Sunday, 13 November 2016

30 Random Facts About Me

Find out 30 things about me that you didn't know


Sunday, 6 November 2016

Matt Does My Make Up

Last week me and my friends and a sleep over and we ended up staying up quite late, this video is the result of us staying up late.  I hope you enjoy the video don't forgot to subscribe to see more videos!


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Food Festival

This weekend a friend and I decided to go the Food Gusto Festival near where i live.  It was a great day for mooching 'round the different food stalls, so i though ti would share with you some of the photos that i took.














Monday, 30 May 2016

Welcome Back!

If you have been following my blog for i while, you will know that i took a very long break from blogging.  And the reason for this??  I lost inspiration.  I lost my inspiration and passion for doing what i had been doing for the past 2 years, so i decided to come away from it, in hope that i would find that inspiration again.  And for a while i didn't, but that was okay with me, because i didn't really miss it, until about a month ago when i remembered why i started my blog. I remembered why i stuck with it for 2 years.  And that was because it was somewhere where i could be creative and expressive, and share it with whoever reads it.

So that's why I've decided to start my blog back up again.  I have taken down all my old posts so that i can start from the beginning.  I'm not going to promise a certain amount of posts a week or month, I'm not even sure what they will be about yet, so for now its just whenever i can think up an idea that I'm proud of.  I would like to start to use this little space for sharing my opinions and views on different subjects, some of the matters may be personal (and will probably just turn into a bit of a rant) and some may be topics that are already in the public (for example from the news, or from online).

I hope that you will stick with me, and help me to enjoy this again.


xoxo
Laura

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Taking A Break

i just thought that i would let you guys know that i will be taking a break from blogging for a while due to some personal things. i hope you will stick with me until i get back,  

Thank you


Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Physical Book Vs. eBook



Reading.  We all do it. You're doing it right now.  I'm doing it as I'm writing this post.  The fact is we all read at least one thing everyday.  I've gotten into reading books quite a lot lately,  and I'm the type of person who prefers a Physical book to hold and read from, and I'm the same with taking notes for things or anything that involves me to write something down.  Don't get me wrong using a kindle app is great it just seems to take away the novelty of reading and everything that comes with it like: going to a bookstore or library, being able to showcase all the wonderful covers on a bookshelf, and probably other things that don't come to mind right now.  So I thought I would share with you some Pros and Cons for both Physical and eBooks.



Physical Books

Pros...
  • You can display them on a bookshelf
  • You can flip through the pages
  • The feel of each cover is different
  • you can see how much further you have to read

Cons...
  • They can be big and heavy
  • You might not be able to carry multiple around with you 
  • You need to hands to hold the book so you can multitask when reading (Multitask = Eating, drinking)
  • Can be expensive
  • Have to wait a while for them to be delivered if you order them 



eBook

Pros...
  • Can carry lots of books with you without taking up lots of space
  • Its Lighter than a book
  • You don't really need to use you hands to hold the book or turn pages witch gives you the ability to multitask
  • They can be cheaper
  • Instant buy and read
  • Convenient for travelling
Cons...
  • You can't display the covers/ books on a bookshelf
  • You can physically flip the pages
  • All books feel the same

So even though the eBook is a more convenient way of reading I still prefer actually having a physical book to read from, although when go away on holiday or if I'm just going somewhere where I am limited on space I will use my kindle app.


Which do you prefer, Physical or eBook?? Is there anything you would add/ remove from my lists??

  

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Whats On My IPod??


I've been wanting to do this post for a while but never got round to it, so when I was sorting out my apps and getting rid of ones I no longer use, I thought now would be a good time to write and show you what is on there.  The reason I have decided to show you my IPod is because I use it the most and my phone doesn't have much on it as there isn't much space for apps.

This is my lock screen i just searched WATERCOLOUR BACKGROUNDS in google to find this.

On the first screen i have the standard IPod apps and they are probably still in the same place, as i don't use them very much.  But the apps that are there are:
  • Facetime
  • Calendar
  • Camera
  • Weather
  • Clock
  • Maps
  • Videos
  • Reminders - Which is where i have a list of blog post ideas for when I'm on the go and feel like writing
  • Game Center
  • IBooks
  • App Store
  • ITunes Store
  • Settings
  • Contacts
And on the bar at the bottom i have: Mail, Messages, Safari, and Music I use these a lot, hence them being on the bottom bar.

This is my last page where i have put most of my apps into folders rather than having dozens of pages to scroll through. From Left To Right:
  • Photos
  • Calculator
  • Podcasts
  • Extras
  • Notes
  • Yummly - Cooking/ Recipe app.
  • Amazon
  • Shopping UK - Shopping list.
  • Games
  • Books
  • Blog
  • Entertainment
  • Social
  • News
  • Music
  • Health
  • Timetable - I use this to put in my school timetable to that if I don't have my planner i can check what lesson i have.
  • Lifestyle
  • Bloggers
  • Shake'em Dice - I got this so that I could play board games without having actual dice.
The Extras folder contains:
  • Tips
  • Voice Memos
  • Stocks
  • Wallet
  • Find iPhone
  • Find Friends
  • BT Wi-fi - This is for when I'm out and about so i can connect to BT hotspots.
  • Apple Store
I do have lots of games and even though i don't play them all frequently, i know that if i delete them i will want to play them.  If you want me to give a description with screen shots of me playing the games let me know in the comments below.
  • TsumTsum 
  • Clash Of Cans 
  • Trivia Crack .
  • Temple Run
  • Hay Day
  • Draw Free
  • Magic Piano
  • Song Pop 
  • Cookie
  • Nr.01
  • Just 11
  • Dumb Ways To Die
  • Font Quiz
  • Capitals
  • Two Dots
  • White Tile
  • LogosQuiz
  • Logo Quiz
  • Squares
  • Crossy Road
  • 4 Pics 1 Word
  • Catchphrase
  • Cut The Rope
My next folder has apps that i use for reading or anything bookish.
  • Kindle - i download lots of free kindle books, but i prefer a physical book.
  • Goodreads - Add friends to see what they are reading, and also challenge yourself to read a number of books a year
  • Bible - Pretty self explanatory 
In this folder i have all the apps that i use when i am blogging, this includes:
  • Bloglovin - To read other blogs
  • Blogger - so i can write posts on the go
  • We Heart It - for if i need to borrow a photo from elsewhere i tend to get the from on here
  • Analytics - to check my stats for my blog
  • Google+ 
  • Little Box Of Treasures - i saved my web page to to my home screen so that i can quickly access it.
In Entertainment i have: Netflix, BBC iPlayer, iPlayer Radio

i have all my social media apps in this folder, i will put my username next to the apps that you can add/ follow me on...
  • Pinterest - LBoxofTreasures
  • Skype
  • Twitter - LBoxofTreasures
  • Instagram - lboxoftreasures
  • Tumblr
  • Snapchat - lboxoftreasures
  • dropbox
  • Facebook
  • Meetup
In news is have BBC News and Buzzfeed.

Music contains: YouTube, Musi, Ticketmaster and Spotify.

In Health there are apps for fitness and relaxation...
  • Seven - Seven minutes of fitness everyday
  • Sleep Better - Tracks you sleep
  • Health
  • Calm - Meditation and relaxation
  • You
Lifestyle just has shopping apps such as: Superdrug, Boots, Next, Etsy and Argos.


This is my last folder which has websites of bloggers that i frequently read...
I hope that you have enjoyed taking a look around my phone! Do you have any of the apps that i have?? Are there any that i don't have that you think i should have??


Sunday, 31 January 2016

Make Your Mind Up!!



You know how in one of  my last posts i said was going to do monthly themes?... Well I've changed my mind, changed it back and changed it again.  i will still be posting on a Wednesday and Sunday but my posts will just be random.  The reason for the change is that i had struggled to come up with enough post ideas that would fit in to a category, but enough posts to fit into a lot of single categories.(If that makes any sense) This is also the reason for having no post on Wednesday.

Do you have any posts/topics you would like me to write about?


Sunday, 24 January 2016

My YouTube Channel

This is just a short post to let you all know that i have started a YouTube channel, where i will be posting covers of my favourite songs, i will try to upload once every two weeks.  My first video went up last Friday, i hope you enjoy it.





Wednesday, 20 January 2016

My Music Corner



I spend most of my time in my room (as most teens probably do) so I have split my room into different sections for my different hobbies (when i say split i haven't put walls between each section).  I don't have a lot of spare space in my room but i try to make it work, i have space for: music, reading, school work, artwork, blogging.  As this month is music month i thought i would share my music corner with you so you can see where i practice.


In my corner I have a couple of cushions to sit on, although i am thinking of buying myself a beanbag to make it more comfortable,  a folder with all the songs that i can play, my capo and pick.
I also have my guitar which is the main instrument that i play, i also play the piano but i don't keep it in my room anymore.  I have only been playing the guitar for about 16 months, but i have been playing the piano, on and off, for about 5 years.  I am mainly self taught with a bit of help from my Dad.  And that's all i have in my music corner, I know its not very interesting but i thought 'why not?'.

Do you play instruments, if so what do you play?  If you don't play anything what instrument would you really love to learn?  



Wednesday, 13 January 2016

YouTube Music

This is my last installment of my music series so i thought i would share my favourite 3 music-y people to watch on YouTube.  They all have amazing voices and musical talents.



  1. Kurt Hugo Schneider- He is a music producer and create really cool covers of songs with other artist.  In some of his videos he uses ordinary 'non musical' things to create the track. Some of his videos are shot in one take, yet it looks like it was done in multiple. 
  2. Against The Current- They are a Pop/Rock band they perform covers of songs whilst adding their own Pop/Rock twist to it, as well as writing and performing their own music
  3. Sam Tsui-  He works with Kurt Hugo Schneider a lot to produce amazing covers.

Who do you listen to YouTube?? Have you ever listened to to any of these three artists???



Sunday, 10 January 2016

Marianas Trench: How Their Music Helps Me!



As some of you may or may not know, I have recently been diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ ME/ Chronic Fatigue and severe depression, and it has had a really negative effect on my life for the past 6 Months.  I haven't been to school for 8 weeks because of how bad it has become, but since listening to Marinas Trench it has help me deal with certain aspects of my life such as just getting out of bed and sleeping.

As I've mentioned in my previous post music really helps me to overcome and deal with things that would otherwise be impossible to do.  And one band has really helped me to deal with how I'm feeling (mentally).

The way i listen to music I think is quite strange, maybe its normal, I like to play the song and think about the music itself was written and how just the sound of the instruments make me feel.  Then after a while I listen purely to the lyrics and try to understand the message that is being conveyed through them, sometimes the 'message' (I used quote marks because it probably wasn't the message that the writer put in to the song, just my interpretation)  stands out clearly but other times its not so easy to understand.  After listening to the song and roughly understanding the message being conveyed, I usually look for the videos/ behind the scenes of that song to try and understand it more.

Obviously i don't do this with every song, a lot of the time i do it just because interests me, but after watching videos and behind the scenes to some of Marianas Trench's music I really started to connect with the lyrics and the music.  I have found that with their music it can have a different effect on you depending on what mood you are in, for instance, there have been times where i have been in tears to several of their songs, yet there have been times where i have been just belting it as a feel good song.

Things that i like about their music is...

  • Anyone can relate to at least some of the lyrics
  • Even the sad songs can make you feel good about something
  • It always has a good beat to it!!!

Here are some of my favourite songs and some of the songs that I feel I relate to the most:

Here's To All The Zeros


Who Do You Love


While We're Young



Masterpiece Theatre iii


Beside You


What bands/ artists help you through rough times?? Have you ever listened to Marianas Trench? If so whats your favourite track/ album???


Thursday, 7 January 2016

What Music Means To Me



Music...

It can mean different things to different people, for me it helps me cope with my anxiety's.  I don't go anywhere without my music and headphones.  For some people it makes them feel happy, It can remind them of memories from a long time ago when they first heard that song/ album.  For others it can be a way of relieving anger by listening to rock/ heavy-metal bands.  It could also make them sad as they think about who they used to listen to a particular song with.  As I've said music is important to me and is probably just as important, if not more, to others.

I go through different phases of what i listen to, and it can change really frequently, 2 weeks ago i was actively listening to country music, today I'm listening to Rock music.  I've always grown up listening to bands like Queen (which i still love to this day) and music with a lot of guitar and drum solos in it, which i guess has had a big impact on the type of music i listen to.  My dad was always the one who be playing this kind of music and also playing along with it.  As I've grown up i have found that music has become extremely important in how i live everyday life, if i didn't have my music i don't think i would be able to go out into big, new places without majorly panicking.  It has also helped me have the best group of friends i could ever have, to share my passion of music with, as well as it helping me build up more self-confidence, by performing in front of my friends and at school concerts.


What sort of music do you like to listen to?  What does music mean to you?