Monday, 29 December 2014

My Favourite Quote 💭

My favourite quote of all time is: "Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game."

Any idea wear this quote is from? Think about it. Wait a second. Any ideas? 3 2 1...

This is from my favourite movie, "A Cinderella Story" with my favourite actress Hilary Duff. Everyone always says it is a rubbish movie to have as a favourite. SPOILER ALERT. Yes, it's not an Oscar winning, dramatic, action packed film but, being the utterly, hopeless romantic I am, I will never tire of seeing Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray kiss as a rain drop runs down his cheek... *ah sigh; swoon* One day, when I finally own a home, I want to get a big canvas to put it on, perhaps over my bed.

Everyone interprets quotes differently and opinions vary. There is never a right, or a wrong answer; people can choose to agree or disagree. Sometimes the only person that knows the truth is the person that wrote or drew the topic of interest.

I was always really annoyed in English, or even Art classes, when a the teacher said: "Now why did the artist choose that?". Urm, well I don't know. It looked pretty; it flowed well; it sounded right. To this day, I still think that most authors don't pick out every single word for a specific purpose - maybe giggling instead of laughing for a baby because it's cuter, but not generally. More, to move the story along or fill in a gap. Most people don't expect their work to be delved into, people examining e-ver-y sin-gle sen-tence. Painstakingly combing through each and every word. I will never forget the time taken to go through Shakespeare for GCSE English. D.R.A.G.

But back to the quote... The quote relates back to the characters father and her childhood memories - both were avid baseball-ists (is that a word?). On the other hand, I have no history or knowledge of baseball so I may regard it as different inspiration. 

I have always taken this quote as something powerful and deserving of respect. Without lying, since the first time I watched it, back in 2004, it's struck me. It has stayed with me ever since. 

Don't let anything or anyone stop you from doing what you want to do; don't let fear of failure take over your life; don't let that mean bully put you down. The event may lead to failure, but choose to embrace failure as a learning tool of life rather than a negative. 

Everyone finds it hard to stick with goals and aims all the time and I am no exception, but I try to stick with it as much as possible. 


I warned you I was rambling... ;) 

Saturday, 27 December 2014

New Year's Eve Decoration Tutorial

Looking on Pinterest, I found so many cute and easy crafts. Quick, easy and cheap.

All you need for all these crafts are:
- Card
- PVA glue
- Ribbon
- Glitter or Paint or Both!

I got all of this at 'The Works' for less than £6, except for the ribbon. I had some ribbon laying around the house from an old birthday present so I just used that.

You also need:
- Newspaper
- Scissors
- Hole puncher

Most people have these lying around the house already so easy!

'Happy New Year' Banner:
I found the template for this at 'The Idea Room'.
I didn't have any clothes pegs or string, and i thought it would be easier with ribbon so here is my version:
Very simple.
The template can be found online. I used 3 different coloured pieces of card to print on. Then use the hole puncher to punch a hole in each corner. Finally, thread the ribbon, in and out of the letters and it is that simple! I found it easier to cut the ribbon up for each word but you can obviously but them all on the same piece or 2 on one ect. I also thought it looked better to have the colours all jumbled. Even though the letters are printed in order, hence the first 3 on one piece of card, next 3 on another ect. it worked out that I could swap some of the same letters, but in different colours.

Glitter numbers:
Get a piece of card and then write the numbers out on the card in either the glue or a pen and then go over in glue. Then sprinkle glitter on to them. Tip: do this on newspaper and then you can fold the newspaper in half and put the glitter back into the tube.

Table decorations:
These are simple circles just cut out on card. If I had found them sooner I would have laminated them. They make perfect coasters!

Photobooth Props:
Finally here are some cute photobooths. Look on pinterest and there are loads, or look on 'The Idea Room' again.



Funny faces!
I loved these glasses :)

Cards:
Again, found online, I thought these were perfect to write the new years resolutions on the back in order to remember them.

Hope you enjoy these for next year!
If anyone wants to templates or downloads I have them all. So leave your email address and I can send you them.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Clothing Haul for Toddler

So today I went to ASDA before lunch with my mum, sister and godmother. As always, I was drawn to the children's clothes and I couldn't help but get some as, yet more, Christmas presents for my gorgeous niece Hallie Rose. 

I love George at ASDA. The quality of clothes is great and the price is amazing. I got the entire haul for less than £25 - that's for 4 outfits plus a party dress! Prices and names will be named throughout. Pictures are courtesy of ASDA website and myself for more detail. Hallie is now at an age where she is growing slower so it's nice to be able to get some winter clothes that can also be worn in summer. 

Let's begin!

2 Pack Crochet Trim Leggings - £4.00
No child can have too many leggings. They are easy to wash, simple to put on and can be paired with anything. Here, there is a soft, blush pink colour and a dark navy blue. I try to get outfits so these both go with the 2 tops in which I got (see below). The ruffles at the bottom just add a little bit of extra classiness and texture. 

Fairy Print Top - £2.00
A simple, every day t-shirt to wear to nursery and keep cool. The added detail here is the little ruffle on the sleeves so that it is just off the shoulder. It is elasticated for those chubby toddler arms! There is a bow on the fairies dress which adds a little 3D detail. The peach and lilac complement each other perfectly and it is surrounded with a fairytale story; I thought this was a really cute detail!



Birdcage Top - £3.50
I think this top screams Vicky. A dirty beige, long-sleeved jumper for those colder days. It has the cutest set of birds in birdcages. They are very bright adding to the childish cuteness. I am actually really jealous...I want this top so bad! I also, love the little gold bow detailing. 


Floral Lace Dress - £8.00
No girl can have too many dresses, right? I don't think I've ever got Hallie a party dress and as soon as I saw this one, it screamed 'Hallie!!!!'. My sweet niece has gorgeous, bright blue eyes and blue is just a stunning colour on her. There are 4 buttons at the back from the neck to waist for easy dressing. This precious dress is just delicate enough to be girly yet allow her freedom to be wild. It is made of a soft satin under dress, covered with a layer of lace designed into a flower pattern. It reminds me so much of her mother's wedding dress. 




Floral Slogan Sweatshirt Set - £6.00
My favourite piece and it is truly gorgeous. It comes with this really cute, long-sleeved jumper, which reads: I am so happy today. It is a mucky beige colour which will easily cover any dirty marks and is surrounded by flowers and leaves. paired with blue, denim-lookalike leggings for comfort and ease of putting on; these can also, easily be paired with other outfits. The blue in the writing matches perfectly.



I love all these pieces and can't wait to see them on her. But, as they are gifts, I did get gift receipts. I know parents can be fussy, so if my sister doesn't like anything she can easily return it. 

Friday, 19 December 2014

Sexuality By Choice(?!), Rants and Tom Daley 💭

This morning I woke up at 6am...thanks to my mother making a racket. I looked at Instagram and there I found a post by the Seewald family. If anyone knows '19 kids and Counting', Jessa Duggar recently married Ben Seewald and it is his family's Instagram. They also have there own blog page and so this morning, a picture included the link to the blog page. I don't normally follow links from Instagram and definitely not at that early hour in the morning, but as I scrolled through, the comments section was a very heated argument with lots of interest.

Read their views, specifically Michael's here: http://seewalds.com/born-that-way/
View the Seewald's family Instagram here: http://instagram.com/p/wsGiMgj_mp/?modal=true

Having not been religious at all and considering myself an atheist, I found this post very difficult to read and digest, simply due to the archaic language and bible infused paragraphs, but the gist can be grasped.

The majority of religious people in public, being politically correct, say that 'God loves everyone and therefore so do they' even if they don't believe they are living life the way God intended. However, having spoken to religious people out of the social eye of the media and simply discussing it with friends, it is easy to see that they do not truly believe this.

i was shocked by how outspoken some people are when they don't think anyone is listening; the faces they make when they don't think anyone is watching.

Is gay a choice?
No matter what your religious beliefs, throughout life, you make decisions that influence the rest of your life. God may influence or guide you (if that is what you belief), fate may influence or guide...but ultimately, you are responsible for the decisions you make in life.

From this side of the argument, I agree fundamentally with the Seewald's. They put the point across much more eloquently: '“I was born that way” mentality is that it is used as an excuse to justify sinful behavior. Someone may have been born with a predisposition towards violence and have a short temper yet that is no excuse for beating his wife.'

Good point, right?!

Rants
I find it difficult to read arguments about sensitive topics but I have learnt that in my future, I will have to address subjects, such as these, so I thought I would through myself in at the deep end!

I don't think anyone should judge anyone on how they choose to live their own lives. I think everyone should have equal rights. As long as they have done no crime, which being gay is not, they should be allowed freedom. I find it odd, how even in the UK, gays are more abused then murderers. That I will never understand and I can only hope for better.

Tom Daley
Many celebrities are scared and worried about 'coming out' to the public. They think it will ruin their reputation, they are ashamed and/or they think people will judge them.

If anything, it is the opposite. When Tom Daley cam out, I think, yes, a few people may have opposed, but all in all, people respected him. He had the courage to be honest with his fans and he also did it through his own personal YouTube channel so he could control exactly what was said.

One aspect I did think was appalling was the - little but significant - abuse he got from the few. One commenter, said he should be ashamed and his father would not be proud. Similarly, to the 'failed Bronze medal' at the London 2012 Olympics. Fathers will always be proud no matter what. If someone loves you to the core, as e.g. a parent, very little will be able to counteract that path.

One of the comments, on the Instagram post, that really stood out to me. One girl (remaining nameless as she wishes because she deleted her comments) told that she was gay but also grew up as a devout Christian. I loved the way she viewed the world: I will respect everyone who respects my life choice.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Graze DISCOUNTS!

Hello everyone,

I know it's been a while. I haven't posted in nearly 4 months but that's because I've been at university and it is so ridiculously busy, I feel like I haven't had a moment to myself.

Still, I really like being able to look back at my summer and see what I did so hopefully I will be able to get back into it for Christmas; I may try to do Blogmas: a blog every day for December/Christmas.

I just wanted to make a little post about a new healthy eating website: GRAZE! I have recently joined and being a fussy eater its hard to eat healthily. I think these are perfect. You can Bin, Try, Like or Love snacks and based on a this feedback, they send you the snacks. You can schedule the boxes to suit you and you can get up to 4 snacks a week. Perfect for lunchboxes.

I have a discount which gives you your 1st, 5th and 10th boxes free! But shush...you can just have the first box for free and then cancel when you like!

 https://www.graze.com/uk/p/HVD3VLW5U

I think this might become a thing?

This weeks snacks are my favourite. Because of the gap over christmas, I decided to get 2 boxes this week, plus I have a lot of trips and outings coming up.



I love how they provide all the nutritional information and all the ingredients for each snack :)



YUM YUM!

Once again, free 1st box with no subscription guaranteed, so it is basically free! 
HVD3VLW5P
Or use the website link for easier access: https://www.graze.com/uk/p/HVD3VLW5U

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

DVD Haul

Hi Everyone

I recently bought a load of DVDs from ASDA. I was getting rather bored of the same movies over and over again and nothing good being on TV. I haven't treated myself to new DVDs in a long time so I thought I would splash out! 

Divergent 

I love the book series, I went to see this at the cinema and I loved it! Can't wait to watch it again soon! 

Vampire Academy 

I loved the book series and I couldn't wait for the film when it was announced. The movie flunked at the box office in Anerica and when I watched the trailer I could see why. It doesn't look great but I thought I would give it a try because I still love the story line. 

Endless Love 

Oh my! My first ever crush was in Alex Pettyfer and so ever since Stormbreaker I have watched every single movie he is in...and know most of them off by heart. I am a romantic girl, always and forever, so this is my perfect movie! Swoon! 

So Undercover 
Cheap and cheerful. I have seen this movie before so I can't wait to watch it again. I know how controversial Miley Cyrus is at the moment, but I happen to love her. I think she is an incredible singer, amazing actress and fantastic performer! I love all the movies she is in, especially The Last Song and LOL. 

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunter 

It's a little childish but a fun and easy watching movie. 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Again, another book trilogy I love! And the film series so far does not disappoint! I do hate how this movie ends though. Such a bad cliffhanger! 

I can't wait to watch these movies all over again and some for the first time! 

Stay tuned! Hannah xxx

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Holiday 2014: Jewellery

Hi Everyone

When you go on holiday, you don't want take all if your collection because it can get lost or damaged really easily. I also, only wear jewellery in the evening because I am constantly in and out of the pool, so really I only where it for 5 hours maximum. 

Here are the pieces that I chose to bring with me this year.

My pandora bracelet:

I love my pandora bracelet. Most of the charms mean something to me:
Aeroplane: my first trip alone to Tanzania, with GapMedics last year


Cupcake: this is how my friends and I celebrated are GCSEs so my mum got me a cupcake to remember 
H: my name
Lock and Chain: a secret my sister told me...she was pregnant
Star: my mum said with my AS results 'I was her little super star'
16: my 16th birthday
Pearl: birthstone


Work books: from my dad for GCSE results

Carriage: from my sisters for prom
18: my 18th birthday
Camera: I love taking pictures and I bought myself this on the day of my lasts A-level exam

My 'heart' necklace:

Half rose gold and half sterling silver. This necklace is from my dad three Christmases ago and it is my favourite necklace. It is my go-to piece of jewellery. 

My Silverstone track necklace:

A few posts back, I described this. It was an 28th birthday present from my older sisters and I love it! 

Butterfly earrings:

My cousin, Emma, brought me this gorgeous dangly butterfly earrings from Thailand and I love them. I find some earrings really uncomfortable and these are so comfy, you don't even notice them. And...they don't get tangled or caught in your hair. Massive bonus! 

I took 2 necklaces because one is a longer chain and one is a shorter chain. If my dressed have a higher neckline, I would wear the Silverstone necklace and with a lower neckline, the heart necklace. 

Hope you like these items. For more information leave a comment and I will try to answer any questions. 

Stay tuned! Hannah xxx

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Holiday 2014: Day OOTD

Hello Everyone

Here are my outfits of the day from Portugal! 

1:
Purple floaty dress from Debenhams about 3 years ago. It's really comfy but it is very fiddly to put on and off.

2:
I got this from Debenhams this year, at £25, and I love it! It's surprisingly cool, super comfy and really easy to get on and off. Also, the colours look great with a tan!

3:
This is from ASDA this year. Cheap and cheerful. The prefect bikini and round the pool outfit.

4:
Probably 3 years old from Marks and Spencer's. Really easy to wear but I wouldn't recommend it to go out in because it is a little bit see-through...as you can see above!

5:
I wore this to Albufiera and Villa Moura on a day out. It was a little bit cold with lots of clouds blocking the sun. Crop white trousers, from who-knows-where (old!) and a new top from Next. It was really cheap because it was on sale as England had just left the world cup. Haha.

6:
Similarly to the maxi dress, both match the bikini. This sarong is the perfect length and wraps completely. From Debenhams this year costing £20.

7: 
Another sarong but this time in blue. I got this in Turkey about 6 years ago so it is a little small now; it opens up hence I experimented with a few styles. I love how diverse they are: skirts, tops, dresses,wrap arounds ect.

Stay tuned for evening wear. 

Hannah xxx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Meeting My First Love Part 1

Hi Everyone,

My first, and currently only, love is my gorgeous niece! I am going to do a few blogs on her being part of my life :)

The very first look I had of her <3
How did she tell me?
She was coming up for the weekend, as she lives in London, and came to my dad's house. My dad already knew and I had no idea what was about to happen. She got me and my younger sister, Jessica, together and gathered us around the computer. Clicking play, a little grey blip on the screen moved. She was 3 months pregnant! 

How did I feel?
Honestly, when I first heard that my oldest sister Victoria was pregnant...I was shocked. In my mind, you should be together, engaged, married and then start a family. I have nothing against families in any other order but the picture-perfect, in my eyes, was that fairytale step. 
I went upstairs to my room and cried. When I look back I don't know if these were tears of shock, saddness or happiness. But after about half an hour, I ran downstairs hugged her and was over-the-moon!

Birth?
Victoria had a difficult last month of pregnancy. She had a very high blood pressure and so had to go to the hospital every morning to get checked. Two week before her due date, she got admitted. We happened to be visiting at the time because she was moving and we were helping. We said goodbye and a week later, we heard she was being induced. 
After 48 hours of induction, and nothing progressing, an emergency caesarean was carried out. On the 28th October 2012, a healthy 6lbs 8.5oz baby was born.  

What happened when she was born?
We went down the day after, so Grandpa, Karen, Auntie Hannah and Auntie Jessica met her when she was less than 20hours old.
As soon as I laid eyes on my gorgeous niece, I fell in love. Hallie Rose Beney was perfect.

First visit

Stay tuned! Hannah xxx

Monday, 21 July 2014

Race Weekend: Outfit of the Day

Hi Everyone,


As you know I am a massive Formula One fan and this weekend I travelled to Milton Keynes for the British Grand Prix 2014. 

It was an amazing experience as said in my previous post. 

Wednesday 02/07/14:
I wore a long tunic top that is about 5 years old. It has holes in now but It is so comfy and a really pretty colour! This was paired with black leggings from Warehouse coating £14, black FitFlops and a paired this with a brown leather jacket from Joe Browns, an online company, costing around £30 I think. I wore my heart necklace half rose gold and half Sterling silver, from my father 3 Christmases ago...my favourite necklace! 

Thursday 03/07/14: 

I wore a grey horse top from Dorothy Perkins, around £15 I think, paired with turquoise jeggings from Dorothy Perkins and my black FitFlops. The same necklace again.

Friday 04/07/14: 


I wore a blue dress from Dorothy Perkins prices at £12. It is so comfy and in the summer I wear it as a dress and winter it can be worn with leggings so win-win. Again I wore my black FitFlops and my heart necklace half rose gold and half Sterling silver, from my father 3 Christmases ago...my favourite necklace! It was a really hot, sunny day so my black sunglasses finished the outfit. I'm sorry but I can't remember where they are from  because I got them from the airport on the way to Iceland last year 😂

Saturday 05/07/14: 


I wore Team McLaren's Female Jenson top from McLaren F1 Team's online shop costing £29.99 and leggings Warehouse at £14. The same FitFlops and a little cardigan that is long sleeved and goes down to about mid-thigh. 
As you can see, my niece Hallie wanted in on the action. 

Sunday 06/07/14: 


Today Jenson Button organised a special day in rememberence of his father, known as Papa Smurf, and to celebrate he designed this special pink shirts. I wore my Pink for Papa top from McLaren F1 Team's online shop again priced at £29.99, black jeggings from Dorothy Perkins £19.99 and pink pumps from Deuchland £12.99 and my jacket from Joe Browns again. 
I wore the necklace from my sisters! See previous posts for details.

Stay tuned! Hannah xxx