Liebster Award – Tag Tuesday!

Hey everyone,

So, before I get into the post I’ve decided that I do need to get on top of tags/awards that I am nominated for, and so I have decided to do so by creating ‘Tag Tuesday’ on my blog! Basically, whenever I am nominated for a tag or an award, I’ll post them on a Tuesday, which means that every so often there should be an extra post a week!

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So, onto the post, the lovely Courtney Eve has nominated me for the Leibster Award!  I always enjoy doing these because they let you know so much more about bloggers, they’re super fun.  So, make sure to go check out Courtney’s Blog and follow her!

The official rules for the award can be found here, on the Global Aussie’s blog.

Courtney’s Questions …..

  1. What is your favourite thing to cook and/or bake? I love to bake, I do food technology GCSE so I cook pretty much every week.  I loved making white chocolate and dark chocolate layered mousse with berry composite, but one of my true favourite things to bake are any form of bakewell tart; frangipani is my absolute favourite!
  2. What’s the most extreme thing you’ve ever done? I don’t do many extreme things, but I suppose you could say my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award practice walk was the most extreme thing.  We walked 20K on the first day, with a huge 16KG backpack on, and then camped (sleeping on the floor of the tent, which was a tragic time for my back) and then walked another 15K the next day.  I had to learn to navigate from a map and it really tests your patience to spend so much time with so few people!
  3. What would be the first thing you’d do if you won the lottery? How much are we talking?! If I won the lottery, the first thing I’d do would go and tell my Mum so we could make plans of what to do! We’d probably book a nice relaxing holiday to soak in the news, and then I guess I’d start buying myself lots of nice things.
  4. Of all the places you’ve travelled to, which one is your favourite? The south of France wins by miles.  I love France, it’s so pretty and the beaches in the south are amazing, not to mention the weather.  My favourite place has to be Pont Du Garde in Avignon, it’s so pretty and there’s a huge supermarket around the corner – I sound so sad, but French supermarkets are pretty amazing!
  5. What is your favourite book, movie, and TV show? My favourite book has to be All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, my favourite movie is Pretty Woman and my favourite TV show has to be Gossip Girl!
  6. What do you do in your down-time? I sleep, or at least lie in bed on my phone!  I seem to be always tired, so whenever I’m not doing anything, I’m usually in bed!
  7. What is your favourite post you’ve written and why? This is really tough, but my favourite post has to be either my Technic Makeup Review   because it was my first PR related post and quite a turning point for my blog, or my Tips For New Bloggers  post because I feel like it’s been pretty useful to people!
  8. What is the scariest thing you’ve experienced? Hmmm, maybe every spider I’ve ever seen in my life? That, and the Edinburgh Dungeons; I love horror films but the whole live action people screaming at me isn’t a thing I enjoy.  The whole time I was more scared of being picked to go up and get locked in a cage or something stupid more than the actual experience!
  9. If you could take anyone travelling with you, who would it be and why? I’d probably take my best friend, because we live so far apart and basically never see each other (she lives in Yorkshire, I’m down here in Wiltshire and we only see each other for a few days in the summer and at christmas), so it would be amazing to go travelling with her and spend loads of time together!
  10. What is one place you’d love to see? New York is the place I’d love to see the most.  I think it’s such a breathtaking city and I’m so determined to go there; plus, I want to see all the gossip girl filming locations!  If not New York, then somewhere a little closer to home is the hill in Bristol with the bench where a whole host of scenes from the tv show ‘Skins’ were filmed, and I just think it would be such a beautiful place to visit.
  11. What do you love about yourself? Not very much!  No, I’d be lying if I said there weren’t things I love about myself, but I’d say my number one thing would be my humor.  It’s very sarcastic and quite rude, not for everyone but I love it, and I never fail to make myself laugh? That makes me sound so very lonely, but it is true!

I Nominate …..

It’s Simply Me, Jasmine

The Orang-Utan Librarian 

Alanna 

Tropic Trendss

Daring To Jess

My Questions For You …..

  1. How many pets have you had, and what were their names?
  2. Someone has a gun to your head and they’re about to shoot you, you have one phone call, and if they pick up, you’re safe.  If they don’t, then you get shot.  Who are you calling?
  3. What is your biggest fear, and do you ever plan to overcome it?
  4. What would your dream world be like?
  5. Create an ice cream flavour and give it a name! What does it taste of, and what colour is it?
  6. What is one dream of yours that you never think you’ll achieve?
  7. And what is one dream of yours that you didn’t think you’d achieve, but that you have achieved or are in the process of achieving? (Wow! That sounds complicated!)
  8. What GCSE options did/are you taking, and what grades did you get/do you hope to get? (If you’re not from the UK, a different question is basically just what subjects did you take in high school!)
  9. Are you a heavy or light sleeper?
  10. Would you prefer to be liked by many, but have false friends, or hated by everyone with only one true friend?
  11. Tomorrow is the end of the world.  What are you doing with your last day?

I hope you enjoyed my answers, I can’t wait to see everybody’s answers to my questions!

Soph xx

Bloggers Recognition Award

Hey guys,

The amazing and wonderful and lovely Alanna over at I’m A Galaxy Girl has nominated me for the Bloggers Recognition Award!  Alanna is one of THE best people I’ve met over blogging, she’s so kind and amazing and is one of my most loyal followers.  I love her so much, and you should all go check out her wonderful blog and follow her – she posts every single day which, as we all know, is the real struggle in life and she always keeps up to it.  Amazing, anyway, I’ll get on with the award (but you really should follow Alanna!).

The Rules

Write a post showing your award
Thank the person
Briefly describe your journey as a blogger
Give advice to other bloggers
Nominate other bloggers

My Journey as a Blogger

In January/February 2015 I had just started a new school & still I was a bit bored (typical) and I’d always wanted to start a blog.  I read through loads of other blogs and then realised that blogging didn’t have to include my name, I could be whoever I wanted to be whilst still being myself.  That’s when my Mum and I (who was very frustrated at me for always being so bored) came up with the oh-so-creative I’m A Zalfie Fanatic.  I blogged nearly every day at first, didn’t know how to use wordpress and was getting no followers, and I very nearly gave up.  I started learning how to use wordpress and soon I found I had a good few followers and that just grew.  Now, I’m 120-odd followers and so so so glad I didn’t give up, because blogging is one of my favourite things in my life.  It’s amazing to connect with other people, have a supportive group of friends who can listen to you whenever and I’ve met some great people along the way.  I recently stopped being anonymous and revealed my name (my last post here) and I got so much support it’s insane.  I’m looking to make my blog more me, more professional etc and everyone just supports me in everything I do. It’s particularly great, actually.

My Advice to Other Bloggers 

  1. Good quality photos – I’m the biggest culprit for not sticking to this rule, but I cannot express how important it is!  Cover photos are the first things someone who’s looking at your post is probably going to see, so the more eye catching it is the more likely they are to click it.  When you’re taking photos for your blog, research other really successful bloggers and look at how they take photos.  Choose a style and try stick to it.  The camera you use is important – Iphone 6 has a great camera, and it’s good to use on the go if you see a pretty flower and want to snap it for your blog, but if you’re taking a good photo, ideally you should use a good camera.  Lucky for me, my Dad has a canon camera which I may or may not be inclined to stealing forever once or twice, but you can always buy a cheaper digital camera and they work well too.
  2. Have fun – Your blog should be about you, and you should always try to be yourself on your blog.  However, a rule i use above that is to have fun.  Blogging shouldn’t be a chore, it should be a place you can escape and have fun.  Always make sure what you’re posting is you, and when you wrote it you had fun and you liked the outcome.  Then, all your followers are more likely to enjoy reading it if they can sense it’s well written and fun.
  3. Never give up – Blogging is hard, there’s no doubt about it.  Keeping up a schedule is hard, getting inspiration for posts is hard, taking photos and writing can be hard.  But whatever is going on, however hard you’re finding it, whoever is giving you grief, even if you have so little hope left in yourself you don’t know the definition of hope, don’t give up.  Blogging will get easier and chances are you’re just frustrated, bored with it, if you have such a small following, still don’t give up.  Keep going, and in the long run you’ll thank me for it!
  4. Interaction with followers -If anything this is my most valuable piece of advice.  You must must must interact with your followers.  I’m not saying follow everyone back who follows you, but if they comment on your post be sure to reply, even if it is just ‘Thank you’.  If they ask you to check out their blog then do, and go like/comment on some posts.  You never know, you might find a blog you love.  Your followers will realise you’re actually all for blogging and be more loyal to your blog if you interacr with them.

Nominees:

Chocolatedrops 

Makeup by Kalia

Nearly A Princess Blog

Thanks so much for reading guys, see you next time!

Soph  (we’re going with Soph, okay?)

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Liebster Awards!

Okay so, I’m guessing your all pretty mad at me?

Thought so.

See, my ‘Post a day’ thing isn’t working.  I’ll be posting more frequently again soon, my life has just been so busy.

I basically had a sleepover with my ‘best friend’ and I am still to this day surprised by girly bitchiness!  I didn’t want to get involved in bitching but I probably accidentally did and said something bad.  Thing is, I don’t feel I can trust anyone with my secrets and stuff, like, ever.  Only my Mum.

Only my Mum.  It has just dawned on me about how EXTREMELY sad that sounds.

ANYWAYS, ONTO THE MAIN FOCUS OF THE BLOG POST:

LIEBSTER AWARDS!

So, having seen these floating about wordpress, but being a new blogger, not knowing much about them, when I was awarded one by Okaaythen I was over the moon.  One, because I’d been nominated for a blog award (with this feeble blog, goodness knows why) and two, well the whole question thing looked pretty damned fun.

Anywhoooo, I researched into the Liebster Award because I didn’t know much about it at all, had just seen a star shaped (ish) kind of stamp on other blogs that read LIEBSTER AWARD.

So I found some rules, which I’m going to go by:

1. Post the award on your blog.

2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.

3. Write 11 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.

5. Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions. 

You can find these (and a bunch of other rules – they are very different, all of them) HERE

However, I will be nominating 3 bloggers, and answering the 10 questions that Okaaythen asked in the post linked (‘okaaythen’ is the link to the post).  I also wont be doing the 11 facts – just look on the page of the rules.  Also, I’ll be nominating blogs with whatever number of followers they have, new or old, so that part of the rules should not apply.

So, I think I’ll answer the questions first, then do my question to my nominees, then nominate my bloggers, then add in the ‘leibster’ award badge thing – some rules said you had to, so I guessed I should.

QUESTIONS:

  1. If you had to have a sit down with God (or your respective deity) what would be your first question?

Even though I do not worship a God, I will still answer this question (obviously).  I would ask him/she/it why they caused pain and suffering in the world if they had all the power to stop it – why do they let people starve, be homeless, not have enough money at all to get by and other things like terminal ilness.  Why do they let this happen

2. Are you interested in any “Big Issues”?

Big issues wise, not particularly.  I do feel passionate about a few subjects, but I believe this is due to the way I have been brought up, listening to what my Mum & Dad have said about certain things led me to feeling passionate about some subjects.  I am interested in equality (sexism, racism etc) as I do find this very unfair and believe that EVERYONE, no matter what race/gender/religion should be viewed as the same and on the same level.  So yes actually – I feel passionate about a few subjects.  Wow, I kind of find it weird how I went from ‘not particularly’ at the start to ‘yes, completely, very unfair’ at the end.  I confuse myself.  A lot.

3. Have you ever been to/watched/partaken in a protest?

I would like to say yes, I am an exciting human being and I see protests all the time, and I partake in protests all the time.  But because I am boring and never leave my computer screen, nope, the closest I’ve come to a protest is on the news, or when I silenced my family for a whole day because there was no snacks in the house.  I’m sure they love me very much ♥ haha probably not.  Joking, I love them.  Wait how did I get onto my family through protest, ah yes, silencing.  Okay next question please, everyone thinks your a weirdo.  

4. What three items could you not live without?

Food.  Wifi. Phone.

Haha I bet you thought I was being real there.  Noooope.  Although I’d find it hard to live without the above, I could probably do it (maybe not food, because that REALLY is a necessity, but say we’re talking on the scale of a packet of crisps, or a midnight pizza take-out just because).  

So I do realise that I sound like basically an idiot when I say this, but today I watched the real life human version of Cinderella.  It was really good, and I sobbed basically through the whole thing (I also saw the short film Frozen Fever before that but all I learnt from that was that if your a snow queen like Elsa, don’t sneeze when you have a cold because you sneeze little baby snowmen like five at a time and they wreck your sisters birthday and Olaf adopts them, but off topic so I’ll shut up).  But what I learnt from this movie is that family means everything.  I cried when the parents died and she was alone.  I cried when her stepmother was awful to her.  

I realised that to live without my family would be really hard.  

So, three things I cannot live without:

– My family

– WordPress (I feel like I’ve become so close to people on here and I have an insight to their lives and like we’re buddies and that is really nice, my lil’ internet chummies!) 

– Central heating – this is odd because all my friends always say my house is roasting (it is because I like it like that) because I’m always so cold.  I am always cold.  Always.  Central heating is the only thing to stop me getting hypothermia.

5. What’s the best thing in your life right now?

Right now, the best thing in my life would have to be my Cat called Katzen.  I mean, she’s usually the best thing in my life anyway, but when its the holidays we just get cuddle time so often its just like, yes, just yes.  

6. What’s the most thought provoking thing that’s happened to you all day?

Thought provoking.  My supposedly ‘best friend sister person’ making up some bs that I said something about someone at a sleepover.  I trust nobody.  Thats kind of bad I guess.  Other than my Mum.  Ha, Ha ha.

7. What are your goals in life?

My goals in life are this:

– come out of high school with good GCSE’s and go on to do something I enjoy in collage.

– come out of collage with decent grades and some life long friends.

travel places with these life long best friends and enjoy my life.

when I get home, find a guy that is like my best friend and then date.  Settle down and get married on a white sandy beach with a gorgeous dress.

– have a child (daughter preferably first, then son)

I’d also like to have a good job and feel stable with my life.  I swear down to myself I wont ever go off the rails and do drugs, smoke or be obsessive over alcohol.

8. How do you plan to achieve these goals?

Work damned hard in high school & collage and then be chill.  Also, always have a positive mindset.

9. If you could have anything you wanted, what would you have?

If I could have anything I wanted, I’d probably have lots of baby kittens.  #freakycatlady

10. You had a good day, chicken wing?

No ta.  I’ll have cake instead – don’t like chicken wings.

WOW.  So now, I feel pretty damned worn out – we’ve not even done the nominees, my questions or what.  Flipping long post this is.  1302 words right now.

THE NOMINEES:

Okaaythen (not just because you nominated me, because I genuinely lalalove your blog)

An Overthinking Teenager (I was looking at Okaaythen‘s nominees, found myself clicking onto your blog, following it instantly and reading all your posts!  Your blog is great!)

Demii & Soniaa (I love your tutorials so much!  You are great DIY-ers!)

Okay so there are my nominees.  I urge you all from the bottom of my heart to please go check their blogs out because they are all full to the brim with weird & wonderful stuff!

ONTO THE QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES:

1. What do/did you like the best about school & what did you least like about it?

2. Chocolate or sweets and salted popcorn or sweet? – I have to ask this to get to know people! Ha ha, I’m very picky.

3. Wait until a film comes out on DVD or go see it in the cinemas?

4. Are you vegetarian or have you ever thought about become a vegetarian?

5. Where do you most want to travel to in the world?

6. Are you good or bad with pain?

7. Do you enjoy reading from a book, or an e-book/kindle?

8. What season is your favourite?

9. If you could move anywhere in the world, where would you move and what would your house be like?

10. Walks in the rain, yes or no?

Okay so that is me done for questions, I guess now, I’ll display the liebster award (and if any of you could tell me how I can display it on the side of my blog like some people do, I would be ever so grateful – I’ve been fiddling around with widgets and what not for ages to try find this, but have failed miserably!)

WordPress is not letting me upload what I need to, but I will get a picture of the liebster award up today hopefully!  

 

 Anyway, included in this post I really would like to update you on what seems like a lack of me on here:

On Friday night I spontaneously invited my friend around to sleep, and if I’m honest, forgot about this.  It wasn’t the best of times at the start, because this particular girl ‘who is my best friend’ tries to get me involved in bitching, mainly bitching about other girls whom we claim to be our friends.  But I know that sadly, I cannot trust anyone when I bitch about people, as things are so easily spread, and I feel maybe something could have been spread already, even though it hasn’t. Anyway, after the sleepover, me and the girl went to the cinemas to see the new Cinderella movie, which is infact, amazing.  I cried a lot, as I’ve probably already said. When we dropped her home, we went out to my Grandma & Grandads for a belated easter meal.  It was horrendous.  I began composing this post at their house, but felt too tired to continue due to the fact that I finally went to sleep at 6 in the morning and woke up at 8 in the morning, running on two hours of sleep, broken up by my friends snores & sleep talking.

Anyway, the food we  ate at my Grandma’s made me feel as if I had food poisoning (and I still feel like that now) so I had to give up writing and sleep it off.  On a sofa, in the conservatory, and yesterday was cold, and I wore a belly top.

So, today is Sunday, and I have one week of my holidays left.  I am sat in bed finishing off my last easter egg, the best, the thorntons chick one.    Therefore I am going to write about a million and one blog posts to have them uploaded for you all today (and in the coming days) to make up for the lack of well, me.

Thank you for listening to my woes.

Alsooooo, have you noticed things have been spruced up a bit round here? Eh? Eh?  I thought so.  I’ll be updating the look of my blog for today, and it will be complete by the end of today as I was feeling my old theme was  getting  bit, well, old.  I’ll be keeping this one though, because I love it, but I’m not sure on the aztec background.  Thoughts?

Anyway, thanks for your time.  I’ve wasted your life with so far, 2077 words of pointless talk.

Love to you all

Zalfie fanatic out ♥