Monday, 10 October 2016

Rome



Rome has captivated my heart for longer than I can remember, but i honestly didn't think it was going to completely surpass my expectations...wow. 

Beautiful architecture surrounds you, along with delicious pizzerias and the never ending streets that are just as beautiful as the next and the easiest to get lost in, and don't even get me started on the history! I've seen so much beauty in this world, but nothing will ever compare to the beauty that Rome holds. Rome is the most beautiful city, rome is life. 

Out of all the beauty I have seen in this world, I can't compare anything to the beauty I discovered in the streets of Rome. All you need to do is turn a corner and a magnificent structure will appear out of nowhere and leave you standing in awe. Whenever you think about the worlds most well known landmarks, you kind of expect them to be a little disappointing when you actually see them for yourself. This is not the case AT ALL when it comes to the Colosseum, this humongous structure might be the most beautiful building I have ever saw in my life, and the history it holds, oh my the history! This entire city is breathtaking, from The Pantheon to The Vatican City, everything is more incredible than you could ever imagine. 

We spent 5 nights in Rome, we ate more food than you can imagine, walked further than I have ever walked before, and took in so much culture and beauty. I'm so glad that I got to explore this city with the love of my life, it was magical to spend so much time with my love in a new city learning new things. 

Rome has captivated my heart, and nothing will ever stop this magical city being one of the most special places to me. My now fiance proposed to me in the most beautiful city in the world, and it's something that I will never forget. 

This was the first time I have been to Rome, but it certainly won't be the last. 




















Have you been anywhere you can't stop thinking about?


Friday, 23 September 2016

The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 23 | Sponge Cake



Friday, September 23: A family recipe (if grandma allows, of course)!

Ingredients 

6oz Self Raising Flour
6oz sugar
6oz butter
3 eggs 
More Butter
Icing sugar 

Method

1. Preheat your oven to around 180 and grease 2 cake trays ready for the mixture. 

2. Break eggs into a large bowl and add self raising flour, sugar and butter. Mix it all together, I would recommend using an electric mixer.

3. Divide the mixture between the two tins and smooth out before placing the tins in the oven for around 20 minutes.

4. Whilst the cake is cooking make your butter cream. All you'll need to do is mix butter and icing sugar together, add enough to suit your own taste.

5. Take the cakes out of the oven and leave to cool.

6. Run a knife around the inside of the tray in order to release them and leave until fully cold. 

7. Once cold go back to the cake and add butter cream to one of the cakes and then place the second on top.

8. Make your icing by pouring icing into a cup, and adding water until it's of a good consistency  (ensure it's thin enough to spread).

You can then add extra decorations to the cake if you would like, I usually just go with a few sprinkles.


Thursday, 22 September 2016

The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 22 | Fall Favourites

Ahh Autumn, the best season of them all. I've waited a year for this moment, and I can already see the leaves turning into the most beautiful of colours


Thursday, Sept. 22: Fall favorites. Share your must-haves for this season.

Fall Favourites:

 Crunching leaves. Pumpkin carving. Cozy clothes. Caramel apples.
Crisp air. Pumpkin spice. Colours. Candles. Halloween.
Hot Chocolate. Sweaters. Boots. Fall photoshoots. 
Baking. Christmas is closer. Shows come out of hiatus. 
Horror movies. Dark nights. Fireworks. Scarves. 
Lots of cuddling. Staying in with a good book. 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 21 | Minimalistic Vanilla

Well hello Wednesday...I'm currently writing this post with the divine smell of cakes baking beautifully in the oven, and the moment I've finished here I'll be going to ice them! It's a little bit of a late post today, noticeably not as late as yesterdays 10pm post though! haha. I've had a lovely day with one of my nearest and dearest friends today, just eating delicious foods and watching Bridget Jones's Baby...AGAIN! I had a wonderful time, I appreciate these days more than most.



Wednesday, Sept. 21: If you were a flavor of ice cream, which flavor would you be? Why?

I REALLY have to be in the mood for ice cream to actually enjoy it, mainly because my sweet tooth isn't too big at all. However...when I'm feeling it, I will sit and scoff the entire tub without a second thought. haha.

If I were a flavour of ice cream I would probably be vanilla, and that's not to say I'm plain and boring, because that's certainly not what vanilla is! It is because I enjoy the little things in life, sometimes beauty comes in the most simplistic form. Which is another thing I enjoy my life to be, as simple as possible without any complications. Vanilla ice cream is a classic, and I love a classic, I find joy in the most normal day, just like in vanilla ice cream.


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 20 | Believe...

Can you believe it? It's the 20th of September and that means we only have 10 days left until the end of the month! ROLL ON HALLOWEEN! It feels like just yesterday that we started this challenge, and now I'm sad to say that it's almost over for another year. This month has been a crazy rollercoaster for me, but will be finishing with what will hopefully be the best week of my life. For today though, we have a prompt to talk about!



Tuesday, Sept. 20: Something you wish more people knew or believed.

I wish that more people believed that their illness doesn't define who they are, it doesn't determine their life, and they are so much more than it! 

It's only over the past couple of weeks that I've actually came to realise how many people let their illnesses define who they are, and allow it to determine their life, and it's a horrible thing to see. No one should let their illness take control of their life, the illness is not who you are, it's a small part of you, you're so much more! 

I have PCOS, I'm not PCOS. 

Monday, 19 September 2016

The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 19 | Memory Lane




Monday, Sept. 19: A list of your favorite blog posts you've written.


Ahh, I love a good excuse to read through old posts, and this was certainly that.


Wonderland Warblings is now just over 2 years old, I've gone through various blog names, and themes, but it's always stayed the blog I wanted it to be. I've always posted about topics that mean something to me, and used it as a release when I've just needed to rant. 


It was so hard to pick just a few of my favourite posts, but I've managed to narrow it down to my 5 favourite from the past 2 years!



The Posts







There are so many posts that I absolutely love, and it was soooo hard picking just a few.

What are your favourite posts?




Sunday, 18 September 2016

The Blogtember Challenge: Day 18 | Keeping it simple



Wow, I can't believe how fast we're getting through this challenge! I don't really know what I'll post about once it's over haha. 
The one thing that seriously helps me in life is my planners/journals. 
There's nothing more I like than to be as organised as I can possibly be, and I absolutely love having something with me at all times to help with this. I always have some kind of journal/panner in my bag, it's a big must for me. It's always good to have something to hand incase you think of something amazing and need to get it down on paper before you forget. 

I always buy the most basic of planners, but I've been loving Lara Casey for awhile now, and think it's about time I spent some serious money on something worthwhile. I definitely think this will be a purchase for 2017.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 17 | The one where I don't VLOG, but talk PCOS instead



Saturday, Sept. 17: Vlogging day! Record a vlog about anything you like!

Hey lovelies! I hope you're all having a wonderful Saturday, I'm off work so I know that I am haha. The prompt for today was to record a vlog, and that's something that I don't think I'll ever be into so instead I'll be talking PCOS.

"Polycystic ovary syndrome: Abbreviated PCOS. Polcystic ovary syndrome is a condition in women characterized by irregular or no menstrual periods, acne, obesity and excess hair growth. PCOS is a disorder of chronically abnormal ovarian function and hyperandrogegism (abnormally elevated androgen levels). It affects 5-10% of women of reproductive age. PCOS is also called the Stein-Leventhal syndrome."

I always try to keep the posts on my blog as positive as I possibly can, but sometimes I just need to ramble and speak my mine. You see I have a syndrome, a syndrome that completely makes sense when I look back on my life.

I'm 22 and the last thing I wanted to be told is that I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and that there's no cure. The one thing that truly makes you feel like a woman is having the ability to give the one you love in your life a child, and something that comes along with that, no matter how much we hate them, is our monthly periods. I knew something was wrong when I was 16 and was only having a period every 4 months. I spent a lot of time in discussion with my doctors, visiting the hospital, and having various tests, only for them to all return and say that nothing was wrong. I was told that my periods would regulate themselves again and that I had nothing to worry about, it was just because I was young. So I learned to live with it, pushing it to the back of my mind and never wondering what was wrong.

I always knew that there was something wrong with me, I never knew what it was, but I always had that feeling. It was late last year when things began to change for me, my periods became less frequent and a lot heavier. My periods became so heavy that I was afraid to leave the house, and to the point that I'm crying in pain. This is the moment that I knew I needed to return to the doctors and demand answers. 

Over the last few months, I have been sent for more blood tests than I ever imagined, along with a Transvaginal Ultrasound that was absolutely as unbearably uncomfortable as it sounds. Once the ultrasound was over, the technician told me that I had a cyst on my ovary around the size of a golf ball and that they would explain more once back in the clinic. 

I returned to the clinic on the 7th September, after around a month of waiting. I was told about the cyst on my ovary, and that they wanted to repeat both my blood tests and ultrasound, much to my annoyance. Following this, the doctor explained to me that I have polycystic ovary syndrome, but it has nothing to do with the cyst they are currently testing. I went into my appointment expecting one thing to be wrong, not two. 

I have PCOS, I don't really know too much about it, but I'm terrified. I now haven't had a period since February, and I'm afraid to have one. I'm afraid I will struggle to have children, I'm just so afraid right now.

How much do you know about PCOS?

Friday, 16 September 2016

The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 16 | It's time to put my feet up



Friday, Sept. 16: How do you de-stress/take care of yourself?

I'm stressed ALLLL of the time, I'm just a natural stress head, and it's something I can't break. So inevitably there comes a point when I can't take it and I just need to stop for a moment and take the time to look after myself. 

Sleep. Sleep is the best fix when I'm stressed and need to look after myself, I just need to sleep straight through and have a lovely lie in, which is something that NEVER happens. 

There are quite a lot of things that will help me to de-stress and the main on is probably reading, having new worlds at my finger tips, and having the ability to get lost inside them. I love watching movies and just forgetting about the world around me, or even just listening to music whilst relaxing on the couch, and one of the best ways is a lovely relaxing bath.

Tomorrow I'll be taking the time to de-stress and take good care of myself. I now have 16 days off, and most of that will be spent at home just watching movies, TV shows, playing games, and reading books...I CAN'T WAIT!

How do you de-stress?

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 15 | Falling in love




Thursday, Sept. 15: What is the craziest adventure you've ever been on?

As sad as it may sound, the craziest, most exciting, and wonderful adventure I've ever been on was the one that resulted in me falling in love with the love of my life.

It's true what they say, when you stop looking, you will find what you were once looking for, and that's certainly what happened to me.

It was over 3 years ago when I first met him, but I didn't really think anything of it at the time. Especially with him being who he was, and me being who I am. 

Around 6 months after we met, we connected through facebook, which began countless flirting without even knowing it was happening.

Then there was that one day he turned up in the pub I was sitting in with my best friend. Let's say I ended up leaving PRETTTTY tipsy, but I've never got to know someone so well in just a couple of hours, and that's the moment I realised that I had met someone with so much in common with myself than I had ever imagined.

This ultimately resulted in us dating, staying up until the late hours of the morning just talking and getting to know each other, I have never enjoyed the beginning of a relationship as much as I have with this one. I have never adored anyone as I do this man.

3 years down the line and we have been together for nearly 2 years, and living together for around 8 months, and it's never been so perfect.

I love forward to seeing all the crazy adventures we go on together, and the life we create together. 


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 14 | Tattoo Inspiration

Wow! We're now nearly halfway through the blog-tember challenge, you've got to admit that this month is absolutely flying by. I love how much notice my blog is getting from this challenge, and I'm sure you all feel the same, I am loving reading everyone's posts :)

Wednesday, Sept. 14: Make a mood board! Are you brainstorming a room re-do, a capsule wardrobe, or already planning for the holidays? 


Our prompt for today is to create a mood board, which I love! We've just been asked to create this to show what kind of things we're planning at the moment, and for myself it's tattoos! 





I currently have 4 tattoos, shown in the images below, and I got my latest addition on Monday after going around a year and a half without any new ink. The collage above is a compiled collection of the tattoos I'm taking inspiration from, and I can't wait to see what comes from them!


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 13 | My Partner



Tuesday, Sept. 13: If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be? Why?

It would be amazing if you could really switch lives with someone, but unfortunately it's something that we can only dream of. My answer to this question would be Mike, my better half, without a doubt.

Mike is amazing, but that's obviously something that I would say, haha! I think by choosing him it would strengthen the bond between us, I would be able to understand how his mind works and how he see's the world. I think it would be crazy exciting to be inside his wonderful brain, even just for a day, and I'd love to be able to see myself as he does, maybe it would help me to appreciate myself more than I do. I would want to see his work life because although we do talk about it, it's not in depth, and I can't say that I fully understand how hard it is on him or how hard he works. 

Monday, 12 September 2016

The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 12 | Books, the greatest weapons in the world



Monday, Sept. 12: Three books! One you just read, one you're currently reading, and one you want to read.

Recently read: Billy and Me

This fantastic book was the first written by Giovanna Fletcher, whom I adore, and is a book of absolute dreams. I've never really been once for romance, I first read books by John Green which I loved, then moved onto these, and I'm now hooked! Ahh Billy Buskin...you can only imagine how dreamy he is, and I must admit that I've fallen in love with him after reading his book. This book is seriously the sweetest thing ever and I can only pray that it's made into a film. The book follows Sophie May, a young lady living in Kent with her mother, and working in a quirky coffee shop with her best friend Molly. Sophie is quite a shy and anxious person and is completely swept away when big time movie star  Billy Buskin turns up in town to film one of her all time favourites, Pride and Prejudice, which also happens to be one of my favourites! This really is a book about chances, a book about risking everything for love. Ahh it's such a beautiful love story.





Currently reading: Always with love

After reading Billy and Me I did actually read Christmas with Billy and Me, but it was such a short story that I don't really have much to say about that. It obviously followed Billy and Sophie through the Christmas period, bringing us to Always with love. This is another beautiful read, although I'm about 3/4 of the way through, so I'm not quite at the end yet. During this book we follow Billy end Sophie to Los Angeles where they are spending New Years with Billy's family. Billy ends up accepting an offer for a new movie meaning he's staying in LA for awhile whilst Sophie sets back off to Rosefront Hill. In this book we see the challenges they are faced with when their relationship turns long distance...






Reading next: Dream a little dream 

The next book I plan on reading is another by Giovanna Fletcher as I'm working my way through all of her books before I start on anything new. I actually don't know all too much about this book, I just know that I want to read it! This book follows Sarah, a lady who has been single for the last two years, and has spent an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex, his perfect girlfriend and all of their mutual friends. No ones surprised when she starts dreaming about a handsome stranger and begins looking forward to sleeping every night, but it all gets a little strange when her dream-stranger turns up in the real world! This is actually the first time I've read about this book and I'm now super excited to read, eek! 


What are you reading at the moment?
What would you recommend? 


Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 11 | Instragrammers to look out for!


https://www.instagram.com/ashleighparry13/

Happy Sunday! This is a super late post because I've just got in from work and totally forgot to schedule a post! I'm so sorry, but I object to failing this challenge.


Sunday, Sept. 11: Round up of your favorite Instagrammers! Who should we follow?


Today we're talking all about those instagrammers you should be looking out for. Now I don't want to bore you by writing an essay on who and why you should follow people, so i'll leave some pictures and links so that you can all see for yourself.



Giovanna Flettcher
https://www.instagram.com/mrsgifletcher/

Phillip Bloom 
https://www.instagram.com/philipbloom/


Humans of New York
https://www.instagram.com/humansofny/

BottleandHeels
https://www.instagram.com/bottleandheels/


Who would you recommend following?

Happy Instagramming!






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