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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10 things I would say to my younger self


Hey,

How are you? Did you enjoy my nail inspiration post? If you haven’t read it yet, read this then go check it out. It was uploaded half an hour ago. This post is in thanks to Nimra so check out her blog. I put on my Instagram story asking for any post requests and she came back with two amazing posts. The other one will be uploaded soon.

I have been thinking about this for a while now, so I am glad I am now doing a post on it. I have decided to break this into two parts. One part being a child and the other part  being a teen. So technically there are 20 things but it’s still 10 things I would say to my younger self. So let’s start.

To child me:

  1. I want you to know that  you are not ugly, those little grazes and that little scar on your nose don’t make you ugly, you are beautiful.
  2. You’re not alone. You do have friends, sometimes they seem like they are too busy for you, but their not, they are just waiting for you to talk to them.
  3. You’re not fat. Trust me, those chubby cheeks end up being someone’s favourite part of you, especially when you smile.
  4. You’re not stupid. So what if you don’t understand the first time, your brain is busy doing better things. Try and try again is your best motto.
  5. You’re not crazy. So you like reading, you like writing your own stories. Keep at it, one day you will grow up and you’ll use that in your job.
  6. You are a fighter. Don’t listen to the bullies, you may not fight them back in a physical way, but mentally you could beat them any day.
  7. You are amazing. You never give up, you are determined to reach your goal, never ever lose that part of you.
  8. You are strong. You always stand back on your feet once you’ve been knocked down. I love that about you.
  9. You  are loved. You may not know it or feel it, but so many people cherish you, they think you  are the most amazing little girl around,
  10. I love you. I know I use to tell you that you’re ugly or you’re fat, but I was jealous of you. I’m sorry.

To my teen self:

  1. I don’t hate you. Quite the opposite. I love you. I am sorry for hurting you and leaving those scars as a permanent reminder.
  2. You need to eat. I know I told you that no-one will love you if you’re fat, but I was wrong. Please don’t do this.
  3. Smile more. I know I told you that your smile is stupid but it is one of the prettiest smiles I have ever seen.
  4. It wasn’t your fault. Please stop blaming yourself. No you didn’t ask for it. No you didn’t lead him on. It wasn’t your fault, I promise.
  5. You will find love. Not right away, and yes when you get older you kiss a lot of frogs but my darling, I promise your prince will come.
  6. Your body is great. No you don’t have too many curves. As someone told me “you need to have more faith in yourself” (yes, the person who said that is the same one you are crushing on right now).
  7. You do have friends. Some of them screw you over and you’ll feel like this again, but you have some new people in your life that make it feel full and complete.
  8. You make them proud. I’m talking about your mum and dad. You went to hell and came back the other side, you have a few battle scars but if you could see them now, they are proud of you for coming out the other side.
  9. I am proud of you. You always defy the odds, you have no intention of giving up or stopping, you have your head set on making it out, and you do. You make it out and you are doing alright.
  10. You are amazing. You always continue to surprise me. Thank you for not giving up. Thank you for holding on and pushing yourself further. Thank you for finding your purpose of living.

There we go. 10 things I would say to my younger self. Again, a huge thank you goes to Nimra for this idea.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I know it was a little deep and personal, but I am glad I was able to share this with you.

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

Love,

A x

A little change


Hey,

I have some important changes going on and I thought it was about time that I let you know what’s going on. Not only does it affect me personally, but it means everything else changes such as my blog and my social medias.

I’m not sure how many of you noticed, but I have been fairly quiet over on my social medias lately. I haven’t really made a difference on my blog because I schedule my posts anyway so I spend a day writing 5/6 posts ahead of time, so you always have something to read.

The reason I have been a little quiet is because I am busy adulting. Since I can remember I have had my heart set on moving out. Now, I have found my dream home, honestly it is everything that I would want as a first house. The only issue I face now is “can I actually move out”. The house costs just over £1,000 to run every month (including rent) which isn’t that bad, but I don’t make that sort of money, so I need to find a way to make money fast. I also face my illness issue. Can I move out while I still suffer from an undiagnosed condition? Is it safe? What does happen if I seizure alone?

While I have had my heart set  on doing everything possible to get this house, I now face a new issue. I’m pretty sure my body just hates me. I am now being tested for polycystic ovaries. I’m not going to dive into that because 1) I have no idea what it actually is and 2) I might not even have it.

I have also been designing some new items to go into my Zazzle store. If you have no idea what that is, check out this post. Make sure you buy one or more of my products. I will do a post explaining the prices soon!

Due to being so busy at the moment, I have decided I am going to cut down the days I post, I am going to go from seven days to five. That gives me two days off. One of those days will be where I am super active on my social medias and preparing new posts and my other day will be my chill day, where I literally take time to be selfish and look after myself. That being said, I am doing blogmas this year, so I will be uploading everyday in December and if I have any brand collaborations, I will get them up asap.

I just feel like I put so much time into this, but my time isn’t being well spent. I aim to one day have this as my job, so I need/want my blog to be the best it can be.

I hope you’re all okay with this change. It wont start until November anyway and let’s face it, it will probably be a nice break for you because let’s be honest, I post a lot in a week!

Also as a side note, I am still working on my merch, so don’t worry, I am making it happen. I will also be re-starting my youtube, so head over and subscribe.

Thank you for always supporting me and who knows maybe after the new year I will be able to do some moving posts. (Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me).

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

Love,

Alanna x

A Toddlebike update


Hey,

How are you? Today I’m not bringing you a Halloween themed post. Are you happy about that? I have seen so many Halloween themed posts that I am actually dreading it now, I think there are only so many times you can read about the rules of trick or treating. Instead, I thought I would update you on the Toddlebike situation.

For those of you who have no idea what I am on about, I recently reviewed a Toddlebike, you can read that review here. Jo, the owner of the Toddlebike company emailed me yesterday with a discount code for you lovely bunch to use, obviously this is product is aimed at mums to buy for their little ones, but if you want to buy one, go ahead. I will share the code with you later on.

Now, I have had the Toddlebike for a little over a week now and my god is she obsessed with it. We did have an accident, she leant on the handle the wrong way and snapped it back, but luckily with a bit of superglue it was back to new. Honestly, she is terrible at not breaking things, if it’s not my phone being thrown around, I can guarantee she is finding something else to break.

As for using the bike, I can’t take her anywhere without her wanting it. Besides using it inside where her main aim is to run your feet over, or knock your tea over, she is becoming a little pro on it outside. Yes she still aims for your feet but she has picked up some speed on it. Honestly if there were Toddlebikes for adults, we would end up racing each other. She wont even let me carry it anymore, now she has mastered it, it’s all hers.

We had a little fall the other day, someone got a little too big for their boots and tried going over some conkers, she got one wedged in the wheel so it wouldn’t move and she fell off. After a few tears and a kick of the bike, she was back on it and off on her way to play on the swings.

Honestly, I have loved every minute of her using the Toddlebike, it is fun, safe, and devil child friendly. The bike is aimed for children aged around 18 – 36 months old. Now I know how amazing and easy it is to use, I will be buying this if I ever have children of my own. The company itself have been amazing, I can’t recommend them enough. As I said in the beginning I now have a discount code for you to use. Yes, just in time for your Christmas shopping. If you head over to Toddlebike.co.uk you can pick a red, blue or pink bike, and if you use the code BLOG17 you automatically get 10% deducted. That is such an amazing deal considering the bike only costs £23.95 including postage.

Well that concludes my little update. I will keep you informed of any changes. Let me know if you will purchase one for your little one for Christmas, if you don’t have kids yourself, share this with you mummy friends and get them to purchase one. I promise, it is so worth it.

Thank you for reading, don’t forget to use the discount code, I know we all love saving some money around Christmas time.

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

Love,

Alanna ♡

A Liebster award

Hey,

How are you? Today I am bringing you the Liebster award. I was nominated by Kelsee from kelseebhankins.com if you haven’t checked out her blog, do so, it’s amazing.

Kelsee has asked some questions for me and her other nominations to answer, so here they are.

1. What did you do on your last vacation?

  • I have never been on vacation so I can’t answer this. Hopefully soon though!

2. What three words describe you best?

  • Sensitive
  • Quiet
  • Determined

3. Besides your phone, what’s one thing you bring with you everywhere you go?

  • A notepad/note book and pen. I find them key essentials.

4. What is a controversial opinion you have?

  • Everyone should be treated the same whether they be, man, woman, gay, bi, straight, trans, whatever. 

5. What is/was your lastest Netflix binge?

  • I’ve recently re-watched Riverdale season 1 over again and the two latest episodes of season 2.

6. What’s the most useful app you have on your phone?

  • Probably my WordPress app, because when I get a creative idea, I like to type a title up for it and save it, so I can go back and create the post.

7. Away from your blog, do you journal? If so, how? If not, why don’t you?

  • I use to, way back when I was going through some things, so I stopped after I felt “better”. I then tried to re-start but it would just cause flashbacks of those bad times. I do want to try and start again though, I will make it a new year resolution.

8. What’s the craziest/most outrageous thing you want to achieve?

  • I honestly have no idea. Obviously as many of you know, I want my blog to turn into my job, so to achieve that, that would be crazy. I don’t really have any crazy goals set in place though.

9. If you could make a holiday, what would it be like? How would people celebrate it?

  • I would call it “We survived day” where we celebrate the fact that we are still here, still going strong and to embrace that together, we are united. To celebrate, it would be like a bank holiday where you get the day off work/school, and for that day, you can go shopping and get 50% of your items for free. That’ll be pretty cool.

10. Time freezes for everyone but you for one day – what do you do?

  • In reality, I would probably just sleep.
  • In a non-reality senario, I would play match maker. I would set people up on dates, I would make others forgive and forget, I would clean up the mess that has been made, to try and make this world a better place. Then I would write a letter to my crush, telling him how I feel and place it in his hands so when he unfreezes it’s the first thing he sees.

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That guys, is all of Kelsee’s questions. They were great to answer, I loved the fact that they were unique. 

If you guys want to take part then by all means do. 

Rules:

  • Acknowledge the blog who nominated you for this award.
  • Answer 11 questions the blogger gave you.
  • Give random facts about yourself. 
  • Nominate 11 blogs
  • Give 11 questions for them to answer.

My questions

  1. What is the last thing you said to someone?
  2. One of your biggest goals?
  3. What do you regret?
  4. What don’t you regret?
  5. How are you feeling?
  6. What is your biggest fear?
  7. Fresh fries or onion rings?
  8. Where have you been on holiday?
  9. What was your childhood friend called.
  10. Do you believe in ghosts?
  11. What would you possess if you could?

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Thank you for reading and again, thank you Kelsee for nominating me. Don’t forget to check out her amazing blog. See you tomorrow.

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

Love,

Alanna x

These are a few of my favourite things

Hey,

Welcome back to another post. I am bringing you a “here are a few of my favourite things” tag. I was nominated by the gorgeous Sophie. I have linked her post so if you haven’t already seen it, make sure you head over and read it now.

Basically this tag is to share the things you love. Whether that be food, objects, clothing, feelings ect. Yes, it is also to get you to sing the song too. I have been looking forward to this tag, so I am going to jump straight into it.

Candles

Who doesn’t love coming home from a long day at work and chilling with the candles lit. I love getting out of the shower, then walking into my rooms with them burning, that’s what my heaven looks like.

Rain

Yes I am one of those weird ones who sit there and watch it chuck it down. I still play the little rain game my dad taught me as a kid. It sets a real cosy mood.

Writing

There is no way you’ll catch me without my phone or a pen in my hand. I am writing all the time, whether that be a blog post, email, design plans, a story or just my shopping list. All I do is write.

Reading

If I am not writing then I am reading. Could be why my friends call me nerdy. But picture this. It’s raining, the candles are lit and you’re just cuddled up in the chair reading. Can you get any better than that?

Fresh bed sheets

As much as it kills me to put them on, the satisfaction of having fresh, clean, untouched bed sheets. The first night climbing into them is a gateway to heaven. You instantly slip into a cosy sleep. It’s perfect. 

Myself

Can I class myself as one of my favourite things? Is that actually allowed? I don’t have a soild reason behind this one, I’m just my favourite person at the moment, and I count as a thing so?

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That is all I can think of. My post isn’t as great as Sophie’s so make sure you go and read hers for a quality post. Thank you again Sophie for tagging me to do this. It is an amazing tag.

I’m not going to tag anyone to do this but if you haven’t done this and would like to, go ahead. Tag me so I can read what your favourite things are.

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Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed my post.

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

Love,

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

Review: Malki Dead Sea Shower Cream

 Hey,

Happy Sunday! Welcome back. As you can see, I am bringing you my first review from my Malki dead sea skincare set. If you have no idea what I am talking about, here is my first impressions post. I thought now was the best time to put up my review considering I have nearly used up my shower cream already.As you read in my first impressions post I said ” This smells just like the soap, so I know I’m going to love it. The smell in this is very strong, but that could be because there is more product then the soap.” So here is what I actually think.

First try:

My skin is turning red, I don’t know if that’s normal but it’s going really red. It smells so good though.

Second try:

I love this smell. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but I love it. My skin isn’t going as red as it did the first time. My acne seems to be clearing up too, it’s something that starts with a R, I can never remember the name of it. It’s not your usual type of acne it’s just red spots that appear on my arms and legs, almost in a rash, that come and go when I am stressed.

Third try:

Okay my skin feels so good. Even my stretch marks are looking good. It feels healthy, it looks more life like and it’s just great. Still in love with the smell.

Fourth try

My skin feels amazing. It’s almost glowing, it just looks so good. I can’t believe what a massive impact it has had. 100% purchasing this. I don’t know how I have managed to live without it.

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These opinions are my own, you may have a very different experience with this product.

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Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed my thoughts. I totally reccomend that you grab a bottle next time you’re in boots. Totally affordable and so worth the money.

I look forward to seeing you in my next post.

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

Love,

Alanna ♡

Series: My dream home

Hello,

Welcome back. I am so thrilled to see so many of you loving my double uploads. I am enjoying creating them too. Of course if you think they’re too much or you just think its a bit naff, let me know. 

Today’s post is going to be a little short. This is more of an introduction post. I have decided to come up with a series called “my dream home”. As you can guess it will be about my dream home. Each week, or maybe each month I’m not quite sure yet, I will upload a new post in the series. I will go through my dream house room by room.

In each room I will create a wishlist, describe the colour of it, and just make you feel as though you can see it. 

I’m not sure how long the posts will be or when they will be uploaded. I thought this was a fun way to put my dreams out there, while sharing some pretty cool things. 

If you like the sound of the series, then make sure you follow me and keep up to date on my blog. I will be posting my first one on Friday!

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

Love,

A x