Taking Care of Yourself at Uni/College with Canesten

Taking care of yourself at uni (as they call it in the UK, college for you US folk!) is extremely important. Not only is it easy to over commit yourself and make it difficult to relax, but when you're away from home the first time, the stress can cause you to have more issues of the feminine sort. For instance, because many women become sexually active for the first time at college or uni, you may find that you have more problems with cystitis and infections.

 Because that may be the case, here are some top tips I've learned throughout my time in education:

1. Schedule you time. Whether that means taking a nice hot bath or doing yoga once a week, this is a great way to relax and stave off infections.

2. Don't take baths with lots of lotions and potions and additives too often as this can seriously irritate your private parts!

3. Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is key to living well, but also to keeping infections at pay.

4. Go to the doctor if you aren't feeling well or suspect that you have any kind of infection. It is important you don't let the treatment get out of hand.

5. Reward yourself as you go with your projects and assignments. Don't get too overwhelmed by breaking up your time.

Cystitis is incredibly painful, and something I've suffered with for the past 12 years or so. I get them at abnormal rates due to my other health issues, but I still subscribe to doing all of the above to help lessen the infections I do get.

What do you do to relax?

Check out some of the other goodies Canesten sent me to help me (an old lady now!) relax:

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Two Easy Tips for Booking a Four Star Hotel at a Two Star Price

One of my biggest hobbies is getting cheaper fancy hotels. My friends and family often look to me to help them scout out accommodation before they go away, so I've decided to share some of my secrets with you. A lot of this is trial and error, so you have to be prepared to do some of your own work.
Tip #1
 Book Early
As soon as you know you're going on holiday, start looking for your accommodation. The prices only rise.
Tip #2 
Compare Websites
This is probably my biggest tip for you. There really isn't much of a science to it, but I typically go to Hotwire.com first. This website is one of my favorites, as it offers you really deep discounts on unsold rooms. The catch with Hotwire is that it doesn't tell you the name of the hotel until you book, but you are told the class of the hotel and where in the city it is located before you book. Sometimes this information can help you figure out what hotel it is, but often it does not. It doesn't really matter, though, because I've only been disappointed by them one time in the over 50 times I've used them. That one time came before they had updated their system in Europe, and since then everything has been absolutely fine. 
The only downside of Hotwire is that if you need to cancel your holiday, you will lose all of your money.

Expedia.com Secret Saver Deals
These are surprisingly sometimes better than Hotwire, which has always been my old standard. The Expedia Secret Saver Deals operate similarly to Hotwire in that the name isn't revealed until you've booked. This is typically my second stop if Hotwire is too expensive. Like Hotwire, you cannot cancel.
I usually hop over to Trivago if nothing seems like a good deal on Hotwire or Expedia--or I need to be in a specific area of town and/or need to know what hotel I'm booking before I do it. This site compares pretty much every single site and allows you to choose the lowest rates. Cancellation policies are variable depending on the site you've booked with.
Find your ideal hotel for the best price with Trivago.
Booking.com is also one of my stops when I need to be in a specific place or hotel. Booking.com often offers low rates or special deals, and they specifically offer a service that allows you to reserve beforehand and pay at the hotel. This is perfect if you need to reserve a room in advance and lock it in at a lower rate. They offer a flexible cancellation policy as well (I believe you can cancel up to 48 hours in advance, but don't quote me on that!) so that even if you book your room in advance and find out you can't go on your holiday or suddenly don't need it, you won't be penalized. 

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Tours to Take in Niagara Falls--Collaborative Post

Tours you have to take when staying in Niagara Falls

The Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramids, the Great Wall of China. When you think of words like “bucket-list” and “wonders of the world” these are the images that spring to mind. However, I bet that none of these places have the same creativity and range of tours available that you’ll find surrounding Niagara Falls. With over 30 million people visiting every year, this natural wonder has developed a tour to suit everyone who travels to see it – here are just a few of the top tours that you’ll not want to miss out on.

1.     The Hornblower tour
This tour has been running for more that fifteen decades. Previously named the Maid of the Mist tour, you’ll board a state-of-the-art catamaran further up Niagara River, and get to see the American Falls as you make your way up to the basin of the Horseshoe Falls. As the expert tour guides explain all about their history, you can take this opportunity to take as many stunning photographs as possible, before you sail right up to the very base of the Falls. Luckily, rain ponchos are included in this tour, but make sure you’re wearing waterproof footwear.

2.     The Wine Country tour
Southern Ontario is home to some of the fastest growing wine country in the world, with its chief export being their many varieties of award-winning icewine. It should come as no surprise to learn then that there are so many NiagaraFalls Wine Tours that are held daily, running from the Niagara Falls area. You’ll sample some of the finest vineyards on offer, when visiting Jackson-Triggs Winery, Reif Estate Winery, Inniskillin Wines and even take a tour of the Konzelmann Estate Winery. And of course, a wine-tasting wouldn’t be the same without food pairings to match!

3.     The Niagara Daredevil Museum
If you’d like your tours to be a little bit different, opt for the self-guided tour around the Daredevil Museum based at the Niagara IMAX. Over the years, there have been many heroic stunts and terrible deaths as people have taken a tumble over the Falls. With a whole range of props and accounts from those who have survived their ordeal, this is an exhibit that should not be missed by anyone.

4.     A tour from above
Once you’ve made your way around the exhibit, why not be a daredevil yourself and go on one of the many tours in the skies? You could opt for a birds-eye view from a helicopter, that will allow you to take in a fully comprehensive tour of the main natural wonders in the area, including the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Bridge, Bridal Veil Falls, Goat Island, Cave of the Winds and many more sights. If you’d prefer not to be cooped up though, hop onto the vintage Aero Car carriage that will hover you above the Niagara Whirlpool.

If you know of any other top tours in the area, leave them in the comments section below.

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Calling All Vegans with Chronic Illnesses

This collab is open to all vegans with chronic illnesses.

I would like to start a collab on YouTube that features other vegans with chronic illnesses. If you are interested, send me an email at annajamiescanlon@gmail.com and we'll get the ball rolling. With this collab, I aim to bring awareness to us in the community, as well as fight ableism at large.

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Larimar Earrings--Absolutely Stunning!

Larimar.com sent me some beautiful drop earrings that I just have to share with you all. I'm so bad at changing my earrings or wearing dangling earrings, that when they offered to send them, I was like, "YES PLEASE." Located in Miami, they ship these gorgeous designs all over the world--and these gorgeous earrings barely scratch the surface.

Larimar is a rarer stone that originates in the Caribbean. It's definitely not as popular as other stones, but is still stunningly gorgeous, and all have different qualities making each one truly unique.

I can't wait to wear my new earrings out!

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Bath & Unwind Cruelty Free Items

The lovely folks at Bath & Unwind decided to spoil me by sending me several lovely products. When they asked what I was interested in, I told them all products had to be animal product free (aka vegan) and cruelty free..and boy they delivered!

I can't say I've finished using all of them, as there were a lot of them. But so far, I've been loving the Real Techniques brushes, and the Badger Lip Balm, which I've been using every night before bed. The Argan Beauty Balm has also been amazing for me. I can't always use moisturizer, as it makes me break out. But this balm is fantastic, and not one zit in sight.

I still have to sink my teeth into the other products, but so far, AMAZING.

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