Saturday, 26 November 2016

British Tea Survey


Can you please take a moment to complete my survey about British Tea Brands.

It will really help me out as I'm doing research for my university assignment about tea and your responses will really help me with my research about tea.

It will only take a few moments to complete it.

Thank you.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W6LVVFD

Megan x

Friday, 25 November 2016

My Study Routine


As you may have noticed, I haven't really been posting lately and that's because life is getting slightly stressful at the moment as deadlines are coming up and I'm working on my assignments. I also just haven't found the motivation to post anything on here so I do apologize for that.

Anyway, today I just thought I'd share with you my studying routine for when I'm doing assignments just to give you guys an idea about what I do when I'm working on my assignments and hopefully it'll give you some tips on what you could do when you're studying or working on assignments.

So let's get on with my study routine.

The first thing I do is make sure my surroundings are tidy. Especially if I'm working in my room (which I am today). I just have to make sure everything is tidy and my desk isn't too cluttered or else I cannot work and my mind will be distracted on how messy my desk or even my bedroom is. I just have a quick tidy up and normally cleaning my room kind of motivates me to be productive. I don't know why, it just does.






I then make a cup of tea because to me it's a very relaxing drink and as well as grab a snack which today was just a packet of crisps then I'm ready to work.





I always make a list of everything I want to get done so for me that I know what I have to do.


Next, I set a timer for an hour and then I say goodbye to my phone and put it away in my drawer or behind me so that I can't see it. Normally I like to work for an hour then take a little break.




Sometimes, I don't like the quietness but I also don't like loud music. Normally when I do essays, I put on the Titanic soundtrack. It's a kind of relaxing soundtrack and has no words to it so it helps me concentrate when there's no words. It's just nice to have a bit of music. Even when I'm on a roll and typing away at this essay, the music just adds to my happiness that I'm slowly progressing on this essay.


I will also have a look through textbooks I have and mark down pages which could be revelant to my essay. Sometimes it's handy to have textbooks because your lecturers want you to reference from academic books so you may as well get some books out of the library. It just shows you've done research and it'll probably make your essay sound better if there's quotes from authors.



Now I begin to do my work for an hour.


When the timer goes off and my hour is done. I set a ten minute timer and take a break. It's important to take breaks because you need a bit of breathing time and a break away from working. During this time, I will check my phone to see if I have any messages. Make another tea and maybe get a snack. Once my ten minutes is up, I set another timer for an hour and continue to work again.

This is just my way of doing my assignments and it does help and get me through them. If you have a time in the day where you're doing anything. Just work on your assignment. The sooner you get them done, the better.

I hope this helped some of you and I'll be back again soon with another post.

See you then guys.

Megan x

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Unexpected Trafford Centre Trip


This morning, I was just chilling in my PJs and drinking my coffee when my friends and I decided to go to the Trafford Centre. It was unexpected and wasn't plan but I just thought why not so I got up off the sofa and started getting ready.

I haven't been to the Trafford Centre in a while and I also felt like treating myself to a few things so I set myself a budget then we were off, driving to the Trafford Centre.

While I was there I didn't take many photos as I wanted to just experience it all without having to worry about taking pictures.

The main place I wanted to go to was Waterstones because as you know I'm a massive bookworm. I wanted to go to Waterstones because Carrie Hope Fletcher has written a novella of her book On The Other Side which I absolutely loved. So when I found out that she had written a novella of this book which was exclusive to Waterstones then I knew I just had to have it. Now with this book it was buy one book get one half price. I was on a bit of time crunch as I didn't want to keep my friends waiting so I quickly looked around the young adult section where the buy one book get one half price stickers were on the books. I then saw this book called All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven which I had heard of before and wanted to read so I bought that as well.



Next we looked around other shops then we went for lunch and had a KFC. Afterwards we went to the arcades and played a few of the games then I decided to go to the grabbers. Half the time I know I'll never win but I just thought why not. There was this one where it had Winnie the Pooh characters holding hearts and I really wanted the Tigger one. So I began to play. I put about £2 and had failed grabbing it so I decided to go for one more pound. So I put the pound in and then the grabber managed to get hold of the Tigger and lift him up. I didn't get my hopes up, even when it was slowly moving towards the hole. I thought it would drop and I'd lose it before it reached the hole. However, to mine and everyone else's surprise. I won it! I was so happy. I felt like I acclomplished something amazing. I've never won at the grabbers so to win feels really good. It was quite a cute Tigger and the heart reads 'Bounce with me' which I thought was funny and cute.



Finally, to end this wonderful day. We went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. I was so excited and couldn't wait to see it. I loved every minute of it because it was interesting to see a different side to the magical world JK Rowling has created. It was truly wonderful and I can't wait for the sequels.

Anyway, that's all from me. I'll be back again tomorrow with another post. See you then guys.

Megan x

Friday, 18 November 2016

Smile


Smile because you are a beautiful person.

Everything in your life will be okay.

Don't let the haters bring you down.

You are worth it.

Everything you do is great.

It's going to be a great day.

You've done great getting through the week.

Even if it was a hard week, lets make next week better.

Talk to someone you haven't spoke to in a while.

You could make their day.

Even talk to your mum, dad, brother, sister. Anyone.

Put a smile on someone's face.

Tell them you love them and care about them.

You'll feel so happy afterwards.

Just remember though, if you're reading this then you truly are beautiful.

Being yourself is the most beautiful thing in the world.

There's only one of you and that makes you special.

So just take a moment to smile and think of all the happy things in your life.

Megan x

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

De-Stressing and Relaxing Tips


Life can be very stressful at times no matter how old you are.

Sometimes you just need to de-stress and have a bit of me time which will help you to kind of cool down and let go of the stressful thoughts which are currently clogging up your brain.

I'm going to share with you some of my tips on how to de-stress.

1. Go for a walk outside
Sometimes being inside is the problem because you could be stuck in your bedroom or in the library or somewhere and everything is just getting to you. I suggest going for a walk outside. Grab your iPod or however it is you listen to music and just go for a walk outside. I find this to be relaxing because I'm getting fresh air and it's just kind of relaxing to move around. You're not focusing on the stresses your currently facing and you're just thinking about where you're going or even the weather. Even just going for a walk to the shop will de-stress you because you're focused on getting what you need. Then when you go back to working, you'll find you have a clearer head and you can carry on feeling more relaxed than you were before.

2. Tidy up
I don't know about you but I cannot work knowing if my room or work space is a mess. If I try working then my mind will just be thinking about the mess and it'll stress you out. Just take a moment to tidy your surroundings because then you'll feel at ease and I don't know about you but when I've tidied my bedroom, I feel so productive and want to do productive things e.g work.

3, Cosy environment
Sometimes putting yourself in a cosy environment is the perfect de-stress. For me it's going into my bedroom and turning on my fairy lights and just having dim lighting. I feel relaxed with a cup of tea and a good book or even a film. That's my relaxing strategy because I feel cosy and my mind is just focused on the book or the film and I'm not worrying about the next day.

4. Pamper Yourself
I don't know about you but when I have a little mini pamper session of face masks and cleansing my skin. It's very relaxing to me because I feel like my body is having a good clean. When I feel nice and clean then it's one less thing to worry about and it's a really good feeling when you're all pampered up. Just have a bit of me-time to destress the worries away. Even having a bath is a great destress. Unfortunately at uni I don't have a bath so I just have to make do with the shower.

5. Switch off 
Sometimes putting away your laptop and phone and just switching off the from the internet world can be a big de-stresser because sometimes it can be really stressful focusing on social media. You could be feeling like why isn't my friend messaging me back? Everyone's hanging out somewhere and you're not invited? Why does this person not talk to me anymore? It can be really stressful so the best thing to do is forget about and turn things off. Just take some time offline. If anyone really wants to get in touch with you then they have your number so don't worry. Just do something offline whether it is reading a book or watch a film. Even try something different like drawing or even baking something. Just distract yourself from the online world and you'll feel more relaxed and happy.

6. Go on a little day trip
Where I live in the north of England, I have so many cities nearby which costs under £10 to get to by train. I have places like Manchester, Liverpool, Chester and Blackpool nearby. Sometimes planning a little day trip, whether that's with friends or by yourself, kind of helps if you just want to relax and have good time rather than focus on the problems of real life. Just taking a break to go somewhere is so relaxing. Being able to take pictures and blog about them also makes me really happy. When I go on a day trip, I have to bring my camera because I know I will want to blog about my experiences when I get back. I find that relaxing because then I know in the future I can come back to my blog and read over the post about day trip and just remember what a good time I had. For me that's a very relaxing thought.

7. Meditate
I don't often meditate. Sometimes I can't get in the right mindset or I forget about meditation. However, there is this app I found a while ago when I was looking for apps to de-stress and this app is called Headspace. It's about ten minute session which basically helps to relax you and clear your mind. It's just a voiceover which is kind of a nice soothing voice which talks to you and helps you step by step to clear your mind or rather focus on yourself rather than on the world around you. I've done it about three times and it has helped me a bit to clear my mind.

8. Write It Down

Finally, the biggest thing for me to de-stress my problems is to just write them down in a journal. I love to journal especially if I'm in a bad mood or something's bothering me. I write it down in my journal and in a way I kind of feel relaxed that I've let all my thoughts and feelings out onto the paper. Sometimes letting out what's on your mind is really helpful if you want to destress.

9. Sleep

Sleeping is probably the most important things to do in life. Your body and your mind does need it's rest. Having a 7 to 8 hour sleep is what everyone needs to feel relaxed and less stressed out in the morning. I know I feel so much better if I've had over 7 hours sleep. I do feel groggy in the mornings but I'd feel a whole lot worse if I've had about 4 hours sleep. I suggest setting yourself a little routine both in the morning and evening. In the morning I set different alarms on different days. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays I set my alarm at 7am because I have a 9am on those days. I will press snooze once then I force myself to get up and go have breakfast. I do get back into bed with my breakfast but the fact that I'm awake is great. It's also nice because I know I have a bit of time to relax and catch up on a tv show or watch a YouTube video before I have to get ready to go.
I also set an alarm on Thursdays and Fridays for 9am because I have afternoon lectures that day so I kind of give myself a bit of a lie in on those days. Because I wake up at similiar times every week, my body clock wakes up naturally around those times of days which is really good.
In the evening, I wash my hair every other night. I prefer doing it in the evening because it means I don't have to worry about it in the morning. I go to my bedroom at about 9pm and get into my pyjamas and get into bed. I just try to do things that won't stress me out like watching a film or reading a book. I then switch everything off by 10:45pm then I try to get some sleep. Normally that does work if I'm not tempted to check my phone but sometimes I will if I can't sleep.

Anyway, that's all my de-stressing and relaxing tips. I hope you enjoyed this post and they were helpful to some of you.

I'll be back again tomorrow with another post.

See you then guys.

Megan x

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Books I Have At University


I have a lot of books with me currently in University room so I thought I'd share with you the books I have.

Here we go

Anna and The French Kiss, Lola and The Boy Next Door & Isla and the Happily ever After by Stephanie Perkins


Me Before You and After You by Jojo Moyes


On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher


The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester


Dan and Phil Go Outside by Dan Howell and Phil Lester


I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella


Girl Online and Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Around The World In 80 Dates by Jennifer Cox


The Secret Dreamworld of Shopaholic, Shopaholic Abroad and Shopaholic Ties The Knot by Sophie Kinsella


The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit


How I Changed My Life In A Year by Shelley Wilson


The Fault In Our Stars by John Green


Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella


My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick


Love Rosie by Cecelia Ahern


Ghostbird by Carol Lovekin


Significance by Jo Mazelis


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen


Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone, Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order Of Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Tales Of Beedle and the Bard by JK Rowling

I have thirty four books with me currently at university. I know that might seem quite a lot but most I've these books I've read and enjoyed plus if I'm in the mood for rereading a book then I can. Seven of these I have not read yet and one I'm currently reading. I know, I have a problem but I just love reading books and escaping to the happy land of books.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed finding out what books I have with me at university. I'll be back again tomorrow with another post.

See you then.

Megan x

Monday, 14 November 2016

How to blog?



I'm sure some of you probably know how to blog but I'm going to share what I do when I make a blog post.

First off I decide what I'm posting about. If I have an idea I can role with it and start making it.

With a blog post where I'm just typing away and don't need any pictures then I just type away. Those are normally the quick posts because I'm just writing what's on my mind. I don't write out what I write first. Normally I just start typing and the words come to me. Sometimes I think it over what I want to say but normally I just type then read over what I've written to see if it makes sense.

Now just text with no pictures can look a bit boring so normally I add a picture with the title on the post on top of it so it looks more appealing. It's also handy when it comes to pinning the posts two pinterest. (I'll talk about this later)

How I do it is I google a nice looking background picture or sometimes I take my own picture then add text to it. Below is the picture I normally use in all of my blog posts. I use it because it kind of goes with the colour scheme and it's easy to write on. I sometimes change this background depending on what kind of post I'm doing but most of the time it's just this one.


Next I go to this website called PicMonkey (https://www.picmonkey.com/) which looks a bit like this.


I click on edit which will then let me choose the image I want. Once I choose the image it will then look like this.


I then click on the Tt symbol on the left of the page to get me to this screen which is where you can choose the font of your text.


Normally the font I choose is Sue Ellen Francisco because it's easy to read and it doesn't look to serious or boring. Then click add text.


Once you've chosen your font and clicked add text then a text box will appear and then you can type whatever you want into. I've typed in the title of this post.


Now you can change the colour, the size of the font. Normally I make the text as big as it will go which is 720 then I choose a kind of dark, navy blue colour and I centre the text so it's right in the middle of the image.


Then I just click on the save button on the top of the page to get to this screen. I don't change the quality or the dimensions, I just leave it as it is. Then I just click save to my computer. I have a folder dedicated to my blog where I save all my images to.


Then I just add it to the top of the page I'm writing the post on then I'm done with that.


When taking photos I sometimes use my iPhone 5 but most of the time I use my camera because it has better quality. The camera I use is the Polaroid iS426 Compact Camera which is a very good camera and takes good quality pictures. I've had no problem using this camera.


Then you just edit your post and write about whatever it is you want to write about. Read over what you've written and if you're happy with what you've done then normally you can preview what the post will look like on your blog which is very helpful as you can see if it looks good or not.

Finally, if you're using Blogger then you can add labels and add what you'll write in the search decription. Here's what I've written to give you ideas on what you can write in them.



When I'm happy with everything, I click publish. Next I view my blog and click on the post. I then copy the link. I then go to twitter and write a tweet about my new post then I add hashtags. I use hashtags which relate to the post but also hashtags which some people might be clicking. I then pin it to my page so if anyone clicks on my profile they can see my pinned tweet is my blog post. Here's an example of a post I did a couple of days ago about my tips on being a productive student.


The next thing I do is I pin my blog post to my pinterest. How I do that is I have a little pinterest icon on my browser in the right hand corner.
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Once I click that button then this page will show up and I click on the second one because that is what the pin will show on Pinterest because it has the title of the page on it.


When I click it this page will show up and I can save it to my pinterest board. The pinterest board I choose is the one titled University because it has all things university in it.


If you don't have a pinterest button on your browser then you can just go to pinterest and click on the plus sign button on the bottom right corner then click save from a website. You then put the link of the page and the same thing screens above will appear.


That's everything I do when I blog. I hope this helpful to any of you who want to blog and wanted some tips.

I hoped you enjoyed this post and I'll be back again tomorrow with another post.

See you then.

Megan x