Bye Bye 2018

And hello 2019!

2018 flew by and has probably been one of my busiest years ever with Highers, S6 and university applications taking up a huge amount of time.

There have been lots of amazing little moments so, just like this time last year, here are 52 photos (for 52 weeks!) of my 2018 highlights! I’ve added a little context in the caption for each, and the links lead to relevant blog posts if you fancy reading more. So here’s my 2018 recap…

Please note that although chronological order should work on desktop, tablets and iPads, unfortunately it gets a bit muddled on phone screens - apologies for the technical difficulty.

 
5th January - an amazing vegan cooked breakfast from  Singl-End

5th January - an amazing vegan cooked breakfast from Singl-End

4th February - a beautiful walk around the local reservoir at sunset

4th February - a beautiful walk around the local reservoir at sunset

24th February - loving my new  mom jeans !

24th February - loving my new mom jeans!

31st March -  vegan Biscoff cupcakes  ( and my first time creating my own cake recipe!)

31st March - vegan Biscoff cupcakes ( and my first time creating my own cake recipe!)

12th April - buddha bowls (can you tell that I quite like broccoli?!)

12th April - buddha bowls (can you tell that I quite like broccoli?!)

12th April - another  fab photoshoot  with Mia and Freja

12th April - another fab photoshoot with Mia and Freja

28th April - in the full swing of  studying  for my Highers

28th April - in the full swing of studying for my Highers

2nd May -  berry oatmeal smoothie bowls  (and my most pinned post ever!)

2nd May - berry oatmeal smoothie bowls (and my most pinned post ever!)

27th May - looking at the Eiffel Tower…

27th May - looking at the Eiffel Tower…

5th July -  La Sagrada Familia  (definitely one of my mum’s favourite pieces of architecture)

5th July - La Sagrada Familia (definitely one of my mum’s favourite pieces of architecture)

7th July - takeaway  açai bowl  in Barcelona

7th July - takeaway açai bowl in Barcelona

11th July - quite a view from  Montserrat

11th July - quite a view from Montserrat

25th July - pink or blue?!

25th July - pink or blue?!

3rd August - a big Biscoff cake

3rd August - a big Biscoff cake

7th August - a smoothie bowl in a raw coconut!

7th August - a smoothie bowl in a raw coconut!

10th August - hey it’s hay!

10th August - hey it’s hay!

18th August - one of many, many, MANY trips to Picnic

18th August - one of many, many, MANY trips to Picnic

23rd September - the stunning Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge

23rd September - the stunning Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge

23rd August - the intricate interior of the Fitzwilliam Museum

23rd August - the intricate interior of the Fitzwilliam Museum

13th October - pretty raindrops

13th October - pretty raindrops

2nd November - Annette’s Angels at the Halloween disco

2nd November - Annette’s Angels at the Halloween disco

10th November - the BEST COFFEE EVER (got to Tamper in  Sheffield !)

10th November - the BEST COFFEE EVER (got to Tamper in Sheffield!)

16th November - fundraising for Children in Need dressed as minions!

16th November - fundraising for Children in Need dressed as minions!

27th November - fashion show

27th November - fashion show

27th November - prom dresses for fashion show and Mr Liddle

27th November - prom dresses for fashion show and Mr Liddle

12th December - it’s RED!!!

12th December - it’s RED!!!

24th December - an extremely time-consuming and enjoyable Stephen Hawking querkle (credit to New Scientist)

24th December - an extremely time-consuming and enjoyable Stephen Hawking querkle (credit to New Scientist)

3rd February - the beginning of my  Paesano Pizza  obsession (both cheap and tasty, they’re so worth a try if you haven’t been before!)

3rd February - the beginning of my Paesano Pizza obsession (both cheap and tasty, they’re so worth a try if you haven’t been before!)

16th March - delighted to pass my grade 8 oboe with merit!

16th March - delighted to pass my grade 8 oboe with merit!

4th April - rose gold hair…

4th April - rose gold hair…

21st April - some very pretty cherry blossoms

21st April - some very pretty cherry blossoms

12th May - some yoga fun in the sun ( here ’s why you should give it a try…)

12th May - some yoga fun in the sun (here’s why you should give it a try…)

25th May - a little post-exam trip to  Paris !

25th May - a little post-exam trip to Paris!

24th June -  Happy Pineapple Day!
6th July - the most AMAZING  concert

6th July - the most AMAZING concert

10th July - palm tree sunset

10th July - palm tree sunset

11th July - sunrise at the beach

11th July - sunrise at the beach

28th July - a Reese’s cake for  James’ 15th

28th July - a Reese’s cake for James’ 15th

6th August - blueberry banana peanut butter smoothie in the heart of London (it was soooo good!)

6th August - blueberry banana peanut butter smoothie in the heart of London (it was soooo good!)

9th August - a lovely day trip to Bath

9th August - a lovely day trip to Bath

15th August - day one of my last year at school…

15th August - day one of my last year at school…

8th September - team building at EYP Nationals in Liverpool

8th September - team building at EYP Nationals in Liverpool

16th September - fun times with Amy!

16th September - fun times with Amy!

12th October - I bleached my hair AGAIN!

12th October - I bleached my hair AGAIN!

19th October - loving some sunset silhouette photography

19th October - loving some sunset silhouette photography

4th November - chocolate salted caramel popcorn cake (and yes it is vegan!) for my mum’s birthday

4th November - chocolate salted caramel popcorn cake (and yes it is vegan!) for my mum’s birthday

11th November - lots of leaves in  Yorkshire Sculpture Park

11th November - lots of leaves in Yorkshire Sculpture Park

24th November - sparkling candle for my dad’s birthday

24th November - sparkling candle for my dad’s birthday

5th December - pre-interview…

5th December - pre-interview…

9th December - Christmas lights at George Square

9th December - Christmas lights at George Square

18th December - some  Christmassy bokeh

18th December - some Christmassy bokeh

 

2018 certainly was an action packed year, but I have to confess to being even more excited about 2019. I can’t quite believe that I’m going to be leaving school, turning eighteen and (hopefully!) going to university too! It’s a year full of lots of big changes but I’m really, really looking forward to it all.

Hope you’ve all had a brilliant 2018 and all the best for the new year!

Heather xoxo

 

Christmas is Coming...

Long time no see! 👋🏼 I honestly cannot believe how long it’s been since my last post - there’s been so much going on! 🙈 Since my last post…

At school, we fundraised for Children in Need by dancing dressed in minion costumes. 🌟

 
minion costumes
 

Fashion show was a huge success after countless hours of rehearsing and planning. 💃🏼 The event was fab, I loved my dress for prom walk 😍 and we raised over £5500 for Robin House - huge congrats to everyone involved! 👏🏼

 
prom dress
heather and amy
 

I’ve had replies/offers from a few of the universities I applied to 📝 - I’m still waiting on two more and keeping my fingers crossed for things to all go well… 🤞🏼

My hair has been dyed coppery red 🧖🏼‍♀️ - even thought it’s fading now, I absolutely loved having such bright colours! 💖

 
red hair
red hair
 

The school Christmas Concert was brilliant yet again (click here to see some videos…). 🎶

 
sixth years
 

And to top it all off I’ve had tonnes of work for exams, assignments and university applications too! 📚

 
mistletoe bokeh
snowman decoration
 

Now that the holidays are finally here and Christmas is just around the corner, I’ve had a little more time to get festive (although I must confess to decorating the tree to 80s music, rather than the more typical seasonally appropriate songs!). 🎅🏼 Presents are all bought and wrapped, cards written and delivered, menus planned, music in full swing… ⛄️

 
vegan white choc chip chocolate orange cookies

vegan white choc chip chocolate orange cookies

vegan white chocolate, cranberry and pecan cookies

vegan white chocolate, cranberry and pecan cookies

 

I baked 88 cookies (yes, eighty-eight!) on Saturday: some chocolate orange and others with white chocolate, pecan and cranberry. 🍪 I adapted this recipe and this recipe to veganise these cookies, and their both Christmas essentials in my opinion! ❤️ Festive tunes are playing constantly at home now (my favourites are Fairytale of New York, Christmas Lights and Mary’s Boy Child) and I’ve loved getting out my camera to take a few pretty bokeh photos too. 📸

 
rudolph bokeh
jingle bells decoration
 

All in all I’m looking forward to a few days of relaxation at home before diving into prelim revision (my exams are four days back-to-back in January) - I think we all deserve a break after such a busy year. 😴 For more festive posts, be sure to check out my Christmas A-Z and Christmas movie posts from last year!

 
robin decoration
mistletoe bokeh
 

I hope everyone has a lovely time and look forward to generating more blog content in the coming weeks 💻 - look out for a reflective or photo-centric blog post coming in the next week or two…



Merry Christmas! 🎄



Heather xoxo

 
 

A Weekend in Sheffield

I’ve just returned home from a brilliant weekend in Sheffield with my dad and brother. I finally had time to use my camera and it was lovely to briefly be able to relax and chill amongst the chaos of my daily life - I never imagined I could be so busy, so sorry for my recent absence!

Here’s what we got up to…

 

Tamper

You probably know one of my favourite things to do when travelling is to discover new vegan places, so I was delighted when my dad found a little place called Tamper only a five minute walk from the hotel. The interior was stunning and the New Zealand style coffee culture was incredible - definitely some of the best coffee I’ve ever had! I opted for the Rejuvenator on day one, and I tried the porridge when we returned the following day. James gave The Big Kiwi a shot, followed by the french toast special on day two, whilst my dad tried the granola. It was all so delicious!

flat white
rejuvinator
tamper
granola and yoghurt
 

Hybrid

view from the Plug

Our main reason for visiting was to see Hybrid in concert. For those who haven’t heard of them, Hybrid are a cinematic electronic band, creating lush and rather unique sounds. Definitely worth a listen - the music is incredibly powerful and they were fantastic live. It was even better being in such a tiny venue called the Plug, ideally located just opposite from our hotel!

Even cooler: as we checked out of the hotel the next day we actually saw them packing up so were able to have a little chat!

 

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

autumn leaves
boys and a view

On our way back up to Glasgow we stopped by the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, somewhere we often visited when I was younger and lived in Leeds (although I have no memories of it!). The autumnal colours were gorgeous and there were some fascinating sculptures dotted through the park - a tranquil place to visit on a beautiful November day.

autumn trees
 

And everything else…

wagamama

In addition to all of that, we explored Sheffield’s centre (including a stop by the water wall opposite the station) and visited Meadowhall Shopping Centre - a hellishly busy place (although it did have some fab shops) which makes Braehead look tiny! We kept our pre-concert dinner simple with a trip to Wagamama, where I had my usual ramen - yum!

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So it was a completely wonderful weekend and I’m so glad I finally got a little breather after sending off UCAS applications, studying, sitting exams, plus all of my other extra activities at school.

Please share your thoughts in the comments below - I’d particularly love to hear about your experience if you’ve ever been to Sheffield, or if you’re a Hybrid-lover like me!

Heather xoxo

 

Açai Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowls

Hello again everyone - I’m back! Apologies for the huge gap in posting these last couple of weeks, but life has been even more crazily busy than usual. What with a debating competition in Liverpool, fashion show planning and rehearsals, driving lessons, seeing family and friends, Advanced Highers, personal statement writing and UCAS prep, I’ve hardly had time to sleep, let alone blog...

açai peanut butter smoothie bowls

But this weekend I’ve finally had a little break and so have been experimenting with more smoothie bowls - yay! After many many weeks of searching, my dad has managed to source some açai powder. For those who don’t know, açai berries are native to the Amazon Rainforest and are typically extremely difficult to source in the UK. They’re rich in antioxidants and carry many health benefits, making them one of the most popular smoothie bowl flavours!


So having finally got some açai powder I decided to experiment with some açai smoothie bowls of my own...


Ingredients:

  • 2-3 frozen bananas

  • 1 tbsp açai powder

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter

  • 150-200 ml soya milk

  • 6 ice cubes

Suggested Toppings:

  • goji berries

  • peanut butter

  • granola


açai peanut butter smoothie bowls


Method:

  1. The night before, chop and freeze the bananas.

  2. In a blender, blitz together the frozen bananas and 100ml of soya milk.

  3. Add the açai powder, peanut butter and ice cubes and blend until smooth, adding additional soya milk until you achieve your desired consistency.

  4. Divide between two bowls, top with whatever you choose and serve!

I have to admit, I think this is probably my new favourite flavour! The peanut butter gives a nice savoury tang, making it less overpoweringly sweet in comparison to some of my other smoothie bowls. Blitzing together the ice cubes and açai powder has essentially the same effect as just using frozen açai berries, so if you’re lucky enough to have the real deal then just use those instead. If you don’t have açai in any form then no worries - simply swap out the ice cubes and açai powder for a large handful of frozen berries.

açai peanut butter smoothie bowls

I’d love to hear about any other açai-flavoured foods that you’ve tried and your thoughts on the recipe are much appreciated as always. I’ll do my best to do slightly more regular posts, but for now university applications have to take priority - here’s hoping all goes well!

Thank you so much for coming back to my blog even after I’ve had such a huge break from blogging! Hope you’re all enjoying Autumn and let me know if you’ve got any fun and simple blog post ideas for me!

Heather xoxo

Foodie Highlights: August 2018

Happy September everyone! August has been an extremely busy month to say the least! With seeing family, exam results, back to school, captaincy interviews, starting prep for UCAS applications, round 2 of the school summer concert, learning to drive, fashion show planning and lots of early morning meetings, on top of starting my new subjects (which all have a lot more additional homework than last year), it’s been absolutely non-stop. So with my busy schedule and lack of blogging-time, here’s a mini foodie highlights post for last month to keep things simple…

 
biscoff cake
 

Biscoff Cake


To celebrate my 17th (and for seeing my cousins), I attempted to follow up my Reeses’ showstopper for James’ 15th by experimenting with converting my vegan biscoff cupcakes recipe into a giant three-tier cake... It was a little unstable balancing but a huge success - definitely one of my favourite cake flavours ever!

 
courgetti
peanut butter, banana and blueberry smoothie
 

Cupcakes and Shhht


We found this amazing little vegan cafe during a day trip to London. It’s housed in a shipping container and the food is fantastic - I loved my courgetti and the protein boost smoothie (containing peanut butter, banana and blueberries) that followed it up was fantastic too. They also had a huge range of brownies which looked absolutely stunning - 100% recommend if you’re in the area!

 
smoothie bowl in a coconut
 

Smoothie Bowls


I’ve been making an awful lot of smoothie bowls having received a nutribullet for my birthday! It’s been so much easier both to make and clean up with the new machine and I’ve been delighted with the results so far. Highlight has to be serving a smoothie bowl in a coconut - only downside was the tiny size of the bowl - I ate three this size!

 
baked sweet potato with curry
 

Picnic (again!)


I’m almost certain Picnic has featured in every single post I’ve shared in this series so far… Well to continue the trend, I returned last month and had my favourite dish (baked sweet potato with curry) - it’s absolutely divine and my go-to place anytime I’m in the city centre.

 
açai smoothie
 

Açai Smoothie


In addition to my smoothie bowls I had this amazing açai smoothie too. I’m desperate to find somewhere I can buy my own açai berries so if anyone has any recommendations then please share!

 
cinnamon buns
 

Mayze


Last but not least are these a-MAYZE-ing cinnamon buns from a new cafe in Glasgow! We found these at a little vegan festival and wow wow wow. My classic cinnamon bun was delicious but the star of the show was undoubtedly my dad’s tahini and cardamom bun - the flavours were incredible.

 

So that’s a little summary of the best meals of the month. I’d love to hear about your favourite foodie items from August in the comments and if you have any suggestions for smoothie bowl or cake flavours that’d be fab.

 

Have a great September!

 

Heather xoxo