The Liebster Award 2017

So, I was nominated by Hayley from imhayley.com (Thanks for that!) for something that is a big part of the blogging community and a great way for bloggers to share their work.

The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by bloggers and it is a way of bloggers being to help each other. I was asked some questions by my nominator and now I’m going to answer them because, well, I feel like I should

MY QUESTIONS 

Q1 What are some weird food combinations you enjoy?

I’m not sure if it’s a particularly weird combo, but I like macaroni cheese and toast… I think anything else I like is pretty normal because I’m boring like that!

Q2 Who is your biggest inspiration in life?

Hmm, well I’m going to be a little bit basic here and say my mum, because, she is! But also my friends and people who live to help others such as doctors and charity workers.

Q3 When did something start out badly for you, but in the end it was great?

Well, when I started gymnastics I was pretttyyy rubbish, I always managed to create some kind of injury! But now I have improved so much and it has made me so much happier and stronger!

Q4 What’s the best/worst practical joke that you’ve played on someone or that was played on you?

I don’t think I really have much of an answer for this from personal experience, but my Dad was part of the prank played on Stephen Mulhern by Ant and Dec on their Saturday Night Takeaway show a couple of years ago as it was in the theatre he works in!

Q5 When was the last time you got to tell someone ‘I told you so’?

It was just the other day but I can’t remember what it was about hahahah!

Q6 What are you interested in that most people aren’t?

In the entire population, I’m not sure! But out of people I know, I’m the only person that has, and in interested in a Bullet Journal…. (if that counts)

Q7 If you could have an all expenses paid trip to see a world famous monument, which monument would you choose?

This is a difficult question… I want to see all of them so that I can take photographs!

Q8 What was the last song you sang along to?

*checks spotify* Galway Girl, Ed Sheeran… I think

Q9 What languages do you wish you could speak?

As many as I could so that I can communicate with many amazing people!

Yeahhh, so I guess it’s my turn to dish out nine questions, here we go:

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
  2. If you could only read one book/book series for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  3. Who was the last person you called?
  4. What’s your favourite drink?
  5. What is your favourite hobby/past time?
  6. What is one product you can’t live without
  7. Would you rather have no jumpers/sweaters or no socks?
  8. How long have you been blogging for?
  9. If you could go into any career in the world, what would you choose?

I nominate for the Liebster Award: (I don’t follow that many bloggers yet I’m new to this!) (Also you don’t have to answer the questions, you just need to know your blogs are great!)

Rosie’s Life

Something About Sophie

The Alice Edit

Thank you again for nominating me Hayley! I’ve enjoyed this, I’ve never done something like this before!

I wouldn’t normally post randomly like this but I got things planned for certain times so YeAH!

Byeeeeeeeeeeeeee

 

How to start a Bullet Journal!

Hello!

I ran a poll on Twitter a few days a go asking which post I should do next out of: How to bullet journal, Reviewing mug food, a book review and my makeup routine. The results weren’t extremely useful in the fact I received 4 votes for Bullet Journal AND Book Review and 2 votes each for the other two. Obviously, I then had to decided between the two most popular ones and I decided on this one, How to Start a Bullet Journal! So here we go!

If you need reminding what a bullet journal is see –> THIS <– post. There’s also a link to a video walkthrough of my own bullet journal. A bullet journal can be whatever you want it to be, but I’m going to give you some tips on a basic layout, hopefully!

To start off with you need supplies! You’ll need:

  • A Notebook (I highly recommend the Leuchtturm 1917 notebook with dotted paper)
  • Nice black pen
  • LOTS of coloured pens

  • Highlighters

  • A Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Coloured Pencils
  • Washi Tape

OK, it kind of depends what you want to do, so you might not actually need ALL those things but there’s definitely some essentials up there! Here’s a pretty photo of my bullet Journal:

One of the first things I recommend you do is look at Pinterest or Google Images for inspiration (At least, that’s what I did!). Or you could take inspiration from mine from the My Bullet Journal Post <– Here. Then I would begin to plan out what you’re going to do (what pages). The first page I did in mine was a Key so that I could have an organised structure and keep it consistent throughout. Here’s a list of pages I think are important:

  • A Key (as mentioned above)
  • A Future Planner/Year Overview whatever you want to call it!
  • Monthly Overview/Planner
  • Weekly double page spreads

I have used over 100 pages in my bullet journal so obviously I have more than just that, I have some fun pages too. Here are some ideas:

  • Birthday/Holiday Calendar
  • Yearly Mood Tracker
  • Habit Tracker for each month
  • Doodle page
  • Books to Read page
  • Pen Swatches/Testers
  • My Wishlist
  • Monthly memories
  • Movies to watch page
  • Bucket List
  • Brain Dump page

I have a few extra pages such as blog post ideas as well.

At the beginning of every month I always follow the same structure:

  • [Month] Overview
  • [Month] Habit Tracker
  • [Month] Sleep Tracker
  • [Month] Food Log

Then I continue with each week’s spread.

Reading this back, it probably sounds very confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be whatever you want it to be. Here’s a link to the walkthrough of my bullet journal and you can see all the pages and get inspired or whatever. I’ll be doing an update on it in a couple of months!

BULLET JOURNAL YOUTUBE VIDEO

Mine’s a lot of fancy writing and nice presentation but it doesn’t have to be like that. It’s very time consuming and so if you don’t have the time to sit and do that then it won’t be like that but it doesn’t matter!

Here’s a gallery of some of my Bullet Journal Pages:

I hope that you were able to make some kind of sense of this post, I understand it maybe a bit badly explained and confusing but my next post will be 10000x better!

If you want some more information then feel free to contact me! Info on –> This <— Page!

Post again soon!

My Reading List

Books, Books, Books!

This is my first Book Club post! I originally started it as Book Worm but then I thought Book Club sounded better!

Who doesn't loveeee books? I have soooo many books I want to read so I thought that I'd share them with you! Here you are, my TBR! (That rhymes! TBR stands for 'To Be Read (as in red not reed))

My Reading List:

  • Finish reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (I've read bits of all of them before but I want to read them properly!)
  • Quidditch through the ages
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • All the Bright Places (Jennifer Niven)
  • Hunger Games series
  • Since You've been gone (Morgan Manson)
  • Everything Everything (Nicola Yoon)
  • We Were Liars (E. Lockhart)
  • Fangirl
  • A Street Cat named Bob
  • Paper Towns (read it before years ago, but I can't remember)

There's probably more but we'll be here for a long time!

Now sit down with a nice cuppa tea (or coffee or water or juice or whatever) and read some books! In the future I'm thinking about recommending books, you know, like an actual book club. So get excited if you like books!

Read safely!

P.S Happy 40th Birthday Mum 🙂 <3

Macaroni Cheese Recipe

Heyyy!

First recipe post, hurray! Now, this is a but of a strange recipe post because normally I do baking things, such as cookies and cake but I thought that it would be a great idea (and to throw everyone off, muhaha!) to do an actual meal recipe (if you get my drift..?)

Macaroni cheese is great! It literally combines pasta……and cheese which is good because it means it can be quite plain (literally the pasta and cheese) but you can also add more to it, or serve it with different things to make it more flavoured, if that’s to your taste. But who can’t beat a basic Mac n’ Cheese! (well, except if you don’t like cheese… or pasta!)

So yeah, here we go!

MACARONI CHEESE

Ingredients:

  • 150/180g Pasta (perhaps Penne, Macaroni, Fusilli, you get the idea!)
  • 40g butter
  • 60g plain flour
  • 400ml milk
  • 80g grated cheese
  • Pinch salt
  • Pepper

METHOD:

1 .If the pasta isn’t a particularly fast cooking pasta, I recommend you start with putting the pasta on. Cook it in boiling water until soft (or ‘al dente’ if you want to get all Gordon Ramsey about it!)

Here is the Pasta, not actually cooking as only one of the hob rings work and I had to do the cheese sauce first. Thankfully, it’s that quick cook stuff!

2. Now you can begin on your delicious cheese sauce, Firstly you need to weigh and then melt the butter into a sauce pan.

Don’t base your butter measurements on that picture as I accidentally put in too much! You only need 40g!

3. It gets a bit weird from here, but now you need to add the flour and it looks a little bit like this:

This is butter and flour. Looks a bit gross, I know!

Cook this on the heat for a couple of minutes

4. Remove whatever ever that is from the heat and GRADUALLY add the milk.

Here’s the first splash of milk…

 

……Bit more added!

 

There, that’s how it should look… All the milk added now!

Put back on the heat once you’ve added all the milk and stir continuously until it begins to thicken!

5. Now the bit you’ve been waiting for, the cheese! Add MOST (not all) the grated cheese to your sauce and also add salt and pepper!

Cheesy, isn’t it?

Heat until all the cheese has melted, still stirring all the time!

The Cheese Sauce

That’s it for the Cheese sauce!

6. Now place a little bit of the cheese sauce in the bottom of an oven proof dish, like so:

Drain the pasta, and put it in the oven proof dish too!

Drainy, drainy.

 

Almost there!

Plop the rest of the sauce on top…

Yummy!

…And add the remaining cheese!

Very nearly done!

7. If you like, you can add sliced tomato to the top too! Put it under a hot grill until the cheese just starts to brown and the tomatoes (if there’s any) are cooked.

Now wait….

8. Macaroni Cheese can be served with triangles of toast (trUST ME, it’s GREATTTT!) or green salad leaves. You’d better prepare them whilst it’s in the oven…

Hahahhaha, ignore the dirty toaster!

9. When it comes out the oven it should look a little something like this:

*mouth waters*

It’s ready to serve…. Enjoy!

Mac n’ Cheese n’ Toast

 

Nom

So I hope you enjoyed that recipe! The next one will be a sweet thing, promise! There’ll be something for everyone!

Sorry for the terrible photos hahahah! Hopefully the nice ones on my other post will make up for it?

Oh yes, I highly recommend printing the recipe if you want to use it… and I dunno stick it in a scrapbook or something… Do what you want with it!

Byeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Notice anything?

Hello and welcome back!

You’re now at www.jesslouise.co.uk…. Not jessslouise.com or jessslouise.wordpress.com, www.jesslouise.co.uk. I promise this is the last time I’ll do that! I’ve moved across from wordpress.com to self hosted wordpress (Ooooooooooooo! Yeah don’t worry, I don’t really know what that means either!). All I know it means that I get this awesome new look site, do you like? I do!

To tie in with my new site, I’ve edited (and deleted) some of the previous posts, for example, new photos and my new blog signature (see bottom of post!) so be sure to check them out!

This now means, however, that ANY OLD LINKS WILL NOT WORK (could it BE any more obvious? Haha Friends reference cos I’m sad like that) so DON’T USE THEM! I  mean I’m sorry for shouting and everything but it’s important that you don’t end up at a dead end because that’ll be sad!

I’m so excited about this yayyyy! Don’t forget to contact me (info on THIS page) for any requests or questions!

Yeah, well, that’s that!

Byeeeeeeeee

SEE look there, that’s that signature I was telling you about. It’s right thereeeeee!

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