FEELING OVERWHELMED…

No, your eyes are not deceiving you – I have indeed written a new blog post.

You may of noticed I’ve been a bit slack atm but a break from blogging was really what I needed…

You may remember me mentioning in my last post that exams were looming very closely around the corner and I’m ngl I’ve never experienced stress on such a level that I have over the last few months. With the pressure on to stay on top of my work and revision schedule in the run up to exams I sort of lost my mojo for writing. My mind went blank and I felt like whenever I was coming up with ideas I just wasn’t happy with the content I was producing, it just didn’t feel like me. It wasn’t something I was really passionate about writing about and I didn’t want to produce something that wasn’t real. I felt fake and almost as if I was lying but at the same time I felt guilty because I didn’t want my blog die out after I’d worked so hard on it already – this just added to the pressure and in the end I was just going around in circles getting more and more stressed and eventually I realised that blogging needed to go on hold for a little while so I could focus on my exams.

After finishing my exams I feel like I’ve been non-stop. Trying to balance catching up with family and old friends as well as prom, a girls holiday to Zante and Latitude Festival I’ve not had a chance to sit down and explain where I’ve been hiding all this time.

But now I’m back for good and I have so many ideas for blog posts, so, keep your eyes peeled for more content coming this way very soon!

Until next time,

Jade x

 

 

THE ELDERFLOWER FIZZ COCKTAIL

Summer cannot come soon enough this year… Exams are looming just around the corner and with this sudden burst of sunshine in the UK, I am in desperate need of some relaxation and cocktail luvin’… Which leads me nicely onto >this< recipe I found, perfect for any elderflower lover. We actually switched it up a tiny bit so if you wanna use the original recipe that we based ours off then click the link above, if not – enjoy!!

What you’ll need:

  • Elderflower Cordial.
  • Gin.
  • Prosecco.
  • Lemon Sorbet.

(To Garnish)

  • Raspberries.
  • Sugar.

Method:

  • First of all you need to garnish the glass with sugar and raspberries.
  • Put one scoop of lemon sorbet in each glass.
  • Pour in a shot of gin.
  • Add in a splash of elderflower – The amount you put in can depend on how strong you like your elderflower flavour, typically I’d put in just over (if not double) what I’d usually have with water.
  • Fill the rest of the glass up with Prosecco and voila!!

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Jade x

URBAN JUNGLE ADVENTURES

Mum and I have been dyingggggg to go to Urban Jungle for months now and with it being “Sunday fun day” and all we decided to take a spontaneous trip and see it for ourselves… I’m ngl I loved every second of it.

We decided to head to the cafe before we explored as we were both MEGA hungry. You are surrounded by soooooooo many plants, it’s a plant lovers (my) dream.

On the menu is a variety of toasties and other light snacks as well as plenty of cakes to chose from. I went for a mozzarella and pesto toastie and oh my god… It was the sh*t!!! (I’m still thinking about it now). Mum opted for mushrooms stuffed with chorizo, red onion and cheese which she said were equally delicious. We grabbed some cakes to-go but unfortunately we scoffed them before I got a chance to take a pic of them, but trust me when I say they were super yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

After refuelling we went to explore and it really was like being in heaven. There are plants everywhere (!!!) There’s so many different ones you kinda wanna take them all home with you (or never leave).

Of course I couldn’t leave without buying a plant.. or two… (ok, three to be exact). Spending an hour or two here lost in all the plants was the perfect way to spend our Sunday afternoon. I can guarantee we will be returning in the very near future!!

Jade x 

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“SLUTTY BROWNIES”

Over the last few years it’s become a tradition that when Maria and I see each other we bake cookies together and although using a packet mix may be considered cheating it’s turned into an inside joke between the two of us. Today we decided to spice it up a little and make “slutty brownies”. I’m not entirely sure why they’re called “slutty brownies” but I’ve been drooling over pictures of them online, dreaming of the day I’d finally get to make them…

(If you don’t want to cheat and use packet mix I’ll list a real recipe for them at the end of the post).

We didn’t exactly get off to the best start – If you’re going to be lazy like us and cheat then you’ll need 3 packets of the cookie mix, something that hadn’t actually occurred to us until realised we didn’t have enough to fill the pan… You’ll probably need two packets of oreos too because as you can see they were a bit on the sparse side.

The only things you’ll need for the brownie mix (aside from a few table spoons of water thats needed in both mixes) is an egg and some oil… Super easy, super quick and suuuuuuuper lazy – Love it!

Simply pour the brownie mix over the over two layers and put in in the oven for 15-25 mins… Using the packet mixes we were faced with a bit of a timing dilemma, the cookies taking 10-12 mins and the brownies 20-25 mins so we kinda just guess-timated how long to leave them in for. We thought we would make them a little more seasonal and switch it up a bit by sprinkling some mini eggs on the top too.

When we finally decided they were cooked enough and took them out of the oven we couldn’t wait any longer to cut into them so we thought it would be a good idea if I stood outside with them for 5 mins in the hope it would quicken the cooling process…

If you want crisper and somewhat neater slices than you are advised to leave them to cool for an hour, but like I said we were a tad excited about trying them and couldn’t wait any longer.

These totally lived up to expectations and were soooooooo yummy, whoever came up with this idea is an absolute genius, 100% will be making these again!!!!!

Jade x 

Here’s the initial recipe I found: http://whatsgabycooking.com/slutty-brownies/

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Personally, I think on days like Mother’s day and Father’s day the gifts you give your parents should be on the more sentimental side. Hand making them a card and/or some art work I think is the most touching thing you can give them as it’s 100% from you. However, if you still want to treat your mama to a little something special but aren’t sure what, here are my top 3 go to gifts…

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Earrings are probably one of my mums fave things to receive as a present (and mine too) so anything dangly and pretty is always a winner. Earrings are actually quite personal gifts, you’re picking out the pair you think will be loved by your mama and suit them the best judging them by the smallest of details. So when ya think about it there’s actually a whooooole load of thinking that goes into it, I know I spend ageeees picking out which earrings Mum would like the best.

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Flowers are ALWAYS a winner, you can never ever go wrong with buying your mama flowers. They’re such a simple yet beautiful and mega appreciated present.

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Now this one doesn’t apply to everyone but I know my mum has sooooooo much make-up (maybe a little too much) and it is everywhereeeee… I mean everywhere. So what could be better than a little organisation in her life? This makeup bag is soooo pretty, the pattern is absolutely gorgeous and I looooove it.

Jade x

REVIEW: TETLEY BOOST TEA

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Before trying these I’d never drank tea before(!!!) but now I’m ngl I’m pretty addicted… Lately I’ve been feeling really drained and tired so I thought I would try these out and see if they helped. I’m not sure if the effect is psychological or not but it’s doing something –  When drinking these I’ve noticed I’m definitely feeling less tired and more able to get on with some work which is great(!!) especially as exams are looming (not so great). The tea contains Vitamin B6, which helps the body turn food into energy as well as helping towards developing a healthy brain and body. My fave is the cranberry and elderflower one, it’s just that little bit more fruityyyyyyy than the other.

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Jade x

HP SPROCKET VS INSTAX MINI

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After hearing about the HP Sprocket I was dying to try it out and added it straight to the top of my christmas list (yes, this blogpost is a tad over-due) however I have to admit I’m not 100% convinced I love this product and I’m not sure if in fact I would of been better off buying a polaroid…

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Let’s start with the positives… The printer itself is no bigger than a smartphone and is SO lightweight so is mega easy to just throw in your bag and take out with you, which is great if you don’t fancy lugging around a considerably bigger polaroid camera. Taking approximately 40 seconds to print it’s super quick and(!!!!) the pictures double up as stickers which is really cool too.

One of the main reasons I’m a fan of this printer is the fun you can have on the app editing the picture you want to print, you can choose any photos from your Facebook, Instagram, Flickr (etc, etc…or just from your camera roll. Once you’ve imported it to the app you have the option to “enhance” the image, add a variety of filters, different boarders, text and stickers to your photo. My most used feature on the app has to be the boarders, I love adding the polaroid effect and I’m ngl it’s the main reason I wanted the printer in the first place. The stickers are another really fun element of the app, there’s different text slogans, shapes, accessories and more that you can add to your photo to mix it up a bit and make it a little more silly.

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Now the negatives… I was so disappointed with the quality of the photos when I first used the printer, especially after all the hype on social media I’d seen about how great it was. I’ve come to the realisation that the photos either come out ridiculously darker than they originally were OR they are unbelievably pixilated and grainy which is a massive let down. For the price you pay for the printer (£119.99) combined with the cost of the paper (£10 a pack) I’m not entirely convinced it’s worth it.

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Sooooo many of my friends have the Instax Mini polaroid camera and I’m starting to regret not getting one myself… Although, unlike the Sprocket you can never be sure what the pic is gonna come out like, there is a sense of spontaneity and uniqueness about it that I really love and I feel as though it makes the picture 10x more special and meaningful to have.

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The quality of the photos from the Instax is suuuuch(!!!) an improvement on the Sproket and that alone makes me almost certain that I should of got an Instax Mini instead. When looking at the cost the polaroid works out being a lot cheaper, the camera being £69.99 (from Argos) and the paper around £8-10 (pack of 10 on amazon).

I guess it depends what you want from the camera really, if you want to have fun with your pictures and add silly stickers and different boarders but aren’t worried about the quality then the HP Sprocket is definitely for you! If you aren’t so bothered about the extras and like me are just interested in good quality photos to capture your memories then I’m pretty sure the Instax Mini is more what you’re looking for.

Jade x

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE: FOR HER

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I feel like V-Day is a tricky one to buy for and I’m always turning to gift guides for help when I’m stuck trying to think up present ideas for some one. So, I thought I would join in and share with you five items that I know your loved one will… well… love!

1.) Perfume

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I feel like this is such a classic, go-to, Valentines Day gift… But who doesn’t love a new perfume? This is my all time favourite perfume, it smells a-m-a-z-ing! A timeless gift that definitely won’t go unappreciated.

2.) Lipstick

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Another beauty product, but this one has the potential to be a little bit more of a risky purchase… I love being bought makeup, especially lipsticks. Although it may seem like a materialistic item, I think lipsticks can be quite personal if you really take the time to think about what would suit your GF. If however, you are totally lost, one of my faves is “See Sheer” which is a laaaavley pinky shade that is really glossy. OR… Sticking with the red theme of valentines day “Ruby Woo” is a really pop-y red that looks great on all skin tones allllllll year round.

3.) Jewellery

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Bracelets are always a great gift to get, I actually got this one from Ruben last year for Valentines Day and I loveeeee it. Simple, dainty bracelets are my fave. I believe this one is from Brandy Melville but Lisa Angel are usually great for pretty, little bracelets and a lot of the time they have the option to personalise them and make them that little bit more special.

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Earrings are also a great gift to receive as they aren’t something you always think to buy yourself, so it’s nice when someone surprises you with some. I like to go to local, smaller shops to get my earrings instead of well known, high street shops as I know the earrings there will be more unique as not everyone is going to have them, giving them that “extra special” factor.  I feel like earrings are something that are really hard to get wrong so you should be safe with this one.

Last but not least…

4.) Underwear

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This bralet is from Boux Avenue and I think it is absolutely gorgeous! Any girl I’m sure would appreciate some nice underwear! Boux Avenue is my go-to place for pretty undies and it’s not overly priced like shops like Victorias Secret. Obviously you could opt for some of their adorable PJs too which range from beautiful silk shorts to cosy, fluffy trousers. They even wrap it up for you – Bonus!

Jade x

LET’S TALK ABOUT: GOALS FOR 2017

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1.) Write more blog posts.

  • I mean I think I’ve been pretty good with uploading posts on a regular basis but from now on I’m going to take this more seriously and aim to write one blog post a week (or at least try to).

2.) Work out more.

  • I decided it was about time I did a little bit of exercise in order to balance what my mum likes to call my pizza addiction. I’ve found a good few workout routines on Youtube that I like to use so maybe I’ll write a post on that if thats something you’re interested in…

3.) Learn to drive!!

  • I cannot express how desperate I am to drive and how annoyed I am that I didn’t learn when I turned 17!!! This year is definitely the year for learning.

4.) Travel more.

  • This year I really want to see more of the world. After being in New York back in October I’ve been desperate to go and explore somewhere else. My new obsession where I’d like to visit next is Rome, I think the city looks so beautiful. I’d also love to go back over to America and visit my Grandad in North Carolina, my mum and I loved it there when we went in 2015.

5.) Take more photos and make more videos.

  • This is something I really enjoy doing and wish I did more of, hopefully I can incorporate this into my travelling.

And finally…

6.) Be braver.

  • I’ve spent years holding back from doing things because I’m worried about what people might say or think about me but I’ve realised that I actually don’t care. As long as I enjoy what I’m doing and I’m happy thats all that matters.

 

Happy new year everyone!

Jade x

UPDATE: Youtube Channel

Hellooooooo there, just a quick one tonight…

I’ve decided I’m going to start uploading content onto YouTube as well as on here. Next year I’ll be studying journalism at university and I was thinking if I can’t put myself out there then how am I supposed to compete? Not just this but I actually really enjoy filming and editing so I hope you enjoy the videos I produce!

My first video is now live and it’s a sort of montage of footage from Ruben and I’s walk around Thorpe Marshes.

http://www.youtube.com/user/jadeeagle1 – check it out 🙂

Jade x