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

Write 100 Words Challenge! w/ The BookWorm Who Came To Tea!

December 29, 2014

So recently I have spoken in tiny hints on my blog about doing a 2015 challenge. Well, I am announcing it now!


So I am co-hosting this blog post with Lily, from The BookWorm Who Came To Tea (no longer active). I am really excited! The challenge will be running throughout 2015 and I hope that everyone enjoys it!

Here is the information (I am not going to call them rules because they aren't really rules)
- 12 bloggers will be coming together to write an anthology during the year of 2015.
- One blogger will write an 100 word continuation of the last persons 100 words.
- The bloggers pretty much have no rules, Lily and I are not asking for you to base the piece you are writing on anything, as long as it makes sense, and can be linked to the previous pieces, than that;s okay.
- If the audience have any ideas about what should also be inputted into the story, please leave it in the comments! Lily and I are always looking for new prompts and ideas
- What we will do with the novels is not exactly certain, but let us know what you think between January and November and we will figure it out!

I hope to see you guys soon!

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.

1. Equipment Gathering
So for this challenge I would suggest writing everything down by hand, because that is probably going to be the least distracting for you. I have attempted to do quiet times on my phone or with my laptop beside me and it is so distracting and hard to concentrate when you are sitting in front of a screen. If you need to use you phone, I suggest that you try and use it as scarcely as possible. For example, turning off your Wi-Fi and just using a notes application and the Bible App.
I use my phone to play Praise and Worship Music sometimes, but I keep my phone on lock throughout quiet times and then mute it when I need to focus on anything. I also put it on silent.
For the challenge I am going to be using a devotional book, however if you aren't interested in a book, there are tons of printable studies on the internet you can check out!
Then of course, I am going to need the regular things, i.e. a regular notepad and pens. I like gel pens for this sort of stuff, because they are great for colour coding. Also a couple of highlighters, if you like to highlight quotes, which I do as well. I also got a new Bible for Christmas which I am going to be using from now onwards! But of course you don't have to purchase new equipment, but I'd suggest you just get a spare notebook if you don't have one laying around.

2. Lesson Planning
I like to plan out what I am doing before I start my session. This only takes 2-3 minutes for me. All I do is find something I haven't worked on, maybe a lesson or story I haven't covered or I want to go over something I did in Church, and go from there. If you are doing the printable lessons then this doesn't really apply, unless you've printed off a few and want to just pick from those. If you are inexperienced, or haven't done a quiet time before, I recommend listening to a podcast or sermon.

3. The Soap Method
The SOAP method is an awesome way to study the Bible effectively. SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer. So as long as you do those things, you will get the best out of that you are learning.

4. Journaling!
If you think that you may get bored of the challenge give up, this will be the best thing for you to do. Yes, a lot of people struggle with putting in the effort and think they have to stare at the clock repeatedly, hoping that one time it will be 4 seconds past the hour and they can pack up and carry on with their lives. I do this too. It's really hard to ease the consistency of quiet times into your lifestyle because of the so many distracting things today.
I suggest making a prayer journal, which I will have a separate, more detailed post on soon. A prayer journal is a much more fun way to dedicate your time to God. It is a lot like a smash book or scrapbook, only it is centered on your relationship with the Lord. You can print off custom prayers for different people in your planning time, or you can create charts and/or activity sheets to do. Its all up to what you are interested in, and if you don't find plain praying and studying particularly appealing, then consider making your time with our Father more exciting!

5. Write Down Your Prayers
I sort of referenced this a little bit before. Writing down your prayers is an excellent way to keep track of what you have covered. You are still praying when you write down the words, because God is reading your thoughts while you put on paper or he is reading your letter to him, however you want to think of it.
Just phrase your prayers like a letter to God. Start with 'Dear Lord', or 'Dear Father', or whatever you like to call God. Then write your prayer down!


Well, in my head I had more tips than that, but oh well, I do have another post to do...

Speak you guys later, and God Bless

Rachel x


If you are interested in participating in the 30 x 30 challenge, then here is the information that you need!

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!

Owlet Review


I received this book for free from the author to review, however all opinions are my own and the review is completely unbiased.

My Review:

I quite liked this book. I feel it was really interesting and a hell of a lot happened in it. I am excited to read the next installment, and am just interested in what happens next.

It is about the girl called Iris. She is eighteen years old, and has extremely bad asthma. After a very strong attack, she dreams of a land covered in white feathers. 

After admitting this to her father, the secrecy around her is flattened from the walls encasing her from the real world and she is whisked away with her babysitter/carer, Diana.

As the secrets that kept her life together start to unravel, Iris wonders how much she has even learnt during her eighteen years of life. 

I will repeat this again

A LOT happens in this book. 


This book is about 200 ish pages, which I personally like, because with ebooks I am not the hugest fan of 800 page long sagas, (tried to read City of Ashes on my Kobo, Ugh) so this was better. 
However, I feel to set a lot of scenery and base out the whole of a series, the first of a trilogy and/or a quartet needs to be longer to accommodate the setting, description and introduction of characters. I don't think we even know what Diana looks like. If there was more description in the novel instead of so much action, I would have loved it a lot more.

So in the beginning, the Eyrie and Stryx components of the novel wasn't particularly clear. You got to understand little bits and pieces about the Eyrie and Stryx throughout the novel, but towards the end you are given a full explanation of what is happening.

The book was good and I would like to carry on with the series. It is gonna get a 3.5 from me though for lack of description, purely because I prefer description over action. However if you like the mystery surrounding withheld information and enjoy fast-paced books you should definitely try out this one. 

Thank you Emma for allowing me to participate in your blog tour, and let me know when the next one arrives!

Somewhere between falling and flying… there is a girl.
Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul.
After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the fa├žade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.


Find out more at www.EmmaMichaels.com



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.

This Challenge is meant to give you a great start to the year and is possibly going to help you focus on achieving a good relationship with The Man Upstairs. The point is just for you to just be able to feel comfortable talking to God on a daily basis, and then through the year maybe you can continue that.

To do the Challenge, you must start by writing any comment below, and then starting January 1st you spend 30 minutes with God each day, at any time. This challenge is really flexible, and as long as you spend at least 30 minutes a day with God, then you're good. Please invite your friends and family to do it too!
I am also going to be giving some fun and helpful tips all throughout January and until the end of 2014. Are you guys ready?

I hope you are.

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!

(I own none of the photos featured in this post, and do not claim them as my own, I just wanted examples to show my audience)

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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

The Earl and the Fairy Vol. 2 Review

December 19, 2014

The Earl and The Fairy, Vol. 02 (The Earl and the Fairy, #2)The Earl and The Fairy, Vol. 02 by Mizue Tani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really loved reading this story. The plot was cute but there was still so much action and adventure and fun happening in the book. The characters were so much better in this and I enjoyed it so much better than the first!
Th story is about a girl called Lydia, Lydia Carlton. She is a fairy doctor and she was on her way to meet her father, a professor in London when she was kidnapped, then saved by another kidnapper! (Kind of confusing but it is pretty well explained when you read it). Both kidnappers are looking for the same thing; the sword of the Blue Knight Earl, and they will do anything to get it.

This would be a great winter read!

So this review will have spoilers, so if you do not plan on reading this or have read it, please carry on. And to the rest of you who plan on reading it, this is where I must mark the X in blood, so byeeee!









So, people who have read this, do you love it as much as I did?

I am really, really, really excited to read the next couple of books in the series for this book. I really enjoyed it. However do you think the ending was much of a cliffhanger? No particularly for me but that's okay because have moved on from this adventure, they have their climax now!]

I can't believe that Edgar was dragged under the sea by the merpeople. I feel bad because I didn't really like him but I didn't want him to die either. The merpeople rules bother me...

Ermine's death, I was going to cry so hard. I was in a what, 3 hour mourning period? (My Harry Potter on was 4 days, so 3 hours is pretty good.) The weird thing is it was so unclear what she died for, but because she was such a close character to Edgar, how she loved him like the world it was so melancholy to see her go. I really liked her as well.

Also how do you pronounce her name, Ermine?
I pronounce it Err-my-knee or Err-mine, but I don't know!

We saw a very true side of Edgar after Ermine's death, we saw him lose a person he really loved and it was beautiful that he had feelings.

I still like thingy, what's his face, Ermine's brother. Errrmmmmm.... HE HAS A CHANGELING INSIDE HIM YET I CANNOT REMEMBER HIS NAME?! GRRR...

Nico I would love to be my cat, he is so sassy! He could totally be in Mean Girls. Also I love how his relationship with Lydia is so trustworthy.

And finally Lydia, I still like her as a character, but she isn't my favourite. She didn't make very bad decisions in this book, and that is a feature I personally admire in characters.

So that's my review!
Rachel

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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!


So I found out about the Christmas Booktube-a-thon earlier on, pretty much a couple of hours ago. But, I am forming a TBR for you guys already.

If you haven't heard of Booktube-a-thon, it is where youtubers and bloggers and bookktubers and regular people read as many books as possible in a time limit. So basically it is a read-a-thon. But I really like doing Booktube-a-thons especially, I have no idea why, I just do! These ones have challenges and loads of fun stuff to do, also my favourite youtubers tend to be apart of them so it is alwaayyyyssss great!
This year the #xmasbooktubeathon is being hosted by the lovely Ariel Bissett on the BookTubeAThon channel that she made and designed.

The video link is heerrreee:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7SydgSkVqY

So here are the details as well;
December 19th - December 21st!

Challenges:
1) Read a book with red and green on the cover!
2) Read a book you really wanted to read this year!
3) Read a book that was gifted to you!
4) Read 3 books!

And these are the books I am reading!

Challenges:
1) Read a book with red and green on the cover!
I will be reading the Louise Rennison book, Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging. I am completely aware that it has different editions with different covers, but as far as I am aware I am receiving this cover from my local library.
I also think this is green and red. It looks green and red to me at least.

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1)
2) Read a book you really wanted to read this year!
For this I chose Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Really interested in this book. Haven't read it yet though! It is pretty long, but I am gonna love it, I hope...
Beauty Queens

3) Read a book that was gifted to you!
I haven't actually been gifted a book which I haven't read immediately. So I decided that for this one I would just choose a book someone recommended. Raeleen from padfootandprongs07 recommends The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky. This is meant to be a pretty short, fun book which I am excited  to read.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
4) Read 3 books!
This is just one for each day, I think I just did too!

See you guys sooooooonnnnn!

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

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