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TV Shows that I am currently Obsessed With

I adore watching Netflix just like any other person. I mean, who doesn’t?

This month, I decided to try and watch more netflix before my college life became too hectic. Below are some of the shows which I watched and loved this month.

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo:

Watching Marie Kondo help people clean up their houses, has really brought me great joy this past month. I didn’t expect to enjoy this show – I mean, it’s a show about tidying up and adopting a minimalist lifestyle, I didn’t expect to enjoy watching OTHER people do that.

Yet… I did.

To the point that I started to try out Marie’s folding technique!!

When people lead busy lives, their homes sometimes become cluttered with things piling up over time. In this series, renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo tries to help folks declutter their homes — and their lives. Whether she’s helping a harried couple with young children become more organized or showing a retired couple how to reclaim their space, Kondo assists her clients in clearing out the clutter and choosing joy in a series of inspiring home makeovers.

I started to watch this show one day when I was bored. I had seen a lot of tweets about the show beforehand, but I had never thought it would be a show which I would enjoy. I was very, very wrong. I especially love watching Marie Kondo fold clothes. It’s extremely satisfying.

Peakey Blinders:

One of my favourite fictional drama series which I am enjoying at the moment is the ever so famous, Peakey Blinders. Starring Ireland’s own Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby, the show follows the Shelby gang of Biringham also known as the Peakey Blinders.

Peaky blinders cast

Britain is a mixture of despair and hedonism in 1919 in the aftermath of the Great War. Returning soldiers, newly minted revolutions and criminal gangs are fighting for survival in a nation rocked by economic upheaval. One of the most powerful gangs of the time is the Peaky Blinders, run by returning war hero Thomas Shelby and his family. But Thomas has bigger ambitions than just running the streets. When a crate of guns goes missing, he recognizes an opportunity to advance in the world because crime may pay but legitimate business pays better. Trying to rid Britain of its crime is Inspector Chester Campbell, who arrives from Belfast to try to achieve that goal.

Peaky Blinders Main Star Cillian Murphy

From the catchy theme song to the 1920 themed decor to the well developed, there’s lots to love. I’m currently eagerly awaiting for the next season of the show, season five, after the last season left off on quite the ending.

Dirty John:

At the moment, I’m watching Dirty John with my parents. To call this show interesting is an understatement. It is shocking and deeply fascinating to the point that I can’t help but want to rewatch the whole show again. Even more terrifying is the fact that Dirty John is based on a true crime story about a sociopath – there’s also a podcast by the same name.

The Cast of Dirty John
Debra Newell has a perfect life — from the outside — she’s successful, beautiful and lives in Newport Beach, one of California’s most desirable coastal cities. The only thing missing from her life is love, so when she meets the charismatic, handsome and charming Dr. John Meehan, she is swept off her feet in a whirlwind romance. Her daughters, Terra and Veronic, set out to prove that he’s just a conman after they are displeased at the fast-tracked relationship and decide to investigate their mother’s new beau for themselves. As Debra gets drawn deeper into his lies, the psychological manipulation has consequences for the entire family.

True Crime Story Dirty John

With a Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actress in a mini series or motion picture made for television, this true crime drama starring the amazing Connie Britton and Eric Bana, this show is well worth the watch for anyone looking for something new to watch.


 

That’s my current favourite TV shows at the minute. What shows are you currently watching? Let me know!!


 

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Healthy Pizza Recipe

Like a lot of people, I love pizza. But I also like to eat as healthy as I possibly can. Today for lunch I decided to make a healthy version of pizza in an attempt to see if I could eat my favourite dish without going crazy. Read on to see how I did.

The Ingredients

  • 1Tsp olive oil.
  • 1tbsp Tomato Purée
  • 1 Large wrap
  • 1 Large Tomato
  • 1 egg.

Now this dish isn’t vegan friendly due to the egg but it could be if an alternative food source is used. I also did not use any cheese in this recipe. It’s a very handy dish as it only has five ingredients and is quick to make.

The Method:

  • First of all, I preheated my oven to 180C/336F.
  • I then spread the olive oil onto the wrap evenly. Then I placed my wrap into the oven for 3 minutes approximately to heat up the wrap.
  • While my wrap was cooking, I chopped my tomato into large pieces before mixing some tomato purée into it. (If you’d prefer to chop the tomato finely you can, I was just far too lazy.)
  • I take the wrap out of the oven and spread the tomato mix all over it, although I make sure no big chunks are left in the middle of the wrap.
  • I then cracked my egg on top of the tomato.
  • I then place the wrap back into the oven and allow it to cook for ten minutes. (Alternatively you can leave it in the oven until the egg itself is set.)
  • Voila. Quick and simple, my pizza is ready!!
Healthy Pizza
Healthy Pizza

My Thoughts:

Now I know that the above picture is not the most well taken or aesthetically pleasing piece of photography. I’m not a great decorator so food I make tend to taste better than how they look. I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed eating this pizza. I usually don’t like foods where tomato is the dominant taste but this time I felt like it was a nice meal. However without the egg, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the food as much as I did. I will definitely be making this dish again as it took 20 altogether to make which is perfect in my busy everyday life. I do personally prefer a dominos pizza but when trying to be healthy, I can’t really complain!!

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TV favourites

I probably watch a bit too much netflix than what could be considered healthy. So, I’ve decided to write a post on my current favourite TV shows to share with you guys what I’ve been loving. The TV shows I enjoy at the moment vary greatly from each other as I don’t have a set taste when it comes to TV. Everything that I will be mentioning I recommend wholeheartedly as they’re amazing. The first on the list is The Good Place!!!

The Good Place:

When Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in the afterlife, she’s both relieved and surprised that she’s made it into the Good Place. But it doesn’t take long for Eleanor to realize she’s there by mistake. She hides in plain sight from the Good Place’s architect Michael and his all-knowing assistant Janet. Her seemingly perfect neighbors Tahani and Jianyu and open-hearted soul mate Chidi help her realize that it’s never too late. With the help of her new friends — and a few enemies — Eleanor becomes determined to shed her old way of life in hopes of discovering a new one in the afterlife.

I was recommended to watch this TV show by one of the co-workers when I completed Brooklyn Nine Nine. I went in without reading the synopsis (as I have supplied above) and boy, was I impressed with what I got. The first thing I have to say is that I forking love the main character Eleanor (played by Kristen Bell) as her character is quite relatable in many ways. I really enjoyed watching her character develop over the two seasons and I’m excited to see what she gets up in the third season when the show comes back later on this month. The cast itself is amazing with Ted Danson as Michael, Jameela Jamil as Tahani (possibly one of my new favourite actors, she did an amazing interview recently.) William Jackson as Chidi, Manny Jacinto as Jianyu, and D’Arcy Carden as Janet. Not only is this cast very diverse, they’re also brilliant actors. This show is so amazing that I got my whole family family hooked on the show (including my dad, my mom, my fifteen year old sister, and my 26 year old brother.)

I would really recommend this show- 10/10!!

American Horror Story:

“American Horror Story” was created by the co-creators of “Glee,” but the shows have little in common besides that. The show revolves around the Harmons, a family of three, who move from Boston to Los Angeles in order to reconcile past anguish. What the Harmons don’t know is that the house they’ve moved into is haunted. But it’s not haunted by Casperesque friendly ghosts — it’s haunted by demonic creatures. The creatures have a history of not only spooking the house’s residents but also devouring them. After living in this house, family patriarch and psychiatrist, Ben, may need a shrink of his own. (Season One summary

Now American Horror Story isn’t for

Promo picture for season five Hotel

everyone and that is the note which I will be starting this review on. This show is gory and could be upsetting to some people. I personally loved it. With seven seasons on Netflix and the eight season currently airing on television, I would recommend this show to anyone who likes Supernatural style shows. My favourite seasons so far have been Asylum, Murder House, and Hotel. At the moment, I’m currently watching Roanoke which is season six. I’m not enjoying this season as much as I enjoyed the other seasons as it’s filmed in the style of a reality tv show which I’m not liking.

The cast is something else. Each season they take on new characters to play, with some actors like Evan Peters in season seven playing more than one role. When I first started watching this TV show, I got a little bit of a shock with all the horror the show contains. However now, I am great with the scary parts if I do say so myself. I would really recommend this show to anyone who wants to watch something different however I would like to remind readers that it is quite a gory show.

Evan Peters’ Characters season 1-7

Brooklyn Nine Nine:

Detective Jake Peralta, a talented and carefree cop with the best arrest record, has never had to follow the rules too closely or work very hard. That changes when Ray Holt, a man with a lot to prove, becomes the new commanding officer of Brooklyn’s 99th precinct. As Holt reminds Peralta to respect the badge, an extremely competitive colleague — Detective Amy Santiago — starts to close in on the hotshot cop’s arrest record. Other members of the precinct include Sgt. Terry Jeffords, a devoted family man, Detective Charles Boyle, a hard worker who idolizes Jake, and Rosa Diaz, a sexy-yet-intimidating detective. Civilian office manager Gina Linetti is tasked with cleaning up everyone’s mess, while somehow getting involved in everyone’s business.

My next favourite tv show has had quite a rocky year after being cancelled and then renewed again. Brooklyn Nine Nine is by all means my favourite comedy show. I don’t quite know if it’s the amazing cast or the storylines that I love this show for. All I know is that within an episode of watching this show, I developed a deep love for each and every character in the show. From funny Jake, to sassy Gina, to tough Rosa, to ever so serious Captain Holt, I wait impatiently for the next season of this brilliant show. With season six supposed to have eighteen episodes, I look forward for a binge session.

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Even just picking a picture of the cast for this post makes me want to rewatch all five seasons again and again. From the diversity of the cast to the non-offensive nature of the jokes to the funny dialogue which isn’t corny. Another thing that I love about this show is that it doesn’t have any of the fake laughter that many shows add in the background. I can’t stand shows with such dramatic effects so I love that B99 doesn’t have it. I had to actually stop watching this show during my lunch break at work because it would genuinely cause me to laugh a lot. 100/10 would recommend.

What TV shows do you like? Please recommend me any good shows in the comments!!

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Primark Haul August 2018: Misses

As you may have seen by my last Primark post, I had a lot of luck this month. However I also had some bad luck when it came to shopping in Primark. Some of these items I’m not sure about whether or not I’m returning them (all of them were both recently so I can still return them at a later point.) HU

The first disappointing item which I picked up last month was this dark red shirt. Now it only cost €9 and I absolutely fell in love with it in store. I’m a big fan of shirts in general as I think they look lovely both casually with a pair of jeans or formally with a fancy skirt. This shirt also gave me Amy Santiago vibes from Brooklyn Nine Nine! However when I looked at this shirt again when I got home, I noticed that the shirt fits weirdly at the chest area. The material stretches in a way that look odd. I need to retry it on to see if it fits better.

I am a big fan of the design of this blouse. It’s very pretty and very different compared to the other items that I bought in Primark. It also fits amazing and reminds me of the yellow blouse that young Donna in Mamma Mia 2 wears (it seems all shops in Dublin have Donna inspired clothes right now and I am living for all the stripes.). Everything is perfect about this top. Everything that is except the sleeves. The sleeves may look unique and nice, however they are the most uncomfortable sleeves ever to exist. They’re made of scratchy material which irritated me straight away when I put this blouse on for the first time. This blouse was also €13 and I will definitely be returning it as I cannot wear it with those sleeves.

(Also for some reason the pictures look like they’re two different coloured blouses despite being taken at the same time with the same lighting. The picture of the sleeves is the more accurate colouring of this blouse.)

This top I will be keeping as the problem I have with it I’m able to ignore. I bought this top to wear with the dungaree dress which I showed in my last Primark post (which you can read here.). And while it looks really good under the dungaree, I could never wear this top without it. Why? Oh, because it is completely see through along the front of the top. Yeah, I do not want to wear a see through top. However it is perfect for my needs, as the dungaree dress completely hides the parts of this top that is see-through. It was only €6 so I’m not annoyed by this problem.

Did anyone buy some products from Primark that they didn’t like? Let me know in the comments!!

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Tips for making friends in Uni

University is said to be some of the best years of a persons life. With opportunities to make great friends and to further one’s education, it’s easy to see why. Yet despite making many friends in my first year of University, I’ve noticed many people from my Uni complain on twitter about how hard it was for them to make friends. Making new friends can be difficult, especially if you’re going into University with no friends like I did. So I decided to write a post for those who may need it- for people who are like how I was last year, shy or unsure of themselves. This can also be used by people who wish to branch outside of the friends they already have.

I myself made amazing friends last year and I can’t wait to make more friends this year. I’m going back to Uni next week and I can’t wait for the year that is ahead of me. I discovered last year that by putting myself out there, and, taking all opportunities, I really allowed myself to meet new people. This post was written for anyone starting University this year looking for tips on how to make friends. However this guide can also be used by anyone returning to University- it’s never too late to make a new friend.

1. Student Union

One of the things that I would really recommend to do is to get involved with your University’s Student Union. There are so many ways to do this too! From becoming a class rep to volunteering at Union events to helping out at charity events. I made so many friends by just going to night outs hosted by the Student Union. I also went out on a couple of trips with some of the class reps. The student union is a great foundation base for making friends and expanding with those friends. My student union hosted S Club 7 last year which was one of the highlights of my year.

2. Societies

Societies in University is another way to make amazing new friends with similar interests to you. In my university, we have a wide range of societies from Filmsoc to Harry Potter Soc. The choices were endless and I joined so many. I would really recommend joining as many societies as possible and then sticking with a few that suits you best. Most societies host a couple of events a week which are great opportunities to meet people. They also tend to host a ball and a trip once a year. For example, the Harry Potter society on my campus held coffee morning, movie nights, and even a sorting ceremony. Their trip was to London.

Another thing I would really recommend is going away on any society trips if your university has them. The trips are often subsided and way cheaper than a trip usually would cost. A friend of mine went to Rome with the History Society and only paid for her flight and accommodation. All trips and events were paid for by the society. Trips are also a great opportunity to meet new people and bond with them quickly. There’s no better bonding experience than rooming with three people in Berlin. My personal favourite society was the Arts Society.

3. Join Sports Clubs:

I am probably one of the most un-athletic people ever to live. I lack both coordination and balance. However that didn’t stop me from joining a sports club in my university. I had a bouncing time at my university’s Trampolining club. I did this purely for the chance to jump around but friends of mine competed and even won prizes.

Every university has sports clubs. Most are the general sports clubs like hockey or football, but there also tend to be cool sports clubs which are very expensive to have as a hobby outside of university. For example, my university had Cave climbing, surfing, and of course trampolining as already mentioned. Just like the societies, these clubs also host events like coffee morning, balls and trips. There is definitely a sports club for everyone. Although it was a bit more expensive to sign up to a club, I felt that it was worth it. I got to go to Trampoline classes twice a week and I made lots of new friends.

4. Take all Opportunities

Here’s the thing, before starting university I was an extremely shy person. Half the things I did in university, I would never have dreamed of doing before. See I adopted a new mindset when entering my uni. I decided that I wasn’t going to hold myself back anymore. I was going to enjoy every moment of my college experience and so far, I have. I’ve amazed both myself and my parents at the opportunities I’ve allowed myself to take part in. So my biggest piece of advice for making friends in university, is push your limits. For example, I have a huge fear of heights so this year I am trying to battle it by joining the rock climbing sports club.

5. Go to Fresher’s Events:

Another great way which I made friends in my first year was by attending all of the events which my University hosted during Fresher’s week. From Speed Friending to Nightouts in clubs, there was plenty of opportunities to meet new people before classes actually began. My university brought in rides too. During Fresher’s week, societies often host events during this week to allow new students to taste what the societies can offer to students. A good one I went to last year was a karaoke event by the Musical Society. I would really recommend attending these events as they gives students the opportunity to become friends.

6. Host Pre-Drinks:

Don’t get me wrong, I love going to clubs. However, I much more enjoy the pre-drinking which comes before the club. It’s at Pre-Drinks (prinks) that you can have a good chat with your new Uni buddies and bond with them while singing along to your favourite songs. The nicest pictures are taken at pre-drinks along with the best memories. Like with the post club food time, pre-drinks are a perfect opportunity to make new friends- it’s intimate and much calmer than the club. At the club, the music is loud and perfect for dancing. However, in the club it’s possible to have a good chat.

Hosting pre-drinks is something I’d really recommend all Freshers try and do. If you live in dorms, invite your roommates and your neighbours. Invite the people you sat with in your seminars. Invite that person who seemed nice. Not only will hosting pre-drinks give you an opportunity to make new friends, it also will get you invited to other people’s nightouts. Often when I invite a friend to a pre-drinks, they will automatically invite me to their next event or night out. Hosting Pre-drinks allows people to consider you when they’re heading out themselves.

7. Use Social Media:

Now, some people may find this suggestion to be a bit odd, however, trust me on this one: it works. Basically my best friend from Uni I met through twitter. She had tweeted asking if anyone was doing the same course as her. I DM’d her and we hit it off. Two semesters, one holiday, and, many nights out later, we’re looking forward to sharing many lectures and seminars together (we coincidentally signed up for the same Tuesday 5pm seminar).

Social media- as many people on this website may know- is amazing for branching out and meeting new people. This can be applied to most forms of social media. You can use twitter hashtags – my uni uses hello UCD as their hashtag for incoming freshers. I would also really recommend joining any groups for your Uni which are set up with Freshers in mind. Most student Unions will set one up just for their new students to meet each-other. These facebook pages will have events and you can find people attending and befriend them. Another way which I would recommend is using Bumble. Bumble may be a dating site but it also has a friendship function. Many Uni’s now Bumble representatives as well.

Social media is great and can be a power tool when making new friends.

No matter what, making new friends at University level can be very scary so I’d recommend for anyone trying to make friends to always be themselves. People like someone who is genuine.

Got any more tips on how to make friends at University level? Comment below and let me know!!

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Hozier

On Monday the 3rd, I had the extreme pleasure of going to one of the rehearsal concerts which Hozier was playing. Words can barely describe how amazing it was to see Hozier live- I was blown away by how amazing his voice is live. I’ve always loved his music but I never thought any human could be as talented as he was – his live voice is the same to his studio voice. We were also very lucky to get hear some of his new songs which is from his new album which will be out on tomorrow. Despite only hearing 3-4 of his new songs, I can guarantee his new songs as just as amazing as his older ones.

Hozier asked us not to film the songs as he played them because he didn’t want to have any leaks and he felt it would he good if people watched the show through their eyes rather than through the screens of their smartphones. All proceeds from the concerts are going towards three charities: Safe Ireland, One In Four, and, the Peter McVerry Trust. With tickets only €30 I was thrilled to get to see one of my favourite singers live.

I was awe struck by how down to earth Hozier was. He chatted to the audience like we were part of his band and I enjoyed how much the fun the band and he had while they performed the music. They didn’t just play the music, they made it come to life.

Has anyone else ever gone to an amazing concert? Tell me in the comments!!

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September Goals 2018

Oh September, how lovely it is to see you again! Although I really enjoyed my summer, I can’t wait till the temperature drops some more and the autumn days kick in. Autumn is probably one of my favourite seasons. From Halloween to the changing of the leaves, I love it all. With University starting back up soon, I know that this month is going to be amazing but busy. I of course want to make goals for this month as I’m the type of person who needs set goals or the month flies by. Read below for this month’s goals.

University:

I’m the type of person who procrastinates a lot. It’s a bad habit which I’ve developed over the years. It’s a habit which I need to break out of. This year, my gpa score starts to actually count towards my final grade. Last year, I only needed to pass my modules, but this year, I need to actually put more work into my university work. I’m pretty good when it comes to going to lectures, so that isn’t an area that I need to work on. What I do need to do is to start my essays and projects earlier. That way I can make sure that my work is always my best. A rushed essay never guarantees a good grade so this year I hope to do my best work and get the best grades that I’m capable of getting.

I will also be going to my Uni’s resource centre for advice on how to be a better student. I’m lucky, my uni has a great resource centre. Last year, I ignored it’s presence but this year, I’m going to make the most of everything my Uni offers me. I also plan to approach my tutors more and ask them what I need to do to write the best work which I’m capable of. They correct the essays so I would love to find out what they in particular are looking for when marking. I’ve already downloaded past exam papers so I definitely plan to use them to guide me in my studies this month.

My Blog:

This month I will be putting a lot of work into my blog. Now, I know that many other blogs would probably recommend sticking to a schedule when it comes to posting but that really isn’t for me. I’ve tried in the past to set up a pattern on when I would post. It tended to put unnecessary pressure on me when I was trying to write something and I always ended up burning out, and, in the end I would abandon my blog for a further couple of months. I won’t even be trying that this month. Maybe next month if I manage to regularly post this month. I do intend to post more and most likely it will have a pattern, I’m just not going to commit myself to a pattern like “oh I’ll post every second day” when I know that in the past, this never worked for me.

I also intend to start having a monthly theme where I would write one or two posts a week on something which is important on that month. This month is obviously going to be back to school/university. While everyone posts about going back to school, my own experiences might or might not help someone. Next month I’ll be doing Halloween as I am a big fan of it (or Samhain as it’s called in Ireland.)

Social Life:

I intend to make my social life the best this month. With Uni starting back up and assignments not being due in yet, September tends to be a great month for night outs in Uni and for society events. As I’m on a society committee this year, I will have to run events every week so I will already be going to those. I plan to say yes to any nightouts which my friends propose as I don’t want to regret any untaken opportunities. Having predrinks with my friends and then going to a club is possibly one of my favourite things to do as I’ve made so many memories and taken so many pictures. Although I’m not a fresher this year, my friends want to go on the freshers nightouts so I’ll be going on a few of those too.

Fitness:

Before summer started, I had set up a regular workout cycle. I’m a big fan of pilates and yoga because I find that they work best for me (I have back issues so I can’t do running or much cardio). However when I started my summer job, I got so drained that I had very little time or energy to work out after a long workday of 9-5.30. I would get up at 6.30 am and get home at 6.30 pm after commuting. It drained me.

However now that I’ve finished up for the summer, I have a lot more free time and a lot more energy. I plan to start working out again for three or four days a week with my favourite routines. I’ll probably make a post later on this month about my favourite workout apps and my favourite routines (gotta love an all rounder which can make my abs and my thighs hurt.)

Well that was my goals for this month! Does anyone have any similar goals? Let me know!

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Reboot

When I first made this blog over three years ago, I envisioned myself as the type of person who would post constantly. Naïve of me? Maybe. Now, years later, I’ve decided to try and reboot this little blog. This time, I have a goal of this blog being my creative outlet with no big goals and no big commitments. Just a nice, calm place where I can discuss interests that I have; beauty, primark hauls, travel experiences, yoga, and, cooking.

Hi, my name is Cadhla (pronounced Kylah) and welcome! On this blog, I will be sharing my travel experiences, recipes, beauty reviews, and, college guides. I’m a college undergrad studying History and Politics from Ireland.

My main goals on this site is to share information, write, and, make friends with other people on this site.

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Stationery Haul

Hello to all those reading, how are all of you? Do you like stationery? I hope so.  There are many things in life that give me a great old thrill and buying (cheap) stationary is definitely one of them. Although I don’t start University for another month, I decided to start preparing myself physically. By physically I refer to my habit of somehow always running out of stationery.  I got most of my current stationery from a Danish shop called Søstrene Grenes. Along with their amazing stationery, they also have lovely items that are perfect for an Instagram aesthetic! Seriously, check out their insta page!

Keep on scrolling to see everything that I got!

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