10 Weird Things That Bloggers Own

After the success of my recent post, 10 Things You’ll Know If You Live With a Blogger, I’ve decided to write a post on 10 weird things owned by bloggers. Looking around my room, I own so many random, funny things for blogging, things that other people probably don’t own. Ok, let’s go…

1. Random Blog Props

Stars, diamantes, feathers, ribbons, I’ve got them all stored in a little box.

2. Light/Cinema Box

Do non-blogger people own these? I don’t know. They’re perfect for displaying blog titles, and perfect for the background of YouTube videos.

3. Samples

These little things! These are great for trying products, but they can get a little overwhelming and their small size makes them VERY easy to lose. I often find a sample hiding in a random place, such as my underwear drawer!

4. White Bed Sheets

Are these useful for anything other than blog photos? I think not! (And yes, I do have a serious aversion for white bed sheets, in case you were wondering.)

5. Selfie Light

These are PERFECT for a quick lighting fix! Honestly, they’re a blog photography life saver! But does anyone else actually buy these? I don’t know…

6. Bunting

For the ‘gram innit?!

7.  Rug Samples

I’m not even joking. Rug samples are so goooood for backgrounds, but is there an actual real life use for them? I don’t know. I feel like most people view a rug before buying it, a sample seems a little pointless seen as it isn’t the right size. (Wall paper samples too!)

8. Anything Coconut Lane

Sorry, but does anyone who isn’t a blogger buy from this company? Probs not.

9. Peonies

Does anyone else buy these?! Seems that the bloggers raid them first, as they’re always sold out whenever I go to buy! They do make for a gorgeous Insta pic though..

10. Portable Photo Studio

These are so AMAZING for taking professional looking product shots, and for low lighting situations. But, surely these were made with bloggers in mind? Who else would possibly have a use for these?!



What silly things do you own JUST for blogging? Let me know in the comments!


H x






Bloggers: Do we HAVE to support each other? 

This is something I’ve been seeing talked about A LOT on social media at the moment. Some bloggers seem to think that EVERYONE in the community should support one another, others think that supporting other bloggers is not necessary, and many lie somewhere in the middle. I have a lot of my own thoughts on this matter, but first let’s see what other people have to say.

I asked my followers on twitter if they think bloggers should support each other, and why/why not. Here are some of the responses that I received:

So where do I stand?

First and foremost, I agree with the majority of responses. I have built up some great friendships through blogging, and I have those girls’ backs 100%. But I also support other people within the community. Those just starting out, small bloggers, big bloggers, and everyone in between. I LIKE to support people.

But, sometimes I don’t have the time. So, when I am busy, I tend to stick to supporting my friends first and foremost, as they are people that I have a lot of respect for and I know that I really appreciate their reciprocal support.

I think the main problem with the concept of ‘support’ within the blogging community is that some people take it too far. If you are supporting someone just so that they support you back, you’re doing it wrong. We all like and appreciate feedback, but feedback shouldn’t be the purpose of your blog. You should blog for you, as a hobby/job/anything else, it should be for you.

Consider the current instagram phase. So many of us bloggers (myself included) are complaining about the dreadful algorithm leaving us with a lot less engagement, but I think sometimes this need to succeed and get engagement can take over from what we are actually doing.

I, for example, used to be really stressed about instagram followers and likes. To the point where it would drive me insane. But I’ve given up with that a little, and I really think my photos and content are a lot better for it. And I’ve found that these photos have been doing much better now anyway, even with the dreaded algorithm!

I LIKE to support people. It’s nice, it gives me warm fuzzies inside, and I enjoy it. But I don’t do it for them to support me back. Sure, that’s nice, but it shouldn’t be expected as that can be a lot of pressure on anyone.

Support shouldn’t feel forced. We shouldn’t feel like we HAVE to support people we don’t know. I am big on supporting my friends, especially my blogging friends, and I enjoy doing it. But, at the end of the day, we aren’t all going to like and get along with everyone in this community, because that’s life! And we shouldn’t feel pressured to support people that we don’t like just because the community tells us too.

Buuuuuuuuut, saying that, I am not big on the whole seeing bloggers as our competition. I mean, ultimately, yes, they probably are our competition. But, there is room for everyone in the blogging world, no matter what your follower count, genre, or whether it’s a job, a hobby, or anything in between. There is room for all of us, and seeing each other as competition just isn’t for me.

So, to conclude, I like to support my friends and other people that I get along with in this community. But, I’m not going to feel forced into supporting someone that I don’t like/whose content that I don’t agree with just because the community tells me to. It’s not that I’m being exclusive, it’s more just being realistic because it would be IMPOSSIBLE to support every single person in this community! But, there’s room for us all, and I’m not sure I like the whole ‘competition’ idea as I think we can all be winners in this world 🙌🏻.

Ok, I think that’s just about everything that I have to say! What are your thoughts on this topic? Let me know in the comments!


H x

13 Things You Didn’t Know About Me!

TW: Brief mention of vomit.

I see a lot of these posts around, and I think some of them are so funny! It’s also really interesting to get to know the person behind the blog a little more, so here are 13 things you probably didn’t know about me (Zack, if you’re reading this, you definitely already know all of these, soz.).

1. I have double jointed arms

I forget this about my self all of the time, and then I meet people for the first time and they’re like ‘why do your arms bend that way?!’. The answer is, I’m double jointed, as are all of the women in my family. And I can twist my arm the whole way around.

2. I once dislocated my shoulder

Well, I say once, but it actually happened twice. My auntie swung me around by my arms (both times).

3. My worst habits are picking the dry skin on my lips, and chewing the inside of my cheek

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My 5 Autumn Essentials! 

It’s my favourite time of year, and that means plenty of essentials! So here’s 5 things that I’m loving daily at the moment 🙌🏻.

1. Scarves

I love a good scarf. Honestly, they are just amazing. Look cool, keep your neck warm, AND some of them are big enough to double up as a blanket when you get cold! They’re a real winner for me 🙌🏻.

2. Green Tea With Lemon And Honey

My go-to drink for those crisp autumn mornings! I love to stick this in a travel cup for my walk to university!

3. Lip Balm

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Life Through TSG VS. The Real Me


My name is Hayley. I’m 19 years old, I’m a full time student with 2 part time jobs and a blog, it’s nice to meet you.

I’ll be honest, I am quite real on this blog. I am honest and open most of the time, but there’s still sides to me that I don’t choose to show online.

Deep down, I am a very insecure person. I constantly seek gratification for my actions, and I am afraid of doing something wrong. I want people to like me, but I am not a people-pleaser. I’m somewhere in the middle, somewhere between wanting everyone to like me but refusing to change myself too much so that they will. And it can get a little confusing sometimes. So, I’ve decided to show in this post the REAL me, and what was really going on behind my chirpy Instagram posts.

LTTSG: “Cute home for the night!”

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Autumn 2017 Goals

At the beginning of a new season, I find it to be the perfect time to set myself some new goals. This autumn is no different, so I’ve decided to create this post to document my goals for this season!

  • Eat 5 fruit/vegetable portions a day, every day

This is something that I’m currently trying to improve, and I’m actually finding it much easier than I thought it would be! I try to include 2 portions at every meal time, therefore I am always 1 over the recommended minimum, but I’m trying to further improve on that!

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5 Shows On Netflix That I Am LOVING Right Now

I’m a student, so binge-watching random shows on Netflix whilst writing essays is basically my life. So, I thought, why not make it a little more productive? So, here’s 5 shows that I am LOVING rn!

1. Line Of Duty

I heard a lot about this show when it was on BBC1, but never actually got around to watching it. However, when it appeared on Netflix, I convinced Zack to watch it with me and it is sooooo good, I love it! Uber dramatic, and a good British crime drama, I’d definitely recommend!

2. Jane The Virgin

This has to be one of my favourite TV shows, EVER. Comedic and full of drama, it’s a perfect balance for me and every time I finish a season (and have to wait for the next one) I really miss it!

3. Riverdale

The latest Netflix original that’s been SO hyped, but I can definitely see why! The next season comes out soon too, so I’d definitely suggest catching up with the first!

4. Black Mirror

This is such a unique show, that really makes you think about the world. Every episode leaves me a little scared for the future, if I’m honest, but it’s still a must-watch!

5. Atypical 

This show is so under-hyped, and i don’t know why! I really really love it. New to Netflix, it’s about an 18 year old boy with autism and his expedition into the big wide world of girls and dating. His family are also in the programme a lot, and it’s just a really good watch!

What have you been loving on Netflix lately? Let me know in the comments!


H x

What It’s REALLY Like To Study An English Degree!

So, I am sick and bloody tired of the English degree stereotypes. I study an English degree, and I love it, so I thought I would write a post about what it’s REALLY like to study, and what the workload is like. Obviously, experience will differ university-to-university, but this is MY experience of being an English student.

First thing’s first, there’s a lot of essays and a lot of reading. Reading is a given, but some people seem to think this is all we do. It’s not, we have a lot of hard work too. And, if we’re studying linguistics (like me!) we also have scientific research to do. So, we have to master both formats (report and essay) which can be a little tricky.

And, it’s not all just essays and exams. We have online tests and presentations just like any other subject.

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HELP: I Don’t Fit In!

Something that I need to be honest with myself about is that I feel like I don’t fit in. I’ve just come back to uni, I have some really great friends, but I don’t feel like I fit into a box.

So many of my friends have various different cliques, and I feel conflicted because I don’t. I thought the first year of university would be the best year of my life, but in reality it wasn’t great..

I mean, part of that was because of all of the personal things that were going on. But, the other part was definitely because I felt like I didn’t fit into a friendship group. So many people on my course had cliques that they ALWAYS sat with in lectures, and even when I got close to somebody I felt like I could never be a part of that. I felt left out, to be honest, and it really got my down.

But I’m starting second year with a fresh set of eyes and a healthier mind frame. The reason I don’t have huge friendship groups is because I like low maintenance friendships, and that’s perfectly okay! Ever since school, I’ve just not been able to be friends with a specific clique, I like to be friends with everyone, but this means that I don’t tend to form deep bonds.

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Blogtober 2017

Ok, I’m going to give this a go. Am I crazy doing this, AS WELL as blogmas? Yup. Am I going to give it my best shot anyway? Yup.

One thing that I will say about this though is that, although I’m going to give it a good go, I’m not going to stress if there’s a day that I simply don’t have content for. It happens, and  that’s ok! If I have to give up this challenge for health, or university work load, reasons, then so be it! I’m just going to go with the flow for now, and enjoy creating content that I love.

So, welcome to blogtober 2017, and I hope you enjoy the next 30 days of posts!


H x