Thursday, 20 June 2013
Monday, 17 June 2013
I know, I know. Where have I been? I am unashamed to say that I have been utterly selflish. My life has currently revolved around dog walk, work, gym, dog walk, dinner, bath, yoga and sleep. The bath and relaxation is the most important part of my day. Without them, my mind cannot rest and I wake up constantly throughout the night worried about finishing a task at work. But now that I have found a balance in my life I am back on the blogging front.
Since working, I lead a rather boring life. I do not "live for the weekend" and spend my money on booze and clubbing. My ideal night is a night in cuddling up with Harry and Ed, watching Dexter or Game of thrones. Instead I save my money. I am generally strict with spending and won't buy anything unless I NEED it. But good skincare and food quality is something I don't skimp on.
I have made a money diary which I am starting to enjoy. I love it when I have spent less than my weekly spend of £50.00. I am saving for a holiday to Australia next year and for a flat. Ed and I have plans to move out to OZ once he has finished his masters degree, so this holiday will be spent looking at flats and the jobs available in various locations. Similar to the tv show "Wanted Down Under".
On the topic of holidays, Ed and I are going to Sardinia on Saturday. I have bought some skincare, haircare and clothing goodies which I would love to share with you. If you feel like having a nose in my suitcase then check back on Thursday.
One more update before I head off. I have started to eat raw. Just as a weeks trial. This means fruit, veggies and nuts uncooked. I started Saturday and already feel fuller for longer, no bloating and a flatter stomach. The only problem is the time it takes to prepare the meals. All the peeling, chopping, blending and juicing! If you are interested in the raw diet, I will post soon.Some recent pictures...
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
It wasn't until University when I found out how I learn best. I love drawing pictures or diagrams in a way that I can understand it. I am far from an artist, but I find it relaxing and enjoyable at the same time. I colour code parts of the diagram or picture that relates to one another in my ''master'' version, then repeatedly draw it out, explaining the process in my mind.
It is essential that you organise what you are going to start revising first and what topics. Always start revision for the first couple of exams or the exams you feel less comfortable on. In terms of when to start revising, you should really have started right at the beginning, when you were taught the topic. Don't panic! This is where teachers come in handy. All those dreaded homework's do come in use. This is the revision and helps you gain more confidence in the topic. When I studied my A-levels I made sure to read over the work I did that day and then write it all out. At University it was a little more difficult, because there was so much information, so I had to make sure that I understood everything in that lecture and ask any questions then. If I had time I would then read over my notes.
Exam papers a extremely useful! This prepares you for the style of questioning and the areas of the topic you could be tested on. It also helps sieve out any topics you aren't familiar with and also gives you an idea of how much time to spend on each question. But make sure you have model answers to compare your answers with and hopefully improve your answers.
Make sure you have ''me time''. When I was at University I had an hour for both lunch and dinner followed by some toning or stretching exercises. I remember watching Grey's Anatomy whilst doing shoulder dips on my chair! I would also watch some more Grey's Anatomy before bed just to take my mind off revision, but most nights I revised in my sleep! That was very strange experience but at the same time useful. I would wake up the next morning and remind myself to go over anything I couldn't remember in my sleep.
During the exam read over all of the questions first and make any notes beside the questions and mark it based on whether you could answer all of it. I used to circle to questions I could confidently answer and put a squiggle next to the ones I was unsure of.
I know everyone learns differently, but if you are struggling to find a way to learn efficiently then try this method! There are other ways such as saying it aloud, reading text then putting it into your own words and repeating this many times until it is lodged into your memory.
Sunday, 19 May 2013
The texture is creamy and smooth and the scent of the product reminds me of marzipan, but having looked at the ingredients list the only fragrences used include jojoba, patchouli and ylang ylang.
I use this once a month to maintain the condition of my hair, strengthen hair strands preventing any breakages and to add a glossy shine. My hair very long and does get oily quickly, and although I can't see any immediate benefits in the condition of my hair I think this mask would be best suited to anyone who has dry and damaged hair.
I wash my hair as normal. At the moment I am using Aussie Luscious long shampoo. I skip out my conditioner and instead squeeze out the excess water from my hair and generously apply the hair mask to the ends of my hair. I then wrap my hair up in a warm heated towel and leave the mask on for about 20 minutes.
I wash all of the mask off using cold water to seal the hair follicles which helps creates shine and smoothness. Although it's tempting to leave the silky smooth hair mask in your hair, it is always best to wash off every bit of the hair mask. Otherwise you hair will look heavy and dull with some of the product in.
After squeezing out the water from my hair I use Organix Renewing Argan Oil (click here to read my review on the Organix argan oil). I apply a 10 pence sized amount into my palm and smooth the argan oil into the ends of my hair.
My hair does get tangled easily, so I used a wide toothed comb and start combing from the ends of my hair working my way up to the scalp.
Next I use my sample of Precy and Reed Volumising No Oil Oil. I pump out 2 amounts of the product into my palm and massage my comb into the product before combing through my hair.
Most of the time I don't use a hair drier. I let my hair dry naturally and usually wait until it is semi-dry before plaiting it up. It's always nice waking up to smooth, silky wavy hair that only needs a quick brush through and no styling!
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
It helps if you are in the right frame of mind, so turn off all electrical devices such as your phone and TV. Dim the lights down to create a relaxing glow, maybe burn a fragranced candle or incense. You can put on some chilled out music - YouTube has some good ones. Click here to go to one of YouTube's chilled out videos.
These are some poses that are meant to flow into one another, so once you learn the sequence, you can focus on your breath a bit more and release any tension at the same time.
1. Sit down on your matt with legs cross and arms resting on your legs. You can close you eyes. move your shoulders forward and back, 10 times each way continuing to breathe gently.
2. Inhale deeply as you bring your shoulders up to your head and exhale deeply and you drop your shoulders.
3. Stand up on your matt and inhale deeply lifting your arms up over your head and rock forward on your toes. Exhale as you bring your arms down along with your heels. Repeat this for a couple of breaths.
4. Stay standing up, but as you exhale bring your hands to the floor and hold here for a couple of breaths. Let your head and body hang here and cross your arms, starting to swing them gently from side to side breathing gently.
5. Bring your hands to the floor and start to move into plank position and hold here for a couple of breaths.
6. From plank position, start to move into downward dog (see below). Bend your left knee slightly, so that you can feel more of a stretch in your right let. Then bend your right knee slightly.
5. From downward dog, bend your knees to the floor to Cat pose (see below). Inhale as you tuck in your head and suck in your tummy. Exhale as you lift your head up and stick your tail bone out.
7. From Cat pose, move into Cobra (see below). Drop your shoulders and lift up your head. Gently rock from side to side as you continue to breathe.
8. Move back into plank position and place your right foot in between your hands and bend your right knee. Lift your arms up over your head (see below). Inhale as you straighten your right knee, exhale as you bend it again. Try this for a couple of breaths before moving on to the left leg.
9. From the lower lunge, place your hands to the floor and bring your legs back to move into down ward dog.
10. From downward dog move your feet towards your hands and follow steps 3-10 twice more.
11. Lie on your matt on your back, hugging your knees into your chest. Gentle rock from side to side massaging your back on the floor.
12. Lie with your back on the floor and extend your arms and legs out and stretch. Then rest your arms by your side and breathe here for a couple of minutes. Start to notice parts of your body - work your way up from your feet.
Monday, 13 May 2013
1. Sit on your matt with your legs crossed and arms resting on your legs breathing deeply here for a couple of minutes. Start to circle your shoulders back and then to the front. Inhale deeply whilst lifting your shoulders then exhale deeply, dropping your shoulders. Continue with this for a couple of breaths.
2. Stay sitting on your matt with your legs crossed, but move your hands behind you and inhale pushing your body up with your hands as you do so. Feel the stretch in your upper thighs and hips. Exhale as you bring your body down.
3. Move into downward dog (see below) and extend your right leg out as you exhale and inhale as you bend your knee and move your knee towards your head. Repeat this movement with your left leg.
4. From downward dog move into cobra (see below), dropping your shoulders. Start to look over you left and right shoulder then If it feels good you can bring your thighs off the floor by pushing you body up a bit more through your hands and start to rock gently from side to side.
5. Move into plank position and hold here for a couple of breaths. Drop your knees to the floor, hip width apart. In hale as you curl your head under your body and suck in your tummy. Exhale as you lift your head up, looking to the ceiling, dropping your tummy creating a dip in your back. This is called Cat Pose (see below).
6. Move back into plank position and place your right leg in between your hands. Hold this low lunge (see below) for a couple of breaths lifting your arms over your head and arching your back slightly.
7. Stay in low lunge, but bring your forearms to the floor making sure your right leg is outside of your arms. If this feels too intense you can just rest your hands on the floor (see below).
8. From here start to move your right leg, still bent, across the floor (see below). You can then bend forward and breathe here for a couple of breaths.
9. Move back into plank position and place your left leg in between your hands. Hold this low lunge for a couple of breaths lifting your arms over your head and arching your back slightly.
10. Stay in low lunge, but bring your forearms to the floor making sure your left leg is outside of your arms. If this feels too intense you can just rest your hands on the floor.
11. From here start to move your left leg, still bent, across the floor (see above). You can then bend forward and breathe here for a couple of breaths.
12. Start to move into child's pose and breathe here for a couple of breaths.