Banishing Easter Guilt

Banishing Easter Guilt

Happy Easter and Happy start of April!

This blog post is all about Easter Guilt.

Over the last week I have seen so many articles focussing on how bad Easter eggs are for you. Ranging from calories to how many burpees you would need to do to burn them off… for real?! Though I am not surprised, it is pretty sad to think that Easter (and the opportunity to eat Easter Eggs) comes round once a year, and we are being told not to enjoy it!? These sort of articles just make people feel bad. Unnecessarily. Because sometimes you need a treat. There are so many of us worrying about our health anyway, these articles are just damaging, not only to our idea of a healthy balanced diet, but to self confidence too. So here are my thoughts on eating Easter Eggs at Easter time!

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Having a healthy balanced diet: I treat myself. Otherwise, quite frankly, I’d go loopy. I have tried diets- and they just make me miserable. A healthy balanced diet means I eat good 80% of the time. In the other 20% I make room for Easter Eggs, the odd glass of wine and a meal out if I choose. Depriving yourself is really bad, deprivation simply leads to binging, which leads to unhappiness. AKA, a vicious cycle, and an unhappy you. I do not claim to be a nutritionist, but if you check any out, they are forever disproving myths surrounding diets. Often they prove that a healthy, balanced diet is the way forward. So as I’m sat here, hell yeah I’m eating an Easter Egg!!

But what about my weight? I have never, ever, stepped off of the scales feeling anything but inadequate. For me standing on the scales is the worst possible thing I could do for my mental health. I could be on a real health kick, for weeks- but the minute I step on those scales, I can lose it all. I automatically go from feeling positive about myself and expecting to see a physical difference, to thinking ‘pass me a chocolate bar, this healthy eating has done sod all for me’. Every time I do the same thing. I get upset, I compare myself to others, I wear baggy clothes for a few days (and binge) and then I give myself a pep talk. Because they really are only numbers. They don’t define me, nor my worth, or my health. I have always been heavier than I expect. But I end up assessing my life in general. Do I eat healthily 80% of the time? Yes. Am I active on a daily basis? Yes. Am I in a positive mindset the majority of the time? Yes. I know I am healthy.

One day will not make me gain weight: Have you ever gone to the gym and lost weight after a day? Nope. So this one day of eating an Easter Egg will not make you gain weight. Think of this as a day off. Granted, one day at the gym gets you one step closer to where you want to be, but these moments of indulgence will not have an impact on the long run. Especially not when mixed with a health diet the majority of the time. If you feel bad, go to the gym an extra time this week or squeeze in an extra 15 minutes work out.

Easter Egg Guilt: We live in a world where people are counting calories left, right and centre, there are apps for it, books for it and DVD’s for it. The celebratory seasons are the worst for it, whether it’s Christmas or Easter (the two biggest seasons of enjoyment), we have calorie counts rammed down our throats. When the reality is: I love skittles and wine. Sometimes I don’t ‘deserve’ them, but quite frankly the idea of ‘working for’ these indulgences is ludicrous. It’s two days a year. Real life has to come first sometimes. I am certainly not prepared to start turning down pudding at the Easter roast dinner, or ask everyone not to bother getting me an Easter Egg this year. Life is for enjoying!

What I am trying to say is, future you isn’t going to think ‘I’m really glad I didn’t eat those Pringles on the 28th February’, it’s all about moderation. If you’re working towards a goal, whether that’s a number, a shape or simply a healthier lifestyle- patience is key. Results don’t happen over night. So allow yourself an Easter treat (or multiple), maybe it will give you that extra reason to stay good for the rest of the week, or work that little bit harder in the gym. In my case, I feel like it simply gives me a boost, my enjoyment this weekend will allow me to have a healthier mindset throughout the rest of the week.

We are entitled to enjoy our food. Life is for living and enjoying. Look after your body and treat it sometimes.

Bee xoxo

The Realities of Working Out

The Realities of Working Out

I am what I like to call: Fit(ish).

Fit(ish): semi-fit and a little bit podgy. Someone that likes the idea of being fit, but likes food too much.

I strive to be healthy. To me, this means two things. To be physically fitand active, and eat a healthy balanced diet. And mentally fit, whereby (to avoid mental breakdowns, and maintain sanity) I eat cake when and if I want it. I think it’s a pretty healthy diet. I would never want to resent being ‘healthy’ if it meant I couldn’t eat birthday cake, or have a takeaway every now and then. I’m a firm believer in treatin’ yo self. 

But that’s enough natter, here are some of the realities I have found with working out!

CARDIO:

Getting bored after 5 minutes of any form of cardio. I have always hated running. I simply don’t enjoy it. But I do try. (I’m far better at running out of money, if I’m honest)will.gif

Running next to someone and it feeling like a race. They up the speed, so do I. Bring it. run.gif

My running style: drunk woman slowly being chased by absolutely nothing.drunk.gif

When you take your headphones out and realise you were making panting/grunting noiseswhile you did cardio.sponge.gif

When people look at you while you do cardio.melissa

When you up the speed too much and your heart skips a beat, because you can’t keep up.gym.gif

Me doing cardio: ’20 minutes left. That’s two lots of 10.  It’s only 4 lots of 5 minutes’(then I congratulate myself on the 30 seconds wasted on that mental maths session)wil.gif

I like to think, when people see me jogging outside, they think ‘wow an athlete’, but in reality it’s ‘aw, good for her’.

Quite frankly, the best bit about running is the end.

I’ve honestly come to the conclusion that running is wrong. I agree with Miranda Hart,unless it’s running professionally, or as a child- it’s not OK.

SWIMMING: 

Is this just me? As a kid, at swimming lessons, I would convince myself there was a shark in the pool– so I would swim faster. Maybe I should imagine clowns on the treadmill behind me.shark.gif

MOTTO’S I THINK IN THE GYM/LIFE:

‘Sweat is just my fat crying’.

‘I may look like a potato now, but one day I’ll turn into fries and you’ll all want me then.’

‘I work out because I know I would have been the first to die in the Hunger Games.’

‘I wear all black in the gym, like a funeral for my fat.’

REGRETS: 

When your ‘cheat meal’ turns into a cheat week.shame.gif

Stepping on the scales and seeing no change after weeks of exercise: ‘off to Krispy Kreme I go’.donunt.gif

Leaving the gym feeling great, waking up the next morning feeling like your legs are hungover.
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FIBS:

Aim:to be the weight I told the app I was.

‘Drink more water’ they said, ‘it will be good for you’ they said. I’m weeing ALL THE TIME.

(Last time I did that 2 litre a day thing, my Mum sent me to the Doctors thinking I had diabetes.)

My summer body expectations vs reality. summer.png

Embracing your summer body like at least my flipflops still fit!fat b 2.gif

So there it is, a page full of GIF’s, personal experiences and life contemplations, from a Fit(ish) individual with some serious love for cake. 

Wardrobe Malfunctions That Tick Girls Off, Part 2

Wardrobe Malfunctions That Tick Girls Off, Part 2

OK, so there are a looot of things that frustrate me about clothes of today, varying from flashing your knickers on a windy day to having a claustrophobic meltdown after getting stuck in a top in the changing rooms. Here is another list of 10 Wardrobe Malfunctions That Tick Girls Off.

  1. VPL. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Leotards are the worst for this! You don’t want a dented looking booty, and even the ‘invisible pants’ are telling porkies #girlproblems pants.gif
  2. Windy days + skirts = a knicker flash. I would love to say I’m slick enough to be all Marilyn Monroe about this- but no. skirt.gif
  3. Maxi dresses… being too maxi. I’m not even that small! I’m 5ft 3. Granted I’m not massive, but the Maxi dresses shouldn’t be a trip hazard. trip.gif
  4. Phones not fitting in pockets. This one I feel bad even putting in, because it’s super first world problems! I have an iPhone 7 Plus (pretty much an iPad) and it doesn’t fit in any pockets, it’s just another thing to remember to pick up. phone
  5. The Changing Room Panic. This has happened to me on numerous occasions and as a result I rarely go shopping alone. I genuinely think I developed claustrophobia specifically with regards to changing rooms. The panic of putting a top on and NOT BEING ABLE TO GET OUT. You do a sort of jumpy wiggle in desperation. Arms in the air, breathing in as much as you can and preparing yourself to walk out of the changing room to ask for help. Mortifying. Please tell me I’m not the only one?cat.gif
  6. Gym leggings falling down. To clarify, my leggings aren’t baggy, this is not because I am skinny. It’s to do with the design. Fellow gym-goers are more likely to think ‘what the heck is that girl doing on the treadmill?’ as I run while holding my trousers up, in fear of mooning someone behind me. A bit like a waddling duck.duck.gif
  7. Tops with make-up on in shops. This really aggravates me. I have a little hack for people who wear makeup and want to try clothes on. And it may sound silly, but I swear it works! Pull all your hair over your face + put the top on = no makeup mark! I always get super sad when I see a top I like but it’s smothered in a brownish nose mark around the neck. clothes
  8. 3/4 length trousers looking like ‘ankle bangers’. I love me some floaty trousers. But sometimes they can look totally ridiculous! Like I say, I’m 5 ft 3 and some trousers are simply too long, I got some 3/4 length trousers, but they’re an awkward length. There is literally an inch between my shoes and my trousers. It’s a dodge look.
  9. Flared sleeves. Flared sleeves are my favourite thing at the moment. But there is no denying that they get in the way. Washing up is a nightmare, eating dinner is beyond messy and putting a coat on makes the sleeves ruffle up to your shoulders so you look like a sumo wrestler.
  10. Socks slipping off in your shoes. The most uncomfortable feeling. Plus you have to take your shoes off in public to retrieve the escapee sock.
Forest & Shore Hallelujah Hair Oil- Review

Forest & Shore Hallelujah Hair Oil- Review

Hi everybody!

A few weeks ago I was approached by Forest & Shore Ltd to try out their Hallelujah Hair Oil.

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Hallelujah Hair Oil

Since having highlights put in my hair it has been super knotty. This, combined with the cold weather in the winter and blow drying my hair every other day, has meant that my hair was in pretty bad condition. But I have noticed so quickly the improvement! It’s so soft and rejuvenated.

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Some of the perks of Forest & Shore Hallelujah Hair Oil is that it’s 100% vegan and cruelty free. It’s a synergised blend of coconut, sesame, olive, sunflower and arnica, scented with rosemary and lavender. What’s not to like?! It smells divine and has made my locks silky smooth again!

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I highly recommend it to anyone suffering from damaged hair or even those that just fancy giving their hair that little bit more TLC in these chilly months. You can purchase it on the Forest & Shore Ltd Website page or even Amazon!

 

Treat yo-self!

Bee xoxo

 

Defining Moments

Defining Moments

This blog post was inspired by Natalie Leanne’s Blog Post that I read on the train journey home the other day. I’m super nosy and love learning more about people. Natalie’s Blog is so open and just so relatable- I highly recommend checking her blog out (natalieleanne.com).

On that note, I am going to share some of my defining moments in life and hope that others can relate!

Defining Moment Number 1: University. Seems pretty straight forward, but actually this was a defining moment for me in a way I totally didn’t anticipate. My first year of university I found really tough, and I know I’m not alone in this. I just felt so alone. I missed home, my family, my friends and my boyfriend. Plus I didn’t “click” with my Flat as much as I had hoped. My first year of university was a defining moment because it taught me so much about myself. I realised I am OK on my own, completely capable, but I wanted to be around people. I spent so much time alone, that now I try to make plans all the time, so I’m not. I almost exhausted my own company. Having said that, being alone doesn’t scare me as it used to. University also taught me to be independent. I didn’t automatically have those “life-long” friends from uni in my Halls, so I became that person who walks up and introduces themselves, asked if people to wanted to grab a coffee after lectures or meet up later on. This was SO out of my comfort zone, but I knew I didn’t want to feel isolated, so I did my best to make lots of friends. It actually worked and I met my two best University friends through having that little bit of extra courage. I came to the conclusion that being overly friendly isn’t a bad thing, that if all people can say about me is “she’s overly friendly” then I’m 100% OK with that. My initial sense of isolation and home sickness actually just pushed me to question myself, ask me who I wanted to be. Lonely wasn’t on my list, and friendless wasn’t either. So I forced myself out of my comfort zone. I still do this now. I have an added confidence in the fact that I’m a good human being. And if anything I’m more aware of other people’s feelings because of my experience.

(My University best friends, the ones I forced myself upon and have absolutely no regrets about!!!)

Defining Moment Number 2: is a rather random one. I can’t remember where we were when I heard it for the first time but I watched “We Bought a Zoo” a few years ago and the phrase “all you need is 10 seconds of courage” popped up. And since then it’s stuck with me. Through the difficulties at Uni, I would convince myself that all I needed was 10 seconds of courage. Once you’ve said “hi” that’s the hard bit out of the way. I used it for my first job at 15/16, in a huge store with loads of people I didn’t know. It helped me with handing in CVs (and resignations), with interviews, and dealing with situations I wasn’t comfortable in. 10 seconds, and it’s done. No take backs, just dealing with the consequences.

Defining Moment Number 3 is a little bit different. During my Freshers week I experienced something that a lot of women unfortunately experience in clubs. I had gone out with my flat and it was my first night of Freshers week. This experience really knocked my confidence. But it also proved to me that I knew what was and was not OK. And I like to think it’s made me a stronger person. I am very conscious in clubs, I’m constantly aware of my surroundings and actually find it quite hard to let my hair down and enjoy myself if I’m not with Jack. But it made me realise my worth. This is my body. I think recognising your worth, your value as a human being, is so important to a happy life. I genuinely believe I can do anything I want if I put my mind to it. I know I am as good as any man. This experience simply raised the question: are you ok with this? And the answer was hell no.

(This is a picture of Jack and I, in 2015, 1 week after Freshers. My family and him came to visit, and they were my rock!)

Of course I still have my insecurities, I most definitely have my (weekly/daily!) wobbles. But I would say that, now, I am confident in myself, as a person. I try hard to be the best version of myself.

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s blog.

What are your Defining Moments? Have you experience something similar to me? Let me know in the comments!

Bee xoxo

Top 15 Autumn & Winter Girl Struggles

Top 15 Autumn & Winter Girl Struggles

Hello everybody!

I love writing my ‘Girl Struggles’ Posts, so I decided to do one based on the struggles through autumn and winter.

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1) Static hair clinging to your cheeks and mouth.

frizz2) Getting hair caught in your lip gloss

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3) Hat hair, that look all girls avoid.

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4) Sweatiness… jumpers and coats are a great idea until you get too hot.

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5) Hairy dolphins, AKA not having the need to shave your legs, so you don’t. You can get away with this as long as you hide those ankles.

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6) Tights falling down and ultimately feeling like a toddler in a nappy. Or a penguin. 

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7) Lip balm all day every day.

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8) Blowing your nose and wiping off all your makeup.

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9) Trying to nip to the loo in a scarf, coat, jumper, t-shirt, skirt, tights and pants is no easy task. It’s more of a mission.

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10) Pale skin season!

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11) It’s the season to get sick #fralalalalaalalalala.

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12) Cold wind making your eyes water and your mascara run #totesemoshforwinter

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13) Having to ask a friend to hold your top down while you clamber out your jumper in the hope of avoiding an awkward bra flash.

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14) Your tights run more than you do.

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15) Skirts riding up, I mean it keeps your belly warm but exposes your butt.

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Hope you enjoyed reading! Have a lovely weekend!

Bee xoxo

Top Ten Beauty Hacks

Top Ten Beauty Hacks

Hello everybody!

Today I am talking about my top ten beauty hacks that I use! I hope you enjoy!

1) Fixing smudged nail varnish

There is nothing worse than doing your nails and then catching them on something, putting a mighty finger print on it or fluff getting stuck on them. So I figured out this trick a few years ago and have been doing it ever since. When the nail varnish is tacky, but no longer wet, you can (and this is going to sound super weird) lick the nail varnish. You can flatten and smooth out any marks and nobody would even know you smudged your nails. Top tip: make sure it’s not still wet though, because that just tastes gross.

2) Having that big eye look.

Use a white eye-liner on your waterline to give your eyes a pop.

3) Keeping your lips healthy and looking pumped. 

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I use the Carmex Lipbalm before I use any lipstick or lip gloss- it plumps up your lips and they never dry out. This works with matte lipsticks aswell.

4) Getting the perfect lip line. 

I intentionally brush the remnants of foundation from my brush over my lips, this means that when I apply my lipliner and lip stick I have a lighter base tone. This also helps because I always find that the skin around my lips can look a little pinker than other areas on my face.

5) When you buy the wrong shade foundation

I am the queen of mixing foudations. Sometimes it’s simply because I’m stingy, and other times it’s because I like the qualities of both foundations. If I want a full coverage look, but I perhaps haven’t tanned for a while, I will add a lighter shade of a different brand of foundation to the darker, full coverage one. This way I get the full coverage, but avoid the big orange line that no girl wants! This also works with foundations that you buy after holiday, when you’re that shade darker.

I personally use Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in the shade True Ivory (which was perfect after my holiday and is a total coverage foundations) and combine it with my L’Oreal Paris Colour Match Foundation in the shade 1N (which is more accurate now!).

6) Soap and Glory Wonderbronze Shimmer Brick

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This is one of the best products I have ever got. If I’m in a rush, I’ll use it as a bronzer, an eye shadow and will pick out the lighter tones (with a different brush) and use it for highlight as well. It also gives a lovely sun-tint that I always feel I’m lacking in the colder seasons. It’s a constant in my handbag for those moments I want to touch up my makeup!

7) Find that perfect lip colour- Tanya Burr, Pink Cocoa

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I searched for ages trying to find a lip stick that was just the right shade. I wanted one that I didn’t need to line my lips with and was a shade darker than my natural lip colour. This, for me, is Tanya Burr’s: Pink Cocoa, it’s so perfect and I can whack it out when I’m out and about to give my lips a little more colour but still look natural.

8) Give yourself a healing foot treatment while you sleep

Sometimes it’s nice to pamper yourself, but feet never seem to be at the top of my ‘pamper yo-self’ routine. I like to cover my feet in a thick moisturiser and go to bed with socks on- they feel like heaven the next day!

9) Spots vs. tooth paste/ sudocrem

If ever I am out at a friends and haven’t brought over my night time face routine with me (or even if I am super tired) I use tooth paste or sudocrem. Stupid though I may look, my spot’s are not going to be as aggravated the next day!

10) Run out of dry shampoo? Baby powder. 

I am blond, so maybe it works better on lighter hair, but this trick is legit! It works and lets face it, baby powder smells nice too. Double bonus.

These tricks are all ones that I use myself! I hope they are helpful!

Bee xoxox

 

Girl Struggles

Girl Struggles

There are so many reasons that being a girl rules. For example, we never catch anything when pulling our flies up! Plus, on a more catastrophic note, the world literally wouldn’t exist without women #girlpower.

But in today’s blog I’m going to talk about the realities of being a girl. The #girlstruggles. Here are the things us girls have to put up with:

  1. Dry Shampoo- either a life saver or adds 30 years onto your age, most of the time I find myself weighing up whether to look like Mrs Claus in August or Filch, from Harry Potter.
  2. Having “Man Dolphin” legs- a term I use to describe my legs when I haven’t shaved for a while (when I have they are as smooooth as a dolphin- for like a day!). I feel like “Man Dolphin” is a winter comfort!
  3. Having one “Man Dolphin” leg… how I forget one entire limb I don’t know.
  4. Shaving your armpits- I’m sure there is a perfectly good scientific reason for having hair under your arms, but sometimes it seems like it was part of God’s punishment to Eve. Like why is it there? Why does it grow so fast? Why do I always manage to miss some?
  5. Owning ultra-comfy/mega-old bra- that one you hang onto even though it’s slightly grey, ripping at the seams and the underwire will shortly try and burst a lung. But you can’t find it anywhere else soooo…
  6. On a similar note, the “holy pants”- (I really friggin hope others have this too!) a pair of pants that are your favourite. Super comfy, probably from M&S, that have been worn within an inch of their lives. And are ultimately holey, aka “holy”. Amen.
  7. Strapless bras- a seemingly good idea, until two hours into wearing it, it’s hugging your belly button.
  8. Trying to gracefully get out of a sports bra- an impossible task.
  9. Sanitary Products- needs little explaining. They’re expensive and annoying.
  10. Getting a ladder in your tights- the MOST frustrating thing!
  11. Thongs- weighing up whether the lack of VPL (Visible Pant Line) is worth the hours worth of wedgey.
  12. Jean sizing- every shop is different. I don’t ask for much, I just want something that sucks everything in, holds it in place, makes me have a Kim Kardashian bum and look two sizes smaller, please, thank you, ta.
  13. Bobby pins getting into every nook and cranny- hoovers, washing machines, handbags, pockets…
  14. Smudging freshly painted nails- super frustrating.
  15. Losing earrings back- who hasn’t been on all fours scanning the carpet looking for one of those sodding things?
  16. Streaky fake tan- the patchy, albino cow look is never a good one.
  17. Major break outs- usually the day before you need to look good. I find it’s before school photos, parties or dates.
  18. Hair getting everywhere -.-
  19. The aftermath of heels- blisters and sore soles of feet are enough to make any gal mad.
  20. Losing your underwear in the laundry- besides the usual loss of knickers at home, genuinely through the washing machine, I had one super creepy encounter at University. If you didn’t get there in time to take your washing out of the dryer yourself- people sometimes nicked it! Tell me, who actually wants someone elses knickers?!
  21. Asking for a trim at the hairdressers- and coming out with a friggin bob.
  22. Legs rubbing- the bane of my life on holiday. It’s the worst feeling.
  23. Applying eyeliner- one wing is always higher than the other and I literally cannot talk while I apply it.
  24. Wearing a skirt on a windy day- how did Marilyn Monroe make it look cute?!
  25. Queueing for the girls loo in any club or even event *raises gun to head*
  26. Trying for a smokey eye look- experimenting with a new eyeshadow but ending up sporting the “black eye” look.
  27. Jumpsuits or bodysuits in the toilet- like a friggin puzzle. Not only do you need a wee, you’re worried everyone in the queue thinks you’re taking ages to pee and, as the random spurt of claustrophobia kicks in, you end up hitting your desperately flailing arms on the cubical walls. It’s a mess really.
  28. Windy days + lipstick.
  29. The word “smart-casual”- what does that mean?! For guys its shirts, jeans and a decent pair of shoes… but girls?!
  30. Sneezing when you just put your mascara on.

So there you go, 30 #girlstruggles! Hope you enjoyed reading,

Bee

xoxox

What you REALLY need for University

What you REALLY need for University

Packing to move to University can sometimes be overwhelming, which is totally understandable given that you’re essentially moving out. Well, kind of. University is a brilliant stepping stone from living at home to having your own place. I am going into my third year of University and I have learnt so much about self-sufficiency, the real world and what I like to call “adulting”.

“Adulting”: A term I use to describe my current life status. Basically trying to be an adult. Like having a provisional licence… but not having passed the test yet! Oh and it’s absolutely nothing to do with adultery- disclaimer. 

So I have put together a list of 25 things people are more likely to forget or gloss over when they’re packing to move- but won’t regret taking.

Here we go!

1. A tray– mega cheap, but crucial! The reality is, sometimes you leave a few too many mugs in your room, a bowl or even a plate- and you don’t want to do multiple trips!

2. Converse or flat shoes- Freshers is crazy fun and by the end of the week you don’t necessarily want to be dancing in heels! In fact most people go to SU events in trainers or flats. This way there are less blisters and you’re not as upset when someone spills a drink on your shoes or steps on your feet!

3. A frying pan– this may seem obvious, but I just brought some standard pans with me and it was something I wished I had thought of. The frying pan makes stir-fries, cooking meat or even a dish like curry or spaghetti bolognaise easier.

4. A lid for your standard pan- again, sounds silly but IKEA didn’t provide lids for mine and I soon realised it was kind of a necessity for some recipes. Like rice- it goes mega goo-y without a lid! #studentproblems

5. A decent knife– I got my knife from IKEA, you might be noticing a pattern here! It was really small so cutting meat was hard work and took a while.

6. A rug- this is more of a preference, but I loved having something other than the normal carpet to step out of bed on to. It just made me feel more at home. This is ideal if you think you might feel homesick- just make your room feel like your own.

7. Pads and Pens- for the first 6 months of University, I used a pad and pen, however I soon realised that I wasn’t as quick at making notes as I thought and that when it came to writing essays, it was easier for it all to be on the laptop. Second year I used my laptop the entire time. This is a preference, but consider what YOU need, if you’re likely to be typing the whole time, save some pennies and only bring one or two pads. You can always buy more later.

8. A bedside lamp- most of Warwick accommodation have one central ceiling light, which is great, but I found that the beside lamp was a score. Nobody wants to get out of a toasty warm bed to turn the light off and navigate your way back in the dark.

9. Recipe books– there are so many brilliant recipe books, particularly ones that are for students specifically, such as NOSH (highly recommend!) Some even show the prices and calories. Have a look around and bring one or two with you.

10. Salt and Pepper– add some flavour to meals.

11. Sugar- I didn’t bring sugar with me, I don’t have it in teas and so (for some unknown reason!) didn’t bring it. I really regretted it as cereal or recipes sometimes need it. A small bag will do.

12. Savings- I feel that the expense of Freshers can be over-exaggerated. You don’t need to have saved hundreds (unless you really want to). SU drinks are cheap, and most of the time, especially during Freshers Week, you play games and pre-drink (optional of course!) to make friends. Plus, events at the SU are really decent prices. So don’t worry too much!

13. Change- I feel that you are more likely to need change for things like bus fares and washing machines. I went to University with £50 in coins and just used them when and if I need to. I very rarely carry cash in my purse and sometimes using a debit or credit card isn’t an option.

14. Slippers- a big one for me. If you’re lucky, you might be in a flat where nobody ever spills anything… but, on the occasion there is something you don’t fancy stepping in- slippers are ideal. Or even if the cleaner has been and the floor is still damp.

15. Flip-flops- if you have a communal bathroom, these are pretty useful.

16. Plenty of loungewear- comfort is central when getting on with deadlines. Hoodies, jumpers, tracksuit bottoms, or leggings- I spent a fair amount of time in comfort clothes while smashing deadlines or chilling during the day. Sometimes it doesn’t seem acceptable to wear pyjamas at 3 in the afternoon- so jogging bottoms it is!

17. Stationary: post-it notes: to mark pages of books- much easier than constantly trying to find the right page. Highlighter- seminar prep sometimes requires pre-reading (depending on the course) so a highlighter definitely comes in handy here. Files: keeping organised is central to avoiding panics when you lose things, which leads me onto a hole punch. Again, necessary to filing! If you’re like me, you’ll go to town on the stationary just because you can, but the above is all you really NEED, besides pens and paper.

18. Printer- I bought a printer for University, which certainly makes it easier. However, it isn’t a necessity, there are printers all over campus that you can pay (via your student card) for. They are everywhere. So don’t panic if you don’t have one.

19. Hot water bottle- living in halls means that the temperature isn’t always what you want it to be. I found that in the winter I got a little chilly (though I know others didn’t) so a hot water bottle just made my bed warm before I hopped into it. It’s a preference.

20. Coat hangers- just a must have really.

21. Clothes horse- I found that washing made my room smell AMAZING, but to make sure it doesn’t smell of damp, a washing line is advised! Also hanging wet clothes on every available surface gets in the way eventually.

22. A medicine bag- paracetamol, lemsips, anti-sickness drugs- the sort that means you don’t even have to leave your room when you’re feeling rough. Quite literally a life saver.

23. Extension lead- there are sometimes limited plugs, so the extender cables are great for making sure you’re not constantly unplugging and swapping things over.

24. Tupperware– I am the Queen of Tupperware, I have so many random pots and containers. But if you make too much food- Tupperware. If you need to freeze something- Tupperware. Want a snack during lectures- Tupperware. It comes in handy!

25. A door stop– getting locked out is not only embarrassing but bloomin’ annoying.

I hope this is helpful, I think it’s really important to remember that Universities do have shops, so if you forget something- don’t panic! Plus, you’re going to make loads of friends and people are very generous with sharing things.

This is supposed to be exciting, so enjoy the shopping, the anticipation and make the most of the break before the start of first term!

Bee xoxox

Work, work, work, work, work

Work, work, work, work, work

HAVING A JOB AT UNIVERSITY

  1. Each situation is different:
  • Getting a job works differently for everyone, but I found that having a permanent University job wasn’t for me. During my first year of University, I felt quite home sick, and the idea of having contracted hours during term, that could potentially prevent me from coming home as often, put me off. I also didn’t ‘need’ the job to survive at University, so I decided to focus on getting used to University, before getting a job.
  1. People that do have Jobs Term-Time:
  • Many of my friends had term-time jobs and absolutely loved it. Some situations rely on having a job to finance, some people need the extra little bit to make finances easier and others just like the structure of work and the extra money goes a long way.
  1. University Blogger:
  • Though I didn’t have a job during my first year, I did become a University of Warwick Blogger, which I shall be carrying on into my final year also. This meant I had to blog twice a month on the University Blogger Page, and I would receive £25.00 at the end of the month. This does not sound much, but it really helped me. Plus it looks good on a CV and is relevant to my future career.
  1. Having a Job out of University Terms:
  • This is something I highly recommend. During University, people go on so many awesome trips, but this requires £££.
  • Temporary Work: you can pick up seasonal work at Christmas, Easter and Summer, relatively easy. Places such as retail are often looking for temporary workers. Plus, once you’ve worked for them once, and hopefully made a good impression, they often ask for you back next time you’re between University terms.
  • When you can’t find a retail job: this happened to me last year, where I couldn’t find a job and I started to panic. But don’t.
  • Total Jobs: I used this to get the newest updates on jobs. A few examples of what pops up here are: hairdresser assistant, nursery assistant, administration based jobs, receptionists- different from retail, but none the less well paying and frequent work!
  1. Bonuses of having a Job:
  • The obvious thing is MONEY.
  • But putting that aside, employers love CV’s with jobs on, whether that during University or out of term, or even just summer. It shows commitment, work ethic, organisation and the capability of juggling a busy schedule.
  1. Suggestions: there are so many jobs students can apply for during University:
  • On campus: restaurants, coffee shops, admin, cleaning and tour guides.
  • At Warwick University we have the Welcome to Warwick Scheme, these are the people that wear bright yellow tops, carry out the tours, answer prospective student questions and show you what the University is all about. They work about 3 times a year and get paid over £10 an hour.

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  • Department representative: there are so many opportunities within the departments. You can be a researcher, an assistant, a representative and a blogger.
  • Blogging: I am not sure whether Blogging is more specific to Warwick University, but it is such a good opportunity. There are places such as Campus Society that offer platforms for students to share their blogs. Though you don’t get paid, there are excellent rewards offered, such as vouchers. If you want to give blogging a go, Campus is an excellent place to start.