2013

 

tipmineMotivational

How To Motivate Others

Here are some great tips and ways to motivate others who are feeling down and not motivated including staff, other team members or friends and family:

Being enthusiastic Giving guidance and direction Being positive
Giving advice Being organised Being charismatic

 

How to be Motivated tipmine

It all depends on the individual but here are some great motivational tips to help you feel motivated and self-confident

Being around family and friends Doing your favourite hobby Doing a good or worthy deed
Think about the target you are going to achieve at the end Exercising/Working Out

Steps to Motivation 

Think Positive

Try to avoid negative thoughts from yourself and other people this can damage your self-confidence and motivation. Keep positive thoughts in your head this will stop you feeling incapable of doing anything.

Have Ambitions & Plans

Have a plan of what you want to achieve and when you want to achieve it by. Also make note of how you are going to achieve this and what you are going to do to get that goal. You are more likely to achieve them by setting out key targets and aims for yourself.

Sweet Smelling Scents Around the House

Have a plan of what you want to achieve and when you want to achieve it by. Also make note of how you are going to achieve this and what you are going to do to get that goal. You are more likely to achieve them by setting out key targets and aims for yourself.

Self-Confidence                                                                                                                                                 No one can make you believe in yourself other than you. Here is a recommended tip to help boost your self-confidence: Be willing to leave your comfort zone. This will help you take more risks and help show other people your potential and not afraid to try something new.

 

Home Living tipmine

Great Uses for Bobby Pins

You can always find a spare bobby pin lying around in the bathroom or at your dressing table so here are some great uses a replacement:

Zipper pull replacement Paper Clip
Re-seal food packages Unlock suitcases for missing key

Different Uses for Baking Soda

Clean floors  (1/2 cup of baking soda in warm water, letting it sit overnight then mop and rinse clean)
Clean Pots & Pans (By adding 2 tablespoons of baking soda along with dish detergent to water can help get rid of grease and stains)
Clean Shower Curtains (Sprinkle the baking soda directly onto the shower curtain with a sponge or cloth then rinse clean)

Great household items to help with the spring cleaning

These are great items to have to help with spring cleaning that already may be in your household:

White vinegar Baking Soda
Olive Oil Essential oils
Lemon Bicarbonate of soda
Newspaper Vanilla essence

 

Make Up & Beauty tipmine

Make Up Trends

There are some great make up trends currently with less is more .Here are some recommended styles to try out:

Nude lips and bold eye-shadow (gold/silver) Natural face and red lips Autumnal eye-shadow (plum/bronze)
Cat’s eye eyeliner Gothic lips (purple, black, crimson red)

How to Make your Eyes Appear Bigger

Depending on your face shape to make your eyes look bigger avoid putting mascara on the bottom lashes. Just apply to the top lashed this will make your eyes bolder and bigger.

Shelf Life for Make up

Concealer (12 months) Face Powder (24 months) Foundation (12 months)
Eye Shadow (36 months) Lipstick (18months) Mascara (4 months)

How to get Clear Looking Skin

For healthy looking skin apply moisturizer before foundation to avoid dry looking skin. By doing so, this can make your skin look refreshed and glowing.

Foundation Choices for Seasons

Choose a foundation which is as close enough to your skin tone as possible. While in the summer choose a darker shade because of the warm weather your skin darkens, with the winter choose a shade lighter because of the cold weather.

 

Food tipmine

Here are some great fruit based recipes for the Autumnal weather.

Baked apples (Ingredients) 

½ cup brown sugar 4 Rome apples ½ cup apricots, diced
½ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp cinnamon 1 tbsp unsalted butter
Recipe
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water in an 8-inch square baking dish. Peel tops of apples; core with melon baller (leave the bottom intact).In a bowl, toss dried apricots with remaining 1/4 cup sugar, ground ginger, and cinnamon.Fill apples; place in dish. Dot each with 1/4 tablespoon butter. Bake, basting occasionally, until tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Drizzle with pan syrup.

 

Golden Tea Loaf (Ingredients) 

1 egg, beaten 175g sugar
25g butter, melted 225g flour
2 tsp’s baking powder ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt 170ml orange juice
115g pecans, chopped 175g dried apricots
Recipe
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a loaf tin.
Beat the egg with the sugar until fluffy. Stir in butter. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and bicarb and sieve onto the egg mixture. Add orange juice and mix with an electric mixer to a smooth mixture.
Wash the apricots well (if they are very dry, soak them in water for a few minutes) and chop them. Stir the pecans into the mixture.
Put the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour until a you can stick a skewer into the centre and it comes out clean. If the cake is getting too dark, lay a piece of aluminium foil loosely over it.

Different Uses for Courgettes

Here are some great recipe ideas to use with main ingredient being courgettes:

Courgette Fritta’s 

4 courgettes 3 tsp extra-virgin olive oil Mixed salad
For the stuffing: 50g dired white breadcrumbs 50g pine nuts 6 spring onions
1 garlic glove 6 sundried tomatoes in oil, drained 1 tbsp thyme leaf 25g parmesan or vegetarian alternative, finely grated
Recipe
Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Place the courgettes in a single layer in a shallow ovenproof dish, fairly tightly together, cut-side up. Brush lightly with 1 tsp oil and bake for 20 mins.
To make the stuffing, mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and season with lots of black pepper.
Sprinkle the stuffing on top of the courgettes and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Bake for a further 10-15 mins or until the courgettes are softened and the topping is golden and crisp. Serve hot with a mixed salad.

 

Veg fritters with poached egg (Ingredients) 

200g (about 2) Maris piper potatoes, grates and squeezed really dry Bunch of Spring Onions 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 200g vegetarian feta, crumbled
3 tbsp plain flour 6 large, very fresh free-range eggs Vegetable oil 3 carrots grated
Recipe
1. Mix the carrot, potato, onion, parsley and feta in a bowl. Add the flour and season well. Separate 2 of the eggs, then stir the egg yolks into the veg mixture. Put the 2 egg whites in a clean bowl and whisk to soft peaks, then fold into the mixture.
2. Heat 0.5cm oil in a sauté pan. Add heaped spoonfuls of the mixture to the oil, in batches, cooking for 3 minutes each side until golden brown – you should make about 12 in all. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on kitchen paper and keep warm.
3. Meanwhile, bring a wide pan of water to the boil and soft-poach the remaining eggs for 3-4 minutes each.
4. Place 3 fritters on each plate and top each with a poached egg to serve.

 

Autumnal Squash Recipes

Already in the middle of the Autumn season here are some great homely butternut squash recipes:

Butternut squash Wedges (Ingredients) 

1 tsp oregano Pinch Tumeric
Pinch Curry Powder 1 tsp Olive Oil
200g/7oz butternut squash, peeled and cut into wedges
Recipe
Preheat the oven to 225C/425F/Gas 7.
For the squash wedges, place the oregano, turmeric, curry powder and oil into a large bowl. Add the squash and mix well to coat. Place into on a roasting tray and place into the oven to roast for 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Turn the squash occasionally, so that it will brown evenly.-Pinto & Pumpkin Casserole (500gm skinned and deseeded pumpkin, cut into 2 cm cubes 4 cloves garlic 900mls veg stock 1 tbsp olive oil 2 large onions, finely chopped 2 large red peppers, cored, deseeded and diced 2 tbspfresh chopped basil kernels cut from 1 sweetcorn cob 1/6th chipotle chilli chopped finely 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 clove garlic chopped 2x 410gms cans pinto beans 2-3 tbsps lemon juice salt and pepper 1 tbsp finely chopped flat leaf parsley to garnish)Recipe
Put the cubes of pumpkin into a saucepan with the garlic and vegetable stock. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender. Then tip the contents of the pan into the food processor and blend to a thin puree. While the pumpkin is cooking, heat the olive oil in another large pan. Add the onion and caramelise slowly, add red pepper and garlic and paprika. Cover the pan and fry over a gentle heat for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and slightly caramelized. Add the pumpkin puree to the vegetables in the pan, along with the sweetcorn kernels and pinto beans and their liquid. Stir over a gentle heat for 45 mins until tender then add the lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into warmed bowls, sprinkle with fresh parsley and basil and serve with some fresh hot brown rice. 

 

Fitness tipmine

For the past two weeks at my internship I have been writing tips for the weight loss and fitness category, here is what I wrote:

Handy Tips for Budget Shoppers

Shop Later

Supermarkets often decrease their food prices to at least half or more of the original cost towards the end of the day. Go to the local supermarket and you will find some great food finds.

Seasonal Food

At great way to be a savvy food shopper is to buy food that is in season. Seasonal food costs less and it is more likely to home-grown, taste better and home-grown by local producers. Making it better for the environment.

Meat Free Means Cheaper

Meat free meals tend to be cheaper than with a meat based dinners but with a good recipe they can be just as delicious.

Healthy Snacks

Here are some alternatives to healthy snacks for in between meals to keep as part of a balanced diet:

Fruit Yoghurt Rice Cakes Mixed Nuts
Celery Sticks Carrot Sticks Popcorn Salad
Granola Bar Baked Crisps Pitta & Low Fat Hummus

Healthy Side Dishes

If you are trying to lose weight here are some great healthy alternatives to have instead of fried or greasy food:

Lentils Cous Cous Pasta
Ravioli Vegetables Rice
Salad Baked/Sweet Potatoes

Low Calorie Alcoholic Drinks

If you are trying to lose weight it is never a good idea to drink at all. However here are some low calorie drinks you can have occasionally as a treat:

Chardonnay Pinot Griogio Zinfandel White Wine
Vermouth Vodka Light Beer

 

Gardening tipmine

Basic Necessities for Gardening:

For those who have just taken up gardening here are the basic tools to have to start planting and growing crops:

Trowel Gardening Gloves Watering Can
Rake Shears Pitckfork

 

Crops to Grow in the Autumn

We are already halfway through the summer; here are some of the crops to grow specifically for the autumn. These vegetables are more suitable for next season because there is is less light:

Broad Beans Peas Garlic
Potatoes Lettuce ‘artic king’ Corn salad
Land Cress

Beginners Guide to Gardening…

For those who are thinking about taking up gardening or who have always wanted to start but never got round to it, here are some basic tips for what to grow in your garden, either for your balcony or back lawns and the advantages:

By growing these vegetables they keep producing throughout the year so they will be less cost involved for seeds:

-Tomatoes

-Peppers

 

Why you should take up Gardening….

Higher Quality Produce Saving Money Being Outdoors
More Produce Great Hobby Great way to spend time with family

 

Travel
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Finding a Good Restaurant on Holiday

It can be sometimes difficult finding a good restaurant you can trust and get good value for money here are some tips to help you find a good place to eat when you are in a new environment:

Look to see if the restaurant is busy, it shows that the food is good and in demand
 Do some research beforehand on the internet with the city/town having brochures and see what they recommend
See what the hotel you are staying in suggests
Ask around either hotel guests or locals

What to do to get cheap theatre tickets

Try third party sellers on trusted sites such as Stubhub
Get tickets on the day of the performance from the box office
There is a government scheme in the UK for people aged 16-25 year olds where they can get discounted tickets
Try theatre forums or social networks who may be selling tickets at a cheaper price if they cannot go to the event

Events to go to in London in August…

Here are some of the top picks for what to do during the summer holiday around London with plenty of free options available for you and the family.

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Student tipmine

What to do when you go to University

Join the university societies/clubs
Make use of the student discount
Get a part-time job
Have as much fun as you can (making sure you get the assignments done in time of course)
Go to as many parties as you can (including other universities that your friends go to)

Tips on where to borrow money for students…

I’ve researched and found a lot of places for money stricken students to borrow from. I’m not advocating borrowing money from the banks or loan sharks but if its the last option then here are the best places to borrow money with the lowest APR (Annual percentage rate). Here is the borrow table:

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(correct as of September 2013)

 

Musictipmine

Festival Essentials

For first-time festival goers here are some essentials you need to bring when camping at a festival:

Your ticket (otherwise there will be no point in going)
Cheap phone (don’t bring your expensive smart phones in case they get lost or stolen)
Wet wipes (sadly there is not nice hot baths on site with these being the only way to keep clean)
Waterproof jacket (you can never trust the UK weather)
Torch (trying to find your tent in the early hours of the morning with thousands of other tents looking the same)

What to do at a music festival

Explore the whole site
Ride the massive rollercoasters
Watch up and coming bands
Go crazy and dance when they play your favourite song of your bands/artists
Plan who you want to see live beforehand when going to the festival


Employment tipmine

Writing headlines for the Web

There is a difference writing for the web from print, when you write headlines on the web one of the most important thing about writing a headline is that it includes key words so that it is easy to search. Things like alliteration, puns, cryptic and a play on words but you cannot do that writing for the web. You should make it direct and straightforward when online so that it is easy to search on the internet. When writing headlines you do not need punctuation, nor full stops. When you are quoting someone only use single quote marks or you can use a comma. For capital letters, traditionally cap up the words.

Improving your website or blog

Journalism seems to be more equal due to everyone now creating the news online, through blogs and social network sites, to improve creditability of your website/blog:

Site must have intuitive navigation User friendly design
High quality graphics Good Writing
Full contact info Expertise in the subject area
Links to other relevant websites.

Keep the Story Rolling

As a writer you have to lead the reader through a story that may cover a lot of ground and move around from topic to topic. One of the best ways of bringing the reader with you is to limit each sentence and each paragraph to a single subject. If you think of each sentence and paragraph as a box or room that contains one sort of information, this will enable you to do this.

What Motivates me in Nursing (Interview)

I recently conducted two interviews for occupations in nursing and teaching and what keeps them motivated in their job and how to get experience in this certain field. Here are the interviews:
Nursing

What keeps you motivated in your job?

“What motivates me to do my job well hard work and making sure things are done properly and caring about people”.

Tips on doing your job well?

“Tips on doing my job well if you’re passionate and love your job you will do it well you have to be motivated and caring”.

How not to waste NHS facilities?

“If patients were looked after properly by their doctors then that would save on the NHS facilities”.

Illnesses you do not need to go to the hospital for?

“Illnesses you do not need to go to hospital with are flu, hayfever, ear infections, blocked ears, temperatures, coughs and colds, you can go see your GP for these illnesses”.

 
What Motivates Me In Teaching (Interview)
Teaching

Best ways to get into teaching?

“Have the opportunity to volunteer in different year groups to make sure it is the right career you want to follow as there is more to teaching than you think. Personally, I got into teaching by being involved with my children at school as a parent helper and enrolling at college by volunteering at school”.

Motivation in your job?

“Having different children coming from different backgrounds coming from different cultures, poverty and backgrounds. Seeing their confidence, self-esteem and achievement grow motivates you to do the best for them”.

How to keep the children engaged?

“Knowing that the children are individual and are receptive to different needs and different strategies I have to keep them engaged and on task”.

Best ways to balance a child’s diet with a packed lunch?

“Avoid all the sugary drinks, water is the best hydration for your child. Make sure there is fruit available to keep a balanced diet for your child and to keep their energy and concentration levels going for the rest of the day”.

 

 

Journalism Internships

Getting into journalism and the media world can be difficult with competition set sky high, needing a degree as well as a great amount of experience is something hard done by. Here are a few websites of how to get started with either an internship or full time/part time jobs to help you get your foot on the ladder.

journalism.co.uk (Good for trade publications, corporate and commercial jobs)

Hold the Front Page (Mostly for local and regional press

Gorkana  (This is usually just for journalists it is more open to the public)

Aspire (Great for a whole range of digital and media jobs)

mandy.com (Good for getting into TV/film production, behind the scenes or being in the spotlight)

 

Financial tipmine

Opening a Bank Account

It is a good idea to shop around the high street banks for a opening a bank account, you should look for good incentives. This is either your first account or you want to change accounts so you should see what the banks has to offer and the lowest interest. To find out which bank suits you, you can use comparison sites such as money supermarket .

Infographic… Personal Finance
This week i had to write about personal finance. Seeing as I’m a student I thought this would be the best thing to write about, so I decided to create an infographic of the most significant things to include in a student budget.
Here is the infographic:
infographic-student-budget

Technology tipmine

Infographics

This week I created an info-graphic for my internship. This was the first time I had ever heard of this term and creating one, they are visually appealing on a blog site with them being creative and unique. Also being easy to share on a social media site. I decided to go with something that I knew and something that would be different so I went with “A Tourist Guide to London” there was nothing like this on my internship website as well as promoting London as a versatile city catering for all ages and families.

I decided to create mine on a suggested website called easel.ly.com which is a free website to create the info-graphic’s with selecting the basic template seeing as I was a beginner on the website.