25 Things To Be Grateful For On My 25th Birthday

It’s my 25th birthday today! And what better way to celebrate a birthday than by talking about the things we are grateful for?

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Practising gratitude is a great way to help you feel happier in life. I often forget to look on the more positive side and I’m sure many others do too. Life can get in the way and we forget to take a moment to appreciate everything we have.

However, today is my birthday so it’s the perfect time for me to reflect on all the things I’m grateful for.

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Gift Ideas For Book Lovers That Aren’t Books

Buying a book-lover a gift can be a challenge. Do you buy them a book that you think they’d like? Do you buy them some bookish merch? Or do you buy them something they would enjoy while reading? There are so many options.

Gift-giving is one of the best things about Christmas time. Seeing someone’s face light up when you hand them a gift that you put so much thought and effort into is always such a magical feeling.

So, in the spirit of gift-giving, I decided to create a list of gift ideas for any book lover in your life. Or maybe this is just a list of things that you wish to treat yourself to. Either way, let’s get listing some gift ideas!

Any book lover would be so thankful to receive a book as a gift. But what if you feel like getting the book lover in your life something slightly different..?

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So, here’re some gift ideas for the book lover in your life…

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Top Four Books To Read This Halloween

Halloween is nearly here which can only mean one thing… it’s time to read some spooky books!

Obviously Halloween means other exciting things too like scary movies, lots of sweets and trick or treating, but the best part of it all is books, so let’s focus on that.

I’m an absolute wuss. This doesn’t change when it comes to the books I read either. But when Halloween comes around, I’m always inclined to pick up something that’s a little bit more on the creepy side than my usual book choices.

But that doesn’t mean I’m going to dive head first into the horror section.

This post will only have one true horror book. I could have gone wild and added more, but that’s just not my thing. I like a spooky book that will put me in the Halloween mood, not a book that will give me nightmares for the next year.

So, if you’re into extremely scary books, this probably isn’t the post for you and I’m sure another blogger will have written a great post more suitable for you. But if you’re into mildly creepy books, then read on..

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6 Creative Uses For Label Makers

Since buying a Dymo Label Maker, I’ve been feeling the need to label absolutely everything. At first I was just enjoying labelling everything with what they are but then I started to wonder if the Dymo label maker (or any label maker really) had more uses.

I love to get creative so when I started to think of uses for my label maker, I wanted to think of some ideas that weren’t just labeling things. Of course, labelling things will always but fun. But sometimes, you’ve just got to get creative and try some new things.

That’s how I came up with some creative uses for a label maker.

So, here’re some ways that you can great creative with a label maker…

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Is It Too Early To Start Planning For Christmas? I Think Not

I know what you’re thinking… it’s only September, why am I already chatting about Christmas..? Well my friends, Christmas is only 3 months away and whether you like it or not, it’ll be here before you know it.

Suddenly it’ll be December and you’ll be rushing around the shops trying to get those last minute gifts and worrying about whether or not you’ve got enough food and drinks. And that is exactly why I’ve decided that September is the perfect time to start planning for Christmas!

I love Christmas. I look forward to watching all the cosy Christmas films, singing cheesy songs, and eating so much food that you feel like you’ll burst. I know that it’s just one day of the year, but honestly, life is way too hard to not say “f**k it!” and have the greatest day ever.

In saying that, I know that Christmas can be a stressful and chaotic time of year, so let’s get planning now to make it easier..

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Why September Is The New January

Now, in late summer, it feels like a strange limbo. We set goals in the new year but so many of them have been forgotten. Our self care routines and healthy habits have been forgotten throughout the year.

Typically people see January as a fresh start. January is a time for setting goals and reassessing our lives. But I would say that September is a great time for that too.

September is the start of the academic year. Young people are gathering their stationery, readying their uniforms, and organising their planners. Even if you aren’t in education, you can’t help but get swept up in the fresh start of it all.

The back-to-school feeling that comes with September offers us a new opportunity to slow down and reassess. We can work out what got lost along the way and change whatever we need to.

Setting goals in September is a whole different thing. You know that you only have four months left until the year is over so you don’t have too much time before you start the new year and wonder what you did all of this one.

Luckily for us, September still has longer days with plenty of sun for us to enjoy. With the longer days, we have more time to live our lives purposefully and work on our goals. We get to enjoy the sunshine while reading or walking around the local park. This is the main difference for me when it comes to setting goals in September instead of (or as well as) January.

Days in January are short and dark. The night arrives too quickly and we find ourselves living more of the hygge lifestyle. But September days are longer and warmer. There’s more time in the days. Use this time to work on yourself and your goals.

September is the perfect time to work on you. Take some time to reflect and see how you’re feeling. If you’re burned out, then try to see if you can slow down or take a break. If you have goals or tasks that you want to complete, then take some small steps towards the end goal.

September is a new start and it’s time for you to work on making yourself happy.

No matter how your year has been so far, September is the perfect time to take a step back and a deep breath. You don’t need to wait until January to start again. September is the new January.

Mini Book Reviews #2

My current love of reading is still going strong. I’m still cautious not to push myself so I don’t end up in a reading slump again, but I’m feeling happy that I’m still going with my reading.

Since I started reading again after my year long reading slump, my reading has definitely slowed down a little. It’s still at a pace that I like but I don’t feel like reading is the main focus in my life now. I’m trying to find the balance between reading loads and not getting burned out. If this is something that you’ve been through then please let me know any tips of advice that you have. I’m doing everything I can to avoid another super long reading slump.

I really enjoyed sharing my mini book reviews last time so I figured I’d share some more.

Now, onto the mini book reviews…

Enola Holmes by Nancy Springer

This was a relatively quick book but I felt like it took me forever to read. It just didn’t grab my attention and reading it felt a little tedious. It had some fun moments and wasn’t all bad, but it’s not a book that I would recommend. I do recommend the Netflix film version though.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

I don’t even know where to start with sharing my opinion on this book. Even thinking about book now makes my heart hurt. It’s such a well-written book that I didn’t want to put it down. It’s definitely worth a read no matter what kind of books you usually read. Just make sure you’ve got some tissues at the read.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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How and Why I Track My Reading

One of my favourite things is collecting and organising information. When it comes to my books, this is no different.

There’s so many options out there for reading tracking and believe me, I’ve tried a lot of them. Over the years I’ve managed to find a few that I prefer and I found some apps that I’ll never go near again.

I’ve pretty much always logged my reading and I feel like I’d miss it if I stopped now, but I do know that not everyone likes to track their reading.

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18 Quotes That Make Me Feel Excited To Be Alive

Life can be hard sometimes but I’m a firm believer that if you appreciate the smaller moments then you’ll find a lot more beauty in life.

Even though some days can be a challenge, it’s always worth trying to make yourself feel happy and excited to face the day. One way that you can do that is by reading quotes that inspire you to live your best life.

Since I have some quotes on my phone that I can look back on whenever I need to feel uplifted, I figured I would share those quotes here too so they can maybe help someone else too.

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14 Simple Life-Changing Habits To Apply To Your Life

Whether we realise it or not, some of our daily habits can hold us back in life. I’m not trying to say that everything you do needs to help you better yourself. Sometimes we do things just because we want to and that’s okay. However, it’s always good to incorporate some new daily habits into your life.

Here’re some daily habits that you could incorporate into your life to make your life happier and more productive..

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