Screw it, final goodbyes

Hey,

So I’ve changed my mind again. What a suprise that is. I know I said I would do three posts these last two months, but honestly, I don’t want too. So here is everything I need to say.

First of, my goals. Completely smashed them! I feel so ill now though but I did it!! I kind of went overboard, stressed myself out, pushed myself too hard and made my head a little crazy to be in, but I’m back on the other side now. Just recovering from an awful chest infection cold type thing.

I created this blog in March 2015, and I can tell you, I have loved every second of it. Through all of my ups and many downs I have shared on here, I have made some incredible life long internet friends. Some, I want to meet in real life and spoil the hell out of them! 

This blog has been my little safe haven. My place where I have been able to grow and never be put down for expressing myself. Each and every one of you mean so much to me in very different ways. Some of you were my very first supporters, some of you are the ones who are bold enough to give me constructive feedback, without wanting to hurt my feelings. Some of you are my little cheerleaders, always pushing me forward, always there to motivate me when I need a kick up the ass and the ones I can cry too if I need too. And all of you, yes all 600+ of you are my family. Without you, this new beginging wouldn’t be possible.

I have had so many amazing opportunities while running this blog, I mean I worked with Clinique for god sake! Never in my life would I have thought that was possible! I have worked with other amazing brands such as propercorn ( who I am still totally obsessed with! Lightly sea salted all the way!!), Toddlebike2 (who have made my cousins playtime so much better!), Malki Dead sea minerals (the one company who has made my skin amazing!) Saint London, (who have georgeous watches ((use my discount code IMAGALAXYGIRLBLOG for 20% off!) And many more. 

I’m not going to lie, writing and uploading everyday, sometimes more than once was a struggle, I did rush some content but others on here are my pride and joy. This blog has over 30k views and that is insane! 

I have literally grown up infront of your eyes, I’ve gone from a shy little girl who was afraid of the world, to a girl who has opened herself up to the galaxy and has finally accepted who she is. (Hence why I have stuck with the galaxygirl name). 

I do love and appreciate every one of you, because lets face it, without you, I would still be that shy girl who is too afraid to stand up for what she believes in. 

This new blog and YouTube is going to the best new journey I can take. I have already had my fair share of cries and tantrams over them both, so you know that they are going to be good. If you want to join the team, be a part of the new journey I am taking, then click here to subscribe to my brand new YouTube channel, here to follow my new blog, here to follow my Twitter (leaving hints every day up until the release date!) and here to check out my Instagram. That’s all the links you need right now. 

Thank you for the best years of my life, thank you for the valuable lessons you have all taught me and thank you for being such amazing, supportive friends. Love to every one of you, I wish you all the luck for the future. Dream big and reach for those stars because you will soon reach them!

Love you all!

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November goals

Hello,

How are you? I need to address something before I carry on with my post. A few of you have noticed a name change on my social media. You are very observant. I have created a new blog. Yes, you read that right. It would be amazing if you could all head over and follow me. That new blog will have it’s first ever post on January 1st 2018! Natalie had messaged me some words of widsom and she was right, I shouldn’t delete everything, because I did work my arse off on my content. So, instead of deleting everything, I am keeping this blog. It just wont be used anymore. My new blog is www.lifelikeagalaxygirl.wordpress.com please head over and follow me. Share this on your Twitter and Instagram too! Help me reach at least 200 followers before I begin.

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Okay, so now that that is done, I want to share with you my November goals.

  • Go to bed before 3am – I have been going to sleep around 3am and then not waking up till gone 12! That’s really not healthy, so my aim to sleep at a normal time.
  • Wake up before 12pm – Obviously! Hopefully I can get my body into the routine of waking up at 8am. 
  • Lose some weight – I have been doing so well at this, then after my little wobble, I gained 2 pounds. Now, that isn’t much at all, but I need to loose it and some more too.
  • Get a minimum of 200 followers on my new blog – This blog has over 600 followers and every single one of you are amazing! But I know that realistically, not everyone will follow my new blog. But I am hoping that 200 out of 600+ still want to follow my journey.
  • Do more photography – I’m not sure when I neglected it, but I want to go out and get some new shots. I love uploading them to my photography Instagram page.

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Well, that is it. Those are my goals! I will update you on these at the end of the month. Again, here is the link to my new blog www.lifelikeagalaxygirl.wordpress.com I hope to see you all over there!

Lots of love and I will see you soon.

Alanna x

 

Apple and ginger crumble (Gluten free)


Hello,

How are you? If I am correct, most of you are now on half term, yay! You have a full week to enjoy my endless posts 😉. Just kidding, you have time to relax and buy some of my pre-merch (click here). 

Today I thought I would bring you a new recipe. I haven’t shared one with you for a little while so why not. 

Ingredients

  • 6 Bramley apples, peeled and sliced
  • Preserved stem ginger,3 balls, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • Light brown sugar, soft, a sprinkling
  • 100g of light brown sugar, soft. Or 100g of caster sugar if you prefer.
  • 100g of rice flour
  • 50g of porridge oats, gluten free
  • 50g of almonds, tasted
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 100g of unsalted butter, cold and diced

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.
  2. Toss together the apple slices, stem ginger, ground ginger and sugar and pop it all in a heatproof dish.
  3. To make the crumble topping, simply chuck all the dry ingredients into a food processor and pulse to chop the nuts and oats up a bit. 
  4. If you prefer a more rustic finish, skip this stage
  5. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until your mixture resembles breadcrumbs. 
  6. You can add the butter to the processor and pulse to achieve the same results if you’re feeling lazy.
  7. Scatter the crumble topping over the fruit and bake for 35 – 40 minutes.

Hey presto. You have an apple and ginger apple crumble. You can serve this with custard or ice-cream, it’s completely down to you. Either way, dig in while it’s warm.

Don’t forget to share snaps of your creations over on instagram with #galaxygirlbakes. I hope to see you tucking into one of these soon.

Thank you for reading, come back later for a These are a few of my favourite things post. 

Stay safe, stay happy and live life as an adventure.

Love,

Alanna x

Let’s talk about boobs

Hey,

How are you? Today I am talking about boobs/tits/whatever you call them. If you find reading the title uncomfortable, please hang in there, this post is rather important.

Boobs, we all have them, yes I am talking about you men too. We hide them away in a bra for 12+ a day, we grope them, we pinch them, we compare them, we complain about them and we love them. You shouldn’t be ashamed of them.

We have saggy boobs, perky boobs, perfectly rounded boobs, wonky boobs, double d boobs and non exsistant boobs. You shouldn’t be ashamed of them.

One person is diagoned with breast cancer every 10 minutes.

Let that just sink in a minute. Every ten minutes, someone is being told they have cancer. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers here in the UK, yet still not everyone is aware of it. So I am here to educate you a little more. B

The three main risk factors of breast cancer:

1. Being a woman – over 99% of new cases of breast cancer are in women.

2. Getting older – more than 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50. Most men who get breast cancer are over 60.

3. Significant family history – this isn’t common, around 5% of people diagnosed with breast cancer have inherited a faulty BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.

Breast cancer diagnosis

1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month around5,000 people will be diagnosed.

Survival rates

Breast cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the last forty years in the UK.

Almost nine in 10 women survive breast cancer for five years or more.

Every year around 11,400 people die from breast cancer in the UK.

An estimated 691,000 are alive in the UK after a diagnosis of breast cancer. This is predicted to rise to 840,000 in 2020. For many the overwhelming emotional and physical effects of the disease can be long-lasting.

Breasts and men

Breast cancer in men is very rare with just 390 new cases in the UK each year, compared to nearly 55,000 new cases in women.

More than half (55%) of male breast cancer deaths in the UK are in men aged 75 and over.

A Breast Cancer Care survey found nearly three-quarters (73%) of men don’t check their breasts for signs and symptoms of breast cancer, even though the same number (73%) know that men can get the disease.

Signs and symptoms can be:

  • a change in size or shape
  • a lump or area that feels thicker than the rest of the breast
  • a change in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling (like the skin of an orange)
  • redness or rash on the skin and/or around the nipple
  • your nipple has become inverted (pulled in) or looks different (for example changed its position or shape)
  • liquid that comes from the nipple without squeezing
  • pain in your breast or your armpit that’s there all or almost all of the time
  • a swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone

Many symptoms of breast cancer, such as breast pain or a lump, may in fact be caused by normal breast changes or a benign (not cancer) breast condition. However, if you notice a change, it’s important to see your GP (local doctor) as soon as you can.

How to check

Everyone’s breasts look and feel different. Some people have lumpy breasts, or one breast larger than the other, or breasts that are different shapes. When you check your breasts, try to be aware of any changes that are different for you.

Look at and feel your breasts so you know what’s normal for you

Try to get used to looking at and feeling your breasts regularly – for instance, when you are in the bath or shower, using body lotion or getting dressed. You don’t need to feel your breasts in any special way.

Remember to check all parts of your breasts, your armpits and up to your collarbone.

Not every lump is dangerous

Most breast changes will not be cancer. However, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK so it is important that you find out what’s causing the change.

If your GP is male and you don’t feel comfortable going to see him, you can ask if there’s a female doctor available. You can also ask for a female nurse or member of staff to be present during your examination, or you can take a friend or relative with you.

When your GP examines your breasts they may feel that there is no need for further investigation, they may ask to see you again after a short  time or they may refer you to a breast clinic. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have breast cancer, just that further tests are needed to find out what is going on.

What is my point?

All I am asking is for you to check yourself regularly, go to your gp if you’re concerned, and go if you find any changes. If you are in a relationship, why don’t you get your partner to check? If they dont find anything then who knows what you’ll end up doing, do not be afraid to ask.

Don’t forget your boobs do change during periods, pregnancy ect, so just keep that in mind, I don’t want you thinking you’ve got cancer because your boob decided to release a little bit of milk.

Do take this seriously, as I said, every 10 minutes someone is diagnosed with this. This is not a joke, this is your own knowledge.

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Thank you for reading this post. Please do share this around and help make more people aware of not only breast cancer itself but how to check your boobs.

Don’t forget to donate to charities that are fighting to cure cancer, every little helps.

Thats all for me, thank you for your time.

Love,

Alanna x

Butterscotch soup & Pumpkin bread

Hello,

Welcome back to another cooking post. I feel like I have done a few of these recently, but it seems as though you enjoy them so I will carry on. 

Have you ever noticed that October seems to be the month where everyone raves about all things pumpkiny. I know thats not a word but we’ll stick with it. I think its all to do with the fact that it is the month of Halloween, where pumpkins are carved. Not quite sure how we all came to that tradition either but thats not the point. I decided to jump on the band wagon and create a pumpkin dish, with a slight twist. 

Let’s start of with the soup

Ingredients:

  • 25g butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1 medium butternut squash – peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Method

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot, and cook the onion, celery, carrot, potatoes and squash for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. 
  2. Pour in enough of the chicken stock to cover vegetables. Bring to the boil. 
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover pot and simmer 40 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.
  4. Transfer the soup to a blender, and blend until smooth (alternatively, use a hand held stick blender).
  5.  Return to pot, and mix in any remaining stock to attain desired consistency. 
  6. Season with salt and pepper.

Soup is pretty simple to make. Now, when I have soup I like to have bread with it, so why not make some pumpkin bread. Here is how:

Ingredients 

  • 425g pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 250ml vegetable oil
  • 150ml water
  • 600g caster sugar
  • 450g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. 
  2. Grease and flour two 20x10cm loaf tins.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. 
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. 
  5. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared tins.
  6. Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven.
  7.  Loaves are done when skewer inserted in centre comes out clean.

And that is it. Two amazing recipes with two delicious outcomes. Will you make these yourself? Or will you sit drooling at the thought of them? If you do decide to make them, tag me me on Instagram or on Twitter and use #galaxygirlbakes I’d love to see your creations.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope this has got you in the autumn mood. Before I go, all I ask is for you to comment below what vidoes you would enjoy watching on my YouTube channel. 

Stay safe, stay happy and live life as an adventure.

Love,

Alanna ♡

    Best recipe round up & a tag

    Hey,
    Welcome to another post. I hope you have had an amazing Monday. Todays post is going to be full of links to my favourite recipes that I have uploaded throughout summer. If you missed any, now is your chance to have a rad and maybe make your own. So without anymore introduction, here are my best recipes.

    My best recipes

    If you decide to create your own, use Instagram and tag me imagalaxygirlblog or use #galaxygirlbakes

    Over the next couple of months I have more recipes coming up, some are Halloween themed and some that you can enjoy with a hot chocolate. If you have any recipe requests, comment below. I would love to try new things so if you have any dietary needs e.g. coeliac  I would love to try to make something that you would enjoy too.

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    “This-is-my-truth-now” tag

    Thank you so much to the orang-utan librarian for tagging me to do this fun tag. If you don’t already, click the link and check out all of the amazing posts. There are a few tag posts that I am sure you’ll enjoy reading.

    The rules

    1. Create your own new post and call it “Tag: This-Is-My-Truth-Now” and be sure to include in your tags the words — without quotes — “ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag”
    2. Include these rules when you copy/paste to your own post.
    3. Be sure to thank the person that tagged you and include their responses at the bottom of your post, so someone can get to know them too. Tell everyone something interesting about the person who tagged you.
    4. Include a link to my original post mentioning this blog so we can see how many people choose to play along. Link to cut/paste is:  ThisIsMyTruthNow
    5. Choose 12 bloggers to tag and include a link to their latest post, so others can check them out and meet new people.
    6. Answer all 12 questions in The Challenge Questions section, but replace the 12th question with your own new one around telling the truth or revealing something interesting about yourself — you can leave the existing if you can’t think of something. (Note: I’m too lazy to change this!)
    7. Be sure to copy/paste the “Truth or Dare” section at the end of this post. It’s important to the challenge — so you better carefully read it!
    8. If you’ve haven’t been tagged, but you want to play along, you can totally jump on in and post responses to the tag on your blog.

    The challenge:

    1. You’re on your way to a birthday dinner that your friends have thrown for you. When you arrive, your favourite author is having dinner by himself or herself and asks you to sit with them, before you even see your friends or they see you. You have two choices: (1) You can sit with the author but can’t tell your friends that you’ve abandoned them for three hours, or (2) Meet your friends and lose the only chance you’ll ever have to talk with the author. Pick one or the other — no exceptions or communication to your friends to tell them about the author — and explain why.

    I would go and see my friends. They planned the birthday  meal and I don’t like blowing people off, besides my favourite author is dead so its impossible to see them.

    2. You’ve got an opportunity to spend a few hours alone “in your bedroom” with a character from any book you’ve previously read. The character tells you that (s)he would like to lock the door and spend some alone time with you. What book and character is it, and do you decide to enter the room and lock the door, or tell them you aren’t interested?

    Okay so I have recently been reading the Twilight saga again, so I would 100% have Edward Cullen in a locked room four hours. I mean, Mr P is my dream man anyway so I can’t think of anyone better.


    3. If you could turn any male character from one of your favourite books into a female character (or change a female into a male) in the book or book series, which one and why?

    I literally have no idea, I don’t think I would change any of the characters because I don’t think the story would be the same.

    4. What blogger currently on your follower’s list (meaning they follow you too) do you admire the most and why?

    Literally all of them! I can’t single someone out because if you knew the people I was following you’d see how bloody amazing and talented they are.

    5.  If you could change any one decision your favourite book character made, what would it be and why?

    Well Tobias, do not fall in love with Tris, she is such a bitch and I hate her.

    6. If you could pick 1 character from a book and 1 character from a TV show you watch (that is NOT based on a book) to be in a relationship together, who would you choose, and why?

    I can’t answer this because I don’t watch TV often, I usually have my head stuck in a book or I am typing up a post.

    7. It’s your last day on Earth. As you are about to cross that final finish line, a mysterious shadow appears, giving you a choice: (1) You can go move forward to whatever comes next for you [based on your own spiritual or religious beliefs], or (2) you can become a character in a book series and exist permanently doing whatever that author chooses to do with you in the book. Which do you choose, and if it’s option 2, reveal the book and author.

    Screw it, I am going for option one. I have already spent my life being hated so I don’t want to go through that again. I would rather just cross that line and wait for whatever happens next.

    8. If you could steal a pet from someone in any book you’ve read, but had to replace it with a friend’s pet (meaning they wouldn’t ever see their pet again), would you do it? If so, explain the who and why.

    Yes, I want Pete’s dragon as my pet so goodbye to whoever is going to be a good friend and swap their pet. I mean, who doesn’t want a bloody dragon as a pet!?

    9.  If you could turn someone from your real life into a character from a book, who from your life, who in the book and why?

    My dad is going to be the best character in David Walliams book Grampa’s Great Escape.

    10. Post a picture of the cover of a book you read in 2000 and the book you are currently reading now. (Note: if you weren’t alive in 2000, pick the first book you ever read and tell everyone what year it was from).

    I’m sorry but how on earth do you expect me to remember that? I would have been 11 so I a guessing that I read Starring Tracey Beaker or something like that. I am now reading Eclipse.

    11. Your favourite character (under 18) needs a place to stay for 3 months and asks you if (s)he could stay in your spare room (yes, you have one for the sake of this question). Who is it and what is the reason (s)he needs to stay with you?

    Please stop with the hard questions! I would let Jodie, the little eight year old girl from Damaged written by Cathy Glass. She went through some horrific events so I would let her stay somewhere where she is safe.

    TRUTH OR DARE:

    Oh, did I forget to tell you the last part of the ThisIsMyTruthNow tag? If you choose not to accept the tag, you have to follow through on whatever dare the person who tags you chooses — for my nominees, if you choose not to do this tag, your dare is to re-read [within the next 30 days] the book that has the lowest rating of all the books you’ve read in the last five (5) years. And if you don’t read it again, you’ll be cursed with bad book reads for the next five (5) years. HaHaHaHaHa! 

    I nominate:

    Every 3rd liker. So 3,6,9,12,15,18 ect

    Thank you for reading, I hope that you check out the posts I linked above. Have a wonderful evening and I will see you again tomorrow with a new post.

    Stay safe, stay happy and live life as an adventure.

    Love,

    Alanna x

    October Goals


    Hey,

    Pinch punch it’s the first of the month. Happy October. We are 10 months in now so we are getting closer and closer to a Christmas and I am getting closer and closer to my big move. If you have no idea what I am talking about, read my moving to the big A post. This time next year, I will be getting myself ready to move across the world to start a new adventure. Today’s post is not about that though, so I am going to stop banging on about it and get on with the actual post. I am bringing you another month of goals that we all know I will forget about.

    October goals

    1. Workout again. – I didn’t workout once last month, I couldn’t be bothered, but this month I want to lose the weight that I gained last month.
    2. Spend at least an hour out of the house everyday. – All I ever do is stay at home or go to work. I am so sick of seeing the same four walls. Last month I was out most of the time but it was never “me” time. I want to start having an hour to myself outside in the fresh air, to clear my head or go for a run, write a blog post or just chill in the meadow.
    3. Focus on my blog. – My blog is blooming, I can’t quite believe the response that  it is getting, but I have decided that uploading 8 posts every week is a little much, so I need to work out what is best for my blog and what is best for all of you then see what is manageable. Chances are I won’t change anything until the New year because I already have the rest of the years posts planned.
    4. Photography. – My good old goal is back again. If you don’t really know me, I love photography, I may not be perfect at it but I am always proud of my work, I have a photography account on Instagram where I like to show off some of them. My aim is to take a photo everyday of the month, I want to then put it into a photo book and keep it, each picture will be a memory of something that I did that day.
    5. Self pride. – I have done so much that I should be proud of, but I never ever really remind myself that I am doing something good. I just keep on going without really rewarding myself that I am being a kick ass woman and I should be proud of myself. So this month, when I do something great, I am going to make sure I remind myself that I am doing good.
    6. More interactive. – Obviously last month I wasn’t overly active on any of your posts because I was having a me month, so this month I am going to make sure I show you all how proud I am of you and your blogs. I will make sure I catch up on last months posts too.

    That is the end of my goals, I’m not setting myself loads because I want to focus on specific things. I hope that you still enjoyed this post. Thank you for reading. Before I go I want to leave you with a quote:

    Please don’t judge people. You don’t know what it took someone to get out of bed, look and feel presentable as possible, and face the day. You never truly know the daily struggle of others. ~ Karen Salmansohn

    Stay safe, stay happy and live life as an adventure.

    Love,

    Alanna x

    My autumn bucket list


    Hey,

    Its Wednesday which means you only have two days until Friday. You can all cheer up now. I do feel as though this week has dragged a little but I am trying to keep positive so I will not complain.

    For todays post I am sharing my autumn bucket list. I did the same for summer so if you want to go back and read that click here to read it. This post is pretty self-explanatory but for those of you who don’t have a clue what a bucket list is, it is basically a list of things you want to achieve. It really is as simple as that. So without anymore rambles, here is my bucket list.

    My autumn bucket list

    • Go for an early morning stroll on a quiet street.
    • Decorate my room for autumn.
    • Shop for some autumnal clothes.
    • Have a bonfire.
    • Jump into a pile of leaves.
    • Go apple picking.
    • Carve pumpkins.
    • Bake Halloween cookies.
    • Try a pumpkin spice latte.
    • Have a Halloween party.
    • Have a movie marathon.
    • Take a lot of pictures.
    • Bake more.
    • Buy autumnal candles.
    • Try apple cider.
    • Star gaze.
    • Paint my nails red.
    • Read more.

    I don’t have a huge list this time so hopefully I will be able to achieve every one of them. I would love to know what is on your autumn bucket list? Comment below and help inspire others.

    Thank you for reading, have a wonderful evening.

    Stay safe, stay happy and live life as an adventure.

    Love,

    Alanna x

    Welcome to Autumn


    Hey,

    I want to start by saying thank you so much for reading my very long post yesterday, I think that is the longest post I have ever written, so congrats to you if you made it all the way through.

    Today is going to be a reasonably short post, I just wanted to show you what posts you can expect, I have worked hard to cover a variety of things so I’m just going to jump straight into it.

    Posts to expect

    • Birthday celebrations
    • Book reviews
    • Goals
    • Bucket list
    • New recipes
    • Make-up hacks
    • Stories
    • Halloween inspired
    • Monthly faves
    • Real talks
    • FOOD
    • Songs
    • International giveaway
    • Christmas talk

    Autumn officially starts today which means I may be flooding my photography Instagram with a lot of super cute autumnal photographs. If you want to follow my photography account search “alannahollambys_photography” and follow me. I plan on being back and actively liking and commenting on all of your posts as soon as possible, I have really sucked on the whole being away thing, I have been posting like crazy on my Twitter and posting on and off on Instagram.

    Well, that is it for todays post, I did tell you that it would be a short one. I hope this has made you excited for my autumn posts. Thank you for reading.

    Stay safe, stay happy and live life as an adventure.

    Love,

    A x