Mini weekend haul

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So last weekend I went out and bought things, hence this haul! Originally I was going out to watch Beauty and the Beast but my legs were too sore from going to the gym the day before so I couldn’t walk fast enough to get to the cinema in time so you know…went shopping instead, duh.

So I didn’t buy Bawse on my day out but it did get delivered on Saturday so I decided to include it in the haul. I’m loving it so far! I’ve got little post it notes to mark things that I definitely need to come back and look at. For those of you who don’t know Bawse is an advice book of sorts written by Lilly Singh, she has a youtube channel (iisuperwomanii) I encourage everyone to go check her out. This book is very no frills and straight forward, there are no flowery tumblr quotes here. I’ll write a whole review on it when I’m done so keep and eye out for that.

The next three things I bought were from my Primark, naturally. The first was a compact mirror because the one I had before got cracked. Not because of my face I’ll have you know, it got stood on while it was in my coat pocket. It was £1 by the way, so love it!

The next thing took a lot of thought and sniffing while sitting on the floor, a candle! It smells amazing and, unlike other scented candles I’ve had in the past, it actually makes my room smell good while it’s burning. Grapefruit and nectarine didn’t seem like something I’d like but of course I was proved wrong. It’s supposed to burn for 22 hours and it was only £3!

The final thing I haven’t had the chance to use yet because I haven’t ‘properly’ done my makeup in a while but I was curious to try it out. It’s Primark’s version of those new brushes that were all the range however many months ago, I got the smaller one that I guess you could use for concealer/contour and such. Only £2.50 so I won’t be too upset if it isn’t all that great.

Until next time!

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What I’m expecting at Sixth Form ~ SparkleFox

Hello there! My name is SparkleFox and I am doing a very special collab blog post with my friend Wolfish Delight. On my blog, she will be writing a blog post on how she would have done her GCSEs differently at my blog at https://sparklefoxblogs.wordpress.com.

Anyway, let us get on with the blog post.

Now, I am in Year 10 at this moment in time which means, next year I am thinking about whether I want to go to Sixth Form or not. I have to stay in education until the age of 18 which means I can either go to sixth form, college or have an apprenticeship. At this moment in time I definitely want to go to Sixth Form but I have a year to think about it. Although I haven’t got that much information about it, I already have a picture in my mind of what it will be like; this is what I will be discussing here.

The one thing which comes into my mind when I think about Sixth Form is that it will be a lot of work. I am aware that A levels are getting harder and that there is a lot more that I am expected to learn but I am actually excited about it. The fact I’m excited is because I imagine that I get a lot more freedom with my studies. I already know that I will get free periods which I am absolutely buzzing for. Am I strange for thinking that? Probably, but I am one of these people who loves to learn.

I am also expecting to enjoy Sixth Form a lot more than I am enjoying school at the moment. I can finally get rid of some of the core subjects that I do not enjoy and instead focus on the subjects that I love and hope to continue into the future.

That concludes this special blog post and I hope to find out more about Sixth Form next year. Am I right in what I’m thinking or have I got completely the wrong end of the stick?

 

SparkleFox signing out.

Being unapologetic

So I was watching the latest episode of Supernatural (spn fans go whoo!) and the way Dean was acting got me thinking, I want to be like him. Ever since I started watching Supernatural, I kinda saw myself in Dean, just a little. Fiercely protective over siblings, check. Usually angry and doesn’t like many people, check and check. But I usually keep too much in, I don’t like that I’m forced to pretend to like someone just cos. If someone is genuinely a bit of a dick, I shouldn’t have to back down and ‘be polite.’ And in today’s episode I realised how truly unapologetic Dean was, and to an extent that’s where I want to be. 

I’ve spent my whole life being taught that I should adjust and adapt to the needs of others. Why? Because I’m a girl and if I’m anything but polite then suddenly I’m crossing a line, I’ve embarrassed my parents, and I should suddenly apologise for speaking my mind? Ha no thanks, I’ve got far far too many years worth of rage built up for that to even be possible now.

Plus, it shouldn’t matter whether these random people like me or not, I mean the people at school alone I’ll only have to deal with for another year or so and then we’ll be scattered across the UK and beyond going to university or continuing their lives down other paths. People from my primary school probably don’t remember me and people from my current school might not either. And if they weren’t my friends and do remember me, let it be because I was unapologetically myself and maybe they hated me for it. Whoops, too bad.

Jeez I was just about to apologise for rambling on, nope I’m not sorry for deciding to write a blog post about my thoughts for today. I hope this post has maybe made you think a little, and if not I hope you found it interesting at least!

Until next time!

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How I’m dealing with stress

So with being a sixth former, and just a teenager in general, comes stress and being tired all the time and all the wonderful, wonderful things us teenagers shouldn’t have to struggle with so young. But hey, here we are so I may as well try to deal with it so I don’t get dragged into a swirling vortex of stress and the overwhelming fear of failure. You think I’m kidding…

Anyhoo onto my priceless advice:

  • LISTS! I love lists, ever since I started making lists my stress levels plummeted. What I usually do is write an ‘overall to do’ list that has everything that I need to do within the next week/over the weekend. Then I write another one specifically for that day and, this is important, I try to write no more than three things on today’s to do list. Why? Because it’s more manageable and if you get through those three things and get extra stuff done, then go you! Look at you being a productive lil bean! I also write when things are due in so that I know what to prioritise. Here’s an example of the kinda lists I make:

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  • Do the harder thing first. (Get your mind out of the gutter child!) So you’ve written your to do list, and you see that you have that essay to do. Don’t ignore it, do it first. Why? Because if you get that huge obstacle out of the way you feel like a BOSS and everything else you need to do is going to be so much easier because you got that thing out of the way.
  • This point is similar to lists but plan things out if you can. For example I’ve printed out a calendar that has a month by month view so there’s enough space for me write deadlines and exam dates and all that jazz. This was I can see how much time I have left til certain dates instead of constantly thinking that I’m running out of time. Does that make sense?

 

Anyways that’s all I’ve got for now, maybe I’ll do some other posts like this in the future!

Until next time!

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Uniquely me tag! 

Courtesy of my wonderful friend Elm who came up with this wonderful tag only a few days ago! Admittedly a new friend, but I can see this friendship growing! 💜 I was also tagged by the wonderful bloggingsunsets!

The rules:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you for this tag and link to their blog (spread the love, basically).
    2. Write as many things that are unique to you as possible: these can be things that you do, say, like or have that make you different to other people or let you stand out. It can be what defines you as a person, a little thing about you that is just simply youor something little known that you think makes you up as a person.
    3. Nominate up to 10 bloggers or as many as you like; there isn’t a limit.
    4. You can take this tag as seriously or non-seriously as you like; you can laugh whilst doing it or feel contemplative: this is about you, after all.
    5. After you’ve written this and if you ever feel like there’s nothing to you but what other people have already said and done, look back to your post and remember that it isn’t true.

Onto me points:

  1. I’m sure this has been done before but I’ve kept my relationship hidden from my parents for over 2 years now.
  2. My temper is exceptionally short but I do well to hide it from people I don’t know very well. (they think I’m nice, ha!)
  3. I tend to instantly dislike things if there’s a huge hype about them.
  4. My English wasn’t very fluent until I was about 8. Reading became, and still is, my favourite pass time.
  5. I can only really draw when I’m sad.
  6. I write poetry on occasion. (I’m considering sharing some of it with you guys)
  7. I manage to make people trust me without doing anything. Like, at all. It’s weird…
  8. On the contrary I don’t like to trust people right off the bat.
  9. Idk if this is just me but I get ‘vibes’ about people and situations that are usually really accurate.
  10. Regardless of how long I’ve known someone, I’ll instantly become akin to a mum or an older sister to them. I’m just very responsible apparently.

Who to tag, hmm….

Until next time!

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Child Brides (Republished)

When I think about why I’m a feminist, child marriage is one of the first things that come to mind. I’m not sure why, there are no personal reasons. But it makes me so angry that there is very little I can do about it. But I feel like it’s a little disrespectful to ignore such problems just because it makes me feel uncomfortable. Besides uncomfortable is good, it makes change happen. Since I first read about child marriages and more specifically child brides, I wanted to know why. I wanted to know why someone would give away their child like that, forcefully push them into a life of hardship and often abuse. 

Main factors that lead to child marriages are:

  • Poverty
  • Lack of education
  • Gender discrimination
  • Cultural traditions

Child marriage is most common in the world’s poorest countries. Girls who are from poorer families are twice as likely to marry before the age of 18, this is because marriage is often seen as a way to provide for their daughter’s future. By being married off at a young age, children of school age are denied their right to an education and therefore will not have the skills necessary to prepare themselves for adulthood. If they make it that far. 

Child brides have very little say in when and who they will marry, and in most cases the husbands are much, much older. Girls who are married before the age of 18 are more likely to be abused by their husbands. 

Soon after marriage comes children. 

These girls are forced into having children as soon as they can, and with girls starting their periods as early as 9, you can probably imagine how young these girls would be when giving birth to their first child. If they survive. 

Girls who give birth before the age of 15 are 5 times more likely to die during childbirth than women in their 20s. But sometimes, the baby won’t make it to child-birth due to the awful conditions that the girls are forced to live and work in. Yep, they still have to work.

You know, I’m really struggling to see how this is any better than her staying with her family. Yes they were poor but at least she wasn’t being forced to work while in such a vulnerable position. 

So next time someone tells you that we don’t need feminism I want you to tell them about the 15 million girls that become child brides every year. Feminism isn’t just for people in wealthier countries, it’s for everyone, despite race, gender and class. 
Sources: 

http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/

Fact sheet

“Girls not brides is a global partnership of more than 500 organisations committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their potential.”


I would really encourage you to check out this website, and possibly donate if you can. 🙂

Until next time!

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