The Recipe Of Me Tag

This tag was created by cakeandpoetry and I was nominated by leo.

The Rules:

  • Tag me as the creator
  • Tag 5 other people (i’m being nice ok). This means you can’t just say ‘i’m tired anyone do this’ (i’m looking at you leo)
  • Be a unicorn today because optimist yo
  • Give a method that you feel is the ‘recipe of you’.

    So, how do you get one Lia?

  • Make sure the recipe is vegan, or it wouldn’t be Lia at all.
  • Start off by pouring a load of passion into a small bowl, so that it overflows. She isn’t very balanced.
  • Add a dash of insecurity. Wait, no, not a dash. A bit more. Just a little more… STOP! I SAID STOP! Why aren’t you stopping? Ugh, just pour it all in.
  • Sprinkle over anxiety… Stop. Stop. Again? Really? -_-
  • Add a dollop of social awkwardness and autism. A generous serving.
  • Make sure to mix in some ink.
  • Just a touch of sugar. She isn’t all bad.
  • Get rid of a little of the passion and replace it with determination.
  • Get some tiredness.
  • Finish it off by whisking in cat whiskers.
  • Make sure not to overcook it. Oh no, it’s raw. Leave it be.

    And that is how you get one Lia. 🙂

    I tag MyMindSpeaksAloud A New Chapter Rose because they all need to post more often.

 

The School Book Tag

I suck at book tags because, you know, so many books, buttttt I did it! Woo!

 

Maths – A book that has two characters who equal perfection 

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Now this book I read a long time ago but it is the dedication of Adam that held my heart. He didn’t ditch her; he stayed. The sequel was disappointing, though.

Biology – A book I would like to dissect

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I LOVE THIS BOOK! It honestly made me think so much and I would love to read it again and dissect it.

Physics – A book with a lot of potential

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I haven’t finished this book yet. It’s by the author of Cloud Atlas, one of my favourite books ever. It is so good so far, and so creepy. It definitely has potential.

Chemistry – A book I really bonded to

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THE ENTIRE SERIES! Most sequels go downhill but they were just as amazing as the first. I love this series. I’ve even met the author in London!

English – A book that should be a modern classic

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Yes, it’s another Patrick Ness book. Yes, it’s as amazing as the other one. Yet, this one definitely has classic potential. It’s awesome.

P.E. – A book that I raced to the finish with

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This is really not a book I’d typically read. Actually, it’s completely different to my normal stuff. It was my dad’s book and he let me read it before him (because he takes forever). Honestly, it is so original and wow. I loved it. The research that went into it… Wow.

Music – A book that reminds me of a song

 

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I’m not sure why but this book seems quite musical, as I read it, and I can’t say what song it reminds me of, but I definitely imagine a tune when reading it.

Okayy I’m going to nominate some cool people who follow me. Bare with, my WordPress is broken.

Alicia

Elm

Alice (because she needs to do a post ;D)

A New Chapter (because she also needs to do a post dude)

I would like nominate some cool new people but, um, my WordPress is broken so if you want to do this, JUST DO IT. IN FACT, I FORCE YOU. ALL OF YOU. 😀

 

 

The Winter Wonderland Tag

Thanks so much to Alicia for nominating me. This is the perfect start to Winter: just hope it snows this year… xD

The Questions

Do you like the cold?

I don’t like the cold when it’s so cold that I’m burning — without there even being snow! Talk about mixed signals. I like the cold when it snows because snow really makes you feel like it’s Christmas. I like the cold because I can put on hats and scarves (particularly my panda hat) and have an excuse to have some tomato soup (which is so hard to find vegan, but I found it, woo). I generally prefer being cold to hot because there are ways to become hotter but, when it’s hold, you literally have to put yourself in a freezer if you want to be colder. xD

Favourite part about Winter?

Getting together with family for Christmas. I hate receiving gifts because it is super awkward but at least I can be with my family that I don’t see too often. I don’t have a massive family and the family I do have live a few hours away so it’s a real pleasure when I can go and see them. Plus, they have this lil cat who is adorable (not as adorable as mine, obviously, but still adorable).

Does it snow where you live?

No. Yes. No. Yes. No. Yes. No. I live in England, and in the South too, so it is the most unpredictable place when it comes to weather. It hasn’t snowed since 2013 and so it needs to snow this year or I am going to be a very sad panda.

Favourite clothing item in Winter?

Jumpers are typically Winter items but I wear them all year so I won’t count them. I wear my panda hat, which I love a lot.

Your favourite Winter memory

When I was younger, it used to snow almost every year. It’s definitely become warmer as the years have gone on. Some years, the snow would be so thick. I have this memory of my babysitter – Emma – looking out to the snow with us and asking if we wanted to go build a snowman. That’s the only year I’ve ever built a snowman but I can still remember it, even if I was maybe four at the time.

Favourite hot drink?

Does soup count because tomato and basil soup — mhmm. I don’t really drink hot drinks so soup is all you’re getting.

Best Winter book to read curled up in a blanket

I don’t really know, to be honest. I’ll just say the book I’m reading at the moment: Slade House by David Mitchell (author of Cloud Atlas, which I love). It’s an eerily creepy book but, when wrapped in a blanket, you feel safe from the contents of it. I definitely recommend it.

Best Winter movie to watch

A family tradition is to watch A Muppet’s Christmas Carol. We love it so much, and once we even watched it in Swedish! It was an interesting experience.

Do you do any winter sports (skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating)?

I have never gone skiing or snowboarding, ever. Not once. I know a family friend lost their brother to a skiing accident though, so it’s quite dangerous sometimes. I have been ice-skating but I am not a professional as I don’t even go every year, let alone regularly. I usually hold the side too, because I suck. Dyspraxia is not a trustworthy friend.

Favourite Christmas/Holidays/New Years tradition.

As I’ve said for the movie question, watching A Muppet’s Christmas Carol. Our family is rarely ever together (brother and Dad work and when brother is home he stays in his room) so it is nice to do stuff together when we can. Also, going up to my aunt’s. Last year we stayed home because our Nan would’ve been alone (half-aunt who isn’t very nice was off on holiday with her fella) but then she was ill so didn’t come anyway :o. At New Years, we don’t really go out much for fireworks because they’re ehh; we watch some New Years programme and I have champagne, which I hate, but it is our tradition. xD

I Nominate…

Alice Rose A New Chapter Leo

Thanks for reading, hope you liked my answers. Even if you’re not nominated, if you wanna do this, do it. I would’ve nominated more but my followers list was broken today. I usually go through that xD

Versatile Blogger Award

 

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I haven’t done a tag for ages so I was really excited to do this. Thanks so much to Lia (P.S: awesome name!) for nominating me. 😀

Rules

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person that has nominated you
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination

Facts about me

  • When I was at first school, I was in a football club (with only one other girl) and professional footballers came and coached us. Back then, I was pretty sporty and loved football. That all changed at middle school.
  • When I was younger, I got two Chinese dwarf hamsters called Nibbles and Angel. As it turns out, the names were totally inappropriate because Nibbles was much more of an angel than Angel!
  • As a baby, my mum would put me in my brother’s old clothing, which was blue. One time, a passer-by said “isn’t he lovely?” and my mum got angry so she dyed all my clothing pink. For years, I had pink clothing and pink walls and pink everything — so much so that I developed an aversion and pink became my least favourite colour. I am neutral about it now but I used to not stand it.
  • I used to be religious. I am now an agnostic because I just want to keep an open mind about everything.
  • I once had a photo taken of an owl on my shoulder and it was one of my best experiences.
  • I once went up to London and met Scott Westerfeld, one of my favourite authors, and he signed my books.
  • I love Shakespeare. I have seen Romeo and Julie in theatres and I have his complete works, as well as a quote book!

 

I Nominate…

No I do not have 15 nominees! I am not made of nominees xD

A New Chapter

My Mind Speaks Aloud

Ashleigh

The Manic Years

420 Ways to Reach the Sun

My Life In Words From 17

The first two are close friends, the others are recent followers. 🙂

Thanks for reading this, hope you learnt something new reading it ^^

 

The 2016 Blogger Awards

You can find the rules and how to participate, hosted by Elm, here

Here are my nominations:

Blogger of the year

Elm –

She’s been someone I’ve read since I first started blogging and her stuff has inspired me for months. I aspire to be as great a blogger as her everyday; she’s wonderful.

Blog of the year

TheShamefulSheep –

This blog has great content that I always love to read. Even though I’ve never personally talked to them or given them my regards, I just had to nominate them. 🙂

Kindest Blogger – 

MyMindSpeaksAloud –

I know I’m difficult to handle sometimes, but this blogger is always there for me and makes my day, often. She puts up with my nonsense and she’s been a great friend too. Thank you.

Most Approachable Blogger –

Rebekah Gillian –

She really understands me and we don’t know each other very well but I can always talk to her about my own difficulties and she’ll get me! She’s so lovely and very approachable. 🙂

Best New Blogger –

Zoey –

She has been commenting long before she had a blog. I was always really sad that I couldn’t read her stuff! Recently, though, a couple of months back, she made a blog, and it is so good!

Most Positive Blog –

A New Chapter –

Her blog posts usually make me smile and they also make me feel like a better person after having read them!

Most Helpful Blogger –

This is one of the hardest to answer because there are so many helpful people here! However, I will nominate the same person I nominated for kindest blogger because I feel that if you’re kind, you’ll also be helpful. They usually go hand-in-hand.

MyMindSpeaksAloud –

She is always helping me and making me feel better and I feel that any of her friends are very lucky to have her.

Best Looking Blog – 

Rose –

She was actually asking me what colours would work and what fonts she should use because she was worried about making it look good. It does look really nice though. 🙂

Most Relatable Blog – 

This is so hard but I’ll give it to:

Evie –

Her posts are usually very much my thought process and I’m like woah that’s me right there. xD

Most Creative Blogger

AVeryAwkwardBlog –

Since getting involved in Blogwarts, created by this blogger, I’ve had so much fun! It’s really been great, thanks. 🙂

Funniest Blogger

A lot of the bloggers here are quite serious, which is not an issue at all, but it made finding a blogger for this hard. In the end, I chose a blogger that, although they can be serious, tries to be positive about negative situations.

L –

They just really try to make light of bad things and, sometimes, a normal situation can be turned into something funny. 🙂

The Wildcard –

AspiringThoughts –

I just always really enjoy their posts. 🙂

 

The Blogger’s Story Award

Before I start, I need to give an explanation for my recent absence. As some of you might have noticed, I haven’t been on recently, and that’s because my laptop broke. It is fixed now though and so I can do posts again! Woo!

Firstly, I need to thank my awesome friend A New Chapter for nominating me! She is awesome and you need to go follow her, k?

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Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Showcase the award photo
  • Answer the questions
  • Nominate 3+ bloggers

    What’s your blog name and why did you call it that?

My blog name is Bamboo Chewer. Originally, it was Chewing Bamboo, but in an irrational moment of anxiety, I deleted that blog! [The next day I decided I’d made a mistake and then oops I couldn’t get it back so I had to create a new one. xD] I called it that because my pen name that I used on another site, though I have recently deactivated that, has used the idea of being a “panda”, so I like the idea of pandas in general. As well as this, being a vegan, I have a similar vegetation to pandas (in regards to not eating meat etc — I don’t eat bamboo aha ;P) and I also love to nap! I just love pandas, to be honest.

How long have you been blogging?

Oh a while now! I started in February but, as you know, I did delete my first blog — so this blog has been open for less time. So that’s about half a year! Wow!

How many followers do you have?

I currently have 85 followers! Thank you guys ❤

Who was your first follower?

On this blog, It was My Mind Speaks Aloud, and she is also one of my best friends. Please check her out! She’s amazing and I love her and I’m probably going to steal her cats sometime soon. 😉

What got you into blogging?

Me and my friend Thirteen Purple Roses decided to start blogging together as practice/revision for our creative writing a-level. It’s not something you can really learn so we thought that starting a blog was the perfect way to practice for the exams! It has also become such a passion for me and I love blogging! 🙂

What is your favourite part of blogging?

The community! Everyone is so lovely and welcoming to new bloggers. I always worried about getting followers and comments but I didn’t need to worry because everyone has been so lovely! 🙂 Also, I feel like I can really say whatever I want without the blogging community judging me, which is just awesome! 😀

If you could change one thing about WordPress, what would it be?

A private messaging feature. I have met a lot of lovely bloggers on here who I can’t really talk to outside of WordPress, but unfortunately, there is no way to get to know them better! I need a private messaging feature! Haha 🙂

Why do you continue to blog?

All of my friends asking me when my next post is due (and some, who don’t have blogs, sending me awesome messages in response to my blogs), all you lot with your awesome comments, the fact that it’s fun! Just a lot of reasons really 🙂

Nominations:

OK OK, so I know she has already been nominated but I do this thing of double-nominating her so she’ll do it sooner: My Mind Speaks Aloud 😉

I also nominate Thirteen Purple Roses

My third nomination is, um, you… you there! You, you, you. xD

Thank you for reading this,

Lia

The Handwriting Tag

 Hi! Today I’ll be doing the handwriting tag. I was nominated by WordedInk for this — check her out. My handwriting is pretty terrible but here you go.

Rules:

  1. Write your name
  2. Write your blog name
  3. Write your favourite word and its definition.
  4. Write something nice
  5. Write the title of your favourite song right now
  6. What’re you writing with?
  7. Write a fun fact about yourself.
  8. Write/draw your favourite emoticon.
  9. Write a silly message
  10. Write who you’re tagging.

HANDWRITING TAG

In case you can’t read (which is probable):

  1.  Lia
  2. Bamboo Chewer
  3. Schadenfreude: to laugh at others misfortune [I’m so nice]
  4. You’re cute. Also: Unicorns.
  5. Umm… No.
  6. Just a black biro 😛
  7. I love cats? ❤
  8. Can it be a kik one: In which case (insert weird drawing of a koala hugging a heart here)
  9. Meow
  10. Although WordedInk tagged you too, I’m still tagging My Mind Speaks Aloud because you have to do it 😛
    I also tag A New Chapter to do it, k?
    Furthermore, I tag
    EVERYONE WHO HASN’T DONE IT
    You have to, k? K.

    Thank you for reading this post!
    It was actually quite fun to do ^-^

The Blogger Recognition Award!

Firstly, a massive thanks to my awesome friends A New Chapter  and My Mind Speaks Aloud for nominating me for this! Go check them out, guys. They’re amazing.

The Rules

1. Write a post to show your award.
2. Acknowledge the blogger that nominated you.
3. Give a brief story about how you got started blogging.
4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
5. Nominate 15 bloggers for the award.

How I started blogging

I’ve been doing a creative writing course at college and one of the best ways to ensure you do well is to practice and I thought this was the perfect way to do that. As well as practicing, it’s also a way of me getting stuff off my mind and I am so happy I started blogging. I’ve also managed to persuade a few friends to blog along the way too and, honestly, without their support I would not still be blogging. Without your support — all of you who follow me and comment and like my stuff, you are amazing. Thank you.

Advice for New Bloggers

I remember once my friend said “I wrote this post but I don’t know whether I should post it because it might come across wrong to some people.” It is your blog and you should be able to write what you want. Don’t worry about what others will think and, to be honest, most of the time you’re just overthinking it. Her post wasn’t even offensive in the slightest; she just got overly-worried. Just remember that you can’t please everyone; there will be some random dude who will say “ey you offended me by talking about cats how dare you” whatever you do. Don’t worry. Your blog is your blog.

My second piece of advice is to write when you want to write. At first, I wrote every single day, determined that I had to in order to please my followers. Whilst it is nice to please your followers, writing everyday can be a strain for you and your pieces might not even be as good if they’re forced. It’s okay not to write everyday. It’s okay to write when you want to. Your followers won’t mind. 🙂

I am pretty sure everyone in the universe has been nominated so if you’re in another universe wanting to be nominated, go for it! Consider this your nomination 😉

Thank you for reading this,

Lia

The Liebster Award!

OK so I did this before, on my old blog, but I got renominated by everydayblogger101 (thank you so much!) so I’m going to do it again on my new blog! 🙂 The rules are a tiny bit different to last time though so that’s nice!

The rules are:

  • thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their  blog which I have done above definitely check out her blog
  • display the award on your blog
  • write a 150-300 word post on your favourite blog that’s not your own. explain why and give links.
  • tell ten different random facts about yourself
  • nominate 5-11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers for the award
  • list the rules in your post
  • tell your nominees they have been nominated  and give links to their blogs
  • make 11 questions for your nominees

So, part one, I have to list my fave blog which isn’t my own.

This is very hard as I love so many blogs. I’m going to have to do three. The first one is Rose. She’s my real life friend and so I know how much work she puts into her blogs. She’s very picky about what she puts into her blog so the final result is usually great. Her blog posts are great if you want something professional and just awesome.

The next blog is by someone who I’ve known for several years online and she’s someone who really understands me. It’s MyMindSpeaksAloud and I really recommend it. She’s new to blogging (I did a little blackmailing for her to start; I said I’d bring back my blog if she started one hehe) but her work is certainly not lacking! She writes beautifully and is actually one of the best poets I know so go and check her out!

The final one is someone that I only really know through the blogging community: WordedInk. Her posts never fail to make me smile, though, and she is such a nice person, commenting on a lot of posts to make sure people feel their post has been read and appreciated! Her work is also amazing and she’s a really good writer, so definitely check her out.

I nominate the same people as I’ve talked about above; if you’ve done it before, do it again. 😉 

Ten random facts about myself:

  1. I have a fear of escalators after an incident where my coat got caught in one when I was younger.
  2. I have double-jointed thumbs, which sometimes freaks people out.
  3. I can’t stand tomatoes as tomatoes but I love ketchup.
  4. My birthmark is on my left hand and is oval-shaped, so when I’m bored, I doodle faces on it.
  5. I’m a dependant person and am scared of independence.
  6. I have a secret aspiration to run a vegan sweet shop.
  7. I generally go for savoury rather than sweet, though there are exceptions of course. 🙂
  8. Me and my brother are only a year apart (he’s the older one) and, before my brother grew really tall and I didn’t, people used to think we were twins.
  9. I have a pretty small family — and I don’t see all of them because of family tensions.
  10. My name means sacred cow which is, of course, very accurate.

Answers to the eleven questions:

  1. Do you have pets if so what type and how many?
    Yeah, I have three. Two cats and a puppy — pomchi!
  2. Who is your favourite author?
    I love a lot of authors but my favourite is probably Patrick Ness. He’s awesome.
  3. Pandas or koalas?
    Pandas. Tbh, koalas are cute, but pandas.
  4. Which country are you from?
    England. 😀
  5. What inspired you to start a blog?
    My friend and I started them together as sort of a resolution thing, though she has a lot more followers as I deleted my original one… lol
  6. Do you go to a state or a private school?
    I go to college now, actually, but I’ve always gone to public/state schools.
  7. If you could be anyone or thing for a day who or what would it be?
    I’d be someone who’s like the opposite of me (maybe a prime minister haha) so I can learn how to be assertive and stuff. 🙂
  8. What is your favourite game?
    Depends what you mean by ‘game’. If you mean video game, then maybe Assassin’s Creed or Sims. I’m not really sure about other types hehe..
  9. Who is your favourite YouTuber?
    I don’t really know, but I am a part of the Phandom hehe…
  10. What is your favourite brand?
    hmmm… I don’t know… Joe Brown’s are pretty nice…
  11. Apple or mac? (computers)
    Didn’t Apple make mac? I’m assuming you mean Apple or Microsoft; in which case, Microsoft hehe.

 

Questions for my nominees:

  1. Favourite TV show?  [And why?]
  2. Favourite animal? [And why?]
  3. Blanket or dressing gown? [And why?]
  4. Bath or shower? [And why?]
  5. Chinese or Indian? [And why?]
  6. What is your ideal hair colour? 
  7. Who is your ultimate bae? [Hint: me.]
  8. What do you most love about your personality?
  9. Most dangerous thing that you’ve ever done?
  10. What’s your favourite time of day? [And why?]
  11. Favourite way to have your potatoes? ;D 

    I already said who my nominees are so I guess that ends this post.

Thank you for reading,

Lia