Fave youtubers ATM

Dear Reader,

How are you doing? I’m really good :). I have one and a half week left of my summer break and I kinda feel okay with that. I just miss all my friends and the routine and I just really want to slay my last ever year in high school, hahaha. But….the last few weeks I’ve been binge watching some youtube channels and I really wanted to share them with you!

#1. Conan Gray

Conan is absolutely amazing! I love him so much, hahaha. He posts covers, original songs, baking vids, monthly faves, vlogs, chatty vids and much more. He is very creative and cute and he is really aesthetically pleasing. Idk just please look at his channel, you’ll fall in love with him within 3 seconds. His channel

#2. Hi I’m Mimi

Mimi is also a very cute and lovely youtuber, she kinda reminds me of Conan someway. She’s from Sweden and also posts covers, original songs, chatty vids and all kinds of things. Also very aestheticslly pleasing and amazingly cute. She’s just someone you want to be friends with. Her bubbly personality makes me happy whatever is happening in my life. Her channel

#3. Life with Beans

Life with beans is a channel run by a mom and dad with 6 kids, you hear it right, 6 kids. They make vlogs of their everyday life and it’s very cute and fun to see what’s going on in their lives and to see the little ones grow! A happy and lovely family! their channel

#4. Ruby Granger

Ruby makes videos mostly related to school, reading and studying. I really like how different her videos are from the usual youtube videos and how unique she is. She really dares to be herself and she thinks education is the most important thing there is. She is a huge fan of Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, and I really think that’s way too cute. Every time I watch one of her videos I fell like learning and making school work, which is strange, but great, hahaha. Her channel

soon that’s it for now, if you have the time, I would strongly suggest you checking them out! Thanks for reading!

Love always, Laura Grace

Things that make me happy ATM – thoughts on paper

Dear Reader,

How are you doing? Today was my last schoolday for this year, omggggg I’m soon happy! Next year will be my last year and I can’t wait until I’m done with high school. But first, six weeks of doing nothing, thank god. I have many plans that I’m going to share with you in a next post. But for now I want to share some things that I really liked and enjoyed  the last few weeks, just little things that made life a little nicer ;).

Let’s start off with the beautiful roses that I took way too many pictures off. The sweetest moments are when you see a little bumble bee flying by and landing on their beautiful peddles, soaking up all the nectar and then leaving with pollen all over it’s little body. Roses are so beautiful and look so fragile, while protected by their sharp thorns. A beautiful charm in our garden.

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The new album of paramore, Harry Styles and the number Idle town by Conan gray. There are some numbers in the new album from Paramore that are a little too much for me, but the numbers are overall very catchy and happy. Just what I needed to get through the end of this school year :). Harry Styles really got me with his new album, although I never really thought I would’ve. I mean, I wasn’t a “1D hater”, but I didn’t really like them. But Harry, good job, please keep up with the chill-vibed and alternative music! And then Idle town. Oh my goodness it’s so amazing, guys please just listen to the song. I mean, listen to all Conan’s songs, but especially Idle town, I’m obsessed. Conan is my fave youtuber and his music is just  so cute and amazing and wonderful <3.

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The next thing I really LOVED was this iced coffee with tapioca balls in it, like some kind of bubble tea. My lovely friend Mikki showed me this little Chinese place in the city centre and I would go every day if I could. I haven’t been so addicted to a certain thing for very long, oops… It’s amazing, really. StarBucks is nothing compared with this.

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The next thing that I just can’t get enough from is our kittens! And I just discovered that I didn’t even made a blogpost about them, so guys, a lot of kitten photo’s are coming up! Our lovely cat got preggo and I think I’ve never seen such a cute thing as this. I sit with them the whole day, of course because what else should you do when you have 5 baby cats in your house. They’re just so precious.

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The next thing I did a lot and really liked was just thinking about everything I could think of, hahaha. I’ve thought a lot about life and what I want and how I want to be and become. Many people have told me this year and last year that the way I acted and looked was weird and wouldn’t attract boys. And those people (mostly) didn’t mean it in a wrong way, but I just didn’t feel like myself anymore and that it was okay to be myself. And you know what, I’m done with all that. I’m just going to be who I want to be and I’m not going to dress differently of act a certain way because some people find it strange. The people that love me won’t mind and the people who do care they can just look the other way cause I’m not going to change anymore. It wasn’t really that I was insecure, it was more that I thought that it was who I needed to be accepted in new friend groups. But I mean, why would I hang with people that don’t like the real me? So decided that I’m never going to do that ever again. I’m ready to be myself again, and stay that way always.

DSCN2335I also really liked cycling through The Hague a lot and spotting things that I usually just don’t even see. I discovered a street named ‘ghost’, I discovered a few poems written on random walls all over the city, a few pretty places in parks and new streets with beautiful architecture. I just really like finding beauty in the ordinary.

That’s all I could come up with for now, hahah. I’ll write soon again now I have time and inspiration again! Thanks for reading :).

Love always, L.G.

 

 

How to save money || tips & tricks

Dear Reader,

How are you? I’m doing fine, there’s just something that has been going a little downhill the last few weeks/months, and no that’s not my taste in music or my grades, it’s the numbers on my bank account. I’m trying to save money for a new laptop for months now, but I find it so hard to save money and I really want to change that because I’m not only not getting that new laptop, I’m also just spending my money on stupid things that don’t matter. Soooo, here is a blog post to help myself and my fellow money spenders to stop spending your money on things that aren’t important.

#1. Stop spending your money on food.

The first thing I saw when I looked at my spending, was that I spend way too much money on food and drinks. Not only do I go on Mac Donalds dates with my friends a lot, I also just learned about this place that sells the most AMAZING ice coffee that I’ve ever tasted (shoutout to Mikki <3), and I can’t stop buying it. But….. Is it really necessary to buy all this? no, not really. I mean, okay maybe I really need this ice coffee once in a while, but, we can also just bring food and drinks from home and go to the beach in stead of spending our money on bad quality food in a crappy Mac Donalds. So, from now on I’m going to spend as less money as I can on food and just remember to bring food from home.

#2. Just don’t bring money with you all the time, or a specific amount.

When I go out shopping with my friends, I mostly don’t really think about how much I spend, and when I come home from a long day in the city, I look at my bank account and say oooopsss. So, from now on I’m only bringing a certain amount of money with me that I am okay with spending. We often go to the city when we’re done with school, and even though I wasn’t planning on buying things, I often end up buying a lot of stuff I don’t need. So, I think I’m just not going to bring my wallet to school every day, and when I really want something I can just borrow the money from my friends.

#3. Before you buy something, think about if you really need it.

Before it’s too late and you have already purchased your item think about if you really need the item you have in your hands. It helps when you range it from 1-10, if it’s not at least a 8, don’t buy it!! Think about if you really need it and if it’s going to add up to what you already have.

That’s it for now guys. I hope I helped you guys a little, as well as myself… I really have to stop spending so much money, and from this day, I will! (I hope, hahaha).

Thanks for reading and lots of love!

Love always, L.G. ❤

Open your eyes to your own beauty

Dear Reader,

I might not have sun kissed skin, Kylie Jenner’s lips, a thigh gap, a flat stomach, long fingers, a big butt, hairless everything and thin legs. I might not have big blue eyes perfectly curled hair and long perfectly painted nails. I might not be model long or cute and small. But I’m perfect the way I am, and I think it’s disgusting that nowadays media is making millions of girls and boys feel like they need to look a specific way to be seen as beautiful. You are beautiful the way you are, and no one should ever touch your beauty.

I’ve always dressed outside the lines of “standards”. I wouldn’t say that I was standing out very much because of that, it never affected my social life. I still wear clothes that aren’t standard, and I still am not affected in a bad way by it. Sure, sometimes I get the looks, but I don’t mind, because it is who I am and I feel most beautiful that way. I don’t like the way jeans and shirts look on me, I don’t care about clothes with specific brands on them, I just really don’t care about what everyone thinks. I don’t mind wearing no makeup, and I don’t mind wearing makeup either, I mind only the way I think it looks on me, for me.

I don’t mind the girls and boys talking bad about me around my back, and I don’t mind stares. Because all that counts, is that you are happy, and that you are surrounded by the ones that make you happy. If you let all of it go, all of the comments, the critics, you will feel so relieved. So please, please stop feeling insecure about things other people tell you to feel insecure about. Because you really are perfect just the way you are made. If you, like me, don’t have the perfect body, rock it, stand out; get out of that flock of people trying to all look the same. Be yourself and own all you “imperfections”. I don’t believe in imperfections, they don’t exist in my vocabulary.

Sure, I’m insecure sometimes, and sure, I don’t always like the way I look. But when I look back at these kinds of moments, the insecurities mostly come up because the internet told me to be thin and look certain ways I just don’t look. And I almost feel ashamed for myself that I let them walk over me. And I’m done letting them. I am not a model. But I’m me. And that’s just the way I should be.

And I’m mad at all the magazines, all the social media, all the mean girls and boys at school. I’m mad at all the people that make the perfect people feel imperfect. And I’m done thinking about what the world might think of me. They can go think and say all they want, because I know better, and I know better than all of them. And I feel so bad for everyone who is a victim of social media. No one deserves that. Social media nowadays tell small girls of only thirteen years old that they have to shave their legs, put tons of make up on, dress the way everyone dresses, and take pictures of themselves where they almost look like sex object. Is that woman’s empowerment? No! We should tell our youth, that they can be and dress and look whatever way they’re comfortable in! Why do we teach our girls and boys that they have to fit in to this mold, and if they don’t, they’re not beautiful. Everyone is beautiful, and I hate the way that so many people get treated by society. I get só angry when I see it happening, reading it, hearing it.

The thing is, we should stop comparing each other to others. You should look at yourself, as an individual, and when you start doing that, you will see your beauty. You will get to know yourself, and your own beautiful features. Open your eyes to your own beauty.

All the models looking like sticks, all the girls putting layers and layers of foundation on, all the girls shaving every inch of their body, all the people getting lip injections, all the girls straightening or curling they hair. I’m done with it all.

And I’m not saying you can’t get injections, or shave your body or be slim. I’m just asking you, are you doing it because you truly want it, or are you doing it because they want you to do it.

I was glad to see a commercial of H&M with a big variation of body types, colors and looks. And I’m glad that more and more people stand up and speak. Because it is really a problem. (Here is a link to the H&M commercial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQrple9AnL8)

If you’re fat, rock it. If you’re thin, rock it. If you have a birthmark, rock it. If you are pale as milk, rock it. If you’re as dark as the night, rock it. If you are “imperfect”, rock it. Rock all your looks.

I’ve learned long ago, that not everyone will think that I am pretty, perfect or beautiful. And I’ve learned long ago, that I will not always think that I am pretty, perfect or beautiful. But I am. And so are you. I don’t care what they think about my features. The only thing I care about is that I am happy, and I feel beautiful and that the whole world is able to be beautiful the way they are. And I see it as my duty, as a teenager, to help as many girls as I can to feel beautiful again, just as I learned years ago.

Beauty is not to be labeled. There is not a specific look that is beautiful, and I don’t think that enough girls and boys realize this. Everyone is perfect in a special way. Don’t you ever dare feel like you’re not. Raise your chin, swing your hips, shoulders back and go rock the world. Cause you are beautiful.

You are beautiful whatever they tell you. Please don’t let them touch your beauty.

Love always, Laura Grace

 

How to make waking up easier // Advise

Dear reader,

Waking up early, one of the hardest things to do for many people. You hear people complaining about it almost every day and you complain about it yourself every morning when that damned alarm clock goes off. We can’t do anything about having to get up early, but we can surely make it easier, here are a few tips and tricks to help you roll out of bed easer early in the morning!

  1. Don’t snooze your alarm clock, but get out of your bed the first time it goes off. Snoozing your alarm clock makes it only harder to get up because you’re being pulled out of your sleep on and on again.
  2. Drink a big glass of water directly when you wake up and splash some water in your face. This always wakes me up a lot more when I went to bed way too late.
  3. Prevent your room from being cold in the morning; it’s terrible having to get up when it’s cold, and to have to leave your magical cocoon of warmth. Especially when it turns autumn and winter, turn your radiator a little bit up in the evening! If you don’t want to do this because of costs or “global warming” reasons, just lay a sweater next to your bed and put it on when you wake up.
  4. Already pick out the clothes you want to wear for the next day, as well as to pack your school bag. This makes that you have more time to sleep in the morning, and no stress about what to wear or if you’ll forget your books.
  5. Obviously, try to go to bed on time! This is really hard, I know, but it’s really bad for your body to always be tired. I know for myself that the internet is a big reason for my lack of sleep, and I know that this is the same for many of you. Try to put away your phone at nine, and get ready for bed. Instead of checking your Instagram before you’re going to sleep, read a book.
  6. If you always go to bed around 1 in the morning, it’s really hard to just suddenly go to bed at 10. Try to shorten the time day by day half an hour. So go from 01:00 to 12:30 and the next day to 12:00 and so on.
  7. If you just absolutely can’t get any sleep before 10:00 at night because you’re a night person, then don’t. You just gotta take naps. Just take a nap after school, you’ll feel energetic again, and instead of making your homework in the midday, do it in the afternoon or evening. It sucks for night persons that school starts so early, but if we can’t change that, we just gotta go with the naps.
  8. Put on one kind of perfume every evening just before you’re going to sleep. Your brain will associate the smell with sleeping and you’ll fall asleep quicker.
  9. Clean up your room before you go to bed; it will give rest and it’s nice to wake up with a neat room. Also, try to make your bed every morning.

Well, that’s all I could think of that works for me. I hope you’ll get a little more sleep than before reading this! Good luck to all of you next schoolyear, and may your sleep be tight and deep.

Love always, Laura Grace

 

 

Meet my baby’s || we got kittens!!!

Dear Reader, 

Since 2 weeks, we have two new family members, Ronja and Vosje, our new kittens! We’re all absolutely in love with them and I can watch them play for hours… 

We got the two from a very nice cat owner, around two weeks ago. When they first came, they were both a little shy, but after a few hours they were already settled in and they were playing with the toys we got them. Ronja, the white cat, is called after the  book Ronja the robbers daughter from Astrid Lindgren. The name suits her very well as she is very cheeky and is already chasing after spiders and small insects that live in our house. The red one is called Vosje, which means fox in Dutch, because, of course, he is red. The two are inseparable and as Ronja takes the lead, Vosje follows her around everywhere. They love snuggling together in the sun that shines through the windows and when you sit on the couch, they come to great you with a cuddle and a very cute miauw. I can’t stop playing with them in the morning and I’m so so so happy that we finally got two little lions! I can’t believe how tame they have become in just this little time, and I will never stop loving them! Here are some pictures of my babies! (Sorry for the bad quality, the pics were taken on my phone…).

Love Always, Laura Grace & the babies ❤