Sunday, 18 December 2016

Blogger to Wordpress

Hi guys!

I have changed my blog to WordPress!

I have copied all the posts I have on here to my new blog. I can't thank you enough for everything already and I hope you continue to follow me on WordPress. Thanks so much for your support!

Sam x

Monday, 12 December 2016


This advert honestly is my favourite this Christmas. Whilst everyone else talks about Buster the Boxer from John Lewis and the carrot from Aldi, I can't help but feel this is the most important message out of all of them.

I'm not ashamed to say when I watched the WWF Christmas 2016 advert I cried. You place any animal advert in front of me I'll cry but this one was different. It really has stood out for me and I can't begin to explain why but it's something I knew I had to share.

My Christmas present for my sister this year is sponsoring an elephant. I know it's something she will love, and will probably cry when she opens it but I am so proud to say i've done this.

When you are thinking of a gift for someone, don't be afraid to think outside the box.

Like always feel free to comment or contact me on Twitter. I'd love to hear from you guys!

Sam x

Sunday, 11 December 2016

YouTube and Christmas

When it comes to YouTube, I watch it honestly all day and every day. Even if I'm in the middle of an assignment and it's 2AM and the deadline is at 9AM, I'll still be watching YouTube. Even now as I write this post I'm watching millions of YouTube videos, but I'm sure I can't be the only one who does this.

It has always crossed my mind if maybe I could become a YouTuber, as I love video editing and being creative but the thought of putting my face on screen is something I'm not sure I'll do just yet.

Like everyone I have my favourite YouTubers, Christmas time is the most wonderful time of the year! YouTube goes crazy and my subscriptions go insane everyday (I'm really not complaining) but I love the fact they build up the anticipation for Christmas especially Zoella.

Like absolutely everyone I am so excited for 24 Days of Zoella. The amount of work and effort that goes into organising something like that is incredible and it is something I can only admire.

Another YouTuber I really like or YouTubers I should say is The Sidemen. They have achieved so much with the Wembley cup last year, the Southampton charity match and of course the Sidemen book!

The minute you want to watch is 1:59:32 ... just saying. Fair play Simon for that insane goal!

Honestly I don't understand how some YouTubers manage to upload three videos a day, whether it's two on their gaming channel and one on their official or even vlogs too. It just amazes me the dedication that YouTubers have, where I struggle to even post once a week!

Like everyone I'm sure I'm not alone when I say Christmas is one of my favourite times on YouTube and I wish everyone the best of luck if you have any exams or assignments before or even during this Christmas period. Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas.

Dare I even ask who is your favourite YouTuber and why? Comment below, I'd love to hear from you!

Sam x

Monday, 28 November 2016

University Advice #2 - Nights Out

As a university student I have been on many nights out but I can't help but think why? Every week in the same place, with the same people, what is the point?

Now I'm not saying this isn't the way to have fun because for some people it is. For me personally, it's the social aspect that makes me go out every week to talk to people away from lectures and the boring discussion of assignments.

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It's ok to say no to a night out even if your friends will be going and they beg you to go. It's ok to miss out, something I probably have only just learnt to do.

Even though I'm from London and there are a million and one things I can do to have fun, as a third year student I just don't have the time anymore.

If you are in your first year, my main advice to you is don't miss any opportunities. Maybe set yourself goals in what you want to do during your first year because honestly when you reach your third year you migt not have the time (unless you are incredibly organised, unlike me).

When it comes to alcohol too, don't be afraid to go out and have a one drink or even non-alocholic. The student stereotype is 'we' go out and get drunk, you don't need to be like that. It's ok to say no to more than one drink, even if your friends think that means you are a bore.

I can speak from personal experience that it is alright to sit there, have one drink and just talk to people. Obviously this depends on what sort of person you are and if you love drinking then seriously go for it! However I know how tiring and the effort that comes with going out,  having to get dressed up, even predrinks and travel. Expensive and is now a massive decision and dedication to go out.

I feel like I am now a boring third year student but my main point is don't be afraid to say no to a night out. Whether you feel like you'll miss out on something or even the pressure from friends, ultimately it's your decision. If you like nights out and the whole club vibe then go for it but sometimes it's nice to have a break and a nice night in.

Sam x

Sunday, 13 November 2016

University Advice #1 - Local Area

Hi guys! Sorry it's been a while, I've been busy researching for my dissertation and my schedule is fully booked with assignments and work! I live an exciting life ha, but anyway on with the post.

I have decided to start posting separate posts on advice for university students, from experience I know that it can be overwhelming going to university. New areas and new friends can bring along amazing new experiences for you to get involved in whilst you study. Though it also brings new amounts of pressure from the workload and anxiety, but it honestly will be the best years of your life.

Wembley Stadium - Taken from Wembley Park Tube Station

My first advice for anyone starting university and too any first years out there is don't be afraid to explore your new local area. As you can see from my images I took earlier today, my local area is Wembley.

Most iconic which you should recognise is Wembley Stadium, along with Wembley Arena. Student life can get crazy on match and event days as all the local pubs and bars are full but for some people maybe this makes it better or some choose to stay inside and watch Netflix. 

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Arena

Right next to the stadium, is the London Designer Outlet which includes restaurants and designer shops. Where in my first year, age 19, I experienced my first ever Nando's and Subway!  

London Designer Outlet

If you get to know your local surroundings during your first year it will help you by firstly, being about to meet friends in new places and secondly, it may make you feel more comfort and reassurance. This isn't to say you have to do this but if you are like me and worry a little too much than you should about the smallest things, it just bring comfort just by knowing where you are. 

If you are a student going to university or maybe a student already please comment below any questions or ideas you have that I can include as 'University Advice #2'.

Like always thanks so much for reading! Stay strong and positive!

Love Sam x

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Something Worth Sharing

Please take a few minutes to watch this fantastic short film.

After watching this video for the 5th time in a row I knew it was something I definitely wanted to share.

This video is so heartwarming and creates so many emotions!

I just wondered if you guys have already seen this and what do you think?

Comment below let me know or find me on twitter: @girlwithablog16.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Having a Pet

As you may already know I have a dog called Tilly and 3 cats called Crunchie, Roxy and Lily. We have recently got a tortoise and she is still waiting for a name. Before Tilly I got a puppy for my 7th birthday called Alaska (read about it here). She passed away when she was 12 years old in her sleep. Before the cats we have now we also had Chloe and Thomas.

Thomas has only recently passed away age 13, unfortunately towards the end of his life Tom wasn't very well and as a family we had to make the decision to put him to sleep. He had an amazing life and everyone in our area loved him! They loved him so much, so much that they would let him in their house and he would go to sleep on their sofa.



Now pet wise our family has experienced almost every pet possible from goldfish to tortoises to rabbits to guinea- pigs and many hamsters. I am obsessed with animals, I'm that friend who tags people in every animal video possible because it's either funny or cute!

There are many benefits when it comes to owning a pet. Some are really random but here they are so if you are trying to convince your parents to get you a pet here is the way to do it.
  • Children who have pets are less likely to have days off school due to illness. This is because growing up with pets can strengthen your immune system and may reduce allergies.  
  • Increases your physical activity. This is with dogs especially as they are more 'high maintenance' than cats. Having a dog means you get to go outside more as they need walking, which means you can get more regular exercise.
  • Having a pet can create social skills. By having a pet you have a automatic conversation starter and hopefully then the conversation will flow, with this skill you may find it easier to socialise and create new friends.
  • If you are home alone having a pet there gives you some comfort. If you are upset or unwell they can make you feel safer and when you go out keep an eye on the house. If you have or want a dog it's always interesting to come home and see what they might have been up to whilst you were gone. 
So if you are trying to convince your parents to get a pet just say it will make you go to school more as you are unlikely to get unwell, however if you do become unwell you then have someone to comfort you when your parents are out at work. Also it will help you make friends by developing communication skills and also helps you keep fit by getting more regular exercise. 


Now even though having a pet(s) is honestly the best thing ever it also begins some challenges. Pets can be expensive and take a lot of care and attention so it's unfair if you know you aren't home often enough to give them the care and attention that they need and deserve. 

Hope you found post this helpful! Let me know if you have any pets or would like a pet below. Thanks so much for reading.

Sam x