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What to take to university! FULL checklist

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So you're heading off to university? (Or you're just reading this blog post because you're intrigued?) I have got your back. In this blog post, I am going to break down more or less everything you need to pack when you leave home, and I'll also include what was already there, waiting for me. I am at the University of Derby, I moved in September 2018 and I lived in the Uni's student halls last year, and I will be next year. If you want to watch me doing a homeware haul from last year, you can watch it here. I also did a stationery haul, which you can watch here too. Finally, if you want to watch the vlog from when I moved into Uni, you can watch it here.


Now onto the checklist!

Kitchen:

(Already there: mop, vacuum cleaner, bins, washing up bowl, drying rack, kettle, toaster, microwave) 
I was allocated 2 cupboards (a higher and lower), 2 shelves in the fridge and a drawer in the freezer. Of course this varies uni to uni and accommodation to accommodation. 
* Plates, b…

Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance.

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We all have to move on. It's a part of life. From whatever it may be, we all have to accept the shit and just move on from it. People move on in a lot of different ways. I have come to realise that the only way I can move on, is when I have stopped being angry.


That doesn't mean that I will just stop being angry straight away. I do what one of my favourite quotes tells me to do - "feel what needs feeling". This might take days, months or even years. But I allow myself to go through those emotions, that are often associated with grief. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. Grief doesn't just apply to bereavement. Grief can and does apply to any form of loss, which can include loosing people that are still alive. 
It is so easy to stay angry, especially when you're grieving someone that is still alive. In some cases, it's so much easier because there's a lack of guilt. You don't feel as bad for being mad at someone who is alive, where a…

My thoughts: Soap and Glory's Fab Pore range | #BabesOfGlory

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*Includes gifted items

Do you remember a few years ago when I used to do a series here on my blog called "My thoughts:"? I just remembered about it as I was titling this blog post, so I thought I'd bring it back for today's write up. Recently, Soap and Glory very kindly sent me some of their Fab Pore range to try out, and without giving too much away already, I loved it, and therefore decided to tell you more.

I have been testing the 3 products out over the past few weeks, and I have to say, I wish they had been in my life, much, much sooner.


Let's start with The Fab Pore Purifying Foam Cleanser. I know people have mixed feelings about foam cleansers, but personally I really like to use them when I am in the shower. They make my skin feel super clean. This one does exactly that, it washes away any impurities and leaves my skin feeling smooth AF. A lil goes a long way, you only need a pump, or 2 if you're double cleansing, and the amount in the bottle hardly s…

Why I took a break from Social Media

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I am just going to be frank here. On Monday evening, I had a breakdown.

I have been treading water for a while, and finally the wave hit. It sucked me under, to point where I was drowning, and desperately scrambling for air. I felt suffocated and like I couldn't see clearly. The water had not just gotten into my lungs, but it had gotten into my eyes too, not allowing me to see things correctly. I felt like the validation I crave off social media was morphing my view on the world, and those around me. I felt like I had to start searching for that love within me, instead of longing for it off others. I needed to take time to care for my own self, nurture my obviously fragile state of mind, and just be sure that I was in the right place, doing the right thing.

I rather dramatically deleted all the apps in my "Social" folder in my phone, as I felt like I needed thinking time. After a culmination of events in the days leading up to Monday, I just felt lost, like I had no idea…

What we did in Nottingham | Exploring a new city with National Express | #AD

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This post is in paid partnership with National Express. However, all opinions are my own!
Today, my friend Tom and I ventured out to explore a new city. We decided not to stray too far away from our starting point, as we wanted to take a look at places that are somewhat local to us, in Derby. 
National Express is the largest operator of scheduled coach services in the UK operating high frequency services linking more than 900 destinations, meaning they were the ideal choice when looking to book a reliable and easy mode of transportation. I occasionally get trains, but they make me very anxious. A coach ride seemed perfect. Comfortable, spacious seats are the one! 
We hopped on the coach at 09:20 this morning, after being greeted by a lovely driver. I had already read all about National Express, and about how they offer a guaranteed seat on every service, plus the option to make seat reservations on selected coaches, for just £2. If you need to take luggage, you are allowed two medium s…

Being honest

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It's March 12th as I am writing this, and it hasn't ever looked more wintery outside. Around this time last year, I was writing a blog post about how it was finally spring, and how I was feeling proactive and productive as the seasons had changed. The weather was still bad though - snow blizzard after snow blizzard and freezing temperatures. Today it is raining like no other, a sudden downpour as I came into University.

Today I am not feeling proactive or productive. I am feeling ill, exhausted and to be honest, just drained. You know when you feel tired, but the word tired doesn't cut it? It is something that sleep can't fix. It lingers and it seems like there is nothing I can do to feel better.


I am busy - who isn't? I am at University, studying. I work part time, and then I do all of the YouTube and blogging stuff. It's a lot, but I know it'll all be worth it in the end, so that is what I am trying to remember. I know that being at Uni and studying is go…

You go Glen CO YO! | CO YO Organic natural coconut milk review

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*Includes gifted items


A few weeks back, I was very kindly sent some of the CO YO Organic natural coconut milks to review. I have been trying them out and I have to say - I am very pleasantly surprised. These milks are dairy free and Vegan, as well as being made with minimal ingredients. There is no compromise on flavour though. They are rich, creamy and brimming with the coconut taste.

I got to try out the original coconut flavour, as well as the strawberry one too. I have to say, the strawberry one knocked the original off the top spot. I am a HUGE fan of strawberry milkshake, and this cleaner, more natural alternative is definitely a winner. The thick consistency resembles a more of a yogurt texture, but I really liked that as it filled me up throughout the day. I have to say, I did really enjoy the original flavour too. They are both stars in my eyes!

If you are Vegan, dairy free, lactose free.. all of the above or none at all, I would recommend you try this. Like I said, even if …