The Liebster Award

The lovely Jemma from Jemma's Simple Life  nominated me for the Liebster award, thank you! I have done this before but that was quite a while again so I see no harm in me doing it again!

The rules are:
  • Thank the person that nominated you and post a link to their blog in your post. 
  • Show the award on your blog or in the post.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked to you by the person who nominated you. 
  • Write 11 random facts about you. 
  • Nominate 5-11 bloggers that you feel deserve the award!
  • Create a list of new questions for your nominees to answer. 
  • List the rules in your post. 
  • Once your post is published let your nominees know they are nominated! 
Answers to the questions Jemma asked me: 

1.  What was your favourite TV show that you used to watched as a child?
There were so many I loved! I loved 'Brum', 'Scooby Doo' (even though it scared me when I was very young haha) 'Mona the Vampire' and 'Arthur' were definitely up there as my favourites as well, they were great.

2.  Do you have any bad habits? 
Oh gosh, I probably have loads I don't realise about but I know I am 100% a procrastinator.  I will literally do everything I can to put off doing certain work, its really bad haha.

3. What is your best achievement?
Hmmmm, I'm not sure.  I've never done anything amazing.  I suppose getting through my first year of uni, I had a really bad time of it and I never thought I was going to get through it.  

4. What is your favourite junk food? 
 McDonalds or Dominos.  Easy haha. 

5. Do you have any guilty pleasure songs? 
Ohhh I really love a bit of Taylor Swift.  Definitely Justin Bieber too. I'm not sure if they're really guilty pleasures but that is all I can think of right now! 

6. Tea or coffee? 
Tea always (has to be really milky though).  I hate coffee! 

7.  What are your favourite things to blog about?
I really like writing lifestyle posts and doing tags. 

8.  If you had a choice would you prefer to live in the city or countryside? 
I don't think I'd like to live right in the city, way too many people for me to deal with.  Buuut, I feel like the countryside might be a bit isolating? I'd like to live in between, sort of like I am now. 

9. Name 3 things you couldn't live without.
Phone, food, family. 

10. What is your favourite season? 
Definitely Autumn.  Everything about it is lovely. 

11. What is the best book you've ever read? 
I've said before on my blog, I hardly ever read.  So out of my limited choice it would have to 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green.

Now for 11 facts about me:
1. I'm an only child 
2. Jumpers are my favourite things ever. 
3. I rarely wear jeans.  I normally wear leggings or skirts and dresses. 
4. I have a strong disliking for uni haha.
5. I'm currently learning to drive. 
6. I'm rubbish at thinking of facts about myself.
7.  I'm struggling to think of 11 facts right now. 
8. ERRRRMM. I've never had a job. 
9. I play the flute. 
10. OH, I hate bacon.  
11. And whipped cream .
(YAY 11 facts) 

I now nominate these lovely people:
Rebecca from Anime Summers 
Hannah from Hannah Delacour 
Olivia from Olivia Cheryl
Bex from Bubbly Bex 
Nicole Marie from Thrifty Vintage Fashion 

My questions to you:
1. What is one thing that makes you smile?
2. What's your favourite quote?
3. Where do you get your inspiration to carry on blogging?
4. What is one item of make up you couldn't live without?
5.  What is you favourite High street store?
6.  If you were stuck on a desert island, what 3 things would you take?
7. One place in the world you would like to visit?
8. What is your favourite snack?
9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? (except blogging!)
10. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
11. If you could live one day again, what day would that be?

I hope all the people I nominated enjoy answering these questions! Let me know when the post is up and I'll have a read!


My First Q&A!


I realised the other day that I've never done a Q&A before on my blog and they are a post that I love to read so I thought it was about time I did one myself. It then gives you all a chance to know a bit more about me too!

This is really bad, but I really don't read that much! The only thing I really read are blogs, haha.  My favourite out of what I have read is 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green. My favourite TV shows are Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl and Gogglebox! Probably more but I can't remember them all! You can see some of my favourite bloggers from this post here, some others are Petals of Perfection, Dork Face and A Belle to Remember (she's new, go check her out!!) I don't watch that much YouTube anymore, but I really love Emily Canham's vlogs.  I like Lucy and Lydia too, they're always so cheery in their videos! I quite like the SacconJoly's too, they're the cutest family. 
Sorry that was a bit of a long answer! 

Well, I'm not really sure that I'm the best one to ask for that as there are people with much more successful blogs than mine!
I would say its important to put your personality in your posts.  Personally I don't like reading posts that have no personality in.  I also like seeing pictures in posts otherwise it just looks a bit scary with all that text if you get what I mean?! Haha.

This a good question. I'd have to say Zoella. I know there's lots about her and if she actually does write her own posts etc, but either way, she was the first blog I started reading and then it carried on from there. I remember coming across her blog and I fell in love and the idea of blogging! I still love her blog now :) 

Ah I really don't know! I think it would have to be any on mental health.  Only because I've found them helpful and they've always had a good response! I also liked my one about when I went to The Ritz because its just a really nice memory.  You can read it here if you want!

I looove wearing jumpers.  My favourite one is this one from asos, I just love it so I couldn't live without that!  I also wear skirts and dresses a lot so I couldn't go without tights haha.  Sorry thats not just one!! 

I don't know why but I really love doing tags! I find them really fun to write, I just like answering questions! Haha.  I like reading others lifestyle posts and what I got for Birthday/Christmas or something posts! I'm a quite nosey haha.

Ah I don't even know! (ooopsie) I guess because its just something I really enjoy doing I find it easy to be motivated to do it, if that makes sense? When I don't feel like blogging, I don't.  I know my posts will not be up to the usual standard so I'd rather post nothing than something I'm not happy with.

I love anything with pasta! Except spaghetti Bolognese or something like that, I hate mince and mushrooms. 

Thank you to everyone that asked me a question and I hope you enjoyed me answering them! If you would like me to do another Q&A let me know!


The Birds and The Butterflies is One!

Today my blog has been up a whole year! Happy 1st Birthday to my blog! Well, sort of.  Basically I started this blog in September 2014, but I just posted every now and then, I properly started around this time in January 2015.

I so wanted to do a giveaway for this milestone, but being a student and having no job I just can't afford to.  You're just going to have to deal with me waffling on, sorry about that!
As soon as I get some money I shall do my first giveaway! (YAY)

To be honest, I am proud of myself for sticking to something for a whole year.  That is a long time for me, haha.  I literally thought this blog was going to last 2 months, maximum.  I'm also proud of how far this blog has come.  I know some bloggers who have been blogging for less than a year that have like a thousand followers, but I've only really recently started gaining followers so, ya know I'm not doing bad.  I'm happy with how my blog is growing.  I get some lovely comments and I've made so many amazing friends.  Yes, friends.  I think that is the best thing that's come out of this blog.  I've became friends with so many lovely people and I am so grateful for them.  I hope there is more to come!

This blog has actually helped me with.  When I started it, I never thought it would.  I remember thinking "how in any way is writing going to help me" but it has.
When I've written about my anxiety and depression, I've had such a good response and find people that are like me and makes me feel like I'm not alone, so thank you!

In other news, I have finally set up an Instagram at long last! Make sure you follow me (link)
I have lots of plans for my blog this year, I will be uploading once a week.  Most likely Friday at 10am, but I'm not promising that day, but it will be once a week haha.

Anyway, next weeks post will be back to the sort of normal style on my blog.  See you then!

ALSO, I'm thinking of doing a Q&A on here, so please could you leave me any questions you may have in the comments or tweet them to me.  My twitter is @bird_butterfly1 

Jessica x

Thank you for reading my blog! 

Hello 2016

Happy New Year everyone! I can't actually believe 2016 is here, last year felt like it whizzed past!

I've been unsure if I should write a post like this as I feel it is just going to be me writing loads of negative things at the start of 2016. I don't think that would be a great start to the year, would it!
However, it doesn't have to all be negative does it? I can focus on the positives that happened in 2015 and what might be to come in 2016.

Its fair to say 2015 was probably the worst year I've had. More or less right from January things were crap.  I won't go into all the details as I'm pretty sure none of you will want to know it all but yes, 2015 was an awful year for me and my family.

There were some good things though, like me finding something I really enjoy; writing this blog.  *cue me thanking you for reading*  it honestly baffles me that 150 people follow me on Bloglovin, like those people want to read my tiny piece on the internet, like, what? So thank you everyone who reads my blog :)
I've also made so many amazing friends from blogging and I am forever grateful for that!  I've become much closer with some of my friends from uni and back home and that makes me happy.

The end of this year was ok.  I've spent a lot of time with my Nan, I did before but now even more, and me and my Mum take her out every week and it is something we all love doing now.  We went to see the panto yesterday as my nan always loved taking me when I was younger.  It actually was the best thing ever, haha.  I wasn't really looking forward to due to it just being for children, but no it was very good and there weren't children screaming all the way through (added bonus haha)

I really hope that 2016 is a much better year for me and my family. I'm going to try my absolute best to get rid of this silly depression and anxiety and I really hope to feel happy by the end of 2016.  That is all I want, to be happy.

I haven't made many resolutions as I am terrible at sticking to them, like honestly, I forget about them by the 3rd or something silly like that!  However, I have one for this blog. I'm gong to try my best with it this year and I will make sure I stick to at least 1 post a week, WOO! My writing might not be the best, but hopefully it will improve more and more :)

If you're reading this, I hope 2016 is your year!