How to Make Beautiful Mindmaps

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I absolutely love mind maps, they are such a great way to express your thoughts. You also don’t need to be fancy with them, or do you? Up until recently, my mindmaps were a complete mess full of nonsense. But now, I have been more careful with the way I present my ideas and I wanted to share how I make my mind maps and some tips for improving your own.



Your title is the most important part of your mindmap. It tells you and whoever looks at it what it is about. So it needs to stand out. I like to keep my titles quite small in order to fit as many ideas on the paper as possible. Instead of increasing the size, I highlight the title to catch your eye once I look at it.



Your handwriting is vital when making mind maps. It simply needs to be neat. The photograph above shows one of my titles. I decided to make it very fancy but all it needs to be is neat.  The neater your handwriting is, the more appealing it is to use to revise from or to remind yourself of the topic. I like to look on Pinterest for handwriting guides when I want to change up my style.



A mind map is not a mind map without arrows. It needs to have them! Arrows can divide topics and allow you to work out what goes with what. The arrows I used related to the topic. For instance, the arrow in the photograph was for relationships. They need to be straight also so you can maximise space and decide when each topic ends and starts.



Colour is the best part of a mind map. I absolutely love multiple colours and I will sometimes them unnecessarily! I love to colour coordinate everything so each topic has its own colour. I even occasionally have multiple colours for each topic to make it even fancier! I use InkJoy BallPoint Pens to write everything and Stabilo Boss Highlighters for titles.

A Key


A key is essential when you don’t have very many resources. This means you can use a variety of patterns and lines instead of different colours. I tend to do this after I have finished and I don’t do it on the piece of paper. Instead, I do it on a post-it note and stick it on somewhere visible where I am not covering anything up.

And that’s how I make my mindmaps! I hope you found it useful and I hope it inspired you to make your mindmaps that little more beautiful.


Double Chocolate Cookies

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Cookies are probably one of my favourite unhealthy snacks! They are just so simple and easy to make. If you just gave me any type of cookie, I would basically just eat it! These cookies have cocoa powder in to make them that brown colour and taste divine with the added marshmallows! They have an amazing consistency and are very goey.

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Ingredients (makes eight cookies):

  • 175g of self-raising flour
  • 75g of soft light brown sugar
  • 25g of cocoa powder
  • 100g of butter
  • 100g of marshmallows
  • 2 tbsp of milk
  • 1 tbsp of golden syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/Gas Mark 4.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar, butter and golden syrup using a wooden spoon.
  3. Once light and fluffy, stir in the flour, cocoa powder, milk and marshmallows.
  4. When all the ingredients are fully combined, place a piece of parchment paper on a baking tray.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop, measure out eight equally sized spoonfuls of mixture on the tray and allow space between them to spread.
  6. Flatten slightly using the back of a spoon.
  7. Bake for about twenty minutes.

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These cookies were absolutely amazing with the marshmallows as when they were cooking the marshmallows created a sort of caramel around them. I served these cookies with ice cream but you could just eat them as they are or use a different sauce or accompaniment.

A Walk in the Woods

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About a week ago, I had a really enjoyable walk in the woods. So much so, I decided to document the experience and take some photographs to share. Most of these photographs are of the nature I saw but there are a few surprises as well!



No Photographs Please


It is what’s inside that counts


One, Two, Three


Golden Eyes




Protect Me, Mother


Best Friends




Just Look Up


And there we have it, some of the photographs I took whilst I had a walk around a wood. I really enjoyed making this post and I am sure I am going to be doing another one of these very soon.


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Sushi is probably my favourite Japanese food. It is just so delicious! With soft, sticky rice and crunchy vegetables, who doesn’t enjoy this amazing dish? I especially like having soy sauce with them as it gives them such a lovely flavour.

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Ingredients: (makes four rolls)

  • 325ml of water
  • 150g short-grain rice
  • 3 tbsp of rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp of caster sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 4 Nori Seaweed Sheets
  • Your Choice of Fillings


  1. Pour the water into a medium-sized saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2. Add the rice and then stir.
  3. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for twenty minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the rice vinegar, caster sugar and salt together.
  5. Once the rice has cooked, blend the mixture into the rice.
  6. Centre once nori seaweed sheet on a bamboo mat.
  7. Using a spoon, spread some of the rice across the entire seaweed sheet.
  8. Arrange your choice of toppings on top.
  9. Lift the end of the mat, and gently roll it over the ingredients, pressing gently.
  10. Roll it forward to make a complete roll.
  11. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  12. Cut into equal sized slices.

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You could just have the sushi with some sauces, but we decided to have a light salad with it. To make it all you need is some edamame beans, pepper and watercress. Then you need to prepare the vegetables and pour on a dressing of your choice. Simple!


Fish and Vegetable Stew

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As the weather is starting to get colder, we are all starting to have more warming dishes on our tables. Dishes that you couldn’t eat in the summer like soups, hot pots or chillis. But in this post, I am going to be writing about the winter meal: stews! In particular, fish and vegetable stew. This stew has a refreshing sauce and soft vegetables with flaky fish on top.

Ingredients (serves four):

  • 800g Chickpeas
  • 900g Courgette
  • 150ml of Fish Stock
  • 90ml of Olive Oil
  • 45ml of Plain Flour
  • 30ml of Parsley
  • 5ml of Rosemary
  • 4 Sundried Tomatoes
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Stick of Celery
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Fresh Red Chilli
  • 4 Cod Fillets
  • Juice from half a lemon


  1. Finely dice and chop the onion, celery, carrot and chilli.
  2. Chop and trim the courgette.
  3. Heat one-third of the oil in a deep pan until hot.
  4. Add the rosemary and bay leaf and cook for one minute.
  5. Stir in the chopped onion, celery, carrot and chilli.
  6. Cook the vegetables for around seven to eight minutes or to when they are soft.
  7. Add the chopped courgette and cook for a further three to five minutes or so when the courgette is al dente.
  8. Pour in the chickpeas and stock and simmer for ten minutes.
  9. Add the parsley, lemon juice and seasoning and simmer for another five minutes.
  10. Spread the flour on a flat plate and top with seasoning.
  11. Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan.
  12. Crush the garlic and add to the frying pan to fry for three minutes.
  13. After three minutes, remove and discard the garlic.
  14. Coat the fish in the seasoned flour.
  15. Place in the frying pan, skin side down.
  16. Cook for five minutes until golden brown, then flip the fish over and cook for a further three minutes.
  17. Divide the stew between four bowls and place the fish on top.

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This stew is very hearty and perfect on a cold day when you need to be warmed up. The chopped vegetables are so mouth-watering and are really appetising.

My Favourite Language Apps

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I absolutely love languages. One day, I would love to travel the world and visit all seven continents and learning languages will really aid me when those days come. Languages I find so much easier to learn when I have some apps to help me, so in today’s post, I am going to be sharing some apps I like to use when I need to learn some vocabulary or grammar.



I actually used to neglect how useful Quizlet was until about a week or so ago. Why did I not use it sooner? Quizlet is basically a website and app where you can create flashcards and revise from them. They also have a new feature called diagrams where you upload images and label the parts of the image you want to revise from.



My life in languages probably revolves around Memrise. It is a huge lifesaver. I especially love the “mem” feature where you can create ways to remind yourself what the word means or how to spell it. I probably think of the most ridiculous ways to remember things but it works!



I wouldn’t say this app and website is a revision one as you kind of need to do it every day for it to work effectively. I use Duolingo for French and try and do it every day but it is hard! I feel like the topics are useful and they are ones I want to learn to help me revise so that is all that matters. I also love the owl, it is so motivating!



Kahoot, in general, is amazing for studying anything. I literally use it to help me remember anything. I just think it is so fun playing with others (well, occasionally I usually do it by myself) and racing to press the correct answer. The only thing I don’t like about Kahoot as it takes so much time to make different quizzes. It is worth it though!



I actually discovered this through Words By Nina and it is such a good way to improve your listening skills in your chosen language by listening to songs! Currently, I am using it for French as I am more comfortable typing in French but you can use it for any language, I might in the future use it to help me improve my Chinese listening skills.

So that is my favourite language apps for learning languages. I really enjoy using all of them and they are really useful for learning practically anything!

Chocolate and Beetroot Cake

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Yes, I know what you are thinking; vegetables in a cake? I was thinking the exact same thing when I heard about it but I completely changed my opinion once I had tasted it. It is the best cake I have probably tasted in my entire life. It is so moist and sticky and also so rich! You really cannot taste the beetroot. If I was put this cake in front of me and I was not told what was in it, I would honestly never guess there was beetroot!


  • 250g Beetroot
  • 200g Dark Chocolate
  • 200g Butter
  • 190g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 4tbsp of Hot Espresso
  • 3tbsp of Cocoa Powder
  • 1tsp of Baking Powder


  1. Set the Oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Cook the beetroot, whole and unpeeled, in boiling unsalted water.
  3. Once tender, drain and let them cool.
  4. After they have drained, peel and slice the beetroot then place in a food processor and blitz until a puree.
  5. Snap the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a small bowl over a medium heat.
  6. When the chocolate is almost melted, pour the hot coffee over it and stir.
  7. Cut the butter and add that to the chocolate mixture and leave to soften.
  8. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder.
  9. Split the eggs and put the whites and yolks in separate bowls.
  10. Whisk the yolks.
  11. Now, work quickly but gently, remove the bowl of chocolate from the hob and stir the butter into the melted chocolate.
  12. Leave for a few minutes, then add the egg yolks.
  13. Fold in the beetroot.
  14. Whisk the egg whites until they are stiff and then fold in the sugar into the egg whites.
  15. Add and fold the egg white and sugar mixture to the chocolate.
  16. Lastly, fold in the flour and cocoa.
  17. Transfer to the cake tin and place in the oven.
  18. As soon as the cake is in the oven, turn down the temperature to 160°C/Gas Mark 3.
  19. Bake for forty minutes or until spongy and slightly wobbly.

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This cake is almost like a brownie as it is very gooey and very chocolatey. Can I just highlight the fact that the beetroot is so subtle it is almost untasteable?!

DISCLAIMER: This recipe was inspired by the one in Nigel Slater’s book Tender I.

How to Resolve a Blogging Blank

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All bloggers have been there when it is the day before you need to post and you have no idea what to write! There has been countless times when I have a complete mind blank and have had no inspiration what so ever. I honestly think of too many blog post ideas when I don’t need them and then when I do I cannot think of anything! So for this post, I decided to share some ideas of how to resolve a mind blank in the blogging world. The tips featured in this post actually work for all types of blogs, but I primarily focused on lifestyle blogging.

The Internet


I think I rely on the internet too much for my life. There are so many great articles on blogging around and you just have to take a look. Some of them, unfortunately, don’t have the most original lists but you can always tweak some ideas to make them your own.

Other Blogs

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When everything fails, turn to your own kind. In other words, look what other similar blogs have done. I am not saying copy, I am instead saying to create your own idea off someone else’s. I follow a load of blogs and whenever I see a cool post I feel inspired to write a post!



I absolutely love blogging series as they make me so excited for the new post. So why not create a sequel of a popular post. Here’s an example.

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So my most popular post is my Tips for New Bloggers. So perhaps if I didn’t know what to post, I could do a sequel to that. Or I could do another review for a Lush Bath Bomb. Whatever is popular try and re-use the same idea.



Pinterest is like a blogger’s heaven. It is full of creative and wonderful ideas to help inspire you to come up with blog post ideas. There are endless possibilities that come from having a look on Pinterest and it usually resolves my blogging blank. There are so many boards devoted to blog post ideas so all you need to do is search!



This is quite new to me but why not use blogging prompts? Prompts are basically sentence starters than you can continue on to extend what someone has first thought of. Prompts are actually so useful in every sense, especially for creative writing. Topic generators are so uninteresting, on the other hand, prompts are actually have some wonderful ideas that I actually use!

And they are so tips of mine to resolve a blogging blank. I hope you find this situation relatable as otherwise I will think that I am a complete alien!

Finally, thank you to Becky Sefton for tweeting about my blog. I really appreciate everyone who shares or supports my blog, so thank you!

5 Reasons why I love Autumn

Now autumn is probably my favourite season. I just love everything about it! As I am writing this, it is kind of still summer but then who knows when the seasons change? It happens so sudden you really don’t notice it. I can’t help but dream about cooler weather and the products in the shops.

So in celebration of that, I am going to be doing my third post in the same style as my other two 5 Reasons why… posts. If you haven’t read them already, then why not check them out? Earlier this year, I talked about why the pressure of exams got to me and this summer I talked about why I hate summer!

Now, why do I love autumn?

1. Leaves


Leaves are a huge part of autumn. They fall off the trees and tend to lie very aesthetically pleasing to the eye. I do love the leaves when they change colour, although you can never tell when the change starts or ends. It is annoying however when you want to take some leaves home and then they shrivel up.

2. Fire


As it gets colder, people like to light fires. I absolute love fires as they warm you up so much! I also love the sound that they make when they crackle. They also are amazing as you can toast marshmallows on them; yum! Fires are just so entrancing, they sort of hypnotise you until you decide to look away. Strange, I know!

3. Jumpers


Finally, it is starting to get cold enough to wear jumpers! I have been waiting for this time from the time it started to get too hot to wear jumpers. They are just so pretty, who doesn’t love jumpers? Jumpers can have literally anything on the front of them, from text to photos. I am going to make sure to start wearing my jumpers, that’s for sure.

4. Pumpkins


Now, pumpkins are traditional for around this time of year. Carving pumpkins for Halloween. Starbucks starts serving Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I actually don’t like the taste of pumpkin itself but the whole aesthetic of autumn is pumpkins! I don’t think you can go into a craft store without seeing something to do with pumpkins, it would just be wrong!

5. Hot Drinks

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I drink hot drinks all the time, but finally, the time is right to bring out your most festive mugs and start to switch on the kettle. I absolutely love hot chocolate. There is nothing better than a nice hot mug or chocolate blended with hot milk and water. Powder hot chocolate I don’t really like.

And there we have it, five reasons why I love autumn. Now, I have always wondered, why do Americans call it fall? I realised the answer last year because the leaves fall! But what’s your take on the classic name? Let me know!

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