Monday, 25 November 2013

Sweet Snaps Challenge!

Hello Bloggers!

So recently I have decided to join a challenge by SaidaCanePhotography called the Sweet Snaps Challenge. She is a very keen photographer, and as I have recently become interested in photography, so I have decided to take part in the challenge.

saidacanephotography

The idea is to post a photo every know and then, and link it to her post. She looks through the photos, and decides her favourite by the time the next post is up. You don't have to post every week, just when you feel like it! But this idea gives your blog a lot more traffic and pageviews, so I'm trying to post as much as I can!

Please go check it out, I think it's an amazing idea, and more people should get involved. Click here to have a proper introduction.

Anyway she has just posted asking for our photos, so here is mine!

Enjoy :)

Love Sian xox


I believe that this photo captures the essence of Autumn perfectly!

saidacanephotography

Monday, 18 November 2013

Exercises for Your Abs!

Recently I've been working on getting my abs stronger, and have been doing some hard, but effective exercises. I'm a workout freak - I do exercise whenever I can.

Here are a few easy exercises, which give really good results!

1. Bicycle Crunch

Bicycle Crunch

- Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground and tense your core muscles.
- With your hands gently holding the back of your head, lift your knees to about a 90-degree angle.
- Straighten one of your legs, and bring the opposite arm to your bent knee.
- Alternately touching your elbows to the opposite knees as you twist back and forth.

2. Front Plank

The Plank


Front Plank: Make sure you keep your body flat. Repeat this front plank with your arms straight.

3. Back Plank



Back plank: Push your hips up so your body is straight. Repeat with your on elbows.

4. Mountain Climber


- Lie in the plank/press-up position with your body flat and arms straight
- Lift one knee up towards your chest, then return to your original position
- Repeat with your other knee, and start bringing your next knee up as your last knee is coming down
- Do for a specific amount of time, or do a certain number of repeats
- Make sure you keep your body straight throughout the exercise, and keeps your abs tensed

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If you keep these exercises up, maybe every day, you will have strong, toned abs in no time! 

But remember; do not over do it, and if you feel faint please stop! Repeats work better than length, so doing plank every day for 1 minute is better than doing plan once a month for 5 minutes! Keep hydrated and stretch properly before and after working out.

I hope you liked this new kind of post, and comment/tweet me if you'd like to see more (like leg, arm exercises). I have more abdominal exercises to share with you, so tell me if you want to see them! I really love sport, so if you need advice, please contact me by email or twitter. I'm also always open for new exercises and tips, so if you have any please tell me! 

Have a lovely day,


Love Sian xox







Friday, 15 November 2013

New Blogging Schedule

Hi everyone, how are you all?

Now today's post is more like an update, rather than a proper topic post. I'm sorry if you were expecting something more, but I've been thinking about this for a long time and decided it was time. 

At the moment I'm posting every other day, which means I post either 3 or 4 times a week. Now with school, homework and sporting commitments, I'm really struggling with keeping you guys happy and keeping myself happy with blogging! And I don't want to carry on a schedule I can't keep up easily, and I definitely don't want to let you down. 

So I'm happy to introduce to you... THE NEW BLOGGING SCHEDULE!!!

I am going to have at least 2 days in the week where I post, and these will vary on if I'm spontaneously inspired, have work to do or just want to post! 

Some weeks I may do 3 or more posts (If you're lucky :P), but you can definitely expect 2 posts from me. This way posting is more relaxing for me, and enjoyable for you!

If you have any further advice for me, or just want a chat, tweet me or comment below!

Enjoy your Friday :)

Love Sian xox 

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Now!

At the moment, life is very good to be honest. My parents are still a bit uneasy, there is still tension and problems between them, but it is no longer affecting me.

My brother has gone to university, which has been hard, as we were very close. He would always make laugh, and still does when we Skype occasionally. It has been hard getting used to it being just my mum and I at home. But I'm started to get used to it, and it also means I go out more to see my friends.

Overall I have learnt a lot from this experience, a sudden dark place in my year. It has taught me about independence, and a lot about a parent's love. I know feel a lot more comfortable talking to my parents if I have a problem. 

School is also a lot better. I have told more people about my situation, so I can be more natural around them, and act casual when talking about my parents. 

I'm on holidays at the moment, which has included a lot of shopping, seeing friends, going into London and relaxing!

I hope the rest of your holidays are great!

Love you all,

Sian xox

School Story : Part 3 | 28/10/13

One Friday morning, we had just finished assembly, and one of my other friends, as a joke, played a prank on me which resulted in hitting me in the face. In any other situation I would've joked and laughed about it. But then I thought, that just wasn't funny. My friend asked me if I was crying. Tears started coming, and then I just burst into tears in front of my whole class. It was mortifying, but I just couldn't stop it. I ran outside, with my best friend (who knew what was happening), and hugged her. I just wanted to get away from everyone. 

Just to let you know, our classroom is near the head of my years office. And just at that moment she happened to come out of her office, and see me in tears. She invited me in without my best friend (reluctantly), and sat me down with a tissue. And I told her everything that was going on. She didn't give her opinion, just occasional comments, and told me the fact that she could relate to me with her parents. Although I'd never talked to her before, it felt so good to let it out, and tell someone. I felt so much better afterwards, much fresher and ready for the day. And another bonus is that I missed my first lesson!

After that happened, I told a few more of my good friends. It felt good to tell more people, gradually making it more like casual news, and so I could be myself around my friends. I still haven't told everyone, but I'm getting there.

So my piece of advice for you today is never keep it to yourself. If you can feel the emotions welling up inside of you, and it is affected you in places besides home, you have to let it out and tell someone close to you. Even a teacher will do! It feels so much better afterwards I assure you. Just remember, you are the priority, and none of your parents business should get in the way. 

Please comment/email me if you want to chat. Having experienced this, I have learnt a lot and I want to help others.

Sorry for another really long blog post, after I get my story out completely then I will write shorter, snappier posts.

Love Sian xox


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

What do you want to be in the future?


I know everyone gets asked this question once in their life, and the answer goes one of two ways.

1) 'I'm not sure, I haven't thought about it yet' (cue the mini panic attack when you realise everyone else knows, so why shouldn't you know, oh god you're going to end up alone looking after a lot of animals)

2) 'I want to be a ...(cue long-winded answer explaining what you want to be, why, what grades you'll get, what university you'll go to, when you'll get married, how many kids you'll have, how ma- you get the idea)'

And if you're like me, the first option will ring A LOT of bells. It's like Christmas came early.

I have had many moments in my life when I've suddenly felt a need to decide what I want to do in the future; especially as my school has been encouraging us to explore job possibilities recently. 

I was nearly crushed under the job possibilities offered. 

Before I continue, let me say that I'm the kind of person who is VERY indecisive. I mean I will take a HUGE suitcase just for a sleepover, just in case something happens which means I need to wear a jumper I didn't know existed or a charger for a device I don't even own anymore.

So when presented with a list of many job possibilities, I start considering the wildest of jobs, just because it is vaguely interesting and may or may not require a skill I happen to have.

But before I was crushed by the mountain of jobs on my shoulders, my school did one thing right. Well actually two things. The first is a website called Fast Tomato. In a nutshell, this website gives you a questionnaire, and then recommends a variety of job options that could be suited to your style/skills. I found this extremely useful, and easy to do; and I felt that my options had been narrowed down a little. It was fun, and very accurate to my personality. It may not be perfect for some, but it really helped me :)

But something that helped even more, was a careers convention that was offered to us, to talk to the people who had experienced their careers. This was so useful to give me a detailed insight into what I needed to know, answer all my questions and last of all, give me some well needed advice...

You don't need to know what you want to be anytime soon. People have left university, not knowing what they want to do. It is better to keep doors open, because then you have more options, more opportunities and less disappointment. And overall, that will lead to a better future. Take chances, work hard and never give up. Because then you will find your true career <3

I don't know why I felt the need to discuss this, it's just a random thought flying through my brain while I'm in bed 'sleeping'. And like every blogger, I felt the need to share it.

If you liked this more chatty, in-the-moment kind of post, please comment telling me, and follow me on GFC, bloglovin' and twitter

Make today a lovely day! 

Love Sian xox 


Monday, 11 November 2013

Pear and Granola Muffins

Recently, I thought it was time to treat myself, and do some good old baking. I don't know why, but I feel Autumn is the season of baking! And of course I  had to share it with you guys, so here is a recipe for Pear and Granola Muffins! This recipe was originally on Gordon Ramsay's home cooking. 
As I always do, I put my own spin on the recipe, and replaced pears with blueberries.

My yummy muffins!

Ingredients

300g self-raising flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
125g light muscovado sugar
250ml whole milk
2 free-range eggs, beaten
100g butter, melted
2 small ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into small pieces (or a handful of blueberries)
100g crunchy granola

Method

 - Preheat the oven to 180ÂșC/gas mark 4 and line a couple of muffin trays with paper cases
 - Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into a large bowl, then stir in the sugar.
- Whisk the milk, eggs and butter together in a large jug, then pour into the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in the pears and half the granola.
- Divide the batter between the muffin case, and sprinkle the top of each one with the remaining granola.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the muffins comes out clean.
- Leave to cool for 5 minutes before serving warm or at room temperature.


And hopefully you'll come out with amazing results like I did!

These muffins make the perfect, on-the-go breakfast, as they are light, contain fruit and are yummy! If you make this muffins, or have made similar ones, please send me pictures and details, because I'd love to learn some new recipes!


If you enjoyed this post, please comment and follow my blog!

Also follow me on twitter @thelifeofsianm and follow my bloglovin' :)

Enjoy your muffins <3


Love Sian xox


(Photos from my new DSLR camera, I'm loving the focus and amazing quality!)


Saturday, 9 November 2013

The Autumn Tag!

Hello lovely bloggers! As you have seen from the title, today I am going to be doing the Autumn Tag!


My first ever tag on my blog. Very exciting!

So I know it's been Autumn for a while now, but recently I have been noticing the leaves drastically changing colour, and the days becoming a lot shorter. So I felt it was the perfect time to post an Autumn Tag. My questions were inspired by All About Alt's Autumn Tag, and Bird's Words . Go check their blogs out - they're amazing!

 I'm a big fan of oversized jumpers, knit wear and hats - so Autumn is definitely the season for me.

I hope you enjoy reading my questions and answers, and please leave me your links if you've have done the tag, or been inspired by my questions and answered them yourself. I  am going to tag a few people at the end who I think should do the Autumn Tag! Make sure to tweet me when you have done it!

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So let's go!

1) What's your favourite thing about Autumn?
The lovely reds, oranges and yellows of the leaves, and wearing thick, oversized wooly jumpers

2) Tea / Coffee or Hot Chocolate?
Definitely hot chocolate :)

3) Favourite music to listen to?
Literally all of Bastille's songs, Royals by Lorde and Counting Stars by One Republic.

4) Favourite accessory?
My River Island wooly hat... and beanies in general!

5) Favourite place to be?
Either taking lots of photos on a walk, or at home under a blanket watching movies with a hot chocolate :)

6) Most wanted item for Autumn?
Some nice gloves and a scarf!

7) Favourite shoes to wear?
My boots from OFFICE (I would leave the link but the OFFICE website is down)

8) Do you like / dislike that it's starting to get dark earlier?
I don't mind it, it just makes me feel like the day has ended a lot earlier than it should!

9) What's your Autumn treat?
I'm totally loving muffins at the moment, and have eaten way too many...

10) Favourite Autumn colour?
Orange and red, I know they are the traditional Autumn colours but I love them so much!

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I hope you liked my own spin on the traditional Autumn Tag!

I tag to do the tag:

Check out all these lovely blogs! If I haven't tagged you, and you still want to do the tag, just tweet me or leave a comment with your links down below so I can check it out! Follow my blog if you liked this post!

Thank you, and enjoy your Autumn :)

Love Sian xox


Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Sunshine Award

Recently I was nominated by Gaby from AnotherGirlyBlog (go check her out, she's amazing!) for the Sunshine Award! If you're not really sure what it is, let me go through the rules...

The Rules!
- Share 11 Random facts about yourself
- Answer the 11 questions that the nominating blogger set for you
- Choose 11 other bloggers who you believe deserve recognition
- Create 11 questions for them, and let them know you nominated them!

All very simple...So let's go!

11 Random Facts about me!
1) I play the piano and I'm on Grade 8, and violin and I'm on Grade 7
2) I have broken my collar bone
3) My favourite meal is pasta and tomato sauce
4) I am half Indian and half Sri Lankan
5) I used to have 2 guinea pigs called Crash and Indi, and a cornsnake called Cornflake
6) My favourite sports are Netball and Athletics
7) I never watched Disney channel as a kid!
8) My favourite subject is Art, and it is also one of my hobbies
9) My favourite place EVER is the Maldive Islands
10) My favourite youtuber is Jacksgap, and my favourite twin is Finn :) 
11) I LOVE blogging, and thank you to everyone who has seen my blog, and has followed!

The Questions from Gaby
1) What makeup brand could you not live without?
I don't wear too much make-up at the moment, but I would have to say Barry M for their amazing nail polish, or Maybelline for their mascara.

2) Why did you start blogging?

My mum originally recommended it to express my feelings, but I also had so much to say  and new things in my life, I had to start!


3) Costa/Nero/Pret/Starbucks?

STARBUCKS :D



4) How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
About 30-40 minutes

5) What's your favourite season?
Definitely Autumn - I love being cosy when it's cold, and the beautiful red and orange leaves!

6) Do you prefer long/short and curly/straight hair?
Long and straight hair (like mine!)

7) What's your favourite book?
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

8) What's your idea of the perfect night in?
Staying at home with my friends, wearing pyjamas and watching a movie (with snacks of course!)

9) If you had to have someone narrate your life who would it be?
Definitely Morgan Freeman...his voice is epic.

10) If you could meet one person dead/alive who would it be?
FINN HARRIES (a youtuber) :D

11) If you could travel back to one moment in time when would it be?
I would love to see a Michael Jackson concert, so I would travel back in time to watch one!

The 11 Bloggers I Tag!

My Questions!
1) What product couldn't you live without?
2) If you could have any talent in the world, what would you choose?
3) What's your favourite movie?
4) Would you rather travel into the past or into the future?
5) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
6) What's your favourite hairstyle?
7) Who's blog can you relate to the most?
8) What is your favourite shop?
9) If you were allowed 3 wishes, what would they be?
10) Which celebrity would you most like to be best friends with?
11) Where do you hope to be in 5 years?

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, and found it interesting! Thank you to Gaby for tagging me, and once you've written your post make sure you tweet me!

Thank you for reading my blog, and remember to follow and comment because I'd love to hear your opinions!

Love Sian xox 

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Amazing Covers - Royals (NEW REGULAR POST)

I have recently finished (for now!) my music playlist, containing all my favourite songs at the moment. Today, I wanted to share with you a song that is right at the top for, and is my current over all favourite.

It is Royals by Lorde. I think it is a completely original and catchy tune, with an awesome beat that always excites me. Lorde has a particularly unique voice as well, and when I first heard it on the radio, I knew I had to download it. I always end up singing out loud, even in public! 

It is currently 2nd on the Big Top 40 list, with my second favourite song Counting Stars by One Republic following closely in 3rd. 

If you haven't heard Royals yet:
1. You really need to because it is AMAZING :)
2. Listen to the song, and watch the video on YouTube

Now as this post is called 'Amazing Covers',  I want to introduce you to a post I will be doing regularly. I have planned to find new, and amazing covers for you to listen to, and be inspired by! These will be going up every now and then (not a set time), and will show your favourite songs in a new light. I'm just experimenting, as recently I have found so many incredible covers I really want to share with you!

So for Royals, I have two covers to share:
They try new interesting ways of filming their songs, as well as singing them! I recommend watching all their videos and subscribing, because they are very original and surprise me every time!

This duet gives a fresh, new spin on Lorde's hit tune. I love how their voices sound together, and downloaded this song onto my playlist as well! Subscribe to Megan Nicole to see her amazing covers :)

I know these probably aren't the only amazing covers, so if you have found any more please comment down below, because I'd love to see them!

Follow my blog if you enjoyed this new segment, and have a nice day!

Love Sian xox

Sunday, 3 November 2013

My New DSLR Camera

   
On Friday night, after months of research, I bought my first DSLR camera, the Canon EOS 700D. I have been waiting ages to buy this specific camera, as my mother took a lot of persuading and forced me to look at other models (which I now recommend you all do!).

I found out about this camera from a friend who I met at a Film & Media camp. I tried it out and really liked it, but this was the first camera I had ever tried and I had no real experience. I got the idea to buy a Canon camera from the many youtubers I watch, who own Canon EOS cameras (including Sprinkle of Glitter and Marcus Butler).

I bought the camera from John Lewis, along with two 16GB memory cards. The box came with the body, standard lens, strap, charging wire and battery. It also came with an instruction manual and disc. 

After arriving home, the battery took 2 hours to charge and then I was ready to go. This camera is truly amazing, such good quality on photo and video. There are multiple effects for simple and advanced shooting. That evening I had so much fun experimenting with filming, and I forced my mother to be the subject of my photos.

On first impression, the Canon EOS 700D is an exceptional DSLR camera, and if anyone is looking I recommend it. It is tailored towards filming, but takes incredible photos as well.

If you are interested, email me regarding anything you want to know at thelifeofsianm@gmail.com, or comment below. To find out more facts about the camera click here.

If you found this useful, follow my blog!

Have a good week! 

Love Sian xox


P.S. I plan to share more tips and photos with you, but for now here are some of my favourites. 




Friday, 1 November 2013

The Saatchi Gallery

Just the other day I visited the Saatchi Gallery, on King's Road in London. Now I wasn't expecting anything too special - I have visited many other art exhibitions, and they all showed amazing artwork, but nothing with the 'WOW!' factor. 

But honestly, the Saatchi Gallery is something completely different. It is a variety of amazing and interesting artwork - from sculptures to paintings, and rooms to sofas! The work changes your view on what art is, and the skills of the artists amazed me beyond belief.

It was truly an incredible experience, and has made me look at art (in general) very differently. I can't put into words how inspired I am (which is awkward because I'm a blogger, and this is rare!).

If you are intrigued, and thinking of visiting, click here to visit the website. Admission is totally free, so whenever you have a spare moment, I definitely recommend visiting the Saatchi Gallery.

I took a few photos on my trip; enough to intrigue you, but not give anything away.

Enjoy! 

Love Sian xox


Simple, but very effective...


These logs may look normal at first, but when you look closer it's a different story...

Showing that you can make art out of anything...

The detail and precision is mind-blowing!

By far my favourite room in the gallery... Just mesmerising!

So true :)


(Sorry these photos were taken with my iPod touch, so they're not the best quality)