Blending Up a Storm

Back at the beginning of the year, I vowed to improve my diet and become a little fitter. I always find that studying and living on a budget means eating healthily is often easier said than done. To motivate myself, I invested in a Philips Daily Collection Mini Blender. It was only £50 and came with a blend-and-go bottle, which I hoped would encourage me to get on the smoothie bandwagon, taking something healthy to the library and my early morning lectures. To say it’s become an obsession is an understatement and it’s inspired me to make sure my fruit…

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A simple guide to the standard student house

Living in a student house is hectic, messy, noisy and probably one of the best times in your life – or so they say. You’ve moved out of halls, made the step from fresher to fully fledged second year and for the first time in your life need to know what day it is the bins go out.It’s getting around that time of year, the keen ones amongst you are creating house group chats and signing contracts. Whilst the more relaxed ones will leave it till after christmas and hope for the best. You should probably bare in mind that these…

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The (un)avoidable slobbery of student kitchens

One of the biggest shocks for students as they settle in university life can be sharing a kitchen. Going from magically re-filling fridges and mystical machines that wash your dishes (wow remember them!) to a small kitchen where you have to share a fridge (that doesn’t magically re-fill) and return to those, what seem, pre-millennium days of washing up can be a frightening adaption for many students. In halls I found myself with several students who didn’t know how to cook (or clean up) and so their ‘experimental’ cooking attempts sat stuck to their saucepans piled up next to the…

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How to Survive Sharing a Kitchen

Your first year of university can be daunting for many reasons, one of which could be that you’ll be sharing a flat with several random strangers. Sharing the limited kitchen resources can put a strain on any newly formed friendships so here’s how to survive it. 1. Do your washing up Don’t leave it festering on the side and taking up all the space. Get into the habit of washing up, drying it and putting it away as soon as you’ve finished dinner. Your flatmates will thank you and you’ll be setting a good example. 2. Ask before borrowing Somebody…

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