Wednesday, 30 September 2015


A week or so ago another blogger called Hannah ( She runs a great blog called The Donkey Invasion, please go check her out ) commented on my post 'How to...Sleep' saying " Congratulations on 100 bloglovin followers" to which I thought " Thank you ... wait ... what ? " So the moral of this story is that I'm very lucky that at least somebody is up to date with my stats ( Thank you Hannah hehe ) . But in all seriousness I really want to thank everybody who has ever read my blog. Before when I was on " Fairy Wishes and Marshmallow Squishes " or now after my fresh start on " MyHappyBubble" it was all under me as Don'tBurstMyBubble and I was always thankful for any support. I have never really posted explaining how grateful I am . I do always reply to comments and try and express it directly to people but I want to thank everyone. I started Don'tBurstMyBubble because I discovered a YouTuber called Carrie Hope Fletcher who really taught me to embrace positivity and kindness and she honestly made the most difficult part of my life the happiest . It took me a while to find ways to build positivity into my life and I've lost it a few times but I am determined to keep it and I want to help others find it .

Over the past few months I have on several occasions had those days when I'm left feeling rubbishy, useless and am on the verge of tears and then I have read some of the kindest comments imaginable. If you have ever been one of those people who didn't know that you fixed my day back together from half way across the country , America, Canada, New Zealand even ! Thank you, I hope I have made half as much of a difference to your day with my posts.

On my last post a woman commented with a quote that helped her and it said :

"No matter what happens, it's an experience"

I couldn't help but feel this quote described everything it took to accomplish so far on my blog and everything it will take to achieve everything I want to achieve on it in the future. There's a lot I'd like to do with my blog and as my confidence and technical skills are gradually building ( Technical skills significantly more gradually hehe ) I have plans for quotes series, christmas DIYs and I am even beginning to consider putting a face to my blog!

If I was going to describe my aims with Don'tBurstMyBubble I'd say :

  • Positivity 
  • Make people feel better about themselves 
  • Helping people Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 
I hope these things come across to you ! I would love to hear what you'd like to see between now and hopefully the next hundred followers to come ! What posts would you like ? What types of quotes posts ? Any specific How to... Posts ? Anything to do with positivity, kindness or self love you'd specifically like to read ? Please let me know in the comments ! 

I'm sorry I have rambled through this but when expressing this much gratitude I find it hard to be articulate because there's simply not enough words :) 

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

Monday, 28 September 2015

Going Through Struggles | Quotes Posts !

Sometimes we go through through times that we desperately want to get out of but it feels impossible and you end up feeling trapped and hopeless. Those times are awful and I'm sorry if you're going through times like that ( I also send really big hugs ) because I know that to feel that helpless is scary. But I promise you're going to be alright soon. Regardless of the situation or the pain, no hope is ever futile. Today I wanted to share a few quotes I've collected over the years to help you through hard times.

This quote is one of my favourites, it's from an All Time Low song called " Missing You " and it always gives me a motivation boost that it's all very well say you're doing something and that you're going to try but just sitting there feeling sorry for yourself. You have to do something to make things happen because you do have the power to change things if you give it everything you've got ! The Picture is made by my lovely best friend, she drew it for me a few days a go when I needed a little help getting out of a slump :)

"Be easy.Take your time.You are coming home. To yourself"
- The Becoming | Wing 

"We've got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen."

"You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering"
-Ernest Hemingway

"If you can't fly then run. If you can't run then walk.If you can't walk then craw. Whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." 
-Martin Luther King 

"You'll need coffee shops and sunsets and roadtrips, airplanes and pass ports and new songs and old songs. But people more than anything else. YOU WILL NEED OTHER PEOPLE. And you willneed to be that other person to someone else. A living, breathing, screaming invitation to believe in better things." 
- To Write Love On Her Arms ( Just a quick sidenote; TWOLHA is an amazing organisation for mental health and you should definitely have a look at their website that I'll leave a link to here

" When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this; you haven't "
- Thomas Edison 

"The world may be broken, but hope is not crazy "
-Hank Green 

"Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life" 
- J.K.Rowling 

"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on"
-Thomas Jefferson ( This one is my favourite out of these quotes ) 

"We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope" 
-Martin Luther King 

I really hope some of these help you. If you know any other quote or just nice words that have helped you through hard times then please leave them in the comments because I'd love to read them and I'm sure they'd help lots of other people as well ! And as always, if there's any specific subjects for quotes  you'd like to see in this " Quotes Posts ! " series then let me know in the comments or you can email me to :

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Recipe : Hot Chocolate !

Yesterday ( The 23rd September ) It officially became Autumn in England and I'm very VERY excited ! I love Autumn because I love all the colours and the clothing and the cuddling and most importantly, I can start preparing Christmas DIYs for my blog which I'm so eager to start doing ! So to celebrate the official start of the half of the year where you can snuggle up in bed with Sherlock on and drinking endless hot chocolates. I wanted to share with you my own recipe for the best hot chocolate ever ! But as we're nearing the end of the week and getting tired I thought we might need something stronger ... so I'm adding edible glitter !!!

Step One : Pop about four teaspoons of chocolate chips into a mug and add an extra one because... chocolate tastes nice ;) Then add about 5/6 mini marshmallows in and mix it all together !

Step Two : Refrain from eating the marshmallows and chocolate chips mixture you've just made .

Step Three : Repeat Step One because I know you ignored Step Two ;)

Step Four : fill your mug about a quarter of the way up with milk

Step Five : Microwave in for thirty seconds and then stir until the chocolate in melted into the milk. Then fill the rest of the mug up with milk .

Step Six : Microwave again for two minutes. To stop the milk from boiling over your mug and ruining your mothers microwave ( sorry mum ) I found that it's best to microwave it for thirty seconds, stir, another thirty seconds, stir and then one minute and stir again !

Step Seven : You don't really need to add edible glitter at this point but I got over excited about the sparkles and did but you can see how pretty it looks :)

Step Eight : Okay, this is the cool bit, you might be confused, think I'm going mad or both but honestly just try it ! Add some chocolate ice cream on top of your hot chocolate and then sprinkle some edible gold glitter on for extra magic . As you drink it the ice cream cools down the hot chocolate on the way into your mouth just enough to make it the perfect temperature and oh my gosh it tastes so SO good !!!

Let me know if you give this a try ! I promise you'll love it and it's great for treating yourself after a rough day or when you just have a craving for chocolate :) I hope you like it !

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :)

lots of love, Marianne xxx

Monday, 21 September 2015

How to ... Sleep

When you wake up and you've had 4 hours sleep because you just kept tossing and turning and getting more and more frustrated, getting up feels like the worst idea on earth. Then because you associate getting up with the day ahead, the whole day seems like the worst idea in the whole solar system. And having your day ruined with negative attitude and grumpy mumbling just because you had no sleep is the worst idea in the Universe !

So... I think I made my point. Sleep !

"But how Marianne ? I try but I just can't !!!! " I hear you cry. Well don't worry , I worked it out ;)

Sleeping is really important so that you have enough energy to make the day ahead of you feel worth doing. I really struggle getting enough sleep sometimes so I've spent quite a bit of time working out how to make sure I get enough sleep so that I can carry on bouncing around and most probably annoying the hell out of people the next day hehe :) So here are my top tips on " How to... Sleep ! "

Step One : Cleanse, tone and moisturise. It only takes a few minutes and it's so much nicer to wake up when your eyes aren't stuck together by yesterdays Mascara ! If you're feeling lazy keep a bottle of  Garnier Micellar Water next to your bed :)

Step Two : Get into a nice routine. You have to actually keep doing this one for it to work but it is worth it I promise. For me , I make sure I'm in bed with my make up off and everything sorted for the next day by ten o'clock. Then I turn my phone off and read or colour ( whatever relaxes you just try to avoid tv or using your laptop ) for half an hour . At half ten put  my book down and go to sleep ! Simple :)

But what about before the routine starts to kick in and you just can't get to sleep ? Don't worry I have steps for that too ;)

Step Three : Make your bed as comfy as possible. Have as many pillows as you like and arrange a nice hot water bottle help you feel nice and cosy ! While we're on the subject of hot water bottles, am I the only one who hugs the hot water bottle rather than just putting it at the end of my bed to warm the bed up? Let me know in the comments aha :) To make my bed comfy I actually sleep with two duvets, one underneath me and one on top. One is a thin duvet and the other is thick so if I get too cold or hot I can just switch them around :)

Step Four : Your room should feel like a safe place so that you can relax completely to sleep. I get quite nervous at night and that can make it difficult to sleep so found a few things that helped me :)
  • Background noise. When you're tired and a bit anxious it's easy to think your hearing noises around the house and because you're probably not at your most rational at 1 am .. it's easy to tell yourself that it's an axe murderer who's just killed off your entire family, is holding your cat hostage and is now coming for you .... alternatively it could just be someone in the house getting up to have a wee. I'm going to take a guess here and say that the someone having a wee situation is more likely so to avoid you charging out into the landing to rescue Mr Fluffykins and avenge your families deaths , I have a solution ;) My lovely best friend bought me a box set of The Big Bang Theory DVD's about 10 months ago and I genuinely have a disc on every night while I fall asleep and it really helps ! You can also buy apps that make white noise but I don't use them so if any of you do and can recommend a good one in the comment then I'm sure some people would find that helpful :)
  • Invest in some fairy lights ! If you've not scared of the dark then they're pretty and will definitely make you happy. If you are scared of the dark then they will do all that and make enough light for you to be able to see your room but it won't be so bright that they keep you awake .
  • If you're a quite an anxious person generally then pop some lavender oil on your pillow and it's amazing how to it helps you relax and fall asleep. You could also use Rescue Remedy Night and that will relax you and make you a bit drowsy so every once in a while when you're stressed out and can't sleep I would definitely recommend that !

Step Five :  Make sure you take a drink to bed with you. Some people find it calming to have a hot drink with them ( I've got a really yummy hot chocolate recipe up soon ) or milk is good for helping you sleep because it has an amino acid in called Tryptophan . But I just take up a glass of water with ice in because I often wake up feeling really dehydrated in the night . On that note also make sure you have a wee before you get into bed because it's really no fun to have to get up again once you're all comfy and cosy :)

Step Six : If all else fails and it's just not working then get up, walk around the house for five minutes, send a cute text for someone to wake up to and plan out the next day in your head . Then try again ! There's no point getting yourself wound up and frustrated :)

I hope this helps some of you :) It's very hard to be positive and looking forward to the day if you're tired so give a few of these a go and let me know what works for you ! Or if you have any more tips I'd love to hear them in the comments :)

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :)

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Positive Quotes For Hopeful Notes | Quotes Posts!

A While back , I wrote a post called " How to... Hopeful Note" I recommend you read that one before this post or you probably won't have a clue what I'm going on about ! But assuming that you've read that one, I've got a confession. I've stopped leaving hopeful notes ( post it notes in random places with positive messages on for strangers to find ) I've been busy and a bit down and to be honest they're rubbish excuses. Leaving hopeful notes used to be one of the things that always made my day as well as hopefully the day of whoever found it .. or at least helped them crack a smile !

So, no more excuses. I might be busy and snowed under with college work but I love the hopeful notes and I had a passion for random acts of kindness that I didn't even notice I'd forgotten ! From now on I will leave at least one hopeful note every week and to motivate me to do that , There will be a picture of it at the end of each Monday post :) If you know about the hopeful notes or have read my post about it then I'd love for some of you to do the same thing and maybe even pop a picture of your hopeful note in the comments ! If you're stuck for ideas of positive quotes for your hopeful notes then here's a few to get you going :)

" The darkest hour has only sixty minutes "
-Morris Mandel

" If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely "
- Roald Dahl

"Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it."
-Joyce Meyer

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that. "
-Martin Luther King

"Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. "
- Emory Austin

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking it's stupid"
- Albert Einstein

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses"
- Abraham Lincoln

" You must be the change you wish to see in the world"

"You have to do everything you can, you have to work your very hardest and if you stay positive you have a shot at a silver lining"
-Silver Linings Playbook

"900 years of time and space and I've never met anyone who wasn't important"
- 11th Doctor , Doctor Who

What quotes or little messages would make you feel positive, motivate you or even just give you a smile on a rough day ? Let me know in the comments and then we can all use each others to make the world a happier place :)

As always, if there's any specific quotes posts you'd like to see then leave me comment letting me know what subjects you'd like quotes on in future and I'll do my best !

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :)

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

You can find my post about hopeful notes here :

Monday, 14 September 2015

Fear Is A Super Power

"Let me tell you about scared. Your heart is beating so hard I can feel it through your hands. There’s so much blood and oxygen pumping through your brain it’s like rocket fuel. Right now you could run faster and you can fight harder. You can jump higher than ever in your life and you are so alert it’s like you can slow down time.
What’s wrong with scared? Scared is a superpower! Your superpower! There is danger in this room. And guess what? It’s you. Do you feel it? Do you think he feels it? Do you think he’s scared? Nah. Loser!"
- The Twelth Doctor , Doctor Who, Season 8 Episode 4

As I've mentioned a few times, me and my boyfriend are working our way through the many Doctor Who episodes since the 9th doctor and we are almost there ! Last night we were watching an episode called "Listen" ( It's both terrifying and hilarious and you should probably go and watch it ) and the doctor talked a lot about fear. Recently I've been wanting to write a post about how to be nervous but I just never quote got around to it. But after re-watching this episode of Doctor Who and seeing how perfectly The Doctor and Clara ( his companion ) described fear, I was desperate to right this post as soon as possible !

A lot of new things have been happening recently like starting college and it made me very nervous , like I'm sure it made pretty much everyone else. But I tried very hard to focus on something I've learnt over the last few years . When you're nervous, ask yourself why. In my experience the answer tends to be " Because it means a lot to me ". That is why you have to do it, however nervous you are. Make a list of why you want to do it and use that fear and the adrenaline it gives you to power you forward to achieve whatever it is that means so much to you that it makes you nervous. The majority of the time, because whatever is making you nervous means so much to you it can make you feel scared that you're going to mess it up . But What would be the point of doing something if it didn't mean enough that the idea of it going wrong doesn't bother you ?

So in reality, being nervous is a good thing and you can use it to work harder and kinder and achieve everything you ever wanted . But don't let the fear scare you so much that you don't let  yourself but happy and enjoy what you're doing. Accept, understand and work with the fear and know that it is just your excitement and enthusiasm to get whatever it is you're doing right , and guess what ? YOU WILL ! I believe in you :)

This is just a dream, but very clever people can hear dreams. So please, just listen. I know you’re afraid, but being afraid is alright. Because didn’t anybody ever tell you? Fear is a superpower. Fear can make you faster and cleverer and stronger. And one day you’re gonna come back to this barn and on that day you’re going to be very afraid indeed. But that’s okay, because if you’re very wise and very strong fear doesn’t have to make you cruel or cowardly. Fear can make you kind. It doesn’t matter if there’s nothing under the bed or in the dark so long as you know it’s okay to be afraid of it. So listen. If you listen to anything else, listen to this. You’re always gonna be afraid even if you learn to hide it. Fear is like a companion, a constant companion, always there. But that’s okay because fear can bring us together. Fear can bring you home. I’m gonna leave you something just so you’ll always remember. Fear makes companions of us all.
- Clara , Doctor Who, Series 8 Episode 4

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :)

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Love Is In The Air | Quotes Posts !


A lot of you know, I have a mild obsession with quotes :) So I've began a quotes series on my blog ( I'll leave the links to previous ones that you might of missed at the end of this post ) If you have any suggestions on the types of quotes you'd like to see then let me know in the comments ! So today with me being a hopeless romantic, I wanted to share some of the sweetest love quotes I found !


" You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy cars, but because they sing a song only you can hear." 
- Oscar Wilde
"And in the end, we were all just humans... drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness"
- F. Scott Fitzgerald 
" He had beautiful eyes. The kind you could get lost in. And I guess I did " 
-  S.B 
"We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and stars bright" 
- Ernest Hemingway
" Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own; in pain and sickness it would still be dear" 
- Charlotte Bronte 
" I loved her not for the way she danced with my angels but for the way the sound of her name could silence my demons. "
- Christopher Poindexter 
" I took your photo, one, only, to always remember the precise and exact person I loved at that moment. My god I was so proud to hold your hand."
- Tyler Knott Gregson 
" Anyone can be passionate but it takes real lovers to be silly "
- Rose Franken 
" I'll throw my voice into the stars and maybe the echo of my words will be written for you in the clouds by sunrise. All I am trying to say is : I will love you through the darkness. "
- Christopher Poindexter 
" But dear don't be afraid of love, it's only magic . "
- R.M.Drake 
" And when he touched her he didn't seem to care about any of those things. Some of them he even liked. Like her freckles. He said she was candy-sprinkled "
- Eleanor and Park 

Have you got a favourite love quote that makes you feel all fuzzy inside ? What topics do you want more quotes on ? Let me know in the comments ! 

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

Monday, 7 September 2015

Things to remember ...

Hello !

Sorry I'm posting a little later in the day than usual but it's been my firs day at college and I've only just got home... as it turns out I'm not very good with public transport hehe :) A few weeks ago , I saw a list of things to remember and carry with you through life on Pinterest and It got me thinking. What are the things I've learnt so far in life that I really want to keep with me ? So I've made a list of some of these things and thought I'd share them with you today !

  • People can very rarely say anything against you if you openly admit you did something wrong and offer a sincere apology.
  • Remember that people do talk behind your back but they're more than likely saying nice things!  Not all the compliments you get will be to your face, it doesn't mean no one thinks nice things about you .( How often have you turned to your friend and said quietly that you like the shoes the woman sitting across from you on the train is wearing )  
  • Smile at anybody who happens to meet your eye !
  • Nothing is permanent . Buddhists have a really nice concept of impermanence which means that nothings will stay the same forever, good or bad it is all impermanent . 
  • Wear vanilla perfume .. it induces positivity !  
  • Thank the bus driver. 
  • Be funny without being mean, people will like you a lot more :)
  • Dress up for everyday !
  • Always Hold the door if you see someone coming. 
  • Please and Thank you's don't go unnoticed .. especially when you don't use them !
  • If you say something offensive and you're joking .. the fact your joking doesn't make it okay it makes it rude and the fact you find it funny makes it ruder .
  • Not all Silence needs to be filled, I promise.
  • Your happiness shouldn't depend on anyone but you, but it's okay for it to be influenced by anybody and anything . 
  • Always dance ! Trust me you'll look more awkward sat in the corner avoiding eye contact !
  • No one cares . People arn't watching for you to make mistakes, they probably didn't even notice .
  • Never eat once you're full, even at an all you can eat buffet . You'll feel bloated and it will ruin the night ! 
  • Your Kindness is appreciated . 
  • You're worth just as much as everybody else in the world. And they're worth as much as you . 
  • This isn't all there is. There's a whole lots of world out there . 
  • Everybody sees the world differently and that's okay . 
Let me know in the comment what things you live by in life or what messages have stuck with you :) I'd love to hear them because I might do another one of these posts in a year or so because I expect I'll pick more stuff up, I'm still learning. 

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Writing Inspiration | Quotes Posts !

Not that long ago I took a break from blogging because ..

a) I was going on holiday
b) I was exhausted and getting some serious writers block
c) I was lacking the motivation to do it !

So now I'm back from holiday ( It was lovely and I had a great time ) and I'm bursting with ideas that I am really excited to share with you and I've got my energy back and as a result I'm now really excited to be blogging again !

So yesterday I started giving my blog a bit of a makeover! It's not quite finished because I'm definitely not a technological genius hence why the pages a long the top are currently well .. half not there but give me a week and I'm sure I'll work it out ! But I really wanted it to look a bit more fresh and professional . I'm also thinking about changing the colours of the bubbles in the header to go with the Autumn/Winter seasons, what do you think ? :)

Anyway, so in my recovery from this serious case of writers block, I found some wonderful quotes about the beauty of writing ! So I thought I'd share some with you now .

"Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river "
- Virginia Woolf

" Write a page a day, only 300 words and in a year you have written a novel " 
- Stephen King

" A writer is a world trapped in a person "
- Victor Hugo

" Words are in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible form of magic "
- J.K. Rowling

" The first draft is telling yourself the story "
- Terry Prachett

" I write to give myself strength . I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I'm afraid of"
- Joss Whedon

" This is how you do it : You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard. " 
- Neil Gaiman

" There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are " 
-  W. Somerset Maugham

" Fill your paper with the beatings of your heart " 
- William Wordsworth ( This One is my Favourite ) 

" I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still " 
- Sylvia Plath ( I also quite like this one hehe ) 

I loved researching all these and found them all really inspiring so I hope they give you a lil bit of writing inspiration as well ! Which were your favourites ? Or do you have a different favourite quote or saying about writing ? I'd love to hear it down in the comments :) Also let me know if theres any specific types or subjects of quotes you'd like to see in this " Quotes Posts ! " Series and I'll do my best to get them up.

Before I go, A lovely blogger called Crystal ( You can find her blog Crystallized Daisies here ) has recently started a YouTube channel and it's absolutely brilliant ! Her last video was a sketch style sort of thing and was hilarious . So if you have a few minutes definitely go check it out and subscribe, you wont be disappointed ! I'll leave a link here :)

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 

lots of love, Marianne xxx

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