There’s a cafe for cereal?

Hey guys!

Today I thought I would share with you an experience I last week. My family and I went to a cafe in Leeds that we heard about recently. But it wasn’t just any cafe….   It was a cereal cafe.

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Upon entering Moo’d cereal cafe, an array of brightly coloured cereal boxes is displayed in front of you. Pops of reds, purples and yellows take you back to the days of picking the most exciting cereal on the aisle at the supermarket, and glancing at the menu tells you that choosing between the already proven to be delicious ‘cereal cocktails’, or designing your own mixture and attempting to become a master of flavour, is going to be tough.

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You can order a bowl of two or three different cereals of your choice with a bottle of milk to pour over, including various flavours such as chocolate or hazelnut milk. The cereal combinations are endless and you find yourself spoilt for choice as all your previous favourites become boring when you see what this new display has to offer. Providing the ability to also blend any cereal into a milkshake and sprinkle your bowl with toppings like Oreos and piece of Crunchie bars, the first ever cereal bar in Yorkshire should not be missed.

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This is their Facebook page, with the address of the cafe and details about the brand. If you like the idea and fancy a fun breakfast for a change, go check it out!

https://www.facebook.com/MoodCerealHouse?fref=photo

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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Would you rather?

Hey guys!

Today I’m going to attempt the Would You Rather game. Try these out on friends if you like- some are pretty tricky to answer!

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Would you rather….

1. Skip summer or skip winter?

Definitely skip winter. Sorry, but my favourite part of the film Frozen was when Olaf sings ‘In Summer’…

2. Walk around on all fours permanently or only speak with animal noises?

Probably walk around on all fours. At least then I could explain why I come across as such an idiot.

3. Wear a red full body leotard on your wedding day, or have the person you are marrying wear a red full body leotard on your wedding day?

Considering this was already my ‘outfit option 3’ in my wedding planning scrapbook, it probably wouldn’t be too much of a hassle to bump it up to number one.

4. Always have chapped lips or have an uncontrollable itch that attacks at irregular intervals?

I hate having dry lips, so yes I would rather have random, unpredictable spasms of itching than throw out all my vaseline tubs. It’s a no brainer.

5. Only talk in the third person or never be able to call someone by name?

I think only being allowed to speak in third person would be quite fun. You never know, sounding like a snooty, demanding snob might get people to slave around for you more easily.

6. Always look 8 months pregnant or always have a black eye?

Always have a black eye. I’d imagine having an 8-months pregnant tummy would be pretty uncomfortable, whereas a black eye might earn you some sympathy and you could keep creating heroic and exciting stories as to how you got it.

7. Know when the world will end or know how the world will end?

I guess I’d rather know how it will end, so then we can at least try and stop the cause from destroying the earth.

8. Always have fingernails 5 inches long or have a snorkel on your face permanently?

I’d assume fingernails that long would be extremely annoying and not quite long enough to get a world record, so I’ll have to go with a snorkel because then at least you’re prepared for pool parties and holidays.

9. Own a lightsaber or be able to use the force?

The force.

If you could use the force, why would you want a flimsy lightsaber?

10. Sneeze every three minutes or always have the sensation to sneeze but never do?

This is a tough one. I think I’d prefer to sneeze every three minutes just because of how satisfying it would be. Also if you’re in a conversation or situation that you don’t want to be in, you can count on a sneeze coming your way a couple of times then excuse yourself to get a tissue or leave because of a bad cold.

 

Okay, now I’m feeling grateful for the life I’ve got! Have a great week,

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Go to bed, sleepy head!

Hey guys!

Today, or should I say, tonight, I am writing to give you some ways you can fall asleep more easily when you’re mind just won’t switch off. Hopefully a couple of these work for you!

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1. Curl your toes

When you get in bed, curl your toes upward for a few seconds, relax them, and then repeat the gesture. They can help you relax your mind and your body, so performing ten of these in a row can help you drift off.

2. Get out of bed

I know, sounds extremely unhelpful, doesn’t it? But studies show that when you’ve been lying in bed for more than fifteen to thirty minutes and you aren’t tired enough to fall asleep, staying in bed and letting your mind continue churning may make you even more awake than when you first closed your eyes. So do something else for half an hour, like reading or having a bath while keeping the lights dim, then try again. This helps you re-associate your bed with sleep.

3. Try progressive muscle relaxation

You may have heard of this technique, and it can work really well for some people. This method involves lying in bed and systematically tensing muscles in your body going from neck and shoulders, step-by-step down to your feet. You tense the particular muscle, then release the tension and notice how the muscle feels when you relax it. Performing this technique methodically but gently for a few minutes before bed has proven useful for drifting off and improving sleep quality.

4. Breath through your left nostril

Lie with your left ear on the pillow. Take your right hand and gently block your right nostril with your right thumb, letting the rest of your finger stretch upwards. With slow, deep breaths, inhale and exhale through your left nostril. The benefits of this exercise appear to be a clearer, more focused mind and a reduced blood pressure which calms you.

5. Create a sleep trigger

The key to this  is to make a habit as you drift off during a period when you are sleeping well, then you can use it when you have difficulty.

Do something unusual, such as stroking your own cheek once, as you nod off, focusing all your attention on what the movement feels like. After repeating each night for a few weeks, your body will learn to associate the gesture with sleep and repeating it should convince your body it’s sleepy.

 

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Thanks for reading these methods that could make heading to bed easier for you. I hope they work if you try them!

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Top 5 Youtubers Picks

Hey guys!

Today I’m going to share with you my five favourite Youtubers. I watch a lot of Youtube and have many channels that I go back to all the time, but here are a variety of options if you’re looking to check out a new Youtuber- enjoy!

1. Good Mythical Morning

 

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These two brilliant guys are my favourite on the web. Rhett and Link met in high school and have been best friends since. Their channel is, in my opinion, the most original  out there. They start each video with one of them saying the topic of the video, such as ‘Some people think that your name determines your destiny’ and the other one replying with ‘Let’s talk about that!’ With a range of unique video ideas featuring shocking and crazy information about ‘the world’s most glamourous prisons’, ‘weirdest things sold on eBay’ and ‘What you get for a $40,000 plane ticket’, Good Mythical Morning will continue to surprise and amaze you by introducing you to exciting new information, while making you laugh loads at their witty and hilarious sense of humour. Also producing genius songs, improvised comedy and debates on funny topics such as ‘Cake vs Pie’, these guys never fail to impress me.

 

2. Niomi Smart

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If you’re interested in fashion, cute and fun Niomi is my top option. Bringing new looks from the high street which she puts together to show her sense of style and coordination, her videos teach you great fashion tips and tell you about all the trends.

 

3. Superwoman

 

Lilly is a hilarious, charismatic Youtuber taking modern topics like social networks, phones and fast-food and putting her own amusing twist on them. She’s bubbly, chatty and can keep me hooked watching video after video for ages.

 

4. Nerdy Nummies

 

Nerdy Nummies is a baking channel started by the creative and talented Rosanna Pansino to demonstrate her clever cooking ideas and inspire fans to bake themselves. All her recipes are easy to recreate and relate to a certain video game or geeky film. Whether it be retro games like pacman turned into jelly or modern stuff like a Frozen cake, her bakes are all fun and colourful.

 

5. MirandaSings

 

Miranda is a funny, crazy character who makes hysterical videos and song covers. Created to entertain the public by Colleen, the girl behind the character, she is a great performer who’s videos are light-hearted and incredibly funny.

 

I hope these are helpful picks for you, and be sure to check some of them out!

Have a great week,

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Mindfulness

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At a time when the things in my life and the schoolwork I was keeping up with were beginning to feel stressful and intense, I tried a well-known type of meditation called ‘Mindfulness’. Its not like yoga, or what you might think when you hear the word ‘meditation’. It does not involve a mat, or a fancy pose with your legs folded over each other, but it definitely helped me to stay calm and focus in on the moment, rather than panicking about the future.

Mindfulness is very simple, and takes less than five minutes to learn. There are many books, apps or articles you can use to understand how to do it, but really I think it is all about developing your own way to relieve stress. And I promise, all it takes is 5 or 10 minutes at the end of the day, whenever you want, and without learning any special skill or complicated methods.

But it works.

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As you can see from these quotes, mindfulness is all about focusing on the present, drawing attention to yourself and your current environment and letting thoughts, worries and problems float away from your brain for a few minutes. If you want, downloading an app so you can listen and learn easily how to do mindfulness might be a simpler way then having me explain it. I learnt from the app ‘Calm’, and it was quick, helpful and a really good way of picking up the method.

To describe in a way that is easy to understand, mindfulness works best when you go to your bedroom or lounge. Find a room that is quiet, with as little background noise as possible, and without other people in. Unless you’re listening to gentle music that doesn’t have lyrics, or you’re following the instructions from an app, put away any distractions like your phone, iPad or laptop. This only has to take you 10 minutes when you want to do it, but it is the most effective when you do it right. And once you’ve got the hang of it after a few tries, it’s really easy to jump on your bed, switch off and relax whenever you need.

Firstly, sit upright in a comfortable position with your back leaning against the wall, bed headboard or chair back. Either stretch your legs on the bed, rest them softly on the floor or sit cross legged, whichever you find the most comfortable. Rest your hands gently on your knees. A lot of mindfulness is about finding the way to do it that you like so that you get the most out of it, so it’s really up to you.

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Then close your eyes, breathe deeply and imagine this:

Each thought in your head is a balloon. Every thought, worry or issue whizzing around your brain is one balloon, and all of them together are tied to string in a big bunch. You’re holding the strings in your hand, the huge bunch at your fingertips. When you’re ready, imagine yourself releasing the strings, and watching as millions of balloons drift off into the open sky. These are your thoughts, floating away as you take a few minutes to press pause on the life button and appreciate the time you have. Of course, as you are starting to try mindfulness its completely normal for these thoughts to creep back into your mind, but the more you do this the better you’ll get at switching off.

Now just breathe deeply in and out. I find it is easier to forget about thoughts if I count, to 4 when I breathe in and 6 when I breathe out. The numbers you count to don’t matter but it can help to have something to focus on. Become aware of your body and the position it is in. Think about each body part slowly, going from your back resting on the wall to feeling the weight of your legs on the bed.

Continue this relaxation as long as you like. You might find it more useful to listen to relaxing or classical music as you do it, or you might want to play sounds from videos like nature sounds, rivers flowing or a waterfall splashing. This is all about practice, and if you’re keen to stop stressing and take a tiny fraction of your day or week out just for you, then this is the perfect way to do it.

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I hope this has helped you and I would love to know if you try mindfulness so tell me how you find it in the comments!

Have a great week,

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#TheDress

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You’ve probably heard about the worldwide phenomenon that went on last week about this picture of a dress. If you haven’t, then I’ll quickly explain. A picture of a dress that someone was going to wear to a wedding became globally famous in a day, trending all over the internet, because some people see it as white and gold, but others see it as blue and black.

After finding out about this argument, my friends and I had an interesting debate over colours during our school lunchtime. I was freaked out at first, because all four of the people I was with saw a white and gold dress, but I can see blue and black. I genuinely believed they were playing a prank on me even though the picture was a real Instagram post.

But after discovering that this is an actual thing that is happening, we began to discuss the possibility of people seeing different colours. I apologise if this gets confusing because it’s hard to explain simply, but I’ll try my best.

We brought up the point that if we’d been told that a certain colour had a certain name and believed this our whole lives, that is the name we associate to that colour. But take this square, for example.

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To me, this shape looks red. And you would probably agree. But what if actual colour you see this shape to be is the equivalent of my purple? And another person’s blue? We’d all been told that this colour is called red, but we could easily be seeing a different shade.

This conundrum is tough to comprehend, and I brought up the point that in many public buildings like my school, the walls are white. If one person saw that white as my bright green colour, it would look garish and too ‘loud’. But my friend said in response, ‘if that person had grown up seeing green walls, it would look normal and natural to them.’

A website called UCSB Science Line states that this theory is entirely possible. It says that although everyone’s eyes see the same colours, their brains could be interpreting the colours in different ways.

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This debate really made me think, almost to the point where my head hurt. But I hope you found it interesting and were able to take something away from it, because I feel that it is important to distinguish ‘our perception of the world’ from ‘the world’. Sometimes they are not the same.

Have a great week!

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Is it worth the fuss?

Hey guys!

Today I am going to share with you a little tip that I use to determine whether or not something is worth me stressing over, getting worked up about and focusing all my time on.

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At the moment I am going through my GCSE years (*shudder* 😛 ), and constantly have exams, homework and busy weeks with lots to think about. Whenever I am worried about something, I have learnt over the last few years that it helps me to ask myself the simple question ‘will I remember this in 6 months time?’

If the exam or daunting test, challenge or event will still be on my mind and being thought about in half a year, it is something worth me taking time over and focusing on. But often before a test I find it extremely helpful to remind myself that in six months I won’t be worrying about one, 35 minute Biology exam that I did all that time ago. That doesn’t mean it’s not important to try your best, but sometimes you won’t even be thinking about that thing in a fortnight’s time! Our lives are constantly moving forward, sometimes at a pace that’s difficult to keep up with. But each little thing will be replaced daily by another little thing, meaning that in a stressful situation it is worth noting that ‘future you’ will be relieved with the result/exam mark, happy that you didn’t get too worked up in advance, and ready to move on to the next task in your life.

You can’t prevent the exam, so you may as well do your best, remember that it won’t be important to you in six months, and stay calm.

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Have a good weekend!

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