There’s No Place Like Home.

Yes I know, my blog has been dead for months now. I am back to revive it! I have been really busy with exams, thank goodness they are over now. So now my summer has started, I’m re-starting my blog. Today’s blog post is one of my answers in an English paper. I really love this piece of writing so I decided to share it with you. Enjoy!

‘There’s no place like home’, do you agree with this saying?

Home. Is there any other place like it?

Home is where I can see the faces of my loved ones. The people in my home are precious to me, the price of their love is far above rubies. When I am home, everything is familiar to me. The world may throw confusement, questions and worries at me, but my home can block all of it. I can wrap myself in a cacoon of love and gentleness until the world has been defeated in the battle.

At home, the constant chitter-chatter rings like a bell through every wall. I like this sound. It delivers a message to me that I am not alone. 

My home is one bursting with music. Melodious singing and heavenly harmonies can be heard always. Whether it is a hum of a song, or a chord on the piano, the music speaks to me.

Walking through my home, scents whirl around the air in front of me. I smell the comforting scent of a home cooked meal. Made with love and prepared by busy hands. I smell the floral scent of the candle that was flickering, almost dancing, in the dim light of the night before. The smell lingers and sticks to my clothes.

At home, I can feel comfortable. Here, I know that I am accepted for who I am. I do not have to try and be like anyone else. Only me. The feeling of contentment embraces my whole body, from the top of my head to my toes. It feels like a hug. A warm, fuzzy and affectionate hug.

In my home, my family are together with one heart. It is as if our hearts have been carefully stitched together with a precise needle, to be made as one. We know each others needs, we know each others intentions, we know each other.

Home. The place where I can find utter joy. Inside my home is everything I want and need. My home is my refuge from the storm. Let the rain batter against the windows, let the wind bang on every door. I am safe inside my home. That is why there is no place like home. Home is where I feel loved, where I feel safe, where I find joy. No other place in the entire world can beat the place where I call home. 

Love Grace x

March Playlist

I CANNOT BELIEVE IT’S ALREADY APRIL. It makes me very happy because my birthday is fast approaching! 

So after uploading my February playlist, I realised I really need to broaden my music horizon, and listen to other songs that aren’t from musicals (not that I’ve listened to musicals any less than I normally do…)! So in March I tried my very hardest to find new music I love. There’s still mostly songs from musicals, but I’m taking steps, people. Baby steps.

~Divide album- Ed Sheeran (I literally love every single song in the album so I couldn’t pick just one!)

~Beautiful Little Fools- Jorja Smith

~Liability- Lorde

~How Does A Moment Last Forever- Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack

~Pulled- Addams Family The Musical 

~Issues- Julia Michaels

~Symphony- Clean Bandit, Zara Larsson

~Make Me (Cry)- Noah Cyrus

~Hopelessly Devoted To You- Daisy Clark


Love Grace xx


My Family’s Favourite Musicals

First things first, I’m so sorry for being MIA… I could try and make it better with excuses, but I won’t bore you! Anyway, I’m definitely going to get back into the blogging schedule. I really love blogging and I’m really grateful for the followers I have, so I’m not giving up on this blog.


 I’ve been wanting to do this post for so long now, after My Musical Theatre Life‘s blog post inspired me to do something like this.

You’ve probably had enough of me blabbing on about my favourite musicals, so today I asked everyone in my family about their favourite musicals! 

My Fair Lady                                                                                                                                                                    

Dad

“I always wanted to sing ‘On the street where you live’ live on stage. Henry Higgins’ songs are great, I love the irony of ‘Why can’t the English?’ and ‘A Hymn to Him (why can’t a woman be more like a man?). I also love the touching sentiment of ‘I’ve grown accustomed to her face’.

I completely agree! It’s really fun to watch it with Dad because he knows nearly every word! I love every song, I also love how feisty Eliza Doolittle is! A timeless musical….


Les Miserables

Mum

“Les Miserable has ‘Bring Him Home’ in, which is one of my favourite songs. I’ve seen it live so it always makes me appreciate musicals on the stage. Another reason I love it is because for my birthday and anniversary one year, the kids all bought the dvd for me and we watched it together.”

Such an amazing musical! I’m very jealous she has seen it on stage… I think it’s one of the most powerful musicals there are. It’s incredible that they can express these emotions with no dialogue, but with only singing and beautiful music.




La La Land  


Ben (Brother)

A near perfect modern spin on an decades old art form!”

I absolutely love this musical. The story. The musical. Everything! The Audition song has to be my favourite.


Singin’ In The Rain


Josh (Brother)

“Singing in the rain!! It’s da best as der is splashing n water n rain n singing, it’s just da bezt!”

Josh is 24 and in University. Yet he still can never give me a serious answer. But I also love singing in the rain!  I love that it’s such a happy musical. A classic.



Mary Poppins


Anu (Sister-in-law)

“I’m going to say Mary Poppins as it reminds me of my childhood and brings back lovely memories.”

I can’t remember this musical much because it’s been so long since I’ve last seen it. but I do remember how magical it is. It’s a mysterious yet really upbeat musical.


Moulin Rouge


Alex (Sister-in-law)

“I love Moulin Rouge! Romance, comedy, timeless songs and a tragic ending. An emotional rollercoaster!”

I’ve never actually seen this musical, or know any songs from it, But it sounds good!


Oliver!


Emily (Sister)

“Oliver. I love the time period and the songs. It’s gritty and horrible at times but then they all break out in song. Amazing!”

I watched Oliver! for the first time not long ago. I was amazed. The story had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The music and choreography brings a whole new amazing element to Charles Dickens story. So good!


Sunshine On Leith


Alice (Sister)

 “My favourite musical is Sunshine On Leith, because it’s the best and it makes me happy!”

If I’m honest, this is definitely not one of my favourites. But she loves it! It’s definitely a happy musical…


Me

I can’t possibly choose! All of them are my favourite.


I really enjoyed writing this post, I found it really interesting to find out their favourite musicals. It’s crazy how one musical can mean something really special to one person. It’s why I love them so much!

Love Grace xx



Chocolate Chip Welshcakes

Hello lovely people!

Last week, Wales celebrated St David’s day. My favourite part of the day has to be eating far too many welshcakes, but it’s okay because you can just blame that you’re patriotic and not greedy. Right?

So I wanted to share with all of you my welshcakes recipe! Traditionally, welshcakes are made with raisins, but I’m not a fan of raisins so I replace them with chocolate! So feel free to use raisins if you prefer. As always, this recipe is vegan! So let’s get on with the recipe…

You will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • A splash of milk of choice

Measure all of your ingredients into a large mixing bowl, apart from the chocolate chips. 


Then it’s time to get your hands dirty and rub the mixture together with your fingers until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add your chocolate chips (or raisins). Add a small dash of milk, just enough to bind the mixture and stir it in. It should be dry enough so that it doesn’t stick to the bowl, but wet enough so it can be rolled into a ball.



Flour up your work surface and your rolling pin. Roll the dough out until it’s about 1cm thick. Use your cookie cutter to cut the welshcakes out.



Heat up a griddle or a non-stick frying pan and grease it with a little butter. Wait until it’s heated up nicely and then place your welshcakes on to cook. Cook them just so they’re golden on each side. Be careful not to burn them as I did with my first batch!


Once they’re all cooked, sprinkle caster sugar on top of all of them and then they’re done!

 

These are seriously so yummy. They definitely went down well in my house! Let me know if you’ve decided to try these out, I’d love to know what you think.

Love Grace xx

International Women’s Day.

 “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” 


I know it’s a day late but happy international women’s day!

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continue’s to grow from strength to strength.

I am so proud to be a woman. Do you realise how incredible you are? The world needs women. It needs women who build eachother up, and not tear eachother down. It needs women who bring up children to be good, honest and compassionate people. We have divine qualities that make us who we are. 

Nothing saddens me more than when girls do not know of their own worth. I think especially teenagers constantly put themselves down and think that they are not good enough. In a world where you have to be stick thin, flawless, beautiful and talented to be seen as ‘perfect’, it is hard to think you’re good enough. Nobody is perfect, and who can decide what ‘perfect’ actually means? I hate when people always want to be someone else, there is only one of you in the world so WHY would you want to be anyone else? Love who you are, love what you look like, and just love you!

Liv Arnesen said “When you feel your heart beating hard or your blood running fast, you have found something important. Create room for it.”. She and Ann Bancroft were the first two women to cross Antarctica on foot. Despite them being ridiculed and criticised, they were determined women and made their dreams come true.
Miriam Makeba said “I’m going to go on singing, telling the truth.”. Growing up, her family was poor and she had to work as a servant during the time of the apartheid in South Africa. She turned to her music and eventually became a very famous and talented singer. She testified about apartheid in front of the world and stood up for what she believed in. Nelson Mandela said “Miriam’s music inspired a powerful sense of hope in all of us”


Fe Del Mundo was the first woman woman admitted to Harvard Medical School. When World War II began, she returned to her home country Japan to help. She established a medical centre called The Children’s Home. She established many medical centres and continued to help and heal people even until the grand age of 100! She was a grand breaking doctor and humanitarian.

Sophie Scholl was a German girl, when she was 12 she joined the girls wing of the Nazi Party to support her country. As she grew up, her and her brother began to realise the horrific things that the Nazis and Hitler were doing. They formed a group called the White Rose and in 1942, they wrote an anonymous essay criticising the Nazis. Sophie bravely scattered the leaflets everywhere she could. They kept writing leaflets until the sixth essay, when they got caught scattering them. They were sentenced to death and Sophie said “I did the best I could do for my nation. I therefore do not regret my conduct and will bear the consequences”. She and her brother were killed shortly after. Sophie is famous for her courage and commitment to peaceful resistance in the face of tyranny.

Feel inspired yet?

I could go on forever talking about all the empowering and amazing women from the past but I’ll stop myself here!

Not only have there been inspiring women in history, there are inspiring women I have in my everyday life. My mum, my sisters, my friends, and all the women from my family continue to inspire me in everything they do. I sometimes stand in amazement at the things women are capable of.

Do something amazing. Create your own story, do not let others write it for you.

I am proud to be a woman.

Love Grace xx

My February Playlist

Can you actually believe that another month has come and gone? It actually feels like yesterday when I was walking to a beach one very cold night to light fireworks on New Year’s Eve…

But, with a new month comes different ideas! This month I’ve decided I want to do more posts on music as it’s something I really really like as I’ve said MANY times before. So today, this post is my February playlist! I’ve tried to write down all the songs I’ve been loving, the songs that have been tirelessly going round my head, and the songs I just can’t get enough of! Also, this month, most of the songs may be from musicals…

The very little amount of non-musical songs~

How would you feel- Ed Sheeran

Million years ago- Adele

Musical songs~

I still believe- Miss Saigon

Don’t rain on my parade- Funny Girl

I know where I’ve been- Hairspray

Audition song- La La Land

As long as he needs me- Oliver!

And I think that’s about it (I guarantee I’ll think of about 10 more once I publish this post.)! I hope this post hasn’t bored you, it’s hard thinking of fun things to write about every time!

Let me know if you want me to do a march playlist (although who am I kidding, I probably will anyway!)!

Lots of love, 

Grace xx




Motivation Monday.

Hello you lovely people! 

Monday. The worst day of the week. The actually worst. A life with out Mondays would be a life I’d love to live. But, Mondays are here and here to stay. So we just have to get through them and enjoy every minute that gets you closer to the weekend!

The Monday blues truly suck, having to get back into the daily routine of life after a fun and relaxing weekend. Waking up early is a massive struggle for me as quite frankly, I am NOT a morning person and I dare say I never will be. But I don’t want to waste a whole day, every week being grumpy! What we all need is Monday Motivation! I know I’m really not the best person to be giving this pep talk to all of you, but in a way, I’m actually talking to myself (I’m not that weird I promise… Maybe I am.) because I’d love to be bright and bushy-tailed on a Monday morning!


After a looonnng time of Pinterest quote surfing, I’ve written down 10 habits to start today that will motivate you for life!

Think Positive

In one of my last posts, I wrote about making each day the best you possibly can. Because it’s up to you whether you’re going to be happy and have a great day full of sunshine and lollipops, or be moody and have a doom and gloom day.

Go to bed early

Going to bed late+waking up early=BAD IDEA (wow, I just did maths out of my own free will. Who am I..). Have a nice early night and you’ll be slightly less furious with your alarm in the morning!

Drink plenty of water


Eat healthy

I know, I know. It’s hard enough to find motivation to eat healthy, let alone eating healthy to gain motivation! But what you eat really does affect you. If you eat rubbish, you’re gonna feel like rubbish, but if you eat healthily, you’re gonna feel healthy and awesome!

Create your own energy

Sometimes your body might be like “nah, not feeling it today”, when this happens you gotta power up your mind and say “I WILL BE ENERGETIC!”. I’ve learnt this from experiences at the gym, when my body is aching and hardly moving (I hate you day-after-leg-day day), you have to just create your own energy until you finally feel energetic. The mind can do incredible things.


Make a to-do list

Every morning before I start school, I write down everything I want to do in the day. It really helps you to actually get things done and to not laze around all day doing nothing! It may also help to have a pretty notebook 😊

Set long-term goals

Do what makes you happy

Alongside things that need to be done, you have to take time for yourself. If you have any spare time, do something you love! I love to read, have a bath, play the piano or bake!

Try new things

Change things up every so often so you don’t get bored! Don’t be scared to do new things and don’t be afraid to fail.


Surround yourself with people you love


Love Grace xx





The Musical Theatre Tag

As you probably all know by now, I have a VERY big place in my heart for musicals. I was looking through my blog posts the other day and realised, I’ve never done a post dedicated to musicals. So I found this tag and of course, I had to do it! On to the tag…

1. What was the first musical you ever saw?

This is a tricky question for me because I’ve been going to the theatre since I was really young. But I think the first one was The Wizard Of Oz. I was literally obsessed with this musical (still love it now!), I remember making my parents take me to every single performance we could go to! I also remember going on a hunt for the perfect “ruby slippers”, we finally found them and alas, I clicked my heels and I was Dorothy!

2. What was your favourite musical growing up?

The Wizard Of Oz obviously!

3. Were you ever in a musical?

I’ve been in opera performances, which are really similar to musicals, so kind of? It’s my dream to be in a musical so I’m working my way up to it!

4. What was the first musical you saw on Broadway?

I’ve never been to America so never been to Broadway, but I’d love to go someday! I have seen musicals in the West End though.

5. If you could be any female character in a musical, who would you be and why?

That’s so hard! There’s so many awesome female characters… I think overall though, it would be Elphaba from Wicked. I love her style of voice, her costumes, her songs, and her fierceness! Ever since I first saw wicked, I’ve wanted to be her.

6. Which male character?

The Phantom from The Phantom Of The Opera, because well, he’s just a dude. And he gets to scare everyone and I think it would be a lot of fun…

7. Favourite musical song to sing in the shower?

This is actually impossible to say just one, so I’m gonna cheat and make a list.

  • No Good Deed~Wicked
  • On My Own~Les Miserable
  • Good Morning Baltimore~Hairspray
  • And I Am Telling You~Dreamgirls
  • As Long As He Needs Me~Oliver!

8. Who is your favourite theatre actress?

    Julie Andrews, What a woman. Or Audrey Hepburn. Or Judy Garland. Or Idina Menzel. Or every girl that’s ever stepped on stage!

    9. Actor?

    Donald O’ Connor, the only reason being because of the song ‘Make Em Laugh’ in Singing In The Rain. The scene he does is actually incredible and I really don’t know how he didn’t break in to pieces while filming….

    10. Favourite film adaptation of a musical?

    I think My Fair Lady is such a good film and kind of does the production justice!

    11. What do you think is the most underrated musical?

    I watched Seven Brides For Seven Brothers for the first time not long ago, it was amazing! I feel like because it’s quite an old musical now, it’s dying out. Long live the old musicals!!!

    12. Overrated Musical?

    So I don’t think this one is particularly overrated, but I’d have to say Kiss Me Kate. It was the first theatre production I’d ever been bored in! I don’t really understand why I didn’t like it, I loved the songs but I felt that the story line was missing something.

    13. What musical made you cry?

    I’m seriously not a crier and I’m yet to cry in a book, film, song, or musical! But if I was to cry, it would probably be Les Miserable (I mean who doesn’t cry in that one?). Also, La La Land… Oh the emotions!

    14. What musical made you laugh?

    The King And I, I find everything the king says is hilarious! 

    15. Are there any musicals you saw and hated?

    There isn’t a single musical I hate because they are pretty much all fantastic. But as I’ve said before, Kiss Me Kate is my least favourite.

    16. What musical do you want to see as a film?

    I literally jumped for joy when I heard that Wicked is going to be a film! Since I saw it in London I’ve been wishing for it to be a film, and now my wish has come true! I cannot wait to see it.

    17. Which musicals are you dying to see?

    Oliver!, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Sister Act, Funny Girl, Les Miserable, The Phantom Of The Opera, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, The King And I, Fiddler On The Roof, West Side Story and so so so many more…

    18. Any movie or book you think should be turned into a musical?

    The book A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness would be such a good musical! There’s so many perfect opportunities for the characters to burst into song!

    19. What is your all-time favourite musical?

    That’s like asking who is your favourite child! But Wicked was the musical that really started my passion for musicals. Seeing it on the stage, I just thought how incredible it would be if that were me, performing in front of thousands of people one day. Wicked started my dream. But they’re all my favourite ☺️

    That’s a wrap! I really enjoyed doing this tag and I hope you lovely people have enjoyed reading it too.

    Lots of love,

    Grace x


    Plant-Based Chocolate Milkshake

    Hello lovelies! 

    Today I’m hitting you with another plant-based goodie! I’ve used this recipe for so long now and I never get bored of it because it’s so flipping tasty. I can’t even tell its dairy free!

    This recipe is from the book Eat Smart by Niomi Smart, it’s such a lovely book and it’s so full of really healthy but gorgeous recipes. I’d totally recommend having it you’re thinking of stepping to the plant-based side!

    So on with the recipe…

    Chocolate Milkshake

    Serves 1

    You will need:

    • 250ml (1 cup) almond milk or milk of choice
    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1 medjool date, pitted and chopped
    • 1 tbsp almond butter
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 tsp raw cacao powder
    • 25g/1/4 cup raw walnuts
    • 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs (you can use dark chocolate chips too)


    ♥️Add all your ingredients, except the walnuts and cacao nibs, to a blender. I use the nutri-bullet as its super easy to use. Whizz everything together until it’s smooth.

    ♥️Then add the walnuts and cacao nibs and blend just until broken down into small chunks, keep it chunky! 

    ♥️Pour into a glass, you can top it with goji berries or cacao nibs but I prefer to leave mine plain! Enjoy…


    And that’s it! It’s so easy and fast, the perfect recipe if you’re on the go. I love to have this for breakfast or for a sweet snack. It’s the perfect guiltless treat! 

    I hope you have enjoyed this post, I’d love to know if you decide to give it a go! Also, if you have any blog posts you’d like me to write, please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments.

    Lots of love, 

    Grace xx

    An Attitude Of Gratitude 

    I’ve been thinking that rubbish things happen in the world, whether they are in individuals lives or as a population. There’s death, wars, suffering, hunger, the list goes on. But there’s so many beautiful reasons to be happy. If you counted how many good things happen in a day, I think you’d be shocked when the amount of good things overpower the bad things. You have to look for the good in every single day. We cannot take things for granted, because we never know what’s around the corner. Appreciate absolutely everything positive in your life, and you’ll find that your life will become much more positive.

    So I have a challenge for every one of you reading this. Write down absolutely everything you are grateful for. Acknowledge the small and simple things to the extremely obvious ones. 

    Here is my list!

    • My incredibly loving and supportive Family
    • Friends
    • My home
    • My dogs
    • Music
    • All thing musical theatre
    • My piano
    • Books
    • Fluffy pyjamas
    • Quotes
    • Pies.
    • Converse
    • Sunshine
    • Cozy nights in
    • Beach days
    • Snow days
    • My best friend
    • Harry Potter
    • Chocolate
    • Baths
    • Lazy mornings
    • Spending time with my family.
    • Those days where you’re constantly laughing till your stomach hurts
    • Candles
    • My blog
    • Being homeschooled
    • Disney
    • YouTube
    • Weekends
    • My religion 
    • Big cozy blankets
    • Fairy lights
    • Oversized jumpers
    • The gym (on most days…)
    • Pretty views
    • Hair straighteners 
    • Knowledge
    • Vegetarian fake meat!
    • Holidays
    • Camping


    There’s so many more things I could write but I don’t want to bore you all with an endless list! I hope you all can find positive things in your everyday lives. Even when you think you’ve had the worst day, I guarantee there was at least one good thing that happened. Excuse the cliche but every cloud has a silver lining!

    I guess that’s all I wanted to say today! I really hope that I could have helped some of you, because that’s one of the reasons I started this blog, to make people happy!

    Love Grace xx