Saturday, 28 September 2013

Short but sweet - Money saving at University

Heyyyy Everyone! 

My Quote for the week is: 

As I mentioned in my previous post I have just moved back to Sheffield for my final year of university. So with freshers week parties and welcome back uni inductions I have kept this post short. I have a list of wonderful things that I plan on blogging about in the upcoming weeks so don't forget to check it out every Friday. 

So as my last few weeks have been university related I wanted to do a university blog. It is obviously too late to remind people what to take or give freshers week advice, as they have passed, so I though I would do a blog about the financial part of university and how to save money. As most people don't work during university they rely on their student loan to get them through, and sometimes that isn't quite enough. That doesn't mean we have to turn to living off pot noodles and never going out, we just need to be careful with our money. So here are 5 of my top tips;

1. Make big meals and freeze portions. Although at first the shop may feel a little costly you have to remember you will be able to eat 4/5 meals out of it. Good foods to do this with are curry, chilli, bolognese and lasagna. 

2. Wherever you go check if they have student discount. Not everywhere will advertise it but will knock 10% off the bill when asked! 

3. Stop yourself from spending more than you'd planned on nights out by leaving your card at home. If your like me you want to have your card on you just incase of emergencies but then after a few drinks you end up getting money out to fund more drinks, oops! I have started hiding £10 in a pocket in my bag which I can save for emergencies or my taxi home. I then limit myself to spending the money I have in my purse and leaving my card at home. 

4. Have a look around different banks and see what they are offering you if you take out a student account with them. I received a free railcard from Natwest which saved me loads of money. I've also seen some banks offer NUS extra cards which usually cost £12 for 12 months. The card gives you extra student discounts in shops and restaurants. 

5. Do not buy books! They are very expensive and it is an unnecessary expense. Universities have the best kitted out libraries and more and more books are becoming available online as e-books. There is no need for a hard copy that you will never look at again after your degree. 

I hope these have helped, tell me in the comments below if your planning on trying out any of my tips and what your money saving tips are? Look out for another University blog next week. 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3 

Monday, 23 September 2013

Inspirational People

Heyyyy Everyone! 

My quote for the week is: 

My blog comes a little late this week as this weekend I moved back to Sheffield for my final year of university. Entering my final year means the 'real' world is not far off. Thinking about where I am going to take my life next and what I want to do has made me look at inspirational figures in my life for, well, inspiration! 

Like most people there are celebrities that I consider inspirational in my life, I also thank Zoella for inspiring me to enter the world of blogging/vlogging, but one of my biggest inspirations is my Stepmum, Kirsty Pilgrim. 

My family last year in Mallorca (Left to Right; My Stepmum, My dad, Me, My little Sister)

Your personal inspirational figure will be associated to what you want to do in life. Maybe you look at the traveller in your family and want to one day go to all the amazing places they have been, or the career focused figure and want to build your career similar to how they have. Its difficult to pin one family member as an inspirational figure. Obviously I am inspired by a lot of people in my family. Both my parents are career driven and it inspires me how hard they have worked to get where they are in life. However, what inspires me the most about my stepmum is she has shown me it IS possible to have everything. Why settle for just a career, or just to be the 'traveller'? I certainly couldn't. I would love to go traveling after university, I also want to build my career and in between the two I'd like to get married and have a family. That is exactly what my stepmum has done. 

This summer in France (Left to Right; My Stepmum, My dad, Me)

A little back ground- Kirsty studied at university, after her degree she went traveling to Australia, working and traveling for 6 months. When she was 24 she met my dad. She began her career as an Estate Agent at about 26 where she worked her ass off and built up to a branch manager. In 2007 my dad and stepmum tied the knot. It was a perfect fairytale day! My little sister came along in August 2008. The career and family hasn't stopped the traveling, in fact at 5 years old my sister has already been taken to Australia and Thailand, and my stepmum makes sure she gets her 'sun fix' with at least one holiday a year. 

In my mind, she has ticked all the life aspiration boxes. She is well traveled, she has a beautiful family and she has focused and worked hard when needed to build her career amazingly. What more could anyone need?

Who is your inspirational figure? Comment below to tell me about why they inspire you. Look out for my next blog on Friday. 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3 

Thursday, 12 September 2013


Heyyyy Everyone! 

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For my birthday one of my best friends brought me a travel scrapbook so that I could create a book of memories from my trip around Europe this summer. I am a very crafty person so it was a great present for me. Scrapbooks are a way of putting all tickets, leaflets and pictures together to create a memory book, and, best of all, it is fun! 

I have 6 main tips for creating scrapbooks:

1. Collect everything! Keep hold of all tickets, leaflets, anything that you can stick in. I kept maps from each place and used them as backgrounds. Everywhere I went I looked out for anything that had a word or picture that I could use to stick around my pictures. 

2. FREE stuff! Keep magazines (or even birthday cards) to cut out pictures or letters to use for decoration for the book. I have a magazine subscription and always keep hold of old mags so I can use them for crafty projects. 

3. Lay everything out before you stick it down. It seems an obvious tip but I wanted to reinforce it because its so important. Once its stuck down you can't change it, it has to be perfect first time around.

4. Don't get messy- Whenever you can, use double sided tape. This is so much cleaner than glue, and I even think it is stronger. 

5. More FREE stuff! Printables! You can download some beautiful prints and use them for backgrounds or to cut shapes out of (remember printables can be used for all sorts of other things, not just scrapbooks), all you have to do for these is search the internet. I first found out about printables on one of my favourite blogs Trends with benefits. They have a great blog which shows their  favourite printable sites that you can find here

6. Even more FREE stuff! When getting your photos printed the cheapest place is online, going into photo shops can often get quite expensive. Most photo printing websites have an joining offer which will give you 40 free prints. So just sign up and get your photos sent to you. Two websites I have previously used at Photobox and Printerpix 

Thank you for reading. Have you ever created scrapbooks? Comment below and give me some of your tips. Look out for my next blog next friday. 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3 

Friday, 6 September 2013

Welcome to the world of blogging

Heyyyy Everyone! 

My quote for the week is:

Sometimes I feel like I live in a world of secrets and hidden things. You have to continuously dig deeper until you find the things you really want in your life. Take a job for instance, there are so many possible careers out there that people don't even know about until they stumble across them. Or interests and hobbies, there are hundreds and thousands of things people are passionate about and unless you come across it in your life you may never know about it. I've started to think that maybe I should look deeper into my life and see what I can unveil. I know that in the process I will take wrong turns and maybe have to start digging a new tunnel but I will learn from everything I come across on my journey. This has been my first step- to start a blog. I spend at least half an hour a day reading blogs or watching vlogs and its a world I would love to see myself in. My mum recently remarried and I decided to vlog the event. I enjoyed the filming and editing so much that it inspired me to take a video camera traveling and try to vlog some of that as well. It's an interest I want to explore more. 

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   So what would my blog and vlog be about? I sat long and hard and realised I just love to share things, whether it be the absolutely amazing new lipstick that I just brought that everyone must go out and buy, the best book I just read which will have you in tears, or my recent holiday destination which I would recommend for any sun worshipper. I don't want to tie my blog/vlog down to just beauty or just travel because I want to be able to share everything with the people that want to hear it. My mum has always told me how important it is to share knowledge, she would insist I always pass it on to another person to spread the word. She would tell me I must go out and buy the product her friend has recommended her because it's amazing; and when I would find it equally as amazing I would spread the word to my friends in the hopes that if they enjoyed it they would also spread the message onto their family and other friends. Spreading the knowledge. Sharing the secrets. So, it is decided, my blog/vlog will be somewhere you can find interesting things that I hope you can share with your friends. 

So there you have it. What do you think to my first blog? Please leave comments to tell me if you'll find my blog interesting or with ideas of what I can blog about. 

Thank you for reading, I'm so excited to enter the world of blogging. Look out for my next blog next friday. 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3