August Favourites 2017

Can’t believe August is already over. I was quite sick last week and took almost a week off school 😦 Better now thanks to a few days with Netflix and many, many cups of tea but all I have is piles and piles of work to catch up on. Other than that, August was pretty good but pretty uneventful. It was Father’s Day last weekend and gathering with my family is probably my favourite thing ever so seeing all my cousins was great as usual. Anyway, onto my 5 August favourites.

  1. Homemade Donuts – My Mum and brother recently tried making homemade Italian donuts, zeppole, as we call them and they were amazing!  I’m not sure exactly the recipe but we just found it online and deep fried the balls of dough, not really expecting much. They turned out really nice and we have made them another three times since, with different recipe variations and flavours 🙂 I personally like them filled with Nutella hahaha. Anyway, I highly recommend jumping into the kitchen one lazy Sunday and giving them a crack, you’ll be surprised 🙂
  2. Journalling – After buying two pretty notebooks and trying to devote myself to write a lot more, I have begun a journal. No, I haven’t written anything in it yet but I thought I should start writing, not really about my life but just anything, even if I don’t feel like blogging about something, I still want to be able to write it down and have it for myself to look back on. My Bucket List post inspired my extended bucket list, which I will also be putting in my journal. The other notebook I bought is going to become my travel journal, coming along on all my adventures so I can document the lifetime experiences I know I would want to relive just by reading my entries. I am going away shortly and have written the booking details in as well as all my previous holidays and road trips 🙂
  3. Farfetch – Farfetch is basically an online website that stocks every designer brand you can think of. When I found this website I was a bit iffy but my friend has actually purchased from there and highly recommends it. They have clothing, jewellery, kids wear (oh so cute) and shoes! I have my eye on so many things including Louboutins and a Gucci crossbody bag but have so much more saving to do before those things go through the checkout 🙂 If you’re a shopaholic like me you should definitely check it out, or don’t, because you’ll definitely blow the savings 😉
  4. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – My mascara ran out and I was adamant to buy a new one ASAP considering it’s definitely my most used product and an absolute essential for me. I really didn’t know what to buy and was at first only looking at brands in Mecca, ready to splurge before thinking, no, mascara is not worth $30 and I’m going to need a new one soon enough because of how much I use it anyway. Yeah, it might lengthen my lashes a lot but it’s all the same black goop on my makeup wipes at the end of the day. Anyway, I ended up buying this Maybelline mascara after my friend recommended it and absolutely love it 🙂 It lengthens and separates my lashes really well!
  5. Orphan Black TV Show – To be honest, my aunty actually recommended this show and I decided to watch it while I am waiting for Netflix to update the new seasons of both Shameless and Jane the Virgin. I wasn’t expecting much but the show turned out to be amazing!! Just like almost any TV show I begin, I am hooked and it’s even better as there are lots of seasons for me to binge and eventually get through. I have decided not to start anymore shows that are new and only have one season because I am so sick of having to wait a whole year just for season two after I’ve smashed out the first season in less than a week 😦

Thanks for reading this month’s favourites. I better get started on some of my homework/study/assignments which are piling up 😦 If you aren’t drowning in school work like me I highly recommend you either start watching Orphan Black or begin a journal, write a bucket list if you want a writing prompt/activity (I’ve wanted to start a journal for ages but never thought I had anything meaningful enough to write about). My next post will probably be something about beating writer’s block because this was my case for so, so long. Keep your eyes out for that 🙂

– Wish and Wonder Girl xxx

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Scars, Stretch Marks & All The Rest

I’ve decided to write something different on a topic that may be a bit controversial and just open up mixed opinions and thoughts. In the new category I have decided to start, ‘Rants’, I will basically be venting my thoughts on topics. These will be my personal views or opinions and I completely respect other views 🙂 Hope you like it and to kick it off I thought I’d start with the constantly shamed and hidden ‘body marks’.

First of all, I’d like to put it out there that I am so sick of features being labelled as not ‘normal’ and ‘weird’ or ‘ugly’. I would start on media and photoshopping models and all the rest of that but I think I’ll save it for my next rant 🙂 I think our imperfections are what makes us who we are and the ‘perfect’, ‘ideal bodies’ we are exposed to online daily have taken a big toll on how we perceive ourselves and others. Scars, stretch marks, birth marks and beauty spots are constantly being shamed, whined about or removed for beauty reasons but they aren’t ugly, disgusting, abnormal or weird.

To tell the truth, I have a scar under my chin, many stretch marks (red and white) as well as several large beauty spots on my neck and another in the palm of my hand. I used to hate them. I spent hours online looking up various stretch mark removal process’ and have asked my GP to check my beauty spots for skin cancer every time I went solely to get them removed. He said they were fine everytime and didn’t recommend surgically removing them without any medical reason.

After moisturizing, exfoliating, testing natural DIY treatments and seeing zero results, I gave up. I know it shouldn’t have taken me this long to realise that my ‘marks’ weren’t ugly or abnormal but now I cant believe how oblivious I was to how stupid and unrealistic stereotypes and our perception of beauty is. Scars tell stories. I am intrigued by other people’s scars and amazed how each mark tells a completely different story. You have something to show for an exerience for the rest of your life, whether it was a good one or a bad one, it’s apart of you no matter what. I undertsand that some scars have bad memories you’d rather not remmeber or share. I understand that and completely respect people who choose to hude their scars.

Basically, I want you all to try to begin loving yourselves a bit more and accepting all your body marks and imperfections. They make you who you are. Unique and beautiful. I know we should be able to do this ourselves but I also think that finding someone else who loves and appreciates your imperfections will help you embrace them. So, if you can’t bring yourself to like them, I hope you find someone in life that does. Because they’re you. Trust me when I say if you’ve found someone that does this, they’re probably a keeper 🙂

Thanks for reading this rant haha. Love you and always remember, stop trying to figure out how to get rid of your imperfections and start loving them. I hope I’ve been able to sway or enlighten some of you and if not, please just remember you’re beautiful just the way you are. I can promise you happiness starts with a little self-love 🙂

– Wish and Wonder Girl xxx

P.S. Decided to put this in another new category, ‘Love Yourself’. I enjoyed writing this so much and hope it inspires you as much as it did me 🙂

July Favourites 2017

July marked the end of school holidays and the preparation followed by actually going back to school. It feels like I never even had holidays 😦 I went to Anglesea (a coastal little beach-housey town) for a weekend where we have a holiday house but it was way too cold to swim so it wasn’t very eventful. Apologies for the late post as well, it completely crossed my mind that the month had ended while I was in the full swing of school. Anyway, on to the favourites, this month has quite a weird, random but I hope you enjoy it hahaha 🙂

  1. Miss Guided – Miss Guided is an online store, mainly known for its women’s clothing. I browse their site regularly as they have hundreds of styles for every occasion and have lots of sales (50% off everything, every week? I think yes). Anyway, I recently purchased a bikini (khaki of course because I’m obsessed) and some silky, button up pyjamas. They had $5 express shipping and 50% off so I thought why not prepare for summer. The items came quickly as expected and are actually made really well! I can’t wait to wear them when the weather warms up. Completely worth the purchase and I highly recommend looking at their website.
  2. New Music Discoveries – I barely ever come across music that I actually like and am quite picky, as my friends remind me, when it comes to song choices. I am pleased to say that this month I have found about 7 new songs I can listen to on repeat that aren’t from my go to artist or the 90’s. The two artists in particular that I had never heard of before are Kennyon Brown and Donell Lewis. Two of the new songs are by the both of them and they have lots together as well as others separate and with other artists. Anyway, I have linked my favourite YouTube clip of a remix by the both of them together. Sorry if you don’t like RnB or rap 🙂
  3. Costco – Oh Costco, only the best supermarket on steroids. We recently got a membership and hadn’t been for ages but are back and completely obsessed. You can buy anything and everything from groceries, tyres, diamond rings, spas, clothes and even coffins. Haha and it’s all in bulk (bigger is better) and therefore a lot cheaper. Honestly, my favourite part is the mini food court they have 🙂 Of course, I get their ginormous pizza slices every time I go ahhahaa. Lets not forgot the free drink refills, huge sundaes and churros. Paradise!
  4. Passionfruit and Hibiscus Tea – I was really intrigued when I saw this flavour of tea at the supermarket and thought I had to try it as I never branch away from my typical fennel tea (which I am running low on and can’t find ANYWHERE!!!). It is by the brand Tetley which I thought didn’t really do unique flavours but I am hooked already. It tastes amazing with honey, I really think I am a sucker for fruity teas now 🙂 Can’t wait to try their Mango and Strawberry one!!
  5. Travel/Birthday Preparations – There’s nothing more exciting than the build up to going overseas. It sits pretty close on the list to the build up to your birthday 🙂 Luckily for me, my birthday is fast approaching and I am going overseas for it! I honestly can’t wait and have been looking up everything regarding travel from places to go to suitcase dividers. I’m really excited haha and mainly can’t wait to escape Australian winter. This is probably the first year I barely know what I want for my birthday as I usually have lists written out 6 months in advance. Surprises are always better anyway 🙂

That comes to the end of my July favourites 🙂 I promise the next one won’t be as late eeek. Hope you have all had a good month like me! Please let me know if you’re escaping the country soon too 🙂 The excitement is realllll. Look out for my next post. Lots of love,

– Wish and Wonder Girl xxxx

 

 

My Bucket List

I have always loved the idea of a bucket list because I honestly don’t think I take enough risks and don’t want any regrets or ‘should have done that when I was younger’ thoughts when I get older. They are not only fun to write but also really encourage living life to the fullest! I recently put together a bucket list and selected a few to share with you 🙂

  1. Go Skydiving – Skydiving is definitely right up there, if not the very top of my bucket list. I’m both completely scared and extremely excited to skydive as I am not the best with heights. I know soaring through the air will be completely worth it though! I also like that I know this isn’t going to happen in the near future because of my age and well, parents, but having it as a long term goal makes me even more excited to see if it will really be ticked off one day.
  2. Eat Pizza in Italy – Yes, just going to Italy is the basis of this one but there is absolutely no point in going if I don’t eat my all time favourite food where they make it best!
  3. Get a Tattoo – I’ve wanted a tattoo for a while now, much more than any piercings but I want it to have a real meaning to me. My mum won’t allow one until I have my ‘forever’, life time career job and this has been her rule ever since I remember hinting I wanted a tattoo. I think I can get around that rule but definitely don’t want one in my teenage years as I can’t think of anything worse than regretting a tattoo. So far I either want a quote on my ribs (yes I know 10/10 on pain) or my kid’s names possibly on my wrist (when I have some haha).
  4. Write a Book – Just about every blogger dreams of being published, but to aim a little more reasonably, I have settled on just writing a book. I have begun many but never, ever been close to finishing, most of them having no plot or real path to follow, just experimenting with an idea. I’m pleased to say I started writing a novel at the start of the year and although it’s been slightly neglected and taken ages to establish an idea and plot, I plan to finish it… one day.
  5. Get My Fortune Told – I have been fascinated by horoscopes and using tarot cards for a while now but really want to go to a professional and get a clear view on any questions I have and my future. I find it so interesting and think it would be an amazing experience in order to pursue my future with ambitions and a clear mind.

That comes to the end of 5 items on my bucket list. I loved sharing these with you and would love to read your bucket lists so let me know if you have one! Thanks for reading and keep an eye out for more posts soon 😉

– Wish and Wonder Girl xxx

June Favourites 2017

Honestly, June flew by just as fast as May and the amount of things I haven’t done but need to do is stressing me out. A lot. I feel like there’s so much to do but I’ve been so lazy and actually really sick, especially last week. My best friend is overseas so I have absolutely no one to do things with or cheer me up either. I should be living it up as today is the first day of the school holidays but no. Quite the opposite. I’ll be spending all holidays in bed and that’s certain. Anyway, I still managed to put 5 favourites together for you ahaha. Here they are 🙂 (It’s basically a sick girl’s survival kit, just warning you.)

  1. Beauty Blender – I recently purchased a real beauty blender, praying it would be worth the splurge on a makeup sponge and I kid you not, it absolutely is. The texture and feel are completely different to the many dupes and other sponges I have used. It is mainly way softer and squishier in comparison and when wet, the beauty blender is smooth and expands so much more than dupes. I think this is the reason it not only blends my foundation so well but soaks up any excess cake which I love 🙂
  2. Ivy Park Hoodie – I’m not lying when I say I have been living in this hoodie. Thanks to its baggy fit and not too fluffy but not too thin fabric, it’s really comfortable as well as stylish. Beyonce’s new clothing line ‘Ivy Park’ has a great aesthetic and you’ll love their range of clothing and accessories if you like plain designs that pack a punch. The line reminds me a lot of street wear and I think that was Beyonce’s inspiration. Thanks to my recent obsession with khaki, I fell in love with the khaki hoodie. Most of the clothing is in black and white which I love and basically all feature bold block letters. You can get ‘Ivy Park’ products at Topshop or online at JD Sports where I got mine 🙂 You should definitely check the brand out.
  3. Netflix – You must be thinking, she finally coughed up the $10 a month but no. My friend gave me her login 🙂 Hahahahaha. What can you expect, I’ve been sick so Netflix and Nutella have been my best friends. Thanks to my friend I have been able to continue all my T.V shows on Netflix, without the ad popups every 5 minutes and completely legal 🙂 One thing I did notice was that there are actually so many movies missing so don’t be disappointed if the movie you are specifically looking for isn’t there. I usually just scroll through the genre I want to watch and choose that way rather than looking for specific movies. Netflix is definitely better for T.V shows as they’re constantly being updated with new episodes and are very HD. I still don’t think I would pay for Netflix just because of all the other websites available and so easy to access now I don’t think it’s worth it but I still hands down love it and will definitely check for movies and shows there before other websites.
  4. Formula 10.0.6 Face Masks – My skin has been freaking out lately nd I ha such a bad breakout on my forehead. I;m pretty sure it’s from all the makeup I wore for formal as I don’t usually wear makeup 😦 Anyway, a friend recommended these face masks and I used one a couple of days ago to calm my skin and really liked it. I used the green one for oil absorption and have used the pink clarifying one before. I have to admit the green one stung quite a bit but I presumed that’s just the mask doing its job and my friend said the same happened to her. Anyway, they are a clay formula and dry nicely then come off with warm water. I really liked using it and think it helped to dry my blemishes without drying out the rest of my skin which is great 🙂 I love trying new face masks and will let you know when I find another good one!!
  5. Any and all wi-fi messaging/calling apps – With my best friend half way across the world, the only way we have been keeping in contact is by messaging and video calling through wifi apps. To avoid data-roaming fees we have been using Facetime, WhatsApp and the normal Snapchat and Facebook Messenger. WhatsApp is particularly good as you can message, call and video call with wi-fi and even better, when you send photos they automatically save to your camera roll. I absolutely love it as I know with most apps like messenger you have to save photos individually wich is an absolute nightmare when you’re receiving over 100 photos. With someone overseas or not, I definitely recommend these apps.

Anyway, there are this months 5 favourites and hopefully I get better as soon as possible for the school holidays. Right now I am drinking tea and catching up on Jane The Virgin which I surprisingly haven’t watched in ages! Yes, I am wearing my ‘Ivy Park’ hoodie and actually got out of my pyjamas today. Haha it’s an improvement I guess. Anyway, my next blog post I’ve started working on is going to be really different and I’m so excited for you to read it. See you then.

– Wish and Wonder Girl xxx

 

 

Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly Review

Yet another Lush Review for you and be prepared, this might just be one of my all time favourite Lush products. Being absolutely exclusive to Lush, shower jellies are so different to any other soaps and are so much fun to use. I’m sad to say I think the Sweetie Pie shower jelly (my hands down favourite) is either a Christmas special or discontinued 😦 I’ve had mine for a while and only managed to find it on the US website, not the Australian one. Don’t worry though, the AU website still had all the other shower jelly scents including Whoosh, Refresher and Needles and Pines. Anyway, here’s the information from Lush’s US Website;

Cost & Weight – AU $7.95 for a pot of 100 grams.

Ingredients – Glycerine, Water (Aqua), Cherry Infusion (Prunus cerasus), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Coconut Infusion (Cocos nucifera), Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract (Chondrus crispus), Fragrance, Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Cassis Absolute (Ribes nigrum),Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), Limonene,*Linalool, Snowflake Lustre (Potassium Silicate & Titanium Dioxide), FD&C Blue No. 1, D&C Red No. 33, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Scent – according to lush, cherries and coconut but to me, apple blackcurrant lollies 🙂

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Here’s how lush advertises the shower jelly;

“Our sweetest shower jelly is also our best-seller! Between the fruity fragrance, the iridescent glitter that leaves a sparkle on your skin, and the seaweed base that leaves your skin softened and refreshed, it’s irresistible. And while we know our blackcurrant and sour cherry wobbler smells good enough to eat, we recommend you curb your cravings and hop in the shower and wash with Sweetie Pie instead. Smooth it all over your body (and your hair too!) for a sweet yet sophisticated cleansing experience.”

As you already know, I am a sucker for Lush’s sickly sweet scents and this shower jelly is a perfect example. Let’s be real, it’s foaming jelly that you can wash your body and hair with. What’s not to love? I used it yesterday and it has left the most amazing subtly sweet smell on my skin. I have heard people say to cut or break off chunks of the jelly to the squish into a loofah for more bubbles but I can’t bring myself to ruin the lump of jelly that fits perfectly in the pot. I just picked it all up and used it like that and found that it still lathered up perfectly well 🙂 My only problem is that little bits did end up crumbling off and I feel like that’s a bit of a waste but I guess it’s my fault for not breaking it up into little portions.

Pros of this product include the unique experience of trying such an odd but amazing product and the smell range as the other scents are also very unique and specialise in different things.

A con is that the product is a bit gimmicky and any old shower gel will probably be more effective but I still love it and using it is kind of a treat. As mentioned above, it crumbled a bit but next time I might just use a small chunk and see if it’s any better.

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Overall, the whole concept of shower jelly paired with Lush’s signature sweet, candy inspired scent really does it for me and that’s why this is one of my all time favourite Lush products.

I don’t think shower jelly would be as fun to use every day as the novelty would wear off but I tend to use it when I have baths and it’s just as exciting as the first time I opened the tub and smelt it 🙂

Rating – 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 , could you expect any less? This product is amazing and if it really is not available anymore I will be devastated.

I hope you enjoyed this Lush Review and will give shower jelly a shot. I’ll make sure to find out if this is discontinued or not next time I visit Lush so fingers crossed. Love you all and my June favourites will be up soon 🙂

– Wish and Wonder Girl xxxx

May Favourites 2017

Sorry this is extremely late but I’ve been so busy with school because of exams 😦 Not to worry they are all over now and I’m free with school holidays in less than a week! Although I’m not going away and all my friends are, I can’t wait to just be stress free and relax as much as possible. Everything has been all over the place in the last few weeks but is slowly calming down 🙂 Anyway, this month’s favourites (I should probably say last month’s actually) are below and have helped keep me sane to say the least 🙂

  1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – I’ve actually been using this highlighter for ages and couldn’t believe I hadn’t included it in a favourites yet. It has a super silky texture and is really pigmented so a little goes a long way. To top it off, the colour (I have ‘Opal’) also goes with my skin tone really well. I use it with my Zoeva fan brush and the two of them just work so well together. I haven’t left my house for a party without sparkling ‘Opal’ all over my face since I bought the highlighter. I recommend all my fellow makeup lovers to purchase it ASAP 🙂 It’ll literally brighten up your life.
  2. Quizlet – As I mentioned before, exam time rolled around and the stress hit hard. Basically, Quizlet is a website where you can be tested on whatever your learning, for any subject. You make an account and luckily my teacher puts definitions on the site which anyone can access and be tested on through games, cue cards or practise quizzes. You can make your own cue cards which the website then allows multiple learning methods to suit you. It makes remembering definitions as fun as possible and has been an essential study tool for me.
  3. Riverdale TV Show – This month’s sneaky binge through study has been Riverdale. I feel like every single person I know was talking about it before I even started so I had to join in on the fun. Of course, I got hooked within episodes but I surprisingly haven’t finished the first season yet because exams got in the way. Anyway, the show is about teenagers in a small town and a suspicious murder with all the goss involved. Oh, and Cole Sprouse is in it 🙂 What’s not to love? Start binging.
  4. Rent A Dress – I forgot to mention, my year 10 formal is fast approaching!! Even though I’ve left everything to the last minute, as usual, I managed to get my dress organised. I’m renting it off a website called Rent A Dress. Basically, people put up their dresses on the site and you can rent them for a few nights for an event and then send it back to them. This way, you’re not blowing heaps of money on a really formal dress you’ll never be able to wear again. I think it’s a great idea as everyone wants to wear a beautiful, standout dress without the excessive price tag 🙂 I’m so excited now that I have my dress and can move on to shoes and accessories 🙂
  5. Pizza – Sorry but this favourites would not be complete without a shoutout to my one and only favourite food, that I have been craving every single night leading up to, of my and after my exams. HAHAHHA. Not even joking I think I’ve had pizza at least twice a week. Margherita of course. Actually, speaking of pizza I had it for breakfast and lunch yesterday as well as dinner the night before. Ahhhh.

Thanks for reading my May’s favourites and I promise you next month’s one will be on time. Look out for my next post which I’m planning now and can tell you it’ very different to anything I’ve written about before. I hope you all have had a good May and start of June. Love you all,

– Wish and Wonder Girl xxxx

Bubblegum Lip Scrub Review

I have decided to do another Lush Review‘ for you and thought I should talk about a very different, quite unusual product 🙂 Lush’s lip scrubs are truly something special and unlike anything I have seen in other stores. Available in bubblegum, popcorn, chocolate, mint julips and honey, each of Lush’s sugar lip scrubs are as sweet as you think. I hope you enjoy it and please let me know what you think of the product. As usual, here’s the product information from Lush’s Website;

Cost & Weight – AU $9.95 for a jar of 25 grams.

Ingredients – Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Flavour, Colour 45410 and Colour 45380.

Scent – the sweetest, most ‘pink’, bubble gum scent you could ever imagine.

Image result for bubblegum lip scrubHere’s how lush advertises the lip scrub;

“Prep your lips with a buff and polish at the start of your make-up routine to ensure your lipstick glides on and stays put. Just apply with a clean finger, and let the exfoliating caster sugar and softening jojoba oil scrub away dead skin and infuse moisture to rejuvenate your smile. Bubblegum lip scrub won’t leave any greasy residue; just a sweet candy taste that you’ll enjoy licking off. Lip-smackingly good.”

If you have never seen Lush’s lip scrubs, you may be wondering what they’re for and how to use them. They are basically a sweet smelling, sugary substance with a rough consistency that you scoop onto your lips and rub to exfoliate, smooth and remove dead skin. After exfoliating, you lick the flavoured scrub off your lips to reveal silky smooth lips and finish with a lip balm. The bubblegum flavour smells and tastes delicious to me but I know so many people who absolutely hate it because it’s so overpowering. You have to be a real sweet tooth to enjoy using these scrubs.

Pros of this product include the smell and taste, flavour range and uniqueness of the product as I love trying new things.

A con is that the scent can be overpowering to some and that the product is a bit gimmicky considering the price. You don’t necessarily ‘need’ to exfoliate your lips and I wouldn’t repurchase the product just because it’s good to try but isn’t a key part of lip care, however, I do think it makes a great gift.

Overall, I love the unique idea of a lip scrub and it smelt amazing but it’s a bit gimmicky and not worth the price for the quantity you get in my opinion. Let me know if you want me to do a DIY on this product because I’m sure you could make you own for much cheaper 🙂

Rating – 🙂 🙂 🙂 , I would have liked to be getting a larger jar for the price paid and although the product is very ‘fun’, it’s not so practical.

I hope you enjoyed the second edition to my ‘Lush Reviews‘ category. Love you all and keep a look out for more reviews like this.

– Wish and Wonder Girl xxxx

April Favourites 2017

No, I still haven’t started working out and yes, the weather is long past ‘cool breeze’ and well into ‘freezing your tits off’. The last few days have been as cold as 6°C and thanks to my school having the ugliest uniform, I didn’t buy the tracksuit pants. No wonder I already have a cold and winter hasn’t even started 😦 Sorry this month’s favourites are a bit late but the last few days have consisted of tea, sleep and study (thanks again to my school for surprising me with endless tests). Anyway, tomorrow’s Friday and then it’s full swing into my lazy weekend dedicated to a full recovery. I know it will end up being crammed with a month’s worth of study but let’s just pretend it’ll be relaxing 🙂 Keep reading for my April favourites, there for me through sickness and not.

  1. Free Online Books – I haven’t been reading as much this year just because of school work taking over but I am so happy I actually finished a book and have found an author I like and can obsess over/commit to HAHA. I find most of my books online and the one I just finished was called Lucas by Jay McLean. I had never read or heard of this author before and am so glad I listened to my friend and read it. I highly recommend it if you like steamy romance like me. I have linked the book so you can read it for free, it’s formatted just like an iBook and I’ll let you know how the author’s other series is because I’ve already started 🙂
  2. Fennel Tea – Nothing goes with reading and being sick like tea does. Even better, FENNEL tea. This has been my obsession for years now and I currently can’t get enough of it. If you’re Italian, you probably know fennel as finocchio, which is basically a white, crunchy vegetable I think HAHA I’m not sure but I usually eat it raw and it has a kind of aniseed flavour. Believe it or not, my Nonna is cutting some up now for a salad. Anyway, I buy the tea from the supermarket in tea bags but it is just 100% fennel seeds so you could just buy fennel seeds and infuse the tea yourself. Add a bit of honey and the most amazing winter warmer is complete.
  3. Personalised Jewellery – Because Mother’s Day is fast approaching, I decided to order my Mum a personalised necklace that says me and my brother’s names on it. It’s so cute and after digging around on their website which I have linked, there are so many cute gifts that I might even get something for myself. You should really check it out, I think engraved necklaces are the cutest presents and personalisations make them really unique and thoughtful 🙂
  4. Chocolate – YAY to having little cousins and still getting to have an easter hunt every year! It hasn’t been long since our Easter tradition and we have mountains of chocolate. I snack on it more than I don’t so you could say I’m enjoying having so much. I really need to start working out. This year, my favourites have been Cadbury mini marshmallow bunnies and rocky road chocolate bunnies. Weird but amazing.
  5. Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment – I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this in one of my favourites posts already because I swear by it. Especially now with the cold weather my lips are extra chapped and I have been using it religiously. Extremely popular in Australia, Paw Paw is the best lip balm ever and can be used on cuts, rashes, insect bites, dry skin or basically anything. It’s my miracle ointment and I highly recommend getting some ASAP 🙂

Thanks for reading this month’s favourites 🙂 I’ll be posting a Lush bath bomb review sometime soon so get excited! Love you all, wish me luck for next weeks tests. Tonight I’m going to get some homework done, have a finocchio tea and sleeeeeppppp 🙂 If any of you reading this are huddled under a blanket with a tissue hanging out of your nose and a sore throat, I recommend you do the same 🙂 Love you guys,

– Wish and Wonder Gir xxx

 

The Blue Sky Tag

You guessed it. I have been nominated for a tag! First I would like to say a huge thank you to Stella, the author of Rainy Day Writings for nominating me. It’s so nice to see someone reading and appreciating my blog as well as showing love and support as I am still trying to get my blog off the ground. Baby steps, I know 🙂

Now on to the tag, I honestly had no idea how these things really worked at first. Now that I do know, I think tags are really good as they give writers a focus in the form of clear questions which they can answer how they want, even if its just a one or the other or a yes or no. I often struggle with finding ideas and forming a basis on which to branch my writing off but when given a topic, I thrive. I also found it so interesting that there will be a continuous chain of questions and answers if the bloggers nominated pass on the tag. Anyway, keep reading to find my answers to Stella’s questions.

1) Where have you always wanted to travel? Why?

I have wanted to visit Italy and see my family living there which I’ve never met for as long as I can remember. The culture and let’s be honest, the food interests me and hopefully I get to travel there one day. I also want to travel to the Unites States, the home of fame and fortune, but I haven’t been as keen since the election.

2) How many siblings do you have? Are you an only child?

I have an 11-year-old younger brother who is annoying as anything but I love to bits. We go through periods of love-hate and you’ll usually find us fighting over the front car seat or playing a board/card/soccer game.

3) What is your favourite form of transport? Do you use the bus, a bike, a car?

My ideal transportation is 100% the car, however, depending on the distance and weather, I love walking. I used to bike ride lots but not so much anymore and although I do take the bus after school, I don’t enjoy catching public transport unless I’m going somewhere interesting and I can call it an adventure.

4) What is your favourite kind of animal?

I have wanted a pet rabbit for so long, I even wrote up a list of everything I needed to buy and decided it would be a caramel colour and I would name it Caffè Latte. This plan didn’t quite work out thanks to my family but my dream is still going strong. I also love baby monkeys and tigers because they’re so cute and fantasise about having them as pets but I understand why it’s better to keep them at the zoo 🙂

5)  What is your favourite TV show?

The TV shows I have binge watched or am currently binge watching are Awkward, The Carrie Diaries, Jane the Virgin, Gossip Girl, The Catch, Stranger Things, Shameless and 13 Reasons Why. It’s really hard to choose one as my favourite is usually the one I am currently watching or hooked on. Lately, that has been 13 Reasons Why which I finished last week and Shameless where I’m up to Season 5.

My Questions

Here are the questions for the bloggers I nominate;

  1. Do you prefer to wear comfortable or stylish clothing and why?
  2. If you could only either blog or read forever, which would you choose?
  3. What is your dream job and can you see yourself getting there?
  4. What is your most essential or holy grail skincare or makeup product?
  5. Do you think another universe or solar system exists and that there are more humans or even aliens somewhere? (weird but I am obsessed with conspiracy theories)

My Nominees:

All of the bloggers below have either inspired or enticed me in some way. I recommend you check out their blogs and I hope they do the same for you 🙂

All The Jazz

That Willow Girl

P.S It’s Peri

Thee Wallflower Girl

Thee Adventurette

A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts

Thanks so much for reading, we’ve come to the end of this tag and it has been really fun. I can’t wait to do many more of these. Once again, thanks to Stella from Rainy Day Writings, please check out her blog as well and pass on the love. Thanks to everyone who is visiting my blog again as it means a lot and welcome to any new followers or readers who have accidently clicked on my blog 🙂 Talk soon,

– Wish and Wonder Girl xxxx