Banana Cake

*Just had a cup of tea and slice of cake* 🍰☕️
Sometimes baking something at home, whether it's a simple or a complicated & delicate recipe, makes the food so much more special. I am planning to bake more often and try baking a variety of desserts and cakes-I've always wanted to bake some brownies (who doesn't like chocolate brownies?!) and cookies. I have baked triple chocolate cookies before and I loved them. Would you like me to post about the cookies if and when I bake them again? πŸ€”πŸͺ

This time, because we had the ingredients, my mum wanted me to bake a banana cake. The recipe was very easy to follow and my mum and I were quite pleased with the turn-out. There's only a little chunk left now...
*This is when I had just taken the cake out of the oven πŸ˜‹*

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Cute Little Prezzies

These are some little treats I received a while ago. 
I can't wait to start using them now!

Mmm...macaron shower gel and body lotion. Yes please! I love eating macarons but I've never used macaron-scented bath products. I am looking forward to using some of these today. The question is: which one?! Click here to buy Baylis & Harding Beauticology products online.

Isn't this so cute?! I love the design of this little package and the handwriting makes it look even better. I think I might nose around and see what else Fifi Lapin sell! Click here to go to the official shop and here to go to the blog.

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Book Haul | Cassandra Clare

I'm so excited! My parcels have finally all arrived! I can see all my Shadowhunter books together. I wanted to share them with you as I have been fangirling A LOT about these!

About the Author...
Photo by Kelly Campbell.
Cpyright © Simon & Schuster, Inc.
  • "Judith Rumelt, better known by her pen name Cassandra Clare, is an American author of young adult fiction, most known for her bestselling series The Mortal Instruments. 
  • Clare was born in Tehran, Iran. As a child, she travelled frequently, spending time in Switzerland, England and France." 
  • "The idea for the Mortal Instruments came to me one afternoon in the East Village. I was with a good friend of mine, who was taking me to see the tattoo shop where she used to work. She wanted to show me that her footprints were on the ceiling in black paint — in fact the footprints of everyone who’d worked there were on the ceiling, crisscrossing each other and making patterns. To me it looked like some fabulous supernatural battle had been fought there by beings who’d left their footprints behind. I started thinking about a magical battle in a New York tattoo shop and the idea of a secret society of demon-hunters whose magic was based on an elaborate system of tattooed runes just sprang into my mind."

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These Made Me Laugh...

One of my friends decided to bombarde me with these messages and images and I thought you would enjoy them as much I as did! I don't know exactly where she got all of the images and messages but some of these are from Pinterest and Instagram.  
These messages and images are connected to books, The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, and Marvel characters.  
Let me know if you can relate to them too! Relax and enjoy! 😊❤️

I hope these put a smile on your face xxx 
Til next time! 

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Where Have I Been?

It has been a while since my last post and some of you may be wondering where I've gone. I haven't disappeared through a portal or stopped blogging for good, which is a good thing (hopefully.)

I've been super busy with a few things...

I've decided to write a book series. It's something I've always dreamed of doing and recently I've been feeling really motivated to try and persevere with this. I have gotten into the flow of reading books again and upon discovering Cassandra Clare's writing advice on her website, I decided to start outlining the plot and some of the main characters in my first book. I really hope I can stay motivated until the very end and come up with something amazing. I really like the idea of a fantasy-adventure kind of story and I've started working on some ideas for the plot. Eek! I'm so excited to finish planning the book! I'm really loving Cassandra Clare's books at the moment and I really like her style of writing. 

I also have two science tests this week and a huge stressful exam next week. I have been revising and writing notes but have a couple of module to revise for still. These next couple of months will be quite busy for me as I have a language speaking exam too. I will definitely be preparing for that as well. This is my desk right now πŸ˜‚: 

I have always wanted to be an author. I would love to know something that you have never done but always dreamed of doing in the comments. What is one of your ambitions? 

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Time To Read

If you've been reading my blog posts you may already know that I absolutely adore getting lost in a really great story and being transported into another world. I like watching TV and films too and one movie I am really looking forward to watching is Marvel's Captain America: Civil War. I can't wait to see what happens. I'm so excited. "Whose side are you on?" 😱

I'm so excited to read Girl Online On Tour. The first book was adorable. I loved the story and the cute details. The characters were realistic and and I can't wait to read on to see what happens next! I also have Username Evie to read soon and I think it looks like a really great graphic novel. It will be quite different to reading but I'm sure it will be just as enjoyable.

The Mortal Instruments
I've recently been obsessing over Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments and I'm LOVING the books soooo much. I'm almost finished City of Glass and that made me laugh and feel so emotional. I think it's the best book so far out of the three I've read already. I can't wait to start City of Fallen Angels and I'm sure Cassie Clare will have so many more surprises in store like she always does! πŸ˜‰ Cassandra Clare uses some beautiful quotes in her books too. These books will make you cry (if not on the outside, on the inside!) and laugh and smile too.

Excuse me while I lose myself in the last pages of City of Glass!

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Getting A Great Night's Sleep

It's important to have enough sleep, but sometimes I just can't get comfortable or have something floating around in my mind. I don't know about you, but I love to wake up and feel ready for the day ahead. Unfortunately, there are days where I wake up groggy and push the snooze button on my alarm and these are some tips I use to try and avoid doing this too often. If you are a teenager, like myself, then you should aim to have 8-10 hours of sleep each night. An adult should have around 7-9 hours sleep and children aged 6-13 should have around 9-11 hours of sleep each night. The younger the child the more sleep they should aim for. You can search online for the amount of sleep you need if your age is not mentioned above. I got the data from ~http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/how-many-hours-of-sleep-are-enough/faq-20057898~.

I make sure I relax before bed by having a routine that I regularly follow.

♥ Write down/ plan anything you want/need to do the following day. This way you might feel more relaxed and organised. I usually decide what to take for my lunch the night before and pack my back too. If I need to revise for a test or exam I plan how and when I will do that. I put my alarm on for the next morning and sometimes even two if I feel like I won't wake up. It's best not to leave this too late as sometimes you might feel quite tired by bedtime. 

♥ Have a hot drink or a glass of water before going up to bed. I find that it helps me to relax as I feel like I've taken care of myself. ☕️

♥ I love to read and I love cosying up into my duvet and escaping into a brilliant story. It really helps to keep me calm and get rid of any thoughts clouding your mind. I would recommend this if you feel like you would love to do this and it's perfect if you cannot find the time to read during a busy day. However, I would say to give yourself a limit of time if you are the type of person who would read and read all night and forget what time it is. Set a timer on your phone if you need to and are able to! This is also great to do as it keeps you away from your phone and after I finish reading I make sure I don't use my phone.

♥ I find that not using my phone actually does improve my sleep sometimes and I feel like it helps you realise how tired you are. If you are using your phone, I would recommend checking out a new feature that Apple has enabled. It's called "night shift" and makes the colours on the screen appear warmer. This means that those harsh, bright colours you struggle with while using your phone in dim light will be softer colours. I haven't yet tested this out properly, if you do please let me know in the comments! I'd love to see if this made a difference at bedtime.

♥ I have these fairy lights that I love to put on at night too! The colours change and I've a beautiful glow to my bedroom. I think if you have a dim/no light at all it can help you fall asleep!

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The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones

I thought this book (the first in The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare) wass a beautiful story and wonderfully written. I feel like I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and feel so attached to them!! 😍😍

Clary thinks she's just like everyone else. But her mother has been hiding something from her all her life. All the legends of demons, warlocks, vampires and werewolves are true. I won't spoil the story but there are also Shadowhunters. Shadowhunters kill demons and are supposed to protect humans. They call human beings "mundanes."

After the first couple of chapters, I really got into the story and I'll admit: I fell for Jace. *sighing deeply* 
This book has so many moments that made my mouth gape. This is an excitable, thrilling read and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!!!! 

The book has also been turned into a film but the storyline is not exactly the same. Personally, I think the book was better but it was nice to actually see the characters and the story come to life too.

Click here to view the book on Amazon.
You can watch the film trailer here:

Excuse me while I go and read the rest of the series and look out because you may see pictures of the books in some of my blog posts πŸ˜‰ 

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A Few of My Favourite Things 🎢 | March

I've been on my Easter break so have been trying to do a few more things as well as revise and finish my homework. I still have a bit of homework to get through...*sigh* πŸ˜‚
These are a few things I've been loving recently:

♥ My comfy boots
They are really comfortable and I love wearing them everywhere! I quite like the look and design of them too. 

♥ Snapchat filters
I've only recently got Snapchat but I am loving the wonderful filters available! Every time I go onto the app there is a new filter for me to try.

♥ Pretty Little Liars
The TV show has returned and I have been watching all episodes. There was a season finale which means there will another break before we can find out any more about the villain/s in the show.

♥ Books

This month I have been reading:

• Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr
I love this book and it will definitely be a little keepsake of mine which I will turn to if I need a little advice in life.

• Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontΓ«
I finished reading this and watched the 2011 BBC production of the story. It is a really touching, beautiful and interesting book. I am ready to study it in more detail now and really enjoyed Charlotte BrontΓ«'s style of writing. 

• The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I haven't finished the book yet and actually have only read a few pages so far. Oops! Can't really say too much except that something dangerous might be going on and Shadowhunters have something to do with it. It is really intriguing and I like it so far...

♥ Films

• Zootropolis/Zootopia (2016)
This was a really great animated movie including animals and I liked the personalities of all the creatures. The film is interesting and is about solving a crime. It's really fun to watch and I laughed quite a bit. The two main characters are Judy (a rabbit) and Nick Wilde (a fox.) 🐰🐺

• Deadpool (2016)
This was action-packed and fill of humour. I adore Wade's personality and really loved the bit at the beginning before the film even started! There was a freeze-frame which I really liked! The film was really good and I can't wait for the sequel! πŸ™Š

• Kung-fu Panda 3 (2016)
I went out with a couple of friends to see this and really enjoyed the film! It's now my most favourite Kung-fu Panda movie. IT WAS SO CUTE and I love the little pandas. I really liked the fights between Po and Kai (the villain) too! 🐼

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The Easter Tag

Mae has put together a few questions and come up with her very own Easter tag. She has tagged me to answer her questions. Woohoo! I love her blog post and you can check it out here. πŸŽ‰

Here are my answers:
1. Do you get a lot of Easter chocolate?
I get quite a bit from my mum and my form tutor at school sometimes brings a box of chocolates for our class to share. 

2. Ever done an Easter egg hunt?
I have in primary school! I used to love being out of lessons and running out freely looking for Cadbury creme eggs

3. How long did you believe in the Easter bunny for? 
Probably until I was 8 or 9 years old. I realised that "the Easter bunny" didn't go around leaving chocolate for us and it was actually a person. πŸ‡

4. Favourite Easter chocolates? Old/New?
Mmm...I love Lindt rabbits, Malteser bunnies and Kinder eggs. I have always loved them-especially around Easter! 🍫

5. What did you do for the Easter bunny when you were younger?
We always made Easter bonnets at school and had to make them by hand. I remember my mum getting all crafty and popping down to the shops to buy mini plastic chicks and Easter eggs etc. πŸ₯

6. Any funny Easter stories?
I don't really have a funny story so here's just another story: sometimes, I keep my chocolate for a while as I don't want to finish it all. I had left my Lindt bunny for while as I really wanted to save it for as long as possible. My brother ate all his chocolate and wanted to eat mine too! My mum let him eat the chocolate as it was there for quite a while! I'm definitely not keeping my chocolate for too long this year. 

7. What's your favourite thing about Easter?
The two week holiday!! I get sooo excited and try to make the most of it. My holiday started last Thursday and I have been very busy. I've planned to go out with my friends, do some baking, homework and some revising.

8. Favourite Easter year from childhood?
When I was awarded for the best Easter bonnet in my class. I can't actually remember if I won anything but I had a really good day! πŸ†

9. Do you do anything for Easter at your school?
We don't really do much but we do have a break! πŸ˜‰

10. Do you have Easter in Spring?
Yep. I LOVE the bright colours for Easter and I think Spring suits it very well. I'm used to having Easter in Spring but it would be cool to experience it in in other seasons too! 

I nominate Stella and Rosie for this tag!  

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The Fun Questions Tag & Disappearing Comments

This tag was created by Hilda. You can read her post about it here. I was nominated by an amazing blogger, Bella, a while ago. I've decided to give it a go and answer the questions. You can read Bella's answers here!

1. When is your birthday?
15th December ☃

2. What are 3 of your favourite colours?
Sky blue, rose gold & bubblegum pink! 

3. 3 favourite quotes?
Do more of what makes YOU happy~ Alfie Deyes
A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear~ Unknown
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it~ Charles R. Swindoll

4. Are you addicted to YouTube?
Errr...YEEESSS 100% I could spend hours just watching videos πŸ˜‚

5. What/who are your 3 favourite TV programmes and/or YouTubers?
I don't really watch many TV programmes but 2 I really like are:
Pretty Little Liars
Dynamo: Mission Impossible

My Favourite YouTubers would be:
Tanya Burr

6. What are 3 qualities you would admire in a best friend? 
Able to make me laugh at any time, shows that they care about me & makes an effort to get along well with me.

7. Do you like your name?
I kind of do. Laila has an Arabic meaning of "night" but can also mean "dark-haired beauty." Hmm...I do have dark hair and eyes.

8. If you could choose your own name, what name would you choose?

9. What is your fantasy dream?
I would have a magical wand and spellbook. My bedroom ceiling would be like the sky and at night there would be beautiful stars and constellations. I would be able to mix a potion for every situation and anything. I'd even make my own good luck! πŸ’«

10. Do you wear make-up? 
I don't really wear a lot of make-up and usually just use lipbalm and face moisturiser. Sometimes, I do put on some eyeliner and a little mascara though!

11. If you could write a book, what would the title be and what would it be about?
I've tried this and I found it difficult to instantly come up with a great and full synopsis. I'll try again one day I'm sure but for now I don't know. 

12. What makes you cry?
Failing at something, when my self-esteem is low and someone is bothering me about something I've done, when watching a tragic film and sometimes when I laugh too much.

13. What makes you angry?
If I've upset someone or someone has upset me and not acting sorry.

14. What makes you happy?
A day free of schoolwork and some time to lounge around in fluffy socks and PJs texting my friends. Also, watching movies and if I've got a new comment or follower on my blog!   

15. What is 'Fangirling'?
for me it means being obsessed and freaking out over celebrities or something like your one true pairing. *places hands on heart* You can read more about a one true pairing here.

16. What are your 3 favourite snacks? 
Salted peanuts
& chocolate 🍫 

17. What are your 3 favourite foods?
Salmon in pastry (Salmon Wellington)

18. What are your 3 favourite drinks?
Hot chocolate with marshmallows ☕️
Butterbeer (I've only had it once) 🍺

19. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
Yep. I live in the UK and have two younger siblings. I'm a huge Harry PotterMarvel Divergent fan (thanks to my friend who got me into Marvel and the Divergent series.) Next I might check out The Mortal Instruments book series. I love reading and sometimes bake. I also draw and watch YouTube and Netflix

20. What are 10 random facts about you?
♥ I go to an all-girls school
♥ I am going to be busy in the Easter holiday
♥ I have feet size 5½-6
♥ I love profiteroles and choux buns
♥ I don't mind doing the dishes 
♥ I wear glasses πŸ‘“
♥ My zodiac sign is Saggitarius
 I laugh a lot
♥ Spiders scare me
♥ I'm not loud

21. What are 3 fun things to do? 
think it's fun to play games/solve puzzles, make or create something and write blog posts! 

I nominate Stella, Diana and Beth for this tag! 

p.s. For some reason, most of my comments on Disqus just vanished from my posts. I've had to delete Disqus from my site and most of the comments have gone! *sigh* but at least no more comments will disappear now I'm sure

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Easter Approaching

It's almost Easter (well, its two weeks away but I wrote this post and couldn't wait to post to it!) which means holiday, Easter eggs, chocolate and Spring. 🌷

I remember in our primary school we would have an assembly meanwhile the "Easter bunny" would go around all the classrooms leaving chocolate-always Cadbury Creme Eggs! We would also have an Easter egg hunt in the playground and have to decorate our own Easter Hats. We wore them into the Assembly hall. 
Oh those times! 🐰🐣

If you fancy some Easter baking, here's two lovely videos from the gorgeous Tanya Burr and Zoella. Tanya's making cute Easter Nest Cupcakes and ZoΓ« is making a huge load of easy Easter treats. Mmm I want some πŸ˜‹:

Here's some Easter chocolate for you too! πŸ«πŸ˜‰

 Have an Egg-cellent Easter!

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Busy, busy, busy

I've been super busy studying and revising for GCSE's next year. I am currently reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontΓ«. It has a real gothic feel to it and I actually like it. Even though the language is very outdated, when you understand what is happening in the story you can see why it is such a well-known and popular book!

I have been feeling a little stressed lately as in my art and IT lessons every piece of work counts towards our end grade! 😩

Last Friday, our year group had a quiz for International Women's Day and my team did really well. We tied with another team after a few rounds of questions. The winners of the quiz should be announced this week!!! I just hope the prizes are good...πŸ˜‰
Would you like me to do a blog post about it if my team won? 

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Flashback to Harry Potter Studios

Although it wasn't a recent visit, I wanted to share some snaps I took at the Harry Potter Studios in London. I would love to go again, and maybe next time I'll get to climb onboard the train to Hogwarts at Platform 9 ¾!

I got to taste butterbeer, go behind the scenes of the films and saw Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint & Emma Watson's handprints! 


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