Hey, world! It’s Lora.
I’ve been enjoying the summer time a lot lately and I’ve found plenty of time to read and check some books off my summer reading list. (click the link to see it!) As I finished “Billionaire Boy” the other day, I decided to type a short review of it. 🙂
Okay, so first I would like to mention that this was the second book, written by David Walliams, I’ve read. The first one was “Demon Dentist” which had a really interesting storyline and characters. One thing I noticed about Walliams’s writing style was that it was very similar to Roald Dhal’s. As Roald Dhal is one of my most favourite authors, it was quite easy for me to get into the story and follow the plot.
Title: “Billionaire Boy”
Author: David Walliams
Genre: Children’s, Fiction, Humor
Rating: 4 ⁄ 5 stars
“Billionaire Boy” tells the story of 12-year-old Joe Spud whose father invented the half-dry-half-moist toilet paper and became a billionaire. Joe has everything you can imagine (and everything you can’t even imagine): a formula racing car, his own orang-utan butler, a real-life shark in a tank, every video game in the world, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and so on… But there’s one thing he doesn’t have but really wants – a friend.
That’s why he insists on going to a normal public school, and not a rich private one. Joe also decides to hide the fact that he is a billionaire, so he can find someone who likes him for his personality, not for his money. During the first school day, he finds a friend, Bob, who doesn’t suspect anything. Even when Bob finds out Joe’s secret, he still wants to be his friend. As the story goes on, Joe Spud runs into some problems and adventures and finds out that true friendship can never be bought with money. The plot twist at the end is kind of predictable but touching at the same time. David Walliams displays the ideas of loyalty and trust in a brilliant way while including some humour. 🙂
A heart-warming, entertaining and humourous book. I recommend it to every child who is willing to explore the mysteries of wealth, every teenager who needs a reminder of what true friendship is, and every adult who wants to have a good laugh. 🙂
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
Looks like Bulgaria has given us a very hot and sunny weather lately and I’m loving it! 😉 I’m definitely going to take advantage of it as I have some awesome road trips and activities planned. However, one of my favourite things to do in summer is listening to music… NON-STOP! (especially when I’m travelling) So why not make a list of my favourite summer tunes, right?
Bellyache (Marian Hill Remix) – Billie Eilish
“Sittin’ all alone, mouth full of gum, in the driveway. My friends aren’t far in the back of my car, lay their bodies…”
I recently found Billie Eilish’s music and I’m so happy about it because it’s very unique and different. Honestly, I have to say that I enjoyed the remix more than the original song. It has a great rhythm and I’m planning to do a choreography on it. Let’s see how it turns out! 😀
Ocean Eyes – Billie Eilish
“I’ve been watching you for some time. Can’t stop staring at those oceans eyes…”
Another one of Billie Eilish’s great songs but it’s slower and there are mostly vocals.
Rodena Takava – DARA
“Там има някой, който да ѝ отива, да отваря вратата пред нея и да я разсмива…”
This is a Bulgarian song with a very catchy beat. I watched DARA perform it live at a concert in my town and I couldn’t help but dance! ❤
Can’t Get Enough – Basenji
“I can’t get enough of you. Oh, I’m falling into this again…”
I heard this song for the first time in my favourite film – “Nerve” (it’s in the soundtrack). Since then, I can’t stop listening to it.
Ne Si Za Men – Kristian Kostov
“Понякога искам да те прегърна. Понякога бягам и пак обръщам се назад…”
Another Bulgarian song on the list – the debut of Kristian Kostov (who, in case you didn’t know, won 2nd place in Eurovision 2017). I like the rhythm and the lyrics.
Feel It Still (Lido Remix) – Portugal. The Man
“Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now. I been feeling it since 1966, now. Might be over now, but I feel it still…”
I’m in love with this one because of its energetic beat and summerish feeling. Plus, the remix is FIRE!!
Leave me a comment with YOUR favourite summer song, so I can listen to it. You can also follow me on Instagram (@my.messy.blog) because I post a lot of cool stuff there too. If you’re interested in seeing my last year’s summer playlist, here’s a link: A Summer Playlist 2016. Wishing all of you a lovely day! ❤
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
As you all know, I really love dancing! Being able to express myself in such an awesome way is what makes dancing so special for me. But there might be quite a few awkward situations which dancers can’t avoid. So this post is dedicated to those exact struggles which you may have experienced if you are a dancer. Let’s just laugh together! 😀
1. When you miss one class and they’ve learned an entire routine
Let me just… burn in hell.
2. When no one remembers the dance
I guess this happens way too often during rehearsals for concerts or performances and we all just look at each other like: ”What is happening?”
3. Having to response to everything with “I can’t, I have dance”
Oh, those iconic six words… Personal Life < DANCE
4. Doing a choreography in your head instead of paying attention to the class
5. When you have to change your clothes for every dance in the concert over a short period of time
I always feel like Usain Bolt when I’m running from the stage to the dressing room to change my costume. 😀 Quick changes (as they call them) are the worst!
6. Feeling like you’re really rocking the dance but then watching the video and being disappointed
Basically the story of my life. Every time I decide to record myself, that’s how I think I look like when I’m dancing:
That’s how I actually look like:
7. When the teacher says “One last time!” = 648 times
It’s never the last time!
8. Dancing to the songs in the supermarket
Every time I go to the supermarket, they are always playing the songs which we use for our dances. So I end up doing the choreographies in the middle of the shop.
9. Hanging around in public with your stage make-up on after a performance
People are sometimes scared of me…
10. When you have so many inside jokes with your crew, that it’s difficult for other people to understand you
I feel like we don’t communicate like normal people anymore because of all the inside jokes that we have. But that’s a result of everything that we have experienced together. 😀
I rarely make dance-related publications. If you enjoyed reading it, leave me a comment, so I can make more posts about dancing. You can also check out my previous post: 15 Struggles Only Book Worms Understand! Wishing you a lovely day!
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
GUYS, IT’S FINALLY SUMMER AND I CAN’T BE HAPPIER ABOUT IT! ❤ I finished ALL of my exams (including the English PET Cambridge exam) and I can now enjoy my free time without worrying about anything. If you still have tests going on at your school, I’ve got my fingers crossed for you because I know the struggle. Everything will be fine, trust me! ❤ It’s been a long and tough school year. However, I’ve never been so excited about the upcoming summer days. That’s why I wanted to show you some marvelous ways to make your summer a little bit more awesome. In this post I’ve also included several activities which I personally love to do in this season, so I hope you’ll like them too. Let’s start!
Many people choose to be lazy in summer but staying active is really important for you and your body. It may sound like a cliché but it actually isn’t. 🙂 Taking advantage of the good weather and using it to do a sport will definitely be a plus for you. A great way to stay active in summer is to join a camp or a sporting activity. The possibilities are endless. You can always search online or visit the local sports centre to see if there’s a camp or a course in your area. Last summer, I did this and I found a dance group which I joined. About two months later, I also attended a dance camp and it was so much fun! Even if you are not keen on camps and courses, you can always do some of these activities with your friends:
- riding bicycles
- hiking in the mountains/ having a walk in the forest
- playing volleyball in teams
- jogging together
PLANNING YOUR SUMMER READING
That’s definitely something I love to do in the beginning of every summer vacation. I simply create a list which includes the books I would like to read in the summer. Sometimes I use Goodreads (which in case you don’t know is a really cool website for bookworms) to challenge myself to read as many books as I can by setting a “goal” in the Goodreads system.
Our school has a required summer reading list to complete. However, I enjoy creating my own. Sharing the books you’ve read with your friends and spending time in the local library (which I just looove to do) are two awesome summer activities for you to try out!
EATING FRESH FRUIT
I don’t wanna sound like your grandma but there’s a variety of fresh fruits growing during the summer (especially here, in Bulgaria). And I particularly love sneaking into my grandpa’s garden and picking off some berries or figs. I recently found some wonderful lemonade recipes on Pinterest which are perfect for the hot summer days. You can make them with different fruits and flavours, so don’t mind clicking this link and checking them out! 🙂
HAVE A BONFIRE OR A PICNIC
Bonfires are my guilty pleasure! It’s not like I love to light up things on fire… *awkward silence*… I actually do! (especially if they are my ripped up old homework) 😀
However, my family, friends and I do this every summer and it always turns out great. On my last birthday grandpa lit up a campfire and we roasted steaks and s’mores. I highly recommend you trying out the idea this summer. I guarantee you that it will be lots of fun! Even if you’re not a fan of bonfires, you can always find a peaceful place for you and your friends to make a picnic.
SEND LETTERS TO YOUR FRIENDS
Sending real letters to your friends (a.k.a. using the “snail mail” = letters delivered by postal delivery services) is one of my most favourite summer activities. If you’ve never sent a letter through the post, I challenge you to do it this summer! It’s a more personable way to communicate with somebody and keep in touch with everything that’s happening in their life. You can decorate your letter or put something else in the envelope (a bracelet or a packet of candies). Plus, the letters you’ve already received are a great summer memory. You betta keep them! 😉
Well… I hope you enjoyed reading my super duper long post. Let me know in the comments what is YOUR favourite summer activity and if you’d like me to post more of these! ❤ Wishing you a lovely day!
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In a few hours I’ll become a schnauzer lover without a schnauzer. Just like an art admirer without any piece in their home. In a few hours, for some, I will become a hypocrite and in n less than three I will be boarding a plane saying my final goodbye. It’s funny how change is just a phone call away. Just yesterday I was living in a world where my boy wasn’t suffering and now I was forced to accept a truth nobody wants to hear. His time is limited. Jack has begun to suffer more and more convulsions the voice of the veterinarian was explaining miles away.
I was stuck between the sword and the wall. In each option Jack’s health and happiness was in jeopardy and my mine concern. One of life hardest decisions had to be made and the responsibility laid on me. I bought the…
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Hey, world! It’s Lora. ❤
I finally managed to write a new blog post (yay!)… which is very rare for me lately. As you already know, I’m having three extremely important exams this year in May and I’m struggling with finding time for my hobbies.
*says she doesn’t have free time*
*keeps sitting on the couch and scrolling through Instagram posts*
Anyways… As Easter is one of my favourite holidays, I decided to make a post all about my Easter 2017 celebrations. In Bulgaria we decorate and dye chicken eggs in different colours for the occasion. There’s also a tradition where each person hits the other person’s hard-boiled egg with their own. This is known as “egg tapping” (peep the link for some more interesting info) The egg which didn’t crack is the winner. If your egg is strong and beats the others, it means you’ll be healthy during the whole year. This year I wanted to improvise a little with the egg decorations and make my eggs look funkier. So here are some techniques I created and tried.
My first idea was to make colourful sprinkles on the egg. I also added some sparkly details with a fabric paint pen. The consistency that comes out of this pen is super squishy but when it dries out, it looks really cool.
The next idea is totally my favourite! ❤ I basically found it on Pinterest but I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. The eggs should look like sleeping girls after the transformation. The design is beautiful and plain – that’s exactly why I like it. And you’ll only need a permanent marker of your choice to create it. When I finished drawing the face of the girl, I drew a flower crown and added dots in pastel colours with a cotton bud.
After that, I decorated a few eggs using a traditional Bulgarian technique. I put on a glove and coloured it with paints in different colours. There are no rules, so I just experimented and created a mess. When I was ready, I started holding the egg in my hand, so the paint can leave some colourful patterns on it.
My little brother loves dragons and dinosaurs. That’s why I created a design that looks just like a dino egg. I used the technique with the glove ↑ to paint the eggs. Then, I sticked on some googly eyes, added thorns on the back and funny faces, so they can look just like dinosaurs. (…what was I thinking? dinosaurs can’t make silly faces…)
For those who don’t celebrate Easter in this way, leave me a comment below and tell me more about your traditions at home. 🙂 I would love to read your thoughts and learn how you celebrated this lovely holiday. I hope I’ll find more free time for my blog very soon! Bye, guys!
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
I haven’t been posting for a long time and I’ve been missing blogging so much. A lot of things are happening in my life now and I’m struggling with the problem of finding time for everything. Anyways, I was in Sofia (the capital of Bulgaria) about two weeks ago on 18th March and I feel like this was one of the best days in 2017 for me so far. I had so much fun, so why not make a post about it, right? 😉
We left from Plovdiv early in the morning and arrived in Sofia at about 10.30h. Our first destination was IKEA and I couldn’t be happier about it because I love going there. IKEA is big but manageable. I like to just look around at their inspiration and see what new products they have. Before we got there I took a look at their catalog and made a wish list with all of the stuff I wanted, so I was well-prepared for the adventure. 🙂 I got an awesome pillow with a cat print on it, a strawberry scented candle, a rug and frames for my new drawings.
We had lunch there too and I won’t lie saying that those Swedish meals with meatballs covered in gravy and fries are totally the bomb! 🙂 I really enjoyed spending the morning in this awesome place and finding inspiration to redesign my room at home. When we got out of IKEA, dad drove me to a dance hall in the center of Sofia. And guess what was I going to do there?…. TAKE A WORKSHOP FROM THE DANCE LEGEND KEVIN PARADOX!!!
Honestly, I’ve never believed that going to one of Kevin Paradox’s classes will ever become a reality. But it actually happened and during this workshop I was the happiest person on Earth. I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from such an amazing person and dancer. I was really excited when I entered the dance hall. They gave me a red pass bracelet and I started searching for my friends in the crowd. They were all so satisfied and nervous at the same time (just like me). Then, Kevin Paradox came in and the workshop began a few minutes after that. He didn’t teach us a choreography. He talked a lot about the history of dance and about having better control of our moves while we’re dancing. Paradox taught us about the 6 different parts of our body – head, shoulders, corpus, pelvis, knees and feet; and we worked a lot with each part. We had to do some really interesting and challenging tasks connected with freestyling. The whole workshop was so cool! Everything that I learned there, from information to techniques, will be very useful for me in the future as I’m planning to continue growing in dancing. In the end, I had the chance to take a picture with him and catch this precious moment.
“Just like a movie is 1000’s of pictures put together. Dance is a 1000’s of poses put after each other. Every pose tells a different story.
If you change the poses of your dance, you can change your dance and always create something new.” – Kevin Paradox
That’s a picture of me and my dance buddies with Kevin Paradox. After the most amazing workshop I’ve ever went to, my family and I went to Starbucks to celebrate this great day. I tried the Burnt Caramel Frappuccino for the first time and I really liked it. While we were sitting in the café I tried to write down in my notebook everything that Paradox said, so I can remember it and practice it.
This day was all I could ask for and I’m grateful for everything that happened on 18th March 2017. A day full of new experiences, emotions and activities spent with my favourite people…
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
As you probably noticed, I haven’t been posting for about a month because I’ve been very busy lately. I’ll try to be active and provide you with more interesting content. 🙂 Today’s post is connected with planning. This is something I’ve never written about in my blog but I’ve been using a planner since September. I was inspired by Haley Pham (my favourite youtuber) and her amazing “Erin Condren” planner. I love keeping everything organized and I thought that this would be perfect for me. I am also a fan of everything handmade, so creating my own planner sounded awesome to me. And that’s how it all started…
I used a big notebook and just decorated the cover. In this post I’ll try to show you the process of making the planner spreads. I start by drawing the boxes with a colourful crayon. I choose a different colour every time.
After that, I cut banners out of self-adhesive paper, so it’s easier for me to stick them to the pages.
Next, I put some sticky notes between the banners on which I write the most important thing for the day.
When I’m ready with the layout. I start writing and decorating. I create the to-do lists for each day and write down all of the events that are going to happen during the week.
I also put the dates above the banners (for example – 17th Monday) and decorate them with different designs. The picture below shows some of the designs that I’ve done before. The days of the week are written in Bulgarian, so you probably can’t read them. 🙂
As you have noticed, I made two banners on the left side which I left empty. I use them to write my goals for the week and some blog ideas. I sometimes put a picture or a quote that will keep me motivated throughout the week.
I have a few packets with a variety of different stickers and I love to put them in my planner spreads. I also use a lot of colourful markers and pens, so my activities and tasks are organized by colours.
That’s everything! I’m ready! Here’s a picture of the final result and some of my previous planner spreads.
This was my first planner post ever. I’m willing to make more of these because I’m slowly becoming a real planner addict. I hope you enjoyed seeing my planning routine. I would love to read your comments and thoughts, so don’t forget to leave them below. I recently made an Instagram account of my blog (@my.messy.blog) and you can follow me there too. Bye, guys!
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
It’s 2017 and I’m really excited to start this new adventure, achieve my goals and conquer my fears. I hope that this year will be very successful and full of happiness…even if it isn’t, I’ll make it! ❤ I hate when people say: “new year, new me”. Everyone is still the same and nothing has changed, unless you do it! So think of the new year as a fresh start and a new beginning. Make your life better, try new things and don’t complain because everything is in your hands. In this post, I’ll try to show my new year’s resolutions and goals, so let’s start!
1. Get more sleep!
This is something I’ve always wanted to achieve. I go to bed late almost every day and that’s my worst habit. I study a lot because I want to have good marks and because of that, I’m not getting enough sleep. This is really bad for my body because I’m still 13 and I’m growing. I’ll definitely try to change it and get enough sleep.
2. Go to The Center Summer Dance Camp 2017
As you may know, I often go to dance camps which are organized by the dance school I go to. So I really want to attend the next one in September. That would be awesome because I learn a lot during these camps and I find new friends. We have classes with many different choreographers. Having the opportunity to experience all of this, helps me grow as a dancer and improve my skills. If you want to learn more, you can check out my post about the last camp I went to. 🙂
3. Get my PET certificate of English
I’ve been studying English for about eight years and I love it. I already have 3 certificates and this year, I’m going to have an exam for the level PET (Preliminary English Test – B1). I’m currently preparing and studying for it. The exam will be in June, so wish me good luck!
(my planer! featuring my new year’s eve plan & my new year’s resolutions)
4. Reach 400 followers
Blogging is something very special for me. I share all of my adventures in life in my blog. My goal this year is to engage as many people as I can in this journey… and make them feel like home here. “My Messy Blog” is growing and I’m very proud of it. I’ll try to reach 400 followers in 2017 and let’s hope that my dream will come true.
5. Have good marks on my final exams
In Bulgaria, all of the seventh-graders take really important exams in the end of the year which are called “maturi” (матури). There are three exams – Bulgarian Language, Maths and English. You have to be prepared very well for them because your final result will tell in which high school you’re going to study for the next 5 years. So you probably understand why I’m so worried. My goal is to have good marks on them. I have to work very hard to achieve this but I’m sure that I can do it and I won’t give up!
6. Visit a foreign country
Believe me or not, I’ve never been abroad…. I’ve always wanted to visit a foreign country and I hope that this year, I’ll finally have the opportunity to travel abroad. I would love to see Rome, Paris or Amsterdam, but my dream is to go to Rio de Janeiro.
I’m sure that the best is yet to come and I’ll try to be positive this year. So should I say…”Hello, 2017! Hope you’ll be a good one!” 🙂