How To Make Coconut Cookies! πŸ₯₯

Hello world!

How’s everyone? πŸ™‚ I’m finally posting regularly, every Sunday and Thursday, which is great! Also my mum is doing a lot better, turns out that she simply felt a bit ill after taking the vaccine. I’ve also been able to volunteer a lot more, and BAKE! so yesterday I made some really good and sweet coconut cookies, and I wanted to share the recipe with you! The cookies took me about 30-40 minutes to make, including waiting for the cookies to bake in the oven. It’s probably the easiest recipe I’ve ever followed, and I took it out of an old book in Hebrew which my grandpa got me back in 2010 lol. You can get the book right here.

Ingredients-

  • 200g powdered sugar
  • 200g ground/shredded coconut
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

Step one-

Take all of the ingredients, and mix everything together in a bowl. Then, take a baking tray and place a piece of parchment paper on it. Make small balls out of your mixed ingredients, and place the balls on the baking tray. Take a spoon (or your hands) and gently press the balls and flatten them. Make sure to leave some space between the cookies, because they will spread out in the oven!

Step two-

Place the tray in a pre-heated oven (about 150C) and wait for about 10-15 minutes! Then take the cookies out of the oven, let them cool down for some time and that’s it! Enjoy eating them πŸ™‚

And that’s it you guys! Thank you so so much for reading! Let me know if you end up making these cookies, I’d love to know! Also thank you so much for 50+ followers, that’s insane. That’s more than the amount of students in my class lol. CRAZY. Thank you! Drink lots of water, treat yourself and stay safe! I love you and am proud and thankful for you! See you next Sunday!

Toodles! πŸͺ

-Ocean girl

AliExpress- Earrings Haul! πŸ’

Hello world!

Happy 2021! How have you all been? I hope that all is well. I don’t really have many updates! Since the last blog, my country went into a third lockdown, so I haven’t gotten the chance to see my friends or family. I did get the vaccine though! Only once, I’m supposed to go in to get the second time in a few weeks. My mum haven’t been feeling too well lately, so I really really hope that it’s just the flu. ANYWAY! In today’s blog I wanted to share a small haul- earrings from AliExpress! I’ve really been into crazy, big, funny earrings lately, so here are some that I’ve gotten over the past few months. Press on the “name” of the earring in order to open the link to buy it πŸ™‚ Also, I literally get paid nothing to say or do any of this. I genuinely love these earrings.

Water tank earringsThese are so cute! They took 2-3 weeks to arrive. They’re a bit big, and also they’re not perfect- the paint isn’t 100% great, but alas I really love them, especially considering how cheap they were. They cost 1.70$, shipping is free.

Piano earrings– These are one of my favorites. Again, they’re a bit big and heavy, the paint isn’t too perfect but for some reason it makes me love them even more? They just looked super vintage and old, which I like. They cost 1.70$, shipping is free.

Flower earrings– One of my favorite earrings, again. They’re from a different store, so I feel like they’re also a bit better in their quality. They also cost a tiny bit more though! They cost 2.03$, shipping is free.

Dice earrings– They might be my favorites. The quality is really really good, especially considering the price. They are quite light, even though they look a bit big. I love them so much! They cost 1.36$, shipping is free.

Mushroom earrings– I keep saying this, but those earrings are super cute. Again, the paint isn’t perfect, but still I feel like it makes them look special anyway. I currently love mushrooms and that whole aesthetic, so I was really happy when I found these! They cost 1.83$, shipping is free.

Loops earrings– OKAYY so I actually expected the loops to be a bit smaller, so I’m not sure how much I love these! They’re quite big, and I feel like I would love to wear them when I feel like dressing up as if I were a mum in the 60’s lol. If you’re looking for big hoops though then they’re great. They cost 1.17$, shipping to Israel is 1.18$.

Vintage angel earrings– They’re so cute! Probably the ones that I got most compliments on! About two of my teachers asked me to see them during zoom class. They’re bigger than expected, but alas they are super cheap and the quality is great for the price. They cost 1.36$, shipping to Israel is 0.26$.

Gummy bear earrings– I don’t have a lot to say about these earrings, I think that they’re really great! They’re kind of basic, but I think that they’re great especially considering how affordable they are. They cost 0.99$, shipping to Israel is 1.04$.

Cherry earrings– I love them! I am actually wearing the earring right now. I bought them because it reminded me of Harry Styles’ song, Cherry, which I love! The earrings are kind of big, and they are a little bit heavier compared to the other earrings that I got from the same store. But still they are freaking amazing and I love them. They cost 2.49$, the shipping is free.

Fan earrings– They’re really cute! The painting isn’t perfect, again, but I just found out that they’re handmade, so considering that and the price I think they’re totally worth it. They cost 1.60$, the shipping is free.

Dinosaurs earrings– They’re amazing! SO cute! I really love how small they are- compared to the rest of the earrings that I shared with you today. They’re super light, and they look really great. They remind me of the “dinosaurs eating people” song, and I bought them before I found the song on Tiktok so I feel like I won lol. They cost 2.11$, the shipping is free.

Butterfly earrings– I bought these a while ago, and when I first received them I was lowkey disappointed. They aren’t as pretty as they look on the picture on AliExpress, but after some time I got used to them and am now considering buying another pair in a different color. They cost 1.67$, the shipping is free.

And that’s it for today! πŸ™‚

I hope that your 2021 will be much better then 2020! If you end up buying any of the earrings, let me know what you think of them! I’m pretty sure that if you use a few of my links you could get a discount, or at least that’s what it said when I copied them off the website. BUT ANYWAY. I also want to mention that if you have the ability to buy earrings from better shops, such as small businesses, it’s always better. This blog is just to show you some stuff that you can get if you don’t have the ability to afford buying from a small business. Take care of yourself, WEAR A MASK! and drink water.

Toodles! πŸ’

-ocean girl

Christmas Tree Farm Cake πŸŒ²πŸŒ²

Hello world! Happy new year!!!

Hey guys! So…. After my terrible attempt at blogmas went completely wrong, I decided to just post now some of the blogs that I’ve already wrote/ planned (like this one) and move on! I’m excited for the future. Anyhow! I decided to make another Taylor Swift related post, and share with you how I made a Christmas cake inspired by Taylor’s Christmas song, Christmas Tree Farm!! I used my mum’s recipe, so it turned out really well. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

(for the cake)

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 bag of vanilla extract powder (100g)
  • 1 1/2 cups of self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cups orange juice

(for the icing) by CupcakeJemma

  • 150g unsalted butter, soft
  • 340g icing sugar, sifted
  • 3-4 tbsp whole milk/milk infusion/juice/other liquid

Step one-

Pre- heat the oven to about 180C. Separate the egg whites from the yolks. Put the yolks on the side in a small bowl, you’ll need it later. Put the egg whites inside of the mixer, and add the sugar. Mix it, until it looks something like this.

Step two-

Now, slowly but surely add the rest of the ingredients (including the egg yolks), while still mixing. It should take a few minutes, mix everything until all of the ingredients blend with each other. Mine turned out looking something like this (see picture). Afterwards pour your mix into a rounded tray (you can use a different shape if you’d like of course, obviously it won’t change the cake in any way lol). You can pick up the tray and gently drop it or tap it in order to release air bubbles. Mine wouldn’t go away and the cake still turned out fine so don’t worry about it too much πŸ™‚

Step Three-

Take your tray and place it in the pre-heated oven for at least 20 minutes. Wait until the cake looks golden, and poke it with a butter knife or a toothpick to see that it’s ready. Mine ended up looking like this.

Step four-

OKAY, now your cake is ready! You can let it cool down and leave it as it is, or continue to decorate it with me. I left it to cool down for about 30-40 minutes , and in the meantime made my icing. I followed CupcakeJemma‘s recipe. Basically take the butter and mix it until it’s all fluffy and about twice its’ size. Then, slowly add the icing sugar, a little bit at a time, while still mixing. If needed, add a bit of milk until everything looks like you’d want it to. It should be looking like this.

Step five-

Now, decorate it!! You can do whatever you want. Because I’m making a “Christmas Tree Farm” inspired cake, I used green and red food coloring to color some of the icing, while leaving some white icing in a different bowl. Then, I leveled the cake until I was satisfied with it, and covered it with white icing.

Step six-

Now I simply decorated the cake- I took the green icing and drew big pine trees using a toothpick. I then wrote on the cake “Christmas Tree Farm” using the red food coloring. The cake is delicious, and so is the icing, so even though it ended up looking funny I really liked it- and so did my family! I hope you enjoy / enjoyed making your version of this cake as well :))

AND THAT’S IT!

Happy new year everybody! I had the best time ever with you this month, and this year. I’m really happy with how this blog has done this year. I’d like to thank you all so much for everything! <33 TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! If you go out to celebrate, take a mask! Wear it! Drink water! I love you, you’re doing amazing.

Toodles! See you in 2021!! πŸ₯‚

-Ocean girl

Netflix Shows Recommendations

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day sixteen!

How have you all been? I hope that all is well! Not a lot changed since yesterday… My friend came over and we watched some TV and made pasta! Also I finally finished reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. But that’s about it πŸ™‚ Since 2020 was a wild year, in which we all stayed inside for quite a while, I bet that most people ended up spending a lot of time on streaming websites and apps. One of the most popular one is Netflix, so that’s the one I’ll be talking about today. We don’t really know for how long we’re gonna stay inside for, so I decided to share with you my top favorite shows on Netflix from this year! So here they are, in no particular order πŸ™‚

YOU

The show You is following a guy named Joe, who at first seems like a normal person- he’s working in an old book shop, he’s super nice, good looking, funny, smart… Until he meets a girl named Beck. When Beck enters his little book shop, Joe talks to her and ends up developing a crush. However, soon enough that little friendly crush turns into an obsession- Joe does everything in his power to keep Beck safe and close to him, even if it means going completely out of line and doing things most people would not do. The show You is portraying a story line of one big true crime case, through the killer and the stalker’s’ eyes.

I really love true crime, so I immediately loved the show. Obviously, it’s not a real story, but it sure is an interesting one. I found myself confused quite a lot while watching the show. On one hand, there’s Joe- the main character, the one you’re rooting for. On the other hand, it’s pretty clear that Joe isn’t a good guy, that he isn’t someone that you should be rooting for. But then again, the show is from his point of view… It’s all very confusing and interesting. I really liked how smart and complicated yet easy to follow the story line is, even though sometimes I think that Joe is a complete idiot. In conclusion, the show You is a great show, especially if you like true crime. It’s going by fast, and you find yourself half way done before even realizing that you even started.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Brooklyn 99 is a show that portrays the every day life of the police officers in the 99th Precinct in Brooklyn in a comedic way. The show is fictional, so it’s not actually real officers and all, but it is quite funny. Every character has their own issues and problems, so seeing everyone together is quite interesting and funny. I don’t really have a lot to say about this show, except for the fact that it’s funny, serious at times, and definitely interesting. I loved how they covered in it many important issues with a touch of humor. Brooklyn 99 is such a great show, and I would recommend it to literally anyone.

How I Met Your Mother

The show How I Met Your Mother is about Ted Mosby, a father to two, who’s telling his kids the story of how he met their mother (obvious much?). However, instead of having a 5 minutes conversion about the matter, Ted spreads out the story onto 9 seasons, telling his kids all about the mistakes, the relationships and friendships that he experienced as a young man living with his friends in New York. The show reminded me quite a lot of Friends, yet, for some reason (don’t kill me) I liked it even more. I feel like apart from the humor, this show has some sense of seriousness to it, and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters and their stories. I found myself relating to every single character in one way or the other, laughing at their jokes and crying when they were sad. This show is also a good representation of how the journey is more important then the final destination (as the ending sucked in my opinion).

I would really recommend watching How I Met Your Mother if you’re looking for a show to binge watch, or the other way around- a show with short episodes that you can watch every now and then. It’s fantastic.

FRIENDS

Moving right along How I Met Your Mother, a very similar show is Friends. Friends is a show following a bunch of friends, living and working in New York. It’s really funny, and just like the previous one, you can’t help but fall in love with each and every single character. It’s interesting and light, so you don’t end up feeling tired after watching it. I feel like everyone knows or have watched this show, so I won’t waste your time talking about it too much. It’s great, it’s funny, it’s relatable and you should definitely watch it if you haven’t πŸ™‚

And that’s it for today’s blog!

Thank you so freaking much for reading and sticking around! We just hit 40 followers a few days ago, and I wanted to thank you so so so much! I can’t believe that that many people are interested in what I have to say. WEIRD. I’m so thankful! I hope that you take a good care of yourself, drink water and wear a mask! See you very soon!

Toodles! 🀎

-ocean girl

Records & A Book Haul

Hello World, and welcome to blogmas day fourteen!

How have you all been? Since yesterday I had time to visit my friend, and we really had a blast talking, listen to music and watch some episodes of How I Met You Mother. But anyway… A few days ago I uploaded the fun day in Tel Aviv blog, in which I told you that I bought a few new records and a book. So in today’s blog I thought that it would be cool to post a haul of what I got! I’m already gonna say this, if you’re here for the book then just know that there’s only one πŸ™‚ I couldn’t find anything else that I liked. So yeah lol let’s just go right into it, starting with the records as I bought them first :))

Ed Sheeran – Γ—

This record is probably my favorite Ed Sheeran album, I’ve listen to it so many times back in 2017-18. It was the first album that I recognized in the store, so my mum was kind enough to get it for me. I like how the record looks, and I would definitely recommend it.

You can get this record right here if you’d like!

Michael Jackson- Bad

My favorite MJ album! It’s a used one, but honestly it works fine and I love it. My favorite songs from this record are probably “Man In The Mirror”, “Smooth Criminal” and “The Way You Make Me Feel”. But really all of the songs are awesome. I would really recommend it, especially if you like old kind of pop!

You can get this record right here if you’d like!

Ariana Grande- Yours Truly

Again, probably my favorite album from this artist! I also love TUN, but I got excited that I could find an older album! I could buy TUN from her website any day, but YT is a little bit harder to find I think. Anyway, I love this record and the songs on this album, would 10/10 recommend. While listening to it again I realized how similar to Mariah Carey Ariana Grande sounds.

You can get this record right here if you’d like!

Dan Brown- Angels and Demons

And lastly, the book! I randomly found this book in an old shop, and decided to get it. I heard so much good feedback about Brown’s work so I’m excited to check it out. I’m planning to finish reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets today so I’ll start reading this book soon! I’ll tell you what I think about it once I’m done. If you’ve read it, let me know what you thought about it!

You can get this book right here if you’d like!

And that’s about it for today! This is the second book- related blog this blogmas, and what about it. I hope that you enjoyed reading this, and I’d like to thank you for doing so. Stick around if you’d like to see previous posts of mine, and follow for future blogmas posts! Take care of yourself! See you tomorrow.

Toodles! 🌻

-ocean girl

Top 5 Books That I’ve Read During 2020

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day thirteen! πŸ‚

How are you all? I hope that you’re doing well! Not a lot changed since yesterday- I posted blogmas day twelve kind of late, so ever since then I had time to take my dog out, eat breakfast and shower lmao. And here I am, writing this πŸ™‚ I love reading books so much, so I figure that making a blog dedicated to books will be a good idea. 2020 has been a rough year, physically for some people, and mentally for others. I know many people that dealt with quarantine differently- some watched TV, others saw movies, read books or listened to music. Sadly I barely read during lockdown, partly because I was so mentally exhausted everyday, and partly because I just wasn’t in the mood to deal with characters’ lives and worlds, when I could barely figure out what’s going on in my own. But even though I didn’t read as much as I would’ve liked to, I have read some books, and here are my top 5, in no particular order.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

So this one is kind of a classic that I’ve read twice this year. It’s really festive, cozy and comforting. I love the Harry Potter series, and I really recommend it if you’re looking for something nice to read. In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a short recap for you- The book is following Harry Potter, who lives with his awful aunt, uncle and cousin. On his 11th birthday, Harry finds out that he’s a wizard, and not just any wizard, but the only one who survived a killing curse. Harry starts to go to Hogwarts- the school for wizards and witches. Along with his friends, Ron and Hermione, Harry finds out that something strange is up at Hogwarts. Together, they figure out the troubles and face a one of the strongest wizard in the wizarding world.

You can get Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone right here!

2. My Favorite Murder- Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark

Even though I didn’t include it in my podcast recommendations post, My Favorite Murder is one of my favorite podcasts! I especially listened to it in the beginning of the year, so I got super excited when I found out that they wrote a book! My Favorite Murder is a crime podcast, but in their book Karen and Georgia tell real stories from their life, each of them ending with a life lesson. I really enjoyed reading their book, and might even read it again in 2021! I would recommend reading this book even if you haven’t listened to too many episodes of MFM, or even if you don’t really like true crime that much. The stories are really interesting and inspiring! I loved it <33

You can get My Favorite Murder- Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered right here!

3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight is another classic, honestly. I know that many people have mixed feelings about this book series, but I personally think that it’s quite nostalgic and cozy in a way. I read this book in Hebrew, so that’s why it’s in Hebrew in the picture. This book follows Bella Swan, who moves to live in Forks with her father. She falls in love with a guy named Edward Cullen from her biology class. However, she soon finds out that maybe Edward isn’t as normal as she thinks he is… This book is really cute and romantic, and I would recommend it if you’re looking for a new series to dive into :))

You can get Twilight right here!

4. Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

The same book as Twilight, except from Edward’s point of view. I don’t think that I’ll speak too much about it, as I previously wrote a whole review on the book! You can read it here if you’d like. If not, let me just say that it’s such a great book, especially if you liked Twilight. You get to learn so much more about the characters and about Edward and his thoughts. But anyway, great book. Would rate 10/10 no doubt.

You can get Midnight Sun right here!

5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Okayy so this last one is definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read. It literally broke me. Not kidding. I had to rearange my entire room after reading it, cause I just couldn’t stand being trapped in there anymore. I’m not even gonna give you a short recap because I’ll start to cry. If you love romance- READ IT. It’s so damn good. Just trust me.

You can get Me Before You right here!

AND THAT’S IT FOR TODAY!

Thank you so much for choosing to spend your time reading my blog. I hope that you’ll give any of the books a read- they’re really good, trust me! Let me know which are your favorite books? Especially ones that you’ve read in 2020. Follow if you’d like to see future blogmas, and stick around to read previous posts! Take care of yourself, it’s super important! See you tomorrow, hopefully!

Toodles! πŸŒ₯️

-ocean girl

My Favorite Sweaters β„️

Hello world and welcome to blogmas day five!

Hey you guys, how have you been? I can’t believe that it’s already been five whole days of me posting. I for real thought that I’d give up by now. But anyway, today I had a quiz in PE, which was so weird, but I got a good grade so that’s good. Also tomorrow I’m going back to school in person, and I’m so excited and looking forward to it! Today’s blog post is actually a little bit late, as editing the pictures took me longer then I thought it would. Originally I planed on doing a “clothes inspo” kind of blog, but since it took me so long I had to either give up completely on posting today, or just post what I already have. So here we are πŸ™‚

In this blog I will share with you my top 4 favorite sweaters that I am planning to wear this year! They’re really cute, and I hope that this will inspire you. So to start off I just wanted to say that I’m wearing a white long shirt from Castro, which you can find here (it’s currently out of stock but you can wear any turtle neck top underneath your sweaters).

Okay, so this first sweater is from H&M, Divided. I couldn’t find a link for this one, I’m sorry. I bought it a while back, and I just think it looks so great. It’s kind of cropped, but it’s still really warm, baggy and nice. I would definitely recommend πŸ™‚ I love it so much, especially wearing it with nice and long necklaces (which I’m not doing in the picture but you get the idea lol).

This next sweater is most definitely one of my favorites- the “cardigan” by Taylor Swift! I actually have the link for that one right here. I accidently bought it in one size bigger then what I needed, but I still love it so much (I wanted it to be baggy, so I thought that a bigger size would be a good idea. Turns out that it already is baggy, so it’s huge on me :)) It’s really warm, and I think that I would be wearing it daily if it wasn’t so big. But it’s to expensive to buy another one lmao.

The next sweater is one that I bought last year from Bershka. It’s currently unavailable, but here‘s the link just in case. I really love this one, and have been wearing it most of last year! It’s great, cozy and really pretty (and baggy, which you might have realized by now, I love!).

This last one I got a few days ago, from Golf! You can get it from here, the link is working and all is good. I really like this one, and I’m planning on wearing it tomorrow for school! It’s cozy and elegant and pretty. I love it <33

That’s it for today!

This blog was rather short, but honestly you don’t have any idea how much I had to work for it. Thank you for chosing to spend your time reading my posts! I appriciate that so so much. Stick around for more if you’d like to read my previous blog posts, and follow for more blogmas posts! Take care of yourself, and please wear a mask. See you tomorrow!

Toodles! 🧁

-ocean girl

2020 Podcast Recommendations πŸŽ§

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day four!!

Hey everyone, how are you? I hope you’re doing well. I’m actually writing today’s blog early for a change, so hey, I might even put it up on time lol. So not a lot changed since yesterday. I’ve had some time to read, so I got really further into my book while listening to “folklore” on my record player. Now I’m just catching up on some people’s vlogmas, while typing this.

This year was a bloody weird one, and since usually I listen to my podcasts on the bus, I didn’t have as many listening sessions as I do every year. But still, some podcasts helped keep me company while I was at home, hanging up the laundry or washing the dishes. And I thought- well, might as well share them with you! So grab yourself a cup of tea, your headphones, open your listening up, and let’s get into them podcasts.

Pretty Basic

So the first podcast I will talk about today is “Pretty Basic” with Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz. I’ve been watching Alisha and Remi’s vlogs and videos for a while now, and got super excited when I found their podcast, two years ago. Alisha and Remi are both lifestyle youtubers and best friends.

In their podcast they’re talking about their life, experiences, failed and successful dates, mental health and so on. I really like their chemistry, and how they’re managing to hold an equal and flowing conversations. Sometimes I really relate to what they’re going through, and sometimes I simply enjoying listening to someone else’s life. Either way, I always feel included in their conversations, I always laugh along at the jokes and get serious or sad when needed. I’ve been listening to their pod ever since the beginning, so I’ve probably listen to every single episode already. Take it from me- “Pretty Basic” is pretty great if you’re looking for a new laundry buddy.

Unsolicited Advice

Related to “Pretty Basic” and just as good is “Unsolicited Advice”. The co-host Ashley Nicole is Alisha Marie’s older sister, and also a lifestyle youtuber. Along with her best friend and co- host, Taryne Renee, the two give unsolicited advice to their listeners!

They talk about every-day, random struggles we all deal with- family drama, dating, best friends problems and work related stuff as well. Just like with “Pretty Basic”, I love the chemistry between the two, their jokes (especially dad jokes) and their big-sisters energy. I’ve listened to every episode of their podcast as well (except for an interview or something) and I love hearing how understanding and positive the girls are. I would really recommend this podcast as well, especially if you’re your friend group’s therapist.

Teenager Therapy

Speaking of therapy, “Teenager Therapy” is definitely the podcast for you if you’re, well, a teenager! It is a podcast created by five seniors in high school (they started the pod when they were sophomores I believe), in which they talk about their life- ups and lows, or in their words: “a podcast that’s a coming of age story portrayed in real time”.

I really like how their podcast is full of mistakes and failure as well as their successes. I really like how they disagree with each other in addition to supporting each other, and their “character development”. “Teenager Therapy” is truly an unfolding story line, and I really enjoy listening to how each of the guys (and Kayla) learn from their mistakes and repeat what they’ve done well. One of my favorite episode of theirs is the one where Gael, one of the guys, talks about a relationship he had with someone. Another favorite episode of mine is the one where they talk through their friendship and its problems. I would recommend this to anyone, especially to a teenager in high school. Their podcast is really one of those rare things in life that shows you how you’re not alone.

Extra Dynamic with ur mom ashley

The “Extra Dynamic” podcast is the last one for today. The podcast host is ur mom ashley, who’s a youtuber as well. In her podcast, Ashley is mostly talking to and interviewing her brother and sister, her parents, her boyfriend and her friends. They’re usually talking about life, catching up or talking about whatever big thing they have going on.

I’ve been watching Ashley and her siblings on YouTube for a while now, so I got excited when I heard that she’s starting a podcast. I enjoy listening to her podcast because it is so easy to relate to, it’s funny and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone really, as long as you’re interested in hearing a bunch of people having a conversation. I love it, I’ve listen to every episode and I’d do it again πŸ™‚

And that’s it!

Thank you so much for making it to the end of this blog. If you’d like, you can stick around and read some of my previous blog posts. Follow for future blogmas posts, as well πŸ™‚ Make sure to take care of your body and your mental health, remember to take a break when needed. I will see you tomorrow with a new blog! Happy December!

Toodles! 🎑

-ocean girl

Folklore- The Long Pond Studio Sessions Review

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day three!

Let me start off the blog as I usually do- how are you today? How are you feeling, how did your day went by? Anything new? Something really awesome happened to me yesterday- if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’d know that I worked through almost all of august, trying to save money for a record player. Well even though I’ve earned enough money, I wasn’t able to go and buy it because of covid-19. Until now. Yesterday my mum just asked me randomly if I’d like to and get it, as the stores just opened about two weeks ago. I was like “AH, okay!” and so I did!! It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve even seen, and it’s currently sitting on top of my bookcase. Before buying the record player I bought online a record of Taylor Swift’s 7th album, “Lover”, and played it on my new record player while writing yesterday’s blog.

Speaking of Taylor Swift, I kind of think that we should get right into today’s blog. So, in case you didn’t know, during July 2020 Taylor released her 8th studio album, “folklore”. It’s incredible and amazing and you should definitely check it out. Probably my favorite of her albums so far. But well, usually when releasing an album, Taylor does this thing called “secret sessions”, where she invites some fans to her house, play the new album for them, tell them stuff about the songs… Last year she even did the Lover’s Lounge on YouTube. Since this year she was unable to do any of that, she teamed up with Disney+ and together they released the Long Pond Studio sessions- a film on Disney+ in which Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner play the entire album, and talk about the songs and the meaning behind them. Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver also joins them to play “exile”. As a massive fan of Taylor’s work and especially of “folklore”, I obviously watch the whole thing, and here’s my review πŸ™‚

So to start off, I LOVED the whole vibe of the film. It was very cozy, and I loved how every interview of every song was in a different location. The music was amazing, as it really stayed true to the original recording of the songs, but yet somehow it was different, in a very good way. I loved the extra fun facts and details about the songs that we got to learn while watching the film.

So the album starts off with “the 1”, which in the way that I see it, is talking about a good relationship that ended long ago. The writer is reviewing the relationship after being over it, saying “it would’ve been fun if you would’ve been the one” (or at least that’s how I see it, Taylor didn’t really go into details in that one). Honestly, even though it’s a great song, and I’ve listened to it so many times I could sing it to you in my sleep, it isn’t my favorite. Again, Taylor didn’t go into too many details with that one, but the performance was amazing. Same goes to “the last great american dynasty”, Taylor did say a bit more about this one, but it isn’t really my favorite so even though I sang along while watching, I wasn’t as interested in it as I was in the next song.

If you listen to the album you probably know that there’s a love triangle- instead of writing about her life, in a few of her songs Taylor writes about fictional people, a fictional love triangle, actually. “cardigan”, the second track in the album, is from Betty’s point of view. Betty is a girl, around the age of seventeen, who was cheated on by her boyfriend, James. The song “betty” is from James’ point of view- he’s kind of apologizing about his actions. The song “august” is from the other woman’s point of view. She’s reviewing and going over what she thought she had with James. According to Taylor, the song “cardigan” takes place about 20-30 years after that summer, when James cheated. Even though he treated her badly, Betty ends up forgiving him and making their relationship work.

In the song “Betty”, James explains how he didn’t know better, as he was only seventeen (“I’m only seventeen, I don’t know anything”). In “cardigan” however, Betty says that SHE knew better (“But I knew you…”). I really love how the songs are connected in so many ways, I wish I had time and space to talk to you about all of them. But, back to the film- Taylor said that it was her boyfriend, Joe, that wrote the chorus to “betty”, which I thought was so cool! It was also cool knowing that James and Betty end up together.

Then, Taylor went on and talked about “august”. “august” is actually my favorite song off the album, and it also ended up being “my song of the year” in Spotify. I’ve listened to it about 344 times (holy….!!). So I got super excited when Taylor talked about it, that I almost cried. Taylor explained how there isn’t such a thing as “the other woman”. August, just like anyone else, was a girl who wanted to be loved. She thought that she and James had something real, and is broken to know that they didn’t. That made me really sad, because I was like “yup, same”. I loved the explanation, and hearing the live version of the song afterwards made me extremely happy.

Two songs that I ended up loving more after seeing Taylor talking about them in the film were “this is me trying” and “peace”. Especially “this is me trying”. Taylor said that usually, in school, we get this little pat on the back every time we get a good grade, etc. But in “real life”, it is a little bit “harder” (I guess) getting that positive attention. Sometimes we’ll be going through so much stuff, and no one will know. But even staying here, even holding on to what we have is trying, it is still making an effort. Hearing that made me lowkey sad, but also it gave a whole new meaning to the song for me, which I loved. In “peace”, it was actually Aaron Dessner who made me change my mind about the song. The song is about kind of asking someone, “will you still be with me, even if I could never give you peace?”. Aaron talked about having depression, and how that effected his relationships in the past. How being unstable in that way made it harder to be with him. That literally made me cry- I loved that. I love how Taylor wrote this mostly about the fame (could be wrong about that but hang on) and how Aaron was able to take it to a different place, one where many people could relate to.

Seeing Taylor talking about “illicit affairs” made me think a lot too. I took it to a different place though- the line “You taught me a secret language I can’t speak with anyone else” made me think about something different then an affair. In every relationship, friendship or any type of communication you have with anyone- you can almost never have the same thing, the same energy and chemistry with someone else. This song made me think about previous friendship breakup and about people that are no longer in my life.

Wow I’ve been typing for some time now! I really need to put this blog out in like three minutes lol. So I think that I’ll stop here for now. These are my main points that I took from the film. Honestly, this review turned into me talking about “folklore” more then me reviewing. But alas, it is what it is.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this blog, and that if you’re a fan of “folklore” I’ve given you some things to think about :)) Thank you for joining me for blogmas day #3! Stick around if you’d like to read some of my previous blogs, and feel free to follow in order to read the next blogs in my “blogmas” series. Take care of yourself, drink water and wear a mask if you’re going outside.

Toodles! πŸƒ

-ocean girl

Breakfast and Lunch- Meals Inspo πŸ₯˜

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day two!

This feels so weird! I’ve already written to you yesterday πŸ™‚ So, what’s new with you? Since yesterday I had a little more time for reading, so I read “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” again. I’m currently re-reading the whole HP series, but as soon as I’m done I’ll be back with some more books recommendations and reviews. Also we learned something really nice about “living our truth” in gender class, so maybe I’ll share it with you someday. Oh, and also my friend got married! That led me to think that maybe I am the problem (jk though I’m literally only seventeen I don’t need no man). So, now that we’re all caught up, shall we?

Today I wanted to share with you some really simple, easy to do meals. Since we all are stuck at home, we eat, do and live the same life every day. I know that most people get tired of eating the same thing in the same way, so I thought I’d share some new ideas! Most of you probably have the ingredients at home, as these really are super easy and casual. I hope that you can use this as inspiration! πŸ™‚

πŸ₯‘ Avocado, egg and puffed rice cakes

Okay, so this first one is actually quite easy, and most of you probably have everything at home already. What you’ll need is-

  • Avocado
  • Lemon (juice)
  • Salt
  • Egg (s)
  • Puffed rice cakes
  • Whatever else you’d like to add!

First, cut the avocado in half, peel off the skin and place it on a plate. Take a fork, press and mix the avocado until you’re satisfied. Add some lemon juice and salt, and mix it all together. Try to taste the avocado while you mix, add more salt or lemon juice as you’d like.

Next, fry the the egg however you like it best. Once the egg is ready, place it on a plate along with the avocado. Add the puffed rice cakes (you can also switch these for bread!) and add anything else as you’d like. I’ve added some cream cheese and anchovy.

And that’s pretty much it for the first meal! You can switch any ingredient to a different one if you’d like. It’s healthy, easy and tasty.

πŸ₯¦ Broccoli, rice and vegetables

For this one I mostly used stuff that I found in our fridge, so again, feel free to switch it for anything else. Here are the ingredients that I’ve used-

  • Broccoli
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Oil
  • Vegetables
  • Rice
  • Anything else

First, Take the broccoli and break it into smaller pieces. Wash it under running water, and let it dry out. Pre-heat the oven to 150-180C.

Once the broccoli is dry, take a baking tray and put aluminum foil on top of it. Place the broccoli on the tray, spread it out nicely. Then, take the oil, black pepper and salt and drizzle it randomly on the tray and broccoli. Then put it in the oven for about 10 minutes, until you’re satisfied with the results.

While the broccoli is in the oven, you can prepare the rest of your meal. We had some rice and beans in the fridge, so I just took them and put them in a bowl. Cut some vegetables, and place them in the bowl as well. Once the broccoli is ready take it out of the oven, wait for maybe 4 minutes and then place it in the bowl next to the vegetables and rice. And that’s it, your meal is set and ready to be eaten πŸ™‚

And that’s it you guys! These two meals are super fun, tasty and easyyy to make! I hope that even if you didn’t end up making them, seeing the pictures and ingredients gave you some ideas of your own! And if you did end up recreating one of these meals, let me know. I hope that you have a lovely rest of the day, and that you’re taking care of yourself and your mental and physical health. Stick around if you’d like to read some of my previous posts, and follow for future “blogmas” blog posts πŸ™‚

As always, take care, and I will see you tomorrow with blogmas day #3! I’m super excited for that one.

Toodles!

-ocean girl πŸ’