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A Little Pretty Parcel | The Travelling Notebook

A few days ago I received a small little parcel in the letterbox. Do you ever get those moments where you fully believe you have psychic powers haha, because something you had a feeling would happen happened? Well I had a notion the M2AB Travelling Notebook would arrive that day, and boy was I right! Now I'm more a believer of the 'Law of Attraction' than 'psychic powers'. I think if you put a notion out there to the world, the world mirrors your thought, and just like that your thought becomes reality!

You can read about the law of attraction all over the internet or in books. The Secret is one example of a book that discusses the power of the law of attraction. Its not witchy magic stuff, its just a law, you know like the law of physics!

Anyway, that's just brain vomit! The purpose of this post is to talk about Mum to A and B's travelling notebook, to which I recently received. Yaaay so excited :) Its my first time talking part in a crafty little post circle of sorts. I discovered the concept of a travelling notebook on Lauren's lovely blog OhHay and messaged her to find out more. I was super intrigued so when it came for the travelling notebook to be passed on to someone new, I had to take part.

I received the notebook off Hannah at Dainty and Ivory, quite the person to follow after since she is very talented and creative!:) I discovered once I read through the book that every single person who received the notebook were also super crafty and creative, each page of the book has so much individuality and pizazz! I'm going to do my entry today.

Its such a lovely idea, being able to write and create a little entry about yourself whilst also being able to read about others and get a taster for their skills/hobbies etc.

For those of you interested in receiving it next let me know in the comments or write to me via twitter (the link is on the top right of my blog).

This is a UK travelling notebook by the way :)

Until next time,

A crafty Sinéad ;)

The Girl Who Faked a 42 Day Backpacking Adventure Across Asia

Zilla Van Den Born convinced her friends and family into thinking she was travelling Asia, from her bedroom!

Before Photoshop

These days with social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram etc. at the forefront of our daily lives, its almost too easy for us to believe everything we read or see online. Of course on your online profile you are going hide the things you don't want people to know about you, and emphasis things to make yourself seem more interesting. But nobody really discuss the elephant in the room, bar Zilla when she staged a 42 day adventure across Asia, from her sofa.

For a final year university project, Zilla decided to focus on this topic:

Surfing on the West Coast | Lahinch, Co. Clare

It's not unknown that I am a big fan of the surfing culture. I'm only a newbie I'll have you know, and if you've read my previous post on the topic, you'll know where I stand in the matter. So I Went Surfing   

But two weeks ago one of my best mates and I took an ole' roadtrip up the west of the country, to county Clare. Whilst I'd been there before, I only managed to see a small portion of the eastern part of the county, the countryside. This time our sole focus was the coast, and with surfing a main priority of the adventure, Doolin was the ideal place for the craic, the site-seeing & the coast. Doolin is known for its traditional Irish music scene and in more recent years, Dusty the dolphin. We didn't manage to meet Dusty, but we did get a nice taster of the pub-life.

Giftcard Giveaway | Canadian & USA Readers | 25$ for HOTTT.COM


I entered a giveaway recently on a blog I adore, and guess what? I won! What are the chances? But as I went to use my giftcard I realised that they only delivered to Canada and the United States, and being from Ireland, this wasn't going to work out. I was so bumbed as I had fallen in love with a few really pretty bracelets! But instead of letting this 25$ giftcard go to waste, I said I'd give my Canadian and USA readers the chance to win a -

25$ giftcard for HOTTT.COM

If you haven't already heard of this site, take a trip on over there now :)

They sell a range of cool accessories from jewellery to home décor, stationary to bike accessories!

Personally I love their bracelets and necklaces!

Unfortunately this competition is only valid for Canadian and USA readers, so keep in mind you won't be able to use this giftcard if you are from anywhere else :( But not to worry I will hold another giveaway over the next few months for all readers :)

So to enter this competition all you have to do is -

"If you were to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?"
with your name (the one used in your comment bellow) &
bloglovin name

I will be selecting the winner (as long as all steps above are completed) based on most fascinating answer to my question :D

GIVEAWAY DEADLINE IS - 05/09/14 at 5PM (You've got a week to enter)

Ahh I'm so excited to hear which locations ye'd choose if ye were to travel anywhere in the world! :O

Unsure of how to do step 1 & 2 of the competition, well here's how :)

How to follow on Blogger -
On the right side of my blog, bellow my blog archive, there is the members tab. Click join this site and follow the steps required.
On your blogger home, scroll down to your reading list towards bottom of the page. Click the add button, and enter my URL ( Then click follow.

How to follow on Bloglovin' -
Above on my navigation bar (where it says home, about, contact & bloglovin) select bloglovin and you will be directed to my bloglovin' page. Click follow on my page. Make sure you are following both my bloglovin' page and thetravelbibleblog bloglovin' page.

Let the competition begin :D

Until next time,


DISCLAIMER - I have nothing to do with HOTTT.COM, I am giving away my own 25$ giftcard

You Know Your Irish When.. You Use These Phrases on a Daily Basis!

Irish Sayings, Slang & Phrases


Your travelling to Ireland this year, or maybe your just back from visiting and your trying to figure out what that crazy old farmer with the woollen cap shouted at you as you walked through his field (probably trying to find that neolithic monument a local told you about on the hush hush)! If your visiting the emerald isle I highly recommend that you make your self known to a few of these sayings and phrases. Because if you fail to do so, you may just have a very hard time trying to understand us.


Your like myself, just your average Irish gal (/guy maybe in your case), who tends to speak in such rhythmic jargon from time to time, that leaves many foreigners clueless as to what you just said. But to us its just everyday language. I myself really enjoy reading articles on Irish sayings, my most adored being - The Book of Irish Mammies by Colm O'Regan and Stuff Irish People Love (this isn't particularly about Irish sayings but you'll love it, if your Irish that is). Mind you I never read the books hahaa, but I did read extracts and watched Clisare's video on Stuff Irish People love, and I was laughing all the way to the end. You can watch it here. Infact just skip on over to her channel altogether because she's great for the craic! You can do that after you read my post ;)

As the title of this post so clearly boasts, you know your Irish when... you use these phrases on a daily basis. So for those of you with an Irish passport, I think its time you put your identity to the test. Are you really Irish? Well if you use these phrases bellow on a daily basis, you most defiantly are 100% Pure Irish baaaai. (Baaai - Cork slang - meaning 'boy' - pronounced biiii-yuh - used commonly among us rebellious southerners)


So without further a-do.... here are some popular Irish phrases!

Self-Confidence | #ShineStrong TAG | Controversial Chit Chat

Self-Confidence in my opinion, is the vital cog that allows the machine of self-happiness to turn. It's the vital element that allows you and me, to enjoy our own presences. Yes, great friends and family, great memories and experiences among other positive encounters increase our levels of happiness and therefore self-confidence. Because each state depends on each other, without self-confidence one isn't happy, and without happiness one is generally not self-confident. But. There is a fine line between confidence and self-confidence. Let me explain.


About three weeks ago I was sunning it up in the beautiful town of Rovinj, Croatia. If you havn't heard already about this countries exquisiteness, well its about time you hit that google search bar with the letters C-R-O-A-T-I-A. Whilst I only managed to squeeze in five days in the north-west of the country, only a smidgen of the amount of beauty Croatia has to offer, I was in love. I stayed in Rovinj for the majority of the trip, a gorgeous old town with narrow alleyways and stone pavements jutting right out into the Adriatic Sea. Can you visualise it? Well here's a few pictures to prove it.

It was here, that I saw some Dolphins, for the first time in over 3 years! I was super excited when I spotted

Auto-tuned "Apparently Kid", PVC Pipe Drummer & Where is Tish Simmonds now? | This Weeks Internet Finds

Hello internet friends,

This week I've got something a little different for you, but I think you'll enjoy it, because who doesn't love a good laugh, mind blowing footage or a bit of scandal? Nobody!

If you've been on the internet at any stage this week, it would be odd or highly unlikely that you haven't already come across Tish Simmonds' viral videos or vines, "I'm in me mom's car, vroom vroom" and "I'm in the bath, swim swim". While her original vines are funny, I laughed, I have seen over 10 spoofs and remixes that are even more enjoyable, I cried. So bellow is one of my favourite remixes of "Im in me mom's car, vroom vroom", which I found on the LADbible facebook page. So without further a do bellow is the link, enjoy.

I'm Back | Amsterdam Shenanigans On Our Interrailing Adventure

Hello dusty keyboard & those of you reading ;),

I'm Back, sadly, from my interrailing adventure. What an amazing time we had, honestly feels like I've been gone a year. But I haven't, just over two weeks, sixteen days to be precise!

I was so driven to post here at every chance I could, but when your travelling from county to country every 2 to 3 days, life passes you by! So I'm really sorry I didn't post, but hey I can rant on all about my trip and give you all the tips and advice one would need starting right now :)

I did manage to write one blog post while away, but hadn't published it, so bellow is my post on Amsterdam - the first pitstop on my journey. I hope you enjoy!

Sitting in Amsterdam Central station, waiting patiently for our train to Munich. We got booted out of our hostel this morning at 10, so instead of trecking around the city with big heavy harversacks on our backs, we decided to go straight to the station. The trams here are so punctual and frequent, so we really didn't expect to be at the train station as early as we were. We've got two hours to kill!

So here I am, sitting in a little coffee shop right on the platform. Bumming wifi and electricity. I guess this is the interrailing life, and we are only two days in haha!

Amsterdam was amazing! On our first night we went on a pub crawl, I'd recommend to do one of those down to the ground (especially if your only there for 2 days like us) because they are awesome for meeting loads of new people and getting a real big taster of Amsterdam night life. We paid 20€ and got a tshirt and endless supplies of alchol whilst also running from pub to pub. We lost the group at one stage with a little Australian girl we befriended, but the bouncers on other clubs were very helpful and we were fast finding the group again in our drunken state!!

We made so many friends that night, including some that we are going to meet again in Italy! We visited the red light district that night also with a group of Californians for the laugh! When in Amsterdam right! We visited the Anne Frank Huis yesterday, which was super emotional and chilling, but totally worth the hour que! 

I can't wait for Munich now! I think the train is here, so I best sign off! Wouldn't be good to miss the first train would it?

Under the IAmsterdam 'M'

Chilling in a clog, with ugly scaffolding surrounding it

Until next time,


Breath-taking photos of people looking their best & their worst!

Woah well hi guys, sure feels like forever since I made a post, when really its only been 8 days. But 8 days!! I mean I was on a roll, was really getting into this blogging thing. But I'm back with another post, for a very short interlude (as I leave Sunday to go Interrailing), this one being slightly odd, and in no relation AT ALL to my ever so fabulous blog title.

With technology these days we all so easily fall into that social rigmarole of selfies! Everyone (well no, everyone fortunate enough) has a phone with a frontward facing camera, or device of some sort that can successfully take pictures. So when your feeling like a particularly pretty human someday, why wouldn't you want to take a snap to remind yourself, or the world of how gorgeous you looked (and are!). Wooo positive self-happiness guru Sinéad here. So there's no denying, that at some stage YOU fell victim to this plight and took a picture of yourself. And you were proud of that picture sister (or brother)!


For every moment of self admiration, there is a moment of boredom. And it is then that we take photos like this:

Oh you know what I'm talking about! Christened with the name 'Uglies', they are the evil, yet humorous, step sister of 'Selfies'. And without a doubt, you have also taken one of these bad boys!

Fun little scientific fact, that explains why sometimes we are unhappy with the way we look in a selfie -

"We are used to identifying with our faces as they would appear in a mirror, but when we take a selfie, the camera captures our faces as strangers would see us from head on rather than we would see ourselves in a reflection." - The Times.

I am so fascinated by this fact! Not the part to do with the camera but the fact that if you were to walk past yourself on the street you wouldn't even recognise your own body and face! Because when you look in the mirror the reflection is a little bit distorted. Have you ever seen anyone else's face in the mirror and they look a bit different!? I have and it always baffled me! Anyway back to business. 

So bellow you will find a collection of images demonstrating both uses of the terms 'Selfie' and 'Uglie'. Pictures of a person looking their best and a picture of them looking their worst. So of course if your human, you'll enjoy these!

My absolute favourite hahah

The Voices In My Head | This Week

Jake Bugg

Do you ever listen to a song, an feel completely captivated by the lyrics and melody? Or by the artist vocals? So inspired by the music that you get that fuzzy feeling inside. Or perhaps you get that feeling because the music hit a nerve within you? Well that's how I feel right now, and maybe I'm the only one who gets this 'fuzzy feeling' (but I highly doubt it)! For me, it think it happens especially when listening to something live, be it on a stage, live on tv or a live audio recording from a gig. Over the past week I've been listening to a lot of music, which is awesome as usual (I mean who doesn't love music?). This music coma was furthered by the Glastonbury Festival, which the BBC so fabulously live streamed for those of us less fortunate to make it this year. So when I wasn't browsing Spotify or Youtube for tunes, I was sitting on my couch singing along (where possible) to live Glastonbury gigs. This year I jammed along to the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg, MGMT, Kellis, Kodaline, The Kooks and much more! My new addiction being Jake Bugg. I had heard of him and knew one or two songs, but really only discovered him for real at the weekend when he braced the 'Other Stage' in Glastonbury.

As soon as he began to sing I was hooked, his voice is sooo original and beautiful. A voice expected to emerge from a much older man, least expected to be the voice of a 20 year old Nottingham bloke. His songs are bluesy in style with melodic hints of his influences (The Beatles and Johnny Cash to name two). But his music is also quite like indie folk/indie rock which I love aswell. He has this 'I couldn't give a fuck!' appearance (not saying he's shabby looking, that's not at all the case), which infact makes me more fascinated with his music and voice! I get that 'feeling' listening to his music. Its so comforting for some reason? But I suppose its not odd that it is, it would be more odd if screamo music made me comfortable. But then again that's somebody's thing, somebody's comfort. I really like his look, find him quite attractive for some reason haha.

His tunes I'm loving at the moment include:

So I Went Surfing


My friend and I attempting to surf. That's myself on the right.

I've always wanted to be a surfer for as long as I can remember :L As a child me and my friend would pretend we were surfers and that we lived in Australia with our famous surfer parents haha. Then as teenagers we'd fan over famous surfers and skateboarders (Ryan Sheckler to name one). I've been told numerous times that I look real beachy/boheminan/surfer, when I've never even surfed before or live nowhere nere the beach or places of such style influence! I have also been informed by a few different people that I look really like Ivy in 90210. I've never seen the show but looked her up as one would do, and what a compliment that is! Would be great if I also shared the same height as her, just saying! Just shows that when you have a passion for something you display hints of this passion without even trying. Kind of works like the law of attraction!

But anyway, the other day I finally went surfing! Something I'd longed to do for years but never actually got around to it, well that's half a lie. When I was in Australia a few years ago, I did try on a friend's board.. ON BONDI BEACH! But it didn't go so well. Like a lot of beaches there's the swimming part of the beach and surfing part. And generally the surfing parts can be shallow one minute and deep the next. Which I discovered in a panic and then swam back in. Mind you I was probably only 13 and was only going to be on the beach for a few hours so decided to enjoy myself without getting the living s*** kicked out of me with fear.

Back to that glorious day, when I rode a few waves in the Atlantic.

InterRail pass purchased | The countdown begins!


Woo I'm so excited!!

After months of planning, I've finally taken the second plunge towards my InterRailling adventure, I've purchased my pass yeeewhoo. I had my flights book almost 3 month now, and it was only time I got my feet in the water (being two weeks away and all!!). My route is probably quite different to a lot of other interrailers, mainly because we are drawn to the sun like magnets are to the door of a fridge, so Croatia and Italy are very important stops on our agenda. We are going for a little over two weeks, although we had originally planned on going for a month, but that was unrealistic for two broke students!! We are using the 10 days within 22 days pass, which will give us a lot more freedom than the cheaper option (5 days within 10 days). With the 5 days within 10 days we would have been whizzing through the cities! 

Yummy Crème Pâtissière Raspberry Tartlets

With no goodies in the house, and craving something fresh and sweet, Raspberry Crème Pâtissière Tartlets were a definite bake! If I haven't already expressed my love for baked goods, well I will now. I love pastries, desserts and all that yummy stuff!! So as you can imagine, I was totally excited to bake up a batch of these bad boys. Having never baked a Crème Pâtissière Tart, it was a new and fun experiment. So if your interested in how I made these little delights keep reading! 

They tasted beautiful by the way!

(I was so bummed with my final photo of the tartlets, all along I was using my Canon T3i to take pictures, and was so excited to get some use out of the camera for baking purposes. But sure didn't my mom take it on her walk so when the tarts were finished the camera was gone! And to add to that, most of the tartlets were eaten by the time she got home haha! So no new photos could be taken, but you can enjoy the impeccable quality of the process photos bellow :P)

J'adore | Summer Edition

Loving too many things this month but here's just a few items I long for!! 

Being super nice outside and all, I'm totally inspired by colourful items even though I'm generally drawn to black haha! Anyone else out there the same? I love bohemian fashion and also adore grunge (music and all, Kurt - you're my man). I suppose my love for grunge is probably partially the reason why I'm drawn to darker colours! 

So here we go, a quick run through of my summer wishlist!

Strawberrys & Cream

If you live in Ireland (or the UK) like myself, your probably as delighted as I am with the weather! It's not that usual for us to have a 'real summer', and by 'real summer' I mean - average day to day temperatures ranging from 20 degrees Celsius upwards! Actually what I mean by a 'real summer' probably stems from what I absorbed from the media and TV of what I perceived American weather to be like! Or even my experiences of weather abroad in countries such as Spain and Greece during the summer! But that's just unrealistic! I'm from the land of the pale and pasty!

But anywho I just wanted to share a few photos with ye of my awesome lunch, or dessert even! Who doesn't love strawberries? Especially during this time of the year when they are at their best!!! 

Little tip, if your travelling in Ireland this Summer and happen to be driving through Wexford, make sure you stop at the little strawberry stalls on the sides of the road and pick up a pundit or two. You won't regret it! Wexford strawberries are world renowned! Well haha maybe Ireland renowned.. 

The Ultimate World Travel TAG

After searching far a wide online for a tag that strictly stuck to the topics of  'travel' and 'the world', and a tag that didn't veer off asking questions about beauty guru's and make-up you'd wear to the beach (like really?). I've finally compiled questions from a mixture of popular travel based tags to make the tag we've all been waiting for... 

drum roll......


So here it is, in all its glory haha!

(Full list of unanswered questions at bottom of post for you to copy & paste)

1. Your most treasured passport stamp?

When I first read that question I had my answer made. I'm going to have to go for the stamp I got when I travelled to Calcutta, India. Mainly because it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and because its a pretty rare stamp for a 19 year old to have :)

I Wonder What Country These Pretty Images Are Promoting?

A Greek Island? Costa del Sol? Sure tis' only Ireland of course!

With the heatwave upon us here are some sunny snaps of places in Ireland that could easily pass for some foreign country.

1. Cloughglass Beach, Dungloe, County Donegal

Ireland doesn't just have great grassy scenery, she has some pretty beaches or rocky coves with clear water and white sand like Cloughglass Beach above! Little hideaways you'd only imagine stumbling across abroad.

2.  Glendalough, County Wicklow

Looks almost Canadian, aye?

The cliffs of Horn Head, Co Donegal, Ireland. Stock Photo

3.  The cliffs of Horn Head, County Donegal

For a scary looking coastline, the water looks terribly inviting. Could easily pass for cliffs in a Mediterranean setting!

4.  Skellig Michael, County Kerry

A mystical island somewhere in Indonesia? Ah no, you don't need to travel that far to find a unusually pretty island like this one!


5.  O' Carroll's Cove, County Kerry

With white sand, clear blue waters and rocky features this is probably my favourite beach in Ireland. Its hard to show off the real beauty of the place through these photos but believe me, it's a little piece of paradise! Its small and on the ring of Kerry so its not as busy as bigger beaches. I remember coming here one extremely hot summers day a few years back, and to make my experience of the beautiful cove even better, we were fascinated by a group of Dolphins that were gracefully swimming close to shore. There was a group paddling beside them in there kayaks and people swimming out to see them. They stayed at the cove for a few hours! You can watch the sun go down in the pretty restaurant/bar! Which we did, eating a huge pizza with a picture of beer for only 20 euro! During the year the gorgeous place was savaged by the storms and floods, but the community came together to restore the place back to its natural bliss. If your on the Ring of Kerry, its a must to visit this beautiful cove, especially on a sweltering summers day.

6.  The Heather Hills, Gortin, County Tyrone

Beautiful heather fields in Tyrone, Northern Ireland. I think this picture looks like it could have been taken in America.

7.  Crohy Head Sea Arch, Crohy Head, County Donegal

This image looks like it could be anywhere else but Ireland! Sea arches are great things to photograph, this one in Donegal appears incredible photogenic, even if it is only a rock.

8.  Ballycurrin Lighthouse, Lough Corrib, County Galway

An unusual lighthouse on the shores of Lough Corrib. One of Ireland's many beautiful lakes and also Ireland's largest lake at that! There are many islands on Lough Corrib many of which are privately owned. A family friend used to own one which I stayed on a couple of times. Such a pretty lake with great wildlife!

Beauty is in our back garden, sometimes you don't have to wander too far away to find it. 

If you enjoyed this post, please let me know :)

None of these images are mine, all rights reserved to owners :)

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