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YA reader, sweet tooth, thinks Casper is the greatest movie ever made.

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April: Read, Watch, Go, Do

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I know it’s such a cliche to say this, but last month went extremely quickly. Sadly, I wasn’t as productive as I hoped to be and quite a few of my goals weren’t met (practising Italian every day on Duolingo and hanging pictures around the house). BUT I did manage to complete a couple of my other goals! One was to make a cocktail (which I did when I put together a batch of Sangria) and another was to try a new recipe. Not only did I make bagels from scratch last month but I also made the most delicious blueberry and peanut butter chia puddings. Having never had chia pudding before I was delighted by how tasty and moreish it was. Looking ahead, I’m glad that the stress and overindulgence of Easter is over and I look forward to having a bit more time to get stuff done (fingers crossed). Check out the April book and movie releases that I am looking forward to, Melbourne events that I want to go to and a few personal goals that I will hopefully meet this month.

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Easter Love List

EASTER Love List

Easter is almost here and that means it’s time to get crafting and baking. There are tons of cute treats to be eaten and made. Here are some creative and clever things around the internet that I adore. If only there was enough time to make them all!

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5 Ways To Embrace Your Inner Child

Sometimes being an adult sucks. You know it, I know it, those clever people who created and marketed adult colouring books know it. Some of the best and happiest years of my life occurred as a child. Carefree. Worry-free. Debt-free. Those were the good old days. While I can’t go back, unless I somehow score a DeLorean time machine, I can attempt to relive those carefree happy days by acting like a kid again.

So the next time the weight of the world is getting you down, try some of these activities to embrace your inner child. You’ll feel better in no time!

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March: Read, Watch, Go, Do

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What’s up, March? You sure did come around quickly. I’m looking ahead at all the books, movies and Melbourne events that are coming up in March. I’m also setting some monthly goals (eek!) in an attempt to make the most out of every day. I figure if I write it down here that will make me somewhat accountable and I will (hopefully) achieve some of my goals. Check it out below and let me know what you think in the comments 🙂

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6 Melbourne CBD Sweets to Satisfy Your Sugar Cravings

6 Sweets Melbourne

Sometimes (or all the time if you’re me) you need a sugar hit. Morning, afternoon or night it’s never not the right time to grab a sweet snack. We are so lucky that in Melbourne we have plenty of choices when we need some sugary goodness. Whether you like your sweets frozen, deep-fried or baked there is something for everyone. I have compiled a list of my favourite sweets in Melbourne’s CBD. Perfect for when the sugar cravings hit and you need a quick pick-me-up.

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8 Australian Young Adult Books to Read in 2016

Australian Young Adult Books 2016

The majority of my all time favourite Young Adult books are by Australian authors. If you have never picked up an Aussie YA book please, please, please, do it. Right now. You can start with all of Melina Marchetta’s books (Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, On the Jellicoe Road ), try some Cath Crowley (Graffiti Moon) and Kristy Eagar (Raw Blue) which will hit you in the feels and finish off with a bit of John Marsden (Tomorrow When the War Began). Australia YA is the best. Hands down. Which is why I am super excited about the following  books.  Check out my list of Australian Young Adult books to read in 2016.

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Favourite Young Adult Books of 2015

I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas/festive season. As we are coming to the end of 2015 (can you believe it?!), I’m taking a look back at some of my favourite young adult books of 2015. Unfortunately, I didn’t meet my Goodreads challenge this year, finishing 41 out of the 50 books that I wanted to read, however, I still managed to read a few gems.

Favourite Young Adult Books of 2015

Everything, Everything | A Court of Thorns and Roses | Emmy & Oliver | P.S. I Still Love You | Saint Anything 

What are your favourite reads from 2015? Young adult or any genre – let me know in the comments below!

 

Christmas Ads of 2015: The 10 Best Ads

Christmas ads 2015

I normally can’t stand ads. I mute the tv whenever commercials come on. However, there is one time of the year where I will happily watch ads. Christmas. Christmas ads are in a class of their own. Every year all the major department stores release their Christmas ad and I will eagerly watch them all. Most of the best ones come from the UK, because those guys know how to do Christmas. Even though I have no idea what half of the stores sell, they are still entertaining to watch. Here are some of the best (and sappiest) Christmas ads released in 2015:

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Waiting on…The Unexpected Everything

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that people are eagerly waiting on.


the unexpected everything by morgan matson

Title: The Unexpected Everything

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release Date: March 2016

Find it on Goodreads


Goodreads Synopsis:

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.
Amazing friends? Check.
Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.And where’s the fun in that?

Why I’m waiting…

It’s as simple as this. Morgan Matson has yet to write a book that I haven’t utterly adored. She’s one of the best YA contemporary writers out there who can write realistic fiction that will give you all the feels.

What are you waiting on? Leave a link in the comments below!

10 Tips for Staying at Disney’s Aulani Resort, Hawaii

In May this year I was lucky enough to stay at the fabulous Aulani Disney Resort in Hawaii. Being a Disneyphile, I was super psyched to find out that there was a Disney resort on Oahu and I knew I had to stay there. I planned a split stay, spending half my time in Waikiki to be close to the tourist attractions, shopping, restaurants etc, and then the other half of my trip was spent soaking up the sun and enjoying Hawaii – Disney style.

Although Aulani is a Disney resort it’s not over the top Disney. The resort has tried to stay true to Hawaii’s Polynesian culture and style while still providing that family friendly Disney magic vibe that people love. Here are some of my tips for staying at Disney’s Aulani Resort. I would love it if you share some of your tips in the comments below!

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