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Autumn Flowers

I love when the season changes because I get a wardrobe filled with stylish new pieces, and old pieces I haven’t worn in months, come back to life. I also do a bit of home improvements depending on the season. Autumn for me means more long, chilled nights in, so I like my home to be even more comfortable, I want my home to look and smell good. I buy a lot of candles and luxury flowers in the autumn and winter months, because I spend most of my time in the comfort of my home, away from the cold and the darkness.

Autumn Flowers

The lovely guys at Debenhams Flowers made my week when they offered to send me a Flower Bouquet of my choice. I instantly went for the ‘Designer Red Sky’, which is pictured above. I fell in love with the radiant red roses and the blue hydrangeas because they reminded me of autumn, and the bouquet has some of my favourite colours. When the flowers arrived, I was even more in love. Perfection!

Autumn Flowers 1

The fresh flowers came in a white box, they were hand tied and I could tell they were handled with utmost care. The service was also great. I selected the date I wanted the flowers to arrive and it happened. So if I ever want flowers delivered on a specific date, I know Debenhams Flowers is the best website to place an order, and with the 7 days freshness guarantee, or money back, I can’t ask for more really.

Autumn Flowers 2

I would appreciate if someone sent me next day flowers, I think it is a thoughtful gift to send to close family and friends, so I am offering my readers a 25% discount off The Luxury Flowers at Debenhams, excluding the ‘Flowers by Post’ range. The discount code you need is DFBLOG25.

Happy shopping.

*PR sample included in post.

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Sharing A Student House

For those who do not know, I studied my Masters Degree at the University of the West of England (UWE), in Bristol. My first year in 2008 was HORRIBLE, and that is me putting it lightly. I shared a flat, off campus, with 4 other students I have never met before, and it was just a major disaster. We had issues about everything, from cleaning and maintaining the flat, to issues of having constant parties and noise making. I will never forget that year for all the wrong reasons.

University Days

(In my room in Bristol 2008. Gosh I looked so young).

 

I learnt a lot from my experience, and  I thought I should share some survival tips to anyone who might be thinking of sharing a student house or anyone going through the exact same issues I went through.

Here are my top 4 tips:

Share A Flat With Friends

Now this was not possible for me because I was an international student, so I didn’t really know anyone studying at Bristol, but if you have the opportunity to go to university with friends, just share a flat with them. It is a lot easier dealing with people you know than strangers. However, if you find yourself sharing a flat with people you don’t get on with, try to create a conducive atmpsohere for all by staying out of their way. Life is hard as it is already, don’t make it harder by having a row. The year does go by pretty quick, and you will be free to find some other place to rent.

Do Your Research

Do a through reasearch before you resume. My flat was in a block called The Hollies, and it was quite a distance from the main campus, which I didn’t know until I got to Bristol. It was a nightmare getting to classes on time in mornings, the buses were always late and it would have taken me hours to walk down. If I could go back in time, I would have gone for a flat closer to the main campus. Have a good look at the surrounding areas closest to your campus before you decide on where to stay.

University Bristol

 

Sort Out Cleaning Schedule

This should be one of the first things you sort out with your flat mates. Have a meeting and decide who does what and when, and have it pinned to the fridge or anywhere visible so everyone knows when it is their turn. You may have the extremely difficult and untidy people (like I had) who can’t be bothered to clean up after themselves, you could try having a word with them one on one or call a meeting and trash it as a group, or for your sanity, ignore them and clean up when you can if it bothers you that much. That was what I did, I moved out as soon as my lease was up, and moved into a flat with people of like minds, which takes us back to the first tip – Share A Flat With Friends.

Communicate

There should be a free flow of communication to make any house sharing work. There should be regular meetings for general issues to be trashed out, problems can also be discussed before meetings if need be, it all depends on the rapport you have with your housemates, but it is best to discuss any concerns before it gets out of hand. Communication is vital for a peaceful student house sharing.

So there you have them, my top 4 tips for sharing a student house. Most of the issues I had with my housemates, I won’t have had them if I lived with my friends or people with like minds so I think that tip is the most important of all.

What are your thoughts? Do you have any tips to add?

 

*This is a collaborative post.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Things To Do In Dubai

UAE Holiday

If you read my previous Lifestyle Post, you would know I am holiday-sick. I guess that is why this post is dedicated to my holiday in Dubai, my best holiday till date.

A Day In Dubai

I visited Dubai awhile ago and I am really looking forward to visiting again. It has been the best holiday I have ever had in my life. From the 1st class service from the Qatar crew, to the beautiful room and fantastic service at the Four Points Sheraton hotel, and then the lovely tourist attractions. Our 10 day stay was AMAZING.

Dubai

Dubai is a holiday destination like no other. The city comes alive with the hustle and bustle, beautiful beaches and fascinating local culture. It can serve as a great family destination, a romantic escape or a girls holiday, there is something for everyone. No wonder it is the number 1 tourist attraction in the world. There is no dull moment in Dubai, there is always something to do.

Dubai Holiday

If I had another day in Dubai, this is how I will spend it:

Go On A Bus Tour

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We went on a bus tour with Big Bus Tour and we explored the entire of Dubai, stopping at attractions we were interested in exploring, and getting back on the bus at allocated bus stops. It was a whole day of touring and it was so much fun.

Visit the Safari Desert

Dubai Dessert

Belly Dancer

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We visited the Safari Desert and we will definitely visit it again. The crazy ride to and fro was fun, we were screaming all through. The belly dancer was a great entertainer, she kept us transfixed with her flexible moves. The food was great, a lot better than I expected and I even had a ‘lali’ design done.

Safari Dessert Dubai

DUBAI HOLS

Visit A Souk

Gold Souk

I will love to visit a souk again, even if it is just to have a feel of the traditional market and feed my eyes. Make sure you haggle to get best prices for gold, textiles and spices. you are sure to find cool bargains in a souk.

Go To Dubai Museum

Dubai Museam

I love discovering various cultures and part of what I wanted to do while on holiday in Dubai, was to learn more about their history and culture. I will be visiting the museum again to refresh my mind.

Visit Atlantis, The Palm Resort

Lost Chambers

I saved the best for last. Even if I don’t do any of the above, I MUST visit Atlantis, The Palm Resort again. This resort houses various heart pumping water slides like Leap of Faith, The Lost Chambers Aquarium, filled with sharks, eels and seahorses, which is a beauty to behold, and lots fun.

If I could have one wish, it would be to spend another day in Dubai. If you want a holiday destination with plenty of sunshine and fun, I urge you to book a holiday to Dubai with Travelbag.

Have you visited Dubai? Do you have any holidays booked for this year? Drop me a comment, let’s chat.

Thanks for reading.

*This is a collaborative post.

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