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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Things I Do To De-Stress

- Prioritise my to do list.
- Drink a lot of tea.
- Or alternatively hot chocolate. My favourite is currently a chocolate orange hot chocolate made with almond milk and topped with marshmallows for that extra bit of self-indulgence. 
- Take a walk by myself.
- Phone my grandmother. 
- Clean/tidy my surroundings.
- Listen to some fun, upbeat music. Dance around the room.
- Do the fastest 3 things on my to-do list because this makes me feel motivated.
- Go for a shower and change my bed sheets so I feel fresh and ready to face whatever bothers me.
- Go to bed earlier.
- Light a candle.
- Turn off my phone.
- Swim.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

What Does It Mean To Be A Unique Blogger?

When I started my blog, 5 years ago, the blogging community was growing. And it still is. But now it's much, much bigger. Trying to get your own blog noticed can feel like being stuck in the middle of a massive crowd. And I guess the only way to stand out is to be original, to not be like the others. But can a blog really be 100% original?


Sunday, 19 February 2017

My Favourite Instagram Accounts

Instagram. Love it or hate it, it's almost an essential part of blogging these days. As fun as it is, it can be too easy to get swept up in all the number counting and stat obsessing that comes alongside trying to grow and brand another social media channel. I'm trying to take it back to the basics with my Instagram account again and make it more fun and reflective of my day to day life. I'm not a fan of pristine all white feeds and even if they're popular, they just aren't me. What I like are feeds that are unique, full of colour and let a personality shine through. I thought I'd write this post so that I could share some of my favourite Instagrammers in the hope that you find a new favourite and to remind myself what it is that I love about the accounts that I follow (someone remind me to have a clear out).

Shawna is an Edinburgh based Instagrammer and posts beautiful photographs of the city. It's nice to see something that's familiar pop up on my feed every now and again! I know that I'll really appreciate her photographs when I move to America in June as it will be a little reminder of home.


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Treat Yo Self Book Haul

After Christmas and my birthday, I had a few vouchers burning a hole in my pocket so I decided to make a pretty big book haul to fill up my to-be-read pile and get myself excited to read lots of new books. These are a mixture of some books I've wanted to read for a while and some ones that I saw and bought on impulse. And of course being a #superfamousbookbloggers (that hashtag will catch on) I have to blog about it. I'll be reviewing these over the next few months in my monthly reading wrap-ups so consider this to be a sneak peak.

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax - This book has been floating around the blogosphere and I was really interested as I certainly am very frazzled at the moment. It talks about how stress is a human invention and gives some tips on how to get rid of it. At the moment, I'll take what I can get. I also recently read The Life-Changing Magic of Giving a Fuck so I guess you could say I'm on a self-help book streak.


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Recipe: Roasted Veggie Couscous

Starting university with minimal cooking skills was a pretty daunting reality. A few years on, I consider myself to a be a pretty decent cook. However, I won't turn down the opportunity to learn some new skills. Recently the Co-op has joined up the guys from the YouTube channel Sorted Food to create the Now Cook It website. Which teaches basic cooking techniques and also provides a wide selection of recipes to put them to the test.

I cracked out the roasted vegetable couscous that was absolutely delicious. The recipe serves two as a meal but we shared it as a side as part of a larger meal. I was cooking for my family who generally like to scoff at my cooking ability but everyone was really impressed with how it turned out and my gran even took the leftovers home with her for lunch the next day. This dish struck me as being particularly student-y as it's meat free (cheap) and also works really well cold so would make for a great packed lunch. The Co-op also offer a student discount if you have an NUS card so take advantage of it! 

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Living More Ethically

Almost 4 years ago I vowed on this blog to go cruelty-free. I wanted to stop using beauty products that are tested on animals. I'm not saying that I don't slip up upon occasion but I feel like I have succeeded with this goal. But that was years ago and I feel I've gotten a bit complacent about the choices that I make. Can I really consider myself to be cruelty-free if I buy jeans for exactly that are made through sweatshops? Or am I really helping the world if I throw away rubbish that could be recycled? I've set myself some resolutions of things that I'd like to do to live more ethically. These aren't new years resolutions. These are rest of life resolutions. And generally, talking about it publically on the internet holds me accountable to it. So tell me off if you need to!

Look into whether the tea that I am drinking is Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Over the last year, I've really gotten into drinking tea (it would appear I am now finally living up to the British stereotype. Which poses a new question of ethics for me, where is my tea coming from. So I'm aiming to only try and buy tea that's Fairtrade or rainforest alliance certified as these are tags that I can trust. This means the tea that I buy for my home but also asking serving staff in cafes if it isn't stated on the menu. 

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