Being brave…

Usually when we go for long drives it’s my dad that takes the wheel. He’s totally at ease driving while I used to be a nervous wreck!

I stopped driving for 7 years while I was living abroad, but when I came back home, one of the first things I had to do was get a car. I got back into the swing of it quite quickly, but I was still happy to stick with short journeys. 

Today I decided to be brave and ended up doing a 180 miles coastal tour with my dad and I loved every second of it!

We even managed to fit in some time for some photo breaks!

I guess the moral of this is, go do that thing that you’ve always wanted to try but have been too afraid to. Go on that long trip, dye your hair that shade of pink you’ve always wanted to, try skydiving…  

You might fail, but hey, you can learn just as much from failure as you can from success. It’s all about attitude. 

And who knows, you might just end up having a ball. 

L xxx

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Almost 2 years to the day…

It has been almost exactly two years since I last posted on here… To be honest, I had completely forgotten about this account until I received an email completely out of the blue from someone who had liked one of my posts from way back when!

 

I plan on becoming more active again. Looking forward to getting back into it!

 

L xxx

DIY: Crayon melt (With pictures!)

 I love arts and crafts, however I can’t draw to save myself so I had to find something else to satisfy my urge to do something arty. So after spending a very long time on Youtube, I found some great ideas! 

Something that really caught my eye was crayon melting. So I decided to give it a go! I took photos along the way in case anyone fancies trying it too! 

First of all, I taped lots of paper together to protect my floor and wall as the hot wax goes everywhere.DSC_0829

 

 

Then I grabbed my crayons!

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I soaked them in warm water to make taking the labels off a little easier.

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Next, I broke up the crayons into smaller pieces.

 

 

 

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Then I grabbed my canvas…

 

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and my hairdryer!

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Time to get started!

I kept the hair dryer on medium heat and power but it still got pretty hot so I used a ruler to hold the crayons, otherwise they just blow off the canvas. They do stick on their own after a while.

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Starting with the second colour!

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This project can get messy!

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Really messy.. It takes some time, so be patient and keep at it! Once the wax dries, if you’re not happy with it you can just heat it up again and keep going!

This is the final result. I’m not 100% happy with it. I wish I’d used different colours, but not bad for a first attempt! 😀

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With black acrylic paint, I painted some important words on top the crayon melt once it had dried.DSC_0847

 

 

I hope you like my Crayon melt tutorial! If you try it I’d love to see a photo!

You can find me on Instagram @laura_in_china

Amazing cookies!!!

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I made these bad boys a couple of days ago and they are great! The sugar content was meant to be way higher so I halved it and they tasted so good! I wanna share the recipe with you all! 🙂

Ingredients

  • 220g butter, softened
  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 250g rolled oats

1. Pre-heat oven to 180C / Gas mark 4.
2. Cream together the butter, brown sugar, caster sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. 
3. Combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and salt together with the sugar mixture.
4. Stir in the oats.
5. Roll the mixture into balls then flatten them and place on a greased baking tray.
6. Bake for about 10 mins then remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack/
7. Enjoy! 😀

Blogilates

What’s Blogilates I hear you ask? To put it simply, it’s amazing! An amazing woman called Cassey Ho, a fitness instructor, has made it her mission to help as many people as possible. She uploads new videos every week on her Blogilates youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/blogilates) filled with fun exercises which will leave you aching the next day! She also has a weekly section called Cheap Clean Eats where she provides amazing and healthy recipes! 

She never tells you to focus on losing weight, she stresses making yourself feel confident and proud. She also encourages you to prove to yourself that you can be more than you ever thought you could be. 

She makes up monthly calendars to challenge you to get yourself in shape and there’s also a beginner calendar for the new POPsters. 🙂 They can all be found on her website, http://www.blogilates.com/ 

 

And as if that wasn’t enough, she’s just launched http://my.blogilates.com/ a social network site for all her POPsters to contact with each other and to gain motivation and support from each other. 

And there’s still more! She’s also the founder of her own line of cute workout gear! Check it out at http://www.ogorgeous.com/pages/blogilates

I’d highly recommend everyone checking out her videos. She is an amazing person!!

Flashback Friday: Shanghai

When I first came to China, I was only supposed to stay for 6 months but I loved it so much I’m still here 5 years later. I’ve been lucky enough to visit quite a few cities around the country. One of the first places I visited was Shanghai. I’ve been back quite a few times since then. It’s a lovely city, very Western but still with a hint of China in it. A great place to go when you need to pick up some foreign luxuries like cheese. 😀

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ImageThis is the subway in Rush hour…. not my favourite time in Shanghai…… They literally have people on the platforms pushing people onto the carriages.. 

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It’s all about the little things

I don’t know about other people but sometimes for me, the littlest things can make me happy. Do any of my top ten match yours? Mine aren’t in any particular order. 

1. Cooking a meal for family/friends and knowing they enjoyed it.

2. Wrapped up in a blanket on the couch with a good book.

3. My cat

4. Hugs

5. Music

6. Hearing from someone you haven’t heard from in a while.

7. Making new friends. The man who sells popped rice at the end of my street is the loveliest person! 

8. Manners

9. Family / friends

10. Seeing an old couple hand in hand

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