Reading Challenge – Year of The Alphabets

So here’s a challenge from a blogger I follow. I’m going to do it and I though maybe you guys might like it. So here it is the Alphabet Book Challenge

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Ok,  I know this sounds kind of silly, but I think all of us (including me) should try to read a book with a title that starts with every letter in the alphabet. I know some of you may think this is really lame, but just give it a try, and if you need a little more motivation, check out another one of my posts all about reading –here–

And if anybody would like to print out the chart so that you can keep track of your reading click there —> Blog Alphabet Challenge   (This is a word document)

Here’s my list so far

A
B
C  ‘Cinder’ by Marissa Meyer
D
E
F  ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S ‘Scarlet’ by Marissa Meyer
T  ‘To Marry a Prince’ by Sophie Page
U
V
W
W
Y
Z

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A Few Things Every Royal Should Have

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Life in the 21st century is absolutely great. We have central heating to help us survive this brutal winter were having. Cars that run on electricity and phones that can do a lot more than just make calls. So here are some things that you could only find in the 21st century, and that I can absolutely not imagine living without. And I’m not talking basics, like cell phones and YouTube. I mean some apps and websites that I use on a daily basis and that help make my crazy life a little easier, and I’m giving you a list so that they can make your life easier.

1.The Skimm and a cup of coffee, that is how everyone should start their day. You know how there are always like a million news headlines and you can’t possibly read them all? Well basically the staff over at The Skimm read all of those news stories for you, then every morning they send you an email with the highlights/summaries of all the biggest stories. And they even make guides to help explain confusing things like Immigration, and Net Neutrality. Not to mention they have TONS of free giveaways, like vacations to wine country and Barbados, and all this is delivered to your inbox every morning for absolutely FREE so what are you waiting for? go sign up!

2. Shopkick. Ok I only started using this one a few weeks ago, but I’m already loving it. Shopkick is an app (available on iphone and Androids) and you get points for notshopping. Seriously you just get points for walking into stores, and then of you want more points you can scan some items. Then later you can redeem your points for gift cards to your favorite stores. I want to make something clear, you don’t have to buy ANYTHING! The app is free and you just have to scan the items using your phone you don’t have to actually buy anything. Yeah so it’s basically free money as it involves very little work on your part. You also get points whenever someone you know joins. Now don’t get me wrong I want the points, but this app is also awesome and I would recommend it to you guys either way, so go ahead get started.

3. Pocket. So you know how sometimes you see an article or something but you can’t read it right then and there, well with pocket you can save them and read them later. There’s an app, and a tool to download onto your web browser. So no matter where you are or what device you’re on you can save links all in 1 place. So if you’re like me and your always finding articles to read, but never seem to have the time, pocket is for you.

4. Coach Me . Coach me formally known as lift, is probably one the most important apps I use. This apps is to help you stay on track and help you develop good habits. Basically you pick which good habits you want to have and how many times a week you want to do it. Then everyday you go on and check which things you’ve done and it keeps track. This app is also free and available in the app store and the Google play store

5. My Fitness Pal. Trying to lose weight? Trying to watch what you eat? Then this is the app for you. You enter in your height, weight, and your goal, and it sets up guidelines that will help you achieve that goal. Everyday you log on and track what you ate and how much you exercised. And if you have a fitness tracker like fitbit or jawbone, you can sync your device to your account to. Ohh and did I mention it’s free too?

6. Amazon Student. Ok so this one is my personal favorite, I honestly don’t know how I lived my life before I had Amazon student. So have you heard of amazon prime? No? well ok, amazon prime members pay a yearly fee and in return they get tons of benefits like, 2 day free shipping, unlimited streaming of Prime movies and TV shows, unlimited access to millions of free songs with prime music, plus tons of extra coupons and deals. So what is Amazon Student? It’s amazon prime but for half the price. Prime members pay $100 a year, amazon student members pay $50. And yes I know what your thinking, $50 dollars is kind of a lot but trust me it’s totally worth it, and if you don’t believe me try it yourself, there’s a 6 month free trial.

There you go my lovely Royals, these are just a few things to help make your life a little easier. I officially give all 6 of these my stamp of approval. Try them out and let me know what you think in the comments below. Also comment and let me know what apps/websites you think I should try.

Quote Of The Week

Some things just aren’t meant to be. It’s sad, and sometimes it hurts but it’s the truth. I honestly believe that everything happens for a reason, if I didn’t I would probably lose my mind. And I know a couple weeks ago I wrote about how it’s ok to get upset even over the little things and I stand by that. It is ok to be sad, even if other people tell you it’s not, you need to know that it is. But the thing is, you can’t be sad forever, eventually you need to move on, no matter how much it hurts. So when it comes time to move on just remember, you may be waiting for the train, but if it doesn’t stop at your station then it probably wasn’t your train.

It’s Ok To Be Sad Sometimes

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There’s this idea that you shouldn’t be sad about certain things because other people have it worse. We have all heard “well remember some people are starving”, “at least you still have your health”, phrases like these are said to force us to “put our problems into perspective”. But here’s the thing, telling someone they shouldn’t be sad because other people have it worse, is like telling someone they shouldn’t be happy because others have it better. Could you imagine if we did that?

You: ohh I’m so excited I got A’s in all my classes this semester!

Your friend: Yeah…but Meryl  Streep won another Oscar….so she’s way better off than you.

You:…..

Friend: Yeah…so next maybe next time your happy you should stop and think about other people who have it better than you.

See, it seems ridiculous right? You would never convince someone their joy is insignificant so why do we constantly tell people their pain is?

I am here today to tell you it’s ok to be sad, even over some of the little “insignificant” things. Let yourself feel the pain, let yourself wallow. It’s ok to cry over the death of a fictional character. It’s ok to be upset when you get a B+ instead of an A. It’s ok to be sad that you didn’t win Prom Queen, or student body president. Sure it’s an honor just to be nominated, and a B is good too, and other people DO have it worse, but all these things won’t make it hurt any less. So let it hurt, feel the pain, cry, scream, eat a pint of ice cream or an extra large pizza, just do whatever it is you need to do. It’s ok to be sad, even if it’s only for a little while.

So promise me you won’t try to hide your emotions, its not healthy (and it causes wrinkles) and don’t ever feel guilty for feeling a certain way whether that’s sad, happy or in love. And don’t EVER apologize for your feelings because they are nothing to be ashamed of.