My thoughts on… rompers/ jumpsuits

Heyyyyy guysss!! (that was very overenthusiastic for 9 o’clock on a Sunday night) I AM STILL ALIVE- just thought I should make that clear in response to my month-long blogging disappearance. A LOT has definitely happened in that time frame and my mind is quite honestly fried. I was sick in bed for a week and a half, then had incredibly stressful end-of-year exams. I am SOO glad they are over and I can finally relax. I am so sad that I have literally neglected WordPress for so long and my mental health has definitely taken a toll. You don’t realise how much you rely on something until it is not there. Over the past month I have been feeling completely overwhelmed, out of control and as if I am completely wasting my life. I should probably stop rambling now otherwise none of you will actually make it to the end of this post before the world ends and we all shatter into a million pieces before burning and turning into dust… that wasn’t to dramatic, was it?

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Recently, while I have been CRAZY busy, I have been really enjoying short and snappy posts that other bloggers have been doing so I thought I would try one out tonight as I have NO time. (as much as I still love reading long and thoughtful posts which are so helpful when I am trying to relax).

 

Today, I thought I would bring up the topic of jumpsuits/ rompers. I have a dangerous OBSESSION with jumpsuits and my collection is ever expanding. I absolutely love them for soo many reasons which I will make clear in this exhaustive list.

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  • You only have to pick out one item of clothing (except for shoes and accessories) instead of labouring for hours over your wardrobe trying to find top and bottoms that actually match (maybe a SLIGHT exaggeration)
  • You can dress them up for something fancy or just wear them casual around the house or out for lunch
  • They are sooo comfy. No more explanation needed
  • Every jumpsuit looks different with different shapes, fabrics, designs and sleeves which always look soo pretty
  • Just ughh
  • They are often nice and lose and flowy (but sometimes you just have to watch how far the neckline is slipping down…. Oops)
  • They are easy to wear over swimsuits to the beach or pool or something
  • It’s easy to get on
  • I am in LOVE with long, flowy pants for a fancy party

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The few disadvantages-

  • Going to the bathroom can be a bit of a struggle and weird experience
  • If you reach up too far, a wedgie may be a possibility

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So, I hope you guys enjoyed that short posts and I should be speaking to you all again soon

 

Sincerely me,

Beth xx

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Melbourne Getaway

Hey Guys. It’s been a while! I hope you are all doing well. It’s Halloween soon, but in Australia we don’t really celebrate it very much, which kinda sucks because it seems so fun. Anyway, today I thought I’d share with you a little summary of my time in Melbourne which was actually quite a while ago now (whoops). Enjoy!

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Day 1 (Friday)

After landing in Melbourne, we collected our bags and went to our hotel. We dropped our bags at the apartment and much to my lazy brother’s dismay, headed pretty much straight out again.

We decided to go and check out the Queen Victoria Markets which is a must any time that you are in Melbourne. It is a mixture of indoor deli shops and open air produce and clothing stalls. The deli section especially looked amazing and is literally a feast for your eyes. There is so much to look at in all the display windows and each stall has a slightly different feel to it. It almost made me feel like I was in a market in Europe. I honestly love going to markets so much. The next section was dedicated to fresh produce which was unfortunately almost all closed up because we were a bit late. This outdoor section also had clothes and little trinkets which were cute. Of course, in true Melbourne style, it started raining, luckily, it didn’t last long.

We didn’t buy anything but I hope that we can go back in the next few days to have a better look. Although, we did get some fresh bread, dips, cheese and salami which I can’t wait to eat – literally all my favorite foods. We left the markets then began wandering down the streets in search of somewhere to have dinner.

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this was one of my favourite pieces of street art

The streets were lined with AFL supporters because of the big grand final which was the next day. We ended up going to a little Italian restaurant which was nestled in one of the little lanes Melbourne is notorious for. It was so snug and cozy which seems like a bit of a weird way to describe a restaurant but it was a really nice environment. The food was very nice butit completely undid my diet. It was worth it. For the rest of the night, I enjoyed some nice chocolate whilst watching Have You Been Paying Attention (an Australian comedy news show which I LOVE) before heading to bed.

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Excuse the extremely bad photography of our half-eaten dinner

Day 2 (Saturday)

Today was the day I was waiting for as soon as I found out we were going to Melbourne these holidays. It was, of course, the shopping day. My brother and dad weren’t so excited. We walked to DFO (the direct factory outlets) which has cheaper clothes than normal stores. We shopped around for a while. Not too exciting. I got a few things but not really that much stuff. For some reason I just wasn’t in the mood for shopping today. After we were all exhausted and our wallets were significantly lighter, we went out for lunch. We ended up going to and AMAZING modern Thai style restaurant. It was probably the best food I have ever eaten, not exaggerating. Here are some pictures!

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these fish cakes are the best thing EVERRR
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here is some crab fried rice, masamam curry and a chicken laksa
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banana roti with condensed milk- to die for!

All the food was just on another level to what I have ever eating before. I just can’t explain it and do it justice. The waiters were so nice and really helpful as well which was nice. With bulging stomachs, we walked back to the apartment where my brother and dad both crashed on the couch. I lazily caught up on the YouTube I had missed while Mum, who seems to have an endless supply of energy went for a walk somewhere. We didn’t go out at all for the rest of the day so just snacked on some cheese, bread, dips and olives for dinner. Today was a nice day- not too busy.

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very original- I like it

Day 3 (Sunday)

It was 11 o’clock before we left the apartment today, but that didn’t stop Mum making sure we got a lot done. We walked to flinders st station where they have markets every Sunday, so, because of my love of markets, I dragged my family along (metaphorically, not literally, that would be weird) they had some cute little handmade purses and trinkets as well as some food. We only bought some curry spice kits which I can’t wait to try. After we had exhausted these markets, we caught the tram to St Kilda which is a nice, beach-side suburb. We once again strolled along the markets that lined the wharf which were so lovely and we bought a few things. We hung out on the beach for a while which was nice and relaxing. We then decided to listen to our grumbling stomachs and get some lunch. Dad and I opted for a Vietnamese pork roll from VERY dodgy looking bakery. Surprisingly, it was quite nice. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

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This is the only photo we took here that didn’t have us in it

We got home and the boys basically crashed on the couch. Seeing the way that their eyes were glued to the TV (nrl finals), mum and I decided to go out to get some takeaway for dinner. We wandered out into the chilling air, the streets and restaurants starting to fill up. When we saw a Dymocks sign, we just had to go in. Dymocks is literally my happy place and I am honestly waiting for the day when I can live there (not sure if that will happen, but a girl can dream). We only got two books sadly, but I added quite a few to my never-ending tbr list. If you know me well, you will have guessed that they are both romantic fantasy, and you are right. I’m sitting here breathing in the scent of new books and feeling the rough pages. I am honestly not sure how I am resisting reading it to write this I’m snug with a chai latte and ready for a nice night.

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this is the book I’m about to read

Major disclaimer: I am a dog-ear-page-folder. And, to be honest I don’t hate myself. Other than being very effective and handy when marking a page, I think it gives a book a sense of individuality and of having been read and enjoyed. I will accept if you are screaming at me in disgust through your screens.

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Day 4 (Monday)

Today was only a half day because we had to head home but mum and I woke up early to go for a walk along the Yarra river. It was so beautiful. I was really surprised how we were still in the city but it felt like we were in the country because of all the trees and greenery. As the city woke up and headed to work we went to a little café in a lane and watched the world go by. It was fascinating to see all the different characters that walked by.

 

After we had finished out warm drinks, mum and I walked back to the apartment where the boys had only just woken up and were lying on the couch in their PJs. Why weren’t we surprised? After breakfast, we left the boys again and headed out shopping to Burke street mall. It was heaps of fun and I actually got quite a bit of stuff (get ready for a shopping haul). Nothing very interesting happened after that. Our shopping time got cut down after that because we had to go back to the apartment to get ready for our flight. We found out when we got home that the boys had gone for a tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground which I am NOT upset to have missed out on – At least they did SOMETHING

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out early dinner at a nice greek restaurant- Lamb souvlaki, greek salad, calamari, chips and a baked eggplant, tomato, olive and fetta thing

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After our flight got delayed, that basically sums up our little getaway to Melbourne. It was really enjoyable and relaxing but, I felt like I was constantly stressed about the amount of work I had to do which put a damper on the whole experience. That sucked, but I still had fun. I was also disappointed that I don’t have my camera or new phone yet so I couldn’t take many good photos but I tried.

Because of this holiday and the camp that I went on last weekend, I didn’t get ANY school work done the whole holidays so hence why I am so stressed at the moment. I’ve got heaps of cool posts planned so definitely look forward to them. Talk soon.

 

Sincerely me,

Beth xx

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Make sure to leave a comment if you’ve ever been to Melbourne or if you celebrate Halloween – I’m Interested to know.

Have any of you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone?

Do you dog-ear your pages?

What’s your favourite cuisine?

Do you like that I have started to incorporate more pictures into my posts?

 

 

 

Where have I been?!

Hey guys. I’ve just come back from a short holiday in Melbourne which was so relaxing and fun but rather cold if I’m being honest. I’m glad to be back in the warm weather here a little further north. I have heaps of fun posts planned to finish off when I come back such as a shopping haul, holiday catch-up and a holiday look book. The look book is something that I have never done before but am so excited to post.

 

I am also reading a new book which I am so far enjoying very much and plan to do a review on in the near future. I also am planning to write review posts devoted to Baywatch and Passengers, which were the two movies I watched on the plane.

 

Sorry it has to be another (very) short post today because I am about to leave (Yes, I know…. Again) I’ll be away till Sunday on a youth group camp which is always heaps of fun but I will have literally no holidays left because I go back to school on Monday L. I am NOT ready for that. I am not even ready for the camp that I leave for in an hour as you can see by the state of my bed. Please ignore the out of focusness (alas, a new word) of this picture ahaha.

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Talk soon,

Sincerely me,

Beth xx

 

PS: I know I am about 2 months late to mention this but has anyone else noticed the new setting on wordpress that allows you to plan posts to be published whenever you want? (such as on a specific date in the future) Am I the only one that is soo excited to make use of it?

The Entertainer Blogger Award

Hey guys. It’s been a while since I’ve done an award post (or any post at all to be honest) *hides out of shame* I will admit that this is just an easy post for me to do because I am so busy at school (EDIT: I’m finished school 5 days ago- thats how long I’ve been writing this post…whoops) . I PROMISE there will be better posts while I’m on holidays. I have been neglecting everything lately including this blog but I am not going to post anything if it is not up to standard. Quality over quantity! I’ll do a catch-up post soon and let you know what to expect over the next 2 weeks. Thanks so much to Ann for nominating me and be sure to check out her blog!

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Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

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The Questions:

  • Why did you start your blog?

There are a few different reasons why I decided to start this blog. The first was that I was bored during the summer holidays and wanted something to do. The second would be because I want to become a YouTube creator one day I was inspired by Zoella who first started her internet career by blogging. I feel as if I am not ready to make such a big commitment both financially and with my time to start a YouTube channel. I am pretty excited to launch my own channel in a few years but I will stick to blogging for the time being. I have actually grown to love blogging so much and will probably continue doing it even when I start YouTube and it honestly makes me so sad when I don’t have time for it because of my workload.

 

I feel like I initially jumped because I basically looked at 2 blogs one day then decided I wanted to start my own- so I did, basically 2 days later! Despite that, it has been a big learning journey. It was definitely slow to start and I didn’t really know what I was doing or where I wanted to take it, but, 6 months later, I am almost content. The only change I think I might make to this blog in the near future is to make this blog a little more professional. I don’t feel like I am oversharing I just feel like there is a time and place to be personal such as in inspirational posts and catch ups but I want to start including some different content such as more fashion look-books, makeup reviews and tutorials as well as favourites posts.

 

When I started this blog, I also felt like I wasn’t good enough and I needed some sort of success for anyone to like me, as if no-one would like me if I wasn’t good at something.my attitude has definitely changed and I’m doing this more for me now. This answerhas ended up being a bit of a rant and I’m not sure whether I answered the question whoops ahah.

 

  1. What’s your favourite book?

Seriously don’t even get me started on this. I have so many favourite books and they change every season. I literally have plans to have a room in my own house as a library with rolling ladders and a sun bed. My TBR pile never seems to get any smaller and I really wish I had more time to read. Some of my all-time favourites include Harry Potter, The Giver, the Trylle Trilogy and Ruined to name a few. (You can see that I like romantic fantasy) and if you are not convinced that fantasy is AWESOMMMMME check out Isla’s post on why fantasy is the best. 🙂

 

  1. What do you dislike most?

This is a very broad question and there isn’t really anything that hate above everything else but if I had to say something it would probably be moths and flying insects. I can deal with most things like spiders and snakes (HELLO?-I live in Australia which is home to the 10 most deadly animals in the whole world and has more deadly snakes than any other county) but, I just can’t deal with little things that fly. *shudders at the thought of it*

 

  1. What is your favourite food at the mall?

Where do I start?? I am a foodie, I LOVE food. You could put pretty much anything in front of me and I would eat it. (unless it was something REALLY weird). When I’m out shopping, depending on my mood I might get butter chicken curry, sushi, gozleme or subway. I’m pretty easy to feed and like to switch it up a bit.

 

  1. What is your favourite pastime

I have so many things that I love to do when I’m free which include blogging (of course), photography, baking, reading, swimming, going online shopping, playing music, writing, scrolling through Pinterest and sleeping. I also love going and getting massages/ facials/ manicures/ pedicures even though I don’t do it very often because they can get quite pricey.

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I tag:

  • Anyone who wants to do it- I’ve already seen quite a few bloggers do this and I know a lot have stopped doing tags but be sure to let me know if you are going to do it/ have already done it so I can check it out.

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I think this was a great tag with some pretty simple but interesting questions. It wasn’t too hard but I feel like you have probably learnt a little bit more about me. Hopefully I’ll post again in the next few days but no guarantees ahaha.

 

Sincerely me,

Beth xx

Why Being sick sucks

Hey guys! It’s finally spring! My favourite season (I am aware that I probably say that every season) Spring is just such a nice happy-medium where it is not too hot but you can still enjoy a warm drink of a night. This also means that at school, we can also wear our summer uniform which is soo much more comfortable and just way better (unless your period leaks through in which case a light blue uniform sucks)

 

Funnily enough, this isn’t a post about spring, it is about what sucks about being sick. And yes, I am asking the same question; why am I sick in spring? Let me know if you guys can relate to any of these (or am I just by myself again ahah). I know you probably all agree with me that being sick does suck so there is really no point in me writing this but I really need to post and it is late and I am lazy. (being completely honest, and I PROMISE there are better posts to come).

 

  • You can’t drink directly out of the juice bottle

I don’t think anyone actually knows that I do this hehe, but I’m happy to keep it that way. That’s why it sucks because it means I actually need to get out a cup then wash it up afterwards.

  • You literally don’t have a sense of smell

And, as well as not having a sense of smell, everything tastes different as well. Being sick basically takes the enjoyment out of eating, and eating is like my biggest hobby so I am basically miserable for the whole time I am sick.

  • You constantly need tissues

This is the absolute worst when I am in an exam and there are no tissues in the room, so I just have to keep sniffing and annoying the people around me. Or, worst comes to worse, wipe it on my jumper which is extremely disgusting, but I would be lying if I said I haven’t done it before.

This can get extremely frustrating

  • It is soo much harder to sleep

People always tell you to get a good sleep when you are sick to get better faster but it seems that your body is working against you because you can be literally almost asleep but then have a 20-minute coughing fit.

  • Have to go to school, or if I don’t, I miss out on the 3 assignment they get

This seriously happens every single day I am away, and I don’t miss school very much. On the day that I am seriously unable to go to school, they get about 3 assignments and find out about a test the next week. Like seriously?!

  • You literally sound like a demon

I find that this is especially bad in the mornings when you just wake up. When I am sick, my voice seriously sounds so deep and raspy I could be a pubescent boy whose voice is breaking- that’s how bad it is. When I am sick, my voice does not fit my body at all so i feel like that guy at the waterpark from Grown Ups. (If you have ever watched it)

 

I know this may sound weird but I think being sick can be a good thing (in some ways) because it makes you appreciate being healthy so much more. Sometimes I think we take many things for granted and we don’t realise how lucky we are until we don’t have it anymore.

That’s all for today unfortunately. Sorry that recently my posts have been so short and infrequent but school is honestly crazy. I have so many posts planned that I can’t wait to write but I probably won’t get them out for 2 weeks. I just have to focus fully on school for the moment, because unfortunately, blogging has to come second 😦 . I hope you all understand.

 

Sincerely me,

Beth xx

 

Ps: sorry if I haven’t responded to your comments or liked your posts because I have been so inactive, but I’ll get around to it soon

August | Catch-up

Heyy guys! August is almost over!! This year is absolutely flying by and I feel as if every second post I’m doing is a monthly wrap-up. This month has been pretty hectic with everything so I have quite a few things to talk about this time ahaha. Most of these segments I wrote ages ago around the time they happened so this month it’ll actually be accurate. (hopefully) ENJOY!

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Today is a bit of a different day. We’re on the minibus on the way to a Christian seminar day. I think it is going to be a good day and it just a bonus that we get to miss out on school. I’ll update you later on in the day when I get the time. There are only 12 people from school going including Jess, Gabbie and I. It is a bit of a long bus ride but our teacher has been making bad Dad jokes over the microphone which are annoying but I’m still laughing just because they are so bad.

So, the day is over and it was GREAT. I was sceptical about hat it had to offer me but all of the three different speakers were amazing and definitely knew what they were talking about. The only thing I would have liked is if they made the Q + A session at the end longer. The event was called Masterclass and was run by Bible Society so if you are an Australian student and get the chance to go, you should definitely do it.

I took about 10 full pages of notes so I thought I would share them with you. Whether you are a Christian, Atheist, or any other religion for that matter, you should definitely think about some of the things that I put forward. I am also not exaggerating when I say that it is going to take me about 2 hours to go through all of my notes and rephrase them so that they make sense.

 

On the 6th of this month, it was Steph’s birthday (Steph is my next-door neighbour + best friends and she’s 2 years older than me) soo, she got her P plate license which means she can drive without an adult in the car. This was seriously so exciting for me, even though it wasn’t me getting my licence. We now have soo much more freedom and can literally go anywhere!!! The day she got her Ps, she drove Gabbie and I home from school which was seriously AMAZINGGGGG. It may sound like I am exaggerating but Steph and I have been waiting for this since we were about 5. Hopefully, these holidays we can go away for a day or two by ourselves which would be so cool. Now we can also do maccas drive-thru runs after youth group on Friday nights. YASSS

 

I recently told Gabbie and Jess about this blog which was a big step for me but they were really supportive and it is great to talk to them about doubts or worries I’m having. Of course, they were keen beans to check out all the posts I’ve written and, after reading my bucket list post, Gabbie thought we should try to tick one off. After school, we went to the shops near school and got our favourite bubble milk tea (which is AMAZINGGG btw) then headed back to Gabbie’s house. Unfortunately, Jess couldn’t come because she woke up that morning with a nasty eye infection… tmi??… eh. We watched the latest instalment of Logan Paul’s vlogs which we are both dangerously addicted to, and ordered our pizza. As many of you probably know, I have never ordered home delivery pizza so we hopped onto pizza huts website and ordered us some pizza. It was such a great afternoon watching The Bachelor and eating our pizza. We will definitely do it again.

 

This month I have started watching The Bachelor (the Australian version of course). So, as I was saying, Jess and Gabbie are addicted to The Bachelor and I finally caved in to watching it too. To be honest, it’s pretty good and I enjoy watching it but I could go without. Not too much to say on that topic but just thought I could let you know. Not that you are really that interested in how I procrastinate.

 

At the moment, with school being so busy, I have been really struggling to find time to write posts. I have got 8 massive assignments for 8 different subjects at the moment and they are all due around the same period. I have finished my business studies assignment which is such a relief but I still have 7 to go, 6 of which have hardly started. It also didn’t help that I had Duke of Ed this weekend. So, if you guys have any tips on how to manage my time better and make more time for blogging, I would love your help.

 

As I said before, I had my Duke of Ed hike this weekend and it was soo much better than the first one ( I wrote a post on it and you can check it out here). For a start, it wasn’t pouring rain the whole time and my pack was soo much lighter. This time around, I actually knew how and what to pack into my pack. Although this hike was a lot more mountainous, (and when I say mountains, I mean mountains, not just little hills) it was a lot more rewarding when we had an amazing view of the sunset off the top of a mountain that night. The only bad thing was that there was a massive event going on at the same time with almost 3000 people who were going in the opposite direction. This became a big problem when the path was really steep and narrow, but we managed. Most of the people were really accommodating about it but a few were really pissed at us, but it was like we had any control over it. On the first day, we walked up two mountains, then on the second, walked down one and up the next. On the second day, we also went to this AMAZING lookout with the most beautiful view. This hike really reminded me of how much I love travelling and exploring. I feel like I have seen a little bit of Australia that few people have seen. It was truly amazing and I want to go see the rest of the world. *end emotional and inspiration spiel*. Just because I haven’t got all the photos off my gopro, I’ll show them to you in a separate post.

 

At the moment, I am actually trying to drink a cup of green tea, it isn’t disgusting, but I can’t say that I would voluntarily drink this often. It is definitely making me sleepy and ready to go to be but to be honest all hot drinks do that to me. It is part of my get healthy plan which I am starting tomorrow, yes, I know I was supposed to start it last week but it just worked out so much better if I did it this week. I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

Today I had my soccer grand finale. My team has worked so hard throughout the season and became minor premiers. Unfortunately, we lost to a team who we had already beat 3 times in during the season. We are still all really upset about this because it is our 3rd year in a row losing the grand final and we just had a bad day. UGHHH, it is soo annoying, but it was soo much fun to play at a professional field with a massive crowd, in a professional stadium.

 

Gabbie’s birthday was also this month, so we went to a pizza restaurant with 5 other friends on Saturday. It was a super fun and chill night where we just talked and stood around the fire roasting marshmallows. To be honest, I don’t really like marshmallows that much (I’m sorry to those who LOVEE them) but it is super fun to roast them and make them go gooey on the inside but crispy on the outside. I am seriously jealous of all the presents she received, especially all the stuff from Mecca, but my time will come ( and I needn’t be focused on all the materialistic things in life) . She is one lucky ducky.Screen Shot 2017-08-02 at 11.22.14 am

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Hopefully I will get the time to make more posts in the month coming up and wish me luck with all of my assignments. Not looking forward to the coming weeks, but it will be over soon. Once again, if any of you have any suggestions on how to plan my time better, that would be great. See you soon!
Sincerely me,

Beth xx

My Favourite Songs | August 2017 |

What’s up guys! (the sky bahaha) another quick post today, and another jumbled post as well. I hope you are all doing well by the way.

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Today I have decided to share with you a list of the few songs I have been enjoying lately because… who doesn’t love music? Whether it’s classical, pop, country or rap music (to name a few) I think that we all enjoy some music in the background. I have so many playlists on my Spotify account for literally every single mood or situation, so if you ever need music for something, hit me up! So, instead of rambling on about how much I love music, I should probably just show you the songs.

 

These are the ones that have probably been my favourites this month. (so, basically, the ones I’ve been playing on repeat and driving my family up the walls with)

 

  • Mug Shot – MAX
  • Idfc – Blackbear
  • Sorry – Halsey ( I have actually been trying to learn this on the piano)
  • Most Girls – Hailee Steinfeld
  • Purpose –Justin Bieber
  • Three days – Luke Wade
  • Do Re Mi – Blackbear
  • Strip That Down – Liam Payne
  • 1000 nights – Frenship

 

Here are songs that I have been enjoying generally but aren’t necessarily new:

 

  • I Believe in You – Michael Buble
  • Alarm- Anne Marie
  • Catch and Release – Matt Simons
  • Rules of Beautiful- Jacob Whitesides
  • Gotta Shape Up – Kevin Quinn
  • Divide album- Ed Sheeran (I thought it would be easier to just say his whole album coz I love all of them)
  • This Town – Nial Horan
  • A Day with You – Will Gittens
  • Somebody to You – The Vamps
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I am sure that I could go on for hours, but I understand that that would be incredibly boring for all of you. So, I will save you from eternal boredom (not that you would actually spend hours reading this anyway). I think that I had quite a large variety of songs in there so I am sure all of you will like at least one of them. I hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to let me know if you guys like any of these songs too.

School’s really busy for me at the moment so I don’t have much time but I’ll keep trying to write posts. Thanks for reading!

 

Sincerely me,

Beth xx

 

 

Bible verse of the day

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Luke 6:27-31

What’s goin’ on?

Hey guys. First off, let me apologise for the extreme lack of posts over the last few weeks. I am still trying to get into the rhythm of school again and they (teachers) just keep piling the work on. I have also started working at the cafe a lot more during the week which has really cut down my time to work on homework. Of course,  this means that blogging gets shoved to the side. There are honestly so many things that I would love to do more of but simply just don’t have the time. It just feels like there are not enough hours in the day anymore. I need the holidays to come back again. *cries hysterically*

 

On the 24th of this month, it will be 6 months since I created this blog. I have come so far as a person but I feel like this is just the beginning. There is so much still in front of me and so much to look forward to. I have been thinking about a special post that I could do on that day but my brain has seriously been so numb lately because of life. Yup, just life.

 

I thought I should share some of the posts you can expect to see in the near future. So, here they are (in no particular order by the way):

  • The happiest people don’t have everything
  • August catch up
  • 6 Months celebration!!
  • Foods I’ve never liked
  • Operation: get healthy (update)
  • Best friend tag (with Jess and Gabbie!)
  • Favourite songs
  • The most satisfying things in day-to-day life
  • My go-to smoothies
  • My Pinterest boards
  • How blogging has changed me

Well, there you go. I think that is a good variety of different posts. (i chucked a few deep and kinda meaningful ones in there)  I hope that gave you a little insight into what the next month or two holds for this blog and I hope you are looking forward to it. (And be sure to follow me on wordpress, bloglovin’ or just by email if you would like to read those posts) Till next time.

 

Sincerely me,

Beth xx

 

Operation: Get Healthy

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Hey guys. I hope you are all having a good week/ holiday. I’ve been back at school for 2 weeks now and the work is definitely piling up. I’m trying not to get too stressed but it’s hard when I know that I still have seven and a half weeks left.

 

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Lately, I haven’t been eating much at school but then coming home and pigging out on unhealthy stuff and always regretting it afterwards. So, I am going to try, for about the 5th time this year to get into good habits with my eating and exercise. I first decided to do this when I read Find the Beauty’s post which you can find here. It is a pretty similar plan but I have just changed it up a bit to suit my lifestyle. If you are interested in joining us as well, be sure to check out the original post on Janine’s page. (And subscribe while you are there because they make AWESOME posts!). I have wanted to do this kind of thing many times before but often for full meal and exercise plans you have to pay which SUCKS. So, I just decided to make up my own. (well, just bunk on with Janine’s). If you want to join us, also feel free to switch it up to whatever suits you best because I know that we all do stuff differently. This is also going to be a month that I look after my body as a whole and you can get a better understanding of what I mean by this by checking out the shopping list below

 

So basically, this post is going to include my diet and exercise plan for the next month. I’m also going to be tracking my progress in a notebook and will make a post on it in a month’s time. I like tracking my progress because it spurs me on so much more when I can see improvement and change. I’m also going to write all of this down on a note pad for each day so that I know what I need to do. Here it is I guess:

 

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  1. Diet restrictions. Let’s get the sucky stuff over with first. But, don’t just give up now just because of all these restrictions because Friday (or whatever day you like) is cheat day! *wooow*:

 

No cakes, muffins or cookies

No lollies, chips or soft drinks

No ice cream or deserts

No flavoured crackers, sugary cereals or sugary muesli bars

No juices, and try to limit butter or sauces.

No white carbs. Try to opt for wholegrain options of pasta and breads

 

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2. Shopping list:

  • A plastic travel cup to take my tea to school in the morning
  • A good cleansing face wash
  • A freckle removing cream
  • A good quality whitening toothpaste
  • Stretch-mark cream
  • Charcoal face mask
  • Revitalising shampoo and conditioner
  • Heat protecting spray
  • High quality sunscreen

 

The equipment I will be using:

  • My nutri-bullet to make my smoothies
  • My Fitbit to make sure I stay active
  • My trusty notebook
  • Some weights I have in the sports cupboard
  • A yoga mat to do my workouts on
  • Bluetooth speaker/ headphones to listen to music.

 

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3. Food Plan:

 

Monday

Breakfast:

Banana smoothie- honey, milk, frozen banana, cinnamon. My home-made granola with yogurt (I’ll do a post of my recipe) I am always in a rush around breakfast and never really hungry so something quick is good for me.

 

Lunch:

Greek salad and a bread roll

 

Dinner:

I don’t really do set dinners because I don’t want to make my family eat differently just because I am on a diet and force them to eat stuff they don’t like. So, I just try to only have one serve of whatever it is we’re having. We usually eat pretty healthy dinners anyway so I am not too worried.

 

Snacks:

Dried fruit and lots of water. I am also going to try drinking green tea in the mornings and nights to help with my metabolism.

 

 

Tuesday

Breakfast:

Berry smoothie- Frozen mixed berries, 1 apple, honey, oats and milk.

 

Lunch:
Chick pea salad with a lemon and olive oil dressing- chick peas, parsley, cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, cucumber and capsicum.

 

Snacks:
An orange and lots of water again

 

Wednesday:
Breakfast: A bowl of granola with yogurt and an orange/ fresh orange juice

 

Lunch:

Garden salad with egg- lettuce, carrot, tomato, cucumber, carrot and boiled egg with balsamic dressing

 

Snacks:

Dried apple and apricots. (As you can probably tell, I am not a great fruit eater and am trying to keep this achievable so I try to have it in smoothies or in dried versions. Do any of you feel the same way?)

 

Thursday:

Breakfast: Mango and banana smoothie with protein powder.

 

Lunch:

Greek salad and a bread roll

 

Snacks:

Dried fruit and a muesli bar. (don’t forget the 3 litres of water)

 

Friday:

CHEAT DAYYYYY!!!

Aka… the best day of the week. Without this, I don’t think I could actually succeed in this health plan. I will probably eat pretty similar things but I’m not sure yet to be honest

 

Saturday

Breakfast:

French toast or healthy pancakes. The French toast I make is actually really healthy depending on the type of bread I use.

 

Lunch:

I am usually at work, but I try to have wither a salad or just ne toasted sandwich

 

Snacks:

Tea and some fresh fruit
Sunday:

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs on toast. On Sundays, I like to have something that gives me a lot of energy but is still pretty light because I play soccer.

 

Lunch:

Fresh salad and ham sandwich

 

Snacks:

Whatever’s leftover- muesli bars, dried fruit, my granola.

 

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4. Workouts

 

I am a Pinterest fanatic and I could seriously spend hours a day on there if I had the time. So, I picked out all of my workouts on there. Before each workout, I also want to go on a quick run around the block just to warm up and burn a few extra calories. Here they are and be sure to chuck me a follow while you’re there (jk, only if you want to).

 

Monday: Butt

Tuesday: rest day!

Wednesday: Abs and oblique

Thursday: Legs

Friday: Butt

Saturday: Abs

Sunday: Arms

 

5. Results

Well obviously, we all want to be able to see the results when we try something like this. I am going to weight myself every three days even though I don’t like using the scales to determine healthiness. I think that your number on the scale is a complete misrepresentation because even though you may be losing fat in some places, you will be gaining muscle in others which will mean your weight will go up. Your weight also depends on your height and build so it is such an inaccurate and unfair way to compare yourself with others. I think it is better just to pay attention to your body and know when it’s healthiest. I also suggest taking pictures to see how your body has changed. I’ll be doing this from August 21 to September 21 just to make it easy and I’ll definitely write a post at the end to let you know how I go.

 

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I love the feeling of being sore and knowing that I have really pushed myself and am getting stronger. It just feels so healthy and I can’t wait to feel like this again. My diet and health has been getting really out of hand lately so I really want to develop new habits. Don’t forget to check out Janine’s original post which probably makes much more sense. I also just created a bloglovin’ account, so you can follow me on there as well if you don’t have wordpress. I’m slowly catching on with all this blogging language and platforms so bear with me ahaha.

 

 

Lots of love,

Sincerely me,

Beth xx

 

 

Catch up | June

Hey guys. So today is a bit of a spontaneous post but I thought that I would just keep you up to date on what’s been happening in the life of me, so keep reading if you are even vaguely interested.

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So, last Tuesday I sent an email to my year adviser and the head of senior school about me doing an exchange program. It basically just said that I was very interested in doing an exchange program and asking a few questions about the school’s policies. My year adviser was very supportive of it but said that she wouldn’t be able to answer all of my questions. Then today, a week later, I received an email saying that I am basically not allowed to do it. The said that the only reason they would consider allowing an exchange program was if it was for year-long language program.

I cannot express how much this SUCKS. I was SOO excited for this experience and it was really becoming a real possibility and I was thinking about it all the time. I am just so lost and I don’t know what to think. It hasn’t really sunken in yet but I just feel so sick on the inside. I don’t know what to do. I am feeling so much at the moment; confusion, anger, sadness and loss. I’m also kind of angry because I feel like they haven’t taken into account that I am a very hard-working student and am willing to do so much just to have this experience. i go through stages of wanting to smash things to breaking down in tears. (sorry if this is repetitive and annoying but I am just not in the mood). I am literally crying in bed as I write this because I am so upset. I hope it all works out.

 

Onto a slightly more positive topic, my soccer team have won the minor premiership! (finished on the top of the ladder) and we are playing our semi and grand finals next week and the week after. (I’ll let you know how they go). Now that we are the minor premiers, we play off against the winners of all the comps in the state, which means that we get to go on a road trip!!! I can’t wait for this; it is going to be soo fun.

 

I went back to school last week and my teachers definitely haven’t held back the workload. I have been staying up so late every night just to finish the homework due the next day. I already have 2 assignments and am starting to dread the fact that I chose to do so many extracurricular activities. There are just not enough hours in the day anymore! I have to admit that I have been pushing blogging to the side quite a lot just because I don’t have the time but I really enjoy it and WANT to make time for it.

 

I have been going through the slow process of organising my life lately. (something I should have done during my holidays but just kept procrastinating). I am going to do a month diet and exercise plan to get my health back on track as well as a weekly plan where I devote time to blogging and other things that are getting pushed to the side. I have been getting REALLY stressed lately (especially about not being able to do exchange) I think this will definitely help me learn to manage my time better

 

I’m also thinking of starting some kind of monthly wrap up but I’m not quite sure what to include yet. At the moment, it’s probably going to include my favourite posts by other bloggers, the book/books I’ve read and maybe just paragraphs about a few things that I’ve done. I’m also considering adding my favourite bible verse that I read and five things I achieved and five things I hope to achieve in the coming month. I’ll try and decide on all this stuff then start it next month.

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Thanks for reading. This month way just a bit of a jumble of the things that I could remember so next month will probably be bigger and better. By the way, if you enjoyed reading this post be sure to follow my blog to receive notifications each time I post. You can do that at the bottom of the page either by your own WordPress site or email, in case you weren’t aware. BTW, do you guys like my new dividers? I’m going through a bit of a redecorating stage on this blog. Lots of love!
Signing off,

Sincerely Me,

 

Beth xx