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Healthy Eating: One girl to another
After my first semester at university, and an intense period of SWOT Vac (for those not in Australia, you get a period off to study for exams) I realised that I had been eating extremely unhealthily. I would be eating chocolate, ice cream, chips, and other sugary foods everyday in excessive amounts. I felt sluggish and bloated all the time. But since exams ended I have made a continuous effort to eat healthier, start exercising more often, and it has made a huge difference. Obviously I’m not perfect, and I still eat junk food, but I wanted to make this post to share some healthy eating tips with you all; from one girl to another.
SALMON
Salmon is both delicious and super healthy! Whilst there is fat in it, it contains the good fats that your body needs (your body needs fat to burn fat). It contains omega 3 fatty acids, essential amino acids, a myriad of vitamins and it is high quality protein. I try to have salmon at least once or twice a week, and fish in general at least two or three times.
QUINOA
Quinoa is a super food that can replace white rice, being tasty and nutritious at the same time. It is a great food for vegetarians and vegans, adding a lot of fibre to the diet. It is cholesterol-free, low-fat, and also is a great source of iron. Try it!
GREEK YOGHURT
I have Greek yoghurt almost every morning with muesli and fruit, and I love it. It tastes good, and is a great source of calcium! If you buy low-fat Greek yoghurt, you don’t have to worry about the calories. It is so easy to add to desserts instead of ice cream, which I have taken to doing, and fruit or grains. Love, love, love!
AVOCADO
A favourite. I consume avocado everyday (pretty much), almost for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Whether it be on my toast, in a salad, on the side, or straight up, I love the taste of avocado. And whilst it may be high in fat, it is again the good type of fat that your body needs! It tastes so good, and is so nutritious, what could be better?
NUTS
I never used to eat nuts before I tried to change my eating patterns. Again, nuts are high in fat (but the good fats!) and should be consumed in moderation, but by adding it to some morning yoghurt and muesli, it is extremely good for your health. Nuts are filled with fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Some of my favourites are almonds, pine nuts, walnuts and pistachios. Peanut butter is also good (in moderation), as it can help promote weight loss (leaves you feeling fuller for longer), and contains fats that help your body burn fat.
BERRIES
Yum! Acai berries, blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, raspberries…I love them all! It’s important to add these to your diet, as they are super healthy, high in antioxidants, and can fight off a variety of diseases. These versatile fruits can be added to muesli, blended into a smoothie, eaten with yoghurt, or straight up!
OATS/MUESLI
Grains are good for you and they taste so good! The closer they are to their natural state, the better they are. Oats contain various minerals, vitamins; help reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, and lower cholesterol. They are an excellent way to start the morning, and I love them. I often add berries, bananas, apples, or other fruit on top for a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
Healthy food, you’ll be surprised, tastes good and actually leaves you feeling good – unlike fast food that often comes in huge portions (food regret anyone?). If you strive to incorporate these foods into your diet, teach yourself to maintain a healthy diet and you will be able to feel intangible improvements – in your mind, body and spirit! Happy eating!

Healthy Eating: One girl to another

After my first semester at university, and an intense period of SWOT Vac (for those not in Australia, you get a period off to study for exams) I realised that I had been eating extremely unhealthily. I would be eating chocolate, ice cream, chips, and other sugary foods everyday in excessive amounts. I felt sluggish and bloated all the time. But since exams ended I have made a continuous effort to eat healthier, start exercising more often, and it has made a huge difference. Obviously I’m not perfect, and I still eat junk food, but I wanted to make this post to share some healthy eating tips with you all; from one girl to another.

SALMON

  • Salmon is both delicious and super healthy! Whilst there is fat in it, it contains the good fats that your body needs (your body needs fat to burn fat). It contains omega 3 fatty acids, essential amino acids, a myriad of vitamins and it is high quality protein. I try to have salmon at least once or twice a week, and fish in general at least two or three times.

QUINOA

  • Quinoa is a super food that can replace white rice, being tasty and nutritious at the same time. It is a great food for vegetarians and vegans, adding a lot of fibre to the diet. It is cholesterol-free, low-fat, and also is a great source of iron. Try it!

GREEK YOGHURT

  • I have Greek yoghurt almost every morning with muesli and fruit, and I love it. It tastes good, and is a great source of calcium! If you buy low-fat Greek yoghurt, you don’t have to worry about the calories. It is so easy to add to desserts instead of ice cream, which I have taken to doing, and fruit or grains. Love, love, love!

AVOCADO

  • A favourite. I consume avocado everyday (pretty much), almost for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Whether it be on my toast, in a salad, on the side, or straight up, I love the taste of avocado. And whilst it may be high in fat, it is again the good type of fat that your body needs! It tastes so good, and is so nutritious, what could be better?

NUTS

  • I never used to eat nuts before I tried to change my eating patterns. Again, nuts are high in fat (but the good fats!) and should be consumed in moderation, but by adding it to some morning yoghurt and muesli, it is extremely good for your health. Nuts are filled with fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Some of my favourites are almonds, pine nuts, walnuts and pistachios. Peanut butter is also good (in moderation), as it can help promote weight loss (leaves you feeling fuller for longer), and contains fats that help your body burn fat.

BERRIES

  • Yum! Acai berries, blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, raspberries…I love them all! It’s important to add these to your diet, as they are super healthy, high in antioxidants, and can fight off a variety of diseases. These versatile fruits can be added to muesli, blended into a smoothie, eaten with yoghurt, or straight up!

OATS/MUESLI

  • Grains are good for you and they taste so good! The closer they are to their natural state, the better they are. Oats contain various minerals, vitamins; help reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, and lower cholesterol. They are an excellent way to start the morning, and I love them. I often add berries, bananas, apples, or other fruit on top for a delicious and nutritious breakfast.

Healthy food, you’ll be surprised, tastes good and actually leaves you feeling good – unlike fast food that often comes in huge portions (food regret anyone?). If you strive to incorporate these foods into your diet, teach yourself to maintain a healthy diet and you will be able to feel intangible improvements – in your mind, body and spirit! Happy eating!

It’s not easy if you’ve never been loved. Not the love you get from your parents or your best friend or your dog; love you receive from someone so romantic that it radiates across borders, ready to inject anyone willing to allow it to seep into their bloodstream and makes them shake with pure, unadulterated happiness. While it is OK on a daily basis - leaving the house without so much as a kiss goodbye, eating lunch with Jane Eyre or Jay Gatsby for company - there is still that deep sense of loneliness. When you take public transport and you force yourself not to look into other people’s eyes so they can’t see what you really feel and put your headphones in to step out of this lonely world and into your own, it makes you wonder how long you’ve lived without as much as someone looking at you like you’re the only thing worth loving in this world.
You start to wonder why you’ve never been loved, why it has never occurred to that sweet girl at the coffee shop to come talk to you or why that cute boy in the museum has never bothered to smile across the room. Are you that dull, that unnoticeable? When will you love someone that will love you immensely back?
My dear, you have so much in your life ahead of you. You have so much to live for. And one day you will wake up in the middle of the night with the sweetest person you have ever met and you will wonder why you have thought of these things in the first place. That person will take you in their arms and kiss your fears away because the honest truth is, you are wonderful and you are a work of art. You deserve every bit of love in this world. But for now, you have your wonderful, work of art self to love and you have your goals to accomplish. You have to make your dreams come true before you become someone else’s dream. It has taken me 17 years to realize that.

Original photo taken from here

It’s not easy if you’ve never been loved. Not the love you get from your parents or your best friend or your dog; love you receive from someone so romantic that it radiates across borders, ready to inject anyone willing to allow it to seep into their bloodstream and makes them shake with pure, unadulterated happiness. While it is OK on a daily basis - leaving the house without so much as a kiss goodbye, eating lunch with Jane Eyre or Jay Gatsby for company - there is still that deep sense of loneliness. When you take public transport and you force yourself not to look into other people’s eyes so they can’t see what you really feel and put your headphones in to step out of this lonely world and into your own, it makes you wonder how long you’ve lived without as much as someone looking at you like you’re the only thing worth loving in this world.

You start to wonder why you’ve never been loved, why it has never occurred to that sweet girl at the coffee shop to come talk to you or why that cute boy in the museum has never bothered to smile across the room. Are you that dull, that unnoticeable? When will you love someone that will love you immensely back?

My dear, you have so much in your life ahead of you. You have so much to live for. And one day you will wake up in the middle of the night with the sweetest person you have ever met and you will wonder why you have thought of these things in the first place. That person will take you in their arms and kiss your fears away because the honest truth is, you are wonderful and you are a work of art. You deserve every bit of love in this world. But for now, you have your wonderful, work of art self to love and you have your goals to accomplish. You have to make your dreams come true before you become someone else’s dream. It has taken me 17 years to realize that.

Original photo taken from here

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Anonymous: Is there some really awesome movies you guys would recommend?

Of course! You can always take a look through our articles on films here but other than those, we can definitely recommend the following!

Dramas:

  • Hick (indie)
  • Pride and Prejudice (romance)
  • Girl, Interrupted
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (comedy)
  • Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (sci-fi)
  • Tonight You’re Mine (music/doc)
  • August Rush

Coming-of-age / Comedy:

  • Clueless
  • Goats
  • The Breakfast Club
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • 10 Things I Hate About You

Romance:

  • How to Marry a Millionaire
  • Jane Eyre (drama)
  • Blue Is The Warmest Color
  • Submarine (comedy)
  • Forrest Gump (drama/comedy)
  • Pretty in Pink (comedy)
  • Blue Valentine (drama)
  • Across the Universe

Thrillers:

  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • The Dark Night
  • Rear Window

Independent Films:

  • The Virgin Suicides
  • The Beatles: A Hard Days Night
  • Donnie Darko
  • Her
  • The Spectacular Now
  • Enough Said

Action-Adventure

  • Lord of the Rings / Hobbit 
  • Harry Potter series
  • Man of Steel
  • Thor

Documentaries:

  • Exit Through The Gift Shop - Directed by Street Artist: Banksy
  • Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’ 
  • Magic Trip

Comedies:

  • Adventureland
  • Jesus Henry Christ 
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Beware the Gonzo (drama)
  • Cry Baby
  • Hot Rod
  • Our Idiot Brother
  • Bo Burnham: what.
  • Wayne’s World
  • Airheads

Most, if not all, can be found on Netflix! 

Elise Magazine :)

TAKING CARE OF YOUR BODY: PART ONE
(Do’s and Dont’s of working out)

Do:
Make sure you’re hydrated and have had enough to eat (so you don’t pass out!)
Try to make a schedule. If you exercise once a week, no matter how hard the workout is, you are not going to gain anything from it. Instead, aim to exercise a few times a week, even for short amounts of time. 
Wear whatever you’re comfortable in. Whether that’s a sports bra and spandex or baggy sweats. Dress in what you feel best working out in, not what other people are wearing.
Pull your hair up out of your face, if possible. This not only prevents annoying pieces of hair from getting in your eyes, but also reduces the risk of getting bad acne on your forehead due to sweaty hair on it.
Stretch well before and/or after working out to prevent injuries! 
Push yourself to be the best you can be, but also figure out your limits. Set goals that are difficult, but also reasonable. (For example: I personally should not expect myself to be able to run a marathon in a month. That is unreasonable and could be dangerous to my health. But, I could set a goal like cutting x minutes off of my mile time etc.)
Have fun with it! If you like working out with friends, invite people to workout with you. If you prefer to workout alone, make it your special ‘me-time’. Find a type of workout you enjoy. Try out some new things like yoga, boxing, zumba, etc! (remember you don’t necessarily have to sign up for expensive classes; just look on youtube for exercises that suit you!)
Dont:
Workout for anybody but yourself. It’s your body and if you want to be healthier that should be your decision, not anyone else’s.
Get discouraged. You are doing something good for your body and soul. That’s something to be proud of whether you’re making tons of progress or just a little.
Push yourself too hard. That can lead to injuries or discouragement.
Compare yourself to others!!! If your friend’s workout is too hard for you, don’t let that get you down. You are not her. She is not you. Everyone has different talents, abilities, and bodies. You find workouts that are a good fit for yourself and let her do the same for herself. Comparing is never healthy for the mind.
Check out these youtubers and apps I’ve found! Please realize that some are more difficult than others and not necessarily a good fit for you. Sometimes I find myself only completing half of a video or doing less reps, but still feel sore as hell afterwards! And that’s perfectly okay!!! 
YouTube channels:
Yoga with Adrienne
Blogilates
Zumba
Sarah Fit

Apps:
nike training app
sworkit
{photo source, journalist}
TAKING CARE OF YOUR BODY: PART ONE
(Do’s and Dont’s of working out)

Do:

Make sure you’re hydrated and have had enough to eat (so you don’t pass out!)

Try to make a schedule. If you exercise once a week, no matter how hard the workout is, you are not going to gain anything from it. Instead, aim to exercise a few times a week, even for short amounts of time. 

Wear whatever you’re comfortable in. Whether that’s a sports bra and spandex or baggy sweats. Dress in what you feel best working out in, not what other people are wearing.

Pull your hair up out of your face, if possible. This not only prevents annoying pieces of hair from getting in your eyes, but also reduces the risk of getting bad acne on your forehead due to sweaty hair on it.

Stretch well before and/or after working out to prevent injuries! 

Push yourself to be the best you can be, but also figure out your limits. Set goals that are difficult, but also reasonable. (For example: I personally should not expect myself to be able to run a marathon in a month. That is unreasonable and could be dangerous to my health. But, I could set a goal like cutting x minutes off of my mile time etc.)

Have fun with it! If you like working out with friends, invite people to workout with you. If you prefer to workout alone, make it your special ‘me-time’. Find a type of workout you enjoy. Try out some new things like yoga, boxing, zumba, etc! (remember you don’t necessarily have to sign up for expensive classes; just look on youtube for exercises that suit you!)

Dont:

Workout for anybody but yourself. It’s your body and if you want to be healthier that should be your decision, not anyone else’s.

Get discouraged. You are doing something good for your body and soul. That’s something to be proud of whether you’re making tons of progress or just a little.

Push yourself too hard. That can lead to injuries or discouragement.

Compare yourself to others!!! If your friend’s workout is too hard for you, don’t let that get you down. You are not her. She is not you. Everyone has different talents, abilities, and bodies. You find workouts that are a good fit for yourself and let her do the same for herself. Comparing is never healthy for the mind.

Check out these youtubers and apps I’ve found! Please realize that some are more difficult than others and not necessarily a good fit for you. Sometimes I find myself only completing half of a video or doing less reps, but still feel sore as hell afterwards! And that’s perfectly okay!!! 

YouTube channels:

Apps:

  • nike training app
  • sworkit

{photo source, journalist}

Anonymous: What are some of your mutuals (magazine blogs) you follow and would recommand? I love this kind of blogs :)

Well since Elise Mag was created as a side blog we can’t personally follow anyone but our editor-in-chief Quinn enjoys eddiemag, mossmagazine, lionsmag, electricmag, and folklifestyle(which is an actual print magazine but they have a blog).

Dear Readers of Elise, 

As you may have noticed, Elise has undergone some changes over these past few weeks and what has become of these changes has revealed a more edgier visual look to our mag. However, that’s not the only change you’ll be seeing.
Our ideas and style to approaching creating articles are different. As one of our mag creators Quinn put it, “I’d like us to head in the direction to really just support women and flow creative ideas and spread the word about important causes and well lotsa other things- not just the typical health/beauty/fashion mag”.


Now that’s not to say we aren’t going to be creating articles that still focus on those typical magazine articles (because let’s be honest we all need a new project to try out or advice on how to look amazing for prom) but we are working on incorporating more articles that really tackle with issues affecting us today.
Elise is no longer your standard magazine, we have now blossomed into a magazine that caters to not only the needs of our readers in terms of physical self esteem boosters but also articles that just hone in on the need to encourage creativity, unity and real support for those that not only need that but deserve it wholeheartedly.
We have began to rethink the concept of an Elise reader and have decided to reflect that in our posts. This is majorly due to an amazing post written about magazines and how they portray women, and because of this post it really made Quinn rethink the way we choose our models and the image of women we portray and will portray in the future of this mag.
Instead of showcasing a certain type of woman, you know the (spunky, chic hipster kind of girl that so very few of us actually are) we are reaching to showcase women, everyday women from all background and situations and body shapes, because we at Elise have realized that our readership is wide and diverse and the only way for our readers to really connect to us is to make articles featuring women and problems that look and feel like them. Tumblr connects us globally and with having a diverse team of editors on Elise, we really have decided to take a step in a new direction on how we project our featured bloggers and interviews because, if anything, our posts should reflect our readers.
Honestly when this idea was brought up to the editors, one would think we would slightly protest due to the fact that changing the way we make posts would be difficult at first and ideas would stop completely. Confronting changes and having to rethink the way our articles are made would put a stopper in anyone’s creativity machine but to my delight and surprise, and the other wonderful editors of Elise found ourselves most enthusiastic about the new changes. In fact we had some of our editors say this:
Jenna: “It seems super awesome and I’m excited to see what new direction this goes in!”
Pia: “HELLA YEAH I LOVE THE IDEA AND THE NEW MEMBERS AND THE WHOLE COORDINATION ASPECT. Also I’d just really like for people to know that our magazine supports equality (in terms of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, etc.) and positivity and creativity and just generally good vibes and fun and stuff :-)”
Tennant: “I love the ideas for improving Elise, i think it’ll make the mag look more complete and tied together.”
And I, well though I didn’t voice my opinion at the time (it seemed that everyone had said everything I thought), felt as if this new change in the magazine was refreshing and would possibly be one of the most important things we could ever do, because in a world where we as women (and men too, I didn’t forget you guys) have to struggle to stand out and be noticed for our talent and our hard work and good deeds, a mag that supports and shares and notices all these things is incredibly important.
So with that dear readers, we at Elise hope you embrace the changes we at Elise are making and support us as we switch over to these kinds empowering articles.
To see the post that started it all go here.
Are you guys excited for the new changes? Do you guys have any suggestions on articles you’d like to see? If you have any comments, queries or concerns please message us at talkwithelise!
{photo source, journalist}

Dear Readers of Elise, 

As you may have noticed, Elise has undergone some changes over these past few weeks and what has become of these changes has revealed a more edgier visual look to our mag. However, that’s not the only change you’ll be seeing.

Our ideas and style to approaching creating articles are different. As one of our mag creators Quinn put it, “I’d like us to head in the direction to really just support women and flow creative ideas and spread the word about important causes and well lotsa other things- not just the typical health/beauty/fashion mag”.

Now that’s not to say we aren’t going to be creating articles that still focus on those typical magazine articles (because let’s be honest we all need a new project to try out or advice on how to look amazing for prom) but we are working on incorporating more articles that really tackle with issues affecting us today.

Elise is no longer your standard magazine, we have now blossomed into a magazine that caters to not only the needs of our readers in terms of physical self esteem boosters but also articles that just hone in on the need to encourage creativity, unity and real support for those that not only need that but deserve it wholeheartedly.

We have began to rethink the concept of an Elise reader and have decided to reflect that in our posts. This is majorly due to an amazing post written about magazines and how they portray women, and because of this post it really made Quinn rethink the way we choose our models and the image of women we portray and will portray in the future of this mag.

Instead of showcasing a certain type of woman, you know the (spunky, chic hipster kind of girl that so very few of us actually are) we are reaching to showcase women, everyday women from all background and situations and body shapes, because we at Elise have realized that our readership is wide and diverse and the only way for our readers to really connect to us is to make articles featuring women and problems that look and feel like them. Tumblr connects us globally and with having a diverse team of editors on Elise, we really have decided to take a step in a new direction on how we project our featured bloggers and interviews because, if anything, our posts should reflect our readers.

Honestly when this idea was brought up to the editors, one would think we would slightly protest due to the fact that changing the way we make posts would be difficult at first and ideas would stop completely. Confronting changes and having to rethink the way our articles are made would put a stopper in anyone’s creativity machine but to my delight and surprise, and the other wonderful editors of Elise found ourselves most enthusiastic about the new changes. In fact we had some of our editors say this:

Jenna: “It seems super awesome and I’m excited to see what new direction this goes in!”

Pia: “HELLA YEAH I LOVE THE IDEA AND THE NEW MEMBERS AND THE WHOLE COORDINATION ASPECT. Also I’d just really like for people to know that our magazine supports equality (in terms of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, etc.) and positivity and creativity and just generally good vibes and fun and stuff :-)”

Tennant: “I love the ideas for improving Elise, i think it’ll make the mag look more complete and tied together.”

And I, well though I didn’t voice my opinion at the time (it seemed that everyone had said everything I thought), felt as if this new change in the magazine was refreshing and would possibly be one of the most important things we could ever do, because in a world where we as women (and men too, I didn’t forget you guys) have to struggle to stand out and be noticed for our talent and our hard work and good deeds, a mag that supports and shares and notices all these things is incredibly important.

So with that dear readers, we at Elise hope you embrace the changes we at Elise are making and support us as we switch over to these kinds empowering articles.

To see the post that started it all go here.

Are you guys excited for the new changes? Do you guys have any suggestions on articles you’d like to see? If you have any comments, queries or concerns please message us at talkwithelise!

{photo source, journalist}

lionsmag: Hey guys! I love your blog, and I'd be so happy if you check my blog and tell me what you think of it so far. I've just began an online mag as well, where I'm gonna post random articles :)

Thank you! 

I’ve just gave your blog a look and I have to say it’s a beautiful layout, I like the personal writing style you have going on! 

Elise Magazine

How’s everyone’s Friday? If you’re looking for some good tunes to jam out to check out our playlist up on our blog under our ‘music’ tab or go to our playlists page which you can find in our navigation! We have tons of amazing mixes made by all of our great journalists ☺️

Birthdays
After recently having a birthday, this article is all about ideas to make your special day that much more memorable.
Organise something with friends: This could be simple. A brunch, a dinner, or a breakfast get-together in a more private space is one idea! Other ideas could be going out for drinks somewhere, or having everyone over to your house for some high tea and cake. Less expensive ideas include having a girls movie night, possibly with some cooking and singing (who could say no to a girls night?). If you’re feeling like you want some retail therapy, hit the shops with a few close friends, grab a juice or yoghurt along the way, and you’re good to go! Going to the cinema, throwing a casual picnic on a sunny day, or just going out are all other fun ideas that will help you feel happy on your day.
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Enjoy it with the family: Don’t forget to spend time with those who have done the most for you, your family! This could be sharing a meal together at a nice restaurant, cooking and bonding together, or staying home and watching movies together. Having a nice balance between having fun with friends, and spending time with family will help make your day!
Appreciate: Presents are usually a treat in the whole birthday-day bit. Always remember to be grateful. Even if the presents aren’t quite what you wanted, or exactly what you expected, always remember how lucky you are and appreciate everything you have. People, (hopefully), have put thought into your presents, let them know how thankful you are. It’s always the thought behind people’s actions that count!
Do what makes you happy with who makes you happy: Always remember that life is what you make it. When it comes down to it you choose how you want to celebrate your birthday! We only get one a year, and hopefully everyone is going to make you feel special, so enjoy it.
Here are a few birthday celebration DIY’s!
Wire Birthday Crown - Surely this will make you feel like a queen/king.
Ombré Cake - Adds a bit of colour and fun, especially while making it!
Fancy Balloons - Who needs regular, plain balloons when you can make these?
Succulent/Cacti Cupcakes - So cute! And delicious.
Funfetti Candles - Looks like birthday cake, smells like birthday cake but definitely doesn’t taste like birthday cake. 
Cake Toppers - Cute little banners to top your cake creation! Plus they’re made from your recycled calendar pages/scrap paper - bonus!
However you choose to spend it, I hope you all have fantastic birthdays with a day filled with love, happiness and excitement. PS: If you send us your name and birthday, we’ll add it to our calendar!
{source, journalist}

Birthdays

After recently having a birthday, this article is all about ideas to make your special day that much more memorable.

Organise something with friends: This could be simple. A brunch, a dinner, or a breakfast get-together in a more private space is one idea! Other ideas could be going out for drinks somewhere, or having everyone over to your house for some high tea and cake. Less expensive ideas include having a girls movie night, possibly with some cooking and singing (who could say no to a girls night?). If you’re feeling like you want some retail therapy, hit the shops with a few close friends, grab a juice or yoghurt along the way, and you’re good to go! Going to the cinema, throwing a casual picnic on a sunny day, or just going out are all other fun ideas that will help you feel happy on your day.

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Enjoy it with the family: Don’t forget to spend time with those who have done the most for you, your family! This could be sharing a meal together at a nice restaurant, cooking and bonding together, or staying home and watching movies together. Having a nice balance between having fun with friends, and spending time with family will help make your day!

Appreciate: Presents are usually a treat in the whole birthday-day bit. Always remember to be grateful. Even if the presents aren’t quite what you wanted, or exactly what you expected, always remember how lucky you are and appreciate everything you have. People, (hopefully), have put thought into your presents, let them know how thankful you are. It’s always the thought behind people’s actions that count!

Do what makes you happy with who makes you happy: Always remember that life is what you make it. When it comes down to it you choose how you want to celebrate your birthday! We only get one a year, and hopefully everyone is going to make you feel special, so enjoy it.

Here are a few birthday celebration DIY’s!

  • Wire Birthday Crown - Surely this will make you feel like a queen/king.
  • Ombré Cake - Adds a bit of colour and fun, especially while making it!
  • Fancy Balloons - Who needs regular, plain balloons when you can make these?
  • Succulent/Cacti Cupcakes - So cute! And delicious.
  • Funfetti Candles - Looks like birthday cake, smells like birthday cake but definitely doesn’t taste like birthday cake. 
  • Cake Toppers - Cute little banners to top your cake creation! Plus they’re made from your recycled calendar pages/scrap paper - bonus!

However you choose to spend it, I hope you all have fantastic birthdays with a day filled with love, happiness and excitement. PS: If you send us your name and birthday, we’ll add it to our calendar!

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