π’₯π“Šπ“ƒπ‘’ π’žπ’½π’Άπ“π“π‘’π“ƒπ‘”π‘’ {Day 15} β™‘

Foods I should eat more often… 

Okay so right now I feel like possibly the biggest hypocrite ever, as I am currently stuffing my face with chocolate (cadbury dairy milk yum), but this is a very short post of foods I should eat more often (and unfortunately, chocolate doesn’t make the list).

Pretty much most of the foods that I am going to list, are healthy/foods eaten in an appropriate amount, or that is beneficial towards my health. So here goes:

-Fruit – I actually LOVE fruit; watermelon, strawberries, grapes, pears, banannas, apples YUM.

-Vegetables – I also love most veggies; carrots, peas, green beans, broccoli, cucumber.

-Green tea – As weird as I know it sounds; I don’t drink tea. Only green tea; no milk (please don’t ask me why, because I genuinely do not know lol). Green Tea is apparently beneficial for you in so many ways and I used to drink it at least once a day.

-Water – This is probably the only good/healthy thing I consume these days. Water is ESSENTIAL for your body, and we cannot live without it. I try and drink 1.5-2 L of water a day.

-Protein – I don’t consume as much protein as I should; meat, chicken, eggs, nuts etc. I love them all, but I definitely don’t consume as much protein as I should. Protein is beneficial for growth and repair of the body (although it appears no protein is going to help me grow any taller, as I have been five foot two, for the last ten years or something lol).

This is only a very small list of the many foods I should eat more of; which I do within a limited amount, or which I don’t at all. I definitely need to cut down on the chocolate, pizza and takeaways. I am no nutritionist or anywhere near; but I know that I should have a more varied and healthy diet, with plenty of protein, healthy fats and greens!

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π’₯π“Šπ“ƒπ‘’ π’žπ’½π’Άπ“π“π‘’π“ƒπ‘”π‘’ {Day 14} β™‘

Recipe’s I would like to master…

Hey guys. Okay, so this is going to be a bit of a somewhat very random post. That is mainly because, as those of you who know me will already know, I cannot cook. Well, I can use a microwave, a toaster and a grill. And even then, I somehow manage to burn things or flames start popping on the grill (I do make some good fish fingers lol – literally what I live off, yum yum).

I would love to be able to cook a few meals such as:

  • A roast dinner (with plenty of Yorkshire Puddings – I had a carvery yesterday and it was LUSH).
  • Enchilada’s – my boyfriend cooked these for me once and they were AMAZING.
  • Cakes – Okay so, I can bake,a few simple things. Also I actually love cake a ridiculous amount. But, mine never seem to look or taste as nice as my mum’s, so I think I need a few tips from her.
  • Trifle – I would love to know how my dad makes such a good trifle. I could literally eat like fifty servings of trifle.
  • A good ol’ fry up. Yes, I love fry ups – sausages, beans, bacon, toast, eggs (making my mouth water as I type). Unfortunately, I am inexperienced at making them.

I think that when I move out I’ll definitely be learning to cook more. However, for the time being, I do love my fish fingers and as mentioned in my previous post, I would like to start eating a little healthier and have better eating habits. I am going to start from tomorrow eating healthy (although I am on holiday next week but still lol).

Thank you for reading this very random but short post/blog for my June Journal Challenge. Please follow my blog and my Instagram Writing/Bookstagram Account for more journal posts and random/bookish-related posts.

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Natalie x

π’₯π“Šπ“ƒπ‘’ π’žπ’½π’Άπ“π“π‘’π“ƒπ‘”π‘’ {Day 13} β™‘

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Healthy eating habits I would like to adopt…

This is going to be a very short post. However, it is very interesting and different from the previous journal challenge posts I have done. Okay so, I did actually lose a lot of weight, maybe around three to four stone, over a couple of years, a few years ago. I have managed to somewhat maintain a healthy weight since. However, I am guilty of probably having one of the most unhealthy diets ever at this moment in time. I do drink a lot of water, and I do try and exercise when and where I can. Also, my job means I am on my feet a lot. But, I definitely need to get back to my old ways of eating healthy.I have never really followed a plan, as I find them hard to stick to, and I don’t agree with ‘dieting’. However, these are a few healthy eating habits I would like to start following again:

– drink 2 litres of water a day

-eat 2 fruits a day (at least)

-eat more protein: fish, meat, eggs, beans etc

-eat more fruit and veg (lots of it!)

-eat three meals a day

-don’t stress over calories!

-don’t stress over the scale!

I am hoping that once I am off my holiday, after next week, I can start putting this into place, as not only is it beneficial for my health, but for my mind too, and it is something I have been wanting and trying to work towards for a while.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone {Book Review} β™‘

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1).
~ J.K Rowling.

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Date Started: 27th May 2019
Date Finished: 4th June 2019

“It was the best evening of Harry’s life, better than winning at Quidditch or Christmas or knocking out mountain trolls… he would never, ever forget tonight”.

On his eleventh birthday, Harry Potter, a seemingly average boy who lives with his Aunt, Uncle and cousin Dursley’s, in the cupboard under the stairs at 10 Little Whinging, discovers he is a wizard. It doesn’t take long for Harry Potter to piece together his past; the murder of his parents by the evil sorcerer Lord Voldemort, who also attempted to murder Harry as a baby, and failed, weakening his powers and forcing him into hiding. Harry Potter begins Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and soon befriends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, two of his Gryffindor friends. Together they soon discover that somebody is trying to steal the Philosopher’s Stone; an eternal elixir of life hidden somewhere deep in the out-of-bounds third-floor corridor. Harry and his friends endure many difficult tasks set in place to protect the Philosopher’s Stone; in order to save it. However, Harry Potter comes face to face with Professor Quirrel, whom Lord Voldemort has attached himself onto (literally on the back of his head) and is almost killed. However, Harry once again defeats Voldemort when his mother’s dying protection of undying love ensures Voldemort cannot touch Harry Potter. Albus Dumbledore, the head of Hogwarts informs Harry that the Philosopher’s Stone has been destroyed. Due to the extra points awarded to the trio and their friend, Neville, Gryffindor wins the house cup and Harry returns back to the Dursley’s for the summer, until he begins his second year at Hogwarts.

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Good Parts of Harry Potter (#1):
– EVERYTHING.
– The story is magical and brings to life an extraordinary world which is as authentic as can possibly be in a fictional narrative. The magical creatures, places, lessons and characters all owe to J.K Rowling’s imagination and are illustrated and described perfectly: ‘A thousand live bats fluttered from the walls and ceiling while a thousand more swooped over the tables in low black clouds, making the candles in the pumpkin stutter. The feast appeared suddenly on the golden plates, as it had at the start of term banquet.’ (p. 185) 
-Although the book is for children/teenagers, the characters are not simply two-dimensional. The development of the characters and their relationships are depicted as the novel progresses, and there are clear likeable/dis-likeable characters which a good plot always needs.
– There is a clear plot as well as a resolution which ties together the story perfectly, even in just under 340 pages.
– This edition itself provides a stunning illustrated map of the grounds of Hogwarts. Although the mapping and setting of Hogwarts is easily comprehensible, the map adds to the magical element of the book and plot.
– There is a lot of humour in the book, especially between Harry Potter and Ron Weasley’s relationship, and within other characters: ‘”I’m not Fred, I’m George,” said the boy. “Honestly, woman, call yourself our mother? Can’t you tell I’m George?” “Sorry, George, dear.” “Only joking, I am Fred,” said the boy, and off he went.’ (p. 98)

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Bad Parts of Harry Potter (#1)
– The only weakness I could find, in order to make an unbiased review, would be, but does not falter the five star rating of the novel, that the climax could be much stronger (as seen in the other Harry Potter books), but nevertheless still contributes to an effective resolution and plot twist.

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Overall…
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a magical world, which although is written for children/young teenagers, is able to be read from a broad range of ages, and has the same magnificent and breath-taking effect. The characters are sympathetically authentic, and the humour truly brings to life the characters of Hogwarts. This book truly does present and illustrate the magical world which millions of people have fallen in love with, and sets the stage for the next six books. I would one-hundred percent recommend this book, as well as the series, to anybody and everybody. I would give the book a much higher rating if possible.

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π’₯π“Šπ“ƒπ‘’ π’žπ’½π’Άπ“π“π‘’π“ƒπ‘”π‘’ {Day 10, 11 & 12} β™‘

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My dream home

My dream home, as I have previously said, would be in the Lake District. I would love a little two-storey cottage. It would mainly have a white exterior. A balcony on both floors, and outside, there would be a pier leading towards the lake, with a small boat. I would have a lovely garden, with heaps of daisies and calla Lilly’s. I would have mini windmills, wishing wells and a couple of benches, where I could sit and read. I can’t really go into too much description of the interior design. However, I think I could have a grey theme, possibly marble and stone. I would have lots of fluffy carpets and cushions and it would be very tidy (unlike my bedroom now lol).

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Weekend projects I could complete in the next year

Well, it is very very very rare that I get a weekend off. BUT, if I put aside a few hours every weekend there are a few things I could achieve in the next year:

  • Having enough material to open up my own Etsy shop (maybe towards Christmas) – I would need envelopes, plenty of card, probably a better set of paints and fine-liners. I would need PLENTY of practice, although I am doing my best to try and get practising my designs as and when I can.
  • I would like to finish my first ever full fan-fiction. I have begun ‘Callie Was Finally At Home’ which is a Harry Potter fan-fiction, following a thirteen-year-old girl, who’s muggle parents attempt to pull her from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and her only support is her Great-Grandmother, whose instructions she must follow to uncover the secrets behind her family name, when darkness begins to loom around Callie at even the place she feels safest and at home. It will probably have around twenty parts or more. Therefore, I will definitely need to put the time in for writing. Even if it is only a few hours a day.
  • I believe that I will be able to reach my reading goal of twenty books, or even more by December/end of this year, if I continue to find a few hours on the weekend to read.

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What I need to do to de-clutter

I do believe that I am in need of a de-clutter, although a few weeks ago I gave it a good go. I would not in any way label myself as a hoarder. But, I am one for keeping unnecessary things that even I know, but won’t admit, I won’t use ever again. I definitely need to put a good few hours aside. I will probably need a large bin line. My mum also helps me to sort bags out for different charities if there are clothes/books/items etc that I don’t want to keep, instead of them going straight into the bin. I probably would need a lot of cleaning materials and a few extra storage boxes (although I have like 100 just under my bed lol).

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Natalie x

Callie Was Finally Home (#1) – A Short HP Fan Fiction.

The first part of the Callie Was Finally Home –Β Harry Potter Fan Fiction written by myself.

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She was used to waking up without an alarm. After all, she was now into her third year at Hogwarts, and the positioning of the Ravenclaw tower allowed both the sun and the moonlight to gingerly creep through the gaps of the navy curtains of the four-poster bed. It was Wednesday. Callie didn’t hate Wednesdays half as much as her former students; to them, Wednesday was the middle of the week, a reminder that they would suffer another three days of lessons before they were able to bask in the winter sun against the Black Lake, eating their body-weight in pumpkin pasties and Bertie Botts’ Every Flavour Beans.

No, Callie didn’t feel this way at all. Sure, she enjoyed the weekend’s as much as anybody else. And this weekend, she was planning on visiting Hogsmeade Village for the first time with her friends. Callie’s great-grandmother (also a witch) had given her a few extra sickles this year (wizarding money) so that she could enjoy the delights of being a third-year in a village full of magic for the first time – excluding Diagon Alley which was a necessity at the beginning of every year, for collecting school supplies. Callie had been to Diagon Alley just last week, collecting the list of supplies she would require for her return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Today’s timetable consisted of double Transfiguration (9am-11am), Potions (12pm-1pm), Flying Practice (2pm-4pm) and Herbology (4:30pm-5:30pm). Two of the lessons on Callie’s timetable today would challenge her: Potions and Flying Practice. Professor Snape, the current potions master was the sole reason for which Callie would struggle in the afternoon lesson. Callie was intelligent, she strived for the thirst of knowledge, for the love of reading (she had already finished two of the bookshelf’s in the Library) and her memory was impeccable. But ever since she stuck up for Harry Potter during one of Snape’s Potion’s lesson during her first-year, in which the long black-haired Professor wrongly corrected Harry Potter, and therefore Callie corrected her Professor – he immediately took a dislike to her, and has attempted to ask her a near impossible question every lesson since. Questions which Callie could only discover from books in the Restricted Section of the Library, which were forbidden to students without genuine proof of approval from one of their teachers.

Flying was something which unfortunately couldn’t be taught by books. Although, Callie did attempt to learn how to fly with Quidditch of the Ages and 101 Ways to Fly – to no avail. Most Hogwarts students had mastered the basics of flying by second-year. Struggling to fly more than ten metres without dangling off the edge of your broomstick in your third-year was embarrassing, and Callie knew first-hand about that. Madame Hooch was somewhat accustomed to Callie’s clumsiness, and had eventually given up trying to both encourage and persuade the third-year, with the promise of joining the Ravenclaw Quidditch team, if only she could actually stay sat on her broom. In the air.

It was time for Callie to get changed into her robes. Callie always awoke with a thrill dancing down her spine, in excitement of the new things which she would learn today, despite the aforementioned lessons which would be a challenge in one way or another to her. Transfiguration was always a good lesson; she managed with slick ease to transform a bookmark into a micro pig in the first lesson of the September term last week and had been awarded twenty house points for Ravenclaw. Herbology was another lesson which came somewhat natural to Callie. Although it took her a while to get used to the atrocious smell of some of the plants, her memory served her well in remembering the names and uses of all the plants, and she came top of the class last year, beating even Hermione Granger, Gryffindor’s ‘know it all’. But Callie and Hermione were as good friends as Callie was to her Ravenclaw’s; Nehemia, Laurie and Amyrys. Once or twice a week, Callie and Hermione would eat their lunch together and discuss a new book they had been reading, and do their homework together. Not that they required one anothers help – they were perfectly capable of listing the fifty-five key dates of the Goblin Rebellion in Bulgaria by themselves, for the Professor of History of Magic, Professor Binns.

Today was Wednesday. Today would be a good day. Callie, daughter of a muggle-born mother and father, had worked so hard in her first-year to prove her worth as not only a Ravenclaw, or even a student of Hogwarts, but as a witch. So, today, she would answer Professor Snape’s question with confidence. She would get on that broomstick and try with all of her might to not fall off. And if she did, she would get right back on. She would read and fall deep in love with another book.

Up until three years ago, when Callie Hawkthorne recieved a letter from Albus Dumbledore, informing her that she would start at the age of eleven, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, she had been a perfectly normal, average girl with parents who loved her. But who didn’t love the idea of a witch in the family. A girl who got picked last in sports day. A girl who couldn’t properly afford books. A girl who had no friends. But now, here, at Hogwarts. Callie was finally home.

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π’₯π“Šπ“ƒπ‘’ π’žπ’½π’Άπ“π“π‘’π“ƒπ‘”π‘’ {Day 7, 8 & 9} β™‘

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Activities in which I escape

The two main activities which I think is pretty obvious in which I escape, is reading and writing.

Reading books keep me on a level of sanity if I’m stressed or down; being inside another world or another character sometimes takes away reality, and although this isn’t something of a necessity for me, it does help if I am having an off day. However, I will always read books because it is a huge passion and hobby of mine, and the thing which has inspired me to be an author/writer.

Writing is something I admittedly don’t do enough of, but is something in which I wish to produce a career for myself in, and something which also helps me to escape. Sometimes, writing has an effect which even reading cannot give. Writing, in any form, shape, space, place or voice, can literally spill all of my emotions into a place which is something private and personal, but not inside of myself. If I am feeling powerful in regards to a particular emotion, I will often write a poem, usually in blank verse to get my feelings out, whether this is on my laptop or on paper, it really does help.

 

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Cities I would like to explore

The number one City I would love to explore is New York. New York is the City which I have always wanted to know more about. When I was about ten, I used to play on Spiderman on my Playstation (lol). I didn’t actually play the game proper (it scared me a little lol 😬) but I would explore New York and I genuinely think that is the moments in which I fell in love with New York. I would love nothing more than to sit and read or write in the Central Park of New York.

I have only been to London once in my life, and that was for a school trip. However, I would love to revisit London again, and explore more of the City (as well as visit the Harry Potter London Studio Tours which is nearby please and thankyou😍).

Similarly, Stratford-Upon-Avon is another City which I have also visited on a school trip, and although it was a while ago, I would love to revisit the City in which Shakespeare was born. I would love to go and watch plays at the theatre, explore the beautiful architecture of the city and the shops.

 

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Places I would like to live

Okay, so if you were to ask me where I would like to live, given the choice, there is only one place that I would immediately say. The Lake District 😍. Yes, there isn’t much nearby; I probably wouldn’t have a great social life, and there isn’t exactly much going on. BUT, I would one hundred percent swap all of those things to live in a place which genuinely fills my heart with beauty.

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