The Stress of Being Constantly “Switched On”

I recently rewatched an old episode of scrubs – one called “My Nickname”, which aired in 2001 – and I noticed something interesting. The storyline concerns a young patient, Jill, who is admitted to hospital. Following multiple tests, it turns out there’s nothing wrong with her – she is just stressed and exhausted. On seeing…

Why We Should All Wake Up Early

In my post “How To Become A Morning Person When You Are Not In Fact A Morning Person“, I mention that one day I’m just going to rant about how much I love the morning and how it’s the best time of day and how much happier I am when I get up early. Today…

Classic Disney Princesses and Feminism

There’s a common misconception that the classic Disney Princesses don’t represent modern, feminist values – and I’m here to debunk that myth. As a reminder, the Classic Disney Princesses are Snow White (1937), Cinderella (1950), and Sleeping Beauty (1959). Many people I have spoken to and articles I have read refer to these princesses as…

How To Curl Your Hair With Rollers

I recently started using rollers again, as I figured lockdown was the perfect time – but this is not my first rodeo, by any means. In fact, I was a really cool child and I used to curl my hair to go to school when I was 10 (yes, really). So it’s safe to say…

All The Elements To Taking A Great Photo At Home

So, we’re 12 weeks into lockdown (something like that?), and I’ve learnt more about taking a good photo than ever before! Why, I hear you ask? Because we were limited in our resources and shooting locations, so I was forced to take note of the finer details of what makes a good photo. Here I’d…

How To Be Unproductive in Lockdown

Last week’s post was about lockdown tips, since as a Ph.D. student, I’ve had a lot of experience organising my own time. I’ve ALSO had a lot of experience being incredibly unproductive. So without further ado, here are my tips on how not to achieve your goals!   1. Give yourself a strict timetable with…

Lockdown Tips From a Ph.D. Student

As someone who has spent the past 4 years working on a Ph.D., I feel like I’ve been preparing for this lockdown my entire life. Doing a Ph.D. is ALL about motivating yourself to work on your own time, keeping yourself busy with various projects, and setting your own goals. I’m actually really happy with…

A Millennial’s Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Over the past few weeks I’ve kept coming back to my 50s housewife week. Sure, the elaborate schedule was a bit over-the top, but there were lots of positives about it as well, and overall, I was really happy that week. I thought my house looked great, and I felt on top of life in…

The Two Types of Tidying

You’ve heard of Type 1 and Type 2 fun, but have you heard of Type 1 and Type 2 tidying? Possibly, possibly not, as I did just make up the terminology right now, but the ideas aren’t new. Let me take you on a journey.   You get home from work. You throw your coat…

Why You Should Stop Eating Refined Sugar

I’ve already touched on this in my Diet Tips post, but I strongly believe nothing good comes from sugar. Don’t get me wrong – I do eat the occasional sweet treat. You may have seen eclairs, chocolate fondants, and doughnuts sprawled across my instagram page. But I actually have a very firm line with these…

The Makeup Hierarchy

Last week I conducted an experiment via my Instagram. I wanted to know: if you could only wear one item of makeup (blush, highlighter, lipstick), which would you choose? Due to Instagram’s slightly annoying poll setup, I had to do this in a variety of stages, comparing 4 items at a time and later reducing…

Hearty Stew that lasts for days

This is one of my recipes that I probably make the most often. It came from me wanting to make stew one time, and then deciding on the ingredients that “felt” most “stew-like”. It’s probably fairly similar to goulash, although I haven’t actually looked up how to make goulash, so I haven’t checked. I do…