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Hi there, It's me Mike. This is an online diary of my life. I write about; day trips & adventures, my life, my opinions (such as music & movies), plus plenty of other things - basically the sort of stuff you would write in a diary!

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Homemade Fairground-style, Creme Egg, and Funfetti Donuts


These mini donuts are ideal for a little treat. The classic childhood 'hot sugar fairground donut', an easter special 'creme egg donut', and Zoella inspired 'funfetti donut'. As well as a couple of other basic decorations.


Homemade Tortilla Pizzas & Garlic Bread


I made my own tortilla pizzas. Simple and quick - perfect for an easy meal. I guarantee if I can make them, you can too!


My Favourite Songs At The Moment (February 2017)


An updated list of my favourite songs


Things I Want To Achieve in 2017 !


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

"New year, New start, New me" blah blah blah... everyone says that. These are the things I really want to achieve this year.

Tell My Family About My Blog & Channel
This is probably one of the biggest things on the list. Believe it or not, my family and friends still don't know about my blog or channel. By the end of this year I would like to have told them, even if I don't tell them the name, I would at least like them to be aware I make blogs and videos.

Reach 500 YouTube Subscribers
Normally I don't set goals like this at the start of the year - I normally wait til November-ish time and round up (e.g. 287, I would set a goal of 300), however, I thought there is no harm in having something to aim for. 500 subscribers would mean a lot to me. At the time of posting this I am on 310 subscribers - so 190 to go!
If you're new to my blog, maybe check out my channel?

Do More Vlogs
Daily vlogging (but not every single day, a bit like how Joe Sugg does it) looks so fun and is something I want to try, but it's kinda hard to vlog when my family and friends don't know about my channel. I'm not going to set a goal to do a certain number of vlogs because it really depends on how many interesting days I have, but I definitely want to make more.

Make A Collab Video
I know this doesn't sound like much but this is something I have wanted to do since creating my channel. I have anxiety so I can be awkward with new people, and get nervous when travelling. So a collab really sounds like a nightmare, however, it's something I really want to do.

Overcome Anxiety (EDIT: Get Help For My Anxiety) 
This one is a personal goal, rather than my YouTube or blog goals, like my others. Anxiety is something I don't really talk about much, I've mentioned it now and again, but I don't really go into the details of how it affects me. I would like to seek help for it and control the anxiety - rather than the anxiety control me. I know it's not going to be an overnight fix, I'm not expecting to no longer be affected, but getting help would be a step in the right direction.


Let me know your 2017 Goals in the comments!!

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2016 Resolutions - Did I Keep To Them?


At the start of 2016, I set myself some resolutions. It's time to look back and see if I kept to them.

My resolutions were...

Keep working hard on my Blog & YouTube Channel
I would say overall this was a success. Yes, there have been times where I have barely uploaded, but that was a combination of Creators Block, and my family not knowing about my channel. I did originally state "working hard doesn't mean not missing an upload" because there is so much more to it than that.
I agree I could work harder by adding captions to my videos - maybe that's something I should start doing?

Keep in contact with friends
No. There is not another way to put this, I failed this one. Distance is an issue (they are at uni, and I'm still at home), however, that is no excuse. I could send them more messages and arrange to do things when they are back in the area - something I've barely done. However, we are arranging to meet after Christmas which is nice.

Be healthier
I never meant to turn into a health and fitness guru, I just meant reduce the amount of bad foods I eat. It didn't really go to plan... let's not talk about this one 😂

Drink more
This is a hard one to evaluate because it really does vary. Some days I drink plenty, other days I don't drink much. I would say I'm probably no better, but no worse than I was before.

Drink less fizzy drinks
This one started really well. I stuck to mostly flavoured water and juices, and I actually enjoyed it. Of course occasionally I would have a fizzy drink, but for the most part, I had water. However, notice where I said, "started really well". Things took a turn for the worse, and now I drink a lot of fizzy drinks again.

Early nights
Again, this one started really well. I would always be in bed before midnight, and gradually over time, it slipped to 12.30, 1.00, and now the midnight thing isn't really a thing anymore. However recently (the past couple of weeks) I have been trying to get back into this routine.

Keep my room tidy
I am fully aware my room isn't the tidiest out there... it definitely is not a showroom. However, I would say it's tidy enough. My room is small, so I do have to make the most of the rather limited space I have.


Overall
There is a common trend - I started really well. But let's be honest, I don't think anyone actually sticks to their new year resolutions so I doubt I am alone.

Did you stick to your New Year Resolutions? Let me know in the comments!

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The Christmas Tag


OMG, IT'S CHRISTMAS TOMORROW!! Hope you have a great Christmas :)

Yes, I know I did The Christmas Tag last year, but this one is a different set of questions. So this is 'The Christmas Tag 2016 Edition'.

🎄🎅⛄

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS FILMS?
My favourite has to be The Muppets Christmas Carol. I have watched it since I was young, and it's just great. I also love Elf, Jingle All The Way (if you've been reading my recent posts, you would know I was watching that in November haha), and The Polar Express.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A WHITE CHRISTMAS?
We get a thin layer of snow, but its nothing fun (not really enough to make snowmen). So it's just cold and causes traffic jams because in England we can't cope with the tiniest amount of snow.

WHERE DO YOU USUALLY SPEND YOUR HOLIDAY?
At home. I know some people like to go away for Christmas, but to me, Christmas just would not feel the same on a hot beach. 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONG?
In my last post, I did a Christmas Playlist with all my favs, so I'm just going to promo that post haha.

DO YOU OPEN ANY PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS EVE?
No. Well, not any main presents anyway. Sometimes we might get a little present from the neighbours so we might open something like that a little early. 

CAN YOU NAME ALL OF SANTA’S REINDEER?
I'm struggling here to name even a couple haha. Obviously, I can remember Rudolph, but that's about it.

IS YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE REAL OR FAKE?
Fake. But I would love a real tree, to be honest. We've decided only to have a mini tree this year. To be fair it does look nice, it's a lot easier to decorate, and doesn't take up loads of room. We also have a mini train going around the bottom which is cute.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY FOOD / SWEET OF ALL TIME?
I'm a really fussy eater, so it's nothing like Christmas pudding or mince pies. My meals/treats stay pretty much the same. I do quite like gingerbread, which is kinda Christmassy? 

BE HONEST: DO YOU LIKE RECEIVING OR GIVING GIFTS BETTER?
Both! I'm not gonna lie, I love receiving presents, but I love giving them too.

WHAT IS THE BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
I can't really pin it down to one gift. I have always been very lucky and got the main present I wanted (thanks, Santa 🎅). So every year has had a good gift. I sound like such a spoilt brat.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PLACE TO VISIT FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON?
I know earlier I said I prefer to stay at home for Christmas, but New York. I mean, New York just looks like an amazing place - and it's not a hot sunny beach so it would still feel like Christmas.


ARE YOU A PRO PRESENT WRAPPER OR A PRO FAILURE?
Pro Failure, without a doubt! When possible, I take the easy route and use gift bags.

Here is an example of my wrapping from earlier this year for my sisters birthday. Don't laugh...



And that's The Christmas Tag 2016 complete.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and I'll see you again in the new year!

I'd love to see your answers, so feel free to answer them in the comments :)

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Last Minute Christmas Shopping!


Last Minute Christmas Shopping Trip!

The day started at 9 am - and if you know me that's early, really early for a day off. I needed to pick up the final few bits for Christmas - talk about leaving it last minute. I don't know why I do this every year. It makes everything rushed and start to panic if I've got something for everyone.

I would like to mention this is NOT a paid promotion or sponsored post.

We arrive, and everywhere was decorated for Christmas. Lot's of Christmas lights, a giant Christmas tree, there was even a train made out of Lego. My favourite has to be the 'rainbow heart tree' (I don't know if that's the official name, but it will do) it looks so pretty when it starts to get dark. Everyone kept walking in front of the camera so it was hard to get decent pictures, which was annoying 😠.

I love Christmas markets. They just put me in the festive spirit, and are just really nice. There weren't that many this year (but that could be because we've left it late and it's close to Christmas?) but they were still nice to look around. I loved the candy one, but I had to be good and resist temptation.

Looking around all the shops, as you would probably expect at Christmas time, there were crowds of people and long lines. Basically, every shop had a queue that was like a mile long (ok, a bit of exaggeration here). The queue for Lush was unbelievable, as soon as you walked through the door you were in the queue which went through and around the entire shop (literally, no exaggeration here) - you had to pick the things up as you went around in the queue.

I couldn't help myself but take a few snaps, I just love Lush presentation, it's so colourful. Plus, I needed something to do for this massive 40-minute queue just to get one thing.

This is where things start to get less festive...

The thing I hate most about shopping is... "Hiya, can I help you?" - especially if you keep getting asked - or as I call it "pestered". I understand they are doing their job, but if I needed them I would go up and ask. I was looking around one shop, got approached by a worker and my anxiety was set off because they asked: "Can I help you?". I started to get hot, sweaty and bothered - I ended up having to leave the shop.

After spending all day looking around the shops, towards the end of the day, I was starting to get impatient. Literally on my feet all day, starting to get tired, and hands starting to hurt from holding all the bags. I'm also quite a fast walker, so it's annoying when I get stuck behind slow walkers. I just felt like yelling "MOOOOOOOVVVVE!!".

After a long 8 hour day, we needed to sit down. We went to Pizza Hut for tea which was delicious. I'm boring so I just ordered a plain cheese & tomato pizza, my sister got a veggie one, and for dessert, we both ordered the brownie.

Finally, time to get the train home. Luckily it wasn't too crowded, so we managed to get seats - I don't think we could have coped standing after all that time.

Let me know in the comments... 
Have you left everything last minute, or been organised for Christmas?

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