Poem: Light

If there is sun, there is light,

If there is moon, it is night.

If it is bright, surely everything is off-white,

If it is is dark, surely everything is moonlight.

If it is day, nothing is bad.

If it is night, something goes mad.

If I am safe, it must be light,

Or is it?

~

This poem was written after a trip to London and I felt inspired to right about the lights I saw.

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My Love for Kånken

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After seeing these online and in-person, it was love at first sight with Fjallraven Kånken Bags. I was fortunate enough to have some money for my Birthday and Christmas, so I decided to buy one. Once it had arrived, I could not believe how gorgeous it was.

I ordered it in the Big Size which is also known as the Laptop Size. It is Royal Blue and I use it for school and for leisure.

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It has two large pockets. The one at the front I use for storing my phone, pencil case and earphones.

The other pocket has a main compartment and then a thinner one for a laptop. In the main compartment, I store everything else I need from books to food.

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Contrary to popular belief, the Kanken I have is actually very spacious inside. It fits everything necessary with room to spare.

It is really durable because it was designed for hikers or mountaineers and is waterproof which is perfect for the unpredictable British weather!

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Apple, Banana and Orange Smoothie

Apple, Banana and Orange Smoothie

A few days ago, I was lucky enough to receive a blender as a gift and of course, I had to try it straight away. But I did not have much fruit or vegetables to put in a smoothie so I decided to just put in whatever I had and it turned out amazing. It had such an incredible burst of flavour and woke me up ensuring I was ready for the day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 banana
  • 120ml of soya milk

Method:

  1. Slice the banana into even chunks and add to the blender.
  2. Peel and divide the orange and place in the blender.
  3. Slice the apple into small pieces and add to the blender.
  4. Pour the soya milk on top of all the fruit.
  5. Blend on a burst rate for a minute or so then blend fully until it is a liquid.

Fruit for Smoothie

Hopefully, I can find some more recipes to make with my blender and share them!

How to Spice Up Your Breakfast + Giveaway AD

How to Spice up your Breakfast

This post is sponsored by Indigo Herbs. All opinions expressed are my own.

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day, right? It is the one that gives you enough energy to push through the rest of the day. But it can be so boring. With plain cornflakes and sour milk, it is really not a pleasant thought to start your morning. However, there are some solutions to help you become motivated to get out of bed.

Make a Smoothie

Make a Smoothie

Mornings are usually a rush for most people which means there is never enough time for breakfast. A quick, easy and healthy solution is to make a smoothie. There is a huge amount of ones online to allow you to get inspired and creative with your drinks.

Make it Savoury

Make it Savoury

Breakfast is always almost sweet. Cereal, toast, pancakes, muffins, you name it is sweet! Switch it up and make it savoury. One that I would recommend is Avocado Toast. It literally takes three minutes to make and is worth getting out of bed for, trust me!

Use Superfoods

Use Superfoods

Superfoods are a great way to add a powerful punch to your mornings. One company I like to use is Indigo Herbs. Indigo Herbs supplies a broad range of natural health ingredients including herbs, superfoods, wholefoods and aromatherapy. They have been sourcing the finest quality ingredients from around the globe since 2005 and they are passionate about supporting people on their journey to optimum health and wellbeing.

They sent me the Super Greens – Organic Superfood Powder Blend. I decided to add this to some soya yoghurt, fruit and granola and it tasted amazing. It mixed beautifully and adds a really tasty flavour.

You can get a 10% discount off any Indigo Herbs Product by using the code WILDMAN10 from the 21st of January to the 4th of February.

I am going to be giving away with Indigo Herbs some Supergreens to three lucky readers. All you need to do to enter is click here.

Once on the page, all you need to do is complete the tasks to gain entries. The more entries you complete, the higher chance you have of winning the prize. This giveaway is open from today and closes in two weeks time. I will then pick three winners and forward your information to Indigo Herbs so you can receive your prize!

Thank you again to Indigo Herbs for sponsoring this post and sending me one of their products and good luck to everyone who enters.

My Cacti Obsession​

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Cacti have just grown in popularity over the past few years and I cannot believe how many different types of the plant there is! I have become a tiny bit obsessed with them over a period of time and I wanted to share my cacti and what kinds I have. Unfortunately, I am awful at working out if they are cacti or a succulent. I believe it is a very difficult question to ask!

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These were the first ever cacti I got. I got them from IKEA in a little set and they are absolutely adorable, especially because they are so mini!

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This one I think looks like a little tree, ready to sprout.

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This one I think looks like a weapon a cave man would use, strange as it sounds!

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This one I think of as the classic cacti.

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I would not call this a cactus, but this was the second plant I received. I got this from my Granny and to grow another one, all you need to do is pick one of the leaves off and plant it!

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The plant did flower, however, it made a huge mess all over my floor. Hopefully, it will again soon, I got so excited when I saw a burst of colour.

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Next is my biggest proper cacti. I think it is naturally grown like that, with a few of the same kind together.

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I really need to get a pot for this one as the soil is collecting underneath!

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This succulent I got from my twin brother for Christmas. I love the ombre effect with the colours, it looks gorgeous.

I am in the process of looking for more cacti to grow my collection. Who doesn’t love a good plant or two?

 

Vegan​ Mexican Wraps

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New year, new me, right? But dieting food can be so boring! It is usually so expensive also. So, why not spice it up with these healthy Mexican Wraps. They are bursting with flavour and spice and are perfect for lunch or dinner. Whatever the weather, you can get stuck in and enjoy these tangy treats.

Ingredients (makes eight):

  • Six tomatoes
  • Four mushrooms
  • One onion
  • One can of black beans
  • One tsp of chipotle paste
  • One tsp of oil
  • Half a pepper
  • Handful of coriander
  • Dollop of tomato puree

Method:

  1. Heat a large frying pan with some oil.
  2. Chop the onion into diced pieces.
  3. Slide into the pan.
  4. Then, chop the pepper into the same size as the onion.
  5. Also, add this to the pan.
  6. Cut the mushrooms into slices and if needed in half again.
  7. Place these in the pan.
  8. Open the can of black beans, drain and pour into the pan.
  9. Slice the tomatoes in half.
  10. Then, add to the pan.
  11. Finely chop the coriander.
  12. Afterwards, add to the pan.
  13. Mix all the tomato puree and chipotle paste together and stir into the sauce evenly.
  14. Leave for around ten minutes to enhance the flavour and then serve in the wraps.

I decided to top my wraps with some avocado and sour cream but you could add some cheese and place in the oven to melt or even make a chilli dressing!

 

2017 in Review

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2017 has just flown by and I cannot believe how little of the year is left until we progress into the next year. 2017 has been an extraordinary year, to say the least. I am really grateful for all that has happened this year and in this post, I wanted to show my appreciation by sharing it.

Travel

This year I have been so very fortunate to be able to travel to four different places!

  • Broadstairs

 

  • The Netherlands

 

  • Northern Ireland

 

  • France

 

I am very lucky to have been able to travel to all these places and next year I hope to travel to more. I absolutely love exploring new places and seeing what they have to offer.

Photography

This year I have been able to experiment with photography and I am very pleased with the result of my trials.

Next year I am hoping to purchase a better camera so I can advance in my skill. I would also love to try and learn how to take better photographs of people because that is something I am interested in learning about.

Books

This year I have been able to read a lot more books and I have also started to get back into writing reviews over on Goodreads. I think this has helped me in analysing books and working out hidden messages also.

I have also been able to re-organise my shared bookcase with my twin brother so that it is now rainbow. I think this looks absolutely gorgeous and very pretty.

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Next year I am planning on trying to receive some physical ARCs as only a few weeks ago I received my first ever digital ARC. It was probably one of the most exciting emails I have ever got.

Blog

I cannot believe the extraordinary support I have received over this past year because of course 2017 was the year I relaunched my blog.

I have found so many wonderful blogs and people through relaunching my blog. I honestly regret not caring about it more!

Next year I have some very special posts right from the start. There might even be a giveaway or two…

Life

I think this year I have been happier overall. Since September, I have been enjoying more what I have been learning and having a lot more fun discovering and investigating new topics and concepts.

I want to thank my friends (even though I doubt they read this blog) for being there for me and being so understanding. But I have to give the biggest thank you to my family for being so loving and caring even if they can wind me up about my blog!

2018 looks to be a promising year and I cannot wait to see what is in store. I hope you had an incredible 2017 and I wish you all the best for the new year.

5 Reasons Why I Love Christmas

I cannot believe how close the special day is, the excitement and tension are building. I am really astonished at how fast December has progressed. I honestly feel like the start of the month was only yesterday. And what an incredible month it has been. To celebrate the arrival of Christmas Day in some places, even if it isn’t where you live, I have decided to share why I love Christmas.

1. Seeing Relatives

Seeing Relatives

I am sure you can relate to the fact that your relatives are spread up and down whatever country you live in, or even perhaps the world. But Christmas is when everyone gets together and joins in the festive fun. The roads are full of cars and people waiting to see their loved ones and homes are warmed by the connection between relatives.

2. Giving and Receiving Presents

 

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Christmas is a time for giving to those you value. I absolutely love choosing presents for people and watching the delight or even surprise on their faces when they open them. There is a huge satisfaction in getting the gift just right. As well as this, receiving presents is so heart-warming because it shows that the giver cares for you.

3. Festive Food

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At Christmas, wherever you live fills with the smell of gorgeous food. It is so anticipating waiting for the dish to be laid on the table for everyone to tuck into. Food is a really important part of this season because it is something that brings everyone together, no matter who they are.

4. Carols

Carols

Carols are a great way to spread festive cheer, as Buddy the Elf says. It really does not matter if you can sing well or not, there is just a feeling when everyone joins in and wherever you are fills with the sound of celebration. It makes you feel like it really is Christmas.

5. Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

Christmas, despite the rush and fuss, is a time for peace and relaxation. No matter what finichal situation you are in, no matter if you do not celebrate it, it is a time for coming together and forgetting about all our troubles. It is a time for a break and for everyone to have a holiday.

I hope that this post made you think a bit more about Christmas and the true message that is often forgotten. I hope you have a wonderful and exciting day when it does finally arrive and to enjoy it while it lasts.

 

Unique Ways to Gift Wrap

Unique Ways to Gift Wrap

Wrapping is probably the one thing everyone hates about Christmas. It is so time-consuming and it so tricky, especially with oddly shaped items. But, what about the wrapping paper itself. No one ever thinks about how wrapping paper is usually very dull. So, why not make it unique to the recipient?

Use Tissue Paper

Use Tissue Paper

Tissue Paper is normally used for inside the wrapping paper. So, why not use it for the outside. The tissue paper is hidden away and now is the time to make it shine. There is a huge opportunity to get really creative with the colours especially how there is now a wide variety of different ones.

Photo Gift Tags

Photo Gift Tags

Gift Tags are not usually customisable and are so boring. Photographs, on the other hand, have loads of possibility. Holiday gatherings are a time for a trip down memory lane, so why not use a photograph from an occasion you’ve shared with that person or even just a photograph of themselves!

Sweet Treat

Sweet Treat

Everyone loves sweet treats, especially at Christmas. You can actually add these to bows to create a special touch; on top of the present, you are giving. It also encourages the person to save the bow, so the environment is helped by your good deed!

The exciting day is quickly approaching and I cannot believe how fast December has gone. Have you?

Mince Pies

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What a true Christmas classic, mince pies! When you start seeing them in stores, you know the festive season has started. This recipe has melt in the mouth pastry and scrumptious fruit so will keep you satisfied with the result. These mince pies are great for Christmas gatherings, parties or even just as a snack on a cold winter’s afternoon.

Ingredients:

For the filling:

  • 2 satsumas
  • 1 jar of mincemeat
  • 1 apple
  • 1 lemon zest

For the pastry:

  • 375g of plain flour
  • 260g of unsalted butter
  • 125g of caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs

Method:

  1.  Heat the oven to 220°C/200°C Fan/Gas Mark 7.
  2. Place the flour and butter in a bowl and rub together to a crumb consistency.
  3. Add the sugar and the egg.
  4. Then, mix together.
  5. Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and fold until the pastry comes together but be careful not to over mix.
  6. Afterwards, wrap the pastry up in cling film and chill for ten minutes.
  7. Scoop the mincemeat into a bowl.
  8. Chop the satsumas and apple.
  9. Add the chopped satsumas and apple into the bowl with the zest.
  10. Roll out the chilled pastry to three millimetres thick.
  11. Using a round cutter, cut out as many bases as you can and place them into muffin trays.
  12. Put some of the mincemeat mixture into each.
  13. Brush the edge of each pie with a little bit of beaten egg.
  14. Re-roll out the pastry to create lids and press them on top of the bases.
  15. Glaze the tops and sprinkle with caster sugar.
  16. Make a small cut in the tops and bake them for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Mince Pies (Over)

I absolutely love mince pies and I personally believe they should be eaten all year round, not just at Christmas!