Friday, 30 January 2015

January Favourites

Where is 2015 going - January is almost over which is crazy. New Years didn't really seem that long ago. Being back at university has been pretty stressful with some massive deadlines coming up meaning that blogging has taken a bit of a back seat. I gave up with doing a weekly favourites as I haven't really been doing a huge amount other than buying stationery in an attempt to make me feel more motivated about doing work. So here is a monthly favourites. Admittedly, it looks a bit measly compared to some other people's favourites!

Animal Crossing has been a firm favourite this month. I love playing it before I go to bed as a way to relax a little. Buying myself a 2ds was one of the best decisions ever! 

Miranda, although not a new favourite, has been in my DVD player for the month. With episodes only half an hour long, I watch it before bed and still find it hilarious. 

I have also started watching Pretty Little Liars. I watched series 1 and 2 a few years ago and never continued, but with my twitter feed constantly going crazy over it, I thought I would start again. I can tell this is going to be disastrous for my degree!

And naturally on to food. I have eaten so much Nutella over the last few weeks. I have almost finished my personalised jar from Selfridges so will have to get a new one soon. My favourite way to eat it is with banana on toast, lovely! I am also loving drinking Twinings Camomile and Spiced Apple tea before bed (see a trend here, I am clearly loving my night time routine at the moment!). It seriously works and tastes a whole lot better than normal camomile tea! 

I can't wait to see what February brings. 
What have been some of your favourites of 2015 so far? 


Sunday, 25 January 2015

Happy Things This Week

- Handing in an essay I had been working on for weeks
- Signing the contract to our student house for next year
- Having a full English breakfast and then Mcdonalds for tea on the same day!
- Going out for a social, but being back and in bed by 1am
- Getting into my onesie and playing Pokemon
- Feeling cultured by going to see an opera
- Watching an episode of Miranda before bed
- Nutella and banana on toast for breakfast (seriously, try it!)

What has made you happy this week?

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Essay Writing Tips | University

It's that time of the year again. Term 2 is a busy one for me. Not only are all my assessed essays in for before or just after the easter break, but having to prepare for seminars on top - it's all just a mess!

But fear not, put down that Red Bull, stop planning your all nighters and listen up, because university shouldn't have to be about stressing yourself stupid the night before a deadline! 

1. Start Early
I know, I know. Easier said than done right? Starting early not only means less stress, but you don't all have to scramble for library books a few weeks before the deadline. Look at the questions and start your research. It really will help if you have multiple deadlines. 

2. Plan Plan Plan
I definitely spend a little too long on a plan, making use of all my stationery to make a large spider diagram of all the points I want to make. So you don't need to do this, but going in with a clear plan really does make it easier to write. 

3. Snack up!
Snacks, yes please! I am currently still making my way through my Christmas chocolate, but this probably isn't the best thing to eat whilst essay writing. Make sure you have a glass of water and some fruit, bananas are always my favourite. Stay hydrated and focussed! 

4. Are you answering the question?
Take a step back, or maybe get a friend to read it. Make sure you are not just writing down all the knowledge that you think is relevant to the question. Constantly make sure you are making reference to it for you to come to a conclusion. Seems pretty simple, but again, it is easier said than done! 

5. Sleep! 
Staying up late for me is the worst thing I could do. I do not function well on little sleep. If it isn't going the way that it should or you are feeling uninspired, give up for the night and look back the next day. It could give you a fresh perspective on things. 

6. Know your deadlines
Know exactly when they are and how to hand it in, whether it is online or hard copy. Check your universities guidelines on presentation so you don't have a panic the morning before the deadline

7. Relax
Essay period is stressful, yes. But put in the hard work you'll get results. Make sure you relax a little, make sure to have some well deserved 'me time'.

Good luck everyone, we can get through this! 

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Into the Woods | Film Review

I FINALLY got round to seeing Into the Woods last night. As a huge musical fan, it was not one to miss!

I hadn't really heard of Into the Woods before. Unpopular opinion time, but I am not really a huge fan of Sondheim. I love a big cheesy and showy musicals, and Sondheim is the complete opposite with intense songs and somewhat crazy lyrics.

Into the Woods features fairytale characters such as Cinderella, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, Rapunzel and many more. It features around a childless baker and his wife who try to break the curse set on them by the witch to have a child. The other characters also have wish for things. To cut a long story short, it is basically about how it is not always a happily ever after.

For not knowing much of the story or the songs, it was really enjoyable and actually hilarious. Personal favourites were Meryl Streep as the Witch just popping up in random places, some questionable plots and lyrics and who can forget Chris Pine just being amazing as the Prince. "Agony" was definitely one of the strongest scenes and songs that had the whole cinema laughing.

I know some people won't all the singing, but it's Sondheim, so what do you expect? The cast are amazing, who knew that Emiliy Blunt and Chris Pine could sing so well. Of course Anna Kendrick, James Cordon and 'The Streep' were on point as usual. And who could forget about Johnny Depp who was great as the Wolf.

Definitely unmissable for musical fans, and enjoyable for those who maybe aren't.

What did you think of Into the Woods?


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Tea Talk

Long time no see! I have been truly awful this week at posting. University and other things have just gotten in the way.

But I am back.. and talking about tea?!

I have always been a tea drinker from a young age. 2 sugars and lots of milk will suit me nicely. However, the past few weeks that I have been back at university, I have cut down on my tea consumption significantly less. I have had trouble sleeping the past few days and wondered whether my excessive tea drinking was the cause. It turns out it isn't, I just can't sleep full stop.

So anyway, to cut a long story short, I have started to drink Camomile tea to help me to sleep. And let me tell you, it tastes gross.. Like really not nice. My flatmate loves it, but me, not so much. (okay, this could be because it cost me 89p from Aldi). A spoonful of honey makes it slightly less icky.

Why am I drinking it you ask?

Well I have investigated this, and believe me, if the health benefits weren't that great, I would continue drinking it!

Aids Sleep
Calms symptoms of anxiety or stress
Boots your immune system
Soothes stomach cramps and aches
Has anti inflammatory characterisitcs

I can totally vouch for the idea that camomile tea aids sleep - it made me sleep like a baby after a weekend of very bad sleep and totally calmed me down.

What do you think? Will you be converting, or have you already made the change?


Friday, 9 January 2015

Take Back What's Yours

I am very sure you are sick of 2015 posts or New Years Resolution posts by now, but this is something a little different.

The Take Back What's Yours campaign founded by Chloe from Chloe's Concept is a great idea to use the beginning of 2015 as a way to take back what was once yours, or something that you lost through anxiety, depression or other issues such as bullying or self esteem. As well as the typical New Years Resolutions (that to be honest, only last a few months don't they?), you should aim to get something back to strive for for the whole year and beyond. 

I think this is a fantastic campaign. Anxiety and other mental health issues have been in the blogging/vlogging community a lot last year, and I don't think that's a bad thing. It's something that needs to be talked about openly and shouldn't be attached with negative connotations. That's why this campaign is so great, to find the end of the tunnel, to strive to get better and finally take our lives back, whether it's your confidence, happiness or just generally to feel like you are in control again. 

I aim to 'take back' my confidence that has been taken from away from anxiety.
What do you aim to take back? 

I am tagging 8 other bloggers to take part if they so wish and most importantly to spread the word to others that may need it, even if you don't need it yourself!
The Lilac Scrapbook
Through the Mirror

Follow Chloe on twitter @chloesconcept or the campaign @TBWYcampaign
Also check out #takebackwhatsyours for more blog posts and information. 

Have a lovely weekend! 


Monday, 5 January 2015

Journal of Positivity

So finally things are getting back to reality. The Christmas decorations are now down and I am back in my incredibly cold flat ready for another term of university. I have already spent my morning and some of the afternoon in the library on campus, (working on a Sunday, what is happening to me?) as I am determined for this term to be the busiest and most productive ever... well, we'll see how this goes.

I totally forgot to put this on my 2015 Resolutions post, but I have decided that I want to start a journal. I was given a thick notebook from Paperchase for Christmas, so this was perfect.

I started one last year. Admittedly it only lasted a month or so and I basically used it to write down everything that I was worried about. I think this only fuelled my anxiety, so this year it is all change. Instead, I am going to write down an account of my day, and if it has been incredibly boring, write down things that have made me happy that day. Therefore, it is a 'Journal of Positivity' rather than a diary of worry.

I may also use it for lists or blog post ideas or for doodles etc and also to monitor some of my other resolutions such as drinking more water and eating a bit better!

But, I am not hugely creative, so any tips on how I can make my notebook and pages look pretty!

It hasn't been the best start to 2015, but the only way is up! 
How are your resolutions going? 


Thursday, 1 January 2015

2015 Resolutions

I hope everyone had a great night last night, whether it was staying in, or heading out to the town. I ended up staying in with my family, watching films and eating icecream, which was perfect for me!

I don't know whether people are getting a bit sick of all of these New Years and Resolutions posts, but personally I love them. It gives me inspiration of some of the things that I would like to achieve in the next year. These hopefully aren't resolutions, but more like goals.

- Drink at least one litre of water a day

- Always have a piece of fruit for lunch

- Go to bed earlier and wake up 5 minutes early so I am not running around like an idiot to catch the bus

-  Don't always look at your phone. Twitter is not going to go anywhere

- Invest in myself, physically and mentally 

- Be Happy 

- Take more photos - make more memories

I'm not that great at making New Years Resolutions, but hopefully I will be able to look back at these goals and see how many that actually stuck! 

I wish you all the best start to 2015 

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