Guest post: Girl Online Review

So after all the debate about how Zoella wrote her first novel, she still managed to sell more copies in the first week than Harry Potter! Like many of you, our guest reviewer got a copy of Girl Online for Christmas and it looks like the celebrity vlogger has really impressed – yet again!

Eleri is 12 years old, from Pembrokeshire, Wales. She loves reading new books, horse riding, and practiscing the hair style tips from Zoella's youtube channel.

Eleri zoella reviewIf you have some Christmas spending money left over and would still like to get your hands on a copy, Girl Online is available from Tesco and Amazon.

We’d love to hear more about what books you guys are reading, so please comment on the Facebook page if you’d like to be featured!


2014: A year for the girls!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! As we recover from staying up to see the clock strike midnight, and look forward to the next year, let’s travel back in time to take a look at all the records, prizes and awards the girls won in 2014: (We’re having some technical problems so if the timeline doesn’t show below, just click on the link…)

Here’s hoping the success continues in 2015! Happy New Year to all our readers and followers xoxo

Why did Jennifer Lawrence spend Christmas in Hospital?

So now the last turkey sandwich has been demolished and we’re all getting used to our new phones and tablets, we thought we’d catch up on Instagram and see how our favourite grrrl celebs spent Christmas AND THEN we realised that Jennifer Lawrence spent part of it in hospital!

That’s right, J-Law spent the night before Christmas in a Children’s hospital in her home town. The 24 year-old was home for the holidays in Louisville, Kentucky when she got into the Christmas spirit and dropped in to wish patients at Kosair Children’s Hospital a Merry Christmas.

So, whilst she may play the Hunger Games hero, Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer has shown how easy it is to be a real life hero by reminding us that as we’ve all been busy unwrapping presents and enjoying huge Christmas dinners at home with friends and family, others haven’t been so fortunate!

Mum’s Homemade Mince Pies

Christmas Eve is just around the corner. The tree is up, the cards have been sent and presents are (nearly) all wrapped. So what better way to prepare for the big day than enjoying yur own, homemade mince pies?

Not only do they make delicious Christmas nibbles (much nicer than the one from the shops!), but they’re so quick and simple to make – and the perfect present for that person who has everything!

Here at Grrrl’s Life we had a go with mum’s trusty old family recipe, which we wanted to share with you guys. Comment below or on Facebook and let us know how you get on with your own! And why not share your own Christmas recipes? We’d love to hear from you.

Aaaaaaand we’ll just put this here so you can have a little sing a long with Taylor Swift’s Christmas playlist whilst you’re baking:


  • 225g cold butter, diced
  • 350g plain flour
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 280g mincemeat
  • 1 small egg
  • icing sugar, to dust

1. To make pastry: Rub butter into flour and mix in caster sugar. Roll into a ball.

2. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6.

3. Roll out 18 walnut-sized balls and place in baking tray. Fill with mincemeat.

in teh tray

Once you’ve cut out the pastry cases, pop them into the tray

4. Use shaped cutters to make lids from left over pastry

You can use shaped cutters like starts and christmas trees to as an even more festive edge to your mince pies - and if you use both the cut out an dleft over pastry you won't waste any!

You can use shaped cutters like starts and christmas trees to as an even more festive edge to your mince pies – and if you use both the cut out and left over pastry you won’t waste any!


Fun shaped cutters are easy to find in the baking aisel in any supermarket

5. Beat egg and brush the tops of the pies. Bake for 20 minutes until golden.

Ready for baking!

Ready for baking!

In teh oven

Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack.

6. Lightly dust with icing sugar.

Use a sift to lightly dust your pies with icing sugar

Use a sieve to lightly dust your pies with icing sugar

And done in half an hour! Dont worry, you don’t have to eat them all at once, they’ll keep for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container. Good luck!

Emma Watson wins a new award – and it’s not for acting!

Emma Watson, otherwise known as Hermione in the Harry Potter films, has won another award…..for being a top grrrrl.

Emma Watson: Voted a top grrrl power feminist

Emma Watson: Voted a top grrrl power feminist

We recently shared a post on Facebook about how inspired one girl has been by the female characters in recent books and films. Hermione from The Harry Potter  books, and played by Emma Watson in the films, was just one of those characters who Mia looked up to. And it’s easy to see why:

Determined, brave, clever and hard-working Hermione is certainly someone to admire but so is Emma herself – she has just been voted the Top Celebrity Feminist of 2014.

“So what IS feminism?!” we hear you cry. It’s pretty simple really. It’s all about men, women, girls and boys from all backgrounds, all shapes, and sizes, being treated equally by each other.

Another celebrity feminist is Beyonce, who was voted the 4th by Cosmopolitan magazine readers. It’s no wonder she was there either after that incredible VMAs performance this year, where she explained in her own unique way, why feminism matter to grrrls like YOU:

(For the best bit start watching at 11:34)

Emma also summed feminism up pretty well in a recent speech she made about feminism. It’s a pretty serious speech and it’s nowhere near as fun as Queen Bey’s but if you want to learn more, here it is:

With everyone else voting for the top feminist celebrities, why not share who is youre favourite feminist character from Mia’s list? You can vote in the poll below and let us knwo who you look up to:



Yay, Zoella’s back! But is ghostwriting such a bad thing?!

Thank goodness she’s back online to continue her “Vlogmas” countdown with boyfriend, Alfie Deyes:

But poor old Zoella can’t seem to win these days! After all the criticism for being too girly now she’s in trouble for having her new best-selling book ghost-written. In other words, she’s had help writing it.

A record-breaking 78,109 copies of Girl Online were sold in teh first week it was published!

A record-breaking 78,109 copies of Girl Online were sold in teh first week it was published!

Here at Grrrls’s Life we don’t really understand the problem. Sure, Zoella didn’t write ALL of Girl Online. But how many famous people besides novelists like JK Rowling and Kate O’Hearn, who make a living from their writing, really do write all their own books?

Think about all those celebrity “autobiographies” from footballers and people from the TV. Can you really see 1D sitting around a table for hours on end writing about their lives when they’re all so busy on tour, writing songs and recording them?

We doubt Harry and co. all sat down together to write every word of their new autobiography (image copyright

We doubt Harry and co. all sat down together to write every word of their new autobiography (image copyright

We all know that books take a long time to write and perfect, you don’t just sit down one afternoon at your laptop and produce a 200 page masterpiece. Or a 100 page one for that matter.

Let’s get real. Zoella is a blogger and vlogger. That’s what she does. She writes and talks online and makes her money from the promotional work she does telling us all about the best new products. And now she’s designing and selling her own products. That’s great.

But like Harry and co work in the music industry, Zoella didn’t make her name as an author. She’s the Girl Online. And her life as a blogger inspired her to share some of her experiences and ideas with us in a book.

For example, trolling. Don’t worry, we’re not about to spoil the story for those who haven’t read it yet, but after being trolled online Penny, the book’s main character explains that “Every time you post something online, you have a choice.” And Zoella herself has tweeted that choice before after a siminalr experience: “You can either make it something that adds to the happiness levels in the world – or you can make it something that takes away from them.”

Perhaps the people criticising Zoella for being dishonest about writing the book should think again!