Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Best Revision Playlists

It's that time again, Term 3. I'm not going to lie. I haven't worn jeans for a good few days and my floor is covered in paper. But it's allowed, right?

As I have very limited contact hours, I spend most of my time at home as I can't be bothered to find a space on campus. I always find that having a playlist and something to focus on really helps.

1. Study Music Project
This is an entire youtube channel dedicated to music to study to at varying lengths. I usually go for the hour playlist. If you're not a fan of classical music, then this is one for you. Plug in, and get listening.




2. Disney Piano
This is also a firm favourite of mine. Sit back and allow your favourite Disney tunes to be played beautifully on the piano. Pure Bliss. However, don't do what I did and start singing along - not good revision technique!




3. Harry Potter Instrumental
Film instrumentals are also a firm favourite, preferably ones with no words. Personal favourites include Lord Of the Rings and of course, Harry Potter. Get listening to the sounds of your childhood.




What are some of your favourite playlists to listen to whilst revising? 

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Monday, 27 April 2015

Chicken and Spinach Quesadilla | Student Recipes

(This picture makes my worktops look gross.. ew)
I have been trying to do more actual cooking rather than shoving frozen food in the oven, this week, and it is going okay. I figured it is the least I can do after spending all day revising. It is the best thing to reward yourself with a great meal.

I am also trying to eat a bit healthier this term - including drinking lots of water, and joining the gym next week.

I did a little pinteresting after buying some spinach this week (for £1 a bag which has lasted me for days!) and saw Quesadillas. Perfect. Now most recipes call for large amounts of ingredients, and frankly, I don't have time for that. So I adapted the recipe slightly to make them super quick and easy. Plus they have limited washing up, it can all be done in one frying pan. Perfect.


1 chicken breast - £1
2 tortilla wraps - 25p
3 Large handful of Spinach - 25p
Grated Cheese - 50p
Salsa - £1

1. Cut the chicken into very small pieces. This way they will fit in the Quesadillas and cook super quickly. 
2. Add oil to a large frying pan and cook the chicken. It should take about 5 minutes, but cut the biggest piece open to check. 
3. Transfer to a bowl and add more oil to the frying pan. 
4. Cook the spinach for 2-3 minutes, adding some salt and pepper to taste. 
5. Add this to the chicken in the bowl. 
To make the Quesadillas
6. Spread  salsa to half of each wrap
7. Add the spinach and chicken evenly onto the half covered in salsa. 
8. Grate cheese on top, making sure that it covers the chicken and the sides. 
9. Fold your tortilla in half. Repeat on the other wrap. 
10. Add oil to the frying pan and place the Quesadilla inside. The cheese should melt causing the wrap to stick together.
11. Flip when the tortilla is getting crispy and repeat on the other side. 

They are super tasty and quick. I find that 2 Quesadillas fills me up, but feel free to add a side if you feel like this wouldn't fill you up. 

The ingredients were also pretty cheap. I always use the left over salsa for nachos for a revision snack!

Let me know if you make Quesadillas or have any other recipes that you like to make! 

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

So you've registered to vote.. now what?

The General election is everywhere, where ever I turn on campus or in town, there are people handing me flyers and putting up posters. There is no getting away from it. Frankly, I am pretty excited. This is my first general election that I am able to vote, and whilst it can feel like your one tiny vote can't make a difference, just think if everyone felt that way?

So Monday was the last day to register (which hopefully you have all done!), but now what? We have just under 2 weeks to decide who to vote for, but don't know where to start. 

Firstly, make sure the decision is your own! Some people may be persuaded by their parents or family and friends, but make up your own mind. At the end of the day, that is why democracy is there, for everyone to state their opinions. 

Here are some websites that I have found helpful whilst making my decision for the big day!

1. www.voteforpolicies.org.uk



Students and young people have the power to sway the results of this years general election. Make sure that you don't give up this chance that is given to us! 

Have a chat with some of the candidates and parties that you see around your campus or town. And most of all, vote for what you believe in. 

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Motivational Revision Playlist

It's that time of the year again - the dreaded revision period. Whether you are doing GCSE, A-levels or university exams, it is a stressful time. I will be doing some more posts about revision etc (well I am a student blog after all!) but to start us off, why not have a playlist! (I wouldn't recommend listening to this whilst revising, due to the inevitable singing along that you will be doing!).

So here are some motivational tunes to get you feeling ready to work and achieve your dreams, plus, have a little dance off (against yourself?) in your room.


And of course, if all else fails, you may need this... 


What are some of your motivational songs - tell me what you think of my awful music taste! 

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Student Loan Wishlist


It's that time of the year again, student loan time! Mine actually comes in tomorrow, but whilst procrastinating from revision and essay writing, I have put together a little wishlist of things that I could buy with my student loan.

First up is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. I have heard so many great things, and I have been thinking for a while about buying it. I am definitely going to bite the bullet as my spots are starting to come back after at least a month of being spot free! Next up is the Maybelline Last Sensational Mascara. Again, another beauty product I have heard so much about. I am hoping that it will keep my long straight eyelashes curled!

Of course next is stationery. It is revision period, so this calls for a Paperchase and WH Smiths spree. Pictured is the Pukka Pad Project Book. These are so handy for keeping all of my revision together!

Lastly is a playsuit from New Look. I know it doesn't look that summery, but I like that it has long sleeves, perfect for going out in the evening or something a little more fancy than clubbing. Just generally updating my summer wardrobe is something that I want to do!

Also... a thank you 

I hit 400 followers a few days ago, and just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads my blog. I absolutely love blogging, so thank you so much for the support!



What is on your current wishlist?

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

West End Musicals I want to see

If you have been reading for a while, or follow me on twitter, you will know I am a huge musical theatre fan. I used to perform, but now I love the backstage and organisation of putting on a show, and of course, having a trip to the theatre is something that I absolutely love! There are some cracking new shows that I really want to see in London, so I'm hoping that they last a long time at the West End so I can see them all!

1. Kinky Boots
Winner of the Tony Award for 'Best Musical' and 'Best Score' in 2013, Kinky Boots is finally coming to London and I am so excited. I was hooked when I watched the Tony award performance and have been listening to the soundtrack since. This is definitely something that I want to see. Based on the 2005 film, a shoe making factory turn around their marketing strategy, making boots for drag queens. The score is my Cyndi Lauper, so many of the songs have a 1980s sound to it, which I absolutely love. Definitely worth a listen!
Favourite Songs: Raise it up, History of Wrong Guys



2. Bend it like Beckham 
I absolutely love the film and can't wait for it to be a musical! Jess, coming from a traditional Indian family longs to play football rather than find a husband. She meets football mad Lauren and joins an all girls football team under the team's coach Joe. Musicals adapted from films is always a bit tricky, but I hope that it stays on the West End, as I would love to see it!



3. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Another find whilst watching Tony Award highlights. I am a hug fan of 1970s music, and whilst listening to the sound track, I didn't realise how many songs I recognised that Carole King had written. My favourites are definitely Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow and One Fine Day. I really want to see this with my dad as I know he is a huge fan of 70s music as well, hopefully we will get the chance to go!



4. Miss Saigon 
I had only listened to Miss Saigon this year, but the music is absolutely amazing. The musical tells the story of Chris, an American soldier in the Vietnam war, and Kim, a teenage Vietnamese orphan. Written by the same writers of Les Mis, the show looks spectacular. This is definitely one I want to see, here's hoping that it will stay in the West End for a while!


Are you a musicals fan? 

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

20 Thoughts Whilst Essay Writing

(wow, so I just realised how dirty my laptop buttons are.. sorry!)

1. Today is the day I will get loads of work done and be super motivated! 

2. My desk is too messy to start doing any work. I'll clean it up before I start. 

3. Now I'm hungry. I can't start essay writing without a snack and a fresh cup of tea

4. I don't even understand the question, I swear we haven't been taught this

5. Or I didn't do the reading for that week. Either way, where the hell do I start.

6. This reading totally isn't relevant to the question

7. Or this one.

8. Thank goodness, I found something relevant. *internal happy scream*

9. I've written an introduction, that's enough to call it a day right?

10. Wow my course is boring

11. How is as essay on chronic illness going to help me in the real world?

12. It's time to have a 'what the hell am I going to do when I graduate' crisis.

13. No, l can do this. I am an intelligent woman. Right?

14. Mum, stop disrupting me, I need to write. But I would like that cup of tea you are offering.

15. How is this relaxing studying music? 

16. I must not sing along to Disney instrumentals. I must not sing along to Disney instrumentals.

17. I need more food. 

18. Damn it, I forgot to write down the page number. That reference isn't being found again.

19. Am I even answering the question? 

20. Screw this, I'm giving up for the day. I'll start again early tomorrow. Solid.


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Monday, 6 April 2015

Happy Things this week #3




- Baking cookies that weren't a complete failure
- Starting all three essays! I have just over two weeks to finish them (let's not talk about this, it is meant to be happy things!) 
- Finally meeting up with friends from school for lunch and a catch up
- Having a day off from uni work and watching Hairspray on sing along mode
- Hot cross buns
- Family roast dinners
- Starting to plan my 21st (which is in October!) 
- Warmer weather!
- Chocolate for breakfast

Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! 

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

March Favourites



I know I say this every month, but where has March gone? This month I finished my second term of second year and am now officially over half way through university degree (time to freak out right?!). I also went abroad without adults for the first time in Prague! But here are some of my favourite things from this month!

Patterned Trousers 
I can't wait to expand my spring/summer wardrobe this year (I seriously need to up my game, grey and black t-shirts are just not going to cut it this year!) So I've started with a pair of patterned trousers from New Look. I thought these would be perfect for well needed drinks out after exams or something like that. What do you think?




LVNDR Necklaces
I absolutely LOVE this necklace and have received loads of compliments since I have started wearing it. This is a rose gold arrow necklace from LVNDR (if you haven't checked them out, definitely have a look at the website!). The jewellery is just up my street and I will definitely be purchasing some more soon! This necklace was £6.99 and postage only cost 89p!



Mockingjay
It is finally out on DVD! I LOVE the Hunger Games books and films and bought the DVD on the first day it was out. Team Peeta all the way!


Milka
Now of course I had to have some sort of chocolate on my favourites. I bought probably way too many bars of Milka when I went to Prague. It cost under a pound a bar and look at these cool flavours! I don't know whether they do these in the UK, but they taste divine. I also got a cream filled bar and a hazelnut, but they didn't make the flight home!


Nivea Stress Protect Deodorant
Yes, I have a deodorant as my favourites... But this is really good. Confession: I am a sweaty person. There I said it, and this seems to be working at the moment. Moving swiftly on...



Makeup Revolution Line and Flick eye-liner
I have already posted a review on this (give it a read here!), but I have been using this a lot more recently. Yes my liquid eye-liner skills are not on point all the time (actually, they very rarely are on point) but I have been using the kohl side a lot more to line my upper lash line. It makes it look a lot softer and more natural, perfect for day time. I just LOVE this eye-liner. And it's a complete steal at £3.50!  




Here's to a happy April! This is the month of intense revision, essay writing and hopefully joining the gym. Let's do this!

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