giveaway: egersund fayance bowl

this month i am giving away this beautiful bowl. i do not have a lot of information about this bowl. all i know is that it is amazingly beautiful and that it is from egersund fayance factory. the stamp tells me that it is been made between 1963-1969. it is very 60s and it would go well with various different styles.

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CLICK HERE TO WIN IT.

/fredrikke

what it is like to be a female football fan

i know a lot of people don’t like football. this goes for both women and men. i have lost almost all of my female followers on twitter, because of my football tweets. being into sports, and especially football makes people react in different ways. in this post, i will tell you about my experience.

the people who know me, know what i really love football. i can rarely have a conversation without mentioning my favourite football club, the magnificent stoke city. when i meet new people, both female and male, they tend to question my interest with a few different questions and sayings.

“so is stoke city your dads favourite team as well?”
no, stoke city isn’t my dads favourite team. he stopped watching football a long time ago. now he only follows stoke city’s results, so he can bully me if we loose.

“your boyfriend must be really into football then?”
i don’t even think my boyfriend knows the rules of football. he is certainly not a supporter of any kind of team.

“where is your boyfriend, love?”
i attend a lot of games alone, both home and away. i don’t mind going by myself, as i always have fun. except for when people sitting next to me etc. ask me where my boyfriend is. i came here by myself, and i am here to watch the game. don’t bother me!

“you know a lot about football. for a girl”
this is the most used phrase, and it annoys me. i don’t know everything about football, but i would say i know a fair amount. why can’t people just say: “you know a lot about football”? i also experience being underestimated and left out of the conversation, because “girls don’t understand the passion and the game”.

there are a lot of guides for men on the internet, on “how to get your girl interested in sports?” these are often written by women, and they explain that you’ll have to bribe a woman for her to watch sports and that a lot of women don’t even know the rules to sports. seeing articles like that makes me really angry, cause it supports the thought of women not being able to be interested in sports unless a man she is close to is.

my question is, why can’t female football fans, be just football fans?

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/fredrikke

review: outrageous orange hair colour

i went to glasgow with my best friend siri about three weeks ago. we were walking around boots when i saw a non-permanent hair colour called outrageous orange on sale. as i have always dreamt of having red hair, i decided to try it. it only cost 2 pounds, so i thought: “why not?”

i did read some reviews before i tried it, they mostly said that the colour was a bit much and they would only use it on special occasions. i was very nervous when siri started to put it in my hair, because the paste was yellow and a bit weird. when i washed it out i was quite excited, and since i have never coloured my hair before, it felt very different seeing oneself with such a different hair colour.

when my hair was dry i realized we need more colour, as some bits of my hair were still blonde. we had a second go and the hair looked quite good.

cons using this products:
– depending on your hair-type it might stay in longer than you want it to. my original hair is quite blonde, so therefore
– if you have shoulder-length hair or longer you have to purchase two of the packages, because one won’t be enough to cover all of your hair.
– you don’t really know how long it is going to stay in, and how it may affect your hair later on.

pros using this products:
– you don’t have to worry about mixing as it is already mixed.
– it is easy to apply and everything you need comes in the box
– you’ll get a quite bright orange colour in your hair, which i think looks quite good.

on the packaging it said that the colour would last from 6 to 8 washes, it has been three weeks, so obviously have i washed my hair more than that, but it doesn’t seem to go out that fast. i think that is because my hair colour is a very light blonde.

i would recommend this product to others who want to try out something different. it has a decent price and a good finish.

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have you coloured your hair before? what colour?

/fredrikke

how to: study abroad

everyone has a bit of a rough start when moving to a place one has never lived. maybe you don’t know anyone in your new place? maybe you struggle with homesickness? maybe you hate your new room mates? everyone is dealing with different issues when coming to university and here are some tips to make it all easier.

a bit about me; i study business management at the university of liverpool. i am in my first year. i live by myself in the city centre of liverpool.

in my first few weeks of studying here, i visited all the famous attractions around, so it would feel more like my city. it is so much fun exploring a new city, and you should take some time and try to settle a bit.

the first problem tends to be making friends. when i first moved to liverpool, i didn’t know anyone. so here is what i did:
– i researched the different societies that the university had to offer and found a few i liked and joined them.
– i joined a sport which i liked.
– i attended a lot of events arranged by the university.
– i re-opened my couchsurfing account (they often have weekly meetings, where you can meet people from all over the world)
– i said yes to almost everything i was invited to.
remember that most people are in the same situation as you are, this will make it all easier when it comes to making new friends.

what you should also remember, is to study the culture of the country you decide to go to, as this will help you adapt when you finally arrive. people will treat you nicer and the everyday things go much more smoothly.

but what if you don’t like the people you live with? remember that it is only for a short time, but if it gets too bad, do something about it. don’t be afraid to seek help from others. it can be people at home, employees at the university, other professionals or friends. remember that you can’t always handle everything on your own.

a great thing to do if you are homesick, is to invite your friends and family to come visit you. they will probably bring you some treats and you will feel a bit better. this also gives you an excellent reason to explore the city even further!

personally, i found this video quite funny, but they have a few decent tips:

when it comes to studying abroad, i think it is something everyone should do, even if it is just for one semester. it is a great experience, and you will learn so much about yourself and the country you choose to study in.

have you studied abroad? where & what was your experience like?

/fredrikke

review: mane’n tail

well, i never thought i would write a shampoo & conditioner review. but here goes.

teachers and media experts i have met, have tended to say that they never read reviews about products, because people only talk about products they have had a negative experience with. i will try to change that, because some things deserve positive attention.

mane’n tale say on their website that they are a horse to human crossover shampoo, which will help you to maintain fuller, stronger, longer and healthier-looking hair. some users have also reported of getting longer hair while using this product. the reason people are skeptical is because it is both for animal and human-use. i on the other hand, was really excited when i saw it in the shop.

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i bought the original shampoo & original conditioner at a local hair stylist shop, because i had heard someone say you’d get longer hair from it. the bottles consist of 750 ml and they were £9.00 a bottle, which i consider quite a bargain as i have been using this shampoo for over two months and i haven’t even gotten close to being half-way through.

as i am “blessed” with quite thin hair, my biggest struggle is that my hair gets greasy really fast. before starting with mane’n tale i had to wash my hair every single day. but the positive effect which i didn’t think would come from this shampoo, was i can now wait three days in-between washing my hair. HOORAY FOR NOT SHOWERING.

cons using this products:
– it is not great for people who colour their hair a lot.
– you kind of have to use the conditioner every time, as the shampoo alone makes your hair feel a bit weird.
– some of my friends have reported that they find it itchy.

pros using this product are therefore:
– you wash your hair less, so your hair gets less damage.
– you don’t have to spend a lot of money on washing and maintaining your hair.
– it smells really nice.

other great effects include fuller and healthier-looking hair. i am pretty sure i will never change my shampoo and conditioner. time will show if it actually helps my hair grow faster. i do think that since my hair is so much healthier now than it was before, it will contribute to making my hair grow faster. hence why i will continue to use it.

if you want to try it out, you can buy it here from their website, buy it when you are abroad or check if a local hairdresser could buy it for you.

what is your tip for growing your hair longer?

/fredrikke

what is it like to live in stoke-on-trent?

when i moved to stoke-on-trent about 1 and a half year ago, i knew almost nothing about the midlands. the only thing i knew, was that there was a team called stoke city (which i am a big fan of) and that i had gotten a full-time job as a translator there. i was 22 years old, i knew nobody in my new hometown and i was pretty nervous.

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you’ll see this owl everywhere in stoke!

stoke-on-trent, also known as the potteries, is a city by the river trent in staffordshire. the place is has six smaller towns, called stoke, hanley, burslem, longton, tunstall and fenton. stoke-on-trent is greatly recognized for their pottery industry, a thing you understand that the average stokie is still quite proud of. i used to live up hanley, which has most of the shopping oppurtunities (including the shopping centre intu potteries). i used to work when these were open, so i didn’t really spend much time shopping, but i can definitely recommend this to visitors. this because the shopping centre has a great stoke city fc-shop!

as i mentioned earlier i was quite nervous when i arrived at the city of oatcakes, but luckily this passed quite fast. i got settled in hanley, i lived in a traditional english brick house and i also got in the routine of work really fast. working in stoke-on-trent i had varied days, because i did not have to speak a lot of english at work. i worked in a scandinavian team, which meant that i learned a lot more danish and swedish, than english on a daily basis. the company had a lot of different employees from different countries, like the netherlands, poland, greece, spain and a lot more. this definitely made the working experience a lot more fun, because you learned bits and pieces from all the other nationalities.

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but in my spare time, i got to speak a lot of english. i really fancy the stoke-accent, i must say. especially their use of the word “duck” which originally came from the word duke. this is a common designation of affection towards both men and women. this word is mostly used at the end of a sentence. one of the sentences you hear most often is “ay up, duck?”, which can mean “whats happening?”, “how are you” and “hello”, it all depends on the way you say it. try it next time you meet a stokie. i think i’ve never met anyone from stoke who does not find it fun to make a foreigner speak the stoke-accent.

when i moved to stoke, i thought my english was quite good, but i had a hard time understanding what locals were saying to me in the shops, on the bus, at the pubs etc. but i believe that one can get used to almost anything, and now i almost feel like a “duck”.

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i have heard that journalists often does research for their articles, so that is why i decided to do the same. i asked a lot former foreign colleagues what they liked about living in stoke, and i got a lot of great answers:

– it is really easy to get to stoke city matches, both home and away (because they have free transport to away games).

– if one is originally from a foreign country, stokies tend to find us exciting and it is easy to make friends.

– rent and travelling is really cheap. stoke-on-trent is in the middle of england, so you can travel anywhere cheap and fast. it is also a great place to groundhop!

– indian food is great in stoke (the best restaurant is called sangam)

– student-night in hanley on mondays, where the alcohol is almost free!

– oatcakes – a type of pancake, but with oats in it. you can buy these almost anywhere. they are served hot with some type of filling. this is often cheese and bacon. stokies love them so much, and get offended if you make fun of them.

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one of the greatest games last season, against arsenal.

i would really recommend living in stoke. it is a great place, with great people. if you do a quick google search, you will find out that not a lot of englishmen like stoke. the readers of the telegraph named it the 10th most ugly place in all of england. i have experienced that englishmen in general make fun of stoke-on-trent when i say that i’ve lived there, the funny thing is that over 50% of those people have never been or plan to go to stoke-on-trent ever. so their arguments are not really valid, i guess that stoke-on-trent is just a place with a bad reputation.

after reading this experience, i hope you will take the time to someday visit the home of the great potters!

PS: you might not know what these famous people are from stoke:

– lemmy kilmister (motörhead vocalist)

– slash (most known as the guns n’roses guitarist)

– robbie williams (known from take that)

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have you ever been to stoke-on-trent?

/fredrikke

tips on saving money before christmas

it is getting close to christmas, and you probably plan to spend tons of money on gifts for all your friends and family. but when you realize how little you actually have to spend, you need to come up with a great plan to fix this. here are some tips for saving money:

do you have spotify or another streaming program? well, end your subscription. the library has tons of CDs, all for you to borrow. i do this myself, i go to the library every day and borrow a certain amount of CDs which i save in my music library. this also is great for putting on your ipod. this is also a great way of going to the library and actually staying to read a bit, cause if i am at a library, i do feel that i have to study, at least for a while. and why stream music? streaming tends to never work on trains anyway.

do you collect anything? well, if it is valuable you could trim off your collection. everyone has duplicates of something, and they never use them, so go a head. SELL SELL SELL. i certainly know a few things i could sell out of my collections. luckily those things are at my parents.

do you shop at stores? sign up for their reward program. (a good idea is to create a separate e-mail address for this, because you’ll receive tons of spam.)

do you like making things? this is like the oldest trick in the book. people do enjoy homemade gifts, often more than new things. so start cooking, painting, drawing or whatever you’re the best at.

do you have a lot of stuff? this trick seems kind of rude, but i personally am a huge fan of it. do you have a book you’ve read or a movie you’ve seen that you don’t need anymore, give that away as a gift. people like to get things they know their friends/family likes.

do you like books? well, join this site, where you can swap books for free.

after you’ve done all of that, you’ll feel like this:
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i could give you more tips, like: make a shopping list and stick to it, repair your clothes instead of buying new ones and cut up your credit cards, but we all know that those things and they often don’t work.

how do you save money?

/fredrikke