A Recipe for Creativity

Despite the title of my small and silly video, I don’t think you can create a recipe for creativity. Or at least not a definite one. Everybody is different and so not everybody’s recipe will rise for every person. But something that never fails to work for me is an idea from Scott Adams:

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

It always reminds me that making mistakes and being awful is a part of the process, you just have to keep on making!

Enough with all that now, I hope you enjoy my video, I wanted to make it just for a bit of fun – plus I got some nice tasting carrot cupcakes out of it so win-win!

Let me know what sort of things  you think help you with creativity in the comments.

Some Thoughts on Sex and Relationship Education

You may or may not know this but almost a month ago now Conservative MPs voted against plans to make SRE (sex and relationship education) compulsory in schools. In other words they voted against making teaching pupils about LGBT+ issues, the importance of consent, online sexual content, as well as the emotional and social aspects of sex and relationships compulsory. I know all schools tackle SRE differently; some cover a wide range of topics in an inclusive manner regarding religion and the LGBT+ spectrum. But at the same time some schools will only teach it from a biological point of view.

I myself experienced the latter. In year 6 all the girls in my year sat together in a small room with our head of year and the biology teacher; we discussed (and when I say discussed I mean they spoke, we listened and were too embarrassed to ask any questions) periods, body changes, and how we might start “seeing boys differently”. That was it until year 9, when we had one lesson in which we were shown a presentation showing symptoms of different STDs, shown how to put on a condom, then given condoms which were promptly taken off us. Honestly, I still don’t know why they bothered giving them out in the first place. In fact, there is a lot I still don’t know regarding SRE full stop!

I’m not the only person who feels this; Barnardo’s children’s charity recently conducted a survey with over 1,000 children aged 11-15 and found that seven out of ten pupils wanted age-appropriate SRE to be made compulsory and that they would feel safer if this were the case.

It baffles me how this is still a problem that the Government have yet to provide a solution for. SRE is incredibly important, it has a fundamental foundation in everybody’s life.  I had tried to find some petitions to include in case you, like myself, wanted to do something to try and help, however I wasn’t able to find any that were open. Instead I wanted to recommend two books and two YouTube channels that I think are amazing at teaching, in an accessible way, everything to do with sex and relationships!

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Girl Up by Laura Bates

This book tackles almost every issues surrounding what it’s like being a young woman and growing up in this media driven era; with a focus on both the emotional and social impacts of sex and relationships as well as some practical and biological aspects. Although this book is primarily targeted towards female readers, I think that everybody should read it: girls, boys, parents, brothers, sisters, even the dogs! Everyone will come away learning something new and important. Okay, maybe not the dogs.

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Hannah Witton

Her YouTube Channel doesn’t solely focus on SRE but with videos such as ‘Do I Look like a Slut?, ‘What I wish I was taught about sexual health’, and her series ‘The Hormone Diaries’ it’s fair to say she’s right in calling herself a “self-taught expert”. Hannah is so inclusive and often collaborates for interesting discussions regarding SRE. Definitely check out her Sex & Relationships playlist!

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This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson 

This book is intended to be a sex and relationship education book, especially focusing on all aspects of the LGBT+ Spectrum. It handles topics such as biology, prejudice, porn, and the issues of the prescription of labels. What I think this book does very well is talk about being part of the LGBT+ community, and how anybody of any gender and orientation can struggle with the religion and identity. A real SRE Handbook!

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laci green

Laci is known as the ‘sex-ed queen of YouTube’ and often speaks at schools and events regarding SRE and how YouTube and social media are fantastic resources for our generation. According to the NY Times Laci’s videos have been viewed “a combined 131 million times”. Any question you’ve ever had about SRE has been answered in one of Laci’s 162 videos, so go check her out!


I do believe that this is an issue that we can find a solution for in the near future. People all over the country are speaking up about this, and sooner or later we will be listened to. Because, after all, sex and relationships are terrifying on their own, so why add a lack of understanding to the mix?

If you want to read more you can start here!

Getting Through the Mid-Winter

“It’s easy to fall into the mid-winter blues. Drink hot cocoa to warm your soul and stay in good spirits.” – Mary-Frances Winters

Midwinter is undoubtably the worst time of the year; it’s cold, foggy, and windy practically all of the time yet there’s no snow to play in and the Christmas lights were packed away long ago. Add to that returning to work, school and having mock exams and you really do get quite a horrid part of the season. So it’s no surprise that many people struggle at this time; it’s stressful and miserable. But there are some things we can all do to make it a bit better.

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New Years Resolutions

Before you say anything, I know this is fairly late in the month to start talking about New Years Resolutions but better late than never right?

I have always been someone who sets resolutions for the New Year, in fact I’ve published blog posts about my resolutions for 2015 and for 2016. I find that if I tell the internet I have to hold myself to them!  And I will be doing the same today and probably for years to come.

I briefly want to look back at my resolutions for 2016 and I think, on the whole, I did quite good:

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Five Fantastic Non-Fictions

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noun: nonfiction

noun

1. prose writing that is informative or factual rather than fictional.

 2 . the genre that is most like marmite; either you love it, you hate it, or you’re too scared to give it a real taste.

When it comes to non-fiction I was the one “too scared to give it a real taste” for such a long time; the only non-fiction you would see me paying any attention to would be my school text books. However (you all knew it was coming) about a year or so ago I decided I had to give it a try and it’s safe to say, when I find a non-fic book on a topic I really love, I will plough my way through it! So I wanted to share some of my favourite non-fiction books, as well as a couple that I am desperate to start reading!

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Christmas 2016 || A Memory of the Holidays

– January 2nd 2017 –

On every turn of the year I find myself amazed at how quickly time goes by. It feels as if my Mum and I were putting up our Christmas tree only yesterday – when in fact we were just slobbing out in front of the TV, having a final full day of relaxation before having to return to the humdrum routine of college and work.

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Vlogmas #1

1st – 4th December 🎄

So I decided, very spontaneously, that this year I wanted to do Vlogmas!

For those who haven’t heard of Vlogmas it’s just uploading vlogs everyday in December or up to the 25th of the month; however I’ll only be uploading weekly vlogs every Monday because my life is far from interesting enough to warrant daily vlogs!

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My New Bookshelves || 2016

So I moved house just over a year ago now and I remember, as soon as we had settled in and the house wasn’t so full of cardboard boxes, asking my parents for some proper bookshelves. My Mum had put up the ones at my old house in the nooks on either side of my fireplace and so I didn’t actually own anything I could place my collection of books, films, comics and knick-knacks on. This was an issue.

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Halloween Recommendations 2016

I’m always that friend who gets overly excited for Halloween; pumpkins will litter my bedroom throughout the month of October, every detail of my costume will be planned for, and I’ll have a precise template for my pumpkin ready to carve! So I couldn’t wait to share some of my favourite halloween reads and watches.

If you’re looking for some spooky books then check out my video, if you want some ghoulish films and shows to watch then keep on reading!

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Book Review: The Last Beginning + Chat with Lauren James

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As Clove watched a petal slowly fall from the flower, she made herself a promise. When she was older, she was going to work here with the machine – even if it meant spending all her free time between now and then studying. Then one day, when she’d helped to get the machine working, she was going to be the first person to travel through time.

I was trying to think of a way to briefly describe The Last Beginning, the sequel and final book in The Next Together duology, but with the amount of plot twists, interesting new characters and jumps through time and space (all that wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey…stuff) I couldn’t figure out what to say! Thankfully Lauren James, author of the fabulous book, managed to sum it up in precisely five words:

Lesbian romance with MANY JOKES.

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