Monday, 16 June 2014

Revision Rescue: #2

I am in the middle of revising for some of my exams and I thought why not share some of my effective (well I think they are!) revision tips. Hopefully some of you will find these useful in preparation for those exams!

1. Have designated areas 
When I'm revising I find it really difficult to sit on my bed or the sofa, just because I feel that I need to have a clear area so when I need to revise everything is there. It's a simple place but my desk is where I do all of my revision, just because it's simple and like I said, it has all of my school equipment. I have brought some decorative pots and put in various different stationary essentials, like pencils, pens, geometry set, rulers, erasers and also in a box under my desk is all of my revision books, school books and textbooks. It's simple, but effective.

2. Break time! 
This sounds far to easy but it really does work! In school when you are in lessons you get rewarded with break and lunchtime. So to keep in the same pattern just reward yourself during revision. Every 30 minutes I reward myself with a 10 minute break. It may not seem a lot but you can make yourself a snack or just check Twitter and Instagram. It keeps you working because you know that every 30 minutes you will be getting a quick break.

3. Highlight everywhere! 
One of the most effective revision tips that I use is use colours or the expression "paint the town red!" Pick up at your local store every colour of highlighters and pens. When your revising highlight the important information that you need to learn and then when you flick back you will be encouraged to look back at the highlighted notes because the colours catch your eye!

4. Munch your way through revision 
When I have my five minute break I tend to make myself a heathy snack to keep me powering through those textbooks. I normally make peanut butter and banana bites, which are simply two slices of banana glued together with peanut butter. Yum! Or I make myself a colourful fruit salad with kiwis, banana, apple, grapes, pineapple and blueberries!

So that was a handful of revision tips that should help you! I will be making more of these posts, so keep your eyes peeled! Good luck!

Thanks x

Bethany Howe x

P.S Don't stress so much! :)

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

A Slight Addiction #6

So as you all have gathered I have a lot of 'slight' addictions and it's getting way about of hand! I have always loved writing down my thoughts and of course my blogging ideas! Ask any of my friends, I carry a notebook everywhere with me! One section of my bookshelf is dedicated to notebooks. But I'm not just writing about any notebook, my slight addiction is my new Moleskine planner.
It's perfect for a planing 'freak' like me!

What I really like about Moleskine journals is they have added 'extra' pages at the beginning. A world time zone page which is perfect for traveling.  A holidays page and many more useful pages! I would say that Moleskine journals are perfect for travelers.
Also I have just found this out but they have pockets on the back page!

I find the actual  weekly planning pages amazing for my day to day planning because as well as having a section for each day, it also has a large page next to it for note taking! Perfect!

Also one thing I love about Moleskine journals is they come in a variety of colours, which include Black (which I have) a mustard colour, red, pink, yellow, blue and many more!

I couldn't live without my Moleskine and I think it's more than a slight addiction. The link to the online store is (Here) but I purchased mine from Waterstones.

Thanks x

Bethany Howe x

Monday, 9 June 2014

Heath, Glorious, Heath. #1

One thing I always do. I run into the pantry and take out one of my favorite 'Heath' Bars. I have been really loving Nakd Bars, Trek Bars, Eat Natural Bars and 9Bars. I think what I love most about them is that they make a big difference. I always have one of these bars in my bag, because whats better than opening your bag to mounds of textbooks and notepads and then right at the bottom of your bag you find one of these bars. They are life savers. So I thought I would do something a bit different today. Here is the first review!

1. Nakd Bars (95p)
Firstly, one thing I love about Nakd bars is that you can buy a whole range of flavours. From Rhubarb and Custard, Coco Loco, Pecan Pie, Cashew Cookie and plenty more! Yes you heard me right, Rhubarb and Custard! When I first purchased one of these bars I turned the bar round to see the nutrition label, and to my shock I could understand all of the ingredients listed. The main ingredient or the main 'base' flavour of the bar are dates. Then for example the ingredients in 'Strawberry Crunch' are 49% Dates, 31% Cashews, 17% Raisins, 3% Raspberries and natural berry flavorings. That is really all it is! I also love how they include all of the percentages of the different ingredients. Now let me get onto the taste of these bars! I have tried nearly every bar from the range and I haven't been disappointed with one of them. They are all have a burst of chosen flavour, and of course they fill you up.  My favorite bars are Gingerbread, Cashew Cookie and Coco Mint. But to be fair, I love all the flavours of these bars. Now if your wondering where I purchase my Nakd bars it varies. I normally buy them from Holland And Barrett, but most recently I have been purchasing them from Waitrose. So if you have a break and you need a healthy 'pick-me up' try Nakd bars. I assure you, you will be pleased.

Thanks x

Bethany Howe x

Thursday, 5 June 2014

It's A Pink Kinda Thing...

This week I have been exploring the world of pink lips. It's been eventful. For some reason before this week trying to 'pull off' pink lips' has never been my 'cup of tea' And you know me, I do love my tea. A lot. But now that it's the start of Summer I thought to myself  "I should give this a try" And indeed, that is what I did. So here is one of my favorites.

 Maybelline Baby Lips: Pink Punch (£2.99) 
For a while I have been a big fan of The Baby Lips line but 'Pink Punch' never really took my fancy. But I don't know what took me so long. When you first look at the colour your kinda like "Wow, I should give this one a miss" Now I have got to admit sometimes in Boots I pick it up, and then put it back on the display counter. But when I finally brought I found out that it's not that bold. Of course, I knew before that it was going to be sheer, but the colour always seemed to put me off. But I think it's a wonderful product to put in your bag. It's sheer but their is still some colour pay-off. I also think this is a great product because it is a tinted lip balm. When I hear the word 'balm' what always comes to mind is a nourishing, moisturizing formula. That's great that I just typed that because it has the sheer pink colour with the powers of a lip balm. Also a bonus feature is it smells great!  
So next time you are thinking about walking away at the Maybelline counter, just think. "It's sheer"

Thanks x

Bethany Howe x

Monday, 2 June 2014

D.I.Y Monday: My Daily Breakfast

Ok, so I know it's not just me in the morning. I have to find a quick and simple breakfast that I can either prepare once I am ready or it slowly cooks when I am getting ready. Normally my breakfast contains some kind of cereal, porridge or some other combination of yogurt, granola and honey. But the one key recipe I have been following is porridge.

You will need the following: 
Porridge oats: Aprox 45g
100ml Semi Skimmed Milk
1/2 Banana
A Handful Of Dried Berries (Cranberries)
A Handful of Nuts (Cashews/peanuts)
A Drizzle of Honey

See! Not many ingredients at all!

1. Turn on your hob to a medium/high heat and add in the milk once you have turned the hob on.
2. Wait two/three minutes until the milk is bubbling and then add in your oats. Turn your heat down slightly.
3. Stir your porridge so that the porridge doesn't burn, then add in your chopped half banana.
4. After two/three minutes your porridge should be combined.
5. When your porridge is in a bowl you can now add the dried berries and nuts. You can add anything you like to top your porridge, like fresh fruit, peanut butter and of course your honey!

Wasn't that simple?

I really hope you like this recipe. Why not try it out? I love this recipe because when I am revising or have a busy day ahead it slowly releases energy throughout the day! Perfect!

Thanks x

Bethany Howe x