Saturday, 30 January 2016

Tips for doing uni work at home

Don't judge me for the colour of my tea okay! 


I love my university, but hate the travelling to uni. If your university is anything like mine, I don't live on campus any more, and the town that everyone lives in is a bus journey away. I know it seems stupid to live far away from university, but if you don't live there, you are missing out!

I have two days off this term, so working from home is a must for me. Although I am definitely no expert and I definitely have those days where nothing gets achieved, here are some things that help me.

Lists 
Having a list of goals helps me so much, ad the satisfaction you feel when you tick something off is just so motivating. Try setting very specific things rather than "read for essay" because you will most probably get more things done.

Get Changed
If I stay in my pyjamas too long, I will not get anything done. Even if it is the comfiest jumper and joggers, it is a start!

Get out of bed
Don't work in or on your bed. Set up on your desk or kitchen table. It will be so much more beneficial

Do your chores first
If you know you will procrasticlean (we all do it!), try and get that out of the way first and factor it in

Take breaks
Why not make yourself an amazing lunch so it is something to look forward to? Whilst breaking every hour isn't always useful, make sure you do have some time away from the books and laptop.

How do you stay motivated when you're not in the library


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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

3 easy meals to reheat | University



If you're like me, I find myself on campus around dinner time quite often. Sometimes I'm still working, or I have meetings and rehearsals that start at 6. And buying dinner everyday on campus can get so expensive and no one has the student loan for that!

I have got really into bulk making meals that are easy to reheat (providing that your university has microwaves that you can use!) and make these all the time and stick them in the freezer to pull out the night before, stick in a tupperware and take to uni with me. I usually make them when I am making my meal for the night if I am in, and just freeze the rest.

1. Curry


The ultimate student food. I don't do anything fancy, just add some curry sauce to chicken, and to lower the cost of chicken, I usually add some veggies too. You can add anything to it, but I mainly add peppers, onions, spinach and sometimes some frozen veg. If I am eating on campus, I'll buy a packet of microwaveable rice and put it in my bag. Then once dinner comes around, I add the amount of rice to the tupperware, and just heat it up for a few minutes. Simple, healthy and cheap!

2. Lasagne 

Lasagne is so much easier to make than people think. So whilst I sometimes make my own sauces, buying ones is also fine. As I don't really eat red meat, I use quorn and all the veggies I can find - mushroom, carrots, courgettes, peppers and tomatoes. Then layer it up, so quorn/tomato, then pasta sheets, white sauce and then repeat until finished, finishing with a layer of pasta sheets, white sauce and then some cheese. Bake until the cheese has melted and it is bubbling at the sides. I find with this one, it is better to freeze in tupperware, you don't want your lasagne loosing its shape. I actually like heated up lasagne more than freshly made!

3. Spaghetti bolognase 

So if you don't want to go the whole hog with making a lasagne, just cook some regular pasta with your tomato sauce. Don't forget the cheese because let's be honest, it's the best part of the dish.

What are some of your favourite meals for days when you are on campus?


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Saturday, 23 January 2016

We're not all party animals



When I talk to my family about university, they immediately ask how often I go out partying and what's the craziest story that's happened to me. I then reply with very vague and very boring answers usually along the line of, "oh, I don't actually go out that much".

Society has given students this image of being crazy, reckless, always drunk or hungover and generally party animals who pretend to look after themselves. What people don't realise is that university is so different from that. Okay, so you do get your party animals, but in my experience, these are definitely the minority. 

University life is so much more than drinking and having nights out. It's tough. Like really tough. It's constantly comparing yourself to others, it's stressing about an essay that in a years time won't matter any more. It's not being able to take a night off or do other things without constantly thinking about doing work. University is such an controlling environment. Even living off campus and with my best friends, you never not think about that piece of reading you should be doing, or that essay that needs writing. The pressure of that life gets to you - I should be doing more, because someone else is. The university bubble makes it seem like it is the end of the world if you get a bad grade or if you don't get all the reading done. It can consume your life. 

I've said it before, but I'm not loving my course any more. It was the right decision at the time, but if I could stay with all my friends and keep doing all the extras that I never dreamed of doing when I started, I would probably quit my degree right now. Whilst I'm sad to be leaving in a few months, I can't wait until the pressure is off. I know the working world isn't a doddle, but the idea of coming home and potentially forgetting about work until the next day is something that I am looking forward too.

This isn't a woe is me, I'm in my final year and I'm feeling stressed post (OK, so maybe it is a little). It's a recognition that whilst on the outside university life seems like a doss, and an easy ride, it's not at all. It's so so much more than that. 



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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

How to make term 2 suck a little less



Let's face it. Term 2 absolutely sucks. In term 1, you're ready for the year ahead. Term 3, you're revising and the end is in sight. But term 2 is just the absolutely worst. The weather is still cold (although I love winter much more than summer), nothing is new any more and you have a whole load of important things that need doing. Seriously, who has time for that. So here are a few things that make it suck a little less and make it the best term!

Join a new society

If you've got a refreshers fair coming up, take a look around. It is never too late to get involved with a society. Why not try salsa, or pole dancing? Or join a film appreciation or writing society? Make sure it is something that you may not have the chance to do once you finish university. You can make loads of new friends and find a new hobby.

Redecorate

Spend some of that student loan or christmas money on some new things for your bedroom. A funky candle or some new bedding can brighten up any room. Plus, it's fun to have a move around of things.

Organise

So maybe things didn't go to plan in first term, procrastination gets in the way and you ended up doing an all nighter to get your work done? Maybe your wardrobe is looking a little sloppy. Have a clear out and organise your life!

Explore somewhere new

Agree with your flatmates and all take a day off from stressful university life and explore the local area. I still haven't visited loads of towns around my university and I really want to before I leave. Just jump on a train or bus and see where it takes you!

Volunteer

If a university society doesn't tickle your fancy, why not find some volunteer work. Not only does it look great on your CV, but it is also just a great thing to do. Not only do charity shops need volunteers, but also theatres and youth groups. Get to meet some new people in the area and have fun whilst doing it.

What are you doing this term to beat the blues?



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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Happy Things This Week



- Seeing friends that you haven't seen since last term 
- Staying out until 1am on a Tuesday night just because you can
- Having 2 glasses of wine on a Tuesday night, just because you can
- And ordering a Wetherspoons chocolate Sundae before last orders
- Nights in 
- Decaf tea
- Starting CBT sessions and the counsellor tells you that you are doing so well
- Submitting an essay 
- When your meal plan actually works 
- A New coat 
- Buying bargain DVDs 
- Passing through to the next stage of a job application 



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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Winter Wardrobe Staples

Autumn/Winter is definitely my favourite time to shop for. Cosy jumpers and skirts to wear with tights are just my life. Recently, I have been trying to smarten up my image, trying to wear more skirts during the day rather than on very special occasions and trying to look less like a student who has just rolled out of bed. - Does this mean that I am getting old! 

So, I recently bought an A Line corduroy skirt. Now Corduroy has always reminded me of my childhood as I had pair of pink corduroy trousers and one of those baker boy hats - yes, I know you remember them. I'm finding more and more outfits to make with this skirt, and I am absolutely loving it. My usual outfit is either a striped jumper or a plain turtleneck.

The Tartan scarf has been in my wardrobe since the beginning of October and I love it. Mine is only from Primark, but I get so many comments on it. However, I find that the Primark ones aren't as long as I wish they would be, but you win some you loose some.

I also picked up a coat very similar to this one from H&M last weekend for... wait for it.... £10. TEN POUNDS, how ridiculous! (I'm thinking about trying to do a fashion post with it, but we'll see!). I couldn't find the exact one online, but I don't think I have ever been so happy in the sales section of a shop before!

Shoe wise, I am loving Chelsea boots. I got a pair for Christmas and they just make ever outfit a little bit more put together. They are so comfortable and east as I can't be dealing with laces in the morning! These are great with skirts and skinny jeans which is just perfect. And for the days where I am feeling a little bit more relaxed, I go for my trusty Converse which definitely do not look as white any more!

What are some of your winter wardrobe staples? 


 


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Friday, 8 January 2016

Makeup Revolution Brushes



I've been trying to get more into makeup recently, and when I spotted these Makeup Revolution brushes in Superdrug, I asked my mum to pick them up for me for Christmas. As I have mentioned before, makeup is not my forte, so having brushes for certain things, I was hoping, would make it easier.

The first thing I noticed was how soft they were, especially the powder brush. Some of the cheaper ones I have had have been a lot rougher, but these feel so much better quality. I haven't had any expensive ones, so I can't really compare, but they are just super super soft!

So far, I have used F104 Powder Brush, the F105 Contour Brush, the F103 Stippling Brush and the E103 eyeshadow brush. The only disappointment was the stippling brush, which I believe is used for foundation. Because it is so soft, I found it quite hard to buff my foundation and stop it looking streaky. I think I'll stick to my Real Techniques expert face brush for full face coverage in the future. The others did exactly what it said on the tin. I have a smaller eyeshadow brush and an eyebrow brush left to use in the set, but I can tell the ones I have used already will be the ones I reach for everyday.

For only £8 (but I believe they have gone down in the sale!) I think they're great for someone who is still getting used to wearing makeup everyday and doesn't want to splurge on a full set from Real Techniques. Here's to hopefully getting better with my makeup!





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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Things to do when you're having a bad day



I'm currently writing this in the middle of a bad day. I'm getting annoyed at myself about little things with my health anxiety. You know the feeling when you think something's getting better, and within 5 minutes, it all goes downhill again. Well, you get the picture. So here are a few things I like to do when things aren't going how I hoped. I'm feeling better even just writing this post!


1. Listen to your favourite music
I'm currently listening to STEPS after a little bit of Abba and a considerable amount of time with my 80s playlist!

2. Watch the cheesiest film you can find 
High School Musical is always on the top of my list, I may have to put this on later!

3. Do some colouring 
Ah, the wonderful world of adult colouring. I'm still not very creative at all and I would love to be able to do cool things with different colours and textures. But even so, I got some beautiful ones for Christmas including a Harry Potter one which I can't wait to get stuck into.


4. Be around people
This isn't for everyone, but especially when I am at university with my closet friends, they know with just one look if I'm having a bad. Just a hug and some company is sometimes all I need.

5. Take a walk 
Getting out of the house is also a great shout. I am often worse when I am cooped in all day and just getting out and having some fresh air does so much good. I usually take my phone with me and take a few cheeky snaps too!



6. Find a hobby
I find that sometimes doing something away from my computer screen also really helps. That's why I started crocheting this summer - to do something and produce something that I made with my own hands. I also find baking a huge help. It allows me to focus my energy onto something that will make others happy too.

7. Do something for someone else
Just because you're having a bad day, why not make someone else's? Write your best friend who you don't see very often a letter, or pop into the corner shop and buy your flatmate a little bar of chocolate for when they get in.

What do you do when you're having a bad day? 







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Friday, 1 January 2016

Hello "A Little Button"



That's it.. Another Student Blog is gone, and A Little Button is now in it's place. What do you think?!

I very recently decided that I wanted to do a complete blog revamp at the end of the year after feeling a little deflated about my blog recently. I am hoping that a new design and new name will reignite my love for blogging again, and who knows, may even get some more cheeky followers from it.

Not a huge amount will change around here to be honest. I'm not going to set up a blogging schedule because then I think it will become more of a chore than a hobby. Instead, I want to work on everything. My content, photography and creativity. Whilst this isn't going to happen over night, please bear with me!

I want this not to be a more personal space, but write about things that matter to me. This seems a scary prospect, not being able to hide behind an advice or review post, but just a topic that I sit at an evening and write about. Who knows if this will happen, or if it will even work, but I really want it to. Of course, reviews, advice etc will still be a big feature of things on here. Now I'm rambling. Sorry.

But anyway. I hope that you like what I've done with the place. I'll have a lovely new header from Jemma from Dorkface sometime in January which I am very excited about. I would have waited until then to unveil my new blog, but in all honesty, I got too excited and wanted to do it as soon as possible.

Thank you for joining me on my journey so far, and I hope you stick around for the rest! 



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