My Happiness Jar

24 May 2015

Hey guys! How are you? For those of you that have exams I hope they're going well! (There is no smooth transition to the post I just wanted to give you all some support before we dove in) It was only last year when I fully started to appreciate jars. I know, bizarre isn't it. Jars. But they are so important, Think about it. We have three jars downstairs all containing tea bags- which reminds me I've still tried no new tea yet this year. One jar has normal tea, the other one has green tea which I force myself to drink because it's good for you, and one that is some form of lemon and something else tea bag. If we're being honest, I would gladly have more jars in the kitchen.

The big jar is from Ikea and the little one is from Wilkinosons

In my room I have two jars. The big one however is empty and I think I might take downstairs to the kitchen to put cereal in and stuff because it's a really nice jar but too big to really be of any use in my room. My friend made this cool snow globey type thing, its full of pink glitter and stars which I think I might do to another jar, but not this jar because this one is too big and I feel like it could have a proper function rather than just being aesthetically pleasing. JAR UPDATE I have decided to take this jar downstairs for real now and I think I might make fruit water in it. I also plan on making homemade granola and maybe I could put that in this jar. I don't know, the options are endless. (Also if any of you know a good homemade granola recipe please let me know

My small one is a happiness jar. I'm not doing too good with this so far, I keep forgetting to put things in. I decided to do this because I thought it was a cute idea, and without getting too personal, I don't have the highest of hopes for this year (I wrote this post around February hence why I make it seem so early in the year, because it was) so I would like to keep some reminders of happy things that happened to me so I don't remember 2015 as all bad like what seems to be happening for 2014. In case you don't know how it works, when something good/happy happens to you on a day, you write it down on a little piece of paper- I personally like to decorate mine, sometimes I go crazy (woah calm down Libby) and use a pink pen to write in (getting mental)- and pop it in the jar. Then at the end of 2015, you read all the notes. This reminds me that I have some stuff to put in there, It doesn't matter how significant or small the thing is. Did it make you happy? Put it in there!

Pizza Wraps | Recipe

16 May 2015

Yo guys! Today, for the first time ever I am doing a recipe. Wow, I know. What a time to be alive. I was going to say stepping out of my comfort zone, but I'm not. I make this all the time with my friends because it's fun (who doesn't enjoy making their ideal pizza lets be real you're making it there are no restrictions) and tasty and you guys are my friends. It's not a particularly hard recipie, nor does it have an amazing qualities. Its fun though and tasty, and healthier than normal pizza and has the possibility to be made even healthier if you're that type of person. Its less expensive than ordering pizza, and if you're with friends you don't have to shy around the awkward 'oh no I don't mind whatever yeah margherita is good' when really, let's be honest, if you're ordering pizza, why go for plain. Like seriously you can get anything don't get plain. Although I do like plain pizza, but to be fair I prefer the pizzas you buy then cook yourself if I'm going to have plain. I dont like when you order and it's all greasy because I'm just like that.
ANYWAY pizza wraps. I make them with my friends. You are my friends. I will share with you the recipe my sister passed unto me. 

First things, you can make this healthier by using wholemeal wraps, different toppings and what not but this is how I do it. Also, just giving you the heads up now, this isnt a very 'professional recipe'. There aren't really any quantities to follow because it's basically making pizza but a different base, and nicer, in my opinion.

1) 2 plain wraps for each person
2) Tomato puree 
3) Pesto (I recommend the green kind personally)
4) Any Pizza toppings you desire!! (I have spinach, parma ham, sweetcorn and mushrooms. I went all out. If I'm going all out I also like to include onion but I forgot)
5) Cheese (I used mozzarella because I'm a pro like that)

Pre heat your oven to 180.

1) First, cover one of your wraps with a thin layer of pesto. I don't care if you don't like pesto. You cant actually taste it (unless you put too much on but I'm assuming if you don't like you'll put minimum on anyway) but it is essential for the structure. 

2) Put the other wrap on top of that, so its like a sandwich of wrap, pesto, wrap. The pesto is to keep it stuck together and you have to have two wraps because otherwise its flimsy. Just don't miss out the pesto, I've witness it with my own eyes, Just do it. Unless you're allergic, then find an alternative.

Not trying to brag, but how professional is the second picture. I wish I took a better picture of the first one though, but oh well!
3) Now you basically just do what you do with a normal pizza, whack on some tomato purée and whatever toppings you desire. 
What I done (because I'm the chef here so Ill tell you my every move) I put on the tomato purée then I done the spinach, cut up some mushrooms, sweetcorn (shout out to Green Giant because I'm a sweetcorn enthusiast and their sweetcorn is the nicest I've ever tried, green giant if you're reading this hmu I can promo you) then I ripped up some parma ham and then threw some mozzarella on top.
I usually do it on a plate by the way, then put it on an oven tray after.

4) Pop it in the oven for 15-20 minutes. 
Don't make the mistake I did. I put it in for 10 because that's what my dad said, even though he never eats pizza wraps so I don't know why I trusted him. I however, make them on the regs so I should have just trusted myself. But yeah I put them in for too short then when I got it out I knew it wasn't ready. the mozzarella clearly wasn't cooked and I can't explain what it looked like but the pizza wrap looked done slightly but the cheese gave it away that it wasn't yet I still went in there and had  a few bites. I stopped myself though, because it wasn't enjoyable and I needed to stop being so greedy because I knew it wasn't done and pooped it in for seven more minutes. So yeah. Don't be me. Don't be greedy. 15-20 minutes in the oven at 180. ALthough maybe less time if your pizza isn't as full on as mine. If you don't have as many toppings as mine check it after ten minutes, Just in case. 
Not very artsy but WOLAH. Is that how you spell it? Should I just say tadaa? TADAA
Bam! You're done! What a fun and tasty meal! Enjoy! I hope all your exams are going splendid and are going better than mine and hope you're not pushing yourself too hard! (NOw I need to go back and delete half my waffling what fun). Also, I'm aware this isn't the best recipe post, but oh well. I am learning, but in the future I may do more, I have some in my head because, as well as being a sweetcorn enthusiast, I am also a breakfast enthusiast. Kind of. I mainly repeat the same things but still, I have had enough cereals and granolas and overnight oats and porridge in my life to be able to recommend some popping things. I wanted to read some posts after I posed this but I am pooped!

Marathon/Birth Day

4 May 2015

Hey guys! So last Sunday it was my birthday and it was also the day of the London Marathon which my mum ran in, which (not going to lie) I was very impressed by not only because it's the freaking marathon, but also because she hadn't stuck to the training schedule and hadn't run for about a month before due to injuring her ankle. However she proved me wrong and done absolutely amazing!!
We had to wake up super early which was a bit of a bummer because the whole point of having a birthday on the weekend is so you can sleep in, but hey ho. Then we woozied on down to the marathon, we drove to the place where the marathon ended so after my mum wouldn't have to walk far and then got on trains which was horrific. Of course hey we're all packed, of course there was absolutely no space on the train and my father still pushed me on causing the whole carriage to have to rearrange to account for the fact I had just been shoved on, of course basically all train rides of the day were similar and every time I was in a crowd I had to pay so much attention to my breathing to try and stop freaking out. I'm not claustrophobic but put me in a crowd of people and it will take me a long time to feel comfortable and not feel like I'm going to drown in all the people. It was a pretty hectic day, and after we left my mum at the place she was meant to be me and my dad and sister (she came back from uni for the event) were meant to go to a pub to meet my mums pals who were coming, needless to say my dad and sister argued and we spent an hour in an awkward silence which I tried to break but my dad likes to do this thing where either he's deaf and he genuinely can't hear my questions or he's just ignoring me. I'm pretty sure it's the latter. I asked four times before he replied to me where we were going and then he was really snappy and rude about it, like okay soRRY FOR ASKING A QUESTION AND TRYING TO BE NICE God it was actually very frustrating but I won't go into to much depth about how he ignored every single bloody question and then would snap at me when I asked it rudely. Like what did he honestly expect me to just give up without hearing the answer like no I'm asking for a reason, punk. Okay no I won't rant about this we would be here forever. 
Pre warning, I'm lazy and tired, many of these aren't edited. Also, in the picture on the left thats my Mum in the pink coat and the man shes with is a family friend whose ran many marathons hence why he seems so calm and collected.
So yeah we went down, cheered people on and travelled round in a little pack. It was freezing, I was told it warm up later on in the day, I don't believe it did. I have two super warm comfy coats at home but I was told I would be too hot in them so I wore my thin camouflages jacket and a Hoodie and let me tell you the entirety of the time I was outside my teeth were shattering and I was shivering and I resented my family for telling me it would warm up. Also because it was so cold nobody could see my supporting top, but I wanted people to see because I wasn't going to waste the fact I was wearing some god awful orange top for charity and not have anyone to see, if I'm supporting someone and something I will do it to my best ability. So I followed suit of my mums friend and put the top on over my jacket, did j look like an absolute wombat for having a size XL top on over my extremely large jacket and coat and my scrawny legs dangling about the bottom? Absolutely. Did I care? I would say no but I did at first but then it helped me retain more body heat so I stopped, plus we saw some other people in the same charity (she ran for Sense- a charity for deaf blind people) and it was nice because it was just like yO and had a nice bonding moment.
(Part of) The supporting crew. We made banners yes. Also, the middle picture literally no one is prepared for the picture, look at me. Just look at me. Why do I look so judgemental whilst eating my banana? The end picture is me and my sister, I wanted to put this one picture in of us two so you could see the height difference between us but I looked so gross in the picture that no amount of editing could save myself. 
Also, at one point my hand were so cold I couldn't do up the button or zip on my jeans because my hand wouldn't move enough to allow me so I had to get my sister to do it for me.
We had a really great time though, and I got some super nice pic n mix which is always a bonus. I really wanted a picture of me and my mum at the end and I got one, but I look absolutely awful in it and I know some people say that when really they still look lovely in the picture but I honest to god look like some enormous goblin next to my mum.

(I pre-edited this because it's on my instagram) But look at the picture on the right! That was at the final part of the run, and look how cheery my Mum looks. I would look dead and she was just there bumbling away. 
Then after we went home and had a nice wagamamas (I would had preferred something else and seeing as it was my birthday I thought I should have decided but long story short my sister was a butthead about it and said we couldn't get Chinese because my mum had to eat too and she doesn't like Chinese. Did I ask for Chinese though? No. I was told on the Saturday we were getting waggas tomorrow and I said 'oh I don't really want that I basically had that today' because I did and then she replied 'well we have to get something mum will eat we can't get chinese'. Did I ask for Chinese though? When would I ever ask for Chinese? Do my family even know me? Why did she think that? But you know when someone uses a really rude tone of voice and it's just like hey don't speak to me like that or I'll cry you complete utter butthead. I just wanted Italian. It was a nice wagamamas though but still I don't like the way it was so forcefully reinforced that we had to have it, if she had said mum will want it I wouldn't have minded she didn't need to be so bloody aggressive). Whoops rant there. For my birthday I didn't get many clothes, I did get an awful lot of underwear though which I could talk for ages about, but I won't however I will tell you something upsetting I realised. I got this rad bra from Victoria secrets and I got it in the wrong size and I was so excited to wear it and it fitted when I tried it on but today I wore it and it was too big, I was very disheartened but oh well.

I got a denim skirt skirt for my birthday and now I'm pumped to go back to urban outfitters to buy this super cute top I found in there, I tried it on with the skirt but I couldn't buy both items so I had to prioritise. I thought I had a picture of the outfit but, alas, I do not. I was going to say also, but I do say also far too frequently. AS WELL AS THIS (bringing in new connectives) does anyone have any fashion ideas that will enable me to show off my Calvin Klein bra without seeming too slutty?

This would look so pretty edited. But can we just appreciate how majestic this array of pic n mix was. The options of fudge oh god it was heaven there were so many to choose from, and of course because it was my sweet sixteenth my Dad couldnt be mad when I got blatantly too much. In my defense I was planning on sharing, but everyone declined or ended up getting there own. What a shame it was..more sweets for me. Although they didn't last as long as I though they were going to. 
Writing this there have been so many times I've ranted in my head but refrained myself from writing out. I'm sorry for the late post I won't blog properly until after GCSEs probably but I will post at least once every two weeks. My revision is going awfully at the moment, after school I'm always in such a terrible mood that I psychologically  can't revise because I'm just in too much of a bad mood or too tired. The worst part is it's not even like school is useful, it's honestly the biggest waste of time and we don't even get study leave and eirgh it's just annoying knowing how much revision I could be getting done if I didn't have to sit in class. The other day in Spanish we answered two questions from the rest of a paper and then marked it. It took an hour. It really should not have taken that long. It pisses me off how people are still wasting so much time when our exams are so soon, like please stop being so selfish and just do the work I don't care if you don't care about your grades, I care about mine so shut up so I can do some bloody work. God. I hope all of your revision is going better than mine.
I should crop this. I was going to end on a picture of me as a joke but it seemed way too vain and if people were to misread my sarcastic caption it would have been awkward so we end on my mother and grandparents, wahoo!

Good luck with all your exams buddy's if you have any coming and see you soon!
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