Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Adult Colouring Books | | Review

The colouring trend is well and truly in full force, they are everywhere -  in book shops, craft shops and many multi-purpose shops you will most likely find a colouring book. When this trend first began I couldn't believe me - an adult - could enjoy colouring with as much enthusiasm as I did when I was 5. I was wrong. Going out stationery shopping is thrilling, even more so when you have something to colour in. Remember when you were young and you'd colour so carefully as not to go over the lines? The nostalgic feeling of selecting a felt tip pen to use and carefully colouring in those lines is enough to make me run to Tesco and buy all their colouring books. The concept adult colouring saves you the judgemental cashier who witnesses you buying the child's Frozen themed colouring book, it allows you to be a child in a socially acceptable way and I endorse it.

Not only is colouring a bit of fun, it is a proven method of mindfulness and meditation, it de-stresses you and takes you away from anything you might be over-thinking. It is essentially therapy without the need to talk to anybody else.

The two colouring books I've received recently are 365 Days of Colouring - Creative Calm for Every Day of the Year which is my favourite because sometimes with colouring books each page takes a lot of time and sometimes you just need a little break, a little task and this book has a small pattern every day to colour in - beginning on the 1st of January. Yet to start it (Obviously) I feel the method of colouring is more effective because it's a tiny task but nonetheless a task that will give you time to chill out.

The second book I received is Keep Calm and Colour On which is a beautiful collection of geometric, nature and aesthetically pleasing patterns. Keep Calm and Colour On is a special one, each page features a quote from a collection of artists including Pablo Picasso, Mother Teresa and Vincent Van Gogh "I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing." These quotes are intended to motivate you not just creatively but within your mind, finding happiness in little things like colouring.

So if you don't ever want to grow up (Like Peter Pan) then treat yo' self to a fresh colouring book and a pretty set of pencils and get colouring. What do you think about the colouring trend? What are your favourite colouring books?

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Men Want to Gain, Women Want to Lose

I am talking about weight. We live in a funny little world where more often than not women are obsessed with remaining small, thin, slim and men are found with Tupperware pots of rice, chicken and broccoli and a protein shake in hand. It's sadly natural of women to desire to be as small as they possibly can, the size of their body defining who they are as a person, defining their friendships and their social status.

Deep rooting in our minds is the media's presence. Women see a thin model in a magazine and that's their new goal - with said model's figure printed out and stuck on your fridge to prevent midnight snacking. (I, for one, fully encourage midnight snacking). This is not a bias post, men are in the public eye for body image too. "Do you even lift bro?" comes into mind, although often used as a joke, body image for males is an issue just as much as it is for women. Men want to be big and muscular, they do not want to resemble pre-puberty skinny boys (Not that there's anything wrong with a male being thin) and can be found eating copious amounts of high complex carbohydrates, chicken being their main source of protein and excessive gym use. Perhaps this ideal of a man is down to the stereotype of males having to be strong, whereas a female is skinny thus needy and requiring the support of a man. However although men can be obsessed with bulking up there is the 10-15 percent of men who suffer with either anorexia or bulimia.

A massive topic spoken about in 2015 is body image and positivity. The idea of being strong not skinny has become an intense focus with the growing trend of women being socially accepted using weights in the gym rather than obsessing over shrinking their waist and cardio machines. More men have come out and spoken about how they feel about themselves and the pressure to remain the perfect image of man. The body positivity spark of 2015 is important, I have seen so much love and confidence spread on social media, regarding people's bodies. I have seen bodies of all shapes and sizes and nothing but praise has come from it (Minus those crap people who are obviously so uncomfortable with the human form that they can't say one good word and accept people's body confidence).

I am currently reading An Apple a Day written by Emma Woolf (Great-niece of Virginia Woolf!!!!) documenting her battle with anorexia through her twenties and trying to stop the stigma of mental illness which sparked this post. Emma doesn't sugar coat what anorexia is, although it can be a different experience for every sufferer just like any other mental illness. I don't speak about my own eating habits often however reading this has reassured me, and soothed me that I'm not the only one with unusual eating habits. (I won't delve into that, maybe another blog post?? Who knows?)

Can we please discuss, why do women want to be small and why do men want to be big?

Monday, 7 December 2015

19 Things I Learnt Whilst Being 19

My 20th birthday is upcoming, in 20 days to be accurate. There's already too many numbers in this post and I feel uncomfortable. Anyway, in a matter of weeks I will officially no longer be a 'teen'. A fully pledged adult you would assume. I'm one of the oldest students in my classes, it's weird because a lot of my friends are only 17 or just turning 18. I have been an adult for two years - I have been able to buy alcohol for two years yet I still make my parents go to the tills for me because I fear the cashier will never believe my ID.

This year has been a funny year for me, a combination of the best and the worst possible things have happened. Through-out the last couple of months I've been writing ideas and thoughts in a notebook about the things I've learnt whilst being 19. I worry that these kind of posts seem clich├ęd but I enjoy reading other people's lists so..

1. Don't let anyone tell you you're eating too many jars of peanut butter.

2. Quitting things that make you unhappy is okay and you don't need to justify your actions.

3. You are so so so intelligent. (Finally passed AS level bitches.)

4. You don't give yourself enough credit for anything you achieve.

5. Boys probably most likely aren't worth it yet. (Side note, I'm not putting all males into one category. Scrolling through my Facebook feed, most girls I know are now settling down into long-term relationships and having children. No thank u sir, not for me)

6. Carbs are not the enemy. My diabetes may say so but get out??? You think I'm going to stop eating bread, bagels, pizza and pasta??

7. Eyebrows are apparently a very important, defining feature.

8.. Low maintenance friends are the best kind of friends - the kind that you don't see for months but when you finally do you pick up exactly where you left off.

9.. Don't let anyone tell you Nicki Minaj isn't the hottest gurl on Earth.

10.. Starbucks will become your second home and soya cappuccino's will become bae (Now you know my coffee order, when's our next date?)

11.. Bae is an acceptable word.

12. Joining the gym and engaging in regular exercise will make you feel better both physically and mentally. 

13.. Becoming a vegan was your best idea this year.

14.. Books, books shops and libraries provide you with a perfect tranquillity.

15. Family are the most important thing in the world. Especially my mum.

16. Health comes first.

17. Weight gain doesn't define who you are as a person and definitely doesn't change your personality.

18. You're allowed to be a bitch if necessary.


This post sums up my year, bit wild, bit full of reality TV and stress, coffee and books.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Christmas Book Gift Guide

The month of December is upon us. Today you'll be opening the first door of your advent calendar and it's socially acceptable to listen to Christmas albums. It's the time of year Michael Buble re-appears on Earth for a month and everything smells of cinnamon or gingerbread.

If you haven't already figured (seriously if you haven't then are you even reading my blog?) I love books. I enjoy book stores, new books, old books, hardbacks, paperbacks, libraries and words and paper. The smell of new books entices me, it's like candy to a child in a sweetshop. Books are my sweet, sticky fudge. 

I've read plenty of books this year, my goal was 40 and I've gone beyond. So it feels natural to put together a few Must Have Books or Books to Buy For Someone Who Reads. Considering most of you are in the process of Christmas shopping, this is a perfect gift guide for a reader, or even if you want to treat yourself to a new book (Tom Haverford would say treat yo' self)

The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton
"Every woman is the architect of her own fortune"

A tale set in 17th century Amsterdam in a period where your marriage suitor was chosen for you. A trader meets his new wife Nella; she's young and impressionable. The trader Johannes Brandt presents Nella with an irreplaceable, beautiful and magical dolls house. It's a perfect replica of their home, but strange things keep happening. The compartments and contents of the furniture inside the dolls house changes, hints at things and makes Nella think she might be going insane. The dolls house is a focal point to the novel, however along the way there's twists and turns, foul play, love and death.

Yes Please - Amy Poehler
"Short people do not like to be picked up"

Poehler's autobiography/memoir recalling her journey through performing, writing comedy sketches and the births of her children. Absolutely hilarious. A story of everlasting, passionate friendships, rejections from TV shows before finally coming to Parks and Recreation. She re-counters the turmoils of succeeding in media whilst maintaining a home life with two children and also going through a divorce. Poehler is an incredible feminist woman who will make you feel slightly less embarrassed about doing stupid things.

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
"You cannot be afraid, Read the book. Smile at it. It's a great book- the greatest book you've ever read"

Liesel Meminger is an orphan in the second world war. She moves in with the Hubermann family during Nazi Germany, a tale of battling the loss of childhood innocence. Liesel has been through a lot, she unfortunately can't read or write resulting in her being bullied in her classroom. So,  Hans Hubermann to the rescue. The emotional relationship that forms between Liesel and her adoptive father Hans is one of the most moving bonds formed in literature. Hans struggles to read and write also but he takes the task upon himself to teach his adoptive daughter how to read and write; devoting hours to learning words, repeating them and writing them in paint on the basement walls. However, not everything is a chirpy as it sounds, there's a war going on. The Hubermann begin hiding a Jew in their basement and Liesel takes a shining to him!

IT - Alexa Chung
"Nobody goes through life without having their heart broken and one day you'll wake up and it will okay"

Every fashionista's must have book and will complete the aesthetic of your bedside table. Chung is the sister you never knew you needed. She offers her advice and guidance through make up, fashion and boys. With a gorgeous mixture of Polaroid photos and illustrations, this book would be a beautiful addition to your bookshelves. She writes about her style icons, her go-to fashion items (Come on, what girl doesn't want to know how Alexa Chung lives and breathes?) and relationships.

My True Love Gave Me to Me - A Series of Authors

A collection of Christmas themed, young adult, short stories that will immediately make you feel festive. Funny, sad and cute. Stories from Rainbow Rowell (Author of Fangirl and Eleanor and Park) David Levithan (Author of  Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) and Gayle Forman (Author of If I Stay). 

A Little Something Different - Sandy Hall
"He's like a cesspool in the midst of my creative writing oasis"

A cute romance novel surrounding the lives of Gabe and Lea; two students in the same creative writing class that everyone is rooting for to get together. Told through some strange perspectives - you hear the voice of a squirrel who sits on the bench next to the budding couple. It's one of those typical love stories that everybody can see the chemistry between two people BUT them. 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K Rowling
"There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to see it"

There is no need for me to summarize this amazing piece of literature. Harry Potter is without a doubt the greatest series to exist. (Harry Potter nerd in me is revealing itself) Buy this book even if you already own it because there's a few new editions that are all beautiful and if you're buying this book for the first time, I'm a little shocked.

I hope this guide is a little helpful and gives you some ideas for what to buy your book loving friends!

Do you have any book recommendations for me to read during December?

Monday, 23 November 2015

The Grownup | | Book Review

"Let's start with the blood tickle" 

In true tradition of the psychological thrillers Gillian Flynn creates after her award winning three novels; Gone Girl (Best-selling, now made into a gripping movie starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike) Dark Places and Sharp Objects. The Grownup follows suit but in short story form, this is a book to read if you don't have time for full length novels but perhaps not a book to read late at night; it's light, thrilling (obviously) and ends on a cliffhanger. All readers love a good cliffhanger until you realise there isn't a second novel or there's very minimal chance of picking the author's brain.

The opening sentence is shocking, vulgar in the best sense but you are must be used to this if you're familiar with Flynn's style of writing. She doesn't sugar coat her words, the stories are raw, jaw-clenching and somewhat, filthy. Flynn clearly has no issues with controversy topics, she writes about women who are sex workers, women who aren't scared of male oppression and masters the art of psychologically investing you. 

Allowing readers to develop an attachment to characters is exactly what Flynn does, you'll feel a cluster of emotion and feel slightly dazed towards the end. A tale of three main characters: the unnamed narrator who works as first, sex worker and secondly, as psychic in a demoralizing work place, Susan: the woman she meets during a psychic interaction, a woman she becomes highly invested with and Miles: Susan's suspected demonic stepson.

Without spoiling this beautiful piece, this is a ghost story that'll leave chills down your spine but with the addition of manipulative characters, further leaving you wondering who is the suspect and who is the victim! Flynn's style of writing develops her character with such high complexity, her words will make you doubt your original thoughts and question your sanity. 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

University Woes

I imagine that many of you have been or will be in my situation - applying to university.

I have dreamed of going to university since I was very young (Probably around 8) and for an 8 year old that seems like an extreme dream. Now it's finally here, I'm finally in the process of applying, I'm absolutely terrified. Last night I sent off my application. I've chosen my five universities, I've written a pretty mediocre personal statement that unfortunately doesn't tell my chosen universities that I can sit and spoon a jar of peanut butter in one sitting or that I can successfully rap Super Bass by Nicki Minaj. What it does tell them however is I'm enthusiastic about books and reading, I mean when am I not reading a book? and I write, I write a lot. 

All I have ever wanted is to make a difference on someone's life through my writing, I can't even begin to explain how I feel when someone reads my work and has the most loveliest compliments (I'm open to criticism too, that's how writing works) It means the most to me when someone likes my words. Written word is the only way I can convey any meaning. I don't know how to talk properly about issues that matter however writing makes it possible. At the minute I'm going to label myself as a writing wizard, I'm writing a story and I've fallen in love with the male character I created (Ugh. Writer's problems. This guy doesn't exist, only in my imagination, he has a nice face though? He likes books? and cake?) I can't stop writing. It's a rewarding feeling to write, to sit and write for hours and lose track of time. It's comforting and it takes me away from my hectic life just for a little while. It's even more rewarding for me because the writer's block has been real recently but my head has been swimming with ideas for my plot and new characters. I. Just. Love. Writing. 

This blog made an entrance into my personal statement and I'm aware anyone can read this but knowing specifically the people who are deciding my life for the next 3/4 years are reading is daunting. Maybe now is a good time to censor my blog and make sure there's nothing dodgy...

I'm an anxious person. After sending my application form, I cried. I sat in front of my laptop and cried. I'm not sure whether it was relief because for the last 6 months I've been going to open days, re-searching universities and trying to muster a list of things I'm reasonably good at or whether I'm scared. I'm going for the latter. I worry about portraying myself as arrogant but I know I'm intelligent (In English that is, I know nothing about general knowledge except turtles don't have teeth). I work hard and never give myself credit for it. 

It's taken a lot of time to get where I am now. I'm worried that my efforts won't be worth it, I'm worried that I won't get any offers or I won't even like the concept of university. This is the typical "I'm applying to university based anxiety"

Everything I've typed already is negative, basically me in a nutshell (Oh look, she's still going) but I am excited for university. I am excited to learn. Education is important to me because I love learning - give me all the knowledge about words, books and authors!!! Please!!! I once told somebody that I'm not going to university for the experience, I'm going to learn and their response was "I've never heard anyone say that before" I think that says a lot about me as a person.

I want to move out of my town, I want to meet new people, I want to live independently and I want to poorly manage my money. My chosen universities are no where near home but I'm ready for it. I'm nearly 20 years old, I'm no longer 15 and relying on my mum for everything. I like to pretend I'm ready to become a FULL TIME ADULT. In reality I sometimes manage to burn porridge, I've only just learned how to use a washing machine without mixing the colours of all my clothes and I can't make beds so this time next year when I'm at university be ready for various complaints that I'm sleeping with no bed sheets or no cover on my duvet, I'm serious... I'm awful. 

The stress that has come with my uni application is enough to make me never get out of bed again. Deep down I know it'll be worth the crying, the essays and the caffeine induced nights but right now, I'm unsure. I'm unsure if I even want to go. Has society just drilled into my brain that I must go to university? That I must get a degree to get a job? That I must be in painful debt? 

The government is to blame. 

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Grammar: Know Your Shit or Know You're Shit | | Book Review

"I love learning about grammar, spelling and porcupine rodeos" 

Sounds bizarre and hilarious, right?

True. This book will teach you the in's and out's of grammar - you will probably become a "grammar fanatic". If you find yourself annoying your friends by correcting their grammar, then I'm 100% certain this book will make your friends hate you just a tiny bit more... But it's okay because is there anything better than fancy, correct grammar? No. 

Learning grammar sounds boring however this trendy, pocket sized (Depends on the size of your pocket, women don't get the privilege of many pockets) manual will teach you an enjoyable lesson. You won't feel like you're back in GCSE English reading Of Mice and Men!  You'll learn about word classes (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs etc.) where to correctly place punctuation and the weird, wonderful and confusing ways of the English language.

Why does there have to be several similar sounding words with different meanings? Who hates the English so much that 'their' 'there' and 'they're' exist?

The graphology of the text is aesthetically pleasing with a colour palette of hot pink and black. Not all straight-forward writing - you'll find charts explaining grammar terms more efficiently. Helpful tips on what to do and what not to do and how to prevent yourself from embarrassment with incorrect grammar.

Interesting facts about the history of English, where the terms "upper class" and "lower class" lettering came from (This bit will make you think 'who are we letting be in charge of creating the rules for language?') and inspiring quotes from famous authors.

"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master"
- Ernest Hemingway. 

You will close this book feeling fascinated that our language is so mind-blowing and complex. A humorous, informative read that will dramatically improve your quality of writing.

 I lied slightly when I said GCSE English is behind you, because nearer the end of the book there's a testing section. Test your brain on whether (or is it weather?...) you know your shit or you're shit!

Note: I frantically re-read this and checked my grammar. The irony if I've made a mistake. If you notice a mistake please don't break my fragile word loving heart by telling me. K thanks.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Things to do on Your Half Term Break

As I begin writing this, it's the first day of half term and I am avoiding all coursework and syllabus reading by dipping carrot sticks into houmous and watching one of my favourite films - Ratatouille.

Not everyone I know is still in education (Sigh, I still am and will be until I'm about 24) but I wanted to create a list of productive things you can do in your holiday breaks, or if you're not in education, perhaps on your weekend off work?

  1. It's Autumn, make the most of the absolutely stunning views. The colours of trees. The piles of leaves you walk through in your new winter boots. The crunchy sound of the leaves. The hot drinks. Ahh. I love it. Go for a long walk and just take in the crisp atmosphere, oh and take photos for that Instagram aesthetic!
  2. Bake - It's nearly Halloween, why don't you find some cute Halloween themed baking recipes? Here's a few: Pumpkin Halloween Cake Pops and Witch Hat Cookies
  3. Carve a pumpkin! I don't care how old you are, do it.
  4. Netflix!!! So typical, I know, but sometimes a break from school/college/uni/work means a Netflix binge is necessary. Maybe there's a TV show you've been meaning to binge watch? The Walking Dead? American Horror Story? Pretty Little Liars?
  5. Sleep. Over sleep. Don't sleep. Completely mess up your sleeping pattern because that's all students are good at, right... That and drinking caffeine at 1am to finish that goddamn essay. 
  6. Read a book. Avoid your syllabus reading for a while (Like I'm doing) and read a book you're actually going to thoroughly enjoy. I've just finished reading You by Caroline Kepnes - a thriller about obsession, it's definitely creepy. 
  7. Take a break. Education can be draining and exhausting. Take a well deserved break by sleeping in and watching all your favourite films and eating all the yummy snacks.
  8. Do as many Buzzfeed quizzes as you can, pretend they tell the truth, pretend that knowing who your Disney princess sidekick, is really matters. 
  9. Have a look at my favourite website. Imogimoon - Lots of articles about current events and issues. An informative site with some funnies, some lists and some raw stories. 

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Hancock P.I | | Book Review

Hancock P.I
Dan Taylor

"In all the pictures up until you're about three years old, not one of them has either of your parents in them."

Jake Hancock is a private investigator, somewhat not professional, perhaps an alcoholic and most definitely corrupt. Having sex with your clients? Not on.

He's now Josh - a medical student with a girlfriend called Megan. Except, he's not Josh, he's still Hancock, just under cover trying to investigate Megan's past. 

There's something fishy about Megan's parents and Jake is here to find out. With every meeting of the Books family Megan's parents Charles and Barbara give off an air of intrigue, leaving you wanting to know just who they really are. You'll want to turn the pages faster than you can read. Who are Charles and Barbara Books? 

'Josh' is living with his client Megan for the weekend at her home in Texas, herself and her father are both actors and now you know that Charles can act, it's definitely believable that there's something weird happening. Pretending to be Josh, a younger student, he has to dress quite preppy and pretend he's actually interested in medical education. With the help of his Scottish friend he reveals who Megan's parents are. Not only is it the most fantastic plot twist, it is also modern and relevant to society of 2015.

Hancock discovers Megan's parent's secret, whilst handling his disabled sister who apparently can't stop using explicit language, drinking copious amounts of alcohol and going to strip joints. After completing his investigation he returns home, to base with his manager to find that his manager is 'stalking' him through the airport on his arrival home. Why would his manager, the woman he works for, be following him?

All he knows is that he has to pack his bags and go to an underground bunker.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

How to Cope with Panic Attacks | | Tips and Self Help

Anxiety affects one in six people. A side effect of having anxiety can be panic attacks, not everyone with anxiety suffers with them but it's a common side effect. People have different symptoms, it's the same as depression in the respect that one person's symptoms are not the same as the next. Most of the time panic attacks are not pleasant. 

Symptoms of a panic attack include: 

  • Shortness of breath or hyperventaliation 
  • Chest pain
  • Sweating or chills 
  • Nausea
  • Feeling light-headed/faint
  • Numbness/tingling in fingers or toes
  • Over-whelming fear of dying
I'm going to compile a list of things to help you either cope with having panic attacks or get you through it. During a panic attack the sufferer often feels like they are either going to die or have a heart attack because the feelings of panic are so strong and powerful, however that's not the case. Easier said than done, it's not always easy to stop that panic.
 How many cases of anxiety have ended in death due to panic? 

  1. Identify your trigger - Not everyone has a trigger but if you think you do, once you've identified it you may find it easier to cope and more importantly avoid them. In my case, I've realised that public transport and classrooms that are full of people are making me panic thus ending in a panic attack, I'm attempting to solve these attacks by sitting closer to the door (eg, not the back of the bus where I feel trapped) 
  2. To- do lists - Having a to-do list might make you feel less stressed and more organised about your days. Having a list telling you what you need to do that day will prevent any unnecessary panicking about deadlines (or whatever you may be stressing about) It'll also make you feel in control and that's what panic attacks make you feel like, like you're losing control of absolutely everything. 
  3. Breathe - You're probably sighing at me now and it's easier said than done when you're in the midst of an attack, but count to ten. 
  4. Clear your space - If you can, get away from large crowds of people/enclosed spaces just to take a break, allowing you to relax and breathe more regularly. 
  5. Close your eyes - Don't do this if you're walking somewhere... Sit down and close your eyes. I find this helps me, might be different for you but closing my eyes takes me away from the situation and helps me relax.
  6. Talk - Talk to somebody, ring your best friend, text your mum, meet up with some friends. Just talk to someone. It'll distract you from feelings of panic. 
  7. Don't bottle it - This refers to any feeling of emotion, don't bottle it up. We all know it's bad for you. Relating to my previous point of talking to somebody, feeling alone/lonely could make you feel more anxious and full of panic.
  8. Breathe. - (Again!) Remember to breathe. This attack will not last, it'll be over before you know it. It may feel like you're dying but I promise that you won't!
I hope this post helps you if you suffer from anxiety! If you have any of your own tips it'd be great to hear them!

Monday, 5 October 2015

The Girl with Nine Wigs | | Book Review

The Girl with Nine Wigs
Sophie Van Der Stap

“I'm twenty-one. I'm supposed to be an adult, a grown-up who can take care of herself, but I'm scared shitless”

Imagine having life ahead of you full of hopes and dreams and then suddenly within the space of one day and a hospital diagnosis it's taken away. That's just what happens to Sophie in this thought provoking memoir. At the age of 21, being a young adult who enjoys dressing up, going to parties and dating to be told you have to undergo a year's worth of medication to shrink the size of your tumour.

Sophie writes her experiences in a diary allowing readers to see the ups and downs of her cancer diagnosis. Personal, truthful and absolutely hilarious at times, the way in which Sophie records her recovery process is astonishing. Normal teenage life has been taken away from her, well so she thinks, but her diary records her relationships with her best friends, her continuous support from her family and funny dating adventures and unfortunate teenage heartbreak. Sophie captures the awful experiences that come with cancer treatment but also lets other sufferers know that just because you've been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease you can still go out and have fun!

Turning her devastating illness into a fun loving adventure, she begins buying wigs. Wigs that develop their own persona, giving Sophie a different name and different personality with every wig change. There's Stella, Daisy, Sue, Blondie, Platina, Pam, Uma, Lydia and Bebe. Becoming a different person with each different wig appears to be a way for Sophie to cope with her illness and recovery, she creates a humorous atmosphere and makes it a very imaginative read. She directs her readers away from the real issue of cancer and describes the fun she has along the way.

Being young, all girls wants to do is wear make-up, wear pretty dresses, go out dancing with best friends and date boys, you'd think being diagnosed with a life threatening illness this would slow Sophie down. Wrong! Sophie travels, goes out for coffee dates with her friends, dances all night and has relationships! She puts on a wig and becomes a cancer free patient. Under the wig, she's under-going chemotherapy and radiation treatment but as soon as the wig sits on her head, she's free, she's a new person, she has a new look and a new life.

A journey of grief, pain and love. This book will make you laugh when you follow her trips to the health supermarkets to get supplements and vitamins “How does one pronounce quinoa?” and this book will make you cry.

A year in her life after diagnosis. Is the treatment successful?

Monday, 28 September 2015

20 Things I Love About Myself Challenge

After reading MoanyMouse's challenge and her recommendation of me to do the challenge myself, here I am. I am often told by my friends that I'm too hard on myself and never give myself credit when due, so I figured this post might help me realise that maybe I am a better person than I think I am!

Here are the rules...

  1. Write 20 things you love about yourself… (obvi)  It can be physical, emotional, mental, spiritual…um….nonsensical… Whatever!  It’s all about you so do what you want!
  2. Incorporate a selfie somewhere! (if you want)
  3. Tag other bloggers!  
  4. Revel in the self love!

  1. I love that I've changed. What a massive cliche you may be thinking but I believe I have changed since my secondary school years. I'm not the same person I was at the age of 14-16. Obviously. Duh... People change. 
  2. I love my ability to forgive. You could probably break my heart into a million teeny tiny pieces and I would still forgive you. (P.S this doesn't give you reason to break my heart!) I've found after recent events, I forgave a friend for something they couldn't help. Feelings are feelings. Now, if 15 year old me heard me saying that she would slap me round the face. I used to hold grudges and have so much hatred for people.
  3. I love how strong I am. Both physically and mentally. My fitness levels are higher than ever before and I find myself thinking that if I were as fit as I am now back in high school and participating in sports day I would ace every race. Go me. Go being fit and healthy. Mentally, I'm stronger. This post is becoming a "I'm comparing myself at 19 years old to my 15 year old self". I cope with problems that I face and most importantly I cope with my illness.
  4. I love being proud of myself. Feeling proud of tackling diabetes from the age of 17. I learned to grow up before I even became an adult, I had no choice. 
  5. I love that I can cope with being alone. I like eating alone, working alone, watching films alone and having just general time alone. I believe once you've managed to do things in life by yourself and not feeling lonely, you are capable of anything. BTW there's a difference between being alone and feeling lonely.
  6. I love the natural curls of my hair. I spent my entire secondary school life looking at girls with naturally straight hair and wishing I had that. I would straighten my hair every single day without fail, so much so that people rarely ever saw my natural hair. I'd like to apologise to my hair now for all the heat appliances and that I love you very much now. I may never straighten my hair again because I love my curls. I was born with curly hair. Learn to embrace the curls!
  7. I love how confident I am. I can strut through the high street in a fancy skirt and crop top and feel like a supermodel. I can go out with my hair in a messy bun and no make up and I can also go out with red lippy and thick black eyeliner and feel fabulous either way.
  8. I love my ability to work hard. I have goals and ambitions. I'm going to reach them even if it exhausts me. I am determined.
  9. I love how messy I am, somtimes... Not always but I feel like it's part of my personality. My room will never be tidy, it's just me and that's okay if my floor has been renamed a floordrobe.
  10. I love that I can take criticism. If something's not right, if I've done something wrong I'd rather be told and allow room for me to improvement than to get all narky at the person trying to help me. However, constructive criticism is what I mean not the criticism that is just damn right insulting. Tell me/advise me how to improve just don't knock me down.
  11. I love that I can cook and bake and I'm allowed to say I'm good at it because I make banging dinners for myself (Ugh I said banging, bye world!) and making cakes is therapeutic, good for the mind and calories don't matter.
  12. I love that I read. Sometimes I wonder what I'd enjoy if I hadn't found a love for books and literature. I can't imagine a world without books, without losing myself in fiction and falling in love with characters.
  13. I love that I decided to make this blog. Relating to my previous 'love' about confidence, this blog has helped me along the way. I love projecting my voice online. I love writing about how I feel about real life issues. I love the friends I've made (MoanyMouse, I don't even know your name, why isn't it on your blog??? I feel like a bad friend but I like you lots.) 
  14. I love that I'm academic. I love learning, give me all the knowledge about everything pls.
  15. I love the colour of my eyes and the strange probably unusual black dots (Not my pupils) I can't explain unless you've looked closely at my eyes. 
  16. I love my body. This is something I struggle with on a regular basis but I'm accepting myself now. I am me and I'll probably never looked like Kylie Jenner or Taylor Swift because I love cake and bread too much.
  17. I love that I don't judge people too often. Do what you want. Eat what you want. Dress how you want. Be who you want. I don't care, I won't judge you. 
  18. I love that I don't follow the crowds anymore. I used to feel the need to constantly fit in with everyone around me and be in competition with every single girl I knew. I cut my hair short even though I knew you didn't like it because I'm my own person and your opinion shouldn't affect my choices.
  19. I love that I don't care. I don't care what you think of me. I don't care if you stare. I don't care if you don't like me.
  20. Most of all, I love me. I love who I am today and I hope I love who I am in 5 years time.

This is a strange post for me, please don't think I'm being big headed. (Refer back to the confidence point) I'm not going to tag any other bloggers (Breaking the rules) but if you read and want to do the challenge yourself, feel free. 

Going to end this post with a selfie because the rules say so and we all know I love a good selfie... 

33 Things about Autumn.

It's officially autumn and this year it's becoming my new favourite season. I'm normally a winter girl, that's probably down to the fact I was born in December. This year I'm noticing more about the autumn months and I have a lot more appreciation for the colours, scents and general atmosphere of the season.
  1. Crunchy leaves
  2. Turtlenecks
  3. Crispy mornings
  4. Perfect weather for skirts and jumpers. Not too cold. Not too hot.
  5. The low sun rising in the morning and bouncing off the reflection of windows
  6. Dark lipstick - It's now acceptable to dig out the deep reds and plum purples
  7. Wardrobe colours - Rust, camel, grey, navy
  8. Knitted jumpers
  9. Darker evenings
  10. Apple crumble with custard
  11. Conkers
  12. Hot chocolate with marshmallows (Veggie ones for me though please!)
  13. Trees. You know what I'm talking about. The colours of the leaves
  14. Bonfire night
  15. Hot drinks
  16. New TV seasons begin. I'm talking The Walking Dead and American Horror Story
  17. Fireworks
  18. Halloween
  19. Pumpkin carving
  20. Fluffy socks
  21. Movie nights under blankets that aren't sweating hot like in Summer
  22. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes
  23. Warm hearty meals e.g. soups, stews, casseroles 
  24. Chelsea boots
  25. Kicking bundles of leaves
  26. Toffee apples
  27. The most incredible sunsets that are always Instagram-able
  28. Mustard coloured clothing. A must
  29. This year have you seen the Starbucks autumn takeaway cups????
  30. Moths
  31. Autumnal candle scents
  32. Layering
  33. The lead up to Christmas officially begins. Santa Claus is coming to town. When is it acceptable to watch Elf? Is September too early? 
What do you enjoy most about autumn?

Friday, 25 September 2015

Mental Health Stigma

With World Mental Health Day approaching on the 10th of October it feels necessary to try and help end the stigma around suffering with mental health problems. Mental health isn't taken as seriously as it should be, people only seem to make awareness and care about the sufferers when something awful has happened due to their mental illness. Normally it's too late to help someone when you find out how much they've been struggling because they've already taken the action towards ending their life. It truly is heartbreaking that the lack of knowledge and lack of believe results in the loss of so many innocent lives a year. Suicide rates show that British men are 3 times more likely to die from suicide attempts than British women.

Now suicide isn't the result of every single diagnosable mental health disorder out there, I'm mainly focusing on depression. I'm a sufferer myself and it's not pleasant. The word depressed is used too commonly as an adjective nowadays "It's raining today, how depressing!"  and it sheds depression in a bad light. The stigma surrounding mental health issues needs to be changed, I'm sick of people assuming that someone suffering with a mental health problem can 'snap out of it'

Depression simply cannot be snapped out of. Symptoms for sufferers are not always identical, one victims experience with depression may be different to the next. 

However the most acknowledged symptoms of depression include:

  • Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Low self-worth
  • Low spirit and enthusiasm for every day life
  • Feeling hopeless/agitated
  • Numbness 
  • Alienating yourself from your loved ones
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Loss of or an increase of appetite
  • Low energy levels
  • Poor concentration
Depression is different to feeling unhappy. You may feel unhappy about a rubbish day at work but someone suffering with depression may have had the best possible day of their lives but feel so completely numb to what is happening. Depression isn't just sadness about typically sad things, it's feeling sad and down for absolutely no reason sometimes. It's not getting out of bed for days at a time because there's no point, you feel like everything in your life is bleak and there is no future or way out which is why it leads to suicide because unless you get the help you need you want out. It's having no care in the world for how you look. There's the guilt you feel for feeling so awful with no real explanation. There's explaining to your manager why you can't get out of bed and them not understanding. It's losing all joy in the activities you once enjoyed, you liked to read? Nope no more. Your bed is your new best friend. It's not having the energy to talk to anybody thus isolating yourself further from the life you once enjoyed. It's knowing you're starving and your belly is rumbling so excessively it's like you haven't eaten in a month but you just don't have the energy to stop hiding under your duvet. It could be insomnia. It could be sleeping all day every day for weeks.

I try to block out the worst parts of my depression from my memory but it should be spoken about. I should not be made to feel ashamed. I should not feel embarrassed. The worst period for me was March-May this year. I saw no future. I had no faith in myself. I had nothing and no one, although I had a room full of people around me. I stopped eating because that's the only thing I could control. Days would go so fast, day in day out spent in bed, alone. Feeling completely alienated from my family. I decided that I didn't care about employment and money, one weekend I just decided that I wasn't going to go back to my job. I stopped turning up to my shifts and never informed my collogues and manager of why. I stopped reading books, I couldn't concentrate on the words in front of me. I couldn't care less about my medication that I was supposed to take. I didn't want to be alive. It broke me into pieces. Constantly feeling numb or feeling extreme happiness and joy for the world or extreme sadness where I thought I'd never be happy again. One day I'd be happy, the next a complete mess and there was nothing for me to identify what I'd be feeling the next day. The worst time for me was around nine consecutive bad days. There was just nothing there, nothing to live for and no one to talk to.

It got better and that's what I want to tell you. If you're feeling anything like I did, or similar feelings you're probably thinking there's no way I'll ever be happy again. Without sounding like a massive cliche, it does get better. I'm not entirely sure how I overcome the worst of it, I'm still not better I have my days where nothing is okay and it never will again but I know now how to control it. 

I keep myself busy, I throw myself into my education, in writing blog posts, into exercising, into laughing, into looking at the beauty around me, in spending time with my friends and family.

I'm thankful I'm here today and I never thought I would be saying this, but over summer some incredible opportunities opened up for me and I have never felt so happy. I passed my AS exams and have entered my second year of A-Levels. I have another job which I enjoy. I have just a small handful of friends who I don't see often but I'm grateful for their presence in my life. I'm back in my happy world of books, I cannot stop reading. I'm reviewing books for an actual company. I have family who care, who make me laugh and make my days more enjoyable. Most importantly I have my mum. My mum is my best friend and I truly believe I wouldn't be here if she hadn't supported me. 

Depression isn't glitter, sunshine and rainbows. It's real. It's a valid reason for not going to work today. Your feelings are always valid. It's possible to get better. 

I didn't intend for this post to get so heartfelt and personal, probably too revealing but I want people to realise it's okay to feel like this and there is a way out. 

Again, sorry for the over shared information but I hope this is informative and as real as can be.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Ellie Goulding at The Roundhouse

Flashback to last week when I received an email telling me I had won tickets for myself and a guest to see Ellie Goulding at the opening night of Apple Music Festival (Was once called The iTunes festival). It's safe to say I freaked out. I entered the competition with no high hopes in winning, but clearly luck is on my side this year because earlier on I also won a domino's pizza. I have liked/loved (Trying not to be a massive fan girl) Ellie since I was about 13 so winning these tickets was a dream come true...

I took my mum along with me. My mum and I are literally best friends and she wouldn't say no to mother/daughter time, especially when it involved a trip to London.

Off we headed to Camden. Ever since my first trip to London probably when I was 14 I have loved Camden and still do. I love the hustle and bustle of Camden market, the variety of cuisines (You've probably heard about the bang bang chicken...) the wide diversity of personalities, the sounds of typical London traffic, market hustlers and just the general atmosphere. Even more so on a Saturday evening.

First stop, food.

In the week leading up to the event I was frantically googling and researching suitable places to eat, finding the perfect place for a vegan to eat. Luckily my mum supports me in my food choices and she'll happily eat vegetarian/vegan food also.

I found this place called My Village Cafe, I was weary because I couldn't find much information online, however I was not disappointed. The cafe itself is intimate (Maybe the wrong choice of word but you get my drift) the tables are all quite close together, you really felt like you knew everybody around you. Upon entering, before even sitting down I knew I was going to love it. Inside it was dark but vibrant and that's because of the people inside. None of the interior matched, it was unique. Wooden tables and stools, fairy lights and small picnic like tables with a chessboard style top. Feeling like I had entered a fairy tale setting, I laughed to my mum that I felt as if there should have been a witches cauldron in the middle bubbling away.

Hungry, extremely hungry after working an 8 hour shift beforehand, we sat and gazed at the menu in wonder. The drink selection was incredible, herbal teas, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, milkshakes and coffee's. All available with the option for dairy free (For the coffee's and milkshakes). I had an iced coffee made with soya milk and my mum had a mint and ginger herbal tea. The food menu didn't have a large selection of choice, however the dishes that were on offer supplied at least probably your 10-a-day...


Our starters included a small tub of houmous with fresh warm pitta breads and a soup they call Grandma's Soup which I'm not certain what it contained but it seemed like lentils! Our mains were a massive plate of nutritional goodness of beetroot, falafel, cucumber, pepper, chickpeas, more houmous, kidney beans, salad leaves, a mint dip and probably many other forgotten but yummy ingredients. I highly recommend this cafe, reasonably priced, polite and enthusiastic staff members, great service, yummy food and beautiful surroundings. 

After food we had a wander around Camden until it was time to enter the venue.

The famous Amy Winehouse statue.

I didn't realise there was a branch of the Cereal Killer Cafe in Camden and now I wished I hadn't already eaten a massive plate of food because every cereal looked amazing. The cafe is so aesthetically pleasing. 

Offering a large selection of cereal from across the globe. You have your typically British cereals like Kellogg's, Coco Pops and Shreddies and then the most incredible American cereal range offering Lucky Charms, Froot Loops and Cinnabon. Not only do they supply such global cereals with so many choices, there's the option for various milks too so if you have dietary requirements you are catered for. They stock all dairy free milks. Once you've chosen your cereal and milk, there's the choice of toppings ranging from fruit, nuts and obviously the most unhealthiest toppings (Magic stars, party rings and marshmallows being a few). Their range of pop tarts flavours is incredible, definitely check those out. Seeing as it is breakfast foods toast is available with a variety of spreads including peanut butter and popping candy spread!!!!?

Houses in London are beautiful, right? 

Now for the real reason I was in London. Ellie Goulding.

I've never been in the Roundhouse until last weekend, it was amazing. Modern and easy to navigate yourself around. My mum and I ordered a few alcoholic drinks from the bar, let's not talk about the prices... It probably would have been cheaper to go to the Sainsbury's outside, buy a bottle of vodka and neck it before we went in... That's a joke. I'm classier than that, I promise.

The supporting act was the stunning Andra Day. Originally from California, a singer who begun after being found on Youtube. Her music is soulful and quite jazzy. She rocked it. She reminded me of a mix between Paloma Faith and the late Amy Winehouse.

At the beginning of Ellie's set I was near the back because we decided we wanted drinks during the break between Andra and Ellie and lost our pretty decent places. However as the night progressed I ended up closer to the stage. I could spend the next few paragraphs talking about how absolutely incredible, amazing and talented Ellie is but I'll keep it brief. She never fails to make me smile, especially when she performed my favourite songs Ritual, Lights and now currently her newest single On My Mind which I may add Saturday evening was the first time she played it live. It gives me goosebumps to think how lucky I am. She is so so so wonderful. 

Her set list included her feature tracks Powerful (Major Lazer), Outside (Calvin Harris) and her cover of Elton John's Your Song and also the track that featured on this years release of 50 Shades of Grey 'Love Me Like You Do'. 

If you follow me on Instagram you would have already seen a couple of these photos. My outfit for the night was this stunning Topshop skirt that I brought a few days before on Depop, my style doesn't normally include midi skirts because I've always thought they don't suit me as I'm quite short, however this skirt has changed my life. So swish and floaty and sparkling, I felt bloody great. Crop top is from Missguided, purchased just before Christmas last year and this was only it's 2nd outing, I clearly don't go out enough to wear glamorous booby pieces of clothing. I paired it with a pair of chunky black platform boots.

I had the loveliest day, Ellie Goulding reminded me why I love her, the food I ate was delicious and the mother/daughter time was the best.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Summer Book Haul

I'm fully aware that we're halfway through September and summer is well and truly over. However, I'm back at college now and I've been super busy writing essays, sleeping, working weekends at stupid hours, eating lots and working out so trying to sit down and write a blog post has been hard. I can only apologize, it's only been 6 days since my last post but it feels like decades. 

Over the summer I read a decent amount of books and my goal for this year is to read 40 books, I'm currently on the 30th book as we speak. This post is a summary of the books I read this summer with a brief plot explanation (No spoilers this time!!!) 

Listed from my least favourite to my favourite.

1. Astonishing the Gods - Ben Okri
A tale of a man seeking invisibility on an island, full of fantasy and strange happenings. So surreal I felt like I was in some twisted unexpected fairytale. A quick, short, easy read that I would recommend if you're not a massive reader and have a short attention span.
Not a piece of fiction I enjoyed unfortunately, that doesn't make it a bad novel I simply just didn't like it. 

2. Lolita - Vladmir Nabokov 
A well known, well acknowledged classic telling the story of Humbert who's deep fascination with underage girls ends him up in prison. Definitely not a light hearted read but an interesting piece of fiction. Considering its contents and forbidden nature I loved it, it was a slow read that demanded my full attention and I recommend reading it.
If you haven't already seen I've written a full review of this novel already, link here.

3. A Gift to Remember - Melissa Hill
Set in New York at Christmas (Dreamy location) I absolutely loved this novel. Following Darcy, a woman living a mediocre life in New York City working at a bookstore when one morning she's involved in an accident. Although unharmed, the man she collided with ends up in hospital with memory loss. Darcy takes it upon herself to help the man remember who he is, Darcy has read many books where the protagonist goes on adventure and believes the naivety of fiction. She feels obliged to help the man because she feels so guilty about colliding with him.
A book of Christmas chaos, a large dog, books and strong wanderlust for NYC.
I connected with Darcy and her love of literature and bookstores.

4.Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - Haruki Murakami
My opinion is most certainly bias as I'm in love with Murakami's style of writing. This novel tells the story of protagonist Tsukuru and his friendship group and how they all suddenly dropped Tsukuru from their circle like he didn't even exist anymore. Tsukuru as an adult makes it his mission to discover why they abandoned him.
A tale of true friendship, growing up and unconditional love.

5.Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
Another one of Murakami fabulously written novels that I adored. Although I think this story is one of Murakami's most praised novels, it's my favourite. The tale of Toru going through college education and being swooned by females. He's in love with a girl called Naoko and the book explores the person she is now in the present day, struggling with mental health after the deaths of her boyfriend Kizuki and her older sister. Toru takes a journey to visiting Naoko in the institution she's staying at, in the middle of pretty much nowhere it's a place of retreat and calm. He meets several very different personalities throughout the book, documenting his own mental health and his feelings and emotions towards the opposite gender.
I will most definitely read this again.

I still have a good few books to get through in the last 3 months of 2015 to reach my goal but I'm determined to do it. Last year I read 27 and this year I'm on my 30th so I'm beating that record.

Do you have any book recommendations? 

Friday, 4 September 2015

London Photo Set

It's a ritual for my mum and I to take a trip to London on one of the last days of the summer holidays. This year my little sister came along and we enjoyed a lot of yummy food, including sweet potato and chickpea burgers from Borough Market and pizza and garlic bread from our favourite affordable restaurant in London called Garfunkels. 

I live reasonably close to London, a brief 22 miles away so I find myself in the city quite often. There's always something new to see or a place you've never explored before, for instance Covent Garden this summer has an exhibition of balloons. It's weird but fascinating and a marvel to look at and obviously, completely Instagram worthy. 

The Harry Pottoer store at Kings Cross station is one of my favourite places in the city. Being the big Harry Potter fan I am, I absolutely love all the merchandise and the beauty of the set and props. Kings Cross is the famous station regarding HP fans as it's where platform 9 and 3/4 is situated. I like to pretend it's real. Honestly guys, it exists. Not only is there a gift shop but there's also the opportunity to pretend you're crashing through the wall with your trolley and have your photo taken. My sister purchased the Bertie Bott's jelly beans that are so typically a feature on The Hogwarts Express and on a pit stop to Starbucks we dived in, in both fear and excitement over the strange flavours. I happened to pick one which was soap flavoured and for the rest of the day I could taste washing up liquid. There's a vomit flavoured one (Yes, gross. My only question is, how did they get it to taste of vomit? Who's vomit is it? It is Daniel Radcliffe's?) 

Recently opened in the last few months is a 3 floored Lush store on Oxford Street. I've heard a lot of bloggers raving about this store and oh my, it's beautiful. Not only does it smell absolutely incredible, it's vibrant, spacious and full of the friendliest staff members who are always on hand to help. This branch of Lush has limited edition products, products that you might not find in your nearest local Lush. Browsing the three floors of beauty goodness, I couldn't decide what to buy so unfortunately I didn't purchase anything (I now regret that!). However, with the revamp of this Lush store I am so so SO gutted that my favourite bath bomb Space Girl has been discontinued. Not ending on a sad note, if you happen to find yourself in London, take a trip to Oxford Street, have a browse in the magnificent store and inhale the mixture of citrus, floral and sweet smells. 

Every time I travel to London the architecture never fails to amaze me. I could spends hours walking round the city lusting over the buildings, I mean just look at the ceiling of Kings Cross station. Mesmerisingly beautiful. 

What are you favourite things to do in London? Sights? And favourite foody heavens? 

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

What I Ate Wednesday | | Food Post

This is my first What I Ate Wednesday and I'm pretty excited, I love love LOVE food and making meals for myself. I don't have the perfect diet, I mean does anyone? I've seen a couple of bloggers/youtubers doing this post and I thought I'd join in. I'm currently still on my summer holidays so it enables me to have a more homemade lunch rather than a quickly made sandwich and some fruit. Being at home means I can make more meals that take time and that's one thing I'm going to miss when I go back to college next week. My meals are quite repetitive because I get obsessed with a certain meal and decide to have it 24/7 so I probably won't do these posts every week because you will get bored. 

Breakfast - Chocolate porridge with peanut butter
A couple of months back I discovered the magic of overnight oats and ever since I've been having them every single day. Before I go to bed, 50g of plain rolled oats, 200ml of almond milk (or your preferred milk) and 7g of cocoa powder left overnight for the oats to soften and then in the morning, heat it up, add a spoonful of peanut butter and your porridge is SO creamy and soft.

Lunch - Scrambled egg and spinach with wholemeal toast and avocado

If you know me, you know I have an extreme obsession with both avocado and peanut butter (Not together, that might be weird) so you should probably expect to see those frequently. Lunch today was scrambled egg made with 2 egg whites and 1 yolk and fresh spinach. Chuck it all in a shallow pan or saucepan and continuously stir otherwise you'll have an omelette instead of scrambled. One slice of a wholemeal bloomer loaf toasted with around half an avocado/50g of mashed avocado spread on with a sprinkling of pepper. I'm loving this meal at the minute and I've been having it every lunch time with no regrets. 

Dinner - 'Chicken' and couscous

I'm unsure what to call this dish, it's simply just a few ingredients thrown together because there's not much in my house at the moment. Quorn chicken pieces, sweetcorn, courgette and spinach drenched in soy sauce laid on a bed of couscous. A simple meal to make, taking me around 20 minutes to put together, includes some of your 5-a-day and is super yummy. 

That's all I'll probably eat today because I've had quite a stationary day lounging around watching films. I hope you like this new post and seeing what I eat! 

Comment below if you've like me to do this often.