Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Doctor Who | Quotes Posts !

For those of you who don't know... I'm a little, tincy-wincy bit obsessed with Doctor who. I'm sure you've heard of Doctor Who because .. well.. it's Doctor Who. I've always loved watching the adventures of The Doctor, time travelling and saving the human race. But one of my favorite things about it is all the inspirational quotes so today I thought I'd share some of those with you !

" Our lives are different to anybody else's. That's the exciting thing. Nobody in the universe can do what we're doing. "

" A straight line may not be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting."

"The universe is big. Its's vast.And complicated and ridiculous.And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles."

"I'm usually called the doctor.Or the caretaker.Or "get off this planet". Though strictly speaking that probably isn't a name."

" If you're so desperate to stay alive why don't you live a little? "

"Do what I do.Hold tight and pretend it's a plan."

"Because it's not always the same when you fire that first shot.No matter how right you feel, you have no idea who's going to die! You don't know whose children are going to scream and burn! How many hearts will be broken ! How many lives will be shattered ! How much blood will spill, Until everybody does what they were always going to have to do from the very beginning; SIT DOWN AND TALK! "

"Sometimes the only choices you have are bad ones but you still have to choose"

"There is no such thing as an ordinary human"

"I am and always will be- The optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes. The dreamer of improbable dreams."

"You want weapons? We're in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world ! This room's he greatest arsenal we could have."

"Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference."

"Pain is a gift. Without the capacity for pain, we can't feel the hurt we inflict."

Which is your favorite ? What series do you fangirl over ? Let me know in the comments ! I love hearing from you :)

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :)

lots of love, Marianne xxx

Monday, 28 March 2016

I met Philip Zimbardo ! | The Positivity Diaries

Hello !

How are you guys ? I hope last week was great for you and if not then I KNOW there were at least a few bits and bobs in there that made you smile, even if you have to think about it for a few minutes ! And I can't wait to hear all about them in the comments of our little communal positivity diary :) But for now, here's my entry for this week :

Monday : I managed to get through  a lot of french grammar... why are there so many tenses ?!?!

Tuesday : My girlfriend took me on a walk to show me a river near her house that she loves and it was so peaceful and beautiful, I had a great time :)

Wednesday : I went on a trip to London with my psychology class to meet Philip Zimbardo, the last classic psychologist ( who isn't dead ) and it was amazing . I turned into such a fangirl , especially considering he was 83 !

Thursday : Me and my girlfriend went to watch a film at the cinema called 'Carol' . We got in for £3 each at a showing about 11am .. we couldn't work out why it was so cheap until we got there and were offered free tea and biscuits and realised it was a showing for the elderly . After talking to a few of the elderly people there we soon realised that they were not aware this film was about two women getting together ... If you've ever watched a gay sex scene with 20 OAP's then you'll feel my pain haha :)

Friday : I went on my girlfriends trampoline and I haven't laughed so much in AGES , I seriously forgot how much fun they were .

Saturday : I've started to really focus my revision so today I made myself the ideal revision area in my room! I've been thinking about writing a post on how to get into the revision mindset so let me know in the comments if that's something you'd be interested in :)

Sunday : It's Easter !! My sister bought me a super cute little mermaid top that says ' I'm really a mermaid ' and it's perfect :)

So that was my week, I can't wait to hear all about yours in the comment and it would be really great if you wrote 3 good things from your week. It really helps to put you into a positive mindset, you'll be amazed at the benefits :)

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 

lots of love, Marianne xxx

Thursday, 24 March 2016

NEC Craft Fair !


My mum has always been wonderfully creative, especially with making hand made cards, so every year since I can remember we've visited the HobbyCrafts Show at the NEC . But this year, me and my girlfriend went together and we had an absolutely wonderful day ! I've not smiled so much in ages :)

There were hundreds of stools selling all sorts of wonderful crafts but rather than buying lots of stuff, we headed off to book ourselves into lots of the workshops that were available. In each workshop, we made something to take home with us, each using a different craft and it was so much fun trying out all the different ways of making things and they all turned out far better than expected hehe !

Here are a few of the things we made :

This was the first workshop we went to, we were taught how to do Chinese paintings. I'll be completely honest, I was a little apprehensive about it at first ( I only booked the workshop because I love cats ) but in the end I really loved it ! We used a special kind of paint brush made with goat hair and bamboo and the lady showed us lots of techniques using different pressures on the brush. We were so happy with how they turned out :) The Top one is mine and the second is my girlfriends ... I think mines best .. she cheated , she does art ... well that's what I'm telling myself haha ! 

In another workshop we made these gorgeous flowers out of this weird clay like stuff , when they dried they feel like foamy paper , it's the strangest thing ! But we were both pretty proud of them and they were surprisingly easy to make ! 

There was this really cool stall with an extremely funny man who made flowers out of ribbons... we did both attempt to make a rose with him but ummm well Georgies fell appart and mine was ... well it's probably best we don't talk about mine haha :) However the man running the stool was very kind and made us a beautiful ribbon flower to take with us , he even put perfume on it ! 

The next workshop we went to was very important to us because last year when I went to the craft fair with my mother I made a little wooden plaque with " My Best Friend" burnt into it and this year ... well that plaque is outdated . So we both decided to make each other new ones ( luckily the wood burning workshop was there again this year ) and we were very happy with how they turned out .

At our final workshop of the day, we made bunny rabbits out of this thing called jumping clay ! It was so much fun and we really enjoyed it ... plus the guy giving the instructions had an amazing accent, I've no idea what it was but I loved it hehe :) What do you think we should call them ? 

After all that, we had a look around the cake decorating part of the show ( Someone had made an amazing Starwars Bake Off cake ) and then bought ourselves some delicious home made ice cream. I couldn't of been happy than I was sat on the floor together eating ice cream and smiling in each others arms :)

What's your favourite way to get creative ? I'd love to hear about your favourite crafts and hobbies in the comments because the craft fair made me realise how much fun it was to try out new crafts .

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

Monday, 21 March 2016

Crocodiles and Craft Fairs | The Positivity Diaries


How has your week  been ? I hope it's been lovely and if not I hope next week is at least a little better for you :) Regardless of how it's been , I'm certain there has been a few good bits and I can't wait to hear all about them in the comments ! But for now , here's my positivity diary :

Monday : A little boy on the bus this morning was singing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' and got a little confused with the lyrics and he sung "up above the world so high, like a crocodile in the sky "  

Tuesday : I slept really well. 

Wednesday : I Picked up some new gel pens  

Thursday : My Hopeful Bag arrived ! I've been desperate to buy this bag from the hopeful shop and when it arrived I couldn't of been happier :) 

Friday : The promise ring I ordered for my girlfriend arrived ( Finally ) and I was very happy that she seemed to like it !

Saturday : Me and my girlfriend went to a Craft Show at the NEC and it was amazing , I might do a post all about it on Wednesday if you'd like to see that ? 

Sunday : Spending the morning cuddling and watching Outnumbered on Netflix is definitely the way to spend Sunday morning . 

So that was my week , I always feel so much more sparkly after thinking about all the absolutely wonderful parts of life that we so often disregard ! So how about you join me and share three good things from your week in the comments and we can make a lovely little communal positivity diary ! 

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

Sunday, 20 March 2016

New Posting Schedule


I just wanted to pop a quick post up to let you know about a few changes that are going to be happening on Don'tBurstMyBubble. I've decided to change the posting schedule around a little so from now on The Positivity Diaries will be posted on a Monday for the week before and then there will be two other posts on Wednesday and Friday.

I've been a little pre-occupied lately and un-motivated in all aspects of my life and I think that's been showing in my blog posts and there quality. I'm sure most bloggers can relate to that moment where we become stressed watching page views and comment numbers but what matters is you realise, take a step back, take a deep breath and then write about what makes you happy , in a style that comes naturally to you . I'm feeling much better now and I'm looking forward to writing posts for you all because I consider you all my friends and sharing my life and what I learn in life with you guys is a genuine pleasure and I'd like to apologise for forgetting that for a while :)

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Leave Money In Vending Machines | Random Acts Of Kindness

A great way to make someone's day is to give them a little unexpected treat ! But when you're trying to make a stranger smile, how do you know what they'd like ? An Aero? No, a KitKat? ... Perhaps a Crunchie ? Don't panic, there's a simple solution. Leave a pound in the vending machine or in an envelope and sellotape it to the machine for a stranger to find and use ! It would definitely make their day and is so quick and easy to do :) I know it would make my day !

So there's a challenge for this week, go out and pop a pound in an envelope and stick it to a vending machine, you're bound to make someone's day! Why not right a nice message on the envelope wishing the finder a nice day ?

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :)

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

Monday, 14 March 2016

Ultimate Disney Playlist For ...LOVE

Hey there  !

Todays the first post of a new series I'm starting called "Ultimate Disney Playlist For...". In each post I'll put together a soundtrack for every possible moment in your life so you can add that little bit of Disney sparkle to your day ! I'll also leave a link to each playlist on YouTube so you can get to them easily :) Today I thought I'd start with Disney's best love songs !

So This Is Love- Cinderella

A Whole New World - Aladdin

You'll Be In My Heart - Tarzan ( I LOVE the Tarzan soundtrack and think it's completely underrated )

Something There - Beauty And The Beast

I Won't Say I'm In Love - Hercules

Love - Robin Hood

Love Is An Open Door - Frozen

That's How You Know - Enchanted

Can You Feel The Love Tonight - The Lion King

See The Light - Tangled

I've made a playlist of these songs that you can find here !

What Disney songs get you feeling all loved up ? Let Me know in the comments ! I'd love to hear what "Ultimate Disney Playlists For .. " You'd like to see and I'll put them together. Perhaps one for workouts, motivation, getting ready ?

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :)

lots of love, Marianne xxx

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Crystals and Cuddles | The Positivity Diaries

Hello !

I'm having a wonderful day so I'm in the perfect mood for writing this post ! It's so important to think about all the good things especially when stuffs rough , but at times like this I like to note how happy I am somewhere that I can look back on them when I'm feeling a little less than fantastic :) I can't wait to hear the good things from your week in the comments ! I always love reading them <3

Monday : The bus driver smiled at me this morning which is nice because not many people bother to smile at you at 7am in the morning !

Tuesday : I went for a McDonalds ( And we'll pretend it wasn't my second of the week hehe )

Wednesday : Me and my girlfriend went swimming and had a brilliant time . Then to make it even better , when we got back her mum had made us a really lovely meal, seriously. Her sweet and sour chicken is to die for !

Thursday : I started learning " In My Life " from Les Mis at my singing lesson .

Friday : An elderly woman started talking to me while I was waiting for the bus and she was really sweet :)

Saturday : My girlfriend and me started making a few bits and bobs for our motivation board that we're putting together !

Sunday : I spent my morning researching some new crystals that my girlfriend suprised me with yesterday :) I've now got 3 and my 2 new ones are "Red Agate" and "Blue Lace Agate "

Please let me know in the comments, three good things from your week !

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

Thursday, 10 March 2016

You Can Increase Your Mental Well Being

Hello !

Some days life feels great, like sunshine and smiles and kittens. But other days it's just a bit rubbish and that's okay too. But today I wanted to share some ways of you to increase your general well being in little ways that could really benefit your mental health!

  • Hydration - We all heard it over and over again, all the way through school " Drink more water, it's good for you " and I don't know about you but my usual response was " yeah ... that's great, but have you tried chocolate milkshake recently ? " . But over the last few months I've realized just how much upping my water intake does for me ! Not only is my skin clearer, but I'm way more focused and I feel better in myself :) 
  • Smile at EVERYONE - Seriously, I mean EVERYONE ! Channel sunshine, there's plenty of misery in the world, bring something new :) Just telling the person how serves you on the check out to " Have a lovely day " and giving that stranger you met eyes with in the street a smile, you'd be amazed at the lovely responses you get  !
  • Stretch in the morning - When you get up, stretch out like you would when warming up to do exercise, I've found this really helps me feel less sluggish through the mornings and much more ready to go so I'm more productive which is always a good thing. 
  • Accept and move on - This is something I've been using a lot lately , sometimes I get stressed or someone does something and it's really ( I mean REALLY ) not good , but at that time I react so badly you might as well of just killed off the whole human race. In these moments I'm trying to take a deep breath and say " Okay, that has just happened, I'm really sorry . Now it's over now so what can I do to improve the situation ." and I've found it really helps leave me in a much calmer and more reasonable mind frame . 
  • Give your body the nutrients it needs - If you feed your body on rubbish, what is it going to use to make you feel good ? You're not going to have energy if you don't give your body food with lots of vitamins that you need to make energy,are you ? So try taking vitamins regularly and eating lots of fresh fruit and protein :) 
  • Self date - Taking your self on a date and treating yourself like the brilliant person you are is a wonderful way to practice self love, if you want some more ideas for this then I wrote a post ideas that you can find here . 
  • Do what you love - Find something you're good at and love and find something you're bad at and love , do both <3  
If you want to increase your well being but doing it all at once is too difficult then every month in my 'What's Been Wonderful' post I let you know one simple thing that I'm going to change over the coming month to improve my life ! If you'd like to join me in that challenge then you're very welcome :) 

Let me know in the comments what you do to improve your wellbeing :) 

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

Monday, 7 March 2016

Self-Date Ideas

Hey !

Self-love has become a massive part of my life and is one of the best things I've ever practiced ! One of my favorite ways of practicing self love is to self date. All you have to do is take yourself out some place nice and spend some time treating yourself .  A lot of people find themselves really stuck for ideas for self dates because people are often too self - conscious to take themselves for dinner or to the cinema. So here are some ideas to get you going !

Coffee and Cake - One of my favorite self dates is one of the simplest. I buy myself a magazine or a new book that I've fancied for a while and then go to a cafe and get myself a hot chocolate and a slice of chocolate cake and take my time to enjoy my drink while I read my magazine. It's so refreshing to start spending some time with yourself, you'd be amazed at how good it feels :) This is a great way to self date if you're really busy and can only spare an hour.

Go Some Place Pretty - Sometimes what you need is to be in the great outdoors and there are many beautiful places that you can go and explore for free and if you live in the UK there are lots of gorgeous grounds and stately homes that are owned by the national trust that you can visit for fairly low prices !

Shopping - When I buy clothes I always ask myself , " Do I feel like I could take on the world in this ?" so how about going out and treating yourself to make you feel like you could take on the world ! . Or like a princess, I also like to feel like a princess... or both ! Yeah definitely go for a mix of both hehe ! It doesn't have to be clothes, just go out and treat yourself to a few bits and bobs that make you feel happy :)

Spa Day - Why not go and relax with a pamper session? There are always loads of great deals for money off spa treatments if you look online and it's so nice to spend a day refreshing yourself so you feel amazing when you leave !

Swimming - Even just going for a swim and spending some time with yourself can be a great way to feel good , plus the exercise means your body will release feel good endorphin's so you'll be in a great mood after wards .

Movie Night - For me, being cuddled up on the sofa in fresh pyjamas with chocolate ice cream and a comedy on sounds like a great night . You watch your favorite movie or box set and just enjoy nobody talking over the tv ;)

What are your ideas for self dates ? Share them in the comments so that we can build up a big bank of them for people to refer to :) For more ideas, watch Rainbow Rose Blossoms videos , they're filled with inspiration <3

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 

lots of love, Marianne xxx

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Self Love and Eclairs | The Positivity Diaries

Hello ! 

This weeks been good but I've been snowed under with college work but I'm getting through it and between french grammar sheets and psychology text books I still found something good in everyday . I can't wait to hear three good things from your week in the comments , here's my positivity diary :)

Monday : I really liked the poem we studied in English

Tuesday : I learnt a pretty piece at my Piano lesson

Wednesday : I started making myself a revision plan

Thursday : My girlfriend bought me a super cute knew planner <3

Friday : I had a chocolate eclair ( My favorite ) :)

Saturday : I watched an AMAZING Tedx Talk, seriously you have got to watch this it was one of the most powerful and interesting talks on self love that I've watched.

Sunday : My mum liked the cake I made her for mothers day . Happy mothers day !

Let me know in the comments three good things that happened in your week so we can make our communal positivity  diary together :)

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 

lots of love, Marianne xxx

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Hopeful Notes | Random Acts Of Kindness

The idea of hopeful notes started with Carrie Hope Fletcher and her followers 'The Hopefuls' who decided to leave post it notes everywhere and anywhere with positive quotes and messages for strangers to find that will hopefully make them smile. All you really need for this is a pad of post it notes ( .... well that's £1 if that ... ) and a pen ( ... you can steal that from work , you know, in the name of kindness and all that ;) . I wrote a post a few months ago with detailed instructions and lots of ideas for hopeful notes which you can find here. And if you're stuck for positive quotes to write on them then check out my post, Positive Quotes For Hopeful Notes!  I often write about 50-100 of them and  go out for a whole days to cover a town in them. It gives you so much positive energy to commit a random act of kindness and you can leave them anywhere at anytime ! If you're bored on the bus, find a piece of scrap paper in your bag, write a sweet message and leave it on your seat and who knows whos day you might make !

So this week go out and leave at least one nice note for a stranger , if you write @thehopefulnotes on the top of the note the recipient might even share it onto the hopeful notes twitter page !

Let me know in the comments what positive quote you'd want to share with a stranger or what message you'd write on a hopeful note :)

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 

Lots of love, Marianne xxx