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4 things that put me off your blog


I read blogs. In my opinion, I read quite a lot of them. The good, the bad and the ok. (Although I’m always on the look out for new ones so leave our links below!) During my reading of said blogs, I’ve picked up things that I don’t like about people’s blogs. Only small things but they’re things that put me off the blog and so I wanted to share them so you can check you’re not falling victim to any of these ‘mistakes’.

  • Apologising for long blog post-I do hate it when people start their blog post with ‘Sorry, this is a long one.’ People are choosing to read your blog, they’re not being forced to read it. If they want to read it, they won’t mind how long or short the post is. In fact, they probably prefer the longer posts. STOP APPOLOGISING!!! I don’t mind it when it starts with ‘Warning, this is a long post so get relaxed’ that’s fine but please don’t apologise for spending a long time writing an extra long blog post for us to read.
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes– I know I’m guilty of this from time to time but it does put me off a blog when a post has regular spelling and grammar mistakes. A key one is no capital letters or capitals in weird places. To me, lots of mistakes makes me feel like the post is rushed and you haven’t put in the time and care or it feels very amateur. You as the blogger want people to read your blog so please read it through twice and correct the mistakes you can!
  • Posts without a photo– Again, I do this once or twice but I do like a photo in each blog post even if it’s only one. It again makes it feel like you put in the effort and it makes the post feel longer. Plus good photography is always a bonus!
  • Not posting in a while– I am DEFINEITLY guilty of this! I always leave such big gaps between each post but not posting makes your blog seem abandoned and doesn’t bring in the readers.

Apart from these, I generally am guaranteed to love your blog!  I just felt like explaining what puts me off your blog because it takes so little to get it wrong but at the same time if you don’t do these it’s very easy to get into my ‘Good Blog’ books!

xxx

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The Sibling Tag

Today’s my brother’s 13th Birthday. It’s about time he officially became a teenager, he’s been grumpy enough to be counted as one for ages. But today in honour of his birthday he agreed to do a post and as we’d both seen ‘sibling tags’ on YouTube, we decided that it would be a fun thing to try!  And before we start, yes, my name is Kate and my brother’s is Will. Yes, just like the royal family members! We were around first! Anyway, here we go!


Questions:
1. How old are you both?

Will: I’m nearly 13     Kate: Yeah, you’re 13 on the day this goes up.  And I’m 15 but I’m 2 and a half years older.
2. Describe each other in one word?

W: OK.     K:I was going to go for annoying but you’ve gone for an ok answer… Um, not funny? Oh, that’s not one word. Unhumorous? I don’t know if that’s a word but I’m going to stick with that!
3. What is something that annoys you about one another?

W:Everything     K: I was going to say how much time you spend on your phone and Xbox and stuff…
4. Do you ever argue?

W & K: YES!!        K: A lot because it’s really funny to get Will annoyed! Because he gets really angry!
5. What’s the best thing about one another?

W: She sometimes lends me money!      K: He’s very good at buying Christmas and birthday presents as long as he knows exactly what to buy! Not if he doesn’t because then it’s a bit awkward!
6. Favourite inside joke?

K: We don’t really have an inside joke… We should get one!      W: No, It’s fine..
7. Favourite memory together?

K: You’ve got 13 years of spending time with me you should have at least one memory.     W: Nope     K: I remember when you were born. Well, not when you were born but the first time I saw you. That’s probably my favourite memory because we weren’t arguing and you weren’t annoying…
8. Are you full, half or step siblings?

W:Full     K:Unfortunatley.

9. Guess each others favourite singer?

K: Ok, I’ll go first… George Ezra?     W: No     K: do you have a favourite singer?    W: No    K: oh, Ok guess mine…     W: Taylor swift?     K: No, come on guess harder! It’s easy.      W: Adele?    K: Yes    W: I was going to go for Adele first!
10. Who takes longer to get ready?

W: Kate, by a long way!     K: See, I was going to say you. It depends. On a school day, I’m so slow at getting changed so yes, me. But if I’m going out without any makeup or anything, you, because you take HOURS to do your hair.     W: No. I don’t.     K: Yes, you DO!! And you’ve got to spray your deodorant.
11. What’ your favorite animal?

K: What’s your favourite animal? No let me guess! Is it a bird of prey? A peregrine falcon?   W: Yeah. Is yours a dog?      K: No. It’s an animal I’ve seen in my lifetime. Actually, it’s an animal I’ve seen in the past year, over the summer.    W: I don’t know.     K: It was a dolphin.
12. If your house was burning down, who would you save and why?

W: Mummy.     K: yeah, I was going to say her as well. Why?    W: Because she… I don’t know.   K: Yeah, I don’t have a reason either.     W: Sorry, Daddy!
13. Comedy, horror, or chick-flick?

W: Comedy       K: Yeah, although you always fart at the funny bits!     W: Don’t put that in…     K: YES, I’m putting that in!! I don’t know for me, comedy or chick-flick? I don’t really watch chick-flicks.     W: What are they?       K: Like romantic comedies. Mean Girls and ones like that.
14. Blackberry or iPhone?

W: IPhone, obviously!!     K: I was going to go for the same. I think it used to be quite equal but now it’s not. IPhone is so much better than blackberry.       W: I can upgrade my phone to an IPhone 7.     K: Wow, fascinating (sarcasm)
15. Favorite movie?

W: Probably Rogue 1. I saw it, it’s good.        K: I don’t know what my favourite movie is. I do like ‘Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging’ although it always make me cry which my friends find hilarious!    W: That movie sounds dodgy…     K: Just because it has a weird title for you doesn’t mean it’s a bad film! But I also like ‘Fantastic Beast (and where to find them)’ and I liked ‘Mean Girls’.
16. What is something weird that you eat?

W: Nothing, that I can think of.     K: I think I know what my weird thing is. Like, when I finish a chocolate yogurt I always get a banana and scrape out the pot.
17. Do you guys have anything matching?

K: Not PURPOSEFULLY matching.     W: Equally bad jokes…     K: Yeah, well, yours are worse! I do less jokes but they’re more funny or they’re just rude. I mean they’re not like RUDE rude but I accidentally offend people. But other then that we don’t really have anything alike. We don’t look alike, apparently we do but I don’t see it.
18. What’s your favorite TV show?

W: Modern family.    K: Although I do quite like Michael MacIntyre’s Big, Big show.      W: No modern family is better.      K: Modern family’s more like a ‘Tv show’ TV show, if you get what I mean. The other one’s just a show.

19.What is one thing you’re wishing for, for your birthday this year?

W: Um, I’m not sure…      K: Well, you want FIFA points or whatever they’re called. I would like, probably some makeup of some sort or clothes vouchers…


Happy 13th Birthday Will. As much as you annoy me, you do have some uses. For example providing me with blog posts! Nah, Love ya really!

Comment down below if you like this style of post because I think it’s an unusual idea (that might just be my view) and if you think me and Will look alike!

xxx

Life · School

My views on School | Mocks 2017


This isn’t a philosophical post or anything even if the title sounds like it but tomorrow is the first day of my GCSE mocks. I’m not going to lie, even though I devoted ‘so many hours’ of my time over the holidays to revising (not…), I don’t feel prepared. I guess it’s just lucky these don’t actually count for anything and so therefore are a good time to see if my revision techniques actually work! I wanted to write a post taking about how I’m finding each subject so that if you’re about to chose your GCSE options I can give you some advance warning, or if you’re midway through starting, you know what is heading your way or if you’re in the same situation as me, can feel comforted it’s not just you who feels like that. And I guess if you’ve already done your GCSEs you can use this as a morale booster to remind you what you’ve left behind you!


I’m generally happy with my subjects but I do wish I wasn’t doing one or two of them!

Biology– This is without a doubt my favourite subject. It was the one with the most to learn for the mocks but I enjoy what we learn about (well, the human biology parts…) and so don’t find revising it too annoying. I really like my teacher as she’s taught me literally every year since I was 11. I think that this mock will go well ut that’s probably far too full of myself. Pride comes before a fall! This is one of the subjects I’m certain I will continue to Sixth Form.

Chemistry– Chemistry for me isn’t easy but it isn’t impossible. I can do it if I put in the effort to learn. For mocks we only had to learn a few topics but for me I find it hard to apply to a situation. I might know the theory of a certain experiment but as soon as they put chemical names I get confused. And then Structure and Bonding and stuff like that I have no idea about. I can tell you the tests for hydrogen and oxygen and that though (please let that come up in the mock!) I really don’t know how this will go, I think if I keep calm it won’t go dreadfully but it has the possibility of completely going wrong…. This is another of my certains for Sixth Form. Possibly my most challenging option but it’s good to challenge yourself, this might just be too much!

Physics– Physics is definitely the subject I’m least gifted in. I don’t hate it but I also don’t enjoy it. I guess the problem for me is I don’t understand it. I’ve got to the point where I’ve given up understanding it. If my teacher says it happens, it must happen. I can’t tell you why it happens but as long as I write the right thing n my exam paper no one will really care that I don’t actually know why that happens. Physics was an option for Sixth Form because the universities I’m interested in generally only take you if you’ve done physics at A level but I spoke to my teacher and we both decided that me and physics are not a match made in heaven and continuing it to A level might just be the straw that breaks the camels back! So now I just have to do particularly well at GCSEs to get into Uni….

Maths– The biggest problem I have with Maths is my teacher. I don’t doubt that she’s very clever and a good teacher but she’s just disgusting. She spends our lessons bare-foot even though our classroom if filled with pairs of her shoes. She burps regularly and acts as if everyone burps while teaching a lesson. And her room STINKS. Me and my friend had to leave the class because we were feeling ill for the smell/humidity. Anyway enough of a rant! As for the actual maths, I don’t find it too hard. As long as you know the equations needed, you have a calculator so really it isn’t too difficult (apart from algebra, that is quite tricky!) I’m hoping this exam will go relatively well as it would be a good one to be confident in! This is my most likely option for one of the options for Sixth form but possibly the one I’ll give up after a year.

English– I did my English Language exam last May because that’s just how my school does it. I sort of regret that because English Language with all the creative writing is a subject I’m confident in and it would be nice to go into my exams in May knowing I could ace an exam but oh well… English Literature is definitely one of my horrible subjects. I don’t have a natural talent for noticing what the author actually means when they say something strange and I just don’t know how to revise it. If anyone has tips do let me know! Why do teachers try to make a point out of any words in Literature? If the author says there are blue curtains, they probably mean that there are blue curtains not that ‘blue shows the characters melancholy feeling and gives a sense of sadness to the story’. Seriously! It was a possibility for A level but I realised I couldn’t bear to do this for another 2 years!

French– I do love French and it’s an aspiration of mine to become fluent in it. I can do it all but not necessarily well. I struggle especially with my accent when speaking, I know what I should say but it doesn’t sound french! And the tenses are also a tricky topic for me but I’m working on them. I’m hoping french will be an ‘easy’ GCSE for me but it probably won’t be! I’ve spent quite a while just speaking french everywhere I can. I speak it around the house as my parents are both almost fluent, I babysit french children and I visit my french exchange by choice (She’s really lovely so I don’t mind too much!). Why am I not good at it! This is probably going to be my fourth option for A level but I need to decide as it also features Literature. I guess I care less about Literature when it’s in French…

History– History is a subject I enjoy and don’t find too difficult although I can’t do the Cold War! I’ve done my coursework but I don’t know how I’ve done yet… All I had to do for Revision is read through my notes, I remembered it all which surprised me. I find it interesting and I love writing notes. History is the only subject I do where the teacher gives you a slide for you to make notes from, all the other subjects give you pre-prepared notes. My mum really wants me to continue History to A Level but really, it just doesn’t interest me enough!

Latin– Why did I choose Latin? I can’t do Latin! For me, the Literature part’s ok but grammar, I can’t do that! It doesn’t help that my teacher last year didn’t teach me the right stuff… This year’s teacher is amazing especially as she’s trying to catch up last year’s work as well. The only thing that’s really keeping me going and working hard with Latin is the fact I get 2 GCSEs for it if I pass! I will 100% not be continuing this. The girl who sits next to me in orchestra does Latin A Level and she has to learn about 150 words a week. I’m not even exaggerating!

Music– Again, why did I take this?? There’s nothing majorly wrong with Music other than the fact that everyone else is a music genius (seriously they have diplomas in piano and stuff) and play the piano whereas I can’t get the tunes I’m thinking of down on paper. And all my ideas are too simple. I’m hoping to pick up as many points as I can in the exam to make up for my lack of points in the composing side of things. I won’t be continuing this!

In all my subjects I’m doing the ‘old’ GCSEs which is good in my opinion, for example, in the new GCSE you only get 1 GCSE for the same amount of work and the history topics sound so boring! However, the new Music GCSE does sound good, they study songs from Wicked for goodness sake! That’s amazing!!

As for school in general, I find it ok. Of course, I’d love to be at home all day instead but I understand that I need an education to be a vet and that I should appreciate school more as many people especially girls would give anything for an education. I try hard in lessons but this year I need to work on speaking out in class and doing my homework on the night it’s set. I used to be good at doing homework but now I get distracted by things like this blog. Oppsie!!

I really hope my mocks go well as I know that my parents think it’ll go badly and I want to prove them wrong!

xxx

 

Blogmas · Haul · Life · Makeup

What I got for Christmas 2016


When it comes to Christmas presents this year, I think I can quite happily say, I was a very lucky bunny. I received some very special gifts and I wanted to share some of my favourites with you today. I’m so grateful for everything I received especially the presents I received from my parents as they just seemed to keep coming! If you saw my wishlist (HERE) you’ll be able to see I got many of the things I wished for which is more than I could expect. I’m also really happy with the presents I got other people, especially my family. Mostly, I got my family books although I did buy my mum a lipstick as well which I think is very risky of me! And she seems to love it! My friends mostly received chocolate because I find present buying so impossible. I do enjoy picking gifts out if only it wasn’t so hard, and expensive. Anyway!


My parents gave me two ‘experience’ presents this year, a new concept for them. Firstly I received a makeup lesson with a makeup artist because as I have mentioned many a time, I can’t do makeup. My second experience is a consultation with a woman to discover my ‘colours’. Basically she’ll tell me which colours suit me and which to steer away from which I am looking forward to as I have no clue with clothes buying! The makeup experience comes with money to buy makeup which is also amazing as I have a very limited makeup collection mostly due to prices and my lack of knowledge of what I need.


I only received a few ‘beauty items’. My favourite was from a friend which is the Kate Moss with Rimmel lipstick in the shade 08 which I love because it’s a colour I would wear and it says my name on it! I also received a liquid lipstick from ‘Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ is my stocking which is interesting as I’ve never tried a liquid lipstick before. It’s in the shade Lydia. I can do swatches of these if anyone wants to see. I received some face masks and lip balm from ‘HEMA’ in my stocking which if they’re good will be a good cheap face mask as I do love HEMA. From my cousin, I got a little ‘Body Shop’ gift set with a Strawberry lip balm and hand cream. I have some other ‘Body Shop’ hand creams but not the Strawberry one coincidentally! My parents bought me the ELF 14-peice complete brush set which is very helpful as I didn’t actually have any makeup brushes before this.


I also received a surprisingly large number of books. I mean, there’s nothing against books but I’ve never got so many before. My parents bought me some which are mainly adult books rather than Young Adult as I’m used to but they look really interesting. My Uncle also got me 3, all vet related as, if you didn’t already know, I want to be a vet when I grow up. The books I got were:

  • The Hundred Year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  • Life after Life by Kate Atkinson
  • The Chimes by Anna Smaill
  • Grimm Tales by Philip Pullman
  • Vet on Call by Marc Abraham
  • Tales from a Young Vet by Jo Hardy
  • Tales from a Wild Vet by Jo Hardy


I got lots of other cool stuff but I can’t really think of a title for them so now we’re moving onto the miscellaneous section. My uncle got me some scented pencils which actually smell very good and strongly. He also got me a necklace holder and some gloves. The necklace holder is white so matches my furniture in my bedroom and I am a very cold-blooded person and I am always cold so gloves are always helpful! One of cousins got me a gorgeous personalised ‘winter’ necklace with snowflakes and stuff. Another cousin got me a lovely lilac sports vest which I love so much not just due to the colour but also because although I do a lot of sport, I only have school sports kit and desperately need some more. My parents got me a portable charger which is surprising small but provides so much charge and will be perfect for carrying around on the move. My brother bought me some things that were on my wish list. Firstly, he got me a ‘Swell’ water bottle in Champagne gold. I love the Swell water bottles as they give so much money to charity so it helps those in need as well as being absolutely stunning. It has glitter in the gold coating!


He also bought me 4 small yankee candles in the smells ‘Fresh cut Roses’, ‘Vanilla’, ‘Angel’s wings’ and ‘Cosy by the fire’. They were all picked out by my brother although he said he chose them by smell so he hopes I don’t have a different sense of smell to him! In my stocking, I received the happy plugs rose gold headphones which are so pretty and I can’t wait to use! My Best Friend bought me a new phone case which was something I desperately needed but this one is SO COOL!! It features unicorns and glitter that moves when you tilt it. If you didn’t know, I LOVE unicorns!


I love at Christmas when the festivities are spread out to prolong the Christmassy spirit. Every year we have a sort of ‘second Christmas’ with my mum’s side of the family who stop off at our house for a few days to catch up. I don’t see that side of my family very much at all so it’s wonderful to have a relaxing few days. This year they got me such Amazing (with a capital A!!) presents. Firstly, they got me two LUSH bath bombs. It’s been a while since I had a proper bath bomb but they got me ‘Shoot for the Stars’ and ‘Stardust’. I haven’t opened the packets and I can’t find them on the website but the smell sooooo good! I also asked for a new dressing gown which they got me in mint (which is my favourite colour) and it is sooooo soft. I wish I could send the softness through the computer screen because I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s the softest thing I’ve ever felt. It’s from John Lewis if anyone wants to go and feel/buy it! We also met up with some very close friends who we haven’t seen for a year and it was so nice to see them. I’m great friends with their daughter and they were kind enough to brig me both a birthday ad Christmas present. They are great at buying presents and this year was no exception! They got me ‘Snug as a pug’ PJs from Topshop and a grey bralette and pants set from Jack Wills. Everything they got me is so comfy!

I  also received a LOT of chocolate from my friends. I promise you I’m not exaggerating, for Christmas this year I have received 14 Chocolate oranges and yes, I ate them all!! I got some other chocolate too but I’ve already eaten it. I wish I was joking! I also received a bit of money as well as a book token and a ‘Urban Outfitters’ gift card which I’m really excited as I’ve been into Urban Outfitters but never bought anything. This is basically forcing me to buy something, how wonderful!!

The reason this is a bit later than other similar posts was because I wanted to include those extra gifts from my mum’s family and we’ve only just seen them!

I hope you enjoyed this post,

xxx

 

Life · Me

Goodbye 2016, hello 2017!

Another year over, where do they go ta? (Cheeky Sainsbury’s advert quote!)


It’s 2017. Wow! I’m still stuck in the mind-set where 2012 was a big sounding year. 2017 means there’s only 2 years until I leave school which makes me feel old. I’m not ready for responsibility! If you asked almost anyone, I’m sure that they’ll agree and tell you that 2016 wasn’t a good year for the world as a whole. It’s the sort of year GCSE History exams will be written about in many years to come because there’s so much that could be written about. Nothing seemed to go right. It’s like someone just decided we’d been lucky with how well our lives were going in the past few years and it was time to shake them up. A lot. Despite the general Earth shaking events that were happening all year, I know there will be people who agree when I say that 2016 was a good year for me (or them) personally. It was just a year of adventure. I’ve visited new places. Made new friends. Passed Exams. Had fun. 2016 was so busy but somehow I survived and made so many memories which I know I won’t be forgetting about anytime soon.

Now, 2017 is the most important year of my life so far, at least I think so. I don’t think I’ll manage to get through it stress free but I hope to get through it with a smile. 2016 gave me loads to smile about and I want to find things in 2017 , no matter how small to smile about. Before the summer holidays, I wrote a post (HERE) talking about what I was excited for during the holidays, I’m going to do a similar thing now but for 2017 as a whole. I don’t have much planned yet but what I do, I know it’s going to be a very exciting year!

  • Prom – If it’s the year for GCSEs, then its also the year of Prom. I’m so excited although obviously not as excited as some of the girls in my year because I haven’t bought my dress yet and they all have!
  • After-prom – Where there’s a prom, there’s an after-prom! My school does this on a different night which I think’s good as it spreads the celebrations out! I can’t wait to celebrate the end of the (school) year and say goodbye to those people who won’t be continuing to sixth form.
  • Rowing camp– This is the first year I’ve been invited overseas for Rowing camp as normally we go somewhere nearby and I can’t wait to go to France, mainly so I can get a tan. If I come back pale, I will not be happy!
  • Boat club dinner– This happens every year at my school and anyone who is part of the boat club is invited but for the last few years, I haven’t been able to go. Last year I was in the middle of my DofE expedition and the year before I was somewhere else. I’m so excited to experience this for the first time especially as it will require a new dress!
  • Olly Murs– Me and my Best friend have managed to buy tickets to see Olly in June. Neither of us are die-hard Olly fans like one of the girls in our year but we’re still really excited. It’s the first concert we’ll have been to together and we’re praying for good weather (I’m not just randomly saying this, it’s an outdoor concert although good weather is always appreciated!)
  • Sweet 16th parties– This year, so many of my friends are turning 16 and I can’t wait to celebrate with them. I’ve already been invited to one party and It’s only January. That’s so unlike me but long may it continue!
  • My Birthday– My Birthday is basically the latest out of everyone in my year. By the time I turn 16, many of my fellow classmates will be about to turn 17. However, I do hope to celebrate somehow, I don’t know how yet but I’ll come up with something!
  • Exam leave– This might sound weird but I actually love revising. Well, maybe that’s going to far but it gives me a sense of satisfaction going back over my work from this year so I’m not gunna lie, I’m looking forward to exam leave and trying up the loose ends from this year at school
  • GCSE results day– I can’t decide if I’m excited or terrified for this, I suppose I’ll decide after I’ve taken my exams but I am at the same time excited as if I do well, this could be a key day in my life!
  • A Family Christmas– I know, I know. It’s only just been Christmas and I’m already thinking about next Christmas… However, we’ve already invited my whole family down for Christmas and if it’s anything like last time (2012) it’s going be amazing!! I just can’t waaaaaiiiitttt!!
  • Bigger regattas– For non-rowing people, this probably really doesn’t interest you however, spring brings the bigger races. I just prefer the big races especially as there’s more of them! I do get really nervous before these races but hopefully that’s something I can combat this year!

And that’s basically all I have planned. I hope to get a job but I have nothing planned for that so I won’t write that in!

2017 should be an epic year and I can’t wait to see how it plays out. Better than 2016 hopefully! We’ll have to wait and see…

 

xxx