The Wolf Wilder ~ Fiction Friday ~

Hi! Instead of Foodie Friday, I’ll now be doing Fiction Friday! This is because I have some issues with food, and orthorexia, and right now Foodie Friday isn’t the best thing for my mental health. I hope you understand, and feel free to ask me anything you like!


This week, I want to talk about a book called ‘The Wolf Wilder’ by Katherine Rundell.

This book doesn’t seem to be very well-known, I bumped into it in a quirky little bookstore, and it’s stunning cover caught my eye!

This is a book for children, so the words are a little bigger on the page, and there are beautiful illustrations to aid your imagination, but don’t think it’s not worth reading as a grown up!

Though it’s not actually about magic in any way, it has an heir to it. Like you can feel magic within it’s pages.

It tells the story of a young girl who is wolf wilder in Russia, the adventures she has, and the challenges she must face. It’s wonderful story of kids being able to do incredible things, and take on the world, defeating the baddies!

It’s feel good, it’s magic without ever saying the word, and it’s definitely worth reading. I want to recommend it to you, and if you have already read it, or were going to, or if maybe this blogpost encourages you to read it, let me know what you think!

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x



Nut Allergies ~ Wicked Wednesday ~

Welcome to Wicked Wednesday!

I developed a nut allergy when I was 16. Not a bad one. I don’t go into anaphylactic shock or anything, but enough.


I always loved peanut butter as a kid. I ate it a lot, and it was never a problem. Obviously, it had been a while since I’d had it though, when one fine evening I fancied myself a piece of peanut butter toast.

A mistake.

It was fine for about an hour and half, by which time I’d decided to go to bed. Then the itching started.

I thought it was a mosquito, and I was whinging, but to some extent we all knew I was playing it up for the fun of it, I was enjoying the dramatic effect.

It continued, and I continued to scratch. To no avail.

I felt some bumps popping up, and finally resigned myself to the fact that I’d have to turn the light back on and have a look.

Welts. Huge welts, bigger than most coins, and raised a centimetre off of my skin. You laugh, don’t you? What else can you do? Your mum panics a little. She googles what to do (toothpaste helps hives, by the way).

You get told to stop scratching, but it’s so hard. You try not to scratch the welt now on your face, and you think back to the events of the evening.

Peanut butter toast. I’m allergic to nuts.

The hives calmed down by the next day, I spent a long evening watching Patch Adams waiting for them to, and next time I tried eating nuts, my allergy was confirmed.

If only nutella wasn’t so magnificent.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

Something Wonderful ~ Motivation Monday ~

Hi! And welcome to yet another Motivation Monday!

Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.


It could be just around the corner. Believe in it. Believe that it’s there. Believe in your dreams, and your wanted, and everything that you’ve ever hoped for.

Wonderful things will come. Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, but they will come. Life is a wonderful thing, and it is full of thousands of other wonderful things, so many that we will never possibly know them all.

Some of them are headed your way. Hold on. Cling to them. Know that they are coming, and soon. Let them keep you going, let them fill you with hope and happiness. Never, ever forget that the exist.

You will so many wonderful things, and you are wonderful in and of yourself. Believe that something wonderful is always on it’s way.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

HomeMade Pizzas ~ Foodie Friday ~

Hello and welcome to Foodie Friday!

HomeMade Pizzas-

Wholemeal Bread
Tomato Sauce
Grated Cheese
Red Onion


  1. Cover 1 slice of WholeMeal Bread with tomato sauce, as much or as little as you would like according to personal preference.
  2. Put Spinach, Red Onion, Mushroom, Zucchini, Capsicum and Tomato on top of the slice of bread. (All uncooked.)
  3. Place Grated Cheese on the top of all other ingredients.
  4. Put in oven until cheese is melted and bread is crispy.
  5. Enjoy! These are actually a really great way of having pizza while still being healthy!

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

Themes ~ Wicked Wednesday ~

I like themes. I really like themes. I like things to match and fit, a lot.


I offer you some examples:
Last Christmas, I spent the day at the aquarium. My first though upon finding out that was where we would be going was attire. I was excited, because it was the perfect opportunity to wear my Dory from Finding Nemo t-shirt. This was noticed by aquarium staff members, and commented on. (I like to think the tone was at least complimentary.)

For my last birthday, I went to see Mockingjay Part 2 at the cinema. I wore only what I believe Katniss might have done had she been going to see a film, with, of course, a side braid in my hair to match hers.

I went on a very old, historical ship once on a school trip. I could have worn anything, the day was free dress, but I didn’t pick just anything. As my obsession with these goes, I had to where the shirt I had once bought on a day of whale watching (with a little whale pictured on it).

I bought a cat recently, as some of you may know. What you don’t know, is that I wore socks with pictures of little kitten footprint on them in honour of the occasion.

Sometimes, I even do when I watch a film in my own house. I’ll wear the pyjamas I think suit the theme best, or I’ll spend the day wearing some sort of affiliated merchandise.

I’m sure that there have been more times, undoubtably. These are just some of the more recent of many. It’s a problem. I know. But it’s not one I plan on putting a stop to any time soon.

I really like themes.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x


Make People Feel Important ~ Motivation Monday ~

Be somebody who makes everyone feel like a somebody.


Tell people that they’re wonderful. Offer compliments. Be kind. Be as nice as you possibly be. Wherever it is possible, make people happy. Make them fee special.

We all have self doubt. We all sometimes feel like we are not good enough. We always sometimes feel like we are nothing.

Change that for someone. Make people feel like they are worth something. Make them feel like they are wanted, and needed, and important.

Spread joy and positivity, and hopefully, if you spread enough, some of it will find it’s way back to you.

This week, try to make someone else feel good about themselves, and chances are you will feel good about yourself too for having done so.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x






Healthy Rock Cakes ~ Foodie Friday ~

Hi, and welcome to yet another Foodie Friday!

Healthy Rock Cakes-

1cup WholeMeal Self Raising Flour
3tbsp Margarine
2tbsp Honey
35grams Sultanas
30grams Dried Cranberries
1 Egg

1. Preheat oven. (About 180 degrees celcius, but every oven is different).

2. Line or grease a baking tray.

3. Sieve your Flour into a bowl and mix it with the Margarine using fingers until it has a breadcrumb like consistency.

4. Add Honey, and mix.

5. Mix in Sultanas and Cranberries. (for these you can vary quantities, and try other dried fruits).

6. Add the Egg, and mix well.

7. Roll mixture into small rock like balls, and place them on the tray.

8. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked.

9. Enjoy your rock cakes!

Keep Smiling!
~Shade x

Woodworking ~ Wicked Wednesday ~

I thought I was going to be great at woodwork, I really did.

There was television show when I was kid, in which a teenage girl was excellent at it, completely beyond what is humanly possible, she was that good.


Something in me expected the same to happen for myself. Probably needless to say; it didn’t go to plan.

I am rubbish at woodwork, utterly rubbish, the absolute worst. The tools freak me out, and so do the scary stories the teachers always told. I was not good with a saw, and too often I let other people do my work for me instead of doing it myself.

In one school, I made a pencil holder. The holes were a little crooked, but it was alright. It functioned, and that was enough. In a second school, we had to make a holder of some kind. I picked a box, fairly basic I thought, only we had to chop the wood by hand and even after a term of work I was left with no more than 5 crooked and unusable pieces of wood. The third school, it was a spinning top. I don’t really know how that went, because I did so little of it myself. All I was really involved in was decorating with the burning tool after it was finished, at which point I managed to burn myself and lost interest.

It just didn’t go as I thought it would. My woodworking dreams did not come to fruition. I will never be the Queen of mother’s day gifts, I will never craft a hat stand I don’t need. That’s life. Despite how much I thought it would be my one true talent, woodworking was just never destined to be my forte.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

Little Things ~ Motivation Monday ~

Hello and welcome to yet another Motivation Monday!

Enjoy the little things.


Life isn’t about the big things. There are so many wonderful little things that happen every day, that too often we let just slip by without truly appreciating them.

This week, try to make the little things count. Enjoy them as much as you can. Smile because you are warm enough, or because you like the sound of the rain. Smile because you have made somebody else do the same, or because your favourite book is just waiting to be reread. Smile because there a bird singing and hot cups of tear waiting to be drunk, and there is a world of things left to learn.

Don’t let the little things pass you by, and don’t let them seem worthless or insignificant because they’re not. Those little things are what makes up the big things, and they are what makes up the anatomy of a wonderful day. Hold onto them, enjoy them, and never forget how wonderful they are.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

Orange Cranberry Muffins ~ Foodie Friday ~

Welcome to Foodie Friday!

Orange Cranberry Muffins-

Makes approx. 6 mini muffins.


1cup Self Raising WholeMeal Flour
3tbsp Applesauce
1/3cup Coconut Oil
1/3cup Milk
1 egg
1/2tsp Vanilla Essence
Zest of 1 orange
Juice of 1 orange
1/2cup Dried Cranberries



  1. Preheat oven. (About 180 degrees celcius, but every oven is different.)
  2. Line or grease muffin tin. (For this batch, I used some interestingly shaped muffin cases, so this step was a little different!)
  3. Combine Flour and Applesauce. (I don’t have a sweet tooth, but if you do you could add a little more of the applesauce.)
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together Coconut Oil, Vanilla Essence, Milk, Egg, Orange Juice, and Orange Zest.
  5. (optional) Rehydrate Dried Cranberries by putting them in water, and then heating them.
  6. Combine both mixtures, and add the Cranberries.
  7. Divide batter evenly.
  8. Bake for 10-20 minutes or until well cooked.
  9. Enjoy!

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x