- Make a weekly “to-do” list.
- Mind-map all the little things playing on your mind- no matter how seemingly insignificant.
- Have a weekly pamper session- tan, nails, hair etc.
- Take a hot bath.
- Remind yourself of your importance.
- Lay in the sunshine.
- Make your bed.
- Choose a new book to read.
- Put on fresh comfortable clothing.
- Re-read one of your favourite books.
- Allow yourself to laugh.
- Choose tomorrows outfit before bed.
- Try a new walk.
- Turn your phone off for a whole day.
- Watch an all-time favourite movie.
- Ask someone for advice or help.
- Book a short break away.
- Spend time with animals.
- Have a good cry.
- Say no when you start feeling overwhelmed.
- Go to the seaside.
- Throw out, or give to charity, your old clothes.
- Sing like nobody else can hear you.
- Get up early- make the most of every day.
- Make spontaneous plans.
- Listen to peaceful music.
- Take multi-vitamins.
- Write down your goals and stick them somewhere you see them every day.
- Do something creative- crafts, knit, sew etc.
- Let it go.
- Treat yourself, have a cake or a pizza every now and then.
- Get an early night.
- Make a list of all the things you are thankful for.
- Healthy body, healthy mind.
- Unplug from social media.
- Take a nap.
- Hug someone for longer than 10 seconds- it’s proven to relieve stress.
- Surround yourself with people that make you happy.
- Declutter your home/ room.
- Write your feelings down in a journal.
- Step out of your comfort zone- cook a new recipe.
- Sit in the garden or in the park for an hour and watch the world go by.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Have a pyjama day.
- Do some baking.
- Listen to your favourite song.
- Wear your favourite perfume.
- Get a haircut.
- Go outside, lie on your back and watch the sky.
- Call someone you love.
I always say how much I love the beach. One of the biggest reasons is that it never fails to brighten up a day (no matter how grey or rainy) and makes me feel super fresh. I had been in the house pretty much all day and I was in need of some vitamin sea (punny).
I found out today there is a name for beach lovers- Thalassophile. Meaning: a lover of the sea.
Here are a few of the photos we took today!
A walk on the beach just never fails to blow the cobwebs away!
It’s officially Summer! That means BBQ’s, beach days, bikinis and knobbly bobblies!
This is just a little post to discuss the things I am most excited about this coming Summer. There is something about Summer that makes everyone seem happier. Life just seems to have more of a buzz to it. Plus it’s friggin beautiful this time of year. If you’ve visited my blog before (hello, old friends!) then you’ll know I LOVE living by the beach. If not (welcome!)- it’s my favourite place in the whole world. So Summer, to me, revolves a large amount around the salty aired, chip smelling, seagull full seaside of the South Coast of England.
So here we go, the Top Ten Things I am excited for this Summer:
- A Cruise around the Baltics
- 3 weeks! I am so excited to go. I have never been on a cruise, but from what I hear it’s food, trips, food, relaxation and more food. Which is funnily enough right up my street (me being a big old foodie anyway!) My Grandparents always try and come back the same, or less in weight by walking round the cruise ship frequently throughout the cruise. And by that I mean they do laps. When I first heard this I thought it was a bit excessive, but having discussed it with others- the cruise ship food sounds dangerously appealing! For the sake of my 8th aim for the summer (getting fit and healthy)- I may adopt this habit in the hope of coming back the same size!
- My Mini French Break
- After my cruise (ooh sounds rather fancy written down J), I have a little bit of a manic switch around, where I am getting on the vomit comet from Portsmouth to Cherbourg the next day to join my family in France. This I am absolutely buzzed for.
- Every other year we go away with my family to lovely houses in France, and this year I am missing a large chunk due to being on a cruise. This is sadly the consequences of growing up, being an adult forces you to make crappy decisions. (Obviously I am aware that of all crappy decisions, choosing between and a cruise and beach side holiday in France is a pretty decent one!).
- So I will spend a few days in France, hopefully doing what we do best. That’s playing cricket, drinking wine, singing loudly to songs from 30 years ago, competitive playing of cards for pure pride of winning and taking it in turns to cook a meal (MasterChef style). Along with pretending to be fluent in French, treating the Carrefour as a day trip and roasting marshmallows on the BBQ.
- Getting my Puppy (a Goldendoodle)
- We have literally been talking about getting another dog for years, but its finally happening! We are bringing our little afro ball of pure blonde fluff home after our holiday. I am so excited to see how she gets along with Jim, to buy all her PINK things, choose new toys and have a dog that fetches! Jim is a border terrier, and lordy he is a sweetie… though retrieving has never been his thing. He’s more of a throw the toy for me, I’ll chase it and then rip it to shreds kind-of-guy. I’m also super buzzed to have puppy cuddles. Eek, even thinking about it I cannot wait!
- Moving into my new Flat in Leamington
- I think this next (and final- omg help me) year of University could be the best. I am going to be living with my best friends, in a little flat in Royal Leamington Spa. Besides the obvious living with my best friends and literally having a bestie sleep over every night, I am excited for all the little things. A clean home (hopefully!), candles, car sharing, movies in eachothers beds, getting ready for nights out with each other, eating meals together and being able to walk to the room next door when I realise (as I do every 5 minutes with my history degree) that I don’t know what I’m doing. It’s just going to be FAB.
- Decorating my home room
- I recently decorated my room, a soft pink and I cant wait to add some final touches. At the moment I am OBSESSED with flamingos and I am constantly on Not On the Highstreet looking at inspiration. I love all things flamingo, cactus, pineapple and fluffy. So I’m having a field day searching for things to add to my room. I am getting some new shelves and a new bed.
- Our London Get-Away
- For Jack’s birthday I bought him a trip to London and I have several ideas (no concrete plans yet- which I actually find more exciting!). One at the top of my list is Sketch- a centre for food, art and music. Every so often a new artist is allowed to totally revamp the restaurant, to recreate it in their own way. And OMG it looks insane. I’ll insert some pictures because hell-to-the-yeah I am going there.
- Days by the Beach
- Need I say more. I love it. I drag Jack there all the time. We go to the arcade, we eat ice cream and we walk for miles chatting about what ifs.
- Getting fit and healthy
- Membership- yep. Have I been much- nope. Need to work on the last bit, but baby steps! I have felt so much better being at home, with regards to my diet. I just feel that when I’m exam stress free I eat better. So getting fit and healthy is something I’m super excited about.
HAVING A JOB AT UNIVERSITY
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Over the weekend I decorated my room and oh boy was it hard work.
My family had gone camping and I couldn’t because of work commitments. So I was working 10 to 7 on Saturday and 9 to 6 on Sunday… and decided to completly gut and decorate my room- pure stupidity.
- Preparation (much to my disgust) is key
- Moving to University meant I have double the amount of ‘stuff’- which happens to need to be out back into my room. Which, unlike my wardrobe, has not grown.
- If you want perfection- pay someone else.
- I learnt to man up a lil bit- crying in a built in wardrobe because you can’t take the lid off the paint is not productive. Especially crying on the phone to your Dad.
- How to wash paint out of your hair.
- I figured out how to avoid getting paint in you eyes and mouth- step as far away as possible.
At the end of the day, I can honestly say that I would be happy never painting another room again. It makes me miserable, tired and put my relationship to the test! But it does look very nice now and I am very pleased.
I painted it a Dulux White Blossom pink colour, which is a very subtle, not too childish, pink. Here are some of the plans I have for it!
I am loving all things flamingo at the moment, but I also love cactus’- I’m hoping to include both features, without it looking bonkers. I love the whole design side of these things, but its safe to say I’m not a interior painter… actually I suck at it!
Side note: All of the above can be found on Not on the Hightstreet- My all time favourite!
Yesterday we had a day trip to London and as per usual, it was awesome.
London is an international hub for all things business. Yet everyone belongs. People go to London to stand out, but equally it is one of the only places in the world where one can truly disappear. It is not always pleasant, agreeable, cheerful or easy, but always magnificent.
Several people have said to me that going to London in ‘times like these’ is dangerous, even foolish, following the attacks. I entirely disagree. London feels the strongest and perhaps the safest in these times.
London is my favourite city in the world. Jack and I have visited London several times, we have climbed the O2, been to Theatres, stayed on the Thames, walked in Hyde Park, we have shopped in Oxford Street and have made magical memories in a magical city. London is beautifully unpredictable, from who you will see and the events that are taking place, to the weather.
I would describes yesterday’s London as grey. But not a dull grey, the sort of grey the sky turns when its full of clouds. A bright, glowy sky, where the sun is trying to shine through, but the thick layer of clouds prevent it. It’s actually the sort of grey sky that makes me sleepy. It’s too dark for sunglasses but so sunny you end up squinting. Yesterday’s London was busy, colourful and noisy. It was perfect.
Here are some photos I took on my travels 🙂
With my holiday to Portugal in two weeks time, I am starting to think that I should do a last minute health surge to (hopefully!) make me feel that little bit better in a bikini! I wouldn’t necessarily use the word ‘detox’, but I am definitely trying to avoid foods that will make me bloat, and am trying to eat as much fruit and veg as I can. I have never had the flattest of bellies, and I try to do sport as much as I can, but I can confirm that I notice a big difference if I cut out all wheat and limit the amount of dairy (or lacto-free dairy) in take I have. Downside: this can make me a lil grumpy.
So this morning I thought I would try some Banana Pancakes- I had heard of them before and thought I would give them a go- and they were pretty damn good!
Serves 2 people: makes 4 pancakes- don’t worry they’re pretty filling!
- 1 banana
- 2 large eggs
- A pinch of baking soda
- A dash of vanilla essence
- Oil- I used olive oil
Beat the eggs in one bowl and mash the banana in another. Make sure the banana is pretty well mashed, more of a paste. Then mix the banana with the eggs and add the vanilla and a pinch of baking soda. Mix it all together and you have your pancake batter.
I always seem to add too much oil so today I brushed it onto the pan, so I had a thin coat of oil on the pan. Heat the pan on a medium heat. When the pan is nice and hot, spoon out enough mixture for two pancakes- so half the batter.
Leave them to cook for one to two minutes on each side, and then flip them. Once they’re done, put them to one side and do the other two. Remember to add another coat of oil on the pan, and remove any burnt or excess pancake from the last lot- burnt pancake can smell pretty gross.
Then enjoy with whatever toppings you like, or even plain! They’re pretty sweet due to the banana and the vanilla.
Here are a few of my favourite toppings:
- Cinnamon and sugar sprinkled over the top.
- Honey, maple syrup or golden syrup- depending on how healthy I am feeling.
- Nutella- for my cheat/treat days!
- Caramelised apple with cinnamon- I have blogged about these before and OMG they taste insane, however do contain a bit of sugar, so probably not the healthiest option.
- Lemon or orange and sugar.
- Chopped fruit- strawberries and raspberries are the bees knees on pancakes.
- Yoghurt- I have lacto-free yoghurts, or soya yoghurts, but my favourite is the strawberry flavoured.
I hope you love these as much as I do- kick start your day with a healthy, non-bloaty breakfast and experiment with your toppings.