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29 April 2018

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring a load of revision, picking my boat ball outfit and another 7 bone burger
Compared to last week (which you can read about here) this week has been a very calm and relaxing one. At the risk of sounding a) very British, and b) very boring, I just want to take a second to discuss this week's weather. What on earth was that?! Please, can that heatwave please come back pronto, I was very much enjoying the bbqs, sitting drinking pints in the sun and wearing alllllll the skirts and dresses. The majority of this week has been spent doing uni work, as exams are less than a month away now, meaning that the end of second year is very rapidly approaching...

Speaking of, I chose my optional modules for next year aka my last year. How quickly has time gone by? The day I moved into halls still feels like yesterday and here I am deciding my last ever modules to study. In case you're interested, I'm doing one on anxiety, one on advertising, one on sexual health, one on developmental mental disorders and the other is an economics one... A right mixed bag, hey? We still have a couple of weeks until we need to finalise our choices, but I'm pretty certain these are the ones I'm going to stick with, even if they do include group work and presentations aka the two worst things about uni.

I bought my ticket to our Psychology Boat Ball this week, and have hence been on the hunt for an outfit to wear to that ever since. I've made a couple of online orders but haven't liked any of the pieces, so the search is to be continued. Speaking of tickets, I also bought a day ticket for Mutiny Festival this week, which may or may not be occurring in the middle of my exams, oops. I mean, as long as I get my head down now and get cracking on some work I'm sure it will be fine.

Guess who watched the Greatest Showman for the second time this week? Yep, it's me. This time I saw it at the cinema with a couple of my friends and I loved it just as much as the first time around and the songs have been ingrained in my head since. To be honest I'm still pretty shocked that I even like the film at all as it's really not my usual sort of thing. Before the film we went for dinner at Frankie and Benny's and can I just say, the bolognese I had there is potentially the worst one I've ever had... So, if you ever find yourself in an F&B's opt for something other than the bolognese, you can thank me later.

My housemate and I woke up fairly early one day this week and decided to go for a run. Now, let me just be honest here, I haven't been running in a long old while, so it's fair to say that jumping straight back into a 5k at my usual pace was an absolute struggle. That being said, once we'd finished I felt really good, so it's definitely something I'm going to try and get back into the habit of doing, even if it's just on my own.

This week saw me do Laser Tag for the first time, and all I want to ask is why it's taken me this long to give it a go? I honestly had such a laugh running around with my friends, being stupid for half an hour or so. We took a minibus there and the driver had only passed his minibus test a couple of weeks previously, so it's fair to say the journey there was an experience. So much so, that we headed straight to Nandos afterwards to avoid another near-death experience. The Nandos was delicious, as usual. And I, unsurprisingly, had another mango and lime double chicken burger.

On Saturday my parents were in Southampton so we headed to 7bone for lunch. No prizes for guessing what I had. Yep, it was another Winner Winner - honestly, you can't beat it. There's just something about that chicken that's so goooood, and if you haven't been before I hightly recommend you go ASAP.

What have you been up to this week?

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23 April 2018

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring a helicopter ride, a visit from my American pal and a heart shaped pizza
This week has hands down been the busiest week of my life thus far. I genuinely haven't stopped and it's fair to say I'm more than a little bit shattered. It has been the first week back at uni since the holidays, which is always a busy one, but throw in a friend from the US coming to stay, a mini heatwave and a helicopter ride, and we're at a whole other level of busy.

So, to start from the beginning. Monday saw me start my new role at work, and so far so good. Rather than having to tear myself from my bed to get to work at 8am on a Sunday and Monday morning, I now don't have to start until 11am, win! However, I am now sort of a department of one, and won't get to see many of my colleagues anymore, loss. Swings and roundabouts, hey?

On Tuesday I had lectures at uni, and finally got to catch up with my course friends after our month apart. We attended our own psychology lecture then decided we needed to treat ourselves to a pint for our hard work and dedication to the cause. I also went for a coffee with one of my best pals to catch up - was a busy day of recapping what we'd missed!

Last week I booked my sister's driving theory test for her, and this week saw me take her to said test. One of the biggest perks of going to uni so close to home is that I can just pop back for days like this. We went to Franco Manca for lunch and the chef made us loveheart shaped pizzas and brought them over to us himself... This is modern day romance kids. Following this, we did a bit of shopping and then headed over to the test center. I had a McFlurry (my first of the season) whilst I waited for her to return. Anddddd, she only went and passed first time didn't she, whatta babe. 

Thursday was my housemates birthday, and after being stuck at uni most of the afternoon, we then headed to a BBQ. My lecturer let us do our seminar outside in the sun, to that was really nice, even if my pale pasty skin wasn't quite ready for it. The BBQ was really good, and it was still warm at 10pm ?? In April ?? Amazing. 

Chris, who I met whilst travelling around Cambodia, arrived on Friday, whilst my friends and I were sat in the sun at uni, pints in hand. After a slow afternoon of daytime drinking and chatting in the sun, catching up with Chris who has been traveling since September, we headed to the shops to grab some bits for a last minute BBQ at ours. After grabbing the last two disposable BBQs in Iceland (Sainsbury's had already sold out) we headed home to cook up a charred feast. Shortly after we'd finished eating, we hurriedly got changed as my friends were on their way for pres, before we took Chris for his first night out in the UK. A great night out was had by all.

The following day I took Chris for a wander around Southampton and took him for his Sprinkles. Delicious. That place is the key to my heart. After yet more wandering, we headed back to my house to get ready for our second night on the lash. Tonight's destination was a pirate themed house party, which, neither of us had prepared costumes for. Cue a mad rush of trying all sorts of outfits on. I wore red frill hem leggings and a stripey bardot top in the end, and for a last minute decision, I didn't think it looked too bad. Unfortunately, in order to get to said party, we had to run through what I can only describe as the worst storm I've experienced in a long while. I'm talking, hail, thunder, lightning and torrential rain. It's all part of the fun though, hey?

My Mum bought my Dad, sister and I tickets for a helicopter ride over Portsmouth and the Solent for Christmas, and Sunday saw us board the chopper. It was a really really cool experience, and if you ever get the chance to go in one I'd highly recommend it. It was a little four-seater and was far smoother than expected - driving down my uni road in the car is far bumpier! 

So there we have it, one very busy, very fun week of my life. I've already put a ban on going out out this week, this girl needs to catch up with her beauty sleep... This walking zombie look isn't hot on anyone.

Sick Tings 009

17 April 2018

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring my first Balinese Bintang, a trip to the New Forest and salted caramel chouxnuts
As if the Easter holidays are over already? Where on earth did those 4 weeks go? This week was a fairly chilled one and involved a tonne of binge-watching and a fair amount of eating, with equal measures of social media scrolling. The show that had me hooked this week was Five Star Hotel. I managed to watch the entire season in 3 days, no judging please. Essentially, if you haven't heard of it, 5 celebrities are in charge of running a hotel on a Greek Island, and it's all very Love Island-esque... aka incredible. If you haven't seen it I'd highly recommend you do so - it's a great easy watch.

My family and I are heading to Bali this summer and this week I tried my first Balinese beer in anticipation of the trip. I'm so so excited to head over there, roll on August! As for the beer, it was just like any other, I'm no beer connoisseur.  I also discovered the beauties that are Marks and Spencer's Salted Caramel Chouxnuts this week. They are delicious. So good that I think I'm going to have to start heading to M&S just to get them on the regular. It's not ideal that I've discovered them now, what with bikini body season fast approaching, but hey, they're absolutely worth every calorie.

Another thing I spent this week doing was writing an article for a blogging magazine. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, and am just waiting to hear back from the editor... Once it's released I'll most certainly be sharing the link. Exciting stuff, hey?

I finally got round to printing my photos from my trip to Amsterdam - you can read all about it here. I'm really pleased with how they turned out, and I've made it my goal to get more of my photos printed out, especially ones from trips I've been on. I'm not entirely sure what to do with them now, however, so if anyone has any suggestions, ideas on a postcard please.

This week I was meant to go paddleboarding - something I've never done before. The weather was really nice and sunny, we even had our biknis on, but when we got to the beach the fog just descended out of nowhere. Safe to say there was a red flag, and hence no paddleboarding could occur. I went for a paddle in the sea and oh my was it freezing. Even with a wetsuit, I think my bits would have fallen off.

Guess who's finally seen The Greatest Showman? My house have been absolutely possessed with it for agessss but I just sort of let it pass me by and figured it wasn't really my thing. But, it was actually really really good and that soundtrack is never not going to be stuck in my head. No matter how old Zac Efron gets, he's still only ever going to be known as Troy Bolton, sorry hun.

Sick Tings 008

8 April 2018

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring Easter Sunday, the marmite white boots and TGI Jack Daniel's chicken strips
This week has been one of the slowest weeks ever, whilst simultaneously also absolutely flown by. It's been my penultimate week at home for the holidays and it's fair to say I've been making the most of it. I've done a lot of lounging around, even more eating and a fair amount of Peaky Blinders watching. Which, can I just say, I am absolutely loving at the moment. I've just finished season 3 and I'm hooked, no spoilers please.

In terms of doing actual interesting things, I haven't got much to report. Easter Sunday was a really nice day spent with my fam. We had roast lamb and alllllll the trimmings, and it was A1. I've only ever made one roast dinner since being at uni, and being at home has really made me realise how much I miss them, so it's something I'm gonna need to get into the habit of making. Even if it takes a long time and involves a hella lot of washing up after.

All of my Amsterdam travel diaries went up this week, and I'm chuffed with how they turned out! If you haven't already seen them I've linked them below, and have also made some buttons for them in my sidebar. It was such a good trip, and my sister and I are already brainstorming where our next city break could be...

So, I bought an absolute marmite item this week; these white boots. I personally really love them, but the response from my family and some of my friends hasn't been quite as receptive. I'm currently trying to change up my style and wear things that aren't quite my usual, and these seemed like the ideal starting place. I bought quite a few other pieces whilst shopping with my sister - including a pair of sock boots I bought for £1 (yep, a quid!!) - they'll be in a post this week if you're interested.

We had a TGI's for lunch this week and I don't think I'll ever get bored of the Jack Daniels Sesame Chicken Strips. I genuinely think I could eat them for the rest of my life. So, TGI's if you're reading, hit me up hun. Also, can I just say that the weather has been so nice the last few days and has got me so in the mood for summer. I received my exam timetable for this semester and I should be done with second year by the start of June, woop woop. Here's to summer plans, hey?

Posts published this week:
// Amsterdam : Day 1
// Amsterdam : Day 2
// Amsterdam : Day 3
// The Home-Home Room Tour 

Amsterdam : Day 3

2 April 2018

Our third day in Amsterdam was a cold and rainy one, so it's fair to say we weren't too keen to spend too much of the day outside, battling the elements. So, what would we do instead? Go and eat allllll the food, right?

We originally headed to Bakers and Roasters for breakfast, but it was only after we'd made it there did Holly, my sister, realise that she wasn't particularly fond of anything on the menu... So, plan aborted, we went for another wander, in the hope we'd stumble across a nice looking cafe for breakfast...

In the end, we stumbled across a food market by total chance, and had the tastiest mini pancakes for brunch. I had mine with white chocolate and strawberries whilst my sister opted for just sugar. They were so incredibly tasty, and I'm so glad we found them... They were just being made in a van at the market and were the best €3.50 I spent the whole trip. 

Also whilst at the market, I tried a Stroopwafel. I'd spotted them in packets literally everywhere whilst on our trip, but when I saw a man at the market making them there and then, I knew I had to try one. It was really good, and definitely something to try, especially if you can get one that's been made fresh!

I hate to admit it, but the next thing we did with our day was head straight for more food... Are you sensing a theme here? The Hard Rock Cafe was our destination, and oh my, we weren't disappointed. I've been to quite a few Hard Rock's in my time, and the food at the Amsterdam one was just as good as all the others! In case you were wondering, I had the Hickory BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger and it was incred.

Because of the really poor weather, we decided to head back to the hotel for an hour or so to get some shelter from the rain, but didn't do so before stopping to buy a spacecake. (If you've never heard of them before, it's essentially just a cake baked with weed in it). Having heard from a few friends that these things are pretty lethal, it's fair to say I was intrigued to give it a go. The label on it read that it'd take at least an hour to kick in and headaches, nausea and passing out were common side effects... Sounds pretty intense, right? Yeah, I thought the same. That was, until, it was 3 hours later and I still hadn't felt a thing... I'm not sure if I just had one from a bad bunch, or they're just not as crazy as people make out. But, either way, the thing did absolutely nothing to me and wasn't even tasty. 0/10.

We spent our last afternoon and evening wandering the shops. We found a road that had Bershka, Topshop, Pull and Bear and Monki on... Success!! My sister and I both bought quite a few new bits for summer, we're just waiting on some nicer weather now to whip them out. We shopped until the shops started shutting, and then headed for our last dinner. No prizes for guessing we went to yet another Italian, and had the best pizzas yet. Once we'd eaten we headed to the hotel to get into bed as we had a 5.30 alarm the next morning in order to make our 8.30am flight home!

I honestly had the best few days in Amsterdam, it was really nice to spend a few days jsut eating, wandering and shopping to my hearts content. happy belated bday to me! If you haven't already, you can read about what we got up to on day 1 here and day 2 here

Amsterdam : Day 2

1 April 2018

On our second day in Amsterdam, we got up fairly leisurely, got ready and were out of the hotel by 10am. Our first stop was the Sex Museum, because, well, when in 'Dam hey? It's €5 to get into and is a good way to kill an hour or so. I wasn't quite sure what to expect other than that 6ft penis statue that everyone and their neighbour has a photo stood next to... If you've never been, here's a quick summary; tonnnnnnes of photos of people having sex, a naked Marilyn Monroe animatronic posing for photos and a load of old crockery/decorations/statues with penises on in glass cabinets... I mean, it's a bit of a weird one but it was on my bucket list (which you can read here). I wouldn't go again, but it's one of those things you should do at least once.

We skipped breakfast as we knew we'd be having an early lunch in the form of some diabetes-inducing milkshakes. The place we originally headed to was shut, Bulls and Dogs, so opted for the Corner Bakery instead. I had a Vanilla Freakshake and it was amazing. If I'm honest I did feel fairly sick (unsurprisingly) for the rest of the afternoon afterwards but it was well worth it. The interior of the cafe was an absolute bloggers' dream, with marble tables, lots of plants, and pastel prints on photo ledges... The whole shebang. It was very popular, and we did have to wait for a table, but luckily it was only about a 15-minute wait in the end. If you're in the area and have a sweet tooth, it's definitely worth checking out.

After absolutely stuffing ourselves with sugar, we decided to head for a wander around Museumplein. This, if you're not sure, is the area where all the main museums are in Amsterdam. We didn't actually go into any of them ourselves, but the area is really nice just to walk around in without the fear of being knocked over by a car/tram/bike/wild tourist. 

Whilst on the tram to go shopping, I spotted the Bloemenmarkt, and dragged my sister off the tram at the next stop. We had a quick wander round - I mentioned in the aforementioned bucket list that I wanted to go there to take some nice photos... Umm, yeah, was perhaps not worth bothering... Unless you want to buy tulip bulbs or wooden tulips that is. It wasn't quite the botanical wonderland I had imagined... That being said, we did manage to get some souvenirs for our Nannie, so all was not lost. 

The weather wasn't ideal, so we headed to a coffeeshop for a while, and then went for another explore. We had pizza for dinner again, and this one was slightly better than the other, but again, nothing to write home about. 

After we'd eaten, we headed to De Wallen, otherwise known as the Red Light District. Again, I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but what I saw was far tamer than I'd anticipated. It was also absolutely swarmed with tourists, so if you're not a fan of crowds, this is definitely one to give a miss.

As if we hadn't already eaten enough already, we then tried to track somewhere down to sit in and have pancakes... They were nice! My sister didn't really like hers, however, so I won't mention the place in this post as a recommendation! But finding somewhere to sit in and eat was fairly difficult!

Our first proper full day was an absolute success, and it's fair to say we were absolutely knackered by the time we made it back to the hotel... You can read all about our first day in Amsterdam here.
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