It’s that time of the year again….FRIENDSFEST! I’m a huge fan of Friends and although I don’t watch it as much as I used to or want to anymore, I still love it and everytime… More
It was October of last year, yes 2016, when I last graced you with a book haul. I was just starting my first year of university and I was realising how little money I would have, so books became a very special treat for myself, only buying a few every couple of months. As I have spent most of the year cutting down my book buying when my birthday rolled around in June, Tom treated me to a trip to Foyles. Therefore about half of this haul is thanks to him. I do love him for allowing me to indulge in the wonder that is books and reading.
All Potterheads and book lovers alike know that recently the new Harry Potter books in the house colours came out to celebrate 20 years since the release of the first book. So without even thinking, the hardback Hufflepuff edition when straight into my basket.
I was only going to allow myself the hardback Hufflepuff edition as getting all four books, either in hardback or paperback and in some peoples cases, both, is very expensive. But when I saw the paperback edition in Tescos for £3.75, AND it was the last Hufflepuff edition,
it was a sign, I HAD to pick it up.
Back in November, I read Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne as an eBook. I rated 5 stars, I absolutely adored it, therefore I knew I had to have it on my bookshelf. The only issue when you are on a budget though, is that it’s harder to justify buying books you’ve already read, so I’ve only recently got around to getting my hands on a physical copy. (Thanks TOM!)
Shortly after binge reading the Spinster Girl trilogy, I saw a novella for the series in Waterstones. It was around £10-12.00 for a hundred page book but it’s so beautiful I didn’t even care. I also rated the novella 5 stars.
I already own Winter by Marissa Meyer, the fourth book in the Lunar Chronicles but I couldn’t progress past Cress until I had read Fairest, so I decided to pick up both novellas in the series to complete my collection. I enjoyed Fairest and I’m eager to progress to Winter.
If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know how much of a contemporary lover I am. Therefore I just had to pick up all of these hyped reads, especially The Hate You Give and Always and Forever, Lara Jean, along with Simon Vs The Homo Sepians Agenda.
I can’t believe how little books I have accumulated over the past year, it’s not good…I NEED MORE!!! Have you read any books I’ve mentioned in this post? Let’s chat in the comments.
until next time,
Read More From Me
I think everyone can relate to me when I say that it’s nearly impossible to finish a notebook when you are a stationary/planner addict like myself. Therefore I am proud to announce, not only have I finished a notebook, I have come to the end of my first full year of bullet journaling. I had used the bullet journal system on and off for a couple of years now, but my black hardcover Moleskin you are used to seeing in my bullet journal posts was my first proper one. I’m sad to see it end, but I’m also so excited to have moved into a brand new Leuchtturm 1917 Hardcover dot grid notebook in teal. I can definitely understand why there is hype surrounding the Leuchtturm, it’s amazing!!
The first major plus side with the Leuchtturm 1917 is that it comes with a built in index, along with page numbers already done for you. Although I never saw the use before, I am really enjoying it so far. I know in the long run, being able to flip back to some really old collections will be useful.
I am only planning on logging collections and the page each new month starts on so my index doesn’t get over cluttered. I will highlight the month in the corresponding monthly colour, August being turquoise, for easy access later on as it will stand out from the rest.
My opening page hosts one of my all time favourite quotes…”we take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.”
A brand new spread for me, my year at a glance. I’m loving this collection so far, I get to write down events I have much further in advance rather than just the month before. I have given each month a colour, as well as colour coding my events. My colour code system hasn’t change since my last bujo. Pink = university, purple = social/me, blue = hospital/health related events, green = work and red = holidays, whether national or personal, as well as birthdays.
Turning the page is my birthday tracker. I’m not sure how much I will use this as I only have a select few birthdays I need to remember but it’s a pretty spread nevertheless. I love quotes so I try and incorporate them into my bullet journal as much as possible. I saw this quote on Pinterest and knew I needed it written down somewhere. “Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you.”
The month’s colours on this spread correspond to my year at a glance spread.
One of my favourite spreads I have done so far in my new bullet journal is my books and movies of 2017.
I transferred this collection from my old bullet journal into my new one but changed the style of it slightly. Doing doodles relating to each film has really made the movie spread, in particular, stand out and I love it.
My next collection houses all of the films my two favourite actors have starred in, Tom Hanks and Jennifer Anniston. I say they are my favourite actors but I haven’t even seen half of their works so I want to gradually get through all their films. These lists will just help me keep track of them. Tick them off once I’ve seen them and highlight my favourites with a little heart.
I had to insert a dutch door in-between the pages to accommodate all of Tom Hank’s films. He’s done a ton and a full page just wasn’t enough.
Next, I allowed myself a page for a list of books I need to buy, having had read them but not owned them and books I need to read. I also have a list of blog post ideas. Simple but very useful spread in the long run.
Next, I have my “Saving Goals” spread. I’m not saving for anything in particular at the moment but I want to get into the mindset to save money from each pay check I get. I think it’s a good habit to get into. Having this spread motivates me to budget and put money into my savings as I get to colour in boxes. Each box is £20, once I have coloured up to the dotted line, I would have saved £100. Once this whole page is coloured in, I should have £2,000 in my savings.
On the opposite page, I decided to have my “30 Before 30” bucket list written out as I’m sure my savings will help me acomplish some of my bucket list items.
My first month in my new bullet journal…August!
Moving onto my first month in my brand new bullet journal. I stuck with collections that knew worked for me. As my bullet journal is so new, I’m scared to experiment just yet as I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my journal. Therefore you may have seen all these spreads before.
My monthly view is my usual one. I’m loving this style at the minute, it really helps me to visualize my month when I can separate my events into “all day”, “am” and “pm”. I also like having a space on the right to write any general tasks I need to complete this month as well as up coming events.
The dutch door style comes in really handy when you need more than a single page for your collection but not quite a full double page spread. Recently I have found that creating a dutch door for my monthly blog tracker and spending log works wonders. I have the perfect amount of room to include everything I need in each spread.
My blog tracker just includes a box to list all the blog posts I plan to publish, my monthly stats, as well as a notes section to jot down anything that comes to mind that month relating to my blog.
My spending log has stayed the same for a while now as I’ve figured out exactly how this type of spread works for me. The bar graph style allows me to easily see how much I spend each day if any, and where I spend it. Each colour corresponds to a different category…purple = food, pink = me, green = travel, grey = car, blank = monthly expenses (Spotify, Netflix, phone bill etc)
It helps me to see visually, at a glance, where my money is going in ratio to different categories in my life. As you can see I spend a lot of food. The dutch door part of the spread, allows me to include a few extra areas relating to my savings, budgeting, and spending. I like to keep track of loans, if I owe anyone money or if anyone owes me any money. I like to budget at the beginning of the month and roughly jot down the key areas I will be spending my money this month, as well as how much ideally I would like to tuck away into savings.
I have brought back the well-loved Tetris style mood tracker for this month but I simplified it a little by only including five shapes and five different moods.
I just love how colourful this spread looks once the month is up. Although it’s not the most practical spread, as I can’t see which day I was feeling what mood, it gives me a general idea how I was feeling overall that month.
As you can see another little quote managed to get into my bullet journal…” not every day is good but there’s something good in every day”.
The opposite page holds my monthly habit tracker. A spread I have never gone without, even if it’s been weekly habits, I have always tracked my habits in some way. The month, I decided to colour my habits according to the day. Could you tell I love colour coding, each day of the week had its own colour…Monday = turquoise, Tuesday = pink, Wednesday = blue, Thursday = light green, Friday = purple, Saturday = dark green, Sunday = deep purple.
I also decided to bring back my sleep tracker this month. I just love the look of it when it’s all filled out but it also helps me figure out how many hours I should get to feel good in the morning. At the moment I am trying to train my body to be up at 630am so I can make the most of my day.
Hey look another quote…” you were born an original, don’t die a copy”
You bored of turquoise yet? haha!!
Finally, after 24 pages, we have made it to my first weekly spread in my new bullet journal and I have to say it is one of my favourite spreads I have ever done. My bullet journal isn’t just a place to write all my to-do lists down in, it’s a diary and a memory journal. Therefore, I love doodling a little picture each day to remember something that happened that day. The first week of August was a great one, I met up with my friends twice, saw Dunkirk in cinema and found out my uni grades (highest grade…WHOOP!!!).
I have finally figured out a weekly layout that works perfectly for me. It allows me to have a master task list, a section of notes, as well as a place for me to jot down any up coming events in the following week, as well as track my water and includes a space for my doodles.
I did try and participate in the Boho Berry Challenge this month but did two days and fell off the wagon. I just don’t think this is my kind of thing. I still love the spread though and don’t regret trying it.
This spread is the current week. Not as busy this week but I still managed to doodle every day and I’m loving it. You may have noticed that each week I am altering the boarder colour and style, as well as the week day dates and headings. It just allows me to experiment and mix it up from week to week without changing my entire layout that I love very much.
Another quote…what?! This was actually said by my boss as we have done something after work on Tuesday for the past two weeks and each time it felt like a Friday. It also just reminds me that no matter what day of the week it is, you can make it feel like Friday with your outlook, therefore I put it as a reminder in my bujo.
Relating to the quote on the first page, I decided to do a little doodle page of everything that makes me happy. This collection is a working progress but so far I have things like, Disney, Youtube, books, catching up with friends, country music and Tom. It’s just a little reminder than when I’m not having a great day, these are the things I know will cheer me up.
Yesterday I planned out for the following week, this is how it turned out.
I changed the pattern and colour of the border again this week and really love it. My boss’ birthday is on Tuesday so I have already doodled a little balloon to visually remember that. I also have Friendsfest, a yearly event for Friends fans, on Sunday so drew out the Friends logo to signify that. Once again I changed the week day headers, just so I don’t get bored of my weekly spreads, a simple change can keep it interesting without having to change it all.
If you have made it this far I congratulate you, that was one long post but I hope you enjoyed it nevertheless and it helped you get some inspiration for your own bullet journal.
I absolutely love how my new bullet journal is turning out so far and have a feeling I won’t be going back to a Moleskin. While they are great, Leutthurm just gives you that little bit more space, as they are slightly wider, as well as the already built in page numbers and index makes for easy use in months to come.
What are you favourite spreads in my new bullet journal? Also what type of bullet journal posts would you like to see as these are my favourite to do.
until next time,
It’s official!!! I’ve never read so much in one month in all the years I’ve been an avid reader. I want to thank Zoe and Ariel, two of my favourite booktubers for hosting two of my favourite read-a-thons. Zoe’s 24HR Read-a-thon came first and got me out of my reading slump. I managed to read 2 books in around 17 hours. Then the Booktube-a-thon happened this past week and I managed to read 7 books in one week, completing all the challenges which is just so crazy, as most of the time I don’t even complete one book a week.
What I Read…and their ratings
(books highlighted with an ‘*’ are the books I read during the Booktube-a-thon)
> Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ .5
One of my all time favourite books (my favourite books) so I thought I’d reread it to help me get out of my slump and it seemed to have worked wonders, seeing as 2 and a bit weeks later I have finished another 10 books.
> All About Mia by Lisa Williamson – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lisa Williamson wrote another one of my all time favourite books, The Art of Being Normal. Therefore All About Mia has been on my radar for a while now. I read it during Zoe’s 24HR Read-a-thon and it was the perfect book to devour in a day. I loved it.
>Fairest by Marissa Meyer – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ .5
I’m slowly but surely getting through the Lunar Chronicles but the size of Winter is so intimidating but hopefully, I’ll get round to it at some point before the end of the year. Overall I really enjoy this series and can’t wait for Winter and Stars Above.
> Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ .5
Kate from GirlReading on Youtube recommended this read in one of her recent videos and it so happened that I downloaded it years ago on my e-reader. I decided to give it a go and absolutely adored it, but seeing as it’s a mystery I won’t speak a word. If you give it a go, go into it knowing nothing.
> * Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I adore Harry Potter but you definitely don’t need to read the short stories for it to add anything to the original series. I enjoyed this but it was nothing special.
> * Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book was the booktubeathon pick. Another contemporary, another enjoyable read.
> * By Your Side by Kasie West – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Now I LOVED this book and may be my favourite book I read this month. New fictional boyfriend…DAX!!
> * Simon VS The Homo Sepians Agenda by Beckie Albertalli – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
A really great book with an amazing discussion point but because of the hype, I feel like I had too high of expectations for it, so it didn’t get as much love as I think most people give it. I still really enjoyed my time reading it though.
> * 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’ve seen the Netflix show and I adored it and watched the entire season within 24 hours…opsie! So when I saw this audiobook on my library app, I downloaded it to help me read more during the Booktube-a-thon.
> * The Eye of Minds by James Dashner – ⭐️⭐️.5/75
I used to LOVE the Maze Runner and don’t get me wrong I still do love it, just not as much as I used it. I’ve had this book of Dashner’s on my shelf for a while and I was getting tired of reading contemporary so decided to pick it up.
>The Walking Dead Vol.1 by Robert Kirkman – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was a reread to complete the challenge to read an entire book outside for the booktube-a-thon. I adore The Walking Dead, tv show, and graphic novels. I have only got up to volume 10 in the graphic novels, but I read that one such a long time ago, it’s not that I’ve forgotten the story, as I have watched so many reruns of the tv show, it’s the art and what each character looks like in the graphic novels that confuses me and therefore, I want to reread the series, and the booktube-a-thon was the perfect time to do so.
Monthly Reading Stats
I still can’t believe the amount I read this month. I don’t think I will EVER read that much again but knowing that if I prioritize my time, I can read more, makes me so happy, and in August I’m going to make it a goal just to prioritize my time more wisely. I just need to learn to pick up a book more than watch hours of Youtube.
What did you read in July? Did we read any of the same books? Did YOU participate in the Booktube-a-thon? Let’s chat in the comments.
until next time,
Each year one of my favourite booktubers, Ariel Bissett, hosts one of my favourite read-a-thons, the booktube-a-thon. I have participated every year since 2014, so this will be my fourth one and I have yet to complete 7 books in 7 days and this year will NOT be the year. However I think the week is more than just reading; it’s about coming together as a community and just enjoying the atmosphere and the challenges, videos people post and just seeing everyone else around you read at the same time. Having said all that I do create a TBR correlating with the challenges set.
>1 Read a book with a person on the cover
>2 Read a hyped book
>3 Finish a book in one day
>4 Read a book with a character who is different to you
>5 Read a book entirely outside
>6 Read a book you bought because of the cover
>7 Read 7 books!
I have created a double page spread in my bullet journal to track my progress throughout the week. I will just track the books I’m reading and the page count and what I’m thinking about the books.
>1 By Your Side by Kasie West – This completes the challenge “read a book with a person on the cover” as well as “read a book completely outside“. I will be listening to the audiobook of this in my car on the way to and from work, so even though inside my car isn’t technically outside, it’s outside of my usual reading environment…my bedroom. That counts right? (Update: Ariel tweeted that, yes, reading in your counts for the outside challenge)
>2 Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – This completes the challenge of “read a hyped book” and “read a book with a character who is different to you“. This book is so highly praised in the book community and it is about a boy who is gay aka the complete opposite to a heterosexual female.
>3 Tales of Beedle The Bard by JK Rowling – This will complete the “finish a book in the day” challenge as it is so short, easy to read and Harry Potter. Three key things to able me to read a book quickly.
>4 Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel – This is the booktube pick of the week, a bit like a book club read, you don’t have to read it to participate but I saw it for under £4.00 and thought why not? This book could also count towards the “read a book you bought because of the cover” because look how pretty and also I don’t know anything about it, and really did only buy it because it was the booktube pick and because of the cover.
And that completes my TBR this coming week. I’m hoping I can get through all for 4 books but I am at work from 9-4, Monday to Friday so we’ll see. I’m really excited for By Your Side as it will be my first Kasie West book and I know she is loved by many. But to be honest I’m just excited about the whole week, it’s definitely an event I look forward to each year.
Are you participating? What’s on your TBR? Let’s chat in the comments.
until next time,
I recently turned 20 and it occurred to me how little I’ve done with my life so far and how much I want to achieve. My little head is full of dreams and aspirations and even though I’m not even near my half way mark on my life, I’m starting to panic. By the time I’m 30, I want to feel stable and happy with my life. That’s far from where I am right now. I shouldn’t really be worrying at all, 10 years is a long time. I can barely remember turning 10 and in those ten years, I finished full time education, begun and ended teenage hood, learnt to drive, been to Disney countless times, had a 4 year long relationship, made and lost friends, brought my first lottery ticket, celebrated Christmas ten times, changed so much as a person and done things I can’t even remember. I don’t think my 10 year old self wouldn’t recognise me right now. But being the list maker, planner junkie and organiser that I am, I’ve created a list of 30 things I want to do before I turn the big 3-0!
>1 Participate in the Disney Cultural Exchange Program
>2 Have a Degree
>3 Explore Australia & New Zealand
>4 Get Married
>5 Start a Family
>6 Work for Disney (HQ in Hammersmith)
>7 Help Rays of Sunshine grant a wish
>8 Do a Professional Internship at Disney (Burbank, Florida)
>9 See my designs somewhere in the public eye
>10 Meet my Kiwi friend
>11 Have a home library and office (aka own a house)
>12 Visit every Disney resort, including California, Shanghai, Tokyo, Paris, Orlando and Hong Kong
>13 Have a fitness routine I love and stick to
>14 Learn how to do a french plait
>15 Have my first nightclub experience (yes, I’m 20 and haven’t actually been on a proper night out)
>16 Own something designer (a handbag or a high end makeup product)
>17 Meet at least one more actor from FRIENDS (I have met Matthew Perry)
>18 Have a stayaction in Brighton
>19 Go to a restaurant and only order dessert
>20 Go to a cinema and see the next film showing
>21 Celebrate a birthday aboard
>22 Own a dog (preferably a German Shephard)
>23 Have a “well stocked” savings account
>24 Continue bullet journalling and own all the different Leuchtturm1917 coloured notebooks.
>25 Own a vintage style polaroid
>26 Make sure I continually keep in contact with my three closest friends
>27 Keep up with my blog and have a custom domain name
>28 Enjoy a Disney cruise (stopping at their private island)
>29 Do some freelance graphic design work
>30 Stay in a treehouse villa
This list may be overly ambitious but it could be achievable. I guess I’ll find out in 10 years. If I have completed all these dreams of mine, I’ll be a very happy 30 year old and I won’t be worrying on my 30th birthday, much like Rachel Green or Joey Tribbiani from FRIENDS did….“Why God Why?! We had a deal, let the others grow old, not me!”
What’s on the top of your bucket list? Let’s chat in the comments.
until next time,
Each year you get to celebrate the fact you are growing older, which really doesn’t sound that fun, but to be honest it really depends on the age you are turning. Kids love their birthday’s, most of them eager to age up another year to be able to act cooler, get permission to do more things, and just seem more grown up. I’m guilty of being one of “those” kids. But when you get to your adult years, birthdays become less and less welcoming. However, I see it like this…
“Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you”
I recently turned 20, leaving my teenage years behind me and entering the real world of adulting. However, as each birthday comes and goes, I never feel older. I get asked my age and have to think about it a while before realising that, yes, in fact I am a year older. Nothing really changes except peoples expectations for you. I’m now 20 which kind of means I have to start taking responsibility for things. We’ll see about that. For my 20th birthday celebration this year, I rocked out to one of my favourite punk pop bands live, had a Stitch, yes from Lilo and Stitch, themed bbq and went book shopping. No afternoon tea, champagne and grown up talk just yet.
I had a great celebration into adulthood and a month later still don’t feel like an adult. Like Walt Disney once said, “adults are only kids grown up”. He was a man of many wise words but those ones speak to me more than ever. Age is merely a number, don’t let it stop you doing things you want to do. At 20, I had a Stitch themed party and don’t regret it one bit.
until next time,
All my life I’ve been very lucky with my skin, no teenage acne, only a few spots here and there from eating too much junk, not drinking enough water, you know…the usual. But for the majority of this year my skin has taken a turn. It’s still not severe but for me but I’m struggling to maintain how it used to be. However without a few holy grail products, I would seriously be lost. And of course some of these products just help me feel pampered.
I use the Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash each morning and evening as my daily face wash. I’m only, at 20, getting around to understanding my skin and what it needs. I’m now pretty sure that my skin is more on the normal/oily side of the spectrum, which means the oil balancing side of this face wash really works well with my skin. The exfoliating beads are super gentle so I can use it twice a day without getting irritation. The scent is barely there, so if your skin is sensitive to perfume or fragrant products, I would suggest giving this one a go.
I actually had a break, a few months back, from this face wash to try a new one…this was a bad mistake on my behalf. It was when I switched things up, my skin really started to break out more and get worse. So I truly believe the Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash is doing good for my skin.
Only very recently I noticed something missing out of my skincare routine that I hadn’t used in ages. This got me thinking, maybe that’s part of the reason my skin isn’t so great at the moment. Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty Face Mask has been a lifesaver for my skin recently. I never used to leave my cupboard without one, but with university making me stretch every single penny I had, I never had any spare cash to treat my skin to this wonderful face mask. As soon as I could, I restocked my cupboards and have seen an instant difference.
The packaging even states…”This peppermint mask does everything it can to fight eruptions and outbreaks and return your skin to tip top condition“…aka, the miracle product I needed. I use it two or three times a week, depending on my skins condition and whether I have time. I like to apply a generous layer with my fingers, leave it on for 15-20 minutes, then gently remove the mask with a clean flannel. It’s a face mask that tingles a little when it starts to dry on your skin but that personally doesn’t bother me and afterwards it leaves your skin feeling so smooth. I just love this product so much and I’ve definitely learnt my lesson of always having some of this in my bathroom cupboard.
The final product that’s really helped improve my skin over the past four(ish) months is the Nivea 2 in 1 Cleanser & Toner. I’ve never really been into toners because they always made my skin sting and I never saw the point. However, I picked this product up on a whim when completing a 3 for 2 offer on Nivea products and it’s now an essential in my skincare routine.
Applying a grape size amount on a cotton pad and use circle movements to distribute the product around your face and down your neck. I use this product after removing my makeup, it is only a night time ritual for me, washing my face. Even after removing my makeup and cleaning my skin, there was still makeup in my pores, so this toner & cleanser just ensures my skin gets a deeper clean. It’s also super moisturising so I find I don’t need to apply a night cream after using it.
Now onto the products that just make my skin feel good. I’m guilty of not applying body butter as often as I should and I know my skin punishes me. My legs especially are very dry and itchy. However, during the summer, I always bring the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream out of the cupboard as it just smells like summer in the tub. It basically just smells like lemon sherbet and I’m a sucker for citrus scents.
I apply this after very shower to moisturise my skin. Super simple but a step I feel most people either skip or forget about. I know for sure sometimes I’m just too lazy. But you need to keep the rest of your skin hydrated as well.
My body butter choices change depending on the season or what I’m feeling but at the moment I’m loving the Sugar Crush Body Buttercream from Soap and Glory.
The final product I’m mentioning today is the Nivea Lip Butter. Ever since using this lip product on a daily basis, every morning and evening, my lips rarely get chapped, when before they were always so dry. Making sure my lips are always moisturized is also a key step in my daily routine.
Without these products my skin would be suffering a lot more but I truly feel like Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty is incredible and allows you to see instant results (I may go do one now).
What are your skincare essentials? Let’s chat in the comments.
until next time,