10 Things That Made Me Happy {week one}

TEN THINGS THAT MADE ME HAPPY

Hello!

So I’ve decided to start a new series on here…at least, new for me – I doubt I’m the first blogger to do this, but oh well! My plan is to share every Sunday, instead of a weekly wrap-up which I often don’t enjoy writing or forget/can’t be bothered to do, 10 things that made me happy that week.

The more switched-on of you may have noticed that it’s Monday today. Oops. I only thought of doing this about half an hour ago but didn’t want to wait till next Sunday, so I figured I’d start on the wrong day and continue from here!

Anyway, here are ten things that made me happy last week…

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End of the Week Wrap-Up (#7)

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So, after a brief disappearance, my end-of-the-week wrap up returns for its seventh outing! Yes, I know it’s Tuesday, but bank holidays = doing nothing. Because of aforementioned four-day weekend, this wrap up will include everything up to yesterday, rather than Sunday. Right, let’s go!

On The Blog

  • I baked some rice krispie cakes, based on a BBC GoodFood recipe, and posted my recipe to it.
  • I completed my second ever book tag, the book lover’s questionnaire which was great fun!
  • I reblogged Caitlin’s post about the Daydreamer Challenge (which has now begun!)
  • And I posted my first response as part of the Daydreamer Challenge, which was all about #FiftyShadesOfBlueSkies (it makes sense in the context, I swear!)

I also hit 275 followers, so thanks guys! ❤

No idea about the original source of this one. Soz.

No idea about the original source of this one. Soz.

The Daydreamer Challenge

In My Life

It’s currently the Easter break from school (19 days off! Wooooo!), so I’ve been doing a lot of not very much. There’s large amounts of sleeping involved, as well as baking (I also made muesli and muesli muffins as well as the rice krispie cakes) and cooking. On Saturday night, I defrosted a cheese and spinach pasta bake thing (one of my favourite meals EVER) which I had made from scratch a few nights earlier. I’m proud to say it tasted good and no-one got food poisoning, not even from my first-ever cheese sauce! I also went shopping with a friend to get her summer wardrobe last Monday – three hours in Primark later, and mission accomplished! I picked up a few things then and over the last few days, so I’m planning a big haul-style post, which will also include the four books I got off of Amazon a couple of weeks ago.

Yesterday I finished re-reading Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl – one of said books from Amazon – and it is SO GOOD! This is probably my favourite of Rowell’s books…I feel like I can relate to Cath, and her and Levi are so sweet. I spent loads of time yesterday evening just looking at fanart for it, I enjoyed it so much! I’m definitely hoping to review that soon, so watch out for that. I’m also partway through Deborah Moggach’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which I’ve just finished the film of as well, so I’m thinking I might write a book-to-movie comparison post in the near future. I’m also participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, which is going OK so far – it’s the first time I’ve really tried to write something fictional, so I’m just pleased that I’m writing anything at all!

Around the Internet

Bridget took part in the social media book tag, which I’m definitely going to add to my list of posts to do, Mia compiled a list of 50 songs for summer, which I’ve already whacked into a Spotify playlist for easy access, Appletaile wrote a delightfully accurate post on 7 British Words (That Aren’t Bloody), and Bella listed some awesome free fonts.I love downloading extra fonts, so will definitely be checking some of the ones she mentioned out! I also enjoyed the post talking about the next stage of the blog tour buddy read over at Addlepates and Book Nerds (feat. awesome dancing Santa gif) and Joey’s answers to the Random Questions Tag. Also, Precious @ Clockwork Desires kicked off her version of my Overthinking Song Challenge, which I am incredibly honoured by.

What blog posts have you particularly enjoyed this week, and what have you been up to lately? Share your stories down in the comments!

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End of the Week Wrap-Up #6

As I didn’t post much last week, I didn’t do a wrap up, so this is covering everything from the last fortnight in my wonderfully (un)interesting life…

On the Blog

  • I claimed my blog on Bloglovin, and blogged about it! Either head over here or use the widget in my sidebar to follow me 🙂
  • I delayed Tracklisting Tuesday to Wednesday, and wrote a bit about the awesome thought that music is a bit like an audio photograph.
  • Books, Tea and a Onesie turned one! Do feel free to go check out my blog-o-versary post here.
  • As part of my One Week To Celebrate One Year: A Post-A-Day Challenge celebrating said anniversary, I did a special edition of Tracklisting Tuesdays, featuring one of my best friends. Watch out for the next two installments of quizzing-my-best-friends over the next couple of weeks!
  • As part of Celebration Week, I also posted a few of my top tips for blogging
  • …and a short history of my blog (which, I swear, really is short!)…
  • …and a roundup of some of my favourite blogs-of-the-moment!

In My Life

This week was quite high-stress, as I had two tests, a maths one and a chemistry one. Despite having them both on Friday, because of an orthodontist appointment, I don’t think they went too badly! I also found out my score on a physics test, which I’m muy happy with. I did some baking today, and have generally had a good weekend, managing to get all my homework done on Friday night/Saturday morning 🙂 I also went on a walk with the family today, so I might post a few photos from that at some point. Oh, and I got a new clock – I actually bought it a few weeks ago, back in half term, but only just got round to putting it up. It’s really pretty, but sounds so loud! Unfortunately, the minute and hour hands stick together a bit too…ah well!

Reading!

This week I’ve read Sarah Dessen’s Lock & Key, which I really enjoyed and am hoping to review sometime over the next week! I’ve also started her book Last Chance, which I’m liking so far. I’ve also made an unusual purchase and ordered 4 books off of Amazon, which I’m really looking forward to reading :). Blogs-wise, over at Just Ponderin’, there’s a helpful guide for parents who have kids who want to be professional musicians, which made me smile. Jassie posted a list of favourite covers, some of which I already know and love, and Sophie shared a list of 8 ways to celebrate the International Day of Happiness. I think I’m going to leave it here for a week now, as I’m now doing this on my phone which makes life a bit difficult!
Hope you had a good week, and enjoy the week to come!
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End of the Week Wrap-Up #4

weekly wrap up

Yay! A post that isn’t about music or poetry!

Just kidding, I’m loving both Blogging Uni: Poetry 201 and An Overthinking Song Challenge. Anyway, onto my first wrap up for a couple of weeks…

On The Blog:

As I mentioned, I’ve been busy participating in a couple of challenges, so they’ve made up the majority of my posts, although I have managed to sneak in a couple of others…

Elsewhere On The Internet:

On Instagram, I posted a picture of my 200 WordPress followers notification…THANK YOU!!! I also shared mine and a friend’s beautifully crafted chocolate and raspberry layer cake…hopefully more about that in a post to come!

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My Twitter account really took off this week, as I found a bunch of other bloggers, which was really nice…lots of the blogs I follow seem to have just got Twitter, so I feel like I’m getting to connect with bloggy people outside of my blog, which is awesome!

Books

Reading-wise, I went a bit crazy last Wednesday in town…I got out about 8 books, as well as buying my new favourite T-shirt from Primark (it says “This is what awesome look like” on it and I LOVE it!) and a beautiful swirly-patterned clock. As I also got a load of books passed down to me from my sister, I’m hoping to do my first ever ‘Stacking the Shelves’ sometime over the next week or so!

Other Bloggy Things

I’ve literally just finished reading a post on Teddy’s New Bear about ‘Things I Wish I’d Been Told At GCSE’. As I’m doing my first year of GCSEs at the moment, I reckon some of these tips will be pretty helpful! Appletaile was lucky enough to meet Malorie Blackman and Patrick Ness in the flesh – even though I don’t know many of their books, I know of them as authors and getting to meet them must have been awesome! Morgan EXACTLY mirrored my feelings about Lauren Aquilina and her music, and over at Blurt there was a brilliant Academy Awards winners prediction post.

Oh, and I got myself a signature!

I’m back to school after a week off for half term tomorrow, so I’m going to leave this here…hope you had a great week!

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