10 things I love about life

10 things I love about life

Hey guys!

Sorry it’s been so long since I posted, life happened! I’ve been wanting to watch 10 things I hate about you for ages now so thought I’d do a post related to that but what I love! (What I hate to come later)

1) Matthew – My fiancé, he’s supportive, caring and loving. It’s fair to say we’ve definitely had our ups and downs but we’re stronger than ever 🐻

2) Friends – I’m not once of those people who has loads of friends, I have a select few who I know I can rely on for a catch up and a drink and who are there for me no matter what. They know they are 💕

3) Family – My family are everything. My mam is the strongest person I know and she’s had to be for being a single parent and she’s done an amazing job. We aren’t a super close family but I know if I need them they will be there

4) University – I’m loving University at the moment, I enjoyed my undergrad in photography and now I have a career in mind doing my teaching course I am so positive about the future.

5) TV – I am such a couch potato, as I write this I’m currently lying bed at half 3 in the afternoon watching catch up of Eastenders. I can lie in bed and watch tv all day when I’m not working, studying or on placement.

6) My part time job – Lots of people hate retail, I work in Schuh and I love working there, everyone’s so nice and fun to work with. I really enjoy my job

7) Lemon slices – I’m obsessed with those little mr Kipling lemon slices, I buy them every week on my weekly shop. It’s kind of an unhealthy obsession.

8) Ronan Keating – Talking of unhealthy obsessions… I’ve loved him since I was younger in the days of boyzone and I still continue to be a Keating fanatic.

9) Coleslaw – I used to be called the Coleslaw queen in school, I have it with absolutely everything. (Not everything)

10) Independence – I love being my own person, living by myself and making a career and life for myself. I know that when I finish University I’ll be back home until I get a proper career but for now I like having my own independence.

So that’s it!

What’s your 10 things you love?

Gem

xo

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Halloween party 

Halloween party 

Hey guys!

So thought I’d give you an update as to how the party went and share some photos too!

I went as a doll, it was supposed to be scary but I ended up looking adorable and I was okay with that. 

It started at 8:30 and no one arrived on time but no one does for parties, so everyone arrived at 9pm a couple people later because of work commitments. 
The music was playing, drinks were flowing and I was forcing my syringe shots down everyone’s throats (you’re welcome) I filled the syringes with cactus jacks fruit salad like 5 times as they kept running out and then resorted to jäger in the shots which I did the majority of them with Beth, we just kept drinking them all.. probably why we were smashed

I had so much fun, dancing, drinking and chatting with my closest friends. 

I also found out that Megs boyfriend has an unhealthy with Ronan Keating too which was AMAZING. So thank you Stephen ✌🏼

Enough talking.. here’s the pictures!


Until next year! 

Gem 

xo

Halloween prep 🎃 👻 

Halloween prep 🎃 👻 

Hey guys!

I’ve decided to have a Halloween party this year in my new house. I have a housemate called Jason and he’s a diamond, we get on so well so we’re planning a Halloween house warming party! (2 months after we moved in)

So we went to b&m and Poundland, don’t judge we’re students. We bought loads of decorations: banners, balloons, door covers, lights, garlands and inflatables because what’s a party without a giant ghost inflatable? We also bought a drink dispenser in the shape of an eyeball because we plan to do Halloween cocktails for our guests, aswell as Jell-O shots. 


I also seen on Pinterest filling syringes with shots for the guests which looks awesome so I’m copying. 


It’s a fancy dress party (of course) and I’ve got my costume sorted, decided to go as a broken doll and I bought my costume online which I havnt tried on but I hope it’s nice!


I’m going to go on YouTube and find a makeup tutorial and copy it the best I can, I’m so excited!

I’ll post a picture of the house decorated and do a post about how the party went!

Gem

xo

Roker illuminations 🎡

Roker illuminations 🎡

Hey guys,

Sorry it’s been like almost a week since I posted, I’ve just been so busy with work, uni and placement!

On Thursday night we took a family trip down to roker to see the illuminations, me, my mam, my sister, my niece and Matthew went down to the seafront for the evening.

We arrived at the seafront at around half 5, it was still light by then so we went to the beach where there was fun fair rides and a massive Ferris wheel (more about that later). We walked right past a massive spongebob and hello kitty and my niece Evie got so excited to see them, as soon as we got near them she got scared and went all shy, it was adorable.

We walked further along the seafront, Evie pointed out everything to wanted to go on (which was everything) and she had a go on hook a duck, well I did really because she was too short. She won a little teddy duck and named it quackers. We then got hotdogs and chips and walked further down the seafront to the rest of the rides. There was a massive carrousel which was absolutely beautiful I didn’t go on but Evie did with her mam and she absolutely loved it.


​We then walked to the Ferris wheel, now I was quite nervous about going on it because I wasn’t the best when it came to heights, but Evie has no fear whatsoever and she’s three! So I thought let’s do this. It turned out I absolutely loved it, Matthew was shit scared and jumped everytime there was a sound or Evie jumped up and down (lol)


After all the fun on the rides we walked back to the park to begin the illuminations. They were all so pretty, they were Disney themed which Evie loved and so did I. I think her favourite was the frozen ones and the doctor who one, although she got a fright when the tardis started making sounds.  She got so excited when she seen the dinosaurs as she loves them, so insisted on getting a picture with one.

I bought her little Minnie Mouse ears which everyone but Evie actually wore. £5! So here’s a picture of my mam wearing them instead.


Overall, it was a lovely night and would recommend going to all friends and family and make sure to have doughnuts because they’re the best at a fun fair.

Until next time  (which I promise won’t be as long)

Gem

xo

Cinema and dinner date 💕

Cinema and dinner date 💕

Hey guys!

I was meant to write this last Saturday when it actually happened but I just didn’t have the time!

Last Saturday me and Matthew planned to have some lunch and then go see Kingsman : the golden circle. We loved the first film and I love staring at Taron Egerton so it’s a win win.

First, we went to Casa Italia for some lunch, they do a lunch menu that’s two course for £5.99 which I think is super good, especially for us two who are both students. I had bruschetta for starter which is what I always order because I love it so much, then I had lasagna for main, it was okay, wasn’t the best lasagna I’ve tasted but it was nice. 


Matthew opted for potato skins (which I stole) and a pepperoni pizza. He said his was very nice but not as good as our local takeaway when we’re back home. He’s yet to find a pizza that is!

We finished our food and headed to the cinema, we just about caught the 15:15 show as it was still on the trailers. You know what I love about trailers? When you see everyone then to their partner or friend and say “oh we have to go see that” when reality is they probably don’t, I too, do this. I bought a tango ice blast because what is the cinema without one and Matthew opted for a large Pepsi.


Now, let’s talk about the film.. I thought it was great! We actually both agreed it was better than the first one, a lot more action packed and a good story line all throughout the film. What I didn’t like and I love him, was Channing Tatum, he’s American and this is a British film so it was just weird to see him in it alongside Taron. I mean, he’s lovely to watch, but does not belong in the Kingsman! Another weird one, Elton John? What the hell was that! He just kept popping up dressed as a rainbow parrot or something, very odd. So overall, great movie! It’s emotional too, I nearly cried like twice. 

So after the cinema we went to my faaaave place… KASPAS! I have such a sweet tooth and Matthew doesn’t, he was boring and ordered a vanilla milkshake and I ordered THIS


White chocolate indulgence waffle with strawberries, bananas, lots of white chocolate sauce and whipped cream. It’s my favourite thing ever,  I actually ate it all which I was super surprised at!

Have you seen Kingsman?

Let me know below what you think!

Gem

xo

My first day of placement

My first day of placement

Hey guys, 

So yesterday was the first day of my teaching placement at Gateshead College and I was extremely nervous! I didn’t know what to wear as my mentor said casual but I wanted to wear smart clothes with high boots so I’d look a little older, as I look about 15 and I’m 21. 

I had to be at placement for half 12, I arrived in Gateshead for 12 and grabbed some lunch at subway before heading down to the college. I met up with my mentor and we talked through what I would be doing in my first session, basically just introducing myself and getting to know the students. 

I had a small group of 12 first year photography students and I was observing the photography teacher Lucie, she was lovely and had a very laid back approach but it was so effective with the small group of students, she could have a laugh with them but still teach them effectively. The students did lots of practical tasks with their cameras, her motto was ‘learn by doing’ which I think is the perfect method for photography, you can stare at a PowerPoint but nothing goes in until you do it yourself. 

I mainly just sat and watched but sometimes I would go around the room and make sure the students were getting on okay with completing the task that Lucie had set. I helped one student who was struggling as they were learning about apertures and Lucie wanted them to take pictures of all the different F stops, it gave me such a sense of accomplishment when I helped the Student and then she completed the task. 

The session was 12:30-4:30 and I thoroughly enjoyed it, the students were quiet but they got on with their work which is any teachers dream. I made notes of the way the teacher was teaching and what I could use myself when it comes to me taking the class. 

Next Wednesday, I’m presenting myself as a photographer and showing the students bits of my work that I’ve done at university and outside. I’m excited to let them get to know me a little bit better as I was just introduced to them as a new member of staff. 

That’s all for now!

I probably won’t be writing about every session, just the ones that inspired me.

Gem x

xo

My first day as a student trainee teacher 

My first day as a student trainee teacher 

Hey guys!

Today was my first day at university and the start of my PGCE PCET course. I’m going to talk a little about my routine and how I prepared for the day and then what we actually did in the lesson too.

So the night before I took all my new stationary out, prepped my pencil case and my bag that i was taking with a notebook, pencil case and the book that was on the reading list. I had a shower and went to bed at about 11pm which is late for me!

The morning came, I woke up at half 8, did my makeup and put a dress and boots on, always make a good first impression on the first day and then you can wear whatever you want and look like a tramp I say. I set off from my house at 9am because I wasn’t sure how long it would take, I got to uni just after 9:15am and met one of my classmates there and we went for a coffee before starting. 

The class is quite small, there’s maybe about 20 of us. We sat down and introduced ourselves and then continued with the class, death by PowerPoint is all I can say. There was ALOT of information to go through and we had to sign code of conduct and confidentiality agreements. After that we had a short break, I took crisps because I knew I’d be hungry. 

We got back to class and got yet more information, we then breaker for lunch WHICH I TOOK MY OWN (Em would be proud) I had tuna pasta and resisted the temptation of the jacket potato and chips they did at the cafe. After lunch, we were split into 5 groups, given an extract of a book to read and to think about what it was saying about education and teaching. We then finished half an hour early, we got some homework to do, read the extract again and make some notes on it.

Overall, I really enjoyed my first day! I think my classmates are lovely and I can’t wait to get to know them all better. The course is very full on, she even said we shouldn’t have jobs but I’m going to try and keep mine as long as I can.

I walked home which took about 15 minutes which is great. Got into bed and watched ‘that 70’a show’ which I’m currently obsessed with. I started it about a week ago and I’m on series 3 already. I then fell asleep for two hours which is so unlike me as I never nap during the day and then I woke up hungry so I’m currently making chicken wings and chips.

I have my second day tomorrow 9:30-12 and then I go straight to work 2-6

That’s all for today!

Gem

xo