Fellow students, gather. Let’s talk about printing (cue all my readers groaning in unison). Paying £9k a year to then be charged an extra 10p per sheet?! Ludicrous – and don’t even get me started on if the document needs to be printed in colour.
My 19th birthday present? A printer. I couldn’t cope with the thought of spending a fortune on printing at uni when I could have a printer at home. I’m one of those people, lecture readings have to be printed out so that I can annotate and highlight relevant information. When my readings are up to 100 pages long, I’d rather run a marathon than pay for all that paper (and I hate cardio).
Of course, getting your own printer means you have to fork out on those ridiculous ink and toner costs – you may as well just pay a small fortune for the bloody uni paper, right? WRONG. I have found the answer to your prayers, all of your financial problems solved. Well, not all of them but you sure will save some money, and who doesn’t love saving money?!
Picture this, being able to buy cheap ink and toner cartridges that are 100% compatible with your printer without having to spend a small fortune for the branded stuff that is "the only thing you should put in your printer".
Which Cartridge sells all the best ink and toner cartridges for a fraction of their branded price (think BeautyPie, but for printers). All you have to do is hop onto their website, put in which printer you own - get it, WHICH printer? - and the site shows you ink and toner cartridges for the best prices as well as branded cartridges, if you can afford to fork out; but, to be honest, why would you when there are so many drinks you can buy with that leftover money?
I know for sure that I’ll be saving a fortune through shopping with Which Cartridge, not only do I print uni bits but I print lots out for my blog too as well as photos to make my room seem a little more homely. There’s even an option to reorder, so you don’t even have to go through the faff of finding the product again!
So, save yourself some pennies and grab your ink and toner cartridges on Which and you can thank me later over a drink(which you can afford with the money you’ve saved on printing).
If you're a Bieber fan like me, you'll know November 13th is the date that the Purpose album released three years ago. Well, did you know it's also my birthday? I turn 19 today (which I'm finding very daunting, 19 is not a childhood age anymore) so I thought it would be nice to share with you 19 things that I've learned in my 19 years...should I say 19 again?
1. It can take you a while to find who you are and be true to yourself (a huge cliché, I know). I only realised last week that the place I became most myself was at my workplace back home, and I've stuck by that person through moving to uni in Cardiff (I may have held back on the intensity a bit to begin with). It's pretty nice to be able to say that, on the whole, I like the person that I am.
2. Finding time for yourself is super important. This can be self-care/mental health days or simply giving yourself a half hour or so to read a book - I've set myself the challenge of reading at least a chapter of my current book each day, so that I can switch off.
3. You don't need loads of friends, or to be the most popular. I love having a handful of close friends, and the phrase "quality over quantity" is definitely true when it comes to my friendships.
4. Animals will change your life. I cannot express enough how happy and soothed a cuddle with my dogs or cats makes me feel.
5. Sometimes, things don't go to plan. Your world can be thrown upside down, but you will feel better once you're out the end of it.
6. Exploring new places is one of the best things to do with your spare time. I urge you to travel and explore (even if it's just locally) as much as you can.
7. You should always try to be nice to people, you never know when you may be making someone's day!
8. I hate to sound like a teacher, but getting things done early will reduce stress massively.
9. It's important to understand when and where you're at your most productive.
10. You are always learning things about yourself, make sure you're open to this!
16. You're allowed to crave a Chinese every day of the week.
17. Effort is a two-way thing; it's important to recognise who is and isn't worth your time.
18. Not wearing makeup everyday can lead to a shit load of compliments when you go all out - but also, you should wear as much or as little as you like.
19. Simple home comforts are definitely under-appreciated before you move into halls, I've now learned that nothing can replace a nice hot bath (and that next year's student house must have one).
If you read my recent post, you'll know that I'm trying to dedicate more time to reading now that I don't have to constantly study books for A Level English. Not only am I try to read more but I'm also trying to learn about more things and 'expand my brain', so the next book I decided to pick up was God: A Human History of Religion by Reza Aslan...and oh my god (if you pardon the pun), it blew my mind.
The book revolved around Christianity a little too much for my liking, I would've liked to have seen more major religions included too. However, I can't stress enough how interesting God was and how much I've learned - I was texting people every 2 minutes with a new piece of information. If you're wanting to read something non-fiction and insanely interesting, I'd definitely recommend.
Do any of you read non-fiction - and if so, do you have any recommendations? Let me know if you'll give this book a read, I can guarantee you'll learn something! As always, thank you for reading.
I've always loved reading; as a child my nose was always stuck in a book and at school my favourite subject was English Literature. Unfortunately my love for English Lit meant that my love for reading had to take a back seat as I studied it for my A Levels, and I can honestly say I don't think I read more than two books for fun during my entire time studying. Now that I've got some free time I've been reading much more and I thought it would be nice to share some books I've enjoyed every now and then. So enough of my rambling, here's a book I loved.
My mum recommended The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan to me after she read it during our trip to Bournemouth and she couldn't put it down. We both have a very similar taste in books so I took her word for it. To be honest, it took me a while to get into the book as I found the start a little slow and the chops and changes in the timeline are a little confusing but once I'd got into it, I really got into it.
The Keeper of Lost Things follows Laura on her task of fulfilling the last wishes of her employer, a writer. Laura must reunite the (incredibly random) lost items that her employer has collected over the years with their owners. Along the way Laura befriends a wonderful character named Sunshine who will honestly fill your heart with joy, and of course there's the love interest of Freddy, who Laura thinks she isn't 'enough' for and will make you want to rip your hair out.
I think my favourite part of the book was how easy it was to fall in love with the characters, especially Sunshine. I also liked how the ending gave you a very good amount of closure, something not all books do which can leave me struggling to read something new for a while. One thing I wasn't so keen on was (without spoilers) that the plot was a little unrealistic at times, but I understand that this was crucial to the story and it's definitely just my personal preference.
If you're looking for a lighthearted story that will have you a little bit teary (but in a good way) at the end, then The Keeper of Lost Things is right up your street. It's a lovely novel that will definitely warm your heart.
As always, thank you for reading. I'm hoping to write about books more often, now that I've actually got time to read them. What are some books you've enjoyed recently? Please drop me some recommendations!
I'm really not sure how to start or even write this post, so I'm apologising in advance for the inevitable bad writing. As those of you who have read my posts in the past will know, I started university and moved to Cardiff in September. After moving in, I managed to publish a pre-written post, but then I disappeared. So, where have I been?
This post is definitely going to be full of excuses, but to be honest my absence from my blog has been due to a variety of things. For one, I've been so busy with uni, whether it's going out or doing work or getting into a routine. I don't actually have to be in uni too often, but I have a heck of a lot of reading and I've been spending a lot of time writing up/elaborating on my lecture notes. Alongside keeping on top of my work, I've been jobhunting, going to the gym and enjoying my social life and going out (something I didn't do too often at home).
Another reason I've been gone is because I've had very little energy or motivation to write, which is probably because I didn't give myself a break during freshers and then went straight into lectures. I always have blog post ideas flying through my brain but recently I've found the thought of sitting down and organising my blog very overwhelming. I have never found my blog to be a chore and I've always loved writing and producing things for people to read, so I told myself not to come back until I felt like I actually wanted to write. Otherwise, my content wouldn't be authentic and I definitely wouldn't want to publish it.
I've been loving university and I've made some friends already, as well as bagging a job. I headed home this weekend for the first time since moving and it's given me a new lease of life and I'm definitely feeling ready to come back to my blog, so please let me know what you'd like to see. I was planning on doing Blogtober and Blogmas this year, but I'm not going to push myself too much!
Thank you so much for reading/coming back to my blog after my unexplained absence. This post may have seemed a little pointless and 'sulky', but I promise I've got some good stuff planned!