Category: Hufflepuff Moments

Is It Christmas Yet?

Hello there

Its Erin.

And, wow, we have not blogged in a long time. Honestly, we should be ashamed in ourselves. I’m afraid I’ve had a bit of writers block, which inevitably leads to me just not posting, nor trying. But I have suddenly realised that it is November, which slightly scares me. But, with November, for me anyway, comes the beginning of Christmas. Michael Bublé has emerged from the depths of his cave. Shops have offers of Christmas bargains everywhere, and I, am beginning to feel festive. However, feeling slightly festive in November is a strange occurrence for me, as I am normally counting down the days from September 1st. I don’t know whether it’s a growing up thing, or it might be that I get told off every time a hum of ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’ is heard by anyone else. That probably has a lot to do with it. But I’m remaining positive and just singing at the top of my voice when I’m by myself, or with friends who understand my love for the Christmas season.

Now, the reason I love Christmas so much is because there’s a real sense of joy and community around the season. People are all wrapped up in coats, scarves, and hats. Cafes have scented candles everywhere. And the whole hustle bustle of shopping gives a comforting effect. I hate crowds, I hate queues. Generally, I’m not keen on shopping. But something about having the people around you thinking about the people they love and care for as they stock up on gifts for them just makes my heart feel warm. I love shopping for other people, and seeing the looks on their faces as they open their presents. For me, it’s absolutely the best part of the season (Along with the music and films). Yes, it can be stressful, but at the end of it all, everybody seems to feel really happy. And I think that’s what makes it all worth it. The sheer joy that seems to coat the world, even just for a day.

Now, I know some of you will be reading this thinking, ‘Oh my goodness, she’s so weird! It’s way too early to be celebrating!’. I promise you, I’m not celebrating just yet, merely looking forward to celebrating. Yes, I’m listening to the music, and being happy about the shop decorations. But I’m not actively seeking Christmas spirit, just letting it come to me.

What are your thoughts on celebrating? Am I way too early to be happy about it? Let me know by commenting down below or tweeting us. Also, I’d love to know anybody’s tips or tricks to get around writers block, as I’m having a right old struggle with it at the moment!

’till next time

Erin xx

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Twinwood and School

Hello there!

It’s Erin

And it has just occurred to me that I haven’t updated on the blog in a while. Jodie made me realize this because she’s been uploading every day, which is pretty awesome, round of applause for Jodie!

I know that today was the first day back for a lot of schools in Britain, but luckily, myself and Jodie got today off to give the year 7’s a chance to get used to the school. so, instead of spending time at school today, I spent time preparing for school. You know, washing, sorting out my bag, dreading the inevitable state of self loathing I’ll be in for the next year. You know, the usual. After clearing out my wardrobe, and my room, I feel like there’s space in my head to think. and it’s amazing. So, now that my head is clear and I can tell you about my thoughts, I thought I’d tell you about Twinwood.

Twinwood is a vintage music festival that I was lucky enough to attend with my family last week. We were glamping in the tents provided by Brook Bell Tents (click the link, their website’s really pretty). We had two double beds, my sister and I shared one, my parents in the other. I learnt that my little sister has no respect for personal space when she sleeps, and that I need personal space when I sleep.  ANYWAY. The festival lasted 6 days in total if you came early and left late.

The festival itself is amazing. people come dressed up in their vintage clothes, there’s bars and places to get your hair done, you get to listen to live bands on 5 different stages, and there’s dance lessons for all sorts of different vintage dances. My mum and I went to the Lindy Hop lesson. And all this happens around what feels like thousands of stalls. We didn’t even see them all. I got some brilliant bits, and thanks to Sarah’s Do-Wop Do’s and The Fabulous Hair Company, my hair looked awesome all weekend. One of the highlights for me was seeing everyone dressed in their vintage finery. There was a competition for Miss and Mr Vintage UK, and the finals were held on the Sunday. The winners looked fabulous, as as well as the 13 runners up and it was a lot of fun! The absolute best part was definitely the music, though. The Bootleg Beatles were my personal favourite, they had me singing along at the top of my lungs.

I’m so glad I got to have this experience, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Although, I think myself and Lola will get twin beds next year!

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Did you guys have a good first day back? I hope so! Let me know how yours went in the comments.

‘Till next time!

Erin xx

The 5 Senses Challenge

Hello there

It’s Erin

A few weeks ago, we were tagged to do the 5 senses challenge by Elm, thank you very much! Sorry we didn’t get to do it earlier. It’s been a hectic couple of weeks! For now, it will be me doing the tag, Jodie may add to this post later. If so, we’ll tweet about it.

The Rules:

-Thank the person who nominated you

-For each of the five senses (or as many as you do) describe five of your favourite things having to do with that sense. AKA your five favourite smells, sounds etc.

-Nominate five other people to do this tag

Sights

  • Stars clearly on a dark night.
  • Waves coming into the shore.
  • People smiling.
  • The view from the London Eye, which I saw for the first time on Thursday.
  • I’d really love to go and see the northern lights in person one day, I think that would be an amazing experience.

Sounds

  • Music playing through headphones, without interference.
  • The laughter of my best friends.
  • The giggle of my little sister and my baby cousin.
  • Waves are my favourite sound, excluding music.
  • The sound of the doorbell when I know pizza is coming. (I’m kind of joking. Only kind of.)

Smells

  • A burning log fire.
  • A bookshop.
  • Angel by Thierry Mugler.
  • Black Cherry Yankee Candle.
  • Pine and spices remind me of Christmas and always make me happy.

Tastes

  • English Breakfast tea with milk and 2 sugars first thing in the morning.
  • Sweet and salted popcorn in front of a good film or T.V. show. (Preferably Agent Carter.)
  • Chocolate chip cookies and milk whilst reading a good book in the winter.
  • Lemonade with mint.
  • Rose flavoured anything.

Things to feel

  • Smooth stones.
  • The pages of a book.
  • Mist on my arms on a hot day.
  • My hair when its just been washed and dried.
  • Soft blankets.

I guess that’s it for now at least! I do not know who to tag, so instead of tagging five people, I am daring all of our followers to do this challenge and tweet us the link so we can read yours!

Really sorry we haven’t blogged in a while, life has been hectic recently, but it’s just beginning to slow down and we’re on holiday now. We also went on a trip with the music department at our school the other day so there should be a post about that soon, too! Thank you all for reading and hope to see you soon.

Till next time

Erin xx

 

I’ve been a busy bee.

Hello there!

It’s Erin.

I haven’t updated in a while, sorry about that. At first, I didn’t know what to write after the events of last weekend, which then turned into a bit of writers block. I was really upset, but didn’t know how to get my point across. But by the time I’d gotten brave enough to maybe write something, it was too long after to actually post. Thus begun the endless cycle of ‘I don’t know what to write’. It probably doesn’t help that I’ve been working and mocks week is coming up. But what can you do? I thought maybe I’d just tell you what I’ve been up to, because I think it might help. I’ve been working a lot on the weekends, so I thought I’d tell you about my job.

I’m a princess.

No, sadly, I’m not the heir to a real throne, (wouldn’t that be great, though?) I’m a children’s entertainer. I dress as a character, chosen by the host and I show up at Birthday parties and events, and I also work with another company to do home visits, which I think are my personal favourite. It’s nice to actually individually meet the children, rather than see a mass of eyes looking up at you. I stay in character the whole time, and talk to the kids, sing, and take photos. Work has been crazy at the moment. There’s always events around June – July and also November – December. You get the summer rush and then the Christmas rush. between these months, you get the occasional booking, but I’m busy every weekend for the next few weeks, bar next weekend. I adore my job, I get to act, and sing, it’s everything I wanted. My favourite part is the kids though. The majority of them believe in it so wholeheartedly and it’s so sweet. I always try to keep the magic intact, by staying in character, and you can tell how excited they are. I often end up with a second shadow, and sometimes a third and fourth. It’s really interesting the range of personalities you meet, as well. There’s the kids who will throw themselves at you, dancing and jumping. But there’s also the ones that watch you from afar, until they pluck up the courage to come and chat, or I go over to them. It’s so adorable the way their faces just light up. I also really like that it’s my own business. I can upgrade costumes and wigs and makeup. I can choose what character I’d like to add next. I’m thinking a certain space princess or maybe a Kryptonian.  And it’s a really good conversation starter. Which is a massive help when you are extremely socially awkward like myself. So anyway, now you know why I’ve been away so much. But I love it.

Again, I’m so sorry about not updating more here and on the twitter (@geeksandhugs. Shameless plug). But hopefully that will improve in a few weeks time. Do you guys have a weekend job? Or a full-time job? If so, do you like it, and if not, what would be your dream job? Please tell me in the comments down below. Personally, I’d really like to be an actress. As always, I love chatting to you in the comments, please feel free to ramble at me on twitter as well.

Till next time!

Erin xxx

Tink
This is my foot and the skirt of my Tink costume. It’s very sparkly. 

 

Hair (Too many songs to reference)

Disclaimer: I am not a beauty blogger

Hello there!

It’s Erin.

I have fine hair, and the majority of the time, it’s fine! (I’m so punny). But, although I love my hair, I am constantly complaining about it. It’s too thin to put in a ponytail, if I try, I look bald. Don’t even talk about trying to put it in a bun! It literally looks like I’ve stuck a potato on top of my head. I went through a stage of wearing them, and pulling two bits of hair out by my ears. (Next to my ears, I didn’t pull the hair out with my ears). Only the two bits! They were quite long, so I just looked silly. Yet, nobody told me that.  Anyway, I can’t find many tips for fine hair online and I have looked for a long time, trust me. So, I thought I would give you a few! Please feel free not to take my advice, although I can assure you that my days of ‘the ballerina bun’ are over, and I have learned from my mistakes. Also, my hairs been longer for longer now, so I’m a tad more experienced. So, you might be able to trust me. Or maybe you’ll be able to learn from my mistakes too.

  1. Short haircuts are really good for finer hair, as they make it look thicker. Does anybody know why? If you do, please tell. I don’t know why, but it does. I had a pixie cut for a couple of years and not only did it look thicker then, it grew back thicker as well! Yay!
  2. Instead of doing tighter hairstyles, I do looser, messier hairstyles. I also like using headscarves, so if I do a tighter hairstyle, I cover the top and sides and pull my fringe out. It has this cute, vintage-y feel.
  3. Brush your hair as often as you can. Keep a little brush with you. I find that if I keep my hair knot-free, less falls out when I brush it properly. Also, quick tip for any hair type: brush before bed and getting in the bath/shower. This helps get knots out after!
  4. This is going to sound weird, but I really like Head & Shoulders shampoo, because it’s a shampoo  and conditioner in one. I find that conditioner makes my hair oily, but it might just be an Erin thing, not a fine hair thing!
  5. Don’t use too much heat on it. I love curling my hair, and have sadly fried it. But, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s way better now. Obviously, don’t stop yourself straightening away to your hearts content, but  just give it a break occasionally, let it naturally dry. Or, sit in front of a fan until  it dries. Yes, I am a pathetic excuse for a human being who has done that before.

My best tip is to do whatever makes you happy. You might want to completely disregard all of these, and that’s okay too! Your hair is a way of showing your individuality, no matter the type. So, if your hair is thin, thick, curly, straight, long, short or somewhere in between, love it! Because you can seriously work it. As always, have a lovely day wherever you are reading this.

Till next time

Erin xx

Summer Days

Hello!

It’s Erin.

I thought, in contrast to my last post, which was about exams and the next 2 miserable months, I would give you something to look forward to. It is the summer holidays in two months for us Brits. Goodness knows what the weather will be like, but it will be summer. And with summer, comes Erin’s Summer List. Okay, so every year I write a list of things I want to do in the summer. Not anything too crazy! Not skydiving or paragliding or anything ‘thrilling’. Just fun things I want to do from June 1st. Which was *gulp* yesterday. I have never done everything on my list in a single summer. But this year, I am going to. I can feel it. This is going to be OUR summer. By ‘our’ I mean, myself and you reading this, because you are going to OWN summer 2016.

(I appreciate I am using a lot of capital letters right now, I’m sorry, I’m trying to make a point. Moving on.)

Here, I will post my list, and maybe you’d like to post yours, in the comments. Summer 2016 is going to be the best yet!

Without further ado, I present…

Erin’s Summer List

This year, I am going to…

  • Throw a massive practice picnic, in preparation for the end of exams party I am hoping to throw next year.
  • Say ‘practice picnic in preparation’ 3 times fast. (Just kidding)
  • Have a water fight.
  • Ride my bike as much as possible.
  • Drink a healthy drink in the sunshine. (What classifies as a healthy drink, you ask? Anything with fruit.)
  • Smile a lot. 🙂
  • Make other people smile a lot. 🙂
  • Keep my room tidy.
  • Buy a portable speaker and take it everywhere with me. (Excluding family parties and public places. (Nobody there wants to listen to excessive amounts of 1D and Ed Sheeran.)
  • Have a Movie Marathon. ( Especially if I could have it outdoors.)
  • Attend a festival type thing. Not necessarily a proper festival, but something like Summer in the City.

So, there is my list. What about your list? What’s the thing you want to do most this summer? Mine is the picnic. I’m very excited for that. My Pinterest right now is a frenzy of fancy food and sheets of fabric. I really look forward to finding out what you want most from this summer.

Till next time!

Erin xx

P.S. I am ashamed at how Tumblr the tags look. I am not cool enough for those tags.

 

 

Revision…

Hello There!

It’s Erin!

Ah, Revision, the dreaded word. As it is nearing the end of the school year, exams are coming up and that awful word is talk of the town. Actually, exam time can make everyone feel really useless. You start comparing yourself to everyone else, and often feel inadequate in comparison, even if you’re doing all the same things they’re doing. All you need to do is be confident in yourself and what you’re doing.

There’ll be teachers telling you what are the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways of revising. I’ve been told that I shouldn’t listen to music while revising, but it actually helps me focus. It blocks out distractions so I’m not talking to other people. If there is no noise in a room, I will talk to someone, to stop the silence. So, if I am listening to music, the only noise coming out of my mouth will be the occasional lyric. Or whole songs. The point I’m trying to get across is, nothing works the same for everyone. Don’t let yourself feel bad for doing what is good for you. Everyone works differently, at different rates and levels. The only thing everyone should do is believe in themselves, because that is the best technique around exam time.

If you have exams coming up, I wish you the best of luck. You’re gonna be AWESOME!

Till next time!

Erin xxx

P.S. Sorry, I couldn’t resist 😉