I'm so happy it's finally my birthday! I got a Fuji instax and it's adorable and I love it. I haven't taken any pictures yet, because the film is pretty expensive and I don't want to waste it. Kate, Georgia, and Jess are coming over later for food and a sleepover, and I'm really excited!!
I'm sorry for my hiatus. I think I unconsciously hibernate in the winter- I’ll blink on Sunday and weeks will pass. I'm like a bear. Or a cat. Y'know, if cats hibernated.
As my birthday is coming up soon (the 22nd) I thought I’d do a little wish list. I really love Etsy; I browse all the time, but I've never actually bought anything for myself, plus it’s a great place for DIY inspiration.
All of these items were on my favourites already, but they’re definitely some of the best.
Sorry again for my absence. I have a couple of posts planned soon so hopefully I’ll snap out of it.
Love, Shay. xo
I am a bad person, and I can only apologise for my lack of posts. Sorry :(
I've been ridiculously unmotivated, which seems to be the norm lately and that's a shame. It seems to have really hit over the new year. Maybe it's just January blues? I hope so 'cause it's not fun. I just get stressed and then I get stressed over being stressed until I get so stressed that I end up with nothing done. Ugh.
In other much more exciting happy news my friend Jess has started a blog. It's really lovely, and she made brownies on Sunday so you should go and check it out.
In the mean time I'm going to brain-storm blog post ideas and try not to get myself in a stressy ball of stress.
so sorry this took so long! I’ve just been feeling really
unmotivated lately. Plus I almost had it finished yesterday when
Sherlock came on. Sherlock is life so I'm only a little bit sorry for
not posting yesterday.
I'm here now to share with you my 2014 New Years Resolutions. I know
they’re a bit late but let's all just pretend that it's still the
5th January okay? Okay.
made resolutions in the past but they’ve always been a bit silly or
I've not stuck to them (whoops). But this year I've made my
resolutions and I’m going to stick to them, because they’re all
things I really want to focus on.
are my 'Big Goals'. I have lots of other little things that I want to
accomplish but my resolutions are ones that mean the most to me.
Just say yes.
for me, is my absolute most important resolution. I can be quite a
shy, nervous person. There's a lot of things that I shy away from or
just won't do because the idea of doing it terrifies me. An example
of this is school. In a lot of lessons I won't put my hand up or get
involved in class discussions, because I just cant bring myself to
raise my hand. It's one of those things that makes me annoyed
afterwards, because it shouldn’t be so difficult. I’m hoping that
this resolution will encourage me to be more outgoing, even if it is
just small things like getting more involved in school.
Stop letting little things bother you.
is another pretty important one for me. I'm the kind of person that
takes everything to heart. Someone's passing comment can have me
awake at night worrying, and it's not particularly enjoyable. For
this reason, I’m going to learn to brush things off. On the other
end of the stick, I'm going to focus more on thinking before I speak,
because I would hate for something that I say to be taken in the
wrong way, and my mind often lacks a filter.
Remember the little things.
just going to come out and say it. I have a dreadful memory. Like,
really really bad. It's a real shame because I always forget the
little things like fun days out with my friends.
going to start taking more pictures, because I barely ever use my
camera, and I’m going to make a '2014 memories jar'. My friend
Georgia did this for 2013 and I thought it was such a good idea. Now
I just need to think of some way to decorate it! I also may
start a diary, but any attempts at this before haven’t been too
good, so I'm not putting too much faith in the idea.
possibly the least organised person in the world. With my GCSEs
coming up this year and next, I want to organise my time better,
revise, get homework done, finish last-years-media-coursework (oops)
and just generally sort my self out. I plan on doing this in a few
ways; I’m going to get some kind of weekly organiser/filofax, and
I’m going to put my whiteboards and cork-boards to use. Lists help
me a lot, so I’m going to start carrying my little flippy notepad
around to remind me of, well, just about everything (like I said,
have absolutely no hobbies. I'm really bad at keeping them up because
I lack the time and energy and motivation and more often than not the
money. One of my goals this year is to start one or more hobbies and
actually stick at it. I made myself a list (I love lists) of some
things I'd like to try.
I mentioned before I want to try and take a lot more photos and use
my camera more.
want to start sewing again. I've made a couple of little things in
the past, but when my sister left for Uni she took her sewing
machine with her. I want to get back into crafting and making,
because it's something I really enjoy.
is something I’d really like to try this year. After browsing
Pinterest it looks like something really fun that I could get into
if I had some supplies and a bit of creativity.
I want to start cooking more. I do bake quite a bit, but I generally
stick to the same few recipes (one of the reasons I haven’t posted
one in a while, sorry!) I want to branch out and try cooking more
savoury dishes alongside cakes.
really excited for my resolutions this year. I'm going to print them
on pretty paper and hang and frame them on my bedroom wall so I don’t
you have any resolutions for this year? Or have you cheated on your
'no chocolate' rule already? ;)
This is just a really quick update to say that my New Years Resolutions blog post is going to be a little bit late. I had it all typed up and then my internet crashed! I was really annoyed so I may have given up. I will have it done and dusted at some point during the week though, promise.
Happy New Year, I hope you had a great 2013 and are super excited for this year, I know I am!
I'm blogging from my very own brand new laptop! I've been asking for one for a while, but I never thought I'd actually get it. I also got a cat onesie yesterday (we always get new pajamas on Christmas Eve) and now I can't wait for food.
I can’t believe it’s Christmas eve already! All of our
decorations are up (and have been for a week or two) and it finally feels like Christmas.
I’m really sorry for not posting earlier. I feel so bad, but
I've been really busy recently what with exams and illness and Christmas shopping
(aka stressing- Christma
s presents are hard work!) I’ve really not had the
chance, and I've not really been doing anything ‘blog worthy’ anyway. I have a
couple of ideas for future posts, which is pretty exciting considering my lack
But that’s okay now, because I’m here and I bring Christmas
goodies! Well, Christmas goody, but its gingerbread so you aren’t allowed to
complain. It’s perfect for a last minute present, or a Christmas party you
might be attending. Or maybe you just want to stuff you're face with gingerbread.
Don’t worry, I won’t judge.
I found this recipe on the BBC website. You can never go wrong
with BBC food. I made it a few days ago for my mum to take with her to work,
and now I’ve made it again today, just for fun.
Sorry for the crazy collage, I'm still working on my photo skills
·350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
·1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
·2 tsp ground ginger
·1 tsp ground cinnamon
·175g/6oz light soft brown sugar
·1 free-range egg
·4 tbsp. golden syrup
1.Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda,
ginger and cinnamon and pour into a bowl. Add the butter and blend in a food
processor until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
2.Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together,
add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Tip the
dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfilm and leave to chill in
the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
3.Preheat the oven to 180 C. Line two baking trays
with greaseproof paper.
4.Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface.
Using cutters cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray,
leaving a space between them so they don’t morph into one.
5.Bake for 8-12 minutes (my biscuits were only
small, so they didn’t need as much time) or until lightly golden-brown. Leave
on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
These are some of the best
gingerbread biscuits that I’ve ever made, and they're really easy to make.