TREAT YO SELF

I've gotten super into Parks and Recreation recently. I think it could be one of my favourite TV shows ever. I don't want to say it's definitively my favourite as Game of Thrones holds that crown for now.

Get it, crown!?

On Wednesday night, I watched the infamous 'TREAT YO SELF' episode, if you don't know what I'm talking about, here's a 30 second clip that will explain everything:


I hear Aziz Ansari saying that every time I go onto Amazon. And so here was the result:


From l-r:
Top row:



Though I paid half of the price it's currently at, it's best trying to find these amiibo in stores from the looks of it!

Pikachu Pokemon Center Notepad



Pikachu Round Soft Jacket for iPhone 6

I haven't actually had the chance to make the most of these things yet! I read a chapter and a half of the Indy book, so far it's...okay. Though I don't have much expectations for a novel written by someone not involved with the movies.

I've only had a flick through of Love, Tanya so far, but the design of the book looks great, and the photographs are too!

Captain Toad is so much fun. I can't wait to play more!

That's all for today!

Thanks for reading. See you next week!

#TBT #5: Florence and the Machine

 These TBT's always seem to focus on music but here we are.

My #TBT series focuses on things that I love and have loved before I made YouTube videos and blogposts, so these things have never been talked about too much on videos/posts. This series is here so I can gush about all of these great things!

Today it's on Florence and the Machine. The greatest band on Earth. Or at least one of them, I don't know I'm exaggerating so everything sounds exciting. 

I've been watching too much Parks and Recreation, I'm hearing everything I type in Amy Poehler's voice.

Florence and the Machine are SO GREAT. I know I describe everything as SO GREAT, but that is because they are SO GREAT.

Here's a couple of my favourite songs of their's:

Cosmic Love


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Pokemon Notepads

The purpose of this post is to show you something super cool that came in the mail yesterday.

You know how I love Pokemon.

And you know how I love stationary, especially notepads.

I present to you, my new Pokemon notepads!

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Things I Wished to Know #3: Perspective

Been a while since we've had one of these ey?!?

These posts have been some of my most popular ones, so I do want to keep this series going, but I keep forgetting to schedule one! Maybe I'll try doing it once a week or something, who knows. Don't expect one a week, if you have low expectations then you will always be pleased. Maybe that will be the title of another one. But not really because have high expectations for some things.

That isn't even what this post is on, so I better actually start talking about what this post IS about. And that is perspective! At least, I think perspective is the right word for it. What I'm trying to get at, mainly, is your perception of people's lives from what little you see.

This comes up a lot with YouTubers, mainly as people make oh so many presumptions about their life and every detail that goes on, despite seeing a 10 minute window of their life a week, maybe more if they daily vlog, even then it's still about 7 minutes a day, which is nothing compared to your actual full 24 hours.

I understand how it feels to think you know a YouTuber, I have felt like this in the past. Though, it wasn't until I started making my own videos that I realised the people who watch them know almost nothing about me. You never see me out with friends for drinks, or watching Netflix with my flatmates in onesies, or stressing out over coursework, or when I had to clean my shower drain and almost threw up at the sight of someone else's gross hair. None of these things in my life are ever on the internet. We never see YouTubers doing their washing, or doing the dishes, or doing things we all do, or stressing about things in their lives, as often they don't want to broadcast that. I would not want to be filming myself when I'm crying about how I'm terrified for an exam. Nor would I want a camera in my face as I watch Scrubs as I get ready in the morning. Well, if it was a vlog day, I wouldn't mind, but I would not like to have that on the internet EVERY SINGLE DAY.  No one would want to see that, and I like to have 'me' time. I'm sure every single YouTuber feels the same way at times.

It's strange, sometimes. I filmed 3 videos in one day on Thursday, that has me set up for 2 Sundays and a Wednesday. That's all of my life people would see for a week, that 20 minutes on a Thursday when I sat in front of the camera, with pre-selected topics to talk about. Watching videos isn't like a real life interaction. Not in the slightest. For starters, when I film I'm taking to an unresponsive camera. Whilst I do imagine people listening and I try to be interactive, it's not the same as a 2 way conversation. It's also edited, which changes things.

This isn't me trying to say that YouTubers are different in real life to what they are on the camera, what I am trying to get at is that YouTubers are all more than you see online. We aren't 10 minutes a week, and our lives are much richer than they seem. Not richer money wise, though I would love if that were the case. The first thing I would do is buy a better camera and microphone, so you can watch and listen to that 10 minutes a week in even better quality. 

(Does referring to YouTubers as 'we' sound pretentious? It feels pretentious, but despite however unsuccessful my YouTube is, I am still a YouTuber!)

I don't really know truly what the aim of this particular post was. I just see a lot of people act on the internet like they and a person they like are best friends despite never having met them. It's cool to like them and it's cool to look up to them. I do the same thing with a lot of YouTubers. I just think it's always important to remember that their lives are different to what you see. There is much more to their lives than what is ever filmed, tweeted, instagrammed, etc.

I'm not trying to step on people's feelings who highly look up to YouTubers, I guess I'm just trying to widen your view and just take notice to some things if you haven't done so. I mean, I didn't realise all of this until I was sat on the other side of the camera.

And I am filling this with disclaimers because I know the YouTube community will get riled up about anything. Seriously, have you stepped foot in any comment sections, because it is all out war there?!

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this long winded wall of text.

Finally, I leave you with these words and wisdom from Pokemon:



Have a great day, and I will see you tomorrow.

Home Workspace

Today's post was going to be titled with a GREAT joke, but the stuff I need for the post is in Liverpool, and for the rest of the week, I am not!!

I'm home for a few days before the next semester kicks in, so I thought I would share my desk/workspace that I'm probably not going to be sat at all that much. Because I'm either playing on the Wii U or in bed watching Parks and Recreation.

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Grace Helbig Waterstones Event Liverpool

Last night, Grace Helbig descended from the heavens* to come to Liverpool.

 *The sky between L.A. and London

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#TBT #4: LITERAL TBT

I accidentally posted this last night with barely anything written in it. Oops.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

I have no clue what to talk about today, I planned this as a 'TBT' but NATURALLY I didn't think of anything to write today. SMART.

I'm actually writing this the night before, and I think I will make this a literal TBT by showing you what my Timehop shows for Thursday 22nd January.

Unless it's dull or embarrassing.

Which it likely will be.


I now remember January 23rd 2014 VERY CLEARLY.

I had just watched Frozen for the first time, and I fell in love with Let it Go, much like...everyone in the entire world.

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Wanderlust


Today I want to talk about something that I have a major case of at the minute: wanderlust!

Google defines wanderlust as 'a strong desire to travel'. I bet most people have a lot of wanderlust, I mean, how can you not want to see the world?!

I can blame my wanderlust on Indiana Jones partly, and last week this video from FunForLouis really, really gave me such a desire to abandon everything and go and explore the world.


This video is really worth watching. 
He did all of this in ONE YEAR. I know that will most likely never be possible for me, nor would I truly like to spend only 3 months a year in the UK, but oh my GOD DO I WANT TO SEE THE WORLD.

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Organisation!

As I type this it's almost 9am, an hour before my exam! That's scary.
By the time I actually go about writing the rest of this post, I'll have done it! EVEN MORE SCARY.

Okay cool, I'm back, it's 1:40pm and that exam kinda sucked. But it's over, and soon I can move the pile of folders next to me and they can (hopefully) BE GONE FOREVER.

Do any of you do that thing in an exam when you think about the lights falling down and if it would kill you? Today I was sat in a seat that I would not be killed in.

So today I wanted to talk a bit about organisation!! Because I like to try to organise my life to a ridiculous degree. I pretty much plan everything that will happen in the day from the moment I get up until the moment I fall asleep. I need to work on that a little, but being organised isn't all bad! 

Here are a couple of the things that help to keep me organised!!!


Weekly desk organiser

I don't know what this is actually called, but this is what I'm calling it. Here's a picture of my last week! I list pretty much everything I have on for every single day of the week! It kinda looks messy by the end of the week, so below you'll find a nice picture of a blank week! My roommate Anna gave me this for Christmas, and it has revolutionised my life. I think these cost around £8 or so from Paperchase. They're a great investment, you get 365 days out of it!!

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The layman's Project Life


So Project Life scrapbooks are all the Pinterest craze at the minute! I don't think they're anything new, I'm pretty sure LilyPebbles did one for 2014. She's the unofficial Queen of Project Life. Now for 2015, all the bloggers and crafters in my life seem to be making one!

They're not the cheapest, nor are they the most expensive thing in the world if you manage it. Essentially, you buy a £20 book/folder, and buy pages, and accessories, like stickers, tape, card, etc separately. Though, as I've mentioned before, I'm a completionist of everything I start. Buying every Marvel Cinematic Universe DVD seemed like a reasonable goal in 2010, yet here I am in 2014 with around 10 or so, some I haven't even watched yet, and there's many, many more Marvel films to come. So I imagine a Project Life book would end up setting me back £100s over the year. £100s that I really don't have.

For a while now, since December 2013, I've been making my own, very basic, scrapbook/photo albums. I guess they're a form of Project Life in themselves, although, not as pretty, not as Pinterest and not as impressive.



I'm really selling it aren't I?


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Playlist of January

Hello blog type people,

First of all, I want to say a massive THANK YOU to all of you who have been reading this. I've become so much active on here, and it's paying off. This blog has gone from having 4-7 views a day to 50 on average. Yesterday it was almost 100! That's crazy! I hope you'll all stick around while I babble on about things.

Secondly I just wanted to talk about the new blog layout! I revamped it quite a bit last night. As much as I loved the old layout, it didn't look or feel completely right. This layout feels much more clean. I still have a fair bit of work to do on it, but I think it looks good enough for now!

Thirdly, I think my new blog goal is 5 posts a week. I may do these Monday to Friday, but I'm not sure yet. That won't be starting just yet, as I have an exam Tuesday, so depending on how things are going, there may not be a post Monday and maybe there will be weekend posts. Who knows.
This whole paragraph just became a disclaimer for 'I think I know what I'm doing, but I'm not 100%, but I want the feeling of accomplishment from committing to a goal'.

Today's post is going to be a bit simpler. I want to talk about music a little bit.

Isn't it strange how you can hear one or two songs and immediately they're the songs that define a month in your life? This month for me has been defined by these two:

Elastic Heart - Sia



Brain - BANKS

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Indiana Jones

Hello everyone!

So that not blogging until my exams are over thing is REALLY working isn't it? I dunno, I feel very creatively charged at the minute. I was originally going to type that my creative juices were flowing ...then I gagged a little.

Today I wanted to talk about a film franchise that I am head over heels for, Indiana Jones!



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Nintendo Direct Predictions

Tomorrow is the first Nintendo Direct of 2015. If you don't know what that is,it's an online presentation by Nintendo which reveals plans/games/release dates/whatever for the next couple of months, though sometimes there's a long term announcement made in them.

I love these things, I try to watch them all live, if I can. They're sometimes on at bizarre times,(i.e for those in the UK, this one is on at 2pm on a Wednesday?!) but more often than not I manage to make them. 


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Bag Essentials

 I have well and truly been bitten by the blogging bug over the past few days, I just can't stop thinking of ideas and wanting to make posts.

This is a post that, if you read a lot of blogs, you've probably seen regurgitated and repackaged over and over and over. And if you follow a lot of those 'life tips/hacks' Twitter accounts, like I do (because Pinterest is just a bit too much effort), you'll have had your fill of bag tips.

When thinking about this post, I thought about everything that I put in my bag when I'm going on a long train journey. In general, not all of these things are on my bag, but it usually is a combination of most of the items.

Here's my signature bag:


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The Walking Dead Season 5B Trailer


So yesterday the trailer for season 5 b of The Walking Dead dropped, watch it here:


We need to talk about this A LOT. First of all, AMC, why did you make the trailer US only and wait for others to make it available to us in the rest of the world? When we get the show less than 24 hours after the US, it seems bizarre that we can't have the trailer.

And whilst this does just seem like a lot of promotional footage that we won't see play out in the actual episode themselves, it's still a great sneak peek of what's to come, and it looks like there's much more time on the road left for our survivors. 

By the looks of Rick's beard and Carol's hair, there's going to be a time skip between the mid-season finale and the return of the show.

 And there are a few characters, Father Gabriel, Carl and Judith),missing from this trailer. Though when you think about it, the reason is obvious. Father Gabriel is pretty useless when killing walkers and using weapons, and so wouldn't fit at all in this trailer (although Eugene is there!). Judith can't do anything with, you know, being a baby and all, and someone needs to carry her around, and who better than her big brother. But does this mean Tyreese is off of babysitting duty? That seems to be his role in the group at the minute.

Also, I don't think bullet shells dropping on a leaf covered forest floor make that noise. But I'll let that slide.

Finally, it looks COLD. For once, is winter not being skipped over in a timeskip like it has been TWICE before, between seasons 2 and 3, and it seems like between season 3 and 4, it was winter. I'm assuming this as it was clearly autumn towards the end of season 3, and season 4 picks up in what I'm assuming is spring!

I cannot wait until February 9th when The Walking Dead returns to Fox in the UK, for you lucky devils in the US, you get it February 8th!

Let's just hope AMC don't spoil the entire world this time!

Read, Reading and To Read

So you know how I said there would be no more posts until my exams finished...oops. I finished my coursework, I've moved on to working for my exam, but I had a burst of motivation, and here we are!

This is an idea that hit me a few hours ago, and it's something that I'd like to do maybe every couple of months, or maybe every month to check my progress of how much I'm reading. If you read my New Years resolutions post, you'll know that I want to read more. I used to read SO much and I want to get back into that place! So if I track myself, maybe I will!

Here are the books that I have either recently read, or I'm currently reading them, or I intend to read them soon!


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Coursework and exams



Sorry for my lack of posts at the minute, it's January, which means a hell of a lot of coursework and an exam! I'm a bit busy working to allow myself to make posts, which I desperately am craving to do. I've been bitten by the blog motivation bug, and I can't wait to start putting my all into these posts!

Until then, I'm sorry but I'll be gone for another week and a half!

Hope you're all having a great 2015 thus far!

New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year bloggy-type folk! I can't believe it's 2015! I turn 20 this year. 20. That's a big deal, that sounds a hell of a lot older than 19.

I haven't posted in 11 days, that is bad. Real bad, but I'm currently in an exam/work stress bubble. I like to block everything and everyone out for the 2/3 weeks before deadlines/exams and then come back out to the world afterwards, so this has been on the back-burner a little.

Though I just wanted to make this quick post on New Years Resolutions, I thought I would share some of mine:

1) Finally finish Breaking Bad. I finished season 3 ages ago, I just need to find time to sit down with my sister and watch it! Which is sorta hard considering we live 21 miles away from each other, according to Google maps. I'm sure we will though.

2) Put more time and effort into my YouTube channel/blog/the YouTube community. My views have quite suddenly slipped quite a bit. I need to regain that foothold and hopefully continue to grow my channel. It hasn't expanded massively in the past couple months to be truthful, but I still enjoy it, I just hope people keep enjoying it as well.

3) Write a book. Quite an ambitious one I do admit, though I would like at least a novel plan and 30% or so written. I've always wanted to write a book, and I feel like it's coming to the time where I will actually write one.

4) Go to Brighton. I've never been, so I've decided this is the year to!

5) Work hard at uni. Standard, but a needed one.

6) Read more. I read a fair bit, I used to read A LOT, and I kinda slipped in 2014, so I want to get back into that. I'm about to crawl into bed now with my copy of A World of Ice and Fire that I've slowly been working through.

I think that's about it, what about you? Let me know your New Years Resolutions!

Will see you next time!

Bye!