July – A Reflection ♡

As I sit here in my best friend’s house with a tiny kitten in my lap, I start to think about everything that’s happened this month. Despite the awful “summer” weather, and not getting up to much, I have really enjoyed this month.

Since I only started my blog in July, I was hoping to reach at least 200 page views before the month was up, and I got over 200 in the end, which made me so happy.

I also hosted my first Twitter chat, which was a great success, I really enjoyed making new friends and chatting to different people! #chattynights

My brother and my dad both celebrated their birthdays this month, and both days were so fun. On my brother’s we went out to the seaside on the coast of Dublin and we went shopping in the city centre, and at the end of the day we watched him show off his singing and guitar skills at an open mic night, you can read all about that day in a blog post I did called Diary Of A Day.

Only yesterday I went to my friend’s little sister’s birthday party. She had a bouncy castle and we all had such fun jumping around on it, even when it rained we stayed out, regardless of getting soaked.

Some little kitties were born on July 5th, and on Tuesday will be a month old!

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I also spent plenty of time hanging out with my best friends, we didn’t really go out shopping or go anywhere this month but we went round to each other’s houses and just generally enjoyed each other’s company. Here’s some pictures of us!

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Despite not going out much and not having much sunshine, July was a great month. Countless laughs were shared (especially between my mum and I), much Mario Kart Wii was played among siblings and friends, many, many horror movies were watched (seriously, watch ‘Hush’), several new internet friends were made, three little sleepy kittens were cuddled and so many late night chats were exchanged.

I really hope you had a great month, and if you didn’t I’m sure things will pick up soon.

Bye for now and see you in August! x

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The Five Senses Tag ♡

Hi everyone, today I’ll be doing ‘The Five Senses Tag’. I was nominated to do this by a lovely girl over at Simply, Me if you want to check out her blog.

So basically for this post I will be telling you about my five favourite things about the five senses.

The rules for the 5 Senses Tag are:

1: You have to thank the person/people who nominated you.

2: You have to write five things for each of the five senses.

3: Nominate five other bloggers.

Sound

1. My family and friends talking and laughing.
2. The sound of the ocean.
3. The buzz of the city.
4. The birds singing in the early hours of the morning.
5. Listening to music.

Sight

1. Seeing people laugh.
2. The beach and the sea.
3. A White Christmas
4. Blue skies.
5. My family and friends.

Taste

1. Any of my Mum’s dinners…
2. Crisps.
3. Pomegranate.
4. Ramen.
5. Watermelon.

Touch

1. HUGS.
2. My cats.
3. Grass in summer.
4. Crisp clean bed sheets.
5. Getting makeup done.

Smell

1. Christmas tree and tinsel.
2. My mum’s home-made vegan cinnamon buns.
3. Freshly cut grass.
4. Sea air.
5. Flower shop.

The bloggers I nominate:

www.holly5901.blogspot.ie
www.mylifeashayleyblogg.blogspot.ie
www.boilersuitbabe.com
www.whatasillylittlelady.wordpress.com 
www.crescentury.wordpress.com

Bye for now x

Hana May

How To: Superfood Salad 🌱

I think by now we all know the intense difficulty of trying to keep healthy. Whether that’s by eating right, exercising regularly, or keeping your mind at peace, all are strenuous.

Recently, I’ve been trying to cope with all of these. Managing what you eat is so hard, and finding the motivation to exercise is just as difficult.

Today I’m going to tell you how I made this salad, because it tasted amazing and it’s so good for you.

Ingredients:

Quinoa,
Pomegranate,
Pepper,
Avocado,
Raisins,
Spinach,
Curry oil.

So first of all I cooked some quinoa (follow the instructions on the packet), I also added half a vegetable stock pot to it to add a bit of flavour.

Next I de-seeded the pomegranate and put that in the bowl with the quinoa. I then shredded some spinach, chopped up some avocado and pepper, got a handful of raisins, and I threw that all in the bowl too. There was also some curry oil my mum had made, which I put in too because the flavour was amazing. The ingredients for the curry oil were: white wine vinegar, curry powder, chilli powder, olive oil & mango chutney. The salad tasted amazing and also is very beneficial to your health. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring, incorporate fruit & veg that you know you like, and just make it work!

Another few ingredients you could include in the salad are: flaked almonds, spring onion, cucumber, celery, or whatever you like!

I hope you enjoyed this post, and maybe got a bit of inspiration for ingredients to add to your next lunch 😉

Bye for now x

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A Little Bit About Me ♡

Hi everyone, as I’ve been blogging a lot more lately, and all my posts have been kind of random, I thought today’s could be something a bit different and it should also give you a little insight into what it’s like… being moi! xD

My name is of Japanese origin. Instead of naming me Hannah, (which would’ve been a lot easier…trust me…) my parents opted for something a little more on the unique side of things and decided to name me Hana, meaning flower in Japanese. Although it’s a pain having to correct everyone when they spell my name wrong, I do appreciate having a name that is different, it fits well with my personality and over the years my interest in Japanese culture has grown, thanks to my name.

I’m half English, half Irish. My Mum is originally from London, and my Dad is from Dublin. I was born in England but we moved to Ireland when I was quite young as my Dad wanted us to experience living in Ireland while my brother and I were still kids. It was hard to adjust, and with our English accents, my brother and I were easy to pick on. As I was younger I didn’t get it nearly as bad as my brother did. Luckily now he’s totally grown up, and is confident in himself, as he should be. Living in Ireland has taught me several things, some good, some bad, but let’s save that for another day. Put it this way, some days I love the freedom Ireland and its countryside gives, other days I beg for surroundings other then fields full of cows and their poo. You get it? Anyway here’s a picture of us now…

My best friends and I met through social media. A few years ago I was faced with the difficult decision of choosing a secondary school to attend. As a shy yet insane person (some of you will get it…), it was a very hard decision to make. I didn’t know where I would fit in best. My two options were a school in my local town or another one about 20 minutes away. In the local school, I would know a lot of the people there, and in the other school I would be thrown in at the deep end and know no one, I think I considered this school as I thought that starting fresh was a bold and brave decision to make, but now I know that doesn’t matter, I should’ve just known wherever I feel comfortable, I should go. I couldn’t decide which I thought was better until I met my (now) best friends. We found each other through Instagram, we found that we lived only a few short minutes away, and our mums became friends just as we did. On my last day of primary school, my mum and I went round to their house for the first time, and we all immediately became best friends. It was amazing to become friends with people who are like me, who like the same kind of things as me, who enjoy talking about the same subjects as I do. Knowing that they were going to the local school, it was now a very easy decision to make on which one I should go to. A few years down the line and our friendship is still as strong as ever. Here you go folks! Meet my best friends.

That’s all I’m going to talk about for this post, because we all know if I talk anymore we’ll be here forever, and you’ll just get bored! I really hope you enjoyed this post, and maybe learnt a little bit more about me.

Bye for now x

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Antique Shop Finds ♡

So last Saturday, my mum, my brothers girlfriend (Courtney), and my friends (Hayley and Holly) went into my local town and to an antique shop, to find an old camera that my brother wanted for his birthday (which was on Saturday…haha).

Anyway, while we were in there, my mum came across these exquisite cups, made of fine China (seriously they were the lightest cups I’ve ever held), with a beautiful Japanese print on them. Courtney and I pounced on them immediately, (not literally, if we had, they’d have broken). But seriously, they were beautiful. I’m not exactly sure where they come from but I know I love it. They also had little saucers with them, but mine didn’t match, I don’t really care though. Here they are:

Aren’t they lovely? Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post, sorry it was short, this is very unusual for me xD

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Collab ♡ Diary of a Day – Dublin Adventures

 

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a fabulousssss day! Today’s post is a good un’, it’s a collaboration with a lovely girl (my new internet friend ;)), who’s blog you have to check out, here’s a link to her page: Marshmallow Skye!

We had the idea to do today’s post as if it were a diary entry. The day I’ve chosen is last Sunday, as it was the day after my brother’s birthday and my family went out to Ireland’s capital, Dublin, to celebrate!

At 9a.m on Sunday morning I woke up to the sound of ducks quacking, which (don’t ask why), is the noise I set my alarm to make. God knows why… Who possibly enjoys waking up to the sound of a flock of angry ducks quacking you awake? I certainly don’t, so don’t ask me why I chose such an absurd and utterly ridiculous alarm noise to wake me up. Anyway, I got up out of bed and tiptoed past my still-fast-asleep (despite the quacking ducks) friend Hayley, who had slept over at my house the night before, and I quickly hopped in the shower.

About thirty minutes later I was washed, dressed and ready to dry my hair. Everyone in my family has been borrowing my hairdryer recently, as my mum’s broke, and it is INFURIATING! I never know where it is! Anyway (x2), I dried and curled my hair and went back upstairs to put on makeup. I didn’t put on much as I was in a rush, so all I used was the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, the Collection contour and highlight kit, some eyeshadows from Revolution’s ‘Girls on Film; palette, Rimmel’s ‘Wake Me Up’ mascara and a nude lip gloss by Seventeen.

We left for Dublin at around 11a.m and dropped Hayley back home on the way there.

We were planning on going shopping in Dublin but since the weather was hot and sunny (for Ireland..), we decided to drive to Howth first, which is a beautiful seaside town on Dublin’s coastline. One thing I love about Dublin is that it’s a major city right beside the sea! Here are some pictures I took: (please give credit if you use them).

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The atmosphere was amazing and everyone that was there seemed to be having as much of a lovely time as I did. We went into the Howth Market, where there were people selling all different kinds of things, especially food. There was one company there selling crazy popcorn flavours, e.g. cinnamon, oreo, mixed berry.

After pottering around Howth for a while we decided to drive into the city, to go shopping. The weather stayed beautiful the entire time we were there. We decided to split up once we got there, as everyone wanted to go to different places. So my brother (Sam) and his girlfriend (Courtney) went off to do their thing, my Dad went off to whatever shops he likes, and my mum and me went to Tiger, Penneys/Primark, Forever 21, M&S and Burger King… (for a quick snack). I’ve heard good things about the Penneys/Primark liquid lipsticks, so I got one.

About 2 and a half hours later we decided it was time for a meal, we had all had a good look around and we were all starving. We were originally planning on going to a vegan restaurant, as my brother, his girlfriend, and my dad all don’t eat meat or dairy, but we soon found out that it was closed, so we had to find somewhere else. We had a good look around for a nice place to eat until we came across this cute little sushi restaurant called Zakura, the prices were reasonable and the atmosphere was good.

I ordered the chicken ramen, here’s what it looked like:

I really did enjoy it, but it was so so spicy that it was hurting me to eat any more by the end. The quantity was massive, but it was definitely enjoyable despite me not being able to finish it for it being too spicy! I would definitely recommend visiting this restaurant, for anyone interested, Zakura is located on Camden Street on the South side of Dublin.

It was quite late by the time we were finished eating, but we weren’t going home yet! My brother who is into music, and is a very talented guitarist and singer, wanted to sing at an open mic night, in a pub in Dublin. I was sceptical at first as I was so tired and didn’t even know if I’d get in, but it was fine, and I actually had a great time in the end. Everyone that sang there was very talented and friendly. There were so many different types of people there from different countries and I really enjoyed myself, as did everyone else.

Here’s a picture of my brother singing 😉

I really hope you enjoyed this post, and don’t forget to read Marshmallow Skye‘s! Hers is a very exciting one!

Bye for now x

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♡ Blog: http://marshmallowskies28.blogspot.ie/

♡ Facebook: www.facebook.com/mrshmallowskies

Ultimate Music Playlist 🎧

Hey everyone! I hope you’re having a fab day, whoever you are and wherever you are! I wanted today’s post to be something a bit different, and also slightly personal. Today I bring you, my ultimate music playlist. All songs are amazing, so enjoy and happy listening! A link to the song on YouTube will be there when you tap/click on the name of it!

Move On Up – Curtis Mayfield

Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve

God Put A Smile Upon Your Face – Coldplay

Closer – Lemaitre, Jennie. A

Borderline ● Vanic Remix – Tove Styrke

Younger ● Kygo Remix – Seinabo Sey, Kygo

We Can Work It Out – The Beatles

Girls And Boys In Love – The Rumble Strips

You Really Got Me – The Kinks

All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

Here – Alessia Cara

Respect – Aretha Franklin

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Into You – Ariana Grande

Master Blaster (Jammin’) – Stevie Wonder

She’s Not There – The Zombies

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell

In The Morning – The Coral

Cake By The Ocean – DNCE

Jump – Madonna

Undercover Martyn – Two Door Cinema Club

Young Folks – Peter Bjorn And John

I hope there’s a wide enough variety there for everyone! I understand that a lot of songs are older, but that doesn’t mean they’re “bad”! We should appreciate them more!! I really hope you enjoyed this post, and discovered maybe a couple of new favourite songs! Bye for now x

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