40 Blog Post Ideas For Beginners

Hello Everyone!

This weeks post is very special to me as LadyDaisyBlog is officially 1 year old! πŸ™‚ I would like to take this as an opportunity to thank all of you who have taken the time to read my blog over the past year, whether that is just a post here and there or whether it’s every single post. You all mean so much to me and I can’t thank you enough πŸ™‚ I have decided to dedicate this post to possible blog post ideas that you can use if you are just starting out or whether you’re stuck on what to write about next πŸ™‚ I hope you find a few options that interest you and I would love to read what you come up with. Here’s to another year!

  1. 10 facts about me
  2. Top 10 favourite movies
  3. Favorite childhood memory
  4. Your favourite outfit
  5. A recipe
  6. Favourite restaurants
  7. 10 things I can’t live without post
  8. Top 5 beauty products
  9. Book review
  10. Music playlist
  11. Date ideas/outfits
  12. Your favourite blogs
  13. Your morning routine
  14. Your bedtime routine
  15. Things you do to relax
  16. Beauty/fashion haul
  17. Your favourite TV shows
  18. Your favourite books
  19. DIY projects
  20. Host a giveaway/competition
  21. What’s in my bag
  22. Your fitness routine
  23. Your favourite phone apps
  24. Monthly favourites
  25. Things that make you happy
  26. Room tours
  27. Your favourite YouTube channels
  28. Birthday wish list
  29. Fashion trends you’re loving or hating
  30. Fun things to do with your friends
  31. Visit a new coffee or donut shop and write about it
  32. Your favourite things about Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter
  33. What you do in your free time
  34. Gift guides
  35. Holiday pictures
  36. Pamper night essentials
  37. Your favourite healthy snacks
  38. Spring clean your life
  39. Everyday makeup routine
  40. DIY gifts for any occasion

Make sure to tweet me @ladydaisyblog with your blog posts πŸ™‚

Interior Design Graduation

Hello Everyone!

As some of you may know, I have spent the past year studying for a diploma in Interior Design and as of 2 weeks ago, I have officially graduated from the Interior Design Institute! I wanted to dedicate this blog post to what I thought about my Interior Design course and how I found online study. I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

This course consisted of 12 modules and 12 assignments, it covered design aspects ranging from historical buildings and art to designing your own interior space. Although a few sections of this course were quite difficult and took me a while to complete, I did thoroughly enjoy getting to draw up floor plans as it brought back so many memories from my favourite subject in high school. Other aspects of this course that I found enjoyable included creating a 1-point perspective drawing and designing an array of mood boards. I liked being able to pick a colour or theme for a room and choose furniture and art that matched the theme.

One of the main things I found difficult about this course was that, because it was an online course, it was generally a lot harder to get help when I was stuck on something. However, the tutor that I was assigned to was very lovely and replied with detailed answers to my questions as soon as she could.

When I started studying with the Interior Design Institute, I had no idea that Interior Design had so many different aspects and requirements. It hadn’t even occured to me that there would be a lot of paper work included, but this course really helped to strengthen my understanding of everything that goes into a renovation project and making a space look incredible.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in Interior Design or wants to see what it’s all about. If you would like to have a look through their course brochure, you can find the website here. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with my diploma yet, but I will make sure to update you all in the future.

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Have you ever studied online? What did you think of it? πŸ™‚

Donut Party

Hello Everyone!

I’m so excited to share this post with you today! About 3 weeks ago, my sister decided that she wanted to have a party for her 18th birthday and asked if I could put together a few snacks for the night. I immediately took to Pinterest to find a range of ideas and stumbled upon a photo of a donut pinata. My sister absolutely loves donut themed things so I knew right away that anything donut themed would go down a treat.

I decided to make my own donut pinata, which took about about a week to make due to drying times for the paper mache. I think next time I will make it a little bit smaller as although it was really fun to make, near the end I got as little bit fed up. To go with this, I made mini donuts as end-of-party giveaways and a donut cake, which is the main focus of this blog post. Let’s get started!

You Will Need:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk

For The Icing:

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 3-4 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 2-3 drops pink food colouring
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • Pink fondant icing
  • Sprinkles

What To Do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius and grease a ring cake tin.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at at time and beat well after each addition.
  4. Pour in the vanilla essence and mix until combined.
  5. Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix until smooth.
  6. Add the milk and beat well for 1 minute.
  7. Pour into the greased cake tin and bake for 30-40 minutes.
  8. Place your cake onto a wire rack to cool and repeat steps 1-8.
  9. Once your cakes are cool, prepare your buttercream icing by mixing the butter and icing sugar together until smooth.
  10. Add in the vanilla essence and milk until it forms a creamy texture. Place 2/3 of the icing into a separate bowl for later.
  11. Add a few drops of pink food colouring into the remaining icing and mix until until a solid colour forms. Spread this onto the top of one cake and place the second cake on top.
  12. Add 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder to the icing you put aside earlier and mix well. Spread all over the cake and using a knife, smooth as best as you can.
  13. Roll out the pink fondant icing until 2-3mm thick and cut into a circle a bit smaller than the cake.
  14. Lay the fondant on top of the cake and cut out the centre to make it look like a donut.
  15. Glaze the fondant with a few teaspoons of water and vodka, and add some colourful sprinkles on top.

      I hope you enjoyed this recipe and I would love to see if you recreate it. I have included a few pictures from the party below for you to look at.

      Party favours with homemade tags

      Chocolate cupcakes
      Dress I made for my sister to wear at the party

       

      Resolutions and Birthday Fun

      Hello Everyone!

      Happy New Year! As this is my first post of the year, I thought it only right to write about my New Years Resolutions. I dont usually set resolutions for myself because I’m not very good at sticking with them and end up giving up after the first week. However, this year I really want to try and achieve them (for at least 1 month anyway, haha).

      My main resolution for this year is to become alot healthier. Looking back over past year and a half, I realised just how unhealthy I have become, I don’t even remember the last time I went a full week without having a single unhealthy thing to eat or drink. I’ve also noticed how tired I am all the time and how dehydrated I feel most days. When I noticed that I had no energy even after I’d just had a good sleep, that’s when I knew something had to change. To start being healthier, I plan on going for walks more regularly, drinking more water and slowly changing my eating habits. I will keep you updated on how I get on πŸ™‚

      My second resolution is to become more organised and motivated. I used to see myself as a very organised person, and in some ways I still do. I always have lists of things that I need to do and when I should have them completed by, but I am not organised enough to actually complete them by the set date and this is mostly due to my lack of motivation to actually get them done. Personally, I think this is also linked to the fact that I have very little energy during the day, so I think working on my first resolution will really help with this one too. To try and make myself a bit more organised I am going to get back into bullet journalling and setting aside specific times everyday to focus on the things I need to get done, I am hoping this will help me to get everything finished on time.

      My third and final resolution for 2017 is to set aside some more time during the day to do something crafty. I always find that I feel so much happier when I have done something crafty during the day, whether this is writing a blog post, taking photographs, reading, knitting or drawing. I have always been a crafty person and I miss setting aside time to create art. The first thing I plan on making for 2017 is a dress for the summer so stay posted for a future blog post on it πŸ™‚

      As some of you may know, I celebrated my 20th birthday on New Years Eve. I didn’t really have anything planned for it, but my boyfriend and I went out to do some shopping for my mum (as it’s her birthday this week), followed by a nice lunch at a garden centre. When we got back to my house around 5pm, I was surprised by 3 of my closest friends, a plan set up by my sister. We had pizza and cake for dinner and a lot of talking. I think minimal birthdays are my favourite πŸ™‚

      What are your New Years Resolutions? What did you do to celebrate the New Year? πŸ™‚

      Homemade Custard SquareΒ 

      Hello Everyone!

      I hope you had a great Halloween, full of sugar and fun! πŸ™‚ I was in a bit of post – Halloween denial and didn’t really know what to write about this week, and then I remembered a great recipe that my Nanny suggested I should try to make, that was included in an edition of The Dominion Post. This recipe takes a few hours to make, so it was perfect for the raining Sunday afternoon we had this weekend. I am a sucker for anything that contains custard so I knew that I would love this recipe and I hope you enjoy it too πŸ™‚ This is quite a crumbly treat so it was quite difficult to photograph, but trust me, it is a lot more delicious than it looks haha. Let’s get started!

      You Will Need:

      • 2 sheets puff pastry
      • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
      • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

      Filling:

      • 800ml milk
      • 6 tablespoons custard powder
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
      • 1/4 cup caster sugar

      Icing

      • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
      • 10g butter, melted
      • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
      • 1 teaspoon lemon eat

      What To Do:

      1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celcius and line 2 baking trays. Place one sheet of puff pastry on each tray.
      2. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the pastry.
      3. Prick all over with a fork and bake for 8 minutes until slightly golden.
      4. Place a baking tray on top f the pastry to flatten it and bake for 4-5 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool completely.
      5. Heat 600ml of milk in a saucepan until almost boiling.
      6. Mix together remaining milk, custard powder, vanilla and sugar. Pour into milk while stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes until thick.
      7. Pour into a jug and cover with plastic. Allow to cool.
      8. Line a square tin with plastic wrap and place one pastry sheet into the bottom. Evenly spread custard on top and place second pastry sheet on the custard layer.
      9. Chill for about 2 hours before icing.
      10. To create the icing, combine icing sugar and butter, mixing well.
      11. Add lemon juice until a smooth, spreadable icing appears. Stir in lemon zest.
      12. Spread evenly over the top layer of pastry and cut into squares.

      I hope you enjoyed this recipe and would love to see your re-creations!  πŸ™‚

      Pretty Little Liars and A Bid Farewell

      A few weeks ago, on a dreary Friday afternoon, I was scouring through the internet to find a good TV show to watch and came across Pretty Little Liars. I started watching this show back when it first aired in 2010, however I kept forgetting about it and when I went to back to watch it, season 2 had already started and I was completely lost, so I gave up. That was until this particular Friday. As soon as I watched the pilot episode, I was hooked. I find that it is definitely one of those shows where so many different things happen, that you can’t miss a single episode because you will get so lost. Pretty Little Liars is a show about 4 girls; Hanna, Aria, Spencer and Emily who are being bullied by a person called ‘A’ while they are trying to solve the mystery of Alison’s murder. Each epsiode is full of new surprises and secrets, slowly getting closer to solving Ally’s disappearance.

      I have just started season 3 and I love it so much. I love how all the actors bring each character to life and make it seem so real. I think one of the main reasons I love this show so much is because it runs along similar lines as The Vampire Diaries and even contains some of the same actors. I think Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Troian Bellisario are such amazing actresses and their chemistry on screen is amazing. There are also alot of on screen romances, and as at season 3 my favourites include Hanna and Caleb, Aria and Ezra & Spencer and Toby. Although a few of the episodes do get a little creepy and it does get quite frustrating not knowing who ‘A’ is, I’m really looking forward to watching the remaining 4 seasons filled with even more lies and secrets.

      On another note, I would also like to use this blog post to say goodbye to my beloved family cat, TC. I arrived home on Saturday morning to find out that at a grand old age of 17, she had had a stroke and we had to take her to the vet to be put to sleep. It was a very hard day filled with sadness and tears, but by late afternoon my mum and I had changed tones and decided to remember all the good and funny things TC used to do. We went through so many old photographs of her and laughed at all the memories they brought. A few of my favourites included the day we dressed her up in a puppy jumper that my mum had made for the SPCA, the day she got stuck in a plant pot and the day we decided to have a photo shoot of her and my teddy bear. She was such an incredible cat and will be very missed. I love you TC.

      27/01/1999-17/09/2016 ❀

      25 Facts About Me

      1. I collect Disney DVD’s.

      2. I was born on New Years Eve, which means alot of people actually forget my birthday.

      3. I have a 1 and a half year old kitten.

      4. I am a very fussy eater and only stick to what I know and love.

      5. I love to spend time outdoors walking or biking.

      6. I am obsessed with Lush bath bombs – I have a big basket full of them.

      7. The sun instantly makes me happy and the rain instantly gets me down.

      8. My favourite colour is orange.

      9. Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney movie of all time.

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      10. I have known my best friend for 14 years.

      11. I am quite shy when I first meet people, but once im comfortable you’ll think I’m a complete weirdo. But that’s good, right?

      12. The only hot drink that I like is hot chocolate.

      13. The most North of New Zealand I have been is Auckland and the most South I have been is Nelson.

      14. I absolutely love The Vampire Diaries.

      15. My favourite quote is “do more of what makes you happy.”

      16. My favourite TV show of all time is Friends.

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      17. When I’m cold or tired I get really grumpy.

      18. I am always switching my hair between dark brown and ombre – I just can’t decide!

      19. I love to bake (especially pretty cupcakes).

      20. My favourite place to be is by the sea, it’s so comforting.

      21. Summer is my favourite season.

      22. Christmas is my absolute favourite holiday – I love everything about it.

      23. My favourite pizza topping is Hawaiian.

      24. I love buying cute notebooks – I end up with way too many!

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      25. My favourite ice cream flavour would have to be chocolate.

      I hope you enjoyed this slightly more personal blog post! I would love to hear 25 facts about you too, so feel free to leave your links in the comments section πŸ™‚