Planning My Summer Reading!

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Hey, book worms! It’s Lora.

I’m more than happy now because my main exams are over and I won’t be stressed and anxious all the time! I’m currently waiting for my results. I’ve got my fingers crossed and I’m hoping that everything will be okay. (btw yesterday I found a lucky four-leaf clover, so that’s a good sign) The last exam for the season is my English PET Cambridge exam which is on 9th and 10th June.

At the moment I’m trying to focus on relaxation and getting enough rest, so I started planning my summer reading and listing all of the books I would like to read. There are some which I’ve been wanting to read for a long time and others which I’ve just discovered. My summer 2017 will definitely include spending time in the local library and exploring its endless shelves full of wonderful books. Here’s a list of some of them:

wtj.jpg 1. “Wreck This Journal” – Keri Smith

This journal includes different instructions on how to fill in the pages, make a mess or just destroy it. Poking holes into the paper, taking a shower with the book or spilling coffee all over it are only some of the fun activities which you can do. It’s not much of a book to read but a book to experience. At the moment I really need something like this to help me relieve the stress and keep me busy. I’m DEFINITELY buying this one next week as I can’t wait to destroy it and go through the journey. πŸ™‚ The picture below shows what someone’s journal looks like before and after the transformation! I love it!

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8726915 2. “Billionaire Boy”- David Walliams

I’ve already bought this book but I didn’t have the time to read it. I’ll be reading it in English, not in Bulgarian, because I want to practice my English skills and enlarge my vocabulary. The book tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy whose name is Joe Spud. He has everything you can possibly imagine except a friend. But everything changes when he finds someone who likes him for who he is, not for what he has. I’m excited to read the story because I’ve read David Walliams’s “Demon Dentist” and it was one of the funniest books ever!

 

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11387515 3.”Wonder”- R.J. Palacio

“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

The book is about Auggie who was born with a facial deformity. He’s about to start 5th grade in a new school and it’s really hard for him to be the outsider in his class. The reviews which I’ve read about “Wonder” on Goodreads are awesome and the story sounds really interesting, so I’ll try to read it this summer.

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8238711ffb48cd6eaa51b5b7dfda495e 4. “13 Reasons Why” – Jay Asher

The book tells the story of Hannah Baker who committed suicide. She records several cassette tapes before she dies and sends them to his classmate Clay Jensen. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons (13 people) why she decided to end her life and he is one of them.

“13 Reasons Why” is definitely in my ”must read” list for summer 2017. I’ve heard and read so many opinions about it and I just want to figure it out for myself. The Netflix series made me want to read it even more as I enjoy reading the story first and then, seeing the film. It will be a nice reminder for me that every single action affects somebody else’s life.

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16068905.jpg 5. “Fangirl” – Rainbow Rowell

Some people say that Rainbow Rowell’s writing style is similar to Jennifer Niven’s, so I’ll probably enjoy it. I liked the author’s review of the book which you can see here. It’s about a girl, Cath, who is a big fan of the star Simon Snow since she was a little child. Her twin sister, Wren, has grown away from the fandom and doesn’t want Cath to be her roommate while they’re in college. But Cath can’t let go and she has to conquer her fears all on her own. I’ll try to find “Fangirl” in the library as I’m not willing to buy it. I hope I’ll enjoy it as much as “All The Bright Places”.


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This is just a small part of my Summer 2017 Reading List. I’m planning to spend a lot of time reading during the vacation, so I’ll be sharing with you my reviews, ratings and opinions. I know that I haven’t done the Book Worm Rating since last July which is so bad. I’ll do my best to start writing the series again. If you have any book recommendations, I would love to see them in the comment section below. And whether you’re searching for more book worm content, you can find it here: Reading Spot! Wishing you a lovely day!

xoxo, Lora

Easter 2017: Eggs and celebrations!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…)

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For those who don’t celebrate Easter in this way, leave me a comment below and tell me more about your traditions at home. πŸ™‚ 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!

xoxo, Lora

Adventures in Sofia

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? πŸ˜‰

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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. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ 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!!!

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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.

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“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

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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 cafΓ© I tried to write down in my notebook everything that Paradox said, so I can remember it and practice it.

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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…

xoxo, Lora

How I Started Planning ~ How I Make My Planner Spreads

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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. πŸ™‚ 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.

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After that, I cut banners out of self-adhesive paper, so it’s easier for me to stick them to the pages.

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Next, I put some sticky notes between the banners on which I write the most important thing for the day.

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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.

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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. πŸ™‚

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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.

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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.

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That’s everything! I’m ready! Here’s a picture of the final result and some of my previous planner spreads.

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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!

xoxo, Lora

2017: My New Year’s Resolutions

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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. πŸ™‚

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!

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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” (ΠΌΠ°Ρ‚ΡƒΡ€ΠΈ). 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.

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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!” πŸ™‚

xoxo, Lora

My Favourite Choreography of All Time…

Hey! I’ll just leave you the video here… I’m speechless. THIS is Art… Truly my favourite choreography of all time. I wish I was there to learn it with these amazing dancers. Have an inspirational day! xoxo, Lora

Awesome Mug Cake Recipes!!

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Hey, world! It’s Lora.

I’ve never heard of “cake in a mug” recipes before and I was very surprised that there’s such a thing. As some of you may know, I’m a huge fan of hot chocolate and I drink it almost every day. So I was curious to find out more about these delicious cakes. I searched for recipes and I found some awesome ones which are worth trying. Real cakes are definitely better than mug cakes but they’re a nice treat if you are in a hurry. Down below you can see some of my favourites:

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Mug cakes are great for the cold winter days and I’m probably going to make some more of those. πŸ™‚ I’m currently posting a lot of photos on my Instagram, so you can follow me there – @loriveleva. I would love to read your thoughts, so don’t forget to leave me a comment. Have a wonderful day!

xoxo, Lora

What I got for Christmas :)

Hey, world! It’s Lora.

Christmas is that magical time of the year in which we can spend some quality time with our families and enjoy the little moments. It is also the best time for exchanging gifts.

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The first thing is this awesome little backpack with floral print. We call it “meshka” in Bulgaria. I have been wanting one of those bags for so long and I finally have it. It’s perfect for my dance classes because I can put my dance shoes and water bottle in it.

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I also got this pyjama which I absolutely love. The top has cute cartoon sheep on it and the bottom part has red and white stripes. I don’t know if I’m the only one but pyjamas are something I love to receive. πŸ˜€

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I received a wonderful book (“The Art of Drawing”) all about the drawing techniques. As you may know, I’m keen on drawing and often do it in my spare time. This book will definitely help me to improve my skills and create better art. There’s also a nice little notebook. I haven’t decided what to use it for but if you have any suggestions, I would love to read them in the comments.

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Another thing is this giant encyclopedia about the universe. I started reading it yesterday and I learned a lot so far. Β I got this package of my favourite cream fudge candies. If anyone’s wondering – you can get them from “Lidl” stores.

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I also received the “UNO” game. I played it a few times with my family and we had so much fun. And of course, there isn’t a great party without the “BeanBoozled” candies. “BeanBoozled” is more of a game than anything else actually.Β In the photo below you can see the crazy flavors that come in this box. They are all mixed up with some normal flavors so it’s a mystery as to which flavor you’ll actually get. First, I was scared to try them out but it was actually fun!

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And finally…this little ring which you can see in the bottom of the photo. It’s black and it has a triangle charm on it. I can actually say that this is one of my favourite presents. I hope you liked this post. Leave me a comment below and tell me what did you receive for Christmas. Wishing you wonderful holidays! ❀

xoxo, Lora

~My Christmas Holidays~

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Hey, world! It’s Lora.

Merry Christmas, everyone! I’m so thankful to all “My Messy Blog” visitors and I’m wishing you a lot of happiness and wonderful moments spent with your families. Thanks for your support and kind words! This school year was very stressful so far. Happily, it’s that time of the year in which I can finally have a rest and be with my family.

Let me tell you about my Christmas. It all started on 24th December (the first day of our vacation). Mum, dad, my brother and I wanted to spend the holidays with our grandparents who live in a different town – Montana, so we packed some luggage and started our trip. On our way to Montana we stopped at Starbucks and as you may know, I’m a big coffee lover. I just couldn’t help trying the Caramel Machiato drink in their new X-mas cups. We then travelled for 4 hours and basically spent Christmas Eve on the road. But it was worth it because I finally got the chance to see grandpa and grandma. ❀

I was curious to learn more about Santa Claus’s journey and I found this awesome site NoradSanta.OrgΒ which keeps track of his magical sleigh. I watched him live and it was awesome! We also had a wonderful dinner with the whole family.

On the next morning, my brother and I woke up early and started opening our presents. I received fantastic gifts which I’m very thankful for. I spend the day talking with everyone on different topics and playing games with my cousins. Christmas is definitely my favourite holiday! ❀ Wishing you warmth, happiness and beautiful moments! Merry Christmas!

xoxo, Lora

Those Winter Days…

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Hey, world! It’s Lora.

I just wanted to wish you a happy Monday…tho it wasn’t very happy for me. We had an extremely important exam and I was very nervous. I studied more than 7 hours yesterday and I really hope that my final grade will be good.

I had a lot of work to do during the past month and my free time was limited. Thanks God Christmas is coming very soon and we’re having a winter holiday. This time of the year is definitely my favourite. Whether I’m wrapped in blankets drinking hot chocolate or playing with the snow outside. I can enjoy my dog’s company or read an interesting book. ❀ I can find inspiration everywhere!

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In winter, I usually study with my dog right beside me. She somehow keeps me relaxed and that’s what I like about her.

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I also had a lot of dance classes this month. We’re currently training for a special Christmas dance concert and I’m very excited to be a part of it. ❄ How are your winter days going? I would love to read your comments!

xoxo, Lora