6 Books In One Day | 24-Hour Readathon Wrap-Up

Did I stay up for the whole 24 hours? No. Was it as successful as I anticipated? No. But was it worth it? Yes!

On 25th April I spontaneously decided to partake in a 24-hour readathon. I’ve seen these challenges all over booktube and I really wanted to try it myself. So my friend and I challenged ourselves to read for 24 hours straight! The readathon didn’t set off on the right foot, I woke up and 1:20am instead of midnight as planned. Then I took a break from 5:30am-10:00am. Then went for an hour long walk. Then took a half hour lunch break. And I didn’t end at midnight either, but cut it short at 11:00pm! So this was more like a 12 hour readathon than a full 24 hour one. Although I did finish 6 books, which I am quite pleased about. Here are the books I read:

1) The Lost Princess – Connie Glynn

This was a re-read however I enjoyed it so much more the second time around! I have grown to love the characters and I’m really excited for the next one in the series. Though it felt a bit all over the place, the general plot got through to me and I especially enjoyed all of the cat scenes.

2) The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

Unfortunately I have no desire to continue with this series. It would have been an amazing read if I hadn’t read so many other 2010s YA dystopian! There was nothing particularly original about it, and most of the tropes I had seen previously. The whole Clancy and Ruby situation gave off Warner and Juliette vibes. Though it was an entertaining read, it didn’t spark much interest. If it weren’t for the readathon I would have probably DNFed it!

3) Leia: Princess Of Alderaan – Claudia Gray

Star Wars is a franchise I only love due to my dad. If I had discovered it myself I probably wouldn’t be the biggest fan! However this book was just so good. Not 5 stars, but quite empowering. We all know of Princess Leia and her romance with Han Solo, but how about independent Leia? Before she had a man? When she stood on her own two feet? The premise of the book is that Leia needs to complete challenges in order to be crowned heir of the throne. We follow her through this journey and she encounters many barriers on the way. But these obstacles only help to bring down the Empire, which is the Rebels key mission. 

4) The Safest Lies – Megan Miranda

Fast paced, enjoyable and quick read. In one sitting I devoured what was an excellent thriller. Though it doesn’t reach the 5-star mark, it was incredibly well-developed for such a short book. Highly recommend for anyone doing a 24-hour readathon!

5) Third Year At Malory Towers – Enid Blyton

Since the series came out on CBBC, it reminded me of the books I used to really love. Though I haven’t watched the programme, the appearance of it around social media was a signal to pick these up again. Of course, I did enjoy them. I admire the way Enid Blyton creates such an atmosphere with so little description. This book helped me through the readathon because it was short and quick, while remaining enjoyable.

6) Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban

My final book of the readathon! I honestly didn’t think I’d finish this one. But once again J.K Rowling’s magic gripped me and I felt compelled to read on. The Prisoner Of Azkaban sees the transition of Harry being young and naive to older and under threat. I would recommend this to anyone, of course, though it isn’t my favourite of the series. 

That wraps up my readathon! Hope you enjoyed reading, if you did stick to the end. Don’t forget to check out my Goodreads to see what I’m reading at the moment. Also, if you’re on my website there’s a little widget to the side of this post. 

What are your reading at the moment? What is your favourite Harry Potter book? 

erin x

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How To Make Your Morning Amazing In 5 Steps | Collaboration With Girl Online

This post has been a long time in the making, but finally we’re able to share it with you! It’s completely my fault that it didn’t go up sooner. Everything was so all over the place, that I ended up publishing my half without even thinking. I feel so bad for the miscommunication on my part. However, it’s here now! So let’s concentrate on the positive. If you enjoy this post (which I’m sure you will), remember to follow Girl Online’s blog for more. She writes about lifestyle, makeup and personal experiences. I love reading content from her, and I’m sure you will too! Here are her wonderful tips, all about getting a great start to the day:

Take a nice awakening shower/bath

Morning showers are rather stimulating and are the best way to start your day (according to me). I personally take a nice warm shower first thing in the morning. But cold showers are proven to help bring you back to reality and with your overall physical health and fitness. On top of that, it helps with your hygiene as well.
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Drink an ice-cold cup of water in the morning

I do this on a daily basis right after my morning shower and it has so many positive effects:

  • helps to clear your face revealing a splendid natural glow!.
  • hydrates your whole body.
  • stimulates your body.
  • Boosts your energy and mood.

All the above mentioned points are effects that i have personally noticed and experienced. All this helps with overall self-esteem and confidence.

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Take time on yourself

This is an open section. You can do anything that reassures you to keep on doing whatever your doing at this point in your life. Ideas may include working out, listening to music, taking a nice walk, having a nice breakfast, taking selfies, reading a blog post/book, watching a YouTube video or just picking out what your wearing to boost your confidence. Even if you wear uniform (like I do) just find a nice and unique way to rock your uniform, without breaking rules obviously.

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Breakfast is important

In your routine, make sure to include breakfast. Usually I don’t have enough time to make breakfast in the morning so I just have a little head start the night before. Recently I’ve been so obsessed with healthy smoothies and so I just cut up all my fruit and prepare all ingredients so in the morning all I have to do is throw everything into the blender and I’m ready to go. I try and eat as healthy as possible but not strictly. Eating a heavy breakfast is recommended as it is the most important meal of the day.

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Update your morning routine

Generally, a good morning routine that your satisfied with will make your whole day cheerful. Adding natural stimulators will boost your energy. For example: icing your face after washing it will increase your natural glow and your level of confidence. Rocking a cute hairstyle also will boost your energy. How you look physically will boost your general confidence. It is scientifically proven (not sure where but let’s stay positive)


Thank you so much for reading! These were really useful tips, as I’m sure you’ll agree. Please show some support to the author’s blog, and if you have time I’d appreciate you reading my 5 tips (linked here). Hope you are all safe and use these tips to have an amazing morning!

What do you never miss in your morning routine? What is your go-to breakfast?

erin x

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The Awesome Blogger Award | My Three Year Bloggiversary!

Biggest thanks to Sophie for nominating me to take part in The Awesome Blogger Award! I really appreciate it. If you haven’t heard of Sophie’s Corner, it’s an amazing blog which consists of lifestyle, positivity and incredible inspiration. This girl never fails to motivate me, to get me off my ass and do something productive! Please go and check out her blog, she’s been posting every day in quarantine which is really exciting. And now, let’s get on to the post!

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Tag the post with #awesomebloggeraward.
  • Answer the questions you were asked.
  • Nominate at least five bloggers and inform them of their nomination.
  • Give them ten new questions to answer

Sophie’s Questions

  • What is your favourite thing about blogging?

Talking to all of my readers is definitely one of the highlights. You’re all so incredibly inspiring! Every comment I receive gives such a buzz of excitement. Even after doing it for so long, the rewards of speaking with you don’t get old. 

  1. When did you start your blog?

KittyJade has been running for almost three years, which I can’t fully understand. It was created on 23rd April 2017, inspired heavily by Zoe Sugg and her book series: Girl Online. 

  1. What is your current favourite song?

My favourite at the minute is either ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice?’ by The Beach Boys or ‘Canyon Moon’ by Harry Styles. 

  1. What is your favourite food?

This is such a hard question, there are way too many foods to choose from. I’m torn between crackers and bananas…

  1. When is your favourite season?

Spring is my favourite, though it changes so often. Usually spring has a good mix of rainy days and sunshine, though lately it’s felt like summer!

  1. What is your star sign?

I’m a Virgo, which means I have pure intentions and like to please people. Some parts of that are true, though I definitely lose it with people from time to time! 

  1. Would you rather be rich or famous?

Though I don’t particularly want to be rich, I’d definitely chose it over fame. This blog is quite small, which is partly why I enjoy it. I’ve never been in a situation where I don’t have enough time to speak with you, my lovely followers! If I was to grow big, I’d still want to interact with my followers as much as possible. Plus, money can be used in all sorts of ways. Most importantly, I can donate to a charity!

  1. Who are your favourite bloggers?

I have so many! Sophie, the person who nominated me, is definitely one of my favourites. Grace Ariya, Neve, Maryam, Gracie Chick and Caz to name a few! But I’ll make sure to put all my favourite bloggers into a post for you, so you can give them the love they deserve.

  1. What was the last movie you watched?

On my dad’s birthday, the family sat down to watch Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl. Honestly, I don’t really watch movies. Unless it’s a social occasion, I’ll stick to books!

  1. What is the most challenging thing about blogging?

One thing I struggle with is taking photos for my posts. I’m not a perfectionist as such, but I want the best for my blog so it takes me a lot of time! Other than that, I’d say blogging is quite easy. As I enjoy it so much, I’ve not realised how much work goes in. I love every single second!

My Questions

(sorry for using some of your’s Sophie, but they were so fun to answer!)

  1. Why did you start a blog?
  2. Do you do anything alongside blogging? (YouTube, Instagram, small business etc)
  3. How long do you spend blogging per day?
  4. How many times do you post per week, and on what days?
  5. What do you enjoy the most about blogging?
  6. Who are your favourite YouTubers?
  7. What artist are you listening to most at the moment?
  8. What’s your favourite album?
  9. What book have you recently finished?
  10. What book are you reading now?

My Nominees

Maryam @ Infinitely A Day Dreamer

Elsie @ Elsie LMC

Jessica @ Jessica E Larsen

Alyssa @ FightMSDaily

Neve @ Neve Frank’s Blog

Thank you so much for reading, if you’ve stuck to the end! Count yourself nominated if you’d like to answer my questions, I’d certainly love to see your response (don’t forget to tag me). Hope you are all having a great day so far, whether you’re being lazy or productive. Take a moment’s appreciation for this beautiful day, and can’t wait to see you in my next post!

What are the perks of quarantine? What you really grateful for today?

erin x

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10 Ways To Stick To A Routine During Lockdown | Collaboration With Emma Blether

Today I bring you a really exciting post: a collaboration with Emma Blether! We’ve all been struggling during lockdown, and many people have been recommending to ‘stick to normal routine’. How do we do that? Emma and I wrote 5 tips each for you to follow. You can check out my ideas on Emma’s blog after you’ve read these ones! Now on to Emma’s recommendations:

Plan Your Day In Segments

My first tip is to break the days into segments. What I mean by this is plan what you want to do during each part of the day. If I was breaking my day into segments I would have: morning, afternoon, evening. You could break it down even less if you wanted to, for example: before breakfast, breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, after lunch, mid-afternoon, late afternoon, dinner, evening, night. I would plan to do certain things in each segment for example before lunch I want to have finished writing this blog post. Or between after lunch and mid afternoon I want to have my English essay written.

Separate The Weekends From The Weekdays 

This one helps especially if you work Monday to Friday or attend school etc.
Having a routine during the week will hopefully help me to sort out what school work I need to do, helps me with deadlines and just generally be more productive! I want to try and make the weekends my time for no routine and just relaxing, being with my family and working on things I enjoy doing! (YouTube, blogging). For example I might set a target to wake up before 8 between Monday and Friday but on Saturday and Sunday either set that time later or I don’t set an alarm at all 🙂 Doing this should hopefully allow you to have time to work hard and get things done during the week but also relax during the weekend. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t spend time relaxing, keeping active and looking after yourself during the week. Try to keep a nice balance, but maybe stick to a routine on weekdays.

Clean Your Room

Having a tidy space can make you feel in control and ready for the day so starting with a clean room can help you stick to your routine because it simply motivates you.

Stick To A Normal Sleeping Pattern

I’m still working on this. I am trying to be strict with myself so that I actually go to sleep at the time I want and can get up relatively early so I can get my day up and going. Making sure you stick to a sleeping pattern means you will be more active, awake and will be less likely to wake up late and more likely to follow the routine you have set for yourself.

Plan Your Day The Night Before 

Plan out what you want to do each day. Sort it out before you go to sleep so that when you wake up you know exactly what you are doing and don’t waste time planning your day.

Big thank you to Emma for creating this collaboration with me! It was such fun to write, so I hope you all love it too. Don’t forget to check out the other five tips over on Emma’s blog! If you enjoyed this post, and want to see more from the author, check out her amazing YouTube channel and stunning Instagram! I’ve also linked her beautiful blog here. 

What time have you been waking up during lockdown? Later, earlier or the same time as usual?

I would be intrigued to hear your response in the comments below. Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

erin x

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How To Be A Morning Person (If You Want To) | 5 Easy Tips & Useful Advice

Not all of us can be morning people. There’s no point trying to be someone you’re not! If you’re a night owl, you do you. However, I know a lot of you want to try out early starts for a time so you know how it makes you feel. I’ve always been an early riser and over the years I have implemented things into my routine that help me off to a good start. In case you’re interested,I wake up at 6. These are the tips I have for you if you want to wake up earlier:

1) Get 8 Hours Of Sleep

This sounds shocking to a lot of you, but it’s the healthiest amount of time you should be in bed. On the first couple of nights I’d even try 9 hours, because your body clock with trick itself into thinking you’re tired when you’re not. After a week or two you’ll get into a routine. Set an alarm for bedtime and stick by it! I get ready for bed about 20:30 and fall asleep around 22:00. This leaves time for doing the things I like before bed, rather than late night studying. 

2) One Alarm Only!

At first you will need to use a snooze alarm, but after a month get rid! It’s really bad to have a snooze, and it makes you more tired than you were previously. To cut it short, your body takes an hour to ‘shut down’ and when you interrupt this your body reacts and thinks it needs more sleep. I’m good at waking up at the first alarm, because I have a motivation for the morning.

3) Set An Intention

In the past month I got into practising yoga and I do it to start off every morning. When I’m laying in bed, debating whether or not to lie in, I think about my yoga. Just the idea motivates me to get up! And once I’m out of bed I do something to fully wake myself up.

4) Drink Water

Before bed I get myself a glass of water, leaving it on my desk for the morning. Once I switch off my alarm (which is across the room, double tip here!), I go over and drink a whole glass of water. At once. After 8 hours of not drinking it’s really important to get fluid in your body, but it also wakes you up. If water isn’t your thing, go downstairs and make yourself a cup of tea! There’s no point going to bed when the kettles boiling.

5) Stick To It

Weekends are no exception! Get up every day at the same time and slowly you’ll have a consistent body clock. It may seem hard at first but your future self will thank you for it.

What time do you wake up every morning? Are you an early bird or a night owl?

erin x

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