Why Being a Vegetarian Works For Me

I went to University in 2016 and my student budget quickly realised how expensive it was to buy meat in the weekly shop. My diet was pretty all over the place during the first term, but my meat consumption was MUCH lower than it was previously and after Christmas, I was probably eating vegetarian meals for 70% of the week without realising it.

Hummus Bar in Budapest (Actually pre-goulash)
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Planning a UK Staycation? Here’s How To Do It

Flights might be back up and running, but a summer staycation has never been so popular for 2020. At the end of June, there was apparently one holiday booked every 11 seconds in the UK. It seems to be the ‘new normal’, but that’s really not a bad thing – there’s some incredible offerings on our doorstep. It’s the perfect opportunity to ‘break the routine’ and stay elsewhere or rediscover your local area – a staycation which would involve very low mileage. Here’s how you can do it.

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Re-evaluating My Screen Time (& The 5 Apps I’ve Been Using)

The iPhone screen time monitor has existed for a while now. I find myself checking it from time to time, especially on the days when I feel like I really haven’t put my phone down. To be fair, a lot of the time it’s WhatsApp messages or video calls and I feel that’s acceptable to exclude from the ‘you’re attached your phone’ statement for now.

When screen time is mentioned, it tends to be associated with negativity. High screen time tends to equal hours and hours spent scrolling through social media like Instagram and Tiktok and it’s a fine balance, I’ll agree. (You can read my post about using social media here)

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The Life Lessons That I’ve Learnt From Lockdown

We’ve been on a rollercoaster for the last four months. It can be categorised (trivially) as; the banana bread obsession period, pre Netflix’s Tiger King, post Netflix’s Tiger King, Disney + release, the weekly pub quiz era (welcoming suggestions for more trivial lockdown categories).

I finished university THREE months ago now and to be honest, I’d like to know where those three months have gone?

So, amongst the graduate job applications in a very uncertain economy, there has been plenty of time to pause and reflect. I think we will probably all emerge from this period of time as a slightly different person, with a different perspective, a different way of thinking. Let’s call them the lockdown lessons.

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11 Reflections on My University Experience

Four years ago, I spent the summer stressing about whether I’d received a place to study at the University of Birmingham. If only I could go back and tell my 18 year-old self that it was going to be fine and that I would be graduating with a first class degree in four years time (yay!!).

University was always in my plan, the next step. I visited so many university open days, mainly as an interesting day out, but also to think about what life could be like there. When you find the right university for you, you’ll know.

Now it’s four years on, what have I learnt?

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Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens | Review

This book has been on my radar for some time. It’s one-part mystery, one-part ‘coming-of-age’. It begins with Kya, known as “Marsh Girl”, in 1952. A young girl who is slowly deserted by all her family to be left with her drunken, abusive father. The mystery element explores a murder scene, where sheriffs find Chase Andrews in 1969.

From the first few pages of the book, you can tell that Kya is a complex character. Yet, I think you can see the determination in her character from the start. As the book spans across 17 years, the reader is present for Kya’s life journey, from childhood to maturity.

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Is a BirchBox Subscription the Perfect Treat?

Birchbox isn’t new at all, it just appears that I’m a bit late to the party.

The concept is a monthly beauty box, containing products which would cost much more if you bought them individually. It appears to be a good way to try out new products and the perfect treat.

I’ve thought about getting a Birchbox for a while and it was the 50% student discount (for the first box) which swayed me to be honest. After receiving two boxes, I can now report back on the products that have been delivered (including the RRP for full-size items in the box).

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