What To Take To University 

University is the most fun but nerving experience. Especially if you’ve ever lived alone it’s more than likely going to worry you for weeks. What do you need to take? Well by now I can assume you’ve read years worth of Freshers week guides and shopping lists. However, take it from a recent graduate and soon to be masters student, you don’t need to take everything including the kitchen sink to last you through your degree. Here’s my list of things to pack and purchase to be prepared for you time as a newly found fresher.

Remember before you begin o pack check your accommodation for the appliances that they supply, you don’t want to turn up on moving day and find all 8 of you have a kettle and toaster. Not necessary and a waste of money especially since a lot of the time you’ll be provided this in the communicable areas. 

Reminder: YOU CAN PURCHASE THESE THINGS ONLINE AND IN STORE WHEN YOU ARRIVE. You’re not moving to the middle of the sea. Get the basics and buy what you need. 

Kitchen: 

The most important and worrying for me was to know what to pack kitchen wise. It’s hard to prepare for every single meal you’ll ever make for the whole year. I’ll continue to repeat this, so just take the basics. 

  • 4 pieces of cutlery. 
  • 2 dishes. 
  • 2 plates. 
  • 2 glasses. 
  • 2 mugs. 
  • Culinder. 
  • Bottle opener. 
  • 2 sharp cutting knives. 
  • chopping board. 
  • Baking tray. 
  • 2 sauce pans. 
  • 1 frying pan or wok. Both are useful but can be used. No need for both.
  • Tin opener.

These things will get you buy for several weeks and anything extra buy from amazon or your local wilko. 

Personal items: 

If you don’t need too, don’t take everything. You honestly don’t need to take every book you’ve ever read or ever film you may watch eventually. 

  • Computer/laptop 
  • Printer – isn’t necessary as the universities have their own, although it is useful.
  • 2.5 weeks worth of clothes. You don’t need more than that, washing machines are a wonderful invention. 
  • Lots and lots of underwear – I bought extra because you lose these in washing machines, things get old and tear. Buy them whilst you have the money. 
  • 4 towels – again, useful. 
  • Medication.
  • Glasses (if needed). 
  • Makeup and other beauty tools (straighteners, hair drier, tooth brush). 
  • Photo graphs. They’re nice to make a room feel a little more comforting. 
  • Posters – walls look lonely. 

Anything necessary you see fit. Again, you don’t need to take your whole bedroom. 

Other: 

  • Duvet 
  • Pillows 
  • Bedding x 3
  • Bath mat. 
  • Some books. 
  • A TV may come in use with an console if wanted but remember, you have to pay for your own TV License (see your accommodation pack for more information).
  • Stationary – you will need this! A lot of it. I totally recommend the wilko budget brand, don’t break the bank. You will run through a lot and lose plenty. 

I totally recommend doing a food shop when you arrrive instead of buying before you set off. We don’t live in the Stone Age, there will be supermarkets available. 

TOP 5 TV SERIES

I’ve surprised myself by not ever posting and sharing my favourite TV shows… I’ve been blogging for nearly a year and I’ve never shared these with you?! WEIRD.

I’m guilty of spending hours of my life binge watching TV series and eating snacks.. more than once a week and I don’t feel bad about it if I’m honest. I find it is such a relaxing thing to do and I’ll always do this when I’m at my most stressed or in the mood to procrastinate. I definitely have my go to shows that I always lean towards more than others and I thought I would share with you guys some of my favourite shows and maybe give you some new TV to watch. Here we go! I hope you guys enjoy. 

#1 One Tree Hill has always been a favourite and I love going back to watch it when I’m feeling down. I especially enjoy seasons 4-9, not really sure why I just enjoy those seasons more than others. I love the story lines and how different each character are in comparison to each other. 

#2 Gossip Girl is almost everybody’s favourite, who doesn’t love a bit of Chuck and Blair lovin’? I know I do! I really enjoy watching the fun relationship between Chuck and Blair and especially the drama they go through.

#3 The Vampire Diaries has been one of my favourites for so long and now it’s finished forever I haven’t really known what to do with myself. It’s so dramatic.. (can you see the theme of my faves?) and I love the little myths and story behind each character. I bloody love me some Salvator brothers. 

#4 Brooklyn Nine-Nine is so bloody good and funny! It’s incredibly easy to watch and I continue to enjoy each episode regardless of how many times I’ve seen it. 

#5 F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Who doesn’t love this show?! I KNOW I DOOOO! Matt and I watch this show on repeat and I find it’s the best thing to watch when I’m sleepy and it always manages to cheer me up. 

All of these shows, but F.R.I.E.N.D.S are on Netflix and I couldn’t be without my subscription to Netflix. Let me know some of your faves so I can give them a watch. 

With love, Beth x 

Fresher’s Week Survival Guide

As the days go by fresher’s week is approaching and so many students are wondering how amazing fresher’s week is going to be. Except what they don’t think about is how unwell they’ll become if they don’t care for themselves or the practical decisions to make in order to make sure you don’t blow all of your money during the week and be left without any money at all for the rest of the term. Having experienced many fresher’s weeks I’ve managed to learn a few tips and tricks in order to survive the most incredible but exhausting week you’re about to experience. 

So, continue to read on about how you can survive your first week from uni. Remember to be careful when enjoying your week, you’ll more than likely be in a new place with new people and as exciting it is, not all people can be trusted. Ensure you never leave your drink alone and to be safe when heading out and not to head home alone. Please don’t feel pressured into doing anything you don’t particularly feel comfortable doing and make sure you know your drinking limits. 

1- This is probably the most important tip I have to cope through fresher’s week. Budget, by doing this you’ll be able to set aside money for each night that you’re out and as long as you stick to it you won’t end up completely bankrupt and calling your parents asking for money before the week even ends. I suggest planning a budget on the day you get there or the day before and budget for around £30 a night and to buy alcohol from a supermarket for pre-drinks as this is the way to get drunk and you won’t have to spend as much money when you’re out. You more than likely won’t go out every single night as well, which does follow onto my next tip.

2- Fresher’s week does fly by and with that at the end you’ll be exhausted and the dreaded fresher’s flu will begin. To prevent having the worst cold of your entire life, take a few nights out. You may find you aren;t interested in some of the events that are being held and on those nights I totally recommend having a hot bath/shower, have a proper meal and head to bed for an early-ish night. Yes, the old lady in me has come out but it’s so important that you maintain your health and well-being during the week and the continuing term. 

3- You’ll find across the week that you’re going to meet people or a specific someone that you think is totally incredible and gorgeous and with that.. well you know what happens. Ensure you take precautions to stop any unwanted accidents happening. Whether you visit your local doctor before heading to uni to be placed on birth control, condoms are still an important factor of safe sex. 

4- You’ll definitely have your fair share of take-away’s during the week but try and have a few properly cooked homemade meals. Doing this will provide you the nutrients and a healthy balanced diet as well as a method to help you last longer whilst you’re out. It’s never nice to feel starving, bloated and unwell when you’re drinking and yes, heavily drinking. 

5- Do other things than just drink. You’ll be in a new place and it’ll all be totally differnt, yes you’ll have three years of your life to explore but you’ll find that people in your building will be doing certain things. So get involved and this is an extra important thing to do as you’ll be able to meet friends outside of your flat. 

There we have it, some tips and tricks on how to survive freshers week safely and appropriately! I hope you enjoy your first fresher’s week and continue to enjoy your degree, it’ll be the fastest years of your life but the most incredble and rewarding experience you’ll ever have. 

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Favourite Pinterest Finds

Take a look at some of my favourite Pinterest finds. You’ll find that these are mainly home decor because well.. I can dream about what my non-existent house should look like.. right?

📸: Industry Standard Design

These hanging shelves as so easy to make and you can make them to style any room. I personally would paint them an off white colour and match with pale pink ornaments and mirrors.


📸: Ashlein Quiroz  

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📸: [Top left picture: DIY & Crafts Ideas Magazine] [Bottom right picture: Ashley WestBrook] [Bottom left picture: Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons]

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  • Top left photo: A beautiful custom designed shelving unit made of an old chest of draws. I like how the inside of the shelves are painted a bright colour to match with the white and wooden theme. It looks very modern and very fresh. Would definitely add a lovely bit of colour to a simple room.
  • Top right photo: I love everything about this room. It’s exactly what I would have my own bedroom like, I would perhaps add a few more mirrors (I have  thing with mirrors) but it’s my ideal room.
  • Bottom left photo: I love books and this would be perfect for a living room to show off all of your fantastic novels. I’d probably change this and paint it wooden but it’s beautiful regardless. I also think this would be quite easy and simple to make (perhaps time consuming though).
  • Bottom right photo: The perfect way for every nail varnish lover to show off their favourite shades. I think this is so elegant and adds such a beautiful touch to a bathroom or beauty room.

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With love, Beth x

Goodbye New York, Hello Wales

You might be a little confused by this title. It only seems like 5 minutes ago that I was saying my goodbyes and heading away for a 3 month trip. However, a month passed and I’ve been back in the UK for a month now, wondering where my next adventure will be.

You’re probably, was she fired? No I wasn’t. I quit working at the summer camp and booked a flight home for the next day. Camp life isn’t easy and I wasn’t prepared enough for it. 

Before I left I thought all I ever wanted was to travel the world and it turns out, it isn’t for me. I missed the familiarity of home, the little things in life that made me comfortable and mostly, I missed who I was before I went to camp. 

Camp was ruining me emotionally, I was caring for the same children all day, everyday. Slowly I began to feel very suffocated and isolated in the camp bubble. Camp bubble? What is that, you may think. It’s like living, working, breathing and existing in the smallest village ever and never being allowed to leave (except for a 24 hour period each week on my day off). 

From the minute I arrived at camp I knew there was something I didn’t like, I couldn’t describe it but I knew that it wasn’t for me but I gave it a shot, a really good go actually. 

I had everything thrown at me during my time in the states and I powered through until I had enough. I reached a point where I couldn’t be bothered to get out of bed in the morning. I was emotionally and psychically tired every single day and my anxiety was reaching an all time low. I was crashing and knew I had to come home. 

I don’t regret coming back to the UK, not a single bit. I do miss the little family I made at camp with all my friends but I don’t miss anything else. I don’t miss the children, the job or the camp itself at all. When I was at camp I missed everything and everyone and it consumed me. 

I feel like a failure. I’m not one to give up on anything ever, I took a lot for me to decide to leave but I knew it was best for me. So now I am home and looking forward to my many adventures. Although for now I don’t want to leave Wales but my experience hasn’t frightened me from wanting to do more travelling. Perhaps my trips will be short time period but I’ll still do them. 

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Before I Die…

I read a book a few months ago called All The Bright Things. In this book the characters were listing the things they wanted to do, achieve or create before they die and it inspired me to write about the things I want to do before I do (a long time away I hope so plenty of time to get through my list!). So, let’s jump straight in shall we. 

Before I die I want to…

  • Swim with dolphins. 
  • Go to Hawaii. 
  • Own a home (or two if I’m lucky enough). 
  • Be my own boss. 
  • Have children and raise them in a two parent home. 
  • Go to Italy and make my own pizza (I know I can do this anywhere but.. Italy right?). 
  • Be given the type of love only a parent can get. 
  • Marry my best friend.
  • Build a tree house. 
  • Visit the Great Barrier Reef. 
  • Visit more of the UK. 
  • Go and visit Jess in Canada. 
  • Work abroad for a year. 
  • Own a high end bag. 
  • Take a trip with just my brothers (probably too wishful). 
  • Witness a miracle.
  • Never have to worry about money. 
  • Go on a safari. 

Across the years I’ll probably accomplish some of these things and continue to add more. This is just the start of my very long journey. How about you guys write your own list of things to do, achieve or create before you die!

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My Anxiety Story

Is it really a story? Is having anxiety and panic attacks an actual story of my life? No of course not. Actually, the title of this post is actually bothering me and so much so that it’s causing me anxiety. Yep, that’s my life with anxiety. 

In March 2016 I began having panic attacks, which at first I thought were asthma related. In reality, after months of experiencing them and a number of doctors appointments it was determined that in fact, I have anxiety and panic disorder. 

So, how did it start? Well Matt and I were walking quite a high cliff to visit a monument and whilst up there I felt like I couldn’t breath, my throat felt like it was closing and I couldn’t stop shaking. I went home, took my inhaler and didn’t feel any relief at all but managed to calm myself down. Turns out, asthma related my ass. It was a god awful, tormenting, dreadful panic/anxiety attack. 

I used to have them daily and it became a normal part of my life. Each day I would wake up and wait for the panic attack or multiple panic attacks to happen. However, now I tend to get them maybe 1-3 times a month which has definitely improved to what I was used too. Sometimes, even less. 

I tried for so long to cope with them myself and tried so hard to not go on medication. However, after months (a full summer..) I was barely going out, hardly speaking to people, I would spend most of my days in bed reading or watching films. I relied on Matt to feel safe and it just wasn’t a life I wanted. So, I headed to the doctors to be put on anti-depressents to help my issues (spoiler: they didn’t lol obviously). 

I didn’t stay on the medication longer than a month a half because it simply didn’t help. The panic attacks continued, my feelings of anxiousness carried on. Things did change though, I changed. I wanted better for myself, I didn’t want the life I had been having so I fought it. I battled my way through the sadness and ever since and I probably will always continue to battle my panic attacks. 

As you know, I’m currently spending my summer working in America. However, since I’m writing this before I leave (I have two weeks before I fly out) I can tell you, that my anxiety is through the roof. I’m barely eating (not like me, I love pasta and cake), I either sleep for 12+ hours of my day or I don’t sleep at all and I’m so overwhelmed with emotions that I can’t control them. I can’t count how many panic attack’s I have had. Change trigger’s my anxiety and I know it does for a lot of people, it is so ridiculous that I can’t experience change in a happy and exciting way. However, this is norm for me. It’s my life and I won’t say to anybody that I wish I was different because I am this way for a reason. It’s so hard to deal with things right now but I know in the long run, I’ll be thankful to myself for giving myself a push and the opportunity to live life the way I have always wanted to.

They aren’t fun, I without fail always need help to get myself out of them. I really struggle to cooperate since I’m unaware of many things when I have them. The difference between then and now? I know what I want for myself and although I love knowing how safe I am with Matt. I know that I’m going to be okay regardless of the situation and I can’t hide from everything because I won’t ever become anybody or achieve anything. 

Instead of fearing them.. I embrace them. Anxiety is not who I am. Panic attacks are not who I am. I’m more than my mental health. 

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