Over the last 2-3 years I have suffered greatly at the hands of IBS (irritable bowl syndrome). After almost every meal I would feel bloated, uncomfortable and in desperate need of a toilet. I started a food diary (as suggested by my doctor) and I found that the horrible bloated sensations were caused by red meat.
Growing up, meat was such a substantial part of my diet. Pork, bacon, chicken, beef, etc. So, making the decision to become a pescatarian was not an easy one at first. However, from just one week into my new diet, I've never felt better. No more aching pain or embarrassment of needing to undo my jeans.
I did some more research into the benefits of becoming a pescatarian and this is what I found.
It is believed that a pescatarian diet can reduce the risk of heart disease and many other diseases, according to Yale College Vegetarian Society, up to 80% of cancer cases are prevented through healthy diets.
Pescetarianism is believed to be the healthiest diet around - as shown above.
Better for the ENVIRONMENT
I was recently asked why I think eating a fish is better than eating a cow or a pig or a chicken. It has come to my attention that a lot of the farming that produces red meat and poultry tend to produce a large amount of CO2 and pollution, more so than fishing. This means that being a pescetarian is better for the environment. It is also believed that fish have less awareness than mammals and poultry and which is debatable.
"If slaughter houses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian" - Paul McCartney
We all have a vague idea of what goes on in a slaughterhouse. Whilst some farms give animals plenty of air and space, not all do. Unfortunately, I have come across bad beef before and bitten into a stone.... I've also seen plenty of documentaries on slaughterhouses. Enough that has now, ultimately put me off meat.
Becoming a pescatarian has ultimately changed my lifestyle. I now enjoy reading more about the benefits of the food I'm eating, and discovering new recipes I wouldn't have tried before.
Whilst I've only been on this diet for a week, I plan on going strong for (what I hope) the unseeable future.
I absolutely love Instagram. If I had to pick a favourite social media channel, I lean towards Insta. With all the latest updates, I love that it's basically snapchat, you can chat, upload photos and see whats trending. If you want to give me a follow.... @chloe95sanders
Many people don't tend to use Facebook anymore, it's my main method of connecting with my family who live in Canada. They tend to post a lot, so it keeps me involved with my cousins growing up and seeing what everyone is up too. I also enjoy the photo albums, I kind of see it like a cloud to store my photos.
I use the Outlook email app, I find it so much easier to see my different email accounts. It separates my work and personal. It also allows you to change layout and can offer priority filtering so that spam just doesn't notify you.
Rather addicted to this game... Kinda like candy crush but with house items and then you can build and decorate your mansion.
Music. It's how I get by most days. I love a good sing song in the car when driving home, keeps me from going nuts when I'm stuck in pointless traffic.
6) Wild West New Frontier
Another great game, which again... I am addicted too. I love having my own farm and completing orders and unlocking new levels and farm animals.
7) Period Diary
A really useful app. It tracks your cycles, so you aren't so surprised when it comes back around, you can add notes to each day. If you're feeling particularly sick and need to see a doctor you can refer back to the calendar.
I do still have this app on my phone. I sometimes tweet, but no where near as much as I'm on Instagram. I am constantly scrolling through Insta and Facebook. Twitter is an occasional, I'm feeling bored and look for something to do.
I love online shopping. Who doesn't? Whenever I think I need something I add it to my wish list or basket.
10) Nationwide Banking
Always good to know how much money you don't have.
Thats my list of top 10 must have apps on my phone, even when getting a new one. The same apps will always be found. If there are any recommendations to other apps that you can't live without drop me and email or a comment!
Chris Pratt @prattprattpratt
I always have a good laugh and smile when seeing Chris Pratt post. I especially love his #whatsmysnack videos. Those are a real treat.
Will Smith @willsmith
He may be very new to Instagram but his Insta posts are always so personal, such a great insight into his world.
Mark Hamill @hamillhimself
One of the most entertaining Instagram accounts ever. He has the best sense of humour and doesn't hold back. With posts of Trumps tweets with some fantastic responses to hilarious fan art.
Emilia Clarke @emilia_clarke
If I could meet anyone. I would want to meet her. She has the best sense of humour, she doesn't take herself seriously and for a woman who is possibly one of the sexiest women in the world, she doesn't use it in her everyday.
Ellen Degeneres @theellenshow
My favourite talk show host. She inspires me everyday. Plus, her Insta is full of cute dogs and cats, hilarious animal videos and snippets of guests on her show. I especially love the moments she scares her guests and makes videos of it.
Ryan Reynolds @vancityreynolds
Brilliant. The most entertaining Insta posts ever. He is married to Blake Lively, who is one of my favourite actresses, so it's like a double whammy of awesome.
Dwayne Johnson @therock
If you're looking for someone who frequently posts and engages with his fans, look no further. He is inspiring with his videos, gives some great promotional posts and it's not all about his work out regime.
Another woman who doesn't take herself too seriously. She's good fun and posts some helpful videos on how she achieves her make up looks.
Sophie Turner @sophiet
Sophie isn't like other Insta women. She doesn't do the oddly posed photoshoots, she seems as real as they come. She posts photos where she's hanging out with her friends and exploring.
Gina Rodriguez @hereisgina
Posts images of behind the scenes of Jane The Virgin and other projects she's working on. She also posts her work out, for me I enjoy seeing this because it's boxing and weight lifting and not your typical work outs. She aims to be strong not skinny.
As some of you are aware, Tyler and I have been looking for our first home together. It is honestly one of the most stressful and fun experiences I've ever experienced. From this, I've learnt some very important tips on what to go through when buying a house.
1) Do your research
I can't express this enough, in total I've spent 3 weeks researching locations, different types of houses and the important question of do I find a house that's ready to move into, or do we get a house that needs work for a lower price?
2) Determine a budget
It's important that when looking for houses, you know how much you're willing to spend. Because, when you do find a house you want to make an offer on, you'll need to know how much you can go up too.
3) Get approved for credit and mortgage
Speaking to a mortgage advisor is so important to find out how much you can spend. Make sure you look at more than one mortgage advisor before you get credited as you want to make sure you get the best deal possible.
4) Find the right agent
This part I found to be rather unexpectedly important, unfortunately Tyler and I had a run in with some rather rude estate agents. But thankfully, we've made contact with some really helpful agents who keep me posted on any houses in the location and price range we like.
5) Find a home and make an offer
This is the current stage Tyler and I are at, we've found a house and we're making an offer. It's so exciting but we are prepared for a no since we have to offer below the asking price. Make sure to take a good look around the home before making an offer, check the water pressure, find out how much it is to run the house.
6) Get a home inspection
Your agent will help organise this, its to do a check on the house before finalising any payments.
7) Find your mortgage
This is where finding your mortgage comes into play, find the best loan that suits the needs of your new house.
8) Have the home appraised
This is where a third party who is not directly associated with the lender, they will let all parties know that a fair price has been agreed.
9) The paperwork
As you can imagine, there is an insane amount of paperwork to go through when buying a house. This is where the massive delay happens before moving into your house.
10) Close the sale
It takes a couple of days for your loan to come through after the paper work has come through. Once the money is given to the seller you are then able to move into your new home.
In the lead up to Halloween, I thought I would share with you my favourite couples halloween costumes that I came across on Pinterest. If you've got any favourites, leave a comment.
Have a Happy Halloween.
I'm sure many of you have considered renting. Particularly, with todays house prices constantly rising in the UK. It feels almost impossible to move out.
My partner and I have been living with my parents for 8 months now... (Yes you read that correctly, we are BOTH living with my parents). I've recently just graduated from University and started a job as a digital marketer, so we're currently trying to save for a deposit for a house.
But, we did consider renting, in fact we even went and viewed some rented properties to keep our options open. What we learnt from our experiences, is to ASK THESE 15 QUESTIONS.
1) Can you clarify the rent, deposit and cost of utilities?
2) Are there any deposits or non-refundable fees? What are they for?
3) Are there any screening fees?
4) What is the ideal lease duration?
5) How much interest has there been in this property?
6) What's your late fee policy?
7) What is the pet policy?
8) Are there any parking spaces? If so how many cars?
9) What is the procedure for submitting a maintenance request?
10) How much notice is given if you will be visiting the property?
11) What furnishings or appliances are included?
12) How soon can someone move in?
13) What is local to this area?
14) Will any redecorating be done before moving in?
15) Do I need a guarantor?
You should also take on board these tips...
- If you don't like the terms and conditions, challenge them. You want to make sure that you'll be completely happy moving in to this property.
- Research, research and research! You will want to know the crime rate in the area, break ins, can the rent increase?
- Make sure to get everything in writing.
- Conduct a thorough inventory, you will want to know what appliances you will need.
- Check the water pressure, it may seem silly. But believe me it will be important to you in the long run.
From our experience, this has vastly helped us narrow down properties to consider.
I'm sure you've seen the adverts of Unlimited cards from Cineworld, Limitless cards from Odeon and more movie memberships. I have an Unlimited card myself with Cineworld and I get asked the usual questions from friends and family. Is it worth the money? How does it work? Where do I get one? What's the difference between the red and black cards?
So, I figured I'll write a product review around my experience with the Unlimited card.
How do I sign up for a Unlimited Membership?
Signing up for a Cineworld Unlimited card only takes a few minutes, then once completed the card will be sent to you in the post.
It can take a few days to arrive, but once signing up for the Unlimited card you can start using it right away. Make sure you have a printer handy as you can print your temporary Unlimited card.
How much does the Cineworld card cost you?
I pay a monthly fee of £17.90, this doesn't include Cineworld cinemas in London. Which is a drastic amount of money saved. As when I visit London, I never see a movie, I go for tourist attractions (which can be found in my Travel & Adventures page).
How does it work?
It is important to clarify what it does and doesn't include. When booking a 2D film it's free, as for 3D/iMAX films there is a small added charge (which differs on time and location), 4DX it's a considerable amount more.
You can only book 3 movies at a time, so it's best to not get too excited when some of the movies you've been waiting (what feels like a lifetime) for is now ready to book, as the majority of the time it's months away. You'll want to be able to book other films instead of just showing up at the cinema and booking the film then.
What is the difference between a red card and a black card?
The only real difference is the length of time you are a member and the increase in discounts. Red is the first card you'll get and you'll have this for a year. Black is the card you receive exactly a year after signing up.
The only difficult part of signing up for an unlimited membership is for the first year, you CANNOT cancel your membership. Only after the first year can you cancel the direct debit. When I first signed up I was at University and there was an Odeon in Lincoln, not a Cineworld so I wanted to cancel for a year but unfortunately I wasn't allowed (it's in the small print that no one ever actually reads).
Is it worth it?
A million times yes.
It has saved me SO much money in the long run. Sometimes you get those months where every possible movie you ever wanted to see is out and just buying one adult ticket is £11.50! By just watching one movie and a half, you've already made your money spent on the Unlimited card for the month.
It is perhaps the only direct debt outgoing that I don't want to cancel.
The only thing that seriously needs some work is the Cineworld app. I can't tell you enough how frustrating it is when I try to book a film and then the app crashes, or there is an error. To be honest, it's the same issues when booking on the website too. But apart from that, I think the Cineworld Unlimited card is completely worth getting.
I finished my final year of University in early April, received my results in July and had my graduation ceremony in September.
As soon as I packed up my student accommodation and moved back home (in with my parents) the first thing my parents asked me as I walked through the door...
"So, what are you planning on doing for the rest of your life?"
Well, that's what my mum asked me. My dad asked...
"When can you start paying rent?"
Honestly, I wasn't too sure what to say. I studied film and television at University, which was a fantastic course (imagine English Literature but instead of books, movies). I had previously worked during the summer holidays in some TV companies, editing TV shows, being a camera operator and runner. It was only then that I thought this really isn't for me.
I came to the conclusion that I wanted to go into marketing. Thankfully, (although my degree wasn't in marketing) taking a film and television course is relevant. I managed to get my foot in the door as a Marketing and Social Media Executive.
Apart from being lucky in finding a career path that I'm passionate about, I know that for others its much harder to know where to start!
My top tips for new graduates are as follows:
- Don't worry if the first job you get out of University isn't want you want.
- Actively look for jobs and do your research.
- Apply for graduate schemes, they're great and really helpful.
- Once you've found a job, this doesn't mean stop looking and researching.
- Enjoy yourself!
The worst thing you can do is compare yourself to your friends who also graduated, or your friends who never went to University and are years ahead in a career. Make sure to focus on what you want, not what everybody else is doing. I learnt that the hard way, I rushed into a job that I was not prepared for, which resulted in a lot of panic. I then took some time and decided to apply for a Digital Marketing Executive job for a fantastic agency. Where everyone is friendly, they've encouraged my growth and training. I'm still learning slowly as I've only been there for a few months, but nothing is more terrifying than starting out in a career you like and thinking you're not good enough due to a few bad experiences.