Pizza Date

Spending time with my mum is rare and usually spent at hospital appointments. This week we’ve managed to squeeze in a couple mother daughter dates which I’ve really enjoyed. Today she had a hospital appointment so on the way back we stopped off for pizza at Franco Manca. We shared a pizza and some garlic bread and spent the time there enjoying the sun and chatting. We got the chorizo pizza and I have to admit, one of my favourite pizzas so far. I’m going to head back there with my boyfriend for a date night and its not stupidly expensive either, so perfect if you want to go out with friends and not spend a fortune.

Things to do this summer

Summer has fully hit us in England, with heat-waves expected for the next two weeks I thought I’d write out some things to do this summer, either by yourself or with friends and family

  • Go to an outdoor swimming pool: there aren’t many of these in the UK because of obvious reasons, but the ones we do have are decent and some even have a water slide or two. This is a great thing to do with a group of friends, family or even just by yourself to get a bit of down time
  • Go for a hike: there are some stunning places to go hiking and luckily for me I live fairly close to Surrey so getting to a nice walking trail isn’t too hard
  • Sunbathe in the garden or park: one of my favourite things to do is sit in my garden and read a good book (check out The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton) and relax in the sun, perfect for getting my pale skin some form of colour
  • Go for a road trip: pile all your friends in your car, designate a DJ and set off somewhere. I like to road trip to the coast, and eat fish and chips on the beach before heading back
  • Picnics: I do this a lot with my friend Sammiie where we raid a Tescos meal deal section, get some ice-lollies and crisps and go sit in a field somewhere
  • Go to a beer garden or bar: nice beer gardens and bars are easy to come across and nothing beats sitting with some friends in the pub chatting


Glitter Jars

Anxiety is a thing I have had for a few years now, and social anxiety is what gets me the most. A lot of people don’t realise this about me because I can be very loud and outgoing when I get to know people, but I often become very shy and timid, not wanting to overstep boundaries and have people hate me. I wanted to find something that could help with my anxiety at home to hopefully ease it more when I go into social situations, and I came across glitter jars. I love these and find them really helpful, especially around exam time where I’m at my most stressed, so I thought I’d share how I made mine.

Things you need:

  • A jar or bottle (I’d go for a medium size, around 500ml)
  • Glitter glue in your colour of choice
  • Clear glue (not PVA or something that dries clear, it needs to be clear when wet)
  • Glitter in your colour of choice
  • Something to stir
  • Hot water (if using a bottle warm water will probably be best to avoid the bottle melting)

To Do:

  • Boil or warm up some water, and pour it into your jar or bottle to about half way
  • Squeeze in all of your glitter glue and stir it. This can take a little while but just stir until the glitter glue breaks up
  • Add in glitter of your choice (I added a colour and some white glitter to give it more sparkle). Stir the glitter right away to stop it clumping up
  • Once you’ve added your desired amount of glitter, put in some clear glue. This slows the speed of the glitter falling so if you want the glitter to take longer to settle, add more glue
  • Fill the rest of the jar or bottle up to the top with water. Then put the lid on. If making this for a younger child, I’d suggest super gluing the lid on
  • Shake away and watch the glitter!

Here are some pictures of mine

5 Ways to Prepare For Exams

Exams are always the most stressful time of year for anyone. My course has two exams a term as well as additional essays and presentations, so it’s key that I keep on top of everything, so whilst I’m having a study break, I thought I’d write some tips on how to prepare for exams!

  1. Print out all your learning resources. I print out all of my powerpoint slides through out the term and put them in a folder, then I annotate them with revision or teacher notes, this is helpful for when I want to look back over them or use them for revision
  2. Learn your learning objectives. I personally write all mine out on a word document to print out towards exams, but its also helpful if at the end of the week, you go back over them and try to answer them in a separate word document, or use them to make some kind of revision aids
  3. Start revising early. You always get those people, who two days before the exam are all like ‘eh yeh I might revise tonight but I haven’t done any yet’. Their lying. They’ve probably been revising for a while, and honestly the sooner you start revising, the less stressful it is towards exams
  4. Set aside personal time. Its important to set a study plan and have certain times that you dedicate to studying, for example I study most afternoons for three or four hours, unless I have a whole day free, when I study for around six hours a day, taking plenty of breaks in-between. As great as this is, its also important to take time out for yourself. I give myself at least an hour a day (not including study breaks) to do something non study related, read a book, watching a film or hang out with friends
  5. Write a list of all the topics you need to cover. I find this is a really good way to keep on track of what I have to cover and actually helps me organise my study time a lot better as I can prioritise topics I don’t understand too well over ones I know a lot better. This will also allow you to organise your time better and fit in more personal time

Hope these tips help, I know they’ve helped me! I have two more exams to do and then I’ve finished my first year of university, so over the summer I should have plenty more time to update and make YouTube videos!

Let me know if these helped you or what things you do to help prepare for exams!

Hazel xoxo


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Crazy Golf and Burgers

Date nights are something that tend to cost a fair bit, especially in London, so an easy dinner and cinema date can come to £60 with no real problem. I like to treat my boyfriend when I have the money (student problems, always being skint), and today I got some money from some work I’ve been doing so I took him out for burgers at Blacks Burgers in Epsom and then went on to play Crazy Golf, which much to my boyfriends excitement, was dinosaur themed (he has a thing for whistling the Jurassic Park theme continuously).

The burgers we got were amazing, and having recently got my boyfriend to like milkshakes, he was so excited to get a biscoff milkshake (he also discovered blowing bubbles into it… I promise he’s twenty-four) and he had the most amazing looking burger. I tend to have vegetarian burgers occasionally as I find its good to change it up a bit, so I had their vegetarian burger, and after a discussion on if I should have bacon as a topping, I settled for onions and stole some of my boyfriends coleslaw to put inside it too.

Our next stop was a crazy golf place down the road from us, we had a laugh at how bad we both were, I also nearly lost a ball in the fast flowing water, then at the end, knowing it would be close on who won (we’re a competitive couple…) I said if I won he had to buy me a dinosaur egg that I saw (I mean what twenty year old doesn’t want to hatch their own dinosaur?!). We added up our points, both having done pretty badly…. and I beat him by one point! My dinosaur egg is currently hatching in a vase in the kitchen (we didn’t have anything else we could submerge it in…)