Keeping Productive and Organised

Ok, so it’s nearly mid January and well…this is where it all starts going downhill, isn’t it? Those early morning runs become tedious, the sheer volumes of low-fat yoghurt and berries you consume is bringing you down. Your New Year Resolutions seem even harder to achieve! So here are my tips for keeping that refreshed, productive New Year feeling, enjoy!

 

  1. Personal Notes in Your Diary

Basically, buy the cutest most colourful pens ever and doodle and write cute little quotes all over the pages of your diary. I’ve done Bible quotes, healthy eating quotes and just general YOU GO GIRL vibes to make my diary fun! I have this one from the Works, which was only £1.50! Fun fact, when taking this to the till there was no price ticket on it so the girl only charged me £1, but being the good person I am ( 😉 ) I checked the price and gave the extra 50p! Honesty for the win, bebz 🙂

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2. A New Font

Not gonna lie, fonts are my jam. Pretty handwritten ones, big block ones, all of them! I find using a fun font at the beginning of essays or revision time tables really inspires me to work hard. Here’s a screenshot of my biology timetable. Some of my favourites are Soymilk (sample in my biology table below), LillyBelle and Sweet Pea. DaFont and 1001fonts are great places to source those Pinterest-esque fonts.

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3. Organise Your Drawers

That feeling of opening clean and tidy drawers is soooo satisfying. It’s also a great chance to donate unwanted clothes to charity, or sell on eBay or Depop. By the way, what does everyone think of Depop? So far I’ve heard good and bad about it!

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4. “Streamline”

Now this is a new technique of mine. Streamlining, and by this I mean simplifying things. Us humans like to make errrrrrything way too complicated and hard work. Now I do believe in hard work, but the simple life does things not just for your mental health but physical too. For example, why do we need 12 makeup products just for school? Mascara. Lipbalm. Brows. Done! Takes less time, is less expensive, and there’s less chance of getting eyeliner smudges or lipstick rubbing off. Or, running with no music. No hassle of trying to reach the next button and skipping a track, or checking for texts every 5 minutes. Just you, your trainers and nature. Sounds good, right? I am in no way a therapist or life counseller or whatever, just a girl trying new things out.

And they are my tips! Hope you enjoyed! What are your favourite ways to keep productive and organised? Any secret tips?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Freezer Aisle Macarons?!

Yes, you read that right! Macarons you can buy in the FREEZER AISLE! When I saw these I knew I had to try them out. This is a budget blogger’s dream: the Parisian experience without the price of a plane ticket!

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To defrost these bad boys you just place them in the fridge for an hour and then at room temperature for another. And, I have to say, I’m no macaron expert but they taste very good! They’re crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, with a sweet jam/cream filling! Mmm mm! My favourite flavours were mango, vanilla and raspberry. I didn’t really like the pistachio, but then I’ve never really liked that flavour so can’t comment!

There are 6 in a box, for £3. Which may seem expensive, but if you compare it to a few treats at Laudurée, it’s quite a saving! So the only fault I could possibly find with these macarons is that they take quite a while to defrost (2 hours!) and you could potentially get ‘that’ box. By ‘that’ I mean the one that’s at the front of the shelf which everyone’s picked up, 5 year olds have decided to give it a little shake to see what’s in there etc. And you end up with crushed macarons! But that’s literally all the faults I could think of, so that’s always a good sign! I would highly reccommend these gorgeous little treats, especially a they make great Instagram pics 😉 You can buy the Mag’m Freezer Macarons HERE!

Have you tried these macarons before? Or are you miss fancy pants and can make them your own?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Healthy Eating As A Teen

I need to have a little rant. There aren’t many things I rant about, but this topic, I really felt I needed to.

We are told everyday what our life should be like. Whether it be something silly like how our throw cushions should be arranged to something serious like how slim we should be. This generation has a hard time trying to keep up with it all.

Sometimes it’s useful ‘advice’ – like try keeping a water bottle with you at all times, or do an Internet detox. That’s good. I like that advice. But sometimes I read stuff and it makes me SCREAM inside. Like you should be a max of 100 pounds to get a boyfriend. And not eating breakfast/lunch/dinner will make you ‘skinny’ and ‘beautiful’. No, just no.

It’s advice like this that affects teenagers A LOT. Teens are struggling anyway with working out what their future will hold. But whack some more pictures of Photoshopped beach blonde babe models and it doesn’t help, honey, it does not. That’s when eating disorders come into the equation.

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And it’s because so many teens are getting eating disorders, the minute another teen says “I’ll have the salad” parents, neighbours, friends, family start yelling “Nuh uh, what’s up with you? You don’t need to diet!”. Which is so annoying. Because sometimes all that teen is trying to do it nourish their body, grow stronger physically and mentally and you know what? Try some new food!

I am a pretty healthy girl. I love kale. And hot lemon water. And two ingredient banana pancakes (they taste like Heaven, try them out). And most people know that. But yet whenever I say, “Can I have some more salad/do you mind if we don’t have pizza?” I still FEEL the stares. Now I know these people are just caring and worried but because of this awful ‘advice’ trend going around at the moment people need to be concerned if ya girl just wants a smoothie!

This really annoys me. Because they’re are some very smart teens out there who know what they’re doing. They are HELPING THEMSELVES. And it’s freakin’ awesome. I love it. I love how some of my friends now say they love fruit. They know what Vitamin A is. They know that wholemeal is better.

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I am very appreciative of what I have, and how lucky I am. But sometimes I wish that there were more of us ‘middle group’ people. And by this I mean we’re not at either end of the spectrum. We’re not starving ourselves, neither are we eating Burger King for dinner errrrrry day.

I feel like I’ve waffled on a bit today. But there were all these thoughts just rattling around in my brain and writing it out seemed like the best option!

I’d love to know YOUR opinion on healthy eating as a teen. Tweet me, email me, or comment!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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DIY Fishtail Bracelet

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I laaaaarve stacking bracelets in the summer. It’s so golden-Cali-beach-babe it makes me way too excited than I should be. It’s even better when it doesn’t really matter if you lose the bracelets because they were so affordable! Today’s DIY is a fishtail bracelet, and I’m sorta in love with it. Enjoy!

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MATERIALS

Embroidery threads – in as many colours as you like (I’m using 4) Mine are from Poundworld and are pretty good quality!

Scissors – well, obvs.

Tape or clip – to hold the bracelet whilst you’re ‘braiding’

HOW TO MAKE THE LOVELINESS

1.Cut all your embroidery threads. The length should be just over half your ‘wingspan’, if ya feel me. Just hold your arm out horizontal to your shoulder , hold the end of of the thread, pull to the center of your chest. That’s half your wingspan. Do double for a bracelet that wraps around twice.

2. Once all your threads are cut, hold them together and fold them in half.

3. Tie a knot at the top.

4. Now onto braiding: separate your threads like shown below. If you have more than maybe 6 colours you can just braid in random threads. The bracelet will still look cool but will be easier to braid.

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5. Fold in the outer threads one at a time, just like you would braiding a fishtail on your hair. It will take a little time for the bracelet to start holding by itself but once it does, you can hold the threads in your hands rather than on the table/desk/clipboard.

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Et voila! Your beautiful new bracelet is ready to wear! Once you start practising you’ll be whacking these bad boys out like there’s no tomorrow. Oh, the life of a Pinterest obsessed generation, eh?

Have you ever made a bracelet? Let me know! I’d love some new designs!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Life Lately!

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Well hey! Long time no see! You might have noticed I haven’t posted recently. I was a having a bit of a fight with my blog design, it was the simple things like my social media icons weren’t centered and it really annoyed me! So I went ahead, became a HTML genius (ahem…) and just fiddled with my design a bit. I hope you like the new ‘refresh’ I’ve given it!

I’m also going to start doing 2-3 posts a week! I’ve decided that as I was doing 1 post a week I felt that it had to be really high quality. And because I felt this I worked so hard that the posts weren’t even that great quality! So, some snazzy new good quality posts are coming your way soon!

I’ve also got Pinterest now! I know, slightly late to the party, but hey? What can a girl do?

Right, see ya lovely people! Until Monday!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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A Quick Break From Blogging

  
Hello everyone. I have decided to take a couple weeks off blogging. I feel I’m not spending enough time with my family, enjoying this weather and generally having a social life haha. In my almost year of blogging I haven’t missed one Monday post so hopefully you won’t mind if I don’t blog until either the 20th or 27th July. My life is absolutely hectic at the moment, we looked in the diary and my family and I haven’t got a free weekend until OCTOBER. Like, what?! I also had to leave school yesterday unexpectantly with headaches and fainting and I legit couldn’t speak or read a sentence and to be honest it was a little scary! I just want to relax these last few weeks of school. Thank you for being so lovely and supportive on either my blog or chatting to me on Twitter. And don’t worry, lots of very exciting posts coming up!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ❤️

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My New Gizmo: iPhone 6!

My new gizmo. My new gadget. My new baby. Guys, I’d like to present my brand spanking new iPhone 6.

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Ok, it’s like 3/4 weeks old but still, HOW BLOODY GORGEOUS IS IT. My sister, being the grown up little missy she is, got to the age where it was time for her to get a phone. So we pulled the old Motorola out the cupboard and she was good to go! Apart from one fact: it died within 2 weeks. I don’t blame it really, it has been going 7 years and has already passed through my mum and I, so it must have felt a little worn guys this is bad I’m referring to a phone as a human #2015probz  Any who, so I’d been thinking of saving up for a new phone as it was. So that’s how my sister received my Samsung S3 Mini.

The S3 is a brilliant phone, it still works brilliantly and does exactly what you need from a smart phone. So that went to my sister, mum got on the phone, didn’t stop til she got a good deal and that’s how this beautiful creation landed in my hands.

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I have the 16gb Silver version. It’s so sleek and lovely and very slippy, I’d definitely reccommend a case. It arrived beautifully packaged in the sleek white box with headphones and a phone charger and other random things, to be honest I just wanted to get to the phone! But later on I did get round to decorating the charger, I have to say it actually looks pretty cool!

The camera quality is incredible, perfect for someone like me who loves photography and blogging. The range of apps on the App Store is amazing, I now know there’s an app for everything! Comment if you’d like to see a What’s on My iPhone post 🙂

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My case is by Anker and I got it off Amazon for a tenner, I think. It’s very protective as it has a plastic transparent screen that goes on front of the phone then a backing. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world but it does the job well. Let me know if you know where to get cute protective cases!

There were a few bad points though. It’s quite shocking how quickly high-quality photos and apps take up space! I’m having to clear through everything, and I’ve only had it 4 weeks. Also, the battery life isn’t amazing either.

But overall I am LOVING my new iPhone so far! I can’t wait to learn about how to use it. I’d like to say I am so so so grateful to be able to have things like this. I do know how lucky I am! And I’d also like to say a quick mention to Carly’s family and friends, my thoughts are with you. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m not going to explain as its personal and too many blogs have done whole posts on it already and have gone about it very wrongly.

On a lighter note, I’d love to know if you’d like to see a What’s on My iPhone post! Also, do you have an iPhone? Any tips for a fellow sister? Hit me up!

Lots of Love, Lottie ♥

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10 Things To Do This Summer!

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I cannot tell you just how much I am LOVING this heatwave! I’m currently sat in a dress with the back door open and I’m not even shivering. Dreams really do come true. Moving on…I got inspired by this gorgeous weather that I thought I would give you lovely peeps some inspiration for things to do if you’re bored this summer or just need some inspiration. Enjoy…

1. Make homemade lemonade! (RECIPE COMING SOON!) There is nothing better than a big ol’ glass of homemade lemonade. I love the freshness of the lemons and I much prefer non-fizzy lemonade as it’s less processed and better for your digestive system. It’s a win win situation, really.

2. Ride a bike Yes, you can actually be like those people on the Centre Parks adverts now – wind through your hair, happy family, a leafy roof above your head…ok so maybe not but it’s fun to pretend, right? Even if you haven’t got a bike, you can hire one from your town centre. Here’s a secret, it’s not just London who have Boris Bikes!

3. DIY a kimono Kimonos are soooo easy to make out of a scarf. I could do a tutorial for you if you want but there are countless videos online telling you how to sew up something Japanese! But I did this find this very useful video for a temporary kimono out of a scarf.

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4. Homemade ice lollies Homemade ice lollies are soo good. They’re cheaper, healthier and more delicious than shop bought. Just pick up a cheap mould from Poundland, and let your imagination run wild! My sister and I love pouring plain fruit juice, smoothies, yoghurt and fruit into ours.

5. Make friendship bracelets I know bracelet making may seem like it’s for 5 year old BFFs but trust me, stacked bracelets for the summer look reeeeeal cute. I bought a HUGE bag of embroidery threads from Dunelm Mill for £7 in the sale a few years ago and they’re still going today! Plus, there’s hundreds of tutorials online to refer to.

6. Picnics! Picnics are just….ahh. No word can describe my love for siting on a old blanket, with a tower of sausage rolls and plastic cups. Knowing our lazy world I’m sure you can buy ready made picnic baskets from a supermarket or do that weird thing nowadays called MAKE YOUR OWN. Riveting, I assure you. Have a picnic in your garden, a random field or a National Trust place with friends or family and let the good times roll!

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7. Create a blog I cannot express just how happy blogging makes me, so I urge you to pick up the courage to make one yourself! This is England for goodness sake, there is surely going to be a rainy day this summer where you can have some much needed bonding time with your laptop and camera.

8. Try a new sport We’re heading to the sea for a few day this summer so my sister and I so want to try paddle boarding, surfing and the likes. Water sports are especially fun in summer as you’re outside in the (hopefully) gorgeous weather, probably falling into a freezing lake off of a sheet of wood. Ok, that don’t sound too good, just try something new, ‘k?

9. Learn to juggle If you can juggle, congrats you’re my new favourite person ALL HAIL THE JUGGLER. If not, join me this summer and let’s see if we can turn into circus monkeys. Woop woop!

10. See friends and family They’re not always going to be there, let’s be honest. So put aside a week to see all those lovely people, give them a hug, bake them a cake. Put zee phone on SILENT and give them all your attention. They deserve it, you deserve, we deserve it, we’re just all too dang special to not make a fuss of, so do it!

Hope you enjoyed this blog post, lovely people. Have a great summer!

Are you going away this summer? Can YOU juggle?!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Lottie’s Life: Insurgent and 24 Sharpies for £8.49!

Hey guys! So on Saturday I went to see Insurgent with my friend and then we went shopping afterwards. I never really go to the cinema but we had some free tickets so ya know YOLO and all that. I’m going to do a mini review of Insurgent  (SPOILER ALERT) then tell you about my bargain Sharpies, enjoy!

 

 

I thought Insurgent was good, but not as good as Divergent. I’ve read the book and the story line was nothing like it. There was no mention of Will’s sister, the alliance Tris had with Marcus and where on Earth did that weird box come from? Also, Jeanine was killed right at the end not 3/4 way through, and was shot by Evelyn not Tori. The simulation was really weird, don’t remember that at all. There was also a lot of pauses for Tris and Tobias to stare into each other’s eyes, that’s all very well but in the middle of every scene? No thanks. It is meant to be a teen movie but still, I’m a teen and I was gagging slightly. I thought the graphics were ok but some of the backgrounds looked very fake and the weird pixels when Tobias was the sim. All very strange! But I did love the excitement and adventure of the film, just like the first one. But the story line did let it down, if I’m honest!

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Yes guys, you did read that right. I got 24 sharpies for £9.49 (because my other item was a £1 pack of Mini Eggs, duh). I got this from W H Smith, but it is only in store unfortunately. There was another pack of 24 Sharpies but they were £10, because they had some fancy shmancy metallic pens. This is is the 80’s Glam pack, I still think these are better! I really wanted some  more Sharpies as there are so many Spring DIY’s going around at the moment that involve Sharpies, so these were pretty perfect!

Well, that’s what I’ve been up to this week! Tell me what you’ve been up to, I really do like chatting with you guys 🙂

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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NEW Blog Schedule

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Heyo. Just a quick note to tell you that I’m moving my weekly post to a MONDAY not a Thursday anymore. I thought it would be a nice way to start your week! Sorry there’s no post today, but it’s gonna be a goodun’ on Monday! (sneaky hint: it’s fashion related!) Hope all your week’s are going well and happy.

What did you think of my last post? What do you want to see next? Let me know in the comments!

Lots of Love,

Lottie  ♥