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The Best Berry Smoothie

You might remember a while back, quite a while back, I wrote a post featuring my Berry Smoothie Recipe. I've been making the said smoothie on a regular basis since then and the other day, I realised that I've changed a lot. I wrote that post nearly three years ago wow and since then I've tried to make the smoothie a lot healthier. I've also made some changes that make it taste so much better!

I considered just updating the last post but I'm not a massive fan of doing that purely because I like to look back on older posts to see how far this blog has come. Anyway, here's the new recipe- the Berry Smoothie 2.0!

How I See Pinterest

Helloooooo, so today's post is a little bit different in the sense that it's a tad more opinionated than most of what I put up on here. That being said, it's a post that I think could be helpful so please let me know if it is!

I guess I should probably start the post with what angle my view is coming from and that is, as someone with a relatively small blog. I was reading a post the other day (found on Pinterest!) that said Pinterest was the only platform worth focusing on for new bloggers.

To a certain extent, I think that advice is wise. If your sole focus is page views. A couple of weeks ago I put about an hour into Pinterest and managed to majorly increase my page views. In fact, my Bullet Journal Setup for 2017 post, almost instantaneously became my most popular post, gathering over 12 times more views than any other post I've written! All because I promoted it on Pinterest. That being said, that post didn't get a single comment.

When I promote posts on Twitter however, or if people find my blog link from another site, then the said post tends to get more engagement. I believe this is because Pinterest isn't a social media platform, it doesn't fall into the same category as Twitter, Instagram or even Facebook. In fact, if you asked me to group it with something, I'd be more inclined to say Google, Bing or maybe even Baidu. It's a search engine, it's how people discover useful content, not how they keep up with their favourite online creators.

Food I Want To Make

With the end of the school year and exams (which, yes, it was a while ago- I'm just getting around to this now!) something I always like to get back into is cooking and baking. For the entire year (only a very slight exaggeration), I've been eating the same old salad which I've written a post (here) about cause it's so good accompanied by a slice of carrot cake from the freezer (which I batch froze). Actually, scratch that, it was good, now I'm thoroughly sick of it and need a detox if I've got any chance of eating it for another school year!

So with me adamantly and stubbornly not eating what's been my go-to meal for the past nine months, I need something new, cause, ya know, food. This, and the fact I've been on the search for some easy and freezable (I shamelessly freeze everything) meals and just great tasting food in general, had led me to create 'The List'.

The Evolution of ZZANDH

2017 marks my fifth year of blogging and I thought it would be nice to do a post showing how my blog's changed over time. The main aspect I'll be covering is the design, purely because it's changed so much!

How: I Reupholstered an Armchair

Hellooooo, so today's post is one that I meant to write (and I looked at the date on the draft!) nearly two years ago. Oops. Anyway, this one's for anyone who has an old armchair or another piece of furniture which is upholstered and looking for a new leaf of life.

Personally, I had a big, bulky, armchair, with two cushions, and just a generally awkward shape which I was reupholstering for my mum. It also had piping around quite a few edges, a feature my mum wanted to keep.

If you've read any of my other sewing posts, then you'll know that I'm not a massive fan of adding any trimmings like piping and hence, I've managed to avoid any piped sounds like I'm making cupcakes projects up until this one. But more about that later.

The fabric I used was pretty thin, probably too thin, but it made it an easier project than again, it probably should have been. We got the fabric from IKEA.

Make: The Ultimate Salad

Not gonna lie, I thought I'd posted about how I was going to post this recipe, but it turns out, I only half finished that post and now I've mucked up the order. Oops.

Anyway, I ate this salad for the majority of my lunches throughout 2016! The salad has so many benefits, I thought I'd make a list:

  • It's versatile- you can just throw in whatever you've got in the fridge 
  • It keeps- you can make a big batch and it'll last for at least three days
  • It's easy- you can make said batch in less than 20 minutes
  • It's healthy- it's unprocessed and full of healthy good-for-you foods!
  • It's substantial- you'll be full after
  • It's good for lunch- if you don't have access to a microwave, this salad's still nice cold

Film Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I know what you're thinking psychic, didn't that film come out ages ago? The answer to which is yes, in fact, I think it came out in November last year. I suspect it isn't still showing in cinemas, but who knows? Anyway, despite my not so impeccable timing, I still wanted to write this review.

So Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was written by J. K. Rowling however, the film isn't 100% related to Harry Potter. It's set in the same world, one in which there is a Wizard and 'Muggle' community however, the more exact setting is 1920's New York city.