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Formatting

My latest blog post “Journal Haul” took me a little while to create however when I now see it the pictures are all over the shop.

Apologies peeps, I had it all nicely layed out (Is “layed” the word?).

I am not sure how I am able to write posts with the formatting I want but I am sure I will improve with time.

Please be patient with me and I shall get better 🙂

 

Posted in BOOKS, Personal

Book Review

Crown of Midnight

Book 2 of the “Throne of Glass” series by Sarah J. Maas

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Recommendations were for “teenagers/young adults depending on maturity”. It is probably a correct assumption considering the style of writing and maturity is a factor if recommending to that age group.

However, my children are 21 and 13 but I am the one reading the series and by doing so exclusively (without grabbing one of the other books on my “currently reading” list) the story line must be captivating. Trust me – I am quite mature 🙂

“Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all .”

I like the fact that the writer chooses to start a new book every time Celaena’s life is about to start a new chapter. It keeps the story line clean in my opinion and allows for new adventures, characters and yes shocks to enter her world (or ours as readers).

It has royalty (the good and the bad), assassins, faeries, witches, dragons, good and bad magic and demons as well. But also intrigue, betrayal, action and yes – love.

There is no dull moment in the story, but some predictability here and there.

Overall, if you are a fan of fantasy and even are a bit more mature, give it a try and see where the assassins adventures take you.

As always, let me know what you are reading xx J.

Posted in BOOKS, Hobbies, Personal

Customer Service

By now all my followers here and peeps that came by to have a look would know that I am an avid reader. Thankfully I have passed this on to my two children.

Anyway, as there are so many interesting titles and genres available I found the best site to purchase my books to be the Book Depository.

I have no idea how many books my two babies and I have purchased over the years… I lost count. Nevertheless I have not ever had a drama. On one occasion I waited patiently for an edition but 5 weeks later I asked the question if it could be tracked as it may have been lost somewhere between the UK and Australia. A reply in less than 24 hours offered me a choice between a refund or a replacement, I chose the latter which eventually arrived. I wasn’t in a hurry as I didn’t plan it as a gift but rather for my own amusement.

This was the only time ever I had to get in contact until today that is….

In my latest order I included a Moleskine Booklight which would have been a fantastic tool for a late-night reader like me. However – after 24 hours charging it wouldn’t work. Silly me only now researched the item and it seems to be a common issue.

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(Photo: Book Depository)

So – I wrote my problem into the “Contact Us” box and sent it off. Just over 3 hours later and I have already received the most polite apology and agreement that these lights possibly do not ship well. The kind Lucy than advised that the refund has already been issued as she cannot guarantee that a replacement item will work any better.

That my friends is service.

Well done Book Depository. I may have lost my booklight but I will not leave you in a hurry.

Stay safe and take care as always, J. xx

Posted in Personal

Bullet Journal

I have just discovered this craze called “Bullet Journal“. Well, about 5 weeks ago. In these  5 weeks I have learned to keep changing it to suit my needs and habits, I have made two (yes, not one but two) covers for it. I mean, I never have been making things with my sewing machine (just fixing things, mainly shortening denims or other pants).

Now I have made two! Below is the cover I use at the moment:

I spent an enormous amount of dollars on stickers, pens, washi tape

 

 

and different journals. I have watched some amazing “BuJo experts” on how to make the BuJo (Bullet Journal) my own. Mine is probably not so much a BuJo but just a journal I enjoy using and playing with. As I am still developing it I am just using a very cheap spiral book.

As you can see; my pages are nothing like some of the gorgeous journal designs you can see all over the internet. But I get it; it has to suit me and my needs and so far I am still using it 🙂

I actually do have a couple of pages in the back reserved for my son in the event that we have to go out and he gets bored. As he is an excellent artist when it comes to drawings he is allowed to doodle in these special sections if he is inclined to do so.

If you want to find out more I have linked to the original BuJo page which will explain the basics and origins as well. There are hundreds and hundreds of ideas to be found all over Pinterest, Instagram and the internet in general.

So there you have it. Stay organised and plan ahead with your own version of the BuJo or another form of planner. Which do you prefer?

Take care and stay safe – J. xx

 

Posted in Personal

Skin care

A couple of months ago I discovered that a vital part of keeping aging skin looking healthy is to “feed” it Hyaluronic Acid.

The reason that I was looking at skin care was that I always seemed to be unable to keep my face moisturised during winter. Following this new knowledge I naturally tried to source a product that could assist with the task of keeping my skin healthy and glowing.

Of course there are the major brands that all offer this “hyaluronic-acid, the-anti-ageing-nutrient” in one form or another. However – while I was researching the matter I stumbled upon a local and Australian Made brand called “Baimeni”.

Jennifer founded the brand also due to some personal skin care issues. These products have numerous advantages; not only are they made with natural ingredients (plant based only) but they are also free of sulphate, paraben, lanolin, SLS, SLES, artificial colours and fragrances as well as not tested on animal.

I have since bought and used the Baimeni Acne Trio and am very pleased to report that I feel a lot better within my skin – so to speak. I could see the difference within 3 days. My skin feels amazing but I found that I really need to keep up with it.

Acne Trio
Source: Baimeni

I do have a problem with the trio though; the individual products last for varying times. This is a shame as the trio is quite an exceptional value however having to replenish one after another not only makes it slightly more expensive but also inconvenient to a degree.

I also notice that I cannot extract any more of the Hydrating Eye & Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid as the pump doesn’t seem to be reaching to the bottom or even lower part of the bottle. I have about 7 mm left in it and can’t seem to bring it out.

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Nevertheless I will keep using it due to the obvious success in my case. I also think that the benefits outweigh these few disadvantages.

There is also an option for a bi-monthly “HA Serum & Face Oil Subscription”. I may need to monitor the time I take to get through the next bottle and see if this becomes the best option for me.

The trio also includes a honey based face cleanser & mask. How I love this. Seriously good like honey. This lasts the longest as I not always find the time to indulge but it is a must if you try the brand not only for the HA component. Nourishing Honey Face Cleanser and Mask. As you can see I did use it :-).

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And then there is the Apple Cider Vinegar and Aloe Vera Toner. This you should always use before applying the serum.

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I give these three products a combined 4.5 rating out of 5 which means I will stick with it.   For now J.

Stay safe and take care, xx J.