The best money saving apps

In todays post, I wanted to share with you all two of my favorite apps that I use on a daily basis to help me save money! The best part is both these apps are available for Apple and Androids, so no one is left out.

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BOOK REVIEW: All the Bright Places

One of the many goals I set up for myself this year was to read more books. I started off this goal with this book, which was highly raved about, so of course I needed to check it out. This book was written by the author Jennifer Niven and was geared towards young adults and talked about mental health issues, along with coping with death, bullying, suicide, and eating disorders. Here is a brief summary taken from the Barnes & Noble website:

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death. Every day he thinks of ways he might kill himself, but every day he also searches for—and manages to find—something to keep him here, and alive, and awake.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her small Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—six stories above the ground— it’s unclear who saves whom. Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. . . .

The story of these two characters is told from each of their point of view, which I thought was really interesting. Finch was by far my favorite character. He was sweet and funny and quirky (a little too quirky at times). He was a brilliant and well thought out character. Violet was an amazing character as well and I loved seeing her develop throughout the book. To be quite honest I was a bit disappointed when I first read this book because I thought it would be your typical “outsider falls in love with popular girl and popular girl surprisingly falls in love with the outsider”, but it was so much more than that! This book was raw and real when it came to mental health and I loved that. More and more people are speaking out about mental health and their own issues, but I know there are still people who suffer in silence and can’t cope with their feelings or don’t know how. The book showed that some cannot cope with their feelings, despite their intentions to feel better, something that I think many of us don’t understand. However, it also showed that others to learn to cope and find things that help them move through their life.

Honestly, it was hard not to read this book all at once because it truly consumed me and by the end of it I was a mess. I was heartbroken, but also hopeful and at peace all at once. I give this book ★★★★☆ definitely recommend it if you’re looking for something to read.

Thanks for reading and until next time!

Abby XX

2018 Resolutions

2018 is literally right around the corner and I thought I’d share a couple of resolutions with you guys. Honestly, resolutions are hard to accomplish, at least for me, so I thought I’d include small things and big aspirations.

  1. Learn to properly apply falsies (I am the worst at that lol)
  2. Read more books
  3. Be more active on this blog and hopefully increase my number of readers!
  4. Take advantage of my gym membership and go at least 3 times a week
  5. Expand and improve my cooking skills
  6. Save money to travel to Japan
  7. Be truer to who I am
  8. Hold less anger in and express my feelings the right way
  9. Graduate with a 4.0
  10. Improve my makeup skills overall
  11. Detach myself from social media a little more (I hate to admit, but I am the type of person that is constantly checking their phones)

I may not be able to achieve all my goals for 2018, but that doesn’t mean I never will! I can’t wait to see what this upcoming year has in store for me. I hope you all dream big and have a wonderful year as well! ♡

XOXO

Grinchmas 2017

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is my favorite Christmas movie so when my boyfriend told me we’d be going, I was ecstatic! We had not gone to Universal Studios together in 2 years, before all the Harry Potter craze, so I was looking forward to what else had changed.

***I hate to disappoint, but I actually don’t like Harry Potter, so unfortunately, I didn’t really take any pictures of that. 😅

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My winter morning skincare routine

Hello everyone! I’m so sorry it has been so long, but I am finally back! Today I’m bringing you guys my “winter” morning skincare routine (I put it in quotes because let’s face it, is winter even considered winter in California? haha). I have oily acne prone skin, but during the winter I have combination skin, where only my T-zone is oily.

I recently switched to Korean skincare products, but everything is available to purchase on Amazon so I will provide links!
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Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo Review

Dandruff is a common condition for many of us. It can be annoying and difficult to treat. I have struggled with dandruff since middle school. Not only was it uncomfortable, but it was also very embarrassing for me. I HAD to wash my hair everyday, otherwise it looked like I had lice on my scalp. I tried Head & Shoulders, Pert, and every other prescription shampoo and they all worked, but only for a short amount of time and then it would be the same thing all over again.

Through my transition to cruelty free products, I found an organic brand called Maple Holistics. They sell hair care, personal care, skin care, bath and body products, and much more. I went on Amazon and saw nothing but good reviews on their items. I decided to try out their Tea Tree Shampoo. This is what it claims to do:

“Promotes healthy hair growth, helps prevent flaking and dandruff, capable of soothing an irritated scalp, leaves hair and scalp rejuvenated and fresh….”

The ingredients listed are: Aqua, jojoba oil, botanical keratin, argan oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil, and rosemary oil.T

At first use, it was easy for it to lather up, but my hair felt so dry and I started to freak. I thought about following with a conditioner, but I wanted the full effect of the shampoo and decided not to. To my surprise, once my hair dried it was very soft and there were hardly any tangles. My hair smelled really good and NO DANDRUFF! Dandruff was really my only concern so I can’t vouch for the other things it claims to do. The bottle is 8 oz, but honestly a little goes a long way! This shampoo was definitely a success for me and I can’t wait to try their other products.

I purchased mine on Amazon Here for $10.95, but I later found that you can get a FREE FULL SIZE sample on their website Here. If you’re still skeptical, then I would totally recommend getting the free sample.

Until next time,

Abby ♡