Friday, 28 February 2014

2 Ingredient Banana Pancakes Ideas


Crikey! February has flown by! What with wheelbarrows-full of homework to do and not enough time to do it in; I already feel very ready for another break. Is it not nearly meant to be the summer holidays? Apparently not. The excitement is building for March, indeed! It is now 22 days until my birthday *silently screams and cries tears of joy* and amidst planning my shindigs and merriments; I have been crying at the fact that I won't be devouring too many pancakes this year.

As usual, and I hope I am not alone, Pancake Day brings back annual memories of cleverly disguised flying pancakes, chocolate smeared faces and many moments of embracing life's larger messes. This year, my New Year resolution was to eat healthier and I have been following a so-called plan, thus meaning that pancakes will not be on the menu cards this year. I am metaphorically crying as I type.

I have, however, found some genius recipes of 'banana-pancakes/fritters'. Enticing, and exciting! 

Monday, 24 February 2014

My Half Term Week

Why hello there,

Has this week not been one of excitement, I ask you? Why, yes, indeed it has! I feel as though us little creatures of the earth have simply whizzed through the days. Oh my, having conversations with myself - not off to a good start. Amidst jiving, wiggling and what-ever you call flapping madly around whilst nodding your head on Just Dance 2014; going charity shopping with Mumsy and la soeur; discovering the most adorable shop that sells old fashioned sweeties, not to mention an entire wall of sugar-free ones (Hello! Why have I not made your acquaintance before?!); re-decorating my desky space; entering my favourite world of Harry Potter films; finishing last minute homework; sleeping 'till way past the acceptable or expected hour and devouring far to many eggs - I also did some other exuberant activities...

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Homemade Burgers, Anyone?

Howdy chums,

Fork up! This is one to tickle your tastebuds!

How are we all? I, for one, am feeling splendidly spectacular (alliteration going on here. Oh yes!). 

There was a definite ambiance of excitement in the kitchen today. Being a creature of habit, I find it quite easy, and shamefully comforting, to settle into a same-old-same-old routine. I think, sometimes, we forget about the wide world of creative inspiration and we fill our mouths with the same, unchanged menus.  

Ever since I was little, making home-made burgers has always been a 'thing' in our household. I am rather partial to the happy memories of gobbling down a burger after having prepared it with my Mama and Papa. Ah, nostalgia...

Yes, you read correctly. Home-made. Burgers. And, delicious! Strange! Peculiar! How can this be, I hear you ask. Well, hold your horses! Forget about those pre-conceived, doubtful ideas of stale bread, limp lettuce, and dry burgers. Forget about those embarrassing encounters with the Food Police; and have a cheeky listen to this. Today, I ventured again into this scrumptious world and we had the spiffing idea to have these beauties for lunch. Such a wonderful idea *drools*! Pop the kettle on, grab some snacks and let out your inner chef - because, I tell you, you will be transported to Foodie Heaven.

This was taken 5 mississippis
before my burger collapsed.
Layer up: beef, cottage cheese, mushrooms, onions, cucumber,
fried egg, black pepper. Not sure how this all fits
together, but, ho hey! What difference does it make
when it tastes this scrummy?!

Did these tickle your pickle? Geddit! Food, pickle? Oh, I do make myself titter! Forgive me. I need to control myself.

Love you,
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Pinterest Vintage Room Inspiration

Hello there,

Is Pinterest not the absolute best place to scour other peoples wonderful imaginations for your own needs and purposes? I do believe it is. Pinterest is my happy place.

I love interior design passionately and however much my room pleases my inner artist, I will always, first and foremost, be a perfectionist and a dreamer; and there will always be some other frame or corner that I think could change or have something added to it. I just love planning and painting. Now, is there really anything so wrong with that? 

I think not. 

I was looking on Pinterest and I found these darling rooms. Now I am going to have to head off to shift some furniture and DIY something.

Although, lets face it, anything found on Pinterest is never going to look as flawlessly delightful once I have smeared my paws and tootsies over it. Never. I guess I'll have to improvise, then. And, I can dream...

Without further ado, feast your eyes.

Oh my! Blogger has decided to not take any of my creativity today. I guess we'll have to settle for the strangly-placed pictures, then.


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Staying Creative!

Howdy fella's,

I like therapy. 

I like therapy that involves glue, paint, tissue paper and beads. That's my kind of therapy. Some chalk and string will also eventually come into the therapy session at some point. Of course.

There's just something so satisfying about peeling dried glue off your finger tips; or rolling up endless scraps of coloured paper into paper beads. It really calms me. I'm not sure if it is the bright colours, the textures, the thought of not having to do anything else because I have the excuse of doing 'art homework', or the idea of re-using rubbish and creating something beautiful. There is something so promising about starting out with a table cluttered with fabrics and materials and a blank page in front of you; not knowing what you are going to end up with - just swaying with the rhythm and most likely changing your final vision a thousand times; and then still ending up with something you didn't expect. (Whether for the better or the worse).

Peace and tranquility with little bursts of creativity, a whole lot of falling glitter, sticky hands, a coloured carpet, a whizzing imagination, a fun memory and an amazing (however abstract) final piece. That's what art brings me.

Merci Pinterest, for allowing me to borrow these beautiful messages xxx

 Stay creative,
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Monday, 17 February 2014

Be Yourself.

Be Yourself, *says the perfectionist*.

In case you hadn't noticed already, this is me trying to unique and out-going. This, is my version of outgoing. Where as others might find 'out-going' to be going to parties or riding some high-speed roller-coaster (which, I do indeed, find highly thrilling, also); my 'out-going@ has come down to this: trying a new style of writing on my blog.

Maybe, this isn't so much a new style of writing, more, a new burst of creativity and flair.

And, alas, as I was sitting in my kitchen at approximately 18:00, with the outside world already dark, in my kitchen, painting some abstract design that I had no vision as to what it would be or what it currently was; I realised that I was being rather hypocritical. I was, and am, telling everyone to 'Be Yourself@, and there I was, trying to make my paper look perfect. Embarrassingly, I was trying to 'impress' people by making my work look the ;best' it could.

Then I tried to stop being so perfect (rather, quite hard for such a obsessive fusspot, if you will). I probably should have stopped gradually as now you can see the beginning half of the work and the end half, definitely split. Oh well, let's not worry! It doesn't have to be perfect!

(So much so, that I was constructing a makeshift, amateurish 'light-thing' out of a torch and some packet oats as a base; as the natural light had decided to go to bed.)

Love always,
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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Current Darling Favourites


I've been thinking about the things that make me happy; or are making me happy recently. I've also been thinking about the things that I find thoughtful, not so much happy, but the things I find interesting or maybe funny. Really I have been thinking about the things I find quite darling, and I have compiled them into an unconventional list. 

+  I've been listening to this

+  I've been loving this book

+  I shared this pretty picture of my nails on Instagram

+  I have been adoring Diana's blog

+  Vintage cards and papers

+  I have enjoyed reading Joy's blog

+  Creative Chocolate Bark

+  Amy's beautiful DIY Ice Cream Parlour

+  In my Summer wardrobe cart

+  I've been loving the idea of darling 'food bars'

+  Next on my reading list

+  I made this delightful 'pizza'

+  Sometimes it's good to read inspirational quotes and messages

If you would like to see my whole favourites shenanigans, you can see a similar post, here, that I wrote in January on my favourite things then. 

What have you been loving?

Cheerio! Happy Saturday!
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Amazing Things to See and Do


Yesterday, while reading a Vauxhall magazine/brochure that I would never normally have picked up and only read out of pure boredom after grabbing anything within arms reach; I was fascinated by a snippet of an article.

Everyone loves a bit of comfy. The favourite chair, those old trainers you should really throw out but can't, that jumper with holes at the elbows that nobody except a surprise visitor gets to see you wearing. Comfy is good - it makes a house a home, an acquaintance a friend...

Comfy is good. I love comfy things. Sleeping in my own bed with my own pillows immersed in my own scent; or just sleeping in general. Waking up or opening the door to the whiff of a warm home-cooked meal of spaghetti bolognese or sausages and gravy; and those slippers that have the holes in the toes - quite defeating their purpose of keeping ones tootsies warm - that have been through who-knows-how-many generations, from grandmother to mother to me, but are still worn at daily intervals: because they are comfy!

And yet; when I think about how big the world is and when I nose my way into other peoples exciting social lives and see the many miscellaneous adventures they are currently on or planning next; it does so make me think about the various escapades and expeditions I might be missing out on. 

I do, indeed, have my own little giggles and thrills at non-exciting things like seeing the fully grown men order a Happy Meal and watching the teenage girls on the stroll home pretending to be on their phones but actually staring inspirationally into the blank screens. Am I not the only one who finds it utterly and uncontrollably hilarious to dry ones hands under the super-strong hand dryers and see the little wobbles of skin moving and bopping around under the gusts of the air? Please say that I am not alone on this quirk. 

And I do experience and try out new fads and preoccupations. Today I am planning to paint my nails in a new style,  (appreciations to the splendid Pinterest), on  Tuesday I am going to eat sushi and most likely try an new flavour or taste, I watch new films and see new places. I can’t however say that I am currently a daring or out-going swashbuckler camping in a new continent every other week. 

Although I cannot say that my little life is 'uninteresting'; I have been compiling a somewhat endless list of places I want to see and things I want to do for who-knows-how-long now. A handful leaning more toward the wittier shenanigans of life and others being in the more historical, musical, travel-y (new word?), naturally, side of things. 

 Stay in the Ice Hotel in Lapland, Sweden.
Scuba Dive at the Great Barrier Reef.
Hire two private investigators and get them to follow each other.
Climb the 171 steps at the Statue of Liberty in New York.
Hang from Toronto CN Tower.

Have you actually seen this, though? I cannot even contemplate how incredible it would feel! - Thank you Google Images, I appreciate you letting me enjoy this photo. 
Publish a story.
Hang a lock on the Pont de l’ArchevĂȘchĂ©, Paris.
See the Garden of Versailles.
Visit Strasbourg, France.
Visit Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park.
Party on a yacht.
Volunteer at Lourdes.
Plant a tree.
See the wall of love letters in Verona, Italy.
See all the 7 wonders of the world.
Send a message in a bottle.
Catch something, cook it and eat it immediately.
Experience no gravity.
Ride in a private jet.
Throw Tomatoes at La Tomatina in Valencia, Spain.
Go Bungee Jumping off Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon, Colorado.
See Milan Cathedral in Milan, Italy.
Teach children in a third-world, non-English-speaking country.
See Jason de Caires Taylor’s underwater sculpture garden in Cancun.

Eccentric and a tad creepy, but very, very talented. Thanks again Google Images!
Visit Bora Bora.
Visit Habana, Cuba.
Make pasta from scratch.
See the Northern Lights in Alaska.
Receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter (how long will I have to wait?!).
- Learn to speak German, French, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin (fluently, or as good as).
Float on the Dead Sea.
Sleep outside under the stars.
Create my family tree.
Visit Italy.
See the heads on Easter Island.
See Mitchell Falls, Kimberley, Australia.
See a volcano (but do not die).
Visit Cinque Terre, Italy.
Swim in the largest swimming pool in the world, Algarrobo, Chile.
See a hole in the Napa County, California (looks seriously amazing!).
Visit Ebeneezer Place, Scotland.
Swim with elephants.
Lose weight and reach goal.
Have my portrait painted.
Attend an event at the Olympics.
Learn to play the saxophone properly.
Visit the Holy Land.
Visit Vegas.
Stay at the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas.
Go on a Safari in the wild.
Visit New York.
Ride on a camel.
Experience Mardi Gras.
Visit the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.
Eat in the underwater restaurant in the Maldives.

I am not yet mentally prepared to accept something at this level of awesomeness.
Image taken from Google Images, original source unknown.

Visit Vermont, New England, USA between the last two weeks of September and the first two weeks of October (apparently beautiful).
See the whitewashed houses in Greece.
Swim in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.
I doubt I will ever complete list as I will probably be adding something new to it sometime in the near future (a girl can dream though).

What do you think? Have you done any of these marvellous delightful things? Did they add glee to your adventurous inner self? Tell me! I do so love to snoop into your fabulous lives!

See you later, alligator;
In a while, crocodile,

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Friday, 14 February 2014

DIY Beauty Facials


Today, being the first day of a long-needed holiday from school, deserved some celebration. Coinciding, of course, with the longed-for spring; I felt it was time for a spot of refreshment, rejuvenation and a little TLC. February can unquestionably be a sluggish hindrance (word of the day; go me!); and I was looking for a creative and unique way to add some sparkle and make the rest of the month one full of sprightly stepping and gleeful boogying and bopping. With any luck, I will not be the only somebody who buries under the covers, lets the Orang-utan genes take over, and only reappears from hibernation at the delightful first signs of spring.

After a cheeky search through the beloved Pinterest, I magpied a few ideas and recipes of some so-called 'DIY Beauties' and decided, on a whim, to give them a go (obviously with the intentions of ending with the face of a supermodel). Despite my on-going will to try out a few of these budget-savvy ideas, I was somewhat wary of what effects the untested concoctions would have on my skin and whether it would actually work. First I sampled the tempting 'Anti-Redness and Moisturiser Facial' (I was rather intrigued, to say the least); using the juice of a lemon, a squidge (such a satisfying word: squidge) of honey and an egg. I was, to my surprise, most thrilled with the results. 

PS. A word of precautionary warning: Wash all of the egg off absolutely, completely; or one may end up with an attractive look of scrambled egg on ones hair - as I did.

Getting surgical with the eggs and lemon
The next mixture to scour my face (weird concept there) was a 'Lemon, Honey and Sugar Facial Scrub'

Half a lemon, a squidge of honey and a liberal
dash of salt or sugar (whichever takes your fancy)
Oh dear! What happened here? I do believe this is a cheeky mid-makeover piccy - complete with dripping face.
I feel like this should have been burned immediately. 
Again, the results were marvellous and this is definitely going to have to become a loved part of my regime. I left the bathroom a happy bunny with a spanking, fresh face. 

If you are a keen bean (which I do so hope you are), you can pilfer or pin more of my DIY Beauties - or just general beauty whatsits - over on my Pinterest.

What are you all doing to revive you senses for summer? Anything I should contemplate?

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Summertime Anticipations

Bonjour lovelies,

Today I felt more excited than I have for some time; despite my many oncoming tests and excursions into the mad world of revision (which, by the way, are the nasty reason I have been hiding away from the social world, and thus, not uploading any new posts - sorry!). This past week, I have been noticing the first delightful signs of springtime; which, to be quite clear, makes me absolutely thrilled! The first blossoms have begun to show their cheeky heads and the lovely daffodils have started to bloom and grow. 

I thank you Pinterest, for letting me borrow this beautiful quote;
even though I don't know where it originally came from.
With all these springtime pleasures popping up around us; it was very unexpected and surprising, today, to see little bits of flaky snow falling. I, now, am in somewhat of an emotional frenzy as I am not sure whether to be excited for the coming of spring or to hope for a last-minute burst of snow (which, disappointingly, will probably not turn into anything much more exciting). Nonetheless, I am looking forward to the year ahead; and the next few days - if the snow does turn out to be the white winter dream, that is.

This summer I plan to cram every possible adventure and fun-filled enjoyment into my days. (See how I switched topic there? Smooth...)

My Summer To-Do List, if you will...
  1. Bake a cake that is MARVELLOUS
  2. Have a 'proper', home made picnic
  3. Have a home made photo shoot
  4. Make s'mores 
  5. Camp outside
  6. Have a three-day sleepover
  7. Do, and video, a make-up challenge
  8. Visit an art gallery
  9. Go charity shop shopping
  10. Go to the beach
  11. Have a Disney movie marathon
  12. Have a Harry Potter movie marathon
  13. Volunteer at a homeless shelter
  14. Go fruit picking
  15. Have a water balloon fight
  16. Go on a wander to no where in particular
  17. Have a barbecue
  18. Read
  19. Go wild-flower collecting
  20. Start a diary

What are all your plans for the summer?
Love always,
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Sunday, 2 February 2014

Lexi's 10th Birthday Party: In Photos

Bonjour angels,

Yesterday absolutely THRILLED me! It was my darling sisters birthday party and we journeyed to The Chill Factore, in Manchester, to celebrate the special day. However, amidst the excitement and delights, the quality of photos have, indeed, let the amateur photographer inside me down; but, alas: I enjoyed it far too much to care. 

PS. The photos are in a bit of a dither as their order has all been jimble-jambled around. Sorry!

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