The Liebster Award

Thank you so much to Becca for nominating me for The Liebster Award, I always saw this award popping up on the WordPress homepage of all my blogging friends being nominated but I didn’t think anyone would nominate me! I am so happy, you have made my day! Definitely check out Becca’s blog missinginsight.com she has a wonderful blog and is very understanding about Mental Health. I would love to collaborate with her one day!

Before I tell you about the Liebster award let me share 10 “optional” facts about myself.

1. I studied 4 years doing Early Childhood Studies!

2. My first medal I got was for being most enthusiastic in a football match (I wasn’t a great player but I really enjoyed playing!)

3. I suffer from mental health illnesses

4. My favourite thing to do is play video games

5. Me and my other half have a YouTube channel! Search for the smurfy gamers, thats us!

6. I love travelling around the world exploring new places

7. My favourite game to play is Pokemon, if you like Pokemon too we can be friends!

8. I love listening to music

9. I am always gobbling chocolate, if it isn’t chocolate i am munching on chicken nuggets

10. One of the best days of my life was when my other half proposed to me in Ibiza in June 2016.

Now, onto the Liebster Award!

It is managed by Jack Henry from The Global Aussie who has put in the effort and taken the helm to make a space where we can access information regarding the award.  The instructions  for nominating other bloggers are that they should have fewer than 200 followers and are a new blogger, although these are just guidelines, and Jack is pretty inclusive to all bloggers.  The other rules are below:

1. Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you.

2. Provide a link to their blog.

3. Include the award graphic.

4. Answer the questions provided.

5. Nominate 10 recently followed bloggers and share your post with them, so they can see it.

6. Make a new set of 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

Here are my 10 Questions to answer

1. What is the most unusual item that can be found in your home/room?

My little Alien i had when I was younger, I think it is called Alien birthpod, they are really sticky and apparently they can make babies although I still don’t know how they make a baby! If you know what I mean and you have or had one please comment below and let me know if yours had ever made a baby and how!?What do you think it says about your personality that you own this item? I am a big kid at heart

2. Whom do you most admire and why ?

My mum because she has dealt with a lot in her life but is always caring and supportive of me

3. If someone was to play you in a movie, who would it be?

I get told I am like Alice Tinker in the Vicar of dibley (can’t imagine why!)

4. What would be the name of your movie from #3?

Smurfy of dibley

5. What is the best material gift someone has given you?

My best friend made me a handmade calendar with photos of all our memories on the months and It always made me smile

6. You have to give up one thing that you love for the rest of your life.  What is it?

Alcohol, i love it but I can go without it unlike my phone, can’t go anywhere without it otherwise i feel naked.

7. You win a large amount of money in the lottery.  Do you keep working at your job or retire? Why?

I would carry on working and give some to charity and save the rest for my future

8. How many days could you last in solitary confinement?  How would you do it?

Not sure to be honest, I like my own space but I hate being alone? It is really odd

9. What’s your idea of a good time?

Cosy nights drinking hot chocolate and wearing my fluffy dressing gown

10. What’s one thing you would rather pay someone else to do than yourself?  Why?

Go out shopping in the snow, I hate it because I always slip over

11. What is your greatest pet peeve?  How would you handle it?

I suffer with OCD so a lot of things to me are a pet peeve but not putting cds and dvds back in their cases drive me mad!

I nominate:

Chloe

Charli

Kayleigh

Travis

Kristina

Bianca

Sophie

Jack

Emma

Sara

Should you choose to accept the nomination, please answer the following:

1. What motivated you to start blogging?

2. Favourite memory from 2017?

3. What are your goals for 2018?

4. Do you have a nickname if so what is it?

5. Spring? Summer? Autumn? Winter? And why do you prefer it?

6. First ever video game you played?

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

8. Dream job?

9. Favourite social media?

10. How long have you been blogging?

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I have a YouTube channel!

Hiya all my wonderful blogger friends!

I was just wondering if you have a spare moment would you please check out my YouTube channel! I really appreciate the support!

Me and my partner are a gaming couple and love sharing our geeky stuff with you all!

When we reach 500 subs we will do a special Q&A video for you lovely people! Comment below any questions for the Q&A video!

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/TheSmurfyGamers

My New Years Resolutions for 2018!

Happy New Year to all our lovely followers! We hope you had a great Christmas!

Unfortunately we have came down with the horrible flu virus so I am sitting here sniffling at 12am not being able to sleep and thought I would do something productive and start my first blog of 2018 on my new years resolutions/goals I would like to achieve this year.

Here we go!

  • My big goal for this year would be to reach 1k subscribers on my YouTube channel, we are currently at 431 and I’d love to reach 500 on my blog and I am currently on 118.
  • I want to post more blogs and YouTube videos more often. I don’t have a schedule right now because life can get way too busy at times.
  • I would like to do the 30 day squat challenge, I have tried and failed before but I am determined to complete this!
  • I want to keep my anxiety and depression under control. This was a massive issue for me in 2017 and I wrote a post about ways to deal with anxiety and depression so if you would like to give it a read here is the link https://thesmurfygamersblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/25-ways-to-help-manage-anxiety-and-depression/ but I want to carry on with all those things I listed in the post.
  • I would like to get a new job or go to university.
  • I would like to be able to drive, Last year I passed my driving test first time unfortunately high anxiety got the best of me but I want to overcome that fear, build up my confidences again and get back in that car!

So that is my new years resolutions/goals I would like to achieve this year, I am really hoping I can look back on this next year and tick those off!

What are your goals for 2018?

Our Favourite Christmas Films

We love Christmas! It is our favourite time of year so we thought we would share some of our favourite christmas movies with you all..

Nick’s favourites

  1. National Lampoon’s Vacation
  2. A Christmas Carol
  3. Ernest Saves Christmas
  4. Santa And Pete
  5. Santa Clause The Movie

Sophie’s favourites

  1. The Polar Express
  2. Nativity
  3. Elf
  4. The Grinch

What are your favourite films to watch at Christmas time?

We have made a YouTube video about our favourite christmas films which is in the link below if you would like to check it out!

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The Mystery Blogger Award!

I have been nominated for my first bloggers award! It has made me so happy! I was nominated by the lovely The Break Of Dawns click on the link and follow her wonderful blog. I’d like to also say a big thankyou to Charli and every blogger who has supported me and gave me lovely feedback on my blog and youtube channel, It means a lot to me and I am so glad I started doing this, I have made some lovely friends!

The Rules are as follows:

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog

2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

6. Answer the questions you were asked

7. Nominate 10 – 20 people & notify

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things about me:

1. I am happily engaged to my wonderful fiancé we have been together for over 2 years.

2. This is very personal but I am starting to become more open about it, I suffer from anxiety and depression.

3. I studied childcare at college for 4 years.

My answers:

1. What is your favorite trait/characteristic about yourself?

I have a great sense of humour, I find anything very simple absolutely hilarious and I am rather dippy!

2. How long have you been blogging and what brought you here?

Me and my other half started our YouTube channel in August 2017 and about a month after I thought I would give blogging a go so my first post was a written review on a video game.

3. Do you have any pets?

I have a lovely dog which is a springer spaniel

4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would like to see myself in that time to be moved into my own place, married, have a good career and maybe a baby?

5. (The Funny Q:) If you could kiss any celebrity under the mistletoe, who would it be?

Tom Hardy.. yes please!

My 10 nominees:

goodbyebutterfly

sophiie97

hellobexa

sarajadeblogs

travisandthebrain

laurajacquesaimh

travellingwanderer

smittenwithkristen

shannondianax

michellelouisemua

My questions for my nominees:

1. What is one of your long term goals you want to achieve?

2. Why did you start blogging and how long for?

3. What is your favourite time of year?

4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

5. What is your funniest life story/moment?

Link to My Best Post:

Managing anxiety and depression I made this blog as I wanted to help others who were going through the same mental illness, I got some great feedback which I am overwhelmed with and I am so glad I could help others.

Here are my social media links if you would like to follow me 🙂

YouTube

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Twitter

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Christmas Tag 2017

Yay it is the 1st December! This means it is finally acceptable to listen to Christmas songs and bring out those crazy Christmas jumpers! Today I got my nails done and of course they are Christmassy themed! What do you think? Comment below 🙂

I thought I would start the month off with the Christmas Tag! I found this whilst reading Beffshuff‘s blog! Which I recommend you should check out her lovely blog!

So here we go!

1. Use one noise to describe how excited you are for Christmas.

EEEEEEEK (and it is also the sound I made when my christmas nails were done!)

2. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Nope! My parents wouldn’t let me

3. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?

Christmas dinner and spending time with family

4. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Got my own fake one since I was born but my dad gets a real one

5. What is your favourite Christmas film?

The polar express

6. Where do you usually spend your holiday?

Christmas day at Nick’s then mine for boxing day

7. What is your favorite Christmas song?

The pogues – fairytale of new york and mariah carey – all i want for christmas is you

8. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?

Box of quality street, roses, heroes, celebrations.. or all of them

9. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

Everyone loves receiving presents but I love seeing peoples reactions to what I got them

10. What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

All the pretty lights and christmas decorations

11. When do you start getting excited for Christmas?

November because we went to New York and that was when the excitement started

12. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

I remember when I was younger getting a dolls house and I played with it every day

13. What is the worst present you’ve ever received?

My brother opening my presents on christmas morning was the worst present i received.

14. As a kid, did a sibling ever receive a present that you wished was for you?

Xbox

15. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

New York

16. Favourite Christmas Scent?

Christmas yankee candles

17. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you stick to them?

I make them and always fail to stick to them

18. What makes the holidays special for you?

Being with family

19. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

Dinner

20. You have been granted one Christmas wish… What will it be?

To have my Nanny back for christmas

November Favourites and Update 2017

How is it already the end of November!? Time just flies by and I can’t catch up with what day it is!

November is one of my favourite months as it is getting exciting to the run up to Christmas! This month if you have been looking on my social media you will see that we went on an amazing holiday to one of the places which was on my bucket list

New York City! It was amazing! (I will write a blog all about it as I could go on forever about what we done and how wonderful it was! We will soon be uploading our New York vlog on our YouTube channel! If you are interested in watching it, it will be uploaded here very soon. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM0DViPDdOgk-N6bK8gg6xg Remember to subscribe and click on the bell to be notified on our recent uploads!

The photo below is the view from the top of Rockefeller centre at night! It was absolutely breath taking! New York was the highlight of our November 2017!

Here are my November 2017 favourites!Costa Drinks Menu

Nothing better than on a cold November day to go into Costa and have a lovely hot cosy christmassy drink! My favourite is Lindt hot chocolate!

Tesco Christmas Throw

It is so snuggly and makes your room much more cosy and keeps you warm in the cold nights! I got mine for £6 at tesco which I think is a great price for it

Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie

This candle smells lush and gets you feeling in the christmas cosy spirit. I am a massive lover of yankee candles

I Love Lots Of Bubbles Shower Gel Collection

I always get this gift at Christmas from my mum, This comes with 6 gorgeous festive scents. I always use 3 at Christmas and save the other 3 for the next November as the smells remind of the Christmas season! They may be shower gel but if I fancy a lovely hot bath they do make lots of bubbles and are perfect for relaxing!

One Christmas Kiss In Notting Hill

I bought this book in WHSmith at the airport coming home from New York and thought it would be nice christmassy romantic book to read so i’m going to give it a go and might do a review on it at some point

Hope you have enjoyed reading this and comment below your November favourites 🙂

25 ways to help manage Anxiety and Depression.

Hey guys

This is a bit more of a personal blog.. I suffer with a few mental illnesses, two of these being high anxiety and depression which I was diagnosed a few years ago and I am still currently fighting.

I thought I would make this blog as I’d like to help others who are fighting from mental illnesses, Here are a few things I personally do to help get through the extremely tough times. I really hope these tips help you but these may not work for everyone but I definitely recommend it is worth giving them a try.

1. Writing lists, lists and more lists!

I find this helps me so much to organise myself, daily, weekly, yearly. Even if it is summer and I feel a bit down i’ll start writing my christmas list or a list of things that I need to buy and need to do! Lists are awesome!

2. Reading.

Reading a good book you enjoy and really getting into it and using your imagination is great to zone out! Although if i’m honest my mind sometimes wonders off and I start thinking about all the things that worry me but reading might be helpful to others.

3. Colouring.

Great activity to do at any age! Although same again with this one my mind wonders but I know a lot of people who benefit from mindfulness colouring books.

4. Wear your favourite pjs, snuggle in a cosy blanket, get a hot drink, favourite chocolate and watch a disney film.

If you are ever worried or stressed get your pjs on and get a cosy blanket and watch your favourite disney film! These are best because there is always a happy ending!

5. A relaxing bubble bath.

This is my number one thing to do when I’m having a bad day! Baths are the best especially with lots of bubbles and candles.

6. Exercise/or just going for a nice walk.

They say exercise is a really good thing to help overcome mental illnesses but if i’m honest, I’m not really one for hitting the gym as it is difficult enough just to have the motivation to get out of bed but honestly try and push yourself to go for a little walk. Fresh air does the world of good, if you feel anxious about walking on your own take a family member or your dog for walk.

7. Making YouTube videos and doing a written blog.

This is pretty much the reason I started doing YouTube videos and written blogs with my other half. It gives my mind something positive to focus on, It has given me the opportunity to speak to some really lovely people and the support we have is amazing and we really appreciate it! Since I started doing this it has helped build my confidence.

8. Bucket list.

A bucket list is a great way to motivate you and get you excited for your future even though the thought of the future is scary, having a bucket list really helps with positive thoughts

9. Love yourself

I know this can be a very hard thing to do sometimes when you feel down but loving yourself is the most important thing to do!Try doing a poster of all the good things about yourself! I found it helped having someone write good things about me.

Here is a picture of the poster I done with my counsellor on our last day working together. My counsellor bought a picture frame so i could put it on my wall and it helps me to stay positive and remember to love myself and honestly this helps me so much looking back on this.

10. Gaming

Gaming is a great thing to do to help you zone out. Me and Nick really find this beneficial. It could be any game/any console it is the best way to spend quality time by yourself. The games I play mostly when I’m having a bad day/feeling stressed is.. Pokemon, Animal Crossing, Mario Kart and Stardew valley. These games help me to zone out feel relaxed.

11. Spending time with family/friends

I know when you feel anxious and down this can be extremely difficult some days but these are the times in your life you will treasure forever. Also talking to family/friends about your feelings can help a lot

12. Scrapbook of memories

I made a scrapbook of personal childhood memories and a scrapbook of mine and Nick’s holidays! It is great to look back on all the happy memories.

13. Paint by numbers

If you love doing arty crafty things then you’ll enjoy this! It makes you focus on this only and takes all the worries away!

14. Playing board/card games

Great way to waste time! I love doing this as it takes my mind off things and I spend time with my family and friends

15. Have a chat on the phone to your friend

I love having a chat on the phone to my best friend, i can rant about all the things on my mind and knowing although she may not fully understand she always listens and never judges me and we always have a good laugh

16. Make your bed/tidy your room

This helps me when i’m stressed although I also suffer from OCD it sometimes isn’t the best way of coping, but it takes your mind off things and you’ll feel you are back in control of your life knowing you are organised and feeling proud when you have accomplished the task. Also if there is one day when you really don’t feel like doing anything, try and make your bed as you will get back into it at night and know you have achieved something that day.

17. Soft cuddly toys

Nick bought me a Koala bear and he is so soft and fluffy! Larry the koala is always there for cuddles and helps me to feel relaxed. I love soft cuddly toys!

18. Listen to music

Heavy metal always helps when you feel angry. Just don’t listen to sad songs!

19. Paint your nails/pamper

I’m not a real girly girl as I’m not all into makeup and stuff but I do have my moments, having a good pamper sesh is lovely! Paint your nails, do something different with your hair! It takes up a bit of time and it may help you feel a bit more confident

20. Crying

Crying is the best way to release all the frustration and sadness. I find it helps after having a good cry even if it does last for a long time you’ll feel a bit better afterwards.

21. Write down your plans on a calendar

Again being organised is a good way to help control anxiety. Knowing what you are doing the next day and planning ahead is helpful

22. Make your bedroom a display of memories

Printing off photos of you and your friends and family and putting them on your bedroom wall is a great reminder when you wake up in the morning and look at all the happy memories.

23. Antidepressants

I’ll talk a little about my personal experience with this subject.. The doctor suggested me to go on antidepressants in 2012, I was stubborn and refused as I thought I would be able to cope, so i kept on fighting, It had taken me until this June 2017 (5 years) then I started taking them, honestly I wish i did start them before but the anxiety of taking them was stopping me, although I needed them to help the anxiety. So I was just going around in circles and it got to the point I couldn’t cope with feeling like that anymore. I do feel more level with my moods and not so anxious but they do take a bit of time to kick in. One thing I would say is don’t let the anxiety of taking them stop you and never feel embarrassed about taking them.

23. Hugs

Hugs, hugs and more hugs! Hugs make everything better!

24. Positive quote book

When I was going through some really tough times I used to search on the internet for positive quotes, Pinterest is a great way of finding and saving those quotes, I would find some good motivational, positive, relatable quotes and write them in a book and make the fonts look good. I found it helped to look back on when I felt down.

25. Counselling and getting some support

It is really important if you feel anxiety and depression is taking over your life. Don’t be afraid to go to the GP as they are there to help, they can help by referring you to see a counsellor which i throughly recommend as it helped me so much, the first time it is very scary meeting someone but as weeks go by you’ll develop a relationship of trust, their job is to listen and they are non judgemental. Talking about your worries really does help as they can give you advice and tips and just having someone there to listen, I had counselling for 2 years at first I thought seriously how is talking going to help? But as time went by I could notice the difference and it really helped me reduce and manage my mental illnesses.

Please comment if any of these tips have helped you and I am interested in any tips you would recommend!

I’m thinking about turning these tips into a YouTube video when I’ve built up my confidence a bit more and maybe do a personal blog of my story in the future.

Stay positive and keep on fighting!

-Sophie

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Our Favourite Movies To Watch On Halloween and How we celebrated Halloween🎃

Happy Halloween 2017!
We hope you have all had a lovely day/evening and got lots of treats! 🍭 We certainly did!

Thought we would give you a little update on our halloween weekend and movies we recommend watching!

How we celebrated Halloween 2017 At the weekend the house was decorated with spooky decorations! We had a lovely cosy evening outside with the fire lit, we had the tv outside and watched casper and hocus pocus! We started off the evening with butternut squash soup, pumpkin curry and had a BBQ! We then went inside and ended the night with a game of atmosfear! Which was awesome! We had a great time!

Our Favourite Movies To Watch On Halloween! So this is in no particular order, here are a variety of films we both recommend at this spooky time of year!

  • The nightmare on elm street collection
  • Coraline
  • The simpsons treehouse of horror (Sophie’s number 1 halloween favourite!)
  • Charlie brown and the great pumpkin
  • The haunted pumpkin of sleepy hollow
  • The cabin in the woods
  • The babadook
  • Paranorman
  • Casper
  • The Thing (Nick’s number 1 halloween favourite!)
  • Shaun of the dead
  • The exorcist
  • Sleepy hollow
  • Hocus pocus
  • Hollowman
  • The shining
  • The conjuring
  • Dog soldiers
  • Ghostbusters!

Also we have been binge watching Stranger Things, on Netflix! It is brilliant and we definitely recommend watching it 😊

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