Friday, 20 February 2015

The Perfect Deal with HungryHouse

I've brought you a Hungry House deal in the past and today I'm sharing you a brand new deal that guarantees to cut your cooking time which realistically at university we don't have time to do, between all that time spend in lectures and getting ready to go out.

This one is perfect for those of you stressing over dissertations

Those of you who are tire of how far into the term we are without the chance of a break.

And those of you who just need an evening off and a pick me up (even if you're not a student!)

From Monday (that's the 23rd) for a week, when you spend £15 on takeaway through the HungryHouse site, you will receive
a £5 voucher to spend on any of the CinemaNow titles that you fancy. Which is pretty much perfect for a quiet night in. And way cheaper than going out to the cinema!

The CinemaNow people have tons of recent films in any genre that have pretty much just been released, as well as a bunch of TV programmes which is great if you are like me and Netflix has just left me hanging....

But it gets better!

Not only will you get a free movie when you order, unlike the competitors, selected restaurants have a 45 minute guarantee where they will get the food to you in 45 minutes or less. Which is perfect for when you are starving. And if they don't for some reason manage to get the food to you, you get a refund. Meaning another takeaway for you!

The offer lasts a week, so take advantage and save yourself some money!

Disclaimer: This is a PR Collaboration

Friday, 13 February 2015

What to look for in rented housing.

It's that time of the year when students are signing for houses that they need for the September coming and this often means that it becomes a chance to look around several houses and work out which suits you and your new housemates best. When looking, there are a couple of things that you should keep an eye out for or ask.

1. Don't judge the house by how messy the current tenants are - When we looked around our current house, the white kitchen cabinets were orange with the combination of grease and bolognse sauce. that combined with the mess in the guys bedrooms would put anyone off. But when we thought about the actual house and the location that is when we decided that this house was a good one!
An example of the mould
to look out for

2. Check for mould or damp - When looking around a house keep an eye on the ceilings and walls for patches of damp (the paint may be discoloured or uneven) and/or mould (think patches of black/dark spots) as this can be something that is reoccurring, and no one wants that problem of having to deal with it when its your house.

3. Condesation between the glass in double glazing - This is something that may not seem of massive consequence as double glazing keeps in more heat than single panes, right? Wrong. Condensation between the glass means that somewhere the seal has broken meaning that there could be an air leak which you don't want when trying to keep a house warm.

4. Talk to the current tenants - They can tell you what the landlord is like and how much they pay in bills. They can give you an idea of how happy they are in the house which is a big deal when you potentially want to be happy there the following year.

5. Check online for reviews of your agents - Best thing is agents and landlords that support you, this is what you are after. By checking online, you can back up what the tenants have hopefully said, and know exactly what you are getting yourself in to.

What do you think? Anything else you should look for in a house?!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Fresh at Morrisons. The Spring/Summer Launch 2015.

I'm so unbelieveable bored of the cold, wet weather that we seem to be stuck with at the moment. I am most definitely a summer person and am already counting down the days until we get to the seaon of sun, beaches and BBQ's. I am never going to be one of these people that gets excited about any other season - unless it snows enough for me to have a duvet day...

Last week, I took an afternoon and escaped the cold winter to explore the new spring/summer ranges with Morrisons.

I was impressed. Salmon Burgers, to Olive Bread. Spicy Chicken Wings, to Chilli Prawns. The selection was divine.

There was the new Tex Mex ultimate Beef Rib which was absolutely to die for - the meat was so tender and the BBQ sauce was perfect, so much so that I wish they would bottle it and sell that itself (Pretty please?)

My opinions of HotDogs have been completely changed. In Morrisons, hotdogs are no longer a limp, processed affair. They are full of flavour and texture and to be honest more like sausages. But I think they'd be brilliant on the barbeque.

My Tasting Platter with a little bit of everything!
The biggest surprise? I liked the Olive bread, despite the fact generally I can't stand olives. Odd, ehh?

If you're on a diet and reading this then Morrisons even have something for you! Sin-free Ice-cream of just 76 cal a Scoop. Which is crazy! Especially when I couldn't taste the difference between that and the full fat unhealthy stuff that I'd normally go for! Somehow it seems to make the idea of sitting on the sofa with a tub a whole lot less guilty...
Best thing Ever!

I have the BBQ ready and I know what I want to eat, now I just need the sunshine and a little bit of warmth. Just got to keep counting down the weeks!

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post. I am sharing my thoughts from the Morrisons SS15 Launch.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Trying to become more efficient with Logitech.

It's that point in the year when us third year students begin to sweat a little. The time before our dissertation is due has begun to dwindle down to a nothing and before we know it we'll have to submit our 10,000 word essay complete with research and more appendices than you could shake a stick at.

All this work means that I'm pretty much stuck to my technology, be it my tablet or laptop (I even make notes on my phone when I'm out and have some sort of brainwave.) The people at Logitech have sent me over some goodies to see if they can help me become a more efficient student...

I hooked my laptop up to the TV, plugged the tiny receivers into the laptop and settled down on the sofa ready to put both the keyboard and the mouse to the test. Because surely I'm more productive when sat back and relaxed, right?

Firstly I've got my hands on the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard. The first thing I said when I got it out of the box was that it looks very swish. I almost look like a professional sat behind it.It is a dream to type on as I can type just as fast on this one. compared to the laptop - even though normally I have this weird thing where I don't always get on with full size keyboards... I never have to worry about plugging it in, it just needs to see sunlight every now and then. It seems to be ticking all the boxes needed for a good wireless keyboard.

Next up is the Logitech M280 Wireless Mouse. I use a Logitech mouse at work and so I already know that they have the longest battery life - This one lasts 18 months even if you don't ever turn it off. Impressive! It feels brilliant and so I don't think I'll ever be able to go back to my laptop trackpad again. My only problem with it? I'm not 100% sure on the colour. It comes in both blue and black, with me having the blue. I'm sure that for some people the blue is just up their street but I'm more of a fan of keeping my stuff one colour.

Safe to say I'm impressed. I most definitely prefer writing my essays when kicking back on the sofa, which is probably a good thing, especially with all the deadlines coming up...

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post. I received the keyboard and mouse to test and share my honest findings. All views are my own.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Giving Blood.

Life isn't always plain sailing and there are going to be times when you need the help that only other people can give you (I've started to sound all airy and I've only just started.... Just bear with me!) I'm one of those people who'd like to think that if I can help someone then I would. I'm a registered organ donor - you can read all about that here!) - and so the next logical step was to give blood with the NHS Blood and Transplant people.

Today I finally managed to get my act together, with the help of a rather enthusiatic housemate (Thanks Em!)  we got ourselves over to the local donation event. I was pretty much painless and I know that there is a shortage of blood in the UK so would urge anyone who can to donate and help save lives. and you get free biscuits....

All that happened was that you filled out a form asking basic healthcare type questions, like; are you pregnant?,  do you have conditions X,Y or Z? and have you travelled abroad in the last 12 months? This was followed by a test for anemia which involved taking a drop of blood from my finger. Then off to have the blood taken which I was laid back and took literally 5 minutes of me flexing my fingers. A quick drink & biscuit. Then that's it. Done.

Pretty much painless. I say pretty much. Just a short sharp scratch.

The blood I've given will be split down into its different componants and stored ready for those who need it. The only problem is that, as with anything, it has a shelf life and so can't be kept indefinitely... I think it was the red blood cells that have just 5 days to platelets that can be held somewhat indefinitely if frozen. Fascinating.

I'll definitely be going back to give blood. That hour of my time will have helped someone out there and that is all I need to feel it was worthwhile.

#SilentSunday & #MySundayPhoto - 8th January 2015


Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Houseviewing Hell.

It's reached that point in the year where those who need houses for next year have begun their search for the perfect student accommodation and this tends to mean that our daily life has become peppered with groups knocking on our front door to have the chance to have a look around our somewhat messy student house. Today I'm writing an open letter to these people, just so they realise that they aren't in fact walking into the home of animals and that a little bit of respect goes a long way.
The neatest part of my room.

Dear Students who come to view our student house,

Firstly, when I ran to the door and swung it open I thought I was going to be faced with a nice hot curry that I had been waiting for all day, not a group on rather nervous students who then asked to look around our house. I know that I may have been in my pajamas and totally ready to bed down for the night - which I was - but there was no need to look with me with the look usually reserved for those who tend to need additional help in life.

Secondly, yes our house was a mess. Think of it as the authentic student experience because I can guarantee that when the deadlines hit you and you also work a couple of days a week, hoovering will never happen and you'll be lucky if you manage to keep on top of the washing... In our defence, we hadn't been warned to expect you and so it was a miracle that no-one was naked and that there were no pants on display.

Thirdly and finally, the house isn't perfect. It is cold, there are marks on the walls and small amount of mould in the bathroom but it is our house. Please refrain from being snide and horrible. Our landlord is brilliant and ourhouse and home works perfectly for us and our mish-mashed family. Respect that and we'll have all the time in the day to answer your questions and show you around...

Yours Gratefully

A tired third year house tenant.