Good Food in Sutton Park

As you can tell from the misty haze in these photos, this trip was back in January and I completely forgot to write this blog post (I get quite carried away when new ideas come up).

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This trip was to Sutton Park with my darling mother and my dog, Millie the gorgeous Cavapoo. We decided to go for a walk and go for some food and Sutton Park is somewhere we had been before and loved but had only ever stopped off at this cafe before for drinks and never for food and BOY was I glad that we did!

Also, I have been wanting to play around with this camera for a long time, it is the Canon 450D and I am in no way trained to use this camera so this was literally just a play around but I am excited to actually learn how to use it properly soon. Sorry if the quality or the brightness of these photos aren’t the most incredible you have seen, my deepest apologies – they will improve.

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A look back on my year as an 18-year-old

Last week I turned 19 (that feels so weird to say). I feel like I was only 18 for a few weeks, however looking back there are many things I achieved in my year of being 18 years old. I guess this post is mainly for me to look back on in the future but, I thought, maybe some people would also find it interesting to know a bit more about myself and it may also encourage people to think of what they have achieved in their past year. (A bit of Saturday self-loving)

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Dreaded task: Food Shopping

Moving to University is a big change and there are lots of dreaded jobs you have to learn to do on your own, including: cleaning, washing, cooking and, of course, the dreaded weekly food shop.  At first it seems like a large amount of effort and I would spend ages wandering around the supermarket trying to decide what on earth I needed to buy. Gradually I have learnt tips and tricks to master the incredibly difficult art of food shopping and here are some of my top tips:

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3 INCREDIBLE NIGHTS IN BUDAPEST

Day 1: Friday

On the 3rd of February, we began our trip to Budapest with the Business Society.
At 11:00 we got on the coach in Leeds and had a 3 hour journey to Luton Airport – I know, I know it seems a ridiculously long way to go, however it was the only way for everyone on the trip to get to Budapest on the same night.

We arrived at the airport and had some food from Pret and then headed to the plane. The flight was only about 2 and a half hours and we arrived in Budapest at 21:00.

We checked into our hostel which was called Goodmo hostel and literally had 15 minutes to drop our bags and quickly freshen up to go straight to meet others from the trip at a bar!

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We went to a bar called Szimpla Kertmozi which had multiple different bars for different drinks, for example there was a wine bar, a beer bar, a cocktail bar etc. Even better – a glass of wine there was only £1!!

We then headed home and were very happy to get into bed because we were SO exhausted (of course we had to pick up a subway on the way home which may or may not have made us get lost – but we can just blame Emily for that…)

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Balancing Life at University

I absolutely love being a University student, however I think I would love it just that slightly bit more if I didn’t have the constant feeling of running out of time to do things 24/7. You still haven’t finished your work for the next day, you have no food left in the flat (apart from an inedible brown banana you bought last week in attempt to be healthy) and you’re meant to be going out to Mischief dressed up as a lobster in an hour with no outfit?! Trust me – I’ve been there. (Proof below)

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You are more than likely to understand, if you are at university, that managing your time is a pure skill. Your time is precious and managing it is a skill that will probably take longer to learn than any module in your degree (apart from economics; that still doesn’t make sense.

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The ULTIMATE Banana Loaf (Optional Dairy-Free)

Say HELLO to this amazing banana loaf. You really have no reason to not love this loaf, unless of course you don’t like bananas (like my best friend) or don’t like cake (like my boyfriend) – in that case you’re just strange.img_5038

I absolutely love baking (well actually I just really like eating what I bake) and, in attempt to be slightly healthy this year, I decided to bake a banana loaf.

Of course, who else to turn to than the queen of baking, Mary Berry, to provide me with one of her fabulous recipes; just to be clear I am not trying to claim this as my own recipe. However, as a little twist on this recipe I have made it dairy free because I’m lactose intolerant and trying to cut it out, that being said you don’t have to make it dairy free. Another alteration I would suggest, that I am definitely going to try in the future, is potentially adding bits of chocolate to make it even more tempting.

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The perfect present for a Grandparent

A perfect present for your grandparent is one that leaves them smiling like this:

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This is my lovely Nan and for her 90th Birthday, back in September, we decided to take her for afternoon tea at Stoneleigh Abbey. Most people will understand the struggle when it comes to Christmas or your Grandparents’ Birthday and you have to come up with an idea of what to buy them. You’ve already bought them endless pairs of slippers, chocolates, socks and bath smellies. You’re stuck. We found buying them an experience is perfect and gives them memories to remember – this is why we found going for Afternoon Tea was a perfect present. A bonus: you can find all sorts of deals on websites such as Wowcher that gives you discounts on different experiences. Continue reading

My 2017 Goals

I have called these “My 2017 Goals” as I feel I am far too late to call them my New Year’s resolutions considering that would mean that within the first 2 weeks of 2017 I have already failed them. This year, instead of setting myself the typical goals of going to the gym 5 times a week, eating clean and drinking 4 litres of water a day, I have decided to set myself achievable goals that I will work on throughout the year because – let’s be real – I’m never going to stick to those goals.

  1. Eat less dairy

If you know me then you will know I’m lactose intolerant so you make think this was a given. However, I can still eat small amounts of dairy without it affecting me, but often I forget I can only have a bit and let’s be honest after eating 6 squares of Dairy Milk who can stop?! This makes me end up feeling bloated and tired and therefore I need to cut down on my dairy intake (or rather I should say, my chocolate intake). Continue reading

How do I revise?

I am currently (trying to) revise for 3 January Uni exams and, over the years, I have slowly been finding different things that help me to revise and decided I would post them. Each one may not be suitable for everyone and there are many other ways to revise, as everyone is motivated and revises in different ways.

Time Management

I find that time management is key for revision. The worst thing when you’re revising is when you simply can’t focus and end up reading the same sentence multiple times without it going in. To overcome this, I have found that I work best if I focus for 45 minutes and then take a 15 minute break completely away from my desk or revision. Overall, each section of revision adds up to an hour – this also makes it easier to plan revision. During the 45 minutes I always keep my phone in another room, or turned off, to stop myself being distracted and then, during the 15 minute break, I turn my phone back on and use it during the break. Other ideas for the 15 minute breaks is doing things you need to get done such as tidying, walking the dog or even just watching TV as a break.

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