Autumn Bucket List Update

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Autumn Bucket List Update

At the start of Autumn I wrote a bucket list. Now the snow is falling which obviously means it’s winter, so I thought I’d re-cap how I spent the season. Here’s how it went down:

Autumn Bucket List | A Guide To Fall Season Activities

-Toast Marshmallows

This happened in the kitchen on a rainy day in October. I burned my mouth because I couldn’t wait. It was worth it.

-Carve a pumpkin

We did this on the night before Halloween whilst watching The Night Before Christmas. We reckon mine (on the right) looks like the evil genius and my boyfriend’s on the left is the sidekick. A bit like Pinky & The Brain…what do you think?

-Give out sweets to trick or treaters

We only got the one trick or treater…but he was dressed like a ninja and he was awesome! Although I think I was more excited than he was. My boyfriend got him to ‘ninja snatch’ the sweets and pretended he didn’t see him do it. So cute!

-Make a wreath out of leaves

This was such a fun craft! Look out for a tutorial coming up soon 🙂 Collecting the leaves was the best part

-Make a Rhubarb and Apple Crumble

I’m going to post a recipe on here soon because this was bloody gorgeous! (even if I do say so myself…) It was the perfect warming comfort on cold days after long walks in the woods.

-Knit A Mega-Scarf

I’ve been eyeing up giant yarn on Etsy for the longest time and finally purchased some from mycosyLondon. I had so much fun making this! The stitches are quite large so it doesn’t take very long at all to make. Here’s an easy knitting tutorial to get you started!

(p.s: mega-scarf isn’t a brand name, but it should be right?)

Autumn Bucket List | A Guide To Fall Season Activities

I’m quite pleased with the little things I’ve accomplished this season. It’s surprising how much it helps to have a list of activities like this to make sure you make the most of the weather! What would be on your seasonal bucket list?

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Advice for the Overwhelmed New Blogger (Without the Technical Stuff!)

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I’m an overwhelmed new blogger. Even as I write this post I’m hearing a voice inside my head saying ‘You know nothing about blogging! What are you doing writing a blogging advice post?’

And the voice is right, to an extent- but you know something? I know a hell of a lot more than I did when I first started out.

I also know that I wanted to give up so many times- after looking at all the beautiful professional blogs out there it was so hard not to get discouraged. Sometimes I actually did give up- but a few days later I’d be back to it again. I just couldn’t give up on something which gives me so much joy- even though it’s frustrating!

And you know what? I’m still not there. I *know* there are things on AdventureBird that would make a pro blogger do an eye roll. I’m a perfectionist, so at first this was hard for me, but I’m forcing myself to accept the fact that it’s OK. I’m learning. The important part is having fun, and we all have to start somewhere!

With that in mind, I wanted to cut through all the technical stuff and write a post to help new bloggers out there like me enjoy blogging without the frustration. Don’t worry about SEO or Google Analytics or whether or not you have an Instagram theme (seriously ain’t nobody got time for that!), Here’s what you really need to know:

  1. Blogging is fun!

    This would seem obvious, but I’ve been guilty of forgetting this at times. Try your best not to worry about numbers. Just focus on having fun and creating great content, and the rest will flow!

  2. There’s going to be lots of technical stuff 

    But the great news is you don’t have to engage will all of it. For the stuff you do decide to engage with, see number 3…

  3. Take it one step at a time 

    The technical stuff especially takes time to master, but you’ll be amazed how much you can accomplish when you learn a little bit each day (the technical blogging guides are your friend here). For example you guys- I just learned what a Favicon is. Someone high five me!

  4. You’re gonna make mistakes (most likely with the techy stuff…) 

    I wish blogging was like drag, and you got some kind of awesome drag momma a-la Ru Paul’s Drag Race to teach you the blogging etiquette- but the reality is there’s going to be a lot of trial and error. It’s OK to make mistakes, which brings me on to number 5…

  5. Don’t be a perfectionist 

    This is probably the hardest thing to push through when it comes to blogging. Initially there will probably be a gap between your creative vision and the reality you create. The difference is skill, and skills can only be practiced by putting your work out there, so give yourself the freedom to be less than perfect.

  6. Connect with other bloggers

    Like me. Holla! 🙂 And a whole community of new bloggers who are on a similar journey to you. Reach out and say hi! Let us be your drag mommas!

  7. Remember #1: Blogging is fun! so HAVE FUN WITH IT! 

YOU GOT THIS!

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Hello Toronto! Experiences From My First Month In Canada

British ex-pat's Toronto life twenty-something abroad

British ex-pat's Toronto life twenty-something abroad

British ex-pat's Toronto life twenty-something abroad

British ex-pat's Toronto life twenty-something abroad

British ex-pat's Toronto life twenty-something abroad

British ex-pat's Toronto life twenty-something abroad

British ex-pat's Toronto life twenty-something abroad

 

British ex-pat's Toronto life twenty-something abroad

Hello Toronto! God, you’re beautiful.

You’re like nothing I’ve ever seen- apart from on postcards. Carpets of leaves. Trees that are on fire. Trees that are every colour at once. Log cabins. Pumpkin picking. Farmer’s markets. GOURDS. I could go on…

Honey sips are a thing. I did not know this. Now they are my new thing, and peach is the best.

When trying to take ‘leaf throwing’ photos, it’s best to to it when there isn’t already a huge carpet of leaves behind you, otherwise you won’t be able to see the leaves you’ve thrown and you just look like you’re jumping and pulling a weird face for no reason. I know this now.

I also know that Tim Horton’s red velvet cookies might just make me gain about one miiiillllion stone this winter (or pounds, if you prefer…) because they’re just that bloody brilliant.

I know that I have the most amazing friends, who are already planning a visit in the spring, and this makes me indescribably happy!

I know I can buy kids trainers for cheap here because I have tiny elvin child’s feet and I’m OK with that…

…I also know that they’re called sneakers here and if you ask for trainers people look at you funny.

Weirdly, I now know that my bf is in his element. He has sprouted a beard overnight and started sitting on logs and staring pensively off into the distance. He doesn’t say it, but I know he’s home.

I know that a Canadian goose will absolutely not be bothered when you honk your horn at it. Even if your car is about to run over it crossing the road and is inches away from its face, it will remain unflappable (*ahem*) and stare you down.

Goose: 1  Humans in a car: 0

To conclude- I like it here.

And just for fun, here’s a blooper shot of me doing a happy little dance in the leaves to prove it 😉

British ex-pat's Toronto life twenty-something abroad

British ex-pat's Toronto life twenty-something abroad

A British ex-pat's experience of Toronto life as a twenty-something abroad

 

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