Friday, 13 October 2017

5 College Study Tips

Midterms are coming and finals may feel like months away but they are really around the corner. Herer are some awesome tips to help you stay focused and study better and improve your grades!

1.  Put your Phone in Another Room 
Often times I will pick up my phone to distract myself from studying. I learned that I need to physically turn my phone on airplane mode in the other room. This takes away the distraction and helps me get as much done as possible. Also when your phone is on airplane mode your text messages don't get delivered. It's a nice change not to have your phone ringing all the time   

2. Start Early 
As soon as you get home from school start your homework. When you start early you are done much quicker and you have more of a clearer head than if you had started at 7 at night. Once you start procrastinating in the evening it will kill your drive. Just sit down and start 

3. No Music 
I always said I studied better with music on, that it helped me relax and focus. What I really was doing was tricking myself into thinking this. I would reach for my phone to change the song or turn the volume up or down, this was distracting me even if I did not like to think it was. The quiet works wonders for your concentration 

4. Remove Yourself 
Now if you live in a dorm this will be a big thing for you, I cannot study in my room. I get distracted by all the things I need to do. Laundry needs to be put away and I still haven't organized those books yet. Just get out. This is especially true in a dorm room. Often time I will wander into another room to study or move location completely and go sit in Starbucks or the library.

5. Switch Location
Often times I feel as though I am more motivated when I go somewhere to study. It must have something to do with the fact that you left your place so you could do work that puts some fire under our bums but it totally works. when I have a big assignment due I will usually go sit in Starbucks and work there. The great coffee and comfy seats are the cat's meow.


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Healthy Tomato Bruschetta !

As the years have gone by and especially as I have gone to college I found myself eating quick things, stuff that is not that great for me. I learned a valuable lesson, quick and easy is not always rewarding in the long term. So I began to try and teach myself new eating habits. This yummy recipe is so delish and fulfilling but is still really great for you!

- 2 tomatoes (plum or Roma)
- 1/2 tablespoon of dried basil flakes
- 1 clove of minced garlic
- three slices of cheese (i use mozzarella but you can experiment)
- Wassa crackers (I use the whole grain ones but feel free to branch)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon of oil

1. start by cutting your tomatoes into chunks. This makes them easier to break down
2. while the tomatoes are on the cutting board add basil, garlic and salt and pepper
3. warm frying pan and add oil
4. add tomato mixture and cook it on a low heat until it reduces... no more chunks
5. grab a pan and put two Wassa crackers in add cheese evenly to both crackers
6. when tomato mixture is done lay it on top of the cheese and crackers and put it into the oven to broil
7. broil until the crackers start to take colour and the cheese melts
8. take out and enjoy!

Hope you like it !


Friday, 6 October 2017

4 Cool Ideas To Do With Kids This Fall

Whether you're a babysitter or a parent the weather forcing children inside for the fall is a common problem. Personally, I do a lot of babysitting, it helps pay for university and pulls me out of the books for a few hours. But when summer ends the weathers turns ugly I am at a loss at what to do with three kids for four hours. Here are four fall crafts that will get you guys busy and active.

1. Pumpkin Carving
This is great especially for younger ones, you may have to handle the knife and the actual carving bit but they can draw on their designs and dig out the pumpkin guts. Maximum entertainment for the little ones. Just make sure you lay down newspapers and clean up really well.

If you feel like being really creative then after the pumpkins have been gutted you can roast the seeds for a snack for the little kids! Just make sure you handle all the cooking and check for allergies. I usually make them drag over a chair and then they stand and watch. I like this recipe it tastes really good!

2. Photo Shoot
This next idea relies heavily on it not being rainy. Take the kids outside and get them to throw leaves around. Take their picture and you have a little fall photo shoot going on. Try and get them to spin, jump and laugh as those make the best picture. Just make sure that if you are not the parent that you ask them for permission to do so. I usually take picture of all my little babysitting minions and send them as updates to the parents throught the day

3. Scarp book
Grab a cheap photo album and some cool leaves from outside and you will be well on your way to an afternoon of entertainment. If you decide to do the fall photo shoot some of those pictures would look really cool in the album. I usually grab some leaves and write out what the kids are thankful for! It adds a super nice touch.

4. Apple cider
This is really easy if you just want something really simple to do with them! Plus a tasty treat for later. Apple cider makes the whole house smell amazing and gives kids tons to do. Ask them to help you measure out the ingredients and feed them apples while you prepare(get that fruit in) Its tons of fun for all ages. I like this recipe it's super simple !

I am sure there are many things you can do with kids during the fall but these are some easy and cheap ways to keep them occupird. You will be the favourite parent or the best babysitter in the world after these crafts.