Monday, 29 September 2014

Being an adult is hard!





Sorry for the lack of blogging in the last few days. I have just moved into my new student house for the next year so things have been very busy sorting out my room and the house. 

But boy, is being an adult hard. Having to ring up gas companies, doing a lot of cleaning when we first moved in and sorting out rent payments is a bit of a faff. But, there really is nothing that makes you feel more grown up when you have to (and successfully) manage to set up your own wifi! 

Everything is starting to come together now, but I really miss the easiness of being on campus. Being and adult is hard, plus, having to try and get rid of your own huge massive spiders is a challenge. And I turn 20 next week.... I want to stay a teenager forever!


My lectures actually start next week, so will have a bit of time to make some posts. I am going to try my hardest to continue blogging maybe 3 times a week whilst keeping up with university work, but please bare with me for the next few days!


Hope everyone who is at uni has settled in now! 

xxxx


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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Films to take to University

I am literally in packing hell. I have taken quite a laid back attitude with packing my room up for uni this year that it has totally slipped my mind, so I have one day to pack up everything to take with me... ooopps.

Trying to sort through my DVDs was the worst. I didn't want to take them all with me, but I needed to take a few. DVDs are a weird thing. I don't actually have much time to sit and watch a film by myself or with other people in fact. But, what I loved is that we used to have film nights or switch films when we had a few moments spare.

My first DVD essential is obviously Friends. I am taking one boxset with me for times when I need something to watch for half an hour or when I am tidying. And seriously... who doesn't love friends? 

Okay, and then I have my trusty Disney DVDs. I had a bit of a panic as I thought I had lost Frozen, but don't worry, I did find it soon enough! I usually can't be bothered to watch long films, so hour and a half Disney films are right up my street for a night in! 

So I have also chosen to take the Hunger Games films to watch before going to see Mockingjay. Plus, my friends who haven't seen them can watch them so I can drag them along with me. These are for nights when I don't really have much to do as they are quite long. Summer Heights High is also in my DVD list, a personal favourite of mine. The episodes never fail to make me laugh, it is an absolute genius of a show. Mr G is my all time favourite TV character.

And lastly, where would I be without my Bridget Jones DVDs? They have got me through some times when all I wanted to do is sit by myself with a bowl of icecream and smile at all the jokes that I have heard a thousand times before. As you can probably tell, I have a deep connection to this film!

If you had to cut down your DVD collection, which films would you choose? 

xxxx


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Monday, 22 September 2014

Tips for Insomniacs


Sleep. Something that we all need to do, but it is not always something that comes easily to some people. I wish that I was one of those people that can sleep at any time of the day without fail, however, not all of us can be like this dog.

My first year of university was great, but it did come with struggles - my main one being my problem with sleep. I found my anxiety got even worse when I didn't have enough sleep, and then, not getting enough sleep was making the problem even worse.

I tried everything - cutting caffeine and alcohol from my diet, listening to music, having a hot bath, drinking a warm drink. Nothing worked. Some nights, I don't think I even fell asleep. Thankfully, my sleeping has improved. I still get odd nights or 3-4 days when I only have about 3 hours sleep, but here are some of my tips on how to get to sleep easier!

Don't have an alarm clock

By alarm clock I mean a clock that you can see in the dark, instead use your phone or a watch to check the time and set an alarm on. I would literally sit and watch the hours tick by when I had an alarm clock on my table and then count how many hours I would get before I would have to wake up. Eliminate the anxiety of counting down the hours and check occasionally.

Don't drink alcohol before bed

I can never sleep after a night out. Occasionally, this is fine, but if you are going out for drinks a lot, don't drink too near bed time. My heart and mind would race after a drink, so take it easy.

Take your mind off sleep 

I know that there is a lot of advice saying to stay away from electrical at night, but I find it easier to sleep after I have had some downtime scrolling through the internet. It takes my mind off the worry of 'am I going to sleep tonight'. This may not work for everyone, but do something before you go to bed.

Try mindfulness

If I am feeling anxious or just want to relax, I turn off the lights and lay on my back and close my eyes. I listen to my breathing, going in and out and try to focus on only that. This is also a good tip if you have background noise (like living in a hall of residence!). Become focussed on the noise and only the noise and keep breathing.

Act out a conversation in your head

Again, a trick to take your mind off the worry of not sleeping. Make up a conversation between you and a friend, or just words in your head. This sounds crazy, but it really does work - don't think of anything to dramatic though!

Stop worrying

This took me a long time to get over, but what is the worst that will happen if you don't get any sleep. You feel a bit sluggish for a day or too, but you will catch up eventually. Your body is not going to let you be awake for days on end without some relaxation. Make sure you are active, tire yourself out. Obviously, be careful when driving etc, but if you wake up thinking that you had more sleep than you actually did, you will feel a lot better!

I hope these tips help you out a little bit - as usual, here is a relevant Buzzfeed article to read through if you can't sleep! 
Have you got any more tips on how to get a better nights sleep? 

xxx

photo credit: ejbSF via photopin - no this isn't my dog... though I wish he was!



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Saturday, 20 September 2014

(Belated) Friday Favourites #4

Okay.. so this is a little bit late - I am aware that it is Saturday today! But, as I didn't do a weekly favourites last week, I do have some new favourites that I have been loving for the past few weeks!

TV Favourites


Again, I am very behind on the times and have started to watch Downton Abbey. I have only watched series 1 so far, but I am really liking it. I am a fan of films like Pride and Prejustice so it only seemed fitting to start watching this. I haven't watched as much Game of Thrones recently, will probably start again at Christmas when I have a bit more time! 

Film Favourites


I am a huge Hunger Games fan and re-watched Catching Fire this week (which was my favourite book!). I then found my copy of Mockingjay to re-read before the film comes out in November, plus the trailer was released this week and it just looks incredible! Check it out! 


Online Favourites


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If you follow me on Pinterest, I have been pinning a lot of baking things recently. I am hoping that when I move into my new flat for the next uni year, I will do a lot more baking, so have been finding some inspiration, and these are a few of my favourites- I don't think my cakes will be as good as this, but definitely want to make an Olaf cake soon!


Food Favourites


Crumpets... They are like sponges of goodness. Topped with lots of butter. Just yum.
Double Stuff Oreos... they were even better than I imagined!

Fashion Favourites

I bought this in the week from Primark at £3 (check out my Primark Haul here!) and can't wait to wear it out with some of my outfits. I saw Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter wear one similar with just a plain top in one her vlogs and loved it. And it was so cheap too!

Hope you are having a great weekend! 

Do you like reading weekly favourite posts? Let me know in the comments 

xxxx





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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Primark (+ extras) University Haul - September 2014

Whilst haul posts/videos are not everyone's cup of tea, personally I love reading haul posts, and my July 2014 Primark post is my most popular post so far. So, I popped into town yesterday to grab some things for my flat for next term and came out with a few bits...

I picked up this heart cushion for an absolute bargain at £3.

I also picked up some blue checked pyjama / lounging bottoms for just lazing around in which were £6 
The necklace on top was £3. I have been looking for one like this for a while, I think I like it better than a statement necklace that I bought in New Look a little while ago as this one may be a bit easier to wear. 
And, no surprise that I picked up something with owls on it, which were these tea towels which were £2.50 for the kitchen next year as well as a diffuser for £1 for my room next year. 

To add more homey bits, I bought this from Wilko at £5. I thought I could put my toiletries or stationery in it to keep everything a little more organised.


Lastly, I know this isn't home related, but I am actually surprised that I found something in Topshop that I actually liked! Unpopular opinion here, but I am not a huge fan of topshop, I feel like it is a bit too 'out there' for me. I have had a voucher just sitting in my purse for a while, but I finally found something. This top is £16 but with my voucher and NUS discount it cost me £1.50, so I couldn't really resist! I am quite loving the collar, (I thought it tied in with my Clara from Doctor Who style inspiration!) so with a pair of black jeans, I will be good to go!

I seriously need to stop home shopping - but as one of my goals this year, my room will look nice! 

xxxx
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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Style Inspiration - Clara Oswald






I am absolutely loving Doctor Who at the moment, and whilst I was a big Matt Smith fan, Peter Capaldi is doing a pretty good job. 

But what I am loving is Clara's clothes. Even last series, it made me want to ditch all my jeans and t-shirts and buy a lot of cute dresses and boots. 

Above are some of my favourite outfits, but my ultimate favourite one was from last Saturdays episode "Listen" - the dress was so beautiful! 

Am definitely on the hunt for some Clara inspired clothing pieces. 
What are you thinking of the new Doctor Who? 

xxxx

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

2014/2015 Goals


This week has been absolutely crazy. I travelled up to my new flat that I will be living in for my second year and started to unpack. I have never felt so grown up ringing energy and gas companies and even setting up our own wifi - definitely feeling nearly 20 years old! - So apologies for the lack of blogging over the past week.

As I am now living off campus, I know that I am going to have to be a lot more organised as no longer will I be able to roll out of bed to a 10am lecture having 4 hours sleep.

Here are some of my goals for the next school year...

1. Be more organised! 

No longer can I run to the library at 11pm the night before a seminar to do the reading which I forgot about. Look beforehand at what books to get out and remember to take them back within the 2 week let period!

Also, organise notes and my laptop better - I say this every year, hopefully this will be the year that I actually keep this up!

2.  Take pride in my bedroom 

A slightly weird one, but I want my room to actually look nice. Last year I kind of left it and hated being in my room because everyone else's looked so nice. I currently have an amazon tab up which includes some bunting and washi tape, things are looking very exciting!

3. Save money!

Do I really need two packets of Double Stuff Oreos? Probably not, one will do fine

4. Step up my 'going out' game

No longer will I think that going out in a t-shirt and jeans is acceptable. This means some shopping is in order

5. Get more involved

I would love to get more involved around campus, joining some more societies and having a more active role and build my CV

6. Go for that first! 

I got a 2:1 in my first year which I was so happy about, however, I would love to get a first for my second year

7. Keep Blogging! 

Have you got any academic goals for this school year? 

xxxx

(Plus, hope all the new Freshers who have started university this week are having an amazing time!)


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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Things the 'youth of today' will have never experienced




I am feeling pretty nostalgic today. I turn 20 next month, and can't believe how much has changed since I was born. I also walked through town the other day and saw all of the kids coming out from school - I swear some of them look older than me. I remember being in year 7 back in 2006, where fashion was not on the top of an 11 year olds list and we worried about our rucksacks being too small! Times have changed, but I can't help but think of the things that kids now a days will never experience...

Watching Top of the Pops to find out who was number 1 in the charts

It was definitely a thing in our house that we would watch Top of the Pops on a Saturday night all together and find out who was number one that week. Plus, finding out Christmas Number 1 was very exciting when they announced in on TV!

Missing the song you wanted to listen to on your tape player


When I was younger I had a Sony Walkman that would play all of my tapes. I was always very bad at rewinding and fast-forwarding my tapes and would always miss the song that I wanted. Life was tough

Not being able to use the internet for long periods of time because you couldn't use the phone whilst online

Oh back in the day with dial up internet. I was upset that I couldn't get my CBBC website fix when my parents were on the phone or waiting for a phonecall - and due to the slow internet speeds, only being about to load up a few games on miniclip before having to come off.

The sadness when your tamogotchi dies

Do I need to say any more?

Getting high scores on Snake on your parents Nokia brick mobile

No snazzy games were played, good old snake was responsible for many arguments in my household!

Going to the supermarket as soon as it opens to buy the newest Harry Potter book

I was never allowed to go to a midnight book launch, so I would beg my parents to take me to the supermarket to get the book the next morning. Plus, queuing up to get seats in the cinema for opening night of the new films.

Did you do any of these things as a kid? 

xxxx








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Friday, 5 September 2014

Friday Favourites #3

It's Friday! Again, this week has gone very fast, and not a lot has been achieved. I have quite a busy weekend and next week planned, so hopefully this lazy week will make up for it. And of course, due to this, I have been searching high and low on the internet for a few news things!

TV Favourites


If you follow me on twitter, you may have seen that I have started to watch Game Of Thrones - yes I know I am very behind on the trend! People at uni are obsessed, so I thought that whilst I am not doing anything, I would give it a watch. I have only watched 3 episodes so far and whilst I still think it is a bit odd, I kind of want to watch more.



Music Favourites


I think I mentioned in one of my first blog posts how I was watching SMASH. Well I finished watching and have been spending most of my week listening to most of the songs on Spotify - I wish they made Bombshell into a real musical. Anyway, here are a few of my favourite songs from the soundtrack over the two seasons, however, these do change on almost a daily basis!





Film Favourites


I rediscovered one of the most relaxing films ever - My Neighbour Totoro. This film is so adorable and really helps me to relax and unwind. Ah so much cuteness.




Online Favourites


I took part in my first twitter blogger chat this week and had such a great time. I talked to some really great people and it was a great experience! Can't wait to participant in more!

So there we go, a quick favourites post! Sorry content has been a bit slow (and uninteresting) but I have lots of posts planned for when I am back at uni. 
In other news, I am going up to university next week to move into my new house - I am slightly nervous as haven't visited it for a few months, hopefully it will be a lot tidier than when I was last there! 

Hope you have had a great week! 

xxxx
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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Uni Tips - How not to act on 'Moving in Weekend'

September is finally here - hurray! Am so ready for not feeling guilty for not going out in the sun and wearing boots and scarves and drinking lots of hot chocolate. I am also definitely feeling the back to school vibe even though I still have 3 weeks until I go back to university.

Instead of doing a university tips post on moving in weekend, I thought it would be best, and possibly a little more interesting, to share my university moving in experience from last year. Hopefully, it will give you a little bit of an idea of what NOT to do if you are moving to university this year! But I must warn you.. it's a long one. So relax, and grab a cuppa.

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Everything was packed in the car by about 8.30. The car was full and I just had enough room to squeeze myself in with the rest of my stuff. I lived about 3 hours away from my university so we set off at about 9. At this point, I thought I was feeling calm and collected... how wrong I was. 

We got to a service station and had some lunch. We were due to arrive at about 1ish, which at the time, I wasn't happy with. I was worried that I would get there too late to do everything that I wanted to and that I wouldn't meet any of my flatmates in time. 
Lesson 1 - don't stress out, everything will be done! 

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So we arrived. We were placed in a car park possibly the furthest away from my accommodation. So I picked up my keys and went back to the car to start taking my dozens of boxes into my room. This was exhausting in itself. I opened up the door to my room and instantly was disappointed. My room was tiny, not what the pictures online looked like at all. Again, I put on a brave face. To make matters worse, the building and my room were absolutely boiling, and I do not cope well with heat! 

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The next thing on my list was to go and pick up my student card. I thought I was so prepared, but when we got there and was asked for some paperwork, I realised that I didn't have my enrolment certificate. I literally went into meltdown mode. I wanted to cry. I made such a fuss and was frustrated and my parents had no idea what to do as I stood in tears in front of a room full of parents and other new students. However, it turned out I didn't really need it and picked up my student card anyway. What also panicked me was that everyone else looked like they knew exactly what they were doing, and I didn't. Plus, they all looked so much older than me! 
Lesson 2 - Other people really don't know what they are doing! 

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Okay, so to make matters worse, there were tickets being sold for the nightclub event for that night. Because I was freaking out, they sold out, and I was so worried that everyone in my flat would have already bought a ticket and would go without me. I didn't need to freak out because this didn't happen. We all bought tickets on the night and got in anyway. 

Next, we went to the nearest tesco and bought some food. I spent the whole time freaking out that everyone in my flat would be meeting eachother and I wouldn't be there. I ended up not getting half of the stuff I wanted to and felt really panicky because there was so many people. 
Lesson 3 - Get your parents to get you the essentials as well as a few meals. It is so useful!

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We finally made it back and by this time I was a complete mess, as was my mum who, she told me this a few weeks later, wanted to take me back home. At this point, my flatmates, who I couldn't thank them enough for doing, asked me whether I wanted to go around the building and meet some other people, which my mum pushed me to go and this gave them the opportunity to leave. I then cried... not a good start. 

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So, if you have made it to the end of this very long post, well done! If you haven't... well you will never know how the story ended. Basically I went out that evening with my new friends, ended up coming home early because we didn't want to stay, and drunk hot chocolate in our pyjamas until the early hours of the morning. - so all worked out well in the end. 

Hopefully, this will give you some idea of what not to do on your first weekend at university. It is a stressful time, and it is not a weekend that I ever want to experience again, but once you get over the hurdle, things get a lot better! Just keep calm! 

Please don't tell me that I was on the only one who had a stressful moving in weekend?! 


xxxx







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Monday, 1 September 2014

Signs you're addicted to the Internet



Hi. My name is Abbie and I am addicted to the internet. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, right?

Well, according to 'Uberfacts' (therefore it must be true!), if you spend more than 6 hours a day on the internet, that you are defined as an internet addict. Oops.

Are you addicted to the internet?

1. You are lost when wifi goes down 


This happened to me this week, my internet was down for two hours. What did I do? absolutely nothing. I watched TV and kept disconnecting and reconnecting to see if it was working. 

2. Also, slow internet is the worst




3. You are the best at looking for free wifi signs in public places

4. You feel bad when you have neglected your laptop all day

Please still love me

5. You silently judge someone who still uses internet explorer

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My deepest apologies to anyone that is reading this on internet explorer... but really?


6. Your answer to everything is 'google it' 
Maybe that is why people don't ask for my advice any more?


Wow, I seriously need to get back to university and do something productive like get a degree

xxxx

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