Songs for when you’re having a bad day

I suffer from anxiety and depression but while I don’t get depressed as much as I used to (thank god🙏) I still get the odd bad day. More specifically a bad mental health day. Everyone gets a bad day once in a while.

While there are many things to do if you’re having a bad day such as going for a walk or watching your favourite movie, music helps me on a bad day.

So whether you feel like it’s not your day, your week or even your month, here’s a few songs from my playlist to help cheer you up a little bit…

  • I hope you dance – Lee Ann Womack
  • Skyscraper – Demi Lovato
  • Recovery – James Arthur
  • Head above water – Avril Lavigne
  • Breathin – Ariana Grande
  • Shed a tear – Kodaline
  • Rise – Jonas Blue
  • In my blood – Shawn Mendes
  • No tears left to cry – Ariana Grande
  • Don’t give in – Snow Patrol
  • Make your own kind of music – Paloma Faith
  • Breathe – Seeb
  • Paper crown – Alec Benjamin
  • Battlefield – Nightcore
  • I took a pill in Ibiza – Mike Posner
  • Drag me down – One Direction
  • Sun is shining – Axwell x Ingrosso
  • Demons – Imagine Dragons
  • The Climb – Miley Cyrus
  • Hall of fame – The Script
  • You’re gonna be ok – Brian and Jenn Johnson
  • Bad day – Daniel Powter

Thanks for reading x

Similiar post – http://lifeisanadventure.ie/2019/03/05/mental-health-playlist/

Charity shop mini book haul

Today’s post is a little different. Recently, I decided to start writing about all-things budget-friendly alongside other niches and came up with lots of ideas but I thought why not start off with a mini book haul on a budget?

So I bought three books from my local charity shop. (I plan to have bigger book hauls at a later stage). The books were priced at €2 each or 3 books for a €5! The majority of the books were brand new (Eason’s sticker was still on some of them) and some were listed as my to-reads on my Goodreads account. I’m really excited to read them but for now, here are the three books I bought accompanied by their synopsis.

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Synopsis

‘ I need you to call me back. It’s important.’

Just days before her sister plunged to her death, Jules ignored her call.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules must return to her sister’s house to care for her daughter, and to face the mystery of Nel’s death.

But Jules is afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of this small town that is drowning in secrecy…

And of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Synopsis

It is Ireland in the 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and home for the first time.

Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home – and homesick. Then, just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma – a devastating choice between duty and one great love.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Synopsis

Sara has never left Sweden but at the age of 28 she decides it’s time. She cashes in her savings, packs a suitcase full of books and sets off for Broken Wheel, Iowa, a town where she knows nobody.

Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps some romance, too. In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop.

With a little help from the locals, Sara sets up Broken Wheel’s first bookstore. The shop might be a little quirky but then again, so is Sara. And as Broken Wheel’s story begins to take shape, there are some surprises in store for Sara too…

I look forward to reviewing these books but until then I hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for reading x

Similar posts: http://lifeisanadventure.ie/2019/04/02/charity-shop-book-haul/

Oh my God, What a complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen – book review

*review may contain spoilers

Synopsis

Aisling is 28, and she’s a complete Aisling.

Living ‘Down Home’ with Mammy and Daddy, she commutes to her good pensionable job in Dublin and stays two nights a week with her boyfriend of seven years, John.

But Aisling wants more. She wants the ring on her finger. She wants the hen with the willy straws. She wants the grand big house with the utility room of her dreams.

When a week in Tenerife doesn’t result in a proposal, Aisling decides she’s had enough. It’s time for a change.

A new start, a love triangle (well, more of a square) and some home truths force Aisling out of her comfort zone and into a life she never imagined. 

Review

I saw this book in various bookshops and famous Irish authors saying it was “hilarious “and “moving”. So since the character Aisling was nicknamed the Irish Bridget Jones, I thought I’d find out for myself what all the hype was about. Needless to say, I was very disappointed.

This was a highly overrated book. There’s a ton of Irish phrases on nearly every page but the thing about these Irish phrases, nobody says them anymore. Even my father is from the country and he doesn’t say half of the stuff Aisling was on about. It seemed like an attempt to fill up the entire 272 page book.

If you ask me it seems like Aisling doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing. She doesn’t know what she wants in life or who she wants to be with. First she wants to get married and then later on she doesn’t know if it’s for her or not. Aisling is very indecisive.

Aisling breaks up with her boyfriend of 7 years but proceeds to want to know his every move. Who he’s with and what he’s doing at all times. (Bit stalkerish to be honest).

Conclusion

The repetitive mention of the GAA really made me consider closing the book there and then. It was so annoying. Not every Irish person is involved in the GAA.

There wasn’t really any love triangle/square in this. It was just Aisling deciding who she liked and then comparing that person to her ex John.

There was no character development. Characters such as Piotr, Aisling’s brother and Donna seemed to be thrown in for the sake of it. I didn’t really like Aisling’s character. Aisling was overly emotional, indecisive and did I mention a low key stalker as well? The book was full of Irish clichés. (Oh the cringe). Overall, I’m disappointed with how the book played out.

My Favourite Golden Globes 2019 Looks

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The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg was recently broadcast on TV. While it was a good night for several series and movies taking home a golden globe, the highlight was the fashion. Here are some of my favourite outfits from this year’s Golden Globe Awards…

Lupita Nyong’o

The actress looked fabulous in this purple beaded gown complete with silver statement earrings.

Regina King

The A Cinderella Story (2004) actress stunned in this pink sequin Alberta Ferretti dress.

Isla Fisher

The red head beauty from Confessions of a Shopaholic wore Monique Lhuillier.

Isla Fisher arrives at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

https://www.dailynews.com/2019/01/06/golden-globes-2019-red-carpet-fashion-see-photos-of-the-stars-best-and-worst-looks/


Thandie Newton

The actress stunned in this Michael Kors dress.

Penelope Cruz

The Assassination of Gianni Versace actress looked beautiful in this dress designed by Ralph & Russo Couture.

Janet Mock

Mock wore this stylish dress designed by fashion company Off-White

Kiki Layne

The star of 2018’s If Beale Street Could Talk wore Custom Dior.

Amy Poehler

The Parks and Recreation star wore Viktor and Rolf.

Alyssa Milano

The activist looked amazing in this Cristina Ottaviano gown complete with Yeprem jewellery.

Holly Taylor

The Canadian beauty wore a red satin Ines Di Santo gown with accessories also from Ines Di Santo.

Jeannie Mai

Mai wore a green gown for this year’s golden globes.

Giuliana Rancic

The E! News Co-Anchor looked stunning in a white Gucci gown.

Isan Elba

The golden globes 2019 Ambassador and daughter of actor Idris Elba wore this dress designed by Elie Saab.

Camilla Belle

The star of when a stranger calls (2006) wore a royal blue gown by Jason Wu.

Jamie Lee Curtis

The star of the hit horror movie Halloween looked stunning in a white dress with a glittering accent.

Let’s not forget about the suits…

Ryan Seacrest

Seacrest looked smart in a custom Ryan Seacrest Distinction Collection suit and Givenchy shoes.

John Krasinski

One half of this year’s golden globes most adorable couple, Krasinski looked charming in a blue Brunello Cucinelli tux.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: John Krasinski attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/2019-golden-globes-red-carpet-best-dressed-men-1173632/item/james-van-der-beek-best-dressed-men-golden-globes-2019-1173673


Rami Malek

The bohemian rhapsody nominee wore a custom black Givenchy tux.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Rami Malek attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/2019-golden-globes-red-carpet-best-dressed-men-1173632/item/james-van-der-beek-best-dressed-men-golden-globes-2019-1173673


So those are my favourite looks from this year’s Golden Globe Awards.  I hope you liked this post and thank you for reading x

Who’s Afraid of Mr Wolfe? by Hazel Osmond – book review

Some spoilers may be present in this review

Synopsis

Ellie thinks she’s in love. But then, she doesn’t know Jack…

Ellie Somerset loves her career – obsessed boyfriend Sam and she loves her job as an advertising copywriter. But Sam is always at work and her fresh ideas keep being overlooked.

Her life gets more complicated when new boss Jack Wolfe – Heathcliff in a suit – arrives at the agency. With his brooding good looks, trademark scowl and plans for a change, he challenges Ellie to smarten up and prove herself.

To Ellie’s horror, she finds herself both repelled and attracted to the sexy and dangerous Jack. But this particular wolf has an awful lot to hide…

Who’s afraid of Mr Wolfe? Not Ellie. Not until it’s far too late.

Overall Summary

I spotted this book in Dealz for about €2.  This book was originally €7.77 in stores. The cover was just so sparkly and pretty. I read the synopsis and thought well, this sounds good.

In the beginning of the book we are introduced to Ellie Somerset. She’s coming up with an idea involving singing knickers for a campaign which is quite bizarre.

Her co-worker Lesley (also her best friend) is mentioned in the introduction along with other co-workers such as Hugo. The co-workers discover they have a new boss named Jack Wolfe who Hugo has mentioned he’s afraid of.

Ellie works as an advertising copywriter and is hoping to get a promotion for her hard work. Alongside her friend Lesley, they come up with a song for their knickers campaign. Some of the board members think it’s absolutely ridiculous but Jack Wolfe quite likes their idea.

Jack begins to challenge Ellie which nearly almost ends in the pair bickering and Jack being the arrogant boss with a mysterious past. We learn fairly early on that Jack likes to sleep around.

He charms women and sex is always the end goal. But this time something is different, he is very attracted to Ellie but as her boss there’s nothing he can do as his feelings grow progressively.

Ellie can’t stand him always taking a dig at her but later on she seems to grow more and more attracted to the enigmatic Jack. The spark between them is undeniable and the two eventually reveal their lust for one another.

Review

The first half of the book was very well – written. Ellie is a feisty, determined character and is not afraid to speak her mind. The chemistry between Jack and Ellie was enjoyable to read as well.

Reading how the constant bickering plays out reminded of a somewhat old married couple but in this case, the two characters would eventually need to give in to their feelings for one another.

The second half of the book was an utter disappointment. The once determined heroine was now an overly emotional, desperate woman who felt she needed Jack to love her.

Jack continued to sleep with other women and frankly, treated Ellie like shit. And the most annoying part, Ellie let him treat her badly. She was so desperate to be loved by Jack even when he continued to manipulate and insult her that it was difficult to finish the novel without skipping pages.

 Overall, this book had a lot of potential but sadly the second half of the book was disappointing.

Bumble – dating app review

  Image cropped from Bumble app

While there are three modes in the bumble app, the one I will be reviewing in this post is bumble date. I may review the other modes at a later stage.

About Bumble

Wikipedia describe Bumble as a location-based social and dating application that facilitates communication between interested users but with one key difference, women message first.

Bumble is free to download from the google play store. You can create an account using Facebook or your phone number.  For the purpose of this review, I signed up using Facebook.

Bumble have three modes in the one app, bumble date (for dating obvs), bumble bff (for finding new friends) and bumble Bizz (grow a network/business with local people)

bumble date
bumble bff
bumble bizz

Profile

Creating a profile is easy, just add a few photos of yourself, enter if you’re active, your star sign, if you drink, what you are looking for etc. Your profile picture and your age will automatically be taken from Facebook. Your location will also be used to suggest matches nearby.

On the main page, your first match will appear. Their picture(s), name, age, and location will also be shown. Swipe left (not interested), swipe right (interested).

The person icon in the left corner takes you to your profile. Your picture, edit profile, contact and FAQ and bumble coins are shown on this page. The gear icon on the left takes you to the setting page.

Here you can use snooze mode, set advanced date filters, who you are interested in, age and edit notification settings. At the bottom of this page, you can log out.

Go back to main page. Click the message icon in the corner and you are taken to the match and conversation page. Your matches are shown at the top. To see who likes you in the match queue, you must upgrade to bumble boost.  Conversations are shown underneath.

match queue and conversations page

If you match with someone, you (female) have 24 hours to message first. After you make the first move, the recipient then has 24 hours to respond or the match disappears. In a same- sex relationship, either person can message first and the recipient must again respond or the match disappears.

My review of Bumble date

I was unable to upgrade to boost due to the fact it had an offer of €20 euro but when I went to pay they wanted to charge me nearly €80! Anyway I continued to use the free version and here is how I got on…

Results

In a month, I had gotten approximately 15 matches. 13 answered so the other matches disappeared after 24 hours. I unmatched with two guys due to one guy being inappropriate and the other just wanted snapchat names. So out of 11 guys…

27% wanted my snapchat

22% conversations out of a possible 50 matches

36% were students

19% continued conversation after day 1

81% did not continue conversation after day 1

27% were looking for a relationship

27% didn’t state what they were looking for

18% wanted something casual

27% said they didn’t know what they were looking for yet

I did not meet up with anyone from this app. No dates were arranged.

Pros

  • The app is well – designed. It gives the appearance of a beehive which I liked. The use of colours white and yellow in the app was really cool.
  • I like how the woman has to message first. I’m usually shy to text and in a way this app boosted my confidence in making a move and saying hey.
  • It’s easy to text and you can like a message using the heart icon in the corner.
  • I like how you can send gifs in the conversations.
  • It’s easy to set up and create a profile.
  • Bumble have a great support team and they get back to you fairly quickly.

Cons

  • The location was a big no for me. I hated how it showed my exact town instead of the district like Cork etc. It made me feel uneasy at times. When I contacted them about it they said there was nothing they could do and it goes by your phones location.
  • The payment for bumble boost seriously needs to be sorted out. I was lucky I spotted the €80 at the bottom of the screen before I entered my credit card!
  • There should be a filter for the location. I live in Munster and it was showing me potential matches from Dundalk and Dublin which are way too far away.

Conclusion

Bumble is a well- designed app that challenges society and it’s stereotypes. The fact that women text first is a nice modern idea. The majority of people on the app want something casual or they don’t know. There are very few people on the app who are looking for a relationship.

For a while, I enjoyed using the app but it soon seemed like just another dating app in the market. Unfortunately, it looks like the app may be headed into the hook-up culture reputation.

The idea of the name bumble and the beehive appearance is really well done. The biggest problem with the app was the location. I think that if the location was fixed then it would much better. For now, the location problem is bothersome.

My New Year Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. Gym memberships, throwing out all the selection boxes and trying to perfect the task of writing 2019 instead of 2018. A new year resolution is something that many people do come first of January but what exactly is a new year resolution? According to Wikipedia, a New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.

I have a few things I’d like to accomplish/change in 2019 so without further ado, here are a few of my 2019 new year resolutions:

  • Become healthier – During Christmas my diet just went out the window so I plan to go back on it for the new year
  • Exercise – Get my fitness routine back on track
  • Grow and post more on Instagram
  • Blog – To write more blog posts and engage more on my social media platforms
  • Dating – I’m going to try and wait for the right person to come along while in the meantime being more productive and keeping busy by focusing on college and my blog.
  • Travel somewhere new in Ireland