Hi guys, happy Wednesday! I can finally breath a sigh of relief today, after 3 days of staying up late writing essays, lessons are finally over for this half term, phew!! The next two days are trips and assemblies so I can finally get a good nights sleep, my gosh I'm so exhausted!!
Today, I'm going to do a different post, I'm still editing pictures of a soup and it will be posted sometime next week!!
I always enjoy reading other blogger's "a day in the life" posts, mainly because I'm a nosey person and two because I actually enjoy reading those type of posts.
6:40am- annoying alarm goes off, on a good day I'll wake up, on a bad day I'll fall back asleep, whoops :)
6:55am- Second alarm goes off. Wake up and look at Instagram and Facebook and reply to any texts I got during the night (time difference from America, I don't just have friends over here that randomly text me at 1 am;)
7:00am- Ok time to seriously get up! I stumble out of bed (OMG it's cold). Time to take a shower.
7:10am- I get back into some clean pajamas, weird I know. I like to be comfortable whilst having breakfast and all the rest it.
7:15am- Make my oatmeal and cup of coffee. Whilst that's happening, I'll make my lunch for the day.
7:20am- Finally sit on the sofa, eat my breakfast and watch something I taped from last night! I always have to start my morning with a little bit of tv, helps me relax before school!
7:55am- Go brush my teeth and find an outfit to wear. Do my hair and make-up then get dressed. Change outfit about 5 times then I'm finally ready.
8:25am- Get my school bag ready, put my shoes and coat on. Record This Morning (I'm lame and I like morning talk shoes). Check if the back door is locked. If I have time, I'll wash up my bowl from breakfast. < my mum would say I never have time, because I never do it aha!!
8:30am- Back on Instagram, checking blog things etc. Look at the time, oh crap I'm going to be late!!
8:37am- Scramble to get out the door, text my friend I'm on my way and remember to lock the door!
8:50am- I get to Form on time, thankfully school is only 5-10 minutes away. I register then catch up with my friends!
9:10am- Go to class or go to the library if I have a free. Yay for another 6 hours of this, please please sense my sarcasm!!
12:30pm: Oh thank god it's lunch, I'm starving. Today I have choir, so my friends and I head down to music, eat our lunch and chat away. We sing for 20-25 minutes then back to my dreaded lessons ;)
3:30pm- THANK GOD, it's finally over. I say bye to my friends and walk home with another friend, we chat for a little then he leaves and I'm finally home, yay!!
3:45pm- I'm home, I immediately go get a snack and make a cup of tea or coffee. I watch tv and read all the blogs I follow. I then write a blog post. I check blog emails and reply to anything, then do any other minor blog related things. I start watching Deal Or No Deal and get very into it.
5:10pm- She walked away with £25,000, I would be pretty happy with that kind of money. Finally get my butt of the sofa and go get my running clothes on. Put my shoes on and do several warm-up stretches.
5:30pm- Head out the door and go for a run. Today I run 2 miles around the park. Then do a cool down walk and stretches before going home.
6:15pm- Mum's home, yay! We chatter for a few minutes, I go get changed or have a shower then usually check some school related things.
6:45pm- Dinners ready!! Thank gosh, because I was starving! Mum and I eat dinner and talk about our day!
7:10pm- Watch Hollyoaks, then talk for about 10 minutes about what has just happened, aha we have no life is usually what I think to myself at this point!
7:40pm- I do the washing up and then if I can be bothered, I'll prep my lunch for the next day.
7:55pm- Go back to the sofa and watch tv until bed. Finish school work on my computer and get distracted by Pinterest several times.
9:40pm- Turn my computer off and head upstairs. Brush my teeth, take my make-up off and clean my face. Say goodnight to my mummy :)
10:00pm- Crawl into bed, realise how tired I actually am and get annoyed at myself for not going to bed sooner. Go on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a last check before sleeping.
10:40pm- Did I really just spend 30 minutes on my phone again?! Finally log off and turn my alarm clock on, then put my phone on the other side of the night table, I'm the worse at getting off my phone at night, I really need to stop it!
10:45pm- Have a sip of water, go to the toilet. Back to bed and then finally after tossing & turning I get comfy! I shut my eyes and at last I go to sleep!
Hi guys, how was your weekend? Today is one of those days where I wish I had more time. I'm scrambling to get school work done for tomorrow and Wednesday and doing the other bits and bobs on my to do list. 4 days till half term, 4 days- I can do that!!
I saw another blogger recap their weekend using collages to shorten it a bit and since I'm on a little bit of a time crunch I thought I'd do the same.
This weekend was awesome. We went to visit friends in Maida Vale in London. It was non-stop fun and no school work was completed and now I'm paying the price. Oh well, everyone needs a fun weekend every now and then ;)
Now we're both busy on the computers and watching Hairy Bikers Bakeation in Norway, mum's obviously extremely chuffed ;) I hope you all have a fabulous evening, I'm off to finish the last couple of paragraphs on a sociology essay, lucky me :(
Sadness, it's a rather odd thing. Sometimes it sneaks up on you, like a tear running down your cheek or an ache in your heart and sometimes even a big old lump in your throat. Whichever way it creeps up, it's painful and hurts. But sadness can be unexplained, like the times I'm laughing uncontrollably then I stop and all of sudden I feel sad. Does that ever happen to you? It's weird, isn't it? I never know what to do when that happens. Do I carry on as if I feel happy or do I pause and take a minute to figure out why this wave of sadness just hit me?
Most of the time I don't have the answer, neither do many of us I suppose. I'm guessing throughout my life, I'll experience many of these sudden sadnesses but that doesn't make them any more tolerable. Sadness is a part of living and something I believe we'll all experience. I mean can we all have the "perfect life"?
At one point in my life, a couple years ago to be precise I was always feeling sad. Like I couldn't escape it's chains and someone else held the key. That's an exhausting feeling to carry around with you! I pondered on the idea that maybe I was suffering from depression, but I was going through some personal things and thought the "constant sadness" was to be expected. So I carried on, I went to school, I came home, I went to my room and that was that. Day after day.
Weirdly enough, I've always been a loner but I also love people and social events. However the thing with enjoying your own company is that you don't begin to notice when you constantly decline invites to social events and just say you're busy. Busy doing what might you ask? Well I'd say I wanted a quite night in, which in all honesty was the truth. But my own company never bored me or made me feel lonely, it comforted me and that's when I knew it was a problem.
I don't sugar coat things and I'm not denying I've been through some tough times, but I don't feel the need to talk about those to make you understand my sadness.
Sadness is something everyone understands. Like love, it's something we all will experience at one point or another. I don't need to know someones life story to know why they're sad. If you're sad, that's that and you don't always have to explain yourself.
I lost a lot of friends because I was apparently "too gloomy", bear in mind I was in year 9 and people were immature and insensitive. But nonetheless they were friends and losing friends in junior high and freshman year of high school, is pretty much the suckiest thing ever. So after losing another friend, I finally decided to do something about this "problem".
It was a problem I was going to fix myself. I've never been one for taking much advice or help from people. But I wasn't stupid enough to think that "just being positive" was going to turn my life around.
I woke up one day and decided that I was going to smile, be positive and help everyone else with their problems, no matter how pathetic I thought they were (omg he hasn't texted me, really who cares, you're 14 life will go on!!). I started making people laughing, being the "joker" and helping anyone who needed help. I've became so great at helping people in the last 3 years since that "major change" that I forgot to help myself.
I forgot to listen to my head and instead always followed my heart. If I was feeling sad and wanted a hug, I would kick that to the side because my friend needed me. It's good trait to have, loyalty. I've not lost any friends (the ones that mattered) since. But I think I lost a part of me. I went on the journey to find happiness with myself and I thought helping others is how I would get that but I didn't.
I had to help myself before I could truly help other people. Some people get lost in their work to distract themselves, I got lost in helping people. I thrived off of other peoples problems. Some may consider that sad in itself. But I was so "put together" that no one ever asked me if I was okay.
I presumed I was, okay that is. Then one day a friend looked me in the eyes and said "you're hiding a lot under that smile". So with that, I went to talk to a teacher. I said every single thing that was on my mind, I cried and I laughed. That day helped me move on, I smiled because I wanted to and I laughed because I wanted to, not because I had to hold it together.
Every single day, I wake up and tell myself today is going to be a good day and I smile. It's weird but it works. I realised my happiness is in my hands not others. Sure, other people make me happy but ultimately I had to find happiness with myself. And I did. I did things that made me happy. I allowed myself to feel the things that made me sad, but I would talk about them with someone and move on after. I would search for the little things in everyday that put a smile on my face.
Of course, I have bad days where I do feel sad, but I'm human and that's okay. But I remind myself to not get swallowed by that sadness. To keep smiling because that happiness I found will give me the strength to carry on. I know I'll always be okay because I found happiness within myself, instead of searching for it in someone else and that's given me in the power to let go of my sadness. Choosing happiness everyday makes me a kinder, more sincere person and for that reason I truly couldn't be happier.
Sadness is a rather odd thing, isn't it? But it's what you do with it that matters.
I don't know what goes together as well as peanut butter and bananas. It's like strawberries & chocolate and cupcakes & sprinkles. They're just the perfect couple.
Banana bread is one of those classic recipes that everyone loves and is so simple to put together. This banana bread is so moist and has the perfect amount of density a banana bread should have. I really don't like the word density, it feels too scientific. Funny that I never managed to use it properly in the last 3 years of science but when it comes to baking, I have no issues.
I made this again at the weekend and slightly altered the recipe and it was so delicious! So with that said, if you make this it will most likely come out a lot darker than this bread in the pictures. And silly me, didn't put enough batter in the tin when I made this bread but this weekend I seemed to nail it!
The glaze. Ah the glaze, it's like peanut butter and icing sugar work magic together. I had never thought to add peanut butter in plain icing but I'm glad I did because it's AH-MAZING!
The sour cream is the most important ingredient in this, well besides the bananas obviously. Sour cream makes it beyond moist and moist is the most important thing to have in a banana bread, am I right?
I kind of wish I had some cute story of how I used to bake banana bread every weekend with my grandma when I was little, but no this is probably only the third time I've ever baked banana bread. I think when I have kids, I'll make it a "thing" that I bake every week, did any of you have something you always had growing up? For me it was my grandma's waffles, nothing better!
1 2/3 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 bananas, very ripe, mashed
3-4 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered/icing sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
If you're looking for a go-to banana bread recipe, this is definitely your winner. It takes less than 10 minutes to whip up and the end result is worth the hour wait for it to be ready!!
Happy Tuesday guys! I'm a day behind schedule and it's totally messed my usual posting routine, but hey let's roll with it!
I hope you all had a fab weekend, I definitely did. I was home alone this weekend (my mum went on a girl's weekend at home in Norway) so perhaps that's why it was extra good! No, I didn't have a party or do anything crazy but sometimes having a weekend without your mum can be quite nice. (P.S, I still love you mamma;)
Friday night was great, I finally caught up with the best friend and we ordered pizza in, since I still wasn't feeling my best. Domino's was way better here than it was over in America! I thought this tracking system was SO cool, it really doesn't take much to impress me ;)
Garlic bread pizza (AH-MAZING) and a classic margarita pizza!
We talked for hours, watched About Time (please watch this, it's so cute) and ate lots of sweets. Perfect Friday night in, couldn't have asked for anything more :)
This right here proves she is the best friend ever!! I had no trouble finishing those off over the weekend.
Saturday morning, I woke up early and finished the dishes, cleaned my room etc. When De woke up, we chatted for a couple hours and then she had to head home! By that time it was 12ish and I really couldn't be asked to do anything at all!
During the day I just caught up on homework, watched The Inbetweeners (hilarious!!) and read Love, Rosie! That night I ate a ready meal and watched the X-Factor, I know, someone call the police because I'm so wild ;) (Really bad joke, I apologise).
Sunday morning was blissful! I woke up around 11 and lazied in bed for an hour (okay.... maybe it was more like 2 and half)! I was wrapped up in my book and couldn't get the motivation to get out of my warm, comfortable bed.
Can we just take a second here to notice how many blankets I have? It's been freezing at the moment. We've finally given in and turned the heating on, thank goodness. It does make the mornings a little more bearable.
The rest of the day I did odd bits and bobs. I then got the urge to bake, when do I not! So I made some banana bread that was so delicious (recipe up on Thursday!!). Later that night my mum got home and we caught up for about an hour before I decided to go to bed! Although that didn't go quite to plan since I started reading Love, Rosie again and I was so close to finishing, so I may or may not have started up till 12:30am reading....Whoops!
I did finish it and I can't wait to see the film in a week & a half!! The book was good, not great. Heads up for those planning to read it- it's all in letters. The whole book is letters and emails back and forth between all the characters. It kind of gave me a headache and I don't like that style at all but I just really wanted to finish it so it took some time to get through!
Monday night we headed to Tesco and did the usual shopping! We caught up with some friends from America who are visiting family where we live, it was a strange coincidence and very funny when we had parked next to each other.
Dinner that night was one of my new favourites, tuna steak (I think that's what you call a fillet of tuna, correct me if I'm wrong!), vegetables and fried potatoes, which are amazing, if you ask me! Plus a couple Halloween chocolates!
Right, I'm going to wrap this post up because I'm having dinner in a few minutes plus it's get a bit too long!! I have two days off school and I'm SUPER happy!! Then only one more week till I finally get to go to America again :) I hope you all have a fab evening and a super good "hump day" tomorrow.
Happy Friday guys! I hope you're all well, I'm still feeling nauseous ALL the time and it sucks! At least it's Friday and I'm seeing my best friend tonight so I'm still in good spirits.
Today, I've been invited to join a Link up via Linda at Fit, Fed and Happy. Life in pictures is where you post pictures of your day with little text and you guys are left guessing the story, kinda cool right?! Since I rarely do anything too interesting I thought I would do The Color run as my first life in pictures post, I hope you enjoy! Head on over to Linda's blog to join in on the fun and link your life in pictures post!
Finally finished, phewww!!
Best shower of my life, there was so much colour!!!
Pinterest, Facetime and strawberries to end the day :)
Now it's your turn to comment and tell me how you think my day went :)
Hi guys, how are you all? Today has been one heck of a rough day for me. Between school stress, feeling awful and horrible weather, it's not been the best.
Since I am feeling really sick right now (horrible stomach pains, so nauseous all day) I searched through my 30 drafts and this was the only one that was fully written. Call me lazy but sometimes typing up a recipe from scratch at 7pm is not ideal especially when I'm feeling this rough. I'm hoping I'll sleep this stomach pain off and feel better tomorrow! I promise a recipe is coming up next week!!
Have you ever been in the back of a police car?
Yes. However, not for the reason most people are. My mum's friend is a police officer and she picked me up once and I had to ride in her police car. I didn't enjoy it, I got many stares that I never want to get again.
What are some of your nicknames?
Jas (obviously), JazzyJ, jazmeano (only one person ever called me this but it makes me laugh), Jazzy, jaz-mine and jaza.
What are your 4 favourite songs right now?
Not about angels by Birdy. Life support by Sam Smith. Crazy in love remix by Sofia Karlberg (SO obsessed). Heaven by Emeli Sande.
Are you an emotional person?
Gosh, yes I am. However, I do keep my feelings to myself most times, I'm more emotional during tv programs, films, books and things like that but when it comes to personal things I like to keep it together
Ever done a prank call?
Guilty. My gosh, Anne-Claire and I went through a phase (okay, like a 4 year phase;) where we did prank call a lot however, I never really did the calling, I usually just did the laughing and the scripting of things to say.
Do you remember lyrics easily?
Yes! I used to always worry about forgetting lyrics, especially since I'm in choir. But after practicing for a few weeks, I will almost always remember the lyrics. I often wondered how people can sing a whole song and not forget but then when I hear myself sing a whole song, I'm like 'Wow, I can remember".
What is your favorite school subject?
Without a doubt, sociology. This is a new subject this year and it's the only class that I ALWAYS feel excited to go to!! I find everything so interesting and I'm enjoying learning about why our society is the way it is!
Who was your favourite author as a child?
Jacqueline Wilson. I read all her books up until I was about 12. So, I haven't read any of latest books but I was quite obsessed with her when I was little. I even had an account on the Jacqueline Wilson fan site...Yep, I was cool ;)
What is something you're looking forward to?
I'm super excited for Friday because I'm having dinner and a sleepover with Delina and I cannot wait to have other 6+ hours of time to catch up with her. Hopefully I'm feeling much better by then!
Heavy rain or heatwave?
Definitely heavy rain. I love summer but hate humidity and heat...I know I'm weird. Most often than not, you will find me somewhere with air conditioning or at the pool when I'm in the states in the summer. I love rain (I love rain when I'm inside but I hate it when I'm caught in it;), I find it so soothing, good thing I love it since I live in the always raining UK!
What is your favourite song right now?
What is something that you're looking forward too?
Good morning guys, how was your weekend? It was another good one here. I rarely do anything too exciting but little things throughout the weekend always make it fun. I'm exhausted, thanks to being woken up in the middle of the night and I couldn't get back to sleep for an hour :(
I guess over the weekend we skipped Autumn and went straight to Winter. It's freezing here and super rainy :( I will now officially dread getting up in the morning.
Maybe one of these weekends, I'll actually make an effort with my hair. Seriously it was messier than this for 90% of the weekend. I desperately need a hair cut.
On Saturday I baked a cake (recipe soon!!) and had a bath for the first time in forever. My thigh muscles were begging to have a muscle soak in the bath and it actually helped a lot. I think my legs got used to the sofa again in my "running break" over the last few weeks!
Saturday I set my alarm early for a morning run. This is when the said weather change happened overnight, goodness gracious it was FREEZING. Luckily it got much warmer throughout the day! Yes, I know most places are colder but it just happened so suddenly. I only did 1 mile but I hoping to get 2 miles in today!
My breakfast is better than your breakfast. Homemade waffles with Nutella and coffee. That right there is my favourite breakfast in the world and I think for a first time waffle maker, they weren't too bad!!
Chocolate mousse is always a good idea. My mum and I have been on a chocolate mousse kick lately and can't get enough. We use this chocolate powder from my dad's work (he works for a chocolate company, I know I'm a lucky gal;). I'm not even embarrassed about the Barbie spoon ;)
The best way to pick nail polish colour, just walk around with random bits of nail polish and see which one floats your boat. I was going with the Autumn/Fall vibe, I went for the one on my ring finger. Please excuse the awful state my nails are in.
I'm currently sat on the sofa wrapped in a blanket, watching Good Morning Britain and trying to build up the courage to go get dressed and ready for the day! I'm feeling somewhat productive today, considering I've managed to write this post on a Monday morning :) I hope you all have a great day!
P.S. I completely forgot to announce the winners of the giveaway on Friday but would Aine and AC please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get you in touch with someone from FitFusion to set your accounts up :)
What are your weekend highlights?