Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Top Tips To Becoming Healthier

For those of you who don't already know, I'm attempting to become a little bit healthier from now on. I don't mean that I'm aspiring to become a professional athlete, and let's face it, I highly doubt I'll be competing in the next Olympic games either, but hey, it doesn't hurt to try, and improve the way you eat!
I've never been the slimmest of girls. Ever since I hit puberty, I've developed huge hips, curves, and a few jiggly bits here, and there. I mean, I don't really care. There's nothing wrong with having curves at all. You can still look, and feel beautiful, regardless of whether your figure. As long as you feel good on the inside out, then who cares?
So, you can probably tell that I don't exactly feel 100% comfortable at the moment. I don't think I'm necessarily overweight, and I do walk a lot, and have regular PE lessons at school, but I'd like to make more of an effort. You only get one body, and it's important to nurture, and nourish yourself, on both the inside, and the outside.
I'm going to go through 6 of my top tips that I'm trying to follow to become healthier than I have been recently. They're not ground-breakers, but the more we hear about them, the more likely it is that they become cemented in our brains.
1. Drink lots of water. Yep. I'm gonna say what everyone, and their mums will tell you. You honestly do have to up your water intake if you want to improve your health levels. We all know that it can work wonders, but we just never listen, and we never stick to it. Not only does it help flush all of the toxins out of your system, but it also promotes weight loss, increases energy, boosts the immune system, and clears up problematic skin. See, it really is an all rounder! So, why isn't everyone taking advantage of the access that we have to this drink? It's the most natural liquid ever! Come on. Drink up, guys!
2. Switch up those sugary snacks. I know that sugar is the thing that everyone craves when they fancy a snack - but, that doesn't have to be the case much longer. There are many healthier alternatives that you can have as a substitute. Instead of having a bowl of Coco Pops with 2 teaspoons of sugar on them, why don't you go for a bowl of apples, grapes, banana, and strawberries with some low fat, natural yogurt, and half a teaspoon of sugar instead? Not only will you be getting most of your 5 a day portions in one snack, but you'll be getting all of those nutrients, and the natural sweetness that won't make your teeth, and your insides rot! How could you possibly say no to that idea?
3. Aim to stick to the 80-20 rule. This isn't a 'rule' as such, because I don't believe that there should be rules, or restrictions when it comes to what you eat, but you just need to have control, and try to eat as healthy as you can most of the time. When I say aim to stick to the 80-20 rule, I mean that you should try to eat clean, and healthily for 80% of the time, but then indulge, and treat yourself for the other 20%. It's okay to have a chocolate bar, and a packet of crisps if you have eaten a dinner rich in protein, and veg. It's okay to have a takeaway once a week. Just eat as healthy as you can first!
4. Never convince yourself that breakfast isn't important. There's nothing more to say on this one. Just eat breakfast. Always. Even if it's on the go, or really quick. Breakfast is definitely the most important meal, and it's vital that you get your day off to a good start. You won't be able to focus if your tummy is constantly growling at you for neglecting it! 
5. Try to limit the fizzy drinks. I know we're all partial to a bottle of Coke every now, and then, but are all of those health risks really worth those few minutes of joy? I think not. It's fine if you want to have a fizzy drink every now, and then, but try not to make it a habit. Habits are easy to get into, but incredibly hard to break.
6. Implement as many of the food groups as you can into your meals. If you only eat meat for your dinner each night, then you're going to become malnourished. The same goes for if you only eat a boiled egg, and toast for breakfast every morning. You need to switch it up, and have a variety. Each food group can provide different nutrients, vitamins, and minerals for your body, and brain. Don't deprive yourself of all that goodness!
Why don't you join me on the journey to becoming healthier, and happier, inside, and out?
Lots of love always,
Jade xo


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Sixth Form Options Evening

On the 17th of November, all I could feel was fear. It was my sixth form options evening.

I can't begin to describe how many emotions were going around in my head. This was an event that I had been thinking about for months, but now the time had actually come, I just wanted to curl up into a ball, and have the ground swallow me whole, so I could get out of it. Nerves are natural, I know, but I genuinely thought I was going to pass out!

Year 11 is a scary enough year as it is. It's been just over 2 months, and I thought things were stressful now. By the end of this particular evening, I realised that I was in for much more of a rollercoaster ride in the near future. There really is no going back now.

Quite a few of my blogging friends, and also people that read my blog are in the same position as me at the moment. They too are having to make scary decisions that are ultimately going to shape the next 2 years, or so of their lives. I'm sure all we want to do is watch Netflix, and go shopping for the latest beauty additions, but unfortunately, our future is quite literally in the palms of our hands right now, and there ain't no time to waste, people!

Seeing as I didn't really know what to expect before I was actually at the options evening, I thought I'd share a few words of wisdom to reassure some of you if you're in Year 11, or heading into Year 11 next year, or in the next few years. This is for you...

Don't be afraid to speak up - I know it can sometimes be daunting speaking to teachers, especially if you haven't ever really done so before, but honestly, half of the worry comes from overthinking the situation so much. As I've already said, I really was in two minds about going to my sixth form options evening, but I'm glad I did go. The teachers are there to help, and inform you. They won't be nasty, they won't laugh at you, and they certainly won't try to put you off. They will talk to you about the subject, ask you some questions to gain an idea as to how you feel, and they'll encourage you to do your research, or go to them if you have any further questions, or concerns. Don't stand there, and allow yourself to feel helpless. You're there to learn, and educate yourself, so that you can make the best choices for the future that you want.

Listen, and take in as much as you can - When I was at the options evening for my school's sixth form, there was a presentation, and speeches in the hall before the subject fair, where you looked around, spoke to teachers, and students, and asked questions. The speeches were from the head boy, and girl, the director of sixth form, and the head teacher. You can skim through the booklet that you get given with the application form, and all of the information for the various different courses, and you can listen, and look at the presentation. I'm not going to lie, it's an awful lot of information that you have to take in. I was sat there kind of gormlessly, trying to follow along as best as I could, whilst failing miserably. I managed to catch most of it, but the stuff that I didn't pay attention to, my mum was able to tell me later on. As long as you understand the key points, and you try your best to keep up, then I'm sure you'll be absolutely fine!

Start with the end in mind - This is something that the director of sixth form always says to us during this time. If you start with the end in mind, then things will begin to look a lot more hopeful than they otherwise would. For me personally, I've known for quite a few years now that I want to go into psychology, and mental health work. I know where I want to be in regards to my career, and those aspirations are firmly stuck in my brain. I also have a list of universities that I want to visit, and apply to because I have been researching them endlessly for the past few weeks. I have the end in mind. Knowing already that I want to take psychology was really beneficial for me, because then when I went to the options evening, I cemented my ideas further, and got an even clearer understanding as to what I could study alongside that, which would help compliment it as a subject. For those of you who want to know, I've decided to take double health and social care as well!

Those are all of the words of wisdom that I can think of up until this post. If you're in Year 11 at the moment, and going through the same thing as me, then I really hope everything is going well. You have got this! I believe in you, and you should believe in you too. We are all going to smash our mock exams, and our GCSE exams. We are going to succeed.

If you're not yet in Year 11, then hopefully this post was still helpful to you, because even if you're in Year 7, 8, 9, or 10, it's useful to know these sorts of things, as you will have  option evenings in the future too!

Whether you have been through sixth form yet, are going through it, or haven't got to that stage yet (like myself!), please feel free to share your thoughts, or words of wisdom below. I'm sure everyone would love to hear what you have to say, and who knows, maybe you will be able to help, comfort, or reassure all of us too!

Lots of love always,

Jade xo


Sunday, 27 November 2016

All About Astrology

Astrology is something that has become more of an interest to me over the past few months. I never really thought about it before, but recently, it's becoming something that I think about quite a lot, and I often do research about it when I've got spare time, or if I'm curious about a certain topic. I thought that I'd do a bit of an introductory post today, and if you want me to talk about it more in the future, then I'm happy to do so.
Back in September, when I was thinking about introducing this topic to my blog, I asked for your questions over on my Twitter. I did receive a few, but then I asked for some more a couple of weeks ago as well, because I thought that I might get more of a response if I did things that way.
First of all, I just want to talk about what astrology actually is, considering that some of you might not know that.
I'm sure most of you know about star signs, right? They all have different meanings, and they depend on the month, and the day that you're born. The terms astrology, zodiac, horoscopes, stargazing, and star signs are all intertwined, and they all mean similar things that relate to each other. There are 12 zodiac signs in total, and they are:
Aries: March 21st - April 19th
Taurus: April 20th - May 20th
Gemini: May 21st - June 20th
Cancer: June 21st - July 22nd
Leo: July 23rd - August 22nd
Virgo: August 23rd - September 22nd
Libra: September 23rd - October 22nd
Scorpio: October 23rd - November 21st
Sagittarius: November 22nd - December 21st
Capricorn: December 22nd - January 19th
Aquarius: January 20th - February 18th
Pisces: February 19th - March 20th
If you don't already know, I'm a Pisces, and I was born on the 2nd March. That means I'm the last zodiac sign out of them all!
Before I ramble on even more (like I always seem to do!), I'm going to go ahead, and answer some of the questions that I received. Hopefully they help you, but if this topic is something that you're interested in, then I'm more than happy to do follow-up posts about it in the future. Just let me know!
What do you think about NASA changing the dates for the star signs? @thekatybennett - If I'm being completely honest with you, I haven't paid any attention to it at all. Initially, like with most things, people are always quick to jump to conclusions, and freak out. I know, because I do it too! There was all of this confusion about NASA changing the star signs around, and adding a new one in, but I just don't believe it. I've done my research, and from what I can see, it was just caused by rumours - that's all!
Do you believe in astrology based horoscopes, or in astrology in general? @kvburton657 - I wouldn't say that I follow astrology based horoscopes all the time, and I read into them at least once a day, because I don't. I regularly read up about astrology, and sometimes I do read up about horoscopes in particular, but very rarely. They don't mean all that much to me, and quite frankly, I don't even have the time at the moment!
What is the meaning behind the star sign Gemini? @beccaonblog - The star sign of a Gemini is attached to the element of air. With star signs, they are either attached to air, water, fire, or Earth. Becca mentioned that she's a twin, and funnily enough, according to my research, the sign for Gemini is the twins, and it represents their dual nature! That sounds like something out of Jekyll and Hyde, but I suppose it is in a way! Some adjectives that describe people born under this star sign would be sociable, chatty, curious, and moody.
If you could be any other star sign, what would you be? @JustMorgsx - I honestly love this question. It's actually something that I've thought about quite a lot over the past year, and I've finally come to the conclusion that I feel is most accurate, and representative of me as a person. I would definitely be a Gemini. This is the star sign that quite a few of my most important loved ones are born under, but it's also the other one, aside from Pisces, that I feel most reflects who I am as a person. I definitely think that I have a dual person, and I'm sure that the people around me would agree!
What got you interested/interests you about astrology? @lifeinkateish - One day, I just remember suddenly becoming fascinated by the whole idea of it. I'm not too sure how it came about, but it's been an interest of mine for over a year now! Seeing as I can't tell you how I became interested in the first place, I'll just tell you what interests me about it instead. You might know this already about me, but I absolutely love psychology, and it's what I want to study at A-Level, and in the future, at University. I'm really interested in learning about the mind, and the way that it works for different people. Seeing as I've always known what star sign I am, I just gradually began to research it, and the more I did that, the more I developed a greater interest for it, I guess! I just wanted to see what it said, and whether it all seemed accurate enough, and it was, which is probably part of the reason why I've been so interested ever since.
How closely do you follow your star sign, and the horoscopes based on it? @olivia_alesha - As I've said in one of my previous answers, I don't necessarily follow horoscopes as such, but I follow my star sign, personality characteristics, compatibility levels with other star signs, and on the odd occasion, I will look at daily, or weekly horoscopes, if I feel I want to!
Those are all of the questions that I've been asked this time! Thank you so much for everyone who did reach out to me on Twitter, but if you missed your chance this time, I'm sure there will be plenty more opportunities in the future! Let me know if you want any more posts dedicated to this topic, and if you don't, then let me know about that as well.
Is astrology a topic that interests you? Do you know what your star sign is now?
Lots of love,
Jade xo


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Dear Diary: Dealing With A Breakup

After a very long time, I feel like I'm finally ready to write this post. You may think that I've become much more open on my blog in recent months, and that's true to some extent. However, I've never spoken about this topic, because I was never really in the right frame of mind to do so. Over the past few weeks, I've thought about it more, and more, and I've managed to put things into perspective now. I'm ready. I'm ready to open up.

If you have been reading my blog for a while, then you might remember way back when I did the boyfriend tag. I also mentioned my boyfriend in a few posts, and I shared pictures of us on both my blog, and my Instagram.

I'd say that we were on, and off for roughly 2 years, but our entire history is complicated, and it's not the sort of thing that you randomly go into. Something that you have to remember is that because I blog, it means that I'm much more willing to share my life with both people that I know, and people that I probably don't know as well, if at all.
Even though that's the sort of person I am, there's always going to be a limit to how much I can actually share. Certain things have to be kept private. I'm not the sort of person that would sit behind a screen, and publish inappropriate, offensive things about the personal lives of others. That would be wrong, and immoral in many ways. I'm not doing this post to slate anyone, and I'm not doing it as a form of revenge. I'm doing it, because I like to share my experiences with my readers, and I'd like to help people if I can in any way.

As I've already mentioned, myself, and my previous boyfriend were in an on, and off type of relationship. For a couple of months, we were just friendly, and flirty, then we were like that, and in a relationship for a while, but both times we tried to make it work, it just didn't for one reason, or another. After many ups, and downs, we decided to try again last February. We were both at the same school, but in different years, and it just felt like the right thing to do. We spent months getting to know each other, hanging out, and seeing how things went, and it was all going really well.

However, we all know what life is like. Things never stay a certain way. They constantly change, and progress, and sometimes, we are faced with challenges. Maybe individually, or maybe in relationships, friendships, or as a family. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of trust in this particular boy. He'd done a lot of things over quite a large period of times (we're talking a few months), and it got a little bit out of hard. I was in Year 10 at this point, so I was well into GCSE mode, and I'd find myself in tears, feeling as though I was at a loose end, at the age of 14. We'd try to sort things out, and we'd try to make it work somehow, but things would only stay hopeful for a couple of weeks, and then they'd just come crashing down again. Relationships aren't meant to be that way. They are meant to be built on trust, communication, honesty, and loyalty. If I'm being honest myself here, I have to admit, our relationship didn't have any of those things towards the end of it.
I'm not saying it was all his fault. I was very insecure, jealous, and paranoid, so that probably wasn't easy to deal with, but all of these feelings had stemmed from his actions within those few months.

Even though it seems like I've just jumped straight into the negative things, there were (surprisingly) positives too. He was an incredibly understanding person, most of the time. He'd always support, and encourage me to do what I wanted to do, especially when it came to my blog, and he'd never judge, or put me down about anything, whether I considered it to be a big deal, or not. He was very funny, and he could always make people laugh, or put a smile upon their face. I could share absolutely anything with him, and I knew that he would try his best to comfort me, or make it as okay as it could be. He helped me to understand my anxious mind, and he helped me to gain a tonne of confidence.

The fact that he was in with the wrong crowd, and interested in messing about with girls, fighting, and essentially, ruining his own life made it very difficult to find a way to work things out.

We broke up in September 2015.

Since then, he's been with numerous other girls, and he hasn't been loyal to any of them at all. I will admit, I did still meet up with him behind people's backs, and have a somewhat romantic fling with him. I'd keep running back, trying to be there for him, in an attempt to help him sort his life out. Truthfully, I don't think he ever wanted my help.

It's now been a couple of months since I last spoke to him, or met up with him. He has found someone else, and I have my heart set on someone else too. There are no hard feelings on my part. I don't hate him, and I don't wish any negativity towards him, or his girlfriend. What's done is done, and within the past 2 months, I've come to accept that, and learn from it.

He's taught me a lot about myself, other people, and about relationships. I've become stronger, happier, and more confident since I let go. It was the best decision, for the both of us.
Although we don't talk anymore, I'm still grateful for what he taught me, and I won't forget anything about the experience. I'll remember all of the memories - the good, and the bad.

If you're currently going through a breakup, I have some words of wisdom that I want to share with you...

Listen to what your loved ones say, but make up your own mind as to whether you want to take action. I always listened to what my friends, and family said, but at the time, I did what I wanted to do, and what felt right for me. The majority of them were still there when I realised I'd gone wrong, but sometimes, you need to make your own mistakes, and learn from them. Take in what people say, weigh it all up, and then decide what you want to do.

Don't be afraid to let go. It may seem hard, but it's for the best. I know how difficult letting go is, as you can see from this post. Sometimes, even if your heart is telling you to hold on, you have to be realistic, and let go of that person, and the connection that you had. Read the signs. If things are going wrong time after time, then chances are, they won't get any better. Let go, and start moving on before you become truly trapped in the mind set, and the relationship. You don't want to leave it until it's too late.

Give yourself time to feel, and heal. Take it slow. Move on whenever you're ready to move on. Take each day as it comes, and slowly detach yourself. Unfollow them on Instagram. Throw away that present they got you for your 16th birthday. Stop re-reading those old messages. You're only poisoning yourself. The other person probably couldn't care less anymore. I know its harsh, but if they truly cared, then I doubt you'd even be here in the first place. You do you. Cry until you can cry no more. Write down all your feelings, then rip them up. Take a day off, and dedicate it to sleeping, and eating crap. Once you have done all of that, it's time to heal. Focus your mind on your work, your hobbies, your friends, and your family. Make plans. Go travelling. Do new things. Pamper yourself. Go out for a meal. They're in the past for a reason, boo. So, leave them there.

Remind yourself of your future, and how much happier you're going to be now they're gone. You may not feel it right now. I mean, it took me just over a year to get over my past relationship, but once you're over it, there's no going back. Nowadays, I look towards my future. I think about my blog, my GCSE's, my friends, my family, and enjoying life as much as I can, whilst I still can. Do you really want to lay in your bed every night, wondering who the love of your life is sending flirty texts to? Do you want to make him/her the centre of attention, considering you're not even an option for them anymore? Don't waste your time.

Give yourself time to be alone. This is honestly so important. Everyone thinks that being by yourself is such a terrible thing, but it's not at all! It allows you to analyse things, and think about everything that has happen. You're able to clear your mind, and settle down your thoughts, and emotions. We all need time on our own sometimes. When you next find yourself getting down about it, don't. Remember this. It's going to be okay.

Thank you so much for reading this post. I was actually quite nervous to post it, so hopefully I get the sort of response that shows I've helped, or comforted a few of you. If I have, please let me know, either by commenting, or messaging me privately on my social media. Alternatively, if you feel as though you still need some support, but you don't know who to turn to, then you're more than welcome to message me, and we can talk it through together. You're my strong, sassy soldiers, remember!

It's going to be okay, my lovelies. You may get flashbacks, and there may be times where you so desperately want that person back. You probably will always remember them, and the moments that you spent together - the memories that you made with each other.
Whatever you do, please don't go back. You deserve more than that, I'm telling you. Just because you loved them once upon a time, it doesn't mean you can't move on to find happiness in someone else. You can, and you will. Just give it time. Don't give your ex the satisfaction, knowing that you're hurting, and falling apart. Smile, keep your head up, and show them that you're moving on, even if you are in fact hurting, and falling apart. They want you to feel that way. They want to rub their new relationship in your face. Don't you dare let them. You are so much better than that. I promise you. You just gotta believe it.

~Breakups hurt, but losing someone who doesn't respect, and appreciate you is actually a gain, not a loss~

Lots of love always,

Jade xo


Sunday, 20 November 2016

OGX Haircare*

Ever since I got sent this miraculous hair care duo from OGX, I've been feeling so much more confident about myself, and my appearance. I can understand the fact that I may sound slightly weird saying that about a shampoo, and conditioner, but I'm honestly not even exaggerating here!

I've always had a love-hate relationship when it comes to my hair. When I was a very little girl, I used to have blonde ringlets, and a fringe. As I developed, and went into primary school, I stuck with the fringe (stupidly), but it naturally turned brown as time went on. Come secondary school, I scrapped the fringe, and went from red, to black, to a funny auburn shade in a matter of months. It was pretty crazy stuff, even for me. I've pretty much got back to my natural shade now, and I'm finally happy with it - but boy, oh, boy did my locks despise me for the longest time. I had clumps of dandruff, dry, split ends, and frizziness that just would not go away.  

Whilst being at a bit of a loose end, I decided I wanted to try out a new brand. I've gone through everything from L'Oreal, to Herbal Essences, to Toni & Guy. That's when I stumbled across OGX Beauty.

I'd heard of them a while ago, back when I wasn't really into blogging as much as I am now, but I never really thought much of hair care during those days. On their social media sites, I saw that they were collaborating with bloggers, and that's when it hit me - I should bite the bullet, and reach out to them too! When all you hear is positive things about a brand, it's undoubtedly going to intrigue you, as it did with me. I got in contact with their PR team, and after exchanging a few emails, explaining what my hair type was, and what my social links were, my offer had been accepted. I was now going to get sent some of their products - eeek!

As you can see from the image above, I got sent their 'Hydrating Tea Tree Mint' Shampoo & Conditioner. Both of the bottles are 385ml, which is actually full size. I had no idea, until I received them, and that made me feel even more honoured than I already did! I found it really nice that the PR team ask you what your hair type is, because then you know that you're definitely going to be receiving products that suit your specific hair care needs.

I have been trying out this range for about 2 months now, and I honestly couldn't be more in love. Evidently, I've always struggled when it comes to hair care, and I never really know what I should be using, or how I should use it. I've tried copious different brands, but they have never really worked out for me - or, certainly not as well as OGX have anyway!

Like the name suggests, they smell exactly like tea tree. Now, people would probably normally associate tea tree with oily hair, or greasy roots, but that's not the case at all with these products! They're more hydrating than they are oil controlling. The consistency is actually pretty thick, which is something that I really like, even though I wasn't used to it before. I feel like every time I flick my hair, it always smells like really fresh chewing gum, which is something that I think is perfect, because you want your hair to be fresh, and clean, right?!

Another thing to mention is that since using these products in combination with each other, I haven't had any flakiness of my scalp, and I haven't had dandruff either. No matter what I used before, there would always be residue, and dryness, but now, all of that is gone! My hair is in such better condition, and it's all thanks to these 2 miracle workers. I will definitely continue repurchasing them in the future!

I'm actually in the process of growing my hair, because I want to eventually donate it to The Little Princess Trust, and now, I have a much better chance of being able to do so.

Thank you so much to everyone at OGX Beauty, who sent me these two products. Myself, and my hair are both very grateful.

Have you ever tried anything from OGX? Do you think you will be after reading this post?

Lots of love always,

Jade xo
Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for free by OGX Beauty for review purposes. All thoughts, and opinions expressed were my own.

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