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A Gold Coast Holiday

By January 31, 2017 lately

During the week before christmas last year my family and some family friends went on a holiday to the Gold Coast here in Australia. It was a beautiful week full of sunshine, uncrowded theme parks, trips to the beach and heaps of fun adventures.

We didn’t end up going to Dreamworld because the nine biggest rides were all still closed but we did go to Sea World, Wet and Wild and Movie world. My favourite ride was definitely the Superman Escape rollercoaster at Movie World. It was amazing and you go really really fast! I also really enjoyed the Arkham Asylum ride as well. Who knew I would end up loving rollercoasters so much?!

Anyways I hope y’all enjoy the pics from my holiday 🙂

Lost Paradise and Shattered Dreams

By January 27, 2017 Art

Lost Paradise + Shattered Dreams

This artwork/sketch was created a while ago when I was processing some pretty crazy emotions. I need to do a more of this kind of sketching to improve my art so I’m hoping that by posting it I get more motivated.

Here is the inspiration page and another sketch from my sketchbook for this piece – I got the images from a Frankie Magazine.

I have really been enjoying listening to The Kooks on spotify lately. I tend to go through random phases when it comes to the music I listen to and so I like to document them in monthly playlists on spotify. It’s fun to look back on the music I was loving this time last year and how my taste changes over time.

Just a random update because I’m in my mums office and have wifi. (I don’t yet have internet in my new house and it’s slowly killing me. 😂)

What music have you guys been listening to lately?

Rainbow Castle Desktop Wallpaper

By January 17, 2017 Art, Freebies

Guys I made y’all a free pretty desktop wallpaper!

I found this cute castle picture a while back on unsplash and loved it but decided it was a bit boring and not colourful enough for me so I painted a rainbow over the top in photoshop. Figured some of you guys might be interested in it as well so I thought I’d share.

Feel free to download it and make it your wallpaper if ya like it 🙂

A Fresh Start for 2017

By December 31, 2016 lately

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I’m currently sitting on my couch surrounded by a wall of boxes. In about a week my family is moving house. We are all packed up and ready to go with stacks of boxes piled up in our living room. It is such an odd feeling sitting here in this house that is soon not going to be my home anymore. Who knew we had so much stuff!

To be honest, I am really excited about moving. I get to decorate a new room and have a fresh start. I’m hoping I can make a new routine to help with my productivity in the new year. I want to create a positive environment for myself so I can really thrive in 2017 and study hard for Year 11.

Hopefully with a new environment I will create more art and blog posts especially given the lack of attention that this has been given over the last year. Thats my goal anyway.

Bring on 2017!

3 Ways To Add Motivation To Your Life

By April 15, 2016 fun, school, tips

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Lately I have discovered a few fun ways to add motivation to life and I wanted to share them with you all! If you have any other ways that you love to get yourself motivated tell me in the comments below and we can chat! 🙂

Momentum

If you use Google chrome I highly recommend momentum. Basically it changes your new tab page to an inspiring picture that changes daily so you have fresh inspiration every morning. It beautifully displays the time, welcomes you by name and has a place for you to write your main goal for the day. It is very sleek and has a pop up section for you to write your to do list. I love how customizable it is and how minimalistic and fresh it is. It definitely motivates me to get my stuff done every time I open a new tab.

Collaged Wallpapers

Something fun I did recently was create a collage for the wallpaper of my laptop. This can be extremely motivating because it can be your favourite quotes and images. First collect all off the images that you want to use (I collected them on pinterest so they were all in one place) then save them onto your computer. Then open picmonkey and take a screenshot so you know the dimensions of your screen. Load the screenshot into picmonkey, position all of your pictures on top of it until you are happy with the design and save it onto your wallpaper. Yay! You now have a fabulous wallpaper!

A Goals Pin board

My friend Brianna created this post talking about how to set goals and keep them. One of the great things she does is put up all of her goals on her pin board so she can be reminded of them daily. She made them beautiful by writing them all pretty lined flashcards and they look fabulous and are seriously motivating. Check them out here.

Let me know any other things that you guys do to stay motivated. 🙂

xx Brittany

Back To School Masterpost

By January 26, 2016 Books, craft, fun, lately, school, tips, treats

Hello all of you wonderful people!

Back to school is actually my favourite time of year. You get to buy new school supplies, become motivated to study really hard and have a fresh start.

This year is going to be an especially fresh start for me because I am going to be starting at a new school, which is super exciting! I am hopefully going to learn SO many new things this year and have a bunch of fun new experiences. Obviously I am kinda nervous, but you would expect that right?

Since it’s been a while, and I am super proud of the hard work I put into my back to school posts last year I am going to begin this years worth of posts with a recap of last years, as I think they were pretty awesome! I also added in all of the other posts I have made that are helpful for during the school year. 🙂



I hope that you may have found this little collection helpful for getting in gear for the new school year. I had fun gathering these together for you guys!

Let me know in the comments what your favourite post is!

xx Brittany

Teen Screen Addiction

By January 22, 2016 tips

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Let me tell you a story…
For hours and hours I sat in my bedroom watching youtubers, scrolling through pinterest, looking at the lives of instagrammers and bloggers (comparing myself with them), and wasting my time reading about silly things including whatever was latest viral trend.

I would spend half of the night (when I was supposed to be sleeping) on my phone staring at the screen. I would feel angry and frustrated whenever I was not ‘connected’ to people via the internet. I just wanted to spend all of my time on the internet because what if I missed something important? I knew how bad this was for me but I kept doing it because I was literally addicted.

Not getting enough sleep made getting out of bed in the morning feel almost impossible. I would be up at midnight crying because I felt like I was wasting my life away (and I kind of was) but, what I would be doing at the same time the next night? Yep. I was on my phone. I am not even kidding.

I thought that being on the internet meant that I wasn’t missing stuff (I mean, I was online for nearly all of the monumental twitter trends).

In reality I actually was missing a lot of things. Spending time with family, helping cook dinner, going out with friends, being creative and doing art, sleeping and heaps more. But I wasn’t satisfied until I got my next dose of screens. It was like reality had become less real and the internet had become my reality.


I want this year to be a different story.

So I have decided to work on a few ways/techniques to gain better self control when it comes to screens. Just so you know, this is a work in progress. I don’t have all the answers. I am choosing to learn and grow while chatting to you guys about what helps me.

Make your bed a sleep only space.

Like I said, I used to spend hours laying in bed on my phone which was absolutely terrible! I recently got a really nice couch in my bedroom, which is perfect because I can limit my phone to the couch when in my bedroom and make my bed a no go zone till I am sleeping. I have successfully done this for almost a week now and it has been working great for me. Another option is to plug your phone in at night in another room. This way you are not seeing all of the notifications and getting tempted late at night to check them.

Limit the things you have to scroll through.

Something that has helped me get less sucked into spending hours online is unfollowing and unsubscribing to all of the random things I am needlessly following. Go through all of the people you are following on social media and unfollow all of the accounts that a) you don’t remember seeing in your feed or following in the first pace, b) anyone who uselessly spams your feed and c) any other accounts you can bear to stop following.

Maybe you are following a blogger on every social media and getting the same updates on every account? How about limiting the amount of times you are seeing that by only following them on one account. You can still get the update, just not a million times.

Another thing that really helped me was to unsubscribe to everyone I was subscribed to on YouTube so I don’t feel like I have to watch a heap of videos whenever I open YouTube, but I still can search for a YouTuber if I need/want to.

Find more productive ways to use your time.

A tip I was recently given was whenever you remember to get off screens or can’t think of anything to do other than screens was to write a list of anything and everything you want to accomplish in life big or small. Then, instead of going on your phone to stop being bored, work toward one of the things on your list. You will feel like you are being more productive with your time and you won’t be on screens. Often just starting something will give you the momentum to keep going on with other things instead of going straight back to your devices.

Understand That It Is Going To Take Time

This kind of problem is not going to be fixed in a heartbeat. It is going to take time, and the sooner you understand this the less disappointed you will be. Spending a lot of time on screens is simply a habit. Habits take time and hard work to change. I was recently given a metaphor that pretty much well sums up this. You created a grand canyon (your habit) by digging a hole shovel by shovel. To get the grand canyon to go away you need to fill it back up, shovel by shovel. What you put in is what you get out. Make sense?

Ask for help from your parents.

I know this may sound kinda strange, but most of the time our parents are there to help us grow and become better human beings. I am sure that they would love to work with you to reinforce the boundaries you set up for the amount of time you spend on screens. Maybe ask to sit down and have a conversation about it with them and come up with a plan of attack on decreasing the amount of time spent on your devices.


I hope you find some of these tips helpful and if you know any other ideas that help you out, leave a comment below and I would love to hear from ya! Best of luck!

xx Brittany

Blogging – Taking A Break

By January 12, 2016 lately, tips

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Hiiiiiii 🙂 Ok, so this is a bit of a more chatty/ranty post than usual, BUT I am going to be posting again soon about screen addiction and how to overcome it so stay tuned for that and read on!

They don’t sell starburst at my local supermarket any more and I am so devastated! 😭  Yup, I made a whole post about that one simple and slightly annoying fact. I’m joking, I’m joking. On to the actual post now, nothing to see here! 😂


So, recently I had a chance to reflect on blogging and what it means for me. I was super busy at the end of last year and I just lost interest in taking the time to write blog posts and keep up with all of my social media. So I took a break for a bit. During this unplanned blogging break I had a chance to reflect on how I blog at the moment and what I want to change about it.

At one point last year blogging meant that I was spending hours upon hours scrolling through instagram, worrying about how many followers I had and stressing about whether my posts and images were ok. Living constantly in the world of blogging became really unhealthy for me.

I was frustrated because I really wanted to be a big blogger with lots of followers and page views. I was reading posts on how to become a professional blogger and they were talking about spending heaps of time and effort on stuff like SEO, perfecting posts and keeping a daily posting schedule. Was that what inspired me and got me excited about blogging in the beginning? No.

Having taken a while to think about it now, I do understand that it takes hard work and dedication to make money out of blogging. However that is not what I am trying to do right now. This is just a hobby. For fun. I needed to take a step back to realise that blogging doesn’t have to be as complicated as I had thought. It is only as hard as you make it for yourself. So I can take blogging as far as I want and keep it as small as I want.

It’s actually okay to take a break from blogging. My blog didn’t  really suffer much damage at all after a month or two of neglect. You guys are all still here and I am doing fine. My mental health is in a much better state now anyway.

I think I was just making blogging a bigger issue than it should be. Blogging ultimately should be a fun way for me to be creative in expressing my thoughts and ideas. Whether I am gaining 10 page views or 100, it doesn’t matter. These numbers don’t define my self worth and I can’t let them.

From now on I am going to limit the amount of stress blogging has over me. It is going to be a fun thing where I write posts and don’t worry about all of the rest of it. I will still be chatting with you all in the comments but I am going to limit the amount of social media I use and keep blogging a creative space for me to simply create content that makes me happy. That is a plan for now and I am super excited about the prospects of what this new year holds!

Is there anything you are going to simplify for yourself this year? Let me know down below!

xx Brittany

P.S. I am SO glad to be back guys!

Exam Revision Tips

By November 1, 2015 Guest Post, school, tips

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I have just gotten through exams this year and so I have compiled a list of some really helpful study tips I have been using. Today I am also pairing up with Bethan from Bepbeee blog to bring you guys a double dose of study help! Bethan will be showing you some fun school DIYs so head over to her blog when you are done here to see those. 🙂

Listen to Music

Spotify and Pandora have great options when it comes to study music streaming. If you are really wanting to focus on studying hard I would suggest that you choose music you don’t know the lyrics to so you don’t get distracted singing along.

Create A Focused Environment

You really don’t want to be distracted all the time while studying because there is no way you will remember the stuff you are trying to learn. So make sure to have a clear study space on your desk with all the things that may distract you put away. If you are in a house with noisy siblings you can always drown out the chaos with your study music. 🙂

Don’t Procrastinate

Yes, I know it is hard but if you leave your studying or assignments to the last minute then your results will definitely not be as good as they potentially could be. So try to plan ahead and make sure you get going on your study early. Write down what day your exam is in your notebook or diary so that you can work out how much time you have to study and when you are going to fit it into your routine. Once you begin you create momentum for yourself and it will be way easier to continue.

Get Enough Sleep

You might be inclined to want to study really hard and long the night before exams. While this may let you learn a little more information you are also going to be very tired and you are not going to perform your best in the exam situation. Instead get a good night sleep and wake up refreshed and ready to rock your exams!

I hope this helps you guys out and don’t forget to go over to Bepbeee for those school DIYs. 

xx Brittany

Why You Need To Use a Notebook

By October 31, 2015 school, tips

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Shoutout to all ONE HUNDRED of my wonderful bloglovin followers! Finding that out made my day, so thanks again you guys! 🙂

Recently, one thing that has really helped me in all of the busyness of life is a notebook. I have been using it constantly and it has been amazing at making me feel less stressed and like my thoughts are in order. And because it has been working so well for me, why would I not share it with you?

What You Need To Get Started

I use a small spiral bound A5 notebook/sketchbook with no lines in it because it gives me a lot of freedom. I can write big or small, draw and generally have a super fun time! You can also decorate your notebook like I did mine this year by looking at my Pretty School Books post. I went for a pink theme, where I basically just only used a pink pen all through the notebook. Even though some pages are really messy and some pages are really neat the pink ink makes it all blur together a beautifully filled book that looks way less messy. If you want to know what stationery I use on a day to day basis check out the post What’s In My Pencil Case.

Planning Out Your Week

You know how sometimes you have a really busy week and sometimes you have a super slow and casual week. I used to use a diary/planner that was lined and dated but I found that I never really got into a habit of using it and it just took up space of heaps of unused pages. So now I have a page each week that I write a to do list on including events I have to attend so I don’t forget anything and it works great for me!

Getting Stuff Done

To do lists are the bomb! Seriously though, write a list of what you gotta do and go do it. It is super satisfying to cross off all the things that you have completed. Pro tip: Write your to do list for the next day right before you go to bed so you are super organised for the next day and ready to go to sleep without being stressed you will forget something.

Working On Blog Posts

I keep a running list of blog post ideas, inspiration and anything I can think of that would help my blog succeed all in my handy dandy notebook. Sometimes when I don’t have internet and I am pumped about a post idea I will write it all out in the notebook or just jot down the main points. You can also write blog stats and goals to keep you motivated.

Anything Else You Can Possibly Think Of…

Ideas, inspiration, thoughts, words anything that gets your creativity flowing for a new project is perfect to go in your notebook. Use your notebook to pretty much jot down every possible thing that you might want to reflect on in the future so you can clear your brain and feel more focused on the task at hand. 🙂

Let me know of any ways you use a notebook or any other programs that help you feel less stressed. I would love to know!!

xx Brittany