//Finding Our Feet Project: 3 DAYS TO GO!!//

It’s come around so quickly – it’s now only 3 days until 31st July which is when we need your clips and messages in by!

I appreciate that summer can be a busy time of year for a lot of people so if you would like to participate but don’t think you can make the deadline, feel free to comment to contact us on Twitter (@em_is_lost99) and I’m sure we can arrange something. As you know we’d love as many people as possible to join in and we don’t want deadlines to prevent you from taking part.

So, if you would like to participate and haven’t yet, here’s a quick reminder as to how you can get involved:

Send a 10-20 second clip of your feet walking and a short message of advice that you think would be beneficial for all teens to hear to findingfeetproject@gmail.com.

If you’re wondering what the Finding Our Feet project actually IS, here is some more info!


What is the Finding Our Feet Project?

Finding our Feet is a project created by me with the help of Victoria (hermionefowl) from Addlepates and Booknerds and Eve (appletaile) from Twist in the Taile. It is a project that aims to unite the teens/young people of the blogosphere by creating a video comprising of short messages of advice/support for other teens with the theme of the struggles of growing up and finding our place in the world.

Why should I participate?

Well, that’s a very valid question. Being a teenager is hard. We face many hardships and struggles throughout our teenage years, not only from the process of growing up it’s self but with the added pressure and expectations kindly (haha…NO) provided by our parents, schools and just society in general.

Sometimes we just need to be reminded that we are not alone. And that’s what this project aims to do. We hope that the end product – a YouTube video – will serve as a reminder that no matter where you are in the world, the teen blogosphere is always here to support you. But to do this we need YOUR help; the Finding Our Feet project will be made by, for you (Victoria, Eve and I will be editing and putting it all together for you) so why not get involved?

How can I get involved? (as mentioned above)

I’m glad you asked (ok so this post has already turned into me having a conversation with myself, sorry)! it’s actually very simple. All you need to do to get involved in this project is:

  1. Film a 10-20 second clip of your feet walking. (Sound will be edited out so don’t worry about that).
  2. Write a short message of advice/support to teens OR you can choose a quote you find particularly inspirational.
  3. Send both of these to findingfeetproject@gmail.com by 31st July.

For example, this could be my contribution:

Message: “never let other people tell you your dreams are impossible” (the message will be edited to appear on the screen whilst the video is playing).

*TIPS/SIDE NOTES*

  • You can use any type of camera you like, even your phones, as long as it has video-taking capability.
  • Please film your video in landscape mode instead of portrait.
  • Try to find the most unique/interesting place to walk as possible (for example you could walk through the sea, walk across sand or grass etc – be creative, just don’t do anything dangerous!!)
  • Send your video as an attachment in the email – you do not need to upload it to YouTube first, I just did so I could use it as an example.
  • Send your message in written form and we’ll display it with your video clip in the final video.

How is this all going to come together?

Well, what we are going to do is edit all your videos and messages together and produce one huge, supportive video for the whole teen blogosphere to access and enjoy. The final product will be uploaded on my YouTube channel – Em is Lost – at some point in August and obviously we’ll keep you updated with it’s progress through blogging and social media too!


So, keep sending in your contributions and keep an eye out for more updates of the projects progress on here and over on Twitter. 🙂

 

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//Swap box with…Just A Blank Space//

So a while ago I read Tea Lover Jess’ post about doing a make-up swap box with another blogger which inspired me to do my own version of a swap box, but with general stuff relating to our countries rather than just make-up. Fortunately, the amazing and lovely Just A Blank Space also thought it was a good idea so over the past few months we had been collecting stuff for each other, ready to post in August. Well, last week I received her swap box so I thought I’d show you all what she sent!

First things first, this is the box it came in! I really loved it and it was so creative because she made it the colours of the German flag (plus I absolutely love Just A Blank Space’s hand lettering anyway so I was delighted when I saw the front of the box)!

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The box was wrapped in this cute wrapping paper!

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The first thing I saw when  I opened the box up was the German flag. I managed to find a spare stick for the flag pole and it’s now displayed proudly next to my Somerset and Scottish flag (even though I’m not Scottish lol).

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Then there were two little postcards which are really cute and I read these first before I delved any further into the box.

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Didn’t realise this was blurred…oops.

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Can I just say I love how neat Just A Blank Space’s handwriting its!?!?! I love these little postcards so much that I’ve attached them to the bunting around the edge of my bedroom. (They’re are being held up by wooden owl pegs in case you were wondering).

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Now I can’t remember the exact order I took everything out of the box in as it was over a week ago now but I’ll go through each item one by one anyway.

Kinder Country chocolate bar – I’ve always loved Kinder but I’ve never tried this flavour so I can’t wait to try it! I haven’t eaten it yet as I’m waiting for a special occasion – perhaps when I get my exam results in August if all goes well!

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Three little paper clips in the shape of an owl, a hand and a foot. As Just A Blank Space said in her postcards, each object represents a different part of her and I’ve been trying to work these three out for a while. The owl, I thought, could either mean that her favourite animal is an owl (which is possible I guess) or that she is very wise which I KNOW is true because anyone can tell that from reading her blog! I thought the hand might represent writing because I know she loves to write but it also looks as though it is waving, suggesting that she is a friendly person which she definitely is. With the foot, I was thinking this could represent swimming because I know she is a swimming coach so she must like swimming, right? I also thought it represent walking because she’s just hiked The Alps OR it could represent the idea that life is a journey. (Sorry if I sound like a stalker knowing so much about you! I promise I’m not, I’m just trying to be a bit ~philosophical~ here)! But anyway, these are really cute and creative and I really like them!

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Next was some German fan paint which I think is SO COOL and if I ever go to see Germany take part in a sporting event of any kind, I’ll DEFINITELY wear it!! I haven’t used it yet but perhaps I’ll support Germany in the Rio 2016 Olympics so I can try out the paint!

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Then there were some sunglasses in the colours of the German flag. I took these on holiday to Devon with me last week (this is where I took the photo) and they were very useful! I think I WILL put on the fan paint, wear these sunglasses and wave the German flag whilst watching the opening ceremony for the Olympics. Germany has always been one of my favourite countries after all!

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Some American money – a dollar and a quarter dollar – which most of been from her exchange year in America. It was quite exciting to see actual American money because I’ve never been to America myself. Thank you very much for sending this to me!

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On the subject of money, she also sent me a euro! I love the way euros look – they are so much more interesting than pound coins. Plus I didn’t manage to bring any euros back from Berlin last year so I’m glad I now have one to remind me of my holidays in Europe.

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Next was this little card where I can write my ‘Top 5 Favourite Moments’. I haven’t thought of a moment worthy enough to write on here yet, but I think I’ll have to write doing swap boxes on there at some point because it has been one of the best experiences of my life.

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Just A Blank Space also sent me a piece of coral and lava rock that she collected in Hawaii. I find it fascinating how these were once thousands of miles away from here and I love thinking about all the people who have touched or stepped on or seen the coral and the rock before it got to me. It may sound weird but it’s almost as if the dips and the lumps and bumps of them are each pieces of their individual ‘stories’ of how they came to be the way they are today.

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Then there was a little cardboard typewriter that I think is so pretty because of how colourful it is. I’ve always wanted to type on a typewriter and love vintage things, it just makes me think about the journey that writing has been on to end up here, today, with me writing on a blog that can be viewed by people all around the world.

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There was also a page from a German book, a little sticker saying ‘life is an adventure’ which is very me and I love it, a silver heart and a map of Europe. I loved all of these little things and decided to frame them to make a collage of sorts. One day I’m determined to learn German enough to be able to read the book page!

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Here is one last picture of everything all together.

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I’d just like to thank Just A Blank Space so much for her generosity, creativity and thoughtfulness. I really enjoyed receiving the swap box and finding out more about you through it. I’ll cherish all of these items forever.

I loved finding things to send in my swap box to Just A Blank Space too and I’m glad you liked everything! You can see what I sent Just A Blank Space here.

//A Collection of Harry Potter Things//

This post was inspired by Janet (The Storyteller) who did a similar post on her blog earlier. I absoulutely love Harry Potter and enjoyed reading about the Harry Potter merchandise she has, so I decided to do the same.

Firstly there is my Harry Potter Colouring book, which I think is probably the latest addition to my collection as I only got at the beginning of the year.

I’ve only done five pages so far because the drawings are quite detailed but there are some really pretty patterned pages later on in the book that I can’t wait to get to.

Next is a book that I’ve had for years and love – Lego Harry Potter:Building the Magical World. 

It’s basically a book that details the history of the Harry Potter Lego sets  and how they developed over time as Lego became more advanced. When I was younger I used to try to recreate some of the Lego sets – particularly Hogwarts and The Burrows – with varying degrees of success. It also came with a ‘Yule Ball Harry’ minifigure which, sadly, is burried in one of my Lego boxes and I couldn’t (be bothered to) find it for the photo.

Then there is a Ravenclaw coaster/drinks mat I bought from a really cool shop on the Isle of Wight last year which sold all kinds of fandom stuff, much of wish I had to stop myself from buying because it was SO COOL but too expensive.

I put other Ravenclaw coloured stuff in the photo to make it look more fancy.

Hermione’s wand is probably one of my favourite wands and I’m so pleased I managed to get one. It has voice-recognition so you can say ‘lumos’ to make it light up.

Next is a Marauders Map (I hope that’s spelt right). I didn’t actually buy this so it’s not ~official~ Harry Potter Merchandise. I made it when I was younger (hence the bad spelling) and found it again recently so now it is on display in my room.

The eye necklace was given to me by a friend from her holiday in Greece. I thought it was fitting with the whole idea of the Marauders Map inabling you to see where everyone is within Hogwarts.

My Hogwarts jumper is probably one of my favourite Harry Potter things because I can actually wear it. Plus it is very snuggly and perfect for winter.


Actually I take it back – this is my newest AND favourite Harry Potter thing. I was sent it by Eve (appletaile) in my swap box which I’ll be talking more about later on in the week. It is a Butter Beer lip balm and although I’ve never tried Butter Beer, it smells absolutely delicious and I love using it.

Next are two temporary items in my collection: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book and Harry Potter à l’école des sorciers. The Deathly Hallows belongs to my sister and I am just borrowing it to reread it at the moment.

Harry Potter à l’école des sorciers is a French translated copy of the Philosophers Stone which I took out from the library recently and am really enjoying reading, even if it does make my brain hurt!

I do have other Harry Potter things – like books and DVDs – but these are shared with my family so wouldn’t count as ‘mine’. There is so much Harry Potter merchandise out there that I don’t think I could ever have enough, but I definitely would like to expand my collection in the future!

//8 Muggle Struggles and How To Survive Them//


Everyone wishes they were a witch/wizard right? Well, I certainly do! I have been waiting a loooong time for my Hogwarts letter and still haven’t got one *sigh* so I guess that means I really am just a muggle *sobs*.
Obviously there are many downsides of not being a ‘magical folk’ so I thought I’d talk you through them today with a few tips to help you survive being a muggle.

#1: The distinct lack of butterbeer in the muggle world. I mean, who WOULDN’T want to walk down the street and grab a butterbeer on their way to work/school!?!?

Sadly, there are not nearly enough places to get butterbeer in the UK as there should be *more sobs*. If you are lucky enough to go to The Making of Harry Potter in London or even Universal Studios in Orlando, however, by all means you can drink butterbeer to your hearts content! If not, you can still try out butterbeer – there are plenty of recipes you can find online and make at home (although no guarantees they will be as nice as the ACTUAL thing).

#2: Our schools are nowhere near as cool as Hogwarts. I think governments should take note of this – I mean, if every school looked as magnificent and exciting as Hogwarts, no one would ever want to skive school again (unless, of course, they’re idiots). Seriously though, it would be so cool to go to a school that looked like Hogwarts. I don’t know about you but I think schools these days tend to look a bit more like prisons than places you go to be educated.

Although there are (sadly) no real-life schools that I know of that resemble Hogwarts, Oxford University DOES have a very Hogwarts-y feel about it and is well worth visiting so you can just stand there and daydream about ACTUALLY being at Hogwarts. PLUS the Great Hall at Hogwarts is based on the dining hall at Christ Church college, Oxford which is even more proof that Oxford is practically Hogwarts. Aside from Oxford, there are plenty of places around the UK that were used for filming interior and exterior scenes of Hogwarts – one of which is Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire which I was lucky enough to visit some time ago. It was used for the ‘corridor’ scenes in the films and when you go there it really DOES feel like you are inside Hogwarts.

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The corridors at Lacock.
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Courtyard/corridors – IT LOOKS SO MUCH LIKE HOGWARTS OMG.

Part of Oxford University, unfortunately I didn’t get to visit Christ Church when I went there a few weeks ago.

#3: Our school subjects are so boring compared to those at Hogwarts. On the subject of schools, it can’t be forgotten that students at Hogwarts get to study a wide variety of ‘magical’ subjects – potions, care of magical creatures, charms, fence against the dark arts etc – whilst us muggles are stuck doing maths, English, geography and the like.
Whilst educational reforms to include these subjects in the curriculum would be completely out of the question, it would still be nice if we could study these subjects outside of school. And guess what? You can! Well, kind of. I mean, the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them text book which Hogwarts students use in their Care of Magical Creatures class is available in muggle bookshops and libraries (I’m glad they decided to publish this one and not The Monster Book of Monsters *gulp*) so at least we can experience a bit of what it would be like to study a magical subject. On top of that, you can do GCSE Astronomy in the UK (which I wish I’d known when I was choosing my GCSEs) although I’m not sure how many schools would actually offer that to you, you’d probably have to self-teach it but STILL.

#4: Our lack of magical ability.This is probably one of the worst things about being a muggle. I mean, if I had magic, I wouldn’t have to get out of bed to turn off the light, I could ‘accio‘ pretty much anything I wanted to and wouldn’t have to stand on the doorstep trying (and failing) to unlock my front door everyday (I’m rubbish at using keys). PLUS we could have our own wands which would be THE BEST thing ever.

As far as casting spells and actually performing magic goes, there isn’t really a muggle solution. BUT with the help of Pottermore, you can find out what your own, personalised wand would be like and even be sorted into a Hogwarts house. Alternatively, there are many places where you can buy the characters wands and there are various sites on the internet that act as ‘wandmakers’ and make custom wands for people. SO even if you can’t actually perform magic, as a muggle you can still have a wand!

#5: Quidditch!!!!! Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to play Quidditch? Like, instead of doing hockey or netball or football or whatever in sport at school, you could play Quidditch instead?!?!?! I, personally, think I would be rubbish at Quidditch because I’m not a very coordinated person BUT Quidditch does sound like a really fun game (or painful if you happen to be a ‘Keeper’). Also, I feel like Quidditch would be a sport I could ACTUALLY get into – the matches are full of action and fast-paced so even just watching Quidditch would great. The Quidditch World Cup would be SO amazing to watch and support your national team, wouldn’t it????

Considering were all muggles ‘ere (excuse me whilst for being a bit West Country), we can’t actually fly  😦 BUT there are many universities in the UK (and probably abroad too) that have Quidditch societies where you can actually play Quidditch in a league against other university teams. Obviously it differs somewhat to the real game (in part due to our non-flying abilities) but the basic principles are still there!

#6: Why aren’t muggle Invisibility Cloaks a thing??? I mean, I KNOW decent ones are somewhat rare even in the wizarding world, but there have been many times where I wished I could have just had an Invisibility Cloak to hide from certain people you don’t want to bump into in the street or to just sneak around, unnoticed and unbothered by other people. Plus they could help you out of awkward situations too. Basically they just NEED to be a thing.

Sadly there isn’t much a muggle can do to make up for the lack of Invisibility Cloaks in our world, aside from hoping that the ground will just swallow you up in awkward situations and that hiding behind trees and lamp posts will help you be stealthy and move around without being seen.

#7: We can’t buy Extendable Ears. Not that I like to spy on people, let’s just clear that up, but you have to admit Extendable Ears WOULD be quite useful. I mean, you could hear far-away sounds without having to move an inch – they are the ultimate tool for laziness (aside from the summoning charm obviously). To be honest I think all of the Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes products in general would be very useful in everyday life

You CAN infact visit a Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes store at the Universal Studios in Orlando but that is so far away from here so I’ll just have to make do with putting empty cups against walls to try and hear through them.

#8: Our inability to apparate and use the Floo Network/Portkeys. If we could make use of magical modes of transport, it would be SO MUCH EASIER to travel everywhere. Not to mention it would be free. We could visit our internet friends whenever we liked, without even having to pay for a train or bus ticket. No place would be too far away and we wouldn’t have to deal with the horror that is public transport. I think this is probably the thing I wish I could do most as a muggle because I love to travel and I’d love to meet up with my internet friends easily.

WARNING: you might want to grab some tissues before you read what I’m about to write.

There is no solution to this. There is no muggle-way of getting round the fact that we can’t apparate or use Portkeys and the Floo Network. *Hysterical sobbing*. We’ll all just have to put up with being stuck on cramped trains and unreliable buses like the muggles we are. 😦

And on that note, that concludes my guide to ‘Muggle Struggles and How To Survive Them’. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I loved writing it! 🙂


Quick reminder: You have until the next Sunday, 31st July (which also happens to be Harry Potter’s birthday) to send in your contributions to the Finding Our Feet Project if you would like to participate!
 

//Finding Our Feet Project: update//

So last Monday VictoriaEve and I launched the Finding Our Feet Project which you can find out more about here.

In summary, you can participate by:
Film a 10-20 second clip of your feet walking. (Sound will be edited out so don’t worry about that).

Write a short message of advice/support to teens OR you can choose a quote you find particularly inspirational.

Send both of these to findingfeetproject@gmail.com

We need your videos by 31st July which is 13 days away!!!!! So get filming and send them in as soon as possible. We’d love for as many of you to join in as possible so spread the word!

That’s all for now – I’ll try to keep you updated as the project progresses. 🙂

//The Handwriting Tag//

 

This is a tag I’ve wanted to do for a loooong time so I was so glad Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff tagged me in it!!

Instructions for taggee’s (can’t decide if I really like or really hate this word but I’ll use it anyway):
1. Write your name!
2. Write your blog name!
3. Write your favorite word and its definition!
4. Write something nice!
5. Write the name of your favorite song right now!
6. What’re you writing with?
7. Write a fun fact about yourself!
8. Write/draw your favorite emoticon!
9. Write a silly message!
10. Write who you’re tagging!

I’VE SEEN THE WORD ‘WRITE’ FAR TOO MANY TIMES NOW FOR IT TO EVER LOOK NORMAL AGAIN.

Anyway, here are my answers:

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In case my writing is a bit illegible, here’s what it says:

The Handwriting Tag (by the way I have two styles of handwriting so I’ll alternate between the two).

1. Em.
2. Adventures of a Lost Teen.
3. Can it be in a different language? If so – ‘bibliotheque’ which means ‘library’ in French.
4. Whoever is reading this is absolutely amazing!!
5. This is cruel! I’ll list a few:
Twice – Catfish and the    Bottlemen.
Pass It On – Douwe Bob.
Third Eye – Florence + The Machine.
The Sound – The 1975.
6. I’m writing (with – I missed this out in the photo) a dark blue Papermate Inkjoy pen but as you can see, I have also been using red, orange, light green, dark green and light blue Inkjoy pens.
7. I can juggle. Is that fun enough??
8. The draing was awful but basically it was supposed to be the winking face because it’s so sassy and awesome.
9. You’re just a mouse with a purple toilet! (Insult curteousy of The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds).
10. I tag:
Dannielle @ Life With Dannielle
Liss and Dani @ Life of Teen Girls
Regina 5000 @ Diversion 3000 (sorry I got your name muddled up in the picture!!)
Ruth @ Fearlessly Loud

Yay that was fun! Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did! 🙂

//The Five Senses Tag//

The awesome Dani from Life of Teen Girls created a tag – the five senses tag (incase you couldn’t tell from the title). I think this tag looks really cool and I can’t wait to give it a go so thank you Dani for making this and nominating me!

Rules:
– Thank the person who nominated you
– For each of the five senses (or as many as you do) describe five of your favorite things having to do with that sense. AKA your five favorite smells, sounds, etc.
– Nominate five other people to do this tag

Sight:

  • Rolling waves that sparkle in the sunlight.
  • Sunsets – I am addicted to sunsets, just look at my Instagram for proof!! (@em_is_lost99)
  • Patterns. Not any inparticular, I just really like patterned things.
  • New books that haven’t been opened.
  • Watercolour paintings because they look so beautiful and remind me of the sea/water.

Sounds:

  • Liquid sounds – words with ‘l’ sounds in them like lollipop and illustrous (if that’s how you spell it).
  • Sea crashing on rocks or sand.
  • The sound of acoustic guitars because it sounds so natural and pure.
  • Birdsong in the morning (just not too early, I need my sleep!)
  • The motorway – I find it really soothing for some reason.

Smells:

  • New books (I just like book, ok?)
  • Freshly baked bread.
  • Sun cream (don’t ask).
  • Campfires.
  • Mango and papaya.

Tastes:

  • Chocolate – obviously.
  • Apple pie.
  • Cornish pasties.
  •  Anything with pastry.
  • Peaches.

Things to feel:

  • Sand at the beach.
  • Feathers.
  • Smooth notebooks.
  • Computer keyboards – I don’t know why, I just like the feel of the keys.
  • Grass.

So that’s the end of the Five Senses Tag (booooo) but I do get to tag five awesome people to try it out themselves!!

I’m nominating:

Tea lover Jess

Sophie Samantha

Diversion 3000

Just A Blank Space

Happy Alex

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 🙂