Friday, 4 August 2017

The Start Of Something New - July Instagram Diary & Monthly Roundup

Ah the start of something new.

It's such a fantastic feeling.  A mixture of nerves and excitement and thinking whether you've done the right thing or not!  New adventure, same old me.  I'm keen!!

July has been both a quiet month but also a big one for me.  I am now a student of design and next year hopefully I'll be a graphic design students and I am loving how everything is going.  I've just finished my second week back and I am LOVING it!  I'm studying at Tafe and it's so different to university.  It has been fun to adapt to a different learning style and situation but I'm still going to be using everything I learnt from university and taking that through to Tafe so I keep on track of everything.

I've met a heap of new people and we've all got our spots and computers in the classroom that we all like to use which is  bit funny.  I've chosen a computer that is second from the end and I like that because I'm not on the end and only have one person to bounce ideas off.  I sit between two guys and the ideas just bounce around and it's so productive!  But we also then just shut off and get on with everything so it's great!  My spot faces a wall but I also am facing a wall but just to the left there are huge windows so it's nice to be able to see the outside which I didn't get to have with my desk at uni!

But long story short I am loving studying design and for once in a very long time, I feel content with how my life is going.  So I'm happy!

Music has been interesting.  And I use the word in interesting in a not so happy way.  We were meant to be competing in an A-Grade section at these music championships but we're not anymore because not enough people were fronting up to rehearsals.  While I completely get that people have lives outside of music, everyone made a commitment to music and when people just don't take it seriously that annoys me.  It's like a group assignment on a huuuuuge scale and we clearly got the people who didn't want to do anything.

So that was annoying.  But also a relief.  Because if we had gone ahead and competed it would have actually been a train crash on stage and no one wants that.  So it's kind of a good thing but also an annoying thing.  Especially when you have people who spent hours and hours and hours learning how to play the test piece and it's all kind of for nothing?  Sure I know how the play it but the end goal was to play it in a competition setting and now we're not doing it.  Many sad faces.

BUT WE HAVE TO INCLUDE A POSITIVE ABOUT MUSIC!  I am now a percussion player in a little band who is playing in an ungraded section!  The kids in this group have only been playing for a few years and gosh they are so adorable.  They toot their little hearts out and it doesn't matter that they're out of tune, they are just enjoying it so much!  I get to play the timpani (living out a life goal here!), the bells, tambourine, scraping a cymbal with a coin and also the highly technical triangle.  I have a triangle solo and also a timpani solo and damn I am keen!

It was in June's Instagram Diary & Monthly Roundup that I mentioned when you hit milestones and then it goes straight back down and you've no longer hit that milestone.  Well.  Ya girl hit 500 followers on Instagram and it just went up from there!  I'm not about numbers because I genuinely don't think I have the brain and mindset to do all of that social media numbers business but woooo !

Also because I will do a little shameless self promo in my blog...  If you're not following me already on Instagram you totally should!  And let me know as well! ;)  < @emmadaisy___ >

~ Easy going Wednesday ~ Mountain line art ~ When winter wasn't so bad ~
~ Nice smelling things and nice reads ~ Sunday Marvel fun ~ Blissful rainy days ~
~ Chilly Friday views ~ Back to the old stomping grounds ~ Earthy Eats providing the goods ~

Ah my precious little blog!  I've done an alright job of keeping to my schedule, slipped up a couple of times but still I'm pretty chuffed.  Now that I'm studying again, I'm going to have to really really knuckle down with scheduling or reduce my weekly blog posts from two to three.  I don't know what I'll do at the moment but you'll be able to see what's happening on my blog so see how everything is going!

I hope you lovely folk all had a lovely July and am ready for August.  I'm trying to not get sick so wish me luck!  Damn horrible flues!!

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx 

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

July Top Five

I have been so excited to share these top five favourites with you all!

July has been such an interesting month and would you look at that I wrote that exact sentence last month hahaha ah that's awkward... 

The Good Karma Hospital.  I'm not one to watch all that much tv, I stick to YouTube if I'm honest.  In the last few months/year or so the amount of shows I've watched has reduced quite a bit, however a new beauty has appeared on the screen and I am LOVING IT!  The Good Karma Hospital.  I saw some promos for this and did think it sounded interesting but never made a mental note as to when it was on.  Big mistake because I nearly missed the first episode when it initially aired here and I would have probably been fuming.  I love the show.  If you haven't seen it already, to sum the show up in a few words - it is a medical drama where Ruby Walker heads off to South India to make a fresh start in a hospital which is understaffed, unfunded and with an abundance of patients.  And you'll have to watch the show to see what else happens hehehehe!  I love everyone in it and not going to lie Dr Varma although he can seem grumpy he such a character!

Crunch Time.  Simon's Cat is a cheeky cat and one that has made me laugh so hard (to the point I have to leave the room and calm myself down) and now he's got his own game app and I am hooked!  It's a classic one where you have to connect coloured treats so solve levels, where goals include feeding cats the treats that they want, collecting goldfish, getting milk and knocking a pug and an 'evil' squirrel away and so much more!  I love the graphics in this and the illustrations are just so cute in definitely in keeping with what I have known and love from Simon's Cat.  I also think it is a lot more challenging than it seems.  Looks cute but some of the levels are quite challenging so prepare yourself for that!

Witness, Katy Perry.  15 songs and 57 minutes of fresh tunes!  I love!  I adore Katy Perry and her Prism album was one which I listened to on repeat and I was more than ready for another album!  I wrote more on my thoughts of Witness here if you'd like to check that out!  I am hooked on this album and was listening to it find myself regularly humming to my favourites on the album!

Winter.  I am a lover of the cooler seasons.  Don't get me wrong, sunshine is lovely but there is nothing greater than sitting in front of the fire with a cup of tea and just enjoying the moment.  Add some rain into that and then ah it is just so relaxing!  You get to snuggle up in cosy clothes and I cracked out a pair of boots I haven't been able to wear and I am just so happy!!  I may or may not have bought a few more winter woolies and new additions for my wardrobe....

Hamish & Andy, True Story.  If you are from Australia then the names Hamish and Andy are two which you should know of pretty well and if you haven't then get ready.  They're an iconic duo who have their own radio show (one of my favourites) and they now have their own tv show.  I was a little hesitant about how this would pan out, but I was hooked after the first episode!  Essentially people come in with these true stories which seem hard to believe but did happen and then a bunch of awesome Australian actors go and act it out.  Simple concept, awesome results!  There was one episode and I knew one of the guys who was in it so that was different!  They're going to be having a second season of it and I am very keen for that!

I'm still really bad at ending these posts hahaha

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx 

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Monday, 31 July 2017

Some Highly Possible Reasons Why There Wasn't A Post Last Friday

Once again, you would have seen that emmadaisy was a little quiet on a day where I'd usually have a post up.

So clearly what you want to read is a list of highly possible reasons why there wasn't a post last Friday.  I also thought I'd use this post as an opportunity to have a look back at the goals which I set myself at the start of the year!

I finally got my Hogwarts letter.  Still upset this hasn't happened.

I was up and flying around.  I haven't perfected my technique sadly.

The Avengers finally gave me a spot on their team.  These guys really need to hire me.

I found another language to learn.  Nope, not this one.

I had intense jetlag from visiting space.  Flight prices to space have been a bit pricey lately.

I was taking my new monster truck for a test drive.  Little Emma's dream car still isn't a thing.

Orrrrrr I just had my first week of studying design.  DING DING DING!  And I wish I had a really intersting thing to say as to why I didn't have a post up up I was finishing an assignment and looked up and saw the time and was like oooooooh crap.

But yes, after a huge decision making weekend, I am now a student of design and I'm looking forward to hopefully studying a diploma of graphic design next year!

For the first time in a very long time, I feel content with how everything is panning out.  You may have seen my post, A Change In The Same Direction, and this path of graphic design nearly didn't happen.  But it has and I am so glad with it!  You'll be hearing more of this little journey in future posts so yay for a new chapter!!

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx 

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

My 5 Favourite Podcasts

The Podcast app is one I only started using after my brother mentioned it to me and also when Tyler Oakley started his own Podcast.  I never thought I’d be massively into podcasts and I’ve only really touched the surface on the podcasts are out there but it’s always good to just dip your toes in instead of diving straight in and getting swamped.

I do listen to podcast episodes on and off but I have 5 which I am subscribed too and you’re going to get to hear all about them!  So in no particular order other than how they’re appeared in the app….

At Home With…  This is my most recent podcast that I’ve subscribed too and it’s by two lifestyle content creators on the internet that you would probably know, Lily from Lily Pebbles and Anna from The Anna Edit.  When they said they’d be doing a podcast, I didn’t know what to expect.  I really enjoy watching and reading both of their YouTube channels and blogs so was curious to see how this would work for them.  I’m naturally a nosy person and their podcast takes you into the homes of individuals that they admire, taken a tour of their home and they talk all about it and if you're a lover of interior and like me being a nosy person you're going to love this.  They're interviewed some amazing people, my favourite episodes would have had to be Giovana Fletcher and Zoella but it was also nice to be introduced to some people that I'd never heard of before!

Hamish & Andy.  If you’re from Australia you would be familiar with their names.  Hamish & Andy are an iconic duo who have dominated (yeah I’ll keep that word in hahah) the radio stations for 10 years I believe it is and this podcast is essentially their radio show.  Minus the music and ads you get on the radio.  The only time I listen to the radio is when I’m in the car or if I’m listening to it on my radio app I have on my phone and for times when I don’t have any wifi, it’s nice to have this playing.  Hamish and Andy are hilarious!  Easily my favourite radio station and it’ll be sad when this year ends as they’re finishing their radio broadcasting this year :(

Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig.  Hosted by the internet superstar that is Grace Helbig, as the name of the podcast suggests, this podcast interviews a range of YouTubers and nothing is too deep to talk about haha!  Being a person who loves YouTube, this podcast I love because I get to hear my favourite YouTubers as well as be introduced to so many new ones that I doubt I ever would have found.  Grace is hilarious and I have my answer for one of her all time classic questions, worst poop story using only three words...  But you're never going to find out what those words are!

Ladies Who Lunch.  Brought to you by Ingrid Nilsen and Cat Valdes, this podcast I think everyone should listen to.  I love this and can't praise it enough because they talk about topics which are usually hushed and kept under the table, and I think it's really important for a voice to be brought to so many of the topics they speak of.  Sex, relationships, social phobias and so much more, they talk about it all, and they bring their own differing opinions to the table which is refreshing.  It's all well and good to hear to people praising the same thing but I love the differing of opinions these ladies have in certain topics and it's nice to hear arguments which come from different places.  Many claps from me for this podcast!

Psychobabble with Tyler Oakley & Korey Kuhl.
  A classic!  This specific podcast is why I started using the app and I looooooove it!  Already love Tyler and Korey, and my thoughts on them and this podcast haven't changed since I mentioned them in a post I published back in 2016 called 5 Apps I Love, it's just one of those podcasts which I just can't get enough of!  It's like listening to two of your friends on some of the most hilarious topics and I can just potter around the house and listen on.  I'll even exercise listening to this and surprisingly it helps me stay moving haha

And there we have the 5 podcasts which I love to listen too!  All through this post I kept typing podcats.  Good thing for editing hahah

I can't get enough of podcasts.  While there are some days where I will just have them on in the background, study to them, fall asleep listening to them, they're also so helpful when I just need to calm down.  Yes music is great when I'm in need of calming down but listening to these podcasts, and concentrating on their voices and what they're saying does me a world of good :)

Are there any podcasts that you listen too?  Let me know and I'll lend them my ear and see what I think!! 

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx 

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Monday, 24 July 2017

10 Thoughts I Have While Driving

I am a newbie to driving.  I saw newbie, but I've been driving for years.  And also avoiding driving for years because confidence and driving a car sometimes just don't match and I would think up any excuse under the sun to get out of having to drive.

However.  Guess who is driving now?!  ME!  Celebratory music and about times!

Driving can be scary and especially as a learner.  You're going slower than other drivers because it's the law and no one wants to get suspended and because you're not able to go at the full speed limit, you tend to come across a lot of annoyed drivers who clearly can't remember the distance they're meant to maintain while driving behind you.

It's a minimum of 2 seconds in Australia, fun fact!

I have many thoughts as it is but driving there are a whole heap of new ones, so without further ado....

Could you get any closer?  I know I'm a great driver and you just must want to get close to see how I drive but could you not??

I won't go any faster.  There are speed limits and I don't want to lose my license so I'm sorry but I'm going to stick at the speed limit!  And it doesn't matter how angry you get I won't go any faster!

Why aren't the traffic lights in my favour?  Some days you just hit every bloomin red light.  not physically hitting them because imagine the damage but something getting a clean run of green lights is the most satisfying thing

Please let the roundabout be clear!  Roundabouts and me (when I'm an a manual car) are not my favourite things.  I reckon I'd be fine now in a manual because I'm a more confident driver but ugh you need people to actually use their indicators so you know where they want to go!!  Or if the roundabout could just be all clear so you don't have to get frazzled that would be fab!

Seriously, if you get any closer you could join in on this conversation.  I immensely dislike people who tailgate.  Learner drivers have to put up with so much crap with other driving getting right up in their business and it's like other people have forgotten that they themselves where once a learner driver.  Just give us some spaceee!

Is that bird going to move out of the way?  When our bird pals just chill on the road and you're like are you going to hop out of the way because this is getting awkward and I don't want to have it on my conscious that I've startled or done anything worse to said bird.  Speaking of wildlife and roads...  How nervewracking is it when cats and dogs just run out onto the road?  Or if you're doing a night drive on a country road and you turn a corner and there is a massive bull just standing there.  True story and I'm so glad I've got control of mu movements because that bull looked menacing!

I do no have road rage thank you.  I never used to think I'd have road rage but wow has a sassy Emma emerged since she's been driving hahahah Most of the time it's kept internal and I'm just like simmering away with annoyance but on the odd occasion I will call a driver turd face when they do something stupid hehehhe

The.  Light.  Is.  Green.  When the light is green and people just sit there chatting away and the traffic is backed up and I'm there with people behind me getting angry because they can't see ahead of me and assume I'm the one holding everyone up and I'm like nah man chatty car up ahead won't stop chatting and all I want to do is shout the light is green but no we have to stay calm and just wait for them to finally move!!!  I have no road rage, I swear...

USE YO DAMN INDICATORS!  It isn't that hard to flick the dial up or down.  My biggest pet peeve with driving because you're there doing what you're meant to be doing and "more experienced drivers" get annoyed because you don't have mind reading powers to know where they want to go.

This reverse parallel business isn't so bad.  I don't think I've ever met a person who likes having to do reverse parallel parking.  Granted I've done them on extremely quiet streets where I had maybe one car go past so I didn't have to deal with a heap of other drivers but I found the actual movements of reverse parallel parking fun.  Yes I said reverse parallel parking was fun, but I reckon I'll change my views on it when I have to do them in a more hectic place hahah

Driving is fun hey hahahahha

I think deep down we all have a bit of road rage hahahha some are just louder than others ;) 

Let me know what goes through your head when you're driving!

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx 

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Katy Perry Witness

One of my favourite female artists without a doubt is Katy Perry.  She has brought out tune after tune after tune and my ears are not complaining!  I love her voice, her music, everything and was so excited for this new album, Witness, to be released!

Prism was such an incredible album, having so many tracks on there which are some of my favourite songs, I don't want to say I had high expectations but I was so keen to see what was going to be on her newest album!  And let me say, it did not disappoint!

Like her previous albums, there is something for everyone but because it's Katy Perry you know you're going to have a good time with this album!  You have upbeat boppy ones, more chilled out and laid back numbers and good old songs to just let loose and belt out the lyrics :)

While I am a fan of the entire album I do have a few favourites!  Witness, Miss You More, Chained To The Rhythm, Hey Hey Hey, Pendulum and Swish Swish are absolute tunes!  What I also really love about this album is while it's a pop album, there is deeper meaning within the songs, especially Chained To The Rhythm.  I wrote a blog post around this post which you can check out here, Are We Living In A Bubble?

It's one of those albums where I will have on and can't help but move to the beat, it's that good!!

I've read both good and not so good reviews of this album but that's just to be expected.  Everyone has different opinions, different music preferences and different expectations between previous albums and other artists, but this is just my opinion and I am a fan of the album!  It's interesting how people get up in arms when an artists new music isn't a replica of their previous ones.  I think it's great to see something different, so see a new side to an artist which I haven't really heard or picked up on before.

Everyone changes, and this is a 2017 Katy Perry.  Prism was released back in 2013!  My goodness 2013, that feels like ages ago and it kind of is.  Times have changed, people have changed.  The whole music industry itself is changing and evolving as we speak so I think it was to be expected that Witness was a change from Prism.

But hey, you can't please everyone!  I however, have been pleased with Witness!  Very pleased!!  I love this new era of Katy Perry and to see her live would be incredible so that's going to be added to my bucket list!!

Have you listened to Witness?  What do you think of it?  Yay or nay?

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx 

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

5 Blogs I Am Loving

One of the best things about the blogging world that there are so many blogs out there so you’re never going to run out of content to have a read of.  Contrary to what others may think, there is more than enough room for anyone who wants to start a blog and it’s so amazing to see more and more people starting their own personal blogs and having their own space on the internet.  A digital platform where we can be ourselves, speak out opinions and be creative - blogging is just amazing!

Through connecting with other bloggers, social media and just stumbling across other blogs, I have discovered countless blogs which I absolutely adore and today I’m going to share 5 blogs which I’ve love and want you all to know about! 

The Blossom Twins - I published a post called You Cab Be Your Own Unique Niche and it was a post where I was a bit hesitant to publish as I didn’t know the response it would get.  I received the most supportive comments from these two gals and it was one of those moments where I just wanted to travel to where they were and give them a hug and say thank you.  These lovely gals blog about everything from lifestyle, to travel to books to health and fitness, you really are spoilt for choice!!

The Hels Project - I stumbled upon this blog through twitter and fell in love when I read her post on Revlons Ultra HD Matte Lipcolours!  Helen bogs about parenting (she has the cutest little bub), fitness and travel and you’ll see the occasional baking and beauty post there as well!  I love her writing style and her photography is so beautiful :)

The Small Adventure - Through a Facebook group, and then Instagram I started reading this blog.  It’s common for people to have series on their blogs and I’m the same but I have never seen a series on hot chocolates before and all I can say is hell yeah!!  You heard right, this gal has her own Warm Up This Winter Challenge where her readers get to see all these different hot chocolate recipes and although I’m more of a tea person, I am here for all the hot chocolate recipes!

The Sunday Mode -  Blogging is definitely something which isn’t as big in Australia as what it is on the other side of the world.  When I found The Sunday Mode and saw Julia was from Melbourne I got so excited!  On The Sunday mode you will find beautiful posts on everything beauty, fashion, lifestyle and travel and it’s one of those blogs where I’m like everything about this is just so nice!!!

Lucy-Cole - I just want to say flatlays.  If you ever want to see an incredible flat lay, you need to see how this gal does them!  I’m jealous hahaha  Lucy blogs about fashion and beauty and I just adore her writing style.  She can blog about anything and I will read it regardless!  I love her reviews and thoughts of products because she gives such a good insight to them and I’m left genuinely wanting to try them out :) and I want to mention flatlays because man they are good!!

So what are you waiting for?  Their links are all waiting for you to click so click on their names and you can have a read and add some more blogs to your reading list!  Go give them all some love :)

If you have a blog or know of a blog you think I might want to read because I always love finding new ones to read, please let me know in the comments!

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx 

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Monday, 17 July 2017

My Mini Blog Break & Spider-Man

Hello you lovely lot!

You probably saw that there wasn't a post up on Friday last week..  I'm an avid believer of if something isn't working to just step away from it and resume at a later time.  And that is why emmadaisy was a little less quiet.  You can't force blog posts to happen, well I can't because they never turn out great and when that happens you've just got to accept it and just get on with something else!

So I had a few days away from my blog and other blogging platforms and really I found it quite refreshing.  I remember when the power was out a while ago and it was like a social media detox for me and felt so great afterwards.  No drama, no competition, no negativity, it's great!  And I think being away from my blog did me a load of good!

Granted it's now Monday afternoon and less than an hour until this technically should go live on my blog so I hope this doesn't turn into an esay!

My weekend was one of my favourites that I've had in a long time.

I saw Spider-Man Homecoming on Sunday and heck it is one of my top favourite Marvel movies.  I don't know where exactly I would place it but oh it was so good!  Tom Holland is incredible as Spider-Man and I left the cinema (in my Captain America jumper) just wanting to watch the movie over and over again.

The soundtrack was insanely awesome.  So props to those people behind that because I was a huge fan.  And everyone in the movie was awesome!  Ned, oh my heart has a special place there was Ned.  Everyone needs a friend like Ned.

One thing I really enjoyed about the movie was the scale of it.  Other Marvel films have been intense.  Going into other dimensions, worlds, all over the place.  And this one was just scaled down so much compared to the other and I found it a lot more realistic and relatable.  Sure I am still sadly not in the Avengers and no aliens are trying to attack Tasmania (or are they...?) but it was a movie where I was like hey I could fit in here.  Helps that I'm the 24 year old who doesn't look her age and people still think she's a teen!

I'm still hopeful that my wish for the New Year of me becoming an Avenger will come true so only time will tell!

And Caps little scenes.  Can we just appreciate those for a minute?!

The weekend was just a relaxing one.  Sunday morning (this post clearly isn't in chronological order...) I went out to breakfast with the fam and got my usual half serve of the vegetarian breakfast!  I'm going to be trialing being a vegetarian for a week or so and seeing how I go with it.  I don't eat all that much meat as it is and really don't enjoy eating it so I'm looking forward to this little experiment!

I had a MasterChef marathon with mum as well!  We're sosososososo far behind it's not funny!  On tv now it's finals week and we're weeks behind so I don't know what is going to happen hahah  I love this years contestants.  They cook some amazing food and they also seem like such a lovely bunch.  I want to be friends with some of them and last night mum said she wouldn't mind if I dated one of them and I laughed but wouldn't say no if it happened hahahah

And The Good Karma Hospital!!  Does anyone watch that program?  I am obsessed!  Didn't know what I'd think of it but it's easily one of my favourite tv programs!

And now we are at Monday and it's been a bit of a gloomy day but I am a lover of the colder seasons because you can cosy up!  I'm now a pro at lighting the fire at home which my family loves because they'll come home and the house is cosy warm!  I don't like when it spits at me, I must say.  That is a bit rude if you ask me!!

I hope you've all had an awesome weekend wherever you are?  What did you get up to?  :)

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx 

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

5 Powerful Quotes For The Rest Of The Week

Like so many other people, I am a lover of quotes.  Short ones, long ones, doesn't matter!  I love them!  Quotes can be ticked off as such underrated strings of words that are just cheesy but the impact that they can have on people isn't one to be pushed aside.

I've picked 5 of my current favourite powerful quotes to share!  I also have a Pinterest Board, Words and co. which is full (and I mean full) of inspiring words :)

Words can and do have so much impact.  We should always be spreading posivity and happiness in the world!  Remember, it doesn't cost anything to be kind :)

I found these on Pinterest, you're always going to find some good words over on that beautiful place!

Also I am loving the fluff of my cushion I got from Adairs, it's working very well in my bedroom seeing as we're in the colder seasons!!

Do you have a favourite quote?  Let me know so we can share the inspiring word love!!

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx 

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