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23 July 2015

Blogging Goddesses, My Favourite Blogs

As a blogger, it goes hand in hand that I read hundreds of blogs. I spend a lot of evenings browsing my bloglovin feed or even just googling keywords I think would be interesting to read about, and through the last year, I've found some absolutely dreamy bloggers. I've never really written about the blogs I read, although I've been lucky enough (and very flattered) to be featured on a couple of others blog posts on this, I thought I'd find the pick of the bunch, those I read no matter what is in the title, and display them all eloquently for you! 


Lily Kate runs one of the most aesthetically pleasing blogs around. Beautiful photographs featuring the insanely gorgeous Lily and her ridiculous closet, half of which she makes herself! Alongside all the style posts, there's a massive mix of fitness, ramblings and lifestyle. When I first joined this blogging sphere, this was one of the first blogs I accidentally stumbled across and goodness gracious me has it grown! This little internet space is one of my favourites and to add a cherry, one of Lily's most recent blog posts was on her holiday to Dorset, so she clearly has impeccable holiday-ing taste!

Is there a blogger out there who doesn't read The Londoner? Probably not. Written in a conversational style and filled with little snippets of jokes, nothing makes me feel warm and tingly like sitting down in the evening and reading The Londoner over a cuppa. Based around the esteemed K&C Borough of London, Rosie's blog is a whirlwind of delicious food, drink, holidays and style posts. Through her 'shop' tab I've found new shops and products I would never have come across and all of this whilst being mummy to the gorgeous Mr Custard (don't worry, he's a West Highland Terrier, not a child)! 

The Sunday Chapter is a recent find of mine, when I was going through my writers block, I came across Angela's post on '150 Post Ideas...' and you know how it is, another post appears in the sidebar and then you don't even know how you came across the blog in the first place. Angela runs a blog with a bit of something for everyone, from delicious vegan recipes to her travels Greek Island hopping (along a similar route I did), every blog post is a new nugget of information and The Sunday Chapter is steadily building a mini kingdom, which is utterly deserved.

Kelly- Flat Eleven
Flat Eleven is written by the gorgeous Kelly, a New Yorker who has packed in the big apple and settled herself in London. Although Kelly's blog was originally used by friends and family to keep up with her adventures, Flat Eleven is now read by a solid 300 humans and quite frankly, it should be more. From life goings ons, to style updates, Kelly is running a gorgeous blog and I can't wait for it to blow up safe in the knowledge I was here first (heheheh).

Imogen- Imogen Scribbles
One of the lessons I've learnt since following Imogen's blog, is never click on it when hungry. Because hunger turns into starvation when you're salivating over the delicious array of cake recipes on offer. Most recently, Imogen posted a recipe for chai spiced macarons, have you heard of anything so delicious in your life? I'm desperate to get out the oven gloves and have a go. Alongside all the baking, Imogen also blogs about her every day life as an exchange student in France (although she recently completed her year abroad), and general chit chats and life lessons learns along the way to the wise old age of 21. Imogen's blog is a breath of fresh air and I urge you all to go and take a peak!

I don't want to inundate anyone with blogs, so I thought five would be enough for the moment, but if anyone is interested I can write a second post later on in the year about more blogs I read.

I'm always looking for new blogs to follow, so if you are a blogging human, please always feel free to leave your link for me to check out, or send me an email and I'll always get back to you no matter how busy I am!

Ciao for Now!
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19 July 2015

Getting Rid of a Toxic Lifestyle

I am on the path to finding the perfect lifestyle for myself. It's something almost everyone goes through, and I'm always saying how at the moment I'm the happiest I've ever been. I feel very at ease in the life I lead, I've got 101 things I want to do and improve, but I've realised just because you want to improve it doesn't mean you can't be grateful for the way you are and the way you live currently. It's one of the most important lessons I've learnt, particularly coming out of that angsty teenage stage, I honestly look back and laugh with horrified-ness at how awful a teenager I could be. And I have absolutely no idea when it happened, but I'm on the other side of all of that now, and I just thought I'd impart some wisdom on you gorgeous lot, and hopefully if you are struggling a bit or aren't feeling particularly optimistic about your lifestyle, these few little changes will give you the boost you need. 


Wake up Early- This is definitely an 'as and when' rule. My sleeping pattern has been all over the shop since I started dictating my own bedtime. I've had points where I wake up at midday and even a phase where I went to sleep at 7am and woke up at 2 (gap year life). But unlike 99.9% of other students, I fell into a routine by being a student, having 9am and 10am lectures five days a week made sure I was up out of bed, and since then I haven't really looked back. I start my current job at 8:30 in the morning which requires a 7am start and despite always hating the sound of my alarm, once I'm up and out of bed, I tend to feel fresher than when I wake up at 11 and stay in a slob state for a solid hour. Give yourself a day a week to recuperate if you feel it's necessary, but otherwise starting the day early is absolutely one way to wake up on the right side of the bed. 

Wholewheat oatmeal blueberry pancakes with banana, strawberries and honey
Eat a great breakfast- Struggling to find the motivation to get up early? Have a great breakfast awaiting you! I am self confessed queen of breakfasts. I went through the whole too-cool-for-breakfast stage when I was growing up, and to be quite honest, it did absolutely nothing for my lifestyle and just meant I was starving hungry by lunchtime. Now, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. If you're a cereal fiend or are lacking on time, Weetabix and Shreddies are high in iron and keep energy levels up, but if you have a bit of time, I try to indulge a bit. Poached eggs and avocado on wholemeal toast is my absolute favourite, and although I'm trying to drink a cup of green tea in the morning instead of coffee, sometimes the temptation is too strong, and rich Italian coffee is the only way to go.

Find a hobby- I love people who are passionate about something. And people who have a passion tend to be the happier of humans. Creating self-goals, having an interest. Anything from playing an instrument to painting to playing football or going to the gym. If you have something to focus your mind on, it's at least one part of your life you can organise and keep track of yourself. Separating an activity from your work allows you to use it as an outlet and there's nothing better than sitting down to a piano to calm yourself or taking your frustration out on the treadmill.


Have a routine- Not only is this vital if you want to lead a happier, healthier life, but having a routine is a God send when you're feeling stressed. I've written about stress before, and having a plan is always my way forward. At the moment I write a 'To Do' list, every night-before. It's only a skeleton one, and things obviously change, but if I have a few key things I know I want to get done, I can structure my day accordingly. I love spontaneity and living without a plan, but sometimes it's necessary just to function. And both in term time, when I have 139139 essays to hand in and in the current summer holiday state, where I work 6 days a week and only have the one day to sort out my life, having a bit of structure can be crucial. This is also all very good for my love of stationary. There needs to be some kind of us to all of the diaries I purchase at the start of every year!

Working Out- I purposely left this one until last because I know 99% of people reading this will groan. I know this is mentioned by everyone ever, but there's a reason for that, quite simply, working out helps! Whether it's for weight loss, fitness or just to feel good about yourself, working out cannot be underestimated. I go through phases of gym-ing and sometimes I am absolutely passionate whilst other times the idea of the gym makes me want to die. But even if you go for 30 minutes a day, that is 30 minutes more than you would be doing. At the moment I'm a Sports and Activity Instructor at a school, so to say my days are busy is an understatement, most of the time, the gym is the last thing I could possibly want to do ever. But even a work out video or finding a circuit course I enjoy makes me feel good. For the last year or so I've paid a lot more attention to fitness and working out then I ever have before, I used to skip PE at school at every opportunity and I was definitely a 'lose weight and then go to the gym' type of gal. But my mindset has utterly changed, and it's effected how I view so much in my life.


Surround Yourself with Positive People- This one is invaluable. It took me years of bending over backwards for people who wouldn't give me a second look to realise how important this one is. I am all for self loving and valuing yourself on your own worth not by other people, but when those around you bring you down it's almost impossible to not let that effect you. Finding others who make you feel like yourself around them is probably the most important part of detoxifying your life. There's no need to be rude or horrible to the people you have differences with, but by avoiding their negative energy you'll see a huge change in yourself.

Having a life detox is a big step in growing up. Although I think a lot of this happens on your own accord and you start to come to all of the above realisations yourself, there's nothing like a kickstart when you're feeling a bit meh. But the worst feeling is thinking everything is out of your control.

I hope you're all enjoying the sunshine and are having wonderful weekends!

Ciao for Now!
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13 July 2015

Having Perspective

Gosh it's been quiet on here, hasn't it? This marks the longest hiatus of blogging ever since the start of Alice's Antics and to be quite honest, I'm a bit embarrassed. I've received emails and comments asking me where on earth I could be and what I could possibly be doing and the truth is, I actually have no real 'excuse'. Sometimes when life gets too busy, I just have to take a step back and organise and prioritise things and for the most part, my blog gets put on a pedestal at the back, ready to be reintroduced when I'm ready myself.

What I started to realise over the last couple of weeks, is that sometimes it's okay and it's important to base your life choices on what effects you rather than how it will effect other people. Even more than that, sometimes happiness and priorities don't go hand in hand, but once you sort out one part of your life, you know the rest will go smoother. And that's where I am now. Making all these decisions, prioritising friends and family over laptop club time and making sure I'm spending time in all the right places. 

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As most of you know, my 2015 life motto has been to focus on self happiness. Something which so far, I'd say I've succeeded at more than any other resolution (remember that buy only one coffee a week rule...). And changing my attitude and perspective to different situations has helped massively in achieving this. Sometimes it's not so obvious, and it's the little changes which effect the big one the most, but eventually I've come to learn things fall into place. Which is why I became more at peace with not blogging for a little while.

Having perspective can obviously effect more than just whether or not you're regularly writing a blog. Changing perspective can change your attitude, it can effect you're mood and most importantly it can make the negative and positive way you look at a situation a little less black and white, turning a glass half empty into a glass half full. Taking life from a different angle can be so helpful and it's this attitude change that's helped me realise recently, okay I haven't written on Alice's Antics, which does make me exceedingly happy. But I've started a new job, made new friends and spent time with my family the one day I'm at home a week. 

Now that I've found my own pattern and slotted everything into my little  circle of life, I can officially say I am back. I wanted to write this blog post when I was 100% sure I'd stick to my word. But I am back, I am blogging and my antics, opinions and mishaps will be gracing your computer screens very regularly starting from now.


Oh how I've missed you all! 
Ciao for Now!
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