I was born in 1992, therefore I am a 90s Child and the ’90s were the best, so when I found this on thesmurfygamersblog and literally within minutes I was reminiscing, I knew I needed to do a similar post, this tag is because I still love the ’90s now!
So here are the questions! and they are fab!
1. Favourite Disney Film?
Seriously? I’m not sure I can answer this question, Only because I love all Disney films and characters so it is impossible for me to pick!
2. Favourite Music Artist?
Ok, it has to be the spice girls! They were still at the top as I was growing up! and I loved all their songs! I even still own their video somewhere at the parent’s house.
3. Favourite Sweets?
My Favourite sweets were Rainbow Drops, those little colourful almost like rice crispy things.
4. Favourite Game? ( Boardgame/school game)
5. Favourite McDonald’s ‘Happy Meal’ Toy?
The TY bears, all the different animals you could get, I had a mini lobster for ages in my school backpack!
6. Favourite Book?
This is a toss between the Tracy beaker series and The Princess Diaries books.
7. Favourite Clothing Store?
8. Favourite TV Show?
Sabrina The Teenage Witch!
9. What Show Would You Watch After School?
All of CBBC. Especially Goosebumps!
10. What Was Your Favorite 90s Game Show?
I actually don’t think I had one?
11. Did You Own A Virtual Pet?
Yes! of course, who didn’t have a Tamagotchi as a kid?
12. Favourite Video Game And System To Play On?
I didn’t really play many video games/systems! But I did have the Pokemon Pikachu edition of the Game Boy Colour!
13. Weirdest Fashion Trend?
those colourful bands, that had a million silly meanings, that no one really cared about. They were just pretty, let’s face it.
14. Favourite Toy?
My Betty Spaghetti collection, and Polly Pockets!
15. Favourite Nickelodeon Show?
Rugrats!!… and it still is!
I could write so much more that I loved about the ’90s, Like Groovy Chick bedding, mood rings, and Kennan and Kel runs.
What do you guys remember about the ’90s? What were your favourite things?
Want to learn more about me? How about reading the A to Z of me post here.
Does anyone else get super excited when your orders finally arrive? I am literally like a little kid that’s on a sugar rush when I know that the postie is bringing me something good. I had only been waiting a few days but I was super excited when my big box came, from Sugar & Sloth I ordered a mug, a Notebook and a Mystery box from Sugar & Sloth and I am so glad that I did…
So the best part of any parcel is the unwrapping! This box did not let me down and kept me excited as I opened to see the contents. I literally love the effort that seems to go into packing my order up from the seller, Anita Perry. I would definitely suggest following her on Instagram as well here. The box was filled with confetti and included a sticker and a postcard with details of the store. Nice touch.
I am a stationery addict! self-confessed. Read my post on signs you are addicted to stationery, here.
I love how each item has so much personality! and they definitely suit my personality! The store sells Bright, colourful, cute, and unique mugs, pins, jewellery and clothes, as well as other stuff. U
Inside the mystery box which you can buy for £12 online on her store, includes an enamel pin, and a mug which you can either choose the sweary or non-sweary kind (a pretty good idea that). I don’t have a cat, and this the mug was from the mystery box! so I probably would not have picked this one myself, BUT that being said I do wish that I had a fuckton of cats so it is still a suitable mug for me! Not to mention that it is super cute!
I literally love my order from Sugar & Sloth…
To which I literally couldn’t pick my favourite item from this order if I tried! I really love the enamel pin, and It will so be going on my notice board with my seemingly growing collection on pins that we have. Stationary and mugs all in one place though? Seriously very cool items. I especially love the Anxiety mug and notebook. Really think I need a pet Gnarl whale in my life as it is.
It is exciting to think about what Sugar and Sloth bring out in the future! In the future, I will definitely be ordering again and soon.
Do you have a favourite shop that you love to order from? where would you suggest getting a mystery box from?
If you enjoyed reading this post, take a look at my review of craft vine subscription box, here.
I remember, first creating my blogging journey years ago. It was kinda this thing that I would start, stop, start and stop, and really this never went anywhere. I then started looking at other blogs and then I got so inspired. That was it. I wanted to start my own fully functioning working blog and it would work! … that was the plan and I am still working on it to this day!
When I started this blog, it was a step up from the times I had been blogging before. I don’t actually think I realized how big of a world I was really stepping foot into. (and no I do not mean that negatively!) The addiction to blogging. The social community of bloggers. The world I was entering into, and how amazing having a blog could be. How Having a blog, has changed me, because it has. Since I started blogging, I have come across new opportunities. I have met new people and really opened up a massive door to enjoying a new aspect of me.
Blogging is not easy, and its not an all bliss world. So I wanted to share with you guys how much I have learnt, and what so far!
The blogging community is massive
There are so many people out there in the world. So many others that you can meet and become friends with, that have the same interests. Each friend I have made from blogging has been amazing and so supportive.
Blogging is hard work
Ok, so if you are thinking about starting off a blog. Please do not get under the impression that its gonna easy. Or a success on day 1. That doesn’t really happen. Your blog is only as successful as you make it. To make your blog really work, you need to put as much time and effort into your work as possible! I wouldn’t give up on the down days though I’ve found that at times it’s so tempting to give up! but if you give up on your dreams, they don’t happen.
Planning is important
If you are like me keeping a blog plan is important. Planning means you are able to keep up to date, remember important dates and tasks. Planning is a great way of keeping your blog going. especially when it comes to sharing your blog and gaining engagement.
You can end up thinking about your blog 24/7
Literally, Once you start writing a blog you can end up thinking of your work constantly! It is like a full addiction, a massive passion and becomes a massive part of your life. Now I am not just talking about the next time your gonna get to tap your fingers on the keyboard and make the next post for your readers, the more you get into your blog, the more you begin to put in, money, sweat, and tears. It is not just about the content at all, its the sharing and promoting, preparation and care.
Research is so important
I am a passionate learner! Literally. I love to learn new things, I love to be inspired by others, so that being said it probably goes in my favour when it comes to my blogging life. I’m constantly reading others blogs, pinteresting and reading about blogging, and learning off other bloggers. There is a serious legal side to some things, and I have read about how some have got themselves in trouble by doing certain things. By doing my research into what I am doing and taking interest in other bloggers around the world, I am teaching myself more and more every day.
Images are a pretty big deal
Although words are a massive part of blogging of course! Images are just important, and you wanna have decent images at that. There are hundreds of stock images sites, that allow you to use their images for free. But taking your own images is fun, gives your blog a unique creative twist, and definitely gives it that personal touch of your personality.
Security and Backups
If you’ve read my previous posts, you may have been reading when I nearly lost my blog. Oh my GOD. My biggest blogging Fail. That day was awful. I had been having downtime and not been checking my dashboard, my site had been attacked and taken over with a virus, I don’t know what it was but I never even knew a website could be attacked with such things till that day, and so straight away I learnt the importance of backing up your work! Every single month!
Read my post on why I blog and why blogging has become so important to me, here.
Scheduling posts is a blogging GOD
When I am feeling particularly creative and inspired one day I am able to write a couple of blog posts in a few hours and schedule them to come out online at different times. which is such a good thing as I can organize my blog better then I can organize myself sometimes?
It’s a competitive world
Have you ever heard the phrase its a dog eat dog world? hmm? I suppose a bloggers world is the same, in some ways! Each blogger has very similar goals to yours! you need to try and remember that! because you should never let a negative hit put you down on your own work!
Thinking about starting your own blog? Check out my post, here.
Is there anything you have learnt since you started a blog? Like I mentioned earlier! I love to learn off others! so leave me a comment below with something you have learnt 🙂
So the best thing about the blogging community has to be being inspired by other amazing bloggers. Like Mxrshmarshmellows blog. Who just created a very similar post. It really made me question what makes me happy and got me thinking.
So I thought it would be great to share what makes me happy with you guys.
So what does make me happy?
Bright colours and lots of pinks.
Coffee (I literally just got some llama love vanilla). I live off coffee.
Makeup. Even when staying in.
Papercraft. Whatever I can get my hands on.
Seeing my friends and family.
Camembert days. Yes, these are actually a thing with our friends!
Happy planners. (Actually any planners!)
Disney anything. Have I mentioned that I love Disney??? I really do love A bit of Disney. Read about our Disney Trip, here.
Matching socks. Actually cute socks. I mean any socks.
Glitter. A lot of glitters. And it has to be everywhere.
Friends. The tv show. (I have quite a bit of friends merch now)
Going to the zoo. Marwell, as well as around the country.
Flowers around me.
Taking lots of photos.
Primark hauls. Probably shopping in general.
Receiving happy mail.
Spending days just watching films.
Writing my blog.
My love for all animals.
Wearing oversized hoodies.
Adult colouring books.
Giving gifts to my favourite people.
Pretty mugs. I’m addicted to mugs.
Daddy daughter days. These do not happen often enough.
Summer and being in the sun.
Adventures to new places. and planning the adventures to come.
Overspending on stationary and notebooks.
Blossom trees. Seriously they are beautiful!
Making new friends. even when it’s scary!
want to know more about me? how about reading my 21 random things about me post, here.
I’d love to know what makes you happy? it is important to have these things. So what makes you happy? Leave a comment below telling me.
I have been spending a lot of time recently networking with other bloggers and spending time to read their blogs, one I really love is Jemma’s DorkFace, I recently read her A to Z of me post, which inspired me straight away to write an A to Z of myself, so you can get to know me better. So here it is, the A to Z of AlexaJade.
I often find writing about myself a massive challenge so I have done my best here…
A is for ALEXA JADE
OK, so the first bit is easy. Hi, I’m Alex, for short. Alexandra-Jade for long. BUT I hate being called my full name because it feels like I am being told off. (I’m not saying I hate the name. I just hate feeling told off)
B is for BROTHER
I have 1 sibling, and 1 is enough hey. My younger brother, Matthew. What can I say about him? well, As brothers go he is pretty awesome.
C is for CREATIVE and COFFEE
I couldn’t just pick one for C. In fact, 2 words is just the shortlisted version because I can think of tons of words beginning with C that relate to me and I kept changing what I was going to write about so I’ve kept 2 that I think are most relevant. Firstly I am a very creative person, I love crafts, photography, writing and drawing. Pretty much anything creative and full of colour gets my heart pumping. Also! Coffee is a massive part of my life I can’t cope till I have had my cup of coffee in the morning. Doesn’t matter what kind of coffee I love exploring new choices and socialising with a brew!
D is for DISNEY
I absolutely love Disney! anyone who knows me will know that! I couldn’t even tell you my favourite character or film, because there’s just too many! I wouldn’t even know where to start! and that’s the truth! at the beginning of this year, we took a trip to Disneyland which was a dream come true, you can read about that here.
E is for EMMA
Emma is my partner, she is my world, so she is definitely part of me. Next year we’re planning on getting married! and this year is a very busy year for us too! We can literally spend hours and days together and we don’t fight. I love the fact that I found love and a best friend in her.
F is for FRIENDS
I am actually referring to the TV show. I literally can’t seem to get bored of watching Friends. I seem to somehow manage to watch this daily. I’ve probably watched the reruns 100 times per episode! and I am not ashamed to admit it. Oh, and yes, I am one of those people who quote Friends.
G is for GLITTER
Glitter is definitely a passion of mine. It does not matter whether it is glittery nails or a phone case, I love to have a bit of sparkle in my life.
H is for HEALTH
Health is a good word for me, my health sucks! Im constantly in hospital, I have LPHS, IBS, PCO and some. My health is something I’m always fighting and it gets me down a lot. But I keep going.
I is for INK
So far I have 4 small tattoos, but I definitely have the buzz for getting inked up! and I am planning to get some bigger ones in the future! Ironically I am shit scared of needles!
J is for JOURNALING
I am a deep thinker. In fact, I overthink, so journaling is a big part of me as well. I love to blog (obviously) and bullet journal and memory keep! which all link well together so I’m passionate about writing my thoughts.
K is for KNOWLEDGE
I am one of those annoying people who always want to learn, in fact, I love to learn new things. Trivia question quizzes are my favourite.
L is for LLAMAS
Ok so it is a toss between llamas and alpacas so I am cheating here slighting because I class them in the same category and I would love an alpaca.
M is for MUSICALS
and I mean broadway baby! I love musical theatre and used to take part in a musical society performing on stage. My favourite musical is RENT!
N is for NAILS
One of my biggest obsessions is my nails! I love my nails looking nice! I own my own gel lamp and I’m constantly ordering new colours on eBay. Hopefully one day I’ll do an official nail gelling course.
O is for Original
Original is something I see myself as I’m pretty certain you won’t meet another me. Well, I bloody hope not.
P is for PINK
One of my favourite colours, of course, it had to be PINK!
Q is for QUIRKY
ok I admit it. I couldn’t think of another word for Q. But quirky is a cool word. I wouldn’t say I’m normal. Or average. I’m just a bit quirky.
R is for READING
I love reading. I can literally have multiple books on the go at once! and that’s not including the ones I have downloaded to my iPad!
S is for STATIONARY
If you have read any of my other blog posts you should know already I am a stationery hoarder and proud. I love my paper and pens with a passion.
Check my post on signs to see if your addicted to stationery like me, here.
T is for TESTS
When it comes to things that I hate Tests are at the top of my list. I have pretty much phobia of tests which has always affected me through school and work! especially the kind of test where its pen and paper. I have total freakouts.
U is for UNICORNS
I have a special unicorn teddy named uni!
V is for VAMPIRES
From unicorns to vampires, That works right? well it does for me, I love Vampire films and stories!
W is for WAITING ROOMS
I feel like waiting rooms are a big part of my life! I’m constantly at the doctors, hospital and other places that have waiting rooms. The bane of my life.
Hands up if you know yourself, that you are hooked to social media? Do you literally enjoy spending hours upon hours online, maybe your chatting to friends? Maybe or you have put another picture up on your account and you are waiting to see how many likes that this one has reached, or maybe your one of the many people that brag about their social media following (innocently of course)!
It could even be that you’ve tuned in to your favourite youtube idol for their weekly Vlog. Is your hand up? Mine is, and I do fully admit that. This month has been a bad health month for me, and I am currently on long term sick whilst the hospital is investigating what the heck is up and whilst I’m struggling to be off work, I have had a lot of time to myself. A lot of time scrolling on my phone, and the iPad… and then I’ll even turn the laptop on. That’s bad, isn’t it? Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest…. and the million others? Seriously, that takes up a lot of time to catch up on all the profiles we have! How many hours do you think the average person spends browsing a day?
Social media is just normality now?
The internet itself is now the most powerful way for anyone to become known! Talent ages are now taking to social sites such as Instagram and youtube to look for the next big thing! and we all know that if your online presence is big enough it could just be you! we are all aiming for the same goal really are we not? it is not just talent that is being headhunted through the interwebs but businesses and major companies are relying on us the media users to advertise for them! The opportunity is out there and many are getting paid to post online! it is crazy and wonderful! I mean the internet has developed in so many ways, but with every rainbow there’s rain! Social media and the high standards being wanted has a stressful and serious side that needs to be understood before getting involved in such things.
Fancy reading a different post of mine? how about 10 home decor pieces I love, here.
Are we addicted to being online?
So what does it actually mean? to be addicted to social media? I would say that because in 2019, the digital era is at its highest (and still growing) the addiction to social media acceptance is an unseen but overwhelming element of life!
Addiction is such a strong word, I didn’t really like it the first time I heard someone say ‘I’m literally addicted to’ such and such. but at the end of the day, there is such a strong connection between addiction and a continues need/want to do something. There are so many factors and we can all get so addicted to checking our profiles at times. Who wouldn’t want to have the coolest status, and the most Instagramable pictures to upload without even realising it had happened. How many times have you taken a photo! just to immediately say “this is so my next profile picture” Hmmm, That sounds like something I have said so many times!
Heres to deep thinking coming up…
Take a moment to think about this. How many followers do you have? 50? 100? 10000? it doesn’t matter how many! have you ever put something online that others have liked, shared, commented or reacted to in any way! and now another important question… do you know that person who interacted with you? it might sound silly, but could that person be idolising your profile as something they would like to be? have you ever thought about it like that, I hadn’t but I knew that I was watching other people and I knew that I was setting goals in ambition to be the success that they seem to have achieved. When you start to think about it the other way around, That is a bit scary right?
Social Media Influencers
Social media influencers can be anyone. We all know that there are influencers who have a large network of followers. This week I watched the BBC panorama documentary on the million-dollar selfie! It was so interesting to watch, as an inspiring blogger. I was able to take notes of where I could improve on getting my blogging journey getting myself out there and seen, as well as explanations on what social media influencers have done that have got themselves in major trouble.
Confidence is something that I am constantly working on, read my post on what I am doing to boost my confidence, here.
So this it was not a program sugar coating the dream life, because no one really wakes up in the morning with a flawless airbrushed photo-ready look, do they? well, I defiantly do not! the program was based on highlighting the problems that social media influencers have begun to face. How seriously scary is it that even a child under 16 can be influenced and conned into products being sold online, as a result of a social influencer advising this. I think anyone with an online account needs to take a minute to think about what they are doing, because really we as humans, do not know the true influence we are having. if you do not know the serious impact we are having on the viewers hitting like.
So here are some things to consider…
Are you spending too much time online? if that’s a yes then please take a break! You don’t need to post your whole life online! and taking a break from your phone means you have more time to create memories and you can’t do that if you’re not living!
Think about removing any content that you have posted that could have a negative effect on someone else! only you will know if this is something that you need to do!
Spread positive vibes with others, you never know when they need to hear some happy words that day!
Stop trying to create a picture-perfect world! the world you have is already beautiful enough!
So what are your thoughts?
I would love to know your thoughts on social media. Do you believe that social media can be an addiction? or do you have an argument against this? Please leave a comment for me if you can.
Evening guys, So it’s that time of year that we’re listening to all that upbeat festive music, more than anything else. I am no different especially when it comes to plugging my headphones in on the train. Never mind the embarrassment when I finally realise I been pretty much singing out loud on the train! So I wanted to talk a bit about my December playlist.
There are so so so many songs! and I always like to create a new playlist for every Christmas, So this year I’m giving you my top 10 Christmas songs that will be being played at our Christmas table!
Or check out my post on my favourite Christmas activities, here.
Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas
The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
Michale Buble – Santa Baby
Bing Crosby – White Christmas
Wham – Last Christmas
The Jackson 5 – I saw mummy kissing Santa Clause
Carrie Underwood – Do you hear what I hear
Elmo & Patsy – Grandma got run over by the Reindeer
Justin Bieber – Mistletoe
Dean Martin – Let it snow
There are absolutely 100’s of songs that you could add into your December playlist, maybe songs that make you just feel christmasy and the ones that make you feel like it is winter. I mean there is no reason to have summer songs making you long for summer at this time of year right?
Just imagine it now! Summer songs blasting by a cosy fire, matching pjs with loved ones and a malt wine smell filling the house! it just doesn’t add up does it.
Check out my post, visiting Garson’s Nursery here.
I would love to hear what music is in your December playlist this year?
We all have our favourite places to visit at this time of year, but sometimes its the simplest places that have the most festive atmosphere! One of my favourite types of days out is a little trip out to Garson’s garden centre we have around Hampshire.
Looking for some festive activities this Christmas, try my 24 festive activities list, here.
This week we took a trip out to Garson’s in Titchfield. It honestly is such a lovely family-friendly place to visit during the Christmas season. Since we got there early. We decided to take a trip upstairs to the cafe for a Costa Coffee and cake! It was lovely seeing how busy it was, with friends and families clearly doing the festive walk round like us. If you get a chance. I would definitely suggest that a trip up there!
One of my favourite things about Garson’s garden centre is seeing reindeer. Frosty aged 7, and Cloudy aged 3. Speaking to the staff, these 2 have been rescued from the wildlife where they were being hunted. which is so sad to think that anyone would hurt such a beautiful animal. There is nothing more magical than seeing little kids faces light up as they are introduced with these furry friends. I mean they do live busy lives having to head back to the North Pole soon. To be ready to head out with Santa Clause, Hey?
Need some last minute Christmas gift inspiration? try here
There is so much to get in and look at whilst you are there that you can easily lose hours by wandering around a garden centre just like Garson’s. The staff at Garson’s have clearly put so much effort into their lovely displays. With Singing Santas, A train that kind of reminds me of the one heading to Hogwarts, and twinkle lights galore! Garden centres are just the perfect way to make you feel the Christmas festive spirit. it is so easy to get carried away!
So in yesterdays post ‘10 things I love about Christmas‘ I mentioned that one of my favourite Smells is Gingerbread at Christmas time, So it’s no surprise that my favourite recipe would be Gingerbread. So today I wanted to share my recipe for the perfect little Gingerbread Men.
What you are going to need:
300 g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp teaspoon nutmeg
125 g unsalted butter
100 g soft light brown sugar
3 tablespoons golden syrup (optional) – I’ve found that if you haven’t got any golden syrup then it hasn’t ruined the recipe!
Need some Christmas activity ideas? check out my list, here.
What to do:
First things first, Don’t forget to turn that oven on and Preheat to 180, I’m terrible at forgetting to turn the oven on, make sure that the oven has plenty of time to warm up or your little ginger men will be too soft! Once that’s has done, line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
Now to get started with the ingredients, In a large bowl combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the spices. Mix those together, so they are evenly spread, but don’t worry too much because your be mixing these again shortly!
Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan over low heat, make sure your continuously stirring and stir until the sugar dissolves, Once you’re sure you have a smooth looking mixture then add it to the dry ingredients you prepared earlier! Stir in until it forms a tough-looking dough.
Time for the fun bit, sprinkle some of your plain flour lightly on a clean kitchen surface and place your dough on top. Roll this out flat but with about a 5mm thickness for a nice Biscuit. Cut out as many gingerbread characters as you like, I would say gingerbread men, but you could have gingerbread snowmen, Rudolph’s, stars, or anything!. Transfer these to the paper that led out on your baking tray.
Place these in your oven for about 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Keep an eye, and don’t do my trick of forgetting there cooking till black.
Leave to cool on the sheet for a few minutes – if you want to hang them as decorations, now is the time to pierce a hole through the top of each with a skewer – then move to a wire rack.
Once completely cooled down, it is your choice, ice the gingerbread men and decorate with sprinkles, sweets and edible glitter or whatever you fancy.
These go nicely with a nice hot choc!
So If you’ve had a go I’d love to see pictures of your Gingerbread, so leave me a message through my Facebook page.
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