What do you think being a Young carer is?

Hi everyone welcome to my blog I’m Leah O’Shaughnessy and today I want to tell people what it is like to be a young carer.I have been a young carer now for 8 years and to me I think it is just a normal part of my everyday life.Firstly I want to say that I was on BBC Breakfast news and BBC 5 Live Radio on the 27th December 2016 which was an amazing experience for me and my dad.I got to give a voice for all young carers across Britian and also all over the world who look after a family member.I look after my mum who suffers from mental health problems and is visually impaired.Young carers look after someone close to them like their mum,dad,nan,grandad,uncle etc who have disabilities,due to illnesses and possibly substance missuse.

People typically think a young carer is someone who looks after someone,but being a young carer this so much more then looking after someone.Being a young carer can have some sacrafices such as sometimes you cant go out with your friends as you are busy or you have to do a lot more chores.To me this is all completely normal.As I’m a young carer I look after my mum and this is just some of the things I do:Cleaning-Kitchen,Living Room,Bathroom.Shopping,looking after children and also giving my mum medication.

Me and my dad look after my mum so when I’m in school my dad will look after my mum and do the bits that need doing like shopping,cleaning up and taking the children to school.When my dad is working I help with my mum by looking after the children,helping make tea,and just cleaning up when that is needed.When my mum needs her medication I will then give it to her.To me this is all normal.People ask me when do I do homework/Revision as I’m quite busy?My response to people is when all children are in bed and my mum is watching Tv or on her laptop so that is about 7:30pm but when I have spare time I always commit it towards my homework and revision as I’m sitting my GCSES this may and june.

Things Young Carers do for people like me and others all across the country is:Advocacy,Residential trips(For breaks away from caring),Trips out for the day like going to the cinema or going to see a show,monthly drop ins,opportunites for young carers to meet with others.You can also message or call the young carers leader when your feeling down or just have general enquires.I always love talking with other young carers as we are all doing the same jobs by looking after someone.

To me  if young carers wasn’t there I don’t think I would have the support I have today.It makes my life easier knowing if I’m struggling I can always turn to one of the young carers leaders who are always there for you and help you as much as you can.I think young carers deserve a medal for all the hard work they do.They are such a bunch of amazing caring people.Also National Young carers day is 27th January 2017.

Finally I want to end my blog with thank you so much for reading and if you want any more information on young carers I have links below which can help you thank you 🙂

http://www.careforcarers.org.uk/articles/carers-corner/young-carers

https://carers.org/

 

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My Christmas Eve tradition…..

Hey all, how are you? I hope your all well and are enjoying the lead up to Christmas.Im so excited. In this blog today I’m going to be talking about my Christmas eve tradition and if you have a Christmas eve tradition maybe you could comment it down below for me to read.

Christmas eve always starts with me getting up early as we have to get the final preparations ready for Christmas day.We as a family always tend to put on the Christmas songs and just have a sing a long.We always make sure the house is all clean and tidy. Once we have cleaned and tidied this is going into the afternoon where we as a family will all eat a light dinner as at tea time we always order a take away.Once dinner has finished we will load the dishwasher and put the plates in that have been used.Moving on to further in the evening we always get new pjs as who doesn’t love new pjs for Christmas eve? Before putting on our pjs I then get a bath or a shower which relaxes me as I can not sleep Christmas eve 🙂 Any one else like this? Once we are all  bathed etc we then order take away and all get cosy for a Christmas movie which is normally Elf or Nativity! We also watch the film with hot chocolate and marshmellows too.Once the movie has finished  and all the take away rubbish has been put in the bin we all make our way upstairs for bed before the big day arrives.

Hope you all enjoyed this blog has anyone got any Christmas eve traditions they would like to share? thank you all

Leah X

Did you say Christmas Movies?

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Hi all,im so sorry I haven’t written a blog recently ive had so much college work 😦 Today is the last day of November of 2017 how crazy is that!! Have you got any plans for December this year? if you have any plans let me know in the comments below.Im going to give you a list of family favourite Christmas movies to watch this year.

  • Elf
  • Home Alone
  • The Grinch
  • The polar express
  • Bad moms christmas
  • The nightmare before christmas
  • Its a wonderful life
  • A Christmas carol
  • Jingle all the way
  • Nativity! 1,2,and 3
  • Santa Claus the movie
  • Elf on the shelf a elfs story
  • A muppets Christmas carol
  • Jack Frost

All the films above are great Christmas movies.A bad moms Christmas movie isn’t suitable for children but all the rest are.What is your favourite Christmas movie? I would love to know. See you all soon for a another blog post. P.S I hope you all enjoy the first day of Christmas 🙂

Leah X

DIY Halloween costumes…

 

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Hi all,welcome to another blog 🙂 so as Halloween is fast approaching I’m going to give you 3 DIY Halloween costumes that are super easy to make.I want to wish you all a super fun Halloween and stay safe.So lets get on with the Halloween DIY costumes.

Cereal Killer

  • For this costume you need:  Plain white T-Shirt, white jeans,fake blood, a  big plastic knife for you to hold and several small plastic knives and 6 small boxes of cereal of course eat them 1st and finally some hot glue.
  • Step 1-Get your white jeans and t-shirt together . Get your fake blood a splatter some blood on your clothes but don’t use it all just yet.
  • Glue on 3 cereal boxes to the front of your t-shirt and 3 on the back.Get your 6 plastic knives and stab them through the boxes.This is where you can then use the rest of the blood on the knives to make it look as if the cereal has been stabbed.

When glue has fully dried put on your Halloween costume and get ready to trick or treat.

Starbucks Coffee

  • Do you love Starbucks so much that you are willing to go as one for Halloween?This costume is so easy to do.
  •  First print off the Starbucks logo,and get your hot glue gun and glue it to your brown dress.Once this has dried get your white feather boa and put it round your neck.It  has to be white so it looks like cream.
  • For the straw get a plain black headband and print of a green straw but make it big enough so people can see this. Glue the green straw to the headband and you will look perfect.

 

Red Coat-PLL

This costume is super easy and simple. If you are a huge PLL fan you will definitely know who Red coat is.For this Halloween costume all you need is blonde wig,red coat, black boots,black gloves and black t-shirt and leggings. You will sure look like Red coat from PLL.

I really hope you like these costume ideas and if you decide to wear one of them,please comment down in the comment section which one you are and have a fun spooky Halloween.

 

Leah X

 

Welcome October…

 

Hi all sorry this is a late blog post, but lets all welcome OCTOBER! (Only I am 4 days late *Sorry).How are you all?I have been really busy with college 😦 So todays blog is really just welcoming October.

Have any of you got any plans this October? Such as Halloween parties,Trick or Treating or anything like that? You may even stay at home watching Horror films with Popcorn or just relaxing… I’m visiting a LockDown room in 2 weeks.This has become quite popular in the UK lately so I’m visiting that and also I have a Halloween party too 🙂

I just can not believe it is already October literally soon as the clock strikes mid-night on the 31st October it will be the official Christmas countdown which I can not wait for.I love Christmas so much.Unless you live in the UK we have Bonfire night coming up which is a celebration held in the UK on the 5th of November every year,this is where we decorate the sky with fireworks it is a bit like the 4th of July for the Americans but not for independence day in the UK it is for Guy Fawkes.

I hope you all have a lovely day and I will be posting some Halloween blogs very soon.

Leah X

My top 3 favourite things of Autumn..

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Hi all welcome to another blog of mine, I really hope you like my new blog design perfect for autumn. Today I’m going to discuss my top 5 favourite Autumn things and why.

1-Definately the clothes.Who doesn’t love autumn clothes? I love them. Sweater weather is perfect  especially getting all cosy and wearing your warm fuzzy socks. Autumn clothes to me are great as the colours match up perfectly to autumn such as your burgundies and mustard yellow’s.

2-The food. The food in the autumn time is tasty and delicious .Food in autumn ranges from great drinks,treats and main meals.Pumpkin Spice Latte is a top drink for the autumn season,personally I don’t like Pumpkin Spice Latte as it doesn’t taste nice to me;however many people across the world adore this autumn drink.The treats from autumn range from Halloween treats and cup cakes with little pumpkins on etc.

3-TV.TV at Autumn is amazing. Autumn TV ranges from Halloween specials,and films.Great films to watch this Halloween would be Hocus Pocus and Nightmare before Christmas.TV programmes I would highly recommend would be Stranger Things and Pretty Little Liars.

I hope you all have an amazing day and I cant believe October is on Sunday.Look out for all my Halloween posts coming up.

Leah X

DIY Autumn Deserts

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Hi all how are you? So is everyone enjoying the cool mornings and seeing the leaves flow to the ground?So today I’m going to give you some very tasty ideas for your autumn food this year 🙂

Apple pie

 

 

Time it takes to prepare:

30 MIN

Total Time:

2 HR 45 MIN

Ingredients

3 pounds Granny Smith apples—peeled, cored and sliced into 1/4-inch wedges
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
Two 14-ounce packages all-butter puff pastry, chilled

Step 1

In a large bowl, toss the apples with the sugar and the 3 tablespoons of flour.

Step 2

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out each piece of puff pastry to a 14-inch square. Ease one pastry square into a 9 1/2-inch deep glass pie plate. Scrape the apples and their juices into the shell. Lay the second layer of puff pastry on top. Press the edges together to seal and trim the overhang to 1 inch. Crimp the edge decoratively and cut a few slits on top for venting. Freeze the pie for 1 hour.

 

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 400°. Place the apple pie on a baking sheet and transfer it to the oven. Bake the pie for 30 minutes, until the crust is lightly golden. Reduce the oven temperature to 375° and bake for 40 minutes longer, until the top is deep golden brown. Transfer the pie to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.

Does any one like Pumpkin flavoured spice cupcakes? Here is a recipe on how to create your own Pumpkin spiced cupcakes with cinnamon frosting.

 

For the cupcakes, you will need:
280g plain flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
110g butter, softened
200g caster sugar
5 tablespoons brown soft sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
180ml milk
250g pumpkin, cooked and pureed

And, for the icing, you will need:
Cinnamon cream cheese icing
200g cream cheese, softened
50g butter, softened
350g icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

The recipe is based on this one: http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/8521/pumpkin-cupcakes.aspx?o_is=rotd

Preheat the oven to 190oC. This recipe makes quite a lot of cupcakes (24 in total), so you’ll need to line two muffin/cupcake pans with cupcake cases. I used some cute gold foil ones that I thought were quite autumnal. I know what you’re thinking, “Zoe, why not use copper foil cases, you love copper!”, well you’d be right there, and yes I do own some, but I actually preferred the gold in this instance, haha!

To make, sift together the flour, spices, salt and baking powders into a bowl.
Then, in an electric mixer, mix together the butter and sugars until they are incorporated and light and fluffy. Then add in the eggs, one at a time. Then stir in the milk and pumpkin puree.
Then add in the dry ingredients from the other bowl until it’s all just mixed in, but try not to overtax it. Then add the mix into the cupcake cases. I like to do this with an ice cream scoop so you get an even amount in each.

Then pop them in the oven for about 25 minutes, until they are golden brown. Leave them to cool on a rack.

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the icing by adding the butter and cream cheese to the mixer and blending until smooth. Then add the icing sugar a little bit at a time until it is all mixed in. Add in the vanilla and cinnamon and beat until it’s thick and fluffy. When the cupcakes are completely cool, ice the cakes. You can spread the icing straight on, or for a bit of extra decoration, pipe onto the cakes with a piping bag and a star shaped nozzle. I then topped mine off with some pumpkin sprinkles! Only pumpkin by shape, not by flavour, but absolutely adorable none the less. I got hold of these in Homesense. They always have such amazing things in their baking sections, especially around this time of the year so I would highly recommend having a snoop if you’re ever near one.

Credit to Zoella for the recipe above for the cupcakes. https://www.zoella.co.uk/

Finally who doesn’t love a pumpkin pie slice with a hot chocolate or a coffee or tea? Here below is a recipe for autumns favourite food “Pumpkin Pie”

It takes 1hr to make and serves 8 people.Enough for all the family :)Also suitable for Vegetarians.

 

Ingredients

For the pastry
sweet short crust pastry case (or a packet of ready made sweet short crust pastry with 40g/1½oz crushed pecans mixed in)

For the filling
450g/1lb prepared weight pumpkin flesh, cut into 1in/2.5 cm chunks
2 large eggs plus 1 yolk (use the white for another dish)
75g/3oz soft dark brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ level teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
½ tsp ground allspice
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ground ginger
275ml/10fl oz double cream

Method

1.Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

2.If using a shop bought sweet crust pastry case, use one that is 23cm/9in diameter and 4cm/1½in deep. If using your own pastry, roll it out and use it to line a 23cm/9in pie plate (not loose bottomed). Bake the pastry case blind for 20 minutes.

 

3.To make the filling, place the pumpkin chunks on a baking tray, cover with foil and roast until tender. This will take about 20-30 minutes, depending on your pumpkin. Press the cooked pumpkin in a coarse sieve and to extract any excess water. Set aside to cool before blending in a food processor, or mashing by hand to a pureé.

 

4.Lightly whisk the eggs and extra yolk together in a large bowl.

 

5.Place the sugar, spices and the cream in a pan, bring to simmering point, giving it a whisk to mix everything together. Then pour it over the eggs and whisk it again briefly. Now add the pumpkin pureé, still whisking to combine everything thoroughly.

 

6.Reduce the oven temperature to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Pour the filling into your pastry case and bake for 35-40 minutes, by which time it will puff up round the edges but still feel slightly wobbly in the centre.

 

7.Remove the pie from the oven and place the tin on a wire cooling rack. Serve warm or chilled (stored loosely covered in foil in the fridge) with some chilled créme fraïche or whipped cream.

 

I hope you have all enjoyed my blog today and please comment any ideas you may have or tell me if you are going to cook any of these amazing autumn deserts.

Leah X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reasons we love Autumn

Hi all so welcome to another one of my autumn blogs… Hope your all well 🙂

So today I’m going to give you all some top reasons why you should all love Autumn. Autumn is my favourite season of all. Watching the pretty leaves cascade down to the ground then crunching above them whats better? Here are my Top reasons why you should LOVE Autumn….

1-Pumpkin Spice Latte whats better then that while taking a walk into the crunching leaves

2-Misty Mornings

3-Candles.If you live in America you can buy the perfect autumn scented candles from Bath and Body Works here is the link:

http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/c/hand-soaps/hand-soap-promotion

However if you live in the UK you can buy amazing candles from Yankee Candle which is available world wide Here is the link :

http://www.yankeecandle.co.uk/browse/candle-collections/fall-in-love/fall-in-love-candles/_/N-8ab

4-Halloween.If you love dressing up or eating tons of sweets then you will love Halloween.Halloween is a holiday that takes place in Autumn.

5-SWEATER WEATHER!! Who doesn’t love lounging around in there over sized jumpers?? I do with fuzzy socks and watching a autumnal film.

So guys I really hope you enjoy this Blog today I will be back very soon 🙂

Leah X

Things to do this Autumn..

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Hi all,welcome to another blog I hope your all doing well. I start College tomorrow which I’m really nervous about :(.But as it is now September we can now talk about Autumn. I’m going to be doing a few blogs this autumn including some Halloween ones 🙂

Out of all the seasons Autumn is my favourite season of all.I really love the colour change and how the air begins to cool down ready for the winter.It is now really that time of the year where you can un wind and relax with a hot chocolate or a Pumpkin spice Latte and watch your favourite autumnal films.So here are some ideas for you to do this autumn.

1- Go apple picking

2-Go for a hike in your local countryside or forests

3-Collect colourful leaves

4-Rent a cabin in the mountains if you have mountains near by

5-Take a drive in the country side

6-Go to Starbucks and try a Pumpkin spice Latte

7-Make rice krispie treats

8-Watch seasonal films

9-Jump in a pile of leaves

10-Bake a apple or pumpkin pie

11-Try a candy apple

12-Breathe in the crisp air

13-Take photos of your favourite autumn destinations

14-Listen to the sound of leaves crunching under your feet

15-Do a jumper haul

16-Give your bedroom an autumn makeover

17-Go Pumpkin picking

18-Carve your own pumpkin

19-Host a thanks giving dinner

20-Be thankful for what you have

I hope you all have enjoyed this autumn blog and as I said above I will be doing more autumn blogs and even some Halloween idea blogs.Also if your in need of some inspiration this autumn I have the perfect app for you all to try….

“WE HEART IT” If your not already signed up for this site sign up now it is amazing.It is just like Pinterest but in my opinion its better if you love photography or just want to have a look its amazing. Here is the link:

http://weheartit.com/

My personal We heart it is Leahjade00 which you can follow me and I will follow back 🙂

Bye for now everyone I hope you enjoyed it

Leah X

What Family channels do I recommend on YouTube?

Hey everyone welcome to another blog.So todays blog is about YouTube Families I would highly recommend you watch;this is just some of the families I watch and there are so many awesome other youtube families on youtube 🙂

Firstly I’m going to tell you about the Weiss Life family.Lets introduce you to Weiss Life family : The Weiss family is: Jeff (DAD), Melissa (MUM) and their 5 daughters; Gabrielle is 12, Gracelynn is 8, Gwyneth is 7, Gretchen is 4 & their really cute and adorable baby Gemma was born in May 2017!  THE WEISS LIFE is a fun family & lifestyle channel that features Family Vlogs, Fun Challenges, DIY’s, Tutorials,Back 2 School videos,  Unboxings, Reviews, Holidays like Halloween, Christmas & Easter, Birthday Parties,  Baby Videos, and  Travel Adventures.There videos are really fun and engaging and so fun I would highly recommend you watch their channel.They live in the USA and also have a PO BOX which is : THE WEISS LIFE 69 Lincoln Blvd. Suite-A #267 Lincoln, CA 95648

The link for THE WEISS LIFE CHANNEL IS: https://www.youtube.com/user/theweisslife/featured

Next is The Ingham Family of five. Here are the Ingham family: Welcome to the Ingham family. They are  from the UK. They are Chris (DAD), Sarah (MUM), Isabelle (aged 11), Esmé (aged 8) and Isla (aged 5). They create videos everyday so your always in for a treat,whether its been a bad day for you or even a great day the Ingham family always mange to put a smile on everyones faces.They are a very respectful family and Esme is very crazy haha but she puts a smile on everyones faces,Isabelle is Sassybelle and Isla is very cheeky and giggly.When you go onto there channel they have a “Welcome to the IFAM!” IFAM is the name for all there  viewers.They vlog holidays,days out,morning/evening routines,holiday specials (Christmas,halloween and easter),birthdays and hauls.I would highly recommend every one watches the Ingham family.The link to their channel is:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPu78bdv1WY6b9Kk7xixhQw/featured

8 Passengers is an American family who show true family beliefs and tradtions.Let me introduce you to the 8 Passengers:Ruby (MUM),Kevin (DAD),Shari,Chad,Abby,Julie,Russel and Eve.They are great and friendly people who love to vlog their day to show all there viewers.Their videos consist of hauls,back 2 school,holiday celebrations,birthdays,shopping trips,hair videos and many more adventures they will take you on.Again I will highly recommend you watch 8 Passengers and the link to their channel is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ3FRaHOIwXLOQNeUwVpBUA/featured

They also have a PO BOX: 8Passengers PO BOX 628 SPRINGVILLE, UT. 84663

Saccone Jolys are on of the UK’S Favourite YouTube Family.Jonathan  (DAD) and Anna (MUM) Saccone Joly have three children, Emilia Saccone Joly, Eduardo Saccone Joly and Alessia Saccone Joly. they also have six Maltese dogs, Albi, Sina, Theo, Bianca, Nivea and Nuvola.They have action packed days and vlog their daily lives for us so we can watch.They have videos such as the wedding video of Anna and Jonathan,Christmas videos,and you can even check out their childrens YouTube channel called “Friendliest friends”.When Jonathan Joly married Anna Saccone they both decided that instead of Anna dropping her family name they would both take each others name and join them together. They choose to use SACCONEJOLY rather then JOLYSACCONE simply because it sounded better. Here is the link so you can watch their YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/LeFloofTV/featured

and here is their PO BOX: SACCONEJOLYs, Gleam Futures, 6th Fl, 60 Charlotte St, London W1T 2NU

Finally the last Family channel I highly recommend is Family Fizz.  Darren (DAD), Georgie (MUM), Mia (age 12) and Sienna (age 5) and we were born in England, they absolutely adore and  love travelling all over the world.Lately they have been to China for 9 days which was great to watch on their Vlogs.\On Family Fizz’s channel you can expect lots of fun and sometimes a little crazines, but always lots of exciting times which you can see on their videos,they love doing silly challenges, and traveling the world.They are a very close together family and have respect for each other.You will never be disappointed watching Family Fizz and always give a lucky viewer a shoutout in every vlog.They are also a vegan family.Their channel link is : https://www.youtube.com/user/VeganFitnessCom/featured

So overall thank you for reading my blog today and I hope you definitely have a look into these channels they are AMAZING! Have a great day everyone

Leah X

 

 

 

 

Airport hacks every girl should know

 

 

 

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Hey everyone welcome to another one of my blogs.Todays blog is Airport hacks for everyone who is visiting the airport to go on holiday.I thought this would be a great idea because some people will be going on their last holiday for the Summer season before the autumn season rolls in. I hope these hacks help you and have a safe journey if your going on holiday.

1-Set your flight information as your home screen on your mobile phone or IPAD.

2-If you have parked at the airport always remember where you have parked for when you come home.After your amazing trip away you may forget where you have parked so why not take a photo and keep it in your camera roll so you know where you have parked.

3-Always arrive approx. 2-3 hrs before your flight so you can get checked in and go through security (ALL THE BORING PARTS) then while you wait why not go and get a bite to eat?

4-So know one mistakes your case for theres always have a bright colourful one which you can identify as many people have very similar cases to each other.You can also make your luggage tag stand out too by tying something colourful or full of patterns so you know its your case.

5-Carry an empty water bottle in your hand luggage so when you get through security you can go and fill it up at the water refill or you can just buy one from the shop.

So whether you are going on a trip abroad to enjoy the final days of summer or your needing some hacks for your next journey abroad these tips will be sure to help you 🙂

Thanks for reading my blog

Leah X