Favourite Lifestyle + Productivity Apps

Hey, Guys!

To kick off the beginning of my new blog, I thought I would do something simple but insightful! I’ve always been one to spend time scrolling through the app store and the internet for the most useful apps. Whether it be calendars, to daily planners to mindful apps, there are just so many useful apps out there that I can use to my advantage. Here are a few of my favourite lifestyle and productivity apps I use almost every day!

peak

Peak is a really good app for brain training. I do a training session a day and it helps you to exercise the cognitive, thinking and motor functions of your brain. Every day you do three mini games and it will measure your ability every day compared to yourself and other people using the app! It’s a great little exercise to do every morning to refresh your mind and get it into productivity mode!

duolingo

Duolingo is a classic but it’s one of my absolute favourite apps. It has such a cute interface and Duo, your mentor, keeps you motivated. If you haven’t heard of Duolingo before, it is basically an app which allows you to learn a wide range of languages. I use it to practice and keep ahead in German. I’ve also used it to learn Spanish. The lessons are really structured and easy to use. It’s so much fun to use and I highly recommend it if you learn a language or want to learn something new!

loop

Loop is one of my favourite mindful games. It’s a fairly simple game where you are given to game options. You can either play the option where your goal is to connect all the lines together to form a shape or you can play the other option where you must unconnect all the pieces. I prefer the latter option and I use it to calm down or whenever I’m feeling really fidgety. I love the simple and calming interface of the app.

tide

Tide is my favourite app for focusing. Tide is a really aesthetic and minimalistic app that enables you to time your concentration in 30-minute intervals. It has a feature which allows you to block all distractions on your phone and locks you into the app for the focusing session. In addition, you can also play some white / background noise, such as rain and mellow noises. I use it a lot when I’m studying for a test or an oral.

lifesum

They say that you are what you eat… I’ve been really motivated lately to eat healthier and exercise more often! Lifesum is a really useful app to keep track your exercise and caloric intake. I’m really bad with keeping a well-rounded diet, so when I track what I eat I can see which food groups I need to eat more of and which I need to eat less of. I can also see how much water I’m drinking and what type of exercise I’ve been doing. It’s a really clean, engaging and simple app to help you keep track of your healthy lifestyle!

Alicia Grace

December Favourites, Hauls + A Wrap-Up

Happy December Everybody!!!

How have you guys been? I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and/or a happy Hannukah- if you don’t celebrate any of these I hope you had a great holiday and I’m wishing you an early happy new year! December for me was filled with adventures, happiness, and joy. I definitely had an improving reading month, I received lots of books and gained lots of new favorite things! Tell me about your December month in the comments and link your December favorites, wrap-ups and hauls as well!

bookish wrap-up

I am pretty happy with the books I’ve read this month! In fact, I am currently reading We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan and I think I can finish it by the end of the month, which means I would have read four books. Although it doesn’t sound like much, that is so much better than by last few reading months, where I was in a constant state of frenzy and bookish slug. Here are the books I read this month!

The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew ★★☆☆☆

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige★★★★☆
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles ★★★☆☆
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

book haul!

So as the holidays are approaching, I got some books from publishers and bought some books for myself to read! I hauled these books:

The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak
Freeks by Amanda Hocking
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
December/January Frankie Magazine

favourites

Volunteering

Early this month and late last month, I was lucky enough to get to go volunteering all around my city and it was such an unforgettable experience. I’m still young and that usually means organizations are less likely to take me on board as a volunteer but I finally had a chance to give back to my community. I cooked in soup kitchens, made little Christmas ornaments, sorted clothes and packed necessity bags, all around different communities. The feeling you get from volunteering is indescribable because not only are you supporting those in need, you are gaining new skills and friendships. I feel so blessed to live what I believe is a good life and I have always wanted to give back to the community, which is why I am so glad I had the chance to volunteer at so many charities this month and last month!

Kool & Co Candles

This month I also received these adorable candles from Kool & Co. I got one in Coconut and an Ariel-inspired scent. I love the smell and I also really like the fact that they are 100% soy-based which makes it better for your nose! I can’t wait to burn these candles during the winter! Here is a link to their shop!

Bella Boxes + Perfume

I also received the Bella Box, which is a monthly beauty subscription service. You can check out my review to that here!  I also got this VS Coconut Passion perfume spray. I got it a really good price and I couldn’t resist, I am so picky when it comes to perfume smells but I have a weak spot for anything that smells like vanilla, coconut or caramel. I love the smell of the spray and I am so glad I bought it!

Succulents +  Teas

I also got this adorable little succulent plant as a Christmas present! It’s fake because I literally can’t keep any plant alive 🙂 I use it as room decor and it just hangs from the roof of my room! I also got some French Earl Grey Tea from T2 for Christmas. I am actually not a huge fan of tea- I only like green tea and peppermint but I am trying to get into it. Hopefully, I’ll brew some of it up soon!

That’s all from me! I can’t wait to dive into some of the books I received this month! It’s the end of 2016 and I can’t wait to welcome to the new year! I hope you all had a great Christmas and don’t forget to tell me what you received and hauled this December, as well as link your December wrap-ups, favourites and hauls down below!

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April Obsessions and May Excitement: Adios & Alohas

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adios april

April has surprisingly been the best month of the year. I do really know what it is about April but I have felt so much more organised, less stressed and more prepared for the future. Lots of good things have happened this month, I’ve been started to establish some useful study tips, I’ve discovered lots of new favourites and I have told so much good news. Alongside that, I have received lots of new books, which is always a big plus. However, I think I am ready to say goodbye to April! I feel like April was a very transitional stage in my life because I have accomplished many little achievements but I am ready to move on to accomplishing and ticking some major goals for 2016! So…adios April!

april favourites

With the end of a month, means new favourites and I have to share with you some of my recent obsessions! I have developed a love for so many new things this month. Maybe I can get you obsessed with them as well!

We Heart It

To say I love We Heart It would be a massive understatement. There is something so satisfying about hearting tumblr, inspirational photos and quotes. We Heart It reminds me of a hybrid of Pinterest and Tumblr! I have hearted so many photos and I’ve only had an account for about a week! It has definitely left me with a serious case of Wanderlust and right now I just want to travel across the world to so many different places! Not only that but We Heart It has provided me with lots of inspiration for some of my latest bookstagram photos! If you have a We Heart It definitely tell me! I’ll follow you back.

languages

If you have been catching up with me on social media, you would probably know that I have recently been using a platform called Duolingo. Duolingo is basically a website where you can learn a bunch of new languages, with a set “Duolingo curriculum”. I’ve been using it a lot recently to learn two languages: Spanish and German. I learn a lot of German at school and I’ve always enjoyed practicing the language. So, I decided to start a Duolingo with it! On the other hand, Spanish has always been a language I’ve wanted to learn. I used to do it as a set language at my old school but since moving, I’ve never continued on with the language. It is such a pretty language and I thought why not?

music obsessions

I would never go through a monthly wrap up without talking about my latest music obsessions! Don’t worry I still play Shawn Mendes’ album on repeat but lately, I’ve been really into Halsey! I’ve only really listened to three or four of her songs but at the moment, I am loving Castle and Colors. I have also been listening to a lot of Ariana Grande’s new album Dangerous Woman, it has some of the best songs. I was never a big fan of her music but her latest album has some pretty good songs! I nearly forgot, Lose It by Oh Wonder has also been my latest obsession! I particularly like the Jerry Folk remix but because I can’t find it on Spotify I’ve included the original soundtrack.

april reads + book hauls

I actually have gotten lots of books this April, which is pretty exciting! I got quite a lot of exciting title from publishers! I have enjoyed so many of them but I’ll save my full thoughts for some reviews coming up! However, I am yet to get into many of them and I honestly can’t wait! Here are some of the books I read this month:dwhqsq

  • Whisper To Me by Nick Lake ♥♥♥♥♡
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes ♥♥♥♡♡
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord ♥♥♥.5♡
  • Underwater by Marisa Reichardt ♥♥♥.5♡
  • Yellow by Meghan Jacobson♥♥♥♡♡
  • The Devil You Know by Trish Doller ♥♥♥♥♡
  • This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang ♥♥♥♡♡
  • Flawed by Cecilia Ahern ♥♥♥♥♡
  • The Square Root Of Summer ♥♥♥♡♡
  • The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (It was AMAZING and I am not ashamed to give it a million stars) ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

I might do a book haul soon because I have just gotten so many books and I think I can save the titles for a later post! As I am writing all of my April reads, I actually can’t believe that I’ve read so many books! It’s out of this world and I am so happy! I didn’t even notice that I’ve read so much this April!

may tbr

Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be reading as many books this May because I have lots of events coming up, which require my full attention and a lot of time. However, I am going on a city camp for a week so maybe I’ll get a chance to read lots of books during that time! I am planning on ticking off some new releases coming out this month, on my TBR! Here is a snapshot of my May TBR:d32eu23

  • A Court Of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • A Darker Shade Of Magic by VE Schwab (Yes…I still haven’t read this yet)
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  • Burning by Danielle Rollins
  • My Heart and Other Blackholes by Jasmine Warga

Hopefully, I’ll actually get a chance to read these books which have been lingering on my TBR for ages! I’ve been super excited to read A Court Of Mist and Fury but I need to skim through ACOTAR because I have a feeling I’ve forgotten bits and pieces! 🙂

aloha may

So I wonder what is in store for me during May… I have so many exciting events this month! I MEAN IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!! WHAT??? *Parties* What is even more exciting is that my birthday falls on the date our school is having a city camp preparation, which means I get to celebrate my birthday without being in school, with all my friends whilst shopping and wandering around the city! It’s pretty exciting. However, I have a national exam next week which is pretty annoying but it’s unavoidable. I do have some goals next month, though:

  • Try to get back into some more healthy cooking and baking
  • Do well on the exams
  • Be happier and dare to try new things.

Well, that is all for my monthly wrap-up! Hopefully, May has some pretty good surprises for me in store and I think I am ready to say sayonara to April! I can’t wait to read some great books next month, tick off some monthly goals and continue to stay positive and healthy! I almost forgot one of my friends Rachel, (Hey Rachel *waves*) had her blog deleted and crashed, which is why she decided to restart her blog over here! Everyone should definitely check her new blog out!

how about you? what have you been up too this month? what are some amazing books you have read? i would love to read about your april! comment below or link your post!

March Obsessions and April Excitement!

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Hello, Guys!!

Sorry for not posting much this week, it’s the last week of school (Yes!!) and I have finally gotten the chance to sit down to write this blog post. Since it’s the holidays, I am planning on getting lots of reading done and crossing off lots of books on my TBR! I can’t wait to sit down on my bed and binge read lots of these novels!

what’s going on in my life

March has been an eventful and chill month for me! (I know it’s weird) The first half of my month was quite ordinary: I was following my daily routine, completing assignments and school work and working out. However, the second half was quite hectic: tests were flying, I had a sports injury and my stress levels were soaring. Holidays just started! (Yay!!!) Hopefully, this holidays I’ll be very productive in terms of completing holiday homework, managing my blog and reading lots! The holidays will be ending mid April and after the holidays, I’ll be having school exams happening. I can’t believe this year has already gone by so quickly, which is both good and bad. I’ve been keeping a diary, and being the kind of person that never sticks to a schedule, I’m pretty happy because I have actually managed to keep a calendar filled with dates and it’s been sooo helpful!

favourites: music


I’ve been listening to a lot of new music lately that is a bit different to what is played on the radio. You can listen to my songs on the left! As you can see there is still Shawn Mendes on my favourites, and this is only a snapshot of my playlist. I still have many of his other songs on my playlist but I’m loving Strings at the moment. XO by Beyonce is a bit old but I rediscovered it again and I am loving it! If I were to recommend three songs you should listen to it would be:

  • Undress Rehearsal by Timeflies
  • Borderline (Vanic Remix) by Tove Styrke
  • Wild Things by Alessia Cara

favourite books this month

DSC_0236_Fotorhu9oiI’m so ashamed to say that I actually haven’t been reading much this month but I did read Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, which took me longer than I intended but I did manage to finish it and I absolutely loved it! I linked the review but if you haven’t read this yet, you must because it is my favourite read of the month! I also read Emery Lord’s When We Collided which I really enjoyed! I’m part of the blog tour for this novel and I’ll have a review up soon! It was a great book and it kind of reminded me of the Museum of Intangible Things! I also just finished This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang and it was a unique and fresh read that I needed. It was different to what I normally read and it had lots of John Green vibes! A review for this book will be up too! I’m reading Me Before You and I’m nearly done with it. I really liked Jojo Moyes’ discussion for the themes in this book, hopefully, I’ll love it as much as everyone else did by the end of it.  I got lots of books this month but I want to make a video on it and so I won’t be putting a book haul in this month!

blogging life!

For my blog, I have been uploading quite a bit (except for this week hehe!) and hopefully, I can still continue to write more and more posts, especially since it’s the holidays. I think I’ll also start putting out some lifestyle posts too because I have lots of lifestyle post ideas swimming around in my head and who knows maybe it’ll become both a book and lifestyle blog by the end of the month, but I’m still working it out! I’ve been planning on starting a youtube channel for ages and I think I might film a video in the next few days and try it out! It’s just the whole filming, putting your face and voice out to the world, that freaks me out. I love talking and chatting, though and hopefully, it’ll turn out okay! For my channel, I think I’ll make it both lifestyle and book for sure. It may have a different name to my blog but who knows? I might not even follow through with the idea!

On my bookstagram over @hashtaglovebooks.alicia, I’ll be doing the #alyssaandaliciaapril2016 challenge! I’m hosting it with @alyssaisreading (I’ve linked her blog!) and I’m super excited! If you are looking for a good April challenge, you should totally join our challenge! We would both love to see your photos! Another exciting piece of news is, we’re nearly at 2K, which is unreal because I just started my account at the end of last month! I don’t know how I feel about my feed at the moment *sigh* but hopefully, it’ll get better!

 

 

april tbr:

DSC_0239_FotorThis month I am planning on reading tons of books because it’s the holidays! Here are five books I am determined to read this month: (Can we just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the cover for Whisper To Me!)

  • Whisper To Me By Nick Lake
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwan
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

If you are following my book group- @thereadingrebels You would know that our April Book Of The Month is Pride and Prejudice by Jae Austen!

goals for next month and what’s to come for april:

Hopefully, April will be one amazing month. As I have mentioned before, I’m trying to get lots of books read and I also want to write lots for my blog. I really want to get my study habits down because I’m still learning new tricks every day but with major exams and assignments coming out soon I want to establish and cement some good study tips and time management skills before the tests begin. I’ve been wanting to do a lot more sport lately because sport and running are somethings that relaxes my racing mind. I tried boxing this month and I absolutely loved it. I think I might find a gym I can sign up to and try some more boxing classes or circuit training.

how about you guys? how has your month been? what are your goals for april? link your monthly wrap-up below i would love to see it!

 

The Life Of A Bookaholic w/ Tiffany @ tiffanybooks.com

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Hiya!!

I’m so excited today because I’m doing a bookish collaboration with Tiffany @ tiffanybook.com !! You all should definitely check out her blog and her Instagram: @fixtionolgy ! Tiffany is super nice and I had so much fun working with her. Let’s also not forget that her photography and posts are amazing! (Seriously, though, you have to go to her blog! It won’t hurt!)!

The Life Of A Bookaholic is a new little feature, which we will both be posting weekly! We will be answering two bookish Q&A questions (Don’t forget to comment below some questions) and we’ll show you three of our bookish essentials! I hope you enjoy The Life Of A Bookaholic and come back every week to see some new posts! Also, thank you for the great response I had with the Q&A questions on my Instagram (@hashtaglovebooks.alicia) we appreciate every question commented and we look forward to answering them!

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Q&A

Here are our answers to two of your Q&A questions! This week we decided to answer a few basic questions first!

question 1

Tiffany:There a literally SOOOO many beautiful quotes out there. I have a small collection of them and although I get most of them from books, I have some from movies, tv shows, even my mum! The quotes that catch my eyes are the small short ones that if you unpacked it, it could mean so many different things and not just relate to the book.One of them is from The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, which is one of my favourite books because it’s so beautifully written; ‘Make it story worthy of you’ – it’s so simple yet it means so much. This one is always playing in my mind because everyone is unique and beautiful and deserves to have a life worthy of themselves, but no one can control what happens in your story but yourself.

Alicia: I have too many favourite quotes! Some of my favourite quotes come from The Infernal Devices and Looking For Alaska. I literally have memorised so many quotes from these books! One of the quotes that really hit me from Looking For Alaska was, “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive,” I actually love this quote so much because I’m one of those people that constantly hold grudges and whenever I think of this quote, I always try to forgive what others have done to me!

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Tiffany: I’m currently reading The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey and it’s pretty good so far. I’ve been in a half reading slump… But my aim is to finish it by next week. I really enjoyed the 5th Wave and you can check out my review of it on my blog. The next book I plan to read is really interesting because it’s my first time reading a novel based on a true story. It’s called the Lovers and the storyline is like a real life Romeo and Juliet story based in Middle East Asia so I’m really excited to start that.

Alicia: School has literally sent me overboard and I haven’t actually read as much this month! I only just finished Cinder and I really liked it but for now, I’m going to take a break from the series. I’m currently Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaria! I love the way this book is set out and I think I’m going to end up loving it!

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Picture2Here are three of your bookish essentials which we always need whilst we are reading or while we are living our Bookaholic life!

Tiffany:
I have so many reading essentials but today I’m going to focus on more of the atmospheric side of reading.

First of all, I need good lighting. Lighting is really important for me because I have horrible eyesight and my parents are constantly telling me to not read in the dark so I always have to make sure that I have a really bright light. My bedroom window points in direction of the rising sun so lots of light comes in during the morning and it light just shines on my bed and it just glows so it just makes me want to read!
Speaking of my bed…for some reason, I can’t really concentrate if I’m in a weird reading position because I’m not comfortable and usually its my neck that I seriously can’t get in a comfortable position so I definitely need heaps and heaps of pillows on my bed or I have a special chair in my living room and its just perfect for my whole body. I’ve sort of claimed it. Comment below of you can relate to needing a good reading position/spot.
Another must-have is music. I don’t listen to music with words usually unless I’m just really feeling it that day, but music (especially piano music) really gets me into the mood of reading and usually I get neutral sounding instrumental music so that it can sort of fit the feeling of the book and it makes the experience way more intense and emotional. I listened to a whole album by this artist during the time when I was reading the first 3 Throne of Glass books and arghh it just got so freaking emotional. Whenever I hear those songs, I just feel like bursting into tears because I can relate specific songs to when I read certain parts of the book.

Alicia:

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI always need my notebook! I only just started to understand how much a notebook can be a blogger’s best friend because I constantly right notes and other bookish thoughts in my notebook. It makes it so much easier to write posts and reviews when I have all my thoughts in one notebook!

I also always need my drink bottle next to me. Yes, I am one of those people that are always thirsty and constantly drink water. I can literally sip through one drink bottle whilst I’m reading, I actually find it really satisfying! (Ahaha, call me weird!)

Another bookish essential I have is my phone because it literally has all my favourite book-tography photos from other bookstagrammers, it has screenshots of funny bookish text posts and has my Goodreads in it! This is starting to sound so superficial but seriously, my phone is always by my side! (My background is one of my favourite Looking For Alaska quotes in it!)

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I hope you enjoyed this post: Life Of A Bookaholic with Tiffany @ http://www.tiffanybooks.com/ ! Before you leave don’t forget to check out and follow her blog and leave a bookish Q&A question down below! Also, we would love to hear some of your bookish essentials or answers to our Q&A questions!

What did you think of this post?

#lovebooks❤ & Tiffany