Friday, 18 October 2019

How To Thrive During Your First Year at University

Is there a more exciting time, or a more daunting time than going to university for the first time? For the vast majority of people, it’s their first time living away from their parents, and the first time that they’ve been thrown into an environment where they don’t understand how everything (or anything) works. While people are understandably nervous about leaving home to attend university, this should be nervous excitement. This is a period of your life that can and should be a great experience! Below, we take a look at some tried and tested tips that’ll help you to thrive during your first year. 

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Bring the Enthusiasm

You can get oh so far in life just by being enthusiastic. Really! It works in the job market, social environments, and especially at university. You’re going to be out of your comfort zone, sure, but there are two ways you can respond to that -- you can curl up in a ball and wish you were at home, or you can say “well, I’m here now, let’s see what this experience brings!” You’ll only spend a brief period of your life at university, and there’s really no other place like it, so bring the positive side of your personality, and see what happens.

Get the Right Living Arrangements

While there’s a lot of potential for having an outstanding time at university, it’s true that experiences can vary wildly. Some people love it, other people have doubts. One of the main factors when it comes to how much a person enjoys it is their living arrangements. If you live in a place you love, you’ll find it easier to thrive. If you live somewhere you hate, it’ll be an uphill battle. Fortunately, this is something that you can control. Look for a student accommodation studio options before you begin, and get off on the right foot. It’s important to remember that you don’t need to stay in a space that you don’t like, though -- there’ll be a period where you’re able to change. 

Find Your Clan

University is about education, sure, but it’s also -- or mostly? -- about the people that you spend time with. If you have a solid group of friends during your university years, then you’ll have an awesome time. Of course, you’ll have to find them first. Most people attend university without any of their old friends in tow, so it’ll be up to you to get out there and socialise. You’re not going to be friends with everyone, so you might have to go through a bit of a trial and error period before you find your group. But if you put yourself in the right circles (for example: joining clubs relating to your interests), then eventually you’ll find them. 

Push Yourself 

One of the best things about university is that it provides so many opportunities to try new things. You’ll find that there are clubs for everything, and that you also meet people who are radically different from you, and can thus expose you to new interests. While it is uncomfortable to step out of your comfort zone, it’s rare that a person ends up regretting it. So throw yourself into this side of university life. You don’t have to do something new every single day; it’s just about avoiding doing the same old things you’ve always done. Who knows, you might just stumble upon a new passion.

Work Hard 

Oh, look at that -- we’ve made it nearly all the way through an article about university, and we haven’t even mentioned the educational aspect yet. Seriously: work hard. There are many people who, intoxicated by the freedom that university brings, end up making a mess of their studies. They will have had a good time, but it won’t be worth it -- it’s just not enjoyable getting terrible results. Have a social life, enjoy the time, but nail the work that you’re set. It’ll be your platform to achieve even greater things in your second and third years.

Stay in Touch With Home

Finally, remember to keep in touch with home, even when you’re having an awesome time. The folks and your siblings and your friends miss you! You can give them calls or video calls, and pay a visit when you can. Nobody wants to be that person who went to university and forgot where they came from!

With the above tips, you’ll be on your way to having an excellent first year -- indeed, an excellent three years -- at university! 

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Summer to Fall Skincare Routine

This is a sponsored guest post. 
Summer is almost gone and here fall is approaching. Whenever there is a transition of seasons, without careful skin care work, redness, dryness, acne or even allergies may occur. So here today let’s talk about summer to fall skin care routine to get our skin a secure season transition.

Morning skin care routine:
1. Clean your face with mild product or warm water
When the weather tends to be drier, the secretion of oil will decrease. Therefore, people who need strong cleansing product in the summer can now use mild cleanser or warm water to cleanse! This will not only ensure our skin stability but also avoid dryness.

2. Lotion selection
After cleansing, choose a suitable lotion according to our skin types. In the summer, for reduction of the burden on skin, we usually choose light products, and when fall approaches, we have to change the strategy.

3. Serum with different ingredients
Most people may choose to give up some functional serums in the summer, such as anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, and anti-oxidant serums, etc. Because most of us care more about how we feel after applying these products. But as soon as the fall arrives, our plan to improve the skin should  be speeded up.
Of course, it’s better not to give up these functional products completely in the summer. In order to avoid excessive skin burden, we can choose the serums that are more suitable for our skin. After all, The selection of serums are very wide on the market.

4. Sunscreen
Sunscreen is necessary regardless of the season. In addition to its role in delaying aging, it can even be the most powerful way to prevent skin cancer.
But what we should note is that we need to understand the SPF and PA of it. The SPF value represents the time to prevent UVB. Usually, people will get sunburn after exposure to the sun for fifteen minutes, and the 15*SPF value is the time people can prevent UVB. The most commonly referred thing to resist UVA is PA, the more “+” shows after the PA, the product’s ability to prevent UVA is stronger.
But the stronger the sunscreen’s ability is, the more burden will be put on the skin. Therefore, when the sun appears to be friendly, please remember to decrease the SPF and PA value of the sunscreen.

Nighttime skin care routine:
- Removing makeup and cleansing
If there’s makeup on the face, then the first step of nighttime skin care routine is makeup removing. Use the products you favoring to remove it. But to protect sensitive skin, it is better to choose mild makeup remover. If there is no subsequent step after applying sunscreen during the day, then wash your face with a product having stronger cleaning ability will be enough.
- Hydrating
Products used at nighttime are basically the same as during the day. However, for people who want to improve the skin, more functional products should be used on them. But, this may only works for people who have stronger capacity about functional ingredients.
- Serum with different ingredients
Nighttime is the golden time for skin repairing and absorption, so it is worthwhile to ignore your feelings of use and give the skin a bigger boost.

Some skin care tips:
Skin care equipment
All of us may have dreamed of the magic effect skin care equipment working on us, but most of them are expensive.
So today I want to introduce a great skin care device for everyone – the steam face meter. Frequent use of it can make the pores appearing smaller and the face more glowing.
Steps of using: after washing your face, open the pores with it, the clogged substances will be unblocked in the pores and then wash your face. Use it for several times, you’ll see the change on your face.
Should I use moisturizers in the fall?
This depends on your skin condition. If the skin feels a little dry after the above-mentioned nighttime skin care steps, then it is necessary to use a moisturizer.

Skin care is very important for both men and women. Good skin condition can even increase self-confidence and enhance personality. Therefore, skin care is something that should be done seriously for all of us.

Friday, 23 August 2019

6 Ways to Enjoy Family Time without Breaking the Bank

Anyone who has a family knows how expensive it can be to spend some quality time together. This is especially true for parents with 2, 3 or more children. But with some smart thinking there are still plenty of fun things you can do as a family without have to spend a fortune.

We’ve brainstormed some great ideas to show you 6 ways to enjoy family time without breaking the bank.

1. Go for a picnic

There are more than 27,000 parks of all shapes and sizes in the UK. That means no matter where you live there is one close by you can use to go and enjoy a lovely family picnic. Packed lunches are cheap and you can play lots of games with the children that will burn off their energy. Go for walks on trails and bring your smartphone along to take some treasured family pictures. 

2. Finding the money

Raising a family is expensive, especially if you are a single parent or on a low income. You might want to consider taking out a short term loan as way to fund your family time. Make sure you can afford the repayments and ensure the company is FCA registered. Also get the best interest rates and if you are successful, you’ll soon be able to enjoy all the fun activities you have planned. 

3. Make a family movie

Instead of spending time plonked down on the sofa watching another DVD, how about making a film starring the family? You’ll probably own a smartphone with a camera, and it’s a great opportunity for everyone to dress up in character and pretend play. Get mum’s make-up out and make it a silly fantasy story and everyone will have a great time watching it back later on.

4. Do free fun stuff

There is always pressure to take kids to expensive theme parks that cost way too much, but there are also literally thousands of free things to do all around the country. Check out websites like Hoop, which lists all the free family activities close to you that are available for kids of all ages. Simply put in your postcode and your children’s age and it will fire back a list as long as your arm!

5. Let the kids splash about

If you or any of your fellow parent friends have a garden, why not organise a little water party for them to splash around in? Getting kids into the bath to wash is one thing, but when it comes to paddling pools they can’t get enough of the water. While they splash around, the parents can keep watchful eye but also relax a little to enjoy their spare time too.

6. Go to the local zoo

Most people living in a city are close by to a city farm and kids love nothing more than getting up close to animals they usually only see on TV. Large commercial zoos are usually too expensive, but smaller, localised farms tend to be free. All you need is bus fare, packed lunch and you are good to go for the rest of the day.


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