The Best Smoothie Ever!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The best berry and banana smoothie ever!

This is my go to smoothie recipe that I always use! (if i have all of the ingredients!) It's a great mixture of sour and sweet and is so perfect for a snack or breakfast or even for a healthy pudding! It's basically just frozen berries and bananas, but its the extra ingredients that make it so special and yum!

1 Large Banana
1 Handful of Frozen Berries
1 Small Apple
A Squeeze of Honey
1 Small Drinking yoghurt
50ml of Water
50ml of Fruit Juice

I first add the banana, then a handful of frozen berries - my favourites are the waitress berry mix, which includes strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and small berries which i'm not actually sure what they are! I add some type of yoghurt, this gives it a creamy taste without having to add something naughty, I like to add either natural yoghurt or i even pour in a drinking yoghurt so the consistency isn't so thick. For this particular smoothie I actually added a small apple, I think apple is a good way of getting in more fruit without it becoming too thick, the apple gives it a nice bitterness. I then add some cold water, this again makes a smoother smoothie and also makes sure its nice and cold. To counteract the bitterness I add a very small dollop of either honey or golden syrup (if i'm feeling extra naughty). And lastly I add some fruit juice, I usually add orange but any juice is great. I then just blend it all up and its so delicious trust me!

Let me know if you try it out! Thanks for stopping by xxx

My University Experience - The Highs & Lows

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

So its coming to that time of year where everyone is going back to school and joining a new year group or maybe you're preparing for your first year of University. If you're anything like i was then you're probably pretty scared and a little apprehensive about the whole experience. It is defiantly a very big step in your life and lots of things start changing.

For one, most of you will be living on your own for the first time away from home and that alone can be very scary! Not only that but you're moving to a new place and making new friends and starting a new chapter in your life and your education!

When I embarked on this journey this time last year I was in exactly the same boat. Everything was new and scary and I didn't quite know what to expect. I wanted to share my experience and some of tips so that any of you who are going through this new chapter can feel a little more at ease.

My 5 Top Tips:

1. Don't over pack clothing! - As you probably know if you went to visit your halls there isn't a lot of room and there really isn't. Make sure you have the essentials you're going to need but try and back the bare minimum. If you're not that far away from home you can always pop back on a weekend or in the holidays to grab some things you may have forgotten but for the most part, you really will make do with what you have. The main things you need are : comfy clothing for lectures or lounging around, going out clothes for freshers or any other nights when you'll be partying, and just a few casual outfits for normal days.

2. Don't hide away in your room - When you're in a new place and you feel a bit lonely and maybe homesick the worst thing you can do is just shut yourself away in your room. trust me! it makes things a lot worse and gives you too much time to think about home. Try and mingle and get to know your house mates or roommates, remember you will all be in the same position so no one will feel overly confident. Freshers is a great way of getting to know people and making new friends, so try your hardest to get yourself out there and have fun!

3. Budget!  - For most of you when you get your student loan it will be the most money you've probably ever seen in your bank account. This is very dangerous because that money isn't going to last! It may look like a lot but you don't realise how much it costs to live on your own! It is very tempting to spend loads of money on clothes and whatever you enjoy spending your money on but that just means you won't have enough money to eat towards the end of the term! Budgeting is a great way of making your money last. Maybe even having two many accounts where you pay yourself a certain amount a day or a week so your money lasts.

4. Don't forget to study - With everything being new and there being lots of changes in the first few weeks of uni it can be quite easy to forget the real reason you're there. Remember that you're the one that is effectively paying for this education and there's no point in being there if you're not going to put effort in. It may be more work than you're used to and it may be harder than you were expecting but there are always lecturers and people around you who can support you, There are helpful library and even help desks on campus so you never have to fee like the work is dragging you down.

5. Don't Panic - It's very easy to feel overwhelmed at university, you are dealing with lots of new experiences and sometimes it can all get a bit much. Just remember you're not alone! There are guaranteed to be other people there who feel the same and who may be struggling just like you. Reach out to people of you're having a down day, you'll have new friends or even old friends who will be there for you, there are always helplines or an email you can use for any help or assistance you may need, and always remember that your family are only a call or a text away!

University is tough, for some people it can be quite hard (I defiantly struggled), but for the majority of people its the best experience in the world and they wouldn't change it. It's usually only 3 years of your life and you should try to enjoy and take in every moment because at the end of it you really will be pushed into the big wide world!

I hope this post made you maybe feel a little more at ease about University, not everyone has the same experience but if its anything like mine you'll really love it in the end!x

Summer Essentials

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

 Summer is officially here and I thought I would share with you guys my top summer essentials! This doesn't include obvious things like suncream - but a few of my favourite products that I have used for many summers in a row.

1. Sunglasses - A good pair of sunglasses is always necessary for summer, I have especially sensitive eyes so finding a good pair of sunglasses with a high amount of UV protection is really important. I really like these sunglasses from misguided - they are really dark and reflective so they're perfect for really bright or sunny weather!

2. High SPF moisturiser - My favourite moisturiser for the summer is the Simple 'protecting moisture cream' in spf 30. This is such a lovely fresh product that doesn't feel too heavy and sticky but has enough protection to keep your skin really nourished and protected from the sun!

3. Brow Gel - A good brow gel is always a must for me - most importantly in the summer when (I don't know about you!) but my makeup never seems to stay put in the hot sweaty humid weather! A good brow gel just means you don't have to faf around making sure your makeup is in place. The benefit 'ready set brow' is perfect to insure your brows don't end up looking like Spock!

4. Light Body Moisturiser - This Vaseline spray moisturiser is so handy - it has a continuous spray which is also really helpful and the added Aloe Vera means its great if you've caught a bit too much sun! This is also really nice and light so you don't have to wait ages for it to dry - it dries almost instantly.

5. Shimmer Body Oil - This shimmer bronze body oil from The Body Shop is so beautiful. It gives you such a lovely shimmery airbrushed look. I put it on my legs and chest, mostly when I'm on holiday to emphasis my tan and just give me such a lovely holiday glow!

6. Leave In Conditioner - My hair is always a little more dry in the summer because of the heat so I need something extra than just my normal in-shower conditioner. This dove leave in conditioner is perfect for damaged hair. It again is really light and easy to work with, it leaves your hair feeling so weightless and smooth. This conditioner is also really good for coloured hair, if it needs some more tlc!

7. Lip Cream - As well as my hair my lips also get quite dry around the summer time so a quite heavy lip balm is essential for me. Normally I just use Vaseline but during the summer if my lips need something a little more nourishing I use this multipurpose balm by Lanolips. This is a very thick balm and is defiantly for very dry lips but this works wonders!

8. BB Cream - I never really feel like wearing a thick foundation in the summer so a nice light BB cream is perfect. This Garnier BB cream is my absolute favourite. It has a small amount of coverage, but gives such a lovely glow to the skin. The colour isn't over powering so its the perfect product to carry on wearing through the summer when your skin may get slightly darker!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my summer essentials!
Georgie xx