Week In Photos #50

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Nails / Winnie
New phone case / Work selfie

Just to start off with... how crazy is it that this is my 50th week in photos post? I mean I don't do them every week so I've definitely been doing them for over a year. At one point I need to sit down and read through all the old ones because I bet it would be really interesting! I love writing week in photos posts but often I just don't have enough photos. My old phone's battery had gone off so I wasn't really taking photos because 50% of the time my battery had died. My contract ran out and I now have a new shiny iPhone so I'm pledging to do these posts more often. I also have a few instavideos if you'd like to see them too!

Not much has really happened this week as I've mostly just been at school. I had a chemistry NAB on Thursday so I'd been studying a lot for that. It paid off and I got 18/20 for it. Super pleased. Since starting advanced highers I've really been feeling like I'm struggling. I got told by a lot of people that the jump from higher to advanced higher isn't as bad as going from standard grade to higher but I'm feeling the other way around. Especially maths. I missed 4 lessons whilst off with a throat infection and I still don't feel properly caught up.

Next week I might be going to a blogging event(although train schedules are really working against me) and the Edinburgh University open day(after missing the last one because of a throat infection. So hopefully should have a lot to write about.

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Recipe: Coconut Loaf

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Today I'm sharing a really old family recipe. I have no idea where this came from, just that everyone on my mum's side of the family seems to know about it. It's absolutely delicious and very easy! To me this is a very homey recipe and I just find it so comforting. It will also make your house smell AMAZING. This recipe is enough for 1 loaf but I'd recommend doubling it as you can store it in tinfoil and it keeps quite well.

2 cups self raising flour
2 cups sugar
2 cups dessicated coconut
2 eggs
4 tablespoons of milk

1) Pre heat oven to gas mark 4.
2) Combine all dry ingredients.
3) Add eggs and stir.
4) Add the milk bit by bit, you might more than 4 tablespoons.
5) Cook for 1 hour.
6) Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a bit.
7) Cut into slices roughly half an inch thick.
8) Best served warm with lots of butter.

Please let me know if you make this! Sorry for the bad photo quality. I'm so much more of a night baker. If this is the first post you're reading on my blog believe me, the photos are normally better.

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Books Q & A

Monday, 9 September 2013
I saw this tag on Ashley's blog a while ago and bookmarked it. Now I'm getting round to doing it. I'm a big book lover, I'm sure a lot of you know that by now, so this could be quite difficult.

What are you reading right now?
I'm currently reading Pink by Lili Wilkinson. Well I haven't actually started it yet but I've but my bookmark in the first page so it totally counts.

Do you have any idea what you'll read when you're done with that?
I think I'm going to read The Lewis Man by Peter May which my grandad actually gave me. It's about a murder in the Scottish highlands. For the record the crime rate in the Scottish highlands is actually zero so it should be interesting.

What 5 books have you always wanted to read but haven't gotten round to yet?

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
I don't actually read magazines!

What's the worst book that you've ever read?
I'm going to get so much shit for saying this but I absolutely hated The Fellowship Of The Ring by JRR Tolkien. I usually read two books a week but this took me a month to read. I found it so hard to get into and I did not enjoy it at all.

What book seems really popular but you actually hated?
Atonement by Ian McEwan. I found it to be so slow and difficult.

What's the one book that you recommend to just about everyone?
This has to be The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This is my all time favourite book and I love it. I've met very few people that didn't like this(even if one of them is my boyfriend).

What are you favourite 3 poems?
I studied some Edwin Morgan poems for higher English and I really liked Hyena. I also really liked Shooting Stars by Carol Ann Duffy. The poem from The Perks Of Being A Wallflower also left a pretty big impression on me. I'm not a big poetry person if I'm honest.

Where do you usually get your books?
Waterstones, Amazon or The book Depository.

Where do you usually read your books?
Mostly in my bed but also on public transport and whilst on work breaks/during free periods at school.

When you were little did you have any particular reading habits?
I used to hide my books so that my dad couldn't read them. I don't think my dad's ever read a book in his life but was I fuck going to risk him finding out what happened in Harry Potter before me.

What's the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn't put it down?
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, it was adorable!

Have you ever 'faked' reading a book?
I don't think I have!

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
I probably did during my early teenage years but now I tend to read a lot of reviews before I buy a book.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
I really liked the Series Of Unfortunate Events books.

What book changed your life?
As I've said before The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is my favourite book and I guess you could say it changed my life too. Charlie has such a unique perspective on life and I think it's changed the way I see the world.

What is your favourite passage from a book?
“I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.”
― John GreenLooking for Alaska

True, he had made that last stride, he had stepped over the edge, while I had been permitted to draw back my hesitating foot. And perhaps in this is the whole difference; perhaps all the wisdom, and all truth, and all sincerity, are just compressed into that inappreciable moment of time in which we step over the threshold of the invisible.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
JK Rowking, John Green, Stephen Chbosky, Patrick Ness and Joseph Conrad.

What book has no one heard about but should read?
A lot of people have heard of it but I think more people need to read Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.

What is your favourite book from a first time author?
I really enjoyed When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman. Although I must admit the title made me by the book.

What 3 books are you evangelist for?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Life of Pi by Yann Martel and Nothing To Envy by Barbara Demick.

What is your favourite classic?
This will be a tie between Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and Dracula by Bram Stoker. Both are amazing books but in different ways. I'm not actually a massive fan of classics and prefer 'modern classics'.

Oh wow! That took a lot longer to write than I had been expecting! If you would like to add me on GoodReads to keep up to date with what I'm reading then please click here.

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Week In Photos #49

Sunday, 8 September 2013

New purchases / First ever Graze Box / Horse riding(of course)

Party / Sick cuddles / Grandad

Oh honestly I've had such a stressful week! To begin with I was supposed to be going to the University Of Edinburgh open day on Monday and then came down with a really bad viral throat infection. I spent all of Monday-Thursday on the sofa drinking water and feeling sorry for myself. Now I have 5 hours of maths to can't up which I can just tell is going to be delightful.

Then when I went to work yesterday my colleage fell really ill and ended up getting taken to hospital in an ambulance. So I was running the shop by myself and we had one of the busiest days ever. I got a friend to come and help me for a bit so it was a bit more relaxed towards the end but still not something I want to do again ever! Joe is ok now but has to rest for a few days.

Uh anyway, maybe next week will be a bit quieter.

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Review: Lush Ultrabland Cleanser

Friday, 6 September 2013

Let me introduce you to my best best friend. The ultra-amazing ultrabland cleanser from Lush. I have very oily skin and as this is an oil based cleanser I had always avoided it but I was hearing more and more people say that it was amazing for oily skin so I decided to try it out. This is a soft balm which starts to melt onto your skin at body temperature. You just massage this into your skin and then wash off with hot water and a muslin cloth. I love using this. It feels so luxurious and soft. After using it my skin feels so moisturised and smooth but not oily. Within a week I noticed a serious improvement in my skin. My blemishes had gone and no new ones had appeared. My skin also looked a lot more radiant. I'm so happy with what it has done to my skin. I've always shyed away from oil based products for my skin but now I'm thinking this is the way forward. Lush say that this is suitable for all skin types which I normally see as a lot of bull shit but I totally agree! I recommend you all try this.

The smell of this product is the only thing that puts me off using this. It smells kind of like wine/champagne which my mum would love but I myself find a bit icky. It's not as strong when you're using it as opposed to how strong it is in the tub however. But considering how much of a miracle product this has been I'm willing to let it slide, I'd repurchase anyway. I think the main thing that put me off trying this was that it carries a £6.95 for a 45g tub but I now know that I'll have no problem paying £10.95 for the larger 100g tub. A little goes a long way and it's definitely worth the money.

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Review: Nivea In Shower Skin Conditioner

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

I've wanted to try Lush's Ro's Argan Body Conditioner for ages but the £15.95 price tag had been putting me off. When I saw that Nivea had released a similar product for only £3.55 for a 250ml bottle I knew I'd be trying it out. I have very dry skin and find that if I don't moisturise every two or three days then my skin gets dry and flaky which is why I opted for the dry skin option. There is also an option for normal skin. The Nivea In Shower Skin Conditioner is supposed to be used after you have washed using a shower gel and rinsed off, much like a hair conditioner.

So how moisturising is it? I found that I felt quite moisturised after using this but I don't really feel like it can replace a proper moisturiser. It worked very well on most of my skin but I have certain patches of dry skin that this just wasn't able to budge. It's a bit annoying because I really wanted this to be a miracle product for me(I find applying a body butter after every shower so boring). For me, I'll stick to using this on in between days. This has the 'typical Nivea' scent which I find really hard to describe. I've heard some people say it's kind of like sun cream smell and I have to agree. I also found that a little does not go a long way with this product. After using it for about a week I felt like about half the product was gone. Now that I've gotten round to writing the review I'm struggling to find positive things to say. Yet I still really like this product. Do any of you guys feel like that about products? You don't really like them but still do anyway?

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Review: First Ever Graze Box

Monday, 2 September 2013
Hello everyone! I think we've all heard about Graze by now. They're a company that make subscription boxes for yummy healthy snacks. Each box contains four different foods for you to try out. Now I'm a bit of a picky eater so I was always a bit dubious but you can go on and 'bin' all the foods that you don't like. Ie for me all of the nuts and olives. When I found out that you could get your first box for free I thought I might as well give it a go. You do have to sign up to a subscription but you can cancel it at any time. I was quite impressed by my box so I decided to keep my subscription of getting a box every two weeks. They're £3.85 each which is pretty expensive but they are all healthy snacks and it pushes a picky eater like myself to try more things.

So what was in my free box?

Yin & Yang - This is a little pot that consists of belgian dark chocolate, almonds, dried cherries and jumbo raisins. I'm a bit on the fence about this. I loved the chocolate and the raisins but didn't really like the almonds and the dried cherries were really weird. It was ok if I took everything in the one mouthful but in the end I was left with a lot of almonds and cherries that I didn't eat. I've binned it so they won't send me it again.

Fruit & Seed Flapjack - This was really nice! I was expecting it to be a bit dry but it was actually really chewy and delicious. I'm not normally a big fan of seeds but this was pretty darn tasty. It made a nice little 'dessert' whilst I was having lunch and left me feeling quite full. I've liked this on Graze and really want to try more of their flapjacks.

Lightly Salted Healthy Popping Corn - I was really excited to try some of this. It was the only thing in this box that I'd actually requested. I think that popcorn tastes the best when it's still warm. This was really lovely and not too salty. The only thing is that despite cooking it for 2 minutes(the instructions said up to two minutes but it may cook faster) more of this remained unpopped. I would have this again but I wish they had cooking instructions specific to different microwave strengths.

My Thai - I love sweet chilli sauce so I was excited to see these little soy crackers with chilli dip in my box. These were so tasty. The crackers were a bit like snack a jacks but a lot crunchier. The chilli dip was really spicy so if you aren't a big fan of chilli then probably best to avoid. I personally love spicy food so I loved this pot. 

If you would like a free Graze box then you can use this code : L35ZXP5D and I'll get £1 off of one my boxes which I'd really appreciate!

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