Interviewing Bloggers: Coffee With Kays

This week I interviewed the lovely Kays. Please read below to find out more about her…

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1) Could you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

Hi! My name is Kayleigh-Anne, I’m 22, I’m a first year university student. I’ve been blogging for almost a year now, I love to blog about anything from fashion and beauty to advice and food! 

 

2) What inspired you to start blogging?

I had a diary for years and during a clear out I stumbled across my old diaries and I flicked through reading them thinking how great it would have been to share these with the world. My diary entries would be product reviews and deep meaningful life lesson talks and it almost felt like I was giving advice to the reader even though the reader would only ever be me, so I wanted to change that and I decided to essential share my new “diary” with the world in the form of a blog!

 

3) How has blogging improved/made a positive impact on your life?

I’ve got to know some really wonderful people through blogging, it’s great to be a part of a community in which everyone is so supportive and positive towards you. I feel like if I’m ever having a bad day I can turn to my blog or my blogging friends and both will cheer me up. It’s also been so therapeutic to be able to express my feelings into a blog post, I’ve also got to work with some brands and that’s been incredible too!

 

4) What is your biggest blog achievement?

Honestly I think the achievement for me is that I’ve managed to get so much out of this blog. I was once voted as blogger of the month by a website which blew me away however after an interview with them and waiting a long time for the announcement to go up it never happened which kind of sucked. I think personally the thing I’m most proud of is when I made a blog post about DIY Christmas cookie decorations and it hit 3000 reads in about 2 days, it felt surreal! You can read that here: www.coffeewithkays.co.uk/2016/12/16/diy-christmas-cookie-decorations/ 

 

5) Where do you want to in 5 years with your blog?

I think it’s pretty much every bloggers dream to be able to support themselves with their blog and make a career from it. I would of course love for that to happen! Time can only tell, Coffee With Kays also has a SUPER EXCITING secret project in the making which you’ll find out more about in a few weeks time so keep your eyes peeled on my blog for that!

 

6) What do you find frustrating about blogging?

I think the expectations in the blogging world has become a very big thing, everyone seems to need to have incredible photography skills, bright beautiful Instagram pages and the most incredible imaginative content to be able to call themselves bloggers when really if you got an internet connection & a passion for putting thoughts and feelings into a post, you can do it, you can blog about whatever you want to, you don’t need an incredible camera, brilliant lighting and the latest collection of beauty products. Make it what you want to and just go for it.

 

7) Does your blog have a niche?

To be honest I literally blog about whatever I fancy, i don’t think having a niche is important, or maybe that is my niche?

 

8) Do you blog full-time or part-time?

Part time, although focusing on my social media surrounding my blog is something I pretty much do all day every day. Checking my Instagram feed in lectures is quite difficult!

 

9) Where do you find inspiration/ideas for your blog posts?

They literally just pop into my head, I see something and think I can make a blog about it, or something happens to me and it makes me want to type away! I love-inspiring myself with other people’s blogs too though!

 

10) How do you drive traffic to your blog?

have an Instagram, Twitter and Facebook page. I love to promote my blog posts on all of them, I find that I get the most engagement through twitter though.

11) How many times a week do you blog?
Usually once a week however when something pop us that I really want to share I usually can’t hold it and just put it up early!
12) Do you have any bloggers that love and read religiously? If so name them and their blogs.
I love love love poppy deyes, she makes blogging about the simplest of things so interesting with her words and photos, I love it. I also religiously follow Leanne Haycock (www.leannehycck.co.uk), she’s a good friend of mine and her blog is just so incredible! 

 

 

5 Minute Whole Wheat Pancakes

So you fancy pancakes for breakfast, brunch or just when ever the hell you like but you are trying to be healthier, I have got the perfect pancakes for you. They are so light, fluffy and tasty you wont regret making these! I have made these for a few people and they have all loved them. The great thing about pancakes is the toppings, you can either keep it all healthy and light or visit the dark side and make the pancakes naughty, the choice is yours!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  •  1/4 tsp salt
  • tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup oil

 

Instructions

  1. Add wheat flour and milk to a blender and blend on high for 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. Cook on a hot greased griddle/frying pan for 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. (The batter will be VERY thin and you may start to question my judgement 🙂  but press forward and you’ll see, they will puff up and be perfectly light and tender!)

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I found this recipe on Pinterest which is where I find majority of recipe’s and other ideas. The website www.tastesbetterfromscratch.com. Go over and have a look at her stuff, so many great ideas on there!

 

Please let me know if you make these.

Love from Liv xo

 

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Before I start this blog post I have to just say, ITS FRIDAY! WAHOOOOO. The day most of us have been waiting and dreaming of. Let the weekend commence.

My blog was a year old a little while ago and I thought what better way to celebrate and say thanks to my readers was to do a giveaway. Don’t get me wrong its nothing huge and nothing too expensive as this is my first giveaway.

I included the Sleek I-Divine Ultra Mattes V2 Darks & The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Concentrate.

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In order to enter you must follow me on Twitter, like and retweet my pinned tweet. The winner will be picked on 1/3/17 and the winner will be contacted on Twitter. GOOD LUCK and who ever wins I hope you enjoy the products!

Love From Liv xo

A Weekend In Amsterdam

Me and a few of my girlie friends decided to go on weekend away to Amsterdam! In the group was a couple of the girls birthdays so why not head to the Dam!

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As you all probably know that I am not good with flying – anxiety central!! But you know what, I don’t mean to blow my own trumpet but I smashed that flight, probably helps that it was 40 minutes and was the smoothest flight I have ever been on and I was surrounded by some of my best friends who were on hand to try to keep me calm if a panic attack was to show its face but it didn’t! I did have more anxiety going home but I did it and made it back to the UK alive and well.

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Our flight was at 7am UK time so it got us in to Amsterdam around 9 something. We got the train from the airport the main train station in Amsterdam. Which was cheap and about 15 minutes. As you can imagine 7 girls let loose, we were all very excited to get the weekend started.

We arrived at out hotel which The Notting Hill hotel which is just outside the centre. I would 100% recommend this hotel, it was lovely and all the staff were super helpful and cheerful! Also because we stayed outside the centre and had a little walk in ,we got to experience a little bit more of Amsterdam. We found some of the best photos on our little walks to and from the hotel. Literally every house/building is so interesting.

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We went out to explore and to get FOOD! One of the girls we went with goes to Amsterdam a fair bit and had told us about chips with satay sauce, I know right? Weird? I thought the same. All the girls loved them and ended up having them a fair few times throughout the trip. Sadly I didn’t like the combination so I stuck to mayo and ketchup. Nice and safe! We found a nice café in the sun and had drinks, which was so welcomed as we were all feeling tired and needed a little refresher. We sat and people watched and took in Amsterdam’s sights. Unfortunately, it all got a bit too much for me and anxiety struck, so off I went back to the hotel with one of the girls for a mint tea and well deserved bath. We all went out for dinner on this night for 2 of the girls birthdays, the restaurant they chose was called Meatless District (majority of the girls I went with are vegan/vegetarian). This is ideal for people who don’t eat meat, everyone had a lovely starter but no one thought much to the mains unfortunately . They bought out slices of 2 different cakes for the birthday girls, those cakes were INCREDIBLE. I would go back there for that. The restaurant had a nice vibe and was cool décor. We ended up being awake for about 19 hours in total that day. Safe to say most of us were ready for a good night sleep by the time the night had ended!

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On the 2nd day we went for brunch at Bakers & Roasters which I would highly recommend but what I would say is either book or get there early as when we arrived the queue was out the door and there was a 45 min wait. Which we waited for, in my eyes if some where is that busy and popular they must be doing something right. We didn’t want to miss out on a good brunch. Plus whilst we were waiting we kept drooling over people’s food that was coming out of the kitchen! When we got seated we had a lovely table at the back on the restaurant, kind of in its own little space with a whole wall behind us of plants which was lovely. The food was good and worth the wait in my opinion! We then headed out and split in to two groups, some of the girls wanted to experience the smoking side of Amsterdam and others wanted to explore. We took ourselves  to the famous Red Light District, which was bloody fascinating as it is just not something you see at home.  Every alley way we spotted that was lit up by red light we found ourselves down taking it all in! We also visited the prostitute museum which was really interesting, worth a visit. Me and my friend, decided to book  massage at the Conservatorium Hotel which was incredibly fancy, the massage was so bloody good. 50 minutes of pure heaven. Also their pool area was beautiful, I would go back there 100%. Very zen environment. We had dinner in the hotel then walked to explore Amsterdam at night which was beautiful. We ended up back in the red light district, had crepes and had a walk around, It’s even better at night! Complete spur of the moment but we ended up in a sex show. Now I know what you are thinking… Why would you want to pay 40 euros to watch a sleazy awkward sex show? WELL it was all of those thing but it was such a funny experience and I’m so glad I went. Before the actual sex act there were strippers who had some very questionable talents. You can’t go if you are a prude/get offended easily that’s for sure! In my eyes it was 40 euros well spend. It had a wow factor that I cannot describe haha!

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On the third day things were a little more tricky got me. Anxiety and panic attacks had kept me up majority of the night. Anxiety and no sleep is a really bad mixture. Luckily I got to keep my room for a bit longer and managed to get another hour or so sleep. My body wanted to sleep for days but it wasn’t possible. We checked out and headed back in to central Dam by tram which by the way I would advise, so cheap and quick. Did some shopping and had some food before it was time to head off to the airport and fly home. Also Amsterdam airport is probably the nicest airport I’ve ever visited!

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So much happened in that weekend, so many stories, some I can’t share because it’s not appropriate or they’re all inside jokes that would not be funny to anyone but us.

Amsterdam is such a beautiful place, I would love to return. There is so much to see and take in!

Thanks for reading!

Love from Liv xo