I got nominated for a Liebster Award !

Upon checking my phone notifications today for Twitter, I came across the fact that I had been nominated for a Liebster Award. Just as a quick thing for those of you who don't know what this is, a Liebster Award is an award which is Internet based only and is given to bloggers by other bloggers, and this tradition will be entering its 5th year of existence! As well as this, it's also an amazing way to get to know fellow bloggers just that little bit more and to make some great connections with great bloggers.

Admittedly, I had seen this award float around on my Twitter timeline a few times but never really read into what it was until now, and it's a really heartwarming feeling to have someone recognise you for what you're passionate about - which for us as bloggers, it's a huge deal... Am I right?

I was nominated by the always lovely Jay (@Jayxoxox18 on Twitter and as Blissful Beauty Bird online!) and I want to thank her personally for nominating me, as it really warmed my heart and made me smile - so thank-you so much, lovely!

So I understand from reading up on this award that there are rules, and thanks to Jay's post, I found out what they were and they are:

1. Thank whoever nominated you (Thanks again Jay, you little cutie!)
2. Post 10 facts about yourself (optional). 
3. Answer the 11 questions given.
4. Nominate at least 5 but no more than 11 bloggers and let them know they were nominated.
5. Create 11 questions for your nominee's to answer.

So without further ado (Wow, I feel like I use that saying a lot on here?) Here are 10 facts about me!

  1. I am a second year university student and I study a BSc degree in Health and Social Care so that I can pursue a career in being either a youth worker or go onto doing a Masters degree in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology and become a psychiatrist/counsellor.
  2. I've suffered from anxiety for 3 years running.
  3. I'm 5ft1, so I'm pretty tiny! (Fun fact: I'm the same height as Lady Gaga!)
  4. I am a total gamer nerd - and proud!
  5. I've dyed my hair more times than years I've lived.
  6. My first holiday was when I was 18 months old and I visited Florida.
  7. In my entire life, I've owned 2 cats, 2 rabbits, 3 fish, 1 hamster and 2 dogs... My life has literally been a zoo.
  8. Mental Health awareness has been a huge deal to me for years, and seeing a youth worker and counsellor has inspired me to want to help others for a job.
  9. I've got naturally grey-blue eyes, but the colour changes depending on my mood (variation between grey to dark blue)
  10. I've had glasses since I was 11.

Questions given to me by Jay:

1. What is something you feel strongly about?

I feel very strongly about mental health, as it's something I've struggled with for a good while and I've had people close to me who have struggled and seeing them be so down and upset about things was difficult for me to witness. 

2. What is something you feel proud of?

This will be pretty cheesy but I'm proud of how far my mother, brother and boyfriend have come. They've had their own personal struggles in life and sometimes I've been around to see it, and sometimes I haven't. I've been told about their struggles and what happened to them and the fact that they're still getting on with their daily lives is something I love.

 I am proud of them for their strength, courage, dignity and self worth because it inspires me to keep going and I look up to them all (or I should say 'look directly at' for my mum since she's a shortie too!)

3. What are three words or phrases that make you laugh?

"Get lit, fam". This always makes me laugh because it reminds me of what my university friends are like and that we all have a good time together, have fun and can have a good laugh with each other!

4. What's the meaning behind your Blog name?

Depending on how you know me (whether it's as littlelifeandwandering (pre-domain) or chloetommo, I'll explain them both). Littlelifeandwandering was my original blog name before getting my own domain because I was originally writing about my life discoveries, as well as the issues I had been facing in my life. Now I try to make it more... All rounded, if that makes sense? As in I try to vary my content. Now that I'm chloetommo, it's basically my name since my name is Chloe and my last name is Thomas.

5. What inspired you to start a blog?

I wanted to start a blog because when my original content was about my personal struggles, I wanted to share how I dealt with things so that I could help others who perhaps are going/have gone through similar or the same things as me. Essentially... I just want to help others and give them a safe zone for reading where they know they can relax and switch off from life's daily struggles.

6. How would you describe your style?

It's... Very varied, to say the least. I love comfy styles - so a pair of jeans/leggings and a comfy top or sweatshirt. However, sometimes I will go 'all out' and 'glam' myself up and make a lot of effort - but I'd take comfort over outfit cost any day. However, I do love a good band t-shirt (or any normal t-shirt really) paired with a tartan/plaid shirt over the top.

7. Where do you see yourself in 3 years?

I'd see myself as a university graduate with enough money under my belt to secure a place on a Masters degree in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology!

8. What are you most excited about for the upcoming season?

Halloween! I adore it so much and I can't wait for it to come around again, since I love horror movies and getting to dress up and just have a bit of fun! I kind of want to celebrate how I did last year with my university friends, so I hope it'll happen!

9. Is there a vacation (holiday) spot you would visit again?

Florida again (even though I've gone so many times) because I want to go to Universal again, but in all honesty... I want to go to Dubai, Paris or New York again - they were my ultimate favourites.

10. How would you describe your personality?

Weird, bubbly, caring and friendly.

11. How would you like to inspire others?

I'd like to inspire others by them seeking help for any struggles that they're coming across. The last thing I want to see is people struggle in silence by themselves whilst everything is falling on top of them. By posting my content and discussing what I do, I want to inspire people to know that seeking help is okay and that it's okay to not be okay.

Thanks again to Jay for nominating me for this! I loved the questions and some of the actually picked my brain a little bit, which is what I need since I've got lectures again starting tomorrow.

I nominate:

Connor - http://wearehappiertogether.blogspot.co.uk/
Elly - http://www.ellymitchell.co.uk/
Shannon - http://pinklemonadeandpaperbacks.blogspot.co.uk/
Rebecca - http://staticnova.blogspot.co.uk/
Summer - https://theblondecafe.wordpress.com/
 Guilianna - https://guiliannamarie.blogspot.co.uk/

My questions for you guys are:

1. If you won the lottery, what would be the first 3 things you would do with the money?
2. What are your life goals?
3. If you could give a person one piece of advice, what would it be?
4. What things do you do to de-stress?
5. Who are your inspirations?
6. What book/tv/movie character do you best relate to and why?
7. When you were asked as a kid "What do you want to be when you grow up?" What was your answer?
8. What kind of music do you listen to?
9. Are you passionate about anything?
10. With regards to mental health, what would you do to help reduce the stigma attached to it?
11. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Good luck to all that I've nominated and go check them out. Also, don't forget to spread the blogger love!

Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @chloemtommo, Instagram: @chloetommo and Bloglovin.
Have an amazing day!

Rainy day relaxation

Since summer has gone and we've entered Autumn, I thought I would provide some nice things to do whilst it's a bit crappy outside.

Now a lot of people don't really know what to do whilst it's raining outside or it's pretty chilly and I feel like I'm pretty good at coming up with ideas regarding this because I do like a cosy day or evening in with doing not much and pretty much giving yourself some TLC. So without further ado, here are my ideas for rainy day relaxation!

Have a hot shower/bath

Something I really adore doing is just getting in the shower or running a bath and making it super hot (but not too hot that it makes you light headed!). I feel like it relaxes all my muscles and my body, as well as kind of getting rid of my stress or issues I could be having at the time. I also feel with this that using different kind of products makes it really nice too, and I have some pretty good product recommendations (in my opinion), since I'm always on the hunt for new things to try and to change up my routine a little bit.

  • Lord of Misrule Shower Cream by Lush (£9.95 for 250g) - I literally discovered this yesterday (although I have seen numerous times in-store) and I am in love. I have to be careful what products I use because I do have eczema in numerous places on my body, so the last thing I want is for it to flare up by using products which make it flare up. I love Lord of Misrule as I feel it's a really earthy but punchy scent, which is something I like and have come to like a lot more than sweet scents. Also, this is actually lime green, so it looks like slime in a bottle and it looks so nice. As the product describes, there is "a herbal blend of patchouli, peppercorn and black pepper with an intriguing vanilla absolute sweetness." I really enjoy the scent of this and I do like that the vanilla scent doesn't overpower the spice and punchiness of it.
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  • Love Spell Shower Gel by Victoria Secret (£10.50 for 250ml) - I love VS a lot and this shower gel has been a favourite of mine for a little while. It's got a scent of cherry blossom and peach, so it's pretty sweet in comparison to Lord of Misrule but I do kinda like variety. In colour, it's a very faint lilac colour and it leaves the skin nice and soft and smelling lovely - I can't fault it.
  • Intergalactic Bath Bomb by Lush (£3.50) - I was bought this as a Christmas present last year and I always go into Lush to look for different bath bombs, but I do really like this one. As it's been fizzing, neon colours will be all around in the water and it's very pretty in all honesty. Once it's been in the water and has completely fizzed, it makes the water navy blue with a silvery shimmer and it looks so pretty. It smells very nice and as the website states, Intergalactic has "rogue layers of vetivert and cedarwood take hold, evoking the warmth of human contact far from home and a hint of 80s aftershave". It's a very interesting scent and I do particularly like it.
  • Big Blue Bath Bomb by Lush (£3.50) - What drew me to this was the scent before it was in the bath water. It's very fresh and minty, which is a scent I enjoy whilst I want to relax or feel fresh for however long in the day I have left. Whilst in the water, it'll give out different blue shades into the water and dropping little bits of seaweed into the water which do soften in warm water. There is sea salt in the bath bomb which buffs away at dead skin and leaves it feel fresh and happy - pretty much! There are also two different oils contained within the bath bomb which are lemon and lavender which whilst the lemon oil "cleans the mind", the lavender is antiseptic and cleansing for the skin.

Read a book

As a book worm, I do really enjoy curling up in my pyjamas or comfies and grabbing a good book. My taste is very varied I must admit, but I feel like it's a good way to relax the mind. I do have recommendations which I won't tell you what they're about, since it'll give things away - but I hope you like them as much as I do!

  • The Maze Runner collection (The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order) by James Dashner
  • Who We Were Before by Leah Mercer
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Mortality Doctrine (The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, The Game of Lives) by James Dashner
  • Tape by Steve Camden
  • How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Columbine by Dave Cullen

Watch a new TV series

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There's nothing I love more than watching some Netflix whilst in bed - it's practically a boredom killer. I like discovering a new series to watch because series binging is something I adore as well. Again, just like the book recommendations, I won't tell you what they're about so you can enjoy them!

  • Reign
  • Teen Wolf
  • Game of Thrones
  • Supernatural
  • Penny Dreadful
  • RuPaul's Drag Race
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Gossip Girl
  • Criminal Minds
  • Outnumbered
  • Community
  • How to get away with Murder
  • Archer
  • Jessica Jones

Get an adult colouring book

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I know this can be seen by some people as a bit weird or not for them, but it is a massive stress reliever. I usually use one of these whilst putting an episode of something on Netflix and it makes me feel so relaxed and happy. You can get books like these pretty much anywhere, but I usually go to The Works and purchase them, since they're quite cheap. I have a tattoo designs one and some designs are pretty easy to colour but some can be intricate, as well as a mindfulness one which has very intricate designs in it. I know that a lot of people use pencils with their colouring but I do prefer using felt/brush tip pens since I feel like the colour looks way nicer and you haven't got to worry about breaking a nib or anything.

Watch YouTubers

I do this quite a bit but sometimes I do like waiting it out so I can have a mass catch up of YouTubers. I try to watch upcoming YouTubers but I do like other ones, like Zoella, the SacconeJoly's, Grav3yardgirl, MadeYewLook, PewDiePie and many more. I love watching them because I like seeing what they do in their lives, as well as seeing what games or beauty products they recommend to use/do, as I do like variety in my life so if there's any recommendations you have, let me know below!

Find some good music to listen to

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There's always different ways to find new and different music to listen to, and my favourite places to look for these are Spotify and 8tracks. Basically, there's always playlists provided by these two services, with Spotify having it made by staff but allowing you to make your own, and 8tracks having their playlists made purely by their users. What I like about both of these services is that you can find more music tailored to what you listen to and allows you to find new artists or songs you can enjoy. Personally, I do like 8tracks more since you can mix up tags to find something really suited to what you like and it is also a free service, whilst Spotify you do have to pay for, but it's not that much if you use it a lot (and I do, since I'm a university student who does drinks with friends and attends the gym). Personally, I feel like calming indie music or acoustic stuff really does relax me, rather than listening to songs which are jumpy/bouncy and can raise your energy rather than making you rested and relaxed.

Spend time with a friend/housemate/flatmate

Whether you're away at university/college, in school or currently working, there's always someone around you can talk to. I feel that as a university student, I'm advantaged as I live with friends and my boyfriend's house is close by and he lives with friend I have also, so there's at least 10 different people I can talk to and have a good time. I like being sociable a lot, but I also like just sitting around with whilst watching a film, TV series or whilst a few of them are playing games together. Also, you can be pretty relaxed while being around friends, regardless of what you do!

I really hope you all enjoyed reading about my rainy day relaxation tips, and I hope that you can possibly take them into your daily lives and let yourself relax more!

Disclaimer: All images besides the last one are not mine, so credit to their rightful owner(s)!

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Have an amazing day!