28 December 2015

15 Things I Have Learnt This Year

Hey guys!

2016 is fast approaching, and I have had some time today to think back about the many things that I have learnt over this year. A lot of these things I think have taught me a lot, and that will stay with me in the future. Today I will be sharing 15 lessons that I have learnt over the year.

  1. There is something to be said about forgiving and forgetting; it is one thing to forgive, but it can be harder to forget
  2. Sometimes people change, and they are no longer the people we used to know. Although we may not like this change, we need to learn to accept this
  3. Cats make everything better
  4. Good friends are those who will be there for you, not just through the fun times, but during the hard times too
  5. Although we may not want it to, our life routines will change. We need to be able to accept and adapt to this change
  6. Travelling to a new place gives you one of the best feelings
  7. Catching public transport with a good friend is surprisingly fun
  8. Sometimes it is worth staying up until midnight the night before your Psychology exam to talk with someone about your secret wondrous and controversial future endeavours
  9. Crunchy peanut butter is amazing and I really have been missing out all these years
  10. We should never forget the magic of being a child
  11. High school graduations make you feel infinite
  12. If you spent two hours trying to work out how to reply to someone, it can go horribly wrong if you leave their messenger page up on your phone...and sometimes it can lead to you needing to explain the accidental Facebook call
  13. Byron Bay is such a cool place
  14. Don't be afraid to tell other people your opinions...Sometimes the most unexpected people can be the ones who agree with you the most
  15. Say yes as much as you can
Leave me a comment below telling me some of the things you have learnt this year.

Happy new year!!


21 October 2015

Words of Wednesday | Stereotypes

Hey guys,

I’m currently trying out something new on my blog, called Words of Wednesday. This is inspired by something Louise does on Sprinkle of Glitter, where she has a little series called “Monday Motivation”, where she has a little motivational post every Monday. Words of Wednesday will be a series where I just discuss a topic I’ve been thinking about during the week. I’m hoping it will be somewhat motivational, because if you’re anything like me, Wednesday is the hardest day of the week, and I could definitely use some motivation.

This week I am going to talk about stereotypes. Now, according to my Psychology notes, a stereotype is an evaluative generalisation about a group of people. A stereotype is a cognitive process embedded in our interrelationships with other people, which can either be positive or negative. In short, a stereotype is a form of social categorisation which affects the behaviour of those who are labelled by that stereotype.

I decided to talk about stereotypes this week, because yesterday, a friend of mine said, “I’m going to start a blog. But a serious blog, not a white girl blog.”


What is a white girl blog?

Well according to her, a “white girl blog” is a blog which discusses makeup, fashion, and life in general. This seems to be the stereotype of what a “white girl blog” is. Which then makes me feel like my blog is a “white girl blog”, which frustrated me a lot, for two main reasons. My blog is something I’ve worked incredibly hard at, and I don’t like it being stereotyped as a “white girl blog” purely because of its content.

The second reason, though, and this is the main reason I am making this post, is that I hate stereotypes. And recently, I’ve been stereotyped as a “white girl” quite frequently.

So I Googled what stereotypical “white girls” did, and according to an article I read, behaviours include the following:
-          Drinking Starbucks
-          Watching Gossip Girl, the Vampire Diaries, Twilight, the Hunger Games (basically everything that most people watch)
-          Taking photos all the time
-          Having a fashion/makeup/lifestyle blog

This is what I don’t understand. Why should you, if you drink Starbucks and watch Gossip Girl, be stereotyped as a “white girl”, especially when recently, being a “white girl” has such a negative connotation around it.

It’s like being called a “twelvie”. One of my friends always calls me a “twelvie”, because I’m younger than him, I happen to like music from early 2000s, and I make my own clothes. But what about liking Blink-182 and INXS makes me a twelvie? This is what I don’t understand.

Well, according to my psychology notes:

People categorise people into “ingroups”, who are people they associate with, and “outgroups”, who are people they do not associate with. Once people have been categorised into either the ingroup or outgroup, people tend to exaggerate differences between groups. People tend to pay attention to behaviours that support the stereotype, and ignore behaviours that challenge the stereotype.

So, to put this to an example, I am considered a “twelvie”, because my friend knows that I like INXS (because apparently, if you like INXS since the film came out last year…automatic twelvie), so he concentrates on that. However, he ignores the fact that I like it because my mum listened to it when I was younger, therefore I’ve been around that music all my life.

Okay, so you’ve read my whole rant about stereotypes, and now you’re probably thinking, “Why should I care? How do they affect us anyway?”

Well, there’s this thing called the Stereotype Threat Effect, which is where one is in a situation where there is a threat of being judged stereotypically, or fear of doing something that would “confirm the stereotype”. Stereotypes can have a negative effect on behaviour due to the self-fulfilling prophecy, which is where something comes true because you expect it to come true (i.e. you are given a stereotype, and because of that you start to behave as that stereotype).

I guess what I’m trying to say is that we all need to take some time just to think about the effects that stereotypes actually have on people. Although stereotypes do exist in this world, we just need to try and prove to society that stereotypes are not, in most cases, true.


3 October 2015

What's In My Bookshelf

Hey guys!

The other day I was discussing books and blogging with my friend Tasha, and she gave me the great idea to do a "What's in my bookshelf" post, where I show you what books I have. And that is exactly what I am going to do today!

My bookshelf is divided into three parts, only for storage reasons. Part 1 is my old favourites; the books I read the most. Part 2 is my odd books that I either like but don't read as much, or the books I read as I child that I didn't want to get rid of. Part 3 is my collection of Jacqueline Wilson books, who was my favourite author growing up.

Part 1 - My Favourite Books

(From left to right)
The Chocolate Box Girls - Cathy Cassidy
Cherry Crush
Marshmallow Skye
Summer's Dream
Coco Caramel

Driftwood - Cathy Cassidy
Girl Online - Zoe Sugg
Love, Tanya - Tanya Burr
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
The London Eye Mystery - Siobhan Dowd
A Unique Kind of Love - Jasmine Rose
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
A Walk to Remember - Nicholas Sparks

Raven Hill Mysteries - Emily Rodda
The Ghost of Raven Hill
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Beware the Gingerbread House
Deep Secrets
Dead End

Part 2 - Odd Books

(From left to right)
Trylle - Amanda Hocking

Mr Men & Little Miss - Roger Hargreaves
Mr Sneeze & His Allergies
Mr Tickle in a Tangle
Mr Sneeze
Mr Bump
Mr Nosey
Mr Messy
Mr Topsy-Turvey

Jacqueline Wilson Book Previews - Jacqueline Wilson
How to Survive Summer Camp
The Longest Whale Song
Little Darlings
Hetty Feather
Sapphire Battersea
Lily Alone
The Worst Thing About My Sister
Double Act (Play Edition)
Emerald Star
Four Children and It

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire

The Famous Five Adventures Collection - Enid Blyton
The Princess Bride - William Goldman

Rainbow Magic - Daisy Meadows
Ruby the Red Fairy (Create Your Own Magic Edition)
Cherry the Cake Fairy
Lauren the Puppy Fairy
Megan the Monday Fairy
Sierra the Saturday Fairy
Saskia the Salsa Fairy
Imogen the Ice Dance Fairy
Ellie the Guitar Fairy
Edie the Garden Fairy
Coral the Reef Fairy
Paige the Pantomime Fairy
Flora the Fancy Dress Fairy
Shannon the Ocean Fairy
Gabriella the Snow Kingdom Fairy

Bratz Totally Awesome Tales - Christine Peymani
Bratz Diamondz Road Trip
Bratz Stilesville Starz
Bratz in the Groove

Felicity Wishes Summer Sunshine & Other Stories - Emma Thomson
Poppy - Mary Hooper

Part 3 - Jacqueline Wilson Books

(From left to right)
By Jacqueline Wilson

The Cat Mummy
Lola Rose
The Mum-Minder
The Illustrated Mum
Dustbin Baby
Lily Alone
How to Survive Summer Camp
Jacqueline Wilson Double Decker - Including Double Act and Bad Girls
Vicky Angel
Best Friends
The Worry Website
Clean Break
Jacqueline Wilson Superstars - Including The Suitcase Kid and The Lottie Project
The Bed and Breakfast Star
Jacky Daydream
My Secret Diary
Love Lessons
My Sister Jodie
Girls in Love
Girls Under Pressure
Girls Out Late
Girls in Tears
The Tracy Beaker Trilogy - Including The Story of Tracy Beaker, Starring Tracy Beaker, and Dare      Game
The Longest Whale Song
The Worst Thing About My Sister
Diamond Girls
Little Darlings
Hetty Feather
Sapphire Battersea
Emerald Star

Wow, that was a lot to get through! I just counted it up and it totals to 101 books (I didn't even think I had that many!), and I hope to get a lot more over the years. If you've read any of these books, or you have any other favourites, leave me a comment and let me know :)


30 September 2015

Recipe | Honey Chicken

Hey guys!

I've found it really hard to find good recipes that fit my criteria. Given my recently discovered intolerance to milk and salicylates, I've needed to find meals that are:

- Healthy
- Low in salicylates
- Low in milk
- Low cholesterol
- Are easy to make
- Preferably can be made by shoving everything into one pot then chucking it into the oven

So given the strict criteria meals must fall under, it's safe to say I've had a hard time finding good recipes. Over the past week, I've tried out three recipes, which I will be sharing in a three-part blog series.

Today, I will be sharing a recipe I have found for Honey Chicken. I was really happy that this recipe turned out well, because whenever I go to a Chinese restaurant, I will always order Honey Chicken, so it was really nice to be able to make it myself. This recipe is possibly one of the easiest things I have ever made!

Serves 3
- 1 chicken breast
- 4-8 tablespoons of honey
- Seasame seeds

  1. Cut the chicken into biggish chunks
  2. Work out how you want to cook your chicken. You can either put it on a tray, or into a casserole dish. I went with a tray, but in hindsight, I probably should have used a small casserole dish, because the honey leaked out of the foil packaged and exploded in my oven.
  3. The next step is to coat the chicken in sesame seeds, and then bake the chicken for around 40 minutes until it is entirely cooked.
And that's it! I said it was easy!

If you have any good recipes that are that quick and easy, leave a comment and let me know!


13 September 2015

My Playlist for September 2015

Hey guys,

I've made another playlist! And I thought I would share it with you, just because! And yes, there is a lot of Troye Sivan in this playlist. His new album 'Wild' just came out and this excited me. A lot.

I thought this time I would, for some of the songs, include a little blurb about why I like the songs, because a couple of these do have stories behind them, so in brackets beside a couple of songs will be a little bit of information about what that song means to me.

September 2015

  1. Wild - Troye Sivan
  2. Delicate - Damien Rice (This song was at the end of Misfits Season 1 Episode 5, and I really liked the song and was looking for it for ages but have now finally found it :D)
  3. Bite - Troye Sivan
  4. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
  5. Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift
  6. Fools - Troye Sivan
  7. Houdini - Foster the People
  8. Stacy's Mum - Fountains of Wayne
  9. Car Wash - Christina Aguilera
  10. She Looks So Perfect - 5 Seconds of Summer
  11. Drive - Halsey (thank you Jayme for playing me this song!)
  12. Fight Song - Rachel Platton
  13. Count on Me - Bruno Mars (At the beginning of the year, on Valentine's Day, some people did serenades. Afterwards, this Year 10 guy came into the refectory, offered us a seranade and starting singing this song)
  14. She's Kinda Hot - 5 Seconds of Summer
  15. Happy Little Pill - Troye Sivan
  16. Love Drunk - Boys Like Girls
  17. Marry You - Bruno Mars
  18. Don't Stop - 5 Seconds of Summer
  19. Travelin' Solder - Dixie Chicks (My English teacher played this to us when we were studying 'Homecoming' by Bruce Dawe. The first time I heard it in that English class I cried)
  20. When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars

Leave a comment letting me know what's on your playlist this month, and also, if you have heard it, what you think of Troye Sivan's new album, because I really love it!


3 September 2015

Beauty Review

Hey guys!

So I've been trying out quite a few new beauty products recently, and I thought it would be good to let you know what I think of all of these.

The first products I want to talk about are these two products from Skinstitut. The first product (on the left) is a Gentle Cleanser. I was a bit hesitant about using this, because I have very sensitive skin and was not sure whether my skin would react well to the cleanser. However, I tried it and it worked really well! The cleanser smelt a bit like satsuma, but I'm not complaining about that because I like satsuma. The only bad thing I have to say about it is it did make my face dry a little bit, which wasn't really an issue for me seeing as my skin isn't overly dry to begin with. Other than that, I really like this product. I found it going online for $45, but is currently on sale for $30.15.

The second product is another one by Skinstitut (on the right) and it is an Enzymic Micro Peel. I'll be honest, I wasn't overly impressed with this. It was nice, it smelt like banana, which was quite niceit made my skin feel quite nice, but I didn't really notice that much of a difference, and I don't really think it was worth the price of $45, when the Kmart face mask for $3 does exactly the same thing.

The next thing I have is the Pure Fiji Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner. The orange bottles are mango, and the green bottles are starfruit. These both smell absolutely amazing, and they have made my hair feel so much better since switching over the them. Products by Pure Fiji are organic, and have no bad chemicals in them, which I really like. I can definitely tell the difference since using Pure Fiji, and my hair feels so much nicer. As well as Mango and Starfruit infused, you can also get Coconut, Pineapple, and White Gingerlily, which I haven't tried yet. The shampoo and conditioner are both $22 from the Pure Fiji website.

The next product is a concealer. This one is the Essence Coverstick in shade 03 Mat Honey. I was a bit hesitant about buying it, because I've only ever used a liquid concealer, and I wasn't sure about how well a crayon one would look. I bought this for $4.10 at Priceline. I'll be honest, I don't always love this product. As strange as it sounds, I have some days where I love it, and some days where I hate it. I really like it because it's cheap, so if you don't have a lot of money, it's really affordable. It also has excellent coverage. On the down side, I do find it really hard to blend, which can make it look a little bit cakey. That being said, you don't really need to use a lot because of the great coverage it has, so usually this can be avoided. On a whole, I would probably say give this one a whirl and see how you like it.

Next up is the Eve Perez Oat Milk Foundation in shade Medium, which I got from Mrs Flannery's for around $40. I was really excited to try this because I read that Oat Milk Foundation is really good for you, but I tried it and it was actually a bit rubbish. It was very watery, and in order to get good coverage you had to put a lot on, which isn't ideal. As well as that, once when I put it on, I noticed that in a certain light, you could really see where I had put it on, which of course, isn't something I want in a foundation. I know Oat Milk Foundation is meant to be much better for your skin, but given my experience with this one, I am not in a hurry to buy another one, especially for nearly double the price of my usual foundation.

This product here is the Lush Dream Cream. One of the reasons I really like Lush is because of their ethics in their products (and what I mean by that is, how their products are all environmentally friendly and are not tested on animals). The Dream Cream is a hand and body lotion, which is $29.95. Like with most skin products, I was worried to try this because of sensitive skin, but I went with it and I actually didn't have any reaction to it at all. I usually use this after using the Skinstitut Cleanser (because as I mentioned with that cleanser, it dries your face out a bit). My mum actually hates this Dream Cream, because she really dislikes the smell of it. I don't know if I can describe it very well, but it's a sort of green, cucumber-y scent, but if you don't mind that, then I would definitely recommend givin this a go.

The shiny letters on the tub didn't make this easy to photograph, but this is the Pure Fiji Coconut Body Butter, with Guava infusion. They have this in lots of different infusions, them being Coconut, Coconut Milk & Honey, Frangipani, Guava, Mango, Passionflower, Orange Blossom, Pineapple, Starfruit and White Gingerlily. The Guava one (which is the one one I have tried) smells amazing. It's a really creamy body butter, which I love. It also has a nice texture (I have one body butter which always feels a bit powdery after I've put it on!). It's $34.95, which, if you are on a low budget, might be a bit expensive, but it goes a very long way, so I think it is a good purchase.

The final product I have to talk about today is the Burt's Bees lip balms. I only started using Burt's Bees lip balms very recently, but I really, really like them. I tried them out because I read they were natural (there's a theme in this post - lots of these products are natural!). I bought this mango one, and a pink grapefruit one, which I couldn't find when it came to taking photos. They come in lots of flavours, the ones that I haven't yet tried are Vanilla Bean, Coconut & Pear, Beeswax, Pomegranate, Honey, and Acai Berry. These are really good lip balms, and definitely a step up from the previous one I was using, which was free from my Dentist (but just saying, Dentist lip balms are not bad!). You can Burt's Bees lip balms everywhere (they're in most department shops and chemists), and they are usually $6.95.

Woo! I have finally gotten through this post which I have been procrastinating on for ages! If you try out any of these products, leave me a comment and let me know what you think :)


29 August 2015

Specials Day at ALDI

Hey guys,

Look what was on special in ALDI today:

How cool is that? It's a vintage-looking record player, CD player, cassette player, radio, iPod docking station. I love it so much!

It wasn't easy to get this nifty little record player. As you may or may not know, specials day at ALDI is dangerous. Deadly. And this is all because of the little old ladies.

Let me tell you of what happened today.

Arrive at ALDI at 7:45am, a good 15 minutes before it opens, and there is this MASSIVE queue of people waiting to go in. So we join the queue. This old lady rocks up (we'll call her Mabel). Mabel looks like your average, innocent old lady. She grabs a trolley, and starts busting her way through the crowd, bashing people out of the way until she is at the front of the queue.

The doors open. The whole crowd rushes forward. I ever-so-kindly let Mabel go ahead of me. Big mistake. Once I get into ALDI, and I set one foot into the specials aisle, Mabel runs forward and bashes me with her trolley! Instantly I regret my act of kindness towards her.

That's the end of that story, we got the record player and were first to the checkout :D

That isn't even the worst of it though. Once there was silicone bakeware on special. There was about eleven old ladies hitting each other with the silicone spatulas!

Let me know if you have ever had any funny experiences like this, I would love to hear your stories.


29 June 2015

#CupcakeQuestions - An EXTRA LONG Edition!

Hello everybody!

Wow, it's been a while since I've sat down to write a #CupcakeQuestions. I guess things have been a bit busy recently, and I haven't had as much time to blog as I used to. Now I'm on school break, I'm trying to get back on track with blogging, starting with doing a #CupcakeQuestions. An extra special edition, 20 questions this week because I haven't done one in so long!

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 161, what is paragraph 2?
The Book Thief, by Markus Zuzak:

(and this will spoil both the book and movie for you)

On many counts, taking a boy like Rudy was robbery - so much life, so much to live for - yet somehow, I'm certain he would have loved to see the frightening rubble and the swelling of the night sky on the night he passed away. He'd have cried and turned and smiled if only he could have seen the book thief on her hands and knees, next to his lifeless body. He'd have been glad to witness her kissing his dusty, bomb-hit lips.
2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What can you touch?
I can touch my iPhone if I stretch it out to the left, but if I stretch it out in front of me I can reach The Book Thief.

3. Before you wrote this post, what were you doing?
I was cooking dinner (nachos, which are probably now ruined because I'm waiting for my sister to have a bath (which she's meant to be doing for half an hour) before I can eat dinner)

4. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Old episodes of Degrassi Jr High

5. Without looking, guess what time it is.

6. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?

7. With the exception of your computer, what can you hear?
I can hear my mum running water in the kitchen.

8. When did you last step outside, what were you doing?
I last stepped outside at around 3pm, to check the post.

9. Did you dream last night?
Yes, I actually have lucid dreams most nights, which means that while I am dreaming, I become aware that I am dreaming. I don't know if this also counts as lucid dreaming, but sometimes while I am dreaming I seem to be able to control the dream. For example, if in my dream I am texting someone, I become aware that I am dreaming, and I seem to be able to formulate a reply to that text.

10. Do you remember your dreams?
Mostly. Some definitely stand out more than others. One dream I had last year was that my entire school had to run cross country, except it wasn't on land, it was in waist-deep water.

11. When did you last laugh? Do you remember why?
Probably around 4pm today, when my sister called me to tell her about her university interview. She said that someone turned up late, sat down, ate Chinese food, went into the interview, and came out a few minutes later, still eating the Chinese food.

12. What is on the walls of the room you are currently in?
The walls are all painted light pink. The wall behind me is darker pink, and there is a framed photo of a tabby kitten swinging on a clothes line. On the wall to my right, I have a set of three sea-shell canvases. On the wall in front of me, is an ornament cabinet. On the wall to my left, is a window and another ornament cabinet.

13. What was the last film you watched?
Twilight: New Moon. I watched it a while ago, but today I realised I forgot how it ended, so I rewatched it. I have to say, it's my least favourite out of all the Twilight movies. Probably because it's very Jacob-centric, and I am very much Team Edward (no judgement!)

14. Do you like to dance?
I like dancing. Whether or not I am good at it is an entirely different story.

15. Would you ever consider living abroad?
I don't know yet, but if I were to, I would probably move back to England.

16. Who made the last incoming phone call on your phone?
The last incoming phone call was from my friend Alex, and he called me to ask my opinion on which car he should buy (as if I know...a car is just a car to me!)

17. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
A game called Facade, which was a big thing at my school when I was in Year 8. I just remembered it and wanted to play it.

18. What colour is your bedroom carpet?
It's brown. Wasn't my choice, it was my mum's.

19. What was the last thing you bought?
The last thing I bought was some fabric and elastic to make a skirt with (that happened today, and the skirt making was successful :D)

20. Would you ever skydive?
Yes. Definitely yes.

And that is the twenty questions! I really enjoyed this post, and I am hoping to get back on track with the CupcakeQuestions!


21 June 2015

My First Mix CD

Hello everybody!

I was sorting through some old things in my room and I came across this:

This is the very first CD I ever made. It was a collaborative effort between me and my mum. I was visiting England in 2008, and we made this CD on my grandmother's computer. All the songs we bought with a £20 iTunes voucher. I haven't listened to this CD since I was in England. So 7 years.

Let's just look at what songs are on this CD:

  1. Just Dance - Lady Gaga
  2. Poker Face - Lady Gaga
  3. The Fear - Lily Allen
  4. Fly on the Wall - Miley Cyrus
  5. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Miley Cyrus
  6. Breakout - Miley Cyrus
  7. Electric Feel - MGMT
  8. Shake It - Metro Station
  9. You Pick Me Up - Pete Murray
  10. Gimme More - Britney Spears
  11. Circus - Britney Spears
  12. Toxic - Britney Spears
  13. Opportunity - Pete Murray
  14. Pictures - Sneaky Sound System
  15. UFO - Sneaky Sound System
  16. Kansas City - Sneaky Sound System
  17. Revelry - Kings of Leon

So I think we can conclude from this that my music taste has changed a lot in the past seven years, Although songs 7 - 9, and 13 - 17 were all my mum's songs, the music is very different compared to my June 2015 Playlist.

I remember when we made this we were all excited because this was the first CD we made, because before then we were still recording songs on cassette tapes. I know that CDs are going out of style now, but I still love them.

Leave a comment letting me know some of the songs that used to be on your playlist, and if your taste has changed much in the past few years :)


17 June 2015

My Playlist for June 2015

Hello everybody!

I had a tweet today from @Mr_Alex_Baker, who asked me what was on my new playlist this month. I like to make playlists every month, because in ten years time I would like to look back at these CDs I have made, and I think it would just be nice to see how much my taste in music has changed. And before I share this, I just want to say, these songs are not new, some of these are really old, and these songs aren't the newest, coolest songs, but these are just the songs I've been liking this month.

Music Playlist: June 2015

  1. Don't Wait - Joey Graceffa
  2. Like It Like That - Hot Chelle Rae
  3. Need You Tonight - INXS
  4. Kiss Me Once - Kylie Minogue
  5. All The Small Things - Blink 182
  6. Style - Taylor Swift
  7. Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes
  8. Kick - INXS
  9. Out of the Woods - Taylor Swift
  10. Wow - Kylie Minogue
  11. Bodies - Robbie Williams
  12. Dear Future Husband - Meghan Tranior
  13. Boyfriend - Justin Bieber
  14. Can't Get You Out of My Head - Kylie Minogue
  15. Girl at Home - Taylor Swift
  16. Roar - Katy Perry
  17. All the Lovers - Kylie Minogue
  18. Bad Blood - Taylor Swift
  19. Slow - Kylie Minogue
  20. Viva Forever - Spice Girls
  21. Want U Back - Cher Lloyd

Some Notes About This Playlist

  • Don't Wait - Joey Graceffa. I heard this song for the first time and I am absolutely in love with it
  • Yes, there is INXS on this playlist. I've listened to INXS my whole life, and since the TV movie came out, I have since been called a twelvie for liking INXS. Truth is, I just like them a lot because my mum listened to them a lot when I was a child
  • Kylie Minogue - I have also listened to her since I was a child. I have re-fallen in love with her songs since I went to her concert and saw her live. My mind is still blown by that concert.
  • Boyfriend - Justin Bieber - Okay, I like this ONE Justin Bieber song!
  • And yes, I like the Spice Girls

Okay, so I hope you liked seeing what's on my playlist this month. This is the first time I've done a music-related post so please leave a comment and let me know if you enjoyed seeing what's on my playlist, and maybe I'll do it again in the future :)


The Lucky One | Sims 3

Hello everybody!

So I may have mentioned before how much I love Sims 3, and how much I love making videos on Sims 3. A song I'm really loving right now is "The Lucky One" by Taylor Swift, so I decided to make a video for it.

The song tells the story of a person who dreams of becoming famous, and does so, but then realises fame isn't what you think it is. So I hope you enjoy this video, and leave a comment letting me know what you think!



15 June 2015

10 Types of People in Exams

Hello everybody!

I have just finished exam block, and I am very glad it is over.

Whilst I was in my exams, I started to see that there are certain types of people in exams. Today, I decided I would share with you just ten types of people there will be in every exam.

1. People who fall asleep.
There will always be at least one person who falls asleep halfway through the exam. It's usually during two hour exams that give you way too much time. You'll just see someone face down on their desk, completely asleep, and a teacher will go up to them and be like "Are you feeling okay?"

2. People you make eye contact with
To explain this one, I've drawn a fabulous little drawing on paint to explain the exam room set-up.

So there's always one person you will always make eye contact with. I have a friend in year 10, so he'll be sitting on the year 10 side, and I'll be on the year 11 side, and when the teacher says "examination has ended, please stop writing, etc. etc.), we'll both look up and make eye contact. Every time. And we'll always sort of pull a face at each other to indicate how we've done on the exam.

3. People who scribble out. Really loudly.
You know how in an exam if you don't want something you've written to be marked you are supposed to just put a single line through it? Well there's always one person who, for some reason, doesn't think this is sufficient, and they just scribble through whatever it is they don't want to be marked.

Like this:
And if you've been in an exam when this happens, you will know what I mean when I say that someone scribbling out is a really distracting noise. My friend always does this, and he's always in front of me in exams. This person will usually also be the person who's pen also will run out halfway through the exam. And most times, they don't have a spare.

4. People who don't study
There's always those few people who don't study for an exam, and they try to read their notes right up to the door of the exam room. I just think this is a bit silly. I mean, if you don't know it two minutes before the exam started, reading it as you walk in probably won't help you much. (Moral of this story - study!)

5. People who think they failed
There is always one person who will have a full-on tantrum right after an exam, and they will be absolutely convinced that they failed. The most annoying part about this is that they are usually the people who end up getting a really high mark.

6. People who don't finish
This generally happens more in midterms rather than exams, but there is always one person who doesn't quite finish. You'll hear them writing hurriedly right up until the teacher says "Stop writing." Sometimes they'll even try to carry on writing after that.

7. People who finish very early.
My sister is one of these people. There is always one person who finishes ridiculously early. As in, it will be a one hour exam, and they will be done in ten minutes. And it's always really distracting when they do finish this early, because they'll be sat at their desk tapping their fingers and sighing in boredom waiting for the exam to be over.

8. People who do more questions that required.
I never used to understand what teachers meant when they read the instruction sheet and said "Do not answer more questions that required". Until in a Psychology midterm a while ago, when I saw this:

Answer two out of the three questions.

And the other day, after the Year 10s had their Psychology exam, I heard this girl boasting about how she had so much time left in her exam, she answered all three questions.

Why?! Why do people do this? I don't understand, you don't get any extra marks for answering more questions. The marker just completely ignores what you've written. Surely you would just spend more time on the questions you actually have to do?

9. People who bring their phones
I can understand making this mistake once, but not every exam. Obviously you aren't allowed to have your phone during the exam, even if it is in your pocket, and we all know this and we're all told this about a thousand times. But there's always those few people, and when the teacher says, "Does anyone have any unauthorised material? Phones, smartphones, smart watches, etc.?", it's always the same people who have the awkwardly raise their hand and have their phone collected because once again, they've forgotten to leave it in their locker.

10. People who swear in the exam
I have this one friend who is always sat near me in exams, because alphabetically, our last names our near each other. This particular friend likes to swear in exams. A lot. In the last Biology exam, he was sat in the desk beside me. We both knew we were going to struggle a lot on the exam, but he opened the exam booklet before I did, and he just looked at me and started swearing. It's not just him that does this though, a lot of people seem to swear when the exam is hard.

And that is the ten types of people in exams. I will probably write a part 2 of this post, because already I am thinking of more types of people. If you can think of any other types of people in every exam, or if you think you fall into any of these categories, leave a comment and let me know :)


30 May 2015

Kikki K Stationary Wishlist (as of June 2015!)

Hello everybody!

I love stationary. A lot. I don't think I've ever blogged about just how much I love it. My love of stationary started when I was in primary school. I loved starting a new school year with a heap of new pens, pencils and notebooks. When I was 11, I went mental buying notebooks. I realised Big W sold some really nice ones for quite cheap. I found that I loved putting pen to paper even more than I previously thought I did.

When I was 13, I discovered Kikki K. Oh my word.

One day I was walking around the shopping centre after exams and I saw this cute little stationary boutique. I walked in, and instantly fell in love with all the stationary in the shop. Kikki K has the most gorgeous stationary you have ever seen.

There is so many beautiful things from there that I am wanting to buy, so I thought I'd share ten of the items currently on my Kikki K wishlist. All the photos used in this post are from the Kikki K website, and these are in no particular order :)

2015 A5 Weekly Leather Diary - Light Pink

This is a really pretty light pink leather weekly diary. If I hadn't have bought all of my diaries for 2015, then I definitely would have bought this, so I really hope they bring it back out next year! It includes space for notes, websites, wish lists, movies, books, restaurants, expenses and addresses. It also has a yearly, monthly and weekly view, and currently has been reduced to only $5.00!!! (found here)

Sentence a Day - Cute

I really like the idea of sentence a day. Like it suggests, you write a sentence everyday, and this book is a place to do that. It has room to do that for two years every day. I love the cute range, I think the colours are just gorgeous. One of the things I really like about this book is that the pages aren't dated with a year, so you can start this book at any point in the year. It costs $24.95, found here.

A4 Hard Cover Notebook - Hello Yellow

I know yellow isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it is definitely mine (this is because my bedroom as a child was painted yellow!). To me, yellow is a happy colour, and this is a happy notebook. I love the words "Full of bright ideas" printed on the cover, so this is something I would love to get. It is currently $16.95 (found here.)

A5 Feature Journal - Mountains

 I really like Kikki K feature journals, particularly because I love the pictures that are scattered throughout. I love the navy colour scheme of the Mountain range, so the two put together are just perfect. This journal is currently $19.95, found here.

A5 Feature Journal - Why Not?

Like I just said, I love feature journals. This one is from the Why Not? range, and I just love the colours and the polka dots. This one's also $19.95, found here.

A5 Hard Cover Notebook - Life is Sweet

Another range I really love is the Life is Sweet range. I bought the feature journal from this range, which I use to keep all my blog ideas in. I love the pastel pink, the flowers and the butterflies. This book is $12.95 here.

Happiness Journal - Inspiration 2014

Another book in the happy yellow colour, this is the Happiness Journal from the 2014 Inspiration range. I am really into books about self motivation and happiness, so I love the idea of having a place to write down happy thoughts. This book has monthly tabs to organise happy goals throughout the year. It includes happy quotes throughout the book. It's available here for $34.95.

Leather Personal Planner Medium - Why Not?

This is another item from the Why Not? range, but this time it is a time planner. I have seen so many videos on YouTube about Kikki K time planners, so I did buy one a while ago, and I would definitely buy one again. It includes card slots, a pen loop, a space to hold an A5 Notepad, and an 18 month calendar, a to-do list, a mini notepad, a space for meeting notes, 4 blank tabs with note pages, and an A5 lined notepad. I love the colours of the Why Not? range, so this is a definite buy for me. It is currently on sale for $41.97 here.

Letter Set With Case - Love Mail

 I believe this range came out around Valentine's Day this year. I have a friend in England, and we like to be old fashioned and write letters to each other, and I feel like I need dedicated letter-writing stationary, so I think this would be perfect. It can be found here for $24.95.

Mug - But First Coffee - Minimalist

Okay, so this is not a stationary item, but I do enjoy my coffee, and I think this mug is very appropriate. It is from the Minimalist range, and costs $12.95 here.

And that is all that is currently on my Kikki K wishlist! If you also like Kikki K, let me know what items you are wishing for, and any other stationary brands you love.