2015 Challenges

My New Years Resolutions!

December 29, 2014

Hey Guys!

I decided that today I would share with you my New Years Resolutions for 2015. Most of my 2014 resolutions I completely flopped, which was annoying. That means that I have a lot of the same ones I had last year.
Although I haven't really succeeded in my resolutions for this year, I cannot deny that so many amazing things have happened to me, Some things have actually been through my blog, so thank you to everyone who reads it!

First of all I'd like to tell you about my Resolutions for this year, so here they are!

Anything in purple I have done!

My New Year's Resolutions 2014
Meet a famous/important person
Save Money, but still buy:
Nintendo 3DS Red
Write a diary OR smash book for ALL the year
Bake a lot more
Get a 4 pack/ get healthy
Be a better listener
Get more blog views
Get a bigger bedroom and keep it organized (and not a mess)
Be a better friend and family member
Be more productive with the year
Work harder
Get in touch with God more often
Learn something new every week (and record it in my diary)


Yeah so basically, I have done nothing. So this time around I have made my resolutions more specific. Plus I have some more.


My New Year’s Resolutions 2015

Financial
  Save Money using the 52 week saving challenge *COMPLETE*, but still buy things when I want them.
  Buy something from the charity shop at least once a month
Hobbies/ Experiences
  Meet a famous/important person
  Do 3 things on my bucket list
  Write a diary OR smash book for ALL the year, including food, daily scraps and fun things.
  Finish a read-a-thon
  Try to cook and bake a lot more (2-3 times a month)
  Sew something once a month
  Get more blog views and reach 100 bloglovin’ followers
  Reach 100 twitter followers
  Reach 50 instagram followers
  Read a book a week.
  Learn something new every week (and record it in my diary)
  Win a NaNoWriMo
Health and Fitness
  Get a 4/6/8 pack and get healthy
  Be able to do the splits
  Be content with my looks and body
A Better Me
  Keep my space organized
  Be consistent and get in touch with God more often
  Be a better listener
  Be a better friend and family member
  Be more productive with the year

I will have more posts on some of these goals, so I will see you guys soooooonnn!

Rachel x

2015 Challenges

The 30 x 30 Challenge

December 29, 2014

Hey Guys!

I am so happy that I have gotten such good feedback and comments on the 30 x 30 Challenge.  I am so glad that all of you are taking to it so well and are so positive!

Before the challenge starts in a couple of days, I wanted to leave you with some tips and resources to help you guys through January if you are doing it. I wasn't sure what exactly you guys would need, so I am packing this post full of lessons and equipment and all sorts.

Blog Tour

Owlet Blog Tour + Review!

December 28, 2014

Hey Guys!

So today I am really happy to be participating in this blog tour today! It is a book called Owlet (as you have probably noticed, so I'm excited! Ms. Michael's kindly offered to send me the novel, and I graciously accepted, and so, here's my review!

2015 Challenges

Introducing... The 30 x 30 Challenge!

December 28, 2014

Hey Guys,


I really wanted to host a different challenge during 2015, and I haven't seen one like this before. Someone I know hosted a similar challenge, but I altered it to make it more my own. The 30 x 30 Challenge is about connecting with God more during the New Year. We can start or end our days on a more positive note if we devoted a small amount of time to the Lord.

Christmas

What I got For Christmas 2014!

December 27, 2014

Hey guys!
I am trying to post this ASAP, just because that's what everyone else is doing...



So this Christmas was pretty quiet. I never really get that many presents for Christmas but I am super lucky to get presents in general compared to those living in a worse state than me, and I am super grateful to everyone who got me a gift. I am not trying to boast or brag about what I got because this is just what people gave to me and I am not spoilt or ungrateful for these things.

My parents didn't get me anything, but this year they did give me some money, which I am going to be saving.

My sisters got me;
- A pair of navy blue converses
- The Pink Holy Pocket Bible, which she saw on my Christian Christmas Wishlist
- Her by Emily Cole , which I asked her for because I couldn't find it anywhere and I really wanted it! This was also on my Christian Wishlist
-A grey and rose gold Floral watch

My friends got me;
- The I love... miniature bubble bath and shower creme collection, because they know I love the strawberries and cream body spray and the banana split shower creme.
- The Studio Lip Gloss and Nail Varnish Duo
- The Sweet Snuggles Yummy Bathing gift set,
- The Lush Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb,
- The Radox Feel Good Shower Heaven Shower Set
- The Academy of Colour Bronzing Collection kit.
- A box of Celebrations.

Once again I am super grateful for all the gifts I received, thank you to everyone!

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45th Fashion Road

Celeb T.V. Styles I wanna steal in 2015

December 26, 2014

Hey People!

I hope you all have had an amazing Christmas! Boxing Day Sales anyone?

So recently, because of the holidays, I have been watching a lot more T.V. and catching up on social medias. So far I have come to love a lot of celebrity styles, especially in T.V. shows. I finished 90210 on Netflix a while ago, and have now moved on to Gossip Girl. Yes, I like them!

I am literally just going to choose five of my favourites and write about them a little bit, but I hope to do some style steals in the new year!

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Blog Appreciation Post 2014- Part Two- The Blogs I've Enjoyed!

December 24, 2014

These are a series of blogs I have loved reading during the past year! I will also try and write a little bit about them! But these are in no order, because I like all of these blogs, probably not exactly equally, but they all deserve their limelight on mine. That most likely doesn't make sense. Oh well!

  1. Eat Read Glam- This blog is made by a lovely lady named Rosie (I say that because I follow her on Twitter). She is a books and beauty blogger, sort of. Her photos are amazing! AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!! It is pretty much like she just rented out a studio for her hauls.... I could just stare at them all day.... *goes into a daze staring at NARS lip pencils and make up remover*
  2. Queen of Contemporary a.k.a Lucy The Reader- Okay, so this blog is abso-lutely awesomesauce. Lucy (the blogger behind it) is a teenager from Britain and I think it's so great that the website itself is so well put together. It is so pretty! And I really like her reviews!
  3. Alison Can Read- I just love this blog! This was one of the first book blogs I read and, well, I just love reading all the posts. Also partly in charge of Feature Follow Friday which I have done on my blog a couple of times.
  4. Parajunkee- Probably, maybe, might just be my favourite blog of all time, I really love it. I am subscribed via GFC and email and Bloglovin'. Maybe because her name is Rachel, and my name is Rachel too. Us Rachels stick together y'know. She does review a lot of romance novels which I wouldn't think of picking up, but still love the blog! 
  5. YA Yeah Yeah! Jim is an awesome guy, with an awesome blog. And he loves YA, and indie bookshops. He is also a large part of UKYA, same as the lovely Lucy The Reader.
  6. The Bookworm Who Came To Tea (no longer active)- Lily is a great person! Plus her blog is too, and we have something special for you guys coming up...
  7. The Fashion Of Craft- Really fun and cute-sy blog! I Really enjoy reading her posts. But I want to steal her colour scheme, sometimes :D
  8. A Beautiful Mess- I really like this blog. It is really quirky and fun, I haven't been reading for that long but I have really enjoyed what I have read so far. It is a lot of D.I.Y.'s, and the Christmas ones have looked fab! I should try them out, but Christmas is tomorrow and I'm afraid of being killed by last minute shoppers and turkeys who are running from their looming deaths.
  9. Fashion Novel (no longer active) - I love this blog! I am subscribed, like 2-3 times on bloglovin', GFC and email or something. The person who writes it, Sophie, has a really unique writing style and her blog is super professional!
I think that those are all of the blogs that I really wanted to honour this year!

Blog Appreciation Post 2014! Part one- The Thank You's

December 21, 2014

Hey!

So it is coming to the end of the year now, and I decided to give you guys a small, short but sweet thank you. So here goes:

Thank you so much to the loyal followers who have stayed with me from URL to URL. I have missed months and when I come back I see that I still haven't lost you as a follower, and you are still there, reading my posts. That makes me feel so, so special, that I can be even the tiniest part of your day, I am so thankful for all of you, almost the most. THANK YOU!

Also thank you to all the new followers, who sometimes comment on my blog posts. Sometimes I don't reply, and that's really bad, but just know that I have definitely seen your comment, and I have smiled and probably even jumped for joy after reading it, because I don't get too many comments anymore. 

This sounds weird, but thank you to all the haters, all those people who try so hard to put me down, because, as the wise say (or Demi Lovato) 'Go on and try to tear me down, I will be rising from the ground, Like a skyscraper' So screw you, and thank you.

Thank you to everyone, who reads my blog and for the thousands of thousands of views I have received. Thank you guys so much, you really inspire me to push on with this. Without you being here, I really doubt that I would be the same person in the same position I am in now. THANK YOU SO MUCH! 

Thank you to all the authors who have offered to let me read free copies of their novels. An authors novel is pretty much their child, and handing over your baby to be evaluated by some crazy teenager is brave guys, brrrrrraaaaavvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeee. Not that you should stop, I like reading your novels! Thanks!

Thank you to the bloggers that make me realize how hard I have worked on my blog and how long its taken me to get my blog up and running and to get so many people to see. When you just start blogging, I will probably be the first one to say that it is really, really hard. I am still struggling. However, as you can see, there are no guest posts or collaborations on this blog. You probably will see a link on this blog leading to another blog, but not vice versa. My blog isn't ghost written, but pure carpal tunnel and over 2 and 1/2 years instead. I love reading new blogs, but only expect something from me if you are really willing to put in the effort. So I guess that's a thank you, as because of your expectations, I appreciate hard work a lot more now.

So that is part one of the post, and thank you so much for reading!

Rachel x

This post was inspired by Parajunkee



Books

Christmas Booktubeathon 2014!

December 15, 2014

So hey guys,

Sorry I haven't posted in a little bit, the internet in my house has pretty much completely crashed. But I literally have just been able to hack myself in just before it pushes me out again- lucky ducky!

Books

Reading Challenges I am going to be doing next year!

December 06, 2014

Good evening!

So today I am going to be talking about a couple of reading challenges that I am going to be doing next year. Apart from my Goodreads books challenge and the Booktube-a-thon, I haven't really read many books during a challenge, so I am hoping to start a new challenge myself, and do these ones.

2015 Contemporary Romance Reading ChallengeThe Contemporary Romance 2015 Reading Challenge, Hosted by The Book Vixen

So this challenge is basically to read as many contemporary romance novels during the year 2015 as possible. It has been going up for a couple of years now and has been hosted by two or three other different people,











Put the Library on Hold: A Month of Reading From Our Own Shelves, hosted by The Emerald City Book Review

The 'Put Your Library On Hold' Reading Challenge is where for the first month of the year, i.e. January, you can't go to the library to borrow books or read any books taken from the library. It's meant to be a time where you read those books on your tbr shelf at home and none of the stuff you borrow out.

The British Books Challenge 2015, hosted by Fluttering Butterflies

Aim of the game- Read 12+ books by British authors in the year 2015 and review them!





I don't think I am doing any more challenges, (apart from my Goodreads one which I haven't decided ow many books I want to read for that) but I will post TBR's and other details just before I do these challenges and I have my own challenge I will be hosting so please get excited for that because it is coming soon!

Rachel x

Books

Christian Christmas Wishlist: Books!

December 05, 2014


So...
Earlier one, I was talking about this great website- eden.co.uk .As a quick overview of the website, it is basically a small website selling Christian materials for churches, study groups and to anyone in particular really. I haven't bought anything from there yet, but I am planning to before the year is up! I am gonna keep referring back to this video in my post, I hope you don't mind, I will link the video here!

Autumn Reads

Otomen Vol. 1 Review (RRA #2)

December 03, 2014


Otomen, Vol. 1 by Aya Kanno


My rating: 3.5 of 5

I honestly enjoyed this book. I have barely read any anime books in the past, so this was a new and quite enjoyable experience for me. There were a couple of things that I didn't particularly like though.

The book is separated into 3 or 4 smallers stories about this teenage boy called Asuka Masumune. He is really girly and likes the stereotypical girl hobbies; sewing, knitting, baking and more! However, he hides that from the world as he is afraid of being judged by those around him. So, to everyone else, he's the 'cool , stoic, handsome Asuka.' Then he meets a girl, Ryo and a guy Juta, and he realizes that his hobbies aren't so bad.!

I enjoyed reading this anime, and it was a particularly fast read! Somethings to me didn't make a lot of sense, but I think if I had paid more attention to them then they would have. I also really like the cover, especially the colour. In this book as well, Aya really helped me to understand all of the titles like 'chan' and 'sensei' by leaving a small glossary at the back of the book. I would love to pick up the next installment of it however Kanno left a couple of author notes towards the end of every story, so it is kind of off-putting to read that if you are particularly engrossed in the book.

If it was possible on Goodreads, I'd give this 3.5 out of 5.

Click Here To Read More of My Reviews


Gifts

52 Week Saving Challenge Wishlist

December 01, 2014

I am sorry for the wait for this post, my laptop has been in and out of crash mode ALL week! Therefore I am also apologizing for the fact that this will be a shorter post because it took me 2 days to do the whole collage!



(I do not own any photos in this collage)


NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo 2014- Why Rachel Failed NaNoWriMo + Tips!

November 30, 2014


Sooo....

As you probably heard from the title, yes, I did fail NaNoWriMo.

However... It was such an amazing experience and I have no regrets of not finishing it because it was so, so fun joining in with everyone.

My story got to 22, 365 words in the end. Which means it is my most developed story so far! The last story which I have written since I was eight is still on like 8,000 words approx. NaMoWriMo was quite stop and start-y for me because I was so busy, but I am so proud of my self!

And here are some tips for next year which I learnt from my mistakes;

  • Plan, plan and plan ahead! Start maybe in late August instead of 45 minutes before midnight on the first. It really will help you and you will probably use less prompts.
  • Go to the NaNoWriMo twitter feed. It's so helpful and you will love it! @NaNoWordSprints actually does have billions of prompts and things for you guys!
  • When you miss a day, try to catch up! That's definitely what I tried to do for the last days, No, I wasn't successful, but I was get 4,000-5,000 words in a day.
  • Follow Youtubers who are also doing NaNoWriMo. Katytastic is an amazing example. She really helped me along, but I was so busy at one point so I had to stop watching.
  • Participate in #10KTuesday if you're behind! It is on the final Tuesday and you have to write 10K in one day! I participated. It was so much fun! 
  • Enjoy yourself! Because I are crying and wallowing your face out, hitting your head on a counter in your kitchen, then you are so going to hate it and probably won't carry on!
  • Clear a little bit on time everyday to write. Or you'll be like me...
I hope that you were all successful! See you guys soon!

Autumn Reads

How I Live Now Review

November 30, 2014


How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I first read this book a while ago (probably a year or two ago) and I really didn't like it. I hadn't read anything by Meg Rosoff before so I had no idea about her writing style at the time, I hadn't seem any reviews and pretty much drove into this book blind because I had only really read the blurb. I didn't like it purely because of the lack of punctuation in it. I didn't do a review but I rated it 2/5 stars.
This week I decided I would reread it after remembering that Ariel Bissett really liked it and read it in Booktube-a-thon 2014 and I had also seen the movie on Netflix during the half term.

So I started to reread the book and it was pretty hard for me. I hated (and still am not a fan of) the whole 'Daisy doesn't punctuate' thing but I ended up getting more into the plot anyways so I ended up not particularly caring about the complete lack in punctuation. Also it was fairly simple to tell the difference between her talking and her writing.

The story POV is Daisy, as 15 year old American girl who has a hatred for her impregnated stepmother Davina. Her father has sent her to the British countryside to live with her Aunt Penn and cousins Osbert, Edmond, Issac and Piper at the worst possible time, for a third world war is the whispers on everyone's lips...
Her Aunt Penn is teaching a conference in Oslo and is unable to get back when war breaks out. People die and are separated and soon Daisy needs to truly fight for what she really wants.

In How I Live Now, our MC Daisy learns so much about life and love and war. She falls for someone society would deem flawed but she cares zilch about that. She is a really careless teenager in some aspects of the novel, but I really like her as a character because she is so headstrong. We see so much character development in her from the beginning and I love that she goes from a regular teenager to such a mature young person.

I also really admire Piper as a character too. At one point she loses almost everything but barely buckles under the pressure. She is really is a very, very special nine year old. She was so strong and encouraging to everyone she met.

Overall, I really liked Rosoff's book because of the river of teenage thoughts that literally seem like they are flowing out of Daisy's brain. I really enjoyed reading about everything that happened in the story but I don't think that I would reread this book again, purely because I have read it twice already and I barely ever re-read books.

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