achieve things well. I'm a proud "list-lover", a "notebook hoarder" and a downright perfectionist. A lot of my life revolves around lists, which may sound like a prison for some, but I love to have everything neat and oh, that feeling of checking something off. Yes.

The above are all good things. But I worry that sometimes they can turn to jelly? As in: life can become all about the results, and the work.

So far, you might be nodding your head. Yeah, she sounds all right. Has a few thoughts in her noggin (*brain). Let me read you this from a book currently by my bedside: "The Artisan Soul" by Erwin Raphae McManus.

"Religion is our response to God from a perspective of coercion and compliance. We fear God, so we do his bidding and risk coming near him, all the while waiting to put distance between ourselves and our Creator. God is, however, profoundly misunderstood. Worship is not something we are called to so that God can reinforce his status. It is his way of calling us near. He asks us to grab the lighter and set the altar on fire - not because he could not do it himself, but because he wants us to come near. He wants us to realise that while we thought all he wanted form us was the work, it was actually an invitation to come near and know his love."

In the world of philosophical books, I make sure I have my head screwed on tight and I definitely do not believe everything I read. But this did make me think.

To summarize for those sleepy readers (I feel you): God doesn't love us for what we do, he loves us for who we are.

Yes, go ahead and write that somewhere on your wall or in iNote. You're welcome.

I have a few hundred dreams (not even exaggerating here), and you know what, the world is my oyster and the sky is the limit. But we gotta be careful that all this work doesn't become about having to earn Gods love. He loves us just as we are.

Whether you become the worlds best toenail cutter, or a snazzy salsa teacher, in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:6).

I might need to leave you just now, my loved one awaits...... (HELLO DAY OLD PIZZA).

ha. xo

Write-a-novel November

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

"Complete and utter nerd" is the title often given to fellow writers who stay holed up in their room eating cold toast and drinking gallons of tea. But, if you are one of those "nerds," then I can guarantee your heart might have been racing a little when you read the title of this post.

Is it really "write a novel" November?

Yes. Oh yes.

Great was my excitement when I heard the news. I'm not committing myself to 30 days (plus I only found out yesterday), but it's definitely given me a nudge toward writing more. 

WHERE DO I GO?? WHERE DO I GO?!?! Calm down my friend, it's ok. The organisation's website is right here

My advice as you embark on your new found writing journey: Just. Do. It. 

(If that doesn't stick in your brain then just buy a Nike t-shirt)


Pride and Prejudice | Book Review

Friday, 26 September 2014

Rustling around in my grandpas attic, I found this copy, dusted it off, and to my delighted 11-yr-old self, I knew I had found a gem.

I was instantly excited because I had seen the Keira Knightley version of the movie many times. I did try to watch the other versions but every time I do, I find myself in a confused state asking the (slightly annoyed) person next to me "But WHERE is Keira Knightley??" You can only imagine the exasperated sighs that this evokes. What? No one will watch it with me?

Hardly containing my naive anticipation, I turned the first page. "Blah blah blah solace blah blah blah blah felicity." This is what fell on my eyes when my 11-yr-self surveyed the red and gold bound book. Silently, I closed it back up, and vowed to get a sandwich, I believe.

Some years later, I cautiously picked up this novel after it appeared on several must read lists. Bracing myself, the first page was again turned, and a pleasant surprise awaited me. I couldn't put it down for three days straight and wished there was more of it to be devoured.

Classics get a bad rap. Perhaps they're not as "cool" as young adult fiction, or they're viewed as merely high school books. But this......oh sweet is amazing. Jane Austen is a genius and once again, I have adorned my fluffy socks, to sit refreshing the library page in hope it will say "Ready for Pick Up" on her other novels. Really cool, Madison.

First published in 1813, although set in the turn of the 19th century, it has all the old fashioned goodies you would expect. Lots of long skirts, dinner parties, and gossip (yes, they had such a thing in the old days!). The opening sentence of the book is as follows:

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." 

This immediately introduces the theme of marriage, and in a sneaky way, tells us the outline of the plot.

It is an absolute masterpiece, absolutely brilliant, and has sold over 20 millions copies. The characters are the kind where you find yourself saying "I know someone just like so-and-so!" The most unlikely of people end up together, and the story triumphs over pride, prejudice and love. The story is built up from an ordinary home, but as the plot thickens the drama also rises just as if they were royalty.

The courtship is of the best kind, the emotional, wanting, fearful, fearless, kind. This would have to be one of my favourite books. It contains one of the most coveted and cherished love stories of all time. Because really, it is what we know and adore, a good ol' romance.


If we just keep dancing like we're 22

Saturday, 20 September 2014

It is so satisfying to walk along and see your favourite number. Like, randomly. Not set up or anything. Just out of the blue. On a walk along a pretty little lane, I saw this crate in the bush and it kind of provoked me (in a good way) to write a post about why 22 is my favourite number.

Taylor Swift is an absolute legend - she may not have the greatest voice, but all sorts of artists have come and and gone in my life and she has still stood firmly on my "most played" list. You might be aware that she wrote a song called "22." It is one of my favourite songs of hers, it's just about having fun in life and not worrying about the cool kids.....and not being afraid to wear cat ears....or dance like crazy in public....about being happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time....gosh, I can't wait to be 22.

On the periodic table number 22 is Titanium. It means strong. Also, one of my favourite songs is "Titanium" by David Guetta. I was quite surprised at this revelation, but I never get sick of it and it's kind of, my jam. Be strong even when the world throws its worst at you - you're amazing.

My final reason is simple and sweet. Two 2's put together backwards make a heart. 

So that's why I love the number 22. What's your favourite number? Why?


12 Ways To Make Your Day Better | Winter Edition

Thursday, 18 September 2014

I know it's coming into winter for some of you, and for us down under it's just finishing, let's be honest, in all seasons we have winter-y days so sit back and enjoy. All photos are my own :)

1. Fluffy socks. I usually have to buy at least 2 pairs per winter because I wear them down worryingly quickly.

2. Before bed, warm your pyjamas on the heater. I just love doing this. Love, love.

3. Snuggles with pets. I was just saying the other day, everyone should have pet. Pets are like little fans, that follow you around, will do anything for you (it depends on the pet of course), and have the special offer of unlimited snuggles.

4. Read before bed. Find books so good that you can't put them down. I like to use goodreads for finding new literature.

5. Go on an adventure. Visit a museum. I love doing this - I'll be honest, at least a third of the pleasure I contrive is using my special local card. Or an art gallery. Go see a movie.

6. Create art. Winter is very beautiful weather for all things artsy. Get out your pencils, paints or camera, and wonder away.

7. Find "that" pair of jeans and wear them to death. I think the importance of having a good pair of jeans is underrated so this is me telling you that it does matter, spend those dollars baby, it'll be worth it.

8. Candles. Just let them glow, and relaaaaxxxx.

9. Take the time to make yourself a really nice hot drink (chai tea latte = MY FAVE). It may seem like a waste of time to some (not to most I'm sure) but it is a very inexpensive happiness booster.

10. Wake up five minutes earlier and enjoy a luxury lie in in bed. I can see where the saying "time is money" came from - it really is precious.

11. Stay active. It's so important to keep moving, and oh, does it make you sleep better. I have noticed this myself, I'm not just quoting something out of a health magazine. Youtube has tons of exercise routines if you need. And dance. Don't forget to dance. 30 min of dancing like no one is watching does wonders.

12. Bath. I tend to be more of a shower person, but every now and then, I'll force myself to get in the tub, and I never regret it. If you are looking for some good bath bombs to use, recently I did a Lush haul. TOP TIP: have an ice cold beverage at your arms length when in the bath, it's refreshing. 

BONUS: Put on those boots, gurrrrl. It's truly amazing what fab footwear does for one's happiness level and self esteem. Invest in a good pair - I dare you.

What do you do in winter to make your day better?


Short devotion: Don't Give Up.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Over a cup of tea 
"Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
Galatians 6:9

Don't give up. The world needs you. Just to be yourself, to love God and love others. Being happy goes a long way - count it all joy.

All kinds of good you can do (just some ideas):
- make someone a meal (or bake them something)
- write a nice email to a friend
- send a card to someone
- worship, pray, spread some love
- be insanely nice to your family today
- recommend a good book
- do someone else's chore for them unexpectedly
- give away nice words
- smile
- spread positivity
- comment below with your ideas of good things to do! I'd looooooooove to hear your thoughts!

What was that? You want to hear a joke? Fine, if you insist: what did the mayonnaise say to the fridge? Close the door I'm dressing. Ha. Hahahahaha. Happy Sunday.



Thursday, 11 September 2014

No clue where these originally came from, sorry!

I hope it's not just me. I love supermarkets. I truly do. They are clean, fresh and everything is nicely packaged. People can come together and meet, drive round cart thingies called trollies, without having to talk except for the odd "Nice special on the apples eh??," "Do you know where the eggs are located?" I just love it.

What may influence my joy is that I love food too. Baking makes me happy, so does making lists, so you bang those two together and supermarket is a natural solution. Shopping for fresh supplies is always a good thing.

Also, there is nothing like a freshly stocked fridge or pantry. Opening up the door and letting out a happy little sigh knowing that you have more than one good option for breakfast. The pure, raw joy!

There is something relaxing about going round and stocking up on goods. Feeling like such a winner when you get rice crackers for 99 cents (bargain!). Oh do empathize with me, you know you secretly love it.

Just the other day I was in the pick n mix section, happened to turn my back, and saw an orange roll across the floor. All the way across. This little gesture of rebellion just made me so happy. How often does one get to see an orange roll across the floor without being yelled at by a mother or getting a stern look from an angry Chinese grocer?

But supermarkets aren't all smooth sailing (maybe to the average joe). Have you ever felt that panic when you JUST CAN'T FIND THE AISLE WITH THE CONDENSED MILK so you end up walking around staring at the billboards like an idiot and then sheepishly have to go back the way you came? Twice? And don't tell me you've never been told off by a shelf stocker about spraying the deodorants. How am I supposed to choose a spray without smelling it first? Blind choosing? Is that some sort of sport?

My dream is to one day ride an electric scooter down the smooth white aisles. If you have a similar dream, then let's all take a moment to appreciate this.

And can we talk about trolleys? It's like driving a car, but much safer, and more satisfying. I certainly have never seen a trolley crash before. Now that I'm older, the general public no longer have the right to tell me off when I lift my feet off the floor and cling to the trolley as it goes flying forward. They do feel obliged to give me disgusted looks, but am I going to just say "oh sorry you're right that horrified look on your face just totally changed mind so sorry"?

I am happy about supermarkets today. So I kind just spat out a whole post on supermarkets. If you've made it to the end. Then well done. (and if you want bonus points, add in your comment "rhinos are purple" so I know ;)

What is your favourite thing about supermarkets? (unless you don't like them at all.... *chokes on orange juice*)


Chocolate Log

Monday, 8 September 2014

I'll be honest, I didn't just wake up and think "I'm going to make a chocolate log today!" It actually happened that I was watching Come Dine With Me (a cooky but worryingly addictive tv show for those of you who don't know), and of course a swiss roll was served for dessert. I didn't even try to subdue my immediate cravings, I just headed straight for the Edmonds cookbook.

I usually buy these angelic cakes from the bakery section in the supermarket (nothing can beat the fake cream and superficial sponge), but it was about time I picked up that spatula *insert cooking weapon of your choice* and got to it. You will need.

For the sponge:
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 1/4 cup plain baking flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 25g butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon water

And for the garnishing...
- cream (as much or as little as need - I'd go for 300mls to be safe)
- chocolate shavings

Berry Sauce
- tablespoon of water
- 2-3 tablespoons of icing sugar
- 3/4 frozen berries

Really just go crazy with the top.

Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick (I was quite confused as to what "thick" was - not fluffy, just stir it and you will know). Sift cocoa, flour and baking powder together. Add to egg mixture. Add butter and water.

Pour mixture into a greased and line 20x30cm sponge roll tin. Bake at 190oC for 10-12 minute or until cake springs back when lightly touched.

*This is where I ditched the cookbook so will take over from now*

Spread icing sugar over the sponge and seriously spread it, not just sift. Then flip it onto a sheet of baking paper/greaseproof paper. Spread cream (or ganache would be nice!), and then gently roll it. Leave the baking paper on it. I'll be honest, I completely failed this step and this is why extra cream is always a good concealer. Refrigerate time. Doesn't matter too much.

I topped the log with cream, icing sugar and berry sauce. To make: add water, icing sugar and berries in a saucepan and stir. Super easy!

I would LOVE to know if you bods tried this, if you are going to, if you are allergic to sponge, or if you don't even know what one is (you do now). Seriously, comment below! Haha.

Smile God loves you (:


Someday someday maybe | Book Review

Friday, 5 September 2014

No photo today! Had to return it before I could snap one :( Search it on google images and ta dah you will know what I'm talking 'bout

I hate to review books that I didn't like, but I console myself with the fact that it may serve as a warning to those who haven't read it. Or something-or-rather.

"Someday someday maybe" is a book that I really wanted to like, because, have you SEEN the cover? Oh so cute. If I'm honest, that MAY have been why I picked it up.

It was tolerable for the first 1/3 of the book. It was amusing for the first part. I kept hoping it would get better. A few swear words, but in this day and age that isn't so much of a shocker.

I won't spoil it for you (although I hope you won't read it), but things starting going downhill until I actually literally skipped to the very end of the book. I can't bear to not finish a book so having to skip ahead is major for me. Very weak and absurd storyline, and nothing more worth mentioning. I am aware I did just mention it, but that's not the point. Well, it is the point that I shouldn't mention it, but what I am saying is.....oh never mind. Also, too many unnecessary "bad bits."

Thankfully I got this from the library so it didn't cost me anything except my time. I know people that tend to buy books straight off the bat, and I do this if I know (like, really know) that it is going to be good, but I would generally recommend getting the book out first, and then you can buy it if you love it (I usually buy all my books from The Book Depository). And it's free! A whole place full of books FREE to read! How could you not?

In short, I don't want to be negative, and I hope I won't be doing too many more of these types of reviews. It is the most frustrating thing to get into a rut of bad books and just mope about, bobbing your tea bag up and down, wishing that the world would JUST GET ITSELF SORTED and produce some decent literature.

If you have read this book, what were your thoughts?


20 Useless Facts You Will Never Need To Know

Thursday, 4 September 2014

this photo was from a while ago, but so pretty :)

Today is very cold, very rainy, the kind of day where it is ridiculous to even think about going outside. I can't say I love days like this. I multitasked (I know, I surprised myself too) while watching a movie to make this list. So, if you have a minute to spare, then hey, I have supplied some useless knowledge.

1. There is a hotel in Sweden made entirely out of ice; it is rebuilt every year.

2. Certain frogs can be frozen solid then thawed, and continue living. I can't say I like frogs, but if I ever need to get one out of the way for a while (under what circumstance I'm not sure) I will just pop it in the ice box.

3. A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why. If you know why, please enlighten us all in the comments. I must try this. Not sure where I will find a willing subject though...

4. If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, it's stomach will explode. Ok maybe I won't try this one.

5. Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand. Isn't God clever! I might've left that out (by accident!) if I'd created the world.

6. In Baltimore it is illegal to take a lion to the movies. Why anyone would take a lion to the movies I am not sure. What about an elephant?

7. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out. I find this funny/fascinating and I don't know why. What about alligators...

8. There are 450 types of cheese in the world. 240 come from France. I need to spend a whole year just tasting cheese: on the bucket list.

9. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. 99.8% of the people who just read will have literally tried to. I'm sorry, I feel you. I can't do it either.

10. A hydrodaktulpsychicharmonica is a variety of musical glasses. I am bookmarking this for the next game of hangman.

11. Stewardesses is the longest word typed by the left hand. Again, 99.8% of people who read this will go through the motion (or actually) of typing it.

12. Ballroom dancing is a major at Brigham University. 

13. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up to the sky. I suddenly get the urge to go and find every pig and lift then up manually.

14. Dr. Seuss coined the word nerd in his 1950 book "If I Ran the Zoo."

15. It is illegal to frown at cows in Bladworth, Saskatchewman. I now will take such rebellious pleasure in frowning at cows.

16. There are 1,792 steps in the Eiffel Tower.

17. In space, astronauts cannot cry, because there is no gravity to let the tears flow. Ha!

18. You're born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206.

19. Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.

20. The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.

You're welcome. What was your favourite?


Rainbow Fan

Saturday, 30 August 2014

I practically laughed out loud the other day when I saw this fan (apologize for the dustiness - it's been in the garage for a while - you'll learn how). Why? Well, begrudgingly she says, I will relate, but you have to realise this was a ages ago (last year) and I can't say the embarrassment has quite worn off.

I was all excited. I had started my blog, and was searching around for fun DIYs to share. Pinterest, my trusty friend, provided ample inspiration. Project after project was tossed around in the air, and then my oh my, I saw this:

Goodness me, what a state I was in! I knew we had an old fan upstairs, and some primary coloured paint. It was one of those rare moments in life where I actually had everything I needed for a DIY. I allocated the whole of my saturday morning. Yup, dedication right there.

So I was taking photos to MAKE SURE I documented everything. First stroke of paint SNAP second stroke of paint SNAP holding my snack SNAP third stroke of paint SNAP.

Oh, and something no one ever tells you is that you shouldn't turn a fan on when it has wet paint on it. That's partly why the paint is slightly spotted - and why my grey t-shirt has tiny flecks of paint on it. Actually, that could be something that people TELL you to do! Because who doesn't want a cool rainbow spotted shirt? Genius (and in case you're wondering, it comes off hair and skin just fine).

My half sanding attempt was an absolute fail, so I did have to do several coats of paint. Finally (I believe it was a Tuesday) the time came to turn it on. What spectacular sight was I greeted with?

Brown. Poo brown. You know the colour poo? Well that was it. Where was that "fantastic rainbow," eh? POO BROWN. POOOOOO BROOOOOOOWWWN.

So shortly after this episode the fan returned to it's loyal spot in the garage, no questions asked.

Occasionally the poo fan comes out of hiding on a hot day, but mostly it likes to lie low where no one can see. I don't blame it.

Putting my pride behind me, I am really writing this a year later to warn other nieve diy-ers. Don't be fooled by some fancy-fancy-woo-lop on pinterest saying THE WORLD IS A GREAT PLACE LOOK AT ME WITH MY RAINBOW FAN. Well I give up - how? How did they not end up with a poo fan?!?!? It is beyond me.

You have been warned, my friends. I would love to hear about your adventures in the world of crafting - I promise I won't laugh - ok maybe a little - comment below :)

Yours truly.


The Social Etiquette of Perfume | Clarins Deodorant Review

Friday, 29 August 2014

I wonder what the world would think of me if they knew that this classy chick is actually wearing deodorant. As a perfume.


Before you judge, let me explain: the Clarins perfume is my absolute favourite. A few christmases ago I got given a little bottle, and it has been sitting on my dresser table ever since. A couple of weeks ago I popped it into my bag thinking what a smart and clever organised woman I was to think ahead (I know what you're thinking - wow). As the evening wore on, one of my friends remarked "Something smells like lavender?" Another agreed "Yeah, where's it coming from??" I had completely forgotten my devious plan about the perfume, so I joined in too. We vigorously used our olfactory senses on anything and everything around us (except the bag) and still couldn't figure it out. As we were leaving, I picked up my bag only to find, to my dismay, the bottom of it being soaked. Cautiously I lifted it to my nose, and almost sneezed in fright at how strong the smell was. Gotcha.

I waited till it had died down a little, but I think people began to suspect something when the smell followed us into the car. We laughed it out, but no slick jokes could gloss over my annoyance. My favourite perfume. BOOM. Thankfully it was only a little bottle and it was (as aforementioned) a few years old.

My heartbreak only lasted till a few days later when my amazing mother came home with a bottle of "Clarins Doux Deodorant." Or deodorant if you're not french. Apparently they did not have the little bottle in stock, and this was the next best thing. My little fingers clasped the bottle, and went through the perfume-testing-procedure: easy to open lid. CHECK. Suitable sprayer. CHECK. Spraying amount. CHECK. Smell. CHECK.

If there was any shame in using a deodorant as a perfume, it was washed away with that first spray. Ooh, I'm rhyming? Cheeky. Seriously though, it smells very close to the actual perfume, and it's cheaper too. It has a slight deodorant smell (very slight) which is not bad at all, it must just be an ingredient used in deodorants.

My ramblings must come to an end, for one can only talk for perfume for so long. Can they? Don't answer that, I just wanted to sound philosophical.

Short story short: definitely shameless wearing and smells very very near amazing. Give it a go!

Comment below your favourite perfumes (and if you've ever had any mishaps - please tell me it's not just me?).



Thursday, 28 August 2014

Often when I have discovered a new celebrity, I find myself looking out for their failures (also the "no makeup" search - we've all done it). Re-reading this it sounds a little hypocritical. But it's done in all innocence. Why?

Because I can relate. And it makes them seem more real. Everyone has failures. Everyone beautiful flower that has blossomed, has been through the grit. It's almost like a wave of relief floods over me when I realise that it's okay to be going through a patch of dirt...even when it seems like no one else is. 

Mariah Peters is a beautiful christian singer, and she has a song called "Bloom" which fits into my little devotion like pancakes and syrup. 

"Just keep believing you'll see a new season soon
You're turning into something amazing
Baby, you were born to bloom
Bloom, bloom, bloom

I wish you could see
You were made for more
And your wildest dreams
Can't compare to what God's got in store
Someday soon you'll kiss the sky
Like a butterfly"

Let's all have a big group hug, shed some tears, and clink our mugs of chai tea (or insert beverage of your choice), boldly asserting that growing through dirt is all part of the plan. Not my plan (I wouldn't dream it up I can tell you). God's plan. 

Chatty chatty bang bang below, I love hearing your thoughts. Have you been through dirt? Or maybe a storm?


I am on Bloglovin'!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Wellll haaaaaaayyy there.

Quick update (and a little shameless self promotion) that I am now on bloglovin', and if you can't tell, I'm kind of excited about it. Just a little.

Bloglovin' is literally a lifesaver for me, because I can now keep track of all my favourite blogs. Dream come true. So go make an account if you don't already have one! (and you may as well follow me while you're there ;) Hahahahaha. But seriously)

Have a nice day, and leave your bloglovin' url down below 


Ice Lollies

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

These little cuties are what I like to call, Ice Lollies (the title would suggest).

I’ve seen ice blocks and such floating round pinterest, but since I didn’t really like a full on frozen slab (and it’s still winter), I made ice cubes. The first rays of sunshine have appeared, and if you see someone out there in the wind, ensconced in a puffer jacket and fluffy socks, trying to smile with hair in their mouth and one eye squinting, that might be me.

How to: find some ice cube trays (mine were hearts - SO ADORBS - I think they were from ikea). Fill them with apple juice/lemonade (I preferred the apple juice ones) and insert gummi bears, frozen berries, or simply leave as is. 

I used gummi bears (OOOH CHEEKY). 

I haven’t been able to stop eating them, but I am justifying this with the argument that it is a whole lot better than chocolate or cheesecake, and if you use berries then there is no sugar (apart from natural sugars in fruit obviously). 

Tell me below what you used/will use to make them!


August T.O.T.M.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

August Thing Of The Month

Raspberry Body Butter from The Body Shop
♥ During the winter months, my skin gets greatly deprived of moisture, regards to this stuff as it has saved me from looking like a crinkly old lady/alligator.

♥ It smells like a freshly opened box of Berry berry nice cereal. If you haven’t smelt that, it smells good.

♥ Although it does take a while to sink in, and my patience is always tried. I can’t say it didn’t warn me. It says “butter” on the front. I can’t be too harsh as this is the case with all moisturisers, it’s my half of the bargain I guess.

♥ All in all I do really love it. The body shop has a ton of yummy flavours, hands up if you're going to try mango next time.. *puts hand up sheepishly*

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