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Hash Blondies East London Review

This week I am giving a special mention and review to Hash Blondies East London! I was kindly gifted some Blondies and Brownies from the lovely Hash who created Hash Blondies!

A bit about Hash the Baker:

Hash is a Masters student based in East London who started up a small bakery from home, called Hash Blondies. This is after a year of caramel making and baking at the famous Hummingbird Bakery!

The White Chocolate Biscoff Blondies

The Blondies had a perfect springy and chewy texture. They had a charmingly shortbready flavour, lovely and buttery and they were topped with Biscoff pieces. For people who opt more for blondies instead of brownies, these are the perfect choice for a lighter treat!

The Roasted Pecan Brownies

Hash Blondies East London Review

The brownies were the highlight for me. They were gooey, chewy and sticky. The Caramel was salted, the brownie was moist and the Pecans were crunchy. Overall it was rich and chocolatey without being too sickly sweet because of the fabulously made salty caramel topping!

Hash Blondies East London, delivered the Blondies. The service he is currently running is £10 per box of four and includes free delivery in East London!

If you are local to East London, I would thoroughly recommend supporting your local businesses and making an order by contacting Hash on Instagram!

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Volunteering for Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity

Hi everyone! Today I am here to talk to you about the volunteering I now do for Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity. Click Here to see my face on their website!

Previously, I have been running the Instagram page @survivingnurse. This is with the intention of connecting with other Nurses and Healthcare Professionals in an online community. Additionally, I understand running a connected Instagram also increases the reach of the blog.

Transferring Skills

After running the Instagram page for 4 months I began to think about how I could transfer the blogging skills I had learned. Especially since the pandemic began to wane from the News headlines. This is when I had the idea to apply my skills to support a charity that is very close to my heart. This lead me to contact Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity. I applied for a voluntary role of running and content creating for the @YorkshireBTC Instagram page. 

Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity is very meaningful to me. This is because in 2017 my stepdad, Dean was diagnosed with a brain tumour. During this time, the support groups and community offered by Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity was invaluable. My Mum, Hilary especially found great support from the group meetings. She has since volunteered regularly and become an Ambassador for the charity. Dean passed away in 2018 and since then, Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity has continued to be a charity I feel very strongly about promoting. I hope to help raise money for this charity. This is because I understand, first hand, the vital work they do. 

What I Aim to Achieve

What I aim to achieve in volunteering for Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity is assisting in promoting the charity. I hope to do this by increasing the reach of the Instagram account and supporting Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity Community. This is so they can continue to offer their wonderful support to people and their families, in Yorkshire, who have been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

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July Must-haves

Today marks the start of July! From July 4th there will be new liberties such as pubs and hairdressers being open in the UK! As July has so much change and excitement to offer I would like to share some of the purchases, including masks, fashion and art, that I have enjoyed recently and (in my opinion) are worth investing in for the coming month! These are my July Must-haves!

Must-haves: Fashion

  1. To begin, my first July Must-have is the face covering I have bought from Etsy. After researching online for a cotton face mask I found the delivery times for most masks are delayed. Most of them stating they will be take over 10 days to be delivered. As we all know it is now mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport so I didn’t have long to wait. This option from Aliciasgiftstore on Etsy came through perfectly.
  • Next, is a t-shirt generously sent to me by Fezshirts. The soft white tees are comfy and perfect for chilling summer vibes. I like this tee because it also recognises and thanks key workers who can often by overlooked whilst NHS staff see more of the appreciation. Here is a photo of myself in the tee
picks of the week

Must-haves: Art

Moving onto Art, this month I have particularly enjoyed a print I purchased from Drawfor.

Drawfor is a non profit platform which raises money for a selection of causes by producing limited editions of prints that artists have drawn for various causes. I bought this print to support their #ThankyouNHS campaign, where 100% of the profits go to NHS charities together.

Picks of the week #thankyounhs print
#ThankyouNHS print by Daisy Bernard

Their latest campaign focuses on Equality and has a gorgeous selection of prints where the profits will support Stand up to Racism.

This is one of my favourite prints in support of Stand up to Racism (Artist Marco Oggian) and I think will be my next purchase.

Must-haves: Plants

The final item in my July Must-haves is a plant mister. As we get into summer, a mister is a great way to moisten the leaves and the soil of a plant which does not require very frequent watering, such as succulents, cacti, rubber plants etc.

I bought this one from LisaAngel

Plant Mister July Must-haves
Plant Mister

Importantly, it also works well for a top up, to nourish the leaves between regular watering, for Ivy’s and Cheese plants.

plant mister 2 July must-haves
Plant care is Self Care!

I hope this is a helpful guide for what to buy this July!

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How to do a Homeshoot

A few weeks back myself and my housemates were finding ourselves bored, unispired and creatively stifled. As there hadn’t been any reason to look pretty in a while, we were finding we had unworn clothes in the wardrobe and our daily routines had become mundane and lacking creativity. I had seen some posts on Instagram showing content produced over facetime such as this amazing shot from @flashbachphotos and I was #shook. I decided to write this post to help anyone who wanted to know how to do a homeshoot!

This prompted me to message my friend Polina who is a photographer temporarily living in france. I asked if she would be up to collaborating on a home shoot together and she was on board immediately. We soon set up and started laying the plans for the shoot. I didnt know how to do a homeshoot, however Polina took a directors role with Kandys help and we ended up producing wholesome quarantine content we were very happy with. Here is the process in case anyone wanted to know how to do a home shoot!

Here is a step by step guide to ensure you produce the best home shoot content.

  1. Set up your team. contact the people who you want to involve in the content producing process. This includes deciding on the models, photographer and who is going to edit the content. If you live with other people you can also swap into the role of photographer/model.

The Team

Polina: Photographer
Photo of Myself and Kate how to do a homeshoot
Myself & Kate: Models
Photo of stylist Kandy how to do a homeshoot
Kandy: Stylist
  1. Get creative! Have a think and discussion about the type of content you want to produce. what props do you want to use/what outfits and acccessories do you want to feature to style the shoot and what ultimate content do you want to end up creating. In this shoot my housemate Kandy took on the role of stylist and worked with Polina to coordinate the outfits with the shots. Have a look at other home shoot examples by using the #homeshoot tag on instagram and pintrest. Due to Covid 19 and the necessary social distancing measures, many brands (such as ASOS, seen below) who usually produce professional editorials in a studio, are now resorting to homeshot content. Thus setting the trend for some time to come on how most editorials will likely be styled.
  1. In the absence of professional equipment, use the phone with the highest quality camera availabe in your house and set this up to facetime or skype the designated photograher. As the photographer involved for my shoot had use of professional equipment Polina was able to take photos of her laptop screen.
Photo of myself and Kate, how to do a homeshoot
Photo captured by facetime screenshot function.
  1. Vary the way you capture photos. Try using self timer on a phone with assistance and direction of your housemates and photographer on a FaceTime call. As a result of using FaceTime, you can also use the photo taking function in facetime to capture live photos on an Iphone.
photo of myself, how to do a homeshoot
Photo taken of her laptop by Polina with a camera

5. Go for some outfit changes to switch up the content

photo of kate

Props!

6. Use household props to capture that staying at home vibe!

photo of kate with a plant
black and white photo of myself and kate how to do a homeshoot

7. Have fun and create something you will remember! As soon as pubs, bars and restaurants are open again and you have more excuses to get out of the house you probably wont be rushing to create home content, so use this opportunity to create something to remind you of the good times had during this strange time.

black and white photo how ot do a homeshoot
phot of myself and kate at a table

In conclusion, I hope this helps anyone who wants to know how to do a homeshoot!

More Resources

For resources on how to look after you mental health in lockdown

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Top 10 Motivational Songs for your Journey to work

Dragging your body to a shift on less than 6 hours sleep that you really wish you didn’t have to go to? Been there. Here are the top 10 motivational songs your journey to work that I would recommend listening to if you need a real moral-boosting-you-got-this feeling to tackle the next 12 hours. To summarise, the songs are arranged to start with gentle motivation and slowly progress until you’ll be so pumped off adrenalin you’ll be ready to face the next Karen who tries to have a go at you. Spotify link to this playlist here: 

The Playlist

The Songs

I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty 

To gently ease you into a motivated mindset I recommend I Won’t Back Down as the first song on your commute.

It’s My Life – Dr. Alban 

Slightly more upbeat – a strong second track on the commute. This song perks me up, it’s very useful for when someone asks you why you didn’t train to be a doctor instead.

One Way or Another – Blondie 

This song really puts me in the ‘I can achieve anything and i’m fabulous ??? mood’

Paper Planes – M.I.A.

Moving onto the next track- This song by M.I.A. is just an all round banger tbh, its not too adrenalin stimulating but still upbeat enough to perk you up for work.

Galvanize – The Chemical Brothers

Next, we have one of the more relaxing Chemical Brothers songs. However, it works to slowly increase the energy levels as the playlist develops

Savage – Megan Thee Stallion

Perfect for the pre-work confidence boost!

Survivor – Destiny’s Child

This song should remind you that you can survive anything the shift has to throw at you!

212 Azealia Banks ft Lazy Jay

Upbeat, fast-paced – Just like your 12 hour nursing shift!

9. Pump It – Black Eyed Peas

Clue is in the name, really just a great song to pump you up!

Lastly, we move onto the Kanye song. Above all, this song has a certain focused energy, perfect for the start of a shift.

10. POWER – Kanye West

If this song doesn’t make you feel like you can do anything – what will?

Hope you enjoy these top 10 Motivational Songs for your journey to work and feel like you can face whatever work throws at you after listening to this power playlist!