Back To School Advice You Need To Hear!

Hey everyone!

I hope you all had an amazing summer, wherever you spent it! And I really hope you enjoyed reading about my summer adventures and reading all the content I created for you guys! With it being back to school season, I wanted to share some important pieces of advice for going into this school year. But… I thought it might be interesting to hear what other people have to say as well! I asked a few other bloggers/Instagrammers what their number one piece of advice for going back to school is, and I compiled them into one huge back to school advice guide! They all had great advice to share, and even as I was putting this guide together I found myself thinking, wow… I should do that this year! So I hope you find this guide as useful as I do!

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Ellen (Elle For Life Blog) – ‘My number one back to school tip is this: no matter what, understand that in the end, everything will be okay! I used to suffer from anxiety and would often have panic attacks in school on a weekly basis. However, nowadays, whenever I feel panicked, upset, or just stressed in general, I try to remind myself that in the end — regardless of whether that’s the end of a big project, the last day of the summer, or heck, even my future graduation from college — I will be okay. That B you got on that one paper isn’t going to singlehandedly determine whether or not you get into college, nor will that ~one~ time you fell down the stairs during the first period make or break your reputation at school. So take a deep breath, keep your head up, and persevere on.’

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Peyton (Patience and Pajamas Blog) – ‘When it comes to back to school, and education in general, the best tip I can give to anyone is that if you want an education, there is always a way. Maybe things don’t work out the way you planned, maybe traditional schooling doesn’t work for you, maybe you can’t physically attend school, maybe you need accommodations; there are so many maybes! But at the end of the day, no matter what level of education you’re talking about, whether your goal is to make it to high school, graduate high school, get into college, or beyond, there is always a way. It may not be an easy way, and it may not be a traditional way, but if you are passionate about education and receiving the best education possible, there are three things to remember. Remember to advocate for yourself and your needs, use your resources, and that there is always a way. I’ve been in hard positions, and I’ve had my struggles with education. My passion for learning fuels me to continue to pursue my education, but without advocacy, knowing and using my resources, and fully believing that there is always a way, I would not be where I am today.’

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Natalie (Capturing Life On Camera Blog) – Plan out your outfits the night before! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been late because I had been having a full-on fashion show in my closet. I think the most times I have changed outfits in the morning is at least 5. Save yourself the hassle and choose your outfits and backup outfits the night before. Choose a backup outfit that you know looks good on you and is comfortable just in case your first outfit doesn’t work out

 

 

 

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Liddy (@itsliddystyle) – I would say my number one tip for back to school is definitely don’t be afraid. This can mean not being afraid of branching out, meeting new people, or even taking new classes. And even if you are afraid, my favorite saying is ‘fake it till you make it!’ I say this to myself all the time to push me to get out of my comfort zone.

 

 

 

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Elina (Just So Elina Blog) – Homeschool, Public School, Online School and Private. They may all be different, but the one thing they all have in common is the need for self-motivation. Yes at school your fortunate enough to have teachers, to help keep you accountable. But at the end of the day, your education is just that: YOUR’S. So it’s up to you to make it a priority no matter what type of schooling you do. Now don’t get me wrong I am definitely guilty of getting distracted on my phone or daydreaming in class (apologies to all my primary school teachers!) So I find having a vision of what I want to achieve from my education, like becoming a journalist; very helpful. As that way, I have something I love to focus and keep me motivated. While doing something I may not love so much *cough maths*.

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Taiya (Taiya Maddison) – My biggest tip for back to school would have to be… just simply be yourself. It’s cliche but it’s so true. When you are truly being yourself you will be the happiest and you will attract the right people for you! School can be super intimidating at times, but as long as you stay strong in your beliefs and values and be yourself, you will be just fine.

 

 

 

 

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Olivia (Absolutely Olivia) – Go into the new school year being completely yourself.  This sounds so daunting, but a new school year is more of a fresh start than some think, so use it as a time to build on yourself and how the summer might of changed you.  No longer want to wear the same outfits you always have? Dress how you want!  Have your interests changed? Take the classes and join the clubs you want!  Want to meet new people or be more social?  Go to sporting and other fun events!  Being uniquely you and embracing who you are can lead to an exciting and fulfilling school year.  Obviously, there are always gonna be haters out there, but try not to let them get to ya!  Being yourself is the best way to live, and just remember: people don’t care nearly as much as you think.

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And of course, a piece of advice from me! My number one tip for going back to school would be to go in with a positive attitude and an open mind! If you go back to school with a positive attitude you’ll be more likely to learn more, have a good time, and enjoy yourself, even though you might still wish you were on summer vacation. Go back to school with a positive attitude, taking everything as it comes, and making the most of every situation.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading some back to school advice from lots of different people! And that you found the advice we shared useful and interesting. What’s your top tip for going back to school? Comment it down below!

See you next week,

Little Miss Expat

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The places you NEED to try in NYC

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I hope you’re all enjoying the summer weather! If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@Little.Miss.Expat) you will know that I’ve been spending the past few weeks around the East coast of the United States. So far I’ve been to Washington D.C., New York, Newport, and I just finished a summer school course in Boston. I learned so much at the course, and I can not wait to share a lot of it with you guys! I’ve absolutely been loving my time in America so far, and I’ve come across so many hidden gems that I want to write about! So I decided to put together a guide to some of my favourite places in New York City, and if you like it, perhaps I can do some more for the other cities I visit this summer.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit New York quite a few times, but I don’t think I had ever experienced it to the full extent that I did during this trip. I LOVED it. As I’ve said, I love being around nature, but I’m also a city girl. I’ve grown up in two large and bustling cities: London and Dubai. So it’s no wonder that I enjoyed the experience of being in New York. I stayed in SoHo, which I think is the most ‘happening’ and alive neighborhood because there are so many cool things close to there! Before we arrived in New York I had a rough idea of all the places that I wanted to visit while we were there. But I discovered so many more during our trip! In this post, I’m going to share all of the interesting places I visited with you guys. Obviously, there are many more spots in New York to visit, but these are the ones I’ve personally been to and would recommend to you guys.

Cha Cha Matcha

You guys know I am a matcha addict! I’m not a huge fan of sodas or coffee, but give me a matcha latte and you’ll win me over!!! I had seen Cha Cha Matcha all over Instagram before I went to New York, and it had always been on my list of places to try. And let me tell you it was not disappointing… they had every kind of matcha drink you could think of. I decided to get the matcha soft serve ice cream, as I wanted to try something different, and it was soooooo good!

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The Matcha Bar

So this was also another matcha place which I loved! What is it about New York and all these matcha spots??? They had a window bar on Crosby Street, where you could place an order for any kind of matcha infused concoction or sweet treat, and enjoy it on a bench outside.

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Dig Inn

So I discovered Dig Inn for the first time this summer and I am so happy I did. It was delicious! I’ll always opt for a local and fresh option if there is one, and Dig Inn was so convenient for this! Basically, they cook up a bunch of options daily that you can create your own bowl out of. Such as rice, grilled vegetables, salmon, etc… It’s a nice option when you need something more filling than a salad, and you’re out and about.

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By Chloe

I had read about By Chloe before coming to New York, and I was intrigued to try it. It’s an all-vegan restaurant, but their food is just as adventurous and delicious as any other place. I was surprised to find myself eating a burger, fries, and Mac & Cheese that was all vegan and tasted so good! It was definitely an experience, and it sold me on eating more vegan options in the future.

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Sweetgreen

Sweetgreen is one of my all time favourite places to eat at when I’m in America. If you don’t know what it is, it’s basically the best salad restaurant you will ever go to. You can pick one of their options, or make your own salad with their fresh ingredients. I also love getting their iced jasmine tea along with my salad.

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Jacks Wife Freda

So I had heard so much hype about this place and naturally, I wanted to go check it out! Let me tell you the rosewater waffles were AMAZING. The one I went to in Lafayette was quite small, so be sure to be ready to wait or get there super early if you want a table.

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The Butchers Daughter

This little breakfast spot was sooooo cute and is fully vegetarian (and has lots of vegan options). We went to the location in Nolita which had plenty of outdoor seating for a nice summer day, and the food tasted really great!

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Sadelle’s 

If you’re going to try one of the breakfast spots on this list, it should be this one. IT WAS AMAZING. They are known for their bagels here and let me tell you, they do not disappoint. According to my sister and dad, the smoked salmon here is the best they’ve ever had, and I personally loved their breakfast potatoes. It’s in a super trendy setting, and the breakfast options are all so fresh and taste great.

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They’re well known for their bagels, and there’s a reason why…

Georgetown Cupcake

So I’ve been to their stores in Georgetown, NY, and Boston because I absolutely love their cupcakes! They’re so light and fluffy, and they have a lot of interesting flavours. I would totally recommend checking out the store, but be ready to queue as it gets super busy.

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Dean and Deluca

So technically this is a deli, not a restaurant, but I would definitely still keep it on my list! On nights where everything was busy in NY, my family and I got a selection of salads and snacks from Dean and Deluca and had a little feast in the garden. I like how they have daily dishes that taste really great, and they’re convenient for anyone on the go.

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So that wraps up my eating guide to NY, and all the places I tried that I would definitely recommend. I hope that you try some of these places, and let me know if you do! Also comment down below what your favourite eating spots in NY are as well!

See you soon!

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How to take the BEST flat-lay photos

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I hope you’re all having an amazing summer so far! Since you guys enjoyed my last photography guide so much, I decided to write another one specific to flay-lays. People are always asking me how I take my flat-lay photos, and, in my opinion, they are the hardest photos to get right. There are so many aspects that go into making a good flat-lay shot, and I’m going to take you through them today as well as giving you my specific tips and tricks.

If you haven’t already read my last photography guide, you can find it here. I am no professional photographer, but these are all the of the tips I’ve worked out through experience, which means that you don’t have to be a photography genius to get the ‘perfect flat-lay’. These tips can be useful for a beginner, or just anyone who wants to up their flay-lay game.

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Getting the background right: I think this has to be the most important part of taking a good flat-lay photo. After all, in a good flat-lay you want to focus on the subject and have a nice clean background (you can have props), but you don’t want the background to be distracting. Unless you live in a house with lots of pretty background areas, there are some tips you can follow. Sometimes I’ll use my kitchen counter as a background, but other times if I’m doing a photoshoot, I’ll want something different. At first I used to try taking photos on a rug, or on my bed, but they just kept turning out creased. So… I came up with a genius solution. If you take a roll of wrapping paper and lay it out, you can get any color background you want, no need to spend lots of money, and you probably already have wrapping paper at home. For my Evolve Beauty post I took the photos on a roll of brown paper, and for my Travel Essentials post, I took the photos on the white side of wrapping paper. If you get into photography more seriously, you can invest in a blogging board. I actually asked for one for my birthday this year, it’s from Soularty, and I’m so excited to use it for lots my flat-lays and photography posts.

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So here’s my best flat-lay hack: Use a roll of wrapping paper as your background, you can use any color you want, and it’s really cheap and simple.

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The big question: Should I use a tripod? So, before we get into this question let me just clarify, in my opinion, there are two different types of flat-lays: The ‘on the go’ flat lay, where you’re taking a photo of food in a restaurant or something like that. And then the actual ‘scheduled in’ flat-lay that you can design, decorate, and take at home. In this post, I’m only going to talk about the ‘scheduled in’ flat-lay, but obviously if you’re in a restaurant, ‘on the go’ you’re not going to take a whole tripod with you. But when you’re at home, you do have the option to use a tripod. Like I said in my last photography post, if you’re just starting out with photography, I wouldn’t invest in a tripod until you’ve worked out if you need one or not. Personally, I got a tripod about a month ago, and I have found it really useful in taking photos, but it’s not necessary. I’ll insert some examples of photos I took on a tripod, and some by hand, so you can compare them side by side.

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Using a tripod

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Taken without a tripod

 

Telling a story in the photo: I think this is the tip that gets overlooked the most often when taking flay-lays. Sometimes the style you’re going for is minimalistic, but you can’t just have white backgrounds, and one subject in the middle of the photo, every single time, otherwise your photos will get boring. Instead, try telling a story with your photo. You can use props to try and create a vibe for your photo, and make it visually appealing. If you still want to go for that minimalistic, delicate photo, you can try using some flowers or petals in the shot. Just anything that will make the photo a bit more interesting and eye-catching. I’ll put some of my examples in below.

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You can see I’ve added in some oats and flowers around this set-up to make it more interesting and eye-catching.

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Instead of just taking a photo of flowers, I spread the leaves and petals all over the shot.

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Similarly, in this photo, I added some flowers and petals to make the shot of the products look more unique and interesting. It would have been quite boring without them.

Lighting & Shadows: So this is the make or break factor in taking any flay-lay photo. No flat-lay photo looks good if it has shadows covering it, or if it’s not bright enough. I have no idea how to use professional studio lights, and honestly, I don’t think they’re necessary. But when I take a flat lay, I only use natural light. I turn off all the lights in my room and only use the light coming in through the windows. My reasoning for that being, that with artificial lights there are too many aspects to control, such as reflections and glare, whereas it’s just easier to use a natural light source. I’ll always set up my photo in an area, that is not right in front or next to the natural light source, otherwise the shadows might be weird. And I’ll take a test photo before I set down all the products in the way I want them, just to see how the lighting looks and if there are any shadows, and then I’ll adjust it accordingly.

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So there was no natural light in this restaurant, and as you can see the photos weren’t turning out well or doing justice to the food.

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Here I tested the lighting before I took the photo, and got a nice bright photo, without shadows.

How to arrange your objects: This is the thing that I found the most daunting when I first started taking flat-lays because I had no idea how I was meant to set out all of my subjects that I wanted to photograph. And honestly, it can still be a bit daunting. I think with flat-lays you have to use your imagination and experiment a bit. Something that I do before I take a flat-lay photo, is look on Pinterest for some ideas, and sketch out roughly what I want the photo to look like. I think this works well, because then at least I’m not going into to taking the photo with no idea what I want it to look like. There are also a few basic techniques that you can use: (I’ll insert examples of them below) There’s the layering technique which makes your photo more interesting with more textures on top of each other. Then you have the photo with one big subject in the middle, and lots of smaller ones around the edges. But mostly, I think you just need to mess around and experiment with the way you lay things out to get interesting shots.

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In this photo I placed my ingredients on small plates, and sort of arranged them around and on top of each other.

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In this photo, I used lots of layers by putting the clothes on top of each other, and then the leaves on top of them.

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In this flat-lay, the spoons with the spices are the focal point, and I placed all the jars around them.

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This was a more minimalistic photo, with two items on food layered on a menu.

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Here, I tried to make all the plates and dishes fit together, I think it worked rather well.

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In this photo, you have the large object, the bag, and then all the smaller products spilling out of it.

 

My number one editing tip for flat-lays: If there’s one editing tip that I would be sure to use when taking flat-lays, it would be using the skew buttons on VSCO. I edit all my photos on the VSCO app, and there are these tools that allow you to tilt your photo left, right, up, and down. Which is really useful when you’re editing a flat-lay because you want the camera to be parallel to the set-up, so you might need to adjust your tilt slightly.

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So in this photo, the difference is only slight, it’s tilted a bit towards the right, so the objects on the right seem larger than they actually are.

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I used the x-skew tool on VSCO to even out the proportions in this edit.

So these are my top 6 tips for taking photos, they’re pretty much all the tips that have really helped me with my photos. If you would like to see more of my photography you can check out my Instagram @Little.Miss.Expat I really hope that you could take something away from this post and that it helped you with your photography. If you use any of these tips I would love to see your photos! Just DM me, or tag me in your photos. Also, stay tuned on my Instagram for a big announcement really soon!

See you next week,

Little Miss Expat

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Happy first birthday to this blog!

Hi Everyone,

Today marks exactly one year since I started the Little Miss Expat Blog!! And I wanted to take some time to reflect on this year and to say thank you to all of you guys.

It was a dream of mine to start a blog for a really long time, and more than that I just wanted to help other expats who were going through the same thing I had just experienced. But it took a lot of courage to start this blog and share my writing with others because I was scared of what other people would say and of their reactions to my writing. But I am so happy that I decided to share my experiences on this blog, and your positive responses, messages, and comments have really made it all worth it.

Any blogger knows how much time and effort it takes to have your own site. Writing weekly posts, uploading to Instagram every day, replying to comments, taking photos, scheduling collaborations: maybe these don’t sound like hard jobs, but trust me, on top of everyday life, it’s a lot of work. It’s been hard to keep everything up, especially during really stressful weeks, but having an audience as responsive as you guys has made it worthwhile. Knowing that you appreciate my posts and that you like reading what I have to say, as well as inputting your own thoughts, has made me inspired to work even harder on this blog. I know it’s cliché, but we’re kind of like a family. You guys support me in everything I post here, and I do my best to support you guys with my blog posts.

I wanted to say thank you to all of you who follow this blog, my Instagram, or my Facebook page because you have allowed me do this, and experience this. Thank you for letting me know when you like something, telling me your own stories, and showing constant support for what I do. Also thank you to my family who always supports my blog, even if I force them to stop and take photos! And to all the companies and brands who have given me the opportunity to work with them. I can not thank you all enough!

I’ve loved doing this for you. Sitting in my bed in the evenings, pouring my heart into these posts, and reading your comments which just brighten up my day. And I thought that it wouldn’t be a true reflection post without me sharing some of my most favourite blog posts with you guys, so here they are:

Conquering Homesickness

Okay, so I wrote this post for myself, as much as I did for you guys. Because even though I’ve been an expat for four years now, I still feel homesick sometimes. I like this post a lot because this was raw, it was me thinking about ways to work through what I was feeling, and sharing it with you. I think there are some really good pieces of advice in there.

Words From Inspirational Women

I LOVED this post because there are just so many amazing words in here. I loved writing this one because I got to share some of my women inspirations, and some of the quotes that are the most powerful to me. I would really recommend reading some of the words in this post if you haven’t already.

Finding Happiness

So this post links to my expat story a lot because it has taken a while to settle in and become accustomed to my new surroundings. I finally feel at ease and happy with where I am, and I wanted to share that with you guys.

Clean Beauty – the guide to what it is, what to buy, and how it works

I was so excited about this post, and it was one of the most fun posts to write. Because I am so so passionate about using clean beauty products, and they’re something that has really made a huge difference to me, I wanted to share all of my advice on this subject with you guys.

What are we doing to the Earth? – Earth Day 2018

I felt really strongly about this post, as our ongoing environmental issues are something that I do a lot of work to help combat. I’m so happy I could share my message with this audience, as it’s a message that should be heard by everyone.

The Most Important Life Lesson I’ve Learned

This post was my honest advice, things that I’ve learned through tough times. And if someone asked me to give them just one piece of advice, this would be it. Always be yourself. It’s all explained in this post, and this is the post I would recommend the most if you’re new to my blog.

In this one year of blogging, there have also been a lot of times I could celebrate with you guys! From reaching my first 100 followers on Instagram to almost being at 500 now. From going from 5 to 150 followers on the blog. Receiving my Liebster blogging award, working on a collaboration with Little Miss Honey, The Salad Jar, Evolve Beauty, and having my writing published by the Expat Kids Club! (my writing will be live on their site soon) It has been an amazing year for the Little Miss Expat blog, and I owe a lot of it to you guys.

So to all of you that read my blog posts, thank you for supporting this journey. It really does mean the world to me.

Lots of love,

Little Miss Expat

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The Most Important Life Lesson I’ve Learned

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to sit down and write a really important post for you guys this week. I feel like I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to really share my thoughts with you in a while, but I finally have a little bit of time to talk about this. Today I want to share a lesson I’ve learned through experience and a lesson that I think everyone needs to know. And that is the lesson of staying true to yourself and your values.

This week I’ve experienced the power of this lesson once again, and I feel like it’s something that affects your life no matter how old you are.

In this world which is constantly changing, where your popularity seems to be based on your follower count, where people no longer have the connection to talk to each other anymore, and where everyone seems to be ‘following the crowd’, and doing what’s ‘trendy’ instead of what they believe in. It’s hard to stay true to yourself. It’s hard to say ‘no’. It’s hard to catch hold of what you really believe in without being influenced in a negative way. But I’m here today to tell you, you aren’t alone, I for one will always do my best to stay true to myself and my values.

It’s a daily struggle of mine, and sometimes I feel like I’m the only one doing it. But as I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, the best decision I’ve ever made was to stay true to myself and let my own values guide me. What do I mean by this? I’m a High School student, and every day I see people being influenced and changing what they believe in to fit in with others or to fit in with the ‘right’ crowd. And it sucks. Because that is not what I believe in. And it’s hard, don’t get me wrong. It is hard to stand up for what you believe in, and sometimes it means saying goodbye to people, but being true to yourself is honouring yourself and your thoughts. In 20 years time, we will regret changing ourselves just to fit in with the popular crowd in High School, your own values will be so trampled upon that they will no longer be able to guide you.

Your values, your beliefs, and who you are, are the most important gifts you have, and you should treasure them. They are what makes us unique, allow us to move forward, and enjoy what we do. And that’s why it makes me sad when I see people tossing away their values every day. Because I believe in all of us. Every single one of you that reads my blog. I believe that you are all special in your own unique way, and I think that you should just keep being you, no matter what everyone else is doing. I believe that every single one of you should do what makes you happy, not what ‘looks’ best to the crowd. Let your own values guide you, and don’t do something you wouldn’t do if others weren’t there watching you. Because in the end, that’s the true way to finding happiness.

For me, over the years I’ve had the opportunity to change myself so many times, to do things I don’t believe in. And looking back I am so happy I never did them. Instead, I did what really makes me happy: I watched more sunsets, I ate good food, I went for long runs, I helped others, I spent time with my family, I made great friends, and I couldn’t be a happier person now. Sure I have those days as well where I feel left out or like I don’t fit in, but don’t we all get them? I’m just content with being who I really am, and it’s refreshing not to have to pretend to be someone I’m not.

So to all you High School students out there, this is my message to you. Do not change yourself for anyone. Do what makes you happy. And let your values guide you down the path you were meant to take. I believe in all of you, your own unique personalities, you’re all special.

What are your thoughts on this?

Lots of Love

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A summer smoothie bowl you have got to try

Hey Everyone!

This week I wanted to experiment a little, and create another recipe post for you guys. I did one a while back, on some snack bowls that I love, but I thought I would be a bit more adventurous and try to create my own smoothie bowl recipe!

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I always see so many beautiful smoothie bowls on Instagram and Pinterest, but when I look at the recipes, they look kind of complicated or use lots of ingredients that I don’t usually have at home. That’s why with this recipe I created, you can find the ingredients in pretty much any store if you don’t already have them at home. And if I do say so myself, it tastes AMAZING.

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I wanted to create something that reminded me of a hot summers day by the beach and had an interesting and exciting taste, not just your regular berry smoothie. And I gotta say, it worked out pretty well. This smoothie bowl is exploding with mango, coconut, lime, and ginger, and if summer were a food, this would be it. The flavours just jump out at you and complement each other so well. I’m so excited to share this recipe with you!

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Ingredients

  • 2 small mangos
  • 1 squeeze of lime juice
  • 1 tiny cut piece of ginger
  • 2 pots of coconut yogurt. (I used the small pots that usually serve one person, but if you’re using yogurt from a huge tub, just put the equivalent of that)
  • 1 spoon of shredded coconut
  • A mix of dried berries, nuts, seeds, granola, and fruits for the topping.

Method

  • Peel the mangos and cut a piece of ginger.
  • Put the mangos, ginger, lime juice, coconut yogurt, and shredded coconut into a blender, and mix till your smoothie reaches a creamy consistency. (add more yogurt if needed)
  • Pour your smoothie into a bowl, and top it with whatever fruits, seeds, or granola you want.
  • Snap a picture of your smoothie bowl, and tag @Little.Miss.Expat in it!

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I hope you enjoy making this recipe and let me know if you try it out, and what you think. Be sure to tag me in any of your photos for a repost!

See you next week,

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What are we doing to the Earth? – Earth Day 2018

Hi Guys,

With it being Earth Week, I wanted to share some of my thoughts and explain a bit about why I’m certain we all need to make changes in our lives, to save the earth from what we’re continuing to do to it.

No matter where you come from, your race, your religion, your background, we all live on this Earth. We all eat, sleep, and breath, in the same place that our ancestors have, and I would say will continue to (but you never know with science…) If the struggle of what we’re doing to the planet can’t bring us all together, then I don’t know what will.

I’m currently taking a World History class, and one of the things I find interesting is that looking back at history, the things people struggled with seem crazy when we look at them from this far away. We find it unimaginable to believe that just centuries ago people struggled with things such as communicating with each other, when we can just whip out our phones today and send a text. And who knows, maybe 100 years from now the next generation will look back to this time, and be thinking, ‘how did they even struggle with the environment?’ or they could be thinking ‘what did they do to this earth?’ It’s up to us to make the changes so that hopefully they don’t think the latter.

This earth, the beautiful earth. That gives us food, water, places to live, resources we need, and holds ourselves and our families. What do we give it back? Nothing. Instead, we slowly break it down, stripping it of its natural resources, watching animals become extinct, and see natural wonders being broken down or destroyed. And we STILL can’t do anything? We make such an effort to speak up about indifferences around the world, in school we were all taught to speak up against a bully, and that ‘being a spectator is just as bad as being the executor’ yet we’re all doing exactly doing. We’re all watching each other destroy this planet without speaking up or taking action.

I’m not here telling you to all go vegan or to completely stop using paper, but it’s really the small changes that add up. With the UK planning to all ban plastic straws, and Q tips they’re using so much less plastic, and it’s just a small change in peoples lives. Or by stopping the sale of disposable plastic water bottles at your workplace or school, you’re cutting down on so much plastic usage. It’s the small changes that you make in your life, that wouldn’t seem like a lot, that really start paving the way for a difference.

Think about waking up in a world where the skies are grey every day with pollution, where rivers are brown and filled with garbage, where no fish or marine life swim, and where the last ice cap has melted. What could we do? There’s no getting the environment back. What’s done is done.

In light of Earth Day 2018, I’m also looking at changes I can make in my life that support the environment. Such as trying to eat vegetarian one day a week at first, looking at more sustainable ways to buy water (as you can’t drink tap water in Dubai) and buying containers takes a lot of plastic, strictly limiting the amount of disposable plastic I use (shopping bags, plastic cutlery etc…), and also trying to find reusable sandwich bags that  I can take my lunch in to school, instead of using plastic every day. What are you going to do to make a change?

There are so many resources available online that give you ways to support the environment, or statistics showing what will happen if we don’t do anything. I hope you all take a look at some of these, and make some small changes to help save the Earth. I would love to hear of anything you’ve done for Earth Week, so please leave a comment!

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See you next week!

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