Vegan Easter Shortbread

Friday, 23 March 2018

Vegan Easter Shortbread

I am starting this post on the complete opposite end of happy. And do you know why?

Becasue I couldn't find vegan mini eggs, anywhere. Nowhere to be seen.

Come on guys, it's 2018!

Even though I had to change my bake idea, I have still put together a fun bake for you to try, which I still completely love. Just look at all that colour.

vegan easter shortbread

I'm not going to tell you my initial idea because I'm going to tweak it a little and then share the recipe with you. For now, let's talk about these beautiful eggshaped colourful shortbread, coated with a layer of chocolate nests. YUM! Strange as it may seem, I came up with this idea while watching All Time Low live in London last week. Take it as you will. I made chocolate orange shortbread during blogmas, and I have been craving them ever since. I have stripped back the recipe and have kept it simple, but still as creamy and buttery as ever. I love to keep things in theme, so of course, I had to include colour... and a lot of it. Your mind does get slightly confused on whether these are edible or not as they do look like playdough, but one bite will convince you enough.

Friday, 23 March 2018
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What I've Been Reading Recently

Thursday, 15 March 2018

What I've Been Reading Recently

It's been a very long time since I've written about the books I've been reading... I guess you can't review books if you haven't been reading. At the start of the year, I challenged myself to read 24 books, and seeing as in 2017 I only managed to read 5, this seems like a huge commitment, but also, a very doable one.

If I find a book I can't put down, then I'm in luck, because I won't. Luckily, the latest books I've been reading (some are from last year but who's judging), have been that kind of book. Those books I tell myself I'll read just one more chapter, and ten chapters on, I still don't want to stop. I think I have found the right antidote when it comes to books; they need to be in the young adult genre, involve a love story (I'm open to both successes and tragedies), it helps if it pulls really hard on my heartstrings, and have storylines with a lot of surprises to keep me guessing. I have found 5 books which have exactly that.

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Thursday, 15 March 2018
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Life Update: How I'm Getting Through The Difficult Times

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Life Update: How I'm Getting Through The Difficult Times

I’m not really one for life updates, nor am I one to talk about the hard times, but this story is really important to me. I think in times of need, hopefully, it can help someone too. This is all about taking time to understand a situation and letting yourself grow from it, and most importantly, not let it take over or control your life.

Sometimes moments in life can be difficult. If you could relive those moments again, you know looking back how different you'd want the outcome to be. But sometimes you don't need to rethink that second chance. It's ok to stand up for yourself when you know it's wrong. It's ok to support others you know who are in real need. It's most important to give yourself self-worth and the respect you deserve and to know that it's not ok to be treated any other way.

If you're a close friend or keep up to date with my wellbeing on social media, you may have noticed that over the past few months it's been really difficult for me. I would even go as far as saying it's been the worst time of my entire life both emotionally and mentally. I don't think this is the right place to go into detail about what exactly happened, plus I don't really think it adds to the story; it's all about the journey. Just know that I spent a lot of time crying to the point I felt emotionally drained, and I honestly felt like it would be too much for me to cry anymore. I found myself in a dream-like state where I would just daze off and would generally lose hours of my life to absolutely nothing. I couldn't concentrate which is why my blogging schedule has been all over the place recently. I didn't want to leave the house because I had lost all self-confidence. I left 2017 on the biggest high, and I was so looking forward to this year and just leading a positive and proactive life. As weeks and weeks went on, not only was I losing hope in a great year, I was losing hope in myself.

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Saturday, 10 March 2018
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How To Know If Your Blog Needs Rebranding & Everything Else You Need To Know

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

How To Know If Your Blog Needs Rebranding & Everything Else You Need To Know

I am back here again, talking about rebranding my blog.

Will I ever be 100% happy with my blog? I hope so, and I'm definitely working towards it.

I will always find the creative side of blogging more mentally stimulating than the writing side. Coming from a creative background, this makes a lot of sense. As well as working hard on my photography (#myonetruelove), I have found a lot of fun working on the branding side of Little White Socks. Like with everything to do with blogging, I started right from the bottom and had to research and learn everything I now know. Over the last 4 years though, I have picked up a few tips and tricks.

What is actually included in a blogs brand?

Anything that visually represents your blog such a logos, colour palettes, fonts, blog theme, and most importantly, your blogs name.

So how will I know if I need to rebrand? Well let me ask you some questions:

  • Do you feel like your theme is outdated?
  • Do you feel it no longer reflects your content?
  • Do you feel like you have no continuity throughout your blog?
  • Do you feel unmotivated to post?
  • It is hard to focus on where you want to take your blog?

If you've answered yes to any of these questions, then maybe it's time to change things up. N.B. I am not a branding expert, nor do I think you have to rebrand, but this has helped me find a focus and really push my blog forward.

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018
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How To Create A Self-Care Playlist

Monday, 19 February 2018

How To Create A Self-Care Playlist

I’ve been talking a lot about self-care recently, and how I’m making it a huge priority this year.

It's not always about making huge changes. It can just be the little changes you make for yourself to improve your every day life.

At the start of the year, I posted a list of 35 easy ways you can practise self-care daily, and one of the tips included was to listen to a playlist. Music can help me relax and stay calm in situations, it can help me bring back great memories, or help me create new ones. I’ve always been a huge music fan, so it’s a way I hold a lot of comfort. This is why I have created this checklist of 50 questions to help you put together your own, personal self-care playlist.

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Monday, 19 February 2018
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Why I'm Starting A Dream Journal

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Why I'm Starting A Dream Journal

The study of dreams has always fascinated me, but it's my own dreams, in particular, that keeps me wondering.

Ever since I was really young, my dreams have been significate to me. I can barely remember my childhood, but some of my dreams, even from an early age, are still very vivid in my mind. It wasn't until I reached my 20s when I really started looking into what my dreams meant. As much as I like researching the ideas of why we dream, I've come up with my own conclusions. Like most things, dreams are open to interpretation, and for me, I like to use them as a coping mechanism. They can help me deal with stressful, or upsetting situations, as well as guide me through unknown or unplanned events in my life.

Just like a lot of people, I have those "usual dreams" you'd expect to have before something significate in your life, whether you're excited about something, or completely nervous. I sometimes have reoccurring dreams like never finishing my uni work before hand-in, meeting my favourite celebrities, or being pregnant. Being pregnant seems pretty normal until you realise your dream is going backwards. The first night I'm celebrating my child's birthday, and a few nights later I'm giving birth. I usually wake up from a dream wondering what is going on in my mind, other times, it can really affect my mood for a few days. I've woken up in tears after having to live through a heartbreaking dream.

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Thursday, 15 February 2018
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Vegan Love Bug Marble Cupcakes

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Vegan Love Bug Marble Cupcakes

These Valentine's cupcakes are almost too adorable to eat.

Luckily I said almost.

As soon as I started working back on my blog at the start of the year, all I've been thinking about is what Valentine's Day bake I'm going to be doing, and I know I say this everytime, but these have to be my favourite cupcake to date.

vegan love bug marble cupcakes

Even though I was so excited to be back baking again, I couldn't decide what I actually wanted to do. I had a rough idea, but I was torn between cupcakes and brownies, my two favourite things to bake. I, of course, created a Twitter poll and I'm sure you can tell which recipe won. I will be making the brownie recipe soon, but tweaking it a little so it's a little less Valentine's.

That gave me the excuse to go all out on these cupcakes. Let me introduce you to my vegan love bug marble cupcakes; 3 differently decorated cupcakes with a marbled vanilla and red velvet sponge.

Sunday, 11 February 2018
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