Sunday, August 2, 2015

Life: July Favorites

For the first time, I am doing a monthly favorites that doesn't involve beauty products! I didn't like anything new besides my Rimmel London Eyeshadow Stick, but I already mentioned my love for it in my Mostly Pencils Haul. Thus, I thought I'd just talk about my lifestyle favorites for July. I hope you enjoy!

Almond Breeze Almond Milk in Vanilla - I've started using almond milk because regular milk just didn't agree with my sensitive stomach. I also didn't like that regular milk spoiled too easily. On the other hand, almond milk could last for a long time!

Archer Farms Gelato - Currently, I have Salted Caramel Gelato in my freezer, but I've loved the Triple Chocolate Fudge Gelato in July. I found that Salted Caramel was too sweet. If I wasn't mistaken, this might be a Target brand, but I loved it!

Lindt Chocolates - I've also been indulging myself with premium chocolates because I've decided I could either have chocolates or chips (crisps), but not both. I decided I would cut back on chips and indulge on chocolate instead. I've also been loving Cadbury because it was more affordable than Lindt.

TV Shows
House - I couldn't even explain to you how much I loved this show. I never got into it when it was still on the air, but now that there's a marathon every Tuesday of the old episodes, I've really just been binging. I've even considered buying the whole 8 seasons so I can watch anytime. I just love really intellectual shows. Also, there was something about Hugh Laurie. He was so charismatic in the show!

Grimm - I started watching this because the DVR threatened to delete the episodes if we didn't watch it soon. I got really into it because it was about all the folklore monsters that existed in different cultures. Also, in the newer episodes, David Guintoli grew some facial hair and oh my Grimm, he was sexy as all hell ;)

Grid Diary - for people with anxiety, this was a great app. Read my review here.

Target Cartwheel - I've fallen in love with saving money! Could you believe that? I've loved shopping at Target for my groceries because I got discounts on products I often bought. On top of that, I also got 5% off every time I used my Target RedCard. Savings on top of savings! Watch my Target Haul here.

Shadow of the Mark - this book was just absolutely brilliant! I couldn't believe that it took me so long to read this book, but as soon as I finished it, I wanted the third book! Unfortunately, there hadn't been any plans of publishing the third book yet. Read my review here.

Victoria from In the Frow - I've been such a fangirl for Victoria in July. I've watched every single video she uploaded and read every blog post. She'd just re-launched her blog so definitely check it out. It's amazing! Read a post I dedicated to her here.

Let me know in the comments what you've been loving in July!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Life: Shadow of the Mark

Shadow of the Mark was the sequel to Carrier of the Mark and it was bloody brilliant! It started out a little bit slow for me, but by the middle of the book, I couldn't put it down. I was at the edge of my seat as I flipped through the pages to find out what came next. I even stayed up past midnight just so I could finish the book.

I found this book riveting, but I also found that it wasn't that hard to figure out who certain characters really were. There was also the cliche part where a character was told to run the other way, so of course, that character would run exactly where she was told not to go. 

Beside the predictability of certain parts of the book, I really enjoyed it. The power emanated off the page from the characters, and I found it really mesmerizing. I haven't read young adult novels in a while, but I made an exception for this series. Leigh Fallon was a brilliant writer, and I really hope the third book gets published and SOON!


Megan knew she was destined to be with Adam from the first moment she saw him and now they are determined to be together. But Megan and Adam are Marked Ones, and a romance between two Marked Ones is strictly forbidden…and could cause worldwide devastation.

Read my review of Carrier of the Mark (Book 1) here


Carrier of the Mark
Shadow of the Mark

Let me know in the comments if you've read this book.
If not, tell me some of your favorite YA authors :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Life: Grid Diary

I have been so excited about the Grid Diary app ever since I downloaded it last week. I have been told journaling helps people with anxiety. I have tried to journal with an actual pen and an actual notebook. However, I seemed to always stop after so many days of doing it.

When I found this app, I got really excited! It contained pre-made questions, but I was also able to edit the questions that I didn't think particularly applied to me.

What I liked about this app was that it forced me to be more aware of my day and to recognize the good and bad things of my day. It allowed me to re-frame my mindset when I have had a bad day. The smiley faces helped make it easy for me to look back and determine which days of the week was a bad day. To put it simply, this app let me see the bigger picture and prevent myself from focusing on the small little negative things that happened in a day.

If you had suffered from anxiety and had found it difficult to be discipline and journal your day away, I would highly suggest this app. It was absolutely brilliant and completely free! There was an option to go Pro, but I've been quite happy with the free version that I thought I didn't have to go Pro.

Let me know in the comments if you know of other apps that help you cope with anxiety.