Sunday, 23 February 2014

20 Favourite Things Tag

23rd of February 2014

I thought I would try the 20 Favourite Things Tag to give you all a bit more of an idea about what I like :)

1. Favourite Season: it has to be Summer! I love the long days, the warmth, the holidays and my birthday's in June

Morocco for my 19th Birthday!

2. Favourite thing in Nature: I'm not really sure what this means but being by the sea is really important to me :) I love searching through rockpools and walking barefeet along the sand.

Norfolk Sunsets

3. Favourite Sport: I'm not at all the sporty type! however I love skiing, and I am going to class that as my favourite sport haha :)

Andorra 2011

4. Favourite Hobby/Past-Time: I'm a bit of a book-worm however since being at uni I feel like I have no time to read :( But reading is my favourite

France 2013

5. Favourite Place to Visit: Home (from uni) or York.. I'm a home-bird and being home is one of my favourite things. Also I love going to York, as it means I can see my boyfriend and we can explore the city..

Christmas 2013

6. Favourite Holiday: hard to say, America is fantastic, but I will always have a place in my heart for Italy. After touring the country for two weeks with my family, a trip with my boyfriend and a school trip I have been lucky enough to visit many of the main cities and coastlines.

Rome 2013

7. Favourite Pet/Animal: My gorgeous Siamese Lilac-Pointed cat is my favourite pet :) and my favourite animal is a Snow-Leopard.


8. Favourite Snack: Cadbury's Chocolateeeeee (preferably a Wispa Gold)

9. Favourite Song/Type of Music: It is impossible to say! My music taste ranges from Nicki Minaj to Ben Howard to Arctic Monkeys to Le Youth to Justin Timberlake to Crystal Castles to Fall Out Boy to Ellie Goulding.  

Backstage 2010

10. Favourite Restaurant: Pedros in Norwich! everytime!

Ollie's 20th

11. Favourite Food: Christmas Dinner!

12. Favourite Day of the Week: Friday!

13. Favourite Subject in School: probably something like Art because it was just a bit of fun really!

14. Favourite thing to Wear: at the minute my new glasses.

Hashtag Selfie

15. Favourite thing I Own: my Tiffany braceletttt :) however I thought I nearly lost the charm off it in my first year so I never really wear it as often as I used to :(

16. Favourite Room in My House: living room! books and an open fire :)

17. I always dreamed I could be: less anxious

18. What I did for a living: I've worked at HMV and at an aquarium, but I'm just an unemployed student at the minute 

Me helping a seal pup release on ITV's Nature's Newborns

19. Favourite Job: the aquarium! :)

Releasing Miley and Daley 2012

20. Something I'd like to learn is: a new language :)

How to Motivate Yourself to be Healthy

23rd of February 2014

I am coming to the final few months of my Psychology Degree, and have struggled keeping myself motivated over the past few years in terms of; my health, my studies and my life.  Here are a few of my top Health tips:

Health Motivation

1.Follow Health Motivational Boards

2. Join the Gym

  • Join with a friend, this allows you to motivate each other to go more regularly!
  • Incorporate the gym regularly into your weekly routine
  • Sign up for PT (Personal Training) sessions.. When I first decided to go for PT I was shocked at myself for actually wanting it! I went with a uni friend, and it was a lot of fun, and they really push you!
  • See what classes are on offer I've tried: Pilates (slow moving, but great for core muscles), Body Pump (Weights to music! Quite difficult as a beginner, but your body will thank you as soon as you leave the studio. Sophia and I could barely get down the stairs without holding the handrail with all our strength haha) and Zumba! (Great fun! Go with friends, I didn't feel like I got too sweaty, but it was very funny and you meet new people)

3. Eat Well, Live well

  • Go on walks, explore the area around where you live
  • Download a pedometer to your smartphone (very motivating!)
  • Create healthy meals - I'm not much of a cook but some things on Pinterest I can actually do! 
  • Go for a swim
  • Get a cheap exercise DVD from HMV and try it in the living room! My housemate and I got one last year, it was very funny because we were both complete beginners and it was v. painful, but worth it!
  • Buy a juicer! Start that Juice Detox :)
  • Try new fruits
  • Buy Popcorn kernels! (much better alternative to crisps)
  • Start a food diary

I hope this has given some of you some ideas of how to motivate yourself :)

Happy reading! x

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Review of Artichoke in Chester

12th of January 2014

So on the 12th of January myself and my housemate Voirrey decided to have a roast dinner at Artichoke in Chester.  Artichoke is a cute bistro situated by the canal, and offers traditional British dining.

I am not really a fan of red meat, so I asked the waitress, Rachel, if it was possible to have chicken instead, and she happily said I could swap for it, which was great.  Also, being students we only chose to order tap water! So you can see from the menu picture below, what the options were, but we went for the Sunday roast dinner :) and a dessert which costed £13.45.

Artichoke Menu 12/01/14

The roast was delicious, however I would improve it by adding a touch more gravy, as it became a little dry towards the end of the meal.  The veg was lovely and tasted great, and the Yorkshire pud was really big, which I really approved of haha! For dessert we both chose to go for the double chocolate honey comb cake, and asked for ice-cream.  This was one of the best desserts I have ever had at a restaurant, and if you're a bit of a choco-holic, like me, I would highly recommend this!

The service was great, our waitress Rachel was so polite and attended quickly to our requests!  The staff were chatty and made us feel welcome.

Above is a picture of my chicken roast, and to the left is the AMAZING double chocolate honey comb cake, which was devine!

I would recommend visiting here, if you are in the area, it isn't very studenty and provides a warm atmosphere when you visit.

All in all, I would give this restaurant 8.5 / 10 ! :)